This Day In Music: August 17
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August 17, 2021 ~ Gary Hirsh, commonly known as rock drummer Chicken Hirsh, passed away in Ashland, Oregon, USA ~ Best known as member of Country Joe & the Fish from 1966, replacing John Francis Gunning, through 1969. Would subsequently work with Blackburn & Snow and with the Cleanliness & Godliness Skiffle Band ~ Hirsh was born in 1940
 
August 17, 2018 ~ Folk, folk-rock, rock singer, songwriter, poet Claude Lolli passed away in Bologna, Italy ~ Active since the early 1970s, mostly focusing on political and social issues. Known for songs such as Aspettando Godot, Michel, Quando La Morte Avrà and Quanto Amore. Also known as poet and novelist, publishing his first novel, Antipatici Antipode, in 1997 ~ Lolli was born in 1950
August 17, 2018 ~ Soul, R&B, disco singer, songwriter Danny Pearson passed away in Stonewall, Mississippi, USA ~ Known for his sole album Barry White Presents Mr Danny Pearson released in 1978. It would be produced by Barry White and spawn the Billboard R&B top 20 hit What's Your Sign Girl ~ Pearson was born in 1953
 
August 17, 2009 ~ Tenor saxophonist Gianni Basso passed away ~ Influenced by Stan Getz. Best known for his association with Raoul Faissant ~ Basso was born in 1931
 
August 17, 2004 ~ Gérard Marcel Tisserand, commonly known as baritone singer Gérard Souzay, passed away ~ Active since the mid-1940s. Recitalist, opera singer, considered one of the finest mélodie singers. Frequent collaborator of pianist Dalton Baldwin. Sang in over a dozen languages. Noted for his interpretations of Franz Schubert and Robert Schumann. Had works written especially for him and his sister, soprano Geneviève Touraine, by Jacques Leguerney ~ Tisserand was born in 1918
 
August 17, 2001 ~ Joseph Edward Filippelli, commonly known as jazz, swing, jump blues saxophonist, clarinetit Flip Phillips, passed away in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA ~ Best known for his work with Norman Granz's Jazz At The Philharmonic concerts from the mid-1940 to the late 1950s. As a leader recorded extensively in the 1940s and 1950s, working with sidemen such as Buddy Morrow, Tommy Turk, Kai Winding, Sonny Criss, Ray Brown, Shelly Manne, and others. Backed singer Billie Holiday on her Billie Holiday Sings album released in 1952 ~ Phillips was born in 1915
 
August 17, 2000 ~ Gazzy Garcia, commonly known as rapper, singer, songwriter Lil' Pump, born in Miami, Florida, USA ~ First gained attention with the 2017 single Gucci Gang of his debut Lil' Pump album. Also known for I Love It, Esskeetit, Drug Addicts, Butterfly Door, Racks On Racks, Be Like Me and Welcome To The Party
 
August 17, 1995 ~ William Strethen Davis, commonly known as jazz pianist, organist, guitarist, arranger Wild Bill Davis, passed away in Moorestown, New Jersey, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Best known for pioneering the electronic organ prior to Jimmy Smith's emergence and as a member of Louis Jordan's backing unit Tympany Five. Also worked with Milt Larkin, Arnett Cobb, Illinois Jacquet, Tom Archia, Buster Bennett, Claude McLin, Johnny Hodges, Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton, Ray Brown, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Floyd Smith, Sonny Stitt, and others ~ Davis was born in 1918
 
August 17, 1993 ~ Power pop, singer, drummer, bassist, guitarist, songwriter Phil Seymour passed away in Tarzana, California, USA ~ Revered by power pop aficionados, especially for hi solo work. Formed the duo Oister with Dwight Twilley, known for their 1975 Billboard Hot 100 top 20 hit I'm On Fire. Member of the Textones. Sang backup on Tom Petty's American Girl and Breakdown ~ Seymour was born in 1952
 
August 17, 1990 ~ Singer, actress Pearl Bailey, full name Pearl Mae Bailey, passed away in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Vaudeville performer made her Broadway debut in St Louis Woman in 1946. Won a Tony Award for the title role in the original all-Black production of Hello Dolly ~ Bailey was born in 1918
 
August 17, 1988 ~ Gary Maurice Lucas Jr, commonly known as rapper, singer, songwriter Joyner Lucas, born in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA ~ First gained attention with his 2015 single Ross Capicchioni in 2015. Also known for a number of popular remixes, notably Lil' Pump's Gucci Gang, 21 Savage's Bank Account, Kendrick Lamar's DNA. Released his full-length solo debut album, ADHD, in 2020
August 17, 1988 ~ Singer Natalie Sandtorv born in Ålesund, Norway ~ Married to drummer Ole Mofjell. Best known for fronting Morning Has Occurred. Also worked with Polygon Junx, John Hegre, Thore Warland, Marte Eberson, Kjetil Moster, Karl Seglem, Steve Beresford, and others
 
August 17, 1986 ~ Singer, songwriter, producer Sam Mehran, also known as Sam Meringue, born in Miami, Florida, USA ~ Co-founded punk band the Test Icicles, drawing from post-hardcore, dance-punk and indie rock. As a solo artist ventured into more lo-fi oriented music, influenced by Ariel Pink and R Stevie Moore, recording under several monikers. Critically acclaimed for a series of recordings under the moniker Outer Limit Recordings ~ Mehran passed away in 2018
 
August 17, 1985 ~ Producer, songwriter Bernard Harvey born in Kansas City, Kansas, USA ~ Has worked with artists such as Justin Bieber, Sevyn Streeter, Cherish, Summer Walker, Omarion, Kandi Burruss, Gucci Mane, Eminem, and others
 
August 17, 1984 ~ Hamie Nickerson, commonly known as country blues, blues harpist, guitarist Hammie Nixon, passed away in Jackson, Tennessee, USA ~ Best known for his association with Sleepy John Estes. Pioneered the use of the mouth harmonica as a rhythm instrument rather than as a novelty. Has worked with Little Buddy Doyle, Charlie Pickett, Son Bonds, and others ~ Nickerson was born in 1908
 
August 17, 1982 ~ Singer, actor Mark Salling born in Dallas, Texas, USA ~ Best known for his role as Noach Puck Puckerman on the musical TV series Glee. Salling committed suicide one month before a scheduled sentencing date for child pornography charges ~ Salling passed away in 2018
 
August 17, 1980 ~ Carl Anthony Falk-Gramer, commonly known as pop, dance-pop, Europop producer, songwriter Carl Falk, born in Stockholm, Sweden ~ Has worked with Demi Lovato, One Direction, 5 Seconds Of Summer, Nicki Minaj, Ellie Goulding, Madonna, Avicii, Ariana Grande, Charlie Puth, Jason Derülo, Westlife, Iggy Azalea, and others
August 17, 1980 ~ Songwriter, lyricist Harold Adamson, full name Harold Campbell Adamson, passed away in Beverly Hills, California, USA ~ Popular songwriter of the 1930s and 1940s. Co-wrote songs such as Too Young To Go Steady (Nat King Cole, Patti Page, Connie Stevens), You're A Sweetheart (Tommy Dorsey, Alice Faye, Carroll Gibbons), Don't Believe Everything You Dream (the Ink Spots), Here Comes Heaven Again (Perry Como, Georgie Auld, the Platters), Little Things That Mean So Much (Teddy Wilson, Carmen McRae), A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening (Frank Sinatra, June Christy, Eddy Arnold), You're A Sweetheart (Hoagy Carmichael, Woody Herman, Harry James) ~ Adamson was born in 1906
 
August 17, 1977 ~ Hard rock, heavy metal guitarist, singer Bas Maas born in Heerlen, the Netherlands ~ Best known as member of After Forever from 2002 through 2009. Has also worked with Doro and Delain
 
August 17, 1973 ~ Clarence Eugene Shaw, commonly known as jazz trumpeter Gene Shaw, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Played with Lester Young, Wardell Gray, Lucky Thompson, Charles Mingus, and others ~ Shaw was born in 1926
 
August 17, 1971 ~ Saxophonist Tab Smith passed away in St Louis, Missouri, USA ~ Active since the late-1920s. Best known for his 1951 hit song Because Of You. Worked with the Carolina Stompers, Lucky Millinder, Count Basie, Coleman Hawkins, and others ~ Smith was born in 1909
 
August 17, 1970 ~ Jazz pianist, composer Peter Martin born in St Louis, Missouri, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Christian McBride, Victor Goine, Johnny Griffin, Reuben Rogers, Wynton Marsalis, Nicholas Payton, Joshua Redman, Dianne Reeves, Rodney Whitaker, Terence Blanchard, Betty Carter, Roy Hargrove, Ellis Marsalis Jr, David Sanborn, Stanley Turrentine, and others
 
August 17, 1969 ~ Saxophonist Robert Stewart born in Oakland, California, USA ~ Worked with Roy Hargrove, Max Roach, McCoy Tyner, Bobby Hutcherson, Freddie Hubbard, Wynton Marsalis (Blood On The Fields), Milt Jackson, Billy Higgins, Jimmy Smith, Black Note, Delfeayao Marsalis, Winard Harper, Jeff Tain-Watts, Reginald Veal, Pharoah Sanders, Jon Faddis, Buddy Conner, Paul Tillman Smith, and others
 
August 17, 1966 ~ Alto saxophonist Rolf Billberg passed away in Gothenburg, Sweden ~ Worked with Simon Brehm, Lars Gullin, Lasse Wanderyd, Ib Glindemann, Vera Auer, the Jazz Quintet 60, the Danish Radio Jazz Orchestra, Jan Allan, the Danish Radio Big Band, and others ~ Billberg was born in 1930
 
August 17, 1961 ~ Jazz clarinetist, saxophonist Francois Houle born in Lachine, Canada ~ Leader and sideman. Recording since the early-1990s. Worked with Marilyn Crispell, Dave Douglas, Mark Dresser, Benoit Delbecq, Havard Wilk, and others
 
August 17, 1960 ~ Jazz singer, guitarist, composer, arranger Maria Pia de Vito born in Naples, Italy ~ Worked with Art Ensemble Of Chicago, Michael Brecker, Uri Caine, Peter Erskine, Paolo Fresu, Billy Hart, Maria João, Dave Liebman, Gianluigi Trovesi, Steve Turre, Miroslav Vitous, Joe Zawinul, Colin Towns, John Taylor, Rito Marcotulli, Arto Tuncboyaciyan, Danilo Rea, Enzo Pietropaoli, Paolo Damiani, Pietro Tonolo, Giorgio Gaslini, Diederik Wissels, David Linx, and others
August 17, 1960 ~ Singer Stephan Eicher born in Munchenbuchsee, Switzerland ~ Influenced by Jacques Dutronc, Georges Brassens, Serge Gainsbourg, Patti Smith, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan. Member of Grauzone. Also worked with Philippe Dijan, Manu Katché, Pino Palladino, and others
 
August 17, 1959 ~ Fiddler Sue Draheim born in Oakland, California, USA ~ Worked with the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, the Bay Area Women's Philharmonic, Frank Zappa, Gael Alcock, Jim Bamford, Mac Benford, Will Spires, Sam Chatmon, the California Sheiks, John Renbourn, Keshav Sathe, Jacquie McShee, Wizz Jones, Marc Ellington, John Martyn, Albion Country Band, Steve Ashley, John Cohen, David Grisman, Jody Stecher, Craicmore, Stuat Rojstaczer, the Golden Bough, Gwydion Pendderwen, Richard Thompson, Kathy Kallick, and others ~ Draheim passed away in 2013
 
August 17, 1958 ~ Singer, drummer Belinda Carlisle, full name Belinda Jo Carlisle, born in Hollywood, California, USA ~ Member of punk rock outfit the Germs, going by the moniker Dottie Danger. Rose to fame as co-founding member of all-female rock, new wave outfit the Go-Go's, best known for their 1981 Beauty & The Beat album which is considered a landmark album in American new wave. After the band folded in 1985 Carlisle ventured out on her own scoring radio-friendly hits such as Mad About You, Heaven Is A Place On Earth, I Get Weak and Circle In The Sand
 
August 17, 1957 ~ Rock singer Alen Islamovic born in Bihal, Yugoslavia ~ Fronted Divlje Jagode from 1979 through 1986. Fronted Bijelo Dugme from 1986 through 1989. Has also recorded as a solo artist worked with Sanja Dolezal, Lepa Brena, Indira Radic, Srcani Udar, and others
August 17, 1957 ~ Oud player, composer Rabih Abou Khalil born in Beirut, Lebanon ~ Mixes traditional Arab music with jazz, rock and classical. Earned praise as a “world musician before the term became a label.” has worled with Alexander Balanescu, Luciano Biondini, Milton Cardona, Sonny Fortune, Michel Godard, Joachim Kühn, Howard Levy, Charlie Mariano, Gabriele Mirabassi, Glen Moore, Mark Nauseef, Setrak Sarkissian, Ramesh Shotham, Steve Swallow, Glen Velez, and Kenny Wheeler
 
August 17, 1956 ~ Producer Chris Tsangarides born ~ Producer worked with Gary Moore, Thin Lizzy, Judas Priest, Anthem, Yngwie Malmsteen, the Tygers Of Tan Pang and others ~ Tsangarides passed away in 2018
 
August 17, 1955 ~ Jazz singer, composer, arranger Grazyna Augscik born in Stupsk, Poland ~ Over a dozen solo albums to her name, starting in the late 1980s. Draws from Polish folk, Latin American music and klezmer. Has collaborated with Michal Urbaniak, Jim Hall, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Jay Azzolina, John Medeski, Patricia Barber, Paul Wertico, Bobby Enriquez, Terry Callier, John McLean, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Robert Irving III, and others
 
August 17, 1954 ~ Vaudeville, traditional pop singer Billy Murray, full name William Thomas Murray, passed away in Jones Beach, New York, USA ~ One of the most popular singers of the early 20th century. Dubbed “the Denver Nightingale” with a strong tenor voice and sometimes comical delivery. Known for songs such as You're A Grand Old Rag, Shine On Harvest Moon with Ada Jones, Stumbling and Tessie. Has also collaborated with Aileen Stanley, the Haydn Quartet, the American Quartet, Elsie Baker, and others ~ Murray was born in 1877
 
August 17, 1951 ~ Jazz trumpeter Ray Wetzel passed away ~ Worked with Woody Herman, Stan Kenton, the Metronome All-Stars, Vido Musso, Neal Hefti, Charlie Barnet, Maynard Ferguson, Doc Severinsen, Rolf Ericson, his wife Bonnie Wetzel, and others ~ Wetzel was born in 1924
 
August 17, 1949 ~ John Thomas Hashian, commonly known as drummer Sib Hashian, born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA ~ Early member of Boston. Present on the band's first two albums, 1976's eponymous Boston and its 1978 Don't Look Back follow-up. Hashian would leave the band upon the return of original drummer Jim Masdea ~ Hashian passed away in 2017
 
August 17, 1946 ~ Drake Maxwell Levinshefski, commonly known as guitarist Drake Levin, born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Best known as a member of Paul Revere & the Raiders. Post-Raiders has worked with Ananda Shankar, Emitt Rhodes and Lee Michaels ~ Levin passed away in 2009
August 17, 1946 ~ Trombonist, bandleader, arranger, producer Juan Pablo Torres, full name Juan Pablo Torres Morell, born in Puerto Padre, Cuba ~ Regarded as one of the finest trombonists in Afro-Cuban jazz. Director of Algo Nuevo. Member of seminal Cuban outfit Irakere since the mid-1980s, led by Chucho Valdes ~ Torres passed away in 2005
 
August 17, 1944 ~ James Thomas Ramey, commonly known as soul, R&B, blues singer Baby Huey, born in Richmond, Indiana, USA ~ Fronted Baby Huey & the Babysitters, which he founded with Deacon Jones and Johnny Ross ~ Ramey passed away in 1970
 
August 17, 1943 ~ Blues singer, guitarist Dave Ray, full name James David Ray, born in St Paul, Minnesota, USA ~ One third of Koerner Ray & Gloever, the others being John Koerner and Tony Glover ~ Ray passed away in 2002
 
August 17, 1939 ~ Guitarist, poet, singer, activist Ed Sanders born in Kansas City, Missouri, USA ~ Co-founding Fugs member known for his activism and poetry. Called a bridge between the beat and hippie generation
August 17, 1939 ~ Blues, Chicago blues, electric blues singer, guitarist Luther Allison, full name Luther Sylvester Allison, born in Widener, Arkansas, USA ~ Member of family gospel group the Southern Travellers. Member of 1950s band the Rolling Stones, which also included his brothers Ollie Allison and Grant Allison, later renamed to the Four Jivers. Backed blues singers such as Howlin' Wolf and Freddie King. Has also worked with Jimmy Dawkins, Magic Sam, Otis Rush, James Cotton, Shakey Jake Harris, Sunnyland Slim. As a solo artist actively recording since his 1969 acclaimed Love Me Mama solo debut album ~ Allison passed away in 1997
 
August 17, 1937 ~ Singer Ronnie Butler born ~ Referred to as the “Godfather of Bahamian Music” ~ Bitler passed away in 2017
 
August 17, 1936 ~ Blues, R&B singer, guitarist, songwriter Johnny Jones, full name John Albert Jones, born in Eads, Tennessee, USA ~ Worked with Junior Wells before taking over leadership of the King Casuals in 1964, replacing Casuals co-founder Jimi Hendrix ~ Jones passed away in 2009
 
August 17, 1933 ~ Singer Mark Dinning, full name Mark Edward Dinning, born in Manchester, Oklahoma, USA ~ Best known for Teen Angel, a Billboard No.1 hit in 1960 ~ Dinning passed away in 1986
 
August 17, 1927 ~ Tenor saxophonist Sam Butera born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Closely associated with Louis Prima and Keely Smith. Appears on classic recordings such as That Old Black Magic, Just A Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody, Come On A-My House, and I Wanna Be Like You ~ Butera passed away in 2009
 
August 17, 1924 ~ R&B guitarist, bandleader, arranger Edgar Blanchard, full name Edgar Vernon Blanchard, born in Grosse Tête, Louisiana, USA ~ Worked with Roy Brown, Ernest McLean, Dave Bartholomew, Big Joe Turner, Ray Charles, Professor Longhair, Lloyd Price, Little Richard, Paul Gayten, Eddie Bo, Clarence Frogman Henry, Johnny Adams, and others ~ Blanchard passed away in 1972
 
August 17, 1922 ~ Jazz drummer Jack Sperling born ~ Worked with Bunny Berigan, Henry Mancini, Glenn Miller, Tex Beneke, Les Brown, Bob Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Bobby Darin, Sammy Davis Jr, Doris Day, Ella Fitzgerald, the Four Freshmen, Lena Horne, Peggy Lee, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Mel Tormé, Scatman Crothers, Pete Fountain, Abe Most, Dinah Washington, Teresa Brewer, Harry Belafonte, Chet Atkins, Wynona Carr, James Brown, Carmen McRae, Bob Florence, John Sheridan, Don Fagerquist, and others ~ Sperling passed away in 2004
 
August 17, 1921 ~ Country singer, harmonica player Wayne Raney born in Wolf Bayou, Arkansas, USA ~ Worked with the Delmore Brothers. As a solo artist best known for songs such as Lost John Boogie, The Jack & Jill Boogie, the 1949 hit Why Don't You Haul Off And Love Me, and for the 1959 Christian revival song We Need A Whole Lot More Jesus And A Lot Less Rock & Roll ~ Raney passed away in 1993
 
August 17, 1920 ~ Bassist George Duvivier born in New York, New York, USA ~ Worked with Coleman Hawkins, Lucky Millinder, Eddie Barefield, Jimmie Lunceford, Sy Oliver, Martial Solal, Bud Powell, Count Basie, Benny Carter, Benny Goodman, Chico Hamilton, Hank Jones, Shelly Manne, Oliver Nelson, Frank Sinatra, Clark Terry, Ben Webster, Bob Wilber, the Soprano Summit, Pepper Adams, Manny Albam, Joe Albany, Ben E King (the 1961 album Spanish Harlem), Gene Ammons, Aretha Franklin, Sam Cooke, Mildred Anderson, George Benson, Louie Bellson, Bob Brookmeyer, Ruth Brown, Ray Bryant, Kenny Burrell, Arnett Cobb, Al Cohn, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Buddy DeFranco, Eric Dolphy, Art Farmer, Ronnie Foster, Bud Freeman, Stan Getz, Roland Hanna, Donna Hightower, Johnny Hodges, Etta Jones, Barry Manilow, Gerry Mulligan, Gil Melle, Moondog, Chico O'Farrill, Houston Person, Shirley Scott, Sonny Stitt, Warren Vache Jr, and others ~ Duvivier passed away in 1985
 
August 17, 1919 ~ Jazz, swing, blues saxophonist, composer Irv Williams born ~ Backed artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Fletcher Henderson, Mary Lou Williams, Billy Eckstine. Turned down offers to tour with Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, preferring to play locally in the Twin Cities area and teach in public schools. Would continue to play at every local venue, backing visiting artists including Sarah Vaughan, Dizzy Gillespie, Johnny Hodges. Would release a string of albums in his eighties, notably 2006's Duo with regular collaborator pianist Peter Schimke ~ Williams passed away in 2019
 
August 17, 1918 ~ Frieda Lipschitz, commonly known as singer Georgia Gibbs, born in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA ~ Versatile pop, pop-jazz singer enjoying her biggest success in the early to mid-1950s with songs such as If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've Baked A Cake, While You Danced Danced Danced, Kiss Of Fire and Seven Lonely Days. Worked with Frankie Trumbauer, Tommy Dorsey, Hal Kemp, Artie Shaw, Earle Hagen, Bob Crosby, Glenn Osser, and others ~ Lipschitz passed away in 2006
August 17, 1918 ~ Jazz saxophonist Ike Quebec, full name Ike Abrams Quebec, born in Newark, New Jersey, USA ~ Worked with the Barons Of Rhythm, Frankie Newton, Hot Lips Page, Roy Eldridge, Trummy Young, Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Carter, Coleman Hawkins, Cab Calloway, Sonny Clark, Grant Green, Jimmy Smith, Dodo Greene, and others ~ Quebec passed away in 1963
 
August 17, 1917 ~ R&B saxophonist, bandleader Frank Culley, full name Frank Windsol Culley, born in Petsworth, Virginia, USA ~ Recorded prolifically from the 1930s onwards, notably the late 1940s hits Cole Slaw, Floorshow and After Hour Session. Leader of the first houseband at Atlantic Records, a position he held from 1948 through 1951 ~ Culley passed away in 1991
August 17, 1917 ~ Blues shouter Walter Brown born in Dallas, Texas, USA ~ Best known as lead singer with Jay McShann's band in the 1940s, including on some of their best-known including Confessing The Blues, which Brown co-wrote, and Hooti Blues. Left McShann to be replaced by Jimmy Witherspoon. Brown later also recorded with Tiny Grimes, to lesser succes ~ Brown passed away in 1956
 
August 17, 1909 ~ Trumpeter, bandleader, arranger Larry Clinton born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Early on, while in his twenties, a popular arranger for dance orchestras including those led by Tommy Dorsey, Jimmy Dorsey, Glen Gray, Louis Armstrong, and Bunny Berigan. As a bandleader recorded hits for the Victor Label label ranging from pop tunes and instrumentals penned by Clinton to swing adaptions of classical compositions (notably his 1938 hit My Reverie, an adaptation of Claude Debussy's Reverie with added pop lyrics sung by Bea Wain). Clinton served in the US Air Force during World War II as a pilot and resumed his career after the war, mostly leading studio bands up to the early 1960s ~ Clinton passed away in 1985
 
August 17, 1908 ~ Pianist, arranger Jimmy Sherman, full name James Benjamin Sherman, born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Started in dance bands in the late 1920s. Worked with Jimmy Gorham, Alphonso Trent, Peanuts Holland, Al Sears, Stuff Smith, Lil' Armstrong, Putney Dandridge, Mildred Bailey, Billie Holiday, and notably with the Charioteers as a full member from 1938 to 1952 ~ Sherman passed away in 1975
 
August 17, 1893 ~ Mary Jane West, commonly known as actress, singer, playwright, screenwriter Mae West, born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Active as a vaudeville and stage entertainer before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the film industry. Would go on to become one of the most popular, as well as one of the most controversial, sex symbols of her day. Following her career as a movie actress would return to performing on stage, write plays, and record a number of rock & roll albums ~ West passed away in 1980
 
August 17, 1880 ~ Composer, violinist Ole Bull, full name Ole Burneman Bull, passed away in Lysøen, Sweden ~ Virtuoso violinist. According to Robert Schumann on par with Niccolò Paganini for his clarity, virtuosity and especially the speed of his playing ~ Bull was born in 1810