This Day In Music: September 30
September 29 ~ Birthdays/All ~ October 1
 
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 30, 2021 ~ Composer Carlisle Floyd, full name Carlisle Sessions Floyd, passed away in Tallahassee, Florida, USA ~ Wrote about a dozen operas typically set in in the American South, themed around post-civil war South, the Great Depression and rural life. Best known for Susannah, a Biblical story transcribed to rural Tennessee and written for a Southern dialect. Its 1956 performance at the New York City Opera met with mixed reviews, some degrading it to “folk opera” while others considered it a masterpiece. It would quickly become one the most performed American operas ~ Floyd was born in 1926
September 30, 2021 ~ Jazz saxophonist, composer Lennart Åberg passed away in Helsingborg, Sweden ~ Founded jazz fusion group Rena Rama in 1972. Perhaps best known for his association with George Russell backing Russell in the 1980s, notably on the 1983 The Essence Of George Russell album alongside Jon Christensen, Arild Andersen and Jan Garbarek. Has also recorded as a solo artist and taught jazz history at the Royal College Of Music, Stockholm ~ Åberg was born in 1942
 
September 30, 2019 ~ Opera singer Jessye Norman, full name Jessye Mae Norman, passed away in Manhattan, New York, USA ~ Debuted with the Deutsche Oper Berlin in 1968 following winning an ARD International Music Competition. Would go on to sing with renowned orchestras including La Scala, the Opera Company Of Philadelphia, the Metropolitan Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Paris Opera, the Royal Opera, and others ~ Norman was born in 1945
 
September 30, 2018 ~ Singer, guitarist Kim Larsen passed away in Odense, Denmark ~ Co-founded Gasolin alongside Franz Beckerlee and Will Jonsson. Also fronted Jungledreams, Bellami, Bell Star and Kjukken ~ Larsen was born in 1945
 
September 30, 2017 ~ Producer, songwriter, &R director, label executive Frank Slay, full name Frank Conley Slay Jr, passed away ~ Frequent songwriting partner of Bob Crewe during the late 1950s and 1960s, the pair being responsible for songs such as Silhouettes and Daddy Cool for doo-wop outfit the Rays, and Tallahassee Lassie for Freddy Cannon. Slay would become A&R director for Swan Records in 1961 and continue to work with Cannon. Other notable production credits include Strawberry Alarm Clock's Incense And Peppermints and Sugarloaf's Don't Call Us (We'll Call You), both of which reached the Billboard Hot 100 top 10 respectively in 1967 and 1974 ~ Slay was born in 1930
 
September 30, 2016 ~ Folk singer, songwriter Oscar Brand passed away in Great Neck, New York, USA ~ Wrote over 300 songs. Nearly 100 albums to his name, many including Canadian and American patriotic songs. Author of several books on folk collections ~ Brand was born in 1920
 
September 30, 2013 ~ Conductor John Hopkins, full name John Raymond Hopkins, passed away ~ Worked with the BBC Scottish Orchestra, the BBC Northern Orchestra, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, and others ~ Hopkins was born in 1927
September 30, 2013 ~ Thomas Scott, commonly known as country, rockabilly singer, guitarist Ramblin' Tommy Scott, passed away in Toccoa, Georgia, USA ~ Worked with Charlie Monroe and Curly Seckler. As a solo artist known for a number of 1950s, early 1960s recordings venturing more into rockabilly, notable singles including Rockin' And Rollin', Dance With Her Henry and Dig Me Little Mama ~ Scott was born in 1917
September 30, 2013 ~ Zulema Cusseaux, mononymously known as disco, R&B singer, songwriter Zulema, passed away in Tampa, Florida, USA ~ Sang backup for Aretha Franklin. Member of Faith Hope & Charity. Debuted as a solo artist with the eponymous Zulema in 1972. Toured as opening act with Bill Withers, Roberta Flack, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight, Earth Wind & Fire, and Sly Stone ~ Cusseaux was born in 1947
 
September 30, 2012 ~ Singer, songwriter Raylene Rankin passed away ~ Co-founding member of the Rankin Family, known for songs such as Orangedale Whistle, Gillis Mountain, North Country and Movin' On
 
September 30, 2011 ~ Marvin Tarplin, commonly known as R&B, soul guitarist, songwriter Marv Tarplin, passed away in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ~ Member of the Miracles from the 1950s through 1973. Co-wrote several of the band's best-known, notably The Tracks Of My Tears, My Girl's Gone, I Like It Like That, Going To A Go-Go and The Love I Saw In You Was Just A Mirage. Also co-wrote a number of well-known R&B songs for others including Marvin Gaye's Ain't That Peculiar and I'll Be Doggone ~ Tarplin was born in 1941
 
September 30, 2006 ~ Dobroist Josh Graves passed away ~ Best known for introducing the resonator guitar, more commonly known as dobro, in bluegrass music. Member of Flatt & Scruggs' backing unit the Foggy Mountain Boys. Also worked with the Pierce Brothes, Mac Wiseman, Kenny Baker, the Masters, and others ~ Graves was born in 1927
 
September 30, 2004 ~ Theater director, songwriter Jacques Levy passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Frequently collaborated with Roger McGuinn, notably on the single Chestnut Mare of the Untitled album. Perhaps best known for co-writing the majority of songs on Bob Dylan's Desire album, including Hurricane and Isis ~ Levy was born in 1935
 
September 30, 2003 ~ Jazz drummer Eddie Gladden passed away in Newark, New Jersey, USA ~ Worked with James Moody, Eddie Jefferson, Richie Cole, Cecil Payne, Horace Silver, David Fathead Newman, Larry Young, Freddie Roach, Jimmy McGriff, Richard Groove Holmes, Kirk Lightsey, Clifford Jordan, Albert Dailey, Jimmy Ponder, Shirley Scott, Mickey Tucker, Dexter Gordon, and others ~ Gladden was born in 1937
September 30, 2003 ~ Rockabilly singer, guitarist Ronnie Dawson, full name Ronald Monrie Dawson, passed away in Dallas, USA ~ Known for songs such as Action Packed and Rockin' Bones. ~ Dawson was born in 1939
 
September 30, 2002 ~ Jazz pianist Ellis Larkins passed away ~ Best known for his association with Ella Fitzgerald, backing the singer on the albums Ella Sings Gershwin and In A Mellow Mood. Leader and sideman. Worked with Chris Connor, Eartha Kitt, Beverly Kenney, Coleman Hawkins, Mildred Bailey, Dickey Wells, Helen Humes, Georgia Gibbs, Harry Belafonte, George Duvivier, JC Heard, Sonny Stitt, and others ~ Larkins was born in 1923
 
September 30, 1999 ~ Anna Mae Darden, commonly known as jazz singer, bandleader Anna Mae Winburn, passed away ~ Best known as bandleader of the all-female the International Sweethearts Of Rhythm, one of the few racially integrated dance-bands of the swing era ~ Darden was born in 1913
 
September 30, 1997 ~ Singers Barbra Streisand and Céline Dion record the duet single Tell Him ~ Written by Linda Thompson, Walter Afanasieff and David Foster. Produced by Aafanasieff and Foster. Released as a single the following November it would reach top 10 in over 15 countries outside the USA. Despite warm critical reception the song did not fare too well in America, most likely due to releases being pulled back at the last moment and high-profile performances, such as at the 40th Grammy Awards ceremony, falling through on account of Streisand contracting the flu once again. Both singers had included the song on their albums, Streisand on Higher Ground and Dion on Let's Talk About Love
 
September 30, 1993 ~ Easy listening, jazz pianist, conductor, arranger, composer Ronnie Aldrich, full name Ronald Frank Aldrich, passed away in Clatterbridge, UK ~ Prolific pianist recording extensively from the 1940s onwards, notably with his orchestra the Squadronaires. Also worked with the BBC Radio Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Radio Orchestra, served as musical director at Thames Television and is perhaps best known as musical director of Benny Hill Show ~ Aldrich was born in 1916
 
September 30, 1989 ~ Composer Virgil Thomson passed away in Manhattan, New York, USA ~ Instrumental in the development of “the American Sound” in classical music. Wrote symphonies, opera, ballet, film scores and chamber music. Known best for works such as Four Saints In Three Acts, The Plow That Broke The Plains, the Pullitzer Prize-winning soundtrack to Louisiana Story, and for his late opera Lord Byron ~ Thomson was born in 1896
 
September 30, 1988 ~ Singer Jamie Talbot born in Aalborg, Denmark ~ Best known as runner-up on the 11th season of the Danish version of the X-Factor behind winner Place On Earth
 
September 30, 1986 ~ Pianist, percussionist, singer Ben Lovett, full name Benjamin Walter David Lovett, born in Cardiff, UK ~ Best known as founding member of Mumford & Sons. Has also produced records by Peggy Sue, Ellie Goulding (Lights), and Simon Felice
September 30, 1986 ~ Mihai Razvan Preda, commonly known as reggae, dancehall, R&B singer Sonny Flame, born in Ploiesti, Romania ~ Worked with Wassabi, Connect-R, Mossano, Morris. Best known for Sole El Sol, a hit in Romania in 2012
 
September 30, 1985 ~ Charles Jamal Smith, commonly known as rapper, singer, producer, DJ Blaqstarr, born ~ Best known for his association with British rapper, singer MIA, introducing her to Rye Rye and working with both of them on her Kala breakout sophomore album released in 2005. Has also worked with Diplo, Mos Def, and others
September 30, 1985 ~ Faheem Rasheed Najm, commonly known as singer, rapper, songwriter, producer T-Pain born in Tallahassee, Florida, USA ~ Released his full-length Rappa Ternt Sanga debut album in 2005. Best known for songs such as I'm Sprung, Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin') featuring Yung Joc, Bartender featuring Akon, Can't Believe It featuring Lil' Wayne, 5 O'Clock featuring Wiz Khalifa & Lily Allen
 
September 30, 1983 ~ Bandleader, tenor saxophonist Freddy Martin, full name Frederick Alfred Martin, passed away in Newport Beach, California, USA ~ Pioneered the tenor-band style. Adapted several classical tunes to jazz. Worked with the Mason-Dixon Band, Arnold Johnson, Jack Albin, Merv Griffin, Buddy Clark, Sid Appleman, Terry Shand, Elmer Feldkamp, Helen Ward, and others ~ Martin was born in 1906
 
September 30, 1981 ~ Conductor Boyd Neel, full name Louis Boyd Neel, passed away in Toronto, Canada ~ Helpful in reviving interest in baroque music in 19th and 20th Century string orchestra repertoire ~ Neel was born in 1905
 
September 30, 1980 ~ Indie rock singer, guitarist Emily Kokal, full name Emily Camille Kokal, born in Chico, California, USA ~ Co-founding member, lead singer, guitarist of Warpaint. Guested as a backing singer on the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Desecration Smile
 
September 30, 1978 ~ Swing, post bop, cool jazz pianist Beryl Booker passed away ~ Worked with Slam Stewart, Dinah Washington, Don Elliot, Chuck Wayne, Clyde Lombardi, Connie Kay, Miles Davis, Bonnie Wetzel, Elaine Leighton, and others ~ Booker was born in 1922
September 30, 1978 ~ Jazz trombonist, composer Marshall Gilkes born in Camp Springs, Maryland, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with the Maria Schneider Orchestra, the Sultans Of Swing, Edmar Castaneda, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Stanley Turrentine, Benny Golson, Machito, Giovanni Hidalgo, Chico O'Farrill, Tito Nieves, Raulín Rosendo, Ray Sepulveda, Eddie Santiago, Jose Alberto, Iroko La Banda, John Fedchock, David Berger, and others
 
September 30, 1977 ~ Iris Colleen Summers, commonly known as singer, guitarist Mary Ford, passed away in Arcadia, California, USA ~ Best known for her recordings with her husband Les Paul, scoring numerous hits during the 1950s including Tiger Rag, Vaya Con Dios, Mockin' Bird Hill, Bye Bye Blues, The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise and perhaps their best-known How High The Moon, the latter topping the American charts in 1951. Prior to her marriage to Ford formed the western trio the Sunshine Girls with Vivian Earles and June Widener, best known for backing Jimmy Wakely ~ Ford was born in 1924
September 30, 1977 ~ Guitarist, singer Nick Curran, full name Nicholas Michael Curran, born in Biddleford, Maine, USA ~ Active since his late teens, touring with Ronnie Dawson. Would go on to play with Kim Lenz & the Jaguars, backing Kim Lenz on tour and record including on the albums The One And Only and It's All True. Released his Fixin' Your Head solo debut album in 1999. Has also worked with the Texas Northside Kings, Degüello, the Lowlifes, and notably the Fabulous Thunderbirds ~ Curran passed away in 2012
 
September 30, 1975 ~ Alternative rock, alternative dance singer, guitarist, banjoist, keyboardist, drummer David Geraghty born in Leixlip, Ireland ~ Member of Juniper, known best as the band that launched Damien Rice's career. The band would issue two EPs and the moderately succesful singles Weatherman and The World Is Dead prior to Rice's departure in 1998. The remaining members, including Geraghty, would rechristen themselves Bell X1. Geraghty has also recorded as a solo artist while still a band member, starting with Kill Your Darlings in 2007
 
September 30, 1974 ~ Violinist Tim Kliphuis born in Utrecht, the Netherlands ~ Leader and sideman. Classically trained. Influenced by Stéphane Grappelli, Joe Pass, Jean-Luc Ponty. Mixes gypsy jazz with classical and folk. Has worked with Fapy Lafertin, Martin Taylor, the Rosenberg Trio, Paulus Schafer, Richard Galliano, Frankie Gavin, Charlie McKerron, Roy Percy, Nigel Clark, David Newton, the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Gjermund Larsen, and others
September 30, 1974 ~ Alternative rock guitarist Varre Vartiainen born in Helsinki ~ Worked with Gonzo, Nylon Beat, Jim Beard, the Leningrad Cowboys, the Sleepy Sleepers. Noted for leading the trio Husband, which also includes bassist Harri Rantanen and drummer Anssi Nykanen, known for the mid-2000s albums Husband and Homo Sapiens
 
September 30, 1972 ~ Composer, visual artist, author François Sarhan born in Rouen, France ~ Known for his multi artform works, mixing stop-motion animation, performance, text and music. Frequent collaborator of William Kentridge. As a solo artist best known for his L&aacirc;chez Tout show. Has received commissions from the Ensemble Modern, the Donaueschinger Musiktage, the Orchestre Philharmonique De Radio France, and others
 
September 30, 1969 ~ Metal drummer, guitarist, bassist Asgeir Mickelson born in Norway ~ Best known as co-founding member of Spiral Architect and member of Borknagar. Has also worked with Enslavement Of Beauty, Hardingrock, Highland Glory, ICS Vortex, Ihsahn, Scariot, Lunaris, Myoclon, Sarke, Sturmgeist, Testament, Thornbound, Veil Of Secrets, Vintersorg, and others
September 30, 1969 ~ Rock saxophonist Theo Lengyel, full name Theobald Brooks Lengyel, born ~ Sessioned with Mr Bungle before joining as a full-time member. Present on the band's best-known albums, 1991's Mr Bungle and 1994's Disco Volante
 
September 30, 1967 ~ Rock, indie rock drummer, singer Kurt Dahle, full name Kurt Colin Dahle, born in Moose Jaw, Canada ~ Co-founded Age Of Electric, known for their Make A Pest A Pet which spawned the modest hit Remote Control. Member of Limblifter known for the hits Tinfoil, Vicious, Screwed It Up, Ariel vs Lotus and Wake Up To The Sun. Gained critical acclaim with the New Pornographers, especially with the albums Mass Romantic and Twin Cinema. Dahle has also served as producer for the likes of the Bloody Chicletts, Pokiok Falls, the Organ, and others
 
September 30, 1964 ~ Bassist, guitarist, singer Robby Takac, full name Robert Carl Takac Jr, born in Buffalo, New York, USA ~ Founding member of the Goo Goo Dolls, along with John Rzeznik. Takac sang the majority of the lead vocals on the band's first three albums
September 30, 1964 ~ Ernest Giuseppe Anastasio III, commonly known as guitarist, singer Trey Anastasio, born in Fort Worth, Texas, USA ~ Co-founding member, lead singer of Phish. Has also worked with Oysterhead, the Ghosts Of The Forest, Surrender To The Air, the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Phil Lesh, Toots & the Maytals, Dave Matthews, and others
 
September 30, 1963 ~ Country, southern rock singer, songwriter Eddie Montgomery born in Danville, Kentucky, USA ~ Brother of singer John Michael Montgomery. Half of Montgomery Gentry, the other half being Troy Gentry, known for songs such as If You Ever Stop Lovin' Me, Something To Be Proud Of, Lucky Man, Back When I Knew It All and Roll With Me. The duo has collaborated with Charlie Daniels, Toby Keith, Five For Fighting, and others
 
September 30, 1962 ~ Marlon Williams, commonly known as rapper, producer Marley Marl, born in Queens, New York, USA ~ Influenced hip-hop icons such as RZA, DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Madlib. Best known as a producer, worked with Eric B & Rakim (Paid In Full), LL Cool J, Roxanne Shanté, Craig G, Big Daddy Kane, Biz Markie, Kool G Rap, MC Shan, the Juice Crew, and others
 
September 30, 1961 ~ Alternative rock, synthpop singer, guitarist, percussionist, keyboardist Andy Kubiszewski born in Charleston, South Carolina, USA ~ Member of the Exotic Birds. Member of The The, present on the albums Dis-Infected and Solitude. Drummed on Nine Inch Nails' acclaimed 1994 The Downward Spiral album. Has also worked with the Prick, Stabbing Westward, Twinstar, Darling Waste, Lucky Pierre, and others
September 30, 1961 ~ Singer, songwriter, actress Crystal Bernard born in Garland, Texas, USA ~ Best known as actress, particularly for starring in the NBC sitcom the Wings. As a singer and songwriter known for two albums in the 1990s and a number of singles. Dueted with Peter Cetera on I Wanna Take Forever Tonight, and with Jim Messina on Watching The River Run
 
September 30, 1960 ~ Drummer Bill Rieflin, full name William Frederick Rieflin, born in Seattle, Washington, USA ~ Industrial rock, industrial metal drummer rose to fame in the 1990s. Worked with Ministry, Revolting Cocks, Lard, KMFDM, Pigface, Swans, Chris Connelly, Nine Inch Nails, REM, Slow Music, the Humans, Minus 5, Robert Fripp, Acid Horse, Blackouts, Sweet '75, King Crimson, and others ~ Rieflin passed away in 2020
 
September 30, 1958 ~ Country, bluegrass singer, songwriter Marty Stuart, full name John Marty Stuart born in Philadelphia, Mississippi, USA ~ Backed Lester Flatt and Johnny Cash before starting a solo career. Married to Cash's daughter singer Cindy Cash from 1983 to 1988. Married singer Connie Smith in 1997. Draws from country, bluegrass and rockabilly. Debuted in with the eponymous Marty Stuart album in 1985. Known for songs such as Tempted, Burn Me Down and the Travis Tritt duet The Whiskey Ain't Workin'. Also worked with Mark O'Connor, Jeff Foxworthy, Merle Haggard, Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, Porter Wagoner, Harry Stinson, and others
 
September 30, 1955 ~ Flautist, tin whistle player Frankie Kennedy born in Belfast, Northern Ireland ~ Best known for co-founding Altan with his wife Mairead Ní Mhaonaigh, the band also included Enya in its line-up ~ Kennedy passed away in 1994
 
September 30, 1954 ~ Barbara Stanislawa Trzetrzelewska, commonly known as jazz-pop singer, songwriter Basia, born in Jaworno, Poland ~ Has cited Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Astrud Gilberto, and Antônio Carlos Jobim as influences. Member of Matt Bianco alongside Danny White and Mark Reilly. As a solo artist known for hits such as Time And Tide, New Day For You, Promises, Baby You're Mine, Cruising For Bruising, and Drunk On Love
September 30, 1954 ~ Nathaniel Ian Wynter, commonly known as reggae keyboardist, guitarist, bassist, singer, songwriter Natty Wailer, born in Kingston, Jamaica ~ 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 passed away in 2022
September 30, 1954 ~ Keyboardist, singer, songwriter Patrice Rushen, full name Patrice Louise Rushen, born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Best known for her 1982 Grammy Award-nominated single Forget Me Nots. Its chorus would later be used in Will Smith's 1997 song Men In Black, earning Rushen co-writing credit. Rushen has collaborated with Kenny Burrell, Eddie Henderson, Jean-Luc Ponty, Wallace Roney, and others
 
September 30, 1953 ~ Deborah Lynn Thurmond, commonly known as country singer, songwriter, actress Deborah Allen, born in Memphis, Tennessee, USA ~ Debuted in 1980 with the album Trouble In Paradise and has been recording to commercial success since. Best known for the 1983 crossover hit Baby I Lied. Duetted with Jim Reeves on Don't Let Me Cross Over, Oh How I Miss You Tonight and Take Me In Your Arms And Hold Me. As a songwriter wrote or co-wrote hits for Janie Fricke (Don't Worry 'Bout Me Baby), John Conlee (I'm Only In It For Love), Tanya Tucker (Can I See You Tonight), and Patty Loveless (Blame It On Your Heart)
 
September 30, 1952 ~ Actor, singer Jack Wild born in Royton, UK ~ Best known as an actor, landing his first major role portraying the Artful Dodger in the 1968 musical drama Oliver. As a singer and recording artist has released a number of albums, starting with This Is Jack Wild in 1970 ~ Wild passed away in 2006
 
September 30, 1950 ~ Renato Fiacchini, commonly known as singer, producer, songwriter, actor, dancer Renato Zero, born in Rome, Italy ~ Active since the mid-1960s. Best known for hits such as Madame, Il Cielo, Il Carrozzone, Amico, Piu Su, Spiagge, Spalle A Muro, and others. Over two dozen of Zero's album made it to the Italian top 10
 
September 30, 1949 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter, actor Lars Klevstrand born in Drammen, Norway ~ Debuted in 1968 with the album Vi Skal Ikkje Sova. Has worked with Lillebjorn Nilsen, Karl Svendsen, Hege Tunaal, Guttorm Guttormsen, Steinar Ofsdal, Arja Saijormaa, and others
 
September 30, 1947 ~ Mark Feld, commonly known as singer, songwriter Marc Bolan, born in London, UK ~ Glam rock pioneer. Lead singer of T.Rex, known for songs such as Hot Love, Bang-a-gong (Get It On), Telegram Sam, Metal Guru and 20th Century Boy ~ Feld passed away in 1977
 
September 30, 1946 ~ Hector Juan Perez Martinez, commonly known as salsa, bolero singer, songwriter Hector Lavoe, born in Ponce, Puerto Rico ~ Considered one of the most important salsa singers from the 1960s onwards, helped popularize the genre. Worked with Roberto Garcia, the Orquesta New York, extensively with Willie Colón, with the Kako All-Stars, Johnny Pacheco, the Fania All-Stars, Tito Puente, and others ~ Martinez passed away in 1993
September 30, 1946 ~ Singer, songwriter Steve Foster born in Murray Bridge, Australia ~ Wrote and recorded over 500 songs. Member of the Mount Lofty Ranger which also included the then-unknown Bon Scott before he joined AC/DC ~ Foster passed away in 2018
 
September 30, 1945 ~ Schlager, disco, pop producer, songwriter Ralph Siegel, full name Ralph Maria Siegel, born in Munich, Germany ~ Internationally best known for his songwriting contributions to about a dozen Eurovision Songfestival entries, including the 1982 winner Nicole's Ein Bisschen Frieden. Other entries co-written by Siegel include Theater (Katja Ebstein), Johnny Blue (Lena Valaitis), and Lass Die Sonne In Dein Herz (Wind). Siegel has also worked with Udo Jürgens, Heino, Rex Gildo, Costa Cordalis, Mireille Mathieu, Roy Black, and others
 
September 30, 1944 ~ Songwriter, lyricist, producer Bernd Meinunger born in Meiningen, Germany ~ Internationally best known for co-writing, along with frequent partner Ralph Siegel, Nicole's Ein Bisschen Frieden, the 1982 Eurovision Songfestival winner. Has also worked on other Eurovision songs, notably Lena Valaitis' Johnny Blue and Wind's Lass Die Sonne In Dein Herz both of which would reach second place, respectively in 1981 and 1987
 
September 30, 1943 ~ Singer Marilyn McCoo born in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA ~ Best known as member of the 5th Dimension. Sang lead on One Less Bell To Answer, Last Night I Didn't Get To Sleep At All and If I Could Reach You. Left the band in 1975, along with bandmate and husband Billy Davis Jr, to pursue a recording career as a duo. The duo scored a top 10 hit with You Don't Have To Be A Star (To Be In My Show) in 1976. McCoo and Davis were also the first to record Saving All My Love For You, later a huge hit for Whitney Houston
 
September 30, 1942 ~ Singer Frankie Lymon, full name Frankin Joseph Lymon, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Fronted teenage doo-wop outfit the Teenagers, best known for their 1956 smash hit Why Do Fools Fall In Love. Other hits included I Want You To Be My Girl, I Promise To Remember, Who Can Explain, Out In The Cold Again, The ABC's Of Love, I'm Not A Juvenile Delinquent. Lymon left the band in 1957, after which both the band's and Lymon's solo appeal quickly faded ~ Lymon passed away in 1968
 
September 30, 1940 ~ Walter Milton Dwayne Midkiff, commonly known as drummer Dewey Martin, born in Chesterville, Canada ~ Co-founding member of Buffalo Springfield, known best for their Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit For What It's Worth. Has previously sessioned for artists such as Carl Perkins, the Everly Brothers, Patsy Cline, Charlie Rich, Faron Young, Roy Orbison. Also worked with Sir Raleigh & the Coupons, Holy Mackerel, the Standells, the Modern Folk Quartet, the Dillards, and others ~ Midkiff passed away in 2009
September 30, 1940 ~ James Yancey Jones, commonly known as Chicago blues, electric blues singer Tail Dragger Jones, born in Altheimer, Arkansas, USA ~ Given his nickname “tail dragger” by mentor and major influence Howlin' Wolf for regularly showing up late. Also influenced by Sonny Boy Williamson I, Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon. Backup singer for artists such as Willie Kent, Hubert Sumlin, Carey Bell, Kansas City Red, Little Mack Simmons, Big Leon Brooks, Eddie Shaw, Bob Corritore, and others. Recorded a number of solo albums, starting with Crawlin' Kingsnake in 1996. Convicted of second-degree murder of another blues musician, shooting and killing Boston Blackie in 1993, claiming self-defense and serving 17 months
 
September 30, 1938 ~ Clarinetist, conductor Alan Hacker, full name Alan Ray Hacker, born in Dorking, UK ~ Best known for co-founding the Pierrot Players in 1965 with pianist Stephen Pruslin and Harrison Birtwistle ~ Hacker passed away in 2012
 
September 30, 1935 ~ Norma Jean Speranza, commonly known as pop, traditional pop singer Jill Corey, born in Avonmore, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Worked with the Four Lads, Percy Faith, Ray Conniff, Buddy Cole, and others ~ Speranza passed away in 2021
September 30, 1935 ~ Singer Johnny Mathis, full name John Royce Mathis, born in Gilmer, Texas, USA ~ Cites Lena Horne, Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby as influences. Often described as a romantic singer, yet draws from a wide array of genres including traditional pop, easy listening, Latin, soul, show tunes, soft rock, blues and country. Over 70 albums to his name, of which many reached Gold or Platinum certification. Known for songs such as Chances Are, Gina and Too Much Too Little Too Late, the latter a duet with Deniece Williams
September 30, 1935 ~ Arzell Hill, commonly known as blues, soul singer ZZ Hill born in Naples, Texas, USA ~ Active since the mid-1960s, encouraged by Otis Redding. Influenced by Sam Cooke, BB King, Bobby Blue Bland. Known for songs such as Don't Make Me Pay For His Mistakes, Ain't Nothing You Can Do, Love Is So Good When You're Stealing It and Cheating In The Next Room ~ Hill passed away in 1984
 
September 30, 1934 ~ Jürgen Udo Bockelmann, commonly known as pop, schlager singer, songwriter Udo Jürgens, born in Klagenfurt, Austria ~ Composed some 1,000 songs. Sold over 100 million records. Won the 1966 Eurovision Songfestival representing Austria with the song Merci Chérie ~ Bockelmann passed away in 2014
 
September 30, 1928 ~ Jazz trumpeter Jon Eardley born in Altoona, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Phil Woods, Gerry Mulligan, Hal McIntyre, Harald Banter, Chet Baker, Red Mitchell, Teddy Kotick, Art Themen, Zoot Sims, and others ~ Eardley passed away in 1991
 
September 30, 1924 ~ Myrtle Audrey Arinsburg, commonly known as singer Gogi Grant, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Best known for her 1956 hit Wayward Wind. Also known for songs such as Suddenly There's A Valley, Strange Are The Ways Of Love, and others ~ Arinsburg passed away in 2016
 
September 30, 1922 ~ Double bassist, cellist, composer Oscar Pettiford born in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Considered a pioneer on the cello as a solo instrument in jazz. One of the earliest musicians in bebop. Played with Charlie Barnet, Coleman Hawkins (including on The Man I Love), Earl Hines, Ben Webster, Dizzy Gillespie, Cannonball Adderley, Bud Powell, Atilla Zoller, Kenny Clarke, Art Blakey, Sid Catlett, Miles Davis, Kenny Dorham, Urbie Green, Ernie Henry, Jimmy Hamilton, Woody Herman, Milt Jackson, Lee Konitz, Herbie Mann, Thelonious Monk, Max Roach, Sonny Rollins, Charlie Rouse, Art Tatum, Lucky Thompson, Julius Watkins, and others ~ Pettiford passed away in 1960
 
September 30, 1918 ~ Cellist Aldo Parisot born in Natal, Brazil ~ Debuted profesionally at age 12. Principal cellist of the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra. Composer Heitor Villa-Lobos wrote Cello Concerto Number 2 for Parisot. Has worked with numerous orchestras and conductors including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, Leopold Stokowski, John Barbirolli, Pierre-Michel Le Conte, Leonard Bernstein, Eleazar de Carvalho, Zubin Mehta, Claude Monteux, Paul Paray, Victor de Sabata, and others ~ Parisot passed away in 2018
 
September 30, 1917 ~ Bernard Rich, commonly known as drummer Buddy Rich, born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Cited Gene Krupa, Jo Jones, Chick Webb, Ray McKinley, Ray Bauduc and Sid Catlett as influences. Rich himself, one of the first superstar drummers, would be influential on a host of future stars from jazz to rock incuding Led Zeppelin's John Bonham, Deep Purple's Ian Paice, Phil Collins, Black Sabbath's Bill Ward, Green Day's Tré Cool, Blink-182's Travis Barker, and Queen's Roger Taylor. Worked with Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie, Harry James, Joe Marsala, Bunny Berigan, Artie Shaw, Benny Carter, Les Brown, Charlie Ventura, Charlie Parker, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, Herb Ellis, Alla Rakha, and others ~ Rich passed away in 1987
 
September 30, 1912 ~ Jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, arranger Bill Johnson, full name William Luther Johnson, born in Jacksonville, Florida, USA ~ Worked with Jabbo Smith, Baron Lee, Tiny Bradshaw, Erskine Hawkins, notably accompanying the latter on recordings such as Uptown Shuffle, Bear Mash Blues, Uncle Bud and co-writing Tuxedo Junction ~ Johnson passed away in 1960
 
September 30, 1907 ~ Violinist, composer Harry Bluestone born in UK ~ Frequent collaborator of Emil Cadkin. As a bandleader backed artists such as Jo Stafford and Dinah Shore. Freelanced for numerous radioshows throughout the 1930s working with the likes of Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, the Dorsey Brothers. Would go on to become a highly in-demand violinist and conductor, appearing on records by Peggy Lee, Dolly Parton, the Beach Boys, Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, and the Beatles, notably on the latter's Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album ~ Bluestone passed away in 1992
 
September 30, 1906 ~ Singer, composer, actress Mireille Hartuch born in Paris, France ~ French cultural icon. Member of the French Resistance during World War II. As a singer perhaps best known for Ce Petit Chemin. Wrote or co-wrote over 600 songs, many of them recorded by artists such as Maurice Chevalier, Jean Sablon, Charles Trenet ~ Hartuch passed away in 1996
 
September 30, 1901 ~ Thelma Combe, commonly known as bandleader, bassist Thelma Terru born in Bangor, Michigan, USA ~ Active from the 1920s onwards. The first female instrumentalist to lead a notable jazz orchestra. Led Thelma & the Playboys, featuring a young Gene Krupa on drums ~ Combes passed away in 1966
 
September 30, 1865 ~ William Jerome Flannery, commonly known as songwriter William Jerome, born in Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York, USA ~ Best known as songwriting partner of Jean Schwartz. Has also collaborated with Harry von Tilzer, Walter Donaldson, James V Monaco. Perhaps best remembered for co-penning Chinatown My Chinatown, first recorded by Grace Kerns & JB Wells in 1915 and covered by numerous artists including the American Quartet, the Mills Brothers, Louis Armstrong, Milton Brown, Louis Prima, Bing Crosby, and others ~ Flannery passed away in 1932