This Day In Music: August 4
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August 4, 2022 ~ Schlager, pop singer Margot Eskens passed away ~ Popular during the 1950s and 1960s. Sold over 40 million records. Known for songs such as Moulin Rouge, Ich Mochte Heut Ausgehn, Tiritomba and perhaps her biggest hit Cindy Oh Cindy. Represented Germany in the 1966 Eurovision Songfestival, reaching 10th place with Die Zeiger Der Uhr written by Walter Dobschinski and Hans Bradtke ~ Eskens was born in 1939
August 4, 2022 ~ R&B singer Sam Gooden passed away in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA ~ Original and longtime member of the Impressions. Sang notable lead on a number of classics including Aware Of Love and I Want To Be Around ~ Gooden was born in 1934
 
August 4, 2021 ~ David Lee Jr, commonly known as jazz drummer, composer David Lee, passed away ~ In-demand sideman from the late 1960s forward. Has worked with Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Ayers, Sonny Rollins, Charlie Rouse, Lonnie Liston Smith, Richard Wyands, and others ~ Lee was born in 1941
August 4, 2021 ~ House, electronic DJ, producer Paul Johnson, full name Paul Leighton Johnson, passed away in Evergreen, Illinois, USA ~ Best known for Get Get Down, an international club hit in 1999 ~ Johnson was born in 1971
 
August 4, 2020 ~ Heavy metal, groove metal drummer Tony Costanza passed away ~ Influenced by Dave Lombardo, Gene Hoglan, Terry Bozzio. Best known as original drummer of Machine Head, playing with the band in 1992 and 1993. Has also worked with Papsmear, Debris Inc, Crowbar, Area 51, Crisis, and others ~ Costanza was born in 1968
 
August 4, 2019 ~ Jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, bandleader Bob Wilber, full name Robert Sage Wilber, passed away in Chipping Camden, UK ~ Active since the 1950s. Has backed artists such as Bobby Hackett, Benny Goodman, Sidney Bechet, Jack Teagarden, Eddie Condon. Member of the World's Greatest Jazz Band. Member of the Soprano Summit ~ Wilber was born in 1928
 
August 4, 2018 ~ Lawrencine May Collins, commonly known as country, rockabilly, rock singer, guitarist Lorrie Collins passed away in Reno, Nevada, USA ~ Girlfriend of singer and teen idol Ricky Nelson during the late-1950s, both on the TV show The Adventures Of Ozzie And Harriet and in real life. Sister of Larry Collins, with whom she performed through the 1960s under the moniker the Collins Kids and best known for their signature song Just Because ~ Collins was born in 1942
August 4, 2018 ~ Fiddler Tommy Peoples passed away ~ Member of 1691. Member of the Bothy Band. Also played with Paul Brady, Daíthí Sproule, Marius Lunny, Matt Molloy, and with Paul Brady ~ Peoples was born in 1948
 
August 4, 2017 ~ Luiz Carlos dos Santos, commonly known as actor, singer, songwriter Luiz Melodia, passed away in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ~ Considered one of Brazil's most important musicians. Drew from MPB, rock, blues, soul and samba. Released his critically acclaimed debut album, Pérola Negra, in 1973 and has been recorded steadily since ~ Dos Santos was born in 1951
 
August 4, 2015 ~ Producer, songwriter Billy Sherrill passed away in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ~ Influenced by Phil Spector, Don Law, Chet Atkins. Helped define the Countrypolitan sound. Frequent writing collaborator of Norro Wilson, George Richey, and Glenn Sutton. Wrote, co-wrote many genre standards including Almost Persuaded (David Houston), The Most Beautiful Girl (Charlie Rich), and Stand By Your Man (Tammy Wynette). As a songwriter, producer also worked with George Jones, Barbara Mandrell, Sandy Posey, Shelby Lynne, Marty Robbins, Ray Charles, Johnny Paycheck, Tanya Tucker, Johnny Cash, Janie Fricke, Lacy J Dalton, Ray Conniff, Bobby Vinton, Bob Luman, Johnny Duncan, Jim & Jesse, Jody Miller, Moe Bandy, Joe Stampley, Charlie Walker, Barbara Fairchild, Andy Williams, Cliff Richard, Mickey Gilley, and others ~ Sherrill was born in 1936
 
August 4, 2014 ~ Richard Dennis, commonly known as blues harpist, singer Lynwood Slim, passed away ~ Influenced by Jimmy Reed, Little Walter, and by Big Walter Horton. Worked with Junior Watson, Larry Taylor, Fred Kaplan, Richard Innes, and others ~ Duran was born in 1953
 
August 4, 2012 ~ Electric blues guitarist, singer, songwriter Johnnie Bassett, full name Johnnie Alexander Bassett, passed away in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Cites Billy Butler, Tiny Grimes, Albert King, BB King, T-Bone Walker as influences. Sessioned for decades for artists such as Big Joe Turner, Ruth Brown, Nolan Strong, André Williams, the Miracles, John Lee Hooker, Alberta Adams, Lowell Fulson, Dinah Washington, Tina Turner, Little Willie John, and others. Recorded as a leader since the mid-1990s ~ Bassett was born in 1935
 
August 4, 2011 ~ Krautrock, electronic, experimental keyboardist, cellist, violinist, percussionist Conrad Schnitzler passed away in Berlin, Germany ~ Early member of Tangerine Dream, playing with the band in 1969 and 1970. Co-founding member of Kluster. Member of Eruption. Has also recorded prolifically as a solo artist and was an in-demand collaborator, notably working with Gen Ken Montgomery ~ Schnitzler was born in 1937
 
August 4, 2007 ~ Producer, singer, songwriter Lee Hazlewood, full name Barton Lee Hazlewood, passed away in Henderson, Nevada, USA ~ Widely acclaimed as genius, ranked among America's all-time greatest songwriters. Best known for his work producing Duane Eddy in the 1950s and collaborating with Nancy Sinatra in the 1960s including producing and writing These Boots Are Made For Walkin'. As a solo artist best known for his output in the 1960s, often described as cowboy psychedelia. Once described as the world's cheeriest fatalist, especially due to his 1969 masterpiece Trouble Is A Lonesome Town. Hazlewood would retire from music by the early 1970s ~ Hazlewood was born in 1929
 
August 4, 2006 ~ Hard rock, rock keyboardist John Locke, full name John Tilden Locke, passed away in Ojai, California, USA ~ Co-founded Spirit with guitarist Randy California. Guested on the 1970 Tom Rush album The Wrong End Of The Rainbow. Worked with Nazareth in the early 1980s, appearing on the albums The Fool Circle, Snaz and 2XS. Guested on the Stray Cats album Gonna Ball, released in 1981 ~ Locke was born in 1943
 
August 4, 2005 ~ James Milton Campbell Jr, commonly known as R&B, electric blues, soul, funk singer, guitarist Little Milton, passed away in Memphis, Tennessee, USA ~ Best known for Who's Cheating Who, Let Me Down Easy, That's What Love Will Do, So Mean To Me, What It Is, and perhaps his best-known the 1959 hit record We're Gonna Make It. Influenced by T-Bone Walker. Worked with the Rhythm Aces, Ike Turner, and others. As a producer helped bring Albert King and Fontella Bass to fame ~ Campbell was born in 1934
 
August 4, 1995 ~ R&B, pop, soul singer, songwriter, actress, model Jessica Sanchez, full name Jessica Elizabeth Sanchez, born in Chula Vista, California, USA ~ Reached 2nd place, behind singer Phillip Phillips, in the 11th season of American Idol in 2012
 
August 4, 1994 ~ Ackquille Jean Pollard, commonly known as rapper Bobby Shmurda, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Known for the singles Hot N-gger and Bobby B-tch. Member of GS9 Crew. Collaborated with YT Triz, Uncle Murda, Rowdy Rebel, Chinx, Migos, and 6ix9ine. Currently incarcerated on a seven-year plea deal for conspiracy to commit murder
 
August 4, 1993 ~ Dancer, actor, DJ Alan Shirahama born in Matsuyama, Japan ~ Best known as member of J-pop, dance-pop group Exile
August 4, 1993 ~ Jazz pianist Kenny Drew passed away in Copenhagen, Denmark ~ Drew worked wih Howard McGhee, Buddy DeFranco, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Dinah Washington, Johnny Griffin, Buddy Rich, John Coltrane (including on the seminal 1957 album Blue Train), Dexter Gordon, Clifford Brown, Chet Baker, Svend Asmussen, Rita Reys, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Stitt, Ray Nance, Toots Thielemans, Ben Webster, Sonny Rollins, and others. Drew moved to Europe in the early 1960s, and lived in France and Denmark where he became a well-known figure recording extensively with Danish bassist Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen. Drew has a street named after him, Kenny Drew Vej, in Copenhagen. ~ Drew was born in 1928
 
August 4, 1991 ~ Genevieve Lillian Herring, commonly known as jazz singer, pianist Jeri Southern, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ An acclaimed torch singer Southern was known for 1950s recordings such as When I Fall In Love, An Occasional Man and A Fire Down Below ~ Hering was born in 1926
 
August 4, 1989 ~ Manager, impresario Larry Parnes, full name Laurence Maurice Parnes, passed away in London, UK ~ First major British rock manager, especially successful during the 1950s and early 1960s. Aided the careers of artists such as Billy Fury, Vince Eager, Lance Fortune, Johnny Gentle, Nelson Keene, and others. His reputation would later be tarnished, many artists claiming they were exploited ~ Parnes was born in 1929
 
August 4, 1988 ~ Metalcore, post-hardcore, nu metal singer, guitarist, bassist, pianist, songwriter Aaron Pauley, full name Aaron Charles Pauley, born in Vacaville, California, USA ~ Best known as lead singer of rock band Of Mice & Men. Also a member of Jamie's Elsewhere and Razing Alexandria. Guested on recordings by Twenty Days With Julian, the Light Iris, the Blush Of Dawn and Eric July
August 4, 1988 ~ Pop, dance-pop singer Tom Parker, full name Thomas Anthony Parker, born in Bolton, UK ~ Member of pop, dance-pop boyband the Wanted, known for UK top 10 hits such as All Time Low, Heart Vacancy, Glad You Came, Lightning, Chasing The Sun and Show Me Love (America) ~ Parker passed away in 2022
 
August 4, 1987 ~ Farnesio Dutra e Silva, commonly known as jazz, pop pianist, singer, composer Dick Farney, passed away ~ Brazilian crooner popular from the 1940s throught the 1970s. Has worked with the Ferreira Filho Orchestra, Eduardo Patane, Slam Stewart, Paul Baron, Lucio Alves, Lenny Andrade, Claudette Soares, and others ~ Silva was born in 1921
 
August 4, 1986 ~ Indie folk, rock, blues, gospel, soul, blues-rock, country singer, guitarist, pianist, songwriter, actress Crystal Bowersox, full name Crystal Lynn Bowersox, born in Elliston, Ohio, USA ~ Runner-up in the 9th season of American Idol in 2010, losing to singer Lee DeWyze
 
August 4, 1984 ~ Singer, songwriter Jack McManus born in West Wickam, UK ~ Co-wrote Groove Armada's From The Rooftops and Boyzone's Separate Cars. Toured with John Mayer, Scouting For Girls, Amy MacDonald, and with Sam Sparro. Debuted as a solo artist with the single Bang On The Piano in 2008
 
August 4, 1982 ~ Pepijn Adriaan Lanen, commonly known as rapper Faberyayo, born in Utrecht, the Netherlands ~ Member of de Jeugd Van Tegenwoordig, known best for their 2005 hit Watskeburt. Also worked with de Spaarndammerbuurtkliek, Le Le, SLBMG, Yous & Yay, records as a solo artist starting with 2012's Coco and is an author with over half a dozen publications to his name
August 4, 1982 ~ R&B, pop singer, songwriter, actor Quindon Tarver, full name Quindon Dan Tarver, born in Plano, Texas, USA ~ Best known for When Doves Cry and Everybody's Free, both covers respectively of Prince and Rozalla and both used on the soundtrack of the 1996 William Shakespeare's Rome & Juliet soundtrack. Released a sole album, Quindon, the same year ~ Tarver passed away in 2021
 
August 4, 1981 ~ Singer Florian Silbereisen born in Passau, Germany ~ Member of schlager trio Klubbb 3 alongside Christoff de Bolle and Jan Smit, known best for their Het Leven Danst Sirtaki single released in 2017
August 4, 1981 ~ Jazz trombonist Tommy Turk, full name Thomas Eugene Turk, passed away in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worled with Charlie Parker, Flip Phillips, Ray Brown, Buddy Rich, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and others ~ Turk was born ca.1927
 
August 4, 1980 ~ Operatic, concert tenor singer Daniel Johansson, full name Daniel Mattias Johansson, born ~ Closely associated with the Norwegian Opera since the early 2010s. Has also worked with the Norrlandsoperan, Malmo Live Konserthus, the Theater an der Wien, and others
August 4, 1980 ~ Jazz, rock saxophonist, flutist Pekka Pöyry, full name Pekka Juhani Pöyry, passed away in Helsinki, Finland ~ Influenced by Charlie Parker. Leader and sideman. Worked with Eero Ojanen, Teppo Hauta-aho, Reino Laine, Pia Skaar, Tassavallan Presidentti, Wigwam, Heikki Sarmanto, and others ~ Pöyry was born in 1939
 
August 4, 1977 ~ Singer Antonio Machín, full name Antonio Abad Lugo Machín, passed away in Madrid, Spain ~ Perhaps best known for his 1930 rendition of El Manisero (The Peanut Vendor), recorded with Don Azpiazú's orchestra. It would become the first recording for a Cuban artist to sell a million copies ~ Machín was born in 1903
 
August 4, 1975 ~ Dixieland, bebop trumpeter Fumio Nanri passed away ~ Enjoyed popularity in the 1930s and 1940s with his ensemble the Hot Peppers. One of the first Japanese jazz musicians to become known outside Japan. Nicknamed “the Satchmo of Japan” by Louis Armstrong ~ Nanri was born in 1910
 
August 4, 1973 ~ Albert Edwin Condon, commonly known as jazz guitarist, bandleader Eddie Condon passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Worked with Bix Beiderbecke, Jack Teagarden, Frank Teschemacher, Red McKenzie, the Chicago Rhythm Kings, Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Red Allen, Wild Bill Davison, Bobby Hackett, Billy Butterfield, Peanuts Hucko, Pee Wee Russell, Bob Wilber, Cutty Cutshall, Ralph Sutton, Bob Casey, Walter Page, George Wettling, Bud Freeman, Jimmy Rushing, and others ~ Condon was born in 1905
 
August 4, 1970 ~ George Dorman Carry, commonly known as jazz saxophonist, clarinetist Scoops Carry, passed away ~ Brother of guitarist, bandleader Ed Carry. Has worked with Cassino Simpson, the Midnight Revellers, Boyd Atkins, Lucky Millinder, Zutty Singleton, Fletcher Henderson, Roy Eldridge, Art Tatum, Horace Henderson, Darnell Edward, Earl Hines, and others ~ Carry was born in 1915
 
August 4, 1969 ~ Drummer, bandleader, songwriter Dylan Howe, full name Dylan Lee Howe, born in Finchley, UK ~ Son of Yes guitarist Steve Howe, brother of keyboardist, drummer Virgil Howe. Member of the Blockheads, both during Ian Dury's lifetime and after. Fronted his own jazz quintet the Dylan Howe Quintet. Also worked with Wilko Johnson, the Subterraneans, Paul McCartney, Ray Davies, Tom Jones, Gabrielle, Nick Cave, Hugh Cornwell, David Gilmour, Mick Jones, Damon Albarn, Beth Gibbons, Alison Moyet, Sarah Brightman, and others
August 4, 1969 ~ Jazz trumpeter Tony Fruscello passed away ~ Worked with Charlie Barnet, Lester Young, Gerry Mulligan, Stan Getz, Don Joseph, Allen Eager, Danny Bank, and others ~ Fruscella was born in 1927
 
August 4, 1968 ~ Jazz saxophonist Eric Alexander born ~ Leader and sideman. Classically trained. Actively recording since the early 1990s. Has collaborated with Harold Mabern, Kenny Barron, Cecil Payne, Cedar Walton, Charles Earland, Jon Faddis, David Hazeltine, the New York All-Stars, One For All, Irene Reid, Jim Rotondi, and others
 
August 4, 1965 ~ Jazz drummer, singer, composer, producer Terri Lyne Carrington ~ Active since the early-1980s, played with Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Clark Terry, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Joe Sample, Al Jarreau, the Yellowjackets, Lester Bowie, Stan Getz, James Moody, David Sanborn, Pharoah Sanders, Cassandra Wilson, Geri Allen, Jonathan Asperil, James Genus, Everette Harp, Josh Harri, Bob Hurst, Nona Hendryx, Robert Irving III, Munyungo Jackson, Ingrid Jensen, Andrew Marzotto, Aruan Ortiz, Greg Phillinganes, Tineke Postma, Patrice Rushen, Mats Sandahl, Negan Santos, Dwight Sills, Esperanza Spalding, Helen Sung, Gary Thomas, Gerald Albright, Hiram Bullock, Greg Osby, Carlos Santana, John Scofield, Wayne Shorter, Grover Washington Jr, Wallace Roney, Walter Beasley, George Duke, Everette Harp, Chuck Loeb, Christian McBride, and others
 
August 4, 1962 ~ Norma Jeane Mortensen, commonly known as actress, model, singer Marilyn Monroe, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ One of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s. Has remained a pop culture icon to this day. ~ Mortensen was born in 1926
August 4, 1962 ~ New wave, synth-pop singer, guitarist, songwriter Paul Reynolds born in Liverpool, UK ~ Member of the short-lived Visual Aids. Joined A Flock Of Seagulls two months after its inception, replacing original guitarist Willie Woo, remaining with the band through 1984. Present on the band's best-known including I Ran (So Far Away) and Wishing (If I Had A Photograph Of You)
 
August 4, 1960 ~ Keyboardist, guitarist, saxophonist Graham Massey born in Manchester, UK ~ Key member of 808 State, known for UK top 10 hits such as Pacific State, Cubik and In Yer Face
 
August 4, 1959 ~ Guitarist Robbin Crosby, full name Robbinson Lantz Crosby, born in La Jolla, California, USA ~ Best known as member of glam metal outfit RATT. Co-wrote number of the band's best-known including Round And Round, Wanted Man, Lay It Down and the band's You Think You're So Tough debut single ~ Crosby passed away in 2002
 
August 4, 1958 ~ Mbaqanga, soul, jazz, pop singer, songwriter Steve Kekana, full name Tebogo Steve Kekana, born in Zebediela, South Africa ~ Actively recording since the late 1970s with well over three dozen albums to his name. Best known for songs such as the Bushman, Feel So Strong and Raising My Family ~ Kekana passed away in 2021
 
August 4, 1957 ~ Avant-garde jazz, folk, rock duduk player, percussionist, singer, songwriter Arto Tuncboyaciyan born in Istanbul, Turkey ~ Brother of composer, producer Onno Tunç. Has worked with the Armenian Navy Band, Sezen Aksu, Eleftheria Arvanitaki, Night Ark, Yash-ar, Chet Baker, Marc Johnson, Al di Meola, the Zawinul Syndicate, Arthur Blythe, Paul Motian, Simon Nabatov, Hank Roberts, Paul Winter, System Of A Down, Wax Poetic, and others
August 4, 1957 ~ Reggae, jazz tenor saxophonist, singer Dean Fraser born in Kingston, Jamaica ~ In-demand session musician appearing on numerous Jamaican recordings since the 1970s. Closely associated with Ronald Nambo Robinson and Junior Chico Chin. Has worked with Lloyd Parks, Dennis Brown, Sly & Robbie, the Coyabalites, Tarrus Riley, the GG All-Stars, and others
 
August 4, 1954 ~ Folk rock, new age, jazz fusion, dream pop singer, guitarist, songwriter Claire Hamill, full name Josephine Claire Hamill, born in Port Clarence, UK ~ Actively recording as a solo artist since age 17 debuting with the 1971 One House Left Standing in 1971. Has opened for John Martyn, Procol Harum, Jethro Tull. Has collaborated with Wishbone Ash, Steve Howe, Jon & Vangelis
 
August 4, 1953 ~ Drummer Jeff Hamilton born in Richmond, Indiana, USA ~ Best known as co-leader of the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra alongside John Clayton. Has also worked with Monty Alexander, Woody Herman, the LA 4, Ella Fitzgerald, Rosemary Clooney, Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, Diana Krall, Benny Carter, Ernestine Anderson, Micheal Bublé, Milt Jackson, Barney Kessel, Diane Schuur, Natalie Cole, Barbra Streisand, Renee Olstead, Céline Dion, John Pizzarelli, Paul McCartney, and others
 
August 4, 1947 ~ Country singer Hank Williams records On The Banks Of The Old Ponchartrain ~ Written by Williams and Ramona Vincent. Produced by Fred Rose. Paired with Rose's novelty tune Fly Trouble on the B-side, released the next September. Seen as the oddest Wiliams single
August 4, 1947 ~ Modern electronica pioneer Klaus Schulze born in Berlin, Germany ~ Briefly a member of Krautrock bands Tangerine Dream, Ash Ra Tempel and the Cosmic Jokers before venturing out on his own, releasing over 60 albums during a five-decade career ~ Schulze passed away in 2022
August 4, 1947 ~ Bassist, singer Paul Layton, full name Paul Martin Layton, born in Beaconsfield, UK ~ Former child actor enjoyed minor success as a solo singer with his 1969 single Mister Mister prior to joining the New Seekers in 1970. Present on some of the band's best-known including I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing, Beg Steal Or Borrow, Circles and You Won't Find Another Fool Like Me
 
August 4, 1944 ~ Bo Gustav Stenson, commonly known as jazz pianist Bobo Stenson, born in Vasterås, Sweden ~ Has played with Sonny Rollins, Stan Getz, Gary Burton, Don Cherry, Rena Rama, Palle Danielsson, Arild Andersen, Jon Christensen, Jan Garbarek, Charles Lloyd, Red Mitchell, George Russell, Terje Rypdal, Tomasz Stańko, and others
August 4, 1944 ~ Henri Emile Mossel, commonly known as clarinetist, saxophonist Hans Mossel, passed away in Auschwitz, Poland ~ Son of cellist Isaac Mossel and pianist Jeanette Belinfante. Worked with de Larensche Jazz Band, the Indian Jazz Band, Marek Weber, and others. Targeted by the Nazis Mossel passed away of starvation and exhaustion in Monowitz, a part of Auschwitz concentration camp ~ Mossel was born in 1905
 
August 4, 1941 ~ Singer Cliff Nobles, full name Clifford James Nobles, born in Grove Hill, Alabama, USA ~ Fronted Cliff Nobles & Co, which also included bassist Benny Williams, guitarist Bobby Tucker and drummer Robert Marshall, best known for their 1968 single Love Is All Right b/w The Horse which peaked at No.2 Billboard mainly due to the instrumental flipside catching on ~ Nobles passed away in 2008
August 4, 1941 ~ Washboardist Pete Shotton born in Liverpool, UK ~ Member of the Quarrymen, precursor of the Beatles. Became a lifelong friend of John Lennon. Became a successful businessman in the restaurant and retail industries, known for founding the Fatty Arbuckle's chain of restaurants ~ Shotton passed away in 2017
August 4, 1941 ~ Singer Timi Yuro born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Considered to be one of the first blue-eyed soul singers. Known for songs such as early 1960s hits such as Hurt and What's A Matter Baby (Is It Hurting You). Over the course of her career Yuro has worked with producers such as Clyde Otis, Bob Johnston and Quincy Jones. Opened for Frank Sinatra. Influential on artists such as Elvis Presley, Morrissey, PJ Proby, Elkie Brooks, and others ~ Yuro passed away in 2004
 
August 4, 1939 ~ Vincent Francis Guzzo Jr, commonly known as Frankie Ford, born in Gretna, Louisiana, USA ~ Best known for his 1959 hit Sea Cruise. Member of the Cheer-leaders. Member of the Syncopators ~ Guzzo passed away in 2015
 
August 4, 1938 ~ Drummer, percussionist Kenny Malone born in Denver, Colorado, USA ~ In-demand session drummer. Played on Dolly Parton's Jolene and Crystal Gayle's Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue. Has also worked with artists such as as IIIrd Tyme Out, Ray Charles, George Jones, Johnny Cash, Donna Fargo, Merle Haggard, Charley Pride, Dr Hook, Johnny Paycheck, Kenny Rogers, the Time Jumpers, the New Grass Revival, Béla Fleck, Emmylou Harris, Lacy J Dalton, Barefoot Jerry, and others ~ Malone passed away in 2021
 
August 4, 1937 ~ Conductor, composer, multi-instrumentalist David Bedford born in Hendon, UK ~ Half of Coxhill-Bedford Duo, the other half being saxophonist Lol Coxhill ~ Bedford passed away in 2011
 
August 4, 1933 ~ Huey Simmons, commonly known as jazz, free jazz saxophonist, hornist Sonny Simmons, born in Sicily Island, Louisiana, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Prince Lasha, Michael Marcus, Moksha Samnyasin, Bobby Few, Horace Tapscott, Brandon Evans, Anthony Braxton, Elvin Jones, Eric Dolphy, Clifford Jordan, and others ~ Simmons passed away in 2021
 
August 4, 1932 ~ Violinist Scotty Stoneman born in Galax, Virginia, USA ~ Dubbed the Jimi Hendrix of the violin by Peter Rowan. Dubbed the Charlie Parker of bluegrass by Jerry Garcia ~ Stoneman passed away in 1973
 
August 4, 1930 ~ Opera, theater director Götz Friedrich born in Naumburg, Germany ~ Gained international attention with a controversial 1972 production of Richard Wagner's Tännhauser. Defected to the West later the same year. Principal director ar the Hamburg State Opera from 1977 to 1981. Simultaneously director of productions at the Royal Opera House from 1977 to 1981. General director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin from 1981 until his death in 2000. Married to operatic soprano Karan Armstrong since 1979 ~ Friedrich passed away in 2000
 
August 4, 1921 ~ Helen Patricia Freiday, commonly known as singer Pat Friday, born in Jefferson County, Idaho, USA ~ Best known for her early 1940s work with Glenn Miller ~ Friday passed away in 2016
 
August 4, 1919 ~ Southern gospel singer James Blackwood, full name James Webre Blackwood, born in Choctaw County, Mississippi, USA ~ The only person to have been nominated for a Grammy Award for 28 consecutive years, winning 9 times including for the 1966 album The Grand Old Gospel and its 1967 follow-up More Grand Old Gospel both of which collaborations of Porter Wagoner and the Blackwood Brothers ~ Blackwood passed away in 2002
August 4, 1919 ~ Saxophonist, bandleader, composer Ken Mackintosh born in Liversedge, UK ~ Worked with Oscar Rabin, Kenny Bardell, Gordon Longhorn, the Mackpies, Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey, Matt Monro, and others ~ Mackintosh passed away in 2005
 
August 4, 1915 ~ Jazz pianist, bandleader, arranger, composer Mel Henke born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Worked with Mitch Todd, Frank Snyder, Stephen Leonard, and others. Also known as a jingle writer, notably the Ajax cleanser “stronger than dirt” and Chevrolet's “see the USA in your Chevrolet” jingles ~ Henke passed away in 1979
 
August 4, 1904 ~ Trumpeter Bill Coleman, full name William Johnson Coleman born in Paris, Kentucky, USA ~ Worked with Cecil Scott, Luis Russell, Lucky Millinder, Benny Carter, Teddy Hill, Fats Waller, Django Reinhardt, Leon Abbey, Teddy Wilson, Andy Kirk, Ellis Larkins, Mary Lou Williams, John Kirby, Sy Oliver, Billy Kyle, Lester Young, Billie Holiday, Coleman Hawkins, and others ~ Coleman passed away in 1981
August 4, 1904 ~ Helen Clare Schroeder, commonly known as singer, actress Helen Kane born in the Bronx, New York, USA ~ Popular 1920s and early 1930s stage and film singer and actress best known for I Wanna Be Loved By You from the 1928 stage musical Good Boy. According to some accounts the animation character Betty Boop in the Talkartoons series was based on Kane, Kane sued the Fleischer Studios but eventually lost the court case with the judge ruling there was “insufficient evidence” ~ Kane passed away in 1966
 
August 4, 1901 ~ Trumpeter, singer Louis Armstrong born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Among the most influential figures in jazz. Known for songs such as What A Wonderful World, Ain't Misbehaving, You Rascal You, Stomping At The Savoy, About Time, and Hello Dolly. Worked with King Oliver, the Creole Jazz Band, Kid Ory, Fletcher Henderson, Clarence Williams, Sidney Bechet, Alberta Hunter, Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Johnny Dodds, Erskine Tate, Lil' Armstrong, Lionel Hampton, Jack Teagarden, Earl Hines, Barney Bigard, Edmond Hall, Trummy Young, Arvell Shaw, Billy Kyle, Marty Napoleon, Big Sid Catlett, Cozy Cole, Tyree Glenn, Barrett Deems, Mort Herbert, Joe Darensbourg, Eddie Shu, Danny Barcelona, and others ~ Armstrong passed away in 1971
 
August 4, 1899 ~ Francis Luther Crow, commonly known as singer, pianist, songwriter Frank Luther, born near Lakin, Kansas, USA ~ Member of late 1920s quartet the Revelers. Closely associated with singer Carson Robison, scoring a number of influential hits through the early 1930s including When Your Hair Has Turned To Silver, Little Green Valley, I'm Alone Because I Love You, Utah Trail, Birmingham Jail, and others. Luther would also front his own the Frank Luther Trio, work with dance bands, record children's music, and by the mid 1940s find employment as an executive at Decca Records ~ Crow passed away in 1980
 
August 4, 1897 ~ Abraham Simon, commonly known as bandleader, drummer Abe Lyman born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Popular bandleader from the 1920s through the 1940s ~ Simon passed away in 1957
 
August 4, 1890 ~ Austin Dafora Horton, commonly known as drummer, singer, songwriter, choreographer Asadate Dafora, born in Freetown, Sierra Leone ~ Credited with the development of dance-drame, integrating narrative and song into dance performance. Broke through with his 1934 production of Kykunkor, its success so overwhelming the show had to move to a larger venue ~ Horton passed away in 1965
August 4, 1890 ~ Country singer, guitarist, songwriter Carson Robison, full name Carson Jay Robison, born in Oswego, Kansas, USA ~ Though largely forgotten played an important role in the early development of country music, especially noted for his years with pianist Frank Luther scoring hits from the late 1920s through the early 1930s. Previously Robison had accompanied Vernon Dalhart, notably on the landmark recording The Wreck Of The Old '97 and The Prisoner's Song ~ Robison passed away in 1957