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in 1586 -
Johannes Leisentrit, important Moravian-born German theologian, hymnologist, and composer, dies at Bautzen. He received his theological training in Krakow. After his ordination in 1549, he was active in Meissen until becoming canon of Bautzen Cathedral in 1551. In 1559 he was made dean and in 1560 official-general for the diocese of Lusatia. When the bishopric of Meissen became Protestant in 1661, he was appointed administrator and commissioner-general of the see of Meissen for Upper and Lower Lusatia by the Prague papal nuncio. He published the most important CounterReformation hymnbook, Geistliche Lieder und Psalmen (Bautzen, 1567; 3rd ed., 1584), which contained some 250 hymns and 180 melodies, some of which were his own. - Born at Olomouc, May 1527.

in 1615 -
Sethus Calvisius composer, dies at 59.
in 1650 - Manuel Cardoso composer, dies at 83.
in 1690 - Charles Theodore Pachelbel composer is born.
in 1722 - Johann Adam Reincken German organist/composer, dies at 99.
in 1747 - Felice Alessandri composer is born.
in 1768 - Jean-Engelbert Pauwels composer is born.
in 1795 - Josif Josifovich Genishta composer is born.
in 1800 - Weber's Das Waldm„dchen, premieres in Freiburg.
in 1822 - Karl Jacob Wagner composer, dies at 50.
in 1838 - Karl Ludwig Hellwig composer, dies at 65.
in 1842 - Pehr Frigel composer, dies at 92.
in 1848 - German soprano Lilli Lehmann was born in Würzburg.
in 1859 - 16 year old Adelina Patti made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in Lucia di Lammermoor.
in 1868 - American composer and pianist Scott Joplin was born near Marshall, Texas.
in 1880 - Hanri Reber composer, dies at 73.
in 1889 - Albert J Sylvester England, ballroom dancer (Alex Moor Award-1977) is born.
in 1892 - Isidor Achron composer is born.

in 1895 -
Rene Maison, Belgian tenor, is born at Frameries. He was trained at the Brussels Conservatory, and the Paris C Conservatory. After making his operatic debut as Rodolfo in La Boheme in 1920, he sang in Nice and Monte Carlo. From 1925 he sang in Paris at the Opera and the Opera-Comique, establishing a reputation as a Wagnerian. He also appeared at the Chicago Opera (1927-32) and the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires (1934-37). On Feb. 3, 1936, he made his Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. as Walther von Stolzing, and remained on its roster until 1943. He later taught voice in N.Y. and Boston. Among his prominent roles were Lohengrin, Loge, Florestan, Samson, Herodes, and Don Jose. - Died at Mont-Dore, France, July 15, 1962.

in 1899 -
Jan Adam Maklakiewicz, Polish composer and teacher, is born at Chojnata, Mazuria. He was a student of Biernacki (harmony) and Szopski (counterpoint) at the Chopin Music School in Warsaw. After studies in composition with Statkowski at the Warsaw Conservatory (1922-25), he completed his training in composition with Dukas at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris. He served as a professor at the Lodz Conservatory (1927-29), and then at the Warsaw Conservatory, (from 1929). He was director of the Krakow Philharmonic (1945-47), the Warsaw Philharmonic (1947-48), and the Krakow Conservatory, (from 1947). Maklakiewicz composed in an advanced style before developing a highly simplified idiom. - Died at Warsaw, Feb. 7, 1954.

in 1900 -
Cornelius Kee composer is born.
in 1903 - Charles Dupee Blake composer, dies at 56.
in 1905 - Harry Barris (US popular singer-songwriter, pianist) is born.
in 1905 - Irene Wicker The Singing Lady (US singer and actress) is born.
in 1908 - Ray Carter Chicago Ill, orch leader (Arthur Murray Dance Party) is born.
in 1909 - Hans Melchior Brugk composer is born.

in 1912 -
Theodore Wilson (U.S. jazz pianist/arranger) is born.
Video Notes: RECORDED IN 1941. Theodore Shaw "Teddy" Wilson was a jazz pianist from the United States born in Austin, Texas. His sophisticated and elegant style graced the records of many of the biggest names in jazz, including Louis Armstrong, Lena Horne, Benny Goodman, Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald. He is considered one of the most influential jazz pianists of all time.Wilson studied piano and violin at Tuskegee Institute. After working in the Lawrence "Speed" Webb band, with Louis Armstrong and also "understudying" Earl Hines in Hines's Grand Terrace Cafe Orchestra, Wilson joined Benny Carter's Chocolate Dandies in 1933. In 1935 he joined the Benny Goodman Trio (which consisted of Goodman, Wilson and drummer Gene Krupa, later expanded to the Benny Goodman Quartet with the addition of Lionel Hampton). The trio performed during the big band's intermissions. By joining the trio, Wilson became the first black musician to perform in public with a previously all-white jazz group. The noted jazz writer and producer John Hammond was instrumental in getting Wilson a contract with Brunswick, starting in 1935, to record hot swing arrangements of the popular songs of the day, with the growing jukebox trade in mind. He recorded fifty hit records with various singers such as Lena Horne and Helen Ward, including many of Billie Holiday's greatest successes. During these years he also took part in many highly regarded sessions with a wide range of important swing musicians, such as Lester Young, Roy Eldridge, Charlie Shavers, Red Norvo, Buck Clayton and Ben Webster. Wilson formed his own short-lived big band in 1939, then led a sextet at Cafe Society from 1940 to 1944. He was dubbed the "Marxist Mozart" by Howard "Stretch" Johnson due to his support for left-wing causes he performed in benefit concerts for The New Masses journal and for Russian War Relief, and chaired the Artists' Committee to elect Benjamin J. Davis.[1] In the 1950s he taught at the Juilliard School. Wilson can be seen appearing as himself in the motion picture The Benny Goodman Story (1955). Wilson lived quietly in suburban Hillsdale, NJ in the 1960s and 1970s. He performed as a soloist, and with pick-up groups until the final years of his life. Teddy Wilson died on July 31, 1986.
in 1916 - John Francis Barnett composer, dies at 79.
in 1917 - Richard Bilderback Hervig composer is born.
in 1917 - Rita Corita [Hendrika Sturm], Dutch singer is born.
in 1918 - William “Wild Bill” Davis musician is born.
in 1925 - Al Cohn (American jazz tenor sax player) is born.
in 1927 - Alfred Kraus Las Palmas Canary Islands, tenor (La Scala) is born.
in 1927 - Emma Lou Diemer composer is born.
in 1929 - Eileen Barton Bkln singer (Broadway Open House) is born.
in 1934 - Claudio Prieto composer is born.
in 1934 - Alfred Schnittke Russia, composer (St Florian) is born.

in 1938 - Swedish tenor
Jussi Bjoerling made his American debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City in La Boheme.

in 1838 -
Karl (Friedrich) Ludwig Hellwig, German organist and composer, is born at Wriezen. He learned to play all the string instruments and piano, then studied theory with Zeiter and others. At the same time, he was engaged in the manufacture of paint, which enabled him to pursue his musical studies as an avocation. He became a member of the Singakademie in 1793. He was a conductor with it from 1803, serving as joint deputy conductor (1815-33). In 1813 he became organist of the Berlin Cathedral, and was its director of music from 1815. He wrote 2 operas, Die Bergknappen (Dresden, April 27, 1820) and Don Sylvia di Rasalba (unperf.), much church music, and a number of German lieder, which show a certain poetic sensitivity and a ballad-like quality in the manner of Zeiter and other early German Romanticists. - Died Berlin, Nov. 24, 1838.

in 1939 -
Jim Yester Birmingham Alabama, rock vocalist/guitarist (Association) is born.
in 1940 - Wendell Morris Logan composer is born.
in 1941 - Pete Best (UK drummer; Beatles/Pete Best Combo) is born.
in 1941 - Gary Boyle rocker (Isotope) is born.
in 1941 - Donald “Duck” Dunn TN, bassist (Booker T-Mar-Keys, Walkin' the Dog) is born.
in 1942 - Bayani Mendoza de Leon composer is born.
in 1942 - Billy Connolly (Scottish singer, actor, comedian; Humblebums) is born.
in 1943 - Lee Michaels rocker is born.
in 1943 - Robin Williamson (Scottish vocalist, keyboards, violin, guitar; Incredible String Band) is born.
in 1943 - Richard Tee (Richard Ten Ryk) (US pianist, studio musician, singer, arranger) is born.
in 1944 - Bev Bevan (UK drummer, percussion; The Move/ELO/Black Sabbath) is born.

in 1944 -
Vaclav Stepan, Czech pianist, pedagogue, and writer on music, dies at Prague at 54. He studied musicology with Nejedly at the Univ. of Prague (graudated, 1913), and then took courses at the German University of Prague and in Berlin; also studied piano with Josef Cermak in Prague (1895-1908), and later with James Kwast in Berlin and Blanche Selva in Paris. He was active as a pianist from 1908; also taught aesthetics (from 1919) and later piano at the Prague Cons. He was an authority on Suk and Novak; a collection of his major articles on these composers appeared as Novak a Suk (Prague, 1945); also published Symbolika z pfibuzne zjevy v programni hudbZ (Symbolism and Related Phenomena in Program Music; Prague, 1915). He composed some vocal, chamber, and piano pieces but abandoned composition when he was 30. - Born at Pecky, near Kolin, Dec. 12, 1889.

in 1945 -
Lee Michaels (Mike Olsen) (US keyboardist, guitar, sax, trombone, accordion, vocals) is born.
in 1946 - Alfonso Broqua composer, dies at 70.
in 1947 - Dave Sinclair (UK keyboardist, pianos, synthesizer; Caravan/Hatfield and the North/others) is born.
in 1948 - Raoul Armand Georg Koczalski composer, dies at 64.
in 1949 - Anita Louis US singer (Soul Children, I'll Be the Other Woman) is born.
in 1949 - Martin Duiser (Dutch record producer) is born.
in 1953 - Tod Machover composer is born.
in 1953 - George Alexander Russell composer, dies at 73.

in 1953 -
Tod Machover, American cellist, conductor, and composer, is born at N.Y. He studied composition at the University of Calif, at Santa Cruz (1971-73), Columbia Univ. (1973-74), and the Juilliard School in N.Y. (B.M., 1975; M.M., 1977), numbering among his mentors Dallapiccola (1973), Sessions (1973-75), and Carter (1975-78). He also studied computer music at the Mass. Institute of Technology and at Stanford University. He was 1st cellist in the orchestra of the National Opera of Canada in Toronto (1975-76), guest composer (1978-79) and director of musical research (1980-85) at IRCAM in Paris, and a teacher at the Mass. Institute of Technology (from 1985), where he also was director of its Experimental Media Facility (from 1986). In 1986 he engaged in a project to design expanded musical instruments ("hyperinstruments") using technology to give extra power to virtuosic performance. From 1992 this project expanded into the development of interactive instruments for amateur musicians. He edited the books Le Compositeur et VOrdinateur (Paris, 1981) and Musical Thought at IRCAM (London, 1984), and was the author of Quoi, Quand, Comment? La Recherche Musical (Paris, 1985; Eng. tr., 1988, as The Concept of Musical Research) and Microcomputers and Music (N.Y., 1988). Among his honors were the Koussevitzky Prize (1984) and the Friedheim Award (1987).

in 1955 -
Clement Burke (Elvis Ramone) (US drummer; Blondie/Ramones/sessionist/guest) is born.

in 1956 -
Guido Cantelli dies at age 36. Italian conductor and musical director born in Novara, Italy, studied at the Milan Conservatory in Italy and began a promising conducting career. Over his short career he had conducted not only in many of the most famous concert halls of Europe but also in the US and South Africa. Among his commercial recordings are Beethoven's 7th symphony, Brahms' 1st and 3rd symphonies, Franck's D minor symphony, with the NBC Symphony in Carnegie Hall in stereo from 6 April 1954, Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, Paul Hindemith's Mathis der Maler, Liszt's 2nd piano concerto with Claudio Arrau, and shorter pieces by Ravel, Rossini, and others and he recorded Vivaldi's The Four Seasons with the New York Philharmonic for Columbia Records. Guido was named Musical Director of La Scala, Milan, on November 16th 1956 but his promising career was cut short only one week later .
in 1957 - Chris Hayes (US guitarist, vocals; Huey Lewis and the News) is born.
in 1958 – Carmel [McCourt] England, rocker (Storm, More More More) is born.

in 1959 - US singer
Johnnie Ray was released on bail after spending the night in jail charged with accosting and soliciting.

in 1960 -
Edgar Meyer (US bassist, composer; jazz/classical sessionist) is born.
in 1961 - Blues singer Howlin Wolf arrived in London for his first UK tour.
in 1962 - John Squire English pop guitarist (Stone Roses, She Bangs the Drums) is born.
in 1964 - Tony Rombola (US guitarist; Godsmack) is born.
in 1964 - The first commercial radio station in the UK, Radio Manx based on The Isle of Man started broadcasting.
in 1964 - The Who appeared at The Marquee Club, London, England.

in 1966 -
The Beatles get together for the first time since their return from the summer tour of the United States, ready to record a new album. The first song selected for recording is John's 'Strawberry Fields Forever', which will end up, not on the album, but on The Beatles' next single. This day's session is devoted entirely to ‘Strawberry Fields Forever.’

in 1966 -
Russell Watson (UK pop & opera singer) is born.
in 1967 - Henrik Brockmann (Danish heavy metal singer; Royal Hunt/Evil Masquerade/others) is born
in 1968 - Dawn Robinson singer (En Vogue) is born.

in 1968 -
Diana Ross and The Supremes were at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Love Child', a No.15 hit in the UK.

in 1969 -
Rob & Blasko & Nicholson (US bassist, vocals; Killing Spree/Danzig/freelance) is born
in 1970 - Chad Taylor musician (Live) is born.
in 1970 - Evgeny Karlovich Tikotsky composer, dies at 76.
in 1970 - Chad Taylor (US lead guitarist; Live) is born.
in 1970 - Julieta Venegas (Latin grammy award winning Mexican singer, instrumentalist, songwriter) is born.
in 1972 - Hall Overton US composer (Enchanted Pear Tree), dies at 52.

in 1973 -
Ringo Starr went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Photograph'. His first of two US chart toppers as a solo artist.

in 1974 -
Machel Montano (Trinidad & Tobago soca singer, record producer, songwriter) is born.

in 1976 -
Chicago started a three week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'If You Leave Me Now', the American group's only UK No.1. It went on to win a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance.

in 1978 -
David Bowie played the first of two sold-out nights at the RAS Show Grounds, Sydney during his 8-date Low / Heroes tour of Australia and New Zealand.

in 1979 -
Donna Summer and Barbra Streisand started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'No More Tears, (Enough Is Enough). A No.3 hit in the UK.

in 1983 -
The Smiths and James both appeared at The Hacienda in Manchester, England.

in 1983 - Irish group
The Undertones split up. Lead singer Feargal Sharkey went on to have a No.1 UK single as a solo artist with 'A Good Heart' and later worked in A&R for various record labels.

in 1984 - Motley Crue drummer
Tommy Lee married his girlfriend, nude model Candice, (Elaine Margaret Starchuk). The marriage lasted for three months.

in 1985 -
Julia Alexandratou (Greek fashion model, singer) is born.

in 1985 -
Big Joe Turner dies at age 74. American singer; although he came to his greatest fame in the 1950s with his pioneering rock and roll recordings, particularly Shake, Rattle and Roll, his career as a performer stretched from the 1920s into the 1980s. He started singing on street corners for money, then leaving school at age fourteen to begin working the Kansas City's club scene, first as a cook, and later as a singing bartender, he became known as The Singing Barman, and worked in such venues as The Kingfish Club and The Sunset, where he and his piano playing partner Pete Johnson became resident performers. He went on to have hits in the late 1930s with Cherry Red, Careless Love, I Want A Little Girl, and Wee Baby Blues.
in 1990 - Bulent Arel composer, dies at 72
in 1990 - Madonna started a nine-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'The Immaculate Collection.'


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in 1991 -
Cyndi Lauper married actor David Thornton in Manhattan, the wedding was officiated by Little Richard.

in 1991 -
Eric “The Fox“ Carr ( Paul Caravello) dies at age 41. American drummer, best known for his work with the rock band Kiss, replacing Peter Criss in 1980, remaining a member until he became ill in 1991. He had been playing in cover bands throughout the 1970s.. His Kiss persona, was first made up as The Hawk, but later adopted the persona of The Fox, he was also part of the band's stage makeup removal of their live on MTV in 1983. He also played guitar, bass guitar, piano and sang background vocals, he sung lead vocals on Black Diamond and Young and Wasted live with Kiss. He sang lead on the remake of Beth in the studio on the album Smashes, Thrashes & Hits. In 1989 he sang lead vocal on a self-penned, studio track titled Little Caesar, His last live performance with Kiss was November 9, 1990 in New York City, at Madison Square Garden.

in 1991 -
Freddie Mercury (Farrokh Bulsara) dies at age 45. Zanzibar-born British musician, best known as the lead singer, pianist and co-founder of the rock band Queen, who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. He came to England at the age of 17 and earned a Diploma in Art and Graphic Design at Ealing Art College, later using these skills to design the Queen crest. Freddie remained a British citizen for the rest of his life. He was a fan of Aretha Franklin, The Who, Jim Croce, Elvis Presley, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, and The Beatles, but his favourite performer was singer-actress Liza Minnelli. Following graduation, he joined a series of bands and sold second-hand clothes in the Kensington Market in London. He also held a job at Heathrow airport. In April 1970, he joined with guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor who had previously been in a band called Smile. Despite reservations from the other members, Freddie chose the name Queen for the new band. As a performer, he was known for his four-octave vocal range and on stage theatricality and flamboyant performances. As a songwriter, he composed many international hits, including Bohemian Rhapsody, which many rate the greatest song of all time,Killer Queen, Somebody to Love, Don't Stop Me Now, We Are the Champions, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, and Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy. In addition to his work with Queen, Freddie also led a solo career and was occasionally a producer and guest musician, piano or vocals for other artists. He who was of Indian Parsi descent and grew up in India, has been referred to as “Britain's first Asian rock star”.
in 1992 - Mary Smithuysen Dutch dancer/actress (Bridge Too Far), dies
in 1992 - Bill Wyman's divorce was finalised with the high court awarding his ex wife Mandy Smith £580,000.

in 1993 -
Janet Jackson played the first night on her ‘Janet’ 120 date World Tour at the Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati, Ohio.

in 1993 -
Albert Collins dies at age 61. American legendary blues guitarist, singer; he had many nicknames, such as The Ice Man, The Master of the Telecaster, and The Razor Blade He began recording in 1960 and released singles, including many instrumentals such as the million selling Frosty. In the spring of 1965 he moved to Kansas City, Missouri and made a name for himself. His genius was acknowledged by the music world in 1983, when he won the W. C. Handy Award for his album Don't Lose Your Cool, which won the award for best blues album of the year. The Fender Custom Shop created an accurate replica of the Ice Man's namesake '66 Custom Telecaster in 1990, which featured a double-bound swamp ash body, a custom-shaped maple neck sporting a separate laminated maple fingerboard with 21 vintage frets, a custom-wound Seymour Duncan '59 humbucker in the neck position and a Fender Texas Special Tele single-coil in the bridge

in 1995 -
Woiciech Woytek Wiesidlowski Lowski dancer, dies at 56
in 1996 - Edison Vasalievich Denisov composer, dies at 67
in 1996 - Makaveli (aka 2Pac) was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘The Don Killuminati - The 7 Day Theory’.

in 1999 - During a Bonhams of London rock auction,
Buddy Holly's first driving licence sold for £3,795; and a copy of The Beatles 'White Album' numbered 00000001, sold for £9,775.

in 2000 - Former husband of Spice Girl Mel B
Jimmy Gulzar was given unconditional bail after appearing in court charged with attacking the star's sister, Danielle.

in 2001 -
Melanie Janene Thornton dies at age 34. American-German pop singer born in Charleston, South Carolina. She had dual citizenship in Germany and the United States and in 1992 Melanie relocated to Germany where she found fame fronting the Eurodance group La Bouche. They recorded hits such as Be My Lover, and Sweet Dreams, in the mid-1990s. She also forged a moderately successful solo career in Germany before her death. Her hits include 'Love How You Love Me', 'Wonderful Dream', 'Memories' and 'Heartbeat' (Tragically died in a plane crash of the Crossair Flight 3597 near Bassersdorf by Zurich in Switzerland) b. May 13th 1967
in 2002 - Robbie Williams started a five week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Escapology’, his fifth UK No.1 album.
in 2002 - Jay-Z was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘The Blueprint 2’, the rapper’s first US No.1 album.

in 2003 - 'Agadoo' by
Black Lace was named the worst song of all time by a panel of music writers. The song peaked at No.2 on the UK charts in 1984.

in 2004 - Former US American Idol winner
Ruben Studdard was taken to hospital, suffering from exhaustion. The 26-year-old was in his Alabama hometown when he was taken ill.

in 2004 -
James Wong Jim/Uncle Jim/Wong Jum-sum dies at age 64. Cantopop lyricist, writer and TV host born in Panyu, in what now is part of Guangzhou, China and migrated to Hong Kong with his family in 1949. As a lyricist of Cantonese songs in Hong Kong from the 1960s, he wrote over 2,000 songs, collaborating with composer Joseph Koo aka. Gu Gaa-fai, on many popular TVB TV drama theme songs, many of which have become classics of the genre. He also hosted several TV programs, mostly interviews or talk shows oriented towards adults, on both TVB and ATV. One of the talk shows called Off-guard Tonight, co-hosted by himself and his close friends Chua Lam and Ni Kuang on ATV, is particularly remembered. He took part in creative directing positions within the entertainment industry in Hong Kong. He was also an alumnus of La Salle College. Many fans like to call him Uncle Jim.

in 2005 -
Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey announced they were to separate after three years of marriage. Their relationship had been the subject of persistent media scrutiny after it was chronicled on the hit MTV series 'Newlyweds.'

in 2005 -
Bob Geldof called for fair trade at an awards event in Rome that recognised his antipoverty efforts. "Africa must be allowed to trade itself out of poverty," he said as he received the Man of Peace award from the former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.

in 2006 -
Winners at this year’s American Music Awards included, Kelly Clarkson, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Shakira, Jamie Foxx, Nickelback, Sean Paul, Black Eyed Peas, Eminem, Faith Hill, Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw and Mary J. Blige. Nelly Furtado, John Mayer and Fall Out Boy.

in 2006 -
Walter Booker dies at age 73. American jazz bass and double bassist; recorded and toured with Ray Bryant, Betty Carter, Chick Corea, Stan Getz, Art Farmer, Milt Jackson, Thelonious Monk and Sonny Rollins, before joining the Cannonball Adderley Quintet with who he stayed with til 1975. He then built, and ran the Boogie Woogie Studio in NYC, a mecca for musicians from all over the world, and through the 1980s, he played and recorded with Nat Adderley, Nick Brignola, Arnett Cobb, Richie Cole, John Hicks, Billy Higgins, Clifford Jordan, Pharoah Sanders, Sarah Vaughan, and Phil Woods
in 2006 - Juhani “Juice” Leskinen dies at age 56. Finnish singer-songwriter; one of the most prominent Finnish singer-songwriters of the late 20th century. From the early 1970s onward he released nearly 30 full-length albums, as well as writing song lyrics for dozens of Finnish artists. Many of his songs have reached classic status in Finnish popular music... & Viidestoista yö, Kaksoiselämää, and Syksyn sävel.

in 2007 -
Casey Calvert dies at age 26. American guitarist for the emo/post-hardcore band Hawthorne Heights. The band, who were originally named A Day in the Life, have released three studio albums on Victory Records since changing their name to Hawthorne Heights of which Casey recorded on the first two, The Silence in Black and White which reached platinum and the gold selling If Only You Were Lonely.

in 2007 - Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist
Flea lost his multi-million pound house in a wildfire that swept through Malibu, 53 other properties were destroyed by the blaze. Flea told the Los Angeles Times the $4.8m (£2.3m) property was "burnt to a crisp".

in 2008 -
Michael Lee (Michael Gary Pearson) dies at age 39. British world renowned drummer; toured and recorded with former Led Zeppelin musicians Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, also played drums with Little Angels, The Cult, Echo & The Bunnymen, the reformed version of Thin Lizzy, ZZ Top, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Bryan Adams, Guns 'N' Roses, Lenny Kravitz, Holosade, Alaska, Sweet Janes and many more. Most recently he had toured with Jeff Martin and played drums on Jeff's new solo album, Exile and the Kingdom. He also performed with The Cult founders Billy Duffy and Ian Astbury on their Ceremony tour and cooperated on the 2006 album Gillan's Inn

in 2008 -
Kenny MacLean dies at age 52. Scottish/Canadian bassist best known as a former member of the Canadian New Wave group, the multi-platinum selling band Platinum Blonde. He had been a SOCAN member for over 28 years and written and recorded tracks for many prominent Canadian artists and has worked with noted producers including Terry Brown, David Foster, Bernard Edwards and Carter. He had been working on his 3rd solo album, which he had completed just before his death entitled Completely at Toronto's Mod Club it was released on Friday November 21st 2008.

in 2008 - Snaresbrook Crown Court heard how
Boy George chained a male escort to his bedroom wall and beat him with a metal chain after accusing him of hacking into his laptop. The singer had made contact with Mr Carlsen, 29, on the social networking website Gaydar. Mr Carlsen told the court that he was dragged along the floor towards the bed and a handcuff was put on his right hand. The manacle was attached to a hook drilled into the wall by the bed. The police later photographed welts on Mr Carlsen's arm where the handcuffs had been. The fire brigade had to be called to cut the cuffs off.

in 2009 -
Amy Black dies at age 36. British mezzo-soprano opera singer of Hedon, near Hull, she studied at the Royal Academy of Music, toured with the European Opera, as well as spending seasons with the English National Opera. She gave many concerts and recitals in the UK and many other places around the world, most recently performing in the role of Mercedes in Carmen for both the Scottish Opera and English National Opera. Amy underwent heart surgery in June for a defect in her aortic valve but had recently resumed performing. She often sang before Hull FC rugby league matches at the KC Stadium. A founder member of the London Theatre Voices, a quartet of friends who met while singing for the ENO, she was also known as the star of Classics in the Park, held at Brantingham, Yorkshire. Amy spent the six months working on the musicals “On the Town” with June Whitfield and “Kismet”, singing along side Michael Ball at The London Coliseum in the West End and was recently flown out to Qatar to entertain the legendary Tenor Placido Domingo
in 2010 - Peter 'Sleazy' Christopherson dies at age 55. British pianist, synthesizer and electronics musician born in Leeds; he was one of the original members of the Industrial Records band, Throbbing Gristle. After which he participated in the foundation of Psychic TV along with Geoffrey Rushton aka John Balance. After his short time in Psychic TV, he formed Coil along with Balance, which lasted just under 23 years, until Balance died of a fall in their Weston-Super-Mare home. Peter next reunited Throbbing Gristle and he composed an album for his solo endeavour The Threshold HouseBoys Choir. He and Ivan Pavlov started a new project called Soisong, which officially premiered in Tokyo on March 9th 2008 and later toured Europe with several shows, having self-released their debut EP. In April of the same year Peter and Pavlov, alongside David Tibet, Othon Mataragas and Ernesto Tomasini, performed a live soundtrack for Derek Jarman's The Angelic Conversation in Turin, Italy. Prior to his musical career, Peter was a commercial artist, designer, and photographer. Notably, he was one of the three partners of the album cover design group Hipgnosis, which was responsible for many notable album covers of the 1970s.
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in 1640 -
Giles Farnaby composer, dies.
in 1734 - Johann Friedrich Wilhelm Wenkel composer is born.
in 1737 - Christian Friedrich Penzel composer is born.
in 1741 - Johann Christian Frischmuth composer is born.
in 1750 - Francesco Feroci composer, dies at 77.
in 1752 - Johann Friedrich Reichardt composer is born.
in 1755 - Johann Georg Pisendel German violist/composer, dies at 76.
in 1753 - Otto Carl Erdmann Kospoth composer is born.
in 1773 - Carl Hockh composer dies at 66.
in 1787 - Franz Xavier Gruber Austria, organist/composer (Silent Night) is born.
in 1805 - Opera "Thais" 1st American performance.

in 1815 -
Johann Peter Saloman composer, dies at 70.
Salomon brought Joseph Haydn to London in 1791-92 and 1794-95, and together with Haydn led the first performances of many of the works that Haydn composed while in England. Haydn wrote his symphonies numbers 93 to 104 for these trips, which are sometimes known as the Salomon symphonies (they are more widely known as the London symphonies.

in 1830 -
Pierre Rode composer dies at 56.
in 1834 - Jean-Baptist Colyns composer is born.
in 1839 - Stanislaw Duniecki composer is born.
in 1847 - Opera "Marta" is produced (Vienna).
in 1856 - Sergei Ivanovich Taneyev Russia, composer (Oresteia) is born.
in 1862 - Ethelbert Woodbridge Nevin composer is born.
in 1873 - Dirk Schafer Dutch pianist/composer (Javanese Rhapsody) is born.
in 1881 - Peder Gram composer is born.

in 1881 -
Theobald Boehm, famous German flutist and flute manufacturer, dies at Munich. He was the son of a goldsmith and learned mechanics in his father's workshop. He also studied flute, and eventually established himself as one of the greatest flute virtuoso of his era. In 1818 he became a court musician in Munich. He opened a factory in Munich in 1828 and introduced his first flute in 1832. His system of construction marked a new departure in the making of woodwind instruments. To render the flute acoustically perfect, he fixed the position and size of the holes so as to obtain, not convenience in fingering, but purity and fullness of tone; all holes are covered by keys, whereby prompt and accurate "speaking" is assured; and the bore is modified, rendering the tone much fuller and mellower. He published Uber den Flotenbau und die neuesten Verbesserungen desselben (Mainz, 1847; ed. by K. Ventzke as On the Construction of Flutes/Uber den Flotenbau, Baren, the Netherlands, 1982) and Die FWte und das Flotenspiel (Munich, 1871). - Born at Munich, April 9, 1794.

in 1883 -
Ludwig Erk composer dies at 76.
in 1886 - Rex Maupin St Joseph Mo, orch leader (Tin Pan Alley TV) is born.
in 1895 - Wilhelm Kempff Juterbog Germany, pianist (Unter dem Zimbelstern) is born.
in 1895 - Edmond van der Straeten Belgian lawyer/musicologist, dies at 68.

TODAY’S MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT SHINES ON . . .

in 1896 -
Virgil (Garnett) Thomson, many-faceted American composer of great originality and a music critic of singular brilliance, is born at Kansas City, Mo. He began piano lessons at age 12 with local teachers, and also received instruction in organ (1909-17; 1919) and played in local churches. He took courses at a local junior college (1915-17; 1919), then entered Harvard University, where he studied orchestration with E.B. Hill and became assistant and accompanist to A.T. Davison, conductor of its Glee Club; also studied piano with Heinrich Gebhard and organ with Wallace Goodrich in Boston. In 1921 he went with the Harvard Glee Club to Europe, where he remained on a John Knowles Paine Traveling Fellowship to study organ with Boulanger at the Paris Ecole Normale de Musique; also received private instruction in counterpoint from her.

Returning to Harvard in 1922, he was made organist and choirmaster at King's Coil.; after graduating in 1923, he went to N.Y.to study conducting with Clifton and counterpoint with Scalero at the [uilliard Graduate School. In 1925 he returned to Paris, which remained his base until 1940.


He established friendly contacts with cosmopolitan groups of musicians, writers, and painters; his association with Gertrude Stein was particularly significant in the development of his aesthetic ideas. In his music, he refused to follow any set of modernistic doctrines; rather, he embraced the notion of popular universality, which allowed him to use the techniques of all ages and all degrees of simplicity or complexity, from simple triadic harmonies to dodecaphonic intricacies; in so doing he achieved an eclectic illumination of astonishing power of direct communication, expressed in his dictum
"jamais de banalite, toujours le lieu commun."

Beneath the characteristic Parisian persiflage in some of his music there is a profoundly earnest intent. His most famous composition is the opera
Four Saints in Three Acts, to the libretto by Gertrude Stein, in which the deliberate confusion wrought by the author of the play (there are actually 4 acts and more than a dozen saints, some of them in duplicate) and the composer's almost solemn, hymn-like treatment, create a hilarious modern operabuffa. It was first introduced at Hartford, Conn., on Feb. 8,1934, characteristically announced as being under the auspices of the "Society of Friends and Enemies of Modern Music," of which Thomson was director (1934-37); the work became an American classic, with constant revivals staged in America and Europe.

In 1940 Thomson was appointed music critic of the N.Y.
HeraldTribune; he received the Pulitzer Prize in Music in 1948 for his score to the film Louisiana Story. Far from being routine journalism, Thomson's music reviews are minor masterpieces of literary brilliance and critical acumen. He resigned in 1954 to devote himself to composition and conducting. He received the Legion d'honneur in 1947;was elected to membership in the National Institute of Arts and Letters in 1948 and in the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1959. In 1982 he received an honorary degree of D.Mus. from Harvard University. In 1983 he was awarded the Kennedy Center Honor for lifetime achievement. He received the Medal of Arts in 1988. - Died at N.Y., Sept. 30, 1989.

in 1897 -
Willie "The Lion" Smith (US Jazz Pianist) is born.

in 1897 -
Matija Bravnicar, Slovenian composer and teacher, is born at Tolmin. After service in the Austrian army (1915-18) he was a violinist at the opera theater in Ljubljana; meanwhile he studied composition at the Conservatory, there, graduating in 1932. He was director of the Ljubljana Academy of Music (1945-49) where he later taught composition (1952-68); was president of the Society of Slovenian Composers (1949-52) and of the Union of Yugoslavian Composers (1953-57). In his works, he cultivated a neo-Classical style, with thematic material strongly influenced by the melorhythmic inflections of Slovenian folk music. - Died at Ljubljana, Nov. 25, 1977.

in 1899 -
Robert Lowry composer dies at 73.
in 1900 - Arthur Schwartz composer (Girl from Paris, Excuse my Dust) is born.
in 1901 - Tibor Serly Losonc Hungary, violinist/composer (American Elegy) is born.
in 1901 - Josef Gabriel Rheinberger German composer/music theorist, dies at 62.
in 1904 - Herbert Reynolds Inch composer is born.
in 1904 - Toni Ortelli (Italian composer and alpinist) is born.
in 1914 - Davorin Jenko composer dies at 79.
in 1914 - Eddie Boyd blues vocal/pianist (Mississippi) is born.
in 1922 - Ilja Hurnik composer is born.
in 1922 - Gloria Lasso (Rosa María Coscolin) (Spanish-born singer) is born.
in 1924 - Paul Desmond US jazz saxophonist is born.
in 1924 - Tui St George Tucke, composer is born.
in 1925 - Royal G. "Rusty" Bryant (US jazz tenor and alto saxophonist) is born.
in 1927 - violinist Yehudi Menuhin made his solo debut at the age of 11 performing Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with the New York Symphony Society Orchestra.
in 1928 - Etta Jones (US jazz singer) is born.
in 1928 - James "Jimmy" Johnson (US gospel/blues singer/guitarist) is born.
in 1929 - Theo Bruins Dutch pianist/composer (Sei Studii) is born.

in 1931 -
Nat(haniel Adderley Sr., jazz cornetist; brother of Cannonball Adderley, is born at Tampa, Fla. Under his father's and brother's influence, Nat took up trumpet in 1946, switched to cornet in 1950, and played in an army band from 1951-53. After touring with Lionel Hampton (1954-55), he joined his brother's first quintet until late 1957, then worked with J. J. Johnson and a Woody Herman small group before rejoining his brother from September 1959 through Cannonball's death in July 1975. Nat's "Work Song" and "Jive Samba" were among the group's most popular compositions. He led his own quintets beginning in 1975, and sometimes played mellophone and French horn. In 1997, Adderley had his right leg amputated in Lakeland, Fla., due to diabetes. He retired from playing music, and died from complications of his disease in early 2000. His son, Nat Adderley Jr., is an accomplished pianist and longtime musical director for popular singer Luther Vandross. - Died at Lakeland, Fla., Jan. 3, 2000.

in 1933 -
Krzysztof Pendereck Polish composer (Die Teufel von Loudon) is born.
in 1933 - Ramiro Cortes composer is born.
in 1940 - Percy Sledge soul singer (When A Man Loves A Woman) is born.

in 1940 -
Ivar Andresen, Norwegian bass, dies at Stockholm. He studied at the Royal Opera School in Stockholm. He made his operatic debut in Stockholm in 1919 as the King in Aida. From 1925 to 1934 he was a member of the Dresden State Opera, and also appeared at the Bayreuth Festivals (1927-36) and at London's Covent Garden (1928-31). On Nov. 1,1930, he made his Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. as Daland, continuing on its roster until 1932. From 1934 to 1936 he sang at the Berlin State Opera, and in 1935 appeared at the Glyndebourne Festival. His success in Germany led to his being made a Kammersanger. Although principally known as a Wagnerian, he also sang such roles as Sarastro and Osmin to great effect. - Born at Christiania, July 27,1896.

in 1942 -
Bob Lind (US folk music singer/songwriter) is born.
in 1943 - Roy Lynes rocker (Status Quo) is born.
in 1946 - Bev Bevan (UK rock drummer:The Move/Electric Light Orchestra/Black Sabbath/ELO 2) is born.
in 1947 - Val Fuentes (US drummer; It's A Beautiful Day) is born.
in 1947 - Linda Laflamme rocker is born.
in 1947 - Zé Rodrix (José Rodrigues Trindade) (Brazilian composer, musician, singer; several band/solo) is born.
in 1949 - [Boris] Alexander Godunov Sakhalin USSR, dancer/actor (Die Hard) is born.
in 1949 - "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" appears on music charts.
in 1949 - Luther "Bill" Robinson "Bojangles" famed tap dancer, dies at 71.
in 1950 - Jocelyn Brown (uk singer; solo/extensive background singer) is born.
in 1951 - Bill Morrissey (US folk singer, songwriter) is born.
in 1952 - Antonio Guarnieri composer, dies at 72.
in 1952 - Jean-Fernand Vaubourgoin composer, dies at 71.
in 1958 - Gary Coveyou rocker is born.

in 1958 -
Lord Rockinghams XI were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Hoot's Mon', (based on the traditional Scottish folk song 'One Hundred Pipers'). Lord Rockingham's XI were the house band on the UK Jack Good TV show 'Oh Boy.'

in 1959 -
Steve Rother, Brampton, guitarist, (Marillion-Clutching at Straws) is born.
in 1959 - Steve Rothery (UK guitarist; Marillion) is born.
in 1960 - Amy Grant (US singer) is born.

in 1961 -
The Everly Brothers started active service for the 8th Battalion Marine Corps Reserves, working as artillerymen.

in 1960 -
Kasey Smith (US keyboardist; Danger Danger/Get With It) is born
in 1963 - Holly Cole (Canadian jazz singer) is born
in 1964 - Mark Lanegan (US singer, songwriter; Queen Of The Stone Age/Screaming Trees/solo) is born
in 1965 - Harrods department store in London closed to the public so The Beatles could do their Christmas shopping.
in 1965 - The Seekers were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'The Carnival Is Over', the group's second No.1.

in 1965 -
Dame Myra Hess DBE dies at age 75. British pianist born in London. At the age of five she began to study the piano and two years later entered the Guildhall School of Music, where she graduated as winner of the gold medal. She studied at the Royal Academy of Music under Tobias Matthay. was most renowned for her interpretations of the works of Mozart, Beethoven and Schumann, but had a wide repertoire ranging from Domenico Scarlatti to contemporary works. She gave the premiere of Howard Ferguson's Piano Sonata and his Piano Concerto. She also played a good amount of chamber music, and performed in a piano duo with Irene Scharrer. She promoted public awareness of the piano duo and two-piano works of Schubert. She made a well-known arrangement for piano of the chorale prelude "Jesus bleibet meine Freude" (known in English as "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring") from Johann Sebastian Bach's Cantata No. 147 "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben"
in 1966 - Stacy Lattisaw Wash DC, disco singer (Million Dollar Baby) is born.
in 1966 - Tim Armstrong (US: vocals, guitar, drum; Rancid/The Transplants/Operation Ivy) is born.
in 1967 - Rodney Sheppard (Trinidadian guitarist; Sugar Ray) is born.
in 1968 - Erick Sermon (Erick Onasis/The Green Eyed Bandit/E-Double-E) (US rap artist) is born.
in 1968 - Tunde Emanuel Baiyewu (UK singer, Lighthouse Family) is born.
in 1968 - Marcel Labey composer dies at 93.

in 1968 -
The Beatles double White album was released in the US. Featuring 'Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da', 'Dear Prudence', 'Helter Skelter', 'Blackbird' 'Back In The USSR' and George Harrisons 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps'. The album spent 101 weeks on the US chart peaking at No.1.

in 1969 -
John Lennon returned his OBE to The Queen on the grounds of the UK's involvement in the Nigeria Biafra war, America in Vietnam, and against his latest single 'Cold Turkey' slipping down the charts.

in 1970 -
Albert Ayler, free-jazz tenor saxophonist, dies at age 34. Ayler's unique approach generally began with a simple theme played with a wide vibrato, followed by a free improvisation based on a total exploration of the speech-like screaming sounds possible on the saxophone. Highly controversial, he was greatly admired by John Coltrane, who would listen and learn from his recordings and once performed with him. On some of his later albums, Ayler astonished his following by incorporating his early blues influences with the current rock styles. Ayler began playing the alto saxophone in his father's band, then took up the tenor sax and, as a teenager in high school, played around Cleveland with R&B bands and toured with blues artist Little Walter. He spent some time in Calif., married, then entered the army in 1958 as a musician. After band and military training at Fort Knox, Ky, in March 1959 he was sent with a band to Europe, then in April 1961 was transferred to a band at Fort Ord, Calif. Discharged from the army in 1961, Ayler worked first in Scandinavia (playing standard songs on his first recordings), then in N.Y. He formed his first compatible band in 1964 with Don Cherry, Gary Peacock, and Sunny Murray, recording and playing infrequently. Ayler appeared at the Newport Jazz Festival in early July 1966. Coltrane brought Ayler to play with him at Lincoln Center in N.Y. on Feb. 19, 1966, and it was almost certainly Coltrane who encouraged Impulse Records to record Ayler beginning in December 1966. Ayler toured Europe in 1964,1966, and 1970. On his last records he took to singing, playing bagpipes, and adding rock musicians and soul singers to his band. One of these vocalists was his companion, Mary Parks (aka Mary Maria), who seemed to dominate his last few efforts. After missing for 20 days, Ayler's body was found in the East River off of Manhattan on Nov. 25, 1970; the research of Peter Wilson shows that his death was almost certainly a suicide. Ayler's brother, Donald (b. Cleveland, Ohio, Oct. 5,1942), was a trumpeter in the Cleveland area, but has been mostly inactive since his brother's death. - Born at Cleveland, Ohio, July 13, 1936.
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in 1972 -
Mark Morton (US guitarist; Lamb Of God) is born.
in 1972 - Chuck Berry was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'My Ding a-Ling', his only UK No.1.

in 1974 -
Nick Drake dies at age 26. British singer songwriter and multi-musician, but his primary instrument was the guitar, though he was also proficient at piano, clarinet, and saxophone. Not appreciated in his lifetime, but since his death his work has grown steadily in stature, to the extent that he now ranks among the most influential English singer-songwriters of the last 50 years, his songs have been covered by many greats and in 2004, 30 years after his death, he gained his first chart hit when two singles, "Magic" and "River Man", were released to coincide with the compilation album 'Made to Love Magic', later that year, the BBC aired a radio documentary about Nick, narrated by Brad Pitt

in 1976 -
The Band made their final performance; 'The Last Waltz' the show also featured Joni Mitchell, Dr John, Neil Young, Van Morrison, Neil Diamond, Eric Clapton and others. Martin Scorsese filmed the event.

in 1978 -
Shina Ringo (Japanese singer, songwriter, guitarist, pianist) is born.
in 1978 - The Police appeared at The Electric Ballroom in London, England, admission £1.50.

in 1979 -
Thea Gilmore (UK singer, songwriter) is born.
in 1982 - The Jam started their final UK tour at Glasgow's Apollo Theatre in Scotland.

in 1983 -
Kirsty Crawford (Scottish singer, songwriter; Pop Idol finalist) is born.

in 1984 -
The cream of the British pop world gathered at S.A.R.M. Studios, London to record the historic ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ The single, which was written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure, featured Paul Young, Bono, Boy George, Sting and George Michael. It went on to sell over three million copies in the UK, becoming the bestselling record ever, and raised over £8 million ($13.6 million) worldwide.

in 1986 -
Katie Cassidy (US actress, singer) is born.
in 1987 – Dolla (Roderick Anthony Burton II) (US rap artist; Da Razkalz Cru/solo is born.

in 1989 -
Milli Vanilli started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Blame It On The Rain', their third US No.1 of the year, a No.53 hit in the UK.

in 1989 - The US boy band from Boston
New Kids On The Block had their first UK No.1 single with 'You Got It' (The Right Stuff').

in 1992 - The film
'The Bodyguard', opened nation-wide featuring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner.
in 1995 - Radiohead singer Thom Yorke blacked out halfway through a show in Munich, Germany, suffering from exhaustion.

in 1995 -
Whitney Houston went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Exhale (Shoop Shoop)', written by Babyface and taken from the film 'Waiting To Exhale', it gave Whitney her 11th US No.1.

in 1995 -
Don Goldie (Donald Elliott Goldfield) dies at age 65. American versatile jazz trumpet player, a talented soloist with a wide range who became especially visible in the late '50s working with Jack Teagarden. After leaving Teagarden's group, Goldie led his own band for a time, and by the late '60s was working with Jackie Gleason in Miami Beach, as well as playing gigs of his own. Goldie had cut albums for Chess Records' Argo offshoot and the Verve label in the early '60s, and in the 1970s reemerged with his own Jazz Forum label, for which he cut a string of eight LPs. He released his final LP, Don Goldie's Dangerous Jazz Band, on the Jazzology label in 1982.
in 1997 - Fenton Robinson US blues guitarist (Tennessee Woman), dies at 62.

in 1997 –
Barbara (Monique Andrée Serf) dies at age 67. French female singer; she appeared on TV variety shows, toured Japan, Canada, Belgium, Israel, the Netherlands and Switzerland. Her album "Seule" was one of France's top grossing releases of 1981. In 1982, she was awarded the prestigious Grand Prix du Disque in recognition of her contribution to French culture. An icon of French musical history, she has been honored with her image on a French postage stamp. A number of books have been written about her life and her records still sell in large numbers to this day.

in 1999 - Creation records boss
Alan McGee announced that he was leaving the label. McGee had signed Oasis to the label after seeing them play a gig in Glasgow, Scotland. The label was also the home to other acts including Primal Scream and Teenage Fanclub.

in 2000 - Volkswagen featured the title track from
Pink Moon in a television advertisement, and within a month Drake had sold more records than he had in the previous thirty years.

in 2000 - A burglar broke into
Alice Cooper's home and made off with over $6000 worth of clothes, shoes and cameras belonging to the singers daughter. The good's were all lifted from Cooper's house in Paradise Valley, along with four of the star's gold discs.

in 2001 -
Garth Brooks went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Scarecrow.'

in 2001 -
Robbie Williams started an eight-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Swing When You're Winning'.

in 2001 -
S Club 7 scored their fourth UK No.1 single with 'Have You Ever.' The Children In Need charity recording was their 4th and last No.1.

in 2003 -
Michael Jackson launched a website to defend himself following allegations of sexual abuse of a 12-year old boy. The singer posted a message saying the charges were based on 'a big lie' and he wanted to end 'this horrible time' by proving they were false in court.

in 2003 -
Glen Campbell was arrested in Phoenix Arizona with a blood alcohol level of .20 after his BMW struck a Toyota Camry. He was charged with 'extreme' drunk driving, hit and run, and assaulting a police officer. A police officer reported that while in custody, Campbell hummed his hit 'Rhinestone Cowboy' repeatedly.

in 2003 -
Meat Loaf underwent heart surgery in a London hospital after being diagnosed with a condition that causes an irregular heartbeat. The 52-year-old singer had collapsed on November 17th as he performed at London's Wembley Arena.
in 2005 - Take That announced that they were to reform for a tour, 10 years after they split up. At a press conference in London, Gary Barlow, Jason Orange, Mark Owen and Howard Donald said they would go back on tour in April 2006, but without Robbie Williams.

in 2005 - Authorities in Vietnam extended
Gary Glitter's detention by four months, while claims that he had sex with under-age girls were examined. Glitter was held under suspicion of committing lewd acts with children. The ex-singer denied accusations of having sex with two under-age girls, one aged 12.

in 2005 -
Madonna achieved her sixth number one on the US album charts with ‘Confessions on a Dance Floor’ her third consecutive US album chart topper. The album went to No.1 in 40 countries setting a new record. The Beatles previously held this record when The Beatles 1 went to No.1 in 36 countries in 2000.

in 2006 -
Valentin Elizalde dies at age 27. Mexican singer; born in the city of Navojoa, Sonora, he also known as "El Gallo de Oro", The Golden Rooster. His biggest Banda hits included "Vete Ya," "Ebrio de Amor", "Vencedor", " Vete Con El", "Vuelve Cariñito", "Como Me Duele", " Mi Virgencita", and "Soy Así.". He will be remembered as one of the best Mexican singers of our time. (gunned down in an ambush; 28 bullets were found in his body. Some of his songs were narcocorridos, and some think it appears he was murdered by drug trafficking gangs)
in 2007 - Kevin DuBrow dies at age 52. American rock singer, best known as the lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Quiet Riot from 1973 until his death. During Quiet Riot's commercial heyday in the 1980s, he was known for his on-stage charisma, gravelly bluesy voice, and suspenders. He recorded 10 albums with his band and 4 solo albums. He grew up in Los Angeles, in his mid-teens he had was influenced by UK rock acts including the Small Faces, Slade, Spooky Tooth, Rod Stewart and Humble Pie. He joined Quiet Riot in 1973 recording 10 albums with them which produced singles such as "Cum On Feel the Noize", "Bang Your Head (Metal Health)" and "Mama Weer All Crazee Now". Kevin also recorded solo such as Thunderbolt: A Tribute to AC/DC, a cover of "Highway to Hell"; Appetite for Reconstruction, a cover of Guns n Roses "Welcome to the Jungle" and his 2004 album In for the Kill.

in 2008 - The legal dispute over a music contract between
Michael Jackson and an Arab sheik, ended with an "amicable settlement." Jackson had been due to fly in to the UK to give evidence at the High Court before an agreement in principle was reached. The King of Bahrain's son, Sheikh Abdulla Bin Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa, was suing Jackson for £4.7m, claiming he reneged on a music contract.

in 2010 -
Tony Dixon dies at age 52. Irish disc jockey and blogger (died after a short illness). Originally from Pinewood on the Northside of Dublin, RnB DJ Tony Dixon began his radio career working with the 'Big D' pirate station in the '70's. He was known affectionately in the music industry as a member of the 'Northside mafia', a group of high profile presenters including Ian Dempsey, Tony Fenton and Gerry Ryan who all grew up together and went on to forge distinguished careers on both national and local radio. In the '80's he moved to another pirate station, 'Sunshine Radio' before managing the popular nightclub 'Hollywood Nights' at the Stillorgan Park Hotel. Tony joined Dublin radio station, FM104 in February 2000 presenting his Hip Hop and RnB show every Saturday night, where his catchphrase was: "If it's Hip Hop and RnB, don't miss me, Tony D".He also worked as a sales consultant for the station.

in 2010 -
Ann Southam dies at age 73. Canadian composer. Licentiate Diploma (Toronto) 1963. Early on, Ann Southam was interested in visual arts, but she turned to composing at age 15 after attending a summer music camp at the Banff School (now The Banff Centre). After studies with Samuel Dolin (composition) at the Royal Conservatory of Music and with Pierre Souvairan (piano) and Gustav Ciamaga (electronic music) 1960-3 at the University of Toronto, she began teaching at the Royal Conservatory of Music in 1966.

Her association with the New Dance Group of Canada (later Toronto Dance Theatre) began in 1967, and she became composer-in-residence in 1968. She composed many electronic scores for this company, and for other dance companies and choreographers. In 1977, with Diana McIntosh, she helped to create Music Inter Alia, which promoted Winnipeg new music concerts until 1991.


Southam's early works were written in a Romantic style (ie, expressive music predominant in the 19th century). She later adopted 12-tone procedures, though never strictly. In the 1980s, Southam began drawing away from electronic music, while simultaneously developing an increasing interest in music by American minimalists Terry Riley and Steve Reich. Glass Houses (1981), for example, is constructed from short tonal units that combine and re-combine, creating an overall sense of lyricism. Around this time, Southam made an important professional ally when she hired the pianist Christina Petrowska-Quilico to record a demo tape of parts of Glass Houses and Rivers (1979-81, rev. 2004).


The inspiration she found in such collaborative relationships inspired Southam to write an increasing number of works for acoustic instruments. In 1988, she composed Throughways, for chamber orchestra, with no electronic element. A commission of the Music Gallery, the work was premiered there by the Hemispheres Orchestra 9 Nov 1989.

In the 1990s Southam abandoned electroacoustic writing, creating wholly instrumental works such as Song of the Varied Thrush (1991) for string quartet; Webster's Spin (1993) for string orchestra, commissioned by the CBC and premiered by the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra 22 Mar 1994; and Full Circles (1996, rev. 2005) for Arraymusic. Later she began collaborating with Eve Egoyan, who premiered Qualities of Consonance (1998) at the Music Gallery 28 May 1999; Figures (2001) with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at the Massey Hall New Music Festival 22 Nov 2001; In Retrospect (2004) 26 Mar 2004; and Simple Lines of Enquiry (2008) at Toronto's Enwave Theatre 30 May 2009. The Manitoba Chamber Orchestra premiered Music for Strings 20 Sep 2000.

In July 2006 Angela Pickett, Teresa Doyle, and Kate Poole performed an acoustic version of Re-Tuning in St. John's. Christina Petrowska Quilico gave the first complete performance of Rivers in May 2005 at the Music Gallery in Toronto, and premiered Southam's Pond Life for solo piano in 2008 at the Sound Symposium in St. John's.

Ann Southam's earlier works, especially for piano, are lyrical atonal pieces. Lyricism remains an important element of the later electronic scores and of such works as Counterparts for orchestra and tape and CounterPlay, a CBC commission for string quartet and tape. Of Waves (based on electronic wave forms), commissioned and premiered (1 Apr 1976) by Milton Barnes's Toronto Repertory Orchestra, John Kraglund wrote: "Its cycles of sounds were effectively achieved by the location of sections of the orchestra in a semi-circle... While there was an element of chance music in the style, the effect was pretty controlled... alternating long lyrical lines with angular, staccato phrases - interrupted by silences."

Southam's return to acoustic composition also came about in part through an interest in the physicality of performing. Four in Hand (1981), written for pianists Jane Blackstone and Ruth Kazdan, is a single-movement work for piano four hands that uses free 12-tone harmony and motifs, which lead to a closing D major chord. The composition essentially has the performer "blasting about the keyboard" (Musicworks, Summer 1998). It also demonstrates Southam's predilection for reconciling the 12-tone system with traditional practices. Re-Tuning (1985), however, is more indicative of the direction Southam's music took in years to come. Made up of 25 modular sections that are repeated and spun rapidly one into another over an electronic drone, this piece was heavily influenced by Southam's collaboration with Rivka Golani.


Southam is one of Canada's first prominent women composers. When she came of age as a composer, in the 1960s, it was comparatively uncommon for women to be recognized in the field of music composition, and for any composer, regardless of gender, to be recognized in the burgeoning field of electronic music. She was on the vanguard of a generation that profoundly and positively changed the landscape and social mechanics of contemporary Canadian music. Southam, an avowed feminist, proudly - and even provocatively - incorporated this change in her music. In Musicworks (no. 101, Summer 2008), Eve Egoyan and Gayle Young observed that for Southam, ". . . there is a close connection between composing for or playing the piano and other forms of work done by hand, such as weaving, that reflect the nature of traditional women's work - repetitive, life-sustaining, requiring time and patience. But through it all, runs a thread of questioning . . . ."


Southam was a member of the Canadian League of Composers; and a founding member, first president 1980-8, life member (2002) and honorary president (2007) of the Association of Canadian Women Composers. She was a sponsor for new music events, eg the Excentricities (1998) concert featuring women composers; the Arraymusic Young Composers' Workshop; and Continuum Contemporary Music. She was also an associate of the Canadian Music Centre, which named its recording collection the Ann Southam Digital Audio Archive. She received the Friends of Canadian Music Award in 2002. In 2010 Southam was named a Member of the Order of Canada. A forthcoming book on Southam's life and music was announced in 2011. The project is under the direction of Christina Petrowska Quilico and composer Constantine Caravassilis.

in 2011 - Coco Robicheaux/Curtis John Arceneaux dies at age 64. American blues musician and artist. Born in Merced, California. He took his stage name from a Louisiana legend, in which a naughty child called Coco Robicheaux, is abducted by a werewolf. He has performed across Europe and America, at every New Orleans French Quarter festival since 1995 and for 10 consecutive years at the New Orlean Jazz& Heritage Festival. He was inducted into The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame on Oct 24th 2009. Coco appeared in the episode "Hotshots", of the USA Network series Big Easy, playing a New Orleans musician named "Coco", who had sold his soul to the devil. Two of Robicheaux's songs were also featured in the episode, "Broken String" and "Spiritland". He also appeared as himself in the second episode of HBO's Treme, first broadcast in the US on April 18th 2010. Born October 25th 1947.

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2011 - Ross MacManus dies at age 84. English singer, trumpet player, songwriter and father of Elvis Costello. Born in Birkenhead, he joined Joe Loss in March 1955 and wrote and sang "Patsy Girl", a 1964 single credited to Ross McManus and the Joe Loss Blue Beats. The song was featured on the "Fathers" episode of Bob Dylan's radio series, Theme Time Radio Hour, in 2006. In 1970 he recorded a version of The Beatles' song "The Long and Winding Road" under the pseudonym of Day Costello and in 1973 he was responsible for the music and vocals from the much loved R. White's Lemonade television advertisement theme song, "Secret Lemonade Drinker", on which Elvis Costello plays the drums, and sang backing vocals. The ad won a silver award at the 1974 International Advertising Festival. Ross also played the trumpet on two of his son's albums, Out of Our Idiot-87 on the song "A Town Called Big Nothing," credited to the MacManus Gang and Mighty Like a Rose-91 on the song "Invasion Hit Parade" (passed after a long illness) Born October 20th 1927.

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2011 - Don DeVito dies at age 72. American record producer, music business executive and guitarist. His career was spent at Columbia Records, where his production credits included Bob Dylan's albums Blood on the Tracks, Desire and Street-Legal. Born in Brooklyn, New York, and in his late teens began playing as a guitarist in Al Kooper's band. In 1967, he began training as an executive with CBS, and worked as A&R manager covering Miami, before transferring to New York City in 1971 to head up a new marketing initiative, later moving to the main Columbia A&R department. He also joined Dylan on tour and produced his albums Hard Rain, Street Legal and At Budokan. He also worked with the likes of Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, Simon and Garfunkel, Aerosmith, Tony Bennett and Carole King. In 1981 he was appointed National Vice President of A&R for Columbia and nominated for a Grammy Award on five occasions, winning in the category of Best Traditional Folk Recording in '89 for the album Folkways-A Vision Shared: A Tribute to Woody Guthrie & Leadbelly (prostate cancer) Born September 6th 1939.

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in 1604 - birth of
Johann Bach (no, not that one!) in Erfurt, Germany.
[Johann Sebastian Bach the Younger (26 September 1748–11 September 1778) was a German painter. He was the son of composer Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach and the grandson of composer Johann Sebastian Bach.] Bach was born in Berlin. He studied under Adam Friedrich Oeser in Leipzig. In May 1773 he moved to Dresden, and in February 1776, he moved to Hamburg, where his father was Director of Music. In September 1776 he embarked on a study trip to Rome, where he became seriously ill soon after his arrival in February 1777, and died of an unknown ailment in 1778.
Bach created mostly brush drawings of idyllic landscapes, bustling with people. His works show the influence of Solomon Gessner. Towards the end of his life he turned to representations of people and created historical and mythological scenes. He also made vignettes and illustrations of works by Gottlieb Rabener and Christian Felix Weisse.
In his time he was quite renowned as an artist. Collections of his works are in Coburg, Dresden, Hamburg, Leipzig and Vienna.

in 1640 -
Carl Rosier composer is born.
in 1653 - Andreas Anton Schmelzer composer is born.

in 1744 -
Karl Siegmund Freiherr von Seckendorff, German writer and composer, is born at Erlangen. He studied literature and jurisprudence at the University of Erlangen. He was an officer in the Austrian army (1761-74), then in the diplomatic service in Weimar (1776-84); shortly before his death, he was appointed Prussian ambassador in Ansbach (1784). At Weimar he was on close terms with Goethe, who allowed him to write music for a number of his poems before their publication (Der Fischer, Der Konig in Thule, etc.); in these songs, Seckendorff caught the characteristic inflections of folk melodies. - Died at Ansbach, April 26, 1785.

in 1760 - 28 year old
Franz Joseph Haydn married 31 year old Maria Anna Keller in St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna.
in 1778 - Jean-Noel Hamal composer, dies at 68.
in 1809 - Mariano Obiols composer is born.
in 1809 - Nicolas-Marie Dalayrac composer, dies at 56.
in 1810 - Nicolas Etienne Framery composer, dies at 65.
in 1818 - Louis Lacombe composer is born.
in 1823 - Thomas Dyke Acland Tellefsen composer is born.
in 1865 - Earl Ross Drake composer is born.
in 1866 - Carl Jonas Love Almquist composer, dies at 72.
in 1866 - Adrien Francois Servais composer, dies at 59.
in 1880 - Guilherme Antonio Cossoul composer, dies at 52.
in 1906 - Sandro Fuga composer is born.
in 1908 - Philipp Mohler composer is born.
in 1912 - Gunnar Johannes Sonstevold composer is born.
in 1915 - Earl Wild Pitts Pa composer/pianist (Caesar's Hour, NBC Symph 1942) is born.
in 1915 - American pianist Earl Wild was born in Pittsburgh, PA.
in 1916 - Mareo Ishiketa composer is born.
in 1920 - Istvan Sarkozy composer is born.
in 1821 - Friedrich Heine composer dies at 57.
in 1822 - Johann Baptist Henneberg composer, dies at 53.
in 1924 - Michael Holliday (Norman Alexander Milne) (UK singer) is born.
in 1925 - Eugene Istomin NYC, pianist (Leventritt Award-1943) is born.
in 1925 - Johannes Haarklou composer, dies at 78.
in 1926 - Mauro Bortolotti composer is born.
in 1929 - Slavko Avsenik (Slovenian singer-songwriter, producer, bandleader) is born.
in 1929 - Lorraine Macleod dancer (Girls Just Want to Have Fun) is born.

in 1929 -
Michele Esposito, Italian composer, pianist, and conductor, dies at Florence at 74. He studied at the Conservatory. San Pietro e Majella at Naples with Cesi (piano) and Serrao (theory). For a time he gave piano concerts in Italy. From 1878 to 1882 he was in Paris, and in 1882 he was engaged as a piano teacher at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin. He organized the Dublin Orchestral Society in 1899 and conducted it until 1914, and again in 1927. He held the honorary degree of Mus.Doc. of Trinity College, Dublin. He composed several works on Irish subjects, including the Irish operetta, The PostBag(London, Jan. 27, 1902),incidental music for The Tinker and the Fairy (Dublin, 1910), Suite of Irish Dances for Orch., 2 Irish rhapsodies, and several arrangements of Irish melodies. He received 1st prizes for his cantata Deirdre (Irish Festival, Dublin, 1897) and Irish Symphony (Irish Festival, Dublin, 1902). His other works include 2 string quartets, 2 violin sonatas, cello sonatas, etc. - b. Castellammare di Stabia, near Naples, Sept. 29, 1855.
in 1932 - Alan Stout composer is born.
in 1933 - Edward Julius Biedermann composer, dies at 84.
in 1933 - Robert Goulet (US singer, actor; theatre, radio, television and film) is born.
in 1933 - Garrett "Garnet" Mimms US singer (Enchanters-Cry Baby) is born (or 16 November).
in 1938 - Tina Turner [Anna Mae Bullock], Brownsville Tx, singer (Proud Mary) is born.
in 1940 - Davy Graham (UK guitarist, singer and arranger) is born.
in 1941 - Susanne Marsee née Susan Irene Dowell (US mezzo-soprano) is born.
in 1942 - Michael Devlin (US bass-baritone opera singer) is born.
in 1944 - Jean Terrell Texas, rocker (Supremes) is born.
in 1944 - Alan Henderson Belfast, rock bassist (Them) is born.
in 1945 - John McVie (UK bassist; John Mayall's Bluesbreakers/Fleetwood Mac) is born.
in 1946 - Burt Ruiter (Dutch bassist, producer, composer; Focus) is born.
in 1946 - Bert Bouquet bassist (Earth and Fire, Focus) is born.
in 1946 - Burt Reiter rocker (Focus) is born.
in 1948 - John Rossall (UK sax player, trombonist; Glitter Band) is born.
in 1949 - Shlomo Artzi (Israeli singer) is born.
in 1949 - Martin Lee (UK singer; Brotherhood Of Man) is born.
in 1955 - Johnny Cash debuts Top 10 country song "Cry! Cry! Cry!".

TODAY’S MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT SHINES ON . . .

in 1956 -
Tommy Dorsey, (actually, Thomas Francis Jr.), American bandleader and trombonist, dies at Greenwich, Conn. Dorsey was the most popular bandleader of the Swing Era, consistently placing among the top recording and performing artists from 1935 to 1945. His accomplished trombone playing set the tone for his band's sound, but he maintained his popularity by straddling the sweet and hot styles of swing, balancing ballads and novelty numbers sung by such notable vocalists as Frank Sinatra, Dick Haymes, and [o Stafford with inventive jazz arrangements by Sy Oliver, Bill Finegan, and others. His record label, RCA Victor, claimed sales of 37 million copies between 1935 and 1950, his biggest hits being "Marie," "I'll Never Smile Again," and "There Are Such Things."

Dorsey was the second son of Thomas Francis and Theresa Langton Dorsey; his older brother Jimmy Dorsey was trained by their father, a music teacher and band director, in reed instruments, while Tommy Dorsey received instruction in brass instruments, concentrating primarily on the slide trombone, though he also played trumpet professionally, especially early in his career. The Dorsey brothers played in local bands in Pa. before forming their first group, Dorsey's Novelty Six, in 1920. The group was renamed Dorsey's Wild Canaries when they played an extended engagement at an amusement park in Baltimore in 1922and made their debut on local radio there. Over the next several years the brothers played in a succession of bands, including The Scranton Sirens, The California Ramblers, and the orchestras of Jean Goldkette and Paul Whiteman.


By the late 1920s they had settled in N.Y.,where they worked as session musicians. They made their first recordings with the Dorsey Brothers arch. in 1927, though this was a studio-only group. Their first hit came with "Coquette" (music by Carmen Lombardo and John Green, lyrics by Gus Kahn) in June 1928. In 1934 the Dorseys organized a permanent touring band featuring Glenn Miller as arranger and Bob Crosby as vocalist. The group broke through to popular success in the spring of 1935, first topping the hit parade with "Lullabye of Broadway" (music by Harry Warren, lyrics by Al Dubin) in May.


Unfortunately, the brothers feuded, and Tommy Dorsey left to organize his own orchestra. In the meantime, "Chasing Shadows" (music by Abner Silver, lyrics by Benny Davis), recorded before the split, topped the hit parade in June, and "Every Little Movement" and "Every Single Tingle of My Heart" were also in the chart during the summer. Dorsey began his solo bandleading career successfully; his initial single, "On Treasure Island" (music by Joe Burke, lyrics by Edgar Leslie), with a vocal by Edythe Wright, went to #1 in December, by which time "Don't Give up the Ship" (music by Harry Warren, lyrics by Al Dubin) and "Take Me Back to My Boots and Saddle" (music and lyrics by Walter
G. Samuels, Leonard Whitcup, and Teddy Powell) had also reached the hit parade.

"Alone" (music by Arthur Freed, lyrics by Nacio Herb Brown) entered the chart at the end of the year and went to #1 in February 1936, but it was preceded by "The Music Goes 'Round and 'Round" (music by Edward Farley and Michael Riley, lyrics by Red Hodgson), featuring the Dorsey small group the Clambake Seven, which entered the chart the first week of January and topped it the second. "Rhythm in My Nursery Rhymes" (music by Jimmie Lunceford and Saul Chaplin, lyrics by Sammy Cahn and Don Raye) was also in the hit parade in January, followed by "Little Rendezvous in Honolulu" (the first Dorsey hit to feature vocalist Jack Leonard) in February and "Lovely Lady" (music by Jimmy McHugh, lyrics by Ted Koehler) in March. April 1936 saw two more Dorsey-recorded songs in the hit parade, "You Started Me Dreaming" (music by J. Fred Coots, lyrics by Benny Davis) and a fourth charttopper, "You" (music by Walter Donaldson, lyrics by Harold Adamson).


The second half of the year was not quite as successful for Dorsey, but he did have chart entries with "No Regrets" (music by Roy Ingraham, lyrics by Harry Tobias) in July, "Close to Me" (music by Peter De Rose, lyrics by Sam M. Lewis) in October, and "I'm in a Dancing Mood" (music and lyrics by Al Hoffman, Al Goodhart, and Maurice Sigler) in November. On Jan. 29, 1937, Dorsey recorded an unusual arrangement of Irving Berlin's 1928 song "Marie" in which Jack Leonard's vocal was undercut by interjections from the band. Though the song did not place in the hit parade, the record sold a million copies. (Its Beside, the instrumental "Song of India," based on Rimsky-Korsakov's "Chanson Indoue" from his opera
Sadko, was also popular.) "Marie" became one of Dorsey's signature songs, and Leonard became one of the most popular band singers. With his success Dorsey gained a sponsored weekly radio program that ran for nearly three years.

Dorsey returned to the hit parade with three songs in August 1937: the instrumental "Satan Takes a Holiday" (music by Larry Clinton); "My Cabin of Dreams" (music and lyrics by Nick Madison, Al Frazzini, Charles Kenny, and Nick Kenny); and "Stardust on the Moon" (music and lyrics by Emery Deutsch and Jimmy Rogan). "Have You Got Any Castles, Baby?" (music by Richard A. Whiting, lyrics by Johnny Mercer) was in the chart in September, and in November Dorsey had two listings:
"If It's the Last Thing I Do" (music by Saul Chaplin, lyrics by Sammy Cahn) and "Once in a While" (music by Michael Edwards, lyrics by Bud Green), which became his fifth #1 hit. Dorsey had 11 songs in the hit parade in 1938: "The Dipsy Doodle" (music and lyrics by Larry Clinton); "In the Still of the Night" (music and lyrics by Cole Porter); "I Can Dream, Can't I?" (music by Sammy Fain, lyrics by Irving Kahal); "You Couldn't Be Cuter" (music by Jerome Kern, lyrics by Dorothy Fields); "Bewildered" (music and lyrics by Leonard Whitcup and Teddy Powell); "You Leave Me Breathless" (music by Frederick Hollander, lyrics by Ralph Freed); his sixth #1, "Music, Maestro, Please" (music by Allie Wrubel, lyrics by Herb Magidson); "Now It Can Be Told" (music and lyrics by Irving Berlin); "Stop Beating 'Round the Mulberry Bush" (music by Clay Boland, lyrics by Bickley Reichner); "My Own" (music by Jimmy McHugh, lyrics by Harold Adamson); and "You Got Me."

On Sept. 16, 1938, he cut the best-selling record of his career, an instrumental treatment of "Boogie Woogie" (music by Clarence "Pinetop" Smith) that sold a reported four million copies in its initial release and subsequent reissues. Dorsey scored another 11 hit parade entries in 1939: "This Is It" (music by Arthur Schwartz, lyrics by Dorothy Fields); his seventh chart-topper, "Our Love" (music and lyrics by Larry Clinton, Buddy Bernier, and Bob Emmerich); "A New Moon and an Old Serenade" (music by Nacio Herb Brown, lyrics by Arthur Freed); "All I Remember Is You" (music by James Van Heusen, lyrics by Eddie DeLange); "In the Middle of a Dream"; "This Is No Dream" (music by Ted Shapiro and Tommy Dorsey, lyrics by Benny Davis); "The Lamp Is Low" (music by Peter De Rose and Bert Shefter, lyrics by Mitchell Parish); "To You" (music by Ted Shapiro and Tommy Dorsey, lyrics by Benny Davis); "Oh, You Crazy Moon" (music by James Van Heusen, lyrics by Johnny Burke); "Are You Having Any Fun?" (music by Sammy Fain, lyrics by Jack Yellen); and his eighth chart- topper, "All the Things You Are" (music by Jerome Kern, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II). All but one of these records had lead vocals by Jack Leonard, who left Dorsey in November. Dorsey's first two chart entries of 1940, "Indian Summer" (music by Victor Herbert, lyrics by Al Dubin-his ninth #1 hit) and "To You, Sweetheart, Aloha" (music and lyrics by Harry Owens), also had Leonard vocals, offering a considerable challenge to his replacement. Alan DeWitt was Dorsey's first choice, and he sang on "I've Got My Eyes on You" (music and lyrics by Cole Porter), which was in the hit parade in March.


But by that time Dorsey had dismissed him and hired away the male singer in Harry James's band, Frank Sinatra. Sinatra's first hit parade entry with Dorsey came in June 1940 with "You're Lonely and I'm Lonely" (music and lyrics by Irving Berlin), but he really made his mark with "I'll Never Smile Again" (music and lyrics by Ruth Lowe), on which he was accompanied by Dorsey's vocal group, the Pied Pipers, whose female member was [o Stafford; it topped the charts in July. Also in July, "Imagination" (music by James Van Heusen, lyrics by Johnny Burke) was in the Top Ten for Dorsey and Sinatra.


Alan Storr sang lead on "Only Forever" (music by James V. Monaco, lyrics by Johnny Burke), a Top Ten hit for Dorsey in October, but Sinatra was back on vocals on Dorsey's three remaining Top Ten hits of the year, "Trade Winds" (music by Cliff Friend, lyrics by Charles Tobias), "Our Love Affair" (music by Roger Edens, lyrics by Arthur Freed), and "We Three (My Echo, My Shadow and Me)" (music and lyrics by Nelson Cogane, Sammy Mysels, and Dick Robertson). Dorsey had nine Top Ten hits in 1941, and Sinatra sang on eight of them. On "Everything Happens to Me" (music by Matt Dennis, lyrics by Tom Adair),"This Love of Mine" (music by Sol Parker and Hank Sanicola, lyrics by Sinatra), and "Two in Love" (music and lyrics by Meredith Willson), Sinatra had the microphone to himself.


On "Star Dust" (music by Hoagy Carmichael, lyrics by Mitchell Parish), "Do I Worry?" (music and lyrics by Stanley Cowan and Bobby Worth), and "Dolores" (music by Louis Alter, lyrics by Frank Loesser), he was accompanied by the Pied Pipers. (The last was featured in the Dorsey Orch.'s first film appearance,
Las Vegas Nights, in March.) "Oh! Look at Me Now" (music by Joe Bushkin, lyrics by John De Vries) and "Let's Get Away from It All" (music by Matt Dennis, lyrics by Tom Adair) found female vocalist Connie Haines joining in with Sinatra and the Pied Pipers. "Yes Indeed]," the sole Dorsey Top Ten hit without Sinatra in 1941, featured vocals by its songwriter, Sy Oliver, and [o Stafford. The first full year of World War II in the us, 1942, was a difficult one for the recording industry in general and Dorsey in particular. His troupe appeared in a second motion picture, ShipAhoy, in June.

At the start of August the musicians' union instituted a recording ban that kept Dorsey out of the studio for more than two years. Sinatra's departure for a solo career was announced that same month. (He was replaced by Dick Haymes, who was unable to record with Dorsey due to the recording ban.) Nevertheless, Dorsey managed three Top Ten hits during the year, "Just as Though You Were Here" (music by John Benson Brooks, lyrics by Eddie DeLange), "Take Me" (music by Rube Bloom, lyrics by Mack David), and "Daybreak" (music by Ferde Grofe, lyrics by Harold Adamson); the first was sung by Sinatra and the Pied Pipers, the other two by Sinatra alone.


In anticipation of the recording ban, Dorsey had stockpiled recordings, and after they were exhausted his record label began reissuing earlier recordings, resulting in a stream of hits over the next two years. "There Are Such Things" (music and lyrics by Stanley Adams, Abel Baer, and George W. Meyer), with vocals by Sinatra and the Pied Pipers, topped the charts in January 1943 and sold a million copies. "It Started All Over Again" (music by Carl Fischer, lyrics by Bill Carey), also with vocals by Sinatra and the Pied Pipers, reached the Top Ten in March. "It's Always You" (music by James Van Heusen, DORSEY lyrics by Johnny Burke), with a Sinatra vocal, was originally released in 1941;reissued, it hit the Top Ten in July. "In the Blue of Evening" (music by Alred A. D'Artega, lyrics by Tom Adair), another feature for Sinatra, first appeared in 1942; it went to #1 in August 1943. Dorsey's 1938 recording of "Boogie Woogie" hit the Top Ten in January 1944. "I'll Be Seeing You" (music by Sammy Fain, lyrics by Irving Kahal), a Sinatra vocal recorded in February 1940, was in the Top Ten in July 1944.


Meanwhile, Dorsey continued to perform, and he appeared in a number of MGM movie musicals during the war years:
Presenting Lily Mars starring Judy Garland in April 1943;DuBarry Wasa Ladywith Red Skelton in August 1943; Girl Crazy with Garland and Mickey Rooney in December 1943; and Broadway Rhythm with George Murphy in April 1944. He also ended his first marriage to Mildred Kroft, which had produced two children, and married actress Pat Dane on April 8, 1943. This marriage, too, would end in divorce and be followed by a third.

Dorsey's record label settled with the musicians' union in the fall of 1944, and he returned to the studio, resulting in six newly recorded Top Ten hits in 1945. "I Dream of You (More Than YouDream I Do)" (music and lyrics by Marjorie Goetschius and Edna Osser), with a vocal by Freddy Stewart, was popular in January; its flip side, the instrumental "Opus No.1" (music by Sy Oliver), peaked in March and remained a standard of the Swing Era. "More and More" (music by Jerome Kern, lyrics by
E. Y. Harburg), with Bonnie Lou Williams on vocals, hit in April; "A Friend of Yours" (music by James Van Heusen, lyrics by Johnny Burke), vocal by Stuart Foster, in July; "On the Atchison, Topeka & and the Santa Fe" (music by Harry Warren, lyrics by Johnny Mercer), sung by Dorsey's vocal group The Sentimentalists, in August; and "Hong Kong Blues" (music and lyrics by Hoagy Carmichael) with "Skeets" Herfurt on vocals, in October. ("Boogie Woogie," reissued a second time, also reached the Top Ten for a second time in September.) Dorsey appeared in a last MGM feature, Thrill of a Romance, starring Esther Williams, in May. Dorsey also began to score on the album charts in 1945, with his Getting Sentimental making the Top Ten in March. His album of songs from Show Boat was in the Top Ten in February 1946.

Like other bandleaders, however, he suffered from the decline in popularity of swing music, and he disbanded his group in December 1946. He reorganized in 1947 and continued to score on the record charts. His
All-Time Hits album was in the Top Ten in February 1947, and "How Are Things in Glocca Morra?" (music by Burton Lane, lyrics by E. Y. Harburg) with Stuart Foster on vocals was a Top Ten single for him in March. In May he and his brother starred in their own film biography; The Fabulous Doreeys, though it was largely fictionalized.

A second recording ban in 1948 kept Dorsey out of the charts for most of the year, but
Clambake Seven was a Top Ten hit in October and "Until" (music and lyrics by Jack Fulton and Bob Crosby) featuring the Clark Sisters and the Town Criers reached the Top Ten in November. Dorsey appeared in the Danny Kaye film A Song Is Born in October.

He scored his last Top Ten singles hits with both sides of a disc released in the spring of 1949, "The Huckle-Buck" (music by Andy Gibson, lyrics by Roy Alfred), vocal by trumpeter Charlie Shavers, and "Again" (music by Lionel Newman, lyrics by Dorcas Cochran), sung by Marcy Lutes. He continued to enjoy album hits for another year, reaching the Top Ten in September 1949 with
And the BandSings Too and in April 1950 with Tommy Dorsey Plays Cole Porter. He made his final film appearance in DiscJockey in September 1951. Dorsey and his brother reunited in May 1953; Jimmy Dorsey broke up his band and joined his brother's unit as a featured attraction. The brothers appeared at the Statler Hilton Hotel in N.Y. and launched a television program, Stage Show, as a summer replacement for Jackie Gleason's show in the summer of 1954.

The show ran occasionally during the 1954-55 season, then regularly during the 1955-56 season. Starting on Jan. 28, 1956, it presented Elvis Presley in his first network television appearances on six consecutive programs. The show went off the air in September 1956. Two months later, Dorsey accidentally choked to death in his sleep after eating a heavy meal and taking sleeping pills. Following Jimmy Dorsey's death in 1957, the Tommy Dorsey orchestra was led by various people. Under the direction of Warren Covington, it scored a millionselling Top Ten hit with "Tea for Two Cha Cha" (music by Vincent Youmans, lyrics by Irving Caesar) in November 1958. - Born at Shenandoah, Pa., Nov. 19, 1905.

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in 1958 -
Johnny Cash, made his debut on the US country chart when ’Cry! Cry! Cry!’ made it to number 14. His next seven singles would all make the country top 10, with ‘I Walk the Line’ and ‘There You Go’ both hitting number 1.

in 1959 -
Albert Ketèlbey dies at age 84. British composer born in Birmingham, his music is frequently heard on radio. In a 2003 poll by the BBC radio programme Your Hundred Best Tunes, "Bells across the Meadows" was voted thirty-sixth most popular tune of all time. Other of his many tunes include In the Mystic Land of Egypt, In a Monastery Garden, The Heart's Awakening, In the Moonlight, Phantasy for String Quartet, Jungle Drums, From a Japanese Screen, In a Chinese Temple Garden, Italian Twilight, Dance of the Merry Mascots, Cockney Suite, and Tangled Tunes

in 1960 -
Chuck Eddy (US music journalist) is born.
in 1961 - Alexander Borisovich Goldenweiser composer, dies at 86.
in 1962 - Fab Four have their 1st recording session under name Beatles.

in 1962 -
The Beatles recorded their second single ‘Please Please Me’ in 18 takes and ‘Ask Me Why’ for the flip side at EMI studio’s London.

in 1963 -
Amelita Galli-Curci dies at age 81. Italian operatic coloratura soprano. She was one of the best regarded singers of the early 20th century. She toured widely in Europe, South America and America appearing at most of the top concert and opera houses. In 1916, Amelita signed a recording contract with the Victor Talking Machine Company and recorded exclusively for the company until 1930. In 1921 Galli-Curci joined the Metropolitan Opera in New York remaining with this organization until her retirement from opera in 1930
in 1963 - Adam Gaynor (US rhythm guitarist; Matchbox 20) is born.
in 1966 - Harold Burrage US singer/pianist (Got to Find a Way), dies at 35.
in 1966 - Mark Gillespie (Scottish singer, songwriter; Big Fun). not to be confused with English Mark Gillespie is born.

in 1967 - The promotional film of
The Beatles 'Hello, Goodbye' was aired on The Ed Sullivan show in the US. It was never shown at the time in the UK due to a musician's union ban on miming.

in 1967 - During a UK tour Jimi Hendrix
Pink Floyd, The Move, Nice and Amen Corner all appeared at The Palace Theatre in Manchester, playing two shows in one evening.

in 1968 -
Cream played their farewell concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Also on the bill were Yes and Taste.
in 1969 - Pink Floyd and Mouseproof appeared at The Civic Hall, Dunstable, England, tickets 14 shillings, ($1.68).
in 1970 - Ron Jones (US guitar; Flaming Lips) is born.

in 1973 -
John Rostill dies at age 31. English bass guitarist and composer; born in Birmingham, he was recruited by The Shadows to replace Brian Locking. He worked with several artists before joining The Shadows, including The Interns, The Flintstones and a stint in the backing group of Zoot Money. After The Shadows break up at the end of the 1960s, he toured with Tom Jones. He was also was a prolific songwriter, contributing to the Shadows' output from the start, both as a solo composer and as part of the mid-sixties "Marvin/Welch/Bennett/Rostill" team , and later going on to write for other artists such as Olivia Newton-John (electrocuted in his home recording studio.
in 1973 - The New York Dolls made their live UK debut at Biba's Rainbow Room, London.

in 1974 -
Jamie Jones singer (All 4 One) is born.
in 1975 - DJ Khaled (Khaled Khaled) (Palestinian-American hip-hop/rap artist, DJ. producer; Terror Squad) is born.

in 1975 - During a UK tour
Captain Beefheart appeared live at Brunel University, Middlesex, England, tickets cost £1.20.

in 1975 -
Slade, Gary Glitter, Leo Sayer and The Troggs all appeared live on UK TV pop show Supersonic.
in 1975 - During a UK tour Queen played two shows at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester.
in 1976 - German DR deprives singer/poet Wolf Biermann citizenship.
in 1976 - Sex Pistols release their debut single "Anarchy In The UK".
in 1978 - Matthew Taylor (US bassist; Motion City Soundtrack) is born.

in 1976 -
Kevin Godley and Lol Creme left 10cc to work as a duo and concentrate on other projects including developing 'The Gizmo', a device used to make neo- orchestral sounds on a guitar.

in 1976 -
The Sex Pistols released the single 'Anarchy In The UK'. It peaked at No.38 on the UK charts.
in 1977 - 'The Sound Of Bread' by Bread went to No.1 on the UK album chart.

in 1977 -
Blondie played the first night of a 28 date (and their first tour of Australia) at the Concert Hall, Perth with support from The Ferrets.

in 1978 -
Frank Rosolino dies at age 52. American jazz trombonist; he became famous in the early 50's playing in the most popular of Stan Kenton's progressive big bands, before settling in L.A., where he worked with everybody in the business: Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All-Stars, Terry Gibbs, Shorty Rogers, Benny Carter, Buddy Rich, Dexter Gordon, Carl Fontana, Jean "Toots" Thielemans, Stan Levey, Shelly Manne, Pete Christlieb, Bobby Knight, Conte Candoli, Med Flory, Donn Trenner, Mel Tormé, Louis Bellson, Tutti Camarata, Marty Paich, Zoot Sims, and Quincy Jones (suffering with depression after his wife's death, he committed suicide after shooting his children, Justin, 9; and Jason, 7; Jason was blinded, but survived, and was adopted by his mother's cousin, Claudia Eien
in 1980 - Satoshi Ohno (Japanese singer, actor; Arashi) is born.
in 1981 - Natasha Bedingfield (UK singer, songwriter) is born.
in 1981 - OJ Da Juiceman (Otis Williams Jr) (US rapper) is born.
in 1981 - Natalie Gauci (Australian singer, pianist) is born.
in 1982 - Juhan Aavic composer, dies at 98.

in 1983 -
David Bowie played the last night of his 10-date Serious Moonlight tour of Australia and New Zealand at West Springs Stadium, Auckland.

in 1985 -
Lil Fizz (Dreux Pierre Frédéric) (US rapper, actor; B2K) is born.
in 1987 - Kat DeLuna (US singer) is born.
in 1987 - Emmanuel Bondeville composer, dies at 89.
in 1988 - The Stone Roses and The Dogfaced Hermans appeared at The Citadel, St Helens, England.

in 1988 - UK music weekly
the New Musical Express ran a competition to win a 1959 Black Gibson Les Paul belonging to New Orders Bernard Sumner. 25 other runner-ups would win a copy of the bands new single 'Fine Time.'

in 1988 -
Russian cosmonauts aboard Soyuz 7 took a cassette copy of the latest Pink Floyd album ‘Delicate Sound Of Thunder’ into space and played it in orbit, making Pink Floyd the first rock band to be played in space.
in 1989 - The Rolling Stones played a concert at Death Valley Stadium in Clenson, South Carolina to help raise money for the victims of Hurricane Hugo.

in 1990 - The inaugural
Billboard Music Awards were held in Santa Monica, California. Janet Jackson was the main winner of the night, winning in eight categories, including Top Pop Album, Top R&B Album and Top R&B Artist.

in 1990 - 1st Billboard Music Awards:
Janet Jackson wins.
in 1990 – Chipmunk (Jahmaal Noel Fyffe) (UK rapper) is born
in 1994 - Nimrod Workman folksinger, dies at 99.
in 1991 - During a UK tour Nirvana appeared at Bradford University, England.

in 1991 - US Country singer
Garth Brooks asked fans to bring 10 cans of food to a grocery store in exchange for a lottery envelope, some of which contained tickets to see Garth at a forthcoming show. Over 10,000 cans were donated to charity.

in 1994 - UK dance music trio
Baby D started a two week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Let Me Be Your Fantasy.' The song failed to chart when first released in 1992.

in 1994 -
Boyz II Men started their 14th and final week at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'I'll Make Love To You' giving them the longest run in chart history along with 'I Will Always Love You' by Whitney Houston.

in 1994 -
The Eagles started a two-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Hell Freezes Over.'
in 1995 - Blur appeared at Sheffield Arena, England. Tickets cost £14.00.
in 1995 - Alice In Chains were at No.1 on the US album chart with their self-titled album.
in 1996 - soprano Dame Joan Hammond died in Bowral, New South Wales, Australia, at the age of 84.
in 1997 - Francis Paudras designer/jazz fan, dies at 62.

in 2000 - Manchester club
the Hacienda was auctioned off raising £18,000 for charity. Madonna made her UK TV debut at the club when C4 music show The Tube was broadcast live from the venue. Oasis, Happy Mondays, U2, New Order, Stone Roses, The Smiths and James all played at the club.

in 2000 -
The Beatles went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Beatles 1.'

in 2002 -
Polo Montañez dies at age 47. Cuban singer and songwriter; formed his own ensemble of family and friends and quickly became the house act at a resort in the nearby touristic community of Las Terrazas, and in 1999, he signed with European record label Lusafrica after being discovered by one of their directors that was staying at the resort. He had his biggest success in March 2000 with his first CD "Guajiro Natural" and the song "Un montón de Estrellas". He became known as the Guajiro Natural (Natural Countryman) because of his humble personality and songs about the peasant life in Cuba.
in 2003 - Soulja Slim (James Tapp Jr) dies at age 26. US rapper; known for his U.S. #1 hit "Slow Motion" with fellow rapper Juvenile. He was one of Master P's No Limit soldiers, who made his solo debut in 1998 with "Give It 2 'Em Raw". Following a prison stint for armed robbery, he reappeared 3 years later with "Streets Made Me". The following year he released "Years Later...A Few Months After", which would prove to be the last (on his way to do a show he was shot three times in the face, and once in the chest, in front of his mother's home in the 8th Ward, New Orleans).

in 2003 - rapper
Soulja Slim was shot to death in front of his home in New Orleans aged 25. The rapper was featured on Juvenile's 2004 US No.1 single 'Slow Motion.'

in 2005 -
Mark Craney dies at age 53. American drummer born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, he drummed for the rock band Jethro Tull from June 1980 to May 1981. He also played on Tommy Bolin's last-ever tour in 1976; he appeared on Gino Vannelli's album "Brother To Brother", released in 1978 and the following tour. He also appeared on several tracks from Ph.D.

in 2006 -
Leo Chiosso dies at age 86. Italian lyricist mostly known for his work with Fred Buscaglione. They formed a songwriting duo who produced about forty songs and created Buscaglione's public persona, a humorous tough guy with a penchant for whisky and women. The first Buscaglione-Chiosso hit was Che bambola of 1956, the song that brought Buscaglione to nation-wide celebrity. It was followed by many other hits, including Che notte, Criminalmente bella, Il dritto di Chicago, Eri piccola così, Lontano da te, Love in Portofino, Porfirio Villarosa, Sgancia e pedala, Teresa non sparare, Whisky facile. He also penned lyrics for songs such as Parole, parole, parole, Torpedo blu, and Montecarlo. He was a prolific television author too, among his TV credits is the extremely popular music show Canzonissima. He also wrote stories and scripts for cinema
in 2006 - Westlife went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'The Love Album' the Irish boy bands sixth UK No.1 album.

in 2008 - The parents of missing
Manic Street Preachers guitarist and lyricist Richey Edwards were granted a court order for him to be declared presumed dead, after he disappeared nearly 14 years ago. Despite alleged sightings all over the world many believed Edwards, whose car was found near the Severn Bridge, took his own life at the age of 27.

in 2009 -
Pieternella "Pia" Beck dies at age 84. Dutch jazz singer and considered one of the best pianists the Netherlands has ever known. She began her career shortly after the end of WWII playing the piano and singing in the Miller Sextet. A few years later she started her own combo. Her first composition, Pia's Boogie, became a hit. She regularly toured Europe and had her own stage in the town of Scheveningen near The Hague. In the 1950 and 60s she made regular appearances in the United States. New Orleans and Atlanta conferred honorary citizenships on her.

in 2010 -
Maria Neumaier Hellwig dies at age 90. German yodeler and folk musician, popular performer of volkstümliche Musik (Alpine folk music) and television presenter. Maria was born in 1920 to Heinrich Neumaier, an electrician, and his wife, Maria, in Reit im Winkl, Bavaria, Germany. At the age of 5, she performed for the first time at Bauer Theatre in Reit im Winkl. After leaving school, she took an apprenticeship as a shop assistant. In her spare time, she acted in the theatre and took voice lessons.
She married her first husband, Joseph Fischer, a fellow amateur actor, and had their only child, Margot, on 5 July 1941. Fischer died shortly afterwards while fighting in World War II.
She hosted several music TV-shows in the 1980s and 1990s. On 26 November 2010 she died in Ruhpolding, Bavaria, Germany.
in 2010 - Vithal Umap dies at age 80. Indian folk artist (heart attack).
Shahir Vitthal Umap was a folk singer who died while performing at a function in Nagpur. Umap, a follower of BR Ambedkar, collapsed while he was onstage at Nagpur’s famous Dikshabhoomi. He was rushed to a private nursing home where he was declared dead. Born in a Mumbai chawl in 1931, Umap struggled for recognition of the neglected folk genres of Maharashtra. He had toured extensively all over the state to keep alive the folk traditions.
Umap had won the first prize at the International Folk Music and Art Festival at Cork, Ireland. His roles in Shyam Benegal’s TV series Bharat Ek Khoj and Jabbar Patel’s film Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar won him further laurels. He was nominated for the best actor's award for his performance in a Marathi film Tingya two years ago.
He composed music for several films, serials and dramas. He was also a part of popular stage shows Khandobacha Lagin, Gadhwacha Lagna, Jambhool Akhyan and Me Marathi.
After years of wait, Umap was recently given a house under the artistes’ quota.
At a cultural programme three months ago, a frustrated Umap declared that he was fed up with making innumerable requests to the government. “I don’t think I will get a house in my lifetime,” he had said.
Then chief minister Ashok Chavan had earlier sanctioned plush houses to many artistes — several of them lower in stature than Umap.
Then deputy chief minister Chhagan Bhujbal, who was present at the show, vowed that he would get the singer a flat and fulfilled his promise within a fortnight.
in 2010 - Mario Pacheco dies at age 60. Spanish music producer and photographer.
was a Spanish record producer, photographer and entrepreneur.
Born in Madrid, Pacheco was an essential figure in the development of contemporary flamenco and other musical genres in Spain for more than two decades.
In 1982 he founded Nuevos Medios, a record label that introduced countless guitarists, singers and other flamenco notables through his vision in furthering the genre worldwide. Besides this, he was also a renowned photographer.[3]
At a time when flamenco music did not get the respect it deserved, Pacheco signed many young musicians who renovated flamenco or mixed it with other musical forms. At the same time, he released music by leading new wave artists and contemporary jazz musicians.
Through his company, Pacheco released albums by some of the most significative flamenco artists of the period: Carlos Benavent, Diego Carrasco, Jorge Pardo, Ketama, La Macanita, Pata Negra, Golpes Bajos, Martirio, Ray Heredia and La Barbería del Sur, among others.
In addition, he released assorted music created by British rock music groups Joy Division, New Order and The Smiths; minimalist musician Steve Reich; jazzists Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett Pat Metheny and Art Pepper, and Cuban music compilations of Bola de Nieve and Benny Moré. He also mixed compilations of his label artists in the series Los Jóvenes Flamencos.
At the time of his death from cancer in Madrid, Pacheco was the president of the Unión Fonográfica Independiente (UFI), the association of Spanish independent labels.
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in 1474 -
Guillaume Dufay French/Flemish composer, dies at about 74.
in 1544 - Ascanio Trombeti composer is born.
in 1569 - Ottavio Vernizzi composer is born.
in 1691 - Josef Antonin Planicky composer is born.

in 1731 -
Gaetano Pugnani composer is born.
Fritz Kreisler borrowed Pugnani's name in order to publish pieces he had composed (such as Praeludium and Allegro and Tempo di Minuetto), but in 1935 Kreisler revealed that these works were actually his own.
in 1732 - Johann Joseph Emmert composer is born.
in 1741 - Jean-Pierre Duport composer is born.
in 1745 - Boniface Stoecki composer is born.
in 1749 - Gottfried Heinrich Stolzel composer, dies at 59.
in 1749 - Balthasar Schmid composer, dies at 44.
in 1750 - Anton Thadaus Johann Nepomuk Stamitz composer is born.
in 1759 - Franz Vinzenz Krommer composer is born.
in 1787 - Christian Rummel composer is born.
in 1801 - Alexander Egorovich Varlamov composer is born.

in 1804 -
Sir Julius Benedict, German-English conductor and composer, is born at Stuttgart. He was the son of a Jewish banker, and from his earliest childhood he showed a decisive musical talent. He took lessons with J.C.L. Abeille in Stuttgart, then had further instruction with Hummel at Weimar. Hummel introduced him to Weber, and he became Weber's private pupil. In 1823, Benedict was appointed conductor of the Karnthnertortheater in Vienna, and in 1825 he obtained a similar post at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples and also at the Fondo Theater there. He produced his first opera, Giacinta ed Ernesto, in Naples in 1827.

His second opera was
I Portoghesi in Goa, produced in Naples on June 28, 1830. In 1834 Benedict went to Paris, and in 1835 he proceeded to London, where he remained for the rest of his life. In 1836 he became music director at the Opera Buffa at the Lyceum Theatre. He conducted opera at the Drury Lane Theatre from 1838 to 1848. His first opera in English, The Gypsy's Warning, was produced at Drury Lane under his direction on April 19, 1838. He also conducted at Covent Garden, led the Monday Popular Concerts, served as music director of the Norwich Festivals (1845-78), and conducted the Liverpool Philharmonic Society (1876-80). In recognition of his services, he was knighted in 1871. From 1850 to 1852 he accompanied Jenny Lind on her American tours. His reputation as a conductor and composer was considerable, in both Europe and America. Among his operas the most successful was The Lily of Killarney, which was produced at Covent Garden on Feb. 8, 1862; it was also staged in America and Australia.

His other operas were
The Brides of Venice (Drury Lane, April 22, 1844), The Crusaders (Drury Lane, Feb. 26,1846), The Lake ofGlenaston (1862), and The Bride of Song (Covent Garden, Dec. 3,1864). He also wrote the cantatas Undine (1860), Richard Coeur-de- Lion (1863), The Legend of St. Cecilia (1866), and Graziella (1882), an oratorio, St. Peter (1870), a Symphony, two piano concertos, and other instrumental works. He published biographies of Mendelssohn (London, 1850) and Weber (London, 1881; 2nd ed., 1913), both comprised of information from his personal acquaintances. - Died at London, June 5, 1885.

in 1813 -
Michele Puccini composer is born.
in 1830 - Harrison Millard composer is born.
in 1843 - Opera "Bohemian Girl" is produced (London).
in 1867 - Margaret Ruthven Lang composer is born.

in 1876 -
Henry Robinson Allen, Irish baritone, teacher, and composer, dies at London. He received training at the Royal Academy of Music in London. In 1842 he scored a notable success as Damon in Ads and Galatea at London's Drury Lane. He later devoted his energies to teaching and composing ballads. His song "When We Two Parted" was particularly Successful. - Born at Cork, 1809.

in 1878 -
Mabel Wheeler Daniels composer is born.

in 1879 -
Adam Tadeusz Wieniawski Polish composer is born.
The nephew of Henryk and Jozef Wieniawski, he studied in Warsaw with Melcer and Noskowski. During World War I, he fought with the French Army, returning to Warsaw in 1923. Shortly thereafter, he was appointed Director of the Chopin School of Music. His compositions include the opera Magee, performed in Warsaw in 1912, and Krol kochanek (Lover King), perormed in warsaw in 1931.
in 1885 - Rudolph Reti composer is born.
in 1890 - Emmanuele Muzio composer, dies at 69.
in 1893 - Stanislaw Wiechowicz composer is born.
in 1898 - Nelly Steuer-Wagenaar Dutch pianist is born.
in 1899 - Felipe Gutierrez y Espinoza composer, dies at 74.
in 1900 - Robert Blum composer is born.

in 1900 -
Leon (Eugene) Barzin, Belgian-born American conductor and teacher, is born at Brussels. He was taken to the U.S. in 1902 and in 1924 he became a naturalized American citizen. He studied violin with his father and in Belgium with Ysaye. In 1919 he became a violist in the N.Y. Phil., where he was principal violist from 1925 to 1929. In 1929 he became asst. conductor of the American Orchestral Society in N.Y., which was reorganized as the National Orchestral Association in 1930 with Barzin as its music director, a position he held until 1958 and again from 1970 to 1976. Under his leadership, it became an outstanding training ensemble. He also served as music director of the Hartford (Conn.) Symphony Orchestra (1938-40), the Ballet Society of N.Y. (1947-48), and the N.Y. City Ballet (1948-58). He was a conductor of the Pasdeloup Orchestra and a teacher at the Schola Cantorum in Paris (1958-60). In 1960 he was made a member of the Legion d'honneur of France. – Died at Naples, Fla., April 29,1999.

in 1902 -
Giuseppe Savagnone composer is born.
in 1903 - Opera "Die Heugierigen Frauen" is produced (Munich).
in 1905 - Daniel Sternefeld Belgian conductor/composer (Mater Dolorosa) is born.
in 1910 - Rudolf Holzmann composer is born.

in 1915 -
Victor (Nicholas) Alessandro, American conductor, is born at Waco, Tex. He received training in horn with his father. After studying composition with Hanson and Rogers at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. (Mus. B., 1937), he pursued training at the Salzburg Mozarteum (1937) and with Pizzetti at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome (1938). From 1938 to 1951 he was conductor of the Okla. Symphony Orchestra. He was conductor of the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra from 1951 until his death at San Antonio, Nov. 27, 1976.

in 1915 -
Sigismund Vladislavovich Zaremba composer, dies at 54.
in 1916 - James Cutler Dunn Parker composer, dies at 88.
in 1918 - Zeev Wolfgang Steinberg composer is born.
in 1919 - Siegfried Naumann composer is born.
in 1928 - Walter Klien pianist is born.
in 1931 - Juan Guinjoan composer is born.

in 1932 -
Evelyn Preer dies at age 36. American actress and singer; a notable pioneering African-American stage and screen actress and a blues singer of the 1910s through the early 1930s. As well as her many film roles an accomplished vocalist and during stints in cabaret and musical theatre was occasionally backed by such legendary and diverse musicians as Duke Ellington and Red Nichols. (after giving birth to her first and only child, she developed post-parturition complications and died of double pneumonia).
in 1933 - Floyd Cramer rocker is born.
in 1935 - Al Jackson Jr Memphis Tn, drummer (Booker T and MGs-Chinese Checkers) is born.
in 1935 - Helmut Friedrich Lachenmann composer is born.
in 1937 - Pro-labor musical revue "Pins and Needles" opens, produced by ILGWU.
in 1942 - Jimi Hendrix Seattle Wash, rock guitarist (Purple Haze) is born.
in 1944 - Trevor "Dozy" Davies(bassist; Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich) is born.
in 1944 - Eddie Rabbitt Brooklyn, country singer (I Love a Rainy Night) is born.
in 1945 - Randy Brecker Phila, rocker (Blood Sweat and Tears) is born.
in 1948 - Dave Winthrop rock saxophonist (Supertramp) is born.
in 1951 - Kevin Kavanaugh rocker (Asbury Jukes) [or 8/27] is born.
in 1952 - Daryl Stuermer (US guitarist; Genesis) is born.
in 1953 - Boris Grebenshchikov (Russian singer; Aquarium) is born.
in 1955 - Arthur Oscar Honegger Swiss composer (Cantate No‰l), dies at 63.
in 1955 - Luis de Freitas Branco composer, dies at 65.
in 1957 - Kevin O'Connell (US sound re-recording mixer) is born.

in 1958 -
Artur Rodzinski dies at age 66. Polish conductor of opera and symphonic music born in Split, the capital of Dalmatia; he went on to work at all the top opera houses and orchestras around the world, such as the Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra. he recorded extensively with Thomas Beecham's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London from 1955. His final recordings were for EMI in 1958.
in 1959 - Charlie Burchill (Scottish guitarist, keyboards, violin; Simple Minds) is born .
in 1960 - Ashley Ingram English singer (Fizzz-Just an Illusion) is born.
in 1961 - Princess rocker (Desirez Heslop, All For Love) is born.
in 1962 - Calvin Hayes rocker (Johnny Hates Jazz-Turn Back the Clock) is born.
in 1962 - Charlie Benante Bronx NY, rock drummer (Anthrax-Armed and Dangerous) is born.
in 1962 - Mike "Puffy" Bordin SF, rock drummer (Faith No More) is born.
in 1962 - The Beatles recorded their first BBC radio session at the BBC Paris studio on Regent Street in London. They played 'Twist and Shout', 'Love Me Do' and 'P.S. I Love You', the tracks were aired on the BBC Light Program 'Talent Spot.'

in 1964 -
Wessell ("Warmdaddy") Anderson, jazz alto saxophonist associated with Wynton Marsalis, is born at Brooklyn, N.Y. Anderson, whose father was a drummer who toured with bebop saxophonist Cecil Payne, took lessons from Frank Foster through the N.Y.C. Jazzmobile project. Through Jazzmobile, he met Branford Marsalis, who recommended that he study with Alvin Batiste in New Orleans. In 1988, Anderson was hired by vocalist Betty Carter to accompany her, but left after a few months to join Wynton Marsalis's septet. He has played and recorded with Marsalis since, both in small-group settings and as part of the Lincoln Center jazz band. Marsalis bestowed the nickname "Warmdaddy" on Anderson.

in 1964 -
Mick Jagger was fined £16 for driving offences by a court in Tettenhall, Staffs. His solicitor told the court: “The Duke of Marlborough had longer hair than my client and he won some famous battles. His hair was powdered, I think because of fleas. My client has no fleas.”

in 1965 -
Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Whipped Cream & Other Delights'.
in 1966, The New Vaudeville Band were at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Winchester Cathedral', it made No.4 in the UK.

1967 -
During a UK tour Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, The Move, Nice and Amen Corner all appeared at the Whitla Hall, Queen's College in Belfast, playing two shows in one evening.

in 1965 -
Fiachna O'Braonain Irish pop guitarist (Hothouse Flowers-Don't Go) is born.
in 1965 - Carl Parrish composer, dies at 61.
in 1965 - Wallis Buchanan (didgeridoo player; Jamiroquai/Tank Tribe) is born.
in 1967 - Ettore Panizza composer, dies at 92.
in 1967 - Shane Embury (UK guitarist, bassist; Napalm Death/ others) is born.
in 1967 - Beatles release "Magical Mystery Tour".
in 1967 - Edson Ribeiro (Brazilian singer, arranger, pandeiro player, footballer) is born.
in 1968 - Gino Roncaglia composer, dies at 85.
in 1968 - Hans Redlich composer, dies at 65.
in 1969 - Myles Kennedy (US singer, songwriter, guitarist; Cosmic Dust/Mayfloweer Four/solo) is born.

in 1969 - During a North American tour
The Rolling Stones played the first of four shows at Madison Square Garden, New York City. The group played to 55,000 fans over the four nights grossing over $100,000.

in 1970 -
George Harrison released All Things Must Pass. The triple album included a number of songs that were left over from Beatle sessions, the set would go on to be certified 6x Platinum by the RIAA, making it the best selling album by a solo Beatle. 1970, Black Sabbath, Cactus and Steel Mill, (featuring Bruce Springsteen) all appeared at the Sunshine In, Asbury Park in New Jersey. All three acts played two shows, tickets cost $5.00. 1973, Hank Snow's guitarist Jimmy Widener was shot dead, his body was dumped in an alley. 1976, '20 Golden Greats' by Glen Campbell started a six-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart.
in 1971 - Jakabs Medins composer, dies at 86.
in 1972 - Mahalia Jackson vocalist (Got Whole World in His Hands), dies at 61.
in 1973 – Twista (Carl Terrell Mitchell) (US rapper) is born.

in 1973 -
Jimmy Widener dies at age 54. American rhythm guitarist, banjo player and vocalist who played with Hank Snow.

in 1973 -
Frank Christian dies at age 86. American New Orleans jazz trumpeter; started working with bandleader Papa Jack Laine about 1908 and became a mainstay in Papa Jack's bands. He also worked in the bands of Tom Brown, Johnny Fischer, and led his own band. He worked in Chicago, New York and toured on Vaudeville with Gilda Gray and played in various theatre and dance bands before retiring to his home town of New Orleans

in 1976 -
Jean Grae (Tsidi Ibrahim) (South African-born rapper) is born.
in 1976 - Rod Stewart played the first night of a UK tour at Manchester's Belle Vue Kings Hall.
in 1977 - "Comedy with Music (Victor Borge)" closes at Imperial NY after 66 perf.
in 1978 – Streets (Mike Skinner) (UK singer, songwriter, rapper) is born.
in 1978 - Tim Yeung (US drummer; Vital Remains) is born.
in 1979 - Hilary Hahn (American Grammy Award–winning violinist) is born.
in 1979 - Shin Hye Sung (Jung Pil-kyo/Steve Jung) (Korean lead vocalist; Shinhwa) is born.

in 1981 -
Lotte Lenya dies at age 81. Austrian singer and actress; in 1956 she won a Tony Award for her role as Jenny in Marc Blitzstein's English version of The Threepenny Opera, the only time an Off-Broadway performance has been so honored. She went on to record a number of songs from her time in Berlin, as well as songs from the American theatre. Her voice had grown a lot deeper than during her first success as a performer. When she was to sing the soprano part in Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny and opera, the part was re-written in lower keys.
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in 1981 -
the British Phonographic industry placed advertisements in the press claiming that 'home taping was wiping out music'. The Boomtown Rats, 10cc, Elton John and Cliff Richard all backed the campaign.

in 1982 -
Lionel Richie was No.1 in the US with 'Truly'. Richie achieved a No.1 each year from 78-86 as a writer, 'Three Times A Lady', 'Still', 'Lady (Kenny Rodgers), 'Endless Love', (Diana Ross), 'All Night Long', 'Hello' 'Say 'You Say Me and as co-writer of 'We Are The World'.

in 1982 -
'The Singles The First Ten Years' went to No.1 on the UK album chart giving Abba their 8th UK No.1 album.

in 1982 -
Philipp Kutev composer, dies at 79.
in 1985 - Klara Ósk Elíasdóttir (Icelandic singer) is born.

in 1986 -
Bon Jovi were at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'You Give Love A Bad Name', it peaked at No.14 in the UK.

in 1887 -
Marianna Barbieri-Nini, Italian soprano, dies at Florence. She studied with Luigi Barbieri, Pasta, and Vaccai, making her operatic debut in 1840 at La Scala in Milan in Donizetti's Belisario. Unfortunately, her peculiarly asymmetrical facial features and an ill-constructed bodily frame produced such a vociferous outburst of revulsion on the part of the notoriously unrestrained Italian opera audiences that she was advised to wear a mask and a bodice to conceal her repellent physique. However, she astutely selected the part of Lucrezia Borgia, a historically celebrated poisoner, in Donizetti's eponymous opera at her next appearance in Florence, and there her ugly countenance fitted the role to a high C. She was also very successful in other bloody roles, among them that of Lady Macbeth in Verdi's opera and of the sympathetic but murderous Gulnara in Verdi's Il Corsaro. - Born at Florence, Feb. 18, 1818.

in 1988 -
Karel Horky composer, dies at 79.

in 1990 -
Ludwig Altman, German-American organist and composer, dies at San Francisco. He studied with Arthur Schmitz and Peter Epstein at the Univ. of Breslau, with H. J. Moser, Schering, Wolf, and Blume at the Berlin-Spandau School for Church Music (1929-33), and organ with Arthur Zubke. After serving as organist of Berlin's Neue Synagoge (1933-36), he emigrated to the U.S. and concentrated his career in San Francisco, where he was organist and choral director at Temple Emanu-El (from 1937), organist of the San Francisco Sym. (1940-73), and municipal organist of city (from 1952); also toured widely as a recitalist. His extensive repertory ranged from the Baroque masters to scores by contemporary composers. He wrote much sacred music and solo organ pieces. - Born at Breslau, Sept. 2, 1910.

in 1994 -
Fernando Lopes-Graça dies at age 87. Portuguese composer and conductor, he worked both as a contemporary music composer and as a musicologist. His major influences came from Portuguese popular music, that he studied, continuing the work of other musicologists, like Francisco de Lacerda. He was a member of the Portuguese Communist Party and was a strong opponent to "Estado Novo" and its leader António de Oliveira Salazar. He completed the "Dicionário de Música"/Dictionary of Music, started by his teacher, composer Tomás Borba .
in 1994 - Rod Stewart and the Faces appeared at The Odeon, Lewisham, London, England. Paul and Linda McCartney both joined the band on stage for a few numbers.

in 1996 - Former Stones Roses guitarist
John Squires new band The Seahorses made their live debut, when they played at The Buckley Tivoli, England in front of 200 fans.

in 1997 -
A disturbed rock fan brought the funeral of Michael Hutchence to a standstill when he tried to launch himself from a 20 ft high balcony with a cord around his neck. He was removed by police and taken away to a psychiatric unit.

in 1998 -
Barbara Acklin dies at age 55. American singer and songwriter born in Chicago; she began singing in church and then as a teenager in nightclubs while attending Dunbar Vocational High school. Her biggest hit was "Love Makes a Woman" in 1968 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Other hits included "Show Me the Way to Go," and her first single, "Raindrops,". She was also a background singer on Chess Records sessions with artists like Etta James and Fontella Bass. Besides her singing career she was proficient as a songwriterand she co-wrote "Have You Seen Her", a major hit for The Chi-Lites and several of their other biggest songs: "Oh Girl", "Stoned Out Of My Mind" and "Toby" as well as her own releases. Her distinctive voice also featured occasionally on background vocals on some of The Chi-Lites' records.

in 2001 -
Elvis Presley was inducted into The Gospel Association Hall Of Fame.

in 2003 - Figures released by
The Rolling Stones showed that the band had grossed £175m from their 2002 '40 Licks World Tour.' The report also showed they had made over $1billion from 1989-2002 from royalties, album sales and tour revenue.

in 2004 -
UK music weekly the NME featured a ‘Cool List’, the top ten was: 10, Ana Matronic from Scissor Sisters, 9, Martin Tomlinson from Selfish ****, 8, Brandon Flowers from The Killers, 7, Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke, 6, Morrissey, 5, Nick McCarthy from Franz Ferdinand, 4, Razorlight’s Johnny Borrell, 3, Eminem, 2, Mike Skinner, The Streets and two people were at No.1, Pete Doherty from Babyshambles and Carl Barat from The Libertines.

in 2005 - Multimillionaire defence contractor
David H. Brooks booked New York’s Rainbow Rooms and his daughter Elizabeth’s favourite acts for her ‘bat mitzvah’ coming-of-age celebration. The stars who appeared included 50 Cent, Tom Petty, Aerosmith, Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Stevie Nicks. 50 Cent who was paid $500,000 to appear performed only four songs but he did manage to work in the lyric, "Go shorty, it's your bat miztvah, we gonna party like it's your bat mitzvah". The party cost an estimated $10 million, including the price of corporate jets to ferry the performers to and from the venue.

in 2005 -
Tony Meehan drummer with The Shadows died aged 62 from head injuries sustained in a fall at his London flat in Maida Vale. Had the 1963 UK No.1 single 'Foot Tapper' plus 28 other UK Top 40 singles. Left The Shadows in 1961 to work as a session drummer with Joe Meek. Also had the UK No.1 hit ‘Diamonds’ with Jet Harris.

in 2005 -
Eminem started a six week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Curtain Call - The Hits' the rappers fifth UK No.1.

in 2006 -
Sir Cliff Richard lost a battle to extend the number of years that musicians could receive royalties for their records. Richard wanted copyright to last 95 years, rather than the present 50 years, but an independent review recommend the terms would not change. Sir Cliff's earliest big hit ‘Move It’, recorded in 1958 would start to come out of copyright in 2008.

in 2005 -
Joe Jones dies at age 79. American R&B singer, songwriter and arranger; he is credited with discovering The Dixie Cups. (he is not to be confused with guitarist Ivan "Boogaloo Joe" Jones) As a singer, his greatest hit was the Top Five 1960 R&B hit "You Talk Too Much" that also reached No.3 on the Pop chart. He claimed to have written a few songs, including some New Orleans Mardi Gras classic, but his claims have not be proven.

in 2006 -
Alan "Fluff" Freeman dies at age 79. English/Australian disc jockey, TV & radio personality; presented late-evening programmes on Radio Luxembourg in the 1960s and early 1970s. He also worked for the BBC and then Capital Radio from 1979 to 1988, returned to the BBC on BBC Radio 2, he revived both Pick of the Pops and The Rock Show, in the 1990s. He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1998. In May 2000 he was presented with a Lifetime Achievement award at the Sony Radio Academy Awards. He originally wanted to be an opera singer, but decided his voice was not strong enough. In 1952 he was invited to audition as a radio announcer and commenced working for 7LA in Tasmania, known as the teenager's station, before moving to radio station 3KZ in Melbourne. He came to UK in 1957.
in 2006 - Don Butterfield dies at age 83. American tuba player; born in Centralia, Washington started in the late 1940s playing for the CBS and NBC radio networks. He played in orchestras, including the American Symphony, Radio City Music Hall Orchestra and on albums by Jackie Gleason. In the 1950s, he switched to jazz, backing such artists as Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Sinatra, Charles Mingus, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Jimmy Smith and Moondog. He fronted his own sextet for a 1955 album on Atlantic Records and played the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival. In the 1970s he worked as a session musician. He played on recordings for a variety of artists and on television and film soundtracks, including The Godfather Part II.

in 2006 -
Tony "Panama" Silvester dies at age 65. US Panama born singer; relocated in Harlem New York, he co-founded a trio called the Poets in 1964, with singers Donald McPherson and Luther Simmons Jr., but they soon changed their name to the Insiders and signed with RCA. After a couple of singles, they changed their name once again in 1966, to the Main Ingredient, taking the name from a Coke bottle. They had hits with "You've Been My Inspiration", "I'm So Proud", "Spinning Around (I Must Be Falling in Love)" and "Black Seeds Keep on Growing," but sadly in 1971 McPherson, was suddenly taken ill and died unexpectedly of leukemia. Eventually Cuba Gooding Sr took his place. "Everybody Plays the Fool," become the group's biggest hit. After some solo releases Tony, Gooding and Simmons reunited as the Main Ingredient in 1979, and recorded two more albums, 1980's Ready for Love and 1981's I Only Have Eyes for You. The trio reunited for a second time in 1986, recording "Do Me Right". Simmons was replaced by Jerome Jackson on the 1989 Polydor album I Just Wanna Love You. In the wake of Aaron Neville's Top Ten revival of "Everybody Plays the Fool," Gooding resumed his solo career and issued his third album in 1993. Tony and Simmons re-formed the Main Ingredient in 1999 with new lead singer Carlton Blount; this line-up recorded Pure Magic in 2001.

in 2007 -
Cecil Payne dies at age 84. American Jazz baritone saxophonist, also played the alto saxophone and flute. He began his professional recording career with J. J. Johnson in 1946. He has played with many jazz greats, in particular Dizzy Gillespie and Randy Weston, in addition to his solo work as bandleader. He was still recording regularly for Delmark Records in the 1990s, when he was in his seventies, and indeed on into the new millennium.

in 2009 -
Al Alberts (Al Albertini) dies at age 87. American singer born in Chester, Philadelphia. As a teenager, Al appeared on the radio program the Horn and Hardart Children's Hour. After graduating from South Philadelphia High, he went to Temple University and into the US Navy, where he met Dave Mahoney. They went on to found The Four Aces. The Four Aces recorded the song "Three Coins in the Fountain", the song hit the No.1 spot twice in 1954, and won the Academy Award. Their biggest hit "Love is a Many Splendored Thing", the theme to a 1955 movie was at No.1 for four weeks, this track also won the Academy Award for best song. Al also popularized the song "On the Way to Cape May", on record , and later on his television show and specials. Al went on to became a TV personality in Philadelphia where he also hosted a one-hour Saturday afternoon talent show, called Al Alberts Showcase (kidney failure).

in 2009 -
Jacques Braunstein dies at age 78. Romanian- Venezuelan economist, publicist and jazz disc jockey, born in Bucharest. He studied violin at six and at 13 took up the acoustic bass. He moved to Brazil with his family before settling in Caracas, Venezuela in the early 1950s, becoming a Venezuelan citizen in 1955. He studied at the Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, earning two post-graduate degrees in economics and chemical industry. Jacques founded his radio show Idioma del Jazz in 1955 and the Caracas Jazz Club in 1956 and August 12th 1956, he promoted the first official jazz concert in Venezuela at Caracas National Theatre inviting the clarinetist and saxophonist John LaPorta to play. Over the years he organized many concerts with notables jazz groups led by the likes of Nat Adderley, Jeff Berlin, Eddie Bert, Randy Brecker, Gary Burton, Charlie Byrd, Chick Corea, Paco de Lucía, Paquito D'Rivera, Bill Evans, Maynard Ferguson, Miroslav Vitouš, Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Barney Kessel, Tito Puente, and Paul Winter, among others. For many years, he also worked as a foreign correspondent for magazines such as Billboard, Down Beat and Paris Match. He was honored by the U. S. Embassy in Venezuela on the 50th anniversary of his weekly jazz radio show, in virtue of his public profile, his love of jazz, his dedication and becoming an ambassador of good will for the radio listeners during more than 2500 continuous editions from 1955 through 2005.
in 2009 - Bess Lomax Hawes dies at age 88. American folklorist and musician, born in Austin, Texas. Bess learnt piano, guitar and folk music from a very early age, from her father, twice president of the American Folklore Society. In the early 1940s she moved to New York City, where she was active on the folk scene. She was an on-and-off member of the Almanac Singers and married singer Baldwin "Butch" Hawes; another fellow Almanac member, Woody Guthrie, taught her mandolin. She wrote campaign songs for Walter A. O'Brien and co-wrote, with Jacqueline Steiner, "M.T.A.," a hit for the Kingston Trio. In the 1950s she moved to California, she taught guitar, banjo, mandolin and folk singing, as well as playing at local clubs and folk festivals such as the Newport Folk Festival and the Berkeley Folk Festival. In 1975, Bess worked in administration at the Smithsonian Institution, where she was instrumental in organizing the Smithsonian's 1976 Bicentennial Festival of Traditional Folk Arts on the National Mall. Bess was given an Honorary Doctorate from the University of North Carolina and the National Medal of Arts awarded in 1993 by President Bill Clinton. Her memoir, Sing It Pretty, was published by Illinois University Press in 2008 .

in 2009 -
Geneviève Joy dies at age 90. French classical and modernist pianist, born in the small commune of Bernaville in the Somme. Geneviève was a piano prodigy who was accepted into the world-renowned Conservatoire de Paris in 1932 at the age of 12. At the end of World War II in 1945, she formed a critically-acclaimed duo-piano partnership with Jacqueline Robin which lasted for forty-five years, until 1990. Her husband composer Henri Dutilleux, dedicated his Piano Sonata to her, Geneviève recorded the sonata for Erato Records in 1988.
in 2011 - Sultan Khan dies at age 71. He started his career at the radio station Rajkot in Gujarat as a 20 year old boy. After having spent eight years in Rajkot very happily, he got a chance to play with Lata Mangeshkar during her visit to Rajkot. This proved a turning point for him. Thereafter he was transferred to the Mumbai radio station.Having joined the Mumbai radio he was not only deeply involved with the Mumbai classical music circuit but also with film industry music.
He gave his first performance at the All-India Conference at the age of eleven, and has performed on an international scale with Ravi Shankar on George Harrison's 1974 Dark Horse World Tour.


He has won numerous musical awards including, twice, the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, also known as the President's Award, as well as the Gold Medalist Award of Maharashtra and the American Academy of Artists Award in 1998. In 1997 he was requested to perform at Prince Charles' 50th birthday celebrations.


He has had the good fortune of accompanying all the great Maestros like Ustad Amir Khan, Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, Pt.Omkarnath Thakur, Ustad Nazakat ali-Salamat ali khan, Kishori Amonkar are the name to few. He is acknowledged both as a Sarangi player and a vocalist & has several albums to his credit.


He has taught music producers such as Sukshinder Shinda and Ram Gopal Varma (who provided the music for his film, Deyyam) to play the sarangi. He had many students, but few gandhabandha disciples are Anand Vyas, Ikram Khan and Deeyah, a Norwegian born singer, and he performed on her debut album I Alt Slags Lys in 1992. He contributed vocals and sarangi to Gavin Harrison's 1998 solo album Sanity & Gravity. He sang "Albela Sajan Aayo Re..."along with Kavita Krishnamurthy and Shankar Mahadevan in the Hindi film Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam in 1999. He has also given his voice in films like Maqbool, Kachche Dhaage, Mr. and Mrs. Iyer, Parzania, Jab We Met, Agni Varsha, Superstar, Rahul, Paanch, Mausam[disambiguation needed] and more.


In 1984 oscar winning film “Gandhi” also featured his music and thereafter he recorded for other Hollywood films such as “Heat and Dust” (Merchant Ivory productions). In 1993 he performed along with Ustad Allah Rakha Khan and Ustad Zakir Hussain in one of the rooms at the House of Commons where eminent persons were in attendance to witness a rare musical performance at the seat of Government. It was this time whenhe became a regular artist for BBC Radio London. He was also interviewed for the BBC world service and also composed the musical track for the BBC 2 documentary “London Calling”(1997).


The association with Late Ismail Merchant further when Ustad Sultan Khan together with Ustad Zakir Hussain composed the soundtrack for the film “In Custody” and where the musical score adapted to suite a particular genre of the Urdu language. Thereafter Ustan Sultan Khan also composed musical score for another Merchant Ivory production, this time for Channel 4 in Britain, called “The Street Musician of Bombay”.

He has several albums to his credits and he has been applauded by for his performances by Madonna (1997). He also performed in a Sufi Music Festival at the White house in Washington, United States of America (1998).

Ustad Sultan Khan's album Piya Basanti was released in 2000 and its was the number one album of the year. Some of his other famous albums are Ustad & the Divas T-Series, Ustad Sultan Khan & his friends- Times Music, Shoonya - BMG, Bhoomi - Virgin and Pukaar- Sony Music with Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan etc..


Sultan Khan performed for the Tamil film Yogi. He played a solo sarangi for Yogi's theme and also for the song "Yaarodu Yaaro" from the same album.


British writer Geoff Dyer has said that he is an admirer of Sultan Khan's work, especially his rendition of a Rajastani folk song at the end of a 1991 recording of Rag Bhupali with Zakir Hussain on tabla. He has written of Khan's performance, "It is one of the most beautiful pieces of music I know - an audible vision of how the world might appear if you were able to purge yourself of all baseness and ugliness." He was awarded the Padma Bhushan, India's third highest civilian honor, in 2010 (kidney failure). Born 1940.

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in 1632 - Italian-French composer
Jean-Baptiste Lully was born in Florence.
in 1829 - Russian composer and pianist Anton Rubinstein was born in Vikhvatinets, Podolia.

in 1695 -
Giovanni Paolo Colonna, Italian organist, organ builder, and composer, dies at Bologna age 58. He studied organ with Filipucci in Bologna. After training in composition with Abbatini, Benevoli, and Carissimi in Rome, he served as organist in S. Apollinare there before pursuing his career in Bologna. In 1659 he was made second organist and in 1661 organist at S. Petronio, and then served as its maestro di cappella from 1674 until his death. He also was maestro di cappella at the church of the Madonna della Galliera (1673-88) and at S. Giovanni in Monte (1689-90). In 1666 he helped to found the Accademia dei Filarmonici of Bologna, which he served as principe from 1672. Colonna was a distinguished composer of oratorios, six of which are extant. Among his other fine works were two vols. of motets (Bologna, 1681) and the Messe e salmi concertati (Bologna, 1691). - Born Bologna, June 16,1637.

in 1763 -
Matthaus Fischer composer is born.
in 1784 - Ferdinand Reis composer is born.

in 1793 -
Carl Jonas Love Almqvist, Swedish novelist, short-story writer, dramatist, poet, and composer, is born at Stockholm. He was educated at the University of Uppsala. After being employed in the deptartment of ecclesiastical affairs in Stockholm, he joined friends in western Sweden in setting up an experimental community a la Rousseau in 1823.Following his return to Stockholm, he served as rector of an experimental secondary school from 1829 to 1841. In 1837 he was ordained in the Lutheran church, but his radical views on moral and social reform were not welcome. After being accused of fraud and attempted murder of a moneylender, he fled to the U.S. in 1851. In 1865 he returned to Europe. In addition to his large literary output, Almqvist publ. a collection of songs to his own texts (c. 1830) and a collection of piano pieces as Fria Fantasier (1847-49). - Died at Bremen, Nov. 26,1866.

in 1795 -
Adolf Bernhard Marx composer is born.
in 1812 - Ludwig Mathias Lindeman composer is born.
in 1815 - Johann Peter Salomon composer, dies at 70.

in 1838 -
Konrad Ludwig Dietrich Zinkeisen, German violinist and composer, dies at Braunschweig. He was trained by his father, and by Rode at Wolfenbuttel. He played first violin under Forkel at the Academic Concerts in Gottingen, and in 1819 he was appointed a chamber musician in the Braunschweig court orchestra. He wrote 6 violin concertos, 4 orchestral overtures, 3 string quartets; concertos for oboe, for clarinet, for basset hom, and for bassoon, various other pieces for solo instruments with orchestra, music for military band, and choral works. - Born at Hannover, June 3, 1779.

in 1843 -
Manuel Gregorio Tavarez composer is born.

in 1856 -
Alexandr Dmitriyevich Kastalsky composer is born. In 1886 he entered service at the Moscow Synodal School of Church Song. This school trained boy singers for the Synodal Choir which was then the oldest Russian choir, tracing its roots back to patriarchal vocalist scribes. For many centuries the choir sang at the Cathedral of the Assumption in the Moscow Kremlin. Kastalsky entered the Synodal School and the Synodal Choir just as they were about to be reformed. The acclaimed researcher Stepan Vasilievich Smolensky was invited to Moscow from Kazan to oversee the reforms.
The results of Smolensky’s work surpassed all expectations. He created an atmosphere of tremendous piety for church song traditions that gave rise to a composers’ movement the members of which were teachers and researchers from the Synodal School. Among them was Alexander Dmitrievich Kastalsky – at the time a forty-year-old piano teacher and precentor of the Synodal Choir.
Fraternal Commemoration was Alexander Kastalsky’s largest work. It was written at the start of World War I and is the only musical memorial in the world that is dedicated to its victims. The composer envisaged the work as a prayer to be sung over his fellow men’s graves.
In addition to Fraternal Commemoration, Alexander Kastalsky also composed the opera Klara Milich after the novella by Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev, the children’s opera The Grey Wolf and Ivan Tsarevich, the cantata A Poem about Russian Church Canticles, eight works for piano set to Georgian folk themes and the cycle From Past Centuries (Experience of Musical Restorations) among other works.
in 1860 - Heinrich FL Rellstab German music theorist, dies.
in 1861 - Robert Fuhrer composer, dies at 54.
in 1868 - Frantisek Alois Drdla composer is born.

in 1872 -
Suzanne Adams, American soprano, is born at Cambridge, Mass. She studied with Bouhy and Mathilde Marchesi in Paris, where she made her operatic debut as Gounod's Juliette at the Opera on Jan. 9, 1895; remained on its roster until 1898. On May 10, 1898, she made her first appearance at London's Covent Garden as Juliette and sang there until 1904; on Nov. 8, 1898, she sang Juliette again in her Metropolitan Opera debut during the company's visit to Chicago, and then again for her formal debut with the company in N.Y. on Jan. 4,1899. She remained on its roster until 1903, but also was active as an oratorio singer in the U.S. and Europe. After the death of her husband, the cellist Leo Stein, in 1904, she retired from the operatic stage but appeared in vaudeville in London before settling there as a voice teacher. Her best roles, in addition to the ubiquitous Juliette, were Donna Elvira, Marguerite de Valois, and Micaela. - Died at London, Feb. 5, 1953.

in 1878 -
Marco Aurelio Zani de Ferranti composer, dies at 78.
in 1883 - Paul Hastings Allen composer is born.
in 1887 - Jacobo Palm Curacaos pianist/organist is born.


in 1892 -
Thomas Wood, English composer and author, is born at Chorley, Lancashire, Nov. 28, 1892; He was educated at Exeter College, Oxford, then studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Stanford (composition) and Herbert Fryer (piano); subsequently, Wood took his D.Mus. at the University of Oxford (1920). He was music director at Tonbridge School (1920-24), and then lecturer and precentor at Exeter Coli. (1924-28). His extensive travels took him to the Far East and the Arctic; his familiarity with the sea was reflected in many of his compositions for Chorus and Orchestra, such as 40 Singing Seamen (1925), MasterMariners (1927), and Merchantmen (1934), and in A Seaman's Overture for orchestra (1927). He edited vol. II of the Oxford Song Book (1928;3rd ed., 1937). His books include Music and Boyhood (1925) and the autobiographical True Thomas (1936); he also published Cobbers (on his Australian tour of 1930-32), which became highly popular in England, and a sequel to it, Cobbers Campaigning (1940). - Died at Bures, Essex.

in 1894 –
Frank Black, American conductor, is born at Philadelphia. He studied piano with Raphael Joseffy in N.Y., then devoted himself chiefly to conducting radio orchestra. In 1928 he organized the music dept. of NBC, a post he held until 1948. - Died at Atlanta, Jan. 29,1968.

in 1894 - the funeral of
Anton Rubinstein was held in St. Petersburg (on his 65th birthday).
in 1895 - Spanish pianist and conductor José Iturbi was born in Valencia.
in 1907 - Ricardo Castro Herrera composer, dies at 43.

in 1907 -
George (Godfrey) Wettling, jazz drummer, is born at Topeka, Kans. His family moved to Chicago when he was young; there he studied drums with Roy Knapp and heard early jazz players like Baby Dodds. Wettling worked in several Chicago bands during the 1920s, then played with Paul Mares in the mid-1930s. He toured with British bandleader Jack Hylton's band in 1935,and played in several cities with Wingy Manone a year later.

In late 1936, Wettling settled in N.Y.,and joined Artie Shaw's first big band, leaving in March 1937.After working with Bunny Berigan (March-December 1937)and Red Norvo (1938), he joined Paul Whiteman (1939-March 1941), while also working freelance and recording. He worked with various leaders over the next few years, including frequent appearances with Miff Mole's Band (1943-44). From 1943-52, he was a staff musician at the ABC studios; during this period did many jazz gigs including long spells at Eddie Condon's Club.


He made numerous recordings in the 1940s and 1950s with Yank Lawson, Dick Cary, Billie Holiday, PeeWee Russell, Jack Teagarden, Hackett, Spanier, Bud Freeman, Joe Sullivan, Sidney Bechet, and Ralph Sutton. Wettling was briefly out of action in the summer 1946 because of a broken arm. From 1953 he led own small groups in N.Y. He played many sessions with Eddie Condon during the 1950s and toured Great Britain with him in January 1957.


Wettling played with Muggsy Spanier occasionally in 1959 and 1960 and did a brief tour with Bud Freeman (autumn 1960); he made regular playing trips to Toronto during the 1960s, and toured briefly with the Dukes of Dixieland. During the last years of his life he led his own trio at the Gaslight Club in N.Y., and also worked in Clarence Hutchenrider's Trio. An amateur painter, several of his works graced jazz record album covers; a collection of his paintings is held at the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University. Died June 6, 1968 of lung cancer in N.Y. and was buried in Chicago.


in 1907 -
Rose (Elizabeth) Bampton, American soprano, is born Cleveland. She studied with Queena Mario at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia; also took academic courses at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, where she obtained a doctorate of fine arts. She sang as a contralto with the Philadelphia Opera (1929-32), then changed to mezzo-soprano and finally to soprano, so that she could sing the roles of both Amneris and Aida. She made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in N.Y. on Nov. 28, 1932, as Laura in La Gioconda, and continued on its staff until 1945 and again from 1947 to 1950. She made annual appearances at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires from 1942 to 1948; then returned to N.Y., where she taught voice at the Manhattan School of Music (1962-82) and at the Juilliard School (from 1974). She was married to Wilfrid Pelletier. Died August 21, 2007.

in 1908 -
Roberto Lupi composer is born.
in 1915 - Pamela Harrison composer is born.
in 1915 - Dick Vance (American Jazz trumpeter) is born.
in 1918 - Alexis Contant composer, dies at 60.

in 1925 -
Aurelio de la Vega, Cuban-born American composer, teacher, and writer on music, is born at Havana. He studied in Havana at De La Salle College (B.A. in humanities, 1944), with Fritz Kramer (1943-46), at the University (M.A. in diplomacy, 1946), and at the Ada Iglesias Music Institute (M.A. in musicology, 1956); he also studied with Toch in Calif. (1947--48). During the Cuban years of his career, he was president of the Cuban section of the ISCM (1952-54), worked as a music critic (1952-57), and served as professor of music and chairman of the music dept. at the University of Oriente in Santiago de Cuba (1953-59). In 1959 he settled in Los Angeles and in 1966 became a naturalized American citizen. In the summer of 1959 he was a visiting professor of music at the University of Southern Calif. In 1959 he joined the faculty of San Fernando Valley State College (later Calif. State Univ. at Northridge), where he subsequently was a distinguished professor of music, director of the electronic music studio, and composer-in-residence. In 1992 he retired as distinguished professor emeritus. In 1978 and 1984 he received Kennedy Center Friedheim awards. He held a Fulbright Research Award in 1985. His numerous articles and essays, as well as paintings, have appeared in various publications. In his compositions, he experimented with various avant-garde means of expression without proscribing the use of Cuban nationalist elements.
in 1927 - Gigi Gryce (Basheer Qusim/George General Grice Jr) (US jazz saxophonist) is born.
in 1929 - Berry Gordy (founder of Motown Records, former boxer, composer) is born.
in 1932 - Ray Perkins (Canadian bass singer; The Crew-Cuts) is born.
in 1932 - Jerry Coker (American tenor saxophonist) is born.
in 1932 - Ethel L Ennis US orchestra leader/jazz singer (Once Again) is born.
in 1934 - Carlos Farinas composer is born.
in 1934 - El Gato Barbieri (Leandro Barbieri) (Argentinian tenor saxophonist; Jazz artist) is born.

in 1935 -
Erich Moritz von Hornbostel, eminent Austrian musicologist, dies at Cambridge, England age 58. Remembered for his pioneering work in the field of ethnomusicology, and for the Sachs-Hornbostel system of musical instrument classification which he co-authored with Curt Sachs.
He studied philosophy in Vienna and Heidelberg; received a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Vienna (1900). In 1905-06 he was the assistant of Stumpf in Berlin; in 1906 he went to the U.S. to record and study Indian music (Pawnee); from 1906 to 1933, was director of the Phonogramm-Archiv in Berlin, and concurrently a professor at the University of Berlin (1917-33); then went again to the U.S. In 1934 he went to England. He was a specialist in Asian, African, and other non-European music; also investigated the problems of tone psychology; contributed hundreds of articles to scholarly publications on these subjects. He edited a collection of records,
Musik des Orients (Lindstrom, 1932); from 1922 until his death, was co-editor, with C. Stumpf, of the Sammelbiinde fUr vergleichende Musikwissenschaft. Hornbostel's writings were prepared for reissue, edited by K. Wachsmann et al. (The Hague, 1975 et seq.). Born at Vienna, Feb. 25, 1877.

in 1936 -
Roy McCurdy (Jazz drummer; Modern Jazz Disciples/Blood, Sweat & Tears) is born.
in 1936 - Celin Romero (Spanish guitarist) is born.
in 1939 - Gary Troxel (US vocalist; Fleetwoods) is born.
in 1940 - Bruce Channel (US singer) is born.
in 1940 - Clem Curtis (Trinidad singer; The Foundations) is born.
in 1941 - Adelhard Roldinger (Austrian bass player, composer; jazz artist) is born.
in 1941 - Jasper Thilo (Danish alto saxophonist; Jazz artist) is born.
in 1943 - Randy Newman New Orleans, vocalist (Short People, Love LA, Raindrops) is born.
in 1943 - Butch Thompson (US jazz pianist; Butch Thompson Trio) is born.
in 1944 - R.B. Greaves (Guyanan singer) is born.
in 1944 - Joop Brouwer de Koning youngest Dutch radio operator, executed at 25.

in 1947 -
Georg (Lennart) Schneevoigt, prominent Finnish conductor, dies at Malmo. He received training in cello in Helsinki, with Karl Schroder in Sondershausen, and with Julius Klengel in Leipzig. He then continued his musical studies in Brussels, Dresden, and with Robert Fuchs in Vienna. Returning to Helsinki, he served as principal cellist in the Phil. (1895-98; 1899-1903) and as a cello teacher at the Music Inst. In 1901 he launched his conducting career in Riga. From 1904 to 1908 he was conductor of the Kaim Orch. in Munich. After conducting the Kiev Sym. Orch. (1908-09), he was conductor of the Riga Sym. Orch. (1912-14). He also conducted the Helsinki Sym. Orch. (1912-14); in 1914 it merged with Kajanus' Helsinki Phil, to form the Helsinki City Orch. with Schneevoigt as co-conductor (1916-32). From 1932 to 1941 Schneevoigt was its sole conductor. He also was conductor of the Stockholm Konsertforening (1915-21), founder-conductor of the Christiania (later Oslo) Phil. (1919-27), conductor in Diisseldorf (1924-26), of the Los Angeles Phil. (1927-29), and of the Riga Opera (1929-32). Subsequently he conducted in Malmo. In 1907 he married the pianist and teacher Sigrid Ingeborg Sundgren (b. Helsinki, June 17,1878; d. Stockholm, Sept. 14, 1953). She studied at the Helsinki Music Inst. (1886-94) and with Busoni in Berlin (1894-97). From 1901 she taught at the Helsinki Music Inst. She also appeared as a soloist with orchs., often under the direction of her husband, and as a recitalist. - Born at Vyborg, Nov. 8, 1872.

in 1947 -
Michel Berger (French songwriter) is born.
in 1947 - Maria Farantouri (Greek singer) is born.
in 1947 - Gary Taylor (UK bassist; The Herd] is born.
in 1948 - Beeb Birtles (Gerard Bertelkamp) (Australian guitarist, singer; Little River Band/solo) is born.
in 1949 - Paul Shaffer Thunder Bay Ont, orch leader (SNL, David Letterman) is born.
in 1949 - Hugh McKenna rocker (Alex Harvey Band) is born.
in 1949 - Russian composer and dancer Alexander Godunov (he defected from the USSR in 1979) is born in Sakhalin.
in 1951 - Dennis Irwin(US jazz double bassist; John Scofield/Vanguard Jazz Orchestra) is born.
in 1953 - Alan Murphy (UK guitarist; freelanced with many great artists) is born.
in 1954 - David Jaynes (bassist; Modern Romance) is born.
in 1954 - Winifred Atwell was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Let's Have Another Party.' Atwell was the first black artist to reach No.1 in the UK and the first black artist to sell a million records.
in 1956 - David Van Day (UK vocalist; Dollar/Guys n' Dolls/Bucks Fizz) is born.
in 1956 - Kristine Arnold Torrance singer (Sweethearts of Rodeo-Midnight Girl) is born.

in 1957 -
Laetitia Sonami, talented French composer and performer, is born at Paris. She studied in France with Eliane Radigue, then moved to the U.S. to pursue her interest in electronic music, first with Joel Chadabe at the State University of N.Y. at Albany, and then in Oakland, Calif., with Robert Ashley and David Behrman at the Center for Contemporary Music (M.F.A., 1981). From 1977 to 1990 she composed works primarily involving voice and electronics, including Drole de Dimanche for Home-made Electronics, Oh-Balihi-Wadou for Magnetic Tapes and Text, Passages for Dancers, Tape, and Slides, Blue Yonder for Tape and Dancers, Migrations for Tape, and Dunes for Tape. Compositions from 1991 involve complex solo performance with the use of live electronics enhanced by personalized controllers, among them the "Lady's Glove/' an electronic glove studded with sensors which allow for real-time control of music. Sonami's talent as a performer is formidable and disarming. Critics have variously described her as magical, compelling, humorous, sultry, and electric.

in 1958 -
David Van Day rocker (Dollar-Loves Gotta Hold on Me) is born.
in 1958 - Tim Mullens Dutch singer/guitarist (Ivy green) is born.
in 1960 - Elvis Presley started a six week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Are You Lonesome Tonight', his third US No.1 of 1960. The single included a spoken passage loosely based on Shakespeare.
in 1961 - Patty Zomer Dutch singer (Dolly Dots) is born.
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in 1962 -
Matt Cameron musician (Soundgarden) is born.

in 1962 -
The Beatles performed two evening shows: the first at the Cavern Club in Liverpool and the second at the 527 Club in Liverpool. The 527 Club show was a dance for the staff of Lewis Department Store in Liverpool, held on the top floor of the store.

in 1963 - 'She Loves You' by
The Beatles returned to No.1 for the second time on the UK singles chart.
in 1963 - Beatles "She Loves You" returns to #1 on UK record chart.

in 1964 -
The Shangri-Las went to No.1 on the US singles chart with the 'teen death song', 'Leader Of The Pack', it peaked at No.11 in the UK.

in 1965 -
Walerian Bierdiajew, Polish conductor, dies at Warsaw. He studied composition with Reger and conducting with Nikisch at the Leipzig Conservatory. He began his conducting career in Dresden in 1906; in 1908 he became regular conductor at the Maryinsky Opera Theater in St. Petersburg; then conducted in various Russian opera houses; from 1921 to 1925 he lived in Poland; from 1925 to 1930 he was again engaged as a conductor in Russia. In 1930 he was appointed professor of conducting at the Warsaw Conservatory, and from 1947 to 1949 he was conductor of the Krakow Philharmonic. He then taught at the Poznan Conservatory (1949-54) and at the Warsaw Conservatory (1954-56); also was director of the Warsaw Opera (1954-56). - Born at Grodno, March 7, 1885.

in 1966 -
Vittorio Giannini composer, dies at 63.
in 1967 - The Beatles recorded their last fan club record as a group; 'Christmas Time Is Here Again!'

in 1968 - On their first North American tour,
Deep Purple played the first of four nights at the Fillmore West in San Francisco, California.

in 1968 -
John Lennon is fined for unauthorized drug possession.
in 1968 - Dawn Robinson (US singer; En Vogue) is born.
in 1970 - Matt Cheslin (UK bass player, Neds Atomic Dustbin) is born.
in 1970 - Bob Dylan went to No.1 on the UK chart with the album 'New Morning'.

in 1970 -
Dave Edmunds was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of the 1955 Smiley Lewis hit 'I Hear You Knocking.' Also the first release on the new MAM record label.

in 1971 –
Fenriz (Gylve Fenris Nagell) (Norwegian drummer, lyricist; Darkthrone) is born.
in 1972 - Jesper Strömblad (Swedish guitarist; In Flames) is born.
in 1972 - Gustave Frederic Soderlund composer, dies at 91.

in 1972 -
(William) Havergal Brian, English composer of extreme fecundity and longevity, dies at Shoreham-by-the-Sea, Sussex at age 96. He studied violin, cello, and organ with local teachers; left school at age 12 to earn his living and help his father, who was a potter's turner. At the same time he taught himself elementary theory and also learned French and German without an instructor. From 1904 to 1949 he engaged in musical journalism. He attained a reputation in England as a harmless eccentric possessed by inordinate ambitions to become a composer; he attracted supporters among English musicians, who in turn were derided as gullible admirers of a patent amateur. But Brian continued to write music in large symphonic forms; some of his works were performed, mostly by non- professional organizations; amazingly enough, he increased his productivity with age; he wrote 22 symphonies after reaching the age of 80, and 7 more after the age of 90. The total number of symphonies at the time of his death was 32. Finally, English musicians, critics, conductors, and concert organizations became aware of the Brian phenomenon, and performances, mostly posthumous, followed. A Havergal Brian Society was formed in London, and there were a few timorous attempts to further the Brian cause outside of England. The slow acceptance of Brian's music was not due to his overindulgence in dissonance. Quite the contrary is true; Brian was not an innovator; he followed the Germanic traditions of Richard Strauss and Mahler in the spirit of unbridled grandiosity, architectural formidability, and rhapsodically quaquaversal thematicism. Brian's modernism tended to be programmatic, as in the ominous whole-tone progressions in his opera The Tigers, illustrating the aerial attacks on London by zeppelins during World War I. Brian's readiness to lend his MSS to anyone showing interest in his music resulted in the loss of several of his works; a few of them were retrieved after years of search. - Born at Dresden, Staffordshire, Jan. 29, 1876.
in 1972 - Jimmy Lytell dies at age 67. American clarinetist; his first professional experience came at age 12, and by the beginning of the 1920s he was recording with jazz ensembles. He played in the Original Indiana Five in 1921 and the Original Memphis Five between 1922-25, and also played in the Original Dixieland Jazz Band in 1922-24. After the 1920s he rarely performed in jazz settings, spending more time as a studio and orchestra musician. He worked as a staff musician for NBC during this time. From 1949 into the late 1950s he appeared in the New Original Memphis Five revival band
in 1973 - Jade Puget(US guitarist; AFI) is born
in 1974 - John Lennon's last concert appearance (Elton John concert in MSG NYC)
in 1974 - Apl.de.Ap/Allen Pineda Lindo (US hip hop artist; Black Eyed Peas) is born
in 1974 - Styles P (David Styles) (US rapper; D-Block) is born.

in 1974 -
John Lennon made his last ever concert appearance when he joined Elton John on stage at Madison Square Gardens in New York City. Lennon performed three songs; 'Whatever Gets You Thru The Night', 'I Saw Her Standing There' and 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.'

in 1975 –
Satyr (Sigurd Wongraven) (Norwegian singer, guitar, bassist; Satyricon)
in 1975 - Muhammed Suiçmez (Turkish-German guitarist, frontman; Necrophagist) is born
in 1975 - Wings release "Venus and Mars/Rock Show" medley.
in 1976 - Robert Fleming composer, dies at 55.
in 1976 - The Sex Pistols appeared on BBC TV's 'Nationwide' and ITV's 'London Weekend Show.'

in 1976 -
The Tom Robinson Band made their live debut at The Hope & Anchor, London. The bands biggest hit '2-4-6-8 Motorway' peaked at No.5 in the UK in Oct 77. Robinson now also works as a radio presenter.

in 1976 -
Harold (Edwin) Darke, English organist, teacher, and composer, dies at Cambridge. He studied with Parratt (organ) and Stanford (composition) at the Royal ColIege of Music in London, where he served as a professor of organ (1919-69); he also was organist at St. Michael's Church, Cornhill (1916-41; 1945-66) and at King's College, Cambridge (1941--45). In 1966 he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. He wrote sacred music, organ and piano pieces, and songs. - Born at London, Oct. 29, 1888.

in 1977 -
Alun D Pughe (Welsh film and music video director) is born.
in 1979 – Chamillionaire (Hakeem Seriki) (US rapper; The Color Changin' Click/solo) is born.
in 1980 - Lisa Middelhauve (German singer: Xandria) is born.

in 1883 -
Paul Hastings Allen, American composer, is born at Hyde Park, Mass. He studied at Harvard University (B.A., 1903). After serving in the U.S. diplomatic corps in Italy during World War I, he settled in Boston and composed prolifically. He wrote 12 operas, including II filtro (Genoa, Oct. 26,1912), Milda (Venice, June 14,1913), Lfultimo del Moicani (Florence, Feb. 24,1916), Cleopatra (1921), and La piccola Figaro (1931), 8 symphonies, including the Pilgrim Symphony (1910; won the Paderewski prize), a vast amount of chamber music, choral works, and songs. - Died at Boston, Sept. 28, 1952.

in 1984 -
Trey Songz (American singer) is born.

in 1987 -
Paul Arma, (real name, Imre Weisshaus), Hungarian-born French composer, dies at Paris at 83. From 1921 to 1924 he attended classes of Bartok at the Budapest Academy of Music, then went to N.Y., where he became associated with radical political and musical groups and contributed highly complex pieces to Coweirs publication New Music Quarterly. A composer of empiric persuasion, he explored quaquaversal paths of modern techniques in contrasting sonorities. In 1930 he went to Paris and worked under the pseudonym Paul Arma. In 1947 he published in Paris a modernistically planned Nouveau dictionnaire de musique. Typical of his modernistic techniques, reflected in the titles of some of his works, are Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra (1947); Violin Sonata (1949); 31 instantanes for Woodwind, Percussion, Celesta, Xylophone, and Piano (1951); Polydiaphonie for Orchestra (1962); Structures variees for Orch. (1964); Prismes sonores for Orch. (1966); 6 transparences for Oboe and String Orchestra (1968); Resonances for Orchestra (1971); 6 Convergences for Orchestra (1978); Silences and Emergences for String Quartet (1979); Deux Regards for Violin and Piano (1982); Deux Images for Cello and Piano (1982); numerous experimental pieces for various instrumental combinations. - Born at Budapest, Oct. 22, 1904.

in 1987 -
Taken from the film 'Dirty Dancing', the Jennifer Warnes' duet with Bill Medley '(I've Had) The Time Of My Life', went to No.1 on the US singles chart.

in 1987 -
David Bowie played the second of four sold-out nights during his Glass Spider Tour in Australia and New Zealand at the Kooyong Stadium in Melbourne.

in 1987 -
REM had their first entry in the Top 10 on the US singles chart with ‘The One I Love.’
in 1988 - Christopher Stringini (American singer) is born.
in 1989 - Jo[hanne M Bos-] Vincent Dutch soprano (Songs for Life), dies at 91.

in 1991 -
Nirvana recorded a performance for BBC TV music show Top Of The Pops in London. When asked to lip-sync ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ to a pre-recorded tape Kurt Cobain protests by singing in a low-pitched funny voice with the rest of the band not even trying to mime in-time to the track.

in 1992 -
Whitney Houston started a record-breaking fourteen-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'I Will Always Love You', taken from the 'Bodyguard' soundtrack. The song was written by Dolly Parton.

in 1992 -
Wayne Bennett dies at age 57. American blues guitarist; he worked with prominent blues musicians such as Bobby Bland, Boxcar Willie, Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker and Elmore James, as well as with renowned jazz musicians, including Cannonball Adderley, Sonny Stitt and Dexter Gordon. In 1990, he played on Willy DeVille's album Victory Mixture, also played with such R & B acts as the Chi-Lites, the Lost Generation, the Hues Corporation; among many others and cut his own record in 1968, an instrumental "Casanova, Your Playing Days are Over".
in 1993 - Jerry Edmonton (Jerry McCrohan) dies at age 47. Canadian drummer; he and his brother performed in a group called The Sparrows. John Kay and Goldy McJohn joined this group in Toronto in 1965 and, after some more changes in personnel and relocating to California, the group was renamed Steppenwolf. When Steppenwolf temporarily broke up on Valentine's Day 1972, he and Goldy McJohn formed a band "Seven" after which they formed "Manbeast" before Steppenwolf reconvened in 1974 for three albums before breaking up again in 1976 (car crash)

in 1994 -
Soulima Igorevich Stravinsky ( Swiss-Russian composer) dies. He was the son of the infinitely more famous Igor Stravinsky, Soulima was never going to live up to expectation. Nonetheless, he was an able composer in his own right.

in 1994 -
Al Levitt US/French jazz drummer, dies at 63.
in 1996 - Anna Pollak mezzo-soprano, dies at 84.

in 1996 -
Charles Bressler, American tenor, dies at N.Y. After studies with Lucia Dunham, Sergius Kagen, and Marjorie Schloss at the Juilliard School of Music in N.Y. (graduated, 1950; postgraduate diploma, 1951), he became a founding member of the N.Y. Pro Musica, with which he toured widely (1953-63). He also was a founding member of the N.Y. Chamber Soloists (from 1957); likewise appeared with the Santa Fe Opera and the Washington (D.C.) Opera Society, and toured Europe as a concert artist. He taught at various schools, including N.Y/s Marines College of Music (from 1966) and Manhattan School of Music (from 1978). He was best known for his performances of early music, but also had success in contemporary roles. - Born at Kingston, Pa., April 1, 1926.

in 1997 -
Thor Salden (Belgian singer) is born.

in 1999 -
Cliff Richard started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Millennium Prayer', despite the record being boycotted by most radio stations. It became Cliff's 14th UK No.1.

in 1999 -
Rage Against The Machine were at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘The Battle Of Los Angeles’ the bands second US No.1.

in 2000 -
David Bowie was crowned the musician's musician. Bowie beat the Beatles and alternative rockers Radiohead in a survey by the NME that asked hundreds of top rock and pop stars to name their biggest musical influence.

in 2000 -
Madonna played her first British show for more than seven years at London's Brixton Academy. Tickets changed hands for more than £1,000. QXL.com the internet auctioneers sold one pair for £2,204.

in 2001 -
Kal Mann dies at age 84. American lyricist; he co-wrote Elvis Presley's "Teddy Bear," Bobby Rydell's "Wild One", and Chubby Checker's "Let's Twist Again." Charlie Gracie's "Butterfly and "Fabulous", just to mention a few of many hits. He wrote some songs such as "Limbo Rock" credited under the pseudonym Jon Sheldon

in 2002 -
Dave "Snaker" Ray dies at age 59. American blues singer and guitarist who was most notably associated with Spider John Koerner and Tony Glover recording 6 albums. In the 80,s he and Glover released 3 albums and in 1998, he and Glover joined with Camile Baudoin and Reggie Scanlan of The Radiators to form The Back Porch Rockers band, which released the album "By The Water" in 2000 .
in 2002 - Tony McCarroll the original drummer with Oasis failed in a bid to sue the group's lawyers after he was sacked because he took too long to file his claim. Judge Justice Gray, at the High Court in London, told McCarroll his case could not proceed because he had brought his claim outside of the six-year time limit.

in 2002 -
Britney Spears ended her partnership in the restaurant at the Dylan Hotel, New York after it was plagued by lousy reviews and slow business. Management had recently changed the menu to American food with an Italian flair.

in 2004 -
Metallica played the last show on their 137-date ‘Madly in Anger with the World Tour’ at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. It became the fourth-highest grossing tour of 2004, reaping $60,500,000 in ticket sales.

in 2005 -
Tony Meehan dies at age 62. English drummer born in New End, Hampstead, London; he was one of the founder members of the British group The Shadows, along with Jet Harris, Hank B. Marvin and Bruce Welch. He played drums on all the early Cliff Richard and The Shadows hits and also played on the early hits the Shadows had as an instrumental group. In 1961 he went to work as an arranger / producer and occasional session drummer for Joe Meek and from early 1962 at Decca Records. He subsequently teamed up again with Jet Harris, who had also left the Shadows and moved to Decca and as a duo they had great success notably on the track, "Diamonds" which also included Jimmy Page on acoustic rhythm guitar. "Diamonds" was a number one hit in the UK Singles Chart. Tony briefly played with The Shadows some years later when Brian Bennett was hospitalised. He quit the music industry in the 1990s for a major career change as a psychologist (died from head injuries after a fall).

in 2006 - US actress
Pamela Anderson filed for divorce from rapper Kid Rock after just four months of marriage. In a statement on her website the 39-year-old confirmed she had split from Rock.

in 2007 -
Kanye West and stuntman Evel Knievel settled a copyright dispute over West's use of the name "Evel Kanyevel" in a music video. The 69-year-old daredevil had claimed his image was tarnished by the video’s "vulgar, sexual nature." The clip for Touch The Sky, showed the rap star cavorting with Pamela Anderson and trying to jump a rocket-powered motorcycle over a canyon.

in 2007 -
Frédéric "Fred" Chichin dies at age 53. French singer guitarist born in Clichy, France, he was the lead member of the band Les Rita Mitsouko, along with Catherine Ringer, whom he met in 1979. Prior to this he had also been active in the rock bands Fassbinder, Taxi Girl and Gazoline

in 2007 -
Ashley Titus (Mr. Fat) dies at age 36. South African rapper and TV presenter; started making hip hop in the 1980s, as well as hosting a hip hop show on Bush Radio. In the 1990s he rapped for Cape Flats-based hip hop group Brasse vannie Kaap, who won an audience that crossed both musical and racial boundaries, attracting hip hop and rock fans of various ethnic backgrounds; they were also noted for their prominent use of the Afrikaans language in their music. With BVK, he also became known for his strong community involvement, musical focus on Cape Flats issues, and attempts to reach out to youth imprisoned in local jails. The 1990s also saw Titus present a magazine show simply named Hip Hop for the MK89 music channel. (heart problems).
in 2011 - Thomas Roady dies at age 62. American drummer born in Alton Illinois; for nearly 40 years he had been a top studio musician recording with dozens of artists like Vince Gill, Dixie Chicks, Suzy Bogguss, Kenny Chesney, Etta James, Kenny Rogers, James Brown, Millie Jackson, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Andy Gibb Donovan, and Art Garfunkel. He toured many years with top acts like James Taylor, Paul Anka, Phil Driscoll and John Denver. At the time of his death he was touring with the Grammy-winning bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs. (heart problems) Born January 17th 1949.

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