Category: musician

Average White Band tenor saxophonist Malcolm “Molly” Duncan (born in Montrose, Angus, Scotland) – August 24, 1945 – October 8, 2019, RIP

On this day in music history: August 21, 1990 – “Facelift”, the debut album by Alice In Chains is released. Produced by Dave Jerden, it is recorded at London Bridge Studio in Seatte, WA and Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood, CA from December 1989 – April 1990. Having gone through number of different line ups and name changes prior to recording their first album, the Seattle, WA based grunge rock band attracts major label interest based on the strength of their demo tape “The Treehouse Tapes” which they have been selling at their live shows. Their managers send a copy to Sony A&R man Nick Terzo, who in turn plays it for his boss Don Ienner. Columbia Records quickly sign them and make them a top priority. Prior to the sessions, drummer Sean Kinney breaks his hand but record with the band in spite of the injury. It spins off four singles including “Man In The Box” (#18 Mainstream Rock), “Sea Of Sorrow” (#27 Mainstream Rock), and “We Die Young”. The album sells slowly at first, until the video for “Man” goes into heavy rotation on MTV, giving the band widespread exposure. This makes Alice In Chains the first of the Seattle grunge rock bands to breakthrough (ahead of contemporaries like Nirvana, Soundgarden, and Pearl Jam) on a commercial basis. “Facelift” peaks at number forty two on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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Singer, songwriter, musician and Saturday Night Live musical director Katreese Barnes (born Katreese Darcene Barnes in Fort Carson, CO) – January 3, 1963 – August 3, 2019, RIP

Brazilian jazz and bossa nova music icon João Gilberto (born João Gilberto Prado Pereira de Oliveira in Juazeiro, Bahia, Brazil) – June 10, 1931 – July 6, 2019, RIP

Rhythm & Blues and rock & roll music icon Dave Bartholomew (born David Louis Bartholomew in Edgard, LA) – December 24, 1918 – June 23, 2019, RIP

Singer, songwriter and musician Dr. John (born Malcolm John Rebennack in New Orleans, LA) – November 20, 1941 – June 6, 2019, RIP

Born on this day: June 6, 1959 – Producer, songwriter and musician Jimmy Jam (born James Samuel Harris III in Minneapolis, MN). Happy 60th Birthday, Jimmy Jam!!!

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Singer, songwriter, musician and actor Leon Redbone (born Dickran Gobalian in Nicosia, Cyprus) – August 26, 1949 – May 30, 2019, RIP

Louis Armstrong photographed by Gene Trindl circa 1956

The Walker Brothers lead vocalist, songwriter and musician Scott Walker (born Noel Scott Engel in Hamilton, OH) – January 9, 1943 – March 22, 2019, RIP