This Day In Music: May 30
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May 30, 2022 ~ Sound engineer Dave Smith passed away ~ Dubbed “the father of MIDI” for his pivotal role in the development of MIDI, a standard interface protocol for electronic instruments and pro audio equipment. Graduated from UC Berkeley with degrees in Computer Science and Electronic Engineering. Founded the Sequential Circuits company in the mid-1970s, the company quickly becoming one of the most successful synthesizer manufacturers. Best remembered for designing the Prophet 5, the first commercial polyphonic and microprocessor-controlled synthesizer ~ Smith was born ca.1950
May 30, 2022 ~ Joseph Paul Florio, commonly known as songwriter, producer Paul Vance, passed away ~ Prolific songwriter with over an estimated 300 songs to his credit, often teaming up with Lee Pockriss. Among their best-known are Perry Como's 1957 hit Catch A Falling Star and Brian Hyland's Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Polka Dot Bikini, the latter a 1960 Billboard Hot 100 charttopper. The duo would be sued by songwriters Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich and George Shadow Morton for their spoof song and Billboard Hot 100 top 20 hit The Leader Of The Laundromat recorded under the moniker the Detergents, which parodied the Shangri-la's' The Leader Of The Pack. The case would be settled out of court ~ Florio was born in 1929
May 30, 2021 ~ Folk singer Luisa Molina, full name Luisa Gabriela Molina Terrazas, passed away in La Paz, Bolivia ~ Co-founding member of Grupo Femenino Bolivia. As a solo artist known for songs such as Vas Allorar, Gaviota, Ironias De Amor, Le Lenera and Faiso Amor Y Falso Corazon ~ Molina was born in 1955
May 30, 2019 ~ Dickran Gobalian, commonly known as singer, guitarist Leon Redbone, passed away in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Jazz, blues, roots singer with over a dozen album to his name starting with 1975's On The Track. Preferred material from the Tin Pan Alley-era, circa 1890 to 1910. Upon a chance meeting in 1972 Redbone impressed Bob Dylan, the latter mentioning him in a Rolling Stone interview leading the magazine to do a profile on Redbone ~ Gobalian was born in 1949
May 30, 2012 ~ Guitarist Pete Cosey passed away in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Best known for his 1973-1975 stint playing with Miles Davis, including on the albums Get Up With It, Agharte, Pangaea, and Fark Magus. Prior Cosey worked as an in-demand session musician backing artists such as Etta James, Fontella Bass (including on the single Rescue Me), Rotary Connection, Howlin' Wolf, and Muddy Waters. Member of the Association For The Advancement Of Creative Musicians. Member of the Pharaohs, which would later evolve into Earth Wind & Fire. Cosey's talent and technique has been likened to Jimi Hendrix yet Cosey would maintain a low profile throughout his career and not record any solo albums ~ Cosey was born in 1943
May 30, 2011 ~ George John Tozzi, commonly known as opera singer Giorgio Tozzi, passed away in Bloomington, Indiana, USA ~ Closely associated with the Metropolitan Opera. Also performed in Broadway musicals, dubbed singing parts for film, guest starred on several TV shows including The Odd Couple, Kojak and Knight Rider, and wrote the 1997 The Golem Of The Golden West novel ~ Tozzi was born in 1923
May 30, 2010 ~ Ollie Creggett, commonly known as singer, keyboardist, drummer Ali Ollie Woodson passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Joined the Temptations in 1984 replacing Dennis Wilson as the lead singer. Except for a year-long hiatus Woodson remained with the band through 1996. Had also worked with Aretha Franklin, Jean Carn, and with Bill Pinkney ~ Woodson was born in 1951
May 30, 2010 ~ Jazz, swing saxophonist Kristian Bergheim passed away ~ Leader and sideman. Popular especially during the 1950s and 1960s. Worked with Rowland Greenberg, Karl Otto Hoff, the Appaloosa Mainstream Ensemble, Totti Bergh, and others. Retired from music in 1990 for health reasons ~ Bergheim was born in 1926
May 30, 2010 ~ The 41st edition of Pinkpop takes place in Landgraaf, the Netherlands ~ Day 3 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, Sunday the 30th's bill would be the Maccabees, Danko Jones, Skunk Anansie, Triggerfinger, the Pixies, the Prodigy, Jon Allen, Kate Nash, Slash, Mika, P!nk, DeWolff, General Fiasco, Yeasayer, Florence + the Machine, and Gogol Bordello
May 30, 2009 ~ The 40th edition of Pinkpop takes place in Landgraaf, the Netherlands ~ Day 1 of 3. Dry and warm, this year's edition would draw a total of some 90,000 visitors. Included on today's, Saturday the 30th's bill would include Chris Cornell, the Killers, Bruce Springsteen, the Kings Of The Day, Me First & the Gimme Gimme's, Elbow, the Noisettes, Just Jack, and Dr Lektroluv
May 30, 2008 ~ Jazz trombonist, singer Campbell Burnap passed away ~ Worked with the Omega Jazz Band, the Hot Sands Jazz Band, Geoff Bull, Terry Lightfoot, Monty Sunshine, Ian Armit, Alan Elsdon, Alex Welsh, Acker Bilk, and others ~ Burnap was born in 1939
May 30, 2008 ~ Big band leader, clarinetist, saxophonist Nat Temple, full name Nathan Temple, passed away in Woking, UK ~ Worked with Syd Roy, Harry Roy, Geraldo, Ambrose, Joe Daniels, Lew Stone, Benny Lee, Frankie Vaughan, Joy Nichols, Lita Roza, David Whitfield, Anne Shelton, Denny Termer, Beryl Davis, Julie Andrews, the Keynotes, Bernard Braden, Eamonn Andrews, Eartha Kitt, Petula Clark, George Shearing, Larry Grayson, Fred Perry, Joyce Grenfell, Matt Monro, Kenneth Horne, Mel Tormé, and others ~ Temple was born in 1913
May 30, 2008 ~ The 39th edition of Pinkpop takes place in Landgraaf, the Netherlands ~ Day 1 of 3. To mixed weather this year's edition would draw a total of some 94,000 visitors. Included on today's, Friday the 30th's bill would be Flogging Molly, Incubus, Metallica, SAT2D, Animal Alpha, Alter Bridge, From First To Last, Jonathan Davis, and Porcupine Tree
May 30, 2004 ~ The 35th edition of Pinkpop takes place in Geleen, the Netherlands ~ Day 2 of 3. Sunny and warm with occassional rain this year's edition would draw a total of some 36,000 visitors. Included on today's, Sunday the 30th's bill would be Seeed, Less Than Jake, the Rasmus, the Pixies, Tiësto, the Kaizers Orchestra, T Raumschmiere, the Audio Bullys, Dave Clarke, and After Forever
May 30, 2003 ~ Michael Peter Hayes, commonly known as producer, label executive Mickie Most, passed away in London, UK ~ Produced singles such as the Animals' debut single Baby Let Me Take You Home, Brenda Lee's Is It True and What'd I Say, Donovan's Sunshine Superman and Mellow Yellow, Lulu's To Sir With Love, the Seekers' The Days Of My Life an Nancy Sinatra's The Highway Song. Worked with Jeff Beck on the albums Truth and Beck-ola. Continued into the 1970s producing acts such as Alexis Korner's CCS, Smokie, Hot Chocolate, Julie Felix, Suzi Quatro (Can The Can, Devil Gate Drive), Mud (Tiger Feet), and others. Discovered Kim Wilde singing background vocals for her father and Most immediateley scored with Kids In America, launching Kim's career. Most's son Calvin Hayes is a member of pop group Johnny Hates Jazz, also signed to Most's RAK Records. Other acts that Most worked with throughtout the years include Terry Reid, the She Trinity, New World, Duncan Brown, Cozy Powell, Tam White, and Chris Spedding ~ Hayes was born in 1938
May 30, 2000 ~ Gordon Lee Beneke, commonly known as singer, bandleader Tex Beneke, passed away in Costa Mesa, California, USA ~ Closely associated with Glenn Miller, present on key the Glenn Miller Orchestra recordings such as In The Mood and Chattanooga Choo Choo. Also worked with Eydie Gormé, Henry Mancini, Ronnie Deaville, and others ~ Beneke was born in 1914
May 30, 1998 ~ The 29th edition of Pinkpop takes place in Landgraaf, the Netherlands ~ Day 1 of 3. Mostly a sunny and warm weekend this year's edition would draw some 51,500 visitors. Included on today's, Saturday the 30th's bill would be Itchy Bitchy, Girls Against Boys, Primus, Supersub, Ozric Tentacles, and Zion Train
May 30, 1996 ~ Rubye Rose Blevins, commonly known as country singer, songwriter, actress Patsy Montana, passed away in San Jacinto, California, USA ~ Best known for her signature song I Want To Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart released in 1935, the first million-seller by a female singer ~ Blevins was born in 1908
May 30, 1995 ~ Antonio González Flores, commonly known as rock, pop, flamenco singer, guitarist, pianist, actor Antonio Flores, passed away in Madrid, Spain ~ Brother of singers Lolita Flores and Rosario Flores. Best known for Cosas Mias, his fourth and final album released in 1995. His previous albums had been commercially unsuccessful yet in hindsight Flores would posthumously be acclaimed as one of Spain's most influential artists ~ Flores was born in 1961
May 30, 1994 ~ Jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, bandleader Jean Omer passed away in Brussels, Belgium ~ Worked with Billy Smith, the Golden Stars, René Compère, Gus Deloof, Fud Candrix, Lauderic Caton, Jean Robert, Robert de Kers, Josephine Baker, Ernst van 't Hoff, Rudy Bruder, and others ~ Omer was born in 1912
May 30, 1993 ~ Herman Poole Blount, commonly known as jazz bandleader, pianist, poet Sun Ra, passed away 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 was born in 1914
May 30, 1987 ~ Melvin Edward Alton Murphy, commonly known as Dixieland, traditional jazz trombonist, bandleader Turk Murphy, passed away in San Francisco, California, USA ~ Worked with Lu Watters, the Yerba Buena Jazz Band, Bunk Johnson, and others. Recorded as a leader since the early-1950s ~ Murphy was born in 1915
May 30, 1986 ~ Henry Mobley, commonly known as hard bop, soul jazz saxophonist Hank Mobley passed away in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Praised for his laid-back, subtle tone and regarded by some critics as one of the most underrated jazz saxophonists. Collaborated with Lee Morgan, Curtis Fuller, Elmo Hope, Cedar Walton, Art Blakey, Kenny Burrell, Donald Byrd, Sonny Clark, John Coltrane, Zoot Sims, Miles Davis, Kenny Dorham, Kenny Drew, Art Farmer, Dizzy Gillespie, Grant Green, Herbie Hancock, Freddie Hubbard, JJ Johnson, Tete Montoliu, Dizzy Reece, Max Roach, Horace Silver, Julius Watkins, and others ~ Mobley was born in 1930
May 30, 1982 ~ Gary McCann, commonly known as dubstep producer, DJ Caspa, born in London, UK ~ Has DJ'd at premier festivals including Glastonbury, Global Gathering, Stereosonic, Lollapalooza. Released his full-length Everybody's Talking Nobody's Listening debut album in 2009
May 30, 1982 ~ Songwriter Leon René passed away ~ Known for writing or co-writing songs such as Gloria (Bob Hayward), I Lost My Sugar In Salt Lake City (Johnny Mercer), Rockin' Robin (Bobby Day), When It's Sleepy Time Down South (Louis Armstrong), Dig That Crazy Santa Claus (Oscar McLollie), Gee Whiz (Bob & Earl), and I Sold My Heart To The Junkman (the Basin Street Boys) ~ René was born in 1902
May 30, 1981 ~ Freak folk, psychedelic folk singer, guitarist, pianist, songwriter Devendra Banhart, full name Devendra Obi Banhart, born in Houston, Texas, USA ~ Released his full-length The Charles C Leary in 2002. Influenced by Kurt Cobain, Simon Diaz, Mick Jagger, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Axl Rose, Caetano Veloso. Has collaborated with Jana Hunter, Adán Jodorowsky, Natalia Lafourcade, Stray Dogg, Akira Kosemura
May 30, 1980 ~ Bassist Carl Radle passed away in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA ~ In-demand touring and session bassist, mostly associated with a number of influential 1960s, 1970s artists notably Delaney & Bonnie and Eric Clapton, present on over half a dozen of the latter's albums including 461 Ocean Boulevard, Slowhand and on Clapton's Derek & the Dominos' Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs. Backed Joe Cocker on the 1970 Mad Dogs & Englishmen tour. Played George Harrison's 1971 Concert For Bangladesh charity concert, released as a double LP the next year. Has also worked with Rita Coolidge, Kris Kristofferson, Dave Mason, JJ Cale, Leon Russell, and others ~ Radle was born in 1942
May 30, 1980 ~ Reminisce Smith, commonly known as rapper Remy Ma born in the Bronx, New York, USA ~ Discovered by Big Pun. First gained attention as member of Terror Squad, known for their 2004 Billboard Hot 100 No.1 hit Lean Back. Debuted as a solo artist with the There's Something About Remy (Based On A True Story) album in 2006. Known for songs such as Feels So Good featuring Ne-Yo and All The Way Up featuring Fat Joe, French Montana & Infrared
May 30, 1978 ~ Keinan Abdi Warsame, commonly known as rapper, singer K'naan, born in Mogadishu, Somalia ~ Internationally best known for Wavin' Flag, chosen as Coca-Cola's promotional anthem for the 2010 FIFA World Cup held in South Africa. Also known for 2012's Is Anybody Out There featuring Nelly Furtado, a top 20 hit in Furtado's native Canada
May 30, 1978 ~ Jazz guitarist, composer, arranger Randy Napoleon born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Freddy Cole, Benny Green, the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Micheal Bublé, Monty Alexander, Bill Charlap, Michael Dease, René Marie, Rodney Whitaker, Josh Brown, Justin Ray, Jared Gold, Hilary Gardner, Etienne Charles, Melisa Morgan, and others
May 30, 1977 ~ Paul Emil Breitenfeld, commonly known as jazz saxophonist Paul Desmond passed away in Manhattan, New York, USA ~ Best known as member of the Dave Brubeck Quartet, also composing the group's biggest hit Take Five. Has also worked with Gerry Mulligan, Chet Baker, Jim Hall, Ed Bickert, David Van Kriedt, Jack Sheedy, Don Sebesky, Art Garfunkel, and others ~ Breitenfeld was born in 1924
May 30, 1977 ~ The 8th edition of Pinkpop takes place in Geleen, the Netherlands ~ A cloudy day, some 45,000 visitors show up for this edition's bill which includes the Kinks, Manfred Mann's Earth Band, Nils Lofgren, the Racing Cars, the Golden Earring, the Bothy Band, and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
May 30, 1974 ~ Lamont Coleman, commonly known as rapper, songwriter Big L, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Emerged in the 1990s, known for his freestyling ability and use of wordplay. Influenced and impressed artists such as Nas. Released his full-length Lifestyles Ov Da Poor And Dangerous in 1995. Has collaborated with Children Of The Corn, Lord Finesse, Fat Joe, Buckwild, Jay-Z, and others ~ Coleman passed away in 1999
May 30, 1971 ~ Singer Idina Menzel born in Queens, New York, USA ~ First gained attention in Broadway musicals such as Wicked and Rent, the latter earning her a Tony nomination. Became a household name with the Oscar and Grammy-winning song Let It Go from the Disney, Frozen soundtrack
May 30, 1971 ~ Alternative rock, post-grunge bassist Patrick Dahlheimer, full name Patrick Michael Dahlheimer, born in York, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Co-founding member of Live, present on all of the band's albums. During the band's hiatus formed the Gracious Few with Chad Taylor, Chad Gracey, Kevin Martin and Sean Hennesy
May 30, 1967 ~ Gregory O Mays, commonly known as rapper Greg Nice, born ~ Formed the duo Nice & Smooth with Smooth B, aided by DJ Teddy Tedd and best known for a number of 1990s underground rap songs notably Funky For You, Hip-Hop Junkies, Sometimes I Rhyme Slow and Old To The New
May 30, 1967 ~ Rock, pop drummer Ian Mussington born ~ Best known for his work with Soul Asylum, sessioning with the band from 1998 through 2001. Has also worked with Stress, Wyclef Jean, Lenny Kravitz, Misty Oldland, 12 Rounds, and others
May 30, 1966 ~ Thelma Combe, commonly known as bandleader, bassist Thelma Terru passed away in Michigan, USA ~ Active from the 1920s onwards. The first female instrumentalist to lead a notable jazz orchestra. Led Thelma & the Playboys, featuring a young Gene Krupa on drums ~ Combes was born in 1901
May 30, 1965 ~ Indie pop, alternative rock singer Briana Corrigan born ~ Female lead singer of the Beautiful South from 1988 through 1992, replaced by Jacquie Abbott. Appeared on the band's first three albums and the hit single A Little Time. Released her debut solo album, When My Arms Wrap You Round, in 1996
May 30, 1965 ~ Rhythm & blues singer, guitarist, songwriter Rick Holmstrom born in Fairbanks, Alaska, USA ~ Worked with Smokey Wilson, Junior Watson, Johnny Dyer, Rod Piazza, the Mighty Flyers, John Medeski, DJ Logic, Mavis Staples, and others
May 30, 1964 ~ Multi-instrumentalist, composer Troy Donockley born in Workington, UK ~ Best known as member of symphonic metal band Nightwish. Has also worked with Barbara Dickson, the Bad Shepherds, Iona, Dave Bainbridge, Maddy Prior, Midge Ure, You Slosh, Auri, the Enid, Kathryn Tickell, Mostly Autumn, Roy Harper, Mermaid Kiss, Magenta, Johanna Kurkelas, Mike Dawes, Ayreon, Tuomas Holopainen, Gandalf's Fist, Kamelot, Steve Hackett, Apocalyptica, and others
May 30, 1964 ~ Christina Claire Ciminella, commonly known as country, country pop singer, guitarist, songwriter Wynonna Judd born in Ashland, Kentucky, USA ~ First rose to prominence as half of the mother-daughter duo the Judds, the other half being Naomi Judd, known for 1980s hits such as Mama He's Crazy, Why Not Me, Girl Night Out, Grandpa Tell Me 'Bout The Good Old Days, Turn It Loose and Let Me Tell You About Love. Ventured out on her own after Naomi retired from music for health reasons. Released her Wynonna debut album in 1992 and has gone on to a successful solo career, choosing at times a more rock-influenced path yet also venturing into soul, gospel and show tunes for good measure. Well-known songs include I Saw The Light, Rock Bottom, To Be Loved By You, What The World Need, and others. Has collaborated with Clint Black (A Bad Goodbye), Michael English, Tammy Wynette, Kenny Rogers, Huey Lewis, Sam & Dave's Sam Moore, and others
May 30, 1962 ~ Geir Jensen, commonly known as producer, electronic musician Biosphere, born in Norway ~ Influenced by New Order, Depeche Mode, Wire, and Brian Eno. Member of critically acclaimed synth trio Bel Canto, alongside Nils Johansen and Anneli Drecker, appearing on the albums White-Out Conditions and Birds Of Passage. Went solo in 1990 and has been recording ambient and ambient house under the moniker Biosphere ever since
May 30, 1962 ~ Guitarist Joey Tafolla born in San Diego, California, USA ~ Son of guitarist Noah Tafolla and singer Rosie Hamlin, both members of Rosie & the Originals. Joey was briefly a member of heavy metal group Jag Panzer before turning out a solo record, Out Of The Sun, in 1987. Has also worked with Graham Bonnet, Ken Tamplin, Milan Polak, and others
May 30, 1960 ~ Vocal harmony quartet the Four Voices record Sealed With A Kiss ~ Penned by Peter Udell and Gary Geld. Though the Four Voices version failed to make much of an impact on the charts, several others would make the song a hit, notably Brian Hyland reaching top 10 Billboard Hot 100 in 1962, both Gary Lewis & the Playboys and Bobby Vinton top 20 in 1968, and Australian singer Jason Donovan topping the UK charts with his 1989 cover
May 30, 1959 ~ Saxophonist Pietro Tonolo born in Mirano, Italy ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Franco D'Andrea, Luigi Bonafede, Larry Nocella, Massimo Urbani, Rita Marcotulli, Enrico Rava, Gil Evans, Steve Lacy, Lew Soloff, Ray Anderson, Paul Motian, Kenny Clarke, Roswell Rudd, Sal Nistico, Chet Baker, Lee Konitz, John Surman, Steve Swallow, Gil Goldstein, Barry Altschul, Joe Chambers, Henri Texler, Aldo Romano, Kenny Wheeler, Eliot Zigmund, Tony Oxley, Guido Manusardi, Luca Flores, Giovanni Tommaso, Mario Raja, Marcello Tonolo, Francesco Maciante, the Ex-Novo Ensemble, and others
May 30, 1958 ~ Pop singer, pianist, songwriter Marie Fredriksson, full name Gun-Marie Fredriksson, born in Ossjo, Sweden ~ Formed Roxette with Per Gessle, known for a string of late 1980s, early 1990s hits including the Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hits The Look, Listen To Your Heart, Dangerous, It Must Have Been Love, Joyride, and Fading Like A Flower (Every Time You Leave). Previously sang with bands such as Strul and with the short-lived MaMas Barn. Has also recorded a number of solo albums, starting with Het Vind released in 1984 ~ Fredriksson passed away in 2019
May 30, 1958 ~ Oluwashina Akanbi Peters, commonly known as guitarist, pianist, singer Shina Peters, born in Nigeria ~ Fronted Olushina & the Twelve Fantastic Brothers. Also worked with Ebenezer Obey, Prince Adekunle, and with Segun Adewale. Known for songs such as Ijo Shina, OLuwa Yo Pese, Omo Bo, and Give Our Women Chance
May 30, 1956 ~ Trumpeter, singer Valaida Snow passed away ~ Best known for her 1930s hit High Hat Trumpet & Rhythm. Nicknamed “Little Louis” after Louis Armstrong who called her the world's second best trumpet player beside himself ~ Snow was born in 1904
May 30, 1955 ~ Nichola Bowen Headon, commonly known as drummer Topper Headon, born in Bromley, UK ~ Member of punk, punk rock, punk-pop outfit the Clash from 1977 through his dismissal in 1982, fired for his substance abuse and succeeded by Pete Howard. Present on all of the band's albums except for their final Cut The Crap album released in 1985. Owns his nickname of Topper for his resemblance to Mickey the Monkey of the Topper comic
May 30, 1952 ~ Virtuoso pianist, conductor, composer Zoltan Kocsis born in Budapest, Hungary ~ Worked with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Staatskapelle Dresden, and others ~ Kocsis passed away in 2016
May 30, 1951 ~ Pop singer Zdravko Colic born in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia ~ Dubbed “the Tom Jones of the Balkans” and best known for Ti Si Mi U Krvi, considered one of the all-time most endearing Yugoslavian pop ballads
May 30, 1946 ~ Producer, songwriter Eddy Ouwens born in Rotterdam ~ Co-wrote Teach-In's Ding-a-dong, 1975 Eurovision Songfestival winner, with Dick Bakker and Will Luikinga. Also worked with acts such as Bolland & Bolland, the Shoes and Harmony. As a recording artist, under the moniker Danny Mirror he released a tribute single I Remember Elvis Presley (The King Is Dead following Elvis Presley's death in 1977. It would reach the British top 10 and spents several weeks topping the Dutch charts
May 30, 1945 ~ Folk singer Cathy Conn born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Formed the short-lived duo Friend & Lover with then-husband Jim Post, best known for their 1968 Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit Reach Out Of The Darkness. A follow-up single, If Love Is In Your Heart, would stall in the 80s on the same chart but as they were unable to repeat their earlier succes the couple and band broke up by the early 1970s
May 30, 1945 ~ Singer Gladys Horton, full name Gladys Catherine Horton, born in Gainesville, Florida, USA ~ Founder, lead singer of the Marvelettes, known for songs such as Playboy, Beechwood 4-5789, Too Many Fish In The Sea, Please Mr Postman, and Don't Mess With Bill ~ Horton passed away in 2011
May 30, 1943 ~ Singer, songwriter, promoter Peter Lipa born in Presov Slovak, Slovak ~ Called “the Father of Slovak Jazz”
May 30, 1942 ~ Blues rock guitarist Jim Murray born ~ Original member of psychedelic blues rock band Quicksilver Messenger Service, leaving the band in late 1967 shortly before they recorded their debut album. Has also worked with John Cipollina's post-Quicksilver band Copperhead ~ Murray passed away in 2013
May 30, 1941 ~ Jazz pianist, keyboardist Yuji Onno born in Atami, Japan ~ Best known for scoring a number of Japanese anime TV series, notably Lupin III, and feature films such as The Castle Of Cagliostro. Has also recorded as a leader and sideman, working with artists such as Hideo Shiraki, Yuzo Kayama, Miroslav Vitous, Lenny White, and others
May 30, 1939 ~ Actress, singer Marisa Solinas, full name Marisa Anna Solinas, born in Genoa, Italy ~ Best known as actress for television, film (Bernardo Bertolucci's La Commare Secca) and stage. Released two albums as a beat, pop singer ~ Solinas passed away in 2019
May 30, 1939 ~ Film composer Michael Small born in New York, New York, USA ~ Known for scoring the music to movies such as Klute, Parralax View, The Marathon Man and Star Chamber ~ Small passed away in 2003
May 30, 1933 ~ Jazz pianist, composer Michael Garrick born ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Brian Barnes, Josephine Stahl, Peter Shade, Paul Hemmings, Joe Harriott, Shake Keane, Jeremy Robson, Coleridge Goode, Colin Barnes, Ian Carr, Don Rendell, Tony Coe, Dave Green, Trevor Tomkins, Art Themen, Norma Winstone, Henry Lowther, Jim Tomlinson, Anita Wardell, Nick Smart, Paul Moylan, and others ~ Garrick passed away in 2011
May 30, 1932 ~ Composer, accordionist Pauline Oliveros born in Houston, Texas, USA ~ Founding member, director of the collaborative the San Francisco Tape Music Center ~ Oliveros passed away in 2016
May 30, 1930 ~ Pianist Dave McKenna born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Al Cohn, Eddie Condon, Stan Getz, Gene Krupa, Zoot Sims, Joe Venuti, Bob Wilber, Bobby Hackett, Ed Bickert, Urbie Green, Teddi King, and others ~ McKenna passed away in 2008
May 30, 1930 ~ Singer, guitarist, actor Uno Loop born in Tallinn, Estonia ~ Active since the 1950s. Member of Sinilind, jazz group Metronoom, the Estonian Radio Male Quartet. Active as a solo singer since the 1960s, performing light pop, jazz, estrada music. Known for solo hits such as Loke Preerias and Mis Varvi On Armastus, and Heidy Tamme-duets such as Uued Laulud and Na-na-na ~ Loop passed away in 2021
May 30, 1927 ~ Ellsworth McGranahan Keane, commonly known as jazz trumpeter, poet Shake Keane, born in Kingstown, West Indies ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Joe Harriott, the Mike McKenzie Harlem All-Stars, Michael Garrick, Kurt Edelhagen, Kenny Clarke, Coleridge Goode, Bobby Orr, David Mack, Johnny Teupen, and others ~ Keane passed away in 1997
May 30, 1926 ~ Fiddler Johnny Gimble, full name John Paul Gimble, born in Tyler, Texas, USA ~ Considered one of country's greatest fiddlers. Member of Bob Wills's backing unit the Texas Playboys. Also sessioned, toured and collaborated with Conway Twitty, Connie Smith, Marty Robbins (I'll Go On ALine), Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, Lefty Frizzell, Ray Price, Willie Nelson, Chet Atkins, Vince Gill, Tanya Tucker, Dale Watson, his granddaughter Emily Gibson, and with others ~ Gimble passed away in 2015
May 30, 1926 ~ Trumpeter Tony Terran born in Buffalo, New York, USA ~ Member of highly revered collective of first call session musicians the Wrecking Crew. Has backed artists such as the Jackson 5, the Mamas & the Papas, the Beach Boys, the Beatles, the Bee Gees, Ray Charles, Chicago, Nat King Cole, Perry Como, Bob Dylan, Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Goodman, Elvis Presley, Eartha Kitt, Tony Bennett, Peggy Lee, Madonna, Dean Martin, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Diana Ross, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, the Baja Marimba Band, the Tijuana Brass, the Carpenters, Tom Waits and others. Also known for his many recordings for TV series, I Love Lucy, The Brady Bunch, Star Trek, The Love Boat, and films such as An Officer And A Gentleman, Close Encounters Of The Third Kind and The Excorcist ~ Terran passed away in 2017
May 30, 1924 ~ Percussionist Armando Peraza born in Havana, Cuba ~ Worked with Santana, Alberto Ruiz, Machito, Charlie Parker, Buddy Rich, Slim Gaillard, Pérez Prado, Dizzy Gillespie, Charles Mingus, Dexter Gordon, Tony Martinez, Dave Brubeck, Cal Tjader, George Shearing, Al McKibbon, Peggy Lee, Mongo Santamaria, Francisco Aguabella, Shelly Manne, Stan Kenton, Chick Corea, Sadao Watanabe, Johnny Pacheco, Harvey Mandel, José Areas, Mingo Lewis, Raul Rekow, Orestes Vilato, John Santos, Rebeca Mauleon, Michael Shrieve, and others ~ Peraza passed away in 2014
May 30, 1921 ~ Alan Jacycock, commonly known as pianist Alan Clare, born ~ Self-taught pianist. Has been playing professionally since age 15. Worked with Carlo Krahmer, Sid Phillips, Sid Milward, Stéphane Grappelli and others. Best known as leader of Alan Clare Trio teaming up with bassist Lennie Bush and drummer Tony Crombie from the mid-1950s into the 1960s ~ Clare passed away in 1993
May 30, 1919 ~ Jazz saxophonist Joe McQueen, full name Joe Leandrew McQueen, born in Ponder, Texas, USA ~ Toured with various bands throughout the USA. While passing through Ogden, Utah, the leader of the band he was in took off with the money. McQueen and his wife decided to stick around in Ogden and he had been performing locally ever since, including backing visiting musicians such as Charlie Parker, Chet Baker, Lester Young, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Nat King Cole, Ray Charles, and others ~ McQueen passed away in 2019
May 30, 1918 ~ Singer Durelle Alexander born in Greenville, Texas, USA ~ Child performer throughout the 1920s. Went on to sing with several big bands on radio programs and tours. Worked with Paul Whiteman, Eddy Duchin, Smith Ballew, Archie Bleyer, and others ~ Alexander passed away in 1994
May 30, 1914 ~ Robert J Sherwood Jr, commonly known as guitarist, trumpeter, bandleader, radio host Bobby Sherwood, born in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA ~ Replaced Eddie Lang as the guitarist for Bing Crosby in 1933 and remained with Crosby till the early 1940s. Worked as a bandleader for Judy Garland at Decca Records. Had his own big band that included Dave Pell and Kitty Kallen at Capitol Records ~ Sherwood passed away in 1981
May 30, 1913 ~ George Erwin, commonly known as jazz trumpeter Pee Wee Erwin, born in Falls City, USA ~ Worked with Joe Haymes, Isham Jones, Benny Goodman, and Ray Noble. ~ Erwin passed away in 1981
May 30, 1909 ~ Bandleader, clarinetist Benny Goodman, full name Benjamin David Goodman, born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Influenced by Jimmie Noone, Johnny Dodds, Leon Roppolo. Helped jazz into the mainstream. Noted for his The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert, considered a landmark performance in the history of jazz. Trailblazing bandleader, leading one of the first racially integrated jazz groups. Catalyst for swing and bebop, explorer of classical music. Known for recordings such as He's Not Worth Your Tears, Ain't Cha Glad, I Ain't Lazy I'm Just Dreamin' featuring Jack Teagarden, Ol' Pappy featuring Mildred Bailey, Riffin' The Scotch featuring Billie Holiday, Moonglow, Take My Word, Bugle Call Rag, and others. Also noted for employing numerous future stars early on in their career, perhaps most notably guitar virtuoso Charlie Christian ~ Goodman passed away in 1986
May 30, 1905 ~ Jazz trumpeter Sidney De Paris born in Crawfordsville, Indiana, USA ~ Valued sideman. Sidney worked with Charlie Johnson, Don Redman, Zutty Singleton, Benny Carter, Art Hodes, Jelly Roll Morton, Sidney Bechet, and with his brother trombonist Wilbur de Paris ~ De Paris passed away in 1967
May 30, 1903 ~ Songwriter, pianist Alex Kramer born in Montreal, Canada ~ Vocal coach to Joan Whitney, whom he eventually married. As a husband-wife songwriting team they would become known for penning a number of hits, notably the 1947 Jimmy Dorsey-hit High On A Windy Hill. Other successes would include Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens for Louis Jordan, Deep As The River for Harry Belafonte and Love Somebody for Buddy Clark and Doris Day ~ Kramer passed away in 1998
May 30, 1902 ~ Lincoln Theodore Monroe Andrew Perry, commonly known as vaudevillian, comedian, actor Stepin Fetchit, born in Key West, Florida, USA ~ First African-American to have a serious film career, enjoying popularity from the 1930s onwards. Perry's film career nearly stopped in the early 1950s as Black American began to see his regular character as an embarrassing and harmful stereotype. Co-wrote May What He Lived For Live with Berry Gordy Jr and Esther Gordy Edwards, recorded by Liz Lands, intended to honor the memory of the then-recently assassinated President John F Kennedy ~ Perry passed away in 1985
May 30, 1901 ~ Jazz, dixieland saxophonist, composer Frankie Trumbauer, full name Orie Frank Trumbauer, born in Carbondale, Illinois, USA ~ Leading jazz saxophonist of the 1920s and 1930s. Known for songs such as Krazy Kat, Red Hot, Plantation Moods and Trumbology. Closely associated with Bix Beiderbecke and Eddie Lang, recording under the group moniker Tram Bix & Lang including the landmark recordings Singin' The Blues in 1927 and the first hit recording of the Hoagy Carmichael-penned Georgia On My Mind in 1931 ~ Trumbauer passed away in 1956
May 30, 1899 ~ John Leonard, commonly known as singer, pianist, songwriter Jack Little, born ~ Best known for a number of 1930s hits including You Oughta Be In Pictures, June In January, Lullaby Of Broadway, I'm In The Mood For Love, On Treasure Island and No Other One ~ Leonard passed away in 1956
May 30, 1896 ~ Jacob Schmidt, commonly known as baritone singer Whispering Jack Smith, born in the Bronx, New York, USA ~ Popular 1920s, 1930s vuadeville and radio singer known for songs such as Manhattan ~ Smith passed away in 1950
May 30, 1891 ~ Benjamin Anzelwitz, commonly known as bandleader, violinist, songwriter Ben Bernie, born in Bayonne, New Jersey, USA ~ One of the first generation of stars, alongside Paul Whiteman, Ted Lewis, Al Jolson. Started in vaudeville. First to record Sweet Georgia Brown which he co-wrote with Maceo Pinkard and Kenneth Casey, the song would become a jazz standard ~ Bernie passed away in 1943