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On July 30th, in 1936, legendary Rock & Hall of Fame Blues guitarist George "Buddy" Guy was born in Lettsworth, Louisiana. He’s considered one of the pioneers for the Chicago Blues sound, working with Little Walter, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Koko Taylor, Sonny Boy Williamson and other Blues greats. He has toured the world, bringing the Blues to numerous regions. Shawnna, the female emcee, formerly with Ludacris’ Disturbing the Peace crew, is Buddy Guy’s daughter. He’s 82 today and still performing!
On July 30th, in 1949, Joyce Jones (bottom left)-one of the original vocalist with First Choice, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was a member of First Choice from 1973-1975, and performed on 2 LPs released on the Philly Groove imprint (Armed & Extremely Dangerous 1973 & The Player 1974). The group is well-known in the Deep House scene for classic soulful vocals over up tempo beats, much like the ‘Philly Sound’ (TSOP) of their time. However, they were a bit more gritty than TSOP, like Stax to Motown. She’s 69 today!
On July 30th, in 1986, Variety magazine published an article stating that RCA decided to clear their roster by dropping one of the most wholesome guys in North America-John Denver. ‘Allegedly’, RCA’s decision was based on the release of Denver’s single: What Are We Making Weapons For. At the time, RCA had recently been acquired by General Electric, who are one of the largest defense contractors in the USA... “I guess it’s all for the money…” (MC Eiht). S.O. to John Denver for taking the peaceful approach.
On July 30th, in 1993, Saxophonist, Chess studio musician & original band member of The Pharaohs, The Phenix Suns and of Earth Wind & Fire-Don Myrick, was killed by a police officer trying to serve a narcotics warrant in Los Angeles, California. He died from gunshot wounds at age 53. The cop mistook a butane lighter in Myrick’s hand for a gun. A Chicago, Illinois native, Don Myrick worked with Bobby Blue Bland, Regina Belle, Carlos Santana, Grover Washington Jr., The Dells, Phil Collins and the Mighty Clouds of Joy to name a few.
Honorable Mention: R.I.P. MC Trouble. The first female Emcee to sign to Motown. Born with epilepsy, She passed away July 30th, in Los Angeles, California in 1991 from an epileptic seizure that caused heart failure. She was 21 years young when she died.