This Day In Music: July 20
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July 20, 2021 ~ Charles Edward Weiss, commonly known as singer, songwriter, actor Chuck E Weiss, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Played blues, beat poetry, rock & roll. got his start in music as touring drummer for Lightnin' Hopkins. To mainstream audiences perhaps best known as the subject of Rickie Lee Jones' 1979 Chuck E's In Love hit single. Released his eponymous Chuck E Weiss debut album in 1981. Had Tony Gilkyson and Tom Waits guest on his 1999 Extremely Cool album, with Waits also signing on as co-producer ~ Weiss was born in 1945
 
July 20, 2020 ~ Singer Denise Johnson passed away ~ Best known for her association with Primal Scream singing backup for the band from 1990 through 1995. Sang co-lead on the single Don't Fight It (Feel It) taken of the quintessential 1991 Screamadelica album. Johnson has also worked with New Order, Pet Shop Boys, A Certain Ratio, and others, as well as recorded as a solo artist ~ Johnson was born in 1963
July 20, 2020 ~ William Michael McGee, commonly known as drummer Mickey McGee, passed away ~ First gained attention in the early 1970s backing Linda Ronstadt on the Don't Cry Now album and subsequently Jackson Browne on the For Everyman album. Member of the Flying Burrito Brothers from 1975 through 1981. Has also worked with Juice Newton, for whom he co-wrote Blue and I'll Never Love Again, with Ricky Nelson, JD Souther, Warren Zevon, Chris Darrow, and others ~ McGee was born in 1947
 
July 20, 2017 ~ Alternative metal, alternative rock, post-grunge guitarist, singer Chester Bennington, full name Charles Charles Bennington, passed away in Palos Verdes Estates, California, USA ~ Lead singer of Linkin Park, best known for their 2000 Hybrid Theory debut album. Has also worked with Grey Daze, Dead By Sunrise, Stone Temple Pilots, Kings Of Chaos ~ Bennington was born in 1976
 
July 20, 2016 ~ Organist André Isoir passed away ~ Recorded over 50 albums. Acclaimed for his interpretation of Johann Sebastian Bach's The Art Of The Fugue. Best known as head organist at Eglise St Medard church, a position he held from 1952 through 1967 ~ Isoir was born in 1935
 
July 20, 2015 ~ Multi-instrumentalist Dieter Moebius passed away in Germany ~ Helped paved the way for techno and ambient ~ Moebius was born in 1944
July 20, 2015 ~ Singer, songwriter Wayne Carson, full name Wayne Carson Head, passed away in Springfield, Missouri, USA ~ Best known as a songwriter who wrote or co-wrote several classics originally recorded by BJ Thomas (Always On My Mind) and perhaps most notably the Box Tops (The Letter, Neon Rainbow, and Soul Deep). Others who have recorded his songs include Brenda Lee, Elvis Presley, Eddy Arnold, the Beach Boys, Dionne Warwick, Mel Tillis, Petula Clark, Clarence Carter, Gary US Bonds, Willie Nelson, Tina Turner, Conway Twitty, Johnny Paycheck, Gary Stewart, Moe Bandy, Glen Campbell, Shelby Lynne, April Fools, Waylon Jennings, Claude King, and others ~ Carson was born in 1943
 
July 20, 2013 ~ Trumpeter Laurie Frink, full name Laurie Ann Frink, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Worked with Mel Lewis, Gerry Mulligan, George Russell, Benny Goodman, Buck Clayton, Bob Mintzer, Maria Schneider, John Hollenbeck, Darcy James Argue, Ryan Truesdell, Jentsch Group Large, and others ~ Frink was born in 1951
 
July 20, 2011 ~ Bassist Ron van Eck passed away ~ Member of Supersister. Wrote or co-wrote songs such as Looking Back (The Moral Of Herodotus), Present From Nancy, Memories Are New (Boom Boom), Radio, Pudding and Gisteren. Co-founded Stamp 'n Go ~ Van Eck was born in 1950
 
July 20, 2009 ~ Singer Ria Brieffies, full name Maria Petronella Brieffies, passed away in Westerland, the Netherlands ~ Best known as member of pop girl group the Dolly Dots. The band would score numerous top 10 hits in the Netherlands, starting in the late 1970s, including Tell It All About Boys, Hela-do-ladi-do, STOP, Do You Wanna Wanna, She's A Liar, Dreaming Of You, and What A Night. After the groups disbandedment has released a handful of solo recordings, notably the 1989 single Love Always Finds A Reason, a duet with Glenn Medeiros. Briefly toured with her own jazz band, het Ria Brieffies Kwintet, before retiring from music in the 1990s ~ Brieffies was born in 1957
 
July 20, 2008 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Artie Traum, full name Arthur Roy Traum, passed away in Bearsville, New York, USA ~ Worked with the Band, Arlen Roth, Warren Bernhardt, Maria Muldaur, Pat Alger, Tony Levin, John Sebastian, Richie Havens, Eric Andersen, Paul Butterfield, Paul Siebel, Rory Block, James Taylor, Pete Seeger, David Grisman, Livingston Taylor, Michael Franks, Happy Traum, Blues Project, the Woodstock Mountain Revue, and others ~ Traum was born in 1943
 
July 20, 2000 ~ Gospel, R&B singer Mabel Scott passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Best remembered for her 1948 hits Elevator Boogie and Boogie Woogie Santa Claus. Disillusioned Scott eventually leave the music business and would sing only in church for the rest of her life ~ Scott was born in 1915
 
July 20, 1993 ~ Walter Luzar Campbell, commonly known as saxophonist, bandleader Choker Campbell, passed away in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Staff musician at Motown backing artists such as the Supremes, Martha & the Vandellas, the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, the Four Tops, Stevie Wonder, and others ~ Campbell was born in 1916
July 20, 1993 ~ Joanna Deborah Bussinger, commonly known as pop singer, songwriter Debrah Scarlett, born in Basel, Switzerland ~ Swiss-Norwegian singer internationally best known for representing Norway in the 2015 Eurovision Songfestival duetting with Kjetil Mørland on A Monster Like Me, reaching 8th place
 
July 20, 1987 ~ Rikhado Muziwendlovu Makhado, commonly known as rapper, singer, songwriter Riky Rick, born in Kwamashu, South Africa ~ Active since the mid-2010s, debuting with the single Barbershop featuring Da LES. Would release his acclaimed full-length Family Values debut album in 2015, featuring guests such as Cassper Nyovest, Okmalumkoolkat and Black Motion. Known for songs such as Sondela, Silukotini, and Oh Lord. Battling depression Makhado commited suicide at age 34 ~ Makhado passed away in 2022
July 20, 1987 ~ Victor Grimmy Owusu, commonly known as rapper VIC, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Best known for the single Get Silly, a Billboard Hot 100 top 30 hit of his 2008 Beast debut album
 
July 20, 1986 ~ Rock group Santana celebrate their 20th anniversary ~ The band play a massive group reunion concert on frontman, guitarist Carlos Santana's birthday featuring current and former members in San Francisco, California, to celebrate the band's 20th anniversary
 
July 20, 1984 ~ Composer, music director, violinist Gail Kubik, full name Gail Thompson Kubik, passed away in Covina, California, USA ~ Staff composer for NBC Radio. Music director for Motion Picture Bureau during World War II, composing and conducting scores for motion pictures. Won the 1952 Pullitzer Prize for Music for his composition Symphony Concertante ~ Kubik was born in 1914
 
July 20, 1983 ~ Pop band Duran Duran headline charity concert at Dominion Theatre, London ~ The band headline Prince's Trust Rock Gala attended by Prince Charles and Princess Diana. It would be the first time the band and Lady Di meet, the latter previously having commented they were her favorite band
July 20, 1983 ~ Rock, heavy metal, gothic jazz keyboardist Rosie Smith, full name Rosemary Ellen Smith, born in London, UK ~ Best known as member of Cradle Of Filth, remaining with the band until 2009. Has also recorded as a solo artist, going by the moniker Rosa Damascena, describing her music as gazz or “Gothic jazz”
 
July 20, 1980 ~ Guitarist, bassist, keyboardist, singer Mike Kennerty, full name Michael Brian Kennerty, born ~ Best known as rhythm guitarist for All-American Rejects. Also worked with Masked Intruder, Direct Hit, Screeching Weasel, the Copyrights, Red City Radio, Euclid Crash, Mr Crispy, and others
 
July 20, 1978 ~ Pop, R&B singer Elliott Yamin, full name Efraym Elliott Yamin, born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ First gained attention as a contestant on American Idol, reaching 3rd place in the show's fifth season in 2006. Released his eponymous Elliott Yamin debut album the next year, spawning the single Wait For You, and has been recording steadily since
July 20, 1978 ~ Jazz, swing guitarist, singer Teddy Bunn, full name Theodore Leroy Bunn, passed away in Lancaster, California, USA ~ Generally regarded as one of the best acoustic guitarists of the 1930s active throughout the early 1970s. Played solely by ear, having never learned to read notes. Best known as a member of Spirits Of Rhythm led by Leo Watson. Has also worked with Red Allen, Fats Pichon, Duke Ellington, the Six Jolly Jesters, the Washboard Rhythm Kings, the Ramblers, Victoria Spivey, Lizzie Miles, Spencer Williams, Sidney Bechet, Hadda Brooks, Johnny Dodds, JC Higginbotham, Lionel Hampton, Jimmie Noone, Louis Jordan, and others ~ Bunn was born in 1910
 
July 20, 1972 ~ Giovanna Bersola, commonly known as Eurodance singer Jenny B, born in Catania, Italy ~ Best known as singer with Playahitty, appearing on The Summer Is Magic, and with Corona, appearing on Rhythm Of The Night. Also worked with JK, Nevada, Libra, Red Velvet, Funky Company, Gemelli Diversi, Benny Benassi, Simpson Tune, Alan Sorrenti, Massimo Ranieri, Stylus Robb, Favretto, Marracash, Culture Beat, and others
 
July 20, 1971 ~ Robert Earl Davis Jr, commonly known as hip-hop DJ, rapper DJ Screw, born in Smithville, Texas, USA ~ Pivotal figure in Southern rap known best for establishing the “chopped and screwed” technique. Has released over 350 mixtapes, both as a solo musician and as frontman of the acclaimed collective Screwed Up Click. Rediscovered by a wider audience some five years after his death of a codeine overdose, finding a new generation of followers ~ Davis passed away in 2000
 
July 20, 1970 ~ Punk rock, pop punk, alternative rock, alternative metal singer, guitarist, bassist, percussionist Theo Goutzinakis born in Vancouver, Canada ~ Best known as guitarist, singer of Gob, which he founded with Tom Thacker
July 20, 1970 ~ Jazz pianist, trombonist Tony Russell, full name Keith Anthony Ceasar Russell, passed away in London, UK ~ Closely associated with Johnny Dankworth. Co-wrote the 1966 musical The Matchgirls with Bill Owen. Also worked with Vic Lewis, Oscar Rabin, Ralph Sharon, Jack Parnell, and others ~ Russell was born in 1929
 
July 20, 1969 ~ Rodothas Hamilton, commonly known as R&B singer Roy Hamilton, passed away in New Rochelle, New York, USA ~ Popular from the mid-1950s through the early 1960s. Merged classical phrasing with black gospel feeling. Best known for 1954's You'l Never Walk Alone and 1955's Unchained Melody, the two first major hits of the Epic Records label ~ Hamilton was born in 1929
 
July 20, 1968 ~ Nathaniel Thomas Wilson, commonly known as MC, rapper Kool G Rap born in Elmhurst, New York, USA ~ Often credited as one of the most influential MCs of all-time. Influential on later stars such as Notorious BIG, Nas, Jay-Z, Raekwon. Closely associated with DJ Polo. Member of the Juice Crew. Released his full-length 4-5-6 solo debut album in 1995
 
July 20, 1967 ~ Alternative rock singer, guitarist, keyboardist, percussionist Courtney Taylor-Taylor born in Portland, Oregon, USA ~ Co-founder, guitarist, lead singer of the Dandy Warhols, known for songs such as Not If You Were The Last Junkie On Earth and Bohemian Like You. Also worked with the Beauty Stab, Nero's Rome, One Model Nation
 
July 20, 1966 ~ Guitarist Stone Gossard, full name Stone Carpenter Gossard, born in Seattle, Washington, USA ~ Best known as co-founding member of Pearl Jam. Previously a member of pivotal grunge outfits Green River and Mother Love Bone. Has also worked with Brad, the Ducky Boys, with supergroup Temple Of The Dog and has recorded as a solo artist, starting with the album Bayleaf released in 2001
 
July 20, 1964 ~ Christopher John Boyle, commonly known as guitarist, singer, songwriter Chris Cornell, born in Seattle, Washington, USA ~ Pivotal figure in 1990s grunge. Best known as singer, guitarist for Soundgarden and for Audioslave. Fronted Temple Of The Dog. Has also worked with Center For Disease Control Boys, Screaming Trees, Alice In Chains, Alice Cooper, Slash, and others ~ Boyle passed away in 2017
 
July 20, 1963 ~ Dean Esposito, commonly known as singer, DJ, producer, songwriter Dino, born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Known for a string of late 1980s, earlt 1990s hits including 1989's I Like It and 1990's Romeo, both of which reach the Billboard top 10
 
July 20, 1960 ~ Jazz saxophonist, clarinetist Ole Jacob Hystad born in Stord, Norway ~ Brother of saxophonist Jan Kåre Hystad. Leader and sideman. Has worked with Stein Inge Brækhus, Alex Riel, Frank Jacobsen, the Bakeriet Bluesband, Ole Amund Gjersvik, Terje Rypdal, the Bergen Big Band, Organ Jam, and others
 
July 20, 1959 ~ Keyboardist Mick MacNeill born in Glasgow, UK ~ Member of the Simple Minds from 1978 through 1990, known for Promised You A Miracle, Waterfront, Don't You Forget About Me, Alive And Kicking, Sanctify Yourself and Belfast Child. Also worked with Johnny & the Self-abusers, Fourgoodmen and with Visage
July 20, 1959 ~ Singer, guitarist Radney Foster, full name Radney Muckleroy Foster, born in Del Rio, Texas, USA ~ Rose to prominence as half of Foster & Lloyd, the other half being Bill Lloyd, known for their 1987 hit Crazy Over You. Released his Del Rio TX 1959 debut album in 1992, spawning the Billboard Country top 20 hits Just Call Me Lonesome, Nobody Wins and Easier Said Than Done
 
July 20, 1957 ~ Drummer Merlina 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 20, 1956 ~ Punk, punk rock drummer Paul Cook born in London, UK ~ Married to Jeni Cook of Culture Club, their daughter Hollie Cook is also a musician recording as a singer, keyboardist. Best known as co-founding member of pivotal punk band the Sex Pistols. Has also worked with the Professionals, the Chiefs Of Relief, Man Raze, Subway Sect, Edwyn Collins, and others
 
July 20, 1954 ~ Lawrence Philpot, commonly known as club DJ Larry Levan, born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Resident DJ at Paradise Garage, New York. Also played sets at Club Zanzibar, Newark, considered the home of the Jersey sound brand of deep house ~ Levan passed away in 1992
 
July 20, 1953 ~ Singer Dave Evans born in Camarthen, UK ~ Original lead singer of AC/DC. Featured on the band's debut single Can I Sit Next To You Girl b/w Rocking In The Parlor. Replaced by Bon Scott in October 1974
July 20, 1953 ~ Singer, actress, TV personality Marcia Hines, full name Marcia Elaine Hines, born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA ~ Mother of singer Deni Hines. Starred in the Australian versions of Hair and Jesus Christ Superstar. Known for cover versions such as Fire & Rain, I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself, and Something's Missing In My Life
 
July 20, 1952 ~ John French Segall, commonly known as heavy metal guitarist, singer Jay Jay French, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Co-founding member of Twisted Sister, present on the band's best-known including We're Not Gonna Take It, I Wanna Rock and The Price
 
July 20, 1949 ~ Clarinetist Louis Nelson Delisle passed away ~ Influenced Johnny Dodds and Jimmie Noone. Member of the Original Creole Orchestra. Also worked with Freddie Keppard, Bill Johnson, Jones & Collins Astoria Hot Eight, and others ~ Delisle was born in 1885
 
July 20, 1948 ~ Pianist, singer James Hooker born in Winnsboro, South Carolina, USA ~ Co-founding member of the Amazing Rhythm Aces, active with the band through 1980 and rejoining on occasion since. Co-wrote Steve Winwood's Freedom Overspill of the 1986 Back In The High Life album. Also closely associated with Nanci Griffith, serving as Griffith's bandleader and occasional co-writer for 20 years starting in the early 1980s including on the acclaimed 1993 Other Voices Other Rooms album. Has also worked with Mac Davis, Russell Smith, TG Sheppard, Paul Butterfield, John Martyn, John Hiatt, Sawyer Brown, Gove Scrivenor, the Decoys, Ian Gomm, Bernie Leadon, and others
 
July 20, 1947 ~ Guitarist, singer, songwriter Carlos Santana born in Autlán de Navarro, Mexico ~ Frontman and eponym of Santana. Pioneering Latin rock guitarist, merging rock & roll with Latin influences. Widely acclaimed as guitar virtuoso. Best known for his work in the late 1960s and 1970s with albums such as Abraxas and Santana III, resurging in the 1990s and 2000s with The Supernatural and Shaman. Known for songs such as Evil Ways, Black Magic Woman, Oye Como Va, Samba Pa Ti, Smooth featuring Rob Thomas, The Game Of Love featuring Michelle Branch
 
July 20, 1946 ~ Saxophonist Johnny Almond born in Enfield, UK ~ Worked with Alan Price Set, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, Fleetwood Mac, Mark Almond, Zoot Money, Chicken Shack, Geoff Condon, Alan White, Curtis Amy, Hadley Caliman, Joe Harris, Charles Kynard, Joe Pass, Martha Veléz, and others ~ Almond passed away in 2009
July 20, 1946 ~ Joseph Henton, commonly known as trombonist Tricky Sam Nanton, passed away ~ Worked with Cliff Jackson, Elmer Snowden, Duke Ellington, and others. Hearing trumpeter Johnny Dunn play with a plunger, he realised the same trick could be used on a trombone. Together with Ellington bandmate Bubber Miley in large part responsible for Ellington's wah-wah sound in the late-1920s ~ Nanton was born in 1904
 
July 20, 1945 ~ Singer Brenda Reid born ~ Lead singer of the Exciters, known for the hit single Tell Him. Would marry fellow band member Herb Rooney. Also a member of the Masterettes
July 20, 1945 ~ Bassist, singer, songwriter John Lodge, full name John Charles Lodge, born in Birmingham, UK ~ Co-founding member of the Moody Blues. Wrote or co-wrote a vast amount of the band's material including Evening Time To Get Away, Ride My See Saw, Send Me No Wine, Out & In, Isn't Life Strange, I'm Just A Singer and Gemini Dream. Has also released a number of albums outside of the band, notably 1975's The Blue Jays with bandmate Justin Hayward which reached top 10 UK and his own Natural Avenue two years later
July 20, 1945 ~ Pop rock, soft rock singer, songwriter Kim Carnes born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Briefly a member of the New Christy Minstrels in 1966 and 1967. Would marry bandmate Dave Ellingson. Released her Rest On Me solo debut album in 1971. Known best for her 1981 Billboard Hot 100 No.1 Bette Davis' Eyes hit single. Other well-known songs include More Love, the Kenny Rogers-duet Don't Fall In Love With A Dreamer, and Crazy In The Night (Barking At Airplanes)
 
July 20, 1944 ~ Folk rock singer, songwriter, playwright, screenwriter Jo Carol Pierce born in Wellington, Texas, USA ~ Schoolmate of Butch Hancock and Joe Ely, the latter encouraging her to become a songwriter. High school sweatheart of Jimmie Dale Gilmore. Widely acclaimed for her 1995 Bad Girls Upset By The Truth debut album ~ Pierce passed away in 2022
July 20, 1944 ~ William Neal Browder, commonly known as country singer TG Sheppard, born in Humboldt, Tennessee, USA ~ Scored close to two dozen Billboard Country charttopppers from the mid-1970s through the mid-1980s including Devil In The Bottle, I Loved 'Em Every One, Only One You, Finally and Make My Day, the latter a collaboration with actor Clint Eastwood. Sheppard is married to singer, songwriter Kelly Lang
 
July 20, 1943 ~ Drummer Dennis Yost born ~ Known as “stand-up drummer” for playing the drum kit standing up. Founded Classics IV, known for the oft-covered late 1960s hits such as Spooky, Stormy and Traces ~ Yost passed away in 2008
 
July 20, 1941 ~ Jazz baritone saxophonist, clarinetist Charles Tyler born in Cadiz, Kentucky, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Ornette Coleman, Sunny Murray, Arthur Blythe, Bobby Bradford, David Murray, Steve Reid, Cecil Taylor, Billy Bang, Sun Ra, Khan Jamal, Steve Lacy, Albert Ayler, Wilber Morris, Hal Russell, and others ~ Tyler passed away in 1992
 
July 20, 1940 ~ Monica Danielsson, commonly known as pianist, songwriter, actress Monica Dominique born in Vasterås, Sweden ~ Sister of jazz double-bassist Palle Danielsson. Married to composer Carl-Axel Dominique, with whom she regularly worked including co-writing the 1973 Swedish Eurovision Songfestival entry You're Summer performed by Nova. Member of Solar Plexus. Member of Gals & Pals. Has also recorded as a solo artist and has collaborated with Carol Rogers, Monica Nielsen, her brother Palle, and with others
 
July 20, 1938 ~ Pop singer, dancer, songwriter Jo-Ann Campbell born in Jacksonville, Florida, USA ~ Best known for her 1962 I'm The Girl From Wolverton Mountain single, an answer song to Claude King's Wolverton Mountain. Other charting singles include Motorcycle Michael and Mother Please (I'd Rather Do It Myself). Retired from music in 1964 after marrying producer Troy Seals
 
July 20, 1935 ~ Organist André Isoir born ~ Recorded over 50 albums. Acclaimed for his interpretation of Johann Sebastian Bach's The Art Of The Fugue. Best known as head organist at Eglise St Medard church, a position he held from 1952 through 1967 ~ Isoir passed away in 2016
July 20, 1935 ~ Thomas Paulsley LaBeff, commonly known as rockabilly, rock & roll, blues, gospel, country singer, guitarist Sleepy LaBeef, born in Smackover, Arkansas, USA ~ Influenced by George Jones, Bill Monroe, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Elvis Presley. Earned the nickname “Sleepy” for his lazy eye. Actively recording since the mid-1950s, initially focusing on rockabilly with songs such as I'm Through. Best known for a number of late 1960s, early 1970s singles notably Every Day and Blackland Farmer. Would continue to record and tour extensively, at times playing up to 300 sets per year, well throughout the 2010s ~ LaBeff passed away in 2019
 
July 20, 1934 ~ Label executive, A&R scout, label founder, producer Bob Krasnow, full name Robert Alan Krasnow, born in Rochester, New York, USA ~ Associated with various labels including King Records, Blue Thumb Records, Loma Records, Elektra Records, Warner Bros Records, Asylum Records. Co-founder of the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. Discovered and signed Captain Beefheart, produced Beefheart's acclaimed 1967 Safe As Milk debut album. Krasnow was also helpful in advancing the careers of acts such as Ben Sidran, Gerry Rafferty, Hugh Masekela, the Pointer Sisters, Marc Bolan, Clifton Chenier, John Mayall, Chaka Khan, Funkadelic, Teddy Pendergrass, Womack & Womack, Public Image Ltd, the Cure, and others ~ Krasnow passed away in 2016
July 20, 1934 ~ Singer, mandolinist Ralph Rinzler born ~ 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 passed away in 1994
 
July 20, 1933 ~ Rock & roll singer Buddy Knox, full name Buddy Wayne Knox, born in Happy, Texas, USA ~ Best known for Party Doll, a Billboard Nop.1 hit in 1957. Buddy Holly-drummer Jerry Allison later stated the song would serve as the inspiration for his drumming on Not Fade Away ~ Knox passed away in 1999
July 20, 1933 ~ Avant-garde, free jazz saxophonist Mario Schiano born in Naples, Italy ~ Worked with the Italian Instabile Orchestra, Famoudou Don Moye, Eugenio Colombo, Ernst Reijseger, Paul Rutherford, Gianluigi Trovesi, Joëlle Léandre, and others ~ Schiano passed away in 2008
July 20, 1933 ~ Michelle Jacqueline Jeanne Fricault, commonly known as lyricist, songwriter Michelle Senlis, born in Montgeron, France ~ Wrote or co-wrote songs such as C'Est Un Jour A Naples for Dalida, Rachel for Juliette Gréco and Quatre Cents Enfants Noir for Christine Sevres. Others who recorded her songs include Edith Piaf, Leo Ferré, Marguerite Monnot, Jean Ferrat, Fabienne Thibeault, Hugues Aufray, Noëlle Cordier, Mireille Mathieu, Regine Zylberberg and Jacques Hustin ~ Senlis passed away in 2020
 
July 20, 1928 ~ Jazz double-bassist, producer Peter Ind born in Middlesex, UK ~ Leader and sideman. Has worked with Lennie Tristano, Buddy Rich, Booker Ervin, Mal Waldron, Slim Gaillard, Jutta Hipp, Zoot Sims, Gerry Mulligan, Booker Little, Joe Puma, Paul Bley, Bud Freeman, Lee Konitz, Warne Marsh, Jimmy Raney, Tommy Whittle, and others
 
July 20, 1927 ~ Composer, conductor Michael Gielen, full name Michael Andreas Gielen, born in Dresden, Germany ~ Closely associated with the Royal Swedish Opera. Premiered works by György Ligeti, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Bernd Alois Zimmermann. Has also worked with the Oper Frankfurt, the National Orchestra Of Belgium, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and others ~ Gielen passed away in 2019
 
July 20, 1919 ~ Jazz bassist Arnold Fishkind born in New York, New York, USA ~ Worked with Lennie Tristano, Charlie Barnet, Lee Konitz, Johnny Smith, Benny Goodman, Frankie Laine, Dean Martin, Bob Hope, Les Brown, Lena Horne, Keith Green, Ella Fitzgerald, Stan Hasselgard, Peanuts Hucko, Charlie Parker, Shorty Rogers, Butch Stone, Jerry Wald, Coleman Hawkins, and others ~ Fishkind passed away in 1999
July 20, 1919 ~ Ernest Brooks Wilkins Jr, commonly known as jazz saxophonist, conductor, arranger Ernie Wilkins, born in St Louis, Missouri, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Closely associated with Count Basie, backing Basie during the 1950s. Musical director for Cannonball Adderley, Dinah Washington, Oscar Peterson, Buddy Rich. Has recorded with Earl Hines, Kenny Clarke, Manny Albam, Louie Bellson, Dizzy Gillespie, Al Grey, Joe Newman, and others ~ Wilkins passed away in 1999
 
July 20, 1918 ~ Songwriter Cindy Walker born in Mart, Texas, USA ~ Wrote or co-wrote songs recorded by artists such as Bob Wills (Cherokee Maiden, Bubbles In My Beer), Al Dexter, Ernest Tubb, Eddy Arnold (Take Me In Your Arms Again), Hank Snow, Gene Autry, Jerry Vale, Ray Charles, Elvis Presley (You Don't Know Me), Jim Reeves, Roy Orbison, Jerry Wallace, and others ~ Walker passed away in 2006
 
July 20, 1907 ~ Singer, actor, bandleader Art Jarrett born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Prior to founding his orchestra in 1941 Jarrett has worked in the dance orchestras of Earl Burtnett, Ted Weems, Jimmie Noone, Red Nichols, Isham Jones, and others. ~ Jarrett passed away in 1987