This Day In Music: May 14
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May 14, 2020 ~ Guillermo Santana, commonly known as Latin rock, blues rock guitarist Jorge Santana, passed away in San Francisco, California, USA ~ Brother of renowned guitarist Carlos Santana, with whom he also toured appearing on Santana's 1993 Sacred Fire (Live In South America) live album. Has also worked with Malo, with the Fania All-Stars, and has released a number of solo albums starting with the eponymous Jorge Santana album released in 1978 ~ Santana was born in 1951
May 14, 2019 ~ Singer, guitarist Leon Rausch passed away ~ Member of the Texas Playboys, known for backing Bob Wills ~ Rausch was born in 1927
May 14, 2016 ~ Singer, songwriter Jamala wins the 61st edition of the Eurovision Songfestival held in Stockholm, Sweden ~ Much to the dismay of Russian president Vladimir Putin singer, songwriter Jamala, representing Ukraine, wins with the song 1944, a self-penned-composition
May 14, 2016 ~ John Allan Seay Jr, commonly known as country singer, songwriter Johnny Seay passed away ~ Popular during the 1950s and 1960s. Best known for his spoken word single Day For Decision, a Grammy Award-nominated hit in 1966. Other well-known songs include Frankie's Man Johnny, Nobody's Darling But Mine and My Old Faded Rose ~ Seay was born in 1940
May 14, 2016 ~ Trumpeter Paul Smoker passed away in Rochester, New York, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Member of the Fonda-Stevens Group. Member of Joint Venture. Also worked with Anthony Braxton, Gregg Bendian, Damon Short, Randy McKean, Phil Haynes, Vinny Golia, Ken Filiano, Steve Salerno, and others ~ Smoker was born in 1941
May 14, 2015 ~ Singer, guitarist Riley B King, commonly known as BB King, passed away in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ~ Given the nickname “Beale Street Blues Boy” while working as a singer and radio DJ at WDIA, later shortened to “Blues Boy” and eventually to “BB”. Member of the Beale Streeters in the late 1940s, alongside Bobby Blue Bland, Johnny Ace and Earl Forest. Debuted in 1949 as a solo singer with the single Miss Martha King, which charted poorly, backed by Phineas Newborn Jr, Calvin Newborn, Tuff Green, Ben Branch and Thomas Branch. Would score his first major success in 1952 with the single 3 O'Clock Blues, reaching the top 5 of the R&B charts. An impressive string of hits soon followed including You Know I Love You, Woke Up This Morning, Everyday I Have The Blues, Sneaking Around, Sweet Little Angel, and Please Accept My Love. Would go on to become widely seen as one of the most influential and important blues musicians ~ King was born in 1925
May 14, 2014 ~ Singer Cubie Burke passed away in Smyrna, Georgia, USA ~ Member of sibling outfit the Five Stairsteps, known for You Waited Too Long, Something's Missing and perhaps their best known the 1970 Billboard top 10 hit O-o-h Child ~ Burke was born in 1964
May 14, 2014 ~ James Jeffrey Plewman, commonly known as progressive rock, electronic violinist, mandolinist Nash the Slash, passed away in Toronto, Canada ~ Played keyboards, glockenspiel, violin, mandolin. Draws from progressive rock, new wave, new age and punk rock. Founded and briefly fronted FM, leaving after the band's Black Noise 1976 debut album to resume a solo career, rejoining in later years. Known as a media-shy personality, appearing on-stage with his head wrapped in surgical bandages from 1979 onwards as to preserve his “anonimity” ~ Plewman was born in 1948
May 14, 2012 ~ Singer Belita Woods, full name Belita Karen Wood, passed away in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Lead singer of Brainstorm, known for We're On Our Way Home, If You Ever Need To Cry, and Loving Is Really My Game. Also sang with the P-Funk All-Stars, Parliament, and Funkadelic ~ Woods was born in 1948
May 14, 2011 ~ The duo Ell & Nikki win the 56th edition of the Eurovision Songfestival held in Düsseldorf, Germany ~ Representing Azerbaijan the duo win with the song Running Scared written by Stefan Örn, Sandra Bjurman, and Ian James Farquharson
May 14, 2009 ~ Charles Montgomery, commonly known as jazz vibraphonist, pianist Buddy Montgomery, passed away in Palmdale, California, USA ~ Baby brother of guitarist Wes Montgomery and bassist Monk Montgomery. Member of the Mastersounds with Monk and of the Montgomery Brothers with both of his brothers. Also worked with Big Joe Turner, Slide Hampton, Alonzo Johnson, Miles Davis, George Shearing, Roy Harte, Milt Holland, Johnny Griffin, Charlie Rouse, Bobby Hutcherson, David Fathead Newman, Clifford Jordan, and others ~ Montgomery was born in 1930
May 14, 2006 ~ Actor, bandleader, saxophonist, clarinetist, arranger Lew Anderson, full name Lewis Burr Anderson, passed away in Hawthorne, New York, USA ~ To TV fans best known as the third actor to portray Clarabell the Cow on the TV show Howdy Doody from 1954 to 1960. Also known as accomplished jazz saxophonist and bandleader working with artists such as Bob Millikan, Chuck Winfield, Eddie Bert, Frank Strozier, Dave Weckl, John Fedchock, Greg Gisbert, Milt Hinton, Bobby Rosengarden, and others ~ Anderson was born in 1922
May 14, 2005 ~ Guitarist Jimmy Martin, full name James Henry Martin, passed away in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ~ Dubbed “the King of Bluegrass”. Known for songs such as The Hit Parade Of Love, Sophronie, Stepping Stones, Widow Maker, Bear Track, and others. Worked with Bill Monroe, the Osborne Brothers, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and others ~ Martin was born in 1927
May 14, 2005 ~ The 36th edition of Pinkpop takes place in Landgraaf, the Netherlands ~ Day 1 of 3. A sunny and warm weekend, this year's edition would draw a total of some 20,000 visitors. Included on today's, Saturday the 14th's bill would be Mindfold, Intwine, Millencolin, the Chemical Brothers, the Coral, Rowwen Hèze, and Epica
May 14, 1999 ~ Guitarist William Tucker passed away ~ Co-founding member of Regressive Aid. Also worked with Ministry, Pigface, Chemlab, Chris Connelly, and others ~ Tucker was born ca.1961
May 14, 1998 ~ Singer Frank Sinatra, full name Francis Albert Sinatra, born in Hoboken, New Jersey, USA ~ One of the most popular artists of the 20th century. One of the all-time best-selling artists, having sold over 150 million records. Member of the Rat Pack. Critically acclaimed for albums such as In The Wee Small Hours, Songs For Swingin' Lovers, Come Fly With Me, Only The Lonely and Nice 'n Easy ~ Sinatra was born in 1915
May 14, 1997 ~ Singer, stage and film actress Thelma Carpenter passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ To pop audiences best known for portraying the role of the Good Witch of the North in the 1978 movie version of The Wiz. Previously a child prodigy. Hosting her own radio show by her teens. As a singer worked with Teddy Wilson, Coleman Hawkins, Count Basie, Eddie Cantor, Duke Ellington, and others ~ Carpenter was born in 1922
May 14, 1993 ~ Singer, actress Miranda Cosgrove born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Made her film debut as child actress in 2003's The School Of Rock, portraying the class band manager Summer Hathaway. Would go on to feature in TV series and make her musical debut singing on a number of tracks on the iCarly soundtrack album, notably Leave It All To Me. Released a full-length Sparks Fly solo debut album in 2010, spawning the modest hit Kissin' U
May 14, 1985 ~ Country singer, guitarist, songwriter Dustin Lynch, full name Dustin Charles Lynch, born in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ~ Debuted in 2012 with the eponymous Dustin Lynch album, which included his Billboard Country top 10 Cowboys And Angels debut single co-penned with Josh Leo and Tim Nichols, and has charted consistently since. Subsequent hits included Where It's At, Hell Of A Night, Mind Reader, Seein' Red, Small Town Boy, Good Girl and Ridin' Roads
May 14, 1985 ~ Jazz drummer, composer Tore Sandbakken, full name Tore Thorvaldsen Sandbakken, born in Trondheim, Norway ~ Worked with Aphrodisiac, Off Topic, the Vojtech Prochazka Trio, Jens Carelius, Kim Johannesen, Svein Magnus Furu, Ine Hoem, and others
May 14, 1984 ~ Oliver Stanley Murs, commonly known as pop singer, songwriter Olly Murs born in Witham, UK ~ First gained attention as runner-up in the 6th season of talent show the X-Factor in 2009. Released his Please Don't Let Me Go debut single the following year, reaching the UK No.1 spot. Other well-known songs include Thinking Of Me, Heart Skips A Beat featuring Rizzle Kicks, Dance With Me Tonight, Troublemaker featuring Flo Rida, Dear Darlin', Wrapped Up featuring Travie McCoy, and Up featuring Demi Lovato
May 14, 1979 ~ Blues rock, garage rock, indie rock guitarist Dan Auerbach born in Akron, Ohio, USA ~ Guitarist, singer of acclaimed rock outfit the Black Keys. Has also released a number of solo records, starting with 2009's Keep It Hid, and has produced for artists such as Cage The Elephant, Dr John, Lana Del Rey, Ray LaMontagne, Cee Lo Green, and others
May 14, 1976 ~ Bassist, guitarist, drummer, keyboardist, saxophonist Hunter Burgan, full name Hunter Lawrence Burgan, born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Best known as bassist of AFI, present on the album Shut Your Mouth And Open Your Eyes. Has also worked with the Force, Dan & Hunter, Hunter Revenge, Badical Turbo Radness, the Frisk, Tegan & Sara, and with Matt Skiba & the Sekrets
May 14, 1974 ~ Singer, pianist, whistler, ukelele player Andrea Corr, full name Andrea Jane Corr, born in Dundalk, Ireland ~ Lead singer of sibling band the Corrs, known for Irish top 10 hits Runaway, Only When I Sleep, Dreams and Breathless. Has also released a number of solo recordings, her best-known song being Shame On You of her 2007 Ten Feet High solo debut album
May 14, 1973 ~ Jazz, big band, swing singer Clare Teal born in Kildwick, UK ~ Active since the mid 1990s. First gained attention with the critically acclaimed and commercially successful album Don't Talk in 2004. Sings originals, standards and jazz covers of pop songs, notably California Dreaming originally a hit for the Mamas & the Papas
May 14, 1973 ~ Jazz banjoist, guitarist Elmer Snowden, full name Elmer Chester Snowden, passed away in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Worked with the Washingtonians, Bob Fuller, Lou Hooper, Count Basie, Jimmie Lunceford, Bubber Miley, Tricky Sam Nanton, Frankie Newton, Benny Carter, Rex Stewart, Roy Eldridge, Chick Webb, Cliff Jackson, Al Sears, Dicky Wiss, Sid Catlett, Lonnie Johnson, Bud Freeman, Jo Jones, Tommy Bryant, and others ~ Snowden was born in 1900
May 14, 1973 ~ Shanice Lorraine Wilson, mononymously known as singer, actress, dancer, songwriter Shanice, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Known for 1990s hits such as I Love Your Smile, Silent Prayer, Saving Forever For You and When I Close My Eyes
May 14, 1972 ~ Julimar Santos Oliveira Nepomuceno, commonly known as hip-hop, pop singer, rapper, songwriter J'son born in Salvador, Brazil ~ Known for songs such as Lookie Lookie and Pretty Boy. Has opened for artists such as Fabolous, 50 Cent, Joe Budden, Lady Gaga, Musiq Soulchild
May 14, 1972 ~ Robert Aguilar, commonly known as hip-hop DJ, turntablist Rob Swift, born ~ Worked with Peeping Tom, Dan the Automator, Handsome Boy Modeling School, the Lords Of Acid, Portugal The Man, Herbie Hancock, the X-Men, Blue Man Group, Scritti Politti, Bob James, Linkin Park, Good Charlotte, Fat Joe, Cypress Hill, Bill Laswell, and others
May 14, 1971 ~ Raymond Rogers, commonly known as rapper, MC Freaky Tah, born in Queens, New York, USA ~ Member of hip-hop group Lost Boyz, alongside Mr Cheeks, DJ Spigg Nice, and Pretty Lou ~ Rogers passed away in 1999
May 14, 1970 ~ Bandleader, pianist, songwriter Jack Fina passed away in Sherman Oaks, California, USA ~ Worked with Clyde McCoy, Freddy Martin, Harry Prime, Gil Lewis, and others ~ Fina was born in 1913
May 14, 1968 ~ Bandleader, composer Beasley Smith, full name John Beasley Smith, passed away ~ As a bandleader worked with singers such as Snooky Lanson, Dottie Dillard, Kitty Kallen and Dinah Shore. As a songwriter perhaps best known for co-writing That Lucky Old Sun with Haven Gillespie, popularized by Frankie Laine and later covered by numerous artists including Frank Sinatra, Jerry Lee Lewis, Grant Green, Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, Johnny Cash, Chris Isaak, and others ~ Smith was born in 1901
May 14, 1968 ~ Producer Chris Peterson born in London, Canada ~ Electronic, industrial producer best known for his associations with Front Line Assembly and Delerium. Has also worked with Decree, Ohm, Stiff Valentine, Unit 187, Equinox, Noise Unit, and others
May 14, 1965 ~ Singer Elvis Presley records Frankie & Johnny at Radio Recorders, California, USA ~ First published editions of this song traditional song appeared around 1904, likely first recorded by singer Gene Greene in 1912. Telling of lovers quarelling, ending in murder, is said to be inspired by a real-live tale though it's unclear which tale. Some historians date the original event back to the 1830s. Nevertheless the song would be recorded by over 250 artists, including Johnny Cash, Sam Cooke, Louis Armstrong and inspire a number of movies, most notably Elvis for his 1966 movie of the same name. Paired with Please Don't Stop Loving Me on the flipside, it would be released as a single in March 1966
May 14, 1963 ~ John Thomas Cooper Jr, commonly known as reed player, composer, arranger Jack Cooper, born ~ Worked with pop, jazz and classical artists including Aaron Neville, Marc Sevara, Jiggs Whigham, the Berlin Jazz Orchestra, Lenny Pickett, Joyce Cobb, Bernie Dresel, Donald Brown, the Young Voices Brandenburg, Jimi Tunnell, the Shirelles, the Temptations, Christian McBride, the Westchester Jazz Orchestra, Dallas Winds, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Bob Curnow, Jennifer Holliday, Lady Rizzo, the O'Jays, the Spinners, Kenny Rogers, Macy Gray, the Manhattan Transfer, Glen Campbell, the Four Tops, Mitch Ryder, Jason Alexander, Brian McKnight, Larry Elgart, Mulgrew Miller, James Moody, Benny Powell, Rufus Reid, Molly Ringwald, Smokey Robinson, David Sánchez, Roseanna Vitro, and others
May 14, 1962 ~ Bruce Anthony Johannessson, commonly known as guitarist CC DeVille, born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Named himself after his favorite car, a Cadillac Coupe DeVille. Best known as member of hair metal outft Poison, beating Slash at the auditions for the band
May 14, 1962 ~ Hard rock, alternative rock, post-punk, rock singer Ian Astbury, full name Ian Robert Astbury, born in Heswall, UK ~ Co-founding member, lead vocalist of rock band the Cult, known for quintessential 1980s songs such She Sells Sanctuary, Lil' Devil and Fire Woman. Has also worked with the Holy Barbarians, Debbie Harry, Circus Of Power, Tony Iommi, Slash, Nine Inch Nails, Zilch, and others
May 14, 1960 ~ Jazz bassist, composer Alec Dankworth, full name Alexander William Tamba Dankworth, born in London, UK ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Tommy Chase, the BBC Big Band, Clark Tracey, Nigel Kennedy, Dick Morrisey, Spike Robinson, Jean Toussaint, Michael Garrick, Tommy Smith, Julian Joseph, Andy Hamilton, Dave Brubeck, Abdullah Ibrahim, Mose Allison, Clark Terry, Mel Tormé, Anita O'Day, Peter John King, Alan Barnes, David Jean Baptiste, Van Morrison, Martin Taylor, Ginger Baker, Pee Wee Ellis, and others
May 14, 1960 ~ Lucrecia Borja y Gonzalez de Riancho, commonly known as lyric soprano singer Lucrezia Bori, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Best known for her association with the Metropolitan Opera ~ Borja was born in 1887
May 14, 1960 ~ Singer Shelley Preston born in Hillingdon, UK ~ Member of Bucks Fizz from 1985, replacing Jay Aston, through 1990. Present on the UK top 10 single New Beginning (Mamba Seyra). Would go on to sing backup for artists such as Jason Donovan, INXS, Brian May, Michael Bolton, Alexander O'Neal, Luther Vandross, Westlife, Alison Moyet, Tom Jones, Belinda Carlisle, and others
May 14, 1959 ~ Clarinetist, saxophonist Sidney Bechet, full name Sidney Joseph Bechet, passed away in Garches, France ~ One of the first major soloists in jazz, active since the mid-1920s and enjoying popularity by the 1940s. Worked with Freddie Keppard, the Olympia Orchestra, Bunk Johnson, King Oliver, Will Marion Cook, Tommy Ladnier, Willie The Lion Smith, and others ~ Bechet was born in 1897
May 14, 1959 ~ Saxophonist, bandleader, composer Virginia Mayhew born in San Francisco, California, USA ~ Has worked with wided array of pop, rock and jazz artists including Earl Hines, Cab Calloway, Frank Zappa, James Brown, Norma Simmons, Al Grey, Junior Mance, Chico O'Farrill, Marlena Shaw, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Kenny Barron, Leon Parker, Ingrid Jensen, Claudio Roditi, Nnenna Freelon, Marian McPartland, and others
May 14, 1958 ~ Heavy metal, glam metal singer, guitarist, keyboardist, bassist, percussionist Paul Shortino born ~ Lead singer and eponym of Shortino. Also worked with Quiet Riot, King Kobra, Vinny Appice, and others
May 14, 1956 ~ Jazz guitarist Bruce Forman born in Springfield, Massachusetts, USA ~ Leader and sideman actively recording since the early 1980s. Worked with Richie Cole, Ray Brown, George Cables, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Hutcherson, Woody Shaw, Lorez Alexandria, Chuck Deardorf, Dan Hicks, Roger Kellaway, Jimmy Knepper, Geoff Muldaur, Charlie Shoemake, and other
May 14, 1955 ~ Singer, songwriter, producer Giampiero Artegiani was born in Rome, Italy ~ Member of progressive rock group Semiramis. Founded I Carillon. Also produced and wrote for other artists including Michele Zarrillo, Silvia Salemi, and Massimo Ranieri ~ Artegiani passed away in 2019
May 14, 1954 ~ Producer Clive Chin born in Kingston, Jamaica ~ Renowned reggae producer. Pioneered dub music. Has worked with Augustus Pablo (Java), the Wailers, Dennis Brown (Cheater), Lee Scratch Perry, Black Uhuru, Carl Malcom (Miss Wire Waist), and others
May 14, 1953 ~ Heartland rock singer, guitarist, songwriter Tom Cochrane, full name Thomas William Cochrane, born in Lyn Lake, Canada ~ Fronted Red Rider. As a solo artist best known for Life Is A Highway, an international hit in 1991
May 14, 1952 ~ New wave, rock, art pop, worldbeat singer, gutiarist, keyboardist, songwriter David Byrne born in Dumberton, UK ~ Co-founding member, lead singer, guitarist, primary songwriter of pivotal new wave, art pop group Talking Heads, one of the most acclaimed bands of the 1980s and known for songs such as Psycho Killer, Burning Down The House, Slippery People, Road To Nowhere, And She Was, and Once In A Lifetime. Also known as a solo artist, in-demand collaborator, filmer, photographer and founder of the Luaka Bop record label, focusing on world music from artists such as Os Mutantes, Lose de Abajo, Zap Mama, Tom Zé, King Chango, and others
May 14, 1951 ~ Smooth jazz, jazz fusion saxophonist Jay Beckenstein born in New York, New York, USA ~ Co-founding member of Spyro Gyra. Guested on a number of Dream Theater's albums, perhaps most notably playing the sax solo on Another Day of the 1992 Images And Words album. Has also worked with Bob James, Jason Miles, Orleans, David Broza, Basia, Chuck Loeb, and others
May 14, 1951 ~ New wave, synthpop, post-punk keyboardist, pianist, producer, songwriter Steve Hopkins born in Manchester, UK ~ Best known as co-founding member of the Invisible Girls with producer Martin Hannett. Has also worked with Jilted John, Ed Banger, Morrissey, the Distant Cousins, and others
May 14, 1950 ~ Composer, conductor, arranger, producer Celso Valli born in Bologna, Italy ~ Worked with Drupi, Tantra, Azoto, Mina, Andrea Bocelli, Laura Pausini, Eros Ramazzotti, FiIlippa Giordano, Mango, Vasco Rossi, Matia Bazar, Raf, Giorgia, Gerardina Trovato, and others
May 14, 1947 ~ Guitarist Al Ciner born ~ Best known as guitarist of the American Breed from 1966 to 1969. Ciner was also a member of Gary & the Knight Lites and briefly played with Rufus including on Tell Me Something Good. Replaced James Smitty Smith in Three Dog Night in 1975 and remained with them until they disbanded the next year
May 14, 1945 ~ Singer, guitarist Derek Leckenby born in Leeds, UK ~ Best known as member of Herman's Hermits, remaining with the band from its inception in 1964 until his death three decades later. Noted for playing the signature riff on Silhouettes, a Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit in 1965 ~ Leckenby passed away in 1994
May 14, 1944 ~ Blue-eyed soul guitarist, bassist, singer Gene Cornish born in Ottawa, Canada ~ Co-founding member of the Young Rascals, later renamed to the Rascals, remaining with the band through 1971. Co-wrote Do You Feel It and You Don't Know. The band is best known for their Billboard Hot 100 No.1 hits Good Lovin', Groovin' and People Got To Be Free
May 14, 1943 ~ Banjoist, guitarist Clive Palmer, full name Clive Harold Palmer, born in Edmonton, UK ~ Best known as founding member of the Incredible String Band, teaming up with Robin Williamson, later joined by Mike Heron. Also worked with the Famous Jug Band, Wizz Jones, Stockroom 5, Tim Welland, John Bidwell, the Temple Creatures, Chrissie Quayle, the Clives Original Band, and others ~ Palmer passed away in 2015
May 14, 1943 ~ John Symon Asher Bruce, commonly known as bassist, singer Jack Bruce, born in Bishopbriggs, UK ~ Considered one of the all-time most important and influential UK bassists. Member of the Graham Bond Organisation. Member of John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers. Best known for founding the pivotal 1960s supergroup Cream with Ginger Baker and Eric Clapton, co-writing a vast amount of the band's songs including The Sunshine Of Your Love, White Room and I Feel Free. After the band disbanded released his Songs For A Tailor solo debut album in 1969, which would be a global smash hit. Has since recorded to critical acclaim as a solo artist, as a member of blues-rock outfit West Bruce & Laing, and served as touring bassist and studio collaborator for a wide array of artists including Michael Mantler, Charlie Mariano, John McLaughlin, Bernie Marsden, Rocket 88, Soft Machine, Mose Allison, the Golden Palominos, Kip Hanrahan, Dick Heckstall-Smith, and others ~ Bruce passed away in 2014
May 14, 1943 ~ Composer, conductor Tania León born in Havana, Cuba ~ Composed ballets, chamber music, orchestral works, vocal works and notably the opera Scourge Of Hyacinths
May 14, 1943 ~ Singer, songwriter, producer Winston Riley born in Kingston, Jamaica ~ One of the most productive and successful Jamaican reggae producers. Founded the Techniques in 1962. As a producer worked with Hortense Ellis, Johnny Osbourne, Ansel Collns, General Echo, Sister Nancy, Buju Banton, Cutty Ranks, the Lone Ranger, Frankie Paul, and others ~ Riley passed away in 2012
May 14, 1939 ~ Gary Wayne Schelton, commonly known as singer Troy Shondell, born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA ~ Wrote his first song at age 14. Recorded a handful of singles under the moniker Gary Shelton, including the rockabilly standard Kissing At The Drive-In. Briefly gained widespread attention in the early-1960s after he changed his stage name to Shondell with songs such as This Time and Tears From An Angel. The band Tommy James & the Shondells named themselves after Troy ~ Schelton passed away in 2016
May 14, 1937 ~ Guitarist Vic Flick, full name Victor Harold Flick, born in Worcester Park, UK ~ Best known for playing the guitar riff on James Bond Theme starting at 1962's Doctor No. Has contributed to Bond-scores through the 1980s. Has worked on numerous recordings including from Herman's Hermits, Nancy Sinatra, Dusty Springfield, Tom Jones, Cliff Richard, Peter & Gordon (A World Without Love), Paul McCartney, Engelbert Humperdinck, Lulu, Shirley Bassey, Burt Bacharach, Petula Clark, Sandie Shaw, Crispian St Peters, Hank Marvin, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, John Williams, Mark Wirtz, John Schroeder, Don Partridge, Typically Tropical, Don Lusher, and others
May 14, 1936 ~ Walden Robert Cassotto, commonly known as singer Bobby Darin, born in East Harlem, New York, USA ~ Started as a struggling Brill building songwriter including for Connie Francis, with whom Darin developed a brief romantic interest. Debuted as a solo artist in 1958 with Splish Splash, an immediate hit selling over a million copies. Also known for songs such as Early In The Morning under the moniker the Rinky-dinks, The Queen Of The Hop, Dream Lover, Mack The Knife, Beyond The Sea, Lazy River, You Must've Been A Beautiful Baby, and others ~ Darin passed away in 1973
May 14, 1936 ~ Charles Anthony Gracy, commonly known as rock, R&B singer, guitarist Charlie Gracie, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Drew from country, rockabilly, rock & roll, R&B, jump blues. Best known for a number of mid- to late-1950s songs including Boogie Woogie Blues, All Over Town, Butterfly and Fabolous
May 14, 1934 ~ Electric blues, Texas blues, jazz blues tenor saxophonist Grady Gaines born in Waskom, Texas, USA ~ Brother of guitarist, singer Roy Gaines. Perhaps best known for working with Little Richard in the 1950s including on Keep A-Knockin' and Ooh My Soul. Has also backed Dee Clark, Little Willie John, Sam Cooke, James Brown, Jackie Wilson, Joe Tex. Recorded a handful of solo albums starting with Full Gain released in 1988 ~ Gaines passed away in 2021
May 14, 1933 ~ Jazz trumpeter, trombonist Stu Williamson born ~ Younger brother of pianist Claude Williamson. Leader and sideman. Worked with Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Billy May, Charlie Barnet, Shelly Manne, Pepper Adams, Terry Gibbs, Benny Carter, Dizzy Gillespie, Elmo Hope, Jack Montrose, Zoot Sims, Lennie Niehaus, Shorty Rogers, Pete Rugolo, Howard Rumsey, Duane Tatro, Bud Shank, and others ~ Williamson passed away in 1991
May 14, 1931 ~ Experimental composer Alvin Lucier, full name Alvin Augustus Lucier Jr, born in Nashua, New Hampshire, USA ~ Explores the physical properties of sound itself, resonance of spaces, and transmission of sound through physical media. Best known for North American Time Capsule, I Am Sitting In A Room and Music On A Long Thin Wire. Member of the collective the Sonic Arts Union, which also included Robert Ashley, David Behrman, Gordon Mumma ~ Lucier passed away in 2021
May 14, 1930 ~ Charles Montgomery, commonly known as jazz vibraphonist, pianist Buddy Montgomery, born in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA ~ Baby brother of guitarist Wes Montgomery and bassist Monk Montgomery. Member of the Mastersounds with Monk and of the Montgomery Brothers with both of his brothers. Also worked with Big Joe Turner, Slide Hampton, Alonzo Johnson, Miles Davis, George Shearing, Roy Harte, Milt Holland, Johnny Griffin, Charlie Rouse, Bobby Hutcherson, David Fathead Newman, Clifford Jordan, and others ~ Montgomery passed away in 2009
May 14, 1924 ~ Heinz Jakob Schumann, commonly known as guitarist Coco Schumann, born in Berlin, Germany ~ Holocaust survivor. Worked with Marlene Dietrich, Ella Fitzgerald, Helmut Zacharias, and others ~ Schumann passed away in 2018
May 14, 1924 ~ Kenneth Victor Jones, commonly known as film composer Kenneth V Jones, born in Bletchley, UK ~ Founder and original conductor of the Wimbledon Symphony Orchestra. As a film composer active since the 1950s scoring soundtracks such as Jazz Boat, the biopic Oscar Wilde, Psyche 59 and Whoever Slew Auntie Roo ~ Jones passed away in 2020
May 14, 1916 ~ Lloyd Vernon Martin, commonly known as jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, arranger Skip Martin, born in Robinson, Illinois, USA ~ Worked with Count Basie, Charlie Barnet, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Cootie Williams, Les Brown, Fred Astaire, Tony Martin, the Pied Pipers, the Andrews Sisters, Decastro Sisters, Gus Bivona, Nelson Riddle, Frank Sinatra, Conrad Salinger, Judy Garland, and others ~ Martin passed away in 1976
May 14, 1912 ~ Tango violinist, bandleader, composer Alfredo Gobbi born in Paris, France ~ Acclaimed violinist and bandleader enjoying popularity during the golden age of tango. As a composer known for works such as Perro Fiel, Desvelo and Mi Paloma De Punta. Has worked with Juan Maglio Pacho, Roberto Firpo, Manuel Buzón, Anselmo Aieta, Osvaldo Pugliese, Vicente Greco, and others ~ Gobbi passed away in 1965
May 14, 1898 ~ Arthur James Singleton, commonly known as jazz drummer Zutty Singleton, born in Bunkie, Louisiana, USA ~ Got his nickname, a Creole word for “cute”, in his infancy. Has worked with Papa Celestin, Fate Marable, Charlie Creath, Doc Cook, Dave Peyton, Jimmie Noone, Louis Armstrong, Bubber Miley, Tommy Ladnier, Fats Waller, Jelly Roll Morton, Otto Hardwick, Slim Gaillard, Wingy Manone, Eddie Condon, Nappy Lamare, Art Hodes, Max Kaminsky, and others. Retired from music in 1970 after suffering a stroke ~ Singleton passed away in 1975
May 14, 1897 ~ Clarinetist, saxophonist Sidney Bechet, full name Sidney Joseph Bechet, born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ One of the first major soloists in jazz, active since the mid-1920s and enjoying popularity by the 1940s. Worked with Freddie Keppard, the Olympia Orchestra, Bunk Johnson, King Oliver, Will Marion Cook, Tommy Ladnier, Willie The Lion Smith, and others ~ Bechet passed away in 1959
May 14, 1885 ~ Orchestral conductor, composer Otto Klemperer, full name Otto Nossan Klemperer, born in Breslau, German Empire ~ Regarded as one of the premier conductors of his day. Of Jewish descent fled Nazi Germany in the 1930s. Has Worked with the Strasbourg Opera, the Cologne Opera, the Kroll Opera and the Los Angeles Philharmonic ~ Klemperer passed away in 1973