This Day In Music: May 7
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May 7, 2022 ~ Country, countrypolitan, pop singer, pianist Mickey Gilley, full name Mickey Leroy Gilley, passed away in Branson, Missouri, USA ~ Known for songs such as A Room Full Of Roses, Don't The Girls Get Prettier At Closing Time and a countryfied cover of the Ben E King-classic Stand By Me used in the 1980 Urban Cowboy soundtrack ~ Gilley was born in 1936
 
May 7, 2018 ~ 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 was born in 1936
May 7, 2018 ~ Claudine Luypaerts, commonly known as singer, actress Maurane, passed away in Schaerbeek, Belgium ~ Sang backing vocals for Jo Lemaire and for Philippe Lafontaine until she debuted in 1986 with the solo album Danser ~ Luypaerts was born in 1960
May 7, 2018 ~ Composer, conductor, organist Roman Toi passed away in Toronto, Canada ~ Composed over 80 choral works, many now part of the standard Estonian choral repertoire. Has also written a limited number of cantatas and symphonies ~ Toi was born in 1916
 
May 7, 2017 ~ Saxophonist, bandleader, producer Dave Pell passed away ~ Played in the big bands of Tony Pastor, Bob Astor, Bobby Sherwood, and Les Brown. Moved on to leading his own ensembles in the early 1950s, employing sidemen such as Pepper Adams, Benny Carter, Mel Lewis, Red Mitchell, Marty Paich, and Art Pepper, Pell continued to work as a sideman for Shorty Rogers, Pete Rugolo, Benny Goodman, and Gene Krupa. He also produced for the Tops, Uni, and Librty labels throughout the 1960s, most notably producing Gary Lewis & the Playboys as well as the T-Bones (No Matter What Shape Your Stomach's In) ~ Pell was born in 1925
 
May 7, 2012 ~ R&B, doo-wop singer Ernest Warren passed away ~ Member of the Spaniels, known for 1950s hits such as Baby It's You and Goodnnight Sweetheart, the latter later remaining popular to this day featured in several films including American Graffiti ~ Warren was born in 1933
 
May 7, 2011 ~ John Joseph Maus, commonly known as singer, guitarist John Walker, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Founding member of the Walker Brothers, known for songs such as My Ship Is Coming In, No Regrets, Make It Easy On Yourself, The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore ~ Maus was born in 1943
May 7, 2011 ~ Bolero singer Johnny Albino passed away in Queens, New York, USA ~ Lead singer of the Trio San Juan. Joined Los Panchos in 1958, replacing Julito Rodríguez, and remaining with the band until 1968. Would continue to work with numerous groups, appearing on over an estimated 300 albums ~ Albino was born in 1919
 
May 7, 2010 ~ Guitarist Dave Fisher passed away in Rye, New York, USA ~ Member of 1960s folk, folk-pop outfit the Highwaymen, best known for their 1960 Michael Row The Boat Ashore hit single ~ Fisher was born in 1940
May 7, 2010 ~ Drummer, percussionist Francisco Aguabella passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Over half a dozen albums to his name as a leader. In-demand sideman. Member of Latin rock outfit Malo during the 1970s. First gained attention in the USA backing Peggy Lee from the early 1950s through 1960. Has also backed artists such as Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Frank Sinatra, Cachao, Lalo Schifrin, Nancy Wilson, Bebo Valdes, Carlos Santana, Louie Bellson, Paul Simon, and others. ~ Aguabella was born in 1925
 
May 7, 2007 ~ Drummer Ron Jefferson passed away in Richmond, Virginia, USA ~ Worked with Les Jazz Modes, Coleman Hawkins, Roy Eldridge, Oscar Pettiford, Lester Young, Ruth Brown, Richard Groove Holmes, Joe Pass, Les McCann, Stuart de Silva, Bobby Hutcherson, Lou Rawls, Joe Roland, Leroy Vinnegar, Julius Watkins, Charlie Rouse, and others ~ Jefferson was born in 1926
 
May 7, 2005 ~ Traditional pop, doo-wop baritone singer Rudi Maugeri, full name Rudolph Peter Maugeri, passed away ~ Member of Canadian vocal quartet the Crew Cuts, known for their mid-1950s string of hits including Sh'boom, Earth Angel, Ko-ko-mo I Love You So, Angels In The Sky and Gum Drop ~ Maugeri was born in 1931
 
May 7, 2000 ~ R&B, soul, pop singer Eden Alene, sometimes mononymously referred to as Eden, born in Jerusalem, Israel ~ Winner of the 2019 season of Hakokhav Habda (Rising Star) talent contest. Represented Israel at the 2020 Eurovision Songfestival, her Set Me Free reaching 5th place
 
May 7, 1998 ~ Louisa Dupont, commonly known as jazz, blues singer Blue Lu Barker, passed away in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Popular during the 1930s and 1940s. Known for songs such as Don't You Feel My Leg, Georgia Grind and Look What Baby's Got For You ~ Dupont was born in 1913
May 7, 1998 ~ Country, country pop singer, guitarist, songwriter Eddie Rabbitt, full name Edward Thomas Rabbitt, passed away in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ~ Known for songs such as Suspicions, I Love A Rainy Night, Drivin' My Life Away, Every Which Way But Loose, the Juice Newton-duet Both To Each Other (Friends And Lovers), and the Crystal Gayle-duet You & I ~ Rabbitt was born in 1941
 
May 7, 1995 ~ Jazz drummer, singer, bandleader Ray McKinley passed away in Largo, Florida, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Vocalist and co-writer on Beat Me Daddy Eight To The Bar, a 1940 hit recorded with Will Bradley's orchestra. As a leader known for first recording You Came A Long Way (From St Louis) in 1948, later covered by numerous artists including Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee, Perry Como, and others. Has also worked with the Dorsey Brothers, Smith Ballew, Jerry Gray, Sam Butera, Freddie Slack, and others ~ McKinley was born in 1910
 
May 7, 1991 ~ Arthur Lee Stevenson, commonly known as blues drummer, singer Kansas City Red, passed away ~ Pivotal in development of urban blues. Worked with David Honeyboy Edwards, Robert Nighthawk, Sunnyland Slim, Big Walter Horton, Johnny Shines, Earl Hooker, Blind John Davis, Johnny Man Young, Robert Lockwood Junior, Eddie Taylor, Floyd Jones, Elmore James, Easy Baby, Jimmy Reed, and others ~ Stevenson was born in 1926
 
May 7, 1990 ~ Singer, drummer Charlie Allen passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Co-founding member of Pacific Gas & Electric, known for their 1970 Billboard Hot 100 top 20 hit Are You Ready co-written by Allen and later notably covered by the Staple Singers ~ Allen was born in 1942
May 7, 1990 ~ Singer, actress Elizete Cardoso passed away in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ~ Discovered at age 16 by Jacob do Bandolim. Over 40 albums to her name. Best known for her 1958 Cancao Do Amor Demais album, generally regarded as the first bossa nova album. Also especially remembered for Manha De Carnaval of the 1959 Orfeu Negro soundtrack ~ Cardoso was born in 1920
May 7, 1990 ~ Oliver Lee Rodgers, commonly known as electric blues guitarist, singer, songwriter Sonny Rodgers, passed away in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA ~ Influenced by BB King, Robert Nighthawk, Muddy Waters. On-and-off active as a backing musician since the late 1950s, working with the likes of Forest City Joe, Joe Hill Louis, Joe Willie Wilkins, Eddie Boyd, Lazy Bill Lucas, Willie Cobbs, and others. As a solo artist best known for his 1990 single Cadillac Baby, awarded a WC Handy Award. Would release his acclaimed The Call Me The Cat Daddy debut album the same year, only to have his promising solo career cut short by his death of heart failure at age 50 ~ Rodgers was born in 1939
 
May 7, 1989 ~ James Devlin, mononymously known as hip-hop, grime rapper, songwriter Devlin, born in London, UK ~ Member of grim collective the OT Crew. Member of the Movement. Released his Bud Sweat & Beers solo debut album in 2010. Scored the UK top 10 hits Watchtower featuring Ed Sheeran and Rewind featuring Diane Birch
 
May 7, 1985 ~ José Alvaro Osorio Balvin, commonly known as reggaeton, urbano, hip-hop singer J Balvin, born in Medelin, Colombia ~ Dubbed “the Prince of Reggaeton” and one of the best-selling Latin artists. Broke through in 2014 with Ginza and 6 AM and hass recorded to commercial succes since drawing from a variety of genres including pop, rock, reggae, electronica, house, trap, rap and hip-hop. Has collaborated with a host of artists including Ozuna, Alejandro Sanz, Bad Bunny, Beyoncé, Black Eyed Peas, Dua Lipa, and Major Lazer
 
May 7, 1977 ~ Singer Marie Myriam wins the 22nd edition of the Eurovision Songfestival held in London, UK ~ Representing France Myriam wins with the song L'Oiseau Et L'Enfant written by Jean-Paul Cara and Joe Gracy
 
May 7, 1975 ~ Tajuan Akeem Perry, commonly known as rapper Big Noyd, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Closely associated with Mobb Deep, appearing on most of their albums. As a solo artist debuted with the full-length album Episodes Of A Hustler in 1996
 
May 7, 1971 ~ Singer, songwriter Eagle Eye Cherry, full name Eagle-Eye Lanoo Herry, born in Stockholm, Sweden ~ Son of jazz trumpeter Don Cherry. Half-brother of singer Neneh Cherry. Debuted as a solo artist with the 1997 album Desireless which spawned the global hit Save Tonight. Also known for songs such as Falling In Love Again, Are You Still Having Fun, Long Way Around, Feels So Right, and Don't Give Up. Co-wrote and sang on Santana's Wishing It Was from the 1999 album The Supernatural
 
May 7, 1969 ~ Pop rock sibling outfit the Bee Gees record Don't Forget To Remember at IBC Studios, London, UK ~ Written by Barry Gibb and Maurice Gibb, the former also singing the lead vocals. Produced by Robert Stigwood and the band. Included on the album Cucumber Castle. Released as a single, b/w The Lord, in August 1969
 
May 7, 1968 ~ Jan Engelaar, commonly known as DJ, producer DJ Jean born in Veenendaal, the Netherlands ~ Known for a string of 2000s hits, reaching the higher echelons of the Dutch charts. Well-known songs include The Launch, Love Come Home, Every Single Day and Feel It
May 7, 1968 ~ Nora Louise Kuzma, commonly known as singer, actress, model Traci Lords, born in Steubensville, Ohio, USA ~ Best known as a former pornstar, working as a minor with a fake ID. She left the porn industry two days after her 18th birthday. Pursued a model as an actress for film and TV, writer and producer. Debuted in 1995 with the album 1,000 Fires which despite critical acclaim sold poorly. The single Control would become a minor hit
 
May 7, 1964 ~ Jazz alto saxophonist Joe Maini passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Worked with Alvino Rey, Johnny Bothwell, Claude Thornhill, Terry Gibbs, Onzy Matthews, Gerald Wilson, Bill Holman, Louie Bellson, Dan Terry, Shelly Manne, Clifford Brown, Max Roach, Zoot Sims, Jack Sheldon, Conte Candoli, Red Mitchell, Lin Halliday, Kenny Drew, Jimmy Knepper, and others ~ Maini was born in 1930
 
May 7, 1963 ~ Jazz, funk bassist Dwayne Dolphin born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Acclaimed for his 1993 Portrait Of Adrian album. In-demand sideman working with a host of jazz, R&B and funk artists including Geri Allen, Arthur Blythe, Pee Wee Ellis, Stanley Turrentine, Fred Wesley, Wynton Marsalis, and others
 
May 7, 1961 ~ Igor Tsöganov, commonly known as songwriter, producer Ivar Must, born in Tallinn, Estonia ~ Along with Maian Kärmas wrote Tanel Padar, Dave Benton & 2XL's Everybody, the 2001 Eurovision Songfestival winner
 
May 7, 1958 ~ Rock & roll, country, country pop singer Conway Twitty records It's Only Make Believe at Bradley Film & Recording Studios, Nashville, USA ~ Written by Twitty and drummer Jack Nance. Produced by Jim Vienneau. Initially released as the flipside of Twitty's July 1958 single I'll Try, it would become one of his best-known. Over the course of his career Twitty recorded the song several times, including as a duet with Loretta Lynn in 1970. Covered by a number of artists including British singer Billy Fury in 1964 and American singer Glen Campbell in 1970, both of whom scored a top 10 hit it with it in their respective homelands
 
May 7, 1957 ~ Country songwriter, guitarist Hayden Nicholas born in Texas, USA ~ Member of Revolver. Best known as frequent songwriting partner of Clint Black, helpful in Black's early succes and breakthrough co-writing songs such as Nobody's Home which helped Black land a record deal and A Better Man and Killin' Time
 
May 7, 1956 ~ Anne Jennifer Beckingham, commonly known as keyboardist, songwriter, conductor Anne Dudley born ~ Worked in classical and pop. Composed for film including arranging for the film version of Les Miserables and winning an Academy Award for the 1997 The Full Monty film. Core member of synthpop band Art Of Noise since tis inception in 1983
 
May 7, 1955 ~ Pianist Axel Zwingenberger born in Hamburg, Germany ~ Classically trained pianist switched to boogie-woogie after hearing recordings by Pete Johnson, Albert Ammons, Meade Lux Lewis. Active since the mid-1970s both as a solo artist and in-demand collaborator. Has worked with Ray Bryant, Champion Jack Dupree, Lloyd Glenn, Lionel Hampton, Jay McShann, Joe Newman, Sammy Price, Big Joe Turner, Sippie Wallace, Vince Weber, and others. Member of supergroup the ABCD Of Boogie-Woogie alongside pianist Ben Waters, bassist Dave Green and the Rolling Stones-drummer Charlie Watts
 
May 7, 1953 ~ Country songwriter John Jarrard born in Gainesville, Georgia, USA ~ Had his songs recorded by artists such as Alabama, George Strait (Blue Clear Sky), Don Williams (Nobody But You), John Anderson, John Berry, Blackhawk, Diamond Rio, the Forester Sisters, James House, Tracy Lawrence (Is That A Tear), Neal McCoy, the Pirates Of The Mississippi, Charley Pride (Shouldn't It Be Easier Than This), Collin Raye, John Schneider, Pam Tillis, Rick Trevino, and others ~ Jarrard passed away in 2001
 
May 7, 1951 ~ Trombonist, trumpeter Mic Gillette born in Oakland, California, USA ~ Best known as longtime member of Tower Of Power hornist. Also a member of Cold Blood and of Sons Of Champlin ~ Gillette passed away in 2016
 
May 7, 1950 ~ Blues, vaudeville singer, dancer Bertha Hill passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Best known for her association with Louis Armstrong on a number of mid-1920 recordings including Pratt City BLues, Low Land Blues, Kid Man Blues, Georgia Man and Trouble In Mind. Also worked with Ethel Waters, Lonnie Johnson, Scrapper Blackwell, Leroy Carr, Lovie Austin, Art Hodes, and others ~ Hill was born in 1905
 
May 7, 1949 ~ James Barry Keefer, commonly known as pop singer Keith, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Best known for 98.6, a Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit in 1967. Its title refers to the normal human body temperature in degrees Fahrenheit. Keith recorded a number of subsequent recordings but would be unable to achieve another top 10 hit
 
May 7, 1948 ~ Bassist, guitarist, songwriter Alan Spenner, full name Alan Henry Spenner, born in Dalston, UK ~ Worked with Wynder K Frog, Spooky Tooth, ABC, David Coverdale, David Soul, Joe Cocker (including backing Cocker at the 1969 Woodstock concert), Kenny Loggins, Lynda Carter, Peter Frampton, Ted Nugent, Mick Taylor, China Crisis, Murray Head, Kokomo, Roxy Music, and others ~ Spenner passed away in 1991
May 7, 1948 ~ Vincent Clifford, commonly known as singer Billy Thunderkloud, born ~ Fronted Billy Thunderkloud & the Chieftones, known best for the 1975 singles What Time Of Day and its follow-up Pledging My Love both charting reasonably well on the Billboard Country charts ~ Clifford passed away in 2018
May 7, 1948 ~ Singer, guitarist, pianist, songwriter Lluis Llach, full name Lluis Llach i Grande, born in Girona, Spain ~ One of the main representatives of nova cançó. Best known for L'Estaca, an unofficial anthem of the Catalan Independence Movement
 
May 7, 1947 ~ Jazz saxophonist Joe Ford born in Buffalo, New York, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with McCoy Tyner, Sam Jones, Lester Bowie, Idris Muhammad, Chico O'Farrill, Avery Sharpe, Malachi Thompson, Steve Berrios, Charles Fambrough, Kenny Kirkland, Jeff Tain-Watts, and others
 
May 7, 1946 ~ Bassist Ken Koblun born in Canada ~ Played alongside Neil Young as a member of the Jades, the Squires, the Stardusters, and briefly Buffalo Springfield. Replaced Comrie Smith in 3's A Crowd
May 7, 1946 ~ Thelma Jackson, commonly known as R&B, soul, disco singer, actress Thelma Houston, born in Leland, Mississippi, USA ~ Best known for her 1976 single Don't Leave Me This Way, originally recorded by Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes two years earlier. Houston's version would top the Billboard Hot 100 and become a disco classic popular to this day. Houston had previously recorded Do You Know Where You're Going To but the single was pulled and given to Diana Ross as the theme song for the movie Mahogany. Houston would record well into the 2010s, enjoying moderate succes on the R&B and Dance charts from time to time, as well as act in a variety of supporting roles in film and TV productions
 
May 7, 1945 ~ Saxophonist, keyboardist, singer Cornelius Bumpus born in Dallas, Texas, USA ~ Worked with Bobby Freeman, the Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan, the Café Society, Clifford Coulter, Donald Fagen, Moby Grape, and others ~ Bumpus passed away in 2004
May 7, 1945 ~ Balladeer, troubadour, singer, guitarist, songwriter Ewert Ljusberg, full name Karl Ewert Alvar Ljusberg, born in Hede, Sweden ~ Actively recording since the early 1970s. Appeared in a Swedish production of the musical Jesus Christ Superstar. As a recording artist has collaborated with artists such as Bengt Sandh, Bernt Johansson, São Tomé, his brother Arne Ljusberg, and others. Assigned president of the Republic Of Jamtland, a humorous, fictitious nation, in 1989 ~ Ljusberg passed away in 2021
 
May 7, 1943 ~ Singer, guitarist Rick West born in Dagenham, UK ~ Founding member of the Tremeloes, known for hits such as Do You Love Me, Candy Man, I Want Candy, and others
May 7, 1943 ~ Country, outlaw country singer, songwriter Terry Allen born in Wichita, Kansas, USA ~ Admired by peers. Critically acclaimed, especially for the 1970s albums Juarez and Lubbock (On Everything). Had his songs covered by Guy Clark, Little Feat, David Byrne, Doug Sahm, Bobby Bare (Amarillo Highway), Ricky Nelson, Lucinda Williams, and others
 
May 7, 1942 ~ Andres Montañez Rodriguez, salsa, bolero singer, songwriter Andy Montañnez, born in San Juan, Puerto Rico ~ Rose to fame in the early 1960s as member of salsa ensemble El Gran Combo, known for songs such as Hiojas Blancas, El Barbero Loco and Vagabundo. Montañez left the band in 1977 and has recorded as a solo artist since
May 7, 1942 ~ Lawrencine May Collins, commonly known as country, rockabilly, rock singer, guitarist Lorrie Collins born near Sapulpa, Oklahoma, USA ~ Girlfriend of singer and teen idol Ricky Nelson during the late-1950s, both on the TV show The Adventures Of Ozzie And Harriet and in real life. Sister of Larry Collins, with whom she performed through the 1960s under the moniker the Collins Kids and best known for their signature song Just Because ~ Collins passed away in 2018
 
May 7, 1941 ~ Shizuko Ihara, commonly known as enka, jazz singer Mina Aoe, born in Tokyo, Japan ~ Dubbed “the Queen of Blues” and known for her husky voice. Known best for a number of late 1960s Japanese hits, notably Isezakicho Blues and Ikebukuro No Yoru both selling over a million copies each ~ Ihara passed away in 2000
 
May 7, 1939 ~ Johnny Mastrangelo, commonly known as doo-wop, R&B singer Johnny Maestro, born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Original lead singer of the Crests, one one the first interracial groups and known for songs such as 16 Candles, The Angels Listened In, Trouble In Paradise. Maestro departed the band in 1960 to pursue a solo career, scoring moderate hits throughout the remainder of the decade. Would go on to front Brooklyn Bridge from 1968 onwards, notably known for the 1969 Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit Worst That Could Happen ~ Mastrangelo passed away in 2010
 
May 7, 1938 ~ William Henry Jackson, commonly known as blues guitarist, banjoist, singer Papa Charlie Jackson, passed away in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Perhaps best known for accompanying some of the most famous classic blues singers including Ida Cox, Hattie McDaniel and notably Ma Rainey. Has also recoirded with Big Bill Broonzy and Blind Blake, the latter a longtime idol of his. As a solo artist known for a number of 1920s recordings, notably Airy Man Blues, Papa's Lawdy Lawdy Blues, Shave 'Em Dry and Salty Dog Blues ~ Jackson was born in 1887
 
May 7, 1936 ~ Singer Jimmy Ruffin born in Collinsville, Mississippi, USA ~ Brother of the Temptations singer David Ruffin. Jimmy is best known for his 1960s top 10 hits Hold On To My Love and What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted. Member of the Holidays ~ Ruffin passed away in 2014
 
May 7, 1931 ~ Songwriter Jerry Chesnut born in Harlan County, Kentucky, USA ~ Revered songwriter known for songs such as A Good Year For The Roses (Alan Jackson, George Jones, Elvis Costello). T-R-O-U-B-L-E (Elvis Presley, Travis Tritt), A Dime At A Time (Del Reeves), Anothr Place Another Time (Jerry Lee Lewis), It's Four In The Morning (Faron Young), Holding On To Nothing (Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton), Miles And Miles From Nowhere (Arthur Alexander), They Don't Make 'Em Like My Daddy (Loretta Lynn), Weakness In A Man (Waylon Jennings, Roy Drusky), and others ~ Chesnut passed away in 2018
May 7, 1931 ~ Theresa Veronica Breuer, commonly known as singer Teresa Brewer, born in Toledo, Ohio, USA ~ One of the most prolific singers of the 1950s. Known for songs such as Music Music Music, Till I Waltz Again With You, Ricochet Rock-o-Shay, Baby Baby Baby, and Jilted. Reemerged in the 1980s as a jazz singer, especially known for a string of tribute albums ~ Brewer passed away in 2007
 
May 7, 1926 ~ Jazz, swing saxophonist Herbie Steward, full name Herbert Bickford Steward, born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Member of the Four Brothers alongside Serge Chaloff, Al Cohn, Zoot Sims. Also worked with Earle Spencer, Woody Herman, Dick Hazard, Eddie Duran, Gene Dinovi, Stan Kenton, and others ~ Steward passed away in 2003
May 7, 1926 ~ Arthur Lee Stevenson, commonly known as blues drummer, singer Kansas City Red, born in Drew, Mississippi, USA ~ Pivotal in development of urban blues. Worked with David Honeyboy Edwards, Robert Nighthawk, Sunnyland Slim, Big Walter Horton, Johnny Shines, Earl Hooker, Blind John Davis, Johnny Man Young, Robert Lockwood Junior, Eddie Taylor, Floyd Jones, Elmore James, Easy Baby, Jimmy Reed, and others ~ Stevenson passed away in 1991
 
May 7, 1923 ~ Singer, songwriter Jim Lowe, full name James Elisworth Lowe, born in Springfield, Missouri, USA ~ Best known for his 1956 hit The Green Door and for writing Gambler's Guitar, a million-seller for Rusty Draper. Also a radio host and personality, considered an export on popular music of the 1940s and 1950s ~ Lowe passed away in 2016
 
May 7, 1922 ~ Actor, bandleader, saxophonist, clarinetist, arranger Lew Anderson, full name Lewis Burr Anderson, born in Kirkman, Iowa, USA ~ To TV fans best known as the third actor to portray Clarabell the Cow on the TV show Howdy Doody from 1954 to 1960. Also known as accomplished jazz saxophonist and bandleader working with artists such as Bob Millikan, Chuck Winfield, Eddie Bert, Frank Strozier, Dave Weckl, John Fedchock, Greg Gisbert, Milt Hinton, Bobby Rosengarden, and others ~ Anderson passed away in 2006
May 7, 1922 ~ James Faye Hall, commonly known as pianist, songwriter Roy Hall, born in Big Storm Gap, Virginia, USA ~ Formed the Cohutta Mountain Boys, teaming up with Tommy Odum, Bud White, Flash Griner and Frankie Brumbalough ~ Hall passed away in 1984
 
May 7, 1914 ~ Songwriter, film composer John Elliott born in Gowanda, New York, USA ~ Reportedly wrote or co-wrote over 600 songs for motion pictures, most notably for Roy Rogers and Dale Evans films. Co-wrote with Sonny Burke, Harold Spina (Dinah Shore's It's So Nice To Have A Man Around The House), and with Lew Quadling (Bing Crosby's Sam's Song), and others ~ Elliott passed away in 1972
 
May 7, 1910 ~ Jazz, swing guitarist, singer Teddy Bunn, full name Theodore Leroy Bunn, born in Freeport, New York, USA ~ Generally regarded as one of the best acoustic guitarists of the 1930s active throughout the early 1970s. Played solely by ear, having never learned to read notes. Best known as a member of Spirits Of Rhythm led by Leo Watson. Has also worked with Red Allen, Fats Pichon, Duke Ellington, the Six Jolly Jesters, the Washboard Rhythm Kings, the Ramblers, Victoria Spivey, Lizzie Miles, Spencer Williams, Sidney Bechet, Hadda Brooks, Johnny Dodds, JC Higginbotham, Lionel Hampton, Jimmie Noone, Louis Jordan, and others ~ Bunn passed away in 1978
 
May 7, 1905 ~ Admirl Amos Easton, commonly known as Piedmont blues singer, guitarist Bumble Bee Slim, born in Brunswick, Georgia, USA ~ Influenced by pianist Leroy Carr and guitarist Scrapper Blackwell. Worked with Big Bill Broonzy, Peetie Wheatstraw, Tampa Red, Memphis Minnie, Washboard Sam, and others ~ Easton passed away in 1968
 
May 7, 1904 ~ Jazz trombonist Floyd O'Brien born ~ Started in the 1920 playing with Earl Fuller, Floyd Town, Charles Pierce, Thelma Terru, Husk O'Hare. The 1930s saw him teaming up with artists such as Mal Hallett, Joe Venuti, Smith Ballew, Mike Durso, Phil Harris, and with Gene Krupa. During the 1940s O'Brien played with Eddie Miller, Bunk Johnson, Shorty Sherock, Jack Teagarden, Wingy Manone, Fats Waller, Mezz Mezzrow, George Wettling, Charles Lavere. After 1948 he returned to Bud Freeman, with whom he had played as early as 1928, as well as play with Art Hodes, and with Danny Alvin, Albert Nicholas, and others ~ O'Brien passed away in 1968
 
May 7, 1903 ~ Xyolophonist Sammy Herman, full name Samuel Herbert Herman, born in Bronxwood Park, New York, USA ~ Best known for his work with various NBC radio and TV orchestras, notably for Lucky Strike Hit Parade. Has worked with Carl Hoff, Al Goodman, Leo Reisman, and others ~ Herman passed away in 1995
 
May 7, 1896 ~ Victor Cohen, commonly known as jazz drummer Vic Berton, born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Playing professionally since age 16. Has worked with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, John Philip Sousa, Art Kahn, Paul Beise, Bix Beiderbecke, Roger Wolfe Kahn, Donald Voorhees, Red Nichols, Paul Whiteman, Abe Lyman, and others ~ Cohen passed away in 1951
 
May 7, 1894 ~ Country, old-time guitarist, banjoist, singer Riley Puckett born in Dallas, Georgia, USA ~ Country pioneer best known as a member of Gid Tanner's outfit the Skillet Lickers. Also worked with Clayton McMichen, the Home Town Boys, , and others ~ Puckett passed away in 1946
 
May 7, 1850 ~ Conductor Anton Seidl born in Pest, Austria ~ Acclaimed interpreter of Richard Wagner. Closely associated with the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic ~ Seidl passed away in 1898
 
May 7, 1840 ~ Composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky, full name Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, born in Votkinsk, Russia ~ Important figure in the Romantic era. First internationally acclaimed Russian composer ~ Tchaikovsky passed away in 1893
 
May 7, 1833 ~ Romantic pianist, conductor, composer Johannes Brahms born in Hamburg, Germany ~ Influential composer considered on of “the Three B's” alongside Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven. Composed for orchestra, chamber ensembles, organ, voice and choirs. Adhered to tradition while also introducing innovations ~ Brahms passed away in 1897