This Day In Music: November 30
November 29 ~ Birthdays/All ~ December 1
November 30, 2022 ~ Christine Anne Perfect, commonly known as blues rock, rock, pop rock singer, keyboardist, songwriter Christine McVie passed away ~ Daughter of concert violinist Cyril Perfect. Member of blues outfit Chicken Shack through 1969, with whom she recorded two albums. Best known as member of Fleetwood Mac, initially working with the band as a session pianist on their second album Mr Wonderful. Would become an integral member of the band by the early 1970s. Wrote or co-wrote several of the band's best-known including Don't Stop, The Chain, You Make Lovin' Fun, Little Lies, and As Long As You Follow. Married to Fleetwood bassist John McVie from 1969 through 1976 ~ Perfect was born in 1943
November 30, 2020 ~ Anne-Marie Beugras, commonly known as singer, guitarist, songwriter Anne Sylvestre, passed away in Paris, France ~ Active since the 1950s starting in cabarets. Discovered by Michel Valette. Has her Porteuse D'Eau covered by Jean-Claude Pascal as La Terre. Has collaborated with Isabelle Aubret, Pauline Julien, Michele Bernard. Recorded for a wide range of audiences, touched on a wide variety of subjects, ranging from children's music to love songs and socially conscious material ~ Beugras was born in 1934
November 30, 2017 ~ Actor, singer, comedian Jim Nabors, full name James Thurston Nabors, passed away in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA ~ Discovered by Andy Griffith. Best known for portraying the role of Gomer Pyle on The Andy Griffith Show. Popular guest on variety shows in the 1960s and 1970s, praised for his rich baritone voice. Has recorded over two dozen albums starting in the mid-1960s ~ Nabors was born in 1930
November 30, 2016 ~ Operatic tenor Aleksei Maslennikov passed away ~ Longtime member of the Bolshoi Theatre from 1955 through the late 1990s ~ Maslennikov was born in 1929
November 30, 2016 ~ Amar Ait Zal, commonly known as singer, mandole player Amar Ezzahi, passed away in Algiers, Algeria ~ Figurehead of Chaabi, the traditional music of Algiers ~ Ezzahi was born in 1941
November 30, 2016 ~ Composer, conductor Kamillo Lendvay passed away in Budapest, Hungary ~ Worked with the Szeged Opera, the State Puppet Theatre, the Budapest Operertta Theatre, and others ~ Lendvay was born in 1928
November 30, 2013 ~ Pascal-Emmanuel Sinamoyi Tabu, commonly known as rumba, soukous singer, bandleader, songwriter Tabu Ley Rochereau, passed away in Brussels, Belgium ~ Along with Nico Kasanda and Franco Luambo pioneered soukous. Said to have composed over 3,000 songs. Shot to fame in 1956 as member of L'African Jazz singing on the hit Indépendance Cha Cha. Would go on to found the African Fiesta Flash, one of the most successful acts in African music known for songs such as the million-seller Afrika Mokli Mobimba. Formed Afrisa in 1970, continuing his hit streak with compositions such as Sorozo, Kaful Mayay, Aon Aon and Mose Konzo ~ Tabu was born in 1940
November 30, 2010 ~ Jazz clarinetist Monty Sunshine passed away ~ Worked with the Eager Beavers, the Crane River Jazz Band, Beryl Bryden, George Melly, Lonnie Donegan, Jim Bray, Ron Bowden, Chris Barber (notably the solo on Petite Fleur), Johnny Parker, Diz Disley, Donegan's Dancing Sunshine Band, and others ~ Sunshine was born in 1928
November 30, 2007 ~ Bassist Ralph Ezell, full name Ralph Daniel Ezell, passed away in Pickstown, South Dakota, USA ~ Member of Shenandoah from 1984 through 1996 and again from 2002 until his death in 2007. The band is known for country hits such as The Church On Cumberland Road, Sunday In The South, Two Dozen Roses, Next To You Next To Me and If Bubba Can Dance I Can Too ~ Ezzell was born in 1953
November 30, 2006 ~ Shirley Ann Rogers, commonly known as conductor, film and TV composer Shirley Walker, passed away in Reno, Nevada, USA ~ One of the first female composers in Hollywood. Known for the scores to Escape From LA, True Lies, Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm, and others. Collaborated with Danny Elfman, John Carpenter, Lolita Ritmanis, Brad Fiedel, Richard Band, Carmine Coppola, and others ~ Rogers was born in 1945
November 30, 2001 ~ Homer Lee Sherrill, commonly known as fiddler Pappy Sherrill, passed away in Chaplin, South Carolina, USA ~ Worked with the Blue Sky Boys, the Crazy Blue Ridge Hillbillies, the Smiling Rangers, Snuffy Jenkins, Byron Parker, Wade Mainer, the Morris Brothers, the Hired Hands, and others ~ Sherrill was born in 1915
November 30, 1999 ~ Violinist, guitarist Don Sugarcane Harris, full name Don Francis Bowman Harris, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Considered a pioneer of the electric violin. Given the stagename “Sugarcane” by Johnny Otis for being a ladies man. Started in the doo-wop group the Squires, which also included pianist Dewey Terry. Would form the duo Don & Dewey with Terry. After the duo disbanded Harris would switch to electric violin. Would go on to work with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers and Frank Zappa, notably on the Hot Rats album. Has also worked with John Lee Hooker, Little Richard, Harvey Mandel, Tupelo Chain Sex, Billy Bang, the Pure Food & Drug Act, Freddie Roulette, and others ~ Harris was born in 1938
November 30, 1996 ~ Herbert Butros Khaury, singer, ukelele player, commonly known as Tiny Tim passed away in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA ~ Best known for his cover hits Tiptoe Through The Tulips and Living In The Sunlight (Loving In The Moonlight) ~ Khaury was born in 1932
November 30, 1994 ~ Drummer Connie Kay passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Best known as a member of the Modern Jazz Quartet taking over for Kenny Clarke and remaining with the band from 1955 through their dissolution in 1974. Had previously played with Lester Young, Stan Getz, Coleman Hawkins, Charlie Parker, and with Miles Davis. Sessioned for Atlantic Records including on Big Joe Turner's Shake Rattle & Roll and Ruth Brown's Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean. Also worked with Randy Weston, Bobby Timmons, Lucky Thompson, Jay McShann, James Moody, Joe Newman, Sonny Rollins, Van Morrison (Astral Weeks, Tupelo Honey), Dexter Gordon, Jimmy Heath, Cannonball Adderley, and others ~ Kay was born in 1927
November 30, 1993 ~ Country singer David Houston, full name Charles David Houston, passed away in Boissier City, Louisiana, USA ~ Known for songs such as Mountain Of Love, Livin' In A House Of Love, With One Exception, You Mean The World To Me, Where Love Used To Live, Baby Baby I Know You're A Lady, A Woman Always Knows, Good Things, She's All Woman, and others. Duetted with Tammy Wynette with My Elusive Dreams, duetted with Barbara Mandrell on I Love You I Love You ~ Houston was born in 1935
November 30, 1992 ~ Country singer, guitarist, songwriter Dale McBride passed away ~ Father of country singer, bassist Terry McBride. Discovered by Dean Martin, initially to little succes as his first label was not focused on country music. Known best for his 1970s recordings, scoring moderate hits on the Billboard Country hits with releases such as Ordinary Man, Always Lovin' Her Man and I Don't Like Cheatin' Songs ~ McBride was born in 1936
November 30, 1991 ~ Cedric Steinmyller, commonly known as DJ, tropical house producer Klingande, born in Croix, France ~ Best known for the 2013 single Punga, a top 10 hit across Europe
November 30, 1988 ~ Jazz, bebop, hard bop tenor saxophonist Charlie Rouse passed away in Seattle, Washington, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Closely associated with Thelonious Monk, backing the pianist for over a decade starting in 1959. Has also worked with Billy Eckstine, Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Bull Moose Jackson, Oscar Pettiford, Tadd Dameron, Paul Quinichette, Benny Carter, Art Farmer, Hank Jones, Duke Jones, Eddie Cleanhead Vinson, Mal Waldron, Sphere, Les Jazz Modes, and others ~ Rouse was born in 1924
November 30, 1987 ~ Bassist, songwriter Dougie Poynter, full name Dougie Lee Poynter, born in Corringham, UK ~ Best known as bassist of McFly, writing a vast amount of the band's material including Transylvania. Also worked with A and with INK. Has co-written songs recorded by 5 Seconds Of Summer (I Would) and One Direction (Don't Forget Where You Belong)
November 30, 1984 ~ Singer, guitarist, keyboardist, bassist Tim Myers born in Orange, California, USA ~ Member of OneRepublic. As a solo artist known for songs such as Under Control and Lover My Love. Best known as an in-demand songwriter, producer, worked with Aloe Blacc, Capital Cities, American Authors, Rooney, Ke$ha, Echosmith, Welshley Arms, Joy Williams, James Arthur, Phillip Phillips, Hailee Steinfeld, Michelle Branch, Five For Fighting, and others
November 30, 1983 ~ Post-hardcore, alternative rock, heavy metal singer, guitarist Chad Ackerman, full name Chad Daniel Ackerman, born ~ Has worked with acts such as the Veil, Count Your Curses, Skratchline, As I Lay Dying, Chapter 14, Die Trying, Destroy The Runner, the Austrian Death Machine, and others
November 30, 1982 ~ Andrea Fuentealba Valbak, commonly known as pop, dance, electropop singer, songwriter, actress Medina, born in Aarhus, Denmark ~ Active since the mid-2000s singing mainly in Danish, reaching some international succes with recordings in English. Broke through in her native Denmark with the 2009 Velkommen Til Medina which included the Danish charttoppers Kun For Mig, Kun For Dig and the title track Velkommen Til Medina. Internationally best known for her 2010 Welcome To Medina album, its You And I single reaching top 40 in Austria, Switzerland and the UK and top 10 in Germany
November 30, 1982 ~ Christian metal, alternative metal, melodic metalcore guitarist Nick Hipa, full name Samuel Nicholas Hipa, born ~ Best known as member of As I Lay Dying from 2003 through 2014, rejoining in 2018. Member of Wovenwar. Guested on recordings by the Austrian Death Machine, Living Sacrifice, In Hearts Wake, Heaven Shall Burn
November 30, 1981 ~ Metalcore, post-hardcore singer Beau Bokan, full name Beau Mark Bokan, born in Huntington Beach, California, USA ~ Best known as lead singer of Take The Crown and Blessthefall, joining the latter in 2008 as replacement for Craig Mabbitt. Has guested on recordings by Greeley Estates, Atreyu, Lights
November 30, 1980 ~ Angenor de Oliveira, commonly known as singer, composer, poet Cartola, passed away in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ~ Major figure in development of samba music. Wrote or co-wrote over 500 songs ~ De Oliveira was born in 1908
November 30, 1978 ~ Clayton Holmes Grissom, commonly known as pop, soft rock, R&B singer, TV personality Clay Aiken, born in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA ~ Reached 2nd place, behind Ruben Studdard, in the 2nd season of American Idol in 2003
November 30, 1977 ~ DJ, producer, singer Steve Aoki, full name Steve Hiroyuki Aoki, born in New York, New York, USA ~ As a solo artist best known for dance hits such as Light That Never Comes feat Linkin Park, Just Hold On featuring Louis Tomlinson, All Night featuring Lauren Jauregui, Waste It On me featuring BTS and Let It Be Me featuring the Backstreet Boys. Has also worked with artists such as, Afrojack, LMFAO, Iggy Azalea, Lil' Jon, Blink-182, Laidback Luke, Monsta X, Vini Vici, Fall Out Boy, and others
November 30, 1975 ~ Malinda Gayle McCready, commonly known as country singer Mindy McCready, born in Fort Myers, Florida, USA ~ Sometimes referred to as “the Amy Winehouse of Country”. Released her debut album, Ten Thousand Angels, in 1996. Known for songs such as Ten Thousand Angels, Guys Do It All The Time, A Girl's Gotta Do What A Girl's Gotta Do, You'll Never Know, and others ~ McCready passed away in 2013
November 30, 1973 ~ Heavy metal bassist John Moyer born in El Paso, Texas, USA ~ Best known as bassist for the Disturbed, joining the band in 2004 as replacement for Steve Kmak and first appearing on the Ten Thousand Fists album released in 2005. Has also worked with supergroup the Adrenalin Mob from 2012 through 2014, with Stereo Satellite, Art of Anarchy and with Operation Mindcrime since 2015
November 30, 1970 ~ Singer, multi-instrumentalist, producer, songwriter Luther Russell born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Formed the Bootheels, teaming up with Jakob Dylan and Aaron Brooks. Released his solo debut, Lowdown World, in 1997. Worked as producer for artists including Richmond Fontaine, Fernando, Relationship, Noah & the Whale, the Folks, and the Horse Stories. Teamed up with former Big Star drummer Jody Stephens to form Those Pretty Wrongs in 2015
November 30, 1969 ~ Tony Claessens, commonly known as rock, pop drummer Toni Peroni, born in Utrecht, the Netherlands ~ Worked with City To City, the Dolly Dots, Secret Sounds, Secret Combination, Fools Fatal, het Goede Doel, and others
November 30, 1968 ~ Desiree Annette Weekes, commonly known as singer Des'ree, born in Croydon, UK ~ Known for 1990s hits such as You Gotta Be, Life, Kissing You and Feel So High
November 30, 1968 ~ Pianist, composer Sylvie Courvoisier born in Lausanne, Switzerland ~ Leader with over 25 records to her name. Also a sidewoman. Has worked with artists such as Mark Feldman, Kenny Wollesen, Drew Gress, Mephista, Ikue Mori, Susie Ibarra, Herb Robertson, Tim Berne, Tom Rainey, Mark Dresser, Vincent Courtois, Ellery Eskelin, John Zorn, Michel Godard, Erik Friedlander, Mark Nauseef, Jacques Demierre, Evan Parker, Herb Robertson, and others
November 30, 1967 ~ Pop rock sibling outfit the Bee Gees record Really And Sincerely ~ Described as one of the band's most emotive, melodramatic songs. Written by Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb. Produced by Robert Stigwood and the band. The band had recorded an earlier version, featuring piano instead of organ, the day before. The second version would be included on the 1968 Horizontal album. Released early 1968 as the B-side to And The Sun Will Shine in France, as the B-side to the Dutch single release of Let There Be Love in 1970.
November 30, 1965 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Bob Dylan records Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window ~ Self-penned. Produced by Bob Johnston. Though recorded during the Highway 61 Revisited sessions the song was never included on any original studio album. Released as a single, b/w Highway 61 Revisited, the following December it would peak in the low 50s on the Billboard Hot 100 and reach top 20 in the UK. Dylan is backed by Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Richard Manuel and Garth Hudson, who would later become known as the Band with several pivotal albums in their own right
November 30, 1965 ~ Singer, bassist, songwriter Tod Ashley born ~ Co-founding member of Cop Shoot Cop and Firewater. Previously while in art school played in Shithaus alongside Jon Spencer of later the Blues Explosion-fame. Has also worked with Lubricated Goat, Foetus, the Red Expendables, Skeleton Key, Baba Zula, and others
November 30, 1964 ~ Donald Matthew Redman, commonly known as orchestra leader, composer, arranger Don Redman, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Worked with Jean Goldkette, Fletcher Henderson, and with mcKinney's Cotton Pickers. Arranged hits for Jimmy Dorsey, Count Basie, Harry James, and others ~ Redman was born in 1900
November 30, 1964 ~ Kevin Anthony Johnson, commonly known as reggae singer, songwriter, producer Sanchez, born in Kingston, Jamaica ~ Popular late 1980s singer. Known for songs such as Lady In Red, Loneliness Leave Me Alone, and the Tracy Chapman-cover Can I Hold You. Has worked with producers such as Red Dragon, Winston Riley and Philip Fatis Burrell
November 30, 1961 ~ Singer, songwriter Elisabeth Kontomanou born in Lyon, France ~ Worked with Conversation, Michel Legrand, Alain Jean-Marie, Jean Michel Pelc, Daryl Hall, Franck Amsallem, Toots Thielemans, Richard Bona, Stephane Belmondo, Jacques Schwarz-Bart, Leon Parker, Geri Allen, and others
November 30, 1959 ~ Singer, drummer, guitarist, actor, TV personality Bart Peeters, full name Bart August Maria Peeters, born in Mortsel, Belgium ~ First gained attention as frontman of the Radios, known for songs such as I'm Into Folk and She Goes Nana
November 30, 1959 ~ Post-punk, experimental rock singer, guitarist, songwriter Giannis Aggelakas born in Thessaloniki, Greece ~ Frontman of rock band Trypes, known for albums such as Enia Pliromena Tragoudia and Kefali Gemati Chrysati considered landmark albums in Greek rock. Has pursued a parallel solo career since 2000, experimenting with Greek folk msic and collaborating with the likes of Thanassis Papakonstantinou and Psarantonis
November 30, 1959 ~ Avant-garde jazz pianist, composer Kris Defoort born in Bruges, Belgium ~ Brother of saxophonist Bart Defoort. Worked with Diva Smiles, Vincent Herring, Jack DeJohnette, KD's Pretty Big Basement Party, Fabrizio Cassol, Dreamtime, Mark Turner, Nicolas Thys, Jim Black, and others
November 30, 1959 ~ Blues, electric blues guitarist, singer, songwriter Mike Morgan, full name Michael Robert Morgan, born in Dallas, Texas, USA ~ Over a dozen albums to his name, starting with Raw & Ready released in 1990. Has worked with Darrell Nulisch, Lee McBee, Jim Suhler, Gary Primich, Randy McAllister, Keith Ferguson, and others
November 30, 1959 ~ Heavy metal keyboardist Randy Gane, full name Randall Rutherford Gane, born in Mt Clemens, Michigan, USA ~ Best known as member of Operation Mindcrime. Also worked with progressive metal band Myth, Queensryche, and others
November 30, 1958 ~ John Willie Henry, commonly known as bassist, arranger Shifty Henry, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Best known for Let Me Go Home Whiskey, later also recorded by Amos Milburn and by Asleep At The Wheel, and Hyping Women Blues, covered by T-Bone Walker. Henry worked with Dinah Washington, Billy Eckstine, Dizzy Gillespie, Charles Mingus, the Treniers, Illinois Jacquet, Miles Davis, and others. Mentioned by name in the Jerry Leiber- Mike Stoller pennned Jailhouse Rock in the line: “Shifty Henry said to Bugs, for heaven's sake, no one's looking, now's a chance to make a break.” ~ Henry was born in 1921
November 30, 1958 ~ Stacey Lynn Swain, commonly known as dance-pop, Hi-NRG singer, songwriter Stacey Q, born in Fullerton, California, USA ~ Best known for Two Of Hearts, a 1986 top 10 hit in several countries including USA and Canada. Other well-known songs include Insecurity, Music Out Of Bonds, Don't Make A Fool Of Yourself and Give You All My Love
November 30, 1957 ~ Guitarist John Ashton, full name John Geza Ashton, born in London, UK ~ Best known as guitarist of the Psychedelic Furs. After the Furs hiatus starting in 1992 Ashton turned to producing working with artists such as Marianne Faithfull, Sisters Of Mercy, Red Betty, Seven Color Sky, and the Secret Post
November 30, 1957 ~ Keyboardist Richard Barbieri born in London, UK ~ Member of new wave band Japan until its disbandement, known for the UK top 10 hit Ghosts of their 1981 Tin Drum album. Member of progressive rock outfit Porcupine Tree since 1993. Has also worked with No-Man, the Dolphin Brothers, Indigo Falls, Steve Hogarth, and others
November 30, 1956 ~ Songwriter Jean Schwartz passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Frequent collaborator of William Jerome. Wrote or co-wrote songs such as I'm A Member Of The Midnight Crew (Eddie Morton), Chinatown My Chinatown (Grace Kerns, Milton Brown), the American Quartet, Louis Prima), Rock-a-bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody (Al Jolson, Judy Garland, Jackie Wilson), Trouble In Paradise (Eddy Duchin), Trust In Me (Wayne King, Mildred Bailey, Louis Jordan, Etta James), and Wild Romantic Blues (Jane Green) ~ Schwartz was born in 1878
November 30, 1956 ~ Texas blues guitarist, singer, songwriter Smokin' Joe Kubek born in Grove City, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Backed Freddie King while still in his teens. Closely associated with Bnois King. Released his solo debut single, the Freddie King/ Sonny Thompson-penned Driving Sideways b/w the Doyle Bramhall-penned The Other Side Of Love, in 1985. Released his full-length debut album, Steppin' Out Texas Style, in 1991 and has released over a dozen albums since ~ Kubek passed away in 2015
November 30, 1955 ~ Vaudeville pianist, songwriter Al Goodhart passed away ~ Perhaps best known for co-writing I Apologize, a hit for Bing Crosby in 1931 and covered by numerous artists including Billy Eckstine, Jackie Wilson, Aretha Franklin, Bobby Vinton, and others. Other songs co-penned by Goodhart include Auf Wiedersehen My Dear (Jack Denny, Bert Ambrose, Russ Columbo), I Saw Stars (Freddy Martin, Joe Haymes, Etta Jones), and Serenade Of The Bells (Sammy Kaye, Jo Stafford, Gene Autry) ~ Goodhart was born in 1905
November 30, 1955 ~ William Michael Albert Broad, commonly known as punk rock, glam rock, dance-punk, post-punk singer, guitarist, songwriter Billy Idol, born in Stanmore, UK ~ Briefly a member of Chelsea before co-founding Generation X with bandmate Tony James, best known for the 1979 single and UK top 20 hit King Rocker. As a solo artist Idol would reach succes in the USA, starting with the Billboard Hot 100 top 30 hit Hot In The City taken of his eponymous 1982 Billy Idol. Subsequent hits would include White Wedding, Eyes Without A Face, Flesh For Fantasy, To Be A Lover, Sweet Sixteen and Mony Mony
November 30, 1954 ~ Bassist George McCardle born in Melbourne, Australia ~ Member of the Little River Band from 1976 through 1979, present on some of the band's best known including the 1977 album Diamantina Cocktail which gave the band its first and only Australian No.1 hit with Help Is On Its Way, and its 1978 Sleeper Catcher follow-up album
November 30, 1954 ~ Singer Jeannie Kendall born in St Louis, Missouri, USA ~ Formed the country duo the Kendalls with her father Royce Kendall, known for a string of late-1970s to mid-1980s recordings including the Billboard Country No.1 hits Heaven's Just A Sin Away, Sweet Desire and Thank God For The Radio ~ Kuykendall passed away in 1998
November 30, 1953 ~ Keyboardist, guitarist David Sancious born in Asbury Park, New Jersey, USA ~ Early member of Bruce Springsteen's backing unit the E Street Band, initially left in 1974 and has since played with Springsteen ocassionaly. In-demand session and touring musician. Worked with Stanley Clarke, Narada Michael Walden, Zucchero, Eric Clapton, Peter Gabriel, Sting, Tone, Jack Bruce, Santana, France Gall, Jon Anderson, Francis Dunnery, Robbie Dupree, Billy Cobham, Living Colour, Seal, Bryan Ferry, Julia Fordham, Natalie Merchant, Hall & Oates, and others
November 30, 1953 ~ Singer June Pointer, full name June Antoinetta Pointer, born in Oakland, California, USA ~ Founding member of sibling outfit the Pointer Sisters, known for songs such as Yes We Can Can, Fire, Happiness, He's So Shy, Slow Hand and I'm So Excited. Released a solo album, Baby Sister, in 1983 spawning the modest hit Ready For Some Action ~ Pointer passed away in 2006
November 30, 1952 ~ Jazz percussionist, pianist, composer Chris Joris born in Mechelen, Belgium ~ Son of opera singer Jan Joris. Member of avant-garde rock group Aksak Maboul, present on the band's 1977 Onze Danses Pour Combattre La Migraine debut album. Also worked with Bula Sangoma, David Linx, Frank Vaganee, Ernst Vranckx, Yannick Peeters, Art Farmer, Toots Thielemans, Steve Lacy, and others
November 30, 1951 ~ Kabasele Yampanya, commonly known as rumba, soukous singer, bandleader, songwriter Pépé Kallé, born in Leopoldville, Belgian Congo ~ Prominent figure in African music. Dubbed “the Elephant of African Music” for his stature, standing tall at 210 cm (6'11). Has worked with the Orchestre Bamboula, L'African Jazz, Bella Bella and Lipua Lipua. Left the latter in 1972 to form the Empire Bakuba with Dilu Dilumona and Papy Tex, the band would become one of the most popular bands in Zaire known for hist such as Dadou and Sango Ya Mawa ~ Kallé passed away in 1998
November 30, 1950 ~ Pop rock, hard rock singer, guitarist, songwriter Danny Sanderson born in Kfar Blum, Israel ~ Best known as co-founding member of pioneering Israeli rock band Kaveret, which also included Gidi Gov. After the band disbanded in 1976 has recorded as a solo artist
November 30, 1949 ~ Drummer, percussionist Johnny Mori born in Utah, USA ~ Member of Kinnara Taiko. Member of jazz fusion outfit Hiroshima
November 30, 1948 ~ Pianist, singer, songwriter Richard Smallwood born in Atlanta, Georgia, USA ~ Member of Vision. Had his songs recorded by Destiny's Child, Yolanda Adams, Karen Clark Sheard. Has collaborated with Leontyne Price, Kim Burrell, Kelly Price, Chaka Khan, Tramaine Hawkins, Aretha Franklin, and others
November 30, 1948 ~ Jazz saxophonist Stan Sulzmann, full name Stanley Ernerst Sulzmann, born in London, UK ~ Worked with the London Youth Jazz Orchestra, the Clarke-Boland Big Band, Mike Gibbs, John Taylor, Kenny Wheeler, Volker Kriegel, Eberhard Weber, Zbigniew Seifert, Phil Woods, Clark Terry, Gordon Beck, Gil Evans, Paul McCartney, the European Jazz Ensemble, James Last, the Hilversum Radio Orchestra, the NDR Big Band, the London Jazz Orchestra, Allan Botschinsky, David Murray, Paul Clarvis, Bruno Castellucci, Graham Collier, Stan Getz, and others
November 30, 1947 ~ Folk, pop, world music singer, songwriter Ann Mortifee born in Durban, South Africa ~ Blends folk, musical theatre, sacred and world music. Released her solo debut, Baptism, in 1975. Worked with Michel Legrand, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and her husband Paul Horn
November 30, 1945 ~ Bassist, pianist, singer Johnny Dyani, full name Johnny Mbizo Dyani, born in East London, South Africa ~ Member of the Blue Notes, South Africa's first racially integrated jazz band. Founded and fronted Earthquake Power in 1971, co-founded Xaba the following year with Mongezi Feza and Okay Temiz. Has also recorded as a solo artist and collaborated with a wide array of artists including Don Cherry, Steve Lacy, David Murray, Jukka Syrenius, Leo Smith, Dollar Brand, Joseph Jarman, Clifford Jarvis, Famoudou Don Moye, Han Bennink, Brotherhood Of Breath, Mal Waldron, Pierre Dørge, and others. ~ Dyani passed away in 1986
November 30, 1945 ~ Bassist, singer Roger Glover born in Brecon, UK ~ Member of Episode 6. Rose to fame as member of Deep Purple from 1969 through 1973, rejoining in 1984. Present on some of the band's best known including the pivotal 1970 Deep Purple In Rock album. Reportedly came up with the title for their iconic Smoke On The Water hit, thus inspiring the song's lyrics written by Ian Gillan. Glover left the band in 1973, along with Gillan, after the band's second Japanese tour. Would release his The Butterfly Ball & The Grasshopper's Ball solo debut album the following year, spawning the feelgood single Love Is All featuring Ronnie James Dio as lead vocalist. Would spend the remainder of the 1970s producing acts such as Judas Priest, Nazareth, Elf, Status Quo, David Coverdale. Joined Rainbow in 1979, remaining with the band through 1984
November 30, 1943 ~ Singer Oscar Harris born in Albina, Suriname ~ By far the most popular Surinam-born singer in the Netherlands during the 1970s. Best known for the Dutch top 10 Try A Little Love and Soldiers Prayer as a member of the Twinkle Stars and Song For The Children as a solo artist
November 30, 1943 ~ Rock, folk-rock, rock & roll singer, bassist, songwriter Rob Grill, full name Robert Frank Gill, born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Member of rock & rolll group the Grass Roots known for late 1960s hits such as Let's Live For Today, Midnight Confessions and I'd Wait A Million Years ~ Grill passed away in 2011
November 30, 1939 ~ Conductor, violinist Walter Weller born in Austria ~ Formed and fronted string quartet the Weller Quartet. Worked with orchestras including the Vienne Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vienna State Opera, the Sinfonieorchester Basel, the Spanish National Orchestra, the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, the Valencia Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Scottish National Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and others ~ Weller passed away in 2016
November 30, 1937 ~ Country, country pop singer, guitarist Frank Ifield, full name Francis Edward Ifield, born in Coventry, UK ~ Best known for a string of early 1960s UK hits including I Remember You, Lovesick Blues, Wayward Wind and I'm Confessing That I Love You
November 30, 1937 ~ Singer, producer, label executive Jimmy Bowen, full name James Albert Bowen, born in Santa Rita, New Mexico, USA ~ As a rockabilly singer known for 1950s recordings such as I'm Stickin' With You and Warm Up To Me Baby. Turned to production in the 1960s, working with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bert Kaempfert, Sammy Davis Jr, and Dino Desi & Billy
November 30, 1937 ~ R&B, soul singer Luther Ingram, full name Luther Thomas Ingram, born in Jackson, Tennessee, USA ~ Best known for If Loving You Is Wrong I Don't Want To Be Right, a Billboard top 10 hit in 1972 selling four million copies. Also known for songs such as Ain't That Loving You For More Reasons Than One, I'll Be Your Shelter In Time Of Sorm, Do You Love Somebody. Co-penned the Staple Singers' smash hit Respect Yourself ~ Ingram passed away in 2007
November 30, 1937 ~ Helois Maria Buarque de Hollanda, commonly known as bossa nova, samba singer, composer Miucha, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ~ Worked with Stan Getz, Antônio Carlos Jobim, and João Gilberto, marrying the latter in 1966 ~ Buarque passed away in 2018
November 30, 1936 ~ Luz Elena Ruiz Bejarano, commonly known as singer, actress Lucha Villa, born in Camargo, Mexico ~ Popular mostly during the 1950s and 1960s. Known for songs such as Media Vuelta, La Cruz Del Cielo and Viva Quien Sabe Querer
November 30, 1935 ~ George Baker Richardson, commonly known as songwriter, producer George Richey, born in Promise Land, Alaska, USA ~ Wrote or co-wrote songs such as Keep Me In Mind (Lynn Anderson), The Grand Tour (George Jones), Til I Can Make It On My Own and You & Me (Tammy Wynette). Married to Wynette from 1978 up to her death in 1998 ~ Richardson passed away in 2010
November 30, 1935 ~ Drummer, percussionist Roy Burns born in Emporia ~ Worked with Woody Herman, Benny Goodman, NBC Staff Orchestra, Roland Hanna, Teddy Wilson, and others ~ Burns passed away in 2018
November 30, 1932 ~ Guitarist, singer Bob Moore, full name Bob Loyce Moore born in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ~ In-demand session bassist. Member of the Nashville A-Team. Reportedly appears on over 17,000 recordings. Has backed artists such as Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Little Jimmy Dickens, Roger Miller, Bob Dylan, Marty Robbins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Flatt & Scruggs, Patti Page, Sammy Davis Jr, Julie Andrews, Andy Williams, Connie Francis, Moby Grape, Wayne Newton, Quincy Jones, Burl Ives, Johnny Hallyday, and Patsy Cline, appearing on almost all of Cline's Decca Records recordings including I Fall To Pieces, Crazy and She's Got You
November 30, 1931 ~ Beryl Cyril Sheldon Jr, commonly known as bebop, West Coast jazz trumpeter, singer, actor Jack Sheldon, born in Jacksonville, Florida, USA ~ Worked with Stan Kenton, Art Pepper, Gerry Mulligan, Curtis Counce, Merv Griffin, Jimmy Giuffre, Tom Waits, Johnny Mandel, Herbie Mann, the Monkees, Frank Morgan, Anita O'Day, André Previn, Sonny Stitt, Shelly Manne, and others ~ Sheldon passed away in 2019
November 30, 1931 ~ Singer Teddy Wilburn, full name Thurman Theodore Wilburn, born ~ Formed country sibling duo the Wilburn Brothers with his brother Doyle Wilburn, known for songs such as Sparkling Brown Eyes, Go Away With Me, Which One Is To Blame, Trouble's Back In Town, Roll Muddy Rivers, It's Another World, Hurt Her Once For Me, and others ~ Wilburn passed away in 2003
November 30, 1929 ~ Radio, TV personality, producer, actor Dick Clark, full name Richard Wagstaff Clark, born in Mount Vernon, New York, USA ~ Cultural icon known to music audiences for hosting American Bandstand from 1956 through 1989 ~ Clark passed away in 2012
November 30, 1927 ~ Robert Peter Williams, commonly known as actor, singer Robert Guillaume, born in St Louis, Missouri, USA ~ Best known for his role as Benson in the TV series Soap and its spin-off Benson. Also known for numerous roles in stage plays and musicals, including on Broadway, starting in the late 1950. Notable credits include Free And Easy, Golden Boy, Guys & Dolls and Porgy & Bess ~ Williams passed away in 2017
November 30, 1924 ~ Singer, comedian Allan Sherman born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Mostly known as a comedy writer and television producer, but also as a song parodist known for two early 1960s albums and a number of singles including Hello Mudduh Hello Fadduh (A Letter From Camp) which reached No.2 Billboard in 1963 ~ Sherman passed away in 1973
November 30, 1921 ~ Operatic bass singer Norman Scott born in New York, New York, USA ~ Best known for his association with the Metropolitan Opera, performing in well over 50 operatic roles between 1951 and his death 17 years later ~ Scott passed away in 1968
November 30, 1915 ~ Walter Brown McGhee, commonly known as blues guitarist Brownie McGhee, born in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA ~ Best known for his association with blues harpist Sonny Terry, performing and recording as a duo from the early 1940s to 1980 ~ McGhee passed away in 1996
November 30, 1909 ~ Robert Lee McCollum, commonly known as blues guitarist, singer Robert Nighthawk born in Helena, Arkansas, USA ~ Father of blues singer Sam Carr. Worked with the Memphis Jug Band, Henry Townsend, Big Joe Williams, Sonny Boy Williamson I, Ernie Lane, Willie Dixon, and others ~ McCollum passed away in 1967
November 30, 1897 ~ Lena Corinne Taylor, commonly known as singer, guitarist, actress, songwriter Lee Morse, born in Cove, Oregon, USA ~ Enjoyed her peak as torch singer in the 1920s and early 1930s. Recorded over 200 songs over the course of her career. Best known for songs such as Telling Eyes, Those Daisy Days, An Old-Fashioned Love, Blue Waltz, Shadows On The Wall, Deep Wide Ocean Blues, A Little Love, and Daddy's Girl ~ Taylor passed away in 1954
November 30, 1813 ~ Composer, pianist Charles-Valentin Alkan born ~ Contemporary of Frédéric Chopin and Franz Liszt. Seen as one of the leading pianists of his day ~ Alkan passed away in 1888