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Old September 29th, 2012, 06:25 AM   #1621

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29 September

in 1654 -
Vincenz Lubeck, composer is born.
in 1674 - Jacques Hotteterre, composer is born.
in 1727 - Henry Harington, composer is born.
in 1746 - Ernst Ludwig Gerber, composer is born.
in 1753 - Johann Gottfried Schict, composer is born.
in 1794 - William Michael Rooke, composer is born.
in 1849 - Ladislao Joseph Philip Paul Zavrtal, composer is born.
in 1854 - Martin Pluddemann, composer is born.
in 1855 - Michele Esposito, composer is born.

TODAY’S MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT SHINES ON . . .

in 1858 - Leopoldo Mugnone, composer is born.
Leopoldo Mugnone was an Italian conductor, especially of opera, whose most famous work was done in the period 1890-1920, both in Europe and South America. He conducted various operatic premieres, and was also a composer of operas.


The son of Antonio Mugnone, principal double-bass in the orchestra of the San Carlo Theatre in Naples, Mugnone studied from an early age at the Royal Conservatorio of San Pietro a Maiella under Paolo Serrao and Beniamino Cesi. He composed his first theatre work, a little opera buffa Il Dottor Bartolo Salsapariglia, at the age of 12, in which he wished to take part in the basso comico role, though he had then only an alto voice. At 16 he began conducting. A year later he was recruited as a chorus director for an operetta troupe at the Teatro Nuovo, run by F. Sadowsky. From there he went on to the Garibaldi Theatre, first as chorus master and later as concertatore. Two other early operettas by him, Don Bizzarro e le sue figlie (1 act), and Mamma Angot al serraglio di Costantinopoli (3 acts) were produced during the later 1870s at Naples.


Mugnone was himself the teacher of the conductor Uriel Nespoli.


Mugnone established his reputation in Italy and beyond, and conducted a tour with the double-bass player Bottesini. In 1887 at the Costanzi Theatre (Rome) in a single season he conducted La forza del destino and Filippo Marchetti's Ruy Blas. After this the publisher Sonzogno, recognising his potential, took him under his wing: in 1888 he was promoted to conduct at La Scala, at the Théâtre de la Gaîté in Paris, and at the Municipale in Nice (amongst others). According to Giuseppe Depanis, a Carmen of his of 1888, with Luisa Borghi, at the Carignano in Turin was the last artistic experience enjoyed by Friedrich Nietzsche before madness overtook him.


Mugnone was very esteemed by Verdi, who especially admired his performances of Otello and Falstaff, and became a friend of the conductor. After a May 1894 performance of Falstaff at the Paris Opera, Boito wrote to Verdi: "Mugnone has understood the entire score with a great power of penetration." With the same work Mugnone gave the inaugural concert of the Teatro Massimo at Palermo on 16 May 1897. A story goes that he once got hold of a score with Toscanini's annotations and flung it from him, saying: "Bah! Puzza di Parma!" (It stinks of Parma). The Verdi centenary celebrations of October 1913, at La Scala, opened with a memorable performance of Nabucco which he arranged and directed.


His own compositions, however, and many of his most important premieres, were in the field of verismo opera. In 1890 he conducted the sensational premiere of Mascagni's Cavalleria rusticana (who had won the Concorso Sonzogno with this work), at the Costanzi with Gemma Bellincioni and Roberto Stagno. After this he was sought out by composers of the young school as one likely to be sympathetic to their work. His own one-act opera Il biricchino (Venice 1892) did not fare well in Vienna, for after it was presented at the Teatro dell’Esposizione in 1892, the critic Hanslick pronounced it to be a mediocre and objectionable thing. It appeared in Barcelona in 1893. Mugnone became famous for other revivals of important operas, including Glück's Orfeo, Rossini's Guglielmo Tell, and Berlioz's La Damnation de Faust in its original form as an oratorio. During the Exhibition of 1899 he directed a Grand Opera season in Paris.


Mugnone conducted the world premiere of Tosca in Rome in 1900 (including interruptions for a bomb scare). His own opera Vita Brettona was premiered at Naples in 1905. Between 1904 and 1906 he had busy seasons at Covent Garden, performing 'Andrea Chénier (with Strakosch, Zenatello, Sammarco), Don Giovanni (Strakosch and Battistini), Madame Butterfly (with Giachetti), Faust and La traviata (with Melba), Manon Lescaut, La bohème, Tosca, Mefistofele, Aida, Un ballo in maschera, and Rigoletto (with Melba, Stracciari, and Battistini). He gave the first London performances of Cilea's Adriana Lecouvreur (November 1904) and Giordano's Fedora (November 1906, with Giachetti and Zenatello).


He gave the first performance of Franchetti's La figlia di Iorio (on a text by d'Annunzio) at La Scala in 1906. (Like Mugnone, Franchetti had been a student of Serrao). He conducted for Eugenia Burzio's famous La Scala debut in March 1906 as Katiusha in the Risurrezione of Franco Alfano (another Serrao pupil). In 1910 (17 March) he gave the premiere of Giordano's Mese Mariano at the Teatro Massimo.


It was through Sonzogno that Mugnano began to develop his work in operatic seasons in Argentina and elsewhere in South America, where he made a significant impact. In Buenos Aires he gave the first South American Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (in Italian) in August 1898. He conducted premieres in Uruguay of Die Walküre, Tosca, Zazà, Don Giovanni, Franchetti's Germania, Thaïs and his own Vita Brettona, and in 1910 conducted Götterdämmerung and Gustave Charpentier's Louise.


Between May and August 1919 he conducted a Covent Garden Italian season, including Aida, Tosca, Madame Butterfly and other works, and the first England performance of Mascagni's Iris (July, with Margaret Sheridan). This appearance was under the management of Thomas Beecham, who describes him as a man of fiery and uncontrollable temper... 'never a day passed without a stormy scene with singers, chorus and orchestra, coupled with threats to return to Italy at once.' These scenes always ended in Beecham's room, and after several such experiences Beecham called his bluff by producing tickets for Mugnone and his family to return to Italy the following day. 'He opened and closed his mouth, rolled his eyes, ruffled his hair and after several abortive attempts at speech finally roared out "I will never leave you".' A long speech of justification, explanation, and declaration of fondness for England followed, and the season proceeded: life was a little quieter after that, at least for Beecham, who considered Mugnone's interpretations of Verdi the finest he ever heard.


In March 1921 he began a season at Lexington, USA, with an opera troupe headed by Iva Pacetti. From May to July 1925 he was back at Covent Garden for Aida, Andrea Chénier (with Margaret Sheridan, Giacomo Lauri-Volpi, Benvenuto Franci), Il barbiere di Siviglia (with Toti dal Monte) and Tosca (with Maria Jeritza).

Archive and memorial


Around 1933 Mugnano gave to the Museums of La Scala and the Rome Opera, and to the Naples Conservatorio, about 2000 documents including letters of Verdi, Massenet, Mascagni, Strauss and Leoncavallo, and a voluminous cache of Puccini materials.


A 'Teatro Mugnone' (named in honour of Leopoldo Mugnone) has recently been bought and should be restored in the Italian Comune of Marcianise.


in 1863 - Opera
"Pescatori di Perle" is produced (Paris).
in 1879 - Joaquin Nin y Castellanos, composer is born.
in 1884 - Boris Asafiev, composer is born.
in 1894 - Franco Capuana, composer is born.
in 1899 -
Robert Gilbert/Robert David Winterfeld (German composer, lyricist, singer, actor) is born.
in 1903 -
Karl August Andersen, composer is born.
in 1907 - Gene Autry (US singer, guitar, actor, singing cowboy) is born.
in 1910 - Virginia Bruce /Helen Virginia Briggs (US actress, singer) is born.
in 1915 - Dutch Opera's 1st performance.
in 1916 - Minao Shibata, composer is born.
in 1918 - Harold Laurence Walters, composer is born.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsFG6_vqBJA"]Bossanova - Harold L. Walters (Sasd Concert Wind Orchestra 25' 1999) - YouTube[/ame]
in 1935 - Jerry Lee Lewis, Feriday La, country singer (Whole Lotta Shakin') is born.
in 1937 - Joe 'Guitar' Hughes (US blues guitarist, singer) is born.
in 1939 - Tommy Boyce (US songwriter noted for the The Monkees songs; Boyce & Hart) is born.
in 1940 - Nicola Di Bari (Italian singer) is born.
in 1940 - Tilahun Gessesse (Ethiopian popular singer) is born.
in 1941 - Don Nix, US saxophonist (Last Night) is born.
in 1941 - Ralph Mercado (American promoter of Latin American music) is born.
in 1942 - Jean-Luc Ponty, France, fusion violinist (Frank Zappa) is born.
in 1943 - Manuel Fernandez, rocker is born.
in 1944 - Mike Post, composer (Rockford Files, Hill St Blues, Magnum PI) is born.
in 1945 - Kyriacos Sfetsas, composer is born.
in 1946 - Nick Taylor, singer/guitarist (Bloodrock) is born.
in 1948 - Mark Farner, Mich, guitar/vocalist (Grand Funk Railroad-Locomotion) is born.
in 1948 - Mike Pinear, rock guitarist (Iron Butterfly) is born.
in 1948 - Theo Jörgensmann (German jazz clarinetist) is born.
in 1949 - George Dalaras (Greek singer) is born.
in 1956 - "I Love Mickey" by Mickey Mantle and Teresa Brewer peaks at #87.

in 1956 -
Bill Haley had five songs in the UK Top 30; 'Rockin Through The Rye', 'Saints Rock n' Roll', 'Rock Around The Clock', 'Razzle Dazzle', and 'See You Later Alligator'.

in 1956 -
Suzzy Roche, rocker (Roches) is born.
in 1957 - Mari Wilson, British singer is born.
in 1957 - Sokratis Malamas (Greek singer, composer) is born.
in 1958 - "Summertime Blues" by Eddie Cochran peaks at #8.

in 1958 -
Aarre Merikanto dies at age 65. Finnish composer, born in Helsinki and spent his childhood in Vilppula; he is regarded as one of the most notable Finnish composers, along with Einojuhani Rautavaara and Jean Sibelius. He studied music in Helsinki 1911, Leipzig 1912-1914 and Moscow 1916-1917. His work includes Konzertstuck for Cello & Chamber Orchestra; Fantasia; the opera - Juha; Symphonic Study; Symphonic poems - Lemminkäinen, Pan, and Notturno; The Abduction of Kyllikki; various Concertos for Piano, Violin and Cello among many other works (sadly died after his battle with lung cancer) b. 29 June 1893.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KyU6v5XgM70"]Aarre Merikanto: Piano Trio in A minor (1917) 1/4 - YouTube[/ame]
in 1958 - Mick Harvey (drums, piano, guitar, bass, organ; Birthday Party/Nick Cave/freelance) is born.
in 1960 - "Tell Laura I Love Her" by Ricky Valance peaks at #1 in UK.
in 1960 - Alan McGee (British music industry mogul, DJ, club owner, writer) is born.
in 1960 - Jennifer Rush (US singer) is born.

in 1960 -
Ricky Valance was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Tell Laura I Love Her', making him the first Welsh singer to top the charts, and a One-hit Wonder.

in 1962 -
"Alley Cat" by Bent Fabric and His Piano peaks at #7
in 1962 - Al Pitrelli (US guitarist; Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Megadeth, Savatage, Blue Öyster Cult) is born.
in 1963 - Les Claypool, US funk metal singer/bassist (Primus-Suck on This) is born
in 1963 - Leslie Edward "Les" Claypool (lead singer, bassist; Primus) is born.
in 1963 - Rolling Stones 1st tour (opening act for Bo Diddley and Everly Bros)
in 1965 - Fora van Leijenhorst, Curacaos/Neth dancer (Josephine) is born
in 1965 - Iain Baker (Keyboards, programming; Jesus Jones)
in 1966 - Tony Foster (electric guitar, bass, acoustic; Olive) is born.
in 1967 - Brett Anderson (lead singer; Suede/The Tears/solo) is born.
in 1967 - The Small Faces appeared at the Royal in Tottenham, London, admission was 7/6.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9p04P33XQg"]Small Faces - I Can't Make It - YouTube[/ame]
in 1967 - Working at Abbey Road in London, The Beatles mixed the new John Lennon song ‘I Am the Walrus’ which included the sound of a radio being tuned through numerous stations, coming to rest on a BBC production of William Shakespeare's "King Lear". Lennon composed the song by combining three songs he had been working on. When he learned that a teacher at his old primary school was having his students analyse Beatles' lyrics, he added a verse of nonsense words.

in 1968 -
Alex Skolnick (US guitarist; Testament/Savatage/Alex Skolnick Trio) is born.
in 1968 - Brad Smith (bassist; Blind Melon) is born.
in 1968 - Luke Goss, rocker (Bros-I Owe You Nothing) is born
in 1968 - Matt Goss, twin to Luke,rocker (Bros-I Owe You Nothing) is born
in 1969 - Aleks Syntek (Mexican singer) is born.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xraKpchXF1c"]Aleks Syntek - Intocable - YouTube[/ame]



in 1969 - DeVante Swing/Donald Earle DeGrate Jr (record producer, songwriter, singer; Jodeci) is born.
in 1969 - The Doors appeared at Lincoln Center's 7th New York Film Festival, New York City.

in 1970 -
AMG/Jason Lewis (US rap artist) is born.

in 1971 -
Gilbert O'Sullivan made his live debut at London's Royal Albert Hall. Also on the bill, Sweet, Dave Edmunds Rockpile and Ashton Gardner & Dyke.

in 1971 -
Sibel Tüzün (Turkish singer) is born.
in 1973 - "Jimmy Loves Mary-Anne" by Looking Glass peaks at #33.
in 1973 - "We're An American Band" by Grand Funk peaks at #1.

in 1973 -
Grand Funk Railroad went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'We're An American Band', the group's first of two US chart toppers.

in 1973 -
Scout Niblett/Emma Louise Niblett (UK singer-songwriter) is born.

in 1976 - Enjoying his own birthday celebrations singer
Jerry Lee Lewis accidentally shot his bass player Norman Owens in the chest. Lewis had been blasting holes in an office door. Owens survived but sued his boss.

in 1977 -
Alexander Nikolayevich Tcherepnin dies at age 78. Russian-born composer and pianist, born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, and played the piano and composed prolifically from a very early age. After the 1917 Russian Revolution, the family fled St. Petersburg and settled for some time in Tbilisi, Georgia. In young Tcherepnin's luggage were some two hundred short piano pieces, quite a number of which eventually reached print, notably in his Bagatelles, Op. 5. In 1925 he won the Schott Prize with his Concerto da Camera, Op. 33. He began yearly visits to America in 1926 and later went to the Far East, making several extended visits to China and Japan between 1934 and 1937. He promoted composers in Japan - Akira Ifukube, Bunya Koh, and others and in China - He Lüting and others, even founding his own publishing house in Tokyo for the purpose. He later lived in Paris and evenually settled in Chicago, America where he performed with many major orchestras. In later life spent his life working between the US and Europe (he died in Paris).
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jrPzZyzcMY"]Alexander Tcherepnin - Piano Concerto No. 5, Op. 96 (2/2) - YouTube[/ame]
in 1977 - Debelah Morgan (US R&B singer) is born.
in 1977 - James Brown's band walks out claiming they were underpaid and overworked
in 1977 - Peter Schats circus opera "Houdini," premieres in Amsterdam
in 1978 - Gunner McGrath/Christopher Leslie McGrath (US guitarist; Much the Same) is born.
in 1978 - Kurt Nilsen (Norwegian singer) is born.
in 1979 - "Ain't That A Shame" by Cheap Trick peaks at #35
in 1979 - "Bad Case Of Loving You" by Robert Palmer peaks at #14
in 1979 - "Boom Boom (Out Go Lights)" by Pat Travers peaks at #56
in 1979 - "Born To Be Alive" by Patrick Hernandez peaks at #16
in 1979 - "Cruel To Be Kind" by Nick Lowe peaks at #12
in 1979 - "Different Worlds" by Maureen McGovern peaks at #18
in 1979 - "Driver's Seat" by Sniff 'n' the Tears peaks at #15
in 1979 - "Girls Talk" by Dave Edmunds peaks at #65
in 1979 - "Lonesome Loser" by Little River Band peaks at #6
in 1979 - "Message In A Bottle" by Police peaks at #1 in UK
in 1979 - "What Cha Gonna Do With My Lovin'" by Stephanie Mills peaks at #22
in 1979 - Boney M scored their second UK No.1 album with 'Oceans Of Fantasy'.
in 1979 - The Police had their first UK No.1 single with 'Message In A Bottle' the group's third Top 20 hit.
in 1980 - Dallas Green (Canadian singer, guitarist; Alexisonfire, City and Colour) is born.
in 1980 - Elvis Costello supported by The Stray Cats appeared at the Rainbow, London, England.
in 1980 - Suzanne Shaw (US singer, Hear'Say) is born.
in 1982 - Rob Smith (Irish singer-songwriter, former street busker) is born.
in 1984 - "(What) In Name Of Love" by Naked Eyes peaks at #39
in 1984 - "Cruel Summer" by Bananarama peaks at #9
in 1984 - "Drive" by Cars peaks at #3
in 1984 - "Layin' It On Line" by Jefferson Starship peaks at #66
in 1984 - "Pretty Mess" by Vanity peaks at #75
in 1984 - "Torture" by Jacksons peaks at #17
in 1984 - "When You Close Your Eyes" by Night Ranger peaks at #14.

in 1984 -
Prince and the Revolution started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Let's Go Crazy', his second US No.1, a No.7 hit in the UK.

in 1987 -
Josh Farro (US lead guitarist, songwriter; Paramore) is born.
in 1988 - Justin Nozuka (Canadian/American singer-songwriter) is born.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgGkJez6pcM"]Justin Nozuka "After Tonight" - YouTube[/ame]
in 1989 - While travelling on his motorbike from Los Angeles, Bruce Springsteen called in at Matt's Saloon in Prescott, Arizona and jammed with the house band. Bruce played a bunch of rock and roll classics, including Elvis Presley’s 'Don’t Be Cruel,' and Chuck Berry’s 'Sweet Little Sixteen' and 'Route 66.” Bruce also donated $100,000 to a barmaid's hospital bill.

in 1990 -
"Love and Affection" by Nelson peaks at #1 on pop singles chart
in 1990 - Maria McKee was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Show Me Heaven' the song featured in the Tom Cruise film 'Days Of Thunder'.

in 1990 -
Nelson went to No.1 on the US singles chart with '(Can't Live Without Your) Love and Affection' the duo being the twin sons of 50's singer Ricky Nelson.

in 1991 -
Metallica kicked off their 138 date Wherever We May Roam world tour at the Civic Center in Peoria, Illinois.

in 1992 - American singer, songwriter
Paul Jabara died from lymphoma related to AIDS at the age of 44. He wrote Donna Summer's Oscar and Grammy Award-winning hit ‘Last Dance’ and Barbra Streisand's ‘The Main Event/Fight’ and co-wrote the Weather Girls hit, ‘It's Raining Men’ with Paul Shaffer.

in 1992 -
Paul Jabara dies at age 44. American actor, singer, and songwriter of Lebanese, ancestry. Paul was in the original cast of the stage musicals Hair and Jesus Christ Superstar and took over the role of Frank-N-Furter in the LA Production of The Rocky Horror Show. He released his first album, Shut Out in 1977. His solo albums on the disco label Casablanca Records include three duets with Donna Summer; "Shut Out", "Something's Missing" and "Never Lose Your Sense Of Humor" and in 1979, he won both Grammy Award for Best R&B Song and the Academy Award for Best Original Song for the song performed by Donna Summer, with his self penned "Last Dance", just two of many awards for his work throughout his lifetime. He wrote a lot songs including Barbra Streisand's "The Main Event/Fight", "Two Lovers" for Julio Iglesias, "Work That Body" for Diana Ross' and co-wrote the Weather Girls hit, "It's Raining Men" among many others (lymphoma related to AIDS)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJMhJh364vk"]Paul Jabara - Honeymoon In Puerto Rico SUPER DISCO - YouTube[/ame]
in 1993 - 27th Country Music Assn Award: Vince Gill wins.

in 1999 -
Receivers were called in to concert promoter Harvey Goldsmith's empire after suffering losses on a series of shows. Goldsmith was awarded the MBE after his work on Live Aid.

in 1999 -
The Manic Street Preachers were given a bill for £28.000 after smashing up equipment during their show at Scotland's T In The Park festival.

in 2001 -
Jennifer Lopez married dancer Cris Judd in Calabasa California. The couple separated nine months later.

in 2002 -
Mickey Newbury dies at age 62. American singer-songwriter and a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, born in Houston, Texas. As a teenager, he sang tenor in a vocal group called The Embers. The group opened for several famous performers, such as Sam Cooke and Johnny Cash. After a stint in the airforce, then the army he relocated to Nashville. For a time, he was one of the most influential creative minds in Nashville and it's arguable that he was the first real "outlaw" of the outlaw country movement of the 70s. It was Mickey who convinced Roger Miller to record Kristofferson's "Me & Bobby McGee", which went on to launch Kristofferson as country music's top songwriter. He is also responsible for getting Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark to move to Nashville and pursue careers as songwriters. He wrote many songs that were recorded by singers such as Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Bill Monroe, Johnny Rodriguez, Hank Snow, Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis, Tammy Wynette, Ray Price, Don Gibson, Brenda Lee, Charlie Rich, David Allan Coe, Sammi Smith, Joan Baez, Tom Jones, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, John Denver, Kenny Rogers, Steve Von Till, BB King, Linda Ronstadt, and Bobby Bland, among many others. Although his songs have been recorded by 100s of performers from a wide variety of musical genres, he is most remembered for his creation of "An American Trilogy", a medley that was recorded by many, including symphony orchestras, and Elvis Presley.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RiTjElq5Xjs"]Mickey Newbury : An American Trilogy - YouTube[/ame]
in 2002 - UK Pop Idol winners Will Young and Gareth Gates started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of The Beatles 'The Long And Winding Road.'

in 2002 - US TV Pop Idol winner
Kelly Clarkson started a two-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'A Moment Like This.'

in 2004 -
Keith Moon's five-piece drum kit, custom-made for The Who drummer in 1968, sold for £120,000 pounds ($215,772) in London to an American collector, setting a world auction record for a set of drums.
in 2004 - The Sun reported that Michael Jackson had a secret fourth child who was now 19. The story claimed that Norwegian Omar Bhatti was born after a one night stand and had stayed with Jackson at his Neverland home in California.

in 2007 -
US rapper 50 Cent was beaten by rival rap star Kanye West in the stand-off to claim the best-selling album in the US. West's Graduation shifted 957,000 copies in its first week of sales while 50 Cent's album, Curtis, only sold 691,000. Before the albums went on sale 50 Cent vowed he would retire from making solo albums if he was outsold by West. 50 Cent axed his forthcoming European tour and a performance at London Mobo Awards the Vodafone Live Music Awards in London, as well as at an MTV show in Germany.

in 2008 -
Stan Kann dies at age 83. American organist and TV's Tonight Show regular; born in St. Louis, he began playing the organ at age 4 and majored in classical organ at Washington University in St. Louis before he became official house organist at the St. Louis Fox in 1952. Stan served as the theater's resident organist until 1974, four years before the Fox closed. Kann also played the organ in the St. Louis restaurant owned by Stan Musial. Stans first appearance on The Tonight Show was June 8th 1966, when he had been booked to discuss some of the prized carpet sweepers from his 150-item collection. He also made 89 appearances on The Mike Douglas Show and was a guest on talk shows hosted by Merv Griffin and Gypsy Rose Lee (died at Saint Louis University Hospital of complications from open heart surgery).

in 2010 -
Voki Kostic dies at age 79. Serbian composer born in Belgrade. He composed 93 pieces of classical music, as well as music for 107 feature and TV films, 310 theatre shows and 20 TV series. He was a long-time secretary of Union of Serbian composers, and published 35 papers, essays and studies. He was also noted for his culinary abilities, publishing several cookbooks and hosted popular TV shows on cooking.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPoEIW8eaXs"]Vojislav Voki Kosti[/ame]
in 2011 - Sylvia Robinson/Sylvia Vanterpool dies at age 75. American singer, music producer and record label executive, most notably known for her work as a founder/CEO of the hip hop label, Sugar Hill Records. She is credited as the driving force behind two landmark singles in the genre. The first was "Rapper's Delight" by the Sugarhill Gang, which was the first rap song to be released by a hip hop act. The second was "The Message" by Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five. Born in New York City, her first successful record was the 1956 hit, "Love Is Strange", and went on to record songs such as "Pillow Talk". In the 70s, the Robinsons founded Sugar Hill Records named after the culturally rich Sugar Hill area of Harlem, in Manhattan, known as a hub for artists and performers in the early and mid 1900s (heart failure)

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30 September

in 1612 -
Ercole Bottrigari, composer, dies at 81.
in 1622 - Johann Sebastiani, composer is born.
in 1685 - Gunther Jacob Wenceslaus, composer is born.
in 1712 - Johann Michael Zacher, composer, dies at 61.
in 1716 - Heinrich Georg Neuss, composer, dies at 62.
in 1743 - Jeronymo Francisco de Lima, composer is born.
in 1752 - Justin Heinrich Knecht, composer is born.
in 1755 - Francesco Durante, composer, dies at 71.
in 1791 - Mozart's opera "Magic Flute" premieres in Vienna.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h018rMnA0pM"]Mozart - The Magic Flute - Overture (Levine/Met Orch) - YouTube[/ame]
in 1803 - Charles Broche, composer, dies at 51.
in 1806 - Mireille Hartuch (French singer, actress) is born.
in 1819 - Nicolas Roze, composer, dies at 74.
in 1824 - Peter Milne, composer is born.
in 1840 - Johan Severin Svendsen, composer is born.
in 1852 - Charles Villiers Stanford, Irish organist/composer is born.
in 1856 - Andrejs Jurjans, composer is born.
in 1862 - Georgy Eduardovich Konyus, composer is born.
in 1871 - Ruben Mattias Liljefors, composer is born.
in 1879 - Ernst Isler, composer is born.
in 1880 - Henri G Casadesus, French altviolist/composer (Viola d'amour) is born.
in 1884 - Louis Lacombe, composer, dies at 65.

TODAY’S MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT SHINES ON . . .

in 1898 - Johannes Rontgen, composer is born.
Johannes Röntgen had his first music lessons with his parents Julius and Abrahamine Röntgen. He studied piano and composition at the Amsterdam Conservatory with his father and Bernard Zweers, and in 1921 conducting with D.F. Tovey in Edinburgh.


From 1918 onwards Johannes Röntgen would perform frequently as a concert pianist and accompanist of famous musicians, such as for instance Pablo Casals. After the conservatory he was given the chance to travel through the Dutch East Indies for one year and to give concerts everywhere he visited together with the singer Hovid Kraus-Adama. He wanted to become a conductor and in 1921 went to Edinburgh for one year to be given conducting lessons by Donald Tovey. In the meantime he had become engaged to the singer Julia Fentener van Vlissingen and they were married on 6 July 1922.


During that time his father got a letter from Oscar Posa, conductor in Aussig (then: Germany, now: Üsti-nad-Labem, Czech Republic). Posa needed an assistant for the local Opera. After much pondering Johannes and his wife decided to go to Aussig. From 1922 to 1924 he was Kapellmeister of the City Opera in Aussig. On 29 October 1923 their first daughter Anne Marie was born.


In 1924 they returned to Holland and settled in Baarn, where he became a music teacher at the Baarnsch Lyceum. Later he was offered jobs with various Toonkunst departments (of the Society for Advancement of Music) in Zeist, Alkmaar and Amsterdam and others. Because travelling to all these different workplaces took up so much time, the family moved to Amsterdam in 1928.


There he also set to work as a pianist, teacher and composer. In addition, he also accompanied his wife on various national and international tours. On 25 February 1931 their second daughter was born and their family was complete.


Johannes stayed on as choirmaster of the various Toonkunst departments until 1940. During the war he renounced this position and retired from public life as he did not want to become a member of the Kulturkammer. He did become vocal coach at the Cornelis Vrij School, where he put together several musical plays for the pupils of the school together with teacher Tom Bouws. As the pièce de résistance they created the chamber opera "Joffer Marianne", for vocal quartet, sung by his wife Julia Röntgen, Wiebe Draaijer, Diete Blooker and Max Wulff. Together with his brothers Edvard (cellist) and Joachim (violinist) they founded the Röntgen Trio and organized 'illegal' house concerts in exchange for food during the famine winter.


From 1943 until 1963 he was a piano teacher at the Amsterdam Conservatory. From 1937 until 1963 he was also the conductor of the Koor Vrije Gemeente Amsterdam.


Apart from Sunday morning services he performed for audiences with the choir regularly. The highlight of the year was the performance of the St. John’s Passion, on Good Friday.


In January 1962 his wife Julia died and six months later he remarried Gerda James-Cheriex. After his retirement he held onto his function as artistic director of the Amsterdam Vocal Quartet and continued playing music together with his brothers Edvard and Joachim.


On 21 April 1969, en route to Italy, Johannes and Gerda were involved in a car accident in Namur (Belgium). Gerda died immediately after the crash and Johannes a week later, on 28 April 1969.


Johannes Röntgen composed chamber music, songs and works for choir.


The compositions are stored in the Röntgen Archive of the Nederlands Muziek Instituut in The Hague.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GnCeMxPchc"]Julius Röntgen - Sonate for piano and violoncello, Op. 41 - 1. Allegro non troppo ed affettuoso - YouTube[/ame]
in 1904 - Sigurd Lie, composer, dies at 33.
in 1906 - Eamonn O Gallagher, composer is born.
in 1907 - Arnold Elston, composer is born.
in 1908 - David Oistrakh, Odessa Russia, violinist/prof (Moscow Conservatory) is born.
in 1912 - Kenny Baker (US singer and actor) is born.
in 1912 - Mary Frances Allitsen, composer, dies at 63.
in 1917 - Buddy Rich/Bernard Rich (US jazz drummer; noted as "the world's greatest drummer") is born.
in 1919 - Patricia Neway, Bkln NY, soprano (Consul, Maria Golovia) is born.
in 1920 - Aldo Parisot (Brazilian-American musician and cellist) is born.
in 1920 - Ghazar Saryan, composer is born.
in 1922 - Albert Raisner (French TV presenter, harmonica player; The Trio Raisner) is born.
in 1923 - Donald Swann (Welsh composer, musician, entertainer) is born.
in 1925 - Tetsuro Hoshino/Arichika Tetsuro (Japanes lyricist) is born.
in 1926 - Peder Holm, composer is born.
in 1933 - Cissy Houston (US soul singer; Sweet Inspirations/mother of Whitney) is born.
in 1933 - Tony Cennamo (US disc jockey; Boston University's WBUR) is born.
in 1934 - Freddie King, Gilmer Tx, blues singer (Hideaway) is born.
in 1934 - Udo Jürgen Bockelmann (Austrian composer, singer of popular music) is born.
He has written more than 900 songs and sold about 90 million units, making him one of the most successful composers and recording artists in the world.
He is credited with broadening German-language pop music beyond the traditional postwar schlager in the 1960s by infusing it with a modern pop appeal; his exceptionally tuneful compositions and sophisticated arrangements attract fans of all ages, and even in his 70s he continues to fill the largest concert venues in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5YR_npaxdY"]Udo Jürgens - Was Ich Dir Sagen Will - YouTube[/ame]
in 1935 - Jill Corey, Avonmore Pa, singer (Your Hit Parade) is born.
in 1935 - Johnny Mathis/John Royce Mathis (Legendary US Singer) is born.
in 1935 - Z. Z. Hill/Arziel Hill (US soul-blues singer) is born.
in 1937 - Valentin Vasil'yevich Sil'vestrov, composer is born.
in 1940 - Walter Kollo, composer, dies at 62.
in 1942 - Dewey Martin/Walter Milton Dwayne Midkiff (Canadian drummer; Buffalo Springfield) is born.
in 1942 - Frankie Lymon, NYC, rocker (and Teenagers-Why do Fools Fall in Love) is born.
in 1942 - Gus Dudgeon (UK record producer, engineer; Elton John/others) is born.
in 1943 - Marilyn McCoo, Jersey City NJ, host/singer (Solid Gold, 5th Dimension) is born.
in 1944 - Diane Dufresne (French Canadian singer) is born.
in 1946 - Héctor Lavoe (Puerto Ricann salsa and latin singer) is born.
in 1946 - Sylvia Peterson, US vocalist (Chiffons-He's So Fine) is born.
in 1947 - Marc Bolan/Toby Tyler/Mark Feld (UK guitaist, singer-songwriter; T. Rex) is born.
in 1950 - Radio's "Grand Ole Opry" is broadcasted on TV for 1st time.
in 1950 - Renato Zero/Renato Zero (Italian singer-songwriter) is born.
in 1952 - Frank Zincavage, rocker (Romeo Void) is born.
in 1952 - John Lombardo (US guitarist; 10,000 Maniacs) is born.
in 1953 - Deborah Allen, Memphis Tn, country singer (Jim Stafford Show) is born.
in 1954 - Basia/Barbara Trzetrzelewska (Polish singer-songwriter, record producer) is born.
in 1954 - Lesley Beach (saxophonist; Amazulu) is born.
in 1954 - Patrice Rushen (US R&B singer, songwriter, composer, pianist) is born.
in 1958 - Marty Stuart, Phila Miss, country singer (Hillbilly Rock) is born.
in 1958 - Rodwell Biggie Tembo Marasha, musician is born.
in 1959 - Basia Trzetrzelevska, Poland, jazz singer (Time and Life) is born.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38dPUTTyyD4"]Basia Trzetrzelewska Baby, You´re mine - YouTube[/ame]


in 1959 - Hilde Heltberg (Norwegian singer, guitarist, songwriter) is born.
in 1960 - The Beatles performed at the Indra Club, Grosse Freiheit, Hamburg, West Germany.
in 1961 - Sally Yeh/Sin-Man Yip (Hong Kong singer, actress) is born.
in 1962 - Brian Bonhomme (UK vocalist, guitar; Roman Holliday) is born.
in 1962 - Marley Marl/Marlon Williams (US rapper, record producer) is born.
in 1963 - Arnold Foster, composer, dies at 66.
in 1963 - David Barbe (US singer, guitarist, bassist; Sugar/Mercyland/Buzz Hungry) is born.
in 1963 - Reb Beach, rocker (Winger) is born.
in 1964 - Robby Takac (US vocals, bass; Goo Goo Dolls) is born.
in 1964 - The Who appeared at the Town Hall, Greenwich, South London.
in 1964 - Trey Anastasio/Ernest Joseph Anastasio III (US guitarist, singer; Plish/solo) is born.
in 1965 - Donovan made his US television debut on Shindig! along with The Hollies, The Turtles and the Dave Clark Five.
in 1965 - EMI Records launched the budget priced 'Music For Pleasure' label, selling the albums in grocery stores for 12/6d each.
in 1967 - BBC Radio 1 was launched in the UK. Former Radio Caroline DJ Tony Blackburn was the first presenter on air. The Move's 'Flowers In The Rain', was the first record played.
in 1967 - During a UK tour Pink Floyd appeared at the Skyline Club in Hull north east England.
in 1969 - Christine Hinton the girlfriend of David Crosby was killed in a car crash near San Francisco.
in 1971 - Rick Wakeman made his live debut with Yes at The De Montford Hall, Leicester at the start of a 23-date UK tour.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDsvZGM1vD8"]Rick Wakeman Solo - YouTube[/ame]
in 1972 - David Cassidy was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'How Can I Be Sure.' It was the star from the US TV series the Partridge Family's first UK No.1. It was originally recorded by The Young Rascals in 1967.

in 1972 -
John Campbell (US bassist; Lamb of God) is born.
in 1972 - Shaan/Shantanu Mukherjee (Indian singer) is born.

in 1974 - Police were called to a
Lynyrd Skynyrd and Blue Oyster Cult concert after a fight broke out between two sound engineers. The Skynyrd roadie claimed that the sound had been deliberately turned off during the bands set.

in 1975 -
Georges-Alain Jones (French singer) is born.
in 1976 - Louis Fourestier, composer, dies at 84.

in 1977 -
Mary Ford /Iris Colleen Summers dies at age 53. American singer and wife of the great Les Paul; in the early '40s she found work as a country performer with Gene Autry and Jimmy Wakely. She appeared with Jimmy in the PRC film I'm from Arkansas in 1944 as a member of the Sunshine Girls trio. In 1945, Autry introduced her to guitarist Les Paul, and the two teamed in 1946. Between 1950-54, the couple had 16 top-ten hits. In 1951 alone they sold six million records. Their hits include "Tiger Rag", "Vaya con Dios"-11 weeks at No.1, "How High the Moon"-9 weeks at No.1, "Bye Bye Blues" and "The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise". In '53, they began their television series, The Les Paul and Mary Ford at Home Show. In 1955, they gave a concert at Carnegie Hall, and the following year they performed for President Dwight Eisenhower at the White House and in 1961, they appeared on NBC's Five Star Jubilee. After splitting up with Les in 1962, she sometimes performed with her sisters, Carol, Eva and Esther (died from cancer after being in a diabetic coma for 54 days.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRlu65wB7Fs"]Les Paul and Mary Ford - YouTube[/ame]
in 1977 - Ringo releases "Ringo the 4th" album.
in 1978 - Exile started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Kiss You All Over', it made No.6 in the UK.
in 1978 - John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John had their second UK No.1 from the film 'Grease' with 'Summer Nights.' Seven weeks at No.1 it became the second best selling single of 1978, beaten by 'Saturday Night Fever'.
in 1979 - Clio-Danae Othoneou (Greek actress, musician and pianist) is born.
in 1979 - Vince Chong Ying-Cern (Malaysian singer-songwriter) is born.
in 1983 - Freddy Martin, orch leader (started Merv Griffin), dies at 76
in 1984 - Keisha Buchanan (vocals, Sugababes) is born.
in 1984 - Kiss kicked off a 14-date UK tour at the Brighton Centre.

in 1984 - The music division of
Thorn EMI once said to be the greatest recording organisation in the world reported a world-wide loss of almost $5 million during the last six months.

in 1984 -
UK station Capitol Radio launched 'The Network Chart' show hosted by David 'Kid' Jenson.
in 1985 - T-Pain/Faheem Rasheed Najm (US singer-songwriter, rapper, record producer, actor; Nappy Headz) is born.

in 1986 -
Tommy Reynolds dies at age 69. American clarinetist and band leader, he formed his band in 1940, its more celebrated members included the saxophone player Serge Chaloff and the vocalist Hal Linden, known in later years for his portrayal of the title character in ''Barney Miller'' on television. Tommy also appeared in 10 movies and led the orchestra on several tours with Bob Hope. During the 1950's, he was the music director of WOR Radio. He was later studio manager of WOR-TV and the first general manager of WOR-FM, now WRKS-FM. At the time of his death he was director of broadcast standards for RKO General Inc. (sadly died after a long illness) b. January 17th 1916.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdAK5jspvXg"]TOMMY REYNOLDS THE BEAT GOES ON.wmv - YouTube[/ame]
in 1987 - Denise Laurel (Filipino actress, singer) is born.
in 1989 - Tina Turner scored her first solo UK No.1 album with 'Foreign Affair'.

in 1989 -
Virgil Thomson dies at age 92. American composer and music critic from Kansas City, Missouri. He was instrumental in the development of the "American Sound" in classical music. He has been described as a modernist , a neoclassicist, a composer of "an Olympian blend of humanity and detachment" whose, "expressive voice was always carefully muted," until his late opera Lord Byron which, in contrast to all his previous work, exhibited an emotional content that rises to, "moments of real passion," [8], and a neo-romantic.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQaSzhS4VEg"]Virgil Thomson talks about Kansas City Ragtime - YouTube[/ame]
in 1992 - 26th Country Music Ass’n Award: Garth Brooks wins.
in 1992 - US singer Steve Earle was arrested in Nashville after he failed to report for jury service.
in 1993 - Kate Pierson from The B-52's was charged with criminal mischief and trespassing during an anti-fur protest at 'Vogue's' New York City offices.
in 1994 - T.A.F.K.A.P. launched music channel VH1 in the UK, which gave the first airing of his new video 'Dolphin.'
in 1995 - Simply Red scored their first UK No.1 single when 'Fairground' started a four-week run at the top of the charts. It was their 15th UK Top 40 hit.

in 1995,
Mariah Carey made chart history when she started an eight week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Fantasy' - making her the first female act to enter the chart in pole position.

in 1999 -
Chris de Burgh's web site was closed down after countless obscene messages were posted on the guestbook. One message consisted entirely of two four-letter words repeated 3500 times.

in 2002 - Popstars band
Hear'say announced they had split up. The winners of the Popstars TV talent show who scored two UK No.1 singles had lasted less than two years.

in 2003 - An auction of the contents of
Sir Elton John's London home raised more than £1.4 million. An oil painting, entitled Madison Square Park, sold for £67,200, and a 19th Century portrait of Lieutenant George Dyer, painted by James Northcote in 1817, fetched £55,200. Sir Elton sold off the items so he could redecorate his home in a more modern style.

in 2006 -
Justin Timberlake started a two week run at No.1 on the US album chart with his second solo album ‘FutureSex/LoveSounds’ which also became the biggest album ever for pre-orders on iTunes.

in 2007 - Country music singer
Keith Urban crashed his motorcycle on the way to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. The 39-year-old, who was not injured, said he was being followed by a photographer when the accident happened near his home in Sydney, Australia.

in 2007 -
Foo Fighters went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Echoes Silence Patience & Grace' the bands sixth studio album and second UK No.1. Reba McEntire was at No.1 on the US album chart with Reba: Duets.

in 2007 -
Sugababes started a four week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'About You Now', the girl group's 6th UK No.1 hit.

in 2008 -
Henry Adler dies at age 93. American drummer, percussionist, music teacher, author, publisher, instrument manufacturer, wholesaler, retailer and authority on drumset technique. He is best known for having been a teacher to Buddy Rich, and for co-authoring, with Buddy, the classic instructional book Buddy Rich's Modern Interpretation of Snare Drum Rudiments. First published in 1942, the book is widely regarded as one of the most important snare-drum rudimental books ever written.

in 2010 -
Aaron-Carl Ragland dies at age 37. American DJ, electronic dance musician, and techno composer from Detroit City; he started out in 1996, when his demo landed into the hands of Underground Resistance's “Mad” Mike Banks. Shortly after, he was signed to the UR sub-label, Soul City. His first two records “Wash It” (featuring “Down”) and “Crucified” were released which instantly earning him a local and international following. Aaron-Carl has released on many labels throughout the world and his music has been showcased in various feature films, most notably Maestro, a house music documentary by Josell Ramos, which featured original tracks “Sky” and “Oasis”. He also appears in The Godfather Chronicles, The Ghetto Tech Sound of Detroit. His remix of rapper Johnny Dangerous’ “Topsy Turvy”, in which he makes a cameo appearance, is featured in Pick Up the Mic, a documentary by Alex Hinton. Aaron-Carl is the founder and CEO of W.A.R.M.T.H. International Inc. He was about to embark on a European tour. (complications with lymphoma).
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTRlBgV1YEk"]Aaron Carl - "If There is a Heaven "( in Memory Of Aaron R.I.P.) - YouTube[/ame]
in 2010 - Doukissa Fotara dies at age 69. Greek singer, popularly known as just Doukissa; by 1954, she was a singing "wunderkind". She developed into a popular Laika singer, and became a favourite of Aristotle Onassis and Jackie Kennedy Onassis. Her hits included 'We're only human', 'I want my "opa!"', 'Where are you going without Love?', and 'The young Men'. Between 1966 to 1970 she also appeared in around ten (Sadly, Doukissa lost her long and brave battle with cancer)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nk5TUN3tXos"]Doukissa - Ataka kai epi topou - YouTube[/ame]
in 2010 - Aaron-Carl Ragland dies at age 37. American DJ, electronic dance musician and techno composer from Detroit City; he started out in 1996, when his demo landed into the hands of Underground Resistance's “Mad” Mike Banks. Shortly after, he was signed to the UR sub-label, Soul City. His first two records “Wash It” (featuring “Down”) and “Crucified” were released which instantly earning him a local and international following. Aaron-Carl has released on many labels throughout the world and his music has been showcased in various feature films, most notably Maestro, a house music documentary by Josell Ramos, which featured original tracks “Sky” and “Oasis”. He also appears in The Godfather Chronicles, The Ghetto Tech Sound of Detroit. His remix of rapper Johnny Dangerous’ “Topsy Turvy”, in which he makes a cameo appearance, is featured in Pick Up the Mic, a documentary by Alex Hinton. Aaron-Carl is the founder and CEO of W.A.R.M.T.H. International Inc. He was about to embark on a European tour. (lymphoma).

in 2011 -
Marv Tarplin dies at age 70. American guitarist and songwriter who began his career accompanying a teenage Detroit, Michigan girl group known as The Primettes, later The Supremes. The Primettes sought an audition with Motown Records, and Marv played guitar as they performed for Miracles lead singer Smokey Robinson. Robinson was impressed by Tarplin's guitar playing, and lured him away from the Primettes to join The Miracles and co-wrote several of their hits, including the million-selling Grammy Hall of Fame winner "The Tracks of My Tears". He and Smokey continued to collaborate as writers on Robinson's solo recordings, including the Top 10 hits "Cruisin'" in 1978 and "Being with You" in 1981. Marv also continued to play guitar on record and in concert for Robinson, and also continued to tour until 2008.
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqEUj22WZOo]"The Tracks of My Tears" by The Miracles - YouTube[/ame]

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in 1602 -
Hernando de Cabezon, composer, dies at 61.
in 1644 - Alessandro Stradella (Italian composer; operas/cantatas/oratorios) is born.
in 1644 - Jean Rousseau, composer is born.

in 1708 -
John Blow dies at age 59. British composer and organist of Westminster Abbey and writer of over 100 anthems. Born at Newark, Nottinghamshire, he wrote for the king and was appointed Composer to the Chapel Royal. His pupils included William Croft, Jeremiah Clarke and Henry Purcell. (He died at his house in Broad Sanctuary, and buried in the north aisle of Westminster Abbey).
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxpWdLXGiZk"]John Blow Venus & Adonis Prologue - YouTube[/ame]
in 1724 - Giovanni Battista Cirri, composer is born.
in 1735 - Johann Baptist Christoph Toeschi, composer is born.
in 1770 - Louis-Gabriel Guillemain, composer, dies at 64.
in 1771 - Pierre Baillot (French violinist, composer; leader of the Paris Opéra) is born.
in 1808 - Fryderyk Edward Sobolewski, composer is born.
in 1820 - Gustav Adolf Heinze, composer is born.
in 1832 - Henry Clay Work, composer is born.
in 1841 - Anatol' Vakhnyanyn, composer is born.
in 1865 - Paul Abraham Dukas (French composer, teacher of classical music) is born.
in 1876 - Henri-Jerome Bertini, composer, dies at 77.
in 1881 - Frantisek Matej Hilmar, composer, dies at 78.
in 1881 - Leonid Leonidovich Sabaneyev, composer is born.
in 1890 - Constantin Nottara, composer is born.
in 1893 - Cliff Friend (US songwriter) is born.
in 1894 - Ricardo Castillo, composer is born.
in 1898 - Karl Ranki, composer is born.
in 1899 - Lajos Bardos, composer is born.

TODAY’S MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT SHINES ON . . .

in 1903 -
Vladimir Horowitz is born.
Vladimir Samoylovich Horowitz (Russian: Владимир Самойлович Горовиц, Vladimir Samojlovich Gorovitz; October 1 [O.S. September 18] 1903 – November 5, 1989) was an American classical pianist and composer. His technique and use of tone color and the excitement of his playing were legendary. He is widely considered one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century.


Vladimir Horowitz was born in Kiev in the Russian Empire (now the capital of Ukraine). There are unsubstantiated claims that Horowitz was born in Berdychiv; however, his birth certificate unequivocally states Kiev as his birthplace.


Horowitz was the youngest of four children of Samuil Horowitz and Sophia Bodik, who were assimilated Jews. Samuil was a well-to-do electrical engineer and a distributor of electric motors for German manufacturers. Horowitz's grandfather Joachim was a merchant (and an arts-supporter), belonging to the 1st Guild. This status gave exemption from having to reside in the Pale of Settlement. Horowitz was born in 1903, but in order to make him appear too young for military service so as not to risk damaging his hands, his father took a year off his son's age by claiming he was born in 1904. The 1904 date appeared in many reference works during the pianist's lifetime.


Horowitz received piano instruction from an early age, initially from his mother, who was herself a pianist. In 1912 he entered the Kiev Conservatory, where he was taught by Vladimir Puchalsky, Sergei Tarnowsky, and Felix Blumenfeld. His first solo recital was in Kharkiv in 1920.


Horowitz's fame grew, and he soon began to tour Russia where he was often paid with bread, butter and chocolate rather than money, due to the country's economic hardships caused by the Civil War. During the 1922–1923 season, he performed 23 concerts of eleven different programs in Petrograd alone. Despite his early success as a pianist, Horowitz maintained that he wanted to be a composer, and undertook a career as a pianist only to help his family, who had lost their possessions in the Russian Revolution.


In December 1925, Horowitz crossed the border into the West, ostensibly to study with Artur Schnabel. Privately intending not to return, the pianist had stuffed American dollars and British pound notes into his shoes to finance his initial concerts.


On December 18, 1925, Horowitz made his first appearance outside his home country, in Berlin. He later played in Paris, London and New York City. Horowitz was selected by Soviet authorities to represent Ukraine in the inaugural 1927 International Chopin Piano Competition; however, the pianist had decided to stay in the West and thus did not participate.


Horowitz gave his United States debut on January 12, 1928, in Carnegie Hall. He played Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 under the direction of Sir Thomas Beecham, who was also making his U.S. debut. Horowitz later commented that he and Beecham had divergent ideas regarding tempos, and that Beecham was conducting the score "from memory and he didn't know" the piece. Horowitz's success with the audience was phenomenal. Olin Downes, writing for the New York Times, was critical about the metric tug of war between conductor and soloist, but Downes credited the pianist with both a beautiful singing tone in the second movement and a tremendous technique in the finale, referring to Horowitz's playing as a "tornado unleashed from the steppes". In this debut performance, Horowitz demonstrated a marked ability to excite his audience, an ability he maintained for his entire career. As Downes commented, "it has been years since a pianist created such a furor with an audience in this city." In his review of Horowitz's solo recital, Downes characterized the pianist's playing as showing "most if not all the traits of a great interpreter." In 1933, he played for the first time with the conductor Arturo Toscanini in a performance of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 Emperor. Horowitz and Toscanini went on to perform together many times, on stage and in recordings. Horowitz settled in the U. S. in 1939, and became an American citizen in 1944.


Despite rapturous receptions at recitals, Horowitz became increasingly unsure of his abilities as a pianist. On several occasions, the pianist had to be pushed onto the stage. Several times, he withdrew from public performances - during 1936 to 1938, 1953 to 1965, 1969 to 1974, and 1983 to 1985. He made his television debut in a concert taped at Carnegie Hall on February 1, 1968, and broadcast nationwide by CBS on September 22nd of that year.


All of Horowitz's recordings have been issued on compact disc, some several times. In the years following Horowitz’s death, CDs were issued containing previously unreleased material. These included selections from Carnegie Hall recitals recorded privately for Horowitz from 1945–1951.


Horowitz taught six students between 1944 and 1962: Byron Janis (1944-1948), Gary Graffman (1953–1955), Coleman Blumfield (1956–1958), Ronald Turini (1957–1963), Alexander Fiorillo (1960–1962) and Ivan Davis (1961–1962). Janis described his relationship to Horowitz during that period as a surrogate son, and he often traveled with Horowitz and his wife during concert tours. Davis was invited to become one of Horowitz's students after receiving a call from him the day after he won the Franz Liszt Competition. At the time, Davis had a contract with Columbia Records and a national tour planned. Horowitz claimed that he had only taught three students during that period. "Many young people say they have been pupils of Horowitz, but there were only three. Janis, Turini, who I brought to the stage, and Graffman. If someone else claims it, it's not true. I had some who played for me for four months. Once a week. I stopped work with them, because they did not progress." According to biographer Glenn Plaskin, "The fact that Horowitz disavowed most of his students and blurred the facts regarding their periods of study says something about the erratic nature of his personality during that period". Horowitz returned to coaching in the 1980s, working with Murray Perahia, who already had an established career, and Eduardus Halim.


In 1933, in a civil ceremony, Horowitz married Toscanini's daughter Wanda. Although Horowitz was Jewish and Wanda Catholic, this was not an issue, as neither was observant. As Wanda knew no Russian and Horowitz knew very little Italian, their primary language became French. They had one child, Sonia Toscanini Horowitz (1934–1975). It has never been determined whether her death, from a drug overdose, was accidental or a suicide.


Despite his marriage, there were persistent rumors of Horowitz's homosexuality.Arthur Rubinstein said of Horowitz that "Everyone knew and accepted him as a homosexual." David Dubal wrote that in his years with Horowitz, there was no evidence that the octogenarian was sexually active, but that "there was no doubt he was powerfully attracted to the male body and was most likely often sexually frustrated throughout his life." Dubal observed that Horowitz sublimated a strong instinctual sexuality into a powerful erotic undercurrent which was communicated in his piano playing. Horowitz, who denied being homosexual, once joked "There are three kinds of pianists: Jewish pianists, homosexual pianists, and bad pianists."


In the 1940s, Horowitz began seeing a psychiatrist. According to sources, this was an attempt to alter his sexual orientation. In the 1960s and again in the 1970s, the pianist underwent electroshock treatment for depression.


In 1982, Horowitz began using prescribed anti-depressant medications; there are reports that he was drinking alcohol as well. Consequently, his playing underwent a perceptible decline during this period. The pianist’s 1983 performances in the United States and Japan were marred by memory lapses and a loss of physical control. (At the latter, one Japanese critic likened Horowitz to a "precious antique vase that is cracked.") He stopped playing in public for the next two years.


By 1985, Horowitz, no longer taking medication or drinking alcohol, returned to concertizing and recording and was back on form. His first post-retirement appearance was not on stage, but in the documentary film Vladimir Horowitz: The Last Romantic. In many of his later performances, the octogenarian pianist substituted finesse and coloration for bravura, although he was still capable of remarkable technical feats. Many critics, including Harold C. Schonberg and Richard Dyer, felt that his post-1985 performances and recordings were the best of his later years.


In 1986, Horowitz announced that he would return to the Soviet Union for the first time since 1925 to give recitals in Moscow and Leningrad. In the new atmosphere of communication and understanding between the USSR and the USA, these concerts were seen as events of political, as well as musical, significance. Most of the tickets for the Moscow concert were reserved for the Soviet elite and few sold to the general public. This resulted in a number of Moscow Conservatory students crashing the concert, which was audible to viewers of the internationally televised recital. The Moscow concert, was released on a compact disc entitled Horowitz in Moscow, which reigned at the top of Billboard's Classical music charts for over a year. It was also released on VHS and, eventually, DVD. The concert was also widely seen on a Special Edition of CBS News Sunday Morning with Charles Kuralt, reporting from Moscow.


Following the Russian concerts, Horowitz toured several European cities including Berlin, Amsterdam, and London. In June, Horowitz redeemed himself to the Japanese with a trio of well received performances in Tokyo. Later that year, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor bestowed by the United States, by President Ronald Reagan.


Horowitz's final tour took place in Europe in the spring of 1987. A video recording of one of his last public recitals, Horowitz in Vienna, was released in 1991. His final recital, in Hamburg, Germany, took place on June 21, 1987. He continued to record for the remainder of his life.


Vladimir Horowitz died on November 5, 1989 in New York of a heart attack, aged 86. He was buried in the Toscanini family tomb in the Cimitero Monumentale, Milan, Italy.


Horowitz is best known for his performances of the Romantic piano repertoire. Many consider Horowitz's first recording of the Liszt Sonata in 1932 to be the definitive reading of that piece, after over 75 years and over 100 performances committed to disc by other pianists. Other pieces with which he was closely associated were Scriabin's Étude in D-sharp minor, Chopin's Ballade No. 1 in G minor, and many Rachmaninoff miniatures, including Polka de W.R.. Horowitz was acclaimed for his recordings of the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3, and his performance before Rachmaninoff awed the composer, who proclaimed "he swallowed it whole. He had the courage, the intensity, the daring." Horowitz was known for his performances of quieter, more intimate works, including Schumann's Kinderszenen, Scarlatti's keyboard sonatas, keyboard sonatas by Clementi and several Mozart and Haydn sonatas. Horowitz's recordings of Scarlatti and Clementi are particularly prized by listeners, and the pianist is credited with helping to have revived interest in the two composers, whose works had been seldom performed or recorded during the first half of the twentieth century.


During World War II, Horowitz championed contemporary Russian music, giving the American premieres of Prokofiev's Piano Sonatas Nos. 6, 7 and 8 (the so-called "War Sonatas") and Kabalevsky's Piano Sonatas Nos. 2 and 3. Horowitz also premiered the Piano Sonata and Excursions of Samuel Barber.


He was known for his transcriptions of several of Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsodies. The Second Rhapsody was recorded in 1953, during Horowitz's 25th anniversary concert at Carnegie Hall, and he stated that it was the most difficult of his transcriptions. Horowitz's other transcriptions of note include his composition Variations on a Theme from Carmen and Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa. The latter became a favorite with audiences, who would anticipate its performance as an encore. Transcriptions aside, Horowitz was not opposed to altering the text of compositions to improve what he considered “unpianistic” writing or structural clumsiness. In 1940, with the composer’s consent, Horowitz created his own performance edition of Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Sonata from the 1913 original and 1931 revised versions, which pianists including Ruth Laredo and Hélène Grimaud[33] subsequently used. He substantially rewrote Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition to make the work more effective on the grounds that Mussorgsky was not a pianist and did not understand the possibilities of the instrument. Horowitz altered short passages in certain works, such as substituting interlocking octaves for chromatic scales in Chopin’s Scherzo in B minor. This was in marked contrast to many pianists of the post–19th-century era, who considered the composer’s text sacrosanct. Living composers whose works Horowitz played (among them Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, and Poulenc) invariably praised Horowitz's performances of their work - even when he did take liberties with their scores.


Horowitz's interpretations were well received by concert audiences, but not by some critics. Virgil Thomson was famous for his consistent criticism of Horowitz as a "master of distortion and exaggeration" in his reviews appearing in the New York Herald Tribune. Horowitz claimed to take Thomson's remarks as complimentary, stating that Michelangelo and El Greco were also "masters of distortion." In the 1980 edition of Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Michael Steinberg wrote that Horowitz "illustrates that an astounding instrumental gift carries no guarantee about musical understanding." New York Times music critic Harold C. Schonberg countered that reviewers such as Thomson and Steinberg were unfamiliar with 19th-century performance practices that informed Horowitz's musical approach. In addition, many pianists, amongst them Shura Cherkassky, Earl Wild, Lazar Berman, John Browning, Van Cliburn, Maurizio Pollini, Murray Perahia, Yefim Bronfman, and Horacio Gutiérrez held Horowitz in high regard and expressed their admiration for him.


Horowitz's performing style frequently involved vast dynamic contrasts, with overwhelming double-fortissimos followed by sudden delicate pianissimos. He was able to produce an extraordinary volume of sound from the piano, without producing a harsh tone. Horowitz could elicit an exceptionally wide range of tonal color from the piano, and his taut, precise attack was noticeable even in his renditions of technically undemanding pieces such as the Chopin Mazurkas. He is known for his octave technique; he could play precise passages in octaves extraordinarily fast. When asked by the pianist Tedd Joselson how he practiced octaves, Horowitz gave a demonstration and Joselson reported, "He practiced them exactly as we were all taught to do." Music critic and biographer Harvey Sachs submitted that Horowitz may have been "the beneficiary - and perhaps also the victim - of an extraordinary central nervous system and an equally great sensitivity to tone color." Oscar Levant, in his book, "The Memoirs of an Amnesiac," wrote that Horowitz's octaves were "brilliant, accurate and etched out like bullets." He asked Horowitz, "whether he shipped them ahead or carried them with him on tour."


Horowitz's hand position was unusual in that the palm was often below the level of the key surface. He frequently played chords with straight fingers, and the little finger of his right hand was often curled up until it needed to play a note; to Harold C. Schonberg, “it was like a strike of a cobra.” For all the aural excitement of his playing, Horowitz rarely raised his hands higher than the piano's fallboard. His body was immobile, and his face seldom reflected anything other than intense concentration.


Horowitz preferred performing on Sunday afternoons, as he felt the audience would be more well-rested and attentive than during a weekday evening.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6_SbflSwAg"]Schubert:Impromptu in G flat major D899 No.3 - YouTube[/ame]
in 1907 - Oedoen Partos, composer is born.
in 1908 - Herman David Koppel, composer is born.
in 1911 - Irwin Kostal, Chicago Ill, orchestra leader (Garry Moore Show) is born.
in 1917 - Gesang Martohartono (Indonesian singer-songwriter) is born.
in 1918 - Antonio Iglesias Alvares, composer is born.
in 1922 - Hector Campos-Parsi, composer is born.
in 1926 - Roger Williams/Louis Wertz (US singer, pianist) is born.
in 1927 - Wilhelm Harteveld, composer, dies at 68.

in 1928 -
Grady Chapman (US doo-wop singer;The Robins/The Coasters Mark II) is born.

in 1928 -
Uccio Aloisi (Italian traditional music singer; Li Ucci/solo) is born.
in 1930 - Ricardo Drigo, composer, dies at 84.
in 1930 - Sir Richard Harris (Irish actor, singer) is born.
in 1931 - Sylvano Bussotti (Italian composer of contemporary music, violin) is born.
in 1932 - Albert Collins, Leona TX, blues guitarist (Frosty, Showdown) is born
in 1933 - Olga Pozzi Escot, composer is born.
in 1935 - Julie Andrews (UK singer, actress) is born.
in 1935 - Julio Jaramillo (Ecuadorian singer) is born.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20cH30WXtFE"]JULIO JARAMILLO :: Nuestro juramento :: elecuatoriano.com - YouTube[/ame]
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in 1936 -
Edward Villella, Bayside Queens, ballet dancer (NYC Ballet) is born.
in 1940 - Barbara Parritt (R&B singer; Toys) is born.
in 1940 - Steve O'Rourke (UK band manager; Pink Floyd) is born.
in 1942 - Herb Fame/Herbert Feemster (singer; Peaches / Herb) is born.
in 1943 - Angèle Arsenault (Canadian singer, songwriter) is born.
in 1943 - Jerry Maitini, US saxophonist (Sly and Family Stone-Sex Machine) is born.
in 1943 - Jim Martini, rocker (Sly and Family Stone-Everyday People) is born.
in 1944 - Barbara Parritt, US soul singer (Toys-Lover's Concerto) is born.
in 1944 - Herbert "Tubo" Rhoad, US singer (Persuasions-Spread the Word) is born.
in 1944 - Scott McKenzie, rock vocalist (If You Come to SF) is born.
in 1945 - Donny Hathaway (US singer, Keyboards, Piano) is born.
in 1945 - Ellen McIlwaine (US singer, songwriter) is born.

in 1947 -
Jane Dornacker (US singer, keyboardist, actress; Leila And The Snakes) is born.

in 1947 -
Mariska Veres, Dutch singer (Shocking Blue) is born.
in 1947 - Martin Turner (UK bass guitarist, Vocals; Wishbone Ash) is born.
in 1947 - Rob Davis, rocker is born.
in 1948 - Cub Koda, rocker (Brownsville Station) is born.
in 1948 - Ellen McIlwaine, Nashville, blues singer (Honky Tonky Angel) is born.
in 1948 - Mariska Veres (Dutch singer; Shocking Blue) is born.

in 1948 -
Michael "Cub" Koda (US vocals, harmonica, guitar; Brownsville Station) is born.

in 1949 -
Annie Leibovitz, photgrapher (Rolling Stones) is born.

in 1950 -
Elpida Karayiannopoulou (Greek singer; Eurovision contestant/Sokrati/Tora Zo) is born.

in 1950 -
Jeane Manson (US singer, actress) is born.
in 1951 - Brian Greenway, Montreal, rock guitarist/vocalist (April Wine) is born.
in 1954 - Richard Schlesinger, NYC, news correspondent (CBS, 48 Hours) is born.
in 1954 - The UK 'Top 12' Pop Chart became a Top 20 Chart.
in 1955 - Howard Hewett (US singer, piano, guitar; Shalamar) is born.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLArJ3aZ-5Y"]Howard Hewett - Once, Twice, Three Times - YouTube[/ame]
in 1955 - Phillip Oakey, rocker (Human League) is born.

in 1956 - After test audiences gave a negative reaction to
Elvis Presley dying at the end of the film Love Me Tender, The King was called back to re-shoot the scene. In the new ending, the hero lived.

in 1958 -
Martin Cooper (UK sax; Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark) is born.
in 1959 - Youssou N'dour, Senegalese singer (Shaking the tree) is born.

in 1960 -
The Beatles performed at the Indra Club, Grosse Freiheit, Hamburg, West Germany.

in 1962 -
Brian Epstein signs a contract to manage Beatles through 1977.
in 1964 - Ernst Toch, composer (Melodie Lehre), dies at 76.

in 1965 -
Bob Dylan appeared at Carnegie Hall in New York City and introduced his new touring band made up of guitarist Robbie Robertson, organist Garth Hudson, bassist Rick Danko, pianist Richard Manual and drummer Levon Helm. They will become known simply as The Band.

in 1966 -
Jimi Hendrix appeared live for the first time in the UK when he jammed with Cream at their gig at London Polytechnic.

in 1967 - The first edition of UK BBC Radio 1's
'Top Gear' was aired. Presented by John Peel and Pete Drummond they featured The Move, Traffic, Pink Floyd, Tim Rose and Tomorrow featuring Keith West.

in 1967 - thieves broke into
Mick Jagger’s London flat and stole jewellery and furs belonging to his then girlfriend Marianne Faithfull.

in 1969 -
Ori Kaplan (Israeli jazz saxophonist) is born.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HnqNmJxGww"]Ori Kaplan + La Mercosur / Bogotá 2010 - YouTube[/ame]


in 1970 - 63 arrested in riot to buy Rolling Stone tickets in Milano Italy
in 1970 - Hans Poser, composer, dies at 52.

in 1970 -
Jimi Hendrix was buried at The Greenwood Cemetery at the Dunlop Baptist Church Seattle. Among the mourners; Miles Davis, Eric Burdon, Johnny Winter and members of Derek and the Dominoes.

in 1970 -
Petar Konjovic, composer, dies at 87.
in 1972 - Esa Holopainen (Finnish guitarist; Amorphis) is born.

in 1973 -
The Simon Park Orchestra were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Eye Level,' taken from the ITV series 'Van Der Valk.' It was the first TV theme to become a No.1 in the UK.

in 1974 -
Keith Duffy, Dublin Ireland, Irish singer (Boyzone) is born.

in 1975 -
Al Jackson Jr dies at age 39. American drummer with the legendary Stax band, Booker T and the MG's. He started out in his fathers band at the age of 5. He later began playing in Willie Mitchell's band and the Ben Branch Band. In the 1960s he was a founding member of the group, Booker T. & The MG'S. Al was called "The Human Timekeeper" for his drumming ability, he designed the groove and thats what the band played to. Their many hits include "Green Onions," "Hip Hug-Her," "Hang 'Em High," and "Time Is Tight" accompanying such greats as, Otis Redding, Rufus Thomas, Wilson Pickett, William Bell and Al Green. (Al was murdered after confronting an intruder in his home.

in 1976 -
Richard Oakes (UK guitar; Suede) is born.

in 1977 - During a European tour
Rat Scabies left The Damned and was temporarily replaced by drummer Jon Moss later of Culture Club.

in 1977 -
Elton John became the first musician to be honoured in New York City's Madison Square Hall Of Fame.

in 1977 -
Meco started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with a disco version of 'Star Wars Theme'. Had other hits with versions of 'Close Encounters', 'Wizard Of Oz' and 'Empire Strikes Back'.

in 1979 -
Roy Harris, US composer, dies at 81.

in 1981 -
The Pretenders were forced to cancel the last leg of a US tour after drummer Martin Chambers put his hand through a windowpane, cutting tendons and arteries.

in 1982 -
John Cougar went to No.1 on both the US album and singles chart with the album 'American Fool' and the single 'Jack And Diane'.

in 1982 -
Sandra Oxenryd (Swedish singer; won Fame Factory in 2005) is born.

in 1983 - A
David Bowie world convention was held at The Cunard Hotel in London. The event had the largest collection of Bowie merchandise ever assembled. Tickets £6.90.

in 1983 -
Freddy Martin dies at age 76. American bandleader and tenor saxophonist, born in Cleveland, Ohio. Raised largely in an orphanage and with various relatives, he started out playing drums, then switched to C-melody saxophone and later tenor saxophone. He recorded first for Columbia Records in 1932, the band switched to Brunswick Records till 1938. Afterwards he appeared on RCA's Bluebird and Victor Records. The band also recorded pseudonymously in the early '30s, backing singers such as Will Osborne. His real success came in 1941 with an arrangement from the first movement of Tchaikovsky’s B-flat piano concerto. He recorded the piece instrumentally, but soon lyrics were put in and it was re-cut as "Tonight We Love" with Clyde Rogers' vocal - becoming his biggest hit. Freddy’s popularity as a bandleader led him to Hollywood in the 1940s where he and his band appeared in a handful of films, including Seven Days' Leave in 1942, Stage Door Canteen in 1943 and 1948's Melody Time, among others (died after a lingering illness).
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhZvbC8j4EM"]Freddy Martin and His Orchestra - Tonight We Love - YouTube[/ame]
in 1984 - Elvis Costello and the Attractions kicked off a 24-date UK tour at London Hammersmith Palais.

in 1984 -
Hansje Toussaint, [Hermina A Schenk), singer/cabaretiare, dies at 69.
in 1985 - Dizzee Rascal/Dylan Mills (UK rapper; Roll Deep/solo) is born.
in 1985 - R.E.M. appeared at the Paradiso, Amsterdam, Holland.
in 1985 - Ryo Miyamori (Japanese singer; Orange Range) is born.

in 1986 -
Andy McVann dies at age 21. English drummer in the band Soul of Socialism, and also a founding member of "The Farm" along with Peter Hooton, Steve Grimes, John Melvin in 1983. In 1984, Andy and The Farm released their debut single, "Hearts and Minds", produced by Graham "Suggs" McPherson (Andy died in a car crash during a police chase).

in 1986 -
Sayaka Kanda (Japanese singer) is born.

in 1987 -
Def Leppard kicked off the North American leg of their Hysteria world tour at Glens Falls Civic Center, Glens Falls, New York.

in 1987 -
Hiroki Aiba (Japanese actor, singer) is born.

in 1988 -
Bon Jovi scored their first UK No.1 album with 'New Jersey', their fourth release.

in 1990 - Forbes Magazine listed
New Kids On The Block as the fifth richest entertainers in the US with an income of $78 million.

in 1992 -
Harry Ray dies at age 45. American lead singer with The Moments and Ray, Goodman & Brown; The Moments had a total of 27 R&B chart hits, but his biggest hit came with Ray,Goodman & Brown's "Special Lady". He was strongly involved in writing & producing much of their material as well as performing, production and writing duties for All-Platinum's other artists. He recorded a duet with Sylvia Robinson "Sho Nuff Boogie", although it was billed as Sylvia & the Moments) in 1973. (died suddenly from a stroke).
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbUef1W75ps"]Harry Ray - So In Love - Beautiful Ballad - YouTube[/ame]
in 1994 - Eric Clapton entered the US album chart at No.1 with 'From The Cradle'.
in 1994 - Scott Dunbar, bluse vocalist/guitarist, dies at 90.

in 1994 - The Daily Mirror in the UK printed a photo of
Michael Jackson in a scoutmaster's uniform along with five young Boy Scouts. A Boy Scouts leader later made a statement saying that Jackson had no association with the organization.

in 1996 -
Joonas Kokkonen dies at age 74. Finnish composer, he served in the Finnish army during WW2 with great distinction. He studied at the University of Helsinki, and later at the Sibelius Academy, where he afterwards taught composition. He went on to become one of the most internationally famous Finnish composers of the 20th century after Sibelius. His first success was his 1st symphony in '60. In the 60s-early 70s he won many prizes for his work and he was appointed to the Finnish Academy upon the death of Uuno Klami. Joonas wrote 4 symphonies and other large orchestral works that are very unique in the Finnish musical history, vocal works, like his "Requiem" and the Opera "The Last Temptations" and a great number of large chamber works, like the 3 String Quartets. His 1975 opera The Last Temptations has received over 500 performances worldwide, and is considered by many to be Finland's most distinguished national opera.
NOTE: The date of Joonas Kokkonen's death has been variously reported as October 1st 1996 (New Grove Dictionary, and various internet sources); October 2nd 1996 (internet sources, including the Finnish Music Center); and October 20th 1996 (New Grove Dictionary of Opera).

in 1997 -
Robbie Williams kicked off a 14-date UK tour at Norwich UEA, tickets cost £11.00, and support band The Supernaturals.

in 1997 -
Sam Verlinden (New Zealander child singer, actor) is born.

in 1998 -
Pauline Julien, CQ dies at age 70. Canadian singer, songwriter, actress, feminist activist and Quebec sovereigntist born in Trois-Rivières, Québec. She worked with Gilles Vigneault and recorded with him as well as performing pro-independence songs in Montréal clubs as early as 1964 and later made a career as one of Québec's most successful female popular singers. Julien's best-loved songs include "La Manic". In 1994 France decorated her with the title Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres and was made a Chevalière de l'Ordre national du Québec (after being diagnosed with a debilitating brain disease, tragically Julien took her own life).

in 1999 -
Lena Zavaroni dies at age 35. Scottish singer, acoustic guitarist and a TV show host. Born in Greenock, she was discovered in the summer of 1973 by record producer Tommy Scott, who was on holiday in Rothesay and heard her singing with her father and uncle in a band. In 1974 Lena appeared on Hughie Green’s Opportunity Knocks and won the show for a record-breaking five weeks running. She followed this with the album "Ma, He's Making Eyes At Me", at only 10 years of age, she is the youngest person in history to have an album in the UK top 10 album chart . Also in '74 she sang at a Hollywood charity show with Frank Sinatra and Lucille Ball. She appeared in the Morecambe and Wise Show, the '76 Royal Variety Show and performed at the White House for President Gerald Ford. While attending London's Italia Conti Academy stage school, Lena met and became long-term friends with child star Bonnie Langford. The two starred in the TV special Lena and Bonnie. Between 1979 and 1982, Lena had her own TV series on the BBC, Lena Zavaroni and Music, which featured singing and dancing, and included guests such as Spike Milligan and Les Dawson. (Lena had suffered badly from anorexia since the age of 14, she died from pneumonia 3 weeks after an operation for leukotomy).
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J09IeN-ONbk"]Lena Zavaroni Sings "Mama" on Tonight Show - YouTube[/ame]
in 2000 - Madonna went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Music' the singers fourth US No.1 album.

in 2000 -
Robert Allen dies at age 73. American pianist and songwriter, born in Troy, New York. He was an accompanist for Perry Como, Peter Lind Hayes, and Arthur Godfrey. Many of his compositions were collaborations with lyricist Al Stillman. . Two of his most famous songs were: "(There's No Place Like) Home for the Holidays" and "Chances Are.

in 2004 -
Bruce Palmer dies at age 58. Canadian bassist; brought up in Toronto, Canada, Bruce began playing music at age 10. He played in the Mynah Birds with a young Rick James, which would eventually include fellow Canadian Neil Young. Mynah Birds auditioned for Motown Records but split when James left the band. He went on to co-found Buffalo Springfield in April 1966 in Toronto with Young, Stephen Stills, Dewey Martin and Richie Furay. Over just 19 months in 1967 and '68, the group established itself as a folk/country/rock pioneer, producing the transcendent political anthem "For What It's Worth". Bruce left Buffalo Springfield in January 1968, replaced by Jim Messina, but the band was finished shortly thereafter. He went on to release a 1971 solo album for Verve, "The Cycle is Complete," featuring James on percussion. In 1982, Bruce reteamed with Young (heart attack)
in 2004 - Ms Dynamite was arrested over allegations of assault after an incident at a restaurant in Central London. Ms Dynamite (real name Niomi McLean-Daley), was arrested in connection with the allegation after voluntarily attending a police station, she was later released on bail.

in 2004 -
The Lord Mayor of Melbourne officially opened 'AC/DC' Lane after the veteran rockers. The Lord Mayor erected the sign to cheers and bagpipes playing the bands song ‘Long Way To The Top’. The City of Melbourne had extra copies of the sign made, in anticipation of fans stealing them.

in 2005 -
Paul Pena dies at age 55. American singer, songwriter and guitarist of Cape Verdean descent. His music from the first half of his career touched on Delta blues, jazz, morna, flamenco, folk and rock and roll. In February 1969, his band played for a week at The Electric Factory in Philadelphia, opening twice for both Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention and The Grateful Dead, after which they moved to San Francisco. Paul is probably best known for writing the song "Jet Airliner," a major 1977 hit for the Steve Miller Band and a staple of classic rock radio; and for appearing in the 1999 documentary film Genghis Blues, wherein he displayed his abilities in the field of Tuvan throat singing (he died in his San Francisco, apartment after a long battle with diabetes and pancreatitis) b. January 26th 1950.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioT_1zxsYME"]Paul Pena - Kargyraa Moan - YouTube[/ame]
in 2005 - Pete Doherty was arrested during a police drugs operation in Shrewsbury where his band Babyshambles had been playing and held overnight. Police said a man and a woman were arrested for possession of class A drugs and 17 others searched during an operation in Telford. A gig in Norwich planned for the following night was cancelled.

in 2007 -
Radiohead's official website crashed after the band announced that their new album ‘In Rainbows’ would only be available to order via RADIOHEAD.COM. Fans could pre-order the download at any price they choose or pay £40 for a "discbox", which included two CDs, two records, plus artwork and booklets.

in 2007 -
Ronnie Hazlehurst dies at age 79. British conductor and theme song composer born in Dukinfield, Cheshire. During his spare time, he played in a band, and soon became a professional. His band appeared on the BBC Light Programme. He left and moved to Manchester, where he became a freelance musician until he was offered a place on another band at a nightclub in London. Ronnie then worked at Granada for about a year in 1955. He joined the BBC in 1961, became its Light Entertainment Musical Director. He composed the theme tunes for many well known British sitcoms and shows of the 1970s and 1980s, including Are You Being Served?; Last of the Summer Wine; Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em; Yes Minister The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin; To the Manor Born and Three Up, Two Down to mention a few. In addition, he wrote the theme tunes for the sketch show The Two Ronnies, the game shows Blankety Blank, Odd One Out and Bruce Forsyth's The Generation Game and the chat show Wogan. Ronnie was also involved with the Eurovision Song Contest and was the musical director when the event was hosted by the United Kingdom in 1974, 1977 and 1982. He conducted the British entry on seven occasions, in 1977, 1982, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991 and 1992. In 1999, he was awarded a Gold Badge from the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters (died after suffering a stroke).

in 2007 -
The Spice Girls London reunion concert sold out in 38 seconds after fans were notified tickets had gone on sale. More than one million people in the UK registered for the concert, on 15 December 2007 at the O2 arena, tickets cost £55-75. Three more London dates were added to the world tour which was kicking off in Vancouver on 2nd Dec.’
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJLIiF15wjQ"]Spice Girls - Wannabe - YouTube[/ame]
in 2011 - David Bedford dies at age 74. British composer and keyboard player born in Hendon, London. He studied music at the Royal Academy of Music and later in Venice. In 1969, he was engaged to orchestrate Kevin Ayers' album Joy of a Toy, on which he also played keyboards, this led to his role as keyboardist for Ayers' cult band 'The Whole World', which led to numerous collaborations with musicians from the rock world, most notably in arrangements for Mike Oldfield, Elvis Costello, Frankie goes to Hollywood, Roy Harper, Propaganda, China Crisis, Enya, Billy Bragg and many more. For over 30 years he has received commissions from major orchestras, festivals, ensembles and soloists, including the English Sinfonia, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, John Alldis Choir, Singcircle, Electric Phoenix, Endymion Ensemble, Sir Peter Pears, Jane's Minstrels, BASBWE, The Composers Ensemble, The Aldeburgh Festival, Harrogate Festival, Spitalfields Festival, Chelmsford Festival, Huddersfield Festival, Kings Lynn Festival, Norfolk and Norwich Festival and many BBC commissions including 4 for the Proms. Also from 1969 to 1981, David was Composer in Residence at Queen's College, London. From 1968 to 1980, he taught music in a number of London secondary schools. In 1996 he was appointed Composer in Association with the English Sinfonia. In 2001 he was appointed Chairman of the Performing Right Society, having previously been Deputy Chairman (lung cancer)

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in 1646 -
Guillaume Poitevin, composer is born
in 1656 - Stephan Otto, composer, dies at 53
in 1704 - Frantisek Ignac Antonin Tuma, composer is born
in 1737 - Franz Schneider, composer is born
in 1756 - Josef Jawurek, composer is born
in 1792 - Philip Cipriani Hambley Potter, pianist/composer is born
in 1809 - Anton Emil Titl, composer is born
in 1817 - Gunnar Wennerberg, composer is born
in 1823 - Daniel Steibelt, composer, dies at 57 [OS=Sept 20]
in 1842 - Jose Mariano Elizaga, composer, dies at 56
in 1875 - Henry Fevrier, composer is born
in 1880 - George Alexander Russell, composer is born
in 1881 - Fred Barlow, composer is born

in 1893 -
Leroy Shield (US film score, radio composer; Our Gang/Laurel and Hardy) is born.
Video Notes: The strange and beautiful background music in the Hal Roach comedies of the 1930s was composed by LeRoy Shield (1883-1962). The music can be difficult to hear because of all the dialogue, sound effects and hiss. However... we can recreate COMPLETE VERSIONS by splicing together different movie clips! Here is a "splicing" by Piet Schreuders of Shield's tune "Look At Him Now" (1931).
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSOsLWb3dPI"]Leroy Shield: Look At Him Now - YouTube[/ame]
in 1901 - Alice Prin (French nightclub singer, artists' model, actress, painter)* is born.
in 1904 - Godfrey Baseley, radio executive is born
in 1914 - Albe Vidakovic, composer is born
in 1914 - Bengt Viktor Johansson, composer is born
in 1914 - Bernarr Rainbow (UK historian of music, organist, choir master) is born.
in 1915 - Robert Russell "Chubby" Wise, musician is born
in 1915 - Russell Alexander, composer, dies at 38.

TODAY’S MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT SHINES ON . . .

in 1920 - Max Bruch, composer, dies at 82.
Max Christian Friedrich Bruch also known as Max Karl August Bruch, was a German Romantic composer and conductor who wrote over 200 works, including three violin concertos, the first of which has become a staple of the violin repertory.


Bruch was born in Cologne, Rhine Province, where he received his early musical training under the composer and pianist Ferdinand Hiller, to whom Robert Schumann dedicated his piano concerto. Ignaz Moscheles recognized his aptitude. Bruch had a long career as a teacher, conductor and composer, moving among musical posts in Germany: Mannheim (1862-1864), Koblenz (1865-1867), Sondershausen, (1867-1870), Berlin (1870-1872), and Bonn, where he spent 1873-78 working privately. At the height of his reputation he spent three seasons as conductor of the Liverpool Philharmonic Society (1880-83). There he met his wife, Clara Tuczek. He taught composition at the Berlin Hochschule für Musik from 1890 until his retirement in 1910. Bruch died in his house in Berlin-Friedenau.


His complex and well-structured works, in the German romantic musical tradition, placed him in the camp of Romantic classicism exemplified by Johannes Brahms, rather than the opposing "New Music" of Franz Liszt and Richard Wagner. In his time, he was known primarily as a choral composer.


His Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26 (1866) is one of the most popular Romantic violin concertos. It uses several techniques from Felix Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E minor. These include the linking of movements, and a departure from the customary orchestral exposition and rigid form of earlier concertos. It is a singularly melodic composition which many critics have said represents the apex of the romantic tradition.


Other pieces which are also well-known and widely played include the Scottish Fantasy for violin and orchestra, which includes an arrangement of the tune "Hey Tuttie Tatie", best known for its use in the song Scots Wha Hae by Robert Burns. Bruch also wrote Kol Nidrei, Op. 47, a popular work for cello and orchestra (its subtitle is "Adagio on Hebrew Melodies for Violoncello and Orchestra"); the principal such melody is the Kol Nidre incantation from the Jewish Yom Kippur service, which gives the piece its name.


The success of this work has made many assume that Bruch himself had Jewish ancestry — indeed, under the National Socialist Party his music ceased to be programmed because of the possibility of his being a Jew; as a result of this, his music was completely forgotten in German-speaking countries — but there is no known evidence for his being Jewish. As far as can be ascertained, none of his ancestors were Jews, and Bruch himself was raised Rhenish-Catholic.


He wrote the Concerto in A flat minor for Two Pianos and Orchestra, Op. 88a, in 1912 for the American duo-pianists Rose and Ottilie Sutro, but they never played the original version; they only ever played the work twice, in two different versions of their own. The score was withdrawn in 1917 and discovered only after Ottilie Sutro's death in 1970. The Sutro sisters also played a major part in the fate of the manuscript of the Violin Concerto No. 1: Bruch sent it to them to be sold in the United States, but they kept it and sold it for profit themselves.


Other works include two other concerti for violin and orchestra, No. 2 in D minor and No. 3 in D minor (which Bruch himself regarded as at least as fine as the famous first); and a Concerto for Clarinet, Viola and Orchestra. There are also 3 symphonies, which, while not displaying any originality in form or structure, nevertheless show Bruch at his best as a composer of fine melodic talent and a gift for orchestration, firmly in the tradition of the Romantics. He wrote a number of chamber works, including a set of eight pieces for piano, clarinet, and viola; and a string octet.


The violinists Joseph Joachim and Willy Hess advised Bruch on composing for strings, and Hess performed the premieres of a number of works by Bruch, including the Concert Piece for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 84, which was composed for him.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKwmfkDQ_Ws&feature=related"]Joshua Bell - Bruch violin concerto (movt 1) - YouTube[/ame]
in 1922 - Otmar Macha, composer is born
in 1925 - Alois Pinos, composer is born
in 1925 - Phil Urso (US jazz tenor saxophonist and composer) is born.
in 1929 - Howard Roberts (US jazz guitarist, educator, session musician) is born.
in 1929 - Kenneth Leighton, composer is born
in 1930 - Gunter Kochan, composer is born
in 1933 - Dimiter Khristov, composer is born
in 1933 - Phill Niblock (US composer, filmmaker, videographer) is born.

in 1933 -
Ronnie Ross (UK Indian-born multi saxophonist, clarinet player, arranger) is born.

in 1935 -
Peter Frankl, pianist is born
in 1939 - Lolly Vegas/Lolly Vasquez (US guitar, vocals; Redbone) is born.
in 1940 - Lord Davies, chairman (Welsh National Opera) is born
in 1941 - Ron Meagher (US bassist; Beau Brummels) is born.
in 1943 - Robert Nathaniel Dett, composer, dies at 60.
in 1945 - Don McLean (US singer, guitarist, songwriter) is born.
in 1945 - Neil Frances Tennant, rocker (Pet Shop Boy-West End Girl) is born.
in 1946 - Jo-el Sonnier, Rayne La, country singer (Louisiana) is born.

in 1948 -
Chris LeDoux (US singer, guitarist, rodeo performer; Garth Brookes/solo) is born.

in 1949 -
Richard Hell/Richard Meyers (US vocalist, bass; Voidoids; originator of the punk fashion look) is born.

in 1950 -
Mike Rutherford (UK guitar, bass; Genesis/Mike & The Mechanics) is born.
in 1951 - Romina Power (American born Italian singer, actress) is born.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0wZQbK938Y"]Al Bano Carrisi & Romina Power - Felicita ( New Version ) - YouTube[/ame]
in 1951 - Sting /Gordon Sumner (UK singer, bassist, songwriter, actor) is born.
in 1952 - John Otway (UK singer, songwriter, guitarist; Otway & Barrett/solo) is born.
in 1952 - Wahed Wafa (Afghan singer) is born.
in 1953 - "Comedy in Music (Victor Borge)" opens at John Golden NYC for 849 perf.

in 1954 -
Greg Jennings, Okla City Okla, country singer (Restless Heart-Wheels) is born.

in 1954 - US band vocalist from the 1940s,
Don Cornell was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Hold My Hand'. This song was banned by the BBC for the words 'kingdom of heaven'.

in 1955 -
Philip Oakey, Sheffield, rock vocalist (Human League-Only Human) is born
in 1956 - Freddie Jackson (US soul singer) is born.
in 1956 - Paul de Backer, Belgian radiologist, dies at 73
in 1958 - Musical show "Valmouth," 1st produced in London.

in 1959 - Fifteen
Elvis Presley fans were arrested in Germany after marching through the streets of Leipzig shouting "Long live Elvis Presley" and making unkind remarks about German music.

in 1959 -
'Stay' by Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs entered the US chart on its way to No.1. At just 1:37, it becomes the shortest US chart topper in Rock and Roll history.

in 1960 -
Al Connelly (Canadian guitarist; Glass Tiger) is born.
in 1960 - Django Bates, jazz musician is born.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYXiA9HxYuA"]Django Bates - Three Architects Called Gabrielle - YouTube[/ame]
in 1960 - Jaroslav Doubrava, composer, dies at 51.

in 1961 -
Phil Spector and partner Lester Sill released the first single on their new label Philles, The Crystals’, ‘Oh Yeah Maybe Baby.’ A little over a year later, they had a No.1 hit with ‘He’s a Rebel,’ and soon after, ‘Da Doo Ron Ron’ and ‘Then He Kissed Me.’

in 1961 -
Robbie Nevil, rocker (A Place Like This) is born
in 1962 - James Hunter (UK singer) is born.
in 1962 - Sigtryggur Baldursson (Icelandic drummer; The Sugarcubes) is born.

in 1965 -
The McCoys were at No. 1 on the US singles chart with ‘Hang On Sloopy’ (No.5 in the UK when released on Andrew Oldham’s new Immediate label). The song was first released by The Vibrations and called ‘My Girl Sloopy’.

in 1967 - All six members of
The Grateful Dead were busted by California narcotics agents for possession of
marijuana at the groups' 710 Ashbury Street House in San Francisco, California.

in 1967 -
Bud Gaugh (US drummer; Sublime/Eyes Adrift) is born.
in 1967 - Gillian Welch (US singer, guitar, songwriter) is born.
in 1968 - Jeff Martin (Canadian singer/songwriter; The Tea Party) is born.
in 1969 - Badly Drawn Boy/Damon Gough (UK indie singer/songwriter,guitarist) is born.
in 1970 - Alfred Julius Swan, composer, dies at 79
in 1970 - Anders Bo Leif Linde, composer, dies at 37.

in 1971 -
Bola de Nieve/Ignacio Jacinto Villa dies at age 60. Cuban singer-pianist and songwriter; he studied at the Mateu Conservatoire of Havana and worked as a chauffeur and played piano for silent films until his friend Rita Montaner took him on as an accompanist in the early 1930s taking him to Mexico. Ignacio stayed in Mexico and developed an original performance style as a pianist and singer. He was an elite, sophisticated cabaret stylist known for ironic patter, subtle musical interpretation, with a repertoire that included songs in French, English, Catalan, Portuguese and Italian. He toured widely in Europe and the Americas, and his friends included Andres Segovia and Pablo Neruda.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXcIRwsmwuw"]Bola de Nieve - Ay! Mamá Inés - YouTube[/ame]
in 1971 - James Root (US guitarist; Slipknot) is born.

in 1971 -
John Lennon's 'Imagine' LP entered the US album chart, where it will reach No.3.

in 1971 -
LeShaun/Selina Thomspon (US rapper) is born.

in 1971 -
Rod Stewart started a five week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Maggie May / Reason To Believe', his first solo No.1. Stewarts album 'Every Picture Tells A Story' also started a four-week run on this day at No.1 on the UK and US chart.

in 1971 -
Tiffany [Renee Darwich], Norwalk Cal, singer (I Think We're Alone Now) is born.

in 1973 -
LaTocha "Meatball" Scott (singer; Xscape) is born.
in 1973 - Lene G Nystrom (Norweigan lead singer; Aqua/solo) is born.
in 1973 - Proof/DeShaun Holton (US rapper; D12) is born.
in 1974 - Sam Roberts (Canadian singer, songwriter) is born.
in 1976 - 'Mandisa' Lynn Hundley (US singer) is born.

in 1976 -
Quentin "Butter" Jackson dies at age 57. American jazz trombonist born in Springfield, Ohio; in his early career he worked with Cab Calloway and was in the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Later he did notable work with Charles Mingus, Kenny Burrell, and others.
Video Notes: Jazz Icons: Count Basie features one of the greatest big band orchestras captured at the height of their considerable powers. Billed frequently as the "most explosive force in jazz," this recently discovered 60-minute concert, taped in Sweden in 1962, highlights the legendary musical talents of this 18-piece band which included such luminaries as Marshal Royal, Freddie Green, Quentin "Butter" Jackson, Frank Wess and sensational drummer Sonny Payne. This is the earliest known complete concert of Count Basie and his orchestra to be released on DVD. Stellar performances include "Corner Pocket," "Old Man River," and "One O'Clock Jump."
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Gk24TONTsM"]Jazz Icons: Count Basie- Live In '62 Preview - YouTube[/ame]
in 1977 - The body of Elvis Presley and his mother Gladys were moved from the cemetery where they were buried to Graceland's after an unsuccessful attempt was made to body snatch the coffin.

in 1978 -
Ayu/Ayumi Hamasaki (Japanese singer) is born.
in 1979 - Maja Ivarsson (Swedish singer; The Sounds) is born.

in 1979 - The Buzzcocks kicked off a 25-date UK tour at the Mountford Hall, Liverpool, England.


in 1980 -
Gil Ribeiro (Portuguese guitarist, singer, lyricist; The Crew) is born.
in 1980 - Leaveil Degree from the soul group The Whispers started a two-year prison sentence in Boron California for his part in diamond robbery.

in 1981 -
Hazel Scott dies at age 61. West Indian jazz and classical pianist and singer; born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago and raised in New York City from the age of four. She performed extensively on piano as a child, then trained at the Juilliard School. She appeared in the production Priorities of 1942 and performed numerous times at the famed Carnegie Hall. She was known for improvising on classical themes and also played boogie-woogie, blues, and ballads. Her album Relaxed Piano Moodson the Debut Record label with Charles Mingus and Max Roach, is the album most highly regarded by critics today. Hazel was the first coloured lady to have her own TV show, The Hazel Scott Show, which premiered on the DuMont Television Network on July 3rd 1950. However, due to her public opposition to McCarthyism and racial segregation, the show was canceled, the final broadcast was September 29th 1950. Hazel also appeared in numerous films, including 'Something To Shout About', 'I Dood It', 'Broadway Rhythm', 'The Heat's On' and 'Rhapsody in Blue'.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NtBMXE9mJV4"]Hazel Scott for the March of Dimes - YouTube[/ame]
in 1981 - Terry Hall, Neville Staples and Lynval Golding all left The Specials to form Fun Boy Three.

in 1982 -
Dire Straits started a four-week run at No.1 on UK the album charts with 'Love Over Gold'.

in 1982 -
George Pettit (Canadian singer; Alexisonfire) is born.

in 1982 -
John Cougar started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Jack and Diane', his first US No.1a No.25 hit in the UK.

in 1982 -
Musical Youth were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Pass The Dutchie'. The group were made up of Birmingham school boys, aged 11-16. The song was a cover of The Mighty Diamonds song called 'Pass The Kutchie', a slang term for a cannabis smoking pipe, but the word was changed to avoid the song being banned for it's drug reference.

in 1982 -
Peter Gabriel and Steve Hacket joined their former band mates in Genesis for a one-time benefit performance at The Milton Keynes Bowl in Buckinghamshire, England to help raise money for Gabriel's WOMAD project (World of Music, Arts and Dance).

in 1983 - Abba singer
Agnetha Faltskog was taken to hospital suffering from concussion after being involved in a car crash in Skane Sweden.

in 1983 -
Gerald Strang, Canadian composer, dies at 75.

in 1983 - Welsh singer
Bonnie Tyler was at No.1 on the US singles chart with the Jim Steinman written and produced track 'Total Eclipse Of The Heart'. It made her the only Welsh artist to score a US No.1.

in 1989 -
"Cousin Joe" Pleasant/Pleasant Joseph dies at age 81. American blues vocalist and guitarist born in Wallace, Louisiana; he made a name for himself on the Crescent City nightclub circuit of the mid-1930s before relocating to New York City in 1942. He is now more famous for his 1940s recordings with clarinetist Sidney Bechet and saxophonist Mezz Mezzrow. He recorded an impromptu 1971 session under the title Bad Luck Blues, followed in 1973 by Cousin Joe from New Orleans.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=184bJoYoir4"]'cousin Joe' Pleasant - Crippled Crab a Crutch - YouTube[/ame]
in 1990 - Samantha Barks (Manx singer, actress) is born.
in 1991 - Beau Grayson, son of country singer Tanya Tucker is born.

in 1994 -
Harriet Nelson/Peggy Lou Snyder dies at age 85. American singer and actress, born in Des Moines, Iowa; by 1932, she was performing in vaudeville when she met the saxophone-playing bandleader Ozzie Nelson, who hired her to sing with the band, under the name Harriet Hilliard. They married three years later. Harriet also went on to have a respectable film career and as a solo performer, as well as her work with the band. She is also well known for her role on the long-running sitcom The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. (congestive heart failure).

in 1994 -
Joshua Vargas (UK performer, singer) is born.
in 1995 - Norman Ewart Thurston, musician, dies at 74.

in 1995 -
Oasis released their second album '(What's The Story), Morning Glory', which entered the UK chart at No.1.

in 1996 -
30th Country Music Assn Award: Brooks and Dunn win.

in 1996 - A
Pearl Jam show in Hartford Connecticut ended in a riot when mass fighting broke out among the 30,000 strong crowds.


in 1996 -
Frideswide Frances Emma Knight, musician/socialist, dies at 85.

in 1998 - America's singing cowboy
Gene Autry died aged 91. During his career he scored 25 successive Top 10 Country hits. In 1995 it was estimated he was worth $320 million.

in 1998 -
Gene Autry dies at age 91. American performer who gained fame as The Singing Cowboy on the radio, in movies and on television for more than three decades beginning in the 1930s. Gene was also owner of the Los Angeles/California Angels Major League Baseball team from 1961 to 1997, as well as a television station and several radio stations in southern California. Although his signature song was "Back in the Saddle Again", he is best known today for his Christmas holiday songs, his self penned "Here Comes Santa Claus", "Frosty the Snowman", and his biggest hit, "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer". He was a member of both the Country Music and Nashville Songwriters halls of fame, and is the only celebrity to have five stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (lymphoma).

in 1999 -
Georg Tintner CM dies at age 82. Austrian-born conductor whose career was principally in New Zealand, Australia, and Canada. As a child he was a singer in the Vienna Boys' Choir, and studied composition and conducting at the Vienna State Academy. In 1938, he moved out of Vienna before moving to Auckland, New Zealand in 1940. He conducted a church choir until after the war, when he took over the Auckland Choral Society in 1947, and the Auckland String Players in 1948. He became a New Zealand citizen in 1946. In 1954, he went to Australia and became resident conductor of the National Opera of Australia before joining the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust Opera in 1957. He spent a year with the Cape Town Municipal Orchestra 1966-67 and three years with Sadler's Wells Opera 1967-70 before returning to Australia as Music Director of the West Australian Opera. In 1974, he rejoined the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust Opera, by then known as the Australian Opera. He became Music Director of the Queensland Theatre Orchestra in 1976. In 1987 he moved to Canada, where he became director of Symphony Nova Scotia. In 1998, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada (after a six-year struggle with cancer, Georg jumped to his death from the balcony of his 11th-storey Halifax apartment)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1E66DH1HZ4"]Bruckner Symphony No. 8 in C minor: Adagio (coda) - YouTube[/ame]
in 1999 - Matchbox 20 singer Rob Thomas married model Marisol Maldonado. Marisol appeared in the Santana video ‘Smooth’ with Thomas.

in 2000 -
Coldplay kicked of a 17-date UK tour at The Junction, Cambridge.

in 2001 - Actor
Kevin Spacey hosts Come Together: A Night for John Lennon's Words and Music at New York's Radio City Music Hall. Performers include, Alanis Morissette, Moby, Stone Temple Pilots and the Dave Mathews Band. The evening was closed with those present singing 'Give Peace A Chance'.

in 2002 -
Adam Ant escaped a prison sentence after a judge ruled that an incident in which he threatened drinkers with a replica pistol in a London pub was a result of mental illness. The 1980's pop star had been voluntarily having psychiatric treatment since the incident.

in 2002 -
Robbie Williams signed the most lucrative British record deal in history when he signed with EMI records for £80m. Asked what he was going to do with money Robbie said, "I'm going to count it all."

in 2003 -
Police were called to a suspected burglary at the Los Angeles house of Courtney Love's former boyfriend and ex-manager Jim Barber in the early hours. Ms Love was picked up in the street outside and detained - with officers noting "Miss Love's behaviour was consistent with being under the influence of a controlled substance". Shortly after her arrest, Ms Love was taken to hospital with a suspected drug overdose.

in 2004 -
Billy Joel married 23-year-old Kate Lee at his Centre Island, New York mansion. It was the third marriage for Joel.

in 2005 -
James Blunt kicked off a 17 date UK tour at Barrowlands, Glasgow, Scotland.

in 2005 -
Katie Melua scored her second UK No.1 album when ‘Piece By Piece’ went to the top of the charts.

in 2005 -
Sugababes were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Push The Button', the girl group's 4th No.1.

in 2007 -
Britney Spears was ordered to hand over her two young children to her former husband Kevin Federline by a judge in Los Angeles. The court ruled that Federline would be given custody of Sean Preston, two, and one-year-old Jayden James, until further notice. Last month Judge Scott Gordon had said Ms Spears showed "a habitual, frequent and continuous use of controlled substances and alcohol." The singer was ordered to undergo random drug and alcohol tests twice a week as part of her child custody dispute with Mr Federline.

in 2007 -
Tawn Mastrey dies at age 53. American disc jockey, music video producer, and one of rock radio's top media personalities. She was among the first to add new artists such as AC/DC, Cheap Trick, The Sex Pistols, The Ramones, Devo, The Police, Joan Jett, and other now legendary bands to the playlist while working as Music Director at KSJO, the San Francisco Bay highest rated Album Oriented Rock station during the late 1970’s, Tawn had a profound impact on the fate of Hard Rock, Punk, New Wave and later Heavy Metal music at KNAC where the subsequent Los Angeles Metal Band scene gave birth to artists like Ratt, Mötley Crüe, Gun’s N’Roses et al. As a fairly open – minded Music Director and DJ at KSJO, Tawn was a deciding voice in which new artists would be played and added to the KSJO catalogue and decidedly liberal playlist which only required DJ’s to play “Star” artists after commercial breaks (effects of hepatitis C, which she contracted as a child)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vK7XjOR-UzI"]Tawn Mastrey - YouTube[/ame]
in 2008 - Pink went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Funhouse’ the singer’s fourth studio album.

in 2010 -
Art Jarvinen dies at age 54. American composer, teacher and musician, who grew up in Ohio. He attended the California Institute of the Arts, studying percussion with John Bergamo, Karen Ervin Pershing, and Ruth Underwood. He eventually studied composition there with Morton Subotnick, Stephen Mosko, and Earle Brown. Art composed over 80 compositions and worked closely with both Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart. In 1981, he earned a Masters of Fine Arts degree and began teaching at the California Institute of the Arts. That same year Art became an the original member of the California EAR Unit, an American chamber ensemble dedicated to the performance of contemporary classical music.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ua1GcqPx6yk"]Eskimo Piece by Art Jarvinen (performed by thingNY) - YouTube[/ame]
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in 1631 -
Sebastian Anton Scherer, composer is born.
in 1646 - Virgilio Mazzocchi, composer, dies at 49.
in 1685 - Fidel Molitor, composer, dies at 58.
in 1713 - Antoine Dauvergne, composer is born.
in 1733 - Francois Krafft, composer is born.
in 1750 - Georg Matthias Monn, composer, dies at 33.
in 1792 - Cipriani Potter, composer is born.
in 1807 - Heinrich Panofka, composer is born.
in 1820 - Ludwig Wenzel Lachnith, composer, dies at 74.
in 1828 - Josephus Andreas Fodor, composer, dies at 77.
in 1828 - Woldemar Bargiel (German composer, pianist) is born.
in 1834 - Vilem Blodek, composer is born.
in 1853 - Andre Georges Louis Onslow, composer, dies at 69.
in 1866 - Learmont Drysdale, composer is born.
in 1872 - Edward Faber Schneider, composer is born.

in 1876 -
music was sent over a telephone line for the first time; the same year the telephone was invented.

in 1881 -
Ludomir Michal Rogowski, composer is born.
in 1882 - Karol Szymanowski (Polish composer, pianist) is born.
in 1888 - Roy Webb, composer is born.
in 1889 - Karel Miry, composer, dies at 66.
in 1893 - Frantisek Picha, composer is born.
in 1901 - Masao Oki, composer is born.
in 1903 - Benedetto Junck, composer, dies at 51.
in 1907 - Alfred Reisenauer, composer, dies at 43.

in 1912 -
Gabriel Julian, original pianist of Bobby Byrne Orchestra, arranger for Glenn Miller and founder Alabama Cavaliers Jazz Ens is born.

in 1912 -
Guido Papini, composer, dies at 65.
Papini was an Italian violinist and composer; born at Camagiore. He studied under Giorgetti at Florence, and made his debut there in 1860, executing the third concerto by Spohr. Later he led the Societa del Quartette for a number of years. In 1874 he made his London debut at the Musical Union, where he afterward usually appeared, but he has also played at concerts of the Old and New Philharmonic Societies, and at the Crystal Palace. In 1876 he took part in the Pasdeloup concerts at Paris, and also at those of the Bordeaux Philharmonic. He is the composer of a concerto for the violin, and one for the cello; romances; nocturnes; and Feuilles d' album; Exercises du mecanisme, for the violin alone; and Violin School, arrangements and transcriptions. He also edited a number of classical works, among them twenty-four of Paganini's caprices. In 1893 he became head of the violin department of the Royal Academy of Music at Dublin, but gave up the position in 1896 and returned to London, where he lived out his remaining years, composing and giving a few private lessons.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DD1-vE0ockk"]Notte Stellata - Guido Papini - YouTube[/ame]
in 1919 - Daniel Brink Towner, composer, dies at 69.
in 1919 - Walter Gieseler, composer is born.
in 1922 - Marcel van Thienen, composer is born.
in 1928 - Erik Bruhn, Copenhagen Denmark, dancer (Natl Ballet of Canada) is born.
in 1930 - David Mayer Epstein, composer is born.
in 1931 - Carl August Nielsen, composer, dies at 66.
in 1934 - Benjamin Boretz, composer is born.

in 1934 -
Koo Nimo/Daniel Amponsah (Ghanaian singer-songwriter, guitarist, teacher) is born.

in 1936 -
Steve Reich (American composer; pioneer of minimalism) is born.
in 1937 - Boldizsar Csiky, composer is born.
in 1937 - Ton de Kruyf, composer is born.
in 1938 - Eddie Cochran, Okla City, rock vocalist/guitarist (C'Mon Everybody) is born.
in 1938 - Tereza Kesovija (Croatian singer, songwriter, flutist) is born.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfcIxXCiaVQ"]Tereza Kesovija - Nono - YouTube[/ame]



in 1939 - Mike Smith/Larry Michael Smith (US songwriter, singer) is born.
in 1940 - Alan O'Day, Hollywood Ca, rocker is born.
in 1941 - Chubby Checker, [Ernest Evans], Phila, rock vocalist (Twist) is born.
in 1941 - Wilhelm Kienzl, Austria composer (Kuhreigen), dies at 84.
in 1945 - Antonio Martinez (Spanish lead guitarist; Los Bravos) is born.

in 1945 -
Elvis Presley made his first ever-public appearance in a talent contest at the Mississippi Alabama Dairy Show singing 'Old Shep', Elvis was 10 years old at the time and came second.

in 1945 -
Rik Kenton, rocker is born.
in 1946 - Mike Clarke (US drummer; the Headhunters/sessionist/freelance/guest) is born.
in 1946 - Tristan Keuris, composer is born.

in 1947 -
John Perry Barlow (US poet, essayist, songwriter; lyricist for the Grateful Dead) is born.

in 1947 -
Lindsey Buckingham, rocker (Fleetwood Mac-Rumours, Tusk) is born.
in 1950 - Ronnie Laws, US saxophonist/guitarist (Earth, Wind and Fire) is born.
in 1951 - Jack Grondin, rock drummer (.38 Special) is born.
in 1951 - Keb' Mo' /Kevin Moore (US blues singer, guitarist, songwriter) is born.
in 1953 - Arnold Edward Trevor Bax, Brit composer (Coronation March), dies at 69.

in 1954 -
Stevie Ray Vaughan, Dallas TX, guitarist (Sky is Crying, Texas Flood) is born.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAG-kX_IlUw"]Stevie Ray Vaughan Little Wing - YouTube[/ame]



in 1955 - Douglas Allen Woody (US guitarist; Allman Brothers/Gov't Mule/others) is born.

in 1957 -
Tim Westwood (UK rap DJ, presenter of the BBC Radio 1 Rap Show) is born.

in 1958 - The
Biggest Show Of Stars 1958 Tour kicked off at the Worcester Auditorium in Worcester, Massachusetts. This Autumn Edition featured; Buddy Holly, Frankie Avalon, Bobby Darin, The Olympics, Dion & The Belmonts, Bobby Freeman, The Elegants, Jimmy Clanton, The Danleers, Duane Eddy, Clyde McPhatter and The Coasters.

in 1959 -
Jack Wagner (actor, singer) is born.
in 1961 - Robbie Jaymes (UK singer; Modern Romance) is born.

in 1962 -
Tommy Lee, Greece, drummer (Motley Crew), wed H. Locklear/Pam Anderson.

in 1965 -
Ken Dodd was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Tears', the singer, comedian's only UK No.1.

in 1966 -
David Lambert dies at age 49. American jazz lyricist, singer, and an originator of vocalese. He was best known as a member of the trio Lambert, Hendricks & Ross. He spent a lifetime experimenting with the human voice, and expanding the possibilities of its use within jazz. His band debut was with Johnny Long's Orchestra in the early 1940s. Along with early partner Buddy Stewart, he successfully brought singing into modern jazz, concurrently with Ella Fitzgerald. In the late 1950s he teamed with wordsmith, and vocalese pioneer Jon Hendricks. The two were later joined by Annie Ross, and the lineup was a hit. (hit and killed by a car while changing a tire) .
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2odNviS540"]Logan lerman or David Lambert - YouTube[/ame]



in 1966 - Frank Hannon, rock guitarist (Tesla-Psychotic Supper) is born.

in 1967 -
James Brown played two shows at the Royal Albert Hall in London with his 18 piece American band.

in 1967 -
Walter Muller von Kulm, composer, dies at 68.

in 1967 -
Woodrow Wilson "Woody" Guthrie dies at age 55. American singer-songwriter and folk musician, whose musical legacy includes 100s of political, traditional and children's songs, ballads and improvised works. He frequently performed with the slogan This Machine Kills Fascists displayed on his guitar. His best-known song is "This Land Is Your Land", which is regularly sung in American schools. Many of his recorded songs are archived in the Library of Congress. Such songwriters as Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs and Tom Paxton have acknowledged their debt to Woody as an influence. He traveled with migrant workers from Oklahoma to California and learned traditional folk and blues songs. Many of his songs are about his experiences in the Dust Bowl era during the Great Depression, earning him the nickname the "Dust Bowl Troubadour". Throughout his life Woody was associated with United States communist groups, though he was never an actual member of any. During his later years, in spite of his illness, Woody served as a figurehead in the folk movement, providing inspiration to a generation of new folk musicians, including mentor relationships with Ramblin' Jack Elliott and Bob Dylan. Woody was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in 1997 (died from complications of Huntington's disease).
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uI3MzLdyOkE"]Woody Guthrie & Pete Seeger: Live American Folk Music and Songs Documentary (1946) - YouTube[/ame]
in 1968 - Greg Foster, NBA center (Utah Jazz) is born.

in 1968 - Working at Trident Studios in London,
The Beatles recorded the new George Harrison song ‘Savoy Truffle’. George, Paul, and Ringo recorded just one take of the basic track (drums, bass, and lead guitar). The song was inspired by Eric Clapton's love of chocolates, particularly Mackintosh's Good News.

in 1969 -
Gwen Stefani (US singer; No Doubt/solo) is born.
in 1969 - Tetsu/Tetsuya Ogawa (Japanese bassist; L'Arc~en~Ciel) is born.
in 1971 - Kevin Richardson (US singer; Backstreet Boys) is born.
in 1971 - Sean O Riada, composer, dies at 40.
in 1972 - Denny Vaughn, orch leader (Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour) is born
in 1972 - Garrett Dutton (singer, guitarist; G. Love & Special Sauce) is born.
in 1972 - Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter (hip-hop artist; Roots) is born.
in 1974 - Talib Kweli Green (US emcee, rap artist) is born.
in 1975 - George Harrison releases "Extra Texture" album in UK.
in 1975 - India Arie Simpson (US singer, songwriter, multi-musicain) is born.
in 1977 - "Comedy with Music (Victor Borge)" opens at Imperial NYC for 66 perfs
in 1978 - Jake Shears/Jason Sellards (US singer; Scissor Sisters) is born.

in 1978 - The members of
Aerosmith bailed thirty fans out of jail after they were arrested for smoking pot during an Aerosmith concert at Fort Wayne Coliseum.

in 1979 -
Shannyn Sossamon (US actress, DJ, appeared videos for Mick Jagger/ Korn) is born.
in 1980 - Danny O'Donoghue (Irish singer; The Script) is born.
in 1980 - UK BBC TV aired 'The Police In The East' documentary featuring The Police on tour in India.
in 1983 - Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson release "Say, Say, Say" in UK

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in 1984 - Ashlee Simpson (US singer) is born.
Ashlee Nicole Simpson is an American singer-songwriter and actress. She rose to prominence in 2004 with the success of her number-one debut album Autobiography. Her reality series, The Ashlee Simpson Show, aired for two seasons. Following a North American concert tour and a film appearance, Simpson released her second number-one album, I Am Me (2005). Simpson assumed creative control over her third album, Bittersweet World (2008).


Simpson was born in Waco, Texas and raised in the Richardson area of Texas. She is the daughter of Tina Ann (née Drew), a homemaker, and Joe Truett Simpson, a former psychologist and Baptist youth minister who works as Simpson's agent. Simpson has an older sister, Jessica, who is also a singer and actress. She attended the same schools as her sister, Prairie Creek Elementary and Richardson North Junior High.


In 1987, when Simpson was three years old, she began studying classical ballet. Simpson enrolled at the School of American Ballet in New York City in 1995, a year in advance. During this time, Simpson suffered from an eating disorder for about six months but received treatment from her parents. Tina and Joe Simpson made the decision to relocate to Los Angeles, California for Jessica's singing career in 1999. Subsequently, Ashlee was cast in television commercials.


Eventually, Simpson made appearances in films and television series, including Malcolm in the Middle (2001), a minor role in The Hot Chick (2002), and a recurring role on the family drama series 7th Heaven (2002, 2003, and 2004). In the summer of 2003, she worked as a video personality for MTV. Occasionally, Simpson appeared on Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica, a reality show documenting the married life of her sister Jessica and her then-husband, Nick Lachey.


Following the success of her sister Jessica's first album, Ashlee became one of her backup dancers. Simpson recorded a song entitled "Christmas Past, Present and Future" in 2002 for the holiday album School's Out! Christmas, which was later re-released on Radio Disney Jingle Jams in 2004 and 2005. In the summer of 2003, she released a song called "Just Let Me Cry" for the soundtrack to the film Freaky Friday. After her appearances on the School's Out! Christmas and Freaky Friday albums, Simpson signed a record deal with Geffen Records. Her first album, Autobiography, debuted at number one in the United States in July 2004, with first-week sales of around 398,000 copies. The album was certified triple-platinum by the RIAA in September 2004. Simpson co-wrote all of the album's tracks, describing it as "very true to my emotions", however, critical reviews were mixed. Rolling Stone magazine's Peter Relic characterised the album as a "mundane melange of Avril-ish brat pop and Sheryl Crow cod rock." The single which preceded the album, "Pieces of Me", was one of the biggest hits of the summer in the United States and was certified gold by the RIAA. The follow-up singles, "Shadow" and "La La", were less successful, although the latter became an RIAA-certified gold seller. At the Teen Choice Awards on August 8, 2004, Simpson received the "Song of the Summer" Teen Choice Award for "Pieces of Me", as well as the "Fresh Face" Award.

She also won the Billboard Award for New Female Artist of the Year in December and in the same month, Entertainment Weekly named her one of its Breakout Stars of 2004.


As an accompaniment to her debut album, Autobiography, and to create interest in the beginning of her own music career, she filmed and appeared on her own reality television series, The Ashlee Simpson Show, which aired in the time slot following Newlyweds. It ran in the United States for eight weekly episodes over the summer of 2004 (a second season of 10 episodes aired from January to March 2005). The show dealt with the processes of writing, recording and performing Simpson's music, as well as aspects of her personal life. Simpson had a supporting role as an aspiring actress named Clea in Undiscovered. While her performance was met with indifference, the film itself was panned by critics and failed to reach the top 10 in its opening weekend, earning just $676,048 during its theatrical run. Her performance in the film earned her a Razzie nomination for Worst Supporting Actress.


Simpson appeared as a musical guest on the October 23, 2004 episode of Saturday Night Live, where she was scheduled to perform two songs, "Pieces of Me" and "Autobiography". When she began singing "Autobiography", the vocals for "Pieces of Me" were heard again before Simpson had the microphone to her mouth. She began to do an impromptu jig when she realized the embarrassing error, and then left the stage. During the closing of the show, Simpson appeared with the guest host, Jude Law, and said, "I'm so sorry. My band started playing the wrong song, and I didn't know what to do, so I thought I'd do a hoedown." On October 25, Simpson called in to the music video show Total Request Live and explained that due to complications arising from severe acid reflux disease, she had completely lost her voice and been advised not to sing by her doctor. She said that because of the acid reflux, her father wanted her to use a vocal guide track for the performance. During the performance her drummer hit the wrong button, which caused the wrong track to be played. Simpson said of the incident, "I made a complete fool of myself."


On January 4, 2005, Simpson performed "La La" at the halftime show for the 2005 Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida. After her performance, many of the 72,000-plus spectators booed. Some viewers noted that Kelly Clarkson had performed in the show earlier to a much more positive reaction, and asserted that Simpson's performance was poor and very off-key. After the Orange Bowl performance, an internet petition was created at PetitionOnline.com, which requested that Simpson stop producing music. It soon became one of the most active of the site's petitions. In regards to the negativity towards her, Simpson said, "That's cool. You don't always have to be a fan of everybody's music", adding that she receives a great amount of support from her fans. Around the time of the petition, Cosmopolitan chose Simpson to be on the cover of their February 2005 issue, naming her the "Fun Fearless Female of the Year". Simpson's first North American tour ran from mid-February to late April 2005. The tour was described as "stripped down" without pyrotechnics. As well as material from Autobiography, Simpson performed her own unreleased song "Hollywood", The Pretenders' "Brass in Pocket", Blondie's "Call Me" and Madonna's "Burning Up".


Simpson's second album, I Am Me, was released on October 18, 2005. She wanted to incorporate the feel of music from the 1980s on the album, and unlike with her debut, she wanted to focus less on relationships and more on herself. The album debuted at number-one, selling around 220,000 copies in its first week; as of 2008, it had sold 944,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. Its lead single, "Boyfriend", became a top 20 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 while Simpson's next two singles, "L.O.V.E." and "Invisible" (a track not featured on the album), reached the top 40. Simpson began a concert tour in late September in Portland, Oregon and appeared on the October 8, 2005 episode of SNL to promote the album. The first song she performed on the show was "Catch Me When I Fall", a ballad written about her previous SNL experience, and she thanked the crowd after her second performance. In mid-December, Simpson collapsed after performing in Japan, and was briefly hospitalized, consequently cancelling an appearance at the Radio Music Awards. The collapse and her subsequent hospitalization were attributed to exhaustion as a result of her busy work schedule.


In March 2006, Simpson won an MTV celebrity surfing invitational competition, which also featured celebrities such as Meagan Good, Jack Osbourne, Ashley Parker Angel and Tony Hawk. On April 12, 2006, she hosted and performed at the MTV Australia Video Music Awards, where she won "Best Female Artist" and "Best Pop Video" for the single "Boyfriend". She began a summer tour on June 5, 2006, with Ashley Parker Angel as the opening act. Simpson said that after the completion of the tour, she would look at film scripts and continue her acting career. Simpson was cast as Roxie Hart in the West End production of Chicago from September 25 to October 28, 2006. She received mostly positive reviews. Her performance in the show was described as "dazzling and near flawless." During this time, she began dating Peter Wentz.


During 2007, Simpson recorded her third studio album, Bittersweet World[41] with producers Timbaland, Kenna, and Chad Hugo. She described the album as being influenced by 1980s music—bearing similarities with I Am Me—while still incorporating elements of rock and pop and described her intention to go on tour to support the album. Geffen Records chairman Ron Fair said in December 2006 that working on Simpson's next album would be "very tricky" because of press scrutiny and "prejudices", but that Geffen would work with her to overcome that, "because she deserves to be heard and she deserves a shot." Bittersweet World was released in the United States on April 22, 2008 to mixed reviews. The album's first single, the Timbaland-produced "Outta My Head (Ay Ya Ya)", was released as a digital download in December 2007, but failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100. The second single, "Little Miss Obsessive", was released in March 2008 and performed marginally better, reaching number 96 on the Hot 100. Bittersweet World has sold 126,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.


In February 2008, Simpson began wearing a diamond ring. She later explained that it was a promise ring from Wentz. In April 2008, Simpson and Wentz confirmed their engagement and were married at Simpson's parents' residence in Encino, California, where her father officiated the ceremony. Two weeks later, Simpson confirmed her pregnancy. Her surname changed from Simpson to Wentz and she was briefly known professionally as Ashlee Simpson-Wentz. Simpson gave birth to their first child, Bronx Mowgli Wentz, on November 20, 2008. She appeared alongside Wentz in the crime drama series CSI: NY in 2009.

Simpson returned full-time to television episodes by playing the role of Violet Foster in Melrose Place, the CW's revamp of the '90s series of the same name. She was originally signed to the show as a regular, but producers and CW executives decided to write out her character. Simpson left the show after 12 episodes and stated that she had known all along that her character would leave the show once the murder mystery storyline had concluded. After her departure from Melrose Place, Simpson reprised her role in the Broadway musical production of Chicago. She began her Broadway run on November 30, 2009 and performed in New York for eight shows a week until February 7, 2010.


On February 9, 2011, Simpson filed for divorce from Wentz, citing irreconcilable differences. She requested joint legal custody with visitation for Wentz, but sole physical custody and spousal support. She also asked that her name be restored to her birth name of Ashlee Nicole Simpson. Their divorce was finalized on November 22, 2011.


In an interview with Paper, Simpson stated that her fourth album would have a "folk feel". On the June 23, 2011 episode of On Air with Ryan Seacrest, Ryan Seacrest confirmed that Simpson had held meetings with record executives alongside previous collaborator John Shanks to plan the exact direction of her next album. In June 2012, it was announced that Simpson was filming Pawn Shop Chronicles in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, a comedy movie set for release in 2013. On July 20, 2012, in an interview with Nylon (magazine) Ashlee talked about her new album saying: "I'm really proud of the sounds and I'm really excited for it to be an artistic venture. The sound is a little soulful, a little electronic" She also said some of the tracks were completed.


On August 25, 2012, rumors of her and Linda Perry working together started, after a fansite published some photographs of the singer working on Linda's studio. Hours before, Ashlee tweeted: "Trick or treat? Come Halloween, I'll give you something good to tweet!" starting the rumors about a new single coming in October. On September 14, 2012, the same fansite reported Ashlee talked about her new music at the FIJI Water “Summer Soak” Pool Party in Las Vegas, saying: “You’ll be hearing it soon, I’ll start releasing songs for the fans slowly kind of coming out.” She also talked about the album feel claiming: “There is kind of two ways (on the album) and I’m gonna give both to my fans, so you’ll hear both sides (Rock/Pop & Dance Music). There is definitely a dance element”. Finally, when being asked about rumors of her working with Linda Perry the singer answered. “[...] Rumors, but I’m definitely going to start giving everyone some information come Halloween”.


When Simpson first broke onto the music scene in 2004, she was set apart from her sister's already established image due to a different music style, different fashion choices, and a more assertive personality. Simpson's songs have been characterized by rock elements absent from her sister's music, and, particularly during her early career, Simpson would often wear outfits highlighting a rock or punk-influenced sense of style. She cites her childhood as being the time when she began to sing, and admits that she dreamed of being on Broadway and did not expect to break into the pop music scene. She trains with a vocal coach, and studies Etta James and Aretha Franklin albums for vocal inspiration. She has cited Gwen Stefani, No Doubt, Joan Jett, The Runaways, Madonna, Pat Benatar, Green Day, Alanis Morissette, Fiona Apple, Chrissie Hynde, and Debbie Harry from Blondie as her musical influences.


Simpson had a nose job in April 2006. In the May 2007 issue of Harper's Bazaar, she said that she was not insecure about her appearance and had not been beforehand. She said that plastic surgery was a "personal choice" that one should only decide to do for oneself and not for others. In a September 2007 interview, her father, Joe Simpson said of the surgery: "There was a real problem with her breathing and that was cured". In mid-2006, Simpson gave an interview to Marie Claire magazine, in which she was said to have "had it with Hollywood's twisted view of feminine beauty" and was photographed painting a pro-female mural with a group of underprivileged girls from Los Angeles' Green Dot Public School. By the time the magazine hit newsstands, Simpson had already had her nose job, and some Marie Claire readers complained that this was hypocritical. The magazine received over 1,000 letters of complaint and the magazine's new editor expanded the letters section of the September issue of the magazine to give readers a chance to vent their frustrations.


Simpson launched a collection of tops in partnership with the clothing retailer Wet Seal on April 22, 2008, the same day Bittersweet World was released. She also began appearing in commercials for Canadian retailer Zellers to promote their independent clothing line, Request, in mid-2008.[78] Simpson appeared on the second episode of The CW's America's Next Top Model, Cycle 17 as a guest judge. She created a fashion line aimed at girls aged 7–16 in collaboration with her sister's successful brand. Simpson is the co-creative director of the line, which was released in the winter of 2011.


[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJCsyLUCSXI"]Ashlee Simpson - Pieces Of Me - YouTube[/ame]
in 1987 - Kaci/Kaci Lyn Battaglia (US singersongwriter, dancer, actress, kickboxing instructor) is born.

in 1987 -
M/A/R/S were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Pump Up The Volume.' The first British-made house hit heavily sampled other recordings which resulted in litigation.

in 1989 -
Deborah Harry made her UK live comeback after seven years at The Borderline Club, London.

in 1990 -
Eleanor Steber, eminent American soprano dies in Langhorne, PA.

in 1991 -
M.C. Hammer offered a $50000 reward for the return of Michael Jackson's white glove, which had been stolen from the Motown Museum. This was part of an on-going battle between Hammer and Michael Jackson.

in 1991 -
Texas governor Ann Richards proclaimed October 3, (Stevie Ray Vaughan's birthday), to be "Stevie Ray Vaughan Day". An annual motorcycle ride and concert in Central Texas benefits the Stevie Ray Vaughan Memorial Scholarship Fund.

in 1992 -
Abba scored their ninth UK No.1 album with 'Gold- Greatest Hits.'

in 1992 -
Sinead O'Connor ripped up a photograph of Pope John Paul II, on the US TV show 'Saturday Night Live', in a protest at abortion laws. The incident happened as Sinead ended her live performance and out of nowhere, produced a photograph of Pope John Paul II, which she ripped into pieces. There was stunned silence in the studio and the station went to a commercial. NBC was fined $2.5 million dollars by the Federal Communications Commission.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUiTQvT0W_0"]Sinéad O'Connor - Nothing Compares 2U - YouTube[/ame]
in 1994 - Virginia Dale, US actress/dancer (Holiday Inn), dies at about age 77.

in 1997 - A court battle started between
Garth Brooks and Warren G over the trademark of the letter 'G' which both artists used. The dispute was settled out of court the following year.

in 1998 - Irish girl group
B*Witched scored their second UK No.1 single with 'Rollercoaster'.

in 1999 -
Akio Morita the founder of Sony electronics died aged 78. The 1979 Sony Walkman transformed both Sony and consumers across the world.

in 1999 -
Eve was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Let There Be...Eve.’

in 1999 -
Tom Jones went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Reload', making the singer the oldest artist to score a UK No.1 album with new material.

in 2000 -
Benjamin Orr/Benjamin Orzechowski dies at age 53. American bassist and vocalist; born in Lakewood, Ohio, he learnt to play many instruments including the guitar, drums, bass, and keyboards. He dropped out of High School to join a local band The Grasshoppers as lead singer and guitarist. They were the house band on the syndicated TV show Upbeat produced by WEWS-TV in Cleveland. In 1970 he moved to Columbus, Ohio, where he met Ric Ocasek and formed a musical partnership that would continue to the end of his life. Along with lead guitarist Jas Goodkind, they formed a folk band called Milkwood. The group released one album, How's the Weather? in 1972. By the mid 1970s he was working in a Boston night club band, Cap'n Swing, whose members included future Cars leader Ric Ocasek and guitarist Elliot Easton. After the group broke up in 1975, the three of them joined up with keyboardist Greg Hawkes and drummer David Robinson to form The Cars in 1976. After several top hits and multi-platinum albums with The Cars, he released his only solo project The Lace in 1986. Ben continued to work with The Cars for one more album before their breakup in 1988, after which he recorded tracks with guitarist John Kalishes. From 1998 until his death in 2000, he performed with three bands, including his own band "ORR", The Voices of Classic Rock, and Big People (pancreatic cancer).
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_r68ximq8aM"]Benjamin Orr - "DRIVE" - live in Boston 1995 - YouTube[/ame]
in 2000 - John Lennon's assassin Mark Chapman was denied parole after serving 20 years in prison. Chapman was interviewed for 50 minutes by parole board members who concluded that releasing Chapman would 'deprecate the seriousness of the crime.'

in 2002 - Original guitarist, vocalist from American psychedelic rock band Iron Butterfly
Darryl DeLoach died of liver cancer at the age of 56.

in 2004 - UK singer
Joss Stone scored her first UK No.1 album with her second release ‘Mind Body & Soul.’

in 2007 -
Elfi von Dassanowsky dies at age 83. Austrian-American singer, pianist and film producer; a piano prodigy at 5, she attended the Vienna Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary and became at age 15, the youngest woman admitted to Vienna's Academy of Music and Performing Arts to that date to be trained as an opera singer and concert pianist as the protégé of concert pianist, Emil von Sauer. In 1946, she made her opera debut in Mozart's "Marriage of Figaro" and her wide soprano to mezzo range gained her rapid fame in leading roles in throughout Central Europe. She is one of the few women in history, and one of the youngest, at age 23, to co-found a major film studio--Belvedere Film Vienna. As creative producer she helped revitalize Austrian cinema and discover such European film talent as Nadja Tiller and Gunther Philipp. Elfi initiated musical theatre groups, was announcer for Allied Forces Broadcasting and the BBC, toured Central Europe in a one-woman-show and gave master classes in voice and piano, often to refugees who could not gain entry into music academies. In Hollywood in the early 1960s, she resisted becoming a starlet and remained behind the camera in an industry that did not yet accept women in the leading production role she had in Europe. She worked as a noted vocal coach for director Otto Preminger on such films as "In Harm's Way" and "The Cardinal". In 1999, Elfi re-established Belvedere Film with her son as a LA-based production company and served as Executive Producer of the award-winning dramatic short film, "Semmelweis," the spy-comedy "Wilson Chance," and the documentary "The Archduke and Herbert Hinkel." Dassanowsky was honored for her pioneering work by Austria, by the cities of Los Angeles and Vienna, as well as by the State of California which declared February 2nd 1996, "Elfi von Dassanowsky Day." She was named a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Letters of France, and she received the Austrian Film Archive's Lifetime Achievement Medal and the UNESCO Mozart Medal, among many other awards (heart failure).

in 2007 -
Giuseppe Valdengo dies at age 93. Italian operatic baritone born in Turin. He is probably best remembered for his NBC radio broadcasts of Otello-1947 as Iago, Aida-1949 as Amonasro, and Falstaff-1950 as the title role. The Toscanini Aida, with Herva Nelli in the name part, was simulcast on both television and radio, one of the first instances of such an event, and the telecast has been released on both VHS and DVD. Giuseppe also appeared in one film, MGM's movie, The Great Caruso-1951, starring Mario Lanza as the famous tenor. During the 1950s Giuseppe sang in most of the principal European opera houses, most often portraying roles from the Verdi baritone.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpeGRm92ZuU"]Giuseppe Valdengo in Cavalleria Rusticana - YouTube[/ame]
in 2008 - Singer, producer and songwriter Johnny J (Johnny Jackson) died after jumping from a tier in a Los Angeles jail while serving a sentence for driving under the influence. He produced Tupac Shakur's albums All Eyez on Me and Me Against the World, as well as many of Shakur's subsequent posthumous albums. and Candyman.

in 2009 -
Robert Kirby dies at age 61. British keyboard player and arranger of string sections for rock and folk music; he studied at Cambridge where with fellow students he sang in a group called 'The Gentle Power of Song'. By 1978 Robert had already had recorded arrangements for over 40 albums. Also from 1975-1978 he was one of the two keyboard players for Strawbs, touring the UK and internationally, and getting some composing credits on the albums Deep Cuts, Deadlines and Burning for You. He did some further arranging for Strawbs with Baroque & Roll in 2001, Déjà Fou in 2004 and 2009's Dancing to the Devil's Beat. He is best known for his work on the Nick Drake albums, Five Leaves Left and Bryter Layter, but has also worked with Elton John, Ralph McTell, Paul Weller, Elvis Costello and the dutch band Flemming. In July 2005, Robert conducted an 18-piece orchestra in Manhattan's Central Park for a show of Drake's music, using his original scores.

in 2011 -
Kay Armen dies at age 95. American singer, actress and composer who has made many records and performed in theatres, night clubs, films and television. She joined ASCAP in 1953 and her popular-song compositions include "Be Good to Yourself"; "My Love and I"; and "It's a Sin to Cry Over You".

in 2011 -
Mikko Laine dies at age 30. Finnish guitarist and member of the progressive-melancholic-metal band Sole Remedy which was formed in the late '90s and has released two studio albums to date, 2007's 'The Wounded Ones' and last year's 'Apoptosis'. The band has played along side the likes of Symphony X, Mekong Delta and Long Distance Calling, among others. (The band were on tour at the time Mikko died; after performing at the ProgPower Europe festival in Baarlo, Holland, Mikko was backstage asleep when a truck reversed onto him tragically killing him).

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in 1659 -
Franz Weichlein, composer is born.
in 1713 - Valentin Molitor, composer, dies at 76.
in 1744 - Domenico Corri, composer is born.
in 1749 - Jean-Louis Duport, composer is born.
in 1762 - Tommaso Sogner, composer is born.
in 1772 - Francois-Louis Perne, composer is born.
in 1838 - Eleanore Sophia Maria Westenholz, composer, dies at 79.
in 1840 - Charles Ferdinand Lenepveu, composer is born.
in 1841 - Stephen Albert Emery, composer is born.
in 1848 - Louis Massonneau, composer, dies at 82.
in 1857 - Henry Schoenfeld, composer is born.
in 1859 - Henryk Pachulski, composer is born.
in 1861 - Joao Marcellino Arroyo, composer is born.
in 1875 - Mikolajus Konstantinas Ciurlionis, composer is born.
in 1904 - Harris Rhoad, rocker is born.
in 1905 - Leon Orthel, composer is born.
in 1905 - Rene Defossez, composer is born.
in 1907 - Alfredo Kiel, composer, dies at 57.
in 1909 - Noel Chiboust, trumpeter/Sax is born.
in 1912 - Alfonso Letelier-Llonas, composer is born.
in 1917 - Albert de Klerk, Dutch composer/conductor is born.
in 1917 - Violeta Parra (Chilean folklorist, musician, visual artist) is born.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SX7wJsfG2sU&feature=related"]VIOLETA PARRA - que pena siente el alma (Original) - YouTube[/ame]
in 1919 - Geneviève Joy (French classical and modernist pianist) is born.
in 1928 - Torben Ulrich (Danish musician, writer, filmmaker, tennis player) is born.
in 1929 - Leroy Van Dyke, Spring Fork Mo, country singer (Walk on By) is born.
in 1930 - Jozsef Soproni, composer is born.
in 1932 - Dottie West, country singer is born.
in 1937 - Lloyd Green (US steel guitar; session musician) is born.
in 1942 - Bernice Johnson Reagon (American singer, composer) is born.
in 1942 - Marshall M. Jones (US piano/drums; Ike Turner Band) is born.
in 1943 - Florian Pittis (Romanian stage & TV actor, folk singer, radio producer) is born.
in 1944 - Nona Hendryx, Trenton NJ, singer (LaBelle-Lady Marmalade) is born.
in 1944 -
Patty LaBelle, singer (LaBelles-Lady Marmalade, If You Asked Me Too) is born.
in 1944 -
Rocío Dúrcal/María de los Ángeles de Las Heras Ortíz (Spanish singer, actress) is born.
in 1945 -
Clifton D. Davis (actor,singer, songwriter) is born.
in 1946 - Bridget St John (English singer/songwriter, guitarist) is born.
in 1947 - James Fielder, Denton TX, rocker (Blood Sweat and Tears) is born.
in 1947 - Julien Clerc/Paul-Alain Leclerc (French singer) is born.
in 1947 - Ronnie Leahy (Scottish keyboardist; Jack Bruce/Jon Anderson/Nazareth) is born.

in 1948 -
Jan Savitt/Jacob Savetnick dies at age 41. Russian arranger, bandleader, violinist, and vocalist; he was invited to joined the Philadelphia Orchestra when was only nineteen. His band The Top Hatters was formed in 1937 and began touring the following year. Their songs include "720 in the Books" "It's A Wonderful World" and his theme songs "Quaker City Jazz" and "From Out Of Space". He was one of the first of the Big Band leaders to feature an African American vocalist.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xb-_qjtvZvU"]You Go To My Head-Jan Savitt Orchestra - YouTube[/ame]
in 1949 - Edmund Eysler, Austrian composer, dies at 75.
in 1952 - Jody Stephens, rock drummer (Big Star) is born.
in 1952 - Nina Carter, London England, vocalist (Blonde on Blonde) is born.
in 1957 - Barbara Kooyman (singer, song writer; Timbuk 3) is born.

in 1957 -
Winners at this years Annual NME readers poll included Pat Boone who was voted the world's No.1 singer, with Elvis Presley voted second. The top two UK group's were The King Brothers and The Stargazers.

in 1958 -
Barbara MacDonald, rocker (Timbuk 3) is born.
in 1959 - Chris Lowe (UK keyboardist, singer; Pet Shop Boys) is born.
in 1960 - Gregg "Hobie" Hubbard, Apopka Fla, country singer (Betty's Bein' Bad) is born.
in 1961 - Bob Dylan played a showcase at New York's Carnegie Hall to 53 people.
in 1961 - John Secada, singer is born.
in 1961 - Philippe Russo (French singer) is born.
in 1962 - Aldo Sprenger, Dutch pop guitarist (Kong-Phlegm) is born.
in 1962 - Jon Secada (Grammy Award-winning Cuban-American singer, songwriter) is born.

in 1962 -
The Tornadoes were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the instrumental, 'Telstar', (named after a communication satellite). The track went on to be the first major hit from a UK act on the American chart also reaching No.1.

in 1963 -
The Beatles made their first appearance on the UK ITV pop show 'Ready Steady Go!'.
in 1965 - Fred "Skip" Heller (US singer, guitarist, composer, producer, bandleader) is born.
in 1965 - Neil Sims (English drummer, Catherine Wheel) is born.
in 1966 - The Byrds played the first of a 13 night run at The Village Gate, New York City.

in 1967 -
A 10-date package tour of the UK kicked off at London's Finsbury Park, featuring Traffic, The Young Rascals, Vanilla Fudge, Art and Keith West.

in 1967 -
Ekin Cheng Yee-Kin (Hong Kong actor, Cantopop singer) is born.

in 1969 -
Creedence Clearwater Revival started a four week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Green River', the group's first US chart topper.

in 1969 -
The Beatles 'Abbey Road' album went to No.1 on the UK chart. 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.' The cover supposedly contained clues adding to the ‘Paul Is Dead’ phenomenon: Paul is barefoot and the car number plate ‘LMW 281F’ supposedly referred to the fact that McCartney would be 28 years old if he was still alive. ‘LMW’ was said to stand for ‘Linda McCartney Weeps.’ And the four Beatles, represent; the priest (John, dressed in white), the Undertaker (Ringo in a black suit), the Corpse (Paul, in a suit but barefoot), and the Gravedigger (George, in jeans and a denim work shirt).

in 1970 -
Andy Parle (British drummer; Space) is born.
in 1970 - George Frederick McKay, composer, dies at 71.


TODAY’S MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT SHINES ON . . .

in 1970 - Janis Joplin dies at age 27. American blues singer born in Port Arthur, Texas; Janis always felt a bit of an outcast and misfit at school and was teased badly. She took solice in her love of the blues. Influenced by the likes of Bessie Smith, Leadbelly, Odetta and Big Mama Thornton, she took to singing. She left Texas for San Francisco in 1963, living in North Beach and later Haight-Ashbury. In 1964, Janis, Jorma Kaukonen and Margareta Kaukonen recorded a number of blues standards, this session included seven tracks: "Typewriter Talk," "Trouble In Mind," "Kansas City Blues," "Hesitation Blues", "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out", "Daddy, Daddy, Daddy" and "Long Black Train Blues," and was later released as the bootleg album The Typewriter Tape. Not dealing with her drug problems well she returned home for a while to clean up. Then in 1966 she was back fronting the psychedelic rock band Big Brother and The Holding Company; thier first public performance was at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco. They toured heavily, appeared at festivals including Monterey, made TV appearences, and released two albums, "Big Brother and the Holding Company" in 1967 and "Cheap Thrills" in 1968. At the Palace of Fine Arts Festival on August 31 and September 1 she announced that she would be leaving Big Brother. They toured through the fall and Janis gave her last official performance with Big Brother at a Family Dog benefit on December 1st 1968. After the split, Janis formed a new backup group, the Kozmic Blues Band. The band was influenced by the Stax-Volt Rhythm and Blues bands of the 1960s, Janis and the Kozmic Blues Band toured North America and Europe throughout 1969, appearing at Woodstock in August. Janis released one album with her new band "I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama!". Their final gig with Janis was at Madison Square Garden in New York City on the night of December 19–20, 1969. In her final year Janis holidayed in Brazil, after which she formed her new backing band of mainly Canadian musicians The Full Tilt Boogie Band, but she performed in a reunion with Big Brother at the Fillmore West in San Francisco on April 4th 1970, recordings from this concert were included in an in-concert album released, before she started touring with Full Tilt Boogie in the May. Then in June and July on the all-star Festival Express tour through Canada. Janis's last public performance, with Full Tilt Boogie, was on August 12th 1970 at the Harvard Stadium in Boston, Massachusetts. Prior to this they had recorded enough in the studios for an album, the result was the posthumously released "Pearl". It became the biggest selling album of her career and featured her biggest hit single, a cover of Kris Kristofferson's "Me and Bobby McGee". Kristofferson had been Joplin's lover not long before her death. Janis lived fast and died young, an American icon and souvenir of the 1960s (Tragically died at the Landmark Hotel, Hollywood, after an accidental heroin overdose).
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVpDOIPx_sY"]Janis Joplin - Little Girl Blue (This is Tom Jones, 1969) - YouTube[/ame]
in 1971 - Darren Middleton (Australian guitarist, singer; Powderfinger/Drag) is born.
in 1971 - Friderika Bayer (Hungarian singer; Eurovision Song Contest 1994) is born.

in 1971 -
Pink Floyd played the first of four nights at the Roman Ampitheater, Pompeii, Italy for their Live in Pompeii album.

in 1973 -
The BBC broadcast the 500th edition of UK music show Top Of The Pops. Slade, Gary Glitter and The Osmonds all appeared.

in 1974 -
John Lennon releases "Walls and Bridges" album.
in 1975 - David Essex was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Hold Me Close', the singers second and last UK No.1.

in 1975 -
Pink Floyd went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Wish You Were Here'. The album featured a tribute to ex band member Syd Barrett, 'Shine On You Crazy Diamond'. Also No.1 in the US.

in 1976 -
Alexander Gray, singer (This is Music), dies at 74

in 1978 - Country singer
Tammy Wynette, was abducted, beaten and held in her car for two hours by a kidnapper wearing a ski mask. He held a gun on her and forced her to drive 90 miles from Nashville, Tennessee. She was later released and the kidnapper escaped.

in 1979 -
Christina Spierenburg, Dutch singer, dies at 56
in 1980 - Carly Simon collapsed on stage during a show in Pittsburgh suffering from nervous exhaustion.
in 1980 - Queen started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Another One Bites The Dust.'

in 1980 - Winners in the
Melody Makers readers poll included, Kate Bush who won Best female singer, Peter Gabriel won Best male singer, Best guitarist went to Ritchie Blackmore, Phil Collins won Best drummer, Genesis won Band of the year, Best single went to Pink Floyd for ‘Another Brick in The Wall’, and Saxon won brightest hope.

in 1981 -
Juka/Fujimoto Hiroki (Japanese singer) is born.

in 1982 -
Glenn Gould dies at age 50. Canadian pianist, composer and winner of 4 grammies, who became one of the best-known and most celebrated classical pianists of the twentieth century. He was renowned as an interpreter of the keyboard music of Johann Sebastian Bach. His playing was distinguished by a remarkable technical proficiency and a capacity to articulate the polyphonic texture of Bach’s music. In 1982 he was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qB76jxBq_gQ"]Glenn Gould plays Bach - YouTube[/ame]
in 1982 - The Smiths made their live debut at the Ritz in Manchester England, supporting Blue Rondo A La Turk.
in 1982 - YolanDa Brown (UK jazz saxophonist, composer) this is not Yolanda "LaLa" Brown s born.
in 1983 - Gary Numan appeared at The Odeon, Birmingham, England.
in 1983 - Ueda Tatsuya (Japanese singer; KAT-TUN) is born.
in 1984 - Lena Katina/Katina Sergeevna (Russian singer, the good girl; Tatu) s born.
in 1985 - Shontelle Layne (Barbados born singer) is born.
in 1986 - Paul Simon started a five-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Graceland.'
in 1986 - Yuridia Francisca Gaxiola Flores (Mexican singer) is born.
in 1989 - Lil Mama/Niatia Jessica Kirkland (American rapper) is born.
in 1989 - Stacey Solomon (English singer; 2009 X Factor finalist) is born.

in 1990 -
Alyn Ainsworth dies at age 66. English singer and dance band conductor born in Bolton. At the age of 14, Herman Darewski recognised his talent and signed him up to tour with his dance band. When his voice broke he learnt to play the guitar and soon joined Oscar Rabin's orchestra where he played with the band and did musical arrangements, they also broadcast on the radio. Alyn turned down an offer from Val Parnell to conduct the London Palladium Orchestra and chose in 1951 to join the BBC Northern Variety Orchestra, first as arranger, then as conductor. In the early 60s he was signed up by Granada TV as presenter of "Spot the Tune". In 1965 he conducted the orchestra at the Royal Command Performance at the London Palladium for the third time. He was also the musical director for the BBC's anniversary programme Fifty Years Of Music broadcast in 1972 and he conducted in the Eurovision Song Contest five times, 1975, 1976, 1977 for Belgium, 1978 and 1990.

in 1991 –
J. Frank Wislon dies at age dies at age 49. American lead singer of J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers; born in Lufkin, Texas, he joined the Cavaliers after his discharge from Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, Texas in 1962. Their first chart hit was "Last Kiss" b/s "That's How Much I Love You", became a hit in June of 1964, it reached No.2 on the Billboard Hot 100, sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. They charted with only one other song, "Hey, Little One". J.Frank with or without the Cavaliers, continued to release records until 1978. While he continued to tour and play until his death (died of alcoholism).
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4-tsDkmPr4"]Last Kiss- J. Frank Wilson - YouTube[/ame]


in 1992 - Laurie Anders, singer, dies of cancer
in 1994 - Bill Challis, arranger/Pianist, dies at 90

in 1994 -
Danny Gatton dies at age 49. American guitarist; born in Washington DC, he began his career playing in bands while still a teenager. He began to attract wider interest in the 1970s while playing guitar and banjo for the group Liz Meyer & Friends. He made his name as a performer the 1980s, both as a solo performer and with his Redneck Jazz Explosion, in which he would trade licks with virtuoso pedal steel player Buddy Emmons over a tight bass-drums rhythm which drew from blues, country, bebop and rockabilly influences. He also backed Robert Gordon and Roger Miller. He contributed a cover of "Apricot Brandy", a song by supergroup Rhinoceros, to the 1990 compilation album Rubáiyát. Danny was ranked 63rd on Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Guitarists of all Time in 2003 and on May 26th, 2010, Gibson.com ranked Gatton as the 27th best guitarist of all time. (suicide).

in 1995 -
29th Country Music Assn Award: Krauss Jackson win.

in 1997 -
Boyz II Men went to No.1 on the US singles chart with '4 Seasons Of Loneliness', the group's fifth US No.1. A No.10 hit in the UK.

in 1999 -
Arthur Stewart "Art" Farmer dies at age 71. American jazz trumpeter and flugelhorn player,and also played flumpet, a trumpet-flugelhorn combination designed for him by David Monette. Born in Council Bluffs, Iowa worked as a musician from the mid-1940s onwards, based in LA, he played in the bands of Benny Carter and Jay McShann among others. He joined Lionel Hampton's orchestra around 1953, with fellow trumpeters Clifford Brown and Quincy Jones. Later relocating to New York, he worked with Gigi Gryce, Horace Silver, Gerry Mulligan, and George Russell, among others. He also formed "The Jazztet" with the composer and tenor sax player Benny Golson. Art moved to Europe, ultimately based in Vienna, where he performed with The Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band, and also recorded extensively as a leader throughout his later career. With Golson he revived 'The Jazztet' in the 1980s for a number of engagements, with the original trombonist Curtis Fuller returning to the group.
in 1999 - It was reported that the sister of Jimi Hendrix was planning to exhume her brothers body and move it to a pay-to view mausoleum. Other plans for the new site included a chance for fans to buy one of burial plots around the guitarist's new resting-place.

in 2000 -
Craig David picked up the awards for Best R&B Act Best UK Newcomer and Best UK Single for 'Fill Me In' at the Mobo awards.

in 2004 - Canadian bassist
Bruce Palmer died of a heart attack. Member of The Mynah Birds and The Buffalo Springfield. Also worked with Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young and Neil Young.

in 2005 -
Mike Gibbins dies at age 56. Welsh drummer; he was a founding member the Iveys, later renamed Badfinger, after "Badfinger Boogie", an unused title for a Lennon-McCartney composition. He helped form The Iveys in 1965 and his powerful playing helped push the Iveys to a new level of proficiency and by the end of the year the group was being booked as an opening act for local appearances by the likes of the Who, the Yardbirds, the Moody Blues, and the Spencer Davis Group and was a popular attraction on the London club scene. They signed with Apple and changed their name to Badfinger, and broke through to the British and American Top Ten with the Paul McCartney-composed "Come and Get It." The group followed this up in 1970 with their LP masterpiece No Dice, scoring a hit with the now pop classic "No Matter What" which featured the ballad "Without You". Mike and the band backed George Harrison's solo masterpiece "All Things Must Pass", and also serving as the backing unit at George's Concert for Bangladesh. He was one of two members of the group left behind following a pair of tragic suicides, and he led reorganized versions of "Badfinger" into the 1980s and beyond. (died in his sleep at home in Florida).
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wanGFfqJARo"]Mike Gibbins of Badfinger - "Two and Two" - YouTube[/ame]
in 2006 - Former R Kelly employee (who claimed to have been a “mentor and guide” to Kelly since he was a teenager) Henry Vaughn filed a lawsuit against the singer accusing him of assault, false imprisonment, and a breach of contract that defrauded him of songwriting royalties. Vaughn also claimed that Kelly and his associates dragged him to the basement at Kelly’s Olympia Fields home and “repeatedly struck him about the face and body with his fists.

in 2007 - Producer
Phil Spector was set to be retried for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson following the collapse of the first trial in Sept of this year. The first trial ended with the jury deadlocked 10-2 favouring conviction. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler set another hearing for the case on 23 October.

in 2007 -
The Rolling Stones set a new record for the top grossing tour of all time with their A Bigger Bang tour. The tour which ran from late 2005 to August 2007, earned the band £247m, ($437m) with The Stones playing to over 3.5 million people at 113 shows. The previous high was set by U2's Vertigo tour, which took place in 2005 and 2006, earning £220m, ($389m).

in 2009 -
Mercedes Sosa dies at age 74. Argentinian folk singer; born in San Miguel de Tucumán, in northwestern Argentina, her roots were in Argentine folk music, she became one of the preeminent exponents of nueva canción. Mercedes became known as La Negra by her fans for her long, jet-black hair, and was best known as the voice of the "voiceless ones". In a career spanning nearly six decades, as well as working in South America, she toured in both the US and Europe and released 70 albums from "La Voz de la Zafra" in 1959, "Canciones con Fundamento" in 1965 and Yo No Canto Por Cantar in 1966, to the release of Éxitos Eternos in 2005, La Historia del Folklore in 2007, Cantora 1 and Cantora 2 both in 2009 (kidney disease).
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmdoUQAr8X4"]Mercedes Sosa - Gracias a La Vida - YouTube[/ame]
in 2009 - Paramore went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Brand New Eyes’, the American bands third studio album.

in 2010 -
Alberto Alves da Silva dies at age 89. Brazilian artist and musician, considered the father of samba de São Paulo, and founder of the samba school and most successful carnival in São Paulo, the Nene da Vila Matilde. He founded the blue and white of the Eastern Zone in 1949. The school grew and became a reference community, winning eleven championships. In 2010, Nene da Vila Matilde was champion of the Access Group and in 2011 returns to the elite of São Paulo carnival. (respiratory failure).

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in 1626 -
Johann Schop, composer is born.
in 1684 - Johann Jacob de Neufville, composer is born.
in 1707 - Daniel Speer, composer, dies at 71.

in 1713 -
Denis Diderot, illustrious French man of letters and philosopher is born in Langres. In his work Memoirs sur differents sujets de mathematiques (The Hague, 1748) are the essays "Des principes d'acoustique" and "Projet d'un nouvel orgue," the latter being an impracticable idea for a new kind of barrel organ.

in 1722 -
Gregorio Sciroli, composer is born.
in 1743 - Giuseppi Gazzaniga, composer is born.

in 1743 -
Henry Carey,English composer; dies a suicide in London. He was a natural son of Henry Savile, Lord Eland. He studied music with Linnert, Roseingrave, and Geminiani. He settled around 1710 in London, where he was active as a poet, librettist, playwright, and composer. He wrote six ballad-operas, of which The Contrivances (Drury Lane, London, June 20, 1729) achieved the greatest success. He wrote the words of the popular song Sally in Our Alley and composed a musical setting for it, but his setting was replaced in 1790 by the tune What Though I Am a Country Lass, which has since been traditionally sung to Carey's original poem; also popular was his intermezzo with singing, Nancy, or The Parting Lovers (1739). He published a collection of 100 ballads, The Musical Century (two vols., 1737 and 1740); also six Cantatas (1732) and three Burlesque Cantatas (1741).

Carey's claim to the authorship of
God Save the King was put forth by his son, George Savile Carey (1743-1807), more than 50 years after his father's death, without any supporting evidence; many anthologies still list Carey's name as the author of the British national anthem.

For a complete account of this misattribution, see P.A. Scholes,
God Save the Queen! (London, 1954). See also W. Cummings, "God Save the King/' The Origin and History of the Music and Words (London, 1902), O.G. Sonneck, Report on the Star- Spangled Banner (1909), RS. Boas and J.E. Borland, The National Anthem (London, 1916), J.A. Fuller Maitland, "Facts and Fictions about God Save the King," Musical Quarterly (Oct. 1916), and E.A. Maginty, "America: The Origin of Its Melody," ibid. (July 1934).

in 1758 -
Thomas Greatorex, English organist, conductor, teacher, and composer; is born in North Wingfield, Derby.
His father was the organist Anthony Greatorex (1730-1814). He was a pupil of Benjamin Cooke in London (1772). After serving in the household of the Earl of Sandwich (1774-76), he sang at the Concerts of Antient Music in London (from 1776) and was organist at Carlisle Cathedral (1781-84). Following studies with Santorelli in Italy (1786-88), he returned to London and became a highly popular singing teacher. From 1793 until his death he was conductor of the Concerts of Antient Music, and he also conducted festivals throughout England. In 1819 he became organist at Westminster Abbey. In 1822 he helped to organize the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he was a professor of organ and piano. He published the collection
Parochial Psalmody (1825), A Selection of Tunes (1829), 12 Glees (1832), anthems, Psalms, and chants. His son, Henry Wellington Greatorex (b. Burton upon Trent, Dec. 24, 1813; d. Charleston, S.c., Sept. 10, 1858), was an organist and composer. He emigrated to the U.S. in 1836 and was a church organist in Hartford, Conn., N.Y., and Charleston. He published a Collection of Sacred Music (1851),which included hymn tunes by his grandfather and father, as well as 37 of his own.

in 1762 - Opera
"Orfeo Ed Euridice" is produced (Vienna).
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JizoxuuTbuE"]'Orfeo ed Euridice' 1/12 : 'Ah, se intorno...' JANET BAKER * [w/ Eng. Subtitles] - YouTube[/ame]
in 1799 - Wilhelm Cramer, German violinist and composer, father of Johann Baptist Cramer; dies in London.
He received his musical training from his father, Jacob Cramer (1705-70), who was a violinist in the Mannheim Orch., and also studied with Johann Stamitz and Cannabich. From 1752 to 1769 he was a member of- the Mannheim arch. He then went to Paris, and in 1772 to London, where he became a successful violinist and conductor. He was concertmaster of the orchestra of the Anacreontic Society during its most prestigious years (1773-91). He was also chamber musician to the King. He wrote 11 violin concertos, six string quartets, six violin sonatas, and other string music.


in 1813 -
Etienne Ozi, composer, dies at 58.

in 1813 -
J(ames) W(illiam) Davison, renowned English music critic; born in London.
He was founder and editor of the
Musical Examiner (1842-44) and editor of the Musical World (1844-85), as well as a contributor to the Saturday Review, PallMall Gazette, and Graphic. From 1846 to 1878 he was the influential critic of the Times. In 1859 he married his pupil Arabella Goddard. He wrote the analytical program books for the Popular Concerts and the Halle recitals. He also composed a few songs, several piano pieces, and a dramatic overture (for Piano Duet) to Fortunaius, a fairy tale. His memoirs were publ. by H. Davison as From Mendelssohn to Wagner (1912).

in 1813 -
Ernst Haberbier, German pianist and composer; was born in Konigsberg. He died while giving a concert in Bergen, Norway, March 12, 1869. He studied with his father, an organist. He left home in 1832, and went to Russia, where he became a court pianist in St. Petersburg in 1847. He gave concerts in London in 1850, and in 1852 appeared in Paris, where he scored a sensational success. In 1866 he settled in Bergen. He perfected what he considered a novel system of piano technique, dividing difficult passages between the 2 hands, but this had been done by Scarlatti and Bach long before. He wrote a number of effective piano pieces, of which EtudesPoesies (op.53) are the best known.

in 1817 -
Eduard Franck, German pianist, pedagogue, and composer, father of Richard Franck; was born in Breslau.
At the age of 17 he studied with Mendelssohn, and later he met Schumann and became his friend. These assnsociations were the formative factor in the development of his career. He wrote piano pieces and songs in a Romantic vein, closely adhering to the style of Mendelssohn and, to some extent, of Schumann. As a piano teacher, he enjoyed great renown. He taught in Cologne (1851-58), Bern (1859-67), and Berlin (1867-92). Among his works are 2 piano concertos, 2 violin concertos, much chamber music, and numerous collections of piano pieces.


in 1822 -
Hans Hampel, composer is born.

in 1822 -
(Karl) Heinrich (Alfred) Ehrlich, Austrian pianist, pedagogue, and writer is born in Vienna. He studied piano with Henselt, Thalberg, and Bocklet, and composition with Sechter. He served as court pianist in Hannover (1852-55), and eventually settled in Berlin in 1862, where he taught piano at the Stem Conservatory. (1864-72; 1886-89) and was music critic of the Berliner Tageblatt (1878-98). In addition to many pedagogical books, he also wrote novels.

in 1823 -
Feliks Jaronski, composer is born.

in 1831 -
Inez Fabbri (real name Agnes Schmidt), Austrian- American soprano and operatic impresario makes her operatic debut as Abigail in Lucrezia Borgia in Kaschau.

in 1840 -
Fran Gerbic, composer is born.
in 1867 - Thomas Taglichsbeck, composer, dies at 67
in 1875 - Cyril Rootham, composer is born.
in 1879 - Halfdan Cleve, composer is born.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4hs7vW8SV0"]Jacques Offenbach - Orpheus in the Underworld Overture - YouTube[/ame]
in 1883 - Charles Maduro, Antillean composer is born.
in 1899 - Boleslaw Woytowicz, composer is born.

in 1899 -
Johann Nepomuk Fuchs, Austrian conductor and composer, brother of Robert Fuchs, dies at 57 at Voslau, near Vienna. He studied with Sechter at Vienna. He conducted the Pressburg Opera in 1864,and also held similar positions at Brunn, Kassel, Cologne, Hamburg, Leipzig, and (from 1880) the Vienna Court Opera. In 1894 he succeeded Hellmesberger as director of the Vienna Cons. He produced the opera Zingara (Brunn, 1892) and several others.

in 1902 -
Michael Kondracki, composer is born.
in 1906 - Louise Brown, dancer/teacher is born.
in 1907 - Mrs Miller/Elva Ruby Connes (US singer) is born.
in 1911 - Charles-Theodore Malherbe, composer, dies at 58.
in 1915 - Jose Maria Usandizaga, composer, dies at 28.
in 1915 - Otto Valdemar Malling, composer, dies at 67.

in 1918 - Jimmy
(actually, James) Blanton, innovative jazz bassist, famous for his work with Duke Ellington;is born in Chattanooga, Tenn. His hard-swinging lines introduced a chromaticism not typical of jazz bass before him, and through exposure with Ellington, who always appreciated bassists, he became the role model for the entire next generation. His mother was a pianist, who led her own band in Term, for many years. Jimmy started on violin during early childhood, did first gig at a local store, at the age of eight. He studied theory with an uncle, who specialized in teaching the mathematical aspects of music. Blanton switched to string bass while studying at Tenn. State Coll.; played in the State Collegians and gigged with local bands led by "Bugs" Roberts and drummer Joe Smith. During college summer vacations he played with Fate Marable on the riverboats; left college during his third year and moved to St. Louis. He joined Jeter-Pillars Orch. in late 1937 (playing a three-string bass), and continued to work in Fate Marable's Cotton Pickers during summer months. In autumn 1939, while playing at the Coronado Hotel Ballroom, St. Louis, he was signed by Duke Ellington, bought a four-string bass on hire-purchase (guarantor Gene Porter), and began working with Duke (sharing bass duties with Billy Taylor until Taylor left in January 1940). While working with Ellington in L.A., Blanton was taken seriously ill (entered L.A. Hospital in late 1941, where tuberculosis was diagnosed). In the spring of 1942 he was moved from the hospital to the Duarte Sanitarium, near L.A., where he spent the last few months of his life.

in 1919 -
Jean Louis Nicode, composer, dies at 66.

in 1922 -
Shankar Singh Raghuvanshi (Indian music composer; Shankar-Jaikishan) is born.

in 1925 -
Bill (actually, William Robert) Dixon, jazz trumpeter, composer is born in Nantucket, Mass. He studied painting at Boston Univ. In 1959, while leading his own band in N.Y.C.,he met Cecil Taylor and the two worked together for a few months. In 1960 he started to restrict himself to performing his own compositions; he worked intermittently with Archie Shepp in 1962--63. He formed the New York Contemporary Five with Shepp, John Tchicai, D. Moore, and J. C. Moses; Don Cherry later took Dixon's place. He became the artistic director in charge of the jazz catalogue for Savoy and gave opportunities to many younger artists. In 1964 Dixon promoted and presented a series of concerts at the Cellar Cafe in N.Y. that gave forums to then largely unknown players such as Roswell Rudd, Milford Graves, Paul Bley, and his own group, and to those who were always in need of exposure like Sun Ra. He formed the Jazz Composers Guild in late 1964 or 1965, which was a collective that intended to support musicians independently of clubs and booking agents.

Though the idea had widespread support and members including Taylor, Mike Mantler, Rudd, Tchicai, Sun Ra, and both Carla and Paul Bley,it didn't last. Dixon began a ten-year collaboration with dancer Judith Dunn in 1965; they presented multi-media events including free jazz and dance concerts at the 1966 Newport Jazz Festival.
In 1967 while teaching art history elsewhere, he started a music education program at N.Y.'s "University of the Streets," the first neighborhood project of its kind. He has been a full-time teacher since 1968, at University of Wisc. at Madison, then Bennington College, Vt., where Dixon helped found a department of black music. He left Bennington in 1996, and has since taught as a guest professor at various universities. He went to Paris in 1976 for a week of concerts. In 1984, he was the recipient of a BMI "Jazz Pioneer" award. His compositions have since been presented at jazz festivals internationally. He has also continued to paint, with his artworks gracing many of his album covers, while he has also completed commissioned works and been an artist-in-residence worldwide.

in 1927 -
John (Wilham) Downey, American composer and teacher is born in Chicago.
He was a pupil of Tarnovsky (piano) and Stein (composition) at De Paul Univ. in Chicago (B.M., 1949) and of Ganz, Rieti, Krenek, and Tcherepnin at the Chicago Musical ColI. (M.M., 1951). He then went to Paris, where he studied with Milhaud, Boulanger, and Messiaen at the Conservatory (1952) and with Chailley and [ankelevitch at the Sorbonne (docteur des lettres, 1957). After teaching at De Paul Univiversity, Chicago City Coll., and Roosevelt Univiversity, he was professor of composition and composer-in-residence at the Univiversity of Wisc. in Milwaukee (from 1964). He published the study
La musiquepopulaire dansl'oeuvre de Bela Bartok (1966). In 1980 he was made a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres of France. In 1999 a festival featuring 28 of his orchestral and chamber works was held in London. In his music, Downey adopted modified serial techniques and also utilized electronic and computergenerated sounds.

in 1929 -
Mildred (Eleanor Rinker) Bailey makes her first recording, "What Kind o'
Man Is You?/' composed with a satellite group drawn from Paul Whiteman's orchestra under the

leadership of guitarist Eddie Lang.


in 1924 -
Joseph Vezina, composer, dies at 75
in 1925 - Sidney Harth (US classical violinist, conductor) is born.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOKbfQxCfj8"]Sidney Harth - Live performance - Sibelius Violin Concerto 3rd movement - YouTube[/ame]
in 1926 - Gottfried Michael Koenig, composer is born.
in 1927 - John Downey, composer is born.

in 1933 -
Billy Lee Riley (US rockabilly guitarist, singer, record producer, songwriter) is born.

in 1935 -
Arlene Saunders (US soprano) is born.
in 1935 - Margie Singleton (US singer, TV Performer) is born.
in 1936 - Annerose Schmidt, East German pianist is born.

in 1937 -
Abi Ofarim/Abraham Reichstadt (Israeli singer, guitar; Esther & Abi Ofarim) is born.

in 1938 -
Carlo Mastrangelo, Bronx NY, rocker (Dion and The Belmonts) is born
in 1938 - Johnny "Dizzy" Moore (Jamaican trumpeter; The Skatalites) is born.
in 1938 - Johnny Duncan (US country music singer-songwriter, guitarist) is born.

in 1938 - Peter (George) Aston,
English conductor, musicologist, and composer; is born in Birmingham.
He studied composition and conducting at the Birmingham School of Music (1956-60), and then musicology at the University of York (1964-69; Ph.D., 1970, with the disseration {
George Jeffreys and the English Baroque}. He was a lecturer in music (1964-72) and senior lecturer (1972-74) at the University of York. From 1974 to 1988 he was prof, and head of music at the University of East Anglia, where he served as a professorial fellow from 1998. As a conductor, he was musical director of the Tudor Consort (1959-65) and the English Baroque Ensemble (1967-70). From 1975 to 1988 he was conductor of the Aldeburgh Festival Singers. In 1981 he co-founded and thereafter was artistic director of the Norwich Festival of Contemporary Church Music. He was composer-in-residence and principal guest conductor of the Zephyr Point Choral Festival in Nev. in 1991,1993,1995, and 1999. In 1993 he became principal guest conductor of the Sacramento (Calif.) International Bach Festival. Aston was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 1980. He was made an honorary fellow of the Guild of Church Musicians in 1995 and of the Royal School of Church Music in 1999. As a conductor, he has led performances of works ranging from the 15th century to the present day. He is especially known for his dedication to vocal ensemble music of the 16th and 17th centuries, and of the 20th century British repertoire. He edited the complete works of George Jeffreys. As a composer, he has written many sacred and secular vocal pieces.

in 1940 -
Silvestre Revueltas Sánchez dies at age 40. Mexican composer, violinist and conductor; born in Santiago Papasquiaro in Durango, he studied at the National Conservatory in Mexico City, St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas and the Chicago College of Music. In 1929 became assistant conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico, a post he held until 1935. He did much to promote contemporary Mexican music. He wrote film music, chamber music, songs and a number of other works. Among his orchestral music are a number of symphonic poems with Sensemayá: Chant for the Killing of a Snake (1938), based on a poem by Nicolás Guillén, the most famous. He appeared briefly as a bar piano player in the movie ¡Vámonos con Pancho Villa! in 1935, for which he composed the music. When shooting breaks out in the bar while he is playing "La cucaracha", he holds up a sign reading "Se suplica no tirarle al pianista" (Please don't shoot at the piano player!). He went to Spain and worked for the Republicans during the Spanish Civil War, but upon Francisco Franco's victory, returned to Mexico to teach. He earned little, and fell into poverty and alcoholism (He died of pneumonia in Mexico City on the day his ballet El renacuajo paseador, written 4 years earlier, was premièred) b. December 31st 1899.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tf8sn8E0El8"]Silvestre Revueltas - Janitzio (1933) - YouTube[/ame]


in 1941 - Roy Book Binder (US hilbilly blues guitarist) is born.
in 1942 - Richard Street, Detroit Mi, rocker (Temptations) is born.
in 1943 - Steve Miller (UK singer, keyboard, guitarist; Steve Miller Band) is born.
in 1944 - Gerry Scanlan (UK bassist, vocals; TNT/Bitter Suite) is born.
in 1945 - Brian Connolly (UK singer, Sweet/the New Sweet/Solo) is born.
in 1947 - Brian Johnson, Australia, hard rocker (AC/DC-Whole Lotta Rosie) is born.
in 1948 - Delroy George Wilson, singer is born.

in 1948 -
Lucius Ross, US pop guitarist (Funkadelic-One Nation Under a Groove) is born.

in 1948 -
Prince Gideon Israel/Carter Cornelius (US singer; Cornelius Bro's & Sister Rose) is born.

in 1949 -
B W Stevenson/Louis Charles Stevenson (US singer, songwriter, guitarist) is born.
in 1949 - Brian McManus Connolly, musician is born
in 1950 - "Fast" Eddie Clarke (UK guitarist; Fastway/Motorhead) is born.
in 1951 - Bob Geldof (Irish singer, songwriter, political activist; Boomtown Rats) is born.
in 1952 - Harold Faltermeyer/Harald Faltermeier (German keyboard,synthesizer,composer; freelance) is born.

in 1953 -
Russell Mael, [Dwight Russel Day], Calif, rock vocalist (Sparks) is born.
in 1953 - Sandra "Puma" Jones, Kingston Jamaica, rocker (Black Uhuru) is born.

in 1954 -
Flor Alpaerts, Flemish composer (Tyl Uilenspiegel/Pallieter), conductor, and music educator, father of Jef Alpaerts, dies at 78.
Alpaerts studied composition with Benoit and Blockx and violin at the Royal Flemish Conservatory, in Antwerp. In 1903 he joined its staff, serving as its director from 1934 to 1941. He conducted the orchestra at the Zoological Gardens (1919-51) and was director of the Royal Flemish Opera (1922-23) in Antwerp. His music is marked by an intense feeling for the modalities of Flemish folk songs. His 5-vol. treatise
Muzieklezen en Zingen was for many years the official textbook in all Flemish music institutions.

TODAY’S MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT SHINES ON . . .

in 1954 - Bob Geldof,
songwriter, lead vocalist, and performing focal point for the Boomtown Rats is born in Dun Langhaire, Ireland.
Spearheading interest in young Irish rock and subsumed under the label
punk, the Boomtown Rats won substantial success in Britain and Europe in the late 1970s, but they were virtually ignored in the United States.

Bob Geldof later endeavored to raise money for African famine relief, first with the Band Aid single "Do They Know It's Christmas?" (purportedly the best- selling single ever in England), and later with the massive Live Aid concert staged in London and Philadelphia. Geldof's efforts reawakened the music scene to social concerns and served as an inspiration for other musical benefits such as Farm Aid. Bob Geldof launched a solo career in the late 1980s that fared little better than that of the Boomtown Rats. Bob Geldof formed the Nightlife Thugs in 1975 after a stint as music reporter and editor with the
Georgia Straightin Vancouver, British Columbia. The group soon evolved into the Boomtown Rats, with Geldof, Gerry Cott, Garry Roberts, Johnnie Fingers, Pete Briquette, and Simon Crowe.

Establishing themselves in Ireland, the Boomtown Rats moved to London in 1976 and signed with Ensign Records. Conducting their first full-scale tour of England in 1977, the band recorded their debut album in Germany. "Looking After No.1" became the first of a series of major British hits that included "She's So Modern" and "Rat Trap," from their second album, and the controversial "I Don't Like Mondays," their first and only (minor) American hit. With Geldof as songwriter and lead vocalist, the group garnered a reputation in Britain and Europe for their brash and cynical songs and arrogant stage presence.


However, the group's albums after
A Tonic for the Troops were less well received, and their American record company, Columbia, dropped the band in late 1985, leading to their dissolution in 1986. After viewing a BBCtelevision documentary on the famine in Ethiopia in 1984, Bob Geldof contacted Midge Ure of Ultravox and began booking an array of British rock stars to record a single to raise money to remedy the situation.

Recruiting Sting, Boy George, Phil Collins, and members of U2, Ultravox, and Duran Duran, among others, the assemblage recorded "Do They Know It's Christmas"," written by Geldof and Ure, in November 1984. Released under the name Band Aid, the song became a major American hit and top British hit, selling more than seven million copies worldwide. The project inspired the adhoc group USA (United Support of Artists) for Africa in the United States, with superstars such as Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Prince, Lionel Richie, and Tina Turner recording the top hit "We Are the World," written by Jackson and Richie.


In 1985 Bob Geldof visited Africa and soon began organizing a huge simultaneous benefit concert linking London and Philadelphia. Staged on July 13, 1985, Live Aid was broadcast worldwide to an audience estimated to approach one billion viewers. Performers included Bob Dylan, Madonna, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, U2, The Who, Elvis Costello, and David Bowie. The concert ultimately raised more than $100 million for famine relief, a project overseen by Geldof for the next two years.


He became an international celebrity, met with leaders of many nations, and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1986 and nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986 and 1987. Never exploiting his fame for personal gain, Bob Geldof wrote his autobiography,
Is That All?, published in 1986, and returned to music with his solo debut album, Deep in the Heart of Nowhere, and its minor American hit "This Is the World Calling." He recorded a follow-up album two years later and then lay low fora while, returning to tour America for the first time in 12 years in support of 1993's The Happy Club.

in 1955 -
Leo Barnes, Irish saxophonist (Hothouse Flowers-I'm Sorry, Don't Go) is born
in 1957 - Lee "Kix" Thompson, saxophonist (Madness-Baggy Trousers) is born.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HH5ylM_UqA4"]Madness - Baggy Trousers - Lee 'Kix' Thomson flying - O2 Arena - LIVE!!! - YouTube[/ame]


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in 1626 -
Johann Schop, composer is born.
in 1684 - Johann Jacob de Neufville, composer is born.
in 1707 - Daniel Speer, composer, dies at 71.

in 1713 -
Denis Diderot, illustrious French man of letters and philosopher is born in Langres. In his work Memoirs sur differents sujets de mathematiques (The Hague, 1748) are the essays "Des principes d'acoustique" and "Projet d'un nouvel orgue," the latter being an impracticable idea for a new kind of barrel organ.

in 1722 -
Gregorio Sciroli, composer is born.
in 1743 - Giuseppi Gazzaniga, composer is born.

in 1743 -
Henry Carey,English composer; dies a suicide in London. He was a natural son of Henry Savile, Lord Eland. He studied music with Linnert, Roseingrave, and Geminiani. He settled around 1710 in London, where he was active as a poet, librettist, playwright, and composer. He wrote six ballad-operas, of which The Contrivances (Drury Lane, London, June 20, 1729) achieved the greatest success. He wrote the words of the popular song Sally in Our Alley and composed a musical setting for it, but his setting was replaced in 1790 by the tune What Though I Am a Country Lass, which has since been traditionally sung to Carey's original poem; also popular was his intermezzo with singing, Nancy, or The Parting Lovers (1739). He published a collection of 100 ballads, The Musical Century (two vols., 1737 and 1740); also six Cantatas (1732) and three Burlesque Cantatas (1741).

Carey's claim to the authorship of
God Save the King was put forth by his son, George Savile Carey (1743-1807), more than 50 years after his father's death, without any supporting evidence; many anthologies still list Carey's name as the author of the British national anthem.

For a complete account of this misattribution, see P.A. Scholes,
God Save the Queen! (London, 1954). See also W. Cummings, "God Save the King/' The Origin and History of the Music and Words (London, 1902), O.G. Sonneck, Report on the Star- Spangled Banner (1909), RS. Boas and J.E. Borland, The National Anthem (London, 1916), J.A. Fuller Maitland, "Facts and Fictions about God Save the King," Musical Quarterly (Oct. 1916), and E.A. Maginty, "America: The Origin of Its Melody," ibid. (July 1934).

in 1758 -
Thomas Greatorex, English organist, conductor, teacher, and composer; is born in North Wingfield, Derby.
His father was the organist Anthony Greatorex (1730-1814). He was a pupil of Benjamin Cooke in London (1772). After serving in the household of the Earl of Sandwich (1774-76), he sang at the Concerts of Antient Music in London (from 1776) and was organist at Carlisle Cathedral (1781-84). Following studies with Santorelli in Italy (1786-88), he returned to London and became a highly popular singing teacher. From 1793 until his death he was conductor of the Concerts of Antient Music, and he also conducted festivals throughout England. In 1819 he became organist at Westminster Abbey. In 1822 he helped to organize the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he was a professor of organ and piano. He published the collection
Parochial Psalmody (1825), A Selection of Tunes (1829), 12 Glees (1832), anthems, Psalms, and chants. His son, Henry Wellington Greatorex (b. Burton upon Trent, Dec. 24, 1813; d. Charleston, S.c., Sept. 10, 1858), was an organist and composer. He emigrated to the U.S. in 1836 and was a church organist in Hartford, Conn., N.Y., and Charleston. He published a Collection of Sacred Music (1851),which included hymn tunes by his grandfather and father, as well as 37 of his own.

in 1762 - Opera
"Orfeo Ed Euridice" is produced (Vienna).
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JizoxuuTbuE"]'Orfeo ed Euridice' 1/12 : 'Ah, se intorno...' JANET BAKER * [w/ Eng. Subtitles] - YouTube[/ame]
in 1799 - Wilhelm Cramer, German violinist and composer, father of Johann Baptist Cramer; dies in London.
He received his musical training from his father, Jacob Cramer (1705-70), who was a violinist in the Mannheim Orch., and also studied with Johann Stamitz and Cannabich. From 1752 to 1769 he was a member of- the Mannheim arch. He then went to Paris, and in 1772 to London, where he became a successful violinist and conductor. He was concertmaster of the orchestra of the Anacreontic Society during its most prestigious years (1773-91). He was also chamber musician to the King. He wrote 11 violin concertos, six string quartets, six violin sonatas, and other string music.


in 1813 -
Etienne Ozi, composer, dies at 58.

in 1813 -
J(ames) W(illiam) Davison, renowned English music critic; born in London.
He was founder and editor of the
Musical Examiner (1842-44) and editor of the Musical World (1844-85), as well as a contributor to the Saturday Review, PallMall Gazette, and Graphic. From 1846 to 1878 he was the influential critic of the Times. In 1859 he married his pupil Arabella Goddard. He wrote the analytical program books for the Popular Concerts and the Halle recitals. He also composed a few songs, several piano pieces, and a dramatic overture (for Piano Duet) to Fortunaius, a fairy tale. His memoirs were publ. by H. Davison as From Mendelssohn to Wagner (1912).

in 1813 -
Ernst Haberbier, German pianist and composer; was born in Konigsberg. He died while giving a concert in Bergen, Norway, March 12, 1869. He studied with his father, an organist. He left home in 1832, and went to Russia, where he became a court pianist in St. Petersburg in 1847. He gave concerts in London in 1850, and in 1852 appeared in Paris, where he scored a sensational success. In 1866 he settled in Bergen. He perfected what he considered a novel system of piano technique, dividing difficult passages between the 2 hands, but this had been done by Scarlatti and Bach long before. He wrote a number of effective piano pieces, of which EtudesPoesies (op.53) are the best known.

in 1817 -
Eduard Franck, German pianist, pedagogue, and composer, father of Richard Franck; was born in Breslau.
At the age of 17 he studied with Mendelssohn, and later he met Schumann and became his friend. These assnsociations were the formative factor in the development of his career. He wrote piano pieces and songs in a Romantic vein, closely adhering to the style of Mendelssohn and, to some extent, of Schumann. As a piano teacher, he enjoyed great renown. He taught in Cologne (1851-58), Bern (1859-67), and Berlin (1867-92). Among his works are 2 piano concertos, 2 violin concertos, much chamber music, and numerous collections of piano pieces.


in 1822 -
Hans Hampel, composer is born.

in 1822 -
(Karl) Heinrich (Alfred) Ehrlich, Austrian pianist, pedagogue, and writer is born in Vienna. He studied piano with Henselt, Thalberg, and Bocklet, and composition with Sechter. He served as court pianist in Hannover (1852-55), and eventually settled in Berlin in 1862, where he taught piano at the Stem Conservatory. (1864-72; 1886-89) and was music critic of the Berliner Tageblatt (1878-98). In addition to many pedagogical books, he also wrote novels.

in 1823 -
Feliks Jaronski, composer is born.

in 1831 -
Inez Fabbri (real name Agnes Schmidt), Austrian- American soprano and operatic impresario makes her operatic debut as Abigail in Lucrezia Borgia in Kaschau.

in 1840 -
Fran Gerbic, composer is born.
in 1867 - Thomas Taglichsbeck, composer, dies at 67
in 1875 - Cyril Rootham, composer is born.
in 1879 - Halfdan Cleve, composer is born.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4hs7vW8SV0"]Jacques Offenbach - Orpheus in the Underworld Overture - YouTube[/ame]
in 1883 - Charles Maduro, Antillean composer is born.
in 1899 - Boleslaw Woytowicz, composer is born.

in 1899 -
Johann Nepomuk Fuchs, Austrian conductor and composer, brother of Robert Fuchs, dies at 57 at Voslau, near Vienna. He studied with Sechter at Vienna. He conducted the Pressburg Opera in 1864,and also held similar positions at Brunn, Kassel, Cologne, Hamburg, Leipzig, and (from 1880) the Vienna Court Opera. In 1894 he succeeded Hellmesberger as director of the Vienna Cons. He produced the opera Zingara (Brunn, 1892) and several others.

in 1902 -
Michael Kondracki, composer is born.
in 1906 - Louise Brown, dancer/teacher is born.
in 1907 - Mrs Miller/Elva Ruby Connes (US singer) is born.
in 1911 - Charles-Theodore Malherbe, composer, dies at 58.
in 1915 - Jose Maria Usandizaga, composer, dies at 28.
in 1915 - Otto Valdemar Malling, composer, dies at 67.

in 1918 - Jimmy
(actually, James) Blanton, innovative jazz bassist, famous for his work with Duke Ellington;is born in Chattanooga, Tenn. His hard-swinging lines introduced a chromaticism not typical of jazz bass before him, and through exposure with Ellington, who always appreciated bassists, he became the role model for the entire next generation. His mother was a pianist, who led her own band in Term, for many years. Jimmy started on violin during early childhood, did first gig at a local store, at the age of eight. He studied theory with an uncle, who specialized in teaching the mathematical aspects of music. Blanton switched to string bass while studying at Tenn. State Coll.; played in the State Collegians and gigged with local bands led by "Bugs" Roberts and drummer Joe Smith. During college summer vacations he played with Fate Marable on the riverboats; left college during his third year and moved to St. Louis. He joined Jeter-Pillars Orch. in late 1937 (playing a three-string bass), and continued to work in Fate Marable's Cotton Pickers during summer months. In autumn 1939, while playing at the Coronado Hotel Ballroom, St. Louis, he was signed by Duke Ellington, bought a four-string bass on hire-purchase (guarantor Gene Porter), and began working with Duke (sharing bass duties with Billy Taylor until Taylor left in January 1940). While working with Ellington in L.A., Blanton was taken seriously ill (entered L.A. Hospital in late 1941, where tuberculosis was diagnosed). In the spring of 1942 he was moved from the hospital to the Duarte Sanitarium, near L.A., where he spent the last few months of his life.

in 1919 -
Jean Louis Nicode, composer, dies at 66.

in 1922 -
Shankar Singh Raghuvanshi (Indian music composer; Shankar-Jaikishan) is born.

in 1925 -
Bill (actually, William Robert) Dixon, jazz trumpeter, composer is born in Nantucket, Mass. He studied painting at Boston Univ. In 1959, while leading his own band in N.Y.C.,he met Cecil Taylor and the two worked together for a few months. In 1960 he started to restrict himself to performing his own compositions; he worked intermittently with Archie Shepp in 1962--63. He formed the New York Contemporary Five with Shepp, John Tchicai, D. Moore, and J. C. Moses; Don Cherry later took Dixon's place. He became the artistic director in charge of the jazz catalogue for Savoy and gave opportunities to many younger artists. In 1964 Dixon promoted and presented a series of concerts at the Cellar Cafe in N.Y. that gave forums to then largely unknown players such as Roswell Rudd, Milford Graves, Paul Bley, and his own group, and to those who were always in need of exposure like Sun Ra. He formed the Jazz Composers Guild in late 1964 or 1965, which was a collective that intended to support musicians independently of clubs and booking agents.

Though the idea had widespread support and members including Taylor, Mike Mantler, Rudd, Tchicai, Sun Ra, and both Carla and Paul Bley,it didn't last. Dixon began a ten-year collaboration with dancer Judith Dunn in 1965; they presented multi-media events including free jazz and dance concerts at the 1966 Newport Jazz Festival.
In 1967 while teaching art history elsewhere, he started a music education program at N.Y.'s "University of the Streets," the first neighborhood project of its kind. He has been a full-time teacher since 1968, at University of Wisc. at Madison, then Bennington College, Vt., where Dixon helped found a department of black music. He left Bennington in 1996, and has since taught as a guest professor at various universities. He went to Paris in 1976 for a week of concerts. In 1984, he was the recipient of a BMI "Jazz Pioneer" award. His compositions have since been presented at jazz festivals internationally. He has also continued to paint, with his artworks gracing many of his album covers, while he has also completed commissioned works and been an artist-in-residence worldwide.

in 1927 -
John (Wilham) Downey, American composer and teacher is born in Chicago.
He was a pupil of Tarnovsky (piano) and Stein (composition) at De Paul Univ. in Chicago (B.M., 1949) and of Ganz, Rieti, Krenek, and Tcherepnin at the Chicago Musical ColI. (M.M., 1951). He then went to Paris, where he studied with Milhaud, Boulanger, and Messiaen at the Conservatory (1952) and with Chailley and [ankelevitch at the Sorbonne (docteur des lettres, 1957). After teaching at De Paul Univiversity, Chicago City Coll., and Roosevelt Univiversity, he was professor of composition and composer-in-residence at the Univiversity of Wisc. in Milwaukee (from 1964). He published the study
La musiquepopulaire dansl'oeuvre de Bela Bartok (1966). In 1980 he was made a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres of France. In 1999 a festival featuring 28 of his orchestral and chamber works was held in London. In his music, Downey adopted modified serial techniques and also utilized electronic and computergenerated sounds.

in 1929 -
Mildred (Eleanor Rinker) Bailey makes her first recording, "What Kind o'
Man Is You?/' composed with a satellite group drawn from Paul Whiteman's orchestra under the

leadership of guitarist Eddie Lang.


in 1924 -
Joseph Vezina, composer, dies at 75
in 1925 - Sidney Harth (US classical violinist, conductor) is born.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOKbfQxCfj8"]Sidney Harth - Live performance - Sibelius Violin Concerto 3rd movement - YouTube[/ame]
in 1926 - Gottfried Michael Koenig, composer is born.
in 1927 - John Downey, composer is born.

in 1933 -
Billy Lee Riley (US rockabilly guitarist, singer, record producer, songwriter) is born.

in 1935 -
Arlene Saunders (US soprano) is born.
in 1935 - Margie Singleton (US singer, TV Performer) is born.
in 1936 - Annerose Schmidt, East German pianist is born.

in 1937 -
Abi Ofarim/Abraham Reichstadt (Israeli singer, guitar; Esther & Abi Ofarim) is born.

in 1938 -
Carlo Mastrangelo, Bronx NY, rocker (Dion and The Belmonts) is born
in 1938 - Johnny "Dizzy" Moore (Jamaican trumpeter; The Skatalites) is born.
in 1938 - Johnny Duncan (US country music singer-songwriter, guitarist) is born.

in 1938 - Peter (George) Aston,
English conductor, musicologist, and composer; is born in Birmingham.
He studied composition and conducting at the Birmingham School of Music (1956-60), and then musicology at the University of York (1964-69; Ph.D., 1970, with the disseration {
George Jeffreys and the English Baroque}. He was a lecturer in music (1964-72) and senior lecturer (1972-74) at the University of York. From 1974 to 1988 he was prof, and head of music at the University of East Anglia, where he served as a professorial fellow from 1998. As a conductor, he was musical director of the Tudor Consort (1959-65) and the English Baroque Ensemble (1967-70). From 1975 to 1988 he was conductor of the Aldeburgh Festival Singers. In 1981 he co-founded and thereafter was artistic director of the Norwich Festival of Contemporary Church Music. He was composer-in-residence and principal guest conductor of the Zephyr Point Choral Festival in Nev. in 1991,1993,1995, and 1999. In 1993 he became principal guest conductor of the Sacramento (Calif.) International Bach Festival. Aston was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 1980. He was made an honorary fellow of the Guild of Church Musicians in 1995 and of the Royal School of Church Music in 1999. As a conductor, he has led performances of works ranging from the 15th century to the present day. He is especially known for his dedication to vocal ensemble music of the 16th and 17th centuries, and of the 20th century British repertoire. He edited the complete works of George Jeffreys. As a composer, he has written many sacred and secular vocal pieces.

in 1940 -
Silvestre Revueltas Sánchez dies at age 40. Mexican composer, violinist and conductor; born in Santiago Papasquiaro in Durango, he studied at the National Conservatory in Mexico City, St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas and the Chicago College of Music. In 1929 became assistant conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico, a post he held until 1935. He did much to promote contemporary Mexican music. He wrote film music, chamber music, songs and a number of other works. Among his orchestral music are a number of symphonic poems with Sensemayá: Chant for the Killing of a Snake (1938), based on a poem by Nicolás Guillén, the most famous. He appeared briefly as a bar piano player in the movie ¡Vámonos con Pancho Villa! in 1935, for which he composed the music. When shooting breaks out in the bar while he is playing "La cucaracha", he holds up a sign reading "Se suplica no tirarle al pianista" (Please don't shoot at the piano player!). He went to Spain and worked for the Republicans during the Spanish Civil War, but upon Francisco Franco's victory, returned to Mexico to teach. He earned little, and fell into poverty and alcoholism (He died of pneumonia in Mexico City on the day his ballet El renacuajo paseador, written 4 years earlier, was premièred) b. December 31st 1899.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tf8sn8E0El8"]Silvestre Revueltas - Janitzio (1933) - YouTube[/ame]


in 1941 - Roy Book Binder (US hilbilly blues guitarist) is born.
in 1942 - Richard Street, Detroit Mi, rocker (Temptations) is born.
in 1943 - Steve Miller (UK singer, keyboard, guitarist; Steve Miller Band) is born.
in 1944 - Gerry Scanlan (UK bassist, vocals; TNT/Bitter Suite) is born.
in 1945 - Brian Connolly (UK singer, Sweet/the New Sweet/Solo) is born.
in 1947 - Brian Johnson, Australia, hard rocker (AC/DC-Whole Lotta Rosie) is born.
in 1948 - Delroy George Wilson, singer is born.

in 1948 -
Lucius Ross, US pop guitarist (Funkadelic-One Nation Under a Groove) is born.

in 1948 -
Prince Gideon Israel/Carter Cornelius (US singer; Cornelius Bro's & Sister Rose) is born.

in 1949 -
B W Stevenson/Louis Charles Stevenson (US singer, songwriter, guitarist) is born.
in 1949 - Brian McManus Connolly, musician is born
in 1950 - "Fast" Eddie Clarke (UK guitarist; Fastway/Motorhead) is born.
in 1951 - Bob Geldof (Irish singer, songwriter, political activist; Boomtown Rats) is born.
in 1952 - Harold Faltermeyer/Harald Faltermeier (German keyboard,synthesizer,composer; freelance) is born.

in 1953 -
Russell Mael, [Dwight Russel Day], Calif, rock vocalist (Sparks) is born.
in 1953 - Sandra "Puma" Jones, Kingston Jamaica, rocker (Black Uhuru) is born.

in 1954 -
Flor Alpaerts, Flemish composer (Tyl Uilenspiegel/Pallieter), conductor, and music educator, father of Jef Alpaerts, dies at 78.
Alpaerts studied composition with Benoit and Blockx and violin at the Royal Flemish Conservatory, in Antwerp. In 1903 he joined its staff, serving as its director from 1934 to 1941. He conducted the orchestra at the Zoological Gardens (1919-51) and was director of the Royal Flemish Opera (1922-23) in Antwerp. His music is marked by an intense feeling for the modalities of Flemish folk songs. His 5-vol. treatise
Muzieklezen en Zingen was for many years the official textbook in all Flemish music institutions.

TODAY’S MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT SHINES ON . . .

in 1954 - Bob Geldof,
songwriter, lead vocalist, and performing focal point for the Boomtown Rats is born in Dun Langhaire, Ireland.
Spearheading interest in young Irish rock and subsumed under the label
punk, the Boomtown Rats won substantial success in Britain and Europe in the late 1970s, but they were virtually ignored in the United States.

Bob Geldof later endeavored to raise money for African famine relief, first with the Band Aid single "Do They Know It's Christmas?" (purportedly the best- selling single ever in England), and later with the massive Live Aid concert staged in London and Philadelphia. Geldof's efforts reawakened the music scene to social concerns and served as an inspiration for other musical benefits such as Farm Aid. Bob Geldof launched a solo career in the late 1980s that fared little better than that of the Boomtown Rats. Bob Geldof formed the Nightlife Thugs in 1975 after a stint as music reporter and editor with the
Georgia Straightin Vancouver, British Columbia. The group soon evolved into the Boomtown Rats, with Geldof, Gerry Cott, Garry Roberts, Johnnie Fingers, Pete Briquette, and Simon Crowe.

Establishing themselves in Ireland, the Boomtown Rats moved to London in 1976 and signed with Ensign Records. Conducting their first full-scale tour of England in 1977, the band recorded their debut album in Germany. "Looking After No.1" became the first of a series of major British hits that included "She's So Modern" and "Rat Trap," from their second album, and the controversial "I Don't Like Mondays," their first and only (minor) American hit. With Geldof as songwriter and lead vocalist, the group garnered a reputation in Britain and Europe for their brash and cynical songs and arrogant stage presence.


However, the group's albums after
A Tonic for the Troops were less well received, and their American record company, Columbia, dropped the band in late 1985, leading to their dissolution in 1986. After viewing a BBCtelevision documentary on the famine in Ethiopia in 1984, Bob Geldof contacted Midge Ure of Ultravox and began booking an array of British rock stars to record a single to raise money to remedy the situation.

Recruiting Sting, Boy George, Phil Collins, and members of U2, Ultravox, and Duran Duran, among others, the assemblage recorded "Do They Know It's Christmas"," written by Geldof and Ure, in November 1984. Released under the name Band Aid, the song became a major American hit and top British hit, selling more than seven million copies worldwide. The project inspired the adhoc group USA (United Support of Artists) for Africa in the United States, with superstars such as Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Prince, Lionel Richie, and Tina Turner recording the top hit "We Are the World," written by Jackson and Richie.


In 1985 Bob Geldof visited Africa and soon began organizing a huge simultaneous benefit concert linking London and Philadelphia. Staged on July 13, 1985, Live Aid was broadcast worldwide to an audience estimated to approach one billion viewers. Performers included Bob Dylan, Madonna, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, U2, The Who, Elvis Costello, and David Bowie. The concert ultimately raised more than $100 million for famine relief, a project overseen by Geldof for the next two years.


He became an international celebrity, met with leaders of many nations, and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1986 and nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986 and 1987. Never exploiting his fame for personal gain, Bob Geldof wrote his autobiography,
Is That All?, published in 1986, and returned to music with his solo debut album, Deep in the Heart of Nowhere, and its minor American hit "This Is the World Calling." He recorded a follow-up album two years later and then lay low fora while, returning to tour America for the first time in 12 years in support of 1993's The Happy Club.

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in 1957 - Lee "Kix" Thompson, saxophonist (Madness-Baggy Trousers) is born.
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