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Todays Date
05-19-2024

Birthday Wishes

Yearbirthday
1892George 'Pops' Foster, Traditional jazz string bassist and tuba player from McCall, Louisiana. His brother, Willie, was also a musician and played the New Orleans circuit. He bagan his career with the 'Magnolia Orchestra'. Until World War I, he palyed with the 'Olympia Brass Band', the 'Eagle Band' and with Kid Ory. He worked with Fate Marable on the riverboats, then joined Ory in California in the late twenties. He then worked with Louis Armstrong and in the forties was fetured on radio. He is reputed to have been the most recorded bass player in jazz. In the 1950's he played many concerts in New York. In the mid-fifties he moved to California to play with Earl Hines and died in San Francisco in October, 1969. (132)
1919Georgie Auld, Saxophonist and bandleader. He had a long and varied career, changing his tenor sound gradually with the times and adapting to many different musical situations. He died in 1990. (105)
1935Cecil McBee, One of post-bop's most advanced and versatile bassists, Cecil McBee has played with an enormous variety of artists, and is just as capable in a solo or group improvisational context as he is at offering thoughtfully advanced background support. (89)
1939Sonny Fortune, Saxophonist who moved to New York in 1967 where he worked with Elvin Jones, Mongo Santamaria (1967-1970), and McCoy Tyner (1971-1973 and occasionally since). After a stint with Buddy Rich, Fortune played quite effectively with Miles Davis (1974-1975). (85)
1945Peter Townshend, Guitarist and songwriter for the rock super group 'The Who' - "My Generation". (79)
1948Tom Scott, Early on became a studio musician and arranger. Able to play most reeds with little difficulty, Scott performed with the Don Ellis and Oliver Nelson bands, and his L.A. Express became one of the most successful pop-jazz groups of the 1970s. (76)
1952Grace Jones, Singer - "Slave To The Rhythm". (72)
1958Jane Weidlin, Singer and songwirter for the pop group 'The Go-Go's'. (66)
1960Susan Cowsill, Singer in 'The Cowsills' and New Orleans own 'Continental Drifters'. (64)
1961Nick Heyward, Vocalist and guitarist for the group 'Haircut 100'. He left his band 'Haircut 100' just when they were cruising through the pop charts in the U.K. Instead of destroying his career, the move actually provided him with more artistic credibility... (63)
1966Tom Gorman, 'Belly' (58)
1972Busta Rhymes, Rapper. (52)

Todays_Events

YearMusical_Fact
1941 "Time Was" was recorded by Bob Eberly and Helen O'Connell and backed by Jimmy Dorsey's Orchestra on this day.
1956 Carl Perkins reached the top of the pop charts on this day with "Blue Suede Shoes".
1958 "Splish Splash" was released by Bobby Darin on this day.
1958 New Orleans native and 1950's hitmaker, Antoine 'Fats' Domino hit the Billboard R&B charts on this day with the Chris Kenner tune 'Sick And Tired'.
1958Edward (Guitar Slim) Jones played the 2nd of two nights in New Orleans, Louisiana at The Blue Eagle on this night.
1961 Gil Evans and Miles Davis appear together at a Carnegie Hall concert for the African Research Foundation.
1965 Roger Miller received a gold record for "King of the Road" on this day.
1966 "Unit Structures" is recorded by Cecil Taylor. The section included an oboe and sounds more like classical than jazz.
1969 Coleman Hawkins, the lyrical master of swing style saxophone, died at the age of sixty-four.
1973 Stevie Wonder made it to #1 on the pop charts on this day with 'You Are The Sunshine Of My Life'.
1979 The Village People entered the top 40's with their tune "In The Navy'.
1997Nolan Washington, a vocalist and a native of New Orleans, Louisiana passed away on this day at the age of 65. He was a manager with his brother Sherman for many years of one of the best known Gospel groups in New Orleans, the Zion Harmonizers.
2000Jessie L. (Jay) Stutes, Sr, a multi-instrumentalist and a native of Morse, Louisiana passed away on this day at the age of 66. During his musical career he played with Jimmy Newman, Jo-El Sonnier, Lawrence Walker, Wayne Toups, Doug Kershaw, and others. He wrote the song "Boss Man" which is now in the Smithsonian Institute. He became a member of the Cajun French Music Association Hall of Fame in 1999.