April 20


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105 years ago, Vibraphonist Lionel Hampton was born in Louisville, Kentucky. (1909)
He died August 31, 2002 in New York, N.Y. He was 94 years old.

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99 years ago, Singer Aurora Miranda da Cunha was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (1915)
Hauoli la Hanau to Aurora Miranda!

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92 years ago, Bluegrass/Country singer Frank Brown was born in River, Kentucky. (1922)
Hylo Brown died January 17, 2003 in Mechanicsville, Ohio. He was 80 years old.

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91 years ago, Percussionist Ernest Anthony Puente, Jr. was born in New York, N.Y. (1923)
Tito Puente died May 31, 2000 in New York, N.Y. He was 77 years old.

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89 years ago, Pianist Henri Renaud was born n Villedieu-sur-Indre, France. (1925)
He died October 17, 2002 in Paris, France. He was 77 years old.

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85 years ago, Bluesman Johnny Fuller was born in Edwards, Mississippi. (1929)
He died May 20, 1985 in Oakland, California. He was 56 years old.

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79 years ago, Pianist Ran Blake was born in Springfield, Massachussetts. (1935)
Hauoli la Hanau to Ran!

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78 years ago, Drummer William Godvin Harris was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (1936)
Beaver Harris died December 22, 1991 in New York, N.Y.

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75 years ago, Country/Pop Singer Johnny Tillotson was born in Jacksonville, Florida. (1939)
Hauoli la Hanau to Johnny!

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Edie Sedgwick and Andy Warhol

71 years ago, Actress Edith Minturn Sedgwick was born in Santa Barbara, California. (1943)
Edie Sedgwick died November 16, 1971 in Santa Barbara, California. She was 28 years old.

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70 years ago, Mandolin Player Doyle Lawson was born in Kingsport, Tennessee. (1944)
Hauoli la Hanau to Doyle!

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Jimmy Winston, Kenny Jones, Steve Marriott, Ronnie Lane
Photo © Chris Walter

69 years ago, Keyboardist Jimmy Winston was born in Stratford, London, England. (1945)
Hauoli la Hanau to Jimmy!

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67 years ago, Rocker Thomas Jackson was born in Dayton, Ohio. (1947)
Hauoli la Hanau to Tommy James!

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66 years ago, Pianist Joseph Leonard Bonner was born in Rocky Mount, N.C. (1948)
Hauoli la Hanau to Joe Bonner!

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Grand Funk Railroad 1973 Craig Frost, Mark Farner, Mal Schecher and Don Brewer

66 years ago, Keyboardist Craig Frost was born in Flint, Michiga. (1948)
Hauoli la Hanau to Craig!

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63 years ago, Guitarist/Singer Kent Duchaine was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (1951)
Hauoli la Hanau to Kent!

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63 years ago, Singer Luther Vandross was born in The Bronx, New York. (1951)
He died July 1, 2005 in Edison, New Jersey. He was 54 years old.

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56 years ago, Blues Harp Player Gary Primich was born in Chicago, Illinois. (1958)
He died September 23, 2007 in Austin, Texas. He was 49 years old.

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54 years ago, Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist/Composer Lisa Meri was born in New York, N.Y. (1960)
Hauoli la Hanau to Lisa!

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53 years ago, Trombonist Ashley Slater was born in Scuefferville, Quebec, Canada. (1961)
Hauoli la Hanau to Ashley!

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47 years ago, Guitarist Issi Rozen was born in Haifa, Israel. (1967)
Hauoli la Hanau to Issi!

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45 years ago, Country Singer Tony Wade Hayes was born in Bethel Acres, Oklahoma. (1969)
Hauoli la Hanau to Wade Hayes!

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44 years ago, Musician Perry Bradford died in New York, N.Y. He was 77 years old. (1970)
John Henry Bradford was born February 14, 1893 in Montgomery, Alabama.

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42 years ago, Bassist/Composer Avishai Cohen was born in Israel. (1971)
Hauoli la Hanau to Avishai!

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42 years ago, Reggae Musician Stephen Marley was born in Kingston, Jamaica. (1972)
Hauoli la Hanau to Stephen!

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36 years ago, Douglas Cook was born in Atlanta, Georgia. (1978)
Hauoli la Hanau to Clay Cook!

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34 years ago, Bassist Ronnie Boykins died in Chicago, Illinois. He was 45 years old. (1980)
He was born December 17, 1935 in Chicago, Illinois.

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30 years ago, Singer Mabel Mercer died in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. She was 84 years old. (1984)
She was born February 3, 1900 in Birmingham, England

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23 years ago, Rocker Steve Marriott died when his Essex, England house burned down. He was 44 years old. (1991)
He was born January 30, 1947 in Bow, London, England.

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22 years ago, Bluesman Johnny Shines died in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He was 76 years old. (1992)
John Ned Lee Shines, Jr. was born April 25, 1915 in Frayser, Tennessee.

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11 years ago, Saxophonist Teddy Edwards died of cancer in Los Angeles, California. He was 78 years old. (2003)
Theodore Marcus Edwards was born April 26, 1924 in Jackson, Mississippi.

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9 years ago, Bassist Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen died in Copenhagen. He was 58 years old. (2005)
N-HOP was born May 27, 1946 in Osted, Denmark.

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7 years ago, Pianist Andrew Hill died in Jersey City, N.J. He was 75 years old. (2007)
He was born June 30, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois.

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Louis Armstrong and Joe Muranyi

2 years ago, Clarinetist Joe Muranyi died in New York, N.Y. He was 84 years old. (2012)
Joseph Paul Muranyi was born January 14, 1928 in Martin's Ferry, Ohio.

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2 years ago, Guitarist Bert Weedon died in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England. He was 91 years old. (2012)
He was born May 10, 1920 in East Ham, London, England.

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1 year ago, Bluesman Artie "Blues Boy" White died in Chicago, Illinois. He was 76 years old. (2013)
He was born iApril 16, 1937 n Vicksburg, Mississippi.


April 19


132 years ago, Charles Darwin died in Down House, Downe, Kent, England. He was 73 years old. (1882)
Charles Robert Darwin was born February 12, 1809 in Mount House, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England.

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116 years ago, Bluesman Peter J. Cleighton was born in Georgia. (1898)
Doc Clayton died January 7, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois. He was 48 years old.

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100 years ago, Singer/Actress Sylvia Froos was born in New York, N.Y. (1914)
She died March 28, 2004 in New York, N.Y. She was 89 years old.

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94 years ago, Comedian/Singer Frank Fontaine was born in in Cambridge, Massachussetts. (1920)
He died of a heart attack August 4, 1978 in in Spokane, Washington. He was 58 years old.

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88 years ago, Singer Marguerite Blossom Dearie was born in East Durhan, N.Y. (1926)
Blossom Dearie died February 8, 2009 in New York, N.Y. She was 82 years old.

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86 years ago, British Blues Patriarch Alexis Korner was born in Paris, France. (1928)
He died of lung cancer January 1, 1984 in London, England. He was 55 years old.

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81 years ago, Actress/Singer Vera Jayne Palmer was born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. (1933)
Jayne Mansfield was killed in a car crash June 29, 1967 near Slidell, Louisiana. She was 37 years old.

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79 years ago, Pianist/Comedian Dudley Stuart John Moore was born in Dagenham, East London, England. (1935)
Dudley Moore died March 27, 2002 in Plainfield, N.J. He was 66 years old.

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77 years ago, Bluesman Harry Hypolite was born in Marrinville, Louisiana. (1937)
He died June 22, 2005 when a truck hit his stalled car in Port Allen, Louisiana. He was 68 years old.

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Albert Carter (guitar), Jerry Carter (vocals, piano) and Roman Carter (lead vocals, bass)

76 years ago, Singer/Bassist Roman Carter of The Carter Brothers was born in Garland, Alabama. (1938)
Hauoli la Hanau to Roman!

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76 years ago, Bluesman Edward Wilson Houston was born in San Antonio, Texas. (1938)
Bee Houston died March 19,1991 in Los Angeles, California. He was 52 years old.

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73 years ago, Keyboardist Alan Price was born in Fatfield, Co. Durham, England. (1941)
Hauoli la Hanau to Alan!

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71 years ago, Singer Evelyn May Beatsom was born in Auchterarder, Perth and Kinross, Scotland. (1943)
Hauoli la Hanau to Eve Graham!

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70 years ago, Keyboardist Bernie Worrell was born in Long Beach, New Jersey. (1944)
Hauoli la Hanau to Bernie!

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70 years ago, Clarinetist Jimmie Noone died of a heart attack in Los Angeles, California. He was 50 years old. (1944)
Jimmy Noone was born April 23, 1895 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Flo and Eddie

67 years ago, Singer Mark Volman (aka Flo) was born in Los Angeles, California. (1947)
Hauoli la Hanau to Mark!

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63 years ago, Trumpeter Dick Pearce was born in London, England. (1951)
Hauoli la Hanau to Dick!

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62 years ago, "England's Romantic Singer" Steve Conway died from heart problems in London, England. He was 31 years old. (1952)
Walter James Groom was born October 11, 1920 in Bethnal Green, East London, England.

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57 years ago, "American Sampler Artist" Bob Ostertag was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. (1957)
Hauoli la Hanau to Bob!

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49 years ago, Guitarist Gary Brewer was born in Louisville, Kentucky. (1965)
Hauoli la Hanau to Gary!

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47 years ago, Singer Dorothy Snowden Williams was born in Mount Kisco, N.Y. (1967)
Hauoli la Hanau to Dar Williams!

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46 years ago, Singer Rebeca Ruth Lazone Bramlett was born in Westwood, California. (1968)
Hauoli la Hanau to Bekka Bramlett!

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44 years ago, Singer Luis Miguel Gallego Basteri was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. (1970)
Hauoli la Hanau to Luis Miguel!

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40 years ago, Singer Madeline Peyroux was born in Athens, Georgia. (1974)
Hauoli la Hanau to Madeline!

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40 years ago, Singer Savannah Churchill died in Brooklyn, N.Y. from injuries sustained 18 years earlier when a drunk fell on top of her from a club balcony. (1974)
Savannah Valentine was born August 21, 1920 in Colfax, Louisiana.

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28 years ago, Blues Singer/Pianist Willie Mabon died in Paris, France. He was 59 years old.(1986)
He was born October 24, 1925 in Hollywood, Tennessee.

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28 years ago, Blueswoman Mama Yancey died in Chicago, Illinois. She was 90 years old. (1986)
Estelle Yancey was born January 1, 1896 in Cairo, Illinois.

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21 years ago, Saxophonist Steve Douglas died in Los Angeles, California. He was 54 years old. (1993)
Steven Douglas Kreisman was born September 24, 1938 in Hollywood, California.

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21 years ago, Drummer Jesse Price died in Los Angeles, California. He was 64 years old. (1993)
He was born May 1, 1909 in Memphis, Tennessee.

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21 years ago, Saxophonist Clifford Scott died in San Antonio, Texas. He was 64 years old. (1993)
He was born June 21, 1928 in San Antonio, Texas.

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20 years ago, Bluesman Larry Davis died of cancer in Los Angeles, California. He was 58 years old. (1994)
He was born December 4, 1936 in Kansas City, Missouri.

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11 years ago, Legendary Dancer Cholly Atkins died in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was 89 years old. (2003)
Charles Sylvan Atkinson was born September 30, 1913 in Pratt City, Alabama.

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4 years ago, Rapper Guru died in New York, N.Y. He was 43 years old. (2010)
Keith Elam was born July 17, 1966 in Roxbury, N.J.

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3 years ago, Harmonica Player Tony Cagnina died in Gloucester, Massachusetts. He was 64 years old. (2011)
Anthony B. Cagnina, Jr. was born April 26, 1946 in Tacoma, Washington.

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2 years ago, Drummer Bob Carter died in Belleville, Illinois. He was 60 years old. (2012)
He was born February 24, 1952 in Belleville, Illinois.

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2 years ago, Drummer Levon Helm of The Band died in New York, N.Y. He was 71 years old. (2012)
He was born May 26, 1942 in Marvel, Arkansas.


April 18


110 years ago, Comedian Dewey Markham was born in Durham, N.C. (1904)
Pigmeat Markham died December 13, 1981 in The Bronx, N.Y. He was 77 years old.

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108 years ago, Bluesman Eurreal Montgomery was born in Kentwood, Louisiana. (1906)
"Little Brother" Montgomery died September 6, 1985 in Champaign, Illinois. He was 79 years old.

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96 years ago, Guitarist Tony Mottola was born in Kearney, N.J. (1918)
He died August 9, 2004 in Denville, N.J. He was 86 yeard old.

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90 years ago, American Musical Treasure Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown was born in Vinton, Louisiana. (1924)
Gate died September 10, 2005 in Orange, Texas. He was 81 years old.

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89 years ago, Saxophonist Leo Parker was born in Washington, D.C. (1925)
He died of a heart attack February 11, 1962 in New York, N.Y. He was 36 years old.

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Photo by Christer Landergren

86 years ago, Saxophonist Ken Colyer was born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England. (1928)
He died March 8, 1988 in Les Isambres, France. He was 59 years old.

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Paul Rothchild and Bruce Botnick

79 years ago, Producer Paul Rothchild was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. (1935)
He died March 30, 1995 in Los Angeles, California. He was 59 years old.

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77 years ago, Saxophonist James Rivers was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. (1937)
Hauoli la Hanau to James!

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76 years ago, Jazz Pianist Harold Galper was born in Salem, Massachussetts. (1938)
Hauoli la Hanau to Hal Galper!

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75 years ago, Keyboardist Glen D. Hardin was born in Wellington, Texas. (1939)
Hauoli la Hanau to Glen D.!

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71 years ago, Drummer Clyde Stubblefield was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee. (1943)
Hauoli la Hanau to Clyde!

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68 years ago, Alexander Spence was born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. (1946)
Skip Spence died April 16, 1999 in Santa Cruz, California. He was 53 yeras old.

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Walt Richmond, Willie Weeks, JJ Cale, Eric Clapton, Justin Stanley, Doyle Bramhall II, and Abe Laboriel Jr. Photo by David Goggin.

67 years ago, Keyboardist Walt Richmond was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (1947)
Hauoli la Hanau to Walt!

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62 years ago, Bassist James Thomas Scholten was born in Bay City, Michigan. (1952)
Hauoli la Hanau to Jim Scholten!

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61 years ago, Drummer Daniel Richard Gottlieb was born in New York, N.Y. (1953)
Hauoli la Hanau to Danny Gottlieb!

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60 years ago, Pannist Andy Narrell was born in New York, N.Y. (1954)
Hauoli la Hanau to Andy!

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59 years ago, Guitarist Rich Kirch was born in Chicago, Illinois, (1955)
Hauoli la Hanau to Rich!

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59 years ago, "Genius" Albert Einstein died in Princeton, New Jersey. He was 76 years old. (1955)
He was born March 14, 1879 in Ulm, Württemberg, Germany.

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Will Sergeant, Ian McCulloch, Pete de Freitas and Les Pattinson

56 years ago, Bassist Leslie Pattinson was born in Ormskirk, Lancashire, England. (1958)
Hauoli la Hanau to Les Pattinson!

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51 years ago, Bluegrass Musician Terry Eldredge was born in Terre Haute, Indiana. (1963)
Hauoli la Hanau to Terry!

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49 years ago, Guitarist Diego Mizrahi was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (1965)
Hauoli la Hanau to Diego!

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48 years ago, Musician/Artist/ Rachel Olsen was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (1966)
Hauoli la Hanau to Ana Voog!

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43 years ago, Guitarist Alastair Greene was born in Santa Barbara, California. (1971)
Hauoli la Hanau to Alastair!

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41 years ago, Jazz Pianist Willie "The Lion" Smith died in New York, N.Y. He was 75 years old. (1973)
William Henry Joseph Bonaparte Bertholoff Smith was born November 25, 1897 in Goshen, New York.

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40 years ago, Guitarist Mark Thomas Tremonti was born in Detroit, Michigan. (1974)
Hauoli la Hanau to Mark Tremonti!

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40 years ago, Blues Mandolinist Johnny Young died of a heart attack in Chicago, Illinois. He was 56 years old. (1974)
John O. Young was born January 1, 1918 in Vicksburg, Mississippi.

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18 years ago, Bassist Bernard Edwards died of pneumonia in Tokyo, Japan. He was 43 years old. (1996)
He was born October 31, 1952 in Greenville, N.C.

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2 years ago, "America's Oldest Living Teenager" Dick Clark died in Los Angeles, California. He was 82 years old. (2012)
Richard Wagstaff Clark was born November 30, 1929 in Mt. Vernon, N.Y.

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1 year ago, Bassist Boogie Mosson died in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He was 60 years old. (2013)
Cordell Mosson was born October 16, 1952 in Plainfield, New Jersey.


April 17


194 years ago, The "Father Of Baseball" Alexander Joy Cartwright Jr. was born in New York City, N.Y. (1820)
He died July 12, 1892 in Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawaii. He was 72 years old.

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124 years ago, Guitarist Johnny St. Cyr was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. (1890)
He died June 17, 1966 in Los Angeles, California. He was 76 years old.

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Irene and Vernon Castle

121 years ago, Dancer Irene Castle was born in New Rochelle, N. Y. (1893)
She died January 25, 1969 in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. She was 72 years old.

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113 years ago, Bluesman Clifford Gibson was born in Louisville, Kentucky. (1901)
"Grandpappy" Gibson died December 21, 1963 in St. Louis, Missouri. He was 62 years old.

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102 years ago, Tavern Owner/"Godmother of the Chicago Blues" Theresa McLaurin Needham was born in Meridian, Mississippi. (1912)
Theresa Needham died October 16, 1992 in Chicago, Illinois. She was 80 years old.

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101 years ago, Percussionist James Hawthorne Bey was born in Yamassee, South Carolina. (1913)
"Chief" Bey died April 8, 2004 in Brooklyn, N.Y. He was 91 years old.

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95 years ago, Singer Chavela Vargas was born in San Joaquin de Flores, Costa Rica. (1919)
She died August 5, 2012 in Mexico City, Mexico. She was 93 years old.

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92 years ago, Pianist Paul Smith was born in San Diego, California. (1922)
He died June 29, 2013 in Torrance, California. He was 91 years old.

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90 years ago, Saxophonist Charles Williams Higgins was born in Gary, Indiana. (1924)
Hauoli la Hanau to Chuck Higgins!

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88 years ago, Drummer Samuel Lee McCollum was born in Friars Point, Mississippi. (1926)
Sam Carr died September 21, 2009 in in Clarksdale, Mississippi. He was 83 years old.

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84 years ago, Trombonist Chris Barber was born in Welwyn, Garden City, Hertfordshire, England. (1930)
Hauoli la Hanau to Chris!

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83 years ago, Singer Bill Ramsey was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. (1931)
Hauoli la Hanau to Bill!

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82 years ago, “Saxophonist Extraordinaire” Joe Romano was born in Rochester, N.Y. (1932)
Hauoli la Hanau to Joe!

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81 years ago, Bluesman Byther Earl Claude John Smith was born in Monticello, Mississippi. (1933)
Hauoli la Hanau to Byther Smith!

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78 years ago, Composer/Producer David Axelrod was born in Los Angeles, California. (1936)
Hauoli la Hanau to David!

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73 years ago, British Pop Star Ronald Wycherley was born in Liverpool, England. (1941)
Billy Fury died of a heart attack January 28, 1983 in London, England. He was 41 years old.

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72 years ago, Drummer Han Bennink was born in Zaandam, Netherlands. (1942)
Hauoli la Hanau to Han!

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72 years ago, Bassist Charles Anthony Williams, Jr. was born in Camden, New Jersey. (1942)
Hauoli la Hanau to Buster Williams!

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71 years ago, Bassist Roy Estrada was born in Santa Ana, California. (1943)
Hauoli la Hanau to Roy!

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70 years ago, Teen Idol Bobby Curtola was born in Port Arthur, Ontario, Canada. (1944)
Hauoli la Hanau to Bobby!

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66 years ago, Keyboardist Jan Hammer, Jr. was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia. (1948)
Hauoli la Hanau to Jan!

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60 years ago, Drummer Alfred Edward Krc was born in Houston, Texas. (1954)
Hauoli la Hanau to Freddie "Steady" Krc!

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60 years ago, Guitarist DeWayne "Blackbird" McKnight was born in Los Angeles, California. (1954)
Hauoli la Hanau to Blackbird!

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60 years ago, Guitarist Michael Sembello was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (1954)
Hauoli la Hanau to Michael!

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59 years ago, Singer/Guitarist Peter McNeish was born in Leigh, Lancashire, England. (1955)
Hauoli la Hanau to Pete Shelley!

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58 years ago, Bluesman Lonnie Shields was born in West Helena, Arkansas. (1956)
Hauoli la Hanau to Lonnie!

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57 years ago, Rapper Kevin Donovan was born in the South Bronx, N.Y. (1957)
Hauoli la Hanau to Afrika Bambaataa!

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56 years ago, Bluesman Richard Lee Pryor was born in Chicago, Illinois. (1958)
Hauoli la Hanau to Rip!

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54 years ago, Rocker Eddie Cochran died following a car crash near Chippenham, Wiltshire, England. He was 21 years old. (1960)
He was born October 3, 1938 in Albert Lea, Minnesota.

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Bobby Butler, Ben Harper, Joey Williams Middle: George Scott, Clarence Fountain, Jimmy Carter, Ricky McKinnie Bottom: Robert Randolph

48 years ago, Drummer Eric McKinnie was born in Washington, D.C. (1966)
Hauoli la Hanau to Ricky McKinnie!

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47 years ago, Singer/Songwriter Elizabeth Clark Phair was born in New Haven, Connecticut. (1967)
Hauoli la Hanau to Liz Phair!

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Brownie McGhee, Red Allen and Sonny Terry

47 years ago, Trumpeter Red Allen died of pancreatic cancer in New York, N.Y. He was 59 years old. (1967)
Henry James Allen, Jr. was born January 7, 1908 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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34 years ago, Singer Maria do Céu Whitaker Poças was born in Sao Paolo, Brazil. (1980)
Hauoli la Hanau to CéU!

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Chris Stamp and Kit Lambert

33 years ago, Music Producer and Manager Kit Lambert died in London, England. He was 55 years old. (1981)
Christopher Sebastian Lambert was born May 11, 1935 in Knightsbridge, South West London, England.

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31 years ago, Bassist Felix Pappalardi was shot to death by his wife Gail. He was 44 years old. (1983)
He was born December 30, 1938 in New York, N. Y.

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27 years ago, Bassist Carlton "Carlie" Barrett was murdered in Kingston, Jamaica. (1987)
Carlton Barrett was born December 17, 2004 in Kingston, Jamaica.

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26 years ago, Singer/Actress Linda Batista died in Rio de Janeiro. She was 78 years old. (1988)
Florinda Grandino de Oliveira was born June 14, 1919 in São Paulo, Brazil.

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22 years ago, Guitarist Hank Penny died of a heart attack in Los Angeles, California. He was 73 years old. (1992)
Herbert Clayton Penny was born August 18, 1918 in Birmingham, Alabama.

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16 years ago, Linda McCartney died of breast cancer. She was 56 years old. (1998)
Linda Louise Eastman was born September 24, 1941 in New York, N.Y.

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12 years ago, Band Leader Tak Shindo died in San Dimas, California. He was 79 years old. (2002)
He was born November 11, 1922 in Sacramento, California.

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11 years ago, Bluesman Earl King died from diabetes-related complications in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was 69 years old. (2003)
Earl Silas Johnson IV was born February 7, 1934 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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10 years ago, Violinist Joseph Kennedy Jr. died in Richmond, Virginia. He was 80 years old. (2004)
He was born November 16, 1923 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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10 years ago, Singer/Songwriter/Session Guitarist Dave Kirby died in Branson, Missouri. He was 65 years old. (2004)
He was born July 10, 1938 in Brady, Texas.

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Beachy Thompson, Ira B. Tucker, Howard Caroll, James B. Davis and James Walker

7 years ago, Singer James B. Davis died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was 90 years old. (2007)
James Brodie Davis was born June 6, 1916 in Greenville, S.C.

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6 years ago, Keyboardist Danny Federici died in New York, N.Y. He was 58 years old. (2008)
Daniel Paul Federici was born January 23, 1950 in Flemington, N.J.

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6 years ago, Musician Chris Gaffney died of cancer in Newport Beach, California. He was 57 years old. (2008)
He was born October 3, 1950 in Vienna, Austria.


April 16


125 years ago, Actor/Comedian/Composer Charles Spencer Chaplin was born in London, England. (1889)
Charlie Chaplin died December 25, 1977 in Vevey, Switzerland. He was 88 years old.

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110 years ago, "The French Bombshell" Yvonne Lussier was born in Montréal, Québec, Canada. (1904)
Fifi D'Orsay died December 2, 1983 in Woodland Hills, California.

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109 years ago, Pianist John "Piano Red" Williams was born in Memphis, Tennessee. (1905)
Memphis Piano Red was murdered during 1980 by a burglar in his Memphis home. He was 75 years old.

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103 years ago, Pianist Alton Purnell was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. (1911)
He died January 14, 1987 in Inglewood, California. He was 75 years old.

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97 years ago, Record Store and Labels Owner Morgan Clyde Robinson was born in Union, South Carolina. (1917)
Bobby Robinson died January 7, 2011 in New York, N.Y. He was 93 years old.

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91 years ago, Trombonist Bennie Green was born in Chicago, Illinois. (1923)
He died March 23, 1977 in San Diego, California. He was 53 years old.

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90 years ago, Composer/Arranger/Conductor Henry Mancini was born in Cleveland, Ohio. (1924)
He died June 14, 1994 in Beverly Hills, California. He was 70 years old.

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87 years ago, Singer Elizabeth Edith Enke was born in Kingston, Pennsylvania. (1927)
Edie Adams died October 15, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. She was 81 years old.

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85 years ago, Singer Roy Hamilton was born in Leesburg, Georgia. (1929)
He died of a stroke July 20, 1969 in New Rochelle, N.Y. He was 40 years old.

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84 years ago, Flautist Herbert Jay Solomon was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. (1930)
Hauoli la Hanau to Herbie Mann!

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83 years ago, Vibraphonist Walt Dickerson was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (1931)
Hauoli la Hanau to Walt!

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83 years ago, Bluesman John Littlejohn Funchess was born in Lake, Mississippi. (1931)
Johnny Littlejohn died February 1, 1994 in Chicago, Illinois. He was 62 years old.

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79 years ago, Crooner Stanley Robert Vintulla was born in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. (1935)
Hauoli la Hanau to Bobby Vinton!

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77 years ago, Bluesman Artie "Blues Boy" White was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi. (1937)
He died April 20, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. He was 76 years old.

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75 years ago, Cajun Musician John Delafose was born in Duralde, Louisiana. (1939)
He died September 17, 1994 in Lawtell, Louisiana. He was 55 years old.

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75 years ago, Singer Mary Isabel Catherine Bernadette O'Brien was born in Hampstead, London. (1939)
Dusty Springfield died of breast cancer March 2, 1999 in Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire. She was 59 years old.

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71 years ago, Drummer Rayburn Hayes was born in St. Louis, Missouri. (1943)
He died March 20, 1994 in East St. Louis, Missouri. He was 53 years old.

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71 years ago, Trombonist Erling Kroner was born in Copenhagen, Denmark. (1943)
Hauoli la Hanau to Erling!

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69 years ago, Guitarist Stefan Grossman was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. (1945)
Hauoli la Hanau to Stefan!

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69 years ago, Flautist R. Carlos Nakai was born in Flagstaff, Arizona. (1946)
Hauoli la Hanau to R. Carlos!

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67 years ago, Pianist Edward R. Lacy, II was born in Richmond, Virginia. (1947)
Hauoli la Hanau to Butch Lacy!

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67 years ago, Singer Gerry Rafferty was born in Paisley, Scotland. (1947)
He died January 4, 2011 in Dorset, England. He was 63 years old.

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65 years ago, Harp Player Dale Spalding was born in Downey, California. (1949)
Hauoli la Hanau to Dale!

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64 years ago, Singer Lonesome Dave Peverett of Savoy Brown was born in Dullwich, England. (1950)
He died of kidney cancer February 7, 2000 in Orlando, Florida. He was 49 years old.

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62 years ago, Guitarist Jukka Tolonen was born in Helsinki, Finland. (1952)
Hauoli la Hanau to Jukka!

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61 years ago, Musician/Politician Peter Robert Garrett was born in New South Wales, Australia. (1953)
Hauoli la Hanau to Peter Garrett !

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60 years ago, Bluesman Texas Alexander died of syphillis in Richard, Texas. He was 53 years old. (1954)
Alger Alexander was born September 12, 1900 in Jewett, Texas.

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56 years ago, Guitarist Ulf Wakenius was born in Halmstad, Sweden (1958)
Hauoli la Hanau to Ulf!

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54 years ago, Guitarist Colin Linden was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (1960)
Hauoli la Hanau to Colin!

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52 years ago, Bassist/Singer Jason Randolph Scheff was born in San Diego, California. (1962)
Hauoli la Hanau to Jason Scheff!

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51 years ago, Singer James Arthur Osmond was born in Canoga Park, California. (1963)
Hauoli la Hanau to Jimmy Osmond!

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50 years ago, Singer/Guitarist David Pirner was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (1964)
Hauoli la Hanau to David!

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50 years ago, Pianist Esbjörn Svensson was born in Vasteras, Sweden. (1964)
He died June 14, 2008 in a scuba accident near Vrmdö, Sweden. He was 44 years old.

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Dan Rieser, Norah Jones, Lee Alexander, Richard Julian and Jim Campilongo

48 years ago, Drummer Dan Rieser was born in Columbus, Ohio. (1966)
Hauoli la Hanau to Dan!

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47 years ago, Pianist Junko Onishi was born in Kyoto, Japan. (1967)
Hauoli la Hanau to Junko!

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43 years ago, Tejano' Singer Selena Quintanilla was born in Lake Jackson, Texas. (1971)
Selena was murdered March 31, 1995 in Corpus Christi, Texas. She was 23 years old.

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35 years ago, Guitarist Sean Costello was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (1979)
He died April 15, 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia. He was 28 years old.

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15 years ago, Skip Spence died in Santa Cruz, California. He was 53 years old. (1999)
Alexander Spence was born April 18, 1946 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

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12 years ago, Jimi's Dad Al Hendrix died in his sleep at home in Seattle, Washington. He was 83 years old. (2002)
James Allen Ross Hendrix was born June 10, 1919 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Sergio Mendes, Sebastiao Neto, Claudio Slon & Oscar Neves

12 years ago, Percussionist Claudio Slon died in Denver, Colorado. He was 58 years old. (2002)
He was born November 12, 1943 in Argentina.

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10 years ago, Singer Sue Thompson died in California. She was 78 years old. (2004)
Eva Sue McKee was born July 29, 1925 in Nevada, Missouri.

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2 years ago, Teddy Charles died in Riverhead, Long Island, N.Y. He was 84 years old. (2012)
Theodore Charles Cohen was born April 13, 1928 in Chicopee Falls, Massachussetts.


April 15


149 years ago, Abe Lincoln was assasinated in Ford's Theater, Washington, D.C. He was 56 years old. (1865)
Abraham Lincoln was born February 12, 1809 on Sinking Spring Farm, in southeast Hardin County, Kentucky.

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120 years ago, Blues and Jazz Singer Bessie Smith was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee. (1894)
The "Empress of the Blues" died after a traffic accident September 26, 1937 in Clarksdale, Mississippi. She was 43 years old

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109 years ago, Guitarist Bernard Addison was born in Annapolis, Maryland. (1905)
He died December 22, 1990 in Annapolis, Maryland. He was 85 years old.

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107 years ago, Jazz Harpist Casper Reardon was born in in Little Falls, N.Y. (1907)
He died March 9, 1941 in New York, N.Y. He was 33 years old.

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106 years ago, 'America's First Hippy' Alexander Aberle was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. (1908)
eden ahbez died March 4, 1995 in Los Angeles, California. He was 87 years old.

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84 years ago, Bassist Richard Davis was born in Chicago, Illinois. (1930)
Hauoli la Hanau to Richard!

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84 years ago, Trumpeter Herb Pomeroy was born in Gloucester, Massachussetts. (1930)
He died August 11, 2007 in Gloucester, Massachussetts. He was 77 years old.

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83 years ago, Bluesman Johnny Jones was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. (1931)
Little Sonny Jones died of heart failure December 17, 1989 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was 58 years old.

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81 years ago, Guitarist Roy Linwood Clark was born in Meherrin, Virginia. (1933)
Hauoli la Hanau to Roy Clark!

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79 years ago, Musician Ray Hebert was born in Segura, Louisiana. (1935)
Hauoli la Hanau to Zydeco Ray!

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78 years ago, Bluesman Frank Otis Frost was born in Auvergne, Arkansas. (1936)
Frank Frost died of a heart attack October 12, 1999 in Helena, Arkansas.

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77 years ago, Rockabilly/Country Performer Bob Luman was born in Nacogdoches, Texas. (1937)
He died of pneumonia December 27, 1978 in Nashville, Tennessee. He was 41 years old.

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76 years ago, Bassist Bjorn Alke was born in Sundsvall, Sweden. (1938)
Hauoli la Hanau to Bjorn!

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75 years ago, Guitarist Adolf Jacobs was born in Pineland, Texas. (1939)
Hauoli la Hanau to Adolph Jacobs!

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71 years ago, Singer Mighty Sam McClain was born in Monroe, Louisiana. (1943)
Hauoli la Hanau to Sam!

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70 years ago, Rocker David William Edmunds was born in Cardiff, Wales. (1944)
Hauoli la Hanau to Dave Edmunds!

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68 years ago, Singer Marsha Hunt was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (1946)
Hauoli la Hanau to Marsha!

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67 years ago, Prog Rocker Stuart John Wolstenholme of Barclay James Harvest was born in Chadderton, Oldham. (1947)
Hauoli la Hanau to Wooly Wolstenholme!

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59 years ago, Guitarist Tommy Castro was born in San Jose, California. (1955)
Hauoli la Hanau to Tommy!

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59 years ago, Guitarist Jeff Golub was born in Akron, Ohio. (1955)
Hauoli la Hanau to Jeff!

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Photo By: Steve Stoddard

56 years ago, Harp Player/Photographer Brian Reed was born in Lansing, Michigan. (1958)
Hauoli la Hanau to Big Tone!

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56 years ago, Pianist Pirly Zurstrassen was born in Belgium. (1958)
Hauoli la Hanau to Pirly!

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53 years ago, Bluegrass Musician Jeff Parker was born in Kentucky. (1961)
Hauoli la Hanau to Jeff!

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48 years ago, Singer Samantha Karen Fox was born in Mile End, London, England. (1966)
Hauoli la Hanau to Samantha Fox!

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40 years ago, Jug Musician Dewey Corley died in Memphis, Tennessee. He was 76 years old. (1974)
He was born June 18, 1898 in Halley, Arkansas.

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34 years ago, Drummer Patrick J. Carney was born in Akron, Ohio. (1980)
Hauoli la Hanau to Patrick Carney of The Black Keys!

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30 years ago, Percussionist Machito died in London, England. He was 72 years old. (1984)
Frank Paul Grillo was born February 16, 1912 in Havana, Cuba.

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Ahmet and Neshui Ertegun

25 years ago, Atlantic Records Producer Nesuhi Ertegun died in New York, N.Y. He was 71 years old. (1989)
He was born November 26, 1917 in Istanbul, Turkey.

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24 years ago, Actress Greta Garbo died in New York, N.Y. She was 84 years old. (1990)
Greta Lovisa Gustafson was born September 18, 1905 in Stockholm, Sweden.

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21 years ago, Bluegrass Musician Red Allen died in Brentwood, Tennessee. He Was 63 years old. (1993)
Harley Allen was born February 12, 1930 in Hazard, Kentucky.

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19 years ago, Singer Cleo Brown died in Denver, Colorado. She was 91 years old. (1995)
C. Patra Brown was born December 8, 1903 in DeKalb, Mississippi.

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16 years ago, Honky Tonk Singer Rose Maddox died of kidney failure in Ashland, Oregon. She was 71 years old. (1998)
She was born August 15, 1925 in Boas, Alabama.

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13 years ago, Joey Ramone of The Ramones died of lymphoma in New York, N.Y. He was 49 years old. (2001)
Jeffrey Hyman was born May 19, 1951 in Forest Hills, N.Y.

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9 years ago, Trumpeter Benny Bailey died in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He was 79 years old. (2005)
Ernest Harold Bailey was born August 13, 1925 in Cleveland, Ohio.

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9 years ago, Singer John Fred died in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was 63 years old. (2005)
John Fred Gourrier was born May 8, 1941 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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6 years ago, Guitarist Sean Costello died in Atlanta, Georgia. He was 28 years old. (2008)
He was born April 16, 1979 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


April 14


97 years ago, Singer Donna Wood was born in Massachusetts. (1917)
She died April 8, 1947 in Hollywood, California. She was 29 years old.

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92 years ago, Sarod Player Ali AkbarKhan was born in Shivpur, East Bengal. (1922)
He died June 18, 2009 in San Anselmo, California. He was 87 years old.

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90 years ago, Arranger Milton M. Rajonsky was born in Great Barrington, Massachussetts. (1924)
Shorty Rogers died November 7, 1994 in Van Nuys, California. He was 70 years old.

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89 years ago, Saxophonist Eugene Ammons was born in Chicago, Illinois. (1925)
Gene Ammons died of cancer August 6, 1974 in Chicago, Illinois. He was 49 years old.

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89 years ago, Guitarist Willie Harris was born in Nashville, North Carolina. (1925)
Hauoli la Hanau to Bill Harris!

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85 years ago, Gospel Singer Inez Andrews was born in Birmingham, Alabama. (1929)
She died December 19, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. She was 83 years old.

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82 years ago, Country Singer Loretta Webb was born in Butcher's Hollow, Kentucky. (1932)
Hauoli la Hanau to Loretta Lynn!

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82 years ago, "The Cajun Hank Williams" Doris Leon Menard was born in Erath, Louisiana. (1932)
Hauoli la Hanau to D.L. Menard!

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81 years ago, Electronic Music Composer Morton Subnotnick was born in Los Angeles, California. (1933)
Hauoli la Hanau to Morton!

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Photo by Michael W. Fuchs

76 years ago, Saxophonist Monty Waters was born in Modesto, California. (1938)
Hauoli la Hanau to Monty!

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72 years ago, Singer Tony Burrows was born in Exeter, Devon, England. (1942)
Hauoli la Hanau to Tony!

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69 years ago, Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore was born in Weston-Super-Mare, Avon UK. (1945)
Hauoli la Hanau to Ritchie!

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67 years ago, Guitarist Oliver Sunday Akanite was born in Nigeria. (1947)
Hauoli la Hanau to Chief Oliver de Coque!

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66 years ago, Singer/Guitarist June Millington was born in Manila, Phillipines. (1948)
Hauoli la Hanau to June!

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65 years ago, Singer Sonja Kristina Linwood was born in Brentwood, Essex, England. (1949)
Hauoli la Hanau to Sonja Kristina!

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Photo by Pamela Novick

62 years ago, Bassist Kenny Aaronson was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. (1952)
Hauoli la Hanau to Kenny!

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60 years ago, Blues Singer Lil Green died in Chicago, Illinois. She was 35 years old. (1954)
Lillian Green was born December 22, 1919 in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

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52 years ago, Guitarist John Farmer Bell was born in Cleveland, Ohio. (1962)
Hauoli la Hanau to John Bell!

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47 years ago, Trombonist Steve Davis was born in Wooster, Massachussetts. (1967)
Hauoli la Hanau to Steve!

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47 years ago, Drummer Barrett Martin was born in Olympia, Washington. (1967)
Hauoli la Hanau to Barrett!

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31 years ago, Bassist Pete Farndon died of a heroin overdose in London, England. He was 30 years old. (1983)
He was born on June 2, 1952 in Hereford, England.

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26 years ago, Saxophonist Pony Poindexter died in Oakland, California. He was 62 years old. (1988)
Norwood Poindexter was born February 8, 1926 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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24 years ago, Rock & Roller Thurston Harris died of a heart attack in Pomona, California. He was 58 years old. (1990)
He was born July 11, 1931 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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22 years ago, Pianist Sammy Price died in New York, N.Y. He was 83 years old. (1992)
Samuel Blythe Price was born October 6, 1908 in Honey Grove, Texas.

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19 years ago, Folk Singer Burl Ives died in Anacortes, Washington. He was 85 years old. (1995)
Burle Icle Ivanhoe Ives was born June 14, 1909 in Huntington Township, Jasper County, Illinois.

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Ron Stallings and Gaylord Birch

18 years ago, Drummer Gaylord Birch died in San Francisco, California. He was 50 years old. (1996)
He was born March 10, 1946 in San Francisco, California.

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11 years ago, Guitarist Zeke Turner died in Daytona Beach, Florida. He was 79 years old. (2003 )
He was born June 18, 1923 in Lynchburg, Virginia.

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9 years ago, Bluesman Cootie Stark died in Greenville, S.C. He was 77 years old. (2005)
James Miller was born December 27, 1927 in Abbeville, S.C.

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7 years ago, "Tiny Bubbles" Singer Don Ho died in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was 76 years old. (2007)
Donald Tai Loy Ho was born August 13, 1930 in Kakaako, Honolulu, Hawaii.

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7 years ago, Saxophonist Herman Riley died in Culver City, California. He was 73 years old. (2007)
He was born August 31, 1933 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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4 years ago, Bluesman Mississippi Slim died April 14, 2010 in Greenville, Mississippi. He was 66 years old. (2010)
Walter Horn was born August 13, 1943 in Shelby, Mississippi.

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1 year ago, Songwriter George Jackson died in Ridgeland, Mississippi. He was 68 years old. (2013)
George Henry Jackson was born March 12, 1945 in Indianola, Mississippi.

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Percussionist Armando Peraza died in South San Francisco, California. He was 89 years old. (2014)
He was born May 30, 1924 in Havana, Cuba.



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