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September 22nd, 2012, 06:37 AM
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| | 22 September
in 1720 - Adolf Karl Kunzen (also Kuntzen), German organist and composer, is born.
in 1729 - George Wilhelm Gruber, German composer, is born. He died on his birthday in 1796 at 67.
in 1733 - Anton Filtz, German composer, is baptized. Filtz was long thought to be Bohemian despite being described by Friedrich Wilhelm Marpurg as "from Bavaria," but his true nationality was discovered in the 1960s. He died at 26; contemporary accounts relate this as being a result of his penchant for eating live spiders, which he described as tasting like fresh strawberries.
in 1737 - Francesco Mancini, Italian composer and teacher, dies at 65.
in 1755 - Christian Kalkbrenner, German violinist, organ and keyboard player, composer and Kapellmeister, is born. He was the father of the virtuoso pianist Friedrich Wilhelm Kalkbrenner.
in 1854 - Henry Theophilus Finck, American music critic and author, is born.
in 1860 - Heinrich Reitsch, composer, is born.
in 1870 - Arthur Pryor (US trombonist and bandleader) is born.
in 1891 - Hans Albers (German actor, singer) is born.
TODAY’S MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT SHINES ON . . .
in 1918 - Henryk Szeryng is born.
Henryk Szeryng (usually pronounced HEN-rik SHEH-ring) was a violinist born in Poland and later a naturalized citizen of Mexico.
He was born in Żelazowa Wola, Poland on 22 September 1918 into a wealthy Jewish family.
Henryk started piano and harmony training with his mother when he was 5, and at age 7 turned to the violin, receiving instruction from Maurice Frenkel. After studies with Carl Flesch in Berlin (1929–32), he went to Paris to continue his training with Jacques Thibaud at the Conservatory, graduating with a premier prix in 1937.
He made his solo debut on 6 January 1933 playing the Brahms Violin Concerto with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra under Romanian conductor George Georgescu. From 1933 to 1939 he studied composition in Paris with Nadia Boulanger.
When World War II broke out, General Wladyslaw Sikorski - the Premier of the Polish government in exile - asked Szeryng, who was fluent in seven languages, to serve as his liaison officer and interpreter. Szeryng took these positions and discontinued his studies, although he continued to perform on the violin, giving over 300 concerts for Allied troops all over the world. When he accompanied Sikorski on a mission to Mexico in 1941 seeking a home for 4,000 Polish refugees, the positive reception moved Szeryng so deeply that he decided to become a Mexican naturalized citizen, and did so in 1946. In 1945 he accepted the request (made in 1943) that he head the string department of National University of Mexico.
In 1954, the pianist Artur Rubinstein - also a Jewish refugee from Poland - gave a concert in Mexico City; Szeryng visited him backstage afterwards, and accepted Rubinstein's invitation to come to his hotel to play music. Szeryng's playing of solo violin music of Johann Sebastian Bach that night, said Rubinstein, "reduced me to tears....Real music lovers want emotion--great moments--which Szeryng's playing gives them." Rubinstein encouraged Szeryng to begin concertizing again, and introduced him to impresario Sol Hurok to help achieve this end. Rubinstein and Szeryng made music together regularly for the rest of their careers, and recorded much of the classic chamber music literature either as a duo or in a trio with cellist Pierre Fournier. Szeryng went on to win such major awards as six Grand prix du Disque awards, the Médaille d'Argent of the city of Paris, two Edison Awards, and was also made an Officer of the Ordre des Arts et Lettres in Paris in 1963, among many other honors received.
In 1960, Szeryng was named Mexican Cultural Ambassador; in 1966, by which time he had moved to Paris, he was designated Honorary Director of the Conservatory of Music in Mexico City, and a Henryk Szeryng Music Festival was held in his honor in Mexico City. He returned the Mexico twice a year and traveled on a diplomatic passport as Mexico's official cultural ambassador, but lived Paris for two decades, then spent his last five years in Monaco.
Szeryng died of a cerebral hemorrhage in Kassel, Germany, on 3 March 1988.
Szeryng made a number of recordings, including two of the complete sonatas and partitas for violin by Johann Sebastian Bach, and several of sonatas of Beethoven and Brahms with the pianist Arthur Rubinstein. His recordings of Mozart and Beethoven piano and violin sonatas with Ingrid Haebler are widely esteemed. He also composed; his works include a number of violin concertos and pieces of chamber music.
He owned the Guarneri del Gesù "Le Duc" and "Sanctae Theresiae" violins, the Stradivarius "King David" violin, as well as the Messiah Strad copy by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume which he gave to Prince Rainier III of Monaco. The "Le Duc" was the instrument on which he performed and recorded mostly. In December of 1972 he donated the "King David" to the City of Jerusalem to honor the 25th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel, with the stipulation that it be loaned out for the use of outstanding young Israeli violinists. He also donated the "Sanctae Theresiae" to Mexico in 1974 with a similar stipulation that it be loaned for the use of outstanding young Mexican violinists.
"In 1941 he accompanied the prime minister to Latin America to find a home for some 4,000 Polish refugees; the refugees were taken in by Mexico, and Szeryng, in gratitude, settled there himself, becoming a naturalized citizen in 1946. Throughout World War II, he appeared in some 300 concerts for the Allies. After the war, he pursued a brilliant international career; was also active as a teacher. In 1970 he was made Mexico's special adviser to UNESCO in Paris. He celebrated the 50th anniversary of his debut with a grand tour of Europe and the U.S. in 1983."
"A cosmopolitan fluent in 7 languages, a humanitarian, and a violinist of extraordinary gifts, Szeryng became renowned as a musician's musician by combining a virtuoso technique with a probing discernment of the highest order."
in 1927 - Colette Deréal/Colette Denise de Glarélial (French singer, actress) is born.
in 1929 - Serge Garant (French Canadian conductor) is born.
in 1930 - P. B. Sreenivas (Indian Play-back singer) is born.
in 1941 - Mike Patto/Michael McCarthy (UK singer, keyboardist;Spooky Tooth/Boxer) is born.
in 1943 - Kate Smith finished her War Bond radio appeal. She had stayed on the air 13 continuous hours and collected $39 million in bond pledges.
in 1943 - Toni Basil (US singer, actress, dancer, choreographer) is born.
in 1946 - King Sunny Ade/Sunday Adeniyi (Nigerian singer, guitarist) is born.
in 1948 - Jim Byrnes (US actor, singer) is born.
in 1950 - Kirka Babitzin (Finnish rock singer; The Creatures/The Islanders) is born.
in 1951 - David Coverdale (UK vocalist; Deep Purple/Whitesnake) is born.
in 1952 - Gary Holton (UK actor, lead singer) is born.
in 1952 - Mark Panker (guitar, American Music Club) is born.
in 1953 - Richard Fairbrass (UK singer, Right Said Fred) is born.
in 1954 - Shari Belafonte (US singer, actor, model) is born.
in 1956 - Debby Boone (US singer, daughter of Pat Boone) is born.
in 1956 - Masayuki Suzuki (Japanese singer; Rats & Star) is born.
in 1956 - Rhett Forrester (American singer; Riot/other bands/sessions/solo) is born.
in 1957 - Johnette Napolitano (lead singer, bassist; Concrete Blonde) is born.
in 1957 - Nick Cave (Australian vocals, piano, organ; Birthday Party/The Bad Seeds) is born.
in 1957 - Peter Jones (UK bassist; Cowboys International/Brian Brain/Public Image Ltd) is born.
in 1958 - After receiving special permission from the US Army, Elvis Presley gave one last press conference at the Military Ocean Terminal in Brooklyn. He then joined the rest of the 3rd Armored Division on the USS General Randall for a voyage to Bremerhaven, Germany.
in 1958 - Andrea Bocelli (Italian tenor) is born.
in 1958 - Connie Francis was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with, 'Carolina Moon, Stupid Cupid', the singers second UK No.1. The song was written by Neil Sedaka.
in 1958 - Joan Jett/Joan Marie Larkin (US singer, guitarist, The Runaways) is born.
in 1958 - Nelson (UK bassist: Kip Keino/New Model Army) is born.
in 1960 - The Beatles played at the Indra Club, Grosse Freiheit, Hamburg, West Germany.
in 1961 - Marq Torien (US rock singer; BulletBoys) is born.
in 1961 - Michael Torke (US composer) is born.
in 1962 - Johnny Cash played the first of two nights at The White Horse Academy, Trenton, New Jersey.
in 1962 - MIchael Algar (UK guitarist, singer songwriter; The Toy Dolls) is born.
in 1962 - The Springfields (Dusty Springfield her brother Tom and their friend, Tim Field) had ‘Silver Threads and Golden Needles,’ enter the US Top 20 and became the first British vocal group to chart that high in America.
in 1964 - "Fiddler on the Roof" opened on Broadway. It was the beginning of a run of 3,242 performances.
Video Note: Opening Title split from one track of Tradition because of length. Played by Isaac Stern and Orchestra.
in 1964 - Herman's Hermits were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the Carole King & Gerry Goffin song 'I'm Into Something Good', the group's only UK No.1.
in 1965 - Andy Cairns (Irish guitarist, vocals, Therapy?) is born.
in 1965 - San Francisco band The Great Society, featuring Grace Slick and her husband Darby, make their live debut at The Coffee Gallery, North Beach, California.
in 1966 - Jim Reeves was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Distant Drums'. The singers only UK No.1 of 20 UK Top 40 hits.
in 1966 - Moustafa Amar (Egyptian singer) is born.
in 1967 - The Doors appeared on the Murray the K show on WPIX-TV in New York City performing ‘People Are Strange’ and ‘Light My Fire.’
in 1969 - A new weekly TV show 'The Music Scene' aired on ABC in the US for the first time. Stevie Wonder Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Tom Jones, Cass Elliot, James Brown, Janis Joplin and Sly and the Family Stone were all booked to appear on the show.
in 1969 - Matt Sharp (US bassist; Weezer, The Rentals) is born.
in 1970 - Mystikal/Michael Tyler (US rapper) is born.
in 1971 - Chesney Hawkes (UK singer) is born.
in 1972 - David Bowie kicked of the North American leg of his Ziggy Stardust world tour at the Music Hall in Cleveland, Ohio.
in 1973 - The Rolling Stones scored their eighth UK No.1 album when 'Goats Head Soup' started a two-week run at the top of the charts. Also a US No.1.
in 1973 - Wizzard were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Angel Fingers' their second UK No.1 single.
in 1974 - 'The Sonny Bono Comedy Revue' was shown for the first time on ABC-TV.
in 1974 - Yoo Chae-yeong (South Korean singer, actress) is born.
in 1975 - Svilen Noev (Bulgarian singer-songwriter) is born.
in 1976 - David Berkeley (US singer-songwriter) is born.
in 1979 - Def Leppard had their first major live review when UK music weekly Melody Maker reviewed a gig the band had played in Wolverhampton. With a 15 year-old drummer the band had just released their debut 3-track single.
in 1979 - Emilie Autumn (US singer-songwriter, violinist) is born.
in 1979 - Gary Numan had his second and final UK No.1 single with 'Cars'. Also on this day Gary Numan went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'The Pleasure Principle.'
in 1979 - Jackson Browne, Chaka Khan, Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt and Tom Petty, appeared at Madison Square Garden, New York for two anti-nuclear benefit shows.
in 1981 - Harry Warren dies at age 88. American composer and lyricist, he was the first major US songwriter to write primarily for film. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Song eleven times and won three Oscars for composing "Lullaby of Broadway", "You'll Never Know" and "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe". He wrote the music for the first blockbuster film musical, 42nd Street, directed and choreographed by Busby Berkeley, with whom he would collaborate on many musical films. Over a career spanning four decades, Harry wrote over 800 songs. Other well-known hits included "I Only Have Eyes for You", "You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby", "Jeepers Creepers", "That's Amore" and "Chattanooga Choo Choo" (the last of which was the first gold record in history). One of America's most prolific film composers, his songs have been featured in over 300 films (died in Los Angeles, California)
in 1981 - Subaru Shibutani (Japanese singer; Kanjani8) is born.
in 1982 - Billie Piper/Lianne Paul Piper (UK singer, actress) is born.
in 1982 - Mandy Chiang (Hong Kong singer, actress) is born.
in 1983 - During a UK comeback tour the Everly Brothers appeared at the Royal Albert Hall in London. In the audience: Paul, Linda, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton and Mickey Dolenz.
in 1984 - Echo And The Bunnymen, Spear Of Destiny, The Sisters Of Mercy, The Redskins and The Chameleons all appeared at the first York Rock Festival, York, England.
in 1984 - Former lead singer of the Babies, John Waite went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Missing You'.
in 1984 - Ross Jarman (UK drummer; The Cribs) is born.
in 1984 - Theresa Fu (Hong Kong singer, actress) is born.
in 1985 - Joni Mitchell, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Bob Dylan and Tom Petty all appeared at the first Farm Aid concert. The event to help small farmers in the US was held at the Memorial Stadium at the University of Illinois, Champaign.
in 1986 - The Smiths signed to EMI Records for £1 million.
in 1988 - Adam Lazzara (US lead singer; Taking Back Sunday) is born.
in 1988 - Bethany Dillon/Bethany Adelsberger (US singer-songwriter, guitarist) is born.
in 1989 - Bruce Springsteen joins Jimmy Cliff onstage and they sang "Trapped." The song was recorded by Springsteen for the "We Are The World" album.
in 1989 - Coeur de pirate/Béatrice Martin (Canadian singer - songwriter) is born.
in 1989 - Hyoyeon/Kim Hyo-yeon (South Korean singer; Girls' Generation) is born.
in 1989 - Irving Berlin / Israel Baline dies at age 101. American composer and lyricist, born in Tyumen, Russian Empire, is widely considered one of the greatest songwriters in history. He wrote hundreds of songs, many becoming major hits, which made him "a legend" before he turned thirty. He became his own song publisher and in 1921 he built his own Broadway theatre, the Music Box. During his 60-year career he wrote an estimated 1,500 songs, including the scores for 19 Broadway shows and 18 Hollywood films, with his songs nominated eight times for Academy Awards. Many songs became popular themes and anthems, including "Alexander's Ragtime Band", "Easter Parade", "Blue Skies, "Always", "White Christmas", "Happy Holiday", "This is the Army, Mr. Jones", and "There's No Business Like Show Business". His Broadway musical and 1942 film, This is the Army, with Ronald Reagan, had Kate Smith singing Berlin's "God Bless America" which was first performed in 1938. After the September 11 attacks in 2001, Celine Dion recorded it as a tribute, making it No.1 on the charts. His songs have reached the top of the charts 25 times and have been re-recorded countless times by singers including Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Linda Ronstadt, Nat King Cole, Rosemary Clooney, Diana Ross, Bing Crosby, Rita Reys, Frankie Laine, Johnnie Ray, Al Jolson, Billie Holiday, and Ella Fitzgerald. (heart attack)
Video Notes: Josephine recorded her version in 1927. Josephine Baker (June 3, 1906 -- April 12, 1975) was an American dancer, singer, and actress who found fame in her adopted homeland of France. Nicknamed the "Bronze Venus," the "Black Pearl," and even the "Créole Goddess" in anglophone nations. "Blue Skies" is a popular song, written by Irving Berlin in 1926.
The song was composed in 1926 as a last minute addition to the Rodgers and Hart musical, Betsy. Although the show only ran for 39 performances, "Blue Skies" was an instant success, with audiences on opening night demanding 24 encores of the piece from star, Belle Baker.
In 1927, the music was published and Ben Selvin's recorded version was a #1 hit. That same year, it became one of the first songs to be featured in a talkie, when Al Jolson performed it in The Jazz Singer. 1946 was also a notable year for the song, with a Bing Crosby/Fred Astaire film taking its title, and two recorded versions by Count Basie and Benny Goodman reaching #8 and #9 on the pop charts, respectively. Crossing genres, Willie Nelson's recording of "Blue Skies" was a #1 country music hit in 1978. It was a major western swing and country standard already in 1939, by Moon Mullican, and in 1962 by Jim Reeves.
"Blue Skies" is one of many popular songs whose lyrics use a "Bluebird of happiness" as a symbol of cheer: "Bluebirds singing a song -- Nothing but bluebirds all day long."
Josephine Baker was much more famous as a cabaret performer, dancer and personality than as a jazz singer but, as she shows on some of these early recordings, she could swing and improvise when she wanted to.
in 1990 - Garth Brooks album 'No Fences' entered the US album chart. It went on to become the biggest selling country album of all time and sold over 13m copies in the first five years of release.
in 1990 - Nirvana played their biggest gig to date when they appeared at the Motor Sports International Garage in Seattle. Drummer Dave Grohl who would audition for the band in a few days time was in the audience of 15,000 people.
in 1991 - Bryan Adams made chart history when '(Everything I Do), I Do It For You', had its twelfth consecutive week as the UK No.1 single.
in 1992 - Def Leppard were forced to cancel two US shows after their sound-equipment truck was found abandoned, after one of the bands driver's had attempted to rob a store. The driver was later charged of possessing drugs and criminal damage.
in 1993 - Maurice Abravanel dies at age 90. Greek-born conductor, in 1909 his family moved to Lausanne, Switzerland and he lived in Germany from 1922-33 as a student of the composer Kurt Weill and heavily involved himself in the music scene. He lived in Paris from 1933-36, while there spent nearly a year in Australia as a guest conductor; he conducted a 13-week season in Melbourne and a two-month season in Sydney with Verdi's Aida as the opener in both cities and a balanced selection of the standard repertoire, including Puccini, Wagner and Bizet. In mid-spring of 1936, he received an offer from the Metropolitan Opera in New York to come and conduct the German and French repertoire. In 1946 he went to work as conductor with the Utah State Symphony Orchestra. He lobbied for years for a permanent home for the orchestra, which then performed in the Salt Lake Tabernacle on Temple Square. He saw his dream come true when Salt Lake's Symphony Hall opened in September 1979, just after he had retired. In May 1993, a few months before his death, Symphony Hall was renamed Abravanel Hall in his honor. Maurice also directed the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, CA, and taught conducting at Tanglewood, where he was appointed artist-in-residence for life.
in 1994 - Teddy Buckner dies at age 85. American Dixieland trumpet player, sideman and bandleader, born in Sherman, Texas. Early in his career he played with Sonny Clay and worked with Buck Clayton in Shanghai in 1934 and later worked with the likes of Benny Carter, T-Bone Walker and others. Then from 1949 to 1954 he worked in Kid Ory's band, and in the late 1950s his work with Sidney Bechet in France made him popular there. From 1965 to 1981 he performed traditional jazz at Disneyland's New Orleans Square.
in 1999 - Diana Ross was arrested on Concorde after an incident at Heathrow Airport. The singer claimed that a female security guard had touched her breasts when being frisked; Ross retaliated by rubbing her hands down the security guard.
in 1999 - Screaming Lord Sutch's Official Monster Raving Loony Party honoured his memory with a two-minute scream at a pub in Ashburton, Devon.
in 2001 - ‘A Tribute to Heroes’ was aired commercial-free on most of the major US TV networks. The live program was organised to raise money following the terrorist attacks on the Pentagon and New York’s World Trade Center. Neil Young, Tom Petty, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, U2, Limp Bizkit, Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam all performed. Manning the telephones to take pledges were celebrities including Jack Nicholson, Jim Carrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Goldie Hawn, Robin Williams, Meg Ryan, Cuba Gooding Jr., Kurt Russell, Adam Sandler and many more.
in 2001 - Isaac Stern dies at age 81. Ukrainian-born violinist, renowned for his recordings and for discovering new musical talent. Of his many recordings, Isaac recorded concertos by Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Bach, Vivaldi, Beethoven, and modern works by Barber, Bartók, Stravinsky, Bernstein and Dutilleux. His discoveries include cellists Yo-Yo Ma and Jian Wang, and violinists Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman to mention a few. He has been honored with 4 Grammy Awards for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance with orchestra in 1962, 1963, 1965 and 1982; 2 Grammy Awards for Best Chamber Music Performance in 1971 and 1992; and received the Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award in 1987 (congestive heart failure)
in 2002 - Paul Weller went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Illumination’, his ninth UK Top 20 solo album.
in 2004 - Britney Spears admitted she had not married Kevin Federline, saying she had not yet sent off their marriage licence and until they did, they were not married in the eyes of Californian law.
in 2005 - Jimmy Page was made an honorary citizen of Brazilian city Rio de Janeiro for his work helping its street children. The Led Zeppelin guitarist had opened Casa Jimmy (Jimmy's House) in 1998 which had so far supported more than 300 children.
in 2007 - Britney Spears was charged with hit-and-run and driving without a valid licence after she was accused of hitting a parked car and driving away from a Los Angeles car park on 6 August. The owner of the car filed an accident report on 9 August at the North Hollywood Community Police Station. The city attorney's office did not know whether Ms Spears' car had been damaged, nor did he know the extent of damage to the other car.
in 2007 - Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher become a father for a second time after his partner Sara MacDonald gave birth to a baby boy, Donovan Rory MacDonald Gallagher.
in 2007 - The Game was given a conditional discharge at Manhattan's Criminal Court after being charged with impersonating a police officer. Police said the star told a cab driver he was an undercover officer, ordering him to run several red lights. The rapper (real name Jayceon Taylor), claimed the cab driver noticed they were being followed and asked who was in the car, He said he told the driver they were the hip-hop police, and the driver decided on his own to run the red lights.
in 2008 - Connie Haines /Yvonne Marie Antoinette JaMais dies at age 87. American singer, She began performing at age 4, and by age 9 had a regular radio show performing as Baby Yvonne Marie, the Little Princess of the Air. After a number of regional successes and winning the Major Bowes contest, she was hired by Harry James, who asked her to change her name. She later joined Tommy Dorsey, and Haines credited Dorsey with developing her style further. Haines performed in a number of films, including Duchess of Idaho. She later did a television show with Frankie Laine. (myasthenia gravis)
in 2009 – Wess / Wesley Johnson dies at age 64. American-born Italian singer; he came from North Carolina, but he moved to Italy in the early '60s to better his music career. After some experiences as a bass player, he had his major break in 1968 with "I miei giorni felici"/"Chapel of dreams". Later he represented Italy along with Dori Ghezzi in the Eurovision Song Contest 1975 in Stockholm, Sweden, finishing in third place. He formed a successful duo with Dori achieving some big hits in Italy, such as "Voglio stare con te", "Come stai? Con chi sei?" and "Un corpo e un'anima". (Wess died in New York during his US tour when a breathing crisis led to his death)
in 2010 - Eddie Fisher dies at age 82. American singer and entertainer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Russian born Jewish immigrants. At the age of 15 he made his radio debut on WFIL, a local Philadelphia radio station and not long after moving to New York City, in 1949 he was heard on the Eddie Cantor radio show which gave him nationwide exposure; this led to him to be signed to the RCA Victor label. Eddie was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1951, after training he served a year in Korea. From 1952 to 1953, he was the official vocal soloist for The United States Army Band, Pershing's Own, and a tenor section member in the United States Army Band Chorus. After his discharge, his popularity grew more, singing in top clubs and stages. (died from complications after hip surgery)
September 23rd, 2012, 08:08 AM
Joined: Mar 2008
From: On a mountain top in Costa Rica. yeah...I win!!
| | 23 September
in 1591 - Michael Lohr, composer is born.
in 1642 - Giovanni Maria Bononcini, composer is born.
in 1684 - Johann Theodor Romhild, composer is born.
in 1694 - Francesco Passarini, composer, dies at 57.
in 1700 - Nicolaus Adam Strungk, composer, dies at 59.
in 1703 - Jean-Marie Leclair, composer is born.
in 1782 - Jacques-Fereol Mazas, composer is born.
in 1797 - Johann Georg Roser, composer, dies at 57.
in 1817 - Leon Charles Francois Kreutzer, composer is born.
in 1835 - Vincenzo Bellini, Italian opera composer (Norma), dies at 33.
in 1837 - Richard John Samuel Stevens, composer, dies at 80.
in 1842 - Karl Munzinger, composer is born.
in 1849 - Mikhail Mikhaylovich Ivanov, composer is born.
in 1866 - Edouard Combe, composer is born.
in 1890 - Arthur Walter Kramer, composer is born.
in 1896 - Louis-Gilbert Duprez, composer, dies at 89.
in 1899 - William Levi Dawson, composer is born.
in 1904 - Wallace "Scotty" Scott, rock vocalist (Whispers) is born.
in 1905 - Jeno Kenessey, composer is born.
in 1906 - Willard F McMurry, musician is born.
in 1907 - Jarmila Novotna, soprano (Met Opera)/pres of Czechoslovakia (1957-68) is born
in 1909 - Blanche Honegger Moyse (Swiss-American violinist, conductor) is born.
in 1910 - Soulima Stravinsky, Lausanne Switz, Russian pianist (Igor's son) is born
in 1912 - György Sándor (Hungarian pianist) is born.
in 1913 - Alexey Davidovich Machavariani, composer is born.
in 1914 - Norman Cazden, composer is born.
in 1915 - Finn Arnestad, composer is born.
TODAY’S MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT SHINES ON . . .
in 1920 - Alexander Arutiunian, is born.
Alexander Grigorevich Arutiunian also known as Arutunian, Arutyunyan, Arutjunjan or Harutiunian was a Soviet and Armenian composer and pianist, Professor of Yerevan State Conservatory (1977), widely-known particularly for his Trumpet concerto described as flashy by the New York Times. He was awarded the the Stalin Prize (1949) and State Prize of Armenia (1970), People's Artist of the USSR (1970) and Armenian SSR (1964) honorary titles, Aram Khachaturian Prize (1986), "St Mesrop Mashtots" and "Khorenatsi" Armenian medals, "Alexandrov" Gold medal (1976), the Orpheus Award (Kentucky, USA) and "St Sahak and St Mesrop" Order by Holy Etchmiadzin (2004).
Arutiunian was born in Yerevan, Armenia, in the family of Grigor and Eleonora Arutiunian. His father was a military serviceman. At an early age Arutiunian met famous composer Alexander Spendiarian. In 1927 Arutiunian became a member of the Yerevan State Conservatory’s children group, then, at the age of fourteen, he was admitted to the Conservatory to the studios of O.Babasyan (piano), and S.Barkhudaryan and V. Talyan (composition). He graduated from the Music Conservatory of Yerevan on the eve of World War II. After the war he moved to Moscow, where between 1946 and 1948 he participated in the workshops of House of Armenian Culture, studied composition with Genrikh Litinsky. After graduation he returned to Yerevan to teach at the local Conservatory and in 1954 he was appointed artistic director of the Armenian State Philharmony. He was also a member of the Board of the USSR Composers' Union, as well as of the Armenian SSR Composers’ Union.
In 1948 he was awarded the Stalin Prize for the Motherland cantata, a graduation piece he wrote as a student at the Moscow Conservatory. The USSR Radio Choir and Orchestra performed this work first time in November 1948.
In 1949, Arutiunian composed the "Festive Overture" that was first performed in the Big Hall of the Leningrad Philharmonic in November 1949, with Evgeny Mravinsky conducting. During the Moscow Music Congress Aram Khachaturian considered him as a promising Soviet composer. He has continued to win acclaim at home and abroad for his works, many of which are quickened by the folk traditions of Armenian music. Other works of that kind include The tale of Armenian people (1960), Ode to Lenin (1967) and Hymn to the brotherhood (1970).
Some of Arutiunian's works for wind instruments, notably the 1950 concerto for trumpet, the concerto for tuba, and the brass quintet Armenian Scenes, have secured their place in the international repertory, having been performed by conductors such as Valeri Gergiev, who has recorded his Symphony for large orchestra (composed in 1957) with the Symphony orchestra of the Russian All-Union Radio.
"Simfonietta" for string orchestra in 4 movements (1966, dedicated to the Armenian Chamber Orchestra) is another innovative work by Arutiunian. Dmitri Shostakovich described it as "wonderfully clean, and pure", "excellent choice of themes".
In 1988, under the impression of Spitak earthquake, Arutiunian composed the Concerto for Violin and String Orchestra in 4 movements (dedicated to Ruben Aharonyan). One of the composer’s most emotionally exposed compositions, here the main principles of his compositional style are undoubtedly preserved, with deep psychological involvement and philosophical insight. The four-movement cycle is organized according to the scheme – slow first and third movements, and faster second and fourth movements. "...The Concerto overflows with graceful melodic invention, rhythmic vitality, deeply-felt emotional intensity especially in the central third movement, and dionysiac exuberance in the sparkling final perpetuum mobile...", wrote Joseph Horovitz. The premiere took place in Yerevan in 1989.
In September 2010 Arutiunian's 90th birthday was celebrated by a series of concerts.
The melodic and rhythmic characteristics of Armenian folk music are a strong influence in Arutiunian’s work. As a composer, he expresses his nationality by incorporating the flavor of ashughner (folk minstrel) improvisations. At the time the concerto was written, his compositional style was similar to Khachaturian's. However, in the 1960s he tended towards classical forms and clearer tonality.
Arutiunian’s trumpet concerto was his sixth major composition, written in 1950. Arutiunian originally intended to write it in 1943 for a student of Tabakov, Zsolak Vartasarian, who was the principal trumpet in the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra. However, Vartasarian died in the war and the concerto was not completed until 1950, so Aykaz Messlayan was the first performer of the Concerto and Timofei Dokshitser was the first recording artist of this concerto."
The concerto's introduction to the United States is solely due to Timofei Dokschitzer, a leading Soviet Russian trumpeter.
In 1950 Arutiunian married Irina (Tamara) Odenova. They have a daughter, Narine (born 1951), who is a pianist and lawyer; and a son, Suren (born 1953), who is an artist-designer. Arutiunian has 3 granddaughters and a grandson.
He died, aged 91, in his home city of Yerevan.
in 1920 - Jiri Jaroch, composer is born.
in 1923 - Samuel Carthorne Rivers (US jazz multi-musician, composer) is born.
in 1926 - John William Coltrane (US jazz saxophonist and composer) is born.
in 1928 - Frank Foster (US saxophonist, flautist, arranger, composer; Count Basie/others) is born.
in 1928 - Robert Helps, composer is born.
in 1929 - Wally Whyton (British musician, songwriter and radio and TV personality) is born.
in 1930 - Ray Charles (US pop and jazz pianist, singer, songwriter) is born.
in 1932 - Travis Edmonson (US folk singer-songwriter, guitarist; Bud and Travis/solo) is born.
in 1935 - Pierre Marietan, composer is born
in 1937 - Caro Roma, composer, dies at 68
in 1939 - Roy Buchanan, Ozark Ark, rocker is born
in 1943 - Duster Bennett/Anthony Bennett (Welsh singer, multi-musician; solo/sessionist) is born.
in 1943 - Julio Iglesias, Spain, singer (Of All the Girls I Loved Before) is born
in 1943 - Steve Boone (US bassist; Lovin Spoonful) is born.
in 1943 - Wallace 'Scotty' Scott (singer; The Whispers) is born.
in 1944 - Eric Bogle (Scottish/Australian singer, songwriter) is born.
in 1945 - Ronald Bushy, Washington DC, rock drummer (Iron Butterfly) is born
in 1947 - Don Grolnick, jazz musician is born
in 1947 - Jerry Corbetta (US singer; Sugarloaf) is born.
in 1947 - Neal Smith (US drums; Alice Cooper Band/others) is born.
in 1949 - Bruce Springsteen, [Boss], Asbury NJ, rock musician (Born in the USA) is born
in 1950 - George Garzone (US saxophonist, jazz educator; Fringe) is born.
in 1955 - Leon Taylor (US drums; The Ventures) is born.
in 1956 - June Forester, Chattanooga Tn, country singer (Forester Sister-Men) is born
in 1957 - Kumar Sanu (Indian playback singer) is born.
in 1957 - The Crickets went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'That'll Be The Day.' The title being taken from a phrase used by John Wayne in the film 'The Searchers.'
in 1958 - Danielle Dax/Danielle Gardner (UK musician; The Lemon Kittens/solo) is born.
in 1959 - Martin Page (UK singer, songwriter) is born.
in 1960 - John Rocca, English funk singer (Southern Freeze) is born.
in 1961 - The Shadows debut album 'Shadows' started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK charts.
in 1964 - Koshi Inaba/Hiroshi Inaba (Japanese singer; B'z) is born.
in 1965 - The Walker Brothers were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the Burt Bacharach.'Make It Easy On Yourself'. The trio's first of two UK No.1's.
in 1966 - The 'Rolling Stones 66' 12 date UK tour kicked off at the Royal Albert Hall London. Supported by The Yardbirds, Ike and Tina Turner and Peter Jay and the New Jaywalkers. Both Keith Moon and John Entwistle from The Who were in the audience.
in 1967 - Harry Connick Jr, New Orleans Louisiana, singer (We Are in Love) is born.
in 1967 - Making their UK live debut, The Mothers Of Invention appeared at the Royal Albert Hall London.
in 1967 - The Box Tops started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'The Letter', a No.5 hit in the UK. The record went on to sell over four million copies and receive two Grammy nominations. It was also a Top Ten hit for Joe Cocker in 1970.
in 1968 - Working on new songs for their forthcoming ‘White Album’, The Beatles recorded a new John Lennon song ‘Happiness Is A Warm Gun In Your Hand’, (working title of 'Happiness Is A Warm Gun'). The title came from the cover of a gun magazine that producer George Martin showed Lennon. Jim Morrison from The Doors came to visit The Beatles in the studio and watched them recording.
in 1969 - "Clues Hint at Beatle's Death," reported in Illinois Univ newspaper, sparking widespread rumours of Paul McCartney's death.
in 1969 - Patrick Fiori (French singer) is born.
in 1969 - The Northern Star newspaper of Northern Illinois University ran a story claiming that Paul McCartney had been killed in a car crash in 1966 and had been replaced by a look-a-like. Russell Gibb of WKNR-FM in Detroit picked up on the claim and the story went worldwide. By late October 1969 the hoax was so well entrenched, that McCartney came out of seclusion at his Scottish farm to deny the story. When McCartney was asked to comment by a reporter visiting Macca’s farm, he replied, “Do I look dead? I’m as fit as a fiddle.”
in 1970 - Ani DiFranco (US singer, guitarist) is born.
in 1970 - Mick Jagger met Bianca Macias for the first time after a Stones concert at the Paris Olympia. The couple later married.
in 1971 - Led Zeppelin played the first of two nights at The Budokan Hall, Tokyo, Japan.
in 1972 - Mac Davis started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Baby Don't Get Hooked On Me', it made No.29 in the UK.
in 1972 - Sarah Bettens (Belgian singer; K's Choice) is born.
in 1973 - Ingrid Fliter (Argentinian pianist) is born.
in 1973 - Jermaine Dupri Maulidin (US music producer, rapper, songwriter) is born.
in 1973 - Manuel Borguno, composer, dies at 87.
in 1974 - Robbie McIntosh dies at age 24. Scottish drummer; born in Dundee, Robbie was member of the late-1960s band The Senate, with Alex Ligertwood, after which he joined up with Brian Auger's Oblivion Express, appearing on the band's early albums, 'Oblivion Express' and 'Better Land' in 1971, and 'Second Wind' in 1972. It was at this time he began to co-founded the Average White Band. Their breakthrough was a support slot at Eric Clapton's comeback concert in 1973 and MCA Records released their debut album, 'Show Your Hand'. They relocated to New York, signed to Atlantic and released their follow-up, AWB, better known as "The White Album". which reached No.1 in the U.S. Hot 100 chart, sadly this was Robbie's last album (died of a heroin overdose at a Hollywood party, (after he inhaled a white powder thought to be cocaine but was actually pure heroin).
in 1975 - Layzie Bone/Steven Howse (US rapper; Bone Thugs-N-Harmony) is born.
in 1975 - Lil Rob/Roberto Flores (Mexican rapper, music producer) is born.
in 1977 - Rachael Yamagata (US singer, songwriter) is born.
in 1977 - Susan Tamim (Lebanese singer and actress) is born.
in 1978 - 10cc had their third and final UK No.1 single with 'Dreadlock Holiday.' The lyrics, about a white man lost in Jamaica, were based on a true event that happened to Moody Blues vocalist Justin Hayward and Eric Stewart from 10cc in Barbados.
in 1979 - Erik-Michael Estrada (US singer; O-Town) is born.
in 1980 - Bob Marley collapsed on stage during a concert at the Stanley Theater in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Marley had collapsed in New York's Central Park while jogging, two days before and was told to immediately cancel the US leg, but flew to Pittsburgh to perform one final performance. This was the last time Marley ever appeared on stage performing, Marley died of cancer on in May 1981.
in 1980 - Matt White (US singer, songwriter) is born.
in 1981 - Natalie Horler (Anglo-German singer; Cascada) is born.
in 1982 - Jimmy Wakely, country western singer, dies of heart failure at 68.
in 1984 - Anatoly Grigor'yevich Novikov, composer, dies at 87.
in 1985 - Diana Oritz (US singer; Dream) is born.
in 1985 - Maki Goto (Japanese pop singer) is born.
in 1987 - Bob Fosse, choreographer (All the Jazz), dies at 62.
in 1987 - O B McClinton, US country singer (Man needs a woman), dies at 47.
in 1988 - Arwel Hughes, composer, dies at 79.
in 1989 - Milli Vanilli started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Girl I'm Gonna Miss You', the duo's second US No.1 a No.2 hit in the UK. Also today the duo went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Girl You Know It's True'.
in 1989 - The Eurythmics scored their second UK No.1 album with 'We Too Are One.'
in 1990 - Kota Yabu (Japanese pop singer) is born.
in 1994 - Dalton Reed, singer, dies at 42.
in 1995 - Jamaican Ragga singer Shaggy scored his second No.1 UK single when 'Boombastic' went to the top of the charts for one week. Also a US No.1.
in 1997 - The Rolling Stones kicked off the North American leg of their Bridges To Babylon tour playing the first of two nights at Soldier Field in Chicago.
in 2000 - As part of their UK 'Under A Big Top Tour', Radiohead played the first of three sold nights at London's Tower Hamlets, Victoria Park.
in 2001 - Jay-Z started a three-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'The Blueprint'.
in 2001 - Kylie Minogue started a five-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Can't Get You Out Of My Head.' The Australian singers 6th No.1 was It was written and produced by Cathy Dennis and former Mud guitarist Rob Davis for which the pair won an Ivor Novello Award for the most performed song of the year. 'Can't Get You Out Of My Head' charted at No.1 in 40 countries.
in 2001 - Macy Gray went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'The id'.
in 2002 - Musical winners at this years Oscars included, Sting who won Best Musical Performance for 'Sting In Tuscany...All This Time' and the Best Reality TV Show went to The Osbournes.
in 2003 - Ronnie Dawson dies at age 64. American rockabilly vocalist, guitarist, bass fiddler; born in Dallas, Texas. As a studio musician, he can be heard playing drums on the hit records "Hey! Baby" by Bruce Channel and "Hey Paula" by Paul and Paula. Throughout the 60's Ronnie performed with a Dallas based group called "The Levee Singers", touring nationally and appearing on such notable TV shows as: "The Danny Kaye Show," "The Jimmy Dean Show," "Hootenanny," and "Hollywood Palace." During the 70's and 80's he formed a country-rock band called "Steelrail ". In 1986 Ronnie received a call from British record collector Barney Koumis telling him that some of his old recordings had become legendary and were collectors items in England and asking if he had any other material that he might be willing to release on Koumis' indie label, "No Hit Records". Subsequently, No Hit put out "Rockin' Bones", a compilation album of early hits, followed by "Monkey Beat" and "Rockinitis", and "Just Rocin' and Rollin", recorded in England and issued in the US. He continued to tour, do commercial jingles for radio and TV, including Hungry Jack Pancakes, Jax Beer and just recently, CiCi's Pizza. (throat cancer).
in 2004 - A bodyguard for rapper Lil' Kim was sentenced to 12 years in prison after admitting firing at least 20 times in a shoot-out with a rival gang. The judge sentencing Suif Jackson, said society needed protection from a gun-toting man with five convictions. The shooting took place when the entourages of Lil' Kim and Capone-N-Noreaga crossed at a New York radio station.
in 2004 - Slipknot's Corey Taylor issued a statement denying he was dead. Rumours started after a shock jock in Des Moines broadcast the announcement that the singer had died of a drug overdose, which then became a fatal car crash.
in 2006 - Beyonce was at No.1 on the US album chart with her second solo album ‘B'Day.’
in 2006 - Neil Young was named artist of the year at the Americana Honors and Awards at the fifth annual event in Nashville, Tennessee. The 60-year-old singer-songwriter released the protest album Living With War this year.
in 2006 - Sir Malcolm Henry Arnold CBE dies at age 84. English composer and symphonist born in Northampton; Malcolm began his career playing trumpet professionally. As a rebellious teenager, he was attracted to the creative freedom of jazz. and after seeing Louis Armstrong play in Bournemouth, he took up the trumpet at the age of 12 and 5 years later won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music, were he studied composition. In 1941 he joined the London Philharmonic Orchestra as second trumpet and became principal trumpet in 1943. By the age thirty his life was devoted to composition. He was bracketed with Benjamin Britten and William Walton as one of the most sought after composers in Britain. His natural melodic gift earned him a reputation as a composer of light music in works such as his sets of Welsh, English, Scottish, Irish and Cornish Dances, and his scores to the St Trinian's films and Hobson's Choice. He was knighted for services to music in 1993. (Arnold died at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, Norwich, after suffering from a chest infection).
in 2007 - Gary Primich dies at age 49. American blues harmonica player, vocalist, and songwriter; one of the world's most technically proficient harmonica players. He learnt his trade in Chicago performing in Chicago’s historic Maxwell Street open air market where many of America’s greatest blues artists got their start and playing along with greats like Big Walter Horton, Johnny Littlejohn, Sunnyland Slim, and John Henry Davis, a true first-hand blues education. He relocated to Austin, Texas in the mid 80s. In addition to his solo efforts, Gary was an in-demand sideman, gigging and recording with notables such as Omar & The Howlers, Tish Hinojosa, Steve James and Libbi Bosworth. A very sort after guest, solo and touring blues harp player who played upwards of 200 dates a year across North America and throughout Europe. Over the years he also taught many aspiring harmonica players in workshops across the country.
in 2007 - James Blunt scored his second UK No.1 album with 'All The Lost Souls.'
September 23rd, 2012, 11:43 AM
Joined: Mar 2008
From: On a mountain top in Costa Rica. yeah...I win!!
News just received on 23 Sept. . .
in 2011 - Haim Hefer, Whose Songs Helped Lift Israelis, Dies at 86
by Isabel Kershner NYT -JERUSALEM —
Haim Hefer, an Israeli songwriter and poet who for many Israelis embodied the spirit of the generation that fought for their nation’s independence, died on Tuesday (18 September 2012) in Tel Aviv. He was 86.
His death was confirmed by a spokesman for the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, where Mr. Hefer spent his final weeks. No cause was given. A native of Poland, Mr. Hefer was viewed as a quintessential Israeli who helped forge a national identity in contemporary Hebrew. Songs for which he wrote the lyrics like “Yes, It’s Possible,” “There Were Times” and “He Didn’t Know Her Name” became anthems, emblematic of a heroic era often evoked in musical tributes and communal singalongs. His 1950s song “The Red Rock” was banned for years; the authorities feared that its romantic narrative about three young men equipped with “an old dream, a map and a water bottle” on an adventure that turned deadly would beckon more young Israelis to undertake a daring and treacherous journey through the Red Mountains to the ancient city of Petra in Jordan, then enemy territory.
At a time when many Israelis were still struggling for survival, Mr. Hefer also wrote humorous, satirical songs and sketches and helped raise morale during the 1948 Arab-Israeli war as a founder of the Chizbatron, the first military entertainment troupe in Israel. “Haim Hefer personified the words and the tune of the Zionist enterprise,” the veteran journalist Eitan Haber wrote on Wednesday in Yediot Aharonot, the newspaper where for decades Mr. Hefer wrote a weekly column on current affairs in poetic verse. Shaike Levi, an Israeli comedian and actor, told Israeli television that Mr. Hefer represented “a milestone not only of Israeli culture, but of Israeli-ness.” Mr. Hefer could be an acerbic critic. He caused a stir a decade ago when he denigrated the culture of Moroccan Jewish immigrants to Israel. (He later apologized.) He made no secret of his dislike of Shimon Peres, the former prime minister who is now president of Israel. Nor did he hide his disdain for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In a column in the newspaper Maariv last year, Mr. Hefer wrote that Israeli society had replaced idealism with hedonism and that it was now controlled by “tens of thousands of lawyers” and “money-changers exchanging shekels for dollars.”
Extolling the modest living conditions of David Ben-Gurion, the first premier of modern Israel, Mr. Hefer described Mr. Netanyahu as “eating dinner above the casino.” Still, he said he was optimistic. “With all that I have been through in this country,” he wrote, “it can only get better.” Mr. Hefer was born Haim Feiner on Oct. 29, 1925, in Sosnowiec, Poland, where he learned Hebrew with a private tutor.
In 1936 he immigrated with his family to what was then British-controlled Palestine. At 17 he joined the Palmach, an elite Jewish fighting force. Besides entertaining the troops, Mr. Hefer also took part in the fighting in 1948. In the early 1950s he studied literature and philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He married Ruti Haramati, with whom he had a daughter, Mimi, who survives him along with several grandchildren.
In the 1970s, Mr. Hefer served as the cultural attaché at the Israeli Consulate in Los Angeles. He joked in his later years about his impending death and his search for a suitable burial plot. He said he was finally persuaded by his fellow members of Ein Hod, an artists’ colony in northern Israel, to be buried in its cemetery on a hilltop with a pleasant sea breeze. He did not want the usual religious trappings at his funeral, he said, but he did want music. He was buried in Ein Hod on Wednesday to the strains of one of his songs.
September 24th, 2012, 06:50 AM
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| | 24 September
in 1667 - Jean-Louis Lully, composer is born
in 1748 - Philipp Meissner, composer is born
in 1755 - Georg Gebel, composer, dies at 45.
in 1773 - Johann Philipp Christian Schulz, composer is born
in 1806 - George Alexander Osborne, composer is born
in 1813 - Andre-Ernest-Modeste Gretry, composer, dies at 72
in 1855 - Alexandre Stievenard, composer, dies at 86
in 1859 - Julius Klengel, cellist/composer is born
in 1865 - Frantiszek Soltyk, composer, dies at 81
in 1875 - William Walker, composer, dies at 66
in 1881 - Luigi Ferdinando Casamorata, composer, dies at 74
in 1892 - Patrick S Gilmore, composer, dies at 62
in 1899 - Eduardo Hernandez Moncada, composer is born.
in 1904 - Cemal Resit Rey, composer is born
in 1907 - Pierre Moulaert, composer is born
in 1910 - Frank Pelleg, composer is born
in 1910 - Rudolf Dellinger, composer, dies at 53
in 1913 - Herb Jeffries (American jazz singer) is born.
in 1914 - Andrzej Panufnik, Warsaw Poland, composer (Tragic Overture) is born
in 1915 - Jessica Sanso (US opera singer) is born.
in 1919 - Vaclav Nelhybel, Polanka Czechoslovakia, composer (Everyman) is born
in 1921 - Leonardo Lopez Salzedo, composer is born
in 1922 - Cornell MacNeil (US operatic baritone) is born.
TODAY’S MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT SHINES ON . . .
in 1923 - Fats Navarro/Theodore Navarro (US jazz trumpet player) is born.
Fats Navarro was born Theodore Navarro in Key West, Florida on September 24th, 1923. Little is known of his parents, though reference is made to the fact that his father was a barber and to his Cuban, African-American, and Chinese antecedents. As a child, Navarro had piano lessons, but then switched to trumpet and tenor saxophone. While still in high school in Key West he began to play professionally on the tenor saxophone, before switching definitively to trumpet. On his graduation in 1941, he joined Sol Allbright's band on the road, traveling north to Cincinnati, where he took some formal lessons on trumpet. Later that year he joined Snookum Russell's band in Indianapolis, with whom he traveled around the Midwest for almost two years. His main influences on trumpet until that time had been his third cousin Charlie Shavers and then, more significantly, Roy Eldridge, the harmonic link between Louis Armstrong and the beboppers of the 1940s.
Fats Navarro In late 1943 Navarro joined Andy Kirk's band, and the presence of Howard McGhee in the trumpet section brought a bebop influence to his playing. His first recordings were with Kirk, but they included no solos of note. In 1944, while the Kirk band was in New York, Navarro sat in at Minton's (sometimes referred to as "the bebop laboratory") and was noted by at least one critic (Leonard Feather) for his solo work with the band at the Apollo Theater. In January 1945 he replaced Dizzy Gillespie, who was by then a significant influence on him, in Billy Eckstine's band. At that time this was the most modern and influential big band, having had several notable members besides Gillespie, including Charlie Parker, Dexter Gordon, and Art Blakey.
In June 1946 Navarro left Eckstine, choosing to spend the remainder of his brief career in small groups (except for a brief stint with Lionel Hampton in 1948) primarily in the New York area. He acquired the nickname "Fats" or "Fat Girl" because of his weight, cherubic face, and high voice. Navarro married Rena Clark sometime in the late 1940s and had one daughter. He died in New York City, of tuberculosis complicated by heroin addiction.
Fats Navarro A few recorded solos with the Eckstine band exist, but most of Navarro's work is in the small-band format favored by the beboppers; he made more than 100 recordings primarily as a sideman with groups led by Bud Powell, Charlie Parker, Tadd Dameron, Kenny Clarke, Coleman Hawkins, and Dexter Gordon, among others. A small number of these recordings are compositions by Navarro himself.
Navarro had a highly individual style, and was, along with Gillespie, one of the leading bebop trumpeters of the 1940s. He had a big, beautiful sound, quite different from Gillespie's, and though he had a wide range (concert Fs above high C appear regularly in his solos), he exploited the upper register less than Gillespie. Very long, clearly articulated phrases and a strong sense of swing characterize his style. In these respects and in his general fluency Navarro was a significant influence on, most importantly, Clifford Brown, among many others. According to Gillespie himself quoted in an obituary by George Simon in Metronome (Oct. 1950), Navarro was "the best all-around trumpeter of them all. He had everything a trumpeter should have: tone, ideas, execution, and reading ability."
in 1924 - Sheila MacRae (UK singer, actress) is born.
in 1927 - Richard Swift, composer is born
in 1929 - John Wallace Carter (US jazz clarinetist; Clarinet Summit/freelance) is born.
in 1931 - Anthony Newley (UK singer, actor, composer) is born.
in 1933 - Mel Taylor (US drummer, The Ventures) is born.
in 1934 - Edwin Lehare, composer, dies at 69
in 1935 - James Sheppard (US singer; Heartbeats/Shep & The Limelites) is born.
in 1938 - Steve Douglas Kreisman (US saxophone, multi-musician; Wrecking Crew/sessions) is born.
in 1940 - Barbara Allbut, Orange NJ, rock vocalist (Angels) is born
in 1941 - Linda Eastman McCartney, NYC, Mrs Paul McCartney, rocker (Wings-Ram) is born
in 1942 - Gerry Marsden (UK singer, Gerry & The Pacemakers) is born.
in 1942 - Gerry Marsden, rock vocalist (Gerry and Pacemakers-Ferry crossed Mersey) is born
in 1942 - Ilkka Johannes "Danny" Lipsanen (Finnish singer, guitarist) is born.
in 1942 - Phyllis "Jiggs" Allbut Meister, Orange NJ, rocker (Angels) is born
in 1946 - Carson Van Osten, rocker is born
in 1946 - Jerry Donahue, rocker (Fairport Convention) is born
in 1946 - Kjell Asperud (Norwegian percussionist, vocals; Titanic) is born.
in 1946 - Marc Edward Neikrug, composer is born
in 1948 - Heinz Chur (German composer) is born.
in 1949 - Pierre Breville, composer, dies at 88
in 1952 - Mark Sandman (US multi-musician; Morphine/Sandman/Treat Her Right/Hi-n-Dry) is born.
in 1955 - Elvis Presley appeared at The Louisiana Hayride, on KWKH TV, broadcast from Shreveport Auditorium in Shreveport, Louisiana.
in 1957 - Tod Howarth (US vocalist, keyboardist, guitarist; Frehley's Comet/Cheap Trick) is born.
in 1959 - Denis D'Amour aka Piggy (Canadian guitarist; Voivod) is born.
in 1960 - Matyas Seiber, composer, dies at 55.
in 1961 - Art Christmas dies at age 55. Canadian alto sax player, multi-instrumentalist; one of UK's and Europe's best known and sought after instrumentalist during the 1930s and 1940s. For many years during the dance band and jazz era of the 1920s, 1930's and 1940's, Art was often said to be Britain's leading saxophone player and multi-instrumentalist. In the 1930s and 1940's, young musicians in their teens and early twenties would follow Art all over Britain listening to him play and trying to copy his style, especially on alto saxophone. Art left Canada to play trumpet with the Dumbells Orchestra, touring all over the US and then on to Britain, where he was given the opportunity to play trumpet with Paul Specht's Canadian Club Orchestra and Prince's Toronto Orchestra. Art's big break came when he joined the Roy Fox Band in February of 1933, staying with this band until 1938. It was while he was with The Roy Fox Band, that Art Christmas became a household name around the music scene in both Britain and Europe. From 1940 until late 1946, Art played with Jack Payne, working on radio and touring all the UK with the very successful variety show called "For The Fun Of It", with Donald Peers, Frankie Howerd and Max Bygraves along with many other entertainers. After which Art did some ice shows and some Pantomimes and also led his own "Foulharmonic Orchestra" for the show "Ignorance Is Bliss". One of Art's fondest memories was the performance of "Cinderella" for King GeorgeVI and Queen Elizabeth at the Palladium in London. In 1952, Art retire from show business and become a publican. He bought "The Warburton Arms" (now known as London Fields) an east end pub in Hackney, London. At the death of his father he returned to Canada after 30 years. He performed a around Kingston and Toronto with his own band from 1955 to 1958 when he decided to teach music at the high school level. He moved to Blind River, Ontario, and taught until his death in 1961 in both Blind River, Ontario and Elliot Lake, Ontario (massive heart attack)
in 1961 - John Leyton was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Johnny Remember Me.' The UK singers only UK No.1 and producer, Joe Meek's first No.1 hit.
in 1962 - Cedric Dent (US gospel singer; Take 6) is born.
in 1962 - Elvis Presley received an invitation to appear at the Royal Variety Performance in the UK which is attended by members of the British Royal Family. Presley's manager, Colonel Tom Parker graciously declines, citing motion picture commitments. The real reason was that Parker was an illegal Dutch immigrant living in the United States who feared he might not be allowed to return if he left the country.
in 1963 - The Rolling Stones appeared at the Ricky Tick Club, Thames Hotel, Windsor, England.
in 1965 - Janet Weiss (US drummer; Sleater-Kinney, Quasi, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks) is born.
in 1965 - Sean McNabb (US bassist; Quiet Riot, Great White, Rough Cutt, House of Lords) is born.
in 1965 - The Rolling Stones kicked of a 24-date UK tour at The Astoria, London with The Spencer Davis Group, Unit Four + 1 and The Checkmates. Tickets 12/6.
in 1965 - Bob Dylan played the first night on a 36 date North American tour at Austin Municipal Auditorium in Austin, Texas.
in 1966 - Jimi Hendrix arrived in London with manager Chas chandler on a flight from New York City. With only the clothes he was wearing, Hendrix had sold his other belongings to pay a hotel bill in New York.
in 1966 - The Association started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Cherish'. The New Christy Minstrels almost recorded the track but Association member and songwriter, Terry Kirkman, held onto ‘Cherish’ instead of selling it for $1000. The finished recording played for 3 minutes and 25 seconds, but the single’s label listed the time as 3:00 so that DJs wouldn’t be discouraged from playing a “long song.”
in 1967 - Filming continued for The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour at West Malling Air Station, Maidstone, Kent with the shooting of the ‘Your Mother Should Know’ ballroom finale. With The Beatles all dressed in white suits and shoes, gliding down a glittery staircase as 160 members of Peggy Spencer's dance team swirled round about.
in 1967 - Traffic made their live debut when they appeared at Saville Theatre in London, featuring Steve Winwood.
in 1967 - William So (Hong Kong singer) is born.
in 1968 - Harry Robert Wilson, composer, dies at 67
in 1969 - DeVante Swing/Donald DeGrate Jr (US music producer) is born.
in 1969 - Gene Hunt, RandB musician (Acid Man) is born
in 1969 - Shawn "Clown" Crahan (US drummer; Slipknot/To My Surprise/Dirty Little Rabbits)
in 1971 - Marty Cintron (US lead vocals; No Mercy) is born.
in 1971 - Peter Salisbury (UK drummer; Verve) is born.
in 1972 - During his Ziggy Stardust tour and on his first North American visit, David Bowie appeared at the New Fisher Theatre, Detroit.
in 1975 - Rod Stewart was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Sailing'. The song became a hit after it was used in a TV documentary series.
in 1976 - Dave Weiner (US metal guitarist; Steve Vai Band/solo)
in 1978 - Ruth Etting, US dancer/singer (Ziegfeld Follies), dies at 80.
in 1979 - Kim Jong Min (Korean singer) is born.
in 1980 - The mixing of the forthcoming John and Yoko album Double Fantasy moved from the Hit Factory in New York City to Record Plant East. During this session, John Lennon gave one of last ever interviews to Lisa Robinson from 97-FM in Buffalo.
in 1980 - The Son Of Stiff Tour, featuring acts signed to Stiff Records, kicked off in London with Tenpole Tudor, Any Trouble, Joe King Carrasco, The Equators and Dirty Looks.
in 1983 - Billy Joel went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Tell Her About It', the former boxers second US No.1, a No.4 hit in the UK.
in 1983 - Isobel Baillie, oratorio singer, dies
in 1983 - UB40 scored their first UK No.1 album with 'Labour Of Love.'
in 1984 - Culture Club had their second UK No.1 single with 'Karma Chameleon', which stayed at the top of the charts for six weeks and became the best-selling single of 1983. The harmonica part was played by Judd Lander, who had been a member of Merseybeat group The Hideaways in the 1960s.
in 1984 - Paul McCartney release "No More Lonely Nights" is born.
in 1986 - Leah Dizon (US model, singer) is born.
in 1988 - Bobby McFerrin started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Don't Worry Be Happy', the first a-cappella record to be a No.1. It made No.2 in the UK. ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy, was also included in the movie, Cocktail. The song would go on to win Grammy Awards for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
in 1988 - The Hollies were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother' after the song was used on a UK TV beer commercial, the song was originally a hit in 1969 and featured a young Elton John on piano.
in 1991 - Nirvana’s album ‘Nevermind’ was released in America, entering the chart at No. 144 on its first week, peaking at No.1 in January 1992.
in 1991 - Peter Franklyn Bellamy dies at age 47. English folk singer and guitarist; he studied at Norwich School of Art and later at Maidenhead Art College, but dropped out of college in 1965 and became a founding member of The Young Tradition. They recorded three albums together plus a collaboration with Shirley Collins called The Holly Bears The Crown, although recorded in 1969 it was not released in full until the 90s. The Young Tradition's final concert was at Cecil Sharp House in October 1969. Peter's first solo album "Mainly Norfolk" in 1968 indicated his desire to promote the folk music of his native part of England. It drew heavily on the repertoire of Harry Cox, still alive at that time, who was the most famous traditional singer of Norfolk songs. It wasn't until Bellamy's eighth album in 1975 that he recorded any of his own compositions. In the same year he recorded a collection of Rudyard Kipling's Barrack Room Ballads. He also wrote a ballad-opera: The Transports in 1973 and it took him 4 years to find a company willing to produce. It then became the folk record of the year for 1977 vindicating his long wait and many efforts to get it released. Many prominent names in the folk scene collaborated on the project Dolly Collins, Martin Carthy, Mike Waterson, Norma Waterson, June Tabor, Nic Jones, A.L. Lloyd, Cyril Tawney and Dave Swarbrick. It told the true story of the first transport ship to land in Australia and the first couple to marry on Australian soil. Based on a story Peter found in the local newspaper in Norfolk and followed by his research into the details at the city museum and library. He did numerous tours abroad including Australia and America (committed suicide).
in 1993 - Ian Stuart Donaldson dies at age 36. British singer, musician and songwriter, born in Lancashire, England and raised in Poulton-le-Fylde. He most known as the frontman of Skrewdriver, a British punk rock band that later became a white power rock band. Ian also became leader of two other bands, The Klansmen, a rockabilly band, and White Diamond, a hard rock/heavy metal band. He also released several solo albums. Along with Skrewdriver guitarist Stigger, he recorded the albums Patriotic Ballads volumes 1 and 2, which included covers of traditional folk songs such as "The Green Fields of France". His s voice also appeared in the song "The Invisible Empire" on the 1989 album See you in Valhalla by neo-Nazi rock band No Remorse (died of injuries resulting from a car crash in Derbyshire.
in 1995 - The Charlatans were arrested by 24-armed police after a flight to New York. The band were accused of trying to disrupt the planes flight path, passengers complained of the group being drunk, spitting and interfering with in flight TV sets.
in 1996 - Zeki Müren dies at age 64. Turkish actor, singer, and composer; famous for his compelling voice and precise articulation in his singing of both established Turkish classical music and contemporary songs. In his fortyfive year professional career Müren composed more than one hundred songs and made more than two hundred recordings. He was celebrated as the "Sun" of classical Turkish music and was affectionately called "Pasha". For many years he reigned as "Artist of the Year" in his home country. Many of his records were also published in Greece, where he also enjoyed popularity, along with the U.S., Germany, and several other countries during the 1960s and 1970s (heart attack during a performance in the city of Izmir)
in 1997 - Barry Loukaitis was convicted of shooting and killing two pupils and a teacher at a school in Washington. His defence team claimed he had copied scenes from Pearl Jam's video 'Jeremy'.
in 2000 - Madonna started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Music', the singers seventh UK No.1 album.
in 2000 - Mariah Carey and Westlife started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of the Phil Collins 1984 hit 'Against All Odds.'
in 2003 - Rosalie Allen/Julie Marlene Bedra dies at age 79. American singer and deejay, born in Old Forge, Pennsylvania; inspired by the singing cowboys of the 1930s, she taught herself to sing and play her brother's guitar, then began working on the radio in Wilkes-Barre, PA and later performed on Denver Darling's Swing Billies pseudo-western radio show in New York City. Her first hit came in 1946 with RCA Victor with a yodeling update of Patsy Montana's "I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart.". Her final hits paired her with yodeler Elton Britt. Their first single, "Beyond the Sunset," hit No.7 in 1950. They also recorded "The Yodel Blues" and "Quicksilver". In 1999, her work in radio was recognized and she was the first woman inducted into the Country Music Disc Jockey Hall of Fame (congestive heart failure)
in 2003 - Singer-songwriter Matthew Jay died aged 24 after falling from a seventh-storey window in London. Released the 2001 album ‘Draw’ and toured with The Doves, Stereophonics, Dido and Starsailor.
in 2003 - The Dave Matthews Band played at Central Park in New York City, in front of almost 100,000, the band's largest audience to date. The Central Park Concert was later released as an album.
in 2006 - Scissor Sisters topped the UK album and singles charts. The New Yorkers' second album, 'Ta-Dah', entered in the top spot, while the single ‘I Don't Feel Like Dancin' spent a third week at number one.
in 2007 - Natasha Pivovarova dies at age 44. Russian singer; a founder member of the girl band a Kolibri, a Soviet/Russian experimental pop/rock group formed in 1988 in Saint-Petersburg playing a highly eclectic brand of baroque pop blended with elements of post-punk, cabaret, chanson and dominated by vocal harmony. Soon after, in December of 1988 Natasha left the band to pursue a solo career and also sang duets with Alexandr Lushin and his band. More recently she been working as a producer for Molochny Skake, another all-girl group, in a simular vein to a Kolibri, which she formed in January 2000 named Sous, The Sauce (car accident)
in 2008 - Vice Vukov dies at age 72. Croatian singer and politician; one of the most popular singers in Yugoslavia, appearing at the Eurovision Song Contest 1963 with the song "Brodovi" and at the Eurovision Song Contest 1965 with the song "Cežnja". In the 70s he was branded a Croatian nationalist by Yugoslav authorities, blacklisting his songs, he went to live in France for a while. In 1989 an album of new songs, without his name on the cover, appeared in Croatian music stores, signalling the political change. Soon after, Vice made a public comeback with a series of 14 sold-out concerts at Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall. He performed some of the greatest patriotic songs, including "Zvona moga grada" and "Tvoja zemlja" (died as a result of a fall; in 2006 he tripped and fell sustaining a serious head injury, he underwent surgery, but fell into a coma shortly afterwards)
in 2009 - Sir Howard Morrison dies at age 74. New Zealand singer; born in Rotorua of Maori, he came to fame singing with his group the Howard Morrison Quartet. He began performing live and recording with his group in 1956 and continued until 1964 when the quartet disbanded. From 1964 until his death, Howard was one of New Zealand's leading TV and concert performers. His single "How Great Thou Art" released in 1981, reached No.1 in New Zealand and became his most successful song. He was knighted in 1990 for his services to entertainment (heart attack).
in 2010 - Dick Griffey dies at age 66. American record executive, born in Nashville, he moved to LA in the early '60s where he ran a nightclub and became an important promoter, booking world tours for the likes of the Jacksons and Stevie Wonder. After being involved with Don Cornelius and Soul Train in '77, he formed Solar Records, acronym for Sound of Los Angeles Records. The company's No.1 R&B chart hits included the Whispers' "And the Beat Goes On" and "Rock Steady"; Shalamar's "The Second Time Around"; Lakeside's "Fantastic Voyage"; Babyface's "It's No Crime" - "Tender Lover"; and Midnight Star's "Operator". Others successes included Dynasty, Klymaxx, Calloway, Carrie Lucas, Collage and the The Deele (complications from heart surgery).
September 25th, 2012, 05:35 AM
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in 1619 - Francesco Soto de Langa, composer, dies
in 1683 - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Dijon France, composer (Traite) (baptized) is born
in 1714 - Jean-Benoit Leclair, composer is born
in 1716 - Johann Christoph Pez, composer, dies at 52
in 1733 - Georg Motz, composer, dies at 79
in 1741 - Vaclav Pichl, composer is born
in 1752 - Carl Stenborg, composer is born
in 1785 - George Frederic Pinto, composer is born
in 1813 - Braz Francisco de Lima, composer, dies at 61
in 1830 - Karl Klindworth, pianist/conductor is born
in 1849 - Johann Baptist Strauss, elder, composer (Radetzky-Marsch), dies at 45.
in 1860 - Carl Friedrich Zollner, composer, dies at 60
in 1862 - Leon Bollmann, French organist/composer (Variations Symphoniques) is born
in 1879 - Luis da Costa, composer is born
in 1886 - Comedy opera "Dorothy," 1st produced in London
in 1886 - Jesus Guridi, composer is born
in 1896 - Roberto Gerhard, composer is born
in 1902 - Jeno Takacs, composer is born
in 1906 - Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich, St Petersburg Russia, composer [NS] is born.
in 1906 - Jaroslav Jezek, composer is born.
in 1907 - Jan Felderhof, composer is born.
in 1908 - Eugen Suchon, composer is born.
in 1911 - Lionel Henry Nowak, composer is born.
in 1913 - Mary Atanasiu/Maria Tanase (Romanian folkloric and pop singer) is born.
in 1916 - Julius Fucik, composer, dies at 44.
Julius Fučík (Czech pronunciation: [ ˈjuːlɪjus ˈfutʃiːk]) was a Czech composer and conductor of military bands.
Fučík spent most of his life as the leader of military brass bands. He became a prolific composer, with over 400 marches, polkas, and waltzes to his name. As most of his work was for military bands, he is sometimes known as the "Bohemian Sousa".
Today his marches are still played as patriotic music in the Czech Republic. However, his worldwide reputation rests on one work: his Opus 68 march, the Entrance of the Gladiators (Vjezd gladiátorů), which is universally recognized, often under the title Thunder and Blazes, as one of the most popular theme tunes for circus clowns.
Another composition, The Florentiner March, is not as popular as Entrance of the Gladiators, but it is regularly performed and recorded by wind ensembles.
Fučík was the uncle of the famous journalist Julius Fučík, who was executed by the Nazi regime.
Fučík was born in Prague on 18 July 1872 when Prague was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. As a student, he learned to play the bassoon with Ludwig Milde, violin with Antonín Bennewitz, and various percussion instruments, later studying composition under Antonín Dvořák.
In 1891, he joined the 49th Austro-Hungarian Regiment as a military musician. He initially played in Krems by the Danube under Josef Franz Wagner. In 1894 Fučík left the army to take up a position as second bassoonist at the German Theatre in Prague. A year later he became the conductor of the Danica Choir in the Croatian city of Sisak. During this time, Fučík wrote a number of chamber music pieces, mostly for clarinet and bassoon.
In 1897, he rejoined the army as the bandmaster for the 86th Infantry Regiment based in Sarajevo. Shortly after, he wrote his most famous piece, the Einzug der Gladiatoren or Entrance of the Gladiators. Fučík's interest in Roman history led him to name the march as he did. In 1910 Canadian composer Louis-Phillipe Laurendeau arranged "Entrance of the Gladiators" for a small band under the title "Thunder and Blazes." It is in this version that the piece is most familiar, universally associated with the appearance of the clowns in a circus performance.
In 1900, Fučík's band was moved to Budapest where Fučík found there were eight regimental bands ready to play his compositions, but he also faced more competition to get noticed. Having more musicians at his disposal, Fučík began to experiment with transcriptions of orchestral works.
In 1910, Fučík moved again, returning to Bohemia where he became the bandmaster of the 92nd Infantry Regiment in Theresienstadt. At the time, the band was one of the finest in the Austro-Hungarian empire, and Fučík toured with them giving concerts in Prague and Berlin to audiences of over 10,000 people.
In 1913, Fučík settled in Berlin where he started his own band, the Prager Tonkünstler-Orchester, and a music publishing company, Tempo Verlag, to market his compositions. His fortunes began to wane with the outbreak of the First World War. Under the privations of the war, Fučík's business failed and his health suffered. On 25 September 1916, Julius Fučík died in Berlin at the age of 44. He is buried in Prague.
in 1916 - Tolia Nikiprowetzsy, composer is born.
in 1920 - William F Sudds, composer, dies at 77.
in 1925 - Sam Rivers (US free jazzman, Sax: tenor & soprano, flute; freelance/sessions) is born.
in 1927 - Sir Colin Davis (UK conductor) is born.
in 1930 - Sheldon Silverstein (US songwriter, composer, cartoonist, screenwriter, author) is born.
in 1932 - Glenn Herbert Gould, Toronto Canada, pianist (sued Steinway Piano) is born.
in 1933 - Erik Darling (US songwriter, folk musician; Tarriers/Weavers/Rooftop singers/solo) is born.
in 1933 - Ian Tyson (Canadian singer-songwriter) is born.
in 1936 - Juliet Prowse, Bombay India, actress/dancer (Who Killed Teddy Bear) is born.
in 1936 - Roosevelt "Booba" Barnes (Bluesman, harmonica, owner of Barnes' Playboy Club) is born.
in 1937 - Michael Gibbs, jazz composer is born.
in 1937 - Thomas Kessler, composer is born.
in 1939 - Joseph "Jesse" Russell, US singer (Slip Sliding Away) is born.
in 1942 - John Taylor, jazz pianist is born.
in 1943 - Gary Alexander, TN, rock vocalist/guitarist (Association) is born.
in 1943 - John Locke, LA Clif, rock keyboardist (Spirit-I Got A Line on You) is born.
in 1944 - Leo Justinus Kauffmann, composer, dies at 43.
in 1945 - Bela Bartok, composer, dies at 64.
in 1945 - Dee Dee Warwick/Delia Mae Warrick (US soul singer) is born.
in 1945 - Owen "Onnie" McIntyre, Scotland, guitarist (Average White Band) is born.
in 1945 - Reynold Henry Weidenaar, composer is born.
in 1946 - Bryan MacLean (US guitarist, vocals; Love/solo) is born.
in 1946 - Jerry Penrod (US bass player; Iron Butterfly / Rhinoceros) is born.
in 1947 - Cecil Womack (US singer; Womack & Womack) is born.
in 1947 - John Fiddler, England, rock vocalist/guitarist (British Lions) is born.
in 1951 - Burleigh Drummond, rocker (Ambrosia) is born.
in 1953 - Richard Harvey (UK multi-musician, composer; Gryphon/sessionist) is born.
in 1954 - Craig Chaquico (guitar; Jefferson Starship) is born.
in 1954 - Elvis Presley released his second single on Sun Records, ‘Good Rockin’ Tonight,’ a song made popular in 1948 by Wynonie Harris.
in 1955 - Adelmo "Zucchero" Fornaciari, Italian RandB-singer (Senza una Donna) is born.
in 1955 - Steven Severin, British pop bassist (Siouxsie and Banshees-Wild Thing) is born.
in 1955 - Zucchro/Adelmo Fornaciari (Italian blues and rock singer) is born.
in 1958 - Randy Kerber (US composer) is born.
in 1959 - Ennio Porrino, composer, dies at 49
in 1964 - Chris Impellitteri (US lead guitarist; Impellitteri) is born.
in 1964 - Kikuko Inoue (Japanese singer, voice actress) is born.
in 1964 - Maria Doyle Kennedy (Irish actress, singer) is born.
in 1964 - The Temptations begin recording ’My Girl’ which went on to be their first US number one and the first of fifteen US Top Ten hits.
in 1965 - The Beatles cartoon series premiered on ABC TV in the US. The first story was titled 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' and had the group exploring the ocean floor in a diving bell where they met a lovesick octopus.
in 1967 - The Beatles began recording the new Paul McCartney song ‘The Fool on the Hill’ at Abbey Road, London. John and George played harmonicas, Paul played a recorder and recorded his lead vocal and Ringo played drums.
in 1968 - Welsh singer Mary Hopkin was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Those Were The Days'. Hopkins had signed to The Beatles Apple label after appearing on UK TV talent show Opportunity Knocks.
in 1968 - Will Smith (US actor, rapper; D.J. Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince duo) is born.
in 1969 - John Lennon recorded the track 'Cold Turkey', with Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Klaus Voorman and Yoko.
in 1970 - Dean Ween/Deaner/Michael Melchiondo Jr (US guitarist; Ween) is born.
in 1970 - Efim Golishev, composer, dies at 73
in 1970 - Ringo releases his "Beaucoups of Blues" album.
in 1970 - The first episode of The Partridge Family was shown on US TV, featuring Shirley Jones, David Cassidy, Susan Dey and Danny Bonaduce.
in 1971 - David Bowie and America both appeared at Friars in Aylesbury, England, tickets cost 50p.
in 1971 - Deep Purple went to No.1 on the UK chart with their sixth album 'Fireball'.
in 1974 - Chris Impellitteri (US shred guitarist; Impellitteri) is born.
in 1974 - Daniel Kessler (UK born guitarist, backing vocalist; Interpol) is born.
in 1974 - Wamma/Richie Edwards (UK bassist, vocalist; The Darkness/Stone Gods) is born.
in 1975 - Declan Donnelly (UK actor, singer, TV Pop Idol presenter; Ant & Dec duo) is born.
in 1975 - Jackie Wilson had a heart attack while performing live on stage at the Latin Casino, New Jersey. Wilson collapsed into a coma suffering severe brain damage. Ironically, he was in the middle of singing one of his biggest hits, 'Lonely Teardrops' and was two words into the line, "....my heart is crying" when he collapsed to the stage, striking his head heavily. Wilson died on 21st January 1984. Van Morrison wrote the song 'Jackie Wilson Said', covered by Dexy's Midnight Runners.
in 1975 - Winners in this year’s Melody Makers Readers poll included, Robert Plant who won Best singer, Joni Mitchell, Best female singer, Yes won Best band, Genesis won Best live act, Best single, ‘I’m Not In Love, by 10cc, Best album Physical Graffiti, Led Zeppelin, and Brightest hope went to Camel.
in 1976 - Chiara Siracusa (Maltese singer) is born.
in 1976 - Juan Meier (Argentinian rock, blues, jazz and tango guitarist) is born.
in 1976 - Santigold/Santi White (US songwriter, producer, singer) is born.
in 1976 - Wings played a charity concert in St Marks Square, Venice to raise funds for the historic city. The night was a success but the weight of the equipment used by the group caused more damage to the square.
in 1977 - Kiyoshi Ijichi (Japanese drummer; Asian Kung-Fu Generation) is born.
in 1978 - Joanne Cotton (Canadian pop singer) is born.
in 1978 - Ryan Leslie (US music producer, singer) is born.
in 1980 - John ‘Bonzo’ Bonham dies at age 32. British legendary drummer with Led Zeppelin; born in Redditch, UK, he started to learn drumming at the age of 5 and in 1964, he joined his first semi-professional band, Terry Webb and the Spiders. He also played in other Birmingham bands, The Nicky James Movement and The Senators, who released a fairly successful single "She's a Mod," in 1964. John then took up drumming full-time. Two years later, he joined A Way of Life, before he joined a blues group called Crawling King Snakes, whose lead singer was a young Robert Plant. He returned to A Way of Life, but soon rejoined Robert Plant's new group, Band of Joy. Then in 1968 he and Robert, along with guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist John Paul Jones formed the legendary hard rock band Led Zeppelin. The band have sold over 300 million records worldwide, including 111.5 million certified units in the United States, making them one of the world's best-selling music artists of all time, as well as the second best selling band of all time in the United States. John was esteemed for his speed, power, fast right foot, distinctive sound, and "feel" for the groove. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest drummers in the history of rock music by many drummers, other musicians, and commentators in the industry. (John was found dead at guitarist’s Jimmy Page's house, having died of asphyxiation, after inhaling his own vomit after excessive vodka consumption, 40 shots in 4 hours).
in 1980 - T.I./T.I.P/Clifford Joseph Harris Jr (US rapper, founder of Grand Hustle Records) is born.
in 1980 - The Grateful Dead played the first of fifteen nights at the Warfiled Theatre, San Francisco, California.
in 1981 - Rolling Stones begin their 6th US tour (JFK Stadium, Phila)
in 1981 - Shane Tutmarc (US singer, songwriter, multi-musician) is born.
in 1981 - The Rolling Stones kicked off a 50-date North American tour at the JFK Stadium, Philadelphia.
in 1982 - Kany García (Puerto Rican singer, songwriter) is born.
in 1982 - Queen made a guest appearance on US TV's Saturday Night Live, where they performed ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’ and ‘Under Pressure’.
in 1984 - 1st London performance of musical "Stepping Out"
in 1985 - Albert Moeschinger, composer, dies at 88
in 1985 - Diana Ortiz (US singer; Dream) is born.
in 1990 - Drummer Dave Grohl auditioned for Nirvana and was instantly given the job. Grohl’s last band Scream had recently split-up.
in 1992 - Two fans were stabbed and 20 arrests were made after trouble broke out at a Ozzy Osbourne gig in Oklahoma City. The sale of alcohol at the concert was blamed for the incident.
in 1993 - Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince started a two week run at No.1 in the UK with the single 'Boom! Shake The Room'. Featuring Will Smith who was a rapper and actor starring in TV show The Fresh Prince of Belle Aire in 1993.
in 1993 - Madonna played the first of two sold-out nights at Wembley Stadium, London, England. The first night of her 39 date Girlie Show World Tour.
in 1993 - Nirvana went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'In Utero' the bands first UK No.1 album.
in 1994 - The Offspring made their live UK debut at The Charlotte, Leicester.
in 1995 - Courtney Love was given a one-year prison sentence, suspended for two years, fined $1000 and ordered to attend an anger management course after being found guilty of assaulting Bikini Kill singer Kathleen Hanna.
in 1995 - Dorothy Dickson, actress/dancer (Paying the Piper), dies at 102.
in 1997 - Hélène Baillargeon CM dies at age 81. Canadian singer, actor and folklorist; born in Saint-Martin, Quebec, she studied singing at Quebec City and New York and then at Montreal with Alfred La Liberté. She went on to work as a researcher with Marius Barbeau at the National Museum of Canada in Ottawa (later the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau). She performed and hosted shows on CBC radio and television such as Le réveil rural, Songs de chez nous and Cap aux sorciers and her own show Chez Hélène from 1959 to 1973. She recorded a number of collections of French-Canadian folk songs. Hélène was named to the Order of Canada in 1973. In 1974, she was appointed a Canadian Citizenship Court judge (died in Montreal).
TODAY’S MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT SHINES ON . . .
in 1997 - Jean René Désiré Françaix dies at age 85. French neoclassical composer, pianist, and orchestrator, known for his prolific output and vibrant style. Born in Le Mans a virtuoso pianist from an early age, earning a First Prize in Piano at the Paris Conservatory, but he was also a prolific composer, writing over 200 pieces in a wide variety of styles and a skilled orchestrator, which was reflected in his use of tone colors. He wrote pieces in many of the major large musical forms, including concerti, symphonies, opera, theatre, ballet, and works drawing on traditions falling out of favor in the 20th century, such as the cantata.
Françaix's natural gifts were encouraged from an early age by his family: his father, Director of the Conservatoire of Le Mans, was a musicologist, composer, and pianist, and his mother, a teacher of singing. He was only six when he took up composing, and his first publication, in 1922, caught the attention of a composer working for the publishing house who steered the gifted boy toward a gifted teacher, Nadia Boulanger. She encouraged Françaix's career, considering the young composer to be one of the best, if not the best, of her students. Françaix himself often played his own works, to public acclaim; notably in the premier of his Concertino for Piano and Orchestra at the festival of Baden-Baden in 1932.
He was an accomplished pianist from an early age, earning a First Prize in Piano at the Paris Conservatory (his only formal musical qualification) and was sought after for accompanying as well as solo performances. He performed notably in a duo with the French cellist Maurice Gendron, and also performed the Poulenc Two Piano Concerto with Francis Poulenc for several engagements when Jacques Fevrier was not available. His own Two Piano Concerto was written however for his daughters, both of whom were budding young pianists at the time of the composition.
Jean Françaix's primary occupation was his extraordinarily active compositional career. He remained prolific throughout his life; even in 1981 he described himself as "constantly composing", barely finishing one piece before beginning another, and continued thus until his death in 1997.
Maurice Ravel said of the young Françaix to the boy's parents, "Among the child's gifts I observe above all the most fruitful an artist can possess, that of curiosity: you must not stifle these precious gifts now or ever, or risk letting this young sensibility wither." They did not, and he flourished: Françaix was a prolific composer, writing over 200 pieces in a wide variety of styles.
Since he was a virtuoso pianist, many of his works feature the piano, particularly his numerous chamber works which he wrote for nearly every orchestral instrument and standard ensemble. He was a skilled orchestrator, which was reflected in his use of tone colors. Françaix wrote pieces in many of the major large musical forms, including concerti, symphonies, opera, theatre, ballet, and works drawing on traditions falling out of favor in the 20th century, such as the cantata. Though he often put his own modern spin on the old modes of expression, he was an avowed neoclassicist who rejected atonality and formless wanderings, and he drew from great literature of the past for his vocal settings. He also wrote ten film scores for director Sacha Guitry.
Françaix's style is marked by lightness and wit (a stated goal of his was to "give pleasure"), as well as a conversational style of interplay between the musical lines. It changed little throughout his career; while he was influenced by composers he admired (such as Emmanuel Chabrier, Igor Stravinsky, Maurice Ravel, and Francis Poulenc), he integrated what he picked up into his own distinct aesthetic, which was already evident in his early works.
in 1999 - Former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman became the first major artist to release an album on his own personalised digital MP3 player. The matchbox-sized device with no moving parts was one of the smallest of its kind in the world and featured encryption software designed in the UK to prevent piracy.
in 1999 - Oasis singer, Liam Gallagher was stopped by customs officials at Heathrow airport and made to pay £1300 after not declaring a fur coat he had bought in America.
in 1999 - Stephen Canaday dies at age 55. American vocalist, drummer, guitarist, and bass player born in Springfield, Missouri. He was a member of the Ozark Mountain Daredevils, they are widely known for their singles "If You Wanna Get To Heaven" in 1974 and "Jackie Blue" in 1975. Stephen was also tour manager for country musician Lee Roy Parnell, and Marshall Chapman, a Nashville folk-rocker. (died in a plane crash)
in 2000 - Ozzy Osbourne formally requested that Black Sabbath be removed from the nomination list for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Calling the inclusion "meaningless", Osbourne went on to say "Let's face it. Black Sabbath have never been media darlings. We're a people's band and that suits us just fine."
in 2003 - Matthew Jay dies at age 24. British singer, songwriter born in Plymouth, England. His debut album Draw, produced three singles "Let Your Shoulder Fall", "Please Don't Send Me Away", and "Call My Name Out" (Matthew tragically fell from a seventh-storey window in London)
in 2005 - Steve Marcus dies at age 66. American jazz saxophonist born in the Bronx, New York; from 1959 to 1962 Steve attended the Berklee school of music, and he formed his "Count’s Rock Band" with Steve Gadd, Will Lee and Steve Khan, before also joining Stan Kenton's avant-swing band the year after he graduated. His first album as a leader with his "Count’s Rock Band" , Tomorrow Never Knows, was in 1967 with musicians Larry Coryell, Mike Nock and Bob Moses which featured ground-breaking music. Steve had had the idea of joining the Beatles and the Byrds' infectious song-hooks to the transcendental energy and virtuosity of his hero, Coltrane. This was one of the very first ever rock-jazz fusion recordings. He continued this trend for a number of years. Also from 1967 to 1970 Steve regularly worked with Herbie Mann and later became known for more orthodox jazz playing with drummer Buddy Rich. He was Buddy's featured soloist for the last 12 years of Rich's life. Steve took over the band as the de facto leader after Buddy died in 1987, renaming it "Buddy's Buddies" and touring the world with alumni of Rich's many groups.(died suddenly and unexpectedly in New Hope, PA).
in 2006 - 'I Don't Feel Like Dancin' by the Scissor Sisters was at No.1 on the UK singles chart, 'Sexyback' by Justin Timberlake was at No.1 on the US charts and Sandi Thom had the Australian No.1 single with 'I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (with Flowers in My Hair).
in 2007 - Patrick Bourque dies at age 29. Canadian bass guitarist and was a founder member of the band Emerson Drive, formed in Grande Prairie, Altanta in 1995. Originally called 12 Gauge, they changed their name when they relocated to Nashville, Tennessee. The band charted several hits on both the U.S. and Canadian country music charts. In 2005, they signed to Midas Records Nashville, and resumed their streak of hit singles, including their first No.1 single in "Moments". In 2007 they won three Canadian Country Music Awards, Group of the Year, Single of the Year and CMT Video of the Year, the latter two for "Moments". Patrick resigned from the band in August, 2007 and returned to work and live in Canada (died suddenly at his home)
in 2008 - Horatiu Radulescu dies at age 66. Romanian composer, spectral music pioneer: among many acheivements, in 1983 he founded the ensemble European Lucero in Paris to perform own his works, a variable ensemble consisting of soloists specialising in the techniques required for his music. In 1991 he founded the Lucero Festival (died in Paris)
in 2009 - Alicia de Larrocha dies at age 86. Spanish pianist born in Barcelona, she was one of the great piano legends of the 20th century. She won multiple Grammy Awards and a Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts. In 1995, she became the first Spanish artist to win the UNESCO Prize. Alicia is best known for her recordings of the music of Manuel de Falla, Enrique Granados and Isaac Albéniz, as well as her 1967 recordings of Antonio Soler's keyboard sonatas. She recorded for Hispavox, CBS/Columbia/Epic, BMG/RCA and London/Decca, winning her first Grammy Award in 1975 and again, as recently as 1992, at the age of almost seventy. She received the Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts in 1994.
September 26th, 2012, 06:45 AM
Joined: Mar 2008
From: On a mountain top in Costa Rica. yeah...I win!!
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in 1614 - Felice Anerio, Italian composer (pontifical royal chapel), dies.
in 1767 - Wenzel Muller, composer is born.
in 1788 - Francois Bainville, composer, dies at 63.
in 1808 - Pavel Vranicky, composer, dies at 51.
in 1832 - Pyotr Petrovich Sokal'sky, composer is born.
in 1835 - Gaetano Donizetti's opera "Lucia di Lammermoor," premieres in Naples.
in 1841 - Pavel Ivanovich Blaramberg, composer is born
in 1868 - Henry Franklin Belknap Gilbert, composer is born.
in 1869 - Komitas Vardapet (Armenian composer, music pedagogue, musicologist) is born.
in 1871 - Philip Cipriani Hambly Potter, composer, dies at 78.
in 1873 - Amilcare Zanella, composer is born.
in 1877 - Alfred Cortot, French pianist is born.
TODAY’S MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT SHINES ON . . . in 1891 - Charles Münch (French conductor, violinist) is born.
Munch was an Alsatian symphonic conductor and violinist. Noted for his mastery of the French orchestral repertoire, he is best known as music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Munch was born in Strasbourg, Alsace-Lorraine, German Empire (now France, since 1919). The son of organist and choir director Ernst Münch, he was the fifth in a family of six children. He was the brother of conductor Fritz Münch and the cousin of conductor and composer Hans Münch. Although his first ambition was to be a locomotive engineer, he studied violin at the Strasbourg Conservatoire. His father Ernst was a professor of organ at the Conservatoire and performed at the cathedral; he also directed an orchestra with his son Charles in the second violins.
After receiving his diploma in 1912, Charles studied with Carl Flesch in Berlin and Lucien Capet at the Conservatoire de Paris. He was conscripted into the German army in World War I, serving as a sergeant gunner. He was gassed at Péronne and wounded at Verdun.
In 1920, he became professor of violin at the Strasbourg Conservatoire and assistant concertmaster of the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra under Joseph Guy Ropartz, who directed the conservatory. In the early 1920s he was concertmaster for Hermann Abendroth's Gürzenich Orchestra in Cologne. He then served as concertmaster of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra under Wilhelm Furtwängler and Bruno Walter from 1926 to 1933.
At the age of 41, Munch made his conducting debut in Paris on 1 November 1932. Munch's fiancée, Geneviève Maury, granddaughter of a founder of the Nestlé Chocolate Company, rented the hall and hired the Walther Straram Concerts Orchestra. She was also an accomplished translator of Thomas Mann. Munch also studied conducting with Czech conductor Fritz Zweig who had fled Berlin during his tenure at Berlin's Krolloper.
Following this success, he conducted the Concerts Siohan, the Lamoureux Orchestra, the new Orchestre Symphonique de Paris, the Biarritz Orchestra (Summer 1933), the Société Philharmonique de Paris (1935 to 1938), and the Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire (1937 to 1946). He became known as a champion of Hector Berlioz, and befriended Arthur Honegger, Albert Roussel, and Francis Poulenc. During these years, Munch gave first performances of works by Honegger, Jean Roger-Ducasse, Joseph Guy Ropartz, Roussel, and Florent Schmitt. He became director of the Société Philharmonique de Paris in 1938 and taught conducting at the Conservatoire de Paris from 1937 to 1945.
He remained in France conducting the Conservatoire Orchestra during the German occupation, believing it best to maintain the morale of the French people. He refused conducting engagements in Germany and also refused to perform contemporary German works. He protected members of his orchestra from the Gestapo and contributed from his income to the French Resistance. For this, he received the Légion d'honneur with the red ribbon in 1945 and the degree of Commandeur in 1952.
Munch made his début with the Boston Symphony Orchestra on 27 December 1946. He was its Music Director from 1949 to 1962. Munch was also Director of the Berkshire Music Festival and Berkshire Music Center (Tanglewood) from 1951 through 1962. He led relaxed rehearsals which orchestra members appreciated after the authoritarian Serge Koussevitzky. Munch also received honorary degrees from Boston College, Boston University, Brandeis University, Harvard University, and the New England Conservatory of Music.
He excelled in the modern French repertoire, especially Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel, and was considered to be an authoritative performer of Hector Berlioz. However, Munch's programs also regularly featured works by composers such as Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, and Wagner. His thirteen-year tenure in Boston included 39 world premieres and 58 American first performances, and offered audiences 168 contemporary works. Fourteen of these premieres were works commissioned by the Boston Symphony and the Koussevitzky Music Foundation to celebrate the Orchestra's 75th Anniversary in 1956. (A 15th commission was never completed.)
Munch invited former Boston Symphony music director Pierre Monteux to guest conduct, record, and tour with the orchestra after an absence of more than 25 years. Under Munch, guest conductors became an integral part of the Boston Symphony's programming, both in Boston and at Tanglewood.
Munch led the Boston Symphony on its first transcontinental tour of the United States in 1953. He became the first conductor to take them on tour overseas: Europe in 1952 and 1956, and East Asia and Australia in 1960. During the 1956 tour, the Boston Symphony was the first American orchestra to perform in the Soviet Union.
The Boston Symphony under Munch made a series of recordings for RCA Victor from 1949 to 1953 in monaural sound and from 1954 to 1962 in both monaural and stereophonic versions.
Selections from Boston Symphony rehearsals under Leonard Bernstein, Koussevitzky, and Munch were broadcast nationally on the NBC Radio Network from 1948-1951. NBC carried portions of the Orchestra's performances from 1955-1957. Beginning in 1951, the BSO was broadcast over local radio stations in the Boston area. Starting in 1957, Boston Symphony performances under Munch and guest conductors were disseminated regionally, nationally, and internationally through the Boston Symphony Transcription Trust. And, under Munch, the Boston Symphony first appeared on television.
Munch returned to France and in 1963 became president of the École Normale de Musique. He was also named president of the Guilde Française des Artistes Solistes. During the 1960s, Munch appeared regularly as a guest conductor throughout America, Europe, and Japan. In 1967, at the request of France's Minister of Culture, André Malraux, he founded the first full-time salaried French orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris, and conducted its first concert on 14 November 1967. The following year, he died of a heart attack suffered at his hotel in Richmond, Virginia while on an American tour with his new orchestra. His remains were returned to France where he is buried in the Cimetière de Louveciennes. EMI recorded his final sessions, including Ravel's Piano Concerto in G, with this orchestra, and released them posthumously.
In 1955, Oxford University Press published "I Am a Conductor" by Munch in a translation by Leonard Burkat. It was originally issued in 1954 in French as "Je suis chef d'orchestre." The work is a collection of Munch's thoughts on conducting and the role of a conductor.
D. Kern Holoman wrote Munch's first biography in English, "Charles Munch." It was published by Oxford University Press in 2011.
in 1898 - George Gershwin, [Jacob Gershowitz], Bkln, composer (Rhapsody in Blue) is born.
in 1918 - Harold Gramatges (Cuban composer and pianist) is born.
in 1925 - Marty Robbins, Glendale Az, singer (Devil Woman, I Walk Alone) is born
in 1926 - Giuseppi Chiari, composer is born
in 1926 - Imre Vincze, composer is born
in 1926 - Julie London/Gayle Peck (US actress, singer) is born.
in 1930 - Fritz Wunderlich, Kusel Germany, tenor (Stuttgart 1955-58) is born.
in 1931 - George Chambers, MS, rock bassist/vocalist (Chambers Brothers) is born
in 1932 - Giuacomo Manzoni, composer is born.
in 1934 - Dick Heckstall-Smith, rocker (Alexis Korner Band) is born
in 1937 - Bessie Smith dies at age 43. American blues singer; became the greatest blues singer of her era, recording more than 160 songs between 1923 and 1933. (died in a car accident while traveling from a Memphis concert to Clarksdale, Mississippi along U.S. Route 61. She was taken to Clarksdale's segregated Afro-Hospital and her arm was amputated, but she never regained consciousness and died that morning)
Smith is often regarded as one of the greatest singers of her era, and along with Louis Armstrong, a major influence on subsequent jazz vocalists.
As a way of earning money for their impoverished household, Smith and her brother Andrew began performing on the streets of Chattanooga as a duo, she singing and dancing, he accompanying on guitar; their preferred location was in front of the White Elephant Saloon at Thirteenth and Elm streets in the heart of the city's African-American community.
In 1904, her oldest brother, Clarence, covertly left home by joining a small traveling troupe owned by Moses Stokes. "If Bessie had been old enough, she would have gone with him," said Clarence's widow, Maud. "That's why he left without telling her, but Clarence told me she was ready, even then. Of course, she was only a child."
In 1912, Clarence returned to Chattanooga with the Stokes troupe and arranged for its managers, Lonnie and Cora Fisher, to give her an audition. She was hired as a dancer rather than a singer, because the company also included Ma Rainey.
By the early 1920s, Smith had starred with Sidney Bechet in How Come?, a musical that made its way to Broadway, and spent several years working out of Atlanta, Georgia's 81 Theater, performing in black theaters along the East Coast. Following a run-in with the producer of How Come?, she was replaced by Alberta Hunter and returned to Philadelphia, where she had taken up residence. There, she met and fell in love with Jack Gee, a security guard whom she married on June 7, 1923, just as her first recordings were being released by Columbia Records. The marriage was a stormy one, with infidelity on both sides. During the marriage, Smith became the biggest headliner on the black Theater Owners Booking Association ( T.O.B.A.) circuit, running a show that sometimes featured as many as 40 troupers and made her the highest-paid black entertainer of her day. Gee was impressed by the money, but never adjusted to show business life, and especially not Smith's bisexuality. In 1929, when Smith learned of Gee's affair with another performer, Gertrude Saunders, she ended the marriage, but never sought a legal divorce. Smith eventually found a common-law husband in an old friend, Richard Morgan, who was Lionel Hampton's uncle and the antithesis of her husband. She stayed with him until her death.
in 1940 - Creadel 'Red' Jones (US singer; The Hi-lites/ The Chi-Lites) is born.
in 1941 - Joe Bauer, Memphis Tn, rock drummer (Youngbloods) is born
in 1941 - Salvatore Accardo (Italian violinist, conductor) is born.
in 1943 - Georgie Fame, [Clive Powell], rocker (Georgie Fame and Blue Flames) is born
in 1944 - Ernst Isler, composer, dies at 64
in 1945 - Bela V J Bartok, Hungarian pianist/composer dies at 64
in 1945 - Brian Ferry, England, rocker (Roxy Music-Let's Stick Together) is born
in 1945 - Gal Costa/Maria da Graça Costa Penna Burgos (Brazilian singer) is born.
in 1946 - Theodore "Ted" Greene (US fingerstyle jazz guitarist, teacher, music columnist) is born.
in 1947 - Lynn Anderson, ND, country singer (I Never Promised you a Rose Garden) is born
in 1947 - Philippe Lavil (French singer) is born.
in 1948 - Olivia Newton-John, Cambridge England, singer (Lets Get Physical) is born.
in 1949 - Martin Delray, Texarkana Ar, country singer (Get Rhythm) is born
in 1951 - Stuart Tosh (Scottish drummer, songwriter; Pilot/10cc/Camel/sessionist) is born.
in 1953 - Dolores Keane (Irish folk singer; De Dannan/solo) is born.
in 1954 - Cesar Rosas (Mexican singer, guitarist, songwriter; Los Lobos/Los Super Seven) is born.
in 1954 - Craig Chaquico, rock guitarist (Jefferson Starship) is born
in 1955 - Carlene Carter, Nashville Tn, country singer (I Fell in Love) is born
in 1957 - Musical "West Side Story," opens on Broadway
in 1958 - Darby Crash/Bobby Pyn/Jan Paul Beahm (US punk-rock singer; The Germs) is born.
in 1960 - Connie Francis started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'My Heart Has A Mind Of It's Own'.
in 1961 - Cindy Herron (US singer; En Vogue) is born.
in 1961 - The Greenbriar Boys started a two-week residency at Gerde's Folk Club in New York. The opening act was Bob Dylan.
in 1962 - Tracey Thorn, rock vocalist (Everything But The Girl) is born
in 1964 - John Tempesta (US drummer; White Zombie, Helmet, Testament) is born.
in 1964 - Nicki French (UK singer) is born.
in 1964 - Roy Orbison started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Oh Pretty Woman'.
in 1965 - At the end of a European tour Roger Daltry knocked out Keith Moon and was sacked from The Who. The band were playing two shows in one night in Denmark, when an argument broke about between all four band members. Daltry was reinstated the following day.
in 1965 - During a UK tour, The Rolling Stones appeared at Colston Hall in Bristol.
in 1965 - Queen Elizabeth decorates Beatles with Order of British Empire
in 1966 - Christos Dantis/Christos Vlahakis (Greek composer, singer) is born.
in 1966 - Helen Kane/Helen Clare Schroeder dies at age 62. American popular singer born in Queens NY; her signature song was "I Wanna Be Loved By You". Her voice and appearance were a likely source for Fleischer Studios animator Grim Natwick when creating Betty Boop. Her career break came in 1927, when she appeared in the musical A Night in Spain for a total of 174 performances, at the 44th Street Theatre in NYC. after which she performed at the Paramount Theater in Times Square. She was singing "That's My Weakness Now", when she interpolated the scat lyrics “boop-boop-a-doop”. This resonated with the flapper culture, and four days later, Helen’s name went up in lights. Oscar Hammerstein’s 1928 show Good Boy, was where she first introduced the hit "I Wanna Be Loved by You". Then it was back to the Palace, as a headliner for $5,000 a week. She had excellent diction, intonation and timing, learned during her apprenticeship in vaudeville. Her songs have a strong word focus, and capitalize on her coquettish voice. She blended several fashionable styles of the late 1920s. These included scat singing, a kind of vocal improvisation, and also blending singing and speech. Helen recorded 22 songs between 1928 and 1930. After 1930 and up to 1951, she recorded four sides for Columbia in addition to the "Three Little Words" soundtrack single recording of "I Wanna Be Loved by You". She also recorded four songs that comprise a 1954 MGM 45EP entitled, "The Boop Boop a Doop Girl" (breast cancer)
Video Note: From 1930: Helen Kane sings "I Owe You" with her leading man Stuart Erwin.
in 1967 - Pink Floyd played the first of three nights at the Fillmore in San Francisco, the groups first ever live dates in the US.
in 1967 - Richard Shannon Hoon (US singer, Blind Melon) is born.
in 1968 - Rolling Stone Brian Jones was fined £50 with 100 guineas cost after being found guilty of possession of cannabis.
in 1968 - The Sallyangie a group featuring 15 year-old future Tubular Bells star Mike Oldfield and his sister Sally appeared at The Cousins folk Club Soho London.
in 1969 - Anthony Kavanagh (French-Canadian comedian, actor, singer) is born.
in 1969 - Beatles release "Abbey Road" album
in 1969 - Fleetwood Mac, East Of Eden, Family, Edgar Broughton Band, Grisby Dyke and Glass Menagerie all appeared at an all night indoor festival at The Pavillion Gardens, Buxton, Derbyshire, England, John Peel hosted the night.
in 1969 - The Beatles released 'Abbey Road' in the UK, the final studio recordings from the group featured two George Harrison songs 'Something' and 'Here Comes The Sun' plus 'Come Together', 'Sun King' and 'Golden Slumbers.'
in 1970 - Pink Floyd kicked off their third North American tour at The Electric Factory in Philadelphia.
in 1972 - Paul Draper (US lyricist, vocals, rhythm guitars, keyboards; Mansun) is born.
in 1972 - Ras Kass/John Austin IV (US rapper; The HRSMN/solo) is born.
in 1972 - Shawn Stockman (US singer; Boyz II Men) is born.
in 1973 - Marty Casey (US singer, guitarist; Lovehammers/L.A. Guns) is born.
in 1974 - Boris Cepeda (German-Ecuadorian pianist and diplomat) is born.
in 1975 - Emma Härdelin (Swedish singer, violinist; Garmarna/Triakel) is born.
in 1979 - Seymour Shifrin, composer, dies at 53.
in 1980 - Auburn "Pat" Hare dies at age 49. American blues guitarist; one of the first guitarists to purposely use the effects of distortion in his playing. He recorded at Sun Studios in Memphis, serving as a sideman for Howlin' Wolf, James Cotton, Muddy Waters, and other artists. He recorded a version of the early '40s Doctor Clayton song "I'm Gonna Murder My Baby" on May 14, 1954, which has since been released on the 1990 Rhino Records compilation Blue Flames: A Sun Blues Collection and other collections. According to the album liner notes, "I'm Gonna Murder My Baby" "is doubly morbid because he did just that in 1962 and spent the last 16 years of his life in prison" He also murdered a policeman sent to investigate (lung cancer).
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in 1980 - U2 appeared at the Cedar Ballroom, Birmingham, England on their Boy tour.
in 1981 - Bruce Dickinson joined UK rock band Iron Maiden, (Dickinson had been the vocalist with Samson).
in 1981 - Christina Milian (US singer-songwriter, actress, record producer) is born.
in 1981 - Genesis scored their second UK No.1 album with 'Adacab.'
in 1981 - The Go-Go's started a six-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Beauty And The Beat.'
in 1983 - Samantha Hammel (US record producer, actress, theatre director, choreographer) is born.
in 1983 - Tino Rossi dies at age 76. French singer and film actor born in Ajaccio, Corsica, France, he became a tenor of French cabaret and one of the great romantic idols of his time. Gifted with an operatic voice, a "Latin Lover" persona made him a movie star as well. Over his career, he made hundreds of records and appeared in more than 25 films, the most notable of which was the 1953 production, Si Versailles m'était conté directed by Sacha Guitry. In 1946, his song "Petit Papa Noël" sold more than thirty million copies worldwide. His romantic ballads had women swooning and his art-songs by Jules Massenet, Reynaldo Hahn, and other composers helped draw sold out audiences wherever he performed (pancreatic cancer)
in 1984 - Berlin appeals court clears Paul McCartney in a paternity suit.
in 1984 - Keisha Buchanan/Kiesha Kerreece Fayeanne Brown (UK singer; Sugababes) is born.
in 1984 - Shelly Manne dies at age 64. American jazz drummer, born in New York City, most frequently associated with West Coast jazz, he was known for his versatility and also played in a number of other styles, including Dixieland, swing, bebop, avant-garde jazz and fusion, as well as contributing to the musical background of hundreds of Hollywood films and television programs. When the bebop movement began to change jazz in the 1940s, Shelly adapted to the style rapidly, performing with Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker. Around this time he also worked with rising stars like Flip Phillips, Charlie Ventura, Lennie Tristano, and Lee Konitz. He rose to stardom when he became part of the working bands of Woody Herman and, especially, Stan Kenton in the late 1940s and early 1950s, winning awards and developing a following at a time when jazz was the most popular music in the United States. From 1974 to 1977 he joined guitarist Laurindo Almeida, saxophonist and flutist Bud Shank, and bassist Ray Brown to perform as the group The L.A. Four, which recorded four albums before he left the ensemble. In the 1980s, Manne recorded with such stars as trumpeter Harry "Sweets" Edison, saxophonist Zoot Sims, guitarists Joe Pass and Herb Ellis, and pianist John Lewis (heart attack)
in 1991 - Richard "Billy" Vaughn dies at age 72. American singer, multi-instrumentalist, orchestra leader; after serving in the army in WW2, he attended Western Kentucky State College, majoring in music composition, after which he joined The Hilltoppers as a singer and their pianist. As a member of the group, he also wrote their first hit song, "Trying," which charted in 1952. He left the group in 1954 to join Dot Records, Tennessee, as music director as well as forming his own orchestra, which had a big hit in that same year with "Melody of Love." He went on to have many more hits over the next decade and a half, and based purely on chart successes, was the most successful orchestra leader of all time charting over 30 hit singles and had numerous sell-out tours throughout the USA, Japan, Brazil and Korea (died of mesothelioma).
in 1985 - Lenna Kuurmaa (Estonian singer; Vanilla Ninja) is born.
in 1987 - David Bowie had his last hit chart in this decade when ‘Never Let Me Down’ scrapped into the US charts at No.27, the single peaked at No.34 in the UK.
in 1987 - Michael Jackson started a six-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Bad'.
in 1987 - Rosie Munter (Swedish singer; Play) is born.
in 1987 - Whitney Houston started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Didn't We Almost Have It All'.
in 1988 - Mark Simpson (UK clarinetist and composer) is born.
in 1992 - Belinda Carlisle went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'The Best Of Belinda volume 1'
in 1992 - Nirvana appeared at the Castaic Lake Amphitheatre, Castaic, California.
in 1996 - Police found drugs hidden in a Smarties tube when they raided the London home of Paula Yates and INXS singer Michael Hutchence. The couple were away in Australia at the time of the raid.
in 1997 - The Irish Independent Radio Commission placed a ban on radio stations playing any songs by Eurovision Song Contest winner Dana. It was seen to be giving her an unfair advantage during the current election campaign she was involved with.
in 1998 - Betty Carter dies at age 69. US jazz singer born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, she was sometimes called "The Empress of the Blues," Betty was the most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and 1930s. She is often regarded as one of the greatest singers of her era and, along with Louis Armstrong, a major influence on subsequent jazz vocalists. Her shows sometimes featured as many as 40 troupers and made her the highest-paid black entertainer of her day. Betty was awarded a National Medal of Arts by President Bill Clinton in 1997, and remained active in jazz music until her death. Betty was inducted in to the Blues Hall of Fame in 1980, the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1981 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame "Early influences" in 1989 also that same year she was honoured with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. 3 of Betty's recordings have been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, her 1923's "Downhearted Blues", 1925's "St. Louis Blues", and her hit from 1928 "Empty Bed Blues" (pancreatic cancer)
in 1998 - Melanie B featuring Missy Elliott went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'I Want You Back'. The first solo release from a member of the Spice Girls.
in 1999 - The Dixie Chicks went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Fly.'
in 1999 - Leftfield went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Rhythm And Stealth'.
in 1999 - The Times published the most powerful people in the UK pop business, No.5 Jim Moir, controller Radio 2, No.4, The UK Top 40 chart, No.3 Paul Berger, chairman, Sony Music, No.2 Edger Bronfman, chairman. Seagram, No.1 Ken Berry, President EMI Music.
in 2000 - Baden Powell de Aquino dies at age 63. Brazilian guitarist, one of the greatest Brazilian guitarists. He explored the instrument to its utmost limits, playing it in a distinctive, unique manner, incorporating virtuoso classical techniques together with popular harmony and swing. He performed in many styles, including Bossa nova, Samba, Brazilian jazz, Latin jazz and Música Popular Brasileira. He often performed on stage during most of his lifetime, and recorded an extensive discography comprised by LP and CD albums produced in Brazil and Europe, particularly in France and Germany. Baden also composed many fine pieces for guitar, such as Xangô, Horizon, Simplesmente, Braziliense, Abração em Madrid, Tristeza e solidão, Consolação, Samba, Casa Velha, Lotus, Imagem, and Canto de Ossanha (died of pneumonia triggered by diabetes)
Video Notes: "Manhã de Carnaval" ("Carnival's Morning"), is the title of the most popular song by Brazilian composers Luiz Bonfá and Antonio Maria. It appeared in the 1959 Portuguese-language film Orfeu Negro (Black Orpheus), by French director Marcel Camus and based on a play by Vinícius de Moraes.
In the USA, the song is also known as "A Day in the Life of a Fool", "Carnival", "Theme from Black Orpheus", or simply "Black Orpheus". In France, the song is also known as "La Chanson D'Orphée." The song is also known by the Spanish title "Mañana de Carnaval". All versions of foreign texts were written by different people using Bonfá's original music
Baden Powell de Aquino (August 6, 1937 - September 26, 2000) usually known simply as Baden Powell, was one of the greatest Brazilian guitarists. He often performed on stage during most of his lifetime, and recorded an extensive discography comprised by LP and CD albums produced in Brazil and Europe, particularly in France and Germany.
in 2003 - A report published on requests by artists to venues of their backstage requirements revealed; Limp Bizkit insisted that all the lamps in their rooms be dimmable while Mariah Carey would only have 'bendy' straws as she will not use straight ones. Van Halen insisted that back-stage celery is trimmed and not peeled. The Red Hot Chili Peppers asked for a meditation room and a selection of aromatherapy candles. Barry Manilow requested that the air temperature in the auditorium be kept at a regular 65 degrees.
in 2003 - Robert Palmer dies at age 54. English Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter, born in Batley, Yorkshire. He was known for his distinctive voice and the eclectic mix of musical styles on his albums, combining soul, jazz, rock, pop, Reggae and blues. He found success both in his solo career and in the supergroup Power Station, and had Top 10 songs in both the US and the UK. His iconic music videos for the hits "Simply Irresistible" and "Addicted to Love", featured identically dressed dancing women with pale faces, dark eye makeup and bright red lipstick. Sharp-suited, his involvement in the music industry commenced in the 1960s, covered five decades and included a spell with Vinegar Joe. among other awards he a two time Grammy Award winner with "Addicted To Love" and for "Simply Irresistible". In 1985, side project Power Station, saw Robert team up with John and Andy Taylor of Duran Duran. The group scored three US Top 10 hits with Some Like It Hot, Communications and Get It On. (died of a sudden heart attack)
in 2003 - Shawn Lane dies at age 40. American guitarist, pianist and songwriter born in Memphis, Tennessee. Although piano is his first instrument, he did not play guitar seriously until he was ten, he quickly became a noted player in underground guitar circles, he is very well known for his ability to play very fast. He joined Black Oak Arkansas when he was just fourteen years old, and toured with them for the next four years, after which over the followng eight years he studied music and composing on his own, and mainly worked on playing piano. He quickly developed his technique on keyboards as well, taking influence from pianists like Liszt, Tatum and Cziffra. He is probably best known to many for his solo album Powers of Ten and his long stint with former John McLaughlin bassist Jonas Hellborg. Lane (Shawn died in a hospital in Memphis, shortly after being told that he would have to remain on medical oxygen the rest of his life)
in 2004 - Green Day scored their first UK No.1 album with ‘American Idiot’ the bands seventh release.
in 2004 - Nelly was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Suit’ his third US No.1 album.
in 2007 - A charitable foundation set up by Shakira donated $40 million (£19.6 million) to help victims of natural disasters. The money would go towards repairing damage caused by an earthquake in Peru and a hurricane in Nicaragua. A further $5 million (£2.46 million) would be spent on health and education in four Latin American countries.
in 2007 - Dorothy Cohen Schwartz dies at age 94. American violinist, born in Fort Dodge, Iowa, but moved to Cheyenne in 1917. She began her violin studies at catholic convant school with Mother St. Theckla. Dorothy went on to play thirty years with the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
in 2008 - Bernadette Greevy dies at age 68. Irish mezzo-soprano; she made her professional operatic debut as Maddalena in the Dublin Grand Opera Society's production of Verdi's Rigoletto in 1961. She was founder and artistic director of the Anna Livia Dublin International Opera Festival. Bermadette was the first artist-in-residence at the Dublin Institute of Technology's Faculty of Applied Arts. (died after a short illness) b. July 3rd 1940.
in 2008 - Marc Moulin dies at age 66. Belgian jazz keyboardist and journalist in print, radio & TV. He was a member of the avant-garde rock band Aksak Maboul in 1977 and formed the pop group Telex in 1978, becoming one of Belgium's great jazz legends, making jazz-influenced records for over 30 years. He was also a successful producer, working with Lio, four albums for French crooner Alain Chamfort; the band Sparks; jazz guitarist Philip Catherine and left-field artists such as Anna Domino and Kid Montana (throat cancer)
in 2009 - Jay-Z started a two-week run at No.1 on the US album charts with ‘The Blueprint 3’, the rappers eleventh studio album.
in 2011 - Jessy Dixon dies at age 73. American gospel singer, songwriter, and pianist, with success among audiences across racial lines. Born in San Antonio, Texas, he sang and played his first song at the age of five. As a youngster he moved to Chicago. He he went on to win seven Grammy nominations during his career. Musicians with whom he worked include Paul Simon, Andrae Crouch, DeGarmo & Key and most recently Bill Gaither in the Homecoming series of concerts. He also wrote songs for Amy Grant, Natalie Cole, Cher, and Diana Ross. Jessy was also an ordained minister with Calvary Ministries International of Fort Wayne, Indiana.
in 2011 - Harry "Cuby" Muskee dies at age 70. Dutch blues singer and musician born in Assen; while still at high school he together with Henk and Jaap Hilbrandie founded the band The Mixtures, which later became the Old Fashioned Jazz Group, who mostly played at school dances in Assen. In 1964 he formed Cuby + Blizzards with guitarist Eelco Gelling, recording their hit "Stumble and Fall" in 1965. In 1976, Harry and Gelling left, Harry to form the Harry Muskee Band, with who he toured both sides of the Atlantic. A statue of Harry was placed in Grolloo, in 1997 (cancer).
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in 1637 - Hieronymus Gradenthaler, composer is born
in 1677 - Giovanni Carlo Maria Clari, composer is born
in 1784 - Boniface Stoecki, composer, dies at 38
in 1786 - Jose Mariano Elizaga, composer is born
in 1855 - George F Bristow's "Rip Van Winkle," 2nd American opera, opens in NYC
in 1880 - Jacques Thibaud, Bordeaux France, violinist (Caf‚ Rogue) is born
in 1881 - Ernest Samuel Williams, composer is born
in 1898 - Vincent Youmans (US composer and producer) is born.
in 1909 - Jean Berger (German pianist, educator and composer) is born.
in 1912 - Tauno Marttinen, composer is born.
TODAY’S MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT SHINES ON . . .
in 1919 - Adelina [Adela JM] Patti, Italian soprano (Lucio), dies at 76.
Video Notes: Coloratura soprano ADELINA PATTI sings "The Laughing Song" from Auber's comic opera, "Manon." This exceedingly rare recording, privately made for Patti on a brown wax cylinder, was discovered in the 1940's and transferred to a acetate 78 rpm disc by Wm. Seltsam (1897-1968) of Bridgeport, Conn.
Understand that THIS IS THE OLDEST EXISTING RECORDING of a world-class opera singer and one of the first operatic recordings by anyone! DO NOT EXPECT HIGH FIDELITY; this is ancient sound.
Listen carefully as the announcer gives Patti's name and the selection.
It is generally stated that Patti's first recordings were made in 1905. It was in this year that her first DISC records were made....but not her first recording!
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Adelina Patti, the greatest soprano of her day, will always be associated with her castle in the Upper Swansea Valley. She gave it the romantic name of Craig-y-Nos - the Rock of Night.
Born in Madrid of Italian parentage on 19 February 1843, Adelina Patti was raised in New York and gave her first concert there at the age of seven.
Patti first sang at Covent Garden, London, in 1845. From then on, her international career was assured.
As a bel canto coloratura soprano she had no rival. Giuseppe Verdi thought she was the greatest singer he had ever heard. Wherever she sang, the public adored her, and she made a fortune.
After her first marriage failed, she took a lover, the married French tenor Ernest Nicolini. In search of privacy, and good trout-fishing for Nicolini, she bought a Welsh country house overlooking the River Tawe.
Patti named the plain, four-square house Craig-y-Nos: the Rock of Night. She spent the next 40 years and £100,000 (several million in today's terms) making it over as a Gothic castle. She added a clock tower, two turreted wings, a greenhouse filled with cockatoos and parakeets, and a 150-seat theatre.
The Patti Theatre was dedicated in August 1891. It is still very much in use today. With blue silk plush curtains, her monogram in gold over the proscenium arch, and an act-drop curtain showing Patti in a chariot as Semiramide, it was designed as a shrine to the diva.
When Adelina Patti held court at Craig-y-Nos, the theatre was the centre of events. She performed there privately long after her official retirement. Guests and servants would assemble to see her sing her great roles. Her butler--who couldn't sing--would mime the male roles.
After Nicolini died, Patti married for the third time, at the age of 55. Her new husband, Swedish nobleman Baron Rolf Cederström, was 28. He was rumoured to have been her masseur.
Patti was devoted to her home in Wales, giving annual charity concerts for the poor of Swansea, Bridgend, Ystradgynlais and Ystalyfera. Her generosity made her loved and admired, however much people smiled at her regal manner.
At Craig-y-Nos Patti finally allowed herself to be recorded by the Gramophone & Typewriter Co. When she heard her own voice, her reaction was ecstatic: "Ah! My God! Now I understand why I am Patti! Yes, what a voice! What an artist! I understand all!"
Patti died at Craig-y-Nos on 27 September 1919.
As they say: Stale beer is better than no beer.
in 1921 - Engelbert Humperdinck, Ger opera composer (Schneewittchen), dies at 67.
in 1922 - James Wilson, composer is born
in 1924 - Earl Rudolph "Bud" Powell (US jazz pianist) is born.
in 1927 - Boris Porena, composer is born
in 1927 - Red Robert Chudnick Rodney, jazz trumpeter is born
in 1931 - Freddy Quinn/Franz Eugen Helmut Manfred Niedl-Petz (Austrian singer) is born.
in 1932 - Mario Bertoncini, composer is born
in 1935 - Alan Gray, composer, dies at 79
in 1940 - Josephine Barstow, opera singer is born
in 1941 - Gay Kayler Ashcroft (Australian country music singer) is born.
in 1942 - Shane Fenton/Alvin Stardust/Bernard William Jewry (uk singer; The Fentones/solo) is born.
in 1943 - Bob Curiano, rock bassist (Mink Deville) is born.
in 1943 - Randy Bachman (Canadian guitarist, singer; Guess Who/Bachman Turner Overdrive) is born.
in 1943 - Steve Boone, NC, rock vocalist/bassist (Lovin' Spoonful) is born.
in 1943 - Waclaw Gieburowski, composer, dies at 65.
in 1945 - Misha Dichter, Shanghai China, pianist (Tchaikowsy 2nd prize-1966) is born.
in 1947 - Barbara Dickson OBE (Scottish singer) is born.
in 1947 - Liz Torres (US actress and singer is born.
in 1947 - Meat Loaf, [Marvin Lee Aday], Dallas, rocker (Bat Out of Hell) is born.
in 1948 - Barbara Dickson, singer is born.
in 1949 - Jahn Teigen (Norwegian singer, guitarist) is born.
in 1951 - Michel Rivard (Canadian singer, composer; Beau Dommage) is born.
in 1953 - Greg Ham, Australia, rock saxophonist/flutist (Men At Work) is born.
in 1953 - Robbie Shakespeare, Jamaica, reggae bassist (Sly and Robbie-DJ Riot) is born.
in 1956 - Gerald Raphael Finzi dies at age 55. British composer born in London, he is best-known as a song-writer, but also wrote in other genres. Large-scale compositions by Finzi include the cantata Dies natalis for solo voice and string orchestra, and his two orchestral concertos for cello and clarinet.
in 1958 - Shaun Cassidy (US singer, actor, TV producer, David's half brother) is born.
in 1961 - Andy Lau (Hong Kong actor, singer) is born.
in 1963 - Cilla Black made her debut on TV's' 'Ready Steady Go!' singing her new single 'Love of The Loved' which was written by Lennon and McCartney.
in 1963 - The Rolling Stones appeared at the Floral Hall Ballroom in Morecambe, Lancashire with The Merseybeats, Dave Beery & the Cruisers and The Doogle-bugs.
in 1964 - Stephan Jenkins (US singer, songwriter, guitarist; Third Eye Blind) is born.
in 1964 - The Beach Boys made their TV debut on 'The Ed Sullivan Show' on US TV where they performed 'I Get Around' and 'Wendy'.
in 1965 - Harry Reser, orch leader (Sammy Kaye Show), dies at 69
in 1967 - Working on new songs The Beatles recorded various parts for the new John Lennon song ‘I Am The Walrus’ and the new Paul McCartney song ‘Fool On The Hill.’
in 1968 - Pink Floyd appeared at the Queens Hall in Dunoon, Scotland. Due to bad weather all the ferries to Dunoon were cancelled, so Pink Floyd hired their own boat from Gourock and risked the rough seas to make the crossing to Dunoon to appear in front of 400 fans.
in 1970 - Mark Caldero, Okla City, vocalist (Color Me Badd-I Want to Sex You Up) is born.
in 1971 - Led Zeppelin appeared at the Shiei Taikukan Hall in Hiroshima, Japan.
in 1972 - Lhasa de Sela (American singer-songwriter) is born.
in 1972 - Rory Storm singer from UK 60's group Rory Storm and the Hurricanes died aged 32 after taking an overdose of sleeping pills in a suicide pact with his mother. Ringo Starr played drums with Storm before joining The Beatles.
in 1973 - Lee Brennan (lead vocalist; 911) is born.
in 1973 - Tina Nicholson, WNBA guard (Cleveland Rockers) is born is born.
in 1975 - Thanos Petrelis (Greek Laiko singer) is born.
in 1976 - Dean Butterworth (UK drummer; Morrissey, Good Charlotte) is born.
in 1977 - Patrick Bourque (Canadian bass guitarist; Emerson Drive) is born.
in 1978 - Eric Clapton sponsored a West Bromwich Albion UEFA cup-tie against Galatasarey of Turkey. After the game, Eric presented each player with a gold copy of his latest album 'Slowhand''
in 1979 - Jimmy McCullough dies at age 26. Scottish guitarist; from the age of 11 he played in a band called The Jaygars which later changed it's name to One in a Million, the Glasgow psychedelic band. He also did some work with Thunderclap Newman. In 1972 at 18, Jimmy joined the blues rock band Stone the Crows, replacing Les Harvey who died from being electrocuted on stage. He helped the band to complete their Ontinuous Performance album, playing on the tracks, "Sunset Cowboy" and "Good Time Girl". Then in 1973, he breifly worked in Blue and played guitar on Brian Joseph Friel's first album, under the pseudonym 'The Phantom', after which in 1974, he joined Paul McCartney's Wings playing lead guitar. He was also the composer of the anti-drug song "Medicine Jar" on the Wings album Venus and Mars, and the similar "Wino Junko" on Wings at the Speed of Sound album. At this time he also formed his own band, White Line, which included his brother Jack on drums and Dave Clarke on bass, keyboards and vocals. He left Wings to join the reformed Small Faces but soon left to form the band Wild Horses with Brian Robertson, Jimmy Bain and Kenney Jones. Jimmy's last band was yet another super group The Dukes, with singer Miller Anderson, Ronnie Leahy on keyboards and bassist Charles Tumahai.. His last recorded song, "Heartbreaker", appeared on their only album, The Dukes (died of a heroin overdose).
in 1980 - David Bowie scored his fourth UK No.1 album with 'Scary Monsters And Supercreeps'.
in 1980 - Ehron VonAllen (US singer) is born.
in 1982 - Lil Wayne/Dwayne Michael Carter Jr (US rapper; Hot Boys/solo) is born.
in 1983 - Travis MacRae (Canadian folk-blues singer, songwriter, guitar, harmonica) is born.
in 1984 - Avril Lavigne (Canadian singer) is born.
in 1986 - 5 Star scored their only UK No.1 album with 'Silk And Steel'.
in 1986 - Cliff Burton dies at age 24. American bassist born in Castro Valley, California; best known for his time with thrash metal band Metallica. He is widely considered to have been one of the most influential metal bassists of all time. He made heavy use of distortion and effects, heard on his signature piece, "(Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth". He began playing bass at age 13, practicing up to six hours per day, even after he joined Metallica. Cliff formed his first band "EZ-Street", taking its name from a Bay Area topless bar. Other members of EZ Street included future Faith No More guitarist "Big" Jim Martin and future Faith No More and Ozzy Osbourne drummer Mike Bordin. Cliff and Martin continued their musical collaboration after becoming students at Chabot College in Hayward, CA. Their second band, "Agents of Misfortune", entered the Hayward Area Recreation Department's "Battle of the Bands" contest in 1981. Their audition was recorded on video and features some of the earliest footage of Cliff's trademark playing style. The video also shows his playing some parts of what would soon be two Metallica songs: his signature bass solo, "(Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth", and the chromatic intro to "For Whom the Bell Tolls". He joined his first major band, Trauma, in 1982, after which he was invited to join Metallica, his first recording with Metallica was the Megaforce Demo. He recorded Metallica's first 3 albums Kill 'Em All-1983, Ride the Lightning-1984, and Master of Puppets-1986, before his tragic untimely death. Cliff's final performance was in Stockholm, Sweden on September 26th 1986 (tragically Cliff was crushed to death after the band's tour bus crashed on the road between Stockholm and Copenhagen).
in 1986 - Lionel Richie started a two run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Dancing On The Ceiling'.
in 1986 - The Beatles' 'Twist and Shout' re-entered the US singles chart over twenty-five years after it first appeared, after the song was featured in the film Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
in 1987 - Dolly Parton's TV show 'Dolly' was shown for the first time on American network ABC.
in 1990 - Dee Dee Ramone of the Ramones was arrested for possessing marijuana during a drug bust in New York's Greenwich Village.
in 1990 - Marvin Gaye's name was added to Hollywood Boulevard's 'Walkway Of Fame' in Los Angeles.
in 1995 - Christopher Shaw, composer pianist/critic, dies at 71.
in 1997 - Walter Trampler dies at age 72. German musician and teacher of the viola and viola d'amore, born at Munich, he began to study violin at the age of 6. In his youth, he toured Europe performing as the violist of the Strub String Quartet. Later, he served as the principal violist in the Berlin Radio Orchestra. He went to the United States in 1939, served in the United States Army during World War II, and then returned to a life of music teaching, performing, and recording. He was a founding member of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Centre, and was violist in the Yale. In addition to performing extensively in Europe and the United states as a soloist and a chamber musician, he also taught many students at Juilliard, New England Conservatory, Yale School of Music and Boston University (He died in Port Joli, Nova Scotia, Canada).
in 1998 - The Manic Street Preachers scored their first UK No.1 album with their fifth album 'This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours'.
in 2000 - Thieves broke into Jerry Hall's Richmond home and stole jewellery worth £7000 and a laptop computer. Two of Jerry's children were asleep at the time while the ex Mrs Jagger was on stage appearing in the West End Show, The Graduate.
in 2000 - U2 played a show from the rooftop of The Clarence Hotel in Dublin, (which they own). Over 4,000 fans gathered on the streets below.
in 2003 - Donald O’Connor dies at age 78. American dancer, singer, and actor born to vaudeville entertainers; he began performing in movies in 1937, appearing opposite Bing Crosby in Sing, You Sinners at age 12. In 1940, when he had outgrown child roles, he returned to vaudeville. He came to fame in a series of movies in which he co-starred alternately with Gloria Jean, Peggy Ryan, and Francis the Talking Mule, but is best known today for his role as Gene Kelly's friend and colleague in Singin' in the Rain-1952, his role as Cosmo the piano player earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Comedy or Musical (congestive heart failure).
in 2003 - Kylie Minogue called in police to investigate a series of threatening letters. The singer became concerned after receiving 700 letters at her home and office. The letters started as ordinary fan mail but became increasingly aggressive.
in 2004 - Louis Satterfield dies at age 67. American bassist/tombonist, Earth Wind & Fire fame was just a small part of this great musicians life. Other bands included The Pharaohs and The Jazzmen. He played bass on many great classics from Chess Records, recording with Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf, Muddy Rich, Little Milton and many others. Not forgetting his greatest bass line .
in 2006 - Jamie Lyons, lead singer of Music Explosion, died of a heart attack at the age of 57. The band scored the garage-band classic 'Little Bit o' Soul', which spent 16 weeks on the Billboard Pop chart in 1967, peaking at #2.
in 2008 - Sanny Day dies at age 87. Dutch singer with The Millers.
in 2008 - George "Wydell" Jones dies at age 71. American doo-wop singer-songwriter; lead vocalist with The Edsels, an American doo-wop group active during the late 1950s and early 1960s. The name of the group was originally The Essos, after the oil company, but was changed to match the then-new Ford automobile, the Edsel. They recorded over 25 songs and had multiple performances on Dick Clark's American Bandstand. Before their national hit "Rama Lama Ding Dong," songs like "What Brought Us Together," "Bone Shaker Joe," and "Do You Love Me" helped the group land a major recording contract with Capitol Records in 1961. (cancer)
in 2008 - Mahendra Kapoor dies at age 74. Indian playback singer born in Amritsar; in a career spanning five decades, his repertoire extended to 25,000 songs in various regional languages, including memorable hits like ‘Chalo ek baar phir se Ajnabi ban jayen hum dono’ (Gumrah), ‘Neele gagan ke taale’ (Hamraaz), but he became synonymous with patriotic songs, with Mere Desh Ki Dharthi', in Manoj Kumar’s film Upkaar (heart attack)
in 2008 - Metallica started a three-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Death Magnetic’, the bands ninth studio album.
in 2008 - Pink Floyd’s manager Bryan Morrison died after spending over two years in a coma. Morrison suffered severe brain injuries in a polo accident at the Royal Berkshire Polo Club, England in 2006, and never recovered. He also managed The Pretty Things and was a music publisher for Syd Barrett, The Bee Gees, Elton John, The Jam, T-Rex and Wham!
in 2009 - Beau Velasco (??) Australian guitarist, vocalist and songwriter brought up on the Gold Coast in Australia where he founded the electro-punk band The Death Set with his friend Johnny Siera. They moved to Sydney before relocating to Baltimore, America. They went on to tour the US, Australia, Japan, Europe, Scandinavia, China and the UK numerous times including spots at the Fuji Rock Festival in Japan, the Reading and Leeds Festivals in the United Kingdom, Dour Festival in Belgium, Oya Festival in Norway, North by Northeast music conference in Canada and three years showcasing at the South by Southwest music conference in Austin, Texas. Their debut album "Worldwide" of which Beau co-wrote, was released July 4th, 2008 on Counter Records. Beau was also a talented artist, tattoo artist and jewelry designer, his artwork has been exhibited in Australia and America (passed away in New York, the details have not been released)
in 2009 - Brian Redman dies at age 31. American bass player and singer born in Tacoma, Washington; Brian was a founder member of the political straight edge hardcore punk band "Trial". Based in Seattle they were active from 1995 until 2000, recording three albums "Through the Darkest Days", "Foundation", and "Are These Our Lives". They reunited for three reunion shows in Seattle, London and Budapest in the autumn of 2005. In 2004 Brian joined up with the Canadian thrash-metal band 3 Inches of Blood for a 2 year stint, featuring on their album "Advance and Vanquish". More recently he fronted Tacoma's hard-rock band, Dirty Knockers. (died in scooter accident when he was thrown from his scooter after apparently striking a curb)
in 2009 - Madonna went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Celebration‘ the singers third ‘Greatest Hits’ album.
in 2010 - Tomáš dAsK dies at age 25. Slovak vocalist, guitarist, pianist, songwriter and a founder member of the alterative rock band The Bridgeheads. The band started out in Slovakia but relocated to UK's London in 2006 and in 2007 and 2008 they played several UK and European shows, however, since August 2008, the band focused only on recording of their forthcoming debut LP and completely abandoned touring until 2010. They spent nearly 3 years making their debut album called ‘Foreigners’, which was recorded at several different places including The Hours Studios and Gravity Shack Studios in London, and a studio of Middlesex University in London. Tomas made the original framed oil painting, drawings and handwritten lyrics for the album cover; and he also decided to make 11 videos entirely on his own to give each song on the album an equal value. All the videos are said to be gradually published on The Bridgeheads official website (died after falling from a window).
in 2011 - Johnnie Wright dies at age 97. American country music singer-songwriter and husband of Kitty Wells. Born in Mount Juliet, TE, he spent much of his early career working with Jack Anglin as the popular duo Johnnie & Jack. In 1952, Johnnie & Jack’s "Poison Love" took them to the Grand Ole Opry, where the duo, along with Kitty, were invited to join and remained for 15 years. Following Jack's death in 1963, Johnny continued performing and releasing records, with hits including "Walkin', Talkin', Cryin', Barely Beatin' Broken Heart." and his No.1 hit "Hello Vietnam". In 1968, he and Kitty recorded an autobiographical duet, "We'll Stick Together", and continued playing live shows together through the early 1980s. In 1983, they opened the Family Country Junction Museum and Studio in their hometown of Madison, Tennessee. They closed the museum in October 2000, but their grandson, John Sturdivant, Jr. kept the Junction Recording Studio operating.
in 2011 - Johnny "Country" Mathis dies at age 77. American singer-songwriter, born in Maud, Texas; he played on Louisiana Hayride from 1951 to 1960, as a solo artist and as a member of the hitmaking duo Jimmy & Johnny, with Jimmy Lee Fautheree. Johnny left the group to go solo in the middle of the 1950s, but returned to the group from 1959 to 1961. As a solo artist, he released several singles, his final charting single "Please Talk to My Heart," was released in 1963. He is credited with penning more than 500 tunes over the course of his long career and encountered significant success writing songs for Johnny Paycheck, George Jones and Webb Pierce, among others. After suffering a stroke in 1999 he spent his time singing gospel music and focusing on his family (died one day before his 78th birthday.
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in 1649 - Ottavio Vernizzi, composer, dies at 79
in 1679 - Mihael Omerza, composer is born
in 1681 - Johann Mattheson, Hamburg Germany, composer is born
in 1705 - Johann Peter Kellner, composer is born
in 1748 - Johann Michael Demmler, composer is born
in 1757 - Andrea Zani, composer, dies at 60
in 1813 - Anton Wallerstein, composer is born
in 1819 - Karl Haack, composer, dies at 68
in 1844 - Michael Hertz, composer is born
in 1852 - Johann Friedrich Schwencke, composer, dies at 60
in 1870 - Florent Schmitt, Blemont France, composer (Fr‚d‚gonde, Salom‚) is born
in 1881 - Henry Geehl, composer is born
in 1895 - Dave Franklin, NYC, composer (Hop-a-long Cassidy) is born
in 1901 - Ed Sullivan (TV music show presenter) is born.
in 1903 - Jesus Monasterio, composer, dies at 67
in 1908 - Marin Goleminov, composer is born
in 1913 - Vivian Fine, Chicago Ill, composer (Women in the Garden) is born
in 1914 - Stevan Mokranjac, composer, dies at 58
in 1917 - Michael [George] Somes, England, dancer (Royal Ballet) is born
in 1917 - Vaclav Kaslik, Czechoslovakia, opera composer/conductor is born
in 1921 - Ilhan Usmanbas, composer is born
in 1922 - Andrejs Jurjans, composer, dies at 65.
TODAY’S MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT SHINES ON . . .
in 1924 - Rudolf Barshai is born.
Rudolf Borisovich Barshai (Russian: Рудольф Борисович Баршай) was a Soviet/Russian conductor and violist.
Barshai was born in Stanitsa Labinskaya, Krasnodar Krai, and studied at the Moscow Conservatory under Lev Tseitlin and Vadim Borisovsky. He performed as a soloist as well as together with Sviatoslav Richter, David Oistrakh, and as a member of a trio with Mstislav Rostropovich and Leonid Kogan. He won numerous Soviet and international competitions. He was the founding violist of the Borodin Quartet in 1945 and was a member until 1953. Later, he studied conducting under Ilya Musin in Leningrad Conservatory.
In 1955, Barshai founded the Moscow chamber orchestra, which he led and conducted until he emigrated to the West in 1977. He was the artistic director of the Israel Chamber Orchestra from 1976 to 1981. From 1981 until 1982 Barshai was principal conductor of Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Principal Guest Conductor of Orchestre National de France (National Orchestra of France)1985-1986. He was principal conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra from 1982 to 1986.
Barshai achieved fame as a musical interpreter and arranger of Shostakovich's and Prokofiev's music. He is particularly noted for his arrangement of Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 8 for chamber orchestra. In 2000, Barshai produced a completion of Mahler's Tenth Symphony, which was left unfinished at the composer's death. In addition, he has recorded a number of Shostakovich's works, among which was the widely-praised world premiere recording of the composer's Fourteenth Symphony. Many of his recordings have earned critical acclaim and have won international awards:
1988 Gramophone Awards – Concerto : Tchaikovsky, Piano Concerto No. 2, Rudolf Barshai conducting Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; solo: Donohoe (EMI)
2003 Cannes Classical Music Award: Orchestral 20 Century: Shostakovich: Complete Symphonies; Barshai (Brilliant Classics)
2003 Editor's Award (ClassicsToday.com): Record of the Year: Shostakovich: Complete Symphonies; Barshai (Brilliant Classics).
In 1954, Barshai married Anna Martinson, a Russian painter and costume designer, and daughter of the Soviet comic Sergey Martinson. They have a son, Walter Barshai, born June 6, 1955. After their divorce in 1963 and his marriage to a Japanese translator, Teruko Soda (son Takeshi, b. January 10, 1967), he married concert organist Elena Raskova. Barshai resided in Switzerland until his death.
in 1925 - Cromwell Everson (South African composer) is born.
in 1928 - Koko Taylor/Cora Walton (American blues singer) is born.
in 1928 - Naphtali Kupferberg, singer (Fugs) is born
in 1929 - Lata Mangeshkar (Indian playback singer) is born.
in 1930 - Tommy Collins, [Leonard Sipes], country singer (Don't Growl) is born
in 1931 - John E Gilmore, tenor Saxophonist is born
in 1932 - Víctor Jara (Chilean folk singer and activist) is born.
in 1937 - Edward Applebaum, composer is born.
in 1938 - Ben E[arl] King, [Nelson], NC, singer (Stand by Me) is born.
in 1938 - Charlie Thomas, singer (Drifters) [or Apr 7, 1937] is born.
in 1939 - Felicjan Szopski, composer, dies at 74.
in 1940 - Sirone/Norris Jones (US jazz bassist, composer) is born.
in 1942 - Mike Osborne (UK jazz alto saxophonist, pianist, clarinetist;sessions/freelance) is born.
in 1942 - Tim Maia/Sebastião Rodrigues Maia (Brazilian singer) is born.
in 1943 - Nick St.Nicholas/Klaus Karl Kassbaum (German bassist; Steppenwolf/World Classic Rockers) is born.
in 1946 - Helen Shapiro, Bethnal Green London, rock vocalist (Culture Club) is born.
in 1947 - Francisco Santiago, composer, dies at 58.
in 1947 - Ludvigsen/Gustav Lorentzen (Norwegian singer, guitarist; Knutsen & Ludvigsen/solo) is born.
in 1947 - Peter Hope Evans (harmonica, jew's harp, mouthbow player; Medicine Head) is born.
in 1950 - Laurie Lewis (US bluegrass fiddle player, guitarist) is born.
in 1950 - Paul Burgess, British drummer (10cc-Not Alone) is born.
in 1951 - Jim Diamond (Scottish singer) is born.
in 1951 - Norton Buffalo (US singer, harmonica player; many bands/Steve Miller Band/sessionsist) is born.
in 1952 - Andy Ward (US drummer;Camel/Chrys&themums/Marillion) is born.
in 1952 - Paul Hastings Allen, composer, dies at 68.
in 1954 - George Lynch, rock guitarist (Lynch Mob-Wicked Sensations) is born.
in 1957 - Alannah Currie, Auckland NZ, rock xylophone/vocalist (Thompson Twins) is born
in 1957 - C.J. Chenier/Clayton Joseph Thompson (US Zydeco musician, singer, accordion, saxophone) is born.
in 1957 - Luis Cluzeau-Mortet, composer, dies at 67.
in 1958 - Med Lucart, rock musician (Wall of Voodoo) is born.
in 1959 - Angela Groothuizen, Dutch singer (Dolly Dots) is born.
in 1960 - Jennifer Rush (US pop singer) is born.
in 1962 - Chuck Taylor (US music journalist) is born.
in 1962 - Luis Enrique, spanish singer (Luces del Alma) is born.
in 1962 - Peter Hooton (UK lead singer; Farm) is born.
in 1962 - The Beatles performed a lunchtime show at the Cavern Club, Liverpool. That night they performed aboard the vessel MV Royal Iris on the River Mersey. The Beatles' third and final "Riverboat Shuffle".
in 1963 - "Little Deuce Coupe" by The Beach Boys peaks at #15.
in 1963 - "Martian Hop" by The Ran-Dells peaks at #1.
in 1963 - "Nick Teen and Al K Hall" by Rolf Harris peaks at #95.
in 1963 - "Sally, Go 'Round The Roses" by Jaynetts peaks at #2.
in 1963 - "Surfer Joe" by Surfaris peaks at #62.
in 1964 - George Dyson, composer, dies at 81.
in 1964 - Nacio Herb Brown dies at age 68. American writer of popular songs, movie scores and theatre music from the 1920s to the 50s. Born in Deming, New Mexico, he moved with his family to Los Angeles in 1901 he has his first hit "Coral Sea" in 1920, followed by "When Buddha Smiles" in 1921. After joining The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers in 1927 he was hired to work in Hollywood by MGM the following year to write movie music for the new medium of sound film. His collaborations with lyricist Arthur Freed produced Singin' in the Rain. He also worked with Richard A. Whiting and Buddy De Sylva on Broadway Musicals such as Take a Chance and with L. Wolfe Gilbert wrote the music for the children's TV Western, Hopalong Cassidy which first aired in 1949. Nacio was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970.
Video Notes: Harry Lillis Crosby belts out that beautiful ballad, "Beautiful Girl" from the 1933 extravaganza "Going Hollywood". Sterling Holloway (voice of Winnie the Pooh) is the fellow holding the microphone.
in 1965 - The Rolling Stones played the first of two nights at the Capitol Theatre, Cardiff, Wales.
in 1966 - Ginger Fish/Kenny Wilson (US drummer; freelance/Marilyn Manson) is born.
in 1966 - Lucky Millinder, bandleader/singer, dies.
in 1966 - Maria Canals Barrera (US actress, singer) is born.
in 1967 - Moon Unit Zappa (US singer, actress, singer on her father Frank's record "Valley Girl") is born.
in 1968 - American radio DJ Dewey Phillips died of heart failure aged 42. He was one of rock 'n' roll's pioneering disk jockeys. In July 1954, he was the first DJ to play the young Elvis Presley's debut record, ‘That's All Right/Blue Moon Of Kentucky.’
in 1968 - Beatles' "Hey Jude," single goes #1 and stays #1 for 9 weeks
in 1968 - Bess Singh, [Lennart Bes], Dutch pop drummer (Burma Shop-Hippies) is born
in 1968 - Bruce Springsteen and a local folk rock group The Founders appeared at the Off Broad Street Coffee House in Red Bank, New Jersey.
in 1968 - Dewey Phillips dies at age 42. American disc jockey from Memphis; one of rock 'n' roll's pioneering disk jockeys, along the lines of Cleveland's Alan Freed, but before Alan Freed. Starting his radio career in 1948 on WHBQ/560 in Memphis, he was the city's leading radio personality for nine years and was the first to simulcast his "Red, Hot & Blue" show on radio and television. He was the first DJ to play all styles of music, embracing Black and White music, blues, hillbilly, pop, and jazz, and appeal to all races; and he was doing it in the South in 1948. In July 1954, he was the first DJ to broadcast the young Elvis Presley's debut record, "That's All Right/Blue Moon Of Kentucky", and got Presley to reveal his race in an interview by asking which high school the 19-year-old singer attended knowing that, because of segregation, his audience would readily know what race attended which schools. He ruled the Memphis airwaves for ten years until changing tastes ended up banishing him from the marketplace. He was fired in late 1958 when the station adopted a Top 40 format, phasing out his freeform style. He spent the last decade of his life working at smaller radio stations (heart failure).
in 1968 - Michelle Meldrum (American rock guitarist; Phantom Blue, Meldrum) is born.
in 1968 - Sean LeVert (American R&B singer) is born.
in 1968 - The Beatles started a nine week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Hey Jude'. The Paul McCartney song written about Lennon's son Julian gave the group their 16th US No.1 and the biggest selling single of 1968.
in 1968 - The Rascals went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Time Peace / The Rascals' Greatest Hits'.
in 1969 - Éric Lapointe (Canadian singer, guitar virtuoso) is born.
in 1970 - Ringo Starr released his "Beaccups of Blues" album
in 1971 - Joseph Arthur (US singer-songwriter) is born.
in 1971 - Led Zeppelin played the first of two nights at the Festival Hall in Osaka, Japan.
in 1971 - NY Times reports growing interest of white youth in black gospel music
in 1972 - David Bowie sells out his 1st show in NY Carnegie Hall
in 1972 - Dita Von Teese (American burlesque artist) is born.
in 1972 - Maurice Thiriet, composer, dies at 66.
in 1972 - Rory Storm/Alan Caldwell dies at age 34. English singer born in Liverpool, he was the singer and leader of Rory Storm and The Hurricanes, a Liverpudlian band who were contemporaries of The Beatles in the late 1950s, and early 1960s. Ringo Starr was their drummer before joining The Beatles in August '62. The Hurricanes were one of the most popular acts on the Liverpool and Hamburg club scenes during their existence, although their attempt at a recording career was not successful. They released only two singles, the second one being a version of the West Side Story song "America", which was produced by The Beatles' manager Brian Epstein. (after the death of his father, Rory had developed a chest infection and could not sleep properly, so he took sleeping pills. The next day he and his mother were both found dead. A post mortem revealed that Storm had not taken enough pills to kill himself, but it was suspected that his mother had, after finding her son's body).
in 1973 - Jori Hulkkonen (Finnish DJ, producer of house music) is born.
in 1974 - "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing" by Aretha Franklin peaks at #47
in 1974 - "I'm A Ramblin' Man" by Waylon Jennings peaks at #75
in 1974 - "Live It Up Part 1" by Isley Brothers peaks at #52
in 1974 - "Papa Don't Take No Mess Part 1" by James Brown peaks at #31
in 1974 - "Rock Me Gently" by Andy Kim peaks at #1
in 1974 - "Surfin' USA" by Beach Boys reenters chart and peaks at #36.
in 1974 - Bad Company went to No.1 on the US album chart with their self-titled debut album. Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke had come out of Free, while Mick Ralphs had played guitar with Mott the Hoople and Boz Burrell was bass player for King Crimson before the group formed in 1973. They produced six albums together before disbanding in 1983.
in 1974 - Canadian singer Andy Kim went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Rock Me Gently', it made No.2 in the UK. Kim was the co-writer of The Archies 'Sugar Sugar'.
in 1974 - John Lennon appears as guest dj on WNEW-FM (NYC).
in 1975 - Mandy Barnett, country singer (Maybe, Rainy Days) is born.
in 1976 - A&M Records sued George Harrison for $6 million over non-delivery of a new album after he missed the deadline by two months.
in 1977 - Young Jeezy/Jay Jenkins (US rapper; United Streets Dopeboyz of America/Boyz n da Hood) is born.
in 1978 - Bushido/Sonny Black/Anis Mohamed Youssef Ferchichi (German rapper) is born.
in 1979 - Jimmy McCulloch, guitarist (Wings), dies at 26.
in 1980 - The Police were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Don't Stand So Close To Me' the group's third No.1. Taken from their album 'Zenyatta Mondatta' and the best selling single of 1980.
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in 1981 - Iracema Trevisan Carneiro (Brazilian bassist; CSS) is born.
in 1982 - Dexy's Midnight Runners played at St David's Hall, Cardiff, Wales.
in 1982 - Nolwenn Leroy (French singer) is born.
in 1984 - Melody Thornton (US singer, dancer; Pussycat Dolls) is born.
in 1985 - "Don't Lose My Number" by Phil Collins peaks at #4.
in 1985 - "Every Step Of The Way" by John Waite peaks at #25.
in 1985 - "Freedom" by Wham! peaks at #3.
in 1985 - "Janet" by Commodores peaks at #87.
in 1985 - Kate Bush scored her second UK No.1 album with 'Hounds Of Love'. The singers second No.1 album featured the tracks 'Running Up That Hill', 'Cloudbusting', 'Hounds of Love' and 'The Big Sky'.
in 1985 - Shindong/Shin Dong-hee (Korean singer; Super Junior) is born.
in 1987 - Hilary Duff (US actress, singer) is born.
in 1987 - U2 played the first of two nights at Madison Square Garden in New York City during their Joshua Tree world tour.
in 1988 - Esmée Denters (Dutch singer) is born.
in 1991 - "Good Time" by Ziggy Marley and Melody Makers peaks at #85.
in 1991 - "Love Of A Lifetime" by Firehouse peaks at #5.
in 1991 - "Shiny Happy People" by REM peaks to #10.
in 1991 - American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and composer Miles Davis died of a stroke and pneumonia. His 1959 album 'Kind of Blue', is a major influence on jazz music. Davis is considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century.
in 1991 - Bryan Adams was awarded the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia.
in 1991 - Eugène Joseph Bozza dies at age 86. French composer and studied composition, conducting, and violin at the Paris Conservatoire. His work includes five symphonies, operas, ballets, and many pieces for brass ensemble. His larger works are rarely performed outside his native France. His ''La légende de Roukmani'', a cantata based on an Indian legend, won him the Prix de Rome in 1934. Eugène was also career coach and director of the Ecole Nationale de Musique, in Valenciennes, from 1951 until his retirement in 1975.
in 1991 - Garth Brooks went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Ropin' The Wind'. The album spent a total of eighteen weeks at the No.1 position and 70 weeks on the chart selling over 11m copies.
in 1991 - Guns N' Roses released 2 albums 'Use Your Illusion I' and 'Use Your Illusion II' which debut at number 1 and number 2 on the UK album chart. Both albums make No.1 & No.2 in the US.
in 1991 - Miles "Dewey" Davis III dies at age 65. American trumpeter, bandleader, and composer; widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, Miles was, with his many musical groups, at the forefront of several major developments in jazz music, including bebop, cool jazz, hard bop, modal jazz, and jazz fusion. Many well-known musicians rose to prominence as members of his ensembles, including saxophonists Gerry Mulligan, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, George Coleman, Wayne Shorter, Dave Liebman, Branford Marsalis and Kenny Garrett; trombonist J. J. Johnson; pianists Horace Silver, Red Garland, Wynton Kelly, Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock, Joe Zawinul, Chick Corea, and Keith Jarrett; guitarists John McLaughlin, John Scofield and Mike Stern; bassists Paul Chambers, Ron Carter, Dave Holland, Marcus Miller and Darryl Jones ; and drummers Philly Joe Jones, Jimmy Cobb, Tony Williams, Billy Cobham, Jack DeJohnette, and Al Foster. On October 7th 2008, his album Kind of Blue, released in 1959, received its fourth platinum certification from the RIAA, signifying sales of 4 million copies. Miles was honoured with many awards including 10 Grammy awards, 3 Down Beat magazine awards, Sonning Music Award for lifetime achievement and an Australian Film Institute Award, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Hollywood Walk of Fame, and St. Louis Walk of Fame. (stroke and pneumonia).
in 1991 - On the week of their album ‘Nevermind’ being released, Nirvana made an appearance at the Tower Records store in New York City and then played a show at The Marquee Club in New York. Their single ‘Smell’s Like Teen Spirit’ had also entered the US Top 20 this week.
in 1994 - R&B singer Bobby Brown witnessed a fatal drive-by-shooting in Roxbury, New Jersey. His sister's fiancé‚ was killed in the incident.
in 1994 - Urmas Alender dies at age 40. Estonian singer, best known as the vocalist of popular Estonian bands Ruja and Propeller. Born in Tallinn, Estonia, he began his musical career in the rock band Shades in 1969 but quit the following year to become the vocalist for Andromeeda. In 1971, he fronted the progressive rock band Ruja with pianist Rein Rannap. They were influenced by such acts as Genesis, Yes, Emerson Lake and Palmer and King Crimson and often incorporated the poetry of Estonian writers Juhan Viiding and Ott Arder into the lyrics. The band were one of the first nationally commercially successful rock bands to perform in their own Estonian language. Urmas stayed with the band until its demise in 1988. From 1979 until 1980, Urmas also fronted the Estonian punk rock band Propeller. Other bands he performed with were Teravik, Dat, and in 1983, he briefly played in the band Kaseke (Urmas tragically died when his ship, the cruise ferry MS Estonia sank in the Baltic Sea).
in 1995 - Cast kicked off a 24-date UK tour at The Garage, Glasgow, tickets £6.00.
in 1995 - Singer Bobby Brown escapes injury in gun battle.
in 1996 - "Bob" Samuel Robert Gibson dies at age 64. American folk singer who led a folk music revival in the late 50s and early 60s. He was known for playing both the banjo and the 12-string guitar. He introduced a then largely unknown Joan Baez at the Newport Folk Festival of 1959, and produced a number of LPs from 1956 to 1965. His best known album, Gibson & Camp at the Gate of Horn, was released in 1961. His songs have been recorded by, among others, Peter, Paul and Mary, Simon & Garfunkel, the Byrds, the Smothers Brothers and the Kingston Trio. His career was interrupted by his addiction to drugs. After getting sober in 1978, he attempted a comeback, but the musical scene had changed and his traditional style of folk music was out of favor with young audiences. He did, however, continue his artistic career with albums, musicals, plays, and TV performances. In 1993 he was diagnosed with PSP. (He died from supranuclear palsy, PSP, in Portland, Oregon).
in 1996 - Kula Shaker went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their debut release 'K'.
in 1997 - LeAnn Rimes went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'You Light Up My Life Inspirational Songs'.
in 1997 - Ocean Colour Scene went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Marchin Already'
in 1999 - All Saints had their hands cast for the 'Wall of Hands' exhibit at Madame Tussaud's Rock Circus in London.
in 2000 - As part of their UK 'Under A Big Top Tour', Radiohead played the first of two nights at Glasgow Green in Scotland.
in 2002 - Madonna was voted the greatest female singer of all-time by 75,0000 music fans in a VH1 poll. But critics and music fans were unhappy with the position of Kylie Minogue who was voted into second place beating Diana Ross, (12th) and Annie Lennox, (14th). The highest placed UK act was Kate Bush who was voted No. 10.
in 2002 - Tina Turner's hometown, made famous in her song ‘Nutbush City Limits,’ named a stretch of State Highway 19 the ‘Tina Turner Highway.’ Turner lived in Nutbush, a small town about 50 miles northeast of Memphis, until she was 17.
in 2003 - John Mayer was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Heavier Things.’
in 2003 - Muse were at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Absolution’ the bands fourth album and first No.1.
in 2004 - Producer Phil Spector was charged with the murder of actress Lana Clarkson in an unsealed indictment. Spector was in attendance at a Los Angeles court as the indictment about the slaying of 40-year-old Clarkson was read. He remained free on $1 million bail.
in 2004 - Scott Muni/Donald Allen Muñoz dies at age 74. American radio DJ, born in Wichita, Kansas; after leaving the Marines, he began working as a disc jockey; in 1955 he replaced rock radio pioneer Alan Freed at station WAKR in Akron, Ohio, and worked in Kankakee, Illinois. After which Scott spent almost 50 years at stations in New York City. He became a Top 40 broadcaster at WMCA in the late 1950s, just before the start of their "Good Guys" era, and did a number of record hops in the New York area. In 1960, he moved to rival Top 40 station WABC. There he did an early evening show called "Scottland's Yard" and was the first WABC DJ to capture the attention of the teenage audience the station would become famous for. He also participated in the competition to cover The Beatles on their first visits to the United States, and thus began a long association with them. Muni's last gig was an hour-long afternoon show on New York classic rock station Q104.3, where he landed in 1998. He also hosted many nationally syndicated programs during his career, including Scott Muni's World of Rock and the Beatles-oriented Ticket to Ride. He was included in an exhibit on radio personalities at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland and introduced the group Chicago on their "At Carnegie Hall" four record set now available on cd. (died in New York City).
in 2007 - An ad for P Diddy's Unforgivable Woman perfume range, featuring a lingerie-clad model cavorting with the rapper in a New York hotel stairwell, was shown on Channel 4 in the UK. The ad had been banned in the US by the Federal Communications Commission, for being too sexually explicit for US audiences.
in 2007 - The John Lennon Northern Lights Festival was held in Durness, Scotland, the most northwesterly and remote village on mainland Britain. Lennon spent his childhood holidays between the ages of nine and 13 in the village and returned with his son Julian, Yoko Ono and her daughter Kyoko in 1969.
in 2008 - Kings of Leon started a two week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Only by the Night’ the bands fourth studio album.
in 2009 - Adam Goldstein (DJ AM.), American club DJ and musician died of an accidental drug overdose at home in New York City aged 36. Had worked with Blink 182, Crazy Town, Madonna. Goldstein had surrived a plane crash along with Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker in September 2008.
in 2010 - Souvenir hunters were being condemned for "wanton vandalism" after sections of masonry were hacked off the house of Ringo Starr's birthplace. Fans who are campaigning to halt town hall plans to demolish 9 Madryn Street found that chunks of brickwork had been removed from the house.
in 2010 - Dolores Mae Wilson dies at age 82. American coloratura soprano who had an active international opera career from the late 1940s through the early 1960s. Beginning her career with major theatres in Europe, she performed in six seasons at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City during the 1950s. She is perhaps best known for originating the title role in the world premiere of Douglas Moore's The Ballad of Baby Doe at the Central City Opera in 1956. After leaving her opera career, she embarked on a second career as a musical theatre actress; making several appearances on Broadway in the following decades including 'Cry for Us All', 'I Remember Mama' and 'Annie' (Dolores died from natural causes in the Lillian Booth Actors Fund Home in New Jersey.
in 2011 - Leonard Dillon aka Jack Sparrow dies at age 68. Jamaican singer, who, in the early 1960s, began his career using the stage name, Jack Sparrow. He recorded a series of ska songs, including Bull Whip, which featured a young Bob Marley on backing vocals. After which, in 1966, he founded the pioneering reggae group, The Ethiopians whose best known hits were Train to Skaville and Everything Crash. In 1991, Leonard recorded a solo album 'On the Road Again'. Toward the end of the 1990s, he formed a new Ethiopians lineup with female backing vocalists Jennifer Lara and Merlene Webber, who appeared on the 1999 album, Tuffer Than Stone (lung and prostate cancer).
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