This Day In Music: May 2
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May 2, 2022 ~ Folk, folk rock singer, guitarist, songwriter María José Cantilo passed away in El Bolsón, Argentina ~ Emerged in the mid-1980s, releasing her eponymous María José Cantilo debut album in 1984, to become one of the defining voices in Argentine rock of the 1980s. Has collaborated with the likes of David Lebón, Leon Gieco, Osvaldo Fattorusso, Daniel Colombres, Oscar Moro, and with her older brother Miguel Cantilo. In 1990 Cantilo would become a Playboy model gracing the cover of the May issue of the magazine's Argentina edition ~ Cantilo was born in 1953
 
May 2, 2019 ~ Guitarist, singer, songwriter John Sterling passed away in Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA ~ Released two solo albums, 1980's Long Time Gone and 1982's Waiting On A Southern Train. Member of the Seldom Scene. Member of the Ready Section. Worked with Mike Auldridge, Ben Eldridge, Carl Jackson, Carolina Star, Emmylou Harris, Lowell George, Buddy Emmons, Claire Lynch, the Nash Ramblers, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, and others ~ Starling was born in 1940
May 2, 2019 ~ Harpist, composer Juan Vicente Torrealba passed away in Caracas, Venezuela ~ Formed Los Torrealberos with his brother Arturo Torrealba and son Santana Torrealba. Also recorded as a solo artist, with over 100 albums to his name. Best known for songs such as Sinfonia En El Palmar, Mujer Guayanesa, Barquisimeto, La Fillo Zaina and Solito Con The Stars ~ Torrealba was born in 1917
 
May 2, 2018 ~ Violinist Herman Krebbers, full name Herman Albertus Krebbers, passed away in Tilburg, the Netherlands ~ Married to pianist Ans Torlau, with whom he also worked. Closely associated with Theo Olof, the Residentie Orchestra and the Concertgebouw Orchestra ~ Krebbers was born in 1923
May 2, 2018 ~ Drummer, percussionist Roy Burns passed away ~ Worked with Woody Herman, Benny Goodman, NBC Staff Orchestra, Roland Hanna, Teddy Wilson, and others ~ Burns was born in 1935
May 2, 2018 ~ Salvator Cucchiara, commonly known as singer Tony Cucchiara, passed away in Rome, Italy ~ Best known for songs such as Annalisa and Vola Cuore Mio. Half of folk duo Tony & Nelly, the other half being his wife Nelly Fioramonti. Also known as playwriter with several musicals to his name, starting with 1970's Cassandra 2000 ~ Cucchiara was born in 1937
 
May 2, 2016 ~ Jazz trumpeter, flugelhornist Alan Elsdon passed away ~ Worked with Cy Laurie, Graham Stewart, Terry Lightfoot, Kid Ory, Red Allen, Edmond Hall, Albert Nicholas, Wingy Manone, Howlin' Wolf, Keith Nichols, and others ~ Elsdon was born in 1934
 
May 2, 2014 ~ Singer Jessica Cleaves passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Snag with Friends Of Distinction, Earth Wind & Fire (on the albums The Last Days And Time and Head To The Sky), Parliament, Funkadelic, Raw Silk, and others ~ Cleaves was born in 1948
 
May 2, 2013 ~ Heavy metal, singer Jeff Hanneman, full name Jeffrey John Hanneman, passed away in Henet, California, USA ~ Founding member, co-lead guitarist of thrash metal outfit Slayer. Influenced by Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Aerosmith, Wasted Youth, Minor Threat and Dead Kennedys. Wrote songs for every Slayer album until his death in 2013 at age 49 ~ Hanneman was born in 1964
 
May 2, 2011 ~ Bassist Ernest Mothle passed away in Pretoria, South Africa ~ Member of Jabula, a group of exiled South African musicians living in England, known for a number of 1970s, 1980s albums. In addition to their own work the group has also notably worked with Mike Oldfield on the albums Ommadawn, Incantations and Amarok ~ Mothle was born in 1941
 
May 2, 2003 ~ Bernard Weissman, commonly known as orchestra leader, songwriter George Wyle, passed away in Tarzana, California, USA ~ Wrote or co-wrote over 400 songs. Regularly backed Doris Day including on classic recordings such as Bewildered, Quicksilver and I Said My Pajamas And Put On My Prayers. Perhaps best remembered for co-penning the Holiday classic It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year with Edward Pola, first recorded by Andy Williams in 1963 and covered by well over 250 artists. Wyle also co-wrote The Ballad Of Gilligan's Island with Sherwood Schwartz, used as the theme song for the popular TV-series Gilligan's Island ~ Weissman was born in 1916
 
May 2, 2000 ~ Barbara Ann Martin, commonly known as country, country pop singer, guitarist, songwriter Bobbi Martin passed away in Baltimore, Maryland, USA ~ Known for songs such as Don't Forget I Still Love You, I Can't Stop Thinking Of You, For The Love Of Him, and Something Tells Me (Something's Gonna Happen Tonight) ~ Martin was born in 1943
May 2, 2000 ~ Shirley Enid Avery, commonly known as jazz singer Teri Thornton, passed away in Englewood, New Jersey, USA ~ Recorded a number of albums in the early 1960s only to fade from view by the end of the decade. Rediscovered in the late 1990s, which prompted the 1999 I'll Be Easy To Find album ~ Avery was born in 1934
 
May 2, 1998 ~ Hideto Matsumoto, commonly known as alternative rock singer, guitarist, bassist, songwriter Hide, passed away in Tokyo, Japan ~ Member of Saver Tiger, known for songs such as Dead Angle and Emergency Express. Rose to fame as member of X-Japan joining the band in 1987, a band credited with pioneering visual kei. Wrote or co-wrote songs such as Celebration, Joker and Scars. After the band disbanded in 1997 Matsumoto would focus on his solo career and co-found the international supergroup Zilch. By the time of his death by suicide at age 33 Matsumoto was considered an icon, representative of rebellion against a conformist society, and his death marked as the end of an era ~ Matsumoto was born in 1964
 
May 2, 1995 ~ Dezider Ursiny, commonly known as singer, guitarist Dezo Ursiny, born in Bratislava, Slovakia ~ One of the premier Slovak rock musicians. Member of 1960s outfits the Beatmen and the Soulmen. Active as a solo artist and frontman from the mid-1970s until his death two decades later with over a dozen albums to his credit ~ Ursiny was born in 1947
 
May 2, 1991 ~ Carlos Efren Reyse Rosado, commonly known as singer, songwriter Farukko, born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico ~ Worked with Daddy Yankee, Jory, J-Alvarez, Bad Bunny, Nicki Minaj, Travis Scott, J Balvin, Wisin & Yandel, and others. Released his debut album, El Talente Del Bloque in 2010 and has recorded regularly since
 
May 2, 1989 ~ Claude A Benjamin, commonly known as songwriter, lyricist Bennie Benjamin passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Revered pop songwriter. Collaborated with composers such as Sol Marcus, George David Weiss, and others. Well-known songs written or co-written by Benjamin include I Don't Want To Set The World On Fire (Harlan Leonard, Horace Heidt, the Ink Spots, Betty Carter, Frankie Laine), Oh What It Seemed To Be (Frank Sinatra, Frankie Carle, Willie Nelson), When The Lights Go On Again (Vaughn Monroe, Gene Autry, Vera Lynn, Lucky Millinder), Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood (Nina Simone, the Animals, Santa Esmeralda, Elvis Costello), Wheel Of Fortune (Kay Starr, Eddie Wilcox, Dinah Washington), and others ~ Benjamin was born in 1907
 
May 2, 1987 ~ Singer, songwriter Saara Aalto, full name Saara Sofia Aalto, born in Oulunsalo, Finland ~ Runner-up in the 13th edition of the X-Factor in 2016. Represented Finland in the 2018 Eurovision Songfestival contest, reaching 25th place with Monsters
 
May 2, 1986 ~ Jazz drummer Wallace Bishop passed away in Hilversum, the Netherlands ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Art Sims, Jelly Roll Morton, Bernie Young, Hughie Swift, Richard M Jones, Tommy Dorsey, Erskine Tate, Earl Hines, Jimmie Noone, Coleman Hawkins, Don Redman, Phil Moore, Walter Foots Thomas, John Kirby, Sy Oliver, Sammy Price, Billy Kyle, Buck Clayton, Bill Coleman, Don Byas, Ben Webster, Kid Ory, Milt Buckner, Buddy Tate, T-Bone Walker, and others ~ Bishop was born in 1906
 
May 2, 1985 ~ Trumpeter, bandleader, arranger Larry Clinton passed away in Tucson, Arizona, USA ~ Early on, while in his twenties, a popular arranger for dance orchestras including those led by Tommy Dorsey, Jimmy Dorsey, Glen Gray, Louis Armstrong, and Bunny Berigan. As a bandleader recorded hits for the Victor Label label ranging from pop tunes and instrumentals penned by Clinton to swing adaptions of classical compositions (notably his 1938 hit My Reverie, an adaptation of Claude Debussy's Reverie with added pop lyrics sung by Bea Wain). Clinton served in the US Air Force during World War II as a pilot and resumed his career after the war, mostly leading studio bands up to the early 1960s ~ Clinton was born in 1909
 
May 2, 1984 ~ Singer, actor, orchestra leader Smith Ballew passed away in Longview, Texas, USA ~ One of the most recognizable voices on hundreds of dance bands and jazz records starting in the late 1920. Became one of the earliest singing cowboys though a series of musical Westerns for Paramount Pictures and 20th Century Fox, continuing in supporting roles until the 1950s ~ Ballew was born in 1902
 
May 2, 1976 ~ Pop rock sibling outfit the Bee Gees record Rest Your Love On Me at Le Studio, Quebec, Canada ~ Written by Barry Gibb, who also sang lead vocals. Produced by the band with Albhy Galuten and Karl Richardson. First released as the B-side to Too Much Heaven in November 1978. Noted folkie Stephen Stills guests on bass guitar. Also recorded by Gibb as a duet with Olivia Newton-John for his 1980 After Dark album
 
May 2, 1973 ~ June Marvel Cowen, commonly known as actress, big band singer June Hutton, passed away in Encino, California, USA ~ Sister of singer Ina Ray Hutton. Married to arranger Axel Stordahl. Joined the Pied Pipers in 1944 replacing Jo Stafford, remaining with the band for six years including on the hit single Dream. Has also worked with the Winston Trio, the Quintones, the Sande Williams Band, the Stardusters, Gordon Macrae, and others ~ Cowen was born in 1919
 
May 2, 1972 ~ Alexander Wilke Steinhof, commonly known as experimental electronic musician, DJ Alec Empire, born in Berlin, West Germany ~ Co-founding member of Atari Teenage Riot, merging left-wing, anarchist and anti-fascist views with punk lyrics and a techno sound. Also known as a solo artist and an in-demand remixer for artists including Rammstein, Chris Vrenna, Primal Scream, Björk, Thurston Moore, Mogwai, Einstürzende Neubauten, and others
May 2, 1972 ~ Jazz, R&B, rock & roll bassist, bandleader, arranger, songwriter Doles Dickens passed away in New Jersey, USA ~ Active from the 1930 through the 1960s. Worked with Eddie Durham, Buster Smith, Eddie South, the Five Red Caps, Piano Red, Wilbert Harrison, Varetta Dillard, Jimmy Witherspoon, Mahalia Jackson, Bill Haley, Lavern Baker, and others ~ Dickens was born in 1916
 
May 2, 1969 ~ Drummer, percussionist, singer Todd Sucherman born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Best known as member of Styx, joining the band in 1995. Has also worked with Brian Wilson, Peter Cetera, Brian Culbertson, Steve Cole, Spinal Tap, Tommy Shaw, and others
 
May 2, 1965 ~ Cellist Matthew Barley born near Sheffield, UK ~ Worked with orchestras including the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Liverpook Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and conductors including Marin Alsop, Thomas Dausgaard, Tan Dun, Charles Hazlewood, Markus Stenz, Yan Pacal Tortelier, Ilan Volkov, and others. Non-classical collaborations include Avi Avital, Manu Delago, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Jon Lord, Talvin Singh, Sultan Khan, Nitin Sawhney, Django Bates, Julian Joseph, and Nikki Yeoh
 
May 2, 1963 ~ R&B girl group Martha & the Vandellas record A Love Like Yours (Don't Come Knocking Everyday) ~ Written by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, Eddie Holland Jr, the first also signing on as producers. Included on the 1965 Come & Get These Memories album, subsequently featured as the B-side of Heat Wave. Though not a hit in its own right the song would become a sixties classic, notably covered by Ike & Tina Turner, Dusty Springfield, Harry Nilsson, Cher, Juice Newton, the Animals, and others
 
May 2, 1962 ~ Alain Johannes Mociulski, commonly known as guitarist, bassist, producer Alain Johannes, born in Santiago, Chile ~ Founding member of Eleven. Also worked with the Queens Of The Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures, PJ Harvey, Chris Cornell, the Arctic Monkeys, Mark Lanegan, Hillel Slovak, Todd Strassman, Jack Irons, Natasha Shneider, What Is This, Jason Falkner, Addie Brik, Thelonious Monster, Walk The Moon, Sun 60, Melissa Ferick, Gouds Thumb, Live, Janubia, the Eagles Of Death Metal, Spinnerette, Silverchair, Jimmy Eat World, Gary Pitcairn, and others
 
May 2, 1958 ~ Folk rock keyboardist, guitarist, singer Alan Reid born in Glasgow, UK ~ Founding member of the Battlefield Band, known for merging traditional Celtic folk with modern rock elements
May 2, 1958 ~ Brenda Shannon Greene, mononymously known as freestyle, dance-pop, post-disco singer Shannon, born in Washington DC, USA ~ Best known for her 1983 Let The Music Play single, an international hit reaching top 20 across the globe including the UK and the Netherlands, top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. Subsequent singles including Give Me Tonight, My Heart's Divided and Do You Wanna Get Away would chart well on the American dance charts
 
May 2, 1957 ~ Jazz, classical, avant-garde trumpeter, composer Markus Stockhausen born in Cologne, Germany ~ Son of electronic pioneer, composer Karlheinz Stockhausen. Actively recording since the late 1980s with well over 2 dozen albums to his name
 
May 2, 1954 ~ R&B, soul, dance-pop singer, songwriter Angela Bofill, full name Angela Tomasa Bofill, born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Actively recording since the late 1970s. Best known for R&B hits such as This Time I'll Be Sweeter, What I Wouldn't Do (For THe Love Of You), Too Tough, Tonight I Give In and I Just Wanna Stop
May 2, 1954 ~ Composer Elliot Goldenthal born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Composed for concert hall, theater and film including for films such as Alien 3, Batman Forever, Heat and Frida, the latter earning him an Academy Award in 2002 for Best Original Score
May 2, 1954 ~ Bassist, guitarist Prescott Niles born in New York, New York, USA ~ Member of the Knack, known for their 1979 hit My Sharone which reached top 10 on both sides of the Atlantic. Has also worked with Mike Pinera and Missing Persons
 
May 2, 1953 ~ Jazz guitarist James Chirillo, full name James Louis Chirillo, born in Waltham, Massachusetts, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Marilyn Maye, Vic Damone, Joey Heatherton, Lorna Luft, Roger Williams, the Jazz Knights, Tiny Grimes, Benny Goodman, Buck Clayton, Claude Williams, Bob Wilber, Benny Carter, Lincoln Center, Wynton Marsalis, Gunther Schuller, the One O'Clock Lab Band, Kenny Davern, Keith Ingham, Houston Person, Doug Lawrence, Barbara Lea, Joe Lovano, Marcus Roberts, Joe Ascione, Dick Sudhalter, Scott Robinson, Bob Mintzer, Joe Wilder, John Cocuzzi, Pablo Villegas, and others
 
May 2, 1950 ~ Jazz singer, trombonist, drummer Leo Watson passed away ~ Best known as member of Spirits Of Rhythm. Also worked with Gene Krupa, Artie Shaw, Jimmy Mundy, and others ~ Watson was born in 1898
May 2, 1950 ~ Louis Andrew Grammatico, commonly known as rock singer, songwriter Lou Gramm born in Rochester, New York, USA ~ Best known as lead singer of Foreigner from 1977 through 1990, including on hits such as Feels Like The First Time, Cold As Ice and I Want To Know What Love Is. As a solo artist scored Billboard top 10 hits with 1987's Midnight Blue and Just Between You And Me two years later. Has also worked with Black Sheep, Shadow King, and with Liberty & Justice
May 2, 1950 ~ Vaetta Stewart, commonly known as funk, R&B, roots reggae singer Vet Stone, born in Vallejo, California, USA ~ Lead singer of Little Sister, the backing choir for funk outfit Sly & the Family Stone. The choir also had a hit of their own with You're The One in 1970
 
May 2, 1949 ~ Gerald Thomas Moores, commonly known as singer, guitarist, keyboardist GT Moore, born in Reading, UK ~ Active since the early 1970s as a solo artist, frontman and as a collaborator. Co-founded Heron with Roy Apps and Tony Pook. Has had his compositions covered by Joan Baez and by Airto Moreira. Has collaborated with Jimmy Cliff, Lee Scratch Perry, Malcolm Mortimore, Thin Lizzy, Johnny Nash, and others
 
May 2, 1946 ~ Lesley Sue Goldstein, commonly known as singer, actress, songwriter Lesley Gore, born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Discovered by Quincy Jones. Broke through with It's My Party at age 16. Also known for songs such as Judy's Turn To Cry, She's A Fool, You Don't Own Me, Maybe I Know, and California Night ~ Goldstein passed away in 2015
 
May 2, 1945 ~ John Raymond Goadsby, commonly known as keyboardist Goldy McJohn, born in Toronto, Canada ~ Classically trained pianist. Pioneered the use of the electronic organ in rock. Best known as original member of Steppenwolf remaining with the group from its inception in 1967 through 1975 and present on the band's best-known including Born To Be Wild. Previously a member of the Mynah Birds which at the time also included Rick James and Bruce Palmer ~ Goadsby passed away in 2017
May 2, 1945 ~ Alexander Minto Hughes, commonly known as reggae, ska singer Judge Dread, born ~ Influenced Ian Dury and Buster Bloodvessel. Known for his sexual innuendo and double entendres, reportedly has more songs banned by the BBC than any other artist. Second only to Bob Marley in terms of reggae sales during the 1970s. Known for songs such as Big Six, Big Seven and Je T'Aime Moi Non Plus ~ Hughes passed away in 1998
May 2, 1945 ~ R&B singer Randy Cain, full name Herbert Randal Cain III born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Best known as a member of the Delfonics, including on the 1970 Grammy-winning Didn't I Blow Your Mind This Time. Left the group in 1971 to be succeeded by Major Harris ~ Cain passed away in 2009
 
May 2, 1944 ~ Drummer, percussionist John Ware born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA ~ In-demand session drummer known for his associations with the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, the Corvettes, Linda Ronstadt, the Stone Poneys, the First National Band, Emmylou Harris, Jesse Ed Davis, Hoyt Axton, Kaleidoscope, Karla Bonoff, Jackie DeShannon, Michael Nesmith, Rodney Crowell, Rosanne Cash, George Jones, Larry Groce, Ricky Skaggs, Janie Fricke, and others
 
May 2, 1941 ~ Jazz pianist Connie Crothers born in Palo Alto, California, USA ~ Leader and sidewoman. Studied under Lennie Tristano and founded the Lennie Jazz Foundation in his honour. Has worked with artists such as Max Roach, Richard Cabris, Cameron Brown, Roger Mancuso, Lenny Popkin, Bob Casanova, Jessica Jones, Pauline Oliveros, and others ~ Crothers passed away in 2016
May 2, 1941 ~ Organist, singer Eddy Louiss was born in Paris, France ~ Worked with Double Six, René Thomas, Bernard Lubat, Michel Petrucciani, Richard Galliano, Daniel Humair, Jean-Luc Ponty, John Surman, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Steve Ferrone, Bob Garcia, Jo Maka, Luigi Trussardi, Jean Louis Viale, Stan Getz, and others ~ Louiss passed away in 2015
 
May 2, 1938 ~ Jazz drummer Fred Braceful, full name Fred Arthur Braceful, born in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Worked with Wolfgang Dauner, Et Cetera, Albert Mangelsdorff, Joki Freund, Hans Koller, Bob Degen, Benny Bailey, Robin Kenyatta, Manfred Schoof, Bernd Köppen, Jay Oliver, Eugen de Ryck, Michael Hornstein, and others ~ Braceful passed away in 1995
 
May 2, 1936 ~ Arnold George Dorey, commonly known as traditional pop, schlager, easy listening singer Engelbert Humperdinck, born in Madras, British India ~ Regarded as one of the finest middle-of-the-road balladeers, selling over 140 million records over the course of his career. Draws from schlagers, traditional pop and easy listening enjoying his biggest successes in the 1960s and 1970s. Best known for songs such as Release Me, The Last Waltz, After The Lovin' and This Moment In Time
 
May 2, 1931 ~ Richard Arnold Holmes, commonly known as hard bop, soul jazz organist Richard Groove Holmes born in Camden, New Jersey, USA ~ As a solo artist best known for his 1965 recording Misty. Leader and in-demand sideman. Has worked with Earl Bostic, Willis Jackson, Eric Kloss, Les McCann, Lou Rawls, Dakota Staton, Gerald Wilson, and others ~ Holmes passed away in 1991
 
May 2, 1929 ~ Fred Lincoln Wray Jr, commonly known as guitarist, songwriter Link Wray, born in Dunn, North Carolina, USA ~ Best known for the 1958 instrumental hit Rumble, one of the earliest songs using distorted feedback later commonly used in punk and hard rock ~ Wray passed away in 2005
 
May 2, 1927 ~ Cellist Anna Shuttleworth born in Bournemouth, UK ~ Acclaimed soloist and chamber cellist. Co-founding member of the Vivien Hind String Quartet. Affectionately referred to as “the Swellest Cellist” by composer Ralph Vaughan Williams ~ Shuttleworth passed away in 2021
 
May 2, 1924 ~ Actor, folk singer, guitarist Theodore Bikel, full name Theodore Meir Bikel, born in Vienna, Austria ~ Co-founded the Newport Folk Festival. Has recorded over 30 albums as a folk singer, guitarist starting in the mid 1950s. As an actor known for roles in Moulin Rouge, My Fair Lady, The Defiant Ones, earning an Academy Award-nomination for his role in the latter. As a musical actor best known for his role as Captain Von Trapp in the original Broadway production of The Sound Of Music ~ Bikel passed away in 2015
 
May 2, 1922 ~ Singer Ada Jones, full name Ada Jane Jones, passed away in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, USA ~ Lacking the ability to read music or play an instrument Jones learned songs by ear. Among the first female singers to be recorded. Sang ballads, ragtime, vaudeville and comedy. Known for songs such as Sweet Marie, The Volunteer Organist, The Yama Yama Man and especially for a number of hit duets with Billy Murray including Blue Feather, Shine On Harvest Moon, Some Sunday Morning and Cuddle Up A Little Closer ~ Jones was born in 1873
May 2, 1922 ~ Singer, actor Serge Reggiani born in Reggio Emilia, Italy ~ Best known as an actor performing in some 80 films and various stage plays since the mid-1940s. Member of the French Resistance during World War II. Ventured out into music by the mid-1960s aided by singer, actor Yves Montand to become one of the most acclaimed chanson singers known for songs such as Les Loups Sont Entres Dans Paris and Sarah ~ Reggiani passed away in 2004
 
May 2, 1915 ~ Songwriter, singer Doris Fisher born in New York, New York, USA ~ Daughter of Fred Fisher, sister of Dan Fisher and Marvin Fisher, all songwriters. Doris wrote or co-wrote songs recorded by the Ink Spots (Whispering Grass, Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall), Louis Prima (Angelina (The Waitress At The Pizzeria)), Billie Holiday (That Ole Devil Called Love), Bing Crosby, the Andrews Sisters, Pearl Bailey, the Mills Brothers, Ella Fitzgerald, and Moon Mullican (You Always Hurt The One You Love), Slim Gaillard (Tutti Frutti), Stan Kenton, Ella Mae Morse, Pearl Bailey, and others ~ Fisher passed away in 2003
May 2, 1915 ~ Alexander Van Vliet Feldman, commonly known as bandleader, arranger, composer Van Alexander, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Best known as arranger, composer for film and TV, notably for several Mickey Rooney films. Has worked with Dean Martin, Gordon Macrae, Doris Day, Benny Goodman, Peggy Lee, Dinah Shore, Kay Starr, Dakota Staton, Paul Whiteman, and others ~ Feldman passed away in 2015
 
May 2, 1914 ~ Double-bassist Frank Fields, full name Frank Nomer Fields, born in Plaquemine, Louisiana, USA ~ Closely associated with Dave Bartholomew and Cosimo Matassa, becoming a first-call session musician for many New Orleans based acts including Fats Domino (The Fat Man), Professor Longhair, Little Richard (Tutti Frutti), Smiley Lewis, Shirley & Lee, Lloyd Price, Huey Piano Smith, Ray Charles, and others ~ Fields passed away in 2005
 
May 2, 1909 ~ Ernst Heinrich Stauffer, commonly known as violinist, saxophonist, bandleader Teddy Stauffe, born in Murten, Switzerland ~ Dubbed Germany's “Swing King” of the 1930s. Formed the Teddies. Regularly got into trouble with the Reichsmusikkammer ~ Stauffer passed away in 1991
 
May 2, 1903 ~ Newell Lynn Willcox, commonly known as jazz trombonist Spiegle Willcox, born in Sherburne, New York, USA ~ Worked with Paul Whiteman, the California Ramblers, Jean Goldkette, Vince Giordano, and others ~ Willcox passed away in 1999
 
May 2, 1897 ~ Songwriter J Fred Coots, full name John Frederick Coots, born ~ Wrote over 700 songs, over a dozen Broadway shows. Best known for co-penning Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town with Haven Gillespie. The song, first recorded by banjoist Harry Reser, would become a Holiday classic recorded by over 200 artists including Bing Crosby, the Crystals, Mariah Carey, Chris Isaak, the Temptations, and Bruce Springsteen ~ Coots passed away in 1985
 
May 2, 1895 ~ Lyricist Lorenz Hart, full name Lorenz Milton Hart, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Frequent songwriting collaborator of Richard Rodgers, with whom Hart wrote over two dozen Broadway musicals including Babes In Arms, The Boys From Syracuse, Pal Joey and On Your Toes. Songs co-written by Hart include Bewitched Bothered And Bewildered (Vivienne Segal, the Platters, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra) Glad To Be Unhappy (Doris Carson, Lena Horne, Buddy Rich), It Never Entered My Mind (Shirley Ross, Lee Wiley, Julie London), My Funny Valentine (Mitzi Green, Sarah Vaughan, Marvin Gaye), You Are Too Beautiful (Al Jolson, Bobby Troup, Arthur Prysock), Ten Cents A Dance (Ruth Etting, Doris Day, Shirley Horn), Mimi (Maurice Chevalier, the Lane Brothers) ~ Hart passed away in 1943
 
May 2, 1864 ~ Jacob Liebmann Beer, commonly known as opera composer Giacomo Meyerbeer, passed away ~ Linked Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Richard Wagner. Merged the German orchestra style with Italian vocal tradition. Known for operas such as Robert Le Diable and Il Crociato In Egitto ~ Beer was born in 1791
 
May 2, 1660 ~ Baroque composer Alessandro Scarlatti, full name Pietro Alessandro Gaspare Scarlatti, born on Sicily, Italy ~ Father of Domenico Scarlatti and Pietro Filippo Scarlatti, both composers. Considered one of the premier composers of the Neapolitan school of opera. Also known for his chamber cantatas ~ Scarlatti passed away in 1725