This Day In Music: November 27
November 26 ~ Birthdays/All ~ November 28
November 27, 2021 ~ Singer Taylor Swift's extended version of All Too Well reaches No.1 Billboard Hot 100 ~ Swift breaks the record for the longest single to ever top the Billboard Hot 100 when the extended version of All Too Well with a running time of 10:13 hits No.1. The previous record had been held by Don McLean, whose single American Pie with a running time of 8:42 topped the chart in 1972
November 27, 2021 ~ Classical, jazz double bassist, composer Teppo Hauta-aho passed away ~ As a composer best known for the works Fantasia and Kadenza. Worked with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Finnish National Opera, Juhani Aaltonen, Anthony Braxton, Evan Parker, Edward Vesala, the Player Is, and others ~ Hauto-aho was born in 1941
November 27, 2016 ~ Label executive Tony Martell passed away in Madison, New Jersey, USA ~ Longtime CBS Records and Epic Records executive and producer. Helped shape and advance careers of the Isley Brothers, the O'Jays, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Ozzy Osbourne. Also worked with artists such as George Benson, Gerry Mulligan, Jim Hall, Lalo Schifrin, Bill Withers, Patti Austin, George Duke, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, Eumir Deodato, Stanley Turrentine, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, the Electric Light Orchestra, Joan Jett, Henry Lee Summer, and others ~ Martell was born in 1916
November 27, 2012 ~ Machouston Baker, commonly known as guitarist Mickey Baker passed away in Montastruc, France ~ Half of Mickey & Sylvia, the other half being Sylvia Robinson, known for their 1956 hit Love Is Strange. Also worked with Doc Pomus, the Drifters, Ray Charles, Ivory Joe Hunter, Ruth Brown, Big Joe Turner, Louis Jordan, Coleman Hawkins, and others ~ Baker was born in 1925
November 27, 2009 ~ Al Albertini, commonly known as singer, composer Al Alberts, passed away in Arcadia, Florida, USA ~ Co-founded the Four Aces with navy buddy Dave Mahoney. The group scored two Oscars for best song, Three Coins In The Fountain in 1954 and Love Is A Many Splendored Thing in 1955. Later Albertini would host a TV show in Philadelphia, Showcase. In its 32 years running the show helped launch the careers of Sister Sledge, the Kinleys, and Teddy Pendergrass ~ Albertini was born in 1922
November 27, 2008 ~ Bassist, pianist, violinist, producer, composer Pejje Phojola, full name Jussi Pekka Pohjola, passed away ~ Member of progressive rock outfit Wigwam. Debuted as a solo artist with 1972's Pihkasilma Kaarnakorva. Also worked with the Boys, Made In Sweden, the Group, Jukka Tolonen, Mike Oldfield, and others ~ Pohjola was born in 1952
November 27, 2007 ~ Jazz baritone saxophonist Cecil Payne passed away ~ Sideman and leader. Played with Dizzy Gillespie, Randy Weston, JJ Johnson, Roy Eldridge, Tadd Dameron, Illinois Jacquet, Cannonball Adderley, Count Basie, Nick Brignola, Kenny Burrell, Jimmy Cleveland, Ray Charles, Kenny Clarke, Ernie Wilkins, John Coltrane, Kenny Dorham, Matthew Ge, Benny Golson, Al Grey, Gigi Gryce, Johnny Hammond Smith, Ernie Henry, Quincy Jones, Duke Jordan, James Moody, Archie Shepp, Jimmy Smith, Sonny Stitt, Idrees Sulieman, Clark Terry, Randy Weston, and with Ernie Wilkins ~ Payne was born in 1922
November 27, 2006 ~ Jazz, classical tubist Don Butterfield, full name Don Kiethly Butterfield, passed away ~ Following a stint in the US Army through 1946 worked with radio orchestras for the remainder of the decade to become an in-demand sideman from the 1950s onwards. Though never a household name has appeared on some of the era's most important albums. Notable credits include Gil Melle, Coleman Hawkins, Teddy Charles, Bob Brookmeyer, Art Farmer (Brass Shout), Perry Como, Cannonball Adderley, Oliver Nelson (Afro-American Sketches), Oscar Peterson, Jimmy Heath, Charles Mingus (The Black Saint & The Sinner Lady), Wes Montgomery, Lee Morgan (Delightfulee), and James Moody ~ Butterfield was born in 1923
November 27, 2005 ~ John B Richmond, commonly known as jug player Fritz Richmond passed away in Portland, Oregon, USA ~ Member of the Jim Kweskin Jug Band. Has guested on records by Jackson Browne, Loudon Wainwright III, Maria Muldaur, Geoff Muldaur, Tom Rush, Ry Cooder, Norman Greenbaum, the Grateful Dead, and others ~ Richmond was born in 1939
November 27, 2005 ~ Singer Joe Jones, full name Joseph Charles Jones, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Discovered the Dixie Cups. Discovered Shirley & Lee. Pianist and arranger for BB King. As a solo artist best known for the 1960 Billboard top 10 hit You Talk Too Much and the original recording of Carnival Time, the latter later successfuly covered by the Rivieras ~ Jones was born in 1926
November 27, 2002 ~ Jazz trumpeter John McLevy passed away ~ Best known for his association with Benny Goodman, touring with the clarinetist throughout Europe in the 1970s and appearing on albums such as The King Swings. McLevy has also worked with the likes of Max Bygraves, Jack Emblow, Tommy McQuater, Krysia Kocjan, and Bob Wilber ~ McLevy was born in 1927
November 27, 2001 ~ Rapper Ja Rule releases Always On Time featuring Ashanti, lifted off his Pain Is Love album ~ Written by Ja Rule, Channel 7, and Irv Gotti, the latter also serving as producer. The track was initially intended to feature Brandy, but features guest vocals from Ashanti instead. The single would reach top 10 in about half a dozen countries, including the UK and the No.1 position in America
November 27, 1999 ~ Roy Samuel Reid, commonly known as reggae, dancehall DJ I-Roy, passed away in Spanish Town, Jamaica ~ Influenced by U-Roy and Dennis Alcapon. Worked with Dennis Walks, Harry Muddle, Lloyd Campbell, Bunny Lee, Derrick Harriott, Lee Scratch Perry, Glen Brown, Ruple Edwards, Byron Lee, Keith Hudson, Rudy Redwood (Sidewalk Killer), Prince Jazzbo, and others ~ Reid was born in 1942
November 27, 1999 ~ John Mayon Walker, commonly known as Chicago blues, electric blues pianist, organist, bassist, singer Johnny Big Moose Walker, passed away in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Worked with Ike Turner, Sonny Boy Williamson II, Lowell Fulson, Muddy Waters, Choker Campbell, Elmore James, Earl Hooker, Otis Spann, Sunnyland Slim, Jimmy Dawkins, Son Seals, Mighty Joe Young, Louis Myers, Andrew Odom, John Lee Hooker, Lightnin' Hopkins, Curtis Jones, and others ~ Walker was born in 1927
November 27, 1998 ~ R&B singer, songwriter Barbara Acklin, full name Barbara Jean Acklin, passed away in Omaha, Nebraska, USA ~ Backing singer for Fontella Bass, Etta James, and Koko Taylor. Wrote or co-wrote songs such as Stoned Out Of My Mind, Toby, Too Good To Be Forgotten and Have You Seen Her for the Chi-lites, Whispers Gettin' Louder for Jackie Wilson, and Two Little Kids for Peaches & Herb. As a recording artist, Acklin duetted with Gene Chandler on Show Me The Way To Go and From The Teacher To The Preacher, and scored several hits as a solo singer including Love Makes A Woman, Just Ain't No Love, Raindrops, and Am I The Same Girl. The latter would be covered by Dusty Springfield and as an instrumental, renamed to Soulful Strut, by Young-Holt Unlimited ~ Acklin was born in 1943
November 27, 1995 ~ Singer Don Adams passed away in London, UK ~ Not to be confused with the country singer Don Adams. Moved to Munich in the 1960s to perform in a German production of the musical Hair. Has recorded as a solo artist, notably 1969's Watts Happening and 1972's The Black Voice. Member of the Love Generation and subsequently of the Les Humphries Singers ~ Adams was born in 1942
November 27, 1992 ~ Daniel Doroteo Santos Betancourt, commonly known as guaracha, plena, rumba, bolero singer, composer Daniel Santos, passed away in Ocala, Florida, USA ~ Active since the early 1930s, initially as a member of Trio Linco. Would go on to perform in night clubs and casinos. Rose to fame as member of Pedro Flores' El Cuarteto Flores, notably present on hits such as Perdon, Amor, El Ultimo Adios and Si Yo Fuera Millonario. After serving in the Army during World War II would emerge as a successful solo singer and songwriter, best remembered for Sierra Maestra ~ Santos was born in 1916
November 27, 1992 ~ K-pop, hip hop, R&B rapper, singer, actor, model Park Chanyeol, also mononymously known as Chanyeol, born in Seoul, South Korea ~ Member of boy band EXO, known for a string of 2010 hits in their native South Korea including the No.1 hits December 2014 (The Winter's Tale), Love Me Right, Monster, and Ko Ko Bop. Chanyeol has also ventured into acting for film and TV
November 27, 1990 ~ Singer, rapper, songwriter Matthew Tyler Musto, commonly known as Blackbear, born in Daytona Beach, Florida, USA ~ Half of hip-hop, R&B duo Mansionz, the other half being Mike Posner. Co-wrote Justin Bieber's Boyfriend. Produced G-Eazy's These Things Happen. Has collaborated with artists such as Marc E Bassy, Maejor Ali, Palisades, Machine Gun Kelly, Rick Ross, Cam'ron, 2 Chainz, Mod Sun, Rivers Cuomo, Childish Gambino, Billie Eilish, Pharrell Williams, Miley Cyrus, Linkin Park, the Tiny Meat Gang, and Jacob Sartorius
November 27, 1990 ~ Jerome Philip Herst, commonly known as lawyer, songwriter Jerry Herst, passed away in Alameda, California, USA ~ Perhaps best remembered for writing So Rare with Jack Sharpe. The song was first published in 1937 and would be a late-career hit for Jimmy Dorsey just months before his death in 1957. Others who have recorded the song include Carl Ravell, Gus Arnheim, Ella Fitzgerald, King Curtis, Chet Atkins. Herst has also collaborated with Felton Kaufmann, Richard O'Kreamer, and wrote or co-wrote a number of instrumental works and musicals. Herst practiced law from the mid-1930 through the mid-1940s ~ Herst was born in 1909
November 27, 1989 ~ Singer Van Morrison releases Whenever God Shines His Light featuring Cliff Richard, lifted off his Avalon Sunset album ~ Warmly received by critics, the single would reach top 20 in the UK and top 10 in Van Morrison's native Ireland. Cash Box stated that “if George Harrison can have a hit single while invoking his sweet Lord, Van could do it with the totally engaging Whenever God Shines His Light
November 27, 1986 ~ Pop singer, guitarist, songwriter Oritsé Williams, full name Oritsé Jolomi Matthew Soloman Williams, born ~ Member of boy band JLS, runner-up in the 2008 edition of The X-Factor talent contest aired on ITV. The band released their eponymous JLS debut album the following year, which included the UK No.1 hits Beat Again and Everybody In Love. They would continue to reach the higher echelons of the UK charts before disbanding in 2013, reuniting in 2021. Well known songs include The Club Is Alive, Love You More, She Makes Me Wanna featuring Dev.
November 27, 1983 ~ Stephen Paul Manderson, commonly known as hip-hop, grime rapper, songwriter Professor Green, born in Hackney, UK ~ Released his full-length Alive Till I'm Dead, which included the UK top 10 hits I Need You Tonight featuring Ed Drewett and Just Be Good To Green feat Lily Allen. Subsequent hits would include Read All About It, Remedy featuring Ruth-Anne and Lullabye featuring Tori Kelly
November 27, 1982 ~ Singer Lionel Richie hits No.1 Billboard Hot 100 with Truly, his first solo charttopper ~ Richie, who had already topped the chart with the Commodores, Three Times A Lady and Still both reaching the top spot, and with his previous single, duetting with Diana Ross on Endless Love, gets his first solo No.1 with Truly, issued as the lead single of his eponymous 1982 Lionel Richie solo debut album. Richie would go on to score three more No.1 hits, All Night Long (All Night Long) and Hello both taken of his Can't Slow Down sophomore album, and Say You Say Me taken of his Dancing On The Ceiling
November 27, 1981 ~ Indie rock, indie pop, alternative rock, alternative hip-hop, lo-fi singer, guitarist, bassist, keyboardist Nicholas Thorburn, also known under the moniker Nick Diamonds, born in Campbell River, Canada ~ Fronted bands such as the Unicorns, Islands, Reefer, Human Highway. Released his I Am An Attic solo debut album in 2011 and guested on recordings by Busdriver, Nocando, Buck 65 and El-P
November 27, 1981 ~ Techno, house, minimal DJ, producer Olof Dreijer, full name Olof Bjöf Dreijer, born in Nacka, Sweden ~ Formed the electronic duo the Knife with his sister Karin Dreijer. Has recorded as a solo artist since the mid-2000s, both under his given name and under the moniker Oni Ayhun
November 27, 1980 ~ Guitarist, singer, songwriter Jackie Greene born in Monterey, California, USA ~ As a solo artist has been recording since the early 2000s. As session, studio, touring guitarist has worked with the Black Crowes, Gov't Mule, Los Lobos, Mark Knopfler, BB King, Phil Lesh, Ratdog, Susan Tedeschi, Taj Mahal, Buddy Guy, Trigger Hippy, and others
November 27, 1979 ~ Violinist Hilary Hahn born in Lexington, Virginia, USA ~ Worked with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, and others. Composers such as Edgar Meyer, Jennifer Higdon, Antón García Abril and Lera Auerbach have written works especially for Hahn
November 27, 1978 ~ Heavy metal, death metal, metalcore drummer, guitarist, bassist, keyboardist Tim Yeung born in Rochester, New York, USA ~ First gained serious attention playing on Hate Eternal's 1999 Conquering The Throne debut album. Would go on to work with acts such as All That Remains, the Vital Remains, Nile, Decrepit Birth, Divine Heresy, World Under Blood, Morbid Angel, I Am Morbid, and others. Would earn the title of Fastest Feet in the 2006 World's Fastest Drummer competition hitting his bass drum 872 times in one minute
November 27, 1977 ~ Ivar Skontorp Peersen, commonly known as metal guitarist, bassist, drummer, keyboardist, singer, Ivar Bjørnson, born in Etne, Norway ~ Best known as guitarist and along with Grutle Kjellson one of only two remaining original members of progressive metal, black metal outfit the Enslaved. Has also worked with Borknagar, Gorgoroth, Taake, Skuggsjá, and others
November 27, 1976 ~ Blues, jazz, rock guitarist, mandocellist, pianist, hornist, saxophonist Clifton Hyde born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA ~ Noted film composer with soundtracks including Hallowed Ground, Hollow, Two Birds and Handsome to his name. As pianist backed Zakir Hussain. As hornist noted for performing Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Mass In C Major at Carnegie Hall with the South Korean Symphony orchestra. Has collaborated with pop, rock, experimental, minimalist artists including REM's Michael Stipe, Patti Smith, Philip Glass, Debbie Harry, Lou Reed, Ben Harper, the Kinks-guitarist Dave Davies, and others
November 27, 1976 ~ Ayanna Porter, commonly known as singer Inoj, born in Madison, Wisconsin, USA ~ Influenced by Minnie Riperton, Stevie Wonder, Chicago, Michael Jackson, Céline Dion, Shania Twain, and Aaliyah. Member of Spellbound. As a solo artist known for songs such as Love You Down, Time After Time, and Ring My Bell
November 27, 1976 ~ Olanrewaju Abdul-Ganiu Fasasi, commonly known as rapper, singer, songwriter, producer, actor Sound Sultan, born in Jos, Nigeria ~ Regarded as one of the premier figures in Nigerian hip-hop. Merges R&B, soul, Fujii, reggae, Afrobeat. Noted for his socially conscious lyrics speakling out against poverty, corruption and bad governance. Acclaimed for his 2010 Back From The Future album. Has collaborated with Haitian star Wyclef Jean on several projects ~ Fasasi passed away in 2021
November 27, 1975 ~ Jamar Antonio Stamps, commonly known as rapper Bad Azz, born in Hawaiian Gardens, California, USA ~ First gained attention as member of the LBC Crew and alongside Kurupt in the collective DPGC. Released his Word On Tha Streets solo debut album in 1998. Continued to record through the early 2000s. Resurfaced in 2009 releasing Thug Pound, a collaborative album with Bizzy Bone ~ Stamps passed away in 2019
November 27, 1975 ~ Jazz saxophonist Frode Nymo born in Egersund, Norway ~ Brother of tenor saxophonist Atle Nymo. Worked with the Urban Connection, Borre Dalhaug, Erik Wesseltoft
November 27, 1974 ~ Tom Cato Visnes, commonly known as heavy metal, black metal bassist, drummer, guitarist, singer King ov Hell, born ~ Perhaps best known as member of Gorgoroth, joining the band in 1999 just prior to recording Incipit Satan and remaining through 2007. Has also worked with God Seed, Jotunspor, Audrey Horne, Abbath, and others
November 27, 1974 ~ Marcus Füreder, commonly known as electroswing, downtempo DJ, producer, songwriter Parov Stelar, born in Linz, Austria ~ Draws from jazz, house, electro, hip-hop and pop. Known for songs such as Jimmy's Gang, All Night, Booty Swing, The Princess, and The Sun. Worked with Lana Del Rey, Bryan Ferry, Lady Gaga, Cleo Panther, Elena Karafizi, and others
November 27, 1973 ~ Trumpeter Frank Christian, full name Frank Joseph Christian, passed away in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Worked with Papa Jack Laine, Johnny Fischer, Alcide Nunez, Eddie Edwards, Johnny Stein, the Original New Orleans Jazz Band, Gilda Gray, and others ~ Christian was born in 1887
November 27, 1973 ~ Cavalier Terrell Mitchell, commonly known as rapper Twista, born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Once held the title of fastest rapper in the world according to Guinness World Records in 1992, being able to pronounce 598 syllables in 55 seconds. Best known for Slow Jamz featuring Jamie Foxx and Kanye West, and for Overnight Celebrity, both of which reached the Billboard top 10 in the early 2000s. Has worked with Ms Kane, R Kelly, Anthony Hamilton, Faith Evans, Trey Songz, Mariah Carey, Pharrell Williams, Chris Brown, Jeremih, and others
November 27, 1970 ~ William Hines, commonly known as hip-hop, hardcore hip-hop MC Skoob, born ~ Formed the hip-hop duo Das EFX with Dray in the 1990s, influential on artists such as Lords Of The Underground, Fu-schnickens, Kris Kross and Common. Best known for songs such as They Want EFX of their 1992 Dead Serious, Freakit, Real Hip-hop and Microphone Master featuring Mobb Deep
November 27, 1969 ~ Myles Richard Bass, commonly known as singer, guitarist, songwriter Myles Kennedy, born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA ~ Influenced by Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Robert Plant. Best known as lead singer, rhythm guitarist of Alter Bridge. Also worked with Slash, the Cosmic Dust Fusion Band, Citizen Swing, Mulligan, Five Foot Thick, Fozzy, Mark Tremonti, and others
November 27, 1966 ~ Jazz, pop, rock guitarist Adam Levy born in Encino, California, USA ~ Perhaps best known for backing Norah Jones on the albums Come Away With Me, Feels Like Home and Not Too Late. Debuted as a leader in 2000 with the album Live At The Avalon & The Graves. Has also worked with Noël Akchoté, Rosanne Cash, Tracy Chapman, Trevor Dunn, Ana Egge, Gordian Knot, Amos Lee, Lisa Loeb, Sean Malone, Meshell Ndegeocello, Amber Rubarth, Jenny Scheinman, Todd Sickafoose, Allen Toussaint, Rufus Wainwright, and Chely Wright
November 27, 1966 ~ Markus Löffel, commonly known as DJ, producer Mark Spoon, born ~ Trance pioneer. Regular collaborator of Rolf Ellmer, the duo releasing records under several monikers including Tokyo Ghetto Pussy, Storm and most successfully as Jam & Spoon. Well known songs include dance tracks such as Right In The Night (Fall In Love With Music), Kaleidoscope Skies, and Be Angeled. Löffel also remixed for other artists, perhaps most notably Moby's 1992 Go (In Dub Mix) ~ Löffel passed away in 2006
November 27, 1965 ~ Pop, rock guitarist, singer Fiachna Ó Braonáin born in Dublin, Ireland ~ Co-founding member of the Hothouse Flowers. Guested on recordings by Belinda Carlisle, Michelle Shocked, the Indigo Girls, and Def Leppard
November 27, 1965 ~ Jazz pianist Jacky Terrasson born in Berlin, West Germany ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Jimmy Scott, Cassandra Wilson, Stephane Belmondo, Michael Brecker, Mino Cinélu, Ugonna Okegwo, Leon Parker, Michel Portal, Adam Rodgers, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Ry Cooder, Ray Brown, Art Taylor, Javon Jackson, Dianne Reeves, Antoine Roney, Stefano di Battista, and others
November 27, 1964 ~ Indie rock, alternative rock singer, guitarist, songwriter John Bramwell, full name John Harold Arnold Bramwell, born in Hyde, UK ~ Frontman of alternative rock trio I Am Kloot which also included Peter Jobson and Andy Hargreaves, best known for their 2010 Sky At Night album. Prior to forming Kloot had worked as a solo artist, going by the moniker Johnny Dangerously. Has also worked with Ignition, the DeBuchias and with the Mouth
November 27, 1964 ~ Manfred Schmidt, commonly known as heavy metal guitarist, bassist, songwriter Manni Schmidt, born in Andernachs, West Germany ~ Member of the Rage from 1987 through 1994. Member of Grave Digger, replacing Uwe Lulis, through 2009. Formed his own band, Capitol Joke, in 2010
November 27, 1963 ~ Bassist, guitarist, author Andy Babiuk born in Rochester, New York, USA ~ Co-founding member of supergroup the Empty Hearts. Also worked with the Chesterfield Kings. Also known as an author, noted for his book Beatles Gear (All The Fab Four's Instruments From Stage To Studio) published in 2001
November 27, 1963 ~ Singer Elvis Presley's musical comedy film Fun In Acapulco opens in American theaters ~ Presley portrays a former circus performer who tries to overcome his fear of heights from a high wire accident by diving off a cliff. He is a lifeguard by day and a singer by night while involved with two women and has an eight year old manager. The film would include 11 songs, including Bossa Nova Baby which would reach top 10 Billboard Hot 100. On their first visit to America in early 1964, British group the Beatles would go see the film at a drive-in in Miami near where they were playing
November 27, 1962 ~ Drummer, percussionist Mike Bordin, full name Michael Andrew Bordin, born in San Francisco, California, USA ~ Co-founding member of Faith No More, known for the Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit Epic, Falling To Pieces, Midlife Crisis, A Small Victory and the Commodores-cover Easy. Bordin has also worked with artists such as Ozzy Osbourne, Korn, Black Label Society, Primus, Jerry Cantrell, and others
November 27, 1961 ~ Punk rock drummer, singer Lori Barbero, full name Lori Anne Barbero, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA ~ Rose to fame as drummer Babes In Toyland. The band released three albums in the 1990s, the most successful being their 1992 Fontanelle sophomore album. After the band officially disbanded in the early 2000s has drummed with Eggtwist and Koalas
November 27, 1959 ~ Guitarist, keyboardist Charlie Burchill born in Glasgow, UK ~ Co-founding and along with lead singer Jim Kerr the only other constant member of the Simple Minds, known for songs such as Promised You A Miracle, Waterfront, Alive And Kicking and Belfast Child
November 27, 1958 ~ Opera, symphonic conductor Artur Rodzinski passed away in Boston, Massachusetts, USA ~ Discovered by Leopold Stokowski who invited him to be his assistant with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Would go on to work with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Especially acclaimed for conducting Richard Wagner's Tristan Und Isolde with the Lyric Opera of Chicago in 1958. Exhausted from the performance he checked into the hospital where he would die less than two weeks later ~ Rodzinski was born in 1892
November 27, 1958 ~ Singer, producer, songwriter Tetsuya Komuro born in Fuchu, Japan ~ One of Japan's most successful producer, songwriters. Credited with introducing dance to the mainstream Japanese pop
November 27, 1957 ~ Singer, songwriter Frank Boeijen, full name Franciscus Johannes Maria Boeijen, born in Nijmegen, the Netherlands ~ Fronted Frank Boeijen Groep. Also worked with Wout Pennings, the Gathering, Raymond van het Groenewoud, Harry Sacksioni, Stef Bos, Daniël Lohues, Henk Hofstede, and others
November 27, 1956 ~ Rock guitarist Simon Binks, full name Simon John Banks, born in Mount Eliza, Australia ~ Co-founding and constant member of the Australian Crawl, known for songs such as Downhearted, Errol, Shut Down and their best known Reckless (Don't Be So), the latter a No.1 hit in their native Australia and a top 10 hit in New Zealand
November 27, 1955 ~ Composer Arthur Honegger, full name Oscar-Arthur Honegger, passed away ~ Member of Les Six, a name give to six composers living and working in Montparnasse. Probably best known for Antigone, an opera in three acts premiered in 1927. Honegger also composed orchestral music, oratorios, ballets, and chamber music ~ Honegger was born in 1892
November 27, 1953 ~ Jazz, jazz fusion pianist, songwriter Lyle Mays, full name Lyle David Mays, born in Wausaukee, Wisconsin, USA ~ Best known for his close association with Pat Metheny, longtime member of the Pat Metheny Group, co-writer and arranger on nearly of all the band's music. Has also led small ensembles backed by sidemen such as Marc Johnson, Peter Erskine, Eric Hochberg, Mark Walker, and Bob Sheppard. Also worked with Pedro Aznar, Betty Buckley, Igor Butman, Woody Herman, Mark Isham, Rickie Lee Jones, Nando Lauria, Bobby McFerrin, Joni Mitchell, Bob Moses, Steve Swallow, Toots Thielemans, Eberhard Weber, and others ~ Mays passed away in 2020
November 27, 1946 ~ Bassist, singer Barry Devlin born in Ardboe, Northern Ireland ~ Fronted rock outfit Horslips, with whom he recorded over half a dozen albums. The pioneering band merges folk rock, hard rock, and progressive rock with a heavy dose of Celtic influences, and is especially acclaimed for the early 1970s albums Happy To Meet Sorry To Part and The Tain. Following the band's disbandement in the late 1970s, Devlin has recorded as a solo artist, notably the 1983 Breaking Star Codes album, directed pop-videos for U2, and has worked as a screenwriter for radio, TV and film
November 27, 1945 ~ Ska, rocksteady, reggae organist, singer Glen Adams born in Jones Town, Jamaica ~ Brother of singer Yvonne Adams. Formed the duo Ken & Glen with Ken Boothe. Co-founded the Heptones. Member of the Pioneers, present on songs such as Shake It Up and Good Nanny. Would go on to work as a solo artist and session singer and organist for artists such as Lester Sterling, Slim Smith, the Hippy Boys, the Upsetters, the Wailers, writing the latter's Mr Brown ~ Adams passed away in 2010
November 27, 1944 ~ Pop, rock, country drummer Sammy Creason born ~ In-demand session and studio musician. Present on Tony Joe White's Tony Joe and Continued albums. Member of Atlantic Records in-house band the Dixie Flyers, an association through which he would regularly guest on Rita Coolidge's albums as well as recordings of her husband Kris Kristofferson, including on the latter's Easter Island, and To The Bone. Creason has also appeared on albums by Jerry Jeff Walker, Delaney & Bonnie, Aretha Franklin (Spirit In The Dark), Delbert McClinton, Jimmy Buffett, Booker T Jones, Gene Clark, and Willie Nelson. Through his association with Kristofferson, Creason landed small parts in the films Convoy and A Star Is Born ~ Creason passed away in 1995
November 27, 1942 ~ Johnny Allen Hendrix, commonly known as guitarist, singer, songwriter Jimi Hendrix, born in Seattle, Washington, USA ~ Hugely influential guitarist set the bar for generations to follow. One of the first to extensively use tone-altering effects such as fuzz distortion, wah-was, and uni-vibe. The first to use stereophonic phasing effects in recording. Despite recording only three albums during his lifetime, Are You Experienced, Axis (Bold As Love), and Electric Ladyland, Hendrix is regarded as one of the most important and influential guitarists, expanding the range of the instrument. Well known songs include All Along The Watchtower, Hey Joe, Purple Haze, The Wind Cries Mary, and Foxy Lady ~ Hendrix passed away in 1970
November 27, 1941 ~ Country, country pop singer, guitarist, songwriter Eddie Rabbitt, full name Edward Thomas Rabbitt, born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Pivotal figure in 1970s and 1980s country, easing country music into a smoother territory with crossover hits creating the template for the urban cowboy era. Wrote or co-wrote Inherit The Wind, Kentucky Rain, and Kentucky Rain, all recorded by Elvis Presley at the turn of the 1970s. As a solo artist, Rabbitt recorded well over a dozen albums, and he is especially acclaimed for the early 1980s albums Horizon and Step By Step. Rabbitt has scored over a dozen Billboard Country charttoppers, including Drivin' My Life Away, I Love A Rainy Night, Step By Step, and the Crystal Gayle-duet You And I which all crossed over to the all-genre Billboard Hot 100, where they reached top 10 ~ Rabbitt passed away in 1998
November 27, 1939 ~ James Elmore Cason, commonly known as rock & roll, pop, country singer, songwriter, producer Buzz Cason, born in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ~ Best known for penning Everlasting Love with Mac Gayden. The song would first be recorded by Robert Knight in 1967, with Cason and Gayden also serving as producers, and has been covered by dozens of artists including notably Love Affair, whose rendition topped the UK charts, and Carl Carlton, who took the song to No.6 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. Knight's original had reached No.13 in America. Other songs written or co-written by Cason have been recorded by Jan & Dean, Arthur Alexander (Soldier Of Love), Brenda Lee, the Fleetwoods, Ronny & the Daytonas, and TG Sheppard. Cason has also worked as a singer, notably founding the Casuals, the first rock & roll band to come out of Nashville, as a solo singer going by the moniker Garry Miles, and as a backing singer for Elvis Presley and Kenny Rogers. In 1970, Cason founded the Creative Workshop recording studio, located in Nashville, where artists such as Jimmy Buffett, Dolly Parton, Jerry Reed, Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris, and the Doobie Brothers have recorded ~ Cason passed away in 2024
November 27, 1938 ~ Pop, rock singer, keyboardist, songwriter Dave Adams, full name David Malcolm Adams, born in Saint Heller, Jersey ~ Closely associated with producer Joe Meek. Member of Heinz's backing unit alongside a then-unknown Ritchie Blackmore. Also half of the duo Joy & Dave, member of country-rock outfit Dee & the Housecats, member of jazz band the Funny Valentines ~ Adams passed away in 2016
November 27, 1938 ~ Jazz trumpeter Don Sleet, full name Donald Clayborn Sleet, born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA ~ Critically compared to Kenny Dorham and Art Farmer. Played with Terry Gibbs, the San Diego Symphony, Howard Rumsey, and Lenny McBrowne. Sadly, shortly after the release of his sole album as a leader, 1961's All Members, Sleet's struggles with substances would lead to him abandoning music altogether. His sole album, however, would be held in the highest regard by jazz aficionados, described as “outstanding” by DownBeat. Besides Sleet the album featured an all-star line-up with saxophonist Jimmy Heath, pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Jimmy Cobb. Sleet has only performed occasionally since, and would pass away decades later of lymphoma ~ Sleet passed away in 1986
November 27, 1937 ~ Harriet Ostrowsky, commonly known as pop singer Tina Robin, born in New Jersey, USA ~ Would serve as session singer for many of Gerry Goffin & Carole King's early 1960s demo recordings. As a recording artist known for her sole charting single, Play It Again written by Goffin, King, and Howard Greenfield, barely reaching the Billboard Hot 100 in 1961 ~ Ostrowsky passed away in 1996
November 27, 1937 ~ Jazz, free jazz double bassist Wilber Morris born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Brother of cornetist Butch Morris. Played drums before settling on bass. Closely associated with David Murray, including on the albums Ming, New Life, and Murray's Steps. As a leader best known for his 1981 Collective Improvisations album. Morris has also appeared on albums by Billy Bang, Frank Lowe, Denis Charles, Bob Ackerman, Andrew Lamb, Charles Gayle, Lou Grassi, Interface, Claude Lawrence, Frode Gjerstad, Yuko Fujiyama (Re-Entry), Ken McIntyre, and Steve Swell ~ Morris passed away in 2002
November 27, 1936 ~ Blues singer, guitarist Robert Johnson records They're Red Hot at Gunter Hotel, San Antonio, Texas ~ Penned by Johnson. Produced by Don Law. Somewhat of an atypical Johnson song, aptly described as “the most lighthearted interlude in all of Johnson's oeuvre” by one music historian. Released the following July featuring Come On In My Kitchen on the flip side. The same day Johnson also recorded Cross Road Blues, Dead Shrimp Blues and Last Fair Deal Gone Down
November 27, 1935 ~ Albert J Jackson Jr, commonly known as drummer Al Jackson Jr, born in Memphis, Tennessee, USA ~ Son of swing bandleader Al Jackson Sr. Was playing drums on stage at age 5. In his early teens played with future Hi-Records all-hatter Willie Mitchell and with Ben Branch. Member of the Mar-keys. Member of the Packers. Member of Stax/Volt house band Booker T & the MG's and as such backed a wide array of artists including Otis Redding, Carla Thomas, Eddie Floyd, Rufus Thomas, Sam & Dave, and Albert King. Also a songwriter, notably for Al Green (Let's Stay Together, I'm Still In Love With You). Renowned session drummer throughout the 1970s working with Elvis Presley, Bill Withers, Leon Russell, Jerry Lee Lewis, Eric Clapton, Jean Knight, Major Lance, Ann Peebles, Rod Stewart, Shirley Brown, Donny Hathaway, and Herbie Mann ~ Jackson passed away in 1975
November 27, 1935 ~ Trombonist Charlie Green passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Soloist with Fletcher Henderson orchestra. Would go on to work with Benny Carter, Chick Webb, Jimmie Noone, Don Redman, and Kaiser Marshall. Served in the pit orchestra for the 1928 all-black Broadway revue Keep Shufflin' alongside Fats Waller and James P Johnson. Green has also recorded with blues singer Bessie Smith, notably present on tracks such as Trombone Cholly and Empty Red Blues ~ Green was born ca.1893
November 27, 1935 ~ Jazz, classical, avant-garde saxophonist, clarinetist, composer Michel Portal born in Bayonne, France ~ Leader and sideman. Considered “one of the architects of modern European jazz”. Co-founded improvisation group New Phonic Art. Alswo worked with Pérez Prado, Raymond Fonseque, Aimé Barelli, Claude Nougaro, Sunny Murray, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Miroslav Vitous, Jacky Terrasson, and others
November 27, 1920 ~ Songwriter Winfield Scott born in Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA ~ Perhaps best known for writing Tweedle Dee for Lavern Baker, and co-writing Return To Sender with Otis Blackwell for Elvis Presley. Presley also recorded several other songs written by Blackwell and Scott, including Such An Easy Question, One Broken Heart For Sale, I'm A Roustabout, and Long Legged Girl (With The Short Dress On). Others who recorded songs written or co-written by Scott include Oscar McLollie, the Robins, Johnnie Ray, Clyde McPhatter (Deep Sea Ball), Connie Francis (Many Tears Ago), Solomon Burke, the Drifters, and Ray Charles ~ Scott passed away in 2015
November 27, 1914 ~ Drummer, bassist Warren Vaché Sr born ~ Started on drums but switched to bass, establishing himself on the double bass. Has worked with Eddie Condon, Doc Cheatham, and led his own band the Syncopatin' Six and the Syncopatin' Seven. Co-founded the American Jazz Hall Of Fame. Longtime editor for the magazine Jersey Jazz. Father of trumpeter Warren Vaché Jr and clarinetist Allan Vaché ~ Vaché passed away in 2005
November 27, 1904 ~ Jazz violinist, bandleader Eddie South, full name Edward Otha South, born in Louisiana, Missouri, USA ~ South is considered one of the top pre-bop violinists. Child prodigy, studied classical music but turned to jazz as the classical world offered little career opportunities for African-American musicians. Toured Europe as early as the late 1920s, leading Eddie South's Alabamians. Employed sidemen such as Milt Hinton and Everett Barksdale, and recorded with the likes of Stéphane Grappelli, Django Reinhardt, and Michel Warlop through the 1930s. In later years South would work for radio and TV, and perform around New York, New York, though he never became a household name. As a recording artist perhaps best remembered for The Distinguished Violin Of Eddie South, released in 1959 ~ South passed away in 1962