This Day In Music: June 16
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June 16, 2022 ~ Andrew Jacob Hiebert, commonly known as neo-swing singer Big Rude Jake, passed away ~ Toronto scene cult hero. Primarily categorized as a neo-swing irony-laden troubadour, drawing from blues, rock, rockabilly, jazz, and other idioms. Some 10 albums to his name, starting with Butane Fumes & Bad Cologne released in 1993. Noteworthy is also 2002's Live Faust Die Jung which was never officially released. Semi-retired from music for a while in the 2000s. Has briefly used the moniker Chet Valiant aiming to keep a low profile ~ Hiebert was born in 1963
June 16, 2021 ~ Michael Edward Campbell Champion, commonly known as singer, songwriter, actor Michael Champion, passed away ~ Sometimes credited as Mike Campbell, not to be confused with Tom Petty-guitarist Mike Campbell. Member of short-lived 1960s band Abstract Reality, known for their Love Burns Like A Fire single. Member of Scorpion alongside Bob Babbitt and Ray Monette. Appears on Meat Loaf's 1971 Stoney & Meatloaf debut album, for which he also co-wrote She Waits By The Window, Kiss Me Again, Lady Be Mine and Jessica White. Active as an actor since the late 1970s, appearing in TV shows such as Matlock and The Flash and films such as Beverly Hills Cop and Total Recall ~ Champion was born in 1946
June 16, 2018 ~ Gennady Nikolayevich Anosov, commonly known as conductor Gennnady Rozhdestvensky, passed away ~ Son of conductor Nikolai Anosov and soprano Natalya Rozhdestvesnkaya. Closely associated with the Bolshoi Theatre, starting at age 20 conducting Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker. Would go on to conduct works such as Edison Denisov's Les Soleil Des Incas, Benjamin Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Dmitri Shostakovich's Fourth Symphony. Has worked with renowned orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the London Symphony Orchestra ~ Rozhdestvensky was born in 1931
June 16, 2018 ~ The 49th edition of Pinkpop takes place in Landgraaf, the Netherlands ~ Day 2 of 3. Mostly sunny, this year's edition would draw some 113,500 visitors in total. Included on today's, Saturday the 16th's bill would include Walking On Cars, Miss Montreal, Nothing But Thieves, the Script, the Foo Fighters, JP Cooper, Parov Stelar, A Perfect Circle, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, the Marmozets, Sevn Alias, Alan Walker, Theo Lawrence & the Hearts, the Gang Of Youths, De Likt, and Riley Pearce
June 16, 2016 ~ Charles Phillip Thompson, commonly known as swing, bebop pianist, organist, composer, arranger Sir Charles Thompson, passed away in Tokyo, Japan ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Earl Bostic, Coleman Hawkins, Bennie Moten, Count Basie, Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Dexter Gordon, Miles Davis, JC Heard, Lucky Millinder, Illinois Jacquet, Vic Dickensen, Buck Clayton, Dodo Greene, Joe Newman, Paul Quinichette, Harold Ashby, Paul Gonsalves, Ike Quebec, Harry Sweets Edison, and others ~ Thompson was born in 1918
June 16, 2013 ~ The 44th edition of Pinkpop takes place in Landgraaf, the Netherlands ~ Day 3 of 3. Sunny and pleasant with an occassional splash of rain, this year's edition would draw some 60,000 visitors in total. Included on today's, Sunday the 16th's bill would be Kensington, Will & the People, the Vaccines, Ben Howard, Green Day, Tom Odell, Trixie Whitley, Blaudzun, the Stereophonics, Triggerfinger, Puggy, Bastille, Lianne La Havas, Die Antwoord, and Alt-J
June 16, 2010 ~ Funk, R&B guitarist Garry Shider, full name Garry Marshall Shider, passed away in Greater Upper Marlboro, Maryland, USA ~ Backed gospel artists such as Shirley Caesar, the Five Blind Boys and the Mighty Clouds Of Joy in his youth. Best known for his association with funk icon George Clinton, serving as guitarist and music director for P-Funk, Parliament and Funkadelic for 15 years starting in the early 1970s. Notably present on songs such as Cosmic Slop, Gettin' To Know You and One Nation Under A Groove ~ Shider was born in 1953
June 16, 2009 ~ Carmine Ugo Mariano, commonly known as jazz saxophonist, flutist Charlie Mariano, passed away in Köln, Germany ~ Married to Toshiko Akiyoshi from 1959 through 1967, with whom he regularly collaborated. Their daughter is actress and singer Monday Michiru. Besides playing sax and flute Mariano is also noted for playing the nadaswaram, a classical wind instrument. Well over a dozen albums to his name as a leader, especially acclaimed for Boston All-Stars, Charlie Mariano Plays, and Helen 12 Trees. Also appears on albums by Nat Pierce, Stan Kenton, Herb Ellis (Ellis In Wonderland), Shelly Manne, Manny Albam, Jackie & Roy, McCoy Tyner (Live At Newport), Charles Mingus (The Black Saint & The Sinner Lady), Elvin Jones, Embryo (We Keep On), Eberhard Weber, and the United Jazz+Rock Ensemble ~ Mariano was born in 1923
June 16, 2005 ~ Jazz guitarist Billy Bauer, full name William Henry Bauer, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Worked with Jerry Wald, Carl Hoff, Woody Herman, the First Herd, Benny Goodman, Jack Teagarden, Chubby Jackson, Bill Harris, Lennie Tristano, Lee Konitz, Tony Aless, George Barnes, Al Caiola, Harry Carney, Helen Carroll, Al Cohn, Cozy Cole, Tommy Dorsey, Bobby Hackett, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Hasselgard, Coleman Hawkins, Billie Holiday, JJ Johnson, Beverly Kenney, Big Miller, Chico O'Farrill, Seldon Powell, Barry Ulanov, Charlie Ventura, Ben Webster, and Cootie Williams ~ Bauer was born in 1915
June 16, 1999 ~ David Edward Sutch, commonly known as rock singer Screaming Lord Sutch, passed away in South Harrow, UK ~ Serial parliamentary candidate and founder of the Official Monster Raving Loony Party. As a singer active since the early 1960s. Has collaborated with Keith Moon, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Ritchie Blackmore, Charlie Watts, John Bonham, Nicky Hopkins, and others ~ Sutch was born in 1940
June 16, 1997 ~ Jazz trumpeter Rolf Ericson passed away in Stockholm, Sweden ~ Over half a dozen albums as a leader or co-leader, most notably Stockholm Sweetnin' released in 1985. In-demand sideman, present on albums by the Lighthouse All-Stars, Chet Baker, Harold Land, Ernestine Anderson, Stan Kenton, Quincy Jones, Buddy Rich, Charles Mingus (The Black Saint & The Sinner Lady), Dexter Gordon, Ben Webster, and Monica Zetterlund ~ Ericson was born in 1922
June 16, 1996 ~ Ronnie Jones, commonly known as country singer Anthony Armstrong Jones, passed away ~ Released his Proud Mary debut album in 1969. Best known for a number of country covers of pop and rock songs, notably Creedence Clearwater Revival's Proud Mary, Gary US Bonds' New Orleans, Neil Diamond's Sweet Caroline, Jim Croce's Bad Bad Leroy Brown and RB Greaves' Take A Letter To Maria, the latter his highest charting single reaching Billboard Country top 10 in 1970 ~ Jones was born in 1949
June 16, 1994 ~ Singer Destinee Monroe, full name Detinee Rae Monroe, born in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, USA ~ Member of girl group the Clique Girlz, known for the singles Then I Woke Up and Smile. The group disbanded in 2009 after the departure of Sara Diamond. Destinee subequently recorded with her sister and Clique-bandmate Paris Monroe under the moniker Destinee & Paris
June 16, 1994 ~ Bassist, pianist, singer Kristen Pfaff, full name Kristen Marie Pfaff, passed away in Seattle, Washington, USA ~ Briefly a member of Hole, present on the band's 1994 Live Through This major label debut album. Returned to her previous band Janitor Joe in the weeks before her death of a heroin overdose ~ Pfaff was born in 1967
June 16, 1993 ~ Garrett Charles Nash, commonly known as rapper, singer, DJ, producer, songwriter Gnash, born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Best known for his 2016 Billboard Hot 100 top 10 single I Hate U I Love U featuring Olivia O'Brien
June 16, 1991 ~ Joseph McElderry, commonly known as singer, songwriter Joe McElderry, born in Tyne-and-Wear, UK ~ Winner of the 6th edition of The X-Factor in 2009
June 16, 1987 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Bob Dylan records Silvio at Sunset Sound Studios, Hollywood, USA ~ Written by Dylan and longtime the Grateful Dead-associate Robert Hunter. A concert favorite during Dylan's late-1980s era, touring with the Dead as his regular backing band. Included on the 1988 Down In The Groove album
June 16, 1987 ~ Country, pop singer, songwriter, musical actress Diana DeGarmo born in Birmingham, Alabama, USA ~ Runner-up in the third season of American Idol in 2004, losing to R&B singer Fantasia
June 16, 1987 ~ Thomas Valentine, commonly known as jazz trumpeter, bandleader Kid Thomas Valentine, passed away in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Rose to prominence in the early 1920s with a hot distinctive, at times percussive style. Would front his own ensembles by the mid-1920s. Has worked with Kid Ory, Jack Teagarden, Louis Armstrong, Louis Nelson, Big Bill Bissonnette, John Robichaux, Preston Jackson, and others ~ Valentine was born in 1896
June 16, 1986 ~ Guitarist, photographer, film director Brendan Walter, full name Brendan Stuart Walter, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Lead guitarist for Valencia from 2004 until the band's indefinite hiatus in 2011. Walter has also directed music videos and designed album covers for Sia, Weezer, Lorde, Fall Out Boy, the Lonely Island, Panic At The Disco, Shawn Mendes, and others
June 16, 1983 ~ Jazz guitarist, composer Jean Chaumont born in St Cloud, France ~ Leader and sideman. Released his Beauty Of Differences debut album in 2018. Has collaborated with Ike Sturm, Sam Sadigursky, Tierney Sutton, Orlando le Fleming, Dan Tepfer, Jon Irabagon, and others
June 16, 1982 ~ Guitarist James Honeyman-Scott passed away in London, UK ~ Co-founding member of the Pretenders. Present on the band's first two albums, 1979's The Pretenders and 1981's The Pretenders II which include some of the band's best-known including Brass In Pocket, Message Of Love and I Go To Sleep ~ Honeyman-Scott was born in 1956
June 16, 1981 ~ Indie rock, indie folk, country rock, power pop singer, guitarist, basist, keyboardist, drummer, songwriter Ben Kweller, full name Benjamin Lev Kweller, born in San Francisco, California, USA ~ Member of Radish. Member of the Bens. As a solo artist best known for his 2002 Wasted & Ready single. Co-wrote and sings lead on Guster's I Hope Tomorrow Is Like Today of the 2003 Keep It Together album
June 16, 1981 ~ Country singer George Strait records If You're Thinking You Want A Stranger There's One Coming Home ~ Written by David Wills and Blake Mevis. Produced by Mevis. Released in January 1982, paired with Her Goodbye Hit Me In The Heart on the flip side, as the third single of Strait's Strait Country album. The single would reach the top 5 of the country charts in USA and Canada
June 16, 1981 ~ Jazz violinist Ola Kvernberg born in Fræna, Norway ~ Virtuoso string swing violinist. Son of Liv Rypdal Kvernberg and Torbjørn Kvernberg, brother of Karl Kvernberg and Jorun Marie Kvernberg. Classically trained. Has collaborated with the Hot Club de Norvege, Toots Thielemans, Jimmy Rosenberg, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Stian Carstensen, Ole Morten Vågan, Eirik Hegdal, Thomas Dybdahl, Jon Larsen, and others
June 16, 1981 ~ Alfred Schoeninger, commonly known as hip hop, alternative hip hop rapper, producer Prolyphic, born in Rhode Island, USA ~ Forms the duo Stick Figures with Robust, known for their eponymous Stick Figures album released in 2005. Has also recorded as a solo artist, collaborated with Reanimator and Buddy Peace, and guested on recordings by Sage Francis, B Dolan, and Metermaids
June 16, 1980 ~ Clarence Robert Nolan, commonly known as Western, country singer, songwriter, actor Bob Nolan, passed away in Newport Beach, California, USA ~ Founding member of the Sons Of The Pioneers. Wrote Cool Water and Tumbling Tumbleweeds, both first recorded by the Sons and both regarded as classics in the Western genre and covered by numerous artists ~ Nolan was born in 1908
June 16, 1979 ~ William Jennings Bryan Weber, commonly known as composer Ben Weber, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ One of the first to embrace the 12-tone techniques of Arnold Schoenberg. Rose to prominence in the 1950s. Known for his Violin Concerto, Prelude And Passacaglia Op.42, and his 1961 Piano Concerto. Counted renowned composers such as Aaron Copland, John Cage, and Milton Babbitt among his fans ~ Weber was born in 1916
June 16, 1979 ~ Drummer Damion Reid born in West Covina, California, USA ~ Worked with Greg Osby, Terence Blanchard, Rober Glasper, Cassandra Wilson, Bruce Hornsby, Jacky Terrasson, Ravi Coltrane, Reggie Workman, Marcus Belgrave, Lauryn Hill, Angie Stone, Robert Hurst, Angélique Kidjo, Meshell Ndegeocello, Jason Moran, Steve Lehman, Mark Shim, Dianne Reeves, Bunky Green, Steve Coleman, Greg Ward, Steve Lehman, Miles Okazaki, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Bunky Green, Lucian Ban, Laurent Coq, Jure Pukl, Liberty Ellman, Igor Bezget, and others
June 16, 1979 ~ Chiara Letizia Pernigotti, commonly known as pop, rock, power metal singer Kiara Laetitia, born in Tortona, Italy ~ Best known as singer for Skylark from 2003 through 2011. Has also recorded as a solo artist and worked with Rockstar Frame, Founded the record label and management company Musicarchy Media, representing acts such as Deadly Circus Fire and Haster
June 16, 1979 ~ Jazz trumpeter Mathias Eick born in Fumes, Norway ~ Brother of bassist Johannes Eick and hornist Trude Eick. Leader and sideman. Has worked with Jagga Jazzist, Manu Katché, the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, Thomas Dybdahl, Turbonegro, the DumDum Boys, Motorpsycho, D'Sound, BigBang, Jan Gunnar Hoff, Tore Augestad, Stian Carstensen, Lars Danielsson, the Eple Trio, Arcturus, and others
June 16, 1977 ~ Classical guitarist Pablo Villegas, full name Pablo Sáinz Villegas, born in Logroño, Spain ~ Acclaimed for his 2018 Volver album which featured singer Plácido Domingo and conductor, pianist Nazareno Andorno
June 16, 1976 ~ Folk singer, guitarist Jessica Lee Morgan born ~ Daughter of singer Mary Hopkin and producer Tony Visconti. Influenced by Joni Mitchell. Sang backup for Hazel O'Connor and Elaine Page. Released her I Am Not debut album in 2010. Has also worked with the David Bowie tribute band Holy Holy, which also includes singer Glenn Gregory, drummer Michael Woody Woodmansey, and her father Visconti
June 16, 1976 ~ Rock singer, bassist, guitarist Matt Noveskey, full name William Matthew Noveskey, born ~ Joined Blue October in 1998, replacing original bassist Liz Mulally. First appeared on the band's 2000 Consent To Treatment major label debut for which he also co-wrote the single James and the live favorite You Make Me Smile. Has also formed side project Icarus Bell and Harvard Of The South, recorded as a solo artist, and serves as producer for the likes of Emphatic, Language Room, Joshua Radin, the Quiet Company, and Alpha Rev
June 16, 1975 ~ Producer, label executive Don Robey, full name Don Deadric Robey, passed away in Houston, Texas, USA ~ Helped develop 1950s, 1960s R&B. Notorious for his controversial business practices. Founded Peacock Records, at one time owned Duke Records. Used the alias Deadric Malone to assign himself songwriting credit. Signed artists such as Ruth Brown, Louis Jordan, Lionel Hampton, T-Bone Walker, Clarence Gatemouth Brown, Junior Parker, Bobby Blue Bland, Johnny Otis, and others ~ Malone was born in 1903
June 16, 1973 ~ Gypsy jazz singer, guitarist Thomas Dutronc born in Paris, France ~ Son of singer Jacques Dutronc and Françoise Hardy. Over half a dozen albums to his name, starting with Comme Un Manouce Sans Guitare released in 2007. The album would reach top 10 in his native France. Internationally perhaps best known for his 2008 single J'Aime Plus Paris
June 16, 1971 ~ Mathcore singer Dimitri Minakakis born in Morristown, New Jersey, USA ~ Lead singer of the Dillinger Escape Plan from 1997 through 2001. Following his departure from the band Minakakis has worked as a graphic designer
June 16, 1970 ~ DJ, producer, songwriter Alex Neri born in Sarzana, Italy ~ Active as a solo artist since the early 1990s. Co-founding member of Planet Funk with regular collaborator Marco Baroni, known best for their 2001 UK top 10 hit Chase The Sun. Has previously worked with Baroni under several monikers including the Korda Project known for Move Your Body and Kamasutra known for Storm In My Soul
June 16, 1970 ~ Jazz drummer Gregory Hutchinson born in New York, New York, USA ~ Active since the late 1980s. Worked with Red Rodney, Betty Carter, Roy Hargrove, Stephen Scott, Ray Brown, Eric Reed, Joe Henderson, Marcus Printup, Antonio Hart, Joshua Redman, Greg Gisbert, Frank Wess, Steve Wilson, Andy Laverne, Johnny Griffin, Laverne Butler, Peter Bernstein, Claire Martin, Ben Wolfe, Jeremy Davenport, Mark Whitfield, Teodross Avery, Jimmy Smith, Kristin Korb, and with Rodney Whitaker
June 16, 1970 ~ Alonzo Johnson, commonly known as singer, guitarist, violinist, songwriter Lonnie Johnson, passed away in Toronto, Canada ~ Multi-instrumentalist, violin, piano and banjo, focused primarily on guitar. The first to play an electrically amplified violin. Pioneered the single string solo guitar styles later used in blues, rock, jazz. As a guitarist influenced Charlie Christian, Django Reinhardt, T-Bone Walker, and as a singer Elvis Presley. Worked the riverboats in the 1920s. Played with Charlie Creath, Fate Marable, Victoria Spivey, Alger Texas Alexander, Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, the Chocolate Dandies, Eddie Lang, Roosevelt Sykes, Blind John Davis, Joshua Altheimer, and others ~ Johnson was born in 1899
June 16, 1969 ~ Bruno Nicolini, commonly known as singer, songwriter Bénabar, born in Thiais, France ~ Influenced by Georges Brassens, Renaud, Jacques Higelin, Tom Waits. Active since the late 1990s. Best known for his 2005 Reprise Des Négociations album, which sold over a million copies
June 16, 1965 ~ Stage producer, theater director Eirik Stubø born in Narvik, Norway ~ Son of jazz guitarist Thorgeir Stubø. Brother of jazz guitartit Håvard Stubø and of singer Kjersti Stubø. Best known as theater director of the National Theatre from 2000 to 2008
June 16, 1965 ~ Tenor saxophonist Javon Jackson born in Carthage, Missouri, USA ~ Played with Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers, the Harper Brothers, Benny Green, Freddie Hubbard, Elvin Jones, Ron Carter, Louis Hayes, John Hicks, and the New York Unit
June 16, 1963 ~ Punk rock, rock guitarist Ben Granfelt born ~ Frontman and eponym of the Ben Granfelt Band, with whom he recorded about a dozen albums since the early 1990s. Also well known for his work with the Leningrad Cowboys, Wishbone Ash, the Gringos Locos, the Guitar Slingers, and Los Bastardos Finlandeses
June 16, 1962 ~ Olufela Ilufmi Anikulapo Kuti, commonly known as singer, saxophonist, trumpeter, keyboardist, songwriter Femi Kuti, born in London, UK ~ Son of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti. Worked in Egypt 80, his father's band. Formed his own band, Positive Force, in 1986. Has collaborated with Dele Sosimi, Common, Mos Def, Jaguar Wright, d'Angelo, Macy Gray, the Soultronics, Nile Rodgers, Roy Hargrove, and others
June 16, 1958 ~ Pop, Christian rock singer, songwriter Brent Bourgeois, full name Brent Thomas Bourgeois, born ~ Co-leader of Bourgeois Tagg alongside Larry Tagg, known best for I Don't Mind At All taken of their 1987 Todd Rundgren-produced Yoyo album. After the band's disbandement Borugeois has recorded as a solo artist, starting with the eponymous Brent Bourgeois album released in 1990 featuring guests such as Fleetwood Mac's Christine McVie and Rick Vito. Has also served as producer and songwriter for others, mainly in the genre of contemporary Christian music, notable credits including Michael W Smith, Jars Of Clay, Anointed, Michelle Tumes, and Cindy Morgan
June 16, 1958 ~ Alternative rock, pop guitarist Jóhannes Helgason born in Reykjavik, Iceland ~ Best known as co-founding member of Peyr, present on the band's 1980 Silenced To Death debut album. Helgason left the band in 1981 to resume his aeronatical studies to become a pilot
June 16, 1958 ~ Rock drummer Marcel Schmidt born in Haarlem, the Netherlands ~ Worked with artists such as de IJsbrekers, de Gigantjes, Grin, Gotcha, Neo Punkz, de Raggende Manne, the Invisible Girls, and others
June 16, 1957 ~ Country lyricist, promoter Paul Gilley, full name Herbert Paul Gilley passed away in Morgan County, USA ~ Though records are unclear and sometimes disputed lyrics to a number of quintessential country songs are attributed to Gilley, including Ray Price's Crazy Arms and two of Hank Williams' best-known, namely Cold Cold Heart and I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry. Gilley reportedly once remarked it's not too bad being uncredited, since “you get paid for the lyrics, sometimes well paid.” ~ Gilley was born in 1929
June 16, 1955 ~ Guitarist, singer Gary Howard, full name Gary William Howard, born in Ilford, UK ~ Member of the Royal Engineers Acoustic Band from 1979 through 1985. Sessioned for the Christians and Paul McCartney. Perhaps best known as a member of a capella unit the Flying Pickets from 1986 through 1994, first appearing on the band's Waiting For Trains sophomore album
June 16, 1954 ~ Guitarist Dennis Cahill born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Formed Midnight Court with fiddler Martin Hayes, merging traditional Irish music with rock & roll. After the band folded in the early 1990s the duo would continue to work together, drawing critical acclaim. Both would also be involved with the Celtic supergroup the Gloaming, best known for their eponymous The Gloaming released in 2014 ~ Cahill passed away in 2022
June 16, 1954 ~ Garrick Roberts, commonly known as pop, rock guitarist Garry Roberts, born in Dublin, Ireland ~ Co-founded the Boomtown Rats with Johnnie Fingers, soon employing bassist Pete Briquette, guitarist Gerry Cott, drummer Simon Crowe and lead singer Bob Geldof. The band would score a number of hits in their native Ireland and the UK including Like Clockwork, Rat Trap, Banana Republic and their best-known I Don't Like Mondays. After the band folded in 1985 Roberts would work as a sound engineer for acts such as Simply Red, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark and Flesh For Lulu ~ Roberts passed away in 2022
June 16, 1953 ~ Drummer Ian Mosley born in Paddington, UK ~ Best known as member of Marillion, joining the band in 1984 as replacement for original drummer Mick Pointer. First appeared on the band's Fugazi sophomore album. Has previously worked with Gordon Giltrap, and notably with Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett appearing on the latter's Highly Strung and Till We Have Faces solo albums
June 16, 1953 ~ Drummer, percussionist Malcolm Mortimore, full name Malcolm Paul Mortimore, born in Wimbledon, UK ~ Has worked with Arthur Brown, Ian Dury, Herbie Flowers, Gentle Giant, Spike Heatley, Tom Jones, GT Moore, Mick Jagger, Chris Jagger, Oliver Jones, Barney Kessel, Chris Spedding, Troy Tate, and others
June 16, 1952 ~ Singer Fabienne Thibeault born in Montreal, Canada ~ Close to two dozen albums to her name, starting with De Laine Et De Bois released in 1976. Especially acclaimed for her 1978 Starmania album. Has collaborated with the likes of Plume Latraverse, Sylvain Lelièvre, Clan Murphy, Yves Duteil, and with her husband Jean-Piere Debarbat
June 16, 1952 ~ Pop, soft rock singer, songwriter Gino Vannelli born in Montreal, Canada ~ Known for a string of late 1970s, 1980s singles, notably I Just Wanna Stop, Living Inside Myself and Wild Horses
June 16, 1950 ~ Singer James Smith born ~ Co-founding member of the Stylistics remaining with the band through 1981, known for 1970s soul hits such as You Are Everything, Betcha By Golly Wow, I'm Stone In Love With You, Break Up To Make Up and You Make Me Feel Brand New
June 16, 1949 ~ Mario Ruben Gonzalez Pierotti, copmmonly known as singer, guitarist, songwriter Jairo, born in Cordoba, Argentina ~ Sings in Spanish, French and Italian. Has recorded over 500 songs during a career starting in the 1960s. Well known songs include Tu Aima Golondrina, Por Si Tu Quieres Saber, Tristeza, De Pronto Sucedio, El Valle Y El Volcan, Si Vuelve Sera Cansancio, Revolver and Me Encanta Esta Hora Del Dia
June 16, 1949 ~ Robert Wickens Thompson, commonly known as folk rock singer, guitarist Robbin Thompson, born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA ~ Member of Steel Mill, which also included a then-unknown Bruce Springsteen. Debuted as a solo artist with his 1976 eponymous Robbin Thompson album. Had artists such as Melissa Manchester, Steve Cropper, Waddy Wachtel, Bruce Hornsby and Ellen McIlwaine guest on his recordings. Scored a minor hit with Brite Eyes in 1980 ~ Thompson passed away in 2015
June 16, 1948 ~ Jazz, classical drummer, percussionist Freddy Studer born in Lucerne, Switzerland ~ Formed the acclaimed jazz fusion quartet OM with Christy Doran, Urs Leimgruber and Bobby Burn. Would go on to collaborate with the likes of Franco Ambrosetti, George Gruntz, Joe Henderson, Miroslav Vitous, Larry Schneider, Dave Holland, Jack DeJohnette, Pierre Favre, Dom Um Romão and David Friedman. Member of Red Twist & Tuned Arrow. Member of the Singing Drums. Played in Robyn Schulkowsky's ensemble, interpreting modern classical works by Charles Ives, John Cage, Edgard Varèse ~ Studer passed away in 2022
June 16, 1947 ~ Classical violinist Bronislaw Huberman passed away in Corsier-sur-Vevey, France ~ Praised for his tone color, expressiveness, flexibility. Founded the Palestine Philharmonic Orchestra, renamed after the establishment of the State of Israel to the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra ~ Huberman was born in 1882
June 16, 1946 ~ Ian Matthews Macdonald, commonly known as singer, guitarist, songwriter Ian Matthews born in Scunthorpe, UK ~ Member of Pyramid. Member of Fairport Convention from 1967 through 1969, present on the albums Fairport Convention and What We Did On Our Holidays. Formed and fronted Matthews Southern Comfort, known best for the Joni Mitchell-cover and 1970 UK no.1 hit Woodstock. Formed and fronted Plainsong
June 16, 1946 ~ Rock drummer, guitarist, singer Malcolm Tomlinson born in Isleworth, UK ~ Member of mid-1960s outfit Motivation, known for touring as support act for the likes of Lee Dorsey, Edwin Starr, Alvin Robinson, and the Coasters. The band would eventually change their name to Penny Peeps and later still evolve into Gethsemane ~ Tomlinson passed away in 2016
June 16, 1945 ~ Pianist, songwriter Ivan Lins born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ~ Multiple Grammy winner. Has recorded as a performer since the early-1970s. Has seen his songs covered by artists such as Patti Austin, David Benoit, George Benson, Michael Bublé, Eliane Elias, Ella Fitzgerald, Dave Grusin, Shirley Horn, Quincy Jones, Steve Kuhn, the Manhattan Transfer, Sérgio Mendes, Jane Monheit, Mark Murphy, Carmen McRae, Joe Pass, Lee Ritenour, Sarah Vaughan, Diane Schuur, Sting, Barbra Streisand, Take 6, Toots Thielemans, Nancy Wilson, and others
June 16, 1945 ~ Country rock singer, guitarist John Dawson, full name John Collins Dawson IV, born in Chicago, Illinois, USA, USA ~ Co-founding member, lead singer of the New Riders Of The Purple Sage, remaining with the band from 1969 through 1997 ~ Dawson passed away in 2009
June 16, 1944 ~ Actor, singer, songwriter Brian Protheroe born in Salisbury, UK ~ Member of the Albion Band. As a solo artist best known for Pinball, a moderate 1974 UK hit
June 16, 1944 ~ Rock keyboardist, organist Mick Weaver, full name Michael Weaver, born in Lancashire, UK ~ Worked with the Butts Band, Buddy Guy, David Gilmour, Joe Cocker, Eric Burdon, Frankie Miller, Roger Chapman, Steve Marriott, Gary Moore, Taj Mahal, the Blues Band, Martha Veléz, Keef Hartley, Shawn Phillips, Miller Anderson, Juicy Lucy, Tony Hazzard, Jess Roden, Andy Fairweather Low, Henry McCullough, John Lodge, Iain Matthews, Ralph McTell, Andy Desmond, Alexis Korner, Alvin Lee, Otis Grand, Ronnie Lane, Buddy Guy, and others
June 16, 1942 ~ Singer Eddie Levert born in Bessemer, Alabama, USA ~ Original member of the O'Jays, known for songs such as Back Stabbers, Love Train, I Love Music (Part I), and others
June 16, 1942 ~ Bassist, songwriter John Rostill, full name John Henry Rostill, born in Birmingham, UK ~ Best known as bassist of the Shadows from 1963 through 1970, present on songs such as The Rise And Fall Of Fingel Bunt, Mary Anne and Don't Make My Baby Blue ~ Rostill passed away in 1973
June 16, 1941 ~ Songwriter, producer Lamont Dozier born in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ One third of renowned Motown songwriting, production team Holland-Dozier-Holland, responsible for numerous hits by artists such as Martha & the Vandellas (Heat Wave), the Andantes, the Supremes (Stop In The Name Of Love), Mary Wells, the Four Tops, the Isley Brothers, Stevie Wonder, Brenda Holloway, Marvin Gaye (How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You), the Elgins, Honey Cone, and others ~ Dozier passed away in 2022
June 16, 1940 ~ Lyricist, author, comedian, singer Hans Dorrestijn born in Ede, the Netherlands ~ Known for his dark, gloomy sense of humor. Lyricist, songwriter for artists such as Herman van Veen, Adèle Bloemendaal, Don Quishocking. Authored numerous books ranging from poetry to children's books. Wrote for several TV shows including De Stratemakeropzeeshow and the Dutch edition of Sesamstraat
June 16, 1940 ~ Singer Robbie Montgomery born ~ First gained attention as an original member of the Ikettes, the backing choir for Ike & Tina Turner. After the split from Ike Turner in 1965, the group would rename themselves to Mirettes and record a number of singles including the 1968 Billboard R&B top 20 hit In The Midnight Hour. Montgomery would go on to provide backing vocals for a wide array of pop, rock, and R&B artists including Dr John, Bryan Ferry, José Feliciano, Bonnie Raitt, and Van Morrison
June 16, 1939 ~ Jazz pianist Albert Dailey, full name Albert Preston Dailey, born in Baltimore, Maryland, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Dexter Gordon, Roy Haynes, Sarah Vaughan, Charles Mingus, Freddie Hubbard, Woody Herman, the Jazz Messengers, Sonny Rollins, Stan Getz, Elvin Jones, Archie Shepp, Charlie Rouse, Benny Bailey, Buster Williams, Gary Bartz, Larry Coryell, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Harold Vick, and other ~ Dailey passed away in 1984
June 16, 1939 ~ Billy Wayne Craddock, commonly known as country, rockabilly singer Billy Crash Craddock born in Greensboro, North Carolina, USA ~ Dubbed “the King of Country Rock” for his uptempo rock-influenced style. Known for a number of early 1960s rockabilly songs, notably Boom Boom Baby and One Last Kiss before switching to country scoring a string of 1970s hits including Knock Three Times, Dream Lover, I'm Gonna Knock On Your Door, Rub It In, Ruby Baby, Broken Down In Tiny Pieces and I Cheated On A Good Woman's Love
June 16, 1939 ~ William Henry Webb, commonly known as jazz, swing drummer, bandleader Chick Webb, passed away in Baltimore, Maryland, USA ~ Influenced Buddy Rich. Leading figure of swing. One of the first bandleaders to work with Ella Fitzgerald, who sang with Webb's orchestra from the mid-1930s while still in her teens until his death at the end of the decade, notably on songs such as A-tisket A-tasket ~ Webb was born in 1905
June 16, 1939 ~ Leslie Arthur Gare, commonly known as free jazz saxophonist Lou Gare, born in Rugby, UK ~ Best known for his association with AMM, appearing on about half a dozen of the ensemble's albums including the acclaimed Ammmusic released in 1966
June 16, 1938 ~ Conductor, pianist Edoardo Müller born in Trieste, Italy ~ Best known for his lengthy association with the San Diego Opera. Has also conducted the Metropolitan Opera, the Dallas Opera, the Houston Grand Opera, the Bavarian State Opera, La Scala, the Opera De Nice, the Teatro Colón, and other orchestras. As a pianist accompanied singers such as Carlo Bergonzi, Renato Bruson, Montserrat Caballé, José Carreras, Leyla Gencer, Elena Obraztsova, and others ~ Müller passed away in 2016
June 16, 1938 ~ Blues singer Tampa Red records Love Her With A Feeling in Chicago, Illinois ~ Self-penned. Released later the same year, featuring When I Had A Good Woman on the flip side. Would become a blues standard quickly covered by numerous fellow bluesman including Merline Johnson in 1938, Little Sonny Jones in 1939, Tommy McClennan in 1940 and Brownie McGhee in 1946. In 1960 Freddie King changed the arrangements and changed the title to You've Got To Love Her With A Feeling. It would be King's first single to chart as well as become the best-known version. Most of the later covers would follow King's arrangement. Over the course of his career Red re-recorded the song several times
June 16, 1936 ~ Trumpeter, film composer Fred Karlin, full name Frederick James Karlin, born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Wrote and arranged for the likes of Benny Goodman, Harry James, Chubby Jackson. Best known as a film composer with well over a hundred scores to his name starting with 1967's Up The Down Staircase. Perhaps best known for co-writing the song For All We Know for the 1970 film lovers And Other Strangers which earned him an Academy Award for Best Original Song. The film version was sung by Larry Meredith, a cover by the Carpenters would reach the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts ~ Karlin passed away in 2004
June 16, 1934 ~ R&B, doo-wop singer, songwriter David Johnson born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Member of Little Caesar & the Romans, known for their 1961 Those Oldies But Goodies (Remind Me Of You) Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit. Having released only one full-length album the band broke up in 1962, in part due to an argument between lead singer Carl Burnett and Johnson as to which of them should be called Little Caesar. Johnson would later found and front the short-lived Little Caesar & the Consuls ~ Johnson passed away in 2018
June 16, 1928 ~ Conductor, violinist Sergiu Comissiona born in Bucharest, Romania ~ Founded the Ramat Gan Orchestra. Also worked with the Haifa Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Symphony, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the New York City Opera, and others ~ Comissiona passed away in 2005
June 16, 1926 ~ Clarence Eugene Shaw, commonly known as jazz trumpeter Gene Shaw, born in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Played with Lester Young, Wardell Gray, Lucky Thompson, Charles Mingus, and others ~ Shaw passed away in 1973
June 16, 1925 ~ Classical violinist, conductor Andor Toth, full name Andor John Toth, born in Manhattan, New York, USA ~ Enjoyed a career spanning six decades starting as a soloist with the Ballets Russes in the early 1940s. Violinist for the Alma Trio for well over a dozen years. Co-founded several chamber music ensembles including the Oberlin String Quartet, the New Hungarian Quartet, and the Stanford String Quartet. Has also worked with the NBC Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Houston Symphony, and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra ~ Toth passed away in 2006
June 16, 1924 ~ Eli Thompson, commonly known as saxophonist Lucky Thompson, born in Columbia, South Carolina, USA ~ Worked with Lionel Hampton, Don Redman, Billy Eckstine, Lucky Millinder, Count Basie, Kenny Clarke, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Milt Jackson, Stan Kenton, Louis Armstrong, Harry Arnold, Art Blakey, Benny Carter, Jimmy Cleveland, Johnny Dankworth, Quincy Jones, Oscar Pettiford, Thelonious Monk, Martial Solal, Dinah Washington, and others ~ Thompson passed away in 2005
June 16, 1914 ~ Eleanor Blum, commonly known as pianist Eleanor Sokoloff, born in Cleveland, Ohio, USA ~ Married to pianist Vladimir Sokoloff, with whom she regularly worked as a piano duo. Renowned teacher at the Curtis Institute Of Music ~ Blum passed away in 2020
June 16, 1913 ~ Ben Wingate, commonly known as songwriter, lyricist Ben Raleigh, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Known for co-writing songs such as Laughing On The Outside (Dinah Shore, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin), Three Handed Woman (Tex Ritter, Louis Prima), Wonderful Wonderful (Johnny Mathis, Bobby Rydell, the Supremes), Tell Laura I Love Her (Ray Peterson, Don Lee Wilson, Sha Na Na), Blue Winter (Connie Francis, Willeke Alberti), Love Is A Hurtin' Thing (Lou Rawls, Big Maybelle, the Temptations), and Midnight Mood (Joe Zawinul, Wes Montgomery, Michael Brecker) ~ Wingate passed away in 1997