This Day In Music: July 23
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July 23, 2021 ~ Folk, pop singer Fakir Alamgir passed away in Dhaka, Bangladesh ~ Emerged as an inspirational singer after the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War. Best known for songs such as O Sokhina, Shantahar, Nelson Mandela and Banglar Comrade Bondhu. Also known as an author with nine books to his name ~ Alamgir was born in 1950
July 23, 2021 ~ Rock, blues guitarist Wally Gonzalez passed away in Paranaque, Philippines ~ Leading figure in Pinoy rock, especially as co-founder of the Juan de la Cruz Band which at the height of its succes also included Mike Hanopol and Pepe Smith. The band is best known for Himig Nation of the 1973 landmark album of the same name. Has also recorded as a solo artist, notably Wally's Blues of his 1978 On The Road album, and was involved with a number of Pinoy bands from the 1990s forward serving as a mentor to numerous emerging talents ~ Gonzalez was born in 1949
July 23, 2020 ~ Dominique Garreau, commonly known as singer Dominic Sonic, passed away in Les Lilas, France ~ Member of punk band Kalashnikov. Half a dozen albums to his name as a solo artist, starting with Cold Tears released in 1989 ~ Garreau was born in 1984
July 23, 2015 ~ Israel Perales Ortiz, commonly known as hip-hop, Latin hip-hop, reggaeton rapper Mexicano 777, passed away in Manali, Puerto Rico ~ Latin hip-hop, reggaeton pioneer. Known for songs such as Desde De La Isla De La Muerte, No Mas Tregua featuring Fat Joe, El Boricia Poeta, and others ~ Perales was born in 1972
July 23, 2014 ~ Guitarist Adolph Jacobs passed away ~ Best known as an original member of the Coasters. Also worked with Vernon Green, the Medallions, Johnny Guitar Watson, Larry Williams, Little Richard (on the 1972 Second Coming album), Will Dub Jones, Elliot Shavers, Don & Dewey, Billy Lamont, and others ~ Jacobs was born in 1939
July 23, 2014 ~ Guitarist, songwriter Don Lanier passed away ~ 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 was born in 1936
July 23, 2011 ~ Singer Amy Winehouse passed away in Camden, UK ~ Singer, songwriter rooted in soul, jazz and blues with just two albums to her name, 2003's Frank and 2006's Back To Black, before an untimely death at 27 due to alcohol poisoning. Known for songs such as Stronger Than Me, Rehab, You Know I'm No Good, Back To Black, and Tears Dry On Their Own ~ Winehouse was born in 1983
July 23, 2011 ~ Folk singer, guitarist, songwriter Bill Morrissey passed away in Dalton, Georgia, USA ~ Influenced by Mississippi John Hurt, Robert Johnson, Hank Williams, Count Basie and Lester Young. Debuted in 1984 with the eponymous Bill Morrissey album and has recorded to critical acclaim since. Morrissey is also an author with two published novels to his name ~ Morrissey was born in 1951
July 23, 2011 ~ Singer, producer, label exec, songwriter Johnny Hoes, full name Johannes Andreas Hoes, passed away in Weert, the Netherlands ~ As a singer known best for Och Was Ik Maar Bij Moeder Thuis Gebleven, Sneeuwwitte Boezem, Daar Mag Je Alleen Naar Kijken, Vader Waar Is Moeder Gebleven and Waar We Heengaan (Jelle Zal Wel Zien), all of which reached top 10 between 1961 and 1967. Founded the Telstar label, for which Hoes discovered and produced acts such as de Alpenzusjes, Zangeres Zonder Naam, Eddy Wally, de Heikrekels, Normaal, Doe Maar, Henk Wijngaard, and others. Internationally best known for producing de Electronicas' 1980 hit single De Vogeltjesdans, a remake of a 1950 accordeon song Tchip Tchip. The song would go on to become a global hit, known in English as Chicken Dance, with an estimated 370 cover versions selling some 40 million copies globally ~ Hoes was born in 1917
July 23, 2009 ~ Daniel Hatton, commonly known as singer, guitarist, songwriter Danny McBride passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Enjoyed regional popularity with the Cavaliers in the Boston area during the 1960s. Rose to national prominence as lead guitarist for Sha Na Na including on the TV show of the same name and in the 1978 film Grease. Has since worked as musician with various bands, as actor, as voice-over actor and published several humorous pieces for a variety of magazines ~ Hatton was born in 1945
July 23, 2007 ~ Songwriter Ron Miller passed away ~ Once known as “the only white guy at Motown.” Wrote or co-wrote several classics including for Stevie Wonder (For Once In My Life, A Place In The Sun), Diana Ross (Touch Me In The Morning) and Charlene (I've Never Been To Me) ~ Birthdate unclear
July 23, 2004 ~ Singer, actor Serge Reggiani passed away in Boulogne-Bilancourt, France ~ Best known as an actor performing in some 80 films and various stage plays since the mid-1940s. Member of the French Resistance during World War II. Ventured out into music by the mid-1960s aided by singer, actor Yves Montand to become one of the most acclaimed chanson singers known for songs such as Les Loups Sont Entres Dans Paris and Sarah ~ Reggiani was born in 1922
July 23, 2002 ~ Leonard Graham, commonly known as bop, hard bop trumpeter Idrees Sulieman passed away in St Petersburg, Florida, USA ~ Played with the Carolina Cotton Pickers, Earl Hines, Mercer Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Mary Lou Williams, Cab Calloway, John Coltrane, Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, Coleman Hawkins, Randy Weston, Oscar Dennard, Kenny Clarke, Howard McGhee, and others ~ Graham was born in 1923
July 23, 1996 ~ Country, country pop singer, guitarist, pianist Danielle Bradbery, full name Danielle Simone Bradbery, born in League City, Texas, USA ~ Won the fourth edition of NBC's talent show The Voice in 2013, becoming the youngest winner. Would subsequently release her eponymous Danielle Bradbery debut album, spawning the Billboard Country top 20 hit The Heart Of Dixie single
July 23, 1993 ~ Blues guitarist, singer Otis Big Smokey Smothers passed away in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Brother of Little Smokey Smothers. Member of Howlin' Wolf's backing band from the mid-1950s onwards including on pivotal recordings such as Who's Been Talking, Tell Me, Change My Way, Natchez Burning and I Asked For Water. Also worked with Muddy Waters, Jimmy Rogers, Bo Diddley, Ike Turner, JT Brown, Freddie King, Johnny Jones, Little Walter, Willie Dixon, Johnny Williams, Lester Davenport, Arthur Big Boy Spires, Earl Hooker, Henry Strong, and others ~ Smothers was born in 1929
July 23, 1990 ~ Folk, folk-pop singer, guitarist, songwriter Bert Sommer, full name Bert Wiliam Sommer, passed away in Troy, New York, USA ~ Appeared in the musical Hair. Wrote several tracks for the Vagrants. Member of baroque pop band the Left Banke. Released a handful of solo albums, starting with The Road To Travel in 1968. Performed at Woodstock ~ Sommer was born in 1949
July 23, 1990 ~ Dagny Norvoll Sandvik, mononymously known as pop, synth-pop, disco singer Dagny, born in Tromsø, Norway ~ Daughter of jazz musicians Marit Sandvik and Øystein Norvoll. Best known for her 2011 single Backbeat, its acoustic version featured in the TV series Grey's Anatomy. Has collaborated with Vishnu, Børns, Steve Aoki, the Wombats, and others
July 23, 1987 ~ Singer, actor, bandleader Art Jarrett passed away in Los Angeles, California, 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 was born in 1907
July 23, 1985 ~ James Kern Kyser, commonly known as big band, swing, jazz bandleader, singer Kay Kyser, passed away in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA ~ Enjoyed popularity during the 1930 and 1940s as a big band bandleader and radio, TV, film personality including on his own NBC radio show Kay Kyser's Kollege Of Musical Knowledge which ran from 1939 through 1949. Known for songs such as Strip Polka, Three Little Fishes and It's All Up To You. Kyser and his band also featured in several films, usually as themselves, starting with 1949 That's Right You're Wrong. Kyser employed sidemen such as Harry Babbitt, Ish Kabibble, Ginny Simms, and singer Georgia Carroll whom Kyser would marry in 1945 ~ Kyser was born in 1905
July 23, 1984 ~ Indie rock, pop rock singer, guitarist, bassist, keyboardist Matthew Murphy, full name Matthew Edward Muprhy, born in Liverpool, UK ~ Lead singer, guitarist, primary songwriter of the Wombats, known for their 2007 UK top 20 hit Let's Dance To Joy Division. Murphy has been recording as a solo artist since 2018 under the moniker Love Fame Tragedy
July 23, 1981 ~ Punk rock, alternative rock, heavy metal singer, drummer, songwriter Steve Jocz born in Ajax, Canada ~ Best known as drummer of Sum 41, which he co-founded with Deryck Whibley. Also worked with the Operation MD, Avril Lavigne, Treble Charger, Iggy Pop, and others
July 23, 1980 ~ Keyboardist Keith Godchaux, full name Keith Richard Godchaux, passed away in Marin County, California, USA ~ Best known as pianist for the Grateful Dead from 1971 through 1979, singing lead vocals on Let Me Sing Your Blues Away. Has also worked with the Jerry Garcia Band. Married to singer Donna Jean Godchaux, with whom he also worked in the Dead. The couple also released their own somewhat overlooked Keith & Donna album in 1975, backed by Garcia, Spooky Tooth-bassist Chrissy Stewart and the Wings-drummer Denny Seiwell ~ Godchaux was born in 1948
July 23, 1980 ~ Pop, rock singer, guitarist, songwriter Tim Akkerman born in The Hague, the Netherlands ~ Founding member, lead singer of Di-rect, known for hits such as Inside My Head, She, Als Je Iets Kan Doen, Hungry For Love, Cool Without You and A Good Thing, all of which reached top 10 in the Netherlands. Akkerman left the band in 2009 to pursue a solo career and would be replaced by Marcel Veenendaal
July 23, 1979 ~ R&B, soul, gospel singer, actress Michelle Williams, full name Tenitra Michelle Williams, born in Rockford, Illinois, USA ~ Member of Destiny's Child, joining the band in 2000, first appearing on the 2001 Survivor album which spawned the hit singles Independent Women Part 1, Survivor, Bootylicious, Emotion, Nasty Girl. Also known as a solo artist, starting with the 2002 gospel album Heart To Yours
July 23, 1977 ~ Linnéa Mary Hansdotter Sporre, commonly known as singer, songwriter, producer Linnéa Deb, born ~ Worked with Fifth Harmony, JoJo, Mic Lowry, and with Akon. Often collaborated with fellow Swedish songwriters, producers Joy Deb and Anton Hård af Segerstad including on Måns Zelmerlöw's Heroes, 2015 Eurovision Songfestival winner
July 23, 1976 ~ Alternative rock, punk rock, rock & roll guitarist Tony Bevilacqua born ~ Member of the Distillers, best known for their 2003 Drain The Blood single. After the band disbanded Bevilacqua formed Spinnerette. Has also worked with Brody Dalle, Cold Showers, the Drips, Adam Freeland, Har Mar Superstar, the Soft Pack, La Sera, Jenny Lee Lindberg, Jack Name, Airspace, Karyyn, Tei Shi, Darker My Love, and others
July 23, 1973 ~ Pop, rock singer, guitarist, keyboardist, percussionist Fran Healy, full name Francis Healy, born in Statford, UK ~ Lead singer, frontman, primary lyricist of Travis, best known for their 1999 album The Man Who and its followup The Invisible Band released in 2001. Well-known songs include More Than Us, Driftwood, Why Does It Always Rain On Me, Coming Around, Sing, Re-offender and Closer. Has also worked with BNQT. Released his Wreckorder solo debut album in 2010, whch featured Paul McCartney on bass. Co-wrote the Killers' Here With Me of their 2012 Battle Born album
July 23, 1971 ~ Singer, fiddler Alison Krauss, full name Alison Maria Krauss, born in Decatur, Illinois, USA ~ Child prodigy. First recorded at age 14, backing her brother Viktor Kraus on the album Different Strokes. Singer and virtuoso bluegrass fiddler. Member of Union Station. Debuted as a solo artist with the 1987 album Too Late To Cy. Collaborated with Swamp Weiss, Jim Hoiles, John Pennell, the Cox Family, Shenandoah (earning Krauss her first Country top 10 hit on the collaboration Somewhere In The Vicinity Of The Heart), Suzy Bogguss, Kathy Mattea, Crosby Stills & Nash, Tommy Shaw, Jerry Douglas, Brad Paisley (Whiskey Lullabye), Robert Plant, Chris Vallillo, Dan Tyminski, John Waite, James Taylor, Natalie Macmaster, Silver Rail, T-Bone Burnett, Elvis Costello, Sting, Nickel Creek, and others
July 23, 1971 ~ Alternative rock, post-grunge drummer Chad Gracey born in York, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Member of Live, known for songs such as Selling The Drama, Lightning Crashes and The Dolphin's Cry. Also known as co-founder of the Gracious Few
July 23, 1971 ~ Singer Dalvin Degrate born in Hampton, Virginia, USA ~ Member of R&B boy band Jodeci, alongside Joel JoJo Hailey, Cedric K-Ci Hailey and his brother DeVante Swing, known for 1990s songs such as Forever My Lady, Stay, Come & Talk To me, Cry For U, Feenin', Freek'n You, Love U 4 Life and Get On Up. Would release his Met A Mor Phic solo album in 2000
July 23, 1965 ~ Alternative rock, shoegaze singer, guitarist, songwriter Rob Dickinson born in Norwich, UK ~ Co-founding member of the Catherine Wheel, known for songs such as Black Metallic, Crank, Waydown and Judy Staring At The Sun. After the band disbanded in 2000 has recorded as a solo artist and guested on recordings by Jimmy Chamberlin, Daniel Victor, BT, and others
July 23, 1965 ~ Saul Hudson, commonly known as Slash, born in Lafayette, Indiana, USA ~ Rose to fame as lead guitarist of rock, hard rock band Guns 'n Roses, remaining with the band through 1996 and especially acclaimed for his guitar play on Paradise City, Sweet Child O' Mine and Welcome To The Jungle. Fronted the side project Slash's Snakepit. Founded the rock supergroup Velvet Revolver, which also included Dave Kushner and Scott Weiland. Has released a number of solo albums, starting with the eponymous Slash in 2010. In-demand collaborator, notably appearing on Michael Jackson's Give In To Me and on Lenny Kravitz' Always On The Run. Has also worked with Band Of Gypsys, Carole King, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Alice Cooper, Derek Sherinian, Rihanna, and others
July 23, 1964 ~ Trumpeter, keyboardist Tim Kellett born in Knaresborough, UK ~ First gained attention as member of post-punk band Durutti Column, present on the 1984 Without Mercy album. Member of Simply Red from 1985 through 1991, present on some of the band's best-known. Founded Olive with Robin Taylor Firth, known for the 1997 You're Not Alone hit single. Has also worked with Nate James, Ella Chi, Emma Bunton, Gareth Gates, Girls Aloud, Taio Cruz, James Morrison, and others
July 23, 1963 ~ Hip-hop, experimental rock, drum 'n bass drummer Yuval Gabay born in Jerusalem, Israel ~ Best known as a member of Soul Coughing. Also drummed on Firewater's 1998 debut album Get Off The Cross, and worked with UV Ray, Suzanne Vega, Krust, Roni Size, Reprazent, John Scofield, Neil Finn, Action Figure Party, Boo Trundle, Mark de Gil Antoni, and with Mono Puff
July 23, 1961 ~ Singer, keyboardist, songwriter Martin Gore, full name Martin Lee Gore, born in Basildon, UK ~ Co-founding member, primary songwriter of alternative dance, alternative rock, new wave bband Depeche Mode, known for songs such as Just Can't Get Enough, See You, Everything Counts, People Are People, Master And Servant and Personal Jesus
July 23, 1960 ~ Jazz saxophonist, clarinetist Prince Robinson passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Worked with the Blue Rhythm Orchestra, June Clark, Duke Ellington, Billy Fowler, Fletcher Henderson, Lionel Howard, Clara Smith, Elmer Snowden, Leon Abbey, mcKinney's Cotton Pickers, Lil' Armstrong, Willie Bryant, Blanche Calloway, Roy Eldridge, Teddy Wilson, Billie Holiday, Lucky Millinder, Benny Morton, Claude Hopkins, Red Allen, Freddie Washington, and others ~ Robinson was born in 1902
July 23, 1959 ~ Jazz clarinetist, saxophonist Alan Barnes born in Altrincham, UK ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with the Pasadena Roof Orchestra, Tommy Chase, the Jazz Renegades, Gerard Presencer, Brian Lemon, Warren Vache Jr, Ken Peplowski, Tony Coe, Clark Tracey, Charlie Watts, Selma Jones, Björk, Van Morrison, Bryan Ferry, Jamie Cullum, and others
July 23, 1959 ~ Rock, jazz, folk singer, bassist, guitarist Pedro Aznar born in Buenos Aires, Argentina ~ Influenced by Jaco Pastorius. Member of influential rock supergroup Serú Girán alongside Charly García, David Lebón, Oscar Moro. Also known for his association with Pat Metheny, appearing on among others the acclaimed 1984 First Circle album. Has recorded as a solo artist with over a dozen albums to his name starting with the eponymous Pedro Aznar album released in 1982. Has also worked with Madre Atomica, ALAS, Enrique Pinti, Billy Bond & the Jets, and others
July 23, 1958 ~ Saxophonist, conductor, jazz historian Loren Schoenberg born in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, USA ~ Actively recording as a leader since the mid-1980s. Director of the National Jazz Museum, Harlem. Has worked with the American Jazz Orchestra, Marian McPartland, Bobby Short, Benny Carter, Jimmy Heath, Doc Cheatham, and others
July 23, 1954 ~ Keyboardist Marisa 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 23, 1954 ~ Producer Philip Fatis Burrell born in Kingston, Jamaica ~ Produced Sugar Minott's More Dogs To The Bone. Also worked with Sanchez, the Pinchers, Thriller U, Frankie Paul, Gregory Isaacs, and others ~ Burrell passed away in 2011
July 23, 1952 ~ Jazz, a cappella, pop singer Janis Siegel born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Member of the Manhattan Transfer, awarded a Grammy Award for her vocal arrangement on the Birdland track of their 1979 Extensions album. Siegel has also recorded as a solo artist starting in the early 1980s and guested on recordings by Jay McShann, Ilhan Mimaroglu, Richie Cole, Robert Kraft, Jeff Lorber, Jon Hendricks, Bobby McFerrin, Frank Colón, Lorraine Feather, Erich Kunzel, Spyro Gyra, Steve Hass, Nils Landgren, Cheryl Bentyne, Renee Rosnes, and others
July 23, 1952 ~ Drummer John Rutsey born ~ Founding member, original drummer of Rush. Would leave the band due to health reasons shortly after the band's 1974 Rush debut album, replaced by Neal Peart ~ Rutsey passed away in 2008
July 23, 1950 ~ Guitarist, singer Blair Thornton, full name Blair Montgomery Thornton, born in Vancouver, Canada ~ Best known as member of Bachman Turner Overdrive, joining the band in 1974 as replacement for Tim Bachman and remaining through 1979. First appeared on the Not Fragile album. Wrote or co-wrote several of the band's best-known songs including Givin' It All Away, Four Wheel Drive, Take It Like A Man, It's Over, Wild Spirit
July 23, 1949 ~ Pop, progressive rock singer, keyboardist, guitarist, songwriter Flavio Venturini born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil ~ Emerged in the 1970s along with artists such as Milton Nascimento, Lô Borges, Beto Guedes. Member of O Terco. Co-founding member of 14 Bis. Active as a solo artist since the early 1980s, known best for songs such as Princesa, Besame and Ceu De Santo Marco
July 23, 1949 ~ Free jazz drummer Marc Edwards born in New York, New York, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with artists such as Cecil Taylor, Charles Gayle, Buddy Rich, Weasel Walter, Cellular Chaos, David S Ware, and others
July 23, 1947 ~ David Albert Cook, commonly known as singer, actor, songwriter David Essex, born in Plaistow, UK ~ Best known for songs such as Gonna Make You A Star, Hold Me Close, Oh What A Circus and perhaps his biggest hit Rock On, the latter reaching the top 10 on both sides of the Atlantic in 1973
July 23, 1946 ~ Rock, art rock, R&B, classical saxophonist, oboist Andy Mackay born in London, UK ~ Classically trained. Best known as member of Roxy Music, joining the band in 1971 only months after its inception. Co-wrote several of the band's best-known songs including A Song For Europe, While My Heart Is Still Beating, Tara, Love Is The Drug and Angel Eyes. Has also recorded as a solo artist and sessioned for acts such as Duran Duran, Mott The Hoople, Paul McCartney, Godley & Creme, Tomoyasu Hotei, Arcadia, and notably with Brian Eno including on the 1974 Here Come The Warm Jets album
July 23, 1946 ~ Rock, blues rock, folk rock, pop rock singer, guitarist, songwriter Edoardo Bennato born in Naples, Italy ~ Brother of singer Eugenio Bennato. Widely regarded as one of the most important Italian rockers. Actively recording since the early 1970s with some 30 albums to his name. Broke through to mainstream with his 1977 Burattino Sensa Fill album, a concept album based on the Pinocchio fairy tale. The album would become one of the most influential albums in Italian pop and rock. First Italian singer to perform at Montreux Jazz Festival in 1976. First Italian singer to fill the San Siro Stadium, Milan, performing for a crowd of 60,000 in 1980
July 23, 1946 ~ Blues, blues-rock, rock & roll, R&B bassist, guitarist, singer Keith Ferguson born in Houston, Texas, USA ~ Best known as member of the Fabulous Thunderbirds from 1976 through 1985, present on the band's first four albums. Subsequently a member of the Tailgators. Has also worked with Sunnyland Special, Black Kangaroo, the Nightcrawlers alongside Stevie Ray Vaughan, with Rocky Hill, Carlos Santana (Havana Moon), the Leroi Brothers, Mike Morgan, Jim Suhler, and others ~ Ferguson passed away in 1997
July 23, 1946 ~ Jazz vibraphonist, marimba player Khan Jamal born in Jacksonville, Florida, USA ~ Co-founded the Sounds Of Liberation with Byard Lancaster. Also worked with Sunny Murray, Ronald Shannon Jackson, Joe Bonner, Billy Bang, Charles Tyler, and others ~ Jamal passed away in 2022
July 23, 1943 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Tony Joe White born in Goodwill, Louisiana, USA ~ Critically acclaimed. Highly admired by peers. Wrote and first recorded Polk Salad Annie, a song perhaps most closely associated with Elvis Presley who would adopt it as a live favorite. Wrote and first recorded Rainy Night In Georgia, covered by over a hundred artists including Brook Benton, Ray Charles, and Randy Crawford. Wrote Undercover Agent For The Blues and Steamy Windows, both first recorded by and hits for Tina Turner in her comeback period in the mid-1980s ~ White passed away in 2018
July 23, 1942 ~ Rock, country singer Eduardo Araújo, full name Eduardo Oliveira Araújo, born in Minas Gerais, Brazil ~ Influenced by American rock & roll and British Invasion. Best known for his single O Bom, a hit in 1995
July 23, 1942 ~ Soul singer Madeline Bell born in Newark, New Jersey, USA ~ Sessioned for Dusty Springfield, Donna Summer, Joe Cocker and notably the Rolling Stones, providing backing vocals on the latter's You Can't Always Get What You Want. As a solo artist best known for a number of late 1960s singles, notably I'm Gonna Make You Love Me, Picture Me Gone and What Am I Supposed To Do. Member of the Bradford Singers, Blue Mink, Sphinx, and of French disco outfit Space
July 23, 1940 ~ Singer Gary Stites born ~ Best known for his 1959 single Lonely For You, reaching top 30 on the Billboard Hot 100. A follow-up, Starry-Eyed, would do considerably less but notably be covered by Michael Holliday who took it to No.1 on the UK charts in 1960
July 23, 1940 ~ Eddie Ray White, commonly known as country singer, guitarist Johnny Darrell, born in Hopewell, Alabama, USA ~ Perhaps best known for first recording the Curly Putman-penned Green Green Grass Of Home, which did not chart but would later notably be covered by over an estimated 250 artists including Porter Wagoner, Jerry Lee Lewis, Tom Jones, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley. Darrell did reach the Billboard Country top 10 with the Mel Tillis-penned single Ruby Don't Take Your Love To Town in 1967, later notably recorded by Kenny Rogers , and with the Bobby Goldsboro-penned With Pen In Hand in 1968 ~ Darrell passed away in 1997
July 23, 1935 ~ Singer Cleveland Duncan born ~ Original member of doo-wop outfit the Penguins, best known for Earth Angel, a hit in 1954 ~ Duncan passed away in 2012
July 23, 1934 ~ Saxophonist, composer Steve Lacy born in New York, New York, USA ~ Not to be confused with producer, instrumentalist Steve Lacy. Regarded as one of the most important soprano saxophonists. Lacy began his career working with much older musicians including Red Allen, Pee Wee Russell, Pops Foster, Zutty Singleton. He has also played and recorded with Buck Clayton, Dickey Wells, Jimmy Rushing, Cecil Taylor, Gil Evans, Kenny Drew, Enrico Rava, Johnny Dyani, Louis Moholo, his wife singer and violinist Irene Aebi, Steve Potts, Bobby Few, Jean Jacques Avenel, Oliver Johnson, Eric Watson, Cecil Taylor, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Carla Bley, the Jazz Composers Orchestra, Gary Burton, Alan Silva, and others ~ Lacy passed away in 2004
July 23, 1934 ~ Jazz pianist Tony Lee, full name Anthony Leedham Lee, born in Whitechapel, UK ~ Worked with Tommy Whittle, Tom Jones, Dusty Springfield, Barney Kessel, Sonny Stitt, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Terry Smith, Tubby Hayes, Dick Morrisey, Phil Seamen, Eddie Gomez, Tony Archer, Jack Parnell, Kenny Baker, Don Lusher, Betty Smith, and others ~ Lee passed away in 2004
July 23, 1933 ~ Bernard Whalen Convy, commonly known as actor, singer, TV personality Bert Convy, born in St Louis, Missouri, USA ~ Best known as actor and game show host. Also a member of the Cheers, known for their 1955 hit Black Denim Trousers And Motorcycle Boots ~ Convy passed away in 1991
July 23, 1931 ~ James Henry Harrison, commonly known as jazz trombonist Jimmy Harrison, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Worked with Charlie Johnson, Sam Wooding, Hank Duncan, Roland Smith, June Clark, James P Johnson, Fess Williams, Billy Fowler, Duke Ellington, Elmer Snowden, Fletcher Henderson, Chick Webb, and others ~ Harrison was born in 1900
July 23, 1930 ~ Jazz tenor saxophonist Richie Kamuca born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Chet Baker, Maynard Ferguson, Shorty Rogers, the Lighthouse All-Stars, Art Pepper, Jimmy Rowles, Cy Touff, Shelly Manne, Gerry Mulligan, Gary McFarland, Roy Eldridge, Al Cohn, Bill Perkins, Manny Albam, the Modern Jazz Quartet, Anita O'Day, Shorty Rogers, Zoot Sims, and others ~ Kamuca passed away in 1977
July 23, 1929 ~ Jazz drummer Danny Barcelona born ~ Best known for his association with Louis Armstrong including on songs such as Hello Dolly and What A Wonderful World ~ Barcelona passed away in 2007
July 23, 1928 ~ Conductor, double-bassist, bass guitarist, composer Bill Lee, full name William James Edwards Lee III, born in Snow Hill, Alabama, USA ~ Father of filmmaker Spike Lee, has also composed the scores for several of his son's films. Has worked with Chris Anderson, Harry Belafonte, Chad Mitchell, Gordon Lightfoot, Aretha Franklin, Odetta, Simon & Garfunkel, Ian & Sylvia, Tom Rush, Burt Bacharach, Peter Paul & Mary, Arlo Guthrie, Tom Paxton, Carolyn Hester, John Lee Hooker, Josh White, Duke Ellington, Malvina Reynolds, Eric Bibb, the Clancy Brothers, Bob Dylan, and others. Notably, Lee is the only other musician on Dylan's It's All Over Now Baby Blue, widely considered a classic
July 23, 1923 ~ Producer, songwriter, label executive Ahmet Ertegun born in Istanbul, Turkey ~ Best known as co-founder, along with Herb Abramson, of Atlantic Records. Pivotal in the developement of R&B and soul. Helped advance the careers of artists including Ruth Brown, Big Joe Turner, the Clovers, the Drifters, the Coasters, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Ben E King, and others ~ Ertegun passed away in 2006
July 23, 1923 ~ Clarinetist, saxophonist Claude Luter born in Paris, France ~ Worked with Sidney Bechet, Barney Bigard, and with Boris Vian ~ Luter passed away in 2006
July 23, 1920 ~ Fado singer, actress Amália Rodrigues, full name Amália da Piedade Rebordão Rodrigues, born in Lisbon, Portugal ~ Known as “the Queen of Fado”. Popularized fado worldwide. All-time best-selling Portuguese artist ~ Rodrigues passed away in 1999
July 23, 1915 ~ Jazz trumpeter Emmett Berry born in Macon, Georgia, USA ~ Worked wth Fletcher Henderson, Roy Eldridge, Count Basie, Billie Holiday, Coleman Hawkins, Buck Clayton, Johnny Hodges, Claude Hopkins, Jimmy Witherspoon, Maxim Saury, and others ~ Berry passed away in 1993
July 23, 1914 ~ Singer, songwriter, author, poet, playwright Alf Prøysen born in Ringsaker, Norway ~ As a singer active since the late 1940s and known for songs such as Tango For To, Lillebrors Vise, Du Ska Tå En Dag I Mårå, Jukveldsvis, Jorgen Hattemaker, Musevisa and Romjulsdrøm. Considered a cultural icon for his contributions to literature, children's books, theatre, TV, radio, film. ~ Prøysen passed away in 1970
July 23, 1757 ~ Baroque, classical composer Domenico Scarlatti, full name Giuseppe Domenico Scarlatti, passed away in Madrid, Spain ~ Son of composer Alessandro Scarlatti. Influenced Béla Bartók, Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Claude Debussy, Vladimir Horowitz, Dmitri Shostakovich, and others. Best known for his keyboard sonatas, having written over 500 of them ~ Scarlatti was born in 1685