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in 1483 -
Hans Buchner, German organist- composer, was born Ravensburg, Wiirttemberg. His father, an organist, gave Buchner his first instruction. He became organist at the Cathedral of Constance on June 19, 1506, and was given permanent employment in 1512. His magnum opus was a Fundamentum, a manual for composition and improvisation on the organ (1551). -dies probably in Constance, mid-Feb. 1538.

in 1607 -
Philipp Nicolai, German Lutherian theologist/poet/composer, dies at 52.
in 1678 - John Jenkins, composer, dies.
in 1685 - Domenico Scarlatti, Naples Italy, composer/harpsichordist, son of Alessandro, is born.
in 1694 - Johan Helmich Roman, Finnish/Swedish composer/conductor/violinist is born.
in 1706 - Andreas Werkmeister, composer, dies at 60.
in 1719 - Joaquin de Oxinaga, composer is born.
in 1733 - Antonio Veracini, composer, dies at 74.
in 1740 - Ernest Louis Muller, composer is born.
in 1749 - Louis-Nicholas Clerambault, French composer/organist, dies at 72.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTkMxHvBrN0"]Clérambault Louis-Nicolas - L'impromptu,simphonia VI - YouTube[/ame]
in 1756 - Johann Theodor Romhild, composer, dies at 72.

in 1758 -
Louis-Charles-Joseph Rey, composer is born. in 1877 - Carl Ferdinand Becker, German organist, pedagogue, bibliographer, and composer, dies at Leipzig. He spent his entire life in Leipzig. After training at the Thomasschule, he was a violinist in the Gewandhaus Orchestra (1820-33) and served as organist in various churches. In 1843 he became the first professor, of organ at the Conservatory. In 1850 he helped to organize the Bach-Gesellschaft. He acquired a valuable collection of early music and musical literature which he gave to the city of Leipzig. Among his writings were Systematisch-chronologische Darstellung der musikalischen Literature von derfruhesten bis aufdie neueste Zeit (1836; suppl., 1839), Die Hausmusik in Deutschland im 16., 17., und 18. Jahrhundert (1840), and Die Tonwerke des 16. und 17. Jahrhunderts (1847). He composed piano and organ pieces.— b., Leipzig July 17,1804.

in 1789 -
Joseph Mayseder, composer is born.
in 1795 - Nicolaos Mantzaros, composer is born.
in 1813 - Henry Thomas Smart, composer is born.
in 1818 - Stefano Golinelli, composer is born.
in 1823 - Josef Preindl, composer, dies at 67.
in 1830 - Polibo Fumagalli, composer is born.
in 1845 - Hendrick Waelput, Flemish composer/conductor (Forest, Stella) is born.
in 1858 - Isac Baker Woodbury, composer, dies at 39.
in 1859 - Arthur Friedheim, composer is born.
in 1864 - Joseph Moorat, composer is born.
in 1867 - John Fawcett, composer, dies at 77.
in 1871 - Hermann Lohr, composer is born.
in 1874 - Peter Cornelius, German composer, dies at 49.
in 1886 - Gustav Hermann Unger, composer is born.
in 1898 - Beryl Rubinstein, composer is born.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NASydiQm3E"]Beryl Rubinstein - Sonata for Flute and Piano Mvt. 1 - YouTube[/ame]
in 1903 - Herbert Stanley Oakeley, composer, dies at 73.
in 1903 - Victorin de Joncieres, composer, dies at 64.
in 1907 - Giovanni Salviucci, composer is born.

TODAY’S MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT SHINES ON . . .

in 1911 -
Mahalia Jackson, fervent American gospel singer, is born at New Orleans.
Widely considered the best gospel singer of her generation, Jackson was certainly the best known, with a career that embraced radio, television, and film as well as a major-label record contract. Such incursions into the secular realm made her a controversial figure among gospel fans, but with her impassioned contralto she spread the influence of gospel far beyond its previously narrow boundaries.


Jackson was the illegitimate daughter of Johnny Jackson Jr., a stevedore who also preached at a church in New Orleans, and Charity Clark. She sang first at her father's church. Following the death of her mother when she was five, she was raised by an aunt.


In November 1927 she moved to Chicago to live with another aunt and began to sing with the choir at the Greater Salem Baptist Church while supporting herself as a domestic. She became a member of the Johnson Gospel Singers, a professional group, and eventually performed solo while working as a hairdresser; later she ran a beauty salon and a flower shop. Jackson became a song demonstrator for gospel songwriter Thomas A. Dorsey in 1937. That same year she was signed to Decca Records and made her recording debut in May.


She married Isaac Hockenhull, a mail carrier, in 1938; the marriage ended in divorce. She returned to recording in October 1946 for Apollo Records. An Apollo session in September 1947 produced a recording of "Move on Up a Little Higher," which was released in January 1948 and sold a reported two million copies.


She made her Carnegie Hall debut in October 1950 and toured Europe in 1952. Jackson signed to the Columbia label of CBS Records in 1954; she also had her own weekly series on the CBS 1692 radio network,
The Mahalia Jackson Show, from September 1954 to February 1955; and she made frequent appearances on the television program In Town Tonight on the local CBS affiliate in Chicago in the fall of 1954. With these activities she moved beyond the religious community even while continuing to sing gospel music. She began to make appearances on national television, notably The Ed Sullivan Show in 1956, and performed at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1957.

Her recording of "He's Got the Whole World in His Hand" (music and lyrics by Geoff Love, adapted from a traditional song) reached the singles chart in April 1958, and the same month she appeared in the film
St. Louis Blues, a biography of W. C. Handy starring Nat "King" Cole. She returned to the Newport Jazz Festival that summer, performing with Duke Ellington, and in October she was a guest on the television special The Bing Crosby Show.

She appeared in the film
Imitation of Life, released in April 1959. In March 1960 the film Jazz on a Summer's Day, a documentary of the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival featuring Jackson, was released. She won the first Grammy Award to be given out for Best Gospel or Other Religious Recording in 1961 for her album Everytime I Feel the Spirit. Her album Sweet Little Jesus Boy, a Christmas recording, reached the pop charts in January 1962, and in the Christmas season of 1962, Apollo Records reissued her 1950 recording of "Silent Night, Holy Night" (music by Franz Gruber, lyrics by Joseph Mohr) for a chart entry; it made the Christmas charts in 1964, 1967, 1968,1969, and 1973.

Jackson won her second consecutive Best Gospel or Other Religious Recording Grammy in 1962 for the album
Great Songs of Love and Faith. She was nominated again in 1963 for the album Make aJoyful Noise unto the Lord. Jackson married Sigmund Galloway, a musician, in 1964; they divorced in 1967. In 1969 she was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Soul Gospel Performance for the LP Guide Me, 0 Thou Great Jehovah. She toured Europe in the fall of 1971 but was hospitalized in Munich, West Germany, in October for coronary heart disease. She died of a heart seizure at 60 in 1972. Jackson's continuing popularity led to a series of posthumous record releases and awards. The album How I Got Over, which contained recordings from her radio broadcasts of 1954 and television appearances of 1963, won the Grammy Award in 1976 for Best Soul Gospel Performance; I Sing Because I'm Happy was nominated for the 1980 Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word, Documentary, or Drama Recording. – Died at Evergreen Park, Ill., Jan. 27, 1972.

in 1913 -
Charlie Barnet (US jazz saxophonist and bandleader) is born.

in 1915 -
(Friedrich) August Bungert, German composer; dies at Leutesdorf am Rhein. He studied at the Cologne Conservatory (1860-62), in Paris, and with Kiel in Berlin. His most ambitious project was the operatic tetralogy after Homer, Die Odyssee (4 parts first perf. in Dresden: Kirke, Jan. 24, 1898; Nausikaa, March 20, 1901; Odysseus' Heimkehr, Dec. 12, 1896; Odysses' Tod, Oct. 30, 1903). The companion to this Wagnerian- inspired effort, Die llias, never appeared. He also wrote a comic opera, Die Studenten von Salamanka (Leipzig, 1884), a mystery play, Warum? woher? wohin? (1908), incidental music to Goethe's Faust, orch. works, including Zeppelins erste grosse Fahrt (Koblenz, Dec. 1, 1909), Symphonia Victrix, Tasso, Hohes Lied der Liebe, and Auf der Wartburg, choral pieces, songs, a Piano Quartet, and piano pieces. – Born at Miilheim an der Ruhr, March 14, 1845.

in 1918 - Eric Ericson,
distinguished Swedish choral conductor, organist, and pedagogue, is born at Bonis. He studied at the Stockholm Musikhogskolan (1941-43) and at the Basel Schola Cantorum (1943-49). He served as an organist and choirmaster in Stockholm churches, including the Jakobskirche from 1949. In 1945 he became conductor of the Swedish Radio Chamber Choir in Stockholm, which he subsequently conducted as the expanded Swedish Radio Choir from 1951 to 1984. He also was conductor of the noted men's choir Orphei Dranger in Uppsala from 1951 to 1985. In 1952 he became a teacher and in 1968 a prof. at the Stockholm Musikhogskolan. In 1995 he received the Nordic Council Music Prize. Ericson was an inspirational choral conductor and influential pedagogue.

in 1919 -
James E. Myers aka Jimmy DeKnight (US songwriter, actor, producer, raconteur) is born.

in 1923 -
Charlie (actually, Charles Daly Barnet), jazz saxophonist, leader, is born N.Y. He was born into a wealthy family and began playing piano at an early age, picking up the saxophone at 12. He studied at Blair Academy in N.Y., then attended high school in Winnetka, 111. He went against his family's wishes by refusing to become a lawyer. At 16, he led his own band on the S. S. Republic and subsequently led bands on the Cunard, Red Star, and Panama- Pacific liners; he played on many Atlantic crossings (visiting England in the early 1930s), and also performed on Mediterranean and South American cruises.

After attending Rumsey Academy and playing in the school band, he left to work for almost a year with Frank Winegar's Pennsylvanians, specializing on tenor sax. He played with Beasley Smith, then gigged his way across the country, performing with Flem Ferguson in Shreveport and Jack Purvis in Kilgore, Tex. Barnet freelanced on the West Coast, then moved back to N.Y. where he formed his first big band for a three-month residency at Paramount Hotel Grill, N.Y. (spring 1933). During the following year, he led the band at the Park Central Hotel, N.Y, Glen Island Casino, Hotel Roosevelt, and in New Orleans. He formed a new band in spring 1935, disbanded it, then moved to Hollywood for a short- lived acting career, appearing in forgettable flops
Love and Hisses and Sally, Irene, and Mary (both 1936). Throughout his career, Barnet has done as much as anyone in breaking down racial barriers in music.

From the mid-1930s, he employed many African-American musicians including Benny Carter, Garnett Clark, Roy Eldridge, Dizzy Gillespie, Peanuts Holland, Kansas Fields, Al Killian, Frankie Newton, Roger Ramirez, Paul Webster, Trummy Young, Clark Terry, Oscar Pettiford, and Lena Home. His was also the first white band to play N.Y/s Apollo Theater. He had nearly 30 big hits between 1936-46, including a version of Ray Noble's "Cherokee," and his own "Skyliner." In fall 1939, Barnet moved to the West Coast; during a residency at the Palomar Ballroom, Los Angeles, the band lost all its instruments and orchestrations in a disastrous fire that October.


He continued to lead this unit regularly until 1943, and during the following 10-year period Barnet included such modernists as Buddy DeFranco and Dodo Marmarosa. During the 1950s and 1960s, he occasionally organized big bands for specific engagements; the last regular unit played residencies in Las Vegas and N.Y. (late 1966). In his last years, he suffered from Alzheimer's disease, though the immediate cause of death was pneumonia, according to his wife of 33 years, Betty. Charlie Barnet's film appearances as a musician include
The Fabulous Dorseys (solo), Music in Manhattan (band), Freddie Steps Out, and Juke Box Jenny. Early in 1967, his specially formed band made a short feature film. A lifelong admirer of Duke Ellington's music, he played chimes on a 1929 Ellington recording of "Ring Dem Bells/' and also once subbed on alto for Otto Hardwick with Ellington (March 1943). He also used many Ellington charts in his own groups. - died San Diego, Calif., Sept. 4, 1991.

in 1927 -
Duke Ellington sings "Creole Love Song".
in 1927 - Warne Marsh (US tenor saxophonist; solo/Supersax) is born.
in 1929 - Hans Peter Haller, composer is born.
in 1929 - Neal Matthews Jr (US singer; Jordanaires) is born.
in 1934 - Hans-Joachim Rödelius (German composer, multi-musician, multi-genre; Cluster/Harmonia) is born.
in 1935 - Akos Buttykai, composer, dies at 64.
in 1936 - Alvin W. Casey (US guitarist, multi-musician; session musician/The Wrecking Crew) is born.
in 1936 - Bruce Belland, Chicago, singer (Tim Conway Hour) is born.
in 1941 - Charlie Landsborough (UK singer, songwriter, guitarist) is born.
in 1942 - Dietmar Polaczek, composer is born.
in 1944 - Mike Piano, rocker (Sandpipers) is born.
in 1946 - Keith Hopwood, rock guitarist (Herman's Hermits) is born.
in 1951 - Maggie Roche (Irish-American singer, hammered dulcimer, multi musician, songwriter) is born.
in 1951 - Tommy Mars (US keyboard; Frank Zappa/Steve Vai/Stuart Hamm/Band From Utopia/others) is born.
in 1951 - William "Bootsy" Collins (US bassist, Pacesetters/Funkadelic/Bootsy's Rubber Band) is born.
in 1952 - David Was/David Weiss (US flute, keyboards, harmonica, producer) is born.
in 1953 - Julian Keith Strickland, Athens Ga, drummer (B-52's-Rock Lobster) is born.
in 1953 - Keith Strickland (US guitarist, drums, keyboards, programming; B-52's) is born.
in 1955 - Arne Eggen, composer, dies at 74.

in 1956 -
Walter (Wilhelm) Gieseking, celebrated German pianist, dies at London. He studied with Karl Leimer at the Hannover Conservatory, graduating in 1916. In 1912 he made his debut in Hannover, and from 1921 he made tours of Europe. In 1923 he made his British debut in London. He made his American debut at Aeolian Hall in N.Y.on Feb. 22, 1926, and after that appeared regularly in the U.S. and Europe with orchestra and in solo recitals. He became the center of a political controversy when he arrived in the U.S. in 1949 for a concert tour; he was accused of cultural collaboration with the Nazi regime, and public protests forced the cancellation of his scheduled performances at Carnegie Hall in N.Y. However, he was later cleared by an Allied court in Germany and was able to resume his career in America. He appeared again at a Carnegie Hall recital on April 22, 1953, and until his death continued to give numerous performances in both hemispheres. He was one of the most extraordinary pianists of his time. A superb musician capable of profound interpretations of both Classical and modern scores, his dual German-French background enabled him to project with the utmost authenticity the masterpieces of both cultures. He particularly excelled in the music of Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, and Brahms; his playing of Debussy and Ravel was also remarkable; he was also an excellent performer of works by Prokofiev and other modernists. He composed some chamber music and made piano transcriptions of songs by Richard Strauss. His autobiography, So Wurde ich Pianist, was publ. posth. in Wiesbaden (1963). Born at Lyons, Nov. 5, 1895.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnieHfyi-5w"]Walter Gieseking - Bagatelle in A minor, WoO 59, "Fur Elise" - YouTube[/ame]
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in 1958 -
Bill Haley and his Comets played the first rock 'n' roll concert in Germany. Over 7,000 rock 'n' roll fans turned the show into a riot.

in 1961 -
Bob Dylan signed with Columbia Records.
in 1962 - Beatles tape "Please Please Me" and "Ask Me Why".

in 1962 -
Steve Wren (UK drummer; Then Jerico) is born.

in 1962 - Emily Anderson, Irish musicologist, dies at London. She went to Germany for her education, and attended the univsersity of Berlin and Marburg. Returning to England, she was employed in the British Foreign Office while pursuing her interest in music history and biography as an avocation. Of value are her translations of the correspondence of Mozart and Beethoven as publ. in Letters of Mozart and His Family (3 vols., London, 1938; 2nd ed., rev., 1966 by A. Hyatt King and M. Carolan; 3rd ed., rev, 1985 by S. Sadie and F. Smart) and The Letters of Beethoven (3 vols., London, 1961). - Born at Galway, March 17, 1891.

in 1962 -
The Rolling Stones, (known as The Rollin' Stones), and consisting of Keith Richard, Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, pianist Ian Stewart and drummer Tony Chapman recorded their first demo tape at Curly Clayton Studios in Highbury, London. They recorded three songs, Jimmy Reed's 'Close Together', Bo Diddlley's 'You Cant Judge A Book By The Cover' and Muddy Waters' 'Soon Forgotten.'

in 1963 -
Bob Dylan played a sell out concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
in 1963 - Natalie Merchant (US singer, piano, songwriter; 10,000 Maniacs) is born.
in 1964 - Rolling Stones appear on Ed Sullivan Show
in 1965 - Aaron Kwok Fu-Shing (Hong Kong singer, dancer, actor) is born.
in 1965 - Beatles receive MBEs at Buckingham Palace
in 1965 - Judge Jules/Julius O'Riordan (UK remixer, producer, dance music DJ) is born.

in 1965 -
Queen Elizabeth II invests The Beatles with their MBEs at Buckingham Palace, London. According to an account by John Lennon, the group smoked marijuana in one of the palace bathrooms to calm their nerves. Many former recipients gave their MBE's back in protest, to which John Lennon responded "Lots of people who complained about us receiving the MBE received theirs for heroism in the war, for killing people." He continued: "We received ours for entertaining other people. I'd say we deserve ours more." When asked how he enjoyed meeting Queen Elizabeth II, John said "She's much nicer than she is in the photos."

in 1966 -
Alma Cogan dies at age 34. British pop singer born in Golders Green, London; In 1949, she became the resident singer at the Cumberland Hotel in Marble Arch, where her original six week booking was extended to eighteen months. Shae went on to be one of the biggest UK stars of the 50s. Her first release was the 78 rpm record "To Be Worthy Of You" / "Would You" recorded on her twentieth birthday in 1952. Between 1954 and 1960 she appeared on the UK Singles Chart eighteen times with her 1955 "Dreamboat" reaching No.1. Other hits included "Sugar ", "I Can't Tell a Waltz from a Tango", "Little Things Mean a Lot", and "Willie Can" (stomach cancer).
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2Li1cawECw"]Alma Cogan - Hernandos Hideaway - YouTube[/ame]
in 1966 - Masaharu Iwata (Japanese composer) is born.
in 1967 - Keith Urban (New Zealand country singer, guitar; married Nicole Kidman) is born.

in 1970 - A wake was held at the Lion's Share in San Anselmo, California to celebrate the life of
Janis Joplin. The singer who died of an accidental drugs overdose had left $2,500 in her will to throw a wake party in the event of her demise. The party was attended by her sister Laura and Joplin's close friends; Brownies laced with hashish were unknowingly passed around amongst the guests. Joplin was cremated in the Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Mortuary in Los Angeles; her ashes were scattered from a plane into the Pacific Ocean and along Stinson Beach.

in 1971 -
Anthony Rapp (US singer, actor; Mark Cohen in the Broadway production 'Rent') is born.
in 1974 - Barry White scored his only US No.1 album with 'Can't Get Enough.'
in 1974 - Dionne Warwick and the Spinners went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Then Came You.'
in 1974 - Lisa/Elizabeth Sakura Narita (Japanese-Colombian singer, writer, producer; m-flo) is born.
in 1976 - Deryck Victor Cooke, composer, dies at 57
in 1978 - Mark Barry (UK vocalist, bagpipes, hurdy gurdy; BBMak) is born.

in 1979 -
AC/DC appeared at The Mayfair, Newcastle upon Tyne, England, supported by Def Leppard. The bands were booked to appear the night before but after a fire at the venue in the afternoon, the show was cancelled.

in 1981 -
Guy Sebastian (Australian singer; winner of 1st Australian Idol in 2003) is born.

in 1984 - 19-year-old
John D. McCollum killed himself with a .22 caliber handgun after spending the day listening to Ozzy Osbourne records. One year later, McCollum's parents took court action against Ozzy and CBS Records, alleging that the song "Suicide Solution" from the album Blizzard of Ozz contributed to their son's death. The case was eventually thrown out of court.

in 1984 -
Amanda Overmyer (US singer; American Idol-season 7) is born.

in 1984 - During a seven date Australian tour,
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble played the first of three nights at the Melbourne Concert Hall in Melbourne.

in 1984 -
John (Woods)Duke, American pianist, pedagogue, and composer. Dies at Northampton, Mass. He studied piano with Harold Randolph and composition with Gustav Strube at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore (1915-18), then studied piano with Franklin Cannon and composition with Howard Brockway and Bernard Wagenaar in N.Y.; later received instruction in piano from Schnabel in Berlin and in composition from Boulanger in Paris (1929). He was asst. professor (1923-38) and professor (1938-67) of music at Smith College in Northampton, Mass., becoming prof. emeritus at his retirement. He composed over 200 songs, some of which are outstanding contributions to the genre. – Born at Cumberland, Md., July 30, 1899.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KR3lnJwz7JY"]Donald Gramm sings John Duke - LIVE! - YouTube[/ame]
in 1985 - George Benson went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'The Love Songs Collection.'

in 1985 -
Whitney Houston went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Saving All My Love For You', also a No.1 hit in the UK.

in 1991 -
Erasure scored their third UK No.1 album with 'Chorus', featuring the singles 'Love To Hate You' and the title track 'Chorus.'

in 1991 - Legendary Rock concert promoter
Bill Graham was killed when the Bell 206B JetRanger III helicopter he was riding in struck the top of a Pacific Gas and Electric transmission tower near Sears Point, northwest of Vallejo and exploded. The crash, which left the helicopter's wreckage dangling near the top of the towering structure, killed Graham, his girlfriend Melissa Gold and pilot Steve Kahn. Graham had founded the Fillmore theaters in San Francisco and New York and had played key roles in supporting such bands as the Who, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Janis Joplin, The Band, Bob Dylan, The J. Geils Band, The Allman Brothers Band and The Rolling Stones.

in 1991 -
Ozzy Osbourne broke his foot after an accident on stage at a gig in Chicago, causing him to cancel the remaining dates of a US tour.

in 1992 -
Jerome Andrews, US/French dancer/choreographer, dies.

in 1993 -
Catholic churches in San Juan, Puerto Rico asked residents to tie black ribbons on trees in protest against Madonna's first live appearance in the country.

in 1994 -
Wilbert Harrison dies at age 65. American singer, pianist, guitarist, harmonica player, born in Charlotte, North Carolina, began performing in a calypso-based style releasing 2 singles "This Woman Of Mine" and "Letter Edged In Black" before moving to Newark, New Jersey, where he had his first Billboard No.1 record in 1959 with the song "Kansas City". The song was written in 1951 and was one of the first credited collaborations by the team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. His next No.1 hit came in 1969 with "Let's Stick Together." His other hits included, "C.C. Rider" "Stagger Lee" "My Love" "Girls On Parade" "Clementine" "My Babe" "New York's World Fair" and "Until The Real Thing Comes Along" and his last hit, "My Heart Is Yours" in '71 although Wilbert continued to perform for many years.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CA9WxMPwJ5s"]Wilbert Harrison-Goodbye Kansas City - YouTube[/ame]
in 1995 - Gorni Kramer /Kramer Gorni dies at age 81. Italian accordian, double bass player, bandleader, composer, songwriter; he learnt the accordian as a child, then studied double bass at the Conservatory in Parma and obtained his diploma in 1930. He started working as a musician for dance bands, then in 1933, aged 20, he formed his own jazz group. In 1949 Gorni Kramer started working for Garinei and Giovannini, a very famous duo of impresarios who produced musical comedies. Writing music for their shows was his main activity for the following ten years. Their most successful productions were Gran Baldoria, Attanasio cavallo vanesio, Alvaro piuttosto corsaro, Tobia candida spia, Un paio d’ali. He went on to be one of the most famous Italian songwriters, musicians and band leaders of the 20th Century and he wrote over a thousand songs (died in Milan).

in 1996 -
Scott Murray/Murray Schaff dies at age 69. American saxophone player and singer with his own band Murray Schaff and his Aristocrats in the 50's, known as a very uninhibited act in show business. He later had trios and bands under the name of Scott Murray, he also owned the Open End nightclub in New York City in the 60's.

in 1996 -
The Spice Girls had their second UK No.1 single when 'Say You'll Be There' started a two-week run at the top of the charts. The song included a harmonica solo, played by Judd Lander who also played the harmonica solo on Culture Club's 1984 hit 'Karma Chameleon'.

in 1999 -
Hoyt Wayne Axton dies at age 61. American country music singer-songwriter, and a film and television actor born in Duncan, Oklahoma. His mother, Mae Boren Axton, co-wrote the classic rock 'n' roll song "Heartbreak Hotel", which became the first major hit for Elvis Presley. Hoyt became prominent in the early 1960s, establishing himself on the West Coast as a folk singer with an earthy style and powerful voice. Since he first appeared on TV in The Story of a Folksinger in 1963, he has appeared in many films and TV productions. As well as singing his own songs, a lott of his songwriting efforts became well known by other artists throughout the world, including Jealous Man", "Della and the Dealer", "The Pusher", "Snowblind Friend", "No-No Song" "Joy to the World" (which many know better by its opening lyric, "Jeremiah was a bullfrog!"), "Lion in Winter", "When the Morning Comes"and "Greenback Dollar". (heart attacks)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vo_rpLHCwrE"]Hoyt Wayne Axton...Captan America.wmv - YouTube[/ame]
in 2002 - Jessica Simpson, married former 98° member Nick Lachey. The couple were featured on MTV ‘Newlyweds’ TV show. The couple separated after three years of marriage.

in 2003 -
Sugababes went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Hole In The Head.' the girl group's third No.1.
in 2003 - US American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Measure Of A Man.’

in 2004 - Apple launched the
U2 Special Edition iPod as part of a partnership between Apple, U2 and Universal Music Group. The new U2 iPod held up to 5,000 songs and featured a red Click Wheel and custom engraving of U2 band member signatures. The iPod was being introduced as the band released their new album ‘How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb.’

in 2004 -
Elvis Presley came top of a list of the highest-earning dead celebrities. Forbes.com listed the Top 5 dead music earners; 1. Elvis Presley $40m (£22m), 2. John Lennon $21m (£11m), 3. George Harrison $7m (£3.8m), 4. Bob Marley $7m and at 5. George and Ira Gershwin $6m.

in 2005 -
UK jazz/pop pianist and singer-songwriter Jamie Cullum kicked off a 13 date UK tour at The Plymouth Pavilions.

in 2006 - Duran Duran guitarist
Andy Taylor quit the band during the US leg of their world tour. A statement on behalf of the group described the relationship with Andy Taylor as unworkable and one that could not be resolved.

in 2007 - A judge in Los Angeles ruled that
Britney Spears was no longer facing hit-and-run charges after she compensated the other car's driver. But the singer would still face a charge of driving without a valid licence. She allegedly crashed into a parked car in North Hollywood in full view of photographers, before leaving the scene on 6 August.

in 2007 -
Pete Doherty was given a suspended prison term for drugs and motoring offences after admitting driving while uninsured, having no MOT and while in possession of crack cocaine, heroin, ketamine and cannabis. The Babyshambles singer was sentenced to four-months in jail, suspended for two years at West London Magistrates' Court. He was also given an 18-month supervision order and a 12-month drug rehabilitation order and ordered to pay a £475 fine for driving without insurance or an MOT.

in 2007 -
Rapper TI was released on $3m (£1.5m) bail in Atlanta after he was charged with unlawfully possessing firearms, unregistered machine guns and silencers. US Magistrate Judge Alan Baverman said the singer would remain under house arrest in Henry County, Georgia, being monitored 24 hours a day by a private firm paid for by himself. The rapper was also electronically tagged.

in 2008 -
AC/DC went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Black Ice’ the Australian bands fifteenth studio album which went on to become a No.1 hit in 29 different countries and the second-best selling album of 2008.
in 2008 - Girls Aloud went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Promise', their 4th UK No.1.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bomv-6CJSfM"]AC/DC - You Shook Me All Night Long - YouTube[/ame]
in 2010 - Billy Ruane dies at age 52. American manager and tireless concert promoter from Boston; known best for the shows he booked and his wild dancing at venues such as the Middle East and Green Street Grill. Billy was a voluble and volatile presence on the Boston rock scene for three decades, obsessed with music from jazz to rock, he convinced Joseph and Nabil Sater at the Middle East Restaurant in Central Square to present live music, opening up a new chapter in Boston rock in 1987 (a cause of death has not yet been given, but Billy was hospitalized Oct 18th for heart trouble, but checked himself out the same day against medical advice).

in 2010 -
James Phelps dies at age 78. American gospel and R&B singer, born in Shreveport, Louisiana, founder of the Clefs of Calvary and performed alongside Sam Cooke. In his late teens he moved to Chicago, where he performed with several gospel groups including the Gospel Songbirds, the Holy Wonders, it was with the Holy Wonders that he performed with Lou Rawls, and the Soul Stirrers where he sang backing their 1964 classic "Lead Me to the Calvary" with Sam Cooke as lead vocals. He left the Soul Stirrers and shifted his focus to rhythm and blues when his “Love Is a Five-Letter Word” became a hit in 1965. As a solo act, he went on to tour with R&B greats such as Otis Redding and James Brown. By the mid-70s his recording career was over, but he continued to perform both gospel and secular songs for many years. (complications of diabetes).

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in 1739 -
Franz Ignaz Kaa, composer is born.

in 1740 -
Maximus (Sozontovich )Berezovsky, Russian tenor and composer, is born at Glukhov.
He studied at the Kiev Ecclesiastic Academy, then was chorister at the Court Chapel in St. Petersburg. He attracted attention by his lyric voice, and in 1765 was sent by the Russian government to Bologna for further study. He became a pupil of Padre Martini, and wrote an opera,
Demofoonte (1773), which was produced in Bologna. Upon his return to Russia, he was unable to compete with Italian musicians who had acquired all the lucrative positions in the field of vocal teaching and opera. He became despondent and apparently cut his own throat. – Died at St. Petersburg, April 2,1777.

in 1746 -
Georg Anton Kreusser, composer is born.
in 1771 - Johann Gottlieb Graun, composer, dies.
in 1775 - Traugott Maximilian Eberwein, composer is born.
in 1781 - Herman-Francois Delange, composer, dies at 66.

in 1782 -
Niccolo Paganini, Genoa It, composer/violin virtuoso (Princess Lucca) is born.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eblB2-y23Dc"]Niccolo Paganini Caprice No. 1 and 2 - YouTube[/ame]
in 1798 - Bohemian violinist, violist and composer Anton Thadaus Johan Nepomuk Stamitz (son of Johan, and brother of Carl ) dies at 45.

in 1817 -
Antoni Katski, composer is born.
in 1822 - Christian Frederich Gottlieb Schwencke, composer, dies at 55.
in 1833 - Ferdinand Franzl, composer, dies at 66.
in 1848 - Alexander Egorovich Varlamov, composer, dies at 46.
in 1864 - Andreas Randel, composer, dies at 58.
in 1873 - Henry Tate, composer is born.
in 1886 - Musical fantasy "Night on Bald Mountain" performed in Russia.
in 1894 - Antonius "Toon" Verhey, violin cellist/conductor (Residence-orch) is born.

in 1911 - Efrem (Alexandrovich) Zimbalist,
eminent Russian-born American violinist and pedagogue; made his American debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra playing the first American performance of Glazunov's Violin Concerto.

in 1912 -
Conlon Nancarrow (American - later Mexican citizen composer) is born.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPdX85cv_D8"]Conlon Nancarrow, study no.11 for player piano - YouTube[/ame]
in 1921 - Anestis Logothetis, composer is born
in 1922 - Poul Bundgaard (Danish actor, singer) is born.

in 1924 -
Gary Chester/Cesario Gurciullo (American-Italian top session drummer) is born.

in 1925 -
Theodore Presser, American music publisher; dies at Philadelphia.
He studied at the New England Cons, of Music in Boston with S. Emery, G.E. Whiting, J.C.D. Parker, and B. Lang, then at the Leipzig Conservatory, with Zwintscher and Jadassohn. In 1883 he founded in Philadelphia the Etude, a well-known music monthly of which he was editor until 1907; James F. Cooke was its editor from 1908 to 1949; it discontinued publication in 1957. Shortly after the foundation of the Etude, Presser established a publishing house, the Theodore Presser Co., for music and books about music, which has come to be one of the important firms in the U.S. It acquired the catalogues of the John Church Co. (1930), the Oliver Ditson Co. (1931), the Mercury Music Corp. (1969), Elkan-Vogel (1970), and the American Music Edition (1981). Its headquarters removed to Bryn Mawr, Pa., in 1949. In 1906 he founded the Presser Home for Retired Music Teachers, which in 1908 moved to Germantown. In 1916 he established the Presser Foundation to administer this Home, to provide relief for deserving musicians, and to offer scholarships in colleges and univs. in the U.S. Presser wrote instructive pieces and studies for piano. He was a co-founder of the Music Teachers National Assn. (1876). – Born at Pittsburgh, July 3, 1848.


in 1925 -
Wilhelm Gericke, composer, dies at 80.

in 1927 -
Dominick Argento, outstanding American composer and teacher, is born at York, Pa.
He received training in piano from the age of 15, and soon began teaching himself theory and orchestration. After serving as a cryptographer in the U.S. Army in East Africa (1945-47), he pursued studies in piano with Alexander Sklarewski and in composition with Nabokov at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore (B.M. 1951). He also received private composition instruction from Weisgall.


In 1951-52 he held a Fulbright fellowship and studied with Dallapiccola in Florence. From 1952 to 1955 he taught at the Hampton (Va.) Inst. During this period, he also served as music director of the Hilltop Opera in Baltimore. He concurrently pursued training in composition with Cowell at the Peabody Conservatory of Music (M.M., 1954), and then completed his composition studies with Rogers, Hovhaness, and Hanson at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. (Ph.D., 1957). In 1957-58 and in 1964-65 he held Guggenheim fellowships. In 1958 he joined the faculty of the University of Minn., where he was named Regents' Professor in 1980.


In 1963 he co-founded the Center Opera Co. (later the Minn. Opera) in Minneapolis, which was inaugurated with his opera
The Masque of Angels on Jan. 9,1964. His remarkable opera Postcard from Morocco was premiered there on Oct. 14,1971. In 1975 he won the Pulitzer Prize in Music for his notable song cycle From the Diary of Virginia Woo//. A U.S. Bicentennial commission resulted in his outstanding opera The Voyage of Edgar Allan Poe, which was first performed in St. Paul on April 24,1976.

He received an award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1979. His compelling opera
Casanova's Homecoming opened the Ordway Music Theater in St. Paul on April 12, 1985. It won the National Music Theater Award in 1986. His highly rewarding opera The Aspern Papers, after Henry James, was premiered at the Dallas Opera on Nov. 19, 1988, and won wide recognition via its telecast by PBS. His finely crafted opera The Dream of Valentino was first performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 15,1994. In 1997 he was named composer laureate of the Minn. Orchestra in Minneapolis.

In his distinguished oeuvre, Argento has displayed a remarkable capacity for composing compelling vocal and orchestral scores. His operas, choral works, and songs constitute major contributions to the vocal art in the U.S. Early on Argento eschewed the precepts of stark modernism to embrace an imaginative and well crafted style marked by melodic invention, a sure handling of orchestral color, and a heartfelt lyricism. An artful command of text setting is a hallmark of his vocal writing.


in 1928 -
Gilles Vigneault (Canadian poet, singer, songwriter) is born.

in 1933 -
Floyd Cramer, La, cowboy singer (Last Date, On the Rebound, US Hall of Fame pianist; sessionist/solo) is born.

in 1933 -
Julius Klengel, composer, dies at 74.

in 1936 -
Robert White, American tenor, is born at N.Y. He was the son of Joseph White, the "Silver Masked Tenor" of the early radio era in N.Y. He began his career with appearances on Fred Allen's radio program when he was 9. After studying music at Hunter College, he continued his training with Boulanger and Souzay in France; then completed his studies at the Juilliard School of Music in N.Y. (M.S., 1968), where he found a mentor in Beverley Peck Johnson. He sang with the N.Y. Pro Musica and appeared with various American opera companies before becoming successful as a concert singer. His repertoire ranges from the Baroque to Irish ballads. He sang in a "Homage to John McCormack" at N.Y.'s Alice Tully Hall during the 1985-86 season.

in 1940 -
Fini Valdemar Henriques, composer, dies at 72.
in 1940 - Lee Greenwood, country singer (God Bless the USA) is born.
in 1942 - Phillip Catherine, rocker is born.
in 1943 - Bela Reinitz, composer, dies at 64.

in 1944 -
Donald Partridge (UK folk singer with hits such as 'Rosie' & 'Blue Eyes') is born.

in 1945
- Peter Martins, Copenhagen, dancer-choreographer is born.
in 1949 - Byron Allred (keyboards, producer; Steve Miller Band) is born.
in 1949 - Garry Tallent (US bass player; Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band) is born.

in 1949 -
Ginette Neveu dies at age 30. French violinist born in Paris, a violin virtuoso who dazzled audiences in her Europe and UK with her performances, and listeners around the world with her recordings. At age 15, she achieved worldwide celebrity status when she won the Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition over 180 contestants. Over the next two years, saw her give solo performances at the leading concert halls of Germany, Poland, the Soviet Union, America, and Canada. She finally make her London debut in 1945 after World War II. Her brother Jean-Paul accompanied her on piano, and the two toured post-war Europe extensively, appearing at the Prague Spring International Music Festival, as well as tours in Australia and South America. (Ginette and her brother died in a plane crash in the Azores, on their way for an America tour).
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZdmEBHKBjA"]Ginette Neveu Plays Ravel Tzigane - YouTube[/ame]



in 1949 - Jack Daniels, Choctaw Okla, country singer (Highway 101-Cry Cry Cry) is born.

in 1951 -
Éric Morena (French singer) is born.
in 1951 - Ken "K.K." Downing Jr (UK guitar; Judas Priest) is born.
in 1952 - Topi Sorsakoski (Finnish singer; Agents/other bands/solo) is born.
in 1953 - Eduard Konneke, German composer (Majority Sonderin), dies at 68.
in 1953 - Peter Dodd (UK guitar, Thompson Twins) is born.
in 1953 - Zdzislaw Jachimecki, composer, dies at 71.

in 1953 -
Susan Quittmeyer, American mezzo-soprano, is born at N.Y. She studied at the Illinois Wesleyan University School of Music (1971-75) and at the Manhattan School of Music (1975-77). In 1978 she made her operatic debut as Chloe in The Tree of Chastity at the Opera Theatre in St. Louis. Her debut as a soloist came in 1981 when she sang in Beethoven's 9th Symphony with the San Francisco Symphony under Slatkin's direction. She made her recital debut at N.Y/s Carnegie Recital Hall in 1985. On Dec. 21, 1987, she made her Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. as Nicklausse in Les Conies d'Hoffinann, and continued to make appearances there until 1994. She portrayed Mozart's Annius at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich in 1986, returning there as Cherubino in 1989. After appearing as Handel's Sextus at the Paris Opera in 1987, she sang Cherubino and Zerlina at the Vienna State Opera in 1989. In 1992 she sang Cherubino at the Opera de la Bastille in Paris and Marina at the San Francisco Opera. She appeared as Idamante at the Salzburg Festival in 1994. Following an engagement as Fricka in Das Rheingold at the Dallas Opera in 1998, she sang Nicklausse at the Florida Grand Opera in Miami in 1999. She also appeared as a soloist with various orchs. In 1987 she married James Morris.

in 1954 -
Franco Alfano, eminent Italian composer and teacher, dies at 78 at San Remo.
He studied composition with Serrao in Naples, and with Jadassohn and Sitt in Leipzig. From the beginning of his musical career, Alf ano was interested in opera. His first stage work,
Miranda, was written when he was barely 20; another opera, La fonte di Enchir, followed (Breslau, Nov. 8,1898).

In 1899 he went to Paris and became fascinated by light theater music. While in Paris he wrote
Napoli, a ballet in the folk manner, which was staged at the Folies-Bergeres (Jan. 28,1901), proving so successful that it ran for 160 successive performances. Returning to Italy, he began work on an opera based on Tolstoy's novel Resurrection. It was premiered as Risurrezione in Turin (Nov. 4, 1904) with sensational acclaim; the American premiere (Chicago, Dec. 31, 1925) was equally successful; there were also numerous performances in Germany and France. The opera was widely praised for its dramatic power and melodic richness in the best tradition of realistic Italian opera.

Alfano continued to compose industriously for another half- century, but his later operas failed to equal his earlier successes. Among these later works are
II Principe Zilah (Genoa, Feb. 3, 1909), L'ombra di Don Giovanni (Milan, April 3,1914), La leggenda di Sakuntala (Bologna, Dec. 10, 1921; score destroyed during World War II; recomposed as Sakuntala, 1952), Madonna Imperia, lyric comedy (Turin, May 5, 1927), L'Ultimo Lord (Naples, April 19, 1930), Cyrano de Bergerac (Rome, Jan. 22, 1936), and II Dottor Antonio (Rome, April 30, 1949).

He completed Puccini's last opera,
Turandot, adding the last scene. His Hymn to Bolivar for Chorus and Orch., written for the centennial of Bolivar's death, was performed in Caracas, Venezuela, on Dec. 22, 1930. Among his other works were 3 syms. (1909, 1932, 1934), 3 string quartets, a Violin Sonata, a Cello Sonata, and a ballet, Vesuvius (1938; a symphonic poem was drawn from it in 1946). He was director of the Liceo Musicale in Bologna (1918-23) and of the Turin Conservatory (1923-39), superintendent of the Teatro Massimo in Palermo (1940^12), and acting director of the Rossini Conservatory in Pesaro (1947-50). – Born at Posilippo, March 8, 1875.

in 1955 -
Vladimir Mikhaylovich Deshevov, composer, dies at 66.
in 1956 - Hazell Dean (UK singer, composer, producer) is born.
in 1957 - Jeff East, rocker is born.

in 1957 -
The Crickets started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'That'll Be The Day'. A No.3 hit in the US where it went on to sell over a million.

in 1958 -
Felix Wurman (US cellist, composer) is born.
in 1958 - Hazell Dean, rocker (Always Doesn't Mean Forever) is born.
in 1958 - Simon Le Bon, rock vocalist (Duran, Duran-Hungry Like the Wolf) is born.
in 1960 - Singer Ben E King records "Spanish Harlem" and "Stand By Me".
in 1962 - The Shadows scored their second UK No.1 album with 'Out Of The Shadows.'

in 1963 -
Farin Urlaub/Jan Ulrich Max Vetter (German singer, guitarist; Die Ärzte) is born.

in 1963 - Touring Sweden,
The Beatles performed three shows at the Cirkus in Goteborg, Sweden.

in 1964 - Singers
Sonny and Cher wed, Cher wore bell-bottoms.

in 1966 -
The Four Tops were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Reach Out I'll Be There.' The group's only UK No.1
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HQEhuylZmg"]Four Tops Baby I Need Your Lovin' - YouTube[/ame]
in 1967 - Scott Weiland (US lead singer: Stone Temple Pilots/Velvet Revolver) is born.
in 1969 - Annie Patterson, composer is born.
in 1969 - Jaime Pahissa, composer, dies at 89.

in 1969 -
Muddy Waters was seriously injured in a car crash in Champagne, Illinois. Three people were killed in the accident.

in 1970 -
Adrian Erlandsson (Swedish heavy metal drummer; Cradle of Filth) is born.

in 1970 -
Black Sabbath played their first ever-live show in the US when they kicked of a 16-date tour at Glassboro State College.

in 1972 -
Elissa/Elissar Zakaria Khoury (Lebanese singer) is born.
in 1972 - Marika Krook (Finnish singer, actress) is born.

in 1973 - Norman Allin,
English bass and teacher, dies at Hereford.
He studied at the Royal Manchester College of Music (1906-10). He made his operatic debut with the Beecham Opera Co. in London in 1916. In 1922 he became a director and leading bass of the British National Opera Co. in London, remaining with it until 1929; from 1942 to 1949 he was a member of the Carl Rosa Opera Co. He led vocal classes at the Royal Academy of Music in London (1935-60) and the Royal Manchester College of Music (1938-42). In 1958 he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.— Born at Ashton- under-Lyne, Nov. 19,1884.


in 1973 -
Gladys Knight and the Pips started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Midnight Train To Georgia'. It was the group's 18th Top 40 hit and first No.1.

in 1973 -
Mott the Hoople supported by Aerosmith appeared at The Orpheum Theatre, Boston.

in 1975 - The unknown
Bruce Springsteen had the rare honour of simultaneous covers on both Time and Newsweek magazines in the US.

in 1977 -
Baccara were at No.1 in the UK singles chart with 'Yes Sir, I Can Boogie'. They were the first Spanish act to score a UK No.1, and first female duo to do so.

in 1978 -
Puma Washington/Sabrina Washington (UK singer, dancer; Mis- Teeq) is born.

in 1978 -
Vanessa-Mae (Singapore/UK violinist, piano, actress; Philharmonia Orchestra/solo) is born.

in 1979 - During a US tour
Elton John collapsed on stage at Hollywood's Universal Amphitheatre suffering from exhaustion.

in 1980 - Former T Rex member
Steve Took, choked to death on a cherry stone, after some magic mushrooms he had eaten, numbed all sensation in his throat.

in 1980 -
Jeku/Jake Jensen (Canadian guitarist, piano, Jew's harp, theremin; solo) is born.

in 1980 -
Steve Peregrin Took/Stephen Porter dies at age 31. English drummer, percussion, and harmony vocalist born in London. At 17, having played drums for some months with a mod band The Waterproof Sparrows, he answered an ad in Melody Maker for the electric band that Marc Bolan was forming. Eventuall Tyrannosaurus Rex, championed by John Peel went onto the club and stage circuit and thence into the record shops, released three albums and achieved two top 40 hits. While in Tyrannosaurus Rex, Steve also appeared as a backing vocalist on a session for David Bowie, the results of which can be heard on the BBC sessions album, Bowie at the Beeb. His drug habit got so bad Steve was sacked before the US T.Rex tour, but he was contractually obliged to go on the US tour, his heart was not in it and he 'drowned his sorrows' in as much drugs as possible. Over the last years of his life he formed many projects including The Pink Fairies, Shagrat, Steve Took's Horns' (he choked on a cherry stone, after some magic mushrooms had numbed his throat. The death certificate records the cause of death as being due to asphyxiation after inhaling a cocktail cherry. Drugs were not listed as a contributing factor, though his death is often listed as a "drugs misadventure").
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jc6lHTRsY20"]0-Steve Took: AMANDA - YouTube[/ame]
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in 1980 -
Tanel Padar (Estonian singer; winner the Eurovision Song Contest 2001) is born.

in 1981 -
Salem Al Fakir (Swedish singer, multi-musician) is born.

in 1984 -
Big Country went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Steel Town' the bands only No.1 album.

in 1984 - During a US tour,
The Grateful Dead allocated a specific recording area for fans to bootleg the show; tonight's gig was in Berkeley, California.

in 1984 -
Kelly Osbourne (UK singer, celebrity girl; Osbournes TV Show) is born.
in 1986 - Paul McCartney release "Pretty Little Head".

in 1988 -
Def Leppard played the final show on their 232-date Hysteria world tour at the Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, Washington.

in 1988 - U2's film
'Rattle And Hum', received its world wide premiere in the group's hometown Dublin.

in 1989 - U2 bass player
Adam Clayton was convicted of a drink driving offence by a Dublin court after being found driving twice over the legal limit. He was fined £500 and banned from driving for 1 year.

in 1990 - 'A Little Time' by
The Beautiful South was at No.1 on the UK singles chart. The group were formed by ex-Housemartins Paul Heaton and Dave Hemmingway.

in 1990 -
Janet Jackson scored her fourth US No.1 single with 'Black Cat', a No.15 hit in the UK.

in 1990 -
Michael Waite from Musical Youth was jailed for four years for his part in a robbery.

in 1990 -
Paul Simon started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'The Rhythm Of The Saints' his third UK No.1 solo album.

in 1990 -
Xavier Cugat/Francisco d'Asís Javier Cugat Mingall de Bru y Deleufo dies at age 90. Spanish violinist, band leader of Catalan origin who spent his formative years in Havana, Cuba; one of the pioneers of Latin-American dance music. During his eight decade long career, Xavier helped to popularize the tango, the cha-cha, the mambo and the rhumba. In the late 1920s, as sound began to be used in films, he put together another tango band that had some success in early short musical films. By the early 1930s, he began appearing with his group in feature films. He took his band to New York for the 1931 opening of Waldorf Astoria Hotel, for 16 years he helmed the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel's Orchestra. He shuttled between New York and Los Angeles for most of the next 30 years, alternating hotel and radio dates with movie appearances (He died in Barcelona, his band continued to perform under the direction of dancer, musician and vocalist Ada Cavallo).
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gT04xzKCDus"]XAVIER CUGAT bim bam bum - YouTube[/ame]


in 1991 - EMF were named 'Best British Group' at the Smash Hits Poll Winners awards. Kylie Minogue won the 'Worst Female singer' award.

in 1991 -
Sir Andrzej Panufnik, eminent Polish-born English conductor and composer dies at London.
His father was a Polish manufacturer of string instruments, his mother an Englishwoman who studied violin in Warsaw. He began his musical training with his mother; after studying composition with Sikorski at the Warsaw Conservatory (diploma, 1936), he took conducting lessons with Weingartner at the Vienna Academy of Music (1937-38); subsequently completed his training with Gaubert in Paris, and also studied in London (1938-39). He returned to Warsaw in 1939, remaining there during the Nazi occupation, playing piano in the underground. After the liberation, he conducted the Krakow Philharmonic (1945-16) and the Warsaw Phil. (1946-47); he then left his homeland in protest of the Communist regime (1954), settling in England, where he became a naturalized British subject (1961). After serving as music director of the City of Birmingham Symphonie Orchestra (1957-59), he devoted himself to composition. His wife, Scarlett Panufnik, published Out of the City of Fear (London, 1956), recounting his flight from Poland; his autobiography was published as Composing Myself (London, 1986). In 1988 he appeared as a guest conductor of his own works with the N.Y. Chamber Symphony and in 1990 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In 1991 he was knighted. In his early years, he belonged to the vanguard group of Polish composers. He made use of advanced techniques, including quarter tones, and made certain innovations in notation; in several of his orch. works, he left blank spaces in the place of rests to indicate inactive instrumental parts. In his later music, he adopted a more circumspect idiom—expressive, direct, and communicative. His compositions to 1944 were destroyed during the Warsaw uprising. - b. Warsaw, Sept. 24, 1914.


in 1992 -
Bo Diddley took his ex-manager to court claiming he had taken $75,000 through unauthorised personal expenses.

in 1994 -
Robert White, guitarist, dies at 57.
in 1996 - John Gregory, dancer, dies at 82.

in 1997 - 34-year old
John Hector was arrested in Toronto, Canada and charged with criminal harassment after stalking U2 bass player Adam Clayton.

in 1998 -
UK page three model turned singer, Samantha Fox was arrested for alleged drink driving.

in 1999 -
Coldplay kicked off an 11 date UK tour at Liverpool Royal Court Theatre.

in 2000 - Walter Berry,
admired Austrian bass-baritone, dies at age 71.
He studied engineering at the Vienna School of Engineering before pursuing vocal training with Hermann Gallos at the Vienna Academy of Music. In 1950 he made his debut at the Vienna State Opera in Honegger's
Jeanne d'Arc, and subsequently sang there regularly; he also appeared at the Salzburg Festivals (from 1952). In 1957 he made his U.S. debut as Mozart's Figaro in Chicago. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. as Barak on Oct. 2, 1966, remaining on its roster until 1974 and returning for its 1975-76 and 1977-78 seasons. In 1976 he made his first appearance at London's Covent Garden as Barak. He also sang in Berlin, Munich, Paris, Tokyo, BuenosAires, and elsewhere. In 1957 he married Christa Ludwig, with whom he appeared in opera and concert; they were divorced in 1970. In 1963 he was made an Austrian Kammersanger. Among his other roles were Leporello, Papageno, Telramund, Wotan, Escamillo, Baron Ochs, Wozzeck, and Dr. Schon. - Born at Vienna, April 8, 1929.

in 2000 -
Winston Grennan dies at age 56. Jamaican drummer, famous session player from 1963 to 1973 in Jamaica and in New York City through the 1970s and '80s. He has toured and recorded with Bob Marley to Marvin Gaye to to Dizzy Gillespie to The Rolling Stones and dozens in between. He appeared in the film 9 1/2 Weeks in 1985, with his Ska Rocks band, which he assembled in the 1980's and which stayed active in various incarnations until his death. (cancer).
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-8d5JNpydc"]Winston Grennan And The Ska Rocks Band - Savior - YouTube[/ame]
in 2000, Lonnie Donegan went to Buckingham Palace to receive his MBE for his services to pop music. Lonnie pioneered skiffle in the 1950's and inspired a generation of teenagers to start bands.

in 2002 -
Foo Fighters scored their first UK No.1 album with ‘One By One.’

in 2002 -
Tom Dowd dies at age 77. American musician born in Manhattan; he grew up playing piano, violin, tuba, and string bass and went on to become a top recording engineer and producer for Atlantic Records. He was credited with innovating the multi-track recording method. Dowd worked on a virtual "who's who" of recordings that encompassed blues, jazz, pop, rock and soul records. He engineered numerous jazz dates by Ornette Coleman, Charles Mingus, John Coltrane, the Modern Jazz Quartet and Ray Charles, among many others; a producer for Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Chicago, MeatLoaf and the James Gang to mention a few (emphysema).

in 2004 -
Claude Helffer dies at age 82. French pianist born in Paris, noted particularly for his advocacy of 20th-century music. During the War he entered the élite École polytechnique and fought for the Resistance. After the War he studied theory and composition with René Leibowitz. He made his début in Paris in 1948 and from 1954 appeared regularly in the concerts of the Domaine musical. Claude gave many premières of new works and was the dedicatee of several notable works, including Erikhthon - Xenakis, 1974; Concerto - Boucourechliev, 1975; Stances - Betsy Jolas, 1978; Concerto No. 1 - Luis de Pablo, 1980; Envoi - Gilles Tremblay, 1982; and Modifications - Michael Jarrell, 1983. He gave master classes all over the world, most notably at the Salzburg Summer Academy.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7AoBb-03LE&feature=results_main&playnext=1&list=PLF00137 DE6A09740A"]Debussy - Claude Helffer - Images I° série - 01 - reflets dans l'eau - YouTube[/ame]
in 2004 - Lester Lanin dies at age 97. American jazz and pop music bandleader; he quit school to play music in his teens and beginning in 1927, he led ensembles that were paid to play at the houses of wealthy socialites in Philadelphia and New York, continuing after the 1929 stock market crash. In 1930, he was hired to play at a gala for Barbara Hutton, and the event garnered so much press in New York newspapers that it made him a star. Lester became a major star of the dance music world, and was hired worldwide to play for kings and queens, in addition to a recurring invitation to play at White House inaugural balls from the Eisenhower administration to the Carter administration. His popularity increased upon the advent of the LP era. Starting with Epic Records in the middle of the 1950s, he recorded a string of albums for several labels, many of which hit the US Billboard 200. He continued performing well into the 1990s. In 1999 Lester played himself in the black and white film comedy Man of the Century, where he was the favorite musician of lead character Johnny Twennies.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGk8rRl38L4"]Lester Lanin: I Believe In You (Loesser, 1961) - YouTube[/ame]
in 2005 - The distributor of rapper 50 Cent's new film said it would remove posters advertising the film after complaints they glorify gun violence. Posters for 'Get Rich or Die Tryin' showed 50 Cent holding a gun in his left hand and a microphone the other. Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich wrote to Paramount Pictures urging them to take down the posters. The company said it had taken down one poster near a Los Angeles nursery school, and planned to remove more.

in 2007 - Former Moloko singer
Roisin Murphy was recovering in hospital after damaging her eye socket during a show in Russia. The singer hit her head on a chair during the show at Moscow's Ikra Club and was rushed to hospital for surgery. A spokesman said she lost "a lot of blood" and had severe concussion, but her vision was unaffected and she was "recovering well".

in 2007 -
Howard Donald was forced to miss a show on the band's Beautiful World European tour after suffering a chest injury while on stage. The Take That singer was recovering in hospital in Austria after sustaining the injury during an earlier concert.

in 2007 -
Keith Richards marched with campaigners protesting against possible Sussex hospital cuts. The Stones guitarist joined 15,000 people for the walk through Chichester to oppose plans which could see St Richard's Hospital downgraded. A spokeswoman for the guitarist said: "Keith is a long-standing member of the West Wittering community and is pleased to lend his support to local efforts to save St Richard's Hospital.”

in 2007 -
Ricky Parent dies at age 41. American drummer; he spent his childhood in New Jersey and New York learning to play the drums from the age of 5 on his Mickey Mouse drum kit. His main main influence was John Bonham, others have included Buddy Rich, Tony Williams, Terry Bozzio, and Simon Phillips. He relocated to LA and got his first high profile gig with War & Peace, a band fronted by Jeff Pilson. When Vince Neil left Motley Crue, Ricky was called on to lay down some drum tracks for Vince’s solo project, before he joined Enuff Z’nuff. Ricky relocated to the band’s home base of Chicago becoming an official member in 1992 where he was a mainstay of the group on stage and in the studio until 2004 when he took a leave of absence after being diagnosed with cancer. Over his last three years Ricky had been involved in other bands and projects including a brief stint with Alice Cooper as well as playing with Sass Jordan and Tod Howarth's Frehleys Comet (cancer).

in 2009 -
Eric Clapton pulled out of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concert in New York City after he underwent an operation to remove gallstones. His place at the Madison Square Garden gig was taken by Jeff Beck.
Käyttäjän ericclapton kanava - YouTube


in 2011 -
Other Voices, the internationally acclaimed music series from Ireland, held a special two-night celebration of music and literature at New York’s Le Poisson Rouge.

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Today - in 2012 – Hans Werner Henze, prolific German composerdied at the eastern city of Dresden today. Obit can be read at
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in 1689 -
Michel Mathieu, composer is born.
in 1733 - Ignaz Franz von Beecke, composer is born.
in 1755 - Joseph Bodin de Boismortier, composer, dies at 65.

in 1760 - Andrea Adolfati,
Italian composer, dies at Genoa, Oct. 28, 1760. He was a student of Galuppi. After serving as maestro di cappella at S. Maria della Salute in Venice, he was in the service of the Modena court (1745-48). Subsequently he was director of music at the Annunziata church in Genoa (1748-60) and maestro di cappella in Padua (1760). He wrote 10 operas (1746-55), a Sinfonia, an overture, chamber music, and sacred works.—Born at Venice, c. 1721.

in 1768 -
Michel Blavet, French court flautist/composer, dies at 68.
in 1779 - Raphael Weiss, composer, dies at 66.
in 1789 - Johann Schneider, composer is born.
in 1798 - Henri-Jerome Bertini, composer is born.
in 1801 - Karl Georg Lickl, composer is born.
in 1805 - John Thomson, composer is born.
in 1854 - James P Carrell, composer, dies at 67.
in 1856 - Franz Xavier Arens, composer is born.
in 1875 - William Howard Glover, composer, dies at 56.
in 1877 - Johann Herbeck, composer, dies at 45.
in 1879 - Conrado del Campo y Zabaleta, composer is born.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIW6Zha3HnE"]Conrado del Campo.Figuras del Belen.Gloria Sánchez.Soprano.mpg - YouTube[/ame]
in 1884 - Miloje Milojevic, composer is born.
in 1890 - Andres Isasi, composer is born.
in 1892 - Oliver "Dink" Johnson (jazz pianist, clarinetist, drums) is born.

TODAY’S MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT SHINES ON . . .

in 1896 -
Howard (Harold) Hanson, eminent American composer, music educator, and conductor, is born at Wahoo, Nebr. After obtaining a diploma from Luther ColIege in Wahoo (1911), he studied with Goetschius at the mst. of Musical Art in N.Y. (1914) and with Oldberg and Lutkin at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. (B.A., 1916). In 1915-16 he was an asst. teacher at Northwestern University In 1916 he became a teacher of theory and composition at the ColIege of the Pacific in San Jose, Calif., where he was made dean of its Conservatory of Fine Arts in 1919. In 1921 he received the Rome Prize for his California Forest Play of 1920. During his stay at the American Academy in Rome, he received training in orchestration from Respighi and composed his first major work, the Symphony No. 1, Nordic, which he conducted in its premiere on May 17, 1923. Returning to the U.S., he conducted the premiere of his "symbolic" poem North and West with the N.Y. Sym. Orch. in January 1924. In subsequent years, Hanson appeared often as a guest conductor throughout the U.S. and Europe championing not only his own music but numerous scores by other American composers. In 1924 he was appointed director of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., which he molded into one of the outstanding music schools of the U.s. As both a music educator and conductor, he proved profoundly influential. He promoted the cause of music education through his energetic work with many national organizations, among them the Music Teachers National Assn., of which he was president (1930-31), the Music Educators National Conference, the National Assn. of Schools of Music, and the National Music Council, of which he was founder- president. From 1925 to 1935 he conducted a series of American Composers' Concerts, and from 1935 to 1971 he was director of the Festivals of American Music. For the 50th anniversary of the Boston Symphomy Orchestra, Hanson was commissioned to compose his Symphony No.2, Romantic. Koussevitzky conducted its premiere on Nov. 28, 1930, and the score remains Hanson's most famous orchestral work. His opera Merry Mount was first heard in a concert performance under the composer's direction in Ann Arbor on May 20,1933. It received its stage premiere at the Metropolitan Opera in N.Y. on Feb. 10, 1934. While it failed to find a place in the operatic repertoire, an orchestral suite (1936) won favor. Hanson's Symphony No.4, The Requiem, was composed in memory of his father. The composer conducted its first performance with the Boston Symphony Orchestra on Dec. 3, 1943. In 1944 it was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Music. Hanson remained as director of the Eastman School of Music until 1964, the year he founded the mst. of American Music. In 1935 he was elected a member of the National Inst. of Arts and Letters. In 1979 he was elected a member of the Academy of the American Academy and Inst. of Arts and Letters. He also received many other notable honors, including various awards and numerous honorary doctorates. As a composer, Hanson eschewed serialism and other modern techniques to pursue a neo-Romantic course. While much has been made of the influence of Grieg and especially of Sibelius on his works, his compositions remain basically true to the American spirit. At his most inspired, Hanson's oeuvre displays an array of sonorous harmonies, bold asymmetrical rhythms, and an overall mastery of orchestration one would expect of a remarkable compositional craftsman. – Died at Rochester, N.Y., Feb. 26, 1981.

in 1904 -
Louis de Meester, composer is born.
in 1909 - Adolfs Skulte, composer is born.
in 1909 - Josef Gingold (Russian-American violinist, teacher) is born.
in 1912 - Edgar Tinel, Flemish composer (Le chant Gregorien), dies at 58.
in 1914 - Richard Heuberger, composer, dies at 64.
in 1922 - Gershon Kingsley (German composer) is born.
in 1924 - Alfonso Montalva Montecino, composer is born.
in 1927 - Cleo Laine/Clementina Dinah Campbell (UK jazz singer) is born.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daQwJXCi0eg"]Cleo Laine - Send in the Clowns - YouTube[/ame]
in 1927 - Eaton Faning, composer, dies at 77.
in 1928 - Iry LeJeune (US Cajun accordionist) is born.
in 1930 - Harry Gilbert Trythall, composer is born.
in 1930 - John Henry Mayer, composer is born
in 1935 - Folke Rabe, composer is born.
in 1936 - Carl Davis (American-born musical conductor, composer) is born.
in 1936 - Charlie Daniels, Wilmington NC, singer (Devil Went Down to Georgia) is born.
in 1936 - Ted Hawkins, singer/guitarist is born.
in 1937 - Graham Bond (UK vocalist, sax, organ; Graham Bond Organisation) is born.
in 1940 - Andrea d' Angeli, composer, dies at 71
in 1941 - Curtis Lee, rocker is born.
in 1941 - Glenn Moore, rocker is born.
in 1941 - Hank Marvin, England, [Brian Rankin], rocker is born.
in 1943 - Conny Froboess (German singer) is born.
in 1943 - Randy Newman, rock vocalitst (Short People) is born.
in 1945 - Elton Dean (UK alto saxophone; Bluesology/ Keith Tippett Sextet/Soft Machine) is born.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sA0Vcc2YnK0"]Elton Dean & The Wrong Object - "Seven for Lee" - YouTube[/ame]
in 1945 - Wayne Fontana, Manchester England, rocker (Groovy Kind of Love) is born.
in 1947 - Busi Mhlongo (Sth. African virtuoso singer, dancer, composer) is born.
in 1947 - George Glover (UK keyboardist; Climax Chicago Blues Band) is born.
in 1948 - Ricki Lee Reynolds, country singer (Black Oak Arkansas) is born.
in 1948 - Telma Hopkins, Louisville, singer (Tony Orlando, Family Matters) is born.
in 1952 - Tommy Dobeck, rock drummer (Michael Stanley Band) is born.
in 1953 - Desmond Child (US songwriter) is born.
in 1956 - Dave Wyndorf (US singer; Monster Magnet) is born.

in 1956 -
Elvis Presley made his second appearance on US TV’s The Ed Sullivan Show, where the host presents him with a gold record for ‘Love Me Tender’.

in 1957 - After a show at the Pan Pacific Auditorium in Los Angeles, local police told
Elvis Presley that he was not allowed to wiggle his hips onstage, the local press also ran headlines saying Elvis would have to clean up his act. The next night, the Los Angeles Vice Squad filmed his entire concert, to study his performance.

in 1957 -
Ahmet Kaya (Kurdish singer, composer, songwriter) is born.
in 1957 - Stephen Morris, English pop drummer (Joy Division-Atmosphere) is born.

in 1958 -
Buddy Holly appeared on Dick Clark's American Bandstand, where he lip-synched ‘It's So Easy’ and ‘Heartbeat’. It would be Holly's last major TV appearance.

in 1958 -
William Reid (Scottish guitarist; Jesus and Mary Chain/solo) is born.
in 1959 - Egon Kornauth, composer, dies at 68.
in 1959 - Neville Henry, rocker (Blow Monkeys-Wicked Ways) is born.

in 1961 -
Raymond Jones went into Liverpool's NEMS Record store trying to buy Beatles records that had been released in Germany. Shop manager Brian Epstein promises to investigate further.

in 1962 -
Pierre Froidebise, composer, dies at 48.
in 1962 - The Beatles played at the Empire in Liverpool, their first gig at Liverpool's top theatre. Eight acts were on the bill including Little Richard, Craig Douglas, Jet Harris and Kenny Lynch & Sounds Incorporated.
in 1963 - Eros Ramazzotti (Italian singer) is born.
in 1963 - Mart Saar, composer, dies at 81.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMNweLtiWaw"]Mart Saar- Prelude No. 20 in b flat - YouTube[/ame]
in 1964 - Heinrich Gustavovich Neuhaus dies at age 76. Soviet pianist and pedagogue born in Elisavetgrad now Kirovohrad, Ukraine. In 1902 aged 14, he gave a recital in Elisavetgrad with the 11-year-old Mischa Elman and in 1904 gave concerts in Dortmund, Bonn, Cologne and Berlin. After which he studied with Leopold Godowsky in Berlin and from 1909 until the outbreak of World War I at his master classes in Vienna Academy of Music. He taught at the Moscow Conservatory from 1922 to 1964. He was made a People's Artist of the RSFSR in 1956. His pedagogic book The Art of Piano Playing (1958) is regarded as one of the most authoritative and most widely used treatments on the subject.

in 1964 - The first of two nights billed as the
'Tami Show' took place at the Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica with; Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, The Beach Boys, Chuck Berry, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes and The Rolling Stones.

in 1965 -
Earl Bostic, jazz/R&B alto saxophonist, arranger, leader; dies at Rochester, N.Y.
He started on alto and clarinet while at local Booker T. Washington School. He worked with Terrence Holder's Band (1931-2), briefly with Bernie Moten early in 1933, then enrolled at Xavier Univ. in New Orleans; while there became proficient on several instruments; worked with Joe Robichaux (c. 1934). He left La., and worked with Ernie Fields' Band before joining Clarence Olden's Band in Columbus, Ohio. He played and arranged for a band jointly led by Charlie Creath and Fate Marable 1935-36, then joined Marion Sears' Band in Cleveland, subsequently was with Clyde Turpin in Buffalo. He relocated to N.Y. in January 1938, then joined Don Redman in April. He briefly played with Edgar Hayes, then led his own band at Small's (occasionally playing trumpet, guitar, and baritone sax); he also worked with Lips Page Band at Mime's Club, N.Y., during 1941, and later led his own band at that same venue. He was briefly with Lips Page, then joined Lionel Hampton in June 1943; he left the next year and formed his own band, residing at Small's from August 1944. He occasionally worked out-of-town gigs, including residency at Club Bengasi, Wash., during 1947. From the early 1950s, he enjoyed tremendous international success as a popular recording artist. "Flamingo" was a #1 R&B hit in 1951 and there were many others. He toured coast-to-coast extensively. An automobile accident rendered him inactive from December 1951 until April 1, 1952, when he resumed touring with a new band including John Coltrane on tenor and backup group vocals. A new group in December 1952 included Blue Mitchell, and Stanley Turrentine later played with the band. After moving to Los Angeles, Bostic suffered a serious heart attack in 1956, and was inactive for three years. He resumed touring in 1959, but work was again curtailed by illness. After a period of semi-retirement, he began a residency at the Midtown Tower Hotel in Rochester; after playing the opening night, he suffered another heart attack and died two days later. Earl Bostic was a prolific arranger during the early 1940s, scoring for Artie Shaw, Hot Lips Page, Paul Whiteman, Louis Prima, and others. - b. Tulsa, Okla., April 25, 1913.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcxBLiKpRm0"]Earl Bostic - Flamingo - YouTube[/ame]
in 1967 - 'Diana Ross and the Supremes Greatest Hits' started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart.
in 1969 - Ben Harper (US vocalist, guitar, steel guitar: NOT Yellowcard B.H) is born.
in 1970 - Baby Huey, [James Ramey], vocalist (Baby Huey and Babysitters), dies.
in 1970 - Eduardo Lopez-Chavarri y Marco, composer, dies at 99.
in 1971 - Yves de La Casiniere, composer, dies at 74.
in 1972 - Brad Paisley (US country singer, guitarist, songwriter) is born.

in 1972 - The United States Council for World Affairs announced it was adopting
The Who song 'Join Together' as it's official theme tune.

in 1973 -
David Cassidy was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Daydreamer / The Puppy Song', the singers second No.1. The Puppy Song was Cassidy's version of the Harry Nilsson song.

in 1974 -
David Bowie played the first of seven sold-out nights on his Diamond Dogs Tour at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

in 1974 - Jamaican reggae artist
Ken Boothe was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of a song by David Gates (from Bread), 'Everything I Own.' Boy George took the song to No.1 in 1987.

in 1975 -
Oliver Nelson dies at age 43. US jazz saxophonist; began learning to play the piano when he was six, and started on the saxophone at eleven. From 1947 he played in "territory" bands around Saint Louis, before joining the Louis Jordan big band from 1950 to 1951, playing alto saxophone and arranging. After six albums as leader between 1959 and 1961 with such musicians as Kenny Dorham, Johnny Hammond Smith, Eric Dolphy, Roy Haynes, King Curtis and Jimmy Forrest, Oliver's big breakthrough came with The Blues and the Abstract Truth, on Impulse!, featuring the tune "Stolen Moments," now considered a standard. This made his name as a composer and arranger, and he went on to record a number of big-band albums, as well as working as an arranger for Cannonball Adderley, Sonny Rollins, Eddie Davis, Johnny Hodges, Wes Montgomery, Buddy Rich, Jimmy Smith, Billy Taylor, Stanley Turrentine, Irene Reid, Gene Ammons and many others and he led all-star big bands between 1966 and 1975. Oliver also spent a great deal of time composing music for television and films, including Death of a Gunfighter, Ironside, Night Gallery, Columbo, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Bionic Woman, and Longstreet, and producing and arranging for pop stars such as Nancy Wilson, James Brown, the Temptations, and Diana Ross (heart attack).
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I777BcgQL9o"]Oliver Nelson - Stolen Moments - YouTube[/ame]
in 1976 - Karl Tremblay (Canadian singer; Les Cowboys Fringants) is born.
in 1978 - Justin Guarini/Justin Eldrin Bell (US singer; runner-up on the debut of American Idol) is born.
in 1978 - Nick Gilder went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Hot Child In The City', not a hit in the UK.
in 1978 - Queen played the first night on their 79-date ‘Jazz’ tour at the Dallas Convention Center, Dallas, Texas.
in 1979 - Aki Hakala (Finnish drummer, The Rasmus) is born.
in 1982 - Mai Kuraki (Japanese pop singer) is born.
in 1982 - The Jam announced they were splitting up at the end of their current UK tour.
in 1987 - Woody Herman, US jazz clarinetist/composer, dies at 74
in 1988 - Devon Murray (Irish singer, actor) is born.

in 1989 -
Henry Hall dies at age 91. British bandleader born in Peckham, South London and served in both the Salvation Army and the British Army. He was engaged by the London Midland and Scottish Railway in charge of the music throughout their then large chain of hotels. This included Gleneagles, where he had formerly led the band. It was from there that the BBC took him in 1932 as successor to Jack Payne as leader of the BBC Dance Orchestra where he gathered a huge following. His signature tune was "It's Just the Time for Dancing" and he usually ended with "Here's to the Next Time". In 1932 he recorded the song "Teddy Bears' Picnic" with his BBC Orchestra. The record gained enormous popularity and has sold over a million copies. In 1937 he left the BBC to tour Europe with his band, which comprised many of his BBC band. During WW2, he played for the troops and after developed his show business interests becoming something of an agent and producer. His BBC work again blossomed as he hosted Henry Hall's Guest Night on the radio and later TV, as well as the programme Face the Music. Henry last appeared as a bandleader in 1969 before retiring to Eastbournethe.The following year his service to music was recognised by the award of the OBE.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZANKFxrcKU"]Henry Hall & His Orchestra - The Teddy Bear's Picnic (1932) - YouTube[/ame]
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in 1989 -
Janet Jackson started a four week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation in 1814'. Only one of three albums to produce seven Top-ten US singles, (the other two being Thriller by Michael Jackson and Bruce Springsteen's Born In The USA).

in 1991 -
Sylvia Fine Kaye, US lyricist/composer, dies at 78.
in 1992 - Joan Maloney Rio, dancer, dies of cancer at 57.

in 1995 -
Coolio featuring L.V. scored his first UK No.1 single with 'Gangsta's Paradise'. The song sampled the chorus of the 1976 Stevie Wonder song 'Pastime Paradise' and featured in the 1995 movie Dangerous Minds (starring Michelle Pfeiffer).

in 1997 - R.E.M. drummer
Bill Berry announced that he was leaving the group after 17 years, becoming a farmer.
in 1999, Dannii Minogue became engaged to F1 racing driver Jacques Villeneuve. Minogue was pictured wearing a £25,000 diamond ring.

in 2001 -
Afroman (Joseph Foreman), started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Because I Got High.' The song about how cannabis use was degrading his quality of life, rose from obscurity to popularity after it was circulated around the Internet.

in 2001 -
Gerard Hengeveld dies at age 90. Dutch classical pianist, music composer and educator; especially known for his compositions of study material for piano. Other compositions include two piano concertos, a violin sonata, and a sonata for cello. He was an able interpreter and performer of the music of Bach for piano and harpsichord. He gave regular concerts in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, some captured on record.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1j_xLa5B0c"]Beethoven fur elise Gerard Hengeveld, piano - YouTube[/ame]
in 2001 - Mary J. Blige started a six week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Family Affair'.

in 2001 - The various artists album
'God Bless America' went to No.1 on the US chart, featuring tracks from Bruce Springsteen, Bill Withers, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Bob Dylan and Frank Sinatra.

in 2003 -
Oliver Sain dies at age 71. American saxophone player, band leader, songwriter, producer, Archway studio owner and all-around St. Louis music legend; exerted an influence on the evolution of St. Louis soul and R&B that is rivaled only by that of his close friend and infrequent collaborator Ike Turner. In 1949, he moved to Greenville, Mississippi to join his stepfather, pianist Willie Love, as a drummer in a band fronted by Sonny Boy Williamson, soon leaving to join Howlin’ Wolf as a drummer on and off for the following decade. After returning from the US Army draft he took up the saxophone. Oliver is credited with launching the career of Little Milton, who became a vocalist is Oliver’s band, and discovering Bobby McClure and Fontella Bass, who he originally hired as pianist for Little Milton. (sadly he died from a bone cancer that had followed on from a previous bladder cancer he developed in 1995).

in 2004 -
Courtney Love was ordered to stand trial on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon after Kristin King told a Los Angeles court Ms Love threw a bottle and a lit candle at her after turning up at the home of a former boyfriend in the early hours. Ms King told the court Ms Love was "vicious" and "erratic" when she allegedly attacked her while she slept on a sofa on 25 April. She said Ms Love then sat on her, pulled her hair and pinched her left breast in the "worst pinch I ever had", before managing to flee.

in 2004 -
Gil Mellé dies at age 72. American artist, jazz musician and film composer, Gil played the tenor and baritone saxophone with George Wallington, Max Roach, Tal Farlow, Oscar Pettiford, Ed Thigpen, Kenny Dorham and Zoot Sims. In the 50s, his paintings and sculptures were shown in New York galleries and he created the cover art for albums by Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk and Sonny Rollins. As a film and TV composer, he was one of the first to use electronic instruments, which he built himself, either alone or as an added voice among the string, wind, brass, and percussion sections of the orchestra and he was the first to compose a main theme for a TV series arranged entirely for electronic instruments - Rod Serling's Night Gallery. His 125 film credits include My Sweet Charlie, That Certain Summer, The Savage is Loose, The Andromeda Strain, The Judge and Jake Wyler, several Columbo TV movies, Frankenstein: The True Story, The Six Million Dollar Man, Night Gallery and Kolchak: The Night Stalker (Heart attack).
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZUCVZE6oeU"]Gil Mellé - Sunset Concerto - YouTube[/ame]
in 2005 - A former producer of the rap group So Solid Crew was jailed for at least 30 years for murdering a love rival. Earlier this month a jury found Carl Morgan, 24, of Battersea, south London, guilty of shooting Colin Scarlett in Tooting, south London, last year. They failed to reach a verdict on the same charge faced by rapper Megaman, real name Dwayne Vincent, who would face a retrial next March. The judge said the life sentence showed gun crime would not be tolerated. Morgan appeared in the band's video for the track 21 Seconds.

in 2006 -
Marijohn Wilkin dies at age 86. American songwriter born in Texas, famous in the country music genre for writing a number of hits. She won numerous awards over the years and was referred to as "The Den Mother of Music Row," as chronicled in her 1978 biography from Word Books 'Lord, Let Me Leave a Song' written with Darryl E. Hicks, and named "One of The 100 Most Important Books About Nashville". Marijohn may be most famous for "One Day at a Time", often considered the biggest gospel song of the 1970s. She is credited for the discovery of Kris Kristofferson and being the first person to give him work as a legitimate songwriter and became the first to publish his songs, notably "For the Good Times", which in 1970 became a massive pop and country hit for Ray Price.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkQGJjGmOVE"]Where I'm Going - Marijohn Wilkin - YouTube[/ame]
in 2006 - Rod Stewart was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Still the Same... Great Rock Classics of our Time’ the singers fifth US No.1 album.

in 2007 -
Jimmy Makulis dies at age 72. Greek singer born in Athens; he became a successful singer in his native Greece before moving to Germany in the mid 1950s. In 1956 he had a hit with "Auf Cuba sind die Mädchen braun". His biggest hit was "Gitarren klingen leise durch die nacht", No.4 in 1959, and he continued to chart until 1964. He sang "Sehnsucht" ("Longing") representige Austria in the 1961 Eurovision Song Contest. He relocated to the USA in 1965 livig and performing in Las Vegas. He moved back to his native Greece in 1985, and in 1990 took part in the selection for that year's Greek Eurovision entry, finishing fifth. He returned to Germany in the early 1990s (died following heart surgery in an Athens hospital).

in 2007 -
Porter Wayne Wagoner dies at age 80. American country music singer; famous for his flashy Nudie suits and blond pompadour. He was a featured performer on ABC-TV's Ozark Jubilee and moved to Nashville, joining the Grand Ole Opry in 1957. He introduced a young Dolly Parton to his long-running TV show, The Porter Wagoner Show which ran on syndicated television from '60 to '81.. Together, "Porter and Dolly" were a well-known duet team for many years. His 81 charted records include two No.1 hit "Satisfied Mind" and “Misery Loves Company”; and many top 10 hits including “I've Enjoyed As Much of This As I Can Stand”; “Sorrow on the Rocks”; “Green Green Grass of Home”; “Skid Row Joe”; “The Cold Hard Facts of Life”; and “The Carroll County Accident”. Among his hit duets with Dolly Parton were a covers of Tom Paxton's "The Last Thing on My Mind"; "We'll Get Ahead Someday"; "Just Someone I Used To Know"; "Better Move it on Home"; "The Right Combination"; "Please Don't Stop Loving Me" and "Making Plans". He also won three Grammy Awards for gospel recordings (lung cancer).
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IdNY1kG88I"]Porter Wagoner & Pamela Rose Gadd - The Door Is Always Open.wmv - YouTube[/ame]
in 2007 - UK band The Hoosiers went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their debut album ‘The Trick To Life’.

in 2007 -
X Factor winner Leona Lewis went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with the first track from her debut album ‘Bleeding Love.’ Lewis had the biggest week one sales so far in 2007 this year outselling the rest of the top five put together, with 218,000 copies. She beat Take That's ‘Rule The World’ into second place.

in 2009 -
Taylor Mitchell/Taylor Josephine Stephanie Luciow dies at age 19. Canadian singer, guitarist and songwriter raised in Toronto; she had graduated from the Etobicoke School of the Arts with a major in musical theatre and had released an album 'For Your Consideration' in March 2009. Taylor performed in the Winnipeg Folk Festival in July and had just started a tour of the Maritimes on October 23rd 2009, and was to perform in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. A few days before her death, Taylor was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award for Young Performer of the Year. (Taylor was attacked by two coyotes while hiking on the Skyline Trail in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park in Nova Scotia. She later died in the hospital from the injuries)

in 2010 -
Walter Payton dies at age 68. American jazz bassist and sousaphonist, born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He played and toured with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the influential New Orleans group, the Young Tuxedo Brass Band. Walter also led his own group called the Snap Bean Band and taught music at New Orleans' McDonogh 15 Elementary. His recording credits include Lee Dorsey's "Working in the Coal Mine" and Walter variously worked with Aaron Neville, Harry Connick Jr., Champion Jack Dupree and Chuck Carbo and is the father of jazz trumpet player Nicholas Payton.

in 2010 -
White Jack/Jack Brokensha dies at age 84. Australian vibraphonist and percussionist, born in Adelaide; he initially studied percussion under his father, and played xylophone in vaudeville shows and on radio. He played with the Australian Symphony Orchestra during 1942-44, and played in a band in the Air Force in 1944-46. Forming his own group, he played in Melbourne in 1947-48, Sydney in 1949-50, Brisbane later in 1950, and Adelaide in 1951. In '53 he moved to Windsor, Ontario, Canada with pianist Bryce Rohde... read more... (died in Sarasota, America, from congestive heart failure).
Oliver bore an astonishing family resemblance to his beloved and doting Aunt, Addie Philips, who had migrated to St Louis from a sharecropper's family in the Mississippi Delta in her teens. Addie attended his gigs for decades, as one of his most faithful fans.Their speaking voices, incredibly, were also incredibly similar. In her nursing home room, back in Shelby Mississippi, where she had to return after a major heart attack in her mid-70's, Addie had 3 framed portraits on her wall: her mother, at 106 years of age; her nephew, Oliver Sain, the son of her older sister; and myself, whom she raised in Clayton, Missouri. He died 14 months after her passing, August 15, 2002.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mx7yky2C9Gk"]Jack White Plays A Surprise Parking Lot Show At SXSW 2011 - YouTube[/ame]
in 2011 - Beryl Davis dies at age 87. British big band singer and actress; born in Plymouth, England, she began to sing for her father's band, and became popular singing for British and Allied troops during World War II. Glenn Miller discovered her in London, and she sang for the Army Air Force Orchestra. She moved to Los Angeles after the war with her father's big band, and worked with Frank Sinatra for one year on Your Hit Parade. She was part of The Four Girls singing group, with Jane Russell, Rhonda Fleming, and Connie Haines. They recorded albums and sixteen best selling singles including "The Magic of Believing", "Somewhere List'nin'", "Jacob's Ladder" and "The World is Not My Home". Beryl also appeared both in variety shows and films (complications of Alzheimer's disease)

in 2011 -
Walter Norris dies at age 79. American jazz pianist and composer born in Little Rock, Arkansas; he started out with the Howard Williams Band in and around Little Rock during his junior high and high school years. After a two year tour while in the US Air Forcem he played with Jimmy Ford in Houston, before moving to LA, where he became an integral part of the West Coast Jazz scene. He played on Jack Sheldon's first album and on Ornette Coleman's first album, Something Else! The Music of Ornette Coleman. In 1960 Walter moved to New York City and formed a trio with guitarist Billy Bean and bassist Hal Gaylor, and the group made one album. Norris took a job at the New York City Playboy Club in 1963 and in time became the club's Director of Entertainment, remaining there until 1970. He next recorded and toured Europe with the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Band, before joining the Charles Mingus Quintet in 1976, but after a confrontation with Charles, Walter left the band and moved to Berlin, Germany, accepting a job as pianist with the Sender Freies Berlin-Orchestra. In 1990, Walter signed a five-album contract with Concord Records. The resulting recordings were all significant, but especially Sunburst with saxophonist Joe Henderson, Hues of Blues, with George Mraz, and the Live at Maybeck Recital Hall solo piano album. In 1998, he also self-financed the album From Another Star, made in New York with bassist Mike Richmond, pressing 1,000 copies. A documentary film directed by Chuck Dodson, Walter Norris, a documentary, was completed in 2010 ( died at in Berlin, Germany) - Born December 27th 1931.

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in 1783 -
Jean-le-Rond d'Alembert, French philosopher and encyclopedist, dies at Paris. He was the illegitimate child of one Mme. deTencin and an artillery officer named Destouches; his mother abandoned him on the steps of the church of St.Jean-le-Rond, which name was subsequently attachedto him. Later his father acknowledged him and enabled him to study. He was sent to the Mazarin College, and progressed rapidly in mathematics. He also was interestedin theoretical musical subjects and published several treatises on acoustics and on the theory of music: Recherches sur la courbe, que forme une corde tenduemise en vibration (1749), Recherches sur les vibrations descordes sonores and Recherches sur la vitesse du son (both in Opuscules mathematiques, Paris, 1761-80), Reflexions sur lamusique en general et sur la musique frangaise en particulier(1754), and Reflexions sur la theorie de la musique (1777).His best- known work on music was Elements de musique, theorique et pratique, suivant les principes de M.Rameau (1752), which went into 6 editions. He contributed several articles on music to the famous Encyclopedic,which he edited with Diderot. – Born at Paris, Nov. 16,1717.

in 1787 - Opera
"Don Giovanni" is produced (Prague).
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpyZoKmE6zg"]Cecilia Bartoli performs "Ah, chi mi dice mai" - YouTube[/ame]
in 1802 - Jacques-Philippe Lamoninary, composer, dies at 95.

in 1815 -
Daniel Decatur Emmett, American composer of popular songs and minstrel performer, is born at Mt. Vernon, Ohio. After teaching himself to play the fiddle, he was a drumme rand fifer in the U.S. Army (1834-35). He then appeared as a blackface banjoist and singer with circus troupes until going to N.Y. in 1842, where he formed a duo with Frank Brower. Emmett played the fiddle and Browerbones. With William Whitlock on banjo and Richard Pelham on tambourine, they formed the Virginia Minstrels in 1843 and toured extensively. After disbanding the group, Emmett performed with Brant's Minstrels (1858-66). In 1859 he wrote the lyrics and music to the song "I Wish I Was in Dixie's Land," which was first heard in N.Y. on April 4th of that year. After its publication, its popularity spread widely as it became known simply as "Dixie"; it was adopted as a Southern fighting song during the Civil War. Emmett lived in Chicago(1867-70; 1871-88). Following the loss of his voice, he resorted to playing the fiddle in saloons. In 1888 he returned to his birthplace and lived out the remainder of his life in straitened circumstances. Although he wrote many songs and tunes, they were all eclipsed by the success of the ubiquitous "Dixie." – Died at Mt. Vernon Ohio, June 28, 1904.
Video Notes:
An old 1916 recording of Dixie/Dixie's Land/I Wish I Was in Dixie by Billy Murray and Ada Jones.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ff58W_m2ipk"]♫Dixie's Land♫ (1916 recording) - YouTube[/ame]

in 1828 -
Pietro Mongini, admired Italian tenor, is born at Rome. He commenced his career as a bass, and then appeared as a tenor in Genoa by 1853. In 1855 he made his debut in Paris at the Theatre-Italien as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor. On March 11,1858, he made his first appearance at Milan's La Scala as Arnold in Giullaume Tell. His London debut followed on April 25,1859, at Drury Lane as Elvino in La Sonnambula. He subsequently appeared at Her Majesty's Theatre in London. On Oct. 24,1868, he made his debut at London's Covent Garden as Gennaro in Lucrezia Borgia. On Dec. 24,1871, he created the role of Radames in Aida in Cairo. Among his other notable roles were Alvaro, John of Leyden, and Manrico.— Dies at Milan, April 27, 1874.

in 1829 -
Maria A [Nannerl] Mozart, Austrian pianist, dies.
in 1853 - Pierre-Joseph-Guillaume Zimmermann, composer, dies at 68.
in 1853 - William Richard Bexfield, composer, dies at 29.

in 1854 -
Frederick Neil Innes (real name, Iniss), English-American trombonist, bandmaster, and composer, is born at London. He received training in harmony from Carl Richter. He was a member of the first Life Guards before deserting to the U.S., where he played in Gilmore's Band and the Boston Cadet Band. After making tours of Europe as a trombone virtuoso, he rejoined Gilmore's band in 1880. In 1887 he founded his own Innes Band in N.Y., with which he subsequently toured the U.S. during the following two decades. After serving as director of the Denver Municipal Band (1914-16), he organized the Innes School of Music. He conducted all of his programs from memory, and presented entire concerts of Wagner's music and complete symphonies by the great masters. Among his own works were 2 comic operas, orchestral suites, overtures, marches, waltzes, cantatas, and numerous solo cornet and trombone pieces. – Died at Chicago, Dec. 31,1926.

in 1876 -
Jacques Gregoir, composer, dies at 59.
in 1882 - Martin Gustav Nottebohm, composer, dies at 64.
in 1883 - Friedrich Robert Volkmann, composer, dies at 68.

in 1888 -
Harold (Edwin) Darke, English organist, teacher, and composer, is born at London.
He studied with Parratt (organ) and Stanford (composition) at the Royal College of Music in London, where he served as a professor of organ (1919-69); he also was organist at St. Michael's Church, Cornhill (1916-41; 1945-66) and at King's College, Cambridge (1941--45). In 1966 he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. He wrote sacred music, organ and piano pieces, and songs. – Died at Cambridge, Nov. 28, 1976.


in 1891 -
Fanny Brice/Fania Borach (US singer, actress, comedian) is born.

in 1898 - Emmanuel (Pierre Georges) de Bondeville,
French composer, is born at Rouen. He studied organ in Rouen and composition at the Paris Conservatory. He served as music director of the Eiffel Tower radio station (1935-49), artistic directorof the Monte Carlo Opera (1945-49), and director of the Paris Opera (1952-70). In 1959 he was elected a member of the Academie des Beaux-Arts of the Institut de France. – Died at Paris,Nov. 26, 1987.

in 1901 -
Daniele (Alexandrovich) Amfitheatrof, Russian-born American composer and conductor, is born at St.Petersburg. He wasa son of a famous Russian journalist. He studied composition with Wihtol and Shcherbachov at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, with Kricka in Prague, and with Respighi at the Conservatory di Santa Cecilia in Rome (diploma,1924); also organ at Rome's Pontifical Academy ofSacred Music. After conducting in Italy and Europe, he went to the U.S. in 1937 and became a naturalized citizen in 1944. Amfitheatrof was assoc. conductor of the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra (1937-38), and then went toHollywood in 1939, where he wrote over 50 film scores until 1965; then settled in Italy. His works followed in the exuberant Romantic tradition espoused by Respighi. Among his orchestral compositions are Poema del mare (1925), Miracolo della rosa (1927), Panorama americano (1933), and a Piano Concerto (1937-46). He also composeda Requiem (1960) and much chamber music. – Died at Rome, June 7,1983.

in 1903 -
Vivian Ellis, composer is born.

in 1916 -
Hadda Brooks (US jazz singer, pianist, composer) is born.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hRVoyNn3dM"]Hadda Brooks - That's My Desire - YouTube[/ame]
in 1917 - Eddie Constantine/Edward Constantinowsky (US actor, singer) is born.
in 1920 - Johann Ernst Perabo, composer, dies at 74.
in 1922 - George August Lumbye, composer, dies at 79.
in 1922 - Neal Hefti, Hastings Neb, orch leader (Kate Smith Show) is born.
in 1923 - Dietrich Manicke, composer is born.
in 1925 - Zoot Sims, rocker is born.
in 1926 -
Jon S. Vickers (Canadian opera singer; London’s Royal Opera/Metropolitan Opera/solo) is born.
in 1930 -
Natalie Sleeth (US composer) is born.
in 1930 - Omara Portuondo (Cuban singer) is born.
in 1930 - Peter Stampfel, rocker is born.
in 1931 - Luciano Gallet, composer, dies at 38.

in 1932 -
Baron Francois Rodolphe d'Erlanger, French ethnomusicologist dies at Sidi bou Said, Tunisia.
He settled in Tunis in 1910 and, from 1924, assisted by Arab scholars and musicians, he made intensive study of Arabic music, translating many major theoretical treatises. His most important work, the source collection La Musique arabe (6 vols., Paris, 1930-59), was intended to spark a Renaissance of Arab music and its study. The first 4 vols. contain translations of writings from the10th to 16th centuries, and the last two volumes codify contemporary theory. Most of his books were published after his death. They became primary sources on Arab music, as they include translations, transcriptions, and extended analytic studies. His own compositions were written according to Arab theoretical principles. – Born at Boulonge-sur-Seine, June7.


in 1934 -
Gustavo Emilio Campa, composer, dies at 71.
in 1934 - Ramon Sender, composer is born.
in 1934 - Robert E Hughes, NYC, orch leader (Rich Little Show) is born.
in 1937 - Michael Ponti, Freiburg Germany, pianist (Boston Competition 1964) is born.
in 1940 - Frida Boccara (French singer; 1969 Eurovision Song Contest) is born.
in 1944 - Denny Laine, [Brian Hines], rock guitarist (Moody Blues, Wings) is born.
in 1944 - Robbie van Leeuwen, Dutch guitarist (Shocking Blue) is born.
in 1945 - Melba Moore (US R&B singer, actress) is born.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywuAi7xNRzk"]Melba Moore-Lean On Me - YouTube[/ame]
in 1946 - Lynn Carey (US actress, singer; Mama Lion) is born.
in 1946 -
Peter Green (UK guitarist, vocals, songwriter; Fleetwood Mac/The Splinter Group/guest) is born.

in 1947 -
Theodore (Samuel) Holland, English composer and teacher, dies at London.
He studied with F. Corder at the Royal Academy of Music in London and with Joachim at theHochschule fur Musik in Berlin. In 1927 he became professor of composition at the Royal Academy of Music. He was an estimable composer, particularly proficient in writing for the theater. Among his works were a children's operetta, King Goldemar, a musical play, Santa Claus, Evening on a Lake for Chamber Orchestra (1924), Cortege foran Ensemble of Cellos (1939), Spring Sinfonietta (1943), 2 string quartets, 2 piano trios, Suite for Viola and Piano,and several song cycles. – Bron at London, April 25, 1878.


in 1948 -
Audun Tylden (Norwegian music executive, record producer) is born.
in 1948 - Ricky "Ricochet" Reynolds (US guitarist; Black Oak Arkansas) is born.
in 1949 - James Williamson (US guitarist; The Stooges/Iggy Pop) is born.

in 1950 -
James Dillon, Scottish composer, is born at Glasgow. He attended the Glasgow School of Art(1967-68) and the Polytechnic of Central London(1972-73), then studied acoustics, music, and linguistics at the Polytechnic of North London (1973-76). He was active at the summer courses in new music in Darmstadt (1982, 1984, 1986, 1988). In 1986 he pursued research in computer music at IRCAM in Paris and was a visiting lecturer at the State University of N.Y. in Stony Brook. In 1986-87 he was a lecturer at Goldsmith's College, University of London. As a composer, Dillon was largely autodidact. In his music, he pursued a course marked by diversity and complexity.

in 1951 -
David Paton (Scottish bassist; Pilot/Bay City Rollers/others/solo/sessionist) is born.
in 1951 -
Guy Gelso, rock drummer (Zebra) is born.
in 1951 - Rick Bordia, rock guitarist (Mink Deville) is born.
in 1952 - Arnell Carmichael, rock keyboardist (Raydio) is born.

in 1953 -
William Kapell dies at age 31. American classical pianist; He won his first competition at the age of ten, the prize was a turkey dinner with the pianist José Iturbi. In 1941, he won the Philadelphia Orchestra's youth competition and the Naumburg Award. In 1942, the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation sponsored the 19 year old William's New York début which brought him The Town Hall Award for the year's outstanding concert by a musician under 30. He was immediately signed to an exclusive recording contract with RCA. By the late 1940s, he had toured the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia to immense acclaim and critics considered him the most promising American pianist of the post-World War II generation. (Flying back to America from the last performance (at Geelong) of his 37 concert Australian tour, the plane hit King's Mountain, outside San Francisco; all of the crew and passengers were killed instantly.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IB_uUqP8iY"]William Kapell Recital - YouTube[/ame]
in 1954 - Anita Meijer, Dutch singer (Just a Disillusion) is born.
in 1954 - Stephen Luscombe (UK vocalist, multi-musician, Blancmange) is born.
in 1955 - Kevin DuBrow (US lead singer; Quiet Riot) is born.
in 1955 - Roger O'Donnell (UK keyboardist; Cure/Psychedelic Furs/Thompson Twins/Berlin) is born.
in 1956 - Maria Callas made her Metropolitan Opera debut in “Norma.”

in 1958 -
MignonDunn, American mezzo-soprano made her Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. as the Nurse in Boris Godunov; in subsequent seasons she appeared in more than 50 roles there.

in 1961 -
Steven Randall "Randy" Jackson (US singer, conga; Jacksons) is born.
in 1962 - Einar Örn Benediktsson (Icelandic singer, trumpet; Sugarcubes/Björk) is born.
in 1962 - Naphtali Siegfried Salomon, composer, dies at 77.

in 1962 -
The Beatles made their second appearance on the Granada TV program ‘People and Places.’ Filmed in Manchester, they performed two songs, ‘Love Me Do’ and ‘A Taste of Honey’. 1963, The Everly Brothers, Little Richard, Bo Diddley, Mickie Most, The Rolling Stones, Julie Grant and The Flintstones all appeared at The Goumont Theatre, St Albans, England.

in 1963 -
Michael Holliday/Norman Milne dies at age 37. UK singer born in Liverpool who sang in a very similar style to Bing Crosby. While working as a seaman in the Merchant Navy, Michael entered a talent contest at Radio City Music Hall in New York, which he won. This inspired him to seek a career in show business. In 1951 he secured two summer season’s work as a vocalist with Dick Denny's band at Butlin's Holiday Camp, Pwllheli, Wales. He made his first TV appearance on The Centre Show on 22 July 1955, which was seen by Norrie Paramor, then head of A&R for EMI's Columbia record label. He went on to have a long string of hits in the in the UK, including two number one singles, "The Story of My Life" in 1958 and "Starry Eyed" in 1960. (Michael suffered badly from stage fright and had a nervous breakdown in 1961; he committed suicide two years later).
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujXguhDRph8"]Michael Holliday - The Story Of My Life (1958) - YouTube[/ame]
in 1963 - The Hollies began recording their first sessions for their first album.
in 1965 - Peter Timmins (Canadian drummer; Cowboy Junkies) is born.

in 1965 -
The Rolling Stones kicked off their fourth 37-date North American tour at the Forum in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. 1966, ? & the Mysterians went to No.1 on the US singles chart with '96 Tears'. Although he closely guarded his true identity at the time, the man known as Question Mark turned out to be Rudy Martinez, from Saginaw Valley, Michigan. The song was later a UK hit in the UK for The Stranglers in 1990. 1967, Cream played two shows at the Saville Theatre in London, England, billed as "Sundays At The Saville", The Bee Gees were appearing the following week.

in 1968 -
Marius Moaritz Ulfrstad, composer, dies at 78
in 1968 - Tsunku/Mitsuo Terada (Japanese music producer) is born.

in 1969 -
George Murphy "Pops" Foster dies at age 77. American string bass player, he also played the tuba and trumpet. Born in Ascension Parish, Louisiana, Pops was one of the first important bassists and he kept the tradition of slap bass solos alive into the late '60s. He was playing in bands around New Orleans as early as 1906 working with Jack Carey, Kid Ory, Armand Piron, King Oliver and other hot bands of the era. In 1921 he moved to St. Louis to play with the Charlie Creath and Dewey Jackson bands, in which he would be active for much of the decade. He also joined Ory in Los Angeles. He acquired the nickname "Pops" because he was far older than any of the other players in the band. In 1929 Foster moved to New York City, where he played with the bands of Luis Russell and Louis Armstrong through 1940. He giged with various New York-based bands through the 1940s, including those of Sidney Bechet, Art Hodes, and regular broadcasts on the national This Is Jazz radio program. In the late 1940s he began touring more widely and played in many countries in Europe, especially in France, and throughout the United States including returns to New Orleans and California. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, he played with Earl Hines' Small Band. In 1966, he toured Europe with the New Orleans All-Stars (he died in San Francisco where in his later years, he had made his home).
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qsWKSL4NRTY"]Slow Driving-Mutt Carey's New Yorkers - YouTube[/ame]
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in 1969 -
Roni Size/Ryan Williams (UK drum 'n' bass DJ and producer, 1997 Mercury Music Prize-winner) is born.
in 1970 - Docent/Doc/Krzysztof Raczkowski (Polish drummer; Vader/Dies Irae/sessions) is born.
in 1970 - Neil Diamond received a gold record for “Cracklin’ Rosie.”
in 1970 - Toby Smith (UK keyboards; Jamiroquai) is born.

in 1971 -
Duane Allman dies at age 24. American guitarist born in Nashville, Tennessee; in 1960, Duane was motivated to take up the guitar by the example of his younger brother, Gregg. They played in several bands while in school before forming the Escorts which eventually became the Allman Joys. In 1965, the Allman Joys went on the road, performing throughout the Southeast and eventually based themselves in Nashville and St. Louis. After a short stint with The Hour Glass, he was hired by FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, to play on an album with Wilson Pickett's Hey Jude, 1968 album. Duanes work on that album got him hired as a full-time session musician, and was featured on releases by artists including Clarence Carter, King Curtis, Aretha Franklin, Otis Rush, Percy Sledge, Johnny Jenkins, Boz Scaggs, Delaney & Bonnie and jazz flautist Herbie Mann. He was noted for his mastery of the slide guitar as well as intensity and soulfulness on "standard" lead and rhythm guitar. On March 26th 1969, Duane on slide guitar and lead guitar and Gregg on organ and vocals, formed The Allman Brothers band, along with Dickey Betts, Berry Oakley, Butch Trucks and Jai Johanny "Jaimoe" Johanson. Their debut album, The Allman Brothers Band, was recorded in New York in September 1969 and released a couple months laterwas follrd by intense touring, they went on to become one of the most influential rock groups of the 1970s. As well as his work with his new band, Duane also did some work with Eric Clapton's Derek and the Dominos and still worked occasionally as a session musician. (Duane tragically died in a motorbike accident, only months after their success of At Fillmore East and the release of the relating album. He lost control of his Harley Sportster while trying to swing left, striking the back of the truck or its crane ball).
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkFOBZRAbMU"]Goin' Down Slow - Duane Allman - YouTube[/ame]
in 1977 - The Belgian travel service issued a summons against The Sex Pistols claiming the sleeve to the bands single 'Holidays In The Sun' infringed copyright of one of its brochures.

in 1971 -
Duane Allman, rock guitarist, dies in a motorcycle accident at age 24.
in 1973 - Heathcote Dicken Statham, composer, dies at 83.
in 1973 - John Lennon releases his "Mind Games" LP.
in 1975 - John Scott Trotter, orch leader (George Gobel Show), dies at 67.

in 1979 -
Lena Martell was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'One Day At A Time,' the singer's only UK hit making the British MOR singer a One-hit Wonder.

in 1979 -
Raymon "Tiki" Fulwood dies at age 34. American drummer; in the late '60s, he was house drummer for the Uptown Theatre in Philadelphia when he met guitarist Eddie Hazel and bassist Billy Nelson core of The Parliaments musical backing group, soon he replaced drummer Harvey McGee. The group later became known as Funkadelic. He also played drums in the Tyrone Davis band between stints with P-Funk, and later was briefly employed by Miles Davis. He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, inducted in 1997 with fifteen other members of Parliament-Funkadelic (stomach cancer).

in 1981 -
Georges Brassens dies at age 60. French singer-songwriter, born in Sète, a town in southern France. Now an iconic figure in France, he achieved fame through his simple, elegant songs and articulate, diverse lyrics; he is considered one of France's most accomplished postwar poets. He has also set to music poems by both well-known and relatively obscure poets, including Louis Aragon, Victor Hugo, François Villon, Jean Richepin, and Guillaume Apollinaire. Many of his songs including La mauvaise réputation, Les copains d'abord, Le gorille, Les amoureux des bancs publics, Chanson pour l'Auvergnat, and Supplique pour être enterré à la plage de Sète, have been translated into 20 languages and been covered by dozens of artists (cancer).
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3zLP21va4s"]Georges Brassens - Fernande - YouTube[/ame]
in 1982 - Ariel Lin (Taiwanese actress, singer) is born.
in 1982 - Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson release "Girl is Mine".
in 1983 - Amit Paul (Indian singer) is born.

in 1983 - Sten Broman,
eminent Swedish violinist, conductor,music critic, and composer, dies at Lund.
He studied violin with Marteau, conducting with Zemlinsky, and compositionwith Finke at the German Academy of Music in Prague;pursued training in musicology with Wagner at the University of Fribourgh and with Sachs at the University of Berlin; in 1926 he received his licentiate degree from the Universty of Lund. He was the influential music critic of
SydsvenksaDagbladet (1930-67); in 1937 he founded the SkaneQuartet, and later was a member of the Piano Quartet (1948-51); also conducted the Malmo Philharmonic Society (1946-66). From 1930 to 1962 he was president of the Swedish section of the ISCM. As a composer, he followeda median line of Scandinavian Romanticism; beginning around 1960 he adopted serial techniques and later experimented with electronic sound. – Born at Uppsala, March 25,1902.

in 1983 -
'Islands In The Stream', gave Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers a No.1 on the US singles chart. The song was written by The Bee Gees and co-produced by Barry Gibb.

in 1983 -
Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side of the Moon' marks its 491st week on the Billboard album chartin the US, surpassing the previous record holder, 'Johnny's Greatest Hits' by Johnny Mathis. When it finally fell off of list in October 1988, 'Dark Side' had set a record of 741 weeks on the chart.

in 1984 - American drummer
Wells Kelly from Orleans and Meat Loaf died aged 45 after choking to death on his vomit. Had the 1976 US hit singles with Orleans, 'Still The One' and ‘Dance with Me.’

in 1986 -
Jerome Darr dies at age 75. American guitaristand a member of the Washboard Serenaders from 1933 through to 1936, which included a well received European tour. He went on to become a busy session musician, Jerome focused on work as a studio musician during an era when sadly the efforts of such talented players went largely uncredited. He can be heard recording with the likes of Frankie Lymon, Jonah Jones, Paul Quinichette, Freddie Mitchell, Jack Dupree, Charles Thompson, Rex Stewart, Jimmy Wright, Sonny Rollins, Buck Clayton, Papa Lightfoot Quincey Jones, Buddy Johnson, Charlie Parker and many others.

in 1987 -
David Bowie played the first night of his 15 date Glass Spider Tour in Australia and New Zealand at the Boondall Entertainment Centre in Brisbane.

in 1987 - 'Decades' Rolling Stones
Ron Wood's first ever British art exhibition opened in London, featuring portraits of friends and rock stars from the past 20 years.

in 1987 -
Makoto Ogawa (Japanese singer; Morning Musume) is born.

TODAY’S MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT SHINES ON . . .
in 1987 -
Woody (Woodrow Charles) Herman, renowned jazz leader, clarinetist, alto andsoprano saxophonist, singer, dies at Los Angeles, age 74. He sang and dancedin vaudeville theatres from early childhood. He took upsax at age 11, clarinet at 14 and incorporated them in hisvariety act. He worked with Myron Stewart's Band and toured Texas with Joe Lichter's Band (ca. 1928), then briefly became a student at Marquette University.

He playedwith Tom Gerun (Gerunovitch) from 1929-34. Heformed his own band in 1933 but it was not successful.He spent eight months in the Harry Sosnick Band(1934), two months with Gus Arnheim, and gigged with Joe Moss until joining Isham Jones's Juniors. He joined the band in Denver (ca. late 1934), and remained with it until Jones disbanded in late summer of 1936. Herman and five other ex-members formed the nucleus of a co-operative band, with Herman as leader. This unit played first at the Schroeder Hotel in Milwaukee, but made its official debut at the Roseland in Brooklyn. The orchestra (billed as "The Band That Plays the Blues") gradually achieved popularity, its box-office appeal greatly enhanced by the success of "The WoodchoppersBall" recording (1939).


Herman also recorded with the King's Jesters in 1938. In the early 1940s the band underwent extensive personnel changes, and became involved in the new music. For example, Gillespie wrote for them "Down Under" (recorded in 1943) and "Woody 'N' You" (not recorded by them). Herman began buying shares as the original members left, but the musical evolution was mostly undocumented because it occurred during the musicians' union strike against record companies, so that the Herd burst upon an astonished audience in1945. Chubby Jackson and Ralph Burns joined in 1943,both from the Charlie Barnet band; Jackson helped torecruit Neal Hefti, Dave Tough, Flip Phillips, Bill Harrisand others until Billy Bauer replaced the last remaining member of the old band. Both Candoli brothers played trumpet mid- 1944 (l6-year-old Conte played on summerholiday from high school).


The band, later known as the First Herd, performed Stravinsky's "Ebony Concerto"at Carnegie Hall in March 1946 (reportedlyGoodman, who had a classical background, helped Herman to prepare the piece). They disbanded in December of that year. He enjoyed several Top pop hits in the 1940s. He re-formed a "Second Herd" in 1947, also known as the "Four Brothers" band, after a compositionby Jimmy Giuffre, because the unusual saxophone section of Herman, three tenors (Zoot Sims, Stan Getz, Herbie Steward) and a baritone (Serge Chaloff) were all inspired by Lester Young. Due to financial troubles and rampant drug addiction among the new generation, Herman cut down to a small band in late 1949. He formed the Third Herd in 1950.During the 1950s Herman continued leading variousHerds; in spring 1954 his band did their first European tour. During the late 1950s and 1960s, for several months each year, he led his own big bands, usually specially assembled for specific tours.


In
spring of 1959 he brought a few star sidemen to Europe and toured with an Anglo-American band; during the 1960s he toured Europe several times. In the later 1960s and early1970s, he made waves by recording big-band arrangements of rock hits, including a rousing "Light My Fire." He appeared in many films, and won a Grammy in1973. He did extensive touring throughout the 1970s,and recovered from a serious auto crash in 1977. In the mid- 1970s, Frank Tiberi brought Coltrane pieces into the band; as Herman aged Tiberi took over direction of the band. The group also worked with Chick Corea. Herman's last years were plagued with tax problems (his manager had failed to file payroll taxes, instead using the monies to finance a gambling habit). The IRS seized his home while his health was failing, an unusually cruel gesture. Since Herman's death the band has toured under the musical directorship of Tiberi. – Born at Milwaukee, May 16,1913.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jz6Eqm8WZPc"]Woody Herman After You've Gone - YouTube[/ame]
in 1988 - Dire Straits scored their fourth UK No.1 album with 'Money For Nothing'.

in 1988 -
Enya started a three week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Orinoco Flow.' Originally with family act, Clannad, Enya went solo and specialised in Celtic and New Age recordings.

in 1990 -
The Byrds, LaVern Baker, John Lee Hooker, The Impressions, Wilson Pickett, Jimmy Reed and Ike & Tina Turner were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

in 1991 -
Memphis City Council named interstate 55 through Jackson, The B.B. King Freeway.
in 1994 - Evelyn Anderson, dancer, dies at 87.
in 1994 - Pearl Primus, dancer, dies at 44.

in 1994 -
UK reggae/rap performer Pato Banton (with Robin & Ali Campbell from UB40), started a four week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of the 1968 Eddy Grant song and Equals hit 'Baby Come Back.'

in 1995 -
Minna (nee Lederman) Daniel, legendaryAmerican editor and writer on music, died at N.Y.
She studied music and dance professionally before taking a degree at Barnard College (1917) and beginning her career as a journalist. In 1923 she joined the newly formed League of Composers, and in 1924 helped launch its
Review,which in 1925 became Modern Music, the first American journal to serve as a literary forum for contemporary composers. During her tenure as its sole editor (1924-46), she encouraged a generation of American composer-critics, publishing essays and reviews by such musical activists as Thomson, Cage, Carter, Blitzstein, and Bowles; she also publ.articles by Berg, Schoenberg, and Bart6k. The journalattained an international reputation. In 1975 she established the Archives of Modem Music at the Library ofCongress in Washington, D.C. In 1983 she publidhed the informative chronicle The Life and Death of a Small Magazine. She also edited Stravinsky in the Theatre (N.Y.,1949; 3rd ed., 1975). – Born at N.Y., March 3,1896.

in 1995 -
David Bowie, Tom Donahue, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Pete Seeger, Jefferson Airplane, Little Willie John, Pink Floyd, The Shirelles and The Velvet Underground are inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

in 1996 - M
anchester band The Stone Roses split up. Singer Ian Brown said 'having spent the last ten years in the filthiest business in the universe, it's a pleasure to announce the end of The Stone Roses.'

in 1998 -
Paul Misraki dies at age 90. French composer of popular music and film scores, born in Constantinople now Istanbul, Turkey, he showed aptitude for music at an early age. He went to Paris to study classical composition, and by the 1930s had become an established jazz pianist, arranger and writer of popular songs; around this time he began composing film scores, with his first known work being for Jean Renoir's first sound film, On purge bébé, for which he was uncredited. As a composer and lyricist of popular songs, his first hit was 1934's "Tout va tres bien," and during his careers in France, America and Argentina he wrote successful songs in French, English and Spanish. Over the course of over 60 years, Paul wrote the music to 130 films, scoring works by directors like Jean Renoir, Claude Chabrol, Jacques Becker, Jean-Pierre Melville, Jean-Luc Godard, Henri-Georges Clouzot, Orson Welles, Luis Buñuel and Roger Vadim. For his work, he was made a Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur (died of natural causes in Paris).
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDwSe9Ff_aE"]LE DOULOS - PAUL MISRAKI - YouTube[/ame]
in 2000 - Limp Bizkit started a two-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Chocolate Starfish'. 2000, Texas went to No.1 on the UK album charts with 'Greatest Hits'.

in 2000 -
The Spice Girls went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Holler / Let Love Lead The Way'. The group made musical history by scoring their ninth No.1 making them joint fourth in the list of acts that have had nine UK No.1 singles.

in 2001 -
U2 performed for the first time on 'The Late Show with David Letterman' live from New York City.

in 2001 -
Winners at this years 'Q' awards included, Ash, best single for 'Burn Baby Burn', Starsailor won best new act, Travis won best album for 'The Invisible Band', Manic Street Preachers won best live act and John Lydon won the Inspiration award.

in 2003 -
Franco Corelli dies at age 82. Italian tenor who had a major international opera career between 1951 and 1976. Associated in particular with the spinto and dramatic tenor roles of the Italian repertory, he was celebrated universally for his powerhouse voice, brilliant top notes, vibrant timbre, passionate singing and remarkable performances and was dubbed the "Prince of tenors". He had a long and fruitful partnership with the Metropolitan Opera in New York City between 1961 and 1975. He also appeared on the stages of most of the major opera houses in Europe and with opera companies throughout North America. (He died in Milan, having suffered a stroke earlier that year).
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zzb9uwfgD1w"]Franco Corelli sings Tosca (vaimusic.com) - YouTube[/ame]
in 2003 - P Diddy promised to investigate claims that his clothing company used a sweatshop factory in Honduras. An American organisation campaigning for workers' rights, said conditions at the factory were wholly unacceptable claiming workers were paid less than a dollar an hour, forced to work overtime, subjected to body searches and dismissed if they got pregnant.

in 2003 -
Research in the US found that songs get stuck in our heads because they create a 'brain itch' that can only be scratched by repeating a tune over and over. Songs such as the Village People's 'YMCA' and the Baha Men's 'Who Let The Dogs Out' owe their success to their ability to create a 'cognitive itch', according to Professor James Kellaris, of the University of Cincinnati College of Business Administration.

in 2005 - A set of waxwork heads of
The Beatles from their Sgt Pepper's album cover sold for £81,500. The "pepperheads" were auctioned off after recently being discovered in a back room at London's Madame Tussauds. They were used in 1967 by artist Sir Peter Blake in the backdrop of the "Lonely Hearts Club Band" album with the actual Beatles posing at the front.

in 2006 -
Robbie Williams went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Rudebox' the singer's seventh No.1 album.

in 2006 -
McFly scored their 6th UK No.1 single with 'Star Girl'. The song was played in space to wake up the astronauts on the space station, after a successful twitter campaign asking NASA to play the song started by band member Tom Fletcher. 2007, Kylie Minogue was honoured with the Music Industry Trust prize for her 20-year career and status as an "icon of pop and style" at a London ceremony. The first time in the event's 16-year history that the award has gone to a woman, past winners included Sir Elton John and Peter Gabriel.

in 2007 -
Walk the Line, the film about the life of singer Johnny Cash, was voted the greatest music biopic in a poll. The film starred Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon as Cash and his wife June Carter as the country stars and won the actress an Oscar in 2006. It was followed by rapper Eminem's 8 Mile, with Mozart’s’ life story Amadeus next and Ray, starring Jamie Foxx as musician Ray Charles, at number four. The most recent film in the top 10 was Joy Division biopic Control. 2009, Forbes Magazine reported that Michael Jackson had earned about 72 million dollars since his death on June 6th. That was good enough for third place on their list of dead celebrities making the most money. Fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent came in first at $350 million, songwriters Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein were second with $235 million and Elvis Presley was fourth, earning $55 million.

in 2008 -
Mike Baker dies at age 45. American lead singer with the progressive metal band Shadow Gallery. In 1985, Mike along with Carl Cadden-James, Ron Evans, and John Coonie formed the progressive metal band Sorcerer in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. After some line-up changes they changed their name to Shadow Gallery in 1991. Mike released 5 albums with Shadow Gallery the last being "Room V" in 2005. Before forming Sorcerer and Shadow Gallery, in the early 1980’s he performed vocals on demos with local bands, including Nasty Nasty and Axxis. Mike also performed guest vocals on the single "Day Sixteen: Loser" from Ayreon's 2004 album The Human Equation. (heart attack).
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_UzA2HsSZI"]Singers of Ayreon: Mike Baker, Devin Townsend, Marcela Bovio - YouTube[/ame]
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in 1522 -
Jean Mouton dies at age 63. French singer, composer, teacher; he was one of the most important motet composers of the French Renaissance period, he was a court composer for the king. Of his music, 9 Magnificat settings, 15 masses, 20 chansons, and over 100 motets survive .
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hZHKKD5ahk"]Jean Mouton "Nesciens mater" - The Monteverdi Choir/Gardiner - YouTube[/ame]
in 1620 - Michael de Ronghe, composer is born.
in 1667 - Johann Jakob Wolleb, composer, dies at 54.
in 1735 -
Edward Miller, composer is born.

in 1775 - Catterino Cavos, Italian-Russian composer, is born at Venice. He studied with Francesco Bianchi. His first work was a patriotic hymn for the Republican Guard, performed at the Teatro La Fenice (Sept. 13, 1797); he then produced a cantata, L'Eroe (1798). That same year he received an invitation to go to Russia as conductor at the Imperial Opera in St. Petersburg. He was already on his way to Russia when his ballet II sotterraneo was presented in Venice (Nov. 16,1799). He remained in St. Petersburg for the rest of his life. His Russian debut as a composer was in a collaborative opera, Rusalka (adapted from Das Donauweibchen by F. Kauer; Nov. 7, 1803). This was followed by the operas The Invisible Prince (May 17, 1805), The Post of Love (1806), Ilya the Bogatyr (Jan. 12, 1807), 3 Hunchback Brothers (1808), The Cossack Poet (May 27,1812), and several ballets. His most significant work was Ivan Susanin, which he conducted at the Imperial Theater on Oct. 30, 1815. The subject of this opera was used 20 years later by Glinka in his opera A Life for the Czar, the boldness of Cavos in selecting a libretto from Russian history provided the necessary stimulus for Glinka and other Russian composers. (Cavos conducted the premiere of Glinka's opera.) His subsequent operas were also based on Russian themes: Dobrynia Nikitich (1818) and The Firebird (1822). Cavos was a notable voice teacher, numbering among his pupils several Russian singers who later became famous. – Died at St. Petersburg, May 10,1840.

in 1787 -
Karl Guhr, composer is born.
in 1790 -
Karol Joseph Lipinski, composer is born.

in 1799 -
Esteban (Stef ano) de Arteaga, Spanish writer on music, dies at Paris. He became a Jesuit at age 16, but was banished to Corsica when the order was proscribed in Spain. He left it in 1769. He went to Bologna, where he studied philosophy at the Universotu (1773-78), and was befriended by Padre Martini. At Martini's behest, he wrote the important study on opera Le rivoluzioni del teatro musicale italiano dalla sua origine fine al presente (Bologne, 1783-88; 2nd ed., Venice, 1785; German translation, 1789, by J. Forkel). Arteaga's work antagonized many Italian writers who resented a foreigner's intrusion into their field, and an acrimonious polemical exchange ensued. Among his other writings were Investigaciones filosoficas sobre la belleza ideal. (Madrid, 1789) and Del ritmo sonoro e del ritmo muto nella musica degli antichi (edited by M. Batllori, Madrid, 1944). – Born at Moraleja de Coca, Dec. 26, 1747.

in 1821 -
Cenobio Paniagua y Vasques, composer is born.
in 1840 - Carlotta Patti, Italian soprano is born.
in 1845 - Gustav Weber, composer is born.
in 1853 -
Pietro Raimondi, Italian composer (Potifar, Giacobbe), dies at 66.

in 1855 - Karoly Agghazy, Hungarian pianist, teacher, and composer, is born at Pest. He studied at the Pest Conservatory (1867-70), the Vienna Conservatory (1870-73), with Liszt (piano), and at the Budapest Academy of Music with Volkmann (composition, 1875-78). After touring with Hubay (1878-81), he was a professor of piano at the Budapest Conservatory (1881-83; from 1889). He also taught at the Stern and Kullak conservatories in Berlin (1883-89). He wrote 2 operas, many piano pieces, choral works, and songs.— Died at Budapest, Oct. 8, 1918.

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in 1864 -
Elizabeth (Penn) Sprague Coolidge, generous American music patronesss, is born at Chicago.
In 1918 she established the Berkshire Festivals of Chamber Music in Pittsfield, Mass., which were held annually under her auspices; she later sponsored the Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge Foundation in the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., created in 1925 for the purpose of producing concerts and music festivals, awarding prizes, etc., under the administration of the Music Division of the Library. Numerous composers were commissioned to write music for it. The auditorium of the Library of Congress was likewise her gift. In 1932 she founded the Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge Medal "for eminent services to chamber music," awarded annually (until 1949). She also initiated performances of modem and classical chamber music throughout the U.S. and Europe. Her sponsorship of the appearances of artists in the Ll.S, and abroad (the Pro Arte, Coolidge, Roth quartets, etc.) was an important factor in the development of musical life in the U.S. In recognition of her many cultural contributions, she was made honorary M.A. (Yale Univ., Smith ColI., Mills ColI.), L.D. (Mt. Holyoke ColI.), Mus.Doc. (Pomona Coll.), and LL.D. (Univ. of Calif.). She also received the Cobbett Medal and various foreign decorations. – Died at Cambridge, Mass., Nov. 4, 1953.


in 1883 -
Johann Vesque von Puttlingen, composer, dies at 80.
in 1885 - American composer, poet and writer Ezra Pound was born in Hailey, Idaho.
in 1885 - Gustav Adolf Merkel, composer, dies at 57.
in 1894 - English composer Peter Warlock, aka Philip Heseltine, was born in London.
in 1896 - Anatoly Grigor'yevich Novikov, composer is born.
in 1900 - Augustin Lara, composer is born.
in 1902 - Armin Kaufmann, composer is born.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FbVk5B4jSlE"]Burletta d'Armin Kaufmann duo mandoline piano Beer-Demander Adouani - YouTube[/ame]
in 1903 - Konrad Friedrich Noetel, composer is born.
in 1904 - Alfred Gradstein, composer is born.
in 1905 - Christian Darnton, composer is born.
in 1907 - Gyorgy Ranki, Budapest Hungary, composer (H¢emberek) is born.
in 1908 - Franco Margola, composer is born.
in 1908 - Patsy Montana/Ruby Rose Blevins (US country music singer, songwriter) is born.
in 1908 - Stuart Hamblen, Texas, singer/composer (This Old House) is born.
in 1912 - Jan Karol Gali, composer, dies at 56.
in 1914 - Patsy Montana Ruby Blevins, singer is born.
in 1914 - Richard E Holz (US composer) is born.
in 1915 - Pierre Wissmer, Swiss composer (Capitaine Bruno) is born.
in 1916 - Silas Gamaliel Pratt, composer, dies at 70.
in 1919 - Jane Randolph, singer, backup for Tony Orlando (Dawn) is born.
in 1922 - Jane White (US actress, singer) is born.
in 1925 - Teo Macero, composer is born.
in 1926 - Dave Myers (US guitarist, bassist; Chicago blues band The Aces) is born.

in 1928 -
Oscar George Theodore Sonneck, composer, dies at 55.

in 1929 -
Finn Benestad, important Norwegian musicologist, is born at Kristiansand. He was educated at the University of Oslo (M.A., 1953; Ph.D., 1961, with the dissertation Johannes Haarklou: Mannen og verket; published in Oslo, 1961). After working as a teacher (1950-59) and a music critic (1953-61) in Oslo, he served as professor of musicology at the University of Trondheim (1961-64) and at the University of Oslo (1965-98). He also was a Fulbright scholar at the Univiversity of Calif., at Los Angeles (1968-69). He was chairman of the Edvard Grieg Committee in Oslo from 1980, where he oversaw the completion of Grieg's complete works in 20 vols. in 1995. In 1979 he was made a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.

in 1930 -
Clifford (Brownie) Brown, important and widely influential 1950s-era jazz trumpeter, is born at Wilmington, Del. Died in an automobile accident on the Pennsylvania Trunpike near Bedford, Pa., June 26,1956. He studied at Delaware State College and Maryland State College and gained experience playing in college jazz bands. He worked and recorded with Chris Powell. Later, Brown joined Tadd Dameron and toured Europe with Lionel Hampton's orch. (1953). Upon returning to the U.S., he worked with Art Blakey. Brown joined the Max Roach Quintet (1954), with Richie Powell on piano, and Harold Land, who was replaced by Sonny Rollins in late 1955. The group was sometimes billed as the Brown-Roach Quintet and sometimes as Roach-Brown, presumably so they could share equal billing. Brown was a capable pianist who recorded himself in rehearsal and several hours of these rehearsals exist on tape. His solo trumpet practicing on "Cherokee" has been issued. Through such documents we can study the development of his style which took off from Fats Navarro and Miles Davis and certainly, but less explicitly, from Dizzy Gillespie. "Cherokee" was almost his theme song and he recorded it many times between 1953-55 in different versions. The group and Brown were becoming the hottest attractions in jazz when he and Powell were killed. Their car, driven by Powell's wife who also died, went off the road in the middle of the night on the way from Philadelphia to their next gig. This was front page news in the black press and jazz press and a tragedy whose impact is still felt. According to recent research, the session issued as "the end" was not his last date, but made on June 27, 1955. Brown is still studied and emulated by young trumpeters and by any musicians interested in perfectly phrased melodic lines that swing delicately and yet scream with intensity and blues when called for.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tBJa8Ew6fQ"]Clifford Brown & Max Roach - Joy Spring - YouTube[/ame]
in 1934 - Frans Bruggen, distinguished Dutch recorder player, flutist, and conductor, is born at Amsterdam. He studied the recorder with Kees Otten and flute at the Amsterdam Muzieklyceum; in addition, took courses in musicology at the University of Amsterdam. He then launched a major career as a virtuoso performer of music for the recorder; as a flute soloist, he was equally at home in performances of the Baroque masters and contemporary avant- garde composers; also gave informative lectures and illustrative performances of recorder music in Europe, and taught at the Royal Conservatory, in The Hague. In 1981 he founded the Orchestra of the 18th Century, which he conducted with fine success on both sides of the Atlantic. He also was artistic director of the Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra in Hilversum (1991-94) and joint principal guest conductor of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in London (from 1992).

in 1939 -
Eddie Holland (US singer, songwriter, producer; Holland/Dozier/Holland) is born.
in 1939 - Grace Slick/Grace Wing (US singer; Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship/Starship) is born.
in 1939 - Norman West, US singer (Soul Children, Hearsay, Give 'em Love) is born.
in 1941 - Otis Williams, rocker (Temptations) is born.

in 1941 -
Chu Berry (Leon Brown), jazz tenor saxophonist, dies at Conneaut, Ohio. He came from a musical family; his brother, Nelson, was a tenor sax player. He took up sax after hearing Coleman Hawkins playing on a Fletcher Henderson summer tour. He played alto sax at high school, and later, during his three years at W.Va. State Coll., played alto and tenor with Edwards7 Collegians, also worked with Perry Smith and with Fleming Huff in Ohio; he was offered a career as a professional football player, but decided on music. While with Edwards' Collegians in Bluefield, W.Va., was sent for by Sammy Stewart. Traveled to join the band in Columbus, Ohio (1929). At the time of his joining he sported a goatee beard and moustache; lead alto Billy Stewart began calling him "Chu-Chin-Chow"; this was later shortened to "Chu” (In the late 1930s a photograph was published showing "Chu" wearing a sweater clearly marked "Chew"—it is impossible to ascertain whether Leon or the knitter decided on this spelling.) "Chu" traveled to N.Y. with the Sammy Stewart Band for their Savoy Ballroom residency (February-April 1930), he left the band later that year at the Arcadia Ballroom. During the early 1930s worked short spells with several bandleaders including: Cecil Scott, Otto Hardwick at the Hot Feet Club), Kaiser Marshall, Walter Pichon, and Earl Jackson's Band at the Lennox Club, with Benny Carter in summer of 1932, and again in 1933, also with Charlie Johnson late 1932 to early 1933. He joined Teddy Hill's Band and remained until late 1935. Became a regular member of Fletcher Henderson's Band in late 1935, after having previously worked for Henderson on broadcasts and other dates from the spring of 1934. He left Fletcher Henderson to join Cab Calloway in July 1937. He remained with Calloway until the time of his death (other than absence for a tonsillectomy in June 1939). After playing a one-nighter with Calloway in Brookfield, Ohio, "Chu," Andy Brown, and Lammar Wright set out by car for the next night's venue in Toronto, Ontario. Near Conneaut, Ohio, the car skidded on the road and hit a concrete bridge. Brown and Wright were only slightly hurt, but "Chu" received severe head injuries. He died four days later without regaining consciousness. - Born at Wheeling, W.Va., Sept. 13,1908.

in 1942 -
Sven-David Sandstrom, composer is born.
in 1944 - Copland's Appalachian Spring premiers in Washington DC.
in 1944 - Paul Emile Ladmirault, composer, dies at 66.

in 1945 -
Xian Xinghai dies at age 40. Chinese composer. Although he composed in all the major musical forms which includes two symphonies, a violin concerto, four large scale choral works, nearly 300 songs and an opera, he is best known for his Yellow River Cantata upon which the Yellow River Concerto for piano and orchestra is based. During the Sino-Japanese War, he wrote vocal works that encouraged the people to fight the Japanese invaders, including Saving the Nation, Non-Resistance the Only Fear, Song of Guerrillas, The Roads Are Opened by Us, The Vast Siberia, Children of the Motherland, Go to the Homefront of the Enemy, and On the Taihang Mountains, among others. In 1938 he became dean of the Music Department at Lu Xun Institute of Arts in Yan'an. It is at this time that he composed the famous Yellow River Cantata and the Production Cantata. In 1940 Xian went to the Soviet Union to compose the score of the documentary film Yan'an and the Eighth Route Army. In 1941 the German invasion of the Soviet Union disrupted his work and he attempted to return to China by way of Xinjiang but the local anti-communist warlord, Sheng Shicai, blocked the way and he got stranded in Alma Ata, Kazakhstan. It was here that he composed the symphonies Liberation of the Nation and Sacred War, and the suites Red All Over the River and Chinese Rhapsody for winds and strings. Both the Xinghai Concert Hall and the Xinghai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou were named after him (he developed pulmonary tuberculosis due to overwork and malnutrition. After the war, he went back to Moscow for medical treatment but could not be cured and died in a hospital nearby the Moscow Kremlin).
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyQs5cHF75c"]Ode to the Yellow River by Xian Xinghai - YouTube[/ame]
in 1946 - Chris Slade (Welsh rock drummer; Asia/AC-DC/Gary Numan/Uriah Heep/Manfred Mann/others) is born.
in 1947 - Chris Komar, dancer is born.
in 1947 - Timothy B Schmidt, Oakland CA, rocker (Eagles) is born.
in 1949 - David Green, Melbourne Australia, rock bassist (Air Supply) is born.
in 1949 - Otis Williams, [Otis Miles], TX, rock vocalist (Temptations) is born.
in 1953 - Emmerich K lm n, Hungarian composer (Die Zirkusprinzessin), dies at 71.
in 1954 - T Graham Brown, Arabi Ga, country singer (Come as you Were) is born.
in 1957 - Pierre Bensusan (French-Algerian guitarist) is born.
in 1957 - Russian violinist Schlomo Mintz is born, in Moscow.

in 1959 -
Cliff Richard and the Shadows were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Travellin' Light'. Their 6th release and second No.1 hit.

in 1960 -
Alfred Hill, composer, dies at 89.

in 1961 - Two days after Beatles fan
Raymond Jones asked for The Beatles' German single ‘My Bonnie’ (recorded with Tony Sheridan) at Brian Epstein's NEMS record store in Liverpool, two girls asked for the same record. Epstein's difficulty in locating the record was due to him not knowing that the record was released, not by The Beatles, but by Tony Sheridan and 'The Beat Brothers' ('Beatles' resembles a vulgar slang word in German, so The Beatles' name was changed for this single).

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