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1922Don Robertson, He was a songwriter, mostly in the country and popular music genres. He was born in Beijing, China. He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1972. (101)
1925Alvin 'Red' Tyler, Saxophonist with Lee Allen on most R&B hits of the 50's and 60's. He was inducted into the Louisiana Blues Hall of Fame, but he considered himself to be first and foremost a jazz player. Bebop was his first love, but rock & roll and the blues paid the bills better. He died in 1998. (98)
1932Little Richard (Pennimann), Singer - "Good Golly Miss Molly". One of the original rock & roll greats, he merged the fire of gospel with New Orleans R&B, pounding the piano and wailing with gleeful abandon. (91)
1934Art Davis, A top-rate player, he attained as much acclaim within the jazz community for his work as an educator and teacher as he has for his talents as a bassist. (89)
1947Egberto Gismonti, He is world-renowned as a multi-instrumentalist and composer. He was influenced by Brazilian master Heitor Villa-Lobos, his works reflecting the musical diversity of Brazil. (76)
1947Jim Messina, One half of the duo, Loggins and Messina - "Your Mama Don't Dance". (76)


1928 Louis Armstrong and Earl Hines record their blistering duet "Weather Bird" on this day in Chicago.
1936 "The Kraft Music Hall" got a new host on this day. His name was Bing Crosby and the leader of the Kraft Orchestra was Jimmy Dorsey.
1961 Tony Almerico, traditional jazz trumpeter and vocalist from New Orleans, died on this day. He was born in 1905 and ran the Parisian Room until a year before his death. He gained fame for his national radio broadcasts from the club. Some of the house band members included Pete Fountain and Harry Shields. He formed his first band in the 1930's and played dances on the riverboats. Almerico died in New Orleans.
1961Tony Almerico, a trumpeter, bandleader, disc jockey and a native of New Orleans, Louisiana passed away on this day at the age of 56. He was part of the Italian jazz players which included Sharkey Bonano, Peter Lacaze, Giuseppe Alessandra, and Baroque Dominic. People are introduced to Almerico from his recordings with Lizzie Miles. But in addition, Almerico's own bands cut a variety of sides over the years for labels such as Imperial, Viking, and Dot. He can be considered to have done more than all of his peers. It is hard to come up with an example of a more tireless promoter of the city's music. By the mid-'50s he had developed a second career as a nationally broadcast disc jockey. His radio show was featured on WJMR, also the home of the illustrious host Poppa Stoppa.
1964 'Ringo' by Lorne Greene went to the top of the Billboard charts on this day.
1974 Yes releases the album "Relayer" on Atlantic with a new keyboardist. Swiss born Patrick Moraz replaces Rick Wakeman in the lineup.
1977 Rashaan Roland Kirk, the man who developed a manner of playing three horns simultaneously, died of a stroke in Bloomington, IN at the age of forty-one.
1987 Belinda Carlisle found herself at the #1 Billboard pop position on this day with her hit 'Heaven Is A Place On Earth'.
1987 David Lastie, a tenor saxophonist and a New Orleans, Louisiana native passed away on this day at 53. He came from a musical family that included his brother Melvin, his uncle Louis Nelson and cousins Walter "Papoose" Nelson and Lawrence "Prince La La" Nelson. He was trained in the bebop jazz tradition and recorded with Snooks Eaglin, James Booker and others before forming his own band.
1999 Bobby Marchan (Oscar James Gibson) a singer, performer and recording artist passed away on this day. Bobby was probably most well-known as the lead singer for Huey Smith & the Clowns in the 1950's and 60's in New Orleans. He was a well-known female impersonator in New Orleans nightclubs. He also had a solo #1 hit on the national R&B charts in 1960 with the tune "There is Something on your Mind".
2012Dave Brubeck passed away on this day one day short of his 92nd birthday. Pianist who's recording of the song "Take Five" with the Dave Brubeck Quartet and it's writer Paul Desmond was the first million selling jazz song ever. He and Desmond remained musical partners for more than 17 years into the 1970's. After that Brubeck joined with his sons Darius (keyboards), Chris (electric bass and bass trombone), and Danny (drums) in Two Generations of Brubeck in the 1970s. In the early '80s, tenor saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi was in the Brubeck Quartet, and beginning in the mid-'80s, clarinetist Bill Smith (who was in the original octet) alternated with altoist Bobby Militello.