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Old November 14th, 2012, 06:59 AM   #1711

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in 1961 - The
Elvis Presley film “Blue Hawaii” premiered.

in 1962 -
The Beatles played the final show of a 14 night run at the Star-Club, Hamburg, West Germany.

in 1964 -
Rev Run (Joseph Simmons) (hip-hop, rap artist; Run-DMC) is born.
in 1964 - Andrew Banfield (US vocals; The Pasadenas) is born.
in 1964 - Rockie Lynne Rash (US singer, guitarist) is born.
in 1964 - Andrew rocker (The Pasadenas-Riding on a Train) is born.

in 1965 -
Stuart Ashton Staples (UK lead vocalist, guitar, melodica; Tindersticks/solo) is born.

in 1967 -
Nina Gordon (US singer, songwriter, guitar; Veruca Salt/solo) is born.

in 1967
- A 16 date UK package tour with Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, The Move, Nice and Amen Corner kicked off at the Royal Albert Hall, London. All acts played two shows per night.

in 1968 -
Brian Yale (bassist; Matchbox 20) is born.

in 1968 -
Hilton Jefferson dies at age 65. American jazz alto saxophonist born in Danbury, CT; best-known for leading the saxophone section from 1940-1949 in the Cab Calloway band. In 1929 Jefferson began his pro career with Claude Hopkins, and in the 1930s worked for the big bands: Chick Webb, Fletcher Henderson and McKinney's Cotton Pickers. From 1952-1953 performed with Duke Ellington. In the 1950s he continued to perform, especially with Rex Stewart and some former members of the Fletcher Henderson band
Video Notes: Roy Eldridge, t / Cecil Scott, cl / Hilton Jefferson, as / Ben Webster, ts / Teddy Wilson, p / Lawrence Lucie, g / John Kirby, sb / Cozy Cole, d / Billie Holiday, v. New York, July 31, 1935.



in 1969 - Butch Walker (singer, songwriter, record producer; Marvelous 3/solo) is born.

in 1969 -
'Sugar Sugar' by The Archies was at No.1 on the UK singles chart. The single became the longest running one hit wonder in the UK with eight week's at the top of the charts. It was the first No.1 performed by cartoon characters.

in 1970 -
Brendan Benson (US ocals, guitar, bass, keyboard, drums; The Raconteurs) is born.

in 1971 -
Velvet Underground, Renaissance and Audience all appeared at Bumpers, London, tickets 75p.

in 1972 -
Douglas Payne (Scottish bassist; Travis) is born.
in 1972 - Edyta Górniak (Polish singer; Costume Design, Concert Producer) is born.
in 1973 - Moka Only (Canadian rapper; Swollen Member) is born.
in 1974 - Adina Howard (US singer, rapper) is born.
in 1975 - Faye Tozer (UK singer; Steps/solo) is born.
in 1975 - Travis Barker (US drummer; +44/ Blink-182) is born.

in 1975 -
Queen played the first of two nights at the Empire Theatre in Liverpool, England, the first nights on their 78-date A Night At The Opera World Tour.

in 1976 -
The Flamin Groovies, The Troggs and The Damned all appeared at The Roundhouse, London, tickets £1.70.

in 1977 -
Kiss played the first date on their 51-date Alive II Tour at the Myriad Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

in 1977 -
Obie Trice (US rapper) is born.


in 1977 -
Richard (Stewart) Addinsell, English composer, dies at London age 73. He studied law at Hertford College, Oxford, and music at the Royal College of Music in London, in Berlin, and in Vienna. He wrote various scores for the theater, films, and radio; among his best film scores were Fire Over England (1937), Goodbye Mr. Chips (1939), Dangerous Moonlight (1941; contains a movement for piano and orch. that became immensely popular as the Warsaw Concerto), Blithe Spirit (1945), and A Tale of Two Cities (1958). – Born at London, Jan. 13, 1904.

in 1978 -
Delphine Chanéac (French model, actress, DJ) is born.
in 1978 - Chris Shar (US multi-musician; Stiffed/Man Man/Santigold) is born.
in 1979 - Tobin Esperance (US bassist; Papa Roach) is born.
in 1980 - Ben Harper (US lead guitar; Yellowcard) is born.
in 1981 - Queen started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with their 'Greatest Hits' album.



in 1981 - The Police had their fourth UK No.1 single with 'Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic', a No.3 hit in the US.

in 1982 -
Joachim Stutschewsky composer, dies at 91.
in 1983 - Lil Boosie (Torrence Hatch) (US rapper) is born.
in 1984 - Marija Šerifovic (Serbian singer) is born.

in 1987 -
George Michael went to No.1 on the UK album chart with his debut solo album 'Faith', also No.1 in the US.

in 1987 - The soundtrack from the film
'Dirty Dancing' went to No.1 on the US album chart.

in 1987 -
T'Pau started a five week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'China In Your Hand'. The song's title according to singer Carol Decker is the effect you get if you hold a china cup to a light, you can see your hand through it.

in 1990 - Record producer
Frank Farin fired Milli Vanilli singers Rob Pilatus and Fabrice Morvan because they were insisting on singing on their new album.

in 1990 -
Jessie Jacobs (Australian actress, singer, bassist; The Volten Sins) is born.
in 1991 - Michael Jackson's "Black or White" video premieres on FOX TV.

in 1991 - Over 1,000
New Kids On The Block fans were given medical treatment after a minor riot during a concert in Berlin, Germany.

in 1992 -
Bon Jovi went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Keep The Faith' their second UK No.1 LP.

in 1992 -
The Heights started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'How Do You Talk To An Angel', taken from the US TV series 'The Five Heartbeats'.

in 1992 -
George Rufus Adams dies at age 52. American jazz tenor saxophonist, flutist and bass clarinet player, born in Covington, Georgia, known for his idiosyncratic singing. By the time he was in high school he was playing tenor in funk bands and in 1961, he toured with Sam Cooke, then in '63 he moved to Ohio where he played with organ based groups. In 1968, he relocated to New York where he played with Roy Haynes, Gil Evans, and Art Blakey, among others. George also co-led a quartet with pianist Don Pullen. One of his last recordings was America on the Blue Note label. The album consists of classic American songs as well as a few original songs that articulate his positive view of his country.

in 1992 -
Theodore "Teddy" Riley dies at age 68.American jazz trumpet player and bandleader born in New Orleans, La, where he spent most of his career; Mostly known for playing jazz, he worked and recorded with various Rhythm & Blues bands. Artists and groups he worked with included Fats Domino, Champion Jack Dupree, The Dookie Chase Orchestra, Roy Brown's Band, The Olympia Brass Band, The Williams Brass Band, and The Royal Brass Band. In 1971 Teddy played on the cornet used by Louis Armstrong in his youth for the New Orleans ceremonies marking Armstrong's death



in 1992 - George Adams US tenor saxophonist/flautist (Changes One), dies.

in 1995 - Blur brought chaos to traffic in central London, England when over 3,000 fans turned up for a signing at 'Book's Etc' in Charring Cross Road.


in 1996 -
Michael Jackson married Debbie Rowe in Sydney Australia. The couple had met when he was diagnosed with vitiligo in the mid-1980s, and she was working as his dermatologist's assistant. The couple divorced on October 8, in 1999 with Rowe giving full custody rights of the children to Jackson with Rowe receiving an $8-million settlement.

in 1999 -
Robbie Williams went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'She's The One / It's Only Us', his second UK No.1. 'She's The One' was written by World Party leader Karl Wallinger. Williams scored six other chart toppers as a member of Take That.

in 2000 -
UK Music shops HMV refused to stock the new single by The Offspring after the band decided to give the track away as a free download on their official website.

in 2000 - Former Kajagoogoo singer
Limahl narrowly missed death when a coach he was travelling on crashed. Limahl, (Chris Hamil), was on his way to perform at High Wycombe's Swan Theatre when the vehicle caught fire.

in 2002 -
Elena Nikolaidi dies at age 93.Turkish-born American mezzo-soprano opera singer who went on to sing leading roles with major opera companies worldwide and made numerous recordings. She made her US operatic debut as Amneris in Verdi's Aïda with the San Francisco Opera and reprised the role for her Metropolitan Opera debut in 1951. In the early 1960s she retired from opera but continued concertizing extensively for a number of years. In 1960 Elena accepted a position on the voice faculty of Florida State University in Tallahassee. In 1977 she went to Houston, Texas, as the primary voice instructor for the newly established Houston Opera Studio, a young-artist training program that was at that time a joint venture of Houston Grand Opera and the University of Houston



in 2004 - Gene Anthony Ray dies at age 41. American actor, dancer, vocalist and choreographer, born in Harlem, New York. He was best known for his portrayal of the street smart dancer Leroy in the 1980 film Fame and the TV spin-off which aired from '82 until '87.

in 2004 -
Michel Colombier dies at age 65. French composer, songwriter and conductor born in Lyon, by age 14, he discovered jazz and was performing with small combos and big bands. At 22, he was musical director of Barclay Records. He composed the music for 'Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme'at the Comédie-Française, his only creation for stage. Michel entered the world of ballet with one of Maurice Béjart's masterpieces, "Messe Pour Le Temps Present", co-written with Pierre Henry, he also co-write for many years with Serge Gainsbourg. Michel worked with an extremely diversified array of artists. He wrote music for more than 20 ballets, and worked with the world's greatest dance companies and choreographers

in 2004 -
The Rolling Stones were refused permission to pursue a claim against their former record company Decca for unpaid royalties through the courts. A High Court judge in London said the dispute would go to arbitration and not be decided in court. The dispute was over their Forty Licks compilation CD, which was released in 2002 and was the first collection to span their entire career.

in 2004 -
U2 went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Vertigo', the bands fifth UK No.1, taken from 'How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb'.

in 2004 -
Eminem started a three week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Encore', the rappers third UK No.1.

in 2005 -
Franz Ferdinand kicked off a 10 date UK tour at the Cardiff CIA with special guests The Editors and The Rakes.

in 2007 -
Bud Mills dies at age 40.American drummer and a founder member of the death metal band Insanity. It was formed in 1985 in the San Francisco Bay Area and unleashed some of the most intensely brutal death metal of that time. Bud created the 1-1 drum beat that was faster than the fastest thrash beat used at the time.



in 2011 - Jackie Leven aka Sir Vincent Lone dies at age 61. Scottish folk musician and songwriter, born in Kirkcaldy, Fife. he started his musical career in the late 1960s under the pseudonym "John St Field", and recorded an album, 'Control', between 1973-1975. He found success with new wave band Doll by Doll which he formed in '77, releasing 4 albums between 1979-1982; after which he launched his solo career. He suffered a street assault and near strangulation during the recording of his first solo album in 1984, which left him unable to speak for nearly two years. During this time he sadly became addicted to heroin. In 1994 and thankfully clean, his solo career restarted with the release of the mini-album Songs from the Argyll Cycle and the full-album The Mystery of Love is Greater than the Mystery of Death. He went on to release more than twenty albums under his own name or under the pseudonym Sir Vincent Lone (lung cancer) Born June 18th 1950.

in 2011 -
Laura Kennedy (birth date and age not available) American musician and original bassist with the post-punk band Bush Tetras dies in Minneapolis. She had been struggling for years with Hepatitis C and despite receiving a liver transplant in 2008 was unable to survive what she described as a “scourge of an illness.”

Kennedy was in the center of the musical vortex that thrived in downtown Manhattan through the 1970s and into the early 80s. It was a time in which rock and roll was stretching its wings while simultaneously banging its head against the walls and sidewalks of a city both bleak and beautiful.


The Bush Tetras pulled uptown downtown and showed the Studio 54 crowd that there was some tribal thunder brewing below 14th street and you didn’t have to beg to get in. The BTs made it clear: funk was Universal and could not be tamed or commodified. It was in our flesh and bone and in the concrete. The city’s jittery pulse ran from the Bronx to the Bowery, a visceric train on tachycardic tracks where each station crepusculated pinpoints of chakric light. The bloodbeat pinballed and banked against Time’s Square and then veered drunkenly and divinely into the throbbing core of Manhattan’s tattered rock and roll soul: CBGB.


Kennedy wrote of her time living in downtown NYC:

“Us New York City kids from the ‘80s, often transplanted from other cities, other countries, occasionally other planets (take a wild guess who I’m talking about) - we’ve kicked ass. We’ve taken names, too - and a good many of us have not only lived to tell, but are rockin’ the telling and rollin’ the living in a way that’s inspirational… We keep going, and going and going. I defy you to tell me that all of us weren’t defined by that moment in time that we shared. This has been apparent to me for a while, but more so now that we’re a decade into the oughts. We were blessed to come together in this life at a time that defined the End of a Century.”

The Bush Tetras harnessed the paranoia that snaked thru the shadow side of Manhattan and with their streetwise alchemy of raw beats and angular riffs transformed the fear, the edge, into something you could dance to. Laura Kennedy laid down a groove as deep as a subway tunnel and as persistent and essential as blood.


in 2011 -
Lee Pockriss dies at age 87. American songwriter born in Brooklyn; along with Paul Vance he co-wrote "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini", recorded in 1960 by Brian Hyland; the Grammy-nominated "Catch a Falling Star", recorded in 1957 by Perry Como; and the 1969 hit, "Tracy", recorded by The Cuff Links. He also wrote Anita Bryant's "My Little Corner of the World", Shelley Fabares' "Johnny Angel" recorded in 1962, and the Clint Holmes song "Playground In My Mind". With lyricist Anne Croswell he wrote the songs for the Broadway musical Tovarich, which received a Grammy nomination for Original Cast Album. He and Croswell have also collaborated on the frequently produced Ernest in Love and Bodo. Lee also wrote the music for the musicals Wonderful Olly, Dolley Madison, and Divorce Of Course.He wrote seven original songs for MGM's full length animated film The Phantom Tollbooth, scored the film The Subject Was Roses and wrote the title songs for One, Two, Three and the Western classic, Stagecoach. In the 1980s, Lee wrote several songs for the children's educational series Sesame Street, including "My Polliwog Ways"-Kermit the Frog, "Transylvania Love Call"-Count von Count, and "My Rock"-Bert (died after a long illness) Born January 20th 1924.

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in 1604 -
Davis Mell*, English violinist and composer, is born at Wilton. He was a violinist in the court band by 1625. In 1654 he became a violinist in Cromwell's private band. At the Restoration in 1660, he reentered the royal service as co-master of the King's Band. Some 54 of his dances for Violin and Basso Continuo were published in the form of 12 suites in Playford's Courtly Masquing Ayres (London, 1662). – Died at London, April 4,1662.
*last year the names were transposed, this is correct.


in 1634 -
Johann Staden composer, dies at 53.
in 1640 - Nicolaus Adam Strungk composer is born.
in 1696 - Gerhardus Havingha composer is born.
in 1705 - Louis-Gabriel Guillemain composer is born.
in 1746 - Joseph Quesne composer is born.

in 1774 -
William Horsley composer is born.
In 1790 Horsley became the pupil of Theodore Smith, an indifferent musician of the time, who, however, taught him sufficiently well to obtain the position of organist at Ely Chapel, Holborn, in 1794. He resigned this post in 1798 to become the organist at the Asylum for Female Orphans as well as the assistant to John Wall Callcott, with whom he had long been on terms of personal and artistic intimacy, and whose eldest daughter, Elizabeth Hutchins Callcott (1809–72), he married.

In 1802 he became his friend's successor upon the latter's resignation. Besides holding this appointment he became the organist of Belgrave Chapel, Halkin Street, in 1812 and of the Charter House in 1838.


Horsley's compositions are numerous, and include amongst other instrumental pieces three symphonies for full orchestra. More important are his glees, of which he published five books (1801–1807) besides contributing many detached glees and part songs to various collections. His glees, "By Celia's Arbour," "O, Nightingale," "Now the storm begins to lower" and others, are amongst the finest specimens of this peculiarly English class of compositions.[citation needed] Perhaps his best-known hymn tune is "There is a green hill far away."[citation needed]


The Horsley family were friendly with Mendelssohn and, according to L T C Rolt, were the first to hear his music for A Midsummer Night's Dream, played by him on the piano at their home at No 1 High Row (now 128 Church Street) in Kensington. Horsley was one of the founders of the Philharmonic Society of London, which became the Royal Philharmonic Society.


Horsley's son Charles Edward also enjoyed a certain reputation as a musician. Another son John Callcott was a painter, who is reputed to have designed the first Christmas card in 1843. Horsley's eldest daughter Mary Elizabeth (b. 1813) married the engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

in 1775 - Georges-Julien Sieber composer is born.
in 1787 - Christoph W Ritter von Gluck composer (Iphig‚nie Tauride), dies at 73.
in 1788 - Peregrinus Pogl composer dies at 77.

in 1798 -
Angelo (Maria) Amorevoli, Italian tenor, died at Dresden. He first made a name for himself in 1730 when he appeared in Porpora's Mitridate and Siface in Rome, and in Hasse's Dalisca in Venice. After singing in Milan (1731-35), Naples (1736-40), and Florence (1741), he appeared at the King's Theatre in London (1741-43). In 1744-45 he sang in Milan, and then was engaged to sing in Hasse's works in Dresden from 1745. He also appeared in Vienna in 1748 and again in Milan in 1748^49 and 1760-61. He retired in 1764. – Born at Venice, Sept. 16,1716.

in 1800 -
George Rodwell composer is born.
in 1807 - Premier of Beethoven's Symphony no. 4 in Bb major op. 60, in Vienna.
in 1807 - Mendelssohn's
Symphony no. 5 in d minor op. 107 “Reformationssinfonie”, premiers in Berlin.
in 1811 - Marie Leopoldine Blahetka, Austrian pianist and composer, is born at Guntramsdorf, near Vienna. She was a piano pupil of Kalkbrenner and Moscheles, and also studied composition with Sechter. In 1840 she settled in Boulogne. She wrote a romantic opera, Die Rauber und die Sanger, which was produced in Vienna in 1830, and a considerable number of salon pieces for piano. – Died at Boulogne, France, Jan. 12,1887.

in 1815 -
Johann Lukas Schubaur composer, dies at 65.
in 1831 - Vincenc Masek composer dies at 76.
in 1842 - Joseph Rastrelli composer dies at 43.
in 1845 - Opera "Maritana" is produced (London).
in 1878 - Bela Reinitz composer is born.

in 1883 -
Augustin Barie, blind French organist and composer, is born at Paris. He was blind from birth. After studying at the Institution Nationale de Jeunes Aveugles with Adolphe Marty, he was a pupil of Vierne (1904-06). He was organist at St. Germain-des-Pres in Paris at the time of his early demise from a cerebral hemorrhage. His works, which include a Symphony for Organ, an Elegy, and three Pieces, were highly praised. - Died at Paris April 22,1915.

in 1886 -
Pedro Sanjuan San Sebastian, Spain, composer (Castilla) is born.

in 1888 -
Artie Matthews, black American ragtime composer, is born at Braidwood, Ill. He spent his formative years in Springfield, 111., and learned ragtime from the pianists Banty Morgan and Art Dillingham. After working in the tenderloin district of St. Louis (c. 1908), he took lessons in piano, organ, and theory. He was active as a composer and arranger for local theaters. In 1915 he went to Chicago as a church organist, and after World War I settled in Cincinnati, where he obtained a degree from the Metropolitan Coll. of Music and Dramatic Arts (1918). Together with his wife, Anna Matthews, he founded the Cosmopolitan School of Music for classical training of black musicians in 1921. He was an outstanding composer of piano rags, producing 5 Pastime rags (1913, 1913, 1916, 1918, 1920). He also wrote a jazz classic for piano, Weary Blues (1915), and several songs. – Died at Cincinnati, Oct. 25, 1958.

in 1787 - German composer
Christoph Willibald Ritter von Gluck died at the age of 73 in Vienna.
in 1902 - Frederico Freitas composer is born.
in 1903 - Eugen d'Alberts opera "Tiefland," premieres in Prague.

TODAY’S MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT SHINES ON . . .

in 1905 - Eddie Condon (US jazz banjoist, guitarist, bandleader) is born.
From a Time article, 1945:
Eddie Condon once tried to tell a New York Daily Newsman, in the plainest language he could muster, about his troubles in making the "real jazz" pay enough for tea for two, or keep body & soul together night & day: "We bled to death. We were eating off each other's wrists. We had one paper hat right on the hook but when we mentioned money he jumped back in the icebox." Another potential sponsor died during negotiations: "He went cool on us. They had to throw dirt on him.


In 1927 he co-led the McKenzie-Condon Chicagoans on a record that was popular in Chicago. In 1929, after organizing some other recording sessions, Condon switched cities and instruments. He moved to New York, and began playing the guitar. In New York, he worked with Red McKenzie's Mound City Blue Blowers and with Red Nichol's and His Five Pennies. He appeared on one record (1929) with Louis Armstrong and His Savoy Ballroom 5.


In New York (ca. 1930), fellow Chicagoan Joe Marsala had a band that played at John Popkin's Hickory House on 52nd Street in New York for nearly ten years. Condon became Marsala's guitar player, and, between sets, spent a good deal of time at the bar. Between 1937 and 1944, he worked nightly at a famous New York Jazz club, Nick's, in New York 's Greenwich Village section. It may be said that Condon's "big break" came in 1938 when he led a group on some recording sessions for Milt Gabler's Commodore Label. These recording made Eddie a New York icon.


From 1944 to 1945, Condon was involved in a series of weekly broadcasts (and recordings) from New York's Town Hall . In 1945, Condon and Pete Pesci - manager of Julius's Bar - came up with a plan to open a jointly owned Club and this became the first "Eddie Condon's" (on West 3rd Street - Greenwich Village area). Eddie had excellent qualifications for a nightclub operator, - he was a sociable man who could hold his liquor, and was a very fine musician with many musician friends who could come in and help out.


Condon loved what he called "our particular brand of Jazz", by which he meant 'Dixieland Jazz' with a strong rhythmic beat. His groups never used tubas or banjos and this was curious because Eddie's very first instrument was the Banjo. Sidemen that were often heard with him included Pee Wee Russell on clarinet, Gene Schroeder on piano, Big Sid "Rim Shots" Catlett on drums, as well as Muggsy Spanier or Bobby Hackett or Wild Bill Davison on trumpets.


In 1947, H.Holt Company published his biography, "We Called It Music: A Generation of Jazz". In the 1950s, he recorded for the Columbia label, these were a series of live recordings that are some of his best work.


In 1961, the club lost the 3rd Street lease to New York University. Condon and Pesci then relocated to the posh Hotel Sutton on East 56th. Street, where the club continued until 1967. Referring to his clubs, Condon once said that his policy was, "We don't throw anybody in, and we don't throw anybody out".


Eddie Condon was a real character and a strong supporter of jazz. He always had racially mixed bands and fought for that cause as well. His playing was fiercely rhythmic, and he set the tempo for his outfits. He rarely took solos, and preferred to give the spotlight to the other players, but it was his band for sure.


Condon left a generous discography, and many of his prime era recordings have been reissued on several labels as Jazzology, Mosaic, Collectables, Storyville and others.


Video Notes: Eddie Condon was one of the young 'White' Chicagoans who, during the 1920s, were instrumental in creating a new, hard driving type of "Chicago Dixieland Jazz". His career started at just age 17 when he played Banjo (his original instrument) with the 'Hollis Peavey Jazz bandits', and he even played briefly with some members of the now fabled "Austin High School Gang".

in 1905 - Italian born English conductor and violinist Annunzio Paolo Mantovani was born in Venice.
in 1907 - Horatio Richmond Palmer composer, dies at 73.
in 1914 - Gheorghe Dumitrescu composer is born.

in 1914 -
Jorge Bolet, brilliant Cuban-born American pianist, is born at Havana. After training in Havana, he enrolled at the age of 12 as a scholarship student at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he studied with Saperton (piano) and Reiner (conducting); he also studied piano with Godowsky (1932-33) and Rosenthal (1935). In 1935 he made his European debut in Amsterdam, and in 1937 his U.S. debut in Philadelphia. He then continued his training with Serkin. In 1937 he received the Naumburg Prize, which led to his successful N.Y. debut that same year. In 1938 he won the Josef Hofmann Award. After serving as Serkin's assistant at the Curtis Inst. (1939-42), he served in the military during World War II. Following the War, he pursued additional training with Chasins and then began to tour. However, it was not until the early 1960s that he gained wide recognition as a virtuoso in the grand Romantic manner. In subsequent years he toured all over the globe. He also served as prof, of music at the Ind. Univ. School of Music in Bloomington (1968-77), and then as head of the piano dept. at the Curtis Inst. (from 1977). - Died at Mountain View, Calif., Oct. 16,1990.

in 1915
- Luis María ”Billo” Frómeta (Dominican Republic-Caracas orchestra conductor, arranger, composer) is born. Frómeta was born in Pimentel, Provincia Duarte,Republica Dominicana; he would move with his family to San Francisco de Macorís some years later. The school he attended there had compulsory music lessons, so obtained much of his musical training there.

In 1930, at the age of 15, he founded and was the resident conductor of the Banda del Cuerpo de Bomberos de Ciudad Trujillo (Ciudad Trujillo's Fire Brigade's Band). He also founded the Orquesta Sinfónica de Santo Domingo during this time.


In 1933, he moved back to Santo Domingo. During these years, he would meet and work with some of his closest friends and associates: Freddy Coronado, Ernesto Chapuseaux and Simó Damirón, whom he already knew from school. The Conjunto Tropical and the Santo Domingo Jazz Band were formed then, as well.


Frómeta then began studying Pre-Medicine in the Universidad de Santo Domingo and had to abandon all musical activity during this time. However, he eventually dropped out on his third year to dedicate himself fully to music.


Frómeta and his orchestra arrived in Venezuela in December 1937 with his orchestra to play regularly in a dance club in Caracas called the Roof Garden. The Santo Domingo Jazz Band did well, but the club owners didn't think the name would stick- so they had Frómeta change it to something more marketeable. Frómeta went along, which got him barred from ever returning to his native Dominican Republic as Trujillo considered the change- "Billo's Caracas Boys"- an insult.


Frómeta would continue to play in Venezuela until the fall of Marcos Pérez Jiménez in 1958. Accused of being a supporter of the regime, he was barred by the Asociación Musical de D.F y Estado Miranda from ever playing in Venezuela again.


Following this, he moved to Cuba to play with a Cuban band there.


In 1960, a special session of the National Assembly was convened in Caracas. The purpose was to lift the ban passed on Billo in 1958, which was by then considered to have been unfair. That very same year, Frómeta returned to Venezuela.


On April 27, 1988, he suffered a stroke while rehearsing with the Venezuela Symphony Orchestra for a concert-tribute in his honour that would occur the very next day: just after he finished conducting the practice run for "Un Cubano en Caracas", he collapsed on the ground as the orchestra was applauding his performance.
Frómeta died the following week on May 5, 1988.
in 1918 - Georges Antoine, Belgian composer, dies at Bruges. He was a student of Dupuis at the Liege Conservatory (1902-13). In 1914 he joined the Belgian army. He died at an extremely young age [26] of an ailment acquired during his military service in World War I. Among his few works are a Violin Sonata (1912-15), Piano Concerto (1914), Vendanges for Voice and Orch. (1914), Piano Quartet (1916), Veillee d'armes, symphonic poem (1918), and songs. – Born at Liege, April 28, 1892.

in 1920 -
Jerome Richardson (US multi-reed player;Charles Mingus, Lionel Hampton) is born .
in 1920 - The Planets by Gustav Holst premiers in London.
in 1922 - Doreen Carwithen aka Mary Alwyn (UK composer, piano, violin) is born.
in 1925 - Jurriaan Andriessen [Leslie Cool], Dutch pianist/composer is born.
in 1928 - CW McCall (William Fries) (US country & trucker music singer) is born.

in 1928 -
Seldon Powell, tenor saxophonist, flutist, is born at Lawrenceville, Va. He was classically trained in N.Y, and worked briefly with Tab Smith in 1949 before joining Lucky Millinder and recording with him in 1950. Powell was in the military (1950-51), then became a studio musician in N.Y. He worked and recorded with Louis Bellson, Neal Hefti, Friedrich Gulda, Johnny Richards and Billy Ver Planck in the 1950s. He also played with Sy Oliver and Erskine Hawkins, and studied at Juilliard. He traveled to Europe with Benny Goodman's band (1958), and worked briefly with Woody Herman. Powell was a staff player for ABC TV in the 1960s, and also performed and recorded with Buddy Rich, Bellson, Clark Terry and Ahmed Abdul-Malik. He did a number of soul jazz and pop dates in the late 1960s and early 1970s, among them a session with Groove Holmes and big band dates backing Gato Barbieri and Dizzy Gillespie. Powell was principal soloist in Gerry Mulligan's 16-piece band at the JVC Jazz Festival in N.Y. in 1987. - Died at Hempstead, N.Y, Jan. 25, 1997.

in 1932 -
Petula Clark (UK singer/actress) is born.
in 1932 - Clyde L McPhatter Durham NC, singer (Drifters-Treasure My Love) is born.
in 1934 - Peter Dickinson composer is born.
in 1937 - William E "Little Willie" John [William Edgar John], US RandB singer (Fever) is born.
in 1939 - Alan Krueck (US musicologist) is born.
in 1941 - Jim Dickinson (US pianist, singer, record producer; sessionist/Snake Eyes) is born.
in 1941 - Rick Kemp (UK bassist; Steeleye Span) is born.

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in 1942 -
Daniel Barenboim, greatly talented Israeli pianist and conductor, is born at Buenos Aires.
He began music training with his parents, making his public debut as a pianist in Buenos Aires when he was only seven. During the summers of 1954 and 1955, he studied piano with Edwin Fischer, conducting with Igor Markevitch, and chamber music with Enrico Mainardi at the Salzburg Mozarteum.


He also pursued training in theory with Boulanger in Paris (1954-56), was one of the youngest students to receive a diploma from the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome (1956), and took a conducting course with Carlo Zecchi at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena. In 1955 he made his debut as a soloist with orch. in Paris, and then made his British debut in Bournemouth.


In Jan. 1956 he made his first appearance in London as soloist with Krips and the Royal Phil. He made his U.S. debut as soloist in Prokofiev's First Piano Concerto with Stokowski and the Sym. of the Air at N.Y.'s Carnegie Hall on Jan. 20, 1957. Later that year he made his first appearance as a conductor in Haifa. On Jan. 17, 1958, he made his U.S. recital debut in N.Y In 1960 he played cycles of all the Beethoven piano sonatas in Israel and South America, and later in London (1967, 1970) and N.Y. (1970).


From 1965 he was active as a soloist and conductor with the English Chamber Orch. in London. In 1967 he married the renowned English cellist Jacqueline DuPre (b. Oxford, Jan. 26,1945; d. London, Oct. 19,1987), with whom he subsequently appeared in numerous concerts until she was tragically stricken with multiple sclerosis in 1973 and was compelled to abandon her career.


In 1967 he conducted the Israel Phil, on a tour of the U.S., returning thereafter to appear as a guest conductor with various orchs. He also appeared as a guest conductor throughout Europe. He made his operatic debut in 1973 conducting Don Giovanni at the Edinburgh Festival. In 1975 he became music director of the Orchestre de Paris, a position he held until 1989.


In 1981 he made his first appearance at the Bayreuth Festival conducting Tristan und Isolde. In 1988 he was named artistic director of the new Opera de la Bastille in Paris by the French minister of culture. However, following the French presidential election, a new minister of culture was appointed and disagreements over artistic policy and remuneration led to Barenboim's abrupt dismissal in Jan. 1989.


That same month he was appointed music director of the Chicago Sym. Orch., succeeding Solti. During the 1989-91 seasons, he served as its music director-designate before fully assuming his duties as music director for the orch.'s 100th anniversary season in 1991-92. In 1993 he also became Generalmusikdirektor of the Berlin State Opera.


His autobiography appeared as
A Life in Music (1991). From the earliest years of his professional career as a pianist, Barenboim has been held in the highest esteem. Particularly notable have been his performances of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, and Brahms. In addition to his distinguished appearances as a recitalist and chamber music artist, he has won great admiration as an accompanist. Barenboim's career as a conductor has been less remarkable. While he has maintained an extensive repertoire, he has been most successful with scores from the Romantic and late Romantic eras. He has also championed contemporary works, conducting premieres by such composers as Boulez and Corigliano.

in 1945 -
Anni-Frid "the brunette" Lyngstad (Norwegian/German singer; ABBA) is born.
in 1946 - Janet Lennon Culver City Calif, singer (Lennon Sisters) is born.
in 1946 - Carmine Appice NYC, rock drummer (Vanilla Fudge) is born.
in 1949 - Steve Fossen (US bass; Heart/Alias) is born.
in 1951 - Dave Zelmon rocker is born.
in 1952 - Michael Cooper (US R&B lead singer, guitar; Con Funk Shun/solo) is born
in 1954 - Ab Bryant rock bassist/vocalist (Chilliwack) is born.
in 1954 - Tony Thompson (US session drummer; Rod Stewart/David Bowey/Chic..many more) is born.
in 1956 - Michael Hampton (US guitarist; Funkadelic) is born.
in 1955 - Georgie Born (UK academic, anthropologist, musician; Henry Cow) is born.
in 1957 - Joe Leeway rocker (Thompson Twins) is born.
in 1957 - Kevin Eubanks bandleader (Tonight Show) is born.
in 1957 - Joe Leeway (UK multi-musician, bongos, congas; Thompson Twins) is born.

in 1959 -
Johnny and the Moondogs, (The Beatles) played in the final heat of the 'TV Star Search' competition at The Hippodrome Theatre, Manchester, England. Judging was done by the volume of applause each group received when it is called back onto stage at the end of the night. Since the Moondogs had no money to stay overnight in Manchester, they were forced to head back to Liverpool before they were called back onto stage.
in 1963 - Jay Walter Bennett (US multi-musician, songwriter, engineer, Titanic Love Affair/Wilco/solo) is born

in 1963 -
Fritz Reiner dies at age 74. Hungarian conductor, he moved to America in 1922 to take the post of Principal Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. He remained until 1931, after which he taght at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He conducted the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra from 1938 to 1948 and made a few recordings with them for Columbia Records, then spent several years at the Metropolitan Opera, where he conducted a historic production of Strauss's Salome in 1949, with the Bulgarian soprano Ljuba Welitsch in the title role, and the American premiere of Igor Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress in 1951. He also conducted and made a recording of the famous 1952 Metropolitan Opera production of Bizet's Carmen, starring Rise Stevens.

in 1964 - Rolling Stone
Brian Jones was admitted to Passavant Hospital in Chicago with a temperature of 105, causing Jones to miss the last few dates on the Stones current tour.

in 1965 -
Daniel "Danny" Patton Sr (US guitarist, banjo player; Billy Walker Band) is born.

In 1965 -
The Rolling Stones made their debut on NBC-TV’s “Hullabaloo” television show. The band performed “Get Off My Cloud.”

in 1966 -
The Doors officially signed with Elektra Records in a deal for the band to produce seven albums. The band also reluctantly agreed to release ‘Break On Through’ as their first single. The lyric "She gets high/she gets high/she gets high" was changed to “She gets/she gets/she gets" in order to secure radio play.

in 1967 -
E-40 (Earl Stevens) (US Cali Bay Rapper) is born
in 1968 - Jennifer Charles (US singer, songwriter; Elysian Fields/guest/solo) is born
in 1968 - Ol' Dirty Bastard (Russell Jones) (US rapper; Wu-Tang Clan) is born.

in 1969 -
Janis Joplin was arrested during a gig in Tampa, Florida, after badmouthing a policeman and using vulgar and indecent language. Joplin became upset after police moved into the hall forcing fans to move back to their seats. As the singer left the stage she confronted a detective calling him 'a son of a bitch' and told him she would kick his face in. She was released on $504 bail.

in 1969 -
Big Hawk (John Edward Hawkins) (US rapper) is born
in 1970 - Jack Ingram (US singer, songwriter) is born
in 1971 - Sandra Kim [Caldarone], French singer (J'aime la Vie) is born.
in 1971- In this week's Disc and Music Echo's Progressive album chart: No.5, Cat Stevens, 'Teaser and the Firecat, No.4, Hawkwind, 'In Search Of Space', No.3, Santana 'III', No.2, Rod Stewart, 'Every Picture Tell's A Story' and No.1 John Lennon, 'Imagine.'

in 1974 -
David Carr (US drummer; Third Day) is born
in 1974 - Chad Kroeger (Chad Robert Turton) (Canadian singer, guitar; Nickelback) is born.
in 1974 - Golden Earring, with support band Lynyrd Skynyrd appeared at the Odeon Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland.
in 1976 - The Sex Pistols appeared at Notre Dame Hall, Leicester Place, London.
in 1977 - Logan Whitehurst (US multi-musician; Little Tin Frog/Secret Band/Velvet Teen) is born
in 1980 - Brett Asa "Ace" Young (singer, songwriter, actor; US Pop Idol) is born.

in 1980 -
Blondie had their fifth UK No.1 single and third No.1 of this year with 'The Tide Is High' a song written by reggae star John Holt, also a No.1 in the US.

in 1980 -
Kenny Rogers started a six week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Lady', a song written and produced by Lionel Richie, (it peaked at No.12 in the UK).
in 1981 - Jordan Buckley (US heavy metal guitarist; Every Time I Die) is born.
in 1983 - DJ Skee (US DeeJay) is born.

in 1983 -
Arno Babadzhanian, Armenian pianist and composer, dies at Moscow. He studied at the Yerevan Cons., and after graduation in 1947 went to Moscow, where he took courses in piano with Igumnov at the Conservatory, and in composition with Litinsky at the Armenian Culture Center; he graduated from both in 1948. In 1950 he joined the piano faculty at the Yerevan Conservatory. His music is derived from the folk-song patterns of Armenia, continuing the line cultivated by Khachaturian, with emphasis on rhythmic coloration in a characteristic quasi-oriental manner. His most ambitious works are a Violin Concerto (1949) and a Cello Concerto (1962), but he also wrote Heroic Ballad for Piano and Orch. (1950), two string quartets (1942, 1947), Piano Trio (1952), Violin Sonata (1959), and a number of popular ballads under such appealing titles as The Song of First Love and Make a Wish. – Born at Yerevan, Jan. 22,1921.

in 1984 -
R.E.M. played the first date on the bands second UK tour at Tiffany's Ballroom, Newcastle, England.

in 1984 -
Kiss played the first North American date on their 119 date Animalize Tour at Stabler Arena in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

in 1986 -
Alexandre Tansman Polish composer (Dyptique), dies at 89.

in 1986 - Pop history was made when the
Top 5 UK singles were all by female vocalists; Corinne Drewery from Swing Out Sister, Mel and Kim, Susannah Hoffs from The Bangles, Kim Wilde and Terri Nunn from Berlin who were at No.1 with 'Take My Breath Away.'

in 1987 -
Dire Straits became the first act to sell over three million copies of an album in the UK. It contained five, top 40 singles: ‘Money for Nothing,’ ‘So Far Away,’ ‘Walk of Life,’ ‘Brothers in Arms’ and ‘Your Latest Trick.’

in 1987 -
Ray Pablo Falconer dies of aids at age 26. British Reggae producer in the 1970s and 1980s. Brother to Earl Falconer from UB40, he produced most of singles and albums for UB40

in 1990 -
Milli Vanilli producer Frank Farian held a press conference to confirm the rumours that the two members of the group Rob and Fab had not sung on any of their hit records.

in 1991 -
Jacques Morali dies at age 45. French music producer, who is best remembered for being the creator and driving force behind the disco group, Village People. Also between 1974 and 1982 he wrote, co-wrote and produced over 65 albums, including hits like "Brazil", "The Best Disco In Town", "Life Is Music", "African Queens", "Quiet Village" and "American Generation".

in 1991 - French music producer and songwriter
Jacques Morali, died of complications from aids. Formed The Village People and co-produced their film, Can't Stop the Music. Between 1974 and 1982 Morali produced over 65 albums.

in 1992 -
Ozzy Osbourne announced his retirement from touring after a gig in California, saying "Who wants to be touring at 46."

in 1993 -
Saaya Irie (Japanese Actress, singer) is born.

in 1997 -
Saul Chaplin dies at age 85. (suffered a bad fall and died as a result of his injuries) American composer and musical director; he worked on stage, screen and television since the days of Tin Pan Alley. In film, he won four Oscars for collaborating on the scores and orchestrations of An American in Paris, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and West Side Story as well as a nomination for High Society. Other films included Can-Can, I Could Go On Singing, The Sound of Music, STAR!, Man of La Mancha and That's Entertainment and the list goes on.
"Rhythm Coming to Life Again"
Music by Saul Chaplin
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Performed by male vocalist, with Jimmie Lunceford and His Orchestra
"Rhythm Is Our Business"
Music by Saul Chaplin and Jimmie Lunceford
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Performed by male vocalist, with Jimmie Lunceford and His Orchestra
in 1998 - U2 went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'The Best Of 1980-1990', the bands seventh UK No.1 album.

in 2000 -
Michael Abram, the Liverpool man who stabbed George Harrison after breaking into his home, was awarded a not guilty verdict at Oxford's Crown Court. But the verdict was returned in view of Abrams mental history, and he was taken into care.

in 2000 - winners at
The MTV Europe Awards included All Saints for best pop act, Ricky Martin won best male artist, Madonna won best female artist, Red Hot Chili Peppers won best rock band, Blink 182 won best new act & Jennifer Lopez won best R&B act.

in 2002 -
The UK music industry made the decision to include computer downloads as part of the pop singles chart in an attempt to restore credibility to the Top 40. OD2 the online music distributor would compile the new chart with the official chart company.

in 2003 - The city of Augusta, GA, announced that it planned to construct a statue of
James Brown and rename a music festival in his honor.

in 2003 -
Wesley Webb "Speedy" West dies at age 79. Country Music Hall of Fame US pedal steel guitarist and record producer. Top session player until a stroke left him partilly paralized in 1981, just between 1950 and 1955 alone, he played on over 6,000 recordings with a total of 177 different artists, including Frankie Laine, Jo Stafford, and Paul Weston's Orchestra, Billy May's Orchestra, Betty Hutton, Helen O'Connell, Doris Day, Johnnie Ray, Ella Mae Morse, Spike Jones, Jean Shepard, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and many others


in 2005 -
Robbie Williams snubbed a Take That reunion when he decided to stay at his Los Angeles home. A behind the scenes TV documentary had arranged for all five members to reunite to coincide with the release of a greatest hits CD and DVD.

in 2007 -
Kenneth Donnell, from Glasgow, paid £83,000 for two tickets to see Led Zeppelin rehearse and perform at the O2 arena in London on the 10th December. Donnell bid for the tickets as part of an auction for the BBC's Children in Need.

in 2007 -
Jay-Z went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘American Gangster’ his 10th No.1 album. This made the rapper joint second with Elvis Presley for the most No.1 albums on the chart; only the Beatles have had more, with 19. Since 1998, all eight of Jay-Z's solo studio albums hade hit No. 1, in addition to his ‘Collision Course’ project with Linkin Park and his ‘Unfinished Business’ collaboration with R. Kelly.

in 2009 -
Derek B/EZQ (Derek Boland) dies at age 44. British rapper, a pioneering figure on the UK hip hop scene in the '80s. He started DJing in a mobile unit around London at 15, before joining local pirate radio stations and finally starting WBLS, his own station, (not the one in New York). He was soon working as an A&R man for the Music Is Life label, where he recorded the track 'Rock The Beat' when a proposed compilation ran short of tracks. He used the pseudonym, EZQ, and also did his own DJing under the Derek B name. The song went on to be released as a single, and was followed by other releases including 'Good Groove' "Bad Young Brother" and "We've Got The Juice". He later released the album Bullet From a Gun while with Rush Artist Management. Derek B was the first UK rapper to achieve pop success, and appeared on BBC Television's Top of the Pops Derek was also successful as a producer and remixer, working with the Cookie Crew and Eric B and Rakim. He also helped write the 1988, Liverpool F.C. anthem, "Anfield Rap"

in 2010 -
Tetsuro Hoshino/Arichika Tetsuro dies at age 85. Japanes lyricist; he graduated from a nautical college and began working on a deep sea fishing boat. While receiving treatment for an illness in 1952, he submitted some lyrics to a magazine competition and won, leading to his debut as a lyricist the following year. Some of his best known works are “Hakodate no Hito” for Saburo Kitajima, “Sanbyaku Rokuju Goho no March” for Kiyoko Suizenji, and the theme song for the “Otoko wa Tsurai Yo” movie series. He also wrote songs for Miyuki Kawanaka, Ichiro Toba, Hibari Misora, and Harumi Miyako, among many others. Tetsuro had the honor of receiving the Shiju Hosho in 1986 and the Order of the Sacred Treasure in 2000. For a time, he served as chairman of JASRAC, and he was the current head of the Japanese Lyricists Association (passed away with heart failure at a Tokyo hospital).

in 2010 -
Roberto Pregadio dies at age 81. Italian pianist, orchestra director and television personality, born in Catania; he graduated from the Conservatory of Naples and in 1960 joined the Light Music Orchestra of the RAI. He accompanied the orchestra concert of Claudio Villa at Carnegie Hall in New York in 1961 . From the mid sixties for fifteen years he has composed and conducted numerous soundtracks for movies. In radio he worked in various programs, including Whole Town's Talking, Do you like Radio?, and The Microphone is Yours. In the 80s he formed the band "Swing Sextet of Rome" with Franco Chiari vibraphone, Baldo Maestri at the clarinet, Carlo Pes on guitar, Alessio Urso on bass and Roberto Zappulla on drums, the group has recorded for Fonit- Cetra the album Five Continents. Roberto was one of better known Spaghetti western composers who scored 9 films such as “Django the Last Killer”, “A Hole in the Forehead”, “Ciccio Forgives I Don’t”, “Paths of War”, “Twice a Judas”, “The Forgotten Pistolero”, “Mallory Must Not Die”, “Four Gunmen of the Holy Trinity”, “Three Supermen of the West”. (passed away from natural causes).
in 2011 - Moogy Klingman/Mark Klingman dies at age 61. American rock keyboardist, producer, songwriter, founding member of Todd Rundgren's musical team Utopia, and later became a solo recording artist and bandleader. He grew up in Great Neck, Long Island, New York and at 16 he joined Jimmy James and the Blue Flames with Randy California and Jimi Hendrix. His association with Todd Rundgren began in 1969, when Moogy was the original keyboardist for Todd and also Utopia. In his Manhattan loft, he and Todd constructed the "Secret Sound" recording studio where they recorded Todd's 'A Wizard', 'A True Star', 'Todd', and other albums. He played on ten Todd Rundgren albums, as well as several Utopia albums. Over his long career, Moogy has played, recorded and/or had his songs recorded by artists including Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Bette Midler, Chuck Berry, Luther Vandross, Bo Diddley, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Allan Woody and Warren Haynes from the Allman Brothers and Gov't Mule and has also worked with Carly Simon, Cindy Lauper, Shawn Colvin, Irene Cara, and Thelma Houston. He was the co-founder of the band The Peaceniks, along with Barry Gruber, he also played in the "Moogy/Woody Band" with Allman Brothers alumni Allan Woody, and Warren Haynes, as well as having solo albums out on Capitol, EMI records, and on his own label (cancer) Born September 7th 1950.

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15 Nov. 1956 Elvis Presley makes his movie debut in Love Me Tender.
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Love Me Tender had its premiere on November 15 at the Paramount Theater in New York City. The film, which was originally to be called The Reno Brothers, finished 1956 as the 23rd highest grossing film of the year.
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in 1667 -
Nathaniel Schnittelbach composer, dies at 34.

in 1715 -
Girolamo Abos, Maltese composer and teacher of Spanish descent, is born at La Valetta. He settled in Naples, where he most likely received his training at the Cons. Poveri di Gesu Cristo. In 1742^3 he was on its faculty, and he also taught at the Conservatory S. Onofrio a Capuana from 1742, where he was maestro from 1748 to 1760. He likewise taught at the Conservatory della Pieta dei Turchini, where he was secondo maestro from 1754 to 1759. Abos became best known as a composer of both opera buffa and opera serie. – Died at Naples, Oct. 1760.

in 1717 - Jean-le-Rond d'Alembert,
French philosopher and encyclopedist, is born at Paris. He was the illegitimate child of one Mme. de Tencin and an artillery officer named Destouches; his mother abandoned him on the steps of the church of St. Jean-le-Rond, which name was subsequently attached to him. Later his father acknowledged him and enabled him to study. He was sent to the Mazarin College, and progressed rapidly in mathematics. He also was interested in theoretical musical subjects and published several treatises on acoustics and on the theory of music: Recherches sur la courbe, que forme une corde tendue mise en vibration (1749), Recherches sur les vibrations des cordes sonores and Recherches sur la vitesse du son (both in Opuscules mathematiques, Paris, 1761-80), Reflexions sur la musique en general et sur la musique frangaise en particulier (1754), and Reflexions sur la theorie de la musique (1777). His best- known work on music was Elements de musique, theorique et pratique, suivant les principes de M. Rameau (1752), which went into 6 editions. He contributed several articles on music to the famous Encyclopedic, which he edited with Diderot. – Died there there, Oct. 29, 1783.

in 1775 -
Marian Paradeiser composer, dies at 28.
in 1810 - Friedrich Wilhelm Kucken composer born.

in 1829 -
Anton (Grigorievich Rubinstein), renowned Russian pianist, conductor, composer, and pedagogue, brother of Nikolai (Grigorievich) Rubinstein, is born at Vykhvatinetz, Podolia, (or on Nov. 28, 1829). He was of a family of Jewish merchants who became baptized in Berdichev in July 1831. His mother gave him his first lessons in piano; the family moved to Moscow, where his father opened a small pencil factory. A well-known Moscow piano teacher, Alexandre Villoing, was entrusted with Rubinstein's musical education, and was in fact his only piano teacher.

In 1839 Villoing took him to Paris, where Rubinstein played before Chopin and Liszt. He remained there until 1841, then made a concert tour in the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, England, Norway, and Sweden, returning to Russia in 1843. Since Anton's brother Nikolai evinced a talent for composition, the brothers were taken in 1844 to Berlin, where, on Meyerbeer's recommendation, Anton studied composition with Dehn. He subsequently made a tour through Hungary with the flutist Heindl. He returned to Russia in 1848 and settled in St. Petersburg. There he enjoyed the enlightened patronage of the Grand Duchess Helen, and wrote 3 Russian operas:
Dmitri Donskoy (1852), The Siberian Hunters (1853), and Thomas the Fool (1853).

In 1854, with the assistance of the Grand Duchess, Rubinstein undertook another tour in western Europe. He found publishers in Berlin, and gave concerts of his own works in London and Paris, exciting admiration as both composer and pianist; on his return in 1858, he was appointed court pianist and conductor of the court concerts. He assumed the direction of the Russian Musical Soc. in 1859, and in 1862 founded the Imperial Cons, in St. Petersburg, remaining its director until 1867.


For 20 years thereafter he held no official position; from 1867 until 1870 he gave concerts in Europe, winning fame as a pianist second only to Liszt. During the season of 1872-73, he made a triumphant American tour, playing in 215 concerts, for which he was paid lavishly; appeared as a soloist and jointly with the violinist Wieniawski. He produced a sensation by playing without the score, a novel procedure at the time.


Returning to Europe, he elaborated a cycle of historical concerts, in programs ranging from Bach to Chopin; he usually devoted the last concert of a cycle to Russian composers. In 1887 he resumed the directorship of the St. Petersburg Conservatory, resigning again in 1891, when he went to Dresden. He returned to Russia the year of his death. In 1890 he established the Rubinstein Prize, an international competition open to young men between 20 and 26 years of age. Two prizes of 5,000 francs each were offered, 1 for composition, the other for piano. Quinquennial competitions were held in St. Petersburg, Berlin, Vienna, and Paris.


Rubinstein's role in Russian musical culture was of the greatest importance. He introduced European methods into education, and established high standards of artistic performance. He was the first Russian musician who was equally prominent as composer and interpreter. According to contemporary reports, his playing possessed extraordinary power (his octave passages were famous) and insight, revealed particularly in his performance of Beethoven's sonatas. His renown as a composer was scarcely less. His
Ocean Symphony was one of the most frequently performed orchestral works in Europe and America; his piano concertos were part of the standard repertoire; his pieces for Piano Solo, Melody in F, Romance, and Kamennoi Ostrow, became perennial favorites. After his death, his orchestral works all but vanished from concert programs, as did his operas, with the exception of The Demon, which is still perfromed in Russia. His Piano Concerto No. 4, in D minor, is occasionally heard.

in 1840 -
Frederick Scotson Clark composer born.
in 1860 - Edmund Schuecker composer born.
in 1861 - Vaclav Suk composer born.
in 1870 - Alfred Hill composer born.

TODAY’S MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT SHINES ON . . .

in 1873 -
W(illiam) C(hristopher) Handy, foresighted American composer of early blues and jazz, bandleader, and brass player, is born at Florence, Ala. Though he may not have lived up to his billing as the Father of the Blues, Handy was the first important musician to popularize the form. Steeped in classical music traditions and a veteran of decades of leading bands in the South, he nevertheless recognized the appeal of rural blues and nascent jazz music and began to compose in these idioms relatively late in life.

His best-known songs, particularly
"The St. Louis Blues" but also "The Memphis Blues" and "The Beale Street Blues," touched off the first boom in blues music in the 1920s. The son and grandson of ministers, Handy encountered family resistance to his early ambition to make a career of music. Nevertheless, he was able to learn to play the guitar, take organ lessons in sacred music, and study music in school. He also learned the cornet and played in the Florence Brass Band.

At 15 he joined Bill Felton's minstrel show as first tenor in a vocal quartet, but the group broke up after a brief tour. He also sang in the church choir. He taught school locally for a year after graduating in 1891. In September 1892 he went to Birmingham, Ala., to take a teaching examination; he passed it but became a manual laborer in Bessemer because the pay was better. There he organized a brass band and led a small string orchestra.


Moving back to Birmingham, Handy organized the Lauzetta Quartet, which traveled to Chicago for the 1893 World's Fair, though it did not appear there. The group then went to St. Louis, where it disbanded. Handy endured a period of destitution in St. Louis and Evansville, Ind. (later reflected in "The St. Louis Blues"), then joined the Hampton Cornet Band and moved to Henderson, Ky. There he met Elizabeth Virginia Price, whom he married on July 19, 1898. The couple had six children: Lucile, Katherine (who became a singer), William, Florence (who died in infancy), Elizabeth, and Wyer. After his wife's death, Handy married his former secretary, Irma Louise Logan, on Jan. 1, 1954.


Handy's major career break came in August 1896, when he joined W. A. Mahara's Minstrels, eventually becoming the troupe's bandmaster. He stayed with Mahara until 1900, then joined the faculty of the Agricultural and Mechanical College in Normal, Ala., as musical director. He stayed there for two years, then returned to Mahara for a year. In 1903 he took over the Knights of Pythias Band in Clarksdale, Miss. There he became acquainted with the blues music of the Miss. Delta and began to adapt his own music to the style.


He moved on to Thornton's Knights of Pythias Band in Memphis and also organized a dance orchestra in that city. In 1909, Handy wrote "Mr. Crump," a campaign tune in support of Edward H. Crump's successful run for mayor of Memphis. In 1912 it was published as "The Memphis Blues," the first published commercial blues song and the first published song incorporating an improvisational jazz break. Handy sold the rights to the song, and lyrics were added by George A. Norton for its 1913 re-publication. Nevertheless, the first successful recording, by Prince's arch. in 1914, was an instrumental. That same year the dance team of Vernon and Irene Castle, introduced to the song by their bandleader, James Reese Europe, were inspired by it to invent the fox-trot, their most popular dance.


Other successful early recordings were made by the Victor Military Band (also an instrumental) and by Arthur Collins and Byron Harlan. Ted Lewis revived the song on record in 1927; it was used in the film Birth of the Blues in 1941, where it was sung by Bing Crosby; and Harry James's 1942 recording became a hit during the recording ban in 1944. Though Handy did not benefit financially from the song's success until he renewed its copyright in 1940, he was identified as its author, and his career as a bandleader blossomed to the extent that he employed three touring bands.


He also was inspired to do more composing, and in September 1914 he wrote
"The St. Louis Blues," an even greater success than "The Memphis Blues," which was published by Pace and Handy Music Co., his own firm. Again, Prince's arch. made the first successful recording, in 1916. Other hit recordings of the song were achieved by Al Bernard (1919), Marion Harris (1920), the Original Dixieland Jazz Band (with Bernard on vocals; 1921), Handy himself (1923), Bessie Smith (with Louis Armstrong on cornet; 1925), Armstrong (1930), Rudy Vallee (1930), Cab Calloway (1930 and again in 1943), the Mills Brothers (1932), the Boswell Sisters (1935), the Benny Goodman Quartet (1936), Guy Lombardo (1939), Earl Hines (under the title "Boogie Woogie on the St. Louis Blues"; 1940), and Billy Eckstine (1953). The song also was used in half a dozen Broad way shows and in nearly a dozen motion pictures.

Reportedly the most recorded song of the first half of the century,
"The St. Louis Blues" had been recorded more than 400 times by 1950, when it was still earning Handy $25,000 a year in royalties. Handy's other major songs include "Yellow Dog Blues" (successfully recorded by Joseph C. Smith's arch., Ben Pollack, Lewis, Joe Darensbourg, and Johnny Maddox), "Joe Turner Blues" (a hit for Prince's arch.), "Hesitating Blues" (a hit for Prince's arch. and for Art Hickman), and "Loveless Love" (recorded by Ray Charles as "Careless Love" and by Smith as "Careless Love Blues"). His most successful song after "The St. Louis Blues" was "The Beale Street Blues" (1917), which produced hits for Prince's arch., Earl Fuller, Harris, Alberta Hunter, Joe Venuti, and Lombardo between 1917 and 1942. Handy contracted to make recordings for a variety of labels, including Banner, Black Swan, Columbia, Lyratone, Okeh, Paramount, Puritan, and Varsity, and he frequently traveled to N.Y. to record. He recorded a total of about 50 sides between 1917 and 1939, most of the sessions taking place in the late 1910s and early 1920s. In 1918 he gave up full-time bandleading and moved his family and his publishing company to N.Y. Initially this venture was a success, as compositions such as "Aunt Hagar's Blues" (1920) and "John Henry Blues" (1922) became hits. But the business declined as his partner, Harry H. Pace, withdrew; he also suffered from eyesight problems, eventually becoming blind. Still, he managed to reestablish his company as Handy Brothers Music, and he remained active as a publisher and musician until shortly before his death. Just after he died, Handy was the subject of the biographical film St. Louis Blues, starring Nat "King" Cole. This renewed the popularity of the title song, which was recorded on more than a dozen chart albums over the next 10 years, including renditions by Cole, Pat Boone, Perry Como, Duane Eddy, and Lou Rawls. In the 1970s and 1980s the song was recorded by a diverse collection of artists, ranging from Deodato to Hank Williams Jr. - Died at N.Y., March 28, 1958.
Video Note:
the original Memphis Blues, Handy's first popular success!
Recorded by Victor Military Band, July 15, 1914.

Video Note:
W. C. Handy's daughter, Katherine, acoustically recorded Loveless Love in January 1922. She is accompanied by her father's Memphis Blues Band. The recording was made for Paramount Records in New York.

in1881 -
Domenico Alaleona, Italian musicologist and composer, is born at Montegiorgio. He studied organ and clarinet in Montegiorgio, and then was a student of Sgambati (piano), Renzi (organ), and De Sanctis (theory) at the Liceo di Santa Cecilia in Rome. He was active as a choral conductor in Leghorn and Rome before becoming a professor, at the Liceo di Santa Cecilia in 1916. Alaleona made an important contribution to the study of the Italian oratorio in his Studi sulla storia deU'oratorio musicale in Italia (Turin, 1908). He also wrote the interesting article "L'armonia modernissima" in the Rivista Musicale Italiana, XVIII (1911). As a theorist, he proposed splitting the octave into unorthodox equal divisions and combining the 12 notes of the chromatic scale into single chords. Among his compositions were the opera Mirra (1912; Rome, March 31, 1920), the Sinfonia italiana, a Requiem, and songs. - Died at Montegiorgio Dec. 28,1928.

in 1883 -
Eugeen Van de Velde Flemish musicologist/composer (In Tempore Belli) born.
in 1888 - Burnet Corwin Tuthill NYC, composer (Laurentia) born.
in 1889 - Luis Cluzeau-Mortet composer born.
in 1890 - Aloys-Henri-Gerard Fornerod composer born.
in 1893 - George Alexander Osborne composer, dies at 87.
in 1895 - German-born American composer, violist and conductor Paul Hindemith was born in Hanau.
in 1896 - Lawrence Mervil Tibbett (US opera singer) is born.
in 1904 - Eddie Condon Goodland Ind, jazz guitarist (Eddie Condon's Floor Show) born.
in 1908 - Arturo Tuscanini begins conducting NY's Metropolitan Opera.
in 1909 - Francis Thome composer dies at 59.
in 1913 - Jack "Smilin" Smith (US musician, former host of 'You Asked for It') is born.
in 1916 - Herb Abramson (US producer, songwrite, co-founder of Atlantic records) is born.
in 1919 - Udo Kasemets composer born.
in 1924 - Alexander Andreyevich Archangel'sky composer, dies at 78.
in 1924 - Edward Everett Rice composer, dies at 75.
in 1926 - Ton de Leeuw Dutch composer born.
in 1931 - Hubert Sumlin (US blues guitarist; solo/Howlin' Wolf's backup band/guest) is born.
in 1931 - Bob Gibson (US folk singer, songwriter) is born.
in 1933 - Garnet Mimms (US soul, rhythm and blues singer) is born.
in 1935 - Kurt Schindler composer, dies at 53.
in 1936 - Shirvani Chalayev composer born.
in 1938 - Toni Brown US guitarist/singer/keyboardist (Joy of Cooking) born.
in 1938 - Richard Landry composer born.
in 1938 - Troy Seals (US singer, songwriter, guitarist; James Brown's Band) is born.
in 1942 - Donna McKechnie Pontiac Michigan, actress/dancer (Company) born.
in 1943 - Winfred "Blue" Lovett US singer (Manhattans-One Life to Live) born.
in 1943 - Dick Griffey (US record executive; S.O.L.A.R.) is born.
in 1945 - Lillian Lopez (Virgin Island singer, songwriter; Odyssey) is born.
in 1945 - Christie Hennessy (Edward Christopher Ross) (Irish folk singer-songwriter) is born.
in 1946 – Mahasti (Eftekhar Dadehbala) (Persian singer, living in US) is born.
in 1948 - Chi Coltrane US pianist/singer born.
in 1949 - Pattie Santos rocker born.

in 1949 -
William Ackerman, successful American composer, guitarist, and entrepreneur, is born at Germany. Ackerman was orphaned and subsequently adopted at the age of nine by a Stanford University (Palo Alto, Calif.) professor. He soon began playing guitar, eventually mastering the folk, classical, and rock styles. He studied at Stanford University, dropping out just before graduation to become a carpenter; as an avocation, he composed guitar pieces for theater productions. Ackerman eventually invested $300 to make a record, initiating a business that grew in 13 years to become the $3,000,000 Windham Hill Records Corp. In 1992 he resigned from his position as CEO of Windham Hill and later sold his remaining interest in the company. He then established a spoken word label, Gang of Seven, and built a state-of-the-art digital recording studio across the front yard of his house in Vt. Ackerman is among the most important and best composers in the "New Age" style, which was created and popularized by his record company, and which generally involves folk and modal elements performed by guitar, piano, or electronics.
in 1949 – Arrow (Alphonsus Cassell) (Montserrat, West Indies soca singer-songwriter, music pioneer) is born.
in 1955 - Johnny Cash made his 1st chart appearance with "Cry Cry Cry".
in 1958 - Harry Rushakoff rocker (Concrete Blonde) born.
in 1959 -The musical “The Sound of Music” opened.
in 1961 - Corinne Hermès (French singer) is born.
in 1962 - Josh Silver (US keyboardist; Type O Negative/Original Sin) is born.
in 1963 - Gary "Mani" Mournfield English pop bassist (Stone Roses) born.
in 1963 - Nino Tempo and April Stevens went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Deep Purple', it made No.17 in the UK.

in 1962 -
The Beatles recorded their second appearance on Radio Luxembourg, for the program The Friday Spectacular. The Beatles were interviewed they played in front of a live audience. Both sides of their latest single, 'Love Me Do' and 'P.S. I Love You' were played.

in 1967 -
Gabriel Jongejans Dutch drummer (Lo‹s Lane) is born.
in 1966 - Dave Kushner (US guitarist; Velvet Revolver/Wasted Youth/Loaded/Danzig/Jane's Addiction/others) is born
in 1966 - Christian Lorenz (German keyboardist; Rammstein) is born.
in 1968 - The Jimi Hendrix Experience went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Electric Ladyland'. The double album included ‘Crosstown Traffic,’ ‘Voodoo Chile’ and ‘All Along the Watchtower’ and featured guest appearances by Dave Mason, Steve Winwood and Al Kooper. Barry Ryan was at No.1 on the Disc & Echo UK singles chart with 'Elosie'.

in 1968 -
Led Zeppelin played their first ever show in the north of England when they appeared at Manchester College of Science & Technology.

in 1964 -
Albert Hay Malotte composer, dies at 69.
in 1964 - Diana Krall OC, OBC (Canadian jazz singer, songwriter) is born.
in 1969 - Bryan Abrams (US singer; Color Me Badd) is born.
in 1970 - Logan Mader (US guitarist; Machine Head) is born.

in 1971 -
Frank Zappa appeared on this week's UK TV music show the 'Old Grey Whistle Test', playing live and showing clips from his '200 Motels' film.

in 1971 - During a UK tour
Led Zeppelin appeared at Baths Hall, Ipswich, England, tickets £1.
in 1972 - Andrey Filippovich Pashchenko composer, dies at 87.
in 1973 - John Lennon releases "Mind Games" album.
in 1974 - Eric Judy (US bassist; Modest Mouse) is born.
in 1974 - Stevie Wonder's Boogie On Reggae Woman was released.
in 1974 - John Lennon's only solo #1 "Whatever Gets You Through the Night".
in 1974 - David Essex was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Gonna Make You A Star', the singers first UK No.1.

in 1974 -
John Lennon was at No.1 in the US singles chart with 'Whatever Gets You Through The Night.' Elton John played on the session and made a deal with Lennon that if the song reached No.1, Lennon would have to appear on stage live with Elton. Lennon kept his side of the deal and appeared live with Elton. They played three songs together: ‘I Saw Her Standing There,’ ‘Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds’ and ‘Whatever Gets You Through the Night.’ Backstage after the concert, Lennon got back with Yoko Ono after a temporary split.

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in 1976 -
Mario Barravecchia (Italian singer) is born.

in 1976 - Beach Boy
Brian Wilson gave his first formal interview for eight years on the UK BBC 2, TV show 'Old Grey Whistle Test.' Also on the program, Be Bop Deluxe and Cajun Moon.

in 1978 -
Carolina Parra (Brazilian guitarist, drummer; CSS) is born.

in 1978 -
Jimmy Nottingham dies at age 52. American big band trumpeter, Flugelhorn; his first pro job was with Cecil Payne in 1943. Also played with Willie Smith, Charlie Barnet, Lucky Millinder, Count Basie and Herbie Fields. While working for CBS for over 20 years he played jazz in his spare time with Budd Johnson, Oliver Nelson, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis, and Clark Terry.
Video Notes: COUNT BASIE AND HIS ORCHESTRA
Clark Terry, Jimmy Nottingham, Harry Edison, Emmett Berry (tp); Bill Johnson, George Matthews, Ted Donnelly, Dicky Wells (tb); Charles Q. Price, Earl Warren (as); Wardell Gray, Paul Gonsalves (ts); Jack Washington (bar); Count Basie (p); Freddie Green (g); Eugene Wright (b); Shadow Wilson (d).
WMGM broadcast, Royal Roost, New York, Tuesday, September 14, 1948

in 1978 - The Clash, supported by The Slits appeared at the Odeon Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland.

in 1979 -
Trevor Penick (US singer; O-Town) is born.
in 1979 - Paul McCartney releases "Wonderful Christmas".
in 1981 - Allison Crowe (Canadian singer, songwriter, pianist) is born.

in 1982 -
Al Haig dies at age 58. American freelance jazz pianist; started out playing with Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker in 1944, and performed with Eddie Davis and His Beboppers, the Eddie Davis Quintet, Stan Getz, he was part of the celebrated nonet on the first session of Miles Davis' Birth of the Cool. He was known for his distinctive and pioneering bebop style

in 1983 -
K/Kang Yoon-sung(South Korean singer) is born.
in 1983 - Frankie Goes To Hollywood kicked off a seven date UK tour at Eves, Wolverhampton.
in 1984 - John Lennon releases "Every Man has a Woman Who Loves Him".

in 1984 -
Vic Dickenson dies at age 78. African-American jazz trombonist. His career started out in the 1920s and led him through musical associations with such legends as Jimmy Rushing, Coleman Hawkins, Count Basie, Sidney Bechet, Earl Hines, Pee Wee Russell, Benny Carter, Lester Young, Roy Eldridge, Gerry Mulligan, Billie Holliday. At one time he was a member of "The World's Greatest Jazz Band," which was the house band at The Roosevelt Grill in NYC. Also a soloist of wide acclaim known for the distinctive sound he coaxed out of the trombone
in 1985 - Former Undertones singer Feargal Sharkey had his only UK No.1 single with the Maria McKee song 'A Good Heart' written about her relationship with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers keyboard player Benmont Tench. Sharkey followed up the single with Tench written 'You Little Thief', this time about Tench's relationship with McKee.

in 1985 -
Sade scored her first UK No.1 album with 'Promise.'

in 1985 -
Starship started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'We Built This City', it made No.12 in the UK.

in 1985 -
U2 launched their own record label 'Mother Records.'

in 1987 - Actress
Lisa Bonet marries singer Lenny Kravitz.
in 1987 - Paul McCartney releases "Once Upon a Long Ago".

in 1987 - Former Clash drummer
Topper Headon was jailed for 15 months at Maidstone Crown Court, England for supplying heroin to a man who later died.

in 1988 - Former Beach Boys manager
Stephen Love was sentenced to five years probation for embezzling almost $1m from the group's accounts.

in 1989 -
Stevie Nicks plus Richard Marx appeared live at The NEC, Birmingham, England.
in 1991 - Irish singer Enya scored her first UK No.1 album with 'Shepherd Moons'.

in 1993 -
Lucia Poppová dies at age 54. Slovak operatic soprano, who began her career as a soubrette soprano, and later moved into the light-lyric and lyric coloratura soprano repertoire and then the lighter Richard Strauss and Wagner operas. Her career included performances at Vienna State Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, and La Scala. Popp was also a highly-regarded recitalist and lieder singer
in 1993 - Lucia Popp Czech/Austria soprano (Vienna Opera), dies at 54.
in 1994 - Dan Smith harmonica/gospel singer, dies at 83.
in 1994 - Harvey Watkins gospel Singer, dies at 64.

in 1994:
Dino Valente (Jesse Oris Farrow) dies at age 56. American singer, guitarist and songwriter. In the early 1960s he went under the name of Dino Valente, and while involved in the Greenwich Village folk music scene, he wrote "Get Together", a quintessential 1960s love-and-peace anthem. Moving west, he became a member of the band Big Sur and the San Francisco psychedelic rock group Quicksilver Messenger Service. Dino underwent brain surgery for an AVM in the late 1980s. In spite of suffering from short-term memory loss and the effects of anti-convulsive medications, he continued to write songs and play with fellow Marin County musicians. His last major performance was a benefit at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall

in 1996 -
Jack Popplewell composer/playwright, dies at 87.
in 1996 - The Beatles 'Anthology 3' went to No.1 on the UK album chart.
in 1996 - The Spice Girls went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their debut release 'Spice Girls.'
in 1997 - The Spice Girls went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their second album 'Spiceworld.'
in 1997 - Mase was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Harlem World.’ the rappers first US No.1 album.

in 1999 -
Grady Owen guitarist with Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps died. Scored the 1956 US No.7 & UK No.16 single with ‘Be Bop A Lula’.

in 2000 -
Ahmet Kaya dies at age 43. Kurdish singer, composer and songwriter, he generally sang in Turkish, some of his most popular songs include "Protect Yourself", "My Heart is Bleeding", "A Strange Man", "Ayrilik Vakti", Koçero, and Agladikça/"As We Cry". His first album, Aglama Bebegim, was released in 1985, his popularity continued to rise into the 1990s when in 1994 he released the album Sarkilarim Daglara which sold a record 2.8 million copies. All of his 90s albums were chart-toppers. During his career he recorded around 20 albums. Ahmet relocated went to France in June 1999 escaping various charges arising from his political views .
in 2000 - Russ Conway (Trevor Stanford) dies at age 75. English pop music pianist, composer; his piano instrumentals dominated the UK Singles Chart during 1959, including two self penned No.1 hits "Side Saddle" and "Roulette". He maintained a chart presence in the early 1960s, with other hits including
"China Tea", "Party Pop", "More Party Pops", "More And More Party Pops", "Snow Coach", "Lucky Five" and "Lucky Five". Russ became a fixture on light entertainment TV shows and radio for many years afterwards. He wrote the music for the West End musical "Mr Venus" but his career was blighted by ill-health, and in his later life he was noted for his charity work. (cancer) b. September 2nd 1925.

in 2000 -
Joe C (Joseph Calleja) dies at age 26. American rapper who became popular as part of Kid Rock's band.He was first featured on the demo "Cool Daddy Cool" in 1995. He also appeared on television, including a guest role on The Simpsons and as a celebrity deathmatch competitor on MTV's Celebrity Deathmatch in 2000. In his songs he claims to be "3 foot 9 with a 10 foot dick". (He suffered and died from the effects of a digestive condition called Celiac disease, which caused him constant pain and his stunted growth, he died in his sleep.

2000 -
DJ Screw (Robert Earl Davis, Jr) dies at 29. US, DJ, and hiphop rapper with Screwed Up Click; born in Houston, Texas, he was a central figure in the Houston hip hop scene. He began deejaying at age 13, his innovation included the trademark technique of slowing down the basic tracks of a cut when he remixed it. This process is called "screwing" a song. Slowing down the song was supposed to recreate the effect of recreationally using Promethazine with Codeine (His cause of death was rumored to be either a codeine overdose or the result of long-term buildup of codeine in his system.

in 2000 - English pianist and composer
Russ Conway died. Scored the 1959 UK No.1 instrumentals 'Side Saddle' and 'Roulette', plus 17 other UK Top 40 hits.

in 2000 - American rapper
Joseph Calleja died of chronic intestinal disorder. Calleja had celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder that can cause stunted growth, as a result, he reached a maximum height of 3 feet, 9 inches (114 centimeters) by adulthood. He was a member of Kid Rock's band.

in 2000 -
Elton John told a London High Court that his former lover and manager John Reid betrayed him over touring costs. The singer said Reid, had been "caught with his hands in the till". Elton was suing Andrew Haydon, former managing director of John Reid Enterprises, his management company alleging Haydon was negligent in allowing JREL to charge him "several millions" in overseas tour expenses.

in 2001 -
Tommy Flanagan dies at age 71. American jazz pianist born in Detroit, Michigan, particularly remembered as an accompanist of Ella Fitzgerald. He played recorded with many greats, such as John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Wes Montgomery, and Art Pepper. During his career, he was nominated for four Grammy Awards, two for Best Jazz Performance as a Group and two for Best Jazz Performance: Soloist.
in 2001 - German guitarist, violinist and composer Michale Karoli with German art-rock group Can died of cancer aged 53.

in 2002 - Texan multi-billionaire
David Bonderman hired The Rolling Stones to play at his 60th birthday party held at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. The bands fee was £4.4m.

in 2006 -
Queen’s ‘Greatest Hits’ album was declared the Best Selling UK album of all time by The Official UK Charts Company. The chart which was made up of sales figures from the last fifty years showed their Greatest Hits compilation had sold 5,407,587 copies. The Beatles occupied second place with ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band.’

in 2007 -
Grethe Kausland dies at age 60. Norwegian singer and performer; as a child star she was one of Norway's most popular singers, her debut single “Teddyen min” in 1955, sold more than 100.000 records. She sung and performed on stage,TV and films.

in 2008 -
Il Divo went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘The Promise’ the fifth studio album by the operatic pop group.

in 2009 -
Jeff Clyne dies at age 72. British jazz bass and double bassist; born in London, he worked with Tubby Hayes and Ronnie Scott in their group 'The Jazz Couriers' for a year from 1958, and was part of the group of musicians who opened Ronnie Scott's Club in November 1959. He was a regular member of Hayes' groups from 1961. Jeff accompanied and or recorded with Blossom Dearie, Stan Tracey, Ian Carr, Gordon Beck, Dudley Moore, Zoot Sims, Norma Winstone, John Burch and Marion Montgomery.

in 2010 -
The Beatles' back catalogue was finally made available on iTunes, after years of negotiations. For the first time consumers would now be able to purchase some of the Fab Four's most popular songs via the store. Apple and record label EMI had been in talks for years about getting the catalogue online. Apple chief executive and Beatles fan Steve Jobs said it had "been a long and winding road to get here. We love the Beatles and are honoured and thrilled to welcome them to iTunes."

in 2010 -
Mimi Perrin dies at age 84. French jazz singer and pianist; between 1956 and 1958 she was a member of Blossom Dearie's vocal group Blue Stars of France, after which she worked in studios as a background singer. In 1959, she formed the vocal sextet Les Double Six, which included, Louis and Monique Aldebert, Monique and Roger Guérin, Christiane Legrand, Ward Swingle, Eddy Louiss and Bernard Lubat. Her group completed several European tours and also traveled to North America, recording with Quincy Jones, Dizzy Gillespie, and Ray Charles. In recent years she has worked as a translator, including translations of the biographies of Nina Simone, Dizzy Gillespie, and Quincy Jones, as well as all the novels by John le Carré since 1989 with her daughter Isabelle.
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in 1648 -
Thomas Ford composer, dies.
in 1770 - Gian Francesco de Majo composer, dies at 38.
in 1771 - Jonathan Huntington composer is born.
in 1787 - Michele Carafa composer is born.

in 1808 -
Alberich (actually, Joseph) Zwyssig, Swiss composer, is born at Bauen. He entered the order of the Cistercians in 1826, giving up his real name, Joseph, for the monastic name Alberich. He was Kapellmeister in the monasteries of Wettingen, Zug, Wurmbach, and (shortly before his death) Mehrerau. His Schweizer Psalm for Men's Chorus (1841) attained great popularity, and in 1961 it was named as a pro tempore national anthem of Switzerland. He further composed many sacred and secular choruses, and church music with organ accompaniment. – Died at Mehrerau, Nov. 18,1854.

in 1826 -
Louise Reichardt composer, dies at 47.
in 1839 - Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Oberte Conti Di," premieres in Milan.
in 1837 - Willem Coenen composer is born.
in 1842 - Opera "Linda di Chamounix" is produced (London).
in 1856 - William Knyvett composer, dies at 77.


in 1859 -
Gerhard Rosenkrone Schjelderup, Norwegian composer and writer on music is born at Christiansand. He went to Paris in 1878, and studied with Franchomme (cello) and Massenet and Savard (composition); in 1888 he settled in Germany. He wrote music influenced partly by Wagner, partly by Grieg. - Died at Benediktbeuren, Bavaria, July 29, 1933.

in 1862 -
Alexei Nikolaievich Verstovsky, important Russian composer, dies at Moscow. He was taken as a child to Ufa, and at the age of 17 he was sent to St. Petersburg, where he entered the Institute of Transport Engineers. He took piano lessons with Johann Heinrich Miller, Daniel Steibelt, and John Field, studied violin with Ludwig Maurer, and studied voice with Tarquini. Verstovsky became a member of the flourishing literary and artistic milieu in St. Petersburg; among his friends was Pushkin. In 1823 he went to Moscow; in 1825 he was named inspector of its theater, then was director of all of its theaters (1842--60). Almost all of his compositions for the stage followed the French model, with long scenes of speech accompanied on the keyboard. His first effort was couplets for the vaudeville, Lesperroquets de la mere Philippe (1819); he also composed popular songs and couplets for various other vaudevilles and stage pieces. He contributed a great deal to the progress of operatic art in Russia, but his music lacked distinction and inventive power. With the advent of Glinka and Dargomyzhsky on the Russian operatic scene, Verstovsky's productions receded into insignificance. – Born at Seliverstovo, March 1, 1799.

in 1866 - Opera
"Mignon" is produced (Paris).
in 1891 - Guido Pannain composer is born.
in 1892 - Max Deutsch composer is born.

in 1901 -
Max Zehnder, Swiss composer, is born at Turgi. He studied with Wenz, Lang, Andreae, Vogler, and Laquai at the Zurich Conservatory (1923-26). He was on the faculty of the Rorschach Training College in Canton St. Gallen (1931-68), where he also conducted its orchestra. His compositions developed from a late-Romantic to a neo-Classical style and include a String Quartet (1928), Praludium und Chaconne for Strings (1941), 2 cantatas (1947, 1960), In memoriam for Strings and Organ (1965), Mouvements for Strings (1970), various choruses, and songs. – Died at St. Gallen, July 16, 1972.

in 1901 -
Raymond Chevreuille Belgian composer is born.
in 1903 - Joseph Kaminski composer is born.
in 1904 - Jack Owens (L. F. Nelson) (US blues singer and guitarist) is born.

in 1915 -
Shorty Sherock, (originally, Cherock, Clarence Francis), jazz trumpeter, is born at Minneapolis, Minn. Sherock began playing cornet as a child, and did local gigs while attending high school in Gary, Ind. He attended Ill. Military Academy in Abington. He worked with Charlie Pierce and Dell Coon before joining Ben Pollack in 1936. Sherock worked briefly with a series of leaders before joining Jimmy Dorsey (1937-39). He then worked with Bob Crosby (summer 1939 to January 1940), Gene Krupa (January 1940 to March 1941), Tommy Dorsey (April-July 1941), Raymond Scott (summer 1941), Bud Freeman (late 1941), Bob Strong (early 1942), Alvino Rey (July 1942), and Horace Heidt (late 1942-March 1945). He led his own band until June 1946, disbanded but reformed again in 1948. In the late 1940s, Sherock settled in Calif., rejoined Jimmy Dorsey for a brief spell in 1950, then worked as a freelance studio musician in Hollywood. He worked with George Auld in 1954 in Los Angeles, but during the 1950s and 1960s was mainly active as a studio musician. - Died at North Ridge, Calif., Feb. 19, 1980.

in 1919 -
Hershy Kay Philadelphia Penn, composer/arranger (Olympic Hymn) is born.
in 1920 - Camillo Felgen (Luxembourgish singer, lyricist, DJ, TV presenter) is born.
in 1925 - Sir Alan Charles Maclaurin Mackerras, AC, CH, CBE (Australian conductor) is born.
in 1925 -
Charles Mackerras (Australian-born conductor) is born.
in 1927 - Robert Drasnin (US clarinet player, composer) is born.
in 1930 -
David Werner Amram Philadelphia Pa, composer (Splendor in the Grass) is born.
in 1931 -
Georgi Atanasov composer, dies at 50.

in 1935 -
Roswell (Hopkins, Jr.) Rudd, avant-garde jazz trombonist, is born at Sharon, Conn. Both his parents were musicians. He studied voice and French horn at Yale Univ. (1954-58). He began his jazz career playing in New Orleans revival-styled bands in the late 1950s and early 1960s; he also co-led a group with Steve Lacy (1963) to play all Monk tunes. He then did a stylistic turnabout; influenced by Albert Ayler, his playing became very free and radical. He formed N.Y. Art Quartet with John Tchicai, playing Scandinavia in 1965. He worked with Archie Shepp in the late 1960s-70s. After a long period of inactivity, he reemerged on the N.Y. scene in the mid-1990s. In 1999, he played with re-formed N.Y. Art Quartet at a much publicized and well-received gig at 1999 Bell Atlantic Jazz Fest, N.Y. and recorded album with them for DIW label.

in 1937 -
Peter Cook (UK comedian, TV music show 'Revolver') is born.
in 1937 - Gerry McGee (Gerald James McGee) (lead guitar; The Ventures) is born.
in 1938 - Gordon Lightfoot (Canadian singer, songwriter, piano, guitar) is born.
in 1938 - Alvaro Leon Cassuto composer is born.
in 1940 - Luke Kelly (Irish folk singer, banjo player; Dubliners) is born.
in 1941 - Gene Clark LA Calif, rock vocalist/guitarist (Byrds) is born.
in 1942 -
Bob Gaudio (US singer, songwriter, keyboardist, record producer; Four Seasons) is born.
in 1942 -
Bob Gaudio Bronx NY, rocker (Four Seasons-Sherry) is born.
in 1943 - Paul Charles Rene Landormy composer, dies at 74.
in 1944 -
Gene Clark (US singer, guitar,songwriter; Byrds/New Christy Minstrels) is born.
in 1946 -
Martin Barre (UK lead guitarist; Jethro Tull) is born.
in 1947 - Rod Clements (UK guitar, keyboards, vocals; Lindisfarne) is born.
in 1947 -
Robert "Stewkey" Antoni (US lead vocals, keyboards; Utopia/The Nazz) is born.
in 1948 -
Iain Sutherland (Scottish vocals, guitar, keyboards; Sutherland Bros And Quiver/freelance) is born.
in 1948 -
East Bay Ray (Raymond John Pepperell) (US guitarist; Dead Kennedys) is born.

in 1950 -
Roberta Peters (real name, Petermann), outstanding American soprano, at the age of 20, made her operatic debut with the Metropolitan Opera in N.Y as Zerlina in Don Giovanni on Nov. 17, 1950, as a substitute on short notice; she subsquently remained on its roster for more than 40 years. She also sang with the opera companies of San Francisco and Chicago, at Covent Garden in London, at the Salzburg Festivals, and at the Vienna State Opera. In 1998 she was awarded the National Medal of Arts. She was one of the leading coloratura sopranos of her generation; also appeared with success on television, films, and in musical comedies. She was briefly married to Robert Merrill.

in 1951 -
Dean Paul Martin Jr (US singer, tennis player, actor, military pilot, son of Dean Martin) is born.
in 1953 -
Jilly Johnson England, vocalist (Blonde on Blonde) is born.

in 1953 -
Frankie Laine was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Hey Joe!' Laine spent a total of 28 weeks at No.1 with three different releases during 1953.

in 1955 -
James "Jimmy" Johnson dies at age 61.American jazz pianist and composer, maybe the most important pioneers of the stride style of jazz piano playing. Born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, in the teens, he gained a reputation as one of the premier ragtime pianists on the East coast, he became in demand as a recording artist, and made dozens of superb player piano roll recordings for Aeolian, Perfection, Artempo, Rythmodik, and QRS during the period from 1917 - 1927. As his piano style continued to evolve, his 1921 phonograph recordings of "Harlem Strut", "Carolina Shout", and "Keep off the Grass" were among the first jazz piano solos to be put onto records. His piano style later was to become a model for the early Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Art Tatum, and Thelonious Monk. Besides being a jazz piano pioneer, and a most spontaneously inventive performer, Jimmy composed many hit tunes in his work for the musical theatre: "Charleston" which became one of the most popular songs and the definitive dance number/theme tune of the Roaring Twenties. Others are "If I Could Be With You (One Hour Tonight)", "You've Got to Be Modernistic", "Don't Cry, Baby", "Keep off the Grass", "Old Fashioned Love", "A Porter's Love Song to a Chambermaid", "Carolina Shout", and "Snowy Morning Blues". He permanently retired from performing after suffering a severe, paralyzing stroke in 1951. Jimmy was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame-1970, Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame-1973, Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame-1980, and the ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame-2007. In spite of the fact that Jimmy can arguably be considered to have been the first jazz pianist, the composer of the signature tune of the Roaring Twenties, as well as other enduring tunes, he remains largely unknown to the general public.
in 1956 - Peter Cox (UK vocalist, guitar, keyboards; Go West) is born.
in 1956 - Johnny Sombrotto (US guitarist) is born .
in 1957 - Jim Babjak (US lead guitarist; The Smithereens) is born.
in 1959 - Harry Rushakoff (US drummer; Concrete Blonde/Ministry) is born.

in 1959 -
Heitor Villa-Lobos, remarkable Brazilian composer of great originality and unique ability to recreate native melodic and rhythmic elements in large instrumental and choral forms; dies at Rio de Janeiro, Nov. 17,1959.

He studied music with his father, a writer and amateur cello player; after his father's death in 1899, Villa-Lobos earned a living by playing the cello in cafes and restaurants; he valso studied cello with Benno Niederberger. From 1905 to 1912 Villa-Lobos traveled in Brazil in order to collect authentic folk songs. In 1907 he entered the National Inst. of Music in Rio de Janeiro, where he studied with Frederico Nascimento, Angelo Franca, and Francisco Braga.


In 1912 he undertook an expedition into the interior of Brazil, where he gathered a rich collection of Indian songs. On Nov. 13, 1915, he presented a concert of his compositions in Rio de Janeiro, creating a sensation by the exuberance of his music and the radical character of his technical idiom. He met Artur Rubinstein, who became his ardent admirer; for him VillaLobos composed a transcendentally difficult Rudepoema.


In 1923 Villa-Lobos went to Paris on a Brazilian government grant; upon returning to Brazil in 1930, he was active in Sao Paulo and then in Rio de Janeiro in music education, founding a Cons. under the sponsorship of the Ministry of Education in 1942. He introduced bold innovations into the national program of music education, with an emphasis on the cultural resources of Brazil. He also compiled a Guia praiico, containing choral arrangements of folk songs of Brazil and other nations and organized the "orpheonic concentrations" of schoolchildren, whom he trained to sing according to his own cheironomic method of solfeggio.


In 1944 he made his first tour of the U.S., and conducted his works in Los Angeles, Boston, and N.Y.In 1945 he established the Brazilian Academy of Music in Rio de Janeiro, serving as its president from 1947 until his death. He made frequent visits to the U.S. and France during the last 15 years of his life. Villa-Lobos was one of the most original composers of the 20th century.


He lacked formal academic training, but far from hampering his development, this deficiency liberated him from pedantic restrictions, so that he evolved an idiosyncratic technique of composition, curiously eclectic, but all the better suited to his musical aesthetics. An ardent Brazilian nationalist, he resolved from his earliest attempts in composition to use authentic Brazilian song materials as the source of his inspiration, yet he avoided using actual quotations from popular songs; rather, he wrote melodies which are authentic in their melodic and rhythmic content.


In his desire to relate Brazilian folk resources to universal values, he composed a series of extraordinary works, Baehianas brasileiras, in which Brazilian melorhythms are treated in Bachian counterpoint. He also composed a number of 3786 works under the generic title Choroe, a popular Brazilian dance form marked by incisive rhythm and a ballad-like melody. An experimenter by nature, Villa-Lobos devised a graphic method of composition, using geometrical contours of drawings and photographs as outlines for the melody; in this manner he wrote The New York Skyline, using a photograph for guidance. Villa-Lobos wrote operas, ballets, syms., chamber music, choruses, piano pieces, and songs, the total number of his compositions being in excess of 2,000. – Born at Rio de Janeiro, March 5, 1887.

in 1960 – RuPaul (RuPaul Andre Charles) (US singer/super model/male drag queen) is born.

in 1960 -
The Drifters started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Save The Last Dance For Me', a No.2 hit the UK.

in 1961 -
Sean Carasov (British-born American music industry figure) is born
in 1962 - Dédé Fortin (André Fortin) (Canadian singer, guitarist; Les Colocs) is born.

in 1962 - In between their lunchtime and night shows at the Cavern Club in Liverpool,
The Beatles traveled to Granada TV Centre in Manchester to make their television debut. They appeared live on the local magazine program People and Places performing two songs ‘Some Other Guy’ and ‘Love Me Do’.

in 1963 -
Randy Black (Canadian drummer; Annihilator) is born.

in 1964 -
Manfred Mann started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Do Wah Diddy Diddy', possibly the first No.1 with a nonsense song title. Also a No.1 in the UK, the song was first released by the US group The Exciters.
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in 1965 -
Amanda Brown (Australian musician, composer; The Go-Betweens) is born.
in 1965 - Rob Kokarinen (Finnish rock singer; Plus Ultra) is born.
in 1966 - Jeff Buckley (US singer-songwriter, guitar; Gods & Monsters/Shinehead/Solo) is born.
in 1966 - Kate Ceberano (Australian singer) is born.
in 1966 - Richard Fortus (US guitarist; Guns N' Roses/Love Spit Love) is born.

in 1966 -
Ben Allison, jazz bassist/composer, is born at New Haven, Conn. Allison is artistic director and one of five composers-in-residence of the Jazz Composers Collective, a group that presents new music according to the vision of the composers. The Collective presents a concert series and publishes a newsletter, which is distributed at no charge. Allison is also coleader of The Herbie Nichols Project (with pianist Frank Kimbrough), and has written over 100 works for ensembles of varying size and instrumentation. In 1995 he was awarded a commissioning grant from the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust for a suite entitled Medicine Wheel He has also received grants from Meet the Composer, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, American Composers Forum, and the Aaron Copland Fund. He has taught jazz performance, improvisation, and/or composition at N.Y.U., the Marines Coll. of Music (N.Y.C.), the New School for Social Research, the Univ. of N.C. (Greensboro), and Appalachian State Univ. (N.C.). Allison has been on the faculty of the Third Street Music School in N.Y.C., a guest lecturer for the New School's Contemporary Music Program, and a composer-in-residence at the Fieldston School in Riverdale, N.Y. He has performed with Lee Konitz, Isaac Hayes, Gregory Hines, Dave Liebman, Clifford Jordan, Jackie Terrason, Billy Hart, Arthur Blythe, Vic Juris, Kenny Werner, The American Tap Dance Orch., The Village Vanguard Orch., The Maria Schneider Jazz Orch., and many others.

in 1967 -
Harry Rushakoff (US keyboardist; Blues Traveler) is born.
in 1967 -
Ronnie Devoe Boston, vocals (New Edition, Bell Div Devoe-Candy Girl) is born.
in 1967 -
Beatles Ltd and Apple Music Ltd swap names.

in 1967 -
A 10-date package tour of the UK played the last night at the De Montfort Hall, Leicester featuring Traffic, The Young Rascals, Vanilla Fudge, Art and Keith West.

in 1969 -
Paul Kantner of Jefferson Airplane was busted for marijuana possession in Honolulu and was fined $350.
in 1969 -
Led Zeppelin kicked off their fourth North American tour at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

in 1970 -
The Jackson Five started a five-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'I'll Be There'. The group's fourth No.1 of 1970, it made No.4 in the UK. Motown records claimed the group had sold over 10 million records during this year.
in 1970 - Mark Gillespie (English singer, songwriter). not to be confused with Scottish Mark Gillespie is born.
in 1970 -
Paul Allender (British singer; Cradle of Filth) is born .
in 1972 - Kimya Dawson (US singer-songwriter) is born.
in 1973 -
Andreas Hedlund (Vintersorg/Mr.V) (Swedish vocalist, musician, producer) is born.

in
1874 - Charles Jean-Eugene Van den Borren, eminent Belgian musicologist, is born at Ixelles, near Brussels. He received training in music history from Kufferath and in harmony, counterpoint, and fugue from E. Closson. He was a barrister in the court of appeals until 1905; was music critic of L'Independance BeIge (1909-14); then taught at the Brussels Institut des Hautes Etudes Musicales et Dramatiques and at the Free University, where he later was professor of music history (1926-45); also was librarian at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels (1919-40) and a lecturer in musicology at the University of Liege (1927-44). He served as first chairman of the Societe de Musicologie BeIge (1946); in 1939, was elected a member of the Academie Royale de Belgique, Classe des Beaux-Arts, serving as its president in 1953. – Died at Brussels, Jan. 14, 1966.

in 1975 -
Lord Infamous (Ricky Dunigan) (US rapper; Three 6 Mafia) is born.
in 1976 - Victor Alessandro composer, dies at 60.

in 1979 -
John Glascock dies at age 28. English bass player and electric guitarist with The Juniors, Head Medicine, The Gods, Toe Fat, Chicken Shack, Carmen, his last band being Jethro Tull. He played on the Jethro Tull albums Too Old to Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young to Die!, Songs from the Wood, Heavy Horses, Live - Bursting Out, and Stormwatch (congenital heart defect).

in 1980 -
Clarke Isaac Hanson (US guitarist; Hanson) is born.
in 1980 - John Lennon releases "Double Fantasy" album in UK.
in 1981 - Sarah Harding (UK singer; Girls Aloud) is born.

in 1981 -
Bob Eberly dies at age 65. American big band singer and the brother of another well-known big-band singer, Ray Eberle. He is known for singing with Jimmy Dorsey's band and is most well-known for singing "Green Eyes".

in 1981 -
Christopher Cross started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Arthur's Theme, (Best That You Can Do)', his second US No.1. and a No.7 hit in the UK.

in 1982 -
Lucy Durack (Australian singer) is born.

in 1982 -
Eduard Tubin, whose father once swapped a cow for a piano, dies at age 77. Estonian composer, born in Torila, Governorate of Livonia, Russian Empire, now Estonia. After the Soviet Union invaded Estonia in 1944, he fled to Stockholm, where he remained for the rest of his life. It was here where he wrote some of his greatest works, including much music for the choirs and symphonies 6-10. Towards the end of his life, he slowly began to gain recognition, particularly after the conductor Neeme Järvi, also an Estonian, moved to the USA in 1980. In the last year of his life his Tenth Symphony was performed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra and he received several awards .

in 1984 -
Jan Novak, Czech composer dies at Ulm, Germany. He studied composition with Petrzelka at the Brno Conservatory (1940-46; interrupted by the Nazi occupation) and Bofkovec at the Prague Academy of Musical Arts (1946-47), then with Copland at the Berkshire Music Center at Tangle wood (summer, 1947) and Martinu in N.Y. (1947-48). He subsequently made his home in Brno; being outside his homeland at the time of the Soviet invasion (1968), he chose not to return, and went to Denmark before settling in Rovereto, Italy (1970), where he taught piano at the municipal music school. Predictably, his works ceased to be performed in his native land until the Communist regime collapsed in 1989. His early music is influenced by Martinu; with the Concertino for Wind Quintet (1957) and the Capriccio for Cello and Orchestra (1958), he adopted jazz elements; beginning in 1958 he applied dodecaphonic techniques, and after 1960 his interest in all things Latin and vocal almost completely dominates his output. – Born at Nova Rise na Morave, April 8,1921.

in 1987 -
Kat DeLuna (US singer) is born.

in 1987 -
Ireene Wicker (The Singing Lady) dies at age 80. US singer and actress; The Kellogg Company sponsored "The Singing Lady," beginning in 1931. The show was billed as the nation's first radio network program for children. The show itself was always hosted by Ireene Wicker, who was known for her melodic and soothing voice.
in 1987 - Bruce Springsteen went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Tunnel Of Love' his second album release.
in 1987 - Lisa Lisa and Cold Cut went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Lost In Emotion'; it reached No.58 in the UK.

in 1987 -
The Bee Gees became the only group to have a UK No.1 single in each of the three decades, (60's, 70's & 80's), when 'You Win Again' went to No.1 on the UK singles chart. The brothers fifth and last No.1.

1987 -
The Nescafe UK student 'All Time Top 50' album chart was published; voted in at No.3, 'The Wall' by Pink Floyd, No. 2, 'The Joshua Tree' U2 and No. 1, Dire Straits 'Brothers In Arms', who also had three other albums in the Top 20.

in 1987 -
The Style Council kicked off a 8-date UK tour at the Apollo in, Manchester.
in 1989 - Emerson Buckley composer, dies at 73.

in 1991 -
William Strickland, American conductor, dies at Westport, Conn. He attended the choir school of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in N.Y. He was founder-conductor of the National Youth Administration Sinfonietta in N.Y. (1940-41), and then of the Nashville (Tenn.) Symphonie Orchestra. (1946-51). After serving as conductor of the Oratorio Soc. of N.Y. (1955-59), he toured as a guest conductor in the U.S. and abroad as an advocate of American music. – Born at Defiance, Ohio, Jan. 25, 1914.

in 1991 -
Sandie Shaw was arrested for failing to give a breath test outside her Harley Street flat in London and was fined £100.

in 1991 - American singer and television presenter
Tennessee Ernie Ford died of liver failure. Had the 1955 US & UK No.1 hit with his version of the Merle Travis song ‘Sixteen Tons'. In the 60’s hosted a daytime talk show, The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show on the ABC television network.

in 1992 - During a UK tour
The Frank And Walters appeared at The Junction, Cambridge with Radiohead as support.
in 1992 -
Prince scored his fourth UK No.1 album with 'Symbol'.

in 1992 -
Tasmin Archers debut single 'Sleeping Satellite' was at No.1 in the UK, the English singer, songwriters only No.1. Archer wrote the song in the late 1980s about the moon landings in 1969, but it was only when Archer got a record deal that the song saw the light of day.

in 1995 - During an interview with The Observer magazine
Noel Gallagher from Oasis said he wished Damon Albarn and Alex Cox of Blur would die from AIDS. He later retracted his statement.

in 1995 - Sting's former accountant
Keith Moore was sentenced to six years in jail after being found guilty of embezzling £6 million from the singer's 108 bank accounts.

in 1995 - Alan Hull dies at age 50. English lead singer, songwriter and founding member of the Tyneside folk rock band, Lindisfarne, he also played rhythm guitar and keyboards. He was hailed as the most innovative songwriter since Bob Dylan. His most famous songs include "Lady Eleanor", "Fog on the Tyne", and "Run for Home" .
in 1996 - Chris Acland drummer with UK indie band Lush committed suicide, aged 30.
in 1998 - English singer
Billie scored her second consecutive UK No.1 single with 'Girlfriend.'

in 1998 - UK newspaper
the Daily Star ran a story claiming that R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe had admitted that he was gay during an MTV interview shown in the US. Stipe was voicing his disgust at the killing of a young gay student in the US.

in 1998 -
Phil Collins went to No.1 on the UK album chart with his 'Hits' album, his fifth UK No.1 album.

in 1998 -
The Barenaked Ladies went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'One Week'.

in 1999 - It was reported that
Michael Jackson had played a secret gig at a martial arts exhibition in Barnstaple, England. The man who had arrived in the white stretch limo was Navi, a Londoner who claims to be the world's number one Jako impersonator.

in 1999 -
Thomas Durden died aged 79. Wrote the lyrics to 'Heartbreak Hotel' one of Elvis Presley's early hits. Durden had read a newspaper account of a man who had committed suicide, the man had left a note saying, ''I walk a lonely street,'' Durden used the phrase as the basis for 'Heartbreak Hotel.’
in 2000 - A flat in Montague Sq. London, which was once owned during the 60's by Ringo Starr, went on the market for £575,000. The two bedrooms, two-story property was also home for Jimi Hendrix, John & Yoko and Paul McCartney during the 60's.

in 2001 - Songwriter and composer
Jay Livingston died of pneumonia. Best known for writing hits with Ray Evans for Doris Day, (‘Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)’ and Nat King Cole, (Mona Lisa).

in 2002 -
Derek Bell instrumentalist in the Irish folk group The Chieftains died of cardiac arrest in Phoenix, Arizona. Joined the group in 1975, released the 1981 solo album Derek Bells Plays With Himself, awarded an MBE in the 2000 for services to traditional music.

in 2001 -
Michael Karoli dies at age 53. German guitarist, violinist and composer, born and grew up in Straubing, Bavaria. He was a founding member of the influential krautrock band Can. His main role was that of the guitarist, later also providing vocals. He was a constant member of the band, playing with it between 1968 and its break-up in 1979. They had singles such as "Spoon" and "I Want More" and albums including Tago Mago in 1971 and 1972's Ege Bamyasi. He also joined the band for its two reunions, in 1986 and 1991.

in 2003 -
Arthur Conley dies at age 57.American horn player, vocalist, songwriter; born in McIntosh County, Georgia and grew up in Atlanta. He first recorded in 1959 as the lead singer of Arthur & the Corvets. With this group, he released three singles in 1963 and 1964, "Poor Girl", "I Believe", and "Flossie Mae". He launched a solo career, and is well known for his 1967 hit, "Sweet Soul Music". It shot to the number two spot on both the pop and R&B charts, earning Conley the number eleven male artist ranking for 1967. The song paid homage to other soul singers like Lou Rawls, Wilson Pickett and James Brown. He e relocated to England in 1975, and spent several years in Belgium, after which he settled in Amsterdam, The Netherlands in spring 1977, where he promoted new music
in 2003 - Don Gibson dies at age 75.American songwriter and country musician. A Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, Gibson penned and recorded such country standards as "Oh Lonesome Me", "Blue Blue Day", "Sweet Dreams" and "I Can't Stop Loving You" and enjoyed a string of country hits from 1957 into the early 1970's. He was nicknamed "The Sad Poet," because he frequently wrote songs that told of loneliness and lost love. was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1973, and in 2001, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame

in 2004 -
Michael Jackson's long-time lawyer, Steve Cochran, left the star's defence team. Jackson who was fighting child abuse charges, said in a statement that the lawyer had taken a "temporary leave of absence" but would still "collaborate".

in 2004 - Soft Cell singer
Marc Almond had emergency surgery and was treated in intensive care after he was injured in a motorcycle crash in London.

in 2004 -
Usher and Alicia Keys were at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'My Boo.' The hit gave Usher his fourth US No.1 of 2004.

in 2004 - R.E.M went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Around The Sun', the bands seventh UK No.1 album.


in 2006 -
Flo Sandon dies at age 82.Italian singer born in Vicenza, her musical career began in 1944 when she debuted in a Red Cross charity show and went on to be popular in the post-WWII years. She won the Sanremo Music Festival in 1953 with the song "Viale d'autunno". Other hits from her repertoire include "Vorrei volare", "Kiss Me", "I Love Paris", "Passa il tempo", "Concerto d'autunno", "Verde luna", "Domani", "Que sera sera" and "Bevi con me".

in 2006 -
Ruth Brown (Ruth Weston) dies at age 78. American blues singer born in Portsmouth, Virginia; known as "Queen Mother of the Blues", you can hear her influence in everyone from Little Richard to Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin and in today's divas like Christina Aguilera. She had a series of hit songs for fledgling Atlantic Records in the 1950s, such as "So Long", "Teardrops from My Eyes" and "(Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean". For these contributions, Atlantic became known as "The house that Ruth built". She used her influence to press for musicians' rights regarding royalties and contracts, which led to the founding of the Rhythm and Blues Foundation. Her performances in the Broadway musical Black and Blue earned Ruth a Tony Award, and the original soundtrack won a Grammy Award
in 2007 - Hy Lit (Hyman Litsky) dies at age 73. American radio disc jockey; Philadelphia-area DJ since the 1950s, with WIBG-AM, WDAS-AM/FM, WKBS-TV, WSNI/WPGR. He also hosted the nationally syndicated "Hy Lit Show," from WKBS-TV in Philadelphia which aired in more than 30 markets nationwide .

in 2007 - US singer
Teresa Brewer died aged 76. She was one of the most popular US pop singers of the 1950s scoring hits such as ‘Gonna Get Along Without Ya Now’ and ‘Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall.’ She also sang with Tony Bennett, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie and Wynton Marsalis.

in 2008 - Four Tops singer
Levi Stubbs died at his Detroit home, aged 72. Stubbs had been in ill health since being diagnosed with cancer in 1995 and a stroke and other health problems led him to stop touring in 2000. The group signed with Motown Records in 1963 and produced 20 Top 40 hits over the following 10 years, making music history with other acts in Berry Gordy's Motown stable.

in 2008 -
Madonna and Guy announced that their seven-year marriage was over because they had drifted apart. The press reported that without a pre-nuptial agreement, Ritchie could be looking at up to £50million of Madonna’s £300million fortune.

in 2009 -
Barbra Streisand went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Love Is the Answer’, also a UK No.1.

in 2010 -
Harry Whitaker dies at age 68. American jazz pianist, born in Pensacola, Florida, he began learning the piano at age 5, and began classical lessons at age 7. He moved to Chicago in 1948, and to Detroit in 1953 at age 11. In 1959, at age 16, he graduated high school and embarked on the road with dexterous bassist Ray McKinney. After two years, he moved to New York and started playing with Slide Hampton in 1965, before joining vibraphonist Roy Ayers band in 1970. He can be heard on the breakthrough Roy Ayers recording “We Live in Brooklyn Baby” and went on to work with vocalist Roberta Flack during her most commercial and successful years beginning in the mid-1970s. Although his health had been declining over the last couple of years, Harry performed frequently at Fat Cat Billiards and Smalls, both religious institutions in the West Village jazz scene (?) b. September 19th 1942.
in 2011 - Gary Garcia dies at age 63. American guitarist, singer, songwriter from Akron, Ohio and was one half of the duo Buckner & Garcia along with Jerry Buckner. Their first collaboration was in 1980, when they wrote a novelty Christmas song, "Merry Christmas in the NFL," about Howard Cosell as Santa Claus. Performed under the pseudonym "Willis The Guard & Vigorish", the song reached No.82 on the Billboard charts despite limited airplay after Cosell found the song offensive. In 1981, the duo, who had been together since high school days, wrote a sentimental country song called "Footprints in the Sand," performed by Edgel Groves. They also wrote the lyrics for extra verses of an extended version of the WKRP in Cincinnati theme song in 1982. However, the duo is best known for the song "Pac-Man Fever", which became a large novelty hit in 1982, peaking at No.9 in the United States. Later the same year, they signed a record deal with Columbia/CBS Records. and they released Pac-Man Fever, a full album consisting entirely of songs about arcade video games (cause unknown) Born July 28th 1948.

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in 1678 -
Giovanni Maria Bononcini composer, dies at 36.
in 1680 - Jean-Baptiste Loeillet composer is born.
in 1736 - German composer Carl Friedrich Christian Fasch, son of Johann Friedrich Fasch, was born in Zerbst.
in 1742 - Felix Maximo Lopez composer is born.
in 1772 - Louis Ferdinand Prince of Prussia Christian composer is born.
in 1771 - Giuseppe de Majo composer, dies at 73.

in 1781 -
(Giuseppe Marco Maria) Felice Blangini, Italian composer, is born at Turin. He was a choirboy at Turin Cathedral. In 1799 his family moved to Paris, where he gave concerts. He wrote fashionable romances, and came into vogue as an opera composer when he completed Delia-Maria's opera La Fausse Duegne (1802); he was also popular as a singing teacher. After producing an opera in Munich, he was appointed court Kapellmeister (1805). He later was Generalmusikdirektor at Kassel (1809), and upon his return to Paris in 1814, he was made superintendent of the King's music, court composer, and professor of singing at the Conservatory, positions which he held until 1830. His works include 30 operas, 4 masses with Orch., 170 nocturnes for 2 Voices, 174 romances for 1 Voice, etc. See his autobiography, Souvenirs de F. B., ed. by M. de Villemarest. - Died at Paris, Dec. 18,1841.

in 1786 -
Sir Henry Rowley, Bishop, English conductor and composer, is born at London. He studied harmony with Francesco Bianchi. From 1810 to 1824 he was music director at London's Covent Garden. In 1813 he also helped to organize the Philharmonic Society of London, with which he appeared as a conductor. In 1824 he became music director at London's Drury Lane Theatre, where he brought out his most ambitious operatic effort, Aladdin (April 29, 1826), which proved a failure. From 1830 to 1840 he was music director at London's Vauxhall Gardens, and then again at Covent Garden in 1840-41; also conducted London's Concerts of Antient Music (1840-48). He was professor of music at the universotu of Edinburgh (1841-43) and Oxford (from 1848), where he was made Bachelor of Music (1839) and Doctor of Music (1853). In 1842 he was knighted. He was married to the singers Sarah Lyon (1809) and Anna Bishop (1831), but the latter left him to become intimate with the harpist Bochsa. Bishop's various stage pieces, most of which were merely incidental settings or adaptations to spoken plays, were undistinguished. He remains best known for his famous song. Died at London, April 30, 1855.

in 1786 -
Karl Maria Friedrich Ernst "von" Weber German composer (Freischtz) is born.
in 1808 - Antoine-Amable-Elie Elwart composer is born.
in 1822 - George Knowil Jackson composer, dies at 65.
in 1822 - Anton Teyber composer, dies at 66.

in 1836 - British playwright
Sir William Schwenck Gilbert, who wrote libretti for the operettas of Sir Arthur Sullivan, was born in London.

in 1841 -
Georg Chistoph Grosheim composer, dies at 77.
in 1852 - Anton Bernhard Furstenau composer, dies at 60.
in 1860 - Ignacy Jan Paderewski composer/1st premier of Poland (1919-20) is born.
in 1871 - Amadeo Vives composer is born.
in 1874 - Riccardo Martin composer is born.

in 1882 -
Amelita Galli-Curci (Italian operatic coloratura soprano) is born.
Video Note: It is unfortunate that Galli-Curci's vocal decline coincided with the birth of electrical recording, so nearly all of her electrical remakes of earlier acoustic recordings are inferior. However, taken by themselves, Galli-Curci's electricals still yield much pleasure and are important documents of one of the most unique and beautiful voices ever preserved on records. Her December 15, 1927 Victor re-recording of "Una Voce Poco Fa" from Rossini's opera "Il Barbiere Di Siviglia" is heard here.
in 1887 - Heinrich Panofka German violist/composer, dies at 80.
in 1887 - Eduard Marxsen composer, dies at 81.
in 1895 - Ernst Levy composer is born.
in 1897 - Jules Buffano St Louis Mo, pianist (Jimmy Durante Show) is born.
in 1898 - Oswald Erich Sehlbach composer is born.
in 1899 - Hungarian-born American conductor Eugene Ormandy was born in Budapest.
in 1902 - Barbara Giuranna composer is born.
in 1903 - Lillian Fuchs composer is born.
in 1904 - Guido Santorsola composer is born.
in 1907 - Compay Segundo (Cuban trova guitarist, composer; Los Compadres) is born.
in 1909 - Johnny Mercer (US lyricist ) is born.
in 1916 - James L Lyons jazz promoter is born.
in 1911 - Opera "Lobetanz" 1st American performance.
in 1917 - Pedro Infante (José Pedro Infante Cruz) (Mexican actor, singer) is born.
in 1920 - Louis Alfred Mennini composer is born.
in 1922 - Al Dvorin (US bandleader, talent agent; Elvis Presley) is born.
in 1925 - William Robert Mayer composer is born.
in 1926 - Dorothy Collins Windsor Ontario, singer (Your Hit Parade) is born.
in 1927 - Lawrence Kenneth Moss composer is born.
in 1927 - Hank Ballard (John H. Kendricks) (US singer, songwriter; Royals/Midnighters) is born.
in 1928 - Otar Gordeli (Georgian composer) is born.
in 1930 - Shostakovitch's opera "The Nose," premiers in Lenningrad.
in 1932 - Yoyoy Villame (Roman Tesorio Villame) (Filipino singer, composer, lyricist, comedian) is born.
in 1933 - Jacques Charpentier composer is born.
in 1936 - Don Cherry (US pocket trumpet, cornet, trumpet, flute; jazz artist) is born.

in 1936 -
Hank Ballard, singer-songwriter best-known for writing "The Twist", is born at Detroit. Ballard was born in Detroit but raised from age seven in Besemer, Ala., by relatives after his father died. He ran away from home at age 15, returning to Detroit and finding work on an assembly line. In his off-hours, he began to sing, and was heard by Sonny Woods of the vocal group, The Royals. The Detroit-based Royals originally formed in 1950, with members Jackie Wilson and Levi Stubbs (later of The Four Tops). The group's membership eventually stabilized with Henry Booth and Charles Sutton (leads and tenors), Lawson Smith (baritone) and Sonny Woods (bass), with Alonzo Tucker on guitar. Spotted by R&B talent scout Johnny Otis in early 1952 at the Paradise Club in Detroit, The Royals signed with Cincinnati's Federal label upon Otis's recommendation and achieved early success with the Otis ballad, "Every Beat of My Heart." Hank Ballard joined in 1953 when Lawson Smith was drafted into the army, and The Royals soon registered a R&B smash with "Get It" Changing their name to The Midnighters in April 1954, the group scored a top R&B hit with Ballard's blatantly sexual "Work with Me Annie/7 Although banned from radio station airplay, the song sold over a million copies. Through 1955, The Midnighters achieved major R&B hits with "Sexy Ways/' the inevitable followups: "Annie Had a Baby/' and "Annie's Aunt Fannie," and "It's Love Baby (24 Hours a Day)." Etta James recorded the "answer" to the Annie songs entitled "The Wallflower" (subtitled "Roll with Me Henry"), with songwriting credit going to James, Ballard, and Otis. White cover artist Georgia Gibbs quickly co-opted the song for a major pop hit. In the second half of the 1950s, The Midnighters endured a number of personnel changes, including the departures of Charles Sutton and Sonny Woods, the return of Lawson Smith, and the addition of guitarist Cal Green and vocalist Norman Thrasher. They switched to King Records for singles releases, and became Hank Ballard and The Midnighters in 1959. Their 1959 smash R&B hit "Teardrops on Your Letter" was backed by Ballard's song "The Twist," which initially drew little attention. Rereleased after another dance-novelty number, "Finger Poppin' Time," became a smash pop and R&B hit for the group in 1960, "Teardrops" became an R&B smash. However, it took Chubby Checker's cover version—a blatant copy of Ballard's record—to capitalize on the song, scoring top pop hits with it in both 1960 and 1961, and thus launching the international dance craze. Despite losing out on the Twist craze, Hank Ballard and the Midnighters continued to enjoy popularity on the R&B and pop charts. They scored their biggest popular success with the late 1960s "Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go," a smash pop and top R&B hit. Other major pop hits through 1961 included "The Hoochi Coochi Coo" and "The Switcheroo," but after 1962, neither The Midnighters, nor Ballard's solo, achieved another major hit. The group disbanded in the mid 1960s, and Ballard left the King label in 1969. He subsequently joined the James Brown Revue in the late 1960s and early 1970s, dropping out of the music scene from 1974 to 1982. Hank Ballard resumed touring in the 1980s, eventually recording for After Hours Records in the 1990s.

in 1939 -
Tom Johnson composer is born.
in 1941 - Conleth 'Con' Cluskey (Irish singer; Bachelors) is born.
in 1942 - Jeffrey Siegel Chicago Ill, pianist (Chicago Symph) is born.
in 1946 - Amanda Lear French singer is born.
in 1948 - Andrea Marcovicci (US singer, actress) is born.
in 1949 - Herman Rarebell (German drummer, producer; The Scorpions) is born.
in 1949 - Bonnie St Claire [Cornelia Swart], Dutch singer (Tame me Tiger) is born.
in 1950 - Graham Parker (UK singer, song writer; Rumour/solo) is born.

in 1950-
Rudy Sarzo (Rodolfo Maximiliano Sarzo Lavieille Grande Ruiz Payret y Chaumont) (Cuban bassist; Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake, Manic Eden/freelance) is born.

in 1951 -
William Henry Bennett Vodery composer, dies at 66.
in 1951 - Vaclav Kalik composer, dies at 60.
in 1952 - Bill Haley married his pregnant girlfriend just four days after he divorced his first wife.
in 1953 - John McFee rock guitarist (Doobie Brothers, Clover) is born.
in 1954 - Charles Williams (US trombone player; KC and the Sunshine Band/solo/freelance) is born.
in 1954 - John Parr (UK guitarist, singer, songwriter; The Silence/Bitter Suite/solo) is born
in 1955 - Carter Burwell (US composer) is born.
in 1956 - Fats Domino appeared on the Ed Sullivan show and performed his hit “Blueberry Hill.”
in 1957 - Jenny Burton NYC, rocker (Nobody Loves Me Like You Do) is born.
in 1958 - Michael Ramos (Texan synthesizer, percussion, trumpet; The BoDeans/Charanga Cakewalk) is born.

in 1959 -
Cindy Blackman, American jazz drummer is born at Yellow Springs, Ohio. Cindy Blackman can be a flashy drummer at times but her basic training and technique is solid, befitting an artist who learned her skills at the University of Hartford (classical percussion) and the Berklee College of Music (with Alan Dawson and Lennie Nelson). After moving to N.Y.C. in 1982, Blackman achieved the respect of her jazz compatriots through work with Jackie McLean, Sam Rivers, Ted Curson, and Joe Henderson. She has also garnered some notoriety through her recording and touring with rock musician Lenny Kravitz. As a leader Blackman has recorded four albums for Muse, featuring a variety of new and established talent including Kenny Barron, Ron Carter, Jacky Terrasson, and the Roney brothers, Wallace and Antoine.

in 1960 -
Kim Wilde [Smith], England, rock vocalist (You Keep Me Hanging On) is born.
in 1961 - Janice Lynn Kuehnemund St Paul Minn, rocker (Vixen-Rev It Up) is born.
in 1962 - Kirk Hammett US heavy-metal guitarist (Metallica-Master of Puppets) is born.
in 1966 - Bela Tardos composer, dies at 56.
in 1968 - Romany Malco (US actor, music producer) is born.
in 1969 - Duncan Sheik (US singer, songwriter, composer) is born.

in 1969 -
Ted Heath dies at age 67. English bandleader, composer and trombonist born in Wandsworth, London, he was the most famous and successful big band leader in Great Britain of the 1940s, 50s and 60s, recording more than 100 albums and selling over 20 million records. After playing tenor horn at the age of six, he later switched to trombone. His first real band gig was with an American band on tour in Europe - the Southern Syncopation Orchestra - which had an engagement in Vienna, Austria and needed a trombone player. The drummer for this band, Benny Payton, taught Ted much about Jazz and Swing. From 1925 to 1926 Ted played in the Kit Cat Club band led by American Al Starita. In 1928, he joined Bert Ambrose's orchestra at the Mayfair Hotel in London and played there until 1935 when he moved on to Sydney Lipton's orchestra at the Grosvenor House. It was during this time that Ted became the most prominent trombone player in England, he played on numerous recordings. In 1940, he joined Geraldo's orchestra and played hundreds of concerts and broadcasts during the war traveling to the Middle East to play to the Allied Forces based there. Inspired by Glenn Miller Ted formed his own band. The Ted Heath Band was first heard on a BBC broadcast in 1944. The band was organized originally as a British "All Star Band" playing only radio dates. Ted and his band went on to work with many of the world's great artists including Nat King Cole, Woody Herman, Count Basie, Marlene Dietrich, Johnny Mathis and Tony Bennett to mention just a few. His band members included among others Ronnie Scott, the pianist Stan Tracey, trumpeters Kenny Baker and Duncan Campbell, sax players Red Price, Ronnie Chamberlain, Don Rendell and Tommy Whittle, trombonists Don Lusher and Wally Smith, drummer Jack Parnell. The addition of singers including Dickie Valentine, Lita Roza, and Dennis Lotis. Ted and his band also appeared in several films.
in 1963 - The Beatles received silver LP discs for 'Please Please Me' and 'With the Beatles' at a ceremony held at EMI House in London. They also received a silver EP for 'Twist and Shout' and a silver single for 'She Loves You'. The band then attend a cocktail party and a formal lunch in the EMI boardroom with company executives and invited guests.
in 1965 - Manfred Mann, The Yardbirds and Paul and Barry Ryan all appeared at the ABC Cinema, Stockton, Cleveland, North East England.

in 1969 -
Leon Jongen composer, dies at 85.
in 1970 - Hal Dickinson singer (Modernaires), dies at 56.
in 1970 - Johan Liiva (Sweden vocalist; Arch Enemy) is born.

in 1971 -
Herman 'Junior' Parker dies at age 39. American blues singer and harmonica player also known as Little Junior Parker or "Mr Blues"; he is best remembered for his unique voice which has been described as "honeyed," and "velvet-smooth". He was posthumously inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2001. His biggest influence as a harmonica player was Sonny Boy Williamson, with whom he worked before moving on to work for Howlin' Wolf in. He was also a member of Memphis's ad hoc group, the Beale Streeters, with Bobby 'Blue' Bland and B.B. King (died after a series of brain operations)
in 1972 - Segundo Luis Moreno Andrade composer, dies at 90.
in 1972 - Matt Knight (UK bassist; Toploader) is born.
in 1972 - Jessi Alexander (US country music singer/songwriter is born.

1972 -
Danny Whitten dies at age 29. American musician, guitarist and songwriter best known for his work with Neil Young and Crazy Horse, and for the song "I Don't Want To Talk About It", a hit for Rita Coolidge, Rod Stewart and Everything but the Girl. Born in Columbus, Georgia, he joined Billy Talbot and Ralph Molina among others in the doo-wop group Danny and the Memories. After recording an single, "Can't Help Loving That Girl of Mine", they moved to San Francisco where they morphed into a folk-psychedelic rock act called The Psyrcle, then The Rockets. They joined up with Neil Young and the recording sessions led to Young's second album, 'Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere' credited as Neil Young with Crazy Horse with Danny on second guitar and vocals. in 1970, Crazy Horse recorded its first solo album, released in early 1971, thier debut album included five songs by Danny. Now into heroin he participated only in the early stages of Young's next solo album, "After the Gold Rush", performing on "Oh, Lonesome Me", "I Believe in You", and "When You Dance I Can Really Love". During this time, Neil wrote and recorded "The Needle and the Damage Done" with direct references to Danny's addiction and its role in the destruction of his talent
in 1972 - Cat Stevens started a three-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Catch Bull At Four'.
in 1973 - Steve Christopher Petree Okla, rocker (PC Quest-Can You See) is born.
in 1973 - Alois H ba Czech (opera)composer (Neuland), dies at 80.
in 1973 - Gary Glitter was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'I Love You Love Me Love', the singers second No.1.
in 1975 - Bruce Springsteen made his live debut in the UK at London's Hammersmith Odeon.
in 1975 – Ant (Anthony McPartlin) (UK actor, TV presenter, singer; P.J. & Duncan/Ant & Dec) is born.
in 1975 - Pastor Troy (Micah Levar Troy) (US rapper; D.S.G.B=Down South Georgia Boys) is born.
in 1976 - Shagrath (Stian Tomt Thoresen) (Norwegian singer, multi-musician; Dimmu Borgir/guest) is born.
in 1976 - Richard Hell and the Voidoids made their debut at CBGB's New York.
in 1977 - Fabolous (Johnathan David Jackson) (US rapper) is born.
in 1978 - Billy Joel went to No.1 on the US album chart with '52nd Street', his first US No.1 album.

in 1978 -
This week's UK Top 5 singles: No.5, The Cars, 'My Best Friend's Girl', No.4, Rod Stewart, 'Do You Think I'm Sexy', No.3, Dan Hartman, 'Instant Replay', No.2, Olivia Newton- John, 'Hopelessly Devoted To You' and No.1, The Boomtown Rats, 'Rat Trap' giving the Irish band their first UK No.1 single and the first chart topper by a punk or new wave act.

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in 1979 -
The Jam appeared at The Apollo Theatre, Manchester, England.
in 1980 - Junichi Okada (Japanese singer; V6) is born.
in 1980 - Ursus Veritas (Dustin Kensrue) (US singer-songwriter; Thrice/solo) is born.
in 1980 - Minori Chihara (Japanese voice actress, singer) is born.
in 1981 - Gian Magdangal (Filipino singer, actor) is born.
in 1981 - Shin Ji (Lee Jee-Seon) (Korean singer) is born.

in 1983 -
R.E.M. made their first appearance outside the US when they appeared on Channel 4 UK TV show 'The Tube'. The following night they made their live UK debut when the played at Dingwalls, London.

in 1984 -
Johnny Christ (Jonathan Lewis Seward) (US bassist; Avenged Sevenfold) is born
in 1984 - Ryohei Chiba (Japanese singer; w-inds) is born
in 1985 - Paul McCartney releases "Spies Like Us".

in 1986 -
Lajos Bardos, Hungarian choral conductor, musicologist, and composer, dies at Budapest. He studied composition with Siklos and Kodaly at the Budapest Academy of Music, where he then taught (1928-67). He also conducted Budapest's Cecilia Chorus (1926-41), Palestrina Chorus (1929-33), Chorus (1941-47), and St. Matyas Choir (1942-62). He publ. books on Liszt (1968, 1976), Bartok (1970, 1971), Stravinsky (1971), and Kodaly (1972). Among his compositions were choral and chamber pieces. – Born at Budapest, Oct. 1, 1899.

in 1989 - Songwriter
Diane Warren had the No.1 and No.2 singles on the US chart with ‘When I See You Smile’ by Bad English followed by ‘Blame It On the Rain,’ by Milli Vanilli.

in 1990 -
Paul McCartney’s birth certificate sold for $18,000 in an auction.
in 1990 - Peter Schilperoort saxophonist/clarinetist, dies.
in 1992 - Dorothy Kirsten US soprano, dies from stroke at 82
in 1993 - Pearl Jam lead singer Eddie Vedder arrested for public drunkiness
in 1994 - Michael [George] Somes English dancer (Royal Ballet), dies at 77.

in 1992 -
Black Sabbath were honoured with a star at the Rock Walk in Hollywood.
in 1993 - Nirvana recorded their MTV unplugged special at Sony Studios, New York.

in 1993 - Pearl Jam singer
Eddie Vedder was arrested in New Orleans for disturbing the peace after a fight broke out in a bar.

in 1994 -
Cab(ell III) Calloway, flamboyant American singer, bandleader, and songwriter dies at Greenburgh, N.Y. Calloway was an exuberant entertainer whose dancing and mugging tended to overshadow his abilities as a singer and bandleader, though he scored a series of hits, especially in the 1930s, and fronted a worthy jazz ensemble, especially in the 1940s. Primarily a live performer, he also had a successful career in films and on the legitimate stage.

Among his biggest hits were "Minnie the Moocher/ and "(Hep-Hep!) The Jumpin' Jive." Calloway was the son of Cabell Calloway II, a lawyer, and Eulalia Reed Calloway, a teacher. In his youth, the family moved to Baltimore, and he was a boy soprano in the church choir, later singing in the Baltimore Melody Boys, a quartet. The family moved to Chicago, and he had a band while attending Douglass H.S., from which he graduated in 1927. He enrolled as a pre-law student at Crane Coll. in Chicago but began to appear in the all-black revue
Plantation Days at the Loop Theatre with his older sister Blanche, herself a singer and bandleader.

He also worked as a relief drummer and master of ceremonies at the Sunset Cafe. In 1928 he began singing with and fronting the band the Alabamians. Also in 1928, Calloway entered into a common-law marriage with Wenonah Conacher; they had a daughter. He later married a second woman, with whom he adopted a second daughter. In 1942 he met a woman named Nuffie, with whom he fathered two more daughters, Chris and Lael, before arranging a divorce from his wife and marrying Nuffie in 1949. They had a third daughter, Cabella.


Both Chris and Lael Calloway became performers and appeared with their father. In the fall of 1928, Galloway went to N.Y. and worked with the band the Missourians. Back in Chicago in April 1929, he and the Alabamians appear at the Merry Gardens. But he returned to N.Y. and appeared in the all-black Broadway revue
Hot Chocolates, which opened June 20 and ran 228 performances. In October he and the Alabamians appeared in N.Y. at the Savoy Ballroom, but the group broke up after the unsuccessful engagement.

Acquiring Irving Mills of the Mills Music publishing company as his manager, Galloway returned to the Missourians and reorganized them. Recording for Brunswick as the Jungle Band, they scored their first hit in December 1930 with "St. Louis Blues" (music and lyrics by W. C. Handy). In February 1931, as Cab Calloway and His Orchestra, the group headlined at the Cotton Club, replacing Duke Ellington.


On March 9 they recorded "Minnie the Moocher" (music and lyrics by Calloway, Mills, and Clarence Gaskill, based on the traditional song "Willy the Weeper"); it became a best-seller in April and was Calloway's signature song from then on. Calloway continued to appear at the Cotton Club regularly throughout the 1930s, and his major hits of the period, many of them featured in the club's revues, included "St. James Infirmary" (music and lyrics by Joe Primrose; 1931), "Kickin' the Gong Around" (music by Harold Arlen, lyrics by Ted Koehler; 1931), "Trickeration" (music by Arlen, lyrics by Koehler; 1931), "Minnie the Moocher's Wedding Day" (music by Arlen, lyrics by Koehler; 1932), "Moon Glow" (music and lyrics by Will Hudson, Eddie DeLange, and Irving Mills; 1934), and "Chinese Rhythm" (1934).


In 1939 he scored a millionseller with "(Hep-Hep!) The Jumpin' Jive" (music and lyrics by Calloway, Jack Palmer, and Frank Froeba). He also appeared in the films
The Big Broadcast (1932), International House (1933), The Singing Kid (1936), and Manhattan Merry-Go-Round (1937). In the 1940s, Galloway led a celebrated band anchored by such notable instrumentalists as Dizzy Gillespie, Chu Berry, and Milt Hinton. He reached the Top Ten of the pop charts in March 1942 with "Blues in the Night" (music by Arlen, lyrics by Johnny Mercer) and the Top Ten of the R&B charts in February 1946 with "The Honeydripper" (music and lyrics by Joe Liggins), and he appeared in the films Stormy Weather (1943) and Sensations of 1945 (1944). The decline of the Swing Era forced Galloway to break up his big band in April 1948, though he reformed it on a temporary basis for specific engagements.

For the most part he led bands ranging in size from four to seven pieces for the next several years. In June 1952 he was cast in a touring production of
Porgy and Bess that played in the U.S. and Europe for more than two years, finishing in August 1954. He appeared in the W. C. Handy film biography St. Louis Blues in 1958, in the film The Cincinnati Kid in 1965, in an all-black replacement cast in the Broadway musical Hello, Dolly! in 1967, and in the Broadway revue Bubbling Brown Sugar in the late 1970s.

He continued to record occasionally, and last reached the R&B charts with a rerecording of "Minnie the Moocher" in 1978. Calloway made his final film appearance in
The Blues Brothers in 1980 but remained active until shortly before his death following a stroke at age 86 in 1994. - Born at Rochester, N.Y., Dec. 25, 1907.

in 1995 -
The Rolling Stones become the first act to broadcast a concert on the Internet.

in 1999 - It was reported that
Madonna had saved over £100,000 when buying a new South Kensington home in England after making a private sale and cutting out any estate agents.

in 1999 -
Paul (Frederic) Bowles, American man of letters and composer, dies at Tangier. He became fascinated with pictorial arts, belles lettres, and the vocal projection of poetry as a child, and when he was 8 he also began to study music. At 17, he had his first poem published in the literary review transition. In 1929 he made his way to Paris, where he was dazzled by its intellectual resplendence and the insouciant millieu of the Left Bank. Returning to N.Y., his hypnopomping musical talent manifested itself and in 1930 he became a student of Copland. In 1931 he returned to Paris, where he continued his studies with Copland and had a few lessons with Boulanger. He became a habitue of the circle surrounding Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, but his wanderlust led him to visit Berlin and North Africa. The latter sojourn proved the turning point in his artistic career, both as a composer and as a man of letters. After composing several orchestral, chamber, and vocal scores, Bowles attracted attention with his ballet Yankee Clipper (1936). During the following 2 decades, he proved adept at composing film scores and incidental music for plays. In 1941 he received a Guggenheim fellowship, which resulted in his opera The Wind Remains (1941-43), after Garcia Lorca. His psychological attraction to exotic lands prompted him to return to North Africa in 1947, which remained the center of his activities for the rest of his life with occasional sojourns to various lands abroad. Among his later compositions was the opera Yerma (1948-55), also after Garcia Lorca. As a composer, he found his metier in works reflecting American, Mexican, and North African elements. Bowles soon became best known, however, as a writer, when in 1949 he published the first of his many bone-chilling novels, The Sheltering Sky. He also wrote short stories and made translations of native works about North Africa. His autobiography was published as Without Stopping (1972). The volume Paul Bowles: Music (1995) is a collection of essays, interviews, and reviews. Bowles was married to the novelist and playwright Jane Auer, who died in 1973. - Born at N.Y., Dec. 30, 1910.
in 1999 - Doug Sahm dies at age 57. American multi-musician, proficient on dozens of musical instruments, born in San Antonio, Texas; he was a child prodigy in country music, but became a significant figure in blues, rock and other genres, he is said to have been offered a permanent spot on the Grand Ole Opry, but his mother wanted him to finish junior high. Today he is considered one of the most important figures in what is identified as Tex-Mex. He was founder-leader of the '60s hippie band The Sir Douglas Quintet, and later with Augie Meyers, Freddy Fender and Flaco Jimenez -The Texas Tornados. He was also a sought-after session musician, appearing on releases of other artists including, The Grateful Dead. He sang backing vocals on Willie Nelson's 1977 gospel album, The Troublemaker .

in 2000 -
Craig David kicked off a 16-date UK tour of the UK at The Pavilions, Plymouth, England.
in 2001 - British boy band Blue scored their second UK No.1 single with 'If You Come Back.'
in 2001 - Britney Spears scored her second US No.1 album with 'Britney.'

in 2002 -
Bill Brunskill dies at age 82. UK trumpet player born in London; originally a guitarist but after working as a military policeman during WW2, Bill took up the trumpet and became interested in the New Orleans traditional Jazz sound and the playing of such men as Muggsy Spanier and Bunk Johnson. Some of his East End contemporaries included clarinetists Cy Laurie and Monty Sunshine. In 1952. Bill's group, fronted by guitarist Tony Donegan, appeared at a Royal Festival Hall concert, along with visiting American Bluesman Lonnie Johnson. In 1955, Bill formed a group that played Sunday afternoons at Cy Laurie's Club in London's West End, a group designed for young musicians to 'sit in' and gain experience playing in public. Guitarist 'Diz' Disley once featured such a rough and ready session in one of his satirical Melody Maker cartoons entitled " Bill Brunskill's Workshop". Bill began another long engagement at the 'Lord Napier' in the South London surburb of Thornton Heath which went on to be a mecca for visitng jazz musicians
in 2003 - Michael Kamen dies at age 55. American composer, especially of film scores, orchestral arranger, orchestral conductor, song writer, and session musician.He wrote eleven ballets, a saxophone concerto, and provided scores for films such as The Dead Zone, For Queen & Country, Polyester, Brazil, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Highlander, X-Men, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Licence to Kill, the Lethal Weapon series, the first three films of the Die Hard series, Mr. Holland's Opus, Splitting Heirs and many others. Other successes include his work with Pink Floyd, David Gilmour and Roger Waters (he is one of the few people to have been invited to work with both former Pink Floyd members, after their split), as well as Queen, Eric Clapton, Roger Daltrey, Aerosmith, Tom Petty, David Bowie, Metallica, Eurythmics, Queensrÿche, Rush, Herbie Hancock, The Cranberries, Bryan Adams, Jim Croce, Sting, and Kate Bush

in 2003 -
Britney Spears said that her first lover Justin Timberlake was a huge disappointment in the pants department. Talking during a MTV show Spears said ‘forget trousersnake, its more like trouser worm’, when referring to her ex boyfriend.

in 2003 - Following allegations of sexual abuse of a 12-year old boy, police raided
Michael Jackson's Neverland ranch. Jackson denied the allegations, the search came on the day that his latest greatest hits album, 'Number Ones' was released in the US.

in 2003 - More than five hundred
Britney Spears fans camped overnight outside the Virgin Records Megastore in New York's Times Square waiting to get the star to sign copies of her new album 'In The Zone.'

in 2004 -
Cy Coleman (Seymour Kaufman) dies at age 75. American composer, songwriter, and jazz pianist born in New York City; he was a child prodigy who gave piano recitals at Steinway Hall, Town Hall, and Carnegie Hall between the ages of 6 and 9, but he decided to build a career in popular music. His first collaborator was Joseph McCarthy, they wrote The Riviera, but his most successful early partnership, was with Carolyn Leigh, writing many pop hits, including Witchcraft and The Best Is Yet To Come. In the late 1970s, he collaborations included 'I Love My Wife', 'On The Twentieth Century', and 'Home Again, Home Again'. In 1980, Cy served as producer and composer for the circus-themed Barnum, later in the decade, he collaborated on Welcome to the Club, and City of Angels. His film scores include Father Goose, The Art of Love, Garbo Talks, Power, and Family Business. In addition, he wrote Shirley MacLaine's memorable television specials, If My Friends Could See Me Now and Gypsy in My Soul. Cy has been the only composer to win consecutive Tony awards for Best Score at the same time that the corresponding musicals won for Best Musical: City of Angels and Will Rogers' Follies
in 2005 - A Belgian songwriter won a plagiarism case against Madonna over her 1998 hit single ‘Frozen.’ Salvatore Acquaviva claimed that the song copied one of his recordings, the judge agreed that Madonna's single used four bars of his song ‘Ma Vie Fout L'camp’, which roughly translates as ‘My Life's Getting Nowhere.’

in 2007 -
John Hughey dies at age 73. US pedal steel guitar player, credited with developing the "crying sound" steel guitar technique; John spent over 20 years playing, touring and recording with Conway Twitty, 12 years with Vince Gill and also as a session pedal steel player, he recorded with Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, Marty Stuart and around 140 other artists

in 2007 -
Chickie Williams (Jessie Wanda Crupe) dies at age 88. US country music singer and wife of Doc Williams; The Williams' were popular performers, although the couple and their band the Border Riders recorded, performed live and appeared on the radio for over five decades

in 2007 - 22-year-old X Factor winner
Leona Lewis set a British record for the fastest-selling debut album with Spirit. The singer sold more than 375,000 copies in seven days, 12,000 more than the Arctic Monkeys' 2006 release Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not. Oasis still had the overall record for the fastest selling British album, selling 813,000 copies in 1997.

in 2007 - US celebrity publicist
Paul Wasserman, dies at age 73 of respiratory failure. His clients included the Rolling Stones, The Who, Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, Paul Simon, Tom Petty and James Taylor. His career ended in 2000, when he was jailed for six months for swindling some of his friends by falsely claiming to be selling shares in investment schemes that he said were backed by stars like U2.

in 2009 -
Johnny Almond dies at age 63. British jazz and rock musician; born in Enfield, Middlesex, he learned the drums from his father at a very early age, but soon learnt the saxophone, alto saxophone became his first instrument, but he also played tenor sax and eventually mastered seven others instruments, including keyboard and the vibraphone. Johnny played professionally in several bands as a teenager, he led his own jazz combo, played with Tony Knight's Chess Men, and Zoot Money's Big Roll Band before joining the Alan Price Set, after which he joined John Mayall's Bluesbreakers in June of 1969 appearing on the albums Turning Point and Empty Rooms. He is probibly best known for his work with fellow multi-instrumentalist Jon Mark forming the Mark-Almond Band. They recruited bassist Rodger Sutton and keyboardist Tommy Eyre. The group built something of a following through touring, with their live shows often featuring lengthy instrumental jams. They recorded several albums in the early 70's. Then released To the Heart in 1976 and Other People's Rooms in 1978. Since the late '70s, Johnny has worked primarily as a session musician, but more lately in the 21st century, his solo albums from 1969-1970 have become popular in Japan and Europe.
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