This Day In Music: November 2
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November 2, 2022 ~ Tango pianist, composer, arranger Atilio Stampone passed away ~ Active since the 1940s, working with Roberto Dimas, Pedro Maffia, Robert Rufino, Alberto Camara, and notably Astor Piazzolla. As a solo artist active since the late 1950s, particulary known for his film scores including Un Guapo Del 900 and La Mano En La Trampa as well as for songs such as Con Pan Y Cebolla, Aguatero, Fiesta De Mi Ciudad and Mocosa ~ Stampone was born in 1926
November 2, 2021 ~ Folk rock, pop rock, garage rock guitarist, bassist, singer, songwriter Declan Mulligan passed away ~ Member of the Beau Brummels from 1964 through 1965. Present on the band's first two albums, Introducing The Beau Brummels and The Beau Brummels Vol.2. Noted for his harmonica opening on the 1965 Billboard Hot 100 top 20 hit Laugh Laugh ~ Mulligan was born in 1938
November 2, 2021 ~ Reggae singer, pianist, bassist, guitarist Ernest Wilson, full name Fitzroy Ernest Wilson, passed away in Kingston, Jamaica ~ In 1963, at age 11, formed the Clarendonians with Peter Austin. Present on mid-1960s local hits such as Rudie Gone A Jail, I'll Never Change, and Try Me One More Time. Wilson ventured out on his own by 1967, his best-known hits being Undying Love, Private Number and Freedom Train. Internationally best known for his 1976 Let True Love Be single backed by Harold Butler & the Four Corners. Has also guested on recordings by Beres Hammond, Inner Circle, Johnny Osbourne, Jimmy Riley, Gregory Isaacs, Tinga Stewart, Kiddus I, and others ~ Wilson was born in 1951
November 2, 2021 ~ R&B, soul, disco singer, trumpeter, keyboardist, percussionist, songwriter Ronnie Wilson passed away ~ Co-founding member of the Gap Band, centered around brothers Ronnie, Charlie Wilson and Robert Wilson, known for infectuous bass-heavy Billboard R&B hits such as Shake, Oops Upside Your Head, Burn Rubber On Me (Why You Wanna Hurt Me), Yearning For Your Love, Early In The Morning, You Dropped A Bomb On Me and Beep-a-freak ~ Wilson was born ca.1948
November 2, 2016 ~ Jazz bassist Bob Cranshaw, full name Melboure Robert Cranshaw, passed away in Manhattan, New York, USA ~ Best known for his longtime association with Sonny Rollins. Co-founded short-lived but acclaimed MJT+3 which also included alto saxophonist Frank Strozier, pianist Harold Mabern, trumpeter Willie Thomas and drummer Walter Perkins. Has also worked with Pepper Adams, Nat Adderley, Eric Alexander, Mose Allison, Gene Ammons, Kenny Barron, George Benson, Walter Bishop Jr, Paul Bley, Jaki Byard, Donald Byrd, Johnny Coles, Hank Crawford, Sonny Criss, Frank Foster, George Freeman, Dexter Gordon, Bunky Green, Friedrich Gulda, Slide Hampton, Barry Harris, Grant Green, Hampton Hawes, Coleman Hawkins, Eddie Harris, Jimmy Heath, Joe Henderson, Maurice Hines, Johnny Hodges, Bobby Hutcherson, Milt Jackson, Antônio Carlos Jobim, Quincy Jones, Clifford Jordan, Willis Jackson, Yusef Lateef, Junior Mance, Jackie McLean, Hank Mobley, Wes Montgomery, Horace Silver, Stanley Turrentine, Cedar Walton, Mary Lou Williams, Duke Pearson, and others ~ Cranshaw was born in 1932
November 2, 2015 ~ Singer, guitarist Tommy Overstreet passed away in Hillsboro, Oregon, USA ~ Known for 1970s country hits such as I Don't Know You Anymore, Ann Don't Go Running, Send Me No Roses, Jeannie Marie (You Were A Lady), and Don't Go City On Me Girl ~ Overstreet was born in 1937
November 2, 2014 ~ Bernard Stanley Bilk, commonly known as clarinetist, singer Acker Bilk, passed away in Bath, UK ~ Best known for the instrumental Stranger On The Shore, the first single by a British artist to top the Billboard Hot 100. In Bilk's native England it would chart for 50 weeks out of the year 1962 and peak at No.2 ~ Bilk was born in 1929
November 2, 2014 ~ Jazz bassist Chris White, full name Christopher Wesley White, passed away ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Cecil Taylor, Nina Simone, the Jazz Survivors, Billy Taylor, Eubie Blake, Earl Hines, Chick Corea, Teddy Wilson, Kenny Barron, Mary Lou Williams, Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae, Billy Cobham, Ramsey Lewis, Jimmy Owens, Dave Pike, Lalo Schifrin, Quincy Jones, and others ~ White was born in 1936
November 2, 2014 ~ Blues singer, bassist, drummer Finis Tasby passed away ~ Worked with ZZ Hill, Clarence Carter, Lowell Fulson. As a solo artist known for his 1998 Jump Children album. Would go on to front the Mannish Boys from the late 1990s forward, acclaimed for their 2012 Double Dynamite album ~ Tasby was born in 1939
November 2, 2009 ~ Bassist, producer Mark Smith, full name Mark Alexander Smith, passed away in Battersea, UK ~ One-time bassist of mid-1980s synth-rockers Boys Don't Cry. Member of the Adam Phillips Band. Fronted the Futility Orchestra. In-demand session musician and producer, worked with a host of artists including the Waterboys, Leo Sayer, Gonzales, Percy Sledge, Terry Reid, Alvin Stardust, Chris Farlowe, Patricia Kaas, Bryan Ferry, Chris Spedding, Tony O'Malley, Barbara Dickson, Shania Twain, Zoot Sims, Neneh Cherry, Lionel Richie, Ronan Keating, Malcolm McLaren, Charlotte Church, Van Morrison, George Michael, and others ~ Smith was born in 1960
November 2, 2007 ~ Singer Joe Verscharen passed away ~ Original member of doo-wop outfit the Skyliners, known for songs such as This I Swear, Pennies From Heaven, It Happened Today, Close Your Eyes, Comes Love and their best known Since I Don't Have You, the latter reaching the Billboard top 20 in 1958 ~ Verscharen was born in 1941
November 2, 1997 ~ Jazz double-bassist Carson Smith passed away in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ~ Brother of bassist Putter Smith. Has worked with Gerry Mulligan, Chet Baker, Russ Freeman, Chico Hamilton, Clifford Brown, Billie Holiday, Stan Kenton, Charlie Barnet, Charlie Teagarden, Lionel Hampton, Georgie Auld, Buddy Rich, Arno Marsh, Carl Fontana, Jack Montrose, Dick Twardzik, Tommy Vig, and others ~ Smith was born in 1931
November 2, 1996 ~ Singer, guitarist Eva Cassidy, full name Eva Marie Cassidy, passed away in Bowie, Maryland, USA ~ Debuted in 1992 with the album The Other Side, a duet album with go-go Godfather Chuck Brown; Rose to fame after her death, notably through the compilation album Songbird, gaining critical acclaim and fans such as Eric Clapton and Paul McCartney ~ Cassidy was born in 1963
November 2, 1993 ~ Dennis Pountain, commonly known as singer Denny Dennis passed away in Barrow-in-Furnss, UK ~ Popular romantic vocalist from the 1930s through the 1950s. Worked with Roy Fox, Freddy Bretherton, Tommy Dorsey, Bert Ambrose, Sid Phillips, and otherss ~ Pountain was born in 1913
November 2, 1977 ~ Drummer Deantoni Parks born in Newnan, Georgia, USA ~ Briefly a member of progressive rock outfit the Mars Volta, touring with the band for a couple of months in 2006 before being replaced by Thomas Pridgen. Member of Bosnian Rainbows. Co-founding member of KUDU. Well over half a dozen albums as a solo artist. Collaborated with the likes of John Cale, Meshell Ndegeocello, Juan Alderete, and extensively with Omar Rodríguez-López
November 2, 1975 ~ Indie rock singer, guitarist, bassist, keyboardist, songwriter Chris Walla, full name Christopher Ryan Walla, born in Bothell, Washington, USA ~ Member of Death Cab For Cutie. Wrote or co-wrote many of the band's best-known including Title And Registration and I Will Possess Your Heart. Also an in-demand producer and engineer, having worked on releases by the Velvet Teen, Nada Surf, Hot Hot Heat, David Cross, Rocky Votolato, the Postal Service, the Thermals, and others
November 2, 1975 ~ Blues mandolinist Fiddling Joe Martin passed away in Walls, Mississippi, USA ~ Masters guitar, fiddle, mandolin, washboard and drums. Worked with Son House, Willie Brown, Charley Patton, Howlin' Wolf, and perhaps most notably Woodrow Adams appearing on all of Wilson's recordings ~ Martin was born in 1900
November 2, 1974 ~ Alternative rock, synthpop, electronic, post-rock guitarist, bassist, keyboardist, songwriter Iain Cook, full name Iain Andrew Cook, born in Glasgow, UK ~ Member of Les Tenglies, going by the moniker Johnny Dymes. Co-founding member of post-rock outfit Aereogramme remaining with the band until its disbandement in 2007. Member of the Unwinding Hours. Perhaps best known as member of Chvrches, drawing from synth-pop, indietronica, indie pop and electronic dance scoring the modest UK hits The Mother We Share and Recover
November 2, 1974 ~ Cornell Ira Haynes Jr, commonly known as MC, rapper Nelly, born in St Louis, Missouri, USA ~ Debuted in 2000 with the album Country Grammar, spawning the hits Country Grammar and Ride Wit Me featuring City Spud. Would go on to score hits with Hot In Herre, Dilemma featuring Kelly Rowland, Shake Ya Tailfeather featuring P Diddy & Murphy Lee, Over And Over featuring Tim McGraw, Grillz featuring Paul Wall and Ali & Gipp, Just A Dream, and others. Has also worked with Jagged Edge, Brian McKnight, Fat Joe, Notorious BIG, Rick Ross, Keri Hilson, Kane Brown, Justin Timberlake, Jaheim, Christina Aguilera, Akon, T-Pain, Nicki Minaj, Pharrell Williams, Jeremih, Florida Georgia Line, and others
November 2, 1974 ~ Albert Johnson, commonly known as rapper, producer Prodigy, born in Hampstead, New York, USA ~ Half of Mobb Deep, the other half being Havoc. Grandson of noted bebop saxophonist Budd Johnson. Son of doo-wop group Chanters singer BUdd Johnson Jr and vocal group the Crystals singer Fatima Frances Collins ~ Johnson passed away in 2017
November 2, 1967 ~ Diego Felipe Bertie Brignardello, commonly known as actor, singer Diego Bertie, born in Lima, Peru ~ Best known as an actor with numerous telenovelas and theatre roles and well over a dozen film roles to his name. Lead singer of Imágenes during the 1980s, known best for their 1987 Los Buenos Tiempos hit single ~ Bertie passed away in 2022
November 2, 1967 ~ Jazz singer, songwriter Kurt Elling born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Worked with David Amram, Randy Bachman, Bob Belden, Joanne Brackeen, Oscar Brown Jr, Billy Corgan, Robert Davis, George Freeman, Buddy Guy, Jon Hendricks, Charlie Hunter, Bob Mintzer, Brad Mehldau, Lee Ritenour, John Pizzarelli, Bob Sheppard, Branford Marsalis, Laurence Hobgood, the Manhattan Transfer, the Yellowjackets, Till Bronner, Harold Mabern, and others
November 2, 1966 ~ Rock guitarist, singer Jimi Hendrix records Highway Chile at Olympic Studios, London, UK ~ Written by Hendrix. Produced by Chas Chandler. Titled to reflect his pronounciation of “child” without the “d” this autobiographical song is about his life as a musician on the road in the Chitlin Circuit forming his own sound. Used as the B-side of The Wind Cries Mary, released in the UK the following May
November 2, 1966 ~ John Smith Hurt, commonly known as piedmont blues, country blues, delta blues guitarist, singer Mississippi John Hurt, passed away in Grenada, Mississippi, USA ~ Known for songs such as Salty Dog, Candy Man, Ain't No Tellin', Frankie and Spike Driver Blues. Had his songs covered by Bob Dylan, Dave Van Ronk, Jerry Garcia, Beck, Doc Watson, John McCutcheon, Taj Mahal, Bruce Cockburn, Gillian Welch, Josh Ritter, and others ~ Hurt was born in 1893
November 2, 1965 ~ Saxophonist, clarinetist Andrew d'Angelo born in Greeley, Colorado, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Actively recording since the late 1980s. Closely associated with Chris Speed and Kurt Rosenwinkel, notably in the trio Human Feel. Member of the Either/Orchestra in the 1990s. Has also collaborated with Erik Friedlander, Hilmar Jensson, Agogic, Tim Berne, Wadada Leo Smith, Jamie Saft, Tom Rainey, Orange Then Blue, Bobby Previte, Ken Schaphorst, and others
November 2, 1963 ~ Robert Harry Kuykendall, commonly known as bassist, keyboardist, singer, songwriter Bobby Dall, born in Florida, USA ~ Founding member of Poison, best known for their 1988 hit Every Rose Has Its Thorn
November 2, 1963 ~ Keyboardist, pianist Jens Johansson born in Stockholm, Sweden ~ Influenced by Don Airey, Eddie Jobson, Jon Lord. Member of Yngwie Malmsteen's backing unit Rising Force. Also worked with Dio, Jonas Hellborg, Ginger Baker, the Johansson Brothers, Shawn Lane, Mike Stern, Allan Holdsworth, Stratovarius, Rainbow, and others
November 2, 1962 ~ Folk singer Nuray Hafiftaş born in Cildir, Turkey ~ Debuted in 1988 with the album Yaradan Askina. Over a dozen albums to her name. Composed over 100 songs, merging younger influences with traditional Turkish folk ~ Hafiftaş passed away in 2018
November 2, 1962 ~ Guitarist, composer Richard Durrant born ~ Worked with the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hanover Orchestra, the BBC Midlands Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Herbie Flowers, Nick Pynn, Howard Beach, and others
November 2, 1962 ~ Heavy metal bassist, singer Ron McGovney born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Best known as original bassist of Metallica, staying with the band until late 1982. Has also worked with Leather Charm and Phantasm
November 2, 1961 ~ Singer Connie Francis records Don't Break The Heart That Loves You ~ Written by Benny Davis and Murray Muncher. Produced by Danny Davis and Arnold Maxin. Released the following January, b/w Drop It Joe, it would become her final charttoppper on the Billboard Hot 100. Notably covered as a country song by Margo Smith in 1977
November 2, 1961 ~ Kathryn Dawn Lang, commonly known as pop, country, alternative country singer, guitarist, songwriter kd Lang, born in Consort, Canada ~ Known for her activism in areas such as gay rights, human rights, animal rights. Revered by peers. Critics' darling. Dedicated fanbase. Known for songs such as Constant Craving, Miss Chatelaine and Lifted By Love. Has collaborated with Roy Orbison, Tony Bennett, Elton John, the Reclines, Neko Case, Laura Veirs, the Killers, Anne Murray, Ann Wilson, Jane Siberry, Madeleine Peyroux, and others
November 2, 1959 ~ Panagiotis Sfakianakis, commonly known as folk, pop-rock singer Notis Sfakianakis, born in Herakleion, Greece ~ One of the all-time commercially most successful Greek artists. Known for songs such as Opa Opa, Soma Mou, Na Hareis, and perhaps his best known O Aetos
November 2, 1958 ~ Anthony Alphanso Waldron, commonly known as reggae DJ the Lone Ranger, born ~ Initially worked as duo with Welton Irie. As a solo artist seen as a huge influence on British deejays of the 1980s. Best known for his hit Love Bump and his album Barnabas Collins
November 2, 1957 ~ Drummer Carter Beauford, full name Carter Anthony Beauford, born in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA ~ Member of jazz-fusion outfit Secrets. Subsequently rose to fame as co-founding member of the Dave Matthews Band, known especially for their first three albums Under The Table And Dreaming, Crash and Before These Crowded Streets. The band has established themselves as a popular live act, releasing over 80 live albums, with a devout following. Beauford has also guested on recordings by Vertical Horizon, Carlos Santana, Blues Traveler frontman John Popper, Béla Fleck, and others
November 2, 1957 ~ Clarinetist, saxophonist Gebhard Ullmann born in Bad Godesberg, Germany ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Out To Lunch, Niko Schäuble, Trilok Gurtu, Steve Argüelles, Phil Haynes, Ellery Eskelin, Drew Gress, Steve Swell, John Hebert, Paul Bley, Keith Tippett, Frank Gratkowski, Herb Robertson, Bobby Previte, Lauren Newton, Sylvie Courvoisier, Willem Breuker, Steve Swell, Rita Marcotulli, Tom Rainey, Ivo Papazov, Frank Mobus, and others
November 2, 1956 ~ Producer, songwriter Eric van Tijn born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands ~ Half of Fluitsma & van Tijn, the other half being Jochem Fluitsma. Usually working behind the scenes, producing and writing for others the duo became a household name in 1996 when they recorded 15 Miljoen Mensen, initially for a Postbank advertisement. The song jumped to the top of the charts and has been a staple of Dutch popmusic since. As producer, songwriter duo the pair have worked with de Kast, the Dolly Dots, Mai Tai, Richenel, the Scene, Linda Roos & Jessica, Guus Meeuwis, Vagant, Lois Lane, Willeke Alberti, Mathilde Santing, Henk Westbroek, Caught In The Act, de Jazzpolitie, 4 Fun, Hind, Status Quo, and others. The pair wrote the Dutch entry for Eurovision Songfestival twice, Edsilia Rombley's Hemel & Aarde in 1998, ranking 6th overall, and Ruth Jacott's Vrede in 1993 , which came in 4th place
November 2, 1956 ~ Pianist Frank Kimbrough born in Roxboro, North Carolina, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Influenced by Thelonious Monk, Vince Guaraldi, Keith Jarrett, Cecil Taylor. Actively recording since the mid-1980s. Collaborated with Ben Wolfe, the Herbie Nichols Project, Joe Locke, Rufus Reid, the Jazz Composers Collective, Paul Motian, and others ~ Kimbrough passed away in 2020
November 2, 1954 ~ Composer, actor Gary Yershon, full name Gary Bernard Stewart Yershon, born in London, UK ~ Best known as a film composer. Credits include films such as Happy-go-lucky, Another Year, Peterloo and perhaps most notably 2014's Mr Turner, the latter earning him an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score
November 2, 1954 ~ Gospel, urban contemporary gospel singer, guitarist, bassist, songwriter Harvey Watkins Jr born in Canton, Mississippi, USA ~ Lead singer of the Canton Spirituals, founded by his father Harvey Watkins Sr. Debuted as a solo artist with the album He's There All The Time, in 1990
November 2, 1952 ~ R&B, soul singer Maxine Nightingale born in Wembley, UK ~ Known for mid to late 1970s songs such as Right Back Where We Started From, Love Hit Me and Lead Me On
November 2, 1950 ~ Ismael Morales, commonly known as saxophonist, clarinetist, flautist Esy Morales, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Noted for appearing on several of Xavier Cugat's albums. Formed the Brothers Morales Orchestra with his siblings Humberto Morales and Noro Morales. Led his own the Esy Morales Orchestra, perhaps best known for appearing in several movies including performing Jungle Fantasy in the 1949 Criss-Cross film ~ Morales was born in 1917
November 2, 1949 ~ Singer Frankie Miller, full name Francis John Miller, born in Glasgow, UK ~ Best known for his 1977 album Full House. Revered songwriter who had his songs recorded by the Bellamy Brothers, Betty Wright (Shoorah Shoorah), Hanne Boel, Johnny Cash, Lulu, Three Dog Night (Play Something Sweet), Ray Charles, Rod Stewart, Kim Carnes, Waylon Jennings, Bob Seger, Bonnie Tyler, Roy Orbison, Etta James, Joe Cocker, Joe Walsh, Clint Black, and others
November 2, 1948 ~ Pianist, singer Screamin' Scott Simon born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA ~ Best known as keyboardist of Sha Na Na since 1970. Also worked on the film version of John Travolta's Sandy as used in the Grease film
November 2, 1947 ~ Bassist Dave Pegg born in Birmingham, UK ~ Longest-serving member of folk rock band Fairport Convention, joining the band in 1969 as replacement for Ashley Hutchings. First appeared on the 1970 Full House album. Has also worked with Jethro Tull, initially temporarily replacing the then-ailing John Glascock on their Stormwatch tour and officially joining the band after Glascock's death
November 2, 1946 ~ Bassist, singer Len Chip Hawkes born in London, UK ~ Bassist, co-lead singer of the Tremeloes from 1966 replacing Alan Howard through 1973, rejoining in 1979. Co-wrote the 1970 hit Silence Is Golden, which reached top 10 in the band's native UK
November 2, 1945 ~ John David Souther, commonly known as rock, country, country-rock singer, guitarist, songwriter JD Souther, born in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Best known for co-writing several hits for the Eagles, including The Best Of My Love, New Kid In Town, Victim Of Love and Heartache Tonight. Others who have recorded his songs include Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt (Faithless Love), Nicolette Larson, Kenny Rogers, and Don Henley. Souther was also a member of Longbranch Pennywhistle, Souther Hillman Furay Band, and recorded as a solo artist, notably You're Only Lonely and Her Town Too, the latter a duet with longtime friend James Taylor
November 2, 1944 ~ Keyboardist Keith Emerson, full name Keith Noel Emerson, born in Todmorden, UK ~ Considered one of the most important British rock keyboardists and a key figure in progressive rock. First gained attention in the late 1960s as co-founding member of the Nice, blending rock, jazz and classical music. Departed the band in 1970 to form Emerson Lake & Palmer, one of the first progressive rock supergroups. The band is best known for the pivotal Emerson Lake & Palmer 1970 debut album and Brain Salad Surgery released in 1973. Following the band's initial disbandement by the end of the decade Emerson has recorded as a solo artist and composed over half a dozen soundtracks, notably Nighthawks released in 1981 ~ Emerson passed away in 2016
November 2, 1943 ~ Free jazz, post-bop saxophonist, percussionist Ernest Dawkins, full name Ernest Khabeer Dawkins, born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Edward Wilkerson Jr, the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, Douglas Ewart, the New Horizons Ensemble, and others
November 2, 1942 ~ Singer, songwriter Jimmy Bilsbury, full name James Robert Bilsbury, born in Liverpool, UK ~ Perhaps best known for co-writing the Boney M hit Belfast with Drafi Deutscher and Joe Menke. Member of the Magic Lanterns. Co-founding member of the Les Humphries Singers, present on the band's 1976 Eurovision Songfestival entry Sing Sang Song, generally considered one of the all-time worst Eurovision songs ~ Bilsbury passed awy in 2003
November 2, 1942 ~ Operatic soprano Ruth Falcon born ~ Debuted with the New Orleans Opera in 1968 playing the role of Frasquita in Carmen. Would go on to work with the New Orleans Opera, the New York City Opera, the Bavarian State Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, the Paris Opera, the Wiener Staatsoper, the Teatro Colón, the Opera De Monte Carlo, and others ~ Falcon passed away in 2020
November 2, 1941 ~ Bruce Cripps, commonly known as guitarist Bruce Welch born in Bognor Regis, UK ~ School friend of Hank Marvin, with whom he would regularly collaborate. Best known as co-founding member of the Shadows, backing band for Cliff Richard. Wrote or co-wrote several of Richard's biggest hits, perhaps most notably Summer Holiday. In-demand producer and songwriter, including for his once-fiancée Olivia Newton-John who would reach top 10 on both sides of the Atlantic with Please Mr Please, previously recorded by Welch himself
November 2, 1940 ~ Singer, guitarist Hugo Raspoet born in Ganshoren, Belgium ~ Best known for his signature song Helena (1970) and for Evviva Il Papa (1969), the latter banned from radio for criticizing the Pope. A radio DJ, Johan Anthierens, protesting the ban would be fired for reading the lyrics on-air ~ Raspoet passed away in 2018
November 2, 1938 ~ David Blatt, commonly known as rock & roll, pop singer Jay Black born in New York, New York, USA ~ Lead singer of Jay & the Americans, known for a string of 1960s hits including She Cried, Come A Little Bit Closer, Let's Lock The Door And Throw Away The Key, Cara Mia, and This Magic Moment ~ Blatt passed away in 2021
November 2, 1937 ~ Doo-wop, R&B singer Earl Speedo Carroll born ~ Fronted the Cadillacs, best known for the 1955 doo-wop classic Speedoo which gave Carroll his nickname. Joined the Coasters in 1961, leaving the group in the 1980s to reform the Cadillacs ~ Carroll was born in 2012
November 2, 1936 ~ Singer, keyboardist, songwriter Max Crook, full name Maxfield Doyle Crook, born in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA ~ Best known for his association with Del Shannon, co-writing several of Shannon's hits and notably present on the 1961 Runaway single ~ Crook passed away in 2020
November 2, 1931 ~ Saxophonist, clarinetist, bandleader, composer Phil Woods, full name Philip Wells Woods, born in Springfield, Massachusetts, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones, Benny Goodman, Billy Joel (alto sax solo on Just The Way You Are), Steely Dan, Paul Simon, Franco Ambrosetti, Manny Albam, Benny Bailey, Louie Bellson, Gene Krupa, Bob Brookmeyer, Kenny Burrell, Gary Burton, Benny Carter, Al Cohn, Art Farmer, Gil Evans, Stéphane Grappelli, Milt Jackson, Michel Legrand, Herbie Mann, Thelonious Monk, the Modern Jazz Quartet, Oliver Nelson, Pony Poindexter, Sahib Shihab, Jimmy Smith, George Wallington, and others ~ Woods passed away in 2015
November 2, 1928 ~ Jazz saxophonist Herb Geller, full name Herbert Arnold Geller, born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Married to pianist Lorraine Geller, Worked with Jack Fina, Paul Desmond, Claude Thornhill, Jerry Wald, Lucky Millinder, Billy May, Shorty Rogers, Maynard Ferguson, Bill Holman, Shelly Manne, Marty Paich, Barney Kessel, André Previn, Quincy Jones, Wardell Gray, Jack Sheldon, Chet Baker, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, Jack Teagarden, Bill Holman, Kay Starr, Dinah Washington, Max Roach, Clifford Brown, Clark Terry, Maynard Ferguson, Kenny Drew, Louie Bellson, Benny Goodman, Buddy Bregman, Mel Tormé, Anita O'Day, Marty Paich, Art Pepper, Don Fagerquist, Ralph Peña, Manny Albam, Jan Lundgren, and others ~ Geller passed away in 2013
November 2, 1926 ~ Singer, guitarist Charlie Walker born in Copeville, Texas, USA ~ Best known for country hits such as Pick Me Up On Your Way Down, Who Will Buy The Wine, Wild As A Wildcat, Don't Squeeze My Sharmon, I Wouldn't Take Her To A Dogfight, and others ~ Walker passed away in 2008
November 2, 1924 ~ Recording engineer Rudy van Gelder, full name Rudolph van Gelder born in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA ~ Revered recording engineer. Worked with just about anyone in jazz including on key albums such as Love Supreme (John Coltrane), Walking (Miles Davis), Saxophone Colossus (Sonny Rollins), and Song For My Father (Horace Silver). Also recorded sessions with Thelonious Monk, Art Blakey, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Wayne Shorter, Grant Green, and numerous others ~ Van Gelder passed away in 2016
November 2, 1923 ~ Singer Pearl Carr born in Exmouth, UK ~ Best known as half of husband-wife duo along with Teddy Johnson
November 2, 1915 ~ Armenuhi Manoogian, commonly known as singer Kay Armen, born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Enjoyed popularity mostly during the 1940s and 1950s. Appeared in the 1955 musical film Hit The Deck. As a singer known best for songs such as Be Good To Yourself, My Love And I and It's A Sin To Cry Over You ~ Manoogian passed away in 2011
November 2, 1913 ~ Big band singer, saxophonist, drummer Harry Babbitt born in St Louis, Missouri, USA ~ Joined the orchestra of Kay Kyser in 1936. Sang lead on hits such as Three Little Fishies, Slow Boat To China, Jingle Jangle Jingle and The White Cliffs Of Dover. Featured in a number of Kyser films. Also sang on the 1948 Spike Jones novelty hit All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth ~ Babbitt passed away in 2004
November 2, 1911 ~ Juan Manuel Cascales, commonly known as arranger, bandleader Johnny Richards, born in Tolua, Mexico ~ Brother of saxophonist, bandleader Chuck Cabot. Pivotal arranger especially known for his association with Stan Kenton (in particular Cuban Fire, and Kenton's West Side Story). Richards also worked with Charlie Barnet, Hugo Loewenstern and Harry James and released several albums as a bandleader ~ Cascales passed away in 1968
November 2, 1909 ~ Professional whistler Fred Lowery born ~ Blind professional whistler best known for his 1939 version of Indian Love Call, which sold 2 million copies, and the 1954 hit High & Mighty with conductor Leroy Holmes, which peaked at No.9 Billboard. Lowery performed with Horace Heidt and Vincent Lopez in the 1930s and 1940s. Over the course of his career Lowery whistled at Carnegie Hall and at the White House. ~ Lowery passed away in 1984
November 2, 1908 ~ Roland Bernard Berigan, commonly known as swing, jazz trumpeter, bnandleader Bunny Berigan born in Wilbert, Wisconsin, USA ~ Best known for songs such as Chicken And Waffles, Blues and I Can't Get Started. Has worked with Hal Kemp, Rudy Vallee, Tommy Dorsey, Abe Lyman, Paul Whiteman, Benny Goodman, Fred Rich, Freddy Martin, Ben Selvin, Bing Crosby, Mildred Bailey, Billie Holiday, Buddy Rich, Dave Tough, George Wettling, Johnny Blowers, Jack Sperling, Gus Bivona, Andy Fitzgerald, Ruth Bradley, Kathleen Lane, Joe Bushkin, Hank Wayland, Morty Stulmaker, Carl Warwick, Les Elgart, Georgie Auld, Joe Lipman, and others ~ Berigan passed away in 1942
November 2, 1899 ~ Film, television, stage actor, singer Walter Woolf King born in San Francisco, California, USA ~ Started singing professionally at a young age, performing initially mostly in churches. Would become a popular baritone in stage musicals and operettas from the late 1910 onwards, eventually moving to a career in film. Probably best remembered for appearing in supporting roles, notably playing the villain in the Marx Brothers movies A Night At The Opera and Go West ~ King passed away in 1984