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On May 24, 2020.

On May 24, 2020, Wilbur James Cobb died aged 91. He was musician (drums), one of the most influential and respected drummers in Jazz music. He has recorded and performed with many musicians including Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, Dinah Washington, Pearl Bailey, Clark Terry, Cannonball Adderley, Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Wynton Kelly, Stan Getz, Wes Montgomery, Art Pepper, Gil Evans, Paul Chambers, Kenny Burrell, J. J. Johnson, Sonny Stitt, Nat Adderley, Phil Upchurch, Benny Golson, Hank Jones, Ron Carter, George Coleman, Fathead Newman, Geri Allen, Earl Bostic, Leo Parker, Charlie Rouse, Ernie Royal, Philly Joe Jones, Bobby Timmons, Walter Booker, Jerome Richardson, Joey DeFrancesco, Keter Betts, Jimmy Cleveland, Sam Jones, Red Garland, Joe Henderson, Eddie Gómez, Bill Evans, Jeremy Steig, Richard Wyands, Peter Bernstein, Walter Bishop, Jr., Richie Cole, Nancy Wilson, Ricky Ford, David Amram, Donald Byrd, Kenny Barron and Toshiko Akiyoshi. Cobb recorded 17 albums as a leader.


On July 1, 1971.

On July 1, 1971, “Atco” label released “Everything Is Everything”, the debut Donny Hathaway studio album. It was recorded September 1969 – April 1970, and was produced by Donny Hathaway and Ric Powell.


  • Donny Hathaway – lead and background vocals, electric pianos, , organ, additional bass guita, keyboard bass, arranger, conductor
  • Master Henry Gibson– congas
  • King Curtis– guitar
  • Phil Upchurch- bass guitar, guitar
  • John Littlejohn- guitar, vocals
  • John Avant – trombone
  • Johnny Board – tenor saxophone
  • Lenard Druss – tenor saxophone
  • Oscar Brashear– trumpet
  • Clifford P. Davis – alto saxophone
  • Aaron Dodd – tuba
  • Morris Ellis – trombone
  • Marshall Hawkins- bass guitar
  • Willie Henderson- baritone saxophone
  • John Howell – trumpet
  • Morris Jennings– drums
  • Robert A. Lewis – trumpet
  • Cyril Touff – bass trumpet
  • John Lounsberry – French horn
  • Ethel Merker – French horn
  • Paul A. Teryett – French hor
  • Don Myrick- alto saxophone
  • Ric Powell – drums, percussion
  • Louis Satterfield- bass guitar
  • The Vashonettes – backing vocals
  • Murray Allen, Roger Anfinsen – recording engineer
  • Haig Adishian – cover design
  • Jim Taylor – cover photography

Track listing:

 Voices Inside (Everything Is Everything) – Richard Evans, Ric Powell, Phil Upchurch

  1. Je Vous Aime (I Love You) – Donny Hathaway, Leroy Hutson, Edward Kennedy
  2. I Believe to My Soul – Ray Charles
  3. Misty – Johnny Burke, Erroll Garner
  4. Sugar Lee – Donny Hathaway, Ric Powell
  5. Tryin’ Times – Donny Hathaway, Leroy Hutson
  6. Thank You Master (For My Soul) – Donny Hathaway
  7. The Ghetto – Donny Hathaway, Leroy Hutson
  8. To Be Young, Gifted and Black – Weldon Irvine, Nina Simone

On May 12, 1969.

On May 12, 1969, “Cadet” label released “After the Rain”, the sixth Muddy Waters studio album. It was recorded in January 1969, and was produced by Marshall Chess, Charles Stepney and Gene Barge.


  • Muddy Waters(McKinley Morganfield) – vocals, lead guitar
  • Phil Upchurch– guitar
  • Pete Cosey– guitar
  • Morris Jennings – drums
  • Otis Spann– piano
  • Louis Satterfield– bass
  • Charles Stepney– organ
  • Paul Oscher– harmonica
  • Stu Black – engineer
  • T. Swan – re-mix production

Track listing:

All tracks by Muddy Waters (McKinley Morganfield), except where noted.

  1. I Am the Blues – Willie Dixon
  2. Ramblin’ Mind
  3. Rollin’ and Tumblin’
  4. Bottom of the Sea
  5. Honey Bee
  6. Blues and Trouble
  7. Hurtin’ Soul – Charles Williams
  8. Screamin’ and Cryin’


In November 1971.

In November 1971, “Warner Bros” label released “The Need of Love”, the second Earth, Wind & Fire studio album. It was recorded in 1971, at “Sunset Sound Studios” in Hollywood, and was produced by Joe Wissert.


  • Maurice White- drums, vocals, percussion, kalimba
  • Sherry Scott – vocals
  • Wade Flemons – vocals
  • Chet Washington – tenor saxophone
  • Alex Thomas – trombone
  • Michael Beal – guitar, harmonica
  • Don Whitehead – acousticand electric pianos, vocals
  • Doug Carn– Hammond B3 organ
  • Verdine White- bass
  • Yackov Ben Israel – percussion, congas
  • Oscar Brashear- trumpet solo
  • Roland Charles – photography

Track listing:

  1. Energy – Wade Flemons, Sherry Scott, Maurice White, Don Whitehead
  2. Beauty – Wade Flemons, Maurice White, Don Whitehead
  3. I Can Feel It In My Bones – Wade Flemons, Maurice White, Don Whitehead
  4. I Think About Lovin’ You – Sherry Scott
  5. Everything Is Everything – Richard Evans, Phil Upchurch


In August 1969.

In August 1969, “Chess” label released “Fathers and Sons”, the seventh Muddy Waters studio album. The album features both studio and live recordings. The studio tracks were recorded in April 21–23, 1969 at “Ter Mar Studios” in Chicago, April 24, 1969 at the “Super Cosmic Joy-Scout Jamboree” in Chicago. Producer on all tracks was Norman Dayron.The cover illustration was by Don Wilson and was based on Michelangelo’s design on the Sistine Chapel.


  • Muddy Waters (McKinley Morganfield) – vocals, guitar
  • Otis Spann– piano
  • Michael Bloomfield– guitar
  • Paul Butterfield– harmonica
  • Donald “Duck” Dunn– bass guitar
  • Sam Lay– drums
  • Paul Asbell – rhythm guitar
  • Buddy Miles– drums
  • Jeff Carp – chromatic harmonica
  • Phil Upchurch– bass guitar
  • Ron Malo– engineer

Track listing:

All tracks by McKinley Morganfield, except where noted.

  1. All Aboard
  2. Mean Disposition
  3. Blow Wind Blow
  4. Can’t Lose What You Ain’t Never Had
  5. Walkin’ Thru The Park
  6. Forty Days and Forty Nights – Bernard Roth
  7. Standin’ Round Crying
  8. I’m Ready – Willie Dixon
  9. Twenty Four Hours – Eddie Boyd
  10. Sugar Sweet – Mel London
  11. Long Distance Call
  12. Baby, Please Don’t Go – Big Joe Williams
  13. Honey Bee
  14. The Same Thing – Willie Dixon
  15. Got My Mojo Working, Part 1 – Preston Foster, McKinley Morganfield
  16. Got My Mojo Working, Part 2 – Preston Foster, McKinley Morganfield


In May 1975.

In May 1975, “Curtom” label released “There’s No Place Like America Today”, the seventh Curtis Mayfield studio album. It was recorded in 1975, and was produced by Curtis Matfield.The album cover was based on a photograph “White of flood victims” by Margaret Bourke.


  • Curtis Mayfield- guitar, vocals
  • Gary Thompson, Phil Upchurch- guitar
  • Joseph “Lucky” Scott – bass guitar
  • Quinton Joseph – drums
  • Henry Gibson- percussion
  • Rich Tufo – arrangements

Track listing:

All tracks by Curtis Mayfield.

  1. Billy Jack
  2. When Seasons Change
  3. So in Loveday people
  4. Hard Times
  5. Jesus
  6. Blue Monday People
  7. Love to the People

On October 5, 1968.


On October 5, 1968, “Cadet” label released “Electric Mud” the fifth Muddy Waters studio album with Rotary Connection. It was recorded May 1968, at “Ter Mar Studios” in Chicago, Illinois, and was produced by Marshall Chess and Charles Stepne.


  • Muddy Waters– vocal
  • Gene Barge – tenor saxophone, producer
  • Phil Upchurch– guitars
  • Roland Faulkner – guitars
  • Pete Cosey– guitars
  • Charles Stepney– organ, arranger, producer
  • Louis Satterfield– bass
  • Morris Jennings – drums
  • Stu Black – engineer
  • Meire Murakami – design
  • Bill Sharpe – cover design
  • Abner Spector – mixing
  • Vartan – art direction

Track listing:

  1. I Just Want to Make Love to You – Willie Dixon
  2. I’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man – Willie Dixon
  3. Let’s Spend the Night Together – Mick Jagger, Keith Richards
  4. She’s Alright – Morganfield
  5. Mannish Boy – Morganfield
  6. Herbert Harper’s Free Press News – Sidney Barnes, Robert Thurston
  7. Tom Cat – Charles Williams
  8. The Same Thing – Willie Dixon


On May 25, 1984.

Eric Gale

On May 25, 1984, Eric J. Gale died aged 55. Being jazz and session guitarist, as a leader he recorded twelve albums, and has performed and recorded with some of the biggest names of the music scene, including Clark Terry, Oliver Nelson, Jimmy McGriff, Benny Golson, Van Morrison, Bernard Purdie, Herbie Mann, Yusuf Lateef, Chico Hamilton, Sonny Stitt, Quincy Jones, Al Kooper, Lena Horn, Gabor Szabo, Freddie Hubbard, Dizzy Gillespie, Esther Philips, Chuck Rainey, Johnny Hammond, Stanley Turrentine,  David Newman, Hank Crawford, Grover Washington, Jr., Roberta Flack, Stanley Turrentine, Hubert Laws, Bob James, Joe Higgs, Van McCoy, Ron Carter, George Benson, Phil Upchurch, Tom Scott, Idris Muhammad, Ashford & Simpson, Cedar Walton, Stanley Turrentine, Blood, Sweat & Tears,  Paul Butterfield, Joe Cocker, Lalo Schifrin, Randy Crawford, Rainbow, Lalo Schifrin, Patti Austin, Maynard Ferguson, Ralph MacDonald, Essra Mohawk, Carla Bley, Pee Wee Ellis, Art Farmer, Tom Scott, Jeremy Steig, Joe Farrell, Kenny Loggins, David Matthews and David Ruffin.

On April 2, 1971.

Donny Hathaway same

On April 2, 1971, “Atco” label released the second self-titled Donny Hathaway album. It was recorded 1970 – 1971, and was produced by Jerry Wexler, Arif Mardin and Donny Hathaway.


  • Donny Hathaway – lead vocals, keyboards
  • Myrna Summers- background vocals
  • Sammy Turner – background vocals
  • King Curtis- tenor saxophone solo
  • Joe Newman – trumpet solo
  • Chuck Rainey- bass guitar
  • Phil Upchurch- bass guitar
  • R. Bailey – background vocals
  • John Littlejohn – guitar, vocals
  • Cissy Houston- background vocals
  • Judy Clay – background vocals
  • Cornell Dupree- guitar
  • Interdenominational singers – background vocals
  • Jack Jennings – percussion
  • Morris Jennings – drums
  • Steve Novosel – bass guitar
  • Sylvia Shemwell – background vocals
  • Myrna Smith- background vocals
  • Ivory Stone – background vocals
  • Deirdre Tuck Corley – background vocals
  • Lillian Tynes – background vocals
  • Ronald Bright – background vocals
  • Al Jackson, Jr.- drums

Track listing:

  1. Giving Up – Van McCoy
  2. A Song for You – Leon Russell
  3. Little Girl – Billy Preston
  4. He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother – Bob Russell and Bobby Scott
  5. Magnificent Sanctuary Band – Dorsey Burnette
  6. She Is My Lady – George S. Clinton
  7. I Believe in Music – Mac Davis
  8. Take a Love Song – Donny Hathaway and Nadine McKinnor
  9. Put Your Hand in the Hand – Gene MacLellan