This Day In Music: November 14
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November 14, 2020 ~ Soprano, lyric colaratura singer Eugenia Ratti passed away ~ Active since the mid-1950s. Has worked with the Paris Opera, the Munich State Opera, the Vienna State Opera, the San Francisco Opera, the Dallas Opera, and other renowned orchestras. Especially known for soubrette roles in works composed by Domenico Cimarosa and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ~ Ratti was born in 1933
November 14, 2016 ~ Singer, songwriter Holly Dunn, full name Holly Suzette Dunn, passed away in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA ~ Country singer with 10 albums to her name. Charting singles since the mid-1980s including Are You Ever Gonna Love Me, You Really Had Me Going, Love Someone Like Me, There Goes My Heart Again (co-written with then unknown Joe Diffie), It's Always Gonna Be Someday, A Heart Full Of Love, and others. Sang with Kenny Rogers on Maybe, with John Michael Montgomery on A Face In The Crowd ~ Dunn was born in 1957
November 14, 2014 ~ TV, producer, songwriter Glen A Larson passed away in Santa Monica, California, USA ~ Best known as a TV producer responsible for hit shows such as Battlestar Galactica, Magnum PI and Knight Rider. As a musician known as an original member of folk revival, satire group the Four Preps, scoring hits with 26 Miles (Santa Catalina) and Big Man in the late 1950s, both co-written by Larson ~ Larson was born in 1937
November 14, 2012 ~ Bertram McLean, commonly known as reggae bassist, guitarist Bertram Ranchie McLean, passed away ~ Noted Jamaican studio, session musician active from the 1970s through the 1990s. Released an occasional solo recording from time to time, most notably the single Toy. Wrote Rub-a-dub Partner, recorded by Jimmy Cliff. Has also worked with Ansel Collins, Lloyd Parks, Sly Dunbar, the Impact All-Stars, the Revolutionaries, Skin Flesh & Bone, Earth & Stone, Culture, the Clarendonians, the GG All-Stars, Sadao Watanabe, Burning Spear, I-Roy, and the Meditations ~ McLean was born in 1948
November 14, 2011 ~ Alan Moffatt, commonly known as folk singer, guitarist, songwriter Jackie Leven, passed away ~ Co-founding, sole constant member of outfit Doll By Doll. After the band disbanded in the early 1980s has recorded extensively as a solo artist with well over a dozen albums to his name. Best known for his 1994 The Mystery Of Love Is Greater Than The Mystery Of Death album ~ Leven was born in 1950
November 14, 2011 ~ Songwriter Lee Pockriss, full name Lee Julian Pockriss, passed away in Bridgewater, Connecticut, USA ~ In-demand songwriter of the 1950s and 1960s, with several soundtracks and Broadway shows to his name. Perhaps best known for co-writing Perry Como's Catch A Falling Star, Brian Hyland's Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini, and the Cuff Links' Tracy. Others who have recorded his songs include Jerry Vale, Johnny Mathis, Anita Bryant (My Little Corner Of The World), Dodie Stevens, Shelley Fabares (Johnny Angel), Frankie Laine, the Rooftop Singers, and Clint Holmes (Playground In My Mind) ~ Pockriss was born in 1924
November 14, 1992 ~ Saxophonist, flutist George Adams, full name George Rufus Adams, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Enjoyed popularity during the 1970s and 1980s. Recorded about two dozen albums as leader or co-leader, often teaming up with Don Pullen. Especially acclaimed for Live At The Village Vanguard Vol.2 and Breakthrough, both co-led with Pullen. Adams is also present on albums by the Fatback Band, Charles Mingus (Changes One), Gil Evans (There Comes A Time), David Sanborn, McCoy Tyner (Horizon), Johnny Copeland, Craig Harris, Phalanx, Craig Harris, and Kip Hanrahan ~ Adams was born in 1940
November 14, 1989 ~ William Edward Davison, commonly known as jazz, Dixieland cornetist Wild Bill Davison, passed away in Santa Barbara, California, USA ~ Considered one of the prime Dixieland cornet players, known for his colorful style, unusually placed high notes, and strong personality. Dubbed “Wild Bill” for his heavy drinking and womanizing. Active since the 1920s, playing with Muggsy Spanier and Frank Teschemacher, but it would not be until the 1940s, teaming up with Eddie Condon, that he would gain wider recognition. Recorded well over a dozen albums as leader, especially acclaimed for That's A Plenty, After Hours, and Jazz On A Saturday Afternoon Vol.1. As a sideman Davison has appeared on albums by Sidney Bechet, Art Hodes (Art Hodes Hot Five), Hot Lips Page, Pee Wee Russell, and Tony Parenti ~ Davison was born in 1906
November 14, 1983 ~ Pop, synth-pop, new wave duo Eurythmics release their Touch album ~ The duo broke through with their previous album, the sophomore effort Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) released earlier the same year, and continued their hit streak with Touch. It would be the first album to reach top 10 on both sides of the Atlantic, including the No.1 spot in their native UK, and all of the album's singles, Who's That Girl, Right By Your Side and Here Comes The Rain Again, reached top 10 UK, the latter also doing well in America where it peaked at No.4 Billboard Hot 100
November 14, 1982 ~ Torrence Ivy Hatch Jr, commonly known as rapper Lil' Boosie or Boosie Badazz, born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA ~ Best known as vocalist on Baby Boy da Prince's The Way I Live and on Webbie's Independent. As a solo artist known for songs such as Wipe Me Down. Has also worked with Yung Joc, Jeezy, Kiara, Sean Kingston, DJ Khaled, Rick Ross, Meek Mill, Tyga, Kodak Black, and others
November 14, 1981 ~ Pop, contemporary Christian singer Joy Williams born in Mount Hermon, California, USA ~ Cites Kate Bush, Peter Gabriel, Massive Attack, Portishead as inluences. Debuted with the eponymous Joy Williams album in 2001. Formed the duo the Civil Wars with John Paul White from 2009 to 2014
November 14, 1980 ~ Bernard Guerin, commonly known as jazz double bassist Beb Guérin, passed away in Paris, France ~ Fixture on the Paris jazz scene from the 1960s onwards. In-demand sideman, present on recordings by Jacques Coursil (Way Ahead), Arthur Jones, Alan Silva, Dave Burrell, Clifford Thornton (Ketchaoua), Grachan Moncur III, the Celestrial Communication Orchestra, Sonny Sharrock, Archie Shepp, Jacques Thollot, Toto Bissainthe, and Burton Greene (Aquariana) ~ Guérin was born in 1941
November 14, 1980 ~ Pop punk drummer, percussionist, singer Matt Brann born in Ajax, Canada ~ Best known as drummer for Avril Lavigne. Co-wrote Lavigne's Freak Out of her sophomore Under My Skin album released in 2004. Has also worked with the Operation MD, which also includes high school classmate Jason McCaslin
November 14, 1980 ~ Michael W Eagle II, commonly known as rapper, comedian Open Mike Eagle, born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Member of hip-hop collective Project Blowed. Has also worked with Thirsty Fish, the Swim Team, Cavanaugh. Over half a dozen albums to his name as a solo artist, starting with Unapologetic Art Rap released in 2010
November 14, 1979 ~ Shyheim Dionel Franklin,. mononymously known as rapper, actor Shyheim, born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Debuted at age 16 with his AKA The Rugged Child album in 1994, which spawned the hit single On & On. Would go on to become a regular collaborator of the Wu-Tang Clan's Method Man and Ghostface Killah
November 14, 1975 ~ Drummer Travis Barker, full name Travis Landon Barker, born in Fontana, California, USA ~ Dubbed “punk's first superstar drummer” by Rolling Stone. Best known as drummer for rock band Blink-182, reaching mainstream succes with their 1999 Enema Of The State album which spawned the hits What's My Age Again, All The Small Things and Adam's Song. Barker is also an in-demand collaborator. Formed the duo TRV$DJAM with DJ AM. Formed the rock bands 44 and Box Car Racer. Has also worked with the Aquabats, ANTEMASQUE, Expensive Taste, the Transplants, and others. Released his Give The Drummer Some solo album in 2011
November 14, 1973 ~ Club, dance, R&B singer Adina Howard born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA ~ Rose to fame during the mid-1990s with her album Do You Wanna Ride, spawning the hit single Freak Like Me. Also known for songs such as What's Love Got To Do With It featuring Warren G, Freak And U Know It, Nasty Grind, Freaks featuring Play 'n Skillz & Krayzie Bone, T-Shirt & Panties featuring Jamie Foxx
November 14, 1972 ~ Douglas Payne Jr, commonly known as bassist, singer Dougie Payne, born in Glasgow, UK ~ Best known as bassist, backing vocalist of Scottish pop-rock band Travis. Ocassional lead vocalist such as on Little Bit Of Soul and The Distance. Songwriter responsible for tracks such as The Score, Know Nothing, Colder and Something Anything. The latter, taken from the band's 6th studio album, would be the band's first single not written by Fran Healey
November 14, 1972 ~ Country singer, guitarist, songwriter Will Hoge born in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ~ Drew attention in the 1990s through constant touring leading to a record deal with Atlantic Records in the early 2000s, who re-released his 2001 Caroussel followed by the underpromoted Blackbird On A Lonely Wire in 2003. Perhaps best known for You Make Me Happy, used as the theme song to the sitcom Still Standing, aired on CBS from 2002 through 2006. Has guested on recordings by Shinedown, David Nail, Amy Grant. Songs written by Hoge have been recorded by the Eli Young Band, Ted Russell Kamp and notably Lady Antebellum (Better Off (Now That You're Gone))
November 14, 1970 ~ Rock, indie rock, power pop, alternative rock singer, guitarist, bassist, keyboardist, drummer, songwriter Brendan Benson born in Royal Oak, Michigan, USA ~ Over half a dozen albums as a solo artist, starting with One Mississippi released in 1996. Served as producer for the Greenhornes, Nice Device, the Mood Elevator, Whirlwind Heat, and others. Member of indie rock supergroup the Raconteurs, which also included Jack White
November 14, 1968 ~ Jazz saxophonist Hilton Jefferson passed away ~ Best known for leading Cab Calloway's saxophone section from 1940 through 1949. Had previously worked with Claude Hopkins, Chick Webb, Fletcher Henderson, and McKinney's Cotton Pickers. After Calloway worked with Duke Ellington before retiring from music ~ Jefferson was born in 1903
November 14, 1967 ~ Massimo Pezzali, commonly known as pop singer, songwriter Max Pezzali, born in Pavia, Italy ~ Lead singer and primary songrwriter of pop rock band 883. The band is known for songs such as Non Me La Menare, Sei Un Mito and Come Mai, all of which topped the charts in the band's native Italy. Ventured out on his own after the band disbanded, releasing his Il mondo Insieme A Te in 2004, going on to become one of italy's most popular singers
November 14, 1967 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Nina Gordon, full name Nina Rachel Gordon Shapiro, born in Chicago, Illinois ~ Co-founding member of Veruca Salt present on the band's first two albums 1994's American Thighs and 1997's Eight Arms To Hold You. Wrote the band's hit singles Seether and Volcano Girls. Released her solo debut, Tonight And The Rest Of My Life, in 2000 which also featured Veruca bandmate and brother Jim Shapiro. Rejoined Veruca Salt in 2015
November 14, 1966 ~ Conductor Charles Hazlewood born ~ Conducted a wide array of orchestras including the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchesta, the Copenhagen Philharmonic, the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Concertgebouw Orchestra. Hazlewood has collaborated with a host of musicians from outside classical music such as Squarepusher, Goldie, Wyclef Jean, Labrinth, Adrian Utley, Jason Yarde, Will Gregory, Andy Sheppard, Graham Fitkin, Jarvis Cocker, and others
November 14, 1965 ~ Indie pop, indie rock singer Stuart A Staples, full name Stuart Ashton Staples, born in Basford, UK ~ Lead singer, guitarist of critics darling indie rock outfit the Tindersticks. The band is especially acclaimed for their first two albums, 1993's Tindersticks and 1995's Tindersticks II. Following the band's initial disbandement Staples has fronted Asphalt Ribbons, recorded as a solo artist and composed a number of soundtracks
November 14, 1963 ~ Rock, grunge drummer Aaron Burckhard born in Oakland, California, USA ~ Original drummer of Nirvana, remaining with the band through late 1987 succeeded by Dale Crover. Only appears on some tracks of With The Lights Out, a box set released in 2004 consisting of previously unreleased recordings
November 14, 1963 ~ Guitarist, singer, songwriter Jeff Holdsworth born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Founding member of rock band Phish. Wrote the concert favorites Possum and Camel Walk. Left the band in 1986 shortly before the band recorded their The White Tape debut album
November 14, 1962 ~ Pop, rock & roll singer Billy Fury records Like I've Never Been Gone at Decca Studios, London, UK ~ Written by Paul Hampton and Camille Monte. Recorded by country singer Chase Webster earlier the same year. Fury's single, paired with What Do You Think You're Doing Of on the flip side, would reach UK top 10
November 14, 1962 ~ Singer, songwriter Bob Dylan records Mixed-Up Confusion at Columbia Recording Studio, New York, New York ~ Self-penned. Produced by John Hammond Jr. Recorded with an electric band consisting of George Barnes and Bruce Langthorne on guitars, Dick Wellstood piano, Gene Ramey bass, Herbie Lovelle drums. The song would serve as Dylan's first single b/w Corinna Corinna released the following December. Only the B-side would be included on Dylan's The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan sophomore album, making it the only electric track on the otherwise acoustic album
November 14, 1962 ~ Bassist Charlie Angus, full name Charles Joseph Angus, born in Timmins, Canada ~ Founded punk band L'Étranger with Andrew Cash, known best for their anti-apartheid song One People. Co-founded alternative folk group Grievous Angels. Member of Parliament for the NDP since 2004
November 14, 1961 ~ Antonio González Flores, commonly known as rock, pop, flamenco singer, guitarist, pianist, actor Antonio Flores, born in Madrid, Spain ~ Brother of singers Lolita Flores and Rosario Flores. Best known for Cosas Mias, his fourth and final album released in 1995. His previous albums had been commercially unsuccessful yet in hindsight Flores would posthumously be acclaimed as one of Spain's most influential artists ~ Flores passed away in 1995
November 14, 1961 ~ Pop, rock & roll singer Billy Fury records I'd Never Find Another You at Decca Studios, London, UK ~ Written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King. Previously recorded by Tony Orlando, released earlier the same year. Paired with Sleepless Nights on the B-side the single would reach top 10, making it Fury's second Orlando-cover, the previous one being Halfway To Paradise also written by Goffin & King, to do so
November 14, 1956 ~ Folk, blues, sertanejo, chamamé, guarania singer, violist, guitarist, songwriter, actor Almir Sater, full name Almir Eduardo Melke Sater, born in Campo Grande, Brazil ~ Influenced by Tião Carreiro & Pardinho, Tonico & Tinoco and Délia & Delinha. First gained attention in 1980 when Sergio Reis recorded his composition Sonhos Guaranis. Would release his Estradeiro solo debut album the following year and has recorded to critical acclaim since. Especially acclaimed for the 2018 AR album, a collaborative effort with Renato Teixeira
November 14, 1954 ~ Yiannis Chryssomallis, commonly known as keyboardist, producer, songwriter Yanni, born in Kalamata, Greece ~ Draws from numerous genres including jazz, classical, soft rock and world music. Best known for his 1994 Live At The Acropolis album, reportedly one of the all-time best-selling concert albums. Has had well over a dozen albums chart the Billboard New Age album charts
November 14, 1952 ~ John Antonopoulos, commonly known as rock, jazz, blues guitarist Johnny A, born in Malden, Massachusetts, USA ~ Rose to local fame in the Boston area in the 1970s with his band the Streets, known for singles such as What Gives. The band would also serve as support act for artists such as Aerosmith and Bob Seger. Would go on to front the bands Hidden Secret and Hearts On Fire in the 1980s, again reaching local succes. Sessioned throughout the 1990 with Mingo Lewis, Delaney & Bonnie and Bobby Whitlock. Guitarist and musical director for former the J Geils Band-frontman Peter Wolf, co-produced the latter's 1996 Long Line album. Has recorded as a solo artist since the late 1990s
November 14, 1951 ~ Bassist Alec John Such born ~ Member of Bon Jovi from its inception in 1983 through 1994. Present on the band's best-known including the 1987 Slippery When Wet album which would go on to sell over 20 million copies and spawn the Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hits You Give Love A Bad Name, Livin' On A Prayer and Wanted Dead Or Alive ~ Such passed away in 2022
November 14, 1951 ~ Pop rock, glam rock drummer Barry Brandt ~ Drummer of Angel from 1975 to 1981, rejoining on occasion. The band was discovered by Kiss guitarist Gene Simmons and known for their androgynous image. Slammed by rock critics and ridiculized by Frank Zappa in the song Punky's Whips, the band never achieved mass commercial succes but enjoyed a cult following
November 14, 1950 ~ Country, folk singer Colleen Peterson born in Canada ~ Member of 3's A Crowd. Member of Quartette. Solo artist. Cast in Canadian 1970 production of Hair. Also worked with Charlie Daniels Band, Gordon Lightfoot, Tom Waits, Ry Cooder, Waylon Jennings, Roger Miller, Janie Fricke, Marty Stuart. As a songwriter had her work recorded by Anne Murray, Ronnie Prophet and by Sylvia Tyson ~ Peterson passed away in 1996
November 14, 1950 ~ Rock, pop guitarist Leo van de Ketterij born in Vlissingen, the Netherlands ~ Best known as member of Shocking Blue in 1970 and 1971 succeeding Robbie van Leeuwen. Has also worked with the Flying Arrows, Flarth, Universal Delight, Minisink Townhouse, the Cave, and with the L&C Band, the latter also including his wife singer Cindy Tamo ~ Van de Ketterij passed away in 2021
November 14, 1949 ~ Rock, progressive rock guitarist James Young, full name James Vincent Young, born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Co-founding member of Styx. Young is sometimes referred to “the Godfather of Styx”. Wrote songs such Miss America and Snowblind. Released a number of solo albums after the band's initial break-up, starting with 1985's City Slicker featuring Jan Hammer
November 14, 1949 ~ Latin pop, easy listening pianist Raúl Di Blasio born in Zapala, Argentina ~ Has worked with Richard Clayderman, Tomey Sellars, Alejandro Fernández, José José, Armando Manzanero, Julio Iglesias, Juan Gabriel, José Feliciano, the London Symphony Orchestra, Wendy Pedersen, and others
November 14, 1947 ~ Stanley Dural Jr, commonly known as singer, accordionist Buckwheat Zydeco, born in Lafayette, Louisiana, USA ~ One of the few zydeco artists to achieve lasting mainstream success. Started in 1950s backing artists such as Joe Tex, Clarence Gatemouth Brown and Clifton Chenier. Known for collaborations with a wide array of artists including Eric Clapton, U2, the Boston Pops, Yo La Tengo, Warren Haynes, Sonny Landreth, Trombone Shorty, JJ Grey, and Steve Berlin ~ Dural passed away in 2016
November 14, 1944 ~ Singer Frank Sinatra records If You Are But A Dream ~ Written by Moe Jaffe, Jack Fulton, Nat Bonx. Recorded by Sinatra for Colombia Records with arrangement by Axel Stordahl. First released as the B-side to White Christmas on a 78rpm recording, reaching the top 10 later the same year. Later also recorded by Vic Damone, Duke Ellington, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Etta Jones, Ray Price, Della Reese, and others
November 14, 1944 ~ Jazz pianist George Cables, full name George Andrew Cables, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Over 30 albums as a leader. Member of Bebop & Beyond. Member of the Cookers. Has also worked with Art Blakey, the Deardorf-Peterson Group, Laurie Antonioli, Chico Freeman, Dexter Gordon, Roy Haynes, Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Hutcherson, Max Roach, Sonny Rollins, and extensively with Art Pepper
November 14, 1944 ~ Singer Scherrie Payne born in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Lead singer for Glass House, known best for their 1969 single Crumbs Off The Table. Subsequently a member of the Supremes from 1973 through 1977, notably present on songs such as He's My Man and It's All Been Said Before and modest disco hits such as You're My Driving Wheel, Love I Never Knew You Could Feel So Good and I'm Gonna Let My Heart Do The Walking
November 14, 1943 ~ Songwriter, arranger Jean-Claude Petit born in Vaires-sur-Marne, France ~ Arranged for Erick Saint-Laurent, Christine Pilzer and Monique Thubert in he 1960s. Arranged strings for Mink DeVille's Le Chat Bleu album. Also worked with Pierre Delanoë, Toto Cutugno, Vito Pallavicinio, Mireille Mathieu, Jack Arel, and with Jean-Claude Pascal
November 14, 1942 ~ Classical cellist Natalia Gutman, full name Natalia Grigoryevna Gutman, born in Kazan, Russia ~ Married to violinist Oleg Kagan, with whom she has also worked. Known for recording Dmitry Shostakovich's Cello Concerto and Antonín Dvorák's Cello Concerto with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Has performed with numerous renowned orchestras including the Vienna Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Munich Philharmonic, the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Concertgebouw Orchestra, and others
November 14, 1938 ~ R&B singer Cornell Gunter was born in Coffeyville, Kansas, USA ~ Original member of the Platters, leaving the band in 1953 to join the Flairs. Has also toured with Dinah Washington, was a member of the Coasters, and recorded a handful of solo singles in the late 1950s and early 1960s ~ Gunter passed away in 1990
November 14, 1936 ~ Blues harpist, bassist Carey Bell born in Macon, Mississippi, 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 passed away in 2007
November 14, 1936 ~ Joseph Johnson Jr, commonly known as drummer Smokey Johnson, born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Learned trombone as a child. Switched to drums at age 12. Worked with James Sugarboy Crawford, Dave Bartholomew, Earl King, Wardell Quezergue, Professor Longhair (including on the classic recording Big Chief), Snooks Eaglin, Fats Domino, and others. Co-wrote It Ain't My Fault, a New Orleans classic recorded by the Olympia Brass Band, the Rebirth Brass Band, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, the Treme Brass Band, Charmaine Neville, Milton Batiste, Shane Theriot, the Young Olympians, the Ambrosia Brass Band, David Roe, Cole Prior Stevens, and others, and sampled by Silkk The Shocker, Mystikal, Mariah Carey, and others ~ Johnson passed away in 2015
November 14, 1934 ~ Jazz, vocal jazz singer Al Bowlly, backed by Ray Noble & Orchestra, records Isle Of Capri at Abbey Road Studios, London, UK ~ A tango foxtrot written by Wilhelm Grosz and Jimmy Kennedy. Released the following November it would reach top of the pop charts in the US. Other early versions included recordings by Lew Stone with Nat Gonella, Gracie Fields, Freddy Martin with Elmer Feldkamp, and Wingy Manone. Over the years the song would also be covered by Frankie Laine, the Gaylords, Frank Sinatra, Fats Domino, and others
November 14, 1934 ~ Pianist Ellis Marsalis Jr, full name Ellis Louis Marsalis Jr, born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Patriarch of the Marsalis family, father of Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Delfeayao Marsalis and Jason Marsalis. Worked with Ed Blackwell, Cannonball Adderley, Nat Adderley, Al Hirt, David Fathead Newman, Eddie Harris, Marcus Roberts, Courtney Pine, Irvin Mayfield, Kermit Ruffins, Dave Young, Steve Masakowski, Michael Caine, Rich Matteson, Cornell Dupree, Art Tatum, Harry Connick Jr, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Harold Battiste, Gerald Wilson, Wessell Anderson, Jimmy Cobb, Snooks Eaglin, David Benoit, Irma Thomas, Scotty Barnhart, and others ~ Marsalis passed away in 2020
November 14, 1932 ~ Robert C Thomas, commonly known as jazz drummer Bobby Thomas born in Newark, New Jersey, USA ~ Worked with the Montgomery Brothers, Wes Montgomery, Gigi Gryce, Junior Mance, Illinois Jacquet, Roland Hanna, Hubert Laws, Don Ellis, Wayne Shorter, Richard Williams, Richard Davis, Dorothy Ashby, Clark Terry, John Patton, Ray Barretto, Randall Hicks, Clifford Jordan, Carmen McRae, Herbie Mann, Cy Coleman, the Alvin Ailey Dance Company, Ray Charles, Jimmy Heath, Gloria Lynn, Charles Aznavour, Frank Wess, Dionne Warwick, Joe Williams, Lionel Hampton, Gerry Mulligan, Paul Desmond, Oliver Jones, Billy Taylor, Art Farmer, Stan Getz, Eddie Harris, Dave Pike, and others ~ Thomas passed away in 2013
November 14, 1932 ~ Composer, producer Tsuneo Fukuhara born ~ Adoptive son of composer, producer Fukuhari Choki. Considered a pioneer in fusing traditional Okinawan music with elements from a wide array of genres including classical music, R&B, and bossa nova. Active since the early 1960s has written over an estimated 500 songs, including his best known Bashofu notably covered by Rimi Natsukawa, Tokiko Kato, and others ~ Fukuhara passed away in 2022
November 14, 1930 ~ Saxophonist Jay Migliori born in Erie, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Best known as co-founding member of Supersax, a tribute band to Charlie Parker. In-demand sideman and session musician, active since the early 1950s. Present on albums by Woody Herman, Jimmy Witherspoon, Lou Rawls (Black And Blue), the Righteous Brothers, the Beach Boys (Pet Sounds), Richard Groove Holmes, Paul Revere & the Raiders, the Everly Brothers, Nat Adderley, Harry Nilsson, Loudon Wainwright III (Unrequited), Leonard Cohen, the Manhattan Transfer, and Frank Zappa ~ Migliori passed away in 2001
November 14, 1919 ~ Giovanni Alfredo de Simone, commonly known as singer Johnny Desmond, born in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ As a solo artist known for songs such as Guilty, The Picnic Song, Because Of You, Woman, and Play Me Hearts And Flowers (I Wanna Cry). Also worked with Bob Crosby (You Forgot About Me, Do You Care), Glenn Miller, Don Cornwell, Alan Dale, and others ~ De Simone passed away in 1985
November 14, 1917 ~ Steel guitarist Noel Boggs born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA ~ Steel guitar, lap steel guitar virtuoso. Credited with helping popularize the electric steel guitar. Member of Bob Wills backing unit the Texas Playboys including on hits such as Roly Poly and Stay A Little Longer. Has also worked with Hank Penny, Jimmy Wakely, Spade Cooley, and others ~ Boggs passed away in 1974
November 14, 1915 ~ Jazz guitarist Billy Bauer, full name William Henry Bauer, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Worked with Jerry Wald, Carl Hoff, Woody Herman, the First Herd, Benny Goodman, Jack Teagarden, Chubby Jackson, Bill Harris, Lennie Tristano, Lee Konitz, Tony Aless, George Barnes, Al Caiola, Harry Carney, Helen Carroll, Al Cohn, Cozy Cole, Tommy Dorsey, Bobby Hackett, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Hasselgard, Coleman Hawkins, Billie Holiday, JJ Johnson, Beverly Kenney, Big Miller, Chico O'Farrill, Seldon Powell, Barry Ulanov, Charlie Ventura, Ben Webster, and Cootie Williams ~ Bauer passed away in 2005
November 14, 1910 ~ Singer, songwriter, revue performer, theater director Jens Book-Jenssen, full name Jens Peter Book Jennsen, born in Bærum, Norway ~ Recorded prolifically in the 1930s and 1940s with some 400 recordings to his name including Lysene Tennes Der Hjemme, En Litten Gyllen Ring, De Lyse Netters Melodi. Toured extensively throughout the 1970s ~ Book-Jenssen passed away in 1999
November 14, 1904 ~ Jazz, blues pianist Art Hodes, full name Arthur W Hodes, born in Nikoliev, Russia ~ By some considered the greatest white jazz, blues pianist of his day. Honed his skills in Chicago's thriving 1920s jazz scene, making his recording debut in 1928 with Wingy Manone. Spent most of the 1930 in obscurity before relocating to New York by the end of the decade, where he became an in-demand collaborator backing artists such as Joe Marsala and Mezz Mezzrow, prior to forming his own ensemble. Recorded well over a dozen albums as a leader, noted specifically for the mid-1950s albums Art Hodes Hot Five and Chicago Rhythm Kings. Hodes has also guested on recordings by Sidney Bechet, Tony Parenti (Tony Parenti And His New Orleanians), Albert Nicholas (All-Star Stompers), Edmond Hall, Barney Bigard (Bucket's Got A Hole In It), Max Kaminsky, and Kenny Davern ~ Hodes passed away in 1993
November 14, 1904 ~ Singer, actor Dick Powell, full name Richard Ewing Powell, born in Mountain View, Arkansas, USA ~ Best known as an actor, including singing in some musical comedies. Sang I Only Have Eyes For You in the 1934 film Dames. Ventured into directing by the 1950s, making his debut as a director with Split Second, released in 1953 ~ Powell passed away in 1963
November 14, 1901 ~ Singer Morton Downey, full name John Morton Downey, born in Wallingford, Connecticut, USA ~ Major influence on the Ink Spots-singer Bill Kenny. Dubbed “the Irish Nightingale” enjoyed his greatest success during the 1920s and 1930s. Best known for his 1929 hit I'll Always Be In Love With You, later covered by numerous artists including Nat Gonella, Mel Tormé, Georgia Gibbs, Count Basie, Vera Lynn, Jimmy Witherspoon, Lloyd Price, and Eddy Arnold ~ Downey passed away in 1985
November 14, 1719 ~ Composer, violinist Leopold Mozart, full name Johann Georg Leopold Mozart, born in Augsburg, Germany ~ Best known as father and teacher of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and as author, his violin textbook Versuch Einer Gründlichen Violinschule published in 1756. Sacrificed his own career to promote his son's yet several works, notably Toy Symphony, remain popular ~ Mozart passed away in 1787