This Day In Music: November 17
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November 17, 2022 ~ Opera composer Azio Corghi passed away ~ Composed mostly operas and chamber music, the former often based on literature. Well known works include Gargantua, Blimunda, and Divara (Aqua E Sangue) ~ Corghi was born in 1937
November 17, 2022 ~ Brandon Smith, commonly known as hip-hop, trap, R&B singer, rapper, songwriter B Smyth, passed away ~ Gained attention posting his cover of popular songs on Youtube, including the Rihanna cover Stay and the Miguel cover Quickie. After landing a record contract with Motown in 2012 released his debut single Leggo featuring 2 Chainz, followed by his The Florida Files debut EP the following year. Smith died from pulmonary fibrosis at age 28 ~ Smith was born in 1994
November 17, 2022 ~ Producer, label executive, author Ken Mansfield passed away ~ Manager for Apple Records in the USA during the 1960s, and as such helpful in the careers of a number of British acts including the Beatles, Mary Hopkin, Badfinger, and Jackie Lomax. Helped popularize the Outlaw country movement in the 1970s, notably producing the Waylon Jennings Are You Ready For The Country album as well as Jessi Colter's I'm Not Lisa crossover hit single. Successful in gospel music in the 1990s, producing acts such as the Imperials and the Gaither Vocal Band. Authored a number of books in the 2000s, starting with The Beatles The Bible And Bodega Bay published in 2000 ~ Mansfield was born in 1937
November 17, 2021 ~ Jazz pianist, singer, composer, lyricist Dave Frishberg passed away in Portland, Oregon, USA ~ Cited Frank Loesser as a major influence, naming Loesser's Baby It's Cold Outside and Willie Nelson's Crazy as two of the songs he wished he had written. Has performed as a solo pianist from the late 1950s forward. Known for humorous, quirky, sardonic songs such as I'm Hip, Blizzard Of Lies, Peel Me A Grape, Slapping The Cakes On Me and probably his best known My Attorney Bernie. Frequent songwriting collaborator of the likes of Johnny Mandel, Bob Brookmeyer, Julius Wechter, Gerry Mulligan. Songs written or co-written by Frishberg have been performed by Blossom Dearie, Rosemary Clooney, Shirley Horn, Anita O'Day, Michael Feinstein, Irene Kral, Diana Krall, Stacey Kent, John Pizzarelli, and others ~ Frishberg was born in 1933
November 17, 2021 ~ Pop rock bassist Keith Allison passed away ~ Member of Paul Revere & the Raiders from 1968, replacing Charlie Coe, through 1975. As a solo artist known for his 1967 Keith Allison In Action album. Over the course of his career Allison has also worked with artists such Ringo Starr, the Monkees, the Beach Boys, Roy Orbison, Sonny & Cher. Appears on the Jerry Lee Lewis album Last Man Standing released in 2006 ~ Allison was born in 1942
November 17, 2021 ~ Adolph Robert Thornton Jr, commonly known as hip-hop, gangsta rap rapper Young Dolph, passed away in Memphis, Tennessee, USA ~ First gained serious attention as featured vocalist on OT Genasis's Cut It, a Billboard Hot 100 top 40 hit in 2015. Would release his solo debut album, King Of Memphis, the following year. As a solo artist best known for his 2020 album Rich Slave which reached top 10 Billboard Hot 200 album charts. Has collaborated with Key Glock, Gucci Mane, Lil' Durk, Lil' Baby, and others ~ Thornton was born in 1985
November 17, 2020 ~ William Henry Adams Jr, commonly known as producer, label executive Gordon Keith, passed away ~ Best remembered for being the first to sign the Jackson 5, producing and recording the band's first songs including the band's very first single Big Boy paired with You Changed on the flipside released on the Steeltown Records label in 1968 ~ Adams was born in 1939
November 17, 2017 ~ Composer William Mayer passed away ~ Best known for his opera Death In The Family ~ Mayer was born in 1925
November 17, 2016 ~ Music journalist, singer Don Waller passed away ~ Co-published LA music magazine Back Door Man. Wrote for Radio & Records, Mojo, Billboard and Los Angeles Times ~ Waller was born in 1951
November 17, 2014 ~ Singer Jimmy Ruffin passed away in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ~ Brother of the Temptations singer David Ruffin. Jimmy is best known for his 1960s top 10 hits Hold On To My Love and What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted. Member of the Holidays ~ Ruffin was born in 1936
November 17, 2006 ~ Ruth Alston Weston, commonly known as singer Ruth Brown, passed away in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ~ Best known for songs such as So Long, Teardrops From My Eyes and Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean. Worked with Duke Ellington, Rudy Toombs, the Flairs, Count Basie, the Lamp-Lighters, Louis Jordan, Christine Kittrell, Pérez Prado, Thad Jones, and others ~ Brown was born in 1928
November 17, 2003 ~ Songwriter, singer, guitarist Don Gibson passed away in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ~ Revered singer, songwriter. Pivotal to development of country. Wrote country classics such as Sweet Dreams and I Can't Stop Loving You. Nicknamed “the Bad Poet” for his songs about loneliness and lost love. Member of Sons Of The Soil. Artists who recorded his songs include Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Patsy Cline, Roy Orbison, Neil Young, and others ~ Gibson was born in 1928
November 17, 2001 ~ Jazz, big band saxophonist Jerry Jerome passed away ~ Worked with Glenn Miller, Red Norvo, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Teddy Wilson, Cozy Cole, and others ~ Jerome was born in 1912
November 17, 2001 ~ Guitarist, violinist Michael Karoli passed away ~ Member of the Can alongisde Holger Czukay, Irmin Schmidt, Jaki Liebezeit and David Johnson ~ Karoli was born in 1948
November 17, 2000 ~ Jarret Lloyd Vincent, commonly known as reggae singer, songwriter Bim Sherman, passed away in London, UK ~ Sometimes referred to as “reggae's sweetest voice” ~ Vincent was born in 1950
November 17, 1998 ~ Jazz pianist, bandleader Ike Carpenter, full name Isaac Monroe Carpenter, passed away in Durham, North Carolina, USA ~ Active during the 1940s and 1950s. Worked briefly with Boyd Raeburn before becoming a popular attraction in his own right working the West Coast nightclubs. Featured with his band in the 1950s films Rhythm And Rhyme and Holiday Rhythm. Employed sidemen such as Lucky Thompson, Gerald Wilson, Ted Nash, Jay Cameron, and George Weidler ~ Carpenter was born in 1920
November 17, 1995 ~ Singer, guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter Alan Hull, full name James Alan Hull, passed away in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK ~ Best known as co-founding member, frontman of Lindisfarne. Has also recorded as a solo artist and worked with the Chosen Few, Brethren, Radiator, and others ~ Hull was born in 1945
November 17, 1995 ~ Jazz, blues critic, historian, archivist, label executive, producer Pete Welding passed away in Rancho Cucamonga, California, 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 was born in 1935
November 17, 1993 ~ Rapper, singer, songwriter M Huncho born in North West London, UK ~ Active since the late-2010s, his 2019 Utopia mixtape garnering over 70 million streams worldwide and reaching the top 20 on the UK albums charts. Best known for songs such Broken Homes featuring the Plug & Nafe Smallz, Pee Pee and 5AM
November 17, 1991 ~ Francis Junior Edusei, commonly known as rapper Frenna, born in The Hague, the Netherlands ~ Member of SFB, known for their 2015 single Nu Sta Je Hier with Broederliefde & Ronnie Flex. As a solo artist Frenna is known for songs such as My Love featuring Jonna Fraser & Emms, Energie with Flex, and Hoe Je Bent with Broederliefde
November 17, 1990 ~ Folk pop, blues rock singer, guitarist, songwriter Barns Courtney, full name Barnaby George Courtney, born in Aylesbury, UK ~ Fronted indie band SleeperCell. Fronted Dive Bella Dive. Active as a solo artist since the mid-2010s, releasing his Glitter And Gold debut single in 2015. Also known for the subsequent recording Fire. Has since opened for the likes of the Libertines, Ed Sheeran, the Lumineers, Tom Odell, and Fitz & the Tantrums
November 17, 1989 ~ Sudan Ameer Williams, commonly known as rapper iamsu, born in Richmond, California, USA ~ Active since the early 2010s. Released his full-length debut album, Sincerely Yours, in 2014. Has collaborated with the HBK Gang, 2 Chainz, Sage The Gemini, E-40, Jonn Hart, Zendaya, Travis Barker, and others
November 17, 1983 ~ Pablo Diaz-Reixa, commonly known as singer, producer El Guincho, born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain ~ Rose to prominence with his 2008 Alegranza, drawing from Afrobeat, dub, tropicália and rock & roll. Served as producer for Rosalia, Javiera Mena, Aitana, Bad Gyal, Paloma Mami, and others
November 17, 1981 ~ Singer Bob Eberly passed away in Glen Burnie, Maryland, USA ~ Brother of the Glenn Miller Orchestra singer Ray Eberly. Bob is best known for his work with Jimmy Dorsey including on classics such as It's The Dreamer In Me, and for his duets with Helen O'Connell such as Green Eyes and Tangerine. Other notable recordings include Besame Mucho with Kitty Kallen and Love Letters with Enoch Light's Orchestra ~ Eberly was born in 1916
November 17, 1981 ~ Pop singer, actress Sarah Harding, full name Sarah Nicole Harding, born in Berkshire, UK ~ Rose to fame in the early 2000s as member of girl group Girls Aloud, known for UK top 10 hits such as Sound Of The Underground, Life Got Cold, The Show, I'll Stand By You, Something Kinda Ooooh, Walk This Way with the Sugababes, Call The Shots and The Promise ~ Harding passed away in 2021
November 17, 1980 ~ Guitarist, pianist, singer Isaac Hanson born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA ~ Member of sibling outfit Hanson, known best for their 1997 hit Mmmbop
November 17, 1979 ~ Rock, blues rock, progressive rock, progressive folk bassist, guitarist, keyboardist, singer John Glascock passed away in London, UK ~ Member of Carmen from 1972 through 1975, including on the acclaimed Fandangos In Space album. Member of Jethro Tull from 1976 until his death in 1979. Praised as “the best bass player in rock” by Ritchie Blackmore. Has also worked with the Gods, Head Machine, Toe Fat, Chicken Shack, Maddy Prior, Richard Digance, and others ~ Glascock was born in 1951
November 17, 1978 ~ Jazz pianist Evans Bradshaw passed away ~ Known for two albums, namely 1958's Look Out For Evans Bradshaw and 1959's Pieces Of Eighty-Eight, after which he never recorded again ~ Bradshaw was born ca.1933
November 17, 1978 ~ Rock, heavy metal, hip-hop bassist, guitarist, rapper, singer Gabe Rosales born in Laguna Beach, California, USA ~ First gained attention in his late teens, appearing on Lynch Mob's Smoke This. Would go on to record as a solo artist, noted for his 2009 Vital Nonsense, and work with a wide array of artists from numerous genres including rock, pop, fusion, funk, hip-hop and metal. Has worked with Jennifer Lopez, Fat Joe, Christina Milian, the Police's Andy Summers, Nicole Scherzinger, and others
November 17, 1976 ~ Actress, pop singer, songwriter Sofi Bonde born in Gothenburg, Sweden ~ A chance meeting with Roxette-guitarist Micke Norde would lead to a record deal, releasing her One debut album in 2001. It would spawn the singles Back In Your Arms, Hey Boy and Little Things. Would go on to become an in-demand songwriter, her songs featured on TV shows such as Entourage, The Vampire Diaries, Beverly Hills 90210 and Melrose Place
November 17, 1972 ~ Anti-folk singer, guitarist Kimya Dawson born in Bedford, New York, USA ~ Earned a cult following and critical acclaim as member of anti-folk duo the Moldy Peaches alongside Adam Green, best known for their 2001 recording Anyone Else But You. Dawson has recorded over half a dozen albums as a solo artist, starting with 2002's I'm Sorry That Sometimes I'm Mean. Has also collaborated with Ben Kweller, Antsy Pants, the Bundles, the Uncluded, Aesop Rock, They Might Be Giants, the Mountain Goats, Third Eye Blind, Regina Spektor, and others
November 17, 1970 ~ Metal guitarist Paul Allender born in Colchester, UK ~ Best known as lead guitarist of Cradle Of Filth from 1992 through 1995 and again from 1999 through 2014. Also worked with the Blood Divine, Primary Slave, White Empress, and with DiAmorte
November 17, 1967 ~ Pianist, keyboardist Ben Wilson born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA ~ Member of Blues Traveler since 2000
November 17, 1967 ~ Guitarist, producer, composer Michael Andrews born in San Diego, California, USA ~ Also goes by the moniker Elgin Park. Founding member of the Greyboy Allstars. Best known for the Tears For Fears-cover Mad World recorded with Gary Jules for the Donnie Darko soundtrack
November 17, 1967 ~ R&B, new jack swing, pop singer Ronnie DeVoe, full name Ronald Boyd DeVoe Jr, born in Roxbury, Massachusetts, USA ~ Member of new jack swing outfit New Edition, the band name being a reference to the Jackson 5 and the Jacksons, and known for hits such as Cool It Now, If It Isn't Love and I'm Still In Love With You. Following the band's disbandement in 1990 DeVoe would form Bell Biv DeVoe with bandmates Ricky Bell and Michael Bivins, the band's Poison debut album would sell 5 million copies and spawns the hit singles Poison, Do Me, BBD (I Thought It Was Me), When Will I See You Smile and Dope all reaching top 10 Billboard R&B
November 17, 1966 ~ Jazz bassist, composer Ben Allison born in New Haven, Connecticut, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Key figure in the Herbie Nichols Project. Formed the loose collective the Jazz Composers Collective and served as its director from 1992 until its disbandement in 2005. The collective is known for a series of annual concerts, premiering over 300 works by some 50 composers. Well over a dozen albums as a leader. Guested on recordings by Frank Kimbrough, Michael Blake, Ted Nash, Lee Konitz, Curtis Stigers, Larry Goldings, and others
November 17, 1966 ~ Singer, songwriter Jeff Buckley, full name Jeffrey Scott Buckley, born in Anaheim, California, USA ~ Son of singer Tim Buckley. Rose to fame on the strength of his sole studio album, Grace, released in 1994. Drowned at age 30 during a spontaneous evening swim. Best known for his cover of the Leonard Cohen-classic Hallelujah ~ Buckley passed away in 1997
November 17, 1966 ~ Catherine Yvette Ceberano, commonly known as soul, jazz, pop singer Kate Ceberano, born in Melbourne, Australia ~ Known for songs such as Bedroom Eyes, Love Dimension, Everything's Alright and Pash, as well for roles in films and musicals such as Jesus Christ Superstar
November 17, 1966 ~ Hard rock, alternative rock guitarist Richard Fortus born in St Louis, Missouri, USA ~ Has worked with Guns 'n Roses, Love Spit Love, Thin Lizzy, the Dead Daisies, and others
November 17, 1965 ~ Singer, violinist, guitarist, keyboardist, bassist, mandolinist, songwriter Amanda Brown, full name Amanda Gabrielle Brown, born ~ Classically trained. Best known as member of the Go-Betweens from 1986 through 1989, present on the albums Tallulah and 16 Lovers Lane. Brown also sessioned with acts such as REM, the Reels, Silverchair, David Bridie, the Cruel Sea, the Apartments, and Boxcar. Released her Incognita solo debut album in 2002
November 17, 1962 ~ Composer, multi-instrumentalist Nick Pynn born ~ Plays fiddle, banjo, mandolin, mandocello, viola and violin, dulcimer, guitar, and other string instruments. Especially noted for his use of bass pedals. Worked with the Famous Potatoes, Steve Harley, Herbie Flowers, Adrian Oxaal, Richard Durrant, Jane Bom Bane, the Lost & Found Orchestra, Kate Daisy Grant, and others
November 17, 1961 ~ Arranger, composer, conductor Vince Mendoza born in Norwalk, Connecticut, USA ~ Best known as producer, arranger. Has worked with Randy Brecker, Peter Erskine, Robbie Williams, Björk, Elvis Costello, Joni Mitchell, and others. As a composer had his songs recorded by Gary Burton, Pat Metheny, Michael Brecker, Charlie Haden. Served as chief conductor of het Metropole Orkest from 2005 to 2013
November 17, 1959 ~ Composer, conductor, cellist, pianist, guitarist Heitor Villa-Lobos passed away in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ~ Important figure in 20th-century Brazilian music. Wrote over 2000 orchestral, chamber, instrumental and vocal works ~ Villa-Lobos was born in 1887
November 17, 1957 ~ Rock, alternative rock, power pop Jim Babjak born in Salzburg, Austria ~ Co-founding member of the Smithereens, known for songs such as Only A Memory, A Girl Like You and Too Much Passion
November 17, 1957 ~ Jazz trumpeter, cornetist Wooden Joe Nicholas passed away in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Inluenced by Buddy Bolden. Worked with King Oliver, Raymond Burke, and with the Camelia Brass Band which he founded ~ Nicholas was born in 1883
November 17, 1955 ~ Fitzroy Edwards, commonly known as singer Edi Fitzroy, born in Clarendon Parish, Jamaica ~ First gained attention with the 1978 single Miss Molly Colly, which reached the Jamaican top 10. Soon after Fitzroy toured the UK with Mikey Dread, opening for the Clash. Went on to collaborate with noted producers such as Lloyd Norris, and Trevor Elliot (who produced Check For You Once, the singer's debut album). Fitzroy would continue to record steadily, including hits such as Princess Black and The Gun. Fitzroy would keep his day job, accountancy, until the mid-1990s before focusing solely on his music career ~ Edwards passed away in 2017
November 17, 1955 ~ Ragtime, jazz stride pianist, composer James P Johnson, full name James Price Johnson, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Influenced Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Art Tatum, Fats Waller. Known for songs such as Harlem Strut, Keep Off The Grass, Carolina Shout, Worried And Lonesome Blues, and The Charleston ~ Johnson was born in 1894
November 17, 1955 ~ Singer, guitarist, keyboardist, percussionist Peter Cox, full name Peter John Cox, born in Kingston, UK ~ Half of Go West pop duo, the other half being Richard Drummie, known for hits such as We Close Our Eyes, Call Me, Faithful and King Of Wishful Thinking. Has also worked with Chris Slade, Colin Pattenden, Tony Hadley, Bernie Nolan, and others
November 17, 1952 ~ Maggie Michie, commonly known as singer Maggie Macdonald, born in Glasgow, UK ~ Sang with the Inverness Gaelic Choir. Formed Cliar in 1998, teaming up with cousin Mary Ann Kennedy, Arthur Cormack, Bruce Macgregor, and others ~ Michie passed away in 2016
November 17, 1951 ~ Dean Paul Martin Jr, commonly known as pop singer, actor Dean Paul Martin, born in Santa Monica, California, USA ~ Son of singer Dean Martin. Brother of Ricci Martin. One third of Dino Desi & Billy, the other two being Desi Arnaz Jr and Billy Hinsche ~ Martin passed away in 1987
November 17, 1951 ~ Guitarist, banjoist Johnny Fean born ~ Influenced by Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton. Plays guitar, banjo, mandolin, harmonica. Member of Sweet Street, Horslips and of Jeremiah Henry
November 17, 1950 ~ Rock, glam rock guitarist, trumpeter, singer David O'List born in Chiswick, UK ~ Founding member of the Attack. Also worked with Jet, the Misunderstood, the Nice, Roxy Music, Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd, and others
November 17, 1947 ~ Keyboardist Robert Antoni born ~ Member of Nazz, best known for their late 1960s singles Open My Eyes and Hello It's Me
November 17, 1947 ~ Folk rock, roots rock, rock guitarist, bassist, mandolinist, violinist, singer Rod Clements, full name Roderick Parry Clements, born in North Shields, UK ~ Founded Lindisfarne with Alan Hull, best known for the 1972 UK top 10 hit Meet Me On The Corner penned by Clements. Co-founded Jack The Lad with Ralph McTell and Bert Jansch. Appeared on McTell's solo hit The Streets Of London. Has also recorded as a solo artist and collaborated with the likes of Rab Noakes, Peter Hammill, Wizz Jones, Kathryn Tickell, and others
November 17, 1947 ~ Rock singer, bassist, clarinetist, saxophonist, songwriter Tamás Somló born ~ Best known as member of rock bands Omega and Locomotiv GT. The latter would disband after Somló's death ~ Somló passed away in 2016
November 17, 1946 ~ Progressive rock, folk rock, rock guitarist, mandolinist, flutist, saxophonist, songwriter Martin Barre, full name Martin Lancelot Barre, born in King's Heath, UK ~ Lead guitarist for rock band Jethro Tull from 1968 until its disbandement in 2011, present on all of the band's recordings except their This Was debut album. The band is acclaimed for the early 1970s albums Aqualung and its follow-up Thick As Brick, both considered landmark albums in progressive rock. Barre has also recorded over half a dozen albums as a solo artist, starting wih A Summer Band released in a limited edition in 1992. Guitarists such as Mark Knopfler, Joe Bonamassa, Steve Vai and Joe Satriani have cited Barre as an influence
November 17, 1944 ~ Rock, country rock, folk rock singer, guitarist, songwriter Gene Clark, full name Harold Eugene Clark, born in Tipton, Missouri, USA ~ Best known as co-founding member and primary songwriter for the Byrds, songs written or co-written by Clark include I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better, She Don't Care About Time, You Won't Have To Cry, Eight Miles High and Set You Free This Time. Clark initially played rhythm guitar but would relinquish that position to David Crosby, switching to tambourine and harmonica. Also recorded about half a dozen albums as a solo artist and worked with acts such as the New Christy Minstrels, the Gosdin Brothers, Doug Dillard, McGuinn Clark & Hillman, Carla Olson, and others ~ Clark passed away in 1991
November 17, 1943 ~ Conductor, producer, arranger Richard Hewson, full name Richard Anthony Hewson, born in Stockton-on-Tees, UK ~ Founded studio band the Rah Band. Has worked with the Beatles, the Bee Gees, James Taylor, Herbie Hancock, Supertramp, Diana Ross, Carly Simon, Art Garfunkel, Leo Sayer, Carly Simon, Art Garfunkel, Leo Sayer, Al Stewart, Chris De Burgh, Fleetwood Mac, Chris Rea, Cliff Richard, Toyah Willcox, Five Star, Shakin' Stevens, and others
November 17, 1943 ~ Pianist, singer, producer, songwriter Willie Murphy born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA ~ Influenced by Little Richard, Fats Domino, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Ray Charles. Best known for his association with John Koerner, notably on the duo's acclaimed 1969 album Running Jumping Standing Still, and as pianist, singer, frontman of R&B, blues, rock outfit Willie & the Bees. Produced Bonnie Raitt, Bonnie Raitt's 1971 eponymous debut album. Has also worked as a session musician for Greg Brown, Prudence Johnson, Little Milton, and others ~ Murphy passed away in 2019
November 17, 1942 ~ Pop rock pianist, singer, songwriter, producer Bob Gaudio, full name Robert John Gaudio, born in the Bronx, New York, USA ~ Closely associated with Frankie Valli, serving as a member of the Four Seasons and writing or co-writing the majority of the group's material including Big Girls Don't Cry, Walk Like A Man, Dawn Go Away, Ronnie, Rag Doll, Save It For Me, Big Man In Town, Bye Bye Baby, Girl Come Running, and Beggin'. Gaudio also wrote or produced for artists such as Michael Jackson, Barry Manilow, Diana Ross, Eric Carmen, Nancy Sinatra, Peabo Bryson, Roberta Flack, and especially Neil Diamond, producing half a dozen albums for the latter as well as the Barbra Streisand-Diamond duet You Don't Bring Me Flowers
November 17, 1942 ~ Joseph LaBracio, commonly known as bassist, singer Joe Long, born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, USA ~ Joined the Four Seasons in 1965, replacing Charles Callelo. Remained with the band through the mid-1970s ~ LaBracio passed away in 2021
November 17, 1941 ~ Old-time guitarist, harmonica player, singer Henry Whitter, full name William Henry Whitter, passed away in Morganton, North Carolina, USA ~ Reportedly the first country singer to record in New York in 1927, though the claim is disputed and Okeh records show no proof. Remembered for recordings such as The New River Train, Put My Little Shoes Away, Lost John, Fox Chase, and perhaps most notably his 1924 release The Wreck On The Southern Old 97 co-penned with regular collaborator GB Grayson. The latter would be covered the same year by Vernon Dalhart as The Wreck Of The Old '97 which paired with The Prisoner's Song on the flipside would become the first million-seller country song ~ Whitter was born in 1892
November 17, 1939 ~ Singer, producer, actor Yoya Uchida born in Nishinomiya, Japan ~ Leading figure in Japanase pop. Befriended John Lennon after opening for the Beatles on their 1966 Japanese tour. Influenced by Jimi Hendrix. Recorded with Frank Zappa and with the Ventures ~ Uchida passed away in 2019
November 17, 1938 ~ Folk, folk-rock, country singer, guitarist, songwriter Gordon Lightfoot, full name Gordon Meredith Lightfoot Jre, born in Orillia, Canada ~ Helped define the 1960s, 1970s folk-pop sound. Known for songs such as For Lovin' Me, Early Morning Rain, Steel Reel Blues, Ribbon Of Darkness, Black Day In July and perhaps his best known If You Could Read My Mind. His songs would be covered by numerous artists including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams Jr, the Kingston Trio, Marty Robbins, George Hamilton IV, Jerry Lee Lewis, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Judy Collins, Barbra Streisand, Johnny Mathis, Herb Alpert, Harry Belafonte, Scott Walker, Sarah McLachlan, Eric Clapton, John Mellencamp, Roger Whittaker, Tony Rice, Glen Campbell, the Grateful Dead, Olivia Newton-John, Paul Weller, Ultra Naté, the Tragically Hip, and others
November 17, 1937 ~ Guitarist Gerry McGee born in Eunice, Louisiana, USA ~ Worked with the Ventures, first playing with the band in 1968 replacing original member Nokie Edwards ~ McGee passed away in 2019
November 17, 1935 ~ Trombonist Roswell Rudd born in Sharon, Connecticut, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Eli's Chosen Six, Archie Shepp, Cecil Taylor, John Tchicai, Steve Lacy, the New York Art Quartet, the Jazz Composers Orchestra, Don Cherry, Larry Coryell, Pharoah Sanders, Gato Barbieri, Robin Kenyatta, Carla Bley, Beaver Harris, Enrico Rava, Elton Dean, Michael Mantler, Keith Tippett, Giorgio Gaslini, and others ~ Rudd passed away in 2017
November 17, 1934 ~ Conductor, harpsichordist Alan Curtis born in Mason, Michigan, USA ~ Known for his work in baroque opera. Founded the ensemble Il Complesso Barocco. Has interpreted pieces by Jean-Philippe Rameau, Johann Sebastian Bach, Claudio Monteverdi, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Louis Couperin, and others ~ Curtis passed away in 2015
November 17, 1934 ~ Marian Maud Runnells, commonly known as jazz singer Marion Montgomery born in Natchez, Mississippi, USA ~ Married to pianist, musical director Laurie Holloway. Best known for her association with Johnny Dankworth and her 1972 recording of Maybe The Morning ~ Montgomery passed away in 2002
November 17, 1933 ~ Conductor Benito Juarez, full name Benito Juarez de Sousa, born in Januaria, Brazil ~ Credited with making classical music accessible to mainstream audience ~ De Souza passed away in 2020
November 17, 1931 ~ Trombonist, composer Wayne Andre born ~ In-demand sideman in pop and rock since the 1970s. Started in jazz and big band in the early 1950s working with Charlie Spivak, the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra, Woody Herman, Kai Winding (composed Winding's Nutcracker), Gerry Mulligan, Clark Terry, Benny Goodman, Urbie Green, Art Farmer, Carl Fontana, and others. Starting in the early 1970s became a sought-after session musician outside jazz as well. Can be heard on albums such as Bruce Springsteen's Born To Run and Alice Cooper's School's Out. Also sessioned for Liza Minnelli, George Benson, Gloria Gaynor, Bob James, Quincy Jones, the Players Association, Jaco Pastorius, Grover Washington Jr, Patti Austin, Roy Ayers, Cy Coleman, Judy Collins, Chick Corea, Hank Crawford, Eric Gale, the Heath Brothers, Terumasa Hino, Lena Horne, Janis Ian, Yusef Lateef, Charlie Mariano, Van McCoy, Stephanie Nakasian, Milton Nascimento, Vicki Sue Robinson, David Ruffin, Marlena Shaw, Tina Turner, Steely Dan, Frankie Valli, Sarah Vaughan, Martha Veléz, Harold Vick, Randy Weston, Zulema, and others ~ Andre passed away in 2003
November 17, 1930 ~ Classical, jazz composer, conductor, arranger David Amram, full name David Werner Amram III, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Worked with Aaron Copland, Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Charles Mingus, Sonny Rollins, Lionel Hampton, Stan Getz, George Barrow, Jerry Dodgion, Paquito d'Rivera, Pepper Adams, Arturo Sandoval, Oscar Pettiford, Allen Ginsberg, Mary Lou Williams, Kenny Dorham, Ray Barretto, Wynton Marsalis, Bob Dylan, the Roches, Pete Seeger, Odetta, Willie Nelson, Oscar Brand, Judy Collins, Peter Yarrow, Tom Paxton, Phil Ochs, Josh White, Patti Smith, Arlo Guthrie, the New York Philharmonic, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Indianopolis Symphony Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, and others
November 17, 1928 ~ Jazz trombonist, trumpeter, cornetist, percussionist John Sangster, full name John Grant Sangster, born in Melbourne, Australia ~ As a solo artist best known for a string of The Lord Of The Rings-inspired albums starting with The Hobbit Suite released in 1973. Has also collaborated with Graeme Bell, Humphrey Lyttelton and with Don Burrows ~ Sangster passed away in 1995
November 17, 1926 ~ Dixieland, swing trombonist, vibraphonist, bandleader, composer George Masso born in Cranston, Rhode Island, USA ~ Worked with Jimmy Dorsey, Bobby Hackett, Benny Goodman, Barbara Lea, Bob Haggart, Yank Lawson, the World's Greatest Jazz Band, Ruby Braff, Scott Hamilton, Woody Herman, Jerry Jerome, Eiji Kitamura, Butch Miles, Randy Sandke, George Shearing, Maxine Sullivan, Bob Wilber, Glenn Zottola, and others ~ Masso passed away in 2019
November 17, 1915 ~ Swing trumpeter Shorty Sherock born ~ Active since the late 1930s. Worked with Jimmy Dorsey, Gene Krupa. Benny Carter, Nelson Riddle. Featured soloist at Norman Granz's 1944 Jazz At The Philharmonic concert, alongside greats such as Illinois Jacquet, Jack McVea, JJ Johnson, Nat King Cole, and Les Paul ~ Sherock passed away in 1980
November 17, 1911 ~ Edward Maxwell Miller, commonly known as pianist, vibraphonist, composer Max Miller, born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Influenced by Igor Stravinsky, Béla Bartók, Paul Hindemith. Worked with Frank Melrose, Dave Tough, Vincent Lopez, Betty Hutton, Anita O'Day, Johnny Bothwell, Boyd Raeburn, Shorty Sherrock, Jimmy Raney, Sidney Bechet, Tony Parenti, Muggsy Spanier, Dizzy Gillespie, Sid Catlett, Chubby Jackson, and others ~ Miller passed away in 1985