This Day In Music: June 9
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June 9, 2022 ~ Pop, dream pop singer, songwriter, actress Julee Cruise passed away ~ Known for Falling and Rockin' Back Inside My Heart, the former the theme song of the Twin Peaks TV series. Guested on Hybrid's 1989 Wide Angle debut album, including on the acclaimed track If I Survive. Touring member of the B52's for most of the 1990s, at times filling in for Cindy Wilson. Has released four full-length solo albums, starting with Floating Into The Night released in 1989 ~ Cruise was born in 1956
June 9, 2020 ~ Pau Donés Cirera, commonly known as rock, pop rock, flamenco rock singer, guitarist, songwriter Pau Donés, passed away in Bagergue-Naut Aran, Spain ~ Co-founding member, lead singer of Jarabe De Palo, known best for their 1996 La Flaca debut album ~ Donés was born in 1966
June 9, 2020 ~ Hard rock, blues rock, progressive rock guitarist Paul Chapman passed away ~ Member of Universe. Briefly a member of Skid Row during the early 1970s, replacing Gary Moore. Touring guitarist for UFO since 1974, joining the band as a full member in 1978. Present on the albums Strangers In The Night, No Place To Run, The Wild The Willing And The Innocent, Mechanix, and Making Contact. Following his departure from the band in 1983 Chapman has worked with DOA, Waysted (The Good The Bad The Waysted), Jack Starr, Gator Country, and others ~ Chapman was born in 1954
June 9, 2019 ~ Richard Stephen Straw, commonly known as rapper Bushwick Bill, passed away in Colorado, USA ~ Best known as key member of Texan hip-hop pioneers Geto Boys, alongside Willie D and Scarface, a band he had originally joined as a dancer ~ Shaw was born in 1966
June 9, 2019 ~ Singer Jim Pike passed away in Prescott, Arizona, USA ~ Member of the Lettermen from 1959 through 1974, present on songs such as When I Fall In Love, Come Back Silly Girl, Theme From A Summerplace, Goin' Out Of My Head and Hurt So Bad ~ Pike was born in 1938
June 9, 2019 ~ The 50th edition of Pinkpop takes place in Landgraaf, the Netherlands ~ Day 2 of 3. Included on today's, Sunday the 9th's bill would include Kraantje Pappie, Aura, the White Lies, Blood Red Shoes, the Kooks, the Confidence Man, Rowwen Hèze, Jack Savoretti, Nana Adjoa, Krezip, Barns Courtney, J Balvin, Miles Kane, Lenny Kravitz, Boef, Die Antwoord, Mark Ronson, the Cure, and Armin Van Buuren
June 9, 2018 ~ Jazz music advocate Lorraine Gordon passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Owner of Village Vanguard jazz club, New York ~ Gordon was born in 1922
June 9, 2016 ~ Conductor John Reilly Lewis passed away in Arlington, Virginia, USA ~ Considered an authority on Johann Sebastian Bach. Best known as founder of the Washington Bach Consort and music director of the Cathedral Choral Society ~ Lewis was born in 1944
June 9, 2015 ~ Hans Last, commonly known as bandleader, arranger James Last, passed away in Palm Beach, Florida, USA ~ Often derided by critics as “the King of Elevator Music” yet remained popular for decades, selling reportedly over 200 million records ~ Last was born in 1929
June 9, 2015 ~ Robert Alan Diaz, commonly known as freestyle rapper Pumpkinhead, passed away in New Jersey, USA ~ Influenced by Redman, Leaders Of The New School, Doug E Fresh, Tupac Shakur. Guested on recordings by Immortal Technique and Jean Grae. Debuted with a full-length album, The Old Testament, in 2001 ~ Diaz was born in 1975
June 9, 2014 ~ The 45th edition of Pinkpop takes place in Landgraaf, the Netherlands ~ Day 3 of 3. Mostly sunny and very warm, heavy thunder on the last evening, this year's edition would draw a total of 134,000 visitors. Included on today's, Monday the 9th's bill would be Mastodon, Rob Zombie, Biffy Clyro, Avenged Sevenfold, Metallica, Jett Rebel, Kodaline, Stromae, Jake Bugg, Arcade Fire, Clean Bandit, Ghost, Young The Giant, the Bombay Bicycle Club, and Gogol Bordello
June 9, 2013 ~ William Daron Pulliam, commonly known as funk, soul singer Darondo, passed away in Sacramento, California, USA ~ Debuted in the early 1970s with the single I Want Your Love So Bad. It led to a record deal, resulting in three albums from 1972 to 1974, and dates opening for James Brown ~ Pulliam was born in 1946
June 9, 2012 ~ Pedal steel guitarist Roy Ayres passed away ~ Steel guitarist on many Pee Wee King recordings including The Tennessee Waltz ~ Ayres was born in 1929
June 9, 2006 ~ Schlager singer, songwriter Drafi Deutscher, full name Drafi Franz Richard Deutscher, passed away in Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany ~ Known for a string of 1960s hits, notably Shake Hands, Keep Smiling and Cinderella Baby. Internationally perhaps best known for co-writing Boney M's disco hit Belfast with Jimmy Bilsbury and Joe Menke ~ Deutscher was born in 1946
June 9, 2004 ~ Tenor saxophonist, flutist Bent Jædig passed away ~ Worked with Rudi Fuesers, Peter Herbolzheimer, Allan Botschinsky, Bent Axen, Dusko Gojkovic, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Alex Riel, Don Cherry, Tete Montoliu, Jimmy Woode, Philly Joe Jones, Louis Hjulmand, Hugo Rasmussen, Carsten Dahl, Wild Bill Davison, Art Farmer, Stan Getz, and Ernie Wilkins ~ Jædig was born in 1935
June 9, 2004 ~ Thomas Raymond Kelly, commonly known as jazz double bassist Red Kelly, born in Shelby, Montana, USA ~ Worked with Charlie Barnet, Herbie Fields, Claude Thornhill, Red Norvo, Red Mitchell, Woody Herman, Dick Collins, Nat Pierce, Maynard Ferguson, Med Flory, Stan Kenton, Lennie Niehaus, the Modest Jazz Trio, Jim Hall, Harry James, and others ~ Kelly was born in 1927
June 9, 2003 ~ The 34th edition of Pinkpop takes place in Landgraaf, the Netherlands ~ Day 3 of 3. Mostly sunny and warm, this year's edition would draw a crow of some 47,500 visitors in total. Included on today's, Monday the 7th's bill would be Beef, the Cardigans, Krezip, the Queens Of The Stone Age, Evanescence, Manu Chao, Solomon Burke, Ilse de Lange, Zwan, Audioslave, Junkie XL, Relax, Danko Jones, Röyksopp, Moloko, and Saybia
June 9, 2002 ~ Romana Elena Burgues Gonzalez, commonly known as bolero, son singer Elena Burke, passed away in Havana, Cuba ~ Mother of singer Malena Burke. Member of vocal quartet the Cuarteto D'Aida, along with Moraima Secada, Omara Portuondo and Haydee Portuondo. Embarked on a successful solo career by the early 1950s and became one of Cuba's most beloved singers, praised for her emotional sincerity earning her the nickname “Señora Sentimiento” ~ Burgues was born in 1928
June 9, 2001 ~ Pianist Yaltah Menuhin passed away in London, UK ~ Younger sister of violinist Yehudi Menuhin and pianist Hephzibah Menuhin. Premiered works composed by Erich Zeisl, George Antheil, Ernst Krenek, Louis Gruenberg, Walter Piston, and others ~ Menuhin was born in 1921
June 9, 1999 ~ Alternative rock, punk rock guitarist Eddie Kurdziel passed away ~ Best known as member of Redd Kross since 1991, first appearing on the Phaseshifter album ~ Kurdziel was born ca.1961
June 9, 1998 ~ Harpist John Duncan passed away in Toronto, Canada ~ Best known for founding and fronting the Old World Musicians after relocating to Canada in the late 1920s ~ Duncan was born in 1904
June 9, 1997 ~ Country, country-pop singer, guitarist, songwriter Catherine McGrath born in Rostrevor, Northern Ireland ~ Influenced by Taylor Swift, Kacey Musgraves, Kelsea Ballerini, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts. Released her Talk Of This Town debut album in 2018
June 9, 1995 ~ Pianist, conductor, arranger, composer Frank Chacksfield, full name Francis Charles Chacksfield, passed away in Kent, UK ~ One of the most popular English orchestra leaders of the 1950s known for his light orchestral and easy listening performance ~ Chacksfield was born in 1914
June 9, 1992 ~ Clarence Horatius Miller, commonly known as jazz, blues singer, bassist Big Miller, passed away in Edmonton, Canada ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Jay McShann, Fletcher Henderson, the Five Pennies, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Bob Brookmeyer, John Hendricks, Oscar Peterson, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Tommy Banks, and Rex Stewart ~ Miller was born in 1922
June 9, 1982 ~ Stefan Relu Mihalache, commonly known as hip-hop, R&B, pop, raggamuffin singer, rapper Connect-R, born in Ploiesti, Romania ~ Member of hip-hop group RACLA. As a solo artist known for Burning Love, Still featuring Chris Mayer, Vara Nu Dorm and Love Is The Way
June 9, 1982 ~ Southern gospel singer, songwriter Devin McGlamery, full name Jon Devin McGlamery, born in Valdosta, Georgia, USA ~ Member of southern gospel quartet the Dixie Melody Boys from 2000 through 2004. Subsequently a member of Karen Peck & New River, with whom he recorded three albums starting with Good To Be Free released in 2005. Member of Ernie Haase's group the Signature Sound from 2010 through 2021, including on the hit song From My Rags To His Riches. McGlamery released his Love Is A Verb solo album in 2013
June 9, 1981 ~ Sitar player, composer Anoushka Shankar born in London, UK ~ Daughter of Ravi Shankar, half-sister of Norah Jones. Released her Anoushka debut album in 1998. Has collaborated with her father, George Harrison, Sting, Rodrigo & Gabriela, and Milos Karadaglic
June 9, 1980 ~ Aladapo Daniel Oyebanjo, commonly known as singer, rapper, songwriter D'banj, born in Zaria, Nigeria ~ Internationally best known for Oliver Twist, a hit in Africa in 2011 and in the UK the following year
June 9, 1978 ~ Rock singer, guitarist, songwriter Matt Bellamy, full name Matthew James Bellamy, born ~ Son of the Tornados rhythm guitarist George Bellamy. Fronts Muse, known for songs such as Plug-in Baby, Time Is Running Out, Hysteria, Butterflies & Hurricanes, Supermassive Black Hole, Knights Of Cydonia and Uprising, all of which reached the UK top 20. Bellamy also co-wrote Adam Lambert's Soaked from Lambert solo debut For Your Entertainment album and is a member of the Beatles tribute band the Jaded Hearts Club which also includes Miles Kane, Nine Inch Nails drummer Lian Rubin and Sean Payne
June 9, 1977 ~ Jazz saxophonist, clarinetist Atle Nymo born in Valnesfjord, Norway ~ Brother of saxophonist Frode Nymo. Has worked with Motif, the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, Vigleik Storaas, Ole Morten Vågan, Kare Nymark, and Hilde Louise Asbjørnsen
June 9, 1973 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Luke Doucet born in Halifax, Canada ~ Released his Aloha Manitoba debut album in 2001. Has worked with Whitehorse, Veal, Sarah McLachlan, Chantal Kreviazuk, Veda Hille, Delerium, Maren Ord, Captain Tractor, Mae Moore, and others
June 9, 1970 ~ DJ, songwriter Ed Simons born in Dulwich, UK ~ Best known as half of the DJ duo the Chemical Brothers who from the mid-1990s onwards scored six No.1 albums and thirteen top 20 singles in the UK. The duo started out as club DJ's but simply ran out of material to use, so they decided to make their own. The duo has also done remixes for a host of British pop artists including Lionrock, Republica, the Manic Street Preachers, the Charlatans, Primal Scream, the Prodigy, the Stone Roses, Oasis, Fatboy Slim, Kylie Minogue, and others. They initially called themselves the Dust Brothers, in honor of the American production duo the Dust Brothers associated with the Beastie Boys, but were asked to drop the name by the original Dust Brothers around March 1995
June 9, 1967 ~ Bassist, singer Dean Felber born in Bethesda, Maryland, USA ~ Member of Hootie & the Blowfish known for the Billboard top 10 singles Hold My Hand, Let Her Cry and Only Wanna Be With You of their 1994 Cracked Rear View debut album
June 9, 1965 ~ Gospel, R&B singer, songwriter, actress Deborah Fraser born in Kwamashu, South Africa ~ Backing singer for the likes of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Lucky Dube, Brenda Fassie, Rebecca Malope, Hugh Masekela, and Jonas Gwangwa. Released her Abanye Bayombona solo debut album in 2000, which would go on to sell over 1 million copies. Well known for her 2016 hit Ngeke Ngiyeke Ukuthandaza ~ Fraser passed away in 2022
June 9, 1965 ~ Jazz trombonist, composer Helge Sunde born in Stryn, Norway ~ Has worked with Anneli Drecker, Nils Johansen, the Oslo Groove Company, the Norske Store Orkester, the Ensemble Denada, Eberhard Weber, Ole Paus, Motorpsycho, Trygve Seim, and others. As a composer had his works performed by the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, the Bergen Filharmoniske Orkester and the Oslo Sinfonieta
June 9, 1964 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Bob Dylan records My Back Pages ~ Self-penned. Produced by Tom Wilson. Often interpreted as Dylan's discontement with his earlier protest songs, especially due to the lyric “Ah, but I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now.” Included on the 1964 Another Side Of Bob Dylan album. Covered by a wide array of artists including Keith Jarrett, the Ramones, the Nice, Steve Earle, the Hollies, the Byrds, and others
June 9, 1963 ~ Singer, guitarist, TV personality Erik van der Hoff born in Alkmaar, the Netherlands ~ Fronted Roberto Jacketti & the Scooters while in his teens, scoring a string of Dutch hits in the mid to late 1980s including I Save The Day, Make Me Cry and Make Me Smile
June 9, 1963 ~ Christopher Depp II, commonly known as actor, singer, guitarist Johnny Depp, born in Owensboro, Kentucky, USA ~ Best known as an actor. Also a guitarist, singer, member of rock group the Hollywood Vampires alongside Alice Cooper and Joe Perry
June 9, 1962 ~ Guitarist, singer Eddie Lundon born ~ Co-founding and along with Gary Daly main songwriter and the only other constant member of China Crisis, known for 1980s UK top 20 hits such as Christian, Wishful Thinking, Black Man Ray and King In A Catholic Style (Wake Up)
June 9, 1962 ~ Pop, rock, folk singer, guitarist Yuval Banai born in Tel Aviv, Israel ~ Son of actor, singer Yossi Banai. Married to actress Orly Silbersatz from 1987 through 2007, with whom he has three children. Best known as frontman of Mashina, considered one of the most influential Israeli pop rock bands drawing from a wide array of influences including ska, reggae, punk rock, new wave, psychedelic rock, pop rock, grunge, and Middle Eastern elements. Well known songs include Rakevet Laila Le-Kahir, basically an hommage to Madness' Night Boat To Cairo, Geveret Sarah Hashschena which drew heavily from Bob Dylan's Hurricane, Ha'Amuta Le-Heker Hatmuta, and Miflatzot Ha-Tehila
June 9, 1960 ~ Pop singer Eva Dahlgren, full name Eva Charlotte Dahlgren, born in Umea, Sweden ~ Discovered by singer Bruno Glenmark. Released her Finns Det Nan Som Bryr Sej Om debut album in 1978 and has recorded to commercial succes since. Best known for songs such as Angeln I Rummet, Ven Tander Stjarnorna and Nar Jag Langtar
June 9, 1957 ~ Andrew Chudy, commonly known as percussionist NU Unruh born in New York, New York, USA ~ Co-founding member of Einstürzende Neubauten playing percussion and a range of self-invented experimental instruments
June 9, 1954 ~ François Reyes, commonly known as flamenco, gypsy guitarist Canut Reyes, born in Strassbourg, France ~ Co-founding member of the Gipsy Kings. Appeared on the band's first two albums, 1982's Allegria and 1983's Luna De Fuego, before departing the band for lack of chart succes seeking a day job instead while also releasing his Bolero solo album, a tribute to Maurice Ravel. After the group slowly rose to fame on the strength of their eponymous 1987 Gipsy Kings album, Reyes would rejoin the group in 1990 and has played with the group ever since
June 9, 1954 ~ Hard rock, blues rock, progressive rock guitarist Paul Chapman born in Cardiff, UK ~ Member of Universe. Briefly a member of Skid Row during the early 1970s, replacing Gary Moore. Touring guitarist for UFO since 1974, joining the band as a full member in 1978. Present on the albums Strangers In The Night, No Place To Run, The Wild The Willing And The Innocent, Mechanix, and Making Contact. Following his departure from the band in 1983 Chapman has worked with DOA, Waysted (The Good The Bad The Waysted), Jack Starr, Gator Country, and others ~ Chapman passed away in 2020
June 9, 1953 ~ Electric blues guitarist, songwriter, producer Bobby Murray born in Nagoye, Japan ~ Influenced by Albert Collins and BB King. Best known for his association with Etta James, a member of James' backing unit for over two decades starting in 1988. Recorded a number of solo albums, starting with The Blues Is Now in 1996. Has also worked with Albert King, Johnny Guitar Watson, Taj Mahal, Percy Mayfield, Sugar Pie DeSanto, Lowell Fulson
June 9, 1953 ~ Drummer, singer, songwriter, producer Errol Kennedy born in Montego Bay, Jamaica ~ Best known as member of Imagination, known for songs such as Body Talk, In & Out Of Love, Flashback, and for their biggest hit Just An Illusion. Also worked as session musician, collaborator, producer with Hugh Masekela, Odyssey, Shalamar, Rose Royce, Grace Kennedy, Jamiroquai, Frankie Knuckles, Larry Levan, Colonel Abrams, Simon Ellis, Midnight Express, the Typical Funk Band, Central Line, and others
June 9, 1951 ~ Keyboardist, film composer James Newton Howard born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Has scored over a 100 films including Pretty Woman, The Fugitive, Space Jam, the 2005 remake of King Kong, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them and the Hunger Games series
June 9, 1950 ~ Pianist, songwriter, actor Joe Burke, full name Joseph Aloysius Burke, passed away in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Perhaps best remembered for co-penning Tiptoe Through The Tulips With Me and Painting The Clouds With Sunshine, both major hits for Nick Lucas and the former covered by over 100 artists. Others who have recorded his songs include Edythe Wright, Ben Selvin, Gene Austin (Carolina Moon), Guy Lombardo (It Looks Like Rain In Cherry Blossom), Dean Martin, Billie Holiday (Getting Some Fun Out Of Life), Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Jim Reeves, Ray Charles, Fats Waller, Perry Como (Rambling Rose), Fats Waller, Rudy Vallée, Doris Day, Frank Sinatra, Chet Atkins, and Tiny Tim ~ Burke was born in 1884
June 9, 1949 ~ Keyboardist Francis Monkman born ~ Co-founded Sisyphus in the late 1960s. The band would evolve into the pioneering progressive rock outfit Curved Air, with whom Monkman recorded the albums Air Conditioning, Second Album, and Phantasmagoria, before departing the band over artistic differences. After his departure from the band Monkman has guested on recordings by Renaissance, Al Stewart, and Lynsey de Paul, collaborated with Phil Manzanera and Brian Eno in the short-lived 801, worked with classical fusion band Sky, and recorded as a solo artist ~ Monkman passed away in 2023
June 9, 1948 ~ Harmonica player, singer, songwriter Billy C Farlow born in Greensburg, Indiana, USA ~ Member of Commander Cody & his Lost Planet Airmen, known for the Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit Hot Rod Lincoln of their 1971 Lost In The Ozone debut album
June 9, 1947 ~ Hard rock, progressive rock, heavy metal singer, guitarist Mick Box, full name Michael Frederick Box, born in Walthamstow, UK ~ Co-founding and sole remaining original member of Uriah Heep, known for songs such as Lady In Black, Easy Livin', Spider Woman, Stealin' and Prima Donna
June 9, 1946 ~ Jazz fusion, blues saxophonist, flutist, pianist Ron Aspery, full name Ronald Aspery, born in Middlesbrough, UK ~ Driving force behind jazz-rock trio Back Door, especially acclaimed for their 1972 eponymous Back Door and its 1973 follow-up 8th Street Nites. In-demand sideman, present on albums by Alexis Korner, Glenn Hughes, Marvin Hamlisch (The Spy Who Loved Me), Roger Glover, Evelyn Thomas, David Coverdale, Roger Chapman, Roger Daltrey, Deke Leonard (Before Your Very Eyes), Chris Rea, Elvis Costello, and Keith Emerson ~ Aspery passed away in 2003
June 9, 1945 ~ Jazz guitarist Mick Goodrick born in Sharon, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Worked with Gary Burton, Pat Metheny, the Liberation Music Orchestra, Jack DeJohnette, Steve Swallow, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Jerry Bergonzi, Jimmy Mosher, Gary Thomas, Claudio Fasoli, Harvie S, Jim Hall, Charlie Mariano, Ed Sarath, Mill Bermejo, Joe Diorio, the Monday Night Orchestra, Laszlo Gardony, Mike Pohjola, Hal Crook, Miles Donahue, John Abercrombie, Dan Wall, Ed Byrne, Bruno Raber, with Vardan Ovsepian, and others ~ Goodrick passed away in 2022
June 9, 1941 ~ Roberto Valentín, commonly known as salsa bassist, bandleader Bobby Valentín born in Orocovis, Puerto Rico ~ Dubbed “the King of Bass.” Has worked with Tito Rodriguez, Charlie Palmieri, Ray Barretto, the Fania All-Stars, and others
June 9, 1941 ~ Keyboardist Jon Lord, full name John Douglas Lord, born in Leicester, UK ~ Best known as co-founding and key member of Deep Purple, merging rock and hard rock with classical and baroque influences. Has also worked with the Artwoods, St Valentine's Day Massacre, the Flower Pot Men, Paice Ashton Lord and with Whitesnake ~ Lord passed away in 2012
June 9, 1940 ~ Jazz drummer Curtis Boyd born in New York, New York, USA ~ Sideman. Started out in the 1950s. Has played with artists such as Cedar Walton, Julian Priester, Wynton Kelly, Frank Strozier, Kenny Dorham, Chick Corea, Gloria Lynne, Ronnell Bright, Carmen McRae (Bittersweet), Joe Williams, and with Freddy Cole. Gained particular attention as a member of Billy Taylor's 1980s line-up
June 9, 1940 ~ Singer guitarist Richard Wallace born in Georgia, USA ~ Original member of traditional gospel group the Mighty Clouds Of Joy, alongside Johnny Martin, Ermant Franklin Jr, Elmo Franklin, Joe Ligon, Leon Polk and David Walker
June 9, 1938 ~ Contemporary classical composer, pianist, conductor Charles Wuorinen, full name Charles Peter Wuorinen, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Wrote well over 250 works, including orchestral music, chamber music, vocal music, and operas. Won a Pullitzer Prize For Music for Time's Encomium premiered in 1969, his sole purely electronic piece ~ Wuorinen passed away in 2020
June 9, 1938 ~ Eilert Ove Thelin, commonly known as trombonist Eje Thelin, born ~ Admired by peers for his technique and rhythmic intensity. Leader and sideman. Has worked with Don Cherry, the Clarinet Summit, Benny Golson, Krzysztof Komeda, Kenny Wheeler, Jimmy Witherspoon, and others ~ Thelin passed away in 1990
June 9, 1934 ~ Singer Jackie Wilson, full name Jack Leroy Wilson Jr, born in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Key figure in transition from R&B to soul. Dubbed “Mr Excitement” for his high-energy stage antics. Rose to fame as member of Billy Ward & the Dominoes. Active as a solo artist since 1957. Known for songs such as Reet Petite (The Finest Girl You Ever Want To Meet), Lonely Teardrops, You Were Made For My Love, Alone At Last, My Empty Arms, Baby Workout and (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher ~ Wilson passed away in 1984
June 9, 1934 ~ Teacher, songwriter John Joseph Woods passed away in Lawrence, New Zealand ~ Best known for winning a competition to set the Thomas Bracken-poem God Defend New Zealand to music. By doing so he composed the tune to what later became New Zealand's national anthem ~ Woods was born ca.1849
June 9, 1930 ~ Monique Andree Serf, commonly known as singer, songwriter Barbara, born in Paris, France ~ Lifelong friend and frequent interpreter of Jacques Brel. Known as a poetic songwriter herself. Best remembered for songs such as Ma Belle Histoire D'Amour C'Est Vous, L'Aigle Noir, Nantes, Solitude, Gottingen, and Petite Cantate. Quintessential to the Nouvelle Chanson genre, influential on artists such as Keren Ann, Benjamin Biolay, Coralie Clément, Emilie Simon, Daphné, and Vincent Delerm. Non-French artists who have covered Barbara's songs include Marc Almond, Martha Wainwright, Conchita Mendivil, Regina Spektor, and Ana Silvera ~ Serf passed away in 1997
June 9, 1929 ~ John Marshall Alexander, commonly known as R&B singer, pianist Johnny Ace, born in Memphis, Tennessee, USA ~ Worked with BB King, Bobby Blue Bland, Junior Parker, Earl Forest, Rosco Gordon, Ike Turner, and others. As a solo artist known for a string of early 1950s hits including Cross My Heart, Please Forgive Me, The Clock, Yes Baby, Saving My Love For You, Never Let Me Go and perhaps his best-known Pledging My Love. The latter posthumously became an R&B charttopper 1955 after Ace died of an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound the previous year ~ Alexander passed away in 1954
June 9, 1926 ~ William Whitney Pursell, commonly known as pianist, songwriter Bill Pursell, born in Oakland, California, USA ~ As a solo artist best known for his instrumental 1963 Our Winter Love single, which would reach the Billboard Hot 100 top 10. Would go on to become an in-demand session pianist and arranger, present on many of Johnny Cash's 1960s recordings. Also worked with artists such as Patsy Cline, Johnny Paycheck, Willis Hoover, Joan Baez, Scotty Moore, JJ Cale, Willie Nelson, and Dan Fogelberg ~ Pursell passed away in 2020
June 9, 1926 ~ Electric blues bassist, singer Calvin Fuzz Jones born in Greenwood, Mississippi, USA ~ Jones worked with Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, the Legendary Blues Band, Mississippi Heat, James Cotton, Luther Guitar Junior Johnson, Little Walter, Elmore James, Pinetop Perkins, Willie Big Eyes Smith, Ronnie Earl, Bruce Katz, the Blues Brothers, Cassandra Wilson, and others ~ Jones passed away in 2010
June 9, 1926 ~ Delta blues singer, guitarist CeDell Davis, full name Ellis CeDell Davis, was born in Helena, Arkansas, USA ~ Noted for his distinctive style of guitar playing, a case of polio restricting use of his hands leading him to hold a butter knife in his fretting hand in a manner similar to slide guitar playing. Critically acclaimed for his 1994 Feel Like Doin' Something Wrong album. The 2019 Signs album by the Tedeschi-Trucks Band was dedicated to Davis ~ Davis passed away in 2017
June 9, 1926 ~ Jackie Jean Crouch, commonly known as singer, actress, model Georgia Holt, born in Kensett, Arkansas, USA ~ Sang with Bob Wills at age 10. Would go on to win several talent and beauty competitions, leading to a number of supporting roles in film and TV. Best known for her two marriages to John Sarkisian, briefly in the 1940s and again briefly in the 1960s. Their daughter is singer Cher. In 2013 Holt released her sole album, Honky Tonk Woman ~ Crouch passed away in 2022
June 9, 1926 ~ Steel guitarist Herb Remington, full name Herbert Leroy Remington, born in Meshawaka, Indiana, USA ~ Member of Bob Wills' backing unit the Texas Playboys from 1946 through 1949, notably present on Boot Heel Drag. Also worked with Hank Penny, with whom he recorded Remington Ride which has since become a standard for steel guitarists ~ Remington passed away in 2018
June 9, 1921 ~ Producer, label executive Dick Rowe, full name Richard Paul Brutton Rowe, born in London, UK ~ Served at Decca Records from the late 1940s until his retirement in the mid-1970s. Remembered as the executive who passed on the Beatles, yet did sign the Rolling Stones at the recommendation of George Harrison. Would become one of the most successful British executives and producers of the 1960s, signing and producing acts such as Them, the Moody Blues, the Zombies, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, Tom Jones, the Small Faces, the Animals, Procol Harum, and Gilbert O'Sullivan. Rowe's son, solicitor Richard Rowe, would follow in his father's footsteps with executive positions at CBS Records and Sony Music ~ Rowe passed away in 1986
June 9, 1915 ~ Lester William Polsfuss, commonly known as guitarist Les Paul, born in Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA ~ Half of Les Paul & Mary Ford, the other half his wfe Mary Ford, known for hits such as How High The Moon ~ Paul passed away in 2009
June 9, 1912 ~ Bernard Feinstein, commonly known as swing lyricist Buddy Feyne, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Wrote the lyrics to Glenn Miller's 1940 hit Tuxedo Junction. Others who have recorded songs co-written by Feyne include Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Louis Armstrong, Gene Autry, Frankie Avalon, the Andrews Sisters, George Benson, Nat King Cole, the Manhattan Transfer, Joe Jackson, and Boz Scaggs ~ Feinstein passed away in 1998
June 9, 1905 ~ Singer Martha Boswell born ~ One third of close harmony trio the Boswell Sisters, alongside siblings Connee Boswell and Helvetia Boswell, known for 1930s hits such as I Found A Million Dollar Baby In A Five An Ten Cent Store, Rock & Roll, The Object Of My Affection, Dinah, Alexander's Ragtime Band, and others ~ Boswell passed away in 1958
June 9, 1902 ~ Nehemiah Curtis James, commonly known as Delta blues singer, guitarist, pianist, songwriter Skip James, born in Bentonia, Mississippi, USA ~ First recorded in the early 1930s to initially little succes to be rediscovered in the 1960s blues revival. Known for songs such as Cherry Ball Blues, Illinois Blues, I'm So Glad and Jesus Is A Mighty Good Leader ~ James passed away in 1969
June 9, 1891 ~ Composer, songwriter Cole Porter, full name Cole Albert Porter, born in Indiana, USA ~ One of the most popular songwriters of the 1920s through the 1940s. One of the few of his day who usually wrote both music and lyrics. Known for standards such as Night And Day (Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, Joe Henderson, Everything But The Girl), Begin The Beguine (June Knight, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman), I Get A Kick Out Of You (Ethel Merman, Ella Fitzgerald), I've Got You Under My Skin (Virginia Bruce, Frank Sinatra, the Four Seasons, Neneh Cherry), Easy To Love (Frances Langford, Hal Kemp, Billie Holiday) and You're The Top (Paul Whiteman, the Dorsey Brothers) ~ Porter passed away in 1964
June 9, 1877 ~ Vaudeville, ragtime singer Gene Greene, full name Eugene Delbert Greene, born in Indiana, USA ~ One of the first to use scat singing techniques. Known for songs such as The Chinese Blues, Alexander's Got A Jazz Band Now, and his best-known King Of The Bungaloos ~ Greene passed away in 1930