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Old November 19th, 2012, 07:01 AM   #1721

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in 1630 -
Johann Hermann Schein German composer (Opella Nova), dies at 44.
in 1709 - Pierre Leclair composer is born.

in 1734 -
Edmund Ayrton, English organist and composer, father of William Ayrton, is born at Ripon (baptized). He became organist, rector chori, and "singing-man" at Southwell Collegiate Church or Minister in 1755. In 1756 he pursued training with James Nares. In 1764 he settled in London as a Gentleman of the Chapel Royal. He also served as a vicar-choral at St. Paul's Cathedral (from 1764), as lay vicar at Westminster Abbey (from 1780), and as Master of the Children of the Chapel Royal (1780-1805). In 1784 he obtained his Music Doctorate from Cambridge. He composed 2 services, anthems, and secular vocal pieces. His best known work was the anthem Begin unto my God for 4 Soloists, Chorus, 2 Oboes, 2 Bassoons, 2 Trumpets, Timpani, and Strings, which was first heard at the thanksgiving service for the end of the War of American Independence at St. Paul's Cathedral on June 29, 1784. Samuel Wesley described Ayrton as "one of the most egregious blockheads under the sun," but this judgment seems unduly severe. - Died at London, May 22, 1808.

in 1753 -
Stanislas Champein composer is born.
in 1761 - Joseph Supries composer is born.
in 1785 - Bernard de Bury composer, dies at 65.
in 1795 - Thomas Linley composer, dies at 62.
in 1796 - Johann Wilhelm Mangold composer is born.
in 1804 - Pietro Alessandro Guglieli Italian opera composer, dies at 75.
in 1825 - Jan Vaclav Hugo Vorisek composer, dies at 34.

in 1828 -
Franz Peter Schubert dies at age 31. Austrian composer. He wrote some 600 Lieder, nine symphonies, including the famous "Unfinished Symphony", liturgical music, operas, some incidental music, and a large body of chamber and solo piano music. He is particularly noted for his original melodic and harmonic writing. (died prematurely of "typhoid fever", a diagnosis which was vague at the time; several scholars suspect the real illness was tertiary syphilis) The last musical work he had wished to hear was Beethoven's String Quartet No.14 in C sharp minor, Op. 131; his friend, violinist Karl Holz, who was present at the gathering, 5 days before Schubert's death, commented: "The King of Harmony has sent the King of Song a friendly bidding to the crossing". It was next to Beethoven, that Schubert was buried by his own request, in the village cemetery of Währing.
Avon (in 2009) commented: Isn't there some irony then that also on this day ... though in 1849 (when he would have been 52) ... his Symphony no. 4 in c minor D 417 “Tragic”, was premiered in Leipzig. Of course, perhaps there was no coincidence there!
in 1854 - Alberich Zwyssig composer, dies at 46.

in 1859 -
Ippolitov-Ivanov (real name: Mikhail (Mlkhailovich), important Russian composer and pedagogue, is born at Gatchina. He assumed his mother's name to distinguish himself from Michael Ivanov, the music critic. He studied composition with Rimsky-Korsakov at the St. Petersburg Cons., graduating in 1882. He then received the post of teacher and director of the Music School in Tiflis, where he remained until 1893; he became deeply interested in Caucasian folk music; many of his works were colored by the semi-oriental melodic and rhythmic inflections of that region. Upon Tchaikovsky's recommendation, he was appointed prof. of composition at the Moscow Cons. in 1893; in 1906 he became its director, retiring in 1922; then taught at the Tiflis Cons. (1924-25). Among his pupils were Gliere and Vasilenko. He was also active as a conductor in Moscow, where he led the Russian Choral Soc. (1895-1901), the Mamontov Opera (1898-1906), and the Bolshoi Theater (from 1925). Outside Russia, he is known mainly for his effective symphonic suite Caucasian Sketches (1895). He publ. his memoirs (Moscow, 1934; Eng. tr. in the Musical Mercury, N.Y., 1937). - Died at Moscow, Jan. 28, 1935.

in 1866 -
Hugo Felix, Austrian composer, is born at Vienna. Although he earned a PhD in science from the University of Vienna, he opted to pursue a career as a composer of light theater scores. His first operetta, Die Kiuzchen, was successfully premiered in Lemberg in Jan. 23, 1890. His first Vienna success came with his fourth operetta, Rhodope (Feb. 1, 1900). He then had a substantial hit with Madame Sherry (Berlin, Nov. 1, 1902), which subsequently was played throughout Europe. His Les Merveilleuses or The Lady Dances was first performed in London on Oct. 27, 1906). After the premiere of Tantalizing Tommy (N.Y., Oct. 2, 1912), he brought out the successful score The Pearl Girl (London, Sept. 25, 1913). His subsequent theater scores were composed for N.Y.,among them Pom-Porn (Feb. 28, 1916), Lassie (April 6, 1920), The Sweetheart Shop (Aug. 31, 1920), and Marjolaine (Ian. 24, 1922). - Died at Los Angeles, Aug. 14, 1934.

in 1870 -
Vicente Lleo composer is born.
in 1874 - Karl Adrian Wohlfart composer is born.
in 1905 - Tommy Dorsey Mahanoy Plane Pa, orch leader (Stage Show, Mahogany) is born.
in 1906 - Henri Temianka composer is born.
in 1906 - Jacques Leguerney composer is born.
in 1908 - Albert Dietrich composer, dies at 79.
in 1908 - Mikhail Ivanovich Chulaki composer is born.

in 1913 –
Ataulfo Maza Argenta, esteemed Spanish conductor, is born at Castro Urdiales. He pursued training in piano at the Madrid Conservatory, where he took 1st prize at the age of 17. After further studies in Belgium, he went to Germany in 1941 and continued his training at the Kassel Conservatory. He also found a conducting mentor in Carl Schuricht. In 1943 he returned to Spain and centered his career in Madrid. In 1945 he became a member of the Orquesta Nacional de Espana, and soon thereafter made his first appearance with it as a conductor. In 1946 he founded the Madrid Chamber Orchestra. He became chief conductor of the Orquesta Nacional de Espana in 1947. As a guest conductor, he appeared in Vienna, Glasgow, and London but became especially associated with the Paris Conservatory Orchestra and L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande of Geneva. In addition to his idiomatic interpretation of Spanish works, he displayed a remarkable command of a broad repertoire ranging from Vivaldi to Stravinsky. - Died (of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning), at Los Molinos, near Madrid, Jan. 21, 1958.

in 1922 -
Salil Chowdhury (Indian music composer, poet, writer, filmmaker) is born.

in 1921 -
Geza Anda, eminent Hungarian-born Swiss pianist, conductor, and pedagogue, is born at Budapest. He studied with Dohnanyi at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. In 1938 he made his debut in Budapest. After receiving the Liszt Prize in 1940, he attracted notice as a soloist with Furtwangler and the Berlin Philharmonic in 1941. In 1942 he settled in Zurich, and in 1955 became a naturalized Swiss citizen. Following the close of World War II in 1945, he pursued a notable career as a soloist with the world's leading orchestras and as a recitalist. In later years, he took up conducting and became active as a pedagogue. And was one of the finest interpreters of Mozart, appearing on occasion as both soloist and conductor in Mozart's piano concertos. He also was esteemed for his performances of Beethoven, Liszt, Brahms, and Bartok. - Died at Zurich, June 13, 1976.

in 1928 -
Achille Simonetti composer, dies at 71.
in 1929 - Arthur H Mann English composer (Church of England Hymnal), dies.
in 1931 - Frederic Cliffe composer, dies at 74.

in 1934 -
Donald David "Dave" Guard American folk singer, songwriter, arranger and recording artist is born. Along with Nick Reynolds and Bob Shane, he was one of the founding members of The Kingston Trio.

Guard was educated in Honolulu, Hawaii, at Punahou School in what was then the pre-statehood U.S. Territory of Hawaii. Upon completion of his final year of high school in 1952 at Menlo School, a private prep school in Menlo Park, California, he matriculated at nearby Stanford University, graduating in 1957 with a degree in economics.


While an undergraduate at Stanford, Guard started a pickup group with Nick Reynolds and Bob Shane. Guard called his group Dave Guard and the Calypsonians, with a Weavers-style signature sound that was principally two guitars, a banjo, and rollicking vocals. Guard kept the group together after Reynolds and Shane left, changing the name of the Calypsonians to The Kingston Quartet. Then in 1957, when Reynolds and Shane agreed to team up with Guard again, the group changed its name to The Kingston Trio. Under contract with Capitol Records, the Trio became a huge commercial and influential success.

Guard was aware that among the Kingston Trio, he was the only one who could read music and who had some understanding of music theory; his partners basically played by rote, and the three of them sang in simple three-part harmony. With help from the Trio's bassist and musicologist David "Buck" Wheat, Guard embarked on a self-education program of learning more about harmony, and becoming more and more disenchanted with what appeared to him to be a lack of willingness or effort to "improve" on the part of his partners.

By late 1960, Guard's frustration and discontent with his partners, combined with an alleged embezzlement of the group's finances, had reached a point where he no longer wanted to work with Reynolds and Shane. Giving his partners notice that he intended to leave the Trio, and unwilling to cause the group he had founded to disband, Guard agreed to stay on with the Trio until his personal commitments were completed, and until Shane and Reynolds were able to find a suitable replacement for him. By early 1961 Shane and Reynolds had found a replacement for Guard. After a reportedly acrimonious meeting with Shane, Reynolds, and the Trio's business manager over the future of the Trio, Guard quit the group. The group continued to perform for six years as the Kingston Trio before disbanding in 1967, with John Stewart taking Guard's place.

In 1981, Guard reunited with Shane and Reynolds for a PBS fundraising concert and program entitled "The Kingston Trio and Friends Reunion." He also made occasional concert appearances with John Stewart, his replacement in the Trio who was by then a respected and successful solo performer. In addition to writing and recording, Guard also found time to produce the video Workout for Equestrians with Ingrid Gsottschneider for Golden Arrow Enterprises.[11]

In the 1970s, Dave Guard recorded a live album at The Ice House in Pasadena. His backing group on this album was The Modern Folk Quartet, which included former Whiskeyhill Singer Cyrus Faryar. The album was turned-down by Capitol and was never released.


During the 1980s Guard continued to perform as a soloist and teach music. He did four tracks on a 12-track cassette recorded to accompany the "All Along the Merrimac" tour of New Hampshire and a final solo album, Up & In (1988), which received mixed reviews. One interesting aspect of both of the last two releases was Guard's performance of the Kingston Trio standard "Scotch and Soda," which he had arranged in 1956 but which for thirty years had been performed in The Trio only by Bob Shane.


Over the years following his return to the US, Guard worked with a number of people, including Alex Hassilev, Mike Settle, Judy Henske, Cyrus Faryar, Tim Buckley, Tommy Makem and David White.


Dave Guard remarried during this time, and lived with his wife in Los Altos, California.

in 1936 - Emin Aristakesian composer is born.
in 1936 - Gilbert Favre (Swiss-Bolivian folk flautist, quena; Los Jairas) is born.
in 1936 - Michel Decoust composer is born.
in 1937 - Geoff Goddard (UK successful songwriter, producer,keyboards) is born.
in 1937 - Ray Collins rocker (Mothers of Invention) is born.
in 1938 - Hank Medress (American singer, record producer; The Tokens) is born.
in 1939 - Pete Moore (Warren Moore) (US singer, vocal arranger, record producer; Miracles) is born.
in 1940 - Alberto Villalpando composer is born.
in 1942 - Edouard Combe composer, dies at 76.
in 1943 - Fred Lipsius (US saxophone, piano, keyboards; Blood Sweat & Tears) is born.
in 1944 - Agnes Baltsa (Greek mezzo-soprano) is born.
in 1944 - Charlie Coe rock bassist (Paul Revers and The Raiders) is born.

TODAY’S MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT SHINES ON . . .

in 1945 - Christie Hennessy (Edward Christopher Ross) (Irish folk singer-songwriter) is born.
Hennessy was born in Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland. His first guitar was made, especially for him, from a tea chest when he was six years old by his friend Jerry Quirke. He left school at the age of eleven and a half.


His first job was as a messenger boy, and it was then that he discovered that it was important to be able to read. He was unable to read or write due to severe dyslexia, but still enjoyed his library of books. He later worked at building sites in London.


In 1972 he released his first record, The Green Album, on Westwood, a small label. With scant publicity or promotion, the album made little impact and only 500 copies of the record were pressed. Hennessy returned to labouring on building sites in the UK and did not release another album for twenty years. When he did, his 1992 release The Rehearsal outsold U2 in Ireland, eventually attaining triple platinum status. His following albums, A Year in the Life and Box also sold extremely well in Ireland.


A renowned songwriter as well as performer, Hennessy wrote several songs that became hits for other singers including Don't Forget your Shovel, made famous by Christy Moore, and All the Lies that You Told Me, recorded by Frances Black. He also composed the theme tune and incidental music for the BBC TV series "Get Well Soon" written by Ray Galton (of Steptoe & Son fame) and composed and wrote a musical/feature film about his native Ireland, Two Stops to Paradise.


Hennessy returned to the studio in 2007, one final time to record an album with both Luka Bloom and Christy Moore sharing vocals on one of the tracks.


In 2005, Christy Moore's rendition of Hennessy's "Don't Forget Your Shovel" was referenced in a UK Number One single "The JCB Song" by Nizlopi: "And the engine rattles my bum like berserk. While we're singin, 'Don't forget your shovel if you want to go to work!'" It was further referenced in the video for the same song; as the line is sung, the characters in the JCB pass a shop called "Christie's Shovels".


Hennessy died on 11 December 2007 in a London hospice, aged 62. He was reported to have died from pleural mesothelioma, a rare form of lung cancer, which has been attributed to his younger years spent working on building sites in London where he was exposed to asbestos dust. A commemorative statue of Christie was erected in Central Plaza, just off the town square in Tralee in November 2009.


in 1945 -
Helen Hopekirk, Scottish-born American pianist, teacher, and composer, dies at Cambridge, Mass. She made her debut as soloist with the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig, and then toured the Continent and Great Britain. In 1882 she married the businessman, music critic, and landscape painter William A. Wilson, who subsequently served as her manager. On Dec. 7, 1883, she made her U.S. debut as soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and then toured the country until 1887. After piano lessons with Leschetizky in Vienna (1887-89), she pursued training in composition in Paris (1892-94). From 1897 to 1901 she taught at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, and thereafter privately. She continued to pursue her career as a pianist, making her farewell appearance in 1939 in a concert devoted entirely to her own compositions. In 1918 she became a naturalized American citizen. As a performer, she gave the first U.S. performances of several works by Debussy and other French composers. In her own works, she gave primary concern to producing scores notable for their modal melodies and harmonies. She arranged and edited Seventy Scottish Songs (Boston, 1905). - Born at Edinburgh, May 20, 1856.

in 1946 -
Joe Correro Greenwood Ms, rock drummer (Paul Revers and The Raiders) is born.
in 1950 - Thomas Wood composer, dies at 57.
in 1952 - Bill Sharpe (UK keyboaerdist; Shakatak) is born.
in 1954 - Annette Guest US singer (First Choice) is born.
in 1954 - Tom Scheckel Chicago IL, rock drummer (Buckinghams) is born.

in 1955 -
Carl Perkins recorded 'Blue Suede Shoes' at Sun Studios in Memphis. The rock 'n' roll classic became a US No.2 & UK No.10 hit for Perkins in 1956, and has been covered by many acts including Elvis Presley and John Lennon.
in 1957 - Ofra Haza (Israeli singer) is born .
in 1960 - Matt Sorum US pop drummer (Guns n' Roses, Like a Suicide) [or Nov 2] is born.

in 1962 - The Beatles, played gigs at three different venues. First they performed a lunchtime show at the Cavern Club, Liverpool, followed by an 85-mile drive to the Midlands, where they performed at Smethwick Baths Ballroom and then at the Adelphi Ballroom, West Bromwich in Staffordshire.


in 1963 -
Carmen Amaya Spanish flamenco dancer, dies at about 50.

in 1964 -
The Supremes became the first all girl group to have a UK No.1 single when 'Baby Love' went to the top of the charts.

in 1965 -
David Bowie and the Lower 3rd appeared at The Marquee Club, London.
in 1965 - Jason Pierce (UK vocalist; Spacemen 3/Spiritualized) is born.
in 1965 - Sonic Boom (Pete Kember) (UK guitar; Experimental Audio Research, Spectrum, Spacemen 3) is born.
in 1965 - The Doors appeared at Hughes Aircraft Union Dance in Los Angeles, California.

in 1965 -
The Kinks, The Who, Georgie Fame & The Blue Fames, The Hollies, Wilson Pickett and The Golden Apples Of The Sun all appeared at the Glad Rag Ball, Empire Pool, London, tickets 30 shillings, ($4.20).

in 1966 -
The Supremes started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'You Keep Me Hanging On', the group's 7th US No.1. It made No.8 in the UK.

in 1967 -
The Bee Gees, The Flowerpot Men and The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band all appeared at the Saville Theatre, London, England.

in 1969 -
Michael Lee (Michael Gary Pearson) (British drummer; Page and Plant, The Cult) is born.
in 1969 - Travis McNabb (US drummer; Better Than Ezra) is born.
in 1970 - Justin Chancellor (UK bassist; Isis/Peach/Tool) is born.
in 1971 - Alice Peacock (American folk singer) is born.
in 1971 - Tony Rich (Antonio Jeffries) (US singer, songwriter) is born.
in 1973 - Billy Currington (American singer and songwriter) is born.
in 1973 - Django Haskins (US singer, guitarist, songwriter) is born.
in 1973 - Savion Glover dancer/choreographer (Bring in 'da Noise) is born.

in 1974-
George Brunies dies at age 72. American jazz trombonist who came to fame in the 1930s, and was part of the Dixieland revival. He was known as the "King of the Tailgate Trombone". By the age of 8 he was already playing alto horn professionally in Papa Jack Laine's band. A few years later he switched to trombone. He played with many jazz, dance, and parade bands in New Orleans. He never learned to read music, but could quickly pick up tunes and invent a part for his instrument. Moving to Chicago in the early 20's he joined a band of his New Orleans friends playing at the Friar's Inn, this was the band that became famous as the New Orleans Rhythm Kings.
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in 1975 -
Lil' Mo (Cynthia Loving) (R&B singer) is born.
in 1975 - Tamika "Juicy" Scott (US singer; Xscape) is born.
in 1976 - George Harrison releases "This Song".
in 1976 - Jun Shibata (Japanese singer, songwriter) is born.
in 1976 - UK music weekly Sounds made The Sex Pistols debut 45, 'Anarchy In The UK' its single of the week.

in 1977 -
William "Sonny" Criss dies at age 50. American alto saxophonist; his first major break came in 1947, on a number of jam sessions arranged by jazz impresario Norman Granz. He developed his own, concise, bluesy tone and then went on to play in various bands including Buddy Rich's band and Howard McGhee's, which also featured Charlie Parker, and bands led by Johnny Otis, Stan Kenton and Billy Eckstine to mention a few (stomach cancer) b. October 23rd 1927.

in 1978 -
Matt Dusk (Canadian jazz vocalist) is born.
in 1979 - Chuck Berry was released from prison after serving a four-month sentence for tax evasion.
in 1979 - Keith Buckley (US singer; Every Time I Die) is born.
in 1981 - DJ Tukutz (Kim Jung-Sik) (South Korean DJ, producer, songwriter; Epik High) is born.

in 1983 -
David Bowie played the first of two nights at the RAS Showgrounds in Sydney during his 10-date Serious Moonlight tour of Australia and New Zealand.

in 1983 -
Tina Turner made her first chart appearance in over ten years with her version of the Al Green hit 'Let's Stay Together'.

in 1983 -
Tom Evans dies at age 36. English bassist, guitarist, vocals, songwriter; started his music career as a member of "The Inbeateens" in 1961, he soon progressed to a Liverpool mod/soul group called Them Calderstones. In 1967, he joined a Welsh band called The Iveys who changed their name to Badfinger and Paul McCartney of The Beatles gave the group a boost by offering them his song "Come and Get It" which he produced for the band. It became a featured track for the film The Magic Christian, which starred Ringo Starr and Peter Sellers. Other major successes in the 1970s were "No Matter What," "Day After Day," and "Baby Blue", each featured some of Toms vocals, background harmony and dual lead. Tom's high-career moment was with his composition "Without You," co-written with bandmate Peter Ham. The song became a No.1 hit worldwide for Harry Nilsson and has since become a standard in the music industry. (Tom & Joey Molland of Badfinger argued on the telephone, reportedly about the publishing royalty of the song "Without You." Following the argument, Tom hung himself in the garden at his home, in an eerie replay of fellow band mate Pete Ham's 1975 death scene)
in 1884 - Norman Allin, English bass and teacher, is born at Ashton- under-Lyne. He studied at the Royal Manchester College of Music (1906-10). He made his operatic debut with the Beecham Opera Co. in London in 1916. In 1922 he became a director and leading bass of the British National Opera Co. in London, remaining with it until 1929; from 1942 to 1949 he was a member of the Carl Rosa Opera Co. He led vocal classes at the Royal Academy of Music in London (1935-60) and the Royal Manchester College of Music (1938-42). In 1958 he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. - Died at Hereford, Oct. 27, 1973.

in 1986 -
Jeannie Ortega (US actress, dancer, and songwriter) is born.
in 1988 - Bon Jovi started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Bad Medicine', the group's third US No.1, a No.17 hit in the UK.

in 1988 -
Robin Beck was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'First Time.' The song was from a TV advertisement for Coca-Cola which session singer Beck had recorded. It made the American a One hit wonder.

in 1988 -
Sade appeared at the NEC, Birmingham, England, tickets cost £12.50.
in 1989 – Tyga (Michael Stevenson) (US rapper) is born.

in 1990 -
Pia King the wife of Level 42 main-man Mark King was granted a 'quickie', divorce after her husband ran of with their children's nanny.

in 1992 -
Bobby Russell dies at age 51. American songwriter; wrote hits including "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia,"; "Used To Be" from the film The Grasshopper; and "Little Green Apples," which won him a Song of the Year Grammy Award in 1968. He also wrote and performed a major hit in 1971 about a suburban father nursing a hangover while his children raise Cain on a Saturday morning, appropriately called "Saturday Morning Confusion."
in 1994 - Crosby Stills & Nash member David Crosby had a successful liver transplant operation at Dumont-UCLA in Los Angeles. Crosby's liver was deteriorated from extensive alcohol and drug abuse, as well as hepatitis-C.

in 1994 -
Nirvana entered the US album chart at No.1 with 'MTV Unplugged In New York.'
in 1995 - Bruce Trent singer, dies at 83.

in 1995 - English singer-songwriter and founding member of folk rock band,
Lindisfarne Alan Hull died of a heart attack aged 50. Scored the 1972 UK No.3 single 'Lady Eleanor' and Fog on the Tyne and Run for Home.

in 1995 -
Martha Hill modern dancer/teacher, dies at 94.
in 1995 - Shirley Bergeron singer/guitarist, dies at 62.
in 1999 - Shane MacGowan was released on bail by a London court on charges of drug possession.
in 2000 - Jay-Z was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘The Dynasty Roc La Familia (2000).’

in 2000 -
LeAnn Rimes started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Can't Fight The Moonlight', the singer's first UK chart topper. Written by Diane Warren and featured on the soundtrack of the film Coyote Ugly.
in 2000 - The Beatles started an eleven-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'The Beatles 1'.
in 2001 - Mick Jagger released his new solo album 'Goddess In The Doorway'. First day sales stood at 954 copies.

in 2001 -
Scott Weiland lead singer with The Stone Temple Pilots was arrested after allegedly fighting with his wife at the Hard Rock hotel in Las Vegas. Weiland was booked on one count of domestic battery and was released 12 hours later. The band had performed at the club that night.

in 2002 - Safety experts blasted
Michael Jackson after dangling his baby from a third-floor hotel balcony. Jacko was in Berlin for an awards ceremony and was showing his nine-month old baby to his fans outside the hotel.
in 2003 - American actor, dancer, Gene Anthony Ray died from a stroke aged 41. Best known for his portrayal of the street smart dancer Leroy in the 1980 film Fame and the television spin-off which aired from 1982 until 1987.
in 2003 - English bassist player Greg Ridley died from pneumonia. member of the VIP’s with Keith Emerson, Spooky Tooth, Humble Pie, (1969 UK No.4 single 'Natural Born Bugie'). Formed Strange Brew with Clem Clempson and Cozy Powell.

in 2003 -
Greg Ridley dies at age 56. English bassist - Spooky Tooth, Humble Pie; he entered music as Dino, part of a local band called "Dino & the Danubes", and playing guitar and bass in other local bands before he and his friend Mike Harrison formed the V.I.P.s, which later became Spooky Tooth. He co-founded one of the first super-groups in 1969, Humble Pie which originally consisted of himself on bass, Steve Marriott former lead singer, songwriter and lead guitarist of Small Faces, Peter Frampton former lead singer and guitarist of The Herd, and 17 year old drummer Jerry Shirley
in 2003 - Police issued an arrest warrant for Michael Jackson following allegations of sexual abuse of a 12-year old boy. Jackson who was in Las Vegas filming a video, negotiated with police to arrange a time and place to hand himself in.

in 2004 -
George Canseco dies at age 70. Filipino song composer who wrote some of Pinoy pop music's most enduring classics; he studied liberal arts at University of the East. After which, he worked for the Philippines Herald and the Associated Press as a journalist, a scriptwriter for the Manila Broadcasting Company, and news director at Eagle Broadcasting. George began devoting himself to writing music when Martial Law broke out in 1972. He wrote for Sharon Cuneta and Basil Valdez, and his songs were recorded by Martin Nievera, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Regine Velasquez, Pilita Corrales, and Kuh Ledesma. He became president of the Filipino Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers or FILSCAP in 1973, and was elected as a councilor in the fourth district of Quezon City in 1988. George composed his last film score in 1989 for "Paano Ang Ngayon Kung Wala Nang Bukas," which starred Kring Kring Gonzales and Ronaldo Valdes (died after battling liver cancer)
in 2004 - Rapper Young Buck was arrested over a stabbing at the Vibe hip-hop awards. Young Buck, (real name David Darnell Brown), was arrested on suspicion of stabbing a man who allegedly punched rap star Dr Dre in the face. He was released on $500,000 (£270,000) bail after surrendering to police in Los Angeles.

in 2004 -
Terry Melcher dies at age 62. US singer-songwriter, record producer, and managed much of his mother Doris Day's affairs. in the early 60's he and Bruce Johnston formed the vocal duet Bruce & Terry. The duo also created another band together, The Rip Chords. He had joined Columbia Records working with The Byrds he produced their song, Turn, Turn, Turn, and helped produce Mr. Tambourine Man. He later worked with Paul Revere, Wayne Newton, Frankie Laine, Jimmy Boyd, Pat Boone, Glen Campbell, Mark Lindsay and The Mamas & The Papas. He was instrumental in signing another near-legendary L.A. band, the Rising Sons led by Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder. He earned a Golden Globe nomination for co-writing the song Kokomo with The Beach Boys.

in 2005 - Former glam rock star
Gary Glitter was arrested in Vietnam after being detained at Ho Chi Minh airport as he tried to board a plane to Bangkok. Police said Glitter was being held under suspicion of committing lewd acts with two girls under the age of 18.

in 2006 - A guitar played by
George Harrison was set to fetch more than £100,000 at a London auction. The Maton MS500 guitar was used on The Beatles first album.

in 2006 - Akon feat
Eminem went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Smack That', Eminem's 7th No.1 and the first single from Akon's second album Konvicted.

in 2006 -
George Michael went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Twenty Five' the singers sixth UK No.1 album.

in 2007 -
Paul Brodie dies at age 73. Canadian saxophonist with 50 albums to his credit; co-founded the World Saxophone Congress in Chicago. In 1994, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada, Canada's highest civilian honour, for having "shown true mastery of his art through his ability to reach all ages with his music".
in 2010 - Albert "June" Gardner dies at age 79. American drummer born in New Orleans who played bebop, R&B, and traditional jazz; He studied with the influential Professor Valmont Victor and turned professional as soon as he left high school, first hitting the road with vocalist Lil Green. When he returned to New Orleans he became a regular at the now-infamous Dew Drop Inn playing with Edgar Blanchard & the Gondoliers with whom he also recorded. In his younger days, June was heavily on the rhythm and blues scene both in the studio and on tour. He played and recorded with the greats including spending nine years with Roy Brown and hitting the drums behind the legendary Sam Cooke from 1960 until the vocalist's death in 1964. It's June laying down the essential rhythm on Lee Dorsey's smash hit "Working in a Coal Mine" and also performed regularly with Dave Bartho*lomew's band. He also lead his own traditional jazz group, June Gardner & the Fellas. For seven years, he and the "Fellas" played a mix bag of material at South Claiborne Avenue's Maison's Las Vegas Strip. After that, he headed to Bourbon Street to perform at the Famous Door, La Strada and the Maison Bourbon plus he joined trumpeter Wallace Davenport at the Paddock. June was also heard on more modern stylings working with artists like saxophonist Alvin "Red" Tyler, vibraphonist Lionel Hampton and jazz/soul vocalist Lou Rawls and can be heard on his 2000 album 99 Plus One. This year, June Gardner & the Fellas opened up the Economy Hall Tent at Jazz Fest, an event he's played "since the beginning".

in 2010 -
Laci/75 Cents/Ladislav Demeterffy dies at age 77. Croatian singer and accordion player; he represented Croatia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 with the song "Romanca", calling himself 75 Cents he sang alongside the Croatian street band Kraljevi Ulice. (cause of death not yet disclosed).
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in 1518 -
Pierre de la Rue (Peter van Straten) Flemish composer, dies.
in 1758 - Johan Helmich Roman Finnish composer/violist, dies at 64.
in 1652 - Romanus Weichlein composer is born.
in 1757 - Giovanni Battista Gaiani composer is born.
in 1759 - Nikolaus Paul Zmeskall composer is born.

in 1765 -
Friedrich Heinrich Himmel, German composer and pianist, is born at Treuenbrietzen. H e began his musical training with Klaus, the local organist, then, following theological studies at the University of Halle (1785-86), he studied with Naumann in Dresden. In 1792 he was made chamber composer to the Prussian court in Berlin, which position made it possible for him to complete his musical training in Italy (1793-95). In 1795 he returned to the Prussian court as Kapellmeister, but he also made tours as a concert artist. In spite of his bouts with alcohol, he remained a favorite at the Prussian court. His most successful score was the Singspiel Fanchon das Leiermiidchen. - Died at Berlin, June 8, 1814.

in 1766 -
John Wall Calcott composer is born.


in 1827 -
Alexei Nikolaievich Titov, Russian violinist and composer, (brother of Sergei Nikolaievich Titov and father of Nikolai Alexeievich Titov), dies at St. Petersburg age 58. He served in the cavalry, reaching the rank of major general at his retirement. He was an amateur violinist, and wrote operas in the traditional Italian style; of these, the following were produced in St. Petersburg: Andromeda and Perseus (1802); The Judgment of Solomon (1803); Nurzadakh (Iune 7, 1807); The Wedding of Filatka (April 25, 1808); Errant Moment (july 10, 1812); Emmerich Tekkely (Dec. 13, 1812); Intrigue in the Basket (May 12, 1817); Valor of the People of Kiev, or These Are the Russians (May 12, 1817); The Feast of the Mogul (Sept. 15, 1823); also The Brewer, or The Hidden Ghost of Evil (Moscow, 1788).Aballet-pantomime, LeNouveau Werther, was first given in St. Petersburg, on Jan. 30, 1799. - Born at St. Petersburg, June 24, 1769.

in 1834 -
Franjo Zaver Kuhac composer is born.
in 1850 - Arthor Goring Thomas composer is born.
in 1851 - Wenzel Sedlak composer, dies at 75.
in 1867 - Vicente Ripolles composer is born.

in 1867 -
Ivan VasilievichErshov, celebrated Russian tenor, is born at Maly Nesvetai, near Novocherkassk. He studied voice in Moscow with Alexandrova-Kochetova and in St. Petersburg with Gabel and Palecek. In 1893 he made his operatic debut at the Maryinsky Theater in St. Petersburg as Faust, which became one of his most popular roles; then went to Italy and took voice lessons with Rossi in Milan; appeared in Turin as Don Jose in Carmen. He returned to Russia in 1894 and joined the Kharkov Opera; in 1895 he became a member of the Maryinsky Opera Theater in St. Petersburg, and served with it until 1929. He achieved fabulous success as the greatest performer of the tenor roles in the Russian repertoire, and he also was regarded by music critics and audiences as the finest interpreter of the Wagnerian operas; he sang Siegfried, Tannhauser, Lohengrin, and Tristan with extraordinary lyric and dramatic penetration; as an opera tenor in his time, he had no rivals on the Russian stage. In 1929, at the age of 62, he sang Verdi's Otello; he also appeared in oratorio and solo recitals. From 1916 to 1941 he taught voice at the Petrograd (Leningrad) Conservatory. At the beginning of the siege of Leningrad in 1941, Ershov was evacuated with the entire personnel of the Conservatory to Tashkent in Central Asia, where he died shortly afterward. – Died at Tashkent, Nov. 21, 1943.

in 1869 -
Arthur Hinton, English composer, is born at Beckenham. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he subsequently taught violin. He then went to Munich for further study with Rheinberger. He composed a Symphony which he conducted at one of the concerts of the Munich Conservatory. He traveled in Italy, returning to London in 1896, where his 2nd Symphony was performed in 1903. He married the pianist Katharine Goodson, who gave many performances of his piano works, including a concerto. He wrote the children's operettas The Disagreeable Princess and St. Elizabeth's Rose as well as a number of songs. - Died at Rottingdean, Aug. 11, 1941.

in 1873 -
Daniel Gregory Mason, eminent American composer and educator, grandson of Lowell Mason and nephew of William Mason, is born at Brookline, Mass. A scion of a famous family of American musicians, his father, Henry Mason, was a co-founder of the piano manufacturing firm Mason & Hamlin. He entered Harvard University, where he studied with J.K. Paine (B.A., 1895); after graduation, he continued his studies with Arthur Whiting (piano), Goetschius (theory), and Chadwick (orchestration). Still feeling the necessity for improvement of his technique as a composer, he went to Paris, where he took courses with d'Indy (1913). In 1905 he became a member of the faculty of Columbia University in N.Y.; in 1929, was appointed MacDowell Professor of Music; he was chairman of the music department until 1940, and continued to teach there until 1942, when he retired. As a teacher, Mason developed a high degree of technical ability in his students; as a composer, he represented a conservative trend in American music; while an adherent to the idea of an American national style, his conception was racially and regionally narrow, accepting only the music of Anglo-Saxon New England and the "old South"; he was an outspoken opponent of the "corrupting" and "foreign" influences of 20th-century Afro-American and Jewish-American music. His ideals were the German masters of the Romantic school; but there is an admixture of impressionistic colors in his orchestration; his harmonies are full and opulent, his melodic writing expressive and songful. The lack of strong individuality, however, has resulted in the virtual disappearance of his music from the active repertoire. - Died at Greenwich, Conn., Dec. 4, 1953.

in 1882 -
Bela Albrecht Pal Keler composer, dies at 62.
in 1889 - Gustav Mahler's Symphony No 1 was premiered in Budapest with Mahler himself conducting.
in 1894 - Anton Grigorievich Rubinstein, renowned Russian pianist, conductor, composer, and pedagogue, brother of Nikolai (Grigorievich) Rubinstein, dies at Peterhof, near St. Petersburg.

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 Society in 1859, and in 1862 founded the Imperial Conservatory 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 performed in Russia. His Piano Concerto No. 4, in D minor, is occasionally heard.

Many of Rubinstein's contemporaries felt he bore a striking resemblance to Ludwig van Beethoven. Ignaz Moscheles, who had known Beethoven intimately, wrote, "Rubinstein's features and short, irrepressible hair remind me of Beethoven." Liszt referred to Rubinstein as "Van II." Rubinstein was even rumored to be the illegitimate son of Beethoven. Rubinstein neither confirmed nor denied this rumor. Neither did he remind anyone that he was born more than two years after Beethoven had died. -
Born at Vykhvatinetz, Podolia, Nov. 28, 1829.

in 1896 -
Mykhaylo Verikivsky composer is born.
in 1897 - Margaret Sutherland composer is born.
in 1899 - Juan Vicente Lecuna composer is born.
in 1901 - Opera "Gris‚lidis" is produced (Paris).

in 1908 -
Pasquale Amato, remarkable Italian baritone makes his Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. as Germont, and quickly established himself as one of its principal members, remaining on its roster until 1918 and returning there from 1919 to 1921, excelling in all the major Italian roles as well as several French and German.

in 1911 -
Gustav Mahler's Das Lied Von Der Erde was premiered in Munich with Bruno Walter conducting.
in 1917 - Max Georg Baumann composer is born.
in 1917 - Pam Henningen [Cornelia CP Ingenegeren] Indonesian/Dutch dancer is born.
in 1917 - Ram Gopal Indies English dancer (Blue Peter, Purple Plain) is born.

in 1918 -
Tibor Freso, Slovak conductor and composer, is born at Spissky. He studied composition with A. Moyzes and conducting with J. Vincourek at the Bratislava Conservatory, graduating in 1938; then studied with Pizzetti at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome (1939-42). Returning to Czechoslovakia, he served as conductor of the Slovak National Theater in Bratislava (1942-49) and the Kosice Opera (1949-52). In 1953 he was appointed chief opera conductor of the Slovak National Opera. - Died at Bratislava, July 7, 1987.

in 1919 -
John McCarthy composer is born.
in 1920 - Armin Schibler composer is born.
in 1925 - June [Shirley L] Christy US, jazz singer (Tampico) is born.

in 1927 –
(Karl) Wilhelm (Eugen) Stenhammar, (eminent Swedish pianist, conductor, and composer, son of Per Ulrik Stenhammar, dies at Stockholm. He began to play the piano and to compose in childhood. After attending Richard Andersson's music school, he studied theory with Joseph Dente and organ with Heintze and Lagergren (1888-89); passed the organists' examination privately (1890), and later pursued theory lessons with Emil Sjorgren and Andreas Hallen; completed his piano training with Heinrich Barth in Berlin (1892-93). He subsequently toured as a pianist, appearing as a soloist and frequently with the Aulin Quartet. His first large work for Solo Voices, Chorus, and Orchestra, I rosengdrd (In a Rose Garden; 1888-89; after K.A. Melin's collection of fairy tales, Prinsessan och svennen), was performed in Stockholm on Feb. 16, 1892, attracting considerable attention; his love for the theater prompted him to compose 2 music dramas, Gildet pa Solhaug (1892-93) and Tirfing (1897-98), neither of which was successful; he did, however, compose much outstanding incidental music. He made his conducting debut with a performance of his overture Excelsior! in 1897. After serving as artistic director of the Philharmonic Society (1897-1900), the Royal Theater (1 season), and the New Philharmonic Society (1904-6) in Stockholm, he went to Goteborg as artistic director of the Orchestra Society; during his tenure (1906-22), he elevated the musical life of the city; then returned to Stockholm, where he again took charge of the Royal Theater (1924-25) before ill health compelled him to retire. Stenhammar's early compositions reflect his preoccupation with the Romantic movement; the influence of Wagner and Liszt is quite perceptible, but he later developed an individual style based on his detailed study of Classical forms. His ability to absorb and transmute authentic folk melodies is a notable characteristic of many of his works. Among his most outstanding scores are the second Symphony, the second Piano Concerto, the Serenade for Orchestra, several of his string quartets, his choral pieces, and a number of his songs. - Born at Stockholm, Feb. 7, 1871.

in 1932 -
John Barnes Chance composer is born.
in 1937 - Ruth Laredo (n‚e Meckler) Detroit, Mich, concert pianist is born.
in 1937 - René Kollo (German tenor) is born.
in 1939 - Marie Joseph Leon Desire Paque composer, dies at 72.
in 1939 - Richard Remick "Dick" Smothers (US comic, singer, composer; The Smother Brothers) is born.
in 1941 - Gary Michael Kan, outstanding American double bass player, is born at Los Angeles. He was born into a family of double bass players, and at 8 began formal lessons with Uda Demonstein. He gained experience by playing in local synagogues; subsequently took cello lessons with Herman Reinshagen, Gabor Rejto at the University of Southern Calif. in Los Angeles, and Stuart Sankey at the Juilliard School of Music in N.Y.; he also was a scholarship student at the Aspen (Colo.) Music School. In 1962 he made his N.Y. recital debut and in 1964 he toured Europe. He founded the International Institute for the String Bass in 1967 and subsequently taught in the U.S. and Canada. His instrument, the 1611 Amati, was once owned by Koussevitzky and was given to Karr by Koussevitzky's widow. Karr's career was the subject of the BBC-TV documentary "Amazing Bass" (1985). In addition to performing the Classical repertoire, he has done much to enlarge the literature for his instrument by commissioning works from Henze, Schuller, Wilder, Arnold, and other composers; he also includes in his repertoire folk-inspired pieces, as well as modern rock and dance forms.

in 1942 -
Norman Greenbaum (US singer-songwriter; solo/Dr West's Medicine Show & Junk Band) is born.
in 1943 - Meredith Monk composer is born.
in 1944 - Mike Vernon (UK record producer) is born.
in 1945 - Danny McBride (Daniel Hatton) (US singer, songwriter, guitarist; Sha Na Na/solo) is born.
in 1945 - Nanette Workman (American-born Canadian singer, actress) is born.
in 1946 - Duane Allman (US guitar, slide guitar; Allman Brothers/sessionist) is born.
in 1946 - Ray Stiles (UK bassist; Mud/Hollies) is born.
in 1946 - John "Blackfoot" Colbert US singer (Soul Children, Taxi) is born.
in 1947 - Joe Walsh Wichita Ks, guitarist/rocker (Eagles-Take it Easy) is born.
in 1947 - George Grantham (US drummer; Poco)? some sourses say Jan 20th is born.

in 1948 -
Barbara Hendricks, greatly admired black American soprano, is born at Stephens, Ark.
She sang in church and school choirs before majoring in chemistry and mathematics at the University of Neb. (graduated, 1969). During the summer of 1968 she began vocal training with Tourel at the Aspen (Colo.) Music School, continuing under her guidance at the Juilliard School in N.Y. (1969-71); she also attended Callas's master class there. In 1971 she won the Geneva International Competition, and in 1972 both the International Concours de Paris and the Kosciuszko Foundation Vocal Competition.


On Feb. 20, 1973, she made her debut in Thomson's 4 Saints in 3 Acts in the Mini-Metropolitan Opera production presented at the LincoIn Center Forum Theatre in N.Y.; later that year, she made her first concert tour of Europe. In 1974 she appeared as Erisbe in Cavalli's Ormindo at the San Francisco Spring Opera, and in the title role of Cavalli's La Calisto at the Glyndebourne Festival. On Feb. 26, 1975, she made her formal N.Y. debut as Inez in a concert performance of La Favorite at Carnegie Hall.


In 1976 she sang Amor in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice with the Netherlands Opera at the Holland Festival, and on Nov. 14 of that year made her N.Y. recital debut at Town Hall. At the Berlin Deutsche Oper in 1978 she appeared as Mozart's Susanna, a role she quickly made her own. In 1980 she sang Gilda and in 1981 Pamina at the Orange Festival in France; in 1982 she appeared as Gounod's Juliet at both the Paris Opera and London's Covent Garden. On Oct. 30, 1986, she made her Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. as Strauss's Sophie.


In 1988 she sang at the 70th birthday celebration for Leonard Bernstein at the Tanglewood Festival, and also starred as
Mimi in Luigi Comencini's film version of La Boheme. In 1989 she appeared at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow. In addition to her operatic career, she has won notable distinction as a recitalist. In 1991 she sang Manon in Parma and in 1992 she sang Micaela in Orange. Her interpretations of the German and French lieder repertoire, as well as of Negro spirituals, have won accolades. In 1986 she was made a Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres of France. Her unswerving commitment to social justice led the High Commissioner for Refugees at the United Nations to name her a goodwill ambassador of the world body in 1987.

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in 1948 -
Daniel (Alan) Heifetz, American violinist and teacher, is born at Kansas City, Mo. He studied with several teachers in Los Angeles, then went to Philadelphia, where he had advanced training with Zimbalist, Galamian, and Jascha Brodsky at the Curtis Institute of Music (1966-71). In 1969 he won 1st prize in the Merriweather Post Competition in Washington, D.C. On Jan. 20, 1970, he made his debut in Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto with the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington, D.C., on tour in N.Y. He then entered the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, winning 4th prize (1978). He concertized in Europe and throughout the Americas; from 1980 he taught at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore.

in 1949 -
Bill Reichenbach (US jazz trombonist, composer) is born.
in 1950 - Gary Green rocker (Gentle Giant) is born.
in 1950 - Francesco Cilea composer, dies at 84.

in 1955 -
Bo Diddley appeared on US The Ed Sullivan Show television show. The show had requested that he sang his version of ‘Sixteen Tons’, but, when he appeared on stage, he sang his own song ‘Bo Diddley’ resulting in him being banned from further appearances on the show.
in 1955 - The song that changed popular music history 'Rock Around The Clock' by Bill Haley & His Comets went to No.1 on the UK singles chart. The song was used under the opening credits of the film Blackboard Jungle. The song entered the charts a further six times until 1974.

in 1956 -
Robert Poss (US guitar, vocals; Band Of Susans) is born.
in 1954 - Frank Marino (Canadian power guitarist; Mahogany Rush) is born.
in 1956 - Dan Powers rock guitarist (Michael Stanley Band) is born.


in 1957 -
Weldon Hart, American composer; dies (suicide age 46) at East Lansing, Mich. He studied in Nashville, at the University of Mich., and at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., with Hanson and Rogers, receiving his Ph.D. in 1946. He was head of the music dept. of Western Ky. State College (1946-49) and director of the School of Music of the University of W.Va. (1949-57). In 1957 he was engaged as head of the music department of Mich, State University in East Lansing; upon arrival there, he became despondent over his inability to produce an impression with a concert of his works, and killed himself with carbon monoxide exhaust in his car. Yet his music, although not innovative, was well crafted. He wrote The Dark Hills, symphonic poem (1939), Sinfonietta (1944), Symphony (1945), Violin Concerto (1951), 3 West Virginia Folk Songs for Chorus and Orchestra (1954), several violin pieces, and choruses. - Born at Place-Bear Spring, Tenn., Sept. 19, 1911.

in 1957 -
James Brown British reggae singer/drummer (UB40-Red Red Wine) is born.
in 1960 - Paul King (Irish vocalist, TV presenter; King/others/solo) is born.
in 1961 - Jim Brickman (US pianist, songwriter) is born.

in 1961 -
Bob Dylan started recording his debut album over two days at Columbia Recording Studios in New York City.

in 1962 -
Steve Alexander rocker (Brother Beyond-Can You Keep a Secret) is born.
in 1963 - During a UK tour The Beatles performed two shows at the ABC Cinema in Manchester.
in 1963 - Don Braden (US jazz tenor saxophonist; Mingus Big Band/Harper Brothers/many others) is born.
in 1964 - Linda William (French model, pop singer) is born.

in 1964 -
John Tasker Howard, eminent American writer on music, dies at West Orange, N.Y. at age 73. He attended Williams College. in Williamstown, Mass., then studied composition with Howard Brockway and Mortimer Wilson. He was managing editor of the Musician (1919-22), and served as educational director of the Ampico Corp. (1922-28). He edited the music section of McCall's Magazine (1928-30) and Cue (1936-38), and then taught at Columbia University (1950-54). From 1940 to 1956 he was the curator of the Americana Music Collection at the N.Y. Public Library, which he enriched to a great extent. His major achievement was the publication of several books and monographs on American music and musicians. He was also a composer of modest, but respectable, attainments. He wrote a piece for Piano and Orchestra, Fantasy on a Choral Theme (Orange, N.J., Feb. 20, 1929), Foster Sonatina for Violin and Piano, piano pieces, and some songs. - Born at Brooklyn, Nov. 30, 1890.

in 1964 -
Dmitri Sjostakovitch's 9th/10th String Quartet premiers in Moscow.
in 1965 - Sen Dog (Senen Reyes) (Afro-Cuban rapper; Cypress Hill/Kottonmouth Kings) is born.
in 1965 - Mike D (Micheal Diamond) (US raps, sings, drums; Beastie Boys) is born.
in 1965 - The Supremes had their sixth US No.1 single with 'I Hear A Symphony' it peaked at No.39 in the UK.
in 1965 - The Walker Brothers kicked off a 10-date UK tour at Buxton Pavilion.
in 1965 - Yoshiki Hayashi (Japanese drums, piano; X Japan/the supergroup Skin) is born.
in 1966 - Kevin Gilbert (US multi instrumentalist/songwriter; Giraffe/freelance) is born.
in 1967 – Teoman (Fazli Teoman Yakupoglu) (Turkish rock singer) is born.
in 1967 - Strawberry Alarm Clock were at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Incense And Peppermints'.
in 1968 - The Monkees film 'Head' opened in six US cities. Reviews were harsh and the picture was a box office disaster.
in 1970 - Geoffrey Keezer (American jazz pianist; Art Blakey's Jazz. Messengers/solo/guest) is born.
in 1971 - Marco Oppedisano (US guitarist, composer) is born.
in 1971 - Kenichi Ito (Japanese guitarist, producer) is born.
in 1971 - Isaac Hayes started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Theme From Shaft', it made No.4 in the UK. Hayes won a Grammy award for Best Original Film Score with 'Theme From Shaft'.

in 1973 -
Allan Sherman (Allan Copelon) dies at age 48. American comedy singer, parodist, satirist, and TV producer; his biggest chart hit was a spoof of summer camp entitled "Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh," reaching #2 on the national Billboard Hot 100 chart for three weeks in late 1963. The lyrics were sung to the tune of one segment of Ponchielli's "Dance of the Hours". He released 10 albums, 2 best of's and a box set. In 1971 he was the voice of the Cat in the Hat from the television special. His last film before his death was Dr. Seuss on the Loose .
in 1974 - Drummer with The Who, Keith Moon collapsed during a concert after his drink was spiked with horse tranquilliser. 19 year-old Scott Halpin who was in the audience, volunteered to replace him on drums for the remaining three numbers.

in 1975 - The Bay City Rollers'
Les McKeown was found not guilty of causing the death of a 76 year old woman that he had hit with his car the previous May. Witnesses said that Euphemia Clunie was walking across the road and had changed directions four times. McKeown was convicted of driving recklessly and fined £150 pounds and banned from driving for a year.

in 1975 -
The Who kicked off a month-long North American tour at The Summit in Houston. At a party afterwards drummer Keith Moon was arrested for disorderly conduct and spent the night in jail.

in 1975 -
Dierks Bentley (American country singer) is born.
in 1975 - Davey Havok (American singer, lead vocalist; AFI) is born.
in 1976 - '22 Golden Guitar Greats' by Bert Weedon went to No.1 on the UK album chart.
in 1976 - Paul Simon hosted NBC's Saturday Night Live where he performed live with George Harrison on ‘Here Comes The Sun’ and ‘Homeward Bound’. Paul McCartney and John Lennon were both in New York City watching the show on TV.

in 1977 -
Daniel Svensson (Swedish drummer; In Flames/Sacrilege GBG/Diabolique) is born.
in 1977 - Joshua Otis "Josh" Turner (American country music singer-songwriter) is born.
in 1978 - Ryan Leslie (American singer-songwriter, music producer) is born.
in 1978 - Freya Lin (Taiwanese singer) is born.
in 1979 - Ericson Alexander Molano (Colombian gospel singer) is born.

in 1979 -
Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer were at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'No More Tears, Enough Is Enough', it made No.3 in the UK.

in 1981 -
Prince played the first night on his 56-date North American ‘Controversy’ tour at the Stanley Theater in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

in 1981 -
Kimberley Walsh (UK singer; Girls Aloud) is born.
in 1981 - Ringo releases "Stop and Smell Roses" album.
in 1984 - Alexander Moyzes composer, dies at 78.

in 1984 - A large crowd of fans watched the unveiling of a Hollywood Walk of Fame Star for
Michael Jackson in front of Mann's Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles. Jackson became star number 1,793 on the famed walk.

in 1985 -
Aaron Yan (Taiwanese singer; Fahrenheit) is born.
in 1986 - Jared Followill (US rock bassist; Kings of Leon) is born.
in 1986 - Oli Sykes (UK metal/deathcore vocalist; Bring Me The Horizon) is born.
in 1989 – Tyga (Michael Stevenson) (American rapper).
in 1992 - Ishimura Maiha (Japanese pop singer) is born.
in 1995 - "Beatles' Anthology, Vol 1" released.

in 1991 -
The Rolling Stones announced they'd signed a £20 million deal with Virgin Records, to make three albums over six years.

in 1991, A Los Angeles court gave
Randy Jackson of The Jackson's a 30-day jail sentence for violating a probation order.
in 1993 - Phil Collins went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Both Sides.'
in 1997 - Louise kicked off a 22-date UK tour, sponsored by Soft & Gentle washing powder at Sheffield City Hall.

in 1997 -
Robert Franklin Palmer Jr. dies at age 52. American writer, musicologist, clarinetist, saxophonist, and blues producer, born in Little Rock, Arkansas. Robert is best known for books he authored such as Deep Blues, his music journalism articles for The New York Times and Rolling Stone magazine, his work producing blues recordings and the soundtrack to the film Deep Blues. Also he is known for his clarinet work in the 1960s band The Insect Trust. A collection of his work, titled "Blues & Chaos: The Music Writing of Robert Palmer" and edited by Anthony DeCurtis, was published by Scribner in November of 2009 .

in 1998 -
Roland Alphonso (The Chief Musician) dies at age 67. Jamaican tenor saxophonist; he joined the band Clue J & The Blues Blasters and backed many sessions of Coxsone Dodd in a typical Jamaican R&B style. By 1960, he was recording for many other producers such as Duke Reid, Lloyd "The Matador" Daley and King Edwards. During this period he played in many different bands, such as The Alley Cats, The City Slickers, and Aubrey Adams & The Dew Droppers. In 1963, after few months spent in Nassau, Bahamas, he took part in the creation of The Studio One Orchestra, the first session band of the freshly opened recording studio of Coxsone. This band soon adopted the name of The Skatalites. He played on numerous records coming out from Jamaican studios, especially for Bunny Lee, and he toured with many bands. He was awarded Officer of the Order of Distinction by the Jamaican government in 1980. The Skatalites reformed in 1983, he toured and recorded with them constantly until his death.
in 1998 - A study comparing noise levels of rock music, found that older people rated rock music much higher on a loudness scale than younger people. The researchers carried out by Ohio University tested people age 18 to 21 and people ranging in age from 51 to 58. The study asked participants to rate the loudness of rock music played at nine intensities, ranging from 10 decibels to 90 decibels. Participants listened to ‘Heartbreaker’ by Led Zeppelin for 10 seconds at different intensities. At each intensity, the older subjects gave the music higher numerical ratings based on loudness than the younger subjects.

in 2000
- Spice Girl Mel C announced she was quitting the group during a TV interview on the ITV Frank Skinner show.

in 2001 -
Madonna's childhood home in Oakland County Michigan, sold at an auction in just 12 minutes. The house, along with a few items of Rock memorabilia was purchased for $331,000.

in 2002 - Former Ultravox member
Midge Ure was fined £500 and ordered to pay £35 costs by magistrates in King's Lynn, Norfolk, after he admitted driving without due care and attention. The court heard that Ure was involved in a minor accident in Norfolk while driving his Chrysler people carrier to a concert near Fakenham where he was performing.

in 2003 -
Michael Jackson flew to Santa Barbara to be arrested by police. He was seen in handcuffs being taken into the police station. The singer had his mug shot and fingerprints taken before being freed on $3m bail.

in 2004 - Oasis singer
Liam Gallagher was fined £40,000 after a fight in a German hotel. Gallagher was arrested along with drummer Alan White and three other members of the band's entourage after the brawl in Munich in December in 2002. Gallagher lost two front teeth in the fight, which led to the band abandoning their German tour.

in 2004 -
Jenny Ross dies at age 42. English keyboardist and vocals with post-punk/techno band "Section 25" best known for their classic Techno single "Looking from a Hilltop." She was also known by her married name, Jennifer Cassidy .

in 2005 -
James King dies at age 80. American singer, widely regarded as the finest American heldentenor of the post-war period. He started singing as a baritone, as a tenor he won the American Opera Auditions in Cincinnati in 1961 and made his debut as Don Jose in Bizet's Carmen with the San Francisco Opera. He sang the French and Italian repertoire with the Deutsche Oper Berlin from 1962 to 1965 and world-wide at most of the major opera houses, being a particular favorite at the Vienna State Opera, where he last appeared as Florestan in Beethoven's Fidelio, in 1997.
in 2005 - Chris Whitley dies at age 45. US guitarist, because of his unique style of playing, he used many alternate tunings for his guitars. He appeared in the concert film documentary Hellhounds on my Trail - The Afterlife of Robert Johnson. As well as his solo work he has also recorded with Shawn Colvin, Cassandra Wilson, Rob Wasserman, Little Jimmy Scott, Mike Watt, Johnny Society, Joe Henry, Michael Shrieve, Chocolate Genius, DJ Logic, Ely Guerra, Goat, Dave Pirner (of Soul Asylum), Clint Mansell and Jeff Lang (sadly lost his fight with lung cancer).

in 2005 -
Madonna went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Confessions On A Dancefloor’ the singer's eighth UK No.1 album.

in 2005 -
Robbie Williams smashed a Guinness World Record by selling more than 1.6 million tickets for his 2006 World Tour in one day. The tickets, snapped up on the first day of sale, were valued at an estimated £80 million.

in 2007 - Radiohead frontman
Thom Yorke admitted he was among the thousands of people who paid nothing to download the band's latest album In Rainbows. Speaking to BBC 6 Music's Steve Lamacq, Yorke said: "There wasn't any point. I just move some money from one pocket to the other." According to one survey, three in five people paid nothing at all for it. Yorke added that no one was allowed to have copies of the master recording in case it was leaked beforehand.

in 2007 -
Ernest 'Doc' Paulin dies at age 100. American jazz trumpet player with the Paulin Brass Band and played with such greats as Kid Ory, Danny Barker, Papa Celestine and Harold Dejean, to name a few. He made a great contribution to New Orleans music with his drafting of young musicians into his band. His band was featured in Always for Pleasure, an award-winning film about New Orleans culture (died at a daughter's home in suburban Marrero in Jefferson Parish).
in 2007 - Velvet Revolver were forced to cancel a four-city Japanese after their requests for visas was rejected. Officials were said to have refused the band entry to Japan due to previous drug convictions.

in 2010 -
Roxana Briban dies at age 39. Romanian soprano, a graduate of the Music Academy in Bucharest, Briban made her debut as a soloist with the Opera Nationala Bucuresti in 2000. She made her international debut at the Wiener Staatsoper in 2003. She went on to sing in cities such as Bucharest, Berlin and Bangkok during a 10-year-career. From 2003 until 2010, Roxana also performed at the Vienna State Opera. (sadly an apparent suicide, following a period of depression).
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in 1645 -
Johann Lohner composer is born.
in 1683 - Johann Michael Muller composer is born.

in 1695 - Henry Purcell,
great English composer, brother of Daniel Purcell, dies at Dean's Yard, Westminster, age 36. His parentage remains a matter of dispute, since documentary evidence is lacking. His father may have been Henry Purcell (d. Westminster, Aug. 11, 1664), a singer, who was named a "singingman" and Master of the Choristers at Westminster Abbey (1661) and a Gentleman of the Chapel Royal (1661), where he became a musician-in-ordinary for the lutes and voices (1662).

It is possible that his father was Thomas Purcell (d. Westminster, July 31,1682), a singer and composer, who most likely was the brother of the elder Henry Purcell; Thomas became a Gentleman of the Chapel Royal (1661), where he was admitted to the private music for lutes, viols, and voices (1662); with Pelham Humfrey, he served as composer for the violins (from 1672); that same year he was made marshal of the Corp. of Music and a musician-in-ordinary in the King's Private Musick. Whatever the case, the young Henry Purcell became a chorister of the Chapel Royal under Cooke and Humfrey (1669), and also received instruction from Blow; when his voice broke (1673), he was appointed Assistant Keeper of the Instruments; was named composer-in-ordinary for the violins (1677).


He became Blow's successor as organist of Westminster Abbey (1679) and one of the 3 organists of the Chapel Royal (1682); was named organ maker and keeper of the king's instruments (1683). His first printed work was a song in Playford's
Choice Ayres (vol. I, 1675); vol. II (1679) contains other songs and an elegy on the death of Matthew Locke. In 1680 he publ. one of his finest instrumental works, the Fantasias for Strings; in that same year he began writing odes and welcome songs; although their texts are almost invariably stupid or bombastic, he succeeded in clothing them in some of his finest music; his incidental music for the stage also dates from that year. He wrote the anthem My Heart is Inditing for the coronation of King James II (1685). With Dido and Aeneas (1689) he produced the first great English opera.

In the remaining years of his life he devoted much time to composition for the theater; he also wrote some outstanding sacred music. Purcell lies in the north aisle of Westminster Abbey, and his burial tablet well expresses contemporary estimation of his worth: "Here lyes Henry Purcell, Esq.; who left this life, and is gone to that blessed place where only his harmony can be exceeded/' His church music shows him to be an original melodist, and a master of form, harmony, and all contrapuntal devices; his music for the stage is equally rich in invention, dramatic instinct, and power of characterization; his chamber works surpass those of his predecessors and contemporaries. A complete edition of Purcell's works was issued by the Purcell Society (London, 1878-1965; 2nd ed., rev., 1974-81).
- Born at London, 1659.


in 1710 - Barnardo Pasquini composer, dies at 72.
in 1742 - Alessandro Felici composer is born.

in 1797 -
Pietro Pompeo Sales (de Sala), esteemed Italian composer, dies at Hanau. After attending the University of Innsbruck, he began his career as a conductor of an Italian opera company; traveled with it in various European cities. He served as director of the court chapel of Prince-Bishop Joseph, Landgrave of Hessen-Darmstadt, in Augsburg and Dillingen an der Donau (1756-68), then was director of the court chapel of the Trier Elector Clemens Wenzeslaus, Prince-Bishop of Augsburg, in Ehrenbreitstein am Rhein (1768-86); subsequently was active at the elector's court in Koblenz, which was disrupted twice during the French Revolutionary wars; he fled the French for the third time in 1797 and made his way to Hanau, dying shortly afterward. He was a distinguished representative of the Italian style. - Born at Brescia, c. 1729.

in 1813 -
William Russell composer, dies at 36.

in 1852 -
Francisco Tarrega (y Eixea), celebrated Spanish guitarist, pedagogue, and composer, is born at Villarreal, Castellon. He began piano studies in childhood, and in 1862 commenced classical guitar training with Julian Areas. He then pursued courses in theory, harmony, and piano at the Madrid Conservatory (1874-77), and subsequently taught music while establishing himself as a guitar virtuoso. His recital appearances in Paris and London in 1880 secured his reputation outside his homeland; he was acclaimed as the "Sarasate of the guitar." He performed throughout Spain (1885-1903), then toured Italy (1903). His remarkable career was cut short by paralysis of his right arm in 1906. He composed about 80 pieces, and prepared some 120 transcriptions for solo guitar and 21 for 2 guitars. - Died at Barcelona, Dec. 15, 1909.

in 1863 -
Joseph Mayseder composer, dies at 74.
in 1871 - Panayot Pipkov composer is born.
in 1877 - Sigfrid Karg-Elert composer is born.
in 1877 - Louis Campbell-Tipton composer is born.
in 1901 - Richard Strauss' opera "Feuersnot," premieres in Dresden.

in 1904 -
Coleman (Randolph) Hawkins, famed and influential jazz tenor saxophonist is born at St. Joseph, Mo. At the age of four Hawkins began to study the piano, at seven the cello, and at nine the saxophone. He studied music at Washburn College in Topeka, Kans. (where he's not found in the records but may have gone part-time), and in Chicago. At 16 he was playing professionally in and around Kansas City.

In the summer of 1921, he was signed by Mamie Smith to join her Jazz Hounds and began recording with her that year. He toured extensively with Smith until early in 1923, when he left her to remain in N.Y. Hawkins gigged with various bands and also did freelance recordings with Fletcher Henderson. He was part of a group of freelance musicians who chose Henderson to front them for an audition in 1923, and landed a gig. Hawkins was a regular member of Henderson's Orchestra from 1924 until early 1934, occasionally doubling on bass sax and very occasionally soloing on clarinet.

His early solos were rugged and sometimes used slap- tonguing; in later years, he disowned these early attempts. However, by 1929, he had a smoother sound and a flowing use of double-time as on the medium-slow "One Hour." In 1932 he was experimenting with free rhythms in a string of solos with Henderson such as on "Honeysuckle Rose" and "New King Porter Stomp." Though Hawkins was not generally known as a composer, in 1933 Henderson recorded his whole-tone essay "Queer Notions." By the end of that year he had developed a rhythmically more straightforward, harmonically complex style and had met Lester Young and other tenor challengers at a legendary Kansas City jam session in December.

At an invitation from Jack Hylton of England, he left Henderson to tour Europe as a soloist. He arrived in England in March 1934 and remained abroad until July 1939, working all across Europe accompanied by various local bands and also other expatriates including Benny Carter. Hawkins returned to N.Y. in July 1939 and formed his own big band for club work by November. Hawkins recorded "Body and Soul" that month (the band only provides the closing chord), a Top 20 hit at the time and an enduring jazz classic.

The big band was active until February 1941, then reverted to a small band that worked through 1943. Unlike many of his generation, he had no problem with bop; he led what is often called the first bop session, a medium-sized band with Dizzy Gillespie and Max Roach, in February 1944. He recorded and toured in 1944 with Thelonious Monk, whom he would continue to champion. Hawkins led his own sextet in Calif. with Howard McGhee for most of 1945, including an appearance in the film The Crimson Canary. Perhaps during that year, or a few years later (many sources says 1949), he recorded the first unaccompanied saxophone solos: "Hawk Variation" and the astonishing "Picasso," which appears to be very loosely based on an out of tempo treatment of the chords to a standard ("Body and Soul" or "Prisoner of Love") but more importantly retains the feeling of free improvisation.

It was said to have required 11 takes but the others appear to be lost. (He did other solo saxophone pieces in the 1950s, inspiring Sonny Rollins to do the same.) In 1946, Hawkins took part in first national Jazz at the Philharmonic tour. He used as sidepersons young musicians Miles Davis, Fats Navarro, J. J. Johnson, and Hank Jones; this group made the first recordings of Monk's tunes "Well You Needn't" and "I Mean You." Hawkins returned to Europe in May 1948 for appearances at Paris Jazz Festival, and again visited Europe in late 1949-50. During the 1950s he did extensive touring with Norman Granz's J.A.T.P, including several trips to Europe.

He also co- led a successful quintet with Roy Eldridge and toured American Service Bases in Europe with Illinois Jacquet's Band (autumn 1954). Through the 1950s, Hawkins made prolific freelance recordings; he was featured at all major jazz festivals in the U.S. and appeared on major television shows and films devoted to jazz. During the early- to mid-1960s, Hawkins continued to work N.Y. clubs leading his own small groups. In 1962, he recorded with Duke Ellington. During the last years of his life he toured Britain as a soloist in November 1967. Hawkins continued to work regularly until a few weeks before his death, and appeared with Roy Eldridge on a Chicago television show early in 1969.

Hawkins's harmonic detail, full tone, and wide vibrato became the standard for tenor saxophone. Some credited him with being the first great jazz performer on the instrument, although Hawkins himself granted this honor to earlier musicians. Nonetheless, he was considered the unchallenged leader on the instrument until the advent of Lester Young in the late 1930s. (Hawkins pointedly omitted Young when discussing saxophonists, perhaps his way of dealing with the perceived competition.) During the late 1940s, Hawkins initiated a second career, championing younger musicians and adapting to the changing musical landscape from swing to bop. He remained a vibrant player into his later years, outliving his rival. - Died at N.Y., May 19, 1969.
in 1905 - David Moule-Evans composer is born.
in 1907 - Gaetano Braga composer, dies at 78.
in 1907 - Samuel "Buck" Ram (US songwriter, manager of The Platters) is born.
in 1912 - Eleanor Powell Springfield Mass, actress/tap dancer (Bdwy Melody) is born.
in 1920 - William James Robjohn composer, dies at 77.
in 1920 - Caryl Florio composer, dies at 77.
in 1921 - Geza Anda Hungarian/Swiss pianist (Mozart/Bartok) is born.

in 1925 -
Sal Sergio) Salvador, jazz guitarist, is born at Monson, Mass. His father gave him his first guitar; after hearing Charlie Christian, he took up electric guitar and studied with Oscar Moore, Hy White, and Eddie Smith. He played with local groups in Springfield, Mass., then moved to N.Y. in 1949; on the recommendation of his friend Mundell Lowe, he got a job at Radio City Music Hall in 1951. Salvador then worked at NBC studios and toured with Terry Gibbs, Eddie Bert, and the Dardanelles. He returned to N.Y, formed a quartet with Lowe, and became a studio musician for Columbia, backing up Tony Bennett, Julie London, Rosemary Clooney, and Marlene Dietrich.

He played with Stan Kenton (summer 1952- December 1953), led a quartet with Eddie Costa (1954), and played at the Newport Jazz festival (1958), a performance that was captured in the film, Jazz on a Summer's Day. He formed the group Colors in Sound, then moved to the West Coast, where he played occasionally in duets with guitarist Alan Hanlon during the 1970s. Salvador led a big band during the 1980s and was also head of the guitar department at the Univ. of Bridgeport during this time. Since 1989, he has led the quintet Crystal Image. - Died Sept. 22, 1999.


in 1929 - conductor
Alexander Glazunov made his American debut leading the Detroit Symphony in a performance of his own Sixth Symphony.
in 1931 - Malcolm Williams.on composer is born.
in 1932 - Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen composer is born.
in 1933 - Jean Shepard Pauls Valley Okla, country singer (Ozark Jubilee) born.
in 1935 - Fairuz (Nouhad Haddad) (Lebanese singer) is born.
in 1938 - Leopold Godowsky pianist/composer, dies at 68.
in 1940 - Dr.John (Malcolm John Rebennack, Jr.) (keyboard, pianist, guitarist, singer) is born.
in 1941 - David Porter (US soul pianist, vocals, writer for Stax Records) is born.
in 1941 - Idil Biret (Turkish concert pianist) is born.
in 1942 - Anthony Goulden (UK guitarist; Vanity Fare) is born.
in 1946 - Jonas Tomasson composer is born.
in 1948 - Leroy "Lonnie" Jordan (US vocals, keyboards, Piano; War) is born.
in 1948 - John "Rabbit" Bundrick (US rock keyboard, piano; Free/freelance) is born.
in 1948 - Alphonse Mouzon (US drummer; top sessionist/freelance) is born.
in 1950 - Livingston Taylor (US singer, songwriter/brother of James Taylor) is born.
in 1952 - Lorna Luft (US actress and singer, daughter of Judy Garland) is born.

in 1953 -
Lawrence James "Larry" Shields dies at age 60. US jazz clarinetist; born in Uptown, New Orleans, Larry started playing clarinet when he was 14 years old and played with Papa Jack Laine's bands. He was one of the early New Orleans musicians to go to Chicago, first heading north in the summer of 1915 to join Bert Kelly's band, then with Tom Brown's band. He joined the Original Dixieland Jass Band in November of 1916. The following year that band made the first jazz phonograph records, propelling Larry's playing to national prominence. Relocating to New York in 1921, he played with Paul Whiteman and various other bands in New York City, before moving to Los Angeles, California where he stayed throughout the 1920s, leading his own band and appearing in some Hollywood films. In the 1930s Larry returned to Chicago and joined the reformed Original Dixieland Jazz Band. He then worked for a while at "Nick's" in New York before returning to play in New Orleans and later in California.
in 1954 - Karol Rathails, Polish-born American pedagogue and composer, dies at N.Y. at age 59. He studied at the Vienna Academy of Music and the Univerisity of Vienna (Ph.D., 1922) and in Berlin (1920-21; 1922-23). In 1932 he went to Paris, and in 1934 to London. In 1938 he settled in the U.S., becoming a naturalized American citizen in 1946. After a brief stay in Hollywood in 1939, during which he wrote some film scores, he settled in N.Y.; in 1940 he was appointed to the faculty of Queens Coll. He was highly respected as a teacher of composition. His own music, however, never attracted large audiences; always noble in purpose and design and masterly in technique, it reveals a profound feeling for European neo-Romanticism. In 1952 he rev. and ed. the orch. score to Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov on a commission from the Metropolitan Opera, which gave the new version on March 6, 1953. - Born at Tarnopol, Sept. 16,1895.

in 1954 - American singer and actress
Rosemary Clooney was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'This Ole House.' This song was also a No.1 for Shakin' Stevens in 1981. Her nephew, George Clooney was a pallbearer at her funeral in 2002.

in 1955 -
Peter Koppes (Australian guitarist; The Church) is born.

in 1955 - RCA Records purchased
Elvis Presley's recording contract from Sam Phillips at Sun Records for an unprecedented sum of $35,000.

in 1957 -
Jim Brown rocker (UB40-Red Red Wine) is born.
in 1960 - Brian Ritchie (US bassist; Violent Femmes) is born.

in 1960 -
Maurice Williams and The Zodiacs went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Stay', the shortest ever US No.1 single at one minute 37 seconds. A No.14 hit in the UK in 1961.

in 1960 -
The Beatles played at the Kaiserkeller Club in Hamburg, Germany without George Harrison. Harrison had been deported on this day for being underage (he was 17) and not legally allowed to remain in a nightclub after midnight.

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in 1960 -
Stewart (Farre) Wallace, prominent American composer, is born at Philadelphia. He studied literature and philosophy at the University of Tex. at Austin (B.A. with special honors, 1982), and composed his first opera as his thesis. However, he was autodidact in composition. He received various awards and fellowships, and also a MacDowell Colony residency, a Yaddo residency, and a Rockefeller Foundation residency in Bellagio, Italy. In 1998 he was one of the principal figures at the new Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue at Harvard University. Wallace has demonstrated a particular flair for dramatic composition. His theater scores reveal an imaginative eclecticism that draws upon elements ranging from high art to pop culture. He first attracted widespread notice with his zany opera Where's Dick? (Houston, May 24, 1989), which was later transformed into the first feature-length animated opera. It was followed by his opera Kabbalah (N.Y.,Nov. 14, 1989), the subject of which is Jewish mysticism. His Harvey Milk (Houston, Jan. 21, 1995), an operatic treatment of the murders of San Francisco mayor George Moscone and city supervisor Harvey Milk by disgruntled ex-city supervisor Dan White, earned Wallace critical encomiums in the U.S. and abroad. He followed this opera with Hopper's Wife (Long Beach, Calif., June 14, 1997), a sexually charged treatment of the American painter Edward Hopper. His subsequent scores include Yiddisher Teddy Bears (1999), a "punk-klezmer" opera, and High Noon (2000), a "gun" opera. Among his other scores are Gorilla in a Cage for Percussion and arch. (1997), Kaddish for Harvey Milk for 3 Soloists, Chorus, and arch. (1997), The Cheese and the Worms for Percussion and Piano (1999), and the film score Afraid of Everything (1999).

in 1962 -
Steven Curtis Chapman (singer, songwriter, guitar) is born.
in 1965 - Bjork Gudmundsdottir (Icelandic singer; Sugarcubes/solo) is born.
in 1967 - Margret Ornolfsdottir (Icelandic keyboardist; Sugarcubes) is born.
in 1968 - Alex James (UK bassist; Blur) is born.
in 1968 - Inka Bause (German actress, singer) is born.
in 1969 - The Doors played the first of two nights at the Felt Forum, Madison Square Garden, New York City.
in 1969 - Tyrannosaurus Rex appeared at the Free Trade Hall, Manchester, England.

in 1970 -
The Partridge Family started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'I Think I Love You'. The song was featured in the first episode of the Partridge Family TV series, made by the same company that made The Monkees.

in 1970 - Two months after his death
Jimi Hendrix was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Voodoo Chile' the guitarist's only UK No.1 single.

in 1970 -
Francis Macdonald (UK drummer, Teenage Fanclub) is born.

in 1971 -
Elton John kicked off a 13-date UK tour at The Coventry Theatre, promoting his new album 'Madman Across The Water.'

in 1972 -
Karel H ba Czech violinist/composer, dies at 74.
in 1972 - Rain Phoenix (US singer, actress) is born.
in 1974 - Aaron Solowoniuk (Canadian drummer; Pezz/Billy Talent) is born.
in 1974 - Kelsi Osborn (US singer; SheDaisy) is born.

in 1974 -
Frank Martin dies at age 84. Swiss composer who lived a large part of his life in the Netherlands; The Petite Symphonie Concertante is the best known of his orchestral works, as the early Mass is of his choral compositions and the Jedermann monologues, for baritone and piano or orchestra, of his works for solo voice. Other of his pieces include a full-scale symphony, two piano concertos, a harpsichord concerto, a violin concerto, a cello concerto, a concerto for seven wind instruments, and a series of six one-movement works he called "ballades" for various solo instruments with piano or orchestra and a dozen major scores for the operatic theatre. He worked on his last cantata, Et la vie l'emporta, until ten days before his death.
in 1974 - Wilson Pickett was arrested in New York City for possession of a dangerous weapon after he pulled a gun during an argument.

in 1975 - At the start of
Elton John week in Los Angeles, the singer received a Star on Hollywood's Walk Of Fame.
in 1975 - The Sex Pistols appeared at Westfield College, Frognal, London.

in 1976 - The Stranglers supported by Chelsea, (this was Billy Idol's last gig with Chelsea) appeared at The Nashville, London, England.

in 1977 -
Tobias Sammet (German singer; Edguy) is born.
in 1979 - Kim Dong Wan (Korean singer; Shinhwa) is born.

in 1979 - US country-rock act
Dr Hook were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'When You're In Love With A Beautiful Woman', their only UK No.1.

in 1980
- Don Henley was arrested after a naked 16-year old girl was found at his home in Los Angeles suffering from a drug over-dose, he received a $2,000 fine with two years probation.

in 1981 - Olivia Newton John started a ten week run at No.1 in the US singles chart with 'Physical', the singers fourth US No.1 went on to sell over 2 million copies, a No.7 hit in the UK.

in 1981 -
Queen and David Bowie were at No.1 in the UK with 'Under Pressure. They recorded the song together when both acts were working in a German recording studio. It was David Bowie's first released collaboration with another recording artist.

in 1982 -
Joni Mitchell married her bassist and producer Larry Klein in Malibu.
in 1982 - Ryan Starr (US singer; American Pop Idol) is born.
in 1983 - Michael Jackson's 14-minute video for 'Thriller', was premiered in Los Angeles.

in 1987 -
Billy Idol knocked Tiffany from the No.1 single position on the US singles chart with his version of Tommy James ' Mony Mony'. Tiffany had been at No.1 with another Tommy James song ' I Think We're Alone Now.'

in 1987
- T'Pau went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their debut LP 'Bridge Of Spies'.

in 1988 - Led Zeppelin guitarist
Jimmy Page set out on his first ever-solo tour at The Hummingbird, Birmingham, appearing with John Miles and the son of Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, Jason Bonham.

in 1990 -
Madonna was sued by her next door neighbour for having a hedge, which blocked his view.

in 1990 -
Mick Jagger married Jerry Hall in Bali. The marriage was declared 'null and void' on 13th August 1999 after a judge ruled that the six- hour ceremony in Bali was never registered.

in 1991 -
Aerosmith made a guest appearance in the Simpson's TV animated comedy.

in 1992 -
Charles and Eddie were at No.1 in the UK singles chart with 'Would I Lie To You' the debut single by the pop-soul duo and their only chart topper.

in 1992 -
Cher went to No.1 on the UK album chart with her 'Greatest Hits.'
in 1992 - Michael Bolton went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Timeless, (The Classics).

in 1992 -
Severino Gazzelloni dies at age 73. Italian flute player born in Roccasecca, Severino was the principle flautist in the RAI orchestra for 30 years and dedicatee of many works. Composers including Luciano Berio, Pierre Boulez, Bruno Maderna and Igor Stravinsky wrote pieces for him. He was also a flute teacher, the jazz player Eric Dolphy and classical flautist Abbie de Quant are among his pupils. Dolphy honored Severino by naming a composition for him which he included in his 1964 Out to Lunch! Album.

in 1993 -
Jim McLaughlin Buffalo radio newsman (WKBW), dies at 59.

in 1994 - After a five-year wait,
The Stone Roses released the single 'Love Spreads'. In true Roses fashion the group turn down an appearance on BBC 1's TV show Top Of The Pops to promote the single.

in 1995 -
Bruce Springsteen kicked off his Ghost of Tom Joad Tour at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, New Jersey, the first of 128 shows.

in 1995 -
The Beatles Anthology 1 was released in the US, featuring 60 tracks including the single 'Free As A Bird.'

in 1995 - New double
Beatle CD released with new song "Free as a Bird".

in 1995 -
Peter Grant dies at age 60. English music manager born in the south London suburb of South Norwood, Surrey. He managed the popular English bands The Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin and Bad Company, amongst others, and was also a record executive for Swan Song Records. Peter has been described as "one of the shrewdest and most ruthless managers in rock history". He is widely credited with improving pay and conditions for musicians in dealings with concert promoters. He began work as an entertainment manager at a hotel in Jersey before being employed as a bouncer and doorman at London's famous The 2i's Coffee Bar. In 1963, Peter was hired by promoter Don Arden to act as the British tour manager for artists such as Bo Diddley, The Everly Brothers, Little Richard, Brian Hyland, Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, and The Animals. By 1964, he had started to manage his own acts including The Nashville Teens, She Trinity, The New Vaudeville Band, Jeff Beck, Terry Reid, and Stone the Crows. After the official breakup of Led Zeppelin in 1980, and the subsequent folding of the Swan Song label in 1983, he virtually retired from the music business to his private estate in Hellingly. This is the house that is featured at the beginning of the film The Song Remains the Same. Peter later became a keynote speaker at music management conferences such as In The City, where he was lauded by latter-day peers .

in 1995 -
Matthew Ashman dies of complications caused by diabetes at age 35. English guitarist, born and raised in Mill Hill, London, and attended school alongside Boz Boorer. He was influenced by jazz while learning guitar, and joined his first band, Staffix, after learning Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Freebird". He then performed in the band The Kameras, before joining Adam and the Ants in June of 1978, playing guitar and singing backing vocals. He also played guitar for the band Bow Wow Wow () b. November 3rd 1960.
in 1997 - Boyzone, 911, Kavana, All Saints, 'N Sync, Another Level and Five all appeared on The Smash Hits Tour at Sheffield Arena, England.

in 1997 - the death of British composer
Robert Simpson. I shall defer to Wiki to provide details of this remarkable composer and simply state what pleasure I once had learning and performing a work of his. At first I thought the piece was 'complex', then saw it as 'clever'. Once mastered, it was simply great music. I cannot praise this guy highly enough and remain to this day an admirer of most of his eleven symphonies. -Avon-

in 1999 -
Celine Dion went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'All The Way...A Decade Of Songs', her fourth UK No.1 album.

in 1999 -
The Wamdue Project went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'King Of The Castle'. First released in 1998 when it made No.121 on the chart selling just 350 copies in the first week of release.
in 2000 - Jonathan Shalit the former manager of singing prodigy Charlotte Church went to court claiming he was owed £5m of the singers £10m estate. Shalit who discovered the teenage soprano had been sacked as her manager.

in 2001 -
Norman Granz dies at age 83. American jazz music impresario and producer, born in LA. He was the founder of five record labels: Clef, Norgran, Down Home, Verve and Pablo. Many of the names that made history in jazz signed with one of Norman Granz's labels, including Cannonball Adderley, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Louie Bellson, Ray Brown, Benny Carter, Buck Clayton, Paulinho Da Costa, Buddy DeFranco, Roy Eldridge, Duke Ellington, Herb Ellis, Tal Farlow, Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Bill Harris, Coleman Hawkins, Johnny Hodges, Billie Holiday, Milt Jackson, Illinois Jacquet, Hank Jones, Barney Kessel, Gene Krupa, Ken Kersey, Charlie Parker, Joe Pass, Oscar Peterson, Flip Phillips, Bud Powell, Buddy Rich, Charlie Shavers, Sonny Stitt, Slim Gaillard, Art Tatum, Ben Webster and Lester Young. He always fought for the music he believed in, having a love for freewheeling jam sessions, for his artists and against racism, forcing many hotels and concert venues to become integrated in the 1940s and '50s.
in 2001 - UK pop mogul Jonathan King was jailed for seven years for sex attacks on five boys. King was found guilty of six offences of indecent assault, buggery and attempted buggery against five youth's aged 14 and 16 between 1983 and 1989.

in 2002 -
Hadda Brooks (Hadda Hapgood) dies at age 86. US jazz singer, pianist, composer raised in the Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles; encouraged by orchestra leader Charlie Barnet, she practiced singing "You Won't Let Me Go," and the song became her first vocal recording in 1947. She also played the small part of a lounge piano player in films, and often sang the title song. "Out of the Blue" became a top hit for Brooks, "Boogie Woogie Blues" followed in 1948, and she appeared in In a Lonely Placein 1950, starring Humphrey Bogart, and in The Bad and the Beautiful in 1952 with Lana Turner and Kirk Douglas. Other hits include "Swingin' the Boogie", "That's My Desire", "Romance in the Dark", "Don't Take Your Love From Me", "Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere", "You Won't Go". Hadda became the first African-American woman to host her own television show in 1957. The Hadda Brooks Show. She continued singing well into her 80's, celebrating her 80th birthday by performing two full shows at Depp's Viper Room, and in 2000, the Los Angeles Music Awards honored Hadda Brooks with the Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2007, a 72-minute documentary, Queen of the Boogie, directed by Austin Young & Barry Pett, was presented at the Los Angeles Silver Lake Film Festival.

in 2003 - An acoustic guitar on which the late Beatle
George Harrison learned to play fetched £276,000 at a London auction. His father originally bought the Egmond guitar for Harrison for £3.50. Another item auctioned was a signed invitation to the post-premiere celebrations for The Beatles Hard Days Night film, which went for £17,250.

in 2003 - Record producer
Phil Spector appeared before a California court and was formally charged with murder. B-movie actress Lana Clarkson had been found at his mansion in February of this year with a fatal gunshot wound to her face. Spector pleaded not guilty to her murder during a brief hearing in Alhambra, near Los Angeles and was released on $1m bail.

in 2004 -
Eminem was at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Encore', his third US No.1 album. Girls Aloud started a two week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of the Pretenders 'I'll Stand By You.' This was 2004's single for the Children In Need appeal with its proceeds going towards the charity.

in 2006 -
Robert Lockwood Jr dies at age 91. American blues guitarist born in Helena, Arkansas; he started playing the organ in his father's church at the age of 8. The famous bluesman Robert Johnson lived with his mother for 10 years off and on after his parents' divorce. He learned from Johnson not only how to play guitar, but timing and stage presence as well. Robert played with Sonny Boy Williamson II, Howlin' Wolf and others in the Mississippi area in 1937-39. From 1939-40 he split his time playing in St. Louis, Missouri, Chicago, Illinois and Helena. In 1950 he settled in Chicago and in '54 he replaced Louis Myers as guitarist in Little Walter's band, and played on Walter's No.1 hit "My Babe" in 1955. After which in the late '50s he recorded several sessions with Sonny Boy Williamson II for Chess Records, sessions which also included Willie Dixon and Otis Spann, and also performed and/or recorded with Sunnyland Slim, Eddie Boyd, and Muddy Waters among many others. In 2004, Robert appeared at Eric Clapton's first Crossroads Guitar Festival in Dallas, Texas, where a live recording of Robert Lockwood, Jr. Henry James Townsend, Joe Willie "Pinetop" Perkins, and David Honeyboy Edwards, and "Last of the Great Mississippi Delta Bluesmen: Live In Dallas" album was the result, the four blues legends were aged from 89 to 94 years old. The album was awarded a Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album in 2008, the first Grammy win for the musicians.
in 2007 - The Red Hot Chili Peppers were suing a US network over the name of its TV show, Californication saying the title was "immediately associated in the mind of the consumer" with its 1999 album and single release. The band filed a lawsuit against Showtime Network - the makers of the TV show, which featured David Duchovny as a writer going through a mid-life crisis. "For some TV show to come along and steal our identity is not right," said the band's singer, Anthony Kiedis. He described Californication as "the signature CD, video and song of the band's career".

in 2009 -
Allen Shelton dies at age 73. American banjo player, born in Reidsville, North Carolina. In the 1950s, he performed together with Hack Johnson and the Tennesseans, and later, with Jim Eanes and Mac Wiseman. He joined Jim & Jesse and the Virginia Boys, and began recording for Columbia Records on December 7, 1960. In 1966, Jim & Jesse had an offer to record with the Nashville Symphony and Allen left the band in protest and retired from music business. About ten years later he found himself once more on the road with Jim & Jesse and making more records. He made his first solo album on Rounder Records in 1976.

in 2009 -
Pete Doherty was arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled drug, moments after escaping a prison sentence at a court-hearing. The Babyshambles singer allegedly dropped a wrap of “little blue crystals” when he was being frisked by security as he entered the court.

in 2010 -
Almeida Prado dies at age 67. Brazilian composer and pianist, (pulmonary edema).
in 2011 - Paul Yandell dies at age 76. American country music finger style and thumbpicker guitarist; born in Mayfield, Kentucky, he moved to Nashville in 1955 where he started his professional career recording and touring with the Louvin Brothers. After serving in the Army, he spent the 1960s performing and recording with Kitty Wells and with Jerry Reed in the early 70, after which he served as Chet Atkins' primary sideman from 1975 until Atkins' death in 2001. As a session musician, he also recorded with Dolly Parton, George Strait, Hank Thompson, the Everly Brothers, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Perry Como, Roger Whitaker, Les Paul, Woody Herman and so many others. Following Atkins' death, Paul recorded five solo albums and performed in Nashville with Steve Wariner in 2009 when Atkins was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame. (The cause of his death is not yet public, but in recent years, he was in declining health) Born September 5, 1935.

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in 1450 -
Jacob Obrecht composer is born.
in 1690 - Francois Collin de Blamont composer is born.
in 1709 - Frantisek Benda composer is born.

in 1710 -
Wilhelm Friedemann Bach. (the "Halle" Bach), the second child and eldest son of Johann Sebastian, is born at Weimar. He was a pupil of his father. He studied at the Thomasschule in Leipzig (1723-29), and also studied violin with J.G. Graun in Merseburg (1726). In 1729 he enrolled at the University of Leipzig, where he took courses in mathematics, philosophy, and law. In 1733 he became organist of the Sophienkirche in Dresden. In 1746 he was appointed organist of the Liebfrauenkirche in Halle, a post he held until 1764. In 1774 he went to Berlin. As a composer, he was highly gifted. His music reflects the influences of the Baroque and Rococo styles. An edition of selected works was begun by the Abteilung fur Musik der Preussischen Akademie der Kiinste; vol. I contains four trios (Leipzig, 1935). His Sinfonias opp. 64 and 65 have been ed. by W. Lebermann (Mainz, 1971), opp. 67-71 by M. Schneider (Leipzig, 1914). His piano compositions have been edited by W. Rehberg in Die Sohne Backs (1933); three excerpts are in K. Geiringer, Music of the Bach Family: An Anthology (Cambridge, Mass., 1955). His organ works are printed in E. Power Biggs and G. Weston, eds., W.F. Bach: Complete Works for Organ (N.Y., 1947). Despite his acknowledged genius as an organist, improviser and composer, his income and employment were unstable and he died in poverty. Perhaps the most gifted of all the Bach children. - Died at Berlin, July 1,1784.
in 1751 - Anton Englert composer, dies at 77.
in 1776 - Johann Caspar Simon composer, dies at 75.
in 1780 - Conradin Kreutzer composer is born.
in 1813 - Johann Gottfried Vierling composer, dies at 63.
in 1826 - Pavel Lambert Masek composer, dies at 65.
in 1831 - Opera "Robert Le Diable" is produced (Paris).s
in 1838 - Jose Augusto da Ferreira Veiga Viscount d' Arneiro composer is born.
in 1851 - Opera "La Perle Du Br‚sil" is produced (Paris).
in 1852 - August Alexander Klengel composer, dies at 69.

TODAY’S MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT SHINES ON . . .
in 1784 -
Louis Spohr, (actually, Ludewig), celebrated German violinist, composer, and conductor, is born at Braunschweig. His name is entered in the church registry as Ludewig, but he used the French equivalent, Louis. The family moved to Seesen in 1786; his father, a physician, played the flute, and his mother was an amateur singer and pianist.

Spohr began violin lessons at the age of 5 with J.A. Riemenschneider and Dufour, a French emigre. In 1791 he returned to Braunschweig, where he studied with the organist Carl August Hartung and the violinist Charles Louis Maucourt; also composed several violin pieces. Duke Carl Wilhelm Ferdinand admitted him to the ducal orchestra and arranged for his further study with the violinist Franz Eck.


In 1802 Eck took him on a tour to Russia, where he met Clementi and Field; returned to Braunschweig in 1803 and resumed his post in the ducal orch. The violin technique and compositional traits of Pierre Rode, whom Spohr met on his return, were major influences on both his compositions and his violin technique. In 1804 Spohr made his first official tour as a violinist to Hamburg (his first actual tour to Hamburg in 1799 proved a failure, and a second, early in 1804, was aborted when his Guarnerius violin was stolen); gave concerts in Berlin, Leipzig, and Dresden.


In 1805 he became concertmaster in the ducal orch. at Gotha. On Feb. 2, 1806, he married the harpist Dorette (Dorothea) Scheidler (1787-1834); wrote many works for violin and harp for them to perform together, and also toured with her in Germany (1807). His reputation as a virtuoso established, he began writing compositions in every genre, all of which obtained excellent success. In 1812 he gave a series of concerts in Vienna and was acclaimed both as a composer and as a violinist; was concertmaster in the orchestra of the Theater an der Wien until 1815.


He then made a grand tour of Germany and Italy, where Paganini heard him in Venice. In 1816 Spohr's opera Faust, skillfully employing many devices that foreshadowed developments in later German operas, was performed by Weber in Prague. After a visit to Holland in 1817, he became Kapellmeister of the Frankfurt am Main Opera, where he produced one of his most popular operas,
Zemire und Azov. In 1820 he and his wife visited England and appeared at several concerts of the London Philharmonic Society; this was the first of his 6 visits to England, where he acquired an immense reputation as a violinist, composer, and conductor; his works continued to be performed there long after his death. On his return trip to Germany, he presented concerts in Paris; his reception there, however, failed to match his London successes, and he proceeded to Dresden, where Weber recommended him for the Kapellmeistership at the court in Kassel; attracted by the lifetime contract, Spohr accepted the post and settled there in 1822, producing his operatic masterpiece, Jessonda, which remained popular throughout the rest of the 19th century, in 1823.

Following this success were performances of his oratorio Die letzten Dinge (1826) and his fourth Sym., Die Weihe der Tone (1832), both of which elicited great praise. The Violinschule, a set of 66 studies covering every aspect of his violin style, was publ. in 1831. Spohr's wife died on Nov. 20, 1834, and on Jan. 3, 1836, he married the pianist Marianne Pfeiffer, the sister of his friend Carl Pfeiffer, librettist of Der Alchymist. In 1837 Spohr began having difficulties with the Electoral Prince of Kassel, who caused the cancellation of a festival in Kassel and forbade Spohr from making a trip to Prague, which the composer made nevertheless to conduct Der Berggeist; on his return, he visited Mozart's widow and birthplace in Salzburg.


He traveled to England in 1839 for the Norwich Festival, but could not obtain permission from the Prince to return for the performance of his Fall of Babylon in 1842. In 1841, returning from the Lucerne Festival, he received the suggestion from his wife to use 2 orchs. for his 7th Sym. in 3 parts, portraying the mundane and divine elements in life. In 1843, in England, his success was so great that a special concert was given by royal command; it was the first time a reigning English monarch attended a Phil. Concert. In 1844 he received the silver medal from the Societe des Concerts in Paris, and a festival honoring him was held in Braunschweig.


Spohr never visited the U.S., in spite of the fact that his daughter lived in N.Y. and an invitation to hold a festival in his honor was issued. In 1845 he received a golden wreath from the Berlin Royal Opera. In 1847 he visited England for the third time, then went to Frankfurt am Main for the German National Assembly. Returning to Kassel, he found himself in an increasingly difficult position because of his dissident political views. The Elector of Hesse refused him further leaves of absence, but Spohr ignored the ban, traveling to Switzerland and Italy. In the litigation that followed with the Kassel court, Spohr was ordered to forfeit part of his yearly income. He was retired from Kassel on Nov. 22, 1857, on a pension despite his lifetime contract.


In 1853 he appeared at the New Philharmonic Concerts in London. Although he fractured his left arm in a fall on Dec. 27, 1857, he conducted Jessonda in Prague in July 1858. He conducted his last performance in Meiningen (1859). Spohr's compositional style was characteristic of the transition period between Classicism and Romanticism. He was technically a master; while some of his works demonstrate a spirit of bold experimentation. In his aesthetics he was an intransigent conservative. He admired Beethoven's early works but confessed total inability to understand those of his last period; he also failed to appreciate Weber.


It is remarkable, therefore, that he was an early champion of Wagner; in Kassel he produced
Der fliegende Hollander (1843) and Tannhauser (1853), despite strenuous opposition from the court. He was a highly esteemed teacher, numbering among his students Ferdinand David and Moritz Hauptmann. His memoirs were published posthumously as Louis Spohrs Selbstbiographie (2 vols., Kassel, 1860-61; abr. version in Eng., London, 1865, 1878, and 1969; different translation by H. Pleasants as The Musical Journeys of Louis Spohr, Norman, Okla., 1961). A new edition, edited by F. Gothel using the autograph, was published as Lebenserinnerungen (Tutzing, 1968). The Spohr Society was founded in Kassel in 1908, disbanded in 1934, and revived in 1952. A new edition of his works, Neue Auswahl der Werke, edited by F. Gothel, was begun in 1963 (Kassel, Verlag der Spohr-Gesellschaft). A Thematisch-bibliographisches Verzeichnis der Werke von Louis Spohr, compiled by F. Gothel, was publ. in Tutzing in 1981. - Died at Kassel, Oct. 22,1859.

[from wiki] “Sometimes described as "The Forgotten Master", Spohr was once as famous as Beethoven. As a violinist, his virtuoso playing was admired by Queen Victoria. As a composer he ranks as a historic figure in the development of German music drama and whose greatest triumph was in the oratorio. His orchestral writings and chamber works were once considered on a par with Mozart’s.”

in 1870 - Howard Brockway composer is born.
in 1891 - Bengt Axel von Torne composer is born.
in 1896 - Mario La Broca composer is born.
in 1896 - Leon Leopold Lewandoski composer, dies at 65.
in 1898 - Opera "Iris" premieres (Rome).
in 1899 - Howard Hoagland 'Hoagy' Carmichael (US singer, actor, composer) is born.
in 1900 - Hugo Godron composer is born.

in 1900 -
Sir Arthur (Seymour) Sullivan, famous English composer and conductor, dies at London age 58.
His father, Thomas Sullivan, was bandmaster at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, and later professor of brass instruments at the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall; his musical inclinations were encouraged by his father, and in 1854 he became a chorister in the Chapel Royal, remaining there until 1858 and studying with the Rev. Thomas Helmore. In 1855 his sacred song
0 Israel was published.

In 1856 he received the first Mendelssohn Scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he studied with Sterndale Bennett, Arthur O'Leary, and John Goss; then continued his training at the Leipzig Conservatory (1858-61), where he received instruction in counterpoint and fugue from Moritz Hauptmann, in composition from Julius Rietz, in piano from Ignaz Moscheles and Louis Plaidy, and in conducting from Ferdinand David. He conducted his overture
Rosenfest in Leipzig (May 25, 1860), and wrote a String Quartet and music to The Tempest (Leipzig, April 6, 1861; rev. version, London, April 5, 1862).

His cantata
Kenilworth (Birmingham Festival, Sept. 8, 1864) stamped him as a composer of high rank. In 1864 he visited Ireland and composed his Irish Symphony(London, March 10, 1866). In 1866 he was appointed professor of composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London. About this time he formed a lifelong friendship with Sir George Grove, whom he accompanied in 1867 on a memorable journey to Vienna in search of Schubert MSS, leading to the discovery of the score of Rosamunde.

The year 1867 was also notable for the production of the first of those comic operas upon which Sullivan's fame chiefly rests. This was
Cox and Box (libretto by EC, Burnand), composed in 2 weeks and performed on May 13, 1867, in London. Less successful were The Contrabandista (London, Dec. 18, 1867) and Thespis (London, Dec. 26, 1871), but the latter is significant as inaugurating Sullivan's collaboration with Sir W.S. Gilbert, the celebrated humorist, who became the librettist of all Sullivan's most successful comic operas, beginning with Trial by Jury (March 25,1875). This was produced by Richard D'Oyly Carte, who in 1876 formed a company expressly for the production of the "Gilbert and Sullivan" operas.

The first big success obtained by the famous team was
H.M.S. Pinafore (May 25, 1878), which had 700 consecutive performances in London, and enjoyed an enormous vogue in "pirated" productions throughout the U'S. In an endeavor to protect their interests, Gilbert and Sullivan went to N.Y. in 1879 to give an authorized performance of Pinafore, and while there they also produced ThePirates of Penzance (Dec. 30, 1879).

On April 23, 1881, came
Patience, a satire on exaggerated esthetic poses exemplified by Oscar Wilde, whose American lecture tour was conceived as a "publicity stunt" for this work. On Nov. 25, 1882, Iolanthe began a run that lasted more than a year. This was followed by the comparatively unsuccessful Princess Ida (Jan. 5, 1884), but then came the universal favorite of all the Gilbert and Sullivan operas, The Mikado (March 14, 1885). The list of these popular works is completed by Ruddigore (Jan. 22, 1887), The Yeomen of the Guard (Oct. 3, 1888), and The Gondoliers (Dec. 7, 1889). After a quarrel and a reconciliation, the pair collaborated in 2 further works, of less popularity: Utopia Limited (Oct. 7, 1893) and The Grand Duke (March 7, 1896).

Sullivan's melodic inspiration and technical resourcefulness, united with the delicious humor of Gilbert's verses, raised the light opera to a new height of artistic achievement, and his works in this field continue to delight countless hearers. Sullivan was also active in other branches of musical life. He conducted numerous series of concerts, most notably those of the London Phil. Soc. (1885-87) and the Leeds Festivals (1880-98). He was principal of, and a prof. of composition at, the National Training School for Music from 1876 to 1881.


He received the degree of
Musical Doctor honoris causa from Cambridge (1876) and Oxford (1879); was named Chevalier of the Legion d'honneur (1878); was grand organist to the Freemasons (1887);etc. He was knighted by Queen Victoria in 1883. Parallel with his comic creations, he composed many "serious" works, including the grand opera Ivanhoe (Jan. 31, 1891), which enjoyed a momentary vogue. His songs were highly popular in their day, and The Lost Chord, to words by Adelaide A. Proctor (publ. 1877), is still a favorite. Among his oratorios, TheLightof theWorld (Birmingham Festival, Aug. 27, 1873) may be mentioned. Other stage works (all first perf. in London unless otherwise given) include The Zoo (June 5, 1875), The Sorcerer (Nov. 17, 1877; rev. version, Oct. 11, 1884), Haddon Hall (Sept. 24, 1892),TheChieftain (Dec. 12, 1894), TheMartyr ofAntioch (Edinburgh, Feb. 15, 1898; a stage arrangement of the cantata), The Beauty-Stone (May 28, 1898), The Rose of Persia, romantic opera (Nov. 29, 1899), and The Emerald Isle (completed by E. German, April 27, 1901). He also composed 2 ballets: L'Ile enchante (May 14, 1864) and Victoria and Merrie England (May 25, 1897). – Born at London, May 13,1842.

in 1901 -
Joaquin Rodrigo (Spanish composer of classical music, virtuoso pianist) is born.
Despite being nearly blind from an early age, he achieved great success. Rodrigo's music counts among some of the most popular of the 20th century, particularly his Concierto de Aranjuez, considered one of the pinnacles of the Spanish music and guitar concerto repertoire.He was born in Sagunto, Valencia, and almost completely lost his sight at the age of three after contracting diphtheria. He began to study solfège, piano and violin at the age of eight; harmony and composition from the age of sixteen. Although distinguished by having raised the Spanish guitar to dignity as a universal concert instrument and best known for his guitar music, he never mastered the instrument himself. He wrote his compositions in braille, which was transcribed for publication.

Rodrigo studied music under Francisco Antich in Valencia and under Paul Dukas at the École Normale de Musique in Paris. After briefly returning to Spain, he went to Paris again to study musicology, first under Maurice Emmanuel and then under André Pirro. His first published compositions[1] date from 1940. In 1943 he received Spain's National Prize for Orchestra for Cinco piezas infantiles ("Five Children's Pieces"), based on his earlier composition of the same piece for two pianos, premiered by Ricardo Viñes. From 1947 Rodrigo was a professor of music history, holding the Manuel de Falla Chair of Music in the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, at Complutense University of Madrid.


His most famous work, Concierto de Aranjuez, was composed in 1939 in Paris, and in later life he and his wife declared that it was written as a response to the miscarriage of their first child. It is a concerto for guitar and orchestra. The central adagio movement is one of the most recognizable in 20th century classical music, featuring the interplay of guitar with English horn. This movement was later adapted by the conductor Gil Evans for Miles Davis' 1960 album Sketches of Spain. The Concerto was adapted by the composer himself for Harp and Orchestra and dedicated to Nicanor Zabaleta.


The success of this concerto led to commissions from a number of prominent soloists, including the flautist James Galway and the cellist Julian Lloyd Webber for whom Rodrigo composed his Concierto como un divertimento and Concierto serenata for Harp and Orchestra dedicated to Nicanor Zabaleta. In 1954 Rodrigo composed Fantasía para un gentilhombre at the request of Andrés Segovia. His Concierto Andaluz, for four guitars and orchestra, was commissioned by Celedonio Romero for himself and his three sons.

None of Rodrigo's works, however, achieved the popular and critical success of the Concierto de Aranjuez and the Fantasia para un gentilhombre. These two works are very often paired in recordings.

He was awarded Spain's highest award for composition, the Premio Nacional de Música, in 1983. On 30 December 1991, Rodrigo was raised into the Spanish nobility by King Juan Carlos I with the hereditary title of Marqués de los Jardines de Aranjuez (English: Marquis of the Gardens of Aranjuez). He received the prestigious Prince of Asturias Award—Spain's highest civilian honor—in 1996. He was named Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government in 1998.


He married Victoria Kamhi, a Turkish-born pianist whom he had met in Paris, on 19 January 1933, in Valencia. Their daughter, Cecilia, was born 27 January 1941. Rodrigo died in 1999 in Madrid at the age of 97, and was succeeded as Marqués de los Jardines de Aranjuez by his daughter. Joaquín Rodrigo and his wife Victoria are buried at the cemetery at Aranjuez.

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in 1902 -
Emanuel Feuermann Kolomea Galicia cellist (Chicago Symph Orch) is born.
in 1902 - Septimus Winner composer, dies at 75.
in 1907 - Bernard Naylor composer is born.
in 1913 - Benjamin Britten (British composer, conductor, violist and pianist) is born.
in 1917 - Jean-Etienne Marie composer is born.
in 1921 - Rodney Dangerfield (Jacob Cohen) (US comedian, songwriter) is born.
in 1922 - Fikret Dzhamil Amirov Kirovabad Russia, Azerbaijani composer (Shur) is born.

in 1922 -
Judy Kreston (US singer and club owner) is born.
Ms. Kreston, whose wide repertory included popular songs from the 1940s on, performed for more than two decades with her husband, and their signature as a duo was their clashing yet somehow complementary musical temperaments.

“One of the odder couples of the New York cabaret world,” Stephen Holden called them, writing in The New York Times in 1988. He added: “With her small, quirky voice and confessional stage manner, Ms. Kreston is a cabaret singer who exudes a hypersensitive awareness and vulnerability. Mr. Lahm, her accompanist and musical director for the past eight years, is a jazz composer and arranger whose cool pop-jazz arrangements make an effective grounding wire for her edgy anxiety.”


They were regular performers at Jan Wallman’s, a club in the Iroquois Hotel on West 44th Street in Manhattan. The club’s name was later changed to be a tribute to singers named Judy — notably Garland and Holliday; it was either Judy’s, as a spokesman for the Iroquois said, or Judys, as Mr. Lahm, with proper punctuation on his side, recalled.

In any case, the club lost its lease in 1998, and the next year Mr. Lahm and Ms. Kreston helped revive it, moving it downtown, to Eighth Avenue between 18th and 19th Streets, and renaming it Judy’s Chelsea (definitely with an apostrophe). It closed for good in 2003. Ms. Kreston and Mr. Lahm released an album, “Medleyfyin’,” the following year.

Her mother, Gitta Gradova, was a noted concert pianist. Her father, Maurice, was a doctor specializing in rhinology.


She began singing in clubs as a teenager in Chicago. Later she attended Sarah Lawrence, where she majored in psychology while also studying voice with the opera star Marian Anderson. She also earned a doctorate in statistics from Columbia. In the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks, she provided psychological counseling to the workers in the wreckage. Ms. Kreston had three marriages that ended in divorce.


in 1923 -
Dika Newlin (US composer, singer) is born.
in 1924 - Axel Borup-Jorgensen composer is born.
in 1925 - Gunther Schuller NYC, hornist/composer (Visitation) is born.
in 1927 - Grady "Fats" Jackson tenor sax player is born.
in 1934 - Rita Sakellariou (Greek singer) is born.
in 1936 - Hans Zender composer is born.
in 1941 - Ron McClure rocker (Blood, Sweat and Tears) is born.
in 1941 - Terry Stafford (US singer, songwriter) is born.
in 1941 - Jessie Colin Young (Perry Miller) (US singer, guitar, bass; The Youngbloods) is born.
in 1942 - Floyd Sneed (Canadian drummer; Three Dog Night) is born.
in 1942 - Steve Caldwell rocker (Orleans) is born.
in 1943 - Floyd Sneed Calgary rock drummer (Three Dog Night-Joy to the World) is born.
in 1943 - Pietro Alessandro Yon composer, dies at 57.

in 1943 -
Lorenz "Larry" Hart dies at age 48. American lyricist in Harlem, New York and attended Columbia University, where a friend introduced him to Richard Rodgers, and the two joined forces to write songs for a series of amateur and student productions. In 1919, the team's song "Any Old Place With You" was included in the Broadway musical comedy A Lonely Romeo. The great success of their score for the 1925 Theatre Guild production, The Garrick Gaieties, brought them great acclaim. They continued working together until Hart's death. Some other of his more famous lyrics include, "Blue Moon", "Isn't It Romantic?", "Mountain Greenery", "The Lady Is a Tramp", "Manhattan", "Where or When", "Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered", "Falling in Love with Love", "I'll Tell The Man In The Street" and "My Funny Valentine". Rodgers and Hart's final collaboration was in the fall of 1943 for a revival of A Connecticut Yankee. Five days after this show opened, Lorenz died in New York City
in 1946 - Aston "Family Man" Barrett (Jamaican bassist; The Upsetters/Bob Marley-Wailers/solo) is born.
in 1947 - Rod Price (UK guitarist; Foghat/solo/guest) is born.
in 1947 - Paloma San Basilio (Spanish singer) is born.
in 1948 - Steve Ferguson (US guitarist, NRBQ/Ferguson & the Midwest Creole Ensemble) is born.
in 1950 - Little Steven [Van Zandt], Asbury Park NJ, rocker (Born to Run) is born.
in 1950 - [Ma]Tina Weymouth Coronado CA, rock bassist (Talking Heads-and She Was) is born.
in 1950 - Steve Van Zandt (US guitarist; E Street Band/Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul) is born.
in 1950 - Tina Weymouth (US bass; Talking Heads/Tom Tom Club) is born.
in 1950 - Art Sullivan (Belgian singer) is born.
in 1951 - Kent Nagano (US conductor) is born.
in 1953 - Urmas Alender (Estonian singer) is born.
in 1955 - Joseph Guy Marie Ropartz composer, dies at 91.
in 1956 - Lawrence Gowan (Canadian singer; Styx) is born.
in 1957 - Sharon Bailey rocker (Amazulu-Excitable) is born.
in 1957 - Miles Davis Quintet debuts a jazz concert at Carnegie Hall in NY.
in 1957 - Simon and Garfunkel appear on "American Bandstand" as "Tom and Jerry".
in 1957 - Sharon Bailey (UK drummer; Amazulu) is born.
in 1957 - Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel appeared as Tom and Jerry on ABC-TV's American Bandstand.
in 1958 – Horse (Sheena McDonald) (Scottish singer/songwriter) is born.
in 1960 - Eg White rocker (Brother Beyond-Can You Keep a Secret) is born.
in 1960 - Jim Bob (James Robert Morrison) (UK guitarist; Carter USM) is born.
in 1961 - Stephen Hough (UK concert pianist) is born.
in 1962 - Sumi Jo (South Korean operatic soprano).
in 1962 - Neil Fraser (UK lead guitar, vibraphone; Tindersticks) is born.
in 1963 - The Beatles released their second album 'With The Beatles' which spent 51 weeks on the UK charts.
in 1965 - Bob Dylan married Sara Lowndes in New York. Sara filed for divorce on March 1st 1977.
in 1965 - Wilson Pickett appeared at The Flamingo Club, London, England.
in 1967 - BBC unofficially bans "I Am the Walrus" by Beatles.
in 1967 - Edvin Kallstenius composer dies at 86.
in 1967 - Long John Baldry was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Let The Heartaches Begin', the singers only UK No.1.
in 1968 - The Beatles double White album was released in the UK. Featuring 'Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da', 'Dear Prudence', 'Helter Skelter', 'Blackbird' 'Back In The USSR' and George Harrisons 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps'. Priced at £3.13 shillings, ($8.76), it spent eight weeks as the UK No.1 album.
in 1968 - Iron Butterfly, Canned Heat and The Youngbloods played the first of two nights at New York's Fillmore East, tickets cost $3 - $5.
in 1968 - Rasa Don (Don Norris) (US drummer; Arrested Development) is born.
in 1968 - Beatles release "Beatles," (White Album) their only double album.
in 1969 - Acario Cotapos composer dies at 80.
in 1969 - Iron Butterfly supported by Steel Mill, (featuring Bruce Springsteen), appeared at the Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia. The gig was held in the school's 3,500- seat Crenshaw Gymnasium.
in 1975 - Yanai Aiko (Japanese singer) is born.
in 1975 - Scottish comedian Billy Connolly was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with a parody of the Dolly Parton song D.I.V.O.R.C.E.
in 1975 - KC and the Sunshine Band started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'That's The Way (I Like It)', the group's second US No.1 of the year, it made No.4 in the UK.
in 1976 - Jerry Lee Lewis was arrested for drunk driving after driving his rolls Royce into a ditch.
in 1976 - Ville Valo (Finnish singer; HIM) is born.
in 1977 - Annika Norlin (Swedish pop singer) is born.
in 1978 - Karen O (Karen Lee Orzolek )(American singer: Yeah Yeah Yeahs) is born.
in 1979 - Chris Doran (Irish singer) is born.
in 1979 - Scott Robinson (UK singer; 5ive) is born.
in 1980 - Malando [Arie Maasland] composer/orch leader (Ol‚ Guapa), dies at 72.
in 1980 - Abba scored their sixth UK No.1 album when 'Super Trouper' started a nine week run at the top of the charts.
in 1981 - Ben Adams (Benjamin Steven Adams) (UK vocals; A1) is born.
in 1982 - Charlene Choi (Hong Kong singer; Twins) is born.
in 1982 - Max Deutsch composer dies at 90.
in 1983 - Corey Beaulieu (US guitarist; Trivium) is born.
in 1983 - Tyler Hilton (US singer, actor) is born.
in 1983 - R.E.M. appeared at the Marquee Club, London, tickets cost £2.50.
in 1985 - Austin Brown (US singer: nephew of the late Michael Jackson) is born.
in 1986 - Robert Sutton Whitney composer, dies at 82.
in 1986 - The Human League went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Human', making them the 8th UK act to score a US No.1 single in 1986.
in 1986 - Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble kicked off a 149-date North American and European tour at the Towson Center in Towson, Maryland.
in 1987 - Jesus and Mary Chain singer Jim Reid was arrested in Canada after being accused of assaulting members of the audience with his microphone stand, he was released on $2,000 bail.
in 1987 - Ted Taylor rock vocalist, dies.
in 1990 - Bill Wyman announced that his 17-month marriage to model Mandy Smith was over.
in 1991 - Jac de Jong Dutch MP/composer/businessman (Nedac-Sorbo), dies.

in 1991 -
Alice Cooper came to the rescue of two fans; Patrick and Dee Ann Kelly, whose California home was about to be re-possessed. Patrick had painted Coopers face on the house to help sell the property. Mr Cooper signed autographs to help raise money for the couple.

in 1992 -
The Cherries, Molly Halfhead and Oasis all appeared at The Boardwalk, Manchester, England.
in 1994 - L V Johnson Singer dies.
in 1994 - Paul Weller appeared at the Royal Albert Hall, London, England.
in 1995 - Edna Deanne Fuelling dancer choreographer/drama teacher, dies at 90.

in 1997 -
Michael Hutchence dies at age 37. Australian singer-songwriter, most famous for his work with rock band INXS; raised primarily in Hong Kong, at the age of eight he made his professional debut singing in a commercial for an area toy company. He gained a reputation as a enigmatic, sensual frontman, although his close friends and family always maintained he was much more introverted than his on stage persona. A talented lyricist, he co-wrote almost all of INXS' songs with Andrew Farriss, who has attributed his own success as a songwriter to Hutchence's 'genius.' (His naked body was found behind the door to his room. He had apparently hanged himself with his own belt and the buckle has broken away and his body was found kneeling on the floor, facing the door.
Käyttäjän MichaelHutchenceTV kanava - YouTube

in 1998 - George Michael started an eight-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Ladies & Gentleman, The Best Of George Michael', his fourth UK No.1 album.

in 1998 -
Alanis Morissette was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie.’
in 2002 - The surviving members of The Doors, Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger, announced they would record and tour again with a new line up including ex- Cult singer Ian Astbury and former Police drummer Stewart Copeland. Original drummer John Densmore was not able to take part because he was suffering from severe tinnitus.

in 2004 -
Ozzy Osbourne struggled with a burglar who escaped with jewellery worth about £2m from his Buckinghamshire mansion. Osbourne told reporters that he had the masked raider in a headlock as he tried to stop him. The burglar broke free and jumped 30 ft from a first floor window. A large amount of jewellery was stolen in the raid in which two burglars were involved.

in 2004 -
U2 shot the video for 'All Because Of You' from a moving flat bed truck on the streets of Brooklyn in New York City. Later in the day, they performed a brief concert under the Brooklyn Bridge, which was taped by MTV for a later showing.

in 2005 - Poems written by
Bob Dylan in his college days sold for $78,000 (£45,000) at a New York City auction. The 16 pages of poems were the first known time Robert Zimmerman used the Dylan name and came from his studies at the University of Minnesota during 1959-60.

in 2005 - A gig by former
Stone Roses front man Ian Brown was abandoned after 20 minutes because the floor at the venue began to sag. 2,000 people were told to leave Newcastle's Carling Academy, which had only been open for a month. Organisers said it was simply a safety precaution after joists under the main dance floor came out of their springs.

in 2008 -
MC Breed (Eric Breed) dies at age 36) American rapper; a Flint, Michigan-based rapper best known for his singles "Ain't No Future in Yo Frontin", which peaked at #66 on the Billboard Hot 100 [2], and "Gotta Get Mine", featuring 2Pac, that made it to #6 on the Hot Rap Singles. (kidney failure) b. 1972

in 2009 -
Haydain Neale dies at age 39. Canadian singer-songwriter, from Hamilton, and the lead singer of the award winning band, Jacksoul. Jacksoul was one of Canada’s most successful contemporary soul groups, with a string of hits that included 'Can’t Stop' and 'Still Believe in Love'. The group won the Juno Award for R&B/soul recording of the year twice, in 2001 and 2007. Haydain, whose vocal style was compared to Seal, also received an Urban Music Award for songwriter of the year in 2004 and a SOCAN award in 2005, and was named president of the Songwriters Association of Canada in 2006. Haydain has only just recovered after in August 2007, a car collided with his Vespa scooter, leaving him in a coma with head injuries. After a long and slow recovery and bravely battling cancer, he just managed to finish their new album, Soulmate, co-produced by himself and Ron Lopata, the album he started almost three years ago, will be released by Sony Music Canada on December 1st. It contains 10 new songs written before singer Haydain Neal's accident.
in 2010 - Hukamati Makoto dies at age 64. Japanese composer, arranger, pianist and synthesizer player; since his debut in 1971, he has produced numerous original albums and performed with his own bands. In the late '70s, he invited New York based studio musicians such as Steve Gadd, the Brecker Brothers and Mike Mainieri to Japan and they held live performances together at various venues. His album "Jun Fukamachi & the New York All Stars/Live" was re-released in 2002. In 1989, he became a Professor of the Department Music at Senzoku Gakuen College and was charge of establishing Japan's first course specializing in music synthesis. In '96 he left the university and resumed his career as a musician. His recent live performances were mainly based on piano improvisation, exploring the possibilities of creating music of the Japanese origin for the world's audience.

in 2011 -
Paul Motian dies at age 80. American jazz drummer, percussionist and composer born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and raised in Providence, Rhode Island. After playing guitar in his childhood, he began playing the drums at age 12, and during the Korean War he joined the Navy. Paul became a professional musician in 1954, and briefly played with pianist Thelonious Monk, before coming to prominence in the late 1950s in the piano trio of Bill Evans. He later led several groups recording over 36 albums as a leader. Paul played an important role in freeing the drummer from strict time-keeping duties. (myelodysplastic syndrome) Born March 25th 1931.

in 2011 -
Sena Jurinac dies at age 90. Austrian opera singer, born in Travnik, Bosnia-Herzegovina, she studied at the Zagreb Academy of Music, and also with Milka Kostrencic. Her dark, forceful voice was pitched exactly between soprano and mezzo. Her repertoire included Butterfly, Elisabetta (Don Carlos), Desdemona (Otello), Elisabeth (Tannhäuser), Ilia, Iphigenia, Jenufa, Leonora (La forza del destino), the Composer (Ariadne auf Naxos), Marie (Wozzeck), Pamina (The Magic Flute), Poppea, and Tosca. In many operas her repertoire included more than one major role and also played supporting roles in The Ring of the Nibelung: Woglinde, Gutrune, and several of the Norns. Her final operatic performance was as the Marschallin at the Vienna State Opera in November 1982. Born October 24th 1921.

in 2011 -
Hans Reichel dies at age 62. German guitarist, and inventor of the daxophone; born in Hagen, he began to teach himself violin at age 7, around age 15, he began to play guitar inspired by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and later, Frank Zappa, Cream, and Jimi Hendrix. He played in various local bands, before playing his own solo material, his first release being Wichlinghauser Blues in 1973. As well as his many solo works he recorded duets with a wide variety of musicians, including accordionist Rüdiger Carl, cellist Tom Cora, percussionist EROC, and a number of guitarists including Kazuhisa Uchihashi and Fred Frith. He was also a member of the September Band, as well as performing with larger ensembles led by the likes of saxophonist Thomas Borgmann and Butch Morris, an avante-garde conductor. Hans constructed and built several variations of guitars and basses, most of them featuring multiple fretboards and unique positioning of pickups and 3rd Bridges. His Daxophone is a single wooden blade fixed in a block containing a contact microphone, which is played mostly with a bow. Born May 10th 1949.

in 2011 -
Himie Voxman dies at age 99. American musician, music pedagogue and administrator and composer who produced volumes of compositions and pedagogical literature for wind instruments. He is recognized as one of the most influential American music educators of the last century. Although he was originally trained as a chemical engineer, he devoted his life to woodwind music and education. He joined the University of Iowa School of Music in 1939, and became Director in 1954, holding that position until his retirement in 1980. Professor Voxman stayed an active teacher and played first clarinet in the Iowa City Concert Band till well in his ninties. He is the author of numerous musical compilations, reviews and books and has many honours and awards. Born September 17th 1912.

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in 1585, English composer
Thomas Tallis organist of the Chapel Royal under Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary and Elizabeth, died in Greenwich, at the age of age of 80.

in 1750 -
Giuseppe Sammartini composer, dies at 55.
in 1752 - Conrad Michael Schneider composer, dies at 79.
in 1748 - Etienne Joseph Floquet composer is born.
in 1765 - Thomas Attwood composer is born.

in 1787 -
Anton Schweitzer, German composer, dies at Gotha at age 52. He was a chorister, and later played viola in Hildburghausen. After study with J.F. Kleinknecht in Bayreuth, he returned to Hildburghausen as Kammermusicus, and following further training in Italy (1764-66), he returned once more to Hildburghausen as court Kapellmeister. In 1769 he became conductor of Seyler's opera troupe, which was engaged by the Weimar court in 1771. He produced his successful Singspiel Die Dorfgala there (June 30, 1772), which was followed by the successful Alkeste (May 28, 1773), the first through-composed grand opera to a German libretto, the text being by C.M. Wieland. After fire destroyed the Weimar theater in 1774, he accompanied Seyler's troupe to Gotha, where he subsequently was director of the ducal chapel from 1778 until his death. Among his other stage works were Rosamunde, Singspiel (Mannheim, Jan. 20, 1780), Die Wahl des Herkules, lyric drama (Weimar, Sept. 4, 1773), and the melodrama Pygmalion, after Rousseau (Weimar, May 13, 1772; not extant). He also wrote many ballets, symphonys, and piano pieces. - Born at Coburg (baptized), June 6,1735.

in 1797 - Gabor Matray composer is born.
in 1834 - Berlioz's Harold en Italie op. 16, premiers in Paris.
in 1843 - Josef Sucher composer is born.
in 1848 - Alfred Julius Becher composer, dies at 45.
in 1853 - Johann Christian Friedrich Schneider composer, dies at 67.
in 1853 - Francisco Andrevi y Castellar composer, dies at 67.
in 1862 - Alberto Williams Buenos Aires Argentina, composer (Etrerno Reposo) is born.
in 1865 - Josef Leopold Zvonar composer, dies at 41.

in 1876 -
Manuel (Maria) de Falla (y Matheu), great Spanish composer, is born at Cadiz. He studied piano with his mother; after further instruction from Eloisa Calluzo, he studied harmony, counterpoint, and composition with Alejandro Odero and Enrique Broca; then went to Madrid, where he studied piano with Jose Trag6 and composition with Felipe Pedrell at the Cons.

He wrote several zarzuelas, but only
Los amores de lalnee was performed (Madrid, April 12, 1902). His opera La vida breve won the prize of the Real Academia de Bellas Artes in Madrid in 1905, but it was not premiered until 8 years later. In 1905 he also won the Ortiz y Cuss6 Prize for pianists.

In 1907 he went to Paris, where he became friendly with Debussy, Dukas, and Ravel, who aided and encouraged him as a composer. Under their influence, he adopted the principles of Impressionism without, however, giving up his personal and national style. He returned to Spain in 1914 and produced his tremendously effective ballet El amor brujo (Madrid, April 2, 1915). It was followed by the evocative Noches en los jardines de Espana for piano and orch. (Madrid, April 9, 1916). In 1919 he made his home in Granada, where he completed work on his celebrated ballet El sombrero de tres picos (London, July 22, 1919).


Falla's art was rooted in both the folk songs of Spain and the purest historical traditions of Spanish music. Until 1919 his works were cast chiefly in the Andalusian idiom, and his instrumental technique was often conditioned by effects peculiar to Spain's national instrument, the guitar. In his puppet opera El retablo de maese Pedro (1919-22), he turned to the classical tradition of Spanish (especially Castilian) music. The keyboard style of his Harpsichord Concerto (1923-26), written at the suggestion of Wanda Landowska, reveals in the classical lucidity of its writing a certain kinship with Domenico Scarlatti, who lived in Spain for many years. Falla became president of the Instituto de Espana in 1938. When the Spanish Civil War broke out, and General Franco overcame the Loyalist government with the aid of Hitler and Mussolini, Falla left Spain and went to South America, never to return to his homeland. He went to Buenos Aires, where he conducted concerts of his music. He then withdrew to the small locality of Alta Gracia, where he lived the last years of his life in seclusion, working on his large scenic cantata Aildniida. It remained unfinished at his death and was later completed by his former pupil, Ernesto Halffter. - Died at Alta Gracia, Cordoba province, Argentina, Nov. 14, 1946.


in 1878 -
Ernest J King US fleet admiral/Chief of Naval Operations (WW II) is born.
in 1878 - Andre Caplet French composer/conductor (Conte Fantastic) is born.
in 1885 - Alexander Glazunov's Symphonic Poem “Stenka Rasin”, premiers in St. Petersburg,.
in 1887 - Paul Malengreau composer is born.
in 1887 - Opera "Trumpeter of Sockingen" 1st American production (NYC).
in 1896 - Ruth Etting US dancer/singer/actress (Roman scandals) is born.
in 1899 - The world's first jukebox was installed at San Francisco's' Palais Royal Hotel.
in 1903 - Enrico Caruso US debut (Metropolitan Opera House, NY) in "Rigoletto".

in 1906 -
Mervyn Roberts composer is born.
His music is distinguished by its richly melodic character, and by its thorough craftsmanship. There are similarities with John Ireland and Paul Ladmirault, though the harmonies are Mervyn's own; rich and sometimes very unusual, but not dissonant. Some of the solo pieces require considerable technique, and are not easily playable by amateurs, e.g. Wind of Autumn, the Sonata, and the Preludes. With the possible exception of the Rhapsody, the later works are more accessible, and the Sonatina is not too difficult. The piano duet "Passacaglia" is unusual, being in 5/4 time. Amongst his most effective pieces, in spite of their brevity and simplicity, are the Welsh Folktunes arranged for piano solo.
in 1916 - Eduard Napravnik composer, dies at 77.
in 1919 - Claudio Santoro composer is born.
in 1920 - Herman Nieland Dutch organist/pianist/composer (Te Deum Laudamus) is born.
in 1921 - Ferdinando "Fred" Buscaglione (Italian singer, actor) is born.
in 1925 - Johnny Mandel (US trombonist, songwriter; Artie Shaw, Count Basie) is born.
in 1926 - Frederic Ayers composer, dies at 50.
in 1926 - Robert Lee Burnside (US blues singer, songwriter, guitarist) is born.
in 1928 - Jakob Jez composer is born.
in 1928 - Jerry Bock New Haven CT, Broadway composer (Fiddler on the Roof) is born.
in 1928 - Willis H. Schaefer (American composer; TV shows/commercials) is born.
in 1931 - Gloria Lynne (US singer) is born.
in 1931 - Evert Cornelis Dutch conductor/pianist, dies.
in 1932 - Percy Pitt composer, dies at 63.
in 1933 - Krzysztof Penderecki Debica Poland, composer (Hiroshima Threnody) is born.
in 1935 - Johnny Kidd (Frederick Heath) (UK singer, songwriter; Johnny Kidd & the Pirates) is born.
in 1937 - Louis Victor Saar composer, dies at 68.
in 1939 - Betty Everett US singer (Getting Mighty Crowded) is born.
in 1940 - Catherina van Rennes composer, dies at 82.
in 1940 - Freddie Marsden (UK drums; Gerry & the Pacemakers) is born.
in 1943 - British Forces Broadcasting Service begins operation.
in 1945 - Keith Hampshire (UK born-Canadian singer-songwriter) is born.
in 1948 - Uzeir Abdul Huseyn Hajibeyov composer, dies at 63.
in 1949 - Sandra Stevens (UK singer; Brotherhood Of Man) is born.
in 1949 - Alan Paul (US singer; Manhattan Transfer) is born.
in 1950 - Cecil Hooker rocker (Snuff) is born.
in 1952 - Albert van Raalte conductor (Radio Philharmonic Orch), dies at 62.
in 1952 - Bill Troiano (US tuba player,teacher, clinician; Long Island Tuba Quartet) is born.
in 1953 - Johan de Meij (Dutch conductor, trombonist, composer) is born.
in 1953 - Francis Cabrel (French singer) is born.
in 1954 - Bruce Hornsby (US accordion, pianist, singer; The Range) is born.
in 1955 - Ludovico Einaudi (Italian composer and pianist) is born.

in 1956 - Sheet metal worker Louis Balint was arrested after punching
Elvis Presley at a Hotel in Toledo. Balint claimed that his wife's love for Elvis had caused his marriage to break up. He was fined $19.60 but ended up being jailed because he was unable to pay the fine.

in 1962 -
Mike Nocito rocker is born.
in 1962 - Chris Bostock (UK bassist, keyboards; Jo Boxers/freelance/guest) is born.
in 1962 - Calvin Hayes (UK keyboardist; Johnny Hates Jazz) is born.
in 1962 - The Beatles traveled to St. James' Church Hall, London, for a ten-minute audition with BBC Television. The audition came about when Beatles fan, David Smith of Preston, Lancashire wrote to the BBC asking for The Beatles to be featured on BBC television. Assuming that Smith was The Beatles' manager, the BBC wrote back to him, offering The Beatles an audition. Smith brought his letter to NEMS Enterprises, and Clive Epstein (Brian's brother) arranged for audition to take place. Four days later, Brian Epstein received a polite "thumbs-down" letter from the BBC.

in 1963 -
Dale and Grace went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'I'm Leaving It Up To You', it made No.42 on the UK chart.

in 1964 -
Dave Ellefson bassist (Megadeth) is born.
in 1964 - Beatles release "I Feel Fine" and "She's a Woman".
in 1965 - Marc Bolan appeared live on the UK TV show Five O'Clock Funfair, performing 'The Wizard'.
in 1966 - Charlie Grover musician (Sponge) is born.
in 1966 - Ken Block (US lead vocals, acoustic guitar; Sister Hazel/solo) is born.
in 1966 - Charlie Grover (US drummer; Sponge) is born.
in 1967 - Patrick Mameli (Dutch lead vocalist, guitarist; Pestilence) is born.
in 1967 - The Who appeared at The New Barn, Lions Delaware County Fairgrounds, Muncie, Indiana.
in 1968 - Pink Floyd appeared at the The Large Hall, Regent Street Polytechnic, London, England.
in 1969 - Jonathan Seet (Canadian singer) is born.
in 1971 - During a European tour The Mothers Of Invention appeared at The Rheinhalle in Dusseldorf.
in 1972 - Chris Adler (US drummer; Lamb of God) is born.
in 1972 – Kurupt (Ricardo Emmanuel Brown) (US gangsta rapper; Tha Dogg Pound) is born.
in 1973 - Trick Daddy Dollars (Maurice Young) (US rapper) is born.
in 1973 - mezzo-Soprano Jennie Tourel died in New York City at the age of 73.
in 1974 - Pall Isolfsson composer, dies at 81.
in 1974 - Alex van Heerden (Sth African trumpeter, vocalist, accordionist;Gramadoelas/others) is born.

in 1974 -
Elton John started an 11-week run at No.1 on the UK chart with his 'Greatest Hits', album. It also enjoyed a 10 week run as the US No.1

in 1974 - One hit wonder
Billy Swan started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'I Can Help', it made No.6 in the UK.

in 1974 -
The Rolling Stones scored their fifth US No.1 album with 'It's Only Rock 'N Roll'.

in 1975 -
Queen started a nine-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Bohemian Rhapsody.' The promotional video that accompanied the song is generally acknowledged as being the first pop video and only cost £5,000 to produce. When the band wanted to release the single various record executives suggested to them that, at 5 minutes and 55 seconds, it was too long and would never be a hit.

in 1976 -
The Scorpions appeared at Accrington Town Hall, England. The German band were billed as Europe's leading hard rock band.

in 1976 - Ten hours after his last arrest,
Jerry Lee Lewis was nicked again after brandishing a Derringer pistol outside Elvis Presley's Graceland's home in Memphis, demanding to see the 'King'. When police arrived they found Lewis sat in his car with the loaded Derringer pistol resting on his knee.

in 1976 -
Wings kicked off a 19-date UK tour at Liverpool’s Royal Court.
in 1978 - Alison Mosshart (US singer; The Kills/The Dead Weather) is born.
in 1979 - Keith Richard's girlfriend Anita Pallenburg was cleared by a court of shooting a man found dead at her home.
in 1979 - Marianne Faithfull was arrested at Oslo Airport, Norway, for possession of marijuana.
in 1979 - Judee Sill dies at age 35.US pianist, guitarist, singer-songwriter born in Oakland, California; she rebelled against her mother's remarrage to animator Ken Muse, eventually turning to petty crime and serving time in the early 60s. Around this time she became a heroin addict, eventually kicking the habit as she started to pursue a musical career. Her song "Lady-O" became a hit for the Turtles in 1969, and she caught the attention of David Crosby and Graham Nash, and playing with them as an opening act. She was signed to David Geffen's Asylum Records, and became part of the "Laurel Canyon Sound" made famous by Joni Mitchell and Carole King. Two albums, Judde Still in 1971 and Heart Food in 1972 were critically acclaimed, with a song from the first, "Jesus Was a Cross-Maker" getting her airplay and being covered by the Hollies. She also recorded demos for a third album in 1974, which were released with other rarities on the 2005 two-disc collection Dreams Come True. Many of her songs reflected her interests in Christian spirituality and metaphysics. After a series of car accidents and back surgery which left her in constant physical pain, she struggled with drug addiction and dropped out of the music scene.

in
1979 - Henry Coker dies at age 59.American jazz trombonist born in Dallas; his professional debut with John White in 1935. From 1937 to 1939 he played with Nat Towles's territory band, then moved to Hawaii to play with Monk McFay. After Pearl Harbor he returned to California, playing with Benny Carter, Illinois Jacquet, Eddie Heywood, and played in early, groundbreaking sessions by giants such as Charles Mingus in the late '40s and Sonny Rollins and R&B groups such as Johnny Otis and Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson and Charles Mingus. He fell ill from 1949-1951, but after his recovery he worked with Sonny Rollins,Tony Bennett, Sarah Vaughan and then joined Count Basie's band, playing and recording with him from 1952 to 1963. He toured with Ray Charles from 1966 to 1971. He did freelance and film/television studio work in the mid-1970s, rejoining Basie briefly in 1973 and Charles in 1976. Henry also appears on J.J. Johnson's Trombones Incorporated session, featuring ten trombonistsand bandleader Osie Johnson immortalized the trombonist with the solo feature tune "Cokernut Tree".
in 1983 - Thomas Pridgen (US drummer; The Mars Volta) is born.
in 1984 - Lucas Grabeel (US actor, singer) is born.
in 1985 - American blues artist Big Joe Turner died of a heart attack aged 75. Wrote 'Shake Rattle and Roll', (a hit for Bill Haley and His Comets) and 'Sweet Sixteen.'
in 1987 - Sly Stone was charged with possession of cocaine in Santa Monica.

in 1989 - Singer
Jimmy Somerville was given a conditional discharge from Bow St Magistrates after being found guilty of obstructing the highway during a aids demonstration outside the Australian commission in London.

in 1989 - During a 104-date world tour,
Paul McCartney played the first of five nights at the Los Angeles Forum, California, his first appearances in North America in thirteen years.

in 1991 -
Genesis scored their 5th UK No.1 album with 'We Can't Dance', featuring the singles 'Jesus He Knows Me' and 'I Can't Dance'.

in 1991 -
Michael Bolton scored his second US No.1 single with his version of the Percy Sledge song 'When A Man Loves A Woman', a No.8 hit in the UK.

in 1991 -
Michael Jackson had his fourth UK No.1 single with 'Black or White' which featured Slash on guitar. Also a No.1 hit in the US.

in 1992 -
Roy Acuff dies at age 89. US country singer, fiddleplayer, and songwriter, the first living artist elected to the Country Music Hall Of Fame in 1962. Born in Maynardville, Tennessee, he was called the King of Country Music, and for more than 60 years he lived up to that title. Acuff started his career in 1932 working for Dr. Hauer's medicine show, hired as one of its entertainers to draw a crowd to whom Hauer could sell medicines.
Throughout his career, he was a champion for traditional country values, enforcing his beliefs as a performer, a music publisher, and as the Grand Master of the Grand Ole Opry. Roy was the first country music superstar after the death of Jimmie Rodgers, pioneering an influential vocal style that complemented the spare, simple songs he was performing. Generations of artists, from Hank Williams to George Jones, have been influenced by him, and countless others have paid respect to him. At the time of his death in 1992, he was still actively involved in the Grand Ole Opry, and was as popular as ever. Over his long career he released 43 albums with many hit singles including "The Prodigal Son", "I'll Forgive You But I Can't Forget", "Write Me Sweetheart", "(Our Own) Jole Blon", "The Waltz of the Wind", "This World Can't Stand Long", "Tennessee Waltz", "A Sinner's Death", and "Once More". In 1991, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts, and given a lifetime achievement award by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
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in 1992 -
Miley Ray Cyrus (Destiny Hope Cyrus) (US singer, songwriter, actress) is born.
in 1993 - Tatiana Nikolajeva Russian pianist (Bach), dies at 69.
in 1994 - Eldero L D Williams tenor saxophonist, dies at 70.
in 1994 - Erick Frederick Hawkins US dancer/wed to Martha Graham, dies at 85.

in 1994 -
Tommy Boyce dies at age 55. American songwriter, born in Phoenix, Arizona he was one half of Boyce & Hart, well known for The Monkees songs. Tommy's first success the song "Be My Guest" he wrote for Fats Domino, the song hit No.8 in the US and No.11 in the UK. He met Bobby Hart in 1959, their breakthrough was with Chubby Checker, "Lazy Elsie Molly", in 1964. They went on to write hits for Jay & the Americans-"Come a Little Bit Closer", Paul Revere & the Raiders-"(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone" and The Leaves-"Words". The duo also wrote the theme song to the daytime soap Days of Our Lives. In late 1965, they wrote, produced and performed the soundtrack to the pilot of The Monkees and several of theirhits. Boyce and Hart embarked on a successful career as recording artists in their own right, releasing three albums on A&M Records: Test Patterns, I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight, and It's All Happening on the Inside. The duo also had five charting singles; the most well-known of these was "I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight, in early 1968, selling over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. Boyce and Hart wrote in excess of 300 songs and sold more than 42 million records as a partnership (he struggled with depression, and suffering a brain aneurysm, he shot himself while in the sitting room of his house).
in 1995 - Garbage, made their UK live debut at The Forum, Kentish Town, London.

in1995 -
Junior Walker (Autry DeWalt II / Autry De Walt Mixon) dies at age 64. American singer, saxophonist; he formed his own band the 'Jumping Jacks' when he was only 14 years old. His friend, drummer Billy Nix, started his own group the 'Rhythm Rockers', now and again, the 2 musicians would play in each others bands. Billy aquired a regular gig at a local TV station in South Bend, Indiana, and asked Junoir to join him and his keyboardist, Fred Patton permanently. Shortly after, local singer Willie Woods joined the group. When Billy got drafted into the US Army, Jr.Walker, Fred and Willie moved to Battle Creek, Michigan, where they were joined by drummer Tony Washington and soon Victor Thomas replaced Fred on piano. This new line up called themseves the 'All Stars'. Junior got his big break in 1961, when Johnny Bristol saw the band he recommended them to Harvey Fuqua, who signed them to his record label and changed their name to Junior Walker & the All Stars. When Harvey's labels were taken over by Motown's Berry Gordy, Jr. Walker & The All Stars became members of the Motown Records family, recording on Motown's Soul label. In 1966, Billy "Stix" Nicks once again met up with Junior, and joined band. Their first and signature hit was "Shotgun", written by Junior, it reached No.4 on the Billboard Hot 100, and No. 1 on the R&B chart in 1965, and was followed by many other hits, such as "I'm a Road Runner", "Pucker Up Buttercup", "Shake and Fingerpop", "Come See About Me", and "What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)?". In 1979, Junior Walker went solo and was signed to Norman Whitfield's.. Whitfield Records label. He also played the sax on the group Foreigner's "Urgent" in 1981. In 1983, Junior re-signed with Motown and was inducted into the Rhythm and Blues Foundation in 1995, a few months before he died. Junior's song, "Shotgun", was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002.

in 1996 -
Art Porter Jr dies at age 35. American jazz saxophonist and son of jazz musician Art Porter, Sr; born in Little Rock, Arkansas, at the age of 9 he joined his father's band as a drummer and played with them into his teenage years. Art Porter Sr. helped Bill Clinton pass legislation that would allow a minor to play in a night club if a parent or guardian was present. This became known as the Art Porter Bill. In the mid 1980s young Art moved to Chicago, Illinois and studied tenor saxophone with Von Freeman and performed with Pharoah Sanders and Jack McDuff. During the 1990s he developed an interest in R&B and hip hop and merged elements of these into his performances. Soon after this, Art signed with Verve Records/Polygram Records and produced several albums, beginning in the summer of 1992 with Pocket City, followed by Straight to the Point, Undercover and finally Lay Your Hands On Me. These albums were known as by people wanting their "smooth jazz" not too smooth. Art and his father performed for President Clinton during his 1993 inauguration, playing Amazing Grace at a prayer breakfast (drowned when the boat he was on sprung a leak & sank).

in 1996 -
The Prodigy scored their second UK No.1 single when 'Breathe' went to the top of the charts for two weeks. The second single from their album The Fat of the Land.

in 1997 -
Barbra Streisand was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Higher Ground’, the singers sixth US No.1 album.

in 2000 - The son of
George Harrison was involved in a car crash. Dhani Harrison crashed his Audi S3 in Oxfordshire but escaped any serious injury.

in 2001 -
O.C. Smith (Ocie Lee Smith) dies at age 69. American singer born in Mansfield, Louisiana, but moved with his parents to Little Rock, Arkansas, then with his mother to LA, California. His first break as a singer with Sy Oliver after which he released his debut single, a cover of the Little Richard hit "Tutti Frutti" in December 1955. In 1961, he was recruited by Count Basie, a position he held until 1965. In 1968, he entered the charts for the first time with "Son of Hickory Holler's Tramp", which reached No. 2 in the UK Singles Chart and broke the Top 40 in the US. His "Little Green Apples," which went to No.2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and received a gold record from the R.I.A.A. for sales of one million records. He continued to record, reaching the R&B, Adult Contemporary and pop charts in his home country with the likes of "Daddy's Little Man", "Friend, Lover, Woman, Wife", "Me and You" and "Love To Burn". He also returned to the UK Singles Chart in 1977 with "Together", reaching a Top 30 position. He became Dr. O.C. Smith, pastor of the City of Angels Science of Mind Centre in LA and he continued to preach until his death .

in 2002 -
Otis Redding's widow and his former manager filed a lawsuit against the author of a biography written in 2001 about the R&B legend, claiming the book is filled with lies. The lawsuit, filed in Atlanta's Fulton County, sought $15 million in damages and claimed that the book detailed rumors about the singer's drug use, extramarital affairs and divorce, causing "harm to the plaintiffs." It also cites rumors that Otis' manager plotted with the Mafia to kill Otis by causing the plane to crash in order to claim $1 million in life insurance.

in 2002 -
Christina Aguilera was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Dirrty', her 3rd UK chart topper.
in 2003 - Westlife scored their twelfth UK No.1 single with their version of the 1975 Barry Manilow song 'Mandy'.
in 2003 - Michael Jackson's Number Ones album went to number one in the UK. In the US it entered the chart at number 13 and quickly dropped out of the Top 50.
in 2003 - Jay-Z started a three week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘The Black Album.’

in 2005 -
Dan McTeague a Toronto MP tried to have 50 Cent barred from entering Canada to perform a series of concerts later this year. McTeague had sent a letter to Immigration Minister Joe Volpe claiming that the controversial rapper shouldn't be permitted to cross the border because he promotes gun violence.

in 2005 -
Chris Whitley dies at age 45. American blues singer-songwriter and guitarist born in Houston; he learned to play guitar at 15 and spent the early 1980s busking on the streets of New York City and played with Marc Miller, Arto Lindsay and Michael Beinhorn. From 1983 he spent 4 years in Belgium. Back in New York City he was signed to Columbia Records after which 16 albums of Chris have been released debuting with Living with the Law in 1991. In 2000, Chris recorded Perfect Day with Chris Wood and Billy Martin. Chris also recorded with Shawn Colvin on Fat City, Cassandra Wilson on Blue Light 'til Dawn and New Moon Daughter, Rob Wasserman and Les Claypool on Johnny Society on Wood and Clairvoyance, Wasserman's Trios, Goat on All of My Friends, Joe Henry on Fuse, Michael Shrieve on Fascination, Chocolate Genius on GodMusic), Ely Guerra on Lotofire, Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum on Faces & Names, Clint Mansell on the Knockaround Guys soundtrack, also with DJ Logic, Little Jimmy Scott, Mike Watt, Daniel Lanois, and Jeff Lang. Chris's "Breaking Your Fall" from Hotel Vast Horizon-2003, won in The 3rd Annual Independent Music Awards for Best Folk/Singer-Songwriter Song. He won again the following year in The 4th Annual Independent Music Awards for Best Blues/R&B Song with "Her Furious Angels" from War Crime Blues.
in 2006 - Betty Comden dies at age 89. American lyricist born in New York City; she was one-half of the musical-comedy duo Comden and Green, who provided lyrics, libretti, and screenplays to some of the most beloved and successful Hollywood musicals and Broadway shows of the mid-20th century. Her writing partnership with Adolph Green lasted for six decades, during which time they collaborated with other leading entertainment figures such as the famed "Freed Unit" at MGM, Jule Styne and Leonard Bernstein, gathering 7 Tony Awards out of 12 nominations along the way. Singin' in the Rain; The Band Wagon; It's Always Fair Weather; Two on the Aisle; Wonderful Town; Subways Are For Sleeping; Fade Out - Fade In; and Hallelujah, Baby! are just a few musicals they worked on. Their final musical hit was 1991's The Will Rogers Follies (heart failure).

in 2006 -
Anita O'Day (Anita Belle Colton) dies at age 87. Amerocan jazz singer sometimes nicknamed "Jezabel of Jazz"; admired for her sense of rhythm and dynamics, and her early big band appearances shattered the traditional image of the "girl singer". Refusing to pander to any female stereotype, she presented herself as a "hip" jazz musician, wearing a band jacket and skirt as opposed to an evening gown. She started out as a chorus girl in such Uptown venues as the Celebrity Club and the Vanity Fair, then found work as a singer and waitress at the Ball of Fire, the Vialago, and the Planet Mars. In 1939 she sang for Miller's Quartet, until 1941 when she joined Gene Krupa, of the 34 sides she recorded with Krupa, it was "Let Me Off Uptown", a novelty duet with Roy Eldridge, that became her first big hit, and Down Beat named her "New Star of the Year". In the 50s also began performing in festivals and concerts with such musicians as Louis Armstrong, Oscar Peterson, Dinah Washington, Cal Tjader, George Shearing, and Thelonious Monk. She appeared in the documentary Jazz on a Summer's Day, filmed at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival which increased her popularity. Her career seemed over when she nearly died of a heroin overdose in 1968. After kicking the habit, she made a comeback at the 1970 Berlin Jazz Festival. She also appeared in the films Zig Zag (1970) and The Outfit (1974). She resumed making live and studio albums, many recorded in Japan, and several were released on her own label, Emily Records. (Anita died peacefully in her sleep.)

in 2007 -
Frank Guarrera dies at age 83.Italian-American lyric baritone who enjoyed a long and distinguished career at the Metropolitan Opera, singing with the company for a total of 680 performances. He performed 35 different roles at the Met, mostly from the Italian and French repertories, from 1948 through 1976. His most frequent assignments at the house were as Escamillo in Georges Bizet's Carmen, Marcello in Giacomo Puccini's La Bohème, Valentin in Charles Gounod's Faust, and Ping in Puccini's Turandot. He was also an admired interpreter of Mozart roles, establishing himself in the parts of both Guglielmo and Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte and Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro. Most of the roles he portrayed were from the lyric repertoire, such as the title role in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, but he also sang some heavier roles at the Met like Amonasro in Aïda, Jack Rance in La fanciulla del West and Il conte di Luna in Il trovatore (diabetes).
in 2007 - Bono and The Edge from U2 made a surprise appearance at a charity gig, playing four songs before 250 people. The London gig at the Union Chapel was held as part of the Mencap's Little Noise Sessions.

in 2008 -
Leona Lewis was at No.1 on the UK album chart with her debut album ‘Spirit’.

in 2008 -
Richard Sidney Hickox CBE dies at age 60.UK conductor of choral, orchestral and operatic music; founded the City of London Sinfonia in 1971, remaining music director until his death, and also founded the Richard Hickox Singers & Orchestra in the same year. He was the director of music at the Endellion Music Festival from 1972 to 2008. In 1972 at the age of only 24 he was appointed Martin Neary's successor as organist and master of music at St. Margaret's, Westminster, subsequently adding the directorships of the London Symphony Chorus, and Bradford Festival Chorus. In 1990, he co-founded the baroque orchestra Collegium Musicum 90 with Simon Standage. He was Associate Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra from 1985 until his death. He was also Chorus Director of the London Symphony Chorus from 1976 to 1991, with whom he premiered The Three Kings by Peter Maxwell Davies in 1995. He also premiered that composer's A Dance on the Hill in 2005 .

in 2008 -
Richard "Richey" James Edwards Welsh guitarist, the former co-lyricist and rhythm guitarist of the Welsh rock band Manic Street Preachers has been officially 'presumed dead'. He disappeared on February 1st .

in 2008 -
Robert Lucas dies at age 46.American singer and guitarist former member of Canned Heat blues-rock band, He was one of four singers to have fronted the band during its more than 40 year history and had two stints fronting the band. In his solo career and has recorded seven solo albums and has performed with Big Joe Turner, George Smith, Pee Wee Crayton, Lowell Fulsom, Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson, and Percy Mayfield among others. He has been recognised by blues fans and critics worldwide as one of the most inspired singer, player and songwriter talents of the past decade.

in 2009 -
Richard Meale dies at age 77. Australian composer; he studied piano with Winifred Burston at the NSW State Conservatorium of Music, as well as clarinet, harp, history and theory, before studying at the University of California, Los Angeles and other American institutions. He is best known for the 1986 opera Voss, with libretto by David Malouf based on the novel of the same title by Patrick White. Malouf also collaborated with Meale on his second operatic project, Mer de glace (1986–91), a tableaux-like juxtaposition of some ideas of the novel Frankenstein alongside the real dealings of Mary Shelley with Shelley and Byron. From 1969 to 1988 he was part of the music faculty of the University of Adelaide, South Australia. In 2000, Meale was conferred Doctor of Letters honoris causa by the University of New England in New South Wales
in 2009 - Pim Koopman dies at age 56. Dutch progressive rock drummer, born in Hilversum, he co-founded the band Kayak in 1972, along with Ton Scherpenzeel, Johan Slager and Max Werner. He left the band in 1976 and went on to become a record producer, and was successful with acts such as Maywood, Petra Berger, Valensia and Robby Valentine. He returned to Kayak for the reunion in 1999 and had been playing drums in Kayak until his death. His last album with the band 'Letters From Utopia' was released on Sept 16th 2009. As well as his musical talents, he was the composer of six entries to the Eurovision Song Contest: “Jouw lach" performed by Dick Rienstra in 1977, "Later" by Brigitte in 1984, "Déja Vu" and "Champagne" by Willeke Alberti in 1994, "De wereld is van jou" by Gina de Wit and "Met of zonder jou" by Clau-Dya's in 1996. He has been involved with two other bands, 'Diesel' and 'The President' which was a collaboration with Okkie Huysdens.

in 2010 -
James Tyler dies at age 70. American lutenist, banjoist, guitarist, composer, musicologist and author, who featured on over 60 early music recordings. Born in Hartford, Connecticut he initially studied the Banjo and Mandolin with Walter K. Bauer, then the Lute with Joseph Iadone - he also played the Cello. As a lutenist, he performed and recorded with New York Pro Musica, and also toured and recorded as a banjoist with "Max Morath and the Original Rag Quartet". In 1969, his interest in early music took him to London where he married Joyce Geller. During the 1970s and 80s, he performed and recorded in London with Musica Reservata, the Consort of Musicke, the Julian Bream Consort and the Early Music Consort of London under David Munrow. He then founded his own ensemble, the "London Early Music Group" in 1977, which lasted until 1990. He composed music for BBC television productions of Shakespeare plays, and also made an appearance as a lutenist in the 1972 film, Mary Queen of Scots. In 1986, he became professor of Music and director of the master's and doctoral degree programs in early music performance at the University of Southern California, a post he held until retiring in 2006.

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