Víctor Pinero - El Rey del Merecumbe - Died 1-5-1975 in Caracas, Venezuela - Heart attack while singing "La Pilandera" with Los Melodicos ( Tropical ) Born Caracas, Venezuela - Singer - (He did, "El Merecumbe" (The Merecumbe) and "Rosa") - Worked with Manito, Leonard Melody, Los Hermanos Belisario, Pedro J.
Belisario's, Los Peniques, Pacho Galan, Chucho Sanoja, La Sonora Caracas, Cortijo y su Combo, Los Melodicos, Víctor Pinero y sus Caribes and El Combo Gigante de Emilita Dago. - Keyboardist - Was a member of Beaver And Krause (They did, "Nine Moons In Alaska" and "Saga Of The Blue Beaver") - Worked with Electric Flag, The Monkees and Ravi Shankar. - (He did, "5th Street Alley" and "My Woman Done Quit Me") - Was a member of The Cats From Fresno.
- Bassist - (He did, "Rock & Roll" and "Find Em, Fool Em And Forget Em") - Led Doles Dickens And The Strangers - Worked with Buster Smith, The Eddie South Orchestra, Piano Red, Eddie Durham, The Five Red Caps (They did, "Boogie Woogie On A Saturday Night" and "Lenox Avenue Jump") and Bill Haley And His Comets ("So Right Tonight").- Died 5-3-1972 in Swansea, Wales - Electrocuted on stage by touching a live microphone with wet feet ( Rock ) Born 1945 in Glasgow, Scotland - Was a member of Stone The Crows, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band and The Blues Council - Brother of Alex Harvey. - Heart attack ( Blues - Folk - Gospel ) Born 4-30-1896 in Laurens, South Carolina, U. - Singer and guitarist - (He did, "All My Friends Are Gone" and "Cocaine Blues") - Worked with Brownie Mc Ghee and Sonny Terry. Sidney Clare - Died 8-29-1972 in Los Angeles, CA, U. ") - She had been married to painter, Paul Ernst Wilke and composer, Artur Beul. - Heart attack ( Blues ) Born 8-17-1924 in Grosse Tete, LA, U. - Guitarist - (He did, "Steppin' High" and "Let's Get It") - Worked with The Gondoliers (They did, "You Call Everybody Darling" and "Creole Gal Blues"), Ray Charles, Professor Longhair, Sam Cooke and others. Bill Johnson (William Manuel Johnson) - Died 12-3-1972 in New Braunfels, TX, U. Dud Bascomb (Wilbur Odell Bascomb) - Died ( Jazz ) Born 5-16-1916 in Birmingham, AL, U. - Trumpet player - Was a member of The Erskine Hawkins Orchestra (They did, "Tuxedo Junction" and "Gin Mill Special") and Tyle's Chicken Shack - Worked with Duke Ellington's Orchestra - Brother of Paul Bascomb. ( Rock - Folk ) Played keyboards and flute - Was a member of The Fugs (They did, "I Couldn't Get High" and "Morning, Morning") - Worked with Holy Modal Rounders (They did, "Indian War Whoop" and "The Second-Hand Watch"). Tex Ritter (Woodward Maurice Ritter) - Died 1-2-1973 in Nashville, TN U. - Heart attack in a Nashville police station while bailing out a band member ( Country - Folk ) Born 1-12-1907 in Murval, TX, U. - Singer - Was the leader of Tex Ritter And His Texans (They did, "I'm Wastin' My Tears On You" and "Jealous Heart") - Father of actor, John Ritter - Country Music Hall Of Fame Inductee, Cowboy Hall Of Fame Inductee, Western Music Associations Hall Of Fame Inductee and Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductee. - Cancer ( Blues - Boogie Woogie ) Born in Monroe, Louisiana, U. - Singer and pianist - (He did, "Ain't Gonna Cry No More" and "Oh Red") - Brother of the late Piano Red . - Composer -Worked with Harold Arlen ("I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues" and "Stormy Weather"), Burton Lane, Sammy Fain, Ray Henderson and Rube Bloom - Songwriters Hall of Fame Inductee. Arthur Freed (Arthur Grossman) - Died 4-12-1973 in Los Angeles, CA, U. Willie "The Lion" Smith (William Henry Joseph Bonaparte Bertholoff Smith) - Died 4-18-1973 in New York, NY, U. Rick Dey - Died 11-5-1973 - Overdose of laughing gas (nitrous oxide) ( Rock ) Born 1948 - (He wrote, "Just Like Me") - Was a member of The Vejtables, February Sunshine, The Wilde Knights and The Merry-Go-Round.
Felipe Pirela - El Bolerista de America - Died 7-2-1972 in Santurce, Puerto Rico - Shot ( Pop ) Born 9-4-1941 in Maracaibo, Zulia State, Venezuela - Singer - (He did, "Cuando Ya No Me Quieras" (When You No Longer Love Me) and "Unicamente Tu" (Only You)) - Worked with Juanito Arteta's Orchestra, Los Peniques and Billo's Caracas Boys. Brother Joe May - The Thunderbolt of the Middle West - Died 7-14-1972 in Thomasville, GA, U. Don Byas (Carlos Wesley Byas) - Died 8-24-1972 ( Jazz - R&B ) Born in Muskogee OK, U. - Saxaphonist - Leader of Don Byas Quartet (They did, "September Song" and "London Donnie") - Worked with Benny Moten, Lionel Hampton, Count Basie and others. Lale Andersen (Lieselotte Helene Berta Bunnenberg) - Died 8-29-1972 in Vienna, Austria - Liver cancer ( Pop ) Born 3-23-1905 in the Bremerhaven Lehe district - Singer - (She did, "Lili Marleen" and "He, hast du Feuer, Seemann? Danny Whitten (Daniel Ray Whitten) - Died in Los Angeles, CA, U. - Heroin overdose ( Rock ) Born 5-8-1943 in Columbus, Georgia, U. - Singer and guitarist - (He wrote, "I Don't Want To Talk About It") - Worked with Danny And The Memories (They did, "Can't Help Loving That Girl Of Mine"), The Psyrcle, The Rockets and The War Babies who became Crazy Horse (They did, "Cowgirl In The Sand"). Mel Lastie (Melvin Lastie) - Died 12-4-1972 in New Orleans, LA, U. Kenny Dorham (Mc Kinley Howard Dorham) - Died 12-5-1972 - Kidney disease ( Jazz ) Born 8-30-1924 in Fairfield, TX, U. - Played trumpet - (He did, "Blue Bossa") - Worked with The Be Bop Boys, Dizzy Gillespie, The Jazz Prophets, The Max Roach Quintet and Billy Eckstine. ( Songwriter ) Born 9-15-1906 - (He co-wrote, "Frosty The Snowman" and "Peter Cottontail") - Hi songs have been recorded by Dinah Washington, Henry Mancini, Fred Astaire, Martina Mc Bride, The Carpenters, Nat King Cole, Gene Autry, Rosemary Clooney, Anne Murray, Hank Snow, George Jones, Eddy Arnold, Willie Nelson, Kenny G and Frankie Yankovic - West Virginia Hall Of Fame Inductee. - Played saxophone and violin and was a composer and arranger - (He composed,"Don't Be That Way" and "Stompin' At The Savoy") - Worked with Duke Ellington, Fletcher Henderson, Chick Webb, Ella Kid Ory (Edward Ory) - Died 1-23-1973 in Hawaii, U. Andy Razaf (Andreamentena Razafinkeriefo) (aka Tommy Thompson) - Died 2-3-1973 in Los Angeles, CA, U. Gus Aiken (Augustus Aiken ) - Died 4-1-1973 in New York, NY, U. ( Jazz - Blues ) Born 7-26-1902 in Charleston, South Carolina, U. - Trumpeter - Worked with Louis Armstrong, Sid Catlett, Roy Eldridge and Elmer Snowden - Brother of trumpeter and trombonist, Bud Aiken. Nino Bravo (Luis Manuel Ferri Llopis) - Died 4-16-1973 in Spain - Car accident ( Pop ) Born 8-3-1944 in Aielo de Malferit, Valencia, Spain - Singer - (He did, "Te Quiero, Te Quiero" and "Un Beso y una Flor") - Was a member of Los Hispanicos who changed their name to Los Superson. Gene Krupa (Eugene Bertram Krupa) - Died in Yonkers, NY, U. - Leukemia ( Jazz ) Born 1-15-1909 in Chicago, Illinois, U. - Drummer - (He did, "Wire Brush Stomp" and "Drummin' Man") - Worked with Benny Goodman, Vido Musso, Milt Raskin, Floyd O'Brien, Sam Donahue, Shorty Sherock, Irene Daye, Anita O'Day and Roy Eldridge.
Big John Greer (John Marshall Greer) - Died 5-12-1972 ( Blues ) Born (He did,"Got You On My Mind" and "Bottle It Up And Go") Worked with Wynonie Harris, Hal "Cornbread" Singer and Bill Doggett. -1972 ( Polka ) Born in Chocholow, Poland - Singer - Owner of Pulaski Village and Club Antoinette which hosted music acts such as Eddie Wojcik, Frankie Yankovic, Eddie Zima, Steve Adamczyk, Li'l Wally, Johnny Hyzny, The Polka Dot 5, Johnny Bomba, Marion Lush and Joey Jarosz - Mother of band leader, Eddie Blazonczyk - International Polka Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.- Mister Five-By-Five - Died 6-8-1972 in New York, NY, U. - Leukemia ( Jazz - Blues Shouter ) Born 8-26-1903 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U. Clyde Mc Phatter (Clyde Lensley Mc Phatter) - Died 6-13-1972 - Heart, liver and kidney ailments ( R&B - Gospel ) Born in Durham, North Carolina, U. - (He did, "Lover Please") Was a member of Billy Ward and The Dominoes (They did, "Have Mercy Baby") and The Drifters (They did, "Money Honey") - Worked with The Mount Lebanon Singers - Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee. ( Blues - Jazz ) Born 9-19-1887 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, U. - Pianist - She was a member of The Blues Serenaders - Woked with Ida Cox, Ma Rainey, Ethel Waters and Alberta Hunter. Oscar Levant - Died 8-14-1972 in Beverly Hills, CA, U. - Heart attack ( Pop - Orchestral ) Born in Pittsburgh, PA, U. - Pianist, composer and actor - (Co-wrote, "Blame It On My Youth") - Worked with Al Jolson - He had been married to actress, Barbara Woodell and singer and actress, June Gale. - Comedian, dancer and composer - (He wrote or co-wrote, "On The Good Ship Lollipop" and "Ma, He's Making Eyes At Me") - Collaborated with Cliff Friend, Lew Pollack, Sam Stept, Lew Brown, Richard Whiting, Con Conrad, Oscar Levant, Jay Gorney, Harry Warren, Buddy De Sylva, Vincent Youmans and Jimmy Monaco - Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductee. Black Ace (aka Buck Turner) (Babe Kyro Lemon Turner) - Died 11-7-1972 in Fort Worth, TX, U. - Cancer ( Blues ) Born in Hughes Springs, Texas, U. - Played National steel guitar and was a singer - (He did, "Black Ace" and "Hitchhiking Woman").- Died in Macon, GA, U. - Brain hemorrhage after a motorcycle crash ( Rock ) Born 4-1-1948 in Chicago, Illinois, U. - Guitarist and bassist - Was a member of The Shanes, The Roemans (They did, "Your Friend" and "When The Sun Shines In The Mornin'"), Second Coming and The Allman Brothers Band (They did, "Stand Back" and "Melissa") - "Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee". - Led Bill Johnson's Louisiana Jug Band (They did, "Don't Drink It In Here" and "Get The L On Down The Road") - Worked with King Oliver, Johnny Dodds and Bunk Johnson - He claimed to have invented the slap style of playing the stringed bass, plucking instead of bowing. John, The Coasters and Willie Bobo ("Fried Neck Bones And Some Homefries"). Charlie "The Redman" Freeman - Died 1-31-1973 - Choked on his vomit after heavy drug use ( Rock ) Was a member of The Royal Spades, The Mar-Keys and The Joe Lee Orchestra - Worked with Chuck Berry, Slim Harpo, Bobby Bland and many others. Noel Coward - Died 3-26-1973 ( Cabaret - Pop - Musicals ) Born in Teddington, Middlesex, England - Singer and song writer (He did,"Mad Dogs And Englishmen" and "Mary Make Believe") Worked with Gertrude Lawrence. - Lyricist and pianist - (He co-wrote, "Singin' in the Rain" and "We'll Make Hay While the Sun Shines") - Worked with The Marx Brothers - Collaborated with Gus Arnheim, Nacio Herb Brown and Abe Lyman - Was an associate producer for the film, The Wizard of Oz - Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductee. - Pianist - (He did, "Echoes Of Spring" and "Relaxin") - Worked with Mamie Smith ("Crazy Blues"), Sonny White and Cecil Scott. -1973 ( Jazz ) Born 7-29-1907 in New Orleans, LA, U. - Trombonist - Was the leader of Albert Wynn And His Gutbucket Seven (They did, "Ice Cream" and "The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise") - Worked with The Bluebirds' Kids Band, The Jazz-O-Maniacs, Sam Wooding, The Gold Coast Jazz Band, Lil Armstrong and Punch Miller. Jiri Staidl - Died 10-9-1973 in Ricany, Czechoslovakia - Car crash ( Pop - Rock ) Born 1-22-1943 in Prague, Czechoslovakia (at the time Bohemia-Moravian Protectorat) - He wrote lyrics for many Czechoslovak singers including Karel Gott (He did, "Lady Carneval", "Mistral" and "Hej Pani Konsele").
( Gospel ) Born 8-9-1890 or 1893 in Columbus, GA, U. - Played guitar - He had been married to singer, Blind Mamie Forehand (They did, "Mother's Prayer" and "I'm So Glad Today"). - Born 2-23-1897 in Kiev, Russia (now Ukraine) - Played mandolin - Worked with Django Reinhardt, Jimmie Haskell and Laverne Gustafson ("St. Antonina Blazonczyk (Antoinette Blazonczyk) - Died 6-? " and "Blues In The Dark") - Was a member of The Blue Devils - Worked with Count Basie ("Boogie Woogie") and Bennie Moten. Mezz Mezzrow (Milton Mesirow) - Died 8-5-1972 in Paris, France ( Blues - Jazz ) Born 10-9-1899 in Chicago, IL, U. - Played saxophone and clarinet - Worked with Sidney Bechet, The Jungle Kings, The Chicago Rhythm Kings, Buck Clayton, Tommy Ladnier and Eddie Condon.- Died 8-7-1972 in Santa Monica, California, U. - Breast cancer - Born 4-6-1929 in Salt Lake City, Utah, U. - Actress and singer - (She did, "The Web of Love" and "The Silencers") - Appeared in the films, Marriage On The Rocks and Hot Cars and on TV's, The Beverly Hillbillies and Love That Bob. - Singer - (He did, "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter") - Worked with The Charioteers (They did, "A Kiss And A Rose") - Vocal Group Hall Of Fame Foundation Inductee. - Played cornet and trumpet - (He can be heard on Barbara George's, "I Know (You Don't Love Me No More)") - Worked with Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, Herbie Hancock, King Curtis ("Pots And Pans"), The Rascals, Dr. - He played banjo and trombone (He did,"Muskrat Ramble") Worked with Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, Johnny Dodds, Sidney Bechet and Jimmie Noone - Leader of the 1st black jazz band to make records, Spike's Seven Pods Of Pepper Orchestra (They did,"Society Blues" and "Ory's Creole Trombone"). Brew Moore (Milton Aubrey Moore Jr.) - Died 3-19-1973 - Fell down a flight of stairs (Jazz ) Born 3-26-1924 in Indianola - Tenor - Worked with The Claude Thornhill Band, Sahib Shibab, Lars Gullin, Louis Hjuland, Ben Axen and William Schiopffe. I've Said It Again" and "In The Middle Of The House"). Gram Parsons ( Cecil Ingram Connor ) - Died 9-19-1973 in Joshua Tree, CA, U. - Heart failure from tequila and morphine overdose ( Rock ) Born 11-5-1946 in Winter Haven, Florida, U. - Was a member of The Shilos, The Legends, The International Submarine Band, The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers - "Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee"Jim Croce - Died 9-20-1973 in Natchitoches, LA, U. - Plane crash ( Rock - Pop ) Born 1-10-1943 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U. - Singer and guitarist - (He did, "Time In A Bottle", "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" and "You Don't Mess Around With Jim") - Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductee.- Died 9-20-1973 in Natchitoches, LA, U. - Plane crash ( Rock - Pop ) Born 1-14-1949 in Trenton, New Jersey, U. - Guitarist, singer and songwriter - (He did, "Mister Bainbridge" and "Free to Love You") - Worked with Jim Croce (They did, "Salon and Saloon" and "I Got a Name")Young Family Band, Bennie Moten's Orchestra, Duke Ellington's Orchestra (They did, "Cotton Tail" and "All Too Soon") - Worked with Jap Allen, Blanche Calloway, Andy Kirk, Fletcher Henderson, Benny Carter and Willie Bryant."Colonel" Bill Williams - Died 10-6-1973 in Greenup, KY, U. - Heart attack ( Blues ) Born 2-28-1897 in Richmond, Virginia, U. - Singer and guitarist - (He did, "Low And Lonesome" and "When The Roses Bloom Again") - Worked with Blind Blake.- Died 10-9-1973 - Stroke ( Gospel - Blues ) Born 3-20-1921 in Cotton Plant, AR, U. - Singer and guitarist - (She did,"End Of My Journey" and covered Tommy Dorsey's,"This Train") - Worked with Marie Knight ("Didn't It Rain") and Cab Calloway.
Grady Pannel (Grady Hale Pannel) - Died 6-23-1970 - Car accident ( Rock ) Born - Singer and musician - He was a member of The Herdsmen and Electric Toilet (They did, "Goodbye My Darling" and " Mississippi Hippy"). Booker Ervin (Booker Telleferro Ervin II) - Died 7-31-1970 in New York, NY, U. Bob Vail (Robert Michael Vail) - Died 8-8-1970 in Denver, CO, U. Alan Wilson (Alan Christie Wilson) (aka Blind Owl) - Died 9-3-1970 in Torrance, CA - Sleeping pill overdose ( Rock ) Born 8-4-1943 in Boston, Massachusetts, U. - Played guitar and harmonica and sang for Canned Heat (They did, "Goin' Up The Country" and "Let's Work Together"). - Lyricist - (Co-wrote, "Dont You Believe It", "Dear Hearts And Gentle People" and Ruby And The Romantics', "Our Day Will Come") - Collaborated with Burt Bacharach, Milton Delugg, Carl Sigman, Jule Styne, Mort Garson, Sammy Mysels, Dick Sanford, Sammy Fain, Philip Springer and Lee Pockriss - Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductee. - Born 1907 or 1908 in Berlin, Germany - Photographer - Co-founder of Blue Note Records - Collaborated with designer Reid Miles for Blue Note's album covers. Louis Armstrong (aka Satchmo) - Died 7-6-1971 in Queens, NY, U. - Heart attack ( Jazz ) Born 8-4-1901 in New Orleans, Louisiana, U. - Trumpeter and singer - (He did, "Mack The Knife" and "What A Wonderful World") - Was married to pianist, Lil Armstrong - Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame Inductee Inductee and Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee. - Played the ukulele (He did, "Sleepy Time Gal" and the original,"Toot, Toot, Tootsie") He was half of the duo, "Keegan And Edwards Jazz As Is" - Worked with Miff Mole, Adrian Rollini, Red Nichols and Vic Berton - Was a regular on Rudy Vallee's radio show - He was the voice of Jiminy Cricket and even sang, "When You Wish Upon A Star"Paul Sawtell - Died 8-1-1971 in Los Angeles County, CA, U. - Born 2-3-1906 in Gilve, Poland - Composer - Worked with Bert Shefter to produce music scores for the films, The Fly, It! Zez Confrey ( Edward Elzear Confrey) - Died in Lakewook, NJ, U. - Parkinson's disease ( Novelty - Jazz ) Born 4-3-1895 in Peru, IL, U. - Pianist and composer - (He wrote, "Kitten On The Keys") - Worked for The QRS piano roll company. - Played trumpet - Worked with George Lewis, Al Wynn, Freddie Keppard, Jelly Roll Morton and Tiny Parham. Mahalia Jackson - Died 1-27-1972 in Evergreen Park, IL, U. - Heart failure ( Gospel ) Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, U. - (She did, "In The Upper Room With Jesus" and "How I Got Over") "Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee". Eddie Safranski - Died 1-10-1974 in Los Angeles, CA, U. Alberto Rabagliati - Died 3-7-1974 in Rome, Italy - Cerebral thrombosis - Born 6-26-1906 in Milan, Italy - Singer and actor - (He did, "Maria la O" and "Ba-Ba-Baciami Piccina") - Worked with Pippo Barzizza's Orchestra and The Lecuona Cuban Boys - Appeared in the films, The Barefoot Contessa and The Christmas That Almost Wasn't. - Actor and singer - Worked with Happy Fenton and Paul Whiteman's Orchestra - Appeared in the musicals, The Pirates Of Penzance and The Mikado and in the film, Rebel Without a Cause - He played The Chief on TV's, Get Smart. - Natural causes ( Blues ) Born 6-18-1898 in Halley, Arkansas, U. - Sang and played washtub bass, jug, and kazoo - (He did, "Dewey's Walkin' Blues" and "Fishing In The Dark") - Was a member of The Beale Street Jug Band and The Memphis Jug Band. - Heart attack ( R&B ) Born 8-6-1924 in Adrian, Georgia, U. - (He did, "Wigglin' And Gigglin'" and "Don't Go To Strangers") - Was a member of The Ravens (They did, "Send For Me If You Need Me" and "Write Me A Letter") - Worked with Count Basie.
- Composer and pianist (He co-wrote, "(What Did I Do To Be So) Black And Blue" and "Ain't Misbehavin'") - Worked with Sidney Bechet and Lena Horne. - Songwriter - (Co-wrote, "Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days Of Summer" and "Dont Sit Under The Apple Tree (With Anyone Else But Me)") - Collaborated with his brother, Harry Tobias and with Al Sherman, Neil Moret, Gus Arnheim, Lew Brown, Anson Weeks, Jules Lemare, Jack Scholl, Cliff Friend, Don Reid, Nat Simon, Roy Turk and Sammy Stept - Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductee. Terry Timmons (Teresa Walker) - Died 8-3-1970 ( R&B ) Born 4-12-1927 in Cleveland, OH, U. - Singer - (She did, "My Key Won't Fit Your Door" and "Daddy Be Good To Me") - Worked with Memphis Slim ("I'm Crying" and "The Question"). Soledad Miranda (Soledad Rendon Bueno) (aka Susann Korda and Susan Korday) - Died 8-18-1970 in Lisbon, Portugal - Car accident ( Pop ) Born 7-9-1943 in Seville, Spain - Singer and actress - (She did, "Lo Que Hace A Las Chicas Llorar" and "Pelucon") - Acted in the films, Count Dracula and Vampyros Lesbos. Mc Gee (Ford Washington Mc Gee) - Died 4-8-1971 in Chicago, IL, U. Ted Fiorito (aka Ted Fio Rito) - Died 6-22-1971 in Scottsdale, AZ, U. Jim Morrison ( James Douglas Morrison ) The Lizard King - Died 7-3-1971 - Heart failure due to acute respiratory distress ( Rock ) Born 12-8-1943 in Melbourne, Florida, U. - Was the singer for The Doors (They recorded, "Light My Fire" and "When The Music's Over") Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee"Don Mc Pherson (Donald Mc Pherson) - Died 7-4-1971 - Leukemia ( Soul ) Born 7-9-1941 in Indianapolis, Indiana, U. - Was the singer for The Main Ingredient (They did, "You've Been My Inspiration" and "Spinning Around"). King Curtis ( Curtis Ousley ) - Died 8-13-1971 in New York, U. - Stabbed to death in a fight outside his home ( Rock - R&B - Soul ) Born 2-7-1934 in Fort Worth, TX, U. - Was a saxophonist - (He did, "Memphis Soul Stew" and "Soul Twist") - Worked with The Coasters (They did, "Yakety Yak" and "Charlie Brown"), John Lennon, Aretha Franklin, The Rascals and many others - Tab Smith (Talmadge Smith) - Died 8-17-1971 in St. Joe Sullivan (Joseph Michael Sullivan) - Died in San Francisco, CA, U. Rafael Suarez Mujica (aka Fucho) - Died in Caracas, Venezuela - Born in Caserío Fajardo, Nueva Esparta State, Venezuela - Director, cuatrista and arranger - He directed The Quintet Contrapunto Quintet. Josef Kainar - Died in Dobris, Czechoslovakia ( Jazz - Blues - Chanson - Rock ) Born 6-29-1917 in Prerov, Czechoslovakia (at the time Austro-Hungary) - Poet, lyricist and guitar player - Adapted lyrics for blues evergreens ("Miss Otis Lituje" and "Kuceravy Listonos"), later he wrote lyrics for rock albums of Flamengo ("Kure V Hodinkach"), Framus 5 ("Mesto ER") and C&K Vocal ("Generace")."Little" Junior Parker (Herman Parker) - Died Died after surgery for a brain tumor (R&B Blues) Born 3-27-1932 in West Memphis, Arkansas, U. - Was a member of The Beale Streeters, Blues Consolidated and The Blue Flames (He wrote, "Mystery Train"). Gene Austin (Lemeul Eugene Lucas) - Died 1-24-1972 in Palm Springs, CA, U. - Lung cancer ( Pop ) Born 6-24-1900 in Gainesville, TX, U. - Singer, pianist, guitarist and composer - (He sang, "My Blue Heaven" and "Five Foot Two, Eyes Of Blue"). Pat Brady (Robert Ellsworth O'Brady) - Died 2-27-1972 in Green Mountain Falls, CO, U. Sharkey Bonano (Joseph Gustaf Bonano) - Died 3-27-1972 in New Orleans, LA, U. Pete Watson - Died 4-30-1972 in Perth - Chronic illness ( Rock ) Bassist and singer- Was a member of The Phantoms, M. John Rostill - Died 11-26-73 - Electrocuted playing guitar in a studio ( Rock ) Born 6-16-1942 in Birmingham, England - Was a member of The Shadows (They did, "Genie With The Light Brown Lamp" and "Rhythm And Greens") - Worked with Tom Jones and Cliff Richard. Hacksaw Harney (Richard Harney)- Died in Jackson, MS, U. - Stomach cancer ( Blues ) Born 7-16-1902 in Money, MS, U. - Guitarist and pianist - (He did, "Home Skeen Ball" and "Laughing Pallet"). Rosetta Howard - Died 1974 ( Blues ) Born 1914 in Chicago, IL, U. - Singer - Worked with The Harlem Hamfats (They did, "If You're A Viper" and "Let Your Linen Hang Low"), Jimmy Noone, The Harlem Blues Serenaders, The Big Three, Herb Morand and Odell Rand. Eddie Campbell - Died 1974 in Canada - Electrical accident ( Showband - Pop ) Guitarist and singer - Worked with The Stellas, (They did, "Fortune Teller"), The Greenbeats, Them, The Federals and The Real Mc Coy (They did, "Quick Joey Small"). Roy Bargy (Roy Fredrick Bargy) - Died 1-16-1974 in Vista, CA, U. ( Jazz - Ragtime - Classical ) Born 7-31-1894 in Newaygo, MI, U. - Pianist - (He did, "Jim-Jams" and "Justin-Tyme") - Was a member of The Imperial Three - Worked with Isham Jones, Paul Whiteman and Jimmy Durante. Fagerquist) - Died 1-24-1974 in Los Angeles, CA, U. Bobby Timmons (Robert Henry Timmons) - Died 3-1-1974 - Cirrhosis of the liver ( Gospel - Blues - Jazz ) Born in Philadelphia, PA, U. - Composer and pianist (He composed, "Moanin'", "This Here" and "Dat Dere") - Worked with The Maynard Ferguson Big Band, Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Kenny Dorham and Cannonball Adderley.
Scotty Stoneman (Calvin Scott Stoneman) - Died 3-4-1973 - Alcohol poisoning ( Country - Bluegrass ) Born 8-4-1932 in Galax, VA, U. - Played Violin - Was a member of The Stonemans and The Kentucky Colonels (They did, "John Henry" and "Flat Fork"). Mc Kernan)- Died 3-6-1973 in Corte Madera, California, U. - Stomach hemorrhage and liver failure ( Rock ) Born 9-8-1945 in San Bruno, California, U. Elmer Snowden (Elmer Chester Snowden) - Died 5-14-1973 ( Jazz ) Born 10-9-1900 in Baltimore, MD, U. - Was the leader of The Washingtonians, a group who would later become The Duke Ellington Orchestra. Higginbotham) - Died 5-26-1973 ( Jazz ) Born 5-11-1906 in Social Circle, GA, U. Paul Williams - Died 8-17-1973 - Shot himself ( Soul ) Born 7-2-1939 in Birmingham, Alabama, U. - Was a member of The Cavaliers and The Elgins who changed their name to The Temptations (They did, "My Girl" and "Ain't Too Proud To Beg") - Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee. Josef "Sejba" Blaha - Died 9-1-1973 in Ostratice, Czechoslovakia - Bus crash ( Jazz ) Born 8-3-1943 in Prikazy, Czechoslovakia (at the time Bohemia-Moravian Protectorat) - Played piano, oboe, organ and composed for Orchestr Gustava Broma (They did, "Ornis" and "Ararat"). ( Tin Pan Alley ) Born 9-7-1897 in Russia - Composer and pianist - (Co-wrote, "On A Little Bamboo Bridge" and "You Gotta Be A Football Hero") - His songs have been recorded by Duke Ellington, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holliday, Tommy Dorsey, Frank Sinatra, Al Jolson, Bing Crosby, Benny Goodman, Ozzie Nelson, Lawrence Welk, Patti Page and Louis Armstrong - Father of songwriters, The Sherman Brothers - He was married to actress, Rosa Dancis. - Pianist, musical director and singer - He worked with Miff Mole, Bing Crosby, Bix Beiderbecke, Frankie Trumbauer, Spencer Clark and with his wife, Lena Horne. - Played steel guitar - Led Bob Dunn's Vagabonds - Worked with Milton Brown And The Musical Brownies, Roy Newman, Bill Mounce And The Sons Of The South, Cliff Bruner's Texas Wanderers and Buddy Jones - Steel Guitar Hall Of Fame Inductee. - Saxaphonist (He did,"Because Of You" and "Pretend") Worked with Lucky Millinder, The Mills Rhythm Boys and Count Basie. - Singer and songwriter - (He did, "Landslide" and "(They Call Me) A Wrong Man"). - Talent broker - Helped the careers of Tommy Johnson, Ishmon Bracey, Bo Carter, Robert Wilkins, Charley Patton, Skip James, The Mississippi Sheiks, Blind Joe Reynolds, Blind Roosevelt Graves and Geeshie Wiley - Blues Hall Of Fame Inductee. Phil Seamen (Phillip William Seamen)- Died in Lambeth, London, England - Overdose ( Jazz - Rock ) Born 8-28-1926 in Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England - Drummer - Worked with Ronnie Scott, Nat Gonella And His Georgians, The Tommy Sampson Orchestra, The Joe Loss Orchestra, Alexis Korner, Jack Parnell, Georgie Fame, Tubby Hayes, Laurie Johnson, Big Bill Broonzy, Josh White, The Dick Morrissey Quartet, Derek Humble, Carmen Mc Rae and Ginger Baker's Air Force. S - Played banjo and sang - (He did, "Chewing Gum" and "I Wonder Where Wanda Went") - Worked with Asa Martin, Bill Monroe and Curt Gibson - Appeared on TV's, Hee Haw. The Reverend Gary Davis - Died 5-5-1972 Hammonton, N. Rory Storm (Alan Caldwell) - Died 9-27-1972 in Broadgreen, Liverpool, Lancashire, England - Accidental combination of pills and drink due to his health problems ( Rock ) Born 9-21-1939 in Stoneycroft, Liverpool, Lancashire, England - Singer - Led Al Caldwell's Texans, The Raving Texans, Al Storm And The Hurricanes, Jett Storm And The Hurricanes and Rory Storm And The Hurricanes (They did, "Dr Feelgood" and "Since You Broke My Heart"). Amede Breaux - Died 1973 ( Cajun ) Born 9-7-1900 in Rayne, LA, U. - Played accordion - Was a member of Breaux Freres ( They did the first recording of, "Jole Blon" which was titled "Ma Blonde Est Partie") - The Cajun Music Hall Of Fame Inductee. Speckled Red (Rufus Perryman) - Died 1-2-1973 in St. Ted Koehler - Died 1-17-1973 - Born 7-14-1894 in Washington, D. Edgar Sampson (Edgar Melvin Sampson) - Died 1-16-1973 in Englewood, NJ, U. Stringbean (David Akeman) - The Kentucky Wonder - Died in Nashville, TN, U. - He and his wife were shot at their home by burglars ( Country ) Born 6-17-1914 in Annville, Jackson County, KY, U. - Cancer ( Blues ) Born 3-21-1930 in Jackson, Mississippi, U. - Pianist - (He did, "Keep Your Hand Out Of My Pocket" and "The Blues Don't Like Nobody") - Blues Foundation's Hall Of Fame Ray Lopez (Raymond Lopez) - Died 4-27-1970 ( Jazz ) Born in New Orleans, LA, U. - Played trumpet - Worked with Papa Jack Laine's Reliance Brass Band, Tom Brown's Band From Dixieland, Bert Kelley, Blossom Sealy, Tommy Rodgers, Abe Lyman's California Orchestra and Clint Brush's Jazz Babies. Lonnie Johnson (Alonzo Johnson)- Died 6-16-1970 in Toronto, Ontario - Stroke ( Blues - Jazz ) Born 2-8-1889 in New Orleans, Louisiana, U. - Played guitar, piano and violin and was a singer and songwriter (He did,"Some Day Baby" and "Evil Woman") Louisiana Blues Hall Of Fame Inductee. Maxwell Davis - Died 9-18-1970 in Los Angeles, CA, U. ( R&B - Blues ) Born 1-14-1916 in Independence, KS, U. - Saxophonist, arranger and producer - (He did, "M. Boogie" and "Safronia B") - Worked with The Fletcher Henderson Orchestra, Jo Jo Adams ("Disgusted" and "Thursday Evening Blues"), Miss Cornshucks, Lester Young, Willie Smith, Helen Humes, Percy Mayfield, T-Bone Walker, Ernie Andrews ("Be Nice" and "You Chased The Goody Goody") and Gatemouth Brown.- Died 10-4-1970 in Los Angeles, California, U. - Heroin overdose ( Rock ) Born 1-19-1943 in Port Arthur, Texas, U. - She was the singer for Big Brother And The Holding Company, (They recorded, "Piece of My Heart"), The Kozmic Blues Band (They did, "Try Just A Little Bit Harder") and The Full Tilt Boogie Band (They did, "Me And Bobby Mc Gee") - Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee. - Singer - He was a member of The Three Weary Willies, Don Juan Two And Three and The Modernaires (They did, "April In Paris") - Worked with The Ozzie Nelson band as The Three Wizards Of Ozzie and also worked with Red Mc Kenzie, The George Hall band, The Glenn Miller Orchestra Tex Beneke and The Mound City Blue Blowers - Was married to singer, Paula Kelly - Vocal Group Hall Of Fame Inductee. - Clarinetist and saxophone player - Was a member of The Louisiana Shakers and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Clifford Edwards (aka Ukulele Ike) - Died 7-17-1971 in Hollywood, CA, U. Punch Miller (Ernest Miller) - Died 12-2-1971 in New Orleans, LA, U. Freddy Morgan - Died - Heart attack ( Comedy ) Born 11-7-1910 in New York, NY, U. - Was a member of The Sunnysiders (They did, "Hey Mr. ( R&B ) Born - Singer and guitarist - Was half of the duo, Jerry And Charlie - Worked with The Patent Leather Kids, The King, Jack And Jester and The Ink Spots - Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee. Sonny Clay - Died in 1972 ( Jazz ) Born 5-15-1899 in Chapel Hill, TX, U. - Played piano and drums - Led The California Poppies, (They did, "What A Wonderful Time" and "Lou"), Sonny Clay's Plantation Orchestra (They did, "Jambled Blues"), The Stompin' Six (They did, "Roamin' Around") and The Dixie Serenaders (They did, "Cho-King") - Worked with Jelly Roll Morton, Reb Spikes and Kid Ory. Lee Morgan - Died 2-19-1972 - Shot to death by a girlfriend ( Jazz ) Born 7-10-1938 in Philadelphia, PA, U. - Trumpeter - (He did, "The Sidewinder" and "Speedball") - Worked with Dizzy Gillespie and Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. Edward Platt (Edward Cuthbert Platt) - Died 3-19-1974 in Santa Monica, CA, U. Giovanni D'Anzi - Died 4-15-1974 in Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy - Born 1-1-1906 in Milan, Italy - Songwriter - (He wrote, "O mia bela Madonina") - Worked with Alfredo Bracchi (They wrote, "Ma le gambe" and "Bambina innamorata"). Tim Spencer (Vernon Harold Spencer) - Died 4-26-1974 in Victorville, CA, U. ( Country - Gospel ) Born 7-13-1908 in Webb City, MO, U. - Songwriter and singer - (He wrote, "Cigarettes, Whiskey And Wild, Wild Women" and "Will You Love Me (When My Hair Turns To Silver)") - Worked with The Sons Of The Pioneers - Country Music Hall Of Fame Inductee, Western Music Association Hall Of Fame Inductee, Gospel Music Hall Of Fame Inductee and Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame under a subway train ( Blues - R&B ) Born in Romford, Essex, England - Sang and played keyboards and saxophone - (He did, "Long Tall Shorty") - Led The Graham Bond Organisation - Was a member of The Don Rendell Quintet, Blues Incorporated, Holy Magick, Magus and The Terry Graham Trio - He was married to singer, Dianne Stewart. Duke Ellington (Edward Kennedy Ellington) - Died 5-24-1974 ( Jazz ) Born 4-29-1899 in Washington DC, U. - Leader, composer, arranger and piano player - (He did, "Satin Doll" and "Take The "A" Train") - He was the leader of The Duke's Serenaders, The Washingtonians, Duke Ellington's Hot Five and Duke Ellington & His Cotton Club Orchestra - Worked with Louis Armstrong, Barney Bigard, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holiday, The Mills Brothers and many others. Leopoldo "Polo" Sanchez (Leopoldo Sanchez Labastida) - Died 7-30-1974 in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico - Drowned in a pool ( Rock ) Born 4-2-1945 in Mexico - Singer and guitarist - (He did, "El Ultimo Beso" and "Despues del Ultimo Beso") - Was a member of Los Apson Boys. - Trumpeter and singer - (He did, "Safronia B" and "Looped") - Worked with Illinois Jacquet, Arnett Cobb, Marvin Johnson, Milton Larkins, Eddie Vinson and Charles Brown. Wayne Reynolds (Alfred Wayne Reynolds) - Died 6-23-1970 in New Albany, MS, U. - Car accident ( Rock ) Born 6-20-1944 in Burnsville, MS, U. - Guitarist and bassist - He was a member of Electric Toilet Charles Tobias - Died 7-7-1970 in Manhasset, Long Island, New York, U. Jimi Hendrix (James Marshall Hendrix) (aka Jimmy James) - Died 9-18-1970 in Kensington, West London, England - Asphyxiated on his vomit after ingesting a heavy dose of barbiturates ( Rock - Metal - Blues ) Born 11-27-42 in Seattle, Washington, U. as Johnny Allen Hendrix - Was a guitar player and singer for Jimmy James And The Blue Flames, The Jimi Hendrix Experience (They did, "I Don't Live Today" and "Foxy Lady") and The Band Of Gypsies - He also played for Little Richard, King Curtis and The Isley Brothers - Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee. Harold Mc Nair (aka Little G) - Died 3-7-1971 in Maida Vale, London, England - Lung Cancer ( Caribbean - Jazz - Rock ) Born 11-5-1931 in Kingston, Jamaica - He played saxophone and flute and sang - (He did, "The Hipster") - Worked with Ginger Baker's Air Force ("Don't Care"), Charles Mingus, Jon Hendricks, Blossom Dearie, Philly Joe Jones, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Donovan ("There Is A Mountain") and Melanie. Dyke Arlester Christian - Died 3-13-1971 in Phoenix Arizona, U. - Shot by a deranged man ( R&B - Soul ) Born 6-13-1943 in Buffalo, New York, U. - Singer and bassist - Was a member of Dyke And The Blazers (They did, "Funky Broadway" and "We've Got More Soul") - Arizona Blues Hall Of Fame Inductee. Charlie Shavers (Charles James Shavers) - Died 7-8-1971 - Throat cancer ( Jazz ) Born 8-3-1917 in New York, NY, U. - Played Trumpet - Worked with Lucky Millinder, John Kirby's Sextet, Metronome All-Stars, Johnny Dodds, Tommy Dorsey, Jimmy Noone and Sidney Bechet. Papa George Lightfoot (Alexander Lightfoot) - Died - Respiratory failure ( Blues ) Born 3-2-1924 in Natchez, Mississippi, U. (He recorded,"Ah Come On Honey" and "Night Time") Worked with Fats Domino, Tommy Ridgley, Shirley & Lee and Edgar Blanchard & The Gondoliers. -1971 ( Folk ) Singer and guitarist - (He wrote, "Arthritis Blues" and co-wrote, "Keep That Oil A-rollin'") - Was a member of The Almanac Singers - He was married to singer and guitarist, Bess Lomax Hawes. Jiri Grossmann - Died 12-5-1971 in Prague, Czechoslovakia - Lymphoma ( Country - Pop ) Born 7-20-1941 in Prague, Czechoslovakia - Was an actor, performing with Miloslav Simek in a comic duo, but also was a singer and songwriter (He wrote, "Zavidim", "Drahy Muj" and adapted Czech lyrics for "Blizzard"). - Sang and played guitar and mandolin - (He did, "Mississippi Jail House Groan" and "Ham Hound Crave") - Worked with Charley Patton. Ray Kinney - Died 1-28-1972 in Honolulu, HI - Born 9-26-1900 in Hilo, HI - Singer, composer and ukulele player - (He wrote, "Kalapaki Bay" and "Leimana") - Led Ray And His Aloha Maids - Hawaiian Music Hall Of Fame Inductee. Harry Womack (Harris Womack) - Died 3-9-1974 in Los Angeles, CA, U. - Stabbed ( Gospel - Rock ) Born 6-25-1945 in Cleveland, Ohio, U. - Bassist - Was a member of The Womack Brothers (They did, "Somebody's Wrong" and "Yield Not To Temptation") and The Valentinos (They did, "It's All Over Now" and "Looking For A Love"). Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup (aka Pop Crudup, Elmore Jones and Percy Crudup) - The Father of Rock'n'Roll - Died 3-28-1974 in Nassawadox, VA, U. - Heart attack ( Gospel - Blues ) Born 8-24-1905 in Forest, Mississipp, U. - Guitarist and singer - (He did, "That's Alright (Mama)" and "Rock Me Mama") - Worked with The Hamonizing Four - Blues Hall Of Fame Inductee. George Henderson - Died 4-15-1974 ( Jazz ) Born 1900 in New Orleans, LA, U. - Was the leader of The Six Black Diamonds - Worked with Kid Thomas, Billie & De De Pierce, Captain John Handy and Sam Morgan. Lee, Ida Cox, Harlan Leonard, Thamon Hayes, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Stan Kenton, Benny Carter, Slim Gaillard, Jay Mc Shann and Count Basie's orchestra. - Played vibraphone and trombone - Worked with Eddie Mallory, Charlie Echols, Cab Calloway, Benny Carter, Eddie Barefield, Don Redman, Duke Ellington ("Liberian Suite") and Louis Armstrong. - Percussionist and whistler - Led Brother Bones And His Shadows (They did, "Sweet Georgia Brown"). Mama Cass Elliot ( Ellen Naomi Cohen ) - Died 7-29-1974 in London, England - Heart attack (Folk - Rock - Pop) Born 9-19-1943 in Baltimore, Maryland, U. - Singer - Was a member of The Mugwumps and The Mamas & The Papas (They recorded, "California Dreamin'" and "Monday Monday") - Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee. - Played tenor saxophone - Worked with Ernie Fields, Charles Mingus, Roland Hanna and Randy Weston. - Guitarist and singer - Worked with The Jays, Farrel And The Flames and The Victims Of Success. Wynton Kelly - Died 4-12-1971 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada - After an epileptic seizure ( R&B - Jazz ) Born 12-2-1931 in Jamaica - Pianist - (He did, "Wrinkles" and "Sassy") - Worked with Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, Hal Singer, Dizzy Gillespie, Dinah Washington and Miles Davis. Lennie Hayton (Leonard George Hayton) - Died 4-24-1971 in Palm Springs, CA, U. Bob Dunn (Robert Lee Dunn) - Died 5-27-1971 in Houston, TX, U. ( Western Swing ) Born 2-5-1908 in Fort Gibson, OK, U. Libby Holman (Elizabeth Lloyd Holzman) (aka The Statue of Libby) - Died 6-18-1971 in Stamford, CT, U. - Acute carbon monoxide poisoning - Born 5-23-1906 in Cincinnati, OH, U. - Singer and actress - (She did, "Moanin' Low" and "Something To Remember You By"). " and "Charley, My Boy") - Collaborated with Cecil Mack, Gus Kahn, Dan Russon, Albert Sam Lewis, Von Tilzer, Joe Young and Ernie Erdman - Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductee. Lefty Baker (Eustace Britchforth) - Died 8-11-1971 in California, U. - Enlarged liver (Rock) Born 1-7-1942 in Roanoke, Virginia, U. - Sang and played guitar and banjo - Worked with Spanky And Our Gang (They did, "Like To Get to Know You" and "Sunday Morning"). Tony Clarke (Ralph Thomas Williams) - Died 8-28-1971 in Detroit, MI, U. Gene Vincent ( Vincent Eugene Craddock ) - Died in Los Angeles, CA, U. - Ulcerated wound that he received in a car accident that killed Eddie Cochran 11 years earlier ( Rock & Roll ) Born 2-11-1935 in Norfolk, Virginia, U. - Led Gene Vincent And The Blue Caps (They did, "Be-Bop-A-Lula" and "Bluejean Bop") - Worked with The Wild Angels - Rockabilly Hall Of Fame Inductee and Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee. Pavel Bayerle - Died in Olomouc, Czechoslovakia - During a performance ( Jazz - Musicals ) Born 3-31-1925 in Trutnov, Czechoslovakia - Trumpeter, composer, arranger and leader for his band AUS VN (They did, "Pribeh Nasi Lasky" and "O Nas Dvou").- Died in Macon, Georgia, U. - Motorcycle accident ( Southern Rock ) Born in Nashville, Tennessee, U. (He did,"Midnight Rider") Was a member of The Kings, The Allman Joys, Hourglass and The Allman Brothers Band - The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee . - Cancer ( Jazz ) Born 1-17-1918 in Lawrence, MA, U. - Singer - Worked with Jan Murphy, Mal Hallett, Gene Krupa ("Drum Boogie" and "Drummin' Man") and her husband, Charlie Spivak ("Golden Earrings" and "Baby Won't You Please Come Home") - She had been married to trumpet player, Corky Cornelius. Red Smiley (Arthur Lee Smiley Jr.) - Died 1-2-1972 in Bryson City, NC, U. ( Bluegrass ) Singer and guitarist - Born 5-17-1925 in Marshall, NC, U. - He was one of Tennessee Cutups (They did, "I'm Using My Bible For A Road Map" and "I Know You're Married") - International Bluegrass Music Hall Of Honor Inductee. Whatley) - Died on 1-12-1972 ( Jazz ) Led Fess Whatley And His Jazz Demons - He was an instructor of music whose students included Erskine Hawkins, Teddy Hill, Cleveland Eaton and Sun Ra - Alabama Music Hall Of Fame Inductee. Bagdasarian Sr.) - Died 1-16-1972 - Heart attack ( Novelty ) Born 1-27-1919 in Fresno, Califonia, U. - Pianist, singer and songwriter - (He did, "The Witch Doctor") - Created The Chipmunks ("The Chipmunk Song"). - Co-owner of Vee-Jay Records which released recordings by The Beatles, The Spaniels, The El Dorados, The Magnificents, The Dukays, Jerry Butler, Curtis Mayfield, The Dells, The Staple Singers, The Original Five Blind Boys, The Shepards, John Lee Hooker, Jimi Hendrix, The Caravans, Hoyt Axton, The Gospel Harmonettes, The Swan Silvertones and Jimmy Reed. Smitty Gatlin (Earl Smith Gatlin) - Died 3-20-1972 - Cancer ( Gospel ) Born 7-15-1935 in Pulaski, TN, U. - Singer - He was a member of The Oak Ridge Boys - Gospel Music Hall Of Fame Inductee and Southern Gospel Music Hall Of Fame Inductee. Tony Parenti (Anthony Parenti) - Died 4-17-1972 ( Jazz ) Born 8-6-1900 in New Orleans, LA, U. - Played Saxophone and Clarinet - Worked with Joseph Taverno's Italian Band, The Radio City Symphony Orchestra, Preacher Rolo Laylan's Five Saints, The Dukes of Dixieland, Muggsy Spanier, Ted Lewis and Miff Mole. De De Pierce (Joseph De Lacroix Pierce) - Died ( Jazz ) Born 2-18-1904 in New Orleans, LA, U. - Sang and played Cornet - (He did, "Peanut Vendor" and "Dippermouth Blues" with Billie Pierce). Thomas ("One Thin Dime" and "I'm A Stranger Here"). - Seizure ( R&B ) Born 7-14-1926 - Guitarist - (He co-wrote, "Dedicated To The One I Love") - He was a member of The Five Royales (They did, "Baby Don't Do It" and "Help Me Somebody"). - Born 1907 in Romania in 1907 - Co-founder of The Aristocrat Records Label which released recordings by The Five Blazes, Andrew Tibbs, Muddy Waters, George Davis, Clarence Samuels, Sunnyland Slim, Benny Kelly, Jump Jackson and Sherman Hayes. - Bassist - Worked with Stan Kenton (They did,"Artistry In Bolero," and "Painted Rhythm"), Hal Mc Intyre, Miff Mole and Charlie Barnet. Julian Dash (Julian Bennett Dash) - Died 2-25-1974 ( Jazz ) Born 4-9-1916 in Charleston, SC, U. - Played the Sax - Worked with Erskine Hawkins, The Charleston Nighthawks, The Revellers and The Bama State Collegians.