This Day In Music: Recently departed
November 30, 2022 ~ Christine Anne Perfect, commonly known as blues rock, rock, pop rock singer, keyboardist, songwriter Christine McVie passed away ~ Daughter of concert violinist Cyril Perfect. Member of blues outfit Chicken Shack through 1969, with whom she recorded two albums. Best known as member of Fleetwood Mac, initially working with the band as a session pianist on their second album Mr Wonderful. Would become an integral member of the band by the early 1970s. Wrote or co-wrote several of the band's best-known including Don't Stop, The Chain, You Make Lovin' Fun, Little Lies, and As Long As You Follow. Married to Fleetwood bassist John McVie from 1969 through 1976 ~ Perfect was born in 1943
November 28, 2022 ~ Composer Jenny McLeod, full name Jennifer Helen McLeod, passed away in Wellington, New Zealand ~ Studied with Olivier Messiaen, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and Luciano Berio. As a composer best known for Earth And Sky and Under The Sun. Other notable compositions include The Emperor And The Nightingale, Rock Concerto, and Hohepa ~ McLeod was born in 1941
November 26, 2022 ~ Orchestral conductor Henrie Adams passed away ~ Closely associated with the Sinfonietta Geleen. Has also worked with de Kerkelijke Harmonie St Joseph, het Limburgs Symfonie Orkest, the Royal Military Band Johan Willem Friso, the Royal Band Of Belgian Guides, and others ~ Adams was born in 1954
November 26, 2022 ~ Jazz singer Louise Tobin, full name Mary Louise Tobin, passed away in Carrollton, Texas, USA ~ Sang with Bobby Hackett, Will Bradley, Jack Jenney, and Benny Goodman, notably present on the latter's I Didn't Know What Time it Was and There'll Be Some Changes Made. Married to bandleader Harry James from 1935 through 1943, with whom she has two sons ~ Tobin was born in 1918
November 25, 2022 ~ Donald Newkirk, commonly known as R&B, hip-hop singer, producer, songwriter Don Newkirk, passed away ~ One of the first to be signed to Def Jam Records. Guested on De La Soul's acclaimed Three Feet High And Rising debut album released in 1989. Released his own solo debut album, Funk City, later the same year. Also noted for co-writing the soundtrack to the Netflix biographical documentary Who Killed Malcolm X with Prince Paul ~ Newkirk was born ca.1966
November 25, 2022 ~ Irene Cara Escalera, commonly known as R&B, pop, disco singer, actress Irene Cara, passed away in Miami, Florida, USA ~ Best known for singing, co-writing the 1984 Flashdance What A Feeling from the film Flashdance, earning her a Grammy Award and an Academy Award for Best Original Song. Also acted in the 1980 film Fame, for which she also sang Out Here On My Own and the title track Fame, the latter a Billboard Hot 100 No.1 hit ~ Escalera was born in 1959
November 22, 2022 ~ Erasmo Esteves, commonly known as singer, songwriter Erasmo Carlos, passed away in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ~ Emerged from the early 1960s Brazilian teen idol scene to become a renowned MPB singer popular throughout the 1970s and beyond, known for his moody and introspective work. Known for songs such as Gatinha Manhosa, Festa De Arrombo, Coquiero Verde and De Noito Na Cama ~ Esteves was born in 1941
November 22, 2022 ~ Pablo Milanés Arias, commonly known as singer, guitarist, songwriter Pablo Milanés, passed away in Madrid, Spain ~ Along with Silvio Rodriguez and Noel Nicola seen as one of the founders, pioneers of the nueva trova genre. Actively recording since the mid-1970s. Over 40 albums to his name. Has collaborated with Lilia Vera, Luis Peña, Octavio Sanchez, Armando Garzon, Compay Segundo, Caco Senante, Victor Manuel, Andy Montañnez, Raul Torres, Chuco Valdés, Miguel Nunez, and others ~ Milanes was born in 1943
November 21, 2022 ~ John Peter Wilkinson, commonly known as guitarist, singer, songwriter Wilko Johnson, passed away ~ Fingerstyle punk, punk-pop, pub rock guitarist. Influenced Paul Weller. Core member of Dr Feelgood, known best for their 1979 Milk And Alcohol single. Also worked with the Solid Senders, Ian Dury's band the Blockheads, Roger Daltrey, Mick Farren, and others ~ Wilkinson was born in 1947
November 20, 2022 ~ Jazz pianist, composer David Ornette Cherry passed away ~ Son of iconic jazz all-hatter Don Cherry. Has recorded about a dozen albums drawing from world music and jazz, starting in the late 1990s. Best known for the albums Organic Groove and Cherry Extract, released respectively in 2000 and 2007 ~ Cherry was born ca.1958
November 19, 2022 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Danny Kalb passed away ~ Co-founding member of Blues Project remaining with the band through 1967, rejoining in 1969. Merging blues, R&B, jazz, psychedelia and folk-rock the band is best known for their 1966 Projections sophomore album, its highlight being an 11-minute Muddy Waters-cover Two Trains Runnin' featuring Kalb on guitar and lead vocals ~ Kalb was born in 1942
November 18, 2022 ~ Composer Ned Rorem passed away in Manhattan, New York, USA ~ Wrote operas, symphonies, orchestral, chamber choral and vocal music. Perhaps best known for Air Music (Ten Etudes For Orchestra), which premiered in 1975 and earned Rorem a Pullitzer Prize for Music ~ Rorem was born in 1923
November 18, 2022 ~ Rock & roll singer, guitarist Tommy Facenda, full name Eugene Thomas Facenda, passed away in Portsmouth, Virginia, USA ~ Briefly a member of Gene Vincent's backing unit the Blue Caps. As a solo artist known for the novelty hit High School USA which cracked the Billboard Hot 100 top 30 in 1959. In the original version Facenda listed the names of high schools in his home state of Virginia. It would be picked up by Atlantic Records who asked him to record 28 different versions of the song using regional school names across the country. A follow-up, 1960's Bubba Ditty, failed to chart and Facenda would retire from music, serving in the military through 1962 and subsequently work as a firefighter ~ Facenda was born in 1939
November 17, 2022 ~ Producer, label executive, author Ken Mansfield passed away ~ Manager for Apple Records in the USA during the 1960s, and as such helpful in the careers of a number of British acts including the Beatles, Mary Hopkin, Badfinger, and Jackie Lomax. Helped popularize the Outlaw country movement in the 1970s, notably producing the Waylon Jennings Are You Ready For The Country album as well as Jessi Colter's I'm Not Lisa crossover hit single. Successful in gospel music in the 1990s, producing acts such as the Imperials and the Gaither Vocal Band. Authored a number of books in the 2000s, starting with The Beatles The Bible And Bodega Bay published in 2000 ~ Mansfield was born in 1937
November 16, 2022 ~ Jazz guitarist Mick Goodrick passed away ~ Worked with Gary Burton, Pat Metheny, the Liberation Music Orchestra, Jack DeJohnette, Steve Swallow, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Jerry Bergonzi, Jimmy Mosher, Gary Thomas, Claudio Fasoli, Harvie S, Jim Hall, Charlie Mariano, Ed Sarath, Mill Bermejo, Joe Diorio, the Monday Night Orchestra, Laszlo Gardony, Mike Pohjola, Hal Crook, Miles Donahue, John Abercrombie, Dan Wall, Ed Byrne, Bruno Raber, with Vardan Ovsepian, and others ~ Goodrick was born in 1945
November 12, 2022 ~ Saxophonist Gene Cipriano passed away ~ In-demand session musician, best known for his work for films such as Some Like It Hot and TV shows such as Batman, The Flintstones, MASH, Mission Impossible, The Simpsons and American Dad ~ Cipriano was born in 1928
November 11, 2022 ~ Guitarist, songwriter Chris Koerts passed away ~ Co-founding member of Earth & Fire and along with his twin brother keyboardist Gerard Koerts primary songwriter of the band, known for a string of 1970s hits. Songs such as Seasons, Ruby Is The One, Wild And Exciting, Invitation, Storm And Thunder, Memories, Maybe Tomorrow Maybe Tonight, Love And Life, Thanks For The Love, and Weekend would all reach top 10 in the band's native Netherlands ~ Koerts was born in 1947
November 11, 2022 ~ Post-punk, rock guitarist, bassist, keyboardist, percussionist Keith Levene, full name Julian Keith Levene, passed away ~ Co-founded the Clash yet departed the band before they began recording. Co-wrote What's My Name, featured on the band's eponymous The Clash debut album. Co-founded Public Image Ltd with Johnny Rotten, remaining with the band through 1983. Levene has also worked with the Flowers Of Romance, Cowboys International, Pigface, and recorded as a solo artist ~ Levene was born in 1957
November 11, 2022 ~ Robert Noakes, commonly known as folk, country singer, guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter Rab Noakes, passed away ~ Well over a dozen albums to his name, starting with Do You See The Lights released in 1970. Guested on Can I Have My Money Back, Gerry Rafferty's solo debut album released in 1971. Frequent collaborator of Fraser Speirs. Has also worked with the Varaflames, which also included Pick Withers ~ Noakes was born in 1947
November 11, 2022 ~ Singer, guitarist, actor Sven-Bertil Taube, full name Sven-Bertil Gunnar Evert Taue, passed away in London, UK ~ Son of songwriter Evert Taube, whose songs he frequently recorded. Well over 30 albums to his name starting with 1954's Swedish Folk Songs And Ballads. Especially known for his interpretations of 18th-century songwriter Carl Michael Bellman, collected on two albums released in the early 1960s ~ Taube was born in 1934
November 10, 2022 ~ Saxophonist, flautist, singer, songwriter Nik Turner, full name Nicholas Robert Turner, passed away ~ Owning a van, Turner originally offered his services as a roadie to the newly formed Hawkwind. However, when the band learned he played the saxophone they offered him a position in the band. Present on most of the band's best-known including the acclaimed albums Space Ritual and Hall Of The Mountain Grill. Turner has also recorded as a solo artist and guested on recordings by Robert Calvert, Mother Gong, Psychic TV, Helios Creed, and others ~ Turner was born in 1940
November 9, 2022 ~ Bossa nova, tropicália, pop singer Gal Costa, full name Maria da Graça Costa Penna Burgos, passed away in São Paulo, Brazil ~ Duetted with Maria Bethânia on Sol Negra of the latter's 1965 debut album. Released Domingo, a collaborative album with Caetano Veloso, in 1967. Would score her first major hit with the Veloso-penned Baby the next year. The single would be included on her eponymous 1969 Gal Costa album, considered a classic in the tropicália genre. Has been recording steadily to critical acclaim and commercial succes since ~ Costa was born in 1945
November 9, 2022 ~ Singer Mattis Hætta passed away ~ Internationally best known for teaming up with Sverre Kjelsberg, representing Norway in the 1980 Eurovision Songfestival with the song Sámild Ædnan which reached 16th place ~ Hætta was born in 1959
November 8, 2022 ~ Singer Claes-Göran Hederström passed away ~ Best known for representing his native Sweden in the 1968 Eurovision Songfestival, reaching 5th place with Det Borjar Verka Karlek (Banne Mej) written by Peter Himmelstrand ~ Hederström was born in 1945
November 8, 2022 ~ Hard rock, blues rock, rock singer Dan McCafferty, full name William Daniel McCafferty, passed away ~ Co-founding member, lead singer of hard rock band Nazareth, known for 1970s hits such as Broken Down Angel, Bad Bad Boy and Love Hurts. Following his departure from the band in 2013 for health reasons McCafferty has occasionally performed and recorded as a solo artist ~ McCafferty was born in 1946
November 8, 2022 ~ Garrick Roberts, commonly known as pop, rock guitarist Garry Roberts, passed away ~ Co-founded the Boomtown Rats with Johnnie Fingers, soon employing bassist Pete Briquette, guitarist Gerry Cott, drummer Simon Crowe and lead singer Bob Geldof. The band would score a number of hits in their native Ireland and the UK including Like Clockwork, Rat Trap, Banana Republic and their best-known I Don't Like Mondays. After the band folded in 1985 Roberts would work as a sound engineer for acts such as Simply Red, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark and Flesh For Lulu ~ Roberts was born in 1954
November 8, 2022 ~ Pierre Kartner, commonly known as singer Vader Abraham, passed away ~ Wrote over 1,600 songs. Known for his Smurf-themed songs, the 1971 Wilma Landkroon duet Zou Het Erg Zijn Lieve Opa, and for Het Kleine Café Aan De Haven, the latter covered over 250 times in various languages including by Engelbert Humperdinck (Little Cafe On The Harbour), Audrey Landers (My Favourite Cafe On The Harbour), Mireille Mathieu (Le Café De La Rue Amerique), Joe Dassin (Le Café Des Trois Colombes), and by Peter Alexander (Die Kleine Kneipe) ~ Kartner was born in 1935
November 8, 2022 ~ Werner Ferdinande, commonly known as singer Will Ferdy, passed away in Antwerp, Belgium ~ Icon of the gay community, known for being the first Flemish artist to come out. Known for songs such as Belijdenis, Ziede Gij Me Gere, De Stervende, Het Schrijverke and perhaps his best known Christine ~ Ferdinande was born in 1927
November 7, 2022 ~ Country singer, guitarist, fiddler Jeff Cook, full name Jeffrey Alan Cook, passed away in Destin, Florida, USA ~ Co-founded Wildcountry in 1972 with his cousins Randy Owen and Teddy Gentry. The band would become better known after changing its name to Alabama in 1977 and regularly top the country charts, mostly in the 1980s, with songs such as Love In The First Degree, Mountain Music, Dixieland Delight, and others ~ Cook was born in 1949
November 7, 2022 ~ Theater producer Michael Butler passed away in Santa Barbara, California, USA ~ Perhaps best known for bringing the rock musical Hair from the Public Theater to Broadway, earning him the nickname “the Hippie Millionaire” ~ Butler was born in 1926
November 6, 2022 ~ Ali Mahammed, commonly known as Oromo, world music singer, guitarist, songwriter Ali Birra, passed away in Adama, Ethiopia ~ Regarded as the most popular Oromo icon, an ethnic group mostly native to the Oromia region. Other than in his native Oromo language Birra also sang in Amharic, Harari and Somali. Actively recording since the early 1970s. Well-known songs include Hin Yaadin, Asabalee, Ammalelee, and Gamachu ~ Mahammed was born in 1950
November 6, 2022 ~ Singer, keyboardist Don Lewis passed away ~ Best known for creating an instrument called the LEO, short for Live Electronic Orchestra, which integrated multiple instruments under a single controller and predated the MIDI controller by ten years. As a musician has collaborated with artists such as Quincy Jones, Sérgio Mendes, and Michael Jackson. Opened for the Beach Boys on their 1974 tour ~ Lewis was born in 1941
November 6, 2022 ~ Gloria Rodriguez, commonly known as rapper Hurricane G, passed away ~ Best known for Somebody Else of her 1997 All Woman debut album. First female member of the Hit Squad. Has also guested on recordings by Keith Murray, Redman, Xzibit, Delinquent Habits, and others ~ Rodriguez was born ca.1970
November 5, 2022 ~ Pop singer Aaron Carter, full name Aaron Charles Carter, passed away in Lancaster, California, USA ~ Established himself as a pop and hip-hop star with pre-teen and teenage audiences from the late 1990s through the early 2000s, starting with his eponymous Aaron Carter debut album released at a mere 9 years of age. Well-known songs include Crush On You, Crazy Little Party Girl and I Want Candy. Also ventured into acting, including in the Broadway musical Seussical ~ Carter was born in 1987
November 5, 2022 ~ Singer, songwriter Carmelo La Bionda passed away ~ Formed the sibling duo La Bionda, at times also known under the moniker DD Sound, with Michelangelo La Bionda, considered pioneers of the Italo disco genre. First gained attention penning Primo Sole Primo Fiore for Ricchi & Poveri in 1970. Other songs written or co-written by the duo include Neve Blanca Amica Gentile Se Vuoi for Mia Martini, Piccolo Uomo for Bruno Lauzi, and several 1980s songs for Righeira including Vamos A La Playa. As recording artists the brothers rose to fame after turning to disco in the mid- to late 1970s, scoring internationally with the singles Disco Bass and Burning Love. Other well-known songs included Sandstorm, One For You One For Me and There For Me ~ La Bionda was born in 1949
November 5, 2022 ~ Operatic tenor Daniele Baroni passed away in Ferrara, Italy ~ Rose to fame as leading tenor with the Metropolitan Opera from 1956 through 1962. Best known for his roles in Giacomo Puccini operas. Has also notably worked with the Philadelphia Grand Opera Company, the Philadelphia Lyric Opera Company, and others. Married to pianist Vera Franceschi until her premature death in 1966 ~ Barioni was born in 1930
November 5, 2022 ~ Indie rock, slowcore, dream pop drummer, singer Mimi Parker passed away ~ Co-founded Low in 1993 with her husband guitarist, singer Alan Sparhawk. Considered pioneers of slowcore and known for their atmospheric songs the band is especially acclaimed for their 1995 Long Division sophomore album. Well-known songs include Halflight, California, Family Tree, and Sunflower. Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant would cover the band's Monkey and Silver Rider for his 2010 Band Of Joy solo album ~ Parker was born ca.1967
November 5, 2022 ~ Rahem Brown, commonly known as rapper Tame One, passed away ~ Member of 1990s rap group the Artifacts, which also included El da Sensei and DJ Kaos, known for songs such as Easter, C'mon Wit Da Git Down, The Ultimate (You Know The Time) and perhaps their best-known Wrong Side Of Da Tracks. Has also worked with Leak Bros, the Weathermen, the Boom Skwad, and others ~ Brown was born in 1970
November 5, 2022 ~ Reggae keyboardist Tyrone Downie passed away in Kingston, Jamaica ~ Best known for his association with Bob Marley, joining the Wailers in the mid-1970s and first appearing on the 1976 Rastaman Vibration album. Has also worked with the Impact All-Stars, the Abyssinians, Beenie Man, Black Uhuru, Buju Banton, Peter Tosh, Tom Tom Club, Burning Spear, Steel Pulse, Alpha Blondy, and others ~ Downie was born in 1956
November 4, 2022 ~ Nicole van Palm, commonly known as singer Nicole Josy, passed away ~ Formed the duo Nicole & Hugo with her husband Hugo Sigal. The duo were selected to represent Belgium at the 1971 Eurovision Songfestival with Goeiemorgen Morgen. At the last minute Nicole fell ill and they were replaced by Jacques Raymond and Lily Castel who would reach 14th place. In their native Belgium however the original version would remain one of the better-remembered Eurovision entries ~ Van Palm was born in 1946
November 3, 2022 ~ Music journalist, author Colin Irwin, full name Colin Lester Irwin, passed away ~ Best known as journalist and editor for Melody Maker from the mid-1970s through the mid-1980s. Would go on to work as a music critic for the Guardian, Mojo, the Daily Telegraph, the Independent, and other publications. Has authored a number of books, including biographies of Dire Straits, ABBA, and Leonard Cohen ~ Irwin was born in 1951
November 3, 2022 ~ Jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, flautist Gerd Dudek, full name Gerhard Rochus Dudek, passed away ~ Brother of bandleader Ossi Dudek, with whom he also worked. Would go on to work with Kurt Edelhagen, Manfred Schoof, the Globe Unity Orchestra, the Berliner Jazz Quintet, Karl Blume, Alexander von Schlippenbach, Loek Dikker, Wolfgang Dauner, Branislav Lala Kovacev, Don Cherry, George Russell, and others ~ Dudek was born in 1938
November 3, 2022 ~ Soul, R&B singer Noel McKoy passed away in London, UK ~ Cited the Beatles, Dennis Brown and Chaka Khan as influences. Recorded half a dozen albums, starting with Full Circle (Within A Spiritual Social Soul) released in 1993. Known for songs such as I'm Lucky, Family, Jealousy and Liberation, the latter featuring UB40 saxophonist Brian Travers and reggae-fusion trumpeter Patrick Anthony ~ McKoy was born ca.1960
November 2, 2022 ~ Tango pianist, composer, arranger Atilio Stampone passed away ~ Active since the 1940s, working with Roberto Dimas, Pedro Maffia, Robert Rufino, Alberto Camara, and notably Astor Piazzolla. As a solo artist active since the late 1950s, particulary known for his film scores including Un Guapo Del 900 and La Mano En La Trampa as well as for songs such as Con Pan Y Cebolla, Aguatero, Fiesta De Mi Ciudad and Mocosa ~ Stampone was born in 1926
November 1, 2022 ~ Joseph Baque, commonly known as jazz, bebop pianist Joe Baque, passed away in Olympia, Washington, USA ~ Sideman active since his late teens. Present on albums by Claudia Wheeler (The Price Is Right), Bert Wilson, the Electric Park Jazz Band, Greta Matassa (If The Moon Turns Green), LaVon Hardison, and others ~ Baque was born in 1922
November 1, 2022 ~ Recording engineer Joseph Tarsia passed away ~ Started his career in music in the early 1960s at Cameo Parkway Records, eventually becoming the label's chief engineer working with artists such as Chubby Checker, Frankie Avalon, Bobby Rydell, the Orlons, and others. Founded his own Sigma Sound recording studio in 1968, which would become home to numerous Philly soul artists including Jerry Butler, Harold Melvin, the O'Jays, and the Stylistics. His success led to opening more recording facilities, his client list including Stevie Wonder, BB King, David Bowie, Whitney Houston, Madonna, Billy Joel, Steely Dan, Paul Simon, and others ~ Tarsia was born in 1931
November 1, 2022 ~ Kirshnik Khari Ball, commonly known as hip-hop, trap rapper, songwriter Takeoff, passed away in Houston, Texas, USA ~ Formed the trio Migos with Quavo and Offset, best known for their Bad & Boujee featuring Lil' Uzi Vert, Motorsport with Nicki Minaj & Cardi B, Stir Fry, and Walk It Talk It featuring Drake. Released his The Last Rocket solo debut album in 2018 ~ Ball was born in 1994
October 29, 2022 ~ Rock bassist, guitarist, keyboardist, engineer Robin Sylvester passed away ~ Best known as member of Bob Weir's side project Ratdog, joining the band in 2003 as replacement for Rob Wasserman and remaining through 2022. Began his career in the late 1960s, noted for serving as engineer at Abbey Road Studios and reportedly inspired by Paul McCartney to take up the bass. After relocating to America in the mid-1970s has found employ as session and touring musician, working with the likes of Ry Cooder, Marty Balin, Billy Preston, Christine McVie, Missing Man Formation, and others ~ Sylvester was born ca.1950
October 28, 2022 ~ Darren Henley, commonly known as punk rock drummer DH Peligro, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Joined the Dead Kennedys in 1981 as replacement for Bruce Seslinger, appearing on the albums Plastic Surgery Disasters, Frankenchrist and Bedtime For Democracy. Briefly played with the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 1988. Frontman and eponym of Peligro, known for the albums Peligro, Welcome To America and Sum Of Our Surroundings ~ Henley was born in 1959
October 28, 2022 ~ Pianist, singer Jerry Lee Lewis passed away in DeSoto County, Mississippi, USA ~ Rock & roll, rockabilly pioneer. Dubbed “the Killer”. Rose to fame with his 1957 recording Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On. Also known for songs such as Great Balls Of Fire, Breathless, High School Confidential. His career waned in the 1960s following his marriage to his underage cousin but would be acclaimed for his 1964 live album Live At The Star Club, generally acnowledged as one of the greatest live albums in rock history. Would venture into country through much of the 1960s and 1970s, eventually overcoming scandals, regaining his stature as one of the founders of rock & roll ~ Lewis was born in 1935
October 27, 2022 ~ Geraldine Milligan, commonly known as R&B, disco singer Geraldine Hunt, passed away ~ Enjoyed moderate success on the R&B and dance charts from the 1970s through the early 1980s. Well-known songs include the Charlie Hodges duet You And I, the Supremes cover Baby I Need Your Loving, You Brought Joy and perhaps her best known Can't Fake The Feeling, the latter topping the Billboard Dance charts in 1980 ~ Milligan was born in 1945
October 26, 2022 ~ Singer, songwriter Agustín Ramírez, full name Agustín Ramírez Sánchez, passed away ~ Co-founder, frontman of Los Caminantes, for whom he also co-wrote a vast amount of the band's material including Palomita Mensajera, Para Que Quieres Volver, Regresare, He Sabido, Volar Volar, Ven Y Abrazame, Una Noche, Mi Nina, Lagrimas Al Recordar, and others ~ Ramírez was born in 1962
October 25, 2022 ~ Classical cellist Farquhar Wilkinson, full name Farquhar Davis Wilkinson, passed away in Blenheim, New Zealand ~ Principal cellist with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra from 1955 through 1992. Has also worked with the New Zealand National Youth Orchestra, the Alex Lindsay String Orchestra, the Aspey String Quartet, the London Symphony Orchestra, and others ~ Wilkinson was born in 1932
October 24, 2022 ~ Rock bassist Gregg Philbin passed away ~ Member of REO Speedwagon from 1968, replacing Mike Blair, through 1977. Present on the band's first six studio albums including the acclaimed Ridin' The Storm Out released in 1973 ~ Philbin was born ca.1947
October 23, 2022 ~ Cowboy singer, guitarist, songwriter Don Edwards passed away ~ After spending years in obscurity rose to critical acclaim in the 1990s. Especially praised for the albums Songs Of The Trail released in 1993 and High Lonesome Cowboy released in 2002, the latter featuring backing from Peter Rowan and Tony Rice. Guested on Nanci Griffith's Night Rider's Lament of her Other Voices Other Rooms album released in 1993. Also known as an actor, notably appearing in the 1998 The Horse Whisperer film portraying the role of Smokey ~ Edwards was born ca.1935
October 23, 2022 ~ Operatic soprano Galina Pisarenko, full name Galina Alekseyevna Pisarenko, passed away ~ Best known for her association with the Stanislavski And Nemirovich-Danchenko Theatre, remaining with the ensemble from 1961 through 1990. Also worked regularly with the Komische Oper Berlin during the 1970s, notably performing the title role in Carmen in 1976 ~ Pisarenko was born in 1934
October 23, 2022 ~ Conductor Libor Pesek passed away ~ Considered one of the premier conductors of his day with a career spanning seven decades. Best known for his interpretations of Czech music, including championing lesser known composers such as Josef Suk and Vítezslav Novák. Closely associated with the Czech Philharmonic, the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic ~ Pesek was born in 1933
October 21, 2022 ~ Label executive, music publisher Robert Gordy, full name Robert Louis Gordy, passed away in Marina Del Rey, California, USA ~ Scored a minor hit in 1958 with Everyone Was There under the moniker Bob Kayli, co-written with his brother Berry Gordy Jr. Best known as executive at Motown's publishing arm Jobete Music from 1961 through 1985. Has also written or co-written a number of early 1960s successes, most notably Marvin Gaye's You're What's Happening In The World Today, which was used as the flipside of I Heard It Through The Grapevine, and the Supremes' Your Kiss Of Fire ~ Gordy was born in 1931
October 20, 2022 ~ Songwriter Bettye Crutcher, full name Bettye Jean Crutcher, passed away in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ~ Perhaps best known for co-writing Who's Making Love, originally a hit for Johnnie Taylor in 1968 and covered by Tony Joe White, Elkie Brooks, the SOS Band, the Blues Brothers, and others. Songs written or co-written by Crutcher have also been recorded by the Staple Singers (The Ghetto), William Bell, Ann Peebles (How Strong Is A Woman), Little Sonny (It's Hard Going Up But Twice As Hard Coming Down), the Sweet Inspirations, Shirley Brown (It's Worth A Whipping), Ben E King, Marlena Shaw, and BB King (Take Off Your Shoes) ~ Crutcher was born ca.1939
October 18, 2022 ~ Guitarist, keyboardist, singer Franco Gatti passed away in Genoa, Italy ~ Co-founded pop, Italo disco outfit Ricchi & Poveri in 1967, one of the most popular Italian pop acts selling over an estimated 20 million records. The band is acclaimed for their unique vocal style based on the intertwining of four different voices, bass, tenor, alto and soprano. Well-known songs include L'Ultimo Amore, Mamma Maria, M'Innamore Di Te, Se M'Innamoro, and Sarà Perché Ti Amo. Internationally the group is best known for participating in the 1978 Eurovision Songfestival, reaching 12th place with Questo Amore ~ Gatti was born in 1942
October 18, 2022 ~ Rock & roll, rockabilly, neo-rockabilly singer Robert Gordon, full name Robert Ira Gordon, passed away ~ Influenced by Elvis Presley, Gene Vincent, Jack Scott, Billy Lee Riley, Eddie Cochran. First gained attention with a number of 1960s songs with the Confidentials, notably It's Summertime, Money and There's Something On Your Mind. In the 1970s Gordon briefly strayed into punk rock, singing with Tuff Darts, before returning to rock & roll, neo-rockabilly. As a solo artist noted for the 1978 Fresh Fish Special album featuring Link Wray and the 1996 The Humbler (Live) album which also featured Danny Gatton ~ Gordon was born in 1947
October 17, 2022 ~ Classical pianist Michael Ponti passed away in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany ~ Acclaimed interpreter of the works of Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Sergei Rachmaninoff as well as lesser-known composers including Charles-Valentin Alkan, Mily Balakirev, Clara Schumann and Sigismond Thalberg. Has worked with renowned orchestras such the Orchestra de la Suisse Romande, the Buenos Aires Philharmonic, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, and others ~ Ponti was born in 1937
October 15, 2022 ~ R&B, dance, house, soul singer, pianist, songwriter Joyce Sims passed away ~ Best known for her 1988 hit Come Into My Life, produced by Kurtis Mantronik. Also made the R&B charts with songs such as All And All, Walk Away and, collaborating with Jimmy Castor, Love Makes A Woman. Also worked with Junior Vasquez, Glen Frisica, Maxi Priest, and others ~ Sims was born in 1959
October 15, 2022 ~ Guitarist, singer Noel Duggan passed away in Donegal, Ireland ~ Alongside twin brother Pádraig Duggan rose to fame as member of Clannad, known best for Theme From Harry's Game which reached top 10 in both the UK and the band's native Ireland. The brothers took a hiatus after the band's acclaimed 1998 Landmarks album, releasing their own Rubicon album in 2005 to critical acclaim featuring guests such as Moya Brennan, Finbar Furrey and Orla Fallon ~ Duggan was born in 1949
October 14, 2022 ~ Operatic soprano Mariana Nicolesco passed away in Bucharest, Romania ~ Best known for her association with the Metropolitan Opera, performing the role of Nedda in Ruggero Leoncavallo's Pagliacci from 1978 through 1986. Has also worked with La Scala, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, and others ~ Nicolesco was born in 1948
October 13, 2022 ~ New wave, electronic, synthpop singer, songwriter Christina Moser passed away in Lugano, Switzerland ~ Formed the duo Chrisma with her husband Maurizio Arcieri, perhaps best known for collaborating with producer Nico Papathanassiou and Vangelis on the singles U and Amore as well as on their 1978 Chinese Restaurant album ~ Moser was born in 1952
October 13, 2022 ~ Jens Vilhelm Pedersen, commonly known as composer Fuzzy, passed away ~ Perhaps best known for composing the soundtrack to Rainer Werner Fassbinder's TV series Eight Hours Don't Make A Day, going by the moniker Jean Gepoint ~ Pedersen was born in 1939
October 13, 2022 ~ Punk, punk rock, hardcore punk drummer Steve Roberts passed away ~ Member of the UK Subs from 1980, replacing Pete Davies, through 1982, rejoining on occasion in later years. Present on the albums Diminished Responsibility and Endangered Species ~ Roberts was born ca.1954
October 10, 2022 ~ Anita Jean Grilli, commonly known as singer, pianist, arranger Anita Kerr, passed away in Geneva, Switzerland ~ Founded and fronted vocal harmony group the Anita Kerr Singers, known for recording some 50 albums in their own right. The group was also an in-demand backing choir, providing vocals for the likes of Rod McKuen, Red Foley, Eddy Arnold, Ernest Tubb, Patsy Cline, Faron Young, Chet Atkins, Webb Pierce, and others ~ Grilli was born in 1927
October 9, 2022 ~ Singer, songwriter Andrés Cuervo passed away in Paris, France ~ Released his Tras De Ti debut album in 2008 and has recorded to commercial succes since. Known for songs such as Como Yo Te Quiero, La Receta, Viviria Bien, Te Extrano, Destino Casualidad, Luna Cuentale, and others ~ Cuervo was born in 1988
October 9, 2022 ~ Jazz bassist, double bassist Chuck Deardorf passed away ~ Married to singer Kelly Harland. Leader, co-leader and sideman. Closely associated with Dave Peterson. Has also worked with Don Lanphere, Bud Shank, Jovino Santos Neto, Jim Knapp, Tom Collier, Pete Christlieb, Larry Coryell, Randy Brecker, Frank D'Rone, and others ~ Deardorf was born in 1954
October 7, 2022 ~ Latin jazz, hard bop, pop, soul saxophonist, clarinetist, flutist Ronnie Cuber, full name Ronald Edward Cuber, passed away ~ Leader and sideman. Active since the late 1950s. As a leader active since the mid-1970s, with well over a dozen albums to his name especially acclaimed for the albums Cuber Libre, The Scene Is Clean, NYC Ats and Ronnie. In-demand sideman in jazz, pop and soul, appearing on recordings by Slide Hampton, Maynard Ferguson, George Benson, Dr Lonnie Smith, Lee Konitz, Frank Zappa, Patti Austin, the J Geils Band (Freeze Frame), Grant Green, Billy Joel (Innocent Man), Paul Simon (Graceland), Dr John, and others ~ Cuber was born in 1941
October 6, 2022 ~ Engineer, producer Fred Catero passed away ~ Active since the 1960s. Has worked with artists such as Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan, Al Kooper, Linda Ronstadt, Mel Tormé, Tower Of Power, Santana, and others. Founded Catero Records in the 1980s, focusing on jazz acts such as Herbie Hancock, Ernie Mansfield, Laurie Antonioli and Paul Speer ~ Catero was born in 1933
October 6, 2022 ~ George Ivy Hunter, commonly known as singer, songwriter, producer Ivy Jo Hunter, passed away ~ Session keyboardist on a number of early Motown recordings before focusing on songwriting, mostly in partnership with William Mickey Stevenson. Artists who recorded his songs include the Spinners, Martha & the Vandellas (Dancing In the Street), the Four Tops (Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever), the Temptations, the Contours, Jimmy Ruffin, the Marvelettes (Danger Heartbreak Dead Ahead), the Miracles, the Isley Brothers (Behind A Painted Smile), Brenda Holloway, Marvin Gaye (You're The One), Chuck Jackson, Aretha Franklin (Without Love), and others ~ Hunter was born in 1940
October 6, 2022 ~ Myrna Joy Miller, commonly known as country singer Jody Miller passed away ~ Paved the way for future crossover female singers such as Linda Ronstadt, Anne Murray and Olivia Newton-John. Debuted in 1963 with the album Wednesday's Child Is Full Of Woe. Known for songs such as He Walks Like A Man, The Queen Of The House, The Home Of The Brave, There's A Party Goin' On, Good News, When The New Wears Off Our Love, and others ~ Miller was born in 1941
October 5, 2022 ~ Ann-Christine Nyström, commonly known as singer Ann-Christine, passed away in Danderyd Municipality, Sweden ~ Internationally best known for representing Finland in the 1966 Eurovision Songfestival, reaching 10th place with Playboy written and conducted by Ossi Runne ~ Nyström was born in 1944
October 4, 2022 ~ Loretta Webb, commonly known as country, honky tonk singer, guitarist, songwriter Loretta Lynn, passed away in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, USA ~ Known as “the Coal Miner's Daughter” has shaped 1960s and 1970s country and along with Dolly Parton and Tammy Wynette served as a rolemodel for future generations of female country singers. Known for songs such as You Ain't Woman Enough To Take My Man, Don't Come A-Drinkin' With Lovin' On Your Mind, One's On The Way, Fist City and Coal Miner's Daughter ~ Webb was born in 1932
October 2, 2022 ~ Folk singer, guitarist, songwriter Mary McCaslin passed away ~ Influenced by Marty Robbins, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Hedy West, the Beatles, the Bee Gees. Actively recording since the late 1960s with over a dozen albums to her name. Known for her open guitar tunings and distinctive vocal style. Had her songs recorded by the likes of Tom Russell, Bill Staines, Gretchen Peters (Prairie In The Sky), David Bromberg, Kate Wolf, Stan Rogers, Còig, and others ~ McCaslin was born in 1946
October 1, 2022 ~ Folk singer Stamatis Kokotas passed away ~ Active since the 1960s. Best known for songs such as In The Days Of King Otto, Illusory Oniro and My Son. Has collaborated with the likes of Dimos Moutsis, Antonios Katinaris, Giorgos Hatzinasios, Apostolo Kaldaras, Giorgos Zampetas, Giannis Spanos, and others ~ Kokotas was born in 1937
September 30, 2022 ~ Keith Lamar Johnson, commonly known as gospel singer, songwriter Keith Wonderboy Johnson, passed away ~ Earned the nickname “Wonderboy” while still a child for his vocal prowess. Straddled the line between traditional and contemporary gospel. Over a dozen albums to his name, starting with Through The Storm released in 1998. Best known for his 2000 Live And Alive album. Well-known songs include I Wouldn't Know You, Let Go Let God and True Love ~ Johnson was born in 1972
September 28, 2022 ~ Artis Leon Ivey Jr, commonly known as pop-rap, G-funk, hip-hop rapper, singer, songwriter Coolio passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ First gained attention as a member of gangsta rap outfit WC & the Maad Circle alongside WC and Crazy Toones. Would become a household name as a solo artist, best known for his 1995 hit Gangsta's Paradise, a No.1 hit in over a dozen countries including the USA, the UK and the Netherlands. Stevie Wonder was credited as co-writer as the song drew heavily from Wonder's Pastime Paradise. Other well-known songs include Fantastic Voyage, 1-2-3-4 (Sumpin' New) and C U When U Get There ~ Ivey was born in 1963
September 28, 2022 ~ Svavar Pétur Eysteinsson, commonly known as singer, songwriter Prins Póló, passed away ~ Co-founding member of alternative rock outfit Skakkamanage, known best for their 2008 All Over The Face sophomore album. Has also enjoyed a parallel solo career, recording half a dozen albums, starting with Jukk released in 2010 ~ Eysteinsson was born in 1977
September 24, 2022 ~ Farrell Sanders, commonly known as free jazz, avant-garde jazz, world fusion saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Closely associated with John Coltrane, first appearing on the 1965 Ascension album. Considered by some the heir of Coltrane. Known for his spiritual-themed style. Well over two dozen albums to his name as a leader, especially acclaimed for the albums Karma, Journey To The One and Rejoice. Has collaborated with the likes of Leon Thomas, Alice Coltrane, Tisziji Muñoz, Michael Mantler, Carla Bley, Don Cherry, Benny Golson, Norman Connors, McCoy Tyner, Randy Weston, Sun Ra, Gary Bartz, Larry Young, Sonny Sharrock, and others ~ Sanders was born in 1940
September 24, 2022 ~ Sue Graham, commonly known as producer, band manager Sue Mingus, passed away ~ Widow of bassist, pianist, bandleader Charles Mingus, whom she met in 1964 and married two years later. Following his death in 1979, Graham would establish herself as band manager and producer of several Mingus tribute bands keeping the legacy alive. Managed and produced acts such as the Mingus Dynasty, the Mingus Big Band and the Mingus Orchestra, and published educational books, sheet music and her memoir recounting her life with Mingus ~ Graham was born in 1930
September 22, 2022 ~ Guitarist, singer, producer, songwriter David Malachowski, full name David Frank Malachowski, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Worked with Reckless, the Greg Austin Band, Janie Fricke, Commander Cody & his Lost Planet Airmen, Shania Twain, Savoy Brown, Garth Hudson, Phoebe Legere, Mechanical Bull, Genya Ravan, Anthony Rapp, Daphne Rubin Vega, and others ~ Malachowski was born in 1955
September 21, 2022 ~ Drummer, producer Anton Fier passed away ~ In-demand collaborator in experimental rock, jazz and alternative rock. Member of the Lounge Lizards, the Feelies, Lodge, and briefly Richard Hell & the Voidoids. Co-founded critically acclaimed the Golden Palominos known for their impressive revolving line-ups. Has also notably worked with Pere Ubu, Bill Laswell, Bob Mould, Jack Bruce, Kenji Suzuki, Ex-Blank-Ex, the Styrenes, John Zorn, and others ~ Fier was born in 1956
September 21, 2022 ~ Guitarist Ray Edenton, full name Ray Quarles Edenton, passed away in Goodlettsville, Tennessee, USA ~ First-call session musician. Member of the Nashville A-Team. Appears on over 12,000 recordings including Red Kirk's Lovesick Blues, Webb Pierce's There Stands The Glass, the Everly Brothers' Bye Bye Love and Wake Up Little Susie, Marty Robbins' Singing The Blues and Roger Miller's King Of The Road. Has also worked with Julie Andrews, the Beach Boys, Gary Burton, Sammy Davis Jr, Henry Mancini, Reba McEntire, Elvis Presley, Leon Russell, Neil Young, and others ~ Edenton was born in 1926
September 18, 2022 ~ Actress, singer Diane Guérin, also known as Belgazou, passed away ~ As a singer known best for a string of 1980s recordings including Quitter Ton Ile, Entre Mozart Et Jagger and Talk About It. Duetted with her husband Christian Montmarquette under the moniker Diane & Christian ~ Guérin was born in 1948
September 17, 2022 ~ R&B singer, actress Marva Hicks passed away ~ Best known for Never Been In Love Before of her 1991 eponymous Marva Hicks album, the single reaching top 10 on the Billboard R&B charts. Other charting singles included One Good Reason and I Got You Where I Want. Would go on to become an in-demand backing singer for acts such as Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder. As the 90s progressed Hicks would focus on her acting career, portraying roles in action movies and TV series such as LA Law and Star Trek Voyager, voicing over animated characters often including singing, and performing in the theatre in musical plays including productions of The Lion King, Motown The Musical and The Wiz both off and on Broadway ~ Hicks was born in 1975
September 15, 2022 ~ Conductor Jörg Faerber passed away in Willich, Germany ~ Founded the Wurttemberg Chamber Orchestra Hellbronn in 1960 and served as its leader and director for over 4 decades. The orchestra is internationally known for their recordings featuring soloists such as Maurice André, Alfred Brendel, Gidon Kremer and Anne-Sophie Mutter ~ Faerber was born in 1929
September 14, 2022 ~ Folk, country, pop singer, guitarist, songwriter Jim Post, full name Jimmie David Post, passed away ~ About a dozen albums to his name as a solo artist. Best known for forming the short-lived duo Friend & Lover with his then-wife Cathy Conn, scoring the 1968 Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit Reach Out Of The Darkness. Has frequently collaborated with Mick Scott and Tom Dunde, and despite little chart success was considered a mainstay on the Chicago folk scene ~ Post was born in 1939
September 14, 2022 ~ Folk singer, violinist, oboe player, songwriter Paul Sartin passed away ~ Closely associated with Paul Hutchinson, with whom he formed Belshazzar's Feast. Formed Dr Faustus, known for the albums The First Cut and Wager. Also well-known as a member of Bellowhead, joining the band in 2004. Has also composed for theatre and film, notably the 2011 Streetwise Opera film opera The Hartlepool Monkey, has worked as TV presenter and co-founded Whitchurch Folk Club ~ Sartin was born in 1971
September 13, 2022 ~ R&B, soul, blues singer Jesse Powell passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Brother of singers Trina Powell and Tamara Powell. Discovered by producer Louil Silas Jr. Best known for You co-written with producer Carl Roland, taken of his 1998 'Bout It sophomore album. The single would reach top 10 on both the Billboard R&B and the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 charts. Other charting singles included All I Need, I Wasn't With It and If I ~ Powell was born in 1971
September 12, 2022 ~ Rakim Hasheem Allen, commonly known as singer, songwriter, producer PnB Rock, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Best known for his mid 2010s singles Fleek and Selfish. Has worked with Young Thug, Kodak Black, Lil Skies, Nicki Minaj, Young Zona, and others ~ Allen was born in 1991
September 12, 2022 ~ Jazz pianist, keyboardist Ramsey Lewis, full name Ramsey Lewis Emmanuel Lewis Jr, passed away in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Over 80 albums to his name starting in the 1950s. Known for songs such as The In-Crowd, Hang On Sloopy and Wade In The Water. His Ramsey Lewis Trio has at times included Isaac Holt and Eldee Young of future Young-Holt Unlimited fame, Cleveland Eaton, Maurice White who would later found Earth Wind & Fire, Morris Jennings, Frankie Donaldson, Bill Dickens, and Felton Crews ~ Lewis was born in 1935
September 9, 2022 ~ Carol Valère, commonly known as pop singer, songwriter Carol Arnauld, passed away ~ Considered a one-hit wonder for C'Est Pas Facile taken of her 1986 eponymous Carol Arnauld debut album. The song tells of her struggle with her brother's death, killed by a reckless driver. The single would reach top 10 in her native France ~ Valère was born in 1961
September 9, 2022 ~ Bluegrass mandolinist Herschel Sizemore, full name Herschel Lee Sizemore, passed away in Roanoke, Virginia, USA ~ As a solo artist best known for penning and first recording the mandolin instrumental Rebecca, named after his mother. Member of the Dixie Gentlemen from 1957 through 1965. Subsequently a member of the Shenandoah Cut-Ups, Country Grass which also included Ricky Skaggs, the Dixie Pals and the Bluegrass Cardinals. Guested on recordings by Rual Yarbrough, Jim Eanes, David Parmley, Curly Seckler, and others ~ Sizemore was born in 1935
September 9, 2022 ~ Jazz, jazz fusion drummer Trevor Tomkins, full name Trevor Ramsey Tomkins, passed away ~ Backed Don Rendell for most of the 1960s and early 1970s. Would go on to work with Nucleus, David Becker, Henry Lowther, Gilgamesh (Another Fine Tune You've Got Me Into), Alan Gowen, and others ~ Tomkins was born in 1941
September 8, 2022 ~ Rock singer, bassist, keyboardist Marciano Cantero passed away in Mendoza, Argentina ~ Influenced by the Beatles and the Beach Boys. Lead singer of Los Enanitos Verdes, which he co-founded with Felipe Staiti and Daniel Piccolo in 1979. Started a parallel solo career in 1990 with the Luna Nueva album. Has also collaborated with Andrés de León, Vanaz, Los Rancheros, and others ~ Cantero was born in 1960
September 8, 2022 ~ Rock & roll, rockabilly guitarist, singer, songwriter Sonny West, full name Joseph Sonny West, passed away in Grove, Oklahoma, USA ~ Active since the mid-1950s, recording a number of rockabilly singles which at the time made little impact but over time proved to be influential. Sharing a manager with Buddy Holly, West would become best-known as co-author and original artist of All My Love and Rave On. Both songs would be covered by Holly, the former renamed to Oh Boy, and would become quintessential rockabilly songs ~ West was born in 1937
September 5, 2022 ~ Pianist, conductor Lars Vogt passed away ~ Best known as musical director for the Royal Northern Sinfonia from 2015 through 2020. Subsequently served as music director for the Orchestre De Chambre De Paris. As a concert pianist Vogt has recorded well over 30 albums consisting of works by Robert Schumann, Ludwig van Beethoven, Maurice Ravel, Camille Saint-Saëns, and others ~ Vogt was born in 1970
September 4, 2022 ~ Singer, songwriter Edward Hulewicz passed away in Warsaw, Poland ~ Active since the 1960s. Member of Tarpany, for whom he wrote their biggest hit Siala Baba Mak. Following the band's disbandement would go on to work with Helioso, known for songs such as Obietnice. Active as a solo artist since the early 1970s, scoring hits with Za Zdrowie Pan, Paskuda and Bo Jedno Zycle Mam ~ Hulewicz was born in 1937
September 4, 2022 ~ Guitarist John Till passed away in Stratford, Canada ~ Closely associated with Janis Joplin, serving as member of Joplin's backing unit the Full Tilt Boogie Band and present on the I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama album. Till also backed Joplin at the famed Woodstock Festival concert ~ Till was born in 1945
September 2, 2022 ~ Angus Gaye, commonly known as reggae singer, drummer Drummie Zeb, passed away ~ Lead singer, co-founding and last remaining original member of Aswad, known best for their 1988 UK No.1 hit Don't Turn Around. Two subsequent singles, Give A Little Love and Shine, would also reach top 20 in the band's native UK ~ Gaye was born in 1959
August 31, 2022 ~ Electronic music composer Mark Shreeve passed away ~ Well over a dozen albums to his name, starting with Embryo released in 1980. Has also composed for film and formed the 1990s group Redshift, which also included his brother Julian Shreeve. To pop audiences best known for co-writing Touch Me (I Want Your Body), a mid-1980s top 10 hit for Samantha Fox on both sides of the Atlantic ~ Shreeve was born in 1957
August 27, 2022 ~ Manuel Muñoz Alcón, commonly known as flamenco guitarist, composer Manolo Sanlúcar, passed away in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain ~ Alongside Paco de Lucia, Tomatito and Vicente Amigo considered one of the key figures in the evolution of the flamenco guitar. Actively recording since the late 1960s. Especially acclaimed for the albums Tauromagia and Locura De Brisa Y Trino ~ Alcón was born in 1943
August 26, 2022 ~ Pop, chanson singer, actress Hana Zagarová passed away in Prague, Czech Republic ~ One of the all-time most popular Czech singers, active since the mid-1960s. Known for songs such as Já Nemám Strach, Mzí, Setkáni (In Contro), Vánoce Jako Driv and Ohen V Dusi Mé. Married dancer Vlastimil Harapes in 1986, her second marriage was to operatic tenor Stefan Margita in 1992 ~ Zagarová was born in 1946
August 25, 2022 ~ Jazz, bebop organist, trumpeter, saxophonist Joey DeFrancesco passed away ~ Son of organist John DeFrancesco, brother of blues guitarist Johnny DeFrancesco. Signed his first record deal at age 16. Revived the organ as a viable jazz instrument. Well over two dozen albums to his name as a leader, especially acclaimed for his 1989 All Of Me debut album and its follow-up Where Were You released a year later. In-demand sideman, both on record and tour. Has worked with Miles Davis, Houston Person, John McLaughlin. Other notable collaborations include Ray Charles, Bette Midler, Jimmy Smith and Van Morrison ~ DeFrancesco was born in 1971
August 25, 2022 ~ Blues, R&B, gospel singer Mable John passed away ~ First female to be signed to Berry Gordy Jr's Tamla-Motown label where she released the singles Who Wouldn't Love A Man Like That, No Love and Actions Speak Louder Than Words. Dropped from the label for lack of success by 1962. Would go on to work as a backing singer for Ray Charles. By the mid-1960s John landed at Stax/Volt, for whom she scored a Billboard R&B top 10 hit with Your Good Thing Is About To End ~ John was born in 1930
August 23, 2022 ~ Producer, label executive Creed Taylor passed away ~ In-house producer and executive at various labels including Bethlehem, ABC-Paramount, Verve, A&M Records. Signed John Coltrane to Impulse. Helpful in bringing bossa nova to the USA in the 1960s, signing artists such as Antônio Carlos Jobim, João Gilberto, Airto Moreira. Founded CTI Records, one of the most successfull jazz labels of the 1970s. Has worked with artists such as Oscar Pettiford, Ruby Braff, Charles Mingus, Herbie Mann, Stan Getz, Wes Montgomery, Cal Tjader, Freddie Hubbard, Chet Baker, Milt Jackson, Nina Simone, Eumir Deodato, Herbie Hancock, Chroma, Fuse One, and others ~ Taylor was born in 1929
August 22, 2022 ~ Composer, pianist Franz Hummel passed away ~ Virtuoso pianist extensively performing and recording standard reportoire from classical, Romantic and contemporary music through the 1970s before focusing on composition. Wrote operas, symphonies, ballets and chamber music, noted for his 1996 Gesualdo opera ~ Hummel was born in 1939
August 22, 2022 ~ Jazz, classical drummer, percussionist Freddy Studer passed away ~ Formed the acclaimed jazz fusion quartet OM with Christy Doran, Urs Leimgruber and Bobby Burn. Would go on to collaborate with the likes of Franco Ambrosetti, George Gruntz, Joe Henderson, Miroslav Vitous, Larry Schneider, Dave Holland, Jack DeJohnette, Pierre Favre, Dom Um Romao and David Friedman. Member of Red Twist & Tuned Arrow. Member of the Singing Drums. Played in Robyn Schulkowsky's ensemble, interpreting modern classical works by Charles Ives, John Cage, Edgard Varèse ~ Studer was born in 1948
August 22, 2022 ~ Jazz trumpeter Jaimie Branch, full name Jaimie Breezy Branch, passed away in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Leader and sidewoman. Cites Don Cherry, Axel Dörner, Booker Little and Miles Davis as influences. Formed the trio Princess with bassist Toby Summerfield and drummer Frank Rosaly. Has also worked with Ken Vandermark, Atlas Moth, Chad Taylor, Weasel Walter, Josh Berman, Jason Nazary, Jeb Bishop, and others ~ Branch was born in 1983
August 22, 2022 ~ Rock & roll, rockabilly drummer Jerry Allison, full name Jerry Ivan Allison, passed away ~ Best known for backing Buddy Holly as a member of the Crickets. Credited as a co-writer on the hits That'll Be The Day and Peggy Sue. The latter was originally titled Cindy Lou but renamed to charm Allison's girlfriend, and future wife, Peggy Sue ~ Allison was born in 1939
August 22, 2022 ~ Rock, pop singer Margaret Urlich, full name Margaret Mary Urlich, passed away in Southern Highlands, Australia ~ Ranks as one of New Zealand's most popular artists. Lead singer of new wave outfit Peking Man, known for songs such as Good Luck To You, Lift Your Head Up High and perhaps their best-known Room That Echoes. Member of all-girl group When The Cat's Away. Debuted as a solo artist in 1989 with the Robyn Smith-produced Safety In Numbers album, which spawned the New Zealand No.1 hit Escaping ~ Urlich was born in 1965
August 22, 2022 ~ Rock drummer Piotr Szkudelski passed away ~ Member of Perfect, one of the best-known Polish rock, hard rock acts active on and off since the early 1980s and known for songs such as Nie Placz Ewka, Choemy Byc Soba, Autobiografia and Kolysanka Dia Nieznajomej ~ Szkudelski was born ca.1956
August 21, 2022 ~ Jazz guitarist Monnette Sudler passed away in Germantown, Pennsylvania, USA ~ As a leader over half a dozen albums to her name, including the acclaimed 1995 Time For A Change album. In-demand sidewoman, worked with Kenny Barron, Hamiet Bluiett, Arthur Blythe, Dameronia, Sonny Fortune, Dave Holland, Freddie Hubbard, Joseph Jarman, Hugh Masekela, Cecil McBee, David Murray, Sunny Murray, Trudy Pitts, Odean Pope, Don Pullen, Sam Rivers, Shirley Scott, Archie Shepp, Leon Thomas, Steve Turre, Cedar Walton, Grover Washington Jr, Reggie Workman, and others ~ Sudler was born in 1952
August 21, 2022 ~ Heavy metal, extreme metal guitarist Stuart Anstis passed away ~ Member of Cradle Of Filth from 1995 through 1999, present on the albums Dusk And Her Embrace and Cruelty And The Beast ~ Anstis was born ca.1974
August 20, 2022 ~ Helen Greco, commonly known as traditional pop singer, actress Helen Grayco, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Best known for her appearances on the The Spike Jones Show in the 1950s and 1960s alongside her husband bandleader Spike Jones. Prior to teaming up with Jones Grayco sang with Bing Crosby, Chuck Cabot, Red Nichols. Has also recorded as a solo artist, releasing the album After Midnight in 1957 and The Lady In Red the following year. Grayco was married to Jones from 1949 until his death in 1965, the couple have three children ~ Greco was born in 1924
August 19, 2022 ~ Jazz, pop, classical pianist Warren Bernhardt, full name Warren Brooks Bernhardt, passed away ~ OVer a dozen albums as a leader. First gained attention in the early 1960s working with Paul Winter. Would go on to work with George Benson, Gerry Mulligan, Jeremy Steig. Member of Steps Ahead. Briefly musical director for Steely Dan in the mid-1990s, present on the band's 1995 Alive In America album. Backed Simon & Garfunkel on their 2003 reunion tour. Has also worked with Kenny Burrell, Tim Hardin, Mike Mainieri, Pat Martino, Don McLean, Art Farmer, White Elephant. and others ~ Bernhardt was born in 1938
August 18, 2022 ~ Clarinetist, saxophonist Rolf Kühn passed away in Berlin, Germany ~ Brother of pianist Joachim Kühn, with whom he also regularly worked. Leader and sideman. Critically compared to Benny Goodman. Worked with Horst Jankowski, Buddy DeFranco, Urbie Green, Eartha Kitt, Oscar Pettiford, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Eddie Costa, Julia Hülsmann, and others ~ Kühn was born in 1929
August 16, 2022 ~ David Raskin, commonly known as blues singer, guitarist, songwriter Kal David, passed away ~ Got his stage name fronting the neighborhood band Kal David & the Exceptions in the early 1960s. The band also included Peter Cetera of future Chicago-fame and Marty Grebb who would later play for the Buckinghams. Formed the duo the Rovin' Kind with future Poco-guitarist Paul Cotton. Fronted the 1970s outfit the Fabulous Rhinestones, known for the acclaimed albums The Fabulous Rhinestones, Freewheelin' and Rhinestones. Would go on to back artists such as Etta James, Johnny Rivers and John Mayall, and record prolifically as a solo artist, often accompanied by his wife singer Lauri Bono ~ Raskin was born in 1943
August 16, 2022 ~ Operatic baritone Matti Lehtinen passed away in Helsinki, Finland ~ Associated with the Cologne Opera from 1952 through 1955. Freelanced in opera, oratorio and lieder until 1963 before returning to his previous position at the Finnish National Opera, where over the years he appeared in over 60 operatic roles ~ Lehtinen was born in 1922
August 16, 2022 ~ Ricardo Capuano, commonly known as pop rock singer, guitarist Rico, passed away in Govan, UK ~ Member of 1990s outfit Perfect World. Released his solo debut album, Sanctuary Medicines, in 1999. Best known for guesting on Crazier, a 2003 UK top 20 hit with regular collaborator Gary Numan ~ Capuano was born in 1971
August 15, 2022 ~ Saxophonist, keyboardist, guitarist Hans Magnusson passed away ~ Longtime member of the Thorleifs, remaining with the dansband from 1962 through 2012. They are best known for their 2009 song Sweet Kissin' In The Moonlight, a contender for the Swedish entry for the Eurovision Songfestival. They would lose out to Malena Ernman who would reach 21st place in the international competition ~ Magnusson was born ca.1949
August 15, 2022 ~ Heavy metal singer Steve Grimmett passed away ~ Member of short-lived rock outfit Medusa before rising to fame as lead singer for Grim Reaper, joining the band in 1982. Present on the band's best-known including the hits See You In Hell, Fear No Evil and Rock You To Hell, all of which gained notoriety in the 1990s after being used in the popular Beavis & Butthead animated series. Grimmett has also appeared on recordings by Chateaux, Onslaught, Lionsheart, Cradle Of Filth, and others ~ Grimmett was born in 1959
August 14, 2022 ~ Richard Enos Thompson, commonly known as jazz pianist, clarinetist Butch Thompson, passed away in St Paul, Minnesota, USA ~ Best known for his ragtime and stride piano performances. Member of the Hall Brothers New Orleans Jazz Band for two decades starting in 1962. Would gain considerable popularity in Europe in the 1970s and 1980s due to extentsive touring both as a band member and solo artist ~ Thompson was born in 1943
August 14, 2022 ~ Henryk Pick, commonly known as pop singer, songwriter, TV personality Svika Pick, passed away in Rama Ha'sharon, Israel ~ One of Israel's premier pop singers during the 1970s. Internationally best known for co-writing Diva with lyricist Yoav Ginai, Israel's 1998 Eurovision Songfestival winner as performed by Dana International ~ Pick was born in 1949
August 12, 2022 ~ Country singer, songwriter Keith Jamieson, full name Keith Ross Jamieson, passed away in Rockhampton, Australia ~ Influenced by Slim Dusty, Buddy Williams, Tex Morton, Stan Coster. Has long worked in manual day jobs such as coal miner and taxi driver while writing and performing his songs on the side. Actively recording since the late 1970s. Known for songs such as Good Morning Australia, Bush Ballad Rock and One Tree Plain ~ Jamieson was born in 1948
August 11, 2022 ~ Jazz, rock, pop guitarist, bassist Bill Pitman, full name William Keith Pitman, passed away in La Quinta, California, USA ~ Influenced by Charlie Christian and Eddie Lang. Got his first big break backing Peggy Lee in the early 1950s. Would work mostly in jazz throughout most of the decade, backing artists such as Mel Tormé, Buddy Rich, Red Callender. Ventured into pop and rock & roll by the mid- to late 1950s, aligning himself with a loose group of first-call session musicians dubbed the Wrecking Crew. Present on some of the era's most influential recordings by acts such as Frank Sinatra (Strangers In The Night), Barbra Streisand, the Beach Boys (Good Vibrations), Jan & Dean, Elvis Presley, the Ronettes (Be My Baby), the Mamas & the Papas, the Byrds, Bobby Darin, the Ventures, Nancy Sinatra, and others ~ Pitman was born in 1920
August 11, 2022 ~ Pop singer, guitarist, songwriter Darius Campbell-Danesh passed away in Rochester, Minnesota, USA ~ First gained attention as a contestant on the talent contest Popstars in 2001, reaching the finals and then turning down the record deal. His Colourblind debut single would reach No.1 in the UK. Has released two full-length albums consisting mostly of self-penned material, Dive In in 2002 and Live Twice in 2004. Ventured into musicals, performing in the productions of Chicago and Guys And Dolls, and later into opera, starting with winning the talent contest Popstar To Operastar in 2010 ~ Campbell-Danesh was born in 1980
August 10, 2022 ~ Ronald DeVaughn, commonly known as jazz. avant-garde jazz, classical cellist Abdul Wadud, passed away ~ Father of R&B singer Raheem DeVaughn. Leader and sideman. Has worked with artists such as Black Unity Trio, Frank Lowe, George Lewis, Charles Shaw, Oliver Lake, Marty Ehrlich's Dark Woods Ensemble, Michael Franks, Muhal Richard Abrams, David Murray, James Newton, Julius Hemphill, Anthony Davis, and others ~ DeVaughn was born in 1947
August 9, 2022 ~ Jazz, R&B singer, drummer Della Griffin born in Newberry, South Carolina, USA ~ Influenced by Count Basie, Charlie Barnet, Billie Holiday. Member of two of the first all-female R&B groups of the 1950s, namely the Enchanters and the Dell-tones ~ Griffin was born in 1925
August 9, 2022 ~ Pop rock singer, guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter Jussi Hakulinen, full name Jussi Pekka Hakulinen, passed away in Pori, Finland ~ Original member of , one of the best selling bands in Finland. Present on the band's first two albums Varietee and Nuoalia Tanssija. Departed the band in 1985 to pursue a solo career though in later years from time to time guested with the band and wrote material for them. Five albums as a solo artist, starting with Vaaleanpunaien Majatolo released in 1985 ~ Hakulinen was born in 1964
August 8, 2022 ~ Bassist, singer, songwriter Darryl Hunt, full name Darryl Gatwick Hunt, passed away in London, UK ~ Best known as bassist of the Pogues, joining in 1986 as replacement for Cait O'Riordan and remaining with the band through 1996. Wrote the track Love You Till The End of the 1996 Pogue Mahone album ~ Hunt was born in 1950
August 8, 2022 ~ Songwriter, producer Lamont Dozier passed away ~ One third of renowned Motown songwriting, production team Holland-Dozier-Holland, responsible for numerous hits by artists such as Martha & the Vandellas (Heat Wave), the Andantes, the Supremes (Stop In The Name Of Love), Mary Wells, the Four Tops, the Isley Brothers, Stevie Wonder, Brenda Holloway, Marvin Gaye (How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You), the Elgins, Honey Cone, and others ~ Dozier was born in 1941
August 8, 2022 ~ Singer, actress, songwriter Olivia Newton-John passed away in Santa Ynez Valley, California, USA ~ Starred in the 1978 Grease musical film alongside John Travolta, lead singer on Hopelessly Devoted To You and dueting on You're The One That I Want and Summer Nights. As a solo artist well over two dozen albums to her name, focusing on pop and country-pop, starting with If Not For You released in 1971. Well-known songs include Let Me Be There, If You Love Me Let Me Know, I Honestly Love You, Have You Never Been Mellow, A Little More Love, Magic, Physical and Xanadu, the latter a collaborative effort with the Electric Light Orchestra ~ Newton-John was born in 1948
August 7, 2022 ~ Folk, nueva cancion singer Ernesto Cavour, full name Ernesto Cavour Aramayo, passed away ~ Key member of Los Jairas, an influential Andean folk band active since the mid-1960s and influential on later acts such as Los Kjarkas, Savia Andina, Khanata, Grupo Aymara, Paja Brava, and others ~ Cavour was born in 1940
August 7, 2022 ~ Punk rock, garage rock guitarist Gord Lewis passed away ~ Co-founding member of Teenage Head. The band was named after the Flamin' Groovies 1971 album titled Teenage Head and debuted in 1979 with the eponymous Teenage Head. Best known for their 1980 Frantic City album, which spawned the hits Let's Shake and Somethin' On My Mind. Lewis was found killed in 2022, his son Jonathan Lewis would be arrested and charged with second-degree murder ~ Lewis was born ca.1957
August 6, 2022 ~ Singer, pianist, songwriter Daniel Lévi passed away ~ Active since the early 1980s, releasing his full-length Cocktail debut album in 1983. Duetted with Karine Costa on Ce Rêve Blue, used for the French-language version of the Disney animated feature film Aladdin. The original English-language version of the song, A Whole New World, would win an Academy Award for Best Original Song. As a solo artist Lévi is best known for his 2000 L'Envie D'Aimer hit single ~ Lévi was born in 1961
August 6, 2022 ~ Jazz, pop, rock, country rock flutist, saxophonist, keyboardist David Muse passed away ~ Best known as member of Firefall, joining the band just prior to recording their eponymous Firefall debut album. The band would score hits such as You Are The Woman, Just Remember I Love You and Strange Way. Subsequently recorded as a solo artist, worked with the Marshall Tucker Band, replacing original member Jerry Eubanks in 1996, and founded the Boulder County Conspiracy in 2012 ~ Muse was born in 1949
August 6, 2022 ~ Dansband, pop, schlager songwriter Torgny Söderberg, full name Sten Torgny Söderberg, passed away ~ Best known as co-writer of 1984 Eurovision Songfestival winner Diggi-loo Diggi-ley by Herrey's, lyrics written by Britt Lindeborg ~ Söderberg was born in 1944
August 5, 2022 ~ Diego Felipe Bertie Brignardello, commonly known as actor, singer Diego Bertie, passed away ~ Best known as an actor with numerous telenovelas and theatre roles and well over a dozen film roles to his name. Lead singer of Imágenes during the 1980s, known best for their 1987 Los Buenos Tiempos hit single ~ Bertie was born in 1967
August 5, 2022 ~ Judith Mavis Cock, commonly known as pop, folk pop singer, pianist Judith Durham passed away in Melbourne, Australia ~ Lead singer of the Seekers from 1962 through 1968, scoring folk-pop hits such as I'll Never Find Another You, A World Of Our Own, The Carnival Is Over and Georgy Girl. Following her departure from the band would record about a dozen albums as a solo artist and sporadically join the Seekers from the mid-1990s forward ~ Cock was born in 1943
August 4, 2022 ~ Schlager, pop singer Margot Eskens passed away ~ Popular during the 1950s and 1960s. Sold over 40 million records. Known for songs such as Moulin Rouge, Ich Mochte Heut Ausgehn, Tiritomba and perhaps her biggest hit Cindy Oh Cindy. Represented Germany in the 1966 Eurovision Songfestival, reaching 10th place with Die Zeiger Der Uhr written by Walter Dobschinski and Hans Bradtke ~ Eskens was born in 1939
August 4, 2022 ~ R&B singer Sam Gooden passed away in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA ~ Original and longtime member of the Impressions. Sang notable lead on a number of classics including Aware Of Love and I Want To Be Around ~ Gooden was born in 1934
August 3, 2022 ~ Heavy metal, hard rock singer, keyboardist, guitarist Nicky Moore, full name Nicholas Charles Moore, passed away ~ Best known as a member of Samson, joining the band in 1982 replacing Bruce Dickinson and first appearing on the Before The Storm album. Member of Mammoth. Has also worked with Hackensack, the Tiger, Mister Big Stuff, From Behind, and others. Would gravitate towards a more bluesy sound with his own bands the Nicky Moore Band and especially Nicky Moore's Blues Corporation ~ Moore was born in 1947
July 31, 2022 ~ Morris Meyer Ostrofsky, commonly known as producer, label executive Mo Ostin, passed away ~ Got his start in the music business in the 1950s at Verve. Hired by Frank Sinatra in 1960 to run Sinatra's Reprise Records. Best known for his longtime association with Warner Bros, and considered one of a select few who helped shape modern pop and rock music. Inducted in the the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 2003. Signed and worked with acts such as the Kinks, Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, REM, Randy Newman, Prince, and others ~ Ostrofsky was born in 1927
July 30, 2022 ~ Alternative rock, world music, roots singer, guitarist, songwriter Archie Roach, full name Archibald William Roach, passed away in Warrnabool, Australia ~ Avid campaigner for the rights of indigenous Australians. Husband and musical partner of singer Ruby Hunter. Released his debut album, Charcoal Lane, in 1990 and has recorded steadily since to a devoted fanbase and admiration from peers. Has opened for international stars such as Joan Armatrading, Bob Dylan, Tracy Chapman, Suzanne Vega, and others ~ Roach was born in 1956
July 30, 2022 ~ Freak folk, psychedelic folk singer, songwriter Raymond Raposa passed away ~ Sole constant member and thriving force of the Castanets, with whom he recorded seven country, folk, rock influenced albums starting with Cathedral released in 2004. Raposa has also been involved in several other projects, notably scoring the soundtrack to the documentary Beyond This Place in 2011 with regular collaborator Sufjan Stevens. Also noted for Little Death Shaker, released in 2012 under the moniker Raymond Byron & the White Freighter ~ Raposa was born ca.1981
July 29, 2022 ~ Blues rock, garage rock singer Jimmy Sohn passed away ~ Lead singer of 1960s outfit the Shadows Of Knight, known best for their 1966 Billboard Hot 100 top 10 single Gloria previously a hit for Them featuring Van Morrison. The band recorded three albums through the end of the decade and would continue to perform in various incarnations, Sohn being a constant member, into the 2000s ~ Sohn was born ca.1947
July 27, 2022 ~ Javorius Tykies Scott, commonly known as hip-hop, gangsta rap, mumble rap, trap rapper, singer, songwriter JayDaYoungan, passed away in Bogalusa, Louisiana, USA ~ Known for songs such as 23 Island, Elimination and Opps, all hugely popular on online streaming platforms. Has been releasing mixtapes since the mid-2010s. Issued his sole official full-length studio album, Baby23, in 2020. Shot and killed at age 24 ~ Scott was born in 1998
July 27, 2022 ~ John Denver Hore, commonly known as country singer, guitarist, songwriter John Grenell, passed away in Christchurch, New Zealand ~ Arguably New Zealand's best-known country singer, graced with a voice often described as velvet, with well over a dozen albums to his name starting in the mid-1960s. First gained serious attention with his 1965 sophomore album Encore John Hore. Recorded actively through the mid-1970s, resurging in the late 1980s. Internationally best known for his acclaimed 1995 release Windstar Aotearoa ~ Hore was born in 1944
July 27, 2022 ~ Folk, traditional Irish singer, banjoist, mandolinist, guitarist, songwriter Mick Moloney passed away in Manhattan, New York, USA ~ Best known as co-founder, leader of the Green Fields Of America, an ensemble of American musicians promoting and performing Irish music. The band is especially acclaimed for their 1989 Live In Concert album. Moloney is also known as author of Far From The Shamrock Shore (The Story Of Irish-American History Through Song), published in 2002 ~ Moloney was born in 1944
July 27, 2022 ~ Alexander William Roberton, commonly known as label executive, music publisher, producer Sandy Roberton passed away ~ Member of several pop, beat groups before venturing into music production and publishing. As a producer first gained attention working with UK pop band the Chocolate Watch Band featuring Gary Osborne. Ran several of Chess Records' UK subsidiaries including Arc Music, Regent Music and Jewel Music before forming his own company September Productions. Noted for producing the first three Steeleye Span albums, Hark (The Village Wait), Please To See The King and Ten Man Mop (Or Mr Reservoir Butler Rides Again). Also worked with acts such as the Liverpool Scene, Iain Matthews, Decameron, Shirley Collins, Plainsong, John Martyn, and others. Roberton also formed Rockburgh Records and Worlds End Producer Management Company ~ Roberton was born ca.1942
July 26, 2022 ~ Author, music journalist, blues scholar Paul Garon, full name Paul Arthur Garon, passed away ~ Noted for his writings on surrealist works. To blues audiences best known as founding editor of the Living Blues magazine in 1970, which in time would become to be considered an authority on blues music. Authored several books on blues and blues musicians, including A Woman With Guitar (Memphis Minnie's Blues) on Memphis Minnie and The Devil's Son In-Law (The Story Of Peetie Wheatstraw And His Songs) on Peetie Wheatstraw ~ Garon was born in 1942
July 24, 2022 ~ Rock bassist Bob Heathcote passed away ~ Briefly a member of crossover thrash outfit Suicidal Tendencies during the late 1980s, present on the 1988 How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can't Even Smile Today album and some tracks of the 1989 Controlled By Hatred (Feel Like Shit/Deja Vu) follow-up album. Previously Heathcote has worked with Los Cycos ~ Heathcote was born ca.1964
July 24, 2022 ~ Progressive rock, hard rock, rock singer, guitarist, songwriter Vittorio de Scalzi passed away ~ Key figure in Italian progressive rock. Member of the Trolls and co-founder of its successor the New Trolls. The latter would breakthrough after opening for the Rolling Stones on the Italian leg of their 1967 tour. They would release their debut single Sensazione later the same year, a full-length debut album Senza Orario Senza Bandiera issued the next year. Acclaimed for their 1971 Concerto Grosso Per I New Trolls album, merging early symphonic rock with classical arrangements, and considered a landmark in Italian progressive rock. The band would continue to record and release records into the 2000s ~ De Scalzi was born in 1949
July 22, 2022 ~ Alice Hoffeiner, commonly known as classical violinist Alice Harnoncourt, passed away in Vienna, Austria ~ Married to Nikolaus Harnoncourt with whom she co-founded the Concentus Musicus Wien, pioneering the period-instrument performance movement. The couple would have four children, including mezzo-soprano singer Elisabeth von Magnus ~ Hoffeiner was born in 1930
July 19, 2022 ~ Henk Leeuwis, commonly known as singer Henkie, passed away ~ Known for the novelty, surprise hits Lief Klein Konijntje and Mijn Goudvis, the former reaching top of the charts in Belgium in 2006 ~ Leeuwis was born in 1945
July 19, 2022 ~ Jazz, jazz fusion, R&B, funk, soul, pop singer, bassist, saxophonist, producer Michael Henderson passed away in Atlanta, Georgia, USA ~ Influenced by Motown house bass guitarist James Jamerson. First gained attention backing Stevie Wonder on tours. Made his name playing on a number of pivotal 1970s Miles Davis jazz fusion albums, notably Live/Evil and Agharta. Would go on to work with artists such as Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, the Dramatics, Dr John, and others. Has also recorded as a solo artist, releasing over half a dozen albums starting with Solid in 1976 ~ Henderson was born in 1951
July 19, 2022 ~ Diane Luckey, commonly known as singer Q Lazzarus, passed away ~ Lazzarus had been repeatedly turned down by record companies, unable to categorize and market her. A chance encounter with director Jonathan Demme led to him using her songs in several of her films, starting with Candle Goes Away in the 1986 Something Wild action comedy. Most noted for her 1988 recording of Goodbye Horses, first used in the Demme film Married To The Mob and again in Silence Of The Lambs. The song would become a cult hit after inclusion in the latter film ~ Luckey was born ca.1963
July 18, 2022 ~ Hornist Vincent DeRosa, full name Vincent Ned DeRosa, passed away ~ Reportedly the all-time most recorded brass player. Especially acclaimed for his work in Hollywood, serving as first horn for film composers such as Henry Mancini, Lalo Schifrin and John Williams, the latter describing DeRosa as one of the greatest instrumentalists of his generation. Notable soundtracks include My Fair Lady, The Sound Of Music, Close Encounters Of The Third Kind and Rocky. In-demand studio, session musician for artists such as Frank Sinatra (In The Wee Small Hours), June Christy, Ella Fitzgerald, the Monkees, Frank Zappa (Lumpy Gravy), Harry Nilsson (Son Of Schmilsson), Rita Coolidge, John Denver, Sonny Criss, Minnie Riperton, Earth Wind & Fire (Faces), Glen Campbell, Miles Davis, and others ~ DeRosa was born in 1920
July 15, 2022 ~ Bassist Paul Ryder, full name Paul Anthony Ryder, passed away ~ Founding member of pivotal Manchester band the Happy Mondays remaining with the band through 1993 and rejoining in later years. Present on the band's best-known including Step On, Kinky Afro and Loose Fit. Ryder has also ventured into acting, appearing in the films The Ghosts Of Oxford Street, Losing It and perhaps most notably 24 Hour Party People ~ Ryder was born in 1964
July 14, 2022 ~ R&B singer William Poogie Hart passed away in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Lead singer of the Delfonics, a key band in late 1960s, early 1970s soul, Philly soul. Most of the band's material was written by Hart and producer Thom Bell. Well-known songs include Didn't I Blow Your Mind This Time, La La Means I Love You, I'm Sorry and Ready Or Not Here I Come (Can't Hide From Love). The latter, a 1968 Billboard R&B top 20 hit in its original form, would be used as the basis for the chorus of Ready Or Not, a mid-1990s hit for the Fugees. Others who have covered or sampled their songs include Booker T & the MG's, the Jackson 5, Aretha Franklin, and Notorious BIG ~ Hart was born in 1945
July 9, 2022 ~ Jazz, jazz-rock, classical saxophonist, composer Barbara Thompson, full name Barbara Gracey Thompson, passed away ~ Studied saxophone and classical composition yet her love of Duke Ellington and John Coltrane shifted her towards jazz. Best known for her association with Neil Ardley as a member of Ardley's the New Jazz Orchestra. Married to Colosseum-drummer Jon Hiseman from 1967 until his death in 2018, with whom she has two children. Founded and fronted Paraphernalia and a key member of the United Jazz+Rock Ensemble, both of which also included Hiseman. Worked closely with Andrew Lloyd Webber on several projects including the musical Cats and the 1978 classical-fusion Variations album. Has also collaborated with the She Trinity, Keef Hartley, Manfred Mann, Marti Webb, and others ~ Thompson passed away in 1944
July 8, 2022 ~ Patrick Henry Wade, commonly known as singer, TV host, actor Adam Wade, passed away in Montclair, New Jersey, USA ~ Perhaps best known for his stint as host of the CBS game show Musical Chairs, making him the first African-American to host a game show. As a singer known for early 1960s recordings such as Take Good Care Of Her, As If I Didn't Know and The Writing On The Wall, all of which reached top 10 Billboard Hot 100 ~ Wade passed away in 1937
July 5, 2022 ~ Manuel Charlton, commonly known as guitarist, singer, producer Manny Charlton, passed away ~ Founding member, lead guitarist of Nazareth remaining with the band through 1990. Initially hired by Guns 'n Roses to produce what would become their Appetite For Destruction debut album, yet after commitments called Charlton back to the UK the band would hire Mike Clink to produce the final cut. Has released over a dozen solo albums, starting with 2004's Say The Word, and collaborated with Neil Miller, From Behind, Tim Bogert, Walfredo Reyes Jr, Steven Adler, Vivian Campbell, and with Robyn Delarenzo ~ Charlton was born in 1941
July 4, 2022 ~ Songwriter Alan Blaikley, full name Alan Tudor Blaikley, passed away ~ Known for a number of 1960s, 1970s UK hits, often written in partnership with Ken Howard. Notable hits include Have I The Right for the Honeycombs and The Legend Of Xanadu for Dave Dee Dozy Beaky Mick & Tich. Others who have recorded songs written or co-written by Blaikley include Petula Clark, Phil Collins, Sacha Distel, Engelbert Humperdinck, Eartha Kitt, Lulu, and Matthews Southern Comfort. Blaikley and Howard have also written the West End musicals Mardi Grass and The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole and composed for TV series ~ Blaikley was born in 1940
July 3, 2022 ~ Pianist, author Joseph Banowetz, full name Joseph Murray Banowetz, passed away ~ Concert pianist. As an author best known for The Pianist's Guide To Pedaling. As a recitalist and concert pianist has worked with renowned orchestras such as the St Petersburg Symphony, the Moscow State Symphony, the New Zealand Symphony, and the Beijing Central Philharmonic. Some two dozen albums to his name, perhaps most noted for his recordings of orchestra and piano series composed by Anton Rubinstein ~ Banowetz was orn in 1934
July 2, 2022 ~ Blues, roots rock guitarist, banjoist Tristan Goodall passed away ~ Co-founding and constant member of roots rock outfit the Audreys, especially acclaimed for their 2005 You And Steve McQueen debut EP and their full-length Between Last Night And Us debut album released the following year. Several of the band's songs have been used in TV shows including Neighbours, One Tree Hill and the ABC series Rain Shadow ~ Goodall was born ca.1974
July 1, 2022 ~ Flavia Pozzaglio, commonly known as singer, actress, TV personality Irene Fargo, passed away in Brescia, Italy ~ Best known for her early 1990s singles La Donna Di Ibsen and Come Una Turandot, the latter inspired by Giacomo Puccini's opera Turandot. Both singles would reach top 20 in her native Italy ~ Pozzaglio was born in 1962
June 23, 2022 ~ New jack swing, R&B, gospel bassist, pianist, songwriter, producer Bernard Belle passed away ~ Considered a pioneer of new jack swing. Regular collaborator of Teddy Riley. Best known for his work as a songwriter for the likes of Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston. Well-known songs written or co-written by Belle include Guy's Let's Chill Long Gone, Hi-Five's I Like The Way (The Kissing Game), Jackson's Remember The Time, and Bobby Brown's Two Can Play That Game. Starting in the mid-1990s Belle would dedicate his life to Christ and become one of the most sought after producers, collaborators in the Gospel genre, working with acts such as Donnie McClurkin, Marvin Sapp, Yolanda Adams, Mary Mary, Kirk Franklin and the Winans ~ Belle was born in 1964
June 23, 2022 ~ Progressive rock guitarist Massimo Morante passed away ~ Member of Italian progressive rock outfit Goblin from 1972 through 1979, perhaps best known for providing soundtracks to several horror films including Deep Red, Suspiria and Dawn Of The Dead ~ Morante was born in 1952
June 22, 2022 ~ Producer, arranger, songwriter Patrick Adams passed away ~ First gained attention in the 1970s working as producer with Salsoul Records. Would go on to work with several labels, including major ones, and with acts such as Black Ivory, Inner Life, Loleatta Holloway, R Kelly, the Universal Robot Band, Coolio, Keith Sweat, Eric B & Rakim, Musique, Soul Severes, and others ~ Adams was born in 1950
June 19, 2022 ~ Rock, hard rock, glam metal keyboardist Brett Tuggle passed away ~ Best known for his association with David Lee Roth, backing Roth on tour and record including on the 1988 Skyscraper album. The album would feature several songs co-written by Tuggle, perhaps most notably the Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit Just Like Paradise. Tuggle has also worked with Steppenwolf, Rick Springfield, Fleetwood Mac, Steve Lukather, Chris Isaak, Whitesnake, and others ~ Tuggle was born ca.1952
June 19, 2022 ~ Singer, guitarist, mandolinist Jim Schwall passed away in Tucson, Arizona, USA ~ Best known as co-leader of the Siegel-Schwall Band, co-founded with Corky Siegel. Though not as popular as contemporaries the Paul Butterfield Blues Band or John Mayall the band would still be able to fill the larger venues. They are noted for becoming the first blues band to collaborate with a classical orchestra, recording the William Russo-penned Three Pieces For Blues Band And Symphony Orchestra in 1972 with the San Francisco Symphony conducted by Seiji Ozawa ~ Schwall was born in 1942
June 18, 2022 ~ Producer, songwriter Gian Pietro Felisatti passed away ~ Best known for his 1980s run, working with artists such as Manuel Mijares, Rocio Banquelis, Paloma San Basilio, Lucero, Mina (Ancora Ancora Ancora), Patricia Manterola, Lucía Méndez, and others ~ Felisatti was born ca.1950
June 16, 2022 ~ Andrew Jacob Hiebert, commonly known as neo-swing singer, bandleader, songwriter Big Rude Jake, passed away ~ Toronto scene cult hero. Primarily categorized as a neo-swing irony-laden troubadour, drawing from blues, rock, rockabilly, jazz, and other idioms. Some 10 albums to his name, starting with Butane Fumes & Bad Cologne released in 1993. Noteworthy is also 2002's Live Faust Die Jung which was never officially released. Semi-retired from music for a while in the 2000s. Has briefly used the moniker Chet Valiant aiming to keep a low profile ~ Hiebert was born in 1963
June 14, 2022 ~ Music author, historian Joel Whitburn, full name Joel Carver Whitburn, passed away ~ Obsessed with music since his teens. As an author and researcher has worked on an estimated 200 reference books, 50 of which through the Records Research company founded by him cataloguing data from popular music charts. His books, in particular the flagship series Top Pop Singles, are in-demand especially with radio DJ's and music fans. Whitburn is also known for building one of the world's largest record collections, which includes nearly every 78rpm, 45rpm single, album and CD ever to reach the Billboard charts ~ Whitburn was born in 1939
June 12, 2022 ~ Gabriel Ruiz Hiroshi Baltazar Jr, commonly known as jazz saxophonist Gabe Baltazar, passed away ~ Influenced by Benny Carter, Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, Claude Thornhill. Worked with the Lighthouse All-Stars, Stan Kenton, Nat King Cole, Jean Turner, Ann Richards, Marvin Stamm, Sam Donahue, Dee Barton, Carl Saunders, Don Menza, Terry Gibbs, Gil Fuller, Dizzy Gillespie, James Moody, Onzy Matthews, Oliver Nelson, and others ~ Baltazar was born in 1929
June 9, 2022 ~ Pop, dream pop singer, songwriter, actress Julee Cruise passed away ~ Known for Falling and Rockin' Back Inside My Heart, the former the theme song of the Twin Peaks TV series. Guested on Hybrid's 1989 Wide Angle debut album, including on the acclaimed track If I Survive. Touring member of the B52's for most of the 1990s, at times filling in for Cindy Wilson. Has released four full-length solo albums, starting with Floating Into The Night released in 1989 ~ Cruise was born in 1956
June 8, 2022 ~ Conductor David Lloyd-Jones, full name David Matthias Lloyd-Jones, passed away ~ Specialized in British and Russian music, including translating Russian operas. Best known as co-founder of the Opera North, serving as its director and conductor from 1978 through 1990. Has also worked with the Royal Opera House, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the New Opera Company, the Welsh National Opera, the Scottish Opera, and others ~ Lloyd-Jones was born in 1934
June 6, 2022 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Jim Seals, full name James Eugene Seals, passed away ~ Member of the Champs. Wrote It's Never Too Late, recorded by Brenda Lee as the B-side of her 1961 You Can Depend On Me single. Best known as half of the duo Seals & Crofts, the other being Dash Crofts, scoring 1970s Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hits with Summer Breeze, Diamond Girl and Get Closer ~ Seals was born in 1942
June 5, 2022 ~ Bassist Alec John Such passed away ~ Member of Bon Jovi from its inception in 1983 through 1994. Present on the band's best-known including the 1987 Slippery When Wet album which would go on to sell over 20 million copies and spawn the Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hits You Give Love A Bad Name, Livin' On A Prayer and Wanted Dead Or Alive ~ Such was born in 1951
June 5, 2022 ~ Mariel Semonte Orr, commonly known as rapper Trouble, passed away ~ Has been releasing mixtapes since the early 2010s. Released his first full-length, the Mike Will Made It collaborative album Edgewood, in 2018. The acclaimed album would also feature appearances from Drake and the Weeknd. Guested on Lupe Fiasco's 2015 album Tetsuo & Youth. Guested on YFN Lucci's Key To The Streets single. Has also worked with Yo Gotti, Waka Flocka Flame, Trae the Truth, and others ~ Orr was born in 1987
June 3, 2022 ~ Jazz trombonist Grachan Moncur III passed away in Newark, New Jersey, USA ~ Son of jazz bassist Grachan Moncur II. Nephew of saxophonist Al Cooper. Toured with Ray Charles from the lae 1950s through the early 1960s. Noteworthy recordings as a leader include the acclaimed 1963 Evolution debut album featuring Jackie McLean and Lee Morgan and Some Other Stuff released the following year featuring Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter. Has also worked with Art Farmer, Benny Golson, Sonny Rollins, Archie Shepp, Marion Brown, Beaver Harris, Roswell Rudd, 360 Degree Music Experience, and with Cassandra Wilson ~ Moncur was born in 1937
June 2, 2022 ~ Country singer, songwriter Hal Bynum, full name Harold L Bynum, passed away ~ Revered singer, songwriter, admired by peers. Over an estimated 200 songs to his name, including his best-known Lucille, co-written with Roger Bowling. The song would become an international hit for Kenny Rogers in 1977 topping the Billboard Country charts and reaching top 10 on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100. It would also become Rogers' first UK charttopper and over time be covered by over 80 artists. Other songs written or co-written by Bynum would be recorded by George Jones (The Old Old House), Ray Price (You Can't Take It With You), Jim Reeves (Nobody's Fool), Johnny Cash (Papa Was A Good Man), Jeanne Pruett (I've Been So Wrong For So Long), Diahann Carroll (Easy To Love), and Patty Loveless (Chains), to name just a few ~ Bynum was born in 1934
June 2, 2022 ~ Conductor Kai Bumann passed away ~ Became chief conductor of the Opera Krakowska in 1997. Guest conductor with the Deutsche Oper Berlin the following year. Perhaps best known as musical director of the Warsaw Chamber Opera from 2003 through 2013 and chief conductor of the Polish Baltic Philharmonic from 2008 through 2012. Has also worked with the Lodz Philharmonic and served as professor of conducting at the Musikakademie Danzig ~ Bumann was born ca.1961
June 1, 2022 ~ Gospel singer Deborah McCrary passed away ~ Member of traditional black gospel, contemporary urban gospel outfit the McCrary Sisters alongside siblings Ann McCrary, Regina McCrary and Alfreda McCrary. The group has recorded a number of albums, starting with Our Journey released in 2010, as well as provided backing vocals for artists such as Carrie Underwood (Choctaw County Affair), Margo Price (Do Right By Me), and Allison Russell (All Of The Women) ~ McCrary was born in 1954
May 31, 2022 ~ Blues, folk singer, guitarist, songwriter Kelly Joe Phelps passed away in Iowa, USA ~ Draws from Delta blues, jazz, folk, gospel, Americana. Influenced by Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, Mississippi Fred McDowell. Acclaimed for his slide guitar technique. Debuted with the critically acclaimed Lead Me On album in 1995. Has collaborated with Paul Curreri, Jay Farrar (Sebastopol), Rory Block, Linda Tillery, Tim O'Brien, Greg Brown, Tony Furtado, Louise Taylor, Townes Van Zandt (The Highway Kind), and others ~ Phelps was born in 1959
May 30, 2022 ~ Sound engineer Dave Smith passed away ~ Dubbed “the father of MIDI” for his pivotal role in the development of MIDI, a standard interface protocol for electronic instruments and pro audio equipment. Graduated from UC Berkeley with degrees in Computer Science and Electronic Engineering. Founded the Sequential Circuits company in the mid-1970s, the company quickly becoming one of the most successful synthesizer manufacturers. Best remembered for designing the Prophet 5, the first commercial polyphonic and microprocessor-controlled synthesizer ~ Smith was born ca.1950
May 30, 2022 ~ Joseph Paul Florio, commonly known as songwriter, producer Paul Vance, passed away ~ Prolific songwriter with over an estimated 300 songs to his credit, often teaming up with Lee Pockriss. Among their best-known are Perry Como's 1957 hit Catch A Falling Star and Brian Hyland's Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Polka Dot Bikini, the latter a 1960 Billboard Hot 100 charttopper. The duo would be sued by songwriters Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich and George Shadow Morton for their spoof song and Billboard Hot 100 top 20 hit The Leader Of The Laundromat recorded under the moniker the Detergents, which parodied the Shangri-la's' The Leader Of The Pack. The case would be settled out of court ~ Florio was born in 1929
May 29, 2022 ~ Rockabilly, R&B, country singer, songwriter Ronnie Hawkins passed away in Ontario, Canada ~ Cousin of rockabilly singer Dale Hawkins. Found succes in Canada, considered pivotal to the development of Canadian rock, rock & roll. Over 20 albums since the late 1950s. Early hits included Forty Days, Mary Lou, Bo Diddley and Bluebirds Over The Mountain, all of which reached the Canadian top 10. Hawkins' backing unit the Hawks included all of the future members of the Band, acclaimed for their 1968 Music From The Big Pink and subsequent albums. Other one-time members would go on to found acts such as Crowbar, Bearfoot, Skylark and the Full Tilt Boogie Band, the latter known for their association with Janis Joplin. Both singer Pat Travers and guitarist Roy Buchanan have also served in Hawkins' backing band ~ Hawkins was born in 1935
May 29, 2022 ~ Rock, acid rock, psychedelic rock drummer Steve Broughton passed away ~ Best known as drummer in the Edgar Broughton Band, fronted by his brother singer, guitarist, bassist Edgar Broughton. The band has been active on-and-off from the late 1960s through the 2000s, releasing their Wasa Wasa debut album in 1969. The band's next two albums, 1970's Sing Brother Sing and 1971's eponymous Edgar Broughton Band, would both reach top 30 in their native UK. Edgar Broughton has also drummed on Mike Oldfield's quintessential Tubular Bells album and performed as a solo artist since 2010 ~ Broughton was born ca.1950
May 27, 2022 ~ Bandoneon player, composer Juan José Mosalini passed away ~ Tango nuevo. Influenced avant-garde tango. Largely self-taught. Playing professionaly since his teens. Formed Tiempo Argentino. Formed Canyengues. Has also collaborated with José Basso, Leopoldo Federico, Osvaldo Pugliese, Susana Rinaldi, Edmundo Rivero, Horacio Salgán, Daniel Binelli, and others. In 1999 founded the first bandoneon course in France, his adopted homeland since the mid-1970s, at the Gennevilliers Conservatory of Music ~ Mosalini was born in 1943
May 26, 2022 ~ Pop rock, progressive rock drummer Alan White passed away in Newcastle, Washington, USA ~ Member of the Plastic Ono Band, backing John Lennon on songs such as Imagine and Instant Karma. Best known as long-time member of progressive rock outfit Yes, joining the band in 1972 as replacement for Bill Bruford. Has also worked with the likes of Balls, Circa, George Harrison, Terry Reid, Joe Cocker, Doris Troy, Donovan, and others ~ White was born in 1949
May 26, 2022 ~ Keyboardist, bassist Andy Fletcher, full name Andrew John Leonard Fletcher, passed away in UK ~ Co-founded Composition Of Sound with Martin Gore and Vince Clarke. After the addition of David Gahan the band would be renamed to Depeche Mode, releasing their Speak & Spell debut album in 1981. The band would go on to become one of the leading and most certainly longest-running acts in synthpop, new wave, dance-rock, and score hits such as Just Can't Get Enough, Everything Counts, People Are People, Personal Jesus, Enjoy The Silence and Condemnation ~ Fletcher was born in 1961
May 26, 2022 ~ Conductor, music director, producer Bill Walker, full name William Alfred Walker, passed away in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ~ After working with Jim Reeves relocated to America, only to find Reeves had died in a plane crash. Music director for The Johnny Cash Show during the late 1960s, working on some 60 episodes until the show was canceled. Led the orchestra on TNN's The Statler Brother Show for it's entire seven-year existence. Served as orchestrator, producer for the likes of Eddy Arnold (Make The World Go Away), Roy Clark, Marty Robbins, Sammi Smith (Help Me Make It Through The Night), Bobby Vinton, Bob Dylan (Copper Kettle), Donna Fargo (The Happiest Girl In The Whole USA), and others ~ Walker was born in 1927
May 25, 2022 ~ Jazz saxophonist Jean-Louis Chautemps passed away ~ Initially studied medicine and law, yet chose a career in music. Got his first break working with pianist, bandleader Jef Gilson in 1950. Would go on to back stalwarts of French jazz such as Henri Renaud and Albert Nicholas. Has also worked with Claude Bolling, Sidney Bechet, Django Reinhardt, Chet Baker, Zoot Sims, Lester Young, Albert Ayler, Roy Eldridge, Philly Joe Jones, Lester Bowie, Martial Solal, and others. To pop audiences perhaps best known for appearing on Elton John's Honky Cat of the 1972 Honky Château album ~ Chautemps was born in 1931
May 23, 2022 ~ Bluegrass fiddler James Price passed away ~ Closely associated with Ralph Stanley, playing with Stanley's backing unit the Clinch Mountain Boys from 1995 through 2003. Rooted in old-time mountain style, known for his clarity and precision on the fiddle. Member of the Blues Busters. Member of the Goin Brothers. Toured with Jim Lauderdale and Johnny Paycheck. Has also recorded as a solo artist, most notably the album Fiddlin' The Old Time Way released in 2003 ~ Price was born ca.1965
May 23, 2022 ~ Country singer, guitarist, songwriter Thom Bresh, full name Thomas Charles Bresh, passed away in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ~ Son of country singer Merle Travis. Member of rock & roll outfit the Crescents, known for their instrumental song Pink Dominos released in 1963. As a solo artist best known for his 1976 single Homemade Love, a Billboard Country top 10 hit of his full-length debut album of the same name. The follow-up, Sad Country Love Song, would reach the top 20. Bresh recorded two more albums over the next few years, generating a number of modest hits ~ Bresh was born in 1948
May 21, 2022 ~ Actress, opera singer Yam Bing-yee passed away ~ First performed as a singer in her early teens. Would go on to star in over an estimated 150 films, often playing co-lead roles in Cantonese opera films. Has also starred in stage productions, including notably the Hong Kong premiere of The Flower Princess with the Sin Fung Ming Opera Company in 1957 ~ Bing-yee was born in 1931
May 19, 2022 ~ Soul, R&B, funk, jazz, gospel keyboardist, singer Bernard Wright passed away ~ Worked with Tom Browne at age 16. Sessioned with Doug E Fresh, Cameo, Bobby Brown, Pieces Of A Dream, Charles Earland, Marcus Miller, Miles Davis, and others. As a solo artist recorded half a dozen albums, starting with 'Nard released in 1981. Often sampled by the likes of Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg, Skee Lo, LL Cool J, and others. Known for songs such as Just Chillin' Out, Haboglabotribin', Funky Beat and Who Do You Love, the latter reaching top 10 on the Billboard R&B charts. Starting in the 1990s Wright would focus mostly on gospel ~ Wright was born in 1963
May 18, 2022 ~ Folk singer, guitarist, banjoist, songwriter Bob Neuwirth passed away in Santa Monica, California, USA ~ Underground cult hero. Influential on close friend and associate of Bob Dylan, with whom he also played including in the 1967 tour documentary Don't Look Back. Assembled Dylan's backing band for the 1975 Rolling Thunder Revue tour. Perhaps best remembered for co-writing Mercedes Benz with Michael McClure and Janis Joplin, the latter first recording the song as the B-side to Cry Baby released in 1971. Recorded five albums through the late 1990s, starting with his eponymous Bob Neuwirth debut in 1974. Collaborated with John Cale on the 1994 collaborative Last Day On Earth album. Songs written or co-written by Neuwirth have been recorded by Kristofferson, Peter Case, T-Bone Burnett, Robert Earl Keen, Todd Snider, and others ~ Neuwirth was born in 1939
May 18, 2022 ~ Actor, TV personality, singer, songwriter Wim Rijken passed away in Amsterdam, the Netherlands ~ Best known as an actor for TV, film, theater. As a singer debuted in 1988 with the single Wie Weet Wat Liefde Is duetting with Conny Vandenbos and later rerecorded as a duet with Marga Bult. As a solo artist known for songs such as Voor Mij Is Er Maar Eén, Jij Bent Mijn Zomer and Zo Zijn We Samen ~ Rijken was born in 1958
May 17, 2022 ~ Bassist Rick Price, full name Richard Gordon Price, passed away ~ Member of a number of Birmingham-based bands starting with Sight & Sound, and subsequently with the Move from 1969 through 1971 and perhaps most notably Wizzard from 1972 through 1975 scoring the UK No.1 hits See My Baby Jive and Angel Fingers. Briefly played with the Electric Light Orchestra, though his bass parts would not make it to the band's 1971 eponymous Electric Light Orchestra debut album. Married to singer Dianne Lee of the 1970s duo Peters & Lee ~ Price was born in 1944
May 17, 2022 ~ Evángelos Odysseás Papathanassiou, commonly known as pianist, keyboardist, composer Vangelis, passed away in France ~ Member of Aphrodite's Child, acclaimed for their 1972 666 album which is considered a landmark album in progressive, psychedelic rock. Formed the duo Jon & Vangelis with Yes lead singer Jon Anderson. Acclaimed film composer, noted for the soundtracks to Blade Runner, 1492 (Conquest Of Paradise) and Chariots Of Fire. The latter, released in 1981, would earn Papathanassiou an Academy Award for Best Original Score ~ Papathanassiou was born in 1943
May 15, 2022 ~ Punk rock, rock guitarist Ricky Gardiner passed away ~ Active since the early 1960s. Formed Beggar's Opera. Best known for his work with Iggy Pop on the 1977 Lust For Life album, notably credited for coming up with the characteristic guitar riff on The Passenger, and with David Bowie on the Low album issued the same year ~ Gardiner was born in 1948
May 15, 2022 ~ Mirko Kogoj, commonly known as pop, chanson singer Robert Cogoi, passed away ~ Best known for representing his native Belgium at the 1964 Eurovision Songfestival, reaching joint 10th place with his self-penned Près De Ma Rivière ~ Kogoj was born in 1939
May 13, 2022 ~ Raqhid Jevon Render, commonly known as hip-hop, trap rapper, songwriter Lil' Keed, passed away in Beverly Hills, California, USA ~ Best known for his 2018 single Nameless. Has collaborated with Lil' Uzi Vert, Zaytoven, OT Genasis, Young Thug, Lil' Yachty, Lil Gotit, Nasty C, and others ~ Render was born in 1998
May 12, 2022 ~ R&B singer Ben Moore, full name Benjamin Moore Jr, passed away ~ Sang with Otis Redding and James Brown. Member of Jimmy Tig & the Rounders. Teamed up with James Purify in the mid-1970s adopting the moniker Bobby Purify previously held by Robert Lee Dickey. The reformed James & Bobby Purify would re-record I'm Your Puppet reaching top 20 in the UK in 1976. Subsequently Moore would also record as a solo artist, keeping the Purify moniker, retiring from music by the 1990s. By the end of the decade returned to music, encouraged by Ray Charles, and later joined gospel outfit the Blind Boys Of Alabama ~ Moore was born in 1941
May 11, 2022 ~ Singer Patricia Cahill passed away in Marbella, Spain ~ Active since her mid-teens. Known for songs such as Back To The Hills, Canavaun and I Stand Still. Best known for her regular appearances on Songs Of Praise, a show containing religious songs aired by the BBC ~ Cahill was born in 1945
May 11, 2022 ~ Classical, contemporary classical, baroque flutist William Bennett, full name Wiliam Ingham Brooker Bennett, passed away in London, UK ~ Worked with George Malcolm, Osian Ellis, Yehudi Menuhin, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sadler's Wells Opera, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Melos Ensemble, George Malcolm, Clifford Benson, Osian Ellis, the English Chamber Orchestra, Jimi Hendrix, Wynton Marsalis, and others ~ Bennett was born in 1936
May 7, 2022 ~ Country, countrypolitan, pop singer, pianist Mickey Gilley, full name Mickey Leroy Gilley, passed away in Branson, Missouri, USA ~ Known for songs such as A Room Full Of Roses, Don't The Girls Get Prettier At Closing Time and a countryfied cover of the Ben E King-classic Stand By Me used in the 1980 Urban Cowboy soundtrack ~ Gilley was born in 1936
May 6, 2022 ~ Jewell Caples, mononymously known as R&B singer Jewell, passed away ~ In-demand 1990's session singer referrering to herself as “the First Lady of Death Row Records” appearing on several pivotal golden age records, perhaps most notably Dr Dre's The Chronic and Snoop Dogg's Doggystyle album. Has also worked with Marky Mark, Bone Thugs 'n Harmony, Kool G Rap, Tupac Shakur, and others. As a solo artist best known for her Shirley Brown-cover Woman To Woman for the 1994 Murder Was The Case soundtrack ~ Caples was born in 1968
May 2, 2022 ~ Folk, folk rock singer, guitarist, songwriter María José Cantilo passed away in El Bolsón, Argentina ~ Emerged in the mid-1980s, releasing her eponymous María José Cantilo debut album in 1984, to become one of the defining voices in Argentine rock of the 1980s. Has collaborated with the likes of David Lebón, Leon Gieco, Osvaldo Fattorusso, Daniel Colombres, Oscar Moro, and with her older brother Miguel Cantilo. In 1990 Cantilo would become a Playboy model gracing the cover of the May issue of the magazine's Argentina edition ~ Cantilo was born in 1953
May 1, 2022 ~ Rock, progressive rock, metal drummer Ric Parnell, full name Richard J Parnell, passed away ~ Perhaps best known for portraying the role of drummer Mick Shrimpton in the rock parody This Is Spinal Tap. Son of jazz drummer Jack Parnell. Has worked with acts such as Horse, Atomic Rooster, the Tritons, Nova, Toni Basil, Jon Anderson, the Deviants, Zoo Drive, and others ~ Parnell was born in 1951
April 30, 2022 ~ Diana Ellen Judd, commonly known as country singer Naomi Judd, passed away near Nashville, Tennessee, USA ~ Mother of Wynonna Judd, with whom she formed the successful country duo the Judds. The duo scored numerous No.1 hits on the Billboard Country charts throughout the early 1990s, including Mama He's Crazy, Why Not Me, Have Mercy, Grandpa Tell Me 'Bout The Good Old Days, I Know Where I'm Going and Let Me Tell You About Love ~ Judd was born in 1946
April 30, 2022 ~ Rock guitarist Ray Fenwick, full name Raymond John Fenwick, passed away ~ Member of the Syndicats, joining the band in 1964 replacing future Yes-guitarist Steve Howe. Member of Dutch outfit the Tee Set. Member of the Spencer Davis Group from 1967 through 1969. Member of Fancy, known for the surprise hits Wild Thing and Touch Me. Also notably worked with Ian Gillan, Jon Lord, and with Bo Diddley on the latter's The London Bo Diddley Sessions album ~ Fenwick was born in 1946
April 29, 2022 ~ Jazz drummer Allen Blairman passed away ~ To rock audiences perhaps best known as a member of 1970s jazz-rock group Embryo. Has also worked with Charles Mingus, Chet Baker, Archie Shepp, Mal Waldron, Albert Ayler, Karl Berger, and others ~ Blairman was born in 1940
April 27, 2022 ~ Singer Judy Henske, full name Judith Anne Henske, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Dubbed “the Queen of the Beatniks” by producer Jack Nitzsche. Joined the Whiskeyhill Singers in 1961, noted for their 1962 Dave Guard & The Whiskeyhill Singers album. Member of Rosebud. As a solo artist best known for her 1969 Farewell Aldebaran album drawing from folk, psychedelia and arty pop, with her then-husband Jerry Yester ~ Henske was born in 1936
April 26, 2022 ~ Modern electronica pioneer Klaus Schulze passed away ~ Briefly a member of Krautrock bands Tangerine Dream, Ash Ra Tempel and the Cosmic Jokers before venturing out on his own, releasing over 60 albums during a five-decade career ~ Schulze was born in 1947
April 25, 2022 ~ Saxophonist, flutist Andrew Woolfolk, full name Andrew Paul Woolfolk II, passed away ~ Best known as longtime member of Earth Wind & Fire. Also guested on albums by Deniece Williams (Song Bird), Stanley Turrentine (Tender Togetherness), Phil Collins (Dance Into The Light), Twennynine (Best Of Friends), Philip Bailey (The Wonders Of Love), Level 42 (Standing In The Light), Valerie Carter (Just A Stones Throw Away), Tracie Spencer (Tracie Spencer), and others ~ Woolfolk was born in 1950
April 25, 2022 ~ Singer, bassist, songwriter, film composer Henny Vrienten passed away ~ Rose to fame as co-lead singer of Doe Maar, joining the band in 1980. The band spearheaded a resurgence of Dutch pop music and is best known for songs such as Nederwiet, 32 Jaar (Sinds 1 Dag Of 2), Is Dit Alles, De Bom, Pa and 1 Nacht Alleen. After the band folded in 1984 Vrienten has recorded as a solo artist, duetted with Herman Brood (Als Je Wint), and composed for dozens of films (Left Luggage, Abeltje), as well as for TV (het Klokhuis, Sesamstraat) ~ Vrienten was born in 1948
April 23, 2022 ~ Arnold Charles Ernest Hintjens, commonly known as singer, songwriter Arno, passed away ~ Known for his raspy voice. Rose to fame in the 1980s as frontman of TC Matic, one of the most important Belgian rock bands known for songs such as Oh La La La, Qua Pasa and Putain Putain. Debuted as a solo artist with the eponymous Arno album in 1986. Especially acclaimed for his Idiots Savant album, released in 1993. Sang the Dutch version of Randy Newman's You've Got A Friend In Me, retitled Je Bent Een Vriend Van Mij, for a Dutch-language version of Pixar's 1995 Toy Story animated film ~ Hintjens was born in 1949
April 22, 2022 ~ Singer, guitarist, pianist, songwriter Jan Rot passed away in Rotterdam, the Netherlands ~ Member of Streetbeats. Member of Ratata. Debuted as a solo artist with the album Single released in 1982. To pop audiences perhaps best known for the singles Counting Sheep, Op Een Mooie Pinksterdag with Rick de Leeuw, and Naast Jou with Boudewijn de Groot. Earned critical acclaim and peer admiration from the 2000s onwards for Dutch translations of pop, rock songs originally by the Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley, Simon & Garfunkel and Bob Dylan, as well as translations of musicals and classical works, notably Johann Sebastian Bach's Matteus Passion ~ Rot was born in 1957
April 20, 2022 ~ David William Kearney, commonly known as blues guitarist, singer, songwriter Guitar Shorty, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Formative influence on a young Jimi Hendrix as well as Buddy Guy. As a solo artist debuted in 1957 with the single Irma Lee b/w You Don't Treat Me Right produced by Willie Dixon and featuring Otis Rush on second guitar. Over the course of his six-decade career Kearney has worked with Ray Charles, Guitar Slim, T-Bone Walker, Big Joe Turner, Little Richard, Sam Cooke, and others ~ Kearney was born in 1934
April 18, 2022 ~ Film composer Andrzej Korzynski, full name Andrzej Waldemar Korzynski, passed away ~ Best known for scoring the soundtracks for The Birch Wood, The Devil, Man Of Marble and Possession ~ Korzynski was born in 1940
April 18, 2022 ~ Composer Harrison Birtwistle passed away ~ Prolific contemporary classical composer known best for The Triumph Of Time and the operas The Mask Of Orpheus, Gawain and The Minotaur. The latter would be named as one of the most important 21st-century pieces by the Guardian in 2019. Also known for co-founding the Pierrot Players ensemble with composer, conductor Peter Maxwell Davies ~ Birtwistle was born in 1934
April 18, 2022 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Jerry Doucette, full name Jerry Victor Doucette, passed away in Delta, Canada ~ Known for a number of 1970s singles, notably Mama Let Him Play and Nobody. The former, taken of his 1977 album of the same name, would reach Platinum status in Doucette's native Canada and become a minor hit in the USA. Member of the Seeds Of Time. Has also collaborated with Lindsay Mitchell and Rocket Norton, both of whom later members of Prism ~ Doucette was born ca.1952
April 18, 2022 ~ Flutist, music director, songwriter José Luis Cortés passed away ~ Birthed and named timba, the most important popular dance and music genre to come out of Cuba since the 1980s merging son with salsa, Afro-Cuban folk, as well as American funk and R&B. Best known for founding NG La Banda in the late 1980s. Has also played with jazz-fusion supergroup Irakere and with songo band Los Van Van ~ Cortés was born ca.1952
April 17, 2022 ~ Actress, singer Catherine Spaak passed away in Rome, Italy ~ Actress, starring in a dozen films as lead actress before age 18. Notable film credits include Circle Of Love directed by Roger Vadim and The Man The Woman & The Money alongside Marcello Mastroianni. As a singer critically compared to French chanteuse Françoise Hardy and best known for a number of early 1960s recordings including some of Hardy's songs under the direction of Ezio Leoni ~ Spaak was born in 1945
April 17, 2022 ~ Keith Grayson, commonly known as hip-hop DJ, rapper DJ Kay Slay, passed away ~ Dubbed “Hip-hop's One-man Ministry of Insults” by New York Times. Debuted in 2003 with the album Streetsweeper Vol.1 and has recorded consistently since. Collaborated with Nas, Foxxy Brown, Fat Joe, Joe Budden, Joe, Three 6 Mafia, Papoose, Busta Rhymes, Layzie Bone, Twista, Fabolous, T-Pain, Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, and others ~ Grayson was born in 1966
April 17, 2022 ~ Shirley Macleod, commonly known as pop, rock singer Re Styles, passed away ~ Member of the Tubes, notably present as co-lead singer on the band's Prime Time of their 1979 Remote Control album produced by Todd Rundgren ~ Macleod was born ca.1950
April 17, 2022 ~ R&B singer Roderick Clark passed away ~ Member of Hi-Five best known for their 1990 eponymous Hi-Five debut album produced by Teddy Riley, which reached Platinum status and spawned the Billboard R&B top 10 hits I Just Can't Handle It, I Can't Wait Another Minute and I Like The Way (The Kissing Game). The latter would also top the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 ~ Clark was born ca.1973
April 16, 2022 ~ Folk, rock singer, guitarist, songwriter Bill Bourne, full name William Sigurd Bourne, passed away ~ Member of the Tannahill Weavers. Member of roots trio Tri-Continental alongside Lester Quitzau and Madagascar Slim. As a solo artist perhaps best known for his 2002 Voodoo King album. Has also collaborated with Alan Macleod, Shannon Johnson, Eivør, Jasmine Ohlhauser, Tippy Agogo, and others ~ Bourne was born in 1954
April 15, 2022 ~ Arthur Goldberg, commonly known as label executive, producer Art Rupe, passed away in Santa Barbara, California, USA ~ Founded Specialty Records in the mid-1940s, a pivotal record label in the development of R&B, blues and early rock & roll. Perhaps best known for his association with Little Richard, starting with 1955's Tutti Frutti which is widely considered one of the records that defined rock & roll. Other notable artists on the label's roster include gospel acts such as the Soul Stirrers which featured Sam Cooke, the Swan Silvertones, Alex Bradford, Wynona Carr and R&B and rock & roll artists including Lloyd Price, Guitar Slim, Don & Dewey, Roy Montrell, and Roddy Jackson ~ Goldberg was born in 1917
April 13, 2022 ~ Pop bassist Lennart Hegland passed away ~ Co-founding member of the Hep Stars, known for songs such as Farmer John, Cadillac and Bald Headed Woman all of which would top the charts in the band's native Sweden. The band would also be noted for including Benny Anderson of future ABBA fame. By the time the band broke up in the early 1970s Hegland was the sole remaining original member ~ Hegland was born in 1943
April 13, 2022 ~ Rock, post-hardcore bassist Tim Feerick passed away ~ Best known as member of Dance Gavin Dance, initially as a touring member starting in 2009. Feerick became an official full-time member in 2013. The band is best known as thriving force behind and regular headliner of Swanfest music festival and for their 2016 Mothership album which reached top 20 on the Billboard Hot 200 album charts ~ Feerick was born ca.1988
April 12, 2022 ~ R&B singer Charles McCormick passed away ~ Member of Bloodstone, known for songs such as Natural High, Never Let You Go, Outside Woman, My Little Lady and We Go A Long Way Back, all of which reached top 10 on the Billboard R&B charts between 1973 and 1982 ~ McCormick was born ca.1947
April 12, 2022 ~ Indie rock singer, guitarist David Freel passed away ~ Co-founded Swell with drummer Sean Kirkpatrick in 1989. Influenced by a wide array of artists and genres ranging from Pink Floyd to Ennio Morricone the band would release close to a dozen albums over the following two decades including the acclaimed Well, Too Many Days Without Thinking and For All The Beautiful People ~ Freel was born ca.1958
April 11, 2022 ~ Bassist Charnett Moffett passed away in Stanford, California, USA ~ Worked with Far East, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Art Blakey, Ornette Coleman, McCoy Tyner, Pharoah Sanders, Dizzy Gillespie, Ellis Marsalis, Sonny Sharrock, Stanley Jordan, Wallace Roney, Arturo Sandoval, Courtney Pine, David Sanborn, David Sánchez, Dianne Reeves, Frank Lowe, Harry Connick Jr, Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson, Kenny Garrett, Kenny Kirkland, Kevin Eubanks, Lew Soloff, the Manhattan Jazz Quintet, Melody Gardot, Mulgrew Miller, Stanley Jordan, Tony Williams, Rachel Z, Cindy Blackman, Geri Allen, Cyrus Chestnut, Will Calhoun, Erin McPherson, Yungchen Lhamo, Scott Tixier, Mark Whitfield, Jana Herzen, Kenny Drew Jr, and others ~ Moffett was born in 1967
April 9, 2022 ~ Punk rock singer Chris Bailey passed away ~ Co-founder, lead singer, sole constant member of pivotal Australian punk rock group the Saints, known best for their 1977 I'm Stranded hit single. Has also recorded as a solo artist, starting with the album Casablanca released in 1983 ~ Bailey was born ca.1957
April 8, 2022 ~ Pop, beat singer Conleth Cluskey, commonly known as Con Cluskey, passed away ~ Founding member of the Bachelors, known for 1960s hits such as Diane, I Wouldn't Trade You For The World, Marie, and Sound Of Silence ~ Cluskey was born in 1940
April 8, 2022 ~ Gospel singer Osinachi Nwachukwu passed away ~ Rose to notoriety in her native Nigeria with the single Ekwueme featuring Prospa Ochimana. Nwachukwu was the victim of domestic violence, perpetruated by her husband Peter Nwachukwu, and after several days on life support succumbed to her injuries ~ Nwachukwu was born ca.1980
April 8, 2022 ~ Singer Pastelle LeBlanc passed away ~ Formed folk group Vishtèn with Emmanuelle LeBlanc and instrumentalist Pascal Miousse. The band has recorded about half a dozen albums since the mid-2000s and is best known for their acclaimed Horizons, released in 2018 ~ LeBlanc was born ca.1980
April 7, 2022 ~ Operatic soprano Birgit Nordin passed away ~ Best known for her association with the Royal Swedish Opera, singing with the company from 1958 through 1986. Married to bass-baritone Jerker Arvidson ~ Nordin was born in 1934
April 7, 2022 ~ Elias Kahn, commonly known as composer, pianist, accordionist, conspiracy theorist Elias Davidsson, passed away in Germany ~ Best known for composing several avant-garde electronic works, most notably Piano Trio and Landlög. Davidsson is also known as a publisher, 9/11 truther and conspiracy theorist ~ Davidsson was born in 1941
April 5, 2022 ~ Robert Louis Ridarelli, commonly known as pop, rock & roll singer, drummer, actor Bobby Rydell passed away in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Early 1960s teen idol best known for songs such as Wild One, Swingin' School and Volare, all of which reached Billboard top 10. Appeared in the 1963 feature film Bye Bye Birdie based on the stage play of the same name ~ Ridarelli was born in 1942
April 5, 2022 ~ Conductor, violinist, composer Boris Brott passed away in Hamilton, Canada ~ One of Canada's internationally most acclaimed conductors having conducted on stages around the world including New York's Carnegie Hall and London's Covent Garden. Founder and artistic director of the National Academy Orchestra of Canada ~ Brott was born in 1944
April 5, 2022 ~ Country rock, folk rock singer, guitarist, songwriter Paul Siebel passed away ~ Admired by peers. Released his full-length Woodsmoke And Oranges debut album in 1970. Had his songs covered by the likes of Willy DeVille, Linda Ronstadt, Marc Ellington (Any Day Woman), Bonnie Raitt (Louise), Kate Wolf, Jerry Jeff Walker (Then Came The Children), Mary McCaslin, Emmylou Harris (Spanish Johnny), Waylon Jennings, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Leo Kottke, and others ~ Siebel was born in 1937
April 4, 2022 ~ Journalist, author, media critic Eric Boehlert passed away in Montclair, New Jersey, USA ~ Staff writer at both Salon and Billboard. To music and media audiences perhaps best known for a series of articles investigating corporate malfeasance in the music business following Pearl Jam's 1994 official complaint with the US Justice Department again Ticketmaster in 1994. In the Trump era became well-known outside music circles as a firm and vocal critic of Donald J Trump ~ Boehlert was born in 1965
April 4, 2022 ~ Guitarist Joe Messina passed away in Northville, Michigan, USA ~ Influenced by Charlie Parker, Les Paul and George Barnes. While a studio musician at ABC television accompanied artists such as Sonny Stitt, Charlie Parker, Stan Getz, Jack Teagarden, Lee Konitz, Jimmy Giuffre, Pepper Adams, Donald Byrd, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Frank Rosolino, and Dizzy Gillespie. Recruited in the late 1950s by Berry Gordy Jr for Motown houseband the Funk Brothers. Appears on recordings by the Supremes (Someday We'll Be Together), the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, the Four Tops (I Can't Help Myself (Sugarpie Honey Bunch)), Stevie Wonder (For Once In My Life), the Miracles, Martha & the Vandellas (Dancing In the Street), and others ~ Messina was born in 1928
April 3, 2022 ~ Arthur Eversole, commonly known as hip-hop, crunk rapper, songwriter Archie Eversole, passed away in DeKalb County, Georgia, USA ~ Best known for his 2002 single We Ready taken of his lone solo album Ride Wit Me Dirty South Style. Though only a minor hit the single would be adopted as an anthem by the Kansas City Royals. Eversole was found suffering from gunshot wounds at a gas station, later dying from his injuries. His brother, Alexander Kraus, was arrested and charged with his murder ~ Eversole was born in 1984
April 1, 2022 ~ Fitzroy Simpson, commonly known as reggae singer Bunny Simpson, passed away ~ Formed roots reggae harmony group the Mighty Diamonds with Judge Ferguson and Tabby Shaw, best known for their 1976 Right Time debut album. Originally recorded Pass The Kouchie in 1981, notably covered by pop-reggae outfit Musical Youth as Pass The Dutchie ~ Simpson was born ca.1950
April 1, 2022 ~ William Dale Fries Jr, commonly known as singer CW McCall, passed away in Ouray, Colorado, USA ~ Best known for Convoy. Co-penned with Chip Davis for an advertising campaign for the Iowa bakery Old Home Bread company, the song would top both the Billboard Country and Billboard Hot 100 charts, and inspire the Sam Peckinpah-directed film of the same name starring Kris Kristofferson. Other well-known songs include Wolf Creek Pass, Round The World With The Rubber Duck, There Won't Be No Country Music (There Won't Be No Rock 'n Roll), Crispy Critters and Roses For Mama ~ Fries was born in 1928
April 1, 2022 ~ Bluegrass mandolinist Roland White passed away ~ Brother of Eric White and Clarence White. Worked with the Kentucky Colonels, Country Gazette, the Nashville Bluegrass Band, Lester Flatt, Alan Munde, Butch Robins, Bobby Hicks, Joe Carr, Ricky Skaggs, and others ~ White was born in 1938
March 31, 2022 ~ R&B singer Fred Johnson passed away ~ Member of the Marcels, notably present on the band's debut single Blue Moon which would sell over a million copies and chart the all-genre Billboard Hot 100. Though the band would continue to record, and score an ocassional US top 10 hit such as Heartaches, they would be unable to replicate the succes of their debut single ~ Johnson was born ca.1942
March 31, 2022 ~ Classical pianist Joseph Kalichstein passed away ~ Concerto, recital, chamber music pianist. Has collaborated with conductors such as André Previn, Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, Zubin Mehta, Leonard Slatkin. Closely associated with violinist Jaime Laredo and Sharon Robinson, the trio having performed at the inauguration of President Jimmy Carter, having recorded works of Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, Johannes Brahms and Maurice Ravel, and having works written especially for them by the likes of Richard Danielpour, John Corigliano and Daron Hagen ~ Kalichstein was born in 1946
March 30, 2022 ~ Nathaniel Ian Wynter, commonly known as reggae keyboardist, guitarist, bassist, singer, songwriter Natty Wailer, passed away ~ At times credited as Ian Wynter and Brother Ian. Best known for his work with Aston Barrett, King Tubby and Bob Marley. First recorded with the latter on the 1976 Rastaman Vibration album. Toured with Marley throughout the USA, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. After Marley's death in 1981 semi-retired from music to reemerge by the late 1990s. Over the course of his career has also worked with Peter Tosh, Linval Thompson, Dennis Brown, and fronted his own outfit the Reggae Vibes notably known for the albums Lifted and Destiny released respectively in 2000 and 2013 ~ Wynter was born in 1954
March 30, 2022 ~ Pop, dance-pop singer Tom Parker, full name Thomas Anthony Parker, passed away ~ Member of pop, dance-pop boyband the Wanted, known for UK top 10 hits such as All Time Low, Heart Vacancy, Glad You Came, Lightning, Chasing The Sun and Show Me Love (America) ~ Parker was born in 1988
March 29, 2022 ~ Wolfrando Lavalan Jr, commonly known as rock, blues rock, alternative rock, progressive rock singer, guitarist Jun Lopito, passed away ~ Member of the Jerks alongside Pinoy rock legend Pepe Smith from the late 1970s through the early 1990s. Has also worked with Grace Nono, Tropical Depression, Sampaguita, Pinikpikan, and others. Released his Bodhisattvas solo debut album in 1995 ~ Lavalan was born ca.1958
March 29, 2022 ~ Donald Shaw, commonly known as reggea singer Tabby Shaw, passed away ~ Formed roots reggae harmony group the Mighty Diamonds with Judge Ferguson and Bunny Simpson, best known for their 1976 Right Time debut album. Originally recorded Pass The Kouchie in 1981, notably covered by pop-reggae outfit Musical Youth as Pass The Dutchie ~ Shaw was born ca.1956
March 26, 2022 ~ Jeffrey Lee Herndon, commonly known as country singer, bassist Jeff Carson, born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA ~ Sessioned and worked as a demo singer until his 1995 eponymous Jeff Carson debut album, which spawned three Billboard Country top 10 hits with Not On Your Love, The Car and Holdin' Onto Somethin'. Carson would be unable to repeat the succes but continued to record, reaching the country charts with songs such as Cheatin' On Her Heart, I Never Was The Same Again and Until We Fall Back In Love Again. Retired from music in 2009 to pursue a career in law enforcement ~ Herndon was born in 1963
March 26, 2022 ~ Jazz singer Tina May passed away in London, UK ~ Worked with Clark Tracey, Tony Coe, Nikki Iles, Stan Sulzmann, Ray Bryant, Enrico Pieranunzi, Michael Hashim, Humphrey Lyttelton, and others ~ May was born in 1961
March 25, 2022 ~ Alternative rock, punk rock, post-grunge drummer Taylor Hawkins, full name Oliver Taylor Hawkins passed away in Bogota, Colombia ~ Influenced by Phil Collins, Stewart Copeland, Stephen Perkins, Jim Gordon, Neal Peart. Best known as member of the Foo Fighters. Touring drummer for Alanis Morissette. Also worked with Birds Of Satan, Coheed & Cambria, Vasco Rossi, Chevy Metal, and others ~ Hawkins was born in 1972
March 24, 2022 ~ Classical, TV, film composer John McLeod passed away in Edinburgh, UK ~ Had numerous of his works premiered by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Others who performed his compositions include the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Hallé Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Well-known works include Out Of The Silence, Percussion Concerto, Symphonies Of Stone And Water and Viola Concerto ~ McLeod was born in 1934
March 23, 2022 ~ Composer, conductor Andrzej Cwojdzinski passed away ~ Served as director for the Koszalin Philharmonic from 1964 through 1979. Taught at the Academy of Music, Gdansk from 1991 through 1999 ~ Cwojdzinski was born in 1928
March 22, 2022 ~ Pianist, songwriter Pierre Papadiamandis passed away in Paris, France ~ Best known for his association with Eddy Mitchell starting in the mid-1960s, initially as backing pianist and starting with 1966 J'Ai Oublié De L'Oublier serving as Mitchell's primary songwriter. Papadiamandis has written or co-written over 200 songs for Mitchell. Others who have recorded his songs include Ray Charles, Céline Dion, Grace Jones (I Need A Man), Michel Delpech, Johnny Hallyday, Françoise Hardy, and others ~ Papadiamandis was born in 1937
March 21, 2022 ~ Gospel singer, songwriter LaShun Pace, full name Tarrian LaShun Pace, passed away ~ On-and-off member of sibling outfit the Anointed Pace Sisters. Renowned solo artist, releasing her He Lives debut album in 1990 which reached top 10 on the Billboard Gospel album charts. Known best for songs such as Act Like You Know featuring Karen Clark Sheard, There's A Leak In This Old Building, Walk With Me and her signature song I Know I've Been Changed. Has also ventured into acting, most notably in the role of the Angel of Mercy in the 1992 film Leap Of Faith ~ Pace was born in 1961
March 19, 2022 ~ Conductor Michail Jurowski, full name Michail Vladimirovich Jurowski, passed away ~ Internationally acclaimed conductor best known for his association with several leading German orchestras from the late 1970s forward including the Komische Oper Berlin, the Staatsoper Dresden, the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, and others. Regarded an authority on the works of Dmitri Shostakovich ~ Jurowski was born in 1945
March 18, 2022 ~ Orin Glenn Troutman, commonly known as rockabilly, pop singer Glen Glenn, passed away ~ Formed the duo the Missouri Mountain Boys with guitarist Gary Lambert. Ventured into a solo career by the mid-1950s, releasing his Everybody's Movin debut single in 1958. Drafted soon after its release, Troutman was unable to do any promotion, effectively stalling his career. Resurfaced in the 1970s after Ace Records issued a compilation of his rockabilly recordings ~ Glenn was born in 1934
March 16, 2022 ~ Jazz singer Barbara Morrison passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Worked with Jimmy Smith, James Moody, Gerald Wilson, Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Charles, Ron Carter, Etta James, Esther Phillips, David T Walker, Dr John, Kenny Burrell, Terence Blanchard, Joe Sample, Cedar Walton, Nancy Wilson, Joe Williams, Tony Bennett, Keb' Mo, Doc Severinsen, Mark Winkler, and others ~ Morrison was born in 1949
March 16, 2022 ~ Singer, songwriter Bobby Weinstein passed away ~ Member of 1950s vocal group the Legends. Would rise to prominence in the mid- to late 1950s as songwriter, often in collaboration with Teddy Randazzo. Well-known hit songs include Pretty Blue Eyes for Steve Lawrence and I'm On The Outside Looking In, Goin' Out Of My Head and Hurt So Bad for doo-wop, R&B outfit Little Anthony & the Imperials. Weinstein also regularly teamed up with Tommy Boyce. Artists who recorded songs written or co-written by Weinstein would include the Box Tops, Dionne Warwick, Frankie Valli, Ella Fitzgerald, Linda Ronstadt, and Frank Sinatra. Weinstein has also served as executive with the performing rights organization BMI and sat on the board of the National Academy Of Popular Music for over two decades ~ Weinstein was born in 1939
March 12, 2022 ~ Guitarist Barry Bailey passed away ~ Founding member of Southern rock outfit the Atlanta Rhythm Section, remaining with the band from 1972 until leaving in 2006 to care for his ailing wife. The band is known for songs such as So Into You, I'm Not Gonna Let It Bother Me Tonight, Imaginary Lover, Do It Or Die and Spooky, all of which reached the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 ~ Bailey was born in 1948
March 12, 2022 ~ R&B, soul, pop singer, TV, radio personality Traci Braxton, full name Traci Renee Braxton, passed away ~ Member of sibling outfit the Braxtons, alongside Towanda Braxton, Trina Braxton, Toni Braxton and Tamar Braxton, known for their 1990 single Good Life which although unsuccessfull spawned oldest sister Toni's career. As a solo artist best known for the Last Call single of her 2014 Crash & Burn solo debut album ~ Braxton was born in 1971
March 11, 2022 ~ Country singer, songwriter Brad Martin passed away ~ Known best for Before I Knew Better, a Billboard Country top 20 hit of his 2002 The Wings Of A Honky-Tonk Angel debut album acclaimed for its neotraditionalist sound ~ Martin was born in 1973
March 11, 2022 ~ R&B, soul singer, keyboardist, songwriter Timmy Thomas passed away ~ Best known for the self-penned Why Can't We Live Together, which topped the Billboard R&B charts in 1972 and reached top 10 on the pop charts on both sides of the Atlantic. The song would be covered by a wide array of artists including Tinga Stewart, Sade, Joan Osborne, Maria Muldaur, Lucky Peterson, Ronnie Earl, and others. Thomas would record well throughout the 1980s, songs such People Are Changin', What Can I Tell Her and Gotta Give A Little Love (Ten Years After) all reaching top 30 on the Billboard R&B charts ~ Thomas was born in 1944
March 10, 2022 ~ Country pianist, singer Bobbie Nelson, full name Bobbie Lee Nelson, passed away in Austin, Texas, USA ~ Married to singer, comedian Bud Fletcher, with whom she also worked, until the mid-1950s after which the band dissolved. Best known as member of her brother Willie Nelson's backing unit on tour and record, including on pivotal albums such as Shotgun Willie, Red Headed Stranger and The Willie Nelson Family. Released her first solo album, Audiobiography, in 2008 at age 76 mainly consisting of ragtime standards alongside her brother's Crazy reimagined as a lounge number ~ Nelson was born in 1931
March 9, 2022 ~ Guitarist, producer, songwriter Richard Podolor, full name Richard Allen Podolor, passed away ~ Has worked prolifically as a session musician since the 1950s with artists such as Bonnie Guitar (Dark Moon), and was a member of 1950s band the Pets which also included drummer Earl Palmer, saxophonist Plas Johnson and guitarist René Hall. Best known though for his association with Three Dog Night, producing Mama Told Me Not To Come and Joy To The World and most of their subsequent albums. Produced two albums for Steppenwolf, engineering all their early hits including Born To Be Wild. Has also produced albums for Iron Butterfly, the Dillards, Chris Hillman, Black Oak Arkansas, Alice Cooper, and others ~ Podolor passed away in 1936
March 8, 2022 ~ Hisoa Oma Suzuki, commonly known as jazz double-bassist Isao Suzuki passed away ~ Worked with artists including Shotaro Moriyasu, Hidehiko Matsumoto, Sadao Watanabe, Hampton Hawes, Ron Carter, Paul Desmond, Ella Fitzgerald, Jim Hall, Wynton Kelly, Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk, Bobby Timmons, Kenny Burrell, Mal Waldron, and others ~ Suzuki was born in 1933
March 8, 2022 ~ Jazz trumpeter, cornetist, composer Ron Miles, full name Ronald Glen Miles, passed away in Denver, Colorado, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Bill Frisell, Brian Blade, Jason Moran, Wayne Horvitz Gravitas Quartet, Ginger Baker, Ben Goldberg, Joe Henry, Rich Lamb, Jason Steele, Whirlpool, Joshua Redman, and others ~ Miles was born in 1963
March 5, 2022 ~ Renán Patricio Sánchez Gajardo, commonly known as pop, pop rock singer, balladeer Patricio Renán, passed away in Santiago, Chile ~ Emerged in the mid-1960s, soon recognized as on one of the Nueva Ola stars. Has recorded close to a dozen albums over the course of his career. Best known for songs such as Por Amor, Son Recuerdos and Soy Culpable ~ Sánchez was born in 1945
March 4, 2022 ~ Choral conductor Iwan Edwards passed away in Lachine, Canada ~ Best known for founding the acclaimed St Lawrence Choir in 1972, serving as its director for over three decades until retiring from music ~ Edwards was born in 1937
March 4, 2022 ~ James L Hinson Jr, commonly known as country singer, guitarist, songwriter Jimbeau Hinson, passed away ~ Best known as a songwriter, his songs recorded by the likes of David Lee Murphy, Patty Loveless, Kathy Mattea, Brenda Lee (Broken Trust), John Conlee, Reba McEntire (Red Roses Won't Work Now), Lynn Anderson, Steve Earle {Hillbilly Highway), Carol Channing and perhaps most notably the Oak Ridge Boys, the latter taking Fancy Free written by Hinson and Roy August to the top of the Billboard Country charts in 1981 ~ Hinson was born ca.1952
March 3, 2022 ~ Reggae singer Denroy Morgan passed away in Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA ~ First gained attention as member of New York-based 1970s reggae outfit the Black Eagles. Would go on to a successfull solo career from the 1980s onwards, perhaps best known for his reggae, dance hit I'll Do Anything For You of his 1981 album of the same name. Would become the first reggae artist to be signed to RCA Records, resulting in the 1984 album Make My Day. Several of Morgan's offspring would also become professional musicians, notably his sons Gramps Morgan and Laza Morgan ~ Morgan was born in 1945
March 1, 2022 ~ Trombonist, actor Conrad Janis passed away ~ Best known for playing the role of Frederick McConnell, Mindy's father on the sitcom Mork & Mindy. As a musician known for keeping traditional jazz alive working with James P Johnson, Henry Goodwin, Edmond Hall, Baby Dodds, and others ~ Janis was born in 1928
March 1, 2022 ~ Warner McPherson, commonly known as country, country blues, gospel singer Warner Mack, passed away in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ~ Active from the 1950 through the 1970s, enjoying his biggest successes in the 1960s. Well-known songs include Is It Wrong For Loving You, Sittin' In An All-nite Cafe, The Bridge Washed Out, Sittin' On A Rock (Cryin' In A River), Talkin' To The Wall, It Takes A Lot Of Money, How Long Will It Take and Leave My Dream Alone ~ McPherson was born in 1935
February 27, 2022 ~ Alphonso Bondzie, commonly known as drum and bass, jungle, breakbeat, hip-hop MC, DJ MC Skibadee, passed away ~ Active since the mid-1990s. Perhaps best known for his late 1990's release Inside Me. Has collaborated with the likes of Stevie Hyper D, MC Shabba D and Dillinja ~ Bondzie was born in 1975
February 25, 2022 ~ Mick Lightowlers, commonly known as punk rock singer Nicky Tesco, passed away ~ Lead singer of the Members, known primarily for the singles The Sound Of The Suburbs and Radio, the former a UK top 20 hit in 1979 ~ Tesco was born ca.1956
February 23, 2022 ~ Classical, jazz guitarist, arranger Carlos Barbosa-Lima, full name Antonio Carlos Barbosa-Lima, passed away ~ Worked with Sharon Isbin, Laurindo Almeida, Charlie Byrd, Thiago de Mello, Eddie Gomez, and others ~ Barbosa-Lima was born in 1944
February 22, 2022 ~ Alternative rock, grunge, hard rock singer, guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter Mark Lanegan passed away in Killarney, Ireland ~ Frontman, lead singer, co-founding member of psychedelic grunge band Screaming Trees. Has recorded as a solo artist, starting with The Winding Sheet released in 1990. Frequent collaborator of the Queens Of The Stone Age. Formed the Gutter Twins with Afghan Whigs-singer Greg Dulli. Member of Mad Season alongside Alice In Chains-singer Layne Staley and Pearl Jam-guitarist Mike McCready. Has guested on recordings by Melissa Auf Der Maur, Creature With The Atom Brain, Moby, the Manic Street Preachers, and others ~ Lanegan was born in 1964
February 21, 2022 ~ Jazz, blues, pop singer Ernie Andrews passed away ~ Started as a member of the Harry James Orchestra in the late 1950s. His career declined in the 1960s and 70s but would rebound in the 1980s, recording with the Capp-Pierce Juggernaut Band, Gene Harris, Jay McShann, and the Harper Brothers. Andrews also played with Kenny Burrell, Gene Harris, Saskia Laroo, Plas Johnson, the Legacy Band, and the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra ~ Andrews was born in 1927
February 20, 2022 ~ Music entrepreneur, DJ, author Jamal Edwards passed away ~ Best known as founder of the online urban music platform SB-TV, helpful in launching the careers of Ed Sheeran, Rita Ora, Stormzy, Jessie J, Emeli Sandé, Bugzy Malone, and others ~ Edwards was born in 1990
February 20, 2022 ~ Rock, punk rock drummer Sam Henry, full name Samuel William Henry, passed away ~ Co-founding member of punk rock outfit the Wipers alongside Greg Sage and Dave Koupal, known for the singles Better Off Dead and Alien Boy. Henry would leave the band by 1979 to join the husband-wife team Fred Cole and Toody Cole in Rats. Has also worked with Napalm Beach and Jenny Don't & the Spurs ~ Henry was born in 1956
February 19, 2022 ~ Rock, pop rock, baroque pop singer, keyboardist Gary Brooker passed away in London, UK ~ Member of the Paramounts. Co-founded Procol Harum with Keith Reid, serving as its lead singer known for his emotive vocals until the band's disbandement in 1977. The band is perhaps best known for its 1967 single A Whiter Shade Of Pale, a top 10 hit on both sides of the Atlantic. Brooker has also recorded as a solo artist and worked with Alan Parsons, Eric Clapton, Liqourice John Death, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney and with Bill Wyman. Played the role of Argentine foreign minister Juan Atilio Bramuglio in the 1996 musical film Evita alongside Madonna ~ Brooker was born in 1945
February 17, 2022 ~ Rock, alt-country singer, guitarist Dallas Good passed away ~ Son of bluegrass autoharpist Bruce Good. Founded the Sadies in 1994 with his brother Travis Good, Sean Dean and Mike Bellitsky. The band is known for their blend of punk, country, Americana, surf and garage rock and acclaimed for their 1998 Precious Moments debut album and their 2006 In Concert (Volume One) live album. The band has served as Neko Case's backing band and collaborated with the likes of Neil Young, the Mekons, Kurt Vile, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and others ~ Good was born ca.1974
February 14, 2022 ~ Pop rock singer, producer Ralf Bursy passed away in Berlin, Germany ~ Enjoyed popularity in Eastern Germany until the late 1980s. Member of hard rock outfit Regenbogen. Member of Keks. Member of Prinzip. As a solo artist best known for songs such as Du Machst Mich Verliebt ~ Bursy was born in 1956
February 14, 2022 ~ Drummer, singer, songwriter Sandy Nelson, full name Sander Lloyd Nelson, passed away in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ~ One of the best-known and in-demand session rock drummers of the early 1960s. Attended high school with Jan Berry, Dean Torrence and Kim Fowley. Started out in late-1950s, early 1960s sessionning for the Teddy Bears (To Know Is To Love Him), the Hollywood Argyles (Alley Oop), and Kathy Young (A Thousand Stars). As a solo artist Nelson is also known for a string of instrumental hits, starting with 1959's Billboard Hot 100 No.4 Teen Beat and continuing on with songs such as Let There Be Drums, and Drums Are My Beat ~ Nelson was born in 1938
February 13, 2022 ~ Louis Paul Bankston, commonly known as garage rock, swamp pop, boogie rock singer, guitarist, bassist, keyboardist, percussionist King Louie Bankston, passed away ~ Appeared on over 50 albums. Best known for his work with acts such as the Royal Pendletons, the Persuaders, the Exploding Hearts, and solo as the King Louie One Man Band ~ Bankston was born ca.1973
February 12, 2022 ~ Drummer Howard Grimes, full name Howard Lee Grimes, passed away ~ Influenced by Gene Krupa and Cozy Cole. Best known as house drummer for Hi-Records in the 1970s, backing artists such as Al Green, Otis Clay, OV Wright, Ann Peebles ~ Grimes was born in 1941
February 10, 2022 ~ Flautist, composer Brian Dunning passed away ~ Studied jazz and classical. Influenced by jazz and Celtic music. Best known as member of Nightnoise. Also played flute and panpipe in Puck Fair, known for their 1987 Fairplay album. Notably collaborated with new age keyboardist Jeff Johnson since the late 1980s ~ Dunning was born ca.1952
February 9, 2022 ~ Betty Mabry, commonly known as funk, R&B, soul, rock singer, songwriter Betty Davis, passed away ~ Recognised as one of the most influential voices in funk. Raised on BB King, Jimmy Reed, Elmore James. Befriended Jimi Hendrix and Sly Stone. Married to Miles Davis from 1967 to 1969. Briefly dated Eric Clapton but refused to collaborate with him because his work was too banal ~ Mabry was born in 1944
February 9, 2022 ~ Rock, progressive rock, hard rock saxophonist, flutist, keyboardist, guitarist Ian McDonald passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Co-founding member of King Crimson, present on the band's acclaimed In The Court Of The Crimson King debut album and its Red follow-up. Co-founding member of Foreigner, present on the band's first three albums, namely Foreigner, Double Vision and Head Games, all of which reached the Billboard Hot 200 top 10. McDonald has also recorded as a solo artist, composed the soundtrack for the 1987 TV series Success Stories With Bruce Jenner, and collaborated with Steve Hackett, John Wetton, 21st Century Schizoid Band, Honey West, and others ~ McDonald was born in 1946
February 7, 2022 ~ Jazz saxophonist, flautist, cellist, trombonist, pianist , composer Zbigniew Namyslowski, full name Zbigniew Jacek Namyslowski, passed away ~ Has released solo albums since the mid-1960s. Has collaborated with artists such as Janusz Muniak, Leszek Mozdzer, Michal Urbaniak, and Andrzej Trzaskowksi ~ Namyslowski was born in 1939
February 6, 2022 ~ Contemporary classical, avant-garde composer George Crumb, full name George Henry Crumb Jr, passed away in Meida, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Influenced by Gustav Mahler, Claude Debussy, and Béla Bartók. Known for compositions such as Star-Child, Makrokosmos, Ancient Voices Of Children, Vox Balaenae, and perhaps his best known The Echoes Of Time And The River, the latter winning him the 1968 Pullitzer Prize for Music ~ Crumb was born in 1929
February 6, 2022 ~ Sylvester Johnson, commonly known as blues, soul singer, harpist, guitarist Syl Johnson, passed away ~ Claimed to be the most sampled artist ever, his Different Strokes used by Public Enemy, Jay-Z, the Wu-Tang Clan, Kool G Rap, Geto Boys, and numerous others. Active since the 1950s, initially backing artists such as Magic Sam, Billy Boy Arnold, Junior Wells, Howlin' Wolf. Released his solo debut single, Teardrops, in 1959 backed by Freddie King on guitar. Best known for songs such as We Did It, Back For A Taste Of Your Love, and Is It Because I'm Black. Father of singer, songwriter Syleena Johnson ~ Johnson was born in 1936
February 4, 2022 ~ Pop, R&B singer Donny Gerard passed away ~ Lead singer of Skylark, best known for their 1972 hit single Wildflower. The song would later be covered by Color Me Badd, Hank Crawford, Creative Source, the O'Jays, Marlena Shaw, and others. Gerard has also released some solo recordings, notably the singles Greedy For Your Love and Stay A While With Me. Sang backup for artists such as Elton John, Neil Diamond, Bob Seger, Bruce Springsteen, Cher, and Mavis Staples ~ Gerard was born ca.1946
February 4, 2022 ~ Progressive rock, rock, protest singer, guitarist, violinist, songwriter Marko Brecelj passed away ~ Known for his political activism, satire and black humor. Influenced by Frank Zappa. Released his solo debut album, Cocktail, in 1974, a collaborative effort with composer Bojan Adamic. Best known as co-founder, frontman of pioneering progressive rock outfit Buldozer, acclaimed for their 1975 Pljuni Istini U Oci album, which sold out fast but would not be reissued as the record company deemed it “inappropriate and controversial” material. The band is considered one of the first avant-prog rock outfits in communist Yugoslavia, forefathers of Yugoslav new wave. Brecelj would appear on the band's first two albums and one soundtrack, Zivi Bili Pa Vidi, before departing the band. Has continued to work with a wide array of acts and remain active until his death ~ Brecelj was born in 1951
February 2, 2022 ~ Jazz guitarist Joe Diorio, full name Joseph Louis Diorio, passed away ~ Worked with Sonny Stitt, Stan Getz, Pat Metheny, Horace Silver, Anita O'Day, Freddie Hubbard, Robben Ford, Gary Willis, David Becker, Mick Goodrick, Conte Candoli, Eddie Harris, Sam Lazar, Ira Sullivan, and others ~ Diorio was born in 1936
February 2, 2022 ~ Rock drummer Willie Leacox passed away ~ Member of America from 1973 through 2014, first appearing on the 1974 Holiday album. Present on Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hits such as The Tin Man, Lonely People, Sister Golden Hair and You Can Do Magic. Leacox had previously played with Captain ~ Leacox was born ca.1948
February 1, 2022 ~ Rock bassist, talent manager Glenn Wheatley, full name Glenn Dawson Wheatley, passed away ~ First gained attention as member of pop-rock band Masters Apprentices from 1968 through 1972, present on some of the band's best-known songs including Turn Up Your Radio and Because I Love You. As a talent manager best known for managing John Farnham, mortgaging his own house to finance Farnham's 1986 comeback album Whispering Jack, which would spend nearly half a year on the number one spot on the Australian album charts and spawn the international hit single You're The Voice ~ Wheatley was born in 1948
February 1, 2022 ~ Jonathan Zazula, commonly known as label executive Jon Zazula, passed away ~ Owner of New Jersey's Rock'n Roll Heaven record store. Founder of Megaforce Records label. Noted for releasing Metallica's Kill 'Em All debut album. Has also worked with artists such as Disco Biscuits, Warren Haynes, Testament, Overkill, King's X, Frehley's Comet, Ministry, Anthrax, and others ~ Zazula was born ca.1952
February 1, 2022 ~ Classical cellist Leslie Parnas passed away ~ Closely associated with the St Louis Symphony Orchestra, serving as its principal cellist from 1954 through 1962. Close friend and regular collaborator of Pablo Casals, up to and including serving as Casals' palbearer at his funeral. Renowned as a soloist and recitalist, has worked with leading orchestras icluding the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg, and others ~ Parnas was born in 1931
January 31, 2022 ~ James Earl Thompson, commonly known as blues guitarist, singer Jimmy Johnson, passed away ~ Brother of blues, soul singer Syl Johnson and bassist Mack Thompson. Influenced by Buddy Guy and Otis Rush. Worked with Freddie King, Albert King, Magic Sam, Otis Rush, Eddy Clearwater, Otis Clay, Denise Lasalle, Garland Green, Jimmy Dawkins, and others ~ Johnson was born in 1928
January 30, 2022 ~ Hargus Melvin Robbins, commonly known as country, rock pianist Hargus Pig Robbins, passed away ~ In-demand session musician since the mid-1950s. Appears on classic country tracks such as White Lightning (George Jones), I Fall To Pieces (Patsy Cline), Coal Miner's Daughter (Loretta Lynn), Behind Closed Doors (Charlie Rich), The Gambler (Kenny Rogers). Has also worked with Dolly Parton, Connie Smith, Patti Page, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, JJ Cale, John Hartford, Mark Knopfler, Merle Haggard, Roger Miller, Moe Bandy, Conway Twitty, and others ~ Robbins was born in 1938
January 30, 2022 ~ Singer Norma Waterson, full name Norma Christine Waterson, passed away ~ Best known as member of 1960s acclaimed traditional folk outfit the Watersons, which also included siblings Mike Waterson and Lal Waterson, cousin John Harrison and later her husband Martin Carthy. Has also recorded as a solo artist and collaborated with the likes of Richard Thompson, Roger Swallow, James Yorkston, Blue Murder, and others ~ Waterson was born in 1939
January 30, 2022 ~ Jazz, blues, R&B drummer Philip Paul passed away in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA ~ Backed artists such as Arthur Prysock, Sonny Stitt, Bud Powell and Dizzy Gillespie early on in his career playing at the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem. Scouted by Tiny Bradshaw in the early 1950s. Would go on to become the studio drummer for King Records by 1952, appearing on over 350 recordings including by artists such as Hank Ballard (The Twist), Milt Buckner, Little Willie John (Fever), Grandpa Jones, Wynonie Harris (Good Rockin' Tonight), Cowboy Copas, Bonnie Lou, and just about every Freddie King record including Hide-away and Tore Down. Notable collaborations outside the King Records-label include John Lee Hooker, Albert King, Otis Big Smokey Smothers, Nat Adderley, Herbie Mann and Roy Meriwether ~ Paul was born in 1925
January 27, 2022 ~ Miguel Atilio Boccadoro Hernandez, commonly known as pop singer, guitarist, trumpeter, bandoneon player Diego Verdaguer, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Married to singer Amanda Miguel. Well over a dozen albums to his name, known best for songs such as Volveré, Corazón De Papel, Usted Qué Haria, La Ladrona, and Voy A Coonquistarte ~ Boccadoro was born in 1951
January 26, 2022 ~ Film composer, sound editor Kenneth Wannberg, full name Kenneth Gail Wannberg, passed away ~ Frequent collaborator of John Williams. Has worked on soundtracks for films such as The Tender Warrior, Star Wars, Raiders Of The Lost Ark, Schlinder's List and Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azbakan ~ Wannberg was born in 1930
January 25, 2022 ~ Music journalist, label executive Andy Ross, full name Andrew Ian Ross, passed away ~ Journalist for Sounds magazine. Headed Food Records from 1986 onwards. Discovered and signed Blur. Other notable acts Ross has worked with include Idlewild, Jesus Jones, the Supernaturals and Dubstar ~ Ross was born ca.1956
January 25, 2022 ~ Alternative metal, death metal guitarist Fredrik Johansson passed away ~ Best known as member of Dark Tranquility from 1993 through the end of the decade, last appearing on the 1999 Projector album ~ Johansson was born in 1974
January 25, 2022 ~ Composer Heinz Werner Zimmermann passed away in Oberursel, Germany ~ Focused on composing contemporary sacred music. Director of the Spandauer Kirchemusikschule from 1963 through 1976, subsequently composition teacher at the Frankfurt University Of Music And Performing Arts through 1996. Best known for his Missa Profana, premiered in 1980. Other works include The Bible Of Spirituals, Te Deum, and Symphonia Sacra ~ Zimmermann was born in 1930
January 23, 2022 ~ Bobbe Gorin Long, commonly known as jazz pianist Beegie Adair, passed away in Franklin, Tennessee, USA ~ Session musician at WSM-TV station, including on the Johnny Cash Show from 1969 through 1971 accompanying artists such as Chet Atkins, Dolly Parton, Dinah Shore and Peggy Lee. Formed the Beegie Adair Trio with bassist Roger Spencer and percussionist Chris Brown recording jazz standards from Richard Rodgers, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Duke Ellington, Irving Berlin. Cites George Shearing, Oscar Peterson and Chet Baker-pianist Russ Freeman as influences ~ Long was born in 1937
January 22, 2022 ~ Pop singer, guitarist Clive Sarstedt, full name Clive Robin Sarstedt, passed away ~ Formed the Sarstedt Brothers with his brothers Eden Kane and Peter Sarstedt. As a solo artist best known for his rendition of My Resistance Is Low, originally written by Hoagy Carmichael and a 1976 UK top 10 hit for Sarstedt ~ Sarstedt was born in 1944
January 22, 2022 ~ Guitarist Don Wilson passed away ~ Co-founding and longtime member of the Ventures, quintessential and certainly the longest-running surf band known for songs such as Perfidia, Hawaii Five-O, and perhaps their best-known Walk Don't Run ~ Wilson was born in 1933
January 22, 2022 ~ Traditional fiddler Jimmy Campbell passed away in Glenties, Ireland ~ Mainstay on the London music scene and regarded as one of its finest traditional fiddlers. Has collaborated with the likes of Brendan MCGlinchey, the Dwyers Of Ardgroom, Paddy Conroy, and others ~ Campbell was born ca.1937
January 21, 2022 ~ Saxophonist, clarinetist, flutist Emil Mangelsdorff passed away in Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany ~ Imprisoned by the Gestapo for playing jazz and eventually forced to enlist in Hitler's army. Brother of trombonist Albert Mangelsdorff. Has worked with Joe Klimm, Jutta Hipp, Atilla Zoller, George Gruntz, and others ~ Mangelsdorff was born in 1925
January 21, 2022 ~ Music journalist, A&R executive Terry Tolkin passed away ~ As a music journalist credited with coining the term “alternative music” while a writer for the trade publication Rockpool. As an executive, A&R executive associated with several labels including Touch & Go Records, Rough Trade Records, his own indie No.6 Records and perhaps most notably Elektra Records, signing acts such as Stereolab, Afghan Whigs and Nada Surf to the latter. Also especially remembered for producing the 1988 Neil Young-tribute album The Bridge (A Tribute To Neil Young) featuring covers performed by then-unknown upcoming bands such as the Pixies, Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr, the Flaming Lips and Soul Asylum. The album's proceeds would be donated to The Bridge School, a charity for children suffering from Cerebral Palsy run by Young and his wife Pegi Young ~ Tolkin was born in 1959
January 20, 2022 ~ Samba singer Elza Soares, full name Elza da Conceicao Soares, passed away in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ~ Active since the late 1950s. Rose to fame with her debut single Se Acaso Você Chegasse, merging jazz scat singing with samba. Other well-known songs include Boato, Cadeira Vazia, Só Danço Samba, Mulata Assanhada, and Aquarela Brasileira. Deemed dangerous by the Military dictatorship at the time fled to Italy in 1970 after regome agents machine-gunned her house ~ Soares was born in 1930
January 20, 2022 ~ Marvin Lee Aday, commonly known as rock singer Meat Loaf, passed away ~ Praised for his powerful, operatic voice and theatrical stage presence. Best known for his Bat Out Of Hell-trilogy consisting of 1977's Bat Out Of Hell, 1993's Bat Out Of Hell II (Back Into Hell) and 2006's Bat Out Of Hell III (The Monster Is Loose). Compounded the trilogy has sold over an estimated 65 million records ~ Aday was born in 1947
January 19, 2022 ~ Amarendra Roy Chowdhury, commonly known as jazz, experimental music, world music percussionist, tabla player Badal Roy, passed away ~ Influenced by Elvis Presley, Pat Boone, Nat King Cole, Duke Ellington. Self-taught, his playing considered freer that that of most tabla players. Leader and sideman. First gained attention backing Miles Davis, appearing on late 1960s, early 1970s albums such as On The Corner, Big Fun and Get Up With It. Would go on to collaborate with the likes of Dave Liebman, Pharoah Sanders, John McLaughlin, Herbie Hancock, Herbie Mann, Pat Metheny, Lester Bowie, Airto Moreira, Charlie Haden, Yoko Ono, Ornette Coleman, Duofel, Stomu Takeishi, Muruga Booker, and others ~ Roy was born ca.1945
January 19, 2022 ~ Tenor singer, conductor Nigel Rogers, full name Nigel David Rogers, passed away ~ Sang in German, French, Italian, English. Over 70 albums to his name, mostly early music, baroque and sacred music including works by Claudio Monteverdi, George Frideric Handel, Henry Purcell and Johann Sebastian Bach ~ Rogers was born in 1935
January 18, 2022 ~ Richard Bernard Halligan, commonly known as pianist, trombonist, flutist, producer, arranger Dick Halligan, passed away in Rome, Italy ~ Co-founding member of Blood Sweat & Tears. Wrote Redemption and Lisa Listen To Me. Trombonist on the band's 1968 Child Is Father To The Man debut album, switched to piano and flute after Al Kooper left. Remained with the band through 1971, leaving after the BS&T 4 album. Worked as a film composer and performer since ~ Halligan was born in 1943
January 18, 2022 ~ Pianist, composer Paavo Heininen, full name Paavo Johannes Heininen, passed away in Järvenpäa, Finland ~ Considered one of the most important Finnish modernist composers. Wrote symphonies, concertos, operas, chamber music, works for piano, organ and other instruments, vocal works ~ Heininen was born in 1938
January 17, 2022 ~ Guitar amplifier builder Alexander Dumble, full name Alexander Howard Dumble, passed away ~ Revered boutique guitar amplifier builder, building as little as two or three amps per year. Dumble amps are among the most expensive and sought-after in the market, second-hand amps fetching up to $150,000. Has catered to artists such as Eric Clapton, Sonny Landreth, Robben Ford, Carlos Santana, Stevie Ray Vaughan, David Lindley, John Mayer, Ben Harper, Kirk Hammett, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jackson Browne and Joe Bonamassa ~ Dumble was born ca.1945
January 17, 2022 ~ Pop singer, pianist, songwriter Armanda Gama, full name Armando António Capelo Diniz da Gama, passed away ~ Revered in his native Portugal, selling over some 5 million records. Internationally best known for Esta Balada Que Te Dou, Portugal's 1983 Eurovision Songfestival entry reaching 13th place ~ Gama was born in 1954
January 15, 2022 ~ Carmela Bizman, commonly known as singer, actress Carmela Corren, passed away in Hollywood, Florida, USA ~ Enjoyed popularity in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria since the early 1960s. Represented Austria in the 1963 Eurovision Songfestival, reaching 7th place with the song Vielleicht Geschieht Ein Wunder. Corren would record well over a dozen albums through the late 1970s ~ Bizman was born in 1938
January 15, 2022 ~ A&R executive, songwriter Jon Lind, full name Jonathan G Lind, passed away ~ Classically trained guitarist. Member of Howdy Moon. Member of the Fifth Avenue Band. A&R executive at Hollywood Records. Best known as a songwriter, songs written or co-written by Lind recorded by the likes of the Emotions, Jennifer Holliday, DJ Rogers, Atlantic Starr, Ramsey Lewis, Madonna (Crazy For You), the Temptations, Vanessa Williams (Save The Best For Last), Cheap Trick, Cher, and perhaps most notably Earth Wind & Fire (Boogie Wonderland) ~ Lind was born ca.1948
January 15, 2022 ~ Country music radio DJ, TV host Ralph Emery, full name Walter Ralph Emery, passed away in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ~ First gained attention as late-night DJ on Nashville's WSM radio station, a mecca for country music. Best known for hosting the nationally syndicated TV shows Pop Goes The Country from 1974 to 1980 and Nashville Now from 1983 to 1993. Remembered by Mickey Newbury in The Night You Wrote That Song of his 1979 The Sailor album. Emery occasionally released music of his own, notably the 1961 single Hello Fool which reached top 10 on the Billboard Country charts ~ Emery was born in 1933
January 14, 2022 ~ Guitarist, composer Angelo Gilardino passed away ~ Actively performing since the late 1950s, noted for premiering Mutations On Dies Irae in 1974 written by John Duarte. As a composer wrote for solo guitar as well as chamber music, concertos and sonatas, best known for his Studi Di Virtuosita Di Transcendenza collection. Had his compositions recorded by the likes of Cristiano Porqueddu, Ermanno Brignolo, Sanja Plohl, Lorenzo Micheli, Aniello Desiderio, and others ~ Gilardino was born in 1941
January 14, 2022 ~ Singer, songwriter Dallas Frazier passed away ~ Moderately successful as a late 1950s singer best known for writing and first recording Alley Oop, later a hit for the Hollywood Argyles. Best known as a songwriter. Artists who recorded songs written or co-written by Frazier include Ferlin Husky (Timber I'm Falling), OC Smith, George Jones, Jack Greene (There Goes My Everything), Diana Ross, Johnny Duncan (Johnny One Time), Engelbert Humperdinck, Jerry Lee Lewis (Touching Home), Connie Smith (In My Baby's Arms Again), Willie Nelson, Brenda Lee, Charley Pride, Merle Haggard, Charlie Rich (Mohair Sam), Gene Watson (Fourteen Carat Mind), Elvis Presley (True Love Travels On A Gravel Road), Moe Bandy (Don't Anyone Make Love At Home Anymore), Roy Head, Charlie Louvin, Rodney Crowell, Dan McCafferty, Poco, Ronnie Hawkins, Henson Cargill (This Just Ain't No Good Day For Leavin'), Anne Murray, Stoney Edwards (Hank And Lefty Raised My Country Soul), Glen Campbell, George Strait, Randy Travis, Patty Loveless, and others ~ Frazier was born in 1939
January 14, 2022 ~ R&B, soul drummer Greg Webster passed away ~ Member of the Ohio Players from 1964 through 1974. Present on Funky Worm, a Billboard Hot 100 top 20 and Billboard R&B No.1 hit of their 1972 Pleasure album ~ Webster was born ca.1938
January 13, 2022 ~ Vincent Edwards, commonly known as hip-hop, gangsta rap rapper CPO Boss Hogg, passed away ~ Influenced by George Clinton, Prince, Barry White, Michael Jackson, Chuck D, KRS One, LL Cool J. Formed Capitol Punishment Organization with DJ Train, known for their sole To Hell And Back album released in 1990. Has since guested on recordings by NWA, Snoop Dogg, Tupac Shakur (Picture Me Rollin'), E-A-Ski, Warren G, and Tha Chill ~ Edwards was born in 1969
January 13, 2022 ~ Singer Fred Parris passed away ~ Led vocal group the Five Satins, best known for their 1956 hit In The Still Of The Night, originally released as the B-side to The Jones Girl ~ Parris was born in 1936
January 13, 2022 ~ Pianist Fred Van Hove passed away ~ Classically trained. Regarded as pioneer in free jazz and improv. Closely associated with Peter Brötzmann and Han Bennink. Has also worked with Mike Zinzen, Steve Lacy, Lol Coxhill, Albert Mangelsdorff, and others ~ Van Hove was born in 1937
January 13, 2022 ~ R&B singer Sonny Turner passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Mentored by Jackie Wilson. Member of the Metrotones. Lead singer of the Platters from 1960, replacing Tony Williams, through 1970. Present on songs such as I Love You 1000 Times, With This Ring and Washed Ashore ~ Turner was born in 1938
January 12, 2022 ~ Conductor, violinist Everett Lee passed away in Malmo, Sweden ~ Mentored by conductor Artur Rodzinski. First gained attention in 1943, playing violin and oboe in the pit orchestra for the Broadway opera Carmen Jones, an all-black retelling of Georges Bizet's Carmen. Would go on to conduct Leonard Bernstein's production of On The Town, making him the first African-American to regularly conduct a Broadway show. Also noted for guest conducting the Louisville Orchestra, making him the first African-American to conduct a white orchestra in the American South. Founded the interracial orchestra the Cosmopolitan Symphony Orchestra. Also closely associated with the New York City Opera, the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Bogota Philharmonic Orchestra, and others ~ Lee was born in 1916
January 12, 2022 ~ Veronica Yvette Bennett, commonly known as singer Ronnie Spector, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Married to producer Phil Spector from 1968 through 1974. Fronted the pivotal 1960s girl group the Ronettes, which served as a template for future girl groups. The band also included Ronnie's sister Estelle Bennett and their cousin Nedra Talley and is known for quintessential 1960s songs such as Be My Baby, Walking In The Rain, Born To Be Together, Baby I Love You, and The Best Part Of Breaking Up ~ Bennett was born in 1943
January 11, 2022 ~ Country, pop producer, songwriter Jerry Crutchfield passed away ~ In-demand country, country-pop producer and songwriter. Has produced albums by the likes of Lee Greenwood, Chris LeDoux, Anne Murray, Dottie West, Tammy Wynette, Glen Campbell, Buck Owens, Larry Gatlin, Pearl River, Mylon LeFevre, Dave Loggins. Songs written or co-written by Crutchfield have been recorded by Elvis Presley, Brenda Lee (My Whole World Is Falling Down), Eddy Arnold, Faron Young, Charley Pride, Lefty Frizzell, Barbara Fairchild, and others ~ Crutchfield was born in 1934
January 11, 2022 ~ Pianist, composer, arranger Jordi Sabatés passed away ~ Member of folk-rock band Pic-nic. Formed 1970s band Jarka. Composed several scores for feature films and documentaries. Collaborated with Toti Soler, Maria Del Mar Bonet, and others ~ Sabatés was born in 1948
January 11, 2022 ~ Singer Rosa Lee Hawkins passed away ~ Original member of the Dixie Cups alongside her sister Barbara Ann Hawkins and cousin Joan Marie Johnson, best known for their 1964 millionseller Chapel Of Love ~ Hawkins was born in 1945
January 10, 2022 ~ Hard rock, heavy metal singer, bassist, guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter Burke Shelley, full name John Burke Shelley, passed away in Heath, UK ~ Critically compared to Rush-bassist Geddy Lee. Co-founding member, frontman of Budgie since 1967, one of the earliest heavy metal bands and held in the highest regard by critics. The band has been cited as a major influence by later artists such as Iron Maiden, Metallica, Van Halen, Alice In Chains and Soundgarden and best known for their mid-1970s albums In For The Kill and Bandolier. Their 2010 tour would be cancelled as Shelley was hospitalised with an anyreusm, following surgery the band de facto ceased to exist ~ Shelley was born in 1950
January 10, 2022 ~ Organist, music director, composer Francis Jackson, full name Francis Alan Jackson, passed away in York, UK ~ Best known as music director for York Minster for well over three decades starting in 1946. Has also recorded and toured extensively and composed canticles, anthems, hymns, and organ sonatas. Well-known pieces include East Acklam, Daniel In Babylon and A Time Of Fire ~ Jackson was born in 1917
January 10, 2022 ~ Producer, songwriter, singer Gerry Granahan passed away in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, USA ~ Best known for his work in the 1950 and 1960s. Demo singer for Elvis Presley. As a solo artist best known for his 1958 hit No Chemise Please. Also co-wrote and recorded Click Clack, released under the pseudonym Dickey Doo & the Dont's for contractual reasons. The single's succes would prompt Granahan to record several more using the same moniker, including Nee Nee Na Na Na Na Nu Nu, Leave Me Alone (Let Me Cry) and Teardrops Will Fall. Granahan would venture into producing by the 1960s, working with artists such as Fireflies, James Ray, Patty Duke, Jay & the Americans and notably produce the original version of the Wild Ones' Wild Thing, the latter later made famous by the Troggs ~ Granahan was born in 1939
January 10, 2022 ~ Jazz vibraphonist, marimba player Khan Jamal passed away ~ Co-founded the Sounds Of Liberation with Byard Lancaster. Also worked with Sunny Murray, Ronald Shannon Jackson, Joe Bonner, Billy Bang, Charles Tyler, and others ~ Jamal was born in 1946
January 9, 2022 ~ James Forman, commonly known as jazz, R&B singer, keyboardist, guitarist, bassist, percussionist, singer, songwriter James Mtume passed away ~ Son of saxophonist Jimmy Heath. First gained attention backing artists such as McCoy Tyner, Art Farmer, Gato Barbieri, Harold Land, Buddy Terry, Lonnie Liston Smith, Freddie Hubbard and notably Miles Davis from 1971 through 1975. Best known as frontman and eponym of Mtume, scoring R&B hits with songs such as You Me & He and Juicy Fruit. Co-wrote Never Knew Love Like This Before, a Grammy Award-winning hit for Stephanie Mills. Has also written or co-written songs recorded by Phyllis Hyman, Roberta Flack, Donny Hathaway, R Kelly, Mary J Blige, Teddy Pendergrass, Inner City, and others ~ Forman was born in 1946
January 8, 2022 ~ Marilyn Katz, commonly known as songwriter Marilyn Bergman, passed away ~ Married to Alan Bergman since 1958. Together the Bergmans wrote lyrics to some of the best known songs of American pop, stage, film and musicals, including Dean Martin's Sleep Warm, Frank Sinatra's Nice And Easy, Ray Charles's In The Heat Of The Night, and Noel Harrison's The Windmills Of Your Mind as featured in The Thomas Crown Affair, the latter earning the pair an Academy Award for Best Song ~ Bergman was born in 1928
January 8, 2022 ~ Concert promoter, organizer Michael Lang passed away in Manhattan, New York, USA ~ Best known as co-organizer of the famed Woodstock Festival held over three days in 1969 drawing over 400,000 visitors. It is considered a pivotal moment in pop, rock history. Artists billed include Richie Havens, Tim Hardin, Melanie, Joan Baez, Santana, the Incredible String Band, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, the Who, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Jimi Hendrix. Owner of Just Sunshine Records, which released albums by Karen Dalton, Betty Davis, Mississippi Fred McDowell. Lang also served as artist manager for Joe Cocker, Rickie Lee Jones, Willy DeVille, and others ~ Lang was born in 1944
January 7, 2022 ~ Guitarist Bobby Harrison, full name Robert Leslie Harrison, passed away ~ Early member of Procol Harum who, along with guitarist Ray Royer, left the band shortly after recording the 1967 hit single A Whiter Shade Of Pale to form the band Freedom ~ Harrison was born in 1943
January 7, 2022 ~ Arthur Edmonds, commonly known as blues harpist, singer Harpdog Brown, passed away in Alberta, Canada ~ Performing professionally since age 15. About half a dozen albums to his name, starting with Beware Of Dog released in 1993. Especially acclaimed for the albums Home Is Where The Harp Is released in 1994 and What It Is released in 2014 ~ Brown was born in 1962
January 7, 2022 ~ Folk, indie folk banjoist Koady Chaisson passed away ~ Member of indie folk trio the East Pointers alongside guitarist Jake Charron and fiddler Tim Chaisson, drawing from Celtic and contemporary folk. Acclaimed for their 2015 Secret Victory album ~ Chaisson was born ca.1985
January 7, 2022 ~ Glam metal guitarist Marc De Hugar passed away ~ Member of the Candy Harlots from 1987 through 1990. Subsequently worked with the Screaming Tribesmen and Dragonfly, the latter acclaimed for thei 2007 Zero EP and the single Cuts 'n Bruises ~ De Hugar was born ca.1970
January 7, 2022 ~ Richard Dean Taylor, commonly known as singer, producer, songwriter R Dean Taylor, passed away ~ Producer and songwriter, active for Motown during the 1960s and 1970s. As a recording artist scored a Billboard top 20 hit with the 1970 single Indiana Wants Me. Also known for Gotta See Jane and There's A Ghost In My House, both of which charted in England ~ Taylor was born in 1939
January 7, 2022 ~ Classical pianist, composer Stéphane Blet passed away ~ Disciple of Byron Janis. Assistant of Vladimir Horowitz. Noted interpreter of Franz Liszt. Prolific composer, having written over 300 works for piano, violin, orchestra, and voice. Authored over a dozen books on Frédéric Chopin, Erik Satie, Robert Schumann, and others ~ Blet was born in 1959
January 6, 2022 ~ Hard rock, heavy metal guitarist Barry Benedetta passed away ~ Best known for appearing on Cinderella's 1986 Night Songs debut album, playing lead guitar on the tracks Back Home Again, Nothin' For Nothin' and Push Push. At the time of his death Benedetta was working on new music with his latest band, DeBenedetta ~ Benedetta was born ca.1960
January 6, 2022 ~ Keyboardist, percussionist, singer Calvin Simon, full name Calvin Eugene Simon, passed away ~ Closely associated with George Clinton, having served in the Parliaments, Parliament and Funkadelic. Ventured out on his own by the late 1970s, causing confusion when releasing the 1981 Connections And Disconnections with Clarence Fuzzy Haskins and Grady Thomas using the moniker Funkadelic. Co-founded Original P in 1998, performing until 2007. As a solo artist known for a number of gospel albums, notably Share The News released in 2004 ~ Simon was born in 1942
January 6, 2022 ~ Operatic baritone Carlo Meliciani passed away in Empoli, Italy ~ Closely associated with La Scala, remaining with the renowned opera house for some two decades starting in the late 1950s. Noted for his portrayal of roles from Giuseppe Verdi operas, especially a 1969 recording with the Teatro Nuovo Di Torino of Emani in the role of Don Carlo opposite Plácido Domingo in the title role ~ Meliciani was born in 1929
January 6, 2022 ~ Clive Alexander, commonly known as percussionist, pianist Clive Zanda, passed away in Port Of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago ~ Considered a pioneer of extempo and kaisojazz, coining the latter term, merging calypso, folk and jazz. Has released four album, starting with Clive Zanda Is Here With Dat Kinda Thing released in 1976 ~ Alexander was born ca.1939
January 5, 2022 ~ Classical hornist Dale Clevenger passed away in Italy ~ Best known as principal hornist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 1966 through 2013. Has also notably worked with the American Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Leopold Stokowski, Symphony Of The Air and the Kansas City Philharmonic ~ Clevenger was born in 1940
January 4, 2022 ~ Rock, hard rock guitarist Andrzej Nowak passed away ~ Founded hard rock, metal band TSA in 1979, known for songs such as Zwierzenia Kontestatora and Marsz Wilkow. The former would be used in the 1984 documentary Behind The Iron Curtain which documents the first visit of Iron Maiden to Poland ~ Nowak was born ca.1959
January 4, 2022 ~ R&B singer Jessie Lee Daniels passed away ~ Member of family outfit the Force MD's, known best for their Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit Tender Love written and produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, lead single of their 1985 Chillin' sophomore album. The band regulary reached the top 10 of the Billboard R&B charts throughout the 1980s, well-known songs including Tears, Love Is A House, and Touch & Go ~ Daniels was born ca.1964
January 2, 2022 ~ Christian bassist, singer Jay Weaver passed away ~ Member of Big Daddy Weave, which also included his brother Mike Weaver, known for a number of 2000s, 2010s songs including Fields Of Grace, You're Worthy Of My Praise featuring Barlow Girl, Just The Way I Am, Go Tell It On The Mountain, Every Time I Breathe, Redeemed, Alive, and I Know ~ Weaver was born ca.1979
January 2, 2022 ~ Violinist, double bassist Jorma Katrama, full name Jorma Kalevi Katrama, passed away in Helsinki, Finland ~ Son of hornist Kalle Katrama. Closely associated with the Helsinki City Orchestra as well as an internationally recognized soloist. First in Finland to study and receive a degree in double bass ~ Katrama was born in 1936
January 2, 2022 ~ Sultan Banks, commonly known as hip-hop producer, rapper Traxamillion, born ~ First gained attention producing Keak da Sneak's 2005 single Super Hyphy. Released two albums, 2006's The Slapp Addict and 2012's My Radio. Has worked with Mistah FAB, Brooke Hogan, MC Lars, Drew Deezy, Clyde Carson, Chantelle Paige, and others ~ Banks was born in 1979
December 29, 2021 ~ Drummer John Hartman passed away ~ Original drummer, co-founding member of the Doobie Brothers. The band would add a second drummer, Michael Hossack, to the line-up in 1971 and keep the dual-drummer formation until Hartman's final departure from the band in 2016. Hartman was present on Billboard Hot 100 top 20 hits such as Listen To The Music, Long Train Runnin', China Grove, Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me), Takin' It To The Street and Minute By Minute. 1974's Black Water and 1979's What A Fool Believes would both reach No.1 ~ Hartman was born in 1950
December 28, 2021 ~ Michael Chung, commonly known as reggae keyboardist, guitarist, percussionist, arranger, producer Mikey Chung or Mao Chung, passed away in Kingston, Jamaica ~ In-demand session musician active since the late 1960s. Best known for his associations with Sly & Robbie and with producer Lee Scratch Perry. Appeared on albums such as Peter Tosh's Mystic Man and Bush Doctor, and Black Uhuru's Grammy Award-winning Anthem. International collaborations include Grace Jones (Nightclubbing), the Rolling Stones, Serge Gainsbourg, Bette Midler, Art Ensemble Of Chicago, James Brown, Joe Cocker (Sheffield Steel), and Sinéad O'Connor ~ Chung was born ca.1950
December 24, 2021 ~ James Dee Crowe, commonly known as bluegrass, progressive bluegrass banjoist, guitarist, singer JD Crowe, passed away ~ Got his start in music while still in his teens playing with Raymond Curly Parker and notably with Jimmy Martin from 1956 through 1960. Formed the Kentucky Mountain Boys in 1961, enjoying regional succes in the Lexington area. The band would be renamed to JD Crowe & the New South by the early 1970s and become one of the most popular, influential and longest-running bluegrass, progressive bluegrass acts drawing from both rock and country. Served as mentor to numerous sidemen, many later becoming stars in their own right including Tony Rice, Ricky Skaggs, and Keith Whitley ~ Crowe was born in 1937
December 24, 2021 ~ Punk, hardcore punk bassist Marco Mathieu passed away ~ Member of Negazione, along with Raw Power and Wretched considered one of the premier hardcore punk bands in Italy during the 1980s and early 1990s. Mathieu had been in a coma since 2017 after suffering a stroke ~ Mathieu was born ca.1964
December 22, 2021 ~ Pop, rock guitarist Robin Le Mesurier, full name Robin Mark Le Mesurier Halliley, passed away ~ Influenced by the Faces, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Jeff Beck. Member of the Reign through its disbandement in 1973. Subsequently worked with novelty band the Wombles. Associated with Rod Stewart since the mid-1970s, officially joining Stewart's backing band in 1980 and present on the albums Tonight I'm Yours, Camouflage, Body Wishes and Every Beat Of My Heart. Musical director for Johnny Hallyday from the mid-1990s well into the 2010s. Co-founded Farm Dogs with Bernie Taupin and Jim Cregan ~ Le Mesurier was born in 1953
December 21, 2021 ~ Percussionist Anthony Williams passed away ~ Pioneer of the steel pan. Best known as founding member of Sun Valley and subsequently the Trinidad All-Steel Percussion Orchestra. Has also worked with Five Graves To Cairo, the Harlem Nightingale Steelband, the Pan Am North Stars, and others ~ Williams was born in 1931
December 20, 2021 ~ Blues rock, jazz rock, rock guitarist Lubos Andrst passed away ~ Influential guitarist best known as key figure in the 1990s, 2000s Czech blues, electric blues and blues-rock scenes. Has also played jazz, acoustic jazz, jazz-fusion dating back to the 1960s as a member of acts such as Framus Five, Jazz Q and Energit. Also collaborated with Emil Viklický, Marta Kubisová, Collegium Musicum (Divergencie), Jan Hruby, Michal Prokop, and others ~ Andrst was born in 1948
December 19, 2021 ~ Rock, alternative rock drummer Billy Conway passed away ~ Known for his jazz-influenced, stripped-down drumming style. Member of Treat Her Right. Member of Morphine, enjoying a cult following with acclaimed 1990s albums such as Good and Cure For Pain. After the death of frontman Mark Sandman in 1999 the band folded, Conway going on to work with Orchestra Morphine, Twinemen, Jeffrey Foucault, Cold Satellite, Kris Delmhorst, John Statz, and others. Released a sole solo album, Outside Inside, in 2020 ~ Conway was born in 1956
December 19, 2021 ~ Classical crossover baritone Carlos Marin, full name Carlos Marin Menchero, passed away in Manchester, UK ~ Best known as member of classical crossover quartet Il Divo which also included Urs Bühler, David Miller and Sébastien Izambard. The group was created and promoted by Simon Cowell and would go on to sell over an estimated 30 million records. They have worked with numerous pop artists including Barbra Streisand, Céline Dion, Nicole Scherzinger and perhaps most notably R&B singer Toni Braxton on Time Of Our Lives, which served as the official anthem of the 2006 FIFA World Cup held in Germany ~ Marin was born in 1968
December 19, 2021 ~ Darrell Caldwell, commonly known as rapper, songwriter Drakeo the Ruler, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Discovered by DJ Mustard, who remixed Drakeo's Mr Get Dough which would become his breakthrough hit in 2015. Drakeo would release his official mixtape debut, I Am Mr Moseley, later the same year. Has been in and out of prison for the next few years, recording his critically acclaimed Thank You For Using GTL 2020 album while incarcerated. Drakeo was stabbed while trying to break up a backstage fight at the Once Upon A Time In LA concert, succumbing to his injuries the following day ~ Caldwell was born in 1993
December 19, 2021 ~ Roberto Orlando Bracone Macceialli, commonly known as singer Elio Roca, passed away ~ Active since the mid-1960s. Best known for songs such as Como Deseo Ser Tu Amor, Te Necesito Tanato Amor, Yo Quiero Dubujarte. Has also ventured into acting ~ Bracone was born in 1943
December 18, 2021 ~ Shaun Shiller Fequiere, commonly known as hip-hop rapper Kangol Kid, passed away ~ Member of early pioneering rap group UTFO, known best for their 1984 hit Roxanne Roxanne. The group would remain popular throughout the end of the decade. Fequiere also wrote Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam's Private Property. Served as manager for the rap group Whistle ~ Fequiere was born in 1966
December 18, 2021 ~ Country singer Renée Martel passed away in Saint-Hyacinthe, Canada ~ Daughter of country singer Marcel Martel. Dubbed “the Queen of Quebec Country” and best known for a number of late 1960s hits including Liverpool, Je Vais A Londres and Johnny Angel ~ Martel was born in 1947
December 16, 2021 ~ Leonard Nelson Hubbard, commonly known as hip-hop, funk , R&B bassist Hub, passed away ~ Classically trained pianist. Best known as bassist, upright bassist, member of the Roots from 1992 through 2007, notably present on albums such as Things Fall Apart and The Tipping Point ~ Hubbard was born ca.1959
December 16, 2021 ~ Robert George Porter, commonly known as pop, country, rock guitarist, producer Robie Porter, passed away ~ Enjoyed regional succes in the Sydney area during the 1960s, going by the moniker Rob EG, with singles such as Your Cheatin' Heart, Si Senor (I Theenk), Jezabel, 55 Days At Peking, and When You're Not Near. Had his biggest succes as a producer starting in the early 1970s, notably producing Daddy Cool's 1971 debut album Daddy Who (Daddy Cool). Helpful in advancing Rick Springfield's career. Co-wrote Marcia Hines's Shining of her 1976 album of the same name. Has also served as producer for Air Supply, Tommy Emmanuel, Supernaut, and others ~ Porter was born in 1941
December 16, 2021 ~ Pop rock bassist, singer Terry Uttley passed away ~ Member of Smokie, present on the band's best known including If You Think You Know How To Love Me, Don't Play Your Rock 'n Roll To Me, I'll Meet You At Midnight, Living Next Door To Alice, Lay Back In The Arms Of Someone, and others ~ Uttley was born ca.1951
December 16, 2021 ~ R&B, soul, pop singer Wanda Young, full name Wanda LaFaye Young, passed away ~ Member of pivotal Motown girl group the Marvelettes. Sang backup on Please Mr Postman. Lead vocalist on songs such as Don't Mess With Bill, I'll Keep Holding On, and The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game. Young retired from music when the group disbanded in 1972 ~ Young was born in 1943
December 15, 2021 ~ Jose Angel Hernandez, commonly known as producer Flow La Movie, passed away ~ Perhaps best known for producing Te Boté, a collaborative hit for Casper Magico, Nio Garcia & Darell. Has also worked with Bad Bunny, Ozuna, and others ~ Hernandez was born ca.1983
December 15, 2021 ~ Indie rock, post-punk guitarist, bassist, singer Ian Worang passed away ~ Co-founding, sole constant member of Toronto-based indie rock band Uncut, known for the albums Those Who Were Hung Hang Here, Modern Currencies and Infinite Repeats. Has also worked with the Two Koreas, Bishop Morocco, and Diableros ~ Worang was born ca.1974
December 14, 2021 ~ Music manager Ken Kragen, full name Kenneth Allan Kragen, passed away in Brentwood, California, USA ~ Personal manager to artists such as Lionel Richie, Trisha Yearwood, Travis Tritt, Dottie West, Kenny Rogers. To pop audiences perhaps best known for his pivotal role in the mid-1980s charity project, album and single We Are The World, bringing together a group of pop musicians under the moniker USA For Africa ~ Kragen was born in 1936
December 14, 2021 ~ Rock, reggae guitarist, bassist Phil Chen passed away ~ Member of the Vagabonds. Would go on to become an in-demand session musician, present on albums such as Jeff Beck's Blow By Blow, Donovan's Cosmic Wheels, Joan Armatrading's Back To The Night. Has also worked with the Butts Band, Rod Stewart, Pete Townshend, Eric Clapton, Ray Charles, Desmond Dekker, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Jackson Browne, Dave Edmunds, Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger, and others ~ Chen was born ca.1941
December 14, 2021 ~ Clarence Edward Mauldin, commonly known as blues singer, guitarist, bassist Sonny Rhodes, passed away ~ Influenced by T-Bone Walker, LC Robinson, Pee Wee Crayton, BB King, Percy Mayfield. Active since the late 1950s. Backed artists such as Freddie King and Albert Collins. As a solo artist especially acclaimed for a number of 1990s albums, notably 1991's Disciple Of The Blues, 1992's Livin' Too Close To The Edge and 1996's Out Of Control ~ Mauldin was born in 1940
December 13, 2021 ~ Soul, R&B singer Joe Simon passed away ~ Member of gospel outfit the Golden West Singers. Dubbed “the mouth of the South” for his distinctive voice, critically compared to Otis Redding and Jackie Wilson. As a solo artist known for a two decade career, charting with R&B singles such as The Chokin' Kind, The Power Of Love and perhaps his best-known Get Down Get Down Get On The Floor. Was backed by Sly Stone and Larry Graham on his first major hit My Adorable One ~ Simon was born in 1943
December 13, 2021 ~ Punk rock guitarist John Nolan passed away ~ Member of Behind The Magnolia. Member of Bored, present on the band's debut album Negative Waves and its follow-up Take It Out On You album. Left the band in 1991 along with Tim Hemensley to form the Powder Monkeys, releasing the albums Smashed On A Knee, Time Wounds All Heels and Lost City Blues before disbanding in the early 2000s ~ Nolan was born ca.1966
December 12, 2021 ~ Ranchera singer, songwriter, actor Vicente Fernández, full name Vicente Fernández Gómez, passed away in Guadalajara, Mexico ~ Cultural icon with over 30 films to his name, over 50 albums with a total sales of an estimated 50 million copies. Best known for Volver Volver, notably covered by both Nana Moskouri and Ry Cooder. Other well-known songs include El Rey, Dos Corazones, Aunque Mal Paguen Ellas, Que Sepan Todos, Yo Quiero, Aca Entre Nos, Miseria, and No Te Vayas. His son, Alejandro Fernández, would also become a popular singer ~ Fernández was born in 1940
December 10, 2021 ~ Rock singer, guitarist Les Emmerson, full name Robert Leslie Emmerson, passed away in Ottawa, Canada ~ Best known as lead singer, guitarist of Five Man Electrical Band, known for songs such as Absolutely Right and I'm A Stranger Here, and its predecessor the Staccatos. Wrote Signs, one of the band's best known, later notably covered by Tesla. As a solo artist known for Cry Your Eyes Out, Watching The World Go By, and Control Of Me ~ Emmerson was born in 1944
December 10, 2021 ~ Thomas Mensforth, commonly known as punk, punk rock, oi singer, songwriter Mensi, passed away ~ Fronted pioneering punk group the Angelic Upstarts, which helped define the oi subgenre with recordings such as I'm An Upstart, Teenage Warning, and their best-known The Murder Of Liddle Towers ~ Mensforth was born ca.1956
December 10, 2021 ~ Singer, guitarist Michael Nesmith, full name Robert Michael Nesmith, passed away in Carmel Valley, California, USA ~ Member of the Monkees, known for songs such as Last Train To Clarksville, I'm A Believer, and Daydream Believer. Member of country-rock outfit the First National Band, known for the 1970 hit Joanne. Also wrote Different Drum, a hit for Linda Ronstadt ~ Nesmith was born in 1942
December 9, 2021 ~ Singer, songwriter David Lasley, full name David Eldon Lasley, passed away ~ Member of the Pousette-Dart Band. Member of Rosie. As a solo artist scored a Billboard Hot 100 top 40 hit with If I Had My Wish Tonight in 1982. Songs written or co-written by Lasley have been recorded by Rita Coolidge, Patti Labelle (Come What May), Kiki Dee, Valerie Carter, Maxine Nightingale (Lead Me On), Boz Scaggs, Peter Allen, Norman Connors, the Pointer Sisters (Got To Find Love), Sarah Dash, Amy Keys, Bonnie Raitt (I Ain't Gonna Let You Break My Heart Again), and others ~ Lasley was born in 1947
December 9, 2021 ~ Rudolph Dennis, commonly known as reggae singer Garth Dennis, passed away ~ Co-founded Black Uhuru with Don Carlos and Derrick Duckie Simpson in 1972, leaving the band after the early recordings and rejoining in the early 1990s, first reappearing on the 1991 album Now. Had a successful run throughout the late 1980s with the Wailing Souls starting with 1979's acclaimed Wild Suspense album. Released his solo debut album, Trenchtown 19 3rd Street, in 2015 ~ Dennis was born in 1949
December 8, 2021 ~ Jazz, bebop pianist, composer, arranger Barry Harris, full name Barry Doyle Harris, passed away ~ Influenced by Thelonious Monk and Bud Powell. Worked with Miles Davis, Sonny Stitt, Thad Jones, Junior Mance, Gene Ammons, Max Roach, Cannonball Adderley, Dexter Gordon, Illinois Jacquet, Yusef Lateef, Hank Mobley, Coleman Hawkins, Donald Byrd, Al Cohn, Sonny Criss, Clifford Jordan, Lee Konitz, Warne Marsh, Don Wilkerson, and others ~ Harris was born in 1929
December 8, 2021 ~ Saxophonist, flutist, singer Gil Bridges passed away ~ Original and longtime lead singer of Rare Earth, the first successful all-white act to be signed to Motown known for a string of early 1970s hits including Get Ready, I Know I'm Losing You, Born To Wander, I Just Want To Celebrate, and Hey Big Brother ~ Bridges was born ca.1941
December 8, 2021 ~ Singer Ralph Tavares, full name Ralph Edward Vierra Tavares, passed away ~ Member of sibling R&B, disco outfit Tavares, known best for She's Gone, It Only Takes A Minute, Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel, Don't Take Away The Music and More Than A Woman, the latter notably featured on 1977 Saturday Night Fever soundtrack ~ Tavares was born in 1941
December 8, 2021 ~ Reggae, dub bassist, singer Robbie Shakespeare, full name Robert Warren Dale Shakespeare, passed away in Florida, USA ~ Regarded as one of the most influential dub, reggae bassists. Closely associated with Sly Dunbar, forming the duo Sly & Robbie. Has worked with artists such as the Revolutionaries, the Aggrovators, U-Roy, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, Sugar Minott, Augustus Pablo, Yellowman, Black Uhuru, the GG All-Stars, Grace Jones, Mick Jagger, and others ~ Shakespeare was born in 1953
December 7, 2021 ~ Music critic, journalist, author, guitarist Greg Tate passed away ~ Dubbed “the Godfather of Hip-hop Journalism.” Best known as contributor on black culture and music for the Village Voice, initially as a freelancer starting in 1981 and as a staff writer from 1987 through 2005. His publications hace also been published in New York Times, the Washington Post, Down Beat, JazzTimes, Rolling Stone, VIBE, and other journals. Authored a number of books, starting with Flyboy In The Buttermilk (Essays On Contemporary America) published in 1992. As a musician, guitarist best known for co-founding and leading the improvisational rock collective Burnt Sugar in 1999, merging funk, jazz, rock, reggae, soul, hip-hop, metal and contemporary classical music ~ Tate was born in 1957
December 7, 2021 ~ Steve William Forrest, commonly known as keyboardist, guitarist, percussionist, songwriter Steve Bronski, passed away ~ Co-founding member of Bronski Beat, along with Jimmy Somerville and Larry Steinbachek, known for songs such as Smalltown Boy, Why and Hit That Perfect Beat ~ Forrest was born in 1960
December 5, 2021 ~ Folk singer, guitarist, songwriter Bill Staines, full name William Russell Staines, passed away ~ Over 20 albums to his name since the 1960s. Has toured excessively, playing up to 200 dates per year. Known for songs such as The Boats They Come And They Go, A Place In The Choir, The Roseville Fair, Flowers In The Snow, Sueño, and Spirit Song. Has his songs recorded by Nanci Griffith, the Highwaymen, Glenn Yarbrough, Grandpa Jones, the Clydesiders, Foster & Allen, Debby McClatchy, Wendy Grossman, Sheila Noonan, Liam Clancy, Jerry Jeff Walker, and others ~ Staines was born in 1947
December 5, 2021 ~ John Errington, commonly known as rock, pop rock singer, guitarist, keyboardist John Miles, passed away ~ Member of local band the Influence, which also included future Roxy Music-drummer Paul Thompson and future Geordie-guitarist Vic Malcolm. Active as a solo artist since the eary 1970s, best known for Highfly, Slowdown and his best-known Music, the latter a UK top 10 hit in 1975 and a radio staple since. Would go on to back musicians such as Tina Turner, Joe Cocker, Stevie Wonder ~ Errington was born in 1949
December 5, 2021 ~ Antonio Morese, commonly known as comedian, actor, folk singer, songwriter Toni Santagata, passed away in Rome, Italy ~ Over a dozen albums to his name starting in the late 1960s. Best known for his 1973 single Lu Maritiello, a top 10 hit in his native Italy ~ Morese was born in 1935
December 4, 2021 ~ Country singer, guitarist Stonewall Jackson passed away in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ~ Popular 1950s honky-tonk, country singer. Broke through in 1958 with Life To Go, penned by George Jones. Also known for songs such as Waterloo, Why I'm Walkin', A Wound Time Can't Erase, Leona, BJ The DJ, Don't Be Angry and Stamp Out Loneliness, all of which reached top 10 Billboard Country ~ Jackson was born in 1932
December 3, 2021 ~ Pop, schlager singer Arie Ribbens passed away in Emmeloord, the Netherlands ~ Active since the late 1950s, peaking commercially in the 1980s. Known for songs such as Dat Zien We Morgen Wel Weer, Polonaise Hollandaise, Akketdoe, and probably his best-known Brabantse Nachten Zijn Lang. Retired from performing in 2015 for health reasons ~ Ribbens was born in 1937
December 3, 2021 ~ R&B, funk drummer Melvin Parker passed away ~ Best known for his association with James Brown, his drum rhythms a key element of Brown's 1960s funk innovations. Present on recordings such as Out Of Sight, Papa's Got A Brand New Bag and I Got You I Feel Good. Parker would be drafted by the mid-1960s, replaced in the band by Clyde Stubblefield and John Jabo Starks, and would briefly rejoin by the end of the decade in time for the recording of the Sex Machine album. After his final departure from the band would join his brother saxophonist Maceo Parker's backing band ~ Parker was born in 1944
December 2, 2021 ~ Music manager, tour manager Richard Cole passed away ~ Best known as tour manager for Led Zeppelin from 1968 until its dissolution in 1980. Drew ire from the band for several bold statements about their behavior, most infamously in the Stephen Davis-penned Zeppelin-biography Hammer Of The Gods. Has also worked for bands such as Unit 4+2, the Who, the New Vaudeville Band, Vanilla Fudge, the Yardbirds, Eric Clapton, Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, Black Uhuru, Three Dog Night, and others ~ Cole was born in 1946
December 1, 2021 ~ Experimental composer Alvin Lucier, full name Alvin Augustus Lucier Jr, passed away in Middletown, Connecticut, USA ~ Explores the physical properties of sound itself, resonance of spaces, and transmission of sound through physical media. Best known for North American Time Capsule, I Am Sitting In A Room and Music On A Long Thin Wire. Member of the collective the Sonic Arts Union, which also included Robert Ashley, David Behrman, Gordon Mumma ~ Lucier was born in 1931
December 1, 2021 ~ Jean Vanobbergen, commonly known as singer, songwriter Grand Jojo, passed away ~ Cultural icon in his native Belgium with over three dozen albums to his name, starting in the early 1970s. Known for his self-mockery and festive songs. Well-known songs include Chef Un P'tit Verre On A Soil, Sergent Flagada, La Petite Bête A Bon Dieu, and Jules César ~ Vanobbergen was born in 1936