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Old May 21st, 2012, 06:18 AM   #1411

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in 1958 - Mike Barson, keyboards, Madness, (1982 UK No.1 single 'House Of Fun' & over 20 other Top 40 UK hit singles) is born.

in 1963 - Kevin Shields (US-born Irish rock guitarist, producer, My Bloody Valentine/Primal Scream) is born.

in 1963 - The Beatles, recorded two BBC radio programs at the Playhouse Theatre in London. They recorded five songs for Saturday Club and six songs for Steppin' Out.

in 1963 - Tim Lever, Dead Or Alive, (1985 UK No.1 single 'You Spin Me Round (Like A Record') is born.

in 1964 - Martin Blunt, bass, The Charlatans, (1990 UK No.9 single 'The Only One I Know', 1996 UK No.3 single 'One To Another', plus 3 UK No.1 albums) is born.

in 1964 - The Four Pennies were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Juliet'. The group's only UK No.1.

in 1966 - The Castiles (with Bruce Springsteen on vocals) appeared at Freehold Regional High School in New Jersey. They were performing at their own high school for the very first time. All five members of the band were Juniors at Freehold High School.

in 1966 - The Mamas And The Papas went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'If You Can Believe Your Eyes And Ears.'

in 1967 - Blake Schwarzenbach (US guitarist, multi-musician; Jawbreaker/Jets to Brazil) is born.

in 1967 - Jimi Hendrix signed with Reprise Records on the US Warner Brothers label. They released the guitarist's albums ‘Are You Experienced’’, ‘Axis: Bold as Love’ and ‘Electric Ladyland’.

in 1968 - Julie Vega (Filipino child actress, singer) is born.

in 1968 - Rolling Stone Brian Jones appeared at Great Marlborough Street Magistrates court, London on a charge of possession of marijuana, Jones was released on £200 bail.

in 1972 - The Notorious B.I.G. (aka Biggie Smalls, aka Christopher G. Wallace). Gunned down on the streets of Los Angeles on 9th March 1997 aged 24. (1995 UK No.34 single 'One More Chance', 1997 US No.1 single 'Hypnotize') is born.

in 1973 - Vaughn Monroe dies at age 61. American baritone singer, trumpet player and big band leader, born in Akron, Ohio. He recorded extensively for RCA Victor until the 1950s and his signature tune was "Racing with the Moon". He recorded hit song "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow" but turned down "Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer". He hosted The Vaughn Monroe Show on CBS television from 1950–51 and from 1954–55, and also appeared on Bonanza and The Mike Douglas Show, as well as The Ed Sullivan Show, Texaco Star Theatre, The Jackie Gleason Show, The Tonight Show, and American Bandstand. Vaughn has been honoured with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for recording and radio.

in 1974 - Adriano Cintra (Brazilian multi-instrumentist; CSS) is born.
in 1974 - Havoc/Kejuan Muchita (US MC-record producer; Mobb Deep) is born.

in 1974 - Two would-be concert promoters were arrested by police in America on fraud charges in connection with selling mail order tickets for a forthcoming Elten John show. (Elten with an E and not an O). Police took away over $12,000 in cheques.

in 1975 - Lee Gaze, guitarist, Lostprophets, (2004 UK No.8 single ‘Last Train Home’, 2006 UK No.1 album ‘Liberation Transmission’) is born.

in 1976 - Deron Miller (US singer, guitarist, songwriter; CKY) is born.

in 1976 - Harold Blair AM dies at age 51. Australian tenor and Aboriginal activist, born on the Cherbourg Aboriginal Reserve, near Murgon in Queensland. His mother entered domestic service, leaving Harold, aged 2, at the mission. He left school at 16, gaining employment as a farm labourer. He entered a radio amateur hour talent quest in early 1945, and attracted a record tally of listeners' votes. A group of trade unionists, academics and musicians formed a trust to sponsor his musical career. He entered the Melba Conservatorium in Melbourne in 1945 and earned a Diploma of Music with honours in 1949. In 1950, Harold was invited to study in the United States by the noted African-American singer Todd Duncan, where he studied at the Juilliard School, New York. While in New York he sang in a church in Harlem, and entered into the community life. He was impressed how people of all races participated at all levels of society. In 1951 the Australian Broadcasting Commission offered Blair a three-year singing contract, commencing with an extensive tour. By the end of the tour he had lost his voice. Breaking the contract, he was prohibited from professionally singing for three years. He later became a teacher at the Conservatorium in Melbourne, and served on the Aboriginal Arts Board. He was was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day Honours of 1976.

in 1976 - Kardinal Offishall (Canadian rapper) is born.

in 1977 - Rod Stewart was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the double A sided single 'I Don't Want To Talk About It / First Cut Is The Deepest.' The Danny Whitten song 'I Don't Want To Talk About It' was also a UK No.3 hit for Everything But The Girl in 1988.

in 1977 - Stevie Wonder started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with his tribute to Duke Ellington, 'Sir Duke', his sixth US No.1, it made No.2 in the UK.

in 1978 - Adam Wade Gontier, lead singer and guitarist of Three Days Grace is born.

in 1979 - Elton John started a tour of Russia, when he played the first of eight concerts making him the first Western star ever to do so.

in 1980 - A thief brook into Electric Lady Studios in New York City, the recording studio built by Jimi Hendrix and stole five Hendrix gold records for the albums ‘Are You Experienced’’, ‘Axis: Bold as Love’, ‘Cry of Love’, ‘Rainbow Bridge’ and ‘Live at Monterey’.

in 1980 - Joe Strummer of The Clash was arrested at a much-troubled gig in Hamburg, Germany, after smashing his guitar over the head of a member of the audience; he was released after an alcohol test proved negative.

in 1981 - Maximilian Mutzke (German singer, drummer) is born.
in 1982 - Brian Klemm (US guitarist, vocalist; Suburban Legends) is born.

in 1982 - The Hacienda Club was opened in Manchester, England. Madonna made her UK TV debut at the club when C4 music show The Tube was broadcast live. Home to many Manchester acts including Oasis, Happy Mondays, U2, The Smiths, Charlatans, James, M People who all played at the club. (The club closed in 1997).

in 1983 - David Bowie went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Let's Dance', featuring blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan. It was Bowie's first single to reach number one on both sides of the Atlantic.

in 1983 - Michael Jackson's album 'Thriller' went back to No.1 for the third time on the UK charts and stayed at the top for another five weeks.

in 1985 - Kano/Kane Brett Robinson (UK rapper) is born.
in 1985 - Marco Carta (Italian singer) is born.

in 1985 - Mutya Buena, singer, Sugababes, (2002 UK No.1 single, 'Round Round', 2002 UK No.2 album 'Angels With Dirty Faces') is born.

in 1986 - Alexander Noyes (US drummer; Honor Society) is born.
in 1986 - Myra Quintana (US singer) is born.
in 1988 - Prince scored his first UK No.1 album with 'Lovesexy.'

in 1988 - Wet Wet Wet and Billy Bragg were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'With A Little Help From My Friends' and 'She's Leaving Home.' The two Beatles songs had been recorded for the childLine charity, sales of the single, which spent four weeks at No.1 on the UK chart, were over £600,000, all of which was donated to ChildLine .

in 1992 - Olivia Olson (US singer, actress) is born.

in 1994 - All 4 One started an eleven week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'I Swear', a No.2 hit in the UK. The song had been a No.1 country hit for John Montgomery in 1994.

in 1994 - Country singer Trisha Yearwood (29) weds Robert Reynolds (32)

in 1994 - Manchester United Football Club along with Status Quo were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Come On You Reds'.

in 1994 - Tim McGraw started a two-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Not A Moment Too Soon.'

in 1996 - Paul Delph dies at age 39. US singer, songwriter, producer, engineer and much in demand studio musician born in Cincinnati, Ohio, he relocated to LA for his musical career. Artists Paul worked with include Bryan Adams, Jon Anderson, Roy Thomas Baker, Toni Basil, Bob Esty, Peter Banks, Peabo Bryson, Richard Burmer, Mike Chapman, Ava Cherry, Alice Cooper, Michael Des Barres, Rhett Davies, Roberta Flack, John Goodsall, Sam Harris, Phyllis Hyman, Alfonso Johnson, Johnny Mandel, Martin Page, The Pointer Sisters, Suzi Quatro, Robbie Robertson, Jimmie Spheeris, Donna Summer, Bernie Taupin, Chester Thomson, Gino Vannelli, The Weather Girls, Gary Wright and Alee Willis. Paul's final album, 'A God That Can Dance', released in 1995, chronicles his struggle with HIV/AIDS (complications of HIV/AIDS)

in 1999 - Karnail "Bugz" Pitts dies at age 21. American rapper and hip hop artist; was a former member of the rap group D12. "Detroit, Detroit" and "These Streets" were his street singles. (Shot to death when he tried to help a friend in Detroit's Belle Isle Park).

in 2000 - Billie Piper went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Day & Night.' The singers last of 3 No.1's.
in 2000 - Whitney Houston started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'The Greatest Hits.'

in 2001 - Producer, arranger and keyboardist Tommy Eyre died of cancer aged 51. Worked with George Harrison, Wham! Dusty Springfield, and BB King. Played and arranged Joe Cocker's hit 'With A Little Help From My Friends' and Gerry Rafferty's 'Baker Street'.

in 2003 - Mariah Carey hit back at Eminem's threats to sample the slushy voicemail messages she left on his mobile. Carey described the rapper as "a little girl" saying it's "like dealing with a girlfriend in 7th grade, and he shouldn't do it because it'll get him in a bit of trouble with her lawyers."

in 2003 - Soul singer James Brown was pardoned for his past crimes in the US state of South Carolina. Brown had served a two-and-a-half-year prison term after an arrest on drug and assault charges in 1988 was granted a pardon by the State Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services. Brown, who appeared before the board, sang 'God Bless America' after the decision.

in 2005 - Former East 17 singer Brian Harvey was rushed to hospital following his second suicide bid in a month. The singer battled wit police outside his house after taking an overdose of sleeping pills.

in 2006 - Billy Walker dies at age 77. American country singer, guitarist; best-known for his hit, "(I'd Like to Be In) Charlie's Shoes". Billy was an active member of the Grand Ole Opry (tragically died in a car accident in Fort Deposit, Alabama, on his way back to Nashville after a performance in Foley. His wife Bettie, bassist, and guitarist, were also killed in the crash. His grandson, Joshua Brooks, survived the crash).

in 2006 - Charles Lilly Jr dies at age 44. American bassist to Billy Walker (car crash: as above)

in 2006 - Daniel Patton dies at age 40. American guitarist to Billy Walker (car crash: as above)

in 2006 - Madonna played the first of three sold out nights at The Los Angeles Forum in California, the first dates on her Confessions Tour. The 60-date tour grossed over $260 million, becoming the highest grossing tour ever for a female artist.

in 2007 - Former singer with Creed, Scott Stapp was arrested at his Florida home and charged with assault. The 33-year-old was held without bail following the charges, which related to a domestic assault.

in 2008 - Lou Pearlman, the music mogul who created the Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync, was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison over a decades-long scam that swindled thousands of investors out of their life savings. Many victims were Pearlman's relatives, friends and retirees in their 70s or 80s who lost everything.

in 2008 - Michelle Meldrum dies at age 39. American rock guitarist born in Detroit, her family moved to L.A., when she was 13, and she started playing guitar at age 14. Her first move into the music business was forming thrash metal band Wargod, then moved on to become both co-founder and lead guitarist in Phantom Blue, an all-female heavy metal band. They released their self-titled debut album in 1989 and toured internationally with much success. Michelle married Europe guitarist John Norum in 1995 and they moved to Sweden where she went on to form Meldrum, a multi-national hard rock band. In 2005, Meldrum toured for three months with Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society, appearing in sold out venues across the US and Europe. In the fall of 2005, Meldrum joined Motörhead as special guests on their 30th anniversary tour throughout Europe. Meldrum has also toured with Sepultura, Danzig and Nashville Pussy, among others. Also, Michelle performed with her former Phantom Blue band mate Linda McDonald and The Iron Maidens on a handful of gigs in late 2006 (cystic growth on the brain).

in 2009 - Natalie Cole was recovering after undergoing a kidney transplant. The 59-year-old daughter of Nat King Cole had decided to postpone her summer tour, set to begin in June, as she recovered.

in 2010 - U2's lead singer Bono had emergency spinal surgery after suffering an injury while preparing for tour dates. The 50-year-old singer was treated at a specialist neurosurgery clinic in Munich and was expected to stay there for a number of days.

in 2011 - Adele went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Rolling In The Deep', taken from her second studio album, 21. The video to the song was nominated for seven MTV Video Music Awards nominations, 'Rolling in the Deep' was also the Billboard Year End Hot 100 Number One Single of 2011. And on 12 February 2012, 'Rolling in the Deep' received three Grammy Awards for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Short Form Music Video.

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in 1722 - Johannes Schmidlin, composer is born.
in 1759 - Gervais-Francois Couperin, composer is born.
in 1780 - Jan Emmanuel Dulezalek, composer is born.
in 1781 - Garret Wesley Mornington, composer, dies at 45.
in 1783 - Thomas Forbes Walmisley, composer is born.
in 1801 - Heinrich Gottfried Reichard, composer, dies at 58.
in 1813 - Richard Wagner, Leipsig Germany, composer (Ring, Flying Dutchman) is born.

in 1820 - Alexander Ernst Fesca, composer is born.
in 1825 - Domenico Corri, composer, dies at 80.
in 1850 - Johann Schrammel, composer is born.
in 1852 - Emile Sauret, composer is born.
in 1865 - Enrique Morera, composer is born.
in 1874 - Francesco Paolo Neglia, composer is born.

in 1878 - Franz von Holstein, composer, dies at 52.
in 1879 - Eastwood Lane, composer is born.
in 1879 - Jean Emile Paul Cras, composer is born.
in 1884 - Alceo Toni, composer is born.
in 1885 - Julio Fonseca, composer is born.
in 1891 - Eddie Edwards, American jazz trombonist is born.
in 1898 - René de Vos, Dutch actor/composer (Jij Bent Mijn Leven) is born.
in 1914 - Sun Ra/Le Sony'r Ra/Herman Poole Blount (US composer, keyboards, own band) is born.
in 1916 - Gordon Binkerd, composer is born.
in 1917 - Daniel Nagrin, American modern dancer and choreographer is born.

in 1917 - Georg Tintner, Austrian-born conductor is born. He composed the song "You Light Up My Life" for the film of the same name that he also wrote, directed, and produced. In October '77 reached No.1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and held the position for 10 consecutive weeks, then the longest No.1 run in the chart's history. With sales of over four million copies in the U.S. alone, the song ultimately became the biggest hit of the 1970s. The song also earned him a Grammy Award for Song of the Year, as well as an Academy Award for Best Original Song, a Golden Globe Award and an American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Award. Joseph composed music for the film The Lords of Flatbush and also directed other films and Broadway shows, including In My Life (sadly Joseph was found dead from an apparent suicide. His body was discovered with a note, in his Upper East Side apartment) b. March 11th 1938.

in 1924 - Charles Aznavour, Armenia, French singer (Monsieur Carnavel, Tin Drum) is born.
in 1924 - Claude Andre Francois Ballif, composer is born.
in 1924 - Eric Delaney (UK drummer; session/freelance/own band) is born.

TODAY’S MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT SHINES ON . . .

in 1925 - James King (American tenor operatic singer) is born.
King was born in Dodge City, Kan., made his professional debut as Don Jose in Bizet's Carmen with the San Francisco Opera and rose to international prominence in 1961 singing the role of Cavaradossi in Puccini's Tosca at Florence's Teatro della Pergola.
But he won his greatest renown in the German repertory, specializing in the operas of Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss.
Under the director of legendary conductor Karl Bohm, King sang at Austria's Salzburg Festival in such roles as Florestan in Beethoven's Fidelio, the Emperor in Strauss's Die Frau ohne Schatten (The Woman without a Shadow ) and Bacchus in Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos.
King and Bohm later collaborated on several recordings.
He scored one of his greatest triumphs in 1968 singing the role of Siegmund at London's Royal Opera House opposite soprano Gwyneth Jones in Wagner's Die Walkuere, part of a Ring cycle production conducted by Georg Solti.
At the Metropolitan Opera, he sang 113 performance over 30 years, beginning with his debut in 1966 as Florestan and ending with the character role of Aegisth in Strauss's Elektra.
King also starred in four German opera films and regularly performed on European radio and television opera productions.
He taught music and voice at Indiana University from 1984 until 2002.
"He was very energetic and very inspiring to many, many people," said Alain Barker, director of marketing for the university's music school.
His final public performance was in 2000 at the university, where he sang the role of Siegmund from Wagner's Die Walkuere.
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in 1928 - Roscoe Robinson, US gospel singer is born.
in 1929 - Asher Ben-Yohanan, composer is born.
in 1930 - Kenny Ball (UK trumpet player; Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen) is born.
in 1930 - Wiley "Mack" Self (US rockabilly singer-songwriter, guitarist; solo/Silver Dollar Band) is born.
in 1933 - John Browning, Denver Colorado, pianist (Leventritt Award-1956) is born.
in 1934 - Peter Nero/Bernard Nierow (US pianist, pops conductor) is born.
in 1937 - Facundo Cabral (Argentine singer and songwriter) is born.
in 1940 - Jerry Ricks (US blues guitarist; freelance/solo) is born.
in 1941 - Bruce Rowlands, Fairport Convention, UK folk group, (1969 UK No.21 single 'Si Tu Dois Partir') is born.
in 1941 - Sebastian Forbes, composer is born.
in 1942 - Calvin Simon, Funkadelic, (1978 US No.16 album 'One Nation Under A Groove') is born.
in 1942 - Malika A Sabirova, Russian dancer is born.
in 1943 - Hilton Valentine (UK guitarist; Heppers/Wild Cats/Alan Price Combo/Animals/solo) is born.
in 1947 - Bill Lordan (UK drummer; The Mystics/Gypsy/Robin Trower Band) is born.
in 1949 - Hans Erich Pfitzner, Russian/German composer, dies at 80.

in 1950 - Bernie Taupin, Elton John's long-time song writing partner is born. Rod Stewart, Cher, The Motels, John Waite, Starship and Alice Cooper have all recorded his songs is born.
in 1953 - Vaclav Klicka, composer, dies at 70.

in 1954 - Jerry Dammers, founder member and keyboard play with The Specials, (1981 UK No.1 single 'Ghost Town'). He contributed to the founding of the Coventry based 2 Tone Records is born.

in 1955 - Chalmers "Spanky" Alford (American jazz guitarist) is born.
in 1955 - Iva Davis, Icehouse, (1983 UK No.17 single 'Hey Little Girl') is born.
in 1955 - Jerry Dammers (UK keyboardist; The Specials/The Spatial AKA Orchestra) is born.
in 1955 - Jimmy Lyon (US guitarist; Eddie Money/Greg Kihn Band) is born.
in 1955 - Mary Black, Irish singer, songwriter, (1991 album 'Babes In The Wood') is born.
in 1956 - Natasha Shneider (Russian-born singer, actress) is born.

in 1958 - Jerry Lee Lewis arrived at London's Heathrow Airport to begin his first British tour, along with his new bride, 14 year old third cousin, Myra. Although advised not to mention it, Lewis answered all questions about his private life. The public's shock over Lewis' marriage marks the start of a controversy leading to his British tour being cancelled after just 3 of the scheduled 37 performances.

in 1959 - [Patrick] Morrissey, rocker (Depeche Mode-Somebody) is born.

in 1959 - Steven Morrissey, vocals, songwriter, The Smiths, (1984 UK No.10 single 'Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now', plus over 15 other UK Top 40 singles'), solo, (1988 UK No.5 single 'Suedehead' plus over 15 other UK Top 40 singles) is born.

in 1961 - Dana Williams, Dayton Ohio, singer (Diamond Rio-Meet in the Middle) is born.
in 1961 - Ernie K Doe went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Mother In Law'.
in 1962 - Jesse Valenzuela, Gin Blossoms, (1994 UK No.24 single 'Hey Jealousy') is born.
in 1964 - Rita Guerrero (Mexican actress, singer; Santa Sabina/Ensamble Galileo) is born.

in 1965 - Christopher Stone dies at age 82. British broadcaster, the first disc jockey in the UK; In 1906 he published a book of Sea songs and ballads and became the London editor of The Gramophone. He approached the BBC himself with the idea for a record programme, which the corporation initially dismissed, but he managed to convince them and on July 7th 1927 he started playing records on air. His relaxed, conversational style was exceptional at a time when most of the BBC's presentation was extremely formal, and his programmes became highly popular as a result. He did wear a dinner jacket and tie when he presented though. In 1934 Chris joined the commercial station Radio Luxembourg and was barred at the time by the BBC. He went on to work for various radio stations pioneering music space on radio.

in 1965 - The Beatles went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Ticket To Ride', the group's eighth US No.1.
in 1965 - The Who appeared at the Astoria Ballroom, Rawtenstall, Lancashire, England.
in 1966 - Johnny Gill, US singer, (1992 UK No.17 single, 'Slow And Sexy') is born.
in 1966 - Kenny Hickey, American guitarist (Type O Negative) is born.
in 1967 - Dan Roberts, bass, Crash Test Dummies, (1994 UK No.2 & US No.4 single 'MMM MMM MMM MMM') is born
in 1967 - John Vanderslice (US singer, guitarist; Mk Ultra/solo) is born.
in 1968 - DJ Big Will/William Dunn (US DJ and Radio presenter) is born.
in 1968 - Frank Sinatra appeared at Oakland Coliseum, California backed by a full orchestra. The concert was a Democratic Party fundraiser.
in 1968 - Gary Puckett And The Union Gap were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Young Girl.' The song which was about under-age sex was the acts only UK No.1.
in 1970 - This week's UK Top 5 singles: No.5, 'Daughter Of Darkness', Tom Jones, No.4, 'Question', The Moody Blues, No.3, 'Yellow River', Christie, No.2, 'Spirit In The Sky', Norman Greenbaum and No.1, 'Back Home', The England World Cup Squad.
in 1971 - Raimund Marasigan (Filipino singer) is born.

in 1971 - The Rolling Stones album 'Sticky Fingers' started a four-week run at No.1 on the US charts, the group's second US No.1 album. The artwork for Sticky Fingers, which, on the original vinyl release, featured a working zipper that opened to reveal cotton briefs was conceived by American pop artist Andy Warhol. The cover, a photo of Joe Dallesandro's crotch clad in tight blue jeans, was assumed by many fans to be an image of Mick Jagger. The album also features the first usage of the "Tongue and Lip Design" designed by John Pasche.

in 1976 - During a European tour The Rolling Stones played at Earls Court in London.

in 1976 - Wings started a five week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Silly Love Songs', McCartney's fifth US No.1 since leaving The Beatles. It made No.2 in the UK.

in 1977 - Hampton Hawes dies at age 48. American bebop and hard-bop jazz pianist, born in LA, California and recognized as one of the finest and most influential of the 1950s. Entirely self-taught, by his teens he was playing with the leading jazz musicians on the West Coast, including Dexter Gordon, Wardell Gray, Art Pepper, Shorty Rogers, and Teddy Edwards. At 19, he was playing for eight months with the Howard McGhee Quintet at the Hi De Ho Club, in a group that included Charlie Parker. After serving in the U.S. army in Japan from 1952–54, Hampton formed his own trio, with the bassist Red Mitchell and drummer Chuck Thompson. The three-record Trio sessions made by this group in 1955 on Contemporary Records were considered some of the finest records to come out of the West Coast at the time. The next year, he added guitarist Jim Hall for the All Night Sessions - three records made during a non-stop recording session at the Contemporary Studios in LA. In 1956, he won the 'New Star of the Year' award in Down Beat magazine, and 'Arrival of the Year' in Metronome magazine. The following year, he recorded in New York City with Charles Mingus on the album "Mingus Three". After 3 years in prison for drugs, he resumed playing and recording. During a world tour in 1967-68, Hampton was surprised to discover that he had become a legend among jazz listeners overseas and during a ten-month tour of Europe, Asia and the Middle East, he recorded nine albums, played sold out shows and concert halls in ten countries (brain hemorrhage)

in 1977 - Marius Monnikendam, Dutch choir composer, dies at 80.
in 1977 - Television kicked off their first UK tour at the Apollo Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland, Blondie were the support act.
in 1978 - Bjarne Brustad, composer, dies at 83.

in 1979 - Russell Pritchard, bass guitar, The Zutons. 2004 UK No. 6 album, ‘Who Killed ‘The Zutons’, 2006 UK No.9 single ‘Valerie’ (also a hit for Amy Winehouse) is born.

in 1980 - Adam And The Ants appeared at the Electric Ballroom, London, England.
in 1980 - Rhett Fisher (US actor, singer; Manic Mind) is born.
in 1980 - Rhett Fisher, actor/musician is born.
in 1980 - U2 kicked off their 23 date '11 O'Clock Tick Tock' tour at The Hope & Anchor in London.
in 1980 - Wishbone Ash kicked of a 13-date UK tour at Bracknell Sports Centre.
in 1981 - Stiff Little Fingers appeared at Dundee Caird Hall, Scotland.
in 1981 - Su- Elise Nash, (Mis-Teeq), (2001 UK No.2 single 'All I Want') is born.
in 1982 - Madness went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Complete Madness', their first No.1 album.
in 1987 - Mario Zafred, composer, dies at 65.
in 1989 - Rap group Public Enemy fired one of its members, Professor Griff, after he made anti-Semitic remarks in the Washington Post.

in 1989 - Steven DeGroote dies at age 35. South African classical pianist born in Johannesburg; he excelled in his career and after winning the Van Cliburn, his international career took him global, playing with nearly all the major orchestras around the world. In 1981, he joined the faculty of Arizona State University and divided his time between performing and teaching. In 1987, he succeeded Lili Kraus as artist-in-residence at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. (he was hospitalized with tuberculosis and pneumonia. He died in Johannesburg from multiple organ failure).

in 1991 - Lino Brocka, director (Macho Dancer, Jaguar), dies in car crash at 51.

in 1991 - Wil Sinnott from The Shamen drowned while swimming off the coast of La Gomera when he was pulled under by strong currents. The Shamen were in Tenerife filming a video for their new single 'Move Any Mountain.'

in 1992 - Chinami Tokunaga (Japanese singer) is born.
in 1993 - Mieczyslaw Horszowski, Polish/US pianist (Carnegie Hall), dies at 100.
in 1993 - Swedish group Ace Of Base started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'All That She Wants', a No.2 hit in the US.
in 1997 - Radiohead played the first of two sold-out nights at Zeleste, Barcelona, Spain.

in 2000 - Robbie Williams set up a children's charity with the cash he earned from a deal with Pepsi. The trust, 'Give It Sum', boasted £2m seed money. Beneficiaries would include UNICEF and Jeans For Genes.

in 2000 - Travis swept the board at the Ivor Novello awards. Singer Fran Healy won two awards for Best Contemporary Song for the single 'Why Does It Always Rain On Me'' And Songwriter Of The Year for the Travis album 'The Man Who.'

in 2002 - Adam Ant appeared at The Old Bailey in London charged with possession of an imitation firearm. Ant, (Stuart Goddard) had been arrested in January after an altercation at The Prince of Wales pub in London when a bouncer refused to let him in.

in 2002 - All the members from Alien Ant Farm were hospitalised after their tour bus was involved in a crash in Spain. The bands driver 26-year-old Christopher Holland was killed in the accident.

in 2003 - A new model of J.Lo was unveiled at Madame Tussauds in London. It was part of a new "A list" celebrity area that also featured Naomi Campbell and Samuel L Jackson. J.Lo's waxwork cost £52,000 to make.

in 2003 - Soul singer Ruben Studdard won the second series of talent show American Idol after 24 million viewers voted in the final. Studdard beat fellow finalist Clay Aiken in a tense live showdown.

in 2004 - Morrissey appeared at the M.E.N. arena Manchester, England on his 45th birthday. It was Morrissey's return to his home city Manchester after an absence of 12 years and the 18000 tickets sold out in only 90 minutes. During the set Morrissey performed five Smiths songs.

in 2005 - Dave Matthews Band were at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Stand Up.' The album entered the chart at No.1 with sales of 465,000. Features the singles 'American Baby,' 'Dreamgirl,' and 'Everybody Wake Up.'

in 2005 - Oasis went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Lyla' giving the UK band their seventh No.1 single. Taken from the album 'Don't Believe The Truth'.

in 2005 - Thurl Ravenscroft dies at age 91. American voice actor, singer and for 53 years, he was best-known as the voice of Tony the Tiger in more than 500 television commercials for Kellogg's Frosted Flakes, also the uncredited vocalist of the song "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" in the Christmas television special based on the Dr. Seuss classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas! His name was accidentally left out of the credits.He also sang bass on Rosemary Clooney's This Ole House which went to No.1 in both the U.S. and UK in 1954. He left Norfolk, Nebraska, for California in 1933. He achieved early success as part of a singing group called The Mellomen. The Mellomen can be heard on many popular recordings of the Big Band Era, including backup for Bing Crosby, Spike Jones, Frankie Laine, Jo Stafford and Rosemary Clooney. Among his vast credits are the voice of "Buff", the buffalo head in the Country Bear Jamboree; lead vocalist on the theme song Grim Grinning Ghosts in the Haunted Mansion and Phantom Manor; both "Fritz", the German-accented parrot, and one of the Polynesian god totems in the Enchanted Tiki Room; Narrator on the Disneyland Railroad; the original voice of the First Mate on the Mark Twain Riverboat; several singing pirates in the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction; the singer of the theme song for "The Mystery of the Applegate Treasure", the Hardy Boys serial from the Mickey Mouse Club TV show; the singing frogs in Splash Mountain and one of the bass voices in the chorus of "it's a small world". He is sometimes mistaken for Paul Frees, who provides the "Ghost Host" narration for the Haunted Mansion attraction, because Ravenscroft was the narrator on Disney's The Story and Song from the Haunted Mansion vinyl record. He also provided narration on the original Pirates of the Caribbean vinyl recording, as well as singing several pirate-themed songs (sadly Thurl died of prostate cancer) b. February 6th 1914.


in 2009 - White Stripes drummer Meg White married Jackson Smith at ex-husband and bandmate Jack White's Nashville home. Jack and Meg White were married for four years and divorced in 2000. The event was part of a double wedding, which also saw Jack Lawrence and Jo McCaughey marry. Lawrence plays bass in Jack White's other musical projects, The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather.

in 2009 - Zé Rodrix/José Rodrigues Trindade (61) Brazilian composer, instrumentalist and singer born in f Rio de Janeiro. He was well known in his native country for performing and recording with musical ensembles Sá, Rodrix e Guarabyra, Som Imaginário and Momento Quatro. From 1973 he also persued a solo career releasing 10 albums the last being 18 Anos Sem Sucesso - with Joelho de Porco in 1988 (?) b. November 25th 1947
in 2011 - Four dead dogs in 'sealed containers' were found in the Tennessee home of former Kiss guitarist Vinnie Vincent during an investigation that led to his arrest on charges of assaulting his wife. Vincent, a member of Kiss from 1982 to 1984, was released after posting $10,000 bond after his arrest by the Rutherford County Sheriff's Department.

in 2011 - Joseph Brooks dies at age 73. American Grammy-winning songwriter, born in New York City. In the 1960s, Joseph composed advertising jingles for clients including Pepsi - "You've Got a Lot to Live" and Maxwell House - "Good to the Last Drop Feeling". He received numerous Clio Awards for his work, as well as a People's Choice Award.

in 2011 - Pilu Momtaz dies at age 52. Bangladeshi pop singer born in Dhaka; in the newly independent Bangladesh, Pila, along with her peers- Azam Khan, Ferdous Wahid, Fakir Alamgir and Najma Zaman, initiated 'Bangla Pop' that attained mass popularity. Her hits included “Ekdin Tho Choley Jabo”, “Chara Gaachh-e Phool Phuitachhey”, “Majhi Nao Chhaira Dey”, “Rita Choley Jeo Na” and more and covers of familiar folk songs “Orey Sampanwala” and “Nani Go Nani” amplified her fame. Her last stage performance was a with Ferdous Wahid and Fakir Alamgir at last year's 'Citycell-Channel i Music Awards'. The trio dedicated their performance of the classic “Ek Second-er Nai Bhorosha” to their late friend, singer Firoz Shai (heart attack) .

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in 1304 - Jehan de Lescurel, French poet and composer dies.
in 1644 - Thomas Eisenhut, composer
in 1696 - Johann Caspar Vogler, composer
in 1737 - Louis Francois Chambray, composer
in 1741 - Andrea Lucchesi, composer is born.
in 1753 - Giovanni Battista Viotti, violonist/composer is born.
in 1756 - Nicolas-Joseph Hullmandel, composer is born.
in 1759 - Antoinio da Silva Leite, composer is born.

TODAY’S MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT SHINES ON . . .
in 1794 - Isaak-Ignaz Moscheles, composer is born.
Moscheles a Bohemian composer and piano virtuoso, whose career after his early years was based initially in London, and later at Leipzig, where he succeeded his friend and sometime pupil Felix Mendelssohn as head of the Conservatoire.

Moscheles was born in Prague to a well-off German-speaking Jewish merchant family. His first name was originally Isaac. His father played the guitar and was keen for one of his children to become a musician. Initially his hopes fixed on Ignaz's sister, but when she demurred her piano lessons were transferred to her brother. Ignaz early developed a passion for the (then revolutionary) piano music of Beethoven, which the Mozartean Bedřich Diviš Weber, his teacher at the Prague Conservatory, attempted to curb, urging him to concentrate on Bach, Mozart and Muzio Clementi. After his father's early death Moscheles settled in 1808 in Vienna. Nevertheless his abilities were such that he was able to study in Vienna under Albrechtsberger for counterpoint and theory and Salieri for composition. At this time he changed his first name from 'Isaac' to 'Ignaz'. He was one of the leading virtuosi resident in Vienna during the 1814-1815 Congress of Vienna and it was at this time that he wrote his enormously popular virtuosic 'Alexander Variations', Op. 32, for piano and orchestra, which he later played throughout Europe. Here too he became a close friend of Meyerbeer (at that time still a piano virtuoso, not yet a composer) and their extemporized piano-duets were highly acclaimed. Moscheles was also familiar with Hummel and Kalkbrenner. Among the virtuosi of the 1820s—Hummel, Kalkbrenner, Cramer, Herz and Weber were his most famous rivals.

While in Vienna Moscheles was able to meet his idol Beethoven, who was so impressed with the young man's abilities that he entrusted him with the preparation of the piano score of his opera Fidelio, commissioned by his publisher Artaria. At the end of his manuscript, before presenting it to Beethoven, Moscheles wrote the words Fine mit gottes Hülfe (Finished with God's help). Beethoven approved Moscheles's version, but appended the words O Mensch, hilf dir selber (O Man, help thyself!). Moscheles's good relations with Beethoven were to prove important to both at the end of Beethoven's life

Among his 142 opus numbers, Moscheles wrote a number of symphonic works. Apart from an overture and a symphony, all are scored for piano and orchestra: eight piano concertos (of which the last has only come down to us in fragmentary form, no orchestral parts having survived) and sets of variations and fantasias on folk songs. The main theme of the finale of his fourth piano concerto is based on the tune, British Grenadiers.
Moscheles also left several chamber works (including a piano trio that has been recorded), and a large number of works for piano solo, including sonatas and the etudes that continued to be studied by advanced students even as Moscheles's music fell into eclipse.

in 1799 - Thomas Hood, English poet/composer (Song of the Shirt) is born.
in 1834 - Charles Wesley, composer, dies at 76.
in 1843 - Pedro Miguel Marques y Garcia, composer is born.
in 1851 - Antoni Stolpe, composer is born.
in 1864 - Louis Glass, composer is born.
in 1871 - Sigurd Lie, composer is born.
in 1875 - Johann Wilhelm Mangold, composer, dies at 78.
in 1887 - Ludwig Mathias Lindeman, composer, dies at 74.
in 1891 - Ignace Xavier Joseph Leybach, composer, dies at 73.
in 1901 - Edmund Rubbra, Northampton England, composer (Morning Watch) [or 3/23] is born.
in 1902 - Mark Lothar, composeris born.
in 1906 - Hellmuth Christian Wolff, compose ris born.
in 1906 - Lucha Reyes/Maria de luz Flores (Mexican mariachi singer) is born.
in 1910 - Artie Shaw/Arthur Jacob Arshawsky (US clarinetist, composer, bandleader) is born.
in 1910 - Scatman Crothers/Benjamin Crothers (US actor, singer, guitarist) is born.

in 1911 - Boris Kremenliev, composeris born.
in 1912 - Jean Françaix (French composer) is born.
in 1913 - Titi Ruth/Ruth Fernández legendary singer from Puerto Rico is born.
in 1914 - Leo Lerman, actor/manager/critic (Dance Magazine) is born.
in 1914 - Travis Kemp, dancer/teacher is born.
in 1916 - M Jean Francaix, composer is born.
in 1918 - Bulent Arel, composer is born.
in 1918 - Bumps Blackwell, rocker is born.
in 1920 - Helen O'Connell, Lima Ohio, singer (Green Eyes, Anapola) is born.
in 1921 - "Shuffle Along" 1st black musical comedy, opens in NYC.
in 1921 - Humphrey Lyttelton (UK jazz trumpeter, bandleader, radio personality) is born.
in 1922 - Per Grundén (Swedish actor, opera singer) is born.
in 1922 - Robert Alexander "Bumps" Blackwell (US songwriter, arranger, record producer) is born.
in 1923 - Alicia de Larrocha, Copenhagen Denmark, pianist (Orquesta Sinfonica) is born.

in 1925 - Mac Wiseman (US bluegrass singer, songwriter, guitars, upright bass) is born.
in 1926 - Hans Koessler, composer, dies at 73.
in 1928 - Pauline Julien (French Canadian singer) is born.
in 1928 - Rosemary Clooney, American singer, (1954 UK No.1 single 'This Ole House') is born.

in 1934 - Robert Moog, inventor of the synthesiser. He built his first electronic instrument, a theremin - aged 14 and made the MiniMoog, "the first compact, easy-to-use synthesiser" in 1970 is born. He died on 21st Aug 2005 at his North Carolina home aged 71, four months after being diagnosed with brain cancer.

in 1936 - Ingeborg Hallstein (German opera singer) is born.

in 1939 - Michel Colombier (French composer, songwriter, conductor) is born.
in 1940 - Andrej N Rimski-Korssakov, Russian musicologist/son of Nikolai, dies.
in 1941 - Jackson Hill, compose ris born.
in 1941 - Slavko Osterc, composer, dies at 45.
in 1942 - Fred Wedlock (UK folk singer, songwriter, guitarist, actor) is born.

in 1943 - Norman Johnson, Chairmen Of The Board, (1970 UK & US No.3 single, 'Give Me Just A Little More Time') is born.

in 1943 - Vicky Moscholiou (Greece singer) is born.
in 1944 - General George Norman Johnson, US singer (Down at the Beach Club)is born.
in 1944 - Raymon "Tiki" Fulwood (US drummer; Parliament, Funkadelic) is born.
in 1945 - Misty Morgan, country keyboardist (duo with Jack Blanchard) is born.
in 1946 - Daniel Klein, bass, J Geils Band, (1982 US No.1 & UK No.3 single 'Centrefold') is born.

in 1947 - Bill Hunt, Electric Light Orchestra, (1979 UK No.3 & US No.4 single 'Don't Bring Me Down', plus 26 other Top 40 hits) is born.

in 1947 - Jean-Jacques Kravetz (French keyboard player, saxophonist, composer; Peter Maffay's band/others) is born.
in 1951 - Judy Rodman, Riverside California, country singer (Girls Ride Horses Too) is born.
in 1952 - Anne-Marie David (French singer) is born.
in 1952 - Georg Alfred Schumann, composer, dies at 85.
in 1952 - Jim Mankey (US guitarist; Concrete Blonde/Sparks) is born.
in 1953 - Rick Fenn, 10cc, (1975 UK No.1 & US No.2 single 'I'm Not In Love', plus 10 other UK Top 30 hits including two No.1's) is born.
in 1955 - Luka Bloom (Irish folk-rock singer-songwriter, guitarist) is born.
in 1957 - Jimmy McShane (Irish singer, dancer, frontman; Baltimora) is born.
in 1957 - Thereza Bazar (Canadian singer; Dollar/Guys n' Dolls) is born.

in 1958 - François Feldman (French singer) is born.
in 1958 - Shelly West, Cleve OH, country singer (Red Hot, West by West) is born.

in 1960 - The Everly Brothers started a five week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Cathy's Clown', it spent seven weeks at No.1 in the UK.

in 1963 - The Beatles, touring with Roy Orbison, performed at the Odeon Cinema, Nottingham, England.

in 1964 - Ella Fitzgerald became the first artist to have a hit with a Beatles cover when 'Can't Buy Me Love' entered the UK chart.

in 1965 - Simon Gilbert, drums, Suede, (1994 UK No.3 single 'Stay Together') is born.
in 1966 - Beatles release "Paperback Writer".
in 1967 - After several days abortive work at Abbey Road Studios, Pink Floyd moved to Sound Technique studios in Chelsea, London to record 'See Emily Play' and 'Scarecrow'.

in 1967 - Freddie 'Junior' Waite (UK drummer, vocals; Musical Youth) is born.

in 1967 - Philip James Selway, drums, Radiohead, (1993 UK No.7 single 'Creep', 1997 UK No.1 & US No.21 album 'OK Computer', 2000 UK & US No.1 album 'Kid A') is born.

in 1968 - Beatles open 2nd Apple Boutique at 161 New Kings Road, London.
in 1968 - Merle Kendrick, orchestra leader (Window on the World), dies at 72.
in 1969 - Jimmy McHugh, composer (Can't Give You Anything But Love), dies at 74.
in 1969 - Mindi Abair (US smooth jazz saxophonist) is born.
in 1969 - Who release rock opera "Tommy".
in 1970 - Grateful Dead's 1st performance outside of US (England).
in 1970 - Matt Flynn (US drummer, Maroon 5) is born.
in 1970 - Paul McCartney's debut solo album, 'McCartney', started a three-week run at No.1 on the US album chart.

in 1970 - The Beatles album 'Let It Be' started a three week run at No.1 on the UK chart, featuring 'The Long And Winding Road', 'Across The Universe' and 'Let It Be.'

in 1970 - The Grateful Dead played their first gig outside the US at 'The Hollywood Rock Music Festival', in Newcastle under Lyme, Staffs, England.

in 1972 - Maxwell, US male singer, (1997 UK No.27 single 'Sumthin' Sumthin' The Mantra', 2001 US No.1 album, 'Now') is born.

in 1973 - Isador Simon "Sid" Phillips dies at age 65. English jazz clarinetist and bandleader, born in London. He learned violin and piano as a child, and played reeds in his teens in his brother's European band. He also worked as a publisher and director for the Edison-Bell Gramophone Company. Sid's first recordings under his own name were made in 1928, and he continued to record as a leader into the 1970s. In 1930 he began writing arrangements for Bert Ambrose, and joined Ambrose's ensemble in 1933, remaining there until 1937. Late in the 1930s Sid played in the US on radio and freelance in clubs. He served in the RAF during World War II, then put together his own quartet in 1946 and wrote several pieces for the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He led a Dixieland jazz band of his own formation from 1949, and his sidemen included George Shearing, Colin Bailey, Tommy Whittle, and Kenny Ball. One of Sid's popular songs, "Boogie Man", appears on the Galaxy News Radio Station on the popular Role-Playing Shooter Game, Fallout 3.

in 1973 - Jacopo Gianninoto (Italian singer, guitarist, conposer) is born.

in 1973 - Jefferson Airplane were prevented from giving a free concert in Golden Gate Park when San Francisco authorities passed a resolution banning electronic instruments. The group later wrote 'We Built this City' about the ban.

in 1973 - Maxwell (US soul singer) is born.
in 1974 - Charlie Yeung (Hong Kong actress, singer) is born.
in 1974 - George Harrison announced the launch of his own record label, 'Dark Horse.'
in 1974 - Jewel Kilcher, US singer, songwriter, (1995 US No.5 album 'Pieces Of You', has sold over 12m copies. 1997 US No.3 single 'You Were Meant For Me') is born.
in 1974 - Mónica Naranjo (Spanish singer) is born.

in 1974 - Richard Jones, bass, Stereophonics, (2001 UK No.1 album 'Not Enough Education', 2001 UK No.4 single 'Handbags And Gladrags') is born.

in 1975 - KT Tunstall, UK singer, songwriter, 2005, UK No.3 album, 'Eye To The Telescope'.

in 1975 - Moms Mabley / Loretta Mary Aiken dies at age 81. American standup comedian, singer and a pioneer of the "Chitlin' Circuit" of African-American vaudeville. Moms became one of the most successful entertainers of the Chitlin' circuit, earning US$10,000 a week at Harlem's Apollo Theater at the height of her career. She made her New York City debut at Connie's Inn in Harlem. In the 1960s, she become known to a wider white audience, playing Carnegie Hall in 1962, and making a number of mainstream TV appearances, particularly her multiple appearances on the The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour when that CBS show was the number one show on television in the late 1960s, which introduced her to a whole new Boomer audience. She was billed as "The Funniest Woman in the World", and she tackled topics too edgy for many other comics of the time, including racism. She added the occasional satirical song to her jokes; her version of "Abraham, Martin and John" reached No.35 on the Billboard charts in the summer of 1969. At 75 years of age, Moms became the oldest person ever to have a US Top 40 hit. (heart failure)

in 1978 - Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band kicked off their 117 show Darkness Tour at Shea's Buffalo, in Buffalo, New York.

in 1978 - Katie Reider (US singer-songwriter, gay rights activist) is born.
in 1978 - Scott Raynor, American drummer (formerly of blink-182) is born.

in 1979 - Due to a record company dispute, Tom Petty was forced to file for bankruptcy owing $575,000 (£338,235). A long-running battle with his record company followed.

in 1980 - Saxon and Tygers Of Pan Tang kicked off a 22-date UK tour at Bristol Coliston Hall. Tickets, £2.00-£3.00.
in 1981 - Gwenno Saunders, Former Welsh dancer, now singer with The Pipettesis born.
in 1981 - Starsound 'Stars on 45' started a five week run at No.1 on the UK album chart.
in 1982 - Malene Mortensen, Danish singeris born.

in 1982 - The UK Musicians Union moved a resolution to ban synthesizers and drum rhythm machines from sessions and live concerts fearing that their use would put musicians out of work.

in 1982 - Tristan Prettyman, American musician is born.
in 1983 - Cristiano Bilanzola, Canadian musician and film-maker is born.

in 1983 - Heidi Range, vocals, (original member of Atomic Kitten), The Sugababes, (2003 UK No.1 single 'Hole In The Head') is born.

in 1987 - Karel Albert, Flemish composer (Marieken van Nymeghen), dies at 86.

in 1987 - Swing Out Sister went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their debut LP 'It's Better To Travel', their only UK No.1 album.

in 1987 - The Beastie Boys and Run DMC opened their UK tour in London.

in 1987 - Twelve former members of the Doobie Brothers reunited for a charity concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. The show raised $350,000 for Vietnam veterans, about two-thousand of whom attended the show for free.

in 1991 - Lena Meyer-Landrut (German singer) is born.
in 1991 - New Kids On The Block played the first of five nights at Birmingham's NEC.

in 1991 - Photographer Michael Lavine took what would be the publicity shots for Nirvana's 'Nevermind' album at Jay Aaron Studios in Los Angeles. The idea for the front cover shot of the baby swimming was taken after Kurt Cobain and Dave Grohl saw a TV documentary on water babies and was taken by Kirk Weddle. Several babies were used; five-month old Spencer Eldon's photo came out best.

in 1991 - Wilhelm Kempff dies at age 95. German pianist and composer, born in Jüterbog, Brandenburg, but grew up in nearby Potsdam. In 1917, he made his first major recital, consisting of major works, including Beethoven's Hammerklavier Sonata and Brahms Variations on a theme of Paganini. Wilhelm toured very widely in Europe and much of the rest of the world. Although his repertory included Bach, Liszt, Chopin, Schumann, and Brahms, he was particularly well-known for his interpretations of the music of Ludwig van Beethoven and Franz Schubert, both of whose complete sonatas he recorded at least once. He still performed at the age of 80 with his friend Leonard Bernstein in New York City.

in 1991 - Will Sin/William Sinnott dies at age 30. Scottish bass player and keyboardist in alternative dance act - experimental electronic music band, The Shamen. He wrote several agit-pop style songs for the albums 'In Gorbachev We Trust' and 'Phorward', before developing a more tribal influenced sound for the instrumental pieces such as "Lightspan" and "Evil is Even" on the album En-Tact (drowned off the coast of La Gomera, in the Canary Island while filming the group's videos).

in 1992 - A statement issued by Freddie Mercury's attorneys stated that Mercury had bequeathed the majority of his estate (£10 million - $17 million) to his long-time friend Mary Austin.

in 1992 - Atahualpa Yupanqui, Argentine singer/composer/poet/guitarist, dies.
in 1992 - Iron Maiden went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Fear Of The Dark' their third No.1 album.
in 1992 - Kris Kross went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Totally Krossed Out.'

in 1994 - Joe Pass dies at age 65. American jazz guitarist born in New Brunswick, New Jersey; his extensive use of walking basslines, melodic counterpoint during improvisation, and use of a chord-melody style of play opened up new possibilities for jazz guitar and had a profound influence on future guitarists. He was a sideman or recorded with Louis Bellson, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan, Joe Williams, Della Reese, Johnny Mathis, Benny Carter, Milt Jackson, Herb Ellis, Zoot Sims, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie and many others and worked on TV shows including the The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The Merv Griffin Show, The Steve Allen Show, and others.

in 1998 - Mariah Carey went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'My All.'

in 1999 - Shanks & Bigfoot with vocals by Sharon Woolf started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Sweet Like Chocolate.'

in 2000 - Noel Gallagher walked out on his band Oasis during a European tour. The move was put down to a series of burst-ups with his brother Liam. The band drafted in replacement guitarist Matt Deighton for the rest of the European dates.

in 2001 - Tommy Eyre dies at age 51. English keyboardist, sessionist, producer and arranger born in Sheffield, Yorkshire; he appeared on records with dozens of artists such as Joe Cocker, John Martyn, Alex Harvey, Greg Lake, Gary Moore, B.B. King, John Mayall, Tracy Chapman and was keyboardist for Wham!. He appeared on many chart-toppers including Joe Cocker's 'With A Little Help From My Friends' and Gerry Rafferty's 'Baker Street' ... READ MORE ... (so sadly lost his battle with cancer).

in 2002 - Cliff Richard announced plans to launch a new wine 'Vida Nova'. 27,000 bottles of the Portuguese red from the grapes of his 25 acre estate would go on sale at £8.99 ($15.28) a bottle.

in 2002 - 'Up For Grabs' opened at London's Wyndham's Theatre featuring Madonna in the lead role. The first night crowd complained that the singer was lacking in vocal power and strained to hear her lines.

in 2002 - Winners at the 47th Ivor Novello awards included, Dido for Songwriter of the year, Best song went to U2, 'Walk On.' Kylie Minogue won The Dance Award and Most Performed Work and International Hit for 'Can't Get You Out Of My Head.' Hear'say won Bestselling UK single for 'Pure And Simple'. Mick Hucknall won Outstanding Song collection and Kate Bush was awarded Outstanding Contribution to British music.

in 2006 - The King of Sweden presented the surviving members of Led Zeppelin with the Polar Music Prize in Stockholm recognising them as "great pioneers" of rock music. Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones were joined by the daughter of drummer John Bonham, who died in 1980. The Polar Music Prize was founded in 1989 by Stig Anderson, manager of Swedish pop group Abba, who named it after his record label, Polar Records previous winners include Sir Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen and producer Quincy Jones.

in 2007 - Chrisette Michele went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Epiphany', the R&B singers second album.

in 2008 - Bruce "Utah" Phillips dies at age 73. American folk singer and political activist born in Cleveland, Ohio; a labor organizer, folk singer, storyteller, poet and the "Golden Voice of the Great Southwest", he became an elder statesman for the folk music community, and a keeper of stories and songs that might otherwise have passed into obscurity including including "Hallelujah, I'm a Bum", "The Preacher and the Slave", and "Bread and Roses''. Bruce released 17 albums between 1992 and 2001 (heart failure).

in 2008 - Earl Root dies at age 46. American heavy metal guitarist with Aesma Daeva; a key contributor to the mid west Metal Scene, he helped form the first Milwaukee Metal Fest, and for 27 years he ran The Root of all Evil Radio show at KFAI, where he helped promote, interview and break many new underground acts. (complications of non-Hodgkin lymphoma).

in 2009 - Amy Winehouse cancelled her appearance at a concert to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Island Records. The event, scheduled to take place on 31st May at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire, had now been cancelled completely, her management said.

in 2010 - Beaver/Beverley Jean Morrison dies at age 59. New Zealand singer; Beaver was a long running member of the ground-breaking Blerta musical and theatrical co-operative, and later of the similar troupe Red Mole. She appeared in New Zealand films "Skin Deep" and "Should I Be Good", about the Mr Asia drug syndicate, and performed the 1987-1990 theme song to the TVNZ soap opera Gloss. Beaver spent much of her time as a session musician and backup vocalist for many leading stars and also formed her own band, The Beaver Band. Her 1988 album "Live at Ronnie Scott's" was voted New Zealand's "Best Jazz Album" that year. Over her career Beaver did a number of short stints with the like of Hammond Gamble, Jimmy and the Jets, and was also a member of Paul Walker's make-shift band, the All-Stars when they played at the Windsor Castle in 1984 (sarcoma)

in 2010 - The Rolling Stones scored their first UK No.1 album for 16 years with the re-release of their classic 1972 double LP Exile On Main Street. The album, which was first released in 1972, had been reissued with previously unheard tracks. Their last number one album was 1994's Voodoo Lounge.

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in 1610 - Giovanni Battista Chinelli, composer is born.
in 1677 - Alexandre de Villenueve, composer is born.
in 1736 - Juan de Sesse y Balaguer, composer is born.
in 1754 - Giacomo Conti, composer is born.
in 1762 - Joseph Umstatt, composer, dies at 51.
in 1767 - Joseph Ignaz Schnabel, composer is born.
in 1773 - Jan Zach, composer, dies at 73.
in 1781 - Louis-Francois Dauprat, composer/horn player is born.
in 1826 - Friedrich Fesca, composer, dies at 37.
in 1831 - Benjamin Carr, composer, dies at 62.
in 1831 - Richard Hoffman, composer is born.
in 1841 - Tito Mattei, pianist/composer is born.
in 1871 - Francisco Salvador Daniel, composer, dies at 40.
in 1873 - Leo Delibes' opera "Le Roi l'a Dit," premieres in Paris.
in 1881 - Mikulas Schneider-Trvavsky, composer is born.

in 1886 - Paul Paray (French conductor, composer) is born.
in 1894 - William Joseph Westbrook, composer, dies at 63.
in 1903 - Aram Katchaturian, Armenian composer, (Earth) is born.
in 1903 - Hilding Hallnas, composer is born.
in 1904 - George Formby, [William Booth], Brit singer/comic (Let George Do It) is born.
in 1905 - Zdenek Blazek, composer is born.
in 1908 - Kresimir Fribec, composer is born.
in 1910 - Margers Zarins, composer is born.
in 1910 - Nils-Eric Fougstedt, composer is born.
in 1912 - Joan Hammond, British operatic soprano is born.
in 1914 - Giuseppe Valdengo (Italian baritone) is born.
in 1922 - Sadao Bekku, composer is born.
in 1928 - Max Bennett (US jazz bassist; session musician/own bands) is born.
in 1930 - Hans-Martin Linde (German conductor) is born.
in 1934 - Barry Rose OBE (UK choir-trainer, organist) is born.
in 1936 - Harold Budd (US composer, poet, musician) is born.
in 1937 - Archie Shepp (US jazz saxophonist, piano, vocals) is born.
in 1938 - Tommy Chong (Canadian-US comedian, actor, writer, director, activist, singer) is born.
in 1939 - Rodney Foster (Nth Ireland trombonist, pianist, vocalist;White Eagles Band/own bands/others) is born.

in 1941 - Robert Zimmerman, (Bob Dylan), US folk singer, songwriter. Released over 40 albums since 1964, major influence on The Beatles and The Rolling Stones during the 60's. Biggest hit is 1965 US No.2 single 'Like A Rolling Stone', 1969 UK No.5 single 'Lay Lady Lay', 1964 UK No.1 album 'The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan'. 2006 album 'Modern Times' entered the US chart at No.1. Also a member of The Traveling Wilburys is born.

in 1942 - Derek Quinn, Freddie and the Dreamers, is born. (1963 UK No.3 single 'You Were Made For Me', 1965 US No.1 single 'I'm Telling You Now')

in 1944 - Patti Labelle (US R&B & soul singer; the Bluebelles/solo) is born.
in 1945 - Dave Peacock, Chas & Dave, (1982 UK No.2 single 'Ain't No Pleasing You') is born.
in 1946 - Steve Upton, Wishbone Ash, (1972 UK No.3 album 'Argus', & 8 other Top 40 albums) is born.

in 1947 - Albert Bouchard, drummer, guitarist, songwriter, Blue Oyster Cult, (1976 US No. 12 and 1978 UK No.16 single 'Don't Fear The Reaper') is born.

in 1947 - Cynthia ‘Plaster’ Caster, groupie who became famous for making plaster cast’s of rock star’s penises and breasts is born. Clients include Jimi Hendrix and members from MC5, Television, The Kinks and various road managers.

in 1947 - George Melvin (US jazz and R&B keyboardist) is born.
in 1948 - Alfred Kastner, composer, dies at 78.
in 1953 - Nell Campbell (US actress, singer) is born.
in 1955 - David Leonard (US guitarist, singer, songwriter; solo/sessionist/freelance) is born.

in 1955 - Rosanne Cash (US country singer, guitar) is born.
in 1956 - Larry Blackmon (US singer, songwriter, producer; Cameo) is born.

in 1956 - The first Eurovision Song Contest was held in Lugano, Switzerland. The event was the brainchild of Marcel Baisoncon of the European Broadcasting Union. Seven countries participated and they were each allowed two songs. Both Luxembourg and the winner Switzerland used the same singer for both. Switzerland won with 'Refrain' by Lys Assia.

in 1960 - Guy Fletcher, multi-instrumentalist, Roxy Music, (joine Roxy Music in 1981 for their 'Avalon' world tour) is born. Also worked with Bryan Ferry, Dire Straits an Mark Knopfler.

in 1962 - Elvis Presley was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Good Luck Charm' his 11th UK No.1 single.

in 1962 - Gene Anthony Ray, ‘Leroy’ in TV’s ‘Fame’ is born. Axed from the show in 1984, after his mother was jailed for running a drug ring. He danced with The Weather Girls in their video of ‘It's Raining Men.’

TODAY’S MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT SHINES ON . . .
in 1963 - Elmore James/Elmore Brooks (45) US blues guitarist, singer, songwriter and band leader, born in the old Richland community in Holmes County, Mississippi; known as The King of the Slide Guitar, he had a unique guitar style, noted for the use of loud amplification and his stirring voice. Elmore began playing music at 12, using a one-string instrument 'diddley bow'. In his teens he was playing at local dances under the names Cleanhead and Joe Willie James, before playing with the likes of Sonny Boy Williamson, and the legendary Robert Johnson. His solo hits include "It Hurts Me Too", "The Sky Is Crying", "My Bleeding Heart", "Stranger Blues", "Look On Yonder Wall", "Done Somebody Wrong", and "Shake Your Moneymaker". Jimi Hendrix and Frank Zappa are among many musicians who cite Elmore as an influence, he is also mentioned in The Beatles' song "For You Blue", and The Grateful Dead, John Primer, Billy Gibbons and Eric Clapton are a few who have recorded Elmore James' covers. (died in Chicago of his third heart attack) .

Todays guest essayist is Cub Koda…
No two ways about it, the most influential slide guitarist of the postwar period was Elmore James, hands down. Although his early demise from heart failure kept him from enjoying the fruits of the '60s blues revival as his contemporaries Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf did, James left a wide influential trail behind him. And that influence continues to the present time -- in approach, attitude and tone -- in just about every guitar player who puts a slide on his finger and wails the blues. As a guitarist, he wrote the book, his slide style influencing the likes of Hound Dog Taylor, Joe Carter, his cousin Homesick James and J.B. Hutto, while his seldom-heard single-string work had an equally profound effect on B.B. King and Chuck Berry. His signature lick -- an electric updating of Robert Johnson's "I Believe I'll Dust My Broom" and one that Elmore recorded in infinite variations from day one to his last session -- is so much a part of the essential blues fabric of guitar licks that no one attempting to play slide guitar can do it without being compared to Elmore James. Others may have had more technique -- Robert Nighthawk and Earl Hooker immediately come to mind -- but Elmore had the sound and all the feeling.

A radio repairman by trade, Elmore reworked his guitar amplifiers in his spare time, getting them to produce raw, distorted sounds that wouldn't resurface until the advent of heavy rock amplification in the late '60s. This amp-on-11-approach was hot-wired to one of the strongest emotional approaches to the blues ever recorded. There is never a time when you're listening to one of his records that you feel -- no matter how familiar the structure -- that he's phoning it in just to grab a quick session check. Elmore James always gave it everything he had, everything he could emotionally invest in a number. This commitment of spirit is something that shows up time and again when listening to multiple takes from his session masters. The sheer repetitiveness of the recording process would dim almost anyone's creative fires, but Elmore always seemed to give it 100 percent every time the red light went on. Few blues singers had a voice that could compete with James'; it was loud, forceful, prone to "catch" or break up in the high registers, almost sounding on the verge of hysteria at certain moments. Evidently the times back in the mid-'30s when Elmore had first-hand absorption of Robert Johnson as a playing companion had a deep influence on him, not only in his choice of material, but also in his presentation of it.

Backing the twin torrents of Elmore's guitar and voice was one of the greatest -- and earliest -- Chicago blues bands. Named after James' big hit, the Broomdusters featured Little Johnny Jones on piano, J.T. Brown on tenor sax and Elmore's cousin, Homesick James on rhythm guitar. This talented nucleus was often augmented by a second saxophone on occasion while the drumming stool changed frequently. But this was the band that could go toe to toe in a battle of the blues against the bands of Muddy Waters or Howlin' Wolf and always hold their own, if not walk with the show. Utilizing a stomping beat, Elmore's slashing guitar, Jones' two-fisted piano delivery, Homesick's rudimentary boogie bass rhythm and Brown's braying nanny-goat sax leads, the Broomdusters were as loud and powerful and popular as any blues band the Windy City had to offer.

But as urban as their sound was, it all had roots in Elmore's hometown of Canton, MS. He was born there on January 27, 1918, the illegitimate son of Leola Brooks and later given the surname of his stepfather, Joe Willie James. He adapted to music at an early age, learning to play bottleneck on a homemade instrument fashioned out of a broom handle and a lard can. By the age of 14, he was already a weekend musician, working the various country suppers and juke joints in the area under the names "Cleanhead" or Joe' Willie James." Although he confined himself to a home base area around Belzoni, he would join up and work with traveling players coming through like Robert Johnson, Howlin' Wolf and Sonny Boy Williamson. By the late '30s he had formed his first band and was working the Southern state area with Sonny Boy until the second world war broke out, spending three years stationed with the Navy in Guam. When he was discharged, he picked off where he left off, moving for a while to Memphis, working in clubs with Eddie Taylor and his cousin Homesick James. Elmore was also one of the first "guest stars" on the popular King Biscuit Time radio show on KFFA in Helena, AL, also doing stints on the Talaho Syrup show on Yazoo City's WAZF and the Hadacol show on KWEM in West Memphis.

Nervous and unsure of his abilities as a recording artist, Elmore was surreptitiously recorded by Lillian McMurray of Trumpet Records at the tail end of a Sonny Boy session doing his now-signature tune, "Dust My Broom." Legend has it that James didn't even stay around long enough to hear the playback, much less record a second side. McMurray stuck a local singer (BoBo "Slim" Thomas) on the flip side and the record became the surprise R&B hit of 1951, making the Top Ten and conversely making a recording star out of Elmore. With a few months left on his Trumpet contract, Elmore was recorded by the Bihari Brothers for their Modern label subsidiaries, Flair and Meteor, but the results were left in the can until James' contract ran out. In the meantime, Elmore had moved to Chicago and cut a quick session for Chess, which resulted in one single being issued and just as quickly yanked off the market as the Bihari Brothers swooped in to protect their investment. This period of activity found Elmore assembling the nucleus of his great band the Broomdusters and several fine recordings were issued over the next few years on a plethora of the Bihari Brothers'owned labels with several of them charting and most all of them becoming certified blues classics.

By this time James had established a beach-head in the clubs of Chicago as one of the most popular live acts and regularly broadcasting over WPOA under the aegis of disc jockey Big Bill Hill. In 1957, with his contract with the Bihari Brothers at an end, he recorded several successful sides for Mel London's Chief label, all of them later being issued on the larger Vee-Jay label. His health -- always in a fragile state due to a recurring heart condition -- would send him back home to Jackson, MS, where he temporarily set aside his playing for work as a disc jockey or radio repair man. He came back to Chicago to record a session for Chess, then just as quickly broke contract to sign with Bobby Robinson's Fire label, producing the classic "The Sky Is Crying" and numerous others. Running afoul with the Chicago musician's union, he returned back to Mississippi, doing sessions in New York and New Orleans waiting for Big Bill Hill to sort things out. In May of 1963, Elmore returned to Chicago, ready to resume his on-again off-again playing career -- his records were still being regularly issued and reissued on a variety of labels -- when he suffered his final heart attack. His wake was attended by over 400 blues luminaries before his body was shipped back to Mississippi. He was elected to the Blues Foundation's Hall of Fame in 1980 and was later elected to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a seminal influence. Elmore James may not have lived to reap the rewards of the blues revival, but his music and influence continues to resonate.


in 1963 - Kathy Leander (Swiss singer) is born.

in 1963 - The Beatles recorded the first of their very own BBC radio program, "Pop Go the Beatles". The theme song for the program was a version of "Pop Goes the Weasel". The Beatles' guests for this first show were the Lorne Gibson Trio.

in 1966 - Captain Beefheart appeared at the Whisky a Go Go. West Hollywood, California. Supported by Buffalo Springfield and The Doors.
in 1967 - Heavy D/Dwight Myers (Jamaican-American rapper, producer; Heavy D & the Boyz) is born.
in 1967 - Steve McDonald (US bassist; Redd Kross) is born.
in 1968 - The Rolling Stones released the single 'Jumpin Jack Flash' in the UK, the track gave them their seventh UK No.1 hit.

in 1969 - BBC television aired the first '33 & A Third Revolutions Per Monkee', guests included Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard and Julie Driscoll.

in 1969 - Bob Dylan scored his fourth No.1 UK album with 'Nashville Skyline'.

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in 1969 - Rich Robinson, guitar, The Black Crowes, (1991 UK No.39 single 'Hard To Handle', 1992 US No.1 & UK No.2 album 'The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion') is born.

in 1969 - The Beatles with Billy Preston started a five week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Get Back', the group's 17th US No.1.
in 1969 - Tommy Page, (1990 US No.1 single 'I'll Be Your Everything', No. 53 in the UK is born.

in 1970 - Cliff Jackson dies at age 67. US jazz pianist; played with Lionel Howard's Musical Aces in 1924 He led his own ensemble, the Krazy Kats, for recordings and he played extensively as a solo pianist in nightclubs in New York. During this time he also accompanied singers such as Viola McCoy, Lena Wilson, Sarah Martin, and Clara Smith. He recorded with Bob Fuller, Elmer Snowden, Sidney Bechet, Eddie Condon, Garvin Bushell, J.C. Higginbotham, Joe Thomas and others (heart failure)
Video Notes: Great stride piano, recorded in 1944. Starts out as a somewhat mellow boogie woogie blues, but then about halfway through, all hell breaks loose.

in 1970 - Peter Green played his last gig with Fleetwood Mac when they appeared at the Bath Festival, Somerset, England.
in 1970 - Tommy Page (US singer, keyboards) is born.
in 1973 - Ruslana Lyzhychko (Ukrainian singer) is born.

in 1974 - The Duke/Duke Ellington/Edward Kennedy Ellington dies at age 75. American jazz pianist, bandleader, songwriter, composer; the most important composer in the history of jazz as well as being a bandleader who held his large group together continuously for almost 50 years. Born in Washington DC, The Duke called his music "American Music" rather than jazz, and liked to describe those who impressed him as "beyond category." These included many of the musicians who were members of his orchestra, some of whom are considered among the best in jazz in their own right, but it was Ellington who melded them into one of the most well-known jazz orchestral units in the history of jazz. He often composed specifically for the style and skills of these individuals, such as "Jeep's Blues" for Johnny Hodges, "Concerto for Cootie" for Cootie Williams, which later became "Do Nothing Till You Hear from Me" with Bob Russell's lyrics, and "The Mooche" for Tricky Sam Nanton and Bubber Miley. He also recorded songs written by his bandsmen, such as Juan Tizol's "Caravan" and "Perdido" which brought the 'Spanish Tinge' to big-band jazz. Several members of the orchestra remained there for several decades. After 1941, he frequently collaborated with composer-arranger-pianist Billy Strayhorn, whom he called his "writing and arranging companion." Ellington recorded for many American record companies, and appeared in several films. He led his band from 1923 until his death in 1974 and among his very many honors and inductions he earned 13 Grammy awards from 1959 to 2000, nine while he was alive. Also he is one of only five jazz musicians ever to have been featured on the cover of Time, the other four being Louis Armstrong, Thelonious Monk, Wynton Marsalis, and Dave Brubeck (cancer).

in 1975 - Earth Wind and Fire went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Shining Star', the group's first and only US No.1.

in 1975 - Maria Lawson (UK singer) some sources give 1979 as year of birth is born.
in 1976 - Alessandro Cortini, keyboards, Nine Inch Nails, (2005 US No.1 album 'White Teeth') is born.
in 1980 - Cecilia Cheung (Hong Kong actress, singer) is born.

in 1980 - Genesis fans turning up at the Roxy Club box office in Los Angeles to buy tickets for a forthcoming gig were surprised to find the band members Phil Collins, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford selling the tickets themselves.

in 1982 - The Clash kicked off a 12-date UK tour at Leeds University.
in 1983 - Alan Lastufka (US author, songwriter, guitarist, artist) is born.

in 1984 - US backed pirate station Laser 558, started broadcasting in the UK. Within a few months the station claimed to have over 10 million listeners.

in 1986 - Country singer Garth Brooks married Sandy Mahl. The couple divorced in 2000 after 12 years of marriage.
in 1988 - Billy Gilman (country music singer and songwriter) is born.
in 1991 - Erika Umeda (Japanese singer) is born.

in 1991 - Gene Clark dies at age 49. US singer, songwriter, born in Tipton, Missouri, influenced by Hank Williams tunes, Elvis Presley and the Everly Brothers he began learning the guitar at 9 years old. Soon, he started writing his own songs, and at 13, he cut his first record with a local rock & roll combo, Joe Meyers and the Sharks. Next, inspired by the Kingston Trio and playing with several folk groups he was soon working with the New Christy Minstrels. Longing to perform his own songs and now turning to a more rocky genre, he left and moved to LA, where he met up with Jim "Roger" McGuinn. In 1964 they started assembling a band that would, in time, come to be known as the Byrds. Gene became the Byrds' dominant songwriter, penning most of their best-known originals, including "Feel a Whole Lot Better," "Here Without You," and "Eight Miles High," and was one of the group's strongest vocal presences. After leaving The Byrds he released 2 solo albums "Gene Clark with the Gosdin Brothers" and "The Fantastic Expedition of Dillard & Clark" before rejoining The Byrds just for a short time. He again went solo releasing another 12 albums over his career, the last studio album being 'So Rebellious a Lover' 1987. In 1979 he formed a band with ex-Byrds Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman for a couple of years. Gene was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in January 1991 along with the other original members (heart attack)

in 1991 - Guns n' Roses played the first show on their 192-date Use Your Illusion world Tour at Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, Wisconsin.

in 1992 - Police in Montgomery were called when an impostor posing as Steve Miller left a hotel owing a $600 (£353) unpaid bill, he did however leave a $73 (£43) tip on a $8 (£4.7) drinks bill.

in 1996 - Jacob Druckman dies at age 67. American composer born in Philadelphia, and a graduate of the Juilliard School. In 1949 and 1950 he studied with Aaron Copland at Tanglewood and later continued his studies at the École Normale de Musique in Paris 1954-1955. He worked extensively with electronic music, in addition to a number of works for orchestra or for small ensembles. In 1972 he won the Pulitzer Prize for his first large orchestral work ''Windows''. He was composer-in-residence of the New York Philharmonic from 1982-1985. Jacob taught at Juilliard, The Aspen Music Festival, Tanglewood, Brooklyn College, Bard College, and Yale University, among other appointments .

in 1997 - Boyzone kicked off a 12-date UK tour at Aberdeen Conference Centre.

in 1997 - Hanson started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'MMMBop', the brothers first US No.1, also a No.1 in the UK.

in 1997 - The Spice Girls went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Spice', making them only the third all girl group to do so after The Supremes and The Go-Go's and the first ever UK girl group to do so.

in 1998 - Garbage went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Version 2.0.'
in 1998 - John Martyn, The Verve and Beck all appeared at Haigh Hall, Wigan, England.

in 1999 - Freddie Mercury was featured on a new set of millennium stamps issued by the Royal Mail. The Queen front man who died in 1991, was featured on the 19p stamp. The singer was a keen stamp collector, and his collection was bought by the Post Office in 1993. The stamp marked his contribution to the Live Aid charity concert in 1985.

in 2000 - A New York Judge told Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde that if she wanted her March arrest for protesting the sale of leather goods in a Gap store dismissed, she'd better keep her nose clean for the next six months.

in 2000 - Andrea and Sharon Corr from The Corrs both collapsed in the mid-day sun whilst shooting their new video in the Mojave Desert in California. The pair were treated in hospital for heat exhaustion and were back on the set within 24 hours.


in 2003 - Paul McCartney made his first ever live performance in Russia when he appeared in-front of 20,000 fans in Red Square.

in 2004 - Madonna kicked off the North American leg of her Re-invention World Tour by playing three sold out nights at The Los Angeles Forum. The tour became the top grossing of the year, with ticket sales of nearly $125 million, with over 900,000 fans attending the 60 date tour. As a follower of the Kabbalah, Madonna didn't play any Friday night gigs as the teaching of the religion forbids it.

in 2007 - Amy Winehouse, Madonna and Arctic Monkeys were among the winners at this years Ivor Novello Awards. Winehouse won best contemporary song for her hit ‘Rehab’, while Madonna collected the international hit of the year for ‘Sorry.’ Sheffield-based band Arctic Monkeys collected the best album award for ‘Whatever People Say I Am That's What I'm Not.’

in 2008 - Jimmy McGriff dies at age 72. American jazz and blues organist; a hard bop and soul-jazz organist and organ trio bandleader who developed a distinctive style of playing the Hammond B-3 organ. Born in Germantown, PA, he started playing piano at the age of five and by his teens had also learned to play vibes, alto sax, drums and upright bass. His first group was as bassist in a piano trio, before in Korea with the US Army, a police officer in Philadelphia for two years. He bought his first Hammond B-3 organ in 1956, spent six months learning the instrument, then studied at New York's Juilliard School. After which he formed his own trio. He recorded a series of popular albums between 1962 and 1965, ending with what still stands as one of his finest examples of blues-based jazz, ''Blues for Mister Jimmy''. Jimmy "retired" from the music industry in 1972 to start a horse farm in Connecticut. But Sonny Lester's new record company, Groove Merchant, kept issuing him records at a rate of three or four a year. By 1973 - he was touring relentlessly and actively recording again. His last of dozens of albums, ''McGriff Avenue'', was released in 2001 (sadly died from multiple sclerosis)

in 2009 - Billy Joel was being sued by his former drummer for hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid royalties. Liberty Devitto, claimed that Joel hadn't paid him proper royalties for 10 years of his work. Devitto was Joel's drummer from 1975 until 2005, when he said he was abruptly thrown out of the band. He said: "People get fired, they get severance or insurance for a certain period of time. I didn't even get a phone call. It was cold."

in 2009 - Dizzee Rascal and Armand Van Helden, went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Bonkers'.
in 2009 - Eminem started a two week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Relapse' the rapper's sixth studio album.

in 2009 - Jay Walter Bennett dies at age 45. American musician, singer-songwriter, engineer, producer, best known for his work with the band Wilco. Born in Urbana, Illinois, Jay was a multi-instrumentalist, playing guitar, piano, organ, mellotron, banjo, bass, drums, synthesizer and harmonica. He was a founding member of the band Titanic Love Affair, recording three albums with them in the early 1990s: Titanic Love Affair, No Charisma and Their Titanic Majesty's Request, before joining the alternative rock band Wilco in late 1994, were he was a member for 7 years recording 3 albums with the band "Being There", "Summerteeth" and "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot". Due to conflicts with front man Jeff Tweedy, Jay left Wilco in 2004 for a solo career. He released five solo albums, "The Palace at 4am", 2004's "Bigger Than Blue, "The Beloved Enemy", "The Magnificent Defeat" and he also released "Whatever Happened I Apologize" in 2008 on rockproper.com. Jay was also a sought-after studio musician, having played on albums with the likes of Sheryl Crow, Allison Moorer, and Billy Joe Shaver, and produced Blues Traveler's release,¡Bastardos! (died unexpectedly in his sleep).

in 2010 - Anneliese Rothenberger dies at age 83. German opera singer, born in Mannheim, Germany. In 1947 Günther Rennert offered her a job at the Hamburg Opera House, where she sang in Rennert's now famous production of Alban Berg's Lulu twenty years later, a role she would also perform at the Munich Opera Festival, under the direction of Christoph von Dohnányi. 1954 saw her make her debut at the Salzburg Festival, and she appeared in Rolf Liebermann's Schule der Frauen, three years later. From 1954 she became a guest singer at the Vienna State Opera. She debuted in New York in 1960, when she sang there in Der Rosenkavalier. Her performance prompted Lotte Lehmann to call her 'the best Sophie in the world'. She appeared alongside Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Sena Jurinac for the filmed performance of Der Rosenkavalier at the Salzburg Festival. Anneliese appeared in many contemporary operas by Henze, Britten, Hindemith, Carl Orff, Pfitzner, and Menotti and in 2003, she received the ECHO Award for lifetime achievement.

in 2010 - Paul Dedrick Gray dies at age 38. American bassist, primary songwriter and one of the founding members of the Grammy Award-winning heavy metal band Slipknot releasing 4 studio albums. Besides Slipknot, Paul filled in as bassist for Unida during their 2003 tour, appeared on Drop Dead, Gorgeous' Worse Than a Fairy Tale, toured briefly with Reggie and the Full Effect and appeared on the Roadrunner United project, performing bass on "The Enemy" and "Baptized in the Redemption" from the project's album The All-Star Sessions (autopsy results were released that stated Gray had died of an accidental overdose of morphine and fentanyl, and had also shown signs of "significant heart disease") b. April 4th 1972.

in 2010 - Petr Muk dies at age 45. Czech pop singer and composer, famous in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Petr was a member of the bands, Oceán from 1985 to 1993 and Shalom from 1992 to 1996, before embarking on his solo career. In addition to his albums of original songs, the last being "V bludišti dnu" released earlier this year, 2010, he also released a tribute EP to the English band Erasure in 2004. (Petr was found dead by his wife in his home in Prague. The circumstances surrounding his death have not yet been disclosed)

in 2010 - Stella Nova/Steve New dies at age 50. English guitarist & singer, known for his work with British punk rock and New Wave bands in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He was once known as Steve New, during the time he was guitarist of punk band Rich Kids. Stella started playing with the London Jazz Orchestra at the age of 14. He came to attention with his connections with the city's punk scene at the age of 15 after being asked to audition for the Sex Pistols as a second guitarist alongside Steve Jones. When Pistols' bass player Glen Matlock was ousted from the band, he invited Atella to join his new group Rich Kids alongside Rusty Egan and former Slik singer Midge Ure. He later played with Sid Vicious, Public Image Ltd, Iggy Pop, Chrissie Hynde, Kim Fowley, and a solo Glen Matlock. Stella was also the composer, musician, and producer in Beastellabeast (cancer).

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in 1685 - Christian August Jacobi, German organist and composer, is born. He's primarily remembered as a composer of church cantatas.

in 1726 - Giuseppi Paolucci, Italian composer and music theorist, is born.
in 1765 - Pierre-Joseph Le Blan, Belgian composer specializing in clock chimes, dies at 53.

in 1767 - Ferdinand Franzl, German violinist, composer, conductor and opera director, is born. Some sources list his birthday as the 20th of May...

in 1767 - Friedrich Johann Eck, German violinist and composer, is born. Some sources list his birthday as the 24th of May.

in 1821 - Diederich Krug, German pianist and composer, is born.
in 1826 - Christian Friedrich Ruppe, Dutch organist, composer, music theorist and teacher, dies at 72.
in 1847 - Alphonse Goovaerts, Belgian composer and music writer, is born.

in 1877 - William Thomas "Billy" Murray (the Denver Nightingale), American pop singer, is born. Murray recorded romantic numbers and ballads, but is best remembered today for his comedy and novelty recordings.

in 1878 - Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, famous American actor and tap dancer, is born.
in 1878 - Gilbert & Sullivan's opera "HMS Pinafore" premieres in London.

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in 1882 - Arthur Carringford "Harry Fox," American vaudeville dancer, comedian and singer, was born. He invented the Fox Trot , which was named for him.

Mr. Arthur Carringforda/k/a/ Harry Fox was an actor, Singer and comedian in the Vaudeville circuit as well as the Broadway Stage. Harry took the Stage Name of "Fox" in respect for his grandfather. Harry had a good sense of humor a nice smile and was considered a pleasing chap.

Harry was on the road by the age of 15 and took up many different jobs, such as playing Baseball, or acting and singing in vaudeville houses. Harry got his big break in 1904 in the play in San Francisco called "Mr. Frisky of Frisco," he was a success. By 1910/11 his style of comedy was that of Eddie Foy. During this time he was partnering with a Lillian and Flora Millership (aka Millership sisters) and had put together an Song and Dance act called "Artistic Nonsense" with the Dolly Sisters dancing and Harry doing the comedy. Eventually, this success would lead him to New York and Broadway. It was here in New York where he would meet his first wife, "Ms. Yansci Dolly" of the famous "Dolly Sisters." By 1913 Harry and Yansci were being billed at the Orpheum in an act called "Smart Fooling" and were deemed as the best entertainers on the vaudeville circuit. Harry married Yansci Dolly, in April of 1914, however it is said she only married Harry to further her career.

During the same year in May, while the Dolly Sisters were performing atop the New York theater (Jardin de Danse,) Harry was to get an even greater break while performing with his brevy of "6 American Beauties" downstairs. It was here that Fox is credited with inventing the Ballroom dance called the "Fox-trot" (Fox's Trot.) This has also been reported to have taken place in a 1913 Ziegfeld play. Arthur Duryea would later refine the Fox-trot to more of a glide than the laborious trot. Harry and Dolly invariably split up and went their separate ways. Harry would go on to perform many popular songs and supposedly even wrote some popular music of the time as well.

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"Fox certainly didn't write the songs in the movie "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows," which the Harry Fox character sings, it was written by Joseph McCarthy (words) and Harry Carroll (adapted from a Chopin melody.) The real Harry Fox did sing the song, with the Dolly Sisters, in the 1918 Broadway musical of which it was written, "Oh, Look." Harry isn't in the film and actually sued the producers for representing him as a "lowly songwriter": he felt it was part of Rosie's "conspiracy to injure him," his suit was unsuccessful" ...

Died in 1959 in Woodland Hills, Ca.

in 1889 - Gilardo Gilardi, Argentine pianist, conductor, teacher and composer, is born.
in 1889 - Sverre Jordan, Norwegian conductor and composer, is born.
in 1898 - Mischa Levitzki, Russian-American concert pianist and composer, is born.

in 1902 - Helvi Lemmikki Leiviska, Finnish composer and teacher, is born. Leiviska overcame discrimination in the male dominated field of Finnish classical music to pursue a successful career.

in 1904 - Kurt George Hugo Thomas, German choral conductor, teacher and composer, is born. Thomas was renowned as a choral trainer and conductor, and his Lehrbuch der Chorleitung is still used today.

in 1912 - Eddie Cherkose "Maxwell," American singer and songwriter, apparently most remembered for his recording of "Yes, We Have No Bananas," though I couldn't find it on youtube.

in 1914 - Paolo Giorza, Italian composer, conductor and teacher, dies at 81. Giorza lived a very interesting life, spending time in the US, Mexico and Australia.

in 1915 - Virginia "Ginny" Simms, American pop singer, songwriter, actress and radio personality, is born.

in 1917 - Jimmy Hamilton, American jazz saxophonist, clarinettist, arranger, composer and teacher, best known for his 25 years in the reed section of Duke Ellington's big band, is born.

in 1917 - Leon Felix Augustin Joseph Vasseur, French organist, composer and conductor, dies at 72.
in 1919 - Gino Negri, Italian composer, music writer, television presenter and actor, is born.

in 1921 - Hal David, US songwriter, pianist and arranger, with Burt Bacharach. Wrote many classic songs including, 'Close To You', '24 Hours From Tulsa', 'Make It Easy On Yourself', 'Magic Moments', 'I Say A Little Prayer'. Won two Oscars for film score 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid', for 'Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head' is born.

in 1922 - Kitty Kallen, American pop singer, is born.
in 1924 - Theodore Morse, American Tin Pan Alley composer of pop songs, dies at 51.
in 1925 - Aldo Clementi, Italian composer and teacher, is born.
in 1927 - Norman Petty (US pianist, songwriter, pioneer record producer; Norman Petty Trio) is born.
in 1928 - Hidas Frigyes, Hungarian composer and music director, is born.
in 1929 - Beverly Sills, famous American coloratura soprano, is born.

in 1934 - Gustav Theodore Holst, English composer and teacher, dies at 59. His best known work, The Planets, has become a part of popular culture in many ways; several of the themes from that work are well known, even if the listener doesn't know where they came from.

in 1936 - Donnie Elbert, US soul singer who had a 1972 US No.22 & UK No.11 single with ‘I Can’t Help Myself, Sugar Pie Honey Bunch’ is born.

in 1936 - Jan Levoslav Bella, Slovak composer, music theorist and teacher, dies at 92.
in 1936 - Thomas "Tom T." Hall, American country balladeer, songwriter, country singer and author, is born.
in 1942 - Brian "Blinky" Davison, English rock drummer (The Nice), is born.

in 1942 - Emanuel Feuermann dies at age 39. Austrian-American cellist born in the Kolomyia, Galitzia, Austro-Hungarian Empire; he became principal cellist of the Gürzenich Orchestra, and also, as part of the position, became cellist of the Bram Elderling Quartet. At this time, he also joined a short-lived piano trio with his brother and Bruno Walter, the latter on piano. In 1929, he became professor at the Musikhochschule in Berlin where he taught for the next four years. His musical collaborations during this time included violinists Carl Flesch, Szymon Goldberg, Joseph Wolfsthal and Paul Hindemith, who played the viola in a string trio with him and Wolfsthal. With the rise of Nazism he moved to London, along with Goldberg and Hindemith. He toured Japan and the United States. He moved for some time to Zürich, but happened to be in Vienna at the time of the Anschluss. Bronislaw Huberman helped Emanuel and his family escape to British Palestine. From there they moved to the United States in 1937. He taught privately and at the Curtis Institute of Music until his death. (died due to complications in a surgical operation for haemorrhoids).

in 1943 - Jessi Colter (US country singer) is born.
in 1943 - John "Poli" Palmer (UK vibraphone, flute, piano, synthesizers; Family/freelance) is born.
in 1943 - Leslie Uggams, American singer and actress, is born.
in 1944 - Charlie Harper/David Charles Perez (UK lead singer; UK Subs) is born.
in 1944 - Pierre Bachelet (French singer, songwriter) is born.

in 1945 - Dave Lee Travis, BBC Radio 1 and TV presenter. (1976 UK No.4 single ‘Convoy GB’ as Laurie Lingo and the Dipsticks) is born.

in 1945 - Winston B Weatherill (UK guitarist, sitar; Astrals/Mickey-Sapphires/Gary Farr-T-Bones/The Fox) is born.

in 1946 - Patty Smith Hill, American nursery school and kindergarten teacher, who co-wrote the tune which became known as "Happy Birthday to You," dies at 78.

in 1947- Miriam Johnson "Jessi Colter," American country singer/songwriter, is born.
in 1947 - Mitchel Margo, The Tokens, (1961 US No.1 & UK No.11 single 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight') is born.
in 1948 - Klaus Meine, The Scorpions, (1991 UK No.2 single 'Wind Of Change') is born.
in 1950 - Jean Millington (US bass guitarist, singer; Fanny/Ladies on the Stage/freelance) is born.

in 1950 - Robert Steinhardt, Kansas, (1978 US No.3 single 'Dust In The Wind', UK No.59 single 'Carry On Wayward Son') is born.

in 1951 - Chuck Ruff (US drummer; Edgar Winters/ Sammy Hagar/ Chuck Ruff Group) is born.
in 1951 - Clifford Archer, American R&B bassist (Atlantic Starr), is born.
in 1953 - Rich Alves, American country guitarist and singer (Pirates of the Mississippi), is born.
in 1955 - John Grimaldi, Argent, (1972 UK No.5 single 'Hold Your Head Up') is born.
in 1956 - David P. Sartor (US composer) is born.
in 1956 - Elvis Presley played at the Fox Theatre, Detroit.
in 1956 - Sugar Minott/Lincoln Barrington Minott (Jamaican reggae singer) is born.
in 1958 - Carrie Newcomer (US folksinger) is born.

in 1958 - Paul Weller, UK singer, guitarist, songwriter, is born. The Jam, (1980 UK No.1 single 'Going Underground' plus over 15 other UK Top 40 singles). Style Council, (1983 UK No.3 single 'Long Hot Summer', plus 14 other UK Top 40 singles). Solo (1995 UK No.7 single 'The Changing Man')

in 1959 - Rick Smith, keyboards, Underworld, (1996 UK No.2 single 'Born Slippy') is born.

in 1961 - The Temperance Seven were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'You're Driving Me Crazy', their only UK No.1 single. The song gave producer George Martin his first No.1.

in 1964 - Vasily Andreyevich Zolotaryov, Russian composer and teacher, dies at 92.
in 1965 - Aleck "Rice" Miller, also known as "Sonny Boy Williamson II," "Sonny Boy Williams," "Willie Williamson," "Willie Miller," "Little Boy Blue," "The Goat" and "Footsie," American blues and gospel singer/songwriter and harmonica player, dies at 65.

in 1965 - Mark Knight, American rock guitarist and singer/songwriter (Bang Tango), is born.
in 1965 - Remco Prins, Dutch rock singer and guitarist (Burma Shave), is born.

in 1965 - Sonny Boy Williamson ll /Aleck "Rice" Miller/Aleck Ford dies at age 65. American blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter, born on the Sara Jones Plantation near Glendora, Mississippi in Tallahatchie County, Mississippi.; much of his best work exhibits a solidly swinging beat and a rich dialogue between blues harp, guitar, piano, and percussion. His use of space, his timing, and his tone place him among the greatest of the blues-harp players. His hits include "Fattenin' Frogs for Snakes", "Don't Start Me To Talkin'", "Keep It To Yourself", "Your Funeral and My Trial", "Bye Bye Bird", "Nine Below Zero", "Help Me", and the infamous "Little Village", with dialogue 'unsuitable for airplay' with Leonard Chess. His song "Eyesight to the Blind" was performed by The Who as a key song in their rock opera Tommy (died in his sleep). birthdate ... Sonny Boy claimed to have been born on December 5th 1899, but one researcher, David Evans, claims to have found census record evidence that he was born around 1912. His gravestone has his birthdate as March 11th 1908.

in 1967 - Pink Floyd appeared at the Gwent Constabulary ('A' Division) Spring Holiday Barn Dance, held at The Barn, Grosmont Wood Farm in Cross Ash, Wales, UK.

in 1967 - Procol Harum's 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale', entered the UK chart for the first time, it went on to be a number 1 hit.
in 1968 - Karl Roy (Filipino rock singer; POT/Kapatid) is born.
in 1968 - Simon and Garfunkel scored their second US No.1 album with 'Bookends'.

in 1969 - A benefit concert was held for Fairport Convention at The Roundhouse, London to raise money for the families of the band's drummer Martin Lamble, Richard Thompson's girlfriend and clothes designer Jeannie Franklyn who were all killed in an accident driving back from a gig. Also on the bill, Family, Pretty Things, Soft Machine and John Peel.

in 1969 - Glen Drover (Canadian guitarist; Megadeth) is born.
in 1971 - Mark Brunswick, American composer and teacher, dies at 69.
in 1973 - Carole King played a concert in New York's Central Park, which attracted an audience of 100,000.
in 1973 - Daz Dillinger/Delmar Drew Arnaud (US rapper;Tha Dogg Pound) is born.

in 1973 - During a 21-date UK tour Wings played the first of three sold out nights at the Hammersmith Odeon in London.

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in 1974 - Cockney Rebel and Be Bop Deluxe appeared at Friars, Aylesbury, England.
in 1974 - Frank Klepacki (US guitarist, synthesizer, drums; video game music composer) is born.

in 1974 - Rick Wakeman became the first member of the group Yes to have a No.1 UK album when 'Journey To The Centre Of The Earth' went to the top of the charts.

in 1975 - Lauryn Hill, singer, The Fugees, (1996 UK No.1 single 'Killing Me Softly'), solo, (1998 UK No.3 single 'Doo Wop, That Thing', 1998 US No.1 & UK No.2 album 'The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill') is born.

in 1976 - Sandra Nasic (German singer; Guano Apes) is born.
in 1977 - Giel Beelen (Dutch radio DJ) is born.

in 1978 - After seeing The Hype (soon to become U2) appearing at the Project Arts Centre, in Dublin, Paul McGuinness became their manager.

in 1980 - Joe King, guitarist, vocals, The Fray, (2005 US Top 3 single ‘How to Save a Life’) is born.
in 1981 - Huw Stephens (Welsh radio presenter, music promoter; BBC Radio 1/BBC Radio Cymru) is born.

in 1981 - Rosa Ponselle dies at age 84. American operatic sopranoin born in Meriden, Connecticut; by 1914, her reputation as a singer led to a long-term engagement at the San Carlino theater, one of the largest movie houses in New Haven, near the Yale campus. Rosa was already an established singer in vaudeville after her debut in The Girl from Brighton, a 1912 Broadway musical. She sang mainly at the New York Metropolitan Opera and is generally considered by music critics to have been one of the greatest sopranos of the past 100 years (after a long battle with bone marrow cancer)

in 1981 - Roy Brown dies at age 56. American jump blues singer and songwriter born New Orleans, Louisiana, who brought a soul singing style, from gospel music, to the emerging genre of rock and roll. Roy and his band "The Mighty Men" were spectacular and exciting performers, which opened the doors for the likes of Little Richard some 10 years later. From the mid 1940s and through the 50s he had a string of hits including "Good Rocking Tonight", "Hard Luck Blues", "Rockin' at Midnight," "Miss Fanny Brown," "Boogie at Midnight," "Cadillac Baby," "Hurry Hurry Baby," "Ain't No Rockin' No More," "Black Diamond," and "Gal From Kokomo". After a long dry spell, he performed as part of Johnny Otis' troupe at the 1970 Monterey Jazz Festival and a 1973 LP began to rebuild his long-lost momentum. His role as a crucial link between postwar R&B and rock's initial rise is still underappreciated by many (heart attack)

in 1981 - Slade appeared at The Oxford New Theatre, Oxford, England.
in 1984 - Kostas Martakis (Greek singer) is born.
in 1984 - Marion Raven (Norwegian singer-songwriter; M2M) is born.
in 1984 - Piet Ketting, Dutch pianist, conductor, composer, music critic and teacher, dies at 79.

in 1985 - Dire Straits scored their second UK No.1 album with 'Brothers In Arms', also No.1 in the US and 24 other countries. It went on to sell over 20 million copies worldwide.

in 1985 - Harold Hecht, American dancer, choreographer and film producer, dies at 77.
in 1985 - Luciana Abreu (Portuguese singer, actress) is born.
in 1985 - Wham! started a two-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Everything She Wants.'

in 1990 - Fleetwood Mac played the first of 42 North American dates on their Behind The Mask world tour at the PNE Coliseum in Vancouver, Canada. Squeeze were the opening act.

in 1990 - Gary Usher dies at age 51. US surf rock songwriter, producer, singer; he gained notice in the early '60s, writing and producing a number of hits for various surf rock artists. He was the earliest outside collaborator of the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson, co-writing more than ten songs with Brian, he also worked with the likes of The Byrds, Dick Dale, Gram Parsons, The Ship and was the force behind a number of "studio created" bands, including The Hondells and Sagittarius.

in 1991 - Mariah Carey scored her fourth US No.1 single with 'I Don't Wanna Cry', not a hit in the UK.
in 1991 - Michael Bolton went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Time, Love and Tenderness.'

in 1992 - Khalil Roundtree, tour manager of Boyz II Men, was killed by gunfire after a scuffle in an elevator on the 26th floor of a hotel in Chicago; their assistant tour manager was also injured.

in 1994 - Eric Gale, American jazz and session guitarist, dies at 55. Gale performed on an estimated 500 albums.
in 1994 - Sonny Sharrock/Warren Harding Sharrock dies at age 53. US free playing jazz guitarist, one of the earliest guitarists ever to attempt free playing, known for his incisive, heavily chorded attack, his bursts of wild feedback, and for his use of saxophone-like lines played loudly on guitar.During the late 1980s, he recorded and performed extensively with the New York-based improvising band Machine Gun, as well as leading his own bands. He is well known for the soundtrack to the Cartoon Network program Space Ghost: Coast to Coast, one of the last projects he completed in the studio before his death. (heart attack).

in 1995 - Dick Curless "Baron of Country Music," American country (trucker) singer/songwriter and guitarist, dies at 63.

in 1995 - The earliest known recording of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, from 1961, was sold at Christies in London for £50,250 ($85,425).

in 1996 - Bradley James Nowell dies at age 28. American lead singer and guitarist of the Californian band Sublime. In 1982, Bradley joined a band called Second Sight as a guitarist while in the 9th grade at Wilson Classical High School in Long Beach, California, after which he played in the punk band Hogan's Heroes they later changed their name to Sloppy Seconds. In 1988, Bradley met Bud Gaugh, and together with their mutual frind Eric Wilson founded the Sublime. (He died of a heroin overdose while on a short tour just before the release of Sublime's self-titled major label debut album) .

in 1996 - Gina G had her first UK No.1 hit single when 'Ooh Aah...Just A Little Bit' went to the top of the charts for 1 week. Australian singer Gina was representing the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest where she finished in eighth place in the contest.

in 1997 - A report showed that Elvis Presley was now the world's bestselling posthumous entertainer with worldwide sales of over one billion, over 480 active fan clubs and an estimated 250,000 UK fans who still buy his records. Ironically he had died owing $3 million (£1.76 million).

in 1997 - Michael Jackson went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Blood On The Dance Floor.'

in 2000 - UK Supermarket chain ASDA decided to cancel a signing tour planned to promote Boyzone's Mikey Graham's debut solo single 'Like An Angel' after he admitted that he had used cannabis and gone on alcohol benders with his fellow Boyz.

in 2001 - Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher won a damages settlement from The Daily Mirror after they claimed he lied in court during divorce proceedings with Meg Matthews.

in 2002 - 30 Eminem fans were hurt after a crowd surge at a gig in Washington DC. Five people were taken to hospital, one man suffered a heart attack.

in 2003 - 50 Cent started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with '21 Questions', the rapper's second US No.1.

in 2003 - Jemini, the UK entry for this year's Eurovision Song Contest, failed to get a single point, the first time a UK entry had ended up with nul points. The first nul pointers came in 1962, six years after the contest started, when four countries Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands and Spain all failed to register.

in 2003 - Marilyn Manson were at No.1 on the US album chart with 'The Golden Age of Grotesque', a No. 4 hit in the UK and the bands second US No.1.

in 2004 – Madonna cancelled three shows in Israel after terrorists threatened to kill her and her kids. A spokesperson said she was targeted because she symbolises the West and not because she practises the Jewish faith Kabbalah.

in 2005 - Ruth Laredo dies at age 67. American classical pianist referred to as "America's First Lady of the Piano" and was able to play God Bless America on her mother's piano at age two. She attended Detroit's Mumford High School and graduated from Philadelphia's Curtis Institute of Music in 1960. She won the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in 1962. Ruth was known for landmark recordings of Scriabin and Rachmaninoff. She was the first pianist to record all of Rachmaninoff's solo piano works .

in 2006 - Desmond Dekker/Desmond Adolphus Dacres dies at age 65. Jamaican ska and reggae singer and songwriter. Together with his backing group, The Aces, consisting of Wilson James and Easton Barrington Howard,, he had one of the first international Jamaican hits with "Israelites". Other hits include "007 (Shanty Town)" in 1967 and "It Mek" in 1969. Before the ascent of Bob Marley, Desmond was one of the most popular musicians within Jamaica, and one of the best-known musicians outside it. In the 1970s he spent most of his time touring and moved to the UK, In the early 1980s, as the 2 Tone movement died out, he saw his fortunes dwindle and he was declared bankrupt in 1984. Only a single live album was released in the late 80s, but a new version of "Israelites" reawakened public interest in 1990, following its use in a Maxell advertisement. He re-recorded some old singles, and worked with The Specials for 1992's King of Kings', which used hits from his s musical heroes, including Derrick Morgan. He also collaborated on a remix version of "Israelites" with reggae artist Apache Indian (died of a heart attack at his home in Kent, UK).

in 2007 - Sixties pop star Wayne Fontana was remanded in custody after admitting pouring petrol over a bailiff's car and setting fire to it. The judge criticised the former lead singer of the Mindbenders, for arriving at Derby Crown court dressed as the Lady of Justice. He had to hand a sword and scales to guards but still wore a crown, cape and dark glasses, claiming "justice is blind".

in 2008 - Camu Tao/Tero Smith dies at age 30. American rapper and producer who was signed to the Definitive Jux label. He was a part of the duo S.A. Smash with fellow rapper Metro, a part of the rap group Weathermen, and the Central Services production team with El-P. He was also a member of the music collective Cardboard City, and part of Columbus, Ohio's MHz crew with Copywrite, RJD2, Jakki Tha MotaMouth & Tage Proto, and with Cage, half of the Nighthawks, who made one album during a single three-day session (lung cancer) b. June 6th 1977.

in 2008 - Rihanna scored her second UK No.1 hit single with a song written by Ne-Yo, 'Take A Bow'. Also a US No.1.
in 2008 - The Ting Tings went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their debut album 'We Started Nothing'.

in 2009 - A former member of Wilco, who was suing the band over a royalties claim, died at his home in Illinois at the age of 45. Jay Bennett worked as a sound engineer and played instruments for the band between 1994 and 2001. Bennett filed his legal action against Wilco lead singer Jeff Tweedy at the beginning of May, claiming $50,000 (£33,160) for five albums he made with the group.

in 2010 - Robert Muczynski dies at age 81. American composer born in Chicago, Illinois, who worked in traditional and American styles, with rhythmic influences from jazz. He studied composition at DePaul University receiving a Bachelor of Music degree and the Master of Music degree. He would later teach at DePaul University, Chicago; Loras College; Dubuque, Iowa; and Roosevelt University, Chicago, before settling in Tucson in the 1960s where he joined the faculty of the University of Arizona as composer-in-residence and chairman of the composition department; he held both a positions until his retirement in 1988. At age 29 he made his Carnegie Hall debut, performing a program of his own compositions for piano. Among the more than fifty published compositions, his Sonata for Flute and Piano, his Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano, and Time Pieces for clarinet and piano have entered the repertoire and remain frequently performed in recitals, as has much of his solo piano music and his works appear on programs in the US, Europe, the Far East, Australia and Mexico .

in 2010 - Siphiwo Ntshebe dies at age 35. South African opera singer, born in the seaside city of Port Elizabeth. At 13 he joined the township men's choir and at 16 he performed with an orchestra in Port Elizabeth. After matriculating at Khwezilomso High School in the adjacent Zwide township, he studied music at the then University of Port Elizabeth. He won another music scholarship to study at Brisbane University in Australia and in 2004 was awarded a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music in London. In 2006 he performed in Berlin for the handover of the Fifa World Cup for South Africa 2010. Thereafter, he performed for the Duke of Edinburgh, for Nelson Mandela and Prince Albert in Monte Carlo, at the South African High Commission in London, with the choir of Christ's College, Cambridge at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, at the Royal Festival Hall in London and (passed away after contracting meningitis just days before he was due to perform at the opening ceremonies for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in Johannesburg).

in 2011 - Larry Kinley dies at age 68. American actor and jazz singer Born and raised in Evanston, Mr. Kinley started singing professionally after he graduated from Purcell High School. He and his family spent most of the 1970s living and working in Los Angeles, where he earned a spot on the "Merv Griffin Show". He sang for several years on the "Uncle Al Show" on WCPO-TV and sang live for years at locations around Greater Cincinnati, including the Netherland Hotel, downtown, the Celestial Incline Lounge in Mount Adams and Dee Felice Café in Covington. He performed with
stars, including Henry Mancini and Tony Bennett .

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in 1591 - Dirck Janszoon Sweelinck, Dutch organist and composer, is born.
in 1703 - Samuel Pepys, English politician, diarist and composer, dies at 70.
in 1773 - Hans Georg Nageli, Swiss composer, music publisher, music theorist and writer, is born.
in 1782 - Joseph Drechsler, Bohemian organist, composer and conductor, is born.

in 1825 - Felipe Gutierrez y Espinoza, Puerto Rican composer, is born. Gutierrez y Espinoza was the first native Puerto Rican composer and was self taught. In 1858 he won the post of maestro de capilla of San Juan Cathedral in an open competition.

in 1832 - François-Louis Perne, French composer, musicologist and director of the Paris Conservatoire, dies at 59.
in 1846 - Arthur Coquard, French composer and music critic, is born.
in 1853 - Monroe A Althouse, American composer and band leader, "March King of Berks County PA," is born.

in 1856 - George Templeton Strong, American composer, teacher and painter, is born. Though he spent much of his later life in Switzerland, Strong is considered an American composer.

in 1871 - Aime Maillart, French composer known mainly today for his operas, dies at 54.

in 1873 - August Conradi, German organist, composer, conductor and Kapellmeister, dies at 51. Conradi worked as Liszt's copyist, and helped him with scoring the orchestration of his orchestral works.

in 1877 - Isadora Duncan, SF, free form/interpretative dancer is born.

in 1880 - John Curwen, English musicologist and developer of the "Tonic sol-fa" system of music education, dies at 63.
Reverend Curwen) was an English Congregationalist minister, and founder of the Tonic sol-fa system of music education. He was educated at Wymondley College (subsequently Coward College) and University College London.

John Curwen was a descendent of the Curwens of Workington Hall in Cumbria, one of the oldest families in England, the male line proper being a direct descent from Eldred, a pre-Norman Englishman, whose son Ketel held lands in the Barony of Kendal. Orm, Ketel's son, inherited the Cumbrian manor of Workington.

John Curwen was born November 14, 1816 at Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire, the son of Spedding Curwen and Mary Jubb. His father was a Non-conformist minister, as John was also from 1838 until 1864. Curwen gave up full time ministry in order to devote himself to his new method of musical nomenclature. Curwen's system was designed to aid in sight reading of the stave with its lines and spaces. He adapted it from a number of earlier musical systems, including the Norwich Sol-fa method of Sarah Ann Glover (1785–1867) of Norwich. Her Sol-fa system was based on the ancient gamut; but she omitted the constant recital of the alphabetical names of each note and the arbitrary syllable indicating key relationship, and also the recital of two or more such syllables when the same note was common to as many keys (e.g. C, Fa, Ut, meaning that C is the subdominant of G and the tonic of C). The notes were represented by the initials of the seven syllables, still in use in Italy and France as their names. Curwen taught himself to sight-read based on Glover's Norwich Sol-fa, made alterations and improvements, and named his method Tonic Sol-fa. In the Tonic Sol-fa the seven letters refer to key relationship (relative pitch) and not to absolute pitch. Curwen utilized the first letter (lower case) of each of the solmization tones (do, re, me, fa, sol, la, ti), and a rhythmic system which used bar lines (prefixing strong beats), half bar lines (prefixing medium beats), and semicolons (prefixing weak beats) in each measure.

Curwen felt the need for a simple way of teaching how to sing by note through his experiences among Sunday school teachers. Stemming from his religious and social beliefs, Curwen thought that music should be easily accessible to all classes and ages of people. Apart from Glover, similar ideas had been elaborated in France by Pierre Galin (1786–1821), Aimé Paris (1798–1866) and Emile Chevé (1804–1864), whose method of teaching how to read at sight also depended on the principle of tonic relationship being taught by the reference of every sound to its tonic, and by the use of a numeric notation. Curwen adapted French time names from Paris' Langue de durées.

Curwen brought out his Grammar of Vocal Music in 1843, and in 1853 started the Tonic Sol-Fa Association. The Standard Course of Lessons on the Tonic Sol-fa Method of Teaching to Sing was published in 1858. In 1879 the Tonic Sol-Fa College was opened. Curwen also began publishing, and brought out a periodical called the Tonic Sol-fa Reporter and Magazine of Vocal Music for the People, and in his later life was occupied in directing the spreading organization of his system. With his son, John Spencer Curwen (1847–1916) who later became principal of the Tonic Sol-Fa College, Curwen incorporated the J. Curwen & Sons publishing firm in 1863. This firm continued as the Curwen Press into the 1970s, when it was closed. The Sol-fa system was widely adopted for use in education, as an easily teachable method in the reading of music at sight, but its more ambitious aims for providing a superior method of musical notation have not been generally adopted. In 1872, Curwen changed his former course of using the Sol-fa system as an aid to sight reading, when that edition of his Standard Course of Lessons excluded the staff and relied solely on Curwen's Tonic Sol-fa system.

Curwen technically did not invent Tonic Sol-fa. Rather he developed a distinct method of applying it in music education, including both rhythm and pitch. The name and current form can be traced to Curwen.

John Curwen married Mary Thompson (1816–1890) in May 1845. They had four children – Margaret, John Spencer, Spedding and Thomas Herbert. Curwen died at Heaton Mersey on May 16, 1887. His son John Spencer married Annie Jessy Gregg, who went on to write the extensive and influential series Mrs. Curwen's Pianoforte Method based on her adaptation for the piano of John Curwen's method for voice.
in 1883 - Mamie Smith, American singer is born.

in 1886 - Al Jolson (born Asa Yoelson), American singer, known as "The World's Greatest Entertainer," is born in Seredzius, Lithuania. (Actually, his date of birth is uncertain; a source which claims to be accurate gives it as May 28 [O.S.] which would be June 9 [N.S.] but I've decided to go with this one for now. Al Jolson was one of the first superstars. His over the top melodramatic and sentimental treatment of songs was hugely popular, both on Broadway and through the medium of recordings. He was the star of the first full length sound motion picture, "The Jazz Singer" in 1927, and went on to star in the highest grossing film (until "Gone With the Wind" in 1939) "The Singing Fool," in 1928. His appearances in minstrel style blackface were quite popular, and many consider his promotion of African-American music to have been influential in paving the way for later popular black performers. Others accuse him of promoting racism, despite the fact that he was known for fighting against anti-black discrimination on Broadway. Jolson remained popular throughout his life, even after his semi-retirement in the late 30s. His star did wane a bit when the "crooner" style of pop singing came into vogue, but then in the late 40s his style was again in fashion, and he experienced a resurgence in popularity. He died in 1950 from a heart attack one month after returning from a trip to Korea to entertain American troops.

Video Notes: "I'm Sitting on Top of the World" is a popular song. The music was written by Ray Henderson, the lyrics by Sam M. Lewis and Joe Young. The song was published in 1925.

The song was first recorded by either Art Gillham or Al Jolson. Art Gillham ('the Whispering Pianist') recorded 'I'm Sitting on Top of the World' on 24 October 1925.

Jolson's recording was played during the opening montage of 1930's New York City in the 2005 remake of King Kong, and in the closing sequence of the 1995, U.S. - U.K. film, Richard III.

Notable interpretations have been recorded by these performers: Carl Perkins, Doris Day, Bobby Darin, Taj Mahal & Corey Harris, Gordon Smith, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Dizzy Gillespie, Les Paul and Mary Ford and Jerry Lewis.

Additionally, the song "I'm On My Way" by The Proclaimers makes reference to the song, saying "I'd have Al Jolson sing 'I'm sittin' on top of the world'."

The song was a major revival in a 1952 version by Les Paul and Mary Ford. Aretha Franklin recorded the song for her album "The Tender, the Moving, the Swinging Aretha Franklin".
in 1891 - Frederick Bowen Jewson, British pianist and composer, dies at 67.
in 1893 - Sir Eugene Goossens, English violinist, composer and conductor is born.
in 1898 - Gerard Bertouille, Belgian composer, is born.

in 1898 - Ernst Bacon, American pianist, composer and conductor is born. Bacon is known as a composer of art songs in the American idiom, setting many of the poems of Emily Dickinson to music.

in 1904 - George Formby Jr., English singer/songwriter, banjolele player and comedian, is born. Formby was known for his light comedic songs and also was a popular star of stage and screen.

He made over 20 films and his best-known song is 'Leaning On A Lamp Post'. He was made an OBE in 1946, and died on March 6th 1961. Formby was a major influence on George Harrison.

in 1905 - Hans Holewa, Austrian composer who emigrated to Sweden in 1937, is born.
in 1908 - Arie Maasland "Malando," Dutch pianist and composer, is born.

in 1912 - Jan Blockx, Belgian pianist, composer and teacher, a leader of the Flemish nationalist school of music, dies at 61.

in 1916 - Moondog/Louis Thomas Hardin (blind US composer, musician, cosmologist, poet) is born.
in 1919 - Ruben Gonzalez (Cuban pianist) is born.

in 1920 - American singer, actress, Peggy Lee, real name: Norma Dolores Egstrom, is born. (1958 US No. 8 & UK No.5 single 'Fever', worked with Benny Goodman, Randy Newman, Quincy Jones. She was nominated for 12 Grammy Awards, winning Best Contemporary Vocal Performance for her 1969 hit ‘Is That All There Is’’ She died on 21st January 2002
in 1922 - Frank Guida (Italian composer, producer) is born.
in 1924 - Johann Heinrich Beck, American composer and conductor, dies at 67.
in 1924 - Victor Herbert, Irish born, German-raised American cellist, composer and conductor, dies at 65.
in 1926 - Maria de Lourdes Martins, Portuguese pianist, composer and teacher, is born.

in 1926 - Miles Davis, American jazz trumpeter, composer and band leader is born. A giant of jazz. "Miles Davis is regarded as one of the most innovative, influential and respected figures in the history of music. He has been described as 'one of the great innovators in jazz'. The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll noted 'Miles Davis played a crucial and inevitably controversial role in every major development in jazz since the mid-'40s, and no other jazz musician has had so profound an effect on rock. Miles Davis was the most widely recognized jazz musician of his era, an outspoken social critic and an arbiter of style—in attitude and fashion—as well as music'. His album Kind of Blue is the best-selling album in the history of jazz music and was praised by the United States House of Representatives to 'pass a symbolic resolution honoring the masterpiece and reaffirming jazz as a national treasure.'"
in 1927 - Antonio Prieto (Chilean actor, singer) is born.

in 1933 - Jimmie Rodgers/Yodeling Cowboy dies at age 35. US singer, guitar, banjo, songwriter; known as "The Singing Brakeman" and "America's Blue Yodeler", he was the first country music superstar, a status that resulted in another commonly used nickname, "The Father of Country Music". When the Country Music Hall of Fame was established in 1961, Rodgers was one of the first three (with Fred Rose and Hank Williams) to be inducted. He was elected to the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970 and, as an early influence, to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. "Blue Yodel No. 9" was selected as one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. (lung hemorrhage due to tuberculosis).

in 1937 - Neil Richard Ardley (UK jazz pianist, composer, author) is born.

in 1937 - Yehuda Yannay, Romanian Israeli-American composer, conductor, film maker and performance artist, is born.

in 1938 - Anastasia Stratakis "Teresa Stratas," Canadian operatic soprano, is born.
in 1938 - Jaki Liebezeit, German jazz and rock drummer (Can), is born.

in 1938 - William Elden Bolcom, American pianist and composer, the Musical America Composer of the Year for 2007, is born.

in 1940 - Lew Tabackin (US jazz flautist, tenor saxophonist) is born.
in 1941 - Art Sharp, Nashville Teens, (1964 UK No.6 single 'Tobacco Road') is born.

in 1941 - Imants Kalniņš, Latvian composer and politician, is born. Kalniņš is one of the most important composers in the history of Latvian music, working in both rock and classical music. There is an annual Latvian music festival in his honor.

in 1942 - Peter Miller (UK guitarist, singer-songwriter; Offbeats/Peter Jay-Jaywalkers/Solo/others) is born.
in 1942 - Philip 'Phil' Cuncliffe (UK early drummer; The Presidents) is born.
in 1942 - Ray Ennis, Swinging Blue Jeans, (1964 UK No.2 and US No.24 single 'Hippy Hippy Shake') is born.

in 1943 - Alice Charlotta Tegnér dies at age 79. Swedish music teacher, poet and composer, born in Karlshamn, recognized as a foremost composer of Swedish children songs during first half of the 1900s, most notably Mors lilla Olle. In addition to children's songs, she wrote many other types of music in classical genres such as chamber and sacred music together with choral music, cantatas, cello and violin sonatas. Her songs and compositions were inspired by both folk and art music. Her well-known hymnbook Nu ska vi sjunga, with illustrations by Elsa Beskow, was published in 1943 (?) b. 12 March 1864.

in 1943 - Levon Helm, drummer and singer with The Band' is born. He died of throat cancer aged 71 on 19th April in 2012. Helm formed his own high school band, the Jungle Bush Beaters, at 17, he later joined The Hawks (who became bob Dylan's backing group) who then became known as The Band. He sang on Band classics like 'The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,' 'Up on Cripple Creek,' 'Rag Mama Rag,' and 'The Weight.

in 1944 - Jaroslaw Kukulski (Polish composer) is born.
in 1944 - Warren "Gates" Nichols (US steel guitarist; Confederate Railroad) is born.

in 1945 - Garry Peterson, Canadian rock drummer (The Guess Who, Bachman-Turner Overdrive), is born.
in 1945 - Verden Allen, is born. keyboards, Mott The Hoople, (1972 UK No.3 & US No.37 single 'All The Young Dudes').

in 1946 - Mick Ronson, is born. Guitarist, producer, member of The Rats, then worked with David Bowie, (1992 UK No.5 album 'The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars', 1974 UK No.5 single 'Rebel Rebel'). Also worked with Mott The Hoople, Bob Dylan, Ian Hunter. Released the 1974 UK No.9 solo album 'Slaughter On Tenth Avenue'.

in 1948 - Stevie Nicks, is born. Singer, Fleetwood Mac, (1987 UK No.5 single 'Little Lies' and 1977 US No.1 single 'Dreams', from world-wide No.1 album 'Rumours'). Solo, (1981 US No.1 & UK No.11 album 'Bella Donna', 1989 UK No. 16 single 'Rooms On Fire').

in 1949 - Alan ''Al'' Perkes (UK musician; East of Eden) is born.
in 1949 - Hank Williams Jr., American country singer/songwriter, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist, is born.

in 1950 - Antonina Vasilievna Nezhdanova, Russian lyric-coloratura soprano, dies at 77.
Video Notes: The great Russian soprano, the People's Artist of the USSR Antonina Nezhdanova (1873 - 1950) sings Una voce poco fa; recorded in the 1910's.
The following biographical notes on Nezhdanova comes from Andrea's subito-cantabile: A Site for Collectors of Great Singers of the Past (www.cantabile-subito.de): "Antonina Nezhdanova's parents were school teachers. Her father had a nice tenor voice and her mother was a fine soprano. Her musical talent developed at quite an early age. Her father formed an amateur choir with which she made her first solo debut at the age of seven! She progressed rapidly in the arts of singing, acting and dancing. After studies in Odessa, she graduated from Umberto Masetti's famous class at the Moscow conservatory in 1902 (among other students: Nadezhda Obukhova and Nina Koshetz). She was immediately engaged at the Bolshoi, where she remained for nearly 40 years, singing leading roles in Russian and west European operas, most frequently opposite star tenor Leonid Sobinov. In 1912 she was Gilda at the Monte Carlo Opéra, with Tita Ruffo as Rigoletto and Enrico Caruso as the Duke. Some outstanding roles of her huge repertory: Ludmilla in Glinka's Ruslan and Ludmilla, Tatyana, Lakmé, the Snow Maiden, Volkhova, Elsa (!) and Rosina, Marfa and Antonida. Nezhdanova entered into the communist era with apparent enthusiasm. In 1922 it was felt that selected Russian artists should visit places abroad to convince the West that Russia had not descend into utter barbarism. Nezhdanova was ambassadress in this, appearing in Berlin, Prague, Warsaw, the Baltic capitals and other cities in Germany and Poland. In the USSR she was among the most honoured singers and teachers, continuing throughout Worldwar II. She received several of the country's highest awards. From 1936 she taught at the Stanislavsky Opera Studio, later at the Bolshoi Opera Studio, and finally at the Moscow Conservatory from 1943 until 1950."
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in 1952 - David Meece (US contemporary Christian singer) is born.
in 1953 - Richard Sohl (US pianist; Patti Smith Group) is born.
in 1954 - Marian Gold (German singer; Alphaville) is born.
in 1957 - Diomedes Diaz (Colombian singer) is born.
in 1957 - Kristina Olsen (US musician) is born.
in 1959 - Steve Hanley (UK bassist; The Fall/Tom Hingley and the Lovers) is born.

in 1959 - Wayne Hussey, guitar, Dead Or Alive, is born. (1985 UK No.1 single 'You Spin me round, Like A record'), Sisters Of Mercy, The Mission, (1988 UK No.12 single 'Tower Of Strength').

in 1962 - Acker Bilk went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Stranger On The Shore'; it became a million seller in the UK making No.2 on the charts.

in 1962 - Colin Vearncombe/Black (UK singer, songwriter; Black) is born.

in 1964 - Lenny Kravitz, is born, US singer, guitarist, songwriter, (1990 UK No.39 single 'Let Love Rule', 1999 UK No.1 single 'Fly Away', 1993 UK No.1 album 'Are You Gonna Go My Way'). Worked with Mick Jagger, Madonna, David Bowie.

in 1964 - Marianne Faithful recorded the Mick Jagger and Keith Richards song 'As Tears Go By', accompanied by future Led Zeppelin members Jimmy Page on guitar and John Paul Jones on bass.

in 1966 - The Beatles recorded 'Yellow Submarine' at Abbey Road studios in London. Recovering from a case of food poisoning, producer George Martin missed this recording, EMI engineer Geoff Emerick worked on the session.

in 1966 - The Rolling Stones were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Paint It Black', their sixth UK No.1 single.
in 1967 - Chris Feinstein (American bassist, producer, writer, collaborator; sessionist) is born.
in 1967 - Kevin Moore (US keyboardist, composer; Dream Theater/Chroma Key music project/O.S.I.) is born.
in 1967 - Kristen Pfaff (US bassist, Hole /Janitor Joe) is born.

in 1968 - Little Willie John dies at age 30. US singer/songwriter; he had a string of R&B hits, debuting with the soulful "All around the World" in 1955. Other hits included "I'm Shakin'", "Suffering With The Blues", "Talk To Me", "Need Your Love So Bad", "Sleep". His biggest hit "Fever" was more famously covered by Peggy Lee in 1958. A cover version of his self penned hit "I Need Your Love So Bad" by the original early Fleetwood Mac group was also a big hit in Europe. In all, Willie made the Billboard Top 100 a total of 14 times. He was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. While appealing against his manslaughter conviction he recorded what was intended to be his comeback album "Nineteen Sixty Six", but due to contractual wrangles, and the failure of his appeal, it was not released until 2008 (died in prison; the official cause of death is listed as a heart attack, though some report he died of pneumonia or asphyxiation) b. November 15th 1937.
in 1972 - Alan White, drums, Oasis, (replaced Tony McCarroll in 1995, 1996 UK No.1 single 'Don't Look Back In Anger') is born. Sacked from the band in 2004.

in 1972 - At the point of the band splitting up David Bowie offered Mott The Hoople two of his new songs, 'Suffragette City', which they turned down and 'All The Young Dudes', which they recorded. The song gave the group a No.3 UK and US Top 40 hit.

in 1972 - The first day of the four day UK festival 'The Great Western Express' near Lincoln featuring; The Faces, Joe Cocker, Humble Pie, Slade, The Groundhogs, Ry Cooder, Don McLean, Brewers Droop plus a special appearance by Monty Python.

in 1973 - Sergio Vallín Loera (Mexican lead guitarist; Maná) is born.
in 1973 - The Beatles '1967-1970' album went to No.1 on the US chart.

in 1973 - The Edgar Winter Group went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Frankenstein', the bands only US No.1, it reached No.18 in the UK. The group featured ex McCoys guitarist Rick Derringer.

in 1974 - Tragedy struck at a David Cassidy concert at London's White City when over 1,000 fans had to be treated by first aid workers due to the frenzied excitement. One fan Bernadette Whelan died from heart failure four days later.

in 1976 - Justin Pierre (US singer; Motion City Soundtrack) is born.

in 1977 - Billy Powell singer with The O'Jays died of cancer. (1972, hit 'Back Stabbers', 1973 US No.1 & UK No.9 single 'Love Train'). Originally known as The Triumphs, and then The Mascots, they took the name "The O'Jays", in tribute to radio disc jockey Eddie O'Jay.

in 1977 - Mark Hunter (US lead vocalist, songwriter; Chimaira) is born.

in 1977 - William Powell dies at age 35. US singer, original member and singer of the Ohio-based soul/R&B group, The O'Jays. William and his friends Walter Williams, Bill Isles, Bobby Massey and Eddie Levert formed the group in Canton, Ohio in 1958 while attending Canton McKinley High School. Originally known as The Triumphs, and then The Mascots, the friends debuted with "Miracles" in 1961, which was a moderate hit in the Cleveland area. In 1963 they took the name "The O'Jays", in tribute to radio disc jockey Eddie O'Jay, and released "Lonely Drifter", which charted nationally. They went on to record 10 albums and having 9 chart hits. William along with the group was inducted into the Vocal Group in Hall of Fame in 2004 and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005. (cancer).
in 1978 - Jaheim Hoagland, (aka Jaheim), US R&B singer, (2006 US No.1 album ‘Ghetto Classics’) is born.

in 1978 - On Irish television today; at 4.00 'Top Cat', 4.30 'Skippy' and at 5.30 a program called 'Youngline' a series for young people highlighting their interests. On today's show a feature on a new pop group, The Hype (U2).

in 1978 - Phil Elverum (US singer-songwriter) is born.

in 1979 - 'Sunday Girl' gave Blondie their second UK No.1 hit single. The track was taken from the group's 'Parallel Lines', which went on to become the biggest selling album of 1979.

in 1979 - The first day of the two day Loch Lomond Festival with The Stranglers, Dr Feelgood, Skids, Third World, The Dickies. Day two featured The AWB, Buzzcocks, Rockpile and The Boomtown Rats who played 'I Don't Like Mondays' live for the first time.

in 1979 - The Undertones, The Knack and The Chords all appeared at Friars, Aylesbury, England.
in 1981 - Eda-Ines Etti (Estonian singer) is born.
in 1981 - Irini Merkouri (Greek singer) is born.
in 1981 - Isaac Slade, lead singer and pianist, The Fray, (2005 US Top 3 single ‘How to Save a Life’) is born.
in 1982 - Jon Tester (US guitarist; Voytek) is born.

in 1982 - The Rolling Stones kicked off a 23-date UK and European tour at The Capital Theatre, Aberdeen, Scotland.

in 1984 - Former backing singer with Stevie Wonder, Deniece Williams started a 2 week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Let's Hear It For The Boy', taken from the film 'Footlose', a No.2 hit in the UK.

in 1989 - Phineas Newborn, Jr. dies at age 57. American jazz pianist; hailing from Whiteville, Tennessee he was one of the most technically skilled pianists in jazz during his prime. He worked with Lionel Hampton, Charles Mingus, and many others as well as leading his own band. His later career was intermittent due to his ongoing health problems, leading to financial problems and he faded from view. His plight and death spurred the founding of the Jazz Foundation of America, a group dedicated to helping with the medical bills and other financial needs of retired jazz greats. (died from a growth on his lungs and was buried in Memphis National Cemetery in a pauper's grave)
in 1990 - Chris McGregor dies at age 53. South African bandleader and pianist; he grew up in the then Transkei, now part of the Eastern Cape Province, where he was exposed to the music of the local amaXhosa people. He attended the the South African College of Music and became active in vibrant Cape jazz scene of the the mid 1950s. As well as his solo career, he is well known for his foundation and leadership of the now-legendary Blue Notes, a South African sextet which included collaborators Dudu Pukwana, Nick Moyake, Louis Moholo, Johnny Dyani and Mongezi Feza. Equally as notable was Chris's creation of the Brotherhood of Breath in 1969, which branched out from his work as The Blue Notes.

in 1990 - David Bowie was sued by his ex wife Angie for $56 million.

in 1990 - For the first time ever the Top five positions on the US singles chart were held by female artists; Madonna was at No.1 with 'Vogue', Heart were at No.2, Sinead O'Connor No.3, Wilson Phillips at No.4 and Janet Jackson was at No.5

in 1991 - The Glitter Band, Sweet, Mud, The Rollers and Suzi Quatro all appeared at a Glam rock special bank holiday weekend at Pontins, Hemsby, England. Tickets £55.

in 1993 - Cor de Groot, Dutch pianist and composer, dies at 78. "A much admired pianist, he performed world wide until in 1959 when he suffered from what ws diagnosed as a nervous disorder that affected the use of his right hand. In spite of this, he continued to play music written for the left hand, making many of his own arrangements of two hand piano music for the left hand alone. When the news of his disability reached the musical community in Holland, every Dutch composer of note set to work on piano pieces for the left hand for de Groot to play. The literature tripled overnight."
in 1994 - Michael Jackson married Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis Presley. The couple divorced in 1995.
in 1994 - Warren Harding "Sonny" Sharrock, American jazz guitarist, dies at 53.

in 1995 - Ron Weatherburn dies at age 61. English jazz pianist and composer born in Dagenham and began playing piano at 6 years old. He worked several years with The Eric Silk Band, before joining Cy Laurie in early 1958. He worked with Egg Ley and his Ron Weatherburn-Mac White Band in Germany, after which he joined Kenny Ball in 1960. He stayed with Kenny for 10 years. In the 70s Ron played solo and with Monty Sunshine. From the 80s onwards he worked with The Original Eastside Stompers, Brian White's Magna Band and with Ken Sims' Dixie Kings until his unexplected death (Ron and Ken Sims were invited to play at the Toronto Classic Jazz Society Festival, but sadly Ron died in his sleep on the night of his arrival in Canada)

in 1996 - A fire at the home of Eric Clapton caused over one and a half million pounds worth of damage; Firemen arrived on the scene to find Clapton braving the blaze to save his collection of guitars.

in 1996 - George Michael went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Older.'
in 1996 - Matima Kinuani Mpiosso, Congolese rumba guitarist (Zaiko Langa Langa), dies at 45.
in 1997 - Bob Dylan was admitted to a Malibu Hospital with chest pains, causing all his summer tour to be cancelled.

in 1998 - Waldo Semon dies at age 99. The American chemist, who, in 1926 discovered plasticized PVC, vinyl for all our LP's and 45 records. In all, he held 116 patents, and was inducted into the Invention Hall of Fame in 1995 at age 97.

in 1999 - Paul Sacher dies at age 93. Swiss conductor, patron and impresario, in 1926 he founded the Basel Chamber Orchestra to play works written before the classical period and modern works. Immensely wealthy, he commissioned works from many well known composers, including Igor Stravinsky , Béla Bartók, Bohuslav Martinu, Arthur Honegger, Frank Martin, Paul Hindemith, Hans Werner Henze, Richard Strauss, Elliott Carter, Witold Lutoslawski, Henri Dutilleux and Harrison Birtwistle. Pierre Boulez's Messagesquisse was one of a number of pieces written in order to celebrate Paul's seventieth birthday and which includes the Sacher hexachord. Boulez's Grawemeyer Award winning work Sur Incises was written for Paul's 90th Birthday. Also, Boulez's entire catalogue, including drafts, was bequeathed to the Paul Sacher Foundation. Henze dedicated his Tenth Symphony as an in memoriam to him, who had commissioned it but died before it was completed. In 1997 he received an honorary doctorate from the Academy of Music in Kraków and at the time of his death he was reputed in various publications to be the richest man in Europe .
in 2000 - Drummer Tommy Lee was jailed for five days for drinking alcohol. Lee appeared in front of a LA court charged with violating his probation by consuming alcohol, an act that directly contravenes the terms of his parole.

in 2001 - Black Sabbath, Slipknot, Tool and Papa Roach appeared at Ozzfest, Milton Keynes Bowl, England. Tickets cost £32.50 ($55.25).

in 2002 - Cam'ron, was at No.1 on the US album chart with Come Home With Me.

in 2002 - Eminem scored his third UK No.1 single with 'Without Me', taken from his fourth studio album 'The Eminem Show'.

in 2002 - The first episode of 'At Home With The Osbournes' was shown on MTV in the UK.

in 2006 - Dino Sete Cordas (Seven-String Dino)/Horondino Jose da Silva (88) Brazilian guitar player renowned as the greatest influence and pioneer of the seven-string guitar, a musical instrument in which he developed his own language and techniques, and one of the greatest choro instrumentalists ever (pneumonia)

in 2006 - During his 'On A Island' UK tour David Gilmour appeared at The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester.

in 2006 - Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale became parents when their baby boy Kingston James McGregor Rossdale was born.

in 2008 - Howlin' Dave/Dante David dies at age 52. Filipino radio disc jockey and proponent of Pinoy rock; credited with introducing Filipino radio listeners to Filipino rock music in the early 1970s, and to new wave and punk rock in the 1980s (stroke).

in 2009 - A US judge ended a bitter two-year battle over the late soul singer James Brown's estate. Judge Jack Early ruled half of his assets will go to a charitable trust, a quarter to his wife and young son, and the rest to his six adult children. Brown's family and wife Tomi Rae Hynie Brown, had fought over his fortune since he died of heart failure in 2006.

in 2010 - Judy Lynn Kelly dies at age 74. American country music singer and beauty queen who was crowned Miss Idaho in 1955. Born in Boise, Idaho, as a teenager she joined a nationwide tour of Grand Ole Opry performers. She was hired to fill in for Jean Shepard, who had become ill during the tour. Lynn retired from the music business in 1980 to become a Christian minister (She died of heart failure at her home in Jeffersonville).
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in 1638 - Nicolas Formé, French court composer to Henri IV and Louis XIII, dies at 71. Apparently there are several anecdotes about Formé's unconventional behavior, but Recusant unable to find any specifics, just a vague reference to "drunkenness and womanizing."

in 1652 - Jacques Huyn, French composer, dies at 39.
in 1690 - Giovanni Legrenzi, Italian organist, composer and maestro di cappella, dies at 63.

in 1708 - Jacques Danican Philidor (le cadet), French bassoonist, composer, instrument maker and multi-instrumentalist, dies at 51. Philidor came from a renowned musical family, and spent his early career from the age of 10 till the age of 33 in the military as a musician in military bands (not concert ensembles; in this period military bands actually accompanied troops into battle). Only a few of his compositions survive, including some marches and dances.

in 1738 - Bonaventura Furlanetto "Musin," Italian organist, composer and teacher, is born.

in 1796 - James Sylvanus McLean receives the first American patent for piano "for alterations in the scope and make of the pianoforte."

in 1799 - Jacques-François-Fromental-Élie Halévy, French composer and teacher, is born. Though Halévy wrote about 40 operas, only one, La Juive, is at all remembered today.

in 1806 - Charles-Joseph Tolbecque, French violinist and composer, is born.

in 1822 - Henry Wylde, English composer, conductor, musicologist, teacher and music critic, is born. Wylde founded the London Academy of Music. Some sources give his birth date as May 22nd, but I'll go with this one for now.

in 1822 - Josef Joachim Raff, German-Swiss pianist, composer and teacher, is born. Raff was quite prolific, but only one of his pieces, a cavatina for violin and piano, is still played regularly these days.

TODAY’S MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT SHINES ON . . .
in 1840 - Niccolò Paganini dies at age 57. Italian violinist, violist, guitarist, and composer; he started learning the mandolin from his father, and moved to the violin by the age of seven. His musical talents were quickly recognized, earning him numerous scholarships for violin lessons. By age 18, Paganini was appointed first violin of the Republic of Lucca, but a substantial portion of his income came from freelancing. He went on to become one of the most celebrated violin virtuosi of his time, and left his mark as one of the pillars of modern violin technique. His astounding technical prowess amazed audiences, many fanciful legends arose to explain his remarkable abilities, one of the more popular held that he was in league with demonic powers. His fame as a violinist was matched only by his reputation as a gambler and womanizer. In performance Paganini enjoyed playing tricks, like tuning one of his strings a semitone high (scordatura), or playing the majority of a piece on one string after breaking the other three. His techniques included harmonics, double stops, pizzicato with the left and the right hand, and near-impossible fingerings and bowings (cancer of the larynx).
Video Notes: Jascha Heifetz plays Paganini Caprice No. 24 (Auer Edition with Schumann accompaniment).
Accompanist: Emanuel Bay

in 1849 - "Blind" Tom Wiggins, aka Tom Bethune, American pianist and composer, was born. Wiggins was a blind autistic savant who was the slave of one James Bethune. He learned to play piano by listening to the slave-owner's children practicing. He began composing his own tunes at age six, and soon was performing concerts, the money from the tickets of course pocketed by his master. According to one source, he never understood that he was a slave, nor did he understand the concept of freedom. After the American Civil War, he continued to perform concerts, including touring internationally, with James Bethune (and others) raking in the cash. He was reportedly an exquisitely talented pianist.

in 1877 - Isadora Duncan, American dancer, considered by many to be the creator of modern dance, is born. Or it may have been yesterday, reports differ.

in 1878 - Carlo Marsili, Italian composer and director of the Istituto Giovanni Pacini, dies at 49.
in 1879 - Lucile Watson, actress (Great Lie, Watch on the Rhine, Let's Dance) is born.

in 1884 - Max Brod, Czech-Israeli composer and author, is born. Brod was a close friend of Franz Kafka, and after Kafka's death he, in his role as executor of Kafka's estate, was responsible for saving Kafka's unpublished manuscripts contrary to the stipulations in his will. Brod wrote the first biography of Kafka, and despised the term "Kafkaesque," saying that it presented a view of Kafka and his works which was contradicted by his own knowledge of Kafka's character.

in 1888 - Louis Durey, French composer, is born. Durey was a member of Les six, and was later part of the French Resistance as a member of Front National des Musiciens.
in 1891 - Claude Adonai Champagne, Canadian composer and teacher, is born.
in 1895 - Marij Kogoj, Slovene composer and conductor, is born.
in 1902 - Celius Dougherty, American pianist and composer, is born.
in 1907 - Felix de Nobel, Dutch pianist, choral conductor and teacher, is born.
Video Notes: Here is a rare treat from the great American mezzo Nan Merriman (b. 1920). On April 27 and 28, 1965 she gave two farewell concerts back to back -- one with piano and one with orchestra. Here is a rarely heard piece titled "Bid Adieu" with words and air by James Joyce and music arranged by Edmund Pendleton. The pianist is Felix de Nobel.

in 1908 - Harold Rome, American composer, lyricist, and writer for musical theater, is born.
in 1909 - Dolores Hope (US singer, philanthropist, widow of actor Bob Hope) is born.
in 1909 - Isador Goodman, South African-Australian composer, conductor and teacher, is born.

in 1914 - Hugh Le Caine, Canadian composer, physicist and builder/inventor of musical instruments, is born. Le Caine built the "Electronic Sackbut" in the mid 40s; it was one of the first synthesizers. He went on to compose pieces for electronic instruments as well as building 22 different instruments over the years.

in 1915 - Esther Soré (Chilean singer) is born.
in 1915 - Mario del Monaco, Italian opera singer (Verdi/Puccini) is born.

in 1921 - Redd Stewart, American country singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, is born. Stewart co-wrote "The Tennessee Waltz" with Pee Wee King in 1948, and is a charter member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, as well as being a member of the Country Legends Hall of Fame and the Traditional Country Music Hall of Fame.

in 1926 - Bud Shank (American alto saxophonist) is born.
in 1928 - Thea Musgrave, Barnton Midlothian Scot, composer (Mary Queen of Scots) is born.
in 1929 - Donald Howard Keats, American pianist, composer and teacher, is born.
in 1930 - Eino Tamberg, Estonian composer and teacher, is born.

in 1931 - James Kenneth "Kenny" Price, the "Round Mound of Sound," American country singer/songwriter and actor, is born.

in 1931 - Veroslav Neumann, Czech composer and Director of the Conservatory of Music in Prague, is born.
in 1932 - Herman "Junior" Parker Jr (US blues singer, harmonica, songwriter) is born.

in 1935 - Elias Gistelinck, Belgian jazz trumpeter and composer, is born.
in 1935 - Mal Evans (English roadie, record producer; Beatles/Apple) is born.

in 1935 - Ramsey Lewis, American jazz pianist and composer, is born. in 1935 - Ramsey Lewis, is born. US keyboard player, (1965 US No.5 single 'The In Crowd', 1972 UK No.31 single 'Wade In The Water').

in 1935 - Ruby Lewis, is born. The Drifters, (1960 US No.1 & UK No.2 single 'Save The Last Dance For Me'). He died on May 10th 1964.

in 1939 - Don Williams, American country singer/songwriter and guitarist, member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, is born.

in 1939 - Jerry Mercer, Canadian rock drummer (Mashmakhan, April Wine), is born.
in 1940 - Rene Koering, French composer, is born.
in 1942 - Priscilla Anne McLean, American composer and performer of electronic music, is born.

in 1943 - Priscilla White (Cilla Black) is born. Singer, TV presenter, 1964 UK No.1 single 'Anyone Who Had A Heart' plus 18 other UK Top 40 singles).

in 1944 - Alain Souchon (French singer, songwriter) is born.

in 1945 - Bruce Cockburn (Canadian folk/rock guitar, dulcimer, singer, songwriter) is born.
in 1946 - Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen (Danish double bassist) is born.
in 1947 - Colin Standing (UK lead guitarist; Kit and the Saracens/The Jimmy Brown Sound, Horse) is born.
in 1947 - Liana Alexandra, Romanian composer and teacher, is born.

in 1947 - Martin Vanags "Marty Kristian," German-Australian pop singer/songwriter and guitarist (The New Seekers), is born.

in 1947 - Peter Knight (UK violin, mandolin; The Wombles/Steeleye Span/freelance) is born.
in 1948 - Pete Sears, English rock keyboardist and bassist (Hot Tuna, Rod Stewart, Jefferson Starship), is born.

in 1956 - Neil Finn, is born. Guitar, vocals, Split Enz, (1980 UK No.12 single 'I Got You'). Crowded House, (1992 UK No.7 single 'Weather With You'). Solo and Finn Brothers.

in 1957 - Buddy Holly and the Crickets released their first record, 'That'll Be The Day.' A UK No.1 and US No.3 hit.

in 1957 - Eddie Harsch, keyboards is born. The Black Crowes, (1991 UK No.39 single 'Hard To Handle', 1992 US No.1 & UK No.2 album 'The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion').

in 1957 - Susan Janet Ballion "Siouxsie Sioux," English rock singer/songwriter (Siouxie and the Banshees), is born.
in 1958 - Neil Finn, New Zealander pop singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (Split Enz, Crowded House), is born.

in 1963 - The Beatles, touring the UK with Roy Orbison played at the Capitol Cinema, Cardiff in Wales.
in 1964 - Eleven boys were suspended from a school in Coventry, England for having Mick Jagger haircuts.

in 1964 - Pirate radio station 'Sutch' was started by Screaming Lord Sutch, broadcasting from former army fort 'Shivering Sands' in The Thames Estuary.

in 1965 - Sandie Shaw scored her second UK No.1 single with 'Long Live Love.'
in 1966 - Sean Kinney (US drummer; Alice In Chains) is born.

in 1967 - To celebrate Cilla Black's birthday, her manager Brian Epstein organised illuminated greetings at London's Piccadilly Circus and sites in Manchester, Bristol and Birmingham.

in 1971 – Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes, Left-Eye, vocals, TLC, (1995 US No.1 & UK No.4 single 'Waterfalls' 1999 US No.1 album 'Fanmail' spent 57 weeks on the UK chart) is born. Lisa was killed in a car accident on April 26th 2002.

in 1972 - David Bowie appeared at Ebbisham Hall, Epsom, England on his Ziggy Stardust tour.
in 1972 - Ivete Sangalo (Brazilian singer) is born.

in 1972 - The Chi-lites went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Oh Girl', it made No.14 in the UK.

in 1973 - P.Ramlee dies at age 44. Malaysian actor, singer and songwriter; in 1947, he won first place in a song competition organized by Penang Radio. 7 years after his acting career started, he directed his first film Penarek Becha. In 1957, he appeared in the first of his Bujang Lapok comedic films, in which he acted along with Aziz Sattar and S. Shamsudin. During his career he directed and acted in sixty-six films, and had more than 360 songs to his credit. He returned permanently to Kuala Lumpur after years with Shaw Brothers in Singapore. His final film was Laksemana Do Re Mi in 1972 and his last song and lyrics before his death were Air Mata di Kuala Lumpur/Tears in Kuala Lumpur. In his last song, the lyrics depict his crushed feelings and series of disappointments and setbacks upon returning to Malaysia after years in Singapore. Due to his contributions to the movie and music industry and his literary work, he is often considered the icon of Malay entertainment in Malaysia, Singapore, and Sumatra (heart attack).

in 1974 - Coleman Mellett (American jazz guitarist with Chuck Mangione) is born.
in 1974 - Derek Webb (US singer, songwriter; Caedmon's Call) is born.
in 1975 - Dre, (Andre Benjamin), Outkast, US rapper, is born. 2001 US No.1 & UK No.2 single 'Ms Jackson.'
in 1975 - Jadakiss/Jason Phillips (US rapper; D-Block) is born.
in 1976 - RJD2/Ramble John Krohn (US hip-hop producer, singer) is born.
in 1977 - Declan McManus makes his live performance debut at the Nashville in London as "Elvis Costello."

in 1977 - The Sex Pistols single 'God Save The Queen' was released in the UK. Banned by TV and radio, high street shops and pressing plant workers refused to handle the record. It sold 200,000 copies in one week and peaked at No.2 on the UK charts behind Rod Stewart's 'I Don't Want to Talk About It'. There have been persistent rumours, (never confirmed or denied), that it was actually the biggest-selling single in the UK at the time, and the British Phonographic Industry conspired to keep it off the No.1 slot.

in 1981 - Özgür Çevik (Turkish singer, actor) is born.

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