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 ~ 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, 2013 ~ Heavy metal guitarist, singer Jeff Hanneman, full name Jeffrey John Hanneman, passed away in Henet, California, USA ~ Influenced by Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Aerosmith, Minor Threat and the Dead Kennedys. Hanneman would rise to fame as co-lead guitarist of Slayer, the band considered one of “the Big Four” of thrash metal alongside Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax. Hanneman has recorded about a dozen albums with the band since its inception in the early 1980s, and wrote songs for every Slayer album until his death at age 49 of liver failure ~ 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, 1989 ~ Claude August 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, and George David Weiss. Well known songs written or co-written by Benjamin include I Don't Want To Set The World On Fire (Harlan Leonard, 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), Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood (Nina Simone, the Animals, Elvis Costello), and Wheel Of Fortune (Kay Starr, Eddie Wilcox, Dinah Washington) ~ Benjamin was born in 1907
May 2, 1989 ~ Singer, songwriter Graham Alexander born in Camden, New Jersey, USA ~ As a solo artist recording since the early 2010s, best known for Biggest Fan taken of his eponymous Eric Person debut album. Also known for his roles in the Broadway shows Rain (A Tribute To The Beatles) and Let It Be
May 2, 1987 ~ Indie rock singer, guitarist, pianist Justin Young, full name Justin James Hayward-Young, born in Southampton, UK ~ Co-founding member, lead singer for the Vaccines, active since the early 2010s and known best for songs such as Post Break-Up Sex, If You Wanna, No Hope, and Teenage Icon. Young has previously worked with alt-country group the Eldora Parade and punk band the Fashion Police Brutality. Has also recorded as a solo artist, going by the monniker Jay Jay Pistolet, formed the side project the Halloweens, and served as producer for Alfie Templeman
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, 1986 ~ Classical pianist Yeol Eum Son born in Wonju, South Korea ~ First gained serious attention as a soloist at age 18, performing the Franz Liszt Piano Concerto No.1 with the New York Philharmonic conducted by Lorin Maazel on their Asia tour. Would go on to work with renowned orchestras such as the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the NDR Radiophilharmonie, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, the Hague Philharmonic, and others
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, 1977 ~ Singer, songwriter Katie Noonan, full name Katie Anne Noonan, born in Brisbane, Australia ~ Co-founded pop rock outfit George with her brother Tyrone Noonan, the sibling sharing lead vocals. The band is best known for the singles Special Ones, Run, and Breathe In Now, all taken of their 1998 Polyserena debut album. Noonan also founded the jazz trio Elixer, critically acclaimed for their 2011 First Seed Ripening sophomore album. Collaborated with her mother opera singer Maggie Noonan on the 2004 Two Of A Kind album, consisting of jazz and opera duets. Noonan has also recorded as a solo artist, and collaborated with a wide array of artists including Paul Grabowsky, Karin Schaupp, and the Brodsky Quartet
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, and Einstürzende Neubauten
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 ~ Folk rock group the Byrds release their Lay Lady Lay single, penned and first recorded by Bob Dylan ~ The band decided to cover the song after Bob Dylan played the band his newly released Nashville Skyline album at Roger McGuinn's house. Without the band's consent producer Bob Johnston overdubbed a female choir on to the recording, and the band only became aware of this after its release. The group was so upset with Johnston for tampering with the song behind their backs, that they never again worked with him. Despite warm reception, critics feeling the choir actually added value to the recording, the single would fail to reach the Billboard Hot 100
May 2, 1967 ~ Alternative rock, electronica singer, guitarist, keyboardist George Vjestica born in Newcastle-under-Lyme, UK ~ Fronts Bandante. Appears on KT Tunstall's Eye To The Telescope debut album. Worked with Groove Armada, present on the albums Soundboy Rock and Black Light. Regularly backed Nick Cave, including on the albums Push The Sky Away and Skeleton Tree
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 Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and conductors including Marin Alsop, Thomas Dausgaard, Tan Dun, Charles Hazlewood, Markus Stenz, Yan Pascal 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 ~ Indie rock, alternative rock, pop punk singer, guitarist Bill Priddle born ~ Co-founding member, guitarist, co-lead singer for Treble Charger, with whom he recorded five albums before departing the band in 2003. Recorded as a solo artist, releasing his The Priddle Concern album in 2008 under the group moniker the Priddle Concern. Has also worked with Broken Social Scene and with Don Vail
May 2, 1963 ~ Jazz saxophonist Eric Person born in St Louis, Missouri, USA ~ Over half a dozen albums to his name as a leader. Closely associated with drummer Chico Hamilton during the 1980s and 1990s. Has also worked with Ronald Shannon Jackson, Chris Joris, John Esposito, the World Saxophone Quartet, Vernon Reid, Ofra Haza, Ben Harper, and Bootsy Collins
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 former two also serving 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, 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, and Gary Pitcairn
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, 1956 ~ Rock bassist, singer, songwriter Doug Howard, full name Douglas Joseph Howard, born in Englewood, New Jersey, USA ~ Got his start in music backing girl group the Crystals. Member of Touch, known for the singles Call Me When The Spirit Moves You and Don't You Know What Love Is of their eponymous 1979 Touch. Briefly a member of Todd Rundgren's Utopia. Has also worked with the Edgar Winter Group, replacing the band's original bassist Dan Hartman
May 2, 1955 ~ Punk rock, new wave, post-punk, synth-pop keyboardist, guitarist, singer, songwriter Jo Callis born in Glasgow, UK ~ Member of the Rezillos, for whom he wrote Top Of The Pops. Member of Shake. Member of short-lived Boots For Dancing. Joined Human League in 1981, first appearing on the Dare album released later the same year
May 2, 1955 ~ Rock bassist Ken Sinnaeve, full name Kenneth Sinnaeve, born in Regina, Canada ~ Co-founding member of Streetheart, known best for their 1979 disco-hybrid the Rolling Stones-cover Under My Thumb. Lesser known songs include the Them-cover Here Comes The Night and What Kind Of Love Is This. Following the band's disbandement in the mid-1980s Sinnaeve appeared on Strange Advance's 2WO sophomore album. Member of Loverboy since 2001, replacing the late Scott Smith
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, 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, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, 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, 1951 ~ Rock, blues rock, progressive rock, progressive folk bassist, guitarist, keyboardist, singer John Glascock born in Islington, UK ~ Member of Carmen from 1972 through 1975, including on the acclaimed Fandangos In Space album. Member of Jethro Tull from 1976 until his death in 1979. Praised as “the best bass player in rock” by Ritchie Blackmore. Has also worked with the Gods, Head Machine, Toe Fat, Chicken Shack, Maddy Prior, Richard Digance, and others ~ Glascock passed away in 1979
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, 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, 1948 ~ Drummer Bill Ward, full name William Thomas Ward, born in Birmingham, UK ~ Influenced by Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich, Louie Bellson, as well as R&B, pop and rock drummers such as Bernard Pretty Purdie, Led Zeppelin's John Bonham, Ringo Starr, and Jim Capaldi. Best known as co-founding member of Black Sabbath. Has also recorded as a solo artist, starting with Ward One (Along The Way) released in 1990
May 2, 1946 ~ Jazz pianist, composer Joel Forrester born ~ Leader and sideman. Perhaps best known for writing and performing Fresh Air Theme with the Microscopic Septet, used as the theme song to the NPR radio show of the same name. In addition to leading the Septet, at times a sextet, Forrester has guested on albums by Michael Callen, Michael Hearst, and Phillip Johnston
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 ~ Rock drummer Bob Henrit, full name Robert John Henrit, born in Broxbourne, UK ~ Co-founding and constant member of Argent, known best for the early 1970s UK top 20 hits Hold Your Head Up and God Gave Rock & Roll To You, the former also reaching top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. In-demand session musician, notably present on Dave Davies's 1980s Glamour and Chosen People albums. Has also worked with Unit 4+2, the Roulettes, Charlie, Ian Matthews, and with latter day incarnations of the Kinks replacing Mick Avory in 1984
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, 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, 1934 ~ Singer, songwriter, author Olle Adolphson born in Stockholm, Sweden ~ Alongside Birger Sjöberg, Evert Taube, and Cornelis Vreeswijk considered one of the greatest Swedish songwriter of the 20th century. Known for songs such as Gustaf Lindströms Visa, Okända Djur, Mitt Eget Land, Det Gåtfulla Folker, and Trubbel ~ Adolphson passed away in 2004
May 2, 1933 ~ R&B, doo-wop singer Ernest Warren born ~ Member of the Spaniels, known for 1950s hits such as Baby It's You and Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight, the latter later remaining popular to this day featured in several films including American Graffiti ~ Warren passed away in 2012
May 2, 1933 ~ Pianist, conductor, arranger Valentín Trujillo, full name Valentin Trujillo Sanchez, born in Santiago, Chile ~ Child prodidy. Brother of singer Fernando Trujillo. Well over a dozen albums to his name, starting with Un Piano Con Alma released in 1958. Well known as conductor for the TV show Sabado Gigante for over a decade, starting in 1962.
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 respected 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, and Pearl Bailey ~ 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, 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