This Day In Music: May 28
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May 28, 2019 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter, producer Ralph Murphy passed away in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ~ Best known as a producer working with artists such as Billy Fury (Beyond A Shadow Of A Doubt), the Casuals (Touched), April Wine, Mashmakhan, Shooter, Chris Bartley, Rock Garden, and Jeannie C Riley (Good Enough To Be Your Wife). As a songwriter Murphy had his songs recorded by artists such as Ronnie Milsap, Randy Travis, Ray Price, Don Williams, Kathy Mattea, Little Texas, Shania Twain, and the Brotherhood Of Men ~ Murphy was born ca.1943
 
May 28, 2018 ~ Singer, actress Maria Dolores Pradera passed away ~ Recognised as one of the most admired voices in Spain and Latin America. Started as an actress in the 1950s. Focused on her music career since the 1960s, specializing in bolero, ballad, ronda, folk and other traditional idioms ~ Pradera was born in 1924
May 28, 2018 ~ Giuseppe Caruso, commonly known as composer, conductor, arranger Pippo Caruso, passed away in Fara-in-Sabina, Italy ~ Best known as conductor, bandleader for several TV shows. Also wrote Mita Medici's A Ruota Libera and composed for films including Kill Johnny Ringo and Maladolescenza ~ Caruso was born in 1935
 
May 28, 2016 ~ Country singer Floyd Robinson passed away ~ Best known for Makin' Love, a hit in 1959 ~ Robinson was born in 1932
 
May 28, 2012 ~ The 43rd edition of Pinkpop takes place in Geleen, the Netherlands ~ Day 3 of 3. Sunny and tropical warm, this year's edition would draw some 79,000 visitors in total. Included on today's, Monday the 28th's bill would be Gers Pardoel, Seasick Steve, the Specials, Mumford & Sons, Bruce Springsteen, the Rival Sons, Blood Red Shoes, Herbert Grönemeyer, the Hives, James Morrison, Serena Pryne & the Mandevilles, Jonathan Jeremiah, Miike Snow, Chef Special, and Paul Kalkbrenner
 
May 28, 2010 ~ The 41st edition of Pinkpop takes place in Landgraaf, the Netherlands ~ Day 1 of 3. Sunny and warm with occassional rain, this year's edition would draw a total of some 72,000 visitors. Included on today's, Friday the 28th's bill would include Epica, Kasabian, Motörhead, Rammstein, the Opposites, the Temper Trap, Paolo Nutini, Sungrazer, Black Box Revelation, and Gossip
 
May 28, 2008 ~ Dennis Moss, commonly known as jazz tenor saxophonist Danny Moss, passed away in Perth, Australia ~ Worked with Vic Lewis, Ted Heath, Johnny Dankworth, Humphrey Lyttelton, Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby, Sarah Vaughan, Rosemary Clooney, Buck Clayton, Louis Armstrong, and others ~ Moss was born in 1927
 
May 28, 2007 ~ The 38th edition of Pinkpop takes place in Landgraaf, the Netherlands ~ Day 3 of 3. Mostly dry with some rain, this year's edition drew some 62,500 visitors in total. Included on today's, Monday the 28th's bill would include the Fratellis, Wolfmother, the Scissor Sisters, the Arctic Monkeys, Linkin Park, the Smashing Pumpkins, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Stone Sour, the Dave Matthews Band, Korn, and Evanescence
 
May 28, 1996 ~ Jazz pianist, singer, composer Jimmy Rowles passed away in Burbank, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Lester Young, Benny Goodman, Woody Herman, Les Brown, Tommy Dorsey, Tony Bennett, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Nelson Riddle, Diana Krall, Jeri Brown, Pepper Adams, Louie Bellson, Bob Brookmeyer, Hoagy Carmichael, Benny Carter, Nat King Cole (notably on Cole's final studio LP, the 1965 release L-O-V-E), Harry Sweets Edison, Jimmy Giuffre, Billie Holiday, Lee Konitz, Barney Kessel, Julie London, Herbie Mann, Buddy Rich, Pete Rugolo, Bud Shank, Zoot Sims, Sonny Stitt, Buster Williams, Gerald Wilson, Joe Pass, Henry Mancini, and others ~ Rowles was born in 1918
 
May 28, 1993 ~ Charles Isaiah Ross, commonly known as blues harpist, guitarist, drummer, singer Doctor Ross, passed away ~ Drew comparisons to John Lee Hooker and Sonny Boy Williamson I. Best known for songs such as Boogie Disease and Chicago Breakdown ~ Ross was born in 1925
May 28, 1993 ~ Singer, guitarist, bassist, keyboardist, songwriter Duncan Brown, full name Duncan John Browne, passed away ~ Signed by Andrew Loog Oldham and debuted in 1968 with the album Give Me Take You. Best known for songs such as Journey (1972) and The Wild Places (1978). Member of Metro. Co-wrote Criminal WOrld, which David Bowie included on his Let's Dance released in 1983 ~ Browne was born in 1947
 
May 28, 1991 ~ Pop, rock drummer Dries van Dijck born in Dilbeek, Belgium ~ Member of Black Box Revelation alongside guitarist, singer Jan Paternoster, known best for their 2009 Do I Know You single
 
May 28, 1988 ~ Melvin James Oliver, commonly known as jazz trumpeter, singer, bandleader, arranger, composer Sy Oliver passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Closely associated with Ella Fitzgerald, conducting and arranging on many of her records during the Decca Records years. Also worked with Zack Whyte, the Chocolate Beau Brummels, Alphonso Trent, Jimmie Lunceford, Tommy Dorsey, Jo Stafford, the Sentimentalists, Jimmie Lunceford, Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, Caterina Valente, and others ~ Oliver was born in 1910
 
May 28, 1985 ~ Singer, songwriter Colbie Caillat, full name Colbie Marie Caillat, born in Malibu, California, USA ~ Released her full-length Coco debut album in 2007, which included the Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit Bubbly. Also known for duetting with Jason Mraz on the 2008 Grammy Award-winning Lucky single
 
May 28, 1981 ~ Mary Elfrieda Scruggs, commonly known as jazz singer, pianist, songwriter Mary Lou Williams, passed away in Durham, North Carolina, USA ~ Child prodigy. Taught herself to play piano at age 3. Played in public from age 7 onwards. Played professionally since age 15. Reportedly wrote or arranged hundreds of compositions. Drew from spirituals, gospel, ragtime, blues, jazz. Dubbed “the First Lady of the Jazz Keyboard” and one of the first women to be successfull in jazz. Mentor to Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Tadd Dameron, Bud Powell, Dizzy Gillespie ~ Scruggs was born in 1910
May 28, 1981 ~ Singer, keyboardist, songwriter Victoria Legrand, full name Victoria Garance Alixe Legrand, born in Paris, France ~ Cites artists as diverse as the Cure, the Cocteau Twins, Gene Clark and Neil Young as influences. Lead vocalist, keyboardist of the dream pop duo Beach House with guitarist, keyboardist Alex Scally, known for songs such a Used To Be, and Zebra
 
May 28, 1980 ~ David Roberto Hellman, commonly known as hard rock, glam metal singer, guitarist Dave Lepard, born in Stockholm, Sweden ~ Co-founding member, frontman of Crashdiet, present on hit singles such as Riot In Everyone, Breakin' The Chainz, Knokk 'Em Down and It's A Miracle. After his suicide the band continued initially as a trio, later joined by singer H Olliver Twisted ~ Hellman passed away in 2006
May 28, 1980 ~ Pop singer, pianist, songwriter Markus Feehily, full name Markus Patrick Feehily, born in Sligo, Ireland ~ Member of Irish boy band Westlife, alongside Kian Egan, Nicky Byrne, Shane Filan and Brian McFadden, known for songs such as Swear It Again, Flying Without Wings, Fool Again, What Makes A Man, Queen Of My Heart, Hey Whatever, You Raise Me Up and Amazing, all of which reached top 10 in both the band's native Ireland and the UK. Debuted as a solo artist with the album Fire in 2015
 
May 28, 1974 ~ Lyricist, songwriter Dorothy Fields passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Co-wrote over 400 songs, mostly for Broadway and Hollywood musicals, many of which have become jazz standards. Well-known songs include A Fine Romance (Guy Lombardo, Billie Holiday), On The Sunny Side Of The Street (Harry Richman, Chick Webb, Lionel Hampton), Pick Yourself Up (Fred Astaire, Anita O'Day, Frank Sinatra), I'm In The Mood For Love (Jack Little, Frances Langford, Sarah Vaughan), You Couldn't Be Cuter (Irene Dunne, Freddy Martin, Tommy Dorsey), and Big Spender (Helen Gallagher, Peggy Lee, Shirley Bassey) ~ Fields was born in 1904
 
May 28, 1973 ~ Conductor, composer Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt passed away ~ Worked the opera houses from 1923 through 1945. Listed by the Nazi regime on the list of elite artists, despite his avoiding joining the Nazi party and having a Jewish wife whom he sent to England with their two sons in 1936. Best known for founding the NDR Radiophilharmonie, also serving as its musical conductor and chief conductor from 1945 to 1971 ~ Schmidt-Isserstedt was born in 1900
 
May 28, 1968 ~ Pop, dance-pop, disco singer, songwriter, actress Kylie Minogue, Kylie Ann Minogue, born in Melbourne, Australia ~ Dubbed “the Princess of Pop” by the European press. First gained attention as an actress on the soap opera Neighbours. Rose to prominence as a singer in the late 1980s through a series of Stock Aitken & Waterman-produced albums, her singles regularly reaching top 10 in Australia, the UK and continental Europe. Well-known songs include I Should Be So Lucky, the Little Eva-cover The Loco-motion, the Jason Donovan-duet Especially For You, Give Me Just A Little More Time, Spinning Around, Can't Get You Out Of My Head, Slow and All The Lovers
 
May 28, 1967 ~ Singer, songwriter Tania Evans born in Edmonton, UK ~ Joined Eurodance outfit Culture Beat in 1993, replacing Lana Earl. Immediately scored with the band's biggest hit Mr Vain. Also present on songs such as Got To Get It, Anything, World In Your Hands, Inside Out, Crying In The Rain (which she co-wrote), Walk The Same Line, Take Me Away. Stayed with the band through 1997, replaced by Kim Sanders
 
May 28, 1964 ~ Rock, hard rock, heavy metal drummer Jamie Borger born in Avesta, Sweden ~ Influenced by Ian Paice, Bobby Rondinelli, Jeff Porcaro. Member of Talisman, Treat, Last Autumn's Dream. Has also worked with Alfonzetti, Baltimore, Human Clay, Swedish Erotica, Jeff Scott Soto
May 28, 1964 ~ Country singer, songwriter Phil Vassar, full name Phillip George Vassar Jr, born in Lynchburg, Virginia, USA ~ In-demand songwriter from the late 1990s onwards. Artists who recorded songs written or co-written by Vassar include Blackhawk, Jo Dee Messina (I'm Alright), Neal McCoy, Tim McGraw (My Next Thirty years), Kenny Chesney, Mindy McCready, Collin Raye (Little Red Rodeo), Diamond Rio, Marshall Dyllon, Alan Jackson (Right On The Money), Jennifer Day, and others. As a singer released his eponymous Phil Vassar in 2000 co-produced with Byron Gallimore, which included the country hits Carlene and Just Another Day In Paradise. Has recorded to critical acclaim and commercial succes since
 
May 28, 1962 ~ Singer, songwriter Andy White born in Belfast, Northern Ireland ~ Released his full-length Rave On Andy White in 1986 and has released over a dozen albums since. In-demand collaborator, has worked with Peter Gabriel, Sinéad O'Connor, Stephen Fearing, and perhaps most notably with the Hothouse Flowers-singer Liam O Maonlai and Split Enz-singer Tim Finn on the 1995 collaborative album Altitude released under the group moniker ALT, an acronym of the trio's first names
May 28, 1962 ~ Pianist, organist Jesse Crawford passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Popular 1920s theater organist for silent films. Switched to Hammond organ in the 1930. As a recording artist known for songs such as Rose Marie, Valencia, Russian Lullabye, At Dawning, Roses Of Picardy, Vienna Violins, Louisiana Nocturn', Harlem Holiday, and Hawaiian Honeymoon ~ Crawford was born in 1895
 
May 28, 1961 ~ Guitarist, singer Roland Gift, full name Roland Lee Gift, born in Birmingham, Alabama, USA ~ Lead singer, frontman of the Fine Young Cannibals, known for songs such as Johnny Come Home, Suspicious Minds, Ever Fallen In Love and the Billboard Hot 100 charttoppers She Drives Me Crazy and Good Thing. Has also acted on stage and in films. Released his eponymous Roland Gift solo debut album in 2002
 
May 28, 1959 ~ Stephen John Harrington, commonly known as singer, songwriter Steve Strange, was born in Newbridge, UK ~ Helped usher in the New Romantic genre. Fronted new wave group Visage, teaming up with Rusty Egan, Midge Ure, Billy Currie, Barry Adamson, John McGeoch and Dave Formula, best known for their 1980 single Fade To Grey. Had previously formed punk rock band the Moors Murderers which also included future the Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde, future the Psychedelic Furs drummer Vince Ely and future the Clash drummer Topper Headon. The band drew ire from the public for naming themselves after the notorious Moors Murders in which five children were killed between 1963 and 1965 ~ Strange passed away in 2015
 
May 28, 1958 ~ New age pianist, composer Peter Kater born in Germany ~ Worked with R Carlos Nakai, Snatam Kaur, Michael Demaria, Tina Guo, Nawang Knechog, Dominic Miller, and others
 
May 28, 1955 ~ Rock keyboardist, violinist Eddie Jobson born in Billingham, UK ~ Noted for his virtuosity on synthesizers in several progressive rock bands including Curved Air, UK, Roxy Music, Jethro Tull. Also closely associated with Frank Zappa, touring and appearing on records such as Studio Tan and Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar. In-demand session musician and collaborator for artists including Bryan Ferry, Roger Glover (The Butterfly Ball & The Grasshopper's Ball), John Entwistle, King Crimson, Bill Bruford, and others
May 28, 1955 ~ Pop singer Lis Sørensen born in Aarhus, Denmark ~ Worked with Anne Linnet, among others in the 1970s band Shit & Chanel. Debuted as a solo artist in 1983 with the Himlen Ned På Jorden album. First to record Torn, renamed Brændt, notably covered by Natalie Imbruglia
 
May 28, 1954 ~ Free jazz drummer, bandleader Whit Dickey born in New York, New York, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Closely associated with Matthew Shipp and David S Ware. As a composer influenced by Thelonious Monk, as evidenced on songs such as Criss Cross and Off Minor of his 1998 Transonic debut album. Has collaborated with Mat Maneri, Roy Campbell Jr, Daniel Carter, Joe Morris, Ivo Perelman, and others
 
May 28, 1951 ~ Jazz, pop, classical composer, arranger, producer, guitarist Richard Niles born in Hollywood, California, USA ~ Son of singer, guitarist Tony Romano. Musical director for Cat Stevens. Conducted for Ronnie Spector, Twiggy, Kate Bush, Denny Laine. As staff arranger for Hansa Records discovered Sarah Brightman and arranged her first hit, I Lost My Heart To A Starship Trooper. Arranged Grace Jones' Slave To The Rhythm album. Has written, arranged, produced, conducted for Anita Baker, Cilla Black, Ray Charles, Randy Crawford, Paul McCartney, Pet Shop Boys, Tears For Fears, Swing Out Sister, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, ABC, Was (Not Was), Cliff Richard, Ronan Keating, Wet Wet Wet, and others
 
May 28, 1949 ~ Wendy Orlean Williams, commonly known as punk, punk rock, shock rock singer, songwriter Wendy O Williams born in Webster, New York, USA ~ Rose to fame as frontwoman of quintessential New York punk outfit the Plasmatics. Known for her energetic and provocative stage presence ~ Williams passed away in 1998
 
May 28, 1947 ~ Film, TV composer Neil Argo, full name Neil Dougla Argo Jr, born in San Diego, California, USA ~ Known as a composer and orchestrator for TV shows such as Dynasty, The Colbys, Hotel, Beverly Hills 90210 and Wild America, for films such as 2008's PJ and 2009's Chasing The Green ~ Argo passed away in 2018
 
May 28, 1946 ~ Jazz trumpeter Claudio Roditi born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Klaus Ignatzek, Greg Abate, Michael Carvin, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Mann, Mark Murphy, Paquito d'Rivera, Charlie Rouse, McCoy Tyner, Kenny Barron, Michael Franks, Jimmy Heath, Horace Silver, and others ~ Roditi passed away in 2020
 
May 28, 1945 ~ Guitarist, singer, songwriter John Fogerty, full name John Cameron Fogerty, born in Berkeley, California, USA ~ Rose to prominence as frontman, lead singer, primary songwriter of Creedence Clearwater Revival, known for songs such as Suzie Q, Proud Mary, Bad Moon Rising, Green River, Fortunate Son, Who'll Stop The Rain, Lookin' Out My Backdoor, Have You Ever Seen The Rain, and others. After the band disbanded would go on to a successful solo career, starting with his The Blue Ridge Rangers album released in 1973
 
May 28, 1944 ~ William McCord, singer, guitarist, songwriter, commonly known as Billy Vera, born in Riverside, California, USA ~ Fronted Billy Vera & the Beaters, best known for At This Moment. Upon its initial 1981 release it would stall in the high 70s, but after the song would be included on the NBC sitcom Family Ties a rerelease would eventually top the Billboard Hot 100 in 1987
May 28, 1944 ~ Singer, songwriter Gary Stewart born in Jenkins, Kentucky, USA ~ Dubbed “the King of Honky-tonk” by Time Magazine. Known for a string of 1970s hits including She's Acting Single (I'm Drinking Doubles), Drinking Thing, and Your Place Or Mine. Has also written songs recorded by other singers such as for Billy Walker (She Goes Walking Through My Mind, Traces Of A Woman), Cal Smith (You Can't Housebreak A Tomcat), and Nat Stuckey (Sweet Thang And Cisco). Has also briefly played in Charley Pride's backing unit the Pridesmen ~ Stewart passed away in 2003
May 28, 1944 ~ R&B singer, songwriter Gladys Knight, full name Gladys Maria Knight, born in Atlanta, Georgia, USA ~ Rose to fame in the 1960s with her backing unit the Pips, which consisted of her brother Bubba Knight and cousins William Guest and Edward Patten. Best known for her Billboard Hot 100 No.1 hits Midnight Train To Georgia and the collaborative single That's What Friends Are For with Dionne Warwick, Elton John & Stevie Wonder. Other well-known songs include Every Beat Of My Heart, Letter Full Of Tears, I Heard It Through The Grapevine, If I Were Your Woman, Neither One Of Us Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye and Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me
 
May 28, 1942 ~ Soul, R&B, blues singer, songwriter Johnny Ross, full name John W Ross Jr, born in Miller, Indiana, USA ~ Founded Baby Huey & the Babysitters with Deacon Jones and Baby Huey. Wrote Monkey Man and Just Being Careful ~ Ross passed away in 2006
 
May 28, 1940 ~ Saxophonist, composer Hans Dulfer born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands ~ Widely regarded as the premier Dutch saxophonist. Father of saxophonist Candy Dulfer. Largely self-taught. Influenced by Coleman Hawkins. Active since the late 1950s. Has worked with Boy Edgar, John McLaughlin, Willem Breuker, Jan Akkerman, Herman Brood, Saskia Laroo, and others
May 28, 1940 ~ Percussionist, composer John Bergamo born ~ Known for co-founding two all-percussion ensembles, namely the Repercussion Unit in the mid-1970s and the Hands On'Semble in the late 1990s. Has also collaborated with Frank Zappa, Nexus, Dave Liebman, Lou Harrison, Mickey Hart, Emil Richard, Gunther Schuller, John McLaughlin, Steve Gadd, and others ~ Bergamo passed away in 2013
 
May 28, 1939 ~ Organist, saxophonist Wojciech Karolak, full name Wojciech Krzysztof Karolak, born in Warsaw, Poland ~ Refers to himself as “an American jazz and rhythm & blue musician, born by mistake in Middle Europe.” Member of the Jazz Believers, which also included Krzysztof Komeda. Acclaimed for his virtue on the Hammond organ and as a film composer. Has worked with Andrzej Trzaskowksi, Michal Urbaniak, Tomasz Szukalski, Red Mitchell, Jaroslaw Smietana, Leszek Cichonski, and others
 
May 28, 1938 ~ Operatic baritone Ekkehard Wlaschiha born in Pirna, Germany ~ Known for signature roles, usually the “villain”, in operas written by Richard Wagner including Alberich in Der Ring Des Nibelungen, Klingsor in Parsifal and Teiramund in Lohengrin ~ Wlashiha passed away in 2019
 
May 28, 1931 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Eric von Schmidt born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA ~ Considered one of the premier guitarists in the late 1950s, early 1960s folk boom. Best known for his composition Joshua Gone Barbados. Has worked with Richard Fariña, Bob Dylan, and others. Had a parallel career as a painter, ilustrated children's books and created album covers for Joan Baez, John Renbourn, the Blue Velvet Band, Reverend Gary Davis, and others ~ Von Schmidt passed away in 2007
 
May 28, 1930 ~ Blues singer, guitarist, songwriter Son House records Walking Blues in Grafton, Wisconsin, USA ~ Self-penned. Though the recording at the time remained unissued it would be part of House's repertoire and gain notoriety among fellow bluesmen and followers. The song would be covered or adapted by numerous artists, notably by Robert Johnson in 1936 which would become the best known version
 
May 28, 1929 ~ Albert Austin Burges, commonly known as rockabilly, country guitarist. singer Sonny Burgess, born in Newport, Arkansas, USA ~ Member of the Pacers, known for the 1956 single We Wanna Boogie b/w Red Headed Woman. Both songs written by Burgess and considered rock & roll classics. Also a member of the Rocky Road Ramblers ~ Burgess passed away in 2017
 
May 28, 1928 ~ Jazz saxophonist Arno Marsh born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA ~ Father of drummer Randy Marsh. Worked with Woody Herman, Stan Kenton, Charlie Barnet, Lionel Hampton, Buddy Rich, Harry James, Nancy Wilson, and others ~ Marsh passed away in 2019
 
May 28, 1926 ~ Bebop, cool jazz pianist Russ Freeman, full name Russell Donald Freeman, born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Classically trained. Worked with Art Pepper, Shorty Rogers, Chet Baker, Shelly Manne, Art Pepper, Clifford Brown, Zoot Sims, André Previn, Maynard Ferguson, Jimmy Giuffre, Irene Kral, Jack Montrose, Pete Rugolo, and others ~ Freeman passed away in 2002
 
May 28, 1925 ~ Albert Dietrich Fischer, commonly known as baritone singer, conductor Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau born in Berlin, Germany ~ Acclaimed as a Lieder singer, especially the works of Franz Schubert ~ Fischer passed away in 2012
 
May 28, 1917 ~ John Henry Creach, commonly known as violinist Papa John Creach, born in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Sideman to Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Stuff Smith, Charlie Christian, Big Joe Turner, T-Bone Walker, Nat King Cole, and Roy Milton. Rediscovered in the mid 1960s, after which he would frequently collaborate with rock, psychedelic rock acts of the day, perhaps most notably the Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna ~ Creach passed away in 1994
 
May 28, 1912 ~ Jazz guitarist, bandleader, songwriter Dave Barbour, full name David Michael Harbour, born in Long Island, New York, USA ~ Married to singer Peggy Lee, with whom he also worked, from 1943 to 1951. Also worked with Adrian Rollini, Wingy Manone, Dick Stabile, Red Norvo, Teddy Wilson, Billie Holiday, Artie Shaw, Lennie Hayton, Charlie Barnet, Raymond Scott, Glenn Miller, Lou Holden, Woody Herman, André Previn, Benny Goodman, and others ~ Barbour passed away in 1965
 
May 28, 1911 ~ Arthur Reismond Herfurt, commonly known as jazz saxophonist, clarinetist Skeets Herfurt, born in Cincinnati, USA ~ Active since the mid-1930s. Has worked with Smith Ballew, the Dorsey Brothers, Ray Noble, Alvino Rey, Benny Goodman, Earle Spencer, Billy May, Louis Armstrong, Georgie Auld, Jack Teagarden, Stan Kenton, Glen Gray, Ray Anthony, Joe Fingers Carr, Ray Conniff, the Four Freshmen, Pete Rugolo, and others ~ Herfurt passed away in 1992
 
May 28, 1910 ~ Aaron Thibeaux Walker, commonly known as singer, guitarist T-Bone Walker, born in Linden, Texas, USA ~ Pioneer and innovator of jump blues and electric blues. Quintessential to development of early rock & roll. Known for his signature tune They Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday's Just As Bad), covered by a wide array of artists from all genres. Chuck Berry cites him as one of the two main influences, the other being Louis Jordan ~ Walker passed away in 1975
 
May 28, 1909 ~ Jerome Philip Herst, commonly known as lawyer, songwriter Jerry Herst, born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Perhaps best remembered for writing So Rare with Jack Sharpe. The song was first published in 1937 and would be a late-career hit for Jimmy Dorsey just months before his death in 1957. Others who have recorded the song include Carl Ravell, Gus Arnheim, Ella Fitzgerald, King Curtis, Chet Atkins. Herst has also collaborated with Felton Kaufmann, Richard O'Kreamer, and wrote or co-wrote a number of instrumental works and musicals. Herst practiced law from the mid-1930 through the mid-1940s ~ Herst passed away in 1990
 
May 28, 1900 ~ Jazz trumpeter Tommy Ladnier born in Mandeville, Louisiana, USA ~ Worked with Isidore Frick, Bunk Johnson, Lovie Austin, Ma Rainey, Ida Cox, Alberta Hunter, King Oliver, Sam Wooding, Fletcher Henderson, Noble Sissle, Sidney Bechet, Mezz Mezzrow, Rosetta Crawford, and others ~ Ladnier passed away in 1939
 
May 28, 1898 ~ Tuba player, bandleader Andy Kirk, full name Andrew Dewey Kirk, born in Newport, Kentucky, USA ~ Best known as leader of the Clouds Of Joy taking over for Terrence Holder in 1929. The band would also include pianist Mary Lou Williams and is best known for songs such as I Won't Tell A Soul (I Love You) featuring vocalist Pha Terrell, Take It & Git and Hey Lawdy Mama ~ Kirk passed away in 1992
 
May 28, 1787 ~ Composer, violinist Leopold Mozart, full name Johann Georg Leopold Mozart, passed away in Salzburg, Germany ~ Best known as father and teacher of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and as author, his violin textbook Versuch Einer Gründlichen Violinschule published in 1756. Sacrificed his own career to promote his son's yet several works, notably Toy Symphony, remain popular ~ Mozart was born in 1719