This Day In Music: May 21
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May 21, 2023 ~ Edmund Dantes Urick, commonly known as traditional pop singer, actor Ed Ames, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Member of family outfit the Ames Brothers, known for a number of 1950s hits including Rag Mop, Sentimental Me, Can Anyone Explain (No No No), Undecided, The Man With The Banjo, The Naughty Lady Of Shady Lane and Tammy. Ames is also well-known as an actor, noted for portraying Mingo in the TV series Daniel Boone ~ Ames was born in 1927
May 21, 2022 ~ Actress, opera singer Yam Bing-yee passed away ~ First performed as a singer in her early teens. Would go on to star in over an estimated 150 films, often playing co-lead roles in Cantonese opera films. Has also starred in stage productions, including notably the Hong Kong premiere of The Flower Princess with the Sin Fung Ming Opera Company in 1957 ~ Bing-yee was born in 1931
May 21, 2021 ~ Francesco Battiato, commonly known as singer, guitarist, pianist, songwriter, film maker Franco Battiato, passed away in Milo, Italy ~ One of Italy's most beloved singer-songwriters drawing from a wide array of idioms including beat, new wave, progressive pop, new age, experimental, free jazz, psychedelica. Internationally perhaps best known for teaming up with singer Alice, representing Italy in the 1984 Eurovision Songfestival with the song I Treni Di Tozeur reaching 5th place despite being tapped as winner by the bookmakers ~ Battiato was born in 1945
May 21, 2018 ~ The Hootie & the Blowfish debut album Cracked Rear View is certified 21x Platinum by the RIAA ~ Released in 1994 as their debut album Cracked Rear View would eventually sell over 21 million copies, overtaking Guns 'n Roses' Appetite For Destruction as the all-time best-selling debut album of any artist in America. At the time of its original release three of the album's singles, Hold My Hand, Let Her Cry and Only Wanna Be With You, would all reach top 10 Billboard Hot 100
May 21, 2018 ~ Indie pop, folk pop singer, guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter Maddie Poppe wins American Idol ~ Singer Poppe wins the 16th season of talent show American Idol aired on ABC. Runner-up would be singer, songwriter Caleb Lee Hutchison. Poppe had previously released her Songs From The Basement debut album in 2016. Following the show's success she released Whirlwind in 2019, spawning the minor hits Made You Miss and Not Losing You
May 21, 2015 ~ Bassist, songwriter Louis Johnson passed away in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ~ Member of the Brothers Johnson, known for 1970s hits such as I'll Be Good To You, Strawberry Letter 23 and Stomp. In-demand session musician, notably present on songs such as Michael Jackson's Don't Stop Till You Get Enough and Billie Jean, Michael McDonald's I Keep Forgetting Every Time You're Near, and George Benson's Give Me The Night. Also appeared on albums by Billy Preston, Bobby Womack, Grover Washington Jr (Feels So Good), Bill Withers, Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, the Pointer Sisters, the Crusaders, Patti Austin (Every Home Should Have One), the Passage, Lee Ritenour, Donna Summer, James Ingram, Peabo Bryson, the Jacksons (Victory), Aretha Franklin (Who's Zoomin' Who), the Isley Brothers, George Duke, and Brian McKnight ~ Johnson was born in 1955
May 21, 2014 ~ Singer Caleb Johnson wins American Idol ~ Singer Caleb Johnson wins the thirteenth season of talent show American Idol aired on Fox. Runner-up would be singer Jena Irene. Prior to his appearance on the talent show had fronted Elijah Hooker, known for their sole eponymous Elijah Hooker released in 2013. Following his success on Idol released his Testify solo debut album, scoring a minor hit with As Long As You Love Me. Johnson formed Caleb Johnson & the Ramblin' Saints in 2019
May 21, 2013 ~ Robert Lamar Thompson, commonly known as composer, arranger, bandleader Bob Thompson, passed away in Los Angeles, USA, USA ~ Popular bandleader from the 1950s through the 1980s. Leading figure in exotica and space age pop. Has worked with artists such as Rosemary Clooney, Mae West, Julie London, Bing Crosby, the Andrews Sisters, Duane Eddy, Judy Garland, Phil Ochs, and others ~ Thompson was born in 1924
May 21, 2013 ~ Hard rock, glam rock, progressive rock bassist Trevor Bolder passed away in Cottingham, UK ~ Member of the Spiders From Mars, David Bowie's early 1970s backing unit present on albums such as Hunky Dory, The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars and Aladdin Sane. Longtime member of Uriah Heep, first appearing on the 1977 Firefly album and present on most of the band's albums until his death in 2013. Has also worked with the Cybernauts, Mick Ronson, Ken Hensley, and Wishbone Ash ~ Bolder was born in 1950
May 21, 2010 ~ Guitarist Jane Wiedlin of all-female rock outfit the Go-Go's injures her knees falling 20 feet down a cliff on a hiking trip ~ While hiking near San Francisco the Go-Go's-guitarist injures her knees falling down a cliff. She would require surgery and up to a year of recovery time, forcing the band to cancel their upcoming Farewell Tour. After 2010 the idea of a “farewell” tour seemed to have been abandoned as they would tour several times in the following years. In 2023 Belinda Carlisle announced the group had disbanded
May 21, 2009 ~ Double bassist, bassist Uli Trepte passed away in Berlin, Germany ~ Played avantgarde, free jazz in the mid-1960s, working with the likes of Yusef Lateef, Gato Barbieri, Barney Wilen, John McLaughlin, Mal Waldron, and notably with Irene Schweizer. Switched to bass guitar in the late 1960s, forming krautrock outfit Guru Guru with drummer Mani Neumeier in 1968. Formed his own unit Spacebox in 1975, with whom he worked through the early 1980s. Recorded about half a dozen albums as a solo artist, starting with Real Time Music released in 1996 ~ Trepte was born in 1941
May 21, 2008 ~ Rock singer David Cook wins American Idol ~ Visibly to his own surprise Cook wins the 7th season of talent show American Idol aired on Fox with 56% of the public's vote, leaving singer David Archuleta in 2nd place. Following his win Cook's singles The Time Of My Life and Light On would both reach top 20 on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100
May 21, 2008 ~ Music manager Lou Pearlman sentenced to 25 years in prison ~ Pearlman, manager of O-Town, LFO (Lyte Funky Ones), Take 5, Innosense, NSYNC and notably the Backstreet Boys, the latter the all-time best-selling boy band, pleads guilty to conspiracy, money laundering and using false statements in a bankruptcy proceeding. Pearlman would leave over $300 million in debt in one of the largest and longest-running Ponzi schemes in US history. Sentenced to 25 years in prison Pearlman was offered the opportunity to reduce his prison time by one month for every million dollars he helped a bankruptcy trustee recover. He died in prison in 2016
May 21, 2004 ~ Singer, guitarist Robert Quine, full name Robert Wolfe Quinne, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Draws from a wide range of influences, including jazz, rock and blues. In-demand collaborator, most noted for his associations with the Dim Stars and Richard Hell & the Voidoids. Has also worked with Brian Eno, Lou Reed (The Blue Mask), John Zorn, Ikue Mori, Marc Ribot, Marianne Faithfull, Matthew Sweet, Tom Waits, and others ~ Quine was born in 1942
May 21, 2000 ~ Benjamin Drootin, commonly known as jazz drummer Buzzy Drootin, passed away in Englewood, New Jersey, USA ~ Worked with Jess Stacy, Lee Wiley, Doc Cheatham, Vic Dickenson, Bobby Hackett, Claude Hopkins, Jimmy McPartland, Pee Wee Russell, Arvell Shaw, Tommy Dorsey, Jack Teagarden, Ruby Braff, Anita O'Day, Wild Bill Davison, Eddie Condon, Serge Chaloff, Sidney Bechet, George Wein, and others ~ Drootin was born in 1920
May 21, 1992 ~ Singer, actress Bette Midler is the last guest on Johnny Carson's The Tonight Show aired on NBC ~ Midler is the last guest on Carson's show, which ran for three decades starting in 1962. She serenades him with the jazz standard One For My Baby (And One More For The Road). Carson would do one more show, the following day, without guests
May 21, 1990 ~ Rock, alternative rock outfit Concrete Blonde release Joey, lifted off their Bloodletting album ~ The band's only single to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at No.19. The song is sung from the perspective of a woman in love with an alcoholic. The band's lead singer and bassist Johnette Napolitano would later reveal she wrote the song about her relationship with Wall Of Voodoo-guitarist Marc Moreland. She avoided writing the lyrics until the last possible moment. In a 2013 interview with Songfacts, she conveyed: “"I knew what I wanted to say, but I wasn't looking forward to saying it. So it was the last vocal that I recorded. And I remember Chris Tsangarides every day, ‘Do we have vocals to Joey yet? Do we have words to Joey yet?’ And I'm like, ‘Not yet.’ So I literally wrote them in a cab. I knew what I was going to say, it's just a matter of like a cloud's forming and then it rains.”
May 21, 1990 ~ Publisher, label executive Morris Levy passed away in Ghent, New York, USA ~ Founder of Roulette Records and the Birdland jazz club. Described as “one of the record industry's most controversial and flamboyant players” and “a notorious crook who swindled artists out of their own royalties”. At the peak of his career, Levy owned more than 90 companies, including a record-pressing plant, a distribution company, the Strawberries chain of record stores, and numerous record labels. Convicted of extortion in 1990, Levy passed away two months before he was scheduled to report to prison ~ Levy was born in 1927
May 21, 1988 ~ Jazz bassist Harry Babasin, full name Yervant Harry Babasin Jr, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Leader and sideman, nicknamed “the Bear”. Worked with Herb Ellis, Charlie Fisk, Jimmy Joy, Bob Strong, Billie Rogers, Gene Krupa, Charlie Barnet, Boyd Raeburn, Benny Goodman, Woody Herman, Frank Devol, Jerry Gray, Roy Harte, Bud Shank, Dodo Marmarosa, Oscar Pettiford, John Banister, and others ~ Babasin was born in 1921
May 21, 1985 ~ Singer Mutya Buena, full name Rosa Isabel Mutya Buena, born in London, UK ~ Original member of the Sugababes, remaining with the band through 2005 and succeeded by Amelie Berrabah. Present on some of the band's best-known including Overload, Freak Like Me, Hole In The Head and Push The Button. In 2012 the original trio of Buena, Keisha Buchanan and Siobhán Donaghy reunited for the one-off single Flatline released under the moniker Mutya Keisha Siobhan
May 21, 1983 ~ Singer, guitarist, DJ, songwriter Robert Harvey, full name Robert Michael Nelson Harvey, born ~ Formed the Music with Adam Nutter, Stuart Coleman and Phil Jordan. The band released their eponymous The Music in 2002, which included the Take The Long Road And Walk It UK top 20 single, and recorded two more successful albums through the remainder of the decade. Harvey notably guested on the Streets's 2011 Computers And Blues album. Harvey also co-produced or co-wrote songs for Clean Bandit (Real Love), Rudimental, Steve Angello, Felix Jaehn, Joel Corry, Digital Farm Animals, Ella Henderson, and David Guetta
May 21, 1983 ~ The rock trio ZZ Top release their video for Gimme All Your Lovin' ~ The Texan rock outfit release the video for Gimme All Your Lovin', the lead single of their 1983 Eliminator album. The video marked the first appearance of Billy Gibbons' 1933 Ford hot rod. The car would be featured in three more of the band's videos and used for the album's cover. Gibbons would have another car built just like it to bring on tour
May 21, 1981 ~ Reggae singer Bob Marley is buried with state honors in St Ann's, Jamaica ~ Diagnosed with a type of malignant melanoma as early as 1977 Marley at the time rejected his doctors' advice to have his toe amputated, citing his religious beliefs. Following a European tour in 1980 Marley played two shows at Madison Square Garden, New York. After collapsing while jogging in Central Park it was found that the cancer had spread to his brain, lungs, and liver. Marley would seek alternative treatment but die eight months later, May 11th 1981. He was given a state funeral in Jamaica that combined elements of Ethiopian Orthodoxy and Rastafari tradition, buried in a chapel near his birthplace. Jamaican Prime Minister Edward Seaga delivered the final funeral eulogy to Marley
May 21, 1981 ~ Singer, keyboardist, guitarist Seja Vogel born in Kassel, West Germany ~ Influenced by the Cars, Devo, Kraftwerk. Member of Sekiden alongside guitarist, singer Simon Graydon and her brother drummer Mirko Vogel, known for the albums Junior Fiction and Sound Instincts. Touring member for Regurgitator, also appearing on the band's 2007 Love And Paranoia album. Vogel has also backed artists such as Sarah Blasko, Goldfrapp, Warpaint, and released her We Have Secrets But Nobody Cares solo debut album in 2010
May 21, 1979 ~ Richard Allen Mitchell, commonly known as jazz, jazz fusion trumpeter Blue Mitchell, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Horace Silver, Junior Cook, Gene Taylor, Roy Brooks, Ray Charles, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, Louie Bellson, Bill Holman, Tony Bennett, Lena Horne, Lou Donaldson, Grant Green, Philly Joe Jones, Jackie McLean, Hank Mobley, Johnny Griffin, Al Cohn, Dexter Gordon, and others ~ Mitchell was born in 1930
May 21, 1979 ~ Pop singer, pianist Elton John plays the first of eight Russian concerts at the Bolshoi Oktyabrsky Concert Hall, Leningrad, becoming the first Western pop singer to tour the Soviet Union ~ As part of his A Single Man Tour, the singer plays the first of eight concerts across two cities, Leningrad and Moscow. John believed he was granted the opportunity simply because he asked. As a result of the tour the authorities permitted the state-owned Melodiya record company to issue John's album A Single Man the following June, making it the first Western pop album officially released in the Soviet Union
May 21, 1975 ~ Pop singer, guitarist, songwriter Marit Bergman, full name Liv-Marit Bergman, born in Ratvik, Sweden ~ Member of 1990s band Candysuck. Rose to fame with her 2002 3:00 AM Serenades solo debut album and has recorded to critical acclaim and commercial succes since. Drew comparisons to noted producer Phil Spector for her grand arrangements
May 21, 1974 ~ Drummer, guitarist, bassist, keyboardist Adriano Cintra born in São Paulo, Brazil ~ Guitarist, singer for power rock trio Thee Butcher's Orchestra. Member of I Love Miami. Engineered Tom Zé's 1998 Com Defeito De Fabricação. Best known perhaps as co-founding member, drummer, bassist, guitarist, singer for Cansei de Ser Sexy, remaining with the band from 2003 through 2011 and appearing on most of the band's best known including the hit single Music Is My Hot Hot Sex
May 21, 1974 ~ Kejuan Waliek Muchita, commonly known as MC, rapper, producer Havoc, born in Queens, New York, USA ~ Half of hip-hop duo Mobb Deep, the other half being rapper, producer Prodigy, known as main progenitors of hardcore East Coast hip-hop and one of the most successful rap duos in history. Well known songs include Shook Ones (Part II), Survival Of The Fittest and Hell On Earth (Front Lines). Havoc released his full-length The Kush solo debut album in 2007
May 21, 1973 ~ Singer, trumpeter, bandleader, actor Vaughn Monroe, full name Vaughn Milton Monroe, passed away in Stuart, Florida, USA ~ Popular 1940s, 1950s bandleader. At one time or another employed then-unknown sidemen such as Bucky Pizzarelli, Red Nichols, Ray Conniff and Don Costa. Best known for his signature tune Racing With The Moon, which would eventually sell over a million copies. Other well known recordings include In The Still Of The Night, There I've Said It Again, Let It Snow Let It Snow Let It Snow, Ballerina, Someday You'll Want Me To, Sound Off and In The Middle Of The House ~ Monroe was born in 1911
May 21, 1972 ~ Christopher George Latore Wallace, commonly known as rapper Notorious BIG, born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Considered one of the most important and influential rappers of all-time. Best known for songs such as Juicy and Big Poppa. Married to R&B singer Faith Evans ~ Wallace passed away in 1997
May 21, 1969 ~ R&B outfit the Isley Brothers release their I Turned You On single ~ Written and produced by Ronald Isley, O'Kelly Isley, and Rudolph Isley, the follow-up to It's Your Thing would be nearly as big a hit, reaching top 10 on the Billboard R&B and top 30 on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song's then-controversial usage of the popular catchphrase “sock it to me”, referring to sex, helped its popularity among fans
May 21, 1965 ~ Tango violinist, bandleader, composer Alfredo Gobbi passed away in Buenos Aires, Argentina ~ Acclaimed violinist and bandleader enjoying popularity during the golden age of tango. As a composer known for works such as Perro Fiel, Desvelo and Mi Paloma De Punta. Has worked with Juan Maglio Pacho, Roberto Firpo, Manuel Buzón, Anselmo Aieta, Osvaldo Pugliese, and Vicente Greco ~ Gobbi was born in 1912
May 21, 1965 ~ Flamenco singer Antonio Carmona, full name Antonio Carmona Amaya, born in Granada, Spain ~ Member of revered flamenco-fusion outfit Ketama, with whom he recorded over a dozen albums until its disbandement in 2004. The band is criticized by purists while praised by others for bringing the genre to a wider audience by fusing traditional flamenco with salsa, reggae, funk, jazz, and other idioms. Best known for the 1987 album La Pipa De Kif, which brought the band their international breakthrough, and for 2002's Dame La Mano, which incorporated elements from hip-hop and house. The band is also especially acclaimed for Songhai and Songhai 2, two collaborative albums with Malinese kora player Toumani Diabaté released respectively in 1988 and 1994
May 21, 1964 ~ R&B singer Marvin Gaye releases Try It Baby, lead single off his How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You album ~ Written and produced by Gaye's then-brother-in-law and Motown label head Berry Gordy Jr, this slow blues ballad would reach top 20 Billboard Hot 100, and top 10 Billboard R&B. Backing vocals provided by the Temptations. The song tells of a woman who was “moving up” and leaving her man behind. It would actually still be nearly a decade before Gaye and his wife, Gordy's elder sister Anna Gordy Gaye, separated, resulting in an official divorce in 1977
May 21, 1964 ~ Singer, pianist, guitarist Rachelle Ferrell born in Berwyn, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Sang backup for Lou Rawls, Vanessa Williams, Patti Labelle, and for George Duke. Debuted as a solo artist with the album Something Else in 1990. Worked with Tyrone Brown, Eddie Green, Doug Nally, Terence Blanchard, Gil Goldstein, Michel Petrucciani, Kenny Davis, Stanley Clarke, Wayne Shorter, Pete Levin, and others
May 21, 1963 ~ Singer Stevie Wonder releases his Fingertips single, recorded live at the Regal Theater, Chicago, Illinois ~ Written by Clarence Paul and Henry Cosby, produced by Berry Gordy Jr. Originally written as a jazz instrumental for Wonder, then still known as “Little Stevie Wonder” for his 1962 The Jazz Soul Of Little Stevie debut album, meant to showcase Wonder's talents on bongo and harmonica. The single, recorded live during a Motown Revue in June 1962, would become his first Billboard Hot 100 No.1 hit. It would be the second single for the label, the first being Please Mr Postman, and catapult the 13-year-old Wonder to fame. The then-unknown Marvin Gaye, at the time a session musician for the label, plays drums on both the studio and live versions
May 21, 1961 ~ Singer Brenda Lee records Dum Dum ~ Written by Jackie DeShannon and Sharon Sheeley. Produced by Owen Bradley. Released as a single the following June, paired with Eventually on the B-side, it would reach the Billboard Hot 100 top 10
May 21, 1955 ~ Singer Chuck Berry records Maybellene at Universal Recording Studios, Chicago, Illinois ~ Self-penned. Produced by Leonard Chess and Phil Chess. Arguably one of the very first rock & roll songs, most definitely one that defined both the era and the genre. Berry on guitar and vocals, backed by Johnnie Johnson on piano, Willie Dixon on bass, Jerome Green on maracas, and Ebby Hardy on drums. During the same session Berry recorded Wee Wee Hours, which would serve as the single's B-side
May 21, 1955 ~ Paul Reginald Nelson, commonly known as punk, new wave, rock guitarist, keyboardist, singer Paul Hyde, born in Yorkshire, UK ~ Formed late 1970s punk, ska and reggae-influenced outfit the Payolas with Bob Rock, known best for their 1982 No Stranger To Danger single. Co-wrote and performed on the 1985 the Northern Lights charity single Tears Are Not Enough. Hyde has also recorded as a solo artist, starting with the album Turtle Island released in 1989
May 21, 1955 ~ Drummer, guitarist, songwriter Stan Lynch, full name Stanley Joseph Lynch, born in Gainesville, Florida, USA ~ Best known as member of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, backing Petty from 1976 until leaving the band in 1994. In-demand session musician for artists including Jackson Browne, T-Bone Burnett, Belinda Carlisle, Bob Dylan, the Eagles, Eurythmics, Aretha Franklin, Don Henley, Freedy Johnston, Jim Lauderdale, the Mavericks, John Mellencamp, Roger McGuinn, Stevie Nicks, Rank & File, Toto, and Warren Zevon
May 21, 1954 ~ No wave, free jazz, rock, classical, avant garde guitarist Marc Ribot born in Newark, New Jersey, USA ~ Actively recording as an eclectic and acclaimed solo artist since the early 1990s, with over two dozen albums to his name. Ribot is also especially known for his collaborations with Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, and John Zorn. Other notable associations include Bar Kokhba, Electric Masada, the Jazz Passengers, the Lounge Lizards, the Young Philadelphians, Noël Akchoté, Trey Anastasio, Laurie Anderson, the Ambitious Lovers, Cyro Baptista, Alain Bashung, the Black Keys, T-Bone Burnett, Vinicio Capossela, Shemekia Copeland, Beth Orton, Norah Jones, Mory Kanté, David Linx, and Maria McKee
May 21, 1951 ~ José Maria Nunes Corrêa, commonly known as pop singer Zezinho Corrêa, born in Carauari, Brazil ~ Lead singer of Carrapicho, known for Tic Tic Tac lifted off their 1996 Festa De Boi Bumba album. The single would be an international hit, reaching top 10 in Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, and France. A remix by Frank Farian the following year also did well in Austria, Canada, Iceland, and be a hit in American clubs. Prior to his rise to fame with the band, Corrêa honed his skills as an actor and singer in musicals ~ Corrêa passed away in 2021
May 21, 1949 ~ Arnold Charles Ernest Hintjens, commonly known as singer, songwriter Arno, born in Ostend, Belgium ~ Known for his raspy voice. Rose to fame in the 1980s as frontman of TC Matic, one of the most important Belgian rock bands known for songs such as Oh La La La, Qua Pasa and Putain Putain. Debuted as a solo artist with the eponymous Arno album in 1986. Especially acclaimed for his Idiots Savant album, released in 1993. Sang the Dutch version of Randy Newman's You've Got A Friend In Me, retitled Je Bent Een Vriend Van Mij, for a Dutch-language version of Pixar's 1995 Toy Story animated film ~ Hintjens passed away in 2022
May 21, 1948 ~ Gerald Hugh Sayer, commonly known as pop singer, guitarist, songwriter Leo Sayer born in Shoreham-by-Sea, UK ~ Member of late 1960s outfit the Terraplane Blues Band. Formed Patches with frequent collaborator Dave Courtney. As a solo artist enjoyed a string of 1970s, 1980s hits, his first seven singles all reaching the UK top 10, his 1977 You Make Me Feel Like Dancing and When I Need You the following year both also topping the Billboard Hot 100. Co-wrote Roger Daltrey's Giving It All Away and One Man Band as well as Cliff Richard's Dreamin'
May 21, 1944 ~ Marcia Blank, commonly known as pop singer Marcie Blane, born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Best known for her 1962 surprise hit, Bobby's Girl. Initially only recorded as a favor to a friend it would become a million-seller reaching the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. The follow-up single, What Does A Girl Do, would be her only other charting single and stall in the low 80s
May 21, 1943 ~ Rock, blues rock, folk rock, skiffle guitarist Hilton Valentine, full name Hilton Stewart Paterson Valentine, born in North Shields, UK ~ Original guitarist of the Animals, noted for his electric guitar intro on the band's 1964 signature song The House Of The Rising Sun. After the band disbanded in 1966 Valentine has recorded solo albums, joined in several Animals reunions and collaborated with former bandmates ~ Valentine passed away in 2021
May 21, 1943 ~ Singer Mike Ramsden, full name Michael John Ramsden, born in Totnes, UK ~ Member of vocal folk group Silkie, known for their 1965 single You've Got To Hide Your Love Away, originally by the Beatles, which cracked the American top 10. John Lennon produced the single, Paul McCartney played guitar and George Harrison tambourine
May 21, 1943 ~ Vincent Rodney Cheesman, commonly known as organist, pianist Vincent Crane born in Reading, UK ~ Perhaps best known for his association with Arthur Brown, including co-writing the 1968 hit Fire which reached top 10 across the globe including No.1 positions in the UK and Canada. The song was co-produced by the Who guitarist, singer Pete Townshend. Crane also co-founded Atomic Rooster, known for the songs Tomorrow Night and Devil's Answer. Has also worked with the Vincent Crane Combo, Rory Gallagher, Peter Green, Klaus Schulze, Dexys Midnight Runners, Katmandu, and others ~ Cheesman passed away in 1989
May 21, 1941 ~ Singer Ronald Isley born in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA ~ Lead singer, founding member of R&B, soul, funk sibling outfit the Isley Brothers, known for songs such as Twist & Shout, This Old Heart Of Mine (Is Weak For You), It's Your Thing, That Lady (Part 1), and others. Ronald has also released a number of solo albums, starting with 2003's Here I Am with Burt Bacharach, and guested on recordings by R Kelly, Keith Sweat, Warren G, Patti Labelle, and others
May 21, 1940 ~ Anthony Esmond Sheridan McGinnity, commonly known as singer Tony Sheridan, was born in Norwich, UK ~ Known for his early 1960s singles My Bonnie and Ain't She Sweet, both of which featured the Beatles, then relatively unknown, as Sheridan's backing band ~ McGinnity passed away in 2013
May 21, 1933 ~ Classical trumpeter, composer Maurice André born in Ales, France ~ Appeared on over 300 recordings. Rose to international prominence in the 1960s and 1970s with a series of baroque works on piccolo trumpet, also performin transciptions of works for oboe, flute, voice and string instruments. One of André's students, Guy Touvron, wrote the biography Maurice André (A Trumpet For Fame), published in 2003 ~ André passed away in 2012
May 21, 1930 ~ Jazz double bassist Tommy Bryant born ~ Brother of pianist Ray Bryant and singer, drummer Len Bryant. Worked with Billy Krechmer, Elmer Snowden, Jo Jones, Charlie Shavers, Roy Eldridge, Dizzy Gillespie, Barney Wilen, Benny Golson, Big Joe Turner, Coleman Hawkins, Mahalia Jackson, and others ~ Bryant passed away in 1982
May 21, 1926 ~ Jazz singer Janet Thurlow, full name Janet Lorraine Thurlow, born in Seattle, Washington, USA ~ First gained attention as a “song stylist” in the late 1940s with renowned New Orleans producer, songwriter Robert Bumps Blackwell's band, a group that also included the then-unknown Quincy Jones and Ray Charles. Invited by Lionel Hampton in 1950 to join his orchestra as a singer, making her recording debut on the 1951 I Can't Believe You're In Love With Me which reportedly made her the first white singer to front an all-Black big band. By 1953 Thurlow started her solo career, performing through the mid-1960s. Thurlow was also featured on the 1953 Charles Mingus recording Eclipse, a song about interracial romance. Thurlow herself married African-American trombonist Jimmy Cleveland earlier the same year ~ Thurlow passed away in 2022
May 21, 1921 ~ Label executive Henry Glover, full name Henry Bernard Glover, born in Hot Springs, Kansas, USA ~ Gained eminence in the late-1940s to become one of the music industry's most successful black executives. Producer, arranger, songwriter, engineer, trumpeter, talen scout, A&R executive. Closely associated with the King label, playing a pivotal role in its development. Also worked for Roulette and RCO Productions labels. Worked with a host of artists from country, R&B, pop, rock and jazz, including the Delmore Brothers (co-wrote Blues Stay Away From Me), Ronnie Hawkins, Cowboy Copas, Moon Mullican, Grandpa Jones, the York Brothers, Bull Moose Jackson, Tiny Bradshaw, Bill Doggett, Wynonie Harris, Hank Ballard & the Midnighters, Little Willie John, James Brown, Swallows, Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington, Sonny Stitt, Ronnie Hawkins, Joey Dee & the Starliters (including co-writing their No.1 hit The Peppermint Twist (Part 1)), Larry Dale, Titus Turner, Paul Butterfield, Garth Hudson, and others ~ Glover passed away in 1991
May 21, 1920 ~ Swing, jazz tubist Bill Barber, full name John William Barber, born in Hornell, New York, USA ~ Worked with the Kansas City Philharmonic and various ballet and theatre orchestras prior to a stint in the US Army, playing in Patton's 7th army band during World War II. Would spent the 1950s throughout the mid-1960s playing jazz. Best known for his association with Miles Davis, appearing on albums such as Birth Of The Cool, Porgy & Bess, and Sketches Of Spain. Other notable credits include Urbie Green, Bob Brookmeyer, Slide Hampton, John Coltrane (Africa/Brass), and Gil Evans. Barber would semi-retire from music to work as an elementary school teacher, yet continued to record from time to time ~ Barber passed away in 2007
May 21, 1916 ~ Owen Patrick Eugene McNulty, commonly known as singer, comedian, radio and TV personality Dennis Day, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Best known for his radio sitcom A Day In The Life Of Dennis Day, running on NBC from 1946 through 1951. The show revolved around a fictional character, Dennis Day, open and close with a song by Day and feature one in the middle ~ McNulty passed away in 1988
May 21, 1904 ~ Thomas Wright Waller, commonly known as pianist, singer, songwriter Fats Waller, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Innovative stride pianist quintessential to development of modern jazz. Reportedly once kidnapped to play at gangster Al Capone's birthday party. Fronted Fats Waller's Rhythm. Wrote over 400 songs, many with lyricist Andy Razaff, including Ain't Misbehaving and Honeysuckle Rose ~ Waller passed away in 1943
May 21, 1901 ~ Bandleader, pianist Horace Heidt born in Alameda, California, USA ~ Popular bandleader during the 1930s and 1940s touring the vaudeville circuit and a regular appearance on radio and TV. Known for hits such as Gone With The Wind, Sweet Someone, The Man With The Mandolin, I Don't Want To Set The World On Fire and Deep In The Heart Of Texas ~ Heidt passed away in 1986