This Day In Music: June 18
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June 18, 2022 ~ Producer, songwriter Gian Pietro Felisatti passed away ~ Best known for his 1980s run, working with artists such as Manuel Mijares, Rocio Banquelis, Paloma San Basilio, Lucero, Mina (Ancora Ancora Ancora), Patricia Manterola, Lucía Méndez, and others ~ Felisatti was born ca.1950
 
June 18, 2021 ~ Timothy Jerome Parker, commonly known as alternative hip-hop rapper Gift Of Gab, passed away ~ Regarded as one of the best underground rappers to come out of the Bay Area. Formed the duo Blackalicious with DJ Chief Xcel. As a solo artist acclaimed for his 2004 4th Dimension Rocketships Going Up and 2009's Escape 2 Mars albums. Has collaborated with Galactic, DJ Z-Trip, Del The Funky Homosapien, Chali 2na, Watsky, and others ~ Parker was born in 1970
 
June 18, 2020 ~ Lynford Brown, commonly known as rocksteady, reggae guitarist Hux Brown, passed away in Oakland, California, USA ~ In-demand session guitarist appearing on key recordings such as Girl I've Got A Date (Alton Ellis), Ba Ba Boom (the Jamaicans), Bangarang (Lester Sterling), Rivers Of Babylon (the Melodians), and The Harder They Come (Jimmy Cliff). Outside Jamaican music played lead guitar on Paul Simon's Mother And Child Reunion. Touring member of Toots & the Maytals for over three decades ~ Brown was born in 1944
June 18, 2020 ~ Singer, songwriter, actress Vera Lynn, full name Vera Margaret Lynn, passed away ~ Widely known for her concerts for the troops during World War II. Best known for songs such as We'll Meet Again, The White Cliffs Of Dover, A Nightingale Sang In Berkely Square, There Will Always Be An England, Auf Wiedersehen Sweetheart, and My Son My Son. Became the oldest person, at age 97, to top the English album charts, with the compilation album We'll Meet Again (The Very Best Of Vera Lynn) in 2014 ~ Lynn was born in 1917
 
June 18, 2018 ~ Operatic baritone singer Barry McDaniel passed away in Berlin, Germany ~ American opera singer spent his career almost excusively in Germany, notable well over three decades at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Has also worked with the Staatsoper Stuttgart, the Staatstheater Karlsruhe, the Staatsoper Mainz, and others ~ McDaniel was born in 1930
June 18, 2018 ~ Travon Dashawn Frank Smart, commonly known as rapper Jimmy Wopo, passed away in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Closely associated with rapper Wiz Khalifa. Known for his 2016 single Elm Street. Has worked with Khalifa, Sonny Digital, 21 Savage, Rae Sremmurd, Hardo, Metro Boomin', and others ~ Smart was born in 1997
June 18, 2018 ~ Jahsen Dwayne Ricardo Onfroy, commonly known as rapper XXXTentacion, passed away in Deerfield Beach, Florida, USA ~ Best known for songs such as Falling Down, Look At Me, Changes, Arms Around You, Jovelyn Flores, and Sad. Had his debut album, 2017's 17, enter the Billboard Hot 200 chart at No.2 and his sophomore album, 2018's Question Mark enter at No.1. Collaborated with artists such as Cracka Paul, Kodak Black, Noah Cyrus, Sizzla, Skye Edwards, and others. Shot to death as victim in a robbery at age 20 ~ Onfroy was born in 1998
 
June 18, 2017 ~ Jazz, gospel singer Chris Murrell, full name Byron Christopher Murrell, passed away in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA ~ While in his teens fronted gospel outfit the Christian Disciples. Best known for his association with the Count Basie Orchestra, touring with the ensemble from the mid-1980s through the early 2000s. Released his Reprise solo album in 2002 to critical acclaim ~ Murrell was born in 1956
 
June 18, 2016 ~ Pianist, composer Peter Feuchtwanger, full name Peter Bernhard Feuchtwanger, passed away in London, UK ~ Closely asociated with Carter Larsen. Has also worked with Martha Argerich, Youra Guller, Yehudi Menuhin. Mentored Issak Tavior and David Helfgott ~ Feuchtwanger was born in 1930
June 18, 2016 ~ Singer, guitarist, bassist Sverre Kjelsberg passed away in Tromsø, Norway ~ Member of the Pussycats. Teamed up with Mattis Hætta to represent Norway in the 1980 Eurovision Songfestival with S&aacue;iid Ædnan composed by Kjelsberg and Ragnar Olsen ~ Kjelsberg was born in 1946
 
June 18, 2014 ~ Folk, pop, punk-pop bassist Alastair Donaldson passed away in Edinburgh, UK ~ Co-founding member of folk outfit Silly Wizard. Perhaps best known as member of the Rezillos, notably present on songs such as My Baby Does Good Sculptures and Flying Saucer Attack. As a solo artist known for the 1982 single Security Of Noise released under the moniker William Mysterious ~ Donaldson was born in 1955
June 18, 2014 ~ Pianist Horace Silver passed away in New Rochelle, New York, USA ~ Influenced by Nat King Cole, Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, Art Tatum, and Teddy Wilson. Critically acclaimed for a number of 1960s albums, especially Song For My Father. Known for recordings such as Doodlin', Peeace, Sister Sadie. Worked with Stan Getz, Art Blakey, the Jazz Messengers, Art Farmer, Lou Donaldson, Gene Ramey, Art Taylor, Sonny Stitt, Howard McGhee, Al Cohn, Miles Davis, Milt Jackson, Hank Mobley, Kenny Dorham, Doug Watkins, Sonny Rollins, Junior Cook, Blue Mitchell, Gene Taylor, Joe Henderson, Bennie Maupin, Randy Brecker, John Williams, Billy Cobham, Michael Brecker, Dave Liebman, Tom Harrell, Bill Cosby, Dave Douglas, Vincent Herring, Coleman Hawkins, Phil Urso, Clark Terry, Terry Pollard, JJ Johnson, Nat Adderley, Gigi Gryce, Paul Chambers, Donald Byrd, J Monterose, Clifford Jordan, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and others ~ Silver was born in 1928
 
June 18, 2013 ~ Progressive rock singer, songwriter Claudio Rocchi passed away ~ Bassist of Stormy Six from 1968 through 1970, present on the band's debut album Le Idee Di Oggi Par La Musica Di Domani. Debuted as a solo artist with the album Viaggo. Rose to fame with his 1971 sophomore Volo Magico Numero 1 album and has recorded steadily until semi-retiring from music in the 1980s. Resurged in the 1990s ~ Rocchi was born in 1951
June 18, 2013 ~ Country singer Danielle Bradbery wins NBC's The Voice ~ Bradbery wins the 4th season of NBC's talent show The Voice, runner-up would be singer, songwriter Michelle Chamuel
 
June 18, 2011 ~ Saxophonist, actor Clarence Clemons passsed away in Palm Beach, Florida, USA ~ Best known as longtime saxophonist of Bruce Springsteen's backing unit the E Street Band. Scored a 1985 hit, You're A Friend Of Mine, with Jackson Browne. In-demand guest and collaborator also worked with Aretha Franklin, Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, Alvin Lee, Alan Niven, Lady Gaga, the Grateful Dead, Gary US Bonds, Zucchero, Dan Hartman, Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, the Pezband, Ronnie Spector, Scarlet Rivera, Carlene Carter, Janis Ian, Michael Stanley, Joan Armatrading, Greg Lake, Schwarts, Little Steven, the Hawks, Ian Hunter, Steel Breeze, Silver Condor, Twisted Sister, Gloria Estefan, Narada Michael Walden, the Four Tops, Todd Rundgren, Herman Brood, Lisa Stansfield, Joe Cocker, Peter Maffay, Nils Lofgren, Roy Orbison, Jim Carroll, Great White, Luther Vandross, Nick Clemons, the Creation, Bruce Benson, and others ~ Clemons was born in 1942
 
June 18, 2007 ~ Henry Medress, commonly known as producer, songwriter Hank Medress, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Member of doo-wop group the Linc-Tones, which also included a young and unknown Neil Sedaka. After Sedaka's departure the Tones would rename themselves the Tokens, known best for their 1961 hit The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Wimoweh). Medress also worked on a producer including for the Chiffons (He's So Fine), Tony Orlando & Dawn, Melissa Manchester, David Johanson, Rick Springfield, Dan Hill (Never Though (That I Could Love)), and Richard Simmons ~ Medress was born in 1938
 
June 18, 2005 ~ Basil Philip Kirchinsky, commonly known as drummer, composer Basil Kirchin, passed away ~ Son of bandleader Ivor Kirchin. Drummed in his father's big band starting at age 13. A number of early 1950s recordings by the Kirchin Band would be produced by George Martin who would later go on to work extensively with the Beatles. Kirchin would go on to score films and experiment with electronic music through use of tape manipulation with sounds of birds, insects and other animals. Has worked with Harry Roy, Teddy Foster, Jack Nathan, Ted Heath, Keith Herd, Big Jim Sullivan, Tubby Hayes. His electronic music influenced later stars such as Brian Eno and David Byrne ~ Kirchin was born in 1927
June 18, 2005 ~ Jazz trumpeter Chris Griffin passed away ~ Started out in dance bands working with Charlie Barnet, Rudy Vallee, Miff Mole, Mildred Bailey, Teddy Wilson, and Joe Haymes through-out the 1930s. Joined Benny Goodman's big band in 1936, remaining until 1939. Later played with artists such as Jimmy Dorsey, Tex Beneke, Pee Wee Erwin, Warren Covington, Bud Freeman, and Warren Vache Sr. Led an ensemble of his own in 1980s which included Marty Napoleon, Sonny Igoe, Jane Jarvis, and Major Holley ~ Griffin was born in 1915
 
June 18, 2002 ~ Country singer Chevel Shepherd born in Farmington, New Mexico, USA ~ Winner of the 15th season of NBC's talent show The Voice, aired in 2018. At the time, Shepherd was 16 years old
 
June 18, 2001 ~ Rock, progressive rock, pop rock singer, songwriter Davorin Popovic passed away in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina ~ Best known as frontman of influential rock outfit Indexi. Enjoyed a parallel solo career starting in 1975. Internationally best known for representing Bosnia & Herzegovina at the 1995 Eurovision Songfestival, reaching 19th place with Dvadeser Prvi Vijek ~ Popovic was born in 1946
 
June 18, 1999 ~ Michael Lamar White IV, commonly known as rapper, singer, songwriter Trippie Red, born in Canton, Ohio, USA ~ Best known for Dark Knight Dummo featuring Travis Scott and for Topanga
 
June 18, 1998 ~ Lyricist, playwright, songwriter, actor Edward Eliscu passed away in Newtown, Connecticut, USA ~ Active on Broadway and in Hollywood until the 1950s when allegations made by the House Committee on Un-American Activities led by Senator Joseph McCarthy effectively ended his career. Best remembered for co-penning songs such as Orchids In The Moonlight (Raul Roulien, Rudy Vallee, Dinah Shore), Carioca (Etta Moten, Les Baxter, Fred Astaire), Great Day (Paul Whiteman, Sam Lanin, Nelson Eddy), and More Than You Know (Mayo Methot, Ruth Etting, Billie Holiday) ~ Eliscu was born in 1902
 
June 18, 1994 ~ Kirshnik Khari Ball, commonly known as hip-hop, trap rapper, songwriter Takeoff, born in Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA ~ Formed the trio Migos with Quavo and Offset, best known for their Bad & Boujee featuring Lil' Uzi Vert, Motorsport with Nicki Minaj & Cardi B, Stir Fry, and Walk It Talk It featuring Drake. Released his The Last Rocket solo debut album in 2018 ~ Ball passed away in 2022
 
June 18, 1993 ~ Blues guitarist Luther Tucker passed away in Greenbrae, California, USA ~ Though he never acieved much fame considered one of the most prominent Chicago blues rhythm guitarists on par with Eddie Taylor, Jody Williams, Freddie Robinson. Has worked with BB King, Mel Brown, Pat Hare, Elmore James, Little Walter, Otis Rush, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, James Cotton, Elvin Bishop, and others ~ Tucker was born in 1936
 
June 18, 1992 ~ Peter Richard Woolnough, commonly known as pop singer, pianist, songwriter Peter Allen passed away in San Diego, California, USA ~ First gained attention as half of the Allen Brothers, the other half being Chris Bell and actually not his brother. As a solo artist best known for his 1976 hit I Go To Rio of his Taught By Experts album. Also known for co-writing Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do), an Academy Award-winning 1981 hit for Christopher Cross used in the film Arthur starring Dudley Moore and Liza Minnelli ~ Woolnough was born in 1944
 
June 18, 1989 ~ Actress, singer Renee Olstead born in Houston, Texas, USA ~ Child actress known for her roles on the CBS sitcom Still Standing and the drama series The Secret Life Of The American Teenager. Debuted as a singer with the Stone Country album in 2000
 
June 18, 1988 ~ Drummer, percussionist Josh Dun, full name Joshua William Dun, born in Columbus, Ohio, USA ~ Half of twenty one pilots core duo since 2011, replacing original drummer Chris Salih, known for a number of mid-2010s hits such as Stressed Out, Ride and Heathens
 
June 18, 1987 ~ Odis Oliver Flores, commonly known as rapper OT Genasis, born in Atlanta, Georgia, USA ~ Influenced by Cutty Ranks, Buju Banton, TI, Ludacris, Tupac Shakur, 50 Cent. Best known for songs such Touchdown and Cut It featuring Young Dolph. Has guested on recordings by Mustard, Afrojack, Snoop Dogg, T-Pain, Lil' Wayne and Lil' Keed
 
June 18, 1986 ~ Jerreley Zanian John Slijger, commonly known as rapper Kempi, born in Helmond, the Netherlands ~ Released his Du Zoon debut album in 2008. Has collaborated with the Partysquad, Extince, the Opposites, Brace, Yes-R, and others
 
June 18, 1982 ~ Rock, blues-rock, alternative rock singer, guitarist, songwriter Nathan Cavaleri born in Sydney, Australia ~ Child actor, child prodigy. Played with Mark Knopfler at age 9, toured with BB King at age 13. Released his solo debut single, the Elvis Presley-cover Little Egypt, in 1992. A full-length album, Jammin' With The Cats, followed in 1993. Worked with the Dirty Skanks, Electric Mary, Jimmy Barnes, Diesel, guitar virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel, Teddy Andreadis, Sweet Pea Atkinson, Curt Bisquera, Jeff Berlin, Robben Ford, Aaron Neville, and others
 
June 18, 1976 ~ Country singer Blake Shelton, full name Blake Tollison Shelton, born in Ada, Oklahoma, USA ~ Rose to fame with his eponymous 2001 Blake Shelton debut album, its lead single Austin reaching the No.1 spot on the Billboard Country charts. Has recorded to critical acclaim and commercial success since. Well-known songs include The Baby, Some Beach, All About Tonight, Honey Bee, Sure Be Cool If You Did, Boys 'Round Here featuring the Pistol Annies, Sangria, God's Country, Nobody But You featuring Gwen Stefani, and others
June 18, 1976 ~ Christoff de Bolle, commonly known as singer Christoff, born in Ninove, Belgium ~ Member of schlager boyband Klubbb 3 alongside Florian Silbereisen and Jan Smit. As a solo artist active since the early 1990s and best known for songs such as Koning Clown, Verslaafd Aan Jou, Als Ik In Je Blauwe Ogen Kijk, Een Ster, Alles Kan Een Mens Gelukkig Maken with René Froger, Voor Jou, Stapel Op Jou
 
June 18, 1975 ~ Jazz pianist Earl Washington passed away in Evergreen, Illinois, USA ~ Classically trained. Dubbed “the Ghost” for his light complexion. First gained attention in the late 1940s backing Red Saunders, remaining with Saunders through 1954. Subsequently led his own ensemble, collaborated frequently with Quincy Jones, composed jingles and soundtracks, and wrote for several Motown artists ~ Washington was born in 1921
June 18, 1975 ~ Cellist, pianist, guitarist, singer, composer Jeremy Turner born in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Joined the Metropolitan Opera at age 21, making him one of the youngest members to ever join. Has worked with artist such as Renée Fleming, Joshua Bell, Arcade Fire, Paul McCartney, David Byrne, Sufjan Stevens, the National, and others
June 18, 1975 ~ Vyshonne King Miller, commonly known as rapper Silkk The Shocker, born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Member of the 504 Boyz. Released his The Shocker debut album in 1996. Best known for his 1998 It Ain't My Fault single featuring Mystikal. Has also worked with Master P, O'Dell, Mya, Snoop Dogg, Montell Jordan (Let's Ride), Lil Italy, Soulja Slim, Lil' Romeo, and others
 
June 18, 1973 ~ Folk, folk-rock, folk-blues singer, guitarist, pianist, songwriter Ray LaMontagne, full name Raymond Charles Jack LaMontagne, born in Nashua, New Hampshire, USA ~ Released his Trouble in 2004. Has recorded to critical acclaim since, drawing comparisons to the Band, Van Morrison, Nick Drake, Tim Buckley
 
June 18, 1971 ~ Elizabeth Lloyd Holzman, commonly known as actress, singer, civil rights activist Libby Holman, passed away in Stamford, Connecticut, USA ~ Became known as “the premier torch singer of Broadway” for her performances starting in the mid-1920s. Best known for her signature song Moanin' Low from the 1929 revue The Little Show ~ Holzman was born in 1904
June 18, 1971 ~ Singer Nathan Morris, full name Nathan Bartholomew Morris, born ~ Co-founding member of R&B boyband Boyz II Men, known for the 1990s Billboard Hot 100 charttoppers The End Of The Road, I'll Make Love To You, On Bended Knee and 4 Seasons Of Loneliness. The band also collaborated with Mariah Carey on the 1995 hit One Sweet Day and with LL Cool J on Hey Lover later the same year
 
June 18, 1970 ~ Pianist, bassist Eddie Cole, full name Edward Bennett Cole, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Brother to Nat King Cole, Freddy Cole, and Ike Cole. Worked with Noble Sissle, Sidney Bechet, Clarence Brereton, and others ~ Cole was born in 1910
 
June 18, 1968 ~ Pop rock sibling outfit the Bee Gees record When The Swallows Fly ~ Written by Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb. Produced by the band and their manager Robert Stigwood. Included on the 1968 Idea album. Released as a 1971 single in the Netherlands, b/w Give Our Best, where it reached top 20 in two weeks. The song's opening line is taken from William Wordsworth poem I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud
 
June 18, 1967 ~ Traditional, folk, jazz, classical singer Berit Opheim born in Voss, Norway ~ Member of Orleysa. Has alo worked as a solo artist and collaborated with the Bergen Domkantori, Karl Seglem, the Oslo Kammerkor, Utla, Nils Okland, Einar Mj&oslassh;lsnes, Per Jorgensen, Benedicte Maurseth, and others
 
June 18, 1966 ~ Rockabilly, roots rock singer, guitarist, pianist, songwriter Dexter Romweber, full name John Michael Dexter, born in Batesville, Indiana, USA ~ Cited by the White Stripes guitarist Jack White as a major influence. Best known as member of the Flat Duo Jets which also included drummer Chris Crow Smith and bassist Tone Mayer. Also worked with his sister Sara Romweber under the moniker Dex Romweber Duo
 
June 18, 1962 ~ Singer Connie Francis records Vacation ~ Written by Francis, Hank Hunter, Gary Weston. Produced by Danny Davis and Jim Vienneau. Released later the same year, b/w The Biggest Sin Of All, it would reach top 10 on both sides of the Atlantic
 
June 18, 1961 ~ Pop, synth-pop singer, ongwriter Alison Moyet, full name Genevieve Alison Jane Moyet, born in Basildon, UK ~ Known for her powerful, blues-contralto voice. Rose to fame as lead singer of synth-pop duo Yazoo alongside Vince Clarke, known for early 1980s songs such as Only You, Don't Go and Nobody's Diary. Released her Alt solo debut album in 1984, which spawned the UK top 10 hits Love Resurrection and All Cried Out. Would regularly reach the higher echelons of the charts throughout the end of the decade. Well-known songs include That Ole Devil Called Love, Is This Love, Weak In The Presence Of Beauty, Love Letters and Whispering Your Name
 
June 18, 1960 ~ Rock, pop singer, guitarist, songwriter Jude Cole, full name Jude Anthony Cole, born in Moline, Illinois, USA ~ About half a dozen albums to his name as a solo artist, his eponymous Jude Cole debut released in 1987. Well-known songs include 1990s Baby It's Tonight and 1992's Start The Car. Session musician present on recordings by Moon Martin, Peter Noone, Billy Thorpe, Ted Nugent, Del Shannon, Jewel, Travis Tritt, Billie Myers, Kendall Payne. Produced for Paola Turci, Clay Davidson, Lindsay Pagano, Beth Orton, Honeyhoney, Jim Stapley and especially Lifehouse, also serving as the latter's manager and songwriter
 
June 18, 1958 ~ Oud player, guitarist, mandolinist, singer, songwriter Ara Dinkjian born ~ Considered one of the premier oud players. Founder of Night Ark. As a songwriter had his songs recorded by Sezen Aksu, Ahmet Kaya, and by Eleftheria Arvanitaki, the latter notably performing the multi-platinum Dinkjian-penned hit Dinata at the closing ceremony of the 2004 Olympics held in Athens
 
June 18, 1956 ~ Ondina Maria Farias Veloso, commonly known as singer Dina born in Carregal do Sol, Portugal ~ Best known for her 1992 Eurovision Songfestival entry Amor D'Agua Fresca, contending for Portugal. The song would rank 17th of 23 ~ Veloso passed away in 2019
June 18, 1956 ~ Organist, conductor John Scott, full name John Gavin Scott, born in Wakefield, UK ~ Acclaimed as premier English organist of his generation, best known for his associations with the St Pauls Cathedral Choir and the Choir Of Men And Boys Of St Thomas Church ~ Scott passed away in 2015
 
June 18, 1953 ~ Guitarist Jerome Smith born in Miami, Florida, USA ~ Best known as member of disco, funk outfit KC & the Sunshine Band from its inception until his death in 2000. The band is known for classic 1970s dance material such as That's The Way I Like It, Shake Shake Shake (Shake Your Booty), I'm Your Boogie Man and Keep It Comin' Love. Also guested on George McCrae's Rock Your Baby disco hit ~ Smith passed away in 2000
 
June 18, 1952 ~ Giuseppa Marcella Bella, commonly known as singer Marcella Bella, born in Catania, Italy ~ Sister of singer Gianni Bella, who has also written songs for her. Active since the early 1970s. Known for songs such as Montagne Verdi and Nessuno Mai, the latter notably covered by Boney M as Tkae The Heat Off Me on their eponymous Boney M debut album
 
June 18, 1951 ~ Drummer, singer, TV personality Henny Huisman, full name Hendrikus Josephus Anthonius Huisman, born in Zaandam, the Netherlands ~ Best known as a TV host. Co-founded Lucifer known for the 1975 hit House For Sale. Also worked with Match
 
June 18, 1950 ~ Alan Moffatt, commonly known as folk singer, guitarist, songwriter Jackie Leven, born in Kirkcaldy, UK ~ First gained attention as co-founding and sole constant member of new wave outfit Doll By Doll. After the band disbanded in the early 1980s has recorded extensively as a solo artist with well over a dozen albums to his name. Best known for his 1994 The Mystery Of Love Is Greater Than The Mystery Of Death album ~ Leven passed away in 2011
 
June 18, 1944 ~ Sandra Lou Posey, singer, commonly known as Sandy Posey, born in Jasper, Alabama, USA ~ Working as a receptionist at a recording studio, Posey regularly sang back-up including on sessions for Joe Tex, Bobby Goldsboro, Tommy Roe, Elvis Presley, and on Percy Sledge's When A Man Loves A Woman. Posey's first hit came in 1966 with Born A Woman, a Martha Sharpe-composition produced by Chips Moman
 
June 18, 1943 ~ Soprano Eva Marton born in Budapest, Hungary ~ Associated with the Frankfurt Opera, the Vienna State Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and others. Especially acclaimed for her roles in operas composed by Giacomo Puccini and Richard Wagner
 
June 18, 1942 ~ Bassist Carl Radle, full name Carl Dean Radle, born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA ~ In-demand touring and session bassist, mostly associated with a number of influential 1960s, 1970s artists notably Delaney & Bonnie and Eric Clapton, present on over half a dozen of the latter's albums including 461 Ocean Boulevard, Slowhand and on Clapton's Derek & the Dominos' Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs. Backed Joe Cocker on the 1970 Mad Dogs & Englishmen tour. Played George Harrison's 1971 Concert For Bangladesh charity concert, released as a double LP the next year. Has also worked with Rita Coolidge, Kris Kristofferson, Dave Mason, JJ Cale, Leon Russell, and others ~ Radle passed away in 1980
June 18, 1942 ~ Singer, bassist, songwriter Paul McCartney born in Liverpool, UK ~ Member of the Quarrymen, which would evolve into the Beatles. The band would be considered one of the most influential and successful in pop history. McCartney co-wrote the majority of the band's material with John Lennon. Specific McCartney compositions such as And I Love Her, Yesterday, Eleanor Rigby and Blackbird rank among the most covered songs in history. McCartney recorded as a solo artist since the band's disbandement, leading the Wings throughout most of the 1970s. Though hugely commercially successful he would be less critically acclaimed than other Beatles. Well-known post-Beatles hits include Uncle Albert, My Love, Band On The Run, Listen To What The Man Said, Silly Love Songs, With A Little Luck, Coming Up, Ebony And Ivory with Stevie Wonder, and Say Say Say with Michael Jackson
 
June 18, 1941 ~ Saxophonist, flautist Jim Pepper, full name Jim Gilbert Pepper II, born in Salem, Oregon, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Rose to fame in the late 1960s as member of the Free Spirits, a pioneering jazz-rock outfit that also included Larry Coryell and Bob Moses. Pepper would go on to merge jazz and Native American influences. Has collaborated with Don Cherry, Nana Vasconcelos, Collin Walcott, Kenner Erner, John Scofield, Ed Schuller, Hamid Drake, the Liberation Music Orchestra, Paul Motian, Marty Cook, Mal Waldron, David Friesen, Tony Hymas, Amina Claudine Myers, and others ~ Pepper passed away in 1992
 
June 18, 1940 ~ Raelene Claire Claussen, commonly known as jazz, easy listening singer Sue Raney, born in McPherson, Kansas, USA ~ Child prodigy. Performed professionaly before she was a teenager. Sang with Jack Carson's radio show at age 14. Debuted with the Nelson Riddle-produced When Your Lover Has Gone at age 17
 
June 18, 1938 ~ Violinist, guitarist Don Sugarcane Harris, full name Don Francis Bowman Harris, born in Pasadena, California, USA ~ Considered a pioneer of the electric violin. Given the stagename “Sugarcane” by Johnny Otis for being a ladies man. Started in the doo-wop group the Squires, which also included pianist Dewey Terry. Would form the duo Don & Dewey with Terry. After the duo disbanded Harris would switch to electric violin. Would go on to work with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers and Frank Zappa, notably on the Hot Rats album. Has also worked with John Lee Hooker, Little Richard, Harvey Mandel, Tupelo Chain Sex, Billy Bang, the Pure Food & Drug Act, Freddie Roulette, and others ~ Harris passed away in 1999
June 18, 1938 ~ Maria Bethânia Viana Teles Veloso, commonly known as singer, songwriter Maria Bethânia, born in Santa Amaro, Brazil ~ Sister of singer Caetano Veloso. Over 4 dozen albums to her name starting in the mid-1960s. Broke through with the 1965 single Carcará. Has collaborated with Tom Zé, Gilberto Gil, Doces Bárbaros, Dorival Caymmi, João Gilberto, and others
 
June 18, 1934 ~ Pianist, organist, keyboardist, singer Gladstone Anderson born in Jones Town, Jamaica ~ Helped define the ska sound and rocksteady beat. Said to have coined the term “rock steady.” In-demand session musician from the 1950s onwards, working with producers such as Duke Reid, Coxsone Dodd and Leslie Kong. Appeared on key recordings including Take It Easy (Hopeton Lewis), Hold Them (Roy Shirley), and Girl I've Got A Date (Alton Ellis). Leader of Gladdy's All-Stars, which also included Jackie Jackson, Winston Grennan, Hux Brown and Winston Wright and best known for their 1969 instrumental hit The Liquidator. The All-Stars have also been known under a variety of pseudonyms including the Aggrovators, Rupies All-Stars, the Crystallites and the Upsetters. As a solo artist perhaps best known for his 1972 It May Sound Silly, considered a landmark album in Jamaican music ~ Anderson passed away in 2015
 
June 18, 1933 ~ Colin James Brumby, commonly known as composer, conductor Colin Brumby born in Melbourne, Australia ~ Closely associated with the Queensland Opera Company, serving as its musical director from 1968 through 1971 and touring with the company performing a number of children's operettas penned by Brumby, including The Wise Shoemaker and The Prince Who Couldn't Laugh. Also remembered for penning ballets, sonates, orchestral, choral and chamber works, notably Fibonacci Variations and A Ballade For St Cecilia ~ Brumby passed away in 2018
 
June 18, 1929 ~ Conductor Jörg Faerber born in Stuttgart, Germany ~ Founded the Wurttemberg Chamber Orchestra Hellbronn in 1960 and served as its leader and director for over 4 decades. The orchestra is internationally known for their recordings featuring soloists such as Maurice André, Alfred Brendel, Gidon Kremer and Anne-Sophie Mutter ~ Faerber passed away in 2022
 
June 18, 1925 ~ Orchestra leader, pianist Johnny Pearson, full name John Valmore Pearson, born in Plaistow, UK ~ Best known as orchestra leader for the BBC show Top Of The Pops for 16 years starting in 1966 ~ Pearson passed way in 2011
 
June 18, 1924 ~ Mathieu Huberts Wijnandts Schwarts, commonly known as jazz accordionist Mat Mathews, born in The Hague, the Netherlands ~ Inspired to play jazz after hearing Joe Mooney on the radio. Over half a dozen albums to his name as a leader. In-demand sideman and co-leader, working with the likes of Herbie Mann, Kenny Clarke, Art Farmer, Percy Heath, Carmen McRae, Oscar Pettiford, Joe Puma, Milt Jackson, Julius Watkins, the New York Jazz Ensemble, and others ~ Schwarts passed away in 2009
June 18, 1924 ~ Elmer H Rutherford, commonly known as jazz saxophonist, clarinetist Rudy Rutherford, born in Huachuca, Arizona, USA ~ Worked with Lionel Hampton, Count Basie, Teddy Buckner, Wilbur de Paris, Chuck Berry, Buddy Tate, Earl Hines, Illinois Jacquet, Dickey Wells, and others ~ Rutherford passed away in 1995
 
June 18, 1923 ~ Violinist Herman Krebbers, full name Herman Albertus Krebbers, born in Hengelo, the Netherlands ~ Married to pianist Ans Torlau, with whom he also worked. Closely associated with Theo Olof, the Residentie Orchestra and the Concertgebouw Orchestra ~ Krebbers passed away in 2018
 
June 18, 1922 ~ Pianist, composer Claude Helffer born in Paris, France ~ Member of the French Resistance during World War II. Revered classical, contemporary classical pianist. Premiered works by Iannis Xenakis, André Boucourechliev, Betsy Jolas, and Luis de Pablo. Also noted for his renditions of Arnold Schoenberg, Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, Pierre Boulez, Alban Berg, and Jean Barraqué ~ Helffer passed away in 2004
 
June 18, 1919 ~ Jazz pianist, vibraphonist, arranger, conductor, composer Thore Swanerud born in Stockholm, Sweden ~ Sideman and leader. Starting in the 1940s, played with Simon Brehm, Miff Gorling, Stan Hasselgard, Ernestine Anderson, James Moody ~ Swanerud passed away in 1988
 
June 18, 1916 ~ Violist David Schwartz born in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Principal violist with the Cleveland Orchestra by age 23. Best known for his recordings with the Yale Quartet and the Paganini Quartet. Present on the soundtracks of The Godfather, Jaws, ET, Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, Raiders Of The Lost Ark. Has alo worked with the Detroit Symphony, the NBC Symphony Orchestra, John Williams, Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, the Supremes, Sérgio Mendes, Lionel Richie, John Hiatt, and others ~ Schwartz passed away in 2013
June 18, 1916 ~ Composer, conductor, organist Roman Toi born in Koo Parish, Estonia ~ Composed over 80 choral works, many now part of the standard Estonian choral repertoire. Has also written a limited number of cantatas and symphonies ~ Toi passed away in 2018
 
June 18, 1913 ~ Samuel Cohen, commonly known as lyricist, pianist, violinist, songwriter Sammy Cahn, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Mostly a lyricist, frequently partnered up with composers such as Saul Chaplin, Jimmy van Heusen and Jule Styne, co-wrote numerous hits including Let It Snow Let It Snow Let It Snow (Vaughn Monroe), Three Coins In The Fountain (Dinah Shore), Ain't That A Kick In The Head, Day By Day, Saturday Night Is The Loneliest Night Of The Week and Love & Marriage (Frank Sinatra), Because You're Mine (Mario Lanza), It's Magic and It's A Great Feeling (Doris Day), I Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry (Kitty Kallen) and Teach Me Tonight (Dinah Washington) ~ Cohen passed away in 1993
 
June 18, 1910 ~ Jazz drummer, singer, bandleader Ray McKinley born in Fort Worth, Texas, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Vocalist and co-writer on Beat Me Daddy Eight To The Bar, a 1940 hit recorded with Will Bradley's orchestra. As a leader known for first recording You Came A Long Way (From St Louis) in 1948, later covered by numerous artists including Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee, Perry Como, and others. Has also worked with the Dorsey Brothers, Smith Ballew, Jerry Gray, Sam Butera, Freddie Slack, and others ~ McKinley passed away in 1995
 
June 18, 1906 ~ Drummer Ray Bauduc born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Son of cornetist Jules Bauduc. Best known for his association with Bob Crosby and as a member of the Bobcats, the latter consisting of a subset of Crosby's orchestra. Co-wrote Big Noise From Winnetka, first recorded by the Bobcats it would become a jazz standard recorded by Gene Krupa, Jack Teagarden, Kenny Ball, Cozy Cole, Chico Hamilton, Bette Midler, and others. Bauduc has also worked with the Riverboat Five, Johnny Bayersdorffer, Joe Venuti, the Original Memphis Five, and others ~ Bauduc passed away in 1988
 
June 18, 1905 ~ Tango composer, violinist Elvino Vardaro born in Buenos Aires, Argentina ~ Worked with Juan Maglio, Paquito Bernardo, Roberto Firpo, Octavio Scaglione, Pedro Maffia, Julio de Caro, Osvaldo Pugliese, Anibal Troilo, Adolfo Perez, Osvaldo Fresedo, Fulvio Salamanca, Astor Piazzolla, Carlos di Sarli, and others ~ Vardaro passed away in 1971
June 18, 1905 ~ James Kern Kyser, commonly known as big band, swing, jazz bandleader, singer Kay Kyser, born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, USA ~ Enjoyed popularity during the 1930 and 1940s as a big band bandleader and radio, TV, film personality including on his own NBC radio show Kay Kyser's Kollege Of Musical Knowledge which ran from 1939 through 1949. Known for songs such as Strip Polka, Three Little Fishes and It's All Up To You. Kyser and his band also featured in several films, usually as themselves, starting with 1949 That's Right You're Wrong. Kyser employed sidemen such as Harry Babbitt, Ish Kabibble, Ginny Simms, and singer Georgia Carroll whom Kyser would marry in 1945 ~ Kyser passed away in 1985
 
June 18, 1903 ~ Singer, actress Jeanette Macdonald born in Houston, Texas, USA ~ Best known for a number of 1930s musical films starring alongside Maurice Chevalier. Recorded extensively. Credited with introducing opera to film-going audiences ~ MacDonald passed away in 1965
 
June 18, 1884 ~ Sara Dunn, commonly known as blues singer Sara Martin, born in Louisville, Kentucky, USA ~ Possibly the first to record the blues classic T'Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do in 1922. Worked with Fats Waller, Clarence Williams, King Oliver, Sylvester Weaver, and others ~ Dunn passed away in 1955