This Day In Music: May 17
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May 17, 2022 ~ Bassist Rick Price, full name Richard Gordon Price, passed away ~ Member of a number of Birmingham-based bands starting with Sight & Sound, and subsequently with the Move from 1969 through 1971 and perhaps most notably Wizzard from 1972 through 1975 scoring the UK No.1 hits See My Baby Jive and Angel Fingers. Briefly played with the Electric Light Orchestra, though his bass parts would not make it to the band's 1971 eponymous Electric Light Orchestra debut album. Married to singer Dianne Lee of the 1970s duo Peters & Lee ~ Price was born in 1944
May 17, 2022 ~ Evángelos Odysseás Papathanassiou, commonly known as pianist, keyboardist, composer Vangelis, passed away in France ~ Member of Aphrodite's Child, acclaimed for their 1972 666 album which is considered a landmark album in progressive, psychedelic rock. Formed the duo Jon & Vangelis with Yes lead singer Jon Anderson. Acclaimed film composer, noted for the soundtracks to Blade Runner, 1492 (Conquest Of Paradise) and Chariots Of Fire. The latter, released in 1981, would earn Papathanassiou an Academy Award for Best Original Score ~ Papathanassiou was born in 1943
 
May 17, 2021 ~ Singer Neal Ford passed away ~ Fronted Neal Ford & the Fanatics, known for a handful of mid- to late 1960s singles and a sole eponymous album, regarded by aficionados as early key recordings in the pyschedelic rock era. Well-known songs include I Can''t Go On, Good Men and Woman ~ Ford was born ca.1943
 
May 17, 2020 ~ Singer, songwriter Just Sam wins American Idol ~ Singer, songwriter Just Sam wins the 18th season of the talent show American Idol aired on ABC. Singer, songwriter Arthur Gunn finished as the runner-up
May 17, 2020 ~ Judge Kenneth Peterson, commonly known as guitarist, keyboardist, singer Lucky Peterson, passed away in Dallas, Texas, USA ~ Comtemporary blues singer, drawing from soul, R&B, gospel, rock & roll and other idioms. Has backed artists such as Etta James, Bobby Blue Bland, Little Milton. Best known for a number of well-received late 1980s, 1990s albums, notably Lucky Strikes, I'm Ready and Beyond Cool ~ Peterson was born in 1964
 
May 17, 2018 ~ Guitarist, bassist, mandolinist Jon Sholle, full name Jonathan T Sholle, passed away ~ Worked with Vassar Clements, David Grisman, Peter Rowan, Tony Rice, Larry Campbell, Keith Carradine, Allen Ginsberg, Béla Fleck, Bette Midler, Andy Statman, and others ~ Sholle was born in 1948
May 17, 2018 ~ Jurgen Beumer, commonly known as singer Jurgen Marcus, passed away in Munich, Germany ~ Schlager singer best known for 1970s hits such as Eine Neue Liebe Ist Wie Ein Neues Leben, Ein Festival Der Liebe, and Ein Lied Zieht Hinaus In Die Welt. ~ Beumer was born in 1948
 
May 17, 2016 ~ Singer, songwriter Guy Clark passed away in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ~ Singer, songwriter with over 20 albums to his name. Helped define Americana. Highly admired by peers. Known for songs such as LA Freeway, Waiting For A Train, and Homegrown Tomatoes. Had his songs recorded by Jerry Jeff Walker, Jimmy Buffett, Lyle Lovett, Ricky Skaggs, Steve Wariner, Rodney Crowell, Steve Earle, Bobby Bare, Ricky Skaggs (Heartbroke), John Conlee, Asleep At The Wheel, Brad Paisley and Alan Jackson, Vince Gill, and by Willie Nelson. ~ Clark was born in 1941
 
May 17, 2015 ~ Lionel du Fon Pickens, commonly known as rapper Chinx, passed away in Queens, New York, USA ~ Founded Rockaway Riot Squad with rapper Stack Bundles. Also worked with the Coke Boys, Akon, Mac Miller, Rick Ross, Wale, Red Cafe, Action Bronson, Chevy Woods, French Montana, Juicy J, Ace Hood, DJ Clue, and others ~ Pickens was born in 1983
 
May 17, 2013 ~ Singer, songwriter Alan O'Day, full name Alan Earle O'Day, passed away in Westwood, California, USA ~ As a singer, songwriter best known for his 1977 million seller Undercover Angel. Staff songwriter at Warner Brothers Music. Artists who recorded his songs include Three Dog Night, Bobby Sherman, Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson, Dusty Springfield, Captain & Tennille, Cher, the Righteous Brothers (Rock & Roll Heaven), Helen Reddy (Angie Baby), Anne Murray, and others. Moved from pop to television in the 1980s, collaborating with singer, songwriter Janis Liebhart, writing over one hundred songs for the children's show Muppet Babies as well as work on other children's programs ~ O'Day was born in 1940
 
May 17, 2012 ~ Ladonna Adrian Gaines, commonly known as singer Donna Summer, passed away in Naples, Florida, USA ~ Dubbed “the Queen of Disco”, known for a string of hits, often produced by Giorgio Moroder, including Love To Love You baby, Last Dance, I Feel Love, Macarthur Park, Heaven Knows, Hot Stuff, Bad Girls, Dim All The Lights, and with Barbra Streisand, No More Tears (Enough Is Enough), On The Radio, and others ~ Gaines was born in 1948
 
May 17, 2002 ~ Johnny Lamont Merrett, commonly known as Blues, soul singer, guitarist, songwriter Little Johnny Taylor, passed away in Conway, Arkansas, USA ~ Member of gospel outfit the Mighty Clouds Of Joy. As a solo artist known for a number of 1950s, 1960s recordings, notably You'll Need Another Favor and Part Time Love, the latter topping the R&B charts in 1963 ~ Merrett was born in 1943
 
May 17, 1998 ~ Raqhid Jevon Render, commonly known as hip-hop, trap rapper, songwriter Lil' Keed, born in Atlanta, Georgia, USA ~ Best known for his 2018 single Nameless. Has collaborated with Lil' Uzi Vert, Zaytoven, OT Genasis, Young Thug, Lil' Yachty, Lil Gotit, Nasty C, and others ~ Render passed away in 2022
 
May 17, 1997 ~ The 28th edition of Pinkpop takes place in Landgraaf, the Netherlands ~ Day 1 of 3. Mostly sunny and warm, this year's edition would draw a crowd of in total 49,200 visitors. Included on today's, Saturday the 17th's bill would be Republica, Marilyn Manson, Korn, DJ John, Cooler Than Jesus, Johan, Death In Vegas, the Roots, and DJ Dab
 
May 17, 1996 ~ John Watson Jr, commonly known as blues, soul, funk singer, guitarist, songwriter Johnny Guitar Watson, passed away in Yokohama, Japan ~ Active since the mid-1950s working with artists such as the Shields, Larry Williams, Little Richard, Don & Dewey, Johnny Otis, and others. Best known for a string of funky 1970s hits such as Ain't That A Bitch, Superman Lover and his biggest hit A Real Mother For Ya, the latter reaching top 10 on the American R&B charts in 1977 and in retrospect considered one of grooviest dancefloor fillers of the day. His music would later be sampled by various hip-hop and rap artists including Redman, Ice Cube, Eazy E, Snoop Dogg, Dr Dre, Jay-Z, Mary J Blige, and others. Watson died of a heart attack, suffered on stage, at age 61 while on tour in Japan ~ Watson was born in 1935
May 17, 1996 ~ Producer, songwriter, keyboardist Kevin Gilbert, full name Kevin Matthew Gilbert, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Also known under the moniker Matthew Delgado. Best known for his solo work in various progressive rock projects, as member of the short-lived Toy Matinee and for collaborating with Sheryl Crow on her acclaimed Tuesday Night Music Club debut album ~ Gilbert was born in 1966
 
May 17, 1993 ~ Saron Mootihagodi, commonly known as hip-hop, dance, pop, house singer, rapper, songwriter Sasa Klaas, born in Botswana ~ Best known for her Mma Mongato hit single ~ Motihagodi passed away in 2021
 
May 17, 1992 ~ Bandleader, accordionist Lawrence Welk passed away in Santa Monica, California, USA ~ Hosted the musical variety TV show The Lawrence Welk Show from 1951 to 1982, his musical style known as “champagne music” ~ Welk was born in 1903
 
May 17, 1990 ~ Free jazz saxophonist, bassist, singer Frank Wright passed away ~ Leader and sideman. Drew comparisons to Albert Ayler. Got his start as backing bassist for Rosco Gordon, Bobby Blue Bland and BB King before switching to saxophone. Has worked with Larry Young, Noah Howard, Sunny Murray, Henry Grimes, Eddie Gale, Jimmy Lyons, Andrew Cyrille, Cecil Taylor, Art Ensemble Of Chicago, Bobby Few, Peter Brötzmann, Hans Dulfer, Louis Moholo, and others ~ Wright was born in 1935
May 17, 1990 ~ Country, blues, folk, soul singer, guitarist, drummer, songwriter Kree Harrison, full name Kree Annette Harrison, born in Port Arthur, Texas, USA ~ Runner-up in the 12th season of American Idol in 2013, losing to R&B singer Candice Glover
 
May 17, 1984 ~ Folk rock, indie folk singer, songwriter Mike Rosenberg, full name Michael David Rosenberg, born in Brighton, UK ~ Lead singer, frontman of Passenger, keeping the moniker for his solo work after the band disbanded in 2009. Best known for the 2012 single Let Her Go which reached top 10 in well over a dozen countries including the UK, America and the Netherlands
 
May 17, 1980 ~ Heavy metal singer Dallas Taylor, full name Dallas Taliaferro Taylor, born ~ Co-founding member of Underoath, appearing on the albums Act Of Depression, Cries Of The Past and Changing Of The Times before leaving the band in 2003 to be replaced by Spencer Chamberlain. Has also worked with Maylene & the Sons Of Disaster, the Everett, Riot Head, and ZEAL
 
May 17, 1977 ~ Neo soul, R&B singer Jaguar Wright born ~ First gained attention touring and recording with the Roots, notably as featured vocalist on the modest hit What You Want. Released her full-length Denials Delusions And Decisions solo debut album in 2002
 
May 17, 1976 ~ Producer, pianist, vibraphonist, songwriter, arranger Charles Stepney passed away in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Co-founded Rotary Connection with Marshall Chess and produced most of the band's output. Would go on to produce a host of artists including Rotary-lead singer Minnie Riperton, the Dells, Earth Wind & Fire, Terry Callier, Ramsey Lewis, Maurice White, Marlena Shaw, Deniece Williams, the Soulful Strings, Howlin' Wolf, the Emotions, and others ~ Stepney was born in 1931
May 17, 1976 ~ Singer, songwriter Kandi Burruss, full name Kandi Lenice Burruss, born in College Park, Georgia, USA ~ Rose to fame in the early 1990s as member of R&B, hip-hop, soul group Xscape, known for the Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hits Just Kickin' It, Understanding, Who Can I Run To, The Arms Of The One Who Loves You, My Little Secret. As a songwriter known for penning or co-penning songs such as TLC's No Scrubbs, Destiny's Child's Bills Bills Bills and P!nk's debut single There You Go. Debuted as a solo singer with the album Hey Kandi in 2000
May 17, 1976 ~ Jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, pianist Lars Gullin, full name Lars Gunnar Victor Gullin, passed away in Vissefjarda, Sweden ~ Father of saxophonist Peter Gullin and conductor Gabriella Gullin. Leader and sideman. Aspired to become a classical pianist but settled on jazz sax after hearing Gerry Mulligan on Miles Davis's The Birth Of The Cool album. Has collaborated with Arne Domnerus, James Moody, Zoot Sims, Clifford Brown, Archie Shepp, Stan Getz, Quincy Jones, and others ~ Gullin was born in 1928
May 17, 1976 ~ Guitarist Reinhard Vanbergen born in Belgium ~ Co-founder of Das Pop, known for songs such as The Wings, The Game and Never Get Enough. Also worked with the Happy and Rheinzand
 
May 17, 1973 ~ Singer, actress, songwriter Stefanie Ridel, full name Stefanie Jill Ridel born in Hollywood, California, USA ~ Member of girl group Wild Orchid, known for late 1990s songs such as At Night I Pray, Supernatural and perhaps their best-known Talk To Me
 
May 17, 1972 ~ Keith Lamar Johnson, commonly known as gospel singer, songwriter Keith Wonderboy Johnson, born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Earned the nickname “Wonderboy” while still a child for his vocal prowess. Straddled the line between traditional and contemporary gospel. Over a dozen albums to his name, starting with Through The Storm released in 1998. Best known for his 2000 Live And Alive album. Well-known songs include I Wouldn't Know You, Let Go Let God and True Love ~ Johnson passed away in 2022
May 17, 1972 ~ Anthony Williams, commonly known a DJ, turntablist, producer Roc Raida, born in Harlem, New York, USA ~ Member of DJ team the X-Ecutioners, present on the band's first three albums including the acclaimed 2002 Built From Scratch album. Served as DJ for Busta Rhymes and for MF Grimm. Has produced tracks for Ill Al Skratch, Showbiz & AG, the Jungle Brothers, Skillz, Big Pun, and others. As a solo artist released about half a dozen albums, starting with The Adventures Of Roc Raida (One Too Many) in 1997 ~ Williams passed away in 2009
 
May 17, 1971 ~ Singer Vernie Bennett born in London, UK ~ Member of R&B girl group the Eternal, known for mid to late 1990s recordings such as Oh Baby I, Power Of A Woman, Don't You Love Me, I Wanna Be The Only One featuring CeCe Winans, Angel Of Mine, and perhaps their best-known Stay, the latter reaching the Billboard top 20 in 1993
 
May 17, 1969 ~ Folk rock singer, guitarist Alan Doyle, full name Alan Thomas Doyle, born in Petty Harbour, Canada ~ Lead singer of Great Big Sea, known best for late 1990s singles such as Ordinary Day, The End Of The World and Consequence Free. Has also released a number of solo albums, starting with 2012's Boy On Bridge, produced several tracks for Russell Crowe's 2006 My Hand My Heart, collaborated with Dean Brody, and guest starred on the Republic Of Doyle television series
May 17, 1969 ~ Trumpeter Ryan Anthony born in Whittler, California, USA ~ Best known for his association with the Canadian Brass and with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra ~ Anthony passed away in 2020
 
May 17, 1967 ~ Singer Glen Campbell records Gentle On My Mind at Capitol Studios, Hollywood, California ~ Written by folk singer, songwriter John Hartford. Campbell released his Al De Lory-produced version as a single in June 1967, initially to little succes. Re-released in 1968, earning no less than four Grammy Awards, two for Hartford, two for Campbell. The song would later be covered by Dean Martin, Patti Page, Elvis Presley on the 1969 From Elvis In Memphis album, Aretha Franklin as the B-side to 1969's I Can't See Myself Leaving You, Waylon Jennings, and numerous others
 
May 17, 1965 ~ Ralp Michael Sanz, commonly known as singer, songwriter Michael Starr, born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Best known as lead singer Steel Panther. Briefly lead singer for the LA Guns, featured on the Wasted EP. Also a member of Metal Sludge
May 17, 1965 ~ Alternative rock, industrial rock, industrial metal, synth-pop singer, guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter Trent Reznor, full name Michael Trent Reznor, born in New Castle, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Started in the mid-1980s in synth-pop bands such as Option 30, the Innocent and the Exotic Birds. Rose to fame as lead singer and sole constant member of industrial metal outfit Nine Inch Nails which he founded in 1988, earning critical acclaim and commercial succes with the band's Pretty Hate Machine debut album. Mentored Marilyn Manson. Co-wrote several soundtrack with frequent Nail-collaborator Atticus Ross, including 2010's The Social Network for which the duo was awarded an Academy Award for Best Original Score
 
May 17, 1961 ~ Enya Patricia Brennan, mononymously known as Celtic pop, world, new-age singer, pianist, percussionist, songwriter Enya, born in Gweedore, Ireland ~ First gained attention as member of family outfit Clannad from 1980 through 1982 and present on the albums Crann Ull and Fuaim. Would go on to become Ireland's best-selling solo artist known for her work on soundtracks such The Frog Prince and albums such as the eponymous 1987 Enya album and its followup Watermark the next year, the latter propelling her to international stardom. Best known for songs such as I Want Tomorrow, Orinoco Flow, Book Of Days and Anywhere Is
 
May 17, 1960 ~ Artist manager, film and TV producer Simon Fuller born in British Cyprus ~ Managed the Spice Girls and S Club 7. Best known as creator of the Idols talent show franchise
 
May 17, 1958 ~ Paul Andrews, commonly known as heavy metal, punk rock singer, songwriter Paul di Anno born in Chingford, UK ~ First vocalist to record with Iron Maiden, remaining with the band from 1977 through 1981. Has also recorded as a solo artist and worked with acts such as Gogmagog, Praying Mantis, the Killers, and with Rockfellas
 
May 17, 1955 ~ Guitarist, singer, songwriter David Townsend, full name David Edward Townsend, born in Inglewood, California, USA ~ Son of singer, producer, songwriter Ed Townsend. Member of Port Authority. Staff songwriter at EMI, co-wrote songs for New Edition (Let's Be Friends), Gwen Guthrie, Sister Sledge (You're So Fine). Best known as Surface guitarist, co-founding member, known for songs such as Happy, Closer Than Friends, You Are My Everything featuring Regina Belle, Falling In Love, When Your Ex Wants You Back, Shower Me With Your Love, The First Time and Never Gonna Let You Down ~ Townsend passed away in 2005
May 17, 1955 ~ Jazz pianist, bandleader Ernst van 't Hoff passed away in Brussels, Belgium ~ During World War II ordered by the occupying Nazis to lead a big band and play state-approved dance music, but played jazz anyway for which he was repeatedly punished and eventually, in 1944, relieved from his post. Worked with Robert de Kers, Jean Omer, Hans Mossel, Ancienne Belgique, Ack van Rooyen, and others ~ Van 't Hoff was born in 1908
 
May 17, 1953 ~ Operatic baritone Erik Ole Bye passed away in Oslo, Norway ~ Worked with the National theater Oslo, the Breslau Opera House, the Opera-Comique, and others ~ Bye was born in 1883
May 17, 1953 ~ R&B singer, pianist Ray Charles records Mess Around ~ One of Charles' first hits. Written by Ahmet Ertegun, drawing from earlier versions of the piano riff, notably boogie-woogie pianist Pete Johnson's version. The origins may be traced back to as early as 1928 in Cow Cow Davenport's Cow Cow Blues
 
May 17, 1950 ~ Folk singer, songwriter, actress Catherine Howe born in Halifax, UK ~ Started as an actress and ventured into music. Notably featured as lead vocalist on the Ennio Morricone-penned Un Genie Deux Associés Une Cloche Theme of the 1976 film of the same name
 
May 17, 1949 ~ Progressive rock guitarist, flautist, keyboardist, singer Andrew Latimer born in Guildford, UK ~ Co-founding and sole constant member of Camel, gaining a cult following with mid-1970s albums such as Mirage, Snow Goose and Moonmadness
May 17, 1949 ~ Jazz guitarist Marc Fosset born in Paris, France ~ Influenced by Yves Montand, Didi Duprat, Django Reinhardt. Member of Magma. Also worked with Michel de Villers, René Urtreger, Claude Guilhot, Franco Manzecchi, Patrice Galas, Patrice Caratini, Stéphane Grappelli, Jean-Michel Cazorla, Philippe Briand, and others ~ Fosset passed away in 2020
 
May 17, 1946 ~ Drummer, vibraphonist, keyboardist Christian Burchard born in Munich, Germany ~ Co-founded Embryo in 1969, once described as “the most eclectic of krautrock bands.” The band has released over 40 albums in ever-changing line-ups with an estimated over 400 musicians at one time or another in its line-up ~ Burchard passed away in 2018
 
May 17, 1944 ~ James Ridout Winchester Jr, commonly nown as singer, songwriter Jesse Winchester born in Bossier, Louisiana, USA ~ Best known for songs such as Yankee Lady, Isn't That So, Sassy and Say What. As a songwriter had his songs recorded by Patti Page, Elvis Costello, Jimmy Buffett, Joan Baez, Jerry Garcia, Anne Murray, Reba McEntire, the Everly Brothers, Lyle Lovett, Emmylou Harris, and others ~ Winchester passed away in 2014
 
May 17, 1942 ~ Henry St Clair Fredericks, commonly known as guitarist, singer and songwriter Taj Mahal, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Multi-instrumentalist. Songwriter. Film composer. Often incorporates elements of world music into his works. Played with Ry Cooder, Howlin' Wolf, Buddy Guy, Lightnin' Hopkins, Muddy Waters, and others
 
May 17, 1941 ~ Guitarist, trombonist, singer Malcolm Hale born in Butte, Montana, USA ~ Lead guitarist of sunshine pop outfit Spanky & Our Gang, best known for their 1967 Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit Sunday Will Never Be The Same. Subsequent hits would include Making Every Minute Count and Lazy Day. The band would disband shortly after Hale's death, though their remained popularity propelled the record label to reissue compilations and shelved recordings ~ Hale passed away in 1968
 
May 17, 1938 ~ Singer Pervis Jackson born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Member of the Spinners from its inception in 1954 until his death, known for songs such as It's A Shame, Could It Be I'm Falling In Love, Then Came You with Dionne Warwick, The Rubberband Man and Working My Way Back To You ~ Jackson passed away in 2008
 
May 17, 1936 ~ Jazz double-bassist Peter Trunk born in Frankfurt, Germany ~ Worked with Kenny Clarke, Stan Getz, Albert Mangelsdorff, Zoot Sims, Hans Koller, Benny Bailey, Don Byas, Klaus Doldinger, Dusko Gojkovic, Volker Kriegel, Tete Montoliu, Manfred Schoof, Ben Webster, Kurt Edelhagen, and others
 
May 17, 1934 ~ Jazz trombonist John Picard born in Tottenham, UK ~ Worked with Cy Laurie, Humphrey Lyttelton, Tony Coe, Kathy Stobart, Stan Greig, Ian Stewart, Colin Smith, Dick Morrisey, Rocket 88, Charlie Watts, and others
 
May 17, 1932 ~ Jazz double-bassist David Izenzon born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Worked with Paul Bley, Archie Shepp, Sonny Rollins, Bill Dixon, Ornette Coleman, Harold McNair, Yoko Ono, Perry Robinson, Paul Motian, Jaki Byard, Steve Kuhn, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Joseph Scianni, Bob Thiele, and others ~ Izenzon passed away in 1979
 
May 17, 1931 ~ Free jazz, avant-garde jazz saxophonist, bandleader Dewey Redman, full name Walter Dewey Redman, born in Fort Worth, Texas, USA ~ Father of saxophonist Joshua Redman. Leader and sideman. Worked with Ornette Coleman, Keith Jarrett, Paul Motian, Pat Metheny, Old And New Dreams, Jon Ballantyne, Ed Blackwell, Cameron Brown, Jane Bunnett, Don Cherry, Anthony Cox, the Liberation Music Orchestra, Leroy Jenkins, Roswell Rudd, Randy Weston, Michel Benita, and others ~ Redman passed away in 2006
May 17, 1931 ~ John Lenwood McLean, commonly known as saxophonist, bandleader, composer Jackie McLean, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Son of guitarist John McLean Sr who played with Tiny Bradshaw. Received informal training from Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, and Charlie Parker. In high school playes with Kenny Drew, Sonny Rollins, and Andy Kirk Jr. Went on to play with Miles Davis, Gene Ammons, Charles Mingus, George Wallington, Art Blakey, Donald Byrd, Sonny Clark, Lee Morgan, Ornette Coleman, Dexter Gordon, Freddie Redd, Billy Higgins, Freddie Hubbard, Grachan Moncur III, Bobby Hutcherson, Mal Waldron, Tina Brooks, Jack DeJohnette, and others ~ McLean passed away in 2006
 
May 17, 1928 ~ Jazz trumpeter Lee Katzman born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Worked with Sam Donahue, Buddy Rich, Claude Thornhill, Jimmy Dorsey, Stan Kenton, Pepper Adams, Les Brown, June Christy, Med Flory, Bill Holman, Mel Lewis, Shelly Manne, Les McCann, Anita O'Day, Jimmy Rowles, Sonny Stitt, and others ~ Katzman passed away in 2013
 
May 17, 1925 ~ Singer, songwriter, arranger Ira Tucker born in Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA ~ Best known as lead singer of gospel group the Dixie Hummingbirds, staying with the band from age 13 until his death some 70 years later. Father of the Supremes' singer Lynda Lawrence ~ Tucker passed away in 2008
May 17, 1925 ~ Jazz bassist Peter Badie, full name Peter Chuck Badie, born in New Orleans, Louisiana ~ Worked with Roy Brown, Paul Gayten, Dave Bartholomew, Lionel Hampton, Hank Crawford, Edward Frank, June Gardner, Dizzy Gillespie, Zoot Sims, Dr John, and others
 
May 17, 1920 ~ Jazz clarinetist, vibraphonist Joe Roland born ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with artists such as Oscar Pettiford, George Shearing, Howard McGhee, Artie Shaw, Freddie Redd, Mat Mathews, Aaron Sachs, Lew Berryman, Mark Trail, Sandy Patton, and others ~ Roland passed away in 2009
 
May 17, 1919 ~ Singer, songwriter, actor, film producer Antonio Aguilar, full name Jose Pascual Antonio Aguilar Marquez Barraza, born in Villanueva, Mexico ~ Acted in over 120 films. Over 150 albums to his name. Sold over 25 million copies. Dubbed “Mexico's Horseman” for being an avid equastrian. Known for songs such as Gabino Barrera, Caballo Prieto Azabche, Albur De Amor and Un Puno De Tierra ~ Barraza passed away in 2007
 
May 17, 1918 ~ Dramatic soprano singer Birgit Nilsson, full name Marta Birgit Nilsson, born in Skåne, Sweden ~ Sang a wide repertory of operatic and vocal works but best known for her performances in operas of Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss ~ Nilsson passed away in 2005
 
May 17, 1916 ~ Jazz tenor saxophonist Paul Quinichette born in Denver, Colorado, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Shorty Sherock, Ernie Fields, Jay McShann, Johnny Otis, Louis Jordan, Count Basie, Dinah Washington, Benny Goodman, Nat Pierce, John Coltrane, Billie Holiday, Gene Ammons, Bob Brookmeyer, Sarah Vaughan, Eddie Cleanhead Vinson, Mal Waldron, Webster Young, and others ~ Quinichette passed away in 1983
 
May 17, 1915 ~ Accordionist Gus Viseur, full name Gustave Joseph Viseur, born in Lessines, Belgium ~ Worked with Medard Ferrero, René Bazin, Boris Sarbek, Philippe Brun, Joseph Reinhardt, Baro Ferret, Edith Piaf, and others ~ Viseur passed away in 1974
 
May 17, 1910 ~ Pianist Joshua Altheimer born in Altheimer, Arkansas, USA ~ Worked with Big Bill Broonzy, Lonnie Johnson, Sonny Boy Williamson I, Washboard Sam, Jazz Gillum, and others ~ Altheimer passed away in 1940
 
May 17, 1908 ~ Henry Cyril Franklin, commonly known as opera singer David Franklin, born in London, UK ~ As an opera singer enjoyed popularity throughout the early 1951, his career paused by serving in the Army during World War II. A throat operation in 1951 forced him to retire from performing altogether, after which he ventured into writing and broadcasting known to the public for his appearances on the BBC Radio shows My Music and Twenty Questions ~ Franklin passed away in 1973
 
May 17, 1866 ~ Eric Alfred Leslie Satie, commonly known as composer, pianist Erik Satie, born in Honfleur, France ~ Influential in late 19th and early 20th century Parisian avant-garde. Precursor to minimalism and repetitive music. Well-known suites include Gymnopédies and Gnossiennes. His compositions would find a new audience through a series of acclaimed 1980s albums by pianist Reinbert de Leeuw ~ Satie passed away in 1925