This Day In Music: June 6
June 5 ~ Birthdays/All ~ June 7
June 6, 2022 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Jim Seals, full name James Eugene Seals, passed away ~ Member of the Champs. Wrote It's Never Too Late, recorded by Brenda Lee as the B-side of her 1961 You Can Depend On Me single. Best known as half of the duo Seals & Crofts, the other being Dash Crofts, scoring 1970s Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hits with Summer Breeze, Diamond Girl and Get Closer ~ Seals was born in 1942
June 6, 2021 ~ Singer, songwriter Michele Merlo passed away in Bologna, Italy ~ First gained attention in 2017 as contestant on the Italian talent show Amici. Would release his debut album, Cinemaboy, in 2019 and a sophomore album, Cuori Stupidi, in 2020. Passed away at age 28 following complications related to leukemia ~ Merlo was born in 1993
June 6, 2019 ~ Malcolm Rebennack Jr, commonly known as pianist, singer, songwriter Dr John, passed away ~ Mixes blues, pop, jazz, boogie-woogie, rock & roll and more into a highly energetic voodoo and cajun-infused hybrid. Influenced by King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Little Richard, Guitar Slim and Professor Longhair. Started as a session musician, mostly guitar, in the late 1950s working with the likes of James Booker, Earl King and Jimmy Clanton. Starting with his 1969 debut album Gris Gris built a zydeco, voodoo, cajun and Louisiana heritage on stage persona. ~ Rebennack was born in 1941
June 6, 2018 ~ Heavy metal, thrash metal, death metal guitarist, keyboardist, drummer, songwriter Ralph Santolla passed away ~ Cited Phil Lynott as major influence. Worked with Millenium, Iced Earth, Deicide, Obituary, Gary Hughes, Sebastian Bach, Memorain, and others. Also recorded as a solo artist, notably the Shaolin Monks In The Temple album released in 2002 ~ Santolla was born in 1966
June 6, 2018 ~ Edward Victor Johnson, commonly known as singer Teddy Johnson, passed away ~ Best known as half of husband-wife duo along with Pearl Carr ~ Johnson was born in 1919
June 6, 2017 ~ Classical, avant-garde violinist, conductor Paul Zukofsky passed away in Hong Kong ~ Known for his association with some of the finest composers of contemporary classical music including Milton Babbitt, Easley Blackwood Jr, John Cage, Morton Feldman, Artur Schnabel, Roger Sessions, Stefan Wolpe, Charles Wuorinen, Iannis Xenakis, and others ~ Zukofsky was born in 1943
June 6, 2017 ~ Barbara Alexandra Reemer, commonly known as singer, TV personality Sandra Reemer, passed away in Amsterdam, the Netherlands ~ Half of Sandra & Andres, the other half being Andres Holten. The duo, representing the Netherlands would reach 4th place at the 1972 Eurovision Songfestival with Als Het Om De Liefde Gaat. As a solo artist Reemer would also compete in the 1976 edition with The Party's Over, which reached ninth place, and the 1979 edition with Colorado, which reached 12th place ~ Reemer was born in 1950
June 6, 2016 ~ Composer, choirmaster Rolf Schweizer passed away in Selb, Germany ~ Classical, choral composer influenced by jazz ~ Schweizer was born in 1936
June 6, 2015 ~ Guitarist, singer, composer Jorge Galemire passed away ~ Considered one of the most important guitarists in the Candombe Beat movement. Member of Trelew. Has also worked with Fernando Cabrera, Jaime Roos, Jorge Drexler, Repique, and others ~ Galemire was born in 1951
June 6, 2015 ~ Ruth Alice Gilbert, commonly known as singer, songwriter Ronnie Gilbert, passed away in Mill Valley, California, USA ~ Co-founding member of the Weavers alongside Pete Seeger, Lee Hays and Fred Hellerman. Previously a member of the Priority Ramblers ~ Gilbert was born in 1926
June 6, 2006 ~ Keyboardist, organist, singer, songwriter Billy Preston passed away in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA ~ As a solo artist known for songs such as That's The Way God Planned It, Outa-space, Will It Go Round In Circles, Space Race, Nothing From Nothing, and duetting with Syreeta Wright, With You I'm Born Again. As a session and touring musician Preston backed artists such as Little Richard, Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, James Cleveland, the Beatles, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and the Rolling Stones ~ Preston was born in 1946
June 6, 2003 ~ Pianist Dave Rowberry, full name David Eric Rowberry, passed away in London, UK ~ Member of the Animals starting in 1965, taking over for Alan Price. Played on hits such as We Gotta Get Outta This Place, It's My Life, Don't Bring Me Down, Inside Looking Out, and See See Rider ~ Rowberry was born in 1940
June 6, 2002 ~ Guitarist Robbin Crosby, full name Robbinson Lantz Crosby, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Best known as member of glam metal outfit RATT. Co-wrote number of the band's best-known including Round And Round, Wanted Man, Lay It Down and the band's You Think You're So Tough debut single ~ Crosby was born in 1959
June 6, 2001 ~ Songwriter, lyricist Joe Darion passed away in Lebanon, New Hampshire, USA ~ Musical theater lyricist best known for the 1965 musical Man Of La Mancha. Co-wrote Changing Partners, a 1954 No.3 Billboard hit for Patti Page, with Larry Coleman. Versions by Bing Crosby, Kay Starr and Dinah Shore would also reach the top 20. A notable cover can also be found on pop singer Elvis Costello's 2009 Secret Profane & Sugarcane, serving as the album's closing track ~ Darion was born in 1911
June 6, 2001 ~ Blondel Keith Calnek, commonly known as ska, rocksteady, reggae producer Ken Lack, passed away ~ Active through the late 1960s. Produced records by the Skatalites (Outer Space), Ken Boothe, the Clarendonians, the Tartans, the Heptones (School Girls), the Slickers, Tommy McCook, Lynn Taitt, Hortense Ellis (Brown Girl In The Ring), the Uniques, and other ~ Calnek was born ca.1934
June 6, 1996 ~ Banjoist Courtney Johnson passed away in Glasgow, Kentucky, USA ~ Influenced by Ralph Stanley. Influenced Béla Fleck, Alison Brown, Scott Vestal, Jens Kruger. Member of the Bluegrass Alliance. Original member of the New Grass Revival ~ Johnson was born in 1939
June 6, 1991 ~ Stanley Gayetzby, commonly known as cool jazz, bebop, bossa nova saxophonist Stan Getz, passed away in Malibu, California, USA ~ Dubbed “the Sound” for his warm, lyrical tone. Rose to prominence in the late 1940s as member of Woody Herman's big band. Would go on to become one of jazz's all-time greatest tenor saxophonists. Known for popularizing bossa nova, among other through collaborations with João Gilberto and Antônio Carlos Jobim and especially with the 1964 hit single The Girl From Ipanema of the collaborative Getz/Gilberto album ~ Gayetzby was born in 1927
June 6, 1986 ~ Pop rock singer, songwriter Gin Wigmore, full name Virginia Claire Wigmore, born in Auckland, New Zealand ~ First gained attention as featured vocalist on Smashproof's 2009 single Brother, a No.1 hit in the band's native New Zealand. Wigmore would release her Holy Smoke debut album later the same year. As a solo artist best known for songs such as Under My Skin, Oh My, I Do and Black Sheep
June 6, 1978 ~ Country singer, songwriter Lisa Brokop born ~ Released her Daddy Sing To Me debut single at age 17. A full-length My Love followed a year later. Would go on to regularly reach the higher echelons of the Billboard Country charts throughout the early 2000s. Known for songs such as Country Girl, Give Me A Ring Sometime, How Do I Let Go, What's Not To Love, Better Off Broken and Big Picture
June 6, 1978 ~ Lester Rallingston Collins, commonly known as jazz trumpeter, composer, arranger Shad Collins, passed away ~ In-demand sideman from the 1930s through the 1950s. Has served in bands led by Charlie Dixon, Chick Webb, Benny Carter, Count Basie, Lester Young, Cab Calloway, Paul Quinichette, and others ~ Collins was born in 1910
June 6, 1977 ~ Jazz drummer Art Mardigan passed away in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Worked with Tommy Reynolds, Georgie Auld, Charlie Parker, Allen Eager, Dexter Gordon, Kai Winding, Wardell Gray, Fats Navarro, Phil Hill, Woody Herman, Pete Rugolo, Al Cohn, Stan Getz, Jack Brokensha, Eddie Bert, Jimmy Giuffre, Clark Terry, and others ~ Mardigan was born in 1923
June 6, 1976 ~ Jazz singer Emilie-Claire Barlow born in Toronto, Canada ~ Released her Sings in 1998. Influenced by Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Stevie Wonder. Especially acclaimed for the albums Seule Ce Soir and Clear Day, released respectively in 2013 and 2016
June 6, 1974 ~ Matthew Shafer, commonly known as singer, songwriter Uncle Kracker, born in Mt Clemens, Michigan, USA ~ Turntablist for Kid Rock's backing unit Twisted Brown Trucker. As a solo artist known for Follow Me and Drift Away, both of which reached the Billboard top 10
June 6, 1971 ~ Jazz pianist, composer Ryan Cohan born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Blends world rhythms, traditional jazz and classical. Wrote and arranged for Ramsey Lewis (Dance Of The Soul, Appasionata). Collaborated with artists including Freddie Hubbard, Milt Hinton, Jon Faddis, Joe Locke, Andy Narell, Curtis Fuller, Pat LaBarbera, Regina Carter, Nick Brignola, Andy Bey, Kurt Elling, Michal Urbaniak, Bob Sheppard, Geoff Bradfield, James Cammack, Lorin Cohen, Tito Carrillo, Dana Hill, and others
June 6, 1968 ~ New jack swing, R&B singer, songwriter Damion Hall born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Member of Guy, joining the band after their 1988 eponymous Guy debut album as replacement for Timmy Gatling. Present on songs such as Wanna Get With U, Let's Chill, D-O-G Me Out and Dancin'. Released his Straight To The Point solo album in 1994, which spawned the single Satisfy You featuring Chanté Moore, a modest hit on the Billboard R&B charts
June 6, 1968 ~ Drummer George Wettling passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Worked with Artie Shaw, Bunny Berigan, Red Norvo, Paul Whiteman, Harpo Marx, Eddie Condon, Muggsy Spanier, Wild Bill Davison, Cutty Cutshall, Gene Schroeder, and others ~ Wettling was born in 1907
June 6, 1968 ~ Jazz singer Melanie Bong born in Munich, Germany ~ Worked with Maximilian Geller, Bob Lanesse, Fernando Correa. Released her Fantásia solo debut album in 2002
June 6, 1967 ~ Traditional fiddler, smallpipe player Kathryn Tickell born in Walsall, UK ~ Debuted at 17 with her On Kielder Side album recorded at her parents' house. Would go on to work with the Penguin Café Orchestra, the Chieftains, Jimmy Nail, Linda Thompson, Alan Parsons, Sting, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Steeleye Span, and others
June 6, 1966 ~ Pianist, composer Benoit Delbecq born in St-Germain-en-Laye, France ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Guillaume Orti, Hubert Dupont, Benjamin Henocq, Joseph Carver, Steve Argüelles, Serge Adam, Philippe Foch, Noël Akchoté, Francois Houle, Michael Moore, Jean Jacques Avenel, Mark Helias, Oene Van Geel, Ambitronix, Evan Parker, Fred Hersch, Gerry Hemingway, Joëlle Léandre, Mary Halvorson, Taylor Ho Bynum, Mark Turner, Gerald Cleaver, and others
June 6, 1964 ~ Paul Walden, commonly known as acid house, house, techno DJ Guru Josh, was born on Jersey, Channel Islands ~ Best known for the title track Infinity of his 1989 Infinity debut album, a club hit across Europe. Other well known songs include Freaky Dreamer, Holographic Dreams, Whose Law (Is It Anyway), Frozen Teardrops, and others ~ Walden passed away in 2015
June 6, 1963 ~ Pop, rock & roll singer Billy Fury records In Summer at Decca Studios, London, UK ~ Written by Valerie Murtagh, Elaine Murtagh, Ray Adams. Produced by Dick Rowe. Released the following month it would give Fury a UK top 10 hit. The flipside featured the Johnnie Ray-cover I'll Never Fall In Love Again
June 6, 1963 ~ Folk-punk, post-punk singer, guitarist, Gordon Gano, full name Gordon James Gano, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA ~ Singer, guitarist, key member of Violent Femmes. Released his Hitting The Ground solo debut album in 2002
June 6, 1963 ~ Reggae, dancehall singer Junior Reid born in Kingston, Jamaica ~ Lead vocalist of Black Uhuru on the albums Brutal, Positive and Black Uhuru Live In New York. As a solo artist initially gained attention with songs such as Speak The Truth, Youthman, Bank Clerk, and Know Myself. Fronted the Voice Of Progress. Also worked with Sugar Minott, Hugh Mundell, Augustus Pablo, Ludacris, Game (It's Okay (One Blood)), Busta Rhymes, T-Pain, Bun B, Jadakiss, Mims (This Is Why I'm Hot), Waka Flocka Flame, Fat Joe, Ace Hood, Birdman, DJ Khaled, and others
June 6, 1962 ~ Albita Rodriguez, mononymously known as singer, songwriter Albita, born in Havana, Cuba ~ Daughter of singers Martin Rodriguez and Minerva Herrera of the folk, Latin folk duo Martin & Minerva
June 6, 1961 ~ Singer, bandleader, songwriter Art Gillham passed away in Atlanta, Georgia, USA ~ One of the first crooners, known for songs such as Angry, I'm Confessing, Shine On Harvest Moon, I'd Climb The Highest Mountain, Cecilia, I'm Waiting For Ships That Never Come In, Thinking and Tenderly ~ Gillham was born in 1895
June 6, 1960 ~ Orchestral conductor John Morris Russell born in Cleveland, Ohio, USA ~ Best known for his associations with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
June 6, 1960 ~ Rock, hard rock, progressive metal guitarist, singer Steve Vai, full name Steven Siro Vai, born in Carle Place, New York, USA ~ Hailed for his technical prowess. First gained attention in the late 1970s backing Frank Zappa, notably present on albums such as Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar, You Are What You Is and Them Or Us and the subject of the song Stevie's Spanking on the latter album. Released his Flex-Able solo debut album in 1984. Especially known for his 1990 Passion And Warfare album. Has collaborated with Alcatrazz, David Lee Roth, Whitesnake, Mary J Blige, Ozzy Osbourne, and others
June 6, 1959 ~ James Samuel Harris III, commonly known as producer, songwriter Jimmy Jam, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA ~ Member of the Time, which also included Terry Lewis. Would partner up with Lewis to become one of the most in-demand producer, songwriting duos starting in the late 1980s, working with the SOS Band, Cherrelle, Alexander O'Neal, Change, Cheryl Lynn, Lionel Richie, Herb Alpert, TLC, Yolanda Adams, Jordan Knight, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Boyz II Men, Usher, Johnny Gill, Patti Labelle, Mary J Blige, Chaka Khan, Mariah Carey, Mya, Prince, Bryan Adams, George Michael, Kelly Price, Gwen Stefani, New Edition, Eric Benét, and perhaps most notably and extensively Janet Jackson
June 6, 1959 ~ Drummer John Keeble born in Islington, UK ~ Best known as drummer of New Romantic band Spandau Ballet from 1979 through 1990, rejoining in 2009. Present on the band's best-known including the band's 1983 True album which spawned the UK top 10 hits Lifeline, True and Gold
June 6, 1959 ~ Jazz guitarist Paul Bollenback, full name Paul Norris Bollenback, born in Hinsdale, Illinois, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Scott Ambush, Charlie Byrd, Joey DeFrancesco, Herb Ellis, Della Reese, Arturo Sandoval, Stanley Turrentine, Jim Snidero, Gary Bartz, Pat Bianchi, Terri Lyne Carrington, Joe Locke, Houston Person, Carol Sloane, and others
June 6, 1958 ~ Ragtime, vaudeville pianist, songwriter, musical director Ford Dabney, full name Ford Thompson Dabney, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Important figure in pre-jazz era. Best remembered for co-writing Shine, a 1932 hit for Bing Crosby and the Mills Brothers. The song would become a standard, recorded by numerous others ~ Dabney was born in 1883
June 6, 1957 ~ Norman Washington Giscombe, commonly known as singer, songwriter Junior Giscombe, born in Wandsworth, UK ~ Best known for his 1982 hit Mama Used To Say. Previously backing vocalist for Linx. Has worked with Phil Lynott, Kim Wilde, Rex Wedge, the Style Council, Jimmy Ruffin, and others
June 6, 1955 ~ Country singer, songwriter Curtis Wright, full name Curtis Blaine Wright, born in Huntington, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Lead singer of Shenandoah from 2002 through 2007, succeeding Brent Lamb and succeeded by Jimmy Yeary. As a solo artist known for hi 1989 She's Got A Man On Her Mind and his 1992 eponymous Curtis Wright debut album. Has also worked with Vern Gosdin, Pure Prairie League and notably with frequent songwriting partner Robert Ellis Orrall forming the duo Orrall & Wrighy
June 6, 1955 ~ Rock, pop guitarist Jan van der Meij born ~ Member of Vitesse from 1977 through 1980. Co-founded Powerplay with Peter van Straten and Leon Klaasse. Also worked with Frédérique Spigt, Jan Rot, the Beatles tribute band the Analogues, and others
June 6, 1952 ~ Drummer, timpanist, composer Kjell Sampkopf born in Bærum, Norway ~ Central figure on the Norwegian contemporary music scene. Associated with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Norske Opera. Composed orchestral works, chamber music and pieces for percussion
June 6, 1951 ~ Edward Gernel Fletcher, commonly known as hip-hop producer, rapper Duke Bootee, born ~ Best known for appearing on the pivotal early rap recording The Message, a hit for Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five in 1982 ~ Fletcher passed away in 2021
June 6, 1951 ~ Rock, power pop singer, guitarist, pianist, songwriter Dwight Twilley born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA ~ Formed the duo Oister with Phil Seymour, known for the 1975 single I'm On Fire. As a solo artist Twilley is known for the 1984 Billboard Hot 100 top 20 Girls single
June 6, 1949 ~ Jazz drummer, percussionist Paul Lovens born in Aachen, West Germany ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Alexander von Schlippenbach, the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, the Berlin Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, Cecil Taylor, Harri Sjöström, Eugene Chadbourne, Peter Brötzmann, Philipp Wachsmann, Joëlle Léandre, and others
June 6, 1948 ~ Jurgen Beumer, commonly known as singer Jurgen Marcus, born in Herne, West Germany ~ Schlager singer best known for 1970s hits such as Eine Neue Liebe Ist Wie Ein Neues Leben, Ein Festival Der Liebe, and Ein Lied Zieht Hinaus In Die Welt. ~ Beumer passed away in 2018
June 6, 1947 ~ Son, wolof singer, conga player Ndiouga Dieng born ~ Original singer of Orchestra Baobab, one of the dominant African bands of the 1970s ~ Dieng passed away in 2016
June 6, 1946 ~ Bassist Tony Levin, full name Anthony Frederick Levin, born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA ~ In-demand session musician appearing on over some 500 albums. Has worked with King Crimson, Peter Gabriel, Liquid Tension Experiment, John Lennon, Sarah McLachlan, Stevie Nicks, Paul Simon, Lou Reed, David Bowie, Tom Waits, Todd Rundgren, Seal, Warren Zevon, Bryan Ferry, Laurie Anderson, and others
June 6, 1944 ~ Trombonist David Taylor born in New York, New York, USA ~ Worked with Chuck Israels, the Mingus Big Band, George Russell, George Gruntz, Bob Mintzer, Jim Pugh, Gil Evans, Frank Lacy, Paul Smoker, John Clark, Daniel Schnyder, Kenny Drew Jr, the New York Chamber Orchestra, the Lincoln Center Chamber Society, Jimmy McGriff, Dr Lonnie Smith, and others
June 6, 1944 ~ Electronic music pioneer Edgar Froese, full name Edgar Willmar Froese born in Tilsit, Germany ~ Founded Tangerine Dream. Had previously founded psychedelic rock outfit the Ones, once invited to play at Salvador Dali's villa. The encounter inspired Froese to seek a more experimental approach in his music ~ Froese passed away in 2015
June 6, 1944 ~ Montgomery Bernard Alexander, commonly known as jazz pianist Monty Alexander born in Kingston, Jamaica ~ Inlfuenced by Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole, Oscar Peterson, Frank Sinatra. Learned piano as a child. Played with Frank Sinatra, befriended Ray Brown and Milt Jackson, while still in his teens. Has worked with Ernest Ranglin, Ed Thigpen, Othello Molineaux, Ernestine Anderson, Mary Stalling, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Golson, James Griffin, Frank Morgan, and others. Has been married to guitarist Emily Remler, currently married to jazz singer Caterina Zapponi
June 6, 1944 ~ Guitarist Peter Albin born in San Francisco, California, USA ~ Leader of Big Brother & the Holding Company, known for their association with singer Janis Joplin. Would join Country Joe & the Fish after Joplin's departure only to return the next year
June 6, 1943 ~ Rock, country singer, pianist, songwriter Joe Stampley born in Springhill, Louisiana, USA ~ Fronted 1960s rock group the Uniques, known for Not Too Long Ago and All These Things. As a solo artist known for a number of 1970s, 1980s Billboard Country top 10 hits. Well-known songs include Soul Song, I'm Still Loving You, Take Me Home To Somewhere, Roll On Big Mama, Red Wine And Blue Memories and I'm Gonna Love You Back To Loving Me Again. Also known as a frequent collaborator of singer Moe Bandy, notably on the collaborative albums Just Good Ol' Boys released in 1979 and its follow-up Hey Joe Hey Moe two years later
June 6, 1942 ~ Author, music journalist, blues scholar Paul Garon, full name Paul Arthur Garon, born in Louisville, Kentucky, USA ~ Noted for his writings on surrealist works. To blues audiences best known as founding editor of the Living Blues magazine in 1970, which in time would become to be considered an authority on blues music. Authored several books on blues and blues musicians, including A Woman With Guitar (Memphis Minnie's Blues) on Memphis Minnie and The Devil's Son In-Law (The Story Of Peetie Wheatstraw And His Songs) on Peetie Wheatstraw ~ Garon passed away in 2022
June 6, 1939 ~ Gary Levone Anderson, commonly known as R&B, rock & roll, pop rock singer Gary US Bonds, born in Jacksonville, Florida, USA ~ Known for a string of early 1960s singles including the Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hits New Orleans, Quarter To Three, School Is Out, Dear Lady Twist and Twist Twist Senora
June 6, 1939 ~ Composer, pianist Louis Andriessen, full name Louis Joseph Andriessen, born in Utrecht, the Netherlands ~ Son of composer Hendrik Andriessen. Brother of composers Jurriaan Andriessen and Caecilia Andriessen. Co-founded Orkest de Volharding and Hoketus. Also worked with the Schonberg Ensemble, ASKO, Icebreaker, and others ~ Andriessen passed away in 2021
June 6, 1936 ~ Jazz guitarist Joe Diorio, full name Joseph Louis Diorio, born in Waterbury, Connecticut, USA ~ Worked with Sonny Stitt, Stan Getz, Pat Metheny, Horace Silver, Anita O'Day, Freddie Hubbard, Robben Ford, Gary Willis, David Becker, Mick Goodrick, Conte Candoli, Eddie Harris, Sam Lazar, Ira Sullivan, and others ~ Diorio passed away in 2022
June 6, 1936 ~ Levi Stubbles, commonly known as singer Levi Stubbs, born in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Brother of singer Joe Stubbs who sang with 100 Proof (Aged In Soul), the Falcons, the Contours, and Originals. Best known as longtime lead singer of the Four Tops, known for songs such as Baby I Need Your Lovin', It's The Same Old Song, Reach Out I'll Be There, Bernadette, Standing In The Shadows Of Love, and Loco In Acapulco ~ Stubbs passed away in 2008
June 6, 1936 ~ Blues harpist, singer Raful Neal was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA ~ Bandmate of Buddy Guy in the Clouds. Critically acclaimed for a number of 1990s solo albums. Also worked with Tab Benoit and with the Hoodoo Kings. Nine of his ten children are also blues musicians, including singer Jackie Neal and guitarist Kenny Neal ~ Neal passed away in 2004
June 6, 1935 ~ Jazz guitarist, composer Grant Green born in St Louis, Missouri, USA ~ Father of Grant Green Jr. Green Senior was influenced by Charlie Christian, Charlie Parker, Lester Young, Jimmy Raney. Has recorded extensively, both as a leader and as a sideman. Made his first recordings in 1959 backing Jimmy Forrest with Elvin Jones on drums (the LPs All The Gin Is Gone and Black Forrest). Has also backed artists such as Sam Lazar, Willie Dixon, Brother Jack McDuff, Baby Face Willette, Hank Mobley, Stanley Turrentine, Lou Donaldson, Ike Quebec, Horace Parlan, Jimmy Smith, Lee Morgan, Donald Byrd, Wild Bill Davis, Reuben Wilson, Houston Person, and others. As a leader Green has recorded since the early 1960s, mostly for Blue Note Records, up to his death ~ Green passed away in 1979
June 6, 1934 ~ Jazz, classical trombonist, composer Raymond Premru, full name Raymond Eugene Premru, born in Elmira, New York, USA ~ Worked with Kenny Baker, Frank Sinatra, Oscar Peterson, Ella Fitzgerald, the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, Philip Jones, and others ~ Premru passed away in 1998
June 6, 1927 ~ Bluegrass fiddler Benjamin Logan born in Coahoma, USA ~ Worked with Mike Seeger, Peter Rowan, Bill Monroe. Wrote Christmas Time's A-Coming recorded by Monroe and notably covered by Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Sammy Kershaw, Rhonda Vincent, Patty Loveless, and others. Played fiddle on the Bee Gees' Give Your Best of their 1969 Odessa album ~ Logan passed away in 2015
June 6, 1927 ~ Bassist Lennie Bush, full name Leonard Walter Bush, born in London, UK ~ Worked with Alan Clare Trio, Nat Gonella, Ronnie Scott, Hank Shaw, Tommy Pollard, Tony Crombie, Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong, Roy Eldridge, Stéphane Grappelli, Anita O'Day, Eddie Cleanhead Vinson, Ralph Sharon, Jack Parnell, and others ~ Bush passed away in 2004
June 6, 1926 ~ Jazz, swing saxophonist Kristian Bergheim born in Bærum, Norway ~ Leader and sideman. Popular especially during the 1950s and 1960s. Worked with Rowland Greenberg, Karl Otto Hoff, the Appaloosa Mainstream Ensemble, Totti Bergh, and others. Retired from music in 1990 for health reasons ~ Bergheim passed away in 2010
June 6, 1925 ~ Jazz trombonist Al Grey born in Aldie, Virginia, USA ~ Best remembered for his work with Count Basie's orchestra. Also worked with Benny Carter, Jimmie Lunceford, Lucky Millinder, Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, Ray Charles, Lorez Alexandria, Ray Bryant, Arnett Cobb, John Hicks, Johnny Hodges, Melba Liston, Jimmy McGriff, Jay McShann, Joe Newman, Oscar Pettiford, Pony Poindexter, Paul Quinichette, Clark Terry, Randy Weston, and others ~ Grey passed away in 2000
June 6, 1925 ~ Gloria Lane Kachmalnick, commonly known as mezzo-soprano Gloria Lane, born in Trenton, New Jersey, USA ~ Active from the late 1940 through the 1970s. First gained attention with the Broadway operas Consul Opera (1950) and Saint Of St Bleeker Street (1954). Went on to perform with noted orchstras in US and abroad including the New York City Opera, La Scala, the Royal Opera, the Vienna State Opera, the Vancouver Opera, and others ~ Krachmalnick passed away in 2016
June 6, 1924 ~ Gilberto Cuppini, commonly known as jazz drummer, bandleader Gil Cuppini born in Milan, Italy ~ Has worked with Hazy Osterwald, Armando Trovajoli, Gorni Kramer, Nunzio Rotondo, Gianni Basso, Oscar Valdambrini, Teddy Wilson, Arvell Shaw, Joe Venuti, Franco D'Andrea, Giorgio Azzolini, and others ~ Cuppini passed away in 1996
June 6, 1921 ~ Flutist Robert Hugh Willoughby born in Grundy Center, Iowa, USA ~ Baroque and classical flute player revered to as “the American grandmaster of the flute” ~ Willoughby passed away in 2018
June 6, 1916 ~ Daniel Doroteo Santos Betancourt, commonly known as guaracha, plena, rumba, bolero singer, composer Daniel Santos, was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico ~ Active since the early 1930s, initially as a member of Trio Linco. Would go on to perform in night clubs and casinos. Rose to fame as member of Pedro Flores' El Cuarteto Flores, notably present on hits such as Perdon, Amor, El Ultimo Adios and Si Yo Fuera Millonario. After serving in the Army during World War II would emerge as a successful solo singer and songwriter, best remembered for Sierra Maestra ~ Santos passed away in 1992
June 6, 1916 ~ Singer James B Davis, full name James Bodie Davis, born ~ Founded the Dixie Hummingbirds, one of the longest-lasting and by far most influential gospel groups, in 1928. Retired in 1984 ~ Davis passed away in 2007
June 6, 1916 ~ Jazz pianist, lecturer, critic John Mehegan born in Hartford, Connecticut, USA ~ Head of jazz department at the Metropolitan Music School in the 1940s and 1950s. Jazz critic. Wrote numerous books on jazz. Recorded half a dozen albums with Charles Mingus, Kenny Clarke, Eddie Costa, and Vinnie Burke ~ Mehegan passed away in 1984
June 6, 1915 ~ Composer, pianist, teacher Vincent Persichetti born ~ Persichetti's students include Philip Glass, Bruce Adolphe, Louis Calabro, Michael Jeffrey Shapiro, Laurie Spiegel, Kenneth Fuchs, Richard Danielpour, Peter Schickele, Lowell Liebermann, Robert Witt, Elena Ruehr, Wiliam Schimmel, Leonardo Balada, Leo Brouwer, and others ~ Persichetti passed away in 1987
June 6, 1904 ~ Raymond Barrois, commonly known as jazz, dixieland clarinetist Raymond Burke, passed away ~ Worked with Henry Belas, the Melon Pickers, Alvin Alcorn, Sharkey Bonano, Jeff Riddick, and others ~ Barrois passed away in 1986
June 6, 1903 ~ Violinist, orchestra leader, songwriter Bert Lown, full name Albert Charles Lown, born in White Plains, New York, USA ~ Led a number of 1920s, 1930s jazz dance bands. Co-wrote Bye Bye Blues first performed by the Vikings and quickly becoming a jazz standard ~ Lown passed away in 1962
June 6, 1902 ~ Jazz, swing bandleader, saxophonist Jimmie Lunceford, full name James Melvin Lunceford, born in Fulton, Mississippi, USA ~ Popular during the 1930s and known for his distinctive two-beat rhythm, called the Lunceford two-beat. Well-known songs include Rhythm Is Our Business, I'm Nuts About Screwy Business, Four Or Five Timese, Wham (Re-bop-boom-bam), For Dancers Only and Stratosphere ~ Lunceford passed away in 1947
June 6, 1893 ~ Karl Karlsson, commonly known as accordiionist, songwriter Calle Jularbo, born in Dalarna County, Sweden ~ Most famous accordionist of hist his time. Pivotal to forming Swedish accordion tradition. Extremely productive, recording over 1,500 songs during his career. Wrote and first recorded Livet i Finnskogarna, a song that would later be adapted by the Pinetoppers member George Vaughn Horton. The English version is known as Mocking Bird Hill and would be recorded by Les Paul & Mary Ford, popularized by Patti Page who scored a 1951 Billboard pop No.2 hit with it and later recorded by numerous others ~ Karlsson passed away in 1966
June 6, 1890 ~ Bandleader, singer Ted Lewis, full name Theodore Leopold Friedman, born in Circleville, Ohio, USA ~ Known as “Mr Entertainment”. Started serving under Earl Fuller in the late 1910s. Led his own band by the end of the decade, marketed as Columbia Records' answer to the Original Dixieland Jazz Band. Employed clarinetists such as Benny Goodman, Jimmy Dorsey, Frank Teschemacher, Don Murray. Also included sidemen such as trumpeter Muggsy Spanier and trombonist George Brunies. Particular popular during the 1920s, second only to Paul Whiteman's orchestra ~ Lewis passed away in 1971
June 6, 1885 ~ Old-time fiddler, banjoist Gid Tanner, full name James Gideon Tanner, born ~ Best known as frontman of the Skillet Lickers, one of the most popular, innovative, influential string bands of the 1920s and 1930s ~ Tanner passed away in 1960