This Day In Music: June 29
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June 29, 2022 ~ Folklorist, ethnomusicologist, producer Peter B Lowry passed away in Sydney, Australia ~ Founded the Trix Records label, active during the 1970s and specializing in Piedmont blues with a roster including Eddie Kirkland, Willie Trice, Guitar Shorty. Robert Lockwood Junior, David Honeyboy Edwards, Baby Tate, and Boogie Woogie Red. Authored or co-authored over a dozen publications, and wrote extensively for magazines such as Blues Unlimited, Jazz Times, Penguin Eggs, and Rolling Stone ~ Lowry was born in 1941
June 29, 2022 ~ R&B singer, songwriter, producer R Kelly sentenced to 30 years in sex trafficking case ~ Judge Ann Donnelly sentences the R&B star Kelly to 30 years on racketeering and sex trafficking charges in a highly publicized case. “Although sex was certainly a weapon that you used, this is not a case about sex. It's a case about violence, cruelty and control,” the judge told the multiplatinum singer who was gounf guilty the previous September. As a musician Kelly is known as a pivotal producer, songwriter, remixer credited with helping redefine R&B and hip-hop, especially productive in the 1990s and 2000s. Kelly has sold an estimated 75 million records and is best known his 1996 I Believe I Can Fly hit, which has earned three Grammy Awards
June 29, 2020 ~ Blue-eyed soul, pop singer, songwriter Benny Mardones, full name Ruben Armand Mardones, passed away in Menifee, California, USA ~ Known for his hit single Into The Night which reached the Billboard top 20 twice, first in 1980 and again in 1989 after KZZP, an Arizona radio station, featured a segment titled “Whatever happened to the guy who sang Into the Night”. Other stations picked up and the single became a top 20 hit again ~ Mardones was born in 1946
June 29, 2020 ~ Songwriter, arranger Johnny Mandel passed away in Ojai, California, USA ~ Wrote or co-wrote songs recorded by Irene Kral, Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee (Close Enough For Love), Irene Kral (Don't Look Back), Anita O'Day, Julie Andrews (Emily), Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Diane Schuur, Shirley Horn (Solitary Moon), Michael Feinstein, and others ~ Mandel was born in 1925
June 29, 2018 ~ Producer Bill Hamel passed away in Cocoa Beach, Florida, USA ~ Founding member of trance band Fatum. Best known as a producer who worked with artists such as Brandy and Kanye West (Talk About Our Love), Paul Oakenfold (Hold Your Hand), Justin Timberlake (Cry Me A River), Nelly Furtado (Do It), Mandy Moore (Extraordinary), Rihanna (Unfaithful), Madonna (Hung Up), Fluke (Nobody), Carmen Electra (I Like It Loud), Seal (The Weight Of My Mistakes), Jason Derülo (In My Head, Whatcha Say), Tegan & Sara (Alligator), Michael Bublé (You Got What It Takes), U2 (Magnifique), and Marilyn Manson (Heart Shaped Glasses) ~ Hamel was born in 1973
June 29, 2014 ~ Jazz, new age flutist, saxophonist, composer Paul Horn passed away in Vancouver, Canada ~ Leader and sideman. Especially acclaimed for his 1969 Inside album, considered a landmark album in world music and new age circles. Worked with Chico Hamilton, Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett, Cal Tjader, Mongo Santamaria, Lorez Alexandria, Fred Katz, Shorty Rogers, Pete Rugolo, Lalo Schifrin, George Shearing, and with the Beach Boys on their 1966 Pet Sounds album ~ Horn was born in 1930
June 29, 2013 ~ Paul Thatcher Smith, commonly known as jazz, bebop pianist Paul Smith, passed away in Torrance, California, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Best known as accompanist, especially with Ella Fitzgerald. Has worked with Johnny Richards, Les Paul, Tommy Dorsey, Dizzy Gillespie, Anita O'Day, Buddy DeFranco, Louie Bellson, Steve Allen, Stan Kenton, Mel Tormé, and others ~ Smith was born in 1922
June 29, 2007 ~ Guitarist, singer George McCorkle passed away in Lebanon, Tennessee, USA ~ Best known as founding member of the Marshall Tucker Band, wrote the band's first top 40 hit Fire On The Mountain. Also worked with the Toy Factory, Pax Parachute and released a solo album, American Street, in 1999 ~ McCorkle was born in 1946
June 29, 2005 ~ Soul, jazz singer Herb McQuay passed away ~ Perhaps best known for his 1980 Edwin Starr-cover Oh How Happy. Appeared in a number of musicals during the 1980s, notably Porgy & Bess and Bye Bye Birdie. Also known as a member of a latter-day line-up of the Platters, remaining with the group from 1995 until his death in 2005 ~ McQuay was born in 1948
June 29, 2005 ~ Saxophonist Mikkel Flagstad passed away in Oslo, Norway ~ Son of cellist Ole Flagstad. Leader and sideman. Known for his cool jazz-influenced style. Has worked with the Be-bop Band, Tage Wilford, Hans Backe, Per Asplin, Karl Otto Hoff, Egil Monn-Iversen, Rolf Ericson, Simon Brehm, Atle Hammer, Kjell Karlsen, Erik Amundsen, and others ~ Flagstad was born in 1930
June 29, 2002 ~ Singer, actress Rosemary Clooney passed away in Beverly Hills, California, USA ~ Popular 1940s and 1950s traditional pop and jazz vocalist known for songs such as Come On-a My House, Half As Much, Botch-a-me, The Night Before Christmas Song, Hey There, This Ole House and Mangos ~ Clooney was born in 1928
June 29, 2000 ~ Jazz trombonist, bandleader, arranger Raymond Droz passed away in Zurich, Switzerland ~ Worked with Claude Albert, Charly Antolini, Jean-Pierre Bionda, Raymond Court, Pierre Favre, Kurt Edelhagen, Ted Haenzi, Clark Terry, Heinz Kretschmar, Bill Ramsey, Buck Clayton, Rex Stewart, Othella Dallas, Gabriela Schaaf, the New Zurich Jazztet, and others ~ Droz was born in 1934
June 29, 1998 ~ Pianist, composer Horst Jankowski passed away ~ Classically trained pianist best known for his easy listening music, starting with the 1965 global hit Walk In The Black Forest followed by a string of successful albums throughout the 1970s consisting mostly of easy listening covers of pop and rock hits ~ Jankowski was born in 1936
June 29, 1997 ~ Singer, dancer Etta Jones passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Not to be confused with her more famous namesake jazz singer Etta Jones. Member of girl trio the Dandridge Sisters alongside Vivian Dandridge and Dorothy Dandridge. The trio would have a few good years in the 1930s and 1940s, headlining the Cotton Club, appearing in about half a dozen films and recording a handful of songs, most notably Undecided and If I Were Sure Of You, and some sides with Jimmie Lunceford including Minnie The Moocher Is Dead and You Ain't Nowhere ~ Jones was born ca.1919
June 29, 1997 ~ McKinley James Millet Jr, commonly known as R&B singer, pianist, bassist, songwriter Li'l Millet, passed away in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Best known for co-writing and first recording Rich Woman and for co-writing All Around The World in the mid-1950s. The former would be covered by Canned Heat, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, and by Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, the latter would be used by Little Richard for the B-side of The Girl Can't Help It released in 1956. Millet would enjoy regional popularity throughout the 1980s ~ Millet was born in 1935
June 29, 1993 ~ Hector Juan Perez Martinez, commonly known as salsa, bolero singer, songwriter Hector Lavoe, passed away in Manhattan, New York, USA ~ Considered one of the most important salsa singers from the 1960s onwards, helped popularize the genre. Worked with Roberto Garcia, the Orquesta New York, extensively with Willie Colón, with the Kako All-Stars, Johnny Pacheco, the Fania All-Stars, Tito Puente, and others ~ Martinez was born in 1946
June 29, 1992 ~ Conductor Mario Rossi passed away in Rome, Italy ~ Closely associated with the RAI Orchestra, serving as chief conductor from 1946 through 1950 and elevating the orchestra to an international level. Also known for his recordings of Il Matrimonio Segreto, The Barber Of Seville, Don Pasquale, Un Ballo In Maschera, Otello, and Falstaff ~ Rossi was born in 1902
June 29, 1991 ~ Richard Arnold Holmes, commonly known as hard bop, soul jazz organist Richard Groove Holmes, passed away in St Louis, Missouri, USA ~ As a solo artist best known for his 1965 recording Misty. Leader and in-demand sideman. Has worked with Earl Bostic, Willis Jackson, Eric Kloss, Les McCann, Lou Rawls, Dakota Staton, Gerald Wilson, and others ~ Holmes was born in 1931
June 29, 1990 ~ Singer Lenny Kravitz releases his Mr Cab Driver single ~ Inspired by an actual incident when Kravitz had trouble getting a New York cab due to the color of his skin. While the song is defiant, including bleeped-out cursing of the cab driver, the accompanying video ends on a comic note with Kravitz showing that he shall overcome with grace and style in tact. Released as the third single off his Let Love Rule debut album, the single would be a moderate hit in the UK
June 29, 1986 ~ Jazz saxophonist, clarinetist Cliff Townshend, full name Clifford Blandford Townshend, passed away ~ Father of the Who's Pete Townshend. Joined the UK Armed Forces in the 2nd World War, playing in the army band the Squadronaires. As a solo artist best known for his 1956 rendition of Unchained Melody ~ Townshend was born in 1916
June 29, 1986 ~ Jacques Mikael der Mikaelia, commonly known as music-hall conductor Jacques Hélian, passed away ~ Internationally best known for his late 1940s recordings of C'Est Si Bon and Maître Pierre. Would remain popular in Europe, especially his native France throughout the mid-1950s. Has recorded with Maurice Chevalier, Andre Paquinet, Ernie Royal, Don Byas, Kenny Clarke, Sonny Grey, and others ~ Hélian was born in 1912
June 29, 1985 ~ Singers David Bowie and Mick Jagger record Dancing In The Street at Abbey Road Studios, London, UK ~ The original plan was to perform a live duet for Live Aid charity concerts with Bowie performing in London and Jagger in New York. This idea was ditched when it turned out a live satellite link would have a half-second delay, prompting one to mimic their performance. The single however, a cover of the Motown-classic by Martha & the Vandellas, would however still become a smash international hit reaching top 10 across the globe including No.1 positions in the UK and the Netherlands. All proceeds went to charity
June 29, 1984 ~ Singer Bruce Springsteen kicks off his Born In The USA Tour at the St Paul Civic Center, St Paul, Minnesota ~ Totalling over 150 dates across the USA, Canada, Australia, Asia, and Europe, the tour would run through October the following year, making it his longest tour. Nearly half of the Live 1975-85 live box set released in 1986 consists of songs recorded during this tour, Springsteen playing the entirety of the albums Nebraska, which he did not tour to promote, and Born In The USA throughout the tour. The latter album would chart inside the Billboard Hot 200 top 10 for the entire duration of the tour
June 29, 1979 ~ Richard Abidin Breen, commonly known as rapper, singer, DJ, producer, songwriter Abz Love, born in London, UK ~ Rose to prominence as member of boy band 5ive, known for UK top 10 hits such as Slam Dunk Da Funk, When The Lights Go Out, Got The Feelin', Keep On Movin', Let's Dance and Rock The Party. Debuted as a solo artist with the Abstract Theory album in 2003, which spawned the hits What You Got, Stop Sign and Miss Perfect featuring Nodesha
June 29, 1979 ~ Singer, guitarist, sitarist, flutist, saxophonist, songwriter Lowell George, full name Lowell Thomas George, passed away in Arlington, Virginia, USA ~ Active since the mid-1960s. Member of the Factory, known for their Smile Let Your Life Begin single. Backed Frank Zappa as member of the Mothers Of Invention. Best known for co-founding and fronting Little Feat, acclaimed for a string of 1970s albums including Little Feat, Sailin' Shoes, and Dixie Chicken ~ George was born in 1945
June 29, 1975 ~ Folk rock, psychedelic folk, jazz fusion, avant-garde, rock singer, songwriter Tim Buckley, full name Timothy Charles Buckley III, passed away ~ Father of singer, songwriter Jeff Buckley. Member of the Bohemians. Member of Harlequin 3. Released his eponymous Tim Buckley solo debut album in 1966. Would release eight more albums before his untimely death of an overdose at age 28 ~ Buckley was born in 1947
June 29, 1973 ~ Singer Freddie Mercury, going by the solo moniker Larry Lurex, releases his I Can Hear Music single ~ Originally a 1966 single written for the Ronettes by Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich, and Phil Spector. Best known as recorded by the Beach Boys in 1969 with Carl Wilson on lead vocals, which reached top 30 Billboard Hot 100 and top 10 in the UK. Mercury's 1973 single, officially a “solo” recording yet reportedly with his Queen bandmates present on the recording, would not make much of an impact. Mercury, however, would rise to fame as one of rock's most flamboyant and energetic showmen, and sell over an estimated 250 million records with Queen, whose eponymous Queen debut album was released about two weeks after the Larry Lurex I Can Hear Music single
June 29, 1971 ~ Alternative rock, folk rock singer, guitarist, pianist, bassist, percussionist, songwriter Matthew Good, full name Matthew Frederick Robert Good, born in Burnaby, Canada ~ Fronted the Matthew Good Band, known for songs such as Everything Is Automatic, Indestructible, Apparitions, Hello Time Bomb, Load Me Up and Strange Days. Active as a solo artist since 2003, marking a stylistic change, with over a dozen albums to his name starting with the Avalanche album
June 29, 1971 ~ Bolero, opera tenor Nestor Mesta Cháyres passed away in Mexico City, Mexico ~ Dubbed “El Gitano de Mexico” and especially known as an interpreter of Agustín Lara and Maria Grever. Worked with the Symphony Orchestra Of Mexico, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Alfredo Antonini, John Serry Sr, and the Montreal Philharmonic Orchestra ~ Cháyres was born in 1908
June 29, 1969 ~ Frederick Earl Long, commonly known as R&B, soul singer Shorty Long, passed away in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ First to record Devil With The Blue Dress On in 1964, which never charted but would be a hit for Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels two years later. Would reach the charts with later releases such as Function At The Junction, It's A Crying Shame, Chantilly Lace and perhaps his best-known Here Comes The Judge, the latter a Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit in 1968. Long played a variety of instruments, including piano, drums and trumpet, and was the only Motown artist other than Smokey Robinson allowed to produce his own recordings ~ Long was born in 1940
June 29, 1964 ~ Saxophonist, clarinetist Eric Dolphy, full name Eric Allan Dolphy Jr, passed away in Berlin, West Germany ~ Pushed bop to its outer limits. Helped establish the bass clarinet as a viable jazz instrument. Extended the boundaries of the alto saxophone. During his lifetime released about half a dozen albums as a leader, with a multitude of recordings released posthumously. Especially acclaimed for the albums Looking Ahead and Out There, both released in 1960. Closely associated with Charles Mingus, John Coltrane and Booker Little. Also present on albums by Teddy Charles, Ernie Andrews, Chico Hamilton (Gong's East), Oliver Nelson (Screamin' The Blues), John Lewis, Eddie Lockjaw Davis (Trane Whistle), George Russell, Booker Little (Out Front), Max Roach, Ted Curson, Pony Poindexter (Pony's Express), Freddie Hubbard, and Andrew Hill (Point Of Departure. Dolphy passed away at age 36, most likely due to undiagnosed diabetes ~ Dolphy was born in 1928
June 29, 1961 ~ Songwriter, producer Wim Claes born in Leuven, Belgium ~ Internationally perhaps best known for co-writing Like The Wind for Vanessa Chinitor. The song served as the Belgian entry for the 1999 Eurovision Songfestival, where it reached twelfth place. Claes also co-wrote Oui Oh Oui and Lilali for Kim Kay, both top 10 hits in Belgium. Other artists who recorded his songs include Clouseau, Dana Winner, Günther Neefs, Sam Gooris (Ik Heb De Zon Zien Zakken In De Zee), Luc Steeno, and Salim Seghers ~ Claes passed away in 2018
June 29, 1953 ~ Glam metal, hard rock singer, guitarist, bassist, keyboardist, percussionist Don Dokken, full name Donald Maynard Dokken, born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Lead singer, founder, eponym of Dokken, known for songs such as Into The Fire, Alone Again, Just Got Lucky, The Hunter, Dream Warriors, Burning Like A Flame and Too High To Fly.
June 29, 1951 ~ Singer, guitarist, keyboardist Billy Hinsche born in Manila, Philippines ~ Formed the trio Dino Desi & Billy with Dean Paul Martin and Desi Arnaz Jr, known for mid- to late-1960s singles such as I'm A Fool, Not The Lovin' Kind and Superman. Hinsche has also regularly performed with the Beach Boys, intermittently touring with the band as a backing singer and instrumentalist from the late 1960s through the late 1970s but declined several offers to formally join the band. Hinsche can also be heard as a backing singer on recordings by America, Warren Zevon, Joan Jett, and Elton John, including on the latter's 1974 Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me ~ Hinsche passed away in 2021
June 29, 1948 ~ Jazz, avant-garde jazz saxophonist, flutist Sean Bergin born in Durban, South Africa ~ During apartheid performed illegally with blacj musicians. Part of a large diaspora of South Africans to flee the country to find succes in Europe. Over a dozen albums as a leader, most acclaimed for the 1999 Copy Cat album. Sideman on recordings by the Abstract Truth, Burton Greene, Ernst Reijseger, the ICP Orchestra, Louis Moholo, Miriam Makeba, and the Dedication Orchestra ~ Bergin passed away in 2012
June 29, 1947 ~ Guitarist, mandolinist, singer Carlo Santanna, full name Carlo Paul Santanna, born in Nottingham, UK ~ Member of Paper Lace, with whom he scored the UK hits Billy Don't Be A Hero, The Black-Eyed Boys, and The Night Chicago Died. All three would reach top 20 in the band's native UK, the latter would also top the American Billboard Hot 100
June 29, 1947 ~ Producer Will Hoebee born in Hilversum, the Netherlands ~ Started in Dutch radio, assisting Joost den Draaijer on 3FM. Would go on to work for various labels, notably Phonogram working closely with Peter Koelewijn. Has produced or co-produced recordings by Saskia & Serge, Rob de Nijs, Anny Schilder, André van Duin, Nana Moskouri, Vicky Leandros Gheorghe Zamfir, and others. Best known as producer for girl pop trio Luv', later marrying the band's José Hoebee with whom he has one son ~ Houbee passed away in 2012
June 29, 1943 ~ Eva Narcissus Boyd, commonly known as singer Little Eva, born in Belhaven, North Carolina, USA ~ Babysitter for Gerry Goffin and Carole King, known for her 1962 novelty hit The Loco-motion. Boyd would then be given lesser material and only scored a handful of modest follow-up hits including Keep Your Hands Off My Baby, Let's Turkey Trot and Swinging On A Star ~ Boyd passed away in 2003
June 29, 1941 ~ Laiko singer Giannist Poulopoulos, sometimes referred to as John Poulopoulos, born in Kardamyli, Greece ~ One of the best-selling Greek artists, enjouying popularity from the 1960s onwards. Well-known songs include Mi Mu Thymponis, the Helen Kladi-duets Very Late and I Love You, and In Piraeus ~ Poulopoulos passed away in 2020
June 29, 1940 ~ Pop singer, guitarist, songwriter Alan Klein, full name Alan Charles Klein, born in Clerkenwell, UK ~ Wrote the music for the 1963 stage play and film What A Crazy World. Released his solo solo album, Well At Least It's British, in 1964. Joined the New Vaudeville Band as lead singer in 1966, present on the UK top 10 hit Peek-a-boo
June 29, 1935 ~ Trombonist Julian Priester born ~ Active since the 1950s Leader and sideman. Priester has worked with Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, Sonny Stitt, Sun Ra, Lionel Hampton, Dinah Washington, Max Roach, Philly Joe Jones, Booker Little, John Coltrane, Freddie Hubbard, Stanley Turrentine, Blue Mitchell, Art Blakey, Joe Henderson, McCoy Tyner, Johnny Griffin, Sam Rivers, Duke Ellington, Herbie Hancock, Dave Holland, the Liberation Music Orchestra, Jane Ira Bloom, Anthony Braxton, Donald Byrd, Jay Clayton, Robben Ford, Andrew Hill, Clifford Jordan, Pat Metheny, Buddy Rich, Cal Tjader, and others.
June 29, 1929 ~ Classical guitarist, composer Alexandre Lagoya born in Alexandria, Egypt ~ Married to guitarist Ida Presti, with whom he regularly collaborated. Known for a number of transcriptions to guitar based on works by Johann Sebastian Bach, George Frideric Handel and Niccolò Paganini. Also had a number of contemporary compositions written for him or for the Presti-Lagoya duo by composers such as Jean-Yves Daniel-Lesur, André Jolivet, and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco ~ Lagoya passed away in 1999
June 29, 1926 ~ Songwriter, singer Lincoln Chase born in New York, New York, USA ~ Occasionally recorded as a singer. Best known as a songwriter, enjoying succes from the 1950s through the mid-1960s. Song written or co-written by Chase include Must I Cry Again (the Hilltoppers), Rain Down Rain (Big Maybelle), Salty Tears (Chuck Willis), Such A Night (the Drifters), Please Don't Freeze (Ruth Brown), Jim Dandy (Lavern Baker), and The Nitty Gritty (Shirley Ellis) ~ Chase passed away in 1980
June 29, 1910 ~ Songwriter Frank Loesser born in New York, New York, USA ~ Has written or co-written over an estimated 700 songs, many of which have become standards. Won a Tony Award for his 1950 Guys And Dolls musical. Shared a Pullitzer Prize for Drama for his 1961 How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying musical. Perhaps best remembered for penning Baby It's Cold Outside, recorded by over 400 artists including Dinah Shore & Buddy Clark, Louis Armstrong, Jo Stafford, and Ray Charles & Betty Carter. Other well-known songs written or co-written by Loesser include What Are You Doing New Year's Eve (Margaret Whiting, Nancy Wilson, Patti Labelle), On A Slow Boat To China (Benny Goodman, the Platters, Gene Pitney, Jimmy Buffett), I Hear Music (Billie Holiday, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald), The Lady's In Love With You (Gene Krupa, Sammy Davis Jr, Doris Day), and Luck Be A Lady (Robert Alda, Frank Sinatra) ~ Loesser passed away in 1969
June 29, 1908 ~ Composer, conductor Leroy Anderson born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA ~ Known for his light orchestral pieces, many of which premiered by the Boston Pops Orchestra. Described by renowned conductor, film composer John Williams as “one of the great American masters of light orchestral music.” ~ Anderson passed away in 1975
June 29, 1901 ~ Singer, actor Nelson Eddy, full name Nelson Ackerman Eddy, born in Providence, Rhode Island, USA ~ Enjoyed popularity during the 1930s and 1940s, performing in concert, opera, radio, TV, and appearing in well over a dozen films. Has made close to 300 recordings, including duets with Risë Stevens, Nadine Connor, Doretta Morrow, Eleanor Steber, and Jo Stafford. Well known for songs such as Song Of The Mounties, Indian Love Call, Rose Marie, Lover Come Back To Me, Wanting You, I'll See You Again, and Spring Is Here ~ Eddy passed away in 1967