This Day In Music: July 2
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July 2, 2022 ~ Blues, roots rock guitarist, banjoist Tristan Goodall passed away ~ Co-founding and constant member of roots rock outfit the Audreys, especially acclaimed for their 2005 You And Steve McQueen debut EP and their full-length Between Last Night And Us debut album released the following year. Several of the band's songs have been used in TV shows including Neighbours, One Tree Hill and the ABC series Rain Shadow ~ Goodall was born ca.1974
 
July 2, 2021 ~ Elliot Lawrence Broza, commonly known as jazz pianist, bandleader Elliot Lawrence, passed away in Manhattan, New York, USA ~ Active since the mid-1940s. Best known for his work for TV and radio shows, as well as for a number of Broadway musicals including Bye Bye Birdie, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, Here's Love and The Apple Tree ~ Broza was born in 1925
 
July 2, 2020 ~ Pianist, composer Nikolai Kapustin, full name Nikolai Girshevich Kapustin, passed away in Moscow, Russia ~ Active since the 1950s. First gained attention working with artists such as Yury Saulsky and Oleg Lundstrem. Known for fusing jazz and classical. As a composer best known for works such as Suite In The Old Style Op.28 premiered in 1977, characterised by its jazz improvisation feel yet modeled after Baroque suites in the style of Johann Sebastian Bach. Kapustin's works have been recorded by leading pianists including Marc-André Hamelin, Nikolai Petrov, Steven Osborne, Yeol Eum Son and Vadim Rudenko ~ Kapustin was born in 1937
 
July 2, 2018 ~ Singer, bassist, keyboardist Alan Longmuir passed away in Larbert, UK ~ Best known as co-founding member the Bay City Rollers. His younger brother drummer Derek Longmuir also played with the band. Longmuir would leave the band in 1976 but return in 1978 following the departure of Pat McGlynn ~ Longmuir was born in 1948
July 2, 2018 ~ Trombonist Bill Watrous passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Worked with Maynard Ferguson, Woody Herman, Quincy Jones, Johnny Richards, Kai Winding, fusion band Ten Wheel Drive, Eumir Deodato, Kenny Burrell, Paul Desmond, Odonel Levy, Milton Nascimento, Jimmy Witherspoon, Red Rodney, Arturo Sandoval, and others ~ Watrous was born in 1939
July 2, 2018 ~ Jazz, blues pianist Henry Butler passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Known for his ability to play in many styles of music. Especially acclaimed for his 1987 The Village album ~ Butler was born in 1948
 
July 2, 2013 ~ Jazz pianist, composer, arranger Bengt Hallberg passed away ~ First recorded at age 15 backing bassist Thore Jederby,. Also worked with Arne Domnerus, Stan Getz, Lee Konitz, Clifford Brown, Quincy Jones, Lars Gullin, and others ~ Hallberg was born in 1932
 
July 2, 2011 ~ Jazz guitarist, bandleader Paul Weeden, full name Paul Winston Weeden, passed away in Oslo, Norway ~ Worked with Don Patterson, Billy James, Dexter Gordon, Sonny Stitt, Coleman Hawkins, Magni Wentzel, Håkon Nilsen, Svein Christiansen, Ole Jacob Hansen, Harry Sweets Edison, Frank Foster, Vidar Johansen, Odd Riisnæs, Tom Olstad, and others ~ Weeden was born in 1923
 
July 2, 2008 ~ Natalia Mikhailovna Schneiderman, commonly known as actress, keyboardist, singer Natasha Shneider, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Best known as member of Eleven, which also included the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pearl Jam-drummer Jack Irons. Shneider also appeared on Chris Cornell's 1999 Euphoria Morning solo album, worked with the Queens Of The Stone Age, and has worked as an actress for TV and film from time to time ~ Schneiderman was born in 1956
 
July 2, 2007 ~ Belle Miriam Silverman, commonly known as opera singer Beverly Sills, passed away ~ Popular from the 1950s through the 1970s. Sang a wide repertoire but best known for signature roles in Gaetano Donizetti's Lucia Di Lammermoor portraying the title role and La Fille Du Regiment portraying Maria. After retiring from singing in 1980 became the general manager of the New York City Opera ~ Sills was born in 1929
July 2, 2007 ~ Songwriter Hy Zaret, full name Hyman Harry Zaritsky, passed away in Westport, Connecticut, USA ~ Perhaps best remembered for co-authoring Unchained Melody with Alex North, originally sung by Todd Duncan for the 1955 film Unchained. It would be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song. Three versions of the song would hit the charts the same year, Les Baxter, Al Hibbler and Roy Hamilton. It would be covered by numerous artist throughout the years including Jimmy Young, Liberace, Elvis Presley, Sam Cooke, Cliff Richard, Roy Orbison, Donny Osmond and perhaps most notably by the Righteous Brothers in 1965 with lush production by Phil Spector ~ Zaret was born in 1907
 
July 2, 2002 ~ Composer Earle Brown passed away in Rye, New York, USA ~ Established his own formal and notational systems. Creator of “open form” a style of musical construction that has influenced numerous composers including John Zorn. Among his best known compositions are December 1952, Available Forms I & II (Centering), and Cross Sections And Color Fields ~ Brown was born in 1926
July 2, 2002 ~ Organist, composer Jean-Yves Daniel-Lesur passed away ~ Son of composer Alice Lesur. Entered the Conservatoire De Paris at age 11. Member of the La Jeune France movement along with Olivier Messiaen, André Jolivet and Yves Baudrier. Best known for his 1968 opera Andrea Del Sarto ~ Daniel-Lesur was born in 1908
July 2, 2002 ~ Jazz double-bassist Ray Brown passed away in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Best known for his longtime associations with pianist Oscar Peterson and with singer Ella Fitzgerald, to whom he was also married from 1947 to 1953. Influenced by Jimmy Blanton. Worked with Jimmy Hinsley, Hank Jones, Dizzy Gillespie, Art Tatum, Charlie Parker, Milt Jackson, Kenny Clarke, Steely Dan (on Razor Boy of the 1973 Countdown To Ecstasy album), Laurindo Almeida, Bud Shank, Gene Harris, André Previn, Kiri te Kanawa, Monty Alexander, Mickey Roker, Larry Fuller, and numerous others ~ Brown was born in 1926
 
July 2, 2000 ~ Shizuko Ihara, commonly known as enka, jazz singer Mina Aoe, passed away ~ Dubbed “the Queen of Blues” and known for her husky voice. Known best for a number of late 1960s Japanese hits, notably Isezakicho Blues and Ikebukuro No Yoru both selling over a million copies each ~ Ihara was born in 1941
 
July 2, 1998 ~ Raphael Schecroun, commonly known as jazz pianist Errol Parker, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Worked with Django Reinhardt, James Moody, Don Byas, Kenny Clarke, and others ~ Schecroun was born in 1925
July 2, 1998 ~ Catherine Louise Fink, commonly known as author, singer, arranger, composer Kay Thompson, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Worked with Lennie Hayton, Andre Kostelanetz, Judy Garland. Best known as the author of the Eloise children's books and as a vocal coach for artists such as Lena Horne, Frank Sinatra, and June Allyson ~ Fink was born in 1909
 
July 2, 1997 ~ Jazz pianist Stan Barker passed away ~ Worked with Digby Fairweather, Al Grey, Buddy Tate, Al Wood, Billy Butterfield, and others ~ Barker was born in 1926
 
July 2, 1994 ~ Gospel singer Marion Williams passed away in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Member of the Ward Singers for over a decade starting in 1947 and subsequently the Stars Of Faith ~ Williams was born in 1927
July 2, 1994 ~ Singer, mandolinist Ralph Rinzler passed away in Washington DC, USA ~ Best known as a member of bluegrass outfit the Greenbriar Boys. Has also guested on recordings by Joan Baez, Clarence Ashley, and others. Co-founder of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival held yearly in Washington DC ~ Rinzler was born in 1934
 
July 2, 1993 ~ Rapper, singer, songwriter Vince Staples, full name Vincent Jamal Staples, born in Compton, California, USA ~ Member of hip-hop trio the Cutthroat Boyz alongside Aston Matthews and Joey Fatts. Critically acclaimed for his 2015 Summertime '06 debut album. Best known for his 2017 Big Fish single
 
July 2, 1992 ~ Vernon Harrison, commonly known as country blues, boogie woogie, jazz singer, pianist, songwriter Boogie Woogie Red, passed away in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Has worked with Sonny Boy Williamson I, Washboard Willie, Baby Boy Warren, Lonnie Johnson, Tampa Red, John Lee Hooker, Memphis Slim, and others. Perhaps best known for his 1974 Live At The Blind Pig album, earning him critical praise and interest in Europe ~ Harrison was born in 1925
July 2, 1992 ~ José Monje Cruz, commonly known as flamenco singer Camarón de la Isla, passed away in Barcelona, Spain ~ Along with Paco de Lucia and Tomatito, both of whom he collaborated with, credited for helping revive flamenco ~ Cruz was born in 1950
 
July 2, 1990 ~ Roy Landman, commonly known as singer Snooky Lanson, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Best known as a singing star on the NBC series Your Hit Parade, hired by bandleader Ray Noble. Had previously worked with Francis Craig's dance band. Also known as a singer in several radio orchestras, including for shows such as Appointment With Music, Saturday Showcase and Sunday Night Serenade ~ Landman was born in 1914
 
July 2, 1989 ~ Devin Star Tailes, commonly known as singer, rapper, songwriter, model, radio host Dev, born ~ Discovered by the Cataracs, who guested on her 2010 Bass Down Low debut single. Featured vocalist on Far East Movement's Like A G6 hit single the same year. Would release her The Night When The Sun Came Up the next year. Has worked with 2 Chainz, Sage The Gemini, JLS, Enrique Iglesias, Eric Saade, Demi Lovato, NERVO, and others
 
July 2, 1988 ~ Edward L Vinson Jr, commonly known as jump blues, R&B, bebop saxophonist Eddie Cleanhead Vinson, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Leader and sideman. As a leader known for Old Maid Boogie and Kidney Stew Blues. Worked with Milt Larkin, Arnett Cobb, Illinois Jacquet, Tom Archia, Big Bill Broonzy, Cootie Williams, John Coltrane, Jay McShann, Johnny Otis, Paul Quinichette, Cannonball Adderley, Mike Bloomfield, Joe Pass, Buddy Tate, Roomful Of Blues, Harry Sweets Edison, and others ~ Vinson was born in 1917
 
July 2, 1986 ~ Actress, singer, songwriter, producer Lindsay Lohan, full name Lindsay Dee Lohan, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Child actress, child star. Broke through with her role in Disney's 1998 The Parent Trap film. As a singer released her Speak debut album in 2004 and has recorded to moderate succes since
 
July 2, 1985 ~ Actress, singer Ashley Tisdale, full name Ashley Michelle Tisdale, born in Monmouth County, New Jersey, USA ~ Best known as an actress, starring in the Disney TV show The Suite Life Of Zack & Cody and all three films of the High School Musical series. As a singer known for her 2007 Headstrong debut album, awarded gold certification in the USA, its singles He Said She Said and its follow-up Not Like That particularly well-received in Germany
July 2, 1985 ~ Singer Vlatko Ilievski born in Skopje, Yugoslavia ~ Internationally best known for representing Macedonia in the 2011 Eurovision Songfestival, reaching 16th place with the song Rusinka. Previously a member of rock band Moral ~ Ilievski passed away in 2018
 
July 2, 1983 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Michelle Branch, full name Michelle Jaquet DeSevren Branch, born in Sedona, Arizona, USA ~ Best known for two critically acclaimed and commercially successful albums from the early 2000s, 2001's The Spirit Room and 2003's Hotel Paper, reaching the charts with singles such as All You Wanted and Are You Happy Now. Collaborated with Carlos Santana, with Jessica Harp as a country-pop duo the Wreckers, and guested on records by Timbaland, Chris Isaak, Dwight Yoakam, and Patrick Carney
 
July 2, 1982 ~ Blues, country blues harpist, guitarist, banjoist DeFord Bailey passed away in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ~ Dubbed “the Harmonica Wizard” for his skills on the blues harp. Pioneer member of the Grand Ole Opry. Known for songs such as Pan American Blues and Dixie Flyer Blues ~ Bailey was born in 1899
July 2, 1982 ~ Ferras Alqaisi, mononymously known as singer, songwriter Ferras, born in Gillespie, Illinois, USA ~ Best known for Hollywood's Not America of his 2008 Aliens & Rainbows debut album. Has also written or co-written songs recorded by Adam Lambert, Luis Fonsi, Ricky Martin, Dua Lipa, Katy Perry, the Chainsmokers, and others
 
July 2, 1981 ~ Guitarist, songwriter Billy Rush Masters passed away ~ Co-founding member of Christian pop outfit the Archers, known for 1970s recordings such as God's Love, Thank You Lord Jesus, Music (He Brings A New Song), Brand New Day and Fresh Surrender ~ Masters was born in 1950
 
July 2, 1979 ~ Jazz trumpeter Henry Goodwin, full name Henry Clay Goodwin, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Worked with Claude Hopkins, Cliff Jackson, Elmer Snowden, Lucky Millinder, Willie Bryant, Charlie Johnson, Cab Calloway, Kenny Clarke, Edgar Hayes, Sidney Bechet, Cecil Scott, Art Hodes, Mezz Mezzrow, Bob Wilber, Jimmy Archey, Earl Hines, and others ~ Goodwin was born in 1910
 
July 2, 1976 ~ Singer, chansonnier Klaas Delrue born in Rekkem, Belgium ~ Frontman of Yevgueni, co-founded with Geert Noppe, known for their 2005 Kannibaal debut album. As a solo artist known under the moniker Delrue, releasing his Riquons Tout debut in 2014
 
July 2, 1974 ~ R&B, doo-wop singer Jimmy Ricks, full name James Thomas Ricks, passed away in Albany, New York, USA ~ Co-founded the Ravens with Warren Suttles and remained with the band through 1956. The doo-wop group would become one of the the most influential vocal quartets of the 1940s and early 1950s, known for songs such as Honey, Ole Man River, Write Me A Letter and Rock Me All Night Long ~ Ricks was born in 1924
 
July 2, 1973 ~ Actress, dancer, singer Betty Grable, full name Elizabeth Ruth Grable, passed away in Santa Monica, California, USA ~ Child actress starting her film career at age 12. Came to prominence in the 1939 Broadway musical DuBarry Was A Lady. Made her major Hollywood film debut debut replacing Alice Faye in Down Argentine Way the following year and would go on to become become one of the biggest stars of the decade, starring in over 40 films ~ Grable was born in 1916
 
July 2, 1972 ~ Guitarist René Rutten born in Nijmegen, the Netherlands ~ Co-founded the Gathering with his brother Hans Rutten
 
July 2, 1970 ~ Progressive rock, neo-psychedelia, art rock bassist Colin Edwin born in Melbourne, Australia ~ Best known as member of Porcupine Tree from 1993 through 2011. Has also worked with the Ex-Wise Heads, Random Noise Generator, Lorenzo Feliciati, Obake, Jon Durant, Gaudi and Metallic Taste Of Blood
July 2, 1970 ~ Simone Johnson, commonly known as singer, rapper Monie Love born in London, UK ~ Released her debut album, Down To Earth, spawning the singles Monie In The Middle and It's A Shame (My Sister), the latter sampling the Spinners' It's A Shame, written by Stevie Wonder and featuring Ultra Naté. Love subsequently collaborated with LA Reid, Kenneth Babyface Edmonds, Whitney Houston, Marley Marl, Prince, Inner City, Ras Kass, Adeva, Native Tongues, Queen Latifah, and others
 
July 2, 1969 ~ Joseph Anthony Hernandez, commonly known as rapper, producer, DJ, break dancer Tony Touch, born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Released his full-length The Piece Maker debut album in 2000. Best known for his 2005 Play That Song single featuring Nina Sky & B Real
 
July 2, 1968 ~ Heavy metal, groove metal drummer Tony Costanza born ~ Influenced by Dave Lombardo, Gene Hoglan, Terry Bozzio. Best known as original drummer of Machine Head, playing with the band in 1992 and 1993. Has also worked with Papsmear, Debris Inc, Crowbar, Area 51, Crisis, and others ~ Costanza passed away in 2020
 
July 2, 1967 ~ Producer, engineer Christoph H Muller born in Stuttgart, Germany ~ Best known as co-founder of the Gotan Project, teaming up with Eduardo Makaroff and Philippe Solai. Also collaborated with Gabriela Arnon, Ten Mother Tongues, Hans-Joachim Roedelius, Catherine Ringer, Roy Dubb, and others
 
July 2, 1964 ~ Country, country-pop singer Jim Reeves records Make The World Go Away during his last session ~ Reeves records Make The World Go Away, Misssing You and Is It Really Over during his last studio session for RCA-Victor. He would die later the same month in a plane crash
 
July 2, 1962 ~ Salsa singer Roberto Blades born in Chiriqui, Panama ~ Brother of singer Rubén Blades. Known for songs such as Y No Regrese Contigo, Lagrimas, Poquita Fe, Casco, El Artista Famoso, Flor Dormida, Si Estuvieras Conmigo, and others
 
July 2, 1958 ~ Singer Martha Boswell passed away in Peekskill, New York, USA ~ One third of close harmony trio the Boswell Sisters, alongside siblings Connee Boswell and Helvetia Boswell, known for 1930s hits such as I Found A Million Dollar Baby In A Five An Ten Cent Store, Rock & Roll, The Object Of My Affection, Dinah, Alexander's Ragtime Band, and others ~ Boswell was born in 1905
 
July 2, 1956 ~ Margaretha Hendrika Maria Groeneveld, commonly known as pop singer Marga Bult, born in Lattrop, the Netherlands ~ Best known as member of girl group Babe, joining the band in 1981 as replacement for Gemma van Eck. The band would be known for a string of Dutch top 40 hits through the mid-1980s including I'm A Rocking Machine, Together In Love and Dolly The Doll. As a solo artist best known for her 1987 single Rechtop In De Wind. Bult would draw heavy criticism during the COVID pandemic for actively spreading numerous conspiracy theories
 
July 2, 1952 ~ Conductor, pianist, composer Frank Welsman, full name Frank Squire Welsman, passed away in Muskoka, Canada ~ Founded the Toronto Conservatory Symphony Orchestra in 1906 ~ Welsman was born in 1873
July 2, 1952 ~ Boogie rock, boogie woogie pianist Gene Taylor born in Norwalk, California, USA ~ Briefly a member of Canned Heat from 1974 through 1976. Has also worked with Big Joe Turner, T-Bone Walker, James Harman, the Blasters, the Downchild Blues Band, the Fabulous Thunderbirds (Roll Of The Dice), the Red Devils, Kim Wilson (That's Life, Tiger Man), Charlie Musselwhite, Jackson Delta, Amos Garrett, Dwight Yoakam (Guitars Cadillacs Etc Etc), John Hammond Jr, and others ~ Taylor passed away in 2021
July 2, 1952 ~ Percussionist Jamey Haddad, full name Jamey George Haddad, born in Cleveland, Ohio, USA ~ Worked with Paul Simon, Dave Liebman, Paul Winter, Joe Lovano, Allen Farnham, Carly Simon, Betty Buckley, Rabih Abou Khalil, Simon Shaheen, Marbin, Trichy Sankaran, Osvaldo Golijov, Nguyên Lê, Badi Assad, Steve Shehan, Esperanza Spalding, Elliot Goldenthal, Nancy Wilson, the Wayfaring Strangers, Steve Gadd, Laszlo Gardony, Joanne Brackeen, and others
 
July 2, 1951 ~ Percussionist, singer Richard Spremich, San Francisco, California, USA ~ Founding member of Latin rock, funk band Malo, known best for their 1972 Suavecito hit single. Previously worked with Malo bandmates Richard Bean and Abel Zarate in Naked Lunch
 
July 2, 1949 ~ Jazz guitarist, banjoist, singer Bud Scott, full name Arthur Bud Scott, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Worked with Marian Anderson, Paul Robeson, James Reese Europe, King Oliver, Johnny Dodds, Jimmy Blythe, Erskine Tate, Jelly Roll Morton, Dave Peyton, Ethel Waters, Jimmie Noone, Mutt Carey, Ed Garland, Zutty Singleton, Buster Wilson, and others ~ Scott was born in 1890
 
July 2, 1947 ~ Saxophonist Reggie Houston born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Best known for his association with Fats Domino, backing Domino for nearly two continuous decades starting in 1983. Has also worked with Dr John, Ziggy Modeliste, the Neville Brothers, Mary Flower, the Indigo Girls, John Koerner, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and others
 
July 2, 1943 ~ Singer Bing Crosby records Sunday Monday Or Alawys ~ Written by Jimmy van Heusen and Johnny Burke. Recorded during the musicians strike, featuring the Ken Darby Singers as vocal accompaniement instead of an orchestra. It would be a No.1 hit for Crosby, and be used in the film Dixie. Recorded around the same time by Frank Sinatra. In later years it would be done by Mildred Bailey, Nat King Cole, Pat Boone, and other
 
July 2, 1942 ~ Grahm Pulleyblank, commonly known as country, pop, country pop singer Leapy Lee, born in Eastbourne, UK ~ Best known for his 1968 Little Arrows single which reached top 10 in his native UK and charted reasonably well on the American pop and country charts
 
July 2, 1941 ~ Singer William Guest born in Atlanta, Georgia, USA ~ Best known as a member of Gladys Knight's backing unit the Pips ~ Guest passed away in 2015
 
July 2, 1940 ~ Classical hornist Dale Clevenger born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA ~ Best known as principal hornist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 1966 through 2013. Has also notably worked with the American Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Leopold Stokowski, Symphony Of The Air and the Kansas City Philharmonic ~ Clevenger passed away in 2022
 
July 2, 1938 ~ R&B, doo-wop singer Derek Martin, full name Derek Don Martin, born in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Key member of the Top Notes, alongside Guy Howard, known for songs such as Hearts Of Stone, Twist And Shout, Wait For Me Baby and I Love You So Much
 
July 2, 1936 ~ Ludwig Alexander Hirtreiter, commonly known as singer, actor Rex Gildo, born in Straubling, Germany ~ 1960s, 1970ss schlager singer best known for songs such as Speedy Gonzales, Goodbye Susanna and Fiesta Mexicana ~ Gildo passed away in 1999
 
July 2, 1934 ~ Dionysius O'Brien, commonly known as folk, pop singer, pianist, guitarist, producer, songwriter Tom Springfield born in London, UK ~ Brother of Dusty Springfield, with whom he also worked in the Springfields. After the band disbanded would go on to produce and write for the Seekers, including their biggest hits such as Georgy Girl, I'll Never Find Another You and A World Of Our Own. Also wrote or co-wrote for others, including Summer Is Over for Frank Ifield, Adios Amour (Goodbye My Love) recorded by José Feliciano, and Losing You for his sister
 
July 2, 1932 ~ Trumpeter, arranger Bobby Ellis born in Kingston, Jamaica ~ Noted session trumpeter. Worked with Peter Tosh, Burning Spear, the Revolutionaries, Tommy McCook, Herbie Mann, and others. ~ Ellis passed away in 2016
 
July 2, 1928 ~ Jazz pianist Richard Wyands born in Oakland, California, USA ~ Sideman and leader. Played with Vernon Alley, Carmen McRae, Roy Haynes, Charles Mingus, Jerome Richardson, Gigi Gryce, Kenny Burrell, Gene Ammons, Benny Carter, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Teddy Edwards, Frank Foster, Freddie Hubbard, Etta Jones, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Oliver Nelson, Houston Person, Jerome Richardson, James Spaulding, Buddy Tate, with Illinois Jacquet, and with Kenny Burrell
 
July 2, 1927 ~ Big band saxophonist Charlie Kennedy, full name Charles Sumner Kennedy, born ~ Worked with Louis Prima, Gene Krupa, Terry Gibbs, Charlie Ventura, Flip Phillips, Chico O'Farrill, Bill Holman, Terry Gibbs, June Christy, Med Flory, Dizzy Gillespie, Neal Hefti, Chubby Jackson, Shelly Manne, Anita O'Day, Art Pepper, Zoot Sims, and others ~ Kennedy passed away in 2009
July 2, 1927 ~ Saxophonist Lee Allen born in Pittsburg, Kansas, USA ~ Best known as a mentor and eventually member of the Blasters. Has also worked with Paul Gayten, Dave Bartholomew, Fats Domino, Lloyd Price, Earl King, Huey Piano Smith, Professor Longhair, T-Bone Walker, Big Joe Turner, Dr John, Buddy Miles, the Stray Cats, and others ~ Allen passed away in 1994
 
July 2, 1925 ~ Marvin Karlton Rainwater, commonly known as country, pop, rockabilly singer, songwriter Marvin Rainwater, born in Wichita, Kansas, USA ~ Best known for a number of late 1950s hits, notably Gonna Find Me A Bluebird, Whole Lotta Woman and Nothin' Needs Nothin' (Like I Need You). UK guitarist Hank Marvin chose his stage name in honor of Rainwater ~ Rainwater passed away in 2013
 
July 2, 1920 ~ Herbert Harper, commonly known as trombonist Herbie Harper, born in Salina, Kansas, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Backed Billie Holiday, alongside Neal Hefti, Herbie Steward, Jimmy Rowles, and others. Also worked with Benny Goodman, Charlie Spivak, Stan Kenton, Bill Perkins, Maynard Ferguson, Benny Carter, Pete Rugolo, and others ~ Harper passed away in 2012
 
July 2, 1916 ~ Curtis Wain Gates, commonly known as singer, actor Ken Curtis, born in Lamar, Colorado, USA ~ Best known as actor, notably portraying the role of Festus Haggen on the CBS western TV series Gunsmoke. Sang with Tommy Dorsey's band in the early 1940's joining the ensemble as replacement for Frank Sinatra. Also lead singer of pivotal country group the Sons Of The Pioneers from 1949 through 1952 including on the hits Room Full Of Roses and Ghost Riders In The Sky ~ Gates passed away in 1991
 
July 2, 1914 ~ Conductor Frederick Fennell born in Cleveland, Ohio, USA ~ Praised by some as the most famous band conductor since John Philip Sousa. Well-known for his association with the Eastman Wind Ensemble. Has also worked with renowned ensembles such as the Boston Pops Orchestra, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, and others ~ Fennell passed away in 2004
 
July 2, 1905 ~ Jazz bandleader, saxophonist Harlan Leonard born in Kansas City, Missouri, USA ~ Playing professionally since age 17 starting with serving under Bennie Moten and eventually leading the band's reed section. Active as a bandleader since the early 1930s. Once employed Charlie Parker but fired him after just weeks for lack of discipline. Has also worked with Thamon Hayes, Vic Dickenson, Myra Taylor, Tadd Dameron. Would retire from music by the mid-1940s and has worked in banking and with the IRS for the remainder of his life ~ Leonard passed away in 1983
 
July 2, 1894 ~ Songwriter, singer, pianist Turner Layton, full name John Turner Layton Jr, born in Washington DC, USA ~ Best known as a songwriter, frequent collaborator of Henry Creamer. Co-wrote the standard After You've Gone, first popularized by Sophie Tucker and also recorded by Marion Harris, Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong, Django Reinhardt, Sonny Stitt, Peggy Lee, Phil Collins, and others. Also co-wrote Way Down Yonder In New Orleans, recorded by Frankie Trumbauer, Paul Whiteman, Bing Crosby, Freddy Cannon, Patti Page, Jan & Dean, and others ~ Layton passed away in 1978
 
July 2, 1892 ~ John Greenhaigh Hilton, commonly known as pianist, bandleader, composer, impresario Jack Hylton, born in Lancashire, UK ~ Rose to fame during the British dance band era, referred to as “the British King of Jazz” ~ Hilton passed away in 1965