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Old November 4th, 2012, 05:09 AM   #1691

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in 1957 -
Najee, rocker is born
in 1959 - Dave Carpenter (American international jazz bassist) is born.
in 1960 - Frl. Menke/Franziska Menke (German pop singer) is born.
in 1960 - Kim Forester, Lookout Mt Ga, country singer (Forester Sister-Men) is born
in 1961 - Bob Dylan appeared at The Carnegie Chapter Hall in New York City.
in 1961 - Cliff Richard scored his first UK No.1 album with his 5th release '21 Today'
in 1961 - Daron Hagen (American composer) is born.
in 1961 - Edward Knight (American composer) is born.
in 1961 - Les Sampou (US folk singer songwriter) is born.
in 1963 - John Lennon utters his infamous "Rattle your jewelry" line.
in 1963 - Lena Zavaroni (UK singer, guitarist, TV host) is born.
in 1963 - Marc Déry (Canadian singer, guitarist; Zébulon) is born.

in 1963 -
Rosario Flores (Spanish singer, actress) is born.
Flores is a two-time Latin Grammy Award-winning Spanish gypsy singer and actress.
She was born in Madrid, Spain as the daughter of Antonio González ('El Pescaílla') and Lola Flores. She is the sister of actress Lolita Flores and singer-songwriter Antonio Flores. She has a daughter with her ex boyfriend Carlos Orellana. Her second son, Pedro Antonio, was born on 21 January 2006, the same day as his grandmother Lola Flores. Rosario and Pedro Lazaga, her partner and father of her second son, met while filming Pedro Almodóvar's film Hable con ella in 2001.


in 1963 -
The Beatles topped the bill at The Royal Variety Show at The Prince Of Wales Theatre, London. With the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret in the audience, this was the night when John Lennon made his famous remark “In the cheaper seats you clap your hands. The rest of you, just rattle your jewellery”. The show was broadcast on UK television on the Nov 10th 1963.

in 1963 - The night after
The Rolling Stones had just come off a 30-date UK tour with The Everly Brothers, they kicked off another 50-date UK club tour at the Top Rank Ballroom in Preston.

in 1965 -
Gregory Scott [Koenig], Dearborn Mich, guitarist (Signs of Life) is born.
in 1965 - Jeff Scott Soto (US lead vocalist; Yngwie Malmsteen Band, Journey) is born.
in 1965 - Krsto Odak, composer, dies at 77.
in 1965 - Malandra Burrows (UK actress, singer) is born.
in 1965 - Pata/Tomoaki Ishizuka (Japanese guitarist; X Japan/Dope Headz/solo) is born.
in 1965 - The Rolling Stones were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Get Off Of My Cloud', also a No.1 in the US.
in 1965 - Wayne Static (US singer, guitarist; Static-X) is born.
in 1966 - Kool Rock/Damon Wimbley (US rapper; Fat Boys) is born.
in 1966 - The Beach Boys 'Good Vibrations', entered the UK chart, it went on to be a UK & US No.1 hit single.

in 1968 -
Pink Floyd recorded ‘Point Me At The Sky’ and ‘Careful With That Axe, Eugene’ at Abbey Road Studios, London.

in 1969 -
Ferenc Szabo, composer, dies at 66.

in 1969 -
Ivory "Deek" Watson dies at age 60. American tenor singer, guitarist and trumpeter who in 1932 was singing in a group called "The Four Riff Brothers" who appeared regularly on radio station WLW in Cincinnati, Ohio., after which he formed "King, Jack, and Jester", changing the name to "The 4 Ink Spots" then The Ink Spots in 1934. They had their first big hit with "If I Didn't Care", in 1939. Other hits included "Address Unknown", "My Prayer", "When The Swallows Come Back To Capistrano", "Whispering Grass", "Do I Worry", "Java Jive", "Shout, Brother, Shout", "Don't Get Around Much Anymore", "I Can't Stand Losing You", and "Cow-Cow Boogie" among others. The group split in 1944 and Deek went on to form a group called the Brown Dots, which later became the 4 Tunes. He later formed a host of offshoot Ink Spots groups in the 1950s and 1960s until his death. The Ink Spots were the subject of a 1998 book by Marv Goldberg: "More Than Words Can Say: The Ink Spots And Their Music". The group was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999 and they were even inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, as influences, in 1989; this induction consisted of Deek Watson, Bill Kenny, Charlie Fuqua, and Hoppy Jones.
in 1969 - Puff Daddy/P Diddy/Sean Combs (US rapper, producer) is born.
in 1970 - Malena Ernman (Swedish opera singer) is born.
in 1970 - The Beach Boys played the first of four nights at the Whiskey A Go-Go club in LA.
in 1971 - Shawn Rivera (US singer; Az Yet) is born.
in 1971 - The Who opened up The Rainbow Finsbury Park, London, England appearing on the first of three nights.

in 1972 -
Johnny Nash started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'I Can See Clearly Now', his only US chart topper, it made No.5 in the UK.

in 1973 -
Roxy Music and Leo Sayer appeared at Newcastle City Hall, England.
in 1974 - Cedric Bixler-Zavala (US singer, lyricist; At the Drive-in, The Mars Volta) is born.
in 1974 - Louise Redknapp née Nurding (UK singer; Eternal) is born.
in 1974 - Pink Floyd played the first night on a 21 date UK tour at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland.
in 1975 - Michael Osmond, Utah, singer (Osmond Boys) is born
in 1977 - Kavana/Anthony Kavanagh (UK solo singer) is born.

in 1977 -
The Last Waltz, the movie of The Bands final concert premiered in New York. The Martin Scorsese movie also featured Joni Mitchell, Dr John, Neil Young, Van Morrison, Neil Diamond, Eric Clapton.

in 1977 -
The Mystery Girls, featuring Pete Burns, Julian Cope and Pete Wylie appeared at Eric's, Liverpool, England.

in 1978 - Canadian singer
Anne Murray went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'You Needed Me', her only US No.1 hit, it made No.22 in the UK.

in 1978 -
Crosby Stills Nash & Young were sued by former bass player Greg Reeves for over a $1 million claiming he was owed from sales of their album 'Deja Vu'.

in 1978 -
Linda Ronstadt went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Living In The USA'.

in 1980 -
Bob Marley was baptised at the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, Kingston, converting to a Christian Rastafarian and taking on the new name Berhane Selassie.
in 1983 - David Bowie played the first night of his 10-date Serious Moonlight tour of Australia and New Zealand at Perth Entertainment Centre.

in 1984 -
Prince played the first of seven nights at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan at the start of his 87-date North American Purple Rain tour. The outing marked the live debut of his new band The Revolution.

in 1986 -
Alexz Johnson (Canadian solo singer) is born.

in 1987 -
T.O.P/Choi Seung-hyun (Korean rapper; Big Bang) is born.

in 1987 -
U2 were on the front cover of UK pop magazine 'Smash Hits', which also had features on the Pet Shop Boys, Wet Wet Wet, T'Pau, Sting and Black. Reviewed in the new singles page The Smiths 'I Started Something I Couldn't Finish'.

in 1989 -
Elton John scored his 50th UK chart hit when 'Sacrifice', entered the charts. Only Cliff Richard and Elvis Presley had also achieved this.

in 1989 - Featured on this week's BBC 2's
UK music show 'Rapido', Terence Trent D'arby, Throwing Muses and The Pixies plus Tina Turner, Sting, Mick Jagger, Phil Collins and David Bowie talking about the movies they've made.
in 1989 - Roxette scored their second US No.1 single with 'Listen To Your Heart', a No.6 hit in the UK the following year.

in 1993 - Depeche Mode's
Martin Gore was arrested at the Denver Westin Hotel after refusing to turn down the volume of his music in his room.

in 1994 -
Fred "Sonic" Smith dies at age 45. US guitar player, who, in 2003, Rolling Stone magazine included in thier list of The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time and the band Sonic Youth took its name from Fred's nickname "Sonic". Born in .... but bought up in Detroit, as a teenger, he lived for music with speed, energy with a rebellious attitude and formed a rock group Smith's Vibratones, before joining up with his old school pal, Wayne Kramer to form MC5, short for Motor City Five. This influencial band released 3 albums before their break up in 1972, Kick Out the Jams in 1969, Back in the USA in 1970, and High Time in 1971. Fred went on to form Sonic's Rendezvous Band, which released one single, "City Slang". He and his wife, singer Patti Smith collaborated on her 1988 album "Dream of Life", and Patti's 1996 album "Gone Again" features a tribute to Fred. (heart failure)
in 1995 - Marti Lynne Stringer Caine, singer/comedienne, dies at 50.
in 1995 - Radiohead appeared at the Brixton Academy, London, England.

in 1998 - Fall singer
Mark E Smith appeared at Manhattan Criminal Court on assault charges accused of kicking, punching and choking his girlfriend and band keyboard player Julia Nagle at a New York Hotel.

in 1998 - Oasis singer
Liam Gallagher was arrested after an alleged drunken brawl with photographer Mel Bouzac at a London pub. Bouzac had been tipped off that Liam was in the pub wearing a Russian hat and attempted to take photos.

in 2000 -
DMX went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'The Great Depression'.
in 2000 - Stereophonics bass guitarist Richard Jones married Gail Middleditch at a church in Suffolk.
in 2001 - Michael Jackson went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Invincible'.

in 2001 - The Times newspaper published the 'Rich List' with
Madonna being the highest earning woman in Britain grossing £30m, all the Spice Girls had dropped out of the listings except for Victoria Beckham. Paul McCartney had earned £20.5m during the year.

in 2002 -
Elton John and his lyricist Bernie Taupin received the Music Industry Trusts Award for one of the greatest songwriting partnerships of all time.

in 2004 -
Robert Heaton dies at age 43. English drummer with the Bradford based punk band New Model Army. He wrote many of NMA's best known compositions, which are still played nowadays at their gigs. He left NMA in 1998 due to health reasons (pancreatic cancer)

in 2006 -
Diddy was at No.1 on the US album chart with his fifth album ‘Press Play.’

in 2007 -
The Eagles went to No.1 on the UK album chart for the first time ever - 33 years after their debut album On the Border. This was the group's first full studio album since The Long Run in 1979.

in 2008 -
Byron Lee dies at age 73. Jamaican musician and record producer; best known for his work as leader of Byron Lee and the Dragonaires, they turned professional in 1956 and went on to become one of Jamaica's leading ska bands, continuing since and taking in other genres such as calypso, Soca, and Mas. He also purchased the West Indies Records Limited (WIRL) recording studios, renaming it Dynamic Sounds it soon became one of the best-equipped studios in the Caribbean, attracting both local and international recording artists, including Paul Simon and The Rolling Stones (bladder cancer)

in 2008 -
Jheryl Busby dies at age 59. American record executive; First worked at Stax Records as head of West Coast promotion and marketing. Moved to Motown Records in 1988 as the company's President & CEO. He fostered the growth of younger talent, including Another Bad Creation, Boyz II Men and Johnny Gill. In early 1989, he was able to sign Diana Ross back to Motown and he retained artists such as Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder. When Polygram Records bought Motown he was retained as president. Jheryl was appointed head of the black music division at DreamWorks Records in 1998 till 2001. He was named president of Def Soul Classics in 2004. He also created Umbrella Recordings with producer Mike City (Found dead in the hot tub of his home in Malibu, cause not yet known)

in 2010 -
James Freud/Colin Joseph McGlinchey dies at age 51. Australian vocalist and bassist; he grew up in Melbourne and formed his first band, Sabre, at the age of 16, with high school friends, but at 17 he left home pursue his musical dreams. After hearing the Sex Pistols' "God Save the Queen" in 1977, he formed the band The Spred. By early 1979, with ex-members of Colt, he formed James Freud & the Radio Stars their debut single, "Modern Girl," was released in May 1980, which peaked at No.12 on the Australian Kent Music Report Singles Chart. In 1982, he joined the successful alternative rock band Models as bass guitarist and shared lead vocalist duties on some songs, beginning with one of his compositions, "Facing The North Pole in August" from The Pleasure of Your Company, recorded in 1983. In 1985, two James-penned hits, "Barbados" and "Out of Mind, Out of Sight", took Models to No.2 and No.1 on the Australian singles chart, respectively. He remained in the band until they split in 1988. He went on to launch a solo career, played in other bands including Beatfish and Moondog, and wrote his first autobiography in 2002, ''I Am the Voice Left from Drinking'' where he detailed his alcoholism. In 2007-09 James performed with Melbourne tribute band 80s Enuff and in 2008, he released his last solo album ''See you in Hell''. Prior to his death, James was manager for his sons' band, Attack of the Mannequins, on the development of an album entitled Rage of the World. A week before his death, 27 October, James with Models were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame, but due to his alcohol illness he did not attend (suicide).
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in 1494 -
Hans Sachs, composer is born.
in 1654 - Christian Liebe, composer is born.

in 1666 -
Attilio (Malachia) Ariosti, Italian composer, singer, and instrumentalist, is born at Bologna. He joined the order of S. Maria de' Servi at the Bologna monastery in 1688, took minor orders in 1689, and received his diaconate in 1692. Abandoning the order, he was in the service of the Duke of Mantua in 1696. With Lotti and Caldara, he collaborated on the opera Tirsi (Venice, 1696). In 1697 he went to Berlin as a court composer and staged the first Italian operas there. From 1703 to 1711 he was in the service of the Vienna court. In 1716 he went to London, where he was a composer with the Royal Academy of Music. Among the operas he brought out there were Coriolano (Feb. 19, 1723), Artaserse (Dec. 1, 1724), Dario (April 5, 1725), and Lucio Vero, imperator di Roma (Jan. 7,1727). He also publ. a vol. of six cantatas and six lessons for the viola d'amore (1724), on which he was an accomplished performer. In all, he composed at least 22 operas, instrumental music, five oratorios, and many cantatas. – Died in England, c. 1729.

in 1743 -
Andreas Benedikt Praelisauer, composer, dies at 44.
in 1772 - Johannes Schmidlin, composer, dies at 50.
in 1819 - Josef Rudolf Zavrtal, composer is born.
in 1841 - Alexander Sergeyevich Famintsin, composer is born.
in 1860 - Carl Binder, composer, dies at 43.
in 1866 - Daniel Protheroe, composer is born.
in 1887 - Paul Wittgenstein (Austrian-born concert pianist; played with one hand only) is born.
in 1894 - Eugen Zdor, Btas‚k, Hungary, Hungarian/American composer (Diana) is born.
in 1895 - Walter Gieseking, German pianist/composer is born.
in 1911 - Roy Rogers/Leonard Franklin Slye (US actor /country singer) is born.

in 1917 -
Claus Adam, Austrian-born American cellist, pedagogue, and composer, is born at Sumatra, Dutch East Indies (of Austrian parents), His father was an ethnologist. After studies at the Salzburg Mozarteum, he went to N.Y. in 1929 and became a naturalized citizen in 1935. He studied cello with Stoffnegen, Dounis, and Feuermann, conducting with Barzin, and composition with Blatt. After playing in the National Orchestral Assn. in N.Y. (1935-40), he was first cellist in the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra (1940-43). Following composition lessons with Wolpe, he was a cellist with WOR Radio in N.Y. (1946-48) and the New Music Quartet (1948-55). From 1955 to 1974 he was a member of the Juilliard String Quartet. He also taught at the Juilliard School of Music (1955-83) and the Mannes College of Music (1974-83) in N.Y, numbering among his students Stephen Kates, who premiered his Cello Concerto, and Joel Krosnick, who eventually replaced him in the Juilliard String Quartet.

In 1976 he was composer in- residence at the American Academy in Rome. Adam's career as a composer was overshadowed by his success as a cellist and pedagogue. His works, which were marked by pragmatic modernism free from doctrinaire adherence to any particular technique, included a Cello Concerto (1972-73; Cincinnati, Oct. 26, 1973 Concerto Variations for Orch. (1976; N.Y, April 5,1977), 2 string quartets (1948, 1975), Piano Sonata (N.Y, May 2, 1948), String Trio (1967), Herbstgesang for Soprano and Piano, after Iraki (1969), Fantasy for Cello (1980), and Toccato and Elegie for String Quartet (1983; from an unfinished 3rd string quartet). - Died at N.Y., July 4, 1983.


in 1919 -
Myron Floren (US accordianist; The Lawrence Welk Show) is born.
in 1921 - Georges Cziffra (Hungarian virtuoso pianist) is born.
in 1921 - Gyorgy Cziffra, Hungarian/French pianist (Chopin/Liszt) is born.
in 1924 - Ivan Rezak, composer is born.
in 1929 - Ottmar MA Fraai, Curacaos/Dutch tenor is born.
in 1931 - Harold McNair (Jamaican sax player, flautist; session musician) is born.
in 1931 - Ike Turner, Miss, AKA Mr Tina Turner!, guitarist (A Fool in Love) is born.
in 1932 - Yossi Banai (Israeli singer, actor) is born.
in 1935 - Jerry Amper Dadap, composer is born.
in 1935 - John Nicholas Maw, composer is born.
in 1937 - Tony Schilder (South African jazz pianist, bandleader, composer) is born.
in 1938 - Joe Dassin (American-French singer and song writer) is born.
in 1940 - Anthony Rolfe Johnson CBE (English tenor singer) is born.
in 1941 - Art Garfunkel (US singer, actor; Simon and Garfunkel/solo) is born.

in 1942 -
George M. Cohan dies at age 64. American musician, actor, writer, composer; he started his career as a child performing with his parents and sister in vaudeville as "The Four Cohans." He quickly started writing songs and sketches and went on to write some 500 songs in his lifetime. George was one of the founders of ASCAP. His many popular songs include "Over There", "Give My Regards to Broadway," and "The Yankee Doodle Boy." Beginning with Little Johnny Jones in 1904, he wrote and starred in over three dozen Broadway shows, continuing to perform until 1940. He appeared in films, including The Phantom President in 1932. Known in the decade before World War I as "the man who owned Broadway," he is considered the father of American musical comedy. His life and music were depicted in the Academy Award-winning film Yankee Doodle Dandy in 1942 and the 1968 musical George M!. A statue of Cohan is in Times Square in New York City. (abdominal cancer)
in 1942 - Pierangelo Bertoli (Italian singer-songwriter) is born.
in 1943 - Pablo Gomez (Mexican guitarist; Los Bravos/freelance/solo) is born.
in 1946 - Gram Parsons (US singer, guitarist, pianist; Byrds/Flying Burrito Brothers) is born.
in 1946 - Herman Brood (Dutch pianist,keyboards, singer; Blizzards/Cuby) is born.
in 1946 - Loleatta Holloway (US soul and disco singer) is born.
in 1946 - Sigismond Stojowski, composer, dies at 77
in 1947 - Peter Noone, rocker (Herman-Herman's Hermits-Silhouttes) is born
in 1947 - Rubén Juárez (Argentine singer-songwriter, bandoneónist) is born.
in 1948 - Don McDougall (Canadian singer, guitar; Guess Who/Mother Tucker's Yellow Duck/own band) is born.
in 1948 - Peter Hammill (UK singer, guitar, keyboards; Van Der Graff Generator) is born.
in 1948 - Rick Cobb, rocker is born
in 1949 - Jimmie Spheeris (US singer-songwriter, guitar, piano, keyboards) is born.
in 1949 - Phil Brodie (UK guitarist, singer, songwriter; Bitter Suite/Suite FA/Prisoner/own band) is born.
in 1950 - Dennis Provisor (US keyboardist, vocals; Grass Roots) is born.
in 1951 - Agrippina J Vaganova, Russian ballet dancers/pegagoge, dies at 72
in 1951 - Bedrich Antonin Wiedermann, composer, dies at 67
in 1952 - Studebaker John/John Grimaldi (US guitarist, harmonica, slide guitar; The Hawks/solo/freelance) is born.

in 1954 -
Oran 'Hot Lips' Page dies at age 46. American jazz trumpeter, singer, bandleader born in Dallas, Texas, known as a scorching soloist and powerful vocalist. In his early years, he travelled the southwest backing such blues singers as Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Ida Cox. He moved to Kansas City, Missouri in 1928 and played with leading bands, including the Walter Page's Blue Devils, Bennie Moten, and Count Basie's original Reno Club orchestra. A popular sessionist he was featured in Artie Shaw's Orchestra and played on many recording sessions, including duets with Pearl Bailey on "The Hucklebuck" and "Baby, It's Cold Outside".
in 1955 - New Vienna Opera house opens (Austria).

in 1955 -
The Johnston Brothers were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Hernando's Hideaway' a song from the musical The Pajama Game, which was also a US No.2 hit for Archie Bleyer.

in 1956 - "
The Nat King Cole Show" debuted on NBC-TV in America. The Cole program was the first of its kind hosted by an African-American.

in 1956 -
Arthur "Art" Tatum, Jr. dies at age 47. American jazz pianist he is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest jazz pianists of all time. Born in Toledo, Ohio he was a child prodigy with perfect pitch, he learned to play by ear, picking out church hymns by the age of three, learning tunes from the radio and copying piano-roll recordings. By 19, Art was playing with vocalist Jon Hendricks at Toledo's Waiters & Bellman's Club, many top artists took notice of the young house pianist, often stunned by his speed and dexterity. In 1932, Tatum traveled to New York with vocalist Adelaide Hall and the following year he released "Tea for Two," which became his signature tune. He went on to play with all the top musicians in all the top places on bothsides of the ocean. Although Art was not considered a bebop jazz musician, he had a legion of bop followers like the alto saxophone icon Charlie Parker and pianist Bud Powell, and he became a mentor for pianists Billy Taylor and Oscar Peterson. By 1952, he began showing evidence of euremia, a toxic blood condition resulting from a severe kidney disease. In 1953, Art tracked a record 124 solos for noted producer Norman Granz and while the sessions were hasty, they yielded material for 13 albums (kidney failure).
Arthur "Art" Tatum, Jr. - YouTube

in 1956 - Mike Score, Liverpool England, rock guitarist (Flock Of Seagulls) is born
in 1956 - Rob Fisher, Bath England, rock keyboardist (Naked Eyes) is born
in 1957 - David Moyse, Adelaide Australia, rock vocalist (Air Supply) is born.
in 1957 - Mike Score (US keyboards, vocals; A Flock Of Seagulls) is born.

in 1958 -
Don Falcone (US multi-musician; Thessalonians/Melting Euphoria/co-founder of Noh Poetry Records) is born.

in 1959 -
Bryan Adams, hard-rocking Canuck who quit school at 16 to chase his rock and roll dreams, and 20 years later was singing duets with Barbra Streisand, is born at Kingston, Canada.

The son of a Canadian diplomat, Bryan Adams went to boarding schools around the world. This only convinced him that he probably could do better without school. He spent the money put aside for college on a piano and started working with rock bands and writing songs. He hooked up with Jim Vallance, who worked with the dance rock band Prism. Together they wrote tunes for Kiss, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, and Loverboy This earned them a publishing contract with Almo Music and a recording contract with A&M, a scant three years after Adams quit school. Adams's eponymous debut tanked. His second album, You Want It You Got It, fell about 20 spots shy of the Top 200 albums, while the single "Lonely Nights" didn't break the Top 80.


He hit the road, supporting acts such as the Kinks and Loverboy. Two years later, in 1983, he released Cuts Like a Knife, with the breakthrough single "Straight from the Heart/7 The single went Top Ten. On the strength of that hit, "This Time," and the Top 20 title track, the album reached #8 and sold a million copies in the U.S. Five months later, he followed that up with Reckless. That album topped the charts and sold five million copies, with the Top Ten tunes "Run to You" and "Summer of 69" as well as the Top 20 "Somebody" and his duet with Tina Turner, "It's Only Love." All of these established a larger-than-life video presence for the diminutive Adams. "It's Only Love" earned him and Turner an MTV Award for Best Stage Performance.


Another track from the album, the ballad "Heaven," was included in the film A Night in Heaven. That song topped the charts. Suddenly Adams became the poster boy for the power ballad. His next album, Into the Fire, included the Top Ten lead single "Heat of the Night," but "Hearts on Fire" barely broke the Top 30. Adams took his video presence to Hollywood, doing a cameo in Clint Eastwood's Pink Cadillac and spending considerable time on the road. In 1990 he was awarded the Order of Canada. He also went Hollywood musically, with his biggest hits of the 1990s coming in films. This started with "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You," the #1 song that ran under the credits for the 1991 film Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves and holds the Guiness record for most weeks atop the British charts (16).


The song was nominated for an Oscar and won an American Music Award (Pop/Rock Single), Billboard Music Award (Top World Single), Grammy (Best Song Specifically Written for a Motion Picture or Television show), and an MTV Movie Award (Best Song). It helped propel Adams's Waking Up the Neighbours to #6 on the charts and quadruple platinum status in America. The album topped the U.K. charts and kicked off a tour that lasted the better part of three years. Adams teamed up with Rod Stewart and Sting to form a triumvirate of former rockers for the chart-topping theme "All for Love" from the 1993 remake of The Three Musketeers. His song "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman," for the film Don Juan de Marco also topped the charts and was nominated for an Oscar, as was his duet with Barbra Streisand, "I Finally Found Somebody," for her film The Mirror Has Two Faces. Adams took a 1993 greatest hits collection to the Top Ten, but his 1995 live album didn't chart.


The 18 'til I Die album attempted to regain some of his rock and roll credibility, despite including "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman." Tracks like "The Only Thing That Looks Good on You Is Me" and "Let's Make a Night to Remember" sent the record to platinum in the U.S. Adams released an album recorded for the MTV Unplugged series that didn't even go gold. Nor did the follow-up, On a Day Like Today, despite including a duet with Mel "Sporty Spice" C. of the teen sensation group The Spice Girls.


in 1959 -
Robert Fisher (UK singer, songwriter, producer; Naked Eyes/Climie Fisher Duo) is born.

in 1960 -
Johnny Horton dies at age 35. American country music singer who was most famous for his semi-folk, so-called "saga songs" which launched the "historical ballad" craze of the late 1950s and early 1960s. With them, he had several major crossover hits, most notably in 1959 with "The Battle of New Orleans" which won the 1960 Grammy Award for Best Country & Western Recording. The song won the Grammy Hall of Fame Award and in 2001 ranked No. 333 of the RIAA's "Songs of the Century". In 1960, Johnny had two other crossover hits with "North to Alaska", featured in the John Wayne's hit film, North to Alaska; and "Sink the Bismarck". He was also a rockabilly singer, with hits such as "Honky Tonk Man" and "I'm a One-Woman Man" and he was inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. (fatal car crash, when a drunk truck driver hit his car near Milano, Texas)
in 1960 - Ren‚ Froger, Dutch singer (Everything Can Make a Man Happy) is born.
in 1961 - David Bryson (US guitarist; Counting Crows) is born.
in 1962 - Brian Wheat, rock bassist (Tesla-Psychotic Supper) is born.
in 1963 - During a UK tour The Beatles performed two shows at the Adelphi Cinema in Slough.
in 1964 - Alexander Uriah Boskovich, composer, dies at 57.

in 1964 -
Buddy Cole/Edwin LeMar Cole dies at age 47. American jazz pianist, organist and bandleader; born in Irving, Illinois, he started his musical career in cinemas playing between movies. He moved to Hollywood and played with a couple of bands, most notably the Alvino Ray big band, before becoming a studio musician. He played piano for Bing Crosby for a number of years and also toured with Rosemary Clooney and backed the likes of Jill Corey, and The Four Lads. He also worked extensively with Henry Mancini, who used his distinctive Hammond organ sound for the sound track to the TV series "Mr. Lucky." He also recorded several albums for Warner Brothers records on piano, Hammond organ and theatre pipe organ. Buddy recorded for Capitol Records as both Buddy Cole and as Eddie LaMar and His Orchestra. (heart attack)

in 1965 -
Angelo Christoper Moore/Dr. Madd Vibe (US lead singer, saxophonist; Fishbone) is born
in 1965 - Paris Grey/Shanna Jackson (singer; Inner City) is born
in 1965 - The Doors appeared at the Pioneer Club Boat Ride, Los Angeles, California.
in 1965 - The Who released the single 'My Generation' in the UK. It peaked at No.2 on the UK chart.

in 1966 -
The Monkees were top of the Billboard singles chart with ‘Last Train To Clarksville’, the group’s first No. 1. It was later revealed that due to filming commitments on their TV series, none of the group had played on this or most of the group’s early recordings.

in 1967 - Bee Gee
Robin Gibb was a passenger on a train which crashed in South East London in England killing 49 people and injuring 78. Robin was treated for shock after the accident.

in 1967 -
Marcelo D2/Marcelo Maldonado Peixoto (Brazilian rapper) is born.

in 1967 -
Robert Lee McCoy /Robert Nighthawk/Robert Lee McCollum dies at age 57. American guitarist, vocalist and slide guitarist; born in Helena, Arkansas, he left home young working as a street busker. Under his real name Robert Lee McCollum, he settled for a time in Memphis, where he played with local orchestras and musicians, such as the Memphis Jug Band. Ann influence during this period was Houston Stackhouse, from whom he learnt to play slide guitar, and with whom he appeared on the radio in Jackson, Mississippi. Under the name of Robert Lee McCoy he moved to St. Louis, in the mid 1930s. He played the likes of Henry Townsend, Big Joe Williams, and Sonny Boy Williamson. This led to 2 recording dates in 1937, the four musicians recorded together at the Victor Records studio in Aurora, Illinois, as well as solo recordings including "Prowling Night-Hawk" recorded 5 May 1937, from which he would take his later pseudonym. Robert seemed to disappear, then in 1963, as Nighthawk, he was rediscovered busking in Chicago, this led to further recording sessions and club dates, and to his return to Arkansas, where he appeared on the King Biscuit Time radio programme on KFFA. (heart failure).
in 1968 - Mark Hunter (keyboards; the band James) is born.

in 1970 -
Albert Ayler dies at age 34. American jazz saxophonist, singer and composer, born in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, he was among the most primal of the free jazz musicians of the 1960s. He was first taught alto saxophone by his father. In 1952, at the age of 16, he began playing bar-walking, honking, R&B-style tenor with blues singer and harmonica player Little Walter, spending two summer vacations with Walter's band. He later studied at the Academy of Music in Cleveland with jazz saxophonist Benny Miller. Albert relocated to Sweden in 1962 where his recording career began, leading Swedish and Danish groups on radio sessions, and jamming as an unpaid member of Cecil Taylor's band in the winter of 1962-1963. Back in New York, US, he found respect and he influenced the new generation of jazz players, as well as veterans like John Coltrane who he worked with. In 1964 he toured Europe, with the trio augmented with trumpeter Don Cherry, recorded and released as The Hilversum Session. On his return from Europe, Albert embarked on his first major recording contract, since John Coltrane, recording The Village Concerts, New Grass, and Music is the Healing Force of the Universe (It is said that on November 5th 1970, he took the ferry to the Statue of Liberty and jumped off as the boat neared Liberty Island. He was found dead in New York City's East River on Nov 25, a presumed suicide. Rumors circulated that he had been murdered, due to his involvement in the black power movement. There was no autopsy).

in 1971 -
Edmond Leung (Hong Kong singer) is born.

in 1971 -
Elvis Presley kicked off a 15-date North American tour at the Metropolitan Sports Center in Minneapolis. Announcer Al Dvorin uttered the well known phrase: "Elvis has left the building" at the end of the show. He was asked to make the announcement in an effort to quiet the fans who continued to call for an encore.

in 1971 -
Jonny Greenwood (UK guitarist, keyboards, Radiohead) is born.
in 1973 - Ronnie Lane's Slim Chance played their first gig in a circus tent on Clapham Common, London.
in 1974 - Ryan Adams (US singer songwriter) is born.
in 1975 - Angela Gossow (German singer: Arch Enemy) is born.
in 1975 - Lisa Scott-Lee (Welsh singer; Steps) is born.
in 1976 - Jeff Klein (US singer, songwriter, keyboards, guitar) is born.

in 1977 - '40 Golden Greats' by
Cliff Richard went to No.1 on the UK album chart, his first No.1 album for almost 15 years.

in 1977 -
Gaetano Alberto "Guy" Lombardo dies at age 75. Canadian, then American bandleader and violinist born in London, Ontario. Forming "The Royal Canadians" in 1924 with his brothers Carmen, Lebert, and Victor and other musicians from his hometown, he led the group to international success, billing themselves as creating "The Sweetest Music This Side of Heaven''. The Lombardos are believed to have sold between 100 and 300 million phonograph records during their career. In 1938, Guy became a naturalized citizen of the United States. The Royal Canadians were noted for playing the traditional song Auld Lang Syne as part of the New Year celebration. Their recording of the song still plays as the first song of the new year in Times Square. He was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2007 (heart attack).
in 1977 - Ozzy Osbourne quit Black Sabbath only to rejoin a few weeks later. He later quit again to pursue a solo career.

in 1977 - The manager of
the Virgin record store in Nottingham, England was arrested for displaying a large poster advertising the new Sex Pistols album, 'Never Mind The Bollock's, Here's The Sex Pistols'. High street stores banned the album after police warned they could be fined under the 1898 indecent advertising act.

in 1979 -
Blue Oyster Cult played the first of four sold out nights at London's Hammersmith Odeon.
in 1979 - Michalis Hatzigiannis (Greek-Cypriot songwriter, singer) is born
in 1979 - Mick Jagger's divorce from Bianca was finalised. The couple had married in St Tropez in 1971.

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in 1982 -
Brian Wilson was fired from The Beach Boys by his former colleagues.

in 1982 - Channel 4 TV's
'The Tube' had its first showing. Presented by Paula Yates and Jools Holland, the show featured The Jam and an interview with Mick Jagger. First live act on the show was local band Toy Dolls.

in 1982 -
George Harrison releases "Gone Troppo" album.

in 1983 -
Billy Joel was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Uptown Girl', his only UK No.1 stayed at the top of the chars for five weeks. A No.3 hit in the US, the song was written about his relationship with his girlfriend then-wife, supermodel Christie Brinkley.

in 1983 -
Topper Headon of The Clash was arrested for walking his dog while drunk on London's Fulham Road.
in 1985 - Kate DeAraugo (Australian singer; Young Divas) is born
in 1985 - Koki Tanaka (Japanese rapper; KAT-TUN) is born
in 1986 - BoA/Boa Kwon (Korean singer) ) is born.

in 1986 -
Bobby Nunn dies at age 61. American lead and bass singer born in Birmingham, Alabama; in 1955, he and Carl Gardner split from The Robins to form The Coasters with Leon Hughes and Billy Guy. After leaving The Coasters, he teamed with Leon Hughes to record as The Dukes in 1959, releasing two singles "Looking For You" b/w "Groceries, Sir" and "I Love You" b/w "Leap Year Cha Cha". He went on to work with both Dorsey Burnette and The O'Jays, before he put together his own Coasters, in 1985, they appeared on the NBC variety show "Our Time" hosted by Karen Valentine (heart failure).
in 1987 - Kevin Jonas (US guitarist; Jonas Brothers) is born.

in 1988 -
The Beach Boys went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Kokomo', it peaked at No.25 in the UK. The track had been featured in the film Cocktail.

in 1988 -
'The Locomotion', became the first song to reach the US Top 5 in three different versions, when Kylie Minogue's reached No.3 on the US chart. The song had also been a hit for Little Eva and Grand Funk Railroad.

in 1989 -
Barry Sadler, singer (Green Berets), murdered at 49 in Murfreesboro Tn.

in 1989 -
Lucius "Lu" Watters dies at age 77. American trumpeter and bandleader in the "West Coast revival" of Dixieland music. Born in Santa Cruz, California he played trumpet by the age of 11 and got his first work on a cruise ship. He then worked for Bob Crosby before deciding to form a Dixieland-style band. He founded the Yerba Buena Jazz Band in 1939 and it would be a leading force in the Dixieland revival for the next 11 years, with a small off-period caused by the war. In 1950 he broke up the band and in 1957 he retired from full-time playing. In 1963 he made a bit of a return by playing with Turk Murphy at anti-nuclear rallies.

in 1989 -
Vladimir Horowitz dies at age 86. Ukrainian-Russian-American classical virtuoso pianist and composer. His technique and use of tone colour and the excitement of his playing were and remain legendary. He is widely considered one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century. He gave his US debut on January 12, 1928, in Carnegie Hall. He played Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 under the direction of Sir Thomas Beecham, who was also making his U.S. debut. (he died in New York of a heart attack and was buried in the Toscanini family tomb in Cimitero Monumentale, Milan, Italy).
in 1994 - Sheryl Crow scored her first UK Top 10 single when 'All I Wanna Do' entered the charts at No.4. The US singer songwriter went on to become the first US female to score six UK hits off her debut album 'Tuesday Night Music Club'.

in 1995 - Producer
Butch Vig's new band Garbage made their US live debut when they played at The 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis. Vig produced Nirvana's album 'Nevermind.'

in 1995 -
Queen released their first studio album since the death of Freddie Mercury. Mercury died November 24th, 1991 of AIDS.

in 1995 -
Max Abrams (Abramovitch), drummer, percussionist, dies at Eastbourne, East Sussex, England.
Abrams played in the local Boys' Brigade Band as a teenager. He worked in a juvenile group (Archie Pitt's Busby Band) in the mid-1920s and with Chalmers Wood at Glasgow Locarno in 1928. He went to South Africa with saxophonist Vic Davis in 1930 and returned to Britain the following year, working with Joe Gibson before joining saxophonist Tommy Kinsman at Giro's Club, London, in autumn 1931. Abrams worked with briefly with Teddy Sinclair (1932) and Jack Hylton (1932-33), then joined the house band at the Gargoyle Club, London, in the summer of 1933. With Sydney Lipton from 1934 until 1935, and with Carroll Gibbons from 1935 until 1939, Abrams established his reputation as a highly successful drum teacher during this period. He also led his own recording bands and made drum tuition records. After stints in various groups, including Sid Phillips's, Abrams toured variety halls with George Scott-Wood in 1942 and 1943, then, as a Sub Lieutenant in the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserves, coached cadet bands. Abrams worked with Jack Payne from the summer of 1944 until late 1945, then worked briefly with Stephane Grappelli before rejoining Sid Phillips from December 1945 until the early 1950s. A freelancer beginning in the 1950s, Abrams and ran his own prestigious drum school in London. He continued to teach full time until 1977, then moved to Eastbourne, Sussex, where he occasionally took on new pupils until the early 1990s. – Born at Glasgow, Aug. 11, 1907.


in 1996 -
Eddie Harris dies at age 62. American tenor saxophonist, though he was also fluent on the electric piano and organ. His best-known composition is "Freedom Jazz Dance", recorded and popularized by Miles Davis in the 1960s. Born in Chicago, after college he was drafted into the United States Army. While serving in Europe he was accepted into the 7th Army Band, which also included Don Ellis, Leo Wright, and Cedar Walton. After getting out of the army he worked in New York City before returning to Chicago, where he signed a contract with Vee Jay Records. His first album Exodus to Jazz included his own jazz arrangement of Ernest Gold's theme from the movie Exodus. Eddie also came up with the idea of the reed trumpet, playing one for the first time at The Newport Jazz Festival of 1970. Until the mid 70s he experimented with new instruments of his own invention, the reed trumpet was a trumpet with a saxophone mouthpiece, the saxobone was a saxophone with a trombone mouthpiece, and the guitorgan was a combination of guitar and organ. He continued to record into the 1990s, but his experimentation ended and he mainly recorded hard bop.
in 1996 - Paula Hinton, dancer, dies at 72.

in 1997 -
Epic Soundtracks/Kevin Paul Godfrey dies at age 38. English drummer, pianist; brought up in Solihull, with his brother Adrian Nicholas, who was known as Nikki Sudden. In 1972 they formed the nucleus of the post-punk rock group Swell Maps, with "Epic" on drums and piano, and "Nikki" on guitar and vocals. He later played drums for both Crime and the City Solution, and These Immortal Souls. In 1991, he decided to focus on his own songwriting career, as a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist he released three solo albums and two more "Everything is Temporary", and "Good Things" have been released posthumously. (Epic died in his sleep, speculation has been made of the manner of his death; however, the official cause of death was ruled as inconclusive).

in 1998 - Former Smiths singer
Morrissey lost an appeal ruling that all band profits should have been split equally and faced a backdated payout to former Smiths member Mike Joyce estimated at £1million.

in 1999 - It was reported that
Robbie Williams was ready to quit his pop career. He was quoted as saying he was so disillusioned with the music business, he no longer enjoyed it and was thinking of a career in films.

in 2000 -
U2 went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'All That You Can't Leave Behind', the Irish group's 8th UK No.1 album. Creed were at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'With Arms Wide Open'.

in 2000 -
Westlife went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'My Love'. The Irish group's 7th UK No.1 single.

in 2002 -
Billy Guy/Frank William Phillips dies at age 66. American singer comedy singer but better known for being lead singer and baritone singer with The Coasters singing lead on such hits as "Searchin'," "Little Egypt," "Run Red Run," "Wait A Minute," among others. Before he joined The Coasters in 1955, he was part of a comedy singing duo called "Bip and Bop." One single called "Ding Ding Dong" b/w "Du-Wada-Du" was released on Aladdin Records in 1955. He did about a dozen or so solo recordings in 1963 for Double-L Records which later show up on collections as by The Coasters. Billy also made a number of solo records during the 1960s and 1970s including some X rated comedy albums. In 1977, he appeared, along with Grady Chapman and Jerome Evans, on a recording "Paid The Price" by Michelle Phillips on her album "Victim Of Romance.".

in 2002 - The funeral took place of
Jam Master Jay, (Jason Mizell) from Run-DMC who was murdered by an assassin's single bullet on 30th October 2002. A $30,000 reward was offered in connection with the murder, to this day no one has been convicted of the killing.

in 2003 -
Bobby Lee Hatfield dies at age 63. American singer-songwriter born in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, and moved with his family to Anaheim, California when he was four. A 1958 graduate of Anaheim High School, where he had sung in the school choir. He met his singing future partner Bill Medley while at California State University Long Beach. The pair began singing together '62 in the LA area in a group called the Paramours, sounding like African-American gospel singers, they renamed their act "The Righteous Brothers". Their first charted single was "Little Latin Lupe Lu" and their first No.1 was "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" came in 1964. Follow-up hits included the No.1 "(You're My) Soul and Inspiration" and "Unchained Melody", the latter of which was a Hatfield solo performance that he recorded again after the success of the movie "Ghost", remarking that he had not lost any of the high notes in his tenor/falsetto range since the original recording, but had actually gained one note. The duo broke up in 1968 but returned with another hit in 1974, the No.3 "Rock and Roll Heaven." The duo was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March 2003 by Billy Joel (He was found dead in hotel room in Michigan 30 minutes before he was due on stage, allegedly an overdose of cocaine had precipitated a fatal heart attack).

in 2005 -
Link Wray/Frederick Lincoln Wray dies at age 76. American singer, guitarist born Dunn, North Carolina; he was noted for pioneering a new sound for electric guitars, as heard in his hit '58 instrumental "Rumble", which pioneered an overdriven distorted electric guitar sound, and also for having, invented the power chord, the major modus operandi of modern rock guitarist. Rolling Stone included Link at No. 67 on their list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. He was a great inspiration to Jeff Beck, Duff McKagan, Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Marc Bolan, Pete Townsend, Bruce Springsteen, and countless others. He is also credited with inventing 'fuzz' guitar after punching a hole in a speaker (heart failure).
in 2005 - Virginia MacWatters dies at age 93. American coloratura soprano, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she studied at the Curtis Institute of Music, and sang 611 Broadway performances of Adele in Rosalinda from 1942 to 1944. She made her formal operatic debut at the San Francisco Opera, as Musetta in La bohème, in 1944. She also appeared on Broadway in La serva padrona as Serpina, 1944 and Mr Strauss Goes to Boston as Brook Whitney, 1945. Virginia sang at the New York City Opera from 1946 to 1951, in The Pirates of Penzance as Mabel, Rigoletto as Gilda, Il barbiere di Siviglia as Rosina, The Old Maid and the Thief as Laetitia, Le nozze di Figaro as Susanna, Les contes d'Hoffmann as Olympia, and Ariadne auf Naxos as Zerbinetta. She appeared at the first season of opera in English at Covent Garden following World War II, in the name part of Manon and as Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier, in 1947. At the New Orleans Opera Association, the coloratura was seen in Il barbiere di Siviglia-1949, Die Fledermaus-1955 and Le nozze di Figaro-1956. She retired in 1982.

in 2006 -
Girls Aloud went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'The Sound Of - The Greatest Hits.'

in 2010 -
Michelle Nicastro dies at age 50. American singer, actress born in Washington D.C., she provided the voice of Princess Odette in The Swan Princess and its sequels, and the singing voice of Callisto for the Xena: Warrior Princess episode "The Bitter Suite". She also had guest starring roles in Airwolf and Knight Rider. She appeared, briefly, as the college sweetheart of Billy Crystal in When Harry Met Sally. In 1996 she played Snow White in Coach episode "Grimmworld" as the girlfriend of Michael "Dauber" Daubinski and had a role in Full House as Roxanne. On the stage, she created the role of Ariadne in the 1983 Broadway musical Merlin. She was the first Eponine in the second US tour of Les Misérables in 1988. She recorded 4 albums, 2 albums, ''Toonful'' and ''Toonful Too'' feature songs from animated musicals, ''Reel Imagination'' features songs from family musicals, and ''On My Own'' features songs from contemporary Broadway musicals (cancer)

in 2010 -
Shirley Verrett dies at age 79. American operatic mezzo-soprano who successfully transitioned into soprano roles i.e. soprano sfogato. Making her operatic debut in Britten's The Rape of Lucretia in 1957, she became particularly well known for her singing in French and Italian opera, particularly works of Verdi and Donizetti and went on to enjoy great fame from the late 1960s through the 1990s and was much admired for her radiant voice, beauty, and great versatility (heart failure).
in 2011 - Bhupen Hazarika dies at age 85. Assamese singer, composer, lyricist, music director, filmmaker a from the state of Assam in India. He was a legend in Indian music, influenced many people throughout the country and neighboring countries. His song reflected his view on the current situations of society, culture, politics, corruption etc. He composed songs in Assamese, Bengali, Hindi and English. He played an important role in visualizing the culture and art of Assam to other parts of India and world (multi-organ failure) - Born September 8th 1926.

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in 1566 -
Julien Perrichon, composer is born.
in 1607 - Sigmund Theophil Staden, composer is born.
in 1613 - Luis de Garay, composer is born.
in 1659 - Theodor Schwartzkopff, composer is born.
in 1669 - Laurentius Erhard, composer, dies at 71.

in 1672 -
Heinrich Schütz dies at age 87. German composer worked most of Europe, including in the court of Prince Christian of Denmark and the court of Prince Johann Georg. He is regarded as the most important German composer before Johann Sebastian Bach and often considered to be one of the most important composers of the 17th century along with Claudio Monteverdi. He wrote what is thought to be the first German opera, Dafne, performed at Torgau in 1627, of which the music has since been lost. He is commemorated as a musician in the Calendar of Saints of the Lutheran Church on July 28 with Johann Sebastian Bach and George Frideric Handel (stroke).

in 1712 -
Johann Bernhard Staudt, composer, dies at 58.
in 1753 - Jean-Baptiste Sebastien Breval, composer is born.
in 1757 - Louis-Abet Deffroy de Reigny, composer is born.
in 1779 - Michal Bogdanowicz, composer is born.
in 1795 - Jiri Antonin Benda, composer, dies at 73.
in 1800 - Eduard Grell, composer is born.
in 1801 - Christian Friedrich Gregor, composer, dies at 78.
in 1814 - Adolphe Sax (Belgian musician: invented the saxophone & saxotromba) is born.
in 1835 - Ignaz Schuster, composer, dies at 56
in 1854 - John P. Sousa (US sousaphone player named after him;composer/band leader) is born.
in 1855 - Eduard Yosif Kotek, composer is born.
in 1860 - Ignace Jan Paderewski, Kuryl?wka Poland, composer/pianist/patriot is born
in 1860 - Polish pianist, composer and statesman Ignacy Jan Paderewski was born in Kurylowka, Poland
in 1865 - Atale Therese Annette Wartel, composer, dies at 51
in 1878 - Ernest Irving, composer is born.
in 1883 - Hubert Bath, composer is born.
in 1884 - Ludomir Rozycki, Polish composer/conductor (Meduza, Eros i Psyche) is born.

TODAY’S MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT SHINES ON . . .

in 1893 -
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, famous Russian composer, brother of Modest Tchaikovsky; dies at St. Petersburg.

The son of a mining inspector at a plant in the Urals, he was given a good education; had a French governess and a music teacher. When he was 10, the family moved to St. Petersburg and he was sent to a school of jurisprudence, from which he graduated at 19, becoming a government clerk; while at school he studied music with Lomakin, but did not display conspicuous talent as either a pianist or composer.


At the age of 21 he was accepted in a musical institute, newly established by Anton Rubinstein, which was to become the St. Petersburg Conservatory. He studied with Zaremba (harmony and counterpoint) and Rubinstein (composition), graduating in 1865, winning a silver medal for his cantata to Schiller's
Hymn to Joy. In 1866 he became prof. of harmony at the Moscow Conservatory.

As if to compensate for a late beginning in his profession, he began to compose with great application. His early works reveal little individuality. With his symphonic poem
Fatum (1868) came the first formulation of his style, highly subjective, preferring minor modes, permeated with nostalgic longing and alive with keen rhythms. In 1869 he undertook the composition of his overture-fantasy Romeo andJuliet; not content with what he had written, he profited by the advice of Balakirev, whom he met in St. Petersburg, and revised the work in 1870; but this version proved equally unsatisfactory; Tchaikovsky laid the composition aside, and did not complete it until 1880; in its final form it became one of his most successful works.

The Belgian soprano, Desiree Artot, a member of an opera troupe visiting St. Petersburg in 1868, took great interest in Tchaikovsky, and he was moved by her attentions; for a few months he seriously contemplated marriage, and so notified his father (his mother had died of cholera when he was 14 years old). But this proved to be a passing infatuation on her part, for soon she married the Spanish singer Padilla; Tchaikovsky reacted to this event with a casual philosophical remark about the inconstancy of human attachments. Throughout his career Tchaikovsky never allowed his psychological turmoil to interfere with his work. Besides teaching and composing, he contributed music criticism to Moscow newspapers for several years (1868-74), made altogether 26 trips abroad (to Paris, Berlin, Vienna, N.Y.), and visited the first Bayreuth Festival in 1876, reporting his impressions for the Moscow daily
Russkyie Vedomosti.

His closest friends were members of his own family, his brothers (particularly Modest, his future biographer), and his married sister Alexandra Davidov, at whose estate, Karnenka, he spent most of his summers. The correspondence with them, all of which was preserved and eventually publ., throws a true light on Tchaikovsky's character and his life. His other close friends were his publisher, Jurgenson, Nikolai Rubinstein, and several other musicians. The most extraordinary of his friendships was the epistolary association with Nadezhda von Meek, a wealthy widow whom he never met but who was to play an important role in his life. Through the violinist Kotek she learned about Tchaikovsky's financial difficulties, and commissioned him to write some compositions, at large fees; then arranged to pay him an annuity of 6,000 rubles. For more than 13 years they corresponded voluminously, even when they lived in the same city (Moscow, Florence); on several occasions she hinted that she would not be averse to a personal meeting, but Tchaikovsky invariably declined such a suggestion, under the pretext that one should not see one's guardian angel in the flesh. On Tchaikovsky's part, this correspondence had to remain within the circumscribed domain of art, personal philosophy, and reporting of daily events, without touching on the basic problems of his existence.


On July 18, 1877, he contracted marriage with a conservatory student, Antonina Milyukova, who had declared her love for him. This was an act of defiance of his own nature; Tchaikovsky was a homosexual, and made no secret of it in the correspondence with his brother Modest, who was also a homosexual. He thought that by flaunting a wife he could prevent the already rife rumors about his sexual preference from spreading further. The result was disastrous, and Tchaikovsky fled from his wife in horror. He attempted suicide by walking into the Moskva River in order to catch pneumonia, but suffered nothing more severe than simple discomfort.


He then went to St. Petersburg to seek the advice of his brother Anatol, a lawyer, who made suitable arrangements with Tchaikovsky's wife for a separation. (They were never divorced; she died in an insane asylum in 1917.) Von Meek, to whom Tchaikovsky wrote candidly of the hopeless failure of his marriage (without revealing the true cause of that failure), made at once an offer of further financial assistance, which he gratefully accepted. He spent several months during 1877-78 in Italy, Switzerland, Paris, and Vienna. During these months he completed one of his greatest works, the 4th Sym., dedicated to von Meck.


It was performed for the first time in Moscow on Feb. 22, 1878, but Tchaikovsky did not cut short his sojourn abroad to attend the performance. He resigned from the Moscow Cons. in the autumn of 1878, and from that time dedicated himself entirely to composition. The continued subsidy from von Meek allowed him to forget money matters.


Early in 1878 he completed his most successful opera,
Evgeny Onegin ("lyric scenes," after Pushkin); it was first produced in Moscow by a conservatory ensemble, on March 29, 1879, and gained success only gradually; the first performance at the Imperial Opera in St. Petersburg did not take place until Oct. 31, 1884.

A morbid depression was still Tchaikovsky's natural state of mind, but every new work sustained his faith in his destiny as a composer, despite many disheartening reversals. His Piano Concerto No.1, rejected by Nikolai Rubinstein as unplayable, was given its premiere (somewhat incongruously) in Boston, on Oct. 25, 1875, played by BUlow, and afterward was performed all over the world by famous pianists, including Nikolai Rubinstein. The Violin Concerto, criticized by Leopold Auer (to whom the score was originally dedicated) and attacked by Hanslick with sarcasm and virulence at its premiere by Brodsky in Vienna (1881), survived all its detractors to become one of the most celebrated pieces in the violin repertoire.


The 5th Symphony (1888) was successful from the very first. Early in 1890 Tchaikovsky wrote his 2nd important opera,
The Queen of Spades, which was produced at the Imperial Opera in St. Petersburg in that year. His ballets Swan Lake (1876) and The Sleeping Beauty (1889)became famous on Russian stages. But at the peak of his career, Tchaikovsky suffered a severe psychological blow; von Meek notified him of the discontinuance of her subsidy, and with this announcement she abruptly terminated their correspondence. He could now well afford the loss of the money, but his pride was deeply hurt by the manner in which von Meck had acted. It is indicative of Tchaikovsky's inner strength that even this desertion of one whom he regarded as his staunchest friend did not affect his ability to work. In 1891 he undertook his only voyage to America. He was received with honors as a celebrated composer; he led 4 concerts of his works in N.Y. and one each in Baltimore and Philadelphia. He did not linger in the U.S., however, and returned to St. Petersburg in a few weeks.

Early in 1892 he made a concert tour as a conductor in Russia, and then proceeded to Warsaw and Germany. In the meantime he had purchased a house in the town of Klin, not far from Moscow, where he wrote his last sym., the
Patheiique. Despite the perfection of his technique, he did not arrive at the desired form and substance of this work at once, and discarded his original sketch. The title Pathetique was suggested to him by his brother Modest, and the score was dedicated to his nephew, Vladimir Davidov.

Its music is the final testament of Tchaikovsky's life, and an epitome of his philosophy of fatalism. In the first movement, the trombones are given the theme of the Russian service for the dead. Remarkably, the score of one of his gayest works, the ballet
The Nutcracker, was composed simultaneously with the early sketches for the Paihetique. Tchaikovsky was in good spirits when he went to St. Petersburg to conduct the premiere of the Pathetique, on Oct. 28, 1893 (which was but moderately successful). A cholera epidemic was then raging in St. Petersburg, and the population was specifically warned against drinking unboiled water, but apparently he carelessly did exactly that. He showed the symptoms of cholera soon afterward, and nothing could be done to save him. The melodramatic hypothesis that the fatal drink of water was a defiance of death, in perfect knowledge of the danger, since he must have remembered his mother's death of the same dread infection, is untenable in the light of published private letters between the attendant physician and Modest Tchaikovsky at the time. Tchaikovsky's fatalism alone would amply account for his lack of precaution.

Almost immediately after his death a rumor spread that he had committed suicide, and reports to that effect were published, in respectable European newspapers (but not in Russian publications), and repeated even in some biographical dictionaries (particularly in Britain). After the grim fantasy seemed definitely refuted, a ludicrous paper by an emigre Russian woman was published, claiming private knowledge of a homosexual scandal involving a Russian nobleman's nephew (in another version a member of the Romanov imperial family) which led to a "trial" of Tchaikovsky by a jury of his former school classmates, who offered Tchaikovsky a choice between honorable suicide or disgrace and possible exile to Siberia; a family council, with Tchaikovsky's own participation, advised the former solution, and Tchaikovsky was supplied with arsenic; the family doctor was supposed to be a part of the conspiracy, as were Tchaikovsky's own brothers.


Amazingly enough, this outrageous fabrication was accepted as historical fact by some biographers, and even found its way into the pages of
The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (1980). In Russia, the truth of Tchaikovsky's homosexuality was totally suppressed, and any references to it in his diary and letters were expunged.

As a composer, Tchaikovsky stands apart from the militant national movement of the "Mighty Five." The Russian element is, of course, very strong in his music, and upon occasion he made use of Russian folk songs in his works, but this national spirit is instinctive rather than consciously cultivated.


His personal relationship with the St. Petersburg group of nationalists was friendly without being close; his correspondence with Rimsky-Korsakov, Balakirev, and others was mostly concerned with professional matters. Tchaikovsky's music was frankly sentimental; his supreme gift of melody, which none of his Russian contemporaries could match, secured for him a lasting popularity among performers and audiences.


His influence was profound on the Moscow group of musicians, of whom Arensky and Rachmaninoff were the most talented. He wrote in every genre, and was successful in each; besides his stage works, symphonies, chamber music, and piano compositions, he composed a great number of lyric songs that are the most poignant creations of his genius. By a historical paradox, Tchaikovsky became the most popular Russian composer under the Soviet regime. His subjectivism, his fatalism, his emphasis on melancholy moods, even his reactionary political views (which included a brand of amateurish anti-Semitism), failed to detract from his stature in the new society. In fact, official spokesmen of Soviet Russia repeatedly urged Soviet composers to follow in the path of Tchaikovsky's aesthetics. His popularity is also very strong in Anglo-Saxon countries, particularly in America; much less so in France and Italy; in Germany his influence is insignificant. – Born at Votkinsk, May 7, 1840.

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in 1897 - Edouard Deldevez, composer, dies at 80.
in 1901 - Bohdan Borkowski, composer, dies at 48.
in 1909 - Heinz Rottger, composer is born.
in 1909 - Henk Bijvanck, composer is born.
in 1910 - Arthur Cohn, composer is born.
in 1912 - Mykola Vytal'yevich Lysenko, composer, dies at 70.
in 1913 - Andy Gibson (US jazz trumpeter, arranger, composer) is born.
in 1916 - Ray Conniff (US trombonist, strings, orchestra director; Bob Crosby's Bobcats) is born.
in 1922 - Lars Edlund, composer is born.
in 1922 - William Baines, composer, dies at 23.
in 1923 - Don Lusher (British jazz trombonist, band leader; Ted Heath) is born.
in 1923 - Renato Capecchi, Italian violinist/baritone is born.
in 1928 - Peter Matz, Pitts Pa, orch leader (Hullabaloo, Carol Burnette Show) is born.
in 1930 - Raymond Baervoets, Belgian composer (Metamorphoses) is born.
in 1931 - Tsvetan Tsvetanov, composer is born.
in 1932 - Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson (US country singer, guitarist) is born.
in 1933 - Joseph Pope, US singer (Hey Girl Don't Bother Me) is born.
in 1936 - David Ward-Steinman, composer is born.
in 1937 - Edwin Roxburgh, composer is born.
in 1937 - Eugene Pitt (US singer; The Jive Five) is born.
in 1938 - Jim Pike (American singer; The Lettermen) is born.
in 1938 - P J Proby, [James Marcus Smith], Houston Tx, rocker is born.
in 1941 - Doug Sahm, San Antonio Texas, country singer (Texas Tornadoes-Dinero) is born.
in 1941 - Guy Clark (American country musician, songwriter and guitar) is born.
in 1941 - James Bowman, English contratenor is born.
in 1944 - Bill Henderson, Vancouver BC, rock vocalist/guitarist (Chilliwack) is born.
in 1944 - Larry "Wild Man" Fischer (US street musician) is born.
in 1946 - Zygmunt Denis Antoni Stojowski, composer, dies at 76.
in 1947 - Doug Young, rocker (Flash In The Pan) is born.
in 1947 - John Wilson, rock drummer (Them) is born.
in 1948 - George Young (Scottish-Australian rhythm guitarist, songwriter, record producer, The Easybeats) is born.
in 1948 - Glenn Frey, Detroit Mich, rock vocalist (Eagles-Take it Easy) is born.
in 1948 - Rushton Moreve/John Russell Morgan (US bass guitarist; Steppenwolf) is born.
in 1949 - Arturo Sandoval (Cuban-born trumpeter; Irakere/own band/guest) is born.
in 1950 - Chris Glen (Scottish bassist; Alex Harvey Band/Michael Schenker Group) is born.
in 1952 - Fred Small (US singer-songwriter) is born.
in 1953 - John Parsons Beach, composer, dies at 76.
in 1957 - Siobhán McCarthy (Irish singer, actress) is born.
in 1958 - Francis George Scott, composer, dies at 78.
in 1961 - Craig Goldy (US guitarist; Dio) is born.
in 1961 - Florent Pagny (French songwriter, singer) is born.
in 1961 - Jimmy Dean started a five week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Big Bad John', a No.2 on the UK chart. Jimmy went on to present a prime time variety show on US TV.

in 1962 -
Aznil Nawawi (Malaysian host, actor, singer) is born.
in 1963 - During a UK tour, The Beatles played two shows at the ABC Cinema in Northampton.
in 1963 - Paul Brindley (UK bassist, Sundays) is born.
in 1963 - Rozz Williams (US singer; Christian Death/Premature Ejaculation/and others/ solo) is born.
in 1964 - Corey Glover (US lead singer; Living Colour) is born.
in 1964 - During their first promotional visit to the UK, The Beach Boys appeared live on ITV's 'Ready Steady Go!'
in 1964 - Greg Graffin (US singer; Bad Religion) is born.

in 1965 -
Clarence Williams dies at age 67. American jazz pianist, composer, promoter, and business man; born in Plaquemine, Louisiana, he ran away from home at age 12 to join Billy Kersand's Traveling Minstrel Show, then moved to New Orleans. Clarence started a music publishing business with violinist/bandleader Armand J. Piron 1915. He toured briefly with W.C. Handy, set up 3 music stores in Chicago, after which he settled in New York in 1923. He supervised African-American recordings for New York offices of Okeh phonograph company in the Gaiety Theatre office building in Times Square. He recruited many of the artists who performed on that label. He also recorded extensively, leading studio bands frequently for OKeh, Columbia and occasionally other record labels. He mostly used "Clarence Williams' Jazz Kings" for his hot band sides and "Clarence Williams' Washboard Five" for his washboard sides. His hits include "I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate", "Baby Won't You Please Come Home", "Royal Garden Blues", "Tain't Nobody's Business If I Do", "Shout, Sister, Shout" and many others. He also produced and participated in early recordings by Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Bessie Smith, Virginia Liston, and many others.His New York publishing company prospered, continuing to do business until 1943 when he sold its catalog of over 2,000 songs to Decca for a reputed $50,000. Clarence was posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970.
in 1965 - Edgard Victor Achille Charles Varese, composer, dies at 81.
in 1965 - The Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane played at the opening night of San Francisco's Fillmore West.

in 1965 -
The Rolling Stones started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Get Off Of My Cloud', the group's second US No.1. The song knocked The Beatles 'Yesterday' from the No.1 position.

in 1966 -
Christian Lorenz (German keyboardist; Rammstein) is born.
in 1966 - During a six date tour of Germany, The Who played at the Kongresshalle, Cologne supported by The Lords.

in 1966 -
Paul Brandon Gilbert (US guitarist; Racer X/Mr.Big/solo) is born.
in 1967 - During a three hour session Bob Dylan recorded ‘All Along The Watchtower’ and ‘John Wesley Harding’ at Columbia Recording Studios in Nashville, Tennessee.

in 1967 -
Working at Abbey Road studio in London, The Beatles mixed four songs, ‘Hello Goodbye’, ‘Your Mother Should Know’, ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ and ‘I Am the Walrus’. Due to the radio feed used in ‘I Am the Walrus’ being recorded in mono, the song changes from stereo to mono at the line "Sitting in an English garden".

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in 1968 -
Charles Munch dies at age 77. Alsatian symphonic conductor and violinist, born in Strasbourg, Alsace-Lorraine, German Empire now France, he is best known as music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. In 1920, he became professor of violin at the Strasbourg Conservatoire and assistant concertmaster of the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra. Over the next 2 decades he held a number of prestigious posts before he made his début with the Boston Symphony Orchestra on December 27th 1946. He was its Music Director from 1949 to 1962. Charles was also Director of the Berkshire Music Festival and Berkshire Music Center, Tanglewood, from 1951 through 1962. He also received honorary degrees from Boston University, Harvard University, and Brandeis University. During the 1960s, Munch appeared regularly as a guest conductor throughout America, Europe, and Japan. In 1967 he founded the Orchestre de Paris (He died in Richmond, Virginia, of a heart attack while on an American tour with the Orchestre de Paris).

in 1968 -
Guillaume Landre, composer, dies at 63.

in 1968 -
Joe Cocker was at No.1 in the UK singles chart with his version of The Beatles song 'With A Little Help From My Friends'. The song was also a UK No.1 for Wet Wet Wet in 1988 and Pop Idol duo Sam and Mark in 2004.

in 1968 -
The Monkees' three quarter of a million dollar feature film, Head opened in New York City. Instead of being aimed at their target audience of teeny boppers, the film contained a dark theme about the manipulation of the group with walk-on appearances by inappropriate guests and scenes of Vietnam War atrocities. Reviews were harsh and the picture was a box office disaster.

in 1969 -
Augustin Lara, composer, dies at 69.
in 1969 - Bryan Abrams, Okla City, singer (Color Me Badd-I Want to Sex You Up) is born.
in 1970 - Aerosmith performed their first ever gig when they played at Nipmuc Regional High School in Mendon, Massachusetts.
in 1970 - Matt Johnson (US drummer; Jeff Buckley band/sessionist/guest) is born.

in 1971 -
Cher started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Gypsys, Tramps and Thieves', the singers first US solo No.1, it made No.4 in the UK.

in 1972 -
Billy Murcia dies at age 21. Colombian drummer, born in Bogotá, and raised in Jackson Heights, New York. He started out in 1967, with Sylvain Sylvain in a band called "The Pox", before forming the punk band New York Dolls in 1971. He played during their now-legendary series of weekly shows at the Mercer Arts Center, and went on their 1972 UK tour (While on a UK tour Billy was at a party, and passed out from an accidental overdose. He was put in a bathtub and force-fed coffee in an attempt to revive him, but tragically resulted in asphyxiation and death).

in 1972 - Rolling Stone
Bill Wyman lost his driving licence and was fined £20 by Chelmsford Magistrates court after being caught speeding in his Mercedes on the A12.

in 1973 -
Michael Martin and Phil Kaufman were charged and fined $300 each for the theft of a coffin containing Gram Parsons body. The court heard that the two men were merely carrying out Parson's wishes to be cremated in the desert.

in 1975 - 1st appearance of
Sex Pistols.

in 1975 -
François de Roubaix dies at age 36. French film score composer, born in Neuilly-sur-Seine; he did not receive any formal education in music, but began studying jazz on his own at age 15, forming a band and learning trombone as an autodidact. His father, filmmaker Paul de Roubaix, made educational films, and offered to let François compose scores for them. His first film score was for a 1961 film by Robert Enrico; through the late 1960s and early 1970s he scored films for Enrico, Jose Giovanni, Jean-Pierre Melville, Jean-Pierre Mocky, and Yves Boisset. Notable in his style is his use of folk elements, as well as electronic musical instruments such as synthesizers and early drum machines. In 1976, his score for Le Vieux Fusil was awarded a César Award. (tragically François died in a car accident in Tenerife, Canary Islands).
in 1975 - The Sex Pistols made their live debut at St Martin’s School Of Art in central London, supporting a band called Bazooka Joe, which included Stuart Goddard (the future Adam Ant). The Pistols’ performance lasts 10 minutes.

in 1976 -
Jodi Martin (Australian singer-songwriter) is born.

in 1976 -
Mike Herrera (US singer, bassist, songwriter; MxPx) is born.

in 1976 -
The Steve Miller Band went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Rock 'n' Me', the group's second US No.1, a No.11 in the UK.

in 1977 -
Abba started a four week run at No.1 on the UK single chart with 'The Name Of The Game, the group's 6th No.1. The song was first called 'A Bit Of Myself.'

in 1978 -
Jolina Magdangal (Filipina singer, actress and television host) is born.
in 1979 - Trevor Penick (US singer; O-Town) is born.

in 1982 -
Jennifer Warnes and Joe Cocker started a three week run at No.1 on the US with a song taken from the film 'An Officer And A Gentleman', 'Up Where We Belong'.

in 1982 -
R.E.M. appeared at Tupelo's Tavern, New Orleans, Louisiana.

in 1982 - Soft Cell's 'Tainted Love' achieved the longest unbroken run on the UK charts when it logged its 43rd week in the Top 100.


in 1982 -
Sowelu/Aki Harada (Japanese pop singer) is born.
in 1982 - Steve Millar (Candian/American singer-songwriter) is born.
in 1983 - Jon Hume (Australian singer; Evermore) is born.
in 1983 - Robert Gross, composer, dies at 69.

in 1984 -
U2 played the first of two nights at Glasgow Barrowlands in Scotland during their Unforgettable Fire World Tour.

in 1986 -
Elisabeth Grümmer dies at age 75. German operatic soprano, born at Niederjeutz, near Diedenhofen; she studied theatre and made her stage debut as Klärchen in Goethe's Egmont. She married the concertmaster of the theater orchestra, Detlev Grümmer, and they moved to Aachen, where they met Herbert von Karajan. Elisabeth started to take singing lessons, von Karajan cast her as the first flower maiden in a performance of Wagner's Parsifal. She went on to perform in Duisburg and Prague. She performed in all the major opera houses in Europe and the United States, restricting herself to a small number of roles, primarily sung in German. She was also active in song recitals and concert performances, particularly of Brahms' German Requiem.
in 1986 - R.E.M. played the first of two nights at Felt Forum, New York City supported by The Feelies.

in 1987 -
Zohar Argov dies at age 32. Israeli singer and a distinctive voice in the Mizrahi music scene, born in Rishon LeZion. Zohar's debut album Eleanor in 1981 featured the title track, "Sod HaMazalot"/"The Zodiac Secret", and "Mah Lakh Yaldah"/"What's up Girl", a tribute to his ex-wife, Bracha. Among his other hits are "HaPerakh BeGani" /"The Flower in My Garden", "Mah Lakh Yaldah", "Ba'avar Hayu Zmanim"/"In The Past There Were Times" and "Badad"/"Alone", which are now considered Israeli classics and an integral part of national culture. (He committed suicide by hanging himself in his jail cell after he was arrested on rape charges).

in 1993 -
Meat Loaf started a five week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'I'd' Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That), also a No.1 in the UK.

in 1993 -
Pearl Jam went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Vs', selling 950,378 copies making it the highest sales in US album history in one week.

in 1995 -
Norman Waterhouse Lees, jazz fan, dies at 90.
in 1995 - The Charlatans kicked off a 16 date UK tour at the Aberdeen Beach Ballroom, tickets cost £9.

in 1997 -
Epic Soundtracks/Kevin Godfrey dies at age 37. English piano, drums, singer, songwriter, born in Croydon, but brought up in Solihull, Midlands with his brother Adrian Nicholas, who was known as Nikki Sudden; In 1972 the brothers formed the nucleus of what was to become the post-punk rock group Swell Maps, with "Soundtracks" on drums and piano, and "Sudden" on guitar and vocals. Soundtracks later played drums for Crime and the City Solution and These Immortal Souls. In 1991, he decided to focus on his own songwriting career. (died in his sleep, suicide was suspected)

in 1998 -
NSYNC won the Best Dance video and Best New Artist clip for 'I Want You Back' at the 1998 Billboard awards.

in 1999 - It was reported that former
Heavy Stereo guitarist Gem, the new member of Oasis would only receive £600 per week working with the band which would increase to £1,200 when touring.

in 2000 -
Madonna played her first show in eight years when she performed a short 20 minute set at New York's Roseland Ballroom. Madonna wore a tight black vest bearing the sequinned name of 18 year-old Britney Spears.
in 2001 - A number of streets in the German city Frankfurt were temporarily renamed after pop stars to mark the MTV Europe Music Awards. Madonna, Robbie Williams and Janet Jackson all had avenues named after them.

in 2003 -
Metallica kicked off their 137-date Madly in Anger with the World Tour at Yoyogi Taiikukanin Tokyo, Japan. The Madly in Anger with the World tour was the fourth-highest grossing tour of 2004, reaping $60,500,000 in ticket sales.

in 2003 - Winners at this years MTV awards included
Christina Aguilera for Best female, Coldplay won Best group, Justin Timberlake won Best album for ‘Justified’, The Panjabi MC won best dance act. Best R&B act went to Beyonce. Eminem won the best hip-hop act award for the fifth year running. Reggae artist Sean Paul took the best new act award and best video was won by Sigur Ros. An estimated one billion people in 28 countries watched the show, which was held in Edinburgh, Scotland for the first time.

in 2005 -
Clear Channel agreed to remove posters with 50 Cent holding a gun in one hand and a microphone in the other in the Los Angeles area after a rally was held in protest, the company also agreed to remove 21 posters in Philadelphia. The posters were plugging the rapper’s forthcoming film 'Get Rich or Die Tryin.' "The message could be 'rob to get rich' said Bilal Qayyum, a leader of the anti violence group Men United for a Better Philadelphia.

in 2005 -
Madonna scored her 36th Top Ten single with ‘Hung Up’, equaling the record with Elvis Presley for the most Top Ten singles. ‘Hung Up’ was also Madonna's 47th Top Forty single, the most for any female artist. The track sampled the instrumental riff from Abba's 'Gimme, Gimme, Gimme'.

in 2005 -
Minako Honda dies at age 38. Japanese singer and musical actress born in Tokyo; she got famous and popular known as "Japan's Madonna" because of her sexy fashion and live performances in the mid to late 1980s. She was also one of the singers to sing Japanese and English languages. She took formal acting and singing lessons, and became a notable theatrical singer and actress. In auditions for the Tokyo production of Miss Saigon, she won out over 12,000 other candidates for the part of Kim, earning the nickname "Tokyo's Miss Saigon". She appeared in many other theatrical performances. (myelocytic leukemia).

in 2005 -
The Official UK Charts announced that Robbie Williams had sold the most albums in the UK so far this century with sales of 6.3m. Coldplay were at number two, with sales of 6.2m albums and Dido was in third place 5.7m albums sold. The figures were based on albums sold in the UK from 1st January 2000 to 11th October 2005 excluding greatest hits, live albums and downloads.

in 2005 -
Westlife scored their fifth UK No.1 album when ‘Face To Face’ went to the top of the charts.
in 2006 - Dutch DJ & producer Fedde Le Grand was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Put Your Hands Up For Detroit'

in 2006 -
Jance Garfat dies at age 62. American bassist and a founder member in the pop-country rock band Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show, later named Dr.Hook, from 1972 till they disbanded in 1985. At the height of their success Dr Hook were top of the charts in 42 countries, they amassed 60 gold and platinum singles and albums. Their hits include "The Cover of the Rolling Stone", "Sylvia's Mother", "When You're in Love with a Beautiful Woman", and "Sexy Eyes". (killed in a motorcycle accident, while swirving to avoid a dog in Oakland, CA)
in 2007 - George Osmond dies at age 90. American patriarch of the Osmond singing family; he managed his sons' careers, and at an appearance at Disneyland, they caught the eye of Walt Disney, who took a personal interest in them. The boys auditioned for Andy Williams, whose father helped launch them into the national spotlight. As George's children's fortune rose, he put his career aside to focus on the family's musical interests and moved the family to California to place them closer to the heart of the entertainment industry (natural causes)

in 2007 -
Hank Thompson dies at age 82. American country music singer and songwriter whose career spanned seven decades. He sold over 60 million records worldwide. His musical style, characterized as Honky Tonk Swing, was a mixture of fiddles, electric guitar and steel guitar that featured his distinctive, gravelly baritone vocals. Born in Waco, Texas, Hank decided to pursue his musical career after serving in the US Navy in World War II, having a two-sided chart hit in the '40s, "Soft Lips"/"The Grass is Greener Over Yonder". In 1952, Hank with his backing band The Brazos Valley Boys had a huge hit with "Wild Side Of Life", the song became one of the most popular recordings in the genre's history, spending 15 weeks at No.1 Billboard country charts (lung cancer).

in 2007 -
Jimmy Staggs dies at age 72. American radio disk jockey; a longtime Chicago, USA radio disc jockey and record store owner. His radio career began in Birmingham on WYDE AM. From there, it was on to Philadelphia on WBIG, San Francisco on KYA, and Milwaukee on WOKY before his stint at KYW, Cleveland and others. At WCFL, the "Voice of Labor", he did the "afternoon drive" shift. He referred to the studio call-in line as the "Stagg Line" and produced a feature titled "Stagg's Starbeat" in-depth, provocative, and insightful interviews with local, national and international music celebrities. Staggs interviewed nearly every major rock star of the 1960s, including Neil Diamond, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, The Rolling Stones, the Supremes, The Monkees, and Simon & Garfunkel. He left the radio business in 1975, and started a chain of record stores in the northern suburbs of Chicago. He opened a record store called "Record City," which eventually became a chain with locations in Lake Zurich, Skokie, Glenview, and Northbrook, with two more outlets in Orlando, Florida. The last Record City, in Lake Zurich, closed in 2005 (esophageal cancer)

in 2007 -
Meat Loaf cancelled his European tour after being diagnosed with a cyst on his vocal cords. The 60-year-old had already scrapped two gigs on doctor's orders. Speculation had surrounded the tour after he cut short a gig in Newcastle, telling the audience it is "the last show I may ever do in my life".

in 2009 -
Jacno/Denis Quilliard dies at age 52. French musician, he was a founding member of the first French punk band The Stinky Toys. They took part in the 100 Club Punk Festival in London, sharing the bill with such bands as Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Damned and Buzzcocks.The Stinky Toys released a self titled album brfore splitting in 1979. In the early 1980s, Jacno teamed up with former Stinky Toys singer Elli Medeiros to form the pop duo Elli et Jacno.They released three albums together before splitting up to cocerntrate on solo careers. Jacno had also released his debut solo album 'Jacno' in 1979, followed by seven more, the last being Tant de Temps in 2006 (cancer).
in 2011 - Gordon Beck dies at age 75. British jazz pianist and composer born in Brixton, London, and studied piano in his youth, but went into a career as an engineering technical draughtsman. Largely self-taught, he returned to music after spending time in Canada where he was exposed to the works of George Shearing and Dave Brubeck. He joined Tubby Hayes group in 1962 back in England he and later formed his own trio, made up of Tony Oxley, Jeff Clyne, and himself. From 1969 to 1972 he toured with Phil Woods's European Rhythm Machine. He was a member of Nucleus during 1972-74 and after which he formed the group Gyroscope. Gordon also recorded albums with Allan Holdsworth, with whom he also toured the States and Japan, Henri Texier, Didier Lockwood among others and is maybe best remembered by many for his album Experiments With Pops. – Born on September 16th 1936.

in 2011 -
Mito Loeffler dies at age 50. French gypsy jazz guitarist, a perfect representative of the gypsy style of eastern France, solid right hand, phrasing and virtuosic percussive happy, thunderous chord bearing, his joy of playing was never hidden. This really great musician carried the legacy of Django Reinhardt with honor and his sudden death leaves a large gap in the Gypsy jazz scene (a possible heart attack).

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in 1639 -
William Cobbold, composer, dies at 79.
in 1706 - Carlo Cecere, composer is born.

in 1786 -
Francisco Andrevi y Castellar, prominent Spanish choirmaster and composer, is born at Sanahuja. He was a choirboy at Urgel Cathedral, where he commenced his musical training, and then went to Barcelona to study with Juan Quintana (organ) and Francisco Queralt (composition). He was choirmaster at Segorbe Cathedral (1808-14), at S. Maria del Mar in Barcelona (1814-19), at Valencia Cathedral (1819-30), and at Seville Cathedral (1830-31). In 1831 he became choirmaster of the royal chapel in Madrid, but was removed for political reasons in 1836. He then went to France, where he was maitre de chapelle at Bordeaux Cathedral (1839-45). Returning to Barcelona, he was choirmaster of the parish church of La Merced from 1850 until his death. He publ. Tratado teorico practice de armonia y composition (Barcelona, 1848; French tr., 1848). His works include the oratorios La dulzura de la virtud (Barcelona, c. 1818) and El juicio universal (Valencia, 1822), many masses, 3 Stabat mater, a Te Deum, Lamentations, and Psalms. – Died at Barcelona, Nov. 23,1853.

in 1802 -
Johann Georg Joseph Spangler, composer, dies at 50.
in 1806 - August Friedrich Pott, composer is born.
in 1810 - Ferenc Erkel, Hungary, composer/conductor (Hunaydi L szl¢) is born.
in 1817 - Francesco Pasquale Ricci, composer, dies at 85.
in 1822 - Edouard Gregoir, composer is born.
in 1827 - Bartolomeo Campagnoli, Ital violinist/composer/conductor, dies at 76.
in 1828 - Ludwig Deppe, composer is born.
in 1839 - Henry Holmes, composer is born.

in 1846 -
Ignaz Brull, Austrian pianist and composer, is born at Prossnitz, MoraviaHe studied in Vienna with Epstein (piano) and Dessoff (composition). He subsequently made extended recital tours, settling eventually in Vienna, where he was a professor of piano at the Horak Institute (1872-78). He was an intimate friend of Brahms, who greatly valued his advice. - Died at Vienna, Sept. 17, 1907.

in 1852 -
Bohdan Borkowski, composer is born.
in 1857 - Charles Heinrich Christoph Zeuner, composer, dies at 62.
in 1859 - Carl Gottlieb Reissiger, composer, dies at 61.
in 1866 - Carl Emil Paul Lincke, composer is born.
in 1877 - Henry Balfour Gardiner, composer is born.
in 1880 - Carl Friedrich Weitzmann, composer, dies at 72.

in 1888 -
Julius Isserlis, Russian pianist, is born at Kishinev. He studied with Puchalsky at the Kiev Conservatory; then with Safonov and Taneyev at the Moscow Conservatory. He taught at the Moscow Philharmonic Institute of Music (1913-23), then in Vienna (1923-28); in 1928 he settled in London. In addition to Russian composers, he was known for his performances of Chopin. He wrote a number of character pieces for piano. – Died at London, July 23, 1968.

in 1898 -
Max(imilian) Alvary (real name, Achenbach), German tenor, dies near Gross-Tabarz, Thuringia.
He studied with Stockhausen in Frankfurt am Main and Lamperti in Milan. In 1879 he made his operatic debut as Max Anders in Alessandro Stmdella in Weimar. On Nov. 25, 1885, he made his Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. as Don Jose, remaining on its roster until 1889. In 1891 he sang Tristan and Tannhauser at the Bayreuth Festival, and in 1892 he made his debut at London's Covent Garden as the young Siegfried. He was compelled to retire from the operatic stage due to poor health in 1897. Alvary was especially successful as a Wagnerian. – Born at Diisseldorf," May 3, 1856.


in 1902 -
Jeses Mar¡a Sanrom , Carolina PR, pianist (Boston Symphony) is born.
in 1903 - Ary Barroso (Brazilian composer, pianist, songwriter) is born.

in 1907 -
William Alwyn, English composer and teacher, is born at Northampton. He studied with McEwen at the Royal Academy of Music in London (1920-23), where he subsequently taught (1926-56), although he had failed to graduate. He was also active as a poet, translator, and painter. In 1978 he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. Although Alwyn wrote a significant number of concert and stage works, he was particularly facile when writing for films. – Died at Southwold, Sept. 11, 1985.

in 1916 -
Joe (Joseph) Bushkin, jazz pianist, trumpeter, is born at N.Y.
His father, who ran a barbershop in N.Y., arrived from Kiev, Russia, in 1909. Bushkin's first gigs were college dates on Long Island with a band led by Benny Goodman's brother, Irving. In 1932 he began working at the Roseland Ballroom, N.Y., with Frank LaMarr's Band. He became intermission pianist at the Famous Door in 1935; that same year, he accompanied Billie Holiday on a recording session. The late 1930s were occupied with band work, including on and off work with Eddie Condon (1936-37), Joe Marsala (doubling on trumpet; 1937-early 1938), Bunny Berigan (April 1938-Aug. 1939), and Muggsy Spanier's Ragtimers (through Dec. 1939). He joined Tommy Dorsey on Jan. 20, 1940, where he recorded what became his signature song, "Oh! Look at Me Now" in 1941. During the war years, he was in the Air Force, working with the Winged Victory Show as its musical director, and also playing with the show's band, the Winged Pigeons. After being released from duty in February 1946, Bushkin did studio work, then worked with Benny Goodman from spring until November 1946. After a brief stint in Rio de Janeiro in Bud Freeman'" Trio in winter/spring 1947, he returned to N.Y. A dislocated shoulder interrupted his career for a while, and then he resumed studio work. He acted and played in the Broadway play The Rat Race (October 1949 until May 1950); a decade later, he appeared in the film version. During the early 1950s, he played long residencies at various N.Y. clubs. He visited Europe early in 1953, then returned to the U.S. to tour with Louis Armstrong's All Stars (April-June 1953). Bushkin continued to lead his own small groups throughout the 1950s and 1960s, and was also regularly featured on TV shows. In the 1960s he relocated to Marin County, Calif., and then, in the summer of 1965, he moved to Hawaii for two and a half years, playing a residency at the Gauguin Club, and also touring the Hawaiian Islands for US. State Department. During the late 1960s through the mid-1970s, he lived in Santa Barbara, Calif., working occasionally. He was Bing Crosby'S accompanist on tour in 1976 and in
London 1977, and resumed working in N.Y. clubs during the 1980s and 1990s.

in 1917 -
Andras Mihaly, composer is born.
in 1918 - Maria Teresa de Noronha (Portuguese fado singer) is born.

TODAY’S MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT SHINES ON . . .

in 1922 - Alois Maxwell "Al" Hirt, New Orleans LA, jazz trumpeter (Greatest Horn in the World) is born.

Hirt's exuberant Dixieland- style trumpet playing was showcased on a series of pop-oriented recordings that found commercial success during the first half of the 1960s, including the singles "Java" and "Cotton Candy" and the albums
Honey in the Horn, Cotton Candy, and Sugar Lips.

Hirt's father was a policeman, and after taking up the trumpet at the age of six, Al Hirt Jr. played in the Sons of the Police Department Junior Police Band. In 1940 he entered the Cincinnati Cons. of Music, where he studied with Frank Simon. He graduated in 1941 and got married; he and his wife eventually had eight children. Following the U.s. entry into World War II, he joined the army, where he played in the Army Air Force Band. Upon his discharge in 1946, he worked in several big bands, including those of Tommy Dorsey and Jimmy Dorsey. He returned to New Orleans in the late 1940s and played at a local radio station while also working outside music. In 1955, Hirt formed his own Dixieland band and began playing at the Pier 600 Club. He recorded for local labels, then for Verve Records, but it was not until 1960, when he signed to RCA Victor, that he began to gain a national following.


His first album for the label, recorded in December 1960, was
Al (He's the King) Hirt and His Band, but it did not reach the charts until after his second RCA album, The Greatest Horn in the World, did so in March 1961. That record earned him two Grammy nominations, for Best Jazz Performance, Soloist or Small Group (Instrumental), and for Best Performance by an arch., for Other than Dancing. Hirt had another two albums in the charts in 1962 and three in 1963, the last of which was Honey in the Horn, released in August.

In December, RCA released "Java" (music by Allen Toussaint, Alvin Tyler, Murray Sporn, and Marilyn Schack) from the album as a single; it reached the pop Top Ten and the top of the easylistening charts in February, and
Honey in the Horn hit #1 and went gold in April. In May, Hirt won a Grammy for Best Performance by an arch. or Instrumentalist with Orch.-Not Jazz or Dancing, for "Java." He had also earned three other nominations: Album of the Year for Honey in the Horn, and both Best Instrumental Jazz Performance, Soloist or Small Group, and Best Instru- mental Jazz Performance, Large Group, for another of his 1963 LPs, Our Man in New Orleans. Hirt's follow-up to "Java," "Cotton Candy" (music by Russ Damon), reached the Top 40 in May 1964, and that month RCA released a Cotton Candy LP that hit the Top Ten in June and went gold.

The single brought the trumpeter a Grammy nomination for Best Instrumental Performance, Non-Jazz; the LP was nominated for Album of the Year. Hirt's next single, "Sugar Lips" (music and lyrics by William D. Killen and Billy Sherrill), reached the Top 40 in July, and the
Sugar Lips album, released in August, hit the Top Ten in September and went gold. During this busy year, Hirt also released the chart albums Beauty and the Beard, recorded with actress/singer Ann-Margaret, and "Pops" Goes the Trumpet, on which he was accompanied by the Boston Pops arch. conducted by Arthur Fiedler. In January 1965, RCA released the compilation The Best ofAl Hirt; it hit the Top Ten in March and went gold. Hirt's next single, "Fancy Pants" (music by Floyd Cramer), reached the Top 40 in February and was included in his album released the same month, That Honey in the Horn Sound, which spent six months in the charts.

In April he appeared at Carnegie Hall, and the resulting
Live at Carnegie Hall album, released in June, also remained in the charts half a year. From June to September he hosted the musical variety series Fanfare on network television. Though his commercial success declined, Hirt continued to place records in the charts through 1969, when he left RCA and began recording for small independent labels. During the summer of 1971 he returned to network television as a regular on the musical variety series Make Your Own Kind of Music. He opened his own club in New Orleans and returned to playing in more of a jazz style. He was still active in the late 1990s. - Died April 27, 1999.

in 1926 - Dame Joan Sutherland, celebrated Australian soprano, is born at Sydney.
She first studied piano and voice with her mother; at age 19, she commenced vocal training with John and Aida Dickens in Sydney, making her debut there as
Dido in a concert performance of Dido and Aeneas in 1947; then made her stage debut there in the title role of Judith in 1951; subsequently continued her vocal studies with Clive Carey at the Royal College of Music in London; also studied at the Opera School there.

She made her Covent Garden debut in London as the first Lady in
Die Zauberflote in 1952; attracted attention there when she created the role of Jenifer in The Midsummer Marriage (1955) and as Gilda (1957); also appeared in the title role of Alcina in the Handel Opera Society production (1957).

In the meantime, she married Richard Bonynge (1954), who coached her in the bel canto operatic repertoire. After making her North American debut as Donna Anna in Vancouver (1958), she scored a triumph as Lucia at Covent Garden (Feb. 17, 1959). From then on she pursued a brilliant international career.


She made her U.S. debut as Alcina in Dallas in 1960. Her Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. as Lucia on Nov. 26, 1961, was greeted by extraordinary acclaim. She continued to sing at the Metropolitan and other major opera houses on both sides of the Atlantic; also took her own company to Australia in 1965 and 1974; during her husband's music directorship with the Australian Opera in Sydney (1976-86), she made stellar appearances with the company.


On Oct. 2, 1990, she made her operatic farewell in
Les Huguenots in Sydney. Sutherland was universally acknowledged as one of the foremost interpreters of the bel canto repertoire of her time. She particularly excelled in roles from operas by Rossini, Bellini, and Donizetti; was also a fine Handelian. In 1961 she was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire and in 1979 was named a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. In 1992 she was honored with the Order of Merit. With her husband, she published The Joan Sutherland Album (N.Y., 1986). Her autobiography appeared in 1997.

in 1926 -
Frank Kidson, English music scholar, dies at Leeds.
Originally a landscape painter, he became interested in historical studies and collected English, Scottish, and Irish folk songs and dance melodies. He subsequently became one of the founders of the Folk-Song Society (1898), and also studied the history of British music publishing. His most significant editions include Old English Country Dances Gathered from Scarce Printed Collections and from Manuscripts (London, 1890), Songs of Britain (London and N.Y., 1913), A Garland of English Folk-songs (London, 1926), and English Peasant Songs with Their Traditional Airs (London, 1929). His writings include English Folksong and Dance (Cambridge, 1915) and The Beggar's Opera: Its Predecessors and Successors (Cambridge, 1922). – Born at Leeds, Nov. 15, 1855.


in 1927 -
Ivor Emmanuel (Welsh singer, actor; West End & Broadway musicals/films) is born.

in 1928 -
Mattia Battistini, celebrated Italian baritone, dies at Colle Baccaro, near Rieti.
He studied with V. Persichini and E. Terziani. On Dec. 11,1878, he made his operatic debut as Alfonso XI in La Favorite at the Teatro Argentine in Rome. In 1883 he made his first appearance at London's Covent Garden as Riccardo in I Puritani, and he returned to London regularly until 1906. In 1888 he made his debut at Milan's La Scala as Nelusko. He first sang in St. Petersburg in 1893 as Hamlet, and returned there every season until 1914. He also sang in various other European music centers and in South America to great acclaim. Although he never sang in the U.S., he was acknowledged as the foremost Italian baritone of his time. In 1924 he retired from the operatic stage and then appeared in concerts until his farewell in Graz on Oct. 17, 1927. Battistini was a master of bel canto, with a remarkably expressive high register. His operatic repertoire included over 80 roles, among the most celebrated being those in operas by Bellini and Donizetti. He also was renowned for his portrayals of Rossini's Figaro, Rigoletto, Don Giovanni, Amonasro, Ruslan, lago, Onegin, Rubinstein's Demon, Scarpia, and the tenor role of Werther. – Born at Rome, Feb. 27,1856.


in 1931 -
Gerald Humel, American composer, is born at Cleveland. He studied at Hofstra University in N.Y. (B.A., 1954), the Royal College of Music in London (A.R.C.M., 1956), the Oberlin (Ohio) College Conservatory of Music (M.M., 1958), and the University of Mich. in Ann Arbor (1958---60); in 1960 he went to Berlin, where he took private lessons with Blacher and Rufer. His music at first maintained a median line of cosmopolitan modernism, in a neo-Classical direction, but gradually he became oriented toward dodecaphonic techniques.

in 1933 -
George Tibbits, composer is born.
in 1934 - Rachmaninov premiered his Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini.
in 1936 - Dame Gwyneth Jones, prominent Welsh soprano, is born at Pontnewyndd. She studied at the Royal College of Music in London, and in Siena, Geneva, and Zurich, where she made her operatic debut as Gluck's Orfeo (1962). In 1963 she first appeared at the Welsh National Opera in Cardiff and at London's Covent Garden; she also sang at the Vienna State Opera and at the Bayreuth Festivals from 1966. In 1966 she made her U.S. debut in N.Y. in a concert version of Cherubini's Medee; her Metropolitan Opera debut followed there as Sieglinde in Die Walkiire on Nov. 24, 1972. She also sang at the San Francisco Opera, Milan's La Scala, Munich's Bavarian State Opera, and the Rome Opera; appeared as Briinnhilde in the centenary performances of the Ring cycle at Bayreuth in 1976. In 1976 she was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire and in 1986 a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. On Sept. 12, 1988, she celebrated the 25th anniversary of her Covent Garden debut by opening its season as Turandot. In 1997 she celebrated the 35th anniversary of her operatic debut and was engaged to sing Ortrud at Covent Garden. In addition to Wagner and Verdi roles, she also won praise for her portrayals of Donna Anna, Medea, Leonore, the Marschallin, Tosca, and Salome.

in 1937 -
Patricia Brooks, American soprano, is born at N.Y. She studied at the Manhattan School of Music in N.Y.; also took dance lessons with Martha Graham. She made her operatic debut as Marianne in Der Rosenkavalier at the N.Y. City Opera on Oct. 12, 1960; also sang with opera companies in San Francisco, Chicago, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Houston, and Santa Fe. She made her Covent Garden debut in London in 1969 as Shemakha in The Golden Cockerel. In 1978 she retired from the operatic stage and taught at the State University of N.Y. in Purchase until 1981. Among her best roles were Gilda, Lucia, Violetta, Massenet's Manon, Sophie, and Melisande. – Died at Mount Kisco, N.Y., Jan. 22,1992.

in 1937 -
Vishnu (William Clifford) Wood, jazz bass, oud, dil rhuba, tamboura, composer, educator; is born at North Wilkesboro, N.C. His family moved to Detroit when he was in his early teens. His father played various reed instruments, and a brother, Max, played bass. Vishnu studied harmony, piano, and solfege at the Detroit Institute of Music and Art (1959-61) and studied bass with Gaston Brohan and John Matthews of the Detroit Symphony. Woods moved to N.Y. in 1961. He worked with Alice Coltrane, Max Roach, S. Rivers, Archie Shepp, Terry Gibbs, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Pharoah Sanders, and James Moody, as well as with dance troupes and in theater. In 1966-67, he went to Africa with Randy Weston, including an extended stay in Morocco in 1968.He has taught music at various colleges, including directing the music program at Hampshire Coll. (1976-80). Since 1984, he has directed Vishnu & the Safari East Concert Workshop Ensemble, playing instruments and music from various cultures primarily for public school children.

in 1938 -
Dee Clark, Arkansas, singer (Hambone, Nobody But You) is born.
in 1939 - Daniel Manneke, composer is born.
in 1942 - Johnny Rivers, [Ramistella], NYC, singer (Secret Agent Man) is born.
in 1943 - Chester "Chet" William Powers Jr/Dino Valente (US singer, guitarist and songwriter) is born.
in 1943 - Joni Mitchell, [Roberta J Anderson], Alberta Canada, singer (Clouds) is born.
in 1944 - James Hashow, composer is born.
in 1948 - Stephen Bruton (US songwriter, guitarist; Kris Kristofferson/others) is born.
in 1949 - David Spencer Ware (American jazz saxophonist) is born.
in 1949 - Steven Stucky (American classical composer) is born.

in 1951 -
Frank Sinatra married his second wife actress Ava Gardner, the couple split up in 1953 and divorced in 1957. Sinatra was married three other times, to his first wife Nancy Barbato, to the actress Mia Farrow and finally to Barbara Marx, to whom he was married at his death.

in 1951 -
Kevin Scott Macmichael (Canadian guitar; Cutting Crew/Robert Plant) is born.
in 1951 - Nick Gilder, London England, singer (Hot Child in the City) is born.

in 1952 -
Alexander Kamensky, Russian pianist and teacher, dies at Leningrad. He studied piano at the Petrograd Conservatory (graduated, 1923), then developed an energetic career as a concert pianist. He did not interrupt his activities even during the siege of Leningrad in 1941-42, when he played almost 500 recitals under the most dangerous conditions. In 1934 he was appointed professor of piano of the Leningrad Conservatory. In his programs, he featured many works by Soviet composers and also by modern Western music masters, including Schoenberg and Stravinsky. – Born at Geneva (of Russian parents), Dec. 12, 1900.

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in 1954-
Motohumi Yamaguchi, Japanese instrumentalist and composer, is born at Tokyo.
After cello studies at Masashino Music Univ., he became the main flute and shamisen player for Kodo in 1980, a highly disciplined performing ensemble founded in 1971 by Tagayasu Den, a scholar of traditional Japanese arts, under the name Ondekoza ("demon drummers"); under the direction of a new leader, Kawauchi, the group was renamed Kodo (translating to both "heartbeat" and "children of the drum," referring to the taiko that is so central to its performances). Kodo has given choreographed performances throughout Asia, the Americas, and Europe; in 1988 the ensemble held its first annual Earth Celebration on Sado Island, attracting performers from all over the world. Among his compositions for the group are Hae for Koto, Japanese drum, and Caribbean drum (1982), Tjanang Sari for Percussion, after Balinese gamelan (1987), and Kariuta for 2 Shinobue (Japanese flutes) (1989). Other members of the ensemble include Leonard Eto (b. N.Y.,March 5,1963) and Yoshiaki Oi (b. Tokyo, March 28, 1951). Among Kodo's many celebrated recordings are Kodo (1981), Kodo, Heartbeat Drummers ofJapan (1985), and Blessing of the Earth (1989).


in 1956 -
Denise Jannah, [Zeefuik], Suriname jazz singer (Farmer's Market) is born.
in 1956 - Una Mae Carlisle, US pianist/singer, dies at 40.
in 1957 - Jellybean (John Benitez) (US drummer, guitarist, songwriter, DJ, Madonna's X) is born.

in 1958 -
Eddie Cochran made his UK chart debut with 'Summertime Blues'. It reached No.18 in the UK & No.8 in the US.

in 1958 -
Jack Wyngaard, dancer is born.

in 1960 -
A.P. Carter/Alvin Pleasant Delaney Carter dies at age 68. American country music singer-songwriter, guitarist and founding member of The Carter Family group, one of the most notable acts in the history of country music. Born in Maces Spring, Virginia. He married Sara Dougherty on June 18th 1915, and they had three children: Gladys/Millard, Janette/Jett, and Joe. In 1927, he formed the Carter Family band together with his wife and Sara's cousin, Maybelle, who was married to Alvin's brother, Ezra Carter, and they together formed the first commercial rural country music group. Alvin traveling extensively throughout the country collecting and blending songs, particularly from Appalachian musicians. Alvin and Sara separated in 1932, they officially divorced in 1939, but the band remained together until 1943. Maybelle and her daughters continued to tour as The Carter Family, while Alvin left the music business to run a general store in Virginia. In 1952, Alvin reformed The Carter Family with Sara and some of their grown children; the reunion lasted until 1956. Despite dying in relative obscurity, Alvin was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and inducted as part of The Carter Family in the Country Music Hall of Fame both in 1970. In 1993, his image appeared on a U.S. postage stamp honoring the Carter Family. In 2001 he was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor (died in Kingsport, TN).
in 1960 - Tommy Thayer (American guitarist; Kiss) is born.
in 1962 - Arend Bouwmeester, Dutch saxophonist (Bob Color) is born.
in 1963 - Clint Mansell (UK lead singer, guitarist; Pop Will Eat Itself) is born.

in 1963 -
The Beatles went to Ireland to make their only two appearances ever in the country playing two shows at the Adelphi Cinema, Dublin. The group hooked up with screenwriter Alun Owen, who had been appointed to write the screenplay for The Beatles' first (as yet untitled) motion picture. Owen spent three days with The Beatles observing their hectic, lifestyle.

in 1967 -
Reg Dwight (Elton John) and his song writing partner Bernie Taupin signed to DJM publishing, their signatures had to be witnessed by their parents because they were both under 21 years of age. Taupin answered an advertisement for a lyric writer placed in the New Musical Express, the pair have since collaborated on over 30 albums.

in 1964 -
Jasper Taylor dies at 70. American jazz drummer; in his teens he performed in minstrel shows touring the American South and Mexico, and Wild West revues, including "Buffalo Bill" Cody's show. He played in Memphis, in 1913, on washboard, drums, wood blocks, and xylophone. As a xylophonist he collaborated with W.C. Handy, and later played with Jelly Roll Morton.In 1917 he moved to Chicago, where he was based out of for most of his career. He played with Handy, Will Marion Cook, Clarence Williams, and the Chicago Novelty Orchestra. He joined the military during World War I and served in France with the 365th Infantry Band. The 365th Infantry were nicknamed the "Buffalo Soldiers," the enlisted personnel were almost entirely African-American soldiers from Texas and Oklahoma. Next he worked with Dave Peyton, Fess Williams and again with Clarence Williams. In the 1930s, due to the downturn in opportunities to perform during the Great Depression, he quit music and became a cobbler. In the 1940s he returned to active performance with Freddie Shayne and others; in the 1950s he played for several years with Natty Dominique. Shortly before his death he led his own Creole Jazz Band.

in 1964 -
Liam O'Maonlai, Irish vocalist/pianist (Hothouse Flowers-I'm Sorry) is born.
in 1965 - Friedrich Wildgans, composer, dies at 52.
in 1967 - David Guetta (French DJ) is born.
in 1967 - Juan Tomas Perez, composer, dies at 71.
in 1967 - Sharleen Spiteri (Scottish singer; Texas) is born.
in 1967 -
Steve Digiorgio (US bassist; Sadus/Testament and Death) is born.

in 1967 -
The Beatles finished recording ‘Blue Jay Way’, ‘Flying’ and ‘Magical Mystery Tour.’ The Beatles have only six songs, not enough for an album so decided to issue a double-EP. Capitol Records didn’t think the double-EP format would be acceptable for the US market, so they decide to put out an album instead. The six "Magical Mystery Tour" songs with five of the six songs from The Beatles' 1967 singles went on side two.

in 1969 -
The Rolling Stones kicked off their 6th North American tour at Fort Collins state University, Colorado. Also on the bill, Ike and Tina Turner, Chuck Berry and BB King.

in 1970 -
Led Zeppelin released their third album, which features a distinctive pinwheel revolving cover. It entered the UK chart at No. 1 and spends a total of 40 weeks in the Top 75.

in 1974 -
Ted Nugent won a National Squirrel-shooting contest after picking off a squirrel at 150 yards. The heavy metal guitarist also shot dead 27 other mammals during the three day event.

in 1975 -
A new world record was set for continuous guitar string plucking by Steve Anderson who played for 114 hours 17 minutes.

in 1968 -
Greg Tribbett (US guitarist; Mudvayne) is born.
in 1969 - Hélène Grimaud (French classical pianist) is born.
in 1969 - John and Yoko release their 2nd album "Wedding Album" in UK.
in 1970 - Neil Hannon (Nth Irish lead singer; Divine Comedy) is born.
in 1971 - Robin Finck (US guitarist; Nine Inch Nails/Guns N' Roses) is born.
in 1974 - Chris Summers (Norwegian drummer; Turbonegro) is born.

in 1975 - Elton John started a three week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Rock Of The Westies', the singers seventh US No.1.


in 1976 -
One Be Lo (Roland Scruggs) (US hip-hop artist; Massive Monkees/solo) is born.
in 1976 - Rob Caggiano (US guitarist, producer; Anthrax) is born.
in 1978 - Mark Read (UK singer; uk boy's band A1) is born.
in 1978 - Tomoya Nagase (Japanese actor, singer; Tokio) is born.
in 1979 - Jon Peter Lewis (US singer, songwriter) is born.
in 1981 - Anthony Moffat (Scottish bassist, writer, film-maker; Sundown On Topanga) is born.

in 1981 - Hall and Oates started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Private Eyes', the duo's third US No.1, a No.32 hit in the UK.


in 1983 -
David Alexandrovich Toradze, composer, dies at 61.
in 1983 - Forrest Kline (US singer-songwriter, guitarist; Hellogoodbye) is born.

in 1983 -
Germaine Tailleferre, French composer (Le Marin du Bolivar), dies at 91.
She was the only female member of the famous composers' group Les Six. At the Paris Conservatory she was awarded prizes in several categories. Most notably she wrote 18 short works in the Petit livre de harpe de Madame Tardieu for Caroline Tardieu, the Conservatory’s Assistant Professor of Harp. In the 20s her 1st Piano Concerto, The Harp Concertino, the Ballets "Le marchand d'oiseaux" and "La nouvelle Cythère" and "Sous le ramparts d'Athènes" in collaboration with Paul Claudel, as well as several pioneering film scores, including "B'anda" in which she used African themes. The 1930s produced the Concerto for Two Pianos, Choeurs, Saxophones and Orchestra, the Violin Concerto, The Operas "Zoulaïna" and "Le marin de Bolivar", and her masterwork, "La cantate de Narcisse" in collaboration with Paul Valéry. In the 40s she composed orchestral and chamber music, plus numerous other works including the ballets "Paris-Magie" with Lise Delarme and "Parisiana", The Operas "Il était un petit navire" with Henri Jeanson, "Dolores", "La petite sirène" with Philip Soupault, and "Le maître".
in 1986 - Tracy Pew dies at 28. Australian bassist, while attending Caulfield Grammar School in Melbourne, he joined a band called The Boys Next Door, along with schoolfriends Nick Cave, Mick Harvey and Phill Calvert. In 1976 he band relocated to London and renamed themselves The Birthday Party but did not find success. The Birthday Party split in 1983, although Tracy briefly played bass for Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds on a live tour and contributed to Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' cover LP Kicking Against the Pricks. He returned to Melbourne to study literature and philosophy and also performed on Lydia Lunch's concept album Honeymoon In Red (an epileptic seizure resulted in head injuries so severe he died from a brain hemorrhage shortly afterwards).

in 1987 -
Charles Holland, black American tenor, dies at Amsterdam. He studied with May Hamaker Henley, Georges Le Pyre in Los Angeles, and Clyde Burrows in N.Y. He sang with the bands of Benny Carter and Fletcher Henderson, appeared in the film Hullabaloo (1941), and had his own concert program on NBC radio. In 1949 he settled in France, where he appeared on radio and television; made his European operatic debut in Die ZauberflOte at the Paris Opera in 1954, and in 1955 he became the first black artist to sing at the Paris Opera-Comique. He later sang throughout Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada, making his N.Y. debut in a recital at Carnegie Hall in 1982. – Born at Norfolk, Va., Dec. 27, 1909.

in 1987 -
Bruce Springsteen went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Tunnel Of Love.'

in 1987 -
Tiffany became the youngest act to score a US No.1 since Michael Jackson ('Ben', in 1972) with 'I Think we're Alone Now'.

in 1997 -
The Spice Girls sacked their manager Simon Fuller and his 19 management team.

in 1999 -
Geri Halliwell went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Lift Me Up', beating former colleague Emma Bunton's single which entered the chart at No.2. Sales of Geri's single were helped by front-page press reports about her dating Chris Evans.

in 1988 -
John Fogerty won his self-plagiarism court battle with Fantasy Records. The label claimed Fogerty copied his own song, “Run Through The Jungle” when he wrote “The Old Man Down The Road”.

in 1990 -
"Little Night Music" closes at New York State NYC after 11 perfs
in 1990 - Matt Corby (Australian singer) is born
in 1991 - "Park Your Car in Harvard Yard" opens at Music Box NYC.

in 1991 -
Prince Gideon Israel/Carter Cornelius dies at age 53. American R&B singer born in Dania Beach, FL; he was part of his family group Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose, along with his brother Eddie, and his sisters Billie Jo, and Rose, formed in 1971. They scored hits with "Treat Her Like A Lady", "Too Late To Turn Back Now", and "Don't Ever Be Lonely (A Poor Little Fool Like Me)". In '76 Carter went into seclusion with Yahweh Ben Yahweh, founder of the a religious sect the Nation of Yahweh, whose followers adopt the surname Israel. He built a recording studio where he wrote, recorded and mixed the sect's music and videos (heart attack).
in 1991 - Frank Zappa was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Because the disease was advanced, it was inoperable, and Zappa died two years later.

in 1993 -
Adelaide Hall, US jazz singer (Cotton Club), dies at 92.

in 1994 -
Shorty Rogers/Milton Rajonsky dies at age 70. American jazz trumpeter and arranger, born in in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. He went on to be one of the principal creators of West Coast jazz. He played both the trumpet and flugelhorn, and was in demand for his skills as an arranger. He worked first as a professional musician with Will Bradley and Red Norvo. From 1947 to 1949, he worked extensively with Woody Herman and in '50 and '51 he played with Stan Kenton. From '53 through '62 he recorded a series of RCA Victor albums and Atlantic albums with his own group, Shorty Rogers and His Giants, including Shorty Courts the Count, The Swinging Mr. Rogers, and Martians Come Back. In the early '60s he quit the jazz scene for many years. In 1982, he was persuaded to pick up his trumpet, playing first with Britain’s National Youth Jazz Orchestra and soon with Bud Shank and others. In the 1990s he formed a Lighthouse All Stars group along with Shank, Bill Perkins and Bob Cooper. (fell ill in the early 1990s and died during KLON's West Coast Jazz festival).
in 1995 - Jerry Daniels dies at age 79. American tenor singer, guitarist and ukulele player, he and Charlie Fuqua had formed a vocal duo "Kyle and Charlie", performing in the Indianapolis area around 1931, before joining up with Hoppy Jones and Deek Watson to form The Ink Spots in 1934. Jerry left the group in 1936 before their commercial success.

in 2002 -
12 Guns N' Roses fans were arrested during a riot after a gig in Vancouver was cancelled. Promoters pulled the gig after Axl Rose's flight from Los Angeles was delayed.

in 2002 -
Whitney Houston's husband, Bobby Brown was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, speeding, driving without a licence and having no proof of insurance after he was stopped by police in Atlanta City.

in 2004 -
Eminem went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Just Lose It', his fourth UK No.1. The UK top five this week consisted of all American acts: No.2, Destinys Child - Lose My Breath, No.3, Britney Spears - My Prerogative, No.4, Christina Aguilera & Missy Elliott - Car Wash and No.5 Usher & Alicia Keys - My Boo.

in 2004 -
R. Kelly and Jay-Z went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Unfinished Business.'

in 2004 -
Elton John live on BBC Radio 1 turned the air blue using the words; f****ing, w**k, and t**s. The singer was a guest on the Chris Moyles breakfast show.

in 2004-
Howard Keel (Harold Clifford Leek) dies of colon cancer at 85. American singer, actor; starred in many of the classic film musicals of the 1950s. In 1945, he briefly understudied for John Raitt in the Broadway musical hit Carousel before being assigned to Oklahoma!, written by Rodgers and Hammerstein. In 1947, Oklahoma! became the first American postwar musical to travel to London, England, and Howard/Harold joined the production. On the opening night, 30 April, at the Drury Lane Theatre, the capacity audience, which included the future Queen Elizabeth II, demanded fourteen encores. Keel was hailed as the next great star, becoming the toast of London's West End. (colon cancer).
in 2008 - Jody Reynolds (Ralph Joseph Reynolds) dies of liver cancer at 75. American rockabilly singer and guitarist, born in Denver, but grew up in Shady Grove, Oklahoma. Jody released 13 singles in the 60' & 70s, his biggest hit single was 1958's "Endless Sleep" which reached No.5 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. He wrote it in a single afternoon in 1956 while in Yuma, Arizona.
in 2011 - Georgi Movsesyan dies at age 66. Russian composer, born in Kharkov, Ukraine; he graduated from the Gnessin State Musical College in 1964. Honored as a People's Artist of Russia in 2001, he is mostly known for his songs "Beryoza", "Moi goda", "Olympiada", "Nachalo" performed by Iosif Kobzon, Lev Leshchenko, Anna German, Vakhtang Kikabidze and others (heart attack) - Born August 2nd 1945.

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in 1578 -
Johann Walter, composer, dies at 51.
in 1590 - Francesco Gonzaga, composer is born.
in 1592 - Domenico Mazzocchi, composer is born.

in 1657 -
Thomas Bullis, English organist and composer is baptized at Ely. He was the son of the English composer Thomas Bullis (baptized at Ely, Aug. 26,1627; died there (buried), Jan. 23, 1708). He was a chorister and lay clerk under John Ferrabosco at Ely Cathedral, where he also acted occasionally as organist. He was also active at Holy Trinity in Ely. Bullis composed a number of fine services and anthems. – Died at Ely (buried), Aug. 24, 1712.

in 1693 -
Leonhard Trautsch, composer is born.
in 1757 - Pierre Prowo, composer, dies at 60.
in 1770 - Friedrich Witt, composer is born.

in 1785 -
Friedrich Wilhelm Michael Kalkbrenner, composer is born.
Video Notes: Kalkbrenner was a German pianist, composer, piano teacher and piano manufacturer who spent most of his life in England and France. Before the advent of Frédéric Chopin, Sigismond Thalberg and Franz Liszt, Kalkbrenner was by many considered to be the foremost pianist in France and England, even Europe.The only serious rival he had was Johann Nepomuk Hummel. Kalkbrenner was a prolific composer of a multitude of piano works (altogether more than 200), piano concertos, and even operas.

Author of a famous method of piano playing (1831) which was in print until the late 19th century, he ran in Paris what is sometimes called a factory for aspiring virtuosos and taught scores of pupils from as far away as Cuba. His best piano pupils were Marie Pleyel and Camille-Marie Stamaty. Through Stamaty Kalkbrenner's piano method was passed on to Louis Moreau Gottschalk and Camille Saint-Saëns.


He was one of the few composers who through deft business deals became enormously rich. Chopin dedicated his first piano concerto to him. Kalkbrenner published transcriptions of Beethoven's nine symphonies for solo piano decades before Liszt would do the same.He was the first one to introduce long and rapid octave passages in both hands -- today so familiar from 19th century piano music - into his piano texture.


Today he is not so much remembered because of his music, but because of his alleged vanity. Kalkbrenner was convinced that, after the death of Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn, he was the only classical composer left, and he never hesitated to let the world know this. Although of humble origins, he had a lifelong aspiration to be an aristocrat and delighted in rubbing shoulders with the nobility in London and Paris. He is invariably described as a somewhat pompous, formal, overly polite, yet intelligent and business wise extremely shrewd man. He was the target of many anecdotes already during his own lifetime and bitingly satirized by the German poet Heinrich Heine. There hardly is any other composer who lives on in so many anecdotes and stories as Kalkbrenner.


Virtually nothing of his huge output survived, although recently several pianists have taken some shorter works of his in their repertoire. A new recording of two of his piano concertos (No. 1 and No. 4) was released in 2005, an older (and abridged) recording of the piano concerto No. 1 is still available.

in 1880 - Andreas Peter Berggreen, Danish composer, dies at Copenhagend.
He studied law and turned to music late in life; occupied various teaching posts in Copenhagen. His opera
Billedet og Busten (The Portrait and the Bust) was produced in Copenhagen on April 9,1832; he also wrote incidental music to plays. His most important contribution to music literature is the compilation of 11 vols. of folk songs, Folke-sang og melodier, faedre landske og fremmede (Copenhagen, 1842-55; 2nd ed., enl., 1861-71). He further published 14 vols. of songs for use in schools (1834-76) and edited church anthems. Among his students was Niels Gade. – Born at Copenhagen, March 2, 1801.

in 1833 -
Maximilian Stadler, composer, dies at 85.
in 1849 - Edward Julius Biedermann, composer is born.
in 1850 - Karel Komzak, composer is born.
in 1867 - Ilmari Henrik Reinhold Krohn, composer is born.
in 1880 - Jacob Edvard Gille, composer, dies at 66.
in 1882 - Lazare Saminsky, composer is born.

in 1883 -
Sir Arnold (Edward Trevor) Bax, outstanding English composer (Farewell My Youth), is born at London. He entered the Royal Academy of Music in London in 1900 and studied piano with Matthay and composition with Corder there. He won the Academy's Gold Medal as a pianist in 1905, the year in which he completed his studies. After a visit to Dresden in 1905, he went to Ireland. Although not ethnically Irish, he became interested in ancient Irish folklore. He wrote poetry and prose under the name of Dermot O'Byrne, and also found inspiration in Celtic legends for his work as a composer. In 1910 he returned to England. In 1931 he received the Gold Medal of the Royal Phil. Soc. of London. He was awarded honorary degrees from the univs. of Oxford (1934) and Durham (1935).
He was knighted at the Coronation of King George VI in 1937, and was made Master of the King's Musick in 1941. Bax was an excellent pianist, but was reluctant to play in public; he also never appeared as a conductor of his own works. His style was rooted in neo- Romanticism, but impressionistic elements are much in evidence in his instrumental compositions. His harmonies are elaborate and rich in chromatic progressions, and his contrapuntal fabric is free and emphasizes complete independence of component melodies. In his many settings of folk songs, he succeeded in adapting simple melodies to effective accompaniments in modern harmonies; in his adaptations of early English songs, he successfully re-created the archaic style of the epoch. He recorded the story of his life and travels in his candid autobiography,
Farewell, My Youth (London, 1943; ed. by L. Foreman, 1992, as Farewell, My Youth and Other Writings). – Died at Cork, Ireland, Oct. 3,1953.

in 1887 -
Yury Alexandrovich Shaporin, composer is born.
in 1888 - David Monrad Johansen, composer is born.
in 1890 - Caesar-Auguste Franck, Belgian organist/composer, dies at 67.
in 1895 - Hermann Schey, German/Neth singer is born.
in 1900 - Georges Lonque, composer is born.
in 1900 - Mihailo Vukdragovic, composer is born.
in 1901 - Szymon Laks, composer is born.
in 1902 - Walerian Josef Gniot, composer is born.
in 1905 - Richard Nicholson, musician is born.

in 1908 -
Alberto Erede, Italian conductor, is born at Genoa. After training in Genoa and at the Milan Conservatory, he studied conducting with Weingartner in Basel (1929-31) and Busch in Dresden (1930). In 1930 he made his debut at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome; then was on the staff of the Glyndebourne Festival (1934-39); he also conducted the Salzburg Opera Guild (1935-38). In 1937 he made his U.S. debut with the NBC Symphony Orchestra in N.Y. After serving as chief conductor of the RAI Orchestra in Turin (1945-46), he was music director of the New London Opera Co. (1946-48). On Nov. 11, 1950, he made his Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. conducting La Traviata, remaining on its roster until 1955; he conducted there again in 1974. He was Generalmusikdirektor of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Dusseldorf (1951H)2). In 1968 he conducted Lohengrin at the Bayreuth Festival. He subsequently was active as a guest conductor in Europe, and in 1975 became artistic director of the Paganini Competition in Genoa.

in 1909 -
Eduard de Hartog, composer, dies at 80.

in 1909 -
Charles (Marie Anne) Hordes, French choral conductor, dies at Toulon.
He studied piano with Marmontel and composition with Cesar Franck. In 1894, in association with Guilmant and Vincent d'Indy, he organized the Schola Cantorum in Paris, and in subsequent years organized chapters of it in Avignon and Montpellier. He made numerous tours with his choral group. In 1889 he was commissioned by the French government to make a study of Basque folk songs; he publ. 100 of these in
Archives de la tradition basque. He also wrote several pieces based on Basque motifs, among them Suite basque for Flute and String Quartet (1888) and Rapsodie basque for Piano and Orchestra (1890). He also edited several anthologies of early French music, published by the Schola Cantorum. - Born at Roche-Corbon, near Vouvray-sur-Loire, May 12,1863.

in 1912 -
Jean-Louis Martinet, composer is born.

in 1919 -
Vasili Bezekirsky, Russian violinist, dies at Moscow.
He studied violin in Moscow, and in 1858 went to Brussels, where he took violin lessons with Leonard and lessons in composition with Damcke. Returning to Moscow in 1860, he was concertmaster at the Bolshoi Theater (1861-91); from 1882 to 1902 he was prof, at the Moscow Philharmonic Insitute. As a violin virtuoso, he was greatly regarded in Russia. Tchaikovsky wrote about him: "Although not a Czar of the first magnitude, Bezekirsky is brilliant enough on the dim horizon of present violin playing” Bezekirsky was also a composer; he wrote a Violin Concerto (Moscow, Feb. 26,1873) and contributed cadenzas to the violin concertos of Beethoven and Brahms. He published a volume of reminiscences,
From the Notebook of an Artist (St. Petersburg, 1910). – Born at Moscow, Jan. 26,1835.

in 1921 -
Douglas Townsend, composer is born.
in 1924 - Sergey Mikhaylovich Lyapunov, composer, dies at 64.
in 1927 - Patti Page, [Clara Ann Fowler], Claremont Ok, singer (Tennessee Waltz) is born.

in 1927 -
Chris Connor, (Mary Loutsenhizer) jazz singer, is born at Kansas City, Mo.
She started out on clarinet, then began singing at the University of Mo. with a band led by Bob Brookmeyer. She moved to N.Y. in 1949 to sing with Claude Thornhill's vocal group, the Snowflakes, then went solo and joined Stan Kenton (January-July 1953), establishing a reputation in the line of Kenton singers Anita O'Day and June Christy as a stylist in the cool school. Connor signed with Bethlehem (1953) and released several albums, including one with Carmen McRae. She was very successful in the mid-1950s, enjoying large record sales and sold-out appearances. Her career slowed considerably in the 1960s with the coming of rock and roll, and she was less active for awhile. She reemerged on record in the mid-1970s and has been touring and recording since on the nightclub circuit. In 1991, she participated in a Kenton reunion concert in Calif.


in 1927 -
Ken Dodd O.B.E. (UK singer, comedian) is born.

in 1927 -
Ingrid Bjoner, Norwegian soprano, is born at Kraakstad.
She studied pharmacy at the Universotu of Oslo (graduated, 1951) and pursued vocal training at the Oslo Conservatory with Gudrun Boellemose, at the
Frankfurt am Main Hochschule fur Musik with Paul Lohmann, and in N.Y. with Ellen Repp. After making her operaric debut as the 3rd Nom and Gutrune with the Norwegian Radio in Oslo in 1956, she made her stage debut as Mozart's Donna Anna with the Norwegian National Opera in Oslo in 1957. She sang at the Stockholm Drottningholm Court Theater (1957), the Wuppertal Theater (1957-59), the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Dusseldorf (1959-61), the Bayreuth Festival (1960), and the Bavarian State Opera in Munich (from 1961). On Oct. 28, 1961, she made her Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. as Elsa in Lohengrin, remaining on its roster until 1968 and returning again in 1971-72 and 1974-75. In 1967 she sang at London's Covent Garden and in 1974 she returned to N.Y. to sing the Duchess of Parma in the U.S. premiere of Busoni's Doktor Faust at Carnegie Hall. In subsequent years, she concentrated her career on European engagements. She also toured throughout the world as a concert singer. Later she served as a prof, at the Royal Danish Conservatpru of Music in Copenhagen (from 1991) and at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo (from 1992). Bjoner was especially admired for her roles in operas by Wagner, Verdi, and Richard Strauss. She also won praise as Beethoven's Leonore, Iphigenia, and Turandot.

in 1929 -
Bertrand Russell (Bertrand Russell Berns) (US songwriter, producer, record label chief) is born

in 1934
- Doc Green Jr. (US bass & baritone singer; The Five Crowns/Drifters) is born.
in 1938 - Richard Stoker, composer is born.

in 1939 -
Marc (Edouard)Andreae, Swiss conductor, grandson of Volkmar Andreae, is born at Zurich.
He studied piano and conducting at the Zurich Conservatory (graduated, 1962), composition with Boulanger in Paris (1962-63), and conducting with Ferrara at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome and at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena (1964-68). He was conductor of the Orchestre Pro Arte in Zurich (1960-62). After winning 1st prize in the national Swiss competition there in 1966, he was assistant to Peter Maag (1967-68). From 1969 to 1990 he was chief conductor of the Orchestra della Radiotelevisione della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano.


in 1940 -
Kenny Cox (US jazz pianist, bandleader) is born.
in 1942 - Gerald Alston, US singer (Manhattans-Crazy) is born.
in 1944 - Bonnie Bramlett, rock vocalist (Delandy and Bonnie) is born.
in 1944 - Rodney Desborough Slater, rocker (Bonzo Dog Band) is born.
in 1945 - Roy Wood, Birmingham England, rock vocalist/celloist (ELO) is born.
in 1945 - Judith Lang Zaimont, composer is born.
in 1945 - Arnold Rosner, composer is born.
in 1944 - Jack Llewleyn Jones (UK drummmer; The Creation) is born.
in 1945 - Butch Rillera (US drummer; Redbone/Bimbam) is born.
in 1946 - John Martin (UK drummer; Dr Feelgood) is born.

in 1946 -
Roy Wood (Ulysses Adrian Wood)(UK guitar/multi musician, vocals; Move/Wizzard/ELO) is born.

in 1947 -
Minnie Ripperton, (US R&B singer) Chicago, singer (Loving You) is born.
in 1949 - Al "the doctor" Berger (US bassist; The Asbury Jukes) is born.

in 1949 -
Bonnie Raitt, Burbank CA, (US vocals, slide guitar, guitar) (Green Light, The Glow) is born.

in 1951
- Gerald Alston (US vocalist, The Manhattens) is born.

in 1952 -
The first ever UK pop chart was published by the New Musical Express after staff asked 53 record shops to divulge their sales returns. ‘Here In My Heart’ by Al Martino was the first No.1. The song stayed at No.1 for nine weeks. 1958, The soundtrack to South Pacific went to No.1 on the UK album chart. It became the longest running No.1 album of all time spending a total of 115 weeks at the No.1 position. 1963, Dusty Springfield set out on her first UK solo tour, sharing the bill with The Searchers, Freddie & The Dreamers and Brian Poole & The Tremeloes. The first night was in Halifax.

in 1954 -
Satori Shakoor (Jeanette McGruder)(US singer, back-up singer; P Funk/Brides of Funkenstein/Rick James) is born.

in 1954 -
Ricke Lee Jones (US singer, keyboards, guitar) is born.

in 1956 -
Alan Frew (Scottish lead singer, guitarist, songwriter; Glass Tiger/solo) is born.

in 1957 -
Porl Thompson (UK saxophone player, keyboards; Cure) is born.
in 1958 - First-ever British LP chart published, in NME. 'South Pacific' film soundtrack is at No. 1 for 70 weeks continuously, and 115 in all.

in 1958 -
Don Byron, innovative jazz clarinetist, bass clarinetist, is born at Bronx, N.Y.
His father was from the Caribbean and played bass in calypso bands. Don started playing clarinet at age seven, attending Music and Arts H.S.; he concentrated on classical music while also getting involved in local Latin bands and arranging for them. He attended the Manhattan School of Music for a year before transferring to the New England Conservatory (c. 1977-78), where he studied alto saxophone (and classical clarinet, with Joe Allard). While in Boston, Byron pursued his steadily broadening interests, including the conservatory's Klezmer band and Latin bands, in some of which he played piano; he also worked in Gunther Schuller's New England Ragtime Ensemble. Back in N.Y. after graduating, he was recruited for Hamiet Bluiett's group Clarinet Family, comprised of eight clarinets and a rhythm section. Other engagements followed with Geri Allen, the Ellington Band under Mercer Ellington, Mario Bauza, Bobby Previte, the David Murray Big Band, Reggie Workman, Craig Russell, Uri Caine, Ralph Peterson's Fo'tet, and Bill Frisell. Byron has also pursued his Klezmer activities, even forming his own group that pays tribute to Mickey Katz. He has attracted much attention as perhaps the only African American in that field on a regular basis (as opposed to the many blacks, even Charlie Parker, who have played at an occasional bar mitzvah.) He pursues his classical side by leading Semaphore, a new chamber music ensemble, and plays Latin music with Music for Six Musicians. He has remained an independent thinker and an outspoken eclectic, moving into the music of Raymond Scott and composing his own unique pieces. In 1999 he was composing music to accompany the silent Ernie Kovacs "Eugene" comedy shows, performed live in 2000.


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in 1958 -
Terry Lee Miall, England, rock drummer (Adam and The Ants) is born.
in 1961 -
Leif Garrett (US singer, actor) is born.
in 1963 - Simon Jurovsky, composer, dies at 51.

in 1964 -
Judy Garland and her daughter, Liza Minnelli appeared together at the London Palladium.

in 1965 -
The Beatles worked on a new George Harrison song ‘Think For Yourself’ at Abbey Road for their forthcoming Rubber Soul album. After rehearsing the song, they recorded the basic instrumental track in one take.

in 1967 -
Marc van Roon (Dutch improvising jazz pianist) is born.

in 1967 -
The Foundations were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Baby, Now That I've Found You', the group's only UK No.1. 1968, The Who, Joe Cocker and The Grease Band, The Mindbenders and The Crazy World of Arthur Brown all appeared at The Walthamstow Granada Theatre, England.

in 1968 -
Jean Terrell replaced Diana Ross in the Supremes.

in 1969
- 'Something' the first Beatles A-side composed by George Harrison entered the UK singles chart, it peaked at No.4 in the UK and went on to be a No.1 on the US chart. 1971, The UK Top 5 singles chart: No.5, Tom Jones, ‘Till’, No.4, Al Green, ‘Tired Of Being Alone’, No.3, Rod Stewart, ‘Maggie May’, No.2, Redbone, ‘The Which Queen of New Orleans’ and No.1, Slade, ‘Coz I Love You.’
in 1970 - Diana King (Jamaican R&B, reggae singer) is born.
in 1970 – Ra (Gareth Pring)(UK guitar; Neds Atomic Dustbin/Groundswell) is born.
in 1971 - Tech N9NE (Aaron Yates)(American rapper) is born.

in 1971 -
Led Zeppelin released their fourth album. With no title printed on the album, and generally referred to as Four Symbols, The Fourth Album or Led Zeppelin IV, it has gone on to sell over 37 million copies worldwide. The 19th century rustic oil painting on the front of the album was purchased by Robert Plant from an antique shop in Reading, Berkshire, England. The 20th century urban tower block on the back of the full gatefold LP cover is Butterfield Court in Eves Hill, Dudley, England.

In 1974 -
Ivory Joe Hunter at age 60 loses his battle with cancer. African American R&B singer, songwriter and pianist, best known for his hit recording, "Since I Met You, Baby" in 1956. The Baron of the Boogie, is not to be confused with Motown producer-songwriter Joe Hunter. Born in Kirbyville, Texas, he was christened Ivory Joe, Ivory Joe Hunter is not a nickname, but the artist's real birth name. In the early 1940s, he had his own radio show in Beaumont, Texas, on KFDM, where he eventually became program manager, and in 1942 he moved to LA, joining Johnny Moore's Three Blazers. He wrote and recorded his first song, "Blues at Sunrise", with the Three Blazers on his own label, Ivory Records. Other hits include "I Quit My Pretty Mama", "Guess Who", "I Almost Lost My Mind", "Yes, I Want You", "Empty Arms" and "City Lights". Ivory was a prolific songwriter, some estimate he wrote more than 7,000 songs. Elvis Presley was among the many artists to record Ivory's songs, with "My Wish Came True", "Ain't That Loving You, Baby", "I Need You So", "It's Still Here" and "I Will Be True."
in 1975 - Elton John was named Godfather to John and Yoko Lennon's son Sean.
in 1975 - Stephen Saber, drummer/songwriter is born.

in 1975 -
David Bowie made his US TV debut performing 'Fame', on the Cher CBS-TV show.

in 1975 -
Elton John was named Godfather to John and Yoko Lennon's son Sean.

in 1977
- Jully Black (Jully Ann Inderia Gordon) (Canadian R&B singer of Jamaican heritage) is born.

in 1978 –
Shyne (Moses Michael Leviy/Jamal Barrow) (Belizean born rapper) is born
in 1980 - Ana Vidovic (Croatian classical guitar virtuoso) is born.

in 1980 - Human League split in two;
Phil Oakey continues Human League. Martin Ware and Ian Craig Marsh go on to form Heaven 17.

in 1980 -
Barbra Streisand went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Guilty.' 1981, ITV’s 'The South Bank Show' aired a documentary on the making of the Elvis Costello country album 'Almost Blue.'

in 1981 - ITV's
'The South Bank Show' aired a documentary on the making of the Elvis Costello country album 'Almost Blue.'

in 1982 -
Sam Sparro (Sam Falson) (Australian singer-songwriter, music producer) is born

in 1983 -
James Booker, American jazz pianist; Dies at New Orleans.
The troubled, flamboyant master of New Orleans piano, James Carroll Booker had so much technique and energy that other keyboard players were in awe. On a good night Booker could take those 88s and drive tunes into an ever-widening spiral of improvisation that left performers such as Mac Rebennack (a.k.a. Dr. John) and Allen Toussaint with their jaws hanging to the floor. Trained in the classics and picking up R&B licks on the side, Booker had the kind of technical grounding which let him segue from Chopin to bop-influenced riffs and traditional New Orleans habanera-tinged barrelhouse with ease. Rebennack has called Booker a genius, and few who have heard him on a good night would deny the possibility. In 1960 Booker had a Top 40 hit with "Gonzo," a raucous organ instrumental released on Don Robey's Peacock label. He also did a lot of session work for Imperial, King, and Reprise in addition to working with Fats Domino, Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, B.B. King, Little Richard, Wilson Pickett, Joe Tex, and Lloyd Price, among others. Still, idiosyncrasies and drug dependency had derailed other major talents, keeping them from a life their abilities deserved, and Booker was no exception to the rule. A convicted felon and drug addict, having spent time at L.A/s Angola State Prison and the Anchora Mental Institution, Booker's offstage behavior often interfered with his onstage responsibilities. The last year of his life found him working a day job in the New Orleans city hall. DlSC.: Junco Partner (1976); King of the New Orleans Keyboard (1976); New Orleans Piano Wizard: Live! (1977); Resurrection of the Bayou Maharajah (1977); Classified (1982); Spiders on the Keys (1993); The Lost Paramount Tapes (1995); Gonzo: More Than All the 45 s (1996). - b. New Orleans, La., Dec. 17, 1939.

in 1984 - Carl Gustav Sparre Olsen, composer, dies at 81
in 1985 - Jack Osbourne (son of Ozzy) is born.

in 1986 - Taken from the film 'Top Gun',
Berlin started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Take Your Breath Away'. 1986, The Police started a two week run at No.1 on the UK album with 'Every Breath You Take-The Singles'.

in 1998 -
Robbie Williams scored his second UK No.1 album with 'I've Been Expecting You'.

in 1991 -
John Kirckpatrick, US musicologist (Charles Ives Archives), dies.
in 1992 - Hans Zellig, Swiss/German dancer (Green Table), dies.

in 1992 -
Larry Levan (Lawrence Philpot) dies at age 38. American DeeJay who worked the New York City night club Paradise Garage, a prototype of the modern dance club, because it was entirely focused on dancing, and was the first to put the DJ at the center of attention. Larry developed a cult following, who referred to his sets as "Saturday Mass". Influential US DJ François Kevorkian credits him with introducing the dub aesthetic into dance music. Larry experimented with drum machines and synthesizers which helped establish new electronic, post-disco sound and he was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame in 2004 (after returning home from Japan, Larry voluntarily entered the hospital. He died four days later of heart failure caused by endocarditis).


in 1993 -
Take That kicked off their 21 date, sold out UK ‘Everything Changes’ tour in Bournemouth.

in 1995 -
Michael Jackson and Sony Corp. of America combined forces and created the world's third-largest music publishing company with more than 100,000 titles.

in 1995 -
Country Dan Dick Montana McLain, singer, dies at 40.

in 1997 -
Johnny Paycheck officially joined the Grand Ole Opry. He was the 72nd member of the radio show's cast.

in 1998 -
Lonnie Pitchford dies at age 44. American blues diddley bow player, multi-musician and instrument maker from Lexington, Mississippi; he began making his one-stringed diddley bows as a five-year-old, fashioning them mostly out of parts from old electric guitars. He was also an accomplished six-string guitarist, acoustic and electric, and piano player, as well as playing the double bass and harmonica. Lonnie was "discovered" by ethnomusicologist Worth Long, after he had began to attract crowds playing the music of Robert Johnson, songs like "Come On In My Kitchen" and "Terraplane Blues," on his one-stringed didley bow. Lonnie was voted as one of Living Blues magazine's "top 40 under 40" new blues players to watch
in 1999 - Lester Bowie dies at age 58. American jazz trumpet player and composer; member of the AACM, he co-founded the Art Ensemble of Chicago remaining a member for the rest of his life. He was also a member of Jack DeJohnette's New Directions quartet and played and recorded with Fela Kuti. ( liver cancer, the following year he was inducted into the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame) b. Oct 11th 1941

in 1999 -
Eminem played the first of two sold out nights at the London Astoria, tickets cost £12.00.

in 2000 -
Spice Girl Mel C made a foul-mouthed attack on Westlife, calling them 'a useless bunch of talentless tossers' and 'as hyped-up ****'. Mel made the attack during The Spice Girls party to launch their new album Forever.

in 2001 -
Winners at the MTV Europe Awards included Robbie Williams who won Best male and Best song for 'Rock DJ', Craig David won Best R&B act and Best UK & Ireland act, Dido won Best new act and Anastacia won Best pop act. Gorillaz won Best song for ‘Clint Eastwood’ and Best Dance act and Eminem won the Best Hip Hop award.

in 2003 -
Guy Speranza dies at age 47from pancreatic cancer. American singer; best known as New York-based metal band Riot's original frontman, from 1976-1981. He sung on their first three albums, 1977's Rock City, 1979's Narita and 1981's Fire Down Under, before leaving the band in 1981. After which he returned to Florida and became an exterminator

in 2006 -
Basil Poledouris dies from cancer at age 61. Greek-American film score composer, Kansas City, Missouri; his score for Conan the Barbarian is considered by many to be one of the finest examples of motion picture scoring ever written. In 1996 he scored the "The Tradition of the Games" for the Atlanta Olympics Opening Ceremony that accompanied the memorable dance tribute to the athletes and goddesses of victory of the ancient Greek Olympics using silhouette imagery. Other notable film scores include The Blue Lagoon in 1980; Conan the Destroyer in 1984; Red Dawn in 1984; RoboCop in 1987; The Hunt for Red October in 1990; Free Willy in 1993 and its first sequel; Starship Troopers in 1997; and For Love of the Game in 1999
in 2007 - Four men were arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice after Police raided a house in Camden, London belonging to singer Amy Winehouse. The arrests were in connection of a court case involving Ms Winehouse's husband Blake Fielder-Civil, who faced charges of causing grievous bodily harm.

in 2008 -
AC/DC started a two-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Black Ice’ the bands fifteenth studio album and the second-best selling album of 2008. 2009, Take That singer Mark Owen married his fiancee Emma Ferguson at Cawdor Parish Church, near Inverness, followed by a reception at Cawdor Castle.

in 2008 -
Jerry Fuchs (Gerhardt Fuchs) dies at age 34 while attempting to jump out of a stuck elevator car, accidentally falling 5 stories to his death. American indie rock drummer, writer and graphic artist; he attended the University of Georgia, where he studied graphic design and drummed in the local Athens bands. He also played drums for The Juan Maclean during their live performances, and played live for other DFA Records' outfits including MSTRKRFT, LCD Soundsystem and Holy Ghost!. He then joined Maserati, playing on their albums. Jerry also did graphic design work for the magazine Chunklet and wrote articles as a freelance writer for Entertainment Weekly.

in 2009 - Former Smiths frontman
Morrissey stopped a concert halfway through his second song after being hit by a beer bottle. The 50-year-old singer who was hit in the eye by a plastic bottle of beer, said goodnight to the 8,000 strong crowd in Liverpool, England before walking off.
in 2011 - Heavy D/ Dwight Arrington Myers dies at age 44. Jamaican-born American rapper, record producer and singer who moved with his family to New York City when he was a young child. He was the former leader of Heavy D & the Boyz, the influencial hip hop group which included G-Whiz, "Trouble" T. Roy, and Eddie F. His debut, Living Large, was released in 1987, but it was his 2nd album Big Tyme which was his breakthrough that included the hits "We Got Out Own Thang", "Somebody for Me", and "Gyrlz, They Love Me". Tragically Trouble T. Roy died at age 22 in a fall on July 15, 1990, his passing led to a tribute on the follow-up platinum album, Peaceful Journey, called "They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)" which is regarded as a hip-hop classic (he died unexpectedly due to "respiratory issues") Born on May 24th 1967.

in 2011 -
Jimmy Norman dies at age 74. American rhythm and blues and jazz singer, songwriter; in his early career, he had a charting solo single "I Don't Love You No More (I Don't Care About You)", as well as performing session work with Jimi Hendrix. He was a noted lyricist and songwriter. He wrote the expanded lyrics of the song "Time Is on My Side", which became a hit for The Rolling Stones among others. After producing a single for The Coasters in 1969 for Lloyd Price's Turntable Records, Jimmy replaced Vernon Harrell as the regular substitute, then permanently, for Billy Guy in the group in the 70s. During his 30 years with the Coasters, he also teamed up with Eddie Palmieri as lead vocalist in the group Harlem River Drive, which released a self-titled album in 1971. Later in life he suffered multiple heart attacks and respiratory disease which restricted him. In July 2002, Jimmy's rare tape of his jam session with Marley reached considerably above its estimated value when auctioned at $26,290. Jimmy's last public appearance was for the Jazz Foundation’s Loft Party in New York City on Oct 29th 2011 where he performed two songs, “Collector of Keys,” and “Time is On My Side” (cause of death not recorded) Born August 12th 1937.

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in 1599 -
Francisco Guerrero, notable Spanish composer, dies at Seville.
He studied with his brother, Pedro, and also taught himself to play the organ, cornet, harp, and vihuela. He was a contralto at Seville Cathedral (1542-46), during which time he studied with Morales (c. 1545). From 1546 to 1549 he was maestro de capilla at Jaen Cathedral. In 1549 he accepted a preband as a singer at Seville Cathedral. In 1551 and 1554 he was offered the post of maestro de capilla at Malaga Cathedral, but declined on both occasions; however, he accepted the post of associate to the maestro de capilla at Seville Cathedral in 1551. He was active in Yuste (1557 or 1558), Toledo (1561),Lisbon (1566), and Cordoba (1567) before touring Spain in the royal entourage in 1570-71. In 1574 he was made maestro de capilla at Seville Cathedral. In 1581-82 he was in Rome, and in 1588 in Venice. He then made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land (1588-89), which he recounted in his book
El viaje de Jerusalem que hizo Francisco Gerrero (published posthumously, 1611). In 1589 he returned to Venice, and later that year he settled in Seville, where he died of the plague. Guerrero was greatly esteemed by his contemporaries. He was a significant composer of Spanish sacred music, being surpassed only by Victoria among the masters of his era. He composed 18 Masses and had some 150 other sacred works published in his lifetime. He also wrote numerous secular songs. Some of his secular works were included in anthologies. M. Querol Gavalda edited his Opera omnia in Monumentos de la Musica Espanola, XVI and XIX (1949-57; unfinished). - Born at Seville, Oct. 4?, 1528.

in 1664 -
Johannes Speth, composer is born.
in 1697 - Claudio Casciolini, composer is born.

in 1723 -
Anna Amalia, Princess of Prussia, German keyboard player, music patroness, and composer, sister of Friedrich II the Great, is born at Berlin. She studied with her brother, the cathedral organist Gottlieb Hayne, and Kirnberger. She was a fine keyboard player. Among her works are music to Ramler's Der Tod Jesu, which was also set by C. H. Graun, a Trio Sonata, a Flute Sonata, many chorales, and military marches. She assembled a valuable library of about 600 MSS, which included many by Bach; this Bibliothek-Amalien is housed in Berlin. – Died at Berlin Sept. 30, 1787.

in 1754 -
Johann Christoph Fravenholtz, composer, dies at 70.
Alsatian composer and poet. Nothing is known about the circumstances which led Frauenholtz to Strasbourg, where he matriculated at the university as a law student on 6 October 1710. In 1713 he directed a cycle of his cantatas at the Aurelian-Kirche and the following year he assumed the most important musical positions in Strasbourg, director of music for the city and Kapellmeister of the Neue Kirche. As Kapellmeister he oversaw the music at all seven Protestant churches in the city. He also held the posts, as was the custom, of maître de chapelle at the Temple Neuf and director of municipal concerts from 1727 until his death. On 18 February 1722 he married Maria Elizabeth Emmerich of Strasbourg. Frauenholtz undoubtedly had contact with Andreas, Gottfried and J.A. Silbermann and he may even have served as consultant to their work. He directed the music for the dedication of the Silbermann organ at St Thomas in 1740 and at the Neue Kirche on 16 November 1749, when his Himmel-steigendes Halleluja was performed. On 8 February 1751 he directed the music, which included his cantata Trauer-Musik for the funeral of Marshal Moritz of Saxony. To mark his death a poem by Heinrich Heitz, Davids dankbares Harfen-Spiel (Strasbourg, 1754), was published in his honour; he was buried at St Helena’s cemetry.

Frauenholtz wrote at least five cycles of cantatas and arias, of which only one is extant in complete form. It consists of brief and unpretentious works comprising an aria, arioso or recitative flanked by choruses. These cantatas, reminiscent of the French cantatille, owe much to the rhythms of French dance forms; the influence of secular forms is in marked contrast to the excessively Pietistic texts, most of which are by Frauenholtz himself. His collection of sacred texts Zions geistliche Blumenlust, whose music has been lost, frequently reveals Frauenholtz’s leaning towards mysticism; it contains more extended cantata texts, hymns, Passions and devotional texts.


in 1760 -
Henri-Philippe Gerard, composer is born.

in 1788 -
Giuseppe Donizetti, Italian bandmaster and composer, brother of (Domenico) Gaetano (Maria) Donizetti, is born at Bergamo. In 1832 he was summoned by the sultan of Turkey to take charge of Turkish military bands. He accepted, and successfully accomplished the task of introducing Western instruments and modernizing the repertoire. The sultan richly rewarded him with honors and money, and Donizetti remained in Constantinople to the end of his life. – Died at Constantinople, Feb. 10, 1856.

in 1801 - Czech composer
Carl Philipp Stamitz, who studied with his father, composer Johann Stamitz, died at the age of 56 in Jena.

in 1821 -
Jean-Baptiste Theodore Weckerlin, composer is born.
in 1829 - Jean Xavier Lefevre, composer, dies at 66.
in 1835 - Jean-Theodore Radoux, composer is born.
in 1835 - Davorin Jenko, composer is born.
in 1837 - Alfred Holmes, composer is born.

in 1842 -
Eugen Gura, distinguished German bass-baritone, father of Hermann Gura, is born at Pressern, near Saatz, Bohemia. He studied in Vienna and with Joseph Herger in Munich. In 1865 he made his operatic debut in Lortzing's Der Waffenschmied in Munich, where he sang until 1867. He then appeared in Breslau (1867-70) and Leipzig (1870-76). In 1876 he sang Donner and Gunther at the first Bayreuth Festival, and returned there regularly until 1892. In 1882 he sang the first British Hans Sachs and King Marke at London's Drury Lane. From 1882 to 1896 he sang at the Hamburg Opera. On Aug. 20, 1901, he made his farewell appearance in opera as Hans Sachs in Munich, the day before the official opening of the Prinzregententheater. Among his other notable roles were Wotan, Wolfram, Amfortas, Leporello, Iago, and Falstaff. He published Erinnerungen aus meinem Leben (Leipzig, 1905). – Died at Aufkirchen, Bavaria, Aug. 26, 1906.

in 1854 -
Joseph Miroslav Weber, composer is born.
in 1858 - 1st performance of NY Symphony Orchestra.
in 1868 - Andrea d' Angeli, composer is born.
in 1877 - Jesus Castillo, composer is born.
in 1880 - Rudolph Karel, composer is born.
in 1885 - Opera "Ermine," premieres in London.
in 1897 - Moritz Heuzenroeder, composer, dies at 48.
in 1905 - Aureliano Pertile (Italian tenor singer is born.

in 1906 -
Pete (James Ostend) Brown, jazz alto saxophonist, is born at Baltimore, Md.
His father was originally from Barbados and played trombone; his mother was a pianist. Pete's cousin Estelle Carroll was a singer. He played piano from the age of eight, took up the ukelele soon after, and then specialized on violin. He played in local a moviehouse band from the age of 12, and was a featured soloist at high school concerts. He began working in a Baltimore theatre orchestra, switching to alto and tenor saxophone in 1924. He played with a number of local bands through early 1927, when he joined Banjo Bernie Robinson in Atlantic City; that June, he moved to N.Y. with the band (where Pete began doubling on trumpet in 1928). From c. 1930-35, he worked on and off with Charlie Skeets. From c. 1933-May 1937, he worked in Fred Moore's Trio (with Don Frye) at various N.Y. clubs, and then became an original member of the John Kirby Band. He left Kirby in May 1938, and formed his own band that played many residencies in N.Y. During this period, he played on several recordings organized by Leonard Feather, and also recorded with Willie "The Lion" Smith (1937), and Frankie Newton. He co-led a band with Newton in early 1940, then led his own band at various clubs from1941-43. During 1943, he was with Frankie Newton in Boston and then briefly fronted Louis Jordan's group while the leader did a solo tour. From 1944 through the 1950s, he continued to lead his own small groups, but persistent ill health curtailed regular playing in the later years of his life. He was featured at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1957, and continued playing until his death, with regular stints at the Village Vanguard and other N.Y. clubs. From the late 1950s, he doubled on tenor sax. He regularly gave sax instruction from the 1930s; his pupils include Cecil Payne and Flip Phillips. - Died N.Y., Sept. 20, 1963.


in 1911 -
Edmund Schuecker, composer, dies at 50.

in 1921 -
Pierrette (Marguerite Alarie), Canadian soprano and teacher, is born at Montreal.
She studied voice and acting with Jeanne Maubourg and Albert Roberval. After appearing on radio as an actress and singer of popular music, she continued vocal training with Salvator Issaurel (1938-43) and as a scholarship student with Elisabeth Schumann at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia (1943-46). In 1943 she made her debut as Mozart's Barbarina in Montreal. She won the Metropolitan Opera Auditions of the Air in 1945, and on Dec. 8 of that year made her debut with the company in N.Y. as Verdi's Oscar; remained on its roster until 1947. In subsequent years, she appeared frequently in opera and in concert with her husband, Leopold Simoneau, whom she married in 1946. In addition to her festival appearances in Aix-en-Provence, Edinburgh, Glyndebourne, Vienna, and Munich, she sang opera in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, San Francisco, Philadelphia, N.Y, and New Orleans, becoming particularly well known for her performances of works by Mozart and of works from the French repertoire. In 1966 she retired from the operatic stage and in 1970 made her farewell appearance as a concert singer. After teaching and staging opera in Calif. (1972-82), she went to Victoria, British Columbia, where she was founder-director with her husband of the Canada Opera Piccola. In 1967 she was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 1990 the French government made her a Chevaliere of the Ordre des arts et des lettres de France.


in 1921 -
Jerome (Albert Link), Hines (birth name Heinz), distinguished American bass, is born at Los Angeles. He received training in mathematics, chemistry, and physics at the Universotu of Calif. at Los Angeles (B.A., 1943), and concurrently took vocal lessons with Gennaro Curci in Los Angeles; he later studied voice with Samuel Margolis in N.Y. In 1940 he made his stage debut as Bill Bobstay in H.M.S. Pinafore with the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera. On Oct. 19, 1941, he made his San Francisco Opera debut as Monterone. He then made appearances as a soloist with American orchestra, and also sang with the New Orleans Opera (1944-46). After winning the Caruso Award in 1946, he made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in N.Y. as the Sergeant in Boris Godunov on Nov. 21, 1946; he first sang its title role there on Feb. 18, 1954, making a memorable impression. In the meantime, he sang in South America and Europe. He appeared at the Glyndebourne and Edinburgh Festivals in 1953, at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich in 1954, and at La Scala in Milan and the Bayreuth Festival in 1958. On Sept. 23, 1962, he made a dramatic debut at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow when he sang Boris Godunov in Russian. He continued to sing regularly at the Metropolitan Opera, where he remained on the roster for over 45 years. In addition to his commanding portrayal of Boris Godunov, he also won distinction for such roles as Don Giovanni, Sarastro, Wotan, Philip II, Don Basilio, and King Marke. His deep religious faith was revealed in his choice of Christ as the subject of his opera I Am the Way, and in the title of his autobiography This is My Story, This is My Song (1968). He also published a book of interviews as Great Singers on Great Singing (1982) and the volume The Four Voices of Man (1997).

in 1929 -
Piero Cappuccilli, admired Italian baritone, is born at Trieste.
He studied with Luciano Doaggio in Trieste. In 1957 he made his operatic debut at Milan's Teatro Nuovo as Tonio. On March 26, 1960, he made his Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. as Germont pere, but then pursued his career in Europe. In 1964 he made his first appearance at Milan's La Scala as Donizetti's Ashton, and subsequently sang there regularly with notable success. He made his debut at London's Covent Garden as Germont pere in 1967, and returned there in 1976 as a member of the La Scala company. In 1969 he made his first appearance at the Chicago Lyric Opera as Francesco in I Due Foscari. He made his debut at the Salzburg Festival as Posa in 1975. In 1978 he sang Simon Boccanegra in Paris. While continuing to sing in various Italian operatic centers, he also appeared as a guest artist throughout Europe. Among his other fine roles were lago, Renato, Rigoletto, Nabucco, Escamillo, and Macbeth.


in 1923 -
Dorothy Dandridge, Cleveland OH, actress/singer/dancer (Porgy and Bess) is born.
She was an American actress and popular singer, and was the first African-American to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress. She performed as a vocalist in venues such as the Nathan Featherston and the Apollo Theater.

After several minor bit parts in films, Dandridge landed her first noted film role in Tarzan's Peril (starring Lex Barker), in 1951. Dandridge won her first starring role in 1953, playing a teacher in a low-budget film with a nearly all-black cast, Bright Road, released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.


In 1954, she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress and a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for Carmen Jones, and in 1959 she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for Porgy and Bess. In 1999, she was the subject of the HBO biopic Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, starring Halle Berry as Dandridge. She has been recognized on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


Dandridge was married and divorced twice, first to dancer and entertainer Harold Nicholas (the father of her daughter, Harolyn Suzanne) and then to Jack Denison.
Dandridge died of an accidental drug overdose at age 42.
in 1927 - Ole Olsen, composer, dies at 77.
in 1929 - Alexandra Nikolayevna Pakhmutova, composer is born.
in 1930 - Czech pianist Ivan Moravec was born in Prague.
in 1932 - Carl Perkins, singer (Blue Suede Shoes) is born.

in 1936 -
Mary Travers (US singer; Peter, Paul & Mary/solo) is born.
While in high school, Travers joined the Song Swappers, which sang backup for Pete Seeger when Folkways Records reissued a union song collection, Talking Union, in 1955. The Song Swappers recorded four albums for Folkways in 1955, all with Seeger. Travers regarded her singing as a hobby and was shy about it, but was encouraged by fellow musicians. She also was in the cast of the Broadway show The Next President.

The group Peter, Paul and Mary was formed in 1961, and was an immediate success. They shared a manager, Albert Grossman, with Bob Dylan. Their success with Dylan's
"Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" helped propel Dylan's Freewheelin' album into the Top 30 four months after its release.

An Associated press obituary noted:

The group's first album, Peter, Paul and Mary came out in 1962 and immediately scored hits with their versions of
"If I Had a Hammer" and "Lemon Tree". The former won them Grammys for best folk recording and best performance by a vocal group.
Their next album, Moving, included the hit tale of innocence lost, "Puff, The Magic Dragon", which reached No. 2 on the charts.
The trio's third album, In the Wind, featured three songs by the 22-year-old Bob Dylan. "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" and "Blowin' in the Wind" reached the top 10, bringing Dylan's material to a massive audience; the latter shipped 300,000 copies during one two-week period.
...at one point in 1963, three of their albums were in the top six Billboard best-selling LPs as they became the biggest stars of the folk revival movement.

Their version
of "If I Had a Hammer" became an anthem for racial equality, as did Bob Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind", which they performed at the August 1963 March on Washington.

The group broke up in 1970, and Travers subsequently pursued a solo career and recorded five albums:
Mary (1971), Morning Glory (1972), All My Choices (1973), Circles (1974) and It's in Everyone of Us (1978).[2] The group re-formed in 1978, toured extensively and issued many new albums. The group was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999.
in 1937 - Roger McGough (UK singer, poet, songwriter; Scaffold) is born.

in 1937 -
Desiderius Demeny, Hungarian composer; dies at Budapest.
He was a pupil of V. Herzfeld and S. von Bacho; was ordained as a priest at Gran in 1893; became court chaplain (1897). On three different occasions he won the Geza Zichy Prize (with Ungarische Tanzsuiie, Festouueriiire, and Rhapsodie). In 1902 he founded ZenekozlOny, an important Hungarian music journal. Among his compositions were 8 masses, Hungarian Suite for Chorus, Scherzo for Men's Chorus, 2 Bilder aus Algier, Serenata sinfonica, Der sieghafte Tod, operetta, several melodramas, and many other choral and vocal works, including about 100 songs (most to German texts). – Born at Budapest, Jan. 29, 1871.


in 1940 -
Sergio Cervetti, Uruguayan-born American composer and teacher, is born at Dolores.
He received training in piano from Jose Maria Martino Rodas in Mercedes and from Hugo Balzo in Montevideo, and in composition from Carlos Estrada at the National Conservatory in Montevideo and from Guido Santorsola. From 1962 to 1967 he pursued studies at the Peabody Conservator of Music in Baltimore, where he had further training in composition from Stefans Grove and Ernst Krenek. In 1969-70 he was composer-in-residence at the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst in West Berlin. With the dancer Kenneth Rinker, he co-founded the Berlin Dance Ensemble, with whom he collaborated in various dance scores in subsequent years. In 1970 he went to N.Y. and worked in electronic music with Davidovsky and Ussachevsky at Columbia Univ., and also taught at Brooklyn College From 1972 to 1997 he was a prof, at the Tisch School of the Arts at N.Y.U., where he taught advanced courses in electronic and 20th century music. In 1979 he became a naturalized American citizen. In his early works, Cervetti employed serial and expressionist styles. Around 1970 he became more adventuresome and turned to aleatory and electronics with minimalist and nationalistic excursions. His Inez de Castro, which was premiered by Ballet Hispanico in N.Y. in Oct. 1988, was chosen to open the U.S. Pavilion at the Seville World's Fair in 1992. This remarkable score has subsequently been performed all over the globe.


in 1941 -
Tom Fogerty (US guitarist, vocals; Creedence Clearwater Revival/solo) is born.
in 1943 - Lee Graziano (US rock drummer; Rufus/American Breed) is born.
in 1944 - Phil May (UK singer; Pretty Things) is born.
in 1946 - Carlos Torres Vila (Argentine folk singer, pioneer) is born.
in 1947 - Richard "Snax" Jaeger” some sources Sept 11th (US blues and jazz percussionist; sessionist) is born.
in 1948 - Alan Gratzer (US drummer; REO Speedwagon) is born.
in 1948 - Joe Bouchard (US bassist; Blue Öyster Cult) is born.
in 1948 - Michel Pagliaro (Canadian singer, guitar) is born.

in 1949 -
Margit Bokor, Hungarian soprano, dies at N.Y. She received her training in Budapest and Vienna. After making her operatic debut in Budapest (1928), she sang in Berlin (1930) and then with the Dresden State Opera (1931-35), where she created the role of Zdenka in Strauss's Arabella in 1933. Following appearances at the Salzburg Festival (from 1934) and the Vienna State Opera (1935-38), she settled in the U.S. After appearances in Chicago and Philadelphia, on April 6, 1947, she made her N.Y. City Opera debut as the Composer in Ariadne. – Born at Losoncz, near Budapest, 1905.

in 1951 -
Resurreccion Maria de Azkue (Aberasturi), Spanish composer and musicologist, dies at age 87 at Bilbao. He studied theology in Spain, then went to Paris and studied music at the Schola Cantorum. He wrote two operas to Basque texts: Ortzuri (Bilbao, 1911) and Urlo (Bilbao, 1913), and several zarzuelas. He published a valuable collection, Cancionero popular Vasco (11 vols.), and Literatura popular del Pais Vasco (4 vols., the last containing musical examples) . – Born at Lequeitio, Aug. 5, 1864.

in 1951 -
Sigmund Romberg dies at age 64. Hungarian operetta composer; his adaptation of melodies by Franz Schubert for Blossom Time in 1921, was a great success. He subsequently wrote his best-known operettas, The Student Prince-1924, The Desert Song (1926) and The New Moon (1928), which are in a style similar to the Viennese operettas of Franz Lehár. He also wrote Rosalie (1928) together with George Gershwin. His later works, such as Up in Central Park (1945), are closer to the American musical in style, but they were less successful. Romberg also wrote a number of film scores and adapted his own work for film. Columbia Records asked him to conduct orchestral arrangements of his music, which he had played in concerts, for a series of recordings from 1945 to 1950 that were issued both on 78-rpm and 33-1/3 rpm discs. These performances are now prized by record collectors
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