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Old November 9th, 2012, 06:22 AM   #1701

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in 1954 -
Rickie Lee Jones, hipster singer/songwriter, is born at Chicago, Ill.
While her father, an actor and musician, taught her how to play guitar, Rickie Lee Jones's home life was not pacific. Her parents fought often and moved around a lot. Eventually, her father abandoned the family. Rickie became a teen-aged alcoholic and was thrown out of school in Washington. She migrated south and wound up waiting tables in L.A., playing at occasional open-mike nights, performing beat-like poetry and jazzy songs accompanied by her acoustic guitar. She met Tom Waits, and appeared on his
Blue Valentine album; not in the grooves, but on the cover.

She also performed one of his songs on the soundtrack to
The King of Comedy. Lowell George heard one of Jones's early songs, "Easy Money," and recorded it on his lone solo album, Thanks, I'll Eat It Here. This brought her to the attention of Warner Bros. (George's record company). A four-song demo clinched the deal, and Warner signed her. Her eponymous debut album became the surprise hit of 1979, with the #4 hit single "Chuck E.'s in Love" and the #40 follow-up "Youngblood." It marked the last time Jones hit the pop charts. The album went platinum and Jones earned Best New Artist honors at the Grammys. Her next effort, Pirates, was an even more fully realized project. Though it didn't generate any pop hits, it contained some of the most sophisticated music masquerading as pop. Tunes like "Woody and Dutch on the Slow Train to Peking" maintained the bebopping stance of the first album while expanding on it. Coupled with the heartwrenchingly beautiful ballad "We Belong Together," it made for an astounding album. Despite the lack of a hit, it rose to #5 on the album charts and went gold.

Jones didn't release her next album for two years, and when she did it was a curiosity.
Girl at Her Volcano was a 10 inch vinyl EP, mostly of covers, including a ballad reading of "Under the Boardwalk" and her bohemian take on "My Funny Valentine." The collection hit #39 despite the odd configuration. Jones's 1984 release, Magazine, brought the twin urges of commercial constraint and jazzy freedom to a somewhat overproduced detente that ultimately satisfied no one. Five years later, Flying Cowboys remedied this.

Sparely produced by Steely Dan's Walter Becker, the album featured several tracks with the Scottish band The Blue Nile. While you still couldn't hear Jones on the radio, she continued to sell better than the average cult artist. The mixture of Jones and Becker breaking his long post-Steely Dan silence took this one to #39. With a reputation for reviving stalled careers, Don Was came in to produce Jones's next effort, 1991's
Pop Pop. A sprawling album of covers, the songs ranged from Jimi Hendrix and The Jefferson Airplane to show tunes from Peter Pan and Lili. The album had guest musicians ranging from bandoneon virtuoso Dino Saluzzi to jazz greats Charlie Haden and Joe Henderson. It stalled without even cracking the Top 100.

In between her own projects, Jones duetted with John Mellencamp and Dr. John, the latter earning the duo a Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance. She also produced an album for 12-string guitar shaman Leo Kottke. Kottke performed on Jones's next album,
Traffic from Paradise (1993), along with guests like Lyle Lovett, Brian Setzer, and David Hidalgo of Los Lobos. A cover of David Bowie's "Rebel Rebel" got some radio attention. Jones came back with 1995's Naked Songs, an album consisting mostly of her acoustic guitar and vocals. A stint with the HORDE tour, however, put her in mind to record what she described as a "loud, electric, and very powerful" album. That record, 1997's Ghostyhead, took Jones's musical visions and translated it into trip-hop music with surprising success. Jones remains a remarkable artist who lives to surprise her audiences. Her 2000 release, It's Like This, is another unusual mix of cover songs.

In 2001, Jones was the organizer of the web community "Furniture for the People", which is involved in gardening, social activism, bootleg exchange and left wing politics. She has produced records (including Leo Kottke's Peculiaroso), and provided a voiceover for Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night, in which she played the Blue Fairy (Known as the Good Fairy or Fairy Godmother in the film). Jones also enjoys gardening.


in 1954 -
Dennis Stratton (UK guitar; Iron Maiden/Praying Mantis) is born.

in 1955 -
The Everly Brothers made their first studio recordings cutting four tracks in 22 minutes, at Nashville's Old Tulane Hotel studios.

in 1958 -
Elvis Presley's 'Hound Dog', exceeded three million copies sold in the USA, becoming only the third single to do so. Bing Crosby's 'White Christmas' & 'Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer' by Gene Autry being the other two.

in 1959 -
Thomas Quasthoff (German classical singer) is born.

in 1959 -
Johnny Mathis started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Heavenly'. 1961, Brian Epstein saw The Beatles playing live for the first time during a lunchtime session at The Cavern Liverpool. Epstein went on to be the group's manager. That night they appeared at Litherland Town Hall in Liverpool. 1963, The first night of a UK tour with Tommy Roe, Freddie and the Dreamers, The Searchers and Brian Poole & The Tremeloes kicked off at The Odeon Cinema, Bolton, England.

in 1959 -
Frederick Preston Search, composer, dies at 70.
in 1960 - Demetra Plakas (US punk rock drummer; L7) is born.
in 1960 - Joëlle Ursull (French-Guadeloupean singer) is born.
in 1964 – Pepa(Sandra Denton) (Jamaican singer; Salt-N-Pepa) is born.

in 1964 -
"Comedy in Music-Opus 2" opens at John Golden NYC for 192 perfsin 1965, Welsh baritone Bryn Terfel was born in Pant Glas, Anglesey, North Wales.

in 1965 -
Wilson Pickett made his UK live debut at the Scotch of St James Club in London.

in 1966 -
John Lennon met Yoko Ono for the first time when he visited her art exhibition 'Unfinished Paintings and Objects' at the Indica Gallery in London.

in 1967 -
Tomaz (de Aquino Carmelo) Alcaide, Portuguese tenor, dies at Lisbon.
He studied at the Univ. of Coimbra; took voice lessons in Lisbon, and later in Milan. In 1925 he made his operatic debut at the Teatro Carcano in Milan as Wilhelm Meister in
Mignon. He subsequently sang principal roles in Italian and French operas at La Scala in Milan, the Paris Opera, the Vienna State Opera, the Salzburg Festival, and the Rome Opera; also made concert tours of Europe and the U.S. After his retirement from the stage in 1948, he settled in Lisbon. He wrote an autobiography, Um cantor no palco e na vida (Lisbon, 1961). - Born at Estremoz, Feb. 16, 1901.

in 1967 -
The first issue of Rolling Stone Magazine was published in San Francisco. It featured a photo of John Lennon on the cover, dressed in army fatigues while acting in his recent film, How I Won the War and the first issue had a free roach clip to hold a marijuana joint. The name of the magazine was compiled from three significant sources: the Muddy Waters song, the first rock ’n’ roll record by Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones.

in 1968 -
Led Zeppelin played their first ever London show when they appeared at The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm on the same bill as John Lee Hooker, Deviants, John James and Tyres. Zeppelin singer Robert Plant married his girlfriend Maureen in London on this day and held the reception at the gig.

in 1968 -
Hans-Heinz Drager, German-born American musicologist, dies at Austin, Tex.
He studied musicology with Blume, Schering, Hornbostel, Schiinemann, and Sachs at the University of Berlin (Ph.D., 1937, with the dissertation
Die Entwicklung des Streichbogens und seine Anwendung in Europa; published in Kassel, 1937), completing his Habilitation at the University of Kiel in 1946 with his PrinzipeinerSystematikderMusikinstrumente(published in Kassel, 1948). While in Berlin, he was active with the State Institute for German Music Research (1937-38) and at the State Museum of Musical Instruments (1938-39); also was lecturer in organology at the Hochschule fur Musik (1939). He was professor of musicology at the universities. of Greifswald (1947--49) and Rostock (1948--49), at Humboldt Univ. in East Berlin (1949-53), and at the Free University in West Berlin (1953-61). In 1955 he was a visiting professor at Stanford University. He settled in the U.S. in 1961, becoming a naturalized citizen in 1966; he was on the musicology faculty at the Univ. of Austin (1961-66). – Born at Stralsund, Dec. 6, 1909.

in 1968-
Nazzareno Carusi (Italian international pianist) is born.
in 1968 - Jan Johansson dies at age 37. Swedish jazz pianist; sadly he is little known outside Scandinavia, and his records are not widely available, though Jazz på svenska/Jazz in Swedish has sold more than a 1/4 of a million copies, and is the best selling jazz release ever in Sweden (died in a car crash on his way to a concert).

in 1969 -
Allison Wolfe (US singer; Bratmobile, Cold Cold Hearts, Partyline) is born.
in 1970 - Susan Tedeschi (US blues singer, guitarist) is born.
in 1970 – Domino (Damian Siguenza) (US music producer, DJ, manager) is born.
in 1970 - Chris Jericho (Christopher Keith Irvine) (Canadian wrestler, lead singer; Fozzy) is born.
in 1971 - Big Punisher (Christopher Rios) (US rapper) is born.
in 1972 - Corin Tucker (US singer, guitarist; Sleater-Kinney) is born.
in 1973 - Nick Lachey (US singer, actor; 98 Degrees) is born.
in 1973 - Ringo releases "Ringo" album.

in 1973 -
The Grateful Dead played the first of three nights at the Winterland Arena, San Francisco, California. 1974, Bachman Turner Overdrive went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet', the group's only No.1, A No.2 hit in the UK.

in 1974 -
Carole King scored her third US No.1 album with 'Wrap Around Joy'. 1975, Sparks played their last gig for what would be 19 years at Croydon Fairfield Halls, England. 1978, During a North American tour Queen appeared at the Cobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan. 1985, Jan Hammer went to No.1 on the US singles chart with the 'Miami Vice Theme', a No.5 hit in the UK. 1990, The internal revenue seized all of US country singers Willie Nelson's bank accounts and real estate holdings in connection with a $16million tax debt. 1991, Tin Machine appeared at The Cambridge Corn Exchange, England.
in 1974 - Egon Joseph Wellesz, Austria, composer/musicologist, dies at 89.
in 1974 - Joe C (Joseph Calleja) (American rapper/Kid Rock) is born.
in 1974 - Uncle Kracker (Matthew Shafer)(US rock 'n roll and country singer) is born.

in 1975 -
Ludwik (Ryszard Marian) Bronarski, Polish-Swiss musicologist, dies at Fribourg.
He traveled to Vienna, where he studied musicology with Adler and Dietz at the Univ. (1909-13), later completing his training with Peter Wagner at the University of Fribourg (Ph.D., 1919, with the dissertation
Die Lieder der heiligen Hildegard; published in Zurich, 1922); he subsequently received a law diploma (1926). He taught at the Fribourg Conservatory (1946-67). With J. Turcyriski, he edited the Paderewski edition of Chopin's works (21 vols., Warsaw, 1949-63). WRITINGS! Harmonika Chopina (Warsaw, 1935); Etudes sur Chopin (2 vols., Lausanne, 1944-46; 2nd ed., 1947-48); Chopin et I'Italic (Lausanne, 1946); Szkice Chopinowskie (Chopin Sketches; Krakow, 1961). – Born at Lemberg, April 13,1890.

in 1976 -
Lúcia Moniz (Portuguese singer) is born.
in 1978 – Sisqo(Mark Althavan Andrews) (US R&B singer, actor; Dru Hill)si born.
in 1978 - Otto Siegl, composer, dies at 82.
in 1981 – Eyedea (Oliver Hart/Micheal Larsen)(US rapper, battle MC; Solo/Eyedea & Abilities) is born.
in 1981 – Lyn (Lee Se-jin)(Korean singer) is born.
in 1983 - Jennifer Ayache (French singer; Superbus) is born.
in 1984 - Seven (Choi Dong-Wook)(South Korean singer) is born.

in 1988 -
Yves (Marie), Baudrier, French composer, dies at Paris.
He spent his entire life in Paris. While mainly autodidact as a composer, he studied with the organist of Sacre-Coeur, Georges Loth (1929-33), and received advice from Messiaen (1935) before taking lessons in counterpoint with Daniel-Lesur at the Schola Cantorum. With Messiaen, Jolivet, and Daniel-Lesur, he founded the group Le Jeune France in 1936. He also helped to found the IDHEC (Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinematographiques), with which he was active from 1945 to 1965. He publ. L'intelligence et la musique (Paris, 1950). – Born at Paris, Feb. 11, 1906.


in 1991 -
Yves Montand (Ivo Livi) dies at age 69 (heart attack). Italian-born singer, actor; in Monsummano Terme, Italy, but grew up in Marseille, France. He began a career in show business as a music-hall singer. In 1944 he was discovered by Édith Piaf in Paris and she made him part of her act, becoming his mentor and lover. His recognizably crooner songs, especially those about Paris, became instant classics. During his career, Montand acted in many American motion pictures as well as on Broadway. He was nominated for a Cesar Award for "Best Actor" in 1980 for "I comme Icare" and again in 1984 for "Garçon!".

in 1991 -
Prince and the New Power Generation started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Cream', a No.15 hit in the UK.

in 1991 -
Queen scored their 8th UK No.1 album with 'Greatest Hits II'.

in 1991 -
Richard Marx played in five cities in 1 day during a 'Rush-n Rush Out, Street Tour'. Marx appeared in Baltimore, New York City, Cleveland, Chicago and Burbank Airport.

in 1991 - Comedian
Vic Reeves and The Wonder Stuff were at No.1 in the UK with their version of 'Dizzy', (a No.1 for Tommy Roe in 1969). 1993, The Dave Matthews Band released their first album, ‘Remember Two Things’ on the Bama Rags label.

in 1993 -
Stanley Myers, English movie composer (Deer Hunter), dies at 63.
in 1994 - Milton M Shorty Rajonsky Rogers, trumpeter, dies at 70.

in 1996 -
Robson and Jerome scored their third UK No.1 single when their versions of 'What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted / Up On The Roof /You'll Never Walk Alone', started a two week run at the top of the charts. The actors third and final No.1.

in 1996 -
Blackstreet featuring Dr Dre started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'No Diggity', a No.9 hit in the UK. 1996, Oasis singer Liam Gallagher was arrested after being stopped by police in London's Oxford Street and charged with possession of a class A controlled substance.

in 1996 -
Van Halen went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Best Of Vol 1'. 1996, Michael Jackson played at the Ericsson Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand, the first of eleven dates in Australia and New Zealand on the HIStory world tour. 1997, Paul Weller was arrested and spent the night in a French jail after smashing up his hotel room. His record company paid £4,000 to cover the damage; Weller was released the following day.
in 1997 - The Firm were at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘The Album’, (featuring Nas, Foxy Brown, Az and Nature).

in 1999 -
Herb Abramson dies at age 82. US record producer in Brooklyn, New York City; he produced such performers as Billy Eckstineat, Joe Turner and The Ravens at National Records and founded his first record company Jubilee Records in 1946 with Jerry Blaine producing jazz, R&B and Gospel recordings, he went on to co-found Atlantic records. After leaving Atlantic, he set up his own recording studio A-1 Sound Studios, Hank Crawford, James Moody, Richie Cordell, Johnny Nash and Lloyd Price were among the artists who recorded there. In 1998 Herb received the Pioneer Award from the Rhythm & Blues Foundation.

in 1999 -
Gary Glitter appeared at Bristol Crown Court, England charged with seducing and sexually humiliating a 14 year-old girl. The charges related back to 1980.

in 2002 -
Viewers of the UK music channel VH1 voted 'I Will Always Love You' by Whitney Houston as the number 1 most romantic song ever. In second place Elvis Presley, 'You Were Always On My Mind' and third place went to 'My Heart Will Go On' by Celine Dion.

in 2002 - It was announced that
Madonna's latest movie 'Swept Away' would not be released in the UK because it had been such a box office flop in the US. The Washington Post said the film was "as awful as you've heard and as bad as you've imagined."

in 2003 -
Davy Chesterfield (David Goldsworthy) at age40, killed by a hit & run driver in Oxford, UK. English singer, guitarist and founder member of the indie pop band The Chesterf!elds formed in 1984, Yeovil, Somerset. Signed to the label Subway Organization, they released an EP ''A Guitar In Your Bath'' and single ''Completely & Utterly'' before releasing an album ''Kettle'' in 1987. They moved to their own Household label, issuing 2 more singles and a third album, Crocodile Tears. The Chesterfields final single, "Fool Is The Man" was released in 1989, after which the band split. They did however reformed briefly in the 1990's to tour Japan after their material was re-issued there. (killed by a hit & run driver in Oxford, UK).

in 2004 -
A Dutch man was jailed for nine months for harassing former Spice Girl Melanie Chisholm. The unnamed 39-year-old sent the singer parcels, letters and tapes during 2001. Dutch police searched the man's home after he tried to hand-deliver a parcel to Ms Chisholm's London home.

in 2008 -
Girls Aloud went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Out of Control’, the girl groups fifth studio album.

in 2010 -
Jessica Sanso dies at age 95. American opera singer.

in 2011 -
Renée Franke dies at age 83 at Munich. German pop singer, born in Hamburg, as a pop singer she had several hits including "C'est si bon" in the 50s. In 1954, she also appeared the film "The Lady of the office". From 1966 to 1993 Renée worked as a radio presenter at the Bayerische Rundfunk-NDR. – Born May 4th 1928.

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in 1636 -
Francesco Passarini composer is born.

in 1665 -
Samuel Friedrich Capricornus, Bohemianborn German composer; dies at Stuttgart.
He received training in music, theology, languages, and philosophy. In 1651 he became director of music of the churches and at the gymnasium in Pressburg. From 1657 he served as Kapellmeister at the Wurttemberg court in Stuttgart. He composed operas, ballets, instrumental pieces, and sacred vocal works. – Born at Schertitz, Dec. 21, 1628.


in 1668 -
Francois Couperin, Paris France, composer/organist (Concerts Royaux) is born.

in 1679 -
Johann Christian Schieferdecker composer is born.
in 1694 - Jean-Laurent Krafft composer is born.
in 1704 - Carlo Zuccari composer is born.

in 1714 -
Laurent Desmazures, famous French organist, is born at Marseilles. He was the son of Charles Desmazures (b. 1670; d. Marseilles, Feb. 13, 1736), an organist and composer who served as organist at Marseilles Cathedral. In 1737 he began his career as an organist at the Moissac Abbey, and subsequently was organist at the Cathedral of St. Lazare d'Autun (1750-52), at Notre Dame Cathedral in Rouen (1758-77), and at the church of St. Ferreol in Marseilles (from 1777). Although he lost 3 of his fingers on his left hand, he overcame this handicap by learning to play with false fingers that in no way diminished his dexterity as a virtuoso. He also was a composer and wrote the opera- ballet Lesfetes de Grenade (Dijon, Jan. 12, 1752). - Died while playing the organ at the church of St. Ferreol there, April 29, 1778.

in 1719 -
Georg Philipp Kress composer is born.
in 1772 - Jan Nepomuk Kanka composer is born.
in 1786 - Carl Eberwein composer is born.
in 1811 - Louis Kufferath composer is born.
in 1821 - Andreas J Romberg German violinist/composer (Der Rabe), dies at 54.
in 1833 - Dobri Voynikov composer is born.
in 1846 - Martin Wegelius Finnish musicologist/composer is born.
in 1846 - Paul Kuczynski composer is born.
in 1864 - Alexandre Levy composer is born.
in 1873 - Henri Rabnaud Paris France, composer (Le Premer Glaire) is born.

in 1874 -
Idabelle Smith Firestone (US composer, songwriter) is born.
Video Notes: Glenn Bengtsson, Church Singer and barytenor, sings one of the theme songs of "The Voice of Firestone"-TV show from the fifties -- If I could tell you by Idabelle Firestone -- at a Festive Summer Evening Concert in the Church of Tofta outside Landskrona, Sweden, on July 11th 2010, with pianist and Church Musician Nils-Erik Rosdahl, the two celebrating Ten Years in Concert together. [I can’t believe the flat notes.]
in 1883 - Bedrich Antonin Wiedermann composer is born.
in 1891 - Carl Stalling (US composer, arranger; animated films) is born.
in 1902 - Antonio Maria Valencia composer is born.

TODAY’S MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT SHINES ON . . .

in 1903 -
Vernon Duke, (originally, Vladimir Dukelsky) Russian-born American classical and popular composer, is born at Parfianovka.
Even more than his friend George Gershwin, Duke had one foot in classical music, having gained formal music training as a child and retaining his real name for his instrumental works until 1955. As theatrical composer Vernon Duke, however, he enjoyed his greatest success with such songs as "April in Paris," "I Can't Get Started," and "Taking a Chance on Love," as well as the musical
Cabin in the Sky. Duke's parents were Alexander and Anna Kopyloff Dukelsky; his father was a civil engineer. Duke began to study music at seven and wrote a ballet score at eight.

Admitted to the Kiev Conservatory of Music at 13, he studied composition with Reinhold Gliere and piano with Marian Dombrovsky. In 1920 his family was forced to flee Russia in the wake of the revolution; they lived in Turkey for two years, then moved to Paris. Duke visited the US, in 1921, where he met Gershwin, who encouraged him to write popular music and suggested his pseudonym.


He returned to Paris where in 1924 he wrote a piano concerto that led Ballet Russe director Sergei Diaghilev to commission him to write music for the ballet Zephyr et Flore (Paris, Jan. 31, 1925). His first work for the musical theater was to write interpolations for an Austrian musical, Katja, the Dancer, which opened in London in 1925 and in N.Y. the following year. Yvonne (1926), for which he wrote half the score, was another Austrian import to the U.K.; it ran 280 performances. He wrote his first complete score for The Yellow Mask (1928),which ran 218 performances.


In 1929, Duke wrote a final British show, Open Your Eyes, which closed during tryouts but finally opened in London for 24 performances the following year. He moved to the U.S. permanently in June, later becoming an American citizen. Initially he worked for Paramount Pictures, and his music was used in the 1930 features The Sapfrom Syracuse, Follow Thru, Laughter, and Follow the Leader. His first work for the American musical theater came with several song interpolations to the third edition of the revue TheGarrick Gaieties (N.Y.,June 4, 1930), among them "I Am Only Human After All" (lyrics by Ira Gershwin and E. Y. Harburg), which became a hit for the Colonial Club Orch. in July 1930. The revue Walk a Little Faster (1932) marked Duke's first complete American score. It ran 121 performances and is remembered for "April in Paris" (lyrics by Harburg), which became a hit for Freddy Martin and His Orchestra in December 1933, long after the show closed.


Meanwhile, Ben Bernie and His arch. scored a hit with Duke's independently published song "This Is Romance" (lyrics by Edward Heyman) in October 1933. Duke was hired to write the songs for a new edition of the Ziegfeld Follies, mounted by the Shuberts after Florenz Ziegfeld's death, which opened at the start of 1934. It ran 182 performances and produced a song hit in "What Is There to Say?" (lyrics by Harburg) for Emil Coleman and His arch. Duke wrote his own lyrics for a follow-up to "April in Paris," "Autumn in New York," which was featured in Thumbs Up! (N.Y., Dec. 27, 1934) and became a standard without ever becoming a hit.


Duke teamed with Ira Gershwin to write the songs for the Ziegfeld Follies of 1936; the show ran 115 performances, and its most memorable song was "I Can't Get Started," which became associated with Bunny Berigan and His Orch. Berigan's second recording of the song in 1937 was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1975. Duke wrote most of the score for the revue The Show Is On (N.Y., Dec. 25, 1936), though much of it was cut and replaced by interpolations before its Broadway opening.


After the death of George Gershwin on July 11, 1937,Duke was brought in to complete the music for the film TheGoldwyn Follies, which was released in February 1938. Duke scored his greatest success with a book musical with Cabin in the Sky, starring Ethel Waters, in 1940.The show ran 156 performances; it was made into a successful film released in April 1943 that retained only three of Duke's songs, one of which was "Taking a Chance on Love" (lyrics by John Latouche and Ted Fetter).


The appearance of the film sparked a revival of a 1940 recording of the song by Benny Goodman and His arch. that went to #1 in June 1943, becoming one of the biggest hits of the year. In 1941, Duke wrote the songs for Banjo Eyes, a stage vehicle for Eddie Cantor, which ran 126 performances. With the onset of World War II, Duke enlisted in the
Coast Guard in August 1942 and led a service band. In 1943 he teamed with Howard Dietz to write songs for the musical Dancingin the Streets, starring Mary Martin, which closed out of town, but two more shows with Dietz, Jackpot and Sadie Thompson, reached Broadway for brief runs in 1944.

During that year Duke also wrote a service musical,
Tars and Spars, which played on Broadway and then toured the war zones. Duke returned to live in Paris for two years, 1947-48, and upon returning to the U.S. had trouble getting productions for his stage musicals. He wrote songs for two movie musicals released in 1952: April in Paris, starring Doris Day, and She's Working Her Way through College, both with lyrics by Sammy Cahn. He then managed to get a revue, Two's Company, on Broadway with Bette Davis as star. The show ran 91 performances. Count Basie and His Orch. revived "April in Paris" in early 1956 with a recording that made the R&B Top Ten and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1985. In the spring of 1956, Duke had an Off-Broadway show, The Littlest Revue, which ran 32 performances. Duke married singer Kay McCracken on Oct. 30, 1957.

His final appearance on Broadway came less than two weeks later with the two songs and incidental music he wrote for the play
TimeRemembered, which ran 247 performances. He continued to try to mount Broadway musicals during the last decade of his life, including two shows that closed during tryouts and one that went unproduced. He died of lung cancer at 65 in 16 Jan. 1969 at Santa Monica, Calif.

in 1907 -
Jane Froman St Louis Mo, singer (Jane Froman's USA Canteen) is born.
in 1909 - Johnny Marks (US song-writer, singer)is born.
in 1909 - Ludvig Schytte composer, dies at 61.

In 1910 -
Robert Darcy, French-born Belgian cellist and composer, is born at Paris.
He obtained the Premier Prix in cello at the Lyons Conservatory (1928); studied composition with Francis Bousquet and Paul Vidal. He played the cello in orchestras in Paris and Brussels. Mobilized in 1939, he was taken prisoner of war in June 1940; while in captivity, he organized a prisoners' orchestra; after his release he returned to Belgium, becoming a naturalized citizen in 1949. His style is rooted in neo-Classicism, with an admixture of atonal elements.– Died at Schaerbeek, near Brussels, June 6, 1967.


in 1912
- Salvador Contreras composer is born.

in 1914 -
Les Robinson (US jazz alto-sax player, clarinet, trumpet; all the greats) is born.

in 1916 -
Billy May (US composer, arranger and musician) is born.
in 1916 - Guido Turchi, Rome Italy, composer (Invettiva) is born.
in 1927 – Sabah (Jeannette Gergi Fighali)(Lebanese singer, actress) is born.
in 1928 - Ennio Morricone Rome Italy, composer/musician is born.
in 1929 - Marilyn Bergman (US composer, songwriter) is born.
in 1930 - Toma Prosev composer is born.

in 1932 -
Paul Bley, jazz pianist, is born at Montreal, Canada.
He led his own quartet in a hotel in 1945, playing Montreal nightclubs in the wake of Oscar Peterson; he was soon accompanying visiting artists such as Ben Webster, Charlie Parker (1953), Lester Young, and Roy Eldridge. Bley's debut album (1953) was a trio album produced by and featuring Charles Mingus and Art Blakey.


He left Montreal for N.Y. (1954), where he studied at the Juilliard School and formed a band with Donald Byrd, Doug Watkins, Art Taylor, and Jackie McLean. He then moved to Calif., playing with Chet Baker, and then forming a trio with Charlie Haden and Billy Higgins. They were joined by Don Cherry and Ornette Coleman for an engagement at the Hillcrest, Los Angeles; he later issued two LPs from these gigs.


Apparently Bley returned to Canada for a while, because he got a visa to go to N.Y. at the end of 1959, and played there with Rene Thomas; he then joined Mingus around May 1960. Bley worked with George Russell, and recorded with D. Ellis (1961-62). In 1961, he formed a trio with Steve Swallow and Pete La Roca and then toured Europe with Swallow in the Jimmy Giuffre trio, which reunited for a tour and recordings in the mid- 1990s. While married to Carla Bley, he was a founding member of the Jazz Composers Guild, along with Bill Dixon, Archie Shepp, and Sun Ra; it failed but led to the more successful Jazz Composers Association formed by Carla and Mike Mantler.


He has had a particular empathy with great bassists, recording with Mingus, Charlie Haden, Scott La Faro, Gary Peacock, and Dave Holland. He teamed with singer Annette Peacock in the 1970s and they experimented with synthesizers; he was the first jazz artist to perform publicly on the synthesizer. In 1974, he established the Improvising Artists record label with video artist Carol Goss. His recording Fragments emphasized his connection to Bill Evans. The low-key beauty of this kind of music has influenced New Age music.


In 1996, he toured with Evan Parker and Barre Phillips. An intense, controlled, lyrical perfectionist, Bley has influenced and been admired by Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, and others, just as they shared his colleagues Charlie Haden, Barry Altschul, and others. His concept of the interactive trio developed just after that of Bill Evans, and the two shared Gary Peacock and Paul Motian. His importance has been little acknowledged, partly because of the subtlety of his music and perhaps partly because he has not successfully promoted himself.


in 1934 -
Houston Person (jazz tenor saxophonist, record producer) is born.
in 1939 - Andrew (Charles) Cyrille, avant-garde jazz drummer, composer, is born at Brooklyn, N.Y.
He was playing in a drum and bugle corps at St. Peter Claver Church, Brooklyn, at age 11; at 15, he was performing in a local trio with Eric Gale. He chose a career in music over chemistry and enrolled at Julliard (1960-64); around then, he worked with Freddie Hubbard. Cyrille made his professional debut with Nellie Lutcher, then played with Mary Lou Williams. In 1964 he replaced Sonny Murray in Cecil Taylor's ensemble. This association lasted until 1975, including a period as artist-in-residence at Antioch ColI.


In the mid-1970s he performed Dialogue of the Drums, a series of allpercussion concerts with Milford Graves and Rashied AI; he also recorded with them, Taylor, and Marion Brown. He taught and led his own group, Maono (1975-80), which included David Ware, Sonny Smith, Ted Daniel, Lisle Atkinson, and Nick DiGeronimo. During the 1980s, Cyrille played with the Group (featuring Billy Bang, Fred Hopkins, Sirone, Ahmed Abdullah, and Marion Brown) and Pieces of Time (which included Don Moye, Kenny Clarke, and Milford Graves). He also did sessions with Muhal Richard Abrams and John Carter. He has worked with the Jazz Composers Orch. and with Jimmy Lyons. He has taught at the New School since 1986. He toured the UK (1990) with a trio that played a wide range of music. He is a brilliant avant-garde jazz percussionist and composer who incorporates his voice, as well as Eastern influences, into his soloing.


in 1939 -
Tommy "Bubba" Facenda rocker is born.
in 1940 - Screaming Lord Sutch (David Sutch) (UK singer, politician) is born.

in 1941 -
Graham Clark, English tenor, is born at Littleborough.
He studied with Richard Bonynge, in London with Bruce Boyce, and in Bologna. In 1975 he became a member of the Scottish Opera in Glasgow. From 1976 to 1985 he also made regular appearances at the English National Opera in London. He made his Bayreuth Festival debut as David in
Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg in 1981, and continued to sing there until 1992. On Oct. 17,1985, he made his Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. as Steva in Jenufa, where he remained on the roster until 1993. In 1991 he sang in the premiere of Corigliano's The Ghosts of Versailles there. In 1997 he appeared at the Salzburg Festival in Ligeti's Le Grand Macabre. As a guest artist, he sang in Berlin, Vienna, Munich, Rome, Chicago, San Francisco, and elsewhere. He also appeared as a soloist with many orchestras.

in 1942 -
Michel Tabachnik Swiss composer/conductor is born.
in 1944 - Sir Tim Rice (UK lyricist) is born .
in 1944 - Dave Loggins singer (Please come to Boston) is born.
in 1945 - Donna Fargo (US singer) is born.

in 1946 -
Michael Ball, English composer, is born at Manchester. He began composing at an early age, writing a children's opera when he was 11. In 1964 he entered the Royal College of Music in London, where he studied with Howells, Searle, and Lambert, and was awarded all of its major composition prizes. He then completed his training with Donatoni in Siena (summers, 1972-73), where he also attended the master classes of Berio and Ligeti.

in 1946 –
RTB (Roy Thomas Baker) (UK record producer, songwriter, arranger) is born.
in 1946 - Bill Bryson Evanston Ill, singer (Desert Rose Band-Love Reunited) is born.
in 1947 - Dave Loggins (US singer, songwriter) is born.
in 1947 - Glen Edward Buxton (US guitar, Alice Cooper Band) is born.

in 1947 -
Greg Lake (UK singer, guitar, bassist; The Gods/King Crimson/Emerson, Lake & Palmer) is born.

in 1948 -
Hugh Moffatt (Country music songwriter, singer, trumpet, piano) is born.
in 1948 - Greg Lake rock vocalist/bassist (King Crimson, ELP) is born.
in 1949 - Ann Reinking Seattle, dancer/actress (All the Jazz, Micki and Maude) is born.
in 1950 - Bram Tchaikovsky (Peter Bramall) (UK singer, guitar; Motors) is born.
in 1950 - Ronnie Hammond (singer; Atlanta Rhythm Section) is born.
in 1952 - Pat Severs, Camden SC, country singer (Pirates of Miss-Fred Jake) is born.
in 1954 - Mario Cipollina California, rock bassist (Huey Lewis and The News) is born.

in 1955 -
Elvis Presley attended the fourth Country Music Disc Jockey Convention in Nashville Tennessee. Back at his hotel Mae Boren Axton played him a demo of a new song she had written with Tommy Durden called ‘Heartbreak Hotel.’

in 1956 -
Scott Columbus (US drummer; Manowar) is born.

in 1957 -
Hans (Ludwig Wilhelm) Brehme, German composer, dies at Stuttgart. He studied piano in Berlin with Wilhelm Kempff, taught at Stuttgart and elsewhere. A highly diligent composer, he wrote music in many genres; the idiom of his compositions is fundamentally Classical, with a generous admixture of moderately modern harmonies. He wrote an opera, Der Uhrmacher von Strassburg (1941), an operetta, Versiegelten Bilrgermeister (1944), 2 syms., 2 piano concertos, Flute Concerto, Triptycon for arch., on a theme by Handel (highly successful), Sextet for Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Violin, Viola, and Cello, Clarinet Quintet, Saxophone Sonata, and several works for Accordion. - Born at Potsdam, March 10, 1904.

in 1957 -
Billy Ruane (US manager, concert promoter) is born.
in 1957 - Chris Joyce rocker (Simply Red) is born.

in 1967 –
Ida Cox (nee Prather), jazz-blues singer, died at Knoxville, Tenn. She sang in her local African Methodist Choir during childhood, and later ran away from home to tour with White and Clark's Minstrels on the T.O.B.A. circuit. She became a solo artist and began recording in 1923. She worked with Jelly Roll Morton and King Oliver, among many other jazz musicians. During the 1920s and early 1930s, she toured with her own "Raisin' Cain" show, then headed the "Darktown Scandals" company.

Cox recorded with Hot Lips Page and Fletcher Henderson. After playing solo residencies in N.Y. (1939; at this time managed by blues singer Big Bill Broonzy), she appeared at "Spirituals to Swing" concert at Carnegie Hall (December 1939). She continued to work regularly until suffering a stroke in Buffalo, N.Y. (1945); she eventually retired to Knoxville (1949). Cox was rediscovered in late 1959 after John Hammond placed an ad in Variety. She hadn't sang in five years but resumed recording in 1961 with an album featuring all-star jazz accompaniment. She died of cancer in 1967.She was the wife of Tex. pianist- organist Jesse "Tiny" Crump. – Born at Toccoa, Ga., Feb. 25, c. 1896.


in 1958 -
Massimo Morsello (Italian singer) is born.
in 1958 - Brooks Williams (US folk/blues singer, guitarist) is born.

in 1958 - Soul singer
Sam Cooke was injured in a car crash in Marion, Arkansas. The driver was killed in the accident.
in 1959 - Frank Maudsley (UK bassist; A Flock Of Seagulls) is born.
in 1960 - Isadore Freed composer, dies at 60.
in 1961 - Junior, [Norman Giscombe], RandB singer (Mama used to Say) is born.

in 1961 -
Elvis Presley was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'His Latest Flame/Little Sister.' The singers ninth UK No.1.

in 1963 -
The Yardbirds, (with Eric Clapton on guitar) appeared at The Crawdaddy Club, Richmond, Surrey, England.

in 1965 -
David Hawes (UK bassist; Catherine Wheel) is born.
in 1966 - Steve Mackey (UK bassist; Pulp) is born.

in 1967 -
Andrew "Mushroom" Vowles (member of the electronic band Massive Attack) is born.

in 1967 -
The Moody Blues released “Nights in White Satin.”

in 1967 -
The Beatles filmed three promotional films for their new single ‘Hello Goodbye’ at the Saville Theatre in London. Each of the three film clips featured different costumes and Beatle antics. In the first film they wear their "Sgt. Pepper" uniforms, for the second The Beatles are wearing everyday clothes, the third film clip features shots from the first two films, plus additional shots of The Beatles (especially John) doing the twist. A Musician's Union ban on lip-sync broadcasts prevented the film being used on British television.

in 1968 -
Steve Brookstein (UK singer; UK X Factor winner) is born.
in 1969 - Paul "Kermit" Leveridge (UK rapper, hip-hop artist; Black Grape) is born.
in 1970 - Derry Brownson (UK keyboards, samples, drums; EMF) is born.
in 1970 - U-God (Lamont Jody Hawkins) (US rapper; Wu Tang Clan) is born.
in 1970 - Warren G (Warren Griffin 111) (US rapper) is born.

in 1972 -
DJ Ashba (Daren Jay Ashba)(US guitarist, songwriter; Sixx:A.M/Guns N' Roses/BulletBoys/others) is born.

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in 1973 -
Jacqueline Abbott (UK lead singer; Beautiful South) is born.
in 1973 - Khiry Abdul Samad LA Calif, rocker (Boys-Dial My Heart, Lucky Charm) is born.

in 1973 -
David "Stringbean" Akeman dies at age57. American banjo player and comedy musician best known for his role on the hit television show, Hee Haw. He is one of the most celebrated performers of "old-time" banjo playing, also called "clawhammer" or "frailing", and he is listed along with Uncle Dave Macon, Grandpa Jones, and Ralph Stanley, as among the great old-time style banjo players (the Akemans returned home after performing a show at the Grand Ole Opry, and were shot dead upon their arrival. Thieves had lain in wait for hours. The Akemans' bodies were discovered the following morning by neighbour and fellow performer, Grandpa Jones aka Louis Marshall Jones) .
in 1973 - Elton John started a eight week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road', the singers third US No.1.

in 1973 - Former lead singer with The Temptations
Eddie Kendricks started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Keep On Truckin'.

in 1973 -
Nicholas (Nikolai) Bessaraboff, Russian-born American writer on music, dies at N.Y. He was trained as a mechanical engineer and a draftsman, but he also played the horn and became interested in the mechanics and acoustics of musical instruments. After the completion of his studies at the polytechnical institute in St. Petersburg, he was sent in 1915 with a group of other Russian engineers to the U.S. in order to expedite the shipping of American military equipment for the Russian armed forces during World War I. He remained in the U.S. after the Russian Revolution of 1917, becoming a naturalized American citizen in 1927. He worked as a draftsman in Rochester, N.Y., at the same time doing extensive reading on the subject of musical instruments. In 1931 he moved to Boston, where he began cataloguing the collection of instruments in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. In 1941 he published his magnum opus, Ancient European Musical Instruments, An Organological Study of the Musical Instruments in the Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In 1945 he officially changed his name to Nicholas Bessaraboff Bodley, adopting the maiden name of his American wife, Virginia Bodley. – Born at Voronezh, Feb. 12, 1894.

in 1974 –
Kalma (Niko Hurme) (Finnish bass player; Lordi) is born.
in 1975 - Jim Adkins (US singer, guitarist) is born.

in 1975 -
David Bowie was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Space Oddity, the track was first released in 1969 to tie in with the Apollo 11 moon landing. Rick Wakeman (former keyboard player with Yes) provided synthesizer backing. Bowie would later revisit his Major Tom character in the songs 'Ashes to Ashes' and 'Hallo Spaceboy'.

in 1976 -
Sota Fujimori (Japanese music composer) is born.
in 1978 - Drew McConnell (Irish bassist, backing vocals; Babyshambles) is born.
in 1978 - Eve Jeffers (US female rapper) is born.
in 1978 - Diplo/Thomas Wesley Pentz (US DJ, producer, songwriter) is born.
in 1979 - Chris Joannou (Australian bass guitarist; Silverchair) is born.
in 1979 - Fleetwood Mac scored their second UK No.1 album with 'Tusk'.

in 1979 -
The Eagles went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Heartache Tonight', the group's 5th and final US No.1. It made No.40 in the UK.

in 1980 -
Calvin Chen (Taiwanese singer; Fahrenheit) is born.
in 1983 - Miranda Lambert (US singer, songwriter; Texas Pride) is born.

in 1984 - After setting a new record for advanced orders, 1,099,500 copies,
Frankie Goes To Hollywood went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their debut LP 'Welcome To The Pleasure Dome.' Also on this day Frankie Goes To Hollywood made their debut TV appearance on Saturday Night Live performing 'Two Tribes' and 'Born To Run'.

in 1984 - Former Rufus singer
Chaka Khan was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'I Feel For You.' Written by Prince, the song featured Stevie Wonder on harmonica and the Rap was by Grandmaster Melle Mel. The repetition of Khan's name by rapper Melle Mel at the beginning of the song was originally a mistake made by producer Arif Mardin, who then decided to keep it.

in 1985 -
Ricki-Lee Coulter (Australian singer; second series of Australian Idol) is born.
in 1987 - Charles Hamilton (US hip-hop artist) is born.
in 1990 - Lisa Kirk US Broadway-singer, dies.
in 1990 - Elton John started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'The Very Best Of Elton John'.

in 1990 -
Mariah Carey started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Love Takes Time', her second US No.1, a No.37 hit in the UK.

in 1990 -
Vanilla Ice started a 16-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'To The Extreme.'
in 1991 - Tutte Lemkow dancer/dir (Capt Paradise, I am a Camera), dies at 73.
in 1992 - U2, Public Enemy and the Sugarcubes all appeared at Jack Murphy Stadium, San Diego, California.

in1994 -
Carmen Mercedes McRae dies at age 74. US jazz singer, pianist; worked with Count Basie, Mercer Ellington, also a solo artist and was considered one of the most influential jazz vocalists of the 20th century. Drawing inspiration from Billie Holiday, she established her own distinctive voice, she recorded over 60 albums during her career.
in 1997 - Tommy Tedesco dies at age 67. American master session musician and renowned jazz and bebop guitarist; described as the most recorded guitarist in history, having played on thousands of recordings, including the Beach Boys, Everly Brothers, The Association, Barbra Streisand, Elvis Presley, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Zappa, Sam Cooke, Cher, and Nancy and Frank Sinatra. TV themes include Bonanza, The Twilight Zone, Green Acres, M*A*S*H, Batman, and Elvis Presley's '68 Comeback Special. Film soundtracks include The French Connection, The Godfather, Jaws, The Deer Hunter, Field of Dreams, plus several Elvis Presley films. He was also the guitarist for the Original Roxy cast of The Rocky Horror Show. He was one of the very few sidemen credited for work on animated cartoons for the The Ant and the Aardvark cartoons.

in 1999 - Eighties hit making team
Stock, Aitken and Waterman went to court fighting over song rights. Stock and Aitken claimed Waterman owed them hundreds of thousands of pounds as musicians and songwriters.

in 2002 -
Johnny Griffith dies at age 67. US keyboardist, member of the Motown Funk Brother house band; played the Steinway grand piano, the Hammond B-3 organ, the Wurlitzer electric piano, the Fender Rhodes, and the celeste and harpsichord. Among the hundreds of Motown recordings he played on are "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" by Marvin Gaye, "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)" by Four Tops, and "Stop! In the Name of Love" by The Supremes

in 2002 - Keyboard player
Johnny Griffith died. Had been a member of the Motown records house band, played on Marvin Gaye's 'Heard It Through The Grapevine.'

in 2002 -
Westlife went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Unbreakable' the Irish boy bands record breaking 11th UK No.1.

in 2002 -
Eminem was at No.1 on the US album chart with the ‘8 Mile Soundtrack.’

in 2004 -
Katy de la Cruz dies at age 97. Leading Filipino singer born in Intramuros, Manila, she specialized in jazz vocals and torch songs in a performing career that lasted eight decades. Hailed as "The Queen of Filipino Jazz" and as "The Queen of Bodabil", she was, by the age of 18, the highest paid entertainer in the Philippines. She also appeared in films and received a FAMAS Best Supporting Actress Award in 1953., ill health caused her to retire from public life in the 1990s .
Video Notes: Katy De la Cruz was born on February 13, 1907, in Intramuros, Manila. Even as a young child, Katy would be hired to sing at town fiestas, and at intermissions during cockfights and boxing matches. Her formal schooling ended at the third grade.

In 1914, when Katy was seven, she was hired by the owner of a Manila film theater to sing to the audiences in between movie screenings. Such performances were typical in Manila theaters during that period, and from those routines would emerge a distinct genre eventually known as 'Bodabil'. Katy learned her songs through listening to phonograph records, and mastered the English language with the help of her brother.


By the age of thirteen, Katy was a rising star in the 'bodabil' circuit, performing alongside other leading stage performers such as Atang de la Rama. She soon became a solo headliner, performing in Manila's largest theaters such as the Savoy, the Palace, and the Lux. By 1925, Katy was the highest paid entertainer in the Philippines. She fell in love, and later married, the piano player of her stage show. Some of the chorus girls who performed alongside her onstage, such as Chichay, Etang Discher, Patsy, and Mary Walter, later become prominent entertainers in their own right.


Katy was acknowledged as a proficient performer of torch songs who drew comparisons to Sophie Tucker. Initially, her signature tune was the bluesy ballad St. Louis Blues. After jazz became popular in the Philippines in the 1920s, Katy adapted her singing style and soon mastered the art of scat singing, which became a trademark of hers. By the 1930s, Katy would be most identified with the song 'Balut', a fast-paced jazzy tune written by Jerry Brandy. Katy's take on the song, which afforded her to showcase her scatting ability, has been described as impish and rustic, rounded out by her low, playfully dragging key. A slightly bawdy take on the notorious Filipino culinary delicacy, 'Balut' remains popular to date, with versions performed by the Mabuhay Singers, New Minstrels, Pilita Corrales etc.


Katy occasionally acted in films, most prominently in Inspirasyon (1953), for which she received the FAMAS Best Supporting Actress Award in 1953.Many of her films were for Sampaguita Pictures.


As 'bodabil' slowly declined, Katy concentrated on concert performances and international tours. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, she was a top-billed performer at the famed Forbidden City nightclub in San Francisco. In 1961, she starred in her own stage show in Las Vegas. Katy also performed concert tours in Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, and Hawaii.


Katy eventually retired to San Francisco, California,though she would occasionally perform until the late 1980s. In 1989, she visited the Philippines to attend the premiere at the Cultural Center of the Philippines of 'Katy!', a highly-publicized stage musical based on her life. Ill health caused Katy to retire from public life in the 1990s.

in 2004 - Police questioned Sugababe singer Mutya Buena after she was involved in a fight at a beauty contest. A scuffle broke out in the audience as points were being awarded to girls in the Miss Teen Philippines contest in which Mutya’s sister was competing.

in 2006 -
Gerald LeVert dies at age 40 at home in his sleep of a sudden, unexpected heart attack. US R&B soul baritone singer; He was the most sensual, powerful baritone R&B singer of his generation. He sang with his brother, Sean Levert, and friend Marc Gordon in the R&B trio LeVert. He was also a part of LSG, an R&B musical group as well as recording solo.

in 2007 - The mother of
Kanye West died after complications following surgery at the age of 58. She was taken to hospital in Los Angeles after she had stopped breathing at home and could not be resuscitated. Dr Donda West had managed her son’s businesses and educational foundation and was the subject of his song Hey Mama.

in 2007 -
Carrie Underwood was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Carnival Ride’, the US Country pop singers second album and first No.1.

in 2008 -
Miriam Makeba dies at age 76. South African singer and civil rights activist often referred to as Mama Afrika. When in London she met Harry Belafonte, who assisted her in gaining entry to and fame in the United States. She released many of her most famous hits there including "Pata Pata", "The Click Song" ("Qongqothwane" in Xhosa), and "Malaika". In 1966, she received the Grammy Award for Best Folk Recording together with Harry Belafonte for An Evening With Belafonte/Makeba. The album dealt with the political plight of black South Africans under apartheid.
in 2008 - Wannes Van de Velde Flemish singer, musician, poet and artist dies age 71.

in 2008 -
Coldplay were declared the biggest-selling act of 2008 at the World Music Awards held in Monaco. The band picked up the prize – along with the Rock Act Of The Year award – after their current album 'Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends' topped charts around the globe. Other winners at the awards included Leona Lewis for Best Pop Female – and Best New Artist, Amy Winehouse was the winner in the Female Pop/Rock award, while Alicia Keys was named best in the R&B category. Lil' Wayne bagged the Hip-Hop/Rap Artist award, while Akon was declared the Biggest Internet Artist Of The Year.

in 2008 - After the anti-child-abuse group
Kidscape filed a complaint, the British exam board recalled a high school music test that included convicted child molester Gary Glitter's 1973 hit "I'm the Leader of the Gang" in its "suggested listening" section. Group head Michele Elliott said "The role model is morally decrepit. It's just inappropriate."

in 2010 -
Tony West dies at age 72. British bassist and founder member of the Liverpool rock and roll band The Searchers. The band was formed in 1957, it grew out of an earlier skiffle group formed by Tony, John McNally, and guitarist Brian Dolan. Tony left the band in 1960. In 1976 Tony established the highly successful Tony West Entertainment Agency in Liverpool arranging venues and supplying acts throughout Britain until his death (died peacefully in his sleep during the night at his Hightown home)

in 2010 -
Lee Harper dies at age 65. American jazz trumpeter, born in Camp Le Jeune; he left this day job in late '71, to play professionally, most of 1972 he played in Seattle before moving to Europe late that year. His first locations were Paris, Salzburg and Munich, where he played with Günter Lenz, Al Porcino, Bobby Jones, Catharina Valente, Benny Bailey, Mal Waldron, Sal Nistico, Joe Haider, Boško Petrovic, Art Farmer, Charly Antolini, Bob Wilber, Billy Brooks, Allan Praskin, etc. In the Munich years he also appeared in several jazz recordings. In late 1979 Lee met Erich Kleinschuster and moved to Vienna to work in Erich's quintett and the Austrian Radio (ORF) Big-Band. In the Vienna years he worked with many great musicians, including Thad Jones, Leo Wright, Hans Koller, Fritz Pauer, Ernie Wilkins, Art Farmer, Paul Kuhn, Karl Ratzer, and Aladar Pege. In late 1985 Lee moved to Salzburg, where he lived till his death. He further played with Rudi Wilfer, Barbara Dennerlein, Charlie Mariano, Jarek Smietana, Renato Chicco, Carl Drevo, Frankfurt Jazz Connection, Robert Bonisolo, Connexion Latina, Heinz von Hermann, Alex Meik, Russ Spiegel, Karen Edwards, Franz Trattner, Wolfgang Pointner, Buddy Cattlet, Hadley Caliman, Al Cohn, Bill Elgart, Wayne Darling and Lee Harper's Little Big Band (heart attack).
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in 1688 -
Lorenzo Somis composer is born.
in 1690 - Gerhard Hoffmann composer is born.
in 1696 - Andrea Zani composer is born.
in 1722 - Johann Philipp Sack composer is born.
in 1725 - Georg F Handel’s opera "Tamerlano," premieres in London.
in 1731 - Carl Joseph Toeschi composer is born.

in 1750 -
Apostolo Zeno, famous Italian opera librettist; dies at Venice.
In 1710 he founded the Giornale dei Letterati d'Italia, and in 1718 he was appointed court poet at Vienna; returned to Venice in 1729. The total number of librettos written by him (some in collaboration with Pietro Pariati) is 71; they were collected and ed. by Gasparo Gozzi as Poesie drammatiche di Apostolo Zeno (10 vols., Venice, 1744; reprinted in 11 vols., Orleans, 1785-86). A man of great knowledge and culture, he was also an ardent numismatist; his large collection of coins was exhibited at Vienna in 1955. – Born at Venice, Dec. 11, 1668.


in 1767 -
Bernhard Romberg German cellist/composer/royal chaplain bandmaster is born.
in 1788 - Michal Wielhorski composer is born.
in 1832 - Paolo Giorza composer is born.
in 1862 - Opera "La Forza Del Destino" is produced (St Petersburg Russia).
in 1877 - Carl Arnold, German organist, conductor, and composer, son of Johann Gottfried Arnold, dies at Christiania. He studied piano with C. A. Hoffmann and Aloys Schmitt in Frankfurt am Main, and with J. A. Andre and J. G. Vollweiler in Offenbach. Following tours in Germany, Poland, and Russia as a concert artist, he went to Berlin in 1824. His opera Irene was premiered there in 1832, but it was not a success. In 1835 he became music director in Miinster. In 1847 he went to Christiania as director of the Philharmonic Society, and also became organist at Holy Trinity Church in 1857. His son, Karl Arnold (b. Berlin, June 8, 1824; d. Oslo, Aug. 9, 1867), was also a cellist who was a member of the royal chapel in Stockholm. – Born at Neukirchen, May 6, 1794,

in 1883 -
Ernest Ansermet is born.
Ansermet was born in Vevey, Switzerland. Although he was a contemporary of Wilhelm Furtwängler and Otto Klemperer, Ansermet represents in most ways a very different tradition and approach from those two musicians. Originally he was a mathematics professor, teaching at the University of Lausanne. He began conducting at the Casino in Montreux in 1912, and from 1915 to 1923 was the conductor for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes. Traveling in France for this, he met both Debussy and Ravel, and consulted them on the performance of their works. During World War I, he met Stravinsky, who was exiled in Switzerland, and from this meeting began the conductor's lifelong association with Russian music.

In 1918, Ansermet founded his own orchestra, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (OSR). He toured widely in Europe and America and became famous for accurate performances of difficult modern music, making first recordings of works such as Stravinsky's Capriccio with the composer as soloist. Also, Ansermet was one of the first in the field of classical music to take jazz seriously, and in 1919 he wrote an article praising Sidney Bechet.[1]


After World War II, Ansermet and his orchestra rose to international prominence through a long-term contract with Decca Records. From that time until his death, he recorded most of his repertoire, often two or three times. His interpretations were widely regarded as admirably clear and authoritative, though the orchestral playing did not always reach the highest international standards, and they differed notably from those of other famous 20th-century specialists, notably Pierre Monteux and Stravinsky himself. Ansermet disapproved of Stravinsky's practice of revising his works, and always played the original versions. Although famous for performing much modern music by other composers such as Arthur Honegger and Frank Martin, he avoided altogether the music of Arnold Schoenberg and his associates, even criticizing Stravinsky when he began to use twelve-tone techniques in his compositions.[2] In Ansermet's book, Les fondements de la musique dans la conscience humaine (1961), he sought to prove, using Husserlian phenomenology and partly his own mathematical studies, that Schoenberg's idiom was false and irrational.


In his last years, he and his ensemble surprised many by issuing discs devoted to Haydn, Beethoven and Brahms. These performances were not at all conventionally Germanic, and were much criticized at the time of their appearance, but during recent years their vivacity has come to be appreciated more.[citation needed]


In May 1954, Decca recorded Ansermet and the orchestra in Europe's first commercial stereophonic recordings. They went on to record the first stereo performance of the complete The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky on LP (Artur Rodziński had already recorded a stereo performance on magnetic tape, but this had been released on LP only in mono). Ansermet also conducted early stereo recordings of Debussy's Nocturnes and the Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune.


Ansermet was an ardent man who argued his opinions vehemently. He was notable in Britain for his argumentative rehearsals with British orchestras, who were used to the more jovial style of Sir Thomas Beecham or the more restrained manner of Sir Adrian Boult. His last recording, of Stravinsky's The Firebird, was made in London with the New Philharmonia Orchestra, which included a recording of the rehearsal sessions made as a memorial to him. Another late recording for Decca, also issued as a memorial album, was with L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, and was devoted to Albéric Magnard's Symphony No. 3 and Édouard Lalo's Scherzo for Orchestra.


Ansermet composed some piano pieces and compositions for orchestra, among them a symphonic poem entitled Feuilles de Printemps (Leaves of Spring). He also orchestrated Debussy's Six épigraphes antiques in 1939.

He died on 20 February 1969 in Geneva at the age of 85.
in 1894 - Aaron Avshalomov, Russian-born American composer, father of Jacob (David) Avshalomov, is born at Nikolayevsk, Siberia. He studied at the Zurich Conservatpru. In 1914 he went to China, where he wrote a number of works on Chinese subjects, making use of authentic Chinese themes. On April 24, 1925, he conducted the first performance in Beijing of his first opera, on a Chinese subject, Kuan Yin; his 2nd opera, also on a Chinese subject, The Great Wall, was staged in Shanghai on Nov. 26, 1945, as were The Soul of the Ch'in, ballet (May 21, 1933); Incense Shadows, pantomime (March 13, 1935); Piano Concerto (Jan. 19, 1936); Violin Concerto (Jan. 16, 1938); 1st Symphony (March 17, 1940, composer conducting); and Buddha and the 5 Planetary Deities, choreographic tableau (April 18,1942). In 1947 Avshalomov went to America, where he continued to compose works in large forms, among them his 2nd (Cincinnati, Dec. 30,1949), 3rd (1950), and 4th (1951) – Died at N.Y., April 26, 1965.

in 1895 -
Jacov Gotovac composer is born.
in 1895 - Julius Tausch composer, dies at 68.
in 1889 - premier of Richard Strauss' Don Juan Op. 20 in Weimar, Germany.
in 1901 - Antonio Zamara composer, dies at 72.
in 1907 - Henry Gadsby composer, dies at 64.
in 1910 - Frideswide Frances Emma Knight musician/socialist is born.

in 1912 -
Jozef Wieniawski, distinguished Polish pianist, pedagogue, and composer, brother of Henryk Wieniawski and uncle of Adam Tadeusz Wieniawskij, dies at Brussels at age 75.
He studied piano with Synek in Lublin, and at age 10 entered the Paris Cons., where he received lessons in piano from Zimmerman, Marmontel, and Alkan and in composition from LeCouppey (graduated, 1850). He toured Russia with his brother (1851-53), then was awarded a scholarship from the Czar for study with Liszt in Weimar (1855-56); he received training in theory from A.B. Marx in Berlin (1856--58). Wieniawski taught piano at the Russian Musical Soc. in Moscow (1864--65), then taught piano for one term at the Moscow Cons. before resuming private teaching. In 1875-76 he was director of the Warsaw Musical Soc., with which he appeared as a chamber music artist and as a choral conductor. He then was prof. of piano at the Brussels Cons. (1878-1912). – Born at Lublin, May 23, 1837.


in 1913 -
German Leont'yevich Zhukovsky composer is born.
in 1914 - Hansje Toussaint [Hermina A Schenk], singer (Sing of the Cross) is born.

in 1917 -
Julien-Francois Zbinden, Swiss composer, pianist, and administrator, born at Rolle.
He began piano lessons at the age of 8 and later attended the Lausanne Conservatory. He also studied at the teacher's training college in the canton of Vaud (1934-38; graduated, 1938), and then was active as a pianist. After teaching himself harmony, form, and composition, he pursued training in counterpoint and orchestration with Gerber.


In 1947 he joined Radio Lausanne as a pianist and music producer, becoming head of the music dept. in 1956. From 1965 to 1982 he was deputy director of musical broadcasts of the Radio-Television Suisse Romande. He served as president of the Swiss Musicians Assn. (1973-79) and of SUISA (the Swiss music copyright society; 1987-91).


In 1978 the French government made him an
Officier de l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres. His early love of jazz, as well as the influence of Ravel, Stravinsky, and Honegger, were important factors in the development of his own musical style. Among his works were La Pantoufle, farce-ballet (1958), Fait divers, opera (1960), radiophonic scores, Piano Concerto (1944), Concerto da camera for piano and strings (1950-51), 4 syms., Suite francoise for strings (1954), Rhapsodie for violin and orch. (1956), JazziJic 59-16 for jazz group and strings (1958), Concerto breve for cello and orch. (1962), Violin Concerto (1962-64), Concerto for Orchestra (1977), much chamber music, Terra Dei, oratorio for soloists, chorus, and orch. (1966-67), and other vocal works.

in 1918 -
Jurg Baur composer is born.

in 1927 -
Mose (John Jr.) Allison, jazz-pop pianist, singer, writer, is born at Tippo, Miss.
Allison is a distinctive jazz pianist, a sly and charming singer primarily in a smooth blues idiom, and a witty and perceptive poet writing such lyrics as, "Ever since the world ended/I don't go out as much." His father was a cotton farmer and storekeeper and amateur stride pianist. Mose heard blues on the jukebox in a gas station. He took piano lessons from the age of five until his early teens, when he taught himself trumpet, which he played in the high school band of nearby Charleston, Miss. He also played piano on weekends in a band at a honkytonk near Greenwood. In 1945 Allison enrolled at the Univ. of Miss, in Oxford to study chemical engineering, but soon began playing and writing for the band.

During 1946-47 he spent 18 months in army bands, then returned to college in 1950, when he decided to pursue music full time, at first in Lake Charles and then in other towns in La. On a summer job in St. Louis he met Audre Schwartz, whom he married in 1951. (That summer he also visited N.Y.C. for the first time.) They moved to Baton Rouge where he completed his B.A. in English at La. State Univ. in 1952, while continuing to perform locally.


After several more years freelancing in the Southeast and in Tex. and Colo., often with bassist Taylor La Fargue, the Allisons moved to N.Y. in 1956; by 1959 they had four children. Allison worked with Al Cohn, Zoot Sims, Stan Getz (1957), and Gerry Mulligan. During 1957 he also formed his own trio and soon achieved success in this format, performing in N.Y, Paris, Stockholm, and Copenhagen, sometimes with the addition of local musicians. Allison reached the height of his popularity in the late 1960s and early 1970s, when his clever blues influenced- but-very-contemporary songs caught on with a college-age audience. For a while, he was a popular touring act, and his songs were covered by artists such as Bonnie Raitt. He has continued to record and tour sporadically into the 1990s. Allison's daughter Amy is an acclaimed singer and songwriter with the country-influenced band Parlor James, whose first release was in 1996. Some of his discs are: Back Country Suite (1957); The Transfiguration of Hiram Brown (1959); I Love the Life I Live (1960); Don't Worn/ About a Thing (1962); The Word from Mose (1964); Western Man (1971); Your Mind Is on Vacation (1976); Middle Class White Boy (1982); Ever Since the World Ended (1987); Earth Wants You (1993
).

in 1928 -
Arthur Cunningham composer is born.
in 1928 - Ernestine Anderson jazz vocalist is born.
in 1929 - Delores Williams/Delores LaVern Baker (US R&B singer) is born.

in 1929 -
Lavern Baker, (Dolores Williams), big-lunged R&B star of the 1950s (I Cried a Tear), is born at Chicago.
Dolores Williams began singing in church at the age of 12, and started performing professionally at Chicago's Club DeLisa in 1946, billed as 'Little Miss Sharecropper’. Spotted by bandleader Fletcher Henderson, she initially recorded for the OKeh subsidiary of Columbia Records in 1948, subsequently recording for RCA-Victor in 1949.


Adopting the name Lavern Baker, she performed and recorded for King Records with Todd Rhodes's band in 1952-53, and signed with Atlantic Records in 1953 upon her return from a solo European tour. Her third release, Winfield Scott's novelty song "Tweedle Dee/7 became a smash R&B and major pop hit in early 1955. However, white artist Georgia Gibbs quickly covered the song for Mercury and scored an even bigger pop hit.


Through 1956 Baker scored smash R&B hits with "Bop-Ting-ALing' 7 "That's All I Need" and the ballads "Play It Fair" and "Still" (covered by The Commodores in 1979), backed with "I Can't Love You Enough," a major pop hit. In 1957 "Jim Dandy" became a top R&B and major pop hit and was followed by the inevitable followup, "Jim Dandy Got Married." She toured with deejay/ promoter Alan Freed's rock 'n' roll stage shows, and performed in two of his movies, Rock, Rock, Rock and Mister Rock and Roll, both from 1957.


In 1958 Lavern Baker achieved her biggest hit with the soulful ballad "I Cried a Tear," featuring saxophonist King Curtis. She also recorded her acclaimed Sings Bessie Smith album, on which she paid homage to the famous blues queen—an unusual move for a pop songstress. Subsequent hits included "I Waited Too Long" (written by Neil Sedaka), the rave-up "Saved" (written and produced by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller), and blues legend Ma Rainey's "See See Rider/' By 1964 Baker had left Atlantic, managing her final, albeit minor, hit with "Think Twice," recorded with Jackie Wilson, on Brunswick Records in 1966.


While touring Asia in 1969 she became seriously ill and moved to the Philippines, where she managed and occasionally performed at a Marine NCO club on Subic Bay for over 20 years. She briefly returned to the United States for Atlantic's 40th anniversary celebration at Madison Square Garden in 1988, and later came back to take Ruth Brown's place in the musical Black and Blue during the second half of 1990. Baker was awarded the Rhythm and Blues Foundation's Career Achievement Award in 1990 and inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in 1991. She resumed touring and recording, including "Slow Rollin' Mama" for the soundtrack to the popular film Dick Tracy, but suffered two strokes, as well as diabetes.


She died at a N.Y. hospital on March 10, 1997. A major R&B artist of the 1950s, Lavern Baker scored some of the earliest crossover hits onto the pop charts, including "Tweedle Dee" and "Jim Dandy." However, cover versions of several of her hits, primarily by white artist Georgia Gibbs, kept her from achieving as large a sales success as she might otherwise have accomplished. Performing in early rock 'n' roll movies and tours, Baker's career went into eclipse in the mid-1960s with the rise of soul music. She eventually re-emerged in the 1990s, performing on the cabaret and nightclub circuit, as well as in blues and rock-revival festivals, until her death in 1997.


in 1929 -
Mieczyslaw Soltys composer, dies at 66.
in 1930 - Walter Louis "Hank" Garland (US session guitarist) is born.
in 1932 - Al Levitt drummer is born.
in 1936 - Opal Courtney Jr (American doo-wop singer; The Spaniels) is born.
in 1936 - Welsh composer, conductor and violinist Sir Edward German, died at the age of 74, in London.
in 1937 - Buddy Jimmy Lee Land Ace, singer is born.
in 1936 - Jack Keller (US songwriter) is born.
in 1936 - Edward German composer, dies at 74.
in 1938 - Roger Lavern (UK keyboards; English instrumental group The Tornados) is born.
in 1941 - Jesse Colin Young (US singer, songwriter; The Youngbloods).
in 1943 - Mac Kissoon (singer; Mac & Katie/freelance/sessionist) is born.
in 1943 - Chas Hodges rocker is born.
in 1943 - Karin Kent [Janneke Kanteman], Dutch singer is born.
in 1944 - Jesse Colin Young NYC, rock vocalist (Youngbloods-Soul of a City Boy) is born.
in 1945 - Vince Martell (US guitar, Vanilla Fudge) is born.
in 1945 - Chris Dreja (UK rhythm guitarist, bass, photographer; Yardbirds/Led Zeppelin) is born.

In 1945 -
Jerome David Kern dies at age 60.American composer of musical theatre and popular music. One of the most important American theatre composers of the early 20th century, he wrote more than 700 songs, used in over 100 stage works, including such classics as "Ol' Man River", "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man", "A Fine Romance", "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes", "All the Things You Are", "The Way You Look Tonight", "Long Ago (and Far Away)" and "Who?". He collaborated with many of the leading librettists and lyricists of his era, including George Grossmith Jr., Guy Bolton, P. G. Wodehouse, Otto Harbach, Oscar Hammerstein II, Dorothy Fields, Johnny Mercer, Ira Gershwin and E. Y. Harburg. He was nominated 8 times for Academy Awards, winning 2 for "The Way You Look Tonight" in 1936 and "The Last Time I Saw Paris" in 1941 and Jerome was was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame posthumously, in 1970. (he suffered a cerebral hemorrhage while walking at the south west corner of Park Avenue and 57th street, identifiable only by his ASCAP card, he was initially taken to the indigent ward at City Hospital, later transferred to Doctors Hospital in Manhattan, where he died
in 1946 - Chip Hawkes rocker is born.
in 1947 - Brad Lee Sexton bass guitarist is born.
in 1947 - Pat "Dirty" Daugherty rocker (Black Oak Arkansas) is born.
in 1950 - Jim Peterik (US guitar, keyboards, vocals; Ides Of March/Survivor) is born.
in 1952 - Paul Cowsill Newport RI, rock keyboardist (Cowsills-We Can Fly) is born.
in 1953 - Marshall Crenshaw (US singer songwriter, guitar) is born.
in 1953 - Andy Partridge English rock vocalist/guitarist (XTC-Oranges and Lemons) is born.
in 1954 - John Rosamund Johnson composer, dies at 81.

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in 1954 -
Bill Haley scored his first US Top ten single with 'Shake Rattle And Roll'. He had dropped his cowboy image about a year and a half earlier, while renaming The Saddlemen to Bill Haley and His Comets. The song became the theme song for the Springfield Indians of the American Hockey League. ‘Shake, Rattle and Roll’ was originally made popular by Big Joe Turner.

in 1955 -
Dave Alvin (American singer, songwriter, guitarist;The Blasters/X/solo) is born.
in 1955 - Elvis Presley was voted the most promising new country & western artist by Billboard magazine.
in 1956 - Victor Young orch leader (Milton Berle Show), dies at 56.
in 1956 - Ian Craig Marsh (UK vocalist; Human League/Heaven 17) is born.
in 1956 - Billy Smith Reidsville NC, country singer (Billy and Terry Smith) is born.
in 1957 - Mike Mesaros (US bassist; Smithereens) is born.
in 1957 - Elvis Presley appeared at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, this was Presley’s last concert of the 50’s.
in 1957 - Tony Gad (Tony Robinson) (English-Jamacain vocalist, bassist; Aswad) is born
in 1958 - Luz Casal (Spanish pop-rock singer) is born.
in 1961 - Corinne Hermès (French singer) is born.
in 1961 - Jan Kuehnemund (American guitarist; Vixen) is born.
in 1962 - Mic Michaeli (Swedish keyboardist; hard rock band Europe) is born.
in 1962 - James Morrison (Australian brassman, flugelhorn, trumpet, trombone; Red Rodney/freelance) is born.
in 1962 - Frank Ifield was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Lovesick Blues', the singers second UK No.1.
in 1963 - Brian Epstein and Ed Sullivan sign a 3 show contract for Beatles.
in 1964 - Edward Steuermann composer, dies at 72.
in 1964 - Judith Edelman (US musician; bluegrass band Ryestraw/solo) is born.

in 1965 - The final recording session for
The Beatles Rubber Soul album took place, at Abbey Road, London. They needed three new songs to finish the album so an old song ‘Wait’ is pulled off the shelf and the group recorded two new songs from start to finish. Paul's ‘You Won't See Me’ and John's ‘Girl’, the basic tracks for both songs being completed in two takes. Rubber Soul was completed, and finished copies of the album were in the shops by December 3 in the UK and December 6 in the US.

in 1966 -
Jeff Buckley musician is born.
in 1976 - US singer Linda Ronstadt made her UK live debut when she appeared at the Birmingham Odeon.
in 1967 - Harry Seymour composer/actor (Tenderfoot), dies of heart attack at 76.

in 1969 - The FBI in Phoenix, Arizona arrested
Jim Morrison for drunk and disorderly conduct aboard a plane. The Doors singer who was on his way to a Rolling Stones concert with actor Tom Baker had been drinking and annoying the stewardesses. The pair spent the night in jail and were released on $2,500 bail.

in 1968 -
David L Cook (American singer, comedian) is born.
in 1968 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear nude on cover of "2 Virgins" album.
in 1968 - Jo Kittsee Germany, rocker (Fuzzbox-Into Rescue) is born.
in 1968 - Wyatt Pauley Ecuador, rocker (Linear-I Never Felt This Way, Lies) is born.
in 1968 - Jeanne Demessieux composer, dies at 47.

in 1968 -
Jeanne Marie-Madeleine Demessieux dies at age 47.French organist, pianist, composer, and pedagogue born in Montpellier, southern France. She entered the Montpellier Conservatory in 1928 and in 1932, she obtained first prizes in solfège and piano. In 1933, Jeanne Demessieux was enrolled as student at the Paris Conservatory; studying piano with Simon Riera and Magda Tagliaferro, harmony with Jean Gallon, counterpoint and fugue with Noël Gallon, and composition with Henri Büsser. She had a prodigious memory, she had memorized more than 2,500 works, including the complete organ works of Johann Sebastian Bach, César Franck, Franz Liszt, Felix Mendelssohn and Marcel Dupré. Jeanne made numerous recordings, including the complete organ works of César Franck, which was awarded the Grand Prix du Disque in 1960
in 1969 - Beatles with Billy Preston release "Get Back" in UK.
in 1970 - Derry Brownson rock keyboardist (EMF-Unbelievable) is born.

in 1971 - BBC TV's
Top Of The Pops celebrated its 400th show. The UK chart show was presented by Tony Blackburn with guests; Tom Jones, Dana, John Kongos, Cher, Slade, Cilla Black, The Piglets, Clodagh Rodgers and The Newbeats.

in 1972 -
Berry Oakley dies at age 24.American bassist and one of the founding members of The Allman Brothers Band. He was known for his long, melodic bass runs underneath Duane Allman and Dicky Betts' furious guitar soloing. "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" and "Whipping Post" from the At Fillmore East live album capture Oakley at his best (died in a motorcycle accident at the same intersection as his friend and former band member Duane Allman died a year earlier).

in 1972 -
Gilbert O'Sullivan was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Clair', the singers first of two UK No.1's. The Irish singer songwriter would dress as a 1920s worker in flat cap, braces and baggy trousers.

in 1973 -
Jason White (US guitarist; Pinhead Gunpowder/Green Day) is born.

in 1973 - Thirty US radio stations broadcasted a 'live'
Mott The Hoople concert. In reality it was the band recorded in the studio with the applause dubbed in.

in 1974 -
Static Major (Stephen Ellis Garrett) (US R&B singer, rapper, songwriter, record producer) is born
in 1974 - Alfonso Leng composer, dies at 80.
in 1976 - Jesse Keeler(Canadian bassist, multi-musician; Death from Above/MSTRKRFT/ Femme Fatale) is born.
in 1976 -
Mike Leon Grosch (German singer) is born.

in1977 -
Greta Keller dies at age 74.Austrian cabaret singer and actress; For over 45 years, her voice a legend-in radio shows, films, revues, concerts and musicals, but above all her records circled the globe. First called 'The Great Lady Of Chanson' in her native Vienna, it followed her to London and America. Her voice featured in the Oscar-winning movie, Cabaret, singing the song, "Heirat", she also appeared on Stage with Marlene Dietrich in "Broadway", in which she sang and danced.

in 1977 - During an Australian tour
Fleetwood Mac appeared at the RAS Sydney Showgrounds. Also on the bill, Santana, Little River Band and The Kevin Borich Express.

in 1978 -
Donna Summer started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with her version of Jimmy Webb's 'MacArther Park', also a hit for actor Richard Harris in 1968, (made No.5 in the UK). Also on this day Summer went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Live And More'.

in 1978 -
The Cars released the first picture-disc single commercially available, 'My Best Friend's Girl' which made No.3 in the UK charts.

in 1978 -
David Bowie played the first night of his 8-date Low / Heroes tour of Australia and New Zealand at The Oval in Adelaide. This was Bowies first ever show in Australia.

in 1979 -
Dimitri Zinovievich Tiomkin dies at age 85. Ukrainian film score composer and conductor, he became a U.S. citizen in 1937. He scored American movies like Frank Capra's Lost Horizon- 1937; It's a Wonderful Life- 1946; and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington- 1939. He also worked on Cyrano de Bergerac-1950; Fred Zinnemann's High Noon-1952, for which he received a Best Song Oscar for “Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darlin'”/“The Ballad of High Noon”; Giant-1956; Friendly Persuasion-1956; Gunfight at the O.K. Corral -1957; Rio Bravo-1959; and The Alamo-1960. He also composed the music for Land of the Pharaohs - 1955; The Guns of Navarone -1961; Town Without Pity-1961; 55 Days at Peking-1963), The Fall of the Roman Empire-1964; and The War Wagon -1967, to mention a few. Dimitri also scored four films for Alfred Hitchcock: Shadow of a Doubt-1943, Strangers on a Train-1951, I Confess-1953, and Dial M for Murder-1954.

Video Notes: ~ CANTINA MUSIC ~

Original Soundtrack written by Dimitri Tiomkin. John Waynes THE ALAMO.
Dimitri Zinovievich Tiomkin (Ukrainian: ДмитроЗиновійовичТьомкін, Dmytro Zynoviyovych Tiomkin, Russian: ДмитрийЗиновьевичТёмкин, Dmitrij Zinov'evič Tëmkin, sometimes transliterated as Dmitri Tiomkin) (May 10, 1894 November 11, 1979) was a film score composer and conductor. Along with Max Steiner, Miklós Rózsa, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, and Franz Waxman, Tiomkin was one of the most productive and decorated film music writers of Hollywood.

The Alamo (1960) is an American War film released by United Artists, starring John Wayne as Davy Crockett, Richard Widmark as Jim Bowie and Laurence Harvey as William B. Travis, and featuring Frankie Avalon, Chill Wills, Patrick Wayne, Linda Cristal, Joseph Calleia, Ruben Padilla, Richard Boone, Ken Curtis, Hank Worden, and Denver Pyle.
The subject is the 1836 Battle of the Alamo.
in 1982 - Prince kicked off his 87-date '1999' North American tour at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

in 1985 -
Kalan Porter (Canadian singer; Canadian Pop Idols) is born
in 1985 - Jessica Sierra (US singer) is born.
in 1986 - Big Audio Dynamite appeared at Birmingham's Powerhouse, England, tickets cost £5.

in 1986 -
Pink Floyd issued a press statement stating that they intend to continue using the name without Roger Waters and were recording their next album.

in 1987 -
Yuya Tegoshi (Japanese singer; NEWS and Tegomass) is born

in 1988 -
William Ifor Jones dies at age 88. Welsh conductor and organist raised in Merthyr Tydfil, he studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London from 1920 to 1925. He was for a time organist at the Welsh Baptist Church in Castle Street, London, worked at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and assisted with the British National Opera Company in the role of prompter. He emigrated to America in early 1930, where he taught at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, MD, and at Rutgers University - Douglas College in New Brunswick, NJ. While at Rutgers, he formed a glee club and also performed the complete Organ Works of Johann Sebastian Bach. In 1939, he made his debut as the third Conductor of The Bach Choir of Bethlehem with who he stayed until he retired in 1969, he also conducted The Choir and members of The Philadelphia Orchestra 1948-56

in 1989-
Reina Tanaka (Japanese singer; Morning Musume, Aa!, Elegies) is born.

in 1989 -
Bad English started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'When I See You Smile', a No.61 hit in the UK.

in 1989 -
Chris Rea started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'The Road To Hell.'

in 1989 -
Lisa Stansfield was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'All Around The World'. The British singers debut solo single was a No.1 hit in 11 other countries and a No.3 hit in the US.

in 1990 - A 21 year-old
AC/DC fan died after being attacked outside the Brendan Byrne Arena in New Jersey where the band were playing a gig that night.
in 1993 - Erskine Hawkins dies at age 79. American trumpet player and big band leader; dubbed "The 20th Century Gabriel". He is most remembered as the composer of the jazz standard, "Tuxedo Junction" -1939, which became a popular hit during World War II. Vocalists who were featured with his orchestra include Ida James, Delores Brown and Della Reese. In 1978 he became one of the first five artists inducted into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame and 1989, he was inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. From 1967 to 1989 he was trumpeter and band leader at the show nightclub in The Concord Resort Hotel, Kiamesha Lake, New York

in 1994 -
Elizabeth Lefanu Maconchy Engl composer (My Dark Heart), dies at 87.
in 1995 - Kenneth Goldstein folklorist/enthomusicologist, dies at 68.

in 1995 - Actors
Robson and Jerome had their second UK No.1 single when 'I Believe/Up On The Roof', started a four week run at the top of the charts.

in 1995 -
The Smashing Pumpkins double album 'Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness' went to No.1 on the US chart.

in 1998 -
Patrick Clancy dies at 76. Irish folk singer best known as a member of the group After WW2 Pat went travelling to South America and ended up in New York. In 1955 Pat's younger brother Liam Clancy immigrated to New York, and met up with Tommy Makem, also from Ireland, they all teamed up and formed The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem. The group achieved phenomenal success in America after an appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" which led to a contract with Columbia Records. They performed together for about eight years until Makem left the group to pursue a solo career. Patrick returned to Ireland to live in Carrick-on-Suir and bought a dairy farm.
in 1999 - Britney Spears won four MTV Awards; Best Female Singer, Best Pop Act, Best Song, '...Baby One More Time', Best Breakthrough Artist. Best Rock Act went to The Offspring, Best Male Act, Will Smith and Bono won the Free Your Mind award.

in 2001 -
Michael Jackson went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Invincible.'

in 2001 -
Westlife went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Queen Of My Heart.' The Irish boy bands 9th No.1 equaled the tally of the Spice Girls and Abba.

in 2002 -
British Phonographic industry data showed that sales of singles were at their lowest level for 25 years, making up for less than 10% of all music sold in the UK.

in 2004 - Coldplay fan
Sarah Sainsbury wrote to the band asking for their autographs so she could sell them to raise funds at her school charity. Coldplay sent her a triple platinum disc worth over £4,000.

in 2004 -
Liza Minnelli's former bodyguard accused the singer of forcing him to have sex with her in order to keep his job, court documents revealed. M'hammed Soumayah was suing Minnelli for $100m damages, saying she made "many repeated attempts" to compel him into sex and he "eventually succumbed".

in 2004 -
Robbie Williams, The Rolling Stones and Queen were inducted into the UK's first music Hall of Fame at a ceremony in London. One act had been chosen by TV viewers of a Channel 4 program to represent each decade since the 1950s. Williams represented the 1990s, Michael Jackson the 1980s, Queen the 1970s, the Rolling Stones the 1960s, and Cliff Richard the 1950s.

in 2004 -
Pete Jolly (Peter Ceragioli Jr) dies at age 72. American jazz keyboardist, accordionist, pianist; best known for his performance of various TV themes, his music can be heard on television programs such as Get Smart, The Love Boat, I Spy, Mannix, M*A*S*H, and Dallas, as well as hundreds of movie soundtracks. With the Pete Jolly Trio, and also as a solo artist, he recorded several albums, the last in 2000, a collaboration with Jan Lundgren. He also worked with other notable jazz artists, including Art Pepper, Buddy DeFranco, and Red Norvo, and for many years with EZ music arranger and director Ray Conniff.
in 2006 - Grammy-nominated R&B star Gerald Levert died of a heart attack aged 40. The singer who was the son of O'Jays vocalist Eddie Levert, first found fame with the R&B trio LeVert, and scored a UK top 10 single with Casanova in 1987.

in 2006 - The soundtrack album
‘Hannah Montana’ started a two-week run at No.1 on the US album chart.

in 2007 -
Westlife went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Back Home’ the Irish boy band’s ninth UK No.1.

in 2007 -
John Petersen dies at age 62. American drummer with The Beau Brummels appearing on their hits including "Laugh, Laugh" and "Just a Little", and appeared with the band in the 1965 sci-fi/comedy movie Village of the Giants. In late '66, he left the Beau Brummels for the band Tikis, who were in the process of changing their name to Harpers Bizarre. The group broke up in 1970, but John returned for a reunion album in 1976 and for occasional reunions with the Beau Brummels. In 1975, he played with and recorded on the band's self-titled album. He went on to become a successful producer

in 2009 -
Tom Merriman dies at age 85. American music composer and jingle writer based in Dallas, Texas, who in 1955 created the first production company specializing in radio station advertising campaigns and jingles. Merriman led the Liberty Network Band, and arranged and/or produced music for Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway. In addition, Merriman created many national advertising jingles, corporate musical shows, Las Vegas shows, and theme park ride music. The companies that since 1967 have born his initials have had several incarnations; the latest is TM Studios

in 2010 -
Tony Edwards dies at age 78. British band manager of the British rock band, Deep Purple. He looked after the band from 1967-76 until they split. He was also instrumental in their early success and came up with the name of the band who were originally called Roundabout. Quote:"Without Tony Edwards there would be no Deep Purple" - Ritchie Blackmore.
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in 1606 -
Matthaus Ludecus composer, dies at 79.
in 1676 - Giovanni Antonio Pollarolo composer is born.

in 1730 -
Caterina Gabrielli, famous Italian soprano, is born at Rome. Her father served as a cook to Prince Gabrielli, and the prince made it possible for her to pursue vocal training. She thus took his name in appreciation; her nickname "La Coghetta" ("Little Cook") derives from her father's position. She most likely studied with Porpora in Venice (1744-47), then sang throughout Italy with notable success. She subsequently went to Vienna, where she made her concert debut at the Burgtheater on Feb. 16, 1755. She found a friend and mentor in Metastasio, and quickly established herself as one of the leading singers of the day. In 1758 she went to Milan, where she found another mentor in the castrato Gaetano Guadagni. That same year she was in Padua and Lucca, and later appeared in Parma (1759-60). She then returned to Vienna, where she created the title roles in Gluck's Tetide (Oct. 8, 1760)and Traetta's Armide(jan. 3, 1761). Following further appearances in Italy, she sang in St. Petersburg (1772-75) and in London (1775-76); she then returned to Italy, singing in Naples, Venice, Lucca, and Milan until her 1780retirement. Her reputed beauty and scandalous liaisons made her a legendary figure in operatic lore. - Died at Rome, Feb. 16, 1796.

in 1739 -
Ludwig Ernst composer, dies at 71.

in 1742 -
Francesco Antonio Calegari, Italian composer, music theorist, and teacher, died at Venice.
After taking his vows as a Franciscan at the Palma del Friuli convent in Venice, he obtained his bachelor's degree at the Franciscan seminary in Assisi and then studied counterpoint with Lotti. He was maestro di cappella at S. Francesco in Bologna (1700-01), S. maria Gloriosa dei Frari in Venice (1701-03; 1727-42), and the basilica of S. Antonio in Padua (1703-27). Calegari wrote much sacred music and several treatises, the most important being Ampla dimonstrazione degli armoniali musicali tuoni (1732), which concerns dissonance in figured basses. – Born at Venice, 1656.


in 1817 -
Carlo Pedrotti composer is born.
in 1817 - Martin Gustav Nottebohm composer is born.
in 1823 - Emmanuel Aloys Forster composer, dies at 75.
in 1827 - Gustav Adolf Merkel composer is born.

TODAY’S MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT SHINES ON . . .

in 1833 - Alexander Borodin (Russian composer;vocal/opera/chamber/symphonic) is born.
He was the illegitimate son of a Georgian prince, Gedianov; his mother was the wife of an army doctor. In accordance with customary procedure in such cases, the child was registered as the lawful son of one of Gedianov's serfs, Porfiry Borodin; hence, the patronymic, Alexander Porfirievich.


He was given an excellent education; learned several foreign languages, and was taught to play the flute. He played four-hand arrangements of Haydn's and Beethoven's syms. with his musical friend M. Shchiglev. At the age of 14, he tried his hand at composition; wrote a piece for flute and piano and a String Trio on themes from Robert Le Diable.


In 1850 he became a student of the Academy of Medicine in St. Petersburg, and developed a great interest in chemistry; he graduated in 1856 with honors, and joined the staff as asst. prof.; in 1858 he received his doctorate in chemistry; contributed several important scientific papers to the bulletin of the Russian Academy of Sciences; traveled in Europe on a scientific mission (1859-62).


Although mainly preoccupied with his scientific pursuits, Borodin continued to compose. In 1863 he married Catherine Protopopova, who was an accomplished pianist; she remained his faithful companion and musical partner; together they attended concerts and operas in Russia and abroad; his letters to her from Germany (1877), describing his visit to Liszt in Weimar, are of great interest. Of a decisive influence on Borodin's progress as a composer was his meeting with Balakirev in 1862; later he formed friendships with the critic Stasov, who named Borodin as one of the "mighty 5" (actually, Stasov used the expression "mighty group" or "handful"), with Mussorgsky and other musicians of the Russian national school.


He adopted a style of composition in conformity with their new ideas; he particularly excelled in a type of Russian orientalism which had a great attraction for Russian musicians at the time. He never became a consummate craftsman, like Rimsky-Korsakov; although quite proficient in counterpoint, he avoided purely contrapuntal writing; his feeling for rhythm and orch. color was extraordinary, and his evocation of exotic scenes in his orch. works and in his opera Knyaz' Igor' (Prince Igor) is superb. Composition was a very slow process for Borodin; several of his works remained incomplete, and were ed. after his death by Rimsky-Korsakov and Glazunov. – Died at St. Petersburn, Feb. 27, 1887.


in 1844 - Octave Fouque composer is born.
in 1852 - Georg Hellmesberger composer, dies at 22.
in 1858 - Alexis Contant composer is born.
in 1887 - Premiere of Capriccio Espagnole by Rimsky Korsakov in St. Petersburg, Russia.

in 1892 -
Tudor Davies, Welsh tenor, is born at Cymmer. He studied in Cardiff and at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He appeared at the Old Vic; joined the British National Opera Co. in 1922; created the title role in Hugh the Drover by Vaughan Williams (London, July 14, 1924); in 1928 he sang in the U.s. with the Civic Opera in Philadelphia. He then was a principal singer with the Old Vic and the Sadler's Wells Opera (1931-41); was a member of the Carl Rosa Opera Co. (1941-46); also appeared in concerts. – Died at London, April 2, 1958.

in 1896 -
Spyridon Xyndas composer, dies at 84.
in 1897 - Karl Marx (German composer ) is born.

in 1902 -
Enrico Caruso recorded Vesti la giubba from Leoncavallo's I Pagliacci, and it becomes the first recording to sell a million copies.
Video Notes: Caruso had an remarkably natural and easy voice production. Not only that, but the passion in the voice is heartbreaking and thrilling and can even be heard on this low-tech recording. Modern tenors tend to sing quite a bit further "back," less supported, and don't know how to sing pure vowels. The production, as a result, is thick, muddled, and lacks brilliance. I think quite a few people mistake this modern "dark" and muddy sound as being chesty or heavy...to me it's just bad technique. MrCafiero is correct about Caruso's voice as being dark and heavy, but it is supported and forward, with bite and brilliance (squillo). No modern tenor comes close to this sound. Siempre Caruso!
in 1905 - Evgeni (Grigorievich) Brusilovsky, Russian composer and pedagogue, is born at Rostov-na-Donu. He studied composition with Maximilian Steinberg at the Leningrad Conservatory, graduating in 1931. In 1933 he was commissioned by the Leningrad Union of Composers to go to Kazakhstan to promote music education there and to help native composers write music based on their own ethnic sources. Brusilovsky taught at the Alma-Ata Conservatory of Music. He wrote a number of works making use of native motifs; particularly notable are his operas on folk subjects. – Died at Moscow, May 9, 1981.

in 1905 -
Solon Michaelides composer is born.

in 1911 -
Buck Clayton, (Wilbur Dorsey Claton), famed swing-era trumpeter, arranger, is born at Parsons, Kans. His father played tuba and trumpet. in local church orchestras. Buck began playing piano at the age of six, switched to trpt. in his early teens, and took lessons from his father. At 19 he went to Calif, for four months. After a succession of non-musical jobs he returned to Kans., completed high school studies, then returned to the West Coast.

After working with various bandleaders in Los Angeles, Buck was appointed leader of Earl Dancer's Band in 1934; this 14-piece unit was heard by Teddy Weatherford, who booked the full band for a residency at the Canidrome Ballroom, in Shanghai, China, during 1935. Weatherford occasionally played concerts with the band in Shanghai but was not a regular member of the group. Later Buck led a smaller band at the Casanova Club, Shanghai.


He returned to Los Angeles in 1936 and again led his own big band, the 14 Gentlemen from Harlem; also gigged with various bandleaders including Charlie Echols. In autumn 1936, while on his way to N.Y. to join Willie Bryant's Band, Buck stopped off in Kansas City, where Count Basie persuaded him to take the trpt. place recently vacated by Hot Lips Page.


He remained with Count Basie until his Army call-up in November 1943 (except for temporary absence in mid-1942 for a tonsillectomy), was stationed for most of the time at Camp Kilmer, N.J., and played regularly with all-star service bands. He had an honorable discharge early in 1946. During this period, he did arrangements for Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Harry James, etc.


In October 1946 he took part in the first national Jazz at the Philharmonic tour and subsequently played on several of Norman Grant's tours. From 1947 he led his own sextet at Cafe Society (Downtown), N.Y. From September 1949-June 1950 he made his first European tour, leading his band in France. During the early 1950s, he had long spells with Joe Bushkin Quartet, worked with Tony Parenti, and led a band on tours with Jimmy Rushing. He returned to Europe in 1953, working mainly with Mezz Mezzrow.


Throughout the 1950s he achieved considerable success with his own specially formed recording groups. He appeared with Benny Goodman in
The Benny Goodman Story, and played with Goodman in N.Y in 1957; went to Brussels in summer 1958 to work with Sidney Bechet at the World's Fair Concerts. He toured Europe early in 1959; joined Eddie Condon's Band; during the 1960s he played for Condon on several occasions, including a tour of the Far East in the spring of 1964. He toured with Jimmy Rushing in summer of 1962, and worked with Peanuts Hucko early in 1964. During the 1960s Buck made annual tours of Europe and was featured at major jazz festivals throughout the U.S. After appearing at the New Orleans Jazz Fest in June 1969, Buck was temporarily absent from music while he underwent lip surgery.

He played dates in N.Y, Washington, and Cleveland (spring 1970), then had hernia operations that put him out of commission until late 1971. He made a State Department tour of the Middle East (1977) and toured France (spring 1978). He retired from trumpet playing during the!970s but continued to work as an arranger and lecturer in jazz up to his death. DlSC.:
Buck Clayton Jam Session (1953); How Hi the Fi (1953). - Died at N.Y, Dec. 8, 1991.

in 1916 -
Jean Papineau-Couture (French Canadian composer) is born.
in 1917 - Jo Stafford (American singer of traditional pop music and jazz) is born.
in 1921 - Robert Fleming composer is born.
in 1923 - Charlie Mariano (American jazz alto saxophonist) is born.
in 1924 - Sam Jones (US jazz bassist, cellist, composer) is born.
in 1925 - Roman Statkowski composer, dies at 65.

in 1930 -
Anthony di Bonaventura, American pianist and teacher, brother of Mario di Bonaventura, is born at Follansbee, W.Va. A precocious talent, he made his debut at age 13 as soloist in the Beethoven Third Piano Concerto with the N.Y. Philharmonic. At age 18, he became a pupil of Vengerova at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, graduating at 24. He then launched an ambitious career as a soloist with American and European orchestras.; also played numerous recitals. He commissioned several composers of the avant-garde to write special works for him, among them Berio, Kelemen, and Ligeti. In 1973 he was appointed to the piano faculty of Boston University.

in 1931 -
Bob Crewe (US songwriter, producer) is born.
in 1934 - Bukka White rocker is born.
in 1935 - Terry Johnson US RandB singer (Flamingos-I Know Better) is born.
in 1936 - Robert White guitarist is born.
in 1936 - Mort Shuman (US songwriter) is born.
in 1939 - Ruby Nash Curtis (US singer; Ruby & the Romantics) is born.
in 1939 - Lucia Poppova (Slovakian soprano) is born.
in 1939 - Ruby Nash Curtis US singer (Romantics-Our Day Will Come) is born.

in 1940,
Disney released the film of classical music favorites, Fantasia with Mickey Mouse and Leopold Stokowski conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra.
in 1940 - Alejandro Garcia Caturla, Cuban composer; is murdered at Remedios at age 34.
He studied with Pedro Sanjuan in Havana, then with Nadia Boulanger in Paris (1928). He was founder (1932) and conductor of the Orquesta de Conciertos de Caibarien (chamber orch.) in Cuba. He served as district judge in Remedios. In Caturla's music, primitive Afro-Cuban rhythms and themes are treated with modern techniques and a free utilization of dissonance. – Born at Remedios, March 7, 1906.


He was born in Remedios. At sixteen he became a second violin of the new Orquesta Sinfonica de La Habana in 1922, where Amadeo Roldán was concert-master (first-chair violin). He also began composing at a young age, whilst studying both music and law. He was fascinated by creolized Afro-Cuban rhythms and these creole themes were characteristic of his compositions: the division between art music and popular music did not influence Cuban composers of this period.


After his student days, Caturla lived all his life in the small central town of Remedios. He became a lawyer and continued to compose music. He had relationships with two black women and in total fathered eleven children by them, which he adopted and supported. His Tres danzas cubanas for symphony orchestra was first performed in Spain in 1929. Bembe was premiered in Havana the same year. In 1932 he founded the Caibarien Concert Society, whose orchestra he conducted on many occasions. His Obertura cubana won first prize in a national contest in 1938. He was also a multi-instrumental musical performer and a baritone singer of some quality.


Caturla has two upstanding legacies. The first, an example of a universal musician, happily combining classical and folkloric themes with modern musical ideas. His career followed a similar path to Amadeo Roldán, and the two men are considered to be pioneers of modern Cuban symphonic art. His second legacy is one of serving justice in Cuba's legal system, first as a lawyer and then as a judge. When serving as a judge, he was murdered at 34 by a young gambler whom he was due to sentence only hours later.


in 1941 -
Frank Rosenthal rocker is born.
in 1941 - Jennifer Helen McLeod composer is born.
in 1943 - Brian Hyland (US pop singer) is born.
in 1943 - John Maus (US guitarist, vocals; Walker Brothers) is born.
in 1943 - Jimmy "Bro" Hayes US singer (Persuasions-Under the Boardwalk) is born.
in 1943 - Brian Hyland Queens NY, rocker (She Wore an Itsy Bitsy ... Bikini) is born.

in 1944 -
Roy (Ewing) Agnew, Australian pianist, teacher, and composer, dies at Sydney [51]. He studied with Gerrard Williams in London (1923-28). He was director of the Australian Radio (1938-43), and also taught at the New South Wales State Conservatorium of Music in Sydney. Among his works were orch. pieces, chamber music, many piano pieces, including sonatas, and songs. – Born at Sydney, Aug. 23, 1893.

in 1944 -
Booker T Jones (US organist,multi-musicain,songwriter,producer,arranger; BookerT & the MG's) is born.

in 1944 -
Edgar Stillman Kelley US composer (Gulliver), dies at 87.
in 1945 - Neil Young (Canadian singer-songwriter, guitarist; Crosby Stills Nash & Young) is born.
in 1946 - Walt Disney's "Song Of South" released.
in 1946 – Pooch (Arthur Paul Tavares) (US vocals; Tavares) is born.
in 1947 - Buck Dharma (Donald Roeser) (US guitarist, songwriter; Blue Oyster Cult) is born.
in 1947 - Donald Roeser rock guitarist/vocalist (Blue Oyster Cult) is born.
in 1947 - J C Crowley rocker is born.
in 1948 - Errol Brown Kingston Jamaica, rock vocalist (Hot Chocolate) is born.
in 1948 - Umberto Giordano composer, dies at 81.
in 1949 - Arthur "Pooch" Tavares rocker is born.

in 1953 -
Calum Macdonald (Calum Alasdair Domhnallach) (Scottish songwriter, percussionist; Runrig) is born.

in 1953 -
Vasilis Karras (Greek singer) is born.
in 1955 - Leslie McKeown (Scottish lead singer; Bay City Rollers) is born.

in 1956 -
Johnnie Ray was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Just Walking In The Rain.' It stayed at No.1 for seven weeks making it this years Christmas No.1. Written in 1952 by Johnny Bragg and Robert Riley, two prisoners at Tennessee State Prison in Nashville, after a comment made by Bragg as the pair crossed the courtyard while it was raining.
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in 1958 -
Megan Mullally (US actress, singer) is born.

in 1960 -
Ismo Alanko (Finnish frontman, multi-musician; Hassisen Kone/Sielun Veljet/Ismo Alanko Säätiö/solo) is born.

in 1960 –
Maurane (Claudine Luypaerts) (Belgian singer) is born.
in 1961 - Michaela Paetsch (US violinist) is born.
in 1962 - Brix Smith is born (US singer-songwriter, guitarist; The Fall, The Adult Net) is born.
in 1962 - Alexander Spitzmuller-Harmersbach composer, dies at 68.
in 1963 - Sam Lloyd (US actor and capella singer, bassist; The Blanks/The Butties) is born.
in 1964 - James Victor "Vic" Chesnutt (US folk rock singer-songwriter, guitarist) is born.
in 1964 - David Ellefson (US bassist; Megadeth/Temple of Brutality/ F5/Killing Machine) is born.

in 1965 - After changing his name from
Toby Tyler to Marc Bolan, the future T Rex star performed his first single 'The Wizard' on the UK TV show 'Ready Steady Go!'

in 1965 -
Velvet Underground made their live debut when the played at Summit High School, New Jersey, the band were paid $75 for the gig.

in 1966 -
Johnny Rivers went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Poor Side Of Town'. Not a hit in the UK.

in 1966 -
The Monkees debut album started a 13-week run at No.1 on the US album chart, selling over 3 million copies in three months.

in 1967 -
Grant Nicholas (UK singer; Feeder) is born.
in 1967 - Charlie Pennaelino Queens NY, rocker (Linear-I Never Felt This Way) is born.

in 1966 -
Quincy Porter US composer, dies at 69.
Video Notes: The Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Quincy Porter was born in New Haven, Connecticut, the son and grandson of Yale professors. He too went to Yale where he studied music with Horatio Parker. He also studied in Paris with Vincent D'Indy and in Manhattan and Cleveland with Ernest Bloch. Bloch helped him get a job at the Cleveland Institute of Music where he taught theory and also played the viola in the ambitious de Ribaupierre Quartet. He returned to Paris in 1928, and while he did not study with Nadia Boulanger, he did show her his 1930 Piano Sonata. "For a staid New Englander, this is an unusual climax," she is supposed to have said. Back in the United States, the staid and bespeckled New Englander moved from Cleveland to upstate New York, teaching music at Vassar College, and then to Boston, where he served as dean and then director of the New England Conservatory - taking time to help found, along with Aaron Copland and several other leading composers, the American Music Center in Manhattan. In 1946, the year his father died, he returned to his alma mater. Until retiring in 1965, at Yale he stayed, first as Battell Professor of Theory at the Music School, then as master of Pierson College - barely enduring the presence of a certain other Yale professor, the internationally celebrated composer, Paul Hindemith; Yankee conservative and German modernist remained professional antagonists until Hindemith went on to Zurich in the early 1950s. It is from his overall loyalty to tradition and his neoclassical esthetic bent that the distinguishing qualities of Quincy Porter's music derive - its crystalline clarity of line, its balance and lyricism. He could certainly wield contemporary devices; mixed meters, keylessness, flashy rhythmic complexity. But he exulted in and excelled at music's more private expressiveness, especially the intimacy afforded by small ensembles and song. His contributions to chamber music earned him the Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge Medal in 1943, and critics rate his ten string quartets among the finest produced in 20th century America. His ability to fashion handsomely controlled, flowing passages as well as volcanic surges of intensity is equally evident in his viola, violin and harpsichord concertos and the Concerto Concertante (winner of the 1954 Pulitzer Prize) - and also in the three orchestral pieces featured on this CD.
in 1968 - Aaron Stainthorpe (UK singer; My Dying Bride/freelance) is born.
in 1968 - Jo Dunne (UK guitarist; We've Got a Fuzzbox and We're Gonna Use It = Fuzzbox) is born.

in 1968 - UK book and record chain W.H. Smiths refused to display The Jimi Hendrix Experience album 'Electric Ladyland' due to the naked girls featured on the sleeve. The album was then made available as two albums with changed artwork after the complaints.


in 1969 -
Kathleen Hanna aka Julie Ruin (US singer, songwriter) is born.
in 1969 - Louis van Tulder tenor (Kantoorkruk to high C), dies at 77.
in 1971 - Led Zeppelin appeared at The Locarno, Sunderland, England, tickets cost 75p.
in 1971 - The Velvet Underground appeared at Friars, Aylesbury, England, tickets 75p.

in 1972 -
Rudolf Friml dies at age 93. Czech composer of operettas, musicals, songs and piano pieces, as well as being a pianist. After musical training and a brief performing career in his native Prague, he moved to the United States, where he became a composer. His best-known works are Rose-Marie and The Vagabond King, each of which enjoyed success on Broadway and in London and were adapted for film. His last stage musical was Music Hath Charms in 1934. In 1967, Rudolf performed in a special concert at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco, he began with a piano improvisation, then played special arrangements of his own compositions as well as composers who had influenced him.
in 1973 - Mott The Hoople kicked off a 20-date UK tour at Leeds Town Hall with support group Queen.

in 1976 -
Tevin Campbell (R&B singer, actor) is born.
in 1976 - Judith Holofernes (Judith Holfelder von der Tann) (German singer; Wir sind Helden) is born.

in 1976
- Walter Piston dies at age 82.American composer of classical music, music theorist and influential professor of music at Harvard University whose many students included Leroy Anderson, Leonard Bernstein, and Elliott Carter. Born in Rockland, Maine his works included orchestral, band, concertante, piano, organ, chamber/instrumental, and choral, Walter's only ballet work, The Incredible Flutist, was written for the Boston Pops Orchestra.
in 1977 - During a UK tour Blondie appeared at Friars in Aylesbury, supported by XTC.
in 1977 - The Sex Pistols went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their debut LP 'Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols', the punk group's only No.1 album.

in 1978 -
Andrew Kinlochan (UK singer; Phixx) is born.
in 1978 - Howard Swanson composer, dies at 71.
in 1979 - Crown J (Kim Kye Hoon) (South Korean hip hop singer, rapper) is born.
in 1980 - Alexander "Alex" Nicholas Voormolen Dutch composer, dies at 85.
in 1984 – Omarion (Omari Grandberry) (singer, crooner, actor; B2K/solo) is born.
in 1984 - Paul McCartney releases "We All Stand Together".

in 1983 -
Preston Jackson (James Preston McDonald)dies at age 81.American trombonist; played and-or recorded with Tig Chambers, Al Simone, Eli Rice, and Art Sims, Bernie Young and his Creole Jazz Band, Richard M. Jones, Dave Peyton, Erskine Tate, Benny Waters, Louis Armstrong, Half Pint Jaxon, Carroll Dickerson, Jimmy Bell, Jimmie Noone, Roy Eldridge, Walter Barnes, Johnny Long, Johnny Dodds and Zilner Randolph's W.P.A. Band among others as well as having his own band .

in 1983 -
Lionel Richie started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'All Night Long', becoming Motown's biggest seller to date, it made No.2 in the UK.

in 1985 -
Dicky Wells dies at age 78. American jazz trombonist born in Centerville, Tennessee. He moved to New York City in 1926, and became a member of the Lloyd Scott band. He played with Count Basie between 1938-1945 and 1947-1950 and he also played with Cecil Scott, Spike Hughes, Fletcher Henderson, Benny Carter, Teddy Hill, Jimmy Rushing, Buck Clayton and Ray Charles. In his later years, Wells suffered a severe beating that affected his memory, luckily he recovered and continued to perform. He played frequently at the West End jazz club at 116th and Broadway, most often with a band called The Countsmen, led by alto saxophonist Earle Warren, his colleague from Count Basie days. A trademark was Dicky's "pepper pot" mute which he made .
in 1986 - Evan Yo (Taiwanese pop singer) is born.
in 1988 - U2 started a six-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Rattle And Hum.'

in 1988 - UK group
The Escape Club went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Wild Wild West', not a hit in the UK.

in 1990 -
Nico Haak Dutch singer (Foxy Foxtrot), dies.

in 1990 - Rolling Stone
Ron Wood broke both his legs after his car crashed on the M4 motorway near Marlborough, Wiltshire, England. Wood was trying to wave other cars past his when he was run over.

in 1993 -
John Otway played at London's Astoria. It was Otway's 2,000 gig, (his highest chart position until now was with 'Cor Baby, That's Really Free' which made UK No.27).

in 1994 -
Charles "Honi" Coles tap dancer (1983 Tony award), dies at 81.

in 1994 -
Sparks played their first live gig for 19 years in front of 200 people at Leicester University, England.

in 1996 -
Gwen Catley soprano, dies at 90.
in 1997 - George Michael launched his fanclub 'Members Online' on the internet.
in 1997 - US singer, keyboard player Billy Preston was jailed for three years for possessing cocaine.

in 1997 -
Carlos Surinach dies at age 82. Catalan Spanish-born composer and conductor, born in Barcelona, where he conducted the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona and the Gran Teatre del Liceu. He studied composition at the Barcelona Conservatory, then went to Germany, where he studied in Berlin with Max Trapp and Richard Strauss, taking five of Strauss's seminars. In 1948 his opera ''El mozo que caso con mujer brava'' premiered in Barcelona. In 1951, he emigrated to the America, where he became a successful composer for the dance. He became a U.S. citizen in 1959. He composed three ballet scores for the renowned choreographer Martha Graham: Embattled Garden-1958, Acrobats of God-1960 and The Owl and the Pussycat-1978. He also composed Feast of Ashes for the Joffrey Ballet.
in 1998 - Winners at the MTV Europe Awards included Madonna, best female artist and album for 'Ray Of Light', The Spice Girls won best group, All Saints won breakthrough artist, Robbie Williams, best male artist and Natalie Imbruglia won best song with 'Torn.'

in 1999 -
Gary Glitter was sentenced to four months in a Bristol prison after being found guilty of downloading child pornography from the Internet. He was released on 11th January 2000.

in 1999 -
Oasis announced their new bass player was Andy Bell, the ex-Ride guitarist, who until recently looked set to join UK band Gay Dad.

in 1999 -
Gaby Casadesus, (nee Gabrielle L'Hote), French pianist and teacher, dies at Paris.
She studied with Louis Diemer and Marguerite Long at the Paris Conservatory, where she won the premier prix in 1917. She then toured widely as a soloist, and later in duo concerts with her husband, Robert Casadesus. She served on the faculties of the Salzburg Mozarteum, the Paris Schola Cantorum, and the American Conservatory, in Fontainebleau. In 1975 she helped organize the Robert Casadesus International Piano Competition in Cleveland, which became the Cleveland International Piano Competition in 1994. Her career is the subject of the book
Mes noces musicales: Conversation avec Jacqueline Muller (Paris, 1989). Born at Marseilles, Aug. 9, 1901.

in 2000 -
Destiny's Child started an eleven week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Independent Women Part 1.' Taken from the group's third studio album, Survivor, the song first appeared on the soundtrack to the 2000 film Charlie's Angels.

in 2000 -
LeAnn Rimes sued Curb Records to void a contract signed by her parents on her behalf in 1995. In the suit the 18 year-old singer asked Curb to relinquish its rights and publishing interests in Rimes' past work, as well as future profits.

in 2000 -
R Kelly started a two week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'TP- 2.Com'.

in 2000 -
Franck Pourcel dies at age 87.French orchestra leader and violinist; he studied violin at the Conservatoire in Marseille, led several jazz ensembles, including the French Fiddlers, and spent a year in Paris at the Conservatoire. By 1931 he was working as a violinist at the Théâtre des Variétés in Marseille, he then became the musical director for Yves Montand and Lucienne Boyer, with whom he went on a world tour. In 1953 he recorded "Blue Tango" and the follow up "Limelight". By 1958 Franck commenced recording classical music. His series of Pages Célèbres led to him conduct the London Symphony Orchestra, The Society of Concerts for the Conservatoirte, The BBC Orchestra, and the Lamoureux Orchestra at the Salle Pleyel in Paris. In 1962 he co-composed with Paul Mauriat and Raymond Lefèvre the hit, "Chariot", which was recorded by Petula Clark and followed up by Peggy March as "I Will Follow Him", which became the main theme for the film, Sister Act. (Parkinson's disease)
in 2001 - Albert Hague dies at age 81.German born songwriter and actor, born in Berlin; he went to America in 1939 on scholarship to the University of Cincinnati. After graduating in 1942, he served in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II. His Broadway Musicals include Plain and Fancy-1955, Redhead-1959 and The Fig Leaves Are Falling-1969, with lyrics by Allan Sherman. Famous songs he wrote include "Young and Foolish", "Look Who's in Love", and "Did I Ever Really Live?". He was also the composer for the TV musical cartoon, How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Albert also appeared on the TV series Fame, where he played Mr. Shorofsky, the music teacher, a part he originated in the film of the same name (cancer).

in 2001 - Pulp singer
Jarvis Cocker made an appearance as a DJ at Pentonville Prison, North London as part of his club night 'Desperate.'

in 2002 - Die-hard Beatles fans were enraged after
Paul McCartney altered the song writing credits on his 'Back In The US 2002' album, changing them to McCartney and Lennon from Lennon and McCartney.

in 2002 - The city of Atlanta declared this day as
TLC day to remember Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes who was killed in a car crash on 26th April 2002 aged 30.

in 2003 -
Tony Thompson dies at age 48. International session drummer with Rod Stewart, David Bowey, Diana Ross, Debbie Harry, Sister Sledge, Mick Jagger & many more. He is best known for his work with Chic. In 2005 Tony and the Chic band members were inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame.(died within a month of being diagnosed with kidney cancer, just 3 days before his 49th birthday)

in 2004 - The funeral of
DJ John Peel took place at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. Pulp's Jarvis Cocker, Undertones singer Feargal Sharkey and The White Stripes were among mourners, while Sir Elton John left a wreath of yellow roses.

in 2006 -
Jamiroquai went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'High Times Singles - 1992-2006.'

in 2006 -
Westlife scored their 14th UK No.1 'The Rose' originally a US hit for Bette Midler in 1980.

in 2007 - Former Culture Club frontman,
Boy George was charged with the false imprisonment of a 28-year-old man. Police said the offence was alleged to have taken place at the 47-year-old's home in Hackney, in London on 28 April of this year. The singer, DJ was bailed and was due to appear before Thames Magistrates' Court on 22 November.

in 2008 -
Mitch Mitchell dies at age 61. English drummer of the legendary Jimi Hendrix Experience, he was the last surviving member of the power trio which proved one of the most influential bands in the history of rock music. As well as playing in the Jimi Hendrix Experience and he played and/or recorded with the likes of Martha Velez, Junior Brown, Greg Parker, Bruce Cameron, Roger Chapman, Billy Cox, Buddy Miles, Jack Bruce among others (He had just finished an eighteen city, coast to coast tour across American, and was due to fly back home to the UK, but was found dead that morning in his hotel bedroom at Portland, Oregon, USA. Officals say he died of natural causes)

in 2010
- Henryk Gorecki Polish Composer dies at age 76. A renowned Polish composer whose early avant-garde style gave way to more approachable works rooted in his country’s folk songs and sacred music and whose Symphony No. 3 — an extended lamentation subtitled “Symphony of Sorrowful Songs” — sold more than a million copies on CD in the 1990s, died in Katowice, Poland.
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in 354 -
St. Augustine of Hippo, (actually, Aurelius Augustinus), great Christian church father, is born at Tagaste, Numidia. He was educated in Carthage. In 387 he was baptized a Christian by St. Ambrose in Milan, and then returned to Tagaste as a proselyte of his new faith. In 391 he settled in Hippo as assistant to the bishop, Valerius, whom he succeeded in 395. Augustine had a great love for music, which is reflected in his valuable treatise De musica (387-91). It is notable for its discussion of rhythm and the theological and philosophical import of the study of music. For a modern ed. of his treatise, see R. Taliaferro, ed. and tr., "On Music: De musica/' The Fathers of the Church, a New Translation: Writings of St. A. (Vol. II, N.Y., 1947). - Died at Hippo, Aug. 28, 430.

in 1663 -
Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow composer is born.
in 1699 - Jan Zach composer is born.
in 1718 - Anton Laube composer is born.
in 1759 - Timothy Olmstead composer is born.
in 1789 - Martin de Ron composer is born.

in 1793 -
Pietro Antonio (Pierantonio), Coppola, Italian composer, dies at Catania. For a short time he studied at the Naples Conservatory. He then began to compose operas, which obtained sufficient success to enable his friends and admirers to present him as a rival to Rossini. From the time he was 19, he produced one opera after another, but without much success until he composed La Pazza per amore (Rome, Feb. 14, 1835). This was his fourth opera and it became popular all over Europe (presented in Paris under the title Eva). From 1839 to 1843, and again from 1850 to 1871, he was conductor of the Lisbon Royal Opera. His other operas were Gli Illinesi (Turin, Dec. 26, 1835), Enrichietta di Baienfeld (Vienna, June 29, 1836), La bella Celeste degli Spadari (Milan, June 14, 1837), Giovanna prima di Napoli (Lisbon, Oct. 11, 1840), and II Folletto (Rome, June 18, 1843). He also wrote church music, notably a Salve Regina, which was highly regarded. – Born at Castrogiovanni, Sicily,Dec. 11, 1793.

in 1811 -
Yuri (Karlovich) Arnold, Russian writer on music and composer of German descent, is born at St. Petersburg. dHe studied at the German Univ. in Dorpat, and then was mainly active as a contributor to Russian journals. From 1863 to 1870 he also was the ed. of the Neue Zeitschrift fur Musik in Leipzig. He wrote a comic opera, Treasure Trove (St. Petersburg, Feb. 1, 1853), and the opera St. John's Eve, but the MSS were lost in a fire at the St. Petersburg Opera. His memoirs (3 vols., Moscow, 1893) are an invaluable portrait of 60 years of Russian musical life. – Dies at Karakash, Crimea, July 20,1898.

in 1819 -
Henry Brinley Richard British? pianist/composer is born.

in 1854 -
George Whitefield, Chadwick, eminent American composer and teacher, is born at Lowell, Mass. He began musical training with his brother. From the time he was 15, he was active as an organist, and in 1872 he became a Congregational church organist. He also pursued organ training with Dudley Buck and Eugene Thayer at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. After serving as a professor of music at Olivet College in Mich. (1876-77), he went to Leipzig to study privately with Jadassohn, and then entered the Conservatory there in 1878. His Rip Van Winkle overture and his Second String Quartet were selected as the finest works at the annual Conservatory concerts in 1879. He then pursued training with Rheinberger at the Munich Hochschule fur Musik (1879-80). Upon his return to Boston in 1880, he devoted himself mainly to composing and teaching. He also was active as an organist, as a pianist (prinicipally in programs of his own works), and as a symphonic and choral conductor. He served as director and conductor of the Springfield (1890-99) and Worcester (1897-1901) festivals. In 1882 he became a teacher at the New England Conservatory of Music. In 1897 he became its director, and proceeded to make it one of the most distinguished conservatories in the U.S. Many noted American composers were Chadwick's pupils. In 1898 he was elected a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters, and in 1909 of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, which awarded him its gold medal in 1928. Chadwick was one of the leading American composers of his day. While he is usually regarded as a pillar of the "Boston Classicists," his most important works actually reveal attempts to find a new American style, albeit one reflecting the tenets of late Romanticism. Among his most important works were the verismo opera The Padrone (1912-13), the Second Sym. (1883-85), the Symphonic Sketches (1895-1904), the symphonic ballad Tom O'Shanter (1914-15), the Fourth String Quartet (1896), and various songs. – Died at Boston, April 4, 1931.
in 1856 - Sigwart Apestrand, Norwegian composer, is born at Fredrikshald. He studied in Died at Oslo, Dec. 31, 1941.
in 1868 - Pierre Maurice composer is born.


TODAY’S MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT SHINES ON . . .

in 1868 -
Gioachino Antonio Rossini, great Italian opera composer possessing an equal genius for shattering melodrama in tragedy and for devastating humor in comedy, is born at Paris. He came from a musical family; his father served as town trumpeter in Lugo and Pesaro and played brass instruments in provincial theaters and his mother sang opera as seconda donna. When his parents traveled, he was usually boarded in Bologna. After the family moved to Lugo, his father taught him to play the horn; he also had a chance to study singing with a local canon. Later the family moved to Bologna, where he studied singing, harpsichord, and music theory with Padre Tesei; also learned to play the violin and viola. Soon he acquired enough technical ability to serve as maestro al cembalo in local churches and at occasional opera productions. He studied voice with Matteo Babbini.

In 1806 he was accepted as a student at the Liceo Musicale in Bologna, where he studied singing and solfeggio with Gibelli, cello with Cavedagna, piano with Zanotti, and counterpoint with Padre Mattei. He also began composing. On Aug. 11, 1808, his cantata // pianto d'Armonia sulla morte d'Orfeo was performed at the Liceo Musicale in Bologna and received a prize. About the same time he wrote his first opera, Demetrio e Polibio (Rome, May 18, 1812). In 1810 he was commissioned to write a work for the Teatro San Moise in Venice; he submitted his opera La cambiale di matrimonio, which won considerable acclaim at its premiere (Nov. 3, 1801).


His next work was L'equivoco stravagante, premiered in Bologna on Oct. 26, 1811. There followed a number of other operas: L'inganno felice (Venice, Jan. 8, 1812), Ciro in Babilonia (Ferrara, March 1812), and La scala di seta (Venice, May 9, 1812). In 1812 he obtained a commission from La Scala of Milan; the resulting work, La pietra del paragone, was a fine success at its first performance (Sept. 2, 1812).


In 1813 he brought out 3 operas for Venice: II Signor Bruschino (Jan.), Tancredi (Feb. 6), and L'ltaliana in Algeri (May 22), the last becoming a perennial favorite. The next 3 operas, Aureliano in Palmira (Milan, Dec. 26,1813), II Turco in Italia (Milan, Aug. 14, 1814), and Sigismondo (Venice, Dec. 26, 1814), were unsuccessful. By that time Rossini, still a very young man, had been approached by the impresario Barbaja, the manager of the Teatro San Carlo and the Teatro Fondo in Naples, with an offer for an exclusive contract, under the terms of which Rossini was to supply 2 operas annually for Barbaja.


The first opera Rossini wrote for him was Elisabetta, regina dlnghilterra, premiered at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples on Oct. 4, 1815; the title role was entrusted to Isabella Colbran, who was Barbaja's favorite mistress. An important innovation in the score was Rossini's use of recitativo stromentato in place of the usual recitativo secco. His next opera, Torvaldo e Dorliska, premiered in Rome on Dec. 26., 1815, was an unfortunate failure. Rossini now determined to try his skill in composing an opera buffa, based on the famous play by Beaumarchais Le Barbier de Seville; it was an audacious decision on Rossini's part, since an Italian opera on the same subject by Paisiello, II Barbiere di Siviglia, first performed in 1782, was still playing with undiminished success. To avoid confusion, Rossini's opera on this subject was performed at the Teatro Argentina in Rome under a different title, Almaviva, ossia L'inutile precauzione. Rossini was only 23 years old when he completed the score, which proved to be his greatest accomplishment and a standard opera buffa in the repertoire of theaters all over the world.


Rossini conducted its first performance in Rome on Feb. 20, 1816, but if contemporary reports and gossip can be trusted, the occasion was marred by various stage accidents which moved the unruly Italian audience to interrupt the spectacle with vociferous outcries of derision; however, the next performance scored a brilliant success. For later productions he used the title II Barbiere di Siviglia. Strangely enough, the operas he wrote immediately afterward were not uniformly successful: La Gazzetta, premiered in Naples on Sept. 26, 1816, passed unnoticed; the next opera, Otello, also premiered in Naples on Dec. 4, 1816, had some initial success but was not retained in the repertoire after a few sporadic performances.


There followed La Cenerentola (Rome, Jan. 25, 1817) and La gazza ladra (Milan, May 31, 1817), which fared much better. But the following 7 operas, Armida, Mose in Egitto, Ricciardo e Zoraide, Ermione, La Donna del lago, Maometto II, and Zelmira, premiered in Naples between 1817 and 1822, were soon forgotten; only the famous Prayer in Mose in Egitto saved the opera from oblivion. The prima donna assoluta in all these operas was Isabella Colbran; after a long association with Barbaja, she went to live with Rossini, who finally married her on March 16,1822. This event, however, did not result in a break between the impresario and the composer; Barbaja even made arrangements for a festival of Rossini's works in Vienna at the Karnthnertortheater, of which he became a director.


In Vienna Rossini met Beethoven. Returning to Italy, he brought out a fairly successful mythological opera, Semiramide (Venice, Feb. 3, 1823), with Colbran in the title role. Rossini then signed a contract for a season in London with Giovanni Benelli, director of the Italian opera at the King's Theatre. Rossini arrived in London late in 1823 and was received by King George IV He conducted several of his operas, and was also a guest at the homes of the British nobility, where he played piano as an accompanist to singers, at very large fees. In 1824 he settled in Paris, where he became director of the Theatre-Italien.


For the coronation of King Charles X he composed II viaggio a Reims, which was performed in Paris under his direction on June 19, 1825. He used parts of this piece d'occasion in his opera Le Comte Ory. In Paris he met Meyerbeer, with whom he established an excellent relationship. After the expiration of his contract with the Theatre-Italien, he was given the nominal titles of "Premier Compositeur du Roi" and "Inspecteur General du Chant en France" at an annual salary of 25,000 francs. He was now free to compose for the Paris Opera; there, on Oct. 9,1826, he brought out Le Siege de Corinthe, a revised French version of Maometto II. Later he also revised the score of Mose in Egitto, which was first performed at the Paris Opera in French as Moi'se et Pharaon on March 26,1827. There followed Le Comte Ory (Aug. 20,1828).


In May 1829 Rossini was able to obtain an agreement with the government of King Charles X guaranteeing him a lifetime annuity of 6,000 francs. In return, he promised to write more works for the Paris Opera. On Aug. 3,1829, his Guillaume Tell was given its premiere at the Opera; it became immensely popular. At the age of 37, Rossini stopped writing operas. The French revolution of July 1830, which dethroned King Charles X, invalidated his contract with the French government. Rossini sued the government of King Louis Philippe, the successor to the throne of Charles X, for the continuation of his annuity; the incipient litigation was settled in 1835. In 1832 Rossini met Olympe Pelissier, who became his mistress; in 1837 Rossini legally separated from Colbran. She died in 1845, and on Aug. 16,1846, Rossini married Pelissier. From 1836 to 1848 they lived in Bologna, where Rossini served as consultant to the Liceo Musicale. In 1848 they moved to Florence; in 1855 he decided to return to Paris, where he was to remain for the rest of his life. His home in the suburb of Passy became the magnet of the artistic world.


Rossini was a charming, affable, and gregarious host; he entertained lavishly; he was a great gourmet, and invented recipes for Italian food that were enthusiastically adopted by French chefs. His wit was fabulous, and his sayings were eagerly reported in the French journals. He did not abandon composition entirely during his last years of life; in 1867 he wrote a Petite messe solennelle; as a token of gratitude to the government of the 2nd Empire he composed a Hymne a Napoleon III et a son vaillant peuple; of great interest are the numerous piano pieces, songs, and instrumental works which he called Pech.es de vieillesse, a collection containing over 150 pieces. What were the reasons for Rossini's decision to stop writing operas? Rumors flew around Paris that he was unhappy about the cavalier treatment he received from the management of the Paris Opera, and he spoke disdainfully of yielding the operatic field to "the Jews" (Meyerbeer and Halevy), whose operas captivated the Paris audiences. The report does not bear the stamp of truth, for Rossini was friendly with Meyerbeer until Meyerbeer's death in 1864. Besides, he was not in the habit of complaining; he enjoyed life too well.


He was called "Le Cygne de Pesaro" ("The Swan of Pesaro," his birthplace). The story went that a delegation arrived from Pesaro with a project of building a monument to Rossini; the town authorities had enough money to pay for the pedestal, but not for the statue itself. Would Rossini contribute 10,000 francs for the completion of the project? "For 10,000 francs," Rossini was supposed to have replied, "I would stand on the pedestal myself." Se non e vero e ben trovato. He had a healthy sense of self-appreciation, but he invariably put it in a comic context. While his mother was still living, he addressed his letters to her as "Mother of the Great Maestro." The circumstance that Rossini was born on a leapyear day was the cause of many a bon mot on his part.


On Feb. 29, 1868, he decided to celebrate his 19th birthday, for indeed, there had been then only 19 leap years since his birth. He was superstitious; like many Italians, he stood in fear of Friday the 13th. He died on Nov. 13, 1868, which was a Friday. In 1887 his remains were taken to Florence for entombment in the Church of Santa Croce. Rossini's melodies have been used by many composers as themes for various works: Respighi utilized Rossini's Quelques riens in his ballet La Boutique fantasque, and other themes in his orch. suite Rossiniana. An opera entitled Rossini in Neapel was written by Bernhard Paumgartner. Britten made use of Rossini's music in his orch. suites Soirees musicales and Matinees musicales. The most famous arrangement of any of Rossini's compositions is the aforementioned Prayer from Mose in Egitto, transcribed for violin by Paganini. A complete ed. of the works of Rossini, the Quaderni rossiniani, a cura della Fondazione Rossini, began publication in Pesaro in 1954. - Born at Pesaro, Feb. 29,1792.

in 1874 - Marguerite (Marie-Charlotte) Long, eminent French pianist and pedagogue, is born at Nimes. She began piano studies as a child with her sister, Claire Long. In 1883 she became a student of her sister at the Nimes Conservatory, where she received a Prix d'Honneur in 1886. That same year she made her debut in Nimes as a soloist in Mozart's D minor Concerto, K.466. In 1889 she entered the Paris Conservatory in the class of Mme. Chene, and then was Henri Fissot's student there (1890-91). After graduating in 1891 with a premier prix, she pursued private studies with An On Nov. 22, 1903, she made her Paris debut as a soloist when she played Franck's Variations Symphoniques wit Chevillard and the Orchestre Lamoureux. Her reputation was assured when she appeared for the first time as soloist with the orch. of the Societe des Concerts du Conservatoire in Paris performing Faure's Ballade on Jan. 19, 1908. Thereafter she appeared as a soloist with the principal French orchestras until her farewell appearance in the same work with Inghelbrecht and the Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion Television Franchise in Paris on Feb. 3,1959. In 1906 Long became a teacher of piano at the Paris Conservatory. In 1920 she was made a professor of piano of a Classe Superieure there, the first woman to hold that position. From 1906 she also was active with her own music school. After retiring from the Conservatory in 1940, she joined Jacques Thibaud in founding the Ecole Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud in 1941. They also organized the Concours Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud, which was first held in 1943. After World War II, it blossomed into one of the principal international competitions. Among Long's many notable students were Samson Francois, Nicole Henriot, Aldo Ciccolini, Philippe Entremont, and Peter Frankl. Her writings, all published in Paris, included Le piano (1959), Au piano avec Claude Debussy (1960; Eng. tr., 1972), Au piano avec Gabriel Fame (1963; Eng. tr., 1981 and Au piano avec Maurice Ravel (1971; Eng. tr., 1973). She was made a Chevalier (1921), an Officier (1930), and a Commandeur (1938) of the Legion d'Honneur. She was the first woman to be accorded the latter honor. In 1965 she was the first woman to be awarded the Grand Croix de l'Ordre du Merite. In 1906 she married Joseph de Marliave. As a pianist, Long won great renown for her interpretations of French music. Her performances of Faure, Debussy, and Ravel, all of whom she came to know well, were outstanding. She gave the first performance of Ravel's Le Tombeau de Couperin (Paris, April 1 1919). She also was the soloist in the premiere of his Piano Concerto in G major under the composer's direction (Paris, Jan. 14, 1932). – Died at Paris, Feb. 13, 1966. tonin Marmontel. In 1893 she made her formal Paris recital debut, and subsequently acquired a notable reputation as a recitalist and chamber music artist.

in 1875 -
Rogelio del Villar composer is born.
in 1877 - Pietro Coppola composer, dies at 83.

in 1879 -
Maurice (Charles) Delage, French composer, is born at Paris. He took lessons with Ravel. Subsequently he made voyages to the Orient, and was greatly impressed with Japanese art. His music reveals oriental traits in subject matter as well as in melodic progressions. An ardent follower of Debussy's principles, Delage wrote music in a highly subtilized manner with distinctive instrumental colors. Among his compositions were Conte par la mer, symphonic poem (1908), songs with Small Orch.: 4 poemes hindous (1921), Roses d'Octobre (1922), 7 Hai-Kai" (1923),3 chants de la jungle (1935), 2 fables de La Fontaine (1949), and In Morte (1951), and String Quartet (1948). – Died at Paris, Sept. 19, 1961.

in 1882 -
John Lowry Mount Vernon NY, NYC builder (Radio City Music Hall) is born.
in 1885 - Montague Fawcett Phillips composer is born.
in 1896 - Antonio Pena y Goni composer, dies at 50.
in 1906 - Conrad Thibault Northbridge Mass, singer (Jacques Fray Music Room) is born.
in 1918 - Janine Andrade French violinist is born.
in 1916 - Frederik Septimus Kelly composer, dies at 35.
in 1921 - Yoshiro Irino composer is born.
in 1921 - Joonas Kokkonen composer is born.
in 1921 - Eddie Calhoun jazz bassist is born.
in 1926 - Max Vernon Mathews composer is born.
in 1933 - Don Lane (Morton Donald Isaacson) (US-born Australian talk show host, singer) is born.
in 1933 - Clyde McPhatter rocker is born.
in 1934 - Jimmy Fontana (Italian actor, composer, singer) is born.
in 1935 - Pulapaka Susheela(Indian singer) is born.
in 1937 - NBC forms 1st full-sized symphony orchestra exclusively for radio.
in 1937 - Kamahl [Kamalesvaran] Australian singer (Elephant Song) is born.
in 1939 - Idris Muhammad (US jazz drummer) is born.
in 1940 - Justine "Baby" Washington US singer (Only Those in Love) is born.
in 1942 -
John Hammond (US Slide Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica, Guitar; blues artist) is born.

in 1944 -
Paul Graener, significant German composer, dies at Salzburg. He studied composition with Albert Becker at the Veit Conservatory in Berlin. He traveled in Germany as a theater conductor; in 1896 he went to London, where he taught at the Royal Academy of Music (1897-1902). He was then in Vienna as a teacher at the Neues Konservatorium; subsequently directed the Mozarteum in Salzburg (1910-13); after serving as professor of composition at the Leipzig Conservatory (1920-25), he was director of the Stern Conservatory in Berlin (1930-33); thereafter he was vicepresident of the Reichsmusikkamer (1933-41). His many songs reveal a penchant for folk-like melodies. His other works follow along traditional Romantic lines with some neo- Baroque aspects. – Born at Berlin, Jan. 11, 1872.

in 1944 -
Alexander Blachly, distinguished American choral conductor and musicologist, is born at Washington, D.C. He was educated at Haverford Coll. (B.A. in music composition, 1967) and at Columbia University (M.A., 1971, with the thesis The Motets of Philippe de Vitry; Ph.D., 1995, with the dissertation Mensuration and Tempo in 15th-Century Music: Cut Signatures in Theory and Practice). In 1971-72 he was director of the Columbia University Collegium Musicum, where he was an assoc. professor in music from 1972 to 1974. He was director of the Diller-Quaille Renaissance Choir (1972-75) and of the Josquin Choir (1975-78) in N.Y. In 1972 Blachly founded and subsequently served as the consummate director of Pomerium, a professional a cappella vocal ensemble devoted to the masters of the Renaissance, among them Du Fay, Ockeghem, Josquin, and Lassus. He conducted his ensemble on both sides of the Atlantic at various festivals and concerts, including appearances in N.Y., Philadelphia, Boston, Cleveland, Utrecht, Antwerp, and Regensburg. From 1976 to 1988 he was an instructor in musicology and performance at Sarah Lawrence College and from 1982 to 1985 he was director of the N.Y. University Collegium Musicum. He was director of Ancient Voices and the Perm Madrigal Singes at the University of Pa. from 1985 to 1993. Blachly became director of choral music and assoc. professor of music at the University of Notre Dame in 1993. Throughout the years, he continued to tour and record with Pomerium in performances marked by historically informed and beautifully rendered interpretations. Blachly has contributed valuable articles to various books and journals, and has also edited Orlande de Lassus: Motets for the Christmas Season (Vol. I, N.Y, 1999). In 1992 he was honored with the Noah Greenberg Award of the American Musicological Soc. and in 1999 his Pomerium was nominated for a Grammy Award.

in 1946 -
Martin Bresnick, American composer and teacher, is born at N.Y. He studied at the H.S. of Music and Art in N.Y., and then with Arnold Franchetti at the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, Conn. (B.A.,1967), Leland Smith and John Chowning at Stanford University (M.A., 1968; D.M.A., 1972), Einem and Cerha at the Vienna Academy of Music on a Fulbright fellowship (1969-70), and with Ligeti. After teaching at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (1971-72) and Stanford University (1972-75), he became a professor of composition at the Yale University School of Music in 1975. In 1993 he was the Valentine Professor of Music at Amherst College and in 1998 the Mary Duke Biddle Professor of Music at Duke Univiversity. He received grants from the NBA (1974, 1979, 1990), held the Rome Prize (1975-76) and MacDowell Colony (1977) fellowships, took first prize in the Premio Ancona (1980) and the International Sinfonia Musicale Competition (1982), and won the Elise L. Stoeger Prize for Chamber Music of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (1996) and the Charles Ives Living Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1998). Bresnick's music is marked by a fine command of structure and carefully wrought expressivity.
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in 1949 -
Terry Reid rock guitarist (River, Bang Bang You're Terry Reid) is born.
in 1949 - Roger Steen rock guitarist/vocalist (Tubes) is born.
in 1944 - Timmy Thomas (US singer) is born.
in 1944 - Paul Graener composer, dies at 72.
in 1947 - Toy Caldwell (US guitarist; Toy Factory/Marshall Tucker Band/Toy Caldwell Band) is born .
in 1949 - Roger Steen (guitar; Tubes) is born.
in 1949 - Terry Reid (UK singer, guitarist; sessionist) is born.
in 1950 - Mary Lou Metzger (US singer; The Lawrence Welk Show) is born.
in 1950 - Gusta Forsell Swedish radiologist, dies at 74.
in 1951 - Hugo Leichtentritt composer, dies at 77.
in 1951 - Nikolai Karlovich Metner composer, dies at 71.
in 1951 - Bill Gibson (drums, percussion, vocals; Huey Lewis and the News) is born.
in 1951 - Janet Collins ballerina, 1st Black dancer with Opera Co (Aida) is born.
in 1953 - Andy "the Clobberer" Ranken English pop drummer (The Pogues) is born.
in 1955 - Whoopi Goldberg (Caryn Elaine Johnson) (US actress, singer) is born.
in 1956 - Aldo Nova rocker (Blood on the Bricks) is born.
in 1957 - Roger Ingram (US trumpeter, educator, author) is born.
in 1960 - Wayne Parker (Canadian bassist; Glass Tiger) is born.

in 1963 -
The Beatles recorded a television interview at Westward Television Studios in Plymouth, Devon, for a local teen program "Move Over, Dad". Due to a large crowd of excited fans outside, The Beatles had to be smuggled from their dressing-room at the ABC Cinema, where they were scheduled to appear that night, into an adjacent building, then through a tunnel, to get to Westward Studios for the interview taping.

in 1964 -
Steve Wong Ka-Keung (Hong Kong singer, composer; Beyond) is born.
in 1964 - Walter Kibby (trumpet, vocals; Fishbone) is born.

in 1964 -
Alexander Uriah Boscovich, significant Israeli composer, dies at Tel Aviv, Nov. 13,1964. He studied in Budapest; later enrolled at the Vienna Academy of Music, where he studied piano with Victor Ebenstein and composition with Richard Stohr; then went to Paris, where he took courses with Dukas and Boulanger; also had a few lessons in piano with Cortot. From 1930 to 1938 he was engaged as conductor at the State Opera in Cluj; in 1938 he emigrated to Palestine; taught at the Tel Aviv Conservatory. (1945-64); wrote music criticism for the Israeli newspaper Haaretz. In his music, Boscovich incorporated quasi-oriental motifs in the framework of Western music; in several works, he made use of authentic Jewish folk songs, adorning them with modernistic harmonies. In this manner he wrote his most popular piece, Chansons populaires juives for Orch. (Haifa, March 15, 1938; orig. entitled The Golden Chain). Other works: Violin Concerto (1942); Oboe Concerto (1943); Adonai Ro'i (The Lord Is My Shepherd) for Alto Voice and Orch. (1946); Semitic Suite for Piano (1947; also for 2 Pianos, and for Orch.); Piccola suite for Flute, Snare Drum, and String Orch. (1956-57); Psalm for Violin and Piano (1957; contains thematic material from the Violin Concerto); Cantico di ma'alot (Song of Ascent) for Orch. (1960); Bal Yisrael (Daughter of Israel), cantata for Tenor, Chorus, and Orch. (1960-61); With Joy and Gladness for 2 Violins, with optional Drum and Triangle (1961); Piece for Oboe and Harpsichord (1961-62); Lament for Violin or Cello, and Piano (1962); Concerto da camera for Violin and Chamber Ensemble (1962); Ornaments for Flute and 4 Orch. Groups (1964). – Born at Klausenburg, Transylvania, Aug. 16,1907.

in 1965 -
The Castiles, which featured a young singer called Bruce Springsteen appeared at The Fire House, Hazlet, New Jersey. The night was billed as a Teenage Go, Go Dance.
in 1966 - The Beach Boys, Lulu and David and Jonathan appeared at the Birmingham Theatre, England.
in 1967 - Pierre Moulaert composer, dies at 60.

in 1967 -
Harriet Cohen, distinguished English pianist, died at London. She studied piano with her parents, then took an advanced course in piano with Matthay. She made her first public appearance as a solo pianist at the age of 13. She then engaged in a successful career in England, both as a soloist with major orchs. and in chamber music concerts. She made a specialty of early keyboard music, but also played many contemporary compositions; Vaughan Williams, Sir Arnold Bax [her lover who wrote most of his piano pieces for her, including music for David Lean's 1948 film version of Oliver Twist], and other English composers wrote works for her. After damaging her right hand in 1948, she played works for the left-hand alone. In 1938 she was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. She published a book on piano playing, Music's Handmaid (London, 1936; 2nd ed., 1950). Her memoirs, A Bundle of Time, were published posthumously (London, 1969). - Born at London, Dec. 2, 1895.
in 1968 - Rolling Stone Brian Jones bought 'Cotchford Farm' in Sussex. The author AA Milne who wrote Winnie The Pooh had owned the house.

in 1968 -
Hugo Montenegro was at No.1 in the UK singles chart with 'The Good The Bad And The Ugly', the soundtrack from a Clint Eastwood spaghetti western film. The first instrumental No.1 since 1963.

in 1969 -
Crosby Stills Nash & Young played the first of four nights at Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, California.

in 1971 -
Santana scored their second US No.1 album with 'Santana III'.
in 1971 - The Faces appeared at The Pavilion, Bath, England, tickets cost 75p.
in 1971 - John Francis Zingg Boston Mass, rocker (4 Fun-Unbelievable Fun Boys) is born.
in 1972 - Shom-Rock rocker (Young Nation) is born.
in 1972 - T-Haxx rocker (DYC) is born.
in 1972 - Takuya Kimura (Japanese singer, actor) is born.
in 1973 - Ari Hoenig (US jazz drummer) is born.
in 1973 - Bruno Maderna Italian composer/conductor (Satyricon), dies at 53.

in 1973 -
Jerry Lee Lewis Jr was killed in a car accident near Hernando, Mississippi. Lewis had been working as the drummer in his father's band.

in 1976 -
Linda Ronstadt appeared at the New Victoria Theatre, London.
in 1976 - Led Zeppelin scored their seventh UK No.1 album with the film soundtrack to 'The Song Remains The Same', it peaked at No.2 on the US chart.

in 1976 -
Rod Stewart started an 8 week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Tonight's The Night'. It was Rod's second US No.1; it made No.5 in the UK after being banned by many radio stations due to song being about the seduction of a virgin.

in 1976 -
The Melody Maker announced UK dates for the first major punk tour with The Sex Pistols and the Ramones co-headlining along with Talking Heads, The Vibrators and Chris Spedding. The 14-date tour which was due to start at Newcastle City Hall on Nov 29th never took place.

in 1977 -
Huang Xiaoming (Chinese actor, singer) is born.
in 1977 - Chanel Cole Whalley (Australian singer) is born.
in 1978 - Nikolai Fraiture (French-Russian bassist, Strokes) is born.
in 1979 - Subliminal (Ya'akov Shimoni) (Israeli rapper, producer) is born.
in 1979 - Rebecca Clarke composer, dies at 93
in 1983 - "Alvin" Junior Samples country singer (Hee Haw), dies at 56
in 1981 - Shawn Yue (Hong Kong actor, singer) is born.
in 1981 - U2 kicked off a 23 date North American 'October' tour at JB Scott's in Albany, New York.

in 1982 -
Men At Work started a 15-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with their debut album 'Business As Usual', which went on to sell over five million copies in the US.

in 1982 - Former Equals singer
Eddie Grant started a three week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'I Don't Wanna Dance', his only UK chart topper.

in 1982 -
Kumi Koda (Japanese R&B singer) is born.
in 1982 - Michael Copon (US actor, singer) is born.
in 1986 - Rudolf Schock German opera/operetta singer, dies at 71

in 1987 -
Harold Vick dies at age 51. American hard bop and soul jazz saxophonist and flautist born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, probably better known for his work with musicians like Grant Green, Jack McDuff, Jimmy McGriff and Shirley Scott, among a host of others. He also played with Nat Adderley, Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie, Mercer Ellington, Sarah Vaughan, Billy Taylor, Shirley Scott, Donald Byrd, Jimmy Smith and Jack McDuff. Harold played in films such as Stardust Memories and Cotton Club, in which he played a musician; was in the Spike Lee film School Days; and featured on the soundtrack for She's Gotta Have It. in 1988 - Antal Dorati, distinguished Hungarian-born American conductor and composer, dies at age 82 at Gerzensee, near Bern. He studied with Leo Weiner, both privately and at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, where he also received instruction in composition from Kodaly (1920-24). He was on the staff of the Budapest Opera (1924-28); after conducting at the Dresden State Opera (1928-29), he was Generalmusikdirektor in Munster (1929-32). In 1933 he went to France, where he conducted the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo, which he took on a tour of Australia (1938). He made his U.S. debut as guest conductor with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C., in 1937. In 1940 he settled in the U.S., becoming a naturalized citizen in 1947. He began his American career as music director of the American Ballet Theatre in N.Y. (1941-44); after serving as conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (1945-49), he was music director of the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra (1949-60). From 1963 to 1966 he was chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra in London; then of the Stockholm Philharmonic (1966-70). He was music director of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. (1970-77), and of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (1977-81); was also principal conductor of the Royal Philharmonic in London (1975-79). He made numerous guest conducting appearances in Europe and North America, earning a well- deserved reputation as an orchestra builder. His prolific recording output made him one of the best-known conductors of his time. His recordings of Haydn operas and all the Haydn symphonies were particularly commendable. In 1984 he was made an honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire. In 1969 he married lise von Alpenheim, who often appeared as a soloist under his direction. His autobiography was published as Notes of Seven Decades (London, 1979). – Born at Budapest, April 9, 1906.
in 1989 - Paul McCartney releases "Figure of 8" and "Ou Est Le Soleil"
in 1987 - Sonny and Cher reunite for a performance on TV show Late Night with David Letterman.

in 1990 -
Patricia Boughton filed a lawsuit against Rod Stewart claiming that a football he kicked into the crowd during a concert at Pine Knob Music Theatre had ruptured a tendon in her middle finger. And as a result the injury had made sex between her and her husband difficult.

in 1992 -
Ronnie Bond (Ronald James Bullis) dies at age 49. British drummer born in Andover, Hampshire, he was founding member of the rock band, The Troggs, originally called The Troglodytes. They had hits in both Britain and the USA. Their most famous songs include, "Wild Thing", "Anyway That You Want Me", "Love Is All Around" and "With a Girl Like You". The Troggs Billboard Hot 100 chart topper "Wild Thing" is ranked #257 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, and was an influence on garage rock and punk rock. Many of their hits have also been successful as covers, such as Jimi Hendrix with Wild Thing, Wet Wet Wet and REM with love Is All Around, and Spiritualized with "Anyway That You Want Me". Iggy Pop, The Buzzcocks and The Ramones are amongst punk bands who cited the Troggs as an influence. In 1969, Ronnie also released a solo single "Anything For You"

in 1992 -
Maurice Ohana pianist/composer, dies
in 1992 - Bobby Mcclure US singer (Don't mess up a good thing), dies at 50)

in 1996 -
Bill Doggett dies at age 80. US pianist born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At 15, he had joined a combo, playing local theaters and clubs while attending high school. In 1947, he joined the Louis Jordan's Tympany Five as pianist, it was here that he first achieved success playing the Hammond organ and in 1950 he is reputed to have written one of Jordan's biggest hits, "Saturday Night Fish Fry", for which Jordan claimed the writing credit. In 1951, Bill organized his own trio, his best known recording is "Honky Tonk," a rhythm and blues hit of 1956 which sold four million copies, and which he co-wrote with Billy Butler. He won the Cash Box award for best rhythm and blues performer in 1957, 1958, and 1959. He also arranged for many bandleaders and performers, including Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, and Lionel Hampton. He continued to play and arrange until his death.
in 1996 - On the last leg of their Ballbreaker World Tour, AC/DC played the first of four sold out nights at Sydney Entertainment Center in Sydney, Australia.

in 1997 -
Andre Boucourechliev, Bulgarian-born French composer and writer on music. Dies at Boulogne-Billancourt. He enrolled at the Sofia Conservatory in 1946 and studied piano with Pelischek. After winning first prize in the National Competition for Musical Interpretation in 1948, he was awarded a French government grant to pursue training at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris with Gronoli (piano; licence de concert diploma, 1951) and with Dandelot (harmony). He also received private instruction in counterpoint from Vaurabourg-Honegger. In 1954 he attended the summer courses in new music in Darmstadt, and in 1955-56 he was a student in Gieseking's master classes in piano in Saarbriicken. After teaching piano at the Ecole Normale de Musique from 1952 to 1960, he devoted himself mainly to composing and writing. In 1956 he became a naturalized French citizen. In 1976 he won the Grand Prix musical of Paris and in 1984 the Grand Prix national de musique. Among his compositions, the series entitled Archipel is particularly noteworthy. - Born Sofia, July 28,1925.

in 1999 - a report showed that
The Spice Girls were the highest earners in pop during the 90's with their debut album 'Spice' selling over 20 million copies. Elton John was second with 14 million sales from 'The Lion King'.

in 1999 - It was announced that
Cliff Richard had signed up with Internet company Remotemusic.com, making him the first major artist to sign a deal with an online company.

in 1999 -
Donald Mills dies at age 84. American lead tenor and member of the jazz and pop vocal quartet The Mills Brothers who made more than 2,000 recordings that combined sold more than 50 million copies, and garnered at least three dozen gold records. Their songs included "Tiger Rag", "Goodbye Blues", their theme song, "You're Nobody's Sweetheart Now", "Ole Rockin' Chair", "Lazy River", "How'm I Doin'", "Lazy Bones", "Sweet Sue", "Lulu's Back in Town", "Bye-Bye Blackbird", "Sleepy Head", "Shoe Shine Boy" and others. In 1934, The Mills Brothers became the first African-Americans to give a command performance before British royalty. They performed at the Regal Theatre for a special audience to King George V, Queen Mary, and their mother.The Mills Brothers were inducted into The Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1998

in 2000 -
The Beatles launched their first official website The Beatles. The site went live on the same day as the release of their retrospective 'Compilation 1' album.

in 2002 -The three surviving member of
Led Zeppelin announced they were re-forming after 22 years for a US stadium tour.

in 2002 -
Sir Roland Hanna dies at age 70. American jazz pianist born in Detroit, Michigan ; a style diverse enough to fit into swing, bop, and more adventurous settings. He studied at Eastman School of Music and Juilliard School. He worked with several big names, such as Benny Goodman and Charles Mingus, in the 1950s although only briefly in both cases. From 1967 to 1974 he was a regular member of the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra. During the 1970s he was a member of the New York Jazz Quartet. Roland was given an honory knighthood by the President of Liberia in 1970 in recognition for a series of concerts held to benefit Liberian children, thus the "Sir"
in 2004 - John Balance loses his balance & tipps over the banisters at his home while under the influence of alcohol and dies at age 42. English multi-musician and artist born in Mansfield; he was the founder and half of the experimental music group Coil. He was responsible for vocals, lyrics, chants, synthetics and various esoteric sound-making instruments and devices. Prior to this John's first known track is under the alias "Merderwerkers" titled "Blue Funk (Scars For E)" on the Sterile Records. He also published a magazine called "Stabmental" and released a track titled, "A Thin Veil Of Blood" under the alias Stabmental, after which he joined up with Peter Christopherson and Boyd Rice recording Nightmare Culture under the alias "The Sickness of Snakes" and performed alongside Christopherson in Psychic TV before the duo formed Coil.

in 2004 -
Ol' Dirty Bastard (Russell Tyrone Jones) dies at age 35. American rap artist born in Brooklyn, New York City, he was one of the founding members of the hip hop group Wu-Tang Clan in 1992.
After establishing the Wu-Tang Clan, in 1995, Ol' Dirty Bastard went on to a successful solo career, although sometimes hampered by legal troubles. March 28th 1995, he released Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version' which produced the hit singles "Brooklyn Zoo" and "Shimmy Shimmy Ya", the album went to platinum status. In 1997, he appeared on the Wu-Tang Clan's second and most commercially successful work, the double album Wu-Tang Forever. During the 1998 Video Music Awards, he performed "Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)" onstage with Pras, Mya. Between jail sentences he released his 'Nigga Please' albums this produced the single "Got Your Money". In 2003 he starred in a VH1 special, Inside Out: Ol' Dirty Bastard Life on Parole. He also managed to record a new album, originally scheduled to be released through Dame Dash Music Group in 2004; it was shelved indefinitely (collapsed and died of a drug overdose at a Manhattan recording studio in New York shortly after complaining of chest pain)
in 2005 - Simon Cowell was named Show Business personality of the year by the Variety Club at the show business charity's annual awards show in London. Katie Melua won recording artist of the year at the event, hosted by singer Myleene Klass.

in 2005 -
Il Divo went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ’Ancora’ the group's second No.1 album.

in 2007 -
Erik Kurmangaliev dies at age 47. Russian-Kazakh opera singer, actor and a leading public figure in Russia's perestroika music scene.; debuted in 1980 at the Leningrad Philharmonia. He later performed in Alfred Shnitke's Second Symphony and "Dr. Faust" cantata during his career. His career reached his peak when he teamed up with director Roman Viktyuk in the early 1990s, when he appeared in the Russian language version of David Hwang's M. Butterfly. He made his last appearance in film appearance in Rustam Khamdanov's "Vocal Parallels" (liver infection) .
in 2011 - Diego Rivas aka El Guaruras dies at age 31. Mexican singer, born in Culiacan, Sinaloa state, and started singing in school contests. He later joined the band Arriba Mi Sinaloa, but split from them in 2006, after which he formed and performed with his own band Los Guaruras. He also had an online presence with a radio station. Diego was a singer of narcocorridos - songs glorifying drug traffickers. One of his songs is an ode to Joaquín Guzmán Loera, Mexico's most wanted drug lord. Other hits include "El Estándar", "Soy yo", "Dos celulares", "El Amor no se vende" among others (Diego and two companions were killed with an AK-47 in a drive-by shooting in Culiacan) Born May 18th 1980.

in 2011 -
Yvonne "Dixie" Fasnacht dies at age 101. American jazz singer, clarinetist and New Orleans' French Quarter club owner. She toured with the Southland Rhythm Girls, playing Dixieland Jazz in the 1930s. In 1939, she and her sister Irma opened the first of several jazz bars in New Orleans, all bearing the name Dixie's. Her Bourbon Street edition Dixie's Bar Of Music, was described as a place where rich and poor, famous and not, gay and straight felt totally comfortable. Truman Capote, Rock Hudson, Tennessee Williams, Danny Kaye and Gore Vidal were among those who visited the bar and it was one of the first that catered openly to gays. Dixie lived in her apartment on Bourbon Street, well into her 90s, still dying her hair red and dressing elegantly. Born July 7th 1910.

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in 1663 - Friederich Wilhelm Zachow composer.
in 1679 - Omobono Stradivari Italian violin maker/son of Antonius is born.
in 1692 - Christoph Bernhard German composer, dies at 64.

in 1719 - German-Austrian composer Leopold Mozart, father of Wolfgang, was born in Augsburg.

in 1774 - Gaspare Luigi Pacifico Spontini composer is born.

in 1778 - German pianist and composer Johann Nepomuk Hummel was born in Pressburg.

in 1796 - Carlo Conti composer is born.
in 1800 - Heinrich Ludwig Egmont Dorn composer is born.

in 1805 - German composer Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, sister of Felix Mendelssohn, was born in Hamburg.


in 1816 - John Curwen composer is born.
in 1825 - August Reissmann composer is born.
in 1829 - Giulio Roberti composer is born.
in 1831 - Ignaz Joseph Pleyel Austrian composer/piano builder, dies at 74.
in 1845 - Johann Ernst Perabo composer is born.
in 1860 - Feliks Ostrowski composer, dies at 58.
in 1879 - Geoffrey Turton Shaw composer is born.
in 1887 - Bernhard Paumgartner Austria, musicologist/conductor/composer is born.

in 1897 - Conchita (Conxita) Badia, noted Spanish soprano, is born at Barcelona. She studied piano and voice with Granados, and also had lessons with Casals and Manuel de Falla. She made her debut in Barcelona as a concert singer in 1913 in the first performance of Canciones amatorias by Granados, with the composer as piano accompanist. She subsequently devoted herself to concert appearances, excelling as an interpreter of Spanish and Latin American music; often appeared in performances with Casals and his orchestra in Barcelona. In later years she taught voice in Barcelona, where her most famous pupil was Montserrat Caballe. – Died at Barcelona, May 2,1975.

in 1900 - Aaron Copeland Brooklyn, composer (Billy the Kid, Appalachian Spring) is born.
He was instrumental in forging a distinctly American style of composition, and is often referred to as "the Dean of American Composers". He is best known to the public for the works he wrote in the 1930s and 40s in a deliberately more accessible style than his earlier pieces, including the ballets Appalachian Spring, Billy the Kid, Rodeo and his Fanfare for the Common Man. The open, slowly changing harmonies of many of his works are archetypical of what many people consider to be the sound of American music, evoking the vast American landscape and pioneer spirit. However, he wrote music in different styles at different periods of his life: his early works incorporated jazz or avant-garde elements whereas his later music incorporated serial techniques. In addition to his ballets and orchestral works he produced music in many other genres including chamber music, vocal works, opera and film scores.


in 1901 - Morton Downey Wallingford Ct, singer (Star of the Family) is born.
in 1904 - Alexey Semyonovich Zhivotov composer is born.

in 1905 - John Henry Barbee (William George Tucker) (US blues guitarist, singer) is born.

in 1914 - Ken Carson Coalgate Okla, singer (Garry Moore Show) is born.
in 1915 - Martha Tilton (US singer, actress is born.
in 1915 - Theodor Leschetizky composer, dies at 85.

in 1915 - Billy Bauer (actually, William Henry), cool jazz guitarist, is born at N.Y. He is remembered for a number of innovative sessions with the Tristano school in the late 1940s and early 1950s. He worked with Jerry Wald's Band (1939), then worked with Dick Stabile and Abe Lyman. He played with Woody Herman (1944-46), Benny Goodman (1948), and Chubby Jackson, and also recorded many albums with Lennie Tristano. He did regular TV work in the 1950s, including staff work in Bobby Byrne's orch. Bauer played in Europe with Benny Goodman (May 1958); during the late 1950s and early 1960s, he often worked with Lee Konitz, while also leading his own groups, including a long residency at the Sherwood Inn, N.Y. During the 1970s, he maintained a rigorous freelance schedule. In latter years he taught at his Long Island home. Died June 17, 2005 in Melville, New York State.

in 1919 - Johnny Desmond (Giovanni Alfredo De Simone) (US singer) is born.
in 1919 - Lisa Otto (German soprano) is born.
in 1920 - Johnny Desmond Detroit Mich, singer (Your Hit Parade) is born.
in 1921 - Joonas Kokkonen (Finnish composer) is born.
in 1922 - BBC begins domestic radio service from 2LO at Marconi House.
in 1922 - Marina Candael Flemish dancer/choreography (Rhapsody in Blue) is born.

TODAY’S MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT SHINES ON . . .
in 1922 - Carl Michael Ziehrer composer, dies at 79.
Ziehrer was taught music by Simon Sechter, a famous Viennese music theorist and pedagogue. He was soon discovered by music publisher Carl Haslinger, one of Johann Strauss II's publishers, who had fallen out with Strauss regarding the receipts from the latter's lucrative Russian venture.

Ziehrer was, in the words of Strauss' first wife, Henrietta Treffz, "one of Haslinger's machinations," and "what Haslinger writes as his own would be passed on the ward to be published as his own."[cite this quote] Her prophecy was, however, only ever partially fulfilled; though Ziehrer's pulsating and lively waltzes lit up Vienna, and though he challenged the famed Strauss family for the Viennese public's affections, his many works have not survived long in today's classical repertoire.

Haslinger sought to promote his promising young ward, and in 1863,[citation needed] the young conductor appeared as the head of a newly-formed orchestra aimed at toppling the Strauss dynasty at the Dianabad-saal in Vienna. Not long after that, he secured a place at one of Viennese military bands. As was the current trend, he took over as Kapellmeister of a large civilian orchestra in 1873. He also published the journal "Deutsche Musikzeitung" around the same time, and was credited as being one of the important sources of music study in the late 1870s.

Not long after founding the music journal, he changed his publisher to Döblinger, and toured Eastern Europe and Germany for many years, earning a good reputation as a strict yet efficient conductor. It was in 1881 that he met his future wife, Marianne Edelmann, a famous operetta singer, in Berlin.

Throughout the period between 1885 and 1893, Ziehrer toured extensively and was a military bandmaster, having achieved the distinction of "Übernahme der Militärmusik der Hoch", as well as the "Deutschmeister" decoration. His fame was such that he was invited to perform at the World Exhibition in Chicago in 1893. After that, in a flurry of events, he toured 41 German cities and finally returned to Vienna, where he formed an even larger and successful orchestra that specialized in playing dance music. At this point, his works began to gain a wider circulation among the music-loving Viennese, and works such as Weaner Mad'ln op. 388, as well as the more famous Wiener Bürger op. 419, were received with greater appreciation, the latter even temporarily triumphing over Strauss compositions when first published in 1890.

Despite being a strong challenger of the Strauss music dynasty, he was unable to triumph over them and remained under their influence, which numbered among them his personal appearance; he maintained a 'Schnurrbart' moustache as well as a similar hair-style. By the turn of the century, Ziehrer felt that he needed to devote his time and attention towards composing, and his military band participation waned until he relinquished his last position in 1899, the year Johann Strauss II died.

Ziehrer enjoyed success in the operetta writing business, with stage works such as Die Landstreicher in 1899, but it was with the operetta Fremdenführer (Tourist Guide) that he achieved stage success. He was one of the composers who bridged the 'Golden Age' of operetta with the new influence of the emerging 'Silver Age', with composers such as Franz Lehár, who would dominate the operetta scene for many years later on.
A plaque commemorating Ziehrer. The first few bars of his best-known composition, Wiener Burger, are inscribed at the top

In 1909, he was awarded the honorary post of the 'KK Hoffballmusikdirektor', which was created for Johann Strauss I more than half a century earlier, and subsequently dominated within the Strausses with Johann Strauss II and Eduard Strauss also holding the office for many years. He was also the last person to hold this post, with the destruction of the Habsburg dynasty in World War I resulting in its dissolution.[4] During the time before the war, he worked well with composers Franz Lehár, Oscar Straus, and Leo Fall, and was guest conductor at their concerts on many occasions.

The outbreak of the war sealed his career as a composer, and most of his property was destroyed. He died a poor and forgotten man on 14 November 1922 in Vienna. He was buried in the Zentralfriedhof in the graves of honour. His wife was buried beside him.

His rich musical heritage may not be comparable to the Strausses, who dominated for well over a century, but he was more prolific, having composed over 600 waltzes, polkas and marches, which are still performed today. Some of his works are even more Viennese in nature than that of the Strausses. His works are vigorous and forceful, with cheerful melodies written even near the end of the Habsburg dynasty.


in 1924 - Leonid Borisovitch Kogan (Russian violinist) is born.
in 1924 - Leonid B Kogan Dnepropetrovsk Russia, violinist (Lenin Prize-1952) is born.
in 1924 - Billy Jim Layton composer is born.
in 1925 - Agnes Marie Jacobina Zimmermann composer, dies at 78.
in 1927 - Narciso Yepes (Spanish classical guitarist) is born.
in 1928 - Leonie Rysanek dramatic soprano (Vienna Munich State Opera 1952-54) is born.
in 1930 - Jay Migliori (US saxophonist; Supersax/session player) is born.
in 1932 - Ramon Zupko composer is born.

in 1933 - Dalia Atlas (nee Sternberg), Israeli conductor, is born at Haifa. After piano training at the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem (graduated, 1952), she studied conducting with various mentors abroad, including Ferrara, Celibidache, Swarowsky, and Boulez. She was the first woman to obtain prizes in the Cantelli (Novara, 1963), Mitropoulos (N.Y, 1964), and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic (1964) conducting competitions; she later received the Eugene Ormandy Award (Philadelphia, 1980). In the meantime, she launched her career in her homeland by founding the Israel Pro-Musica Orchestra; after joining the faculty of the Technion Institute of Technology in Haifa, she founded its symphony orchestra and choir; later founded the Atlas Camerata, a chamber orchestra, which she conducted on a world tour in 1991. As a guest conductor, she appeared with major orchestras in Europe, the U.S., and Australia.

in 1934 - Ellis Marsalis jazz musician is born.
in 1935 - Lefteris Papadopoulos (Greek lyricist, journalist) is born.
in 1936 - Cornell Gunther LA Calif, musician (Coasters-Poison Ivy) is born.
in 1936 - Carey Bell (US blues musician is born.
in 1936 - Freddie Garrity (UK lead singer, Freddie and the Dreamers) is born.
in 1939 - Wendy Carlos (US composer) is born.
in 1940 - Freddie Garrity rocker (Freddie and the Dreamers-I'm Telling You Now) is born.

in 1944 - Carl Flesch dies at age 71.Hungarian violinist, and teacher; born in Moson; he began playing the violin at seven years of age. At 10 in Vienna, he studied with Jakob Grün. At 17 he joined the Paris Conservatoire. He settled in Berlin, and in 1934 in London. He was known for his solo performances in a very wide range of repertoire from Baroque music to contemporary, gaining fame as a chamber music performer. He also taught at Bucharest 1897-1902, Amsterdam 1903-08, Philadelphia 1924-28 and the Berlin High School for Music 1929-34. Carl published a number of instructional books, including the 1923 'Die Kunst des Violin-Spiels' .

in 1944 - Scherrie Payne US singer (Supremes-Incredible) is born.


in 1946 - Manuel de Falla y Matheu dies at age 69. Spanish composer of classical music,
at Alta Gracia, Cordoba province, Argentina. He studied piano with his mother; after further instruction from Eloisa Calluzo, he studied harmony, counterpoint, and composition with Alejandro Odero and Enrique Broca; then went to Madrid, where he studied piano with Jose Trago and composition with Felipe Pedrell at the Conservatory. He wrote several zarzuelas, but only Los amores de lalneewas performed (Madrid, April 12, 1902). His opera La vida breve won the prize of the Real Academia de Bellas Artes in Madrid in 1905, but it was not premiered until 8 years later. In 1905 he also won the Ortiz y Cuss6 Prize for pianists. In 1907 he went to Paris, where he became friendly with Debussy, Dukas, and Ravel, who aided and encouraged him as a composer. Under their influence, he adopted the principles of Impressionism without, however, giving up his personal and national style. He returned to Spain in 1914 and produced his tremendously effective ballet El amor brujo (Madrid, April 2, 1915). It was followed by the evocative Noches en los jardines de Espana for piano and orch. (Madrid, April 9, 1916). In 1919 he made his home in Granada, where he completed work on his celebrated ballet El sombrero de tres picos (London, July 22, 1919). Falla's art was rooted in both the folk songs of Spain and the purest historical traditions of Spanish music. Until 1919 his works were cast chiefly in the Andalusian idiom, and his instrumental technique was often conditioned by effects peculiar to Spain's national instrument, the guitar. In his puppet opera El retablo de maese Pedro (1919-22), he turned to the classical tradition of Spanish (especially Castilian) music. The keyboard style of his Harpsichord Concerto (1923-26), written at the suggestion of Wanda Landowska, reveals in the classical lucidity of its writing a certain kinship with Domenico Scarlatti, who lived in Spain for many years. Falla became president of the Instituto de Espana in 1938. When the Spanish Civil War broke out, and General Franco overcame the Loyalist government with the aid of Hitler and Mussolini, Falla left Spain and went to South America, never to return to his homeland. He went to Buenos Aires, where he conducted concerts of his music. He then withdrew to the small locality of Alta Gracia, where he lived the last years of his life in seclusion, working on his large scenic cantata Aildniida. It remained unfinished at his death and was later completed by his former pupil, Ernesto Halffter. - Born in Cádiz, Nov. 23, 1876
in 1947 - Stanley 'Buckwheat Zydeco' Dural (keyboards, organ, piano, accordian) is born.

in 1948 - James Young Chicago IL, rock guitarist (Styx) is born.
in 1949 - Raul Di Blasio (Argentine pianist, composer, producer) is born.
in 1949 - James Young (US guitar; Styx) is born.
in 1951 - Frankie Banali (US rock drummer) is born.
in 1951 - Steven Bishop (US singer, guitarist, songwriter) is born.
in 1951 - Barry Brandt Wash DC, rock drummer (Angel) is born.
in 1952 - Alec John Such (US bassist, Bon Jovi) is born.
in 1953 - Frankie Banali (US drummer, Quiet Riot/W.A.S.P.) is born.
in 1953 - Alexander O'Neal (R&B, soul singer; Time/solo) is born.

in 1954 – Yanni (Yiannis Chrysomallis) (Grecian keyboard, vocalist; studio musician/freelance) is born.

in 1959 - Annie Schilder Dutch singer (BZN) is born.
in 1960 - Tom Judson (US actor and composer) is born.

in 1960 -
Ray Charles went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Georgia On My Mind', a No.24 hit in the UK. His cover of Hoagy Carmichael's 1930 standard, became the first of three No.1 hits for the singer.

in 1961 -
Antonio Flores (Spanish singer, songwriter) is born.



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