This Day In Music: May 31
May 30 ~ Birthdays/All ~ June 1
 
May 31, 2019 ~ Roger Kynard Erickson, commonly known as singer Roky Erickson, passed away in Austin, Texas, USA ~ Best known as founding member of the 13th Floor Elevators and pioneer of psychedelic rock ~ Erickson was born in 1947
 
May 31, 2017 ~ Jazz guitarist Bern Nix passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Best known for his association with Ornette Coleman for over a decade, starting in the mid-1970s. Other than with Coleman's Prime Time group Nix also worked with Jayne Cortez, John Zorn, Elliott Sharp, Jemeel Moondoc, Ronald Shannon Jackson, Kip Hanrahan, Lenore von Steiin, and recorded a number of albums as a leader, notably Tangerine released in 2015 ~ Nix was born in 1947
 
May 31, 2016 ~ Singer Corry Brokken, full name Cornelia Maria Brokken, passed away in Laren, the Netherlands ~ Debuted in 1952 with the song I Apoligize. Internationally best known for winning the 1958 Eurovision Songfestival with Net Als Toen. Brokken also represented the Netherlands in the 1957 edition with Voorgoed Voorbij and in the 1959 edition with Heel De Wereld. Would go on to become a well-known radio and TV presenter, study law and later become a lawyer and eventually a judge ~ Brokken was born in 1932
 
May 31, 2009 ~ The 40th edition of Pinkpop takes place in Landgraaf, the Netherlands ~ Day 2 of 3. Dry and warm, this year's edition would draw a total of some 90,000 visitors. Included on today's, Sunday the 31st's bill would be Milow, Volbeat, Madness, Krezip, Placebo, de Staat, Rowwen Hèze, Maria Mena, James Morrison, Keane, You Me At Six, Kyteman, the Rifles, the White Lies, and Pendulum
 
May 31, 2008 ~ The 39th edition of Pinkpop takes place in Landgraaf, the Netherlands ~ Day 2 of 3. To mixed weather this year's edition would draw a total of some 94,000 visitors. Included on today's, Saturday the 31st's bill would include Moke, KT Tunstall, the Editors, Kaiser Chiefs, the Foo Fighters, Air Traffic, Bad Religion, the Eagles Of Death Metal, the Stereophonics, the Verve, Blood Red Shoes, Voicst, Amy MacDonald, Justice, and Groove Armada
 
May 31, 2006 ~ Songwriter Lulu Mae Hardaway passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Mother of R&B singer, pianist Stevie Wonder and co-writer of a number of her son's best-known including I Was Made To Love Her, Signed Sealed Delivered (I'm Yours), You Met Your Match, I Don't Know Why I Love You ~ Hardaway was born in 1930
 
May 31, 2004 ~ The 35th edition of Pinkpop takes place in Geleen, the Netherlands ~ Day 3 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, Monday the 31st's bill would be Wealthy Beggar, the Sugababes, Black Eyed Peas, NERD, Lenny Kravitz, Muse, the Datsuns, Franz Ferdinand, Jet, the Roots, Moloko, Novastar, the Thrills, Goldfrapp, Ojos de Brujo, and Starsailor
 
May 31, 2000 ~ Guitarist Joe Puma passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Has worked with Joe Roland, Cy Coleman, Louie Bellson, Artie Shaw, Eddie Bert, Herbie Mann, Mat Mathews, Chris Connor, Paul Quinichette, Lee Konitz, Dick Hyman, Morgana King, Bobby Hackett, Gary Burton, the New York Jazz Ensemble, Carmen McRae, Chuck Wayne, and others ~ Puma was born in 1927
 
May 31, 1998 ~ The 29th edition of Pinkpop takes place in Landgraaf, the Netherlands ~ Day 2 of 3. Mostly a sunny and warm weekend with some rain today, Sunday, this year's edition would draw some 51,500 visitors. Included on today's, Sunday the 31st's bill would be Caesar, the Posies, the Dandy Warhols, Skik, Van Dik Hout, Bentley Rhythm Ace, Moby, Tricky, and Reprazent
 
May 31, 1996 ~ Normani Kordei Hamilton, mononymously known as singer Normani born in Atlanta, Georgia, USA ~ Member of girl group Fifth Harmony, known for songs such as Worth It featuring Kid Ink and Work From Home featuring Ty Dolla $ign. As a solo artist known for 2018's Love Lies with Khalid and 2019's Dancing With A Stranger with Sam Smith, both of which reached the Billboard Hot 100 top 10
 
May 31, 1994 ~ Swing trumpeter Mannie Klein, full name Emmanuel Klein, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Worked with the Ambassadors, Paul Whiteman, Jimmy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, the NBC Symphony Orchestra, Dean Martin, Hugo Montenegro (The Good The Bad & The Ugly Theme), Sammy Davis Jr, Junior Mance, Pete Rugolo, Vince Guaraldi, and others ~ Klein was born in 1908
 
May 31, 1993 ~ The 24th edition of Pinkpop takes place in Landgraaf, the Netherlands ~ Cloudy, dry, windy, some 64,300 visitors show up for this edition's bill whick includes the Black Crowes, Lenny Kravitz, Living Colour, Claw Boys Claw, Rage Against The Machine, Bettie Serveert, Thelonious Monster, and the Red Devils
 
May 31, 1991 ~ Hip-hop, hip house, pop rap rapper, singer, songwriter Azealia Banks, full name Azealia Amanda Banks, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Released her debut single 212 featuring Lazy Jay in 2012. It would go viral and reach top 20 in the UK, Ireland and the Netherlands. A full-length debut album, Broke With Expensive Taste, would follow in 2014
 
May 31, 1990 ~ Arthur London, commonly known as singer, actor Art Lund, passed away in Utah, USA ~ Sang with big bands led by Benny Goodman and Harry James early on in his career. As a solo artist known for songs such as Mam'selle, Slow Boat To China, What I'll Do, You Call Everybody Darlin', Peg O' My Heart, and others. Played leading roles in several Broadway shows including The Most Happy Fella and Destry Rides Again ~ London was born in 1915
May 31, 1990 ~ Singer, bassist, songwriter Tomomi Ogawa born in Hyngo Prefecture, Japan ~ Bassist and main songwriter of Japanese all-female rock outfit Scandal
 
May 31, 1986 ~ Juaquin James Malphur, commonly known as rapper, actor Waka Flocka Flame, born in Queens, New York, USA ~ Broke through to mainstream with his 2009 singles O Let's Do It, Hard In Da Paint and No Hands featuring Roscoe Dash and Wale, all taken of his Flockaveli debut album and the latter reaching top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100. Has since collaborated with Gucci Mane, Drake, Trey Songz, Nicki Minaj, Good Charlotte, NORE, the Cataracs, will.i.am, Wiz Khalifa, and others
 
May 31, 1982 ~ The 13th edition of Pinkpop takes place in Geleen, the Netherlands ~ Sunny and hot, some 30,000 visitors show up for this edition's bill which includes ZZ Top, Mink DeVille, Y&T, the Au Pairs, Kid Creole & the Coconuts, and Doe Maar
May 31, 1982 ~ Antonio Feliciano Rivera, commonly known as reggaeton singer Tony Dize, born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA ~ First gained attention in 2006 with the track Quizás aided by Wisin & Yandel. Would release his full-length La Melodia De La Calle debut album in 2008
 
May 31, 1980 ~ Joseph Francis Burke, commonly known as arranger, composer, producer, bandleader Sonny Burke passed away in Santa Monica, California, USA ~ Formed and led the Duke Ambassadors in 1937. Worked as arranger for Charlie Spivak, and for Jimmy Dorsey. Co-wrote a number of songs now regarded as standards, such as Black Coffee, and Midnight Sun. A&R for several major labels, including Decca Records. Produced Frank Sinatra's My Way as well as Petula Clark's This Is My Song. As bandleader accompanied singers such as Dinah Shore, Bing Crosby, the Andrews Sisters, the Mills Brothers, Ella Fitzgerald and Mel Tormé ~ Burke was born in 1914
 
May 31, 1978 ~ Anti-folk, indie rock singer, guitarist, pianist, songwriter Anna Ternheim born in Stockholm, Sweden ~ Writing and performing since her early teens. Released her full-length Somebody Outside debut album in 2004. Best known for songs such as To Be Gone, My Secret, Girl Laying Down and Today Is A Good Day
May 31, 1978 ~ Marvin Bernard, commonly known as rapper, hype man Tony Yayo, born in Queens, New York, USA ~ Best known as member of G-Unit which also included his childhood friends 50 Cent and Lloyd Banks. Released his Thoughts Of A Predicate Felon solo debut album in 2005
 
May 31, 1977 ~ Alternative rock, post-hardcore drummer Chris Pennie born ~ Best known as member of progressive rock band Coheed & Cambria and co-founder of mathcore outfit the Dillinger Escape Plan. Has also worked with Return To Earth, Idiot Pilot, the Armed, Joseph A Peragine, Greg Puciato, and others
May 31, 1977 ~ Danny Polfliet, commonly known as pop-rock singer, guitarist, songwriter Danny Vera, born in Middelburg, the Netherlands ~ First gained attention in the late 1990s as frontman of Till Dawn. Released his For The Light In Your Eyes solo debut album in 2003. Had Chris Isaak guest on his 2005 Hold On A While album. Had James Burton guest on his 2013 Distant Rumble album. Best known for Rollercoaster, a hit in the Netherlands in 2019
May 31, 1977 ~ Singer, guitarist Lloyd Perryman passed away in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA ~ Member of quintesential Western band the Sons Of The Pioneers serving as the band's rhythm guitarist, tenor and sometimes lead vocalist from the mid-1930s until his death in 1977 apart from a brief hiatus in the 1940s ~ Perryman was born in 1917
 
May 31, 1974 ~ Pop singer Kenan Dogulu born in Istanbul, Turkey ~ Represented Turkey at the 2007 Eurovision Songfestival, ranking fourth with Shake It Up Sekerim (Shake It Up Sweetheart)
 
May 31, 1972 ~ Jazz, jazz fusion bassist, singer, songwriter Christian McBride born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Appears on over 300 recordings as a sideman. Worked with Freddie Hubbard, McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock, the Five Piece Band, Pat Metheny, Roy Haynes, Chick Corea, Wynton Marsalis, Joshua Redman, Sting, Paul McCartney, Céline Dion, Isaac Hayes, the Roots, Queen Latifah, Renée Fleming, Carly Simon, Bruce Hornsby, James Brown, and others
May 31, 1972 ~ Singer John Ryanes passed away in Newark, New Jersey, USA ~ Member of doo-wop outfit the Monotones, known for their 1958 Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit The Book Of Love ~ Ryanes was born in 1940
 
May 31, 1971 ~ The 2nd edition of Pinkpop takes place in Geleen, the Netherlands ~ Sunny and hot, some 16,000 visitors show up for this edition's bill which includes Fleetwood Mac, Hardin & York, Shocking Blue, Focus, Forest, CCC Inc, Supersister, and Brainbox
May 31, 1971 ~ Sam Turner, commonly known as R&B singer Uncle Sam, born in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Best known for the Nathan Morris-penned I Don't Ever Want To See You Again, a hit in 1997
 
May 31, 1968 ~ Film composer, pianist, conductor Giovanni Fusco passed away in Rome, Italy ~ Brother of composer Tarcisio Fusco. Married to pianist Adriana Dante, their daughter being the acclaimed operatic soprano Cecilia Fusco. Has composed numerous film scores, notably Cronacio Di Un Amore, Mon Amour, L'Avventura and La Guerre Est Finie ~ Fusco was born in 1906
 
May 31, 1967 ~ Jazz pianist, songwriter Billy Strayhorn, full name William Thomas Strayhorn, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Closely associated with Duke Ellington. Wrote or co-wrote songs such as Take The A-Train, Chelsea Bridge, A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing and Lush Life ~ Strayhorn was born in 1915
May 31, 1967 ~ Jazz bassist, composer Eric Revis born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Rose to prominence in the 1990s backing singer Betty Carter. Has since worked with Branford Marsalis, JD Allen, Orrin Evans, Rusell Gunn, Ralph Peterson Jr, Avishai Cohen, Winard Harper, Delfeayao Marsalis, Raul Midón, Jeff Tain-Watts, and others. Recording as a leader since the mid-2000s
 
May 31, 1965 ~ Pop, rock drummer Steve White, full name Steven Douglas White, born in London, UK ~ Closely associated with Paul Weller, appearing on numerous of Weller's solo albums notably on Wild Wood and Stanley Road as well as on all albums by the Style Council. Has also worked with the Players, Jon Lord, Chad Smith, the Trio Valore, the Family Silver, and others
 
May 31, 1964 ~ Jazz saxophonist, clarinetist Carl Petter Opsahl born in Oslo, Norway ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with the Caledonia Jazzband, the All-Star Brass Band, Soulfood, Christian Frank, Bjorn Olufsen, Willert Krohn Hansen, Chateau Neuf Spelemannslag, Tord Gustavsen, Asmund Reistad, Jon Christensen, Zotora, and others
May 31, 1964 ~ Rapper Darryl McDaniels, also known as DMC, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Pioneered hip-hop culture. Co-founded hugely influential hip-hop group Run-DMC with Joseph Simmons and Jam Master Jay, known for It's Like That, My Adidas, You Be Illin', Down With The King and the Aerosmith-cover Walk This Way, the latter one of the first hip-hop songs to incorporate elements of rock
 
May 31, 1963 ~ Singer, actor, producer Hugh Dillon born in Kingston, Canada ~ Lead singer of punk-infused outfit the Headstones best known for Cubically Contained which reached the Canadian top 20 in 1997. After the band disbanded in 2003 Dillon formed the indie rock band the Hugh Dillon Redemption Choir, drawing from country, pop, punk and new wave
May 31, 1963 ~ Hardcore punk guitarist John Berry born in New York, New York, USA ~ Co-founded the Beastie Boys with Adam Yauch and Kate Schellenbach. Came up with the band's name. Left in 1982 before the band would secure commercial success, replaced by Adam Horovitz ~ Berry passed away in 2016
 
May 31, 1962 ~ Pop, rock singer, keyboardist, guitarist, percussionist, songwriter Corey Hart, full name Corey Mitchell Hart, born in Montreal, Canada ~ Best known for the mid-1980s Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hits Sunglasses At Night and Never Surrender. Has continued to record consistently since, the singles It Ain't Enough, Everything In My Heart, In Your Soul, A Little Love, Black Cloud Rain, Another December all reaching top 10 in his native Canada
 
May 31, 1955 ~ William Thomas Emmanuel, commonly known as guitar, singer, songwriter Tommy Emmanuel, born in Muswellbrook, Australia ~ Guitar virtuoso admired by peers, critics and fans for his eclectic stylistic range, fingerpicking technique, ernergetic stage presence and overall virtuosity. Actively recording since the 1970s. Has collaborated with Bill Wyman, Arthur Blanch, Daryl Braithwaite, Rodney Crowell, Doyle Dykes, John Farnham, Al Perkins, Joscho Stephan, Marty Stuart, Chet Atkins, and others
 
May 31, 1954 ~ Singer Vicki Sue Robinson born in Harlem, New York, USA ~ Best known for her 1976 disco hit Turn The Beat Around. Had previously worked as a stage actress, singer debuting on Broadway performing in the original 1970 production of Hair at age 16. Also played in the 1973 cast of Jesus Christ Superstar. Sang backup on Todd Rundgren's acclaimed 1972 Something/Anything. Would spend most of the 1980s recording as a solo artist, jingle singer, and as a session backing vocalist, notably on Irene Cara's 1980 hit Fame, as well as with artists such as Michael Bolton and Cher ~ Robinson passed away in 2000
 
May 31, 1953 ~ Pop singer Bunny Walters, full name Bunny Te Kokiri Miha Waahi Walters, born in Katikati, New Zealand ~ Scored a number of hits in New Zealand during the 1970s, often covers of international hits. Well-known releases include Just Out Of Reach, Brandy, Take The Money And Run, Home Isn't Home Anymore, and Quando Quando ~ Walters passed away in 2016
 
May 31, 1951 ~ Jazz fusion guitarist Jimmy Nalls, full name James Albert Nalls III, born in Washington DC, USA ~ Co-founding member of Sea Level. After the band disbanded in 1981 Nalls would go on to work with Bodyworks, BJ Thomas, T Graham Brown, and others ~ Nalls passed away in 2017
 
May 31, 1949 ~ Guitarist Jeff Cotton, full name Jeffrey Ralph Cotton, born in Porterville, California ~ Best known as member of Captain Beefheart's backing unit the Magic Band, joining in 1967 as a replacement for Ry Cooder and leaving the band in 1970 after an altercation with drummer Jeff Bruschell. Also worked with Blues In A Bottle, Merrell Fankhauser, MU, and others
 
May 31, 1948 ~ Drummer John Bonham, full name John Henry Bonham, born in Redditch, UK ~ One of the most important drummers in rock history. Influenced by Max Roach, Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich. Member of Led Zeppelin from its inception until his death at 32. Legendary live performer, known for his energetic, lengthy drum solos. Has also worked on Zep side projects and an in-demand guest for other artists. Appears on recordings by the Band Of Joy, the Family Dogg, Screaming Lord Sutch, Lulu, Jimmy Stevens, Roy Wood, the Wings, Harry Nilsson, and others ~ Bonham passed away in 1980
May 31, 1948 ~ Producer Martin Hannett born in Manchester, UK ~ Director, staff producer at Factory Records. Has worked with artists such as Joy Division, Durutti Column, Magazine, John Cooper Clarke, New Order, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, the Happy Mondays, the Invisible Girls, and others ~ Hannett passed away in 1991
May 31, 1948 ~ Paulo Roberto Da Cota, commonly known as percussionist Paulinho Da Costa born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ~ In-demand collaborator and session musician. Present on albums such as Earth Wind & Fire's All 'n All and Powerlight, Quincy Jones' The Dude, Michael Jackson's Off The Wall, Thriller and Bad, and Madonna's True Blue. Has also worked with Céline Dion, Dizzy Gillespie, Brothers Johnson, Fuse One, George Benson, Donna Summer, Barbra Streisand, Sérgio Mendes, and numerous others
 
May 31, 1947 ~ Jazz clarinetist, saxophinist Greg Abate born in Fall River, Massachusetts, USA ~ Backed Ray Charles in the early 1970s. Formed the short-lived Channel One, known for their sole album Without Boundaries released in 1981. Has also worked with Sax Oddysey, Duke Bellair, Jerome Richardson, Red Rodney and released well over a dozen solo albums
May 31, 1947 ~ William Campbell Jr, commonly known as singer Junior Campbell born in Glasgow, UK ~ Founding member, lead guitarist, pianist, singer of Marmalade. Co-wrote some of the band's best-known including I See The Rain, Rainbow and Reflections Of My Life, the latter selling over 2 million copies. As a solo artist known for the early 1970s UK top 20 hits Hallelujah Freedom and Sweet Illusion. Would go on to compose for film and TV
 
May 31, 1943 ~ Singer, songwriter Wayne Carson, full name Wayne Carson Head, born in Denver, Colorado, USA ~ Best known as a songwriter who wrote or co-wrote several classics originally recorded by BJ Thomas (Always On My Mind) and perhaps most notably the Box Tops (The Letter, Neon Rainbow, and Soul Deep). Others who have recorded his songs include Brenda Lee, Elvis Presley, Eddy Arnold, the Beach Boys, Dionne Warwick, Mel Tillis, Petula Clark, Clarence Carter, Gary US Bonds, Willie Nelson, Tina Turner, Conway Twitty, Johnny Paycheck, Gary Stewart, Moe Bandy, Glen Campbell, Shelby Lynne, April Fools, Waylon Jennings, Claude King, and others ~ Carson passed away in 2015
 
May 31, 1938 ~ Donald Eugene Lytle, commonly known as singer, songwriter Johnny Paycheck bor in Greenfield, Ohio, USA ~ Best known for Take This Job And Shove It, a smash hit in 1977. Also known for Slide Of Of Your Satin Sheets, I'm The Only Hell Mama Ever Raised, Colorado Kool-aid, Me & The IRS and Friend Lover Wife. Wrote Apartment No.9, the first major hit for Tammy Wynette. Sang backup for George Jones. Also worked with Ray Price, Faron Young, Roger Miller, Skeets McDonald,and others ~ Lytle passed away in 2003
May 31, 1938 ~ Singer, guitarist Peter Yarrow born in Manhattan, New York, USA ~ Formed the folk trio Peter Paul & Mary with Noel Paul Stookey and Mary Travers. Co-wrote Puff The Magic Dragon, one of the band's biggest hits. Has released a number of solo albums, starting with 1972's Peter, but would be unable to reach the same level of succes as with the trio
 
May 31, 1937 ~ Jazz drummer Louis Hayes born in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Influenced by Philly Joe Jones. Mentored by Jo Jones. Replaced Art Taylor in Horace Silver's quintet in 1956. Joined Cannonball Adderley in 1959. Succeeded Ed Thigpen in Oscar Peterson's trio in 1965. Worked with Yusef Lateef, Curtis Fuller, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Kenny Barron, James Spaulding, John Coltrane, Kenny Burrell, Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Timmons, Hank Mobley, Booker Little, Tommy Flanagan, Cecil Taylor, McCoy Tyner, Pepper Adams, Gene Ammons, Al Cohn, Richard Davis, Kenny Drew, Grant Green, John Hicks, Johnny Hodges, JJ Johnson, Jackie McLean, Wes Montgomery, Ray Brown, Gary Bartz, and others. Released his eponymous debut as a leader in 1960 and continues to record to this day
 
May 31, 1936 ~ Singer Gayle Shepherd, full name Joyce Gayle Shepherd, passed away ~ Member of vocal quartet the Shepherd Sisters, alongside sister Martha Shepherd, Mary Lou Shepherd and Judith Shepherd, best known for their 1957 Billboard Hot 100 top 20 hit Alone (Why Must I Be Alone) ~ Shepherd passed away in 2018
 
May 31, 1935 ~ Albert Heath, commonly known as hard bop drummer Albert Tootie Heath, born ~ Brother of saxophonist Jimmy Heath and double-bassist Percy Heath with whom he formed the Heath Brothers. First recorded with John Coltrane in 1957, featuring in Coltrane's first session as a leader (Coltrane). Has worked primarily as a sideman with greats such as JJ Johnson, Wes Montgomery, the Jazztet, Cedar Walton, Bobby Timmons, Kenny Drew, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon, Johnny Griffin, Herbie Hancock, Friedrich Gulda, Nina Simone, Yusef Lateef, Kenny Barron, Anthony Braxton, Kenny Dorham, Milt Jackson, Clifford Jordan, and others. Has recorded about half a dozen albums as a leader, starting in the late 1960s. Heath continues to record and perform to well into the 2010s
 
May 31, 1933 ~ Jazz, soul-jazz flutist, saxophonist Joe Thomas, full name Joseph Samuel Thomas, born in Newark, New Jersey ~ Leader and sideman. Discovered by James Moody. Worked with Specks Williams, Rhoda Scott, Jimmy McGriff, Buddy Terry, Joe Tex, and others ~ Thomas passed away in 2017
 
May 31, 1932 ~ Eduardo Lincoln Barbosa de Saboia, commonly known as bassist, organist, composer, arranger Ed Lincoln, born in Fortaleze, Brazil ~ Pivotal to development of bossa nova, Brazilian jazz and space age pop ~ Barbosa passed away in 2012
 
May 31, 1931 ~ Jazz guitarist Dick Garcia born in New York, New York, USA ~ Played with Tony Scott, George Shearing, Charlie Parker, Joe Roland, Milt Buckner, Johnny Glasel, Lenny Hambro, Aaron Sachs, Kai Winding, Bill Evans, and Nancy Wilson
May 31, 1931 ~ Operatic soprano, mezzo-soprano singer Shirley Verrett born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Enjoyed popularity from the 1960s through the 1990s. Especially known as a fine interpreter of the works of Giuseppe Verdi and Gaetano Donizetti ~ Verrett passed away in 2010
 
May 31, 1927 ~ James Wesley Holloway, commonly known as jazz saxophonist Red Holloway, born in Helena, Arkansas, USA ~ Played with artists such as Billie Holiday, Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Willie Dixon, Junior Parker, Lloyd Price, Ben Webster, Jimmy Rushing, Arthur Prysock, Dakota Staton, Eddie Cleanhead Vinson, Wardell Gray, Sonny Rollins, Red Rodney, Lester Young, Joe Williams, Redd Foxx, BB King, Bobby Blue Bland, Aretha Franklin, Sonny Stitt, Memphis Slim, Lionel Hampton, Gene Ammons, Freddy Cole, Joe Dukes, Atle Hammer, Etta James, Wade Marcus, John Mayall, Jack McDuff, Clark Terry, Horace Silver, and others ~ Holloway passed away in 2012
 
May 31, 1925 ~ Jazz pianist Eddie Thompson, full name Edgar Charles Thompson, born in Shoreditch, UK ~ Worked with Victor Feldman, Tony Crombie, Vic Ash, Freddy Randall, Tommy Whittle, Len Skeat, Martin Drew, Roger Kellaway, and others ~ Thompson passed away in 1986
 
May 31, 1917 ~ Zelda Louise Smith, commonly known as jazz trumpeter, singer, bandleader Billie Rogers, born in North Plains, Oregon, USA ~ Best known for her association with Woody Herman in the early 1940s. Also worked with Jerry Wald, Johnny Mandel, Jim Fek, Charles Chadwick, Ray Conniff, Tommy Pederson, and others ~ Smith passed away in 2014
 
May 31, 1916 ~ Tejano, conjunto singer, guitarist Lydia Mendoza born in Houston, Texas, USA ~ Regarded as “the Mother of Tejano Music” by critics. Has recorded over an estimated 200 songs during a career spanning five decades. Known for songs such as Mal Hombre, Delgadina, Medalla De Dios, Aunque Me Odies, No Es Culpa Mia, Amor Bonito, and Flores Negras ~ Mendoza passed away in 2007
 
May 31, 1908 ~ Jazz banjoist, guitarist Gene Gifford, full name Harold Eugene Gifford, born in Americus, Georgia, USA ~ Best known as arranger for the Casa Loma Orchestra from 1929 through 1939. Had previously worked with Blue Steele, Henry Cato and Jean Goldkette ~ Gifford passed away in 1970
 
May 31, 1904 ~ Otto James Hardwicke, commonly known as alto saxophonist Otto Hardwick, born in Washington DC, USA ~ Closely asociated with Duke Ellington, playing lead alto sax on most of Ellington's songs from 1932 through 1946. Has also worked with Elmer Snowden, Noble Sissle, Sidney Bechet, Nekka Shaw, Fats Waller, and others ~ Hardwick passed away in 1970
 
May 31, 1901 ~ Conductor, composer Alfredo Antonini born in Milan, Italy ~ Student of Arturo Toscanini. Worked with the Pan-American Orchestra, the Columbia Concert Orchestra, Nestor Mesta Cháyres, Terig Tucci, Juan Arvizu, Elas Miranda, the New York Philharmonic, Eileen Farrell, Robert Merrill, the CBS Orchestra, and others ~ Antonini passed away in 1983