This Day In Music: June 2
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June 2, 2022 ~ Country singer, songwriter Hal Bynum, full name Harold L Bynum, passed away ~ Revered singer, songwriter, admired by peers. Over an estimated 200 songs to his name, including his best-known Lucille, co-written with Roger Bowling. The song would become an international hit for Kenny Rogers in 1977 topping the Billboard Country charts and reaching top 10 on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100. It would also become Rogers' first UK charttopper and over time be covered by over 80 artists. Other songs written or co-written by Bynum would be recorded by George Jones (The Old Old House), Ray Price (You Can't Take It With You), Jim Reeves (Nobody's Fool), Johnny Cash (Papa Was A Good Man), Jeanne Pruett (I've Been So Wrong For So Long), Diahann Carroll (Easy To Love), and Patty Loveless (Chains), to name just a few ~ Bynum was born in 1934
June 2, 2022 ~ Conductor Kai Bumann passed away ~ Became chief conductor of the Opera Krakowska in 1997. Guest conductor with the Deutsche Oper Berlin the following year. Perhaps best known as musical director of the Warsaw Chamber Opera from 2003 through 2013 and chief conductor of the Polish Baltic Philharmonic from 2008 through 2012. Has also worked with the Lodz Philharmonic and served as professor of conducting at the Musikakademie Danzig ~ Bumann was born ca.1961
June 2, 2018 ~ Classical pianist Monte Hill Davis passed away ~ Known for her associations with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Dallas Pops Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops Orchestra, and others ~ Davis was born in 1932
June 2, 2018 ~ Bassist Wayne Secrest passed away ~ Member of country, outlaw country, country rock outfit Confederate Railroad from its inception in 1987 until retiring from the band in 2017 for health reasons. They are best known for songs such as Jesus And Mama, The Queen Of Memphis and Daddy Never Was The Cadillac Kind ~ Secrest was born in 1950
June 2, 2016 ~ Singer, bassist, actor Freddie Wadling passed away in Vastra Frolunda, Sweden ~ Worked with Liket Lever, Cortex, Straitjacket, Lester Nun, Fleshquartet, the Kingdom Of Evol, Blue For Two, and others. Recorded as a solo artist from the late-1980s forward ~ Wadling was born in 1951
June 2, 2016 ~ Jazz guitarist Hansche Weiss passed away ~ Guitarist in the tradition of Django Reinhardt. Member of the Schnucknack Reinhardt Quintet from 1969 through 1972. Fronted the Hansche Weiss Quintet, backed by Titi Winterstein, Holzmanno Winterstein, Ziroli WInterstein, and Hojok Merstein. Weiss has also worked with Trilok Gurtu, Vali Meyer, Mickey Bamberger, and others ~ Weiss was born ca.1951
June 2, 2012 ~ Singer Leanne Mitchell wins The Voice UK ~ Mitchell wins the 1st season of talent show The Voice UK aired on BBC One. The other finalists were Bo Bruce, Tyler James, and Vince Kidd
June 2, 2011 ~ Bandleader, pianist, songwriter Ray Bryant, full name Raphael Homer Bryant, passed away in Queens, New York, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Fronted the Ray Bryant Combo which at times included Tommy Bryant, Jimmie Rowser, Walter Perkins, Mickey Roker and Grady Tate. Worked with Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Sonny Stitt, Sonny Rollins, Art Taylor, Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Jo Jones, Ella Fitzgerald, Betty Carter, Wendell Marshall, Philly Joe Jones, Jerome Richardson, Wyatt Ruther, Kenny Clarke, Osie Johnson, Ike Isaacs, Oliver Jackson, Eddie Locke, Harry Sweets Edison, Ray Barretto, Ben Riley, Art Farmer, Snooky Young, Chuck Rainey, King Curtis, Pepper Adams, George Duvivier, Rufus Reid, Freddie Waits, Winard Harper, Max Roach, Carmen McRae, Clifford Jordan, Coleman Hawkins, Aaron Bell, Tiny Grimes, Hank Mobley, Curtis Fuller, Melba Liston, Jerry Valentine, Benny Carter, Arnett Cobb, Buddy Tate, and others ~ Bryant was born in 1931
June 2, 2008 ~ Ellas Otha Bates, commonly known as guitarist, singer, songwriter Bo Diddley passed away in Archer, Florida, USA ~ Pivotal figure in development of rock & roll and just about everything after. Defined both the beat, the hearbeat of rock, and the guitar riffs. Influenced by Louis Jordan, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters. Hugely influential himself on Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and especially Stones guitarist Keith Richards, the Animals, the Clash, and numerous others. Best known for recordings such as I'm A Man, Bo Diddley, Say Man, You Can't Judge A Book By The Cover, Who Do You Love, and others ~ Diddley was born in 1928
June 2, 2006 ~ Keyboardist, singer Vince Welnick, full name Vincent Leo Welnick, passed away in Sonoma County, California, USA ~ Co-founding member of the Tubes, perhaps best known for Talk To Ya Later of their 1981 The Completion Backward Principle album. Left the band in the late 1980s to team up with Todd Rundgren and subsequently join the Grateful Dead. Has also worked with Zero, Dick Dale, Merl Saunders, Missing Man Formation, and others ~ Welnick was born in 1951
June 2, 2005 ~ Composer, arranger, producer Larry Fallon, full name Lawrence James Freaso, passed away in Hoboken, New Jersey, USA ~ To pop and rock audiences best known for arranging on albums such as Van Morrison's Astral Weeks, Nico's Chelsea Girl, Jimmy Cliff's Wonderful World, the Rolling Stones' Let It Bleed, and Looking Glass' Looking Glass ~ Freaso was born in 1936
June 2, 2002 ~ Rockabilly singer, songwriter Boyd Bennett, full name Boyd Byron Bennett, passed away in Saratosa, Florida, USA ~ Best known for the 1950s singles Seventeen and My Boy Flat Top ~ Bennett was born in 1924
June 2, 2001 ~ The 32nd edition of Pinkpop takes place in Landgraaf, the Netherlands ~ Day 1 of 3. A chilly but mostly dry weekend, except for rain today, this year's edition would draw a total of 64,200 visitors. Included on today's, Saturday the 2nd's bill would be Dreadlock Pussy, Spearhead, Krezip, the Queens Of The Stone Age, and Within Temptation
June 2, 1999 ~ Jazz bassist Andy Simpkins passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Member of the Three Sounds from 1956 through 1968. Also worked with George Shearing, Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae, Anita O'Day, Gerald Wiggins, Monty Alexander, Buddy DeFranco, Don Menza, Stéphane Grappelli, Pat Boone, and others ~ Simpkins was born in 1932
June 2, 1999 ~ Franklin Delano Alexander Braithwaite, commonly known as reeggae guitarist, singer Junior Braithwaite passed away in Kingston, Jamaica ~ Best known as member of Bob Marley's famed band the Wailers through 1964. Sang lead on early Wailers tracks such as Habits, Straight And Narrow Way, Don't Ever Leave Me Alone and It Hurts To Be Alone ~ Braithwaite was born in 1949
June 2, 1998 ~ Country singer, accordionist, autoharpist, guitarist, pianist, mandolinist Helen Carter, full name Helen Myrl Carter, passed away in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ~ Member of pioneering all-female country grouip the Carter Sisters alongside matriarch Mother Maybelle Carter and younger sisters June Carter and Anita Carter ~ Carter was born in 1927
June 2, 1997 ~ Adolphus Anthony Cheatham, commonly known as swing, dixieland, big band trumpeter, bandleader Doc Cheatham, passed away in Washington DC, USA ~ Influenced by Henry Busse, Johnny Dunn, Louis Armstrong. Worked with Ma Rainey, Bobby Lee, Wilbur de Paris, Marion Handy, mcKinney's Cotton Pickers, Benny Carter, Teddy Wilson, Fletcher Henderson, Claude Hopkins, Pérez Prado, Marcelino Guerra, Ricardo Ray, Machito, Benny Goodman, and others ~ Cheatham was born in 1905
June 2, 1990 ~ Hard bop, bebop pianist Walter Davis Jr passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Babs Gonzales, Max Roach, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Donald Byrd, Art Blakey, Sonny Rollins, Kenny Clarke, Sonny Criss, Jackie McLean, Pierre Michelot, Archie Shepp, Nick Brignola, Slide Hampton, Etta Jones, Charlie Rouse, Art Taylor, Hank Mobley, Philly Joe Jones, and others ~ Davis was born in 1932
June 2, 1987 ~ Guitarist, composer Andrés Segovia passed away in Madrid, Spain ~ Leading classical guitarist known for his expressiver wide palette of tone. Premiered works by contemporary composers such as Federico Moreno Torroba, Joaquín Rodrigo, Federico Mompou, Manuel Ponce, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Heitor Villa-Lobos, often specifically written for Segovia himself, as well as adaptations of works written originally for instruments other than guitar by classical composers such as Johann Sebastian Bach, Isaac Albéniz and Enrique Granados ~ Segovia was born in 1893
June 2, 1987 ~ Teen pop idol, singer Darin born in Stockholm, Sweden ~ Runner up of 2004's edition of Swedish Idol
June 2, 1986 ~ Zsuzsanna Eva Ward, commonly known as singer, guitarist, pianist, songwriter ZZ Ward, born in Abington, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Released her full-length Til The Casket Drops debut album in 2012, spawning the singles Put The Gun Down, 365 Days and Last Love Song. Has collaborated with Blended Babes, Asher Roth, Lindsey Stirling, Robben Ford, and others
June 2, 1981 ~ Nyle Kalin Parrish, commonly known as rapper Clyde Carson, born ~ Founding member of West Coast hip-hoppers the Team, which also featured Mayne Mannish and Kaz Kyzah, known for the 2005 singles Just Go and Bottles Up
June 2, 1980 ~ Indie rock, garage rock drummer Fabrizio Moretti born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ~ Co-founding member of the Strokes, known for songs such as Last Nite, 12:51, Juicebox and Under Cover Of Darkness
June 2, 1975 ~ Jazz guitarist Gisle Corvik born in Torvikbygd, Norway ~ Worked with Sigmund Groven, Petter Wettre, Frode Berg, Endre Christiansen, Torstein Lofthus, Hilde Norbakken, Eddie Gomez, Bendik Hofseth, Dean Johnson, Øystein Sevåg, Tony Moreno, Karl Seglem, the Eple Trio, Andreas Uivo, Sigurd Hole, Jonas Howden Sjøvaag, and others
June 2, 1974 ~ Donnie Shaquan Lewis, commonly known as rapper Skillz, born in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Acclaimed for his 1996 From Where album. Also known as creator of the web series Hip-hop Confessions, where guests reveal something hip-hop related they have never told anyone. The show has featured guests such as Q-Tip and DJ Jazzy Jeff
June 2, 1970 ~ Jazz, jazz fusion bassist Matt Garrison, full name Matthew Justin Garrion, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Son of Jimmy Garrison. Worked with Gary Burton, Rashied Ali, Ravi Coltrane, Gil Evans, Steve Coleman, Vernon Reid, Chaka Khan, Whitney Houston, Joni Mitchell, Joe Zawinul, the Zawinul Syndicate, John McLaughlin, John Scofield, Mike Stern, Wayne Krantz, Rashied Ali, Terri Lyne Carrington, Dennis Chambers, Chico Hamilton, Herbie Hancock, Rita Marcotulli, Andy Milne, Bob Moses, Meshell Ndegeocello, Revolution Void, the World Saxophone Quartet, and others
June 2, 1969 ~ Jazz double-bassist Albert Stinson passed away ~ Worked with Terry Gibbs, Frank Rosolino, Chico Hamilton, Charles Lloyd, Larry Coryell, John Handy (New View), Miles Davis, Bobby Hutcherson (Oblique), Gerald Wilson, Clare Fischer (Surging Ahead), Joe Pass and others ~ Stinson was born in 1944
June 2, 1969 ~ Choral, orchestral conductor Reginald Jacques, full name Thomas Reginald Jacques, passed away ~ Conducted the Oxford Harmonic Society from 1923 to 1930. Conducted the Bach Choir from 1932 to 1960. Also known for founding the Jacques Orchestra ~ Jacques was born in 1894
June 2, 1968 ~ Rock, pop, power pop guitarist, singer, songwriter Jason Falkner born in Agour Hills, California, USA ~ Cites XTC, Elvis Costello and the Beatles as influences. Present on the Three O'Clock's 1988 Vermillion album. Present on Jellyfish's 1990 Bellybutton debut album. Has recorded as a solo artist starting with Author Unknown released in 1996. Also worked with Fabulon, the Grays, Beck, Noel Gallagher, and others
June 2, 1968 ~ Pop singer, songwriter Merril Bainbridge born in Melbourne, Australia ~ Best known for Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit Mouth, taken of her 1995 The Garden debut album. Other notable credits include the lead single Lonely of her 1998 sophomore and final album Between The Days. Bainbridges's sophomore album also contained I Got U Babe featuring a small contribution from Shaggy. The Sonny & Cher cover was also used in the 1997 Welcome To Woop Woop comedy film. Bainbridge retired from music by the early 2000s
June 2, 1968 ~ Singer, bassist, songwriter, actor Rob Zabrecky born in Burbank, California, USA ~ Fronted alternative rock band Possum Dixon, becoming an important figure in the indie music community by the early 1990s. Has collaborated with Beck, Earle Mankey, Tom Rothrock, Pleasant Gehman, Carla Bozulich, Tim O'Heir, and others
June 2, 1967 ~ Clarence Earl McCurry, commonly known as folk banjoist, guitarist Clarence Ashley, passed away in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA ~ Actively recording in the 1920s and 1930s, notably with the Carolina Tar Heels. Rediscovered during the late 1950s, early 1960s folk revival. Influenced Roy Acuff, Jerry Garcia, Joan Baez, Judy Collins and Jean Ritchie. Best known for the 1961 Old Time Music At Clarence Ashley's album which also featured Doc Watson, Clint Howard, Fred Price, Gaither Carlton and Tommy Moore. Also known for his 1933 recording of The House Of The Rising Sun, reportedly the first recorded version of the song ~ McCurry was born in 1895
June 2, 1964 ~ Pop singer Bobby Vinton records Clinging Vine ~ Written by Earl Shuman, Leon Carr and Gary Lane. Produced by Bob Morgan. Vinton's single, paired with Imagination Is A Magic Dream on the flipside, would reach top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts
June 2, 1963 ~ Actor, baritone singer Norm Lewis born in Tallahassee, Florida, USA ~ Best known for roles in Broadway versions of Porgy & Bess and The Phantom Of The Opera
June 2, 1962 ~ Jazz singer, pianist Ian Shaw born in St Asaph, UK ~ Actively recording since the early 1990s. In-demand duet partner of singer such as Claire Martin, Linda Lewis, Liane Carroll, Sarah Jane Morris. Has also collaborated with Cedar Walton, Lew Soloff, Eric Alexander, Billy Childs, Peter Washington, Mark Murphy, Carol Grimes, and others
June 2, 1961 ~ Electric blues singer, guitarist, songwriter Johnnie Marshall, full name Johnnie B Marshall Jr, born in Whigham, Georgia, USA ~ Discovered by soul-blues singer Johnny Rawls. Debuted with the album Live For Today in 1998. Known for songs such as Found Another Woman and 98 Cents In The Bank
June 2, 1960 ~ Singer Tony Hadley born in Islington, UK ~ Rose to fame as lead singer of 1980s band Spandau Ballet, initially a new wave, punk pop band but best known for their New Romantic pop ballads scoring UK top 10 hits such as True, Gold and Only When You Leave. After the band disbanded in 1990 Hadley released a number of solo albums, starting with 1992's The State Of Play, but would be unable to reach the same level of chart succes
June 2, 1958 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Hans de Booij born in the Netherlands ~ Member of cabaret group Circus Stupido. Best known as a solo artist, especially for Annabel, a top 20 hit in the Netherlands in 1983. Other notable recordings include Een Vrouw Zoals Jij and Thuis Ben
June 2, 1957 ~ Latin jazz, Afro-Cuban jazz drummer, percusionist, composer, producer Bobby Sanabria born in South Bronx, New York, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Had Latin jazz stars Tito Puente and Paquito d'Rivera guest on his 1993 New York City Ache debut album. Has also collaborated with Mongo Santamaria, Yomo Toro, Carola Grey, Spider Saloff, Jorge Sylvester, Ray Barretto, Sekou Sundiata, Donata Poveda, and others
June 2, 1957 ~ Electronic music composer Mark Shreeve born ~ Well over a dozen albums to his name, starting with Embryo released in 1980. Has also composed for film and formed the 1990s group Redshift, which also included his brother Julian Shreeve. To pop audiences best known for co-writing Touch Me (I Want Your Body), a mid-1980s top 10 hit for Samantha Fox on both sides of the Atlantic ~ Shreeve passed away in 2022
June 2, 1953 ~ Jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, flautist, composer, arranger Vidar Johansen born in Oslo, Norway ~ One of Norway's most admired saxophonists to emerge in the 1970s. Worked with Jon Eberson, Jon Balke, Erik Balke, Espen Rud, Anne Marie Giørtz, Søyr, Eivind Sarset, Lars Martin Myhre, and others
June 2, 1949 ~ Ronnie Jones, commonly known as country singer Anthony Armstrong Jones, born in Ada, Oklahoma, USA ~ 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 passed away in 1996
June 2, 1944 ~ Singer Antone Tavares ~ Member of sibling R&B, disco outfit Tavares, known best for She's Gone, It Only Takes A Minute, Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel, Don't Take Away The Music and More Than A Woman, the latter notably featured on 1977 Saturday Night Fever soundtrack
June 2, 1942 ~ Roland Bernard Berigan, commonly known as swing, jazz trumpeter, bandleader Bunny Berigan passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Best known for songs such as Chicken And Waffles, Blues and I Can't Get Started. Has worked with Hal Kemp, Rudy Vallee, Tommy Dorsey, Abe Lyman, Paul Whiteman, Benny Goodman, Fred Rich, Freddy Martin, Ben Selvin, Bing Crosby, Mildred Bailey, Billie Holiday, Buddy Rich, Dave Tough, George Wettling, Johnny Blowers, Jack Sperling, Gus Bivona, Andy Fitzgerald, Ruth Bradley, Kathleen Lane, Joe Bushkin, Hank Wayland, Morty Stulmaker, Carl Warwick, Les Elgart, Georgie Auld, Joe Lipman, and others ~ Berigan weas born in 1908
June 2, 1941 ~ Rock, jazz, blues drummer Charlie Watts, full name Charles Robert Watts, born in Bloomsbury, UK ~ Influenced by jazz musicians such as Max Roach, Chico Hamilton, Jelly Roll Morton, Charlie Parker. Best known as member of the Rolling Stones, joining the band in 1963 and appearing on all the band's albums until his death. In-demand collaborator and leader in a number of mostly jazz-focused side projects, notably Rocket 88, the ABCD Of Boogie-Woogie and Willie & the Poor Boys ~ Watts passed away in 2021
June 2, 1941 ~ Jazz, improvisational jazz pianist Irene Schweizer born in Schaffhausen, Switzerland ~ Member of the Feminist Improvising Group, alongside Lindsay Cooper, Maggie Nichols, Georgie Born, and Sally Potter. Has also collaborated with Pierre Favre, Louis Moholo, Andrew Cyrille, Günter Sommer, Han Bennink, Hamid Drake, John Tchicai, Evan Parker, Peter Kowald, Yusef Lateef, Rüdiger Carl, and others
June 2, 1940 ~ Jazz pianist, composer Karel Ruzicka born ~ Has collaborated with the likes of Karel Krautgartner, Ludek Hulan, Rudolf Dasek, George Mraz, Jiri Stivin, Laco Déczi, and others ~ Ruzicka passed away in 2016
June 2, 1939 ~ Funk, rock saxophonist, flutist Charles Miller born in Olathe, Kansas, USA ~ Co-founding member of War remaining with the band through 1979, replaced by Pat Rizzo. Notably present on the 1975 Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit Low Rider. Miller was stabbed to death in a street robbery, the case remains unresolved to this day ~ Miller passed away in 1980
June 2, 1937 ~ Jazz percussionist Pierre Favre born in Le Locle, Switzerland ~ Leader and sideman. Noted for his 1984 Singing Drums, teaming up with Paul Motian and Nana Vasconcelos. Has also collaborated with John Surman, Michel Godard, Mal Waldron, Michel Portal, the ARTE Quartett, Barre Phillips, Irene Schweizer, Manfred Schoof, Dino Saluzzi, the London Jazz Composers Orchestra, and others
June 2, 1936 ~ Doo-wop, R&B singer Otis Williams born in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA ~ Not to be confused with namesake Otis Williams, co-founding member of the Temptations. Member of the Charms, known best for their 1954 single Hearts Of Stone. Subsequent hits included Ling Ting Tong, Two Hearts, Ivory Tower and United, all of which reached top 10 Billboard R&B. Member of the Distants. Co-produced and arranged Hank Ballard's original version of The Twist
June 2, 1932 ~ Jazz saxophonist Akitoshi Igarashi born in Tokyo, Japan ~ Took up the saxophone at age 19 and was playing professionally within a year. Has worked with artists such as Shungo Sawada, Shotaro Moriyasu, the West-liners, Sharps & Flats, Blue Coats and with Shigenori Obara
June 2, 1932 ~ Samuel Black, commonly known as singer Sammy Turner born in Paterson, New Jersey, USA ~ Popular at the end of the 1950s. Best known for Always and Lavender Blue, the latter a Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit in 1959
June 2, 1931 ~ Jazz drummer Ronnie Bedford born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Benny Carter, Arnett Cobb, Chris Connor, Buddy DeFranco, Don Friedman, Hank Jones, Rod Levitt, Pee Wee Russell, Derek Smith, Chuck Wayne, and others ~ Bedford passed away in 2014
June 2, 1929 ~ Jazz pianist Gildo Mahones, full name Hermengildo Mahones, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Joe Morris, Milt Jackson, Lester Young, Les Jazz Modes, Charlie Rouse, Julius Watkins, Sonny Stitt, Benny Green, Lambert Hendricks & Ross, OC Smith, Lou Rawls, James Moody, Harold Land, Blue Mitchell, Leon Thomas, Jim Hall, Big Joe Turner, Lorez Alexandria, Benny Carter, Pony Poindexter, Booker Ervin, Jimmy Witherspoon, Kenny Burrell, Ted Curson, Bill Cosby, Willis Jackson, Frank Wess, and others ~ Mahones passed away in 2018
June 2, 1927 ~ Country singer, songwriter Carl Butler, full name Carl Robert Butler, born in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA ~ Recorded and performed as husband-wife duo Carl Butler & Pearl with Pearl Butler, known for country hits such as Too Late To Try Again, My Tears Don't Show and their biggest hit Don't Let Me Cross Over. Butler also wrote If Tear Drops Were Pennies, a hit for Carl Smith in 1951 and again for Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner in 1971. Also co-wrote Flatt & Scruggs' 1960 song Crying My Heart Out Over You with Flatt, Scruggs and Earl Sherry, also a country hit for Ricky Skaggs in 1982 ~ Butler passed away in 1992
June 2, 1926 ~ Blues pianist, composer Hershal Thomas passed away in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Despite dying of food poisoning at a mere 19 years of age, Thomas left a huge imprint nevertheless. Boogie-woogie pianists Albert Ammons and Meade Lux Lewis both cite Thomas as a major influence. His sister was Sippie Wallace and has recorded several of his compositions, including A Jealous Woman Like Me, A Man For Every Day Of The Week, I Feel Good, and Trouble Everywere I Roam. He recorded with King Oliver and Louis Armstrong ~ Thomas was born in 1906
June 2, 1921 ~ Jazz pianist Marty Napoleon born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Brother of pianist Teddy Napoleon. Worked with Louis Armstrong, Gene Krupa, his uncle Phil Napoleon, the Original Memphis Five, Kai Winding, Charlie Ventura, Rex Stewart, Allen Eager, Teddy Reig, Herbie Fields, Carl Barry, and others ~ Napoleon passed away in 2015
June 2, 1915 ~ Composer Robert Palmer, full name Robert Moffat Palmer, born in Syracuse, New York, USA ~ Composed over 90 works, including orchestral music, choral pieces, chamber music, and works for keyboard. Best known for String Quartet No.3 and the oratorio Nabuchodonosor ~ Palmer passed away in 2010
June 2, 1904 ~ Trumpeter, singer Valaida Snow born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA ~ Best known for her 1930s hit High Hat Trumpet & Rhythm. Nicknamed “Little Louis” after Louis Armstrong who called her the world's second best trumpet player beside himself ~ Snow passed away in 1956
June 2, 1887 ~ Lyricist, songwriter Howard Johnson born in Waterbury, Connecticut, USA ~ Remembered for co-penning songs such as Lindbergh The Eagle Of The USA (Vernon Dalhart, Ernest Hare, Harry Crane), What Do We Do On A Dew-Dewey Day (Charles Kaley, Nathaniel Shilkret, Ruth Etting), When The Moon Comes Over The Mountain (the Radiolites, Leo Reisman, Sam Lanin), Ice Cream I Scream You Scream We All Scream For Ice Cream (Harry Reser, Waring's Pennsylvanians, Chris Barber), and What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For (Sam Ash, Bob Howard, Betty Hutton) ~ Johnson passed away in 1941
June 2, 1857 ~ Composer Edward Elgar, full name Edward Wiliam Elgar, born in Lower Broadheath, UK ~ Best known for orchestral works such as The Enigma Variations, symphonies such as First Symphony, choral works including The Dream Of Gerontius, and various concertos ~ Elgar passed away in 1934