This Day In Music: July 4
July 3 ~ Birthdays/All ~ July 5
July 4, 2022 ~ Songwriter Alan Blaikley, full name Alan Tudor Blaikley, passed away ~ Known for a number of 1960s, 1970s UK hits, often written in partnership with Ken Howard. Notable hits include Have I The Right for the Honeycombs and The Legend Of Xanadu for Dave Dee Dozy Beaky Mick & Tich. Others who have recorded songs written or co-written by Blaikley include Petula Clark, Phil Collins, Sacha Distel, Engelbert Humperdinck, Eartha Kitt, Lulu, and Matthews Southern Comfort. Blaikley and Howard have also written the West End musicals Mardi Grass and The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole and composed for TV series ~ Blaikley was born in 1940
July 4, 2021 ~ Bassist Rick Laird, full name Richard Quentin Laird, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Best known as member of John McLaughlin's jazz-fusion outfit the Mahavishnu Orchestra. House bassist at Ronnie Scott's famed London jazz club. Released one album as a leader, namely 1979's Soft Focus. Has also collaborated with Sonny Rollins, Stan Getz, Chick Corea, Horacee Arnold, Eddie Daniels, Vic Juris, Eric Kloss, Czeslaw Niemen, Anita O'Day, Buddy Rich, Stan Tracey, and others ~ Laird was born in 1941
July 4, 2021 ~ Country, rockabilly singer, guitarist Sanford Clark passed away in Joplin, Missouri, USA ~ Best known for his 1956 hit The Fool, penned by a then-unknown Lee Hazlewood. The song would later be covered Chris Farlowe, Elvis Presley, the Animals, and Richard Thompson ~ Clark was born in 1935
July 4, 2016 ~ Operatic tenor, illustrator Geoffrey Shovelton passed away ~ Best known for leading roles with the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company from 1975 through 1982. Also worked with the Scottish Opera, the Nonesuch Opera, the Chelsea Opera Group, the London Opperetta Ensemble, and others ~ Shovelton was born in 1936
July 4, 2016 ~ Poet, songwriter, singer William Hawkins passed away ~ Member of the Children. Best known for co-writing Gnostic Serenade, originally recorded by 3's A Crowd ~ Hawkins was born in 1940
July 4, 2012 ~ Jazz drummer Larance Marable passed away ~ Worked with Dexter Gordon, Charlie Parker, Zoot Sims, Curtis Amy, Ruth Cameron, Chet Baker, Kenny Drew, Teddy Edwards, Victor Feldman, Jimmy Giuffre, Charlie Haden, Richard Groove Holmes, Milt Jackson, Frank Morgan, Robert Stewart, Sonny Stitt, and with Carl Perkins on the 1956 Dootone release Introducing Carl Perkins ~ Marable was born in 1929
July 4, 2010 ~ Big band trumpeter Paul Fredricks, full name Paul G Fredricks, passed away ~ Enjoyed popularity during the 1930s and 1940s serving under bandleaders such as Alvino Rey, Charlie Spivak, Les Brown, Mel Tormé, and others. Formed his own band, the Crescent City Stompers, by the late 1940s ~ Fredricks was born in 1918
July 4, 2009 ~ Music agent, label executive Allen Klein passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Became one of the most powerful individuals of his day in the music industry. Started representing 1950s rockabilly artists such as Buddy Knox and Jimmy Bowen. Would go on to negotiate contracts for Sam Cooke, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Also worked with Ersel Hickey, Dimitri Tiomkin, Steve Lawrence, Eydie Gormé, Lloyd Price, Neil Sedaka, Bobby Darin, the Animals, Herman's Hermits, the Kinks, Lulu, Donovan, Pete Townshend, Phil Spector, and others ~ Klein was born in 1931
July 4, 2009 ~ Drake Maxwell Levinshefski, commonly known as guitarist Drake Levin, passed away in San Francisco, California, USA ~ Best known as a member of Paul Revere & the Raiders. Post-Raiders has worked with Ananda Shankar, Emitt Rhodes and Lee Michaels ~ Levin was born in 1946
July 4, 2007 ~ Singer Bill Pinkney passed away in Daytona Beach, Florida, USA ~ Original member of the Drifters along with Andrew Thrasher, Gerhart Thrasher, Willie Ferbie and naturally Clyde McPhatter. Sang on early hits such as Money Honey, Honey Love, Adorable, and Ruby Baby. Lead on I Should Have Done Right and Steamboat ~ Pinkney was born in 1925
July 4, 2007 ~ Jazz violinist, double bassist Johnny Frigo, full name John Virgil Frigo, passed away in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Perhaps best remembered for writing Detour Ahead, a jazz standard recorded by Woody Herman, Billie Holiday, Patti Page, Irene Kral, Anita O'Day, and others. Has worked with Ken Nordine, Holly Cole, Audrey Morris, Claiborne Cary, Buddy Greco, Skeeter Davis, Monty Alexander, Skitch Henderson, Chad Mitchell, Pee Wee King, and others ~ Frigo was born in 1916
July 4, 2005 ~ Tenor saxophonist John Stubblefield passed away in the Bronx, New York, USA ~ Worked with the World Saxophone Quartet, Reggie Workman, McCoy Tyner, Freddie Hubbard, George Russell, Nat Adderley, Kenny Barron, Lester Bowie, the Mingus Big Band, Anthony Braxton, Stanley Cowell, Miles Davis, Billy Hart, Louis Hayes, Julius Hemphill, Joseph Jarman, Victor Lewis, Sam Rivers, and others ~ Stubblefield was born in 1945
July 4, 2003 ~ Singer André Claveau passed away in Brassac, France ~ Popular in his native France from the 1940s forward. Internationally best known for winning the 1958 Eurovision Songfestival with Dors Mon Amour written by Pierre Delanoë and Hubert Giraud ~ Claveau was born in 1911
July 4, 2003 ~ Singer, songwriter Barry White, full name Barry Eugene White, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Over 100 gold records worldwide. Influenced by James Cleveland, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Elvis Presley, the Supremes, the Four Tops, and Marvin Gaye. Known for a bass-baritone smooth voice, his association with Love Unlimited Orchestra, and for songs such as I'm Gonna Love You Just A Little More Baby, Never Never Going To Give You Up, Can't Get Enough Of Your Love, and It's Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next To Me ~ White was born in 1944
July 4, 1999 ~ R&B soul singer Ruby Johnson passed away in Lanham, Maryland, USA ~ Enjoyed a number of local hits in the Washington DC area including Calling All Boys, Here I Go Again, Nobody Cares. Signed to Stax/Volt in 1965 where under the guidance of Isaac Hayes and David Porter recorded a number of moderately successful hits backed by musicians such as Steve Cropper, Donald Duck Dunn and Al Jackson Jr. Her I'll Run Your Hurt Away and If I Ever Needed Love would continue to be included on compilation sets to this day. Johnson retired from music in 1974 ~ Johnson was born in 1936
July 4, 1995 ~ Austyin Richard Post, commonly known as rapper, singer, songwriter, producer, actor Post Malone, born in Syracuse, New York, USA ~ Blends hip-hop, R&B, pop, trap, rap rock, cloud rap. First gained attention with his 2015 White Iverson debut single. Would follow up with a full-length debut album, Stoney, the following year. Has recorded to commercial succes since. Known for Billboard Hot 100 top hits such as Congratulations featuring Quavo, Rockstar, Psycho featuring Ty Dolla $ign, Better Now, Sunflower with Swae Lee, Circles, and Take What You Want featuring Ozzy Osbourne & Travis Scott
July 4, 1992 ~ Bandoneon player, composer Astor Piazzolla passed away in Buenos Aires, Argentina ~ Virtuoso bandoneonist. Father of Nuevo Tango. Worked with Anibal Troilo, the Orquesta Tipica, the Orquesta de Cuerdas, Jorge Sobrel, Octeto Buenos Aires, Leopoldo Federico, Enrique Mario Francini, Hugo Baralis, Juan Vasssalo, Jose Bragato, Atilio Stampone, Juan Carlos Copes, Maria Nieves, Jaime Gosis, Simón Bajour, Horacio Malvicino, Kicho Diaz, Joge Luis Borge, Edmundo Rivero, Amelita Baltar, Gerry Mulligan, Tullio de Piscope, Roberto Goyneche, Cacho Tirao, Osvaldo Pugliese, the Kronos Quartet, Pablo Ziegler, and others ~ Piazzolla was born in 1921
July 4, 1990 ~ Derrick Desmond Coleman, commonly known as rapper Fredo Santana, born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Debuted in 2013 with the album Trapping Ain't Dad. Collaborated with his cousin Chief Keef, Lil' Reese, King Louie, Gino Marley, Frenchie, Lil' Herb, Lil' Bibby, Lil' Durk, 808 Mafia, Young Chop, Migos, Juelz Santana, Soulja Boy, Young Scooter, Fat Trel, Kendrick Lamar, Peewee Longway, and others ~ Coleman passed away in 2018
July 4, 1986 ~ Edward Shulman, commonly known as swing saxophonist, clarinetist, trumpeter Eddie Shu, passed away in St Petersburg, Florida, USA ~ Worked with Tadd Dameron, George Shearing, Johnny Bothwell, Buddy Rich, Les Elgart, Lionel Hampton, Charlie Barnet, Chubby Jackson, Gene Krupa, Jackie Paris, Bobby Byrne, Mel Powell, Louis Armstrong, Joe Bonner, and others ~ Shulman was born in 1918
July 4, 1985 ~ Jazz alto saxophonist Chris Woods passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Worked with Jeters Pillar's Orchestra, George Hudson, Tommy Dean, Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Sy Oliver, Ted Curson, Jim McNeely, Count Basie, and others ~ Woods was born in 1925
July 4, 1984 ~ Singer, guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter Jimmie Spheeris passed away in Santa Monica, California, USA ~ Initially a folk singer, songwriter, later drawing from jazz, rock and fusion. Recorded four albums in the 1970s, working with renowned producers such as Paul Leka, Felix Cavaliere, Henry Lewy and David Campbell. Backed by notable musicians including Jane Getz, Russ Kunkel, Leland Sklar, Bobbye Hall, Chick Corea, Chuck Findley, and others. Longtime friend Jackson Browne sang backing vocals on Spheeris' fourth and final album Ports Of The Heart, the recordings completed shortly before his death in a motorcycle accident ~ Spheeris was born in 1949
July 4, 1983 ~ Cellist Claus Adam passed away ~ Member of the Juilliard String Quartet from 1955 through 1974 ~ Adam was born in 1917
July 4, 1983 ~ Melanie Fiona Hallim, commonly known as singer, songwriter Melanie Fiona, born in Toronto, Canada ~ Began her career in 2002 as part of Juno Award winning girl group X-Quisite. Wrote or co-wrote songs for Rihanna and Kardinal Offishal. Released her debut solo album, The Bridge, in 2009. Opened for Alicia Keys on the Freedom Tour in 2010. Collaborated with artists such as Future CUt, Vada Nobles, the Stereotypes, J Phoenix, Peter Wade Keutsch, Cee Lo Green, and others. Hallim cites Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, Sam Cooke, Sade, Amy Winehouse, India Arie, Patsy Cline, and Bob Marley as influences
July 4, 1981 ~ Metal, symphonic metal, neoclassical metal keyboardist Kevin Codfert born in France ~ Member of Adagio, joining the band in 2003. Has also worked with Myrath, Stephan Forté and with Venturia
July 4, 1978 ~ Singer, songwriter Stephen McNally, full name Stephen Patrick McNally, born in Liverpool, UK ~ One third of Bbmak, alongside Mark Barry and Stephen McNally, known for a string of hits from the late 1990s through the band's disbandement in 2003. McNally joined 10 Reasons To Live as lead singer in 2009. Has also worked with Michael Scout, Koele Vaten, and Bert Van Engle
July 4, 1977 ~ Heavy metal, industrial metal singer, guitarist, bassist, producer Jonas Kjellgren, full name Per Jonas Kjellgren, born in Sweden ~ Best known as co-founder, guitarist for Scar Symmetry. Lead singer for Carnal Forge and Dellamorte. Guitarist for Centinex, Bassist for October Tide. In-demand producer for acts such as Sonic Syndicate, Zonaria, the Absence, Steel Attack, 21Lucifers, Darzamat, and others
July 4, 1977 ~ Post-rock, ambient, art rock, dream pop drummer, keyboardist Orri Páll Dýrason ~ Best known as member of Sigur Rós, joining the band in 1999 as replacement for Ágúst Ævar Gunnarsson
July 4, 1976 ~ Progressive metal, progressive rock guitarist, singer Daniel Mongrain born in Trois-Rivières, Canada ~ Co-founding member of Martyr. Member of Voivod since 2008, replacing the late Denis D'Amour. Has also worked with Cryptopsy, Gorguts, Alcoholica, Capharhaum, Dan Bigras, Breen Leboeuf, Bruno Pelletier, and others
July 4, 1976 ~ Progressive rock, jazz fusion drummer Zoltán Csörsz born in Hungary ~ Has worked with the Flower Kings, Jan Lundgren, the Minstrel's Ghost, Karmakanic, the Tangent, Tomas Bodin, Latin Flavor, the Family Tree, Tragedy, the Bentzon Brothers, Lifesigns, and others
July 4, 1974 ~ Indie pop, shoegaze, synthpop, pop singer, bassist, guitarist, songwriter Inara George, full name Inara Maryland George, born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Formed the duo the Bird & the Bee with Greg Kurstin. Member of Merrick. One third of the Living Sisters alongside Eleni Mandell and Becky Stark. Has also recorded as a solo artist, starting with All Rise released in 2005, and collaborated with Lode, Ben Wendel, Idlewild, Mike Viola, Har Mar Superstar, Jason Mraz, the Foo Fighters, Superfruit, and others
July 4, 1973 ~ Electronic, house, trance keyboardist, guitarist Simon Greenaway born ~ Formed the house duo Aurora with keyboardist, guitarist Sacha Collisson, known best for their 2001 Ordinary World, Duran Duran-cover featuring guest vocalist Naimee Coleman, a UK top 10 hit
July 4, 1971 ~ Keyboardist Andrew Creeggan born in Scarborough, Canada ~ Early drummer for Barenaked Ladies who along with his brother Jim Creeggan joined the then-duo consisting of Ed Robertson and Steven Page. Switched to keyboard when Tyler Stewart joined the band. Present on the bands first two albums, 1992's Gordon and 1994's Maybe You Should Drive. Has also recorded a number of albums with his brother Jim and Ian McLauchlan under the moniker the Creeggan Brothers as well as several solo albums consisting of contemporary classical with touches of jazz and rock
July 4, 1970 ~ Alternative metal, power metal drummer Alberto Ardines born in Oviedo, Spain ~ Regarded by some as one of Spain's greatest drummers. Worked with Avalanch, Warcry, Sauze and with the Last Days Of Eden
July 4, 1970 ~ Heavy metal bassist Christian Giesler born ~ Best known as bassist of Kreator from 1994 through 2019, making him the band's longest-serving bassist. Noted for his fingerpicking technique during live shows, though he did use a pick on studio recordings
July 4, 1966 ~ Babtunde Okungbowa, commonly known as singer, songwriter, producer OJB Jezreel, born in Surulere, Nigeria ~ Revered singer. Prolific producer. Quintessential to development of Nigerian music. Worked with Ruggedman, Jazzman Olofin, Weird MC, IK Dairo, Daddy Showkey, Shina Peters, Olu Maintain, Faze, Iyanya, D'banj, Durella, WizKid, Yemi Alade, and others ~ Okungbowa passed away in 2016
July 4, 1965 ~ Blues, electric blues guitarist, bassist, drummer, singer Jimmy D Lane born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Son of blues harpist, guitarist, singer Jimmy Rogers. Critically compared to Stevie Ray Vaughan, Corey Stevens, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and Jeff Healey. Released his eponymous Jimmy D Lane debut album in 1995. Subsequent albums would feature guest backing musicians including Jim Keltner, Hubert Sumlin, Sam Lay, Carey Bell, and others. Lane has also appeared on albums by David Honeyboy Edwards, Henry Gray, Pinetop Perkins, Lazy Lester, and BB King
July 4, 1965 ~ Raymond Emile Poole, commonly known as rapper, singer, producer Mo B Dick, born in Morgan City, Louisiana, USA ~ Member of No Limit Records production team the Medicine Men. As a solo artist released his full-length Gangsta Harmony debut album in 1999. Guested on recordings by Kane & Abel, Master P, TRU, C-Murder, the Gambino Family, Lil Soldiers, and others
July 4, 1964 ~ Singer Mark Slaughter, full name Mark Allen Slaughter, born in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ~ Best known as frontman of hard rock, metal band Slaughter, co-founded with Dana Strum, known for songs such as Fly To The Angels and Up All Night. Also worked with Xcuson and Vinnie Vincent Invasion
July 4, 1963 ~ Singer, guitarist Michael Sweet born in Whitler, California, USA ~ Best known as co-founding member, guitarist, lead singer of Christian metal outfit Stryper. Has also recorded as a solo artist, worked with Boston during the late 2000s, collaborated with Dokken-member George Lynch under the monniker Sweet & Lynch, and guested on recordings by Michael W Smith, DC Talk, Liberty & Justice, and Tourniquet
July 4, 1963 ~ Conductor Thomas Dausgaard born in Copenhagen, Denmark ~ Best known as principal conductor of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra since 1997. Has also worked with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and others
July 4, 1959 ~ Country guitarist, singer, songwriter Bill McCorvey born in Montgomery, Alabama, USA ~ Founding member, lead singer, guitarist of the Pirates Of The Mississippi, remaining with the band through its initial split in 1996 and rejoining a later incarnation. The band is best known for songs such as Honky Tonk BLues, Feed Jake and Til I'm Holding You Again
July 4, 1959 ~ Heavy metal singer Eiríkur Hauksson born in Reykjavik, Iceland ~ First gained attention in 1981 as member of Start, noted for his vocals on Sekur. Would go on to work as a solo artist and with acts such as Drysill, Artch, Gardenian, Live Fire, Magic Pie, Aunt Mary, Just 4 Fun, and others
July 4, 1958 ~ Guitarist, saxophonist Kirk Pengilly born in Kew, Australia ~ Co-founding member of INXS, known for songs such as Original Sin, What You Need, Need You Tonight, Tear Us Apart and Suicide Blonde
July 4, 1957 ~ Heavy metal guitarist Jörg Fischer born ~ Best known as member of Accept, present on the albums I'm A Rebel, Breaker, Metal Heart, Russian Roulette. Has also worked with the Royal Flush, Goodnight LA, the Billionaire Boys Club, and with Doom Squad
July 4, 1956 ~ R&B, pop bassist, singer, songwriter Deon Estus, full name Jeffery Dean Estus, born in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Best known as member of 1980s pop group Wham, centered around Andrew Ridgeley and George Michael. Appears on Michael's first two solo albums, 1987's Faith and 1990's Listen Without Prejudice Vol.1. As a solo artist known for Heaven Help Me which reached top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 ~ Estus passed away in 2021
July 4, 1955 ~ Singer John Waite, full name John Charles Waite, born in Lancaster, UK ~ Rose to fame as lead singer of the Babys, known for the Billboard Hot 100 top 20 hits Isn't It Time and Everytime I Think Of You. Debuted as a solo artist with his 1982 Ignition. Would reach international success with its followup, 1984's No Brakes. The album would spawn the hit single Missing You, which reached top 10 across the globe including the No.1 spot on Billboard Hot 100. It would later notably be covered by Tina Turner, by Brooks & Dunn and re-recorded as a duet by Waite with Alison Krauss in 2006. Waite has also collaborated with Journey, Bad English and with Ringo Starr's Ringo Starr & his All-Starr-Band
July 4, 1952 ~ Biaglo Bergantino, commonly known as songwriter Borney Bergantine, passed away ~ Co-wrote My Happiness with Betty Peterson, first recorded by Jon & Sondra Steele in 1948. The song would become a standard, recorded by numerous artists. Noted for being the first song Elvis Presley recorded. Others who covered the song include Ella Fitzgerald, Fats Domino, Jim Reeves, Kitty Wells, Connie Francis, Teresa Brewer, and Freddy Fender ~ Bergantino was born in 1909
July 4, 1952 ~ Percussionist Domingo Ortiz, full name Domingo Steven Ortiz, born ~ Longtime drummer for jam band Widespread Panic, known for their acclaimed 1990s albums such as Ain't Life Grand and Bombs & Butterflies
July 4, 1951 ~ R&B, soul, jazz, funk drummer Ralph Johnson, full name Ralph Randolph Johnson, born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Member of Earth Wind & Fire from 1972 through 1984, rejoining the band in 1987. Has also worked with Blue Magic, Stanley Turrentine, Howard Hewett, Nathan East, Siedah Garrett. Co-produced the Temptations' 1984 Treat Her Like A Lady single
July 4, 1950 ~ Jazz guitarist Karl Ratzer, full name Karl Alfred Ratzer, born in Vienna, Austria ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with High Voltage, Dan Wall, Bob Berg, Steve Grossman, Bob Mintzer, Jeremy Steig, Chet Baker, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Johnny Griffin, Lee Konitz, James Moody, Clark Terry, Carl Verheyen, the Players Association, Rudi Wilfer, Carlos Franzetti, and others
July 4, 1948 ~ Guitarist, keyboardist, singer Jeremy Spencer born in West Hartlepool, UK ~ Co-founding member of Fleetwood Mac. Abruptly left the band in 1971 to join a religious cult. Has also released a number of solo albums, starting with the eponymous Jeremy Spencer released in 1970
July 4, 1948 ~ Pianist, author, lecturer Joseph Smith, full name Joseph Robert Smith, born ~ About a dozen albums to his name. Known best for bringing public attention to piano works that had fallen into obscurity, including George Gershwin's unpublished composition Novelette In Fourths and Rubato ~ Smith passed away in 2015
July 4, 1948 ~ Pop, schlager, musical singer, actor Tommy Körberg, full name Bert Gustav Tommy Körberg, born in Norsjö, Sweden ~ Outside Sweden best known for playing Anatoly in the West End production of the musical Chess
July 4, 1947 ~ Singer, producer, songwriter Jacques Morali born in Morocco ~ Along with Henri Belolo co-founder of and thriving force behind disco acts Ritchie Family (Brazil, The Best Disco In Town, Life Is Music) and the Village People (YMCA, Macho Man, In The Navy). Has also recorded as a solo artist and wrote or co-wrote for a wide array of artists including Patrick Juvet, Régine, Dalida, Eric Russell, Cher, Patricia Norton, Julius Brown, Starlight, Diva, Dennis Parker, David London, Wayne Scott, Lova Moor, Pia Zadora, Break Machine, and others ~ Morali passed away in 1991
July 4, 1946 ~ Viola Billups, commonly known as R&B, soul, disco singer Pearly Gates, born ~ Member of 1960s R&B girl group the Flirtations, known for their 1966 Change My Darkness Into Light single and for backing Tom Jones on tour. Billups departed the group in 1973 to pursue a solo career recording a number of overlooked disco songs throughout the mid-1980s
July 4, 1945 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter David McWilliams, full name David Samuel McWilliams, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland ~ Remembered for his 1967 song The Days Of Pearly Spencer, originally released as the B-side to Harlem Lady. McWilliams would record extensively throughout the 1970s, less frequently in the 1980s and only occasionally in the 1990s but would never replicate the success of Pearly Spencer ~ McWilliams passed away in 2002
July 4, 1945 ~ Rupert Lloyd Edwards, commonly known as reggae singer, producer Ruple Edwards, born in St Ann Parish, Jamaica ~ Formed the Ambassadors, teaming up with Junior Menz, Eric Frater, and Dobby Dobson. As a producer worked with the Heptones, the Mighty Diamonds, Bob Andy, Johnny Clarke, Joe Higgs, Gregory Isaacs (Lonely Man), the Ethiopians, U-Roy, Dennis Alcapon, I-Roy, Vin Gordon, and others
July 4, 1944 ~ Charles J Thornton Jr, commonly known as jazz drummer Butch Miles, born in Ironton, Ohio, USA ~ Cites Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa and Jo Jones as influences. Leader and sideman. Noted especially for his 1995 Cookin' album, accompanied by trumpeter Randy Sandke, saxophonist Harry Allen, guitarist Howard Alden, and bassist Frank Tate. Has collaborated with the likes of Dave Brubeck, Ella Fitzgerald, Danny Moss (Weaver Of Dreams), Sammy Davis Jr, Frank Sinatra, Lena Horne, Tony Bennett, Gerry Mulligan, Woody Herman, Wild Bill Davison, and others ~ Thornton passed away in 2023
July 4, 1944 ~ Harvey Goldstein, commonly known as bassist Harvey Brooks, born in New York, New York, USA ~ First gained serious attention in 1965 appearing on Bob Dylan's pivotal Highway 61 Revisited. Would go on to become an in-demand collaborator. Has worked with Eric Andersen, Richie Havens, Tom Rush, Electric Flag, Miles Davis, John Martyn, Fontella Bass, John Sebastian, Loudon Wainwright III, John Cale, Paul Burlison, Clarence Clemons, Donald Fagen, Raisins In The Sun, Slo Leak, and others. Notable credits include producing Cass Elliott's Dream A Little Dream solo debut album, appearing on the Bloomfield Kooper & Stills, Super Session album which also included his Harvey's Tune, and appearing on several tracks on the Doors' Soft Parade album including Touch Me and Tell All The People
July 4, 1944 ~ Jazz guitarist, producer, engineer Jan Erik Kongshaug born in Trondheim, Norway ~ As a guitarist worked with Asmund Bjørken, Frode Thingnæs, Sven Nyhus, Arild Andersen, Frode Alnæs, and others. Best known as a producer and engineer, having worked on over 4,000 records ~ Kongshaug passed away in 2019
July 4, 1943 ~ Guitarist, singer, songwriter Alan Wilson born in Arlington, Massachusetts, USA ~ Best known as co-founder, frontman, lead singer, primary songwriter of Canned Heat, known for songs such as On The Road Again, and Going Up The Country ~ Wilson passed away in 1970
July 4, 1943 ~ Konrad Bauer, commonly known as free jazz trombonist Conny Bauer, born in Halle, Germany ~ Brother of trombonist Johannes Bauer. Has worked with Tadashi Endo, Sheryl Banks, Tony Oxley, Derek Bailey, Maggie Nichols, Theo Jörgensmann, Peter Brötzmann, Barre Phillips, Peter Kowald, Han Bennink, Barry Altschul, Jay Oliver, Louis Moholo, Gerry Hemingway, and others
July 4, 1942 ~ Bluegrass, folk, country, country rock singer, guitarist Peter Rowan born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA ~ Influenced by Eric von Schmidt, Joan Baez, the Country Gentlemen, the Stanley Brothers. Briefly a member of Bill Monroe's backing unit the Bluegrass Boys in the mid-1960s, co-writing Walls Of Time. Co-founded Earth Opera with David Grisman. Has also worked with Muleskinner, Old & In The Way, the Rowans, Tony Rice, Seatrain, Benjamin Logan, Jerry Douglas, and others
July 4, 1941 ~ John van Leeuwarden, commonly known as singer Johnny Lion, born in The Hague, the Netherlands ~ Fronted the Jumping Jewels, scoring a 1961 Dutch No.1 hit with Wheels. Best known as solo artist, remembered for songs such as Tjingeling, Sophietje and Alleen In Dallas ~ Van Leeuwarden passed away in 2019
July 4, 1940 ~ Pianist Dave Rowberry, full name David Eric Rowberry, was born in Mapperley, UK ~ Member of the Animals starting in 1965, taking over for Alan Price. Played on hits such as We Gotta Get Outta This Place, It's My Life, Don't Bring Me Down, Inside Looking Out, and See See Rider ~ Rowberry passed away in 2003
July 4, 1938 ~ Singer, songwriter Bill Withers, full name William Harrison Withers Jr, born in Salb Fork, West Virginia, USA ~ Known for songs such as Lean On me, Ain't No Sunshine, Use Me, the Grover Washington Jr duet Just The Two Of Us, Lovely Day, Grandma's Hands, and others. Has worked with Stephen Stills, James Gadson, Benorce Blackmore, Ray Jackson, Melvin Dunlap, Gladys Knight, the Crusaders, Ralph MacDonald, Michel Berger, Jimmy Buffett, Bobby Womack, Ruby Lee, and others ~ Withers passed away in 2020
July 4, 1938 ~ Vibraphonist Mike Mainieri born in New York, New York, USA ~ Best known for his work with the pivotal jazz-fusion band Steps Ahead. Married to harpist, singer, songwriter Dee Carstensen. Active as a leader since the early 1960s. Guested on a number of quintessential pop, rock albums including Don McLean's American Pie, Aerosmith's Toys In The Attic, Nils Lofgren's I Came To Dance, Billy Joel's 52nd Street, the Dire Straits' Love Over Gold and Brothers In Arms, and Paul Simon's Hearts & Bones. Has also worked with Pino Daniele, Manny Albam, George Benson, Kenny Burrell, Art Farmer, Urbie Green, Tim Hardin, Etta Jones, Pat Martino, Marcus Miller, Wes Montgomery, Buddy Rich, Carly Simon, Sonny Stitt, Kazumi Watanabe, and others
July 4, 1934 ~ Marcus Barkan, commonly known as musical director, songwriter, producer Mark Barkan, born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Got his first success in the early 1960s when Adam Wade took The Writing On The Wall, written by Barkan, Sandy Baron and George Eddy, to the Billboard Hot 100 top 10. Barkan would go on to write or co-write songs for the likes of Jay & the Americans, Connie Francis (I'm Gonna Be Warm This Winter), Lesley Gore, Neil Sheppard, Barbara Chandler, Shelley Fabares, Kurt Harris, Elvis Presley (Big Love Big Heartache), Lesley Gore (She's A Fool), Gene Pitney (Pretty Flamingo), the Archies, and the Monkees ~ Barkan passed away in 2020
July 4, 1933 ~ Enriqueta Jiménez Chabolla, commonly known as singer, actress La Prieta Linda, born in Salamanca, Mexico ~ Sister of singers Flor Silvestre and Mary Jiménez. Active since the 1950s with over 40 albums to her name. Known for songs such as Quieto Capulin, Mil Cadenas, Al Ver, Amantes De Una Noche, and others ~ Jiménez passed away in 2021
July 4, 1931 ~ Bandleader, cornetist Buddy Petit passed away in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Worked with the Eagle Band, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, the Camelia Brass Band, and others ~ Petit was born ca.1890
July 4, 1930 ~ Mary Ann Ward, commonly known as Marion Worth, born ~ Popular Grand Ole Opry performer known for a number of late-1950s, early-1960s songs such as That's My Kind Of Love, I Think I Know, Shake Me I Rattle (Squeeze Me I Cry), and duetting with George Morgan, Slipping Around ~ Ward passed away in 1999
July 4, 1930 ~ Nellie Paulina Burgin, commonly known as actress, singer Polly Bergen, born in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA ~ Best known as an actress, notably starring in the 1962 Cape Fear film. Also actively recording as a singer, best known for her 1950s albums Bergen Sings Morgan and The Party's Over ~ Burgin passed away in 2014
July 4, 1928 ~ Bassist, singer Mitch Jayne, full name Mitchell Franklin Jayne, born in Sumter, North Carolina, USA ~ Member of the Dillards. Co-wrote a number of the band's songs nowadays considered bluegrass classics including Dooley, There Is A Time, The Old Home Place and The Whole World Round ~ Jayne passed away in 2010
July 4, 1924 ~ Libuse Klobásková, commonly known as concert, operatic soprano Libuse Domanínská, born in Brno, Czechoslovakia ~ Best known for her long association with the Brno National Theatre and the Prague National Theatre ~ Klobásková passed away in 2021
July 4, 1923 ~ Jazz saxophonist, clarinetist Aaron Sachs born in New York, New York, USA ~ Worked with Benny Goodman, Earl Hines, Machito, Tito Puente, Tito Rodriguez, Louie Bellson, Henry Glover, Stan Getz, Sarah Vaughan, Chet Baker, Billie Holiday, Red Norvo, Gene Krupa, Anita O'Day, Cozy Cole, John Lewis, Specs Powell, and others ~ Sachs passed away in 2014
July 4, 1918 ~ Loreta Waynesboro, commonly known as jazz, balladeer singer, pianist, organist, drummer Rita Moss, born ~ Admired for her 4-octave vocal range ~ Waynesboro passed away in 2015
July 4, 1911 ~ Oboist, producer, conductor Mitch Miller born in Rochester, New York, USA ~ One of the most influential people in music during the 1950s and early 1960s, especially as conductor and A&R executive at Columbia Records. Host and bandleader of the NBC TV series Sing Along With Mitch. As a producer known for his cheery arrangements and knack for comic novelty as evidenced in Rosemary Clooney's Come On-a My House and Frank Sinatra's Mama Will Bark. As a recording artist known for songs such as The Children's Marching Song, Tzena Tzena Tzena and The Yellow Rose Of Texas, the latter a No.1 hit and million-seller in 1955 ~ Miller passed away in 2010
July 4, 1904 ~ Jazz violinist, pianist, singer, songwriter Seger Ellis, full name Seger Pillot Ellis, born in Houston, Texas, USA ~ Has collaborated with Tommy Dorsey, Jimmy Dorsey, Joe Venuti, Eddie Lang, Andy Sannella, Louis Armstrong, Harry James, Gene Krupa, and others ~ Ellis passed away in 1995
July 4, 1898 ~ Gertrude Alice Dagmar Klasen, commonly known as actress, singer, dancer Gertrude Lawrence, born in Newington, UK ~ Known for her stage appearances in London's West End and New York's Broadway productions ~ Klasen passed away in 1952
July 4, 1895 ~ Isidor Keiser, commonly known as songwriter, lyricist Irving Caesar, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Best remembered for co-writing songs such as Swanee (Al Jolson, the Peerless Quartet, Judy Garland, the Temptations), Sometimes I'm Happy (the Six Hottentots, Jack Hylton, Mildred Bailey), Crazy Rhythms (Roger Wolfe Kahn, Doris Day, Patti Page, Shirley Bassey), and perhaps his best known Tea For Two (Helen Clark, Waring's Pennsylvanians, Fats Waller, Anita O'Day) ~ Caesar passed away in 1996
July 4, 1889 ~ Joseph Young, commonly known as singer, lyricist, songwriter Joe Young, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Toured as a singer during World War I, entertaining the US troops. Would go on to become a successful songwriter. Best remembered for co-writing songs such as Lullaby Of The Leaves (Connee Boswell, Bert Ambrose, the Platters), Dinah (Eddie Cantor, Louis Armstrong, Adelaide Hall), I'm Sitting On Top Of The World (Sam Lanin, the Four Aces, the Del Vikings), In A Little Spanish Town (Paul Whiteman, the Revelers, Pérez Prado), I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter (Fats Waller, Eddy Arnold, Frank Sinatra), and Rock-a-bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody (Al Jolson) ~ Young passed away in 1939
July 4, 1884 ~ Vaudeville actress, singer Anna Chandler born in New Cumberland, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Original singer of Lovesick Blues in the 1922 Oh Ernest. The song would later be most closely associated with country singer Hank Williams, who recorded this Cliff Fiend/ Irving Mills-penned tune in 1948 ~ Chandler passed away in 1957