This Day In Music: June 30
June 29 ~ Birthdays/All ~ July 1
June 30, 2021 ~ Guitarist Vic Briggs, full name Victor Harvey Briggs, passed away in New Zealand ~ Best known as lead guitarist with the Animals from 1966 through 1968, present on the albums Winds Of Change, The Twain Shall Meet and Every One Of Us. Has also worked with the Echoes, Johnny Hallyday, Steampacket, Dusty Springfield. Would become an in-demand producer and arranger from the late 1960s forward ~ Briggs was born in 1945
June 30, 2020 ~ Pop, rock singer, drummer Walter Nita passed away ~ Member of the Press, known for hits such as I'm Gonna Shoot The DJ and Cantara Pepe. Also worked with the Walkers, the Chaplin Band, Run, Underberg, and others ~ Nita was born ca.1951
June 30, 2018 ~ Hans Joachim Roth, commonly known as guitarist, songwriter Zeno Roth, passed away ~ Brother of guitarist Uli Jon Roth. Member of Electric Sun. Member of Zeno ~ Roth was born in 1956
June 30, 2016 ~ Jazz pianist Don Friedman, full name Donald Ernest Friedman, passed away ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Dexter Gordon, Chet Baker, Buddy DeFranco, Ornette Coleman, Eric Dolphy, Jimmy Giuffre, Booker Little, Attila Zoller, Bobby Hackett, Herbie Mann, Chuck Israels, Pepper Adams, Jimmy Knepper, George Mraz, Lee Konitz, Ron Carter, Omar Hakim, Gary Smulyan, Lewis Nash, Buddy Collette, John Handy, Joe Henderson, Elvin Jones, Don Lanphere, Charles Lloyd, Dave Pike, Clark Terry, and others ~ Friedman was born in 1935
June 30, 2015 ~ Organist, singer Eddy Louiss passed away in Poitiers, France ~ Worked with Double Six, René Thomas, Bernard Lubat, Michel Petrucciani, Richard Galliano, Daniel Humair, Jean-Luc Ponty, John Surman, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Steve Ferrone, Bob Garcia, Jo Maka, Luigi Trussardi, Jean Louis Viale, Stan Getz, and others ~ Louiss was born in 1941
June 30, 2012 ~ Rock, heavy metal guitarist, violinist, singer Ivan Sekyra passed away in Prague, Czech Republic ~ Best known as co-founding member of Abraxas. Has also worked with Projektil, Drakar and Silent Garden ~ Sekyra was born in 1952
June 30, 2006 ~ Jazz pianist Ross Tompkins passed away in St Augustine, Florida, USA ~ Best known for his association with the Tonight Show Band, staying with the group from 1971 until 1992. Also worked with Kai Winding, Eric Dolphy, Wes Montgomery, Bob Brookmeyer, Clark Terry, Benny Goodman, Bobby Hackett, Al Cohn, Zoot Sims, Louie Bellson, Joe Venuti, Red Norvo, Jack Sheldon, Herb Ellis, Bill Watrous, Tony Mottola, Lorraine Feather, Peanuts Hucko, Jack Lemon, Dick Hafer, Plas Johnson, Dave Pell, and others ~ Tompkins was born in 1938
June 30, 2002 ~ Howard Richard Allen, commonly known as drummer Richard Pistol Allen, passed away in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Influenced by Max Roach, Buddy Rich, Benny Benjamin. Member of Motown house band the Funk Brothers. Present on recordings by Martha & the Vandellas, Stevie Wonder, the Temptations, the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, the Four Tops, and others ~ Allen was born in 1932
June 30, 2001 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Chet Atkins, full name Chester Burton Atkins, passed away in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ~ Important behind the scenes country musician. Along with Owen Bradley and Bob Ferguson helped develop the Nashville sound. Highly admired as a guitarist. Influenced by Merle Travis, Django Reinhardt, George Barnes, Les Paul, Jerry Reed. Has collaborated with numerous artists, notably as a producer for Perry Como, Elvis Presley, Eddy Arnold, Don Gibson, Jim Reeves, Waylon Jennings ~ Atkins was born in 1924
June 30, 2001 ~ Tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson passed away in San Francisco, California, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Influenced by Charlie Parker. Drew from bebop, R&B, Latin jazz, avant-garde. Worked with Chick Corea, Kenny Dorham, McCoy Tyner, Bob Cranshaw, Cedar Walton, Ron Carter, Wynton Kelly, Herbie Hancock, Woody Shaw, Lenny White, Charlie Haden, Joachim Kühn, Rufus Reid, Freddie Hubbard, Grant Green, Freddie Roach, Horace Silver, Duke Pearson, Joe Zawinul, George Benson, Flora Purim, JJ Johnson, Wynton Marsalis, Renee Rosnes, Roy Hargrove, and others ~ Henderson was born in 1937
June 30, 1999 ~ Smooth rock bassist, singer Bruce Day passed away ~ Bassist, singer of Pablo Cruise from 1971, taking over for Bud Cockrell, through 1981. Present on the albums Worlds Away and Part Of The Game ~ Day was born in 1951
June 30, 1996 ~ Quaracha, bolero singer, guitarist, songwriter Marcelino Guerra passed away in El Campello, Spain ~ Best known for songs such as Pare Cochero, Voy Pa'i Pueblo, Convergencia, A Mi Manera and Sandunguera ~ Guerra was born in 1914
June 30, 1995 ~ Composer, pianist, conductor Jorge Peixinho passed away in Lisbon, Portugal ~ Co-founded the Lisbon Contemporary Group with Clotilde Rosa ~ Peixinho was born in 1940
June 30, 1995 ~ Pop, R&B singer Phyllis Hyman, full name Phyllis Linda Hyman, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Known for songs such as You Know How To Love Me, Living All Alone, Don't Wanna Change The World. Nominated for a Tony Award for her role in the early 1980s Broadway-production of Sophisticated Ladies, a musical based on the music of Duke Ellington ~ Hyman was born in 1949
June 30, 1994 ~ R&B, doo-wop singer Obadiah Carter, full name Obadiah Hawthorne Carter, passed away ~ Best known as member of the 5 Royales, originating from gospel quintet the Royal Sons. The band changed both their name and music, moving from gospel to secular R&B, and found succes with songs such as You Know I Know and Courage To Love ~ Carter was born in 1925
June 30, 1990 ~ Saxophonist, songwriter Dudu Pukwana, full name Mtuhutuzeli Dudu Pukwana, passed away in London, UK ~ Influenced by Nikele Moyake. Member of the Blue Notes. Also worked with Assagai, Spear, Mike Heron, Centipede, Toots & the Maytals, Misha Mengelberg, Elton Dean, Keith Tippett, Johnny Dyani, Zila, Brotherhood Of Breath, and others ~ Pukwana was born in 1938
June 30, 1986 ~ Singer, musical actor Jamai Loman, full name Jamai Johannes Loman, born in Gouda, the Netherlands ~ Winner of the 2003 edition of the talent contest Idols. Following hits such as Step Right Up and When You Walk In The Room would venture into a career as musical actor and TV presenter
June 30, 1984 ~ Fantasia Monique Barrino, mononymously known as R&B singer, songwriter, actress Fantasia born in High Point, North Carolina, USA ~ Winner of the third season of talent show American Idol in 2004. Released her I Believe debut single and Free Yourself debut album later the same year. The following years would collaborate with Faith Evans, Patti Labelle, Aretha Franklin, and star in a Broadway production of The Color Purple. Well-known for songs such as Truth, Free Yourself, When I See U and Bittersweet
June 30, 1983 ~ Cheryl Ann Tweedy, commonly known as singer Cheryl, born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK ~ Became a member of girl group Girls Aloud through ITV's 2002 edition of Popstars The Rivals. While still a band member Tweedy went on to pursue a solo career releasing her debut album, 3 Words, in 2009
June 30, 1983 ~ Colden Rainey Swindell, commonly known as country, country pop singer, songwriter Cole Swindell, born in Bronwood, Georgia, USA ~ As a singer known for songs such as Chillin' It, Ain't Worth The Whiskey, You Should Be Here and Middle Of A Memory. In-demand songwriter. Artists who recorded songs written or co-written by Swindell include Craig Campbell, Thomas Rhett (Get Me Some Of That), Scotty McCreery, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line (This Is How We Roll), Chris Young, and others
June 30, 1981 ~ Pop singer, TV personality Alex Casademunt, full name Alejandro Casademunt Gonzalez, born in Barcelona, Spain ~ Brother of singer Papa Joe. First gained attention on the talent show Operación Triunfo aired on Televisión Española in 2001. Following the show would form the group Fórmula Abierte with fellow contestants Geno Machado, Javián and Mireia Montavez. Collaborated with David Bustamante on the 2002 hit Dos Hombres Y Un Desyono. Released his Inquietudes De Ella solo debut album in 2003 ~ Casademunt passed away in 2021
June 30, 1979 ~ Matthew Paul Miller, commonly known as reggae, alternative reggae, alternative hip-hop, alternative rock singer, rapper, beatboxer Matisyahu, born in Chester, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Merges Jewish themes with reggae, rock, hip-hop and beatboxing. Best known for his 2005 King Without A Crown single. Has worked with Bill Laswell, Sly & Robbie, Kool Kojak, Akon, Trevor Hall, Avicii, Wyclef Jean, and others
June 30, 1976 ~ Singer, guitarist, pianist, songwriter Justin Russo born in USA ~ Brother of Jason Sebastian Russo, with whom he worked in Hopewell and in indie rock outfit Mercury Rev. Has also worked with the Silent League, Timesbold, Grand Mal, and others
June 30, 1975 ~ Singer Robert Avellanet, full name Roberto Lejandro Avellanet Negrón, born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico ~ Member of Latin boyband Menudo from 1988 through 1991. Replaced Raymond Acevedo, succeeded by Alexis Grullon
June 30, 1964 ~ Drummer, guitarist, bassist Chuck Treece born in Newark, Delaware, USA ~ Worked with Mcrad, Billy Joel, Stiffed, Bad Brains, Underdog, Urge Overkill, the Plastic Eaters, Up The Chain, and others. Also known as a professional skateboarder, the first African-American to be featured on a Thrasher Magazine cover
June 30, 1964 ~ Rogelio de Jesus Miret, commonly known as hardcore punk, punk rock singer, guitarist, bassist Roger Miret born in Havana, Cuba ~ Lead singer of Agnostic Front, considered “the Godfathers of hardcore”
June 30, 1963 ~ Lars Johan Yngvie Lannerback, commonly known as heavy metal, hard rock guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen born in Stockholm, Sweden ~ Virtuoso guitarist praised for his technical prowess and speed of his playing. Leding figure in neoclassical metal. Influenced by Niccolò Paganini, Johann Sebastian Bach, Ritchie Blackmore. Member of Steeler and of Alcatrazz. Over 20 albums to his name as a solo artist, starting with 1984's Rising Force. Guested on recordings by Tone Norum, Carmine Appice, Saxon, Åsa Jinder, Derek Sherinian, and others
June 30, 1962 ~ Guitarist, bassist, singer Lars Lillo Stenberg born in Oslo, Norway ~ Worked with the Delillos, Last James, and the Young Neils
June 30, 1958 ~ Conductor, composer Esa-Pekka Salonen born in Helsinki, Finland ~ Closely associated with the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony
June 30, 1958 ~ Singer, songwriter Tommy Keene born in Evanston, Illinois, USA ~ Enjoyed cult following among power pop fans. Worked with noted producers such as T-Bone Burnett, Don Dixon, and R Walt Vincent. Keene also played guitar on the 1998 the Goo Goo Dolls hit single Broadway ~ Keene passed away in 2017
June 30, 1956 ~ Hans Joachim Roth, commonly known as guitarist, songwriter Zeno Roth, born in Düsseldorf, West Germany ~ Brother of guitarist Uli Jon Roth. Member of Electric Sun. Member of Zeno ~ Roth passed away in 2018
June 30, 1954 ~ Jazz bassist, pianist Eric Von Essen born ~ Member of Quartet Music alongside Jeff Gauthier and twin brothers Alex Cline and Nels Cline. Member of the Lighthouse All-Stars, joining the ensemble in 1992 as replacement for Monty Budwig. Has also worked with Frank Morgan, Jimmy Rowles, Vinny Golia, the Jazz Tap Ensemble, Art Farmer, and others ~ Von Essen passed away in 1997
June 30, 1954 ~ Jazz-rock, pop-rock guitarist Will Theunissen born in Nijmegen, the Netherlands ~ Co-founded 1970s jazz-rock outfit Elevator. Co-founded Frank Boeijen Groep, staying with the band through 1984, replaced by Maarten Peters ~ Theunissen passed away in 2020
June 30, 1953 ~ Pop rock guitarist Hal Lindes, full name Hal Andrew Lindes, born ~ Best known as member of Dire Straits replacing original rhythm guitarist David Knopfler in 1980. Present on the 1982 Love Over Gold album. Lindes left the band in early 1985 to pursue a career as a film composer and session musician
June 30, 1951 ~ Singer André Hazes, full name André Gerardus Hazes, born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands ~ Hugely popular since the 1980s, known for numerous hits that became part of the Dutch pop canon, including De Vlieger, Een Beetje Verliefd, Volare, Zij Gelooft In Mij (translated from Kenny Rogers' She Believes In Me), Eenzame Kerst, Bloed Zweet & Tranen, and numerous others ~ Hazes passed away in 2004
June 30, 1951 ~ Jazz keyboardist, producer, composer Jason Miles born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Worked with Miles Davis, Marcus Miller, Luther Vandross, Michael Brecker, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Chaka Khan, Diana Ross, David Sanborn, Sting, Brenda Russell, and others
June 30, 1951 ~ Jazz, rock, jazz-fusion bassist Stanley Clarke born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Founding member of pivotal jazz-fusion outfit Return To Forever. Has also worked with Curtis Fuller, Joe Henderson, Pharoah Sanders, Stan Getz, Dexter Gordon, Art Blakey, Gil Evans, Mel Lewis, Horace Silver, the New Barbarians, George Duke, Animal Logic, SMV, Primus, Chick Corea, Jeff Beck, George Duke, Paul McCartney, Béla Fleck, and others
June 30, 1951 ~ Guitarist, singer Steve Waller, full name Stephen Charles Waller, born in Herne Hill, UK ~ Best known as member of Manfred Mann's Earth Band from 1979, succeeding Dave Flett, to 1983. Featured on the albums Angel Station, Chance, I Who Have Nothing, Somewhere In Afrika, and Budapest Live ~ Waller passed away in 2000
June 30, 1949 ~ Glam rock, pop, rock guitarist, singer, songwriter Andy Scott, full name Andrew David Scott, born in Wexham, UK ~ Lead guitarist of the Sweet, known for songs such as Funny Funny, Little Willy, The Ballroom Blitz, Fox On The Run and Love Is Like Oxygen. Also worked with the Ladder, Quatro Scott & Powell, the Silverstones, the Elastic Band, Weapon, and as a solo artist
June 30, 1946 ~ R&B, doo-wop singer William C Brown born in ~ Original member of the Mad Lads, known for Don't Have To Shop Around, I Want Someone, Patch My Heart, and others. Member of the Moments ~ Brown passed away in 2015
June 30, 1944 ~ Pop, folk-pop singer, bassist, guitarist Gene Cotton born in Columbus, Ohio, USA ~ Best known for a string of mid-1970s singles, notably You Got Me Running, Before My Heart Finds Out, You're A Part Of Me with Kim Carnes and Like A Sunday In Salem
June 30, 1944 ~ Mardochée Elkoubi, commonly known as pop, chanson singer Guy Mardel, born in Oran, Algeria ~ Best known for representing France at the 1965 Eurovision Songfestival with the song N'Avoue Jamais co-written with Françoise Dorin, the song reaching 3rd place behind the UK entry Kathy Kirby's I Belong and winner Luxembourg's France Gall's Poupee De Cire (Poupee De Son)
June 30, 1943 ~ R&B, pop singer Florence Ballard, full name Florence Glenda Ballard, born in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Original member of the Supremes, remaining with the band through 1967. Present on songs such as Where Did Our Love Go, Baby Love, Back In My Arms Again, I Hear A Symphony, You Can't Hurry Love, You Keep Me Hangin' On, and others ~ Ballard passed away in 1976
June 30, 1941 ~ Singer, songwriter Larry Henley born in Arp, Texas, USA ~ Henley fronted 1960s pop group the Newbeats, known for songs such as The Bees Are For The Birds (The Birds Are For The Bees), Bread And Butter, Everything Is Alright and Groovin' Out On Life. Henley is perhaps best known for co-writing, with Jeff Silber, Wind Beneath My Wings, a 1988 No.1 US hit for Bette Midler. Other artists who recorded the song include Roger Whittaker, Sheena Easton, Lee Greenwood, Colleen Hewett, Lou Rawls, Gladys Knight & the Pips, and Gary Morris. Henley also wrote or co-wrote songs for Tammy Wynette (Till I Get It Right), Randy Travis (Is It Still Over), Tanya Tucker (Lizzie & The Rainman), Janie Fricke (He's A Heartache (Looking For A Place To Happen)), Delbert McClinton (Shotgun Rider), and others ~ Henley passed away in 2014
June 30, 1940 ~ Lawrence Kendall Hall, commonly known as singer Larry Hall born in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA ~ Best known for Sandy, which reached No.15 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1959 ~ Hall passed away in 1997
June 30, 1940 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Mark Spoelstra born in Kansas City, Missouri, USA ~ Started in the early 1960s Greenwich Village scene. Played with a young Bob Dylan. Formed the Frontier Constabulary with Mitch Greenhill and Mayne Smith ~ Spoelstra passed away in 2007
June 30, 1939 ~ Pianist, producer, songwriter Tony Hatch, full name Anthony Peter Hatch, born in Pinner, UK ~ Staff producer for Top Rank Records and Pye Records. Best known for his associations with Petula Clark, including penning her signature song Downtown, and Jackie Trent, to whom he was married from 1967 through 2002. Has also worked with Adam Faith, Josh MacRae, Garry Mills, the Searchers, the Settlers, the Viscounts, the Brook Brothers, the Montanas, Sweet Sensation, and others
June 30, 1938 ~ Jazz, new age pianist, flautist Chris Hinze, full name Christiaan Herbert Hinze, born in Hilversum, the Netherlands ~ Worked as a pianist with Boy Edgar in the 1960s. Switched to flute, fronting his own the Chris Hinze Combination by the 1970s transcribing Baroque music to jazz settings. Best known for his work from the 1980s onwards moving into Tibet and Asian-influenced electronic and New age music. Appears on recordings by Joachim Kühn, Charlie Mariano, Sigi Schwab, Zbigniew Seifert, Sly & Robbie, Rick van der Linden, Rob de Nijs, Thijs van Leer, Laurens van Rooyen, and others
June 30, 1937 ~ Jazz tenor saxophonist Borje Fredriksson born in Eskilstuna, Sweden ~ Worked with Bobo Stenson, Palle Danielsson, Fredrik Noren, Eje Thelin, Bernt Rosengren, Rune Gustafsson, Bosse Broberg, and others ~ Fredriksson passed away in 1968
June 30, 1936 ~ Singer, songwriter Dave Van Ronk, full name David Kenneth Ritz Van Ronk, born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Important figure in 1960s folk music revival. Drew from blues, gospel, rock, jazz, swing, ragtime, and other genres. Admired by peers including Bob Dylan, Tom Paxton, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Joni Mitchell. Especially acclaimed for his 1959 Black Mountain Blues album ~ Van Ronk passed away in 2002
June 30, 1936 ~ Doyle Floyd Hendricks, commonly known as bassist Doyle Holly, born in Perkins, Oklahoma, USA ~ Best known as member of Buck Owens's backing unit Buckaroos. As a solo artist known for his renditions of Queen Of The Silver Dollar and Lila ~ Hendricks passed away in 2007
June 30, 1935 ~ Producer, label executive Mike Berniker born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Critically acclaimed producer with a career spanning four decades. First gained serious attention in the early 1960s producing Barbra Streisand's first three albums, the Grammy Award-winning The Barbra Streisand Album, The Second Barbra Streisand Album and The Third Album. Produced People, Streisand's first major hit. Also noted for signing Hall & Oates and Juice Newton to RCA Records. Has also worked with Perry Como, Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme, Johnny Mathis, and others ~ Berniker passed away in 2008
June 30, 1934 ~ Theodore Ross Roberts, commonly known as actor, singer Ted Ross, born in Zanesville, Ohio, USA ~ Earned a Tony Award for his role as the Lion in the 1975 Broadway production of The Wiz. Recreated the role in the 1978 film version which also included Michael Jackson, Diana Ross and Nipsey Russell ~ Roberts passed away in 2002
June 30, 1931 ~ Pianist Andrew Hill born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Dinah Washington, Johnny Hartman, Al Hibbler, Joe Chambers, Richard Davis, Eric Dolphy, Bobby Hutcherson, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Elvin Jones, Woody Shaw, Tony Williams, John Gilmore, Hank Mobley, Malachi Favors, James Slaughter, Roy Haynes, Kenny Dorham, Reggie Workman, Idris Muhammad, Jimmy Ponder, Booker Ervin, Lee Morgan, Ron Carter, Freddie Waits, Joe Farrell, Charles Tolliver, Victor Sproles, Billy Higgins, Carlos Garnett, Dizzy Reece, Brother Ah, Julian Priester, Lenny White, Robin Kenyatta, Stafford James, Cecil McBee, Art Lewis, Lenny Williams, Alan Silva, Chico Hamilton, Marty Ehrlich, Lonnie Plaxico, Thomas Agergaard, Klaus Lohrer, Nasheet Waits, Greg Tardy, Walt Dickerson, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Jimmy Woods, Greg Osby, and others ~ Hill passed away in 2007
June 30, 1926 ~ Peter Alexander Ferdinand Maximilian Neumayer, commonly known as singer, actor Peter Alexander, born in Vienna, Austria ~ Emerged in the 1950s and 1960s through popular film comedies, schlagers and operetta reportory ~ Neumayer passed away in 2011
June 30, 1925 ~ Mort Pelovitz, commonly known as jazz bassist Mort Herbert, born in Somerville, New Jersey, USA ~ Worked with Louis Armstrong, Marian McPartland, Don Elliott, the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra, Sol Yaged, Herb Ellis, and others ~ Pelovitz passed away in 1983
June 30, 1925 ~ Jazz trumpeter Wallace Davenport, full name Wallace Foster Davenport, born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Worked with the Young Tuxedo Brass Band, Papa Celestin, Roy Brown, Lionel Hampton, Mezz Mezzrow, Count Basie, Ray Charles, Lloyd Price, George Wein, Earl Hines, the Alliance Hall Dixieland Band, the Zion Harmonizers, Aline White, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr, Phil Upchurch, and others ~ Davenport passed away in 2004
June 30, 1925 ~ Composer Will Gay Bottje born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA ~ Known for his contributions to electronic music. Wrote chamber music, orchestral, vocal and choral works. Taught music at Southern Illinois University for over two decades starting in the late 1950s ~ Bottje passed away in 2018
June 30, 1917 ~ Singer, dancer, actress, civil rights activist Lena Horne, full name Lena Mary Calhoun Horne, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Joined the chorus of The Cotton Club at age 16, starting a career in music, stage, film and TV that spanned over 6 decades. As a singer best known for songs such as One For My Baby And One More For The Road, Deed I Do and Love Me Or Leave Me. Announced her retirement from music in 1980 only to come back the next year with her one-woman show The Lady And Her Music which ran 300 performances on Broadway. Horne would continue to record and sporadically perform well into the 1990s ~ Horne passed away in 2010
June 30, 1908 ~ Jazz trumpeter, composer Grady Watts born in Texarkana, Texas, USA ~ Best known as a member of the Casa Loma Orchestra from 1931 through 1942, for whom he also penned or co-penned a number of songs including Rhythm Man, You Ain't Been Livin' Right, I Remember, and Touch And Go ~ Watts passed away in 1986
June 30, 1899 ~ Jazz clarinetist Harry Shields born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Younger brother of clarinetist Larry Shields. Has worked with Norman Brownie, Sharkey Bonano, Armand Hug, and others ~ Shield passed away in 1971