This Day In Music: May 10
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May 10, 2020 ~ Bessie Regina Norris, commonly known as soul, R&B singer, songwriter Betty Wright, passed away in Miami, Florida, USA ~ Member of the Echoes of Joy. Sang background for Latimore, Bill Wyman, Gwen McCrae, Beverly Johnson, Stevie Wonder, Rachel Sweet, Peter Tosh, and others. Rose to fame in the 1970s as a solo artist known for hits such as Clean Up Woman, Where is The Love, Tonight's The Night and Dance With Me ~ Norris was born in 1953
May 10, 2018 ~ Folk singer, guitarist, songwriter John Campbell Munro passed away ~ Leading figure in Australian folk, his adopted homeland since 1965. Worked with Eric Bogle, Tracey Munro Tracey, Colcannon, and others ~ Munro was born in 1947
May 10, 2014 ~ Composer, arranger André Popp, full name André Charles Jean Popp, passed away in Puteaux, France ~ Best known for his association with Juliette Gréco, orchestrating a number of Gréco's 1950s and 1960s albums, and for co-penning a number of Eurovision Songfestival entries, namely Jacqueline Boyer's 1960 winning Tom Pillibi, Rachel's 1964 Le Chant De Mallory and Vicky Leandros's 1967 L'Amour Est Blue (Love Is Blue). The latter would notably be covered in an instrumental version by Paul Mauriat who took it to the top of the Billboard charts the following year ~ Popp was born in 1924
May 10, 2014 ~ Singer Conchita Wurst wins the 59th edition of the Eurovision Songfestival held in Copenhagen, Denmark ~ Representing Austria singer Wurst wins with the song Rise Like A Phoenix written by Charlie Mason, Joey Patulka, Ali Zuckowski and Julian Maas
May 10, 2012 ~ Jazz pianist, film composer Bernardo Sassetti passed away in Guincho Cascals, Portugal ~ Over a dozen albums to his name. Over a dozen soundtracks to his name. Especially acclaimed for his 2006 Unreal (Sidewalk Cartoon) album. Fell to his death off a cliff shooting pictures for his next book ~ Sassetti was born in 1970
May 10, 2008 ~ Ayse Leyla Ceyrekgil, commonly known as operatic soprano Leyla Gencer, passed away in Milan, Italy ~ Bel canto soprano active mostly in the 1950s through the 1980s in Italy. Especially known for her roles in operas composed by Gaetano Donizetti. Has worked with the Teatro Di San Carlo, La Scala, the Royal Opera House, the San Francisco Opera, and others ~ Ceyrekgil was born in 1928
May 10, 2008 ~ Avant-garde, free jazz saxophonist Mario Schiano passed away in Rome, Italy ~ Worked with the Italian Instabile Orchestra, Famoudou Don Moye, Eugenio Colombo, Ernst Reijseger, Paul Rutherford, Gianluigi Trovesi, Joëlle Léandre, and others ~ Schiano was born in 1933
May 10, 2006 ~ Jazz pianist, composer, arranger John Hicks passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Started in blues, moved on to jazz. Influenced by pianists Fats Waller and Thelonious Monk. Has backed artists such as Art Blakey, Betty Carter, Woody Herman, Charles Tolliver, Lester Bowie, Arthur Blythe, David Murray, Pharoah Sanders, David Fathead Newman, Della Reese, Joe Farrell, Al Grey, Billy Mitchell, Jimmy Witherspoon, Kenny Dorham, Jimmy Witherspoon, Joe Henderson, Eric Alexander, Paquito d'Rivera, Sonny Fortune, Chico Freeman, and others ~ Hicks was born in 1941
May 10, 2005 ~ David Wayne Carnell, commonly known as heavy metal singer, songwriter David Wayne, passed away in Tacoma, Washington, USA ~ Influenced by Rob Halford. Member of the Metal Church from 1982 through 1988. Also formed and fronted Reverend and Wayne ~ Carnell was born in 1958
May 10, 2002 ~ Arranger, conductor, songwriter, label executive George Cates passed away in Santa Monica, California, USA ~ Best known for his association with Lawrence Welk. Also worked with the Andrews Sisters, Teresa Brewer, Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Alvino Rey, Buddy Cole, and others ~ Cates was born in 1911
May 10, 1999 ~ Singer, author, poet, cartoonist, playwright, songwriter Shel Silverstein, full name Sheldon Allan Silverstein, passed away in Key West, Florida, USA ~ To music audiences best known for writing or co-writing a number of quintessential pop, rock, country songs including Dr Hook's The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan and The Cover Of The Rolling Stone, Johnny Cash's 25 Minutes To Go, Loretta Lynn's One's On The Way and Hey Loretta, and Tompall Glaser's Put Another Log On The Fire ~ Silverstein was born in 1930
May 10, 1989 ~ Trumpeter, flugelhornist, cornetist, composer, bandleader Woody Shaw passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Influenced by Louis Armstrong and Harry James. Played with Willie Bobo, Chick Corea, Joe Farrell, Eric Dolphy, Bud Powell, Kenny Clarke, Johnny Griffin, Dexter Gordon, Art Taylor, John Bodwin, René Urtreger, Jacques Thollot, Jef Gilson, Larry Young, Billy Brooks, Horace Silver, Jackie McLean, Booker Ervin, Andrew Hill, Herbie Hancock, Bobby Hutcherson, Max Roach, Bennie Maupin, Ron Carter, George Cables, Gary Bartz, Clint Houston, Lenny White, Anthony Braxton, Arthur Blythe, Muhal Richard Abrams, Art Blakey, McCoy Tyner, Onaje Allan Gumbs, Mulgrew Miller, Larry Willis, Terri Lyne Carrington, Steve Turre, and others ~ Shaw was born in 1944
May 10, 1985 ~ Singer Ashley Poole born in Blythe, California, USA ~ Original member of teen girl group Dream, alongside Holly Blake-Arnstein, Melissa Schuman and Diana Ortiz, known for the singles He Loves U Not and This Is Me
May 10, 1984 ~ Jazz drummer Jean Louis Viale passed away in Paris, France ~ Worked with Sacha Distel, René Urtreger, Jimmy Gourley, Bobby Jaspar, Henri Renaud, Clifford Brown, Frank Foster, Stan Getz, Stéphane Grappelli, Gigi Gryce, Thelonious Monk, Jimmy Raney, Django Reinhardt, Zoot Sims, Martial Solal, René Thomas, George Wallington, Barney Wilen, Lester Young, Raymond Fol, Johnny Griffin, Roger Guerin, Ivan Julien, Jim Hall, Barney Kessel, Benny Bailey, Jack Dieval, Slide Hampton, and others ~ Viale was born in 1933
May 10, 1979 ~ R&B, hip-hop soul singer, songwriter Jason Dalrymple born in Long Island, New York, USA ~ Member of sibling outfit Soul 4 Real, known for a string of 1990s singles, most notably Candy Rain and Every Little Thing I Do both reaching the Billboard Hot 100 top 20 in 1995
May 10, 1977 ~ Jazz double-bassist Jasper Høiby born in Copenhagen, Denmark ~ Leads jazz trio Phronesis, which aslo included pianist Ivo Neame and drummer Anton Eger. Has also worked with Julian Argüelles, Mark Lockheart, Liam Noble, Marius Neset, Ana Silvera, and others
May 10, 1976 ~ Singer, actress, model Rhona Bennett, full name Rhona Lynn Bennet, born in Chicago ~ Best known for a number of stints in the R&B group En Vogue, first from 2003 through 2005, again from 2006 through 2008, and finally rejoining in 2012
May 10, 1976 ~ Jazz double-bassist Torbjörn Zetterberg born in Sweden ~ Leader and sideman. Best known for his association with Jonas Kullhammar. Has also worked with Daniel Fredriksson, Alberto Pinton, Ivo Perelman, Espen Aalberg, Susana Santos Silva, and others
May 10, 1974 ~ Singer, DJ, producer Jes Brieden born in New York, New York, USA ~ Co-founded dance band Motorcycle, best known for their 2003 single As The Rush Comes. Has also worked with the Guardians Of The Earth, Tiësto, D-Fuse, Deepsky, Solarstone, Airscape, Robbie Rivera, Ferry Corsten, Delerium, Jochen Miller, and others
May 10, 1970 ~ Rapper Craig Mack, full name Craig Jamieson Mack, born in the Bronx, New York, USA ~ Known for his 1994 hit Flava In Ya Ear, especially in the remix version which reached Billboard Hot 100 top 10. It would be the first hit for Bad Boy Entertainment, the breakout appearance of Notorious BIG, and one of the first solo appearances by Busta Rhymes. Mack would be unable to replicate Flava's succes and eventually disappear from public view to resurface in 2012, having joined a church characterized by some as an end of times prophecy cult ~ Mack passed away in 2018
May 10, 1968 ~ Pop singer Emilija Kokic born in Zadar, Yugoslavia ~ Lead singer of Riva, best known for winning the 1989 Eurovision Songfestival with Rock Me representing Yugoslavia
May 10, 1967 ~ Marvin Young, commonly known as rapper, singer, actor Young MC, born in South Wimbledon, UK ~ Best known for Bust A Move. a hit in 1989
May 10, 1966 ~ Jazz organist, keyboardist, composer Sigbjørn Apeland born in Svelo, Norway ~ Worked with Nils Okland, Reidun Horvei, Ingeleiv Kvammen, Olav Kvammen, Åsne Valland Nordii, Marylands, Agnes Buen Garnås, Bjørn Kjellemyr, Einar Mj&oslassh;lsnes, Per Jorgensen, Berit Opheim, Hordaland, Synnøve S Bjørset, Knut Hamre, Hildegun Riise, Benedicte Maurseth, and others
May 10, 1965 ~ Jazz trumpeter Philip Harper born in Baltimore, Maryland, USA ~ Brother of drummer Winard Harper, with whom he also worked in the Harper Brothers alongside Justin Robinson, Stephen Scott and Michael Bowie. Has also worked with the Jazz Messengers, Cecil Brooks III, Etta Jones, Houston Person, and others
May 10, 1963 ~ British rockers the Rolling Stones record Come On at Olympic Studios, London, UK ~ Written by Chuck Berry. Produced by Andrew Loog Oldham. Appearing on the record were Mick Jagger on lead vocals, Keith Richards guitar, Brian Jones harmonica, Bill Wyman bass, Charlie Watts drums. It would be released as their UK debut single the next June. The B-side also contained a cover, namely I Want To Be Loved written and originally recorded by Willie Dixon
May 10, 1963 ~ Guitarist Serge Teyssot-Gay born in St Etienne, France ~ Best known as guitarist of rock band Noir Désir through 2010. Has also recorded as a solo artist and collaborated with Zone Libre, Interzone, Joëlle Léandre, Kintsugi, Lydie Salvayre, and others
May 10, 1960 ~ Paul David Hewson, commonly known as rock singer Bono, born in Dublin, Ireland ~ Lead singer, frontman, primary songwriter of U2, known for a host of hits since the early 1980s including New Years Day, Pride (In The Name Of Love), Desire, Mysterious Ways, One, Discotheque, and others. Has collaborated with numerous artists including Gavin Friday, Roy Orbison, Tina Turner, Ray Charles, Bruce Springsteen, Robbie Robertson, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and others
May 10, 1958 ~ Jazz trumpeter Claude Deppa born in Cape Town, South Africa ~ Leader and sideman. Closely associated with Brotherhood Of Breath, Carla Bley, the Grand Union Orchestra. Co-founding member of the Jazz Warriors. Also worked with Art Blakey, Miriam Makeba, Louis Moholo, Evan Parker, Courtney Pine, Andy Sheppard, the African Jazz Explosion, Clare Hirst, and others
May 10, 1957 ~ Singer Carleen Anderson, full name Carleen Cassandra Anderson, born in USA ~ Member of the Young Disciples. Member of Brand New Heavies. Worked with Paul Weller, Bryan Ferry, Galliano, Guru, Courtney Pine, Incognito, Lewis Taylor, Hope Collective, Jocelyn Brown, and others. As a solo artist released her debut EP, Dusky Sappho, in 1993. A full-length album, True Spirit, would follow the next year
May 10, 1957 ~ John Simon Ritchie, commonly known as bassist, singer Sid Vicious, born in Lewisham, UK ~ Despite an early death at age 21 remains an icon of punk subculture, serving as bassist for short-lived yet pivotal punk band the Sex Pistols known for their sole Never Mind The Bollocks (Here's The Sex Pistols) album released in 1977. Prior to his tenure with the Pistols Ritchie has worked with the Flowers Of Romance which also included Keith Levene and Viv Albertine ~ Ritchie passed away in 1979
May 10, 1956 ~ Bassist, singer, composer Bakithi Kumalo born in Alexandra, South Africa ~ To pop, rock audiences best known for his fretless bass on Paul Simon's 1986 Graceland landmark album, in particular on the track You Can Call Me Al. Has also released several solo records and is an in-demand session musician for artists such as Joan Baez, Herbie Hancock, Randy Brecker, Grover Washington Jr, and others
May 10, 1955 ~ Guitarist Danny Kustow, full name Alexander Daniel Kustow, born in London, UK ~ Influenced by Alexis Korner. Best known as member of the Tom Robinson Band. Also worked with the Spectres, the Planets, and Time UK. Tried out for Generation X but was rejected ~ Kustow ppassed away in 2019
May 10, 1955 ~ Murderer Mark David Chapman born in Fort Worth, Texas, USA ~ Known for shooting and killing singer John Lennon firing five shots on the sidewalk outside Lennon's apartment after having received an autograph earlier the same day. Chapman remained at the scene reading JD Salinger's The Catcher In The Rye awaiting the police. Chapman is said to have been a longtime fan incensed by Lennon's public lifestyle and public statements and lyrics of songs such as God and Imagine. Chapman had no previous criminal record but also contemplated killing other public figures such as TV personality Johnny Carson, Lennon's bandmate in the Beatles, Paul McCartney and President Ronald Reagan. Sentenced to 20 years to life in 1981, currently incarcerated in Wende Correctional Facility in Alden, New York
May 10, 1954 ~ Pianist, bandleader, composer Carroll Gibbons, full name Carroll Richard Gibbons, passed away in London, UK ~ American-born bandleader rose to fame during the British dance band era. Co-led the Savoy Orpheans. Led the New Mayfair Orchestra. Briefly returned to the USA to work as a film composer for MGM in the early 1930s. As a composer best known for A Garden In The Rain, Bubbling Over, Moonbeam Dance and On The Air ~ Gibbons was born in 1903
May 10, 1954 ~ Jazz guitarist Lorne Lofsky born in Toronto, Canada ~ Played rock at school dances but settled on jazz after hearing the Miles Davis-album Kind Of Blue. Closely associated with Oscar Peterson, backing Peterson on tour and record and having Peterson produce his 1980 It Could Happen To You debut album. Has also worked with the Brass Connection, Kirk MacDonald, Duncan Hopkins, Kenny Wheeler, Rob McConnell, Joey DeFrancesco, Ed Bickert, Ruby Braff, Rosemary Clooney, Tal Farlow, Dizzy Gillespie, Johnny Hartman, Clark Terry, and others
May 10, 1952 ~ Lee John Collinson, commonly known as rock, pub rock singer, guitarist, songwriter Lee Brilleaux born in Durban, South Africa ~ Helped found Stiff Records in 1976 with a loan of £500. Co-founded Dr Feelgood with Wilko Johnson in 1971, known best for their 1979 UK top 10 hit Milk And Alcohol, serving as the band's lead singer, occasional guitarist and sole constant member, his last performance just months before his death ~ Collinson passed away in 1994
May 10, 1952 ~ Blues, R&B guitarist, saxophonist, keyboardist, singer Maurice John Vaughn born ~ Worked with the Chosen Few, Phil Guy, Luther Allison, Son Seals, Junior Wells, Valerie Wellington, AC Reed, Detroit Junior, Shirley Johnson, and others
May 10, 1951 ~ Classical, experimental, jazz, world music harpist Susan Allen born in Monovia, California, USA ~ Revered harpist, best known for her use of the electric harp premiering works by contemporary composers such as Ruth Lomon, Elizabeth Walton Vercoe, Roger Bourland, Hayg Boyadjian and William Thomas McKinley. Has collaborated with Harold Budd, Adam Rudolph, Yusef Lateef, Mark Abel, and others ~ Allen passed away in 2015
May 10, 1950 ~ Keith Blake, commonly known as roots reggae singer Prince Alla, born in St Elizabeth, Jamaica ~ Active since the 1960s. Member of shortlived late 1960s band the Leaders alongside Milton Henry and Roy Palmer. As a solo artist known for early 1970s songs such as Woo Oh Oh and Born A Fighter, and especially known for a string of mid-1970s records now regarded as roots classics including Sun Is Shining, Bucket Bottom, and Lot's Wife and Tone
May 10, 1949 ~ R&B singer, songwriter Nolan Porter, full name Nolan Frederick Porter, born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Married to Candy Zappa, sister of Frank Zappa. Recorded two albums in the early 1970s, initially to little success but in time appreciated by British Northern soul aficionados. Best known for songs such as Keep On Keeping On and If I Could Only Be Sure, the latter notably covered by father of Britpop Paul Weller on his 2004 Studio 150 album ~ Porter passed away in 2021
May 10, 1947 ~ Leroy Brand, commonly known as jazz trumpeter Ahmed Abdullah, born ~ Leader and sideman. Best known for backing Sun Ra. Has also worked with artists such as Arthur Blythe, Billy Bang, Dennis González, Charles Brackeen, Chico Freeman, Malachi Favors, Charles Moffett, Carlos Ward, Alex Blake, and others
May 10, 1946 ~ Donovan Phillips Leitch, mononymously known as folk, folk pop singer, guitarist, songwriter Donovan, born in Glasgow, UK ~ Draws from folk, jazz, pop, rock. Somewhat unjustly characterized as England's answer to Bob Dylan. Known for songs such as Catch The Wind, Colours, Universal Soldier, Sunshine Superman, Mellow Yellow and Jennifer Juniper
May 10, 1946 ~ Jazz guitarist Jimmy Ponder born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Plaued with Charles Earland, Lou Donaldson, Houston Person, Donald Byrd, Stanley Turrentine, Jimmy McGriff, Gene Ludwig, Roger Humphries ~ Ponder passed away in 2013
May 10, 1942 ~ Singer Carl Douglas, full name Carlton George Douglas, born in Kingston, Jamaica ~ Best known for his single Kung Fu Fighting, which topped the charts on both sides of the Atlantic in 1974
May 10, 1940 ~ Singer, songwriter Arthur Alexander born in Florence, Alabama, USA ~ Best known for Anna Go To Him, later covered by the Beatles ~ Alexander passed away in 1993
May 10, 1940 ~ Blues singer Tampa Red records It Hurts Me Too and Don't You Lie To Me in Chicago, Illinois ~ Both songs penned and first recorded by Tampa Red. Both would become blues classics covered numerous times. Don't You Lie To Me would be covered by Fats Domino, Chuck Berry, Albert King, BB King, Gary Moore, and by Supertramp. It Hurts Me Too would be covered by Sticks McGhee, Big Bill Broonzy, Elmore James adding lyrics and becoming the best-known version, and by Junior Wells
May 10, 1939 ~ Talvin Wayne Cochran, commonly known as soul singer Wayne Cochran, born in Thomaston, Georgia, USA ~ Having befriended Otis Redding Cochran played bass guitar on Redding's early recording of Shout Bamalama and its B-side Fat Girl. Cochran was dubbed the “White Knight of Soul” and is perhaps best known for the 1961 hit Last Kiss ~ Cochran passed 2017
May 10, 1938 ~ R&B, soul singer Henry Fambrough, full name Henry Le Fambrough, born in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Member of the Spinners. Sang co-lead on Ghetto Child, lead on I Don't Want To Lose You and If You Can't Be In Love
May 10, 1938 ~ Folk singer Johnny Collins born in Norfolk, UK ~ Specialized in traditional maritime folk and sea shanties ~ Collins passed away in 2009
May 10, 1937 ~ Jazz pianist, composer, arranger Mike Melvoin born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Frank Rosolino, Leroy Vinnegar, Gerald Wilson, Paul Horn, Terry Gibbs, Joe Williams, Peggy Lee, Herb Ellis, Plas Johnson, the Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, the Jackson 5, John Lennon, Tom Waits, Barbra Streisand, the Partridge Family, Lucio Battisti, Judy Collins, Stan Getz, Thelma Houston, Milt Jackson, Quincy Jones, Oliver Nelson, Joe Pass, Rock Flowers, Lalo Schifrin, Bud Shank, Gábor Szabó, and others ~ Melvoin passed away in 2012
May 10, 1935 ~ Jazz guitarist George Golla born in Chrozow, Poland ~ Closely associated with saxophonist Don Burrows. Also worked with Stéphane Grappelli, Jacki Cooper, Gary Burton, Luiz Bonfá, James Morrison, Guy Strazzullo, and others
May 10, 1935 ~ Vibraphonist, percussionist Julius Wechter born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Best known as member of Herb Alpert's backing unit the Tijuana Brass and leader of its spin-off group the Baja Marimba Band. Wrote Alpert's Spanish Flea, covered by numerous artists including Floyd Cramer, Toots Thielemans, Cyril Stapleton, Liberace, and Xavier Cugat. In-demand session musician for the likes of the Monkees, Sonny & Cher, Phil Spector and perhaps most notably the Beach Boys, noted for his climactic timpana on Do You Wanna Dance and distinctive vibraphone on Let's Go Away For Awhile ~ Wechter passed away in 1999
May 10, 1935 ~ Lawrence Eugene Williams, commonly known as R&B, rock & roll singer, pianist, singer Larry Williams, born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Best known for his tenure with Specialty Records during the late 1950s, recording several mostly self-penned classics including Bony Moronie, Short Fat Fannie, Slow Down, Dizzy Miss Lizzy, Bad Boy, She Said Yeah. Artists who have covered his songs include the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and John Lennon ~ Williams passed away in 1980
May 10, 1934 ~ Sallie Jayne Richardson, commonly known as poet, performance artist Jayne Cortez born in Fort Huachuca, Arizona, USA ~ Wife of saxophonist Ornette Coleman ~ Richardson passed away in 2012
May 10, 1934 ~ Jazz drummer, composer Joe Nay born in Berlin, Germany ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Kenny Clarke, Jan Huydts, Peter Trunk, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Don Byas, Dexter Gordon, Johnny Griffin, Michael Naura, Hartwig Bartz, Ralf Hubner, Klaus Weiss, Dusko Gojkovic, Randy Brecker, Volker Kriegel, Ruby Braff, Jasper van 't Hof, Johannes Faber, Andy Scherrer, Harry Pepi, Christoph Spendel, Adelhard Roldinger, Message, Harry Sokal, Paul Grabowsky, Dieter Reith, Barbara Dennerlein, Wilton Gaynair, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Carmell Jones, Tete Montoliu, Fritz Pauer, Annie Ross, Pony Poindexter, Kristian Schultze, Olaf Kubler, Lothar Meid, and others ~ Nay passed away in 1990
May 10, 1929 ~ Conductor, choral conductor Jacques Grimbert born ~ Founded the Choeur Et Orchestres de Paris Sorbonne in 1975. Artistic director of the Musique En Sorbonne through 2008. Has collaborated with Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, and others ~ Grimbert passed away in 2019
May 10, 1929 ~ Jazz drummer Mel Lewis born in Buffalo, New York, USA ~ Active since the 1950s. Well-known for co-leading the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra with Thad Jones. In-demand sideman, worked with Stan Kenton, Herbie Mann, Pepper Adams, Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan, Sonny Stitt, Bob Brookmeyer, Benny Carter, Kenny Burrell, Manny Albam, Eric Dolphy, Jimmy Knepper, and others ~ Lewis passed away in 1990
May 10, 1925 ~ Joseph Befumo, commonly known as jazz, hard bop clarinetist, saxophonist Joe Holiday, born in Sicily, Italy ~ Leader and sideman. Known for his 1951 This Is Happiness hit. Wrote Serenada, recorded by Sarah Vaughan. Has worked with Max Roach, Billy Taylor, Larry Young ~ Befumo passed away in 2016
May 10, 1924 ~ Jazz trumpeter, bandleader Teddy Riley born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Son of New Orleans bandleader, trumpeter Amos Riley. Worked with Louis Cottrell Jr, Fats Domino, Champion Jack Dupree, the Dooky Chase Orchestra, the Onward Brass Band, the Olympia Brass Band, and others. Performed until a couple of weeks before his death ~ Riley passed away in 1992
May 10, 1920 ~ Herbert Maurice William Weedon, commonly known as jazz, blues, pop guitarist Bert Weedon, born in East Ham, UK ~ Influential on later stars such as Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney and Queen's Brian May through the popular Play-In-A-Day tutorial series. As a recording artist best known for Guitar Boogie Shuffle, a UK top 10 hit in 1959 ~ Weedon passed away in 2012
May 10, 1909 ~ Maybelle Addington, commonly known as guitarist, auto-harpist, singer Mother Maybelle Carter, born in Nickelsville, Virginia, USA ~ Member of the Carter Family, one of the most beloved and influential family outfits in country music. Helped establish the guitar as a lead instrument in country music. Member of the Carter Sisters. Married to manager Ezra Carter, with whom she had three daughters Helen Carter, Anita Carter and June Carter ~ Carter passed away in 1978
May 10, 1907 ~ Walter Gerhardt Hunt, commonly known as jazz trombonist, singer, bandleader Pee Wee Hunt, born in Mounty Healthy, Ohio, USA ~ Best known as co-founding member, trombonist of the Casa Loma Orchestra, remaining with the band through 1943 ~ Hunt passed away in 1979
May 10, 1905 ~ Rebetiko singer, bouzouki player, songwriter Markós Vamvakaris born in Ano Syros, Greece ~ Dubbed “the Patriarch of Rebetko” for his significance to the genre. Closely associated with Yiorgos Batis, Anestis Delias, and Stratos Pagioumtzis. Known for songs such as Frankosyriani, Alaniaris, Ta Matia Sou T'Arapika, Psilia Tin Htizis, and Sklirokardhi ~ Vamvakaris passed away in 1972
May 10, 1899 ~ Frederick Austerlitz, commonly known as actor, dancer, singer Fred Astaire born in Omaha, Nebraska, USA ~ The most influential dancer in the history of film. Starred in over 10 Broadway and West End musicals and over 30 musical films ~ Austerlitz passed away in 1987
May 10, 1894 ~ Composer, conductor Dimitri Tiomkin, full name Dmitri Zinovievich Tiomkin, born in Kremenchuk, Russian Empire ~ Film composer with 22 Academy Award nominations to his name, winning three for Best Original Score (High Noon, The High And Mighty, The Old Man And The Sea), and one for Best Original Song (The Ballad Of High Noon) ~ Tiomkin passed away in 1979
May 10, 1888 ~ Composer, conductor, songwriter Max Steiner, full name Maximilian Raoul Steiner, born in Vienna, Austria ~ Referred to as “the Father of Film music”, being one of the first to write extensively for film having composed over 300 film scores. Won Academy Awards for the scores of 1935's The Informer, 1942's Now Voyager and 1944's Since You Went Away. Other well-known soundtracks written or co-written by Steiner include King Kong and Casablanca ~ Steiner passed away in 1971