This Day In Music: November 15
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November 15, 2021 ~ Pinoy folk, pinoy rock singer, guitarist, songwriter Heber Bartolome, full name Heber Gonzalez Bartolome, passed away ~ Besides guitar also plays the jaw harp kubing and bandurria, a stringed instrument similar to the mandolin. Known for merging rock and blues with elements of Philippine folk and religious melodies. Best known for songs such as Pasahero, Almusal, Inutil Na Gising, Karaniwang Tao and probably his best known Tayo'y Mga Pinoy and Nena with his band Banyuhay ~ Bartolome was born in 1948
November 15, 2018 ~ Guitarist Roy Clark, full name Roy Linwood Clark, passed away in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA ~ Inlfuential figure in country music, best known as host of the variety TV show Hee Haw which ran from 1969 through 1997. Also a singer, guitarist, banjoist with over two dozen albums to his name, starting in the early 1960s. Best known for songs such as Tips Of My Fingers, Yesterday When I Was Young, Thank God And Greyhound and Somewhere Between Love And Tomorrow ~ Clark was born in 1933
November 15, 2017 ~ Gustave Elijah, commonly known as rapper, songwriter Lil' Peep, passed away in Tucson, Arizona, USA ~ Helped pioneer emo revival of rap and rock. Member of GothBoiClique. Known for songs such as Benz Truck, Awful Things featuring Lil' Tracy, and perhaps his best known the posthumously released Falling Down featuring XXXTentacion, the latter reaching the Billboard top 20 in 2018 ~ Ahr was born in 1996
November 15, 2016 ~ Cellist Jules Eskin, full name Jules Louis Eskin, passed away in Brookline, Massachusetts, USA ~ Best known as principal cellist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Praised for his performances of works by Johannes Brahms, Gabriel Fauré and Ludwig van Beethoven. Also worked with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Boston Chamber Players, and the Burton Quintet Five ~ Eskin was born in 1931
November 15, 2016 ~ Jazz, blues pianist, singer, songwriter Mose Allison passed away in Hilton Head, South Carolina, USA ~ Influenced Jimi Hendrix, JJ Cale, the Yardbirds, the Rolling Stones, Tom Waits, Pete Townshend, Georgie Fame, John Evans. Covered by the Who (Young Man Blues), John Mayall (Parchman Farm), Leon Russell (I'm Smashed), Bonnie Raitt (Everybody's Cryin' Mercy), the Clash (Look Here), Herman Brood (Going To The City). Worked with Stan Getz, Al Cohn, Zoot Sims, Van Morrison, Ben Sidran, Gerry Mulligan, Phil Woods, Addison Farmer, Frank Isola, Henry Grimes, Paul Motian, Bill Crow, Osie Johnson, Jimmy Knepper, Pepper Adams, Bob Cranshaw, Jerome Richardson, Joe Farrell, Phil Upchurch, Eric Gale, Jack Bruce, Billy Cobham, Steve Masakowski, Randy Brecker, Alec Dankworth, Pee Wee Ellis, Russell Malone, Jay Bellerose, Roy Babbington, and others ~ Allison was born in 1927
November 15, 2015 ~ Philip Gary Schlein, commonly known as pop, rock singer, songwriter PF Sloan, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ In-demand session musician and member of the Wrecking Crew. Honored in songwriter Jimmy Webb's song titled PF Sloan. Enjoyed his greatest succes as a songwriter writing or co-writing hits, mostly with Steve Barri, for Round Robin, Barry McGuire (Eve Of Destruction), the Searchers, Jan & Dean, Herman's Hermits (Must To Avoid), Johnny Rivers (Secret Agent Man), the Grass Roots (Things I Should Have Said), the Turtles, the Mamas & the Papas, Ann-Margret, Shelley Fabares, Terry Black, the 5th Dimension, and others ~ Sloan was born in 1945
November 15, 2012 ~ Trombonist, conductor, composer Frode Thingnæs passed away in Oslo, Norway ~ Classical, jazz, pop conductor, composer. Composed the music for Norway's 1974 and 1976 Eurovision Songfestival entries, respectively Hvor Er Du and Mata Hari. Worked with Egil Kapstad, Terje Rypdal, Laila Dalseth, Espen Rud, Bjørn Alterhaug, Per Husby, Popol Ace, the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Anne-Karine Strøm, Kampen Janitsjarorkester, Wenche Myhre, Lill Lindfors, Svante Thuresson, Einar Schanke, Alfred Naess, Yngvar Numme, the Bodega Band, and others ~ Thingnaes was born in 1940
November 15, 2011 ~ Mark Klingman, commonly known as producer, pianist, songwriter Moogy Klingman passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Joined Jimmy James & the Blue Flames at age 16, which also included Jimi Hendrix and Randy California. Founding member of Utopia, best known for also including Todd Rundgren. Played on ten Rundgren solo albums. Member of Glitterhouse. Longtime collaborator of Bette Midler, starting with producing the 1976 Midler/ Bob Dylan duet Buckets Of Rain and staying on as musical director, replacing Barry Manilow. Released a number of solo albums with its songs covered by Johnny Winter, Carly Simon, James Cotton, Thelma Houston, Eric Clapton, Barry Manilow and Guns 'n Roses. Has also worked with Lou Reed, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Jeff Beck, Keith Emerson, Mitch Mitchell, Harvey Mandel, Linda Ronstadt, and others ~ Klingman was born in 1950
November 15, 2010 ~ Composer, conductor, TV personality Roberto Pregadio passed away in Rome, Italy ~ Perhaps best known for composing the score to the 1969 spaghetti western The Forgotten Pistolero, noted for its whistling. Composed numerous other soundtracks, starting in the mid 1960s. Previously a pianist with the the RAI Light Music Orchestra, appearing on many RAI radio and TV shows ~ Pregadio was born in 1928
November 15, 2005 ~ Jazz percussionist Roy Brooks passed away in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ One of the premier drummers to emerge from bop. As a leader especially acclaimed for the early 1970s albums The Free Slave and Ethnic Expressions. An in-demand sideman, Brooks has appeared on albums by Sonny Red, Blue Mitchell, Shirley Scott (Hip Soul), Buddy Tate (Groovin' With Buddy Tate), Stanley Turrentine, Horace Silver (Song For My Father), Chet Baker, Yusef Lateef, Sonny Stitt, Dexter Gordon, James Moody, Red Rodney, Don Cherry, and Max Roach ~ Brooks was born in 1938
November 15, 1992 ~ Nunzio Mondello, commonly known as alto saxophonist Toots Mondello passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Played with Mal Hallett, Irving Aaronson, Joe Haymes, Buddy Rogers, Ray Noble, Phil Harris, Benny Goodman, Chick Bullock, Bunny Berigan, Miff Mole, Claude Thornhill, Larry Clinton, Teddy Wilson, Louis Armstrong, and Lionel Hampton ~ Mondello was born in 1911
November 15, 1991 ~ Singer, producer, songwriter Jacques Morali passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Along with Henri Belolo co-founder of and thriving force behind disco acts Ritchie Family (Brazil, The Best Disco In Town, Life Is Music) and the Village People (YMCA, Macho Man, In The Navy). Has also recorded as a solo artist and wrote or co-wrote for a wide array of artists including Patrick Juvet, Régine, Dalida, Eric Russell, Cher, Patricia Norton, Julius Brown, Starlight, Diva, Dennis Parker, David London, Wayne Scott, Lova Moor, Pia Zadora, Break Machine, and others ~ Morali was born in 1947
November 15, 1989 ~ Michael Ray Stevenson, commonly known as singer, pop-rapper Tyga, born in Compton, California, USA ~ Rose to fame with his 2011 major label debut album Careless World (Rise Of The Last King), which spawned the hits Rack City, Faded featuring Lil' Wayne, Far Away featuring Chris Richardson, Still Got It featuring Drake and Make It Nasty. Has recorded steadily since, to middling success, his best known releases being Ayo featuring Chris Brown in 2015 and Taste featuring Offset in 2018
November 15, 1988 ~ Bobby Ray Simmons Jr, commonly known as rapper, producer, songwriter, conspiracy theorist BoB, born in Decatur, Georgia, USA ~ Rose to fame with his 2009 debut single Nothing On You featuring Bruno Mars and has recorded steadily to commercial succes since. In-demand producer, songwriter, collaborator. Has worked with Haylee Williams, Rivers Cuomo, Lil' Wayne, André 3000, Taylor Swift, TI, Nicki Minaj, Juicy J, 2 Chainz, Future, Trey Songz, Ty Dolla $ign, Jessie J, Kendrick Lamar, E-40, and others
November 15, 1978 ~ Singer, actress Samantha Shelton, full name Samantha Sky Shelton, born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Best known as an actress for TV and film. Member of jazz cabaret group If All The Stars Were Pretty Babies from 2001 through 2005 alongside singer, actress Zooey Deschanel. Shelton has also released a number of EP's as a solo singer
November 15, 1977 ~ Songwriter Albert E Brumley, full name Albert Edward Brumley, passed away in Powell, Missouri, USA ~ Pivotal to gospel music, especially southern gospel. Wrote over 800 songs including Brown's Ferry Four's If We Never Meet Again, Jimmie Davis' I Cannot Find The Way Home, Mac Wiseman's Dreaming Of A Little Cabin, and Reverend JM Gates' I'll Fly Away ~ Brumley was born in 1905
November 15, 1976 ~ Heavy metal guitarist Christian Andreu, full name Christian Roger Andreu, born ~ Influenced by classical music, hard rock and metal artists including Metallica, Morbid Angel and Slayer, folk rockers Les Têtes Raides and alternative rock singer Björk. Best known as lead guitarist of metal band Gojira. Guested on Familha Artus' album Orb released in 2007
November 15, 1974 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Chad Kroeger, full name Chad Robert Kroeger born in Hanna, Canada ~ Lead singer, guitarist, co-founding member of Nickelback, known for Billboard top 10 hits such as How You Remind Me, Someday, Photograph and Far Away. Also worked with Suits XL, Default, Theory Of A Deadman, Carlos Santana (Why Don't You & I), Bo Bice, Daughtry, and others
November 15, 1974 ~ Jazz bassist Reuben Rogers born in St Thomas, Virgin Islands ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Marcus Roberts, Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Joshua Redman, Nicholas Payton, Mulgrew Miller, Jackie McLean, Charles Lloyd, Dianne Reeves, Ron Blake, Aaron Goldberg, Bob Reynolds, Carl Allen, Donald Harrison, Jimmy Greene, Phil Woods, Peter Martin, Tomasz Stańko, Kate McGarry, Denzal Sinclaire, and others
November 15, 1972 ~ Pop rock outfit the Doobie Brothers release their Jesus Is Just Alright single ~ After hearing the version by the Byrds, the band would regularly play the song during live concerts. Eventually they recorded the song for their Toulouse Street sophomore album. Released as the album's second single, it would reach top 40 Billboard Hot 100, surpassing the version by the Byrds which barely made the charts, stalling at No.97. Although none of the band members were religiously inclined, the song went on to become popular among Christians during the early 1970s. It remains a staple of classic rock radio to this day
November 15, 1971 ~ Brandt Jones, commonly known as rapper B-Legit, born in Vallejo, California, USA ~ Debuted as a solo artist with the 1993 album Tryin' To Get A Buck. Member of the Click, alongside his cousin E-40. Also collaborated with Celly Cel, Master P, Too $hort, Tupac Shakur (appearing on Shakur's Ain't Hard 2 Find), Scarface, Snoop Dogg, C-Murder, Bushwick Bill, Jadakiss, Daz Dillinger, Kurupt, Styles P, the Federation, Mystikal, UGK, Mack 10, Daryl Hall, Keak da Sneak, Ricardo Thomas, Young Buck, Luniz, Paul Wall, and Mac Dre
November 15, 1970 ~ Percussionist, composer Susie Ibarra born in Anaheim, California, USA ~ Contemporary composer in the idioms of jazz, classical and world music. Incorporates a wide array of styles and influences, including opera. musical poetry and electronic music. Has worked with Pauline Oliveros, John Zorn, Trisha Brown, Tania León, Roberto Juan Rodríguez, the Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra, Makoto Fujimura, Juan Sanchez, Jude Tallichet, Laiwan Chung, Derek Bailey, Billy Bang, Jeanne Lee, Wadada Leo Smith, Mark Dresser, Arto Lindsay, Thurston Moore, Yo La Tengo, Mephista, Eugene Chadbourne, Dennis González, Matthew Shipp, extensively with William Parker, and others
November 15, 1968 ~ Contemporary classical, postmodern, experimental, electronic composer, film composer, producer Marcus Schmickler, also known under the moniker Pluramon, born in Cologne, West Germany ~ Member of the collective Kontakta. Released his Onea Gako solo debut album in 1993. Especially acclaimed for the 2000 Bart album, a collaborative effort with Thomas Lehn and considered one of the most impressive synth-improv albums of all time
November 15, 1968 ~ Russell Tyrone Jones, commonly known as hip hop, hardcore hip hop rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard, born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Founding member of the Wu-Tang Clan, which rose to fame with their 1993 Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) debut album. Jones, known for his outrageously profane free-associative rhymes, would record four albums with the band until his death of an accidental overdose at age 35. Jones has also recorded as a solo artist, starting with 1995's Return To The 36 Chambers which spawned the modest hits Brooklyn Zoo and Shimmy Shimmy Ya ~ Jones passed away in 2004
November 15, 1967 ~ Earl T Stevens, rapper, commonly known as E-40, born in Vallejo, California, USA ~ Founding member of rap group the Click. As a solo artist first gained serious attention with his 1995 In A Major Way album. Has collaborated with Too $hort, B-Legit, Suga T, Nate Dogg, Kokane, Fabolous, Keak da Sneak, T-Pain, Lil' Jon, Akon, Shawty Lo, iamsu, Chris Brown, BoB, Snoop Dogg, Baby Bash, Xzibit, G-Eazy, Big Sean, Flo Rida, and others
November 15, 1967 ~ Reynaldo Jose Gregorio Lugo Palma, commonly known as afrobeat, afrofunk, boogaloo, electronic singer, guitarist, bassist, percussionist Ray Lugo born in Caracas, Venezuela ~ Sings in both Spanish and English. Known for his eclectic range. Fronted the Kokolo Afrobeat Orchestra and the Boogaloo Destroyers. Also recorded as a solo artist, starting with his We Walk Around Like This debut album in 2012, and collaborated with numerous artists notably percussionist Roberto Roena, Fünf Sterne Deluxe, King Chango, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings and Bosq
November 15, 1966 ~ Charles Pertum, commonly known as country blues singer, songwriter Charlie Specks McFadden, passed away in St Louis, Missouri, USA ~ Best known for his 1930 song Groceries On The Shelf (Piggly Wiggly). Has worked with Roosevelt Sykes and Lonnie Johnson, ~ Pertum was born in 1895
November 15, 1963 ~ Alternative country, pop, rock guitarist, keyboardist, bassist, drummer Jay Bennett, full name Jay Walter Bennett, born in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, USA ~ Best known as member of Wilco from 1994 to 2001. Also a member of 1990s outfit Titanic Love Affair, guested on albums by Sheryl Crow, Allison Moorer, Sherry Rich and Billy Joe Shaver, produced recordings by Michelle Anthony, West Of Rome and Blues Traveler, and released several solo albums starting with 2002's The Palace At 4AM (Part I) ~ Bennett passed away in 2009
November 15, 1961 ~ Comedian, keyboardist, arranger Diederik van Vleuten, full name Diederik Jan Hielke van Vleuten, born in The Hague, the Netherlands ~ Best known as a comedian. As a musician worked with Acda & De Munnik, playing keyboards and co-arranging the duo's first two albums namely eponymous Acda & de Munnik and Zwerf On
November 15, 1960 ~ Pop singer, actress Bea van der Maat, full name Béatrice Marguerite van der Maat, born in Ghent, Belgium ~ Fronted Won Ton Ton, known for their 1988 I Lie And I Cheat hit single. Has also recorded as a solo artist, releasing her Thin-Skinned debut album in 1988, guested with the LSP Band and the Belpop Bastards, ventured into acting, and hosted several TV shows ~ Van der Maat passed away in 2023
November 15, 1960 ~ Karen Valencia Clark, commonly known as gospel singer, songwriter Karen Clark Sheard, born in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Cited as influence by Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, Faith Evans, SWV, Jovan Lacroix, Blu Cantrell, Lil' Mo, Missy Elliott, Kelly Price, Kanye West, and Fantasia. Member of gospel sibling outfit the Clark Sisters. Mother of singer, actress Kierra Sheard. Releaseed her acclainmed solo debut, Finally Karen, in 1997
November 15, 1960 ~ R&B singer Keith Washington born in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Best known for the Grammy Award-winning single Kissing You, a Billboard R&B charttopper in 1991. Other well known songs include Are You Still In Love With Me, Make Time For Love, Bring It On and the Kylie Minogue-duet If You Were With Me Now
November 15, 1958 ~ Rock, power pop, mod revival guitarist, songwriter David Cairns, full name David Anthony Cairns, born in Walthamstow, UK ~ Member of New Hearts. Member of Secret Affair, co-founded with bandmate Ian Page. Carines wrote some of the band's biggest hits including Time For Action, My World and Sound Of Confusion. Cairns subsequently worked with the Flag, Walk On Fire, and others
November 15, 1957 ~ Henry Bidgood, commonly known as dance bandleader, musical director, composer Harry Bidgood, passed away ~ Popular dance bandleader known for his work with BBC orchestras and as a musical director for several films ~ Bidgood was born ca.1898
November 15, 1957 ~ Jazz, jazz fusion guitarist, bandleader Kevin Eubanks, full name Kevin Tyronne Eubanks born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Brother of trombonist Robin Eubanks and trumpeter Duane Eubanks. Worked with Art Blakey's the Jazz Messengers, Roy Haynes, Slide Hampton, Sam Rivers, Stanley Jordan, Steve Arrington, Urszula Dudziak, Kirk Lightsey, Billy Hart, Oliver Lake, Meredith D'Ambrosio, Mike Gibbs, Greg Osby, Steve Coleman, Harold Mabern, Jean-Luc Ponty, Dianne Reeves, Terri Lyne Carrington, Carmen Lundy, Orrin Evans, and others
November 15, 1956 ~ Singer Maj Britt Andersen born in Ostre Toten, Norway ~ Sister of singer, actress Inger Lise Rypdal. Married to bassist, producer Geir Holmsen. Member of soul group Chipahua. Critically acclaimed for her 1987 Folk Er Rare solo album
November 15, 1955 ~ Keyboardist, percussionist, singer Joe Leeway, full name Joseph Martin Leeway, born in Islington, UK ~ Key member of Thompson Twins, alongside Tom Bailey and Alannah Currie, known for songs such as In The Name Of Love, Love On Your Side, We Are Detective, Hold Me Now, and Doctor Doctor
November 15, 1955 ~ Jazz bassist Neil Swainsn born in Victoria, Canada ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Herb Ellis, Barney Kessel, Sonny Stitt, Paul Horn, Tommy Flanagan, Rob McConnell, Ed Bickert, Slide Hampton, James Moody, Jay McShann, Moe Koffman, Lee Konitz, Joe Farrell, George Coleman, Woody Shaw, Joe Williams, Nancy Wilson, Diana Krall, Robert Farnon, Mel Tormé, Walter Norris, and others
November 15, 1954 ~ Power pop, jangle pop guitarist, singer, producer Mitch Easter, full name Mitchell Blake Easter, born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA ~ Fronted 1980s outfit Let's Active. Co-produced the early REM albums Murmur and Reckoning with Don Dixon. Has also served as producer for acts such as Richard Barone, the X-Teens, Game Theory, the Connells, the Washington Squares, Lave Love, Loud Family, Velvet Crush, Pavement, Mary Prankster, Birds Of Avalon, and others
November 15, 1954 ~ Contemporary Christian guitarist Randy Thomas born ~ Member of the Sweet Comfort Band. Co-founding member of Allies. Staff writer for Universal Music. Co-wrote Butterfly Kisses with Bob Carlisle, recorded by the latter for his Butterfly Kisses (Shades Of Grace) album released in 1997. Others who have recorded his songs include the Raybon Brothers, Dolly Parton, Highway 101, Collin Raye, and Lila McCann
November 15, 1954 ~ Anthony Terrence Thompson, commonly known as drummer Tony Thompson, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Cited by Dave Grohl as an inspiration. Drummed with Labelle and briefly with soul, disco outfit Ecstasy Passion & Pain before rising to fame as member of Chic, a band known for quintessential disco hits such as Dance Dance Dance (Yowsah Yowsah Yowsah), Le Freak, and Good Times. Member of supergroup Power Station, noted for their 1985 eponymous The Power Station album. Thompson can also be heard on albums by Sister Sledge, Diana Ross, Debbie Harry, David Bowie (Let's Dance), Madonna (Like A Virgin), Mick Jagger, and Rod Stewart ~ Thompson passed away in 2003
November 15, 1953 ~ R&B, funk, soul singer Alexander O'Neal born in Natchez, Mississippi, USA ~ Known for a number of 1980s and 1990s recordings including If You Were Here Tonight, Fake, Criticize, The Lovers, What Can I Say To Make You Love Me, The Christmas Song, All True Man, Love Makes No Sense, In The Middle. Has duetted with Cherrelle on A Saturday Love and Never Knew Love Like This
November 15, 1952 ~ Singer Antonella Ruggiero born in Genova, Italy ~ Co-founded Matia Bazar, which also included Piero Cassano, Aldo Stellita, Giancarlo Golzi and Carlo Marrale, known for songs such as Ma Perché, Solo Tu, Stasera Che Sera, Mister Mandarino, and perhaps their best known Tio Sento
November 15, 1951 ~ Guitarist, bassist Frank Infante born in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA ~ Member of Blondie, joining the band in 1977 replacing Gary Valentine. First appeared on the band's Plastic Letters. Departed the band in 1982 shortly before the band's initial disbandement. Co-wrote Victor and I Know But I Don't Know. Has also worked with Joan Jett, Stiv Bators, Sylvain Sylvain, Iggy Pop, the Divinyls, the New York Dolls, and others
November 15, 1949 ~ Art rock, progressive rock, pop rock singer, keyboardist, guitarist Raúl Porchetto born in Mercedes, Argentina ~ Well over a dozen albums to his name as a solo artist, starting with Cristo Rock released in 1972. Best known for a string of early to mid-1980s albums, notably Reina Madre released in 1983. Member of pivotal 1970s Argentinian rock supergroup Porsuigieco, which also included Leon Gieco, Charly García and Nito Mestre
November 15, 1945 ~ Singer Anni-Frid Lyngstad born in Bjørkåsen, Norway ~ Member of ABBA, known for songs such as Waterloo, Hasta Mañana, SOS, Mamma Mia, Dancing Queen, Knowing Me Knowing You, Summer Night City, The Winner Takes It All and Super Trouper
November 15, 1945 ~ Singer, actor, director, poet, songwriter Ferdi Tayfur, full name Ferdi Tayfur Turanbayburt, born in Adana, Turkey ~ Active since the late 1960s with over 30 albums and over 30 films to his name. Best known for his 1975 Birak Su Gurbeti album which spawned the Cesme hit
November 15, 1944 ~ Folk, traditional Irish singer, banjoist, mandolinist, guitarist, songwriter Mick Moloney born in Limerick, Ireland ~ Best known as co-founder, leader of the Green Fields Of America, an ensemble of American musicians promoting and performing Irish music. The band is especially acclaimed for their 1989 Live In Concert album. Moloney is also known as author of Far From The Shamrock Shore (The Story Of Irish-American History Through Song), published in 2002 ~ Moloney passed away in 2022
November 15, 1942 ~ Pianist, conductor Daniel Barenboim born in Buenos Aires, Argentina ~ Conductor, musical director associated with renowned orchestras such as the Berlin State Opera, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre De Paris, La Scala, and others
November 15, 1942 ~ Bataan Nitollano, commonly known as Latin soul singer, pianist Joe Bataan, born in Spanish Harlem, New York, USA ~ Merged Latin boogaloo with American doo-wop. Actively recording since the mid-1960s with well over a dozen albums to his name, notably the 1965 Riot album. Coined the term “salsoul” and co-founder of Salsoul Records. To rap audiences perhaps best known for 1979's Rap-o Clap-o, one of the earliest hip-hop hit singles
November 15, 1941 ~ Producer, pianist, singer Jim Dickinson, full name James Luther Dickinson, born in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA ~ Father of Cody Dickinson and the Black Crowes guitarist Luther Dickinson. Member of the Dixie Flyers, with whom he backed artists such as Bettye LaVette, Hank Ballard, James Carr, and Albert Collins. In-demand session pianist for the likes of the Rolling Stones, the Flamin' Groovies, and notably Ry Cooder, appearing on about a dozen of Cooder's albums. Acclaimed producer from the 1970s onwards, working with artists such as Big Star (Third), Willy DeVille, Green On Red, the Replacements, the Panther Burns, Toots & the Maytals, and Screamin' Jay Hawkins. ~ Dickinson passed away in 2009
November 15, 1937 ~ James Thomas Ellis, commonly known as R&B, disco singer Jimmy Ellis, born in Rock Hill, South Carolina, USA ~ Lead singer of the Trammps, best known for their era-defining hit Disco Inferno. The song had been a modest hit in 1976 but inclusion in the 1977 Saturday Night Fever film would rekindle interest. A re-release would top the Billboard R&B charts and reach top 20 on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100. The song has become one of the all-time classic dance tracks and remains a favorite of radio stations the world over ~ Ellis passed away in 2012
November 15, 1937 ~ William Edward John, commonly known as R&B, soul singer Little Willie John, born in Cullendale, Kansas, USA ~ Known for songs such All Around The World, Need Your Love So Bad, Talk To Me Talk To Me, Leave My Kitten Alone, Let Them Talk, Sleep and Fever ~ John passed away in 1968
November 15, 1936 ~ Singer, poet, songwriter, dissident Wolf Biermann, full name Karl Wolf Biermann, born ~ Best known for his 1968 recording Ermutigung. While on a sanctioned tour in the West Biermann was stripped of his nationality by the East German authorities for his criticism of the government's Stalinist policies. He would remain in the West and continue to be an outspoken advocate on several issues including criticizing both Communism and ant-semitism
November 15, 1935 ~ Jazz, blues critic, historian, archivist, label executive, producer Pete Welding born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Journalist for the famed Down Beat jazz and blues magazine. Founded the Testament Records label in 1963. As a producer has worked with Blind Connie Williams, Big Joe Williams, Robert Nighthawk, Doctor Ross, Mississippi Fred McDowell, JB Hutto, Bo Diddley, Otis Spann, Jean-Luc Ponty, Charlie Musselwhite, the Jazz Crusaders, Johnny Shines, and others ~ Welding passed away in 1995
November 15, 1932 ~ R&B singer Clyde McPhatter, full name Clyde Lensley McPhatter, born in Durham, North Carolina, USA ~ Iconic 1950s, 1960s singer pivotal to development of doo-wop and R&B. Lead singer of Billy Ward & the Dominoes. Formed and fronted the Drifters from 1953 through 1955, singing lead on songs such as Money Honey, Lucille, Such A Night and Honey Love. Subsequently recorded as a solo artist, scoring Billboard R&B top 10 hits with singles such as Love Has Joined Us Together, Seven Days, Treasure Of Love, Long Lonely Nights and perhaps his best-known A Lover's Question ~ McPhatter passed away in 1972
November 15, 1932 ~ Singer Petula Clark, full name Sally Olwen Clark, born in Epsom, UK ~ Dubbed “the First Lady of the British Invasion” in America. Known for songs such as I Know A Place, My Love, Sign Of The TImes, I Couldn't Live Without Your Love, Who Am I, Colour My World, This Is My Song, The Other Man's Grass Is Always Greener, Kiss Me Goodbye, Don't Sleep In The Subway and Downtown
November 15, 1931 ~ Evangelina Orico, commonly known as actress, singer Vanjo Orico, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ~ Known best for her role in the 1953 adventure western O Cangaceiro, the first Brazilian movie to score internationally. As a singer known for first recording Eu Não Existo Sem Você in 1957, penned by Antônio Carlos Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes and covered by over four dozen artists ~ Orico passed away in 2015
November 15, 1929 ~ Soul singer Joe Hinton, full name Joseph Hinton, born in USA ~ Started as a gospel singer in the Blair Gospel Singers. As a solo artist turned to R&B and known for early 1960s singles such as You Know It Ain't Right, Better To Give Than Receive and his biggest hit his R&B rendition of the Willie Nelson-penned Funny How Time Slips Away ~ Hinton passed away in 1968
November 15, 1928 ~ William Dale Fries Jr, commonly known as country singer CW McCall, born in Aubudon, Iowa, USA ~ Best known for Convoy. Co-penned with Chip Davis for an advertising campaign for the Iowa bakery Old Home Bread company, the song would top both the Billboard Country and Billboard Hot 100 charts, and inspire the Sam Peckinpah-directed film of the same name starring Kris Kristofferson. Other well known songs include Wolf Creek Pass, Round The World With The Rubber Duck, There Won't Be No Country Music (There Won't Be No Rock 'n Roll), Crispy Critters and Roses For Mama ~ Fries passed away in 2022
November 15, 1925 ~ Composer, pianist, conductor Jurriaan Andriessen, full name Jurriaan Hendrik Andriessen, born in Haarlem, the Netherlands ~ Son of composer Hendrik Andriessen, brother of composer Louis Andriessen. Composed chamber music, orchestral music, opera and ballet. Perhaps best known for his 1994 composition Il Discorso Della Corona, played yearly for chamber of parliament by the Residentie Orkest prior to the Troonrede ~ Andriessen passed away in 1996
November 15, 1920 ~ Jazz, hard bop saxophonist Jerome Richardson born in Oakland, California, USA ~ Gifted improviser active since the late 1940s. Has recorded about half a dozen albums as a leader, notably Midnight Oil released in 1958, but is best known as an in-demand studio musician active in jazz and R&B well into the 1990s. Present on albums by Cal Tjader, Oscar Pettiford (Another One), Cozy Cole, Sarah Vaughan (In The Land Of Hi-Fi), Betty Carter, Johnny Hartman, Cannonball Adderley, Dinah Washington (The Swingin' Miss D), Gene Ammons, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Charles Mingus (Mingus Ah Uhm), Miles Davis (Sketches Of Spain), Etta Jones, Blue Mitchell, John Coltrane, Oliver Nelson, Freddie Hubbard, Wes Montgomery, Nina Simone, Roy Ayers, Steely Dan (Can't Buy A Thrill), the Four Tops, Horace Silver, Neil Diamond, BB King, Earth Wind & Fire, the Crusaders (Street Life), and George Benson ~ Richardson passed away in 2000
November 15, 1919 ~ Producer, engineer, songwriter George Motola born in Hartford, Connecticut, USA ~ Best known for co-penning Goodnight My Love with John Marascalco, first recorded by Jesse Belvin in 1956 and later covered by a number of artists including the McGuire Sisters, the Fleetwoods, Ben E King, Paul Anka, the Four Seasons. Instrumental in forming the Shields, a group that included Belvin, Frankie Ervin and Johnny Guitar Watson. Other songs co-written by Motola include Shattered Dreams for the Johnny Burnette Trio, Jeannie Jeannie Jeannie for Eddie Cochran, Here Comes Henry for Young Jessie, Annie's Rock for Ernie Fields and perhaps one of the wildest rock & roll records of all-time Rocking This Joint To-nite for Kid Thomas ~ Motola passed away in 1991
November 15, 1911 ~ Emanuel Kurtz, commonly known as songwriter, lyricist Manny Curtis, born ~ Frequent collaborator of the likes of Vic Mizzy, Al Hoffman, Al Goodhart. Over an estimated 250 songs to his name, the best known being In A Sentimental Mood originally recorded by Duke Ellington and covered by over 700 artists. Also notably known for writing the English lyrics of Let It Be Me, based on the Gilbert Bécaud-composition Je T'Appartiens, the English version would become a standard recorded by numerous artists from pop, jazz, rock, R&B including Chet Atkins, the Everly Brothers, Betty Everett & Jerry Butler, the Righteous Brothers, Elvis Presley, and others ~ Kurtz passed away in 1984
November 15, 1905 ~ Drummer, percussionist Johnny Williams, full name John Francis Wiliams, born in Watertown, Massachusetts, USA ~ Father of film composer John Williams. Rose to fame drumming for the CBS Radio Orchestra in the 1930s and subsequently backing Raymond Scott from 1936 through 1939. Has also worked with Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Vincent Lopez, Leo Reisman, Jacques Renard, Alfonso D'Artega, and others ~ Williams passed away in 1985
November 15, 1885 ~ Jazz clarinetist, saxophonist Achille Baquet, full name Achille Joseph Baquet, born ~ Worked with the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, Papa Jack Laine, and the Whiteway Jazz Band. Co-wrote songs such as the New Orleans Jazz Band's Why Cry Blues and the Original Dixieland Jazz Band's Livery Stable Blues ~ Baquet passed away in 1956