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Music Birthdays

We haven’t done one of these for a while and, with all the gloom and doom around at the moment, we thought this was a good time to celebrate all the musicians, past and present, whose birthday it is today.

1818 – Charles Gounod, French composer and academic
1882 – Igor Stravinsky, Russian pianist, composer, and conductor
1902 – Sammy Fain, American pianist and composer
1910 – Red Foley, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1915 – David “Stringbean” Akeman, American singer and banjo player
1916 – Terry Gilkyson, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1927 – Martin Böttcher, German composer and conductor
1930 – Cliff Gallup, American rock & roll guitarist
1933 – Christian Ferras, French violinist
1940 – Chuck Rainey, American bassist
1943 – Barry Manilow, American singer-songwriter and producer
1944 – Chris Spedding, English singer-songwriter and guitarist
1947 – Timothy Wright, American gospel singer, pastor
1947 – George S. Clinton, American composer and songwriter
1947 – Gregg Rolie, American rock singer-songwriter and keyboard player
1947 – Paul Young, English singer-songwriter
1949 – Snakefinger, English singer-songwriter and guitarist
1949 – Russell Smith, American country singer-songwriter and guitarist
1957 – Philip Chevron, Irish singer-songwriter and guitarist
1957 – Martin Dillon, American tenor and educator
1957 – Uģis Prauliņš, Latvian composer
1958 – Jello Biafra, American singer-songwriter and producer
1961 – Kōichi Yamadera, Japanese singer and actor
1962 – Michael Monroe, Finnish singer-songwriter and saxophonist
1967 – Dorothea Röschmann, German soprano and actress
1967 – Eric Stefani, American keyboard player and composer
1971 – Paulina Rubio, Mexican pop singer
1979 – Young Maylay, American rapper, producer, and voice actor
1983 – Lee Ryan, English singer/actor
1987 – Kendrick Lamar, American rapper
1987 – Nozomi Tsuji, Japanese singer and actress
1989 – Simone Battle, American singer and actress

Music Deaths

May is here and with it our round up of the music industry deaths in April.  Last month saw far fewer, although still far too many, deaths than previous months with a ‘mere’ 48 joining the great gig in the sky.

1
Caravelli, 88, French conductor and composer
Vladimir Orloff, 90, Romanian-Canadian cellist and music teacher
Ruth-Margret Pütz, 89, German coloratura soprano

2
Rick Elias, 64, American musician
Kim English, 48, American house and gospel singer-songwriter

3
Einar Iversen, 88, Norwegian jazz pianist and composer
Maurice Pon, 97, French lyricist

4
Alberto Cortez, 79, Argentine singer and songwriter
Marilyn Mason, 93, American concert organist and academic
Tiger Merritt, 31, American singer and guitarist

5
Ib Glindemann, 84, Danish jazz composer and bandleader
Pastor López, 74, Venezuelan singer-songwriter
Samuel Pilafian, 69, American tuba player
Shawn Smith, 53, American singer, songwriter and musician
Davey Williams, 66, American avant-garde guitarist and music critic
Wowaka, 31, Japanese Vocaloid producer and vocalist

6
Jim Glaser, 82, American country music artist

7
Gino Stefani, 89, Italian jazz musician, musicologist, and semiologist

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9
Paul Severs, 70, Belgian singer

10
Earl Thomas Conley, 77, American country music singer-songwriter

11
Mus Mulyadi, 73, Indonesian singer
Ivan Ponomarenko, 73, Ukrainian opera singer
Gary Stewart, 62, American music executive and archivist (Rhino Records, Apple Inc.)

12
Dina, 62, Portuguese singer
Johnny Hutchinson, 78, English rock and roll drummer

13
Paul Raymond, 73, English keyboardist and guitarist

14
Rakhal Chandra Mohanty, 86, Indian music director and singer

15
Les Reed, 83, English songwriter
Joe Terry, 78, American rock and roll singer

16
Jörg Demus, 90, Austrian pianist
Kent Harris, 88, American songwriter and record producer

17
Frederick Hemke, 83, American saxophonist

18
Eddie Tigner, 92, American blues keyboardist, singer and songwriter

19
Martin Böttcher, 91, German composer, arranger and conductor
MC Sapão, 40, Brazilian singer

20
Amar Pal, 96, Indian folk singer
Wu Yili, 87–88, Chinese-Singaporean pianist

21
Yasmim Gabrielle, 17, Brazilian singer
Atli Heimir Sveinsson, 80, Icelandic composer

22
Heather Harper, 88, Northern Irish soprano
Dave Samuels, 70, American percussionist

23
Charity Sunshine Tillemann-Dick, 35, American soprano singer and presenter

24
Françoise Barrière, 76, French composer
Dick Rivers, 74, French rock and roll singer
Pedro de Saint Germain, 69, Brazilian singer, voice actor, and holistic therapist

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26
Phil McCormack, 58, American singer
Reijo Taipale, 79, Finnish singer

27
Jack de Mello, 102, American composer

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