This Day In Music: June 4
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June 4, 2021 ~ Mezzo-soprano singer, actress Karla Burns passed away in Wichita, Kansas, USA ~ First gained serious attention starring as Queenie in a 1982 production of Show Boat, earning her a Tony Award nomination and a Drama Desk Award. Has worked in opera, musical theater and TV included with renowned orchestras such as the Metropolitan Opera, the Paris Opera, the Teatro Real, the Cairo Opera House, the London Sinfonietta and the Royal Shakespeare Company ~ Burns was born in 1954
June 4, 2020 ~ Dulce Pinto Bressano, commonly known as singer, songwriter Dulce Nunes, passed away in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ~ Known for a handful of 1960s, starting with 1964's Pober Menina Rica, a collaboration with Carlos Lyra. Married to pianist Bene Nunes through 1965. Married to guitarist, pianist Egberto Gismonti from 1968 to 1976 ~ Bressane was born in 1929
June 4, 2020 ~ Singer, songwriter, producer Rupert Hine, full name Rupert Neville Hine, passed away in Wiltshires, UK ~ Member of Quantum Jump and Spin 1ne 2wo. Best known as a producer, having worked on albums by Rush, Kevin Ayers, Tina Turner, Howard Jones, Camel, Saga, the Fixx, Bob Geldof, Thompson Twins, Stevie Nicks, Murray Head, Chris De Burgh, Suzanne Vega, Underworld, Bob Geldof, Duncan Sheik, Eleanor McEvoy, and others ~ Hine was born in 1947
June 4, 2020 ~ Glam rock, hard rock bassist, keyboardist, singer Steve Priest, full name Stephen Norman Priest, passed away ~ Bassist of the Sweet, known for songs such as Funny Funny, Little Willy, The Ballroom Blitz, Fox On The Run and Love Is Like Oxygen. Would serve as lead singer in a reunited Sweet later on ~ Priest was born in 1950
June 4, 2018 ~ Singer Marc Ogeret passed away in Semur-en-Auxois, France ~ Interpreter of songwriters, poets Félix Leclerc, Leo Ferré, Louis Aragon and Aristide Bruant. Best known for his renderings of anarachist and communist anthems such as The Internationale ~ Ogeret was born in 1932
June 4, 2018 ~ Double bassist Norman Edge passed away in Metuchen, New Jersey, USA ~ Worked with Morris Nanton, Osie Johnson, Gene Ammons (including on 1962 album Bad Bossa Nove), Clark Terry, Urbie Green, Sandy Sasso, Nelson Riddle, and others ~ Edge was born in 1934
June 4, 2017 ~ The 48th edition of Pinkpop takes place in Landgraaf, the Netherlands ~ Day 2 of 3. Mostly sunny, this year's edition would draw in total some 89,500 visitors. Included on today's, Sunday the 4th's bill would include Gavin James, Kodaline, Broederliefde, Imagine Dragons, Green Day, Anne-Marie, James Arthur, Clean Bandit, Biffy Clyro, Sean Paul, Jack Savoretti, My Baby, the Charm The Fury, Rancid, the Undeclinables, Busty & the Bass, Amber Run, Bomba Estéreo, and Charl Delamarre
June 4, 2016 ~ Singer Bobby Curtola, full name Robert Allen Curtola, passed away in Edmonton, Canada ~ Bobby of Bobby & the Bobcats. As a solo singer known for a string of 1960s Canadian hits, ocassionaly crossing the border into American charts, including Hitchhiker, The Fortuneteller, Aladdin, Indian Giver, As Long As I'm Sure Of You, Walking With My Angel, and others ~ Curtola was born in 1943
June 4, 2015 ~ Albertus Westelaken, commonly known as singer Albert West, passed away in Tilburg, the Netherlands ~ Fronted the Shuffles from 1963 to 1973. Went on to a successful career as mainstream pop singer, sporting a warm voice ~ Westelaken was born in 1949
June 4, 2014 ~ Bernard Patrick Neeson, commonly known as guitarist, bassist, singer Doc Neeson passed away in Adelaide, Australia ~ Frontman of Australian hard rock outfit the Angels from its inception in 1976 through its initial disbandement in 1999, known for songs such as No Secrets, Into The Heat, Fashion And Fame, Stand Up, We Gotta Get Out Of This Place and Dogs Are Talking ~ Neeson was born in 1947
June 4, 2013 ~ Jazz bassist Ben Tucker passed away in Hutchinson Island, Georgia, USA ~ Worked with Art Pepper, Billy Taylor, Quincy Jones, Grant Green, Dexter Gordon, Hank Crawford, Junior Mance, Herbie Mann, Dave Bailey, Victor Feldman, Larry Bunker, Bobby Thomas, Ray Crawford, Tommy Tedesco, Patato, Mose Allison, Kenny Burrell, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Lou Donaldson, Teddy Edwards, Gil Evans, Chico Hamilton, Roland Hanna, Willis Jackson, Illinois Jacquet, Clifford Jordan, Yusef Lateef, Junior Mance, Warne Marsh, Pat Martino, James Moody, Gerry Mulligan, Mark Murphy, Oliver Nelson, Lalo Schifrin, Bola Sete, Jimmy Smith, Jeremy Steig, Sonny Stitt, Harold Vick, and others ~ Tucker was born in 1930
June 4, 2013 ~ Singer, guitarist Jim Sundquist passed away in Fairfax, Minnesota, USA ~ Half of early 1960s duo the Fendermen, the other half being Phil Humphrey, best known for their single Mule Skinner Blues which reached the Billboard top 10 in 1960 ~ Sundquist was born in 1937
June 4, 2013 ~ Drummer Joey Covington, full name Joseph Edward Covington, passed away in Palm Springs, California, USA ~ Best known as member of the Jefferson Airplane. Wrote and sang on Pretty As You Feel, the band's last hit. Worked with the Fenways, Kim Fowley, Papa John Creach, Jimmy Greenspoon, Joe Schermie, Hot Tuna, Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady, and others ~ Covington was born in 1945
June 4, 2012 ~ Singer Herb Reed passed away in Boston, Massachusetts, USA ~ Co-founding and last surviving member of the Platters. Came up with the band's name, as DJ's would refer to records as “platters.” Sang on all of the band's recordings, mostly backup. Sang lead on songs such as Sixteen Tons, Singing In The Rain, In A Little Spanish TOwn, Sleepy Town Gall, Darktown Strutter's Ball, Blues In The Night, and On The Top Of My Mind ~ Reed was born in 1928
June 4, 2012 ~ Marjorie Hyams, commonly known as jazz vibraphonist, pianist, arranger Margie Hyams, passed away ~ Leader and sideowoman. Worked with Woody Herman, the Hip Chicks, Mary Lou Williams, Charlie Ventura, George Shearing, Flip Phillips, Tal Farlow, Mundell Lowe, Billy Bauer, and others ~ Hyams was born in 1920
June 4, 2007 ~ Singer Freddie Scott passed away in Queens, New York, USA ~ Best known for his 1960s singles Are You Lonely For Me and Hey Girl, the latter reaching Billboard top 10 in 1963 ~ Scott was born in 1933
June 4, 2006 ~ The 37th edition of Pinkpop takes place in Landgraaf, the Netherlands ~ Day 2 of 3. A sunny, warm weekend, this year's edition would draw a total of some 68,000 visitors. Included on today's, Sunday the 4th's bill would be Kashmir, the Bloodhound Gang, Racoon, dEUS, Tool, VanKatoen, Dredg, Danko Jones, Alter Bridge, the Rakes, the Zutons, Infadels, and Hooverphonic
June 4, 2004 ~ Saxophonist, composer Steve Lacy passed away ~ Not to be confused with producer, instrumentalist Steve Lacy. Regarded as one of the most important soprano saxophonists. Lacy began his career working with much older musicians including Red Allen, Pee Wee Russell, Pops Foster, Zutty Singleton. He has also played and recorded with Buck Clayton, Dickey Wells, Jimmy Rushing, Cecil Taylor, Gil Evans, Kenny Drew, Enrico Rava, Johnny Dyani, Louis Moholo, his wife singer and violinist Irene Aebi, Steve Potts, Bobby Few, Jean Jacques Avenel, Oliver Johnson, Eric Watson, Cecil Taylor, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Carla Bley, the Jazz Composers Orchestra, Gary Burton, Alan Silva, and others ~ Lacy was born in 1934
June 4, 2001 ~ John Cowan Harford, commonly known as folk, country, bluegrass singer, fiddler, banjoist, songwriter John Hartford, passed away in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ~ Best known for penning and first recording Gentle On My Mind in 1968, earning Hartford two Grammy Awards. It would be notably covered by Glen Campbell the same year, also receiving two Grammy Awards. Others who covered the song included Aretha Franklin, Dean Martin, Patti Page, and others ~ Harford was born in 1937
June 4, 2001 ~ The 32nd edition of Pinkpop takes place in Landgraaf, the Netherlands ~ Day 3 of 3. A chilly but mostly dry weekend, this year's edition would draw a total of 64,200 visitors. Included on today's, Monday the 4th's bill would be Semisonic, 3 Doors Down, Anouk, the Manic Street Preachers, Limp Bizkit, Radiohead, Lifehouse, the Stereophonics, the Postmen, the Offspring, Basement Jaxx, JJ72, the Hives, Toploader, the Tindersticks, and Tool
June 4, 1997 ~ John Robert Smith, commonly known as soul-jazz, hard-bop organist Johnny Hammond, passed away in Victorville, California, USA ~ Played with the CTI All-Stars, Etta Jones, Byrdie Green, Houston Person, Earl Edwards, Eddie McFadden, Floyd Smith, James Clark, Freddie McCoy, Nancy Wilson, Mizell Brothers, Gene Ammons, Billy Butler, Chris Columbus, Oliver Nelson, Sylvia Syms, and others ~ Smith was born in 1933
June 4, 1997 ~ Rock singer, bassist, guitarist, songwriter Ronnie Lane, full name Ronald Frederick Lane, passed away in Trinidad, Colorado, USA ~ Co-founding member of the Small Faces, staying on after the name change to the Faces remaining with the band through 1973. Would go on to record a number of solo albums and collaborate with Pete Townshend, Ronnie Wood, Steve Marriott, most notably through the end of the decade ~ Lane was born in 1946
June 4, 1995 ~ Singer, dancer, actress, songwriter Amanda Brown, full name Amanda Leah Brown, born in the Bronx, New York, New York, USA ~ First gained attention in 2012 as contestant on the talent show The Voice aired on NBC, reaching 5th place. Released the singles Dream On and Stars, which both barely charted. Released a full-length album, Dirty Water, in 2018
June 4, 1995 ~ The 26th edition of Pinkpop takes place in Landgraaf, the Netherlands ~ Day 1 of 2. In total this year's edition would draw some 49,000 visitors. Included on today's, Sunday the 4th's bill would be Type-O Negative, the Jayhawks, Sick Of It All, Del Amitri, Dog Eat Dog, Teenage Fanclub, de Osdorp Posse, and de Heideroosjes
June 4, 1994 ~ Singer, guitarist Derek Leckenby passed away in Manchester, UK ~ Best known as member of Herman's Hermits, remaining with the band from its inception in 1964 until his death three decades later. Noted for playing the signature riff on Silhouettes, a Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit in 1965 ~ Leckenby was born in 1945
June 4, 1994 ~ Jazz saxophonist Earle Warren, full name Earl Ronald Warren, passed away in Springfield, Ohio, USA ~ Best known for his association with Count Basie, joining Basie's orchestra in 1937 and remaining through 1945. Has also worked with Buck Clayton, Milt Jackson, Jay McShann, Buddy Tate, Teri Thornton, Milt Buckner, and others ~ Warren was born in 1914
June 4, 1990 ~ The 21st edition of Pinkpop takes place in Landgraaf, the Netherlands ~ Rainy and windy, some 42,500 visitors show up for this edition's bill which includes the Mission, Van Morrison, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Texas, Melissa Etheridge, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Urban Dance Squad, the Neville Brothers, and the Black Crowes
June 4, 1989 ~ Pop singer Eldar Gasimov born in Baku, Soviet Union ~ Best known as half of the duo Ell & Nikki, the other half being Nigar Jamal, winners of the 2011 Eurovision Songfestival representing Azerbaijan with the song Running Scared
June 4, 1980 ~ Funk, rock saxophonist, flutist Charles Miller passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Co-founding member of War remaining with the band through 1979, replaced by Pat Rizzo. Notably present on the 1975 Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit Low Rider. Miller was stabbed to death in a street robbery, the case remains unresolved to this day ~ Miller was born in 1939
June 4, 1979 ~ Pop, soul singer, songwriter Alain Clark born in Haarlem, the Netherlands ~ Released his eponymous Alain Clark debut album in 2004. Best known for songs such This Ain't Gonna Work, Father And Friend with his father Dane Clark, Blow Me Away and Back In My World. Has also served as producer for Ali B and Boris, and wrote Fuck It (I Don't Want You Back) for Eamon
June 4, 1979 ~ The 10th edition of Pinkpop takes place in Geleen, the Netherlands ~ Sunny and hot, thunder and hail, some 50,000 visitors show up for this edition's bill which includes Peter Tosh, Rush, Elvis Costello & the Attractions, the Police, Dire Straits, the Average White Band, and Massada
June 4, 1976 ~ Country singer, guitarist, songwriter Kasey Chambers born in Mount Gambler, Australia ~ Member of the Dead Ringer Band, which included her parents Diane Chambers and Bill Chambers and brother Nash Chambers, known for their acclaimed 1996 Home Fires album. Relesed her The Captain solo debut album in 1999 and has recorded consistently since. Best known for songs such as Not Pretty Enough, True Colours, Pony and Nothing At All
June 4, 1975 ~ Pop, country pop singer Glen Campbell records Country Boy (You Got Your Feet In LA) at Sound Labs, Hollywood, California ~ Written and produced by Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter. Released as a single in October 1975, paired with Record Collector's Dream on the B-side, it would reach top 10 Billboard Country, top 20 on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100
June 4, 1974 ~ Bassist Stefan Lessard, full name Stefan Kahil Lessard, born in Anaheim, California, USA ~ Co-founding member of the Dave Matthews Band, known for acclaimed albums such as Under The Table And Dreaming, Before These Crowded Streets and Stand Up
June 4, 1972 ~ Domenica Costa, commonly known as pop singer Nikka Costa, born in Tokyo, Japan ~ Daughter of noted producer Don Costa. Married to poducer, songwriter Justin Stanley. Released her eponymous Nikka Costa debut album in 1981 at age 9. Would go on to release a number of well-received albums ranging from electro-pop to soul-influenced pop. Well-known for songs such as Like A Feather, Everybody Got Their Something and Funkier Than A Mosquito's Tweeter
June 4, 1971 ~ Jazz saxophonist Grant Stewart born in Toronto, Canada ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Pat LaBarbera, Bob Mover, Peter Bernstein, Jesse Davis, Brad Mehldau, Clark Terry, Peter Washington, and others
June 4, 1971 ~ Drummer Tony McCarroll, full name Anthony McCarroll, born in Manchester, UK ~ Original drummer, co-founding member of Oasis, staying with the band through 1995
June 4, 1970 ~ Heavy metal bassist Dave Pybus born in UK ~ Best known as member of Cradle Of Filth. Has also worked with Darkthrone, Autopsy, My Dying Bride, the Vital Remains, Pitchshifter, Anathema, Paradise Lost, At The Gates, and others
June 4, 1970 ~ DJ, producer Richie Hawtin born in Banbury, UK ~ Leading figure in minimal techno since the mid-1990s. Has recorded under numerous monnikers including Plastikman and FUSE. Released his Dimension Intrusion debut album in 1993
June 4, 1968 ~ Albert Joseph Brown, commonly known as singer Al B Sure, born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA ~ One of new jack swing's most popular romantic singers, songwriters, record producers. Selected by Quincy Jones as first winner of a talent content. He would work on several of Quincy's projects, including the single The Secret Garden alongside Barry White, El DeBarge and James Ingram. Also known for the single Nite & Day of his 1988 solo debut LP In Effect Mode. As a writer and producer Brown was pivotal in the early careers of Jodeci, Tevin Campbell, Faith Evans, Dave Hollister, Case and Usher
June 4, 1966 ~ Bassist Chris Stillwell born in Seattle, Washington, USA ~ Co-founding member of the Greyboy Allstars, known best for ther 1994 Wet Boogaloo debut album which also featured noted James Brown-trombonist Fred Wesley
June 4, 1965 ~ Pianist Todd Rhodes, full name Todd Washington Rhodes, passed away in Inkster, Michigan, USA ~ Influential in early jazz and later R&B. Active from the 1920s through the late 1950s. Has worked with mcKinney's Cotton Pickers, Benny Carter, Coleman Hawkins, Fats Waller, Rex Stewart, Doc Cheatham, Don Redman, Hank Ballard, Dave Bartholomew, Wynonie Harris, Connie Allen, Lavern Baker, and others. As a solo artist best remembered for songs such as Blues For The Red Boy, Pot Likker, Your Daddy's Doggin' Around, Your Mouth Got A Hole In It, and others ~ Rhodes was born in 1899
June 4, 1963 ~ Operatic soprano singer Solveig Kringlebotn born in Drøbak, Norway ~ Internationally acclaimed. Known especially for her interpretations of compositions by Edvard Grieg. Made her operatic debut in 1987 at the Royal Swedish Opera. Has worked with the Opera National de Paris, the Royal Opera House, La Scala, the Vienna Staatsoper, the Metropolitan Opera, and other renowned orchestras
June 4, 1962 ~ Gospel singer, pastor John P Kee, full name John Prince Kee, born in Durham, North Carolina, USA ~ Dubbed “the Prince of Gospel music” and known for merging traditional gospel with more modern, contemporary influences. Active since the mid-1980s. Has released solo works as well as with several choirs, most notably the New Life Community Choir
June 4, 1962 ~ Louise Watts, commonly known as singer Lou Watts, born in Bunley, UK ~ Best known as lead singer of Chumbawamba, originally an anarcho-punk band known for their outspoken anarchist views, opposing homophobia and fascism. Later the band would turn to folk music. They would score a global hit with Tubthumping in 1997. Watts stayed with the band from its formation in 1982 to its breakup in 2012
June 4, 1962 ~ Jazz drummer Winard Harper, full name Hiram Winard Harper, born in Baltimore, Maryland, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Brother of trumpeter Philip Harper, with whom he also worked. Has collaborated with Dexter Gordon, Johnny Griffin, Betty Carter, Wycliffe Gordon, Justin Robinson, Javon Jackson, Walter Blanding, Kiyoshi Kitagawa, Stephen Scott, Kevin Hays, Nedra Wheeler, and others
June 4, 1961 ~ Eldra Patrick DeBarge, commonly known as R&B, soul pop singer, keyboardist, songwriter El DeBarge, born in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Known for his uniue high tenor and strong falsetto. Member of family outfit DeBarge, singing lead on songs such as Time Will Reveal, Stay With Me, All This Love and one of their best-known The Rhythm Of The Night, the latter a top 10 hit on both sides of the Atlantic and the tune that jump-started the career of songwriter Diane Warren. As a solo artist known for his 1986 Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit Who's Johnny and for his collaborations with artists such as Dionne Warwick, Al Green, Lalah Hathaway, Tone Loc, DJ Quik, 4play, Quincy Jones, Faith Evans, and others
June 4, 1959 ~ Guitarist, singer Warner Hodges born ~ Best known as key member of cow-punk, country-rock outfit Jason & the Scorchers, led by Jason Ringenberg. Has also released a number of solo recordings, notably the Disciples Of Loud album released in 2003
June 4, 1957 ~ Blues, bluse-rock singer, guitarist, songwriter Tinsley Ellis born in Atlanta, Georgia, USA ~ Drew critical comparisons to Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton. Influenced by the Yardbirds, the Animals, Cream, the Rolling Stones. Released his Cool On It debut album in 1986 and has recorded to critical acclaim and a devoted fanbase since
June 4, 1956 ~ Guitarist, singer, songwriter Reeves Gabrels born in Staten Island, New York, USA ~ Best known as a member of Tin Machine, backing David Bowie from 1987 through 1999. Acclaimed as one of the most daring rock-guitar improvisers since Jimi Hendrix. Member of the Cure since 2012. Has also worked with Rubber Rodeo, Sister Machine Gun, Club D'Elf, David Tronzo, and recorded as a solo artist
June 4, 1954 ~ Michael George Campbell, commonly known as reggae singer, producer Mikey Dread, born in Port Antonio, Jamaica ~ Known for songs such as Dread At The Controls, Barber Saloon, Rasta Born Baby, Positive Reality, Roots & Culture. Produced the Clash's Bankrobber and guested on the 1980 Sandinista album. Has also worked with Junior Murvin, Roots Radics, Seal, Izzy Stradlin, Sugar Minott, Earl Sixteen, Edi Fitzroy, and others ~ Campbell passed away in 2008
June 4, 1953 ~ Paul Sanson, commonly known as blues rock, hard rock, heavy metal guitarist, bassist, keyboardist, singer Paul Samson, born ~ Member of the Innocence. Member of McCoy. Best known as founding member and eponym of Samson, gaining a cult following with late 1970s and early 1980s albums such as Survivors, Head On and Shock Tactics ~ Sanson passed away in 2002
June 4, 1952 ~ Rock, new wave, post-punk guitarist, bassist, pianist John Perry born in Bristol, UK ~ Rose to prominence as guitarist of 1970s outfit the Only Ones, best known for their 1978 single Another Girl Another Planet later notably covered by Blink-182
June 4, 1951 ~ New wave, power pop drummer Gilson Lavis, full name Leslie Gilson Lavis, born in Greenwich, UK ~ Rose to fame as member of Squeeze, remaining with the band through 1993 and replaced by Pete Thomas. Present on some of the band's best-known albums including the acclaimed Cool For Cats released in 1979
June 4, 1951 ~ Conductor, double-bassist, composer Serge Koussevitzky, full name Serge Alexandrovich Koussevitzky, passed away in Boston, Massachusetts, USA ~ Best known as music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 1924 to 1949 ~ Koussevitzky was born in 1874
June 4, 1947 ~ Songwriter, keyboardist, singer Toni Wine born in New York, New York, USA ~ Member of the Archies. Best known as a songwriter, co-wrote songs such as Groovy Kind Of Love for the Mindbenders, and Candida for Tony Orlando & Dawn. Sang backup on Willie Nelson's Always On My Mind
June 4, 1946 ~ Electronic, new age, avant-garde pianist, keyboardist, composer Suzanne Ciani born in Indiana, USA ~ Dubbed “the Diva of the Diode” for her pioneering work in electronic music. Active as a solo artist since the early 1970s. Has guested on recordings by the Starland Vocal Band, Elliott Randall, Meco, Bryan Ferry, Art Farmer, Spyro Gyra, Steve Hackett, Fuse One, Mike Rutherford, Ray Barretto, and others
June 4, 1945 ~ Singer, guitarist Gordon Waller born in Braemar, UK ~ Half of Peter & Gordon, the other half being Peter Asher, known for songs such as A World Without Love, Nobody I Know, I Don't Want To See You Again, and Woman ~ Waller passed away in 2009
June 4, 1945 ~ Funk, R&B singer, keyboardist, clarinetist, saxophonist, producer, songwriter Leroy Hutson born in Newark, New Jersey, USA ~ Lead singer of the Impressions, jopining the band in 1970 as replacement for Curtis Mayfield and remaining with the band through 1973. First sang lead on the 1971 single Love Me. Released his Love Oh Love solo debut album in 1973 and would gain a cult following in the years after. Best known for his 1976 single Feel The Spirit. Would go on to work as a producer, working with Linda Clifford, Arnold Blair, the Natural Four, and as a songwriter for Roberta Flack, the Voices Of East Harlem, Next Movement, and others
June 4, 1944 ~ Jack Rivers Lewis, commonly known as jazz guitarist Jack Wilkins, born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Worked with Les Elgart, Larry Elgart, Warren Covington, Sammy Kaye, Dan Armstrong, Lew Soloff, Lew Tabackin, Lloyd Wells, the Jazz Partners, Barry Manilow, Kenny Barron, Frank Foster, Sonny Fortune, Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Jimmy McGriff, Sal Nistico, Zoot Sims, Sonny Stitt, Jack DeJohnette, Phil Woods, the Brecker Brothers, Albert Dailey, Paul Jeffrey, Earl Hines, Bob Brookmeyer, Buddy Rich, Charles Mingus, Morgana King, Julius Hemphill, Mike Clark, the Manhattan Transfer, Jim Hall, Diane Hubka, Chris Connor, Dave Tofani, Jay Clayton, and others
June 4, 1944 ~ Holly Michelle Gilliam, commonly known as pop singer Michelle Phillips born in Long Beach, California, USA ~ Founding member of vocal group the Mamas & the Papas, which also included her then-husband John Phillips, known for songs such as California Dreamin', Monday Monday, Dedicated To The One I Love, Creeque Alley, and others
June 4, 1944 ~ Keyboardist, saxophonist, horn player Roger Ball born in Dundee, UK ~ Best known as original member of funk, pop, R&B outfit the Average White Band from 1972 to 1983, present on the acclaimed albums AWB which spawned the hit Pick Up The Pieces and Cut The Cake. Rejoined a renewed incarnation of the band in 1989, staying on until 1996. Has also worked with Vinegar Joe, Badfinger, Kiki Dee & Elton John, Mama Cass, Bryan Ferry, Roxy Music, and others. Debuted as a solo artist with the album Street Struttin' in 2005
June 4, 1944 ~ Songwriter Will Jennings born in Kilgor, Texas, USA ~ Perhaps best known for co-writing Eric Clapton's Tears In Heaven and Céline Dion's My Heart Will Go On. Others who have recorded songs penned or co-penned by Jennings include Steve Winwood (When You See A Chance), Whitney Houston, BB King, the Crusaders (Street Life), Rodney Crowell (Many A Long And Lonesome Highway), Mariah Carey, Dionne Warwick (I'll Never Love This Way Again), Jimmy Buffett, Barry Manilow, Diana Ross, and others
June 4, 1941 ~ Robert George Porter, commonly known as pop, country, rock guitarist, producer Robie Porter, born in Sydney, Australia ~ Enjoyed regional succes in the Sydney area during the 1960s, going by the moniker Rob EG, with singles such as Your Cheatin' Heart, Si Senor (I Theenk), Jezabel, 55 Days At Peking, and When You're Not Near. Had his biggest succes as a producer starting in the early 1970s, notably producing Daddy Cool's 1971 debut album Daddy Who (Daddy Cool). Helpful in advancing Rick Springfield's career. Co-wrote Marcia Hines's Shining of her 1976 album of the same name. Has also served as producer for Air Supply, Tommy Emmanuel, Supernaut, and others ~ Porter passed away in 2021
June 4, 1940 ~ R&B, beat singer Cliff Bennett, full name Clifford Bennett, born in Slough, UK ~ Fronted Cliff Bennett & the Rebel Rousers. The band is known for the Drifters-cover One Way Love and the Beatles-cover Got To Get You Into My Life, both singles reaching the UK top 20 respectively in 1964 and 1966
June 4, 1940 ~ Roy Taylor, commonly known as rock & roll, pop singer, guitarist, songwriter Vince Eager, born in Grantham, UK ~ Known for a string of late 1950s, early 1960s singles, notably Teenage Tears. Had a falling out with his impresario Larry Parnes, the latter commercialising the early death of Eddie Cochran who was a close friend of Eager's. Has since gone on to appear in cabaret and West End stage productions
June 4, 1939 ~ Jazz trumpeter Tommy Ladnier passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Worked with Isidore Frick, Bunk Johnson, Lovie Austin, Ma Rainey, Ida Cox, Alberta Hunter, King Oliver, Sam Wooding, Fletcher Henderson, Noble Sissle, Sidney Bechet, Mezz Mezzrow, Rosetta Crawford, and others ~ Ladnier was born in 1900
June 4, 1937 ~ Jazz saxophonist, clarinetist Mark Whitecage born ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Gunter Hampel, Jeanne Lee, Saheb Sarbib, Liquid Time, the Glass House Ensemble, Anthony Braxton, William Parker, Perry Robinson, Joe Fonda, Dominic Duval, Joe McPhee, Steve Swell, Sikiru Adepoju, Interface, the Nu-Band, the Fonda-Stevens Group, Mario Pavone, Annette Peacock, Jay Rosen, Michael Jefry Stevens, and others ~ Whitecage passed away in 2021
June 4, 1932 ~ Bebop, hard bop, post-bop, jazz fusion saxophonist, clarinetist, arranger, composer Oliver Nelson, full name Oliver Edward Nelson, born in St Louis, Missouri, USA ~ Best known for his 1961 The Blues And The Abstract Truth album, featuring Eric Dolphy, Roy Haynes and Freddie Hubbard. Also worked with Thelonious Monk, Cannonball Adderley, Sonny Rollins, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Johnny Hodges, Wes Montgomery, Buddy Rich, Jimmy Smith, Billy Taylor, Stanley Turrentine, Irene Reid, Gene Ammons, John Klemmer, Ernie Watts, Frank Strozier, Kenny Dorham, and others ~ Nelson passed away in 1975
June 4, 1931 ~ Pianist, conductor, orchestrator, arranger, composer Jeremy Lubbock, full name Jeremy Michael Lubbock, born in Berkshire, UK ~ Active since the 1950s, initially as a jazz singer and pianist with a style modeled after Nat King Cole. In-demand collaborator from the mid-1970s, notably present on albums such as Joni Mitchell's Mingus and Minnie Riperton's Minnie. Would go on to work with David Foster (The Best Of Me), Quincy Jones, Chicago (Hard Habit To Break), Céline Dion, and others ~ Lubbock passed away in 2021
June 4, 1930 ~ Maria Grazia Morgana Messina, commonly known as jazz singer, actress Morgana King, born in Pleasantville, New York, USA ~ Well over 30 albums to her name from the 1950s through the 1990s. Especially acclaimed for her 1964 Miss Morgana King album and its follow-up It's A Quiet Thing the next year. Married to trumpeter Tony Fruscello from 1947 to 1956, to trombonist Willie Dennis from 1961 until his death in 1965. Has worked with Ben Aronov, Ronnie Bedford, Clifford Carter, Don Costa, Larry Fallon, Sammy Figueroa, Steve Laspina, Ray Mantilla, Adam Nussbaum, Joe Puma, Torrie Zito, and others. Also known as an actress, notably portraying the role of Carmela Corleone in The Godfather and its sequel The Godfather Part II ~ Messina passed away in 2018
June 4, 1929 ~ Bill Mack Smith Jr, commonly known as country singer, songwriter, radio host Bill Mack, born ~ Perhaps best known as a songwriter, responsible for songs such as Drinking Champagne recorded by Cal Smith, George Strait and by others, and Blue, LeAnn Rimes' breakout hit. Others who have recorded his songs include Dean Martin, Ray Price, Jerry Lee Lewis, George Jones ~ Smith passed away in 2020
June 4, 1928 ~ Jazz bassist Teddy Kotick born in Haverhill, Massachusetts, USA ~ Sidemen to many of the leading names in jazz during the 1940s and 1950s including Charlie Parker, Buddy Rich, Artie Shaw, Horace Silver, Phil Woods, Bill Evans, Bob Brookmeyer, Kenny Burrell, Teddy Charles, Al Cohn, Eddie Costa, Stan Getz, Helen Merrill, Jimmy Raney, George Russell (The Jazz Workshop), and with Herbie Nichols ~ Kotick passed away in 1986
June 4, 1920 ~ Jazz trombonist Britt Woodman born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Best known for his work with Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus. Also worked with Boyd Raeburn, Lionel Hampton, Ella Fitzgerald, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Gene Ammons, Ruth Brown, Benny Carter, Tadd Dameron, Miles Davis (on Blue Moods), Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Golson, Chico Hamilton, Johnny Hodges, Jimmy Hamilton, Hank Jones, Junior Mance, Zoot Sims, Clark Terry, Jimmy Woode, and others ~ Woodman passed away in 2000
June 4, 1917 ~ Moishe Miller, commonly known as operatic baritone, actor Robert Merrill, born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Worked with the NBC Symphony Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera, Jussi Björling, Risë Stevens, and others ~ Merrill passed away in 2004
June 4, 1913 ~ Singer Al Jolson records You Made Me Love You ~ Penned by James Monaco and Joseph McCarthy. Jolson 1913 rendition is most likely one of the earliest recorded versions, the song over time becoming a standard covered by numerous artists including Bing Crosby, Harry James, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Nat King Cole, Patsy Cline, Aretha Franklin, Harry Nilsson, Rufus Wainwright, and others
June 4, 1891 ~ Conductor, pianist Erno Rapée born in Narva, Estonia ~ Symphonic conductor, virtuoso pianist. Known for his association with the Radio City Symphony Orchestra and for composing scores for numerous films ~ Rapée passed away in 1945
June 4, 1882 ~ Composer, conductor Erwin Lendvai born in Budapest, Hungary ~ Choral conductor. As a composer best known for his 1916 Elga opera ~ Lendvai passed away in 1949