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On January 11, 2005.

On January 11, 2005, “High Note” label released “I Remember Brother Ray”, the 34th David “Fathead” Newman album. It was recorded in August 2004, at “Van Gelder Studio” in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, and was produced by David “Fathead” Newman and Houston Person. The album was paying tribute to his bandleader and mentor Ray Charles.

Personnel:

  • David “Fathead” Newman – tenor saxophone
  • John Hicks – piano
  • Steve Nelson – vibraphone
  • John Menegon – bass
  • Winard Harper – drums

Track listing:

  1. Hit the Road Jack – Percy Mayfield
  2. Georgia On My Mind – Hoagy Carmichael, Stuart Gorrell
  3. When Your Lover Has Gone – Einar Aaron Swan
  4. Drown in My Tears – Henry Glover
  5. ‘Deed I Do – Fred Rose, Walter Hirsch
  6. It Had to Be You – Isham Jones, Gus Kahn
  7. Ruby – Mitchell Parish, Heinz Roemheld
  8. Them That Got (I Ain’t Got Nothing Yet) – Ray Charles, Ricci Harper

On December 14, 2006.

On December 14, 2006, Ahmet Ertegun died aged 83. He was businessman, philanthropist, composer, and music producer. He was the co-founder and president of “Atlantic Records” (with Herb Abramson), and discovered and supported the careers of many rhythm and blues and rock musicians, including Aretha Frankiln, Led Zeppelin, and Ray Charles. Ertegun was chairman of the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”, and in 2017 was inducted in the “Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame”. He was regarded as “one of the most significant figures in the modern recording industry”.

In october 1959.

In October 1959, “Atlantic” label released “The Genius of Ray Charles”, the seventh Ray Charles album. It was recorded May – June 1959, at “6 West Recording” in New York City, and was produced by Nesuhi Ertegün and Jerry Wexler.

Personnel:

  • Ray Charles – vocals, piano
  • Allen Hanlon – guitar
  • Wendell Marshall – bass guitar
  • Ted Sommer – drums
  • Clark Terry – trumpet
  • Ernie Royal – trumpet
  • Joe Newman – trumpet
  • Snooky Young – trumpet
  • Marcus Belgrave – trumpet
  • John Hunt – trumpet
  • Melba Liston – trombone
  • Quentin Jackson – trombone
  • Thomas Mitchell – trombone
  • Al Grey – trombone
  • Frank Wess – flute
  • Clark Terry – trumpet
  • Ernie Royal – trumpet
  • Joe Newman – trumpet
  • Snooky Young – trumpet
  • Marcus Belgrave – trumpet
  • John Hunt – trumpet
  • Melba Liston – trombone
  • Quentin Jackson – trombone
  • Thomas Mitchell – trombone
  • Al Grey – trombone
  • Bob Brookmeyer – valve trombone
  • Frank Wess – flute, alto and tenor saxophone
  • Marshal Royal – alto saxophone
  • Paul Gonsalves – tenor saxophone
  • Zoot Sims – tenor saxophone
  • Billy Mitchell – tenor saxophone
  • David “Fathead” Newman – tenor saxophone
  • Quincy Jones – arranger, conductor
  • Ernie Wilkins – arrangement
  • Ralph Burns – arrangements
  • Johnny Acea – arrangement
  • Al Cohn – arrangement
  • Harry Lookofsky – concertmaster
  • Ralph Burns – arranger
  • Nat Hentoff – sleeve notes
  • Bill Schwartau, Tom Dowd – recording engineer
  • Marvin Israel – cover design
  • Lee Friedlander – cover photography

Track listing:

  1. Let the Good Times Roll – Sam Theard, Fleecie Moore
  2. It Had to Be You – Gus Kahn, Isham Jones
  3. Alexander’s Ragtime Band – Irving Berlin
  4. Two Years of Torture – Percy Mayfield, Charles Joseph Morris
  5. When Your Lover Has Gone – Einar Aaron Swan
  6. Deed I Do – Walter Hirsch, Fred Rose
  7. Just for a Thrill – Lil Hardin Armstrong, Don Raye
  8. You Won’t Let Me Go – Bud Allen, Buddy Johnson
  9. Tell Me You’ll Wait for Me – Charles Brown, Oscar Moore
  10. Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Cryin’ – Joe Greene
  11. Am I Blue? – Grant Clarke, Harry Akst
  12. Come Rain or Come Shine – Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen

On October 7, 2019.

On October 7, 2019, Malcolm “Molly” Duncan died aged 74. He was a musician (saxophone), recorded and performed with Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, Tom Petty, Buddy Guy, Ben E. King, Dire Straits, Bryan Ferry, Chaka Khan, and Eric Clapton, but was best known as a founding member of Average White Band.

On July 29, 1986.

On July 29, 1986, “Family Productions” and “Columbia” labels released “The Bridge”, the tenth Billy Joel studio album. It was recorded 1985 – 1986, at “The Power Station”, “Chelsea Sound”, “RCA Studios”, in New York City and “Evergreen Studios”, in Burbank, California, and was produced by Phil Ramone. The album was certified Platinum in Australia by “ARIA”, 2 x Platinum in Canada by “Music Canada”, and 2 x Platinum in the US by “RIAA”.

Personnel:

  • Billy Joel– lead and backing vocals, acoustic piano, synthesizers, electric guitar, Fender Rhodes
  • Ray Charles– acoustic piano, lead vocals
  • David Brown – guitar, 12-string acoustic guitar
  • Russell Javors– guitar
  • Liberty DeVitto– drums, percussion
  • Doug Stegmeyer– bass guitar
  • Mark Rivera– tenor and alto saxophone
  • Rob Mounsey– synthesizer, orchestration
  • Jeff Bova– synthesizer, orchestration
  • Steve Winwood– Hammond B3 organ
  • Dean Parks– guitar
  • John McCurry– guitar
  • Neil Stubenhaus– bass guitar
  • Ron Carter– acoustic bass
  • Neil Jason– bass guitar
  • Vinnie Colaiuta– drums
  • Jimmy Bralower – percussion
  • Eddie Daniels– alto saxophone
  • Michael Brecker– tenor saxophone
  • Ronnie Cuber– baritone saxophone
  • Dave Bargeron– trombone
  • Marvin Stamm– trumpet
  • Alan Rubin– trumpet
  • Don Brooks– harmonica
  • Patrick Williams– arrangements
  • Philippe Saisse– orchestration
  • Peter Hewlett – backing vocals
  • Cyndi Lauper– harmony vocals
  • Joseph D’Ambrosio – production coordinator
  • Jim Boyer – engineer
  • Steve Boyer, David Dickson, Bradshaw Leigh, Fred Tenny – engineer assistant
  • Ricki Begin, Peter Bergren, Mark Betts, Steve Buller, Cary Butler, Gary Ciuzio, Ed Evans, Bruce Howell, Joe Lopes, Frank Rodriguez, Billy Rothschild, Joe Salvatto, Audrey Tanaka, Phil Vachon – technical support
  • Ted Jensen– mixing
  • Mark Larson – design
  • Brad Holland – cover painting
  • Patrick Demarchelier – photography
  • Larry Busacca, Phil Ramone, Charles Reilly – sleeve photography

Track listing:

All tracks by Billy Joel, except where noted.

  1. Running on Ice
  2. This Is the Time
  3. A Matter of Trust
  4. Modern Woman
  5. Baby Grand
  6. Big Man on Mulberry Street
  7. Temptation
  8. Code of Silence – Billy Joel, Cyndi Lauper
  9. Getting Closer

On July 19, 2001.

On July 19, 2001, Judy Clay died aged 62. She was a singer (soul, gospel),  member of Drinkard Singers, who later became better known as The Sweet Inspirations, and teamed with singer-songwriter Billy Vera. As a background vocalist, she worked with Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Van Morrison, Donny Hathaway, and Wilson Pickett.

On July 1, 1971.

On July 1, 1971, “Embryo Records” label released “Push Push”, the 56th Herbie Mann album. It was recorded in 1971 and was produced by Arif Mardin.

Personnel:

  • Herbie Mann – flute, saxophone
  • Cornell Dupree- guitar
  • David Spinozza- guitar
  • Gene Bianca – harp
  • Richard Tee- piano, electric piano, organ
  • Chuck Rainey – bass
  • Jerry Jemmott – bass
  • Donald “Duck” Dunn- bass
  • Bernard Purdie – drums
  • Al Jackson, Jr.- drums
  • Ralph MacDonald- percussion

Track listing:

  1. Push Push – Herbie Mann
  2. What’s Going On – Renaldo Benson, Alfred Cleveland, Marvin Gaye
  3. Spirit in the Dark – Aretha Franklin
  4. Man’s Hope – traditional, arrangement by Herbie Mann, based on “Hatikvah”
  5. If – David Gates
  6. Never Can Say Goodbye – Clifton Davis
  7. What’d I Say – Ray Charles

 

 

On May 28, 2008.

On May 28, 2008, Jerald Kolbrak aka Jerry Cole died aged 68. He was guitarist, started the career in the bands The Champs (together with Glen Campbell), and Gee Cee’s. He has worked as session musician with many famous musicians and bands including The Byrds, Nancy Sinatra, The Beach Boys, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Roger McGuinn, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Aretha Franklin, The Righteous Brothers, Little Richard, Dean Martin, Merle Haggard, Ray Charles, Tony Orlando & Dawn, Lou Rawls, Johnny Rivers, Gregg Allman, Lee Hazlewood, Blood Sweat & Tears, Kenny Rogers, Neil Diamond, Steely Dan and Isaac Hayes.

On April 22, 2003.

On April 22, 2003, Matilda Genevieve Scaduto died aged 77. With her husband Diadorius Boudleaux Bryant wrote number of hits for The Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison. Their songs were recorded by many artists including The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Tonny Bennett, Grateful Dead, Simon and Garfunkel, Sarah Vaughan, Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, Gram Parson, Joan Jett, The Beach Boys, Elvis Costello, Count Basie, Lynn Anderson, Sonny James, Eddy Arnold, Bob Moore, Charley Pride, Nazareth, Jim Reeves, Leo Sayer, Jerry Lee Lewis, Cher, R.E.M. and Ray Charles.

On July 1, 1971.

On July 1, 1971, “Atco” label released “Everything Is Everything”, the debut Donny Hathaway studio album. It was recorded September 1969 – April 1970, and was produced by Donny Hathaway and Ric Powell.

Personnel:

  • Donny Hathaway – lead and background vocals, electric pianos, , organ, additional bass guita, keyboard bass, arranger, conductor
  • Master Henry Gibson– congas
  • King Curtis– guitar
  • Phil Upchurch- bass guitar, guitar
  • John Littlejohn- guitar, vocals
  • John Avant – trombone
  • Johnny Board – tenor saxophone
  • Lenard Druss – tenor saxophone
  • Oscar Brashear– trumpet
  • Clifford P. Davis – alto saxophone
  • Aaron Dodd – tuba
  • Morris Ellis – trombone
  • Marshall Hawkins- bass guitar
  • Willie Henderson- baritone saxophone
  • John Howell – trumpet
  • Morris Jennings– drums
  • Robert A. Lewis – trumpet
  • Cyril Touff – bass trumpet
  • John Lounsberry – French horn
  • Ethel Merker – French horn
  • Paul A. Teryett – French hor
  • Don Myrick- alto saxophone
  • Ric Powell – drums, percussion
  • Louis Satterfield- bass guitar
  • The Vashonettes – backing vocals
  • Murray Allen, Roger Anfinsen – recording engineer
  • Haig Adishian – cover design
  • Jim Taylor – cover photography

Track listing:

 Voices Inside (Everything Is Everything) – Richard Evans, Ric Powell, Phil Upchurch

  1. Je Vous Aime (I Love You) – Donny Hathaway, Leroy Hutson, Edward Kennedy
  2. I Believe to My Soul – Ray Charles
  3. Misty – Johnny Burke, Erroll Garner
  4. Sugar Lee – Donny Hathaway, Ric Powell
  5. Tryin’ Times – Donny Hathaway, Leroy Hutson
  6. Thank You Master (For My Soul) – Donny Hathaway
  7. The Ghetto – Donny Hathaway, Leroy Hutson
  8. To Be Young, Gifted and Black – Weldon Irvine, Nina Simone