1918 "Wee Bonnie" Baker, vocals, née: Evelyn Nelson. Best recalled for her hit tune "Oh Johnny", with the
Orrin Tucker Orch.. (Orrin, b. Feb. 11, 1917, was himself a 'singing' bandleader.)
1975 Thomas Bangaltier, keyboards, b.
Paris, France. Member group: 'Daft Punk', - a French "Techno" duo of
Bangaltier (aka: Bangalter) and Guy-Manuel de Homem Christo (b. 1974).
1936 Benny Barnes, C&W guitar/vocals, b. Beaumont, TX, USA, d: Aug. 9, 1986
1934 Pat Boone, Singer. né: Charles Eugene Boone. Married to Red Foley's daughter, Shirley
1931 Helmut Brandt, Baritone Sax, b. Berlin, Germany, d. July 26, 2001
1916 Marvin Camras, Elec. Engineer who perfected 'Magnetic Tape', b. Chicago, IL, USA.
1884 Oscar "Papa" Celestin,
Trumpet/leader, b. Napoleanville, LA, USA. d. Dec. 15, 1954, New
Orleans, LA, USA. Theme Song: "Marie LaVeau". "Papa Jack" appeared in
one Hollywood movie, "Cinerama Holiday" (1953). His son Jack also had
an equally famous band in New Orleans.
1928 Ernie Chaffin, C&W guitar/Voc., b. Water Valley, MS, USA, d: April 16, 1997, Hattiesburg, MS, USA.
1942 "Charo", vocals. née: Maria
Martinez. Best recalled for her work with the 'Xavier Cugat Orchestra'
(see below). Presently (2003) living in Hawaii, and teaching Japensese
language to students
1947 Leonid Chizhik, Piano, b. Kishinev, Moldavia
1963 Holly Cole, vocals, piano, b. Halifax, N.S., Canada. (Both her parents were concert pianists.)
1947 Gary "B.B." Coleman, producer (Ichiban Records), b. Paris, TX, USA.
1900 Xavier Cugat,
b. Girona, Catalonia, Spain, d. Oct. 27, 1990, Barcelona, Spain. né:
Francisco de Asis Javier Cugat Mingall de Bru y Deulofeo. This
Spanish/Cuban bandleader was principally responsible for popularizing
Latin American music in the U.S.A., and he became known as "The Rhumba
King". His family moved to Cuba while he was still a child. There he
studied violin, and played in the Havana opera company. He later
continued his studies in Berlin, Germany, and worked with The Berlin
Orchestra before coming to America. In the late 1920s, he organized his
first Latin dance band. In the '30s, he became a film star when he
appeared in the movie 'Gay Madrid' -- the first of many film
appearances. During the '40s, Cugat was particularly prominent, being
featured in many MGM musicals. He had many hit records all through the
'30s and '40s and made appearances with Bing Crosby and Desi Arnaz. His
orchestra became a 'fixture' at New's York's famed Waldorf- Astoria
Hotel, where he was adored by the 'society' set. Vocalists who appeared
with the band include Lena Romay, La Chata, Miguelito Valdes, Carmen
(wife No. 1), Lorraine (wife no. 2), Abbe Lane (wife no. 3) and "Charo"
(wife no. 4), - all of whom were talented performers. He officially
retired in 1970, turning his band over to Tito Puente. Cugat returned
to Spain in 1980. He is well remembered today as a prime mover in
bringing Latin rhythms and beats to the attention of world audiences.
His bands were composed of excellent musicians.
1937 Neville Dickie, Piano, b. Dunham, England, UK
1898 Edgar "Cookie" Fairchild, Bandleader. best recalled as musical director for the Jerry Colonna Show
1950 Morgan Fisher, organ/piano, b.
Soho, West London, England, UK.. né: Stephen Morgan Fisher. Member
groups: 'Mott the Hoople', 'Hybrid Kids', and 'Morgan'.
1908 Teddy Foster, Trumpet/Vocals, b.
London, England, UK, d. Jan. 5, 1984, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire,
England, UK, . Teddy was the older brother of trumpeter Lew Foster.
1916 Bulee "Slim" Gaillard, (NOTE: PLEASE SEE OUR JAN. 4, CALENDAR
FOR GAILLARD.) Vocals/Guitar/piano, b. Detroit, MI, USA, d. Feb, 26,
1991, London, England, UK. Best recalled as part of the "Slim and Slam"
(Slam Stewart, b. Sept. 21, 1914 in Englewood, NJ, USA, Slam on Bass -
Slim on Guitar) team. Their 1938 recording of "Flat Foot Floogie" was a
huge hit bringing them national fame. The team broke up in 1942 when
Slim entered the U.S. Airforce. After WW2 hostilities, Gaillard played
and led mostly small combos. His single biggest hit recording was
1938's "Flat Foot Floogie (With A Floy Floy)", a duet with "Slam"
Stewart on Bass.
1925 Kurt W. Geisler, piano, b. Germany, d. Aug. 23, 2002, Baltimore, MD, USA (Emphysema) Worked with The Ink Spots on their East Coast tours.
1878 Edwin Franko Goldman, Band Leader, b. Louisville, KY, USA. d. Feb. 21, 1956, New York, NY, USA
1951 Andy Gonzalez, (Latin Jazz)
bassist, b. New York, NY, USA Has work with his brother Jerry Gonzalez
in the 'Fort Apache Band'. He has also played bass with such stars as
Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Ray Barretto, McCoy
Tyner, Don Grolnik and many others. Andy is musical director of the
group 'Manny Oquendo y Cojunto Libre', and he has produced and
contributed to many recordings and commercials.
1936 Sonny Greenwich, Guitar, b. Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
1924 Esco Hankins, C&W vocals/guitar, b. Union County, TN, USA.
1960 Eiichi Hayashi, alto saxophonist, b. Japan
1942 Yoshio Ikeda, Jazz bassist, b. Osaka, Japan
1923 Milt "Bags" Jackson,
Vibes/piano/guitar, b. Detroit, MI, USA. d. Oct. 9, 1999, age 76.
Partial deafness. Was stongly influenced by such singers as Kay Starr,
Billie Holiday, and a southern R&B vocalist named 'Miss
Cornshucks'. "Bags" is best remembered as part of the Modern Jazz
Quartet. Began his career in Detroit, MI, playing piano, guitar, violin
and drums before settling on the Vibraphone. In 1945, he joined Dizzy
Gillespie's big band, an astonishing group that included John Lewis on
piano, Ray Brown on bass and Kenny Clarke on drums. Jackson then formed
the Modern Jazz Quartet, with Lewis, Percy Heath and Clarke (later
replaced by Connie Kay), -one of the most popular and critically
acclaimed groups in modern Jazz. Jackson also recorded with other
jazzmen including Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Miles Davis and
Coleman Hawkins. He composed "Bag's Groove" and "Bluesology"
1908 Howard William "Swan" Johnson, Alto Sax, b. Boston, MA, USA. d. Dec. 28, 1991. (Worked with Panama Francis, and others)
1909 Frank Delaney Kettering, bass/guitar, b. Monmouth, IL, USA, d. June 1973. Member: "The Hoosier Hot Shots"
1934 Bob Kirkpatrick, guitar/singer-songwriter, b. Haynesville, LA, USA.
1904 Orville Knapp, leader, b. Kansas, City, MO, d. July 16, 1936, Beverly, MA, USA.
1952 Urs Leimgruber, bass clarinet/saxophone (all), b. Lucerne, Switzerland
1949 Mike Levine, Rock keyboardist/bassist
1942 "Country" Joe McDonald, b. El Monte, CA, USA. Member/Leader group: 'Country Joe McDonald & The Fish'
1946 Susannah McCorkle, Vocal, b. Berkeley, CA, USA. d. May 19, 2001
1919 Alfred Benjamin "Al" McKibbon, Bass, b. Chicago, IL, USA, d. July 29, 2005
1894 George W. Meyer, Composer, b. Boston, MA, USA, d. Aug. 28, 1959, New York, NY, USA.
1950 Maryam Mursal, vocals, b. Mogadishu, Somalia. Denmark-based Mursal was one of the first professional female vocalists of Muslim faith.
1931 Manny Oquendo, percussion, b. New York, NY, USA
1952 Phil Perry,
singer-songwriter/producer, b. Springfield, Illinois, USA. A member of
'The Montclairs', and later teamed with Richard Sanlin in a duo. Their
only album was not well received but they continued as
1958 T. C. Pfeiler, Hammond B3 organ,
b. Salzburg, Austria. né: Ewald Pfeiler. In the USA, the big Hammond
organ is known as "The Console", and Pfeiler is such a wonderful
Hammond organist that Jazzmen soon tagged him with the affectionate
nickname of "T. C." Eventually, the Austrian Gov. of Justice told
Pfeiler that he would have to register the "T.C." in his passport,
social security card etc. as a regular artist's name. So, T. C. became
legal. Today, the whole world knows him just as "T. C.". Pfeiler
formally studied in Munich, Germany, but has said that Jazz-organ
pioneer "Wild" Bill Davis was his friend and most important teacher. In
the early 1970s, while still in his teenage years, he began playing
commercial dance music. Beginning in 1978, Pfeiler led his own organ
trio, mostly with guitar and drums, and occasionally with sax. They
appeared at some concerts but mainly played in European clubs, at
Jazz-festivals, plus some gigs in the U.S.A. Since then, he has
appeared in Broadcasts and TV shows, and also performed in the studios
working as arranger, composer, and producer (Jazz, jingles, videoclips
etc.). In 1980, T. C. toured Europe with the Lionel Hampton Bigband.
His great friend, and mentor "Wild" Bill Davis was the regular
organist, but T. C. had the chance to play some club gigs and sessions.
Among the musicians in the BigBand were trumpet stars like Wallace
Davenport, Joe Newman, 'Cat' Anderson, Curtis Fuller on trombone or
Arnette Cleophus Cobb, and Illinois Jacquet on sax for some special
concerts. Playing with such stars was a great help for T. C. in his
early years as a Jazz-organist. In 2003, T.C. Pfeiler, together with
long time partner and producer/promoter, Miss Ulrike Muehlbachler
(drums, b. Dec. 30, 1963) formed the very successful Hammond B3 Lounge
project. In addition to his work with "Wild" Bill Davis, other famous
stars with whom Pfeiler has played include Ken Peplowski, Frank Foster,
Herb Ellis, Maceo Parker, Red Holloway, Bill Elgart, Jack Mc Duff, and
many famous European musicians such as Michael Honzak, Joris Dudli, Joe
Nay, Peter Legat , Carl Drewo, Harry Sokal, among others. In 2004, he
is still very active and in much demand. It is not widely known, but T.
C. has (in his own words) "composed over 1200! tunes until today
(2004)". T. C's second passion, after Jazz and the Hammond organ, are
Vintage U. S. cars. Occasionally, he will visit the USA especially to
on some vintage automobile up for auction. Link: http://www.tc.pfeiler.umm.at
1971 Chris Potter, Alto,tenor Sax, b. Columbia, SC, USA.
1909 Judge L. Riley, drums, b. New Orleans, LA, USA. (Worked with Arthur Crudup)
1912 Ray Robbins, Leader b. Gardenia, CA, USA.
1957 Joe Rockman, bass, b: Toronto, Ontario, Canada. member: 'Jeff Healey Band'
1950 Graham Russell, Singer. member group: Air Supply
1958 Joseph Saddler, DJ/vocals, b.
Barbados, West Indies. aka: 'Grandmaster Flash'. Member group:
'Grandmaster Flash & Furious 5', a 'Rap' group consisting of DJ
Saddlerl and rappers Melle Mel (Melvin
Glover), Cowboy (Keith Wiggins), Kid Creole (Nathaniel Glover), Mr.
Ness (Eddie Morris) and Rahiem (Guy Williams
1945 Linda Scott, Singer
1962 Beau Shelby, guitar, b. Indianolo, MS, USA.
1940 Earl Sinks, C&W Guitar/voc, b. Amarillo, TX, USA.
1908 Grace Smith, vocals, b. Columbia, SC, USA.
1888 Frank Stokes, guitar/vocals, b.
Whitehaven (near Memphis), TN, USA, d. Sept. 12, 1955, Memphis, TN, USA
(Stroke). The lives of Bluesmen Frank Stokes, Dan Sane (b. Jan, 24,
Michigan, MI, USA. d. Feb. 18, 1956, Memphis, TN, USA), Will Batts (b.
Michigan (Benton Co), MS, USA, d. April 16, 1954 ), Jack Kelly (b. ca.
1905, Mississippi, USA, d. ca. 1960, Memphis, TN, USA), and are
intertwined. (Sane and Batts have the same birthdate.) By 1925 Frank
was playing professionally in Memphis along with fellow guitarist Dan
Sane, violinist Will Batts (b. Jan, 24, 1904, Memphis, TN, USA), and
singer-guitarist Jack Kelly (b. ca. 1905, Mississippi, USA, d. ca.
1960, Memphis, TN, USA.). Batts will later be the featured
instrumentalist in the "Jack Kelly Memphis Jug Band". In 1927, the duo
Frank and Dan Sane, billing themselves 'The Beale Street Sheiks', make
their first recordings. In 1929 Frank makes his last recordings. Stokes
then seems to disappear from sight until 1952 when he became a
religious minister. Sadly, on Sept. 15, 1955, just three years later,
Stokes died as a result of a cerebral hemorrhage.
NOTES on Jack Kelly:
1925, an interesting note is that Jack Kelly's first jug band included
Stokes, Sane and Will Batts. In 1933, Kelly, Batts, Sane and jug blower
D.M. Higgs, recorded as "The South Memphis Jug Band". In 1934, Kelly
disbanded, and afterwards worked solo, occasionally in ad hoc bands,
and occasionally with his old friend guitarist Frank Stokes. In 1939,
Kelly, Batts and a guitarist (possibly Ernest Lawlars), again recorded.
In 1953, Sun Records recorded him playing piano, with Walter "Shakey"
Horton and Joe Hill Louis, but never released the 78RPM recorded. Some
years later, a small part of that session was released.
1894 Jaspar Taylor, Drums/Washboard, b. Texarkana, TX, USA. d. Nov. 7, 1964.
1953 Kevin Toney, Jazz keyboardist, b. Detroit, MI, USA
1930 Ack Van Rooyen, Trumpet/Flugelhorn, b. The Hague, Netherlands
1947 Ron Wood, Guitar, Joined group: Rolling Stones in 1976
1896 "Mama" Yancey, piano, b. Cairo, IL, USA.
1918 Johnny Young, guitar/mandolin, b. Vicksburg, MS, USA.
Notable Events occuring this date include:
1942. Jaroslav Jezek, piano, composer, arranger, leader, died in New York, NY, USA.
1953. Hank Williams, guitar/songwriter,
died in Oak Hill, W. VA, USA. Age: 29. (He died somewhere in the night
of December 31, 1952, or the morning of January 1, 1953, in the back
seat of his Powder Blue Cadillac convertible.)
1958. Fulton McGrath, piano, died
1962. The Beatles auditioned for Decca. (They were turned down in favor of Brian Poole & The Tremeloes.)
1964. Artie Bernstein, bass, died
1967. Aubrey "Moon" Mullican, piano, died
in Beaumont, Texas. Age: 57. Throughout the 1930s Economic Depression
and WWII years, he "cut his teeth" on Western Swing, most notably as
vocalist and piano player in Cliff Bruner's Texas Wanderers. In 1946,
he signed with the King Records label. Mullican was a performer with
wide-ranging tastes. A piano-pounding honky-tonk man, his playing had a
significant musical influence on Jerry
Lee Lewis, and others. Many of his King sides, cut with Black producer
Henry Glover, jumped to the beat of hardcore R&B.
1970. Floyd "Salty" Holmes, C&W
singer/guitarist/harmonica/Jug,, and member "The Prarie Ramblers,"
died. Age: 60
1972. Maurice Chevalier died in Paris, France. Age: 84.
1973. Jeff Carp, harmonica, died in Panama. Worked with Muddy Waters
1984. Alexis Korner, guitar, died in London, UK. Age: 55. Member 'Blues Incorporated'
1990. Dieter Zimmerle, editor (Jazz Podium), died in Stuttgart, Germany. Age: 73
1991. Buck Ram, producer/arranger/songwriter, died in Las Vegas, NV, USA. Age: 83. Member: 'The Platters'
1995. Ted Hawkins, (Roots) guitar/vocals/songwriter, died from a stroke in Los Angeles, CA, USA. Age: 58 or 60
1997. Townes Van Zandt, songwriter, died of heart failure. Age 52
1998. Dave Schildkraudt, alto and tenor sax, died
Songs Recorded/Released this date
1955 Open Up Your Heart (And Let The Sunshine In), - Cowboy Church Sunday School
Must To Avoid, A, - Herman's Hermits