This Day In Music: June 17
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June 17, 2021 ~ Guitarist, songwriter Fane Flaws, full name Fane Michael Flaws, passed away ~ Member of bands such as Blerta, the Spats, the Crocodiles, co-writing the 1980 New Zealand top 20 hit Tears for the latter. Contributed to the soundtracks of the 1989 animated black comedy Meet The Feebles and the 1992 comedy horror Braindead. Co-authored the 1998 children's book The Underwater Melon Man And Other Unreasonable Rhymes, which was complemented by a CD the following year and a DVD in 2011 with contributions from renowned musicians such as Chris Knox, Jenny Morris, Neil Finn, Tim Finn, Renée Geyer, and others ~ Flaws was born in 1951
June 17, 2021 ~ Claus Herwig, commonly known as singer Teddy Parker, passed away in Munich, Germany ~ Enjoyed popularity in his adopted homeland Germany in the 1960s. Best known for songs such Musikanten Der Liebe and Abends In Madrid both duets with Leonie Brückner, and as a solo artist known for Nachtexpress Nach St Tropez which topped the German charts for three weeks ~ Herwig was born in 1938
 
June 17, 2020 ~ Jazz pianist, trombonist, composer Hugh Fraser, full name Hugh Alexander Fraser, passed away in Vancouver, Canada ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Jaki Byard, Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillespie, Maynard Ferguson, Billy Eckstine, and others ~ Fraser was born ca.1958
 
June 17, 2018 ~ The 49th edition of Pinkpop takes place in Landgraaf, the Netherlands ~ Day 3 of 3. Mostly sunny, this year's edition would draw some 113,500 visitors in total. Included on today's, Sunday the 17th's bill would include Ronnie Flex, Deuxperience, Jessie J, Di-rect, DJ Rashida, Bruno Mars, Michelle David, Milky Chance, Years & Years, Triggerfinger, Oscar & the Wolf, Cloves, Maan, Brian Fallon, Don Diablo, Greta Van Fleet, Tom Walker, the Overslept, Scarlet Pleasure, Sigrid, Blackbird
June 17, 2018 ~ Singer Rebecca Paris passed away in South Yarmouth, Massachusetts, USA ~ Parris sang with Count Basie, Buddy Rich, Wynton Marsalis, Gary Burton, and Dizzy Gillespie ~ Parris was born in 1951
 
June 17, 2016 ~ Attrell Stephen Cordes Jr, commonly known as rapper, singer, producer Prince Be, passed away in Neptune City, New Jersey, USA ~ Co-founding member and lead singer of hip-hop group PM Dawn, known for blending rap with singing, and incorporating ethereal beats, mysticism and crypto-Christian imagery. Debuted in 1989 with the album Of The Heart Of The Soul And Of The Cros ~ Cordes was born in 1970
June 17, 2016 ~ Jonathan Sutter, commonly known as singer, rapper Tenor Fly, passed away ~ Recorded solo and as member of the Freestylers. Best known for his collaborations with artists such as Rebel MC, Top Cat, Daddy Freddy, Prizna, Pendulum, Barrington Levy, and the Sir Coxson Sound ~ Sutter was born in 1967
June 17, 2016 ~ Pianist Willy Andresen passed away ~ Best known for backing singer Erik Bye. Also worked with Grethe Kausland. Co-wrote Otto Nielsen's Pappa N Til Tove Mette ~ Andresen was born in 1921
 
June 17, 2007 ~ Bluegrass banjoist Larry Richardson passed away ~ Best known for his work with the Lonesome Pine Fiddlers alongside Bobby Osborne. Briefly a member of the Bluegrass Boys, backing Bill Monroe in the early 1950s. Also worked with the Blue Ridge Boys ~ Richardson was born in 1927
 
June 17, 2005 ~ Bassist Karl Mueller passed away in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA ~ Bass guitarist, co-founding member of Soul Asylum. In 2006 Soul Asylum released Silver Lining, containing Muller's last work before his untimely death in 2005 ~ Mueller was born in 1963
 
June 17, 2004 ~ Singer Jackie Paris passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Best known for a number of 1940s and 1950s recordings, most notably Skylark and Round Midnight. Declined an offer to join Duke Ellington. Did collaborate with artists such as Lionel Hampton, Charlie Parker, Charles Mingus, Bobby Scott, Charlie Shavers, Coleman Hawkins, Dizzy Gillespie, Donald Byrd, Eddie Costa, Gigi Gryce, Hank Jones, Joe Wilder, Johnny Mandel, Lee Konitz, Max Roach, Neal Hefti, Oscar Pettiford, Ralph Burns, Terry Gibbs, Tony Scott, Wynton Kelly, and others ~ Paris was born in 1924
 
June 17, 1994 ~ Pop, gospel, soul, R&B singer Andrea Faustini born in Rome, Italy ~ Reached 3rd place in the 11th edition of the X-Factor in 2014
 
June 17, 1987 ~ Rapper, singer Kendrick Lamar, full name Kendrick Lamar Duckworth, born in Compton, California, USA ~ Member of hip hop supergroup Black Hippy alongside Ab-Soul, Jay Rock and Schoolboy Q. Influenced by Tupac Shakur, Notorious BIG, Jay-Z, Nas, Eminem. As a solo artist broke through to mainstream with his 2012 Good Kid MAAD City sophomore album. Best known for hits such as Swimming Pools (Drank), Humble, Loyalty featuring Rihanna, Love featuring Zacari, All The Stars with SZA, Pray For Me featuring the Weeknd, and others
 
June 17, 1986 ~ Soprano singer Kate Smith, full name Kathryn Elizabeth Smith, passed away in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA ~ Dubbed “the Songbird of the South” and active since the mid-1920, most notably on radio and TV including several own radio shows throughout the 1930s. Best known for her rendition of Irving Berlin's God Bless America ~ Smith was born in 1907
 
June 17, 1983 ~ Jazz trumpeter Jaimie Branch, full name Jaimie Breezy Branch, born in Huntington, New York, USA ~ Leader and sidewoman. Cites Don Cherry, Axel Dörner, Booker Little and Miles Davis as influences. Formed the trio Princess with bassist Toby Summerfield and drummer Frank Rosaly. Has also worked with Ken Vandermark, Atlas Moth, Chad Taylor, Weasel Walter, Josh Berman, Jason Nazary, Jeb Bishop, and others ~ Branch passed away in 2022
June 17, 1983 ~ Singer, songwriter Lee Ryan born in Chatham, UK ~ Rose to fame as member of boy band Blue, known for the UK charttopppers Too Close, If You Come Back and Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word featuring Elton John. After the band disbanded released his eponymous Lee Ryan debut album in 2005, which spawned the UK top 20 hits Army Of Lovers, Turn Your Car Around and When I Think Of You
 
June 17, 1974 ~ Anthony Henderson, commonly known as rappert Krayzie Bone, born in Cleveland, Ohio, USA ~ Founding member of hip-hop group Bone-Thugz-n-Harmony, which also included Layzie Bone, Krayzie Bone, Wish Bone and Flesh-n-Bone. The group would be discovered by NWA's Eazy E and release a debut EP in 1994 which spawned the hit Thuggish Ruggish Bone featuring Shatasha Williams. Subsequent hits included 1st Of Da Month, Tha Crossroads, Look Into My Eyes and I Tried featuring Akon. Also recorded as a solo artist, starting with his 1999 Thug Mentality, featuring guests such as Mo Thugs, Mariah Carey, Big Pun, Fat Joe, Cuban Link, E-40, Kurupt, Naughty By Nature and Snoop Dogg. Guested on Chamillionaire's Grammy Award-winning Ridin' in 2006
 
June 17, 1970 ~ Stephen Samuel Gordon, commonly known as poet, electronic, dubstep MC the Spaceape, born ~ Pivotal dubstep singer, closely associated with Kode9. Known for albums such as Memories Of The Future and Black Sun. Has collaborated with Burial, the Bug, Martyn, Jerry Dammers, and others ~ Gordon passed away in 2014
 
June 17, 1967 ~ Singer Gladys Knight & the Pips record I Heard It Through The Grapevine at Hitsville USA, Detroit ~ Written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong, Whitfield also serving as producer. The Pips version would be the first version to be released, b/w It's Time To Go Now, and reach top 10 Billboard Hot 100 and top the Billboard R&B chart. The song would also be a hit for the Miracles and Marvin Gaye
 
June 17, 1966 ~ Jazz banjoist, pianist Johnny St Cyr passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Worked with Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, and others. Wrote Armstrong's Oriental Strut, which has since become a jazz standard ~ St Cyr was born in 1890
 
June 17, 1965 ~ Kim Nazel, commonly known as producer, DJ the Arabian Prince, born in Compton, California, USA ~ Co-founding member of pivotal rap group NWA, leaving shortly after the release of their 1988 Straight Outta Compton debut album
June 17, 1965 ~ Progressive rock, post-prog singer, keyboardist, guitarist, bassist, mandolinist, percussionist David Longdon born in Nottingham, UK ~ Best known as lead singer of progressive rock band Big Big Train, joining the band in 2009 and first appearing on the acclaimed The Underfall Yard album. As a solo artist known for the 2004 Wild River album. Has also worked with Louis Philippe, the Tangent, the Charlatans, Dave Kerzner, and others ~ Longdon passed away in 2021
 
June 17, 1962 ~ Martin Christopher Kennedy, commonly known as singer, songwriter Bap Kennedy, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland ~ Member of Energy Orchard. Also recorded solo albums and is known for his collaborations with Steve Earle, Van Morrison, Shane MacGowan and with Mark Knopfler ~ Kennedy passed away in 2016
June 17, 1962 ~ Arranger, orchestrator, composer Conrad Salinger passed away in Pacific Palisades, California, USA ~ Orchestrated Broadway productions in the 1930s. Worked on scores of over 75 motion pictures starting in the early 1930s such as most of MGM's musicals including Show Boat, Singing In The Rain, Kiss Me Kate, An American In Paris and Gigi. Mentor to and influence on film composer John Williams who spent a great deal of time around Salinger early in his career. Revered by composers and performers including Nelson Riddle, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and Barbra Streisand ~ Salinger was born in 1901
 
June 17, 1960 ~ Matti Fagelhorn, commonly known as glam punk, glam rock singer, keyboardist, guitarist, saxophonist, percussionist, songwriter Michael Monroe born in Helsinki, Finland ~ Rose to prominence as lead singer, frontman of Hanoi Rocks, regarded as one of the all-time most influential glam rock bands known for songs such as Love's An Infection, Malibu Beach, Until I Get You and Up Around The Bend
 
June 17, 1957 ~ Philip Ryan, commonly known as singer, guitarist Philip Chevron born in Dublin, Ireland ~ Regarded as one of the most influential figures in Irish punk. Best known as lead guitarist of celtic punk rockers the Pogues. Chevron wrote several classic Pogues songs including Thousands Are Sailing and Lorelei. Previously fronted Radiators From Space ~ Ryan passed away in 2013
June 17, 1957 ~ Trumpeter Tom Varner born in Morristown, New Jersey, USA ~ Influenced by Ornette Coleman, Charles Mingus, Anthony Braxton, Steve Reich, Philip Glass. As a leader has over a dozen albums to his name since the early 1980s. Ind-demand sideman. Worked with Steve Lacy, Dave Liebman, George Gruntz, John Zorn, Bobby Watson, La Monte Young, Miles Davis, Quincy Jones, Bobby Previte, Orange Then Blue, McCoy Tyner, Reggie Workman, Kenny Barron, Natalie Merchant, the Vienna Art Orchestra, and others
 
June 17, 1954 ~ Gospel singer Deborah McCrary born ~ Member of traditional black gospel, contemporary urban gospel outfit the McCrary Sisters alongside siblings Ann McCrary, Regina McCrary and Alfreda McCrary. The group has recorded a number of albums, starting with Our Journey released in 2010, as well as provided backing vocals for artists such as Carrie Underwood (Choctaw County Affair), Margo Price (Do Right By Me), and Allison Russell (All Of The Women) ~ McCrary passed away in 2022
 
June 17, 1951 ~ Soft rock singer, songwriter Lenny LeBlanc born in Leominster, Massachusetts, USA ~ Best known for the 1977 single Falling with collaborator Pete Carr, recorded under the moniker Leblanc & Carr. Has also recorded as a solo artist and is an in-demand session musician for artists such as Hank Williams Jr, Crystal Gayle, Etta James, Shenandoah, Ricky Skaggs, Sawyer Brown, Amy Grant, Roy Orbison, and others. In 1980 LeBlanc became a born-again Christian and has been focusing on contemporary Christian music since
 
June 17, 1950 ~ Rock guitarist Dany Lademacher, full name Daniel Germain Jean Lademacher, born in Etterbeek, Belgium ~ Best known as member of Herman Brood's backing unit the Wild Romance. Co-wrote several of Brood's best-known songs including Saturday Night, Never Be Clever and I Don't Need You. Also worked with Kleptomania, Bart Peeters backing band the Radios, Innersleeve, Vitesse, the Paris Dandies, and others. Declined Mark Knopfler's offer to join Dire Straits
 
June 17, 1949 ~ Country guitarist, singer, songwriter Russell Smith, full name Howard Russell Smith, born in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ~ Lead singer of the Amazing Rhythm Aces. Member of Run C&W. Released a handful of solo albums, starting with his eponymous Russell Smith debut album in 1978. As a solo artist best known for his 1989 I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight single. Found his biggest success as a songwriter, penning or co-penning songs for Randy Travis (Look Heart No Hands), T Graham Brown (Don't Go To Strangers), Don Williams (Heartbeat In The Darkness), Ricky Van Shelton (Keep It Between The Lines), Mel McDaniel (Big Ole Brew), and others ~ Smith passed away in 2019
 
June 17, 1948 ~ Singer Hege Tunaal born in Bærum, Norway ~ Popular 1970s singer best known for songs such as I Lovers Lane, Over Broen and albums such as Olje Brod Og Vin and Vide Med Bind
 
June 17, 1947 ~ Pop rock, soft rock singer, guitarist, bassist, percussionist Paul Young born in Benchill, UK ~ Not to be confused with his namesake Paul Young. Active since the 1960s. Member of the Toggery Five,m known for the single I'm Gonna Jump. Best known as a member of 1980s band Mike + the Mechanics, notably present on Word Of Mouth, Taken In, Nobody's Perfect and on the Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit All I Need Is A Miracle. Has also worked with the Young Brothers, Gyro and with Sad Cafe ~ Young passed away in 2000
 
June 17, 1946 ~ Brian John Cole, commonly known as pedal steel guitarist BJ Cole, born in Enfield, UK ~ Rose to prominence as member of Conchise in the early 1970s. Considered one of Britain's finest pedal steel guitarists. In-demand session musician proficient in a wide range of styles including rock, pop, jazz, experimental and country. Recorded as a solo artist and guested on recordings by Humble Pie, Dave Edmunds, Trapeze, Uriah Heep, Elton John (Tiny Dancer), Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Hallyday, Kiki Dee, Roger Daltrey, T.Rex, Procol Harum, Deacon Blue (Chocolate Girl), the Walker Brothers, Joan Armatrading (Down To Zero), Olivia Newton-John, Alan Parsons, Gerry Rafferty, the Moody Blues, David Sylvian, the Stranglers, kd Lang, Jimmy Nail, Björk, the Selecter, John Cale, Sting, Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys, Devon Sproule, REM, Matt Berry, and others
 
June 17, 1943 ~ Barry Alan Pincus, commonly known as soft rock singer, pianist, songwriter Barry Manilow born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Scored over four dozen top 40 singles on the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts during a decade spanning five decades. Sold over 85 million records. Best known for songs such as Mandy, Could It Be Magic, I Write The Songs, Tryin' To Get The Feeling Again, Looks Like We Made It, Can't Smile Without You and Copacabana (At The Copa). Has served as producer for Bette Midler, Dionne Warwick, Nancy Wilson and Sarah Vaughan
 
June 17, 1942 ~ Drummer, songwriter Norman Kuhlke born in Liverpool, UK ~ Co-founding member of the Swinging Blue Jeans, known for 1960s UK hits such as Hippy Hippy Shake, Good Golly Miss Molly and You're No Good
June 17, 1942 ~ Jazz, folk trumpeter, hornist, percusssionist Torgrim Sollid born in Eidskog, Norway ~ Known for merging folk and jazz. Worked with Erling Aksdal, Ole Mørk Sandvik, Warne Marsh, Sidsel Endresen, Thomas Winther Andersen, Søyr, Jan Garbarek, and others
 
June 17, 1940 ~ Charles Walter Rainey III, commonly known as pop, rock, jazz fusion, R&B bassist, singer Chuck Rainey born in Cleveland, Ohio, USA ~ Session musician. First gained attention sessioning on various recordings by the Young Rascals, first and perhaps most notably on the band's 1967 Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit Groovin'. Has also recorded as a solo artist and guested on recordings by Louis Armstrong, Gato Barbieri, George Benson, Donald Byrd, Joe Cocker, the Crusaders, King Curtis, Aretha Franklin, Gene Harris, Etta James, Quincy Jones, David Fathead Newman, Steely Dan, Sadao Watanabe, Ernie Wilkins, Cannonball Adderley, Mose Allison, Brook Benton, Randy Brecker, James Brown, Tim Buckley, Paul Butterfield, Valerie Carter, Fats Domino, Roberta Flack, Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway, Albert King, Al Kooper, Nils Lofgren, Melissa Manchester, Bette Midler, Ry Cooder, Blue Mitchell, and others
 
June 17, 1939 ~ Producer, songwriter, singer Gerry Granahan born in Pittston, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Best known for his work in the 1950 and 1960s. Demo singer for Elvis Presley. As a solo artist best known for his 1958 hit No Chemise Please. Also co-wrote and recorded Click Clack, released under the pseudonym Dickey Doo & the Dont's for contractual reasons. The single's succes would prompt Granahan to record several more using the same moniker, including Nee Nee Na Na Na Na Nu Nu, Leave Me Alone (Let Me Cry) and Teardrops Will Fall. Granahan would venture into producing by the 1960s, working with artists such as Fireflies, James Ray, Patty Duke, Jay & the Americans and notably produce the original version of the Wild Ones' Wild Thing, the latter later made famous by the Troggs ~ Granahan passed away in 2022
 
June 17, 1938 ~ Grethe Clemmensen, commonly known as singer Grethe Ingmann, born in Copenhagen, Denmark ~ Best remembered for winning the 1963 Eurovision Songfestival representing her native Denmark with the jazz waltz Dansevise performed with her guitar virtuoso husband Jørgen Ingmann ~ Clemmensen passed away in 1990
 
June 17, 1937 ~ Identical twin brothers singers Ed Farran and Fred Farran born ~ Members of the Arbors, known for a number of 1960s recordings including Symphony For Susan, Just Let It Happen, Graduation Day and perhaps their best-known The Letter, the latter a Billboard top 20 hit in 1968 and originally recorded by the Box Tops two years earlier ~ Ed passed away in 2003, Fred in 2011
 
June 17, 1935 ~ Margaret Seeger, commonly known as folk singer, banjoist, guitarist, pianist Peggy Seeger born in New York, New York, USA ~ Daughter of folklorist Charles Seeger and modernist composer Ruth Porter Crawford. Sister of singer Mike Seeger, half-sister of singer Pete Seeger. Married to singer Ewan MacColl, with whom she frequently collaborated, from 1977 until MacColl's death in 1977. Actively recording since the mid-1950s. Advocate of women's rights, many of her songs such as I'm Gonna Be An Engineer becoming anthems of the women's movement
 
June 17, 1930 ~ Guitarist Cliff Gallup born ~ Member of Gene Vincent's backing unit the Blue Caps through late 1956, appearing on some 35 tracks including Race With The Devil, Blue Jean Bop and Be-bop-a-lula. Regarded as one of early rock & roll's most technically proficient electric guitarists. Influential on Eric Clapton, Brian Setzer and Jeff Beck. At the request of his widow obituaries in local newspapers made no mention of his time with Vincent ~ Gallup passed away in 1988
 
June 17, 1922 ~ Joshua Itzhak Feldman, commonly known as jazz trombonist, film composer Jerry Fielding, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Emerged in the 1960s as film composer known best for scores to movies such as The Wild Bunch and Straw Dogs ~ Feldman passed away in 1980
 
June 17, 1921 ~ Bop clarinetist Tony Scott born in Morristown, New Jersey, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Bill Evans, Paul Motian, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Franco D'Andrea, Romano Mussolini, Trigger Alpert, John Lewis, Mundell Lowe, Carmen McRae, the Metronome All-Stars, Max Roach, Ben Webster, Shirley Bunnie Foy, and others ~ Scott passed away in 2007
 
June 17, 1920 ~ Pianist, keyboardist, bandleader Aubrey Adams, full name Aubrey Wellington Adams, born in St Andrew Parish, Jamaica ~ Worked with the Dewdroppers, Clue J & the Blues Blasters, Tommy McCook, Sonny Bradshaw, Roland Alphonse, Clancy Eccles, Pat Kelly, the Soul Defenders, Coxsone Dodd, Sonia Pottinger, Lynn Taitt, Rico Rodriguez, and others ~ Adams passed away in 1990
 
June 17, 1916 ~ Singer, songwriter Terry Gilkyson born in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Wrote and recorded Cry Of The Wild Goose, later a hit for Frankie Laine. Wrote Tell Me A Story for Jimmy Boyd. Sang with the Weavers (On Top Of Old Smokey, Across The Wide Missouri). Formed Easy Riders with Richard Dehr and Frank Miller, known for their major hit Marianne. Worked as Walt Disney Studios songwriter, including for animated movies Jungle Book and The Aristocats ~ Gilkyson passed away in 1999
 
June 17, 1911 ~ Walter D Williams Jr, commonly known as producer, label executive Dootsie Williams, born in Mobile, Alabama, USA ~ Leader of the Harlem Dukes in the 1940s. Would found the Blue Records label by the end of the decade. Has worked with Papa John Creach, the Penguins (Earth Angel), Redd Foxx, the Medallions, and others ~ Williams passed away in 1991
 
June 17, 1910 ~ Clyde Julian Foley, commonly known as country, gospel, rockabilly singer, guitarist, banjoist, songwriter Red Foley, born in Blue Lick, Kentucky, USA ~ Dubbed “Mr Country Music” Foley was one of the most popular country singers of the 1940s and 1950s, selling over 25 million records. His 1951 rendition of Peace In The Valley, originally recorded by Mahalia Jackson in 1937, would become one of the first gospel songs to sell over a million copies. Other well-known songs include Smoke On The Water, Shame On You, New Jolie Blonde (New Pretty Blonde), Tennessee Saturday Night, Chattanooga Shoeshine Boy, Birmingham Bounce, Midnight and the Kitty Wells-duet One By One ~ Foley passed away in 1968
June 17, 1910 ~ Singer, pianist, dancer Sam Costa, full name Samuel Gabriel Costa, born in London, UK ~ Popular singer, crooner during Britain's dance band era, comic actor on the 1940s, 1950s Much Binding In The Marsh radio show. Has worked with Bert Firman, Jack Jackson, Lew Stone, Harry Leader, Maurice Winnick, Jay Wilbur, and others. Would work as a radio host, DJ from the 1950 onwards ~ Costa passed away in 1981
 
June 17, 1907 ~ Jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, singer Gene Sedric, full name Eugene Hall Cedric, born in St Louis, Missouri, USA ~ Acquired the nickname “Honey Bear” for his camelhair coat. Closely associated with Fats Waller, a member of Fats Waller's Rhythm from 1934 through 1942. Also worked with the Kentucky Jazz Band, Charlie Creath, Fate Marable, Dewey Jackson, Ed Allen, Julian Arthur, Sam Wooding, Alex Hyde, Fletcher Henderson, Mezz Mezzrow, Don Redman, Phil Moore, Hazel Scott, Pat Flowers, Bobby Hackett, Jimmy McPartland, Conrad Janis, Dick Wellstood, and others ~ Sedric passed away in 1963
 
June 17, 1905 ~ Jazz pianist Don Kirkpatrick born in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA ~ Sideman, arranger. Worked with Chick Webb, Don Redman, Harry White, Elmer Snowden, Zutty Singleton, Mezz Mezzrow, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Cootie Williams, Bunk Johnson, Sidney Bechet, Wilbur de Paris, Doc Cheatham ~ Kirkpatrick passed away in 1956
 
June 17, 1902 ~ Jazz drummer Chris Columbus born in Greenville, North Carolina, USA ~ Active since the 1930s. Worked with Louis Jordan, Wild Bill Davis, Duke Ellington, Floyd Smith, Al Grey, Eddie Cleanhead Vinson, Buddy Tate, Milt Buckner, Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Johnny Hammond, and others. His son was Count Basie's drummer Sonny Payne ~ Columbus passed away in 2002
June 17, 1902 ~ Samuel E Feinberg, commonly known as singer, pianist, songwriter Sammy Fain, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Best remembered for co-writing songs such as You Brought A New Kind Of Love To Me (Ted Wallace, Maurice Chevalier, Benny Goodman), When I Take My Sugar To Tea (the Melotone Boys, the Casa Loma Orchestra, Milton Brown), That Old Feeling (Virginia Verrill, Shep Fields, Count Basie), Secret Love (Doris Day, Gogi Grant, Ray Anthony), April Love (Pat Boone, Connie Francis, Johnny Mathis), Tender Is The Night (Tony Bennett, Vic Damone, Billy Eckstine), and I'll Be Seeing You (Tamara, Dick Todd, Billie Holiday) ~ Feinberg passed away in 1989
 
June 17, 1899 ~ Jazz saxophonist Benny Krueger born ~ Briefly played with the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, appearing on a number of early 1920s recordings. Would go on to become a musical director and conductor for radio and TV working with artists such as Rudy Vallee and Bob Crosby. As a solo artist best known for I Cried For You and Wang Wang Blues (Saxopation). Also wrote Sunday, recorded by Pat Boone, Louis Jordan and most notably Lester Young ~ Krueger passed away in 1967
June 17, 1899 ~ Organist Edouard Souberbialle born in Tarbes, France ~ Best known as choirmaster and organist in a number of Parissienne churches, notably the Notre Dame and the St Ambroise ~ Souberbielle passed away in 1986
 
June 17, 1882 ~ Composer Igor Stravinsky, full name Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky, born in Orahienbaum, Russia ~ Generally acknowledged as one of the most influential composers of the 20th century noted for his stylistic diversity. Rose to fame with three ballets, 1910's Firebird, 1911's Petrushka and 1913's The Rite Of Spring ~ Stravinsky passed away in 1971
 
June 17, 1818 ~ Composer Charles Gounod, full name Charles-François Gounod, born in Paris, France ~ Composed choral music, chamber music, song suites and operas, most notably Faust and Romeo Et Juliette. Influenced composers such as Jules Massenet, Gabriel Fauré, Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy ~ Gounod passed away in 1893