This Day In Music: November 12
November 11 ~ Birthdays/All ~ November 13
November 12, 2022 ~ Saxophonist Gene Cipriano passed away ~ In-demand session musician, best known for his work for films such as Some Like It Hot and TV shows such as Batman, The Flintstones, MASH, Mission Impossible, The Simpsons and American Dad ~ Cipriano was born in 1928
November 12, 2020 ~ Actress, singer Lynn Kellogg born in Appleton, Wisconsin, USA ~ Best known for her role as Sheila in the original 1968 Broadway production of Hair. Also appeared in the 1969 Elvis Presley-film Charro. Would go on to work in children's TV and as a contemporary Christian singer ~ Kellogg was born in 1943
November 12, 2017 ~ Composer, producer Eric Salzman passed away in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Co-founded the American Music Theater Festival. Artistic direcor and composer-in-residence with the Center For Contemporary Opera ~ Salzman was born in 1933
November 12, 2016 ~ Lawyer, agent, TV producer Frank Konigsberg passed away ~ To pop and rock audiences perhaps best known for producing the 1977 Merrie Old Christmas TV special starring Bing Crosby. It would feature a duet with David Bowie, Crosby singing the traditional The Little Drummer Boy, Bowie countering with Peace On Earth. Bowie would release it a a single, the flipside featuring Fantastic Voyage ~ Konigsberg was born in 1933
November 12, 2016 ~ Poet, singer, screenwriter Jacques Werup passed away ~ Best known as a poet and author, publishing his first novel Returbiljett Polen in 1971. As a musician and songwriter closely associated with singer, guitarist Michael Saxell, co-writing songs for their own projects as well as others including collaborations with Lill Lindfors, Mats Ronander and Benneth Fagerlund ~ Werup was born in 1945
November 12, 2012 ~ Jazz drummer Bob French passed away ~ Worked with James Booker, Art Neville, Charles Neville, Kidd Jordan, Alvin Batiste, Earl King, Snooks Eaglin, Fats Domino, Dave Bartholomew, and others. Led the the Tuxedo Jazz Band from 1977 until his death ~ French was born ca.1938
November 12, 2011 ~ Singer, drummer, songwriter Doyle Bramhall passed away in Alpine, Texas, USA ~ Father of singer, guitarist Doyle Bramhall II. Member of the Chessmen who once opened for Jimi Hendrix. Formed Texas Storm with Jimmy Vaughan. Formed the Nightcrawlers, teaming up with Jimmie's younger brother Stevie Ray Vaughan and Marc Benno. Has been releasing solo records since the mid-1990s ~ Bramhall was born in 1949
November 12, 2008 ~ John Graham Mitchell, commonly known as drummer Mitch Mitchell, passed away in Portland, Oregon, USA ~ Best known as a member of Jimi Hendrix's backing unit the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Has also worked with Pete Nelson & the Travellers, Frankie Reid & the Casuals, Johnny Harris & the Shades, the Pretty Things, the Riot Squad, and others. Sessioned with the Who when they were in the process of replacing Doug Sandom with Keith Moon ~ Mitchell was born in 1946
November 12, 2003 ~ Drummer Tony Thompson passed away in Encino, California, USA ~ Best known as Chic drummer. Also a member of Labelle, of Power Station, and of Ecstasy Passion & Pain. Has worked with numerous others including Jody Watley, Madonna (including on her debut album Like A Virgin), Rod Stewart, Robert Palmer, David Bowie, the Distance, Elton John, Mick Jagger, and others ~ Thompson was born in 1954
November 12, 2000 ~ Conductor, violinist Frank Pourcel passed away in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France ~ Recorded some 250 albums, over 3000 songs and conducted numerous famous orchestras ~ Pourcel was born in 1913
November 12, 1997 ~ Blues-rock, folk singer, guitarist, songwriter Rainer Ptacek, full name Rainer Jaromir Ptacek, passed away in Tucson, Arizona, USA ~ Admired by peers. Noted for his slide and finger-picking technique and use of electronic manipulation. Praised by artists such as Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant and ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons. Worked with Giant Sand, the Band of Blacky Ranchette, Joey Burns, John Convertino, and others ~ Ptacek was born in 1951
November 12, 1995 ~ Michelle Davina Hoogendoorn, commonly known as singer Davina Michelle, born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands ~ Best known for her 2018 Duurt Te Lang single. Other well-known songs include Skyward, Hoe Het Danst and Beat Me
November 12, 1994 ~ Jazz banjoist, guitarist, bassist Eddie Gibbs, full name Edward L Gibbs, passed away ~ Influenced by Elmer Snowden. Worked with Wilbur Sweatman, Eubie Blake, Billy Fowler, Edgar Hayes, Teddy Wilson, Eddie South, Dave Martin, Luis Russell, Claude Hopkins, Cedric Wallace, Wilbur de Paris, Buzzy Drootin, and others ~ Gibbs was born in 1908
November 12, 1993 ~ Jolan Gidney-Craigen, commonly known as pop, rock, soul singer, guitarist, pianist, bassist, songwriter Jolan, born in Boltan, UK ~ One of four finalists in the 5th series of talent show The Voice UK aired on BBC One in 2016, alongside Cody Frost, Lydia Lucy and winner Kevin Simm
November 12, 1988 ~ Singer Helvetia Boswell passed away ~ One third of close harmony trio the Boswell Sisters, alongside siblings Martha Boswell and Connee Boswell, known for 1930s hits such as I Found A Million Dollar Baby In A Five An Ten Cent Store, Rock & Roll, The Object Of My Affection, Dinah, Alexander's Ragtime Band, and others ~ Boswell was born in 1911
November 12, 1987 ~ Singer, songwriter, poet, actor Cornelis Vreeswijk passed away in Stockholm, Sweden ~ Emigrated to Sweden at age 12. Regarded as one of Sweden's most influential troubadours. Played Pontius Pilate in the Swedish version of Jesus Christ Superstar. Influenced by Josh White, Georges Brassens, Leadbelly. Known for songs such as Angbatsblus (Steam Boat Blues), Jubelvia For Fiffiga Nanette (Joyful Song For Clever Nanette), Polaren Par My Buddy Par, and Blues For Fatumeh. Renowned interpreter of the songs of Michael Bellman, Evert Taube, and of Lars Forssell. In the Netherlands best known for a handful of Dutch songs, especially 1972's Veronica, picked up by pirate radio station Veronica, and 1966's De Nozem & De Non (The Greaser & The Nun. The latter initially made little impact, yet has since become a classic ~ Vreeswijk was born in 1937
November 12, 1987 ~ Drummer, singer Jamison Ross born in Jacksonville, Florida, USA ~ Released his acclaimed solo debut, Jamison, in 2015. Has guested on recordings by Darius Polk, Carmen Lundy, Rex Gregory, Cindy Scott, Dr John, Irvin Mayfield, Snarky Puppy, and others
November 12, 1985 ~ William Wells, commonly known as jazz trombonist Dickey Wells, passed away in New York, New York, New York ~ Brother of trombonist Henry Wells. Worked with Lloyd Scott, Count Basie, Cecil Scott, Spike Hughes, Fletcher Henderson, Benny Carter, Teddy Hill, Jimmy Rushing, Buck Clayton, Ray Charles, Vic Dickenson, Dizzy Gillespie, John Lee Hooker, Jay McShann, Buddy Tate, and others ~ Wells was born in 1907
November 12, 1985 ~ Pop, rock singer, songwriter Yoko Yazawa born in Tokyo, Japan ~ Released her eponymous Yoko Yazawa debut album in 2010. Worked with Joe Inoue, the Generous, and Piggy Banks
November 12, 1983 ~ James Preston McDonald, commonly known as jazz trombonist Preston Jackson, passed away in Blytheville, Arkansas, USA ~ Worked with Tig Chambers, Al Simone, Eli Rice, Art Sims, Bernie Young, Richard M Jones, Dave Peyton, Erskine Tate, Louis Armstrong, Frankie Jaxon, Carroll Dickerson, Jimmie Noone, Roy Eldridge, Walter Barnes, Johnny Long, Zilner Randolph, Johnny Dodds, Lil' Armstrong, Little Brother Montgomery, Kid Thomas Valentine, Benny Waters, and others ~ McDonald was born in 1902
November 12, 1980 ~ Frans Christiaan Frederiks, commonly known as rapper, songwriter Lange Frans, born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands ~ Half of Lange Frans & Baas B, scoring with Het Land Van and Kamervragen. Also known as a conspiracy theorist, buying into everything from aliens to global conspiracies regarding COVID-19 and 5G mobile technology. Has collaborated with the Toppers, the D-Men and with alt-right politician Thierry Baudet
November 12, 1976 ~ Judith Holfelder-von-der-Tann, commonly known as alternative rock, pop rock singer, guitarist, songwriter Judith Holofernes, born in Berlin, West Germany ~ Best known as lead singer of Wir Sind Helden, rising to fame with their 2002 hit Guten Tag
November 12, 1976 ~ Singer, actor, songwriter Tevin Campbell, full name Tevin Jermod Campbell, born in Waxahachie, Texas, USA ~ Sang lead on Quincy Jones's Tomorrow from the Back On The Block. Debuted in 1991 with the album TEVIN, which went platinum and spawned the hit Tell Me What You Want Me To Do. His 1993 sophomore album, I'm Ready, would go double-platinum and contain the hits I'm Ready and the Kenneth Babyface Edmonds-penned Can We Talk
November 12, 1976 ~ Classical composer Walter Piston, full name Walter Hamon Piston Jr, passed away in Belmont, Massachusetts, USA ~ Got his start in music playing piano and violin in dance bands and orchestras throughout the 1910, notably serving under Georges Longy. Following a stint in the US Army during World War I, studied music at Harvard, graduating summa cum laude and teaching at the same university from 1926 until his retirement in 1960. As a classical composer wrote for ballet, orchestral music, chamber music, choral music, and various instruments. Known for works such as Three Pieces For Flute Clarinet & Bassoon, Symphony No.1 and The Incredible Flutist ~ Piston was born in 1894
November 12, 1972 ~ Charles Rudolf Friml, commonly known as composer, pianist Rudolf Friml, born in Prague, Bohemia ~ Composer of operettas, musicals and works for piano. Best known for The Firefly, Rose-Marie and The Vagabond King ~ Friml was born in 1879
November 12, 1970 ~ Jazz banjoist, guitarist Gene Gifford, full name Harold Eugene Gifford, passed away in Memphis, Tennessee, 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 was born in 1908
November 12, 1970 ~ Singer, songwriter, activist Sarah Harmer born in Burlington, Canada ~ Member of Saddletramps. Fronted Weeping Tile. Guested on recordings by Blue Rodeo, Great Big Sea, Rheostatics, Bruce Cockburn, Luther Wright & the Wrongs, Loomer, the Skydiggers, Weakerthans, Neko Case, the Great Lake Swimmers, the Tragically Hip, Bob Wiseman, and others
November 12, 1968 ~ Doom metal, heavy metal singer Aaron Stainthorpe born ~ Best known as lead singer of My Dying Bride. Has also worked with Sarah Jezebel Deva, Dominion, Disincarnate, Dreambreed, and others
November 12, 1968 ~ Disco, house, free jazz trumpeter, guitarist James Duncan born in Toronto, Canada ~ Has released a number of solo dance recordings since the 1990s. In-demand session player, notable credits including appearing on Metro Area's 2002 eponymous Metro Area debut album, and on indie rockers Rapture's House Of Jealous Lovers 12" single. Has also worked with the Silent League, Jon DeRosa, Glenn Branca, Rhys Chatham, and others
November 12, 1967 ~ Singer, guitarist Grant Nicholas, full name Grantley Jonathan Nicholas, born in Newport, UK ~ Lead singer of rock band Feeder, known for songs such as Seven Days In The Sun, Just A Day, Come Back Around, Just The Way I'm Feeling, Lost And Found and perhaps their best known Buck Rogers
November 12, 1967 ~ Electric blues, blues rock guitarist, singer, songwriter Jay Hooks born in Houston, Texas, USA ~ Influenced by Albert Collins, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Stevie Ray Vaughan. First gained attention backing Lavelle White in the 1990s. Released his Hooked Up solo debut album in 1997
November 12, 1966 ~ Siblings the Everly Brothers record It's All Over at RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, California ~ Written by Don Everly. Produced by Dick Glasser. Released the following month as a single in the US and the Netherlands only, b/w I Used To Love You, it would fail to chart. Two years later, a cover by Cliff Richard made the UK top 10
November 12, 1964 ~ New jack swing, R&B, gospel bassist, pianist, songwriter, producer Bernard Belle born ~ Considered a pioneer of new jack swing. Regular collaborator of Teddy Riley. Best known for his work as a songwriter for the likes of Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston. Well-known songs written or co-written by Belle include Guy's Let's Chill Long Gone, Hi-Five's I Like The Way (The Kissing Game), Jackson's Remember The Time, and Bobby Brown's Two Can Play That Game. Starting in the mid-1990s Belle would dedicate his life to Christ and become one of the most sought after producers, collaborators in the Gospel genre, working with acts such as Donnie McClurkin, Marvin Sapp, Yolanda Adams, Mary Mary, Kirk Franklin and the Winans ~ Belle passed away in 2022
November 12, 1964 ~ Singer, songwriter Vic Chesnutt born in Jacksonville, Florida, USA ~ Debuted in 1990 with Little. Broke through with 1996's Sweet Relief II (Gravity Of The Situation), a charity record by various alternative artists, including REM, Madonna, the Smashing Pumpkins and Soul Asylum, covering Chesnutt's songs. Chesnutt has a total of 17 solo studio albums released, two of them produced by Michael Stipe. Has recorded two albums with Widespread Panic under the moniker Brute. Has collaborated with Bob Mould, Lambchop, Elf Power, Bill Frisell, Guy Picciotto, and others ~ Chesnutt passed away in 2009
November 12, 1962 ~ Drummer Ben Crabbé, full name Benjamin Bert Carl Crabbé, born in Tienen, Belgium ~ Member of the Singles, de Kreuners and Big Pill. Also known as a host of various radio and TV shows
November 12, 1962 ~ Lauara Elisse Salenger, commonly known as punk rock, post-punk guitarist, singer Brix Smith, born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Best known as lead guitarist and major songwriter for post-punk outfit the Fall from 1983 through 1989 and again from 1994 through 1996. Present on the band's best known, including the band's acclaimed This Nation's Saving Grace album. Also fronted side project Adult Net which also included the Smiths guitarist Craig Gannon, The The bassist James Eller and Blondie drummer Clem Burke
November 12, 1961 ~ Session drummer, percussionist Bernie Dresel, full name Bernard John Dresel Jr, born in Sharon, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Session drummer, most notably with Brian Setzer. Also worked with Gordon Goodwill, Gloria Loring, Keiko Matsui, Eddy Mitchell, Van Dyke Parks, Carl Anderson, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, the Alf Clausen Jazz Orchestra, José Feliciano, Arthur Hanlon, Gerry Mulligan, Reiner Schone, and others. Has also recorded extensively for TV series and released a number of solo albums, starting with Live 'n Bernin' in 2016
November 12, 1960 ~ Claudine Luypaerts, commonly known as singer, actress Maurane, born in Ixelles, Belgium ~ Sang backing vocals for Jo Lemaire and for Philippe Lafontaine until she debuted in 1986 with the solo album Danser ~ Luypaerts passed away in 2018
November 12, 1959 ~ Roots rock, blues harpist, singer Lester Butler born in Virginia, USA ~ Fronted the Red Devils, known for their sole 1992 King King produced by Rick Rubin. The band has also recorded a number of songs with the Rolling Stones-frontman Mick Jagger the same year, most of which were never released. The song Checkin' Up On My Baby would be included on the 2007 Jagger compilation The Very Best Of Mick Jagger. Butler has also fronted 13, known for their sole eponymous 13 album released in 1997 ~ Butler passed away in 1998
November 12, 1957 ~ Chris Julian Irwin, commonly known as film producer, music producer Chris Julian, born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA ~ Co-founded Calliope Productions, a New York recording studio and production company active through the mid-1990s which became the center of the Native Tongues hip-hop collective. Julian has worked with artists such as De La Soul, Biz Markie, Naughty By Nature, Deee-lite, A Tribe Called Quest, 3rd Bass and PM Dawn. Has also collaborated with artists outside hip-hop such as Don Was, Manny Marroquin, Jimmy Webb, Art Garfunkel, Chaka Khan, David Bowie, Vanessa Williams, David Crosby, and others
November 12, 1956 ~ Guitarist Eddie Benitez born ~ Latin jazz, world music guitarist signed to Fania while still in his teens. Played with Nebula, the Fania All-Stars, Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria, and others. Benitez would be the first Latin artist to play the legendary punk club CBGB New York ~ Benitez passed away in 2019
November 12, 1955 ~ Isaac Willis, commonly known as rock guitarist, singer Ike Willis, born in St Louis, Missouri, USA ~ Best known for backing Frank Zappa on tour and record from 1978 through 1988, notably present on albums such as Joe's Garage Acts I II & III, Tinsel Town Rebellion, You Are What You Is and The Man From Utopia. Also worked with the Zappa tribute band Zappa Plays Zappa led by Dweezil Zappa
November 12, 1955 ~ Pop, rock singer, guitarist Leslie McKeown, full name Leslie Richard McKeown, born in Edinburgh, UK ~ Best known as lead singer of the Bay City Rollers from late 1973, replacing Gordon Clark, through 1978. Present on hits such as Bye Bye Baby, Give A Little Love, Love Me Like I Love You and I Only Want To Be With You. After the band disbanded in 1978 has recorded over half a dozen solo albums, starting with All Washed Up released in 1979 ~ McKeown passed away in 2021
November 12, 1955 ~ James Walton Aldridge Jr, commonly known as singer, guitarist, songwriter, producer Walt Waldridge, born in Florence, Alabama, USA ~ Member of the Shooters. Best known as a Nashville songwriter with dozen of hits to his name. Artists who recorded songs written or co-written by Aldridge include Ronnie Milsap (There's No Gettin' Over Me), Barbara Mandrell, Earl Thomas Conley (Holding Her And Loving You), Travis Tritt, Heartland, Pam Tillis (Better Off Blue), and Conway Twitty (She's Got A Single Thing In Mind)
November 12, 1954 ~ Jazz pianist, composer Olivier Hutman born in Boulogne-Billancourt, France ~ Founded Moravagine with Denis Barbier and Mino Cinelu. Member of jazz-rock ensemble Chute Libre. Has also worked with Christian Escoudé, Marc Berteaux, Pepper Adams, Art Farmer, Harry Sweets Edison, James Moody, Toots Thielemans, Didier Lockwood, Eddy Louiss, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Frank Wess, Clifford Jordan, Henri Salvador, Yves Montand, Charles Aznavour, Camille Bertault, and others
November 12, 1953 ~ Singer, guitarist, percussionist Baaba Maal born in Podor, Senegal ~ Worldbeat singer drawing from ragga, salsa and Breton folk. Best known for the albums Firin' In Fouta and Nomad Soul. Helped advance the careers of Positive Black Soul and Afro Celt Sound System. Notably collaborated with Mumford & Sons on their 2016 Johannesburg album
November 12, 1953 ~ Drummer, singer Calum MacDonald born in Lochmaddy, UK ~ Founding member, percussionist of Scottish Celtic rock band Runrig which also included his brother Roy Macdonald
November 12, 1953 ~ Jaime Andrés Roos Alejandro, commonly known as singer, guitarist, bassist, songwriter Jaime Roos, born in Montevideo, Uruguay ~ Well over two dozen albums to his name since the late 1970s. Best known for songs such as Cometa De La Farola, Brindis Por Pierrot, Amandoté and Si Me Voy Antes Que Vos
November 12, 1953 ~ Vasilis Kesoglidis, commonly known as folk, laika singer Vasilis Karras, born in Kokkinochori, Greece ~ Started performing in 1969, at age 16, at a local club, quickly becoming a favorite due to his distinctive raspy voice. Would continue to perform thoughout Northern Greece throughout the 1970s building a steady reputation. Released his Alismonites Ores debut album in 1980 recording steadily over the next few years. Shot to national fame in the early 1990s. Known best for the 1990s albums Tilefonise Mou and Epistrefo, the latter a club favorite to this day. Has collaborated with some of the biggest names in Greek music including Michalis Rakintzis, Zafeiris Melas, Phoebus, Despina Vandi, Tolis Voskopoulos, Christos Dantis, and others
November 12, 1950 ~ Country, gospel singer Barbara Fairchild born in Knobel, Alaska, USA ~ Known for country, country-pop songs such The Teddy Bear Song, Kid Stuff, and Baby Doll. Would turn to gospel music later in her career, both as a solo artist as well as collaborating with Connie Smith and Sharon White
November 12, 1950 ~ Jazz trombonist, composer Jimmy Pugh, full name James Edward Pugh, born in Camden, New Jersey, USA ~ Worked with Woody Herman, Chick Corea, Steely Dan, the Graham Brass Ensemble, Yo-Yo Ma, Eos, Concordia, the St Luke's Orchestra, André Previn, Paul Simon, Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Pink Floyd, Frank Sinatra, Barbara Cook, James Taylor, David Fathead Newman, Carla Bley, Wayne Shorter, Donald Fagen, George Benson, Harry Connick Jr, Yusef Lateef, John Scofield, and others
November 12, 1947 ~ Donald Brian Roeser, commonly known as guitarist, singer Buck Dharma, born in Long Island, New York, USA ~ Sole constant member of the Blue Öyster Cult, writing or co-writing several of the band's best known including Godzilla, Burnin' For You and Don't Fear The Reaper
November 12, 1945 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Neil Young born in Toronto, Canada ~ Member of the Squires. Member of the Mynah Birds, which also included Rick James. Member of Buffalo Springfield, known best for the pivotal 1960s hit For What It's Worth. Teamed up with Crosby Stills & Nash, noted for their 1970 Deja Vu album. Released his eponymous Neil Young solo debut album in 1968 and has recorded extensively since. Especially acclaimed for the albums Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, After The Gold Rush, On The Beach, Tonight's The Night, Rust Never Sleeps, Freedom and Weld
November 12, 1943 ~ Singer Brian Hyland born in Woodhaven, New York, USA ~ Best known for a number of 1960s bubblegum pop hits including Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini, Let Me Belong To You, Ginny Come Lately and Sealed With A Kiss
November 12, 1943 ~ Singer, songwriter Errol Brown, full name Lester Errol Brown, born in Kingston, Jamaica ~ 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 passed away in 2015
November 12, 1943 ~ John Joseph Maus, commonly known as singer, guitarist John Walker, born in New York, New York, 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 passed away in 2011
November 12, 1943 ~ Guitarist, composer Thorgeir Stubø born in Narvik, Norway ~ Played with artists such as Jan Garbarek, Knut Riisnæs, Svein Christiansen, Arild Andersen, Henning Gravrok, Bjørn Alterhaug, Terje Borklund, Ernst-Wiggo Sandbakk, Bernt Rosengren, Egil Kapstad, Terje Venaas, Egil Johansen, and others ~ Stubø passed away in 1986
November 12, 1942 ~ Singer Arthur Tavares ~ Member of sibling R&B, disco outfit Tavares, known best for She's Gone, It Only Takes A Minute, Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel, Don't Take Away The Music and More Than A Woman, the latter notably featured on 1977 Saturday Night Fever soundtrack
November 12, 1942 ~ Organist Booker T Jones, full name Booker Taliaferro Jones Jr, born in Memphis, Tennessee, USA ~ Leader of Stax/Volt house band Booker T & the MG's, appearing on numerous of the label's releases. Wrote or co-wrote songs such as Otis Redding's I Love You More Than Words Can Say and Albert King's Born Under A Bad Sign. Produced albums such as Bill Withers' 1971 Just As I Am debut, sister-in-law Rita Coolidge's 1978 Love Me Again and Willie Nelson's Stardust. Has also worked with Rosanne Cash, Rod Stewart, LeAnn Rimes, Natalie Cole, Linda Ronstadt, John Lee Hooker, Elton John, Neil Young, Rodney Crowell, and others
November 12, 1942 ~ Singer, guitarist, mandolinist Jim Schwall born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Best known as co-leader of the Siegel-Schwall Band, co-founded with Corky Siegel. Though not as popular as contemporaries the Paul Butterfield Blues Band or John Mayall the band would still be able to fill the larger venues. They are noted for becoming the first blues band to collaborate with a classical orchestra, recording the William Russo-penned Three Pieces For Blues Band And Symphony Orchestra in 1972 with the San Francisco Symphony conducted by Seiji Ozawa ~ Schwall passed away in 2022
November 12, 1942 ~ Paulo Cesar Batist de Faria, commonly known as sambista, singer, guitarist, songwriter Paulinho da Viola, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ~ Son of guitarist Cesar Faria. Co-wrote Duvide-o-dó with Jacob do Bandolim, recorded by singer Isaurinha Garcia. Member of A Voz Do Morro, alongside Zé Keti and Oscar Bigodé
November 12, 1941 ~ Composer Jenny McLeod, full name Jennifer Helen McLeod, born in Wellington, New Zealand ~ Studied with Olivier Messiaen, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and Luciano Berio. As a composer best known for Earth And Sky and Under The Sun. Other notable compositions include The Emperor And The Nightingale, Rock Concerto, and Hohepa ~ McLeod passed away in 2022
November 12, 1941 ~ Singer, percussionist Jerry Scholl born ~ Member of doo-wop outfit the Mello-kings, known for their 1957 hit Tonite Tonite ~ Scholl passed away in 2019
November 12, 1940 ~ Composer, violinist Alejandro García Caturla passed away ~ Along with Amadeo Roldán a leading figure in the Afro-cubanismo movement, a nationalist music trend merging white and black culture incorporating Afro-Cuban songs, rhythms and dances. Known for works such as Tres Danzas Cubana, Bember and Obertura Cubana ~ García was born in 1906
November 12, 1939 ~ R&B singer Ruby Nash born in New York, New York, USA ~ Fronted Ruby & the Romantics, known for songs such as Hey There Lonely Boy, My Summer Love and perhaps their best known Our Day Will Come
November 12, 1938 ~ Songwriter, singer, pianist Mort Shuman born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Wrote or co-wrote numerous 1960s hits for artists such as Dion & the Belmonts (A Teenager In Love), the Flamingos, Andy Williams (Can't Get Used To Losing You), Bobby Darin, Fabian (Turn Me Loose), the Drifters (Save The Last Dance For Me, Sweets For My Sweet), Elvis Presley (Little Sister, Marie's The Name (His Latest Flame), Viva Las Vegas), the Small Faces, Cilla Black, and others ~ Shuman passed away in 1991
November 12, 1938 ~ Isaiah Johnson, commonly known as singer, songwriter, producer Terry Buzzy Johnson, born in Baltimore, Maryland, USA ~ Key member of 1950s doo-wop outfit the Flamingos. Sang lead on Fool Heart and Are You Sorry, co-lead on Never Say Goodbye, Love Walked In and Time Was. Recruited in 1964 by Smokey Robinson to join Motown as staff writer. Wrote or co-wrote songs for artists such as the Four Tops, Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers (Malinda), the Temptations, Martha & the Vandellas, the Supremes and perhaps most notably the Miracles (Here I Go Again, Baby Baby Don't Cry)
November 12, 1936 ~ Romeo Maurice Arnold, commonly known as rock, blues-rock bassist Jerome Arnold, born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Brother of Billy Boy Arnold, whom he backed on the 1964 More Blues On The South Side album. Backed Howlin' Wolf on the 1965 The Real Folk Blues album. Original member of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, appearing on the band's acclaimed albums The Paul Butterfield Blues Band and its follow-up East-West. Has also worked with blues-rock outfit Southern Comfort
November 12, 1932 ~ Carmen Esme Steele, commonly known as actress, singer Carmen Munroe, born in New Amsterdam, British Guyana ~ Best known as an actress pivotal to the development of black British theatre, making her West End debut in the early 1960s. Co-founding member of Talawa, the UK's leading black theater company. To TV audiences best known for her role as Shirley in the sitcom Desmond's
November 12, 1930 ~ Songwriter, producer, manager Bob Crewe, full name Robert Stanley Crewe, born in Newark, New Jersey, USA ~ Frequent songwriting collaborator of Bob Gaudio, first gaining attention in the early 1960s. Best known for his association with Frankie Valli, resulting in hits such as Sherry, Big Girls Don't Cry, Rag Doll and Walk Like A Man. Others who recorded songs co-written or co-produced by Crewe include the Rays, Freddy Cannon, Danny & the Juniors, Barbara Lewis, Lesley Gore, Ben E King, Disco Tex & the Sex-o-lettes, Roberta Flack, and others ~ Crewe passed away in 2014
November 12, 1928 ~ Jazz singer, pianist, songwriter Audrey Morris born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Specialized in ballads. Influenced by Billie Holiday, Lee Wiley, Mildred Bailey, Peggy Lee. Singing professionally since the early 1950s. Recorded two albums in the 1950s, 1955's Bistro Ballads Sung By Audrey Morris with backing from Johnny Pate and 1956's The Voice Of Audrey Morris ~ Morris passed away in 2018
November 12, 1924 ~ Bassist, celloist Sam Jones born in Jacksonville, Florida, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Bobby Timmons, Tiny Bradshaw, Kenny Dorham, Illinois Jacquet, Freddie Hubbard, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Cannonball Adderley, Oscar Peterson, Cedar Walton, Gene Ammons, Chet Baker, Walter Bishop Jr, Ray Brown, Donald Byrd, James Clay, Arnett Cobb, King Curtis, Kenny Dorham, Art Farmer, Victor Feldman, Grant Green, Barry Harris, Milt Jackson, JJ Johnson, Hank Jones, Clifford Jordan, Abbey Lincoln, Chuck Mangione, Blue Mitchell, Sal Nistico, Ike Quebec, Sonny Red, Red Rodney, Sal Salvador, Joe Zawinul, and others ~ Jones passed away in 1981
November 12, 1923 ~ Classical guitarist, composer Alirio Diaz born in Carora, Venezuela ~ Considered one of the most prominent composer-guitarists of South America. Combined baroque music with the works of modern Latin American composers. Studied with Andrés Segovia ~ Díaz passed away in 2016
November 12, 1923 ~ Carmine Ugo Mariano, commonly known as jazz saxophonist, flutist Charlie Mariano, born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Married to Toshiko Akiyoshi from 1959 through 1967, with whom he regularly collaborated. Their daughter is actress, singer, songwriter Monday Michiru. Besides playing sax and flute Mariano is also noted for playing the nadaswaram, a classical wind instrument. Well over a dozen albums to his name as a leader. Has also worked with Stan Kenton, Charles Mingus, Eberhard Weber, Osmosis, the United Jazz+Rock Ensemble, Embryo, Shelly Manne, Serge Chaloff Elvin Jones, Arif Mardin, Herb Pomeroy, Shorty Rogers, Quincy Jones, McCoy Tyner, and others ~ Mariano passed away in 2009
November 12, 1922 ~ Jazz trombonist Lou Blackburn born in Rankin, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Played with Lionel Hampton, Charlie Ventura, Cat Anderson, the Beach Boys, the Turtles, June Christy, Gil Fuller, Chico Hamilton, and with the Three Sounds ~ Blackburn passed away in 1990
November 12, 1921 ~ Pianist, organist, choirmaster, film composer Robert Fleming born in Prince Albert, Canada ~ Best known as a film composer closely associated with Canada's National Film Board, serving as staff composer from 1946 to 1958 and subsequently as its music director until 1970. Has written over 200 scores for film, documentaries and TV including for the 1953 documentary Herring Hunt and the 1962 Canada At Waar documentary series ~ Fleming passed away in 1976
November 12, 1919 ~ Blues, folk, jazz singer, guitarist, pianist, songwriter Jackie Washington born in Hamilton, Canada ~ As a solo artist debuted with the Blues And Sentimental album in 1976. In-demand sideman for artists including Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton, Joni Mitchell, Gordon Lightfoot, and others. Honored in Blackie & the Rodeo Kings song Jackie Washington, released on their 2003 BARK album ~ Washington passed away in 2009
November 12, 1917 ~ Singer Jo Stafford, full name Jo Elizabeth Stafford, born in Coalinga, California, USA ~ Classically trained to become an opera singer. Became one of the best-selling female pop singers of the 1950s instead. First female singer to top the UK charts, namely with the 1952 single You Belong To Me. Worked with the Pied Pipers, Tommy Dorsey, Paul Weston, Gordon Macrae, Frankie Laine, and others ~ Stafford passed away in 2008
November 12, 1911 ~ William Dorsey Clayton, commonly known as trumpeter Buck Clayton, born in Parsons, Kansas, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Influenced by Louis Armstrong. Pivotal member of the Count Basie Orchestra. Also worked with artists such as Duke Ellington, Mutt Carey, Billie Holiday, Soong Mei Ling, Willie Bryant, Lester Young, Sy Oliver, Coleman Hawkins, Charlie Parker, Jimmy Rushing, Mezz Mezzrow, Sidney Bechet, Buddy Tate, Pee Wee Russell, Eddie Condon, Big Joe Turner, and others ~ Clayton passed away in 1991
November 12, 1906 ~ Booker T Washington White, commonly known as blues guitarist, singer, songwriter Bukka White, born in Mississippi, USA ~ Known for songs such as Shake 'Em On Down, Po' Boy, Parchman Farm Blues and Fixin' To Die. Had his songs covered by Jeff Buckley, Bob Dylan, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and others. The Led Zeppelin songs Hats Off To Roy Harper and Custard Pie are both based on White's Shake 'Em On Down ~ White passed away in 1977
November 12, 1891 ~ Composer, songwriter Richard Whiting, full name Richard Armstrong Whiting, born in Peoria, Illinois, USA ~ Wrote or co-wrote songs such as Eadie Was A Lady (Ethel Merman, Cab Calloway, Paul Whiteman), Louise (Ben Pollack), She's Funny That Way (Gene Austin, Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra), On The Good Ship Lollipop (Vincent Rose, Wingy Manone, Ruth Brown), Too Marvelous For Words (Glen Gray, Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole), I'll Dream Tonight (Dick Powell, Eddy Duchin), Sleepy Time Gal (the Jazz Pilots, Chick Bullock, Art Lund), and My Ideal (Maurice Chevalier, Maxine Sullivan, Dinah Washington) ~ Whiting passed away in 1938
November 12, 1833 ~ Composer Alexander Borodin born in St Petersburg, Russia ~ Romantic era composer known for his symphonies, string quartets and perhaps best known for his opera Prince Igor ~ Borodin passed away in 1887