This Day In Music: December 22
December 21 ~ Birthdays/All ~ December 23
 
December 22, 2021 ~ Pop, rock guitarist Robin Le Mesurier, full name Robin Mark Le Mesurier Halliley, passed away ~ Influenced by the Faces, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Jeff Beck. Member of the Reign through its disbandement in 1973. Subsequently worked with novelty band the Wombles. Associated with Rod Stewart since the mid-1970s, officially joining Stewart's backing band in 1980 and present on the albums Tonight I'm Yours, Camouflage, Body Wishes and Every Beat Of My Heart. Musical director for Johnny Hallyday from the mid-1990s well into the 2010s. Co-founded Farm Dogs with Bernie Taupin and Jim Cregan ~ Le Mesurier was born in 1953
 
December 22, 2020 ~ Leslie Weinstein, commonly known as guitarist, singer, songwriter Leslie West, passed away in Palm Coast, Florida, Florida, USA ~ Founding member, co-lead singer of Mountain, known for their 1970 hit Mississippi Queen of their eponymous Mountain album. Previously a member of the Vagrants, scoring two minor hits with I Can't Make A Friend and a cover of Otis Redding's Respect. In 2009 West would marry his fiancée Jenni Maurer on stage to a crowd of 15,000 after the band's performance at the Woodstock 40th Anniversary Concert in Bethel, New York. The band had also performed at the original Woodstock Festival ~ Weinstein was born in 1945
 
December 22, 2018 ~ Singer, songwriter Jimmy Work passed away in Dukedom, Tennessee, USA ~ Best known for the classic Making Believe ~ Work was born in 1924
 
December 22, 2016 ~ Engineer, producer Bill Price passed away ~ Chief engineer on the Who-singer Pete Townshend's solo albums. Mixer, engineer on some of the 1970s pivotal albums including the Sex Pistols' Never Mind The Bollocks (Here's The Sex Pistols). Has also worked with acts such as the Clash, Guns 'n Roses, Sparks, the Jesus & Mary Chain, the Waterboys, Mott The Hoople, and others ~ Price was born in 1944
 
December 22, 2015 ~ Bassist Carson Van Osten passed away in Thousand Oaks, California, USA ~ Member of Nazz from 1967 through 1969 alongside Todd Rundgren and Thom Mooney ~ Van Osten was born in 1945
December 22, 2015 ~ Pop, rock singer, songwriter Peter Lundblad, full name Gustaf Peter Lundblad, passed away ~ Best known for his 1986 song Ta Migg Till Haet. Member of the Most Remarkable Nailband and of Duga ~ Lundblad was born in 1950
 
December 22, 2014 ~ John Robert Cocker, commonly known as singer Joe Cocker, passed away in Crawford, Colorado, USA ~ Known for songs such as With A Little Help From My Friends, The Letter, You Are So Beautiful, When The Night Come, You Can Leave Your Hat On, Unchain My Heart, and others. Critically acclaimed, especially for his debut album, 1970's Mad Dogs & Englishmen. In-demand collaborator, worked with Leon Russell, Delaney & Bonnie, Silverhead, John Lee Hooker, Bo Diddley, the Crusaders, Jennifer Warnes (the 1982 hit duet Up Where We Belong), Jimmy Barnes, BB King, Eros Ramazzotti, Tim Hinkley, Otis Thompson, Al Jarreau, and others ~ Cocker was born in 1944
 
December 22, 2012 ~ Marva Ann Manning, commonly known as R&B, funk, soul singer Marva Whitney passed away in Kansas City, Kansas, USA ~ Regarded as one of the rawest and brassiest divas in funk. Turned down offers from Little Richard and Bobby Blue Bland to join James Brown backing unit, the latter eventually nicknaming her “Soul Sister No.1”. As a solo artist known for classic funk releases such as Your Love Was Good To Me, Unwind Yourself, It's My Thing (You Can Tell Me Who To Sock It To) and Got To Get Better (Get Together) ~ Manning was born in 1944
December 22, 2012 ~ Drummer Mike Scaccia, full name Michael Ralph Scaccia, passed away in Fort Worth, Texas, USA ~ Best known as member of several acclaimed metal and alternative rock bands, most notably Ministry, Rigor Mortis and Revolting Cocks. Has also worked with Lard, 1,000 Homo DJs, Skrew, the League Of Blind Women and with Buck Satan & the 666 Shooters ~ Scaccia was born in 1965
 
December 22, 2008 ~ Warren Akwei, commonly known as singer, drummer, producer, songwriter Guy Warren, passed away ~ Credited as the inventor of Afro-jazz. Dubbed “the Divine Drummer”. Member of the Tempos. Influenced Fela Kuti ~ Akwei was born in 1923
 
December 22, 2007 ~ Joseph Urick, commonly known as traditional pop singer Joe Ames, passed away ~ Member of family outfit the Ames Brothers, known for a number of 1950s hits including Rag Mop, Sentimental Me, Can Anyone Explain (No No No), Undecided, The Man With The Banjo, The Naughty Lady Of Shady Lane and Tammy ~ Urick was born in 1921
 
December 22, 2006 ~ Songwriter Dennis Linde passed away in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ~ Songwriter best-known for penning Elvis Presley's 1972 hit Burning Love. Others who have recorded his songs include Roy Drusky (Long Long Texas Road), Roger Miller, Gary Morris, the Oak Ridge Boys, Tanya Tucker, Don Williams (Walkin' A Broken Heart), Eddy Raven, Mark Chesnutt, Aaron Tippin, Garth Brooks (Callin' Baton Rouge), Delbert McClinton (Love Rustler), Blackhawk, Joe Diffie (John Deere Green), the Judds, BJ Thomas, the Dixie Chicks (Goodbye Earl), the Everly Brothers, Chris LeDoux, Shenandoah, Ricky Van Shelton, Joy Lynn White, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Jo-El Sonnier, Sherrié Austin, Confederate Railroad, and others ~ Linde was born in 1943
 
December 22, 2002 ~ John Graham Mellor, commonly known as punk rock, post-punk, alternative rock, rock singer, guitarist, bassist, pianist Joe Strummer, passed away in Broomfield, UK ~ Best known as co-founding member, co-lead singer of the Clash, considered part of the punk movement yet drawing from a wide array of genres including reggae, ska, dub, funk, rap, rockabilly, and others. The band is known for songs such as Complete Control, Tommy Gun, London Calling, Train In Vain, Bankrobber, The Magnificent Seven, Know Your Rights, Should I Stay Or Should I Go, and Rock The Casbah. Strummer has also worked with the 101-ers, the Latino Rockabilly War, the Pogues, the Mescaleros, and others ~ Mellor passed away in 1952
 
December 22, 2001 ~ Jazz bassist Gene Taylor, full name Calvin Eugene Taylor, passed away in Sarasota, Florida, USA ~ First gained attention backing Horace Silver from 1958 through 1963. Would go on to work with Roland Alexander, Junior Cook, Blue Mitchell, Duke Pearson, John Wright, Coleman Hawkins, Nina Simone, Eric Kloss, and others ~ Taylor was born in 1929
December 22, 2001 ~ Television personality, columnist, singer Lance Loud, full name Alanson russell loud, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Best known for his appearance in the 1973 reality show An American Family documenting his coming out, making Loud an icon in the gay community. Fronted underground outfit the Mumps, which at times also included future Iggy Pop-guitarist Rob Duprey and future Patti Smith-drummer Jay Dee Daugherty ~ Loud was born in 1951
 
December 22, 1993 ~ Singer, songwriter Meghan Trainor, full name Meghan Elizabeth Trainor, born in Nantucket, Massachusetts, USA ~ Has been recording since age 15. Independently released three albums of self-written material starting with 2009's eponymous Meghan Trainor. A major label debut album, Title, followed in 2015 debuting atop the Billboard Hot 200. Known for top 10 hits such as All About That Bass, Lips Are Moving and No
 
December 22, 1992 ~ Violinist, composer Harry Bluestone passed away in Studio City, California, USA ~ Frequent collaborator of Emil Cadkin. As a bandleader backed artists such as Jo Stafford and Dinah Shore. Freelanced for numerous radioshows throughout the 1930s working with the likes of Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, the Dorsey Brothers. Would go on to become a highly in-demand violinist and conductor, appearing on records by Peggy Lee, Dolly Parton, the Beach Boys, Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, and the Beatles, notably on the latter's Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album ~ Bluestone was born in 1907
 
December 22, 1991 ~ William Godvin Harris, commonly known as drummer Beaver Harris, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Closely associated with Archie Shepp. Founded 360 Degree Music Experience, which at times included some of the premier artists of the day including Buster Williams, Hamiet Bluiett, Don Pullen, Jimmy Garrison, and others. Has also worked with Marion Brown, Dexter Gordon, the Blue Humans, Albert Ayler, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Clifford Jordan, Sheila Jordan, Lee Konitz, Thelonious Monk, Roswell Rudd, Sonny Rollins, McCoy Tyner, Sonny Stitt, Chet Baker, Doc Cheatham, Larry Coryell, Gato Barbieri, Charles Greenlee, Vincent Herring, Steve Lacy, Massimo Urbani, and others ~ Harris was born in 1936
December 22, 1991 ~ Jonathan Lyndale Kirk, commonly known as rapper, singer, songwriter DaBaby, born in Cleveland, Ohio, USA ~ First gained attention with his major label debut album Baby On Baby in 2019. Known for songs such as Suge, Intro, Bop and his best-known Rockstar featuring Roddy Ricch
 
December 22, 1990 ~ Jazz drummer, composer Joe Nay passed away near Munchen, Germany ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Kenny Clarke, Jan Huydts, Peter Trunk, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Don Byas, Dexter Gordon, Johnny Griffin, Michael Naura, Hartwig Bartz, Ralf Hubner, Klaus Weiss, Dusko Gojkovic, Randy Brecker, Volker Kriegel, Ruby Braff, Jasper van 't Hof, Johannes Faber, Andy Scherrer, Harry Pepi, Christoph Spendel, Adelhard Roldinger, Message, Harry Sokal, Paul Grabowsky, Dieter Reith, Barbara Dennerlein, Wilton Gaynair, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Carmell Jones, Tete Montoliu, Fritz Pauer, Annie Ross, Pony Poindexter, Kristian Schultze, Olaf Kubler, Lothar Meid, and others ~ Nay was born in 1934
 
December 22, 1989 ~ Singer Jordin Sparks, full name Jordin Brianna Sparks, born in Phoenix, Arizona, USA ~ Rose to fame winning the sixth season of talent contest American Idol in 2007 at age 17, becoming the youngest winner in the series' history. Released her eponymous Jordin Sparks album later the same year and has been recording to mixed succes since. Best known for songs such as This Is My Now, Tattoo, No Air with Chris Brown, One Step At A Time and Battlefield. Has collaborated with 2 Chainz, Guy Sebastian, Alex Gaudino, Jason Derülo, Salaam Remi, and others
 
December 22, 1985 ~ Dennis Dale Boon, commonly known as singer, guitarist D Boon passed away in Arizona, USA ~ Guitarist, lead singer of punk rock outfit the Minutemen, known best for their critically acclaimed 1984 double album Double Nickels On The Dime. Boon was killed in a car crash at age 27. Shortly thereafter the band would be disbanded ~ Boon was born in 1958
 
December 22, 1984 ~ Metal guitarist, singer Markus Johansson born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Lead guitarist of glam metal tribute band Hairbanger's Ball. Has also worked with THEM, Sylencer, 4ARM, Repentance, Evan K, and others
 
December 22, 1972 ~ Death metal, gothic metal drummer Hans Nilsson born in Gothenburg, Sweden ~ Member of Dimension Zero. Has previously played with Liers In Wait, Luciferion, Crystal Age, Diabolique, the Great Deceiver, the Motherfucker Machine, and others
 
December 22, 1970 ~ Country, rock, R&B keyboardist, trombonist, singer Matt Hubbard born ~ Best known for his work with Willie Nelson since the late 1990s, including producing Nelson's 2001 Rainbow Connection album. Has worked with Ray Price, Archie Bell, Calvin Russell, Carolyn Wonderland, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, Kurt Nilsen, Fastball, Tony Scalzo, and others. Member of the 7 Walkers since 2009, which also includes Bill Kreutzmann, George Porter Jr, Papi Mali
 
December 22, 1967 ~ Beatrice C Palmer, commonly known as singer, dancer Bee Palmer, passed away ~ Sometimes credited as the inventor of the “shimmy” dance. Toured with artists such as Emmett Hardy, Leon Roppolo, Santo Pecora, husband Al Siegel and others. Reportedly co-wrote the Gene Austin pop standard Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone, later also recorded by Mose Allison, Sammy Davis Jr, Doris Day, Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby, Connie Francis, Bill Haley, Helen Humes, Jerry Lee Lewis, Willie Nelson, Ray Price, Leon Redbone, Rita Reys, Piano Red, Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, and others ~ Palmer was born in 1894
December 22, 1967 ~ Rhythm guitarist Richey Edwards born in Blackwood, UK ~ Rhythm guitarist, lyricist of alternative rock band the Manic Street Preachers, present on songs such as You Love Us, Roses In The Hospital, Faster. Edwards went missing in February 1995 and is presumed to be deceased ~ Edwards disappeared in 1995
December 22, 1967 ~ Lawrence Fewell Roberts II, commonly known as rock & roll singer Rockin' Robin Roberts, passed away in San Mateo County, California, USA ~ Member of rock & roll outfit the Wailers. As a solo artist best known for the Richard Berry-cover Louie Louie and Rockin' Robin ~ Roberts was born in 1940
 
December 22, 1966 ~ Alessandro Guido Baroni, commonly known as pop singer, balladeer Alex Baroni, born in Milan, Italy ~ Released four albums during his lifetime, starting with Fuorimetrica in 1994 ~ Baroni passed away in 2002
 
December 22, 1965 ~ Drummer Michael Dahlquist oborn in Seattle, Washington, USA ~ Best known as member of indie rock band Silkworm, influential on artists such as Jeff Tweedy, Stephen Malkmus, Clint Conley, and others. After Dahlquist's death in 2005 the band would disband. Bandmates Andy Cohen and Tim Midvett would subsequently continue under the moniker Bottomless Pit. Dahlquist has also worked with the Crust Brothers, appearing on the 1998 Marquee Mark album ~ Dahlquist passed away in 2005
 
December 22, 1964 ~ Peter Wagner, commonly known as heavy metal bassist, singer Peavy Wagner, born in Herne, West Germany ~ Influenced by Motörhead's Lemmy Kilmister. Lead singer, bassist of the Rage. Has also worked with the Bassinvaders, Mekong Delta, Axel Rudi Pell, Mob Rules, Victor Smolski, Darksun, and others
 
December 22, 1963 ~ Jazz guitarist, trumpeter, trombonist Roy Palmer passed away in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Worked with the Rozelle Orchestra, Richard M Jones, Freddie Keppard, Willie Hightower, the Tuxedo Brass Band, the Onward Brass Band, King Oliver, Lawrence Duhé, Doc Cook, Johnny Dodds, Jelly Roll Morton, Ida Cox, the Alabama Rascals, and others ~ Palmer was born in 1892
 
December 22, 1962 ~ Heavy metal, thrash metal singer, songwriter Bruce Corbitt, full name Bruce Kendall Crobitt, born in Dallas, Texas, USA ~ Best known for fronting Rigor Mortis, noted for their eponymous 1988 Rigor Mortis debut album critically regarded as a landmark album in speed metal, and Warbeast. Has also worked with the Wizards Of Gore ~ Corbitt passed away in 2019
December 22, 1962 ~ Jazz saxophonist Jacques Schwarz-Bart born in Les Abymes, France ~ Worked with Roy Hargrove, d'Angelo, Erykah Badu, Eric Benét, Meshell Ndegeocello, James Hurt, Danilo Pérez, Ari Hoenig, David Gilmore, the Gwoka Jazz Project, Malcolm Braff, Laurent David, Stephane Galland, and others
 
December 22, 1960 ~ Country, country-rock guitarist, singer Chuck Meade, full name Charles Lynn Mead, born in Nevada, Missouri, USA ~ Founded BR549, known for the single Cherokee Boogie of their eponymous 1996 BR549 debut album. Musical director, supervisor, arranger for the Tony Award-winning 2006 Broadway production The Million Dollar Quartet. Has also recorded as a solo artist, starting with Journeyman's Wager released in 2009
December 22, 1960 ~ Trip hop, house, acid jazz, alternative dance bassist, keyboardist, guitarist, producer, songwriter Mark Brydon, full name Mark Errington Brydon, born ~ Formed Moloko with singer Roisin Murphy, known for 1990s, early 2000s songs such as Fun For Me, Sing It Back, The Time Is Now, and Familiar Feeling. Has also worked with Krush, Chakk, Cloud 9, Fon Force, Funky Worm, and others. Active as a remixer under a number of pseudonyms including DJ Plankton
 
December 22, 1959 ~ Marianna Michalska, commonly known as actress, dancer Gilda Gray, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Best known for popularizing the Shimmy dance, fashionable in 1920s films and theater productions ~ Michalska was born in 1901
December 22, 1959 ~ Jazz, jazz fusion bassist John Patitucci, full name John James Patitucci, born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Influenced by Ray Brown and Ron Carter. Closely associated with Chick Corea. Has also worked with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Roy Haynes, Joey Calderazzo, Peter Erskine, Vinnie Colaiuta, Steve Tavaglione, John Beasley, Tal Farlow, John Abercrombie, Bob Mintzer, Jack DeJohnette, Steve Gadd, Al di Meola, Dave Grusin, Chuck Loeb, Lee Ritenour, the Manhattan Transfer, Warren Zevon, Natalie Cole, Charlie Bisharat, Michael Brecker, Norah Jones, the GRP All-Star Big Band, and others
December 22, 1959 ~ Jose Alberto Justiniano, commonly known as salsa singer Jose Alberto, born in Villa Consuelo, Santo Domingo ~ Sala singer became a household name in Latin America with his 1984 debut Nohes Caliente. Also especially known for his 1991 album Dance With Me, establishing a new style of salsa called salsa romantica
 
December 22, 1958 ~ Jazz fusion, smooth jazz, instrumental rock guitarist Frank Gambale born in Canberra, Australia ~ Well over a dozen albums to his name as a leader. In-demand sideman. Influential on Synyster Gates, Dweezil Zappa, Greg Howe, Pat Metheny, Jerry Garcia. Closely associated with Chick Corea. Has also worked with Vital Information, Allan Holdsworth, Shawn Lane, and others
December 22, 1958 ~ Kevin Lark Gibbs, commonly known as new age, light classical pianist, composer Kevin Kern, born in USA ~ Child prodigy, found playing Silent Night on the piano at a mere 18 months of age with no formal training whatsoever. Would go on to record close to a dozen albums, starting with In The Enchanted Garden released in 1996
 
December 22, 1957 ~ Singer, guitarist, pianist, songwriter Ricky Ross, full name Richard Alexander Ross, born in Dundee, UK ~ Lead singer of Deacon Blue, known for the hit singles Real Gone Kid and I'll Never Fall In Love Again both of which hit the British top 10, respecively in 1988 and 1990. The band was named after the song Deacon Blues by Steely Dan
 
December 22, 1954 ~ Saxophonist, composer, arranger Darcy Hepner, full name Darcy Rolston Hepner, born in Edmonton, Canada ~ Son of conductor Lee Hepner and pianist Patricia Rolston. Leader and sideman. Worked with Blood Sweat & Tears, the Berlin Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, Larry Carlton, Andy Middleton, Ian Thomas, Tom Wilson, and others
 
December 22, 1949 ~ Twin brothers Maurice Gibb and Robin Gibb born in Douglas, Isle Of Man ~ Maurice and Robin are best known as two thirds of the Bee Gees, the third being their older brother Barry Gibb. Maurice also worked with Tin Tin and with the Bloomfields ~ Maurice passed away in 2003, Robin in 2012
 
December 22, 1948 ~ Country singer Hank Williams records Lovesick Blues at Herzog, Cincinnati, Ohio ~ Written by Cliff Fiend and Irving Mills. Produced by Fred Rose. Originally recorded by Anna Chandler for the 1922 Oh Ernest musical. Most closely associated with Williams though. Released the following February featuring Never Again Will I Knock On Your Door on the flipside and an instant hit for Williams
 
December 22, 1947 ~ Willem Edgar van Dijk, commonly known as singer, actor Bill van Dijk. born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands ~ Represented the Netherlands in the 1982 Eurovision Songfestival with Jij En Ik reaching 16th place out of 18. Voice actor for the Dutch version of Sesamstraat. Best known for his roles in stage musicals, notably Dutch productions of Les Miserables, Evita and Miss Saigon. Has worked with Astrid Nijgh, Jan Rot, het VARA Dansorkest, the Skymasters, het Metropool Orkest, Bruno Basta, and others
 
December 22, 1946 ~ Folk singer, guitarist, songwriter Mary McCaslin born in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA ~ Influenced by Marty Robbins, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Hedy West, the Beatles, the Bee Gees. Actively recording since the late 1960s with over a dozen albums to her name. Know for her open guitar tunings and distinctive vocal style. Had her songs recorded by the likes of Tom Russell, Bill Staines, Gretchen Peters (Prairie In The Sky), David Bromberg, Kate Wolf, Stan Rogers, Còig, and others
December 22, 1946 ~ Singer, guitarist Rick Nielsen, full name Richard Alan Nielsen, born in Rockford, Illinois, USA ~ Singer, guitarist, primary songwriter of Cheap Trick, known for songs such as I Want You To Want Me, The Flame, Don't Be Cruel and especially known for the 1979 Cheap Trick At Budokan live album. Nielsen guested on recordings by Glen Campbell, John Lennon, Hall & Oates, Mötley Crüe, the Foo Fighters, Alice Cooper, Gene Simmons, and others
 
December 22, 1944 ~ Colin Ernest Jenkins, commonly known as rock drummer, pianist, singer, songwriter Barry Jenkins, born in Leicester, UK ~ Member of the Nashville Teens, present on the hits Tobacco Road and Google Eye. Member of the Animals, replacing original drummer John Steel in 1966 remaining with the band until its disbandement in 1968. Credited as co-author on songs such as When I Was Young, San Franciscan Nights, Good Times and Sky Pilot. Has also worked with Heavy Jelly, BB Blunder, and rejoined a new incarnation of the Animals in 1992
December 22, 1944 ~ Michael Ralph Foster, commonly known as rock, pop, jazz fusion, funk bassist, guitarist, mandolinist, keyboardist, percussionist, producer Mo Foster, born in Byfleet, UK ~ Worked with Jeff Beck, Gil Evans, Phil Collins, Ringo Starr, Joan Armatrading, Gerry Rafferty, Brian May, Scott Walker, Frida, Cliff Richard, Van Morrison, Dr John, the London Symphony Orchestra, Affinity, and others
 
December 22, 1941 ~ Bernard Guerin, commonly known as jazz double-bassist Beb Guerin, born in La Rochelle, France ~ Worked with Sonny Criss, Jacques Coursil, François Tusques, Alan Silva, Claude Delcloo, Steve Lacy, Sunny Murray, Sonny Sharrock, Archie Shepp, Alan Shorter, Clifford Thornton, Michel Portal ~ Guérin passed away in 1980
 
December 22, 1939 ~ Guitarist James Gurley, full name James Martin Gurley, born in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Lead guitarist of Big Brother & the Holding Company, known for their association with Janis Joplin from 1966 to 1968 ~ Gurley passed away in 2009
December 22, 1939 ~ Gertrude Pridgett, commonly known as blues singer Ma Rainey passed away in Rome, Georgia, USA ~ Dubbed “the Mother of the Blues” and one of the first generation of blues singers to record. Bridged vaudeville and Southern blues. Worked with Will Rainey, the Rabbit's Foot Minstrel Show, the Tub Jug Washboard Band, Louis Armstrong, Reverend Thomas A Dorsey, the Georgia Jazz Band. Recorded over 100 songs in the 1920s including Bo-Weevil Blues, Moonshine Blues, See See Rider and Soon This Morning ~ Rainey was born in 1886
December 22, 1939 ~ Jazz drummer Nick Ceroli born in Niles, Ohio, USA ~ Worked with Jack Teagarden, Gerald Wilson, Stan Kenton, Herb Alpert, the Tijuana Brass, Pete Jolly, Zoot Sims, Richie Kamuca, Warne Marsh, Ross Tompkins, Bill Berry, Dave Frishberg, Pete Christlieb, Bob Florence, Milt Jackson, Irene Kral, and others ~ Ceroli passed away in 1985
 
December 22, 1938 ~ Bassist, clarinetist, keyboardist Brian Locking born in Bedworth, UK ~ Briefly a member of Cliff Richard's backing unit the Shadows, including in the Summer Holiday film. Has also worked with the Wildcats, Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran, Joe Brown, Conway Twitty, Brenda Lee, and others ~ Locking passed away in 2020
December 22, 1938 ~ Russell Steagall, commonly known as Western, country singer, guitarist, songwriter, actor Red Steagall, born in Gainesville, Texas, USA ~ Discovered Reba McEntire. As a singer close to two dozen albums to his name, starting in the early 1970s. Best known for songs such as Somewhere My Love, Someone Cares For You, Lone Star Beer And Bob Wills Music, and others
December 22, 1938 ~ Doo-wop, R&B singer, songwriter Sylvester Potts born in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Member of bands such as the Four Sonics, the Hi-Fidelities, the Blenders and the Contours for which he also wrote or co-wrote numerous songs including It Must Be Love, One Day Too Late, Flashback, Spread The News Around, Storm Warning, Do The See-Saw and You Hurt Me So. Other artists who recorded his songs include Jimmy Ruffin (How Can I Say I'm Sorry), Marnie Galore (It Ain't Necessary), the Temptations (Give It Up), and Mary Wells (Have A Little Patience And Wait, Free From Your Spell), and others
 
December 22, 1937 ~ R&B singer, guitarist, songwriter Alvin Robinson born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Best known for Something You Got, a modest 1964 hit, and for first recording Down Home Girl, the latter notably covered by the Rolling Stones on their 1965 Rolling Stones No.2 album ~ Robinson passed away in 1989
 
December 22, 1935 ~ Jazz singer Joe Lee Wilson born in Bristow, Oklahoma, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with the Joy Of Jazz, Sarah Vaughan, Sonny Rollins, Lee Morgan, Miles Davis, Pharoah Sanders, Freddie Hubbard, Jackie McLean, Monty Waters, Ryo Kawasaki, Archie Shepp, Eddie Jefferson, Kenny Dorham, Kirk Lightsey, Riccardo Arringhini, Gianni Basso, Clifford Jordan, Mtume, and others ~ Wilson passed away in 2011
December 22, 1935 ~ Giuseppe Caruso, commonly known as composer, conductor, arranger Pippo Caruso, born in Catania, Italy ~ Best known as conductor, bandleader for several TV shows. Also wrote Mita Medici's A Ruota Libera and composed for films including Kill Johnny Ringo and Maladolescenza ~ Caruso passed away in 2018
 
December 22, 1933 ~ Ramon Daniel Pennington, commonly known as country singer, drummer, pianist, guitarist, songwriter Ray Pennington, born in Clay County, Kentucky, USA ~ Best known for penning and first recording I'm A Ramblin' Man in 1967, notably covered by Waylon Jennings in 1974. Member of the Swing Shift Band ~ Pennington passed away in 2020
 
December 22, 1932 ~ Jazz guitarist Masayuki Takayanagi born in Tokyo, Japan ~ Best known for founding the New Directions. Has also worked with Kaoru Abe, Otomo Yoshihide, Keiji Haino, Masahiko Togashi, and others ~ Takayanagi passed away in 1991
 
December 22, 1929 ~ Leonard Balaban, commonly known as jazz tubist, sousaphonist Red Balaban, born ~ Perhaps best known as co-leader of the house band at Eddie Condon's jazz club in New York, taking over management of the club in 1975. Has previously worked as sideman with artists such as Wild Bill Davison, Gene Krupa, Dick Wellstood, Kenny Davern, and others ~ Balaban passed away in 2013
 
December 22, 1928 ~ Singer Bing Crosby, backed by Paul Whiteman & his Orchestra, record Makin' Whoopee ~ Written by Gus Kahn and Walter Donaldson for the 1928 musical Whoopee, in which Eddie Cantor sang lead vocals. The Crosby-Whiteman version is one of the earliest recordings, and would reach the top 10 of the pop charts. The song would become a standard, later covered by numerous artists including Rudy Vallee, as a duet by Doris Day and Danny Thomas, by Frank Sinatra on the acclaimed Songs For Swingin' Lovers album, Harry Nilsson on his A Little Touch Of Schmilsson In The Night album, by Dr John & Rickie Lee Jones earning the duo a Grammy Award in 1989, and numerous others
 
December 22, 1924 ~ Daniel Kostrabe, commonly known as big band leader, arranger, trumpeter, flugelhorn player Dan Terry, born in Kingston, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Worked with Muggsy Spanier, Marty Paich, Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughan, Chris Connor, Johnny Smith, Pete Rugolo, Count Basie, Les Elgart, Lester Young, George Williams, Sammy Davis Jr, the Will Mastin Trio, Frances Langford, Yma Sumac, and others ~ Kostraba passed away in 2011
 
December 22, 1922 ~ Harold Franklin Hawkins, commonly known as singer, guitarist Hawkshaw Hawkins born in Huntington, West Virginia, USA ~ Died in the plane crash that also killed Patsy Cline and Cowboy Copas
 
December 22, 1915 ~ Violinist, conductor Felix Slatkin born in St Louis, Missouri, USA ~ Frank Sinatra's concertmaster of choice during the Capitol Records years. Also worked with St Louis Symphony, the Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra, and the Hollywood String Quartet ~ Slatkin passed away in 1963
 
December 22, 1910 ~ Gospel singer, minister, harmonica player Elder Roma Wilson born in Hickory Flat, Mississippi, USA ~ Worked with Leon Pinson. Known for songs such as Ain't It A Shame, This Train Is A Clean Train and Amazing Grace ~ Wilson passed away in 2018
December 22, 1910 ~ Trumpeter Reunald Jones Sr born in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA ~ Father of trumpeter Reunald Jones Jr. Perhaps best known for his association with Count Basie, playing with the Count Basie Orchestra from 1952 through 1957. Has also worked with the Jones Boys, Speed Webb, Charlie Johnson, the Savoy Bearcats, Fess Williams, Chick Webb, Sam Wooding, Claude Hopkins, Willie Bryant, Teddy Hill, Don Redman, Erskine Hawkins, Duke Ellington, Jimmie Lunceford, Lucky Millinder, Sy Oliver, George Shearing, Nat King Cole, and others ~ Jones passed away in 1989
 
December 22, 1905 ~ Jazz saxophonist Art Christmas born in Kingston, Canada ~ Plays trumpet, piano, percussion, xylophone. Regarded as one of the leading and most influential saxophonists in the Britain jazz and dance band scenes from the 1920 through the 1940s. Has worked with Paul Specht, the Savoy Orpheans, Billy Mason, Roy Fox, Jack Payne, and others ~ Christmas passed away in 1961
 
December 22, 1901 ~ Abram Naumovich Kostelyanetz, commonly known as conductor, arranger Andre Kostelanetz, born in St Petersburg, Russia ~ Best known for arranging and recording light classical music, pop tunes, Broadway show tunes for mass audiences, especially on his weekly CBS radio show Andre Kostelanetz Presents starting in the 1930s. Has also worked with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra ~ Kostelanetz was born in 1980
December 22, 1901 ~ Danny Pollo, commonly known as jazz clarinetist Danny Polo, born in Clinton, Indiana, USA ~ Active since the early 1920s, working in Europe from the late-1920s through the mid-1930s. Worked with Claude Thornhill, Elmer Schoebel, Merritt Brunies, Arnold Johnson, Ben Bernie, Jean Goldkette, Paul Ash, Bert Firman, Lud Gluskin, Ben Berlin, Arthur Briggs, Bert Ambrose, Ray Ventura, Joe Sullivan, and Jack Teagarden, appearing with the latter in the 1942 Bing Crosby-film The Birth Of The Blues ~ Pollo passed away in 1949
 
December 22, 1883 ~ Composer Edgard Varèse, full name Edgard Victor Achille Charles Varèse, born in Paris, France ~ Dubbed by some as “the Father of Electronic Music” with a relatively small catalogue yet recognised as a major influence by major late 20th century composers including Milton Babbitt, Olivier Messiaen, John Cage, Morton Feldman, Pierre Boulez, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Iannis Xenakis, Frank Zappa, John Zorn, and others. Varese founded the International Composers Guild in 1921 and Pan-American Association Of Composers in 1926 ~ Varèse passed away in 1965
 
December 22, 1858 ~ Composer Giacomo Puccini, full name Giacomo Antonio Domenico Michele Secondo Maria, passed away in Brussels, Belgium ~ Regarded as the greatest composer of Italian opera after Giuseppe Verdi ~ Puccini passed away in 1924