This Day In Music: July 13
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July 13, 2018 ~ Harry DePona Bone, commonly known as accordionist Ponty Bone, passed away ~ Early on in his career a member of Joe Ely's backing band. Achieved fame fronting his own band the Squeezetones, drawing from gypsy dances, reggae-blues, Tex-mex polkas, Cajun boogie, and other idioms ~ Bone was born in 1939
July 13, 2017 ~ Pianist, composer, arranger Egil Kapstad passed away in Kristiansand, Norway ~ Leader and sideman. Appears on over 60 albums. Worked with Karin Krog, Chet Baker, Red Mitchell, Bjørn Johansen, Bjarne Nerem, Jon Larsen, Magni Wentzel, Jan Erik Bold, Lars Klevstrand, Ole Paus, Rolf Jacobsen, Thorgeir Stubø, Per Husby, Laila Dalseth, Bjørn Alterhaug, Bodil Niska, Hilde Hefte, Ola Kvernberg, Staffan William-Olsson, Per Husby, Hilde Hefte, and others ~ Kapstad was born in 1940
July 13, 2017 ~ Christopher Wong Won, commonly known as rapper, producer Fresh Kid Ice, passed away in Miami, Florida, USA ~ Co-founding member of rap group 2 Live Crew, best known for their 1989 hit single Me So Horny and Banned In The USA the following year. The group would be considered controversial for their sexually explicit lyrics, often bordering on misogyny. Won remained with the group throughout its entire existence ~ Won was born in 1964
July 13, 2017 ~ Punk-pop, indie pop singer, guitarist, bassist, keyboardist, songwriter Simon Holmes, full name Simon Carter Holmes, passed away in Sydney, Australia ~ Singer, lead guitarist for indie rock bands the Hummingbirds from the mid-1980s through the early 2000s, known for their 1989 LoveBUZZ debut album, and Her Name In Lights during the early 2000s ~ Holmes was born in 1963
July 13, 2016 ~ Juan Peña Fernández, commonly known as flamenco guitarist, singer El Lebrijano, passed away in Sevilla, Spain ~ Acclaimed flamenco-fusion musician active since the early 1950s, initially as an accompaniest and later turning to singing. Closely associated with Paco de Lucia. As a solo artist known for pivotal flamenco albums such as Casablanca, Open Doors and Encuentros ~ Fernández was born in 1941
July 13, 2014 ~ Conductor, violinist, composer Lorin Maazel, full name Lorin Varencove Maazel, passed away in Virginia, USA ~ Child prodigy praised for his perfect pitch. Has his first conducting lesson at age seven, debuting at age 8 conducting the University of Idaho Orchestra. Would go on to serve as music director for the Cleveland Orchestra, the Orchestre National de France, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, and others ~ Maazel was born in 1930
July 13, 2013 ~ Actor, singer Cory Monteith, full name Cory Allan Michael Monteith, passed away in Vancouver, Canada ~ Best known as singer, actor portraying the role of Finn Hudson on the musical drama TV series Glee. Monteith had struggled with substance abuse since his early teens and died of an apparent accidental overdose of heroin and alcohol at age 31 ~ Monteith was born in 1982
July 13, 2011 ~ Jordan Ragovoy, commonly known as songwriter, producer Jerry Ragovoy, passed away ~ Perhaps best known for penning Time Is On My Side, first recorded by Kai Winding and notably covered by Irma Thomas and subsequently the Rolling Stones. Other well known songs written or co-written by Ragovoy include Stay With me recorded by well over 50 artists including Lorraine Ellison, the Walker Brothers, Jimmy Witherspoon, and Bette Midler, Piece Of My Heart originally recorded by Erma Franklin and made famous by Janis Joplin. Others who have recorded his songs include Garnet Mimms, Justine Washington, the Drifters, Elvis Presley, Miriam Makeba, Dionne Warwick, Barry White, and the Pointer Sisters ~ Ragovoy was born in 1930
July 13, 2008 ~ Jazz pianist, organist Gerald Wiggins, full name Gerald Foster Wiggins Sr, passed away in Encino, California, USA ~ Worked with Louis Armstrong, Benny Carter, Lena Horne, Kay Starr, Eartha Kitt, Teddy Edwards, Andy Simpkins, Paul Humphrey, Red Callender, Kenny Clarke, Buddy Collette, Tal Farlow, Mel Brown, Illinois Jacquet, Cal Tjader, and Gerald Wilson ~ Wiggins was born in 1922
July 13, 2008 ~ Lesley Stein, controversial radio and TV host, also known as Les Crane, passed away in Greenbrae, California, USA ~ Scored un unlikely 1971 hit with Desiderata ~ Stein was born in 1933
July 13, 2004 ~ Glam rock bassist Arthur Kane, full name Arthur Harold Kane Jr, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Co-founding member of the New York Dolls, remaining with the band through 1975. Present on the band's key albums, 1973's The New York Dolls and 1974's Too Much Too Soon. Has also worked with Blackie Lawless, Sid Vicious, the London Cowboys, the Corpse Grinders, and others ~ Kane was born in 1949
July 13, 2003 ~ Máximo Francisco Repilado Muñoz Telles, commonly known as trova guitarist, singer, songwriter Compay Segundo, passed away in Havana, Cuba ~ Formed Los Compadres with Lorenzo Hierrezuelo in the late 1940s. Achieved international recognition for his contributions to the Buena Vista Social Club ~ Telles was born in 1907
July 13, 2003 ~ Pop, showtunes, Broadway singer Eileen Rodgers passed away in Charlotte, North Carolina, 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 was born in 1930
July 13, 1996 ~ Jena Irene Asciutto, commonly known as alternative rock, pop-rock singer, pianist, songwriter Jena Irene, born in Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA ~ Reached 2nd place, behind singer Caleb Johnson, in the 13th season of American Idol in 2014
July 13, 1995 ~ Jazz trumpeter, singer, bandleader Aime Barelli passed away in Monaco ~ Leader and sideman. Father of singer Minouche Barelli. Worked with Fred Adison, Alix Combelle, Andre Ekyan, Maceo Jefferson, Raymond Legrand, Hubert Rostaing, Raymond Wraskoff, Dizzy Gillespie, Sidney Bechet, Charlie Parker, Django Reinhardt, and others ~ Barelli was born in 1917
July 13, 1994 ~ Blues pianist, singer, songwriter Eddie Boyd, full name Edward Riley Boyd, passed away in Helsinki, Finland ~ Best known for Five Long Years, a hit in 1952. Other well known songs include 24 Hours, and Third Degree. Backed artists such as Sonny Boy Williamson I, Jazz Gillum, Muddy Waters, Tampa Red, Buddy Guy, and others ~ Boyd was born in 1914
July 13, 1994 ~ Singer, dancer, actress Elen Levon born in Ukraine ~ Known for a number of minor Australian hits in the early 2010s such as Naughty, Dancing To The Same Song and Wild Child. Collaborated with Israel Cruz, Will Sparks, Spada
July 13, 1992 ~ Dimitri Roger, commonly known as rapper, singer, songwriter Rich the Kid, born in Queens, New York, USA ~ Released his debut album, The World Is Yours, in 2018. Has collaborated with artists such as Migos, ilovemakonnen, Kendrick Lamar, YG, Bulow, Quavo, JG, Jax Jones, Havana Brown, 2 Chainz, Gucci Mane, and others
July 13, 1986 ~ Joseph Thomas Escovedo, commonly known as percussionist Coke Escovedo, passed away in Montebello, California, USA ~ Has worked with jazz vibraphonist Cal Tjader, notably present on the 1971 Agua Dulce album. Member of Santana during the early 1970, including on the 1971 Santana III album. Formed Azteca with his brother percussionist Pete Escovedo. Recorded a handful of solo albums in the mid-1970s, and collaborated with the likes of Boz Scaggs, Cold Blood, It's A Beautiful Day, Malo, and others ~ Escovedo was born in 1941
July 13, 1981 ~ Singer Kirby Stone passed away ~ Fronted the Kirby Stone Four, known best for their 1958 Grammy Award-nominated Baubles Bangles And Beads single ~ Stone was born in 1918
July 13, 1981 ~ Jazz drummer, composer Olavi Louhivuori born in Jyvaskyla, Finland ~ Married to singer Emma Salokoski. Leads Oddarrang. Also worked with the Ilmilliekki Quartet, Alexi Tuomarila, Joona Tolvanen, the Sun Trio, the UMO Jazz Orchestra, Tomasz Stańko, Jon Balke, Marilyn Crispell, Teppo Hauta-aho, Jukka Perko, Sahari Kukko, MA Nummunen, Piirpauke, Mats Eilertsen, and others
July 13, 1981 ~ Jazz bassist, composer Sigurd Hole born in Elverum, Norway ~ Worked with the Eple Trio, Karl Seglem, Mats Eilertsen, Tord Gustavsen, Jon Eberson, the Bodo Sinfonietta, the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Helge Lien, and others
July 13, 1974 ~ Singer Deborah Cox born in Toronto, Canada ~ Sang backup for Céline Dion. Debuted as a solo artist with the eponymous Deborah Cox in 1985, working with producers such as Dallas Austin, Keith Crouch, and Babyface. Known for songs such as Who Do You Love, Nobody's Supposed To Be Here, and We Can't Be Friends. Has collaborated with Montell Jordan, Shep Crawford, Rodney Jenkins, Whitney Houston, Clive Davis, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, Jermaine Dupri, Warryn Campbell, Johnta Austin, the Avila Brothers, Sebastian Ingrosso, Akon, RL Huggart, Fanatic, George Vector, and others.
July 13, 1971 ~ Extreme metal drummer Tomas Haake born in Örnsköldvik, Sweden ~ Influenced by heavy metal, jazz fusion and progressive rock, citing drummers such as Phil Rudd, Vinny Appice, Neal Peart, Ian Mosley, and Terry Bozzio as influences. Regulary voted among the best metal drummers in various readers polls. Married to actress, singer Jessica Pimentel. Drummer and primary lyricist for extreme metal band Meshuggah, also providing spoken word vocals on songs such as Choirs Of Devastation, Inside What's Behind Within, Sane, and Spasm
July 13, 1967 ~ Rock, hard rock drummer, bassist Barend Courbois born in Oosterbeek, the Netherlands ~ Son of jazz drummer Pierre Courbois. Has worked with Bert Heerink, Biss, Hammerhead, Perfect Strangers, Vengeance, Blind Guardian, Whistler Courbois Whistler, Julian Sas, and others
July 13, 1966 ~ Soul, R&B, new jack swing singer, songwriter, producer Gerald Levert, full name Gerald Edward Levert, born in Canton, Ohio, USA ~ Son of Eddie Levert of the O'Jays. One third of Levert, alongside Marc Gordon and brother Sean Levert. Member of LSG, alongside Keith Sweat and Johnny Gill. Wrote and produced for artists including Patti Labelle, Barry White, Stephanie Mills, Anita Baker, Eugene Wilde, Teddy Pendergrass, James Ingram, Freddie Jackson, Chuckii Booker, Rude Boys, New Edition, Men At Large, and others ~ Levert passed away in 2006
July 13, 1966 ~ David Christopher Daniel Wahlgren, commonly known as hip-hop, ragga, dancehall, trip hop rapper, songwriter Papa Dee, born in Sweden ~ Draws from hip hop, dancehall, soul, and reggae. Has worked with the Stonefunkers, present on the 1991 Harder Than Kryptonite album. Worked with loose collective Brooklyn Funk Essentials, appearing on the 1995 Cool And Steady And Easy album. Well over half a dozen albums to his name as a solo artist, starting with Lettin' Off Steam in 1990. Best known for songs such as Ain't No Substitute, The First Cut Is The Deepest, and The Journey, all of which reached top 10 in his native Sweden
July 13, 1965 ~ Fiddler Eileen Ivers born in New York, New York, USA ~ Founded Cherish The Ladies. Also known as a solo artist recording since the mid-1990s and in-demand collaborator working with the likes of Joanie Madden, the Boston Pops Orchestra, the Chieftains, Tommy Fleming, Brian Keane, and others
July 13, 1965 ~ Country singer, guitarist, songwriter Neil Thrasher, full name Joe Neil Thrasher Jr, born in Birmingham, Alabama, USA ~ Formed the duo Thrasher Shriver with Kelly Shriver. Sang backing vocals for Garth Brooks. Best known as a songwriter. Artists who have recorded songs written or co-written by Thrasher include Diamond Rio (That's What I Get For Lovin' You), Rhett Akins, Reba McEntire (What Do You Say), Meredith Edwards, Kenny Chesney (I Lost It), Jeff Carson, Rascal Flatts (Take Me There), Jason Aldean (Fly Over States), Bryan Austin, Jackie Lee, Chris Cagle, Billy Ray Cyrus, Ronnie Dunn (Ain't No Trucks In Texas), Randy Houser, Montgomery Gentry, Marty Raybon, Collin Raye, and others
July 13, 1963 ~ Fiddler, banjoist Cathal Hayden, full nme Cathal Sean Hayden, born in Rock, Ireland ~ Member of Four Men & a Dog, best known for their 1991 Barking Mad album
July 13, 1962 ~ Jazz saxophonist Perico Sambeat born in Valencia, Spain ~ Well over a dozen albums to his name since the early 1990s, especially noted for 1998's Ademuz. In-demand sideman, present on albums by José Luis Gámez, Presuntos Implicados, Carlos Barretto, Alguímia, Bob Sands, Brad Mehldau, Guy Barker, Bernardo Sassetti, George Colligan, (Como La Vida Puede Ser (How Life Could Be)), Luis Salinas, Sole Giménez, and Alexis Cuadrado
July 13, 1962 ~ Bluegrass, gospel singer, fiddler, mandolin player Rhonda Vincent born in Kirksville, Missouri, USA ~ Active since childhood starting in the family outfit the Sally Mountain Show. Would go on to become an in-demand collaborator and solo artist known for her progressive chord structures and her virtuosity on fiddle, banjo and guitar. Debuted as a solo artist with the album New Dreams And Sunshine in 1988. Has worked with Dolly Parton, Daryle Singletary, Gene Watson, Alan Jackson, Tanya Tucker, Joe Diffie, and with Faith Hill
July 13, 1962 ~ Country singer, songwriter Victoria Shaw, full name Victoria Lynn Shaw, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Influenced by the Eagles and Linda Ronstadt. Best known as a songwriter, penning or co-penning songs such as Garth Brooks' The River, Doug Stone's Too Busy Being In Love, John Michael Montgomery's I Love The Way You Love Me. As a singer debuted in 1994 with her In Full View album
July 13, 1958 ~ Bandleader, composer Paul Ash, full name Paul Robert Ash, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Known for a number of popular 1920s, 1930s recordings including Rememb'ring, My Pet, Shadows On The Swanee. Also wrote Thinking Of You, a hit for Kay Kyser ~ Ash was born in 1891
July 13, 1958 ~ Drummer Rafael Gayol born in Mexico City, Mexico ~ Worked with Charlie Sexton, the BoDeans, Robbie Robertson, A-ha, Shawn Colvin, Bob Schneider, Tito & Tarantula, Billy Harvey, Robert Rodriguez, Patty Griffin, David Rice, Joe Ely, Kelly Willis, Bruce Robison, Tish Hinojosa, Jon Dee Graham, the Flatlanders, Colin Gilmore, Eliza Gilkyson, Patricia Vonne, Scott Gibson, Tonio K, Bascom Hill, Mason Ruffner, Trish Murphy, Maggie Walters, the Doll Congress, Leonard Cohen, Bleu Edmondson, and others
July 13, 1957 ~ Composer, conductor, producer Glen Roven, full name Glen Paul Roven, born ~ Musical director of the Broadway-production of Sugar Babes at a mere age 19. Conducted the inaugural concerts of Bill Clinton and of George W Bush. Conducted the last TV appearance of Frank Sinatra. Has also worked with artists such as Julie Andrews, Anita Baker, Michael Bolton, Bono, Ray Charles, Denyce Graves, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Patti Labelle, Diana Ross, Luther Vandross, Stevie Wonder, Trisha Yearwood, and others ~ Roven passed away in 2018
July 13, 1955 ~ Jazz, pop rock saxophonist Chris White born in Bristol, UK ~ Member of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. Toured with the Dire Straits from 1985 onwards, including playing the Live Aid concert and the Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Concert. Briefly a member of the Notting Hillbillies. Has also worked with Robbie Williams, Paul McCartney, Chris De Burgh and Mick Jagger. Released a solo album, Shadowdance, in 1991
July 13, 1954 ~ Jazz bassist, composer Bruno Raber born in Sweden ~ Worked with Bruce Barth, Chris Cheek, Adam Cruz, George Garzone, Mick Goodrick, Matt Wilson, Mike Mainieri, and others
July 13, 1954 ~ Bassist, clarinetist Ernst Ulrich Deuker born in Trier, West Germany ~ Co-founding member of Ideal, known for songs such as Blaue Augen, Berlin and Monotonie
July 13, 1954 ~ Country singer Louise Mandrell, full name Thelma Louise Mandrell, born in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA ~ Sister of Barbara Mandrell and Irlene Mandrell. Active since the 1970s with a string of hits during the 1980s including Runaway Heart, Save Me, I'm Not Through Loving You, Maybe My Baby and I Wanna Say Yes
July 13, 1954 ~ Fatma Sezen Yildrim, commonly known as pop singer Sezen Aksu, born in Saraykoy, Turkey ~ Debuted in 1975. Has collaborated with artists such as Sertab Erener, Sebnem Ferah, Askin Nur Yengi, Hande Yener, Levent Yuksel, Tarkan, Goran Bregovic, and others
July 13, 1953 ~ Jazz bassist Sigurd Ulveseth born in Bergen, Norway ~ As a leader debuted in 1995 with the To Wisdom The Prize album, backed by Adam Nussbaum, Knut Riisnæs and Dag Arnesen. Has also worked with Frank Jacobsen, Tore Faye, Knut Kristiansen, Ole Jacob Hystad, Jan Kåre Hystad, Merethe Mikkelsen, the Urban Connection, Swap, and others
July 13, 1952 ~ Joanne Lapatrie, commonly known as singer, model, actress Jo Jo Laine, born in Danvers, Massachusetts, USA ~ Married the Moody Blues founder Denny Laine. Previously had affairs with Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, and with Rod Stewart. Reportedly Stewart's You Wear It Well is about Jo Jo ~ LaPatrie passed away in 2006
July 13, 1951 ~ Composer Arnold Schoenberg passed away ~ Considered one of the most influential composers of the 20th century ~ Schoenberg was born in 1874
July 13, 1950 ~ Singer William Wee Gee Howard born in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Member of R&B group the Dramatics since 1967, known for songs such as Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get and In The Rain ~ Howard passed away in 2000
July 13, 1947 ~ Jayne Rogers, commonly known as singer Jayne County, born in Dallas, Georgia, USA ~ Also went by the moniker Wayne County. Rock's first openly transgender singer. Fronted glam rock-inspired proto-punk outfit Wayne County & the Electric Chairs, known for their foul-mouthed ballads and outrageous stage antics. Though never a household name Rogers has influenced artists such as David Bowie, the Ramones, Patti Smith, Lou Reed
July 13, 1946 ~ Keyboardist, arranger, composer Andrew Pryce Jackman born ~ Member of mid-1960s rock outfit the Syn. Best known for arranging and conducting a series Classic Rock albums with the London Symphony Orchestra. Has also worked as arranger for the likes of Peter Skellern, the English Congregation, Rush, Barclay James Harvest, and Yes ~ Jackman passed away in 2003
July 13, 1946 ~ Richard Anthony Marin, commonly known as actor, singer Cheech Marin born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Formed the comedy duo Cheech & Chong with Tommy Chong. The duo would score a Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit with Earache My Eye in 1974
July 13, 1946 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter João Bosco, full name Joã Bosco de Freitas Mucci, born in Ponte Move, Brazil ~ Emerged in the 1970s as one of the leading figures in Brazilian pop music. Frequent collaborator of lyricist Aldir Blanc. Best known for songs such as Papel Mache, Cors´no, O Mestre Sala Dos Mares, Latin Lover and Incompatibilidade De Génios
July 13, 1946 ~ Country, old-time guitarist, banjoist, singer Riley Puckett passed away in East Point, Georgia, USA ~ Country pioneer best known as a member of Gid Tanner's outfit the Skillet Lickers. Also worked with Clayton McMichen, the Home Town Boys, , and others ~ Puckett was born in 1894
July 13, 1945 ~ Renee Diane Kushner, commonly known as singer Diane Renay, born in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Best known for her 1964 Navy Blue hit single. Its follow-up Kiss Me Sailor would also chart reasonably well but subsequent singles would fail to chart nationally
July 13, 1945 ~ Percussionist, conductor, composer Josef Vejvoda born in Prague, Czechoslovakia ~ Son of composer Jaromír Vejvoda. Has worked with Jiri Stivin, Karel Velebný, Laco Déczi, Emil Viklický, Benny Bailey, and others
July 13, 1942 ~ James Joseph McGuinn, commonly known as rock, folk, country singer, guitarist, songwriter Roger McGuinn born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Asked his parents to buy him a guitar after hearing Elvis Presley's Heartbreak Hotel. Co-founding and constant member of the Byrds, with whom he recorded about a dozen albums, a pivotal 1960s band influential on psychedelia as well as country-rock. McGuinn wrote or co-wrote several of the band's best known including Eight Miles High and Mr Spaceman. Following the band's disbandement in the early 1970s has recorded as a solo artist, starting with the eponymous Roger McGuinn in 1973, and reconvened with former bandmates Gene Clark and Chris Hillman on the 1979 McGuinn Clark & Hillman album
July 13, 1942 ~ Drummer Stephen Bladd, full name Stephen Jo Bladd, born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA ~ Co-founding member of the J Geils Band, remaining with the band until its disbandement in 1985. The band is best-known for songs such as Must Of Got Lost, Centerfold, Freeze Frame and Angel In Blue
July 13, 1941 ~ Ehud Weiner, commonly known as songwriter, radio and TV personality Ehud Manor, born in Binyamma, Palestine ~ Internationally best known for co-writing, along with Nurit Hirsh, A-ba Ni-bi, 1978 Eurovision Songfestival winner as performed by Izhar Cohen & the Alphabeta ~ Weiner passed away in 2005
July 13, 1939 ~ Joseph Barrios, commonly known as swamp pop singer Joe Barry, born in Cut Offs, Louisiana, USA ~ Known for I'm A Fool To Care, a modest hit in 1961 ~ Barrios passed away in 2004
July 13, 1936 ~ Avant-garde jazz saxophonist, singer, composer Albert Ayler born in Cleveland, Ohio, USA ~ Hard to categorize saxophonist straddles the line between R&B, bebop and free jazz. Leader and sideman. Critically acclaimed for mid-1960s recordings, especially Spiritual Unity. Influenced numerous free jazz saxophonists including Charles Gayle, Ken Vandermark, Peter Brötzmann, and David S Ware. Worked with Little Walter, Stanley Turrentine, Gary Peacock, Sunny Murray, Alan Silva, Henry Vestine, Harold Budd, Cecil Taylor, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Ronnie Gardiner, Don Cherry, John Tchicai, Roswell Rudd, Beaver Harris, Henry Grimes, his brother Donald Ayler and others ~ Ayler passed away in 1970
July 13, 1936 ~ Guitarist, songwriter Don Lanier born ~ Original guitarist of Buddy Knox's the Rhythm Orchids. Wrote songs for Ray Charles, Dean Martin, the Everly Brothers, Hank Snow, Norah Jones, Charlie Phillips ~ Lanier passed away in 2014
July 13, 1935 ~ Percussionist Pete Escovedo, full name Peter Michael Escovedo, born in Pittsburg, California, USA ~ Began his career as a singer backing Mongo Santamaria in the late 1950s. Master percussionist, considered a key figure in Latin music since the 1970s. Brother of Alejandro Escovedo and Coke Escovedo, father of drummer Sheila E. Co-founded Azteca with his brother Coke, the band known for the early 1970s albums Azteca and Pyramid Of The Moon. As an in-demand session musician Escovedo has appeared on albums by Cal Tjader, Boz Scaggs, Tito Puente, Betty Davis, Santana, George Duke, Billy Cobham (Inner Conflicts), Con Funk Shun (Candy), Herbie Hancock, Dionne Farriss (Wild Seed Wild Flower), Tony Toni Toné, Kenny G, and Vanessa Williams
July 13, 1931 ~ John Thurman Hunter Jr, commonly known as blues guitarist, singer, songwriter Long John Hunter, born in Ringgold, Louisiana, USA ~ Known for songs such as She Used To Be My Woman, El Paso Rock and Alligators Around My Door. Worked with Lonnie Brooks and Phillip Walker ~ Hunter passed away in 2016
July 13, 1929 ~ Jazz saxophonist Pedro Iturralde, full name Pedro Iturralde Ochoa, born in Falces, Spain ~ Flamenco-infused jazz. As a composer best known for his Czárdás composition. Has worked with the Spanish National Orchestra, Paco de Lucia, Pepe De Antequerra and notably with Donna Hightower on the latter's 1974 I'm In Love With Love album ~ Iturralde passed away in 2020
July 13, 1928 ~ Saxophonist Gene Cipriano passed away ~ In-demand session musician, best known for his work for films such as Some Like It Hot and TV shows such as Batman, The Flintstones, MASH, Mission Impossible, The Simpsons and American Dad ~ Cipriano passed away in 2022
July 13, 1928 ~ Bassist Leroy Vinnegar born in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA ~ Earned the nickname “the Walker” for his trademark rhythmic walking bass line, a steady series of ascending or descending notes. Vinnegar first gained notoriety in the 1950s recording with artists such as Lee Konitz, André Previn (including on the quintessential 1956 album My Fair Lady, one of the most successful records ever produced), Stan Getz, Shorty Rogers, Chet Baker, Shelly Manne, Joe Castro, and Serge Chaloff. Vinnegar has recorded with numerous others since, including Dolo Coker, Sonny Criss, the Doors (on the 1968 album Waiting For The Sun), Kenny Drew, Teddy Edwards, Red Garland, the Jazz Crusaders, and with Van Morrison (on the critically acclaimed 1972 album St Dominics Preview) ~ Vinnegar passed away in 1999
July 13, 1927 ~ Jazz pianist, composer Ike Cole born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Brother of Nat King Cole and Freddy Cole. Formed a jazz trio of his own. Toured internationally. Toured with Freddy in tribute of Nat. Played keyboards on Natalie Cole's Unforgettable ~ Cole passed away in 2001
July 13, 1926 ~ Jazz trumpeter, hornist, arranger, composer Bengt-Arne Wallin born in Linköping, Sweden ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Arne Domnerus, Lars Gullin, Harry Arnold, Lill Lindfors, Svante Thuresson, Benny Golson, Idrees Sulieman, Jazzbaltica, Tomasz Stańko, Bugge Wesseltoft, and others ~ Wallin passed away in 2015
July 13, 1926 ~ Jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, bandleader Michel de Villers born in Villeneuve-sur-Lot, France ~ Worked with Jean-Claude Fohrenbach, Django Reinhardt, Rex Stewart, the Edward VII theater Band, Geo Daly, Jack Dieval, Andre Persiany, Gerard Pochonet, Buck Clayton, Bill Coleman, Jonah Jones, Lucky Thompson, and others ~ De Villers passed away in 1992
July 13, 1924 ~ Operatic tenor Carlo Bergonzi was born in Polesine Parmense, Italy ~ Best known for his roles in operas composed by Giuseppe Verdi. Member of the Resistance during World War II. Sang with La Scala, the Philadelphia Lyric Opera Company, the Royal Opera, and other renowned orchestras ~ Bergonzi passed away in 2014
July 13, 1924 ~ Swing, jazz singer Maria Koterbska born in Biala, Poland ~ Enjoyed popularity during the 1950s and 1960s. Known for songs such as Augustowskie Noce, Karuzela, Wroclawska Plosenka, and Do Grajacej Szafy Grozik Wrzuc ~ Koterbska passed away in 2021
July 13, 1915 ~ Jazz, blues saxophonist, bandleader, songwriter Paul Williams born in Lewisburg, Tennessee, USA ~ One of the first to employ the honking tenor saxophone solo, a hallmark of later R&B and rock & roll records. Known for songs such as Thirty-Five Thirty, You're Breaking My Heart No More, Waxie Maxie, Blowing The Boogie, Walking Around, and for his biggest hit and signature song Huckle Buck recorded late 1948. Worked with Lloyd Henderson, Amos Milburn, Noble Thin Man Watts, Phil Guilbeau, Danny Cobb, Jumping Jimmy Brown, Joan Shaw, Connie Allen, Ruth Brown, Elmore James, Dave Baby Cortez, Lloyd Price, James Brown, Otis Redding, Tommy Tucker, and others ~ Williams passed away in 2002
July 13, 1908 ~ Jazz pianist, bandleader Ernst van 't Hoff born in Zandvoort, the Netherlands ~ During World War II ordered by the occupying Nazis to lead a big band and play state-approved dance music, but played jazz anyway for which he was repeatedly punished and eventually, in 1944, relieved from his post. Worked with Robert de Kers, Jean Omer, Hans Mossel, Ancienne Belgique, Ack van Rooyen, and others ~ Van 't Hoff passed away in 1955
July 13, 1908 ~ Country singer, songwriter Tim Spencer, full name Vernon Harold Timothy Spencer, born in Webb City, Missouri, USA ~ Founded pivotal country group the Sons Of The Pioneers with Bob Nolan and Roy Rogers, known for songs such as Cool Water, Room Full Of Roses and Tumbling Tumbleweeds. Spencer remained with the group through 1949 ~ Spencer passed away in 1976
July 13, 1895 ~ Folk singer Bradley Kincaid, full name William Bradleyt Kincaid, born in Point Leavell, Kentucky, USA ~ Early composer of folk and country music, best known for his 1928 songbook My Favorite Mountain Ballads ~ Kincaid passed away in 1989
July 13, 1883 ~ Singer, actress Elsie Baker born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ First performed on stage at just 10 months old and would continue to sing and act until just before her death. Best known for I Love You Truly from the 1946 It's A Wonderful Life film ~ Baker passed away in 1971
July 13, 1787 ~ Organist, composer Ignazio Cirri, full name Giacomo Matteo Ignazio Cirri, passed away in Forli, Italy ~ Brother of composer Giovanni Battista Cirru. As a composer best known for Twelve Sonatas For Organ Op.1 and Six Sonatas For The Harpsichord And Violin Op.2 ~ Cirri was born in 1711