This Day In Music: July 8
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July 8, 2022 ~ Patrick Henry Wade, commonly known as singer, TV host, actor Adam Wade, passed away in Montclair, New Jersey, USA ~ Perhaps best known for his stint as host of the CBS game show Musical Chairs, making him the first African-American to host a game show. As a singer known for early 1960s recordings such as Take Good Care Of Her, As If I Didn't Know and The Writing On The Wall, all of which reached top 10 Billboard Hot 100 ~ Wade passed away in 1937
July 8, 2018 ~ Composer, conductor Oliver Knussen passed away in Suffolk, UK ~ Son of double bassist Stuart Knussen. Wrote and conducted his first symphony at age 15. Would go on to work with major orchestras such as the London Sinfonietta, the New London Chamber Choir, the Cleveland Orchestra, the BBC Sympony Orchestra, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, and others ~ Knussen was born in 1952
July 8, 2018 ~ Singer, actor Arthur Gelien, commonly known as Tab Hunter, passed away in Santa Barbara, California, USA ~ Mostly known as an actor, starring in over 40 films. As a singer best known for his late-1950s hits 99 Ways and Young Love, the latter would top the Billboard charts for six weeks ~ Kelm was born in 1931
July 8, 2015 ~ Ernest Peter Maresca, commonly known as singer, songwriter, label executive Ernie Maresca, passed away in Florida, USA ~ As a singer known for the 1962 hit Shout Shout (Knock Yourself Out) which he co-wrote with Thomas F Bogdany. Best known for his association with Dion, writing or co-writing some of his biggest hits including Runaround Sue, Donna The Prima Donna and The Wanderer. Other artists who recorded his songs include the Regents, Dean & Jean, Bernadette Carroll, Jimmie Rodgers, nbnd others ~ Maresca was born in 1938
July 8, 2014 ~ Singer Richard Cowsill, full name Richard James Cowsill, passed away ~ Member of sibling outfit the Cowsills, best known for The Rain The Park And Other Things, Indian Lake and a live version of Hair, all of which reached the Billboard top 10 in the late 1960s ~ Cowsill was born in 1949
July 8, 2012 ~ Blues, R&B pianist, organist Ernest Lane, full name Ernest Ray Lane, passed away in Culver City, California, USA ~ Worked with Pinetop Perkins, Robert Nighthawk, Ike Turner's the Kings Of Rhythm, George Harmonica Smith, Canned Heat, and others ~ Lane was born in 1931
July 8, 2012 ~ Jazz, blues drummer, singer Lionel Batiste passed away in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Role model and influence to many New Orleans musicians, notably trumpeter Kermit Ruffins. Best known for his association with the Treme Brass Band and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band ~ Batiste was born in 1931
July 8, 2011 ~ Fiddler Kenny Baker, full name Kenny Clayton Baker, passed away in Gallatin, Tennessee, USA ~ Influenced by Marion Sumner, Django Reinhardt, Stéphane Grappelli. Considered one of the most infuential fiddlers in bluegrass. Best known as a member of the Bluegrass Boys, backing Bill Monroe for over two decades starting in 1957. Has also worked with bluegrass supergroup the Masters ~ Baker was born in 1926
July 8, 2008 ~ Guitarist, singer Mell Galley, full name Melville John Galley, passed away in Heath Hayes And Wimblebury, UK ~ Best known as longtime member of Trapeze. Has also worked with Finders Keepers appearing on the 1968 single Sadie The Cleaning Lady. Other collaborations include Glenn Hughes, Deep Purple, Whitesnake, Phenomena and Cozy Powell ~ Galley was born in 1948
July 8, 2001 ~ Edward Lee Knight, commonly known as rapper Big Ed, passed away in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Member of rap group TRU, appearing on the albums Who's Da Killer, Understanding The Criminal Mind and True. Guested on numerous albums throughout the 1990s including Master P's 99 Ways To Die, Silkk The Shocker's The Shocker and Unlady Like. As a solo artist best known for his 1998 The Assassin debut album ~ Knight was born in 1971
July 8, 1996 ~ Singer, songwriter, producer James W Alexander, full name James Woodie Alexander II, passed away in Hollywood, California, USA ~ Key figure in development of gospel and soul. Member of the Pilgrim Travelers. A&R executive who signed and guided the Soul Stirrers, furthering Sam Cooke's career. Has also recorded and produced artists such as Johnnie Taylor, Billy Preston, the Valentinos, Bobby Blue Bland, Little Junior Parker, Bobby Womack, Solomon Burke, Little Richard, and others ~ Alexander was born in 1916
July 8, 1992 ~ Synth-pop, indie pop, dance-pop singer, songwriter, model, actress Sky Ferreira, full name Sky Tonia Ferreira, born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Released her Night Time My Time debut album in 2013. Best known for songs such as One and Obsession. Has collaborated with Primal Scream, the Virgins, the Bloody Beetroots, G-Dragon, Ariel Pink, the Jesus & Mary Chain, Beck, Jon Brion, Shirley Manson, and others
July 8, 1991 ~ Chicago blues singer, drummer Willie Nix passed away in Leland, Mississippi, USA ~ Worked with Robert Lockwood Junior, Willie Love, Joe Willie Wilkins, Sonny Boy Williamson II, BB King, Joe Hill Louis, Big Walter Horton, Elmore James, Johnny Shines, Memphis Slim, and others ~ Nix was born in 1922
July 8, 1990 ~ Antonio Lewis, commonly known as hip-hop rapper Zombie Juice, born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Member of the Flatbush Zombies. Also worked with the Underachievers, Remy Banks, Pro-Era, A$AP Mob, Bodega Bamz, Action Bronson, and others
July 8, 1984 ~ Jazz double-bassist Jo Skaansar born in Oslo, Norway ~ Leader and sideman. Released his Den Blåaste Natt debut album in 2010 featuring backing from Ine Hoem, Espen Berg, Hayden Powell. Has also worked with Ole Børud, Haakon Ellingsen, Morten Reppesgard, Espen Rudd, Lady Hardanger, the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, Melanie Scholtz, and others
July 8, 1982 ~ Michael Marquez, commonly known as alternative hip-hop rapper Mike Mictlan, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA ~ Member of alternative hip-hop collective Doomtree. Half of hip-hop duo the Mercenaries alongside Mnemonic. Also worked with Dessa, Cecil Otter, POS, Sims, Paper Tiger, Lazerbeak, Lizzo, and others
July 8, 1980 ~ Jazz drummer, bandleader, composer Kendrick Scott born in Houston, Texas, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Has worked with the Jazz Crusaders, Pat Metheny, Joe Lovano, Kenny Garrett, Dianne Reeves, Lizz Wright, Gretchen Parlato, Terence Blanchard, Aaron Parks, Rober Glasper, Charles Lloyd, Reuben Rogers, Mike Moreno, Romain Collin, and others
July 8, 1980 ~ Drummer, composer Tyshawn Sorey born in Newark, New Jersey, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Has worked with artists such as Wadada Leo Smith, Steve Coleman, Anthony Braxton, John Zorn, Steve Lehman, Joey Baron, Muhal Richard Abrams, Pete Robbins, Cory Smythe, Kris Davis, Vijay Iyer, Dave Douglas, Butch Morris, Sylvie Courvoisier, Armen Donelian, Ingrid Laubrock, Roscoe Mitchell, Craig Taborn, and others
July 8, 1979 ~ Soul-jazz, acid jazz organist Charles Kynard passed away ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Johnny Almond, Paul Jeffrey, Les McCann, Blue Mitchell, Howard Robert, Clifford Scott, Sonny Stitt, Tom Waits, and others ~ Kynard was born in 1933
July 8, 1977 ~ Jazz, R&B guitarist, bassist Carl Hogan passed away ~ Worked with the Jeter-Pillars Orchestra, George Hudson, and perhaps most notably with Louis Jordan. Appeared on a number of pivotal Jordan recordings including Choo Choo Boogie, Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens, Let The Good Times Roll, Open The Door Richard, and Ain't That Just Like A Woman. Hogan's guitar riff on the latter would be cited as “the mot famous signature in rock & roll” and is said to have inspired Chuck Berry's on the classic Johnny B Goode ~ Hogan was born in 1917
July 8, 1977 ~ Bobby Sandimanie, commonly known as rapper I-20, born in Decatur, Georgia, USA ~ Also known as Infamous 2.0. Discovered by Ludacris. Released his Self Explanatory solo debut album in 2004
July 8, 1975 ~ Guitarist Elias Viljanen, full name Elias Einari Johannes Viljanen, born in Finland ~ Cites Kiss, Metallica, Slayer and Whitesnake as main influences. Best known as member of Sonata Arctica, joining the band in 2007 as replacement for Jani Liimatainen. Has also recorded as a solo artist, starting with 2002's Taking The Lead album, and has worked with Arched, the Mess, Black Bay, the Twilight Lamp and with Depravity
July 8, 1974 ~ Jeanna Vladimirovna Kopylova, commonly known as singer, model, actress Jeanne Friske, was born in Moscow, Russia ~ Rose to fame as member of Blestyaschiye, remaining with the band from 1996 through 2003. As a solo singer best known for her 2007 I Was hit single ~ Kopylova passed away in 2015
July 8, 1974 ~ Morris Isaac Charlap, commonly known as composer Bill Charlap, passed away ~ Best known for his work on the Broadway 1954 musical Peter Pan. Married to singer Sandy Stewart, jazz pianist Bill Charlap is the couple's son ~ Charlap was born in 1928
July 8, 1973 ~ Upright bassist, composer Magne Thormodsæter born in Bergen, Norway ~ Worked with Terje Rypdal, Stale Storløkken, Paolo Vinaccia, Karin Krog, John Surman, the Bergen Big Band, Helén Eriksen, the Qvales Ensemble, Vamp, Nathalie Nordnes, Anne Gravir Klykken, and others
July 8, 1971 ~ Jazz, swing trumpeter Charlie Shavers, full name Charles James Shavers, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Tiny Bradshaw, Lucky Millinder, Carl Warwick, John Kirby, Tommy Dorsey, Dizzy Gillespie, Nat King Cole, Roy Eldridge, Johnny Dodds, Jimmie Noone, Sidney Bechet, Midge Willims, Billie Holiday, Louie Bellson, Coleman Hawkins, Woody Herman, Budd Johnson, Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich, and others ~ Shavers was born in 1920
July 8, 1970 ~ Bek David Campbell, commonly known as singer, guitarist, songwriter Beck born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Sonf of conductor, arranger David Campbell. Rose to fame in 1990s with a unique variation of hip-hop and folk-influenced lo-fi drawing from numerous other styles including funk, soul, alternative rock, country and psychedelia. Best known for critically acclaimed albums such as Mellow Gold which contained the breakthrough hit Loser, and Odelay, Midnite Vultures, and Sea Change
July 8, 1970 ~ Death metal singer George Corpsegrinder Fisher born in Baltimore, Maryland, USA ~ Lead singer of several well-known metal bands, namely Cannibal Corpse, Paths Of Possession and metal supergroup Serpentine Dominion. Known for the size of his neck which Fisher himself explains is due to a combination of headbanging and weightlifting. Has also worked with Monstrosity, Suffocation, Suicide Silence, the Voodoo Gods, Dethklok, Igorrr, and others
July 8, 1970 ~ Nicole Gilbert, commonly known as R&B, gospel, soul singer Nicci GIlbert, born in Detroit, Michigan, Michigan, USA ~ Lead singer of R&B girl group Brownstone, known for their 1995 hit If You Love Me. Following the disbandement of the group in 1997 Gilbert would venture into acting. Gilbert released a solo album, Grown Folks Music, in 2005
July 8, 1969 ~ Yune Sugihara, commonly known as singer, songwriter, producer, actor, writer, activist Sugizo, born in Hadano, Japan ~ Lead guitarist, violinist of rock band Luna Sea since 1989. Over half a dozen albums to his name as a solo artist, starting with Truth released in 1997 and known best for the single Lucifer. Soundtrack composer. Has also worked with acts such as Juno Reactor, the Japanese supergroup SKIN, X-Japan, Shag and with STK. Also known for his political views and his anti-war, anti-nuclear and environmental activism
July 8, 1967 ~ Jazz trumpeter, flugelhornist, drummer Stephane Belmondo born in Hyeres, France ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with René Urtreger, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Pierre Michelot, Al Levitt, Laurent Cugny, Kirk Lightsey, Pierre Boussaguet, Jacky Terrasson, Tom Harrell, Michel Legrand, Stéphane Grappelli, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Al Foster, Mark Turner, Lew Tabackin, Donald Brown, Franck Amsallem, Jean-Louis Rassinfosse, Philip Catherine, Yusef Lateef, Milton Nascimento, Yael Naïm, Aldo Romano, Avishai Cohen, Francois Theberge, Valery Graschaire, Eric Legnini, Sophie Alour, Nu Tropic, Kayna Samet, Claude Nougaro, Jean Louis Murat, Andre Ceccarelli, Frederic Galliano, Jean-Michel Pilc, Elisabeth Kontomanou, Alain Bashung, Peter Kingsbery, and others
July 8, 1965 ~ William DeBerardinis, commonly known as big band, jazz trombonist Willie Dennis, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Married to singer Morgana King from 1961 until his death. Worked with Elliot Lawrence, Claude Thornhill, Sam Donahue, Charles Mingus, JJ Johnson, Kai Winding, Bennie Green, Ronnie Ball, Buddy Rich, Benny Goodman, Woody Herman, Gerry Mulligan, and others ~ DeBerardinis was born in 1926
July 8, 1964 ~ Reginald Joseph Ossé, commonly known as hip-hop music attorney, executive, journalist, author Combat Jack, born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Legal intern for Def Jam Recordings. Would go on to become a music attorney, representing artists such as Jay-Z, Damon Dash, Clark Kent, Nice & Smooth, Ski Beatz, and others. Authored Bling (The Hip-Hop Jewellry Book), published in 2006, about hip-hop's fascination with jewellry. Turned podcast pioneer hosting the Combat Jack Show from the early 2010s forward ~ Ossé passed away in 2017
July 8, 1962 ~ Rock, folk, pop singer, guitarist, songwriter Joan Osborne, full name Joan Elizabeth Osborne, born in Anchorage, Kentucky, USA ~ Active since the late 1980s, performing extensively at open mic nights and touring smaller venues slowly building a devoted following. Broke through with her 1995 Relish album which included the hit single One Of Us penned and originally recorded by Eric Bazilian. Would go on to record to critical acclaim drawing from a wide variety of genres including blues, folk, rock, country and R&B. Member of Trigger Hippy from 2014 through 2018
July 8, 1961 ~ Keyboardist, bassist Andy Fletcher, full name Andrew John Leonard Fletcher, born in Nottingham, UK ~ Co-founded Composition Of Sound with Martin Gore and Vince Clarke. After the addition of David Gahan the band would be renamed to Depeche Mode, releasing their Speak & Spell debut album in 1981. The band would go on to become one of the leading and most certainly longest-running acts in synthpop, new wave, dance-rock, and score hits such as Just Can't Get Enough, Everything Counts, People Are People, Personal Jesus, Enjoy The Silence and Condemnation ~ Fletcher passed away in 2022
July 8, 1961 ~ Guitarist Graham Jones born ~ Member of short-lived pop band Haircut 100, known for a string of early 1980s singles notably Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl), Love Plus One, Fantastic Day and Nobody's Fool all reaching the UK top 10
July 8, 1961 ~ Saxophonist, hornist Karl Seglem born in Ardalstangen, Norway ~ Worked with Arvid Genius, Jan Grieg, Kenneth Sivertsen, Knut Kristiansen, Terje Isungset, Isglem, Utla, Jon Fosse, Natalie Sandtorv, Marte Eberson, Gisle Corvik, Andreas Uivo, Sigurd Hole, Jonas Howden Sjøvaag, and others
July 8, 1961 ~ Toby Keith Coval, commonly known as country singer, guitarist, songwriter, actor Toby Keith born in Clinton, Oklahoma, USA ~ Released his eponymous Toby Keith debut album in 1993. Known for songs such as Should've Been A Cowboy, Who's That Man, You Ain't Much Fun, Me Too, How Do You Like Me Now, You Shouldn't Kiss Me Like This, Who's Your Daddy, Beer For My Horses with Willie Nelson, As Good As I Once Was, Love Me If You Can and Made In America
July 8, 1958 ~ Drummer, singer Fred Young born in Glasgow, UK, USA ~ Co-founding member of country rock, Southern rock outfit the Kentucky Headhunters, which also includes his brother guitarist, lead singer Richard Young, known best for their 1989 Pickin' On Nashville debut album which spawned the country hit singles Dumas Walker, Oh Lonesome Me and Rock 'n Roll Angel
July 8, 1958 ~ Guitarist Jim Campilongo born in San Francisco, California, USA ~ Influenced by artists as diverse as the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, John Coltrane, John McLaughlin, Roy Buchanan. Active as a solo artist since the mid-1990s with well over a dozen albums to his name. Member of the Little Willies alongside Norah Jones. In-demand collaborator, worked with Cake, JJ Cale, Steve Cardenas, Nels Cline, Charlie Hunter, Sunny Ozell, Peter Rowan, Martha Wainwright, Gillian Welch, Steve Cardenas, and others
July 8, 1957 ~ John Andrew Wilson, commonly known as rock drummer, bassist Willie Wilson, born in Cambridge, UK ~ Especially known for his association with David Gilmour and Pink Floyd. Has worked with Jokers Wild, the Flowerss, Syd Barrett, Conchise, Al Stewart, Quiver, Sutherland Brothers, Hoodle, and others
July 8, 1955 ~ Jazz singer Christine Correa, full name Christine Isobel Correa, born in Mumbai, India ~ Worked with Frank Carlberg, the New York Battery Dance Company, Steve Lacy, Ran Blake, John Laporta, Jeanne Lee, and others
July 8, 1953 ~ Jazz drummer Ignacio Berroa born in Havana, Cuba ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Haden, Kip Hanrahan, Enrique Jorrin, Tito Puente, Paquito d'Rivera, Silvio Rodriguez, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Hilton Ruiz, Steve Turre, McCoy Tyner, Don Lanphere, Patato Valdes, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Danilo Pérez, Giovanni Hidalgo, Richie Zellon, Lalo Schifrin, Luis Perdomo, and others
July 8, 1952 ~ Blues, swamp blues singer, guitarist, songwriter Larry Garner born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Influenced by Silas Hogan, Clarence Edwards, Jimi Hendrix, Henry Gray. Best known for his 1994 Too Blues album
July 8, 1949 ~ Cellist Colin Walker born ~ To pop, rock audiences best known for playing on Starry Eyed & Laughing's 1975 album track Fool's Gold and for briefly playing with the Electric Light Orchestra from 1972 through 1973, replacing Hugh McDowell. After leaving ELO Walker joined the the Royal Opera House orchestra
July 8, 1948 ~ Jazz trumpeter Marcio Montarroyos born ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Sigi Schwab, Mark Egan, Freddie Santiago, Guillermo Marchena, Stevie Wonder, Sérgio Mendes, Sarah Vaughan, Hermeto Pascoal, Nancy Wilson, Egberto Gismonti, Carlos Santana, Milton Nascimento, Ella Fitzgerald, Antônio Carlos Jobim, Ney Matogrosso, and others ~ Montarroyos passed away in 2007
July 8, 1947 ~ Rockabilly, rock & roll pianist, songwriter Bobby Sowell, full name Robert G Lee Sowell, born in Memphis, Tennessee, USA ~ Moved from rockabilly in the 1950s via rock & roll in the 1960s to country from the 1970s onwards. Influenced by Hank Williams, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Muddy Waters, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino, Floyd Cramer. Has worked with artists such as the Red Notes, Ronnie Scaife, Barry Sowell, the Crackerjacks, Bobby Whitlock, Roy Yeager, Eddie Slusser, Bill Humble, and others
July 8, 1947 ~ Jonathan Ledingham, commonly known as folk-rock singer, bassist, songwriter Jonathan Kelly born in Droghgeda, Ireland ~ Member of Humpy Bong, known for their 1970 single Don't You Be Too Long. Member of Outside, which also included future stars Snowy White and Chaz Jankel. Has also worked with Eric Clapton and Tim Staffell. Kelly has also released a number of solo albums before mostly retiring from music by 1976
July 8, 1944 ~ Keyboardist, singer Bill Deal was born ~ Crossed blue-eyed soul and beach music. Fronted Bill Deal & the Rhondels, known for May I, I've Been Hurt, and What Kind Of Fool Do You Think I Am ~ Deal passed away in 2003
July 8, 1944 ~ Jai Johanny Johanson, commonly known as percussionist Jaimoe, born in Gulfport, Mississippi, USA ~ Worked with Otis Redding and Sam & Dave as a touring drummer prior to founding the Allman Brothers Band with Duane Allman. Retired from the band in 1980 due to back problems, rejoining in later years. Also present on the Sea Level albums Sea Level and Cats On The Coast
July 8, 1944 ~ Guitarist Michael Dunford was born in Adlestone, UK ~ Early member of the Nashville Teens, playing with the band in 1962 and 1963 and replaced by John Allen. Best known as key member of progressive rock band Renaissance, described by the band's singer Annie Haslam as “her guiding light” ~ Dunford passed away in 2012
July 8, 1940 ~ Rock, jazz bassist Roy Babbington born in Kempston, UK ~ Closely associated with the Canterbury scene. Best known for his stints with Soft Machine and Soft Machine Legacy. Has also worked with Delivery, Nucleus, Michael Gibbs, Keith Tippett, Centipede, Alexis Korner, Mike d'Abo, Chris Spedding, Harvey Andrews, Schunge, Solid Gold Cadillac, the Ovary Lodge, Judie Tzuke, Elvis Costello, Carol Grimes, Mose Allison, the BBC Big Band, Stan Tracey, Cherry Vanilla, Johnny Dankworth, John Harle, Trevor Herion, Magna Carta, Sal Nistico, Chris Youlden, and others
July 8, 1935 ~ Sidney Liebowitz, commonly known as singer, actor Steve Lawrence, born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Formed the husband-wife duo Steve & Eydie with Eydie Gormé, known for songs such as We Got Us, I Want To Stay Here and I Can't Stop Talking About You. Lawrence also had a parallel solo career, regulary reaching the higher echelons of the charts with songs such as Go Away Little Girl, Pretty Blue Eyes, Footsteps and Party Doll
July 8, 1934 ~ Bluegrass singer, guitarist, banjoist Alice Gerrard born in Seattle, Washington, USA ~ Revered member of the folk and bluegrass scene since the mid-1960s. Duetted with Hazel Dickens. Member of the Strange Creek Singers with Dickens, Mike Seeger, Tracy Schwarz and Lamar Grier. Also recorded as a solo artist, noted for her Pieces Of My Heart album released in 1994
July 8, 1932 ~ Genaro Louis Vitaliano, commonly known as singer Jerry Vale, born in the Bronx, New York, USA ~ Best known for charting the pop charts mostly with covers of romantic ballads, You Don't Know, Have You Looked Into Your Heart, as well as a number of classic Italian-American songs such as Amore Scusami, O Sole Mio, Volare, and Al-di-la ~ Vitaliano passed away in 2014
July 8, 1930 ~ Keyboardist Earl Van Dyke born in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Best known as main keyboardist for Motown house band the Funk Brothers during the late 1960s and early 1970s, taking over for Joe Hunter. Can be heard on classic songs such as the Four Tops' Bernadette, Marvin Gaye's I Heard It Through The Grapevine and the Temptations' Runaway Child Running Wild. Prior to his tenure with the Brothers Van Dyke worked as a jazz session organist with Blue Note Records artists such as Fred Jackson and Ike Quebec. Van Dyke is also known for his 1967 hit 6 By 6 ~ Van Dyke passed away in 1992
July 8, 1930 ~ Producer, songwriter, &R director, label executive Frank Slay, full name Frank Conley Slay Jr, born in Dallas, Texas, USA ~ Frequent songwriting partner of Bob Crewe during the late 1950s and 1960s, the pair being responsible for songs such as Silhouettes and Daddy Cool for doo-wop outfit the Rays, and Tallahassee Lassie for Freddy Cannon. Slay would become A&R director for Swan Records in 1961 and continue to work with Cannon. Other notable production credits include Strawberry Alarm Clock's Incense And Peppermints and Sugarloaf's Don't Call Us (We'll Call You), both of which reached the Billboard Hot 100 top 10 respectively in 1967 and 1974 ~ Slay passed away in 2017
July 8, 1927 ~ Country music publisher Bob Beckham, full name Robert Joseph Beckham, born in Stratford, Oklahoma, USA ~ Best known as head of Combine Music Publishing from 1964 through 1989. Mentor and father figure to numerous Nashville-based songwriters. Pivotal to the careers of Kris Kristofferson and Dennis Linde. Helpful to generations of others including Dolly Parton, Dennis Linde, Larry Gatlin, Tony Joe White, Billy Swan, and others ~ Beckham passed away in 2013
July 8, 1924 ~ Clyde Johnnie Johnson, commonly known as jazz, blues, rock & roll pianist Johnnie Johnson born in Fairmont, West Virginia, USA ~ Particularly known for backing Chuck Berry. Posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for breaking racial barriers in the military ~ Johnson passed away in 2005
July 8, 1921 ~ Jazz trumpeter, bandleader, composer Ken Hanna, full name Kenneth Lucien Hanna, born in Baltimore, Maryland, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Nat King Cole, June Christy, Art Pepper, the Metronome All-Stars, Buddy Rich, and extensively with Stan Kenton ~ Hanna passed away in 1982
July 8, 1914 ~ Jazz, pop singer, bandleader Billy Eckstine, full name William Clarence Eckstine, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Influenced Earl Coleman, Johnny Hartman, Arthur Prysock, Lou Rawls. Known for songs such as Cottage For Sale, Prisoner Of Love and I Apologize. Employed and mentored sidemen sich as Dizzy Gillespie, Dexter Gordon, Miles Davis, Art Blakey, Charlie Parker, Fats Navarro, Sarah Vaughan, Tadd Dameron, Gil Fuller, Jerry Valentine, and others ~ Eckstine passed away in 1993
July 8, 1912 ~ John Muenzenberger, commonly known as jazz clarinetist Johnny Mince, born in Chicago Heights, Illinois, USA ~ Worked with Joe Haymes, Red Norvo, Glenn Miller, Ray Noble, Bob Crosby, Tommy Dorsey, Paul Whiteman, Yank Lawson, and Bob Haggart ~ Muenzenberger passed away in 1994
July 8, 1911 ~ Torch singer, songwriter, actress Gertrude Niesen born ~ Enjoyed popularity in the 1930s and 1940s performing in musicals and films. Best remembered for recording the first version of Smoke Gets In Your Eyes in 1933, penned by Jerome Kern and Otto Harbach and later covered by numerous artists including the Platters whose version topped the Billboard Hot 100 in 1958 ~ Niesen passed away in 1975
July 8, 1908 ~ Saxophonist, bandleader Louis Jordan, full name Louis Thomas Jordan, born in Brinkley, Arkansas, USA ~ Leading jump-blues innovator, known for his highly energetic hybrid of jazz, blues, boogie-woogie. One of the all-time most successful Afrian-American artists. Influence on 1950s rock & roll and R&B. Known for songs such as Caldonia, Choo Choo Ch'boogie, Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens, Let The Good Times Roll, Beans And Corn Bread, Saturday Night Fish Fry Parts 1 & 2, and others ~ Jordan passed away in 1975
July 8, 1905 ~ Jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, bandleader Walter Barnes born in Vicksburg, Mississippi, USA ~ Worked with Detroit Shannon, the Royal Creolians, Paul Stott, Calvin Roberts, Jesse Washington, Clarence Porter, Juanita Avery, and others ~ Barnes passed away in 1940
July 8, 1892 ~ Ragtime, dixieland, blues pianist, songwriter J Russell Robinson born in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA ~ Joined the Original Dixieland Jazz Band in 1919, replacing the late Henry Ragas. Wrote or co-wrote songs such as Sapho Rags, Eccentric, Margie, Reefer Man and Singin' The Blues. Also worked with Lizzie Miles and Lucille Hegamin ~ Robinson passed away in 1963
July 8, 1872 ~ Harry Gumm, commonly known as composer, songwriter, vaudeville performer Harry von Tilzer born in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Brother of songwriter Albert von Tilzer. Music publisher, partner of Shapiro-Bernstein Publishing Company. One of the most successful Tin Pan Alley songwriters of his time. Wrote or co-wrote songs such as Cubanola Gilde, Old King Tut, Ragtime Goblin Man, They Always Pick On Me, I Want A Girl Just Like The Girl That Married Dear Old Dad, On The Old Fall River, and perhaps his biggest hit Bird In A Gilded Cage ~ Gumm passed away in 1946