This Day In Music: July 1
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July 1, 2021 ~ Composer, pianist Louis Andriessen, full name Louis Joseph Andriessen, passed away in Weesp, the Netherlands ~ Son of composer Hendrik Andriessen. Brother of composers Jurriaan Andriessen and Caecilia Andriessen. Co-founded Orkest de Volharding and Hoketus. Also worked with the Schonberg Ensemble, ASKO, Icebreaker, and others ~ Andriessen was born in 1939
July 1, 2021 ~ Mbaqanga, soul, jazz, pop singer, songwriter Steve Kekana, full name Tebogo Steve Kekana, passed away in Johannesburg, South Africa ~ Actively recording since the late 1970s with well over three dozen albums to his name. Best known for songs such as the Bushman, Feel So Strong and Raising My Family ~ Kekana was born in 1958
 
July 1, 2020 ~ Violinist Ida Haendel passed away in Pembroke Park, Florida, USA ~ 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 conducted by Sergiu Celibidache ~ Haendel was born in 1928
July 1, 2020 ~ Country, rockabilly guitarist Joe Pennington, full name Joseph Lephmon Pennington, passed away ~ Best known as member of Hank Williams' backing unit the Drifting Cowboys through 1949. Has subsuquently worked with Lefty Frizzell. As a solo artist known for a number of 1950s rockabilly singles under the moniker Joe Penny, notably Bip A Little (Bop A Lot) released in 1958 ~ Pennington was born in 1928
July 1, 2020 ~ Classical composer, percussionist Matthias Kaul passed away ~ Member of Hinz & Kunst. Founded L'Art Pour L'Art. Collaborated with violinist Malcolm Goldstein, John Cage, Christian Wolff, Alvin Lucier, Vinko Globokar, and others ~ Kaul was born in 1949
July 1, 2020 ~ Singer, keyboardist, songwriter Max Crook, full name Maxfield Doyle Crook, passed away ~ Best known for his association with Del Shannon, co-writing several of Shannon's hits and notably present on the 1961 Runaway single ~ Crook was born in 1936
 
July 1, 2018 ~ Alain Roux, commonly known as songwriter, TV presenter François Corbier, passed away in Evreux, France ~ Best known as co-host of Club Dorothée on TF1 from 1987 through 1997 alongside singer Dorothée. Has also released a number of solo recordings, notably the 2015 Vieux Lion in 2015 ~ Corbier was born in 1944
July 1, 2018 ~ Music journalist Roy Carr passed away ~ Wrote for NME, VOx, Melody Maker ~ Carr was born ca.1945
 
July 1, 2015 ~ Michael Valentine, commonly known as crooner, pop, easy listening singer Val Doonican, passed away in the Buckinghamshire, UK ~ Known for 1960s recordings such as Walk Tall, The Special Years, Elusive Butterfly, What Would I Be, If The Whole World Stopped Loving and Memories Are Made Of This ~ Doonican was born in 1927
 
July 1, 2013 ~ Singer, comedian, songwriter Maarten van Roozendaal passed away ~ Mainly performed his own songs, yet also a fine interpreter of Cornelis Vreeswijk. Collaborated with Paul de Munnik, Egon Kracht, Wouter Planteijdt, Marcel de Groot, Willem Ennes, Kim Soepnel, and others ~ Van Roozendaal was born in 1962
July 1, 2013 ~ John Riley Brown, commonly known as blues singer, guitarist, songwriter Texas Johnny Brown, passed away in Houston, Texas, USA ~ Active since the late 1940s, initially as a member of the Aladdin Chickenshackers known for regularly backing artists such as Amos Milburn and Ruth Brown. Perhaps best known for penning Two Steps From The Blues, notably recorded by Bobby Blue Bland as the title track of the pivotal 1961 Two Steps From The Blues soul-blues album. As a solo artist especially known among blues aficionados for songs such as The Blues rock, There Goes The Blues and Bongo Boogie. Over the course of his career Brown has collaborated with numerous artists including Junior Parker, Lightnin' Hopkins, Joe Hinton, Goree Carter, Roy Gaines, Clarence Hollimon, and others ~ Brown was born in 1928
 
July 1, 2012 ~ Evelyn Shulman, commonly known as operatic soprano singer, actress Evelyn Lear, passed away in Sandy Spring, Maryland, USA ~ Known for her versatility. Appeared with every major American opera company as well as several in Europe including the Stadtische Oper Berlin, the Theater an der Wien, the Metropolitan Opera, the Houston Grand Opera, the Munich Nationaltheater, and others ~ Lear was born in 1926
July 1, 2012 ~ Jazz pianist, bandleader, composer Fritz Pauer passed away ~ Worked with Hans Koller, Don Byas, Booker Ervin, Art Farmer, Dexter Gordon, Friedrich Gulda, Annie Ross, the Orf Big Band, Klaus Weiss, Peter Herbolzheimer, Tom Harrell, and others ~ Pauer was born in 1943
July 1, 2012 ~ Oswald Hibbert, commonly known as reggae organist, pianist, keyboardist Ossie Hibbert, passed away in Long Island, New York, USA ~ Active since the mid-1970s. Member of the Professionals, the Aggrovators, the Revolutionaries. Sessioned for artists such as Johnny Clarke, Gregory Isaacs, Jimmy London, Delroy Wilson, Linval Thompson. As a solo artist known for two 1970s albums, 1976's Crueshal Dub and 1978's Satisfaction In Dub. Served as producer for Freddie McKay, Dillinger, Carlene Davis, Pat Kelly, Chaka Demus & Pliers, Errol Dunkley, Peter Hunnigale, the Wailing Souls ~ Hibbert was born in 1951
 
July 1, 2010 ~ Edith Zuser, commonly known as schlager, folk singer Lolita passed away in Salzburg, Austria ~ Best known for Seemann Deine Heimat Ist Das Meer, an international hit including in America in 1960. It would be translated to various other languages including English, French and Dutch, and be covered by numerous artists. Notable covers include versions by Petula Clark, Anne Shelton, Caterina Valente ~ Zuser was born in 1931
 
July 1, 2007 ~ Jazz drummer Earl Watkins passed away in San Francisco, California, USA ~ Played with Wilbert Baranco, Kid Ory, Flip Phillips, Muggsy Spanier, Bob Scobey, and with Earl Hines ~ Watkins was born in 1920
 
July 1, 2005 ~ Singer Luther Vandross passed away in Edison, New Jersey, USA ~ Session, backing singer for artists such as Todd Rundgren, Judy Collins, Chaka Khan, Bette Midler, Diana Ross, David Bowie, Ben E King, Donna Summer, and others. Fronted Change. As a solo artist best known for songs such as Never Too Much, Here And New, Any Love, Power Of Love (Love Power), I Can Make It Better, For You To Love, Superstar, Always And Forever. Duetted with Cheryl Lynn, Beyoncé and Mariah Carey ~ Vandross was born in 1951
July 1, 2005 ~ Singer, songwriter Renaldo Benson passed away in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Bass singer of the Four Tops, known for hits such as I Can't Help Myself (Sugarpie Honey Bunch), Reach Out I'll Be There, Keeper Of The Castle, Ain't No Woman Like The One I've Got, Bernadette, and When She Was My Girl. Co-wrote Marvin Gaye's signature song What's Going On ~ Benson was born in 1936
 
July 1, 2000 ~ Michael Koda, commonly known as singer, songwriter Cub Koda, passed away ~ Best known as founding member Brownsville Station and author of Smokin' In The Boys Room, a Billboard top 10 hit in 1973 ~ Koda was born in 1948
 
July 1, 1999 ~ Singer Dennis Brown, full name Dennis Emmanuel Brown, passed away in Kingston, Jamaica ~ Started recording at age 11. Over 75 albums to his name. Cited by Bob Marley as his favorite singer dubbing him “the Crown Prince of Reggae” Best known for songs such as Money In My Pocket, Love Has Found Its Way, Halfway Up Halfway Down and Senorita ~ Brown was born in 1957
July 1, 1999 ~ Albert George Cernik, commonly known as big band, traditional pop, country pop singer Guy Mitchell, passed away in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ~ Active since the early 1950s. Discovered by Mitch Mitchell. Especially popular in the UK and Australia. Sold over 40 million records. Known for songs such as My Heart Cries For You, My Truly Truly Fair, There's A Pawnshop On The Corner In Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, Singing The Blues, Heartaches By The Number, and others ~ Cernik was born in 1927
 
July 1, 1998 ~ Jazz singer Lucy Reed passed away ~ Popular on the Chicago jazz scene in the late 1950s, especially known for the albums The Singing Reed and This Is Lucy Reed. Worked with Bill Evans, Dick Marx and Johnny Frigo ~ Reed was born in 1921
 
July 1, 1997 ~ Actor, singer Robert Mitchum passed away in Santa Barbara, California, USA ~ Best known as an actor. Also wrote and sang country, known for songs such as The Ballad Of Thunder Road, Little Old Win Drinker Me, and You Deserve Each Other ~ Mitchum was born in 1917
 
July 1, 1989 ~ R&B, pop singer, pianist, songwriter Leah McFall born in Newtonabbey, Northern Ireland ~ One of four finalists on the 2nd series of the talent show The Voice UK aired on BBC One in 2013, alongside Mike Ward, Matt Henry and winner Andrea Begley
 
July 1, 1985 ~ Ryan Peters, commonly known as rapper Spose, born in Portland, Maine, USA ~ Released his full-length Preposterously Dark debut album in 2008. Best known for his 2010 single I'm Awesome, a moderate hit on the Billboard Hot 100 charts
 
July 1, 1984 ~ Pop singer Chester Gaylord born ~ Popular 1920s, 1930s singer known as “the Whispering Serenader” ~ Gaylord was born in 1899
 
July 1, 1983 ~ Marit Elisabeth Larsen, commonly known as singer, songwriter Marit Larsen, born in Lorenskog, Norway ~ Half of pop duo M2M, the other half being childhood friend Marion Raven. Released her solo debut, Under The Surface, in 2006 and has been recording since
July 1, 1983 ~ Jazz tenor saxophonist Sandy Mosse passed away in Amsterdam, the Netherlands ~ Influenced by Lester Young. Plays clarinet and alto sax, switched to tenor sax in early-1950s. Has played with Wallace Bishop, Django Reinhardt, Woody Herman, Bill Russo, Chubby Jackson, James Moody, Cy Touff. The 1960s saw him teaming up with Buddy Rich, Maynard Ferguson, Dave Remington. Moved to Amsterdam in the 1970s, recording less but occasionally touring with the likes of Zoot Sims and Al Cohn. While in the Netherlands Mosse played with Volume Two, alongside Irvin Rochlin, Klaus Flenter, Evert Hekkema, Ben Gerritsen, and Les Cohen ~ Mosse was born in 1929
 
July 1, 1982 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Mirjam Timmer born in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands ~ Best known as a member of Twarres, known for Wer Bisto, a hit in 2000
 
July 1, 1981 ~ John Rushton Morey, commonly known as acid rock, hard rock bassist Rushton Moreve, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Early member of Steppenwolf. Present on the band's first two albums, Steppenwolf and its followup The Second both released in 1968. Co-wrote Magic Carpet Ride, one of the band's best-known ~ Moreve was born in 1948
 
July 1, 1977 ~ Robert Henry Warren, commonly known as blues singer, guitarist Baby Boy Warren, passed away in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Leading figure on the 1950a Detroit blues scene. Active since the 1930s, first recording in the late 1940s. Perhaps best known for his 1954 single Stop Breakin' Down featuring pianist Boogie Woogie Red and guitarist Calvin Frazier ~ Warren was born in 1919
July 1, 1977 ~ Singer, actress Birgit Schuurman born in Utrecht, the Netherlands ~ Sister of actress, singer Katja Schuurman, with whom she worked in the band Jeunes Turcs. Released a handful of late 1990s singles, notably A Little Famous and Maybe The Wine, but lacking sales her already recorded Curious would be indefinitely shelved. An appearance in the heavily aired Abel's Onderweg videoclip renewed interest in Schuurman leading to the 2001 hits I Know and Few Like You. Both singles would be included on her 2001 Few Like Me official debut album
 
July 1, 1976 ~ Algernod Lnier Washington, commonly known as rapper Plies, born in Fort Myers, Florida, USA ~ Released his The Real Testament in 2007. Known for songs such as Shawty featuring T-Pain, Hpnotized featuring Akon, and Bust It Baby (Part 2) featuring Ne Yo
 
July 1, 1975 ~ Indie folk, baroque pop, indie rock singer, guitarist, banjoist, keyboardist, percussionist, songwriter Sufjan Stevens born in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Released his A Sun Came solo debut album in 1999. Best known for his 2005 Illinnois album, which included the single Chicago. Has worked with Rosie Thomas, Denison Witmer, Half-handed Cloud, the Castanets, Will Stratton, Shannon Stephens, Bryce Dessner, Timo Andres, and others
 
July 1, 1972 ~ Jazz, jazz fusion, experimental guitarist Alex Machacek born in Tulin-an-der-Donay, Austria ~ Influenced by rock acts such as Iron Maiden, Kiss, Queen, by jazz artists such as Mike Stern, John Scofield, Allan Holdsworth, Chick Corea, John McLaughlin. Released his Featuring Ourselves debut album in 1999, merging avant-garda, jazz fusion and progressive rock drawing critical comparison to Frank Zappa. Has worked with BPM, Planet X, UKZ, CAB, Terry Bozzio, Jeff Sipe, Matt Garrison, Marco Minneman, Gary Husband, and others
 
July 1, 1971 ~ Singer Jarobi White born in Queens, New York, USA ~ Best known as initial and co-founding member of A Tribe Called Quest, alongside Q-Tip, Phife Dawg and Ali Shaheed Muhammad, left after the band's Peoples Instinctive Travels & The Paths Of Rhythm debut album. Formed Evitan with Dres
July 1, 1971 ~ Melissa Arnett Elliott, commonly known as singer, rapper, MC, producer, songwriter Missy Elliott born in Portsmouth, Virginia, USA ~ First gained attention as member of R&B group Sista. Member of Swing Mob collective alongside frequent collaborator Timbaland. Producer, songwriter, in-demand collaborator for artists such as Aaliyah, 702, Total, Tweet, SWV, Jodeci, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Destiny's Child, Mary J Blige, Angie Stone, Monica. As a solo artist active since the early 2000s, known for Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hits such as Hot Boyz featuring Nas, Eve & Q-Tip, Get Ur Freak On, Work It, Gossip Folks featuring Ludacris, and Lose Control featuring Ciara & Fatman Scoop
 
July 1, 1969 ~ Guitarist, singer Seamus Egan born in Hatboro, Pennsylvania,, USA ~ Worked with Martin Donaghue, Mick Moloney, the Green Fields Of America, Susan McKeown, Eileen Ivers, Solas, Antje DUvekot, Liz Carroll, Karan Casey, Kyle Carey, Sarah McLachlan, and others
 
July 1, 1967 ~ Singer, guitarist, composer Marisa Monte, full name Marisa de Azevedo Monte, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ~ Discovered by producer Nelson Motta. Released her MM Ai Vivo in 1989, which spawned the hit Bem Que Se Quis. Monte would go on to become one of Brazil's most popular singers, selling over 10 million records, and collaborate with Devendra Banhart, Rodrigo Amarante, Carlinhos Brown, Arnaldo Antunes, and others
July 1, 1967 ~ Tyrone Thompson, commonly known as reggae, dancehall, gospel singer Papa San, born in Kingston, Jamaica ~ One of the major dancehall artists of the 1980s and 1990s known for songs such as Animal Party, I Will Survive and Style & Fashion
 
July 1, 1964 ~ Violinist, violist, conductor Pierre Monteux, full name Pierre Benjamin Monteux, passed away in Maine, USA ~ As a concductor perhaps best known for premiering Igor Stravinsky's The Rite Of Spring and Petrusha, Maurice Ravel's Daphnis Et Chloé, Claude Debussy's Jeux. Has conducted orchestras such as the Metropolitan Opera, the Boston Symphony, the Concertgebouw Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, and others ~ Monteux was born in 1875
July 1, 1964 ~ Drummer Pol Burton born ~ Member of pop-punk, post-punk outfit Transvision Vamp from 1986 throug 1989, present on the UK top 10 hits I Want Your Love and Baby I Don't Care. Succeeded by Martin Hallett
 
July 1, 1963 ~ British pop, rock group the Beatles record She Loves You at EMI Studios, London, UK ~ Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Produced by George Martin. Released the following month, b/w I'll Get You recorded on the same day, the single would surpass several sales records, eventually becoming the band's best-selling UK single and the top-selling single of the 1960s by any artist. The following year, at the height of Beatlemania in the USA, it would be one of five Beatles singles occupying all top 5 spots on the Billboard Hot 100, the others being Please Please Me, I Want To Hold Your Hand, Twist & Shout and Can't Buy Me Love
July 1, 1963 ~ Thrash metal guitarist, songwriter Rick Hunolt, full name Richard Edward Hunolt, born in Berkeley, California, USA ~ Best known as longtime member of Exodus, joining the band in 1983 as replacement for originl guitarist Kirk Hammett.
 
July 1, 1961 ~ Country singer, guitarist, songwriter Michelle Wright born in Chatham, Canada ~ One of the most acclaimed 1990s Canadian country singers, known for songs such as Do Right By Me, I Wish I Were Only Lonely, New Kind Of Love, All You Really Wanna Do, Take It Like A Man, One Time Around, He Would Be Sixteen, One Good Man, Nobody's Girl, Crank My Tractor and What Love Looks Like
 
July 1, 1960 ~ Evelyn King, commonly known as R&B, pop, disco, post-disco singer, songwriter Evelyn Champagne King, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Best known for the disco classic Shame, a Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit in 1977 taken of the singer's Smooth Talk debut album. King would continue to record and chart on the Billboard R&B charts well into the 1980s. Well-known songs include I Don't Know If It's Right, I'm In Love, Love Come Down, Betcha She Don't Love You, Your Personal Touch, Flirt and Hold On To What You've Got
July 1, 1960 ~ Anthony Matthew Key, commonly known as pop, new wave, indie rock bassist, singer Ted Key, born in Hull, UK ~ Original member of the Housemartins, replaced in 1985 by Fatboy Slim prior to the band's rise to fame
 
July 1, 1958 ~ Mary Faldermeyer, commonly known as singer, songwriter Mary Fahl, born in Rockland, New York, USA ~ Member of the October Project. Active as a solo artist since the early 2000s, noted for her 2014 Love And Gravity album produced by John Lissauer
 
July 1, 1956 ~ Composer, conductor, teacher Kenneth Fuchs, full name Kenneth Daniel Fuchs, born ~ Wrote music for orchestra, voice, chorus, chamber ensembles. Especially acclaimed for his 2001 String Quartets 2, 3, 4 album
 
July 1, 1954 ~ Country singer, guitarist, songwriter Keith Whitley, full name Jackie Keith Whitley, born in Ashland, Kentucky, USA ~ Recorded only two albums before his untimely death of alcohol poisoning at age 34 yet was held in the highest regard by peers, critics and a devoted fanbase. Master storyteller. Known for songs such as Miami My Amy, Ten Feet Away, Don't Close Your Eyes, When You Say Nothing At All, I'm No Stranger To The Rain, I Wonder Do You Think Of Me, It Ain't Nothin' and the Earl Thomas Conley-duet Brotherly Love. Artists who recorded songs written by Whitley included Ralph Stanley, Del McCoury, John Conlee, Joe Nichols, Vern Gosdin (Would These Arms Be In The Way), Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks, Rhonda Vincent, Alison Krauss, Travis Tritt, Kenny Chesney, Gene Watson, and others ~ Whitley passed away in 1989
 
July 1, 1952 ~ Actor, singer Dan Akroyd, full name Daniel Edward Akroyd born in Ottawa, Canada ~ To music audiences best known as half of the Blues Brothers alongside close friend John Belushi. The duo first performed on Saturday Night Live, its success leading to an actual band and culminating in the 1980 Blues Brothers feature film
July 1, 1952 ~ Drummer Leon Ndugu Chancler born in Shreveport, Louisiana, USA ~ Best known for his association with Santana. Also an in-demand session drummer, worked with Willie Bobo, the Harold Johnson Sextet, Gerald Wilson, Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Hutcherson, George Benson, Stanley Clarke, the Crusaders, George Duke, John Lee Hooker, Hubert Laws, Thelonious Monk, Jean-Luc Ponty, Lionel Richie, Kenny Rogers, Patrice Rushen, Frank Sinatra, Donna Summer, the Temptations, Tina Turner, Weather Report, Eddie Harris, Hampton Hawes, Joe Henderson, Michael Jackson (including on the albums Thriller and Bad), Harold Land, Azar Lawrence, Lalo Schifrin, Julian Priester, and others ~ Chancler passed away in 2018
 
July 1, 1951 ~ Folk, traditional pop, bluegrass singer, guitarist, songwriter, activist Anne Feeney born in Charleroi, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Member of bluegrass outfit Cucumber Rapids. Best known as a lawyer and activist, focusing on social issues and especially women's rights. Debuted as a solo artist with the album Look To The Left in 1992 and has recorded as a solo artist consistently since ~ Feeney passed away in 2021
July 1, 1951 ~ Singer, keyboardist, percussionist, songwriter Fred Schneider, full name Frederick William Schneider, born in Newark, New Jersey, USA ~ Co-founder, frontman of the B52's, known for songs such as Rock Lobster, Love Shack, Roam, Good Stuff and Meet The Flintstones. Has also released a number of solo recordings, starting with Fred Schneider And The Shake Society in 1984, fronts the side project the Superions, and guested on records by Richard Barone, Captain Planet, the Foo Fighters, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, and others
July 1, 1951 ~ Singer, comedian, writer Harrie Jekkers born in The Hague, the Netherlands ~ As a solo artist known for O O Den Haag released in 1982 under the moniker Harry Klorkestein, the song quickly becoming the unofficial anthem of the city Den Haag. Best known for co-founding Klein Orkest with Koos Meinderts, known for songs such as Laat Mij Maar Alleen, Koos Werkeloos, Later Is Allang Begonnen and perhaps their best-known Over De Muur. After the band disbanded Jekkers would venture into comedy and cabaret, including collaborating with Jeroen van Merwijk
 
July 1, 1950 ~ David Cole Idema, commonly known as soft rock singer, drummer David Geddes, born ~ Best known for Run Joey Run, a Billboard top 10 hit in 1975
July 1, 1950 ~ Composer Emile Jacques-Dalcroze passed away in Geneva, Switzerland ~ Known for developing Dalcroze-eurhytmics, an approach to learning and experiencing music through movement still used in musical education to this day ~ Jaques-Dalcroze was born in 1865
 
July 1, 1949 ~ Danny Pollo, commonly known as jazz clarinetist Danny Polo, passed away in Chicago, Illinois, 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 was born in 1901
July 1, 1949 ~ Singer John Farnham, full name John Peter Farnham, born in Dagenham, UK ~ First gained attention in the late 1960s, becoming a teen idol in Australia with covers such as Sadie The Cleaning Lady and One. Lead singer of the Little River Band from 1982 replacing Glenn Shorrock through 1985. Well-known for his 1986 international solo hit You're The Voice, a radio staple to this day
 
July 1, 1947 ~ Guitarist Marc Benno born in Dallas, Texas, USA ~ Formed Asylum Choir with Leon Russell. As a solo artist best known for his 1972 Ambush album. Wrote Rock 'n Roll Me Again for the System, used in the 1985 Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack. Has worked with the Doors, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Clarence White, Rita Coolidge, and others
 
July 1, 1946 ~ Singer June Montiero, full name Barbara Ann Harris born in Queens, New York, USA ~ One third of R&B girl group the Toys alongside Barbara Parritt and lead singer Barbara Harris, known for their 1965 hit recording A Lover's Concerto which reached the top 10 on both sides of the Atlantic. Its follow-up, 1966's The Attack featured in the beach movie It's A Bikini World, would also reach the Billboard top 20
July 1, 1946 ~ Paul Jones, commonly known as blues guitarist, singer Paul Wine Jones, born in Flora, Mississippi, USA ~ For most of his life played merely as a pastime, working with local musicians. Released two albums in the 1990s, 1995's Mule and 1996's Pucker Up Buttercup. Died of cancer at age 59. The album Stop Arguing Over Me was released posthumously in 2006 ~ Jones passed away in 2005
 
July 1, 1945 ~ Angela Trimble, commonly known as singer Debbie Harry, born in Miami, Florida, USA ~ Fronted pop punk, new wave outfit Blondie, known for songs such as Denis, I'm Always Touched By Your Presence Dear, Hanging On The Telephone, Heart Of Glass, Sunday Girl, Call Me, Atomic, The Tide Is High, Rapture, and others
 
July 1, 1942 ~ Singer, arranger, songwriter, conductor Andráe Crouch born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ The father of Modern Gospel Music. Led Andráe Crouch & the Disciples. Worked with artists such as Stevie Wonder, El DeBarge, Philip Bailey, Chaka Khan, Sheila E, Take 6. Especially popular in the 1980s and 1990s as the go-to guy for gospel choirs on R&B and pop songs including Michael Jackson's Man In The Mirror and Madonna's Like A Prayer. As a songwriter Crouch's songs have been covered by Bob Dylan, Barbara Mandrell, Paul Simon, Elvis Presley, Little Richard, and others ~ Crouch passed away in 2015
 
July 1, 1939 ~ Delaine Alvin Bramlett, commonly known as singer, songwriter Delaney Bramlett, born in Pontotoc, Mississippi, USA ~ Best known for forming Delaney & Bonnie with then-wife Bonnie Bramlett. Taught George Harrison slide guitar. Produced and co-wrote Eric Clapton's 1970 eponymous solo debut Eric Clapton album. Duetted with Jerry Lee Lewis on the latter's 2006 Last Man Standing album. Also worked with Joe Cocker, Jimi Hendrix, King Curtis, Duane Allman, Rita Coolidge, Carl Radle, Jim Keltner, Gram Parsons, and others ~ Bramlett passed away in 2008
 
July 1, 1936 ~ Sylvester Johnson, commonly known as blues, soul singer, harpist, guitarist Syl Johnson, born in Holly Springs, Mississippi, USA ~ Claimed to be the most sampled artist ever, his Different Strokes used by Public Enemy, Jay-Z, the Wu-Tang Clan, Kool G Rap, Geto Boys, and numerous others. Active since the 1950s, initially backing artists such as Magic Sam, Billy Boy Arnold, Junior Wells, Howlin' Wolf. Released his solo debut single, Teardrops, in 1959 backed by Freddie King on guitar. Best known for songs such as We Did It, Back For A Taste Of Your Love, and Is It Because I'm Black. Father of singer, songwriter Syleena Johnson ~ Johnson passed away in 2022
 
July 1, 1935 ~ Blues harpist, singer James Cotton born in Tunica, Mississippi, USA ~ Started in the 1950s backing Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters. Formed his first own ensemble, the Jimmy Cotton Blues Quartet which also included noted blues pianist Otis Spann, in 1965. Cotton has also worked with blues, rock and pop artists such as BB King, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Taj Mahal, Big Mama Thornton, Joe Louis Walker, Elvin Bishop, Mike Bloomfield, Paul Butterfield, the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Charlie Musselwhite, Steve Miller, Santana, Johnny Winter, Freddie King, Keith Richards, Joe Bonamassa, Jimmy Vaughan, Delbert McClinton, Keb' Mo, Pat Hare, and others ~ Cotton passed away in 2017
 
July 1, 1933 ~ Rockabilly singer, guitarist Eddie Bond born in Memphis, Tennessee, USA ~ Infamous for turning down a then-unknown Elvis Presley auditioning for Bond's backup band ~ Bond passed away in 2013
July 1, 1933 ~ Robert Patterson, commonly known as jazz drummer Rashied Ali, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Best known for his association with John Coltrane, notably present on the latter's last recordings The Olatunji Concert and Interstellar Space. Has also worked with Phalanx, Prima Materia, Carlos Ward, Greg Tardy, Marion Brown, Gary Bartz, Charles Gayle, Jackie McLean, Tisziji Muñoz, Alice Coltrane, Archie Shepp, and others ~ Patterson passed away in 2009
 
July 1, 1931 ~ Producer, label executive Chris Strachwitz born in Gross Reichenau, Germany ~ Founder and president of Arhoolie Records since 1960, which became a leading force in blues, Cajun, roots music. The first album produced would be Mance Lipscomb's Texas Songster And Sharecropper in an edition of just 250 copies. Would go on to work with Black Ace, Big Joe Williams, Mercy Dee Walton, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Juke Boy Bonner, Clifton Chenier, Country Joe & the Fish (I Feel Like I'm Fixin' To Die Rag), Big Joe Duskin, Charlie Musselwhite, Robben Ford, John Delafose, Flaco Jiménez, and others
 
July 1, 1930 ~ Robert James Byrd, commonly known as R&B, soul, pop, rock & roll singer, songwriter Bobby Day, born in Fort Worth, Texas, USA ~ Best known for his 1958 hit Rockin' Robin. Other well-known songs include Over And Over and Little Biitty Pretty One. Member of the Hollywood Flames. Formed the duo Bob & Earl with Flames-bandmate Earl Nelson ~ Byrd passed away in 1990
 
July 1, 1926 ~ Tango pianist, composer, arranger Atilio Stampone born in Buenos Aires, Argentina ~ Worked with Roberto Dimas, Pedro Maffia, Astor Piazzolla, Mariano Mores, Juan Carlos Cobián, Leopoldo Federico, and others
July 1, 1926 ~ Classical composer Hans Werner Henze was born in Gutersloh, Germany ~ Incorporated neoclassicism, jazz, atonal techniques, serialism and rock and pop influences. Controversial for his left-leaning political views. As a composer known for symphonies, choral and orchestral works and operas, notably Ninth Symphony, The English Cat and Das Verratene Meer ~ Henze passed away in 2012
 
July 1, 1925 ~ Eric Alfred Leslie Satie, commonly known as composer, pianist Erik Satie, passed away in Paris, France ~ Influential in late 19th and early 20th century Parisian avant-garde. Precursor to minimalism and repetitive music. Well-known suites include Gymnopédies and Gnossiennes. His compositions would find a new audience through a series of acclaimed 1980s albums by pianist Reinbert de Leeuw ~ Satie was born in 1866
 
July 1, 1924 ~ Jazz singer Ruth Olay born in San Francisco, California, USA ~ Fixture in Hollywood's night club scene from the late 1940s through the early 1960s. Discovered by songwriter Irving Gordon. Mentored by Benny Carter. Got her big break filling in at the last minute for Billie Holiday, who fell ill that day. Released her OLAY! (The New Sound Of Ruth Olay) debut album in 1958 and would continue to record to acclaim well into the 1960s ~ Olay passed away in 2021
 
July 1, 1920 ~ Operatic tenor Henri Legay born in Paris, France ~ Debuted in 1950 with the Royal theater Of La Monnaie in Brussels, Belgium. Closely associated with the Opera-Comique. Perhaps best remembered for his 1955 recording of the Jules Massenet-opera Manon alongside Victoria de los Angeles ~ Legay passed away in 1992
 
July 1, 1915 ~ Producer, songwriter, singer, bassist Willie Dixon born in Vicksburg, Mississippi, USA ~ Perhaps the most influential musician in post-war Chicago blues. Chess Records stalwarth, producer, songwriter, mentor to many, revered sideman, bassist. Wrote or co-wrote classic blues songs such as Hoochie Coochie Man, Little Red Rooster, My Babe, and You Can't Judge A Book By The Cover. Worked with Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, and others. Many of his songs were covered by late-1960s rockers such as the Rolling Stones, Jeff Beck, Cream, the Doors, and by Led Zeppelin ~ Dixon passed away in 1992
 
July 1, 1914 ~ Jazz saxophonist Earle Warren, full name Earl Ronald Warren, born in Springfield, Ohio, USA ~ Best known for his association with Count Basie, joining Basie's orchestra in 1937 and remaining through 1945. Has also worked with Buck Clayton, Milt Jackson, Jay McShann, Buddy Tate, Teri Thornton, Milt Buckner, and others ~ Warren passed away in 1994
 
July 1, 1908 ~ Guitarist, bandleader Alvino Rey born in Oakland, California, USA ~ Married the King Sisters singer Luise King. Worked with Horace Heidt, Al Cohn, Ray Conniff, Neal Hefti, Zoot Sims, Billy May, Herbie Stewart, Dave Tough, Nelson Riddle, Johnny Mandel, George Handy, Jack Costanzo, George Cates, Esquivel, and others. Rey is also the grandfather of Arcade Fire members Win Butler and William Butler ~ Rey passed away in 2004
 
July 1, 1899 ~ Singer, pianist, songwriter Reverend Thomas A Dorsey born in Villa Rica, Georgia, USA ~ Dubbed “the Father of Gospel” for his influence on the genre and for penning numerous classics including Take My Hand Precious Lord and Peace In The Valley. Dorsey's songs have been recorded by Mahalia Jackson, Albertina Walker, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Aretha Franklin, BB King, Clara Ward, Dorothy Norwood, Jim Reeves, Tennessee Ernie Ford, and others ~ Dorsey passed away in 1993