This weeks birthdays include Roy Clark, Dusty Springfield, Luther Vandross, & Henry Mancini! Listen for the music birthday list afternoons at 3:35 PM with Jon Hall.
Roy Clark (April 15, 1933-November 15, 2018), American singer and musician. He is best known for having hosted ‘Hee Haw’, a nationally televised country variety show, from 1969 to 1997.
Bessie Smith (April 16, 1894-September 26, 1937), Blues singer, ‘Empress Of The Blues’. Died of injuries from a car accident when an all white hospital refused to treat her.
Henry Mancini (April 16, 1924 – June 14, 1994), American conductor and Grammy Award-winning film score composer.
Dusty Springfield (Mary O’Brien) (April 16, 1939 – March 02, 1999), (born Mary O’Brien) English pop-soul singer. Solo performer and a member of ‘The Springfields’ with her brother Tom Springfield and Tim Feild (correct spelling).
Don Kirshner (April 17, 1934 – January 17, 2011), Publisher, talent manager, and songwriter who helped launch the careers of Neil Diamond, Bobby Darin, Carole King, Neil Sedaka and The Archies. He was hired by the producers of ‘The Monkees’ to provide hit-worthy songs to accompany the program and also served as a music consultant for almost two dozen TV series between 1966 and 1977.
Jan Hammer (April 17, 1948 ), Keyboard player, Mahavishnu Orchestra and Jeff Beck. He scored the solo, 1985 US No.1 & UK No.5 single ‘Miami Vice Theme’.
Michael Sembello (April 17, 1954), Grammy-award winning and Oscar nominated singer, musician, songwriter who had the 1983 US No.1 single ‘Maniac’, featured in the film ‘Flashdance’.
Luther Vandross (April 20, 1951 – July 01, 2005), Grammy Award-winning R&B singer, would have turned 68 this year.