This Day In Music: July 25
July 24 ~ Birthdays/All ~ July 26
July 25, 2023 ~ Pop rock singer, songwriter Andreas Tsoukalas passed away in Athens, Greece ~ Known for the albums Stous Kairous Tous Ponirous and its follow-up Mia Kainouria Mera. The latter would contain one of his best known, Antio, a translation of Brian Hyland's 1960s hit Sealed With A Kiss ~ Tsoukalas was born in 1963
July 25, 2020 ~ Operatic bass-baritone Bernard Ladysz passed away in Warsaw, Poland ~ Member of the Polish resistance during World War II. Performed in the world premiere of The Devils Of Loudon with the Hamburg State Opera. Appeared alongside Maria Callas in a 1959 recording of Lucia Di Lammermoor conducted by Tullio Serafin. Played title roles in Don Giovanni and Boris Gudonov ~ Ladysz was born in 1922
July 25, 2020 ~ Jazz, swing trombonist Helen Jones Woods passed away in Sarasota, Florida, USA ~ Best known as a member of the International Sweethearts Of Rhythm, one of the first all-female big bands ~ Woods was born ca.1923
July 25, 2020 ~ Peter Allen Greenbaum, commonly known as guitarist Peter Green passed away in Canvey Island, UK ~ Best known as co-founding Fleetwood Mac member, wrote or co-wrote songs such as Albatros, Black Magic Woman, Oh Well and The Green Manalishi With The Two Prong Crown. Also worked with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, Eddie Boyd, Duster Bennett, Gordon Smith, Otis Spann, Clifford Davis, Jeremy Spencer, Peter Bardens, Memphis Slim, BB King, Dave Kelly, Country Joe McDonald, Toe Fat, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Peter Gabriel, and with the Peter Green Splinter Group ~ Green was born in 1946
July 25, 2018 ~ Composer, conductor, producer Glen Roven, full name Glen Paul Roven, passed away ~ 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 was born in 1957
July 25, 2018 ~ Cellist Guy Fallot passed away ~ Active since an early age. Revered as a teacher, working at the Geneva and Lausanne Conservatories. As a recording artist especially acclaimed for his Antonín Dvorák Cello Concerto with the South West German Rundfunk Baden-Baden orchestra ~ Fallot was born ca.1927
July 25, 2018 ~ Composer, arranger, conductor Patrick Williams passed away in Santa Monica, California, USA ~ Oscar-nominated, Emmy- and Grammy-winning film and television composer, conductor, arranger responsible for composing music for TV shows such as Columbo, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Streets Of San Francisco, and Sports Challenge. Composed jazz and orchestral works, including Concerto In Swing for clarinetist Eddie Daniels, Romances For Jazz Soloist And Orchestra for saxophonist Tom Scott and Theme For Earth Day for John Williams and the Boston Pops ~ Williams was born in 1939
July 25, 2018 ~ Director, conductor Shelley Cohen passed away ~ Best known as longtime musical director and conductor for The Tonight Show. Also founded the New Horizon Singers and the Pacific Pops Orchestra ~ Cohen was born in 1933
July 25, 2017 ~ Folk, folk rock, country, soft rock singer, guitarist, pianist, songwriter Michael Johnson, full name Michael Jay Johnson, passed away in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA ~ Over a dozen albums to his name starting with 1973's There Is A Breeze. Best known for his 1978 hit Bluer Than Blue, which would reach top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100. Would continue to record and regularly reach the higher echelons of the Billboard Country charts, including the top 10 hits Give Me Wings, The Moon Is Still Over Her Shoulder, Crying Shame, Whisper Your Name, That's That ~ Johnson was born in 1944
July 25, 2016 ~ Alastair Fletcher, commonly known as drummer Al Fletcher, passed away ~ Worked with the Selecter, Gigantic, Ultraviolet, and Die So Fluid ~ Fletcher was born in 1970
July 25, 2016 ~ Allan Curtis Barnes, commonly known as saxophonist, clarinetist Allan Barnes, passed away in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Founded and lead Primetime. Worked with Donald Byrd, Gil Scott-Heron, Lyman Woodard David II, Robert Guillaume, Wilson Pickett, Christian Dimaggio, Blackbyrds, Lakeside, Cen Lucas, Prince, the Mizell Brothers, Marcus Belgrave, Harold McKinney, Bootsy Collins, the Detroit Experiment, Regina Carter, Geri Allen, the Dramatics, Reggie Braxton, Sandy Patton, Dwight Adams, Sunny Wilkinson, Sunny Girl, Martha Reeves, Martha Wilson, Teddy Harris, Roy Brooks, Big John Patton, Milt Hinton, Grant Green, Pharoah Sanders, Sonny Rollins, and Billy Taylor ~ Barnes was born in 1949
July 25, 2014 ~ Operatic tenor Carlo Bergonzi passed away in Milan, 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 was born in 1924
July 25, 2008 ~ Jazz, funk, jazz fusion guitarist Hiram Bullock passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Member of the 24th Street Band. Has recorded with Will Lee, David Sanborn, Bob James, Steely Dan (Gaucho), Paul Simon (One Trick Pony), Harry Belafonte, Marcus Miller, Sting (Nothing Like The Sun), Carla Bley, Miles Davis, Billy Joel, Ruben Rada, Gil Evans, and others ~ Bullock was born in 1955
July 25, 2008 ~ Saxophonist Johnny Griffin passed away in Availles, France ~ Leading figure in hard bop. Leader and sideman. Worked with Lionel Hampton, Thelonious Monk, Art Blakey, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Kenny Clarke, Joe Morris, John Coltrane, Hank Mobley, Clark Terry, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, Philly Joe Jones, Nat Adderley, Chet Baker, Count Basie, James Carter, Tadd Dameron, Dizzy Gillespie, Blue Mitchell, Ira Sullivan, Wes Montgomery, Randy Weston, and others ~ Griffin was born in 1928
July 25, 2008 ~ Producer, label executive Mike Berniker passed away in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, USA ~ Critically acclaimed producer with a career spanning four decades. First gained serious attention in the early 1960s producing Barbra Streisand's first three albums, the Grammy Award-winning The Barbra Streisand Album, The Second Barbra Streisand Album and The Third Album. Produced People, Streisand's first major hit. Also noted for signing Hall & Oates and Juice Newton to RCA Records. Has also worked with Perry Como, Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme, Johnny Mathis, and others ~ Berniker was born in 1935
July 25, 2005 ~ Trombonist Albert Mangelsdorff passed away in Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany ~ Free jazz innovator. Brother of saxophonist Emil Mangelsdorff who introduced him to jazz during the Nazi regime while it was strictly forbidden. In the 1950s Mangelsdorff played with Joe Klimm, Hans Koller, and Jutta Hipp. Led a revered quintet in the 1960s and toured internationally. The 1970s showed expanding into new territory, experimenting with multiphonics, playing with the Globe Unity Orchestra, Peter Brötzmann, Elvin Jones, Jaco Pastorius, Alphonse Mouzon, John Surman, Barre Phillips, and Stu Martin. Co-founded the United Jazz+Rock Ensemble. Would go on to collaborate internationally in various ensembles from the 1980s onwards including with Chico Freeman, Jean-François Jenny-Clark, Eric Watson, John Lindberg, Ed Thigpen, and Ernst Reijseger ~ Mangelsdorff was born in 1928
July 25, 2005 ~ Fingerstyle jazz guitarist Ted Grene passed away ~ Member of Natural Selection. Member of the Bluesberry Jam, alongside future Canned Heat member Fito de la Parra. Also worked with Joseph Byrd, Ry Cooder, and others ~ Greene was born in 1946
July 25, 2003 ~ Guitarist Erik Brann, full name Erik Keith Brann, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Best known as member of Iron Butterfly from 1967 through 1969, including on the pivotal In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida album recorded when Brann was just 17. Formed Flintwhistle in 1970 with former Butterfly bandmate Darryl Deloach ~ Brann was born in 1950
July 25, 1998 ~ Talmage Holt Farlow, commonly known as jazz guitarist Tal Farlow passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Worked with Red Norvo, Charles Mingus, Artie Shaw, Vinnie Burke, Eddie Costa, Sonny Criss, Buddy DeFranco, Howard McGhee, Gil Melle, the Metronome All-Stars, Oscar Pettiford, Lew Tabackin, and others ~ Farlow was born in 1921
July 25, 1995 ~ Singer, pianist Charlie Rich passed away in Hammond, Louisiana, USA ~ Prolific singer, songwriter capable in rockabilly, jazz, blues, country, soul and gospel. Best known for songs such as Behind Closed Doors, The Most Beautiful Girl In The World, There'll Not Be Anymore, She Called Me Baby, and others. Session musician for Sun Records backing artists such as Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Bill Justis, Warren Smith, Billy Lee Riley, Carl Mann, Ray Smith, and others ~ Rich was born in 1932
July 25, 1995 ~ Tango, milonga, vals pianist, composer, arranger Osvaldo Pugliese, full name Osvaldo Pedro Pugliese, passed away in Buenos Aires, Argentina ~ Pioneering arranger bridging the gap between salon tango and concert-style tango. Best known for songs such as Recuerdo, La Yumba, Ausencia (Tango Mio), Iguel Qua Una Sombra, Malandraca and Para Eduardo Arolas ~ Pugliese was born in 1905
July 25, 1994 ~ Charles Artice Glenn, commonly known as country singer, songwriter Artie Glenn, passed away ~ Best remembered for writing Crying In The Chapel. The song would first be a hit as recorded by his son Darrell Glenn in 1953, despite the recording being only intended as a demo version to get it published. It would be covered by a number of artists during the 1950s, notably Ella Fitzgerald, Eddy Arnold, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. The song would however become most closely associated with Elvis Presley who recorded three takes in 1960, shelved them for five years as he was unhappy with the takes and had a million-seller with the single in 1965 ~ Glenn was born ca.1915
July 25, 1992 ~ Saxophonist, clarinetist Gary Windo passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Declined an offer to join the band from Sonny Stitt. Member of New York Gong. Half of Pam & Gary Windo. Has worked with host of jazz and rock artists including Carla Bley, Brotherhood Of Breath, Centipede, Matching Mole, Running Man, Nick Mason, the Psychedelic Furs, Robert Wyatt, NRBQ, and others ~ Windo was born in 1941
July 25, 1987 ~ Timuchin Aluo, commonly known as singer Jax Jones, born in London, UK ~ Has recorded steadily since 2013. Rose to fame with mid-2010s chart hits such as Instruction which featured Demi Lovato, You Don't Know Me featuring Raye, and guesting on Duke Dumont's 2014 single I Got You
July 25, 1986 ~ Lester Anthony Minnelli, commonly known as stage director, film director Vincente Minnelli, passed away in Beverly Hills, California, USA ~ To musical audiences known for directing several classic movie musicals. Both 1951's An American In Paris and 1958's Gigi would win an Academy Award for Best Picture, the latter also winning Minnelli the award for Best Director. Also notably directed Meet Me In St Louis starring Judy Garland, released in 1944 and MGM's most successful film musical of the 1940s. Minnelli and Garland would be married from 1945 until 1951, their daughter is singer Liza Minnelli. In addition to directing some of the best-known musicals of his day, Minnelli has also made many comedies and melodramas ~ Minnelli was born in 1903
July 25, 1985 ~ Willie Lee Perryman, commonly known as pianist, singer Piano Red, passed away in Decatur, Georgia, USA ~ Known for songs such as Rockin' With Red, The Wrong Yo Yo, Laying The Boogie, Just Right Bounce and Peachtree Parade ~ Perryman was born in 1911
July 25, 1984 ~ Willie Mae Thornton, commonly known as singer Big Mama Thornton passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Influenced by Memphis Minnie, Bessie Smith, the Dixie Hummingbirds, and Mahalia Jackson. Best known for first recording the Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller song Hound Dog, later made famous by Elvis Presley, and Ball And Chain, later made famous by Janis Joplin. Has performed and recorded with artists such as Buddy Guy, Fred Below, Eddie Boyd, Jimmy Lee Robinson, Big Walter Horton, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Muddy Waters, Sammy Lawhorn, James Cotton, Otis Spann, Luther Guitar Junior Johnson, Francis Clay, George Harmonica Smith, Doug Macleod, Bee Houston, Steve Wachsman, Todd Nelson, Bill Potter, Bruce Sieverson, JD Nicholson, and Aretha Franklin ~ Thornton was born in 1926
July 25, 1980 ~ Melanie Georgiades, commonly known as rapper, singer Diam's, born in Nicosia, Cyprus ~ Released her Premier Mandat debut album in 1999. Broke through with her 2003 sophomore Brut De Femme album. Best known for songs such as La Boulette (Generation Nan Nan), Jeune Demoiselle and Ma France A Moi
July 25, 1975 ~ Big band pianist, bandleader, composer, arranger Arnold Johnson passed away in St Petersburg, Florida, USA ~ Worked with Rudy Wiedoeft, Freddy Martin, Harold Arlen, Vic Benton, Bob Chester, and Danny Polo. Johnson disbanded the band in the early-1930s and became a radio producer and director ~ Johnson was born in 1893
July 25, 1974 ~ Electronic keyboardist, guitarist, bassist Daniel Hunt born in Liverpool, UK ~ Co-founding member, principal songwriter of electronic outfit Ladytron, earning a cult following by paying hommage to retro styles such as new wave and Krautrock. The band has recorded well over half a dozen albums, starting with the acclaimed 604 released in 2001. Hunt has also served as producer for artists such as Christina Aguilera, Marina Ribatski, and notably bandmate Helen Marnie, producing the latter's 2013 Crystal World solo debut album, and worked on a number of soundtracks
July 25, 1973 ~ Gothic metal, symphonic metal singer, songwriter Dani Filth born in UK ~ Influenced by Judas Priest, Slayer, Iron Maiden. Best known as co-founding member of Cradle Of Filth. Also worked with the Cradle side project Devilment
July 25, 1971 ~ Country singer, guitarist, songwriter Roger Creager born in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA ~ Aimed to become a country singer since age 6. Recorded over half a dozen albums, starting with Having Fun All Wrong released in 1998. Well-known songs include The Everclear Song, I Got The Guns, Long Way To Mexico, and I'm From The Beer Joint
July 25, 1968 ~ Alternative rock, indie rock, soft rock, synthpop, new wave singer, keyboardist, songwriter John Grant, full name Jon William Grant, born in Buchanan, Michigan, USA ~ Co-founding member, lead singer, primary songwriter of alternative rock outfit the Czars, with whom he recorded half a dozen albums including the critically acclaimed Before (But Longer) released in 2004. Following the band's disbandement in the mid-2000s Grant took a pause from music before releasing his Queen Of Denmark solo debut album in 2010
July 25, 1968 ~ Drum and bass producer Krust born ~ Regarded as one of drum & bass and jungle's founders and pioneers
July 25, 1966 ~ Rock, alternative rock, punk rock bassist Maureen Herman born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Member of all-female rock trio Babes In Toyland with guitarist Kat Bjelland and drummer Lori Barbero, joining the band in 1992 replacing original bassist Michelle Leon. Present on the band's 1992 Fontanelle sophomore album and its 1995 follow-up and final album Nemesisters. Following the band's initial disbandement has worked as editor for Musician magazine, freelanced for Rolling Stone, and founded her own Pollyanna company focusing on music management, booking, promotion, publicity, and music publishing
July 25, 1963 ~ Emival Eterno da Costa, commonly known as sertanejo singer Leonardo, born in Goianápolis, Brazil ~ Formed the sibling duo Leandro & Leonardo with his brother Leonardo. Coming from a poor background the duo would relentlessly play bars while holding day jobs. After self-releasing their first two albums, the brothers would first gain attention with their 1989 Leandro & Leonardo Vol.3 album. By the early 1990s the brothers would have their own weekly TV show, aired nationally, and sell million of records. The siblings have sold over 17 million records, their 1990 Leandro & Leonardo Vol.3 album marked as the all-time best-selling Brazilian sertanejo album. Following Leandro's death of cancer at age 36, Leonardo continued to record as a solo artist starting with the album Tempo released in 1999
July 25, 1962 ~ Blues harpist, singer, guitarist Robert Lucas born in Long Beach, California, USA ~ Played the blues harmonica backing artists such as Bernie Pearl, Big Joe Turner, George Harmonica Smith, Pee Wee Creighton, Lowell Fulson, Eddie Cleanhead Vinson, Percy Mayfield, and others. Founded Luke & the Locomotives. Fronted Canned Heat from the mid- to late 1990s ~ Lucas passed away in 2008
July 25, 1961 ~ Actress, singer Bobbi Eakes, full name Bobbie Diane Eakes, born in Warner Robins, Georgia, USA ~ Beauty queen, made the top 10 at the 1983 Miss America contest. Best known as a TV actress, notably starring in the soap operas The Bold & The Beautiful and All My Children. Sang with girl group Big Trouble, duetted with Jeff Trachta, guested on Collin Raye's 2000 single Tired Of Loving You and released a number of solo albums
July 25, 1960 ~ Singer Connie Francis records My Heart Has A Mind Of Its Own ~ Written by Howard Greenfield and Jack Keller. Produced by Jesse Kaye and Arnold Maxin. Released as a single, b/w Malaguena, later the same year it would reach No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100
July 25, 1958 ~ Thurston Joseph Moore, commonly known as alternative rock, noise rock, avant-rock, post-punk singer, guitarist, bassist, drummer, songwriter Thurston Moore, born in Coral Gabes, Florida, USA ~ Best known as core member of Sonic Youth, acclaimed for albums such as Daydream Nation and Goo. Has also worked with Chelsea Light Moving, Pvre Matrix, Twilight, Jim Sauter, Nels Cline, Don Fleming, Backbeat Band, Ciccone Youth, the Coachmen, the Dim Stars, Rodney & the Tube Tops, Wylde Ratttz, yokokimthurston, and others
July 25, 1956 ~ Jazz bassist Steuart Liebig born ~ Co-founded the fusion band Bloc with Nels Cline. Founded Quartetto Stig and its spinoff Stigtette. Played with Les McCann, Michael Penn, Julius Hemphill, Alex Cline, Bill Frisell, Michael Penn, Gregg Bendian, Mark Dresser, Jeff Gauthier, Ellen Burr, Tom Varner, Anna Homler, and others
July 25, 1955 ~ Jeremy Max Finer, commonly known as folk rock, folk punk banjoist, guitarist, saxophonist, songwriter Jem Finer, born in Stoke-on-Trent, UK ~ Founding member of the Pogues remaining with the band until its disbandement in 1996. Co-wrote Fairytale Of New York, perhaps the band's best-known and a top 10 hit in both Irelannd and the UK in several years
July 25, 1954 ~ Rock guitarist, keyboardist Ken Greer, full name Kenneth William Greer, born ~ Co-founding member of Red Rider, later known as Tom Cochrane & Red Rider, known best for the Canadian top 10 single Big League of their 1988 Victory Day album. Has also worked with Big Faith, Hunter-Greer, Lawrence Gowan, and with country outfit the Road Hammers
July 25, 1954 ~ Jazz double bassist, composer Svein Olav Blindheim born in Ålesund, Norway ~ Brother of jazz pianist Oddbjorn Blindheim, with whom he also recorded. Leader and sideman. Has worked with Arild Nyquist, Lars Martin Myhre, Per Vollestad, Fredrik Øle Jensen, and others
July 25, 1950 ~ Bassist Mark Clarke born in Liverpool, UK ~ Member of Colosseum in 1970 and 1971. Subsequently briefly a member of Uriah Heep, for whom he co-wrote The Wizard of the 1972 Demons & Wizards album. Recorded two studio albums with Tempest. Co-founded Natural Gas. Has also worked with Mountain, Ian Hunter, Torque, and with JCM
July 25, 1948 ~ Singer, songwriter Steve Goodman born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Best known for penning The City Of New Orleans, which has been recorded by Arlo Guthrie, Johnny Cash, Judy Collins, Willie Nelson, and others ~ Goodman passed away in 1984
July 25, 1947 ~ Folk singer, songwriter Bob Franke, full name Robert James Franke, born in Hammtramck, Michigan, USA ~ Active since the late 1960s. Known for songs such as The Great Storm Is Over, Hard Love, For Real. Had his songs covered by Kathy Mattea, June Tabor, Garnet Rogers, Claudia Schmidt, Tony Rice, John McCutcheon, Peter Paul & Mary, and others
July 25, 1946 ~ Percussionist José Areas, full name José Octavio Areas Davila, born in Leon, Nicaragua ~ Best known as timbales and conga drums player for Santana from 1969 through 1977. Present on the band's most acclaimed albums including 1969's Santana, 1970's Abraxas and 1977's Moonflower. Released a sole solo album, José Chepito Areas, in 1974. Also backed John Lee Hooker on the 1989 The Healer album
July 25, 1946 ~ Alpharita Constantia Anderson, commonly known as singer Rita Marley born in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba ~ Widow of Bob Marley. Member of the Soulettes, which also included Constantine Walker and Marlene Gifford. Backup singer in the Wailers. Post-Wailers Rita would team up with fellow Wailers singers Marcia Griffiths and Judy Mowatt as vocal group the I-Threes
July 25, 1945 ~ Rock trumpeter, pianist Jim Price, full name James William Price, born in Fort Worth, Texas, USA ~ Toured with the Rolling Stones and appeared on albums such as Sticky Fingers, Exile On Main St and Goat's Head Soup. As a session musician has also worked with acts such as Delaney & Bonnie (Accept No Substitute), Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Joe Cocker (Mad Dogs & Englishmen), Barbra Streisand, and others. Has also recorded as a solo artist, served as a producer for Wayne Shorter, Jennifer Warnes, David Bromberg and others, and orchestrated, conducted, composed for film and TV
July 25, 1943 ~ Bassist, guitarist Tom Dawes born in Albany, New York, USA ~ Member of shortlived pop, rock outfit Cyrkle, known for the 1966 hits Red Rubber Ball written by Paul Simon and Bruce Woodley and Turn Down Day ~ Dawes passed away in 2007
July 25, 1942 ~ Guitarist, songwriter, arranger Bruce Woodley born in Melbourne, Australia ~ Founding member and main songwriter of the Seekers teaming up with former schoolmates Athol Guy and Keith Potger. As a songwriter Woodley had his songs recorded by artists such as the Strangers (Lady Scorpio), Zoot (Monty And Me), Hans Poulsen (Boom Sha-la-la-lo), Cyrkle (Red Rubber Ball), Simon & Garfunkel (Cloudy), and Herman's Hermits (Rattler)
July 25, 1941 ~ Trombonist Hugh Shuggy Watts born in Watford, UK ~ Member of the New Vaudeville Band, present on their 1966 hit Peek-a-boo
July 25, 1941 ~ Manuel Charlton, commonly known as guitarist, singer, producer Manny Charlton, born in Linea de la Concepion, Spain ~ Founding member, lead guitarist of Nazareth remaining with the band through 1990. Initially hired by Guns 'n Roses to produce what would become their Appetite For Destruction debut album, yet after commitments called Charlton back to the UK the band would hire Mike Clink to produce the final cut. Has released over a dozen solo albums, starting with 2004's Say The Word, and collaborated with Neil Miller, From Behind, Tim Bogert, Walfredo Reyes Jr, Steven Adler, Vivian Campbell, and with Robyn Delarenzo ~ Charlton passed away in 2022
July 25, 1938 ~ Jazz bassist, composer Gunter Lenz born in Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany ~ Worked with Albert Mangelsdorff, Krzysztof Komeda, Joachim Kunz, Aldo Romano, Barney Wilen, George Russell, Leon Thomas, Lightnin' Hopkins, Chet Baker, Coleman Hawkins, Oliver Nelson, Benny Bailey, Eugen Cicero, Horst Jankowski, Volker Kriegel, Peter Giger, Perry Robinson, Theo Jörgensmann, Bernd Konrad, Michel Pilz, and others
July 25, 1936 ~ Bass singer Bruce Abel born ~ Lieder, oratoria singer enjoyed his greatest popularity during the 1960s and 1970s. Noted as a soloist in the 1971 world premiere of Fritz Werner's Whitsun Oratoria ~ Abel passed away in 2021
July 25, 1934 ~ Trumpeter, drummer, bandleader, composer Don Ellis born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Influenced by Tommy Dorsey, Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie. Leader, sideman, film composer. As a film composer Ellis scored the soundtracks for films such as The French Connection (1975) and Ruby (1977). Worked with Glenn Miller, Cedar Walton, Eddie Harris, Don Menza, Charlie Barnet, Maynard Ferguson, Charles Mingus, Eric Dolphy, George Russell, Jaki Byard, Paul Bley, Gary Peacock, Ron Carter, Charlie Persip, Steve Swallow, Lou Glucklin, JR Monterose, Slide Hampton, Barry Galbraith, and others ~ Ellis passed away in 1978
July 25, 1930 ~ Annabelle Allan Short, commonly known as singer , actress Annie Ross, born in Mitcham, UK ~ At 14 won a songwriting contest with her composition Let's Fly, the song would be recorded by Johnny Mercer. Ross is best known as one third of Lambert Hendricks & Ross ~ Short passed away in 2020
July 25, 1926 ~ Jean Francois Quievreux, commonly known as pianist, arranger, composer, bandleader Jef Gilson born in Guebwiller, France ~ Bandleader who employed young talent and future stars including Bill Coleman, Bernard Vitet, Jean-Louis Chautemps, François Jeanneau, Michel Portal, Jean-Luc Ponty, Bernard Lubat, Lloyd Miller, Henri Texier, and others ~ Quiévreux passed away in 2012
July 25, 1925 ~ William Benjamin Jr, commonly known as R&B, jazz drummer Benny Benjamin, also known as Papa Zita, born in Birmingham, Alabama, USA ~ Influenced by Buddy Rich and Tito Puente. Best known as drummer of Motown house band the Funk Brothers, appearing on tracks by Barrett Strong, the Miracles (Going To A Go-Go), the Contours, the Temptations, Stevie Wonder (Uptight Everything's Alright), and Gladys Knight & the Pips ~ Benjamin passed away in 1969
July 25, 1907 ~ Saxophonist Johnny Hodges born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA ~ Alongside Benny Carter considered one of the definitive alto sax players of the big band era. Started playing with artists such as Lloyd Scott, Sidney Bechet, Luckey Roberts, Chick Webb. Joined Duke Ellington on the recommendation of Ellington's clarinetist Barney Bigard. Hodges would become one of the most prominent players in Duke's ensemble. With the exception of the period 1951 through 1955, when he led his own band, Hodges played with Ellington from 1928 to his death in 1970. Signature pieces would include Confab With Rab, Jeep's Blues and Hodge Podge. Hodges's death prompted Ellington to remark the band “would never sound the same.” ~ Hodges passed away in 1970
July 25, 1899 ~ John Wigginton Hyman, commonly known as cornetist, bandleader Johnny Wiggs, born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Influenced by Bix Beiderbecke and King Oliver. Mentored artists such as George Finola and Pete Fountain. Most active from the 1940s throughout the 1970s ~ Hyman passed away in 1977
July 25, 1895 ~ Clarinetist Darnell Howard born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Worked with WC Handy, Charlie Elgar, James P Johnson, the Singing Syncopators, Carroll Dickerson, King Oliver, Erskine Tate, Dave Peyton, Jerome Carrington, Earl Hines, Fletcher Henderson, Coleman Hawkins, Doc Evans, Muggsy Spanier, Bob Scobey, Don Ewell, Elmer Snowden, Burt Bales, and others ~ Howard passed away in 1966
July 25, 1894 ~ Singer, actor Walter Brennan, full name Walter Andrew Brennan, born in Lynn, Massachusetts, USA ~ As a singer best known for a number of early 1960s singles, notably Dutchman's Gold, Old Rivers, Mama Sang A Song. Best known as an actor, won an Academy Award thrice for his roles in Come & Get It, Kentucky and The Westerner ~ Brennan passed away in 1974
July 25, 1894 ~ Yvonne Wigniolle, commonly known as singer, actress Yvonne Printemps born in Ermont, France ~ Operette, stage, screen singer and actress renowned internationally in the early 20th century, known for her warm singing and personal charm. Performed on stages in Paris, London's West End and New York's Broadway ~ Wigniolle passed away in 1977