On September 1, 2012, Harold Lane David died aged 91. He was lyricist best known for his collaborations with composer Burt Bacharach. Together they wrote and composed for Marty Robbins, Dionne Warwick, The Carpenters, Dusty Springfield, B. J. Thomas, Gene Pitney, Tom Jones and Jackie DeShannon. Some of their best known compositions are “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head”, “We Have All the Time in the World”, “This Guy’s in Love with You”, “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again”, “Do You Know the Way to San Jose”, “Walk On By”, “What the World Needs Now Is Love”, “I Say a Little Prayer”, “(There’s) Always Something There to Remind Me”, “One Less Bell to Answer”, “Alfie” and “Anyone Who Had a Heart”. David and Bacharach worked on soundtracks for movies “What’s New Pussycat?”, “Alfie”, “Casino Royale” and “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”. Their compositions “Don’t Make Me Over”, “(They Long to Be) Close to You” and “Walk On By” have been inducted into the “Grammy Hall of Fame”. David contributed lyrics for three James Bond movies, and wrote lyrics for other composers including Morty Nevins, Albert Hammond, Sherman Edwards and Paul Hampton.
On December 15, 1944, Alton Glenn Miller died aged 40. He was musician (trombone), composer, arranger, and big-band leader, working in the swing era. Leading the best known big band, in the period 1939 – 1942, he was the best-selling recording artist, with 16 number-one records, and 69 top ten hits (more than Elvis Presley and the Beatles in their careers). Three of his compositions were inducted into the “Grammy Hall of Fame” – in 1983 “In the Mood”, in 1996 “Chattanooga Choo Choo”, and in 1991 “Moonlight Serenade”.
On December 15, 1943, Thomas Wright “Fats” Waller died aged 39. He was musician (piano, organ, violin), singer, and a comedic entertainer, a pioneer in creating the sound of the modern jazz piano. As composer he copyrighted over 400 songs, some of them with his collaborator Andy Razaf. Waller’s compositions “Honeysuckle Rose” and “Ain’t Misbehavin’” were inducted into the “Grammy Hall of Fame”, In 1970 he was inducted in the “Songwriters Hall of Fame”, in 1989 into the “Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame”, in 1993 he was posthumously awarded “Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award”, in 2005 he was inducted into the “Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame”, and in 2008 into the “Gennett Records Walk of Fame”.
In July 1963, “Impulse!” label released “John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman”, an album by John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman. It was recorded in March 1963, at “Van Gelder Studios” in Englewood, NJ, and was produced by Bob Thiele. In 2013, the album was inducted in the “Grammy Hall of Fame”.
- Johnny Hartman– vocals
- John Coltrane– tenor saxophone
- McCoy Tyner– piano
- Jimmy Garrison– double bass
- Elvin Jones– drums
- They Say It’s Wonderful – Irving Berlin
- Dedicated to You – Sammy Cahn, Saul Chaplin, Hy Zaret
- My One and Only Love – Guy Wood, Robert Melin
- Lush Life – Billy Strayhorn
- You Are Too Beautiful – Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart
- Autumn Serenade – Peter DeRose, Sammy Gallop
On May 9, 2020, Richard Wayne Penniman aka Little Richard died aged 87. He was singer, songwriter and musician (piano), one of the most important and influential persons in the popular music. His charismatic showmanship and dynamic music, characterized by frenetic piano playing, pounding back beat and raspy shouted vocals, laid the foundation for rock and roll, but also had important role in formation of other music genres such as soul and funk. For his work Little Richard received numerous awards and was honored by many institutions. In 1986, he was inducted into the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”; in 1993 he received “Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award”, he was inducted into the “Songwriters Hall of Fame”, received “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the “Recording Academy”; “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the “Rhythm and Blues Foundation”, and received a “Rhapsody & Rhythm Award” from the “National Museum of African American Music”. In 2012, his song “Tutti Frutti” was included in the “National Recording Registry” of the “Library of Congress”, stated that his “unique vocalizing over the irresistible beat announced a new era in music”. Three of his songs “Tutti Frutti,” “Lucille” and “Long Tall Sally” are inducted into the “Grammy Hall of Fame”.
In April 1962, “ABC-Paramount” label released “Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music”, the 19th Ray Charles album. It was recorded in February 1962, at “Capitol Studios” in New York City and “United Recording Studios” in Hollywood, and was produced by Sid Feller, Ray Charles and Joe Adams. In 1999, the album was inducted into the “Grammy Hall of Fame”. In 2001, the album track “I Can’t Stop Loving You” was inducted into the “Grammy Hall of Fame”. in 2001, the album was cited by “The Recording Academy” as a recording of “historical significance. “I Can’t Stop Loving You” was ranked number 49 on “Country Music Television’s” list of the “100 Greatest Songs of Country Music” In 2001, “VH1” channel listed the album in its list of “The 100 Greatest Albums of R ‘N’ R”. In 2003, “Rolling Stone” magazine ranked the album at number 104 on its list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”.
- Ray Charles– vocals, piano
- Hank Crawford– alto saxophone
- Gil Fuller, Gerald Wilson– big band arrangements
- Marty Paich– string arrangements
- Todd Everett – liner notes
- Bill Inglot, Ken Perry – remastering
- Michael Ochs Archives, Hugh Bell – photography
- Bill Putnam, Gene Thompson, Johnny Cue.Bob Arnold, Frank Abbey – engineering
- Bye Bye Love – Boudleaux Bryant, Felice Bryant
- You Don’t Know Me – Eddy Arnold, Cindy Walker
- Half As Much – Curley Williams
- I Love You So Much It Hurts – Floyd Tillman
- Just a Little Lovin’ (Will Go a Long Way) – Eddy Arnold, Zeke Clements
- Born To Lose – Frankie Brown, (Ted Daffan)
- Worried Mind – Ted Daffan, Jimmie Davis
- It Makes No Difference Now – Floyd Tillman, Jimmie Davis
- You Win Again – Hank Williams
- Careless Love – traditional, arranged by Ray Charles
- I Can’t Stop Loving You – Don Gibson
- Hey, Good Lookin’ – Hank Williams
In March 1961, “Atlantic” label released “My Favorite Things”, the seventh John Coltrane studio album. It was recorded in October 1960, and was produced by Nesuhi Ertegün. In 1998, the album received “Grammy Hall of Fame” award.
- John Coltrane– soprano and tenor saxophones
- McCoy Tyner– piano
- Steve Davis– double bass
- Elvin Jones– drums
- Tom Dowd, Phil Iehle — engineering
- Lee Friedlander— photography
- Loring Eutemey — cover design
- Bill Coss — liner notes
- My Favorite Things – Oscar Hammerstein II,, Richard Rodgers
- Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye – Cole Porter
- Summertime – Ira Gershwin, DuBose Heyward, George Gershwin
- But Not for Me – Ira Gershwin, George Gershwin
On January 20, 2012, Jamesetta Hawkins aka Etta James died aged 73. She was singer with powerful voice, performing blues, R&B, soul, jazz and gospel music She won six “Grammy Awards” and 17 “Blues Music Awards”; In 1993, she was inducted into the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”, in 1999 she was inducted in “Grammy Hall of Fame”, and in 2011 in the “Blues Hall of Fame”. “Rolling Stone” magazine ranked Etta James at number 22 on its list of the “100 Greatest Singers of All Time”.
On December 26, 1999, Curtis Lee Mayfield died aged 57. He was composer, singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer, regarded as one of the most influential musicians and composers in soul and politically conscious African-American music. He started the career in a gospel choir, gained wide recognition as member and main composer of The Impressions, and later had a successful solo career. “Rolling Stone” magazine ranked his 1965 song “People Get Ready” at number 24 on its list of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time”. The same song was also included in the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll”, and in 1998 was inducted into the “Grammy Hall of Fame”. His album with the soundtrack for the 1972 movie “Super Fly” was ranked at number 72 on “Rolling Stone’s” list of “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”. In 1994, Mayfield won a “Grammy Legend Award” in and a “Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award” in 1995. In 1991, he was inductee into the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” as a member of the Impressions, and in 1999 as a solo artist.
On July 22, 1977, “Stiff” label released “My Aim Is True”, the debut Elvis Costello album. It was recorded 1976 – 1977, at “Pathway Studios” in London, and was produced by Nick Lowe. The album cover was designed by Barney Bubbles. In 2003, “Rolling Stone” magazine ranked “My Aim Is True” at number 168 on its list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”; the same year, the TV network “VH1” named “My Aim Is True” the 80th greatest album of all time. In 2007, the album was inducted into the “Grammy Hall of Fame”.
- Elvis Costello– vocals, guitar, piano and drumsticks
- John McFee– lead guitar, pedal steel guitar, backing vocals
- Sean Hopper– piano, organ, backing vocals
- Mickey Shine – drums
- Stan Shaw – organ
- Nick Lowe– backing vocals, piano, drumsticks, bass
- Andrew Bodnar– bass
- Steve Goulding– drums
- Johnny Ciambotti – bass, backing vocals
- Steve Nieve– organ and piano overdubs
All tracks by Elvis Costello.
- Welcome to the Working Week
- Miracle Man
- No Dancing
- Blame It on Cain
- Sneaky Feelings
- (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes
- Less Than Zero
- Mystery Dance
- Pay It Back
- I’m Not Angry
- Waiting for the End of the World