This Day In Music: December 6
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December 6, 2018 ~ Singer, saxophonist Ace Cannon passed away in Calhoun City, Mississippi, USA ~ Most active in the 1960s and early 1970s. Worked and toured with Bill Black's Combo who also backed up Cannon on Tuff, his 1962 solo debut single ~ Cannon was born in 1934
December 6, 2016 ~ Violinist Michael White passed away ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with John Handy, the Fourth Way, Sun Ra, Prince Lasha, McCoy Tyner, Eric Dolphy, Wes Montgomery, Kenny Dorham, Joe Henderson, John Lee Hooker, Richard Davis, John Lee Hooker, Sonny Simmons, Dead Science, Pharoah Sanders, Alice Coltrane, and others ~ White was born in 1930
December 6, 2013 ~ Jazz pianist, composer Stan Tracey, full name Stanley William Tracey, passed away ~ Influenced by Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk. Best known for his 1965 album Under Milk Wood, an acclaimed landmark album in British jazz. House pianist at Ronnie Scott's famed Soho jazz club for most of the 1960s. Collaborated with Michael Horovitz and extensively with Bobby Wellins. Gravitated towards free jazz and avant-garde from the 1970s onwards, working with Mike Osborne, Keith Tippett and John Surman. Also worked with Evan Parker, his son percussionist and bandleader Clark Tracey, Art Themen, Sal Nistico, Charlie Rouse, Gerard Presencer, and others ~ Tracey was born in 1926
December 6, 2012 ~ Drummer Ed Cassidy passed away in San Jose, California, USA ~ Cassidy toured prolifically with show bands, dixieland, C&W bands in the late 1940s. Worked mainly jazz in the 1950s teaming up with greats such as Art Pepper, Cannonball Adderley, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Lee Konitz, and with Gerry Mulligan. Formed Rising Sons in 1964 with Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder. Then went on to found the Red Rooster, featuring his stepson Randy California, Jay Ferguson and Mark Andes. With the addition of John Locke they became Spirit in 1967. Cassidy would be the sole constant member throughout all line-ups over the next 30 years untill the band eventually split up following California's death ~ Cassidy was born in 1923
December 6, 2011 ~ Lawrence Darrow Brown, commonly known as singer Dobie Gray, passed away in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ~ Best known for hits such as The In-Crowd, Drift Away, If Love Must Go, and You Can Do It. Later turned more towards songwriting penning songs for Ray Charles, George Jones, Johnny Mathis, Charley Pride, Don Williams, and others ~ Gray was born in 1940
December 6, 2010 ~ Classical tenor Hugues Cuénod, full name Hugues-Adhémar Cuénod, passed away in Vevey, Switzerland ~ Helpful in reviving interest in Baroque music. Active since the 1920s, initially as a concert recitalist. Would go on to enjoy an international career in opera, operetta and musical theatre, praised for his diction and technique. Has sung with La Scala, the Royal Opera House, and holds the record for the oldest person to debut at the Metropolitan Opera, appearing as Emperor Altoum in Giacomo Puccini's Turandot in 1987 at the age of 84 ~ Cuénod was born in 1902
December 6, 2005 ~ Singer Danny Williams passed away ~ Dubbed “Britain's Johnny Mathis” for his smooth vocal delivery. Known for songs such as his 1961 Moon River rendition and for White On White, the latter a Billboard top 10 hit in 1964 ~ Williams was born in 1942
December 6, 2000 ~ Actor, singer Werner Klemperer passed away in Manhattan, New York, USA ~ Best known as an actor for film and TV. Has also had some succes as an operatic baritone and singer in Broadway-musicals ~ Klemperer was born in 1920
December 6, 1997 ~ Jazz trombonist, singer George Chisholm passed away in London, UK ~ Worked with Bert Ambrose, Teddy Joyce, Coleman Hawkins, Fats Waller, Benny Carter, Wally Stott, and others ~ Chisholm was born in 1915
December 6, 1995 ~ Julius Dubose, commonly known as rapper A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie born in the Bronx, New York, USA ~ Best known for the singles Look Back At It and Drowning featuring Kodak Black. His 2017 debut album Bigger Artist reached No.4 on the Hot 200. Dubose's sophomore album, 2018's Hoodie SZN, would top the American album chart
December 6, 1995 ~ Composer, flutist Claire Pollin passed away in Marion, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Her teachers included Vincent Persichetti, Lukas Foss, Roger Sessions, and Peter Mennin. Her works were performed by the Seoul National Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Bach Society, London Pro-Musica Antiqua, and others. ~ Polin was born in 1926
December 6, 1989 ~ Samuel E Feinberg, commonly known as singer, pianist, songwriter Sammy Fain, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Best remembered for co-writing songs such as You Brought A New Kind Of Love To Me (Ted Wallace, Maurice Chevalier, Benny Goodman), When I Take My Sugar To Tea (the Melotone Boys, the Casa Loma Orchestra, Milton Brown), That Old Feeling (Virginia Verrill, Shep Fields, Count Basie), Secret Love (Doris Day, Gogi Grant, Ray Anthony), April Love (Pat Boone, Connie Francis, Johnny Mathis), Tender Is The Night (Tony Bennett, Vic Damone, Billy Eckstine), and I'll Be Seeing You (Tamara, Dick Todd, Billie Holiday) ~ Feinberg was born in 1902
December 6, 1988 ~ R&B, jazz guitarist Bill Harris passed away in Washington DC, USA ~ Best known as a member of R&B group the Clovers from 1950 through 1958, present on most of the band's biggest hits including Don't Kknow Why I Love You, One Mint Julep, Ting-a-ling and Good Lovin' ~ Harris was born in 1925
December 6, 1988 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Roy Orbison, full name Roy Kelton Orbison, passed away in Hendersonville, Tennessee, USA ~ Defined a number of rock & roll archettypes, most notably the hopeless romantic, and praised for his passionate, swooning vocal style, complex song structures and depths of his ballads. Dubbed by some “the Enrico Caruso of Rock” for his operatic style. Best known for a number of early to mid-1960s hits, mostly self-written or co-written, including Only The Lonely, Running Scared, Crying, In Dreams and his best-known Oh Pretty Woman. Resurged in the 1980s shortly before his death, both as a solo artist and as co-founding member of supergroup the Traveling Wilburys, which also included George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne. The single I Got You, co-penned by U2's Bono, would be released one month after Orbison's death and be a global hit, including reaching top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 ~ Orbison was born in 1936
December 6, 1984 ~ Emanuel Kurtz, commonly known as songwriter, lyricist Manny Curtis, passed away ~ Frequent collaborator of the likes of Vic Mizzy, Al Hoffman, Al Goodhart. Over an estimated 250 songs to his name, the best known being In A Sentimental Mood originally recorded by Duke Ellington and covered by over 700 artists. Also notably known for writing the English lyrics of Let It Be Me, based on the Gilbert Bécaud-composition Je T'Appartiens, the English version would become a standard recorded by numerous artists from pop, jazz, rock, R&B including Chet Atkins, the Everly Brothers, Betty Everett & Jerry Butler, the Righteous Brothers, Elvis Presley, and others ~ Kurtz was born in 1911
December 6, 1982 ~ Rondell Edwin Turner, commonly known as rapper, producer, songwriter Ron Browz, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Best known for producing Nas's Ether and for his own 2008 single Pop Champagne
December 6, 1982 ~ Jazz, hard bop, swing drummer Ulysses Owens born in Jacksonville, Florida, USA ~ Best known for his associations with Kurt Elling and Christian McBride. Has also worked with child prodigy Joey Alexander, Gregory Porter, Matthew Whitaker, and others
December 6, 1978 ~ Bluegrass fiddler, singer Casey Driessen, full name Casey Christopher Driessen, born in Owatonna, Minnesota, USA ~ Wirked with Béla Fleck, Abigail Washburn, Steve Earle, Tim O'Brien, Darrell Scott, Jim Lauderdale, Lee Ann Womack, Mark Schatz, John Doyle, Chris Thile, Darol Anger, John Mayer, Jerry Douglas, Jamey Haddad, Blue Merle, Duhks, the Sparrow Quartet, Crooked Still, and others
December 6, 1974 ~ Guitarist, drummer Stoffel Verlackt born ~ Worked with Flowers For Breakfast, El Tattoo Del Tigre, Sukilove, Metal Molly, Chitlin' Fooks, Bettie Serveert, and others. Has produced recordings by Assunto Mano, Hannelore Bedert and the New Radio Kings
December 6, 1972 ~ Bassist, keyboardist Alex Callier born in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium ~ Co-founded Hooverphonic with Frank Duchène. The band is best known for Amalfi, Badaboum featuring Emilie Satt & Litlo Tinz and The Wrong Place, all of which reached top 10 in the band's native Belgium
December 6, 1971 ~ Pop, electronic singer Anne Marie Almedal born in Kristiansand, Norway ~ Lead singer of Velvet Belly from 1989 through 2003. Has released a number of solo albums since, starting with 2007's The Siren And The Sage, and has collaborated with Lars Saabeye Christensen, Jan Bang, Erik Honoré, Green Carnation, and others
December 6, 1970 ~ Singer, producer, songwriter Ulf Ekberg born ~ Member of Ace Of Base, alongside Jonas Berggren, Linn Bergren and Jenny Berggren. Has also worked with John Ballard, Jonas Saeed, Ari Lehtonen, D Massy, and others
December 6, 1969 ~ Singer, songwriter Irene Grandi born in Florence, Italy ~ First gained attention at the Sanremo Music Festival with Fuori, losing the contest to Andrea Bocelli. Would release her eponymous Irene Grandi later the same year, noted for the songs Sposati Subito co-written with Eros Ramazzotti and TVB co-written with Jovanotti. Would go on to record well over a dozen albums, 9 of which reached top 10 in her native Italy. Also known as an in-demand duet singer performing in several languages including German, French, Indian and African languages, notably duetting with Terence Trent d'Arby on Time Is On My Side, and with James Ried on Resist You
December 6, 1969 ~ Singer, guitarist Mark Gardener born in Oxford, UK ~ Best known as co-founding member of shoegazing band Ride, acclaimed for their 1990 Nowhere denut album. The band scored a UK top 10 hit with their 1992 Leave Them All Behind single. Following the band's disbandement in 1995 Gardener formed the Animalhouse, blending psychedelica, Britrock and electronica. Has also recorded as a solo artist. Collaborated with the Morning After Girls and Molly's. Served as producer for acts such as Swervedriver, the Brian Jonestown Massacre, Robin Guthrie and Dead Horse One
December 6, 1968 ~ Songwriter John Ewbank bir in Eastleigh, UK ~ Born to a Dutch mother and raised in the Netherlands. One of the most successful songwriters in the Netherlands scoring numerous charttoppers with songs recorded by Ferry Corsten, Trijntje Oosterhuis, VanVelzen, Esmée Denters, Gordon (Kon Ik Maar Even Bij Je Zijn), Paul de Leeuw, Rob de Nijs, Nikki Kerkhof, Hero, and most notably Marco Borsato, the latter scoring over a dozen Dutch No.1 hits written or co-written by Ewbank
December 6, 1965 ~ Journalist, author, media critic Eric Boehlert born in Utica, New York, USA ~ Staff writer at both Salon and Billboard. To music and media audiences perhaps best known for a series of articles investigating corporate malfeasance in the music business following Pearl Jam's 1994 official complaint with the US Justice Department again Ticketmaster in 1994. In the Trump era became well-known outside music circles as a firm and vocal critic of Donald J Trump ~ Boehlert passed away in 2022
December 6, 1964 ~ Jeff Bland, commonly known as guitarist Jeff Blando, born in Flint, Michigan, USA ~ Best known as guitarist of hard rock outfit Slaughter. Has worked with Vince Neil, Phil Varone, Dana Strum, Kody Lee, Left For Dead, Saigon Kick, the Crash, and others
December 6, 1964 ~ Singer, bassist Jorge González, full name Jorge Humberto González Rios, born in Santiago, Chile ~ Co-founding member, lead singer, frontman of Los Prisioneros, heavily influenced by the Clash and generally considered one of the most important rock bands in Chilean rock unwittingly becoming the voice of 1980s socio-economic protest against the Pinochet regime and banned for years by the government. Has subsequently recorded as a solo artist. Also formed the electronic project Gonzali Martinez with Dandy Jack known for the sole album, 1997's Gonzalo Martinez y Sus Congas, which established the technocumbia genre
December 6, 1964 ~ Joyce Melissa Morgan, commonly known as singer, songwriter Melisa Morgan, born in Queens, New York, USA ~ Sang lead in Shades Of Love, known for Body To Body (Keep In Touch). Also a member of BBP and of High Fashion. Sang backup for Chaka Khan, Whitney Houston, and Melba Moore. As a solo artist scored with the Prince cover Do Me Baby (1985), Do You Still Love Me (1986), Love Changes with Kashif (1987), and Still In Love With You (1992)
December 6, 1963 ~ Thrash metal, heavy metal guitarist Michael Wulf born ~ Member of Kreator. Member of Sodom, appearing on the band's 1986 Obsessed debut album. Killed in a motorcycle accident at age 29 ~ Wulf passed away in 1993
December 6, 1961 ~ Ronald Eugene Broomfield, commonly known as R&B, soul singer, songwriter Eugene Wilde, born in Miami, Florida, USA ~ As a solo artist best known for the singles Gotta Get You Home Tonight and Don't Say No Tonight, both of which topped the Billboard R&B charts respectively in 1984 and 1985. Wilde would regularly reach the R&B charts throughout the early 1990s. Duetted with Sheena Easton on the album track What If We Fall In Love of her 1987 No Sound But A Heart album. Also found succes as a songwriter, penning or co-penning songs such as I'll Never Break Your Heart for the Backstreet Boys, Dear Diary for Britney Spears and I Wish for the Spice Girls-singer Victoria Beckham's 2001 eponymous Victoria Beckham solo debut album
December 6, 1959 ~ Guitarist Tomohiko Kira was born in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan ~ Best known for fronting ZABADAK which also included Yoko Ueno and Katusha Matsuda. Also wrote the soundtrack for the 1988 cult horror film Evil Dead Trap film ~ Kira passed away in 2016
December 6, 1958 ~ Jazz drummer, bandleader Danny Alvin passed away in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Worked with Sophie Tucker, Sidney Bechet, George Brunies, Buck Clayton, Wild Bill Davison, Wingy Manone, Joe Marsala, Art Hodes, Mezz Mezzrow, George Zack, and others ~ Alvin was born in 1902
December 6, 1956 ~ Heavy metal guitarist Randy Rhoads was born in Santa Monica, California, USA ~ Classically trained. Influential heavy metal guitarist, helpful in establishing neoclassical metal as a genre. Member of Quiet Riot. Closely associated with Ozzy Osbourne, present on the Blizzard Of Ozz album and especially noted for the riffs on Crazy Train and Mr Crowley ~ Rhoads passed away in 1982
December 6, 1955 ~ Leticia Hinojosa, commonly known as folk singer, guitarist, songwriter Tish Hinojosa, born in San Antonio, Texas, USA ~ Sings in both English and Spanish. As a daughter of immigrants her music is rooted in both Mexican and American music, often telling of the plights and struggles of immigrants, merging folk, Tejano, conjunto and country music. Active since the 1980s with well over a dozen albums to her name. Acclaimed for the frailty and sincerity of her songs, especially notable on the 1991 Aqualla Noche album
December 6, 1954 ~ Free jazz trombonist Steve Swell born in Newark, New Jersey, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Buddy Rich, Lionel Hampton, Ken McIntyre, Tim Berne's Caos Totale, Joey Baron, Herb Robertson, Jemeel Moondoc, Anthony Braxton, Cecil Taylor, Gebhard Ullmann-Steve Swell Quartet, William Parker, Bill Dixon, Butch Morris, John Zorn, Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra, Dave Burrell, Elliott Sharp, Rob Mazurek, Phillip Johnston's Big Trouble, Perry Robinson, Ken Vandermark, Sabir Mateen, Matthew Heyner, Klaus Kugel, Hamid Drake, the Unified Theory Of Sound, the Transcendentalists, Inner Ear, and others
December 6, 1954 ~ Jazz pianist, organist Wayne Peet born ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with John Rapson, Alex Cline, Nels Cline, Vinny Golia, Steuart Liebig, and with Bobby Bradford. Worked extensively for film and TV. Has recorded as a leader since the early 1980s
December 6, 1951 ~ Classical cellist David Finckel born in New Jersey, USA ~ Son of jazz, big band arranger Edwin Finckel. Member of the Emerson String Quartet from 1979 through 2013
December 6, 1949 ~ Huddie William Ledbetter, commonly known as guitarist, singer Leadbelly, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ One of the most important and influential pre-war blues, folk singers, guitarists known for songs such as Goodnight Irene, The Midnight Special, Cotton Fields and Boll Weevil ~ Ledbetter was born in 1888
December 6, 1948 ~ Harvie Swartz, commonly known as jazz double-bassist Harvie S, born ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Al Cohn, Zoot Sims, Mose Allison, Chris Connor, Jackie Paris, Thad Jones, Gil Evans, Lee Konitz, Barry Miles, David Friedman, Double Image, David Matthews, Steve Kuhn, Paul Motian, Sheila Jordan, and others
December 6, 1948 ~ Songwriter Linda Creed, full name Linda Diane Creed, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Frequent songwriting partner of Thom Bell, penning some of the finest soul songs of the 1970s. Artists who have recorded their songs include George Benson (The Greatest Love Of All), Johnny Mathis, the Stylistics (You Make Me Feel Brand New), the Spinners (Ghetto Child), Teddy Pendergrass (Hold Me), Phyllis Hyman, Johnny Gill, Little Anthony & the Imperials, and others ~ Creed passed away in 1986
December 6, 1948 ~ Actor, singer Marius Müller-Westernhagen born in Düsseldorf, Germany ~ Best known for Johnny Walker and Freiheit, the latter becoming an anthem of the German reunification
December 6, 1947 ~ Jazz saxophonist Carlos Averhoff born in Matanzas, Cuba ~ Perhaps best known as member of the Orquesta De Musica Moderna, taking over for Paquito d'Rivera in 1973 who was declared “reactionary” by the authorities ~ Averhoff passed away in 2016
December 6, 1947 ~ Blues rock guitarist, singer Kim Simmonds born in Newbridge, UK ~ Frontman of Savoy Brown, which he co-founded with blues harpist John O'Leary. Perhaps due to promotion and excessive touring the band has been more successfull in the USA than their native England and is best known for their early albums, releases such as 1968's Getting To The Point, 1969's Blue Matter and 1970's Looking In considered landmark albums
December 6, 1947 ~ Jazz trumpeter Uli Beckerhoff born in Munster, Germany ~ Leads the the Uli Beckerhoff Trio with pianist Jasper van 't Hof and drummer John Marshall as the other members
December 6, 1944 ~ Kenneth George King, commonly known as singer, songwriter, producer, label executive, radio and TV personality Jonathan King born in London, UK ~ First gained attention as a singer with the 1965 self-penned Everyone's Gone To The Moon single, which reached top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 and top 10 in his native UK. Would go on to become an independent producer and later found the UK Records label. Discovered and named Genesis, producing the band's 1969 From Genesis To Revelation debut album. Has also notably worked with acts such as 10cc and the Bay City Rollers
December 6, 1942 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Robb Royer, full name Robert Wilson Royer, born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Founding member of Bread, remaining with the band from 1968 through 1971 and replaced by Larry Knechtel. Present on the 1970 Billboard Hot 100 no.1 hit Make It With You. Previously a member of Pleasure Fair known for their sole album, 1967's eponymous Pleasure Fair. Also known for co-writing For All We Know with Jimmy Griffin and Fred Karlin sung by Larry Meredith for the 1970 film lovers And Other Strangers and awarded an Academy Award for Best Original Song. Others who recorded songs written or co-written by Royer include the Remingtons, Mary Chapin Carpenter (Quittin' Time), John Michael Montgomery (Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)), Randy Travis, Billy Burnette, the Finnigan Brothers, and others
December 6, 1940 ~ Jazz banjoist Charlie Dixon, full name Charles Edward Dixon, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Worked with Johnny Dunn, Sam Wooding, Fletcher Henderson, the Dixie Stompers, Kaiser Marshall, Louis Armstrong, Ralph Escudero, Coleman Hawkins, Don Redman, Elmer Chambers, Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, Trixie Smith, Alberta Hunter, Chick Webb, and others ~ Dixon was born in 1898
December 6, 1937 ~ Jazz drummer Eddie Gladden born in Newark, New Jersey, USA ~ Worked with James Moody, Eddie Jefferson, Richie Cole, Cecil Payne, Horace Silver, David Fathead Newman, Larry Young, Freddie Roach, Jimmy McGriff, Richard Groove Holmes, Kirk Lightsey, Clifford Jordan, Albert Dailey, Jimmy Ponder, Shirley Scott, Mickey Tucker, Dexter Gordon, and others ~ Gladden passed away in 2003
December 6, 1934 ~ Jazz pianist, composer Norio Maeda born in Japan ~ Leader and sideman. Founded the Wind Breakers. Founded We 3. Member of the West-liners. Worked with artists such as Shungo Sawada, Konosuke Saijo, Yasuo Arakawa, Takeshi Inomata, Sadanori Nakamure, and others. Has composed for Blue Coats, Tatsuya Takahashi, Nobuo Hara, and for Toshiyuki Miyama ~ Maeda passed away in 2018
December 6, 1929 ~ Conductor, cellist Nikolaus Harnoncourt, full name Johann Nikolaus Harnoncourt, born in Berlin, Germany ~ Founded the Concentus Musicus Wien. Also worked with the Vienna Symphony, La Scala, Gustav Leonhardt, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Concertgebouw Orchestra, and others. Married to violinist Alice Harnoncourt ~ Harnoncourt passed away in 2016
December 6, 1928 ~ Jazz drummer Frankie Dunlop born in Buffalo, New York, USA ~ Appears on over 100 albums. Worked with Big Jay McNeely, Moe Koffman, Sonny Stitt, Charles Mingus, Sonny Rollins, Maynard Ferguson, Lena Horne, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Lionel Hampton, Earl Hines, Ray Crawford, Joe Zawinul, Mose Allison, Bill Barron, Richard Davis, Herman Foster, Dodo Greene, Melba Liston, Billy Mackel, Martin Mull, Wilbur Ware, Randy Weston, Leo Wright, and others ~ Dunlop passed away in 2014
December 6, 1928 ~ Composer, conductor, TV personality Roberto Pregadio born in Catania, Italy ~ Perhaps best known for composing the score to the 1969 spaghetti western The Forgotten Pistolero, noted for its whistling. Composed numerous other soundtracks, starting in the mid 1960s. Previously a pianist with the the RAI Light Music Orchestra, appearing on many RAI radio and TV shows ~ Pregadio passed away in 2010
December 6, 1927 ~ Jazz saxophonist Akira Miyazawa born in Matsumoto, Japan, Japan ~ Worked extensively with Toshiko Akiyoshi in the 1950s and 1960s. Has also collaborated with artists such as Yasuo Arakawa, Hampton Hawes, Hidehiko Matsumoto, Helen Merrill, Shotaro Moriyasu, Masahiko Satoh, Mal Waldron, Sadao Watanabe, and Masahiko Togashi ~ Miyazawa passed away in 2000
December 6, 1927 ~ Jazz trombonist, conductor, composer, arranger Tom McIntosh born in Baltimore, Maryland, USA ~ Worked with Lee Morgan, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, James Moody, Art Farmer, Benny Golson, Howard McGhee, Art Blakey, Illinois Jacquet, Bobby Timmons, Eddie Harris, John Lewis, Shirley Scott, and others ~ McIntosh passed away in 2017
December 6, 1925 ~ Tenor saxophonist, oboe player Bob Cooper born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Best known for his work in Stan Kenton's band. Married the band's singer, June Christy. As a sideman Cooper has also worked with Chet Baker, Elmer Bernstein, Buddy Bregman, Maynard Ferguson, Jimmy Giuffre, Barney Kessel, Shelly Manne, Jack Nitzsche, Art Pepper, Shorty Rogers, Pete Rugolo, Bud Shank, and others ~ Cooper passed away in 1993
December 6, 1925 ~ Soul, gospel singer Theola Kilgore born in Shreveport, Louisiana, USA ~ Featured vocalist on the Mount Zion Spiritual Choir's Look To The Hills. As a solo artist best known for The Sound Of My Man (Working On The Chain Gang), an answer song to Sam Cooke's Chain Gang, and for her 1963 single The Love Of My Man which barely missed the Billboard Hot 100 top 20 ~ Kilgore passed away in 2005
December 6, 1923 ~ Bluegrass, country guitarist, singer Jim Eanes born in Mountain Valley, Virginia, USA ~ Worked with Roy Hall, Uncle Joe & the Nobody Boys, Flatt & Scruggs, Bill Monroe's backing unit the Bluegrass Boys, Pappy Sherrill, Snuffy Jenkins, the Shenandoah Boys, Roy Russell, Allen Shelton, Arnold Terry, and others ~ Eanes passed away in 1995
December 6, 1923 ~ Television and film composer Maury Laws born in Burlington, North Carolina, USA ~ Best known as music director for Videocraft International for about two decades starting in 1964. Conducted and scored music for animated feature films such as The Hobbit, The Flight Of The Dragons and The Wacky World Of Mother Goose ~ Laws passed away in 2019
December 6, 1920 ~ Pianist, composer Dave Brubeck, full name David Warren Brubeck, born in Concord, California, USA ~ Leading in cool jazz genre. Known for experimenting with time signatures, arguably most famously on Take Five penned by long-time collaborator Paul Desmond. Led the Dave Brubeck Quartet which at times included Desmond, Ron Crotty, Bob Bates, Norman Bates, Lloyd Davis, Joe Dodge, Joe Morello, Eugene Wright, Gerry Mulligan, and others ~ Brubeck passed away in 2012
December 6, 1918 ~ Martin Robert Schopp, commonly known as radio DJ, guitarist, fiddler, actor, songwriter Marty Roberts, born in Chenoa, Illinois, USA ~ Member of the Tennessee Ramblers. Co-wrote You Can't Have My Love, a 1954 hit for Wanda Jackson. Best known as a radio DJ and TV personality ~ Schopp passed away in 2009
December 6, 1916 ~ Producer, songwriter Hugo Peretti born in New York, New York, USA ~ Half of producer, songwriter team Hugo & Luigi, the other half being his cousin Luigi Creatore. Worked with artists such as Sarah Vaughan, Jimmie Rodgers, Valerie Carr, Perry Como, Sam Cooke, Ray Peterson, the Tokens, Elvis Presley (Can't Help Falling In Love), the Stylistics, the Softones, and others ~ Peretti passed away in 1986
December 6, 1910 ~ Jazz, dixieland pianist Armand Hug born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Played professionaly from age 13 onwards, mostly as a solo pianist in local clubs. Did not record until the early 1950s, debuting with the eponymous Armand Hug album in 1951. Has also worked with Harry Shields, the New Orleans Owls, Sharkey Bonano ~ Hug passed away in 1977
December 6, 1887 ~ Ragtime pianist, composer Joseph Lamb, full name Joseph Francis Lamb, born in Montclair, New Jersey, USA ~ Alongside Scott Joplin and James Scott considered one of “the Big Three” of classical ragtime. Of the three the one most influenced by classical music as clear from his use of long phrases and complexer structures. Known for songs such as Excelsior Rag, American Beauty Rag, Nightingale Rag, Top Liner Rag, Champagne Rag, Reindeer Ragtime Two Step and Bohemia ~ Lamb passed away in 1960