This Day In Music: June 26
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June 26, 2021 ~ Composer, pianist Frederic Rzewski, full name Frederic Anthony Rzewski, passed away in Montiano, Italy ~ Considered one of the most admired composers of his day, best known for the minimalist Coming Together and The People United Will Never Be Defeated, the latter regarded as a modern classic ~ Rzewski was born in 1938
June 26, 2021 ~ Hard rock, heavy metal, alternative rock singer, songwriter Johnny Solinger, full name John Preston Solinger, passed away ~ Best known as lead singer of Skid Row from 1999, replacing Sebastian Bach, through 2015. Also recorded as a solo artist, noted for his 2008 eponymous Johnny Solinger country-rock album, initially only released regionally ~ Solinger was born in 1965
June 26, 2021 ~ Trumpeter, composer Jon Hassell passed away ~ Best known for his Fourth World Concept series, starting with the 1980 release of Fourth World (Vol.1 Possible Music), combining minimal music, world music and electronic manipulation of the trumpet. Has collaborated with Brian Eno, the theater Of Eternal Music, Talking Heads, Farafina, Peter Gabriel, Ani DiFranco, Techno Animal, Ry Cooder, Terry Riley, David Sylvian, Lloyd Cole & the Commotions, kd Lang, Mandalay, Jon Balke, and others ~ Hassell was born in 1937
June 26, 2020 ~ At age 79, singer Bob Dylan becomes the oldest person to top the UK album charts with an album of originals ~ Dylan's Rough and Rowdy Ways hits the top spot on the UK album charts, making him the oldest artist to achieve this feat with an album of originals. In 2014, Vera Lynn, then aged 97, topped the charts with a compilation album
June 26, 2020 ~ Gloria Jean Brown, commonly known as soul singer Tami Lynn, passed away in New Port Richey, Florida, USA ~ As a solo artist best known for her 1971 single I'm Gonna Run Away From You, penned by Jerry Wexler and Bert Berns. Sang backup for the Rolling Stones on the acclaimed Exile On Main St and on all of Dr John's albums. Opened for John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Ella Fitzgerald ~ Lynn was born in 1939
June 26, 2018 ~ Trombonist, drummer, producer Big Bill Bissonnette passed away ~ Formed the Easy Riders Jazz Band. Founded his own Jazz Crusade label. Over the course of his career Bissonnette worked with artists such as Alvin Alcorn, Red Allen, Jimmy Archey, Polo Barnes, Albert Burbank, Alex Bigard, Don Ewell, Pops Foster, George Guesnon, Edmond Hall, Bob Helm, Tuba Fats Lacen, George Lewis, Fred Lonzo, Alcide Pavageau, George Probert, Kid Sheik, Zutty Singleton, Victoria Spivey, Greg Stafford, Michael White, and Kid Thomas Valentine ~ Bissonnette was born in 1937
June 26, 2018 ~ Violinist, conductor Ed Simons passed away ~ Once the oldest active conductor in America with a career starting in the 1940s and continuing to conduct until his death aged 101. As a violinist he played with the American Ballet Theatre where he secretly studied the orchestral scores. Despite lack of conducting experience Max Goberman, the orchestra's conductor, gave him a chance. Simons would soon conduct musicals, including eight Broadway shows between 1948 and 1964, and would be hailed by the New York Times as “the best conductor in jazz.” ~ Simons was born in 1917
June 26, 2018 ~ Bassist Fedor Freso passed away ~ Son of composer, conductor Tibor Freso. Worked with the Soulmen, Dezo Ursiny, Prudy, Pavol Hammel, Marián Varga, Collegium Musicum, Fermata, Fero Grigiak, the T&R Band, Peter Lipa, the Traditional Club, Jan Lehotsky, Blue Effect, Radim Hladik, and others ~ Freso was born in 1947
June 26, 2010 ~ Trombonist Benny Powell, full name Benjamin Gordon Powell Jr, passed away in Manhattan, New York, USA ~ Bridged swing and bebop. Playing professionally since age 14, moving on to back Lionel Hampton four years later. Well-known for his nearly decade-long stint backing Count Basie, including on albums such as April In Paris, The Atomic Mr Basie, and Chairman Of The Board. Powell, an in-demand sideman, has also appeared on albums by Randy Weston, Thad Jones (The Magnificent Thad Jones), JC Heard, Sarah Vaughan, Melba Liston, Ernestine Anderson, Ray Charles (Genius+Soul=Jazz), Al Grey, Nat Adderley, Johnny Hodges, Sammy Davis Jr, Eddie Harris, Duke Pearson (Now Hear This), Stanley Turrentine, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Aretha Franklin (Soul '69), Roberta Flack, Quincy Jones, Maria Muldaur, Ry Cooder (Chicken Skin Music), Earth Wind & Fire, Zoot Sims, and Webster Lewis ~ Powell was born in 1930
June 26, 2005 ~ Johanna Margarete Sultan, commonly known as pianist Grete Sultan, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ 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 was born in 1906
June 26, 2005 ~ Pop singer P!nk proposed to her boyfriend ~ Singer P!nk proposes to her boyfriend, motocross rider Carey Hart, by holding up a sign while he is racing in Mammoth, California. Hart pulls out of the race to say “Yes.”. The couple get married the following year
June 26, 2002 ~ Sylvia Dolores Finkelstein, commonly known as actress, singer Dolores Gray, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Discovered by Rudy Vallée. Won a Tony Award for her lead role in the 1953 Broadway musical Carnival In Flanders even though the show only ran six nights. Sang the musical parts of Marilyn Monroe in the 1954 There's No Business Like Show Business film ~ Finkelstein was born in 1924
June 26, 1993 ~ Ariana Grande-Butera, commonly known as pop singer Ariana Grande, born in Boca Raton, Florida, USA ~ Debuted on Broadway at age 15 in the musical 13. Would rise to fame as actres in the Nickelodeon series Victorious and am & Cat. Released her full-length Yours Truly in 2013, which included the Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit The Way featuring Mac Miller. Has recorded to commercial succes since. Well known songs include Problem featuring Iggy Azalea, Break Free featuring Zedd, Love Me Harder with the Weeknd, Focus, Dangerous Woman, No Tears Left To Cry, God Is A Woman, Thank U (Next), 7 Rings, Boyfriend with Social House, and Positions
June 26, 1993 ~ Preston Oshita, commonly known as hip hop rapper Towkio, born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Member of the Savemoney collective. Active as a solo artist since the early 2010s, releasing a number of EPs leading up to his full-length WWW debut album in 2018. Perhaps best known for guesting on Chance the Rapper's 2016 Juke Jam single which also featured Justin Bieber
June 26, 1993 ~ Actor, songwriter Willy van Hemert, full name Willem Catharinus van Hemert, passed away in Hechtel, Belgium ~ Co-wrote two of the Dutch winning Eurovision Songfestival entries. 1957's Net Als Toen performed by Corry Brokken, co-written with Guus Jansen, and 1959's Een Beetje performed by Teddy Scholten, co-written with Dick Schallies ~ Van Hemert was born in 1912
June 26, 1990 ~ Martrel Reeves, commonly known as rapper Fat Trel, born in Washington DC, USA ~ Known for 2010s singles such as Make It Clap, She Fell In Love and Broccoli Freestyle. Collaborated with Wale, Red Cafe, Chief Keef, Smoke DZA, Master P, Fredo Santana, Young Chop, Rick Ross, Young Thug, Juicy J, French Montana, and others
June 26, 1987 ~ Classical cellist Gabor Rejto passed away ~ Studied with Pablo Casals. Best known as co-founding member of the Alma Trio, remaining with the ensemble from 1942 until its disbandement in 1976. Has also worked with Yaltah Menuhin, the Paganini Quartet, the Hungarian Quartet, and others ~ Rejto was born in 1916
June 26, 1984 ~ Jazz pianist Albert Dailey, full name Albert Preston Dailey, passed away in Denver, Colorado, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Dexter Gordon, Roy Haynes, Sarah Vaughan, Charles Mingus, Freddie Hubbard, Woody Herman, the Jazz Messengers, Sonny Rollins, Stan Getz, Elvin Jones, Archie Shepp, Charlie Rouse, Benny Bailey, Buster Williams, Gary Bartz, Larry Coryell, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Harold Vick, and other ~ Dailey was born in 1939
June 26, 1983 ~ Andrew Heissler, commonly known as blues, folk, country, swing, jazz singer, guitarist, mandolinist, songwriter Pokey LaFarge, born in Bloomington, Illinois, USA ~ Given the nickname “Pokey” by his mother who who scold him to hurry as a child. Influenced by blues artists such as Skip James, Robert Wilkins, and Sleepy John Estes. After hearing country icon Bill Monroe at age 16 traded in his guitar for a mandolin. Released his Marmalade debut album in 2006 and has recorded steadily since
June 26, 1981 ~ Cornetist, trumpeter James F Burke, full name James Francis Burke, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Though he only had the use of one arm considered among the premier cornet virtuosos of his day. Principal cornetist of the Goldman Band from 1943 through 1974. Principal trumpeter with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra from 1943 through 1949. Co-founded the All-Star Concert Band with tubist Harvey Phillips, known for the albums The All-Star Concert Band released in 1960 and The Burke-Phillips All-Star Concert Band the following year ~ Burke was born in 1923
June 26, 1977 ~ Singer Elvis Presley performs in Indianapolis, Indiana ~ Presley performs at Market Square Garden in Indianapolis, his 55th show that year. Passing away the following August it would become his final concert. Bootleg copies of the performance would be available on the collector's circuit for years. A CBS TV special aired in October would at times erroneous be billed as his last concert, but was compiled from two earlier shows June 19th and June 21st the same year
June 26, 1973 ~ Country singer, guitarist, songwriter Gretchen Wilson born ~ Debuted in 2004 with the Grammy Award-winning single Redneck Woman, lead single of her debut album Here For The Party. Has been recording to critical acclaim since. Known for songs such as Here For The Party, Homewreckin' and Work Hard Play Harder. Guested on Hank Williams Jr's 2006 single That's How They Do It In Dixie and on Big & Rich's 2011 single Fake ID
June 26, 1971 ~ Charles Stewart, commonly known as rapper Chali 2na, born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Known for his rapid rap delivery style. Best known as a member of the Jurassic 5, known for the track Improvise, and as member of Ozomatli. Stewart has also recorded as a solo artist, startin with the album Real As It Gets released in 2003
June 26, 1971 ~ Rock, hard rock, stoner rock singer, guitarist Ruben Block born in Lier, Belgium ~ Co-founding member, lead singer, frontman of Triggerfinger, known best for their 2012 Lykke Li-cover I Follow Rivers which topped the charts in both the Netherlands and the band's native Belgium. Block has also worked with Franky & the Rednecks, Sin Alley, Angelico, Rick de Leeuw, Jan Hautekiet, and others
June 26, 1970 ~ Irving Domingo Lorenzo Jr, commonly known as producer, label executive Irv Gotti, born in Queens, New York, USA ~ Co-founded Murder Inc label. Produced artists such as Mic Geronimo, Jay-Z, Amil, Ja Rule, Foxxy Brown, DMX, Aaliyah, Christina Milian, Ashanti, Jennifer Lopez, Eve, Memphis Bleek, Kanye West, Charlie Wilson, and others
June 26, 1969 ~ Alternative rock, art rock, electronic bassist Colin Greenwood, full name Colin Charles Greenwood, born in Oxford, UK ~ Co-founding member of Radiohead, known for songs such as Creep, Street Spirit (Fade Out), Paranoid Android and There There
June 26, 1968 ~ British rockers the Jeff Beck Group, featuring Rod Stewart, play their first American show ~ Booked prior to the release of the band's Truth debut album leader Jeff Beck's resume with the Yardbirds instilled enough confidence to book American dates. Billed as the second act, following Buzzy Linhart's Seventh Sons, preceding the Grateful Dead. Lead singer Rod Stewart would later comment on playing the Fillmore East in New York, with 2,700 seats a larger venue than they were used to: “the worrying thought that I was about to perform, for the first time, in a country in which people were allowed to own guns.”
June 26, 1968 ~ Harry Aaron Finkelman, commonly known as jazz, swing trumpeter Ziggy Elman, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Known for a number of late 1930s recordings including Bye 'n Bye and Frallach In Swing, the term “frallach” referring to what would later become known as klezmer music. Closely associated with with Benny Goodman, playing in Goodman's orchestra from the mid-1930s through the end of the decade. Has also worked with Tommy Dorsey, Lionel Hampton, Jess Stacy, and others ~ Finkelman was born in 1914
June 26, 1961 ~ Pop rock, new wave, synth-pop singer, actress Terri Nunn, full name Terri Kathleen Nunn, born in Baldwin Hills, California, USA ~ Lead singer, frontwoman of Berlin, best known for their 1986 Billboard Hot 100 charttopper Take My Breath Away. The song was writte by Giorgio Moroder and Tom Whitlock for the Top Gun and would receive both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Best Original Song. Previously, in 1976 Nunn auditioned for the role of Princes Leia in Star Wars but the role went to Carrie Fisher
June 26, 1960 ~ Jazz guitarist Zachary Breaux, full name Zachary Charles Breaux, born in Port Arthur, Texas, USA ~ Influenced by George Benson and Wes Montgomery. Has recorded three albums as a leader, starting with Groovin' in 1992. In-demand sideman, present on albums by Randy Weston, Roy Ayers, Guru (Jazzmatazz Vol.1), Steps Ahead, and Ronny Jordan (A Brighter Day) ~ Breaux passed away in 1997
June 26, 1957 ~ Patricia Smyth, commonly known as singer Patty Smyth, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Rose to fame as frontwoman of Scandal, best known for their 1984 Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit The Warrior. Released her Never Enough solo debut album in 1987. Duetted with Don Henley on Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough and with James Ingram on Look What Love Has Done
June 26, 1956 ~ Jazz pianist Bill Cunliffe, full name William Henry Cunliffe Jr, born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, USA ~ Influenced by the 5th Dimension, Burt Bacharach, Herb Alpert, Oscar Peterson, becoming a “jazz player overnight” after hearing the latter. Has worked with Frank Sinatra, Woody Shaw, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Benny Golson, James Moody, Buell Neidlinger, the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, John Patitucci, Vinnie Colaiuta, and Joe LaBarbera
June 26, 1956 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Chris Isaak, full name Christopher Joseph Isak, born in Stockton, California, USA ~ Roots rock, rockabilly crooner, guitarist. Debuted in 1985 with the critically acclaimed Silvertone album. Drew comparisons to Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley and Ricky Nelson. Has a solid and devoted cult following. Admired by peers. Became a household name on the strength of Wicked Game of his 1989 Heart Shaped World album, the single would reach the American top 10. Also known for songs such as Blue Hotel, Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing and Somebody's Crying. Film director David Lynch is a big fan of his and has used his music in several projects including Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me in which Isaak was also given an acting role
June 26, 1956 ~ Trumpeter Clifford Brown, pianist Richie Powell, and Powell's wife pass away in Bedford, Pennsylvania, USA ~ While travelling overnight from Pennsylvania to Chicago jazz trumpeter Clifford Brown, pianist Richie Powell and Powell's wife pass away in a car crash ~ Brown was born in 1930, Powell in 1931
June 26, 1956 ~ Rockabily, rock & roll singer Gene Vincent records Blue Jean Bop at Bradley Film & Recording Studio, Nashville, Tennessee ~ Under the supervision of producer Ken Nelson, Vincent and his backing unit the Blue Caps record Blue Jean Bop as well as Who Slapped John, Jumps Giggles And Shout and I Flipped
June 26, 1955 ~ Punk rock guitarist, singer, songwriter Ivan Julian born in Washington DC, USA ~ Influenced by Jimi Hendrix. Co-founding member of Richard Hell & the Voidoids, best known for their 1976 song Blank Generation which is said to have inspired the Sex Pistols track Pretty Vacant. Julian co-wrote Liars Beware and Betrayal Takes Two. Following the band's disbandement in 1980 Julian has also worked with the Outsets, the Lovelies, the Clash, and others.
June 26, 1955 ~ Jazz, avant-garde jazz drummer Joey Baron, full name Bernard Joseph Baron, born in Richmond, Virginia, USA ~ Celebrated drummer with about a dozen albums to his name as leader or co-leader. In-demand sideman. Closely associated with Bill Frisell and John Zorn. Present on albums by Carmen McRae, Bill Henderson, Lew Tabackin (My Old Flame), Fred Hersch, Enrico Pieranunzi, Toots Thielemans (Do Not Leave Me), Roseanna Vitro, Marian McPartland, Pat Martino, Tim Berne, Laurie Anderson, David Sanborn, Masada, Misha Mengelberg, David Bowie, Arto Lindsay, and John Scofield
June 26, 1955 ~ Singer, guitarist Mick Jones born in Brixton, UK ~ Best known as co-founding member, co-leader of the Clash, with whom he recorded five albums. After his departure from the band in 1983 founded Big Audio Dynamite, known for the 1991 UK No.1 hit Rush. Jones has also worked with Carbon/Silicon, Gorillaz, the Justice Tonight Band, the Wallflowers, the Flaming Lips, and the Avalanches. Occasionally Jones served as producer, notably for Ellen Foley's 1981 Spirit Of St Louis sophomore album, Ian Hunter's Short Back 'n Sides album released the same year, and the Libertines' 2002 Up The Bracket debut album
June 26, 1954 ~ Jazz guitarist Øystein Norvoll born in Tromsø, Norway ~ Married to singer Marit Sandvik. Influenced by Barney Kessel and Jim Hall. Worked with Hallgeir Pedersen, Jan Arvid Johansen, Jørn Øien, Asbjørn Johanesen, Konrad Kaspersen, Trond Sverre Hansen, Oddmund Finnseth, Randy Johnston, Jon Gordon, and others
June 26, 1953 ~ Bassist Ralph Ezell, full name Ralph Daniel Ezell, born in Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA ~ Member of Shenandoah from 1984 through 1996 and again from 2002 until his death in 2007. The band is known for country hits such as The Church On Cumberland Road, Sunday In The South, Two Dozen Roses, Next To You Next To Me and If Bubba Can Dance I Can Too ~ Ezzell passed away in 2007
June 26, 1951 ~ Television personality, columnist, singer Lance Loud, full name Alanson russell loud, born in San Diego, California, USA ~ Best known for his appearance in the 1973 reality show An American Family documenting his coming out, making Loud an icon in the gay community. Fronted underground outfit the Mumps, which at times also included future Iggy Pop-guitarist Rob Duprey and future Patti Smith-drummer Jay Dee Daugherty ~ Loud passed away in 2001
June 26, 1949 ~ Adrian Curtis Gurvitz, commonly known as rock, pop rock singer, guitarist, pianist, producer, songwriter Adrian Gurvitz, born in Stoke Newington, UK ~ Member of Gun, Three Man Army, Baker Gurvitz Army. As a solo artist known for his 1982 Classsic single. In-demand collaborator, songwriter, producer. Has worked with Rupert's People, Hot Chocolate (Friend Of Mine), Eddie Money (The Love In Your Eyes), REO Speedwagon, Henry Lee Summer, Kenny G (Breathless), Aaron Neville, Steve Perry, Youssou n'Dour, CeCe Winans (Looking Back At You), Bent, Bob Sinclar, Pixie Lott, and Andra Day
June 26, 1947 ~ Country singer Renée Martel born in Drummondville, Canada ~ Daughter of country singer Marcel Martel. Dubbed “the Queen of Quebec Country” and best known for a number of late 1960s hits including Liverpool, Je Vais A Londres and Johnny Angel ~ Martel passed away in 2021
June 26, 1946 ~ Jump blues, R&B singer, saxophonist, bandleader Louis Jordan records Let The Good Times Roll ~ Written by Sam Theard and Fleecie Moore. Released later the same year as a single, featuring Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens recorded during the same session on the flip side. Both songs would become blues standards, the former becoming a concert favorite for acts such as BB King and Koko Taylor. Good Times is also said to have inspired Earl King's Come On and Clifton Chenier's Bon Ton Roulet
June 26, 1945 ~ Conductor, pianist Erno Rapée passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Symphonic conductor, virtuoso pianist. Known for his association with the Radio City Symphony Orchestra and for composing scores for numerous films ~ Rapée was born in 1891
June 26, 1943 ~ Clive Powell, commonly known as singer, keyboardist Georgie Fame, born in Leigh, UK ~ One of the first white musicians to be influenced by ska, alongside genres such as jazz and blues. Known for the 1960s UK No.1 hits Yeh Yeh, Get Away, and The Ballad Of Bonnie & Clyde. In-demand sideman and collaborator, having worked with the likes of Andy Fairweather Low, Eric Clapton, Joan Armatrading, Craig Nuttycombe, Van Morrison, Bill Wyman, and others
June 26, 1942 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Gilberto Gil, full name Gilberto Passos Gil Moreira, born in Salvador, Brazil ~ Draws from rock, samba, world music, reggae, soul, disco. Key figure of the late 1960s. Frequent collaborator of Caetano Veloso. Acclaimed for his 1977 Refavela album incorporating African rhythms and a landmark album in Afro-Brazilian music
June 26, 1942 ~ Blues-rock, rock & roll, rock bassist, guitarist Larry Taylor, full name Samuel Lawrence Taylor, born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Baby brother of the Ventures' drummer Mel Taylor. Worked with Canned Heat, the Monkees, Jerry Lee Lewis, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, Harvey Mandel, Tom Waits, Sunnyland Slim, Albert King, Leo Kottke, Don Sugarcane Harris, Chuck E Weiss, the Blasters, Rod Piazza, John Lee Hooker (The Healer), Kristen Vigard, Keith Levene, John Hammond Jr, Terry Evans, JJ Cale, Randy Resnick, Charlie Musselwhite, Kim Wilson, Cesar Rosas, Candye Kane, Kid Ramos, Dale Hawkins, Kelly Joe Phelps, Tracy Chapman, Colin Linden, Solomon Burke, Buddy Guy, and others ~ Taylor passed away in 2019
June 26, 1939 ~ George Timothy Braithwaite, commonly known as soul jazz saxophonist George Braith, born ~ Known for playing multiple horns at once, a technique pioneered by Rahsaan Roland Kirk. As a leader especially acclaimed for his 1967 Musart album. Has guested on albums by Big John Patton, Roy Ayers, Grant Green, and Bertha Hope. Braith is featured in a mosaic in the 72nd Street station of the New York subway
June 26, 1938 ~ R&B, soul, pop, sunshine pop singer Billy Davis Jr born in St Louis, Missouri, USA ~ Married to singer Marilyn McCoo, his bandmate in the 5th Dimension. The couple also scored a number of hits as a duo including I Hope We Get To Love In Time, You Don't Have To Be A Star (To Be In My Show), My Reason To Be and Saving All My Love For You, the latter later notably covered by Whitney Houston
June 26, 1937 ~ Reginald Workman, commonly known as jazz, avant-garde jazz, hard bop bassist, double bassist Reggie Workman born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Best known for his associations with John Coltrane, including on the albums My Favorite Things and Olé Coltrane, and with Art Blakey. Over half a dozen albums as a leader or co-leader, especially acclaimed for the mid-1990s albums Summit Conference and Cerebral Caverns. Member of Trio 3. Also frequently collaborated with Archie Shepp, Herbie Mann, and Mal Waldron. Other notable associations include Donald Byrd, Duke Jordan, Gigi Gryce, Grant Green, Freddie Hubbard (Hub-Tones), Wayne Shorter (Night Dreamer), Booker Ervin, Roy Ayers, Pharoah Sanders, Max Roach, and Alice Coltrane
June 26, 1934 ~ Country, bluegrass mandolinist Frank Wakefield born in Emory Gap, Tennessee, USA ~ Innovative mandolinist known for his collaborations with artists such as the Greenbriar Boys, the Red Heads, Red Allen, Jimmy Martin, Don Reno, Jerry Garcia, David Grisman, the Stanley Brothers, and others
June 26, 1930 ~ James Deuchar, commonly known as jazz trumpeter, arranger Jimmy Deuchar, born in Dundee, UK ~ Worked with Johnny Dankworth, Oscar Rabin, Ronnie Scott, Kurt Edelhagen, Tubby Hayes, the Clarke-Boland Big Band, the BBC Big Band, Victor Feldman, Zoot Sims, Kenny Clarke, Georgie Fame, Ray Warleigh, Mark Murphy, Charlie Watts, and others ~ Deuchar passed away in 1993
June 26, 1928 ~ Jazz saxophonist Don Lanphere, full name Donald Gale Lanphere, born in Wenatchee, Washington, USA ~ Worked with Fats Navarro, Woody Herman, Claude Thornhill, Sonny Dunham, Billy May, Charlie Barnet, Johnny Bothwell, and others ~ Lanphere passed away in 2003
June 26, 1927 ~ Lucy Ardans, commonly known as pianist, conductor Lucy Scarbrough, born in Encino, New Mexico, USA ~ A lifelong admirer of Frédéric Chopin Scarbrough is perhaps best known for founding the El Paso Chopin Festival. As a conductor most closely associated with the El Paso Opera and the El Paso Civic Orchestra, working with the latter for some three decades ~ Scarbrough passed away in 2020
June 26, 1926 ~ Fiddler Kenny Baker, full name Kenny Clayton Baker, born in Burdine, Kentucky, USA ~ Influenced by Marion Sumner, Django Reinhardt, Stéphane Grappelli. Considered one of the most infuential fiddlers in bluegrass. Best known as a member of the Bluegrass Boys, backing Bill Monroe for over two decades starting in 1957. Has also worked with bluegrass supergroup the Masters ~ Baker passed away in 2011
June 26, 1925 ~ Jazz pianist, composer, arranger Ken Moule, full name Kenneth John Moule, born in Barking, UK ~ Active since the 1940. Worked with Johnny Dankworth, Oscar Rabin, Remo Cavalotti, Joe Daniels, Bobby Kevin, Ronnie Scott, Jiver Hutchinson, Bert Ambrose, Frank Weir, Ken Mackintosh, Raymonde's Orchestra, Ted Heath, Lionel Bart, Kenny Wheeler, and others ~ Moule passed away in 1986
June 26, 1915 ~ Singer, songwriter Joan Whitney, full name Joan Whitney Kramer, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Student of vocal coach Alex Kramer, whom she eventually married. As a husband-wife songwriting team they would become known for penning a number of hits, notably the 1947 Jimmy Dorsey-hit High On A Windy Hill. Other successes would include Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens for Louis Jordan, Deep As The River for Harry Belafonte and Love Somebody for Buddy Clark and Doris Day ~ Whitney passed away in 1990
June 26, 1905 ~ Stella Gloria Crowson, commonly known as jazz singer Teddy Grace, born in Arcadi, Louisiana, USA ~ Radio singer working with big bands led by Bob Crosby, Paul Whiteman, Al Katz, Tommy Christian, and Mal Hallett for most of the 1930s. Recorded for Decca Records from 1937 to 1940 working with sidemen such as Bobby Hackett, Jack Teagarden, Charlie Shavers, Buster Bailey, Pee Wee Russell, and Bud Freeman. Joined the Women's Army Corps in 1940, sang at war bond rallies, lost her voice and was unable to speak for years, never again sang ~ Crowson passed away in 1992
June 26, 1903 ~ James Burke Oden, commonly known as blues singer, pianist, songwriter St Louis Jimmy Oden, born in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ~ Best known for his 1941 single Goin' Down Slow. His friend and frequent collaborator Muddy Waters would record Oden's Take The Bitter With The Sweet and Soon Forgotten. Has also worked with Roosevelt Sykes, Guitar Pete Franklin, Sunnyland Slim, Otis Spann, and others ~ Oden passed away in 1977
June 26, 1902 ~ Classical tenor Hugues Cuénod, full name Hugues-Adhémar Cuénod, born in Corseaux-sur-Vevey, Switzerland ~ Helpful in reviving interest in Baroque music. Active since the 1920s, initially as a concert recitalist. Would go on to enjoy an international career in opera, operetta and musical theatre, praised for his diction and technique. Has sung with La Scala, the Royal Opera House, and holds the record for the oldest person to debut at the Metropolitan Opera, appearing as Emperor Altoum in Giacomo Puccini's Turandot in 1987 at the age of 84 ~ Cuénod passed away in 2010
June 26, 1901 ~ Albert Irving Silverman, commonly known as songwriter, lyricist Al Stillman, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Perhaps best known for co-writing I Believe, recorded by Jane Froman, Mahalia Jackson, Elvis Presley, the Rascals, and Loretta Lynn, and for co-writing Home For The Holidays, recorded by Perry Como, Lorne Greene, Johnny Tillotson, and the Carpenters. Others who recorded his songs include Ray Kinney, Tommy Dorsey, the Four Lads, Pat Boone, and Cher ~ Silverman passed away in 1979