This Day In Music: September 8
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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 8, 2021 ~ Singer, guitarist, actor Uno Loop passed away in Keila, Estonia ~ Active since the 1950s. Member of Sinilind, jazz group Metronoom, the Estonian Radio Male Quartet. Active as a solo singer since the 1960s, performing light pop, jazz, estrada music. Known for solo hits such as Loke Preerias and Mis Varvi On Armastus, and Heidy Tamme-duets such as Uued Laulud and Na-na-na ~ Loop was born in 1930
 
September 8, 2020 ~ Veikko Olavi Salmi, commonly known as lyricist, songwriter Vexi Salmi, passed away in Helsinki, Finland ~ Wrote over 4,000 songs. Artists who have recorded his songs include Irwin Goodman, Jari Sillanpää, Katrina Helena. Also authored several novels and a collection of poetry ~ Salmi was born in 1942
 
September 8, 2019 ~ Camilo Blanes Cortés, commonly known as singer, songwriter, producer Camilo Sesto, passed away in Madrid, Spain ~ Member of Los Dayson and of Los Botines in the 1960s. Went solo in 1970, known for songs such as Algo De Mi, Yo Soy Asi, Isabel, Mienteme, and others. Has written songs for Angela Carrasco, Miguel Bosé, Lucía Méndez, Charytin Goyco and José José ~ Cortés was born in 1946
 
September 8, 2017 ~ Singer, songwriter Don Williams, full name Donald Ray Williams, passed away in Mobile, Alabama, USA ~ Known as “the Gentle Giant” of country music. Formed the Pozo Seco Singers which also included Susan Taylor and Lofton Cline. Staff songwriter with Cowboy Jack Clement's music publishers. Strong influence on later country singers. Had his songs recorded by the likes of Johnny Cash, Eric Clapton, Leon Russell, Lefty Frizzell, Josh Turner, Sonny James, Alison Krauss, Billy Dean, Charley Pride, Kenny Rogers, Lambchop, Alan Jackson, Tomeu Penya, Waylon Jennings, Pete Townshend, and others ~ Williams was born in 1939
September 8, 2017 ~ Singer Troy Gentry passed away in Medford, New Jersey, USA ~ Half of popular country duo Montgomery Gentry, the other half being Eddie Montgomery. Previously a member of Early Tymz, which included Montgomery as well as Eddie's brother John Michael Montgomery ~ Gentry was born in 1967
 
September 8, 2016 ~ Cecil Bustamente Campbell, commonly known as singer, songwriter Prince Buster, passed away in Miami, Florida, USA ~ Highly influential on later reggae and ska artists. Helped define Jamaica's sound through a number of quintessential recordings in the 1960s, including Madness, The Ten Commandments Of Man, One Step Beyond, Al Capone, and Whine And Grine. His career slowed down in the 1970s to be rediscovered in the 1980s covered by British artists such as Madness and the Specials ~ Campbell was born in 1938
 
September 8, 2015 ~ Robert Lee Wilson, commonly known as singer, guitarist, songwriter Smokey Wilson, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Has been releasing solo records since the late-1970s. Fronted the house band at his own Pioneer Club Watts. Worked with Booba Barnes, Big Jack Johnson, Frank Frost, Big Joe Turner, Rod Piazza, Hollywood Fats, Percy Mayfield, Pee Wee Crayton, Albert Collins, and others ~ Wilson was born in 1936
September 8, 2015 ~ Singer Teru Harangozo passed away in Budapest, Hungary ~ Received the first ever Hungarian gold record with the 1966 single Minden Ember Boldog Akar Lenni ~ Harangozó was born in 1943
 
September 8, 2014 ~ Trumpeter, bandleader, composer, arranger Gerald Wilson passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Arranged songs for Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughan, Ray Charles, Julie London, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Carter, Lionel Hampton, Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, and Nancy Wilson. Worked with Jimmie Lunceford, Clark Terry, Willie Smith, Jimmy Nottingham, Benny Carter, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie. As a bandleader employed sidemen including Snooky Young, Carmell Jones, Bud Shank, Joe Maini, Harold Land, Teddy Edwards, Don Raffell, Joe Pass, Richard Groove Holmes, Roy Ayers, Bobby Hutcherson, Luis Bonilla, Rick Baptist, Randall Willis, Shuggie Otis, Anthony Wilson, Eric Otis, Jimmy Owens, Oscar Brashear, Ron Barrows, and Jon Faddis ~ Johnson was born in 1918
 
September 8, 2010 ~ Bebop saxophonist, flutist Hadley Caliman passed away in Seattle, Washington, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Carlos Santana, Joe Henderson, Earl Hines, Freddie Hubbard, Jon Hendricks, Earl Anderza, Patrice Rushen, Don Ellis, Hampton Hawes, Bobby Hutcherson, Azar Lawrence, Malo, Julian Priester, the Fangs, Gerald Wilson, Thomas Marriott, the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, and with Pete Christlieb ~ Caliman was born in 1932
September 8, 2010 ~ Singer, songwriter, producer Rich Cronin passed away in Kingston, Massachusetts, USA ~ Best known as co-founding member, lead singer, main songwriter for hip-hop group LFO (Lyte Funky Ones). Released a solo debut album, Billion Dollar Sound, in 2008 ~ Cronin was born in 1974
 
September 8, 2008 ~ Pierre Job, commonly known as composer, producer Hector Zazou, passed away in Paris, France ~ First gained attention as half of the duo ZNR alongside Joseph Racaille, noted for their 1976 Barricade 3 debut album. Would go on to become an in-demand producer and collaborator working with artists such as Sandy Dillon, MImi Goese, Barbara Gogan, Sevara Nazarkhan, Carlos Núnez, Anne Grete Preus, and others ~ Zazou was born in 1948
 
September 8, 2000 ~ Raul Salvador Intini Pepe, commonly known as actor, singer, screenwriter, director Raul Roulien, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ~ Widely considered the first male Brazilian star in Hollywood. As a singer enjoyed popularity in his native Brazil during the late 1920s. Moved to Hollywood by the early 1930 where he would feature in over a dozen films, notably 1933's Flying Down To Rio starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers ~ Intini was born in 1905
 
September 8, 1991 ~ Isadore Soifer, commonly known as songwriter Alex North passed away in Chester, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Film composer, songwriter perhap best remembered for co-penning Unchained Melody with Hy Zaret. The song was originally written for the 1955 film of the same name and first recorded by Todd Duncan. The song would become a standard and be covered by hundreds of artists, perhaps most notably by the Righteous Brothers in 1965. North has also worked on many renowned film scores, nominated for an Academy Award fifteen times but never winning one. Film scores written or co-written by North include A Streetcar Named Desire, Viva Zapata, Spartacus and Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf ~ Soifer was born in 1910
 
September 8, 1989 ~ Tim Bergling, commonly known as producer and DJ Avicii, born in Stockholm, Sweden ~ Rose to prominence with the 2011 single Levels. Also known for songs such as Wake Me Up, Hey Brother, Addicted To You, and I Could Be The One ~ Bergling passed away in 2018
 
September 8, 1987 ~ Choreographer, director, dancer Justin Peck born in Washington DC, USA ~ Has choreagraphed over 25 works for companies such as the New York City Ballet, the San Francisco Ballet, the Pacific Northwest Ballet, the Miami City Ballet, the Paris Opera Ballet, and others. Has worked with composers such as Sufjan Stevens, the National's Bryce Dessner, Steve Reich, and Philip Glass
September 8, 1987 ~ Cameron Jibril Thomaz, commonly known as rapper Wiz Khalifa born in Minot, North Dakota, USA ~ Debuted in 2006 with the album Show & Tell. Topped the US singles chart the next year with the single Black And Yellow. Has been recording, and scoring hits, regularly since. Also known for songs such as Work Hard Play Hard, We Them Boys, and See You Again. Collaborated with Curren$y, Rick Ross, Wale, Stargate, Tinie Tempah, 50 Cent, Ty Dolla $ign, Charlie Puth, Miley Cyrus, Juicy J, and others
 
September 8, 1986 ~ Leah Labelle Vladowski, commonly known as singer Leah Labelle, born in Toronto, Canada ~ Sang in the Total Experience Gospel Choir during childhood. Finalist in third season of American Idol in 2004. Backup singer for Keri Hilson. Robin Thicke, Jordin Sparks, the Jonas Brothers, Britney Spears, Eric Benét, and others. Released a sole solo album, Pharrel Williams & Jermain Dupri Present Leah Labelle, in 2012 ~ Vladowski passed away in 2018
 
September 8, 1984 ~ Heavy metal drummer Heikki Saari born in Veteli, Finland ~ Influenced by Opeth, Ensiferum, Dream Theater, Hate Eternal, Wintersun. Has worked with Whorion, Finntroll, Tuoni, Norther, and with Amberian Dawn
 
September 8, 1980 ~ Pop, rock, power pop singer, guitarist, pianist, songwriter Eric Hutchinson born ~ Recorded and self-released his Sounds Like This debut album in 2007, after his record label shut down, and has recorded steadily since. Known for songs such as Rock & Roll, OK It's Alright With Me, Not There Yet, Watching You Watching Me and Tell The World. His 2012 Moving Up Living Down album would crack the Billboard Hot 200 top 30, peaking at No.29
 
September 8, 1979 ~ Alecia Beth Moore, commonly known as singer P!nk, born in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Named Madonna and Janis Joplin as biggest influences. Member of the Choice. Debuted in 2000 with the album Can't Take Me Home, working with producers such as Kenneth Babyface Edmonds, Kandi Burruss, and Christopher Tricky Stewart. The album spawned the US top 10 hits There You Go and Most Girls. Has been charting hits since including Get The Party Started, Just Like A Pill, So What, Just Give Me A Reason, and Raise Your Glass. Has collaborated with Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya, Linda Perry, Dallas Austin, Scott Storch, William Orbit, Tim Armstrong, Damon Elliott, Max Martin, Billy Mann, Christopher Rojas, Butch Walker, Dr Luke, the Indigo Girls, India Arie, Annie Lennox, John Legend, Eminem, Nate Ruess, TI, Dallas Green, Elton John, and others
 
September 8, 1976 ~ Punk rock bassist, guitarist Brendan Kelly born in Missouri, USA ~ Best known as bassist, singer in punk outfit Lawrence Arms. Also worked with the Falcon, the Wandering Birds, Slapstick, the Alkaline Trio and with the Broadways
September 8, 1976 ~ Orchestral conductor, pianist Ilan Volkov born in Tel Aviv, Israel ~ Associated with the Northern Sinfonia, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Has a daughter with pianist Maya Dunietz
 
September 8, 1975 ~ Ezekial Jiles, commonly known as Freekey Zekey, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Best known as co-founding member of the Diplomats alongside Jim Jones and cousin Cam'ron. Has also worked with ByrdGang and Dipset
September 8, 1975 ~ Drummer Richard Hughes, full name Richard David Hughes, born in Gravesend, UK ~ Drummer, co-founding member of alternative rock band Keane
 
September 8, 1973 ~ Clifton Ray Dixon, commonly known as rapper Lil Italy, born ~ Member of shortlived hip-hop trio Funk Mobb during the mid to late 1990s, by then going by the moniker G-Note. After the band disbanded released his sole solo album, On Top Of The World, in 1998
 
September 8, 1971 ~ Guitarist, songwriter Ross Childress born in Stockbridge, Georgia, USA ~ Lead guitarist, co-songwriter of Collective Soul, known for songs such as Shine, December and Precious Declaration
September 8, 1971 ~ Luis Armando Lozada Cruz, commonly known as rapper, singer, producer, songwriter Vico C, born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Regarded as founding father of reggaeton, a style originating from Puerto Rico merging hip-hop, dancehall, bomba and plena. Active since the late 1980s, reportedly the first to rap entirely in Spanish. Known especially for the early 1990s singles Saborealo and Maria. Turning evangelical Christian Cruz semi-retired from music for a while to reemerge in the late 1990s
 
September 8, 1970 ~ Pianist, conductor Lars Vogt born in Duren, West Germany ~ 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 passed away in 2022
September 8, 1970 ~ Singer, songwriter Neko Case born in Alexandria, Virginia, USA ~ Critics' darling acclaimed for her solo albums and for her work as a member of indie rock group the New Pornographers. Has collaborated with artists such as the Sadies, Carolyn Mark, and with kd Lang and Laura Veirs. Voted Sexiest Babe in Indie Rock in a 2003 Playboy poll but decline the offer to pose for the magazine saying she “would be really irritated if after a show someone would ask to sign a naked picture of herself instead of a CD.”
 
September 8, 1969 ~ Alternative rock, indie rock, progressive rock drummer Andie Rathbone born in Chester, UK ~ Third and final drummer of Mansun, joining the band shortly before the release of their 1997 Attack Of The Grey Lantern debut album. The band had previously asked Rathbone to join but he declined due to his commitments to the DNA Cowboys and because he thought they played “Britpop shite.”
 
September 8, 1966 ~ Singer, songwriter Carola, full name Carola Maria Häggkvist, born in Stockholm, Sweden ~ Sweden's most prominent female singer known for songs such as Framling, Tommy Tycker Om Mig, All The Reasons To Live, and Evighet. Has sung in various languages including Swedish, Dutch, German, English and Japanese. Represented Sweden at Eurovision Songfestival three times, namely in 1983 ranking third, in 1991 winning with Fångad Av En Stormvind, and in 2006 ranking fifth
September 8, 1966 ~ Christian pop, Christian rock singer, drummer, guitarist Peter Furler, full name Peter Andrew Furler, born in McLaren Vale, Australia ~ Co-founder, lead singer of Christian rock band the Newsboys, initially departing the band in 2009 and rejoining on occassion in later years. Has also recorded as a solo artist, releasing his On Fire debut album in 2011 which included the Billboard Christian top 20 hits Reach and I'm Alive
 
September 8, 1965 ~ Actress, singer, dancer Dorothy Dandridge, full name Dorothy Jean Dandridge, passed away in West Hollywood, California, USA ~ First African-American actress to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress, namely for her role in the 1954 film Carmen Jones. As a singer performed in classic venues such as The Cotton Club and Apollo Theater. Member of the female trio the Dandridge Sisters active from the mid-1930 through the 1940s and known for songs such as Undecided, If I Were Sure Of You, You Ain't Nowhere and That's Your Red Wagon ~ Dandridge was born in 1922
September 8, 1965 ~ David Edmund Turin, commonly known as singer, songwriter Emit Bloch, born ~ Best known for co-founding Banyan, an experimental jam band which also included Jane's Addiction drummer Stephen Perkins, the Minutemen's bassist Mike Watt, the Beastie Boys keyboardist Money Mark and Wilco guitarist Nels Cline
September 8, 1965 ~ Shawn Moltke, commonly known as MC, rapper MC Shan, born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Member of the Juice Crew. As a solo artist best known for his 1986 single The Bridge, produced by Marley Marl. Appears on Snow's Informer, an international hit in 1992
 
September 8, 1962 ~ Singer, model Rene Klijn born in The Hague, the Netherlands ~ Member of boy band Bam To Bam-Bam. Best known as a solo artist, known for his 1992 Yazoo cover Mr Blue. Klijn, diagnosed with terminal HIV/Aids, recorded the single as a duet with Paul de Leeuw after a controversial TV show to raise HIV/Aids awareness. Klijn passed away aged 30 in 1993. The single's proceeds were donated to HIV/Aids charity. The TV show would be awarded a bronze Rose D'Or in Montreux ~ Klijn passed away in 1993
 
September 8, 1961 ~ Blues harpist, singer Sonny Boy Williamson II records One Way Out in Chicago, Illinois ~ Written by Willie Dixon and Williamson. Paired with Nine Below Zero on the flipside the single would be released the following January. Williamson on harmonica and vocals, backed by Otis Spann piano, Robert Lockwood Junior and Luther Tucker guitars, Dixon bass, Fred Below drums
 
September 8, 1960 ~ Singer Aimee Mann born in Richmond, Virginia, USA ~ Influenced by Leonard Cohen, Stephen Sondheim, Fiona Apple, Jimmy Webb, and Michael Penn. Co-founding member of 1980s new wave band Til Tuesday. Formed the duo the Both with Ted Leo. Released her solo-debut, Whatever in 1993
September 8, 1960 ~ Double bassist, cellist, composer Oscar Pettiford passed away in Copenhagen, Denmark ~ 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 was born in 1922
 
September 8, 1958 ~ R&B singer, guitarist David Lewis born ~ Member of Atlantic Starr which also included sibling Wayne Lewis and Jonathan Lewis. The band is known for the Billboard Hot 100 top 10 singles Secret Lover, Always and Masterpiece, the first two co-written by Lewis, the latter written by Kenny Nolan. Lewis departed the band in 1994 to return to his Christian roots, founding the Light Ministries with his wife Marian traveling the globe spreading the word of God through music and testimony
 
September 8, 1957 ~ Keyboardist, guitarist Adrian Lee born in UK ~ Best known as a member of Mike + the Mechanics from 1985 to 1995. Also worked with Red Hot (L-l-lazy Days), Toyah (co-wrote Thunder In The Mountains), Space Monkey, Stephen Bishop, Joan Armatrading, Chris De Burgh, 10cc, and others
September 8, 1957 ~ Héctor Eduardo Reglero Montaner, commonly known as Latin pop singer, songwriter Ricardo Montaner, born in Valentine Alsine, Argentina ~ Sold over 20 million albums, making him on of the best-selling Latin pop artists
 
September 8, 1956 ~ Bandleader Fred Rich passed away in California, USA ~ Active from the 1920s through the 1950s. Known for songs such as I'm Always Chasing Rainbows, So Beats My Heart For You, A Peach Of A Pair, Cheerful Little Earful, and I'm Tickled Pink With A Blue Eyed Baby. Employed sidemen and vocalists such as Jimmy Dorsey, Tommy Dorsey, Joe Venuti, Bunny Berigan, Benny Goodman, Elmer Feldkamp, Eddie Lang, and others ~ Rich was born in 1898
 
September 8, 1954 ~ Trombonist Brad Gowans, full name Arthur Bradford Gowans, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Ray McKinley, Art Hodes, the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, Max Kaminsky, Jimmy Dorsey, Nappy Lamare, and others. Arranged for Bud Freeman and for Lee Wiley. Collapsed on stage in 1954 while playing with Eddy Skrivanek, passed away 8 months later ~ Gowans was born in 1903
 
September 8, 1952 ~ Singer, banjoist, mandolinist, whistler, songwriter Andy M Stewart, full name Andrew McGregor Stewat, born in Alyth, UK ~ Fronted Silly Wizard until the band's disbandement in 1988. Has also recorded as a solo artist and collaborated with Manus Lunny and Phil Cunningham ~ Stewart passed away in 2015
September 8, 1952 ~ Bassist Will Lee, full name Wlliam Franklin Lee IV, born in San Antonio, Texas, USA ~ Has worked with Dreams, Fuse One, the Beatles tribute band Fab Faux, the Mark & Clark Band (notably on the hit Worn Down Piano), Ace Frehley, Patti Austin, Carly Simon, Leo Sayer, Joe Beck, Melissa Manchester, Joan Armatrading, Neil Sedaka, Glenn Medeiros, the CBS Orchestra, Barbra Streisand, George Benson, Sheena Easton, Michael Bolton, Irene Cara, Peabo Bryson, Christopher Cross, Dionne Warwick, Roberta Flack, Michael Franks, Diane Schuur, Liza Minnelli, Phoebe Snow, Steve Lukather, Carole Bayer Sager, Cher, the Brecker Brothers, Hiram Bullock, Cissy Houston, Ringo Starr, Mariah Carey, Linda Clifford, Bette Midler, d'Angelo, Dusty Springfield, Chaka Khan, Art Farmer, Yusef Lateef, Randy Crawford, Don Sebesky, Mike Stern, Fred Lipsius, and others
 
September 8, 1950 ~ Mark Dixon Kitchen, commonly known as pub rock, hard rock, rock singer, guitarist, songwriter Mark Gable, born in Captain's Flat, Australia ~ Frontman, co-founder of the Choirboys, best known for the singles Run To Paradise and Boys Will Be Boys of their 1988 Big Bad Noise sophomore album
September 8, 1950 ~ Singer, accordionist, guitarist, songwriter Zachary Richard, full name Ralph Zachary Richard, born in Scott, Louisiana, USA ~ Well over a dozen studio albums to his name over a career spanning four decades, drawing from Cajun and Zydeco. Noted especially for the albums Mardi Gras Mambo, Women In The Room and perhaps his most acclaimed Cap Enragé released in 1997
 
September 8, 1947 ~ Benjamin Orzechowski, commonly known as bassist Benjamin Orr born in Lakewood, Ohio, USA ~ Best known as singer, bassist, co-founder of the Cars. Sang lead on Cars-songs such as Just What I Needed, Let's Go, and Drive. Previously a member of the Grasshoppers known for a pair of 1965 singles, Mod Socks and the Orr-penned Pink Champagne & Red Roses. As a solo artist Orr would score a modest hit with Stay The Night in 1987 ~ Orr passed away in 2000
 
September 8, 1946 ~ Pianist, organist Dean Daughtry born in Kinston, Alabama, USA ~ Keyboardist for Classics IV after Joe Wilson left. Co-founding and sole constant member of the Atlanta Rhythm Section, known for hits such as So In To You and Imaginary Lover
September 8, 1946 ~ Ronald Charles McKernan, commonly known as multi-instrumentalist Ron Pigpen McKernan, born in San Bruno, California, USA ~ Co-founding member of the Grateful Dead. Stayed with the band through 1972 ~ McKernan passed away in 1973
September 8, 1946 ~ Folk, pop singer, guitarist, songwriter Ronnie Burns, full name Ronald Leslie Burns, born in Melbourne, Australia ~ Fronted early 1960s outfit the Flies. Subsequently recorded as a solo artist through the 1970s, notably known for the singles Coalman and Smiley. Teamed up with Russell Morris and former Zoot lead singer Darryl Cotton in the 1990s in the trio Burns Cotton & Morris
 
September 8, 1945 ~ Cathy Jean Giordano, commonly known as singer Cathy Jean, born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Originally a duo named the Roommates comprised of Steve Susskind and Bob Minsky, then a quartet with the addition of Jack Carlson and Felix Alvarez. For their first recording, Please Love Me Forever, they employed singer Cathy Jean. The single, credited to Cathy Jean & the Roommates, would reach top 20 Billboard Hot 100. When the single was issued Cathy Jean and the band had never met in person. The group would subsequently chart several other singles, notably Glory Of Love, but would be unable to repeat the success of their debut single and disbanded in 1965
September 8, 1945 ~ Michael William Groucutt, comonly known as bassist, singer Kelly Groucutt, born in Coseley, UK ~ Best known for his association with the Electric Light Orchestra. Joined the band in 1975 replacing Mike de Albuquerque, remained through 1983. First appeared on the Face The Music album. As a singer mostly sang backup and occassionally lead, most notably on the songs Nightrider and The Diary Of Horace Wimp. Released his Kelly solo debut album in 1983, produced by arranger, conductor Louis Clark and bandmates Bev Bevan, Richard Tandy and Mik Kaminski. Has also worked with spin-off band ELO Part II, later renamed to simply the Orchestra
 
September 8, 1944 ~ Folk singer, songwriter Peter Bellamy, full name Peter Franklyn Bellamy, born in Bournemouth, UK ~ Co-founding member of the Young Tradition with Royston Wood and Heather Wood. Debuted as a solo artist with the album Mainly Norfolk and has recorced steadily since to critical acclaim and a select but devoted fan-base ~ Bellamy passed away in 1991
 
September 8, 1942 ~ Bassist, singer Brian Cole born in Tacoma, Washington, USA ~ Co-founding member of 1960s folk-rock band the Association. Died age 29 of a heroin overdose ~ Cole passed away in 1972
September 8, 1942 ~ Salvatore Willard Spampinato, commonly known as singer Sal Valentino, born in San Francisco, California, USA ~ Lead singer of the Beau Brummels, known for songs such as Laugh Laugh and Just A Little. In the early-1970s fronted Stoneground with whom he recorded three albums. Left the music business for the next decade and a half before returning to various Brummels revivals. Valentino released a debut solo album, Come Out Tonight, in 2006
 
September 8, 1941 ~ Drummer Phillip Wilson born in St Louis, Missouri, USA ~ Best known as founding member of Art Ensemble Of Chicago and as member of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Formed jazz-rock band Full Moon with fellow Butterfield Band member Buzz Feiten, known for their 1972 eponymous Full Moon which is now considered one of the finest early jazz fusion works. Has also jammed with Jimi Hendrix and collaborated with artist such as the Last Poets, Fontella Bass, Olu Dara, Hamiet Bluiett, Julius Hemphill, Sam Lazar, Roscoe Mitchell, David Murray, Anthony Braxton, Carla Bley, Lester Bowie, Bill Laswell, and others. Murdered at age 50. The killer, Marvin Slater, was caught and eventually sentenced to 33 years after attention from the America's Most Wanted TV show ~ Wilson passed away in 1992
 
September 8, 1938 ~ Conductor, pianist, composer Reinbert de Leeuw born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands ~ Became a household name in the Netherlands for his renditions of Erik Satie's compositions in the early-1980s, especially Early Piano Works Volume 1 & 2. Closely associated with Louis Andriessen. Founded the Schonberg Ensemble. Internationally renowned conductor, worked with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the New Sinfonietta Amsterdam, ASKO, the Netherland Wind Ensemble, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the St Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and others ~ De Leeuw passed away in 2020
 
September 8, 1937 ~ Jazz, classical, rock guitarist, banjoist, violinist Jimmy Stewart born in San Francisco, California, USA ~ Playing professionally since age 15. Best known for his association with Gábor Szabó. Released about a dozen albums as a solo artist. In-demand session musician appearing on over an estimated 1200 recordings. Musical director for Lainie Kazan. Arranger for Andy Williams. Has coached artists such as Linda Ronstadt, Juice Newton, Lee Ritenour
 
September 8, 1936 ~ Composer, arranger, producer Larry Fallon, full name Lawrence James Freaso, born ~ To pop and rock audiences best known for arranging on albums such as Van Morrison's Astral Weeks, Nico's Chelsea Girl, Jimmy Cliff's Wonderful World, the Rolling Stones' Let It Bleed, and Looking Glass' Looking Glass ~ Freaso passed away in 2005
 
September 8, 1935 ~ Hard bop, jazz saxophonist, flutist James Clay, full name James Earl Clay, born in Dallas, Texas, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Larance Marable, Don Cherry, Billy Higgins, Ornette Coleman, Roosevelt Wardell, Frank Butler, Ray Charles, Lowell Fulson, Don Cherry, Lorraine Geller, David Newman, Nat Adderley, Wynton Kelly, Hank Crawford, Wes Montgomery, Frank Morgan, David Fathead Newman, Cornell Dupree, and others ~ Clay passed away in 1995
 
September 8, 1934 ~ David William Kearney, commonly known as blues guitarist, singer, songwriter Guitar Shorty, was born in Houston, Texas, 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 passed away in 2022
September 8, 1934 ~ Composer, conductor Peter Maxwell Davies born in Salford, UK ~ Enfant terrible of the 1960s. Frequently shocked audiences and critics. Prolific composer who wrote in a variety of styles and idioms often combining disparate styles in one piece. Co-founded the Pierrot Players ensemble with Harrison Birtwistle ~ Davies passed away in 2016
 
September 8, 1933 ~ Composer, producer Eric Salzman born in Queens, New York, USA ~ Co-founded the American Music Theater Festival. Artistic direcor and composer-in-residence with the Center For Contemporary Opera ~ Salzman passed away in 2017
 
September 8, 1932 ~ Singer Al Bowlly, backed by Ray Noble & Orchestra, records Love Is The Sweetest Thing at Abbey Road Studios, London, UK ~ Written by Noble it would be a hit on both sides of the Atlantic, giving singer Bowlly his first American succes. Other early versions of the song would be recorded by Jack Hylton featuring Pat O'Malley, and by Hal Kemp featuring Skinnay Ennis. Over the years it would also be covered by Perry Como, Artie Shaw, Frankie Vaughan, Dinah Washington, and others
September 8, 1932 ~ Virgini Patterson Hensley, commonly known as singer Patsy Cline born in Gore, Virginia, USA ~ Country superstar with crossover appeal. Viewed as icon on the level of Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash. Helped pave the way for women headliners. Known for songs such as Walking After Midnight, I Fall To Pieces, She's Got You, Crazy, and Sweet Dreams. ~ Cline passed away in 1963
 
September 8, 1931 ~ Saxophonist Marion Brown born in Atlanta, Georgia, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with John Coltrane (including on the quintessential Ascension album), Archie Shepp, John Tchicai, Stanley Cowell, Harold Budd, and others ~ Brown passed away in 2010
 
September 8, 1930 ~ Jazz saxophonist Walter Benton born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Worked with Kenny Clarke, Max Roach, Clifford Brown, Pérez Prado, Quincy Jones, Victor Feldman, Freddie Hubbard, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, Albert Tootie Heath, Julian Priester, Abbey Lincoln, Eric Dolphy, Slide Hampton, Gerald Wilson, John Anderson, and others ~ Benton passed away in 2000
 
September 8, 1927 ~ Songwriter, singer Harlan Howard born in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Singer. Best known as revered songwriter who wrote or co-wrote classics such as Pick Me Up On Your Way Down, Heartaches By The Number, I Fall To Pieces, Everglades, The Key's In The Mailbox, Life Turned Her That Way, and Busted. Had his songs recorded by Ray Price, Guy Mitchell, Patsy Cline, Charlie Rich, the Kingston Trio, Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Buck Owens, Patty Loveless, Waylon Jennings, Lefty Frizzell, Kitty Wells, Jim Reeves, John Conlee, Barbara Mandrell, Reba McEntire, Mel Tillis, the Forester Sisters, Brenda Lee, the Judds, and others ~ Howard passed away in 2002
September 8, 1927 ~ Harvey Blackston, commonly known as blues harpist Harmonica Fats, born in Mcdade, Louisiana, USA ~ Cited Sonny Terry as a major influnce. Best known for his early 1960s recordings Tore Up, a cover of a Hank Ballard song, and its followup Mama Mama Talk To Your Daughter For Me. Worked with the Houserockers, Johnny Dyer, Sam Cooke, Lou Rawls, Bobby Darin, Tina Turner, Etta James, and others ~ Blackston passed away in 2000
September 8, 1927 ~ Charles Wright, commonly known as jazz drummer Specs Wright, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Sideman. has worked with Jimmy Heath, Howard McGhee, Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, Percy Heath, Milt Jackson, Earl Bostic, Kenny Drew, Cannonball Adderley, Art Blakey, Carmen McRae, Hank Mobley, Billy Root, Curtis Fuller, Ray Bryant, Tommy Bryant, Lee Morgan, Sonny Rollins, Betty Carter, Red Garland, Coleman Hawkins, and others ~ Wright passed away in 1963
 
September 8, 1924 ~ Jazz trumpeter, cornetist Gracie Cole, full name Grace Elizabeth Agnes Annie Cole, born in Rowlands Gill, UK ~ Rose to fame in the mid-1940s as lead soloist in bandleader Ivy Benson's all-female ensemble. Has also worked with the Besses O' The Barn Brass Band, the Grimethorpe Collery Band, Gloria Gaye, George Evans, and others ~ Cole passed away in 2006
 
September 8, 1923 ~ Jazz double-bassist Wilbur Ware born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Recorded with J Monterose, Toots Thielemans, Tina Brooks, Zoot Sims, Grant Green, Art Blakey, Sonny Clark, Walt Dickerson, Kenny Dorham, Kenny Drew, Matthew Ge, Johnny Griffin, Ernie Henry, Clifford Jordan, Herbie Mann, Blue Mitchell, Thelonious Monk, Cecil Payne, Rita Reys, Sonny Rollins, and others ~ Ware passed away in 1979
 
September 8, 1921 ~ Flutist, saxophonist Norris Turney born in Wilmington, Ohio, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with the Jeter-Pillars Orchestra, Tiny Bradshaw, Billy Eckstine, Ray Charles, Duke Ellington, Johnny Hodges, the Savoy Sultans, he Newport All-Stars, Oliver Jackson, Roy Eldridge, Red Richards, Randy Weston, Sam Woodyard, Walter Booker, Jimmy Cobb, and others ~ Turney passed away in 2001
 
September 8, 1917 ~ Aldric Farrell, commonly known as calypso, exempto singer Lord Pretender, born on Tobago, Trinidad & Tobago ~ Widely seen as a master of extempo, a lyrically improvised form of calypso music considered a precursor to rap music ~ Farrell passed away in 2002
 
September 8, 1916 ~ Pianist, bandleader, composer René Touzet, full name René Touzet y Monte, born in Havana, Cuba ~ Wrote No Te Importe Saber, which with lyrics by Mitchell Parish was recorded as Let Me Love You Tonight by Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, and by Dean Martin. Collaborated with Desi Arnaz, Xavier Cugat, Stan Kenton, Gene Norman, and others ~ Touzet passed away in 2003
 
September 8, 1903 ~ Bandleader Milton Brown born in Stephensville, Texas, USA ~ Dubbed “the Father of Western Swing” for fusing hillbilly hokum, jazz and pop. One third of the Light Crust Doughboys, alongside Bob Wills and Herman Arnspiger. Formed the Musical Brownies, the world's first Western swing band ~ Brown passed away in 1936
 
September 8, 1897 ~ Singer, songwriter Jimmie Rodgers born in Meridian, Mississippi, USA ~ Along with the Carter Family among the first country stars, influential on array of future singers. Known for his signature rhythmic yodeling. Dubbed “the Father of Country Music” ~ Rodgers passed away in 1933
 
September 8, 1896 ~ Pianist, songwriter Elmer Schoebel born in East St Louis, Illinois, USA ~ Worked with the New Orleans Rhytm Kings, the Midway Gardens Orchestra, Isham Jones, Conrad Janis, the Rhythm Rebels. Best remembered for penning a number of standards including Bugle Call Rag, Nobody's Sweetheart Now, Farewell Blues, and Prince Of Wails ~ Schoebel passed away in 1970
September 8, 1896 ~ Music publicist, lyricist, songwriter Howard Dietz born in New York, New York, USA ~ Lyricist best remembered for his longtime songriting collaboration with Arthur Schwartz, starting with the Broadway revue The Little Show in 1929. Has also partnered up with Jerome Kern, Henry Souvaine, Jay Gorney, Vernon Duke, and others ~ Dietz passed away in 1983
 
September 8, 1841 ~ Composer Antonín Dvorák, full name Antonin Leopold Dvorak, was born in Nelahozeves, Bohemia ~ One of the first Czech composers to achieve worldwide recognition ~ Dvorák passed away in 1904