On April 30, 2015, Ben E. King died aged 76. Being one of the lead singers of the soul vocal group “Drifters” he is best known as the singer and co-composer of “Stand by Me”, song number 25 on the RIAA’s list of “Songs of the century”.
On April 30, 1983, McKinley Morganfield aka Muddy Waters died aged 70. Named as “father of modern Chicago blues”, Waters wrote few classic standards including “I just want to make love to you”, “I’m your Hoochie Coochie Man”, “Got my Mojo working” and had a major influence on many artists including Cream, Eric Clapton and Led Zeppelin. The Rolling Stones named themselves after Waters’ 1950 song “Rollin’ Stone”.
On April 29, 1983, Michael “Mick” Ronson died aged 47. Being guitarist, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, arranger and producer, he is best known for his work with David Bowie, as one of the Spiders from Mars. Ronson have worked with Ian Hunter. Morrissey, Van Morrison, Slaughter & The Dogs, The Wildhearts, The Rich Kids, Elton John, Johnny Cougar and T-Bone Burnett. Ronson also co-produced Lou Reed’s album “Transformer” and released several solo albums, “Slaughter on 10th Avenue” is his best known and most successful solo project. In 2003 he was named the 64th greatest guitarist of all time by “Rolling Stone” and 41st in 2012 by the same magazine.
On April 28, 1969, “Columbia” label released the debut, self-titled Chicago Transit Authority album. Later the band changed its name to Chicago and the debut album became known as “Chicago I”. It was recorded in “Columbia Recording Studios” in New York City and was produced by James William Guercio.