This Day In Music: July 3
July 2 ~ Birthdays/All ~ July 4
July 3, 2022 ~ Singer, keyboardist Antonio Cripezzi passed away ~ Member of I Camaleonti, known for hits such as Sha-la-la-la-lee, Applausi, Lo Per Lei, and Lora Deli' Amore ~ Cripezzi was born in 1946
July 3, 2022 ~ Pianist, author Joseph Banowetz, full name Joseph Murray Banowetz, passed away ~ Concert pianist. As an author best known for The Pianist's Guide To Pedaling. As a recitalist and concert pianist has worked with renowned orchestras such as the St Petersburg Symphony, the Moscow State Symphony, the New Zealand Symphony, and the Beijing Central Philharmonic. Some two dozen albums to his name, perhaps most noted for his recordings of orchestra and piano series composed by Anton Rubinstein ~ Banowetz was orn in 1934
July 3, 2018 ~ Singer, drummer, keyboardist, bassist, guitarist, producer, songwriter Richard Swift passed away in Tacoma, Washington, USA ~ In-demand collaborator, producer for artists such as the Shins, Damien Jurado, David Bazan, Foxygen, Jessie Baylin, Nathaniel Rateliff, Lucius, Lonnie Holley, the Mynabirds, Wake Owl, Laetitia Sadier, Gardens & Villa, Cayucas, Guster, the Arcs, the Black Keys, and others ~ Swift was born in 1977
July 3, 2017 ~ Blues guitarist, singer Rudy Rotta, full name Rodolfo Rotta, passed away in Verona, Italy ~ Worked with Brian Auger, John Mayall, Robben Ford, Peter Green, and others ~ Rotta was born in 1950
July 3, 2016 ~ Guitarist Tomohiko Kira passed away ~ Best known for fronting ZABADAK which also included Yoko Ueno and Katusha Matsuda. Also wrote the soundtrack for the 1988 cult horror film Evil Dead Trap film ~ Kira was born in 1959
July 3, 2013 ~ Trumpeter, composer Bernard Vitet passed away ~ Worked with François Tusques, Jean-Jacques Birge, Francis Gorge, Bernard Parmegiani, Jean-Louis Chautemps, Serge Gainsbourg, Barbara, Yves Montand, Claude François, Brigitte Bardot, Marianne Faithfull, Colette Magny, Brigitte Fontaine, Lester Young, Archie Shepp, Anthony Braxton, Don Cherry, Chet Baker, Art Ensemble Of Chicago, Steve Lacy, Gato Barbieri, Jean-Luc Ponty, Martial Solal, Django Reinhardt, Gus Viseur, Eric Dolphy, Albert Ayler, Jean-Claude Fohrenbach, George Arvanitas, Sunny Murray, Michel Pascal, Alan Silva, Alexander von Schlippenbach, Hubert Rostaing, Alix Combelle, Ivan Julien, Christian Chevalier, Jef Gilson, Jack Dieval, Jac Berrocal, Helene Sage, Jean-Jacques Birge, and others ~ Vitet was born in 1934
July 3, 2010 ~ Composer Robert Palmer, full name Robert Moffat Palmer, passed away in Ithaca, New York, USA ~ Composed over 90 works, including orchestral music, choral pieces, chamber music, and works for keyboard. Best known for String Quartet No.3 and the oratorio Nabuchodonosor ~ Palmer was born in 1915
July 3, 2008 ~ Saxophonist, guitarist, singer Colin Cooper passed away ~ Co-founding member of the Climax Blues Band, remaining with the band until his death. the band is best known for their 1976 Couldn't Get It Right which reached top 10 in their native England ~ Cooper was born in 1939
July 3, 2007 ~ Homer Louis Randolph III, saxophonist, commonly known as Boots Randolph, passed away in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ~ Session musician. Member of the Mighty Handful. As a solo artist best known for his 1963 hit single Yakety Sax, which would become Benny Hill's signature tune. Has backed Elvis Presley on recording sessions and soundtracks, perhaps most notably on Return To Sender. Also present on Roy Orbison's Mean Woman Blues, Brenda Lee's Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree, Jerry Lee Lewis' Turn On Your Lovelight, Al Hirt's Java, several of Chet Atkins recordings, and numerous other recordings from a wide array of pop, jazz and country artists ~ Randolph was born in 1927
July 3, 2007 ~ Gospel, R&B singer Keedron Bryant born in Sicily, Italy ~ Best known for the protest song I Just Wanna Live written by Bryant's mother the day after the murder of George Floyd in 2020
July 3, 2005 ~ Hedwig Grace West, commonly known as folk singer, guitarist, banjoist, songwriter Hedy West, passed away in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Actively performing since her teens. Best known for 500 Miles, patched together from older fragments and credited to West. The song would later be covered by a host of artists, perhaps most notably Bobby Bare ~ West was born in 1938
July 3, 2005 ~ Hard-bop double bassist, arranger Pierre Michelot passed away in Paris, France ~ Studied piano. Switched to bass at ge 16. Worked with Rex Stewart, Kenny Clarke, Coleman Hawkins, Sidney Bechet, Django Reinhardt, Stéphane Grappelli, Don Byas, Thelonious Monk, Lester Young, Dexter Gordon, Stan Getz, Bud Powell, Zoot Sims, Dizzy Gillespie, Chet Baker, Miles Davis (Ascenseur Pour L'Echafaud), Jacques Loussier, and others ~ Michelot was born in 1928
July 3, 2004 ~ Blues harpist, singer John Witmer, full name John Douglas Titmer, passed away in Vancouver, Canada ~ Co-founded Whiskey Howl. Lead singer for the Downchild Blues Band from 1982 through 1986, present on the But I'm On The Guest List album. Member of the Fabricators ~ Witmer was born ca.1951
July 3, 2001 ~ John Bright Russell, commonly known as singer, songwriter, comedian Johnny Russell, passed away in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ~ Best known for co-writing Act Naturally, made famous by Buck Owens, later one of the few covers ever done by the Beatles. Other artists who have recorded Russell's songs include Burl Ives, Jim Reeves, Jerry Garcia, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, George Strait, and others. As a singer Russell is mostly known for songs such as Rednecks White Socks & Blue Ribbon, The Baptism Of Jesse Taylor, Catfish John, and Hello I Love You ~ Russell was born in 1940
July 3, 1999 ~ Alternative rock, indie rock, jazz rock, experimental rock singer, bassist, guitarist, keyboardist Mark Sandman passed away in Palestrina, Italy ~ Influenced artists such as Primus' Les Claypool, the Minutemen's Mike Watt and the Queens Of The Stone Age's Josh Homme. Best known as lead singer, bassist of alternative rock band Morphine. Has also worked with blue-rock outfit Treat Her Right. Passed away at age 46, suffering a heart attack on stage playing a concert in Palestrina, Italy ~ Sandman was born in 1952
July 3, 1997 ~ Blues guitarist, singer Johnny Copeland passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Father of blues singer Shemekia Copeland. Influenced by T-Bone Walker. Formed the Dukes Of Rhythm. Played with Albert Collins, Robert Cray, and Stevie Ray Vaughan ~ Copeland was born in 1937
July 3, 1996 ~ Willem Bernard Jacobs, commonly known as jazz, bossanova, easy listening pianist, composer Pim Jacobs, passed away ~ Married to jazz singer Rita Reys. Accompanied artists such as Donald Byrd, Herbie Mann, Bud Shank, Lucky Thompson, Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan. Wrote the score for the 1958 Glas cult film. Member of jazz trio de Gevleugelde Vrienden alongside Louis van Dijk and Pieter van Vollenhoven ~ Jacobs was born in 1934
July 3, 1989 ~ Tanner Elle Schneider, commonly known as singer, actress, songwriter Elle King, born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Has opened for Dashboard Confessional, the Dropkick Murphys, Dry The River, James Bay and Ed Sheeran. Debuted in 2012 with the EP The Elle King EP, its lead track Playing For Keeps later chosen as the theme song to VH1's TV show Mob Wives Chicago. Released her full-length debut album, Love Stuff, in 2015
July 3, 1988 ~ Metalcore, post-hardcore singer, keyboardist, songwriter Matty Mullins born in Spokane, Washington, USA ~ Influenced by acts such as Every Time I Die, Bring Me The Horizon, Asking Alexandria. Best known as lead singer and main songwriter of the Memphis May Fire. Has also worked with Hands Like Houses, Sleeping With Sirens, For Today, and with Nowhere To Be Found
July 3, 1986 ~ Dillon Russell, commonly known as jazz double bassist Curley Russell, passed away ~ Worked with Tadd Dameron, Bud Powell, Max Roach, Sonny Stitt, Fats Navarro, Charlie Parker, Al Cohn, Art Blakey, Horace Silver, Kenny Drew, Milt Jackson, George Wallington, Coleman Hawkins, Clifford Jordan, Thelonious Monk, Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, Dexter Gordon, Johnny Griffin, and others ~ Russell was born in 1917
July 3, 1986 ~ Hubert Prior Vallee, commonly known as singer, actor, saxophonist Rudy Vallee, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Started in the mid-1920s playing with the Savoy Havana Band. Became one of the first crooners. Became one of the first teen idol pop stars. Founded the Connecticut Yankees. Vallée's vocal phrasing would inspire artists such as Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, and Perry Como, to model their voices on jazz instruments. Best known for songs such as Stein Song, Vieni Vieni and 99 Out Of A 100 ~ Vallée was born in 1901
July 3, 1983 ~ Leo Edward Donald Jr, commonly known as R&B, rock & roll singer Larry Darnell, passed away in Columbus, Ohio, USA ~ Dubbed “Mr Heart & Soul”, known for a string of late 1940s, early 1950s hits including I'll Get Along Somehow, For You My Love, I Love My Baby, and Oh Babe ~ Darnell was born in 1928
July 3, 1980 ~ James Joseph Bennett, commonly known as blues shouter, saxophonist Buster Bennett, passed away in Houston, Texas, USA ~ Worked with Lester Melrose, Big Bill Broonzy, Yas Yas Girl, Monkey Joe, Washboard Sam, Jimmie Gordon, Sammy Price, Arrington Thornton, Duke Groner, Wild Bill Davis, Israel Crosby, Pee Wee Jackson, Tom Archia, and others ~ Bennett was born in 1914
July 3, 1980 ~ Country singer, songwriter Sarah Buxton, full name Sarh Jane Buxton, born in Lawrence, Kansas, USA ~ Married to guitarist Tom Bukovac since 2009. Released her full-length eponymous Sarah Buxton debut album in 2010. Best known for songs such as Innocence, That Kind Of Day, Space, Outside My Window, and Stupid Boy, the latter later notably covered by Keith Urban. In-demand songwriter, wrote or co-wrote songs such as Big & Rich's That's Why I Pray, Gary Allan's Piece, the Band Perry's Don't Let Me Be Lonely and Florida Georgia Line's Sun Daze. Buxton is also founding member of Skyline Motel
July 3, 1980 ~ Frazier Othel Thompson III, commonly known as rapper Trae tha Truth, born in USA ~ Released his full-length Losing Composure solo debut album in 2003. Best known for his 2005 single In The Hood featuring Yung Joc. Has collaborated with Guerilla Maab, Fat Pat, Rich Boy, Lil' Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, Young Thug, TI, and others
July 3, 1976 ~ Singer Shane Lynch, full name Shane Eamon Mark Stephen Lynch, born in Donaghmede, Ireland ~ Member of boyband Boyzone, known for 1990s hits such as Love Me For A Reason, Words, Picture Of You, All That I Need and No Matter What
July 3, 1972 ~ Marin Flachsenhaar Jr, commonly known as jazz saxophonist Marty Flax, passed away ~ Worked with Louis Jordan, Dizzy Gillespie, Pérez Prado, Tito Puente, Les Elgart, Claude Thornhill, Quincy Jones, Melba Liston, Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, Sammy Davis Jr, Sam Most, Nat Pierce, Frank Rehak, Pete Rugolo, and others ~ Flachsenhaar was born in 1924
July 3, 1972 ~ Hill country blues guitarist, singer, songwriter Mississippi Fred McDowell passed away in Memphis, Tennessee, USA ~ Known for songs such as Shake 'Em On Down, Kokomo Blues and You Gotta Move, the latter best known to rock audiences as covered by the Rolling Stones on their quintessential Sticky Fingers album ~ McDowell was born in 1904
July 3, 1971 ~ R&B singer, songwriter Donald McPherson passed away in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA ~ Co-founding member of Main Ingredient, present on songs such as You've Been My Inspiration, Spinning Around (I Must Be Falling In Love) and the McPherson-penned Black Seeds Keep On Growing. McPherson died unexpectedly of leukemia at age 29, Cuba Gooding Sr taking his place as lead singer in the band ~ McPherson was born in 1941
July 3, 1971 ~ James Douglas Morrison, commonly known as singer, songwriter Jim Morrison, passed away in Paris, France ~ Lead singer of the Doors. Wrote or co-wrote vast amount of the band's best known songs including Light My Fire, Break On Through To The Other Side, The End, Moonlight Drive, People Are Strange, Hello I Love You, Roadhouse Blues, LA Woman, and Riders On The Storm ~ Morrison was born in 1943
July 3, 1970 ~ Singer, actress Askin Nur Yengi born in Istanbul, Turkey ~ Debuted in 1990 with the album Sevgiliye to become one of Turkey's most successful singers in the 1990s
July 3, 1970 ~ Actress, singer Audra McDonald, full name Audra Ann McDonald, born in West Berlin, West Germany ~ Has worked with orchestras such as the Houston Grand Opera, the Los Angeles Opera, the Berlin Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, as well as in musicals, botn on and off Broadway, including 110 In The Shade, Carousel, Ragtime and Porgy & Bess
July 3, 1969 ~ Guitarist, sitarist, keyboardist, percussionist Brian Jones, full name Lewis Brian Hopkin Jones, passed away in Hartfield, UK ~ Co-founding member and original leader of the Rolling Stones, pushed to the back by manager Andrew Loog Oldham steered the band away from blues and more towards rock & roll. Best known as a slide guitarist as evidenced on songs such as I Wanna Be Your Man, I'm A King Bee, I'm Movin' On and No Expectations yet played several other instruments including sitar (Street Fighting Man, Paint It Black), organ (Let's Spend The Night Together), dulcimer, mellotron, marimba (Under My Thumb, Out Of Time), and saxophone (Citadel), and numerous other instruments. Fired by the band in 1969 as Jones's substance abuse became a problem and replaced by Mick Taylor. Jones passed away a month later, found dead in his swimming pool at age 27 ~ Jones was born in 1942
July 3, 1969 ~ Keyboardist Kevin Hearn, full name Kevin Neil Hearn, born in Grimsby, Canada ~ Member of Barenaked Ladies, joining the band in 1995 as replacement for Andrew Creeggan and first appearing on Stunt. Has also worked with Look People and with Rheostatics
July 3, 1969 ~ Rock keyboardist Scott Larned born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Founding member of the Dark Star Orchestra, one of the most popular the Grateful Dead tribute bands ~ Larned passed away in 2005
July 3, 1960 ~ Leeds Collins, commonly known as trumpeter Lee Collins, passed away in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Worked with the Young Eagles, the Columbia Band, the Tuxedo Brass Band, Louis Armstrong, Papa Celestin, Zutty Singleton, King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, the Astoria Hot Eight, Luis Russell, Dave Peyton, the Chicago Rambler, Johnny Dodds, Baby Dodds, Mezz Mezzrow, Lovie Austin, Jimmy Bertrand, Bertha Hill, Kid Ory, Art Hodes, Joe Sullivan, and others ~ Collins was born in 1901
July 3, 1958 ~ Singer, songwriter Aaron Tippin born in Pensacola, Florida, USA ~ Initially staff songwriter for Acuff/Rose Music. Best known as a singer of neo-traditionalist country songs, oft working class and patriotically themed. Debuted in 1991 with the single You've Gotta Stand For Something which became an anthem for US soldiers in the Gulf War. Also known for songs such as Nothing Wrong With The Radio, Kiss This, Working Man's PhD, and Where The Stars And The Stripes And The Eagle Fly
July 3, 1958 ~ Guitarist Jeff Mattson born in USA ~ Founding member of the Zen Tricksters. Also worked with Donna Jean Godchaux, the Dark Star Orchestra, Phil Lesh, and others
July 3, 1957 ~ Marion Elliott, commonly known as punk rock, downtempo singer, songwriter Poly Styrene, born in Bromley, UK ~ Fronted 1970s punk outfit X-Ray Spex, known for singles such as The Day The World Turned Day-glo, Identity and Germfree Adolescents. After the band disbanded she released a pop-jazzy solo debut album, 1980's Translucence, moving away from the loud punk guitars ~ Elliot passed away in 2011
July 3, 1957 ~ Jazz-fusion, punk, hardcore punk singer Sid McCray, full name Sidney Alexander McCray, born ~ Founded jazz-fusion outfit Mind Power. Best known as co-founding member, lead singer of Bad Brains, one of the first American punk outfits and generally considered as pioneers of hardcore punk. McCray led the band in 1977 and 1978, leaving before the band's rise to fame ~ McCray passed away in 2020
July 3, 1956 ~ Heavy metal, alternative metal singer, guitarist, songwriter Stephen Pearcy, full name Stephen Eric Pearcy, born in San Diego, California, USA ~ Founding and sole constant member of RATT. Has also worked with Firedome, Vicious Delite, Vertex and released a number of solo albums starting with Before And Laughter in 2000
July 3, 1955 ~ Guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter Mike Corby born in Windsor, UK ~ Co-founding member of the Babys. Present on the band's first two albums, The Babys and Broken Heart. The latter contained Isn't It Time, one of their most successful singles
July 3, 1955 ~ Guitarist Neil Clark born in Hamilton, UK ~ Member of Lloyd Cole & the Commotions, best known for their 1984 single Rattlesnakes. Also present on several of Cole's post-Commotions solo albums including Bad Vibes, Love Story and Etc. Also worked with Bloomsday, Mae Moore, and has recorded as a solo artist starting with 2008's Sundogs album
July 3, 1954 ~ Daniel Grafton Hill IV, singer, pianist, guitarist, songwriter, commonly known as Dan Hill, born in Toronto, Canada ~ Best known for Sometimes When We Touch, It's A Long Road and the Vonda Shepard-duet Can't We Try
July 3, 1953 ~ Duff Clark Jackson, commonly known as jazz drummer Duffy Jackson, born in Freeport, USA ~ Son of bandleader Chubby Jackson. Worked with Count Basie, Woody Herman, and with Buddy Rich, before he left high school. Went on to play with Monty Alexander, Ray Brown, Herb Ellis, Lena Horne, Milt Jackson, Barney Kessel, Benny Carter, Sammy Davis Jr, Grover Mitchell, Lionel Hampton, Al Jarreau, James Moody, Sonny Stitt, Thad Jones, Illinois Jacquet, Artie Shaw, Frank Foster, Harry Allen, Billy Ross, the Manhattan Transfer, George Benson, Ira Sullivan, and others ~ Jackson passed away in 2021
July 3, 1952 ~ Pianist, bassist, songwriter Andy Fraser born in Paddington, UK ~ Member of Free, alongside Paul Rodgers, Paul Kossoff and Simon Kirke. Co-wrote the band's biggest hit All Right Now as well as My Brother Jake and Stealer. Also worked with Toby, the Sharks, Chris Spedding, Kim Turner, Nick Judd, and others. As a songwriter his work has been recorded by Joe Cocker, Robert Palmer (Every Kinda People), Chaka Khan, Rod Stewart, and Paul Young ~ Fraser passed away in 2015
July 3, 1952 ~ Singer, songwriter Carla Olson born in Austin, Texas, USA ~ Founding member of the Textones, known for their 1978 Midnightt Mission which spawned the singles Standing In The Line and Midnight Mission. Critically acclaimed as a solo artist. In-demand collaborator. Has worked with Mick Taylor, Percy Sledge, Ry Cooder, Gene Clark, Don Henley, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, John Fogerty, Mikael Rickfors, and others
July 3, 1952 ~ Pop rock singer, pianist, songwriter, actress Laura Branigan, full name Laura Ann Branigan born in Brewster, New York, USA ~ Known for a string of 1980s pop, soft rock hits including Solitaire, How Am I Supposed To Live Without You, Self Control and perhaps her best known Gloria ~ Branigan passed way in 2004
July 3, 1952 ~ Henry James, commonly known as singer Peter Broggs, born in Hanover Parish, Jamaica ~ Debuted in 1979 with the Progressive Youth album and has recorded to mixed success since. Best known for his 1990 Reasoning, which featured backing from the Wailers and Roots Radics ~ James passed away in 2015
July 3, 1950 ~ Jazz double bassist, trombonist John Lindsay passed away in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Worked with John Robichaux, AJ Piron, Dewey Jackson, Willie Hightower, Carroll Dickerson, Lil' Hardon, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, Richard M Jones, Jimmie Noone, Punch Miller, Johnny Dodds, Bertha Hill, Georgia White, the Harlem Hamfats, Baby Dodds, and others ~ Lindsay was born in 1894
July 3, 1949 ~ Guitarist, singer, producer John Verity born in London, UK ~ Member of Argent from 1974 through 1976, present on the albums Circus and Counterpoints. Following the band's disbandement Verity founded Phoenix with Bob Henrit and Jim Rodford. Subsequently worked with Charlie. Verity also produced Saxon's eponymous Saxon debut album released in 1979
July 3, 1949 ~ R&B, funk singer Johnnie Wilder Jr, full name Johnnie James Wilder Jr, born ~ Co-founder, lead singer of Heatwave, known for songs such as Boogie Nights, Mind Blowing Decisions, Always And Forever and The Groove Line ~ Wilder passed away in 2006
July 3, 1948 ~ Rock, swamp rock, blues rock guitarist, singer, songwriter Paul Barrere born in Burbank, California, USA ~ Best known as a member of Little Feat, joining the band in 1972. Has written or co-written several of the band's songs, notably Feats Don't Fail Me Now. Has also worked with Taj Mahal, Jack Bruce, Valerie Carter, Helen Watson, Chico Hamilton, Eikichi Yazawa, Greg Koch, and others ~ Barrere passed away in 2019
July 3, 1947 ~ Singer, actress Betty Buckley, full name Betty Lynn Buckley, born in Big Spring, Texas, USA ~ Won a Tony Award for her role as Grizabella in the original Broadway production of Cats
July 3, 1947 ~ Singer, actress Grethe Kausland born in Horten, Norway ~ Popular child star. Her 1955 debut single Teddyen Min sold over 100,000 copies at the time. Represented Norway at the 1972 Eurovision Songfestival singing Smating with Benny Borg ~ Kausland passed away in 2007
July 3, 1947 ~ Anthony Topham, commonly known as blues, blues-rock guitarist Top Topham, born in Southall, UK ~ Original lead guitarist of the Yardbirds, replaced by Eric Clapton in 1963. Following his departure from the band Topham returned to art school, and has since worked mostly as interior designer and painter. Occasionally Topham has worked in the music industry, including with the likes of John Mayall, Peter Green, and Bill Morrissey ~ Topham passed away in 2023
July 3, 1946 ~ Jazz saxophonist, composer, arranger John Klemmer born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Jodie Christian, Wilbur Campbell, Oscar Brashear, Les Hooper, James William Guercio, Harvey Mandel, Don Ellis, Oliver Nelson, Tim Buckley, David Batteau, Danny O'Keefe, Clint Holmes, Pamela Oland, Faith Hill, Keith Urban, George Benson, Herbie Hancock, 3rd Force, David Arkenstone, Craig Chaquico, Ray Manzarek, John Lee Hooker, Steely Dan, Roy Haynes, Tom Scott, Gato Barbieri, Lauren Wood, Tom Snow, Gloria Lynne, Nancy Wilson, DJ Krush, and others
July 3, 1946 ~ John Lee Ham, commonly known as singer, guitarist Johnny Lee, born in Alta Loma, Texas, USA ~ Country singer best known for his Lookin' For Love hit single which crossed over to the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 charts, reaching top 10 in 1980. Other well-known songs include One In Million, Pickin' Up Strangers, Prisoner Of Hope, Bet Your Heart On Me, Sounds Like Love, Hey Bartender and You Could've Had A Heartbreak
July 3, 1945 ~ Singer Perry Como, backed by Russ Case and orchestra, records Till The End Of Time ~ Written by Buddy Kaye and Ted Mossman, its melody based on Frédéric Chopin's Polonaise Heroique. A number of hit versions were recorded in 1945, the biggest hit being Como's. Other early recordings done by Dick Haymes, Doris Day, Ginny Simms. In later years it would also be covered by artists such as Pat Boone, Jane Morgan, Sarah Vaughan, Della Reese, and by Matt Monro
July 3, 1944 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Garland Jeffreys born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Debuted in 1970 with the Grinder's Switch featuring Garland Jeffreys album in 1970. Best known for his 1979 Matador single which reached top 10 across continental Europe
July 3, 1944 ~ Folk rock, psychedelic pop, jazz rock singer, keyboardist, guitarist, bassist, percussionist songwriter Michel Polnareff born in Nérac, France ~ Critically acclaimed for his genre-crossing oeuvre. Active since the mid-1960s. Known best for songs such as La Poupée Qui Fait Non, Ta-ta-ta-ta, Ame Caline, Mes Regrets, Gloria, Tibili and Holidays, the latter featuring Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones
July 3, 1944 ~ Michael Richard Gee, commonly known as rock & roll guitarist Mickey Gee, born in Cardiff, UK ~ Influenced by Chet Atkins and Elvis Presley-guitarist Scotty Moore. Served as musical director for the Senators, the backing unit for Tom Jones. Would go on to work with Joe Cocker, Dave Edmunds (I Hear You Knocking), Shakin' Stevens, Andy Fairweather Low, Willie & the Poor Boys, Nick Lowe, and others ~ Gee passed away in 2009
July 3, 1943 ~ Judith Mavis Cock, commonly known as pop, folk pop singer, pianist Judith Durham born in Essendon, Australia ~ Lead singer of the Seekers from 1962 through 1968, scoring folk-pop hits such as I'll Never Find Another You, A World Of Our Own, The Carnival Is Over and Georgy Girl. Following her departure from the band would record about a dozen albums as a solo artist and sporadically join the Seekers from the mid-1990s forward ~ Cock passed away in 2022
July 3, 1942 ~ Organist Dr Lonnie Smith born in Buffalo, New York, USA ~ Recorded with artists such as Bobby Broom, Karl Denson, Lou Donaldson, Richard Hart, Red Holloway, Javon Jackson, Rodney Jones, Jimmy McGriff, Jimmy Ponder, Akira Tana, and Chester CT Thompson
July 3, 1942 ~ Claude Moine, commonly known as singer, actor Eddy Mitchell, born in Paris, France ~ Member of Chausettes Noires. Worked with Big Jim Sullivan, Jimmy Page, Bobby Graham, Roger Hawkins, David Hood, Jimmy Johnson, Kenny Buttrey, Reggie Young, David Briggs, Charlie McCoy, and others
July 3, 1940 ~ Singer Bing Crosby records Only Forever ~ Written by James V Monaco and Johnny Burke, initially intended for the 1940 Crosby film If I Had My Way yet used for his next, Rhythm On The River. Released as a single in August 1940 it would top the pop charts for nine weeks
July 3, 1940 ~ Singer, songwriter Fontella Bass, full name Fontella Marie Bass, born in St Louis, Missouri, USA ~ Daughter of gospel singer Martha Bass. Best known for a string of mid-1960s hits including Rescue Me and the Bobby McClure duets Don't Mess Up A Good Thing and You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone. Worked with Leon Claxton, Little Milton, Oliver Sain, Maurice White, Louis Satterfield, Gene Barge, Minnie Riperton, Art Ensemble Of Chicago, the World Saxophone Quartet, and others ~ Bass passed away in 2012
July 3, 1935 ~ Jose Luis Feliciano Vega, commonly known as percussionist, singer Cheo Feliciano, born in Ponce, Puerto Rico ~ Salsa pioneer. Influenced Gilberto Santo Rosa, Rubén Blades, Alex d'Castro, and Jerry Rivas. Known for songs such as Anacaona, Mi Trista Problema, Canta, Amada Mia, and Sobre Una Tumba Humilde. Worked with Tito Rodriguez, Luis Cruz, the Kako y Su Trabaco Orchestre, Joe Cuba, Eddie Palmieri, the Fania All-Stars, and others ~ Feliciano passed away in 2014
July 3, 1935 ~ Jazz pianist, conductor, composer Enrico Intra born in Milan, Italy ~ Known for his collborations with Gerry Mulligan, Franco Cerri, Lee Konitz, Milton Jackson, Severino Gazzeloni, Pino Presti, Tullio de Piscope, David Liebman, and others
July 3, 1934 ~ Composer Christian Manen born in Boulogne-Billancourt, France ~ Has written approximately 140 works, mostly orchestral and chamber music. Best known for his 1961 cantata La Loreley. Founder and longtime conductor of the Orchestre des Cadets D'Asnières ~ Manen passed away in 2020
July 3, 1930 ~ Jazz trombonist, composer, arranger Ron Collier born in Coleman, Canada ~ Best known for his association with Duke Ellington ~ Collier passed away in 2003
July 3, 1930 ~ Jazz pianist, arranger, composer Ronnell Bright born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Sideman and leader. Active since the early 1950s. Played with Johnny Tate, Carmen McRae, Rolf Kühn, Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan, Lena Horne, Gloria Lynne. Had his compositions recorded by Vaughan, Cal Tjader, Horace Silver, and by Blue Mitchell
July 3, 1929 ~ Singer David Lynch born in St Louis, Missouri, USA ~ Member of the most successful line-up of the Platters, remaining with the band from 1953 through 1970. The band is known for 1950s classics such as Only You And You Alone, The Great Pretender, My Prayer, Twilight Time, and Smoke Gets In Your Eyes ~ Lynch passed away in 1981
July 3, 1927 ~ Composer Jean Prodromidès born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France ~ Pupil of René Leibowitz. Best known as a film composer, notably for films such as Maigret Et L'Affaire Saint Fiacre and Danton ~ Prodromidès passed away in 2016
July 3, 1926 ~ Jazz, R&B trumpeter Johnny Coles born in Trenton, New Jersey, USA ~ Sideman and leader. Started with Eddie Cleanhead Vinson in the late 1940s. Played with Bull Moose Jackson, Earl Bostic, James Moody, and with Gil Evans including on the album Out Of The Cool, through the early 1960s. Then backed Charles Mingus, alongside Eric Dolphy, Clifford Jordan, Jaki Byard and Dannie Richmond. Played with Herbie Hancock, with Ray Charles at the end of the 1960s. Duke Ellington, Art Blakey, Dameronia, and others through the 1970s. Later on he would also record with Frank Morgan, Chico Freeman, Gene Harris, Charles Earland, and with Buck Hill. Coles also sporadically recorded as a leader from the early 1960s onwards ~ Coles passed away in 1997
July 3, 1923 ~ John Maurice Hartman, commonly known as jazz singer, pianist Johnny Hartman born in Houma, Louisiana, USA ~ Critically acclaimed, admired by peers, never widely known. Fresh out of the US Army, Hartman won a singing contest awarding him a one-week engagement with Hines. Hines hired him for a year. Dizzy Gillespie snatched Hartman when the Hines orchestra broke up, and he sang with Dizzy for about a year. He briefly teamed up with pianist Erroll Garner before going solo in 1950. In 1955 he released his first solo album, Songs From The Heart, followed by a handful more, all on small labels and to little commercial succes. In 1963 John Coltrane asked Hartman to do a collaboration album. The result, Johnny Coltrane & Johnny Hartman, is widely considered a classic. Despite the attention, a label move and teaming up with famed producer Bob Thiele, Hartman failed to reach a wider audience. He continued to perform and record up to his death, mostly on smaller labels. Hartman did receive a Grammy-nomination for Best Male Jazz Vocalist following his LP Once In Every Life. Four of the tracks would later be included on the The Bridges Of Madison County, which would introduce the late Hartman to a younger generation ~ Hartman passed away in 1983
July 3, 1915 ~ Generoso Graziano, commonly known as violinist, bandleader, composer, arranger Jerry Gray, born in East Boston, Massachusetts, USA ~ Popular big band, swing era arranger. Closely associated with Artie Shaw and especially Glenn Miller. Arranged many of Miller's 1930s and 1940s recordings including Elmer's Tune, Moonlight Cocktail and Chattanooga Choo Choo, wrote or co-wrote songs such as Sun Valley Jump, The Man In The Moon, Pennsylvania 6-5000 and I Dreamt I Dwelt In Harlem ~ Graziano passed away in 1976
July 3, 1914 ~ Film, TV composer George Bruns, full name George Edward Bruns, born in Sandy, Oregon, USA ~ Best known for his work for Disney from the 1950s through the 1970s, including for animated films such as Sleeping Beauty, One Hundred And One Dalmations, Jungle Book, The Aristocats and Robin Hood ~ Bruns passed away in 1983
July 3, 1905 ~ Jazz, big band trumpeter Frank L Ryerson, full name Frank Layton Ryerson, born in New Jersey, USA ~ Co-wrote Blue Champagne, a 1941 hit for Jimmy Dorsey. Has worked with Mal Hallett, Glen Gray & the Casa Loma Orchestra, Jack Teagarden, Vaughn Monroe, and others ~ Ryerson passed away in 1995
July 3, 1901 ~ Ruth Porter Crawford, commonly known as modernist composer, pianist Ruth Crawford Seeger, born in East Liverpool, Ohio, USA ~ Active primarily during the 1920s and 1930s. Influenced Elliott Carter. Married to musicologist Charles Seeger. Mother of singers Mike Seeger and Peggy Seeger. Stepmother of singer Pete Seeger ~ Crawford passed away in 1953