This Day In Music: May 6
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May 6, 2022 ~ Jewell Caples, mononymously known as R&B singer Jewell, passed away ~ In-demand 1990's session singer referrering to herself as “the First Lady of Death Row Records” appearing on several pivotal golden age records, perhaps most notably Dr Dre's The Chronic and Snoop Dogg's Doggystyle album. Has also worked with Marky Mark, Bone Thugs 'n Harmony, Kool G Rap, Tupac Shakur, and others. As a solo artist best known for her Shirley Brown-cover Woman To Woman for the 1994 Murder Was The Case soundtrack ~ Caples was born in 1968
May 6, 2021 ~ Singer Pervis Staples passed away ~ Member of family outfit the Staple Singers, present on most of the band's 1960s albums as well as some later ones. Co-produced the Emotions' 1978 Sunshine album ~ Staples was born in 1935
May 6, 2019 ~ Electronic composer Pekka Airaksinen passed away ~ Founded and fronted the Sperm, noted for mixing elements of avant-garde music, free jazz and psychedelic pop ~ Airaksinen was born in 1945
May 6, 2016 ~ Free jazz trombonist Johannes Bauer passed away ~ Brother of trombonist Conny Bauer, with whom he also worked. Also worked with Manfred Schulze, Uwe Kropinski, Helmut Sachse, Jon Rose, Peter Holliinger, Dietmar Diesnen, Thomas Lehn, Ken Vandermark, Peter Brötzmann, and others ~ Bauer was born in 1954
May 6, 2016 ~ Jazz, R&B trumpeter, bassist Paul H Brown passed away ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Mickey Fields, Lloyd Price, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Jimmy Scott, Lavern Baker, Clyde McPhatter, the Drifters, the Platters, Fats Domino, George Benson, Max Roach, Bobby Hebb, Joe Henderson, Lou Donaldson, Grady Tate, Anita Bryant, Betty Carter, Dexter Gordon, Al Haig, Freddie Hubbard, Cab Calloway, Hilton Ruiz, Nina Simone, Frank Sinatra, Curtis Fuller, Melba Liston, Sarah Vaughan, and others ~ Brown was born in 1934
May 6, 2015 ~ Singer, songwriter Errol Brown, full name Lester Errol Brown, passed away in the Bahamas ~ Best known as Hot Chocolate frontman, known for 1980s recordings such as Emma, You Sexy Thing, So You Win Again, No Doubt About It, and It Started With A Kiss. Left the band in 1985. As a solo artist known for songs such as Personal Touch, Body Rocking and This Time It's Forever ~ Brown was born in 1943
May 6, 2008 ~ Saxophonist, clarinetist Franz Jackson passed away in Nilese, Michigan, USA ~ Worked with Albert Ammons, Fletcher Henderson, Roy Eldridge, Fats Waller, Earl Hines, Cootie Williams, Frankie Newton, Wilbur de Paris, Lil' Armstrong, James Carter, Art Hodes, Laura Rucker, Edith Wilson, and others ~ Jackson was born in 1912
May 6, 2007 ~ Avant-garda jazz clarinetist Alvin Batiste passed away in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Branford Marsalis, Russell Malone, Herlin Riley, Cannonball Adderley, Billy Cobham, Henry Butler, the Clarinet Summit, Marlon Jordan, Mark Whitfield, Wynton Marsalis, and others ~ Batiste was born in 1932
May 6, 2007 ~ Joseph L Duskin, commonly known as blues, boogie-woogie pianist Big Joe Duskin, passed away in Avondale, Ohio, USA ~ Best known for songs such as Well Well Baby, I Met A Girl Named Martha and for his 1978 debut album Cincinnati Stomp ~ Duskin was born in 1921
May 6, 2007 ~ Blues harpist, bassist Carey Bell passed away in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Worked with Earl Hooker, Robert Nighthawk, Lowell Fulson, Eddie Taylor, Louisiana Red, Lurrie Bell, Jimmy Dawkins, Lovie Lee, Royal Johnson, Muddy Waters, the Chicago Blues All-Stars, Junior Wells, James Cotton, Billy Branch, Carl Weathersby, Scott Cable, Bob Stroger, John Lee Hooker, Bob Degen, David Honeyboy Edwards, Lazy Lester, Raful Neal, Snooky Pryor, the Wentus Blues Band, and others ~ Bell was born in 1936
May 6, 2006 ~ Alternative rock singer, guitarist, songwriter Grant McLennan, full name Grant William McLennan, passed away in Brisbane, Australia ~ Co-founded the Go-Betweens with Robert Forster, known for UK top 10 hits such as Lee Remick, I Need Two Heads, and Cattle And Cane. Has also recorded as a solo artist, starting with Watershed released in 1991, formed the duo Jack Frost with Steve Kilby, and worked with the Far Out Corporation ~ McLennan was born in 1958
May 6, 2004 ~ Guitarist Barney Kessel passed away in San Diego, California, USA ~ First call session musician. Member of the Wrecking Crew. Worked with Chico Marx, Charlie Barnet, Artie Shaw, Charlie Parker, Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, Shelly Manne, Julie London, the Monkees, the Beach Boys, Sonny Rollins, Art Tatum, Charlie Byrd, Herb Ellis, Benny Carter, Buddy DeFranco, Harry Sweets Edison, Billie Holiday, Anita O'Day, Pete Rugolo, Cher, Georgie Auld, Louie Bellson, Chet Baker, Buddy Collette, Sam Cooke, Sonny Criss, Roy Eldridge, Ella Fitzgerald, Wardell Gray, Hampton Hawes, Woody Herman, Milt Jackson, Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich, Oliver Nelson, Art Pepper, Zoot Sims, Oscar Peterson, Sonny Rollins, and others ~ Kessel was born in 1923
May 6, 2002 ~ Jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, flautist Bjørn Johansen, full name Bjørn John Johansen, passed away 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 was born in 1940
May 6, 2002 ~ Johnny Davenport, commonly known as singer, songwriter Otis Blackwell, passed away in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ~ Wrote or co-wrote several songs pivotal to the development of rock & roll. Artists who recorded his songs include Little Willie John (Fever), Jerry Lee Lewis (Great Balls Of Fire, Breathless), Ben E King, Thurston Harris, Solomon Burke (Home In Your Heart), the Drifters, Ray Charles, Elvis Presley (Don't Be Cruel, All Shook Up, Return To Sender), Kenny Lee Martin, Jimmy Jones (Handy Man), the Four Lovers, and others ~ Blackwell was born in 1932
May 6, 1995 ~ Singer Barbarito Diez passed away in Havana, Cuba ~ Best known for his association with Antonio María Romeu, serving as lead vocalist for Romeu's ensemble for 20 years ~ Díez was born in 1909
May 6, 1995 ~ Everette Ishmael Hughes, commonly known as Western swing bandleader, fiddler, guitarist, singer Billy Hughes, passed away in Horatio, Arkansas, USA ~ Perhaps best remembered for penning Tennessee Saturday Night, a 1949 hit for Red Foley ~ Hughes was born in 1908
May 6, 1995 ~ Clarence Otto Pauling, commonly known as singer, songwriter, producer Clarence Paul, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Co-founding member of doo-wop outfit the 5 Royales. Best known as a songwriter and producer, closely associated with Motown. Served as mentor and main producer to Stevie Wonder during Wonder's teenage years. Writing credits include Hitch Hike (Marvin Gaye), Fingertips (Wonder), You've Been In Love Too Long (Martha & the Vandellas), Danger Heartbreak Ahead (the Marvelettes), Just A Little Understanding (the Contours), and Until You Come Back To Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do (Wonder, Aretha Franklin) ~ Pauling was born in 1928
May 6, 1993 ~ Bandleader, saxophonist, clarinetist, pianist Ivy Benson passed away in Clacton-on-Sea, UK ~ Enjoyed popularity throughout the 1940s leading an all-female jazz, swing band. The band would become the resident BBC Radio house band by 1943 and is also well-known for entertaining the Allied troops during and shortly after World War II ~ Benson was born in 1913
May 6, 1992 ~ Maria Magdalene Dietrich, commonly known as actress, singer Marlene Dietrich, passed away in Paris, France ~ Rose to fame as a stage and silent film actress in 1920s Berlin before moving to Hollywood becoming one of the highest-paid stars of the era. As a singer known for songs such as Falling In Love Again (Can't Help It), See What The Boys In The Back Room Will Have and perhaps her best-known Lili Marlene ~ Dietrich was born in 1901
May 6, 1989 ~ Bobby Bazinet, commonly known as folk, soul singer, guitarist, songwriter Bobby Bazini, born in Mont Laurier, Canada ~ Released his Better In Time debut album in 2009. Best known for his 2014 follow-up, Where I Belong, which was produced by Larry Klein, featured musicians such as Booker T Jones and Jack Ashford and would top the Canadian album charts
May 6, 1989 ~ Indie pop, indie rock singer, guitarist Nanna Bryndis Hilmarsdottir born in Garour, Iceland ~ Lead vocalist, guitarist of indie folk band Of Monsters And Men, known best for their 2011 My Head Is An Animal debut album which reached No.1 positions in Australia, Ireland, their native Iceland and top 10 on the Billboard Hot 200
May 6, 1989 ~ Pop-rock group Riva win the 34th edition of the Eurovision Songfestival held in Lausanne, Switzerland ~ Representing Yugoslavia pop-rock group Riva win with the song Rock Me written by Rajko Dujmić and Stevo Cvikic
May 6, 1987 ~ Roberty Rihmeek Williams, commonly known as rapper, singer, songwriter Meek Mill, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Formed the short-lived rap group the Bloodhoundz. Debuted as a solo artist in 2012 with his Dreams And Nightmares, which included the moderate hit single Amen featuring Drake. The single would cause a local upstir, Philadelphia pastor Rev. Jomo K Johnson calling for its boycott on account of the perceived blasphemic content, Mill adamantly claiming he had no such intent. Mill would continue to record consistently, notably the 2019 Billboard top 10 single Going Bad, and collaborate with artists such as NORE, Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Mariah Carey, Kid Ink, DJ Khaled, Gucci Mane, and others
May 6, 1986 ~ Singer Cindy Daniel born in Montreal, Canada ~ Debuted in 2002 with the La Petit Indienne album. Played Elvira in the French Canadian production of Don Juan the following year. Acclaimed as an interpreter of compositions by Johnny Hallyday, Jean-Jacques Goldman, Georges Moustaki, and Louis Côté
May 6, 1979 ~ Composer, songwriter Milton Ager passed away in Inglewood, California, USA ~ One of the premier songwriters of the 1920s and 1930s. Best remembered for penning Ain't She Sweet with frequent collaborator Jack Yellen, first recorded by Lou Gold in 1927 and covered by over 200 artists including the Dixie Demons, Fabian and Frank Sinatra. Other songs co-written by Ager include I'm Nobody's Baby (Aileen Stanley, Ruth Etting, Benny Goodman), Glad Rag Doll (Sam Lanin, Ben Bernie, Kay Starr), Happy Days Are Here Again (Johnny Marvin, Jack Hylton, Patti Page), Happy Feet (Paul Whiteman, Frankie Trumbauer, Leo Reisman), and Trust In Me (Mildred Bailey, Louis Jordan, Etta James) ~ Ager was born in 1893
May 6, 1976 ~ Pop rock sibling outfit the Bee Gees record Boogie Child at Le Studio, Quebec, Canada ~ Written by Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb. Produced by the band with Albhy Galuten and Karl Richardson. Critically acclaimed as one of the band's “funkiest” songs. Included on the band's Children Of The World album released later the same year. Released as a single in the USA January 1977, paired with Lovers on the flipside. Used as the B-side of their UK single Children Of The World a month later
May 6, 1974 ~ Pop singer Alana Davis born in New York, New York, USA ~ Daughter of jazz pianist Walter Davis Jr. Debuted in 1997 with her Blame It On Me album, spawning the modest radio hit 32 Flavors written and originally recorded by Ani DiFranco. Had her sophomore effort, 2001's Fortune Cookies, produced by the Neptunes
May 6, 1971 ~ Trumpeter, singer, composer, producer Till Bronner born in Viersen, West Germany ~ Worked with Ray Brown, Jeff Hamilton, Carla Bruni, Madeleine Peyroux, Luciana Souza, Kurt Elling, Melody Gardot, Sérgio Mendes, Milton Nascimento, Monty Alexander, Tony Bennett, Dave Brubeck, Natalie Cole, Klaus Doldinger, Al Foster, Johnny Griffin, Chaka Khan, Joachim Kühn, Nils Landgren, James Moody, Aki Takase, Take 6, Ernie Watts, George Benson, Jeff Goldblum, and others
May 6, 1969 ~ Ska trombonist, songwriter Don Drummond passed away in Kingston, Jamaica ~ Best known as original member of pivotal ska outfit the Skatalites. Convicted of murder of his longtime girlfriend in 1965 and imprisoned until his death four years later ~ Drummond was born in 1932
May 6, 1969 ~ Philip Krokidis, commonly known as DJ, producer Phil K, born in Melbourne, Australia ~ Alongside other Melbourne acts such as NuBreed and Andy Page one of the most prominent to emerge from the Aussie Breaks music scene. Member of the Operators, the Hi-fi Bugs and Lostep. Released his Sound Not Scene solo debut album in 2000 ~ Krokidis passed away in 2020
May 6, 1968 ~ Jazz banjoist, guitarist, singer George Guesnon passed away in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Worked with Papa Celestin, Willie Pajeaud, Sam Morgan, Little Brother Montgomery, the Rabbit's Foot Company, Trixie Smith, Jelly Roll Morton, George Lewis, Kid Thomas Valentine, and others ~ Guesnon was born in 1907
May 6, 1967 ~ Guitarist Mark Bryan born in Silver Springss, Maryland, USA ~ Lead guitarist of Hootie & the Blowfish, which he co-founded with Darius Rucker, known for becoming an “overnight success” in 1994 with the release of their Cracked Rear View debut album spawning the Billboard top 10 singles Hold My Hand, Let Her Cry and Only Wanna Be With You. The band had been together and touring excessively since 1986
May 6, 1967 ~ Jazz flutist, saxophonist Wayman Carver born in Portsmouth, Virginia, USA ~ Worked J Neal Montgomery, Elmer Snowden, Benny Carter, Spike Hughes, Chick Webb, Ella Fitzgerald, and others ~ Carver was born in 1905
May 6, 1965 ~ Singer Frank Sinatra records Forget Domani ~ Written by Riz Ortolani and Norman Newell for the musical The Yellow Rolls Royce, in which it was introduced by Katyna Ranieri. Released as a single, produced by Jimmy Bowen and featuring I Can't Believe I'm Losing You on the flipside. Singer Connie Francis also recorded a version around the same time, both renditions peaking in the low 70s on the Billboard Hot 100
May 6, 1963 ~ Wilfred Theodore Weems, commonly known as jazz, big band bandleader, violinist, trombonist Ted Weems, passed away in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA ~ Best known for leading an orchestra from the 1920s onward, scoring hits such as Piccolo Pete, The Man From The South, Somebody Stole My Gal and My Baby Just Cares For Me. Weems is also known for employing sidemen such as Perry Como, Elmo Tanner, Red Ingle and Joe Haymes ~ Wemyes was born in 1901
May 6, 1962 ~ Ian Peter Cullimore, commonly known as indie rock, pop guitarist, journalist Stan Cullimore, born ~ Best known as guitarist of the Housemartins from 1983 through 1988, present on the band's best-known Caravan Of Love which reached top 10 across Europe in 1986 including the No.1 spot in the UK
May 6, 1958 ~ Maria Dolores González Flores, commonly known as actress, singer Lolita Flores, born in Madrid, Spain ~ Daughter of flamenco guitarist El Pescaílla and singer Lola Flores. Sister of singers Antonio Flores and Rosario Flores. Rose to fame with her 1975 Amor Amor album and would continue to achieve succes in Latin America and her native Spain both as a singer and actress. Songs such as Sarandona, Lo Voy A Dividir and Si La Vida Son Dos Dias have become staples of Spanish radio
May 6, 1952 ~ Benedictus Albertus Annegarn, commonly known as chanson singer, guitarist, songwriter Dick Annegarn born in The Hague, the Netherlands ~ Especially popular in France and Belgium. Performs mainly self-penned songs in French. Recorded a handful of English-language classics such as The House Of The Rising Sun and Love Me Tender. Recorded only one song in Dutch, namely De Tuinman of his 1985 Frères album. Best known for Bruxelles, which became an anthem of consolation for the victims of the 2016 Brussels attacks
May 6, 1951 ~ David William Logan Johnstone, commonly known as rock, folk guitarist, singer Davey Johnstone born in Edinburgh, UK ~ Member of Magna Carta, present on the albums Seasons and Songs From Wasties Orchard. Closely associated with Elton John, starting on the acclaimed 1972 Honky Château album. Also worked with Joan Armatrading, John Jorgenson, Stevie Nicks, Eric Carmen, BB King, Shaun Cassidy, Kim Wilde, Rod Stewart, Yvonne Elliman, and others
May 6, 1950 ~ Drummer Robbie McIntosh, full name Robert Broderick James McIntosh, born in Dundee, UK ~ Founding member of funk, R&B, pop outfit the Average White Band. Also worked with Herbie Mann, the Senate, Mal & the Primitives, and the Oblivion Express ~ McIntosh passed away in 1974
May 6, 1949 ~ Singer Patrick Hernandez born in Le Blanc Mesnil, France ~ Best known for Born To Be Alive, a global hit in 1979
May 6, 1948 ~ Folk, country, soft rock singer Mary MacGregor born in St Paul, Minnesota, USA ~ Best known for her Torn Between Two Lovers, a 1976 Billboard No.1 hit. McGregor later admitted she hated the song, partly because she had little sympathy for the song's narrator pleading with her husband to stay with her despite having an affair but chiefly because the single's succes strained her own marriage, being away from home all the time and eventually leading to a divorce. MacGregor would subsequently score a handful of minor hits, notably Good Friends from the 1979 Meatballs film, but would be unable to repeat the succes of Torn
May 6, 1947 ~ Louise Dilworth Beatty, commonly known as operatic contralto, concert singer Louise Homer, passed away in Winter Park, Florida, USA ~ Enjoyed an international career singing in vaudeville, concert halls and opera, especially from the 1910s onwards. Married to composer Sidney Homer from 1895 until her death. Closely associated with the Metropolitan Opera. Has also worked with the Royal Opera House, the Boston Opera Company, the Chicago Civic Opera, the San Francisco Opera, and others ~ Beatty was born in 1871
May 6, 1945 ~ Rock, rock & roll, heartland rock, roots rock singer, guitarist, songwriter Bob Seger, full name Robert Clark Seger, born in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Quintessential roots rock rocker active since the late 1960s. Has long enjoyed a devoted fan bas. Became a household name by the mid-1970s on the strength of hits such as Night Moves, Mainstreet and perhaps his best-known Still The Same, all staples of rock radio since. Other well-known songs include Hollywood Nights, We've Got Tonite, Old Time Rock & Roll, Against The Wind, Shame On The Moon and Shakedown
May 6, 1945 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Jimmie Dale Gilmore born in Amarillo, Texas, USA ~ Highly admired by peers. Influenced by Hank Williams, Roy Orbison, Buddy Holly, the Beatles, Bob Dylan. Member of the Flatlanders, alongside Joe Ely and Butch Hancock, known for their pivotal early 1970s recordings rereleased in 1990 as More A Legend Than A Band and generally regarded as one of the most influential works in alternative country
May 6, 1944 ~ Drummer Bill Legend born in Essex, UK ~ Member of T.Rex during their most productive period, remaining with the band from 1971 through 1973. Notably present on the band's best-known album, 1971's Electric Warrior considered today a landmark album of glam rock
May 6, 1943 ~ Drummer, keyboardist Bill Vitt, full name William Robert Vitt, born in Washington, USA ~ Worked with Brewer & Shipley, Jerry Garcia, Merl Saunders, Michael Bloomfield, Sons Of Champlin, and others ~ Vitt passed away in 2019
May 6, 1943 ~ Psychedlic folk, psychedelic rock, jazz rock, new age organist, pianist, flutist Mike Ratledge, full name Michael Roland Ratledge, born in Maidstone, UK ~ Important figure in the Canterbury scene. Founding member of Soft Machine and last original member to leave the group, doing so in 1976. Present on the band's first eight albums, 1975's Bundles being the last to feature Ratledge. Has also worked with Wilde Flowers, Kevin Ayers, Syd Barrett, Elton Dean, David Bedford, Karl Jenkins, and others
May 6, 1942 ~ Pianist, keyboardist Colin Earl born in Hampton Court, UK ~ Original member of Mungo Jerry. Present on the band's first three albums, 1970's Mungo Jerry and 1971's Electronically Tested and You Don't Have To Be In The Army and the UK top 10 singles In The Summertime, Baby Jump and Lady Rose
May 6, 1942 ~ Jazz bassist David Friesen born in Tacoma, Washington, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with John Handy, Marian McPartland, Joe Henderson, Billy Harper, John Stowell, Ted Curson, Ricky Ford, Duke Jordan, Mal Waldron, Paul Horn, Chick Corea, Michael Brecker, Stan Getz, Dexter Gordon, Kenny Garrett, Dizzy Gillespie, Kenny Drew, and others
May 6, 1939 ~ Folk singer, guitarist, civil right activist Donal Leace, full name Donal Richard Leace, born in Huntington, West Virginia, USA ~ Best known for Oh Alabama and The Death Of Medgar Evers. Has toured with Nancy Wilson and Roberta Flack ~ Leace passed away in 2020
May 6, 1939 ~ Blues guitarist, singer Eddie C Campbell born in Duncan, Mississippi, USA ~ Worked with Muddy Waters, Magic Sam, Otis Rush, Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter, Little Johnny Taylor, Jimmy Reed, Willie Dixon, the Chicago Blues All-Stars, Carey Bell, Lafeyette Leake, and others ~ Campbell passed away in 2018
May 6, 1938 ~ Classical hornist Vicente Zarzo Pitarch born in Valencia, Spain ~ Closely associated with het Residentie Orkest. Has also worked with the Valencia Orchestra, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, the American Wind Symphony Orchestra, the National Orchestra Of Mexico, and others ~ Zarzo passed away in 2021
May 6, 1936 ~ Singer Herbie Cox, full name Herbert Alexander Cox, born in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA ~ Co-founding member, lead singer of the Cleftones, known for doo-wop, vocal R&B classics such as Little Girl Of Mine, Can't We Be Sweethearts, Gee and perhaps their best-known Heart And Soul, the latter a Billboard top 20 hit in 1961. The band's songs have frequently been used since in films including Goodfellas, American Graffiti and A Bronx Tale ~ Cox passed away in 2019
May 6, 1933 ~ R&B singer Oliver Morgan born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Best known for his 1964 single Who Shot The La La which tells of the mysterious circumstances of singer Prince La La's death, reportedly of a drug overdose the previous year at age 27. Morgan would not have another national hit, settle on performing locally in the New Orleans area and record his sole album, I'm Home, as late as 1998 ~ Morgan passed away in 2007
May 6, 1931 ~ Classical pianist Lilian Kallir born in Prague, Czechoslovakia ~ Married to pianist Claude Frank, their daughter Pamela Frank is known as a violinist. Best known for her association with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra ~ Kallir passed away in 2004
May 6, 1930 ~ Fernando Luis Rosario Marin, commonly known as salsa bandleader, composer Willie Rosario, born in Coamo, Puerto Rico ~ Known for songs such as El Timba De Carlitos, Mi Amigo El Payaso, El Revendon, Cuando No Hay Carino
May 6, 1927 ~ Betty Jane Phillips, commonly known as singer Betty Jane Baker, born in Birmingham, Alabama, USA ~ Sang backup for Elvis Presley (Can't Help Falling In Love, A Little Less Conversation), Frank Sinatra (That's Life), Bobby Darin (Dream Lover), the Righteous Brothers (You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'), Sam Cooke (You Send Me), Lloyd Price (Stagger Lee), the Anita Kerr Singers, and others. Married to actor Mickey Rooney from 1944 to 1949, with whom she has two children. Married to composer Buddy Baker from 1950 to 1957. Married to jazz guitarist Barney Kessel from 1961 to 1980 ~ Phillips passed away in 2002
May 6, 1924 ~ Denys Justin Wright, commonly known as jazz guitarist, pianist Denny Wright, born in Bromley, UK ~ Worked with Kenny Graham, Carl Barriteau, Phil Green, Stéphane Grappelli, Lonnie Donegan, Johnny Duncan, Digby Fairweather, Ella Fitzgerald, Ken Snakehips Johnson, Billy Eckstine, Fapy Lafertin, Russ Conway, Biréli Lagrène, Humphrey Lyttelton, Nigel Kennedy, George Shearing, and others ~ Wright passed away in 1992
May 6, 1921 ~ Jazz trumpeter Freddy Randall, full name Frederick James Randall, born in Clapton, UK ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with the St Louis Four, Freddy Mirfield, Johnny Dankworth, Dave Shepherd, Sidney Bechet, Bud Freeman, Wild Bill Davison, Pee Wee Russell, Bill Coleman, Teddy Wilson, and others ~ Randall passed away in 1999
May 6, 1917 ~ Songwriter, lyricist Kal Mann born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Lyricist. Often teamed up with songwriters Bernie Lowe and Dave Appell. Co-writer of quintessential rock & roll songs such as Teddy Bear (Elvis Presley), Fabolous and Butterfly (Charlie Gracie), The Cha Cha Cha and Wild One (Bobby Rydell), and Let's Twist Again as well as Limbo Rock (Chubby Checker) ~ Mann passed away in 2001
May 6, 1913 ~ Pianist Carmen Cavallaro born in New York, New York, USA ~ One of the most admired light music pianist of his generation known as the “Poet of the Piano” ~ Cavallaro passed away in 1989
May 6, 1899 ~ Bandleader Billy Cotton, full name William Edward Cotton, born in London, UK ~ Popular band leader from the 1920s onwards and one of the few to remain popular after the British dance band era and well into the 1950s. Known for songs such as Somebody Stole My Gal. Also appeared in a number of films starting in the 1930s ~ Cotton passed away in 1969
May 6, 1851 ~ Louis Armand Aristide Bruand, commonly known as cabaret singer, comedian, songwriter Aristide Bruant, born in Courtenay, France ~ Credited as pioneer of the chanson réliste genre. Nightclub owner, known for insulting his upper-class audience clubbing in Montmartre. Well-known songs include Nini Peau D'Chien, Le Chat Noir and Les Mômes De La Cloche, many of his songs considered part of the French cultural canon ~ Bruand passed away in 1925