This Day In Music: May 23
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May 23, 2022 ~ Bluegrass fiddler James Price passed away ~ Closely associated with Ralph Stanley, playing with Stanley's backing unit the Clinch Mountain Boys from 1995 through 2003. Rooted in old-time mountain style, known for his clarity and precision on the fiddle. Member of the Blues Busters. Member of the Goin Brothers. Toured with Jim Lauderdale and Johnny Paycheck. Has also recorded as a solo artist, most notably the album Fiddlin' The Old Time Way released in 2003 ~ Price was born ca.1965
May 23, 2022 ~ Country singer, guitarist, songwriter Thom Bresh, full name Thomas Charles Bresh, passed away in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ~ Son of country singer Merle Travis. Member of rock & roll outfit the Crescents, known for their instrumental song Pink Dominos released in 1963. As a solo artist best known for his 1976 single Homemade Love, a Billboard Country top 10 hit of his full-length debut album of the same name. The follow-up, Sad Country Love Song, would reach the top 20. Bresh recorded two more albums over the next few years, generating a number of modest hits ~ Bresh was born in 1948
May 23, 2021 ~ Cristóbal Halffter Jiménez-Encina, commonly known as classical coomposer Cristóbal Halffter, passed away in Villafranca Del Bierzo, Spain ~ Married to pianist Maria Manuela Caro. Regarded as the most important of a group of composer dubbed the Generación del 51. Best known for a number of works during the 1960s and 1970s touching on human rights, most notably the 1968 choral composition Yes Speak Out Yes. Other well-known pieces include his 1954 neoclassical Piano Concerto and the 2000 opera Don Quijote ~ Jiménez was born in 1930
May 23, 2017 ~ Soul singer Chris Blue wins NBC's The Voice ~ Soul singer Chris Blue wins the 12th season of NBC's talent show The Voice, runner-up would be Lauren Duski
May 23, 2015 ~ Pop singer Måns Zelmerlöw wins the 60th edition of the Eurovision Songfestival held in Vienna, Austria ~ Representing Sweden singer Zelmerlöw wins with the song Heroes written by Anton Hård af Segerstad, Joy Deb and Linnéa Deb
May 23, 2013 ~ Giuseppe Mustacchi, commonly known as singer, guitarist, songwriter Georges Moustaki, passed away in Nice, France ~ Revered songwriter, wrote an estimated 300 songs. Artists who have recorded his work include some of France's most popular singers including Edith Piaf (Milord), Françoise Hardy, Yves Montand, Serge Reggiani (Sarah), Brigitte Fontaine, Herbert Pagani, France Gall, Cindy Daniel, Juliette Gréco, Barbara (La Langue Dame Brune), Pia Colombo, Tino Rossi, and others ~ Mustacchi was born in 1934
May 23, 2012 ~ Singer, songwriter Phillip Phillips wins American Idol ~ Singer, songwriter Phillip Phillips wins the 11th season of talent show American Idol aired on Fox, beating singer, songwriter Jessica Sanchez
May 23, 2007 ~ Singer, songwriter Jordin Sparks wins American Idol ~ Jordin Sparks wins the 6th season of talent show American Idol aired on Fox. Runner-up: singer, beatboxer, songwriter Blake Lewis
May 23, 2001 ~ Keyboardist Tommy Eyre born ~ In-demand session keyboardist. Worked with Joe Cocker (notably on With A Little Help From My Friends), John Martyn, Gary Moore, Alex Harvey, Greg Lake, BB King, John Mayall, Ian Gillan, Gerry Rafferty (Baker Street), Tracy Chapman, Mark Almond, Wham, George Michael, Zzebra, Keb' Mo, Jake Andrews, and others ~ Eyre was born in 1949
May 23, 2000 ~ Singer Marcus Hutson passed away ~ Member of R&B group the Whispers, best known for the early 1980s hits And The Beat Goes On and It's A Love Thing, remaining with the group from its inception in 1963 until 1992 leaving the group for health reasons ~ Hutson was born in 1943
May 23, 1999 ~ The 30th edition of Pinkpop takes place in Landgraaf, the Netherlands ~ Day 2 of 3. A perfect sunny and warm weekend this year's edition would draw some 61,250 visitors in total. Included on today's, Sunday the 23rd's bill would be Underworld, DAAU, Luka Bloom, Rowwen Hèze, Soulfly, Urban Dance Squad, Presence, the Postmen, Eddy de Clerq, and Red Snapper
May 23, 1998 ~ Multi-instrumentalist, producer Steve Lacy born in Compton, California, USA ~ Not to be confused with saxophonist Steve Lacy. Best known as member of Grammy-nominated R&B band the Internet. Released his solo debut, Apollo XXI, in 2019
May 23, 1997 ~ Edward Lee Watson, commonly known as electric blues pianist, singer Lovie Lee, passed away in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Best known for his association with Muddy Waters, joining Waters' backup unit in 1979 as replacement for Pinetop Perkins ~ Watson was born in 1909
May 23, 1995 ~ Jazz pianist Mick Pyne passed away in London, UK ~ Younger brother of trombonist Chris Pyne. Worked with John Stevens, Phil Seamen, Tubby Hayes, Stan Getz, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Lee Konitz, Hank Mobley, Joe Williams, Ronnie Scott, Humphrey Lyttelton, John Eardley, Cecil Payne, Georgie Fame, Adelaide Hall, Keith Smith, Charlie Watts, and others ~ Pyne was born in 1940
May 23, 1994 ~ Joseph Anthony Jacobi Passalaqua, commonly known as jazz guitarist Joe Pass, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Particularly known for his technique, innovative chord inversions and walking basslines and improvisational skills. Has worked extensively with pianist Oscar Peterson and singer Ella Fitzgerald. Also worked as a sideman for artists such as Gerald Wilson, Bud Shank, Les McCann, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan, Della Reese, Johnny Mathis, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Benny Carter, Milt Jackson, Herb Ellis, Zoot Sims, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, and others ~ Passalaqua was born in 1929
May 23, 1994 ~ The 25th edition of Pinkpop takes place in Landgraaf, the Netherlands ~ Day 2 of 2. In total some 64,300 visitors would show up for this year's edition. Included on today's, Monday the 23rd's bill would be the Orb, Rage Against The Machine, Björk, the Smashing Pumpkins, Crowded House, Urban Dance Squad, the Breeders, Soul Asylum, Therapy, Afghan Whigs, the Levellers, Daryl-Ann, Galliano, the Charlatans, Cracker, and the Prodigal Sons
May 23, 1992 ~ Hector Roberto Chavero Aramburu, commonly known as payada, trova singer, guitarist, songwriter Atahualpa Yupanqui, passed away in Nimes, Francecabr ~ Regarded by some as one of the most influential Argentine folk musicians. Married to pianist, songwriter Paula Nenette Pepin. Found widespread acclaim in the 1960s, his songs recorded by Facundo Cabral, Mercedes Sosa, Jorge Cafrune. Known for songs such as El Arriero, Los Hermanos, La Pobrecita ~ Aramburu was born in 1908
May 23, 1991 ~ Lena Johanna Therese Meyer-Landrut, mononymously known as indie pop, indie rock singer, songwriter Lena, born in Hanover, Germany ~ Internationally best known for winning the 2010 Eurovision Songfestival with Satellite written by Julie Frost and John Gordon
May 23, 1991 ~ Jazz guitarist Masayuki Takayanagi passed away ~ Best known for founding the New Directions. Has also worked with Kaoru Abe, Otomo Yoshihide, Keiji Haino, Masahiko Togashi, and others ~ Takayanagi was born in 1932
May 23, 1991 ~ Bluegrass, country folk, folk singer, guitarist, banjoist, songwriter Sarah Jarosz born in Texas, USA ~ Released her Song Up In Your Head in 2009, earning a Grammy Award-nomination for the song Mansinneedof. The album featured guests such as Chris Thile, Darrell Scott, Stuart Duncan and Jerry Douglas
May 23, 1988 ~ Jazz saxophonist Emanuel Paul passed away in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Worked with the Eureka Brass Band, Kid Thomas Valentine, Papa Celestin, Emanuel Sayles, the Olympia Brass Band, George Lewis, Butch Thompson, and others ~ Paul was born in 1904
May 23, 1988 ~ The 19th edition of Pinkpop takes place in Landgraaf, the Netherlands ~ Sunny with clear blue skies, some 36,000 visitors show up for this edition's bill which includes Joe Cocker, Sinéad O'Connor, the Christians, the Pogues, Aswad, Herman Brood, the Godfathers, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and the Rainbirds
May 23, 1986 ~ Saxophonist, keyboardist, guitarist, singer Andrew Beck born ~ Early member of Imagine Dragons. Lead singer of psychedelic rock band Day Sounds
May 23, 1985 ~ R&B pianist, bandleader, arranger Lloyd Glenn, full name Lloyd Colquit Glenn, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ As a solo artist known for 1950s R&B hits such as Chica Boo and Old Time Shuffle Blues. As a sideman played on a number of classic R&B, rock & roll recordings including T-Bone Walker's 1947 hit Call It Stormy Monday, Lowell Fulson's Blue Shadows ~ Glenn was born in 1909
May 23, 1983 ~ Film, TV composer George Bruns, full name George Edward Bruns, passed away in Portland, Oregon, USA ~ Best known for his work for Disney from the 1950s through the 1970s, including for animated films such as Sleeping Beauty, One Hundred And One Dalmations, Jungle Book, The Aristocats and Robin Hood ~ Bruns was born in 1914
May 23, 1983 ~ The 14th edition of Pinkpop takes place in Geleen, the Netherlands ~ Sunny, some 40,000 visitors show up for this edition's bill which includes Doe Maar, the Simple Minds, Gary Moore, Nena, Men At Work, TC Matic, Fun Boy Three, and de Janse Bagge Bend
May 23, 1983 ~ Country singer, songwriter Rex Gosdin passed away ~ Formed the Gosdin Brothers with his more famous brother Vern Gosdin. Also worked with the Hillmen ~ Gosdin was born ca.1938
May 23, 1978 ~ George Owen Smith, commonly known as bandleader, conductor, arranger, composer Reg Owen, passed away in Malaga, Spain ~ Worked with Teddy Joyce, the Royal Kiltie Juniors, Benny Glassman, Ted Heath, Cyril Stapleton, and others. Best known as a film composer, starting with 1957's A Date With Disaster. Scored a 1959 American hit with Manhattan Spiritual, which peaked at No.10 Billboard ~ Smith was born in 1921
May 23, 1975 ~ Bandleader, composer Darcy James Argue born in Vancouver, Canada ~ Leader of the Secret Society, known best for Grammy Award-nominated Internal Machines debut album in 2009
May 23, 1974 ~ Jewel Kilcher, mononymously known as folk pop, pop rock singer, guitarist, songwriter Jewel, born in Payson, Utah, USA ~ Released her Pieces Of You debut album in 1995. It would spawn the Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hits You Were Meant For Me and Foolish Games and become one of the all-time best-selling debut albums
May 23, 1973 ~ Gerald Maxwell Rivera, mononymously known as neo soul singer, songwriter Maxwell, born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Along with d'Angelo and Erykah Badu one of the originators of neo soul. Released his Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite debut album in 1996, the first of four consecutive Platinum-selling albums. Known for songs such as Ascension (Don't Ever Wonder), Fortunate, Lifetime, Pretty Wings and Bad Habits
May 23, 1973 ~ Jazz pianist Nikki Yeoh born in London, UK ~ Member of trio Infinitum, the other two parts being Mark Mondesir and Michael Mondesir. Also worked with Courtney Pine, the Allstars Collective, Cleveland Watkiss, Steve Williamson, Chanté Moore, the Roots, Joanna MacGregor, Neneh Cherry, and others
May 23, 1973 ~ [artist-isador-simon-phillips], commonly known as jazz clarinetist, bandleader, arranger Sid Phillips, born in London, UK ~ Worked with Bert Ambrose, George Shearing, Colin Bailey, Tommy Whittle, Kenny Ball, and others ~ Phillips was born in 1907
May 23, 1972 ~ R&B singer, songwriter Lorenzo Smith born in Havana, Florida, USA ~ Known for a number a 1990s album, notably his 1992 Lorenzo sophomore album which included the moderate hits Make Love 2 Me, I Can't Stand The Pain and perhaps his best-known Real Love
May 23, 1970 ~ Matthew Flynn, commonly known as drummer Matt Flynn, born in Woodstock, New York, USA ~ Replaced original Maroon 5 drummer Ryan Dusick in 2006, the latter sustaining serious shoulder and wrist injuries from constant touring. Flynn had previously worked with the B52's, Chicago, Gavin Degraw and Gandhi
May 23, 1969 ~ Composer, songwriter Jimmy McHugh, full name James Francis McHugh, passed away in Beverly Hills, California, USA ~ Prolific songwriter, popular from the 1920 throught the 1950s. Songs co-written by McHugh include On The Sunny Side Of The Street (Harry Richman, Chick Webb, Billie Holiday), Cuban Love Song (Paul Whiteman, Don Barretto, Ruth Etting), Don't Blame Me (Walter Woolf King, Guy Lombardo, Paul Weston, Sarah Vaughan), A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening (Frank Sinatra, the Ink Spots, Eddy Arnold), I Just Found Out About Love (Nat King Cole, Ronnie Hilton), Let's Get Lost (Vaughn Monroe, Jimmy Dorsey, Kay Kyser), Exactly Like You (Roger Wolfe Kahne, Benny Goodman, Punch Miller), and I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me (Dolores Valesco, Louis Armstrong, Earl Hines) ~ McHugh was born in 1894
May 23, 1968 ~ Keyboardist, percussionist Ben Stivers born in Indiana, USA ~ In-demand session and touring musician. Worked with Gloria Estefan, Ricky Martin, Chayanne, Exposé, Jon Secada, Julio Iglesias, Emilio Estefan, Dan Warner, Matchbox Twenty, Lyle Lovett, Barry Gibb, Scott Sharrard, Tony Scherr, James Maddock, Dana Fuchs, Erik Blicker, Jason Darling, Chris Botti, and others
May 23, 1967 ~ Jazz saxophonist Carl Henrik Norin passed away in Stockholm, Sweden ~ Active since the 1940s, Norin has played with Gosta Tonne, Thore Ehrling, Bibi Johns, Harry Arnold, Roy Eldridge, Lars Gullin, Peanuts Holland, and with Bjarne Nerem ~ Norin was born in 1920
May 23, 1967 ~ Jazz, jazz rock, jazz fusion, acid jazz guitarist Charlie Hunter born in Rhode Island, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Influenced by Joe Pass and Tuck Andress. Worked with Michael Franti, Dave Ellis, Jay Lane, Stanton Moore, Skerik, Bobby Previte, d'Angelo, Snarky Puppy, and others
May 23, 1967 ~ Alternative rock drummer, singer, songwriter Philip Selway, full name Philip James Selway, born in Abingdon, UK ~ Member of Radiohead, known for quintessential alternative rock songs such as Creep, Street Spirit (Fade Out), Paranoid Android, Karma Police, No Surprises and The Pyramid Song, There There. Selway has released solo starting with 2010's Familial. Has also worked with Neil Finn's 7 Worlds Collide, the Samaritans, the Weird Sisters, and others
May 23, 1965 ~ Jazz, bossa nova singer Ithamara Koorax born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ~ Classically trained. Influenced by Elizete Cardoso, Elis Regina, Betty Carter, Carmen McRae, Flora Purim. Some two dozen albums to her name starting with 1993's Luiza. Worked with the Brazil All-Stars, Art Farmer, Jack DeJohnette, Luiz Bonfá, Juarez Moreira, and others
May 23, 1963 ~ Singer, bandleader Eddy Howard, full name Edward Evan Duncan Howard, passed away in Palm Desert, California, USA ~ Enjoyed populaairty during the 1940s and 1950s. Started his career singing in the bands of Ben Bernie and Dick Jurgens. Would venture out on his own, leading his own orchestra by the mid-1940s. Known for songs such as To Each His Own, My Adobe Hacienda, Kate (Have I Come Too Early Too Late), Room Full Of Roses, It's No Sin, Be Anything But Be Mine ~ Howard was born in 1914
May 23, 1960 ~ Rock bassist Theo Vogelaars born in Roosendaal, the Netherlands ~ Best known as member of de Tröckener Kecks, remaining with the band throughout its entire existence. After the band folded co-founded de Snevo's with Fred Kienhuis and Paul Tromp
May 23, 1958 ~ Comedian, actress, singer Lea Delaria born in Belleville, Illinois, USA ~ Best known as comedian and actress, notably for her role in Netflix-series Orange Is The New Black as inmate Carrie Black. Credited with being the first openly gay comic to appear on American television with her 1993 appearance on The Arsenio Hall Show. Has recorded a number of albums as a jazz singer starting with 2001's Play It Cool album
May 23, 1958 ~ Country, country pop singer Shelly West born in Cleveland, Ohio, USA ~ Daughter of renowned singer Dottie West, with whom she also toured. Best known for a string of hits in 1980s, both as a solo artist with songs such as José Cuervo, Flight 309 To Tennessee and Another Motel Memory, as well as duetting with David Frizzell on You're The Reason God Made Oklahoma, Another Honky-Tonk Night On Broadway and I Just Came Here To Dance. Mostly retired from music following her mother's death in 1991
May 23, 1957 ~ Singer Jimmy McShane, full name James Harry McShane, born in Derry, Northern Ireland ~ Singer, frontman of Baltimora, known for their 1985 hit Tarzan Boy ~ McShane passed away in 1995
May 23, 1956 ~ Singer, producer, songwriter Claytoven Richardson born in Berkeley, California, USA ~ Worked in various roles with artists such as Lave Love, Summers Heat, Narada Michael Walden, George Benson (backing vocals on Kisses In The Moonlight), Kenny G, Tevin Campbell, Michael Bolton, Elton John, Peabo Bryson, New Kids On The Block, Ricky Martin, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole, Céline Dion, Dazz Band, the Whispers, Tiggi Clay, Fizzy Quick, Regina Belle, Clarence Clemons, Barbra Streisand, Lou Rawls, Eddie Murphy, Lisa Fischer, Shanice, Stephanie Mills, Al Jarreau, Taylor Dayne, Diana Ross, Sheena Easton, Al Green, Grover Washington Jr, Curtis Mayfield, Puff Johnson, Gary Barlow, Steve Winwood, Kenny Loggins, Michelle Gayle, Patti Austin, Marc Anthony, Lara Fabian, Lionel Richie, Angela Strehl, Charlie Wilson, Boz Scaggs, Sammy Hagar, and others
May 23, 1956 ~ Jazz bassist, songwriter Steve Kirby born in Maumee Valley, Ohio, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Wes Anderson, Kenny Barron, Kathleen Battle, Joanne Brackeen, Regina Carter, Cyrus Chestnut, Wycliffe Gordon, Benny Green, Terreon Gully, Slide Hampton, Winard Harper, Stefon Harris, Antonio Hart, Eddie Henderson, John Hicks, Elvin Jones, Geoffrey Keezer, Oliver Lake, Abbey Lincoln, Joe Lovano, Wynton Marsalis, Mulgrew Miller, Claudio Roditi, Wallace Roney, Jacky Terrasson, Steve Turre, Warren Wolf, Miguel Zenon, and others
May 23, 1955 ~ Kevin Barry Moore, commonly known as folk singer, guitarist, songwriter Luka Bloom, born in Newbridge, Ireland ~ Brother of Planxty-frontman Christy Moore. Active since the late 1970s, initially going by his real name Barry Moore. Chose his stage name for the Suzanne Vega-song Luka and added Bloom from the main character in James Joyce's Ulysses novel.
May 23, 1955 ~ Folk singer, guitarist Mary Black born in Dublin, Ireland ~ Member of General Humbert. Released her critically acclaimed eponymous Mary Black solo debut album in 1982, regarded by some critics as one of the most important Irish albums of the 1980s
May 23, 1955 ~ Singer Thereza Bazar, full name Thereza Lorraine Bazar, born in Toronto, Canada ~ Best known as half of vocal duo Dollar, the other half being David Van Day. Also a member of 1970's outfit Guys & Dolls
May 23, 1953 ~ Guido August Constancia Versmissen, commonly known as singer, songwriter Guido Belcanto, born in Turnhout, Belgium ~ Best known for songs such as Op Het Zeildoek Van De Botsauto's, Plastic Rozen Verwelken Niet, Vlammetjes and Toverdrank, the latter a translation of Summer Wine originally recorded by Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood
May 23, 1952 ~ Singer Anne-Marie David born in Arles, France ~ Internationally best known for winning the 1973 Eurovision Songfestival representing Luxembourg with the song Tu Te Reconnaîtras and for competing in the 1979 edition representing France with the song Je Suis L'Enfant Soleil, reaching 9th place
May 23, 1952 ~ Rock guitarist James Mankey born in Washington, USA ~ Worked with Concrete Blonde and with Sparks
May 23, 1951 ~ Judy Mae Robbins, commonly known as country singer, guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter Judy Rodman, born in Riverside, California, USA ~ Enjoyed country chart succes in the 1980s, notably with Until I Met You. Once roommate of Janie Fricke. Co-wrote LeAnn Rimes' One-Way Ticket Because I Can with Keith Hinton
May 23, 1951 ~ Harpist, composer Sylvia Woods born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA ~ Helped revive an interest for the Celtic harps in the 1970s.
May 23, 1950 ~ Guitarist Daíthí Sproule born in Derry, Northern Ireland ~ Renowned solo guitarist drawing from traditional Irish music and influenced by Bob Dylan, Bert Jansch, the Beatles, British and Irish folk. Member of supergroup Altan. In-demand collaborator has worked with Laura Mackenzie, Tara Bingham, Randal Bays, Tommy Peoples, Manus McGuire, Paddy O'Brien, the Chieftains, Sean O'Driscoll, Peter Ostroushko, and others
May 23, 1950 ~ Richard L Shurman, commonly known as blues, R&B producer, engineer, music journalist Dick Shurman born in Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA ~ Has worked on recordings for Johnny Winter, Lurrie Bell, Albert Collins, Roy Buchanan, Big Bill Morganfield, Larry Garner, Robert Cray, Hip Linkchain, Magic Slim, Charlie Musselwhite, Otis Rush, Fenton Robinson, and others
May 23, 1947 ~ Composer, conductor, producer Dick Bakker born in Blaricum, the Netherlands ~ Conducted het Metropole Orkest from 1991 through 2005. Co-wrote Teach-In's Ding-a-dong, winner of the 1975 Eurovision Songfestival contest. Also worked as an engineer and arranger on Shocking Blue's Venus and on the George Baker Selection's Paloma Blanca
May 23, 1947 ~ Jazz pianist, composer Richard Beirach born in New York, New York, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Frequent collaborator of Dave Liebman since the late-1960s. Has also worked with artists such as Frank Tua, Terumasa Hino, Masahiko Togashi, George Mraz, Jack DeJohnette, Randy Brecker, Michael Brecker, George Coleman, Andy Laverne, Billy Hart, George Adams, John Abercrombie, Chet Baker, Jeremy Steig, and others
May 23, 1945 ~ Country keyboardist, singer Misty Morgan born ~ Formed a husband-wife country duo with her husband Jack Blanchard, actively recording since the late 1960s. The duo is best known for their 1970 Billboard Country No.1 hit Tennessee Bird Walk. Other well-known songs include Humphrey The Camel, Somewhere In Virginia In The Rain and Just One More Song ~ Morgan passed away in 2021
May 23, 1943 ~ Bassist Gary Marker born ~ Member of Rising Sons, alongside Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder. Also worked with Captain Beefheart, John Locke, the Jazz Folk, the New World Jazz Company, Randy California, Juicy Groove, and others ~ Marker passed away in 2015
May 23, 1941 ~ Singer, songwriter, producer General Johnson, full name General Norman Johnson, born in Norfolk, Virginia, USA ~ Member of the Showmen, known for a number of 1960s hits such as It Will Stand, 39-21-46 and Our Love Will Grow. Fronted the Chairmen Of The Board, scoring hits with You've Got Me Dangling On A String, Everything's Tuesday and perhaps their best-known Give Me Just A Little More Time. Johnson also wrote a number of well-known 1970s songs including Patches recorded by Clarence Carter and by Jerry Reed, Bring The Boys Home recorded by Freda Payne and Want-Ads, Stick-up and One Monkey Don't Stop No Show recorded by Honey Cone ~ Johnson passed away in 2010
May 23, 1940 ~ Jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, flautist Bjørn Johansen, full name Bjørn John Johansen, born in Fredrikstad, Norway ~ Considered one of the all-time most influential Norwegian saxophonists. Worked with Kjell Karlsen, Lars Sandsgaard, Karin Krog, Bernt Rosengren, George Gruntz, Frode Thingnæs, Egil Kapstad, Laila Dalseth, Bjørn Alterhaug, Carl Morten Iversen, Cedar Walton, and others ~ Johansen passed away in 2002
May 23, 1939 ~ Conductor, composer, arranger Michel Colombier born in Lyon, France ~ Known for co-writing Messe Pour Le Temps Present with Pierre Henry ~ Colombier passed away in 2004
May 23, 1938 ~ Singer Bing Crosby, backed by John Scott Trotter, records Now It Can Be Told ~ Written by Irving Berlin for the 1938 Alexander's Ragtime Band where it was introduced by Alice Faye and Don Ameche. Crosby's recording would reach top 10 on the pop charts. It would be recorded the same year by Mildred Bailey and by Jack Leonard with Tommy Dorsey's orchestra, the latter version becoming the biggest hit peaking at No.2
May 23, 1938 ~ Jazz drummer, painter Daniel Humair born in Geneva, Switzerland ~ Leader and sideman. Has worked with Jean-Luc Ponty, Chet Baker, Michel Portal, Martial Solal, Dexter Gordon, Gerry Mulligan, Eric Dolphy, Ear Mix, René Urtreger, Kenny Barron, Franco Ambrosetti, Stéphane Grappelli, George Gruntz, the Swingle Singers, Barney Wilen, Flavio Ambrosetti, Jane Birkin, Art Farmer, Jim Hall, Roland Hanna, Bobby Jaspar, Eartha Kitt, Karin Krog, Joachim Kühn, Bud Powell, Henri Renaud, Joe Venuti, and others
May 23, 1932 ~ Jazz guitarist, flautist Les Spann born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, USA ~ Sideman and leader. Started playing professionally in late-1950s assisting Phineas Newborn Jr, Ronnell Bright, Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones. As a sideman Spann would appear on records by Nat Adderley, Benny Bailey, Bill Coleman, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Curtis Fuller, Red Garland, Benny Goodman, Sam Jones, Abbey Lincoln, Charles Mingus, Duke Pearson, Jerome Richardson, Charlie Shavers, Sonny Stitt, Billy Taylor, Randy Weston, Ben Webster, Johnny Hodges, Bill Coleman, and Billy Taylor. Spann recorded one album, 1960's Gemini, as a leader ~ Spann passed away in 1989
May 23, 1928 ~ Singer, actress Rosemary Clooney born in Maysville, Kentucky, USA ~ Popular 1940s and 1950s traditional pop and jazz vocalist known for songs such as Come On-a My House, Half As Much, Botch-a-me, The Night Before Christmas Song, Hey There, This Ole House and Mangos ~ Clooney passed away in 2002
May 23, 1925 ~ Malcolm Bell Wiseman, commonly known as singer, guitarist, bassist Mac Wiseman, born in Crimora, Virginia, USA ~ Member of the Cumberland Mountain Folks. Member of Flatt & Scruggs backing outfit the Foggy Mountain Boys. Member of Bill Monroe's band the Bluegrass Boys ~ Wiseman passed away in 2019
May 23, 1924 ~ Composer Gladys Nordenstrom, full nme Gladys Mercedes Nordenstrom, born in Mora, Minnesota, USA ~ Studied under composer Ernst Krenek, whom she would later marry. After Krenek's death in 1991 would become major promoter of her late husband's legacy, eventually founding the Ernst Krenek Institute ~ Nordenstrom passed away in 2016
May 23, 1922 ~ Producer, label executive Seymour Solomon born ~ Co-founded Vanguard Records with his brother Maynard Solomon, a label focusing initially on classical music yet soon also expanding their catalogue with folk, jazz and blues. Non-classical artists signed by the label include the Weavers, Joan Baez, the Rooftop Singers, Larry Coryell, Mississippi John Hurt, Charlie Musselwhite, Buddy Guy and Country Joe & the Fish ~ Solomon passed away in 2002
May 23, 1921 ~ Trumpeter, bandleader Humphrey Lyttelton born in Eton, UK ~ Worked with Wally Fawkes, George Webb, Sidney Bechet, Buck Clayton, Eddie Harvey, Jimmy Rushing, Vic Dickenson, Big Joe Turner, Al Casey, Buddy Tate, Kenny Davern, Tony Coe, Alan Barnes, Jimmy Skidmore, Joe Temperley, Kathy Stobart, Jimmy Hastings, Mike McKenzie, John Barnes, Roy Williams, Pete Strange, John Picard, Karen Sharpe, Jo Fooks, Helen Shapiro, Elkie Brooks, Ray Wordsworth, Rob Fowler, Ted Beamant, John Rees Jones, Adrian Macintosh, and others ~ Lyttelton passed away in 2008
May 23, 1920 ~ Singer, actress Helen O'Connell born in Lima, Peru ~ Popular big band singer best known for a number of 1940s hits with Jimmy Dorsey, including Green Eyes, Amapola, Tangerine and Your ~ O'Connell passed away in 1993
May 23, 1919 ~ Bandleader, saxophonist Johnny Bothwell born in Gary, Indiana, USA ~ Worked with Woody Herman, Sonny Dunham, Boyd Raeburn, Gene Krupa, and others ~ Bothwell passed away in 1995
May 23, 1918 ~ Robert Alexander Blackwell, commonly known as producer, songwriter Robert Bumps Blackwell, born in Seattle, Washington, USA ~ Pivotal to early rock & roll, R&B. Closely associated with Little Richard, working on songs such as Tutti Frutti, Long Tall Sally, Good Golly Miss Molly, Ready Teddy and Rip It Up. Also worked with Ray Charles, Quincy Jones, Ernestine Anderson, Lloyd Price, Sam Cooke, Herb Alpert, Larry Williams, Guitar Slim, and others ~ Blackwell passed away in 1985
May 23, 1910 ~ Swing, big band bandleader, saxophonist, clarinetist Artie Shaw, full name Arthur Jacob Arshawsky, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Widely seen as one of jazz's finest clarinetists. Widely popular from the late 1930s onwards. Led both big bands and smaller ensembles. Hired Billie Holiday as lead vocalist in 1938 and toured the segregated South. Has also worked with Lena Horne, Helen Forrest, Mel Tormé, Buddy Rich, Dave Tough, Barney Kessel, Jimmy Raney, Tal Farlow, Dodo Marmarosa, Ray Conniff, and others ~ Shaw passed away in 2004
May 23, 1910 ~ Benjamin Sherman Crothers, commonly known as actor, singer, guitarist Scatman Crothers, born in Terre Haute, Indiana, USA ~ Known for songs such as I'd Rather Be A Hummingbird, Blue Eyed Sally and Television Blues ~ Crothers passed away in 1986
May 23, 1908 ~ Composer, conductor Raymond Legrand born in Paris, France ~ Worked with Ray Ventura, Henri Bourtayre, Guy Dejardin, Irène de Trebert, Maurice Chevalier, Georges Guétary, Tino Rossi, Colette Renard, Francis Lemarque, Marcel Mouloudji, Edith Piaf, Henri Salvador, and others ~ Legrand passed away in 1974
May 23, 1906 ~ Maria de Lux Flores Aceves, commonly known as singer, actress Lucha Reyes, born in Jalisco, Mexico ~ Popular 1930s, 1940s singer. Regarded “the Mother of Ranchera music” ~ de Luz Flores passed away in 1944
May 23, 1904 ~ Elizabeth Lloyd Holzman, commonly known as actress, singer, civil rights activist Libby Holman, born in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA ~ Became known as “the premier torch singer of Broadway” for her performances starting in the mid-1920s. Best known for her signature song Moanin' Low from the 1929 revue The Little Show ~ Holzman passed away in 1971
May 23, 1902 ~ Pianist, bandleader Edgar Hayes, full name Edgar Junius Hayes, born in Lexington, Kentucky, USA ~ Led the Blue Grass Buddies, Eight Black Buddies, the Symphonic Harmonists from the mid-1920s forward. Closely associated with the Mills Blue Rhythm Band, playing and arranging with the band from 1931 to 1936. Best known for his late 1930s recordings of Stardust and the original version of In The Mood, later popularized by Glenn Miller ~ Hayes passed away in 1979
May 23, 1879 ~ Pianist Harold Samuel born in London, UK ~ Revered interpreter of the works of Johann Sebastian Bach ~ Samuel passed away in 1937
May 23, 1794 ~ Composer, pianist Ignaz Moscheles, full name Isaac Ignaz Moscheles, born in Prague, Bohemia ~ Piano virtuoso. Influenced by Ludwig van Beethoven. Mentor to Felix Mendelssohn ~ Moscheles passed away in 1870