This Day In Music: December 15
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December 15, 2021 ~ Jose Angel Hernandez, commonly known as producer Flow La Movie, passed away ~ Perhaps best known for producing Te Boté, a collaborative hit for Casper Magico, Nio Garcia & Darell. Has also worked with Bad Bunny, Ozuna, and others ~ Hernandez was born ca.1983
December 15, 2021 ~ Indie rock, post-punk guitarist, bassist, singer Ian Worang passed away ~ Co-founding, sole constant member of Toronto-based indie rock band Uncut, known for the albums Those Who Were Hung Hang Here, Modern Currencies and Infinite Repeats. Has also worked with the Two Koreas, Bishop Morocco, and Diableros ~ Worang was born ca.1974
 
December 15, 2020 ~ R&B guitarist Irving Banister, full name Irving Sully Banister Sr, passed away in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Backed artists such as Eddie Bo, Amos Milburn, Charles Brown, Little Willie John, Ruth Brown, and others ~ Banister was born in 1933
 
December 15, 2018 ~ Bassist, songwriter Arthur Maia passed away ~ Revered bassist. Worked with artists such as Djavan, Gilberto Gil, Marisa Monte, Lulu Santos, Ney Matogrosso, Ivan Lins, Luiz Melodia, Marcio Montarroyos, Cama de Gato, General Paz & Triple Frontera, Jorge Ben, Gal Costa, Caetano Veloso, Roberto Carlos, Martinho de Vila, Milton Nascimento, Fernanda Froes Pruett, Leila Pinheiro, Cesar Camargo Mariano, Ernie Watts, Sheila E, Pat Metheny, Carlos Santana, George Benson, Paquito d'Rivera, Plácido Domingo, and others ~ Maia was born in 1962
December 15, 2018 ~ Songwriter Jerry Chesnut passed away in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ~ Revered songwriter known for songs such as A Good Year For The Roses (Alan Jackson, George Jones, Elvis Costello). T-R-O-U-B-L-E (Elvis Presley, Travis Tritt), A Dime At A Time (Del Reeves), Anothr Place Another Time (Jerry Lee Lewis), It's Four In The Morning (Faron Young), Holding On To Nothing (Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton), Miles And Miles From Nowhere (Arthur Alexander), They Don't Make 'Em Like My Daddy (Loretta Lynn), Weakness In A Man (Waylon Jennings, Roy Drusky), and others ~ Chesnut was born in 1931
 
December 15, 2017 ~ Jazz pianist John Critchinson passed away ~ Worked with Ronnie Scott, Tubby Hayes, Jimmy Deuchar, Chet Baker, George Coleman, James Moody, Joe Henderson, Johnny Griffin, Dick Morrisey, Jim Mullen, Martin Drew, Ron Mathewson, Art Themen, Dave Green, Dave Barry, Pat Crumley, Simon Spillett, and others ~ Critchinson was born in 1934
 
December 15, 2016 ~ Jazz clarinetist Dave Shepherd, full name David John Shepherd, passed away in Hampshire, UK ~ Worked with Reg Rigden, Joe Daniels, Freddy Randall, Billie Holiday, Gerry Mulligan, Ted Kotick, the Jazz Today Unit, Mary Lou Williams, Teddy Wilson, the Pizza Express All-Star Band, and others ~ Shepherd was born in 1929
 
December 15, 2015 ~ Singer Jordan Smith wins NBC's The Voice ~ Smith wins the 9th season of NBC's talent show The Voice, runner-up would be singer Emily Ann Roberts
December 15, 2015 ~ Mezzo-soprano Stella Doufexis passed away in Berlin, Germany ~ Married to composer Christian Jost. Died of cancer at age 47 ~ Doufexis was born in 1968
 
December 15, 2013 ~ Singer Sam Bailey wins X-Factor ~ Bailey wins the 10th edition of British talent show the X-Factor. Runner-ups would be singer Nicholas McDonald in 2nd place, singer Luke Friend in 3rd
 
December 15, 2012 ~ Jazz tenor saxophonist Dick Hafer passed away in La Costa, California, USA ~ Worked with Charlie Barnet, Claude Thornhill, Woody Herman, Tex Beneke, Bobby Hackett, Elliot Lawrence, Benny Goodman, Charles Mingus, Johnny Hartman, Herbie Mann, and others ~ Hafer was born in 1927
 
December 15, 2011 ~ Trombonist, pianist, arranger, composer Bob Brookmeyer passed away in New London, New Hampshire, USA ~ First gained attention as member of Gerry Mulligan's band in the mid 50s. Brookmeyer would also work with Jimmy Giuffre, Tex Beneke, Ray McKinley, Claude Thornhill, Stan Getz, Clark Terry, Thad Jones, Mel Lewis, Chet Baker, Cannonball Adderley, Manny Albam, the Arkadia Jazz All-Stars, Ben Aronov, Bobby Bryant, Ruby Braff, Monty Budwig, Ralph Burns, Gary Burton, Ray Charles (on the quintessential 1959 album The Genius of Ray Charles), Al Cohn, Dave Frishberg, Curtis Fuller, Buddy Greco, Bobby Hackett, Jim Hall, Woody Herman, Lee Konitz, Gary McFarland, Oliver Nelson, Anita O'Day, Michel Petrucciani, Oscar Pettiford, Bill Potts, Jimmy Raney, Pee Wee Russell, Coleman Hawkins, Lalo Schifrin, Don Sebesky, Bud Shank, Zoot Sims, Bob Thiele, and others ~ Brookmeyer was born in 1929
 
December 15, 2008 ~ Folk guitarist Davey Graham, full name David Michael Gordon Graham,, passed away ~ Best known for his acoustic instrumental Anji. Influential on guitarists such as Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, John Martyn, Paul Simon, Jimmy Page ~ Graham was born in 1940
 
December 15, 2007 ~ Singer Leon Jackson wins X-Factor ~ Jackson wins the 4th edition of British talent show the X-Factor. Runner-ups would be baritone singer, musical actor Rhydian Roberts in 2nd place, bubblegum pop duo Same Difference in 3rd
 
December 15, 2003 ~ Fiddler, songwriter Johnny Cunningham passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Instrumental in popularizing Celtic folk. Founding member of Silly Wizard. Also worked with Relativity, the Raindogs, Nightnoise, Susan McKeown, Seamus Egan, Aine Minogue, Casey Neill, and others ~ Cunningham was born in 1957
 
December 15, 2001 ~ Rock, punk rock, hard rock bassist, singer Bianca Halstead, also known as Bianca Butthole, passed away in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Bassist and lead singer of punk band Butt Trumpet and the all-female hard rock outfit Betty Blowtorch. Killed in a car accident when she accepted a ride from a drunk driver. A substance abuse center in Los Angeles, opened in 2008, was named the Bianca Center For Substance Abuse in her honor ~ Halstead was born in 1965
December 15, 2001 ~ Singer, songwriter Rufus Thomas passed away in Memphis, Tennessee, USA ~ Father of singers Carla Thomas and Vaneese Thomas and keyboardist Marvell Thomas. Influenced by Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller and Gatemouth Moore. Best known for songs such as Walking The Dog, Do The Funky Chicken, Do The Push & Pull, and others ~ Thomas was born in 1917
 
December 15, 1995 ~ Vibraphonist, drummer, keyboardist, songwriter Johnny Lytle, full name Johnny Dillard Lytle, passed away in Springfield, Ohio, USA ~ Worked with Ray Charles, Jimmy Witherspoon, Gene Ammons, Hiram Boots Johnson, Milton Harris, Louis Armstrong, Big John Patton, Houston Person, Johnny Griffin, Ray Barretto, Lionel Hampton, Miles Davis, Nancy Wilson, Bobby Timmons, Roy Ayers, Roger Troutman, and others ~ Lytle was born in 1932
 
December 15, 1994 ~ Songwriter, lyricist Harry Tobias passed away in St Louis, Missouri, USA ~ Remembered for co-writing songs such as Miss You (Rudy Vallee), At Your Command (Bing Crosby), Sweet And Lovely (Russ Columbo, Gerry Mulligan, Jerry Vale, Thelonious Monk, Bryan Ferry), and others ~ Tobias was born in 1895
 
December 15, 1991 ~ Singer, guitarist, keyboardist, percussionist Alana Haim, full name Alana Mychal Haim, born in San Fernando Valley, California, USA ~ Member of sibling outfit Haim alongside Danielle Haim and Este Haim, drawing critical comparison to Fleetwood Mac and the Bangles. The band debuted in 2013 with the album Days Are Gone and has recorded consistently since. They are best known for songs such as Forever, The Wire, Want You Back, A Little Of Your Love, Now I'm In It, and Gasoline featuring Taylor Swift
December 15, 1991 ~ Rock, hard rock guitarist Timo Somers born in Drunen, the Netherlands ~ Best known as lead guitarist of symphonic metal band Delain and of hard rock band Vengeance. Founded Tri-Head. Has also worked with Arrow Haze, Zylver, and others
 
December 15, 1990 ~ Jazz vibraphonist, drummer Claude Guilhot passed away ~ Worked with Charles Barrie, Jacques Gauthe, Mezz Mezzrow, Michel Roques, Don Byas, Buck Clayton, Bill Coleman, Sonny Grey, Lucky Thompson, Kenny Clarke, Alix Combelle, Champion Jack Dupree, Pierre Dutour, Jimmy Gourley, Henri Renaud, Hal Cornbread Singer, George Arvanitas, Sylvain Beuf, Stephane Belmondo, and others ~ Guilhot was born in 1929
 
December 15, 1987 ~ Mandolinist Tiny Moore born in Hamilton County, Texas, USA ~ Best known as a member of Bob Wills's backing unit the Texas Playboys during the 1940s and early-1950s. Also worked with Merle Haggard in the 1970s, duetted with Jethro Burns and released a number of solo albums ~ Moore was born in 1920
 
December 15, 1985 ~ Keith A Moore, commonly known as hip-hop, nerdcore rapper Beefy, born in Kennewick, Washington, USA ~ Released his full-length debut album, Tube Technology, in 2006. Has collaborated with Doctor Popular, MC Router, Shael Riley, DJ Snyder, MC Lars, the Rondo Brothers, Adam Warrock, and others
 
December 15, 1984 ~ Jacob Pincus Perelmuth, commonly known as operatic tenor Jan Peerce, passed away in New Rochelle, New York, USA ~ Active since the early 1930, starting as a tenor soloist with Radio City Music Hall. Perhaps best known for his association with the NBC Symphony Orchestra. Has also worked with the Philadelphia La Scala Opera Company, the Metropolitan Opera, and others ~ Perelmuth was born in 1904
December 15, 1984 ~ Post-hardcore, metalcore, hard rock bassist, singer Max Green, full name Maxwell Scott Green, born in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA ~ Founding member of Escape The Fate. Has also worked with the Natural Born Killers, Falling In Reverse, and others
 
December 15, 1983 ~ Jazz trombonist Big Chief Russell Moore passed away ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Lionel Hampton, Eddie Barefield, Papa Celestin, Kid Rena, AJ Piron, Paul Barbarin, Ernie Fields, Harlan Leonard, Noble Sissle, Ruby Braff, Pee Wee Russell, Eddie Condon, Wild Bill Davison, Jimmy McPartland, Tony Parenti, Mezz Mezzrow, Sidney Bechet, Buck Clayton, Louis Armstrong, Eddie Wilcox, Cozy Cole, Keith Smith, and others ~ Moore was born in 1912
December 15, 1983 ~ Singer, guitarist, pianist, songwriter Brooke Fraser, full name Brooke Gabrielle Fraser, born in Wellington, New Zealand ~ Best known for the 2010 hit single Something In The Water of Flags, the singer's third studio album
December 15, 1983 ~ James Archibald McLin, commonly known as jazz banjoist, guitarist Jimmy McLinn, passed away in St Petersburg, Florida, USA ~ Worked with James P Johnson, Ward Pinkett, Roy Eldridge, Willie The Lion Smith, Buster Bailey, Midge Willims, Billie Holiday, Sidney Bechet, Dave Nelson, Claude Hopkins, the Ink Spots, and others ~ McLin was born in 1908
December 15, 1983 ~ Post-hardcore singer, rapper, keyboardist, guitarist, bassist, percussionist, songwriter Ronnie Radke, full name Ronald Joseph Radke, born in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ~ First gained attention as co-founding member of Escape The Fate. A two-year prison sentence starting in 2008 ended his stint with the band. After his release Radke joined Falling In Reverse as lead singer, the band releasing their The Drug In Me Is You debut album in 2011
 
December 15, 1981 ~ Indie rock singer, songwriter Emma Swift born ~ Originally a radio host from Sydney, Australia, Swift relocated to Nashville in 2013 to pursue a career as a singer, releasing her eponymous Emma Swift debut EP the following year. In a relationship with Robyn Hitchcock, with whom she has also released the collaborative singles Follow Your Money and Love Is A Drag. Opened for Whiskeytown-singer Ryan Adams on the Australian leg of his 2016 tour. A full-length Blonde On The Tracks debut album was released in 2020, consisting solely of Bob Dylan-covers with Wilco's Pat Sansone signing on as producer
December 15, 1981 ~ Bassist, celloist Sam Jones passed away ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Bobby Timmons, Tiny Bradshaw, Kenny Dorham, Illinois Jacquet, Freddie Hubbard, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Cannonball Adderley, Oscar Peterson, Cedar Walton, Gene Ammons, Chet Baker, Walter Bishop Jr, Ray Brown, Donald Byrd, James Clay, Arnett Cobb, King Curtis, Kenny Dorham, Art Farmer, Victor Feldman, Grant Green, Barry Harris, Milt Jackson, JJ Johnson, Hank Jones, Clifford Jordan, Abbey Lincoln, Chuck Mangione, Blue Mitchell, Sal Nistico, Ike Quebec, Sonny Red, Red Rodney, Sal Salvador, Joe Zawinul, and others ~ Jones was born in 1924
 
December 15, 1980 ~ Rock guitarist, singer, producer, songwriter Serge Pizzorno, full name Sergio Lorenzo Pizzorno, born in Newton Abbot, UK ~ Best known as a member of Kasabian, the band's primary songwriter since the departure of Christopher Karloff. Also a member of Loose Tapestries
 
December 15, 1979 ~ R&B singer, saxophonist Jackie Brenston passed away in Memphis, Tennessee, USA ~ Best known for his 1951 single Rocket '88, considered by some the first rock & roll song ~ Brenston was born in 1930
 
December 15, 1978 ~ Edward Andrew Brower, commonly known as rock drummer, singer, actor, model Ned Brower, born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA ~ Drummer with rock band Rooney, known best for their 2007 Calling The World album. Has also worked with Frausdots, Three Days Grace, Relient K, and with Margaret Cho
 
December 15, 1976 ~ Jeremy Binns, commonly known as folk rock singer, guitarist, songwriter Jeremy Fisher, born in Hamilton, Canada ~ Fronted of the Obvious, known for their 1999 eponymous The Obvious album. Fisher wrote Lemon Meringue Pie and Kiss The Moon, songs later also appearing on solo albums. Released his Back Porch Spirituals solo debut album in 2001 and has recorded consistently since. Guested on Jakalope's Unsaid of their 2006 Born 4 album. Has also collaborated with the likes of Hawksley Workman, Jim Bryson, Serena Ryder, and others
 
December 15, 1974 ~ Emil John Schmidt IV, commonly known as metal, rock bassist, guitarist, singer Acey Slade, born ~ Best known as bassist of Dope and as guitarist of Murderdolls. Also worked with the Misfits, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Trashlight Vision, the Vampire Love Dolls, Billy Liar, and others
December 15, 1974 ~ Alternative country, folk, rock singer, guitarist, songwriter Cory Branan born in Memphis, Tennessee, USA ~ Influenced by John Prine. Released a full-length debut album, The Hell You Say, in 2002. Artists who guested on subsequent albums include Big Star-drummer Jody Stephens, Hold Steady members Craig Finn and Steve Selvidge, Tim Easton, Caitlin Rose, Austin Lucas, Jason Isbell, Deer Tick's Robbie Crowell, Amanda Shires, and others
 
December 15, 1972 ~ Songwriter, producer, remixer Jason Nevins born in Los Angeles, USA ~ In-demand producer, remixer. Worked with Run-DMC, Florida Georgia Line, Jermaine Paul, Vicci Martinez, Duran Duran, and others
 
December 15, 1969 ~ Christopher Douglass Roney, commonly known as hip-hop rapper Cool C, born ~ As a rapper best known for his 1987 Juice Crew Dis debut single. Would release the albums I Gotta Habit and Life In The Ghetto before forming hardcore hip-hop outfit CEB with Steady B and Ultimate Eaze in the early 1990s. Found guilty and sentenced to death for his role in a botched armed robbery and second-degree murder of police officer Lauretha Vaird. The crime would inspire the G Love & Special Sauce song Slipped Away (The Ballad Of Lauretha Vaird) of the 1997 Yeah It's That Easy album
December 15, 1969 ~ Guitarist, bassist, singer Nick Moss born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ As a solo artist has been releasing records since the late-1990s. Also worked with Buddy Scott, Jimmy Dawkins, the Legendary Blues Band, Jimmy Rogers, Gerry Hundt, Lynwood Slim, and others
 
December 15, 1962 ~ Heavy metal, progressive metal bassist Jean-Yves Thériault born in Jonquière, Canada ~ Co-founding member of progressive metal band Voivod, remaining with the band through 1991 and rejoining in 2008. Released two solo albums in the 1990s, Poetry And Apocalypse and Our Brief Eternity. Also worked with Coeur Atomique
December 15, 1962 ~ Timothy Hagelganz, commonly known as bass guitarist, singer Tim Gaines, born in Portland, Oregon, USA ~ Best known as long-time bassist of Christian metal band Stryper. Also worked with Stormer, King James, Richard Marx, Tourniquet, Bryan Duncan, Dez Dickerson, Liberty & Justice, Michael Sweet, SinDizzy, and others
 
December 15, 1961 ~ Keyboardist, singer, songwriter Joseph Wooten born ~ Started playing in the family outfit the Wooten Brothers at age 11, which also included Victor Wooten, Roy Wooten, Regi Wooten and Rudy Wooten. Has recorded as a solo artist and is a member of the Steve Miller Band since 1993
December 15, 1961 ~ Bassist, singer Nick Beggs born ~ Co-founding member of Kajagoogoo, known for the 1983 UK top 10 hits Too Shy, Ooh To Be Ah and Big Apple. Would go on to work with Kaja, Iona, Gary Numan, Alphaville, Belinda Carlisle, Emma Bunton, Industrial Salt, Steven Wilson, Lifesigns, Fish On Friday, the Mute Gods, Trifecta, and others
 
December 15, 1957 ~ Guitarist Tim Reynolds born in Wiesbaden, Germany ~ Lead guitarist for the Dave Matthews Band, joining the band as a fulltime member in 2008 and having guested with the band since the early 1990s. Member of fusion band Secrets. Frontman of TR 3
 
December 15, 1956 ~ Folk, folk rock violinist, mandolinist, banjoist, guitarist Chris Leslie, full name Christopher Julian Leslie, born in Banbury, UK ~ Has recorded about half a dozen solo albums, starting with The Gift released in 1994. Worked with Whippersnapper, the Albion Band, Fairport Convention, Steve Ashley, St Agnes Fountain, Feast Of Fiddles, and others
December 15, 1956 ~ Songwriter, singer Kit Hain born in Cobham, UK ~ Founded Marshall Hain with Julian Marshall, known for their 1978 single Dancing In The City. After the duo split released a number of solo records starting with the 1979 single The Joke's On You. Has also written for others including Roger Daltrey, Kiki Dee, Cher (Fires Of Eden), Barbara Dickson, Heart (Back To Avalon), Fleetwood Mac, Kim Criswell, Til Tuesday (Crash And Burn), Conchita Wurst, Annie Haslam (Further From Fantasy), Milow, and others
 
December 15, 1955 ~ Blues harpist, singer, songwriter Mark Hummel born in New Haven, Connecticut, USA ~ Influenced by Jimmy Reed, Slim Harpo, Billie Holiday, Count Basie, Ella Johnson, Lester Young, Little Walter, Muddy Waters, Paul Butterfield, and by Charlie Musselwhite. Founded and fronted the Blues Survivors. Member of supergroup the Golden State Lone Star Revue. Akso worked with Boogie Jake, Sonny Lane, Cool Papa Sadler, Mississippi John Wates, Sue Foley, Charles Brown, Brownie McGhee, Willie Big Eyes Smith, Bob Stroger, Dave Myers, Jimmy Pugh, Kid Andersen, Ron Thompson, Lowell Fulson, Eddie Taylor, and others
December 15, 1955 ~ Bassist Paul Simonon, full name Paul Gustave Simonon, born in Brixton, UK ~ Best known as member of the Clash, known for hits such as London Calling, Should I Stay Or Should I Go and Rock The Casbah. Has also worked with supergroup The Good The Bad & The Queen which also included Clash bandmate Mick Jones and Blur frontman Damon Albarn. Has toured with Gorillaz' Escape To Plastic Beach tour
 
December 15, 1954 ~ Oscar Phillip Celestin, commonly known as cornetist, bandleader Papa Celestin, passed away in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Best known for co-leading the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band with William Ridgely ~ Celestin was born in 1884
 
December 15, 1953 ~ Country singer, songwriter Randy Parton, full name Randel Huston Parton, born in Sevlerville, Tennessee, USA ~ Brother of singers Stella Parton and Dolly Parton, having backed the latter on albums such as New Harvest First Gathering and Rhinestone. As a solo artist best known for being the first to record Roll On (Eighteen Wheeler), a 1984 Billboard Country No.1 hit for Alabama ~ Parton passed away in 2021
 
December 15, 1952 ~ Jazz bassist Bruce Gertz, full name Bruce David Gertz, born in Providence, Rhode Island, USA ~ Worked with George Garzone, Jerry Bergonzi, Mike Stern, John Abercrombie, Joey Calderazzo, Ken Cervenka, Adam Nussbaum, Dan Reiser, Kurt Rosenwinkel, George Schuller, and others
 
December 15, 1951 ~ Drummer Ken Knox born ~ Best known as member of a reformed the Chairmen Of The Board, starting in 1978
 
December 15, 1949 ~ Cellist, conductor, composer Allan Stephenson born in Wallasey, UK ~ Cellist with the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra for nearly 25 years starting in 1973. Prolific composer with over a 100 works to his name, perhaps best known for writing one act of the three act opera The Mandela Trilogy, depicting the life of Nelson Mandela ~ Stephenson passed away in 2021
December 15, 1949 ~ Actor, pop singer Don Johnson, full name Donnie Wayne Johnson, born in Flat Creek, Missouri, USA ~ Best known as an actor for TV, notably the popular 1980s TV series Miami Vice, and film. As a singer released two solo albums, 1980's Heartbeat and 1986's Let It Roll. Best known for his Heartbeat top 10 hit and Till I Loved You, the latter a duet with then-girlfriend Barbra Streisand
 
December 15, 1948 ~ Carlos Alves, commonly known as violinist Carlos Zingaro, born in Lisbon, Portugal ~ Has worked with Carlos Zingaro, Gianluigi Trovesi, Albert Mangelsdorff, Rodrigo Amado, Joëlle Léandre, Paul Lovens, Derek Bailey, Tristan Honsinger, Richard Teitelbaum, and others
December 15, 1948 ~ Avant-garde, jazz-fusion trumpeter Toshinori Kondo born in Mabari City, Japan ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Yosuke Yamashita, Bill Laswell, John Zorn, Fred Frith, Eraldo Bernocchi, Peter Brötzmann, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Kazumi Watanabe, Herbie Hancock, Die Like A Dog Quartet, Praxis, and others ~ Kondo passed away in 2020
 
December 15, 1946 ~ Hard rock, psychedelic rock, blues rock drummer Carmine Appice born in Staten Island, New York, USA ~ Brother of drummer Vinny Appice. Influenced drummers such as Iron Maiden's Nicko McBrain, Aerosmith's Joey Kramer, Rush's Neal Peart, Led Zeppelin's John Bonham, Deep Purple's Ian Paice. Authored the drum instruction book The Realistic Rock Drum Method, published in 1972. Has recorded as a solo artist and drummed with acts such as Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, Jan Akkerman, Beck Bogert & Appice, KGB, Rod Stewart, Paul Stanley, King Kobra, Blue Murder, Pappo's Blues, Pat Travers, and others
December 15, 1946 ~ R&B singer, songwriter Harry Ray born ~ Joined the Moments in 1970, with whom he scored the Billboard R&B top 10 hits If I Didn't Care and All I Have the same year. Subsequent singles would include My Thing, Sexy Mama, Dolly My Love. A move to a new label barred the band from using the name and the trio renamed themselves Ray Goodman & Brown in 1978. The first single under their new moniker, Special Lady, would become one of their biggest hits and reach top 10 Billboard Hot 100 and No.1 Billboard R&B ~ Ray passed away in 1992
 
December 15, 1945 ~ Jazz singer Kimiko Kasai born in Kyoto, Japan ~ Actively recording since the early 1970s. Worked with Mal Waldron, Gil Evans, Herbie Hancock, and others
December 15, 1945 ~ Richard Leonard Tuckey, commonly known as rock, folk rock, country rock, pop rock guitarist, songwriter Len Tuckey, born in Aberdeen, UK ~ Lead guitarist with the Nashville Teens from 1969 through 1973. Rose to prominence backing Suzi Quatro, including co-writing a number of her songs including Glycerine Queen and Mama's Boy. Quatro and Powell were married from 1976 to 1992, the couple have two children together
 
December 15, 1943 ~ Thomas Wright Waller, commonly known as pianist, singer, songwriter Fats Waller, passed away in Kansas City, Missouri, USA ~ Innovative stride pianist quintessential to development of modern jazz. Reportedly once kidnapped to play at gangster Al Capone's birthday party. Fronted Fats Waller's Rhythm. Wrote over 400 songs, many with lyricist Andy Razaff, including Ain't Misbehavin' and Honeysuckle Rose ~ Waller was born in 1904
 
December 15, 1939 ~ Cynthia Ann Birdsong, commonly known as R&B singer Cindy Birdsong, born in Camden, New Jersey, USA ~ Member of Patti Labelle's 1960s group the Blue-belles. Best known as member of the Supremes, officially joining the band in 1967 as replacement for co-founding member Florence Ballard. Would first sing mostly backing vocals, from 1970 forward after the departure of Diana Ross gaining a more prominent role. Briefly retired from the band in 1972 and 1973, replaced by Lynda Lawrence
December 15, 1939 ~ Singer, songwriter Stefan Demert born in Nykoping, Sweden ~ As a solo artist or occasionally duetting with his wife actress and singer Jeja Sundstrom known for songs such as Balladen Om Den Kaxiga Myran, Till Sj, and Anna Anaconda. Demert was also a member of Visor & Bockfot alongside his wife Sundström, Sid Jansson, and Bjorn Stabi ~ Demert passed way in 2018
 
December 15, 1938 ~ Richard Adam Ziegler, commonly known as singer, songwriter Ritchie Adams, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Lead singer of Fireflies, present on You Were Mine and I Can't Say Goodbye. Would go on to become a successful songwriter, writing or co-writing songs such as Tossin' & Turnin' (Bobby Lewis), Happy Summer Days (Ronnie Dove), The Tra La La Song (One Banana Two Banana) (Banana Splits), After The Lovin' (Engelbert Humperdinck), and The Next Hundred Years (Al Martino) ~ Ziegler passed away in 2017
 
December 15, 1936 ~ Chicago blues, electric blues singer, songwriter Andrew Odom born in Denham Springs, Louisiana, USA ~ Has released three solo albums, starting with 1969's Farther On Down The Road. Worked with Albert King, Johnny Wiliams, Earl Hooker, Pinetop Perkins, Carey Bell, Geno Skaggs, Freddie Roulette, Johnny Big Moose Walker, Jimmy Dawkins, Otis Rush, Magic Slim, and others ~ Odom passed away in 1991
December 15, 1936 ~ Pianist, bandleader, composer Eddie Palmieri born ~ Active since the early 1960s, merging jazz with salsa. Influenced by Thelonious Monk and McCoy Tyner. Founded and led La Perfecta, La Perfecta II, Harlem River Drive. Best known for the 1975 collaborative album The Sun Of Latin Music with Lalo Rodríguez, the first record to earn a Grammy Award for Best Latin Recording. Has worked with artists such as Tito Rodriguez, Ismael Quintana, Barry Rogers, Manny Oquendo, Cheo Feliciano, Cal Tjader, and others
 
December 15, 1934 ~ Jazz trombonist Curtis Fuller, full name Curtis Dubois Fuller, born in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Paul Chambers, Cannonball Adderley, Yusef Lateef, Miles Davis, Sonny Clark, John Coltrane, Slide Hampton, Bud Powell, Jimmy Smith, Wayne Shorter, Lee Morgan, Joe Henderson, Art Farmer, Benny Golson, Art Blakey, Dizzy Gillespie, Walter Bishop Jr, Buddy DeFranco, Tommy Flanagan, Machito, and others ~ Fuller passed away in 2021
December 15, 1934 ~ R&B singer Johnny Moore, full name John Darrel Moore, born in Selma, Alabama, USA ~ Member of the Hornets. Best known as a lead singer of the Drifters, remaining with the band from 1954 through 1957, and again from 1964 through 1978. Present on most of the band's best-known including Saturday Night At The Movies, Come On Over To My Place, At The Club, and Up In The Streets Of Harlem ~ Moore passed away in 1998
December 15, 1934 ~ Blues, R&B singer McKinley Mitchell born in Jackson, Mississippi, USA ~ Best known for his 1962 record The Town I Live In ~ Mitchell passed away in 1986
 
December 15, 1932 ~ Singer, songwriter Jesse Belvin, full name Jesse Lorenzo Belvin, born in San Antonio, Texas, USA ~ Influenced by Nat King Cole and Billy Eckstine. Served as a model for Sam Cooke. Co-wrote Earth Angel, a hit for the Penguins. Member of the Shields. Member of Big Jay McNeely's backing unit Three Dots & A Dash. As a solo artist best known for songs such as Beware, The Girl In My Dreams and Guess Who. Died in car crash at age 27 following a concert date before a integrated audience in Little Rock, Arkansas. To this day rumours persist regarding the accident's circumstances ~ Belvin passed away in 1960
 
December 15, 1931 ~ Charlie Daniel Richmond, commonly known as jazz, R&B, pop, rock drummer Dannie Richmond, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Best known for his association with Charles Mingus. Has also worked with Paul Williams, George Adams, Don Pullen, Ray Anderson, Chet Baker, Ted Curson, Booker Ervin, Ricky Ford, Bert Jansch, Duke Jordan, Horace Parlan, Herbie Nichols, Zoot Sims, Mal Waldron, Joe Cocker, Elton John and Mark Almond ~ Richmond passed away in 1988
 
December 15, 1929 ~ Jazz, bebop pianist, composer, arranger Barry Harris, full name Barry Doyle Harris, born in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Influenced by Thelonious Monk and Bud Powell. Worked with Miles Davis, Sonny Stitt, Thad Jones, Junior Mance, Gene Ammons, Max Roach, Cannonball Adderley, Dexter Gordon, Illinois Jacquet, Yusef Lateef, Hank Mobley, Coleman Hawkins, Donald Byrd, Al Cohn, Sonny Criss, Clifford Jordan, Lee Konitz, Warne Marsh, Don Wilkerson, and others ~ Harris paassed away in 2021
 
December 15, 1928 ~ Country singer Ernest Ashworth, full name Ernest Bert Ashworth, born in Huntsville, Alabama, USA ~ Known for a number of 1960s country hits including Each Moment Spent With You, Everybody But Me, I Love To Dance With Annie, The DJ Cried and perhaps his best-known Talk Back Trembling Lips, all of which reached top 10 of the Billboard Country charts ~ Ashworth passed away in 2009
December 15, 1928 ~ Violinist Ida Haendel born in Chelm, Poland ~ Child prodigy. Won numerous prestiguous award well before her teens such as for instance the Warsaw Conservatory Gold Medal for her performance of Ludwig van Beethoven's Violin Concerto or the Huberman Prize in 1933, at only 5 years old. Would go on to perform the world over and work on numerous acclaimed recordings during a career spanning seven decades. Notable recordings include Johann Sebastian Bach's Sonatas And Partitas For Solo Violin and Johannes Brahms' Violin Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra, ~ Haendel passed away in 2020
December 15, 1928 ~ Country singer, guitarist Jerry Wallace born in Guilford, Missouri, USA ~ Known for songs such as Primrose Lane, In The Misty Moonlight, If You Leave Me Tonight I'll Cry and Do You Know What It's Like To Be Lonely. Also sang with the Royal Holidays ~ Wallace passed away in 2008
 
December 15, 1927 ~ Jazz alto saxophonist Gene Quill, full name Daniel Eugene Quill, born in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Half of Phill & Quill, the other half being Phil Woods. Also worked with Buddy DeFranco, Manny Albam, Bob Brookmeyer, Al Cohn, Michel Legrand, Gerry Mulligan, Joe Newman, Johnny Richards, Gil Evans, Billie Holiday, Quincy Jones, Jimmy Knepper, Pony Poindexter, Buddy Rich, Jimmy Rushing, and others ~ Quill passed away in 1988
 
December 15, 1925 ~ Violinist, conductor Jack Rothstein born ~ Member of the London Czech Trio. Conducted the Boyd Neel Orchestra, the Northern Sinfonia, the Johann Strauss Orchestra,, and the Viennese Orchestra Of London. Also known for his work with TV and radio and as a member of the Wombles. Played violin on the Beatles-songs I Am The Walrus and Within You Without You ~ Rothstein passed away in 2001
 
December 15, 1924 ~ Soul-jazz, blues guitarist Billy Butler, full name William Butler Jr, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Best known for his association with Bill Doggett, including writing and performing on the 1956 hit Honky Tonk. Butler also worked with Al Casey, King Curtis, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Wild Bill Davison, Tommy Flanagan, Panama Francis, Benny Goodman, Johnny Hodges, Floyd Candy Johnson, David Fathead Newman, Houston Person, Sammy Price, Jimmy Smith, Norris Turney, Dinah Washington, Joey Dee & the Starliters (The Peppermint Twist (Part 1)), Gene Ammons, James Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Johnny Hodges, Illinois Jacquet, Freddie King, Houston Person, Yusef Lateef, and others ~ Butler passed away in 1991
December 15, 1924 ~ Esther Lowy, commonly known as singer, accordionist, activist Esther Béjarano, born in Saarlouis, Germany ~ Survived Auschwitz by joining the newly formed the Women's Orchestra Of Auschwitz. After the war would keep the memory of the Holocaust alive through music and lectures and notably as founder and chairperson of the the International Auschwitz Committee which also included cellist Anita Lasker-Wallfisch. Founded the musical group Coincidence in 1980 with her daughter and son, performing songs from the ghetto, Hebrew folk and anti-fascist reportoire ~ Béjarano passed away in 2021
 
December 15, 1921 ~ DJ Alan Freed, full name Albert James Freed, born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Perhaps the first superstar radio DJ, promoting rock & roll, blues, country and R&&B until the payola scandal ended his career in the early 1960s ~ Freed passed away in 1965
 
December 15, 1920 ~ Classical conductor, arranger, composer Howard Cable, full name Howard Reid Cable, born in Toronto, Canada ~ Best known for his association with several brass groups, notably the Brass Quintet, the Brass Ensemble and Brass & Choir ~ Cable passed away in 2016
 
December 15, 1919 ~ Steel guitarist, songwriter Tommy Durden, full name Thomas Russell Durden, born in Morgan County, Georgia, USA ~ Best remembered for co-writing Heartbreak Hotel with Mae Boren Axton and Elvis Presley ~ Durden passed away in 1999
 
December 15, 1917 ~ Hildegard Zadek, commonly known as operatic soprano Hilde Zadek, born in Bromberg, Prussia ~ As a Jew fled Germany in 1934 to Palestine. Returned to Europe in 1945. Soprano best known for her association with the Vienna State Opera, staying with the orchestra from her critically acclaimed 1947 debut starring in Giuseppe Verdi's Aida through 1971. Has also sang with the Munich State Opera, the Berlin State Opera, the Royal Opera House, the Paris Opera, La Scala, the Bolshoi Theatre, and numerous others ~ Zadek passed away in 2019
 
December 15, 1916 ~ Edwin Lemar Cole, commonly known as jazz pianist, orchestra leader, composer Buddy Cole, born in Irving, Illinois, USA ~ Married Yvonne King, one of the King Sisters. Worked with Alvino Rey, Frankie Trumbauer, Henry Mancini, Jill Corey, Bing Crosby (In A Little Spanish Town), Rosemary Clooney, and others ~ Cole passed away in 1964
 
December 15, 1914 ~ Western singer, guitarist, songwriter Red River Dave, full name David Largus McEnery born in San Antonio, Texas, USA ~ Best known for his 1939 recording Amelia Earhart's Last Flight. Also known for playing in several westerns as a singing cowboy, including 1944's Swing In The Saddle, and 1948's Hidden Valey and Echo Ranch. Member of the Swift Boys ~ McEnery passed away in 2002
 
December 15, 1911 ~ Jazz pianist, bandleader, composer Stan Kenton, full name Stanley Newcomb Kenton, born in Wichita, Kansas, USA ~ Revered bandleader leading his orchestra for well over four decades working in progressive jazz, West Coast jazz, swing, orchestral jazz and other idioms. Has worked with Maynard Ferguson, Zoot Sims, Gerry Mulligan, Nat King Cole, Anita O'Day, Lucky Thompson, June Christy, Chris Connor, Art Pepper, Pete Rugolo, Peter Erskine, Eddie Safranksi, and others ~ Kenton passed away in 1979
 
December 15, 1910 ~ John Henry Hammond II, commonly known as producer, label executive John Hammond Sr, born in New York, USA ~ Father of singer, guitarist John Hammond Jr. Instrumental in the careers of numerous future stars early on or at pivotal moments in their career such as Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Benny Goodman, Harry James, Charlie Christian, Billie Holiday, Count Basie, Teddy Wilson, Big Joe Turner, Pete Seeger, Aretha Franklin, Freddie Green, Leonard Cohen, Arthur Russell, Jim Copp, Asha Puthli, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Mike Bloomfield, and others ~ Hammond passed away in 1987
 
December 15, 1900 ~ Mezzo-soprano opera singer, actress Gladys Swarthout born in Deepwater, Missouri, USA ~ Sang with New York Metropolitan Opera Company from 1929 through 1966 ~ Swarthout passed away in 1969
 
December 15, 1897 ~ Jazz trumpeter, cornetist Ed Allen, full name Edward Clifton Allen, born in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ~ Worked with Ralph Stevenson, Charlie Creath, Earl Hines, Joe Jordan, Clarence Williams, Bessie Smith, King Oliver, Benton Heath, Chris Barber, and others ~ Allen passed away in 1974
 
December 15, 1891 ~ Alvin Pleasant Delaney Carter, commonly known as guitarist, singer AP Carter born in Maces Spring, Virginia, USA ~ Patriarch, founding member of the Carter Family, which also included his wife Sara Carter and cousin Mother Maybelle Carter ~ Carter passed away in 1960