This Day In Music: May 15
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May 15, 2022 ~ Punk rock, rock guitarist Ricky Gardiner passed away ~ Active since the early 1960s. Formed Beggar's Opera. Best known for his work with Iggy Pop on the 1977 Lust For Life album, notably credited for coming up with the characteristic guitar riff on The Passenger, and with David Bowie on the Low album issued the same year ~ Gardiner was born in 1948
May 15, 2022 ~ Mirko Kogoj, commonly known as pop, chanson singer Robert Cogoi, passed away ~ Best known for representing his native Belgium at the 1964 Eurovision Songfestival, reaching joint 10th place with his self-penned Près De Ma Rivière ~ Kogoj was born in 1939
May 15, 2021 ~ Jazz bassist Mario Pavone passed away in Clearwater, Florida, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Paul Bley, Bill Dixon, Barry Altschul, Wadada Leo Smith, Gerry Hemingway, Anthony Braxton, Thomas Chapin, Michael Sarin, Matt Wilson, Gerald Cleaver, Peter Madsen, Joshua Redman, Tony Malaby, Dave Douglas, Steven Bernstein, George Schuller, Craig Taborn, Jimmy Greene, Samm Bennett, Paul Bley, and others ~ Pavone was born in 1940
May 15, 2020 ~ Singer, keyboardist, songwriter Denny DeMarchi passed away ~ Brother of guitarist Steve DeMarchi. Backed Dolores O'Riordan on her 2007 world tour. Toured with the Cranberries during the band's reunion tour from 2009 through 2011. Also noted for his signature keyboard notes on More Than Words Can Say, a Billboard Hot 100 No.1 hit for Alias in 1990 ~ DeMarchi was born in 1962
May 15, 2020 ~ Singer, percussionist, songwriter Phil May, full name Philip Dennis Arthur Wadey, passed away in King's Lynn, UK ~ Founding member, lead singer of the Pretty Things ~ Wadey was born in 1944
May 15, 2019 ~ R&B, doo-wop singer Chuck Barksdale passed away ~ Co-founding member of the Dells, best known for the Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hits Stay In My Corner and Oh What A Night ~ Barksdale was born in 1935
May 15, 2017 ~ Operatic soprano Dorothy Dorow passed away ~ Has premiered works by composers such as György Ligeti, Hans Werner Henze, Sylvano Bussotti, and Luigi Nono. Also particulary known for her performances of Igor Stravinsky's vocal works ~ Dorow was born in 1930
May 15, 2011 ~ Jazz, barbershop, traditional pop singer, trombonist, double bassist Bob Flanigan, full name Robert Lee Flanagan, passed away in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ~ Longtime member of vocal group the Four Freshmen, known for 1950s hits such as Mood Indigo, Day By Day, Graduation Day and perhaps their best-known It's A Blue World. Flannigan retired from performing in 1992 but would remain involved with the group ~ Flanigan was born in 1926
May 15, 2008 ~ Jazz, big band, pop pianist, bandleader, composer, arranger Bob Florence, full name Robert Chase Florence, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Child prodigy. Gave his first recital at age 7. Worked in bands led by Les Brown, Louie Bellson, and Harry James. Worked as arranger, conductor, bandleader for artists such as Count Basie, Sérgio Mendes, Joe Pass, Bud Shank. Sideman with Julie Andrews, Sue Raney, Joanie Sommers and others ~ Florence was born in 1932
May 15, 2008 ~ Post-bop vibraphonist Walt Dickerson passed away ~ Sideman and leader. Worked with Andrew Hill, Andrew Cyrille, Sun Ra, Elmo Hope, George Tucker, Henry Grimes, Walter Davis Jr, Edgar Bateman, Wilbur Ware, Albert Dailey, Andy McKee, Pierre Dørge, and others ~ Dickerson was born in 1928
May 15, 2005 ~ The 36th edition of Pinkpop takes place in Landgraaf, the Netherlands ~ Day 2 of 3. A sunny and warm weekend, this year's edition would draw a total of some 20,000 visitors. Included on today's, Sunday the 15th's bill would be Sick Of It All, Beef, Within Temptation, Moneybrother, Madrugada, the Frames, and de Heideroosjes
May 15, 2005 ~ Soul, gospel singer Theola Kilgore passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Featured vocalist on the Mount Zion Spiritual Choir's Look To The Hills. As a solo artist best known for The Sound Of My Man (Working On The Chain Gang), an answer song to Sam Cooke's Chain Gang, and for her 1963 single The Love Of My Man which barely missed the Billboard Hot 100 top 20 ~ Kilgore was born in 1925
May 15, 2004 ~ Albert Eccles, commonly known as bassist Clint Warwick, passed away in Birmingham, UK ~ Member of the Moody Blues from 1964 through 1966 including on recordings such as Steal Your Heart Away, Go Now, Don't Want To Go On Without You and From The Bottom Of My Heart I Love You ~ Warwick was born in 1940
May 15, 2004 ~ Singer, songwriter Ruslana wins the 49th edition of the Eurovision Songfestival held in Istanbul, Turkey ~ Representing Ukraine singer Ruslana wins with the song Wild Dances co-written by Ruslana with Alexandr Ksenofontov
May 15, 2003 ~ Country, folk, gospel, rockabilly singer, guitarist, banjoist, keyboardist, autoharpist, songwriter June Carter, full name Valerie June Carter, passed away in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ~ Member of the Carter Family and the Carter Sisters. As a solo artist known for upbeat 1950s country, rockabilly songs, notably Jukebox Blues and No Swallerin' Place. As a songwriter best known for penning Ring Of Fire for her then-future husband Johnny Cash. Married to Cash, who proposed to her during a live performance on-stage, from 1968 until her death ~ Carter was born in 1929
May 15, 1999 ~ Club DJ, artist manager, label executive Rob Gretton passed away ~ Leading figure in late-1970s Manchester punk scene. Manager of Joy Division and New Order. Label co-owner of Factory Records for which Gretton signed artists such as Section 25, X O Dus, Crispy Ambulance, the Stockholm Monsters, Minny Pops, the Names, Quando Quango, Wake, 52nd Street, and the Happy Mondays ~ Gretton was born in 1953
May 15, 1997 ~ Swing, hard bop trumpeter, composer Tommy Turrentine, full name Thomas Walter Turrentine Jr, passed away ~ Brother of saxophonist Stanley Turrentine. Leader and sideman. Worked with Benny Carter, Earl Bostic, Charles Mingus, Billy Eckstine, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, Sonny Clark, Lou Donaldson, Max Roach, Booker Ervin, Dexter Gordon, Horace Parlan, and others ~ Turrentine was born in 1928
May 15, 1995 ~ Jasmine Lucilla Elizabeth Jennifer van den Bogaerde, commonly known as singer, pianist, guitarist, songwriter Birdy, born in Lymington, UK ~ Stunned audiences by winning the talent show Open Mic UK in 2008, at age 12. Would go on to release her debut single, a cover of Bon Iver's Skinny Love, and her subsequent ful-length eponymous Birdy solo debut album in late 2011. The album would reach top 10 across the globe including No.1 positions in Australia, Belgium and the Netherlands. Has recorded consistently to critical acclaim and a growing fanbase
May 15, 1995 ~ Jazz, big band trumpeter Frank L Ryerson, full name Frank Layton Ryerson, passed away in Clearwater, Florida, USA ~ Co-wrote Blue Champagne, a 1941 hit for Jimmy Dorsey. Has worked with Mal Hallett, Glen Gray & the Casa Loma Orchestra, Jack Teagarden, Vaughn Monroe, and others ~ Ryerson was born in 1905
May 15, 1993 ~ Singer Niamh Kavanagh wins the 38th edition of the Eurovision Songfestival held in Milstreet, Ireland ~ Representing Ireland Kavanagh wins with the song In Your Eyes written by Jimmy Walsh
May 15, 1992 ~ Pop, soul singer, guitarist, pianist, songwriter Clark Beckham born in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ~ Reached 2nd place, behind Nick Fradiani, in the 14th season of American Idol in 2014
May 15, 1989 ~ R&B, pop, dance, soul, hip-hop singer, pianist, songwriter Alex Jacke born in Los Feliz, California, USA ~ Released his full-length DFM Deluxe debut album in 2013. Has worked with Jesse McCartney, Laney Stewart, Speakerbomb, and others
May 15, 1989 ~ Songwriter, pianist Johnny Green, full name John Waldo Green, passed away in Beverly Hills, California, USA ~ Perhaps best remembered for co-writing Body And Soul from the 1930 Broadway musical Three's A Crowd with Edward Heyman, Robert Sour and Frank Sour. The song would be first introduced by Gertrude Lawrence in the UK and by Libby Holman in the USA. The song would become a jazz standard recorded by numerous artists including Louis Armstrong, Coleman Hawkins, Paul Whiteman, Jack Fulton, as a duet by Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse, and numerous others ~ Green was born in 1908
May 15, 1989 ~ The 20th edition of Pinkpop takes place in Landgraaf, the Netherlands ~ Sunny, some 40,000 visitors show up for this edition's bill which includes REM, Marc Almond, Tanita Tikaram, John Hiatt, Jeff Healey Band, the Nits, the Pixies, Rory Block, Elvis Costello, and Fishbone
May 15, 1989 ~ Lee Soon-gyo, commonly known as singer Sunny, born in Orange County, California, USA ~ Member of girl group Girls' Generation, one of the best-selling artists in South Korea and popular throughout Asia from its inception in 2007 forward, known for songs such as Genie, I Got A Boy, Catch Me If You Can, Lion Heart and You Think
May 15, 1988 ~ Singer Marcus Collins born in Crusty, UK ~ Runner-up in the 8th edition of the X-Factor in 2011
May 15, 1987 ~ indie rock singer, drummer, guitarist, bassist, saxophonist, keyboardist Eric Slick born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Best known as drummer of Dr Dog since 2010. Released his Palisades solo debut album in 2017 to critical acclaim. Has also worked with Adrian Belew, Nels Cline, Daniel Rossen, R Stevie Moore, Cass McCombs, Ween, Rushton Kelly and appears on Taylor Swift's 2021 track You All Over Me
May 15, 1985 ~ Greg Hogan, commonly known as rapper Frenchie, born in Queens, New York, USA ~ Closely associated with Gucci Mane and Waka Flocka Flame. Helpful in getting Nicki Minaj and French Montana signed. As a solo artist debuted with the full-length French Connection album in 2009
May 15, 1982 ~ Pop, dance, house singer, songwriter, actress Jessica Sutta, full name Jessica Lynn Sutta, born in Miami, Florida, USA ~ Best known as member of girl group the Pussycat Dolls, present on the band's 2005 PCD and 2008 Doll Domination albums. As a solo singer known for dance hits such as 2011's Show Me, 2013's Lights Out and 2016's Distortion, the latter also included on her 2017 full-length I Say Yes solo debut album
May 15, 1982 ~ Maxim Richarz, mononymously known as Europop singer Maxim, born in Siegburg, Germany ~ Debuted with the eponymous Maxim album in 2005 and has recorded consistently since
May 15, 1981 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Bob Dylan records Heart Of Mine ~ Penned by Dylan. Produced by Dylan and Chuck Plotkin. Included on the 1981 Shot Of Love album. Musicians include Dylan on piano and vocals, Ronnie Wood guitar, Donald Duck Dunn bass, Ringo Starr drums. Over the years the song would be covered by Norah Jones, Blake Mills, Maria Muldaur, and others
May 15, 1980 ~ Vula Malinga, mononymously known as dance singer, songwriter Vula, born ~ Started singing in the church choir, becoming co-lead singer of the London Community Gospel Choir. Rose to fame featured on the 2005 Basement Jaxx single Oh My Gosh and has been singing with the group ever since. Has also worked with Dizzee Rascal, Olivier Heldens & Riton (Turn Me On), Pete Tong, Charlie Stacey, and others
May 15, 1978 ~ The 9th edition of Pinkpop takes place in Geleen, the Netherlands ~ A cold day, some 42,000 visitors show up for this edition's bill which includes Thin Lizzy, Graham Parker, Journey, Mother's Finest, Link Wray, Partner, and Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers
May 15, 1976 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Scott Terry born in West Milford, New Jersey, USA ~ Best known as founding member, frontman of Red Wanting Blue. Has also worked with Will Hoge, Alternate Routes, the Trews, Sister Hazel
May 15, 1974 ~ Eustace Dunbar IV, commonly known as salsa singer Huey Dunbar, born ~ Best known as member of Dark Latin Groove, present on hits such as La Quiero A Monti, Juliana, No Morira, Volvere and Todo Mi Corazon
May 15, 1974 ~ Saxophonist Paul Gonsalves passed away in London, UK ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Sabby Lewis, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Johnny Hodges, John Lewis, Clark Terry, Joya Sherrill, Jimmy Woods, and others ~ Gonsalves was born in 1920
May 15, 1973 ~ Fiddler John McCusker born in Glasgow, UK ~ Best known as member of the Battlefield Band from 1990 through 2001, joining the band as replacement for Brian McNeill. Also worked with folk singer Kate Rusby, recorded several solo albums starting with 1995's eponymous John McCusker, and produced recordings for Cathie Ryan, Roddy Woomble, Kris Drever, Eddi Reader, and others
May 15, 1971 ~ Drummer, percussionist Erland Dahlen born in Ulefoss, Norway ~ Worked with Het, Boschamaz, Kiruna, Piston Ltd, Madrugada, Kaada, Odd Nordstoga, Hanne Hukkelberg, Marit Larsen, Xploding Plastix, Bjørn Eidsvåg, Ragnar Sor Olsen, Eivind Sarset, Batagraf, Stian Westerhuis, Nils Petter Molvær, Anneli Drecker, and others
May 15, 1970 ~ Attrell Stephen Cordes Jr, commonly known as rapper, singer, producer Prince Be, born in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA ~ Co-founding member and lead singer of hip-hop group PM Dawn, known for blending rap with singing, and incorporating ethereal beats, mysticism and crypto-Christian imagery. Debuted in 1989 with the album Of The Heart Of The Soul And Of The Cros ~ Cordes passed away in 2016
May 15, 1966 ~ DJ, keyboardist, singer, producer Pete Wiggs, full name Peter Stewart Wiggs, born in UK ~ Member of indie dance trio Saint Etienne, alongside Bob Stanley and Sarah Cracknell, known for songs such as 7 Ways To Love, You're In A Bad Way, He's On The Phone, Sylvie
May 15, 1963 ~ Actress, singer Kristen Vigard born in St Paul, Minnesota, USA ~ First to play the title role in Annie in its pre- Broadway tryout though deemed not “tough enough” by the show's producer for the street-smart character of Annie. Actress for TV and film, notably on the soap operas Guiding Light and One Life To Live. Surfaced in the late 1980s alternative rock scene, singing backup for Fishbone and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, including on the albums Mother's Milk and One Hit Minute. Released her eponymous Kristen Vigard debut album in 1988 to critical acclaim, drawing comparisons to Paul Simon
May 15, 1959 ~ Andrew William Harvey Taylor, commonly known as post-punk, gothic rock, rock singer, guitarist, keyboardist, bassist, percussionist Andrew Eldritch born in Ely, UK ~ Frontman and sole constant member of Sisters Of Mercy, best known for mid-1980s to mid-1990s songs such as This Corrosion, More and Temple Of Love
May 15, 1956 ~ Saxophonist, pianist, vibraphonist Adrian Rollini, full name Adrian Francis Rollini, passed away in Homestead, Florida, USA ~ Known for 1930s recordings such as Savage Serenade, Got The Jitters, Tap Room Swing, Riverboat Shuffle, and Small Fry. Worked with artists such as Annette Hanshaw, Ukulele Ike, Joe Venuti, Miff Mole, Red Nichols, Roger Wolfe Kahn, Frankie Trumbauer, Red Nichols, Bert Lown, Lee Morse, the Dorsey Brothers, Ben Selvin, Jack Teagarden, Bunny Berigan, Vaughn Monroe, and others ~ Rollini was born in 1903
May 15, 1955 ~ Singer, guitarist Bo Diddley records Diddley Daddy at Universal Recording Studio, Chicago, Illinois ~ Based on Billy Boy Arnold's I Wish You Would recorded earlier the same month. Chess Records co-owner wanted Diddley to cover the tune but legal obligations stood in the way. Diddley and Harvey Fuqua rewrote the lyrics and it would become a signature tune for Diddley. Released as his sophomore single the following June. Little Walter plays the blues harp, Jerome Green maracas, Clifton James drums, Fuqua's vocal group the Moonglows backing vocals. The song would be covered by a number of artists, perhaps most notably the Rolling Stones on their first demo tape
May 15, 1954 ~ Singer, songwriter Jesse Sublett born in Johnson City, Texas, USA ~ Founded the Skunks, teaming up with Bill Blackmon and Eddie Munoz. Also worked with the Violators, Jon Dee Graham, Mick Taylor, Carla Olson, the World's Cutest Killers, Kathy Valentine, Kelly Johnson, Jebin Bruni, and others
May 15, 1953 ~ Vaudeville singer, comedian Frankie Jaxon, full name Frank Devera Jackson, passed away ~ Appeared with Duke Ellington in the 1929 film short Black And Tan, and with Bessie Smith in St Louis Blues the same year. Cab Calloway's Minnie The Moocher is said to be based on Jaxon's 1927 song Willie The Weeper. Has worked with Bennie Moten, King Oliver, Freddie Keppard, Cow Cow Davenport, Tampa Red, the Harlem Hamfats, and others. Retired from music by the early 1940s ~ Jackson was born ca.1896
May 15, 1953 ~ Progressive rock, world, ambient, new-age, pop, experimental, minimalist guitarist, bassist, keyboardist, percussionist, songwriter Mike Oldfield, full name Michael Gordon Oldfield, born in Reading, UK ~ Best known for his 1973 Tubular Bells debut album, propelling him to instant fame. Oldfield played all instruments on the album. The title track Tubular Bells would reach Billboard Hot 100 top 10 after its opening would be used in The Excorcist. Brother of Sally Oldfield, with whom he has worked repeatedly including under the moniker Sallyangle. Has also worked with Kevin Ayers, Robert Wyatt, Pejje Phojola, Maggie Reilly (Moonlight Shadow), Bonnie Tyler, and others
May 15, 1952 ~ Power pop, singer, drummer, bassist, guitarist, songwriter Phil Seymour born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA ~ Revered by power pop aficionados, especially for hi solo work. Formed the duo Oister with Dwight Twilley, known for their 1975 Billboard Hot 100 top 20 hit I'm On Fire. Member of the Textones. Sang backup on Tom Petty's American Girl and Breakdown ~ Seymour passed away in 1993
May 15, 1951 ~ Proto-punk, rock, garage rock singer, guitarist, songwriter Jonathan Richman born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA ~ Best known as founder and frontman of pivotal proto-punk outfit the Modern Lovers, acclaimed for their 1976 Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers album which included the hit singles Roadrunner (Once) and Egyptian Reggae. The band was initially active from 1970 through 1974 but the full-length debut album would not be released until 1976
May 15, 1948 ~ Pioneering producer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist Brian Eno born in Woodbridge, UK ~ Pioneered ambient, electronic and experimental music. Member of Roxy Music from 1971 through 1973 and present on the Roxy Music and Music For Your Pleasure albums. As a solo artist acclaimed for a number of mid-1970s albums, notably 1974's Here Come The Warm Jets. In-demand collaborator and producer including on David Bowie's “Berlin trilogy” albums of Low, Heroes and Lodgers. Has also worked with Robert Fripp, John Cale, Talking Heads, Ultravox, Devo, Daniel Lanois, Laurie Anderson, Grace Jones, U2, Damon Albarn, and others
May 15, 1948 ~ Bassist Gary Thain born in Christchurch, New Zealand ~ Best known for his association with Uriah Heep, first appearing on the band's 1972 Demons & Wizards album and remaining with the band until his death. Has also worked with Martha Veléz, the Keef Hartley Band, Miller Anderson, and others ~ Thain passed away in 1975
May 15, 1947 ~ Pianist, composer Renaud Gagneux born ~ Acclaimed composer. Studied with Karlheinz Stockhausen, André Jolivet and Olivier Messiaen ~ Gagneux passed away in 2018
May 15, 1946 ~ Singer, bassist Bob Garner, full name Robert Anthony Garner, born in Warrington, UK ~ Member of the Creation, remaining with the band from 1966 through 1968 and rejoining in later reincarnations. Present on early recordings such as Making Time, Painter Man and Cool Jerk ~ Garner passed away in 2016
May 15, 1945 ~ Reggae singer Denroy Morgan born in Jamaica ~ First gained attention as member of New York-based 1970s reggae outfit the Black Eagles. Would go on to a successful solo career from the 1980s onwards, perhaps best known for his reggae, dance hit I'll Do Anything For You of his 1981 album of the same name. Would become the first reggae artist to be signed to RCA Records, resulting in the 1984 album Make My Day. Several of Morgan's offspring would also become professional musicians, notably his sons Gramps Morgan and Laza Morgan ~ Morgan passed away in 2022
May 15, 1945 ~ Jazz drummer Peter Donald born in San Francisco, California, USA ~ Best known for his association with John Abercrombie, appearing on the albums Arcade, Abercrombie Quartet, Straight Flight and M
May 15, 1944 ~ Country songwriter Chapin Hartford born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA ~ Has written or co-written songs recorded by Sammy Kershaw, Amy Grant (Better Than A Hallelujah), Molly & the Heymakers, Diamond Rio (Meet In The Middle), Michelle Wright, Pam Tillis (Shake The Sugar Tree), and others
May 15, 1943 ~ Producer, songwriter Freddie Perren, full name Frederick James Perren, born in Englewood, New Jersey, USA ~ Member of revered Motown production, songwriting team the Corporation. Moved from Motown soul to disco in the 1970s. Co-wrote and produced songs such as Fever for the Sylvers, I Will Survive for Gloria Gaynor, and Shake Your Groove Thing for Peaches & Herb. Also worked with artists such as the Jackson 5, the Miracles, Tavares, New Edition, and others ~ Perren passed away in 2004
May 15, 1942 ~ Kay Toinette Oslin, commonly known as country singer, keyboardist KT Oslin, born in Crossett, Arkansas, USA ~ Known for a number of mid to late-1980s country hits, including 80's Ladies, Do Ya, I'll Always Come Back, Hold Me, and Come Next Monday ~ Oslin passed away in 2020
May 15, 1940 ~ Singer Jackie Shane born in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ~ Contributor to the Toronto sound. Best known for her 1962 recording Any Other Way. Faded out of spotlight in the early 1970s. Turned down an offer to join Sly & the Family Stone. Long labeled a drag queen and ambiguous about her own identity Shane came out as a transgender woman in a 2017 interview ~ Shane passed away in 2019
May 15, 1940 ~ Guitarist, arranger, composer Oscar Castro Neves, full name Carlos Oscar de Castro Nves, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ~ Toured with Stan Getz and with Sérgio Mendes. Member of the Paul Winter Consort. Also worked with Billy Eckstine, Yo-Yo Ma, Michael Jackson, Barbra Streisand, Stevie Wonder, João Gilberto, Eliane Elias, Lee Ritenour, Airto Moreira, Toots Thielemans, John Klemmer, Carol Weisman, Diane Schuur, Luiz Bonfá, João Donato, Manfredo Fest, Al Jarreau, Joe Pass, Ella Fitzgerald, the Manhattan Transfer, David Benoit, Terence Blanchard, Rosemary Clooney, Don Grusin, Gerald Wilson, and others
May 15, 1938 ~ Blues singer, guitarist Larry Johnson, full name Larry Alonzo Johnson, born in Wrightsville, Georgia, USA ~ Worked with Big Joe Williams, Alec Seward, Reverend Gary Davis. Debuted as a solo artist in 1962 with the eponymous Larry Johnson album. Recorded a number of low-key albums throughout the 1980s before finding acclaim and becoming an in-demand concert performer in the 1990s, especially in Europe, with albums such as Railroad Man and Blues For Harlem ~ Johnson passed away in 2016
May 15, 1938 ~ Leon Welch, commonly known as pop singer Lenny Welch, born in Asbury Park, New Jersey, USA ~ Best known for his 1960 rendition of Since I Fell For You, which reached Billboard Hot 100 top 10. Other well-known singles include A Taste Of Honey, Ebb Tide and You Don't Know Me
May 15, 1937 ~ Jazz singer Karin Krog born in Oslo, Norway ~ Active since the mid-1950s. Started with Kjell Karlsen. Continued on to work with musicians such as Vigleik Storaas, Jacob Young, Terje Rypdal, Arild Andersen, Jan Garbarek, Dexter Gordon, Kenny Drew, Don Ellis, Steve Kuhn, Archie Shepp, Paul Bley, John Surman, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Red Mitchell, Bengt Hallberg, Tore Johansen, and others
May 15, 1937 ~ Singer, guitarist Trini López, full name Trinidad López III, born in Dallas, Texas, USA ~ Discovered by Frank Sinatra, who would become a life-long friend. Best known for songs such as The Lemon Tree, I'm Comin' Home Cindy, Sally Was A Good Old Girl and perhaps his best-known If I Had A Hammer, the latter topping the charts in some 35 countries in 1963 ~ López passed away in 2020
May 15, 1928 ~ Walter Gold, commonly known as singer, songwriter, producer, label executive Wally Gold born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Founding member of the Four Esquires, known for the late 1950s hits Love Me Forever and Hideaway. Co-wrote Elvis Presley's It's Now Or Never and Good Luck Charm. Others who recorded his songs include Gene Vincent, Lesley Gore (It's My Party), Duane Eddy, Gene Pitney, Nat King Cole, and others. Produced Barbra Streisand's 1969 What About Today album. Discovered and produced Kansas ~ Gold passed away in 1998
May 15, 1926 ~ Bonnie Jean Addleman, commonly known as jazz double-bassist Bonnie Wetzel, born in Vancouver, Washington, USA ~ Worked with Ada Leonard, Marian Grange, Tommy Dorsey, Beryl Booker, Elaine Leighton, Herb Ellis, Charlie Shavers, Roy Eldridge, Don Byas, and with her husband trumpeter Ray Wetzel ~ Addleman passed away in 1965
May 15, 1923 ~ Jazz pianist Ellis Larkins born in Baltimore, Maryland, USA ~ Best known for his association with Ella Fitzgerald, backing the singer on the albums Ella Sings Gershwin and In A Mellow Mood. Leader and sideman. Worked with Chris Connor, Eartha Kitt, Beverly Kenney, Coleman Hawkins, Mildred Bailey, Dickey Wells, Helen Humes, Georgia Gibbs, Harry Belafonte, George Duvivier, JC Heard, Sonny Stitt, and others ~ Larkins passed away in 2002
May 15, 1922 ~ Songwriter Harry Williams, full name Harry Hiram Williams, passed away ~ Perhaps best remembered for co-penning In The Shade Of The Old Apple Tree with Egbert Van Alstyne, recorded by Henry Burr, Albert Campbell, the Haydn Quartet, and others ~ Williams was born in 1879
May 15, 1918 ~ Country, gospel, pop singer, guitarist Eddy Arnold, full name Richard Edward Arnold, born in Henderson, Tennessee, USA ~ Nashville sound innovator. Sold over 85 million records. Scored 147 singles on Billboard's country charts. Known for songs such as To My Sorrow, Cuddle Buggin' Baby, I Wanna Play House With You, I Really Don't Want To Know, The Cattle Call, A Little Heartache, What's He Doing In My World, Make The World Go Away, Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye, and others ~ Arnold passed away in 2008
May 15, 1915 ~ Songwriter Harold Barlow born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA ~ Perhaps best known for writng I've Got Tears In My Ears, recorded by Homer & Jethro in 1949. Other notable credits include writing The Things I Love, recorded by Jimmy Dorsey, Dizzy Gillespie, and Harry James, and writing the English lyrics for the 1960 Connie Francis hit Mama ~ Barlow passed away in 1993
May 15, 1912 ~ Composer, music critic, author Arthur Berger, full name Arthur Victor Berger, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Co-founded the academic music journal Perspectives Of New Music, a journal focusing on music theory and analysis. As a composer influenced by Igor Stravinsky, Arnold Schoenberg, Anton Webern. Best known for neoclassical works such as Serenade Concertante and Three Pieces For Strings ~ Berger passed away in 2003
May 15, 1901 ~ Jazz clarinetist, bandleader Edmond Hall born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Leader and sideman Best known for his 1941 recording Profoundly Blue, considered a jazz classic. Worked with Billie Holiday, Red Allen, Sid Catlett, Ida Cox, Wild Bill Davison, Roy Eldridge, Bud Freeman, Hot Lips Page, Zutty Singleton, Art Tatum, Jack Teagarden, Big Joe Turner, Teddy Wilson, Louis Armstrong, Baby Dodds, Eddie Condon, and others ~ Hall passed away in 1967
May 15, 1899 ~ Jazz pianist, drummer, bandleader Sonny Clay born in Chapel Hill, Texas, USA ~ Played with Charlie Green, Jelly Roll Morton, Reb Spikes, Camille Allen, Kid Ory. As a leader his sidemen included Ivie Anderson, Teddy Buckner, and Les Hite ~ Clay passed away in 1973
May 15, 1870 ~ Ragtime era singer, comedian Eddie Morton, full name Edward Farren Morton, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Worked for the Philadelphia PD before pursuing a full-time career as a performer, earning him the nickname “the Singing Cop”. Known for songs such as That's Gratitude, Just A Friend Of The Family, You Ain't Talking To Me and Oceana Roll ~ Morton passed away in 1938