This Day In Music: June 25
June 24 ~ Birthdays/All ~ June 26
June 25, 2021 ~ Wes Madiko, mononymously known as pop singer Wes, passed away ~ Best known for In Youpendi of The Lion King II soundtrack and Alane, the latter reaching top 10 across Europe in 1997 including No.1 spots in France and the Netherlands. Has also worked with French world fusion outfit Deep Forest ~ Madiko was born in 1964
June 25, 2020 ~ Lawrence Franks Jr, commonly known as rapper Huey, passed away in Kinloch, Missouri, USA ~ Best known for his 2006 Pop Lock & Drop It debut single. Has collaborated with T-Pain, Bow Wow, Dorrough, Lloyd, Yo Gotti, and others ~ Franks was born in 1987
June 25, 2020 ~ Classical pianist, composer Marga Richter, full name Florence Marga Richter, passed away in Barnegat, New Jersey, USA ~ Best known for the orchestral pieces Landscapes Of The Mind I and Blackberry Vines And Winter Fruit ~ Richter was born in 1926
June 25, 2018 ~ Composer Bo Nilsson passed away ~ Classified as a serialist composer akin to Pierre Boulez and Karlheinz Stockhausen, though Nilsson himself rejected the label. Self-taught. Best known for compositions such as Zwei Stucke, Audiogramme, Entrée, Quantitäten, and for film and TV scores including Hemsöborna ~ Nilsson was born in 1937
June 25, 2016 ~ Bassist Ben Patterson, full name Benjamin Patterson, passed away ~ Important figure in the 1960s, 1970s interdisciplinary Fluxus movement, bringing together musicians, designers and poets ~ Patterson was born in 1934
June 25, 2009 ~ Singer, dancer, songwriter Michael Jackson, full name Michael Joseph Jackson, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Considered one of the most important cultural icons of the twentieth century. Dubbed “the King of Pop”. Child star as a member of sibling oufit the Jackson 5, known for songs such as I Want You Back, ABC, The Love You Save and I'll Be There. Debuted as a solo artist with 1972's Got To Be There, quicly followed by Ben, its title track Ben becoming a massive global hit. Shot to mega stardom in the late 1970s with the Off The Wall containing songs such as Don't Stop Til You et Enough and Rock With You. Dominated the 1980s with a string of subsequent hit albums which to this day still rank among all-time best-selling albums, notably Thriller and Bad, spawning numerous hit singles and it's accompanying music videos transforming the medium music video to an art form. Well-known songs from this period include Billie Jean, Wanna Be Startin' Something, PYT (Pretty Young Thing), Thriller, Bad, The Way You Make Me Feel, Dirty Diana and Smooth Criminal. Jackson would continue to hit the charts well into the 1990s scoring hits with Black or White, Remember The Time, You Are Not Alone, You Rock My World, but starting in the late 1980s his career would be overshadowed by an array of controversies over his changing appearance, extravagant behavior earning him the nickname “Wacko Jacko” such as having a personal theme park and zoo built or allegedly sleeping in a bubble, never-proven allegations of child abuse and legal and financial battles ~ Jackson was born in 1958
June 25, 2009 ~ Richard Elvern Marsh, commonly known as singer, bassist, guitarist Sky Saxon, passed away in Austin, Texas, USA ~ Frontman of psychedelic garage rock band the Seeds, known for mid to late 1960s songs such as Can't Seem To Make You Mine, Mr Farmer and Pushin' Too Hard ~ Saxon was born in 1937
June 25, 2007 ~ Gospel singer Bill Moss Sr passed away ~ Founded the Celestials with his wife Essie Moss, one of the first gospel groups to use electric instruments and known best for songs such as Turn It Over To Jesus, Everything Is Gonna Be Alright and The Way We Use To Have Church ~ Moss was born in 1931
June 25, 2005 ~ Vincent John Cernuto, commonly know as big band singer Bob Vincent, passed away in Fullerton, California, USA ~ Best known as featured vocalist on Al Trace's You Call Everybody Darlin', a No.1 hit in 1948. Later turned to management, working as a theatrical agent working with artists such as Wayne Newton ~ Cernuto was born in 1918
June 25, 2003 ~ Josiah Alexander Sila, commonly known as jazz pianist Joey Alexander, born in Denpasar, Indonesia ~ Child prodigy. Influenced by John Coltrane, Harry Connick Jr, Herbie Hancock. Known for his 2015 debut album My Favorite Things. Has worked with Wynton Marsalis, Larry Grenadier, Dan Chmielinski, Ulysses Owens, Chris Potter, and others
June 25, 2000 ~ Singer Wilson Simonal, full name Wilson Simonal de Castro, passed away in São Paulo, Brazil ~ Popular 1960s singer relatively unknown outside of South America. Best known for his recordings of Pais Tropical and Sá Marina, both covered by Sérgio Mendes with the latter translated to English (Pretty World) ~ De Castro was born in 1938
June 25, 1997 ~ Pop, blues-rock, country, soul singer, pianist Jacquie Lee, full name Jacqueline Ann Lee, born in Colts Neck, New Jersey, USA, USA ~ First gained attention as runner-up on the 5th season of NBC's talent show The Voice in 2013, finishing behind Tessanne Chin
June 25, 1997 ~ Singer, drummer, songwriter Louis McCall, full name Louis A McCall Sr, passed away in Stone Mountain, Georgia, USA ~ Member of funk outfit Con Funk Shun, known for 1970s, 190ss hits such as Ffun, Chase Me, Baby I'm Hooked Right Into Your Love. Murdered in a home invasion robbery at age 45 ~ McCall was born in 1951
June 25, 1997 ~ Violist, arranger Watson Forbes, full name Watson Douglas Buchanan Forbes, passed away in Moreton-in-Marsh, UK ~ Got his start in music playing with the Stratton Quartet, renamed to the Aeolian String Quartet after the departure of George Stratton. Co-leader of the London Symphony Orchestra at the start of World War II. Professor of viola and chamber music at the Royal Academy Of Music conservatory. Head of music for BBC Scotland, credited for safeguarding and expanding the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. As a recording artist perhaps best known for Arthur Bliss' Viola Sonata and Alan Richardson's Sussex Lullaby. Father of composer Sebastian Forbes and singer Rupert Forbes ~ Forbes was born in 1909
June 25, 1996 ~ Big band, jazz saxophonist, singer Les Allen passed away in Toronto, Canada ~ Worked with Carroll Gibbons, George Melachrino, Al Bowlly, the BBC Dance Orchestra, Jack Curtis, Herbie King, Cy Mack, and others ~ Allen was born in 1902
June 25, 1993 ~ Calypso, blues singer, actress Mona Baptiste passed away in Dublin, Ireland ~ Known for songs such as Calypso Blues and There's Something In The Air ~ Baptiste was born in 1928
June 25, 1992 ~ Alfred Capuro, commonly known as actor, singer Alfred Drake, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ As a musical actor and singer featured in the original Broadway productions of Oklahoma, Kiss Me Kate and Kismet as well as Babes In Arms and Kismet, earning a Tony Award for the latter ~ Capuro was born in 1914
June 25, 1989 ~ Alternative rock, glam metal, metalcore, hard rock, pop rock, pop singer Sam Ryder born in Maldon, UK ~ Best known for representing his native UK at the 2022 Eurovision Songfestival, reaching 2nd place with Space Man. His solo debut album, There's Nothing But Space Man, released the same year would top the British album charts. Has previously co-founded the Morning After, fronted rock band Blessed By A Broken Heart, and worked with Close Your Eyes, appearing on the latter's Line In The Sand album released in 2014
June 25, 1988 ~ Funk rock, punk rock, alternative rock guitarist, sitarist, singer Hillel Slovak passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Co-founding member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, departing the band before the recording of their debut album, rejoining for the next two albums Freaky Styley and The Uplift Mofo Party Plan. Following Slovak's overdose death at age 26 the band have written several Pepper songs as tributes to him, including Knock Me Down, My Lovely Man, and Feasting On The Flowers ~ Slovak was born in 1962
June 25, 1988 ~ James Louis McCleese, commonly known as singer Jimmy Soul, passed away in Spring Valley, New York, USA ~ Best known for If You Wanna Be Happy, a hit in 1963 ~ McCleese was born in 1942
June 25, 1987 ~ Diadoros Boudleaux Bryant, commonly known as songwriter Boudleaux Bryant, passed away ~ Songwriter, usually in partnership with his wife Felice Bryant. Together they wrote some of Nashville's most enduring hits for artists such as Jimmy Dickens (Country Boy), Buddy Holly (Raining In My Heart), Gram Parsons (Love Hurts), Emmylou Harris (Like Strangers), Ricky Van Shelton (Loving Proof), Johnny O'Keefe (She Wears My Ring), and perhaps most extensively for the Everly Brothers (Bye Bye Love, Problems, Wake Up Little Susie). Other artists who have recorded their songs include Tony Bennett, Frankie Laine, Sonny James, Eddy Arnold, Bob Moore, Charley Pride, Nazareth, Jim Reeves, Leo Sayer, Jerry Lee Lewis, Simon & Garfunkel, Sarah Vaughan, the Grateful Dead, Elvis Costello, Count Basie, Dean Martin, Ray Charles, Joan Jett, Roy Orbison, Solomon King, Sue Thompson, Moon Mullican, and Dillard & Clarke ~ Bryant was born in 1920
June 25, 1985 ~ Connie Curtis Crayton, commonly known as R&B, blues guitarist, singer Pee Wee Crayton, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Active since the late 1940s. Known for songs such as Blues After Hours, I'm Still In Love With You, Texas Hop, Do Unto Others, and others ~ Crayton was born in 1914
June 25, 1982 ~ Jazz singer, cornetist, trumpeter Alex Welsh passed away in London, UK ~ Influenced by Chris Barber. Worked with Archie Semple, Lennie Hastings, Earl Hines, Red Allen, Peanuts Hucko, Ruby Braff, and others ~ Welsh was born in 1929
June 25, 1976 ~ Songwriter, singer Johnny Mercer passed away in Hollywood, California, USA ~ Wrote or co-wrote over 1500 songs. Co-founded Capitol Records with Buddy DeSylva and Glenn E Wallichs. Well-known songs co-written by Mercer include I Wanna Be Around (Wynona Carr, Aretha Franklin, Brenda Lee), Day In Day Out (Bob Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Buddy Rich), In The Cool Cool Cool Of The Evening (Dean Martin, Jo Stafford, Rosemary Clooney), Jeepers Creepers (Ethel Waters, Louis Armstrong, the Dells), Lazy Bones (Glen Gray, the Supremes, Leon Redbone, Dr John), One For My Baby And One More For The Road (Lena Horne, Tony Bennett, Billie Holiday, Etta James), Trav'lin Light (Paul Whiteman, Carmen McRae, Ella Fitzgerald), Midnight Sun (Lionel Hampton, Sarah Vaughan, Kate Ceberano), You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby (Tommy Dorsey, Perry Como, Maurice Chevalier), Tangerine (Vaughn Monroe, Ray Nance, Harry Connick Jr), and That Old Black Magic (Glenn Miller, Charlie Barnet, the Platters) ~ Mercer was born in 1909
June 25, 1974 ~ Alternative metal, death metal guitarist Fredrik Johansson born in Sweden ~ Best known as member of Dark Tranquility from 1993 through the end of the decade, last appearing on the 1999 Projector album ~ Johansson passed away in 2022
June 25, 1969 ~ Candell Manson, commonly known as rapper, producer Candyman, born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Best known for his 1990 single Knockin' Boots, which reached the Billboard top 20
June 25, 1969 ~ British pop group the Hollies record He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother at EMI Studios, London, UK ~ Written by Bob Russell and Bobby Scott. Recorded earlier the same year by Kelly Gordon. It was the Ron Richards-produced Hollies-version however that would become the biggest hit, reaching top 10 on both side of the Atlantic. Elton John, then a session musician, backed the band on piano. The song would also be covered by Neil Diamond, who'd scratch the Billboard Hot 100 top 20 the following year. Other notable covers include Donny Hathaway for his 1971 eponymous Donny Hathaway album, Olivia Newton-John in 1975, and Bill Medley for the Rambo III soundtrack in 1988
June 25, 1969 ~ Singer, actress, songwriter Storm Large, full name Susan Storm Large, born in Southborough, Massachusetts, USA ~ Rock singer. Branched out into theater and cabaret later in her career. Has been writing songs since she was five years old. Gained widespread attention as a contestant on the talent show Rock Star Supernova in 2006. Has worked with Storm Inc, the Mermen, Dan the Automator, Dave Navarro, Pink Martini, and others
June 25, 1968 ~ Singer, songwriter Stuart Murdoch born in Clarkston, UK ~ Lead singer of indie pop band Belle & Sebastian, known for the UK top 20 hits Legal Man, I'm A Cuckoo and Funny Little Frog
June 25, 1964 ~ Pop, rock band the Beach Boys record The Man With All The Toys ~ Written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love, the former also credited as producer. Brian on piano and bass sharing lead vocals with Love. Released as a single, b/w Blue Christmas, it would initially sell poorly but over successive Christmases has built sales and is listed on Billboard list of Top 100 selling Christmas songs in history. In 1968 Canadian singer Renée Martel would record a French-language version, titled As Tu Vu Père Noël
June 25, 1964 ~ Alternative rock singer, guitarist, pianist John McCrea born ~ Influenced by Hank Williams, Tom Zé, the Golden Gate Quartet, Sly & the Family Stone. Co-founding member of Cake, known for songs such as The Distance, Never There, Short Skirt Long Jacket and Sick Of You
June 25, 1963 ~ Singer, songwriter Georgios Panayiotou, commonly known as George Michael, born in East Finchley, UK ~ Rose to fame as half of pop duo Wham, the other half being Andrew Ridgeley, known for songs such as Wake Me Up Before You Go Go, Young Guns, and Wham Rap. In 1984 Wham became the first Western pop act to release an album in China, their sophomore Make It Big, and subsequently tour the Orient nation. Embarked on a highly successful solo career in 1987 with Faith, which topped the US album chart for 12 weeks, and has been recording, touring and scoring hits since ~ Panayiotou passed away in 2016
June 25, 1961 ~ Post-bop pianist Bill Evans performs at the Village Vanguard, New York, New York ~ Evans and his trio, Scott LaFaro on bass and Paul Motian on drums, perform at the Village Vanguard. The concert would be released on vinyl later the same year as Sunday At The Village Vanguard, the album critically regarded as one of the all-time best jazz sessions. This trio is widely considered his finest, largely because of the symbiotic interplay between its members. Sadly bassist LaFaro would be killed in a traffic accident 10 days after the concert
June 25, 1957 ~ Jazz drummer, bandleader Curtis Mosby passed away in San Francisco, California, USA ~ Mosby played with Mamie Smith, Jake Porter, Les Hite, Henry Starr, Lawrence Brown, Marshal Royal, Wilbert Baranco, Baron Moorehead, Buck Clayton, Harlan Leonard, Roy Milton, and with Johnny Otis. Jailed two years for tax evasion ~ Mosby was born in 1888
June 25, 1957 ~ Singer, trumpeter, songwriter, producer Sennie Skip Martin born in San Francisco, California, California, USA ~ Best known as lead vocalist of Kool & the Gang from 1987 to 2007 and of Dazz Band including on the Grammy-winning Let It Whip. Has also worked with the East Wind Band and the Mighty Generation Band
June 25, 1956 ~ Rockabily, rock & roll singer Gene Vincent records Race With The Devil at Bradley Film & Recording Studio, Nashville, Tennessee ~ Under the supervision of producer Ken Nelson, Vincent and his backing unit the Blue Caps record Race With The Devil as well as Waltz Of The Wind, Up A Lazy River, Ain't She Sweet and Gonna Back Up Baby
June 25, 1954 ~ Pianist, keyboardist, singer David Paich, full name David Frank Paich, born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Son of jazz pianist Marty Paich. Co-founding member, keyboardist of Toto. Wrote or co-wrote a vast amount of the band's material including Hold The Line, Rosanna and Africa. In-demand session musician and collaborator, notably on Boz Scaggs' Silk Degrees album for which Paich also co-wrote What Can I Say, The Lido Shuffle and Lowdown. Has also written for Cher, the Jacksons, George Benson, Glen Campbell, Chicago, and others. Played piano and synthesizer on Michael Jackson's Thriller album
June 25, 1953 ~ Lester Bullock, commonly known as reggae, dancehall singer, toaster Dillinger, born in Kingston, Jamaica ~ Influenced by Big Youth, U-Roy, Dennis Alcapon. Rose to prominence in the 1970s. Known for songs such as Freshly, Brace A Boy, Flat Foot Hustling and perhaps his best known Cocaine In My Brain
June 25, 1952 ~ Guitarist, songwriter, producer Brian MacLeod born in Halifax, Canada ~ Member of Chilliwack from 1978 through 1983, present on some of their best-known including My Girl (Gone Gone Gone), I Believe and What'cha Gonna Do When I'm Gone. Member of Headpins
June 25, 1952 ~ Violinist, keyboardist, singer Martin Gershwitz born in Sollingen, West Germany ~ Worked with Lita Ford, Meat Loaf, Vanilla Fudge, Kingdom Come, Walter Trout, Eric Burdon, Iron Butterfly, and others
June 25, 1952 ~ Jazz singer Radka Toneff, full name Ellen Radka Toneff, born in Oslo, Norway ~ Daughter of Bulgarian folk singer Toni Toneff. Worked with Arild Andersen, Jon Blake, Jon Eberson, Jon Christensen, Audun Kleive, Ole Paus, and Ketil Bjørnstad ~ Toneff passed away in 1982
June 25, 1949 ~ Singer, guitarist David Batteau born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA ~ Brother of Robin Batteau with whom he teamed up under the moniker Batteaux. Best known as a songwriter for Seals & Crofts, Trisha Yearwood, Michael Sembello, Shawn Colvin, Madeleine Peyroux, Larry Klein, Chicano, the Manhattan Transfer, and others. Also known for two solo albums, 1976's Happy In Hollywood and 1993's Soul Mission, and for heading the briefly-lived mid-1980s new wave outfit Nomo who scored a minor hit with Red Lipstick
June 25, 1946 ~ Keyboardist, rhythm guitarist Allen Lanier, full name Allen Glover Lanier, born in Long Island, New York, USA ~ Original member of the Blue Öyster Cult. Wrote or co-wrote several of the band's best known songs including True Confessions, Tenderloin, Searching For Celine, In Thee, and Lonely Teardrops. Also worked with John Cale, Jim Carroll, the Dictators, the Clash, and with Patti Smith ~ Lanier passed away in 2013
June 25, 1946 ~ Rock, progressive rock, hard rock saxophonist, flutist, keyboardist, guitarist Ian McDonald born in Osterley, UK ~ Co-founding member of King Crimson, present on the band's acclaimed In The Court Of The Crimson King debut album and its Red follow-up. Co-founding member of Foreigner, present on the band's first three albums, namely Foreigner, Double Vision and Head Games, all of which reached the Billboard Hot 200 top 10. McDonald has also recorded as a solo artist, composed the soundtrack for the 1987 TV series Success Stories With Bruce Jenner, and collaborated with Steve Hackett, John Wetton, 21st Century Schizoid Band, Honey West, and others ~ McDonald passed away in 2022
June 25, 1945 ~ Singer, songwriter Carly Simon born in New York, New York, USA ~ Briefly worked with her sister Lucy Simon under the moniker Simon Sisters before embarking on a successful solo career starting with her 1971 eponymous Carly Simon album. Known for songs such as That's The Way I've Always Heard It Should Be, Anticipation, Mockingbird with James Taylor, the Bond-theme Nobody Does It Better, You Belong To Me, Jesse, Coming Around Again, and perhaps her best-known You're So Vain, the latter topping the Billboard Hot 100 in 1971
June 25, 1945 ~ Harris Womack, commonly known as R&B, gospel, soul singer, bassist Harry Womack, born in Cleveland, Ohio, USA ~ Member of sibling outfit the Valentinos, known for launching the careers of Bobby Womack and Cecil Womack and for recording the original versions of Lookin' For A Love and It's All Over Now. The former would be notably covered by the J Geils Band, the latter by the Rolling Stones ~ Womack passed away in 1974
June 25, 1945 ~ Claudius Afolabi Siffre, commonly known as singer, guitarist, keyboardist, poet, songwriter Labi Siffre, born in Hammersmith, UK ~ Best known for a string of early 1970s hits in England such as It Must Be Love, Crying Laughing Loving Lying (later covered by Olivia Newton-John), Watch Me and for his 1987 international hit Something Inside So Strong
June 25, 1944 ~ Jazz guitarist Dave Cliff, full name David John Cliff, born in Hexham, UK ~ Influenced by Charlie Christian, Wes Montgomery, Lennie Tristano. Worked with Lee Konitz, Warne Marsh, the Soprano Summit, Geoff Simkins, Harry Allen, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Georgie Fame, Ken Peplowski, Irene Reid, Bruce Turner, Tony Coe, Jimmy Deuchar, and others
June 25, 1944 ~ Maria de Lux Flores Aceves, commonly known as singer, actress Lucha Reyes, passed away in Mexico City, Mexico ~ Popular 1930s, 1940s singer. Regarded “the Mother of Ranchera music” ~ de Luz Flores was born in 1906
June 25, 1943 ~ Rock, folk rock, pop singer, songwriter Roberto Vecchioni born in Carate Brianza, Italy ~ First gained attention in the late 1960s as a songwriter for artists such as Ornella Vanoni, Gigliola Cinquetti, Mina, I Nuovi Angeli. Released his Parabola solo debut album in 1971. Broke through with his 1977 Samarcanda album and has recorded to critical acclaim and a growing fanbase since
June 25, 1940 ~ Albert Eccles, commonly known as bassist Clint Warwick, born in Birmingham, UK ~ Member of the Moody Blues from 1964 through 1966 including on recordings such as Steal Your Heart Away, Go Now, Don't Want To Go On Without You and From The Bottom Of My Heart I Love You ~ Warwick passed away in 2004
June 25, 1940 ~ Classical pianist, conductor João Carlos Martins born in São Paulo, Brazil ~ Acclaimed as interpreter of Johann Sebastian Bach. Closely asociated with the Boston Symphony. Has also worked with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the English Chamber Orchestra, and others
June 25, 1939 ~ Singer Harold Melvin born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Eponym and founding member of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, known for songs such as If You Don't Know Me By Now, I Miss You and The Love I Lost. Contrary to common belief the de facto lead singer was not Melvin but from 1970 forward Teddy Pendergrass ~ Melvin passed away in 1997
June 25, 1937 ~ Singer Eddie Floyd, full name Edward Lee Floyd, born in Montgomery, Alabama, USA ~ Co-founding member of the Falcons, noted for once also including Wilson Pickett and known for songs such as You're So Fine and I Found A Love. Floyd is best known for his 1966 solo hit Knock On Wood, which he co-wrote with Steve Cropper
June 25, 1932 ~ William Jerome Flannery, commonly known as songwriter William Jerome, passed away in Newburgh, New York, USA ~ Best known as songwriting partner of Jean Schwartz. Has also collaborated with Harry von Tilzer, Walter Donaldson, James V Monaco. Perhaps best remembered for co-penning Chinatown My Chinatown, first recorded by Grace Kerns & JB Wells in 1915 and covered by numerous artists including the American Quartet, the Mills Brothers, Louis Armstrong, Milton Brown, Louis Prima, Bing Crosby, and others ~ Flannery was born in 1865
June 25, 1928 ~ Trombonist, composer, arranger William Russo, full name William Joseph Russo, born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Worked with Stan Kenton, Adrian Mitchell, Arnold Weinstein, Jon Swan, Alice Albright Hoge, Irma Routen, Naomi Lazard, the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, Duke Ellington, Cannonball Adderley, Yehudi Menuhin, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Carter, Maynard Ferguson, Billie Holiday, Cleo Laine, Annie Ross, and others ~ Russo passed away in 2003
June 25, 1927 ~ Songwriter, singer, arranger, producer Jimmy Duncan, full name James Ollie Duncan Jr, born in Houston, Texas, USA ~ Not to be confused with his British namesake Jimmy Duncan. Wrote I Asked The Lord, recorded by George Beverly Shea, Mahalia Jackson, the Cathedrals Quartet, the Oak Ridge Boys, and others. Perhaps best known for writing My Special Angel, originally recorded by the Sonny Land Trio but best known as a Billboard Country No.1 hit for Bobby Helms in 1957. Others who have recorded the song include Connie Francis, Johnny Burnette, Bobby Vinton and Wayne Newton. Co-wrote String Along originally recorded by Fabian in 1960, notably covered by Ricky Nelson ~ Duncan passed away in 2011
June 25, 1926 ~ Londa Lee Moore, commonly known as jazz, pop standards pianist Lee Shaw, born in Cushing, Oklahoma, USA ~ Classically trained. Married to drummer Stan Shaw ~ Moore passed away in 2015
June 25, 1925 ~ Accordionist, singer Clifton Chenier born in Opelousas, Louisiana, USA ~ √Čnergetic and hugely influential cajun, zydeco accordionist, dubbed “the King of Zydeco”. Actively recording since the 1950s, first scoring a national hit in 1955 with the Professor Longhair-cover Ay Tete Fi (Hey Little Girl), Clifton would go on to tour with artists such as Ray Charles, Etta James and Lowell Fulson. He would remain a mainstay, touring extensively for decades. Mainstream popularity would peak in the 1980s, earning a Grammy Award in 1983 for the I'm Here album, the first Grammy for the Alligator Records blues label ~ Chenier passed away in 1987
June 25, 1922 ~ Guitarist Johnny Smith born in Birmingham, Alabama, USA ~ Best remembered for writing and first recording Walk Don't Run, later made famous by the Ventures ~ Smith passed away in 2013
June 25, 1918 ~ Country singer, guitarist Ray Smith born in Glendale, California, USA ~ Best known for his association with several radio shows through the 1950s, notably with the stations WMCA and WCOP. As a recording artist best known for his recording of Daddy's Little Girl ~ Smith passed away in 1979
June 25, 1913 ~ Swing, dixieland, jazz harpist Adele Girard, full name Adele Beatrice Girard, born in Holyoke, Massachusetts, USA ~ Married to clarinetist Joe Marsala. Has worked with Harry Sosnik, Dick Stabile, Jack Teagarden, Frankie Trumbauer, and others ~ Girard passed away in 1993
June 25, 1908 ~ Jazz saxophonist Jean Robert born in Brussels, Belgium ~ Worked with Peter Packay, Gus Deloof, Charles Remue, Albert Sykes, Freddie Beermn, Robert de Kers, Freddy Johnson, Jascha Trabsky, Jean Omer, Lutz Templin, and others ~ Robert passed away in 1981
June 25, 1892 ~ Composer, pianist Katherine Kennicott Davis born in St Joseph, Missouri, USA ~ Best known for penning The Little Drummer Boy, one of the best-known Christmas songs recorded by the Trapp Family Singers, Harry Simeone Chorale, Johnny Cash, the Lennon Sisters, Bing Crosby, Joan Baez, José Feliciano, and numerous others ~ Davis passed away in 1980
June 25, 1860 ~ Composer Gustave Charpentier born in Dieuze, France ~ Best known for his 1900 opera Louise, which launched the career of soprano Mary Garden. A realistic portrait of Parissien working-class, Louise is popular to this day and would be regarded as a key piece in verismo opera ~ Charpentier passed away in 1956