This Day In Music: May 22
May 21 ~ Birthdays/All ~ May 23
May 22, 2023 ~ Charles Newby, commonly known as pop rock bassist Chas Newby, passed away ~ Best known for briefly playing bass for the Beatles in late 1960, filling in for Stuart Sutcliffe on four gigs in the UK. After John Lennon asked Newby to accompany them on their 2nd Germany trip Newby declined, preferring to return to university after the holidays. As both Lennon and George Harrison declined to switch to bass, Paul McCartney reluctantly became the band's bass player ~ Newby was born in 1941
May 22, 2023 ~ Saxophonist, clarinetist, violinist Ferus Mustafov, also known as King Ferus Mustafov, passed away in Skopje, Macedonia ~ Active since the late 1960s. Considered a leading figure in Balkan folk, gypsy, and Rom music, enjoying popularity especially in his native Macedonia. Credited as one of the artists to have brought international attention to Balkan music. Internationally perhaps best known for his 1995 King Ferus album ~ Mustafov was born in 1950
May 22, 2023 ~ Heavy metal drummer Kirk Arrington passed away ~ Member of the Metal Church from 1982 through 1995, rejoining in later years. Present on some of the band's best-known and most acclaimed albums including the band's eponymous Metal Church debut album, Blessing In Disguise, and The Human Factor ~ Arrington was born ca.1962
May 22, 2020 ~ Singer, harpist Mory Kanté passed away in Conakry, Guinea ~ Best known for Yé Ké Yé Ké, a top 10 hit throughout Europe in 1987, topping the singles charts in several countries including the Netherlands. Also a member of the Rail Band taking over as lead singer in 1973 when Salif Kreita left ~ Kanté was born in 1950
May 22, 2018 ~ Pop singer Brynn Cartelli wins NBC's The Voice ~ Cartelli wins the 14th season of NBC's talent show The Voice, runner-up would be singer Britton Buchanan
May 22, 2017 ~ Granville William Roker, commonly known as jazz drummer Mickey Roker, passed away in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Worked with Jimmy Oliver, Jimmy Heath, Jimmy Divine, King James, Sam Reed, Gigi Gryce, Ray Bryant, Joe Williams, Junior Mance, Nancy Wilson, Duke Pearson, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Tommy Flanagan, Ella Fitzgerald, Zoot Sims, Horace Silver, Sarah Vaughan, Milt Jackson, Herbie Hancock, Phil Woods, Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, Bucky Pizzarelli, Stanley Turrentine, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Hank Jones, Bobby Hutcherson, Joe Locke, Gene Ammons, Roy Ayers, Randy Brecker, Jon Faddis, Gigi Gryce, Herbie Hancock, Gene Harris, Willis Jackson, Irene Kral, Charles Kynard, Mike Longo, Blue Mitchell, the Modern Jazz Quartet, Lee Morgan, Duke Pearson, Billie Poole, Shirley Scott, Buddy Terry, Harold Vick, Mary Lou Williams, Cedar Walton, Oscar Peterson, Joshua Breakstone, and others ~ Roker was born in 1932
May 22, 2010 ~ Singer Alanis Morissette and Mario Treadway, commonly known as rapper Souleye, marry in a private ceremony ~ Morissette and Treadway marry at a private ceremony held at their Los Angeles home. Morissette had been previously engaged to Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds, breaking off the engagement in 2007. She has said that her 2008 Flavors Of Entanglement was created out of her grief after the breakup, saying the process of creating the album was cathartic. Morissette and Treadway have three children, two sons and a daughter
May 22, 2009 ~ Jose Rodiguez Trindade, commonly known as singer Zé Rodrix passed away in Brazil ~ Member of Sá Rodrix & Guarabyra, present on the albums Passado Presento & Futuro and Terra. Also worked with Som Imaginario, Momento Quatro, Secos & Molhados, Joelho de Porco. Active as a solo artist and film composer since the early 1970s. Wrote Casa No Campo, a massive hit for Elis Regina in 1971 ~ Rodrigues was born in 1947
May 22, 2006 ~ Jazz bassist Jack Fallon, full name Jack Patrick Fallon, passed away in London, UK ~ Studied violin with the London Symphony Orchestra before switching to bass as his primary instrument. Worked with Ted Heath, Ronnie Scott, Tommy Whittle, Jack Jackson, George Shearing, Duke Ellington, Django Reinhardt, Count Basie, Malcolm Mitchell, Tony Crombie, Hoagy Carmichael, Maxine Sullivan, Stéphane Grappelli, Mary Lou Williams, Sarah Vaughan, Lena Horne, Humphrey Lyttelton, Kenny Baker, Ralph Sharon, Big Bill Broonzy, Josh White, Johnny Duncan, and played the fiddle violin on Don't Pass Me By by the Beatles ~ Fallon was born in 1915
May 22, 2005 ~ Singer Thurl Ravenscroft, full name Thurl Arthur Ravenscroft, passed away in Fullerton, California, USA ~ Member of vocal group the Mellomen, known for backing numerous artists during the Big Band era including Bing Crosby, Frankie Laine, Spike Jones, Jo Stafford, and Rosemary Clooney. Best known as a voice actor with a career spanning six decades starting in 1940. Uncredited on a number of well known songs for TV and feature films, perhaps most notably singing lead on the song You're A Mean One Mr Grinch from the 1966 animated TV special Dr Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas often mistakenly attributed to either Boris Karloff or Tennessee Ernie Ford ~ Ravenscroft was born in 1914
May 22, 2001 ~ Dolores Alexandria Turner, commonly known as jazz, gospel singer Lorez Alexandria, passed away in Gardena, California, USA ~ Drew comparisons to Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae, Ella Fitzgerald. Described as one of the most gifted and underrated jazz singers of the 20th century. Backed by musicians such as King Fleming, Paul Serrano, Cy Touff, Ramsey Lewis, Howard McGhee, Wynton Kelly, Paul Horn, Bud Shank, Victor Feldman, Ray Crawford, Paul Chambers, Jimmy Cobb, Gildo Mahones, Herman Riley, Andy Simpkins, Carl Burnett, Gordon Brisker, Houston Person, Bruce Forman, Stan Hope, Peter Weis, Michael Carvin, and others ~ Turner was born in 1929
May 22, 1999 ~ Antonio de Souza, commonly known as bossa nova, jazz drummer Milton Banana, passed away ~ Credited with inventing the bossa nova drumming style. Present on pivotal albums such as João Gilberto's Chega De Saudade debut album, and the Stan Getz and Gilberto collaboration Getz/Gilberto. De Souza has also recorded as a leader and collaborated with João Donato, Luiz Bonfá, Carlos Lyra, and Baden Powell ~ De Souza was born in 1935
May 22, 1999 ~ The 30th edition of Pinkpop takes place in Landgraaf, the Netherlands ~ Day 1 of 3. A perfect sunny and warm weekend this year's edition would draw some 61,250 visitors in total. Included on today's, Saturday the 22nd's bill would be de Band Zonder Banaan, Frank Black, Afro Celt Sound System, Right Direction, Idlewild, System Of A Down, and Nashville Pussy
May 22, 1998 ~ Singer Royce Kendall passed away ~ Formed the country duo the Kendalls with his daughter Jeannie Kendall, known for a string of late-1970s to mid-1980s recordings including the Billboard Country No.1 hits Heaven's Just A Sin Away, Sweet Desire and Thank God For The Radio ~ Kuykendall was born in 1927
May 22, 1997 ~ Pop singer Céline Dion records My Heart Will Go On at Hit Factory, New York, New York ~ Written by James Horner and Will Jennings. Produced by Horner, Walter Afanasieff and Simon Franglen. Used as the theme song to Titanic. Released as a single in November it would become a signature song for Dion, reach the higher echelons of charts the world over including No.1 positions in the USA, the UK and the Netherlands, and go on to sell some 18 million copies making it one of the all-time best-selling singles
May 22, 1994 ~ The 25th edition of Pinkpop takes place in Landgraaf, the Netherlands ~ The first Pinkpop edition as a multi-day festival lasting two days, kicks off. In total some 64,300 visitors would show up for this edition. Included on today's, Sunday the 22nd's bill would be Gorefest, Chris Isaak, Richard Thompson, Prong, the Posies, and Senser
May 22, 1993 ~ Classical pianist Mieczyslaw Horszowski passed away in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Child prodigy. Worked with Alexander Schneider, Joseph Szigeti, the Budapest Quartet, the NBC Symphony Orchestra, the New York Quartet, and others ~ Horszowski was born in 1892
May 22, 1991 ~ Kim Jun-myeon, commonly known as K-pop singer, songwriter, actor Suho, born in Seoul, South Korea ~ Fronted boy band EXO, enjoying popularity in Japan and their native South Korea throughout the 2010s. Well-known songs include December 2014 (The Winter's Tale), Love Me Right, Monster, and Ko Ko Bop. Jun-myeon has also ventured into acting and recorded as a solo artist, starting with the EP Self Portrait released in 2020
May 22, 1990 ~ Rapper, singer, songwriter Adrian Marcel, full name Adrian Marcel Hutton, born in Oakland, California, USA ~ Protégé of Raphael Saadiq. Known for his single 2AM, a gold-certified hit in 2014
May 22, 1988 ~ Singer, songwriter Chucho Martínez Gil passed away ~ Perhaps best remembered for being the first to record Amor in 1940, later covered by well over 100 artists including Xavier Cugat, Cliff Richard, and Trini López ~ Gil was born in 1917
May 22, 1985 ~ Kevin Georgiou, commonly known as rapper K Koke, born in London, UK ~ Released his fuill-length I Ain't Perfect debut album in 2012, which included the UK top 20 hit Lay Down Your Weapons featuring Rita Ora
May 22, 1983 ~ Keyboardist Salvador Santana born in USA ~ Son of renowned guitarist Carlos Santana. Co-wrote his father's Grammy Award-winning El Farol of the 1999 The Supernatural album. Influenced by his father as well as artists such as John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Thelonious Monk, Oscar Peterson, Atmosphere, Ozomatli. Best known for his 2010 Keyboard City sophomore album co-produced by Del The Funky Homosapien, the Beastie Boys' Money Mark and the Wu-Tang Clan's GZA
May 22, 1981 ~ Pop singer Rachel Platten, full name Rachel Ashley Platten, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Best known for Fight Song, a Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit of her 2016 Wildfire sophomore album
May 22, 1981 ~ Singer Su-Elise Nash, full name Su-Elise Michelle Nash born in Dulwich, UK ~ Alongside Sabrina Washington and Su-Elise Nash a member of Mis-Teeq from its inception in 1999 to its disbandement in 2005. The band would score a string of UK top 10 hits including Why, All I Want, B With Me and Scandalous, the latter also reaching the American top 40
May 22, 1977 ~ Hampton Barnett Hawes Jr, commonly known as jazz pianist Hampton Hawes, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Considered a key pianist in 1940s, 1950s jazz. Was playing with leading West Coast musicians including Dexter Gordon, Wardell Gray, Art Pepper, Shorty Rogers, and Teddy Edwards, by his teens. Upon his return from serving in the US Army Hawes formed his own trio with bassist Red Mitchell and Chuck Thompson, later supplemented by guitarist Jim Hall, producing records at the time considered to be some of the finest to come out of the West Coast. Other notable associations include the Lighthouse All-Stars, Barney Kessel (Kessel Plays Standards), Curtis Fuller, Charles Mingus, Benny Carter (Jazz Giant), and Sonny Rollins ~ Hawes passed away in 1928
May 22, 1973 ~ R&B, soul singer Donell Jones born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Debuted in 1996 with his My Heart album, broke through with its follow-up Where I Wanna Be released in 1999 which included the Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit U Know What's Up featuring Lisa Left-Eye Lopes. Has also collaborated with Styles P, Fat Joe, Big Pun, Jermaine Dupri, Clipse, David Banner, Jon B, and others
May 22, 1972 ~ Rock guitarist, keyboardist, singer Declan Burke born in Limerick, Ireland ~ Member of Darwin Radio. Member of neo-progressive rock supergroup Frost, appearing on the albums Experiments In Mass Appeal and The Philadelphia Experiment. Has also worked with Audioplastik and Dilemma, and recorded a number of albums as a solo artist, starting with Destroy All Monsters released in 2010
May 22, 1972 ~ Cornetist George Mitchell passed away in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Worked with Johnny Dunn, the New Orleans Wanderers, the New Orleans Bootblacks, Jelly Roll Morton, Luis Russell, Johnny Dodds, Earl Hines, and others ~ Mitchell was born in 1899
May 22, 1972 ~ Canadian rock outfit the Guess Who play the Paramount Theatre, Washington ~ The Canadian rockers perform at the Paramount. The concert would be recorded and released the following August as Live At The Paramount. It would be the band's only live album. The songs Glace Bay Blues, Runnin' Back To Saskatoon and Truckin' Off Across The Sky did not appear on any of the band's studio albums. The album would reach top 40 on the Billboard Hot 200 album chart
May 22, 1972 ~ The third edition of Pinkpop takes place in Geleen, the Netherlands ~ Sunny and hot, some 26,000 visitors show up for this edition's bill which includes Argent, the Incredible String Band, Mungo Jerry, the Strawbs, Focus, Plainsong, and Michael Chapman
May 22, 1971 ~ Aaron Tyler, commonly known as rapper, actor MC Eiht, born in Compton, California, USA ~ Best known as key member of Compton's Most Wanted, which also included Boom Bam, Tha Chill, DJ Mike T, DJ Slip and Ant Capone
May 22, 1969 ~ Producer, DJ Carl Craig born in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Leading DJ in the second wave of Detroit techno during late 1980s and 1990s. Known under a variety of monnikers, most notably Innerzone Orchestra. Has remixed for Maurizio, Theo Parrish, Tori Amos, Depeche Mode
May 22, 1967 ~ Rock bassist Dan Roberts born in Winnipeg, Canada ~ Joined the Crash Test Dummies in time for their 1991 The Ghosts That Haunt Me. The band, fronted by his brother Brad Roberts, would score a number of top 10 hits in their native Canada including Superman's Song, Swimming In Your Ocean, Afternoons And Coffeespoons, The Ballad Of Peter Pumpkinhead, He Liked To Feel It, and Keep A Lid On Thngs. Oddly enough, Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm of their 1993 God Shuffled His Feet sophomore album would become their biggest international hit including reaching top 10 on Billboard Hot 100 but only reached top 20 in Canada. A keen photographer Roberts' work also used as the artwork for the band's albums Jingle All The Way and I Don't Care That You Don't Mind
May 22, 1967 ~ Singer Florence Ballard makes last public appearance with the Supremes, performing on Johnny Carson's The Tonight Show aired on NBC ~ Ballard, a member of the band since its inception, performs with the Supremes for the last time. Ballard had been growing discontented with the direction of band and especially with label owner Berry Gordy Jr favoring singer Diana Ross over the others. By the end of the summer it would be reported Ballard was on a temporarily leave of absence due to exhaustion. She would not return, replaced by Cindy Birdsong who had up till then frequently filled in for her. Struggling with alcoholism, depression, poverty and unable to make it as a solo singer Ballard would die in 1976 at age 32, her death often cited as one of rock's greatest tragedies
May 22, 1967 ~ Poet, social activist Langston Hughes passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ One of the earliest innovators of the literary art form jazz poetry, which has been described as poetry that demonstrates jazz-like rhythm or the feel of improvisation. Jazz poetry first emerged in the 1920s. has been adopted by the Beat generation by the 1950s and is considered a huge influence on later art-forms such as hip-hop, rap, and spoken word music ~ Hughes was born in 1901
May 22, 1966 ~ Angel Cereceda Orrego, commonly known as rock, jazz guitarist Angel Parra Jr, born in Santiago, Chile ~ Son of singer, songwriter Angel Parra. Considered one of Chile's most foremost guitarists, drawing from jazz, rock and folk. Member of rock band Los Tres for over two decades. Has also recorded as a solo artist, with his jazz trio the Angel Parra Trio, and recorded half a dozen albums with his father
May 22, 1966 ~ Saxophonist, flutist, percussionist, singer Jim Mair born in Saskatchewan, Canada ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Lisa Henry, Tim Whitmer, the Concepts, Roberto Magris, Najee, and others
May 22, 1966 ~ R&B, soul, new jack swing singer Johnny Gill born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Lead singer of new jack swing outfit New Edition, the band name being a reference to the Jackson 5 and the Jacksons, and known for hits such as Cool It Now, If It Isn't Love and I'm Still In Love With You. Also a member of supergroup LSG alongside Gerald Levert and Keith Sweat, whose 1997 Levert Sweat Gill debut album spawned the Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit My Body. Gill also recorded over half a dozen albums as a solo artist, starting with 1983's eponymous Johnny Gill, and notably collaborated with Stacy Lattisaw on the Perfect Combination album released in 1984
May 22, 1962 ~ Jazz saxophonist Andy Middleton born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Actively recording since the early 1990s. Well over half a dozen albums to his name as a leader. especially acclaimed for the album The European Quartet Live released in 2007. Has backed artists such as Stefan Bartus, Kenny Wheeler, Owen Howard, Renee Rosnes, Maria Schneider, Ron van Stratum, Joey Calderazzo, and Piotr Wojtasik
May 22, 1962 ~ Alternative rock singer, guitarist Jesse Valenzuela born ~ Co-founding member of Gin Blossoms, initially as lead vocalist, switching to guitar in 1988. Released his Tunes Young People Will Enjoy solo debut album in 2002. Co-wrote and performed Not A Lot Goin' On with Craig Northey, which is used as the theme song of the Canadian sitcom Corner Gas
May 22, 1960 ~ Singer, drummer, songwriter Ted Kirkpatrick was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA ~ Briefly served as touring drummer for doom metal outfit Trouble. Co-founded Christian metal unit Tourniquet with Guy Ritter and Gary Lenaire, with whom he recorded over a dozen albums. Kirkpatrick has also recorded as a solo artist, starting with Ode To A Roadkill released in 2010 ~ Kirkpatrick passed away in 2022
May 22, 1959 ~ Steven Patrick Morrissey, mononymously known as alternative rock singer, songwriter Morrissey born in Manchester, UK ~ Fronted 1970s punk band the Nosebleeds. Lead singer of the Smiths which he co-founded with Johnny Marr in 1982, known for pivotal 1980s, 1990s hits such as Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now, Sheila Take A Bow, Girlfriend In A Coma and This Charming Man. Debuted as a solo artist with the album Viva Hate in 1988. Acclaimed for his 1992 Your Arsenal album, regarded as one of the most influential 1990s British releases. Morrissey would cause signifant controversy from the mid-2010s onwards as a staunch supporter of Brexit, a bizarre self-published 2018 interview in which he claimed “ Adolf Hitler was a liberal lefty”, support for farright movements and suggesting COVID-19 conspiracy theories
May 22, 1958 ~ Gospel singer Regina McCrary born ~ Member of traditional black gospel, contemporary urban gospel outfit the McCrary Sisters alongside siblings Ann McCrary, Deborah McCrary and Alfreda McCrary. The group has recorded a number of albums, starting with Our Journey released in 2010, as well as provided backing vocals for artists such as Carrie Underwood (Choctaw County Affair), Margo Price (Do Right By Me), and Allison Russell (All Of The Women). Regina has also toured as backing singer with singer, guitarist Bob Dylan from the late 1970s through 1985
May 22, 1957 ~ R&B singer, songwriter Shirley Murdock born in Toledo, Ohio, USA ~ Best known for As We Lay of her eponymous 1986 Shirley Murdock debut album. Also noted as vocalist on Zapp's Computer Love R&B hit which also featured the Gap Band's Charlie Wilson
May 22, 1956 ~ Natalia Mikhailovna Schneiderman, commonly known as actress, keyboardist, singer Natasha Shneider, born in Riga, Latvia SSR ~ Best known as member of Eleven, which also included the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pearl Jam-drummer Jack Irons. Shneider also appeared on Chris Cornell's 1999 Euphoria Morning solo album, worked with the Queens Of The Stone Age, and has worked as an actress for TV and film from time to time ~ Schneiderman passed away in 2008
May 22, 1955 ~ Guitarist Chalmers Alford, full name Chalmers Edward Alford, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Gospel guitar player from the 1960s through the 1980s including with the Mighty Clouds Of Joy. From the 1990s onwards productive in the neo-soul genre. Has worked with d'Angelo, Tony Toni Toné, the Soultronics, Questlove, James Poyser, Pino Palladino, Anthony Hamilton, Joss Stone, John Mayer, Mary J Blige, Raphael Saadiq, Roy Hargrove, the Roots, Vikter Duplaix, Evelyn Turrentine Agee, Norman Brown, the Bee Gees, Tupac Shakur, Al Green, the Canton Spirituals, and others ~ Alford passed away in 2008
May 22, 1953 ~ Jazz double bassist Jon Burr born in Huntington, New York, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Jim McNeely, Warren Covington, Steve Grossman, Buddy Rich, Ted Curson, Art Farmer, Lee Konitz, Chet Baker, Horace Silver, Stan Getz, Tony Bennett, Jon Hendricks, Stéphane Grappelli, Dorothy Donegan, Roland Hanna, Eartha Kitt, Mark O'Connor, Jonathan Russell, and Howard Alden
May 22, 1952 ~ New wave, electronic, synth-pop singer, songwriter Christina Moser born in Milan, Italy ~ Formed the duo Chrisma with her husband Maurizio Arcieri, perhaps best known for collaborating with producer Nico Papathanassiou and Vangelis on the singles U and Amore as well as on their 1978 Chinese Restaurant album ~ Moser passed away in 2022
May 22, 1951 ~ Singer Johan Verminnen, full name Johan Maurits Verminnen, born in Wemmel, Belgium ~ Best known for songs such as Ieder Met Zijn Vlag, Laat Me Nu Toch Niet Alleen, Brussel and perhaps his best-known In De Rue Des Bouchers, the latter sung in Brussels dialect and a favorite to this day
May 22, 1950 ~ Songwriter, lyricist Bernie Taupin, full name Bernard John Taupin, born in Lincolnshire, UK ~ Best known for his association with Elton John, having written the lyrics to most of Elton's songs. Has also co-written songs for others including Alice Cooper's How You Gonna See Me Now, Starship's We Built This City, Barry Ryan's Light In Your Heart and Emmylou Harris' A Love That Will Never Grow Old
May 22, 1949 ~ Rock singer, guitarist Johnnie Lovesin born in Val D'Or, Canada ~ Active since the late 1960s as lead singer of several bands, most notably the Invisible Band. As a solo artist known for a number of 1980s albums, starting with 1980s Set The Night On Fire, before a brain aneurysm would temporarily halt his career, Lovesin returned in 1996 with the album Ready To Rumble and would continue to perform, albeit it less frequent, well into the 2010s ~ Lovesin passed away in 2019
May 22, 1947 ~ Jazz trumpeter, flugelhornist, composer Franz Koglmann born in Molding, Austria ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Lee Konitz, Paul Bley, Bill Dixon, George Grawe, Andrea Centazzo, Theo Jörgensmann, Wolfgang Reisinger, Enrico Rava, Yitzhak Yedid, Ran Blake, John Lindberg, Steve Lacy, Michel Wintsch, Tony Coe, Oskar Aichinger, Rajsh Menta, Peter Herbert, James Emery, Hannes Enziberger, Gerry Hemingway, and others
May 22, 1947 ~ Martin James Norman Riley, commonly known as ska, reggae, rocksteady singer Jimmy Reilly, born ~ Father of singer Tarrus Riley. Co-founded the Sensations with Cornell Campbell, Buster Riley and Aaron Dego Davis, and present on mid-1960s hits such as Everyday Is Just A Holiday and Those Guys. Left the band in 1967 to join the Uniques, known for songs such as Watch This Sound and My Conversation. Would go on to record as a solo artist throughout the 1970s and 1980s, well known songs include Tell The Youths The Truth, Clean Up The Streets and perhaps his best-known Sexual Healing, the latter a reggae-cover of the Marvin Gaye hit ~ Riley passed away in 2016
May 22, 1946 ~ Bassist Leon Francioli born in Lausanne, Switzerland ~ Founded Sunnymoon with Werner Ludi, Stephan Wittwer and Freddy Studer. Also worked with Beb Guérin, Pierre Favre, George Gruntz, Michel Portal, Jerry CHardonnens, Albert Mangelsdorff, Jean Francois Bovard, Francois Lindemann, Alex Theus, Joe McPhee, Mario Schiano, Daniel Bourquin, and others ~ Francioli passed away in 2016
May 22, 1942 ~ Keyboardist, percussionist, singer Calvin Simon, full name Calvin Eugene Simon, born in Beckley, West Virginia, USA ~ Closely associated with George Clinton, having served in the Parliaments, Parliament and Funkadelic. Ventured out on his own by the late 1970s, causing confusion when releasing the 1981 Connections And Disconnections with Fuzzy Haskins and Grady Thomas using the moniker Funkadelic. Co-founded Original P in 1998, performing until 2007. As a solo artist known for a number of gospel albums, notably Share The News released in 2004 ~ Simon passed away in 2022
May 22, 1941 ~ Singer Jackie Landry Jackson born ~ Member of short-lived girl group the Chantels, known for the million-seller Maybe which reached the Billboard top 20 in 1958. Subsequent recordings would chart considerably lower, if at all, and the group would be dropped by their label in 1959 ~ Jackson passed away in 1997
May 22, 1941 ~ Conductor, composer Sebastian Forbes born ~ Son of violist, arranger Watson Forbes. Brother of singer Rupert Forbes. Best known for his association with the Aeolian Singers. As a composer known for string quartets such as Symphony In Two Movements and Evening Canticles as well as numerous works for viola such as Crete Songs, Viola Fantasy and St Andrew Solo
May 22, 1939 ~ Jazz drummer, bandleader Dick Berk, full name Richard Alan Berk, born in San Francisco, California, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Ted Curson, Bill Barron, Charles Mingus, Mose Allison, Freddie Hubbard, Walter Bishop Jr, Milt Jackson, George Duke, Cal Tjader, Jean-Luc Ponty, Blue Mitchell, the Jazz Adoption Agency, Andy Martin, Mike Fahn, Nick Brignola, Jon Nagorney, Keith Saunders, Tad Weeds, John Patitucci, Don Friedman, and others ~ Berk passed away in 2014
May 22, 1937 ~ Rodolfo Enrique Cabral Camiñas, commonly known as singer, songwriter Facundo Cabral, born in La Plata, Argentina ~ Protested military dictatorships throughout Latin America through his music and activism from the 1970s onwards. Exiled from Argentina after the 1976 military coup. Named UNESCO Messenger of Peace in 1996. Well-known for songs such as No Soy De Aqui (Ni Soy De Allá) and Vuele Bajo. Had his songs covered by Jorge Cafrune, Alberto Cortez, Juan Luis Guerra, and Joan Manuel Serrat ~ Cabral passed away in 2011
May 22, 1935 ~ Jazz, pop, salsa trombonist Barry Rogers born ~ Influenced by Jack Teagarden, Lawrence Brown, JC Higginbotham. First gained attention working with Latin jazz musicians such as Eddie Palmieri, Willie Colón, Bobby Valentín, Marvin Santiago. Also noted for his association with pivotal jazz-rock outfit Dreams. Has also collaborated with Cachao, Machito, Manny Oquendo, Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Johnny Pacheco, Pucho & his Latin Soul Brothers, White Elephant, the Fania All-Stars, George Benson, David Byrne, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Chaka Khan, Todd Rundgren, Carly Simon, and Grover Washington Jr ~ Rogers passed away in 1991
May 22, 1935 ~ Jazz, free jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, flutist, pianist Giuseppi Logan born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Earl Bostic, Archie Shepp, Pharoah Sanders, Bill Dixon, Don Pullen, Eddie Gomez, Milford Graves, Dave Burrell, Byard Lancaster, Patty Waters, Roswell Rudd, and others ~ Logan passed away in 2020
May 22, 1934 ~ Bernard Nierow, commonly known as pianist, conductor Peter Nero, born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Active since the mid-1950s. Has recorded over 50 albums. Considered one of the premier interpreters of George Gershwin. Founded the Philly Pops, serving as its director from 1979 through 2013. Also directed the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra during the 1990s ~ Nierow passed away in 2023
May 22, 1930 ~ Trumpeter, singer, bandleader Kenny Ball, full name Kenneth Daniel Ball, born in Essex, UK ~ Known for songs such as Samantha, Midnight In Moscow and The March Of The Siamese Children. Worked with Sid Phillips, Charlie Galbraith, Eric Delaney, Terry Lightfoot, the Jazzmen, Don Lushner, John Bennet, Andy Cooper, Ron Weatherbun, Johnny Parker, Hugh Ledigo, Paddy Lightfoot, Ron Bowden, Vic Pitt, John Benson, John Fenner, and others ~ Ball passed away in 2013
May 22, 1928 ~ Jazz singer Jackie Cain, full name Jacqueline Ruth Cain, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA ~ Formed the duo Jackie & Roy with her husband singer, pianist Roy Kral, recording over 50 albums starting with Jackie & Roy (Classics By Charlie Ventura's Band) released in 1948 ~ Cain passed away in 2014
May 22, 1925 ~ Operatic tenor James King born in Dodge City, Kansas, USA ~ In-demand opera and concert singer enjoying popularity since the 1950s. Generally considered one of America's greatest heldentenors, known for roles in operas composed by Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss. Closely associated with the Metropolitan Opera, working with the renowned company for some three decades starting with his debut in the role of Florestan in Ludwig van Beethoven's sole opera Fidelio in 1966 ~ King passed away in 2005
May 22, 1924 ~ Chahnour Varenagh Aznavourian, commonly known as singer Charles Aznavour born in Paris, France ~ One of France's most popular singers dubbed France's Frank Sinatra. Has collaborated with Edith Piaf, Fred Astaire, Andrea Bocelli, Bing Crosby, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Dusty Springfield, Liza Minnelli, Mia Martini, Elton John, Dalida, Serge Gainsbourg, Josh Groban, Petula Clark, Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey, José Carreras, Nana Mouskouri, Julio Iglesias, Mireille Mathieu, Luciano Pavarotti, Céline Dion, Sting, Laura Pausini, Paul Anka, Plácido Domingo, Youssou n'Dour, and others ~ Azanavourian passed away in 2018
May 22, 1923 ~ Fanny Tuell, commonly known as R&B singer Faye Adams, born in Newark, New Jersey ~ Discovered by Ruth Brown. Worked with Joe Morris. Known for early-1950s R&B hits such as Shake A Hand, I'll Be True (covered by Bill Haley in 1954, by Jackie DeShannon in 1957), and It Hurts Me To My Heart
May 22, 1921 ~ Gustav Frkal, commonly known as big bandleader, clarinetist, composer, arranger Gustav Brom, born in Vefke Levare, Czechoslovakia ~ Active and popular from the 1940s up to his death in 1995. Noted for remaining true to the jazz big band idiom, focusing on Dixieland, swing, and West Coast jazz sound ~ Frkal passed away in 1995
May 22, 1914 ~ Herman Poole Blount, commonly known as jazz bandleader, pianist, poet Sun Ra, born in Birmingham, Alabama, USA ~ Led the musical collective the Arkestra from the 1950s until his death in the early 1990s, drawing from a wide variety of jazz subgenres including ragtime, wing, bebop, free jazz, avant-garde and jazz fusion. Pioneered the use of electric keyboards and synthesizers. Blount has adamantly claimed to have had encounters with extra-terrestrials and have visited Saturn, a theme regularly adressed in his music ~ Blount passed away in 1993
May 22, 1913 ~ Jazz guitarist Art Ryerson born in Columbus, Ohio, USA ~ Emerged in the 1930s. Played acoustic guitar, electric guitar, banjo. Appears on the early recordings of Bill Haley including on Crazy Man Crazy, What'cha Gonna Do, Pat-a-cake and I'll Be True. Worked with Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Mildred Bailey, Ruby Braff, Erroll Garner, Lionel Hampton, Bobby Hackett, Ellis Larkins, Red Norvo, Anita O'Day, Hot Lips Page, Artie Shaw, Mel Tormé, Sarah Vaughan, Charlie Parker, Fats Waller, Elvis Presley, and Eartha Kitt ~ Ryerson passed away in 2004
May 22, 1910 ~ Aaron Gant, commonly known as blues pianist, singer Pinetop Sparks, born in Lee County, Mississippi, USA ~ Though Sparks died young, at a mere age 25, has left an indelible mark on blues for co-writing and first recording Every Day I Have The Blues in 1935. The song would go on to become a blues standard, especially after Memphis Slim's 1949 reworking. It has been covered by numerous artists, most notably Count Basie and several times by blues icon BB King. Sparks grave would be unmarked for nearly eight decades, before a fan club finally honored him laying a headstone on his grave marked with his name, birth and death dates, a keyboard and the epitaph “every day i have the blues” ~ Sparks passed away in 1935
May 22, 1892 ~ Talent scout, engineer, producer, music publisher Ralph Peer, full name Ralph Sylvester Peer, born in Independence, Missouri, USA ~ Best known for his association with Jimmie Rodgers, Mamie Smith, and with the Carter Family ~ Peer passed away in 1960
May 22, 1891 ~ Jazz violinist, trombonist Eddie Edwards, full name Ernest Branford Edwards, born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Worked with Papa Jack Laine, Ernest Giardina, Johnny Stein. Best known as early member of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, present on Livery Stable Blues considered one of the first commercially released jazz recordings. Also noted for penning the band's Sensation Rag, later covered by Bix Beiderbecke, Fletcher Henderson, Joe Venuti and notably performed by Benny Goodman at the landmark The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert. Has also worked with Jimmy Durante, Larry Shields, Tony Sbarbaro, J Russell Robinson, and others ~ Edwards passed away in 1963
May 22, 1813 ~ Composer Richard Wagner, full name Richard Wilhelm Wagner born in Leipzig, Germany ~ Initially a composer in the Romantic tradition akin to Carl Maria von Weber and Giacomo Meyerbeer. Wagner would establish himself as an opera composer, known especially for the complex textures and rich harmonies of his compositions. Best known for writing the four-opera cycle The Ring Of The Nibelung ~ Wagner passed away in 1883