This Day In Music: May 12
May 11 ~ Birthdays/All ~ May 13
 
May 12, 2022 ~ R&B singer Ben Moore, full name Benjamin Moore Jr, passed away ~ Sang with Otis Redding and James Brown. Member of Jimmy Tig & the Rounders. Teamed up with James Purify in the mid-1970s adopting the moniker Bobby Purify previously held by Robert Lee Dickey. The reformed James & Bobby Purify would re-record I'm Your Puppet reaching top 20 in the UK in 1976. Subsequently Moore would also record as a solo artist, keeping the Purify moniker, retiring from music by the 1990s. By the end of the decade returned to music, encouraged by Ray Charles, and later joined gospel outfit the Blind Boys Of Alabama ~ Moore was born in 1941
 
May 12, 2018 ~ Singer Netta wins the 63rd edition of the Eurovision Songfestival held in Lisbon, Portugal ~ Representing Israal singer Netta wins with the song Toy written by Doron Medalie and Stav Beger
 
May 12, 2017 ~ Jazz drummer Bill Dowdy passed away ~ Best known as member of the Three Sounds, alongside Andy Simpkins and Gene Harris. Has worked with artists such as Lester Young, Lou Donaldson, Nat Adderley, Johnny Griffin, Anita O'Day, Sonny Stitt, and others ~ Dowdy was born in 1932
 
May 12, 2016 ~ Singer Julias La Rosa passed away in Crivitz, Wisconsin, USA ~ Known for musical accompanimient on several TV-shows, working closely with Archie Bleyer and Arthur Godfrey. Best known for early-1950s hit songs such as Anywhere I Wander and Eh Cumpari ~ La Rosa was born in 1930
 
May 12, 2011 ~ Jazz, swing saxophonist, flutist, clarinetist Ted Nash, full name Theodore Malcolm Nash, passed away ~ Brother of trombonist Dick Nash. Leader and sideman. Worked with Les Brown, Doris Day (Day By Day), June Christy, Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, Billy Eckstine, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Wilson, Quincy Jones, Georgie Auld, Elmer Bernstein, Henry Mancini (The Music From Peter Gunn), Pete Rugolo, Lalo Schifrin, and others ~ Nash was born in 1922
 
May 12, 2007 ~ Singer Marija Serifovic wins the 52nd edition of the Eurovision Songfestival held in Helsinki, Finland ~ Representing Serbia Serifovic wins with the song Molitva written by Vladimir Graić and Sasa Milosevic Mare
 
May 12, 2006 ~ Songwriter Florence Kaye passed away ~ Best known for co-writing several songs for Elvis Presley, usually with Bernie Baum and Bill Giant. Well-known songs include Roustabout, Paradise Hawaiian Style, Edge Of Reality and notably You're The Devil In Disguise. Others who recorded his songs include the Everly Brothers (That's Old Fashioned (That's The Way Love Should Be)), Gene Chandler, Cindy Malone, and others ~ Kaye was born in 1919
 
May 12, 2005 ~ Eva Monica Nilsson, commonly known as vocal jazz singer, actress Monica Zetterlund, passed away in Stockholm, Sweden ~ Best known collaborating with Bill Evans on the acclaimed 1964 album Waltz For Debby. Known in Sweden as a fine interpreter of Evert Taube, Olle Adolpshon, Povel Ramel. Known internationally for her collaborations with Louis Armstrong, Stan Getz, Steve Kuhn, Quincy Jones, and others ~ Nilsson was born in 1937
 
May 12, 2004 ~ Jazz clarinetist, composer John Laporta, full name John Daniel Laporta, passed away ~ Leader and sideman. Fused jazz with classical. Worked with Bob Chester, Woody Herman, Teo Macero, the Jazz Composers Orchestra, the Boston Pops, Leonard Bernstein, Leopold Stokowski, Igor Stravinsky, Kenny Clarke, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Buddy Rich, Lester Young, Charles Mingus, and others ~ LaPorta was born in 1920
 
May 12, 2003 ~ Jazz, blues pianist Bross Townsend, full name Bross Elvie Townsend, passed away ~ Worked with Jimmy Scott, Wynonie Harris, Gene Ammons, John Coltrane, Memphis Slim, Jimmy Reed, Warren Smith, Carrie Smith, Bubba Brooks, Woody Herman, Diana Ross, Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre, Arvell Shaw, Bob Cunningham, Bernard Pretty Purdie, and others ~ Townsend was born in 1933
 
May 12, 2001 ~ A collaborative effort, Tanel Padar, Dave Benton and 2XL win the 46th edition of the Eurovision Songfestival held in Copenhagen, Denmark ~ Representing Estonia the collaborative effort of Padar, Benton & 2XL win with the song Everybody written by Ivar Must and Maian-Anna Kärmas
May 12, 2001 ~ Pierino Ronald Como, commonly known as easy listening, vocal pop singer, actor Perry Como, passed away in Jupiter, Florida, USA ~ Recorded since the early 1940s, remaining popular well into the 1960s. Best known for songs such as I'm Gonna Love That Gal, Till The End Of Time, Prisoner Of Love, Chi Baba Chi Baba (My Bambino Go To Sleep), Some Enchanted Evening, If (They Made Me A King), Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes, Hot Diggity (Dog Ziggity Boom), Round And Round, Catch A Falling Star and It's Impossible ~ Como was born in 1912
 
May 12, 1997 ~ Jazz drummer Louis Barbarin passed away in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Worked with the Onward Brass Band, Kid Rena, Jack Carey, Punch Miller, Sidney Desvigne, Papa Celestin, Albert French, the Four Tones, and others ~ Barbarin was born in 1902
 
May 12, 1995 ~ Domenica Berté, commonly known as singer Mia Martini, passed away in Cardano al Campo, Italy ~ Widely regarded as one of the all-time leading voices of Italian music. Internationally best known for representing Italy twice at the Eurovision Songfestival, reaching 13th place in 1977 wth Liber5a and 4th place in 1992 with Per Amarti ~ Berté was born in 1947
 
May 12, 1987 ~ Michael Volpe, commonly known as producer, remixer, songwriter Clams Casino, born in Nutley, USA ~ Worked with artists such as A$AP Rocky, Lil' B, Vince Staples, Joji, Mac Miller, Big KRIT, Washed Out, Lana Del Rey, and others
May 12, 1987 ~ Jazz, pop, rock pianist, vibraphonist, percussionist Victor Feldman passed away in Woodland Hills, California, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Roy Fox, Ronnie Scott, Woody Herman, Buddy DeFranco, Benny Goodman, George Shearing, Cannonball Adderley, Miles Davis, Fuse One, Frank Zappa, Steely Dan (Do It Again), Joni Mitchell, Tom Waits, Joe Walsh, and others ~ Feldman was born in 1934
 
May 12, 1981 ~ Singer, guitarist, trumpeter, songwriter David Myles born in Fredericton, Canada ~ Actively recording since the mid-2000s with over a dozen self-released albums to his name. Steadily built a devoted fanbase through active touring and cross-genre collaborations. Best known for the 2013 collaborative single Inner Ninja with rapper Classified, the all-time biggest-selling rap single in Canadian music. Has also worked with operatic and concert soprano Measha Brueggergosman, jazz-pop singer Alex Cuba, and others
May 12, 1981 ~ Saxophonist, bandleader Frank Weir passed away in London, UK ~ Worked with Vera Lynn on her 1954 UK No.1 My Son My Son ~ Weir was born in 1911
May 12, 1981 ~ Gerwin Pardoel, commonly known as rapper Gers Pardoel, born in Nijmegen, the Netherlands ~ Rapper known for a string of Dutch top 10 hits in the early 2010s. First gained attention with a guest appearance on the Opposites' 2009 single Broodje Bakpao. Released his solo debut album, Deze Wereld Is Van Jou, in 2011, which spawned the Dutch No.1 single Ik Neem Je Mee. Also known for songs such as Ik Ga Hard (a collaboration with the Partysquad), Bagagedrager and Louise
 
May 12, 1976 ~ Jazz pianist, trumpeter, tubist, hornist, composer Joe Bishop passed away in Houston, Texas, USA ~ Worked with the Louisiana Ramblers, Mart Britt, Al Katz, Austin Wylie, Isham Jones, Woody Herman (co-wrote Blue Flame and The Woodchopper's Ball), the Casa Loma Orchestra, and others ~ Bishop was born in 1907
May 12, 1976 ~ Jason Drew Harrow, commonly known as rapper, DJ, producer, label executive Kardinal Offishal, born in Scarborough, Canada ~ Dubbed “the Ambassador of Hip-hop” generally regarded as one of the best hip-hop producers of Canada. Emerged from the 1990s underground scene. Member of Circle. Released his full-length Eye And I solo debut album in 1997. Scored the 2008 Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit Dangerous featuring Akon. Has worked with Choclair, Busta Rhymes, T-Pain, Pharrell Williams, Bounty Killer, Pitbull, Melanie Durrant, Marco Polo, Estelle, Pete Rock, Method Man, Talib Kweli, Wretch 32, and others
 
May 12, 1975 ~ Jazz, pop accordionist, organist, singer Joe Mooney passed away in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA ~ Went blind around 10 years of age. Recorded with his brother Dan Mooney in the late 1920s as the Sunshine Boys and the Melotone Boys. Played piano with Frank Dailey, and with Buddy Rogers in the late 1930s. Arranged for Paul Whiteman, Vincent Lopez, Larry Clinton, and for the Modernaires through the early 1940s. Started his own quartet in 1943. Sang with the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra in the 1950s ~ Mooney was born in 1911
 
May 12, 1974 ~ R&B, hip-hop, pop singer Mark Morrison born in Hannover, West Germany ~ Known for the mid- to late 1990s UK top 20 singles including Crazy, Trippin', Horny, Moan And Groan, Who's The Mack and perhaps hist best-known Return Of The Mack, the latter also reaching Billboard Hot 100 top 10 in 1996
 
May 12, 1972 ~ Blues saxophonist, singer Big John Greer passed away in Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA ~ Worked with Lucky Millinder, Bob Shad, Wynonie Harris, Bull Moose Jackson, Hal Cornbread Singer, Bill Doggett, and others ~ Greer was born in 1923
 
May 12, 1971 ~ Jazz singer, composer Kristin Asbjornsen born in Lillehammer, Norway ~ Imprv singer. Worked with Carl Haakon Waadeland, Krøyt, Kvitretten, the Nymark Collective, Tord Gustavsen, Knut Aalefjaer, Ketil Bjørnstad, and others
 
May 12, 1969 ~ Jazz pianist, accordionist, tubist, bandleader Erlend Skomsvoll, full name Erlend Fredrik Skomsvoll, born in Bærum, Norway ~ Member of Skomsork. Member of Wibutee. Also worked with Live Maria Roggen, Madrugada, the Kaizers Orchestra, Nils Petter Molvær, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, Marit Sandvik, Kirsti Huke, Morten Abel, Mark Adderley, and others
May 12, 1969 ~ Jazz, pop singer Lisa Diller born in Bodø, Norway ~ Worked with the Bodo Big Band, Slinger, Lene Grenager, Hild Sofie Tafjord, Ingar Zach, No Spaghetti Edition, Helge Lien, Geir Lysne, Anne-Lise Berntsen, Lisa & the Marias, the Quite Quiet Project, Asbjorn Lerheim, Bugge Wesseltoft, Nils Petter Molvær, and others
 
May 12, 1968 ~ Guitarist, singer Dylan Carlson born in Seattle, Washington, USA ~ Influenced by Molly Hatchet, AC/DC, Black Sabbath, the Melvins, Terry Riley. Best known as guitarist, founding member of metal drone, post-rock outfit Earth. One-time roommate of a then-unknown Kurt Cobain of later Nirvana-fame, with whom he remained good friends until Cobain's death in 1994
 
May 12, 1966 ~ Isabel Gilberto de Oliveira, commonly known as bossa nova, samba, Latin pop singer, songwriter Bebel Gilberto, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Daughter of pioneering guitarist João Gilberto and singer Miucha. Ha been performing since her youth. Released a collaborative album with Pedrinho Rodrigues, Um Certo Garaldo Pereira Funarte, in the early 1980s. Released her eponymous Bebel Gilberto solo debut EP in 1986, her 2000 full-length Tanto Tempo debut album followed in 2000. Has recorded consistently to critical acclaim since
 
May 12, 1965 ~ British rockers the Rolling Stones record I Can't Get No Satisfaction at RCA Studios, Hollywood, California ~ Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. Produced by Andrew Loog Oldham. Recorded inbetween tour dates. One of the Stones' best-known songs. Their first American No.1 hit. Mick Jagger vocals, Keith Richards electric guitar and backing vocals, Brian Jones acoustic guitar, Bill Wyman bass guitar, Charlie Watts drums, Jack Nitzsche piano, tambourine. Notably covered by Otis Redding who claimed he did not know the lyrics of the song: “I use a lot of words different than the Stones' version, that's because I made them up.”
May 12, 1965 ~ R&B singer Wilson Pickett records In The Midnight Hour at Stax Studios, Memphis, Tennessee ~ Written by Pickett and Steve Cropper. Produced by Copper and Jim Stewart. Released as a single the following June, b/w I'm Not Tired, it would top Billboard R&B and just barely stay out of the top 20 on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100. Pickett is backed by Stax/Volt's finest session musicians featuring Cropper on guitar, Donald Duck Dunn bass, Joe Hall piano, Wayne Jackson trumpet, Andrew Love and Floyd Newman saxophones, Al Jackson Jr drums
 
May 12, 1963 ~ Harpsichordist, conductor Jory Vinikour born ~ As a soloist known for his interpretations of Johann Sebastian Bach and Michael Nyman. Has accompanied mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, collaborated with lutenist Jakob Lindberg and conducted the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra, and others
 
May 12, 1955 ~ R&B, soul, gospel, jazz singer, pianist, songwriter Garry Glenn born ~ As a performer toured with his sister, gospel singer Beverly Glenn, while in his teens. Released his eponymous solo debut album, Garry Glenn, in 1980. Best known as a songwriter, becoming an in-demand collaborator from the late 1970s forward. Wrote or co-wrote songs recorded by Dianne Quander, the Dramatics, Earth Wind & Fire (Share Your Love), the Emotions, Eddie Kendricks (Intimate Friends), Jean Carn, Anita Baker (Caught Up In The Rapture), Atlantic Starr (Armed & Dangerous), Santana, Natalie Cole (Gonna Make You Mine), Pieces Of A Dream, and others ~ Glenn was born in 1991
May 12, 1955 ~ Leon Eric Brooks III, commonly known as singer, songwriter Kix Brooks born in Shreveport, Louisiana, USA ~ As a solo artist known for his 1989 eponymous Kix Brooks album, spawning the single Sacred Ground. Would rise to fame as half of Brooks & Dunn duo with Ronnie Dunn, debuting in 1991 with the Brand New Man album. The duo would dominate the Billboard Country charts since, scoring numerous hits including Neon Moon, Boot Scootin' Boogie, She Used To Be Mine, That Ain't No Way To Go, Little Miss Honky Tonk, A Man This Lonely, Husbands And Wives, It's Getting Better All The Time, Play Something Country, Cowgirls Don't Cry featuring Reba McEntire
 
May 12, 1953 ~ Jazz saxophonist, composer Odd Riisnæs born in Oslo, Norway ~ Son of pianist Eline Nygaard Riisnæs, brother of saxophonist Knut Riisnæs. Leader and sideman. Has worked with Dag Arnesen, Arve Henriksen, Kjell Karlsen, Geir Lysne, Nils Petter Molvær, Jon Eberson, Terje Gewelt, Jon Balke, Audun Kleive, Oslo 13, and others
 
May 12, 1952 ~ Blues guitarist, banjoist, actor Guy Davis born ~ Has been recording since the late 1970s. First gained attention as actor in the mid 1980s. First combined music and acting in Mulebone, a 1991 Broadway musical featuring the music of Taj Mahal. Received critical praise for playing the role of Robert Johnson in the play Trick The Devil. Has since written his own plays and recorded numerous well-received blues albums
 
May 12, 1950 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Billy Squier, full name William Haislip Squier, born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA ~ Enjoyed a string of 1980s hits bridging the gap between hard rock and power pop. His best-known being 1981's The Stroke and 1984's Rock Me Tonite, both of which reached Billboard Hot 100 top 20. Also noted for having guested in Ringo Starr & his All-Starr-Band
May 12, 1950 ~ Singer, drummer, producer John Marcellino, commonly known as Jocko Marcellino, born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA ~ Founding member of Sha Na Na, present at the original Woodstock Festival, in the 1978 Grease and on their eponymous Sha Na Na TV show. Also known as actor, including in films such as Rain Man and TV shows such as Law & Order SVU
 
May 12, 1946 ~ Rock drummer Bob MacVittie born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Member of Sugarloaf through 1972. Present on the band's first two albums, namely 1970's Sugarloaf and 1971's Spaceship Earth
 
May 12, 1945 ~ Keyboardist Ian McLagan, full name Ian Patrick McLagan, born in Hounslow, UK ~ Member of the Small Faces, for whom he wrote Up The Wooden Hills To Bedforshire and Long Agos And Worlds Apart, and its succesor the Faces. In-demand session and touring keyboardist, perhaps most notably for the Rolling Stones including playing electric piano on the Billboard Hot 100 charttopper Miss You of their 1978 Some Girls. Close friend of Stones-guitarist Ronnie Wood, regularly serving in Wood's side projects including the New Barbarians. McLagan has also worked with artists such as Jackson Browne, Joe Cocker, Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Izzy Stradlin, John Hiatt, Bruce Springsteen, John Mayer, the Georgia Satellites, and others ~ McLagan passed away in 2014
 
May 12, 1944 ~ Conductor, singer Brian Kay born ~ Bass singer in the King's Singers from 1968 through 1982. Choral conductor closely associated with the Huddersfield Choral Society and the Really Big Chorus. Voice of Papageno in the 1984 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart-biopic Amadeus. Voice of the “lowest-voiced frog” in Paul McCartney's We All Stand Together
May 12, 1944 ~ R&B, soul singer James Purify, full name James Lee Purify, born in Pensacola, Florida, USA ~ Half of James & Bobby Purify, the other half being Robert Lee Dickey, known for the 1966 Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit I'm Your Puppet and 1967's Let Love Come Between Us ~ Purify passed away in 2021
 
May 12, 1942 ~ Billy Lance Swan, commonly know as singer, songwriter Billy Swan born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, USA ~ Best known for his 1970 hit I Can Help
May 12, 1942 ~ Singer, songwriter Ian Dury, full name Ian Robins Dury, born in Harrow, UK ~ Emerged among wave of punk, punk-pop, early new wave though none of the era's idioms fitted him. Known for his wordplay and lyrical prowess including complex rhyming akin to rap. Debuted in 1977 with the New Boots & Panties album. Known for Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, the Gene Vincent-tribute Sweet Gene Vincent and perhaps his best-known Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick ~ Dury passed away in 2000
May 12, 1942 ~ Singer, songwriter Michel Fugain born in Grenoble, France ~ Actively recording since the late 1960s. Best known for his 1967 song Je N'Aurai Pas Les Temps. It would be notably covered by John Rowles the following year as If I Only Had Time, reaching top 10 across Europe
 
May 12, 1941 ~ Jazz, jazz fusion drummer Trevor Tomkins, full name Trevor Ramsey Tomkins, born in London, UK ~ Backed Don Rendell for most of the 1960s and early 1970s. Would go on to work with Nucleus, David Becker, Henry Lowther, Gilgamesh (Another Fine Tune You've Got Me Into), Alan Gowen, and others ~ Tomkins passed away in 2022
 
May 12, 1940 ~ Maj Lillemor Lindfors, commonly known as singer, comedian Lill Lindfors, born in Helsinki, Finland ~ Actively performing since the 1960s. Best known for her one-woman shows mixing music and comedy. One of the first Swedes to sing samba. Internationally known for reaching 2nd place in the 1966 Eurovision Songfestival with Nygammal Vals
May 12, 1940 ~ Songwriter, producer Norman Whitfield, full name Norman Jesse Whitfield, born in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Renowned songwriter, producer, often in partnership with Barrett Strong. Especially associated with the Temptations, producing eight of their albums from the mid-1960s through the early-1970s and co-writing some of their best-known including Psychedelic Shack, Ball Of Confusion (That's What The World Is Today) and Papa Was A Rolling Stone. Others who recorded songs written or co-written by Whitfield include the Marvelettes, Marvin Gaye (I Heard It Through The Grapevine), Gladys Knight, Edwin Starr (War), the Undisputed Truth (Smiling Faces Sometimes), Yvonne Fair, Willie Hutch, Rose Royce (Car Wash), and others ~ Whitfield passed away in 2008
 
May 12, 1938 ~ Jazz saxophonist Bill Smith, full name William Ernest Smith, born in Bristol, UK ~ Best known as editor of CODA music magazine since 1976 and as founder of Sackville Records, a Canadian label that specializes in jazz
 
May 12, 1936 ~ Guitar builder Gilberto Grácio born in Lisbon, Portugal ~ Third generation luthier. Since his sons have no desire to continue the tradition he is the last of the Grácio luthiers, the family considered one of the most important traditional guitar makers in Europe. Towards the end of his life he still worked in his Lisbon workshop yet devoted most of his time teaching two students who kept making guitars according to his family's tradition. Musicians who played his guitars include Carlos Paredes, António Chainho, Fernando Alvim and Jimmy Page ~ Grácio passed away in 2021
 
May 12, 1935 ~ Jazz double-bassist Gary Peacock born in Burley, Idaho, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with artists such as Barney Kessel, Bud Shank, Paul Bley, Art Pepper, Bill Evans, Paul Motian, Albert Ayler, Sunny Murray, Keith Jarrett, Jack DeJohnette, Jan Garbarek, Art Lande, Eliot Zigmund, Tomasz Stańko, Peter Erskine, Franck Amsallem, Don Ellis, Clare Fischer, Misha Mengelberg, Ravi Shankar, John Surman, Jimmy Woods, Toninho Horta, and others ~ Peacock passed away in 2020
 
May 12, 1928 ~ Pianist, songwriter, producer Burt Bacharach born in Kansas City, Missouri, USA ~ Composed hundreds of songs from the late 1950s through the 1980s, often in partnership with lyricist Hal David. Had his songs recorded by over an estimated 1,000 artists including Marty Robbins, Perry Como (Magic Moments), Etta James, Jerry Butler, Gene Pitney (24 Hours From Tulsa), Dionne Warwick (Don't Make Me Over), the Drifters, Brook Benton, Jackie DeShannon (What The World Needs Now Is Love), the Jazz Crusaders, the Carpenters ((They Long To Be) Close To You), Tom Jones (What's New Pussycat), Herb Alpert (This Guy's In Love With You), Dusty Springfield, BJ Thomas (Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head), Christopher Cross, and others
May 12, 1928 ~ Songwriter, arranger, producer, saxophonist Henry Cosby born in Royal Oaks, Michigan, USA ~ Key collaborator of Stevie Wonder during the 1960. Co-wrote, co-produced several hits for Wonder (Fingertips (Pt.2), My Cherie Amour, I Was Made To Love Her), Edwin Starr, the Supremes (Love Child), Brenda Holloway, the Miracles (The Tears Of A Clown), Marvin Gaye, and other Motown artists ~ Cosby passed away in 2002
 
May 12, 1927 ~ Folk, blues, jazz singer Barbara Dane born in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Dubbed by some as “unsung hero of American music” and acclaimed for her 1957 Trouble In Mind album. Married to folk singer Rolf Cahn. Has worked with artists including Memphis Slim, Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, Clara Ward, Little Brother Montgomery, Wilbur de Paris, Otis Spann, and others
 
May 12, 1922 ~ Jazz pianist, organist Gerald Wiggins, full name Gerald Foster Wiggins Sr, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Worked with Louis Armstrong, Benny Carter, Lena Horne, Kay Starr, Eartha Kitt, Teddy Edwards, Andy Simpkins, Paul Humphrey, Red Callender, Kenny Clarke, Buddy Collette, Tal Farlow, Mel Brown, Illinois Jacquet, Cal Tjader, and Gerald Wilson ~ Wiggins passed away in 2008
 
May 12, 1921 ~ Guitarist, fiddler, singer Joe Maphis born in Suffolk, Virginia, USA ~ One of country's flashiest guitarists from the 1950s and 1960s. Best known for Dim Lights Thick Smoke And Loud Loud Music. Worked with Merle Travis, Johnny Bond, Johnny Burnette, Doyle Holly, the Collins Kids, Wanda Jackson, Rose Maddox, Ricky Nelson, and others ~ Maphis passed away in 1986
 
May 12, 1920 ~ Mandolinist Tiny Moore born in Hamilton County, Texas, USA ~ Best known as a member of Bob Wills's backing unit the Texas Playboys during the 1940s and early-1950s. Also worked with Merle Haggard in the 1970s, duetted with Jethro Burns and released a number of solo albums ~ Moore passed away in 1987
 
May 12, 1910 ~ Arranger, composer, pianist Gordon Jenkins, full name Gordon Hill Jenkins, born in Webster Groves, Missouri, USA ~ Worked with the Andrews Sisters, Johnny Cash, the Weavers, Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Judy Garland, Nat King Cole, Billie Holiday, Harry Nilsson, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Isham Jones, Paul Whiteman, Benny Goodman, Andre Kostelanetz, Lennie Hayton, Dick Haymes, Charles Lavere, Patty Andrews, and others ~ Jenkins passed away in 1984
 
May 12, 1901 ~ Conductor, violinist, composer Hyam Greenbaum born ~ Founded and conducted the BBC Television Orchestra, playing on the inaugural broadcast in August 1936 making him the world's first conductor of any TV orchestra. The orchestra was disbanded in 1939 at the outbreak of World War II as the TV service was suspended, yet Greenbaum would continue to conduct for BBC radio with other orchestras ~ Greenbaum passed away in 1942
 
May 12, 1845 ~ Organist, pianist, composer Gabriel Fauré, full name Gabriel Urbain Fauré, born in Pamiers, France ~ Considered of the foremost French composers of his generation. Served as the bridge between the Romantic era and modernism of the 20th century. Known for works such as Pavane, Sicilienne, Après Un Rêve, and Clair De Lune ~ Fauré passed away in 1924
 
May 12, 1842 ~ Romantic composer Jules Massenet, full name Jules Emile Frederic Massenet, born in St Etienne, France ~ Pupil of Ambroise Thomas. Wrote over 30 operas, of which Manon and Wrther remain popular to this day. Also composed oratorias, ballets, orchestral works and piano music ~ Massenet passed away in 1912