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Mimi Farina born 30 April 1945

Mimi Farina (April 30, 1945 – July 18, 2001) was an American singer-songwriter and activist, the youngest of three daughters to a white mother and Mexican-American physicist Albert Baez. She was the...

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Floyd "Candy" Johnson born 1 May 1922

Floyd "Candy" Johnson (May 1, 1922 – June 28, 1981) was an American jazz tenor and alto saxophonist. Johnson, who was born in Madison, Illinois, started being a drummer at age 13, but quickly switched...

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Randy Cain born 2 May 1945

Randy Cain (May 2, 1945 – April 9, 2009) was a Philadelphia soul singer with The Delfonics (early 1960s to 1971). He also helped set up the group Blue Magic. Herbert Randal Cain III was born in...

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Freddie Roulette born 3 May 1939

Freddie Roulette (May 3, 1939 – December 24, 2022) was an American electric blues lap steel guitarist and singer. He was best known as an exponent of the lap steel guitar. He was a member of the band...

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Nick Ashford born 4 May 1941

Nickolas Ashford (May 4, 1941 – August 22, 2011) and Valerie Simpson (born August 26, 1946) were an American husband-and-wife songwriting, production and recording duo. The son of a construction...

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Joyce Collins born 5 May 1930

Joyce Collins (born 5 May 1930, Battle Mountain, Nevada - died January 3, 2010) was a jazz pianist, singer and educator. Collins began playing piano professionally at the age of 15 while still...

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Emme Kemp born 6 May 1935

Emme Kemp (born 6 May 1935) is an American pianist, vocalist, bandleader, Broadway composer, lecturer, and music researcher. Born Emmelyne Kemp, as a child prodigy, she was reared in the musical...

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Bumble Bee Slim born 7 May 1906

Admirl Amos Easton (May 7, 1905 – June 8, 1968), better known by the stage name Bumble Bee Slim, was an American Piedmont blues singer and guitarist. Easton was born in Brunswick. Several original...

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Keith Jarrett born 8 May 1945

 Keith Jarrett (born May 8, 1945) is an American pianist and composer and one of the most prolific, innovative, and iconoclastic musicians to emerge from the late 20th century. Jarrett was born in...

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H-Bomb Ferguson born 9 May 1929

Robert Percell Ferguson (May 9, 1929 – November 26, 2006), who performed as H-Bomb Ferguson, was an American jump blues singer. He was an early pioneer of the rock and roll style of the mid-1950s,...

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Maybelle Carter born 10 May 1909

"Mother" Maybelle Carter (May 10, 1909 – October 23, 1978) was an American country musician and "among the first" to use the Carter scratch, with which she "helped to turn the guitar into a lead...

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Marino Marini born 11 May 1924

Marino Marini (11 May 1924 – 20 March 1997) was an Italian musician who achieved international success in the 1950s and 1960s. He was born into a family of musicians in Seggiano in the province of...

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Ruud de Wolff born 12 May 1941

The Blue Diamonds were an Indonesian and Dutch 1960s rock and roll duo who sang in English, German, French and Spanish and sold 14 million records throughout their career. They were best known for...

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Rab Noakes born 13 May 1947

Robert Ogilvie Noakes (13 May 1947 – 11 November 2022) better known as Rab Noakes, was a Scottish singer-songwriter. He was at the forefront of Scottish folk music for over 50 years and recorded over...

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Al Porcino born 14 May 1925

Al Porcino (May 14, 1925 – December 31, 2013) was a well-respected American lead trumpeter able to hit high notes during his prime with a strong tone and has the distinction of having played first...

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Lee Emerson born 15 May 1927

 Lee Emerson (May 15, 1927 – December 2, 1978) was an American music singer and songwriter. A native of St. Paul, Virginia, young Lee Emerson Bellamy joined the Marines at age seventeen and returned...

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Big George Brock born 16 May 1932

George Brock (May 16, 1932 – April 10, 2020), billed as Big George Brock, was an American blues musician. A native of Mississippi, he moved to Missouri in the 1950s and operated a series of nightclubs....

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Vernon Nesbeth born c.1933

Vernon Nesbeth (born circa 1933* – 7 March 2017) was lead singer and founder member of The Jamaican and British vocal group The Southlanders who were the longest lasting vocal group in British pop...

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Ezio Pinza born 18 May 1892

Ezio Pinza (May 18, 1892 – May 9, 1957) was one of the most brilliant international opera stars of the mid-twentieth century. He is probably best remembered by today’s audiences, through the original...

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Mavis Rivers born 19 May 1929

Mavis Rivers (19 May 1929 – 29 May 1992) was a Samoan and New Zealand jazz singer. Mavis Chloe Rivers’s background is as distinctive as her singing. The daughter of Moody Charles Rivers and his wife,...

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Gia Maione born 20 May 1941

Gia Maione Prima (May 20, 1941 – September 23, 2013) was an American singer and the fifth wife of musician/entertainer Louis Prima. Born in the Roebling section of Florence Township, New Jersey, Maione...

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Johnny Bothwell born 23 May 1919

Johnny Bothwell (May 23, 1919 – September 12, 1995) was an American jazz alto saxophonist and bandleader. He became a major figure in the mid-1940s progressive jazz scene. Like many who tried to sell...

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Lou Pride born 24 May 1944

Lou Pride (May 24, 1944 – June 5, 2012) was an American blues and soul singer and songwriter. Some sources state his year of birth was 1950. He is best known for his compositions "Long Arm of the...

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Cleo Page born 25 May 1928

Cleo Page (May 25, 1928 – February 19, 1979) was an American blues guitarist, singer and songwriter, whose recorded work was released on several singles and an album in his lifetime, with a compilation...

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V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N

                                   Well Music Lovers, It’s that time of the year when I’m off to charge up those depleted batteries. Hopefully I will be back in two weeks. Bon Voyage!

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