This Day In Music: January 22
January 21 ~ Birthdays/All ~ January 23
January 22, 2023 ~ Actor, singer Nikos Xanthopoulos passed away in Aigaleo, Greece ~ Best known as an actor, dubbed “the child of folk” for mainly depicting men from the lower working classes. Roles portraying him as a singer and bouzouki player forced him to learn how to sing, eventually singing over 300 songs in 30 movies. As a singer Xanthopoulos has released nine albums and over 50 singles ~ Xanthopoulos was born in 1934
January 22, 2022 ~ Pop singer, guitarist Clive Sarstedt, full name Clive Robin Sarstedt, passed away ~ Formed the Sarstedt Brothers with his brothers Eden Kane and Peter Sarstedt. As a solo artist best known for his rendition of My Resistance Is Low, originally written by Hoagy Carmichael and a 1976 UK top 10 hit for Sarstedt ~ Sarstedt was born in 1944
January 22, 2022 ~ Guitarist Don Wilson passed away ~ Co-founding and longtime member of the Ventures, quintessential and certainly the longest-running surf band known for songs such as Perfidia, Hawaii Five-O, and perhaps their best-known Walk Don't Run ~ Wilson was born in 1933
January 22, 2022 ~ Traditional fiddler Jimmy Campbell passed away in Glenties, Ireland ~ Mainstay on the London music scene and regarded as one of its finest traditional fiddlers. Has collaborated with the likes of Brendan MCGlinchey, the Dwyers Of Ardgroom, Paddy Conroy, and others ~ Campbell was born ca.1937
January 22, 2021 ~ Abdelmajid Guemguem, commonly known as percussionist Guem, passed away in Paris, France ~ About two dozen albums to his name, starting with Percussions Africaines released in 1973 ~ Guemguem was born in 1947
January 22, 2021 ~ R&B, soul singer James Purify, full name James Lee Purify, passed away in Pensacola, Florida, USA ~ Half of James & Bobby Purify, the other half being Robert Lee Dickey, known for the 1966 Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit I'm Your Puppet and 1967's Let Love Come Between Us ~ Purify was born in 1944
January 22, 2021 ~ Janet Ann Polun, commonly known as jazz singer, educator Janet Lawson, passed away in New Jersey, USA ~ Worked with Art Farmer, Chick Corea, Ron Carter, Bob Dorough, Duke Ellington, Tommy Flanagan, Sheila Jordan, Barry Harris, Milt Hinton, Eddie Jefferson, Barney Kessel, Dave Liebman, Joe Newman, Rufus Reid, Clark Terry, Ed Thigpen, Cedar Walton, Duke Pearson, David Lahm, and others ~ Polun was born in 1940
January 22, 2018 ~ William C Hancock Jr, commonly known as singer, guitarist, bassist Billy Hancock, passed away in La Plata, Maryland, USA ~ Collaborated with Danny Gatton and Dave Elliott in Danny & the Fat Boys. Member of art rock group Fallen Angels. Backed musicians such as Fats Domino, Gene Vincent, Roy Buchanan, Charlie Feathers, the Clovers, Amos Milburn, Dottie West, Jean Shepard, and others ~ Hancock was born in 1946
January 22, 2018 ~ Trumpeter, composer, arranger Johnny Cowell passed away ~ Played with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra from 1952 to 1991. As a solo artist released ten albums. Wrote or co-wrote over 200 songs. Wrote Walk Hand In Hand recorded by Tony Martin, Andy Williams, Ronnie Carroll, Gerry & the Pacemakers, and by Engelbert Humperdinck. Wrote His Girl recorded by the Guess Who. Co-wrote These Are The Young Years recorded by Floyd Cramer ~ Cowell was born in 1926
January 22, 2018 ~ Guitarist, singer Preston Shannon passed away in Memphis, Tennessee, USA ~ Released his debut album, Break The Ice, in 1994. Known for songs such as Beale Street Boogaloo, Midnight In Memphis, and Tired Of The Ghetto Bringing Me Down ~ Shannon was born in 1947
January 22, 2017 ~ Hans Liebezeit, commonly known as krautrock flutist, percussionist Jaki Liebezeit, passed away in Cologne, Germany ~ Co-founding member of experimental rock outfit the Can, notably present on songs such as Halleluhwah. Member of Phantom Band. Has also worked with Jah Wobble, Philip Jeck, Depeche Mode, Brian Eno, Burnt Friedman, Robert Coyne, and others ~ Liebezeit was born in 1938
January 22, 2017 ~ Bassist Pete Overend Watts passed away ~ Best known as co-founding member and bassist for early-1970s rock band Mott The Hoople, known for their association with David Bowie and songs such as Rock & Roll Queen, All The Young Dudes, and Roll Away The Stone ~ Watts was born in 1947
January 22, 2010 ~ Actress, singer Jean Simmons, full name Jean Merilyn Simmons, passed away in Santa Monica, California, USA ~ Rose to fame in Britain after being cast in the 1946 Great Expectations. Would work in Hollywood from the 1950s onwards. Played both dramatic roles and in musical comedies such as a 1955 production of Guys And Dolls. Also a stage actress and singer, notably touring the USA and England with a production of Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music during the 1970s ~ Simmons was born in 1929
January 22, 2006 ~ Rock, classical keyboardist, songwriter Rick van der Linden passed away in Groningen, the Netherlands ~ Fused rock and classical music. Worked with Ekseption, Trace, Mistral, Session, Brand X, Phil Collins, Deep Purple, Joachim Kühn, Jack Lancaster, Conny Vandenbos, Vangelis, Rein van den Broek, Chris Hinze, Pim Jacobs, Louis van Dijk, Astrid Nijgh, Jan Akkerman, Kaz Lux, and others ~ Van der Linden was born in 1946
January 22, 2006 ~ Jazz drummer Sherman Ferguson, full name Sherman Eugene Ferguson, passed away in La Crescenta, California, USA ~ Worked with Charles Earland, Shirley Scott, Don Patterson, Richard Groove Holmes, Pat Martino, Dizzy Gillespie, Horace Silver, Benny Carter, John Heard, Tom Ranier, Kenny Burrell, Benny Carter, Warne Marsh, Tete Montoliu, Bud Shank, and others ~ Ferguson was born in 1944
January 22, 2005 ~ Pianist, songwriter Consuelo Velázquez, full name Consuelo Velázquez Torres, passed away in Mexico City, Mexico ~ Best known as a songwriter, noted for penning Besame Mucho originally by Emilio Tuero and covered by over 500 artists including Xavier Cugat, Frankie Laine, Trini López, João Gilberto, José Carreras, and others. Other well known songs written by Velázquez include Amar Y Vivir (Fernando Fernández, Antonio Machín, Daniel Santos), Cachito (Gloria Lasso, Nat King Cole), and Que Seas Feliz (Miguel Aceves Mejía, Pedro Infante, Albert Hammond) ~ Velázquez was born in 1916
January 22, 2005 ~ Allen Verner Levy, commonly known as singer Solomon King, passed away in Norman, Oklahoma, USA ~ Best known for his 1968 hit single She Wears My Ring, an international hit written by Boudleaux Bryant and Felice Bryant, featuring the Jordanaires as the backing singers ~ Levy was born in 1931
January 22, 2004 ~ Bandleader, conductor, songwriter Billy May, full name Edward William May Jr, passed away in San Juan Capistrano, California, USA ~ Arranger for the likes of Frank Sinatra (including on the albums Come Fly With Me and Come Swing With Me), Nat King Cole, Anita O'Day, Peggy Lee, Vic Damone (The Lively One), Bobby Darin, Johnny Mercer, Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby, Nancy Wilson, Rosemary Clooney, the Andrews Sisters, and for Ella Mae Morse, Composed for film and TV including The Green Hornet, Batman and The Naked City. As a composer best known for works such as Glenn Miller's Long Tall Mama, Charlie Barnet's The Wrong Idea and Mel Blanc's chidren's song I Tawt A Taw A Puddy Tat. Notable recordings with his own orchestra include 1952's Charmaine and 1956's Main Title From The Man With The Golden Arm ~ May was born in 1916
January 22, 2004 ~ West Coast jazz trombonist Milt Bernhart passed away in Glendale, California, USA ~ Worked with Stan Kenton, Frank Sinatra (including the solo on I've Got You Under My Skin), Benny Goodman, Chet Baker, Elmer Bernstein, Bing Crosby, Buddy Bregman, Sammy Davis Jr, Maynard Ferguson, Junior Mance, Johnny Mandel, Henri René, Pete Rugolo, Lalo Schifrin, the Three Sounds, and others ~ Bernhart was born in 1926
January 22, 2002 ~ Songwriter, arranger, producer, saxophonist Henry Cosby passed away in Royal Oaks, Michigan, USA ~ Key collaborator of Stevie Wonder during the 1960. Co-wrote, co-produced several hits for Wonder (Fingertips (Pt.2), My Cherie Amour, I Was Made To Love Her), Edwin Starr, the Supremes (Love Child), Brenda Holloway, the Miracles (The Tears Of A Clown), Marvin Gaye, and other Motown artists ~ Cosby was born in 1928
January 22, 2002 ~ Aldric Farrell, commonly known as calypso, exempto singer Lord Pretender, passed away in Port Of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago ~ Widely seen as a master of extempo, a lyrically improvised form of calypso music considered a precursor to rap music ~ Farrell was born in 1917
January 22, 2002 ~ Keyboardist, organist Peter Bardens passed away in Malibu, California, USA ~ Co-founding member of Camel, remaining with the band from 1971 through 1978 and present on the band's first six albums ~ Bardens was born in 1944
January 22, 1998 ~ Richard Lamar Hawk, commonly known as rapper Silentó, born in Atlanta, Georgia, USA ~ Best known for his 2015 debut single Watch Me (Whip Nae Nae). Also collaborated with Sunny, Dawin, Sophia Grace, Sicko Mobb, Samuel, ELS, Marcus & Martinus, the Vamps, and others
January 22, 1997 ~ Singer, songwriter Billy Mackenzie, full name William MacArthur MacKenzie, passed away in Auchterhouse, UK ~ Best known as co-founder, lead singer of new wave outfit the Associates. Also worked with Paul Haig, Yello, the British Electric Foundation, Apollo 440, BEF, Stephen Emmer, Annie Lennox, Barry Adamson, and others ~ Mackenzie was born in 1957
January 22, 1997 ~ Mariachi, norteño singer, actor Cornelio Reyna, full name Cornelia Reyna Cisneros, passed away in Mexico City, Mexico ~ Formed Los Relámpagos Del Norte with Ramón Ayala, known for songs such as Mil Noches, Tu Traicion, Lagrimas De Mi Bario and their best-known Ya No Llores. Active as a solo artist since the early 1970s, appearing in over 30 films and recording some 60 albums. Notable hits include Me Sacaron Del Tenampa, Lagrimas De Mi Barrio and Me Caiste Del Cielo ~ Reyna was born in 1940
January 22, 1997 ~ Bandleader, drummer, conductor Ivor Kirchin passed away in Kingston-upon-Hull, UK ~ Father of composer Basil Kirchin, with whom he also worked. Led the Kirchin Band from the 1930s through the 1950s ~ Kirchin was born in 1905
January 22, 1996 ~ Octavion Oliver Godji, commonly known as hip-hop, trap rapper, singer, songwriter Octavian, born in Lille, France ~ Best known for his 2020 single Papi Chulo with Skepta. Also worked with Diplo, Mura Masa, A$AP Ferg, and others
January 22, 1994 ~ Heavy metal singer Rhett Forrester passed away in Atlanta, Georgia, USA ~ Best known as lead singer of Riot from 1981 through 1984. Also worked with Jack Starr, Dogbone, and released a number of solo albums, starting with Gone With The Wind in 1984 ~ Forrester was born in 1956
January 22, 1993 ~ Netta Barzilai, mononymously known as pop, electropop singer, looping artist Netta, born in Hod Hasharon, Israel ~ Internationally best known for winning the 2018 Eurovision Songfestival for Israel with her performance of Toy, written by Doron Medalie and Stav Beger
January 22, 1987 ~ Art pop, indie folk, indie rock, alternative country singer, guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter Angel Olsen born in St Louis, Missouri, USA ~ Released her debut album, Half Way Home, in 2012. Best known for Windows of her sophomore Burn Your Fire For No Witness album, used in the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why in 2017. Has collaborated with Bonnie Prince Billy, Tim Kinsella, Leroy Bach, Cass McCombs, Lawrence Rothman, Jeff Ament, Alex Cameron, Mark Ronson, and others
January 22, 1986 ~ Indie rock, folk rock singer, songwriter Jon Bryant born in Halifax, Canada ~ Known for his often maritime-themed melodic songs. Debuted in 2009 with the Two Coasts For Comfort album. Has worked with Starfield, Meaghan Smith, Jason Mingo, and others
January 22, 1985 ~ Orianthi Penny Panagaris, commonly known as singer, guitarist, songwriter Orianthi, born in Adelaide, Australia ~ Best known for her 2009 debut single According To You which reached top 20 charts across the globe
January 22, 1983 ~ Ashley Brooke Beauchamps, commonly known as bassist Ashley Dzerigian, born in La Verne, California, USA ~ Worked with the Great Northern, Adam Lambert, Maximum Hedrum, Cee Lo Green, My Jerusalem, Money Mark, Cher, Filter, and others
January 22, 1982 ~ Robert Higginbotham, commonly known as R&B singer, pianist, songwriter Tommy Tucker, passed away in Newark, New Jersey, USA ~ Best known as author and original recording artist of the 1964 Herb Abramson-produced hit Hi-heel Sneakers, now widely considered a classic. The song would later also be recorded by Johnny Rivers, Elvis Presley, José Feliciano, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Boots Randolph, the Ike & Tina Turner Revue, and numerous others ~ Higginbotham was born in 1933
January 22, 1981 ~ Alternative rock, alternative metal, nu metal singer, guitarist, songwriter Ben Moody born in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA ~ Co-founding member, lead guitarist of Evanescence, remaining with the band from 1995 through 2003 and present on the band's acclaimed Fallen debut album. Has subsequently recorded as a solo artist, worked with We Are The Fallen and the Halo Method, and ventured into acting. Co-wrote Avril Lavigne's Nobody's Home. Co-wrote several tracks of Kelly Clarkson's sophomore Breakaway album including Because Of You. Other notable collaborations include Anastacia, Hana, Godhead, and Céline Dion
January 22, 1981 ~ Actress, singer Beverley Mitchell born in Arcadia, California, USA ~ Best known as an actress, notably protraying the role of Lucy Camden on the TV series 7th Heaven. Released a sole eponymous album, Beverley Mitchell, in 2007 reaching the top 30 of the country charts
January 22, 1981 ~ Blues singer, guitarist Blind James Campbell passed away ~ Best remembered for his 1963 album Blind James Campbell & his Nashville Street Band on Arhoolie Records touching on both blues and country ~ Campbell was born in 1906
January 22, 1980 ~ Jazz string bass player Ed Garland, full name Edward Bertram Garland, passed away in London, UK ~ Started out on drums but best known as a string bassist. Worked with Frankie Duson, the Excelsior Brass Band, Manuel Perez, Lawrence Duhé, King Oliver, Freddie Keppard, the One-Eleven Jazz Band, Mutt Carey, Jimmie Noone, Kid Ory, Bud Scott, Zutty Singleton, Buster Wilson, and others ~ Garland was born in 1895
January 22, 1980 ~ Jazz, gospel singer Lizz Wright, full name Elizabeth LaCharla Wright, born in Hahira, Georgia, USA ~ Member of vocal quartet In The Spirit. Debuted as a solo artist in 2003 with the album Salt and has recorded steadily since. Draws from folk, gospel, jazz, pop, drawing comparisons to Norah Jones. Has guested on recordings by Joe Sample, Danilo Pérez, David Sanborn, Toots Thielemans, Jakob Dylan, Massiomo Biolcato, Meshell Ndegeocello, and others
January 22, 1979 ~ Latin pop, samba, MPB, acid jazz singer Luciana Mello, full name Luciana Mello Rodrigues de Oliveira, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ~ Daughter of singer Jair Rodrigues, sister of singer, producer Jair Oliveira. Over half a dozen to her name, starting with the eponymous Luciana Mello released in 1995. Best known for the album Na Luz Do Samba released in 2017
January 22, 1977 ~ Mario Alberta Dominguez Zarzar, commonly known as Latin pop, soul singer, pianist, guitarist, bassist, drummer, songwriter Mario Domm, born in Torreón, Mexico ~ Founding member of Camila. Also an accomplished solo artist and has collaborated with Alejandro Sanz, Wisin, Kenny G, Julio Iglesias, Ricky Martin, Fito Paez, Colbie Caillat, Pepe Aguilar, Thalia, Carlos Rivera, and others
January 22, 1976 ~ Indie rock, emo, sadcore singer, guitarist, bassist, keyboardist, percussionist, songwriter David Bazan born in Phoenix, Arizona, USA ~ Thriving force behind Pedro the Lion. Also fronted the Headphones. As a solo artist released his Fewer Moving Parts debut EP in 2006. Has also worked with Seldom, Starflyer '59, the Undertow Orchestra, Overseas, and others
January 22, 1976 ~ Lyricist Edgar Leslie passed away ~ Founding member of ASCAP. Has co-written songs such as Among My Souvenirs (the Kit-Cat Band, Jack Hylton, Paul Whiteman, Louis Armstrong), Getting Some Fun Out Of Life (Billie Holiday, Maxine Sullivan), For Me & My Gal (MJ O'Connell, Abe Lyman, Vera Lynn), By The River St Marie (Guy Lombardo, Jimmie Lunceford, the Platters), Moon Over Miami (Roy Smeck, Eddy Duchin, Connee Boswell), and A Little Bit Independent (Jimmy Carr, Fats Waller, Nat King Cole) ~ Leslie was born in 1885
January 22, 1976 ~ Alternative rock singer, guitarist, bassist Sivert Høyem born in Sortland, Norway ~ Rose to fame as lead singer of Madrugada. Would focus on his solo career after the band disbanded following bandmate Robert Burås's death in 2007. Also a member of the Volunteers
January 22, 1968 ~ Metal guitarist Bryan Hipp born ~ Member of Brutality, Cradle Of Filth, Acheron, Unholy Ghost, Diabolic, and of the Blastmaster ~ Hipp passed away in 2006
January 22, 1967 ~ Rock, folk singer, songwriter Eleanor McEvoy born in Dublin, Ireland ~ Best known for her breakout single Only A Woman's Heart, notably covered by Emmylou Harris & Mary Black, Phil Coulter, Isabelle Boulay, and others
January 22, 1965 ~ Singer Connie Francis records Forget Domani ~ Written by Riz Ortolani and Norman Newell for the musical The Yellow Rolls Royce, in which it was introduced by Katyna Ranieri. Francis' version would be released the following May, b/w No One Ever Sends Me Roses. Crooner Frank Sinatra also recorded a version around the same time, both renditions peaking in the low 70s on the Billboard Hot 100
January 22, 1965 ~ Jeff Townes, commonly known as DJ, producer DJ Jazzy Jeff, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Rose to fame as half of DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince with Will Smith, known for Parents Just Don't Understand and Summertime
January 22, 1964 ~ Composer, lyricist Marc Blitzstein, full name Marcus Samuel Blitzsteing, passed away in Fort de France, Martinique ~ Known for his musical The Cradle Will Rock, his adaptation of The Threepenny Opera opera and the opera Regina ~ Blitstein was born in 1905
January 22, 1962 ~ Singer, songwriter Andrew Cash born in Toronto, Canada ~ Founded punk band L'Étranger with Charlie Angus, best known for their anti-apartheid song One People. After the band disbanded in 1986 Cash released a number of successful solo recording, notably Time And Place, Boomtown and Smile Me Down, has worked with the shortlived band Ursula, with his brother Peter Cash recording under the moniker the Cash Brothers, and has composed soundtracks for several Canadian TV shows. Cash also served as Member of Parliament for the NDP party from 2011 to 2015 but lost a bid for reelection
January 22, 1961 ~ Singer, keyboardist, guitarist, percussionist, songwriter Daniel Johnston, full name Daniel Dale Johnston, born in Sacramento, California, USA ~ Lo-fi, outsider, avant-pop singer, songwriter propelled to cult status when Nirvana's Kurt Cobain was seen wearing a T-shirt featuring artwork from Johnston's 1983 Hi How Are You album. Has recorded extensively since the early 1980s, mostly self-released on cassettes ~ Johnston passed away in 2019
January 22, 1960 ~ Singer, actor Michael Hutchence born in Sydney, Australia ~ Fronted INXS, known for hits such as Suicide Blonde, Tear Us Apart and New Sensation. Also a member of Max Q, of the Vegetables, as well as an actor in several feature films ~ Hutchence passed away in 1997
January 22, 1957 ~ Singer Elvis Presley records Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear at Radio Recorders, Hollywood, California ~ Written by Kal Mann and Bernie Lowe. Produced by Walter Scharf. Personnel included Scotty Moore, Bill Black, DJ Fontana and backing choir the Jordanaires. Released the next June, featuring Loving You on the B-side
January 22, 1954 ~ R&B singer Cavin Yarbrough, full name Cavin Leon Yarbrough, born ~ Half of Yarbrough & Peoples, the other half being Alisa Peoples, known for 1980s R&B hits song as Don't Waste Your Time, Guilty and their biggest hit Don't Stop The Music
January 22, 1953 ~ Classical violinist, concertmaster, conductor Jan Stanienda born ~ Joined the Polish Chamber Orchestra in 1975, becoming its concertmaster and soloist two years later. Would go on to work with numerous renowned conductors, soloists and orchestras including Yehudi Menuhin, Maurice André, Guy Touvron, Grzegorz Nowak, and others. Concertmaster of the Sinfonia Varsovia in the mid to late 1980s. Artistic director of the Leopoldinum Chamber Orchestra in the early 1990s. Artist director of the Wratislavia Chamber Orchestra since 1996 ~ Stanienda passed away in 2021
January 22, 1953 ~ Pianist, conductor Myung-whun Chung born in Seoul, South Korea ~ Brother of violinist Kyung-wha Chung and cellist Myung-wha Chung with whom he also performed as the Chung Trio. As a conductor associated with the Inbal Orchestra, the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Saarbrücken, the Teatro Comunale Florence, the Metropolitan Opera, the Paris Opera, the Opera Bastille, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, and others
January 22, 1950 ~ Pub rock guitarist Graeme Douglas, full name Graeme John Douglas, born in Rochford, UK ~ Original lead guitarist for pub rock outfit the Kursaal Flyers, best known for Little Does She Know which reached top 20 in the band's native UK in 1977. Following the hit success Douglas would be concerned about the over-commercialisation of their music and leave the band to join Eddie & the Hot Rods. He was replaced by Barry Martin
January 22, 1949 ~ Roots reggae singer, songwriter Joseph Hill born in St Catherine, Jamaica ~ As a solo artist known for Behold The Land and Take Me Girl. Founded and fronted Culture, known for songs such as Two Sevens Clash, Stop Fussing And Fighting and International Herb. Also worked with the Soul Defenders, Glen Washington, C35, the Stepping Stone, and others ~ Hill passed away in 2006
January 22, 1949 ~ Jazz fusion, progressive rock guitarist Phil Miller, full name Philip Paul Miller, born in Barnet, UK ~ Central figure in the Canterbury scene. Member of Delivery. Co-founding member of Matching Mole, Hatfield & the North, National Health. Has also worked with Caravan, Short Wave, In Cahoots, Robert Wyatt, and others ~ Miller passed away in 2017
January 22, 1949 ~ Singer Steve Perry, full name Stephen Ray Perry born in Hanford, California, USA ~ Lead singer of Journey from 1977 through 1987, and again from 1995 through 1998. Sang lead on some of the band's biggest albums including 1981's Escape, which would top the album charts and spawn the band's highest charting single Open Arms which peaked at No.2 Billboard Hot 100. Perry also guested on songs by Sammy Hagar, The Iceman and Run For Your Life), duetted with Kenny Loggins on Don't Fight It, and released solo material starting with 1984's Street Talk album
January 22, 1949 ~ Vincent Lopez, commonly known as rock drummer, percussionist, pianist, trumpeter, cornetist Vini Lopez, born in Neptune Township, New Jersey, USA ~ Best known for his association with Bruce Springsteen as a member of Steel Mill and of the E Street Band, present on Springsteen's first two albums Greetings From Asbury Park NJ and The Wild The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle
January 22, 1946 ~ Manager, singer Malcolm McLaren born in London, UK ~ Best known as the Sex Pistols manager ~ McLaren passed away in 2010
January 22, 1943 ~ Bassist, composer Maarten Altena, full name Maarten van Regteren Altena, born ~ Leader and sideman. Actively recording since the late 1980s. Has worked with Willem Breuker, Theo Loevendie, het Nederlands Ballet Orkest, Orkest de Volharding, Derek Bailey, Burton Greene, Michel Waisvisz, and others
January 22, 1943 ~ Violinist, saxophonist Michal Urbaniak born in Warsaw, Poland ~ Leader and sideman. Draws from folk, R&B, hip-hop, symphonic music, jazz, pop, and other idioms. Has worked with Zbigniew Namyslowski, Andrzej Trzaskowksi, Krzysztof Komeda, Adam Makowicz, Urbanator, Billy Cobham, Buster Williams, Chick Corea, Elvin Jones, Freddie Hubbard, George Benson, Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson, Joe Zawinul, Kenny Barron, Larry Coryell, Lenny White, Marcus Miller, Quincy Jones, Ron Carter, Roy Haynes, Vladyslav Sendecki, Wayne Shorter, the Weather Report, and others
January 22, 1942 ~ Wayne Kent, commonly known as songwriter, producer, singer Artie Wayne, born in New York, New York, USA ~ As a songwriter saw his songs recorded by artists including Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Pat Boone, Joe Dassin, the Temptations, Cher, and the 5th Dimension ~ Kent passed away in 2019
January 22, 1940 ~ R&B singer Addie Harris born in High Point, North Carolina, USA ~ Member of 1960s girl-group the Shirelles, known for songs such as Will You Love Me Tomorrow, Dedicated To The One I Love, Mama Said, Baby It's You, Soldier Boy and Foolish Little Girl ~ Harris passed away in 1982
January 22, 1940 ~ Jazz bassist, upright bassist, double bassist, cellist Eberhard Weber born in Stuttgart, Germany ~ Leader and sideman. Draws from chamber jazz, classical, minimalism and ambient music. Closely associated with Wolfgang Dauner. Founded Colours, which also included saxophonist Charlie Mariano, pianist Rainer Bruninghaus and drummer Jon Christensen. To pop audiences perhaps best known for backing Kate Bush on the albums The Dreaming, Hounds Of Love, The Sensual World and Aerial. Has also worked with Gary Burton, Mal Waldron, Ralph Towner, Pat Metheny, Jan Garbarek, the United Jazz+Rock Ensemble, Paraphernalia, and others
January 22, 1939 ~ Alan Lee da Silva, commonly known as jazz, free jazz, avant-garde jazz double bassist, keyboardist Alan Silva, born in Bermuda ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Cecil Taylor, Sun Ra, Albert Ayler, Sunny Murray, Archie Shepp, Anthony Braxton, Dave Burrell, Leroy Jenkins, Malachi Favors, Roscoe Mitchell, Famoudou Don Moye, Alan Shorter, Albert Ayler, Jimmy Lyons, Bobby Few, Andrew Hill, and others
January 22, 1938 ~ William Hundley Emerson, commonly known as banjoist Bill Emerson, born in Washington DC, USA ~ Considered one of the best bluegrass banjoists in history. Founding member of the Country Gentlemen. Formed the duo Emerson & Waldron with guitarist Cliff Waldron. Also worked with Buzz Busby, Jimmy Martin, Red Allen, and others ~ Emerson passed away in 2021
January 22, 1938 ~ Road manager, author Joe Esposito born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Elvis Presley's road manager ~ Esposito passed away in 2016
January 22, 1937 ~ Songwriter Al Kasha, full name Alfred Kasha, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Closely associated with songwriting partner Joel Hirschhorn, with whom he won an Academy Award for Best Original Song twice, namely with The Morning After from The Poseidon Adventure in 1972 and We May Never Love Like This Again from The Towering Inferno in 1975. Has also written for musicals, TV, and pop, rock, R&B artists including Aretha Franklin (Operation Heartbreak), Neil Diamond, Donna Summer, Charles Aznavour (Dance In The Old-fashioned Way), Bobby Darin, Jackie Wilson (My Empty Arms), Peppermint Rainbow, and others ~ Kasha passed away in 2020
January 22, 1937 ~ Pop, schlager singer Arie Ribbens born in Eindhoven, the Netherlands ~ Active since the late 1950s, peaking commercially in the 1980s. Known for songs such as Dat Zien We Morgen Wel Weer, Polonaise Hollandaise, Akketdoe, and probably his best-known Brabantse Nachten Zijn Lang. Retired from performing in 2015 for health reasons ~ Ribbens passed away in 2021
January 22, 1933 ~ Jazz drummer Jean Louis Viale born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France ~ Worked with Sacha Distel, René Urtreger, Jimmy Gourley, Bobby Jaspar, Henri Renaud, Clifford Brown, Frank Foster, Stan Getz, Stéphane Grappelli, Gigi Gryce, Thelonious Monk, Jimmy Raney, Django Reinhardt, Zoot Sims, Martial Solal, René Thomas, George Wallington, Barney Wilen, Lester Young, Raymond Fol, Johnny Griffin, Roger Guerin, Ivan Julien, Jim Hall, Barney Kessel, Benny Bailey, Jack Dieval, Slide Hampton, and others ~ Viale passed away in 1984
January 22, 1931 ~ Samuel Cook, commonly known as R&B, gospel, soul singer, pianist, guitarist, songwriter Sam Cooke born in Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA ~ One of the all-time most important, influential, admired R&B, soul singers, credited by some critics as the “inventor” of soul music. Paved the way for artists such as Aretha Franklin, Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Otis Redding. Member of the Soul Stirrers. As a solo artist known for songs such as You Send Me, Cupid, Another Saturday Night, A Change Is Gonna Come, Wonderful World, Chain Gang, Twistin' The Night Away and Bring It On Home To Me ~ Cook passed away in 1964
January 22, 1929 ~ Ronald Richard Pratley, commonly known as producer, manager, promoter Ron Richards, born in London, UK ~ Best known for discovering British pop, baroque pop group the Hollies, signing them to Parlophone in 1963. Pratley would produce most of the band's output from the early 1960s through the late 1970s, including their 1969 cross-Atlantlic top 10 hit He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother ~ Pratley passed away in 2009
January 22, 1927 ~ Operatic bass-baritone singer Hans Günter Nöcker born in Hagen, Germany ~ Best known for his association with the Bavaria State Oper, starting in 1962. Has also worked with the Theater Münster, the Stadttheater Giessen, the Staatsoper Stuttgart, La Fenice, the Teatro Massimo, the Royal Opera House, and others ~ Nöcker passed away in 2019
January 22, 1924 ~ James Louis Johnson, commonly known as trombonist JJ Johnson born in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA ~ Leader and sideman. One of the earliest bebop trombonists. As a composer known for standards such as Wee Dot, Lament and Enigma. Worked with Kai Winding, Sonny Stitt, Bud Powell, Clifford Brown, Bennie Green, André Previn, Milt Jackson, Joe Pass, Al Grey, Cannonball Adderley, Count Basie, Kenny Burrell, Donald Byrd, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Coleman Hawkins, Billie Holiday, Elvin Jones, Howard McGhee, Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins, Horace Silver, Stanley Turrentine, and others ~ Johnson passed away in 2001
January 22, 1923 ~ Classical composer Leslie Bassett, full name Leslie Raymond Bassett, born in Hanford, California, USA ~ Best known for Variations For Orchestra, premiered in 1963 and honored with both a Prix De Rome and a Pullitzer Prize for Music ~ Bassett passed away in 2016
January 22, 1921 ~ Violinist, composer, arranger Andre Hodeir born in Paris, France ~ Formed the Jazz Groupe de Paris which also included Bobby Jaspar, Pierre Michelot and Nat Peck. Also worked with Donald Byrd, Idrees Sulieman, Frank Rehak, Hal McKusick, Eddie Costa, George Duvivier, Annie Ross, and others ~ Hodeir passed away in 2011
January 22, 1921 ~ Pianist, composer Arno Babajanian born in Yerevan, Armenia ~ Child prodigy. Rooted in Armenian folk music. Influenced by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Sergei Prokofiev and Béla Bartók. Admired by peers such as Dmitri Shostakovich. Composed for piano, orchestral music, ballet, chamber music, orchestral works and for film. In addition to numerous awards had a minor planet, 9017 Babadzhanyan, named after him ~ Babajanian passed away in 1983
January 22, 1920 ~ Bass-baritone singer, actor William Warfield, full name William Caesar Warfield, born in West Helena, Arkansas, USA ~ Best known for his roles in the Broadway opera Regina and in a 1952 production of Porgy & Bess opposite Leontyne Price, with whom he was married from 1953 until 1972 ~ Warfield passed away in 2002
January 22, 1913 ~ Margaret Rose Valliquito, commonly known as film, Broadway actress, singer June Knight, born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ First to introduce the Cole Porter-penned Begin The Beguine in the 1935 musical Jubilee. Also appeared in other Broadway shows such as Hot Cha, Take A Chance, The Would-be Gentleman, as well as in Hollywood films ~ Valliquietto passed away in 1987
January 22, 1912 ~ Jazz clarinetist, bandleader Harry Parry, full name Harry Owen Parry, born in Bangor, UK ~ Worked with Percival Mackey, George Shearing, Doreen Villiers, and others ~ Parry passed away in 1956
January 22, 1909 ~ Jazz trumpeter Ed Lewis born in Eagle City, Oklahoma, USA ~ Worked with Jerry Westbrook, Paul Banks, Laura Rucker, Bennie Moten, Hot Lips Page, Thamon Hayes, Harlan Leonard, Jay McShann, Count Basie, Ruth Brown, and others ~ Lewis passed away in 1985
January 22, 1908 ~ Hamie Nickerson, commonly known as country blues, blues harpist, guitarist Hammie Nixon, born in Brownsville, Tennessee, USA ~ Best known for his association with Sleepy John Estes. Pioneered the use of the mouth harmonica as a rhythm instrument rather than as a novelty. Has worked with Little Buddy Doyle, Charlie Pickett, Son Bonds, and others ~ Nickerson passed away in 1984
January 22, 1895 ~ Irene Joy Gibbons, commonly known as blues singer, stage actress Eva Taylor, born in St Louis, Missouri, USA ~ Dubbed “the Dixie Nightingale”. Child performer active since age three. Married to pianist, Okeh-producer Clarence Williams. Worked with Sidney Bechet, Louis Armstrong, Sippie Wallace, Bessie Smith, the Charleston Chasers, Paul Whiteman, and others ~ Gibbons passed away in 1977