This Day In Music: Recently departed
 
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 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 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 ~ 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 ~ 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 ~ Jonhn 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 ~ 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 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 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
 
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 floating-into-the-night-album]e-falling] and floating-into-the-night-album]e-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 floating-into-the-night-album]e-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-album]e-floating-into-the-night-album] released in 1989 ~ Cruise was born in 1956
 
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 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 succesful 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 ~ 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, 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 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 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 ~ 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, John Conlee, Steve Earle, Reba McEntire, Lynn Anderson, 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 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 ~ 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 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 ~ 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 hitsingle 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 hitsingle 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
 
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 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 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 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 ~ 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 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 ~ 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 namae 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 ~ 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 ~ 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 hitsingle A Whiter Shade Of Pale to form the band Freedom ~ Harrison was born in 1943
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 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 ~ 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 ~ 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 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 ~ 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 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
 
November 28, 2021 ~ Alexander Borisovich Fradkin, commonly known as rock, folk, blues, classical singer, pianist, guitarist, bassist, violinist, percussionist, songwriter Alexander Gradsky, passed away in Moscow, Russia ~ Influenced by Elvis Presley. Formed Tarakany while still in his early teens, the band's 1963 performance at the Moscow University arguably the first public performance of rock & roll by any Russian act. Lead singer of Slaviane, the band's repertoire consisting of covers of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Founded and fronted Skomorokhi, blending traditional Russian music with western rock influences. Has recorded as a solo artist, composed soundtracks, the rock operas Stadium and The Master And Margarita and the rock ballet The Man. Internationally best known for duetting with John Denver on the 1986 song Let Us Begin ~ Fradkin was born in 1949
November 28, 2021 ~ Laila Sinikka Soppi, commonly known as singer Laila Halme, passed away ~ Represented her native Finland at the 1963 Eurovision Songfestival, reaching tied 13th place with Muistojeni Laulu (The Song Of My Memories) ~ Soppi was born in 1934
November 28, 2021 ~ Miguel Angel Barcasnegras, commonly known as salsa singer, songwriter Meñique, passed away in Miami, Florida, USA ~ Worked with Tito Puente, Kako, Charlie Palmieri, and with Chamaco Rivera ~ Barcasnegras was born in 1933
 
November 27, 2021 ~ Classical, jazz double bassist, composer Teppo Hauta-aho passed away ~ As a composer best known for the works Fantasia and Kadenza. Worked with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Finnish National Opera, Juhani Aaltonen, Anthony Braxton, Evan Parker, Edward Vesala, The Player Is, and others ~ Hauto-aho was born in 1941
 
November 26, 2021 ~ Composer Stephen Sondheim, full name Stephen Joshua Sondheim, passed away in Roxbury, Connecticut, USA ~ Mentored by Oscar Hammerstein II. Got his first succes writing lyrics for West Side Story, notably songs such as America, Maria and I Feel Pretty. Would go on to become an innovator of the musical genre, known for his unusual choice of subjects and bold, complex song structures. Has theatres named after him on New York's Broadway and in London's West End. Wrote music and lyrics for musicals such as Company, Follies, Sweeney Todd, and Into The Woods. The song Send In The Clowns from 1973's A Little Night Music would instantly become a jazz standard recorded by Judy Collins, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, and others ~ Sondheim was born in 1930
 
November 25, 2021 ~ R&B, pop songwriter Marilyn McLeod passed away ~ Staff songwriter for Motown. Best known for co-penning songs such as Diana Ross's Love Hangover, High Inergy's You Can't Turn Me Off (In The Middle Of Turning Me On), and Jermaine Jackson's Let Me Tickle Your Fancy. Others who recorded her songs include Junior Walker & the All-Stars, Millie Jackson, Freda Payne, Anita Baker, Pepsi & Shirlie, and others ~ MacLeod was born ca.1939
 
November 21, 2021 ~ Pianist, guitarist, singer Yul Anderson passed away in Sacramento, California, USA ~ Son of singer John Kassandra. Influenced by Mahalia Jackson, BB King, Muddy Waters, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Johann Sebastian Bach. Opened for Earthquake, Eddie Money and Ray Charles while still in his early teens. Known for merging gospel, blues, R&B, adding elements of classical music. Social activist, organized several intercultural events. Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize in 2005 ~ Anderson was born in 1958
 
November 20, 2021 ~ Rock, pop singer, guitarist, keyboardist Billy Hinsche passed away ~ Formed the trio Dino Desi & Billy with Dean Paul Martin and Desi Arnaz Jr, known for mid-1960s songs such as I'm A Fool and Not The Lovin' Kind. Starting in the late 1960s Hinsche regularly played with the Beach Boys, declining several offers to formally join the band, touring throughout the late 1970s as backing singer, rhythm guitarist, keyboardist. Also sang backing vocals for Elton John (Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me), Warren Zevon (Desperados Under The Eaves), America (Hat Trick), Joan Jett (Good Music), and others ~ Hinsche was born in 1951
 
November 19, 2021 ~ Progressive rock, post-prog singer, keyboardist, guitarist, bassist, mandolinist, percussionist David Longdon passed away ~ Best known as lead singer of progressive rock band Big Big Train, joining the band in 2009 and first appearing on the acclaimed The Underfall Yard album. As a solo artist known for the 2004 Wild River album. Has also worked with Louis Philippe, the Tangent, the Charlatans, Dave Kerzner, and others ~ Longdon was born in 1965
November 19, 2021 ~ Hans-Erik Dyvik Husby, commonly known as punk rock, glam punk, hard rock, heavy metal singer, guitarist, songwriter Hank von Hell, passed away ~ Frontman, lead singer of Turbonegro starting in 1993, merging glam rock, punk rock and hard rock first achieving international recognition in the mid- to late 1990s. Especially known for their 1998 The Apocalypse Dudes. Husby was known for his theatrical stage presence, including wearing Alice Cooper-like makeup. As a solo artist best known for Rom For Alle, a duet with Maria Solheim which topped the Norwegian charts in 2009. Has also fronted Doctor Midnight & the Mercy Cult. Portrayed the role of Cornelis Vreeswijk in the 2009 biopic Cornelis ~ Husby was born in 1972
 
November 18, 2021 ~ Jazz trumpeter, flugelhornist Ack van Rooyen ~ Brother of trumpeter Jerry van Rooyen with whom he also worked. Has also played with Ernst van 't Hoff, Aime Barelli, Kenny Clarke, Lucky Thompson, the United Jazz+Rock Ensemble, Hans Koller, Bert Kaempfert, Ake Persson, Volker Kriegel, Charly Antolini, Friedrich Gulda, Slide Hampton, Eberhard Weber, and others ~ Van Rooyen was born in 1930
November 18, 2021 ~ Michael Edward Smith, commonly known as rock photographer Mick Rock, passed away ~ Often referred to as “the Man Who Shot the Seventies” and best known as David Bowie's official photographer. Artists who have used his photos for album cover art include the Stooges (Raw Power), Lou Reed (Transformer, Coney Island Baby), Waylon Jennings (Lonesome On'ry & Mean), Cat Stevens (Foreigner), Queen (Sheer Heart Attack), Cockney Rebel (The Psychomodo), the Ramones (End Of The Century), Joan Jett (I Love Rock 'n Roll), Third Eye Blind (Out Of The Vein), Miley Cyrus (Plastic Hearts), and others ~ Smith was born ca.1948
 
November 17, 2021 ~ Jazz pianist, singer, composer, lyricist Dave Frishberg passed away in Portland, Oregon, USA ~ Cited Frank Loesser as a major influence, naming Loesser's Baby It's Cold Outside and Willie Nelson's Crazy as two of the songs he wished he had written. Has performed as a solo pianist from the late 1950s forward. Known for humorous, quirky, sardonic songs such as I'm Hip, Blizzard Of Lies, Peel Me A Grape, Slapping The Cakes On Me and probably his best known My Attorney Bernie. Frequent songwriting collaborator of the likes of Johnny Mandel, Bob Brookmeyer, Julius Wechter, Gerry Mulligan. Songs written or co-written by Frishberg have been performed by Blossom Dearie, Rosemary Clooney, Shirley Horn, Anita O'Day, Michael Feinstein, Irene Kral, Diana Krall, Stacey Kent, John Pizzarelli, and others ~ Frishberg was born in 1933
November 17, 2021 ~ Pop rock bassist Keith Allison passed away ~ Member of Paul Revere & the Raiders from 1968, replacing Charlie Coe, through 1975. As a solo artist known for his 1967 Keith Allison In Action album. Over the course of his career Allison has also worked with artists such Ringo Starr, the Monkees, the Beach Boys, Roy Orbison, Sonny & Cher. Appears on the Jerry Lee Lewis album Last Man Standing released in 2006 ~ Allison was born in 1942
November 17, 2021 ~ Adolph Robert Thornton Jr, commonly known as hip-hop, gangsta rap rapper Young Dolph, passed away in Memphis, Tennessee, USA ~ First gained serious attention as featured vocalist on OT Genasis's Cut It, a Billboard Hot 100 top 40 hit in 2015. Would release his solo debut album, King Of Memphis, the following year. As a solo artist best known for his 2020 album Rich Slave which reached top 10 Billboard Hot 200 album charts. Has collaborated with Key Glock, Gucci Mane, Lil' Durk, Lil' Baby, and others ~ Thornton was born in 1985
 
November 16, 2021 ~ Music director, flutist, singer Belinda Sykes passed away ~ Founder and musical director of Joglaresa, an ensemble specialized in medieval folk music drawing especially on Arabic and Andalusian traditions. Sykes is also known for playing flute and singing on Karl Jenkins's 2008 reinterpretation of the 13th-century suite Stabat Mater for choir and orchestra ~ Sykes was born ca.1966
 
November 15, 2021 ~ Pinoy folk, pinoy rock singer, guitarist, songwriter Heber Bartolome, full name Heber Gonzalez Bartolome, passed away ~ Besides guitar also plays the jaw harp kubing and bandurria, a stringed instrument similar to the mandolin. Known for merging rock and blues with elements of Philippine folk and religious melodies. Best known for songs such as Pasahero, Almusal, Inutil Na Gising, Karaniwang Tao and probably his best known Tayo'y Mga Pinoy and Nena with his band Banyuhay ~ Bartolome was born in 1948
 
November 13, 2021 ~ Heavy metal, doom metal bassist Greg Mayne passed away ~ Member of Space Meat. Co-founding member of Pentagram, remaining with the band from 1971 through 1976. Along with Randy Palmer briefly rejoined lead singer Bobby Liebling in 1988 working on a new album, the renewed Pentagram line-up splitting up after their first performance ~ Mayne was born ca.1954
November 13, 2021 ~ Drummer Joe Siracusa, full name Joseph J Siracusa, passed away ~ As a member of the City Slickers backed comedy, spoof, novelty singer Spike Jones from 1947 through 1953. Would form the New Society Band with several other ex-Slickers in the 1960s, later renamed to the Phunharmonic Orchestra ~ Siracusa was born in 1922
November 13, 2021 ~ Pop singer, drummer Phil Margo passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Member of vocal group the Tokens, which also included his brother Mitch Margo, best known for their 1961 Billboard Hot 100 hit The Lion Sleeps Tonight. Other well-known songs include Tonight I Fell In Love, Big Boat, and Ain't That Peculiar. Formed the short-lived Cross Country with bandmates Jay Siegel and his brother Mitch, known for their sole eponymous Cross Country album released in 1973. Margo also co-produced a number of singles for others including He's So Fine (the Chiffons), Denise (Randy & the Rainbows), I Got Rhythm (the Happenings), and Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree (Tony Orlando & Dawn) ~ Margo was born in 1942
 
November 11, 2021 ~ Drummer Graeme Edge, full name Graeme Charles Edge, passed away in Saratosa, Florida, USA ~ Best known as drummer, co-founding member of Moody Blues, best known for their 1964 Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit Go Now and the 1967 single Nights In White Satin. Edge wrote or co-wrote songs such as Late Lament, In The Beginning, Beyond, Balance and Procession. Following their 1974 world tour the band would go on a hiatus for a number of years, during which time Edge fronted the Graeme Edge Band, known for the albums Kick Off Your Muddy Boots and Paradise Ballroom. The former featured Ginger Baker co-drumming with Edge on the track Gew Janna Woman ~ Edge was born in 1941
November 11, 2021 ~ Progressive rock, jazz fusion guitarist John Goodsall passed away ~ Playing professionally since age 15. Worked with Babylon, Juicy Lucy, Colosseum and the Alan Bown Set early on in his career. Best known for his stints with Atomic Rooster and with Brand X which also included drummer Phil Collins. Has also worked with Zoo Drive, Bill Bruford, the Fire Merchants, the Long Beach Mercenaries, Tami Lynn, Franz Pusch, Leon Alvarado, Cymbalic Encounters, and others ~ Goodsall was born in 1953
 
November 10, 2021 ~ Baroque pop, sunshine pop, jazz singer, pianist, arranger, songwriter Margo Guryan passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Best known as a songwiter. Penned Sunday Morning, a Billboard Hot 100 top 30 hit for Spanky & Our Gang in 1968. The song would also be recorded by the Baja Marimba Band, Oliver, Richard Groove Holmes, Sue Raney, by Guryan herself on her 1969 Take A Picture album, and by others. Songs written or co-written by Guryan have also been recorded by Chris Connor (Lonely Woman), Freda Payne, Nancy Harrow, Harry Belafonte (On My Way To Saturday), Alice Babs, Jackie DeShannon (Think Of Rain), Carmen McRae, Julie London (Come To Me Slowly), and others. Married to trombonist, pianist Bob Brookmeyer for a number of years ~ Guryan was born in 1937
November 10, 2021 ~ Pop singer, guitarist, songwriter Miroslav Zbirka passed away in Prague, Czech Republic ~ Sings in Slovak, Czech and English. Co-founded Modus. Co-founded Limit. Has occasionally worked with Yes-singer Jon Anderson. The asteroid 5895 Zbirka, discovered by Czech astronomer Zdenka Vavrova in 1982, was named in his honor ~ Zbirka was born in 1952
November 10, 2021 ~ Brian John Heatley, commonly known as jazz double bassist Spike Heatley, passed away in Dinan, France ~ Leader and sideman with a career spanning four decades. To rock, blues-rock audiences best known for his association with Alexis Korner, having played with both Blues Incorporated and with CCS. Has also worked with Vic Ash, Tubby Hayes, Eddie Thompson, Johnny Dankworth, Tony Coe, Kenny Baker, Bill Le Sage, Ronnie Ross, Herb Ellis, Charlie Byrd, Barney Kessel, Malcolm Mortimore, and others ~ Heatley was born in 1933
 
November 9, 2021 ~ Composer John Kinsella passed away in Dublin, Ireland ~ Regarded as one of Ireland's most prolific symphonists of the 20th century. Closely associated with the TV channel RTE, serving as senior assistant in the music department since 1968. Co-founding member of Aosdana, an invite-only association of artists. As a composer strongly influenced by contemporary avant-garde, especially serialism. Known for works such as Two Pieces For String Orchestra, Montage and Montage II and for The Wayfarer Rhapsody On A Poem Of PH Pearse ~ Kinsella was born in 1932
 
November 7, 2021 ~ Soukous guitarist Bopol Mansiamina passed away in Paris, France ~ Actively recording since the late 1960s. Best known internationally for his work in the 1980s and early 1990s, both as a solo artist and as member of supergroup Les Quatre Etoiles. Has also worked with the Orchestre Bamboula, the Orchestre Rock-a-mambo, Nico Kasanda's African Fiesta Sukisa, the Orchestre Continental, Afrisa, TPOK Jazz, Ya Toupas, the African All-Stars, and others ~ Mansiamina was born in 1949
November 7, 2021 ~ Operatic bass singer Clifford Grant passed away ~ Best known for his association with the Sadler's Wells Opera, notably present in operas such as Der Ring Des Nibelungen, the Royal Opera House, the Metropolitan Opera, and others ~ Grant was born in 1930
 
November 6, 2021 ~ Keyboardist, bassist Andy Barker passed away ~ Member of 808 State, first appearing on the 1988 Quadrastate EP. Would go on to record a small number of songs under the monikers Atlas and Benaco ~ Barker was born in 1968
November 6, 2021 ~ Terence Wilson, commonly known as rapper, toaster, singer, drummer Astro, passed away ~ Member of UB40 from 1979 through 2013, present on the band's best-known including the Billboard Hot 100 No.1 hits Red Red Wine and Can't Help Falling In Love. His nickname comes from his childhood, wearing a pair of Dr Martens boots of a model named “Astronaut” ~ Wilson was born in 1957
November 6, 2021 ~ R&B, soul, disco singer Evette Benton passed away ~ Perhaps best remembered as co-lead vocalist on Games People Play, a Thom Bell-produced Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit for the Spinners in 1975 ~ Benton was born ca.1953
 
November 5, 2021 ~ Sertanejo singer, guitarist, songwriter Marilia Mendonça, full name Marilia Dias Mendonça, passed away in Minas Gerais, Brazil ~ Broke through with Infiel taken of her 2016 Marilia Mendonça Ai Vivo debut album. Has written songs for artists such as João Neto & Frederico, Wesley Safadão, Henrique & Juliano, Matheus & Kauan, Jorge & Mateus, Cristiano Araujo, and others. Along with several of her entourage killed in a plane crash aged 26 ~ Mendonça was born in 1995
 
November 4, 2021 ~ Composer Mario Lavista passed away ~ Composed chamber music, orchestral and vocal works, and for film. Founded improvisation collective Quanta in 1970. As a composer known for songs such as Dos Canciones and the solo keyboard pieces Mater Dolorosa, Pieze Para Un Pianiste Y Un Piano and Simurg. Chief editor of Pauta, which he founded in 1982, considered one of the foremost music journals in Mexico ~ Lavista was born in 1943
 
November 3, 2021 ~ Georges Mayer Dahan, commonly known as pop singer Georgie Dann, passed away in Madrid, Spain ~ Enjoyed popularity in Spain during the 1970s and 1980s with upbeat, catchy and danceable songs such as El Bimbo, Carnaval Carnaval, El Dinosaurio and Mi Cafetal. Dann was honored in the song Que Vuelva Ya Georgie Dann, recorded by La Banda Del Capitán Canalla ~ Dahan was born in 1940
 
November 2, 2021 ~ Folk rock, pop rock, garage rock guitarist, bassist, singer, songwriter Declan Mulligan passed away ~ Member of the Beau Brummels from 1964 through 1965. Present on the band's first two albums, Introducing The Beau Brummels and The Beau Brummels Vol.2. Noted for his harmonica opening on the 1965 Billboard Hot 100 top 20 hit Laugh Laugh ~ Mulligan was born in 1938
November 2, 2021 ~ Reggae singer, pianist, bassist, guitarist Ernest Wilson, full name Fitzroy Ernest Wilson, passed away in Kingston, Jamaica ~ In 1963, at age 11, formed the Clarendonians with Peter Austin. Present on mid-1960s local hits such as Rudie Gone A Jail, I'll Never Change, and Try Me One More Time. Wilson ventured out on his own by 1967, his best-known hits being Undying Love, Private Number and Freedom Train. Internationally best known for his 1976 Let True Love Be single backed by Harold Butler & the Four Corners. Has also guested on recordings by Beres Hammond, Inner Circle, Johnny Osbourne, Jimmy Riley, Gregory Isaacs, Tinga Stewart, Kiddus I, and others ~ Wilson was born in 1951
November 2, 2021 ~ R&B, soul, disco singer, trumpeter, keyboardist, percussionist, songwriter Ronnie Wilson passed away ~ Co-founding member of the Gap Band, centered around brothers Ronnie, Charlie Wilson and Robert Wilson, known for infectuous bass-heavy Billboard R&B hits such as Shake, Oops Upside Your Head, Burn Rubber On Me (Why You Wanna Hurt Me), Yearning For Your Love, Early In The Morning, You Dropped A Bomb On Me and Beep-a-freak ~ Wilson was born ca.1948
 
November 1, 2021 ~ Jazz guitarist Emmett Chapman passed away ~ Best known for inventing the Chapman stick, a stringed instrument of the guitar family typically tuned with 10 or 12 strings. As a musician influenced by Barney Kessel and John McLaughlin. Started his career in music in the late 1960s backing Kessel and others, notably Tim Buckley, before forming his own band. The song Back Yard was used in the 1984 Dune film and included on his Parallel Galaxy album released the following year ~ Chapman was born in 1936
November 1, 2021 ~ Guitar builder Gilberto Grácio passed away ~ Third generation luthier. Since his sons have no desire to continue the tradition he is the last of the Grácio luthiers, the family considered one of the most important traditional guitar makers in Europe. Towards the end of his life he still worked in his Lisbon workshop yet devoted most of his time teaching two students who kept making guitars according to his family's tradition. Musicians who played his guitars include Carlos Paredes, António Chainho, Fernando Alvim and Jimmy Page ~ Grácio was born in 1936
November 1, 2021 ~ Classical pianist Nelson Freire, full name Nelson José Pinto Freire, passed away in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ~ Leading pianist of his generation noted for his decorous playing and interpretive depth. Has worked with top-notch orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Concertgebouw Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, and others ~ Freire was born in 1944
November 1, 2021 ~ Patrick Carmen Azzara, commonly known as jazz guitarist, composer Pat Martino, passed away ~ Admired guitarist quintessential to post-bop, fusion and soul-jazz movements. Noted for his mathematical approach of the instrument. Began playing professionally at age 15. Played and recorded with Eric Kloss and with Willis Jackson early in his career, the latter being pivotal to Martino's career. Martino also worked with organists including Charles Earland, Richard Groove Holmes, Jack McDuff, Don Patterson, Trudy Pitts, Jimmy Smith, Gene Ludwig, Robert Piere, and Joey Defrancesco. In 1980 an aneurysm left Martino with amnesia and no recollection or knowledge of his career or how to play the guitar, forced to learn how to play from zero ~ Azzara was born in 1944
 
October 29, 2021 ~ Rock, heavy metal journalist, author Malcolm Dome passed away ~ Credited to have coined the term “thrash metal” in 1984 as a reference to the Anthrax-song Metal Thrashing Mad. Wrote for Record Mirror, Kerrang, Metal Hammer, Classic Rock, and other publications. Has authored a number of books, notably The Bible Of Heavy Metal (Encyclopaedia Metallica) published in 1981, as well as books on Aerosmith, Van Halen, Metallica, Bon Jovi, Mötley Crüe, and others ~ Dome was born ca.1955
 
October 28, 2021 ~ Ratislav Delmas, commonly known as rock drummer, singer Rasa Delmas, passed away in Belgrade, Serbia ~ Joined YU Grupa in 1972, a band credited with pioneering the fusion of rock with elements of traditional Balkan music. Present on some of their best-known including Trka, Cudna Suma, More and the cultballad Crni Leptir. Had previously worked with Mobi Dik, Pop Masina and Siluete. Following his departure from Grupa in 1976 Delmas would found and front rock band Zebra, known for the singles Moja Mala Zebra and Ma Ko Si Ti ~ Delmas was born in 1950
 
October 27, 2021 ~ Conductor, composer Letieres Leite passed away ~ Perhaps best remembered for founding and fronting the brass and percussion ensemble the Orkestra Rumpilezz, critically acclaimed for their 2009 Letieres Leite & the Orkestra Rumpilezz album. Leite has worked with a wide array of artists including Nico Assumpção, Nana Vasconcelos, Gilberto Gil, Elba Ramalho, Lulu Santos, Hermeto Pascoal, Stanley Jordan, Carlinhos Brown, Toninho Horta, Ivete Sangalo, and others ~ Leite was born ca.1960
October 27, 2021 ~ Funk, disco keyboardist, singer William Shelby passed away ~ Co-founding member of 1980s R&B outfit Dynasty, co-wrote songs such as Groove Control, Do Me Right and Love In The Fast Lane. Subsequently a latter-day member of Lakeside ~ Shelby was born ca.1965
 
October 26, 2021 ~ Doris Helen Schetrompf, commonly known as country singer, guitarist Rose Lee Maphis, passed away in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ~ Formed a musical duo with her husband guitarist Joe Maphis, pioneering the Bakersfield sound in the 1950s. The couple is perhaps best remembered for penning Dim Lights Thick Smoke (And Loud Loud Music), first recorded by Flatt & Scruggs in 1952. Joe & Rose Lee Maphis released the song as a single in 1953. It has since been covered by numerous artists including Conway Twitty, the Flying Burrito Brothers, the New Riders Of The Purple Sage, the Derailers, Ricky Skaggs, the Beat Farmers, and others ~ Schetrimpf was born in 1922
 
October 25, 2021 ~ Virginia O'Connor, commonly known as big band singer Ginny Mancini, passed away ~ Married to renowned conductor, pianist, film composer Henry Mancini from 1947 until his death in 1994. Member of the Mel-tones, backing choir with Mel Tormé's band during the mid-1940s. Backing singer appearing in films such as The Harvey Girls and The Music Man. Member of the Mello-larks, the vocal choir with the Glenn Miller Orchestra under the direction of Tex Beneke. After marrying Henry she would continue to work part-time as backing vocalist for film and TV ~ O'Connor was born ca.1924
October 25, 2021 ~ Music manager Walter Herbert, full name Walter James Herbert, passed away in Orinda, California, USA ~ Started as roadie for Santana. Best known as manager of Journey, which he put together, through the mid-1990s. Also managed Frumious Bandersnatch, the Steve Miller Band, Roxette, Europe, Mr Big, Enuff Z'nuff, and others ~ Herbert was born in 1948
October 25, 2021 ~ Blues harpist, singer, songwriter Willie Cobbs passed away ~ Best known for his 1960 recording You Don't Love Me, loosely based on Bo Diddley's She's Fine She's Mine. Cobbs' tune would be covered by a wide array of artists including the Allman Brothers Band, the Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service, John Mayall, and Dawn Penn, the latter reworking the R&B, blues tune to the classic rocksteady tune You Don't Love Me (No No No) in 1967 ~ Cobbs was born in 1932
 
October 24, 2021 ~ Bluegrass, country banjoist Sonny Osborne passed away ~ Formed the Osborne Brothers with Bobby Osborne, best known for their 1967 Rocky Top hit single. In-demand session musician, member of the Nashville A-Team. Also worked with the Lonesome Pine Fiddlers, Bill Monroe's backing unit the Bluegrass Boys, and others ~ Osborne was born in 1937
 
October 23, 2021 ~ Conductor, composer Alfredo Diez Nieto passed away ~ Founded and conducted the Orquesta Popular De Conciertos. Composed symphonies and chamber music, incorporating elements from traditional Cuban folk music. Well-known works include Los Diablitos, Estampas and Sudor Y Látigo. Led the band of the Cuban Revolutionary Army in 1965 and 1966. Also closely associated with the Orquesta Sinfonica De La Escuala Nacional De Musica and the Orquesta Sinfonica De Camaguey, acclaimed for his interpretations of works composed by the likes of Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Ignacio Cervantes, Alejandro García Caturla, Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Eduardo Sánchez de Fuentes and Antonio Vivaldi ~ Nieto was born in 1918
 
October 22, 2021 ~ David Blatt, commonly known as rock & roll, pop singer Jay Black, passed away in Queens, New York, USA ~ Lead singer of Jay & the Americans, known for a string of 1960s hits including She Cried, Come A Little Bit Closer, Let's Lock The Door And Throw Away The Key, Cara Mia, and This Magic Moment ~ Blatt was born in 1938
October 22, 2021 ~ Conductor, opera director, musicologist, composer Udo Zimmermann passed away in Dresden, Germany ~ Perhaps best known as director of the Leipzig Opera and the Deutsche Oper Berlin. As a composer internationally recognised for the one-act chamber opera Die Weisse Rose premiered in 1967, telling of the killing of siblings Hans Scholl and Sophie Scholl by the nazis for leading the non-violent resistance group Die Weisse Rose ~ Zimmermann was born in 1943
 
October 21, 2021 ~ Conductor, violinist Bernard Haitink, full name Bernard Johan Herman Haitink, passed away in London, UK ~ Internationally acclaimed conductor. Worked with the Concertgebouw Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Opera House, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Vienne Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and others ~ Haitink was born in 1929
October 21, 2021 ~ Nils Kurt Erik Einar Grönberg, mononymously known as rapper, songwriter Einár, born in Stockholm, Sweden ~ Has released four full-length albums during his short career, starting with Första Klass in 2019. Scored over a dozen top 10 hit singles in his native Sweden, of which Katten I Trakten, Nu Vi Skiner and Dansa featuring Adaam reached the top spot. Involved in a several high-profile incidents, including his kidnapping by rival rapper Yasin in 2020. Einár was scheduled to testify in his kidnapping case the week after being found shot in the head and killed at age 19, his murder described by police as an execution ~ Grönberg was born in 2002
October 21, 2021 ~ Singer, songwriter Robin McNamara passed away ~ One-hit wonder known for Lay A Little Lovin' On Me, a Billboard Hot 100 top 20 hit in 1970. Had previously played the lead role of Claude in a Broadway production of the musical Hair ~ McNamara was born in 1947
October 21, 2021 ~ R&B bassist, singer Tommy DeBarge passed away ~ Co-founding member of Switch, rising to fame in the 1970s with hits such as There'll Never Be, I Call Your Name and Love Over & Over Again. Along with bandmate and brother Bobby DeBarge left the band in 1981 to mentor their siblings in the group DeBarge ~ DeBarge was born ca.1956
 
October 20, 2021 ~ Singer Allan Wilmot passed away ~ Member of vocal group the Southlanders, active from the mid-1950s through 1961. The Caribbean-themed band is known for their signature song The Mole, a concert favorite sung at every performance. The 1957 Alone (Why Must I Be Alone) UK top 20 hit would be the band's only charting single ~ Wilmot was born ca.1925
 
October 19, 2021 ~ Pianist, songwriter, arranger, producer Antonio Coggio passed away in Rome, Italy ~ Perhaps best known for co-penning several of Claudio Baglioni's best-known including Questo Piccolo Grande Amore, E Tu, Amore Bello and Poster. Early on in his career accompanied Gino Paoli including on the 1965 Paoli Dal Vivo Allo Studio D album. Would go on to serve as producer for artists such as Mia Martini, Ivano Fossati, Patty Pravo, Stefano Rosso, and others ~ Coggio was born in 1939
October 19, 2021 ~ Composer, lyricist Leslie Bricusse passed away in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France ~ Film and musical composer best known for co-writing the James Bond-themes Goldfinger sung by Shirley Bassey and You Only Love Twice sung by Nancy Sinatra. Frequent collaborator of composers such as Anthony Newley, Cyril Ornade, Henry Mancini, and others. Has worked on numerous musicals and soundtracks, many songs notably covered by a host of pop and jazz artists including Sammy Davis Jr (Candy Man), Nina Simone (Feelin' Good), Matt Monro (My Kind Of Girl), the Turtles (A Guide For The Married Man), Maureen McGovern (Can You Read My Mind), Diana Krall (When I Look In Your Eyes), and others ~ Bricusse was born in 1931
 
October 18, 2021 ~ Jazz guitarist, double-bassist Franco Cerri passed away in Milan, Italy ~ Considered one of the most important European jazz musicians. Cites Django Reinhardt, Barney Kessel, and René Thomas as influences. Has worked with Chet Baker, Buddy Collette, Dizzy Gillespie, Johnny Griffin, Stéphane Grappelli, Lars Gullin, Billie Holiday, Lee Konitz, Gerry Mulligan, Lou Bennett, Bud Shank, Tony Scott, Phil Woods, the Modern Jazz Quartet, Roberto Vecchioni, Nicola Arigliano, Bunny Foy, Tullio de Piscope, Pino Presti, Gianluigi Trovesi, Flavio Ambrosetti, and Jean-Luc Ponty ~ Cerri was born in 1926
October 18, 2021 ~ Guitarist Lloyd Willis passed away ~ Jamaican session guitarist. Perhaps best known for appearing on and co-writing Tease Me, an international hit for Chaka Demus & Pliers taken of their 1993 Tease Me album. The single, produced by Sly & Robbie, would reach top 20 across Europe with top 10 positions in the Netherlands and the UK ~ Willis was born ca.1948
 
October 16, 2021 ~ TV composer, pianist Alan Hawkshaw, full name William Alan Hawkshaw, passed away ~ Best known as a composer of theme tunes, notably for the children's TV show Grange Hill and the TV game show Countdown. Scored a 1979 Billboard Dance No.1 hit with Here Comes That Sound Again with his disco group Love De-luxe. Has also worked as a session musician and collaborator, including with Emile Ford, the Shadows, Olivia Newton-John, Serge Gainsbourg, Cliff Richard, Donna Summer, and others ~ Hawkshaw was born in 1937
October 16, 2021 ~ Rock, country drummer Ronnie Tutt, full name Ronald Ellis Tutt, passed away in Franklin, Tennessee, USA ~ In-demand session and touring drummer. Best known as member of Elvis Presley's backing band the TCB Band from 1969 until Presley's death in 1977. Also appeared on Billy Joel's 1973 breakthrough album Piano Man and it's 1974 follow-up album Streetlife. Toured with several of Jerry Garcia's side projects, including the Jerry Garcia Band and Legion Of Mary. Has also worked with Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris, Neil Diamond, the Carpenters, Roy Orbison, Silverado, and others ~ Tutt was born in 1938
 
October 15, 2021 ~ Funk guitarist, bassist, singer Regi Hargis passed away ~ Member of 1980s funk band Brick, merging funk, disco and jazz and known for the mid-1970s singles Dazz and its follow-up Dusic both of which reached top 10 Billboard R&B and top 20 Billboard Hot 100 ~ Hargis was born ca.1951
 
October 14, 2021 ~ Bluegrass guitarist, dobroist Phil Leadbetter passed away in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA ~ Member of JD Crowe & the New South from 1990 through 2001. Subsequently co-founding member of Wildfire, Grasstowne, and of Flashback. Has also worked with Vern Gosdin, the Whites, Dale Ann Bradley. Three solo albums to his name, 1999's Philibuster, 2005's Slide Effects and 2014's The Next Move ~ Leadbetter was born in 1962
October 14, 2021 ~ Jazz drummer, surfboard builder, surfer Tom Morey, full name Tom Hugh Morey, passed away ~ Honed his talent as a drummer and ukelele player from his early youth, working professionally by age 12. Has backed artists such as Dizzy Gillespie, Stu Williamson, Bud Shank and Conte Candoli. Best known as a surfboard builder and professional surfer ~ Morey was born in 1935
 
October 13, 2021 ~ Andrea Meyer, commonly known as singer, actress, model, writer Andrea Haugen, passed away in Kongsberg, Norway ~ Influenced by the Cocteau Twins, Kate Bush and Gregorian chants. Formerly married to black metal guitarist Samoth, with whom she had one daughter. Recorded under numerous monikers, most notably Nebelhexë in the 2000s. Guested on Cradle Of Filth's 1994 The Principle Of Evil Made Flesh and Satyricon's Nemesis Divina. Also known as a poet and author, writing horror and satire film script, non-fiction and social commentary published in alternative magazines and tabloids. Shot and killed alongside four others in a random spree killing ~ Meyer was born ca.1969
 
October 12, 2021 ~ Piper, bodhran player Paddy Moloney passed away in Dublin, Ireland ~ Leader of the Chieftains, which he co-founded in 1962 with Seán Potts and Michael Tubridy. The band has recorded over 40 albums, all of which featuring Moloney, and is especially known for their vast work of collaborations including with artists such as Elvis Costello, Ry Cooder, Rosanne Cash, Béla Fleck, James Galway, Art Garfunkel, Mark Knopfler, Emmylou Harris, Mick Jagger, and others ~ Moloney was born in 1938
 
October 11, 2021 ~ R&B, pop bassist, singer, songwriter Deon Estus, full name Jeffery Dean Estus, passed away ~ Best known as member of 1980s pop group Wham, centered around Andrew Ridgeley and George Michael. Appears on Michael's first two solo albums, 1987's Faith and 1990's Listen Without Prejudice Vol.1. As a solo artist known for Heaven Help Me which reached top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 ~ Estus was born in 1956
October 11, 2021 ~ Emani Johnson, commonly known as R&B singer Emani 22, passed away ~ First gained attention in 2018 collaborating with Trippie Redd on the tracks Emani's Interlude and Fire Starter. As a solo artist known for songs such as Heartbreak Hotel, Better Days and Dripomatic. Ironically died at age 22, the same number she used in her stage name, having released her full-length The Color Red debut album just the year before ~ Johnson was born in 1998
 
October 10, 2021 ~ Contemporary classical composer Luis de Pablo, full name Luis de Pablo Costales, passed away in Madrid, Spain ~ Among a generation of composers dubbed Generación del 51, known for connecting music in Spain to musical developments in Europe after the Civil War. Co-founded the Grupo Nueva Musica. Co-founded Tiempo & Musica. Founded and organized several festivals and cultural events. Accused of giving too much prominence to “left-wing art” by the Franco regime, accused of supporting Franco by the ETA. Spent a number of years living in exile. Known for film scores such as The Spirit Of The Beehive and The Hunt and for operas such as Kiu and La Señorita Cristina ~ De Pablo was born in 1930
 
October 9, 2021 ~ Dimitri Papadopoulos, commonly known as post-punk, no wave, rock drummer Dee Pop, passed away ~ Constant member of the Bush Tetras, which never achieved mainstream succes yet was highly influential in the early 1980s Manhattan scene and college radio. The band is best known for the singles Too Many Creeps and Can't Be Funky. Has also worked with a wide array of artists including Radio I-Ching, the Shams, John Sinclair, Jayne County, Michael Karoli, the Slits, Lenny Kaye, the Gun Club, Eddie Gale, Roy Campbell Jr, Marc Ribot, Borah Bergman, Darlene Love, Nona Hendryx, and others ~ Papadopoulos was born ca.1956
October 9, 2021 ~ Gospel singer, guitarist, organist, songwriter Shawn McLemore, full name Shawn Lamont McLemore, passed away in Houston, Texas, USA ~ Best known for his 1997 Wait On Him debut album which charted on the Billboard Gospel charts. McLemore would continue to record through the 2010s but failed to reach the same level of succes ~ McLemore was born in 1967
 
October 8, 2021 ~ Drummer, songwriter Everett Morton, full name Everett Matthew Livingstone Morton, passed away ~ Reggae-influenced drummer known for his syncopated and polyrhythmic drumming. Member of ska revival band the Beat, known for hits such as The Tears Of A Clown, Mirror In The Bathroom, Too Nice To Talk To and perhaps their best-known Can't Get Used To Losing You ~ Morton was born in 1950
October 8, 2021 ~ Hard rock, psychedelic rock bassist, singer Jem Targal passed away ~ Member of the Third Power alongside Drew Abbott and Jim Craig, known for the moderately successful Believe album released in 1971. As a solo artist Targal is known for his 1978 Luckey Guy album ~ Targal was born in 1947
October 8, 2021 ~ James Francis Pembroke, commonly known as rock, blues-rock singer Jim Pembroke, passed away in Kansas City, Missouri, USA ~ Member of the Blues Section, present on the 1967 pivotal eponymous Blues Section album. From 1969 frontman and main songwriter of Wigwam while enjoying a parallel solo career, releasing his Wicked Ivory debut album in 1972 ~ Pembroke was born in 1946
 
October 5, 2021 ~ Jim Varsos, commonly known as folk singer, guitarist, songwriter Hobo Jim, passed away in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ~ One of the most popular guitar players in Alaska, frequently playing smaller venues across the state. Would be named Alaska's official balladeer in 1994. Has recorded from time to time since the 1980s. Living part-time in Tennessee has also worked as a songwriter with some of Nashville's finest, co-writing Empty recorded by Janis Ian and The Rock recorded by George Jones ~ Varsos was born ca.1952
 
October 4, 2021 ~ Beatle fan Lizzie Bravo passed away ~ Alongside Gayleen Pease one of two fans waiting outside EMI Studios randomly chosen to sing the line “nothing's gonna change my world” on the Beatles' Across The Universe. While recording the track Paul McCartney felt it needed a high-pitched voice, went outside and asked the group of fans on the street who could hold a high note. Bravo and Pease both answered yes. Although the take with both girls would not make the Let It Be album, the version including them would however make it to the 1969 No One's Gonna Change Our World charity compilation album as well as appear on several later issued rarities albums ~ Bravo was born ca.1951
 
October 3, 2021 ~ Guitarist, bassist, percussionist Anouman Brou Félix passed away in Abidjan, Ivory Coast ~ Pioneer of Attie music. Founded the Ivoiry Band. Started the Wamy dance while in France ~ Félix was born in 1935
 
October 2, 2021 ~ Guitarist, composer Sebastião Tapajós passed away ~ Actively recording since the early 1960s with over 50 albums to his name. Composed the soundtrack to the local film Lendas Amazonicas released in 1998. Has collaborated with artists such as Gilson Pernazzetta, João Cortez, Mauricio Einhorn, Paulinho Noguiera, Nilson Chavez, Jane Duboc, and others ~ Tapajós was born in 1943
 
October 1, 2021 ~ Balladeer, troubadour, singer, guitarist, songwriter Ewert Ljusberg, full name Karl Ewert Alvar Ljusberg, passed away in Härjedalen, Sweden ~ Actively recording since the early 1970s. Appeared in a Swedish production of the musical Jesus Christ Superstar. As a recording artist has collaborated with artists such as Bengt Sandh, Bernt Johansson, São Tomé, his brother Arne Ljusberg, and others. Assigned president of the Republic Of Jamtland, a humorous, fictitious nation, in 1989 ~ Ljusberg was born in 1945
October 1, 2021 ~ Violinist, concertmaster Raymond Gniewek passed away ~ Married to soprano Judith Blegen. Brother of celesta player Cecilia Brauer. Best known as concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera for 43 years starting in 1957, at the time becoming the youngest person to ever hold the post ~ Gniewek was born in 1931
October 1, 2021 ~ Folk singer, bhodran player, guitarist, promoter, band manager, label founder, producer Robin Morton passed away ~ Iconic figure in folk and Celtic folk. Co-founded the Boys Of The Lough in 1967 with Tommy Gunn and Cathal McConnell, remaining with the band through 1979. Manager of the Battlefield Band from 1980 until his death four decades later. Founded Temple US Records as well as Kinmor Publishing ~ Morton was born in 1939
 
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 29, 2021 ~ Composer, educator Bronius Kutavicius passed away in Vilnius, Lithuania ~ Considered a Lithuanian cultural icon. Wrote numerous oratorios and operas, often inspired by ancient Lithuanian polytheistic beliefs and music. Known for works such as The Last Pagan Rites, The Gates Of Jerusalem and the opera Lokys ~ Kutavicius was born in 1932
September 29, 2021 ~ Hayk Hakobyan, commonly known as singer, songwriter Hayko, passed away in Yerevan, Armenia ~ Internationally best known for representing his native Armenia in the 2007 Eurovision Songfestival, reaching 8th place with Anytime You Need ~ Hakobyan was born in 1973
September 29, 2021 ~ Pianist, music director, politician Ivan Tasovic passed away in Belgrade, Yugoslavia ~ General manager of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra from 2001 through 2013. Minister of Culture and Information from 2013 to 2016. Elected to the the National Assembly of Serbia in the 2020 parliamentary elections ~ Tasovac was born in 1966
September 29, 2021 ~ R&B singer Julia Nixon, full name Julia Carol Nixon, passed away in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA ~ Fronted Julia & Company, known best for Breakin' Down (Sugar Samba) and I'm So Happy. The former would reach the UK top 20 in 1984 ~ Nixon was born in 1955
September 29, 2021 ~ Guitarist, songwriter, producer Olivier Libaux passed away ~ Founded rock band Les Objets with Jérôme Rousseaux in 1989, known for their 1989 La Normalité and 1994 Qui Est Qui albums. Would go on to become an in-demand collaborator working with the likes of Carla Bruni, Alex Gopher, Dominique Dalan, Jean-François Coen, Helena Noguerra, and others. Released his L'Heroine Au Bain solo debut album in 2003. Also known for founding Nouvelle Vague, covering punk and new wave songs in a bossa nova style usually employing young female lead singers most of whom did not know the original versions ~ Libaux was born in 1964
 
September 28, 2021 ~ Violinist, conductor, educator James Buswell, full name James Oliver Buswell IV, passed away ~ Debuted as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic at age 7. Would go on to become a much recorded artist, chamber musician, and revered educator. Married to cellist Carol Ou ~ Buswell was born in 1946
September 28, 2021 ~ Operatic soprano Karan Armstrong passed away in Marbella, Spain ~ Active since the mid-1960s, performing minor roles with the Metropolitan Opera and leading roles with the New York City Opera including in La Traviata and La Fanciualla Del Est. Relocated to Europe by the mid-1970s. Acclaimed for her 1975 performance in Salomé with the Opera Du Rhin. Perhaps most closely associated with the Deutsche Oper Berlin, performing in two dozen roles over four decades. Married to opera, theater director Götz Friedrich from 1979 until his death in 2000 ~ Armstrong was born in 1941
September 28, 2021 ~ Jazz, soul, funk pianist Lonnie Liston Smith passed away in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA ~ Cites Charlie Parker and John Coltrane as major influences. Worked with Pharoah Sanders and Miles Davis before venturing out on his own with his backing unit the Cosmic Echoes recording a string of acclaimed albums widely regarded as classics in the fusion, smooth jazz and acid jazz genres. Has also worked with Gato Barbieri, Karl Denson, Marvin Gaye, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Oliver Nelson, Huey Simmons, Bob Thiele, Leon Thomas, Stanley Turrentine, and others ~ Smith was born in 1940
 
September 27, 2021 ~ R&B singer, songwriter Andrea Martin, full name Andrea Monica Martin, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Best remembered for penning a number of quintessetial R&B hits since the 1990s, often with longtime collaborator Ivan Matias, such as I Love Me Some Him (Toni Braxton), Before You Walk Out Of My Life (Monica), Wish I Didn't Miss You (Angie Stone), Don't Let Go (Love) (En Vogue), You're The One (SWV), and Better In Time (Leona Lewis). Others who recorded songs written or co-written by Martin include Paloma Faith, Nelly, RBD, and Jennifer Hudson. Has also recorded as a singer herself though to significantly lesser chart succes. Her 1999 Share The Love single would be a club hit, reaching the top 10 of the Billboard Dance charts ~ Martin was born in 1972
 
September 26, 2021 ~ Bassist Alan Lancaster, full name Alan Charles Lancaster, passed away in Sydney, Australia ~ Co-founding member of Status Quo, remaining with the band through 1985 and rejoining on occassion in later years. Sang lead on songs such as Backwater, Is There A Better Way, Bye Bye Johnny, High Flyer and Roadhouse Blues ~ Lancaster was born in 1949
September 26, 2021 ~ George Frayne IV, commonly known as singer, pianist, songwriter Commander Cody, passed away in Saratoga Springs, New York, USA ~ Frontman of Commander Cody & his Lost Planet Airmen, known for merging country, rock & roll, western swing, rockabilly, jump blues and boogie-woogie piano. The band scored a Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit with Hot Rod Lincoln of their 1971 Lost In The Ozone album ~ Frayne was born in 1944
 
September 25, 2021 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter, poet, author, journalist Patricio Manns, full name Iván Patricio Eugenio Manns De Folliot, passed away in Viña del Mar, Chile ~ Wrote Bandido which was recorded by Los Travadores. Wrote El Sueño Americano which he recorded with the group Voces Andina. Reached national fame with Arriba En La Cordillera of his 1966 Entre Mar Y Cordillera solo album. Actively worked with the 1964 and 1970 Salvador Allende presidential campaigns as both a musician and journalist, fled the country after the military coup in 1973 and in exile became a spokesperson of the Chilean resistance ~ Manns was born in 1937
 
September 23, 2021 ~ Alfred James Ellis, commonly known as saxophonist, songwriter Pee Wee Ellis, passed away ~ Key member of James Brown's backing band. Co-wrote several of Brown's classics including Cold Sweat (Part 1), Licking Stick Licking Stick (Part 1), and Mother Popcorn You've Got To Have A Mother For Me (Part 1) ~ Ellis was born in 1941
September 23, 2021 ~ Salsa percussionist, bandleader Roberto Roena, full name Roberto Roena Vázquez, passed away in Carolina, Puerto Rico ~ Original member of Cortijo & su Combo. Member of El Gran Combo De Puerto Rico. Formed and led El Apollo Sound since 1969, known for songs such as Y Tu Loco Loco, Traicion, Que Se Sepa and Herencia Rumbero and generally considered one of the premier salsa bands in Puerto Rico. Also known for his long-standing association with salsa supergroup the Fania All-Stars ~ Roena was born in 1940
September 23, 2021 ~ Eva Sue McKee, commonly known as pop, country singer Sue Thompson, passed away in Pahrump, Nevada, USA ~ Best known for her 1960s hits Sad Movies Make Me Cry, Norman and Paper Tiger. Also known as duet partner of Don Gibson in the 1970s, notably on songs such as I Think They Call It Love and Good Old Fashioned Country Love ~ McKee was born in 1925
 
September 22, 2021 ~ Classical violinist, concertmaster, conductor Jan Stanienda passed away ~ Joined the Polish Chamber Orchestra in 1975, becoming its concertmaster and soloist two years later. Would go on to work with numerous renowned conductors, soloists and orchestras including Yehudi Menuhin, Maurice André, Guy Touvron, Grzegorz Nowak, and others. Concertmaster of the Sinfonia Varsovia in the mid to late 1980s. Artistic director of the Leopoldinum Chamber Orchestra in the early 1990s. Artist director of the Wratislavia Chamber Orchestra since 1996 ~ Stanienda was born in 1953
 
September 21, 2021 ~ Enriqueta Jiménez Chabolla, commonly known as singer, actress La Prieta Linda, passed away in Mexico City, Mexico ~ Sister of singers Flor Silvestre and Mary Jiménez. Active since the 1950s with over 40 albums to her name. Known for songs such as Quieto Capulin, Mil Cadenas, Al Ver, Amantes De Una Noche, and others ~ Jiménez was born in 1933
September 21, 2021 ~ Electronic, industrial, techno keyboardist, sampler, guitarist, saxophonist, songwriter Richard H Kirk passed away ~ Rose to fame in the 1970s as key member of seminal industrial group Cabaret Voltaire, remaining with the band until its disbandement in 1994. Has also enjoyed a parallel solo career, releasing his Disposable Half-Truths solo debut album in 1980. Has recorded extensively in the 1990s using a variety of monikers, prompting critics to describe him as “techno's busiest man” ~ Kirk was born in 1956
 
September 20, 2021 ~ Singer Claude Lombard passed away ~ Internationally best known for representing her native Belgium in the 1968 Eurovision Songfestival, reaching joint 7th place with Quand Tu Reviendras. Lombard would relocate to France in the 1970s, finding succes as a voice actress for TV and film including Beauty & The Beast and The Prince Of Egypt ~ Lombard was born in 1945
September 20, 2021 ~ Jazz drummer Colin Bailey, full name Colin James Bailey, passed away in Port Hueneme, California, USA ~ Worked with Winifred Atwell, Bryce Rohde, the Australian Jazz Quartet, Vince Guaraldi (Jazz Impressions Of Black Orpheus), Clare Fischer, Joe Pass, Miles Davis, Benny Goodman, George Shearing, Frank Sinatra, Antônio Carlos Jobim, Ed Shaughnessy, Richie Cole, Jimmy Rowles, Red Mitchell, Stefan Scaggiari, Ron Affiff, Weslia Whitfield, and others ~ Bailey was born in 1934
September 20, 2021 ~ Singer Sarah Dash passed away ~ Closely associated with Patti Labelle, as a member of both the Blue-belles and Labelle including on the 1974 Billboard Hot 100 No.1 hit Lady Marmalade. Has released a number of solo albums, starting with the 1978 eponymous Sarah Dash which spawned the disco hit Sinner Man. Guested on recordings by the O'Jays, Nile Rodgers, the Marshall Tucker Band, David Johanson, and notably on the Rolling Stones' 1989 Steel Wheels as well as on Keith Richards' 1992 Main Offender solo album ~ Dash was born in 1945
 
September 19, 2021 ~ Classical violinist, conductor András Ligeti passed away ~ Closely associated with the Hungarian State Opera House, serving as concert master and conductor from 1977 through 1985, and with the Budapest Symphony Orchestra from 1985 through 1993. Has also worked with the Dresden Philharmonic, the Oslo Philharmonic, the Bergen Symphony, the Orchestra de la Suisse Romande, and others ~ Ligeti was born in 1953
 
September 16, 2021 ~ Jiri Mraz, commonly known as jazz bassist, double bassist, saxophonist George Mraz passed away in Prague, Czech Republic ~ Leader, co-leader and sideman. Perhaps best known as a member of the New York Jazz Quartet from the mid-1970s through the early 1980s, including on the acclaimed Blues For Sarka album. Also worked extensively with Oscar Peterson, Pepper Adams, Roland Hanna, Tommy Flanagan, John Abercrombie, and with Toshiko Akiyoshi ~ Mraz was born in 1944
September 16, 2021 ~ Suzanne Lorraine Burce, commonly known as singer, dancer, actress Jane Powell, passed away in Wilton, Connecticut, USA ~ Popular musical singer, dancer, actress during the 1940s and 1950s. Known for roles in musical films such as A Date With Judy, Royal Wedding and Seven Brides For Seven Brothers ~ Burce was born in 1929
 
September 15, 2021 ~ Operatic bass-baritone singer Norman Bailey passed away in Rexburg, Idaho, USA ~ Best known for roles in operas composed by Richard Wagner. Has worked with the Chicago Symphony, the Sadler's Wells Opera, the Royal Opera House, and others ~ Bailey was born in 1933
 
September 14, 2021 ~ Classical hornist Vicente Zarzo Pitarch passed away ~ Closely associated with het Residentie Orkest. Has also worked with the Valencia Orchestra, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, the American Wind Symphony Orchestra, the National Orchestra Of Mexico, and others ~ Zarzo was born in 1938
 
September 13, 2021 ~ Jazz promoter, producer George Wein passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ One of the most famous impresarios in jazz history. Co-founded the Newport Folk Festival with Pete Seeger and Theodore Bikel. Founded the Newport Jazz Festival. Instrumental in founding the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival ~ Wein was born in 1925
 
September 11, 2021 ~ Violinist, singer Giulia Daneo-Lorimer passed away ~ Founding member of Whiskey Trail, active since the mid-1970s. Has also recorded as a solo artist, starting with Nana's Lullabyes released in 2005 ~ Daneo was born in 1932
September 11, 2021 ~ Singer Maria Mendiola passed away ~ Formed the duo Baccara with Mayte Mateos, best known for their 1977 debut single Yes Sir I Can Boogie. The single would reach the higher echelons of the charts throughout Europe and eventually sell over 18 million copies. Subsequent hits would include Sorry I'm A Lady and Darling. The duo would also represent Luxembourg at the 1978 Eurovision Songfestival, reaching 7th place with Parlez-Vous Francais ~ Mendiola was born in 1952
 
September 10, 2021 ~ Blues guitarist, singer Byther Smith, full name Byther Claude Earl John Smith, passed away in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ As a solo artist best known for a string of well-received 1980s albums. Active since the mid-1950s as a session and club performer, often besides his non-music day job. Has worked with Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Jimmy Reed, Junior Wells and perhaps most notably with Otis Rush, regularly playing rhythm guitar in Rush's backing bands during the 1960s ~ Smith was born in 1932
September 10, 2021 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Michael Chapman passed away ~ Acclaimed singer, virtuoso guitarist rooted in folk drawing from numerous genres including rock, jazz and blues with over 40 albums to his name, starting with the fingerpicking folk classic Rainmaker released in 1969. Cited as a major influence by Thurston Moore, Steve Gunn, Ryley Walker, Meg Baird ~ Chapman was born in 1941
 
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 7, 2021 ~ Radio host, historian, archivist Phil Schaap, full name Philip van Noorden Schaap, passed away ~ Historian and archivist specialized in Charlie Parker. Archivist for Savoy Jazz involved with re-issuing tapes of Miles Davis, Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong, and Duke Ellington, earning several Grammy Awards for his work as producer, engineer and historical writing. As a broadcaster, radio host known for hosting Bird Flight and Traditions In Swing on WKCR for four decades starting in 1981 ~ Schaap was born in 1951
September 7, 2021 ~ Warren Schexnider, commonly known as swamp pop, country drummer, singer, songwriter Warren Storm, passed away ~ Considered a pioneer of swamp pop, merging R&B, country, Cajun and black Creole music. Known especially for his recording of The Prisoner's Song and Mama Mama Mama (Look What Your Little Boy's Done). Member of the Shondells alongside Rod Bernard and Skip Stewart. Sessioned with artists such as Lazy Lester, Lightnin' Slim, Katie Webster, Lonesome Sundown, and others ~ Schexnider was born in 1937
 
September 5, 2021 ~ Latin jazz percussionist, bandleader Ralph Irizarry passed away in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Has collaborated with artists such as Harry Belafonte, Celia Cruz, Paquito d'Rivera, Juan Luis Guerra, Paul Simon, Talking Heads-frontman David Byrne, and others. Appeared in the musical drama film The Mambo Kings released in 1992 ~ Irizarry was born in 1954
September 5, 2021 ~ Pop singer, actress Sarah Harding, full name Sarah Nicole Harding, passed away in the Buckinghamshire, UK ~ Rose to fame in the early 2000s as member of girl group Girls Aloud, known for UK top 10 hits such as Sound Of The Underground, Life Got Cold, The Show, I'll Stand By You, Something Kinda Ooooh, Walk This Way with the Sugababes, Call The Shots and The Promise ~ Harding was born in 1981
 
September 4, 2021 ~ Luis Maria Cafaro, commonly known as rock & roll singer Billy Cafaro, passed away ~ Active since the late 1950s, considered a pioneer of Argentine rock. Known for songs such as Personalidad, Marcianita, Que Siga El Twist and Pity Pity ~ Cafaro was born in 1936
September 4, 2021 ~ Classical pianist Gerhard Erber passed away in Leipzig, Germany ~ Co-founding member of chamber music ensemble Gruppe Neue Musik Hanns Eisler, one of the first from East Germany to tour beyond the Iron Curtain. Has also worked with the Aulos Trio and duetted with artists such as Max Rostal, Oleg Kagan, Raffael Hillyer, and others ~ Erber was born in 1934
 
September 3, 2021 ~ Jazz singer Ruth Olay passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Fixture in Hollywood's night club scene from the late 1940s through the early 1960s. Discovered by songwriter Irving Gordon. Mentored by Benny Carter. Got her big break filling in at the last minute for Billie Holiday, who fell ill that day. Released her OLAY! (The New Sound Of Ruth Olay) debut album in 1958 and would continue to record to acclaim well into the 1960s ~ Olay was born in 1924
 
September 2, 2021 ~ Singer Alemayehu Eshete passed away in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia ~ Dubbed “the Ethiopian Elvis Presley” active since the early 1960s. Best known for his hit single Seul. Founded the Alem-Girma Band with Girma Bèyènè. Would gain international exposure after appearing on Buda Musique's Ethiopiques set of compilations, leading to a 2008 tour of the United States with the Either/Orchestra ~ Eshete was born ca.1941
September 2, 2021 ~ Panagiotis Peter Anastasopoulos, commonly known as rapper Mad Clip, passed away in Vouliagmeni, Greece ~ Of Greek descent found fame in Greece with songs such as Dealer, MAMA, Kotera and Sinthikes. Has collaborated with Eleni Foureira, Josephine, and others. Passed away age 34 after a traffic collision ~ Anastasopoulos was born in 1987
September 2, 2021 ~ Conductor, music director Michel Corboz passed away ~ Founded the Ensemble Vocal De Lausanne in 1961, with whom he toured extensively. Has also worked with the Gulbenkian Choir Of Lisbon ~ Corboz was born in 1934
September 2, 2021 ~ Michail Theodorakis, commonly known as composer, activist Mikis Theodorakis, passed away in Athens, Greece ~ One of Greece's most acclaimed composers, having scored over 1,000 works. Has scored music for films such as Zorba The Greek which included Sirtaki, Z and Serpico. Wrote The Mauthausen Trilogy, one of the most revered musical pieces written about the Holocaust. Also active as a politician, known for his leftist ideas, and having served in several positions including MP and minister ~ Theodorakis was born in 1925
 
September 1, 2021 ~ Carol Augustus Anthony, commonly known as soul blues, swamp pop singer, pianist, songwriter Carol Fran, passed away ~ Known for a number of 1960s singles, notably a 1962 swamp pop version of The Great Pretender. Has worked with artists such as Guitar Slim, Nappy Brown, Lee Dorsey, Joe Tex. Resurged in the 1990s releasing a string of albums, often collaborating with her husband guitarist Clarence Hollimon, including the Soul Sensation album released in 1992 ~ Anthony was born in 1933
September 1, 2021 ~ R&B, soul, pop, jazz trumpeter, songwriter, producer Waldo Holmes, sometimes credited as Wally Holmes, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Formed the late 1960s group Brothers & Sisters. Staff songwriter and producer for Famous Music. Best known for penning Rock The Boat, a Billboard Hot 100 charttopper for the Hues Corporation of their 1974 Freedom For The Stallion debut album ~ Holmes was born in 1928
 
August 30, 2021 ~ Gospel singer, bass guitarist Lee Williams passed away ~ Lead singer of vocal quartet Lee Williams & the Spiritual QC's, originally started as the Spiritual QC's. After Willie Ligon's departure from the group Williams took over lead duties and the band was renamed to include his name. Broke through with the hit I've Learned To Lean of their 1990 Jesus Is Alive And Well debut album. The group would go on to become one of the most beloved contemporary gospel quartets, their albums regularly reaching the higher echelons of the Christian charts ~ Williams was born in 1946
August 30, 2021 ~ Andrea Cosima Carle, commonly known as pop singer Maggie Mae, passed away in Melbourne, Australia ~ Debuted in 1974 with the single Ich Hab' Spass Am Leben. Also well-known for her cover of Millie Small's My Boy Lollypop released the following year. Dubbed “the Mad Hen” for her young age and funky appearance. Retired from music by the 1980s ~ Carle was born in 1960
 
August 29, 2021 ~ Rainford Hugh Perry, commonly known as reggae, dub, ska, rocksteady, jungle producer, songwriter Lee Scratch Perry passed away in Lucea, Jamaica ~ Pioneering producer acclaimed for his importance to dub music, using samples, remixing and studio effects. Has worked with Bob Marley, Junior Murvin, Max Romeo, the Beastie Boys, the Clash, and others ~ Perry was born in 1936
August 29, 2021 ~ Psychedelic rock, acid rock, hard rock drummer, guitarist Ron Bushy passed away in Santa Monica, California, USA ~ Early member of Iron Butterfly, replacing original drummer Bruce Morse in 1966. Noted for his drum solo on the band's iconic song In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida. Bushy is the only band member to appear on all of the band's six studio albums ~ Bushy was born in 1945
 
August 28, 2021 ~ Jazz pianist, composer Francesc Burrull passed away ~ Leader and sideman. Actively recording since the 1960s. Has collaborated with Joan Manuel Serrat, Leonora Milà Romeu, La Vos Del Tropico, Laura Simo, and others ~ Burrull was born in 1934
August 28, 2021 ~ Operatic soprano Teresa Zylis-Gara passed away in Lödz, Poland ~ Enjoyed a major international career spanning four decades debuting in 1956 at the Opera Krakowski. Acclaimed for her 1965 performance at the Glyndebourne Festival in Der Rosenkavalier opposite Montserrat Caballé. Has worked with the Oper Dortmund, the Deutsche Oper Am Rhein, and perhaps most notably with the Metropolitan Opera from 1970 through 1984 ~ Zylis-Gara was born in 1930
 
August 27, 2021 ~ Samuel Salter, commonly known as R&B singer, songwriter Sam Salter, passed away in Apple Valley, California, USA ~ Influenced by Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder. Discovered by LA Reid. Had his 1997 It's On Tonight debut album produced by a team which included Tricky Stewart, Tony Rich and Robin Thicke, spawning the Billboard R&B top 20 hit After 12 Before 6. Would continue to record to mixed succes. Has written songs for 98°, Aaron Skyy, Xscape's Kandi Burruss, B2K, the Isley Brothers, Tyrese, and others ~ Salter was born in 1975
August 27, 2021 ~ Composer, conductor, music director Siegfried Matthus passed away in Stolzenhagen, Germany ~ One of Germany's most performed contemporary composers. Perhaps best known for his 1991 opera Judith. Founder and music director of the the Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg Festival ~ Matthus was born in 1934
 
August 26, 2021 ~ Drummer, percussionist Kenny Malone passed away ~ In-demand session drummer. Played on Dolly Parton's Jolene and Crystal Gayle's Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue. Has also worked with artists such as as IIIrd Tyme Out, Ray Charles, George Jones, Johnny Cash, Donna Fargo, Merle Haggard, Charley Pride, Dr Hook, Johnny Paycheck, Kenny Rogers, the Time Jumpers, New Grass Revival, Béla Fleck, Emmylou Harris, Lacy J Dalton, Barefoot Jerry, and others ~ Malone was born in 1938
 
August 25, 2021 ~ Jesús Arturo Garcia Peña, commonly known as cumbia singer, songwriter Mario Gareña, passed away in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA ~ Active since the early 1950s. Member of the Orquestra Sonolux. As a solo singer known best for Yo Me Llamo Cumbia and Te Dejo La Ciudad Sin Mi. Has also ventured into acting, notably on the telenovela Oro in the 1980s. Ran in the 1990 Colombian presidential election, receiving only some 2,400 votes, after which he retired from music ~ Peña was born in 1932
 
August 24, 2021 ~ Rock, jazz, blues drummer Charlie Watts, full name Charles Robert Watts, passed away in London, UK ~ Influenced by jazz musicians such as Max Roach, Chico Hamilton, Jelly Roll Morton, Charlie Parker. Best known as member of the Rolling Stones, joining the band in 1963 and appearing on all the band's albums until his death. In-demand collaborator and leader in a number of mostly jazz-focused side projects, notably Rocket 88, the ABCD Of Boogie-Woogie and Willie & the Poor Boys ~ Watts was born in 1941
August 24, 2021 ~ Pop keyboardist, singer, songwriter Fritz McIntyre passed away ~ Co-founding member, keyboardist of Simply Red from 1985 through 1995, leaving the band after the completion of the Life album. Co-wrote a vast amount of the band's material, sang lead on Wonderland. Has recorded as a solo artist since leaving the band, including the Christian worship album First Fruits, but would fail to reach the same level of succes ~ McIntyre was born in 1958
August 24, 2021 ~ Jazz pianist, arranger John Sheridan passed away ~ Best known as a member of the Jim Cullum Jazz Band. Also worked with John Allred, Bob Barnard, Dan Barrett, Evan Christopher, John Cocuzzi, Wild Bill Davison, Chuck Hedges, Allan Vache, and others ~ Sheridan was born in 1946
 
August 23, 2021 ~ Glam rock, gothic rock, post-punk, trance, psychedelic trance singer, DJ Olli Wisdom, full name Oliver John Wisdom, passed away in London, UK ~ Fronted UK punk band the Unwanted. Member of early 1980s glam, gothic rock outfit the Specimen. Would go on to become a pioneer of psychedelic trance, using the moniker Space Tribe from the mid-1990s on, influenced by electro-driven psychedelic sounds he first encountered on his travels to Asia ~ Wisdom was born in 1958
 
August 22, 2021 ~ Saxophonist, arranger Brian Travers passed away in Mosely, UK ~ Co-founding member of UB40, best known for a string of UK hits, mostly during the 1980s and early 1990s including Red Red Wine, If It Happens Again, the Sonny & Cher-cover I Got You featuring Chrissie Hynde, Rat In The Kitchen and the Elvis Presley-cover I Can't Help Falling In Love ~ Travers was born in 1959
August 22, 2021 ~ Lyric tenor Charles Burles passed away ~ Active since the late 1950s. Best known for his association with the Opera De Marseille, debuting as Almaviva in The Barber Of Seville in 1959. Has also worked with the Opera-Comique, the Paris Opera, and others. As a recording artist best known for a number of EMI opera and operetta recordings usually partnering with Maddy Mesplé ~ Burles was born in 1936
August 22, 2021 ~ Heavy metal singer Eric Wagner passed away ~ Best known as founding member, lead singer of Trouble, considered a pioneer in the doom metal genre. Wagner left he band in 1997 to rejoin in 2000, then leaving again in 2008 to be replaced by Kory Clarky. Wagner has also worked with Lid, Blackfinger, the Skull, and others ~ Wagner was born in 1959
August 22, 2021 ~ Singer, songwriter Powell St John, full name Rayward Powell St John, passed away in Houston, Texas, USA ~ Member of local trio the Waller Creek Boys, which also included Lannie Wiggins and a then-unknown Janis Joplin. Founding member of Mother Earth, present on the band's first two albums. Also remembered as a songwriter, his songs recorded by Big Brother & the Holding Company (Bye Bye Baby), the 13th Floor Elevators (You Don't Know How Young You Are), Boz Scaggs (I'll Forever Sing), Roky Erickson (Right Track Now), and others ~ St John was born in 1940
 
August 21, 2021 ~ William Hundley Emerson, commonly known as banjoist Bill Emerson, passed away ~ Considered one of the best bluegrass banjoists in history. Founding member of the Country Gentlemen. Formed the duo Emerson & Waldron with guitarist Cliff Waldron. Also worked with Buzz Busby, Jimmy Martin, Red Allen, and others ~ Emerson was born in 1938
August 21, 2021 ~ Singer Don Everly, full name Isaac Donald Everly, passed away in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ~ Formed the Everly Brothers with his brother Don Everly, known for hits such as Wake Up Little Susie, All I Have To Do Is Dream, Cathy's Clown, So Sad To Watch Good Love Go Bad, Crying In The Rain, and others ~ Everly was born in 1937
 
August 20, 2021 ~ Lawrence Ira Kahn, commonly known as salsa keyboardist, bandleader, producer, composer Larry Harlow passed away in the Bronx, New York, USA ~ Son of opera singer Rose Sherman and bandleader Buddy Kahn. Larry Harlow led Orchestra Harlow, the second orchestra to be signed to Fania. Harlow has recorded numerous albums with his own ensembles and produced over a 100 albums for various artist, mostly. Founded the Fania All-Stars, regarded as the seminal and most-important salsa group to date ~ Harlow was born in 1939
August 20, 2021 ~ Conductor, music director Michael Morgan, full name Michael DeVard Morgan, passed away ~ Started playing the piano at age 8. Was conducting two orchestras by age 12, one at his church and one in high school. Best known for his association with the Oakland East Bay Symphony, signing on as music director in 1991 and remaining until his death. Has guest conducted the New York Philharmonic, the New York City Opera, the San Francisco Symphony, the Washington National Opera, and others ~ Morgan was born in 1957
August 20, 2021 ~ Country singer, guitarist, songwriter, novelist, author Tom T Hall passed away in Franklin, Tennessee, USA ~ As a songwriter best known for penning Harper Valley PTA, originally recorded by Margie Singleton but a smash crossover hit for Jeannie C Riley who took it to the top of both Billboard Country and the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 charts in 1968. Hall is praised as one of country's most literate songwriters, lovingly dubbed “the Storyteller” and has actually written a number of novels and short stories. As a singer has some 3 dozen albums to his name starting in the late 1960s. Especially known for songs such as The Ballad Of Forty Dollars, A Week In A County Jail, The Year Clayton Delaney Died, Old Dogs Children & Watermelon Wine, Ravishing Ruby and Faster Horses (The Cowboy And The Poet) ~ Hall was born in 1936
 
August 19, 2021 ~ Ian Harshman, commonly known as house, electro DJ, producer Ian Carey, passed away ~ Known for his self-produced Rise and Get Shaky, the latter a 2008 club hit reaching double Platinum in Australia and Gold status in the UK and New Zealand ~ Harshman was born in 1975