This Day In Music: July 10
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July 10, 2021 ~ Fiddler, mandolinist Byron Berline, full name Byron Douglas Berline, passed away in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA ~ Turned down a 1965 invite from Bill Monroe in order to finish his education first, joining Monroe's the Bluegrass Boys later on. Would go on to become an in-demand collaborator, especially noted for his role in several pivotal country-rock acts. Has worked with the Dillards, the Rolling Stones, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Manassas, Country Gazette, Dan Crary, California, Bob Dylan, Janis Ian, Willie Nelson, John Denver, Rod Stewart, Vince Gill, Gram Parsons, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Joe Diffie, the Doobie Brothers, Lucinda Williams, Mickey Gilley, and others. Founded the Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival, held annually since 1997 ~ Berline was born in 1944
July 10, 2021 ~ Esther Lowy, commonly known as singer, accordionist, activist Esther Béjarano, passed away in Hamburg, Germany ~ Survived Auschwitz by joining the newly formed the Women's Orchestra Of Auschwitz. After the war would keep the memory of the Holocaust alive through music and lectures and notably as founder and chairperson of the the International Auschwitz Committee which also included cellist Anita Lasker-Wallfisch. Founded the musical group Coincidence in 1980 with her daughter and son, performing songs from the ghetto, Hebrew folk and anti-fascist reportoire ~ Béjarano was born in 1924
July 10, 2020 ~ Free jazz trumpeter Eddie Gale, full name Edward Gale Stevens Jr, passed away ~ Closely associated with Sun Ra. Also worked with Cecil Taylor, Larry Young, Elvin Jones, John Coltrane, Jackie McLean, Booker Ervin, Illinois Jacquet, the Coup, and others ~ Stevens was born in 1941
July 10, 2016 ~ Operatic bass singer Atilla Manizade passed away ~ Performed in over 40 operas. Closely associated with the Istanbul State Opera, debuting as leading bass soloist in 1960 and eventually rising to the role of artistic director ~ Manizade was born ca.1945
July 10, 2015 ~ Bruce Edward Washington Jr, commonly known as rapper Hussein Fatal, passed away in Banks County, Georgia, USA ~ Best known as member of Outlawz, which also included Tupac Shakur. Also notably appeared on the latter's All Eyez On Me album. Released his In The Line Of Fire solo debut album in 1998 ~ Washington was born in 1973
July 10, 2012 ~ Maria Hawkins, commonly known as jazz singer Maria Cole, passed away in Boca Raton, Florida, USA ~ Wife of pianist, singer Nat King Cole, mother of singer Natalie Cole ~ Hawkins was born in 1922
July 10, 2010 ~ Lincoln Barrington Minott, commonly known as reggae, dancehall, lovers rock singer, producer Sugar Minott, passed away in St Andrew Parish, Jamaica ~ Started as a member of the African Brothers, alongside Tony Tuff and Derrick Howard. After the group disbanded in 1974 Minott would pursue a successful solo career. Credited for pioneering dancehall, a genre that would dominate the 1980s. Known for songs such as Hard Time Pressure, Not For Sale, In A Dis Ya Time and perhaps his biggest hit Good Thing Going. Has worked with renowned producers such a Mikey Dread, Sly & Robbie, Prince Jammy, and Donovan Germain ~ Minott was born in 1956
July 10, 2009 ~ Singer Judith Shepherd passed away ~ Member of vocal quartet the Shepherd Sisters, alongside sister Gayle Shepherd, Martha Shepherd and Mary Lou Shepherd, best known for their 1957 Billboard Hot 100 top 20 hit Alone (Why Must I Be Alone) ~ Shepherd was born in 1939
July 10, 2000 ~ Singer, songwriter, producer Dick Glasser, full name Richard Eugene Glasser, passed away in Thousand Oaks, California, USA ~ Penned and recorded Angels In The Sky in 1954. Following Glasser's release the song would be bought by RCA Records who gave it to singer Tony Martin. Part of the deal was that Glasser would pull his release. The following year the song would be covered by the Crew Cuts, whose version became a million-seller. Others who recorded songs written or co-written by Glasser included Bobby Vee, PJ Proby, Gene Vincent (Teardrops), Chet Atkins (I Will), Johnny Cash, and the Kingston Trio. Glasser would also serve as producer and label executive for the labels Dolton, Warner Bros Records, and MGM Records, notably producing the 1975 CW McCall hit Convoy for the latter ~ Glasser was born in 1933
July 10, 1993 ~ Pop, R&B, dance-pop singer Perrie Edwards, full name Perrie Louise Edwards, born in South Shields, UK ~ Member of girl group Little Mix, known for UK hits such as Cannonball, Wings, Salute, Black Magic, Secret Love Song featuring Jason Derülo, Shout Out To My Ex, A Woman Like Me featuring Nicki Minaj, and others
July 10, 1991 ~ Raykeea Raeen-Roes Wilson, commonly known as rapper, singer Angel Haze, born in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Released her full-length Dirty Gold debut album in 2013. Best known for songs such as New York and Battle Cry featuring Sia. Has also worked with RDGLDGRN, Timeflies, Rudimental, Nick Jonas, Ludacris, Skylar Grey, Stromae, Bastille, the Saturdays, Ellie Goulding, and Mary Lambert
July 10, 1990 ~ Soul, R&B singer, guitarist, keyboardist, violinist, bassist, percussionist, songwriter Kim Cesarion, full name Kim Hugo Leonel Niko Cesarion, born in Stockholm, Sweden ~ Clasically trained. Best known for Undressed, a top 10 hit in his native Sweden in 2013
July 10, 1987 ~ John Henry Hammond II, commonly known as producer, label executive John Hammond Sr, passed away ~ Father of singer, guitarist John Hammond Jr. Instrumental in the careers of numerous future stars early on or at pivotal moments in their career such as Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Benny Goodman, Harry James, Charlie Christian, Billie Holiday, Count Basie, Teddy Wilson, Big Joe Turner, Pete Seeger, Aretha Franklin, Freddie Green, Leonard Cohen, Arthur Russell, Jim Copp, Asha Puthli, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Mike Bloomfield, and others ~ Hammond was born in 1910
July 10, 1981 ~ Bassist John Spiker born in Columbus, Ohio, USA ~ Best known as bassist of Tenacious D. Also worked as bassist, engineer, remixer with artists such as the Dust Brothers, Beck, Trainwreck, Pete Yorn, Steve Earle, Big Talk, Filter, the Kyle Gass Band, Abandoned Pools, and others
July 10, 1980 ~ Singer, songwriter, TV personality Claude Leitte born in Sao Goncalo, Brazil ~ Rose to fame in the early 2000s as lead singer of Babado Novo. Ventured out on her own with her 2007 Ao Vivo Em Copacabana debut album, recorded live at Copacabana Beach and spawning the Brazilian charttopper Exttravasa. Has recorded to commercial succes since. To international audiences perhaps best known as featured vocalist, alongside Jennifer Lopez, on Pitbull's 2014 single We Are One (Ole Ola) which would serve as the official anthem for the 2014 FIFA World Cup held in Brazil
July 10, 1980 ~ Actress, singer Jessica Simpson born in Dallas, Texas, USA ~ Debuted in 1997 with the Sweet Kisses, selling two million copies and spawning the Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit I Wanna Love You Forever. Subesequent hits would include With You, Take My Breath Away, A Public Affair. Also known as an actress for TV and film
July 10, 1980 ~ Singer, pianist, songwriter Julie Crochetiere born in Montreal, Canada ~ Became a member of R&B, pop girl group Sugar Jones through the Canadian version of Popstars in 2000. The band toured nationally, and scored two top ten hits in Canada (How Much Longer, Days Like That) from their eponymous sole album. Crochetière debuted as a solo artist in 2003 with the EP Café, has received numerous awards, and has established herself as a sincere adult contemporary pop artist with a R&B and jazz-infused feel
July 10, 1979 ~ Daniela Marina Elisabeth Klein, commonly known as pop, dance-pop singer, songwriter, TV personality Damae, born in Cologne, West Germany ~ As a singer best known for fronting Fragma, notably on songs such as You Are Alive which reached the UK top 10 in 2001
July 10, 1979 ~ Traditional violinist, singer Jorun Marie Kvernberg born in Fræna, Norway ~ Duaghter of Liv Rypdal Kvernberg and Torbjørn Kvernberg, sister of Karl Kvernberg and Ola Kvernberg
July 10, 1978 ~ Alternative rock, emo, indie rock, post-hardcore singer, guitarist, keyboardist, bassist, trombonist Jesse Lacey, full name Jesse Thomas Lacey, born in Nassau County, New York, USA ~ Influenced by Lifetime, the Cars, Pearl Jam. Lead singer, rhythm guitarist of alternative rock band Brand New. Has also worked with the Rookie Lot, Kevin Devine, Denver Dalley
July 10, 1974 ~ Imelda Mary Clabby, commonly known as singer, guitarist, bassist, songwriter Imelda May born in Dublin, Ireland ~ Released her No Turning Back debut album in 2003. Best known for songs such as Mayhem, Kentish Town Waltz, It's Good To Be Alive. Has collaborated with Mike Crossey, Tony Visconti, Peter Asher, T-Bone Burnett, Noel Gallagher, Ronnie Wood
July 10, 1973 ~ Pop, rock singer, guitarist, bassist, drummer, keyboardist Jonny Polonsky born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Worked with Lab Report, Puscifer, Tom Morello, Johnny Cash (American VI (Ain't No Grave)), Pete Yorn, Neil Diamond, Mason Jennings, Dan Wilson, Minnie Driver, the Dixie Chicks, Frank Black, Rick Rubin, Brendan O'Brien, Marc Ribot, Big Nose, Mark Lanegan, Cedric Bixler-Zavala, and others
July 10, 1972 ~ Guitarist, singer Anna Waronker, full name Anna Jeanette Waronker, born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Daughter of producer Lenny Waronker and singer Donna Loren, sister of drummer Joey Waronker. Married to bassist Steven Shane McDonald. Founding member of That Dog. Has also released a number of solo recordings, starting with 2002's Anna, played the role of Joan Jett in the biopic What We Do Is Secret, and has collaborated with Ze Malibu Kids, Say Anything, Charlotte Caffey, Beck, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers
July 10, 1972 ~ Cora Taylor, commonly known as bandleader, pianist, singer, songwriter Lovie Austin, passed away in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Along with Lil' Armstrong regarded as one of the best feamale jazz blues pianists of the classic blues era. Cited by Mary Lou Williams as her greatest influence. As a pianist a highly in-demand accompaniest, present on pivotal recordings such as Ma Rainey's Moonshine Blues, Ida Cox' Wild Women Don't Have The Blues, Ethel Waters' Craving Blues. Co-wrote Alberta Hunter's Down Hearted Blues. Led the Blues Serenaders which at times included Tommy Ladnier, Bob Shoffner, Kid Ory, Johnny Dodds, and others ~ Taylor was born in 1887
July 10, 1972 ~ Gothic rock, alternative rock singer, keyboardist, guitarist, bassist Tilo Wolff born in Frankfurt-am-Main, West Germany ~ Best known as key member of, thriving force behind Lacrimosa, mergn gothic, darkwave and orchestral influences and writing the majority of the band's material. Has also worked with Dreams Of Sanity, Girls Under Glass, Cinema Bizarre, and others
July 10, 1971 ~ Jazz singer Carolyn Leonhart born in New York, New York, USA ~ Daughter of bassist Jay Leonhart, sister of trumpeter Michael Leonhart. Influenced by her father, as well as by Wayne Shorter, Woody Shaw, Ahmad Jamal, Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane. Member of Lyn Leon. Sang backup for Steely Dan. Also worked with Waye Escoffery, the Swiss Percussion Group, Donald Fagen, Walter Becker, the Dukes Of September, and others
July 10, 1970 ~ Gary Wayne Vernon Jr, commonly known as singer, songwriter Gary Levox, born in Columbus, Ohio, USA ~ Best known as lead singer of Rascal Flatts, teaming up with second cousin Jay Demarcus and Joe Don Rooney. The three men first worked together backing Chely Wright and immediately felt chemistry leading to forming their own band
July 10, 1968 ~ Jazz tubist David Gald born in Stryn, Norway ~ Worked with Bjørn Alterhaug, Arve Henriksen, Trygve Seim, the Bodega Band, Aggravatin Papa, the Trondhjems Kunstorkester, the Oslo Groove Company, the Trygve Seim Orchestra, 1300 Oslo, the Yre Suloens Jass Ensemble, Gumbo, and others
July 10, 1967 ~ Alternative rock, alternative pop drummer Marty Beller born in New York, New York, USA ~ Member of They Might Be Giants, joining the band in 2004 as replacement for Dan Hickey. Co-wrote songs such as Alphabet Lost And Found, High Five and Speed And Velocity
July 10, 1965 ~ Alternative rock, rock guitarist Peter Distefano born in Santa Monica, California, USA ~ Best known as a member of Porno For Pyros. Has also worked with K-38, Venice Underground, Scott Weiland, Rambient, Lance Herbstrong, the T-4 Project, and others
July 10, 1964 ~ Bandleader, arranger Joe Haymes passed away ~ Employed sidemen such as Johnny Mince, Pee Wee Erwin, Toots Mondello, Chris Griffin, Sterling Bose, Bud Freeman, Walt Yoder, and Lee Castle ~ Haymes was born in 1907
July 10, 1963 ~ Progressive rock, folk rock, hard rock keyboardist Andrew Giddings born in Pembury, UK ~ Best known as member of Jethro Tull from 1991, succeeding Maartin Allcock, through 2007. Following his departure from the band Giddings has released a solo album, Picture This released in 2010, and wrote and recorded music for film and TV
July 10, 1963 ~ New wave, acid jazz bassist Richard Searle born in London, UK ~ Member of Doctor & the Medics, present on the band's 1986 UK hit Spirit In The Sky. Member of Boys Wonder. Co-founded acid jazz outfit Corduroy. Co-founded Wet Dog
July 10, 1960 ~ Rock guitarist Martyn P Casey, full name Martyn Paul Casey, born in Chesterfield, UK ~ Best known for his association with Nick Cave, joining Cave's backing band the Bad Seeds in 1990 as replacement for Kid Congo Powers. Present on pivotal Cave albums such as Murder Ballads, The Boatman's Call and No More Shall We Part. Has also worked with Grinderman, the Triffids, and with the Blackeyed Susans
July 10, 1958 ~ Harvey Charles Goering, commonly known as Chicago blues, electric blues pianist, singer, songwriter Barrelhouse Chuck, born in Columbus, Ohio, USA ~ Influenced by Pinetop Perkins, the longtime pianist for Muddy Waters. As a solo artist recorded about a dozen albums, especially noted for 2002's Prescription For The Blues. Also particularly known for collaborating with Mud Morganfield and Kim Wilson on the 2012 For Pops (A Tribute To Muddy Waters) album. Other notable associations include Jimmy Rogers, Eddie Taylor, Hubert Sumlin, Otis Rush, Buddy Guy, Otis Big Smokey Smothers, Mississippi Heat, SP Leary, Calvin Fuzz Jones, Nick Moss, and Willie Big Eyes Smith ~ Goering passed away in 2016
July 10, 1958 ~ Banjoist Béla Fleck, full name Béla Anton Leos Fleck, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Acclaimed banjo virtuoso drawing from and playing a wide of genres including bluegrass, jazz, classical and world music. Best known for his recordings with his backing unit the Flecktones and with the New Grass Revival. In-demand collaborator, worked with the Dave Matthews Band, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Edgar Meyer, Jean-Luc Ponty, Stanley Clarke, Tasty Licks, Spectrum, Tony Trischka, Mark O'Connor, Chick Corea, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, the Chieftains, Phish, Jorma Kaukonen, Gov't Mule, Nelly Furtado, Jerry Garcia, and Bootsy Collins
July 10, 1958 ~ Siblings the Everly Brothers record Bird Dog ~ Written by Boudleaux Bryant. Released as a single, b/w Devoted To You, later the same month it would reach top 10 Billboard R&B, Billboard Country and Billboard Hot 100. Notably covered by glam rock outfit Mud for their 1975 Use Your Imagination album, as well as by the Bellamy Brothers three years later
July 10, 1957 ~ Vaudeville actress, singer Anna Chandler passed away in El Sereno, California, USA ~ Original singer of Lovesick Blues in the 1922 Oh Ernest. The song would later be most closely associated with country singer Hank Williams, who recorded this Cliff Fiend/ Irving Mills-penned tune in 1948 ~ Chandler was born in 1884
July 10, 1957 ~ Daryl L Cameron, commonly known as funk, R&B singer, bassist Captain Sky, born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Recorded three albums at the tail end of the 1970s, The Adventures Of Captain Sky, Pop Goes The Captain, and Concerned Party No.1. Known best for songs such as Dr Rock, Sir Jam A Lot, You Bring Me Up, and his signature song Super Sporm. The latter would be referenced in the early hip hop classic The Message, it would also be sampled by numerous artists including Boogie Down Productions, Public Enemy, Salt-n-Pepa, and De La Soul
July 10, 1957 ~ Dermot Fergus Grehan, commonly known as rock guitarist Derry Grehan, born in St Catharines, Canada ~ Guitarist for Honeymoon Suite which he co-dounded with singer Johnnie Dee. The band is best known for songs such as New Girl Now and Feel It Again, both used in the 1980s TV series Miami Vice. Songs such as What Does It Take, Love Changes Everything, and Lookin' Out For Number One would also chart well in the band's native Canada
July 10, 1954 ~ Bassist Gene Holder born ~ Member of the dB's, which though never a household name would be acclaimed as one of the most influential early 1980s jangle pop acts debuting in 1981 with the Stands For Decibels album. Holder also joined bandmates Peter Holsapple and Chris Stamey in Holsapple-Stamey
July 10, 1954 ~ Keyboardist, singer Neil Tennant, full name Neil Francis Tennant, born in Gosforth, UK ~ Formed synthpop band Pet Shop Boys with Chris Lowe, known for songs such as West End Girls, Suburbia, It's A Sin, What Have I Done To Deserve This featuring Dusty Springfield, Always On My Mind and Go West. Tennant guested on recordings by Electronic, Boy George, Suede, Robbie Williams, and co-produced Rufus Wainwright's 2007 Released The Stars album
July 10, 1954 ~ Country songwriter, producer Robert Byrne, full name Robert Bellarmine Byrne, born in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ As a recording artist best known for co-penning and first recording That Didn't Hurt Too Bad at the tail end of the 1970s, notably covered by Dr Hook. Best known as a songwriter, his songs recorded by the likes of Wayne Newton, Captain & Tennille (No Love In The Morning), Ronnie Milsap (It's Written All Over Your Face), Michael Johnson, Taffy McElroy, Earl Thomas Conley (What I'd Say), the Forester Sisters, Lorrie Morgan (I Didn't Know My Own Strength), and Phil Vassar. As a producer, Byrne has notably worked with Shenandoah, including on the acclaimed 1989 The Road Not Taken album ~ Byrne passed away in 2005
July 10, 1954 ~ Jazz pianist, songwriter Stu Goldberg, full name Stuart Wayne Goldberg, born in Malden, Massachusetts, USA ~ Worked with Ray Brown, the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Al di Meola, Freddie Hubbard, Alphonse Mouzon, Michal Urbaniak, Miroslav Vitous, Toto Blanke, Lalo Schifrin, Ira Newborn, Air Pocket, Palle Danielsson, and others
July 10, 1953 ~ Singer, guitarist Rik Emmett, full name Richard Gordon Emmett, born in Toronto, Canada ~ Member of Triumph through 1988. Has also worked with Samuel Reid, the Strung-Out Troubadours, Airtime, and others
July 10, 1953 ~ Classical composer Sidney Homer passed away in Winter Park, Florida, USA ~ Best known for mentoring and influencing his nephew composer Samuel Barber. As a composer know for classical songs such as Banjo Song, Requiem, Casey At The Bat and The House That Jack Built ~ Homer was born in 1864
July 10, 1951 ~ Folk, folk pop singer, guitarist, songwriter Cheryl Wheeler born in Timonium, Maryland, USA ~ Critics darling, admired by peers, over time built a dedicated cult following. Known for her well-crafted songs. Released her eponymous Cheryl Wheeler debut album in 1985. Had her songs covered by the likes of Dan Seals (Addicted), Kathy Mattea, Suzy Bogguss (Aces), Sylvia, Maura O'Connell, Garth Brooks, Peter Paul & Mary, Bette Midler (I Know This Town), Kenny Loggins, Holly Near, and others
July 10, 1950 ~ R&B singer Willie Ford born in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Member of the Dramatics, present on most of the band's best-known including their breakthrough single Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get and In The Rain, both of which reached top 10 Billboard Hot 100 ~ Ford passed away in 2019
July 10, 1949 ~ Guitarist, bassist, singer Dave Smalley born in Oil City, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Best known as lead singer of punk, punk rock bands such as DYS, Dag Nasty, All, Down By Law. Also fronts the mod-influenced side band the Sharpshooters
July 10, 1949 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Greg Kihn born in Baltimore, Maryland, USA ~ Active since the early 1970s. Frontman and eponym of Greg Kihn Band, known best for The Breakup Song (They Don't Write) and the 1981 Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit Jeopardy. Kihn's backing unit at one time included guitarist Joe Satriani. Also known as an author, having penned several horror fiction novels starting with Horror Show published in 1996
July 10, 1949 ~ Reggae singer, songwriter Lincoln Thompson born in Kingston, Jamaica ~ Got his start in music as a member of the Tartans. After the band disbanded in 1969 taken on by producer Coxsone Dodd recording the singles Daughters Of Zion, True Experience and Live Up To Your Name. Would go on to work with Cedric Myton, Clinton Hall, and front the Rasses. Thompson's hit single Love The Way It Should Be would be notably covered by John Legend in 2010, retitled to Humanity (Love The Way It Should Be), featuring backing by the Roots ~ Thompson passed away in 1999
July 10, 1948 ~ Producer, songwriter, singer John Whitehead born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Member of 1960s group the Epsilons, discovered by Otis Redding. Half of the production, songwriter McFadden & Whitehead, the other half being Gene McFadden. Best known for their 1979 disco hit Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now. As behind the scenes figures the pair wrote and produced some of the most enduring 1970s, 1980s R&B, soul songs for artists such as Melba Moore, Freddie Jackson, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes (Wake Up Everybody (Part 1)), Gladys Knight, the Jackson 5, the O'Jays (Back Stabbers), James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Teddy Pendergrass (The More I Get The More I Want), Lou Rawls, Archie Bell & the Drells (Let's Groove), the Intruders, and others. Whitehead was shot and killed at age 55 in an apparent case of mistaken identity, the case still unresolved ~ Whitehead passed away in 2004
July 10, 1947 ~ Folk singer, guitarist, pianist, songwriter Arlo Guthrie, full name Arly Davy Guthrie, born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Son of protest singer Woody Guthrie. Known for his debut recording, Alice's Restaurant Massacree, and for a cover of The City Of New Orleans, his sole top 40 charting single and a cover of the Steve Goodman classic
July 10, 1947 ~ Producer, label executive Bruce Iglauer born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA ~ Co-founder of Living Blues magazine. Best known as founder of renowned blues label Alligator Recordss, a label he founded when his then-employer Delmark would not follow up on his suggestion to sign and record Hound Dog Taylor. Iglauer's new record company would become a thriving force in blues releasing numerous pivotal blues recordings starting with 1971's Hound Dog Taylor & the Houserockers. Other artists recorded by the label included Big Walter Horton, Son Seals, Koko Taylor, Albert Collins, Lonnie Brooks, Fenton Robinson, Johnny Winter, Roy Buchanan, Clarence Gatemouth Brown, James Cotton, Charlie Musselwhite, Luther Allison, Shemekia Copeland, Roomful Of Blues, Marcia Ball, and others
July 10, 1944 ~ Elliott Small, commonly known as blues harpist, singer Grandpa Elliott, born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Best known as a street-musician in New Orleans, Louisiana, preferring the streets over the studio and concert stage. Small developed the persona of Grandpa Elliott, an old man dressed in blue denim overals, bright red shirt, Santa beard and a floppy hat playing the blues harp and singing for the street traffic on his corner at Royal and Toulouse in the French quarter. Over the years has become an institution in New Orleans, recording a debut album as late as 2009 after a YouTube video of him went viral. The sudden attention would get him on The Tonight Show, The Colbert Report, at Dodger Stadium performing for a crowd of 40,000, and have Keb' Mo accompany him on his sole Sugar Sweet album ~ Small passed away in 2022
July 10, 1943 ~ Rock, pop drummer Denny Seiwell born in Lehighton, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Member of Paul McCartney's pop, rock band the Wings. Has also backed Billy Joel, Liza Minnelli, and sessioned for TV and film soundtracks including the TV series Happy Days and Knots Landing
July 10, 1943 ~ Rock, psychedelic rock, folk rock guitarist Jerry Miller born in Tacina, Washington, USA ~ Co-founding member of acclaimed 1960s rock band Moby Grape, known best for their acclaimed 1967 eponymous Moby Grape debut album and its followup 1968's Wow/Moby Grape sophomore album. Praised by artists such as Jimmy Page, Stephen Stills, David Crosby, Taj Mahal, Eric Clapton, Robert Plant. Has also worked with the Rhythm Dukes, the Frantics, his own the Jerry Miller Band, and as a solo artist
July 10, 1942 ~ Ronald James Padavona, commonly known as heavy metal, hard rock singer, songwriter Ronnie James Dio, born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA ~ Founded Elf. Lead singer of Rainbow, with whom he recorded three albums. Replaced Ozzy Osbourne as lead singer in Black Sabbath, present on the albums Heaven & Hell, Mob Rules and Dehumanizer. Founder, frontman, eponym of Dio. Founded Heaven & Hell with Tony Iommi ~ Padavona passed away in 2010
July 10, 1942 ~ Folk, folk rock singer, guitarist, songwriter Sixto Rodriguez, full name Sixto Diaz Rodriguez, born in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Enjoyed popularity in South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. Best known for Sugar Man of his 1970 Cold Fact debut album ~ Rodriguez passed away in 2023
July 10, 1941 ~ Singer Ian Whitcomb, full name Ian Timothy Whitcomb, born in Woking, UK ~ Best known for his 1965 hit You Turn Me On (Turn On Song), a Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit ~ Whitcomb passed away in 2020
July 10, 1941 ~ Ferdinand Joseph LaMothe, commonly known as ragtime, jazz pianist, arranger, bandleader Jelly Roll Morton passed away in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Leading figure in early New Orleans jazz. Claimed to have invented jazz. Known for writing classics such as Jelly Roll Blues, King Porter Stomp, Wolverine Blues, Black Bottom Stomp, I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say. Employed sidemen such as Kid Ory, Omer Simeon, George Mitchell, Johnny St Cyr, Barney Bigard, Johnny Dodds, Andrew Hilaire. Has also worked with Russell Procope, Lorenzo Tio, Artie Shaw, Ward Pinkett, Bubber Miley, Johnny Dunn, Sidney Bechet, Bud Freeman, Paul Barbarin, Cozy Cole, Zutty Singleton, and others ~ LaMothe was born in 1890
July 10, 1940 ~ Jazz writer, pianist, arranger Brian Priestley born in Manchester, UK ~ Worked with Tony Faulkner, Alan Cohen, Dave Gelly. Arranged for the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. Led the Special Septet. Regular broadcaster on BBC Radio London. Authored biographies of Charles Mingus, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, and frequently contributed articles to several music magazines. Taught jazz piano at the Goldsmiths College, London from 1977 through 1993
July 10, 1939 ~ John B Richmond, commonly known as jug player Fritz Richmond, born in Newton, Massachusetts, USA ~ Member of Jim Kweskin & the Jug Band. Has guested on records by Jackson Browne, Loudon Wainwright III, Maria Muldaur, Geoff Muldaur, Tom Rush, Ry Cooder, Norman Greenbaum, the Grateful Dead, and others ~ Richmond passed away in 2005
July 10, 1939 ~ Gospel, R&B singer, actress, civil rights activist, songwriter Mavis Staples born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Best-known member of family outfit the Staple Singers led by patriarch Roebuck Staples, known for songs such as I'll Take You There and Come Go With Me. Has enjoyed a parallel solo career, recording well over a dozen albums starting with the eponymous Mavis Staples album released in 1969. In-demand collaborator, has worked with Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Prince, Nona Hendryx, George Jones, Natalie Merchant, Ann Peebles, Delbert McClinton, Los Lobos, Dr John, and others
July 10, 1938 ~ Arnold Lawrence Finkelstein, commonly known as jazz saxophonist Arnie Lawrence, born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Actively performing since his teens, including at the famed Birdland jazz club from age 17 onwards, yet did not record until 1966 appearing on Chico Hamilton's The Dealer. Has worked with Willie Bobo. Toured with Liza Minnelli, toured with Louie Bellson. Founded the New School For Jazz And Contemporary Music in New York in 1986. Relocated to Israel by the late 1990s, where he founded the International Center for Creative Music ~ Lawrence passed away in 2005
July 10, 1938 ~ Jazz, hard bop trumpeter Lee Morgan, full name Edward Lee Morgan, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ One of hard bop's most revered musicians. Perhaps best known for his 1963 crossover hit The Sidewinder. As a leader acclaimed for a string of mid-1950s to mid-1960s albums including Peckin' Time, Lee-Way and Tom Cat. As a sideman appeared on albums by Hank Mobley, Dizzy Gillespie (At Newport), Benny Golson, Tina Brooks (Minor Move), Art Blakey, Curtis Fuller, Wayne Shorter (Blues A La Carte), Art Farmer, Wynton Kelly, Quincy Jones (The Birth Of A Band), John Coltrane, Grachan Moncur III, Jackie McLean, Freddie Hubbard, Bud Shank, McCoy Tyner (Tender Moments), and Dr Lonnie Smith. Morgan was shot and killed by his wife at age 33 ~ Morgan passed away in 1972
July 10, 1937 ~ Tenor saxophonist George Young born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Perhaps best known for his association with Fuse One, the Manhattan Jazz Quintet, and White Elephant. Has also wrorked with Maynard Ferguson, Walter Bishop Jr, Quincy Jones, Dr John (City Lights), Christy Baron, and others
July 10, 1937 ~ Sandra Galitz, commonly known as singer Sandy Stewart born ~ A regular guest on 1950s and 1960s TV variety shows. Best known for her sole hit My Coloring Book, which topped at No.20 Billboard Hot 100 in 1963
July 10, 1936 ~ Keyboardist Johny Griffith born in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Best known as a member of Motown in-house band the Funk Brothers. Worked on numerous recordings, most notably electric piano on I Heard It Through The Grapevine (Marvin Gaye), on Ain't Too Proud To Beg (the Temptations), organ on Stop In The Name Of Love (the Supremes) and on Shotgun (Junior Walker & the All-Stars) ~ Griffith passed away in 2002
July 10, 1933 ~ Rockabilly singer, songwriter Jumpin' Gene Simmons, full name Morris Eugene Simmons, born in Itawamba County, Mississippi, USA ~ Best known for his sole hit Haunted House which peaked at No.11 Billboard Hot 100 in 1964 and would later be covered by a wide array of artists including the Compton Brothers, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ace Cannon, Hasil Adkins, Sam the Sham, John Fogerty, and by John Anderson. Other songs originally by Simmons include Indian Outlaw covered by Tim McGraw and Peroxide Blonde In A Hopped Up Model Ford covered by Brian Setzer. Kiss bassist Gene Simmons chose his stage name in honor of the rockabilly singer ~ Simmons passed away in 2006
July 10, 1931 ~ Gerald Sheldon Herman, commonly known as composer, lyricist Jerry Herman, born in New York, New York, USA ~ One of the most successful Broadway composers of his day perhaps best known for Hello Dolly, which produced the hit title song for Louis Armstrong, and La Cage Aux Follies, the first hit musical about a gay couple ~ Herman passed away in 2019
July 10, 1930 ~ Pop, showtunes, Broadway singer Eileen Rodgers born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Lead vocalist with Charlie Spivak's orchestra. Recorded two dozen singles and two albums for Columbia Records, her biggest hit being Miracle Of Love in 1956. Made her Broadway debut in Fiorello in 1959 ~ Rodgers passed away in 2003
July 10, 1927 ~ Accordionist Marcel Azzola born in Paris, France ~ Worked with Stan Getz, Jacques Brel, Barbara, Yves Montand, Boris Vian, Edith Piaf, Gilbert Bécaud, Juliette Gréco, Stéphane Grappelli, Toots Thielemans, and others ~ Azzola passed away in 2019
July 10, 1926 ~ Joe Bennie Pugh, commonly known as blues harpist, singer Forest City Joe, born in Hughes, Arkansas, USA ~ Influenced by Sonny Boy Williamson I, initially emulating Sonny Boy's style yet over time developing his own unique sound. Regarded as one of the premier blues harpists of his day. Member of Muddy Waters' first band. Has also worked with Big Joe Williams, Howlin' Wolf, Willie Cobbs, and others ~ Pugh passed away in 1960
July 10, 1924 ~ Upright bassist Major Holley born in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Worked with Dexter Gordon, Charlie Parker, Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, Charlie Smith, Woody Herman, Duke Ellington, Kenny Burrell, Coleman Hawkins, Lee Konitz, Roy Eldridge, Michel Legrand, Milt Buckner, Jay McShann, Quincy Jones, Peter Appleyard, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Jo Jones, BB King, Clark Terry, Buddy Tate, Totti Bergh, Dave McKenna, Rufus Jones, Jaki Byard, Johnny Guarnieri, Richie Pratt, Hilton Ruiz, Shirley Scott, Frank Sinatra, Stanley Turrentine, Dicky Wells, Gerald Wiggins, and others ~ Holley passed away in 1990
July 10, 1919 ~ Bass-baritone opera, concert singer Ian Wallace, full name Ian Bryce Wallace, born in London, UK ~ Active in opera since the mid-1940s, starting with the Sadler's Wells Opera and subsequently the New London Opera House under the direction of Alberto Erede, remaining active on the opera stage through the 1980s. Maintained a parallel career in revue, non-musical theatre, and broadcasting. Has performed as a one-man show for many years, the Flanders & Swann novelty song The Hippopotamus becoming most closely associated with Wallace ~ Wallace passed away in 2009
July 10, 1919 ~ Singer Johnny Johnston born ~ Co-founding member of vocal group the Johnston Brothers, known best for their 1955 UK hit Hernando's Hideaway originally written for the musical The Pajama Game ~ Johnston passed away in 1998
July 10, 1916 ~ Jazz trumpeter, composer, arranger Dick Cary born in Hartford, Connecticut, USA ~ Worked with Joe Marsala, Benny Goodman, the Casa Loma Orchestra, Brad Gowans, Muggsy Spanier, Wild Bill Davison, Billy Butterfield, Louis Armstrong, Jimmy Dorsey, Eddie Condon, Pee Wee Russell, Max Kaminsky, Bud Freeman, Jimmy McPartland, Bobby Hackett, Jack Teagarden, Barbara Lea, Maxine Sullivan, Ruth Brown, Lee Castle, Edmond Hall, Barney Bigard, BB King, and others ~ Cary passed away in 1994
July 10, 1915 ~ Pianist, organist Milt Buckner born in St Louis, Missouri, USA ~ Brother of saxophonist Ted Buckner. Milt pioneered the parallel-chords style, influential on Red Garland, George Shearing, Bill Evans and Oscar Peterson. Played with McKinney's Cotton Pickers, Cab Calloway, Lionel Hampton, Arnett Cobb, Illinois Jacquet, Buddy Tate, and others ~ Buckner passed away in 1977
July 10, 1911 ~ Charles Melvin Williams, commonly known as jazz, jump blues, R&B trumpeter Cootie Williams, born in Mobile, Alabama, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with artists such as Lester Young, James P Johnson, Chick Webb, Fletcher Henderson, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Charlie Parker, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Bud Powell, Eddie Cleanhead Vinson, Rex Stewart, Joya Sherrill, and others ~ Williams passed away in 1985
July 10, 1904 ~ Jazz singer Ivie Anderson born in Gilroy, California, USA ~ Best known for her association with Duke Ellington, remaining with the orchestra for over a decade starting in 1931. Present on recordings such as It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing, I've Got The World On A String, When My Sugar Walks Down The Street, Solitude, Stormy Weather, Mood Indigo, and others ~ Anderson passed away in 1949
July 10, 1900 ~ Songwriter, lyricist Mitchell Parish born in Lithuania, Russian Empire ~ Well-regarded Tin Pan Alley lyricist who collaborated with composers such as Hoagy Carmichael, Al Goodman, Loften Mitchell, and others. Among his best-known songs are Stardust (Art Tatum, Louis Prima, Louis Armstrong, Willie Nelson), Sweet Lorraine (Teddy Wilson, Nat King Cole), Deep Purple (where Deep Purple got their band name from, the song being a favorite of Ritchie Blackmore's grandmother), Stars Fell On Alabama (Al Bowlly, Louis Armstrong, Jack Teagarden, Jimmy Buffett, Billie Holiday, Doris Day, Mel Tormé, Renee Olstead, Vera Lynn, Harry Connick Jr), and the Holiday classic Sleigh Ride (the Andrews Sisters, the Ronettes, Ella Fitzgerald, the Carpenters, Air Supply) ~ Parish passed away in 1993
July 10, 1895 ~ Composer Carl Orff born in Munich, German Empire ~ Best known for his 1937 cantata Carmina Burana. One of the few composers allowed to work under the Nazi regime and a controversial figure, both accused of ties to the regime and of ties to the Resistance movement and persecuted Jewish composers. After the War Orff claimed he helped establish the White Rose resistance group, though this claim has been disputed. Eventually, American denazification authorities would change his classification from “gray unacceptable” to “gray acceptable”, allowing him to continue to compose for public presentation ~ Orff passed away in 1982
July 10, 1894 ~ Composer, songwriter Jimmy McHugh, full name James Francis McHugh, born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA ~ Prolific songwriter, popular from the 1920 throught the 1950s. Songs co-written by McHugh include On The Sunny Side Of The Street (Harry Richman, Chick Webb, Billie Holiday), Cuban Love Song (Paul Whiteman, Don Barretto, Ruth Etting), Don't Blame Me (Walter Woolf King, Guy Lombardo, Paul Weston, Sarah Vaughan), A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening (Frank Sinatra, the Ink Spots, Eddy Arnold), I Just Found Out About Love (Nat King Cole, Ronnie Hilton), Let's Get Lost (Vaughn Monroe, Jimmy Dorsey, Kay Kyser), Exactly Like You (Roger Wolfe Kahne, Benny Goodman, Punch Miller), and I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me (Dolores Valesco, Louis Armstrong, Earl Hines) ~ McHugh passed away in 1969
July 10, 1889 ~ Bandleader, composer Noble Sissle, full name Noble Lee Sissle, born in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA ~ Best known for co-penning the 1921 musical Shuffle Along with frequent collaborator Eubie Blake. Has worked with James Reese Europe, Nina Mae McKinney, the Nicholas Brothers, Adelaide Hall, and others ~ Sissle passed away in 1975