This Day In Music: July 11
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July 11, 2023 ~ New wave, pop rock bassist Toni Carbone passed away ~ Member of Denovo. The band is best known for their 1987 Persuasione sophomore album, widely considered one the premier albums of 1980s Italian indie music. Following the band's disbandement in 1990 Carbone has worked primarily as a producer ~ Carbone was born ca.1961
July 11, 2021 ~ Olanrewaju Abdul-Ganiu Fasasi, commonly known as rapper, singer, songwriter, producer, actor Sound Sultan, passed away ~ Regarded as one of the premier figures in Nigerian hip-hop. Merges R&B, soul, Fujii, reggae, Afrobeat. Noted for his socially conscious lyrics speakling out against poverty, corruption and bad governance. Acclaimed for his 2010 Back From The Future album. Has collaborated with Haitian star Wyclef Jean on several projects ~ Fasasi was born in 1976
July 11, 2014 ~ Bassist, double bassist Charlie Haden, full name Charles Edward Haden, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ One of the most important post-bop jazz bassists with a career spanning five decades. Helped liberate the jazz bassist to free themselves from a strictly serving role. Closely associated with Ornette Coleman, including on the pivotal albums The Shape Of Jazz To Come, Change Of The Century, Free Jazz, The Art Of The Improvisers, and This Is Our Music. As a leader especially acclaimed for his 1970 The Liberation Music Orchestra album with backing unit the Liberation Music Orchestra and his 1987 Quartet West album with Quartet West. Has also worked with Paul Bley, John Coltrane (Live At The Village Vanguard), Denny Zeitlin, Roswell Rudd, the Jazz Composers Orchestra, Gato Barbieri, John McLaughlin, Paul Motian, Keith Jarrett (Backhand), Don Cherry, Art Pepper, Robert Wyatt (Ruth Is Stranger Than Fiction), Old And New Dreams, Pat Metheny (80-81), and John Scofield ~ Haden was born in 1937
July 11, 2014 ~ Erdélyi Tamás, commonly known as drummer, producer Tommy Ramone, passed away in Queens, New York, USA ~ Initially drafted as the Ramones manager but also took on the role of drummer when Joey Ramone found out he couldn't drum fast enough. Tamás produced and drummed on the band's first three albums, The Ramones, Leave Home and Rocket To Russia, as well as on the live album It's Alive. Tamás also formed the bluegrass folk duo Uncle Monk with Claudia Tienan ~ Tamás was born in 1949
July 11, 2013 ~ Singer Charles Pope, full name Charles Walter Pope, passed away ~ Longtime member of the Tams, known for 1960s R&B hits such as Untie Me, Hey Girl Don't Bother Me, and Be Young Be Foolish Be Happy. Their 1963 single What Kind Of Fool Do You Think I Am would also cross over into the all-genre Billboard Hot 100, reaching the top 10. Pope's daughter Tameka Cottle is also a singer, known as a member of 1990s multi-platinum girl group Xscape ~ Pope was born in 1936
July 11, 2011 ~ Folk-rock, rock & roll singer, bassist, songwriter Rob Grill, full name Robert Frank Gill, passed away in Mount Bora, Florida, USA ~ Member of rock & rolll group the Grass Roots known for late 1960s hits such as Let's Live For Today, Midnight Confessions and I'd Wait A Million Years ~ Grill was born in 1943
July 11, 2006 ~ Jazz pianist Bill Miller passed away in Montreal, Canada ~ Best known for his association with Frank Sinatra, backing the singer on stage and on record for the better part of some five decades starting in the early 1950s. Miller also performed One For My Baby (And One More For The Road) at Sinatra's funeral. Miller has also worked with Red Norvo, Mildred Bailey, Charlie Barnet, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, and the last years of his life with Sinatra's son Frank Sinatra Jr ~ Miller was born in 1915
July 11, 2005 ~ Julia Frances Langford, commonly known as singer, actress Frances Langford, passed away in Jensen Beach, Florida, USA ~ Originally trained as an opera singer. Best known for her association with Bob Hope, often touring with Hope, becoming a forces sweetheart ~ Langford was born in 1913
July 11, 2001 ~ Singer, pianist Herman Brood passed away in Amsterdam, the Netherlands ~ One of the most recognisable rock singers in the Netherlands. First gained attention as member of Cuby & the Blizzards, present on the albums Groeten Uit Grollo and its follow-up Trippin' Thru A Midnight Blues. Would rise to fame in the 1970s with backing unit the Wild Romance, especially acclaimed for the albums Shrpitz and Cha Cha, both considered landmark albums in Dutch rock & roll ~ Brood was born in 1946
July 11, 1999 ~ Helen Fogel, commonly known as pop, swing singer Helen Forrest, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Popular singer of the swing era, serving with the biggest orchestra of the day including those led by Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, and by Harry James ~ Fogel was born in 1917
July 11, 1998 ~ Jazz tenor saxophonist Guy Lafitte passed away ~ Worked with Mezz Mezzrow, Big Bill Broonzy, Lionel Hampton, Emmett Berry, Wild Bill Davis, Bill Coleman, Frank Pourcel, Peanuts Holland, Hank Jones, George Duvivier, JC Heard, Sammy Price, Lucky Thompson, Pierre Boussaguet, and others ~ Lafitte was born in 1927
July 11, 1996 ~ Alessia Cracciolo, singer, commonly known as pop, alternative R&B, indie pop, soul singer Alessia Cara, born in Brampton, Canada ~ Released her Know-it-all debut album in 2015, spawning the hit single Scars To Your Beautiful. Also known for collaborating with Zedd on the 2017 Stay hit single and with Logic on 1-800-273-8255 the same year
July 11, 1994 ~ Singer, songwriter Nina Nesbitt, full name Nina Lindberg Nesbitt, born in Livingston, UK ~ Best known for her single Stay Out, included on her 2014 Peroxide debut album. Has written for Jessie Ware, Olivia Holt, Don Diablo, the Shires
July 11, 1993 ~ Benjamin Joe Houston, commonly known as Chicago blues guitarist, singer Boston Blackie, passed away in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Known for his raw, hard-edged style. Influenced by Magic Sam, Otis Rush, Elmore James, Little Milton, Bobby Blue Bland. Worked with Sweetman & the Sugar Boys, Johnny B Moore, Lee Shot Williams, Freddie King, Kansas City Red, Hubert Sumlin, Homesick James, Jimmy Dawkins, Little Walter, Eddie Shaw. Shot and killed by blues singer Tail Dragger Jones in a heated dispute over payment, Jones claimed self-defense but would be convicted for second-degree murder and served 17 months in prison ~ Houston was born in 1949
July 11, 1993 ~ Clarinetist, saxophonist, trumpeter, bandleader Mario Bauzá, full name Mario Bauzá Cardénas, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ One of the first to introduce Cuban music to the New York jazz scane. Best known for Tangá released in 1943, considered the first Afro-Cuban jazz recording merging jazz harmony with Afro-Cuban rhythms. Member of Cab Calloway's band in the late 1930s, and the one to urge Calloway to hire Dizzy Gillespie. Would go on to lead his own ensembles, working with sidemen including Machito, Tito Puente, Bobby Capó, Chocolate Armenteros, Willie Colón, and others ~ Bauzá was born in 1911
July 11, 1992 ~ Singer Herb Kenny, full name Herbert Cornelius Kenny, passed away in Columbia, Maryland, USA ~ Best known as member of seminal vocal R&B outfit the Ink Spots, led by his twin brother Bill Kenny, from 1945 replacing Hoppy Jones through 1951. As a solo artist known for songs such as Key To My Heart, My Song, and I Miss You So ~ Kenny was born in 1914
July 11, 1991 ~ Pop singer Alice Svensson, full name Alice Cecilia Linh Svensson, born in Hanoi, Vietnam ~ Enjoyed some success in her adopted homeland Sweden after reaching the finals of the 2008 edition of the talent contest Idol. The singles Heaven's On Fire, Girlfriend, and Lady Luck would all reach top 40. The hard rock band Kiss, who had originally recorded Heaven's On Fire, would post Svensson's rendition on their website
July 11, 1990 ~ Drummer Ole Mofjell born in Sogne, Norway ~ Married to singer Natalie Sandtorv. Worked with Brute Force, Cokko, Not On The Guest Lit, Tysk Impro, Nypan, and others
July 11, 1988 ~ Niia Bertino, mononymously know as singer, pianist, songwriter Niia, born in Needham, Massachusetts, USA ~ First gained attention in 2007, appearing on Wyclef Jean's Billboard Hot 100 top 20 Sweetest Girl (Dollar Bill) single which also featured Akon and Lil' Wayne. Would go on to pay homage to the music of the James Bond soundtracks, performing classics from the spy movie series with a 14 piece orchestra in the early 2010. Bertino has released several albums as a solo artist, starting with niia-i-album] released in 2017
July 11, 1985 ~ Bassist George Duvivier passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Worked with Coleman Hawkins, Lucky Millinder, Eddie Barefield, Jimmie Lunceford, Sy Oliver, Martial Solal, Bud Powell, Count Basie, Benny Carter, Benny Goodman, Chico Hamilton, Hank Jones, Shelly Manne, Oliver Nelson, Frank Sinatra, Clark Terry, Ben Webster, Bob Wilber, Soprano Summit, Pepper Adams, Manny Albam, Joe Albany, Ben E King (the 1961 album Spanish Harlem), Gene Ammons, Aretha Franklin, Sam Cooke, Mildred Anderson, George Benson, Louie Bellson, Bob Brookmeyer, Ruth Brown, Ray Bryant, Kenny Burrell, Arnett Cobb, Al Cohn, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Buddy DeFranco, Eric Dolphy, Art Farmer, Ronnie Foster, Bud Freeman, Stan Getz, Roland Hanna, Donna Hightower, Johnny Hodges, Etta Jones, Barry Manilow, Gerry Mulligan, Gil Melle, Moondog, Chico O'Farrill, Houston Person, Shirley Scott, Sonny Stitt, Warren Vaché Jr, and others ~ Duvivier was born in 1920
July 11, 1985 ~ Indie rock, baroque pop, alternative singer, pianist, bassist, guitarist Tobias Jesso Jr, full name Tobias Macdonald Jesso Jr, born in North Vancouver, Canada ~ Released his Goon debut album in 2015, drawing critical comparison to Randy Newman, Harry Nilsson and Emitt Rhodes. Co-wrote When We Were Young and Lay Me Down, recorded by Adele on her 25 album. Other who have recorded songs written or co-written by Jesso include Sia, Shawn Mendes, John Legend, Niall Horan, P!nk, Paloma Faith, Charlie Puth, Florence + the Machine, Meghan Trainor, Haim, Ellie Goulding, Shawn Mendes, Conan Gray, and others
July 11, 1983 ~ Pop singer, model Marie Serneholt, full name Marie Eleanor Serneholt, born in Stockholm, Sweden ~ Rose to prominence as member of the A-Teens, originally an ABBA-tribute band known for a number of late 1990s, early 2000s Swedish top 10 hits including Mamma Mia, Super Trouper and Upside Down and Floorfiller. After the band disbanded in 2004 Serneholt released a solo solo album, 2006's Enjoy The Ride, which spawned the Swedish top 10 That's The Way My Heart Goes hit single
July 11, 1980 ~ Avant-garde, art pop, experimental folk singer, guitarist, producer, songwriter, novelist Jenny Hval born in Tvedestrand, Norway ~ Also recorded under the moniker Rockettothesky. Best known for her 2015 Apocalypse Girl album
July 11, 1978 ~ Bigram John Zayas, commonly known as DJ, producer, songwriter DVLP, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Member of The-Allies DJ Crew. Best known as a producer and songwriter. Has produced or co-produced over two dozen songs for Lil' Wayne including Fireman and Blunt Blowin'. Co-produced Eminem's Billboard Hot 100 2013 top 10 hit Rap God. Other notable credits include DJ Clue, Cam'ron, DJ Khaled, Rick Ross, Pitbull, J Balvin, and Fuego
July 11, 1978 ~ Alterntive country, folk singer, guitarist, violinist, songwriter Kathleen Edwards born in Ottawa, Canada ~ Released her Failer debut album in 2002. Best known for her 2012 Voyageur album. Has collaborated with Matt Mays, John Doe, Bryan Adams, the Arkells, and others. Co-wrote Good Woman of Maren Morris' Girl released in 2019
July 11, 1977 ~ Goapele Mohlabane, mononymously known as soul, R&B singer, songwriter Goapele, born ~ Draws from neo-soul, trip hop, jazz, and other idioms. Has recorded half a dozen albums, starting with the self-released Closer in 2001. Collaborated with artists such as E-40, Zion I, the Hieroglyphics, Dwele, Mos Def, Hip-Hop Pantsula, and others
July 11, 1977 ~ Synth-pop, new wave keyboardist, singer Mira Aroyo born in Sofia, Bulgaria ~ Co-founding member, co-lead singer for Ladytron, with whom she has recorded over half a dozen album starting with 604 released in 2001. The Liverpool-based band has earned critical acclaim and cult fame by paying homage to a number of retro styles including electro, new wave, and Krautrock. The band's name was taken from the Roxy Music song Ladytron
July 11, 1975 ~ Kimberly Jones, commonly known as rapper Lil' Kim, born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Influenced by MC Lyte and Lady Of Rage. Discovered by Notorious BIG. Member of Junior Mafia. Released her Hard Core solo debut album in 1996. Known for her sexually explicit lyrics, quite uncommon for female artists. Well known songs include Not Tonight featuring Da Brat, Lisa Left-Eye Lopes, Missy Elliott & Angie Martinez, Lady Marmalade with Christina Aguilera, Mya & P!nk, Jump Off featuring Mr Cheeks,. Magic Stick featuring 50 Cent, and Lighters Up
July 11, 1973 ~ Indie rock violinist, guitarist, mandolinist, singer, songwriter Andrew Bird, full name Andrew Wegman Bird, born in Lake Forest, Illinois, USA ~ Influenced by classical music including Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, and Béla Bartók, jazz such as Johnny Hodges, Lester Young, and Fats Waller, as well as as swing, calypso, and folk. Known for his multi-layered pop-folk songs. Over a dozen albums to his name since the mid-1990s. Wel-known songs include Fitz And The Dizzyspells, Capsized, and Left Hand Kisses, the latter featuring Fiona Apple. Has also worked with Bowl of Fire, Kat Eggleston, the Squirrel Nut Zippers, Pinetop Seven, Kevin O'Donnells Quality Six, the Handsome Family, Neko Case, Ani DiFranco, My Morning Jacket, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, KT Tunstall, Wilco, and Sara Bareilles
July 11, 1972 ~ Christopher Juel Barriere, commonly known as rapper 3-2, born in Houston, Texas, USA ~ Member of southern hip-hop acts such as the Convicts, the Blac Monks, the Southside Playaz and perhaps most notably Screwed Up Click. As a solo artist about half a dozen albums to his name, starting with Wicked Buddah Baby released in 1996. Fatally shot in the head at age 44 ~ Barriere passed away in 2016
July 11, 1972 ~ Jussi Heikki Tapio Vuori, commonly known as glam metal, hard rock drummer Jussi 69, born ~ Drummer for Finnish rockers the 69 Eyes, with whom he recorded over a dozen albums starting with Bump 'n Grind in 1992. The band has evolved from glam metal to hard-edged goth with industrial influences and is best known for the albums Devils and Wasting The Dawn, released respectively in 2005 and 2007
July 11, 1969 ~ Rock, punk rock drummer, producer, songwriter John Kiffmeyerm sometimes credited as Al Sobrante, born in El Sobrante, California, USA ~ Member of Isocracy, known for their sole Bedtime For Isocracy EP released in 1988. The band is regarded as one of the main bands who brought a new sense of positive anarchy to the punk scene. After the band folded Kiffmeyer joined Sweet Children, replacing original drummer Taj Punjabi. The band would evolve into Green Day, with Kiffmeyer appearing on the band's 1990 39/Smooth debut album before being replaced by Tré Cool
July 11, 1968 ~ Hard rock, glam metal singer Daniel MacMaster, full name Daniel Stewart MacMaster, born in Barrie, Canada ~ Lead singer for hard rock outfit Bonham, present on the band's The Disregard Of Time Keeping debut album and it's follow-up Mad Hatter. The band is best known for being founded by drummer Jason Bonham, the son of Led Zeppelin-drummer John Bonham ~ MacMaster passed away in 2008
July 11, 1968 ~ Matthew Sherrod, commonly known as drummer Matt Sherrod, born in California, USA ~ First gained attention backing Beck. Became a full member of a reformed Crowded House in 2007 after the death of Paul Hester. Has also worked as a songwriter, producer and session musician with artists such as Tracie Spencer, his brother Paul Sherrod, Wounded Cougar, NOFX, Macy Gray, Seiko Matsuda, Donna de Lory, and others
July 11, 1965 ~ Bassist Scott Shriner born in Toledo, Ohio, USA ~ Member of Weezer, joining the band in 2001 as replacement for Mikey Welsh. First present on the band's 2002 Maladroit album
July 11, 1962 ~ Singer Bobby Vinton records Rain Rain Go Away at Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York, New York ~ Penned by Gloria Shayne Baker and Noël Regney. Released the following August, paired with Over And Over on the flip side, the single would reach No.12 on the Billboard Hot 100
July 11, 1962 ~ Siblings the Everly Brothers record Don't Ask Me To Be Friends ~ Written by Gerry Goffin and Jack Keller. Released as a single, b/w No One Can Make My Sunshine Smile, it would stall in the low 40s on the Billboard Hot 100. British singer Cliff Richard would cover the song for his 1970 Tracks 'n Grooves album
July 11, 1962 ~ Singer, songwriter Jill Jones born in Lebanon, Ohio, USA ~ Backup singer for Teena Marie and for Prince in the 1980s. The latter wrote most of Jones's 1987 Jill Jones sole album. The Prince track She's Always In My Hair, the flip side of Raspberry Beret, is reportedly about Jones. Jones also sang with Appolonia 6, Ryuichi Sakamoto (on You Do Me), wrote and co-produced Lisa Lisa's The Great Pretender, fronted the band Baby Mother, and sang vocals touring with late-1990s Chic
July 11, 1961 ~ Filming begins for the Elvis Presley film Follow That Dream in Florida ~ Based on the 1959 Richard P Powell novel Pioneer Go Home, initially also the working title of the project. Presley delivers five songs, four of which are included on the accompanying soundtrack EP. Filming took place in Florida, where a then 10-year old Tom Petty whose uncle was involved in the production watched the shoot and met Presley. The encounter would have a profound effect on Petty who traded in his slingshot for a friend's collection of Presley records. Later Petty would comment the encounter first gave him the idea of becoming a musician
July 11, 1959 ~ Alasdair Mackie Ward, commonly known as rock & roll, punk rock singer, guitarist, bassist, drummer, keyboardist Algy Ward, born in Croydon, UK ~ Best known for founding Tank, with whom he recorded about half a dozen albums. The band is especially acclaimed for their 1982 Filth Hounds Of Hades debut album, produced by Motörhead-guitarist Fast Eddie Clarke, considered a landmark album in British heavy metal. Previously Ward had played with Australian rock outfit the Saints from 1977 through 1980, present on the albums I'm Stranded, Eternally Yours, and Prehistoric Sounds. Ward was also briefly a member of the Damned, appearing on the 1979 Machine Gun Etiquette comeback album before being fired due to animosity with the band's drummer Rat Scabies ~ Ward passed away in 2023
July 11, 1959 ~ Post-punk, ambient, industrial drummer John Murphy, full name John Russell Murphy, born in Melbourne, Australia ~ Son of jazz drummer Russ Murphy. Got his start in music as co-founding member of punk outfit the News, present on singles such as Dirty Lies, Dowanna Love and Sweet Dancer. Would go on to work with Whirlywind, the Associates, Dumb & the Ugly, SPK, Wreckery, Death In June, Browning Mummery, Naevus, The The, Whitehouse, Gene Loves Jezebel, and others ~ Murphy passed away in 2015
July 11, 1959 ~ Richard Stephen Sambora, commonly known as guitarist, singer Richie Sambora, born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, USA ~ Lead guitarist, and along with lead singer Jon Bon Jovi main songwriter of Bon Jovi, known for songs such as You Give Love A Bad Name, Livin' On A Prayer, Bad Medicine, I'll Be There For You and Bed Of Roses. Has also released a number of solo albums, starting with 1991's Stranger In This Town, and formed the duo RSO with Orianthi
July 11, 1959 ~ Rossiere Wilson, commonly known as jazz, swing drummer Shadow Wilson, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Worked with Lucky Millinder, Benny Carter, Tiny Bradshaw, Lionel Hampton, Earl Hines, Count Basie, Woody Herman, Illinois Jacquet, Erroll Garner, Thelonious Monk, Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Newman, Lee Konitz, Sonny Stitt, Phil Woods, Gene Quill, Tadd Dameron, Gil Melle, Fats Navarro, Tony Scott, and others ~ Wilson was born in 1919
July 11, 1959 ~ Folk-rock, alternative rock singer, guitarist, songwriter Suzanne Vega, full name Suzanne Nadine Vega born in Santa Monica, California, USA ~ Influenced by Lou Reed, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Paul Simon. Rose to prominence in the 1980s with songs such as Marlene On The Wall, Left Of Center, Luka and No Cheap Thrill and has recorded to critical acclaim since. Her a capella Tom's Diner album track of her 1987 sophomore Solitude Standing album would be remade by electronic dance duo DNA, sparking intrest for Vega with new audiences
July 11, 1957 ~ Rock, blues, jazz gitarist, bassist, songwriter Erwin van Ligten born in Indonesia ~ Worked with Pangrass, Klaver, Spaak, the Dizzy Man's Band, Bertus Borgers, Barry Hay, Ton Dijkman, Rene Lopez, A Girl Called Johnny, Angela Groothuizen, Sue Chaloner, Berget Lewis, Mathilde Santing, Chris Hinze, the Alessi Brothers, and others
July 11, 1955 ~ Comedian, painter, songwriter Jeroen van Merwijk born in Bilthoven, the Netherlands ~ Best known as a cabaretier, comedian. As a songwriter known for his work with the radio show Spijkers Met Koppen, Karin Bloemen, Harrie Jekkers, Hans Dorrestijn, Adèle Bloemendaal ~ Van Merwijk passed away in 2021
July 11, 1953 ~ Guitarist Benny DeFranco born in Canada ~ Member of bubblegum pop sibling outfit the DeFranco Family, known for a string of 1970s hits including Abra-ca-dabra, Save The Last Dance For Me and their best-known Heartbeat (It's A Lovebeat), the latter reaching the Billboard top 10 in 1973
July 11, 1953 ~ Rock guitarist Chris Newman, full name Christopher Lynn Newman, born in Longview, Washington, USA ~ Enjoyed regional popularity in the Northwest. Known for his intense blues and psychedelic-influenced guitar leads and near-operatic powerhouse vocals. Cited as an influence by numerous grunge artists, especially for his work with his best-known band Napalm Beach, considered early innovators of the grunge sound. Other bands led by Newman include Snow Bud, the Flower People, Boo Frog, and the Chris Newman Deluxe Combo ~ Newman passed away in 2021
July 11, 1953 ~ Singer Peter Brown born in Blue Island, Illinois, USA ~ As a solo artist best known for his 1977 A Fantasy Love Affair, which spawned the disco hits Dance With Me and Do Ya Wanna Get Funky With Me. The 12" for the latter would sell a million copies, mkaing it the first 12" record to be awarded gold status. Also known as a producer and songwriter, noted for co-writing Madonna's Material Girl hit single with Robert Rans
July 11, 1950 ~ Patricia Eva Pointer, commonly known as singer Bonnie Pointer born in Oakland, California, USA ~ Co-founding member of sibling outfit the Pointer Sisters. Co-wrote Fairytale, a 1974 Billboard top 20 hit for the band, with Anita Pointer. Left the band in 1977 to pursue a solo career. Scored a top 20 hit with 1978's Heaven Must Have Sent You ~ Pointer passed away in 2020
July 11, 1950 ~ George Gard Desylva, commonly known as songwriter, label executive, film producer Buddy DeSylva, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Frequent songwriting collaborator of Lew Brown and Ray Henderson. Also worked with George Gershwin, co-writing Blue Monday, a 1922 jazz opera seen as a forerunner to Porgy & Bess. Co-founded Capitol Records with Johnny Mercer and Glenn Wallichs. Served on the ASCAP board of directors from 1922 through 1930. Would move to film production from the 1930s onwards ~ DeSylva was born in 1895
July 11, 1949 ~ Classical guitarist Liona Boyd, full name Liona Maria Carolynne Boyd, born in London, UK ~ Billed as “the First Lady of the Guitar” by her promoters, Boyd has evolved into one of the most popular classical guitarists. Has recorded over two dozen albums since the mid-1970s, especially acclaimed for Persona released in 1986. Has guested on recordings by Chet Atkins, the Canadian Brass, and Maurice Jarre
July 11, 1948 ~ Pierre Job, commonly known as composer, producer Hector Zazou, born in Sidi Bell Abbes, French Nigerioa ~ First gained attention as half of the duo ZNR alongside Joseph Racaille, noted for their 1976 Barricade 3 debut album. Would go on to become an in-demand producer and collaborator working with artists such as Sandy Dillon, MImi Goese, Barbara Gogan, Sevara Nazarkhan, Carlos Núnez, Anne Grete Preus, and others ~ Zazou passed away in 2008
July 11, 1948 ~ Reggae, dub producer Herman Chin Loy born in Trelawny Parish, Jamaica ~ Best known for his 1960s and early-1970s productions. Worked with Augustus Pablo, Dennis Brown, Alton Ellis, Bruce Ruffin, Lloyd Charmers, the Hippy Boys, the Now Generation, Horace Swaby, Little Roy, Ernest Wilson, and others
July 11, 1947 ~ Singer Francine Reed born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Sister of jazz singer Margo Reed. Best known for her association with Lyle Lovett. Duetted with Willie Nelson and Delbert McClinton. As a solo artist best known for her rendition of the Ida Cox-classic Wild Women (Don't Get The Blues). Has also worked with Miles Davis, Stanley Jordan, Smokey Robinson, Etta James, the Crusaders, Roy Orbison, Enlightenment Road Band, and others
July 11, 1947 ~ Guitarist Jeff Hanna born in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Co-founding and core member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Also an in-demand collaborator and session musician. Has worked with artists such as Linda Ronstadt, Suzy Bogguss, the Texas Tenors, Patty Loveless, Rascal Flatts, Matraca Berg, Emmylou Harris, the Chieftains, Johnny Cash, Earl Scruggs, Michael Martin Murphey, Dickey Betts, and others
July 11, 1947 ~ Singer, songwriter John Holt born in Kingston, Jamaica ~ Instrumental in the development of lovers' rock. Member of the Paragons, known for songs such as Ali Baba, I See Your Face and their biggest hit The Tide Is High. The latter, penned by Holt, would later be covered by both Blondie and Atomic Kitten. Holt also established himself as a successful solo artist, collaborating with producers such as Bunny Lee, Prince Buster, Alvin Ranglin, Henry Jujo Lawes, and others ~ Holt passed away in 2014
July 11, 1946 ~ Jazz singer Kimiko Itoh born in Kagawa, Japan ~ Actively recording since the early 1980s. Acclaimed for her 1989 Follow Me album
July 11, 1943 ~ Oscar Emilio Leon Somoza, commonly known as bassist Oscar D'Leõn, born in Venezuela ~ Dubbed “the Pharaoh of Salsa”. Founding member of Dimension Latina, considered one of the foremost salsa groups
July 11, 1942 ~ Trumpeter Tomasz Stańko born in Rzeszow, Poland ~ Leader and sideman. Mainly works in free jazz and avant-garde idioms. Formed his first band, the Jazz Darings, in 1962, also featuring Janusz Muniak, Adam Makowicz, Jacek Ostaszeweski, and Wiktor Perelmuter. The band is credited to be the first European outfit to play free jazz. Stanko has also worked with Jack DeJohnette, Dave Holland, Reggie Workman, Rufus Reid, Lester Bowie, David Murray, Manu Katché, Chico Freeman, Cecil Taylor, the Globe Unity Orchestra, Krzysztof Penderecki, Don Cherry, Edward Vesala, Tomasz Szukalski, Howard Johnson, Gary Peacock, Billy Hart, and others ~ Stańko passed away in 2018
July 11, 1941 ~ Jazz trumpeter, hornist, violinist, composer Henry Lowther, full name Thomas Henry Lowther, born in Leicester, UK ~ As a leader best known for his 1970 Child Song album. Closely associated with Mike Westbrook, Johnny Dankworth, Graham Collier, and the London Jazz Composers Orchestra. Backed Keef Hartley at the famed 1969 Woodstock performance. To pop rock audiences also known for his associations with John Mayall (Bare Wires), Manfred Mann, Jack Bruce (Songs For A Tailor), Alexis Korner, Norma Winstone, Richard Thompson, Elton John, the Pretenders (The Pretenders), Loudon Wainwright III, and Talk Talk (It's My Life)
July 11, 1940 ~ Songwriter Jacques Revaux, full name Jacques Abel Jules Revaux, born ~ Best known for co-penning Comme D'Habitude with Claude François. The song would be translated by Paul Anka and popularized by Frank Sinatra as My Way. Revaux also co-founded the label Trema Records and has written extensively for Michel Sardou
July 11, 1938 ~ Singer Bing Crosby records Mexicali Rose ~ Written by Jack Tenney and Helen Stone, originally published in 1923. Used in the 1936 Gene Autry film of the same name. A top 3 hit for Crosby in 1938, released as a single paired with Silver On The Stage on the flip side. It would become a pop standard, recorded by Jerry Lee Lewis, Slim Whitman, Vera Lynn, Jim Reeves, and others
July 11, 1937 ~ Composer, songwriter George Gershwin passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Noted composer and pianist who spanned popular and classical. Best known for works such as Rhapsody In Blue, the opera Porgy & Bess, and standards such as I Got Rhythm, Swanee, Embraceable You, and numerous others. There are reportedly over 25,000 recordings of the Gershwin-penned Summertime, the first to hit the pop charts being Billie Holiday in 1936. Other artists who have charted with this classic include Sam Cooke, Al Martino, Ricky Nelson and Janis Joplin's band Big Brother & the Holding Company ~ Gershwin was born in 1898
July 11, 1936 ~ Robert Lee Wilson, commonly known as singer, guitarist, songwriter Smokey Wilson, born in Glen Allan, Mississippi, USA ~ Has been releasing solo records since the late-1970s. Fronted the house band at his own Pioneer Club Watts. Worked with Booba Barnes, Big Jack Johnson, Frank Frost, Big Joe Turner, Rod Piazza, Hollywood Fats, Percy Mayfield, Pee Wee Crayton, Albert Collins, and others ~ Wilson passed away in 2015
July 11, 1932 ~ Singer Alex Hassilev born in Paris, France ~ Co-founding member of the Limeliters, enjoying popularity through the mid-1960s with songs such as There's A Meetin' Here Tonight, City Of New Orleans, A Dollar Down, Have Some Madeira M'Dear, Lonesome Traveler, Wabash Cannonball and Whiskey In The Jar
July 11, 1931 ~ Singer, actor Arthur Gelien, commonly known as Tab Hunter, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Mostly known as an actor, starring in over 40 films. As a singer best known for his late-1950s hits 99 Ways and Young Love, the latter would top the Billboard charts for six weeks ~ Kelm passed away in 2018
July 11, 1931 ~ Actor, songwriter, lyricist Thomas Hörbiger born in Berlin, Germany ~ Co-wrote Merci Chérie with Udo Jürgens. Performed by Jürgens it would win Austria the 1966 Eurovision Songfestival with a staggering 31 points awarded, nearly twice as much as runner-up Sweden, the duo Lill Lindfors & Svante Thuresson only earning 16 points with their performance of Nygammal Vals ~ Hörbiger passed away in 2011
July 11, 1929 ~ Singer, songwriter, pianist, saxophonist Danny Flors, also known as Chuck Rio, born in Santa Paula, California, USA ~ Founded the Champs together with guitarist Dave Burgess. Flores is best remembered for authoring the near-instrumental Tequila, originally the flip side of the Champs' debut single. As listeners requested the B-side over its A-side, Train To Nowhere, the single was re-released and shot to No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 ~ Flores passed away in 2006
July 11, 1927 ~ Conductor Herbert Blomstedt born in Springfield, Massachusetts, USA ~ Worked with the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Danish Radio Symphony, the Swedish Radio Symphony, the Dresdner Staatskapelle, the San Francisco Symphony, and others
July 11, 1925 ~ Composer Charles Chaynes born in Toulouse, France ~ Wrote a number of operas, chamber works and one symphony. Noted for his 1951 cantata Et L'Homme Se Vit Les Portes Rouvrir. Best known for his work for radio and TV serving as producer for RTF and as head of the channel France Musique ~ Chaynes passed away in 2016
July 11, 1925 ~ Colarature soprano Mattowilde Dobbs born in Atlanta, Georgia, USA ~ One of the first African-American singers to enjoy international fame in opera, paving the way for artists such as Leontyne Price, Shirley Verrett, Jessye Norman, Kathleen Battle. Closely associated with the Metropolitan Opera. Has also sung with the San Francisco Opera, La Scala, the Paris Opera, the Vienna State Opera, and others ~ Dobbs passed away in 2015
July 11, 1914 ~ Bandoneonist, bandleader, composer Anibal Troilo, full name Anibal Carmelo Troilo, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina ~ Popular bandleader during the golden age of tango, a period from the early 1940s through the mid-1950s. Best known for his instrumentals though he has also recorded with vocalists such as Roberto Goyneche, Edmundo Rivero and Francisco Fiorentino. Noted for employing Astor Piazzolla in his orchestra from 1939 through 1944 ~ Troilo passed away in 1975
July 11, 1905 ~ Jazz trombonist Clyde Bernhardt born in Gold Hill, North Carolina, USA ~ Worked with Bill Eady, Tillie Vennie, Odie Cromwell, Charlie Grear, Richard Cheatham, the Whitman Sisters, Honey Brown, the Henry P McClanes Society Orchestra, King Oliver, Alex Hill, the Alabamians, Billy Fowler, Ira Coffey, Vernon Andrade, Edgar Hayes, Jay McShann, Cecil Scott, Luis Russell, Leonard Feather, Pete Johnson, Wynonie Harris, Claude Hopkins, Paul Bascomb, Dud Bascomb, Joe Garland, Doc Cheatham, Charlie Holmes, Happy Caldwell, Tommy Benford, Miss Rhapsody, the Harlem Blues & Jazz Band, Barry Martyn, the Legends Of Jazz, and others ~ Bernhardt passed away in 1986
July 11, 1897 ~ Jazz, country, folk singer, ukulele player Johnny Marvin, full name John Senator Marvin, born in Butler, Oklahoma, USA ~ Active since the mid-1920s, recording some 50 songs for Victor Records through the end of the decade. Regarded as one of the premier ukelele players. Has also recorded for other labels, going by different monikers including Elton Spence, Ukelele Luke, Honey Duke, and others. Helped launch Gene Autry's career by introducing him to his friend Art Satherley of the American Record Company. In turn Autry would often employ Marvin to provide songs and orchestration for his soundtracks, though often uncredited ~ Marvin passed away in 1944