. 1505 ~ Thomas Tallis, English composer
. 1566 ~ Alessandro Piccinini born. He was an Italian lutenist and composer who died sometime in 1638
. 1697 ~ Johann Joachim Quantz, German flutist, flute maker and composer
. 1861 ~ Charles Martin Tornow Loeffler, Alsatian-born American composer
. 1862 ~ Walter Johannes Damrosch, German conductor and composer
. 1911 ~ (David) Roy ‘Little Jazz’ Eldridge, Trumpeter and soloist with Gene Krupa’s Band, U.S. President Carter’s White House jazz party in 1978
. 1917 ~ The Original Dixieland Jazz Band recorded a classic for Columbia Records titled, The Darktown Strutters’ Ball. It was one of the first jazz compositions recorded.
. 1921 ~ Bernie Leighton, Jazz pianist
. 1928 ~ Ruth Brown, R&B and jazz singer
. 1928 ~ Harold Prince, Broadway producer and director of A Little Night Music and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
. 1936 ~ Horst Jankowski, Pianist, most famous work was A Walk In The Black Forest
. 1938 ~ Norma Jean (Beasler), Country singer
. 1941 ~ Joe Terranova, Singer with Danny and the Juniors
. 1943 ~ Marty Balin (Buchwald), Singer with Jefferson Airplane/Starship
. 1943 ~ The Nat King Cole Trio reached the top of the charts with the song “That Ain’t Right.” It stayed there for one week before dropping off the top spot.
. 1944 ~ Lynn Harrell, American cellist
. 1947 ~ Steve Marriott, Singer, songwriter, guitarist
. 1949 ~ William King, Trumpeter, keyboard with The Commodores
. 1951 ~ Phil Collins, English singer-songwriter, drummer, keyboard player with Genesis. As a solo performer he had a number of world wide singles to his credit including “You Can’t Hurry Love”, “Take a Look at Me Now)” “One More Night”, “A Groovy Kind of Love” and “Another Day in Paradise”. He is also remembered for his role in Live Aid 1985 when he performed at Wembley Stadium, England and JFK Stadium Philadelphia using the Concorde to fly from England to the US.
. 1959 ~ Jody Watley, Singer with Shalamar
. 1969 ~ The Beatles made their last public appearance. It was at a free concert at their Apple corporate headquarters in London. The group recorded Get Back and also filmed the movie “Let It Be”.
. 2004 ~ Jazz bassist Malachi Favors, who played with such bandleaders as Dizzy Gillespie and Freddy Hubbard before beginning a 35-year association with the Art Ensemble of Chicago, died. After service in the Army during the Korean War, he studied with the bassists Wilbur Ware and Israel Crosby, and worked with the pianists Andrew Hill and King Fleming. After playing with Gillespie, Hubbard, and other members of the bebop revolution, Favors joined the band of Chicago saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell and played a major part on Mitchell’s influential free-jazz album, “Sound”, in 1966. Mitchell’s band soon evolved into the Art Ensemble of Chicago, which combined traditional elements of jazz and blues, West African music, chanting, ritual, abstract sound and silence. Although founded in Chicago, the group was based in Europe until 1971. In addition to his distinctive bass sound, Favors also added vocals and such folk instruments as banjo, zither and harmonica to group’s compositions. He also recorded a solo bass album, “Natural and the Spiritual”.
. 2011 ~ John Barry, English film score composer died at the age of 77
. 2013 ~ Patty Andrews, American singer (Andrews Sisters), died at the age of 94