This Day In Music: June 21
June 20 ~ Birthdays/All ~ June 22
June 21, 2021 ~ Music director Ad van 't Veer passed away in Middelburg, the Netherlands ~ Co-founded the Xenakis Ensemble. Best known as music director and thriving force behind the Festival Nieuwe Muziek held in Middelburg, the Netherlands since the mid-1970s ~ Van 't Veer was born in 1941
June 21, 2021 ~ Percussionist, drummer Mamaday Keita passed away in Brussels, Belgium ~ Guinea-born master of the djembe. Appeared in the 1967 Africa Dance film alongside Harry Belafonte. Key member, lead soloist of the Djoliba National Ballet for nearly two decades, serving as artistic director from the late 1970s through the mid-1980s. Has taught internationally and published an impressive amount of instructional material for djembe players ~ Keita was born ca.1950
June 21, 2020 ~ Jean-Paul Verdier, commonly known as singer Joan Pau Verdier, passed away ~ One of the key figures in Nova cançon, a Occitan musical renewal wave during the 1970s, with well over a dozen albums to his name ~ Verdier was born in 1947
June 21, 2019 ~ Elliot Rabinowitz, commonly known as music manager, label executive Elliot Roberts, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Co-founded Asylum Records with David Geffen ~ Rabinowitz was born in 1943
June 21, 2016 ~ Helen Patricia Freiday, commonly known as singer Pat Friday, passed away in Fredericksburg, Texas, USA ~ Best known for her early 1940s work with Glenn Miller ~ Friday was born in 1921
June 21, 2016 ~ Singer, TV host Pierre Lalonde passed away in Hudson, Canada ~ Son popular 1940s singer Jean Lalonde. Pierre sings in both English and French starting in the early 1960s, has also recorded under the moniker Peter Martin and is known for a variety of TV shows including Le Jeunesse D'Aujourd'hui, The Peter Martin Show, Music Hop ~ Lalonde was born in 1941
June 21, 2016 ~ R&B, soul trumpeter Wayne Jackson, full name Wayne Lamar Jackson, passed away in Memphis, Tennessee, USA ~ Member of the Mar-keys, singing lead on the 1961 hit single Last Night. Studio musician for Stax/Volt, appearing on numerous records by Otis Redding, Carla Thomas, Sam & Dave. Formed the Memphis Horns with Andrew Love, the duo employed by artists such as Neil Diamond, Elvis Presley, Al Green, Dusty Springfield, the Doobie Brothers, the Robert Cray Band, and others ~ Jackson was born in 1941
June 21, 2015 ~ Conductor, hornist, flautist, composer Gunther Schuller, full name Gunther Alexander Schuller, passed away in Boston, Massachusetts, USA ~ Worked with the American Ballet Theatre, the Cincinnati Symphony, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, John Lewis, the Houston Grand Opera, Dizzy Gillespie, the Modern Jazz Quartet, Charles Mingus, Gerard Schwarz, Gigi Gryce, Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis, Johnny Mathis, Gerry Mulligan, Julius Watkins, and others ~ Schuller was born in 1925
June 21, 2010 ~ Thomas Bennett Sim White, commonly known as blues, beat singer, actor Tam White, passed away in Edinburgh, UK ~ Reportedly the first artist to actually sing live, instead of lip-sync, on Top Of The Pops, performing What In The World's Come Over You in 1975 ~ White was born in 1942
June 21, 2004 ~ Jazz, R&B clarinetist, saxophonist Clifford Solomon passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Active since the late 1940s Solomon has played with T-Bone Walker, Pee Wee Crayton, Roy Porter, Lionel Hampton, Floyd Ray, Art Farmer, Annie Ross, Gigi Gryce, Clifford Brown, Charles Brown, Roy Milton, Onzy Matthews, Ike & Tina Turner, Johnny Otis, Lou Rawls, Preston Love, Mel Brown, Maxine Weldon, Billy Brooks, Esther Phillips, John Mayall, and with Big Joe Turner ~ Solomon passed away in 1931
June 21, 2002 ~ Singer, pianist, bandleader Matt Dennis, full name Matthew Loveland Dennis, passed away in Riverside, California, USA ~ Active since the early 1930s. Served as pianist and singer in Horace Heidt's orchestra. Vocal coach, accompanist for Martha Tilton. Best known for his association with Tommy Dorsey, writing a number of early 1940s hits for Dorsey including Everything Happens To Me, Let's Get Away From It All, Will You Still Be Mine, and Violets For Your Furs ~ Dennis was born in 1914
June 21, 2001 ~ Guitarist, singer, songwriter John Lee Hooker passed away in Los Altos, California, USA ~ Hugely influential and iconic blues guitarist, singer managed to stay relevant throughout the decades and appeal to younger generations while staying rooted in traditional blues idioms particularly boogie-woogie, Delta blues and Hill country blues. Known for songs such as Boogie Chillen, Crawling King Snake, Dimples, Boom Boom, One Bourbon One Scotch One Beer, I'm In The Mood, The Healer, and others ~ Hooker was born in 1917
June 21, 2000 ~ Alan Vaness Chakmajian, commonly known as composer Alan Hovhaness, passed away ~ One of the most prolific composers of the 20th century, writing some 70 symphonies and over 400 opuses ~ Chakmajian was born in 1911
June 21, 1997 ~ Jazz, R&B singer Arthur Prysock passed away in Hamilton, Bermuda ~ First gained attention in the 1940s as lead vocalist with bandleader Buddy Johnson, singing lead on songs such as They All Say I'm The Biggest Fool, Jet My Love, I Wonder Where Our Love Has Gone and Because. Ventured out on his own in the early 1950s, over the years earning a reputation as an emotive balladeer recording both originals and covers. Known for R&B hits such as I Didn't Sleep A Wink Last Night, Good Rockin' Tonight, The Very Thought Of You and It's Too Late Baby It's Too Late. Recorded well into the 1980s ~ Prysock was born in 1924
June 21, 1993 ~ Jazz trumpeter Al Fairweather, full name Alastair Fairweather, passed away in Edinburgh, UK ~ Worked with Sandy Brown, Stan Greig, Cy Laurie, Acker Bilk, and others ~ Fairweather was born in 1927
June 21, 1990 ~ Cool jazz singer June Christy, passed away in Sherman Oaks, California, USA ~ Worked with Boyd Raeburn, Benny Strong, and Stan Kenton (including on How HIgh he Moon and Kenton's biggest-selling record Tampico). She is best known for het solo debut album Something Cool, initially released in 1954, recorded with Pete Rugolo and orchestra including her husband Bob Cooper and alto saxophonist Bud Shank. The album sparked the vocal cool movement of the 1950s and Christy later herself said it was “the only thing I've recorded that I'm not unhappy with.” ~ Christy was born in 1925
June 21, 1985 ~ Singer, songwriter Kris Allen born in Conway, Kansas, USA ~ Winner of American Idol in 2009
June 21, 1985 ~ Elizabeth Woolridge Grant, commonly known as barqoue pop, dream pop singer, songwriter Lana Del Rey born in Lake Placid, New York, USA ~ Debuted in 2010 with her eponymous Lana Del Rey debut album and has recorded consistently since, noted for her stylized, cinematic quality and exploration of themes of sadness, tragedy and melancholia. Well-known song include Young And Beautiful, Summertime Sadness with Cedric Gervais, West Coast, Don't Call Me Angel with Ariana Grande and Miley Cyrus
June 21, 1984 ~ Singer Webster Booth, full name Leslie Webster Booth, passed away in Penrhyn Bay, UK ~ Best known for his light operatic duets with his wife Anne Ziegler. The pair were dubbed “the Sweethearts in Song” and ranked among the most popular British acts of the 1940s ~ Booth was born in 1902
June 21, 1981 ~ Keyboardist, singer Brandon Flowers born in Henderson, Nevada, USA ~ Lead singer of rock band the Killers, known for the Billboard Hot 100 top 20 hits Mr Brightside and When You Were Young
June 21, 1981 ~ Demetrius Lee Stewart, commonly known as producer, rapper, songwriter Shawty Redd, born ~ Trap pioneer known for his horror-influenced melodies. Has worked with artists such as Gucci Mane, Drama, Yo Gotti, Young Jeezy, Lil' Jon, TI, Snoop Dogg, Pusha T, Tha Dogg Pound, Pastor Troy, Hurricane Chris, and others
June 21, 1979 ~ Drummer Angus Maclise passed away in Kathmandu, Nepal ~ Original drummer of the Velvet Underground, quitting the band before their first paid gig to be replaced by Moe Tucker ~ Maclise was born in 1938
June 21, 1974 ~ Indie pop singer Neely Jenkins, full name Neely Jo Jenkins, born in Omaha, Nebraska, USA ~ Best known as member of Tilly & the Wall. Also worked with Park Ave, Bright Eyes, Coyote Bones, and others
June 21, 1973 ~ Actress, singer Juliette Lewis, full name Juliette Lake Lewis, born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Best known as an actress active since the early 1990s. Fronted Juliette & the Licks, known for their 2005 You're Speaking My Language debut album
June 21, 1973 ~ Jazz trumpeter Mark Braud born ~ Leader and sideman. Has worked with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Harry Connick Jr, the Original Liberty Jazz Band, Henry Butler, Eddie Bo, Wynton Marsalis, Lars Edigren, and others
June 21, 1972 ~ Alt country, folk, rock, roots pop singer, songwriter Allison Moorer born in Mobile, Alabama, USA ~ Sister of Shelby Lynne. Released her Alabama Song debut album in 1998. its lead single, A Soft Place To Fall, would be used in the soundtrack of The Horse Whisperer and be nominated for an Academy Award. Has recorded to critical acclaim and a devoted fanbase since. Has collaborated with Kid Rock, Steve Earle, David Byrne, the Chieftains, Josh Turner, and others
June 21, 1970 ~ Jazz pianist, composer Eric Reed born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Wynton Marsalis, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Black Note, Lincoln Center, Robert Stewart, Irvin Mayfield, Cassandra Wilson, Mary Stalling, Clark Terry, Dianne Reeves, Elvin Jones, Ron Carter, Paula West, Benny Carter, Christian McBride, the Arkadia Jazz All-Stars, and others
June 21, 1970 ~ PEter I Phillips, commonly known as producer, DJ, rapper Pete Rock, born in the Bronx, New York, USA ~ Half of acclaimed duo Pete Rock & CL Smooth, the other half being CL Smooth, known for their 1991 EP All Souled Out and its full length follow-up 1992's Mecca & The Soul Brothers Album. Renowned producer, remixer, collaborator played a pivotal role from the 1990s forward merging jazz and hip-hop. Has worked with artists such as YG'z, Heavy D & the Boyz, Brand Nubian, EPMD, Public Enemy, Doug E Fresh, Redman, K Solo, House Of Pain, Run-DMC (incuding the pivotal 1993 song Down With The King), Naughty By Nature, Nas (The World Is Yours), AZ, Jamal, Rakim, Monica, Common, Lost Boyz, Slick Rick, Inspectah Deck, Phife Dawg, Busta Rhymes, Spinderella, Keith Murray, Mr Cheeks, Roc Marciano, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, Keyshia Cole, Talib Kweli, Skyzoo, Termanology, Method Man, Ras Kass, Cypress Hill, Kurupt, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Torae, NORE, Mack Wilds, Sadat X, the LOX, De La Soul, and numerous others
June 21, 1968 ~ George Spivey, commonly known as hip-hop DJ, producer DJ Scratch, born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ One third of pivotal early hip-hop trio EPMD alongside Erick Sermon and PMD, known for their 1988 acclaimed and highly influential Strictly Business debut album. Spivey would go on to become an in-demand producer, working with artists such as Das EFX, Busta Rhymes, Rampage, Method Man, Redman, Pharoahe Monch, Funkmaster Flex, LL Cool J, Guru (Jazzmatazz Vol.3 Streetsoul), the Roots, Talib Kweli, Snoop Dogg, Fabolous, Beanie Sigel, the Wu-Tang Clan, and others
June 21, 1968 ~ Singer Sonia Marina Clarke, commonly known as Sonique born in London, UK ~ First gained attention as member of S'Express, present on the band's 1991 Intercourse sophomore album. Rose to fame as a solo artist in the early 2000s, known for songs such as It Feels So Good, Sky, I Put A Spell On You and Can't Make Up My Mind
June 21, 1966 ~ Pianist, music director, politician Ivan Tasovic born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia ~ General manager of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra from 2001 through 2013. Minister of Culture and Information from 2013 to 2016. Elected to the the National Assembly of Serbia in the 2020 parliamentary elections ~ Tasovac passed away in 2021
June 21, 1964 ~ Jazz double-bassist Philippe Aerts born ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Ivan Paduart, Tony Levin, Bert Joris, Charles Loos, Diederik Wissels, Nathalie Loriers, Michel Herr, Jacques Pelzer, Steve Houben, Philip Catherine, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Richard Galliano, Gary Burton, and others
June 21, 1964 ~ Guitarist Porter Howell born in Longview, Texas, USA ~ Co-founding member, lead guitarist of country outfit Little Texas remaining with the band from 1988 through 1997 and rejoining in later years. The band is known for a number of 1990s country hits including You And Forever And Me, What Might Have Been, God Blessed Texas, Kick A Little, Amy's Back In Austin, Life Goes On and perhaps their best-known My Love, the latter topping the Billboard Country charts in 1994
June 21, 1961 ~ José-Manuel Thomas Arthur Chao, commonly known as worldbeat, ska singer, guitarist, bassist, keyboardist, songwriter Manu Chao, born in Paris, France ~ Rose to fame as co-founding member, frontman of Mano Negra, known for songs such as Pa Essez De Toi, Sidi H'Bibi and perhaps their best-known King Of Bongo. Released his Clandestino solo debut album in 1998
June 21, 1960 ~ Singer Connie Francis records Die Liebe Ist Ein Seltsames Spiel ~ German version of her USA hit Everybody's Somebody's Fool. Music by Jack Keller with German lyrics by Ralph Siegel. Produced by Arnold Maxin, Bobby Schmidt and Gerhard Mendelsohn. Released later the same year it would top the German charts and become the best-selling single in Germany of that year
June 21, 1959 ~ Country singer Kathy Mattea born in South Charleston, South Carolina, USA ~ Discovered by noted country producer Byron Hill. Started out as a songwriter and demo singer, signed to Mercury Records in 1983. Released her eponymous debut LP in 1984. Musicians who have guested on her albums include Béla Fleck, Don Williams, Tim O'Brien, Mark O'Connor, Charlie McCoy, Jerry Douglas, Ray Flacke, Trisha Yearwood, Emmylou Harris, Karla Bonoff, Hal Ketchum, Abe Laboriel Jr, Jim Keltner, Duke Levine, Kim Richey, Michael McDonald, Suzy Bogguss. Mattea is married to songwriter Jon Vezner. She is also known for her roles in AIDS activism
June 21, 1959 ~ Marcella Levy, commonly known as pop, rock, R&B, soul singer, guitarist, songwriter Marcella Detroit, born in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Co-wrote Eric Clapton's 1977 hit Lay Down Sally. Released her Marcella solo debut album in 1982. Formed Shakespears Sister with former Bananarama-singer Siobhan Fahey, known for their 1992 hit Stay which reached top 10 on both sides of the Atlantic
June 21, 1955 ~ Producer, festival organizer Louis Meyers born ~ Co-founder of South By Southwest festival ~ Meyers passed away in 2016
June 21, 1954 ~ Horace Swaby, commonly known as roots reggae, dub producer, pianist, keyboardist Augustus Pablo born in St Andrew, Jamaica ~ Popularised the use of the melodica in reggae. Best known for his 1976 King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown, a landmark album in dub music. Has worked with Mikey Chung, Clive Chin (Java), Lee Scratch Perry, Fred Locks, Dillinger, I-Roy, the Impact All-Stars, Paul Blackman, the Heptones, Bob Marley, Delroy Wilson, Junior Delgado, Horace Andy, and others. Also played to melodica on Primal Scream's 1997 Star single ~ Swaby passed away in 1999
June 21, 1950 ~ Jazz pianist, composer, arranger Dave Bass born in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA ~ Worked with Brenda Lee, Bobby McFerrin, Jackie Ryan, Babatunde Lea, Ad Infinitum, Ernie Watts, Gary Brown, Mary Stalling, Phil Woods, Ignacio Berroa, Conrad Herwig, Harvie S, Karrin Allyson, and others
June 21, 1950 ~ Joseph Michael Kramer, commonly known as rock drummer Joey Kramer, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Co-founding member of Aerosmith, known for songs such as Dream On, Walk This Way, Angel, Rag Doll, Love In An Elevator, Janie's Got A Gun, Cryin', I Don't Want To Miss A Thing and Jaded
June 21, 1950 ~ Pop singer John Paul Young born ~ Best known for Love Is In The Air, a hit in 1978
June 21, 1947 ~ Heavy metal, hard rock singer, keyboardist, guitarist Nicky Moore, full name Nicholas Charles Moore, born ~ Best known as a member of Samson, joining the band in 1982 replacing Bruce Dickinson and first appearing on the Before The Storm album. Member of Mammoth. Has also worked with Hackensack, the Tiger, Mister Big Stuff, From Behind, and others. Would gravitate towards a more bluesy sound with his own bands the Nicky Moore Band and especially Nicky Moore's Blues Corporation ~ Moore passed away in 2022
June 21, 1946 ~ Singer, songwriter Brenda Holloway born in Atascadero, California, USA ~ Known for a strong of late 1960s singles including Every Little Bit Hurts, When I'm Gone and perhaps her best-known You've Made Me So Very Happy. Holloway co-wrote the latter, which would later be notably covered by Blood Sweat & Tears. Disillusioned by the music industry she largely retired from music by the early 1970s
June 21, 1945 ~ Punk rock producer, music promoter, label executive Marc Zermati born in Algiers ~ Co-founded Skydog label. Organised tours for the Clash, Dr Feelgood, Eddie & the Hot Rods. Has produced artists such as Motörhead, Wayne Kramer, Bebe Buell, Iggy Pop, the Flamin' Groovies, Flambeurs, the CFM Band, 54 Nude Honeys, and others ~ Zermati passed away in 2020
June 21, 1945 ~ Bandleader, pianist Mike Jackson passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Accompanist on early jazz and blues recordings by Clara Smith, Alberta Hunter, Laura Smith, Thomas Morris, Perry Bradford, Buddy Christian, and others. Also remembered for writing or co-writing songs such as The Louisville Blues (WC Handy), Slender Tender & Tall (Jimmie Lunceford) and Hey Knock Me A Kiss (Louis Jordan) ~ Jackson was born in 1888
June 21, 1944 ~ Singer, songwriter Ray Davies, full name Raymond Douglas Davies, born in Muswell Hill, UK ~ Lead singer, main songwriter of quintessential British band the Kinks, known for songs such as You Really Got Me, All Day And All Of The Night, A Well Respected Man, Dedicated Follower Of Fashion, Sunny Afternoon, Waterloo Sunset, The Death Of A Clown and Lola
June 21, 1942 ~ Jazz trumpeter Ditlef Eckhoff born in Stokke, Norway ~ Worked with Einar Iversen, Kristian Bergheim, Arlid Wikstron, Egil Kapstad, Egil Johansen, Phil Woods, George Russell, Dizzy Gillespie, Red Mitchell, Kenny Drew, Dexter Gordon, Horace Parlan, Knut Riisnæs, Ole Jacob Hansen, Eivin Sannes, Kaj Hartvigsen, Eric Reed, Mats Eilertsen, Jan Erik Kongshaug, Sture Janson, Terje Rypdal, and others
June 21, 1941 ~ John Junla Jones Jr, commonly known as blues, soul blues singer, guitarist, songwriter Johnny Yard Dog Jones, born in Crawfordsville, Arkansas, USA ~ Influenced by Robert Johnson, T-Bone Walker, OV Wright, Johnnie Taylor, and the Spirit Of Memphis Quartet. Released his sole solo album, the critically acclaimed Ain't Gonna Wory, as late as 1996 at age 55 ~ Jones passed away in 2015
June 21, 1941 ~ R&B, gospel singer Mitty Collier, full name Mitty Lene Collier, born in Birmingham, Alabama, USA ~ Known for a string of early to mid-1960s singles, including I'm Your Part Time Love, No Faith No Love, Sharing You and perhaps her best-known I Had A Talk With My Man
June 21, 1939 ~ Maria Rosa Marco Poquet, commonly known as singer Salomé, born in Barcelona, Spain ~ Internationally best known for being joint winner at 1969 Eurovision Songfestival held in Madrid with Vivo Cantando. Allegations of foul play were made as dictator Franco wanted Spain to win. Four winners tied for the No.1 spot, the others being Lenny Kuhr with De Troubadour for the Netherlands, Frida Boccara with Un Jour Un Enfant for France and Lulu with Boom Bang-a-bang for the UK
June 21, 1938 ~ Songwriter, lyricist Don Black, full name Donald Blackstone, born in Hackney, London, UK ~ Best known for his association with Andrew Lloyd Webber and for co-writing the Bond themes Thunderball, Diamonds Are Forever and The Man With The Golden Gun with John Barry. Artists who have recorded songs co-written by Black include Charles Strouse, Matt Monro, Quincy Jones, Henry Mancini, Meat Loaf, Michael Jackson, Michael Jackson, AR Rahman, Marvin Hamlisch, and others
June 21, 1936 ~ Lyric tenor Charles Burles born in Marseille, France ~ Active since the late 1950s. Best known for his association with the Opera De Marseille, debuting as Almaviva in The Barber Of Seville in 1959. Has also worked with the Opera-Comique, the Paris Opera, and others. As a recording artist best known for a number of EMI opera and operetta recordings usually partnering with Maddy Mesplé ~ Burles passed away in 2021
June 21, 1936 ~ Francisco Angel Bastar, commonly known as percussionist, bandleader, songwriter Kako, born in Santurce, Puerto Rico ~ Considered one of the most important timbaleros. Debuted as a solo artist with the album Kako y Su Cumbo Vol 1 in 1961. Has worked with Arsenio Rodriguez, Tito Puente, Ismael Rivera, Willie Colón, Mon Rivera, the Alegre All-Stars, and others ~ Bastar passed away in 1994
June 21, 1934 ~ Songwriter Luigi Albertelli born in Tortona, Italy ~ First gained attention co-writing Zingara with Enrico Riccardi, a 1969 Italian No.1 hit for Bobby Solo. Others who have recorded his songs include Mina, Mia Martini, Caterina Caselli, Dik-Dik, and Fiordaliso ~ Albertelli passed away in 2021
June 21, 1932 ~ Boris Claudio Schifrin, commonly known as pianist, conductor, composer, arranger Lalo Schifrin born in Buenos Aires, Argentina ~ Best known for his work for TV and film soundtracks, notably for Mission Impossible, Bullitt, Enter The Dragon, and the Dirty Harry series of films. Has also worked with Cannonball Adderley, Maurice André, Count Basie, Louie Bellson, Luiz Bonfá, Candido Camero, the Three Tenors, Stan Getz, Eddie Harris, Al Hirt, Astor Piazzolla, Sarah Vaughan, Cal Tjader, and extensively with Dizzy Gillespie
June 21, 1932 ~ R&B, soul singer OC Smith, full name Ocie Lee Smith, born in Mansfield, Louisiana, USA ~ Best known for his 1968 recording of Little Green Apples, which reached the Billboard Hot 100 top 10. Other well-known songs include The Son Of Hickory Holler's Tramp, Friend Lover Woman Wife, Daddy's Little Man and Baby I Need Your Loving ~ Smith passed away in 2001
June 21, 1931 ~ John Worsley, commonly known as singer, songwriter Les Vandyke, born in Battersea, UK ~ First gained attention as a songwriter in the late 1950s, penning the UK No.1 hits What Do You Want and Poor Me for Adam Faith. Would go on to become an in-demand songwriter especially successful throughout the 1960s. His songs have been recorded by the Raindrops, Marty Wilde, Al Saxon, Craig Douglas, John Barry, Bobby Vee, Eden Kane, the Viscounts, Jet Harris, Petula Clark, the Roulettes, Tommy Steele, Bobby Rydell, Chubby Checker, Freddie & the Dreamers, Maureen Evans, Herman's Hermits, Scott McKenzie, the Foundations, Shirley Bassey, Jackie Trent, Barbra Streisand, Jimmy Helms, and others ~ Worsley passed away in 2021
June 21, 1931 ~ Producer Sonia Pottinger, full name Sonia Eloise Pottinger, born in Leith Hall, Jamaica ~ First female Jamaican record producer, active from the mid-1960s through the mid-1980s. Worked with artists such as Joe Whie & Chuck, Roland Alphonse, the Ethiopians, Delano Stewart, the Melodians, Ken Boothe, Alton Ellis, Toots & the Maytals, Bob Andy, Marcia Griffiths, Culture, U-Roy, Big Youth, and others ~ Pottinger passed away in 2010
June 21, 1929 ~ Abdel Halim Ali Shabana, commonly known as singer, conductor, actor Abdel Halim Hafez, born in El Sharqia, Egypt ~ Considered one of the all-time greatest Egyptian singers dubbed “the Dark-Skinned Nightingale” with over 80 million records sold. Known for patriotic songs, some of his songs reaching the status of anthem during the 2011 Egyptian Revolution. Well-known songs include El Massih, Ahwak, Fatet Ganbena, Gabbar, Habibati Man Takoon and Aadah Al Nahar. In the Western world best known when two bars of his Khosara were used by Jay-Z in the 2000 hit Big Pimpin' featuring UGK ~ Shabana passed away in 1977
June 21, 1928 ~ Tenor saxophonist Clifford Scott, full name Clifford Donley Scott, born in San Antonio, Texas, USA ~ Learned drums, piano and violin before switching to clarinet in his teens. Actively performing since the 1940s. Leader and sideman. Has backed artists such as Amos Milburn, Jay McShann, Lionel Hampton, Roy Milton, Bill Doggett (notably on Honky Tonk), Sonny Thompson, Jimmy Witherspoon, Gerald Wilson, Onzy Matthews, Ray Charles, Freddie King, Bobby Blue Bland, James Brown, Little Willie John, and others ~ Scott passed away 1993
June 21, 1928 ~ Calypso, blues singer, actress Mona Baptiste born in Port Of Spain, Trinidad ~ Known for songs such as Calypso Blues and There's Something In The Air ~ Baptiste passed away in 1993
June 21, 1924 ~ Jazz clarinetist Wally Fawkes, full name Walter Ernest Fawkes, born in Vancouver, Canada ~ Worked with George Webb, Humphrey Lyttelton, George Melly, John Chilton, and others
June 21, 1921 ~ Actress, singer, model Jane Russell, full name Ernestine Jane Geraldine Russell, was born in Bemidji, Minnesota, USA ~ Best known as an acclaimed actress and one of Hollywood's leading sex symbols of the 1940s and 1950s. As a singer best known for two 1947 singles backed by Kay Kyser and his orchestra, namely As Long As I Live and Boin-n-n-ng, and her 78rpm album Let's Put Out The Lights, released the same year ~ Russell passed away in 2011
June 21, 1910 ~ R&B singer Jewel King, full name Mary Jewel King, born in Texas, USA ~ Best known for her late-1940s hits such as 3x7. Worked with Cosimo Matassa, Dave Bartholomew, Herbert Hardesty, Alvin Tyler, Ernest McLean, Frank Fields, Earl Palmer, and others ~ King passed away in 1997
June 21, 1906 ~ Johanna Margarete Sultan, commonly known as pianist Grete Sultan, born in Berlin, Germany ~ Of Jewish descent fled Nazi-Germany in 1941. Befriended composer John Cage, who dedicated two pieces to Sultan, Music Of Changes and Etudes Australes ~ Sultan passed away in 2005
June 21, 1906 ~ Songwriter Harold Spina born ~ Composer, frequently collaborated with lyricists such as Johnny Burke, Joe Young, John Elliott and Bob Russell, responsible for songs such as Fats Waller's You're Not The Only Oyster In The Stew and My Very Good Friend The Milkman, Dinah Shore's It's So Nice To Have A Man Around The House and Patti Page's 1951 Billboard No.4 hit Would I Love You (Love You Love You), the latter also notably recorded by Doris Day, Tony Martin and Helen O'Connell ~ Spina passed away in 1997
June 21, 1904 ~ Morris Gittier, commonly known as songwriter, composer, lyricist Mack Gordon, born ~ Stage, film songwriter, lyricist. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song nine times. Won once, namely for You'll Never Know from the 1943 film Hello Frisco Hello, sung by Alice Faye ~ Gittier passed away in 1959
June 21, 1900 ~ Jazz trumpeter, cornetist Dewey Jackson born in St Louis, Missouri, USA ~ Worked with the Odd Fellows Boys Band, George Reynolds, Charlie Creath, the Golden Melody Band, Fate Marable, Andrew Preer, Singleton Palmer, Don Ewell, Pops Foster, Willie Humphrey, Don Stovall, Morris White, Albert Snaer, William Thornton Blue, Clark Terry, and others ~ Jackson passed away in 1994
June 21, 1891 ~ Violinist, conductor Herman Scherchen born in Berlin, Germany ~ Left Germany in 1933 in protest of the Nazi-regime. Would become a thriving force in Switzerland's Winterthur music scene. Known a champion of 20th-century composers including Richard Strauss, Anton Webern, Edgard Varèse, Iannis Xenakis, and others. Perhaps best known for his orchestral arrangement of The Art Of The Fugue, an unfinished work written by Johann Sebastian Bach near the end of his life ~ Scherchen passed away in 1966
June 21, 1879 ~ Songwriter, lyricist Henry Creamer, full name Henry Sterling Creamer, born in Richmond, Virginia, USA ~ Revered songwriter, often in partnership with James P Johnson, Bert Williams and most frequently with Turner Layton. Wrote or co-wrote early standards such as Strut Miss Lizzie (the Original Dixieland Jazz Band) After You've Gone (Campbell & Burr, Ruth Etting, Bessie Smith), Way Down Yonder In New Orleans (the Peerless Quartet, Dean Martin, Freddy Cannon, Dinah Shore, Jan & Dean), and others ~ Creamer passed away in 1930
June 21, 1871 ~ Bandleader Giuseppe Creatore born in Naples, Italy ~ Late 19th, early 20th century bandleader dubbed “the Great Creatore” rivaling John Philip Sousa in popularity ~ Creatore passed away in 1952