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in 1955 -
Billy Idol (William Michael Albert Broad) (UK singer; Generation X/solo) is born.

in 1954 -
Jeannie Kendall (The Kendalls), George McArdle (Little River Band), June Pointer (The Pointer Sisters) is born.

in 1955 -
Josip Štolcer-Slavenski dies at age 59. Croatian composer born in Cakovec, Austria-Hungary, present day Croatia. To some his is best works are incorporated in a symphony named Simfonija Orienta for soloists, choir and orchestra as well as in another symphony Balkanofonija. Further he composed numerous piano works, violin sonatas, string quartets, and solos; his best-known choir songs are Voda zvira and Romarska.

He studied with Kodaly in Budapest and with Novak in Prague. He taught at the Zagreb Conservatory (1923-24), then settled in Belgrade, where he taught at the Stankovic Music School; subsequently was a teacher (1937-45) and a professor (1945-55) at the Academy of Music. About 1930 he adopted the name Slavenski, which he used exclusivelyin his published works.

A musician of advanced ideas, he attempted to combine Slavic melodic and rhythmic elements with modern ingredients; he experimented with nontempered scales and devised a "natural" scale of 53 degrees to the octave. His significance was only fully recognized in his homeland after his death.

in 1956 -
Jean Schwartz, composer dies in Los Angeles, California (born in Budapest, Hungary, November 4, 1878). Schwartz’s family came to the United States to live in New York City when he was thirteen. He studied the piano and got a job as a demonstrator in the music department of Siegel-Cooper’s, which boasted New York’s first department store sheet music counter.

He then joined SHAPIRO, BERNSTEIN and Von Tilzer as staff pianist and plugger. His first published composition was the CAKEWALK hit, “Dusky Dudes,” in 1899. He formed a songwriting team with WILLIAM JEROME in 1901 and enjoyed a respectable string of hits during the next decade. Schwartz and Jerome started with a COON SONG made popular by Harry Bulger called “When Mr. Shakespeare Comes to Town,” and followed it with “Rip Van Winkle Was a Lucky Man,” which Jerome’s wife, Maude Nugent, made famous.

Schwartz and Jerome’s hit with the overwhelmingly popular “Bedelia (The Irish Coon Song Serenade)” was due almost entirely to MOSE GUMBLE’s plugging the number for Maurice Shapiro. It sold over three million copies. BLANCHE RING sang it in The Jersey Lily, and she was constantly identified with the song. Schwartz got back into the syncopated game in 1908 with a huge success in “The Whitewash Man.” It was a superior RAG and helped reaffirm RAGTIME’s popularity during this decade. He scored twice more with instrumentals in 1910, “Black Beauty Rag” and “The Pop Corn Man.”

This same year saw JEROME REMICK’s publication of Schwartz and Jerome’s all-time favorite, “Chinatown, My Chinatown,” again plugged to multimillion status by Mose Gumble, now head of Remick’s professional department. Jean Schwartz had many songs interpolated into Broadway shows, but it wasn’t until 1904 that he wrote his first complete Broadway score, for Piff, Paff, Pouf, which starred Eddie Foy. Schwartz and Jerome owned their own publishing house for a few years before World War I, when they went their separate ways. Schwartz wrote for Broadway shows throughout the 1920s.

His biggest successes came during World War I with AL JOLSON introducing “Hello Central! Give Me No Man’s Land” and “Rock-a-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody” in Sinbad in 1918. (The lyrics for both songs were by veterans JOE YOUNG and SAM M. LEWIS.) In 1930, Schwartz wrote his last hit, “Au Revoir, Pleasant Dreams,” which Ben Bernie used as his radio theme (Brunswick 4943).

in 1957 -
Andrew Calhoun (US folk singer, guitarist, record producer) is born

in 1957 -
Beniamino Gigli dies at age 67. Italian operatic tenor born in Recanati, in the Marche, he was one of the most famous tenors of his generation, he was renowned internationally for the great beauty of his voice and the soundness of his vocal technique. In 1914, he won first prize in an international singing competition in Parma.

His operatic debut came on October 15th 1914 when he played Enzo in Amilcare Ponchielli's La Gioconda in Rovigo, following which he was in great demand. He went on to perform in most of the top opera theatres. Before his retirement in 1955, Beniamino undertook an exhausting world tour of Farewell Concerts. In his two remaining years he prepared his Memoirs

in 1957 -
John Ashton (UK guitar; Psychedelic Furs) is born
in 1957 - Richard Barbieri (UK keyboardist, vocals; Porcupine Tree/Dolphin Brothers/Japan] is born
in 1958 - Stacey Q (Stacey Lynn Swain) (US singer) is born.

in 1959 -
Adam Faith was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'What Do You Want.' The singers first of two UK No.1's.

in 1961 -
Stanislaw Kazuro composer, dies at 80
in 1963 - Jalil Hutchins (US rapper, lyricist; Whodini) is born
in 1963 - The Beatles second album 'With The Beatles' became the first million selling album by a group in the UK.

in 1964 - Don(ald Matthew) Redman
ground breaking swing-era composer, arranger, leader, alto and soprano saxophonist dies in N.Y.

He was an important early jazz arranger, though certainly not, as often claimed, the first or the only of his era. However, he was writing for a band with great soloists and wisely left them room to improvise, mixing ensemble passages with solos, incorporating clever breaks, and call-and-response patterns between sections or individual players.

Don's brother, Lewis, led a band in Cumberland, Md., for many years, their father was a noted music-teacher. A prodigy, he began playing trumpet at the age of three, and before he was 12 could play proficiently on all wind instruments including oboe. As a high school senior he was already writing arrangements. After intensive musical studies at Harper's Ferry and the Chicago and Boston conservatories, he graduated from Storer College at 20 with a music degree.

He worked in Piedmont for a year, then worked with Billy Paige's Broadway Syncopators, a Pittsburgh band. He went to N.Y. with them in March 1923. Later that year he began recording with Fletcher Henderson and subsequently joined the band early in 1924. He was with Henderson on sax and worked as staff arranger until June 1927. He moved to Detroit to take an appointment as musical director for McKinney's Cotton Pickers, a position he held until summer 1931. During this period he arranged and recorded with Louis Armstrong studio groups in Chicago. In October 1931 his first band was formed by combining a nucleus of ex-McKinney members with several musicians from Horace Henderson's Band.

The band began their first long residency at Connie's Inn in 1932 and subsequently worked regularlythrough out the 1930s until disbanding in January1940. Nobody objected to the title of his instrumental theme, a whole-tone based theme called "Chant of the Weed," though it was obviously a paean to marijuana. The band consolidated its considerable success by appearing on many important radio shows; he was the first black bandleader to have his own radio show. They also appeared in one short film made by National in1935. Throughout the 1930s Redman also arranged for Paul Whiteman, Ben Pollack, Isham Jones, Nat Shilkret,and others., and also produced specially commissioned orchestrations for Bing Crosby.

After his original band broke up in January 1940, he concentrated on freelance arranging, then re-formed again in December 1940. In February 1941 he toured briefly fronting the Snookum Russell Band, then returned to N.Y. to become staff arranger for Bobby Byrne. He returned to freelance arranging, scoring for many name bands; he provided Jimmy Dorsey with the arrangement of his big hit"Deep Purple."

He reformed a big band for residency at The Zanzibar, N.Y. (1943), then resumed full-time arranging for Count Basie, Harry James, NBC studio bands, and others. He formed a band for a European tour commencing September 1946, then remained in Europe after the band broke up; he returned to the U.S.in August 1947.

He had his own series on CBS television in autumn 1949. From 1951 worked as musical director for singer Pearl Bailey. Redman rarely played in public during the last few years of his life, but recorded on alto, soprano, and piano in 1958-59. He played piano at Georgia Minstrels concert in June 1962 and soprano sax for the Sissle-Blake Grass Roots concert in September 1964. During his later life, he worked on several extended compositions, which, so far, have not been publicly performed.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AE4uD_VfRQA"]Don Redman & His Orchestra with Red & Struggie 1934 - YouTube[/ame]
in 1965 - Paul Wheeler (Australian drummer; Icehouse) is born.
in 1968 - Des'ree (Desiree Weeks) (UK R&B vocalist) is born.
in 1968 - Glen Campbell started a five-week run at No. 1 on the US album chart with 'Wichita Lineman.'

in 1969 -
David Bowie, The Graham Bond Organisation and Dusty Springfield all performed at a fund raising show in London for youth magazine 'Rave.'

in 1969 -
Mike Stone (US guitarist; Queensryche) is born.

in 1969 -
The Monkees made what would be their last live appearance for 15 years when they played at The Oakland Coliseum, California.

in 1969 -
The Rolling Stones played the final night on a 17 date North American tour at the International Raceway Festival, West Palm Beach, Florida. Also appearing, The Moody Blues, Ten Years After, King Crimson, Janis Joplin, The Band, Steppenwolf and Iron Butterfly.

in 1970 -
George Harrison releases his triple album set "All Things Must Pass"

in 1971 -
Sly And The Family Stone were at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Family Affair', it peaked at No.15 in the UK.

in 1972 -
Hans-Erich Apostel Austrian composer (Kubiniana, Requiem), dies at 71.
in 1972 - Valentin Ruiz Azner composer, dies at 70.
in 1973 - John Moyer (American bassist; Disturbed) is born.
in 1974 - Elton John started a ten-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with his 'Greatest Hits'.
in 1975 - Mindy McCready (US country/western singer) is born.

in 1975 - Antin Rudnytsky
Polish-American pianist, conductor, and composer dies at Toms River, N.J. He studied piano with Schnabel and Petri, composition with Schreker, and musicology with Curt Sachs in Berlin; received his PhD at the University of Berlin in 1926. In 1927 he went to Russia, where he conducted opera in Kharkov and Kiev; then was conductor of the Low Opera (1932-37). In 1937 he emigrated to the U.S., toured with his wife, the singer Maris Sokil, as her piano accompanist. He composed 3 symphonies (1936, 1941, 1942), a Cello Concerto (1942), an opera Dovbush (1937), some ballet music, miscellaneous pieces for instrumental ensembles, and piano works.

in 1978 -
Clay Aiken (US singer; American Pop Idol) is born
in 1980 - Joseph Milligan (US lead guitarist; Anberlin) is born

in 1985 -
Phil Collins had his fifth US No.1 with 'Separate Lives'. The song was taken from the film 'White Nights' and featured Marilyn Martin.

in 1985 -
Wham! Were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'I'm Your Man', the duo's third UK No.1, a No.3 hit in the US.

in 1987 -
Dougie Poynter (UK bass player, backing vocalist; McFly) is born

in 1988 - Charlie Rouse
tenor saxophonist for TheloniousMonk dies in Seattle,Washington. For more than a decade, he augmented Monk's tricky tunes with a brand of bop that both understated and expanded what the iconoclastic composer was trying to say; and yet he remained his own man, recording frequently before, during, and after his time with Monk and owing only a little stylistically to his long time employer.

He started out in his early 20s with stints in Billy Eckstine's and Dizzy Gillespie's bands, which gave him a healthy dose of the classic bebop style, which he further explored while working with Tadd Dameron and Fats Navarro. However, a few years later he went in a whole other direction when he was hired to replace his idol, Ben Webster, in Duke Ellington's band in 1949. A missing birth certificate, however, prevented him from acquiring a passport to tour Europe, thus ending his Ellington gig. He easily found other work, though, playing with Count Basie, Clifford Brown, Bennie Green, and Oscar Pettiford.

During the late 1950s he teamed up with French horn player Julius Watkins to form the group Les Jazz Modes. They were picked up by Atlantic Records in 1957 after a few releases on the small independent Dawn label. His next major project would be long-lasting and an absolute musical classic: serving as second-hand man in Monk's quartet. He took to Monk's music so readily because it allowed him to use both his bop and Ellington experience at the same time, mixing improvisational wit with unusually tuneful melodies. Their collaboration lasted from 1959 to1970, including many essential recordings for both Riverside and Columbia.

Beginning in 1960, he would occasionally make his own records, many of which feature neither Monk compositions nor even Monkish playing; consequently, these recordings clearly demonstrate his own identifiable style. Yet, it is initially shocking to hear him play with a more traditional pianist. Ultimately, it is his connection with Monk for which he will be forever remembered, and he was always eager to celebrate the man he played with for so many years.

In 1980, along with Kenny Barron, Buster Williams, and former Monk drummer Ben Riley, he formed the group Sphere, initially as a Monk tribute band, although they eventually included originals and other standards in their repertoire, including an album's worth of Charlie Parker tunes. And three of his final projects exemplify the connection he had with Monk's music: first, a duet with the ultimate Monk cheerleader, Steve Lacy, on "Ask Me Now," included as part of producer Hal Willner's 1984 Monk tribute collection That's the Way I Feel Now, second, his participation on Carmen McRae's beautiful 1988 set Carmen Sings Monk,and finally, performing as guest of honor at a posthumous Monk birthday celebration (released on CD as Epistrophy) just weeks before his own death from lung cancer in 1988.

He played a derivation of hard bop that featured a restraint unusual for most tenor players at the time. Never relying on speed, he soloed with patience and deliberation, careful to never lose sight of the melody. He was fully capable of cooking on the up-tempo tunes, as well as offering up breathy, rich sounds on ballads. All of these traits, along with a rhythmic savviness and overall consistency, made him such a valuable contributor to Monk's quartets.

in 1989 -
Daisy Evans (UK actress, singer, cheerleader; S Club Juniors/S Club 8) is born.

in 1989 -
The Happy Mondays and fellow Mancunians The Stone Roses both made their debut appearance on UK TV music show Top Of The Pops. The Mondays performed 'Hellelujah' and the Roses 'Fools Gold.'

in 1991 -
Carnell Breeding (US singer; boy band B5) is born
in 1991 - Michael Jackson scored his fourth UK No.1 album with 'Dangerous.'

in 1991 -
Milli Vanilli singer Rob Pilatus attempted suicide while staying at The Mondrain Hotel, Los Angeles by taking an overdose of sleeping pills and slashing his wrists.

in 1991 -
The Billboard Hot 100 chart changed by including airplay as well as sales, the US No.1 this week was P.M Dawn, 'Set Adrift On Memory Bliss'.

in 1992 -
Jorge Donn dancer, dies after long illness at 45.

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in 1993 -
David Houston dies at age 57. American country music singer born in Bossier City, Louisiana; In 1963, he rose to national stardom with the single "Mountain of Love"; the song, which rose to No.2 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart and his 1965's "Livin' in a House Full of Love". In 1966, Houston released his international breakthrough "Almost Persuaded". David was awarded 2 Grammy Awards for Best Country & Western Recording and Best Country & Western Performance, Male in 1967 for "Almost Persuaded". This was followed by a string of top five singles through 1973, including six more number ones: "With One Exception" and "You Mean the World to Me" (1967); "Have a Little Faith" and "Already It's Heaven" (1968); "Baby, Baby (I Know You're a Lady)" (1970); and 1967's "My Elusive Dreams" duet with Tammy Wynette. In later years, Houston dueted with Barbara Mandrell on several of her early hits, most notably 1970's "After Closing Time" and 1974's "I Love You, I Love You".

in 1993 -
Yuuri Chinen (Japanese actor, singer) is born
in 1994 - Beatles' 1st album in 25 years, "Live at BBC," is released in Britain
in 1994 - Connie Conrad Henry Kirnon Kay jazz Drummer, dies at 67
in 1994 - Irwin Kostal US arranger/conductor (Sound of Music), dies at 83
in 1994 - Tupac Shakur was shot five times during a robbery outside a New York City recording studio.
in 1995 - Oasis kicked off a 10-date UK tour at Southampton Guildhall.

in 1995 –
Stretch (Randy Walker) dies at age 23. American rapper and hip hop producer from New York City, New York. He starred in the film Who's the Man? but is perhaps most famous for his close affliation with Tupac Shakur during the early 1990s, and was part of the hip hop group "Live Squad" (murdered) b.April 8th 1972.
in 1995 - Stretch/Randy Walker dies at age 23. American rapper and hip hop producer from New York City; he featured in the films Juice; Who's the Man?; Bullet, and contributed to the soundtrack Above the Rim, but is perhaps most famous for his close affliation with Tupac Shakur during the early 1990s, and was part of the hip hop group "Live Squad" (tragically he was murdered by being shot twice in the back by three men who pulled up alongside his green minivan at 112th Ave. and 209th St. in Queens Village while he was driving. His minivan smashed into a tree and hit a parked car before flipping over)

in 1996 -
Ice Cube obtained a restraining order to keep an obsessed fan away from him and his family. Cynthia Renee Collins was told to stop harassing the 26 year-old rapper, and stay at least 100 feet away from him.

in 1996 - Robson and Jerome went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Take Two.'

in 1996 -
Tiny Tim (Herbert Buckingham Khaury) dies at age 64. US singer, ukulele; most famous for his rendition of 'Tiptoe Through The Tulips' sung in his distinctive high falsetto/vibrato voice. He was generally thought of as a novelty act, though his records display a wide knowledge of American songs. In August 1970 he performed at the "Isle of Wight Festival 1970" in front of a crowd of 600,000 people. His performance, which included English folk songs and rock and roll classics, was a huge hit with the multinational throng of hippies. At the climax of his set, he sang "There'll Always Be an England" through a megaphone which brought the huge crowd to its feet. This can be seen in the 1995 movie of the event, "Message to Love". In 2000, the Rhino Handmade label released the posthumous Tiny Tim Live at the Royal Albert Hall. This recording had been made in 1968 at the height of Tiny Tim's fame, but Reprise Records never released it. It sat on the shelf until its limited Internet release some 32 years later. The limited-numbered CD sold out and was reissued on Rhino's regular label (he suffered a heart attack on stage at The Woman's Club of Minneapolis and was rushed to Hennepin County Medical Center where he died after doctors tried to resuscitate him for an hour and fifteen minutes) [According to Wiki this is the correct date. Yesterdays listing was my bad.]

in 1997 - Chumbawamba's
Danbert Nobacon was arrested by Italian police for wearing a skirt and was detained in police cells overnight.
in 1997 - Metallica were at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Reload’, the bands third US No.1 album.

in 1999 - (or Dec 1st)
Don "Sugarcane" Harris dies at age 61. US Blues, jazz and rock violinist and guitarist; was given the nickname "Sugarcane" by LA bandleader Johnny Otis. He started an act called Don and Dewey in the mid 1950s. In the 1960s he played exclusively the electric violin, as a sideman with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers and Frank Zappa, most recognized for his appearances on the Mothers of Invention albums Hot Rats, Burnt Weeny Sandwich, and Weasels Ripped My Flesh. His lead vocal and blues violin solo on a cover of Little Richard's "Directly From My Heart to You" on Weasels, and his extended solo on the lengthy "Little House I Used To Live In" on Weeny are considered highlights of those albums. The 70's sees him fronting the Pure Food and Drug Act.

in 1999 -
Charlie Byrd dies at age 74. American jazz and classical guitarist; played a classical guitar with nylon strings using fingerstyle. He collaborated on the famous 1962 album Jazz Samba with Stan Getz, a recording which pushed bossa nova into the mainstream of American music. During the late 1950s he toured Europe with Woody Herman as part of a US State Department "goodwill tour". He also led his own groups that at times featured his brother Joe Byrd, and other distinguised musicians. In 1997 he was deemed a "Maryland Art Treasure" by the Community Arts Alliance, in 1999 he was knighted by the government of Brazil as a Knight of the Rio Branco.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGfiAzPiYG4"]Stan Getz & Charlie Byrd - Desafinado - YouTube[/ame]
in 1999 - Elton John was blasted by the Boy Scout Association after he appeared on stage at London's Albert Hall performing 'It's A Sin' with six male dancers dressed as Boy Scouts. The dancers had peeled of their uniforms during the performance.

in 2000 -
Scott Smith dies at age 45. Canadian bassist born in Winnipeg, Manitoba; he was the original bassist for the Canadian rock band Loverboy, best known for their hit singles "Working for the Weekend" and "Turn Me Loose", although their U.S. Top Ten hits were "Lovin' Every Minute of It" in 1985 and "This Could Be the Night" in 1986. (Scott was sailing with two friends off the coast of San Francisco near the Golden Gate Bridge, when a freak 26-foot wave swept him overboard. A four-hour search was conducted in vain. Experts say he could not have survived more than two and a half hours in waters that cold)

in 2001 -
The first Top of the Pops UK Awards were held in Manchester, with categories voted by viewers of the BBC show. Winners included: Best pop act: Westlife, Best R&B Act: Destiny's Child, Best Rock Act: U2, Best Dance Act: Fatboy Slim, Best Newcomer: Nelly Furtado, Best Single: Kylie Minogue, 'Can't Get You Out Of My Head', Best Album: Travis, 'The Invisible Band', Artist on top of the world: Jennifer Lopez, Hall of Fame Award: Sir Paul McCartney.

in 2001 -
The Stereophonics kicked off a 12-date UK tour at London Docklands Arena.

in 2002 - High Court probate records showed that George Harrison left his fortune of £99m in a trust to his wife Olivia and his son Dhani, depriving the taxman of £40m. His English mansion near Henley-on-Thames was said to be worth £15m.

in 2003 - A block of East 2nd Street in New York City was officially renamed Joey Ramone Place. It is the block where Joey once lived with band mate Dee Dee Ramone, and is near the music club CBGB, where the Ramones played their first gigs.

in 2003 - Irish boyband Westlife went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Turnaround’ their fourth UK No.1 album.
in 2003 - Will Young scored his fourth UK No.1 single with a song written by Eg White 'Leave Right Now.'

in 2005
- 50 Cent was planning to create a vibrator of his manhood, so his female fans could pretend to have sex with him. The rapper was also planning to sell a line of condoms and waterproof sex toys designed to excite his female fans. The rapper said: "I need to make a 50 Cent condom and motorised version of me, which will have to be waterproof so you can utilise it in the tub, Blue is my favourite colour so it will probably be blue”.

in 2005 - Babyshambles singer
Pete Doherty was arrested on suspicion of possessing class A drugs after he was stopped by police while driving his car in Ealing, west London. Police had stopped the vehicle because it was being driven "in an erratic manner" and recovered "substances" from the scene.

in 2005 - Police were investigating claims that
Michael Jackson was trafficking drugs to feed his 40 pills-a-day habit. The singer was suspected of flying antidepressants and painkillers from the US to his current home in Bahrain.

in 2006 -
Elhadi Adam Elhadi (Al-Hadi Adam Al-Hadi) dies at age 79. Sudanese writer and song writer born in El-Helalelih village, Al Jazirah State in central Sudan on the bank of the Blue Nile. He became well known in Sudan and in the Arab world when his poem, "Agadan Algak" / "Tomorrow I Hope to Meet You" was sung by the pioneer Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum. The poem was selected by the diva Umm Kulthum among tens of poems offered to her during her visit to Sudan in 1968. She delayed to sing the song because of the death of Gamal Abdel Nasser, but later sang it in May 1971 on stage of the Cinema Gasser el-nil or Nile Palace, which was composed by Egyptian composer Muhammed Abdelwahab. Elhadi was a prolific writer and has several collections of poems. The most known of his work is Koukh Al-Ashwag from mid 1960s, considered by critics to be the best of his work
in 2006 - Elhadi Adam Elhadi/Al-Hadi Adam Al-Hadi dies at age 79. Sudanese writer and song writer born in El-Helalelih village, Al Jazirah State in central Sudan on the bank of the Blue Nile. He became well known in Sudan and in the Arab world when his poem, "Agadan Algak" / "Tomorrow I Hope to Meet You" was sung by the pioneer Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum. The poem was selected by the diva Umm Kulthum among tens of poems offered to her during her visit to Sudan in 1968. She delayed to sing the song because of the death of Gamal Abdel Nasser, but later sang it in May 1971 on stage of the Cinema Gasser el-nil or Nile Palace, which was composed by Egyptian composer Muhammed Abdelwahab. Elhadi was a prolific writer and has several collections of poems. The most known of his work is Koukh Al-Ashwag from mid 1960s, considered by critics to be the best of his work.

in 2006 - The sale of
Syd Barrett's final belongings were sold by Cheffins auctioneers in Cambridge, England. The sale of the 77 items raised £119,890 ($233,786). Ten paintings alone raised over £55,000 and two bicycles over £10,000. The sale included such things as the armchair he used to sit in, his home-made bread bin, tools, notebooks and binders and books. The sale catalogue described Barrett - who quit Pink Floyd in 1968 - as a man with a "total disinterest in materialism."

in 2007 - During a
Christies Rock & Roll auction held the Rockefeller Plaza, New York City a collection of 276 ticket stubs compiled by a rock journalist who covered many of the greatest rock concerts at New York City venues between the late 1960s to the 1990s, sold for $2,000. The tickets included concerts by: Jimi Hendrix; The Who; Rolling Stones; Frank Zappa; Beach Boys; Pink Floyd; Traffic; Allman Brothers; Led Zeppelin; Neil Young; Fleetwood Mac; Grateful Dead and Bruce Springsteen.

in 2008 -
Munetaka Higuchi dies at age 49. Japanese drummer born in Nara Nara, during his high school years Munetaka played in seven different bands, before forming the band Lazy with friend Akira Takasaki. The musical pair next formed the metal band Loudness in 1981. During his time with Loudness, Munetaka released his first solo album, Destruction, in 1983. He left Loudness to concertrate on his solo career and work on side projects, including Sly, Bloodcircus, Rose of Rose, and the Rock 'n' Roll Standard Club Band. In 1997, as "Munetaka Higuchi & Dream Castle", he released the album Free World. The band featured many famous musicians from the jazz and rock/metal spheres, like Steve Vai, Stanley Clarke, Billy Sheehan, Ty Tabor, Terry Bozzio, T. M. Stevens, Ronnie James Dio, Richie Kotzen and others. The album was released in February 1997 in Japan. He returned to Loudness in 2001, maintaining his high profile in the metal genre.

in 2008 -
Take That went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Greatest Day', their 11th UK No.1. Taken from their 2008 album The Circus.

in 2008 -
The Killers went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Day & Age’ the bands third album.

in 2009 - The death of Boyzone singer
Stephen Gately was the most searched for topic on Google's UK site in 2009. It was closely followed by the rise of Britain's Got Talent runner-up Susan Boyle Microsoft revealed that the death of Michael Jackson dominated its Bing search engine results during the year.

in 2010 -
Monty Sunshine dies at age 82. English jazz clarinetist born in Stepney, London; revered by traditionalist fans the world over, he is maybe most famous to many, for his clarinet solo on the track "Petite Fleur", a million seller for the Chris Barber Jazz Band in 1959. He was a member of Chris Barber's band for seven years, participating fully in the band's overseas travels, including the 1959 American tour, and making many recordings. Eventually he felt less comfortable with Barber's musical direction and left in 1961 to form his own band, sticking firmly to the "trad" style. Monty also worked with The Eager Beavers, The Crane River Jazz Band, Beryl Bryden, George Melly, Johnny Parker, Diz Disley and Donegan's Dancing Sushine Band.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4FV4w6q1mM"]Monty Sunshine Jazz Band - Sweet Sue 1973 - YouTube[/ame]

in 2011 - J. Blackfoot/John Colbert dies at age 65. American soul singer, born in Greenville, Mississippi, moving to Memphis, Tennessee with his family as a child. After a short stint in Tennessee State Penitentiary he recorded a single under his own name and after the tragic plane crash that claimed the lives of Otis Redding and four members of The Bar-Kays, he joined the reconstituted group as lead singer, and performed with them for several months but did not record. In 1968 he became a founding member The Soul Children and produced 15 hits on the R&B chart, including three that crossed over to the Billboard Hot 100, and recorded seven albums over thenext 10 years. The Soul Children disbanded in 1979, after which he had a successful solo career. His biggest hit was "Taxi", which reached the charts in both the US and UK in 1984 (cancer) Born November 20th 1946.

in 2011 - Nelly Byl dies at age 92. Belgian songwriter born in Molenbeek-Saint-Jean, who wrote over 2000 songs in Dutch and other languages. She wrote some 200 songs for Will Tura, as well as songs for artists such as Conny Vandenbos' "Raak me niet aan"-1963 and the Gibson Brothers "Que Sera Mi Vida"-1980 (?) Born March 25th 1919.

in 2011 - Kuldeep Manak/Latif Mohammed dies at age 62. Indian Punjabi language singer known for singing a genre of Punjabi songs called kaliyan. He left his birth place Bathinda and went to Ludhiana to pursue his career and started singing with the duo Harcharan Grewal and Seema. In 1976 his first LP 'Ik Tara' included the songs 'Tere Tilley Ton', 'Chheti Kar Sarwan Bachcha' and 'Garh Mughlane Dian Naaran'. Further albums included 'Ichhran Dhaahan Maardi', 'Sahiban Da Tarla', and 'Sahiban Bani Bharaawan Di' (pneumonia) Born November 15th 1949.

in 2011- Benyamin Sönmez dies at age 28. Turkish cellist born to musical Turkish parents in Bremen, Germany and returned to Aksehir, a town in Konya Province,Turkey at the age of three. By the time he was 17, having proved his superior musical skills with his father's band, he came first in the national cello contest. He was given a place within BBC soloists in 2000. He won a special award at the International Young Concert Artists Contest organized in Leipzig, Germany in 2001 and was a prize winner in the 2006 International Adam Cello Festival and Competition in New Zealand that was chaired by Rostropovich. He received great admiration at each country he visited, and had a rich repertoire including modern composers such as Alfred Schnittke, Giya Kancheli, Sofia Gubaidulina, Ástor Piazzolla, Dmitri Shostakovich and Zoltán Kodály as well as the composers of Baroque and other eras (heart attack) Born January 16th 1983.

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in 1709 - The composer,
Franz Xaver Richter is born.
in 1605 - Juan de Padilla composer is born.
in 1623 - Thomas Weelkes composer, dies at 47.
in 1635 - Melchior Teschner composer, dies at 51.
in 1651 - Cristobal de Isla Diego composer, dies at 65.
in 1671 - Francesco Stradivari Italian violin maker/son of Antonius is born.
in 1707 - Jeremiah Clarke composer, dies.
in 1709 - Franz Xaver Richter composer is born.
in 1712 - Bernhard Christian Weber composer is born
in 1724 - Dismas Hatas composer is born.

in 1727 -
Johann Heinrich Buttstett, German organist and composer, dies at Erfurt. He studied with Johann Pachelbel, and was appointed organist at the Reglerkirche in Erfurt in 1684. In 1691 became organist at the Predigerkirche there, a post he held for 36 years, until his death. He published Musicalische Clavier-Kunst und Vorraths-Kammer for Harpsichord (Leipzig, 1713), and also composed several masses and many chorale preludes for organ. His Ut, mi, sol, re, fa, la, tota musica et harmonia aeterna (Erfurt, 1716) is a polemical pamphlet directed against Mattheson. – Born at Bindersleben, near Erfurt, April 25, 1666.

in 1729 -
Giuseppe Sarti composer is born.
in 1729 - Christian Ludwig Boxberg composer, dies at 59.
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in 1755 - Maurice Greene composer, dies at 59.
in 1779 - Pyotr Ivanovich Turchaninov composer is born.
in 1781 - Charles Philippe Lafont composer is born.

in 1784 -
Francois-Henri- Joseph Blaze (called Castil-Blaze), French writer on music, father of Henri Blaze, Baron de Bury, is born at Cavaillon, Vaucluse. He studied with his father, a lawyer and amateur musician, then went to Paris in 1799 as a law student; held various administrative posts in provincial towns in France. At the same time he studied music and compiled information on the opera in France. The fruit of this work was the publication in 2 vols. of his book De I'opera en France (Paris, 1820,1826). He became music critic of the influential Paris Journal des Debuts in 1822, signing his articles "XXX." He resigned from this post in 1832 but continued to publish books on music, including valuable compilations of musical lexicography: Dictionnaire de musique moderne (2 vols., 1821; 2nd ed., 1825; 3rd ed., edited by J.H. Mees, 1828); Chapelle-musique des Rois de France (1832); La Danse et les ballets depuis Bacchus jusqu'a Mile. Taglioni (1832); Memorial du Grand Opera (1847); Moliere musicien (1852); Theatres lyriques de Paris (2 vols., 1855-56); Sur I'opera franqais: Verites dures mais utiles (1856); L'Art des jeux lyriques (1858); translated into French many librettos of German and Italian operas. He himself wrote 3 operas and also compiled a collection Chants de Provence. Some of his popular ballads attained considerable popularity. - Died at Paris, Dec. 11,1857.

in 1787 -
Pavel Ivanovich Dulgorukov composer is born.

in 1792 -
Christian Ludwig Boxberg, German composer, dies at Gorlitz. He studied at the Thomasschule in Leipzig, and from 1692 to 1702 was organist in Grossenhain; also was active as a librettist, composer, and singer at the Leipzig Opera. In 1702 he became organist at Ss. Peter and Paul in Gorlitz. He wrote librettos for the operas of N.A. Strungk. His own operas include Orion (Ansbach, 1697), Die verschwiegene Treue (Ansbach, 1698), Sardanapolus (Ansbach, 1698), and Amyntas und Phyllis (Leipzig, 1700). He also composed numerous cantatas. - Born at Sondershausen, April 24, 1670.

in 1808 -
Anton Fischer composer, dies at 30.
in 1810 - Joseph Gungl composer is born.
in 1813 - Ferdinando Bertoni composer, dies at 88.
in 1814 - August Rockel composer is born.

in 1814 -
Arnold Joseph Blaes, noted Belgian clarinetist, is born at Brussels. He studied with Bachmann at the Brussels Conservatory, winning first prize there in 1834. He traveled on concert tour in Europe, and, while in Russia, married Elisa Blaes (nee Meerti) in 1843. He taught at the Brussels Conservatory from
1844 to 1871. His autobiography appeared as
Souvenirs de ma vie artistique (Brussels, 1888). Died at Brussels Jan. 11, 1892.

in 1817 -
Justin Heinrich Knechtl composer, dies at 65.
in 1823 - Ernest Reyer composer is born.
in 1844 - Alfred Cellier composer is born.

in 1847 -
Agathe (Ursula) Backer-Grendahl, Norwegian composer and pianist, is born at Holmestrand.
She studied in Norway with Kjerulf and Lindeman, in Florence with Hans von Bulow, and in Weimar with Liszt. She married the singing teacher Grondahl (1875). Among her piano works, Etudes de concert, Romantische Stiicke, and Trois morceaux became well known and have been frequently reprinted. She also wrote a song cycle, Des Kindes Friihlingstag. - Died at Ormoen, near Christiania, June 16, 1907.

in 1850 -
Peter Erasmus Lange-Muller composer is born.
in 1874 - Dominicus Johner composer is born.

in 1879 -
Gilbert and Sullivan's operetta H. M. S. Pinafore was first performed, with Sullivan conducting and Gilbert playing a sailor in the Queen’s Navy (and it is also Sullivan's birthday.)

in 1883 -
Romanos Hovakimi Melik'yan composer is born.
in 1885 - Guy de Lioncourt composer is born.

in 1886 - Wagner's
Tristan and Isolde was first performed in the USA, at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, with Anton Seidl conducting.

in 1893 -
Eduard Franck composer, dies at 76.
in 1896 - Petko Staynov composer is born.
in 1901 - Dorothy James composer is born. [see 1982]
in 1901 - Ilona Feher (Hungarian-Jewish violinist) is born.
in 1904 - Jimmy Lytell (US clarinetist;The Original Memphis Five/band leader) is born.
in 1905 - Ida Carroll musician is born.
in 1906 - Jean Cartan composer is born.
in 1908 - Georgios Kasassoglou (Greek musician, music education pioneer) is born.
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in 1912 - Terence Beckles pianist/teacher is born.
in 1913 - Mary Martin (American actress, singer; stage musicals) is born.
in 1914 - Johnny Johnston St Louis Mo, singer (Make that Spare) is born.
in 1917 - Thomas Hayward (Thomas Albert Tibbett) (US operatic tenor) is born.
in 1919 - Ike Isaacs guitarist is born.

in 1921 -
John Bunch, talented American piano player and musical director, is born at Tipton, Ind. Bunch began playing piano in a small Indiana town in the early 1930s and, by age 12, was appearing in clubs all over the state that officially honored him at the 1996 Elkhart Jazz Festival. An Army Air Force enlistee in 1942, Bunch was shot down and captured during his 17th mission over Germany. He passed time as a prisoner playing with the camp band and wrote his first arrangement there. Upon his return to the U.S., Bunch entered Ind. University, graduating in 1950. He mostly put music aside until age 34, when he headed for Calif, and a spot in Woody Herman's band, followed by band work with Benny Goodman and Maynard Ferguson, and subsequent dates around N.Y.C. with Urbie Green. In December 1966, Bunch joined Tony Bennett as accompanist and musical director for six years, and was appropriately referred to by the singer as "Gentleman John Bunch." In 1972, Bunch returned to jazz full-time. As well as working solo over the years, he worked with the Scott Hamilton Quintet, frequently returned to the Benny Goodman fold, and played mostly in small groups. He currently works with guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli and bassist Jay Leonhart in a powerhouse combine dubbed New York Swing. Bunch has been around long enough to come under the spell of Fats Waller and Teddy Wilson, but was young enough to adopt some Bud Powell mannerisms and sophisticated harmonies. Bunch remains very much a melody player with a delicate keyboard touch and yet can swing with the best. Died March 30, 2010.

in 1923 -
Wessel Ilcken (Dutch jazz drummer) is born.
in 1925 - Jaime Mendoza-Nava composer is born.
in 1925 - Vicente Arregui Garay composer, dies at 54.
in 1925 - Dick Johnson (US big band clarinetist;The Artie Shaw Orchestra) is born.
in 1926 - Hans Heinrich XIV Hochberg composer, dies at 83.
in 1927 - Grant Beglarian composer is born.
in 1927 - Ted Brown (US tenor saxophonist; jazz artist) is born.
in 1928 - Lurlean Hunter (American jazz singer) is born.
in 1929 - Leon Biriotti composer is born.
in 1930 - Matt Monro (Terrence Parsons) (UK ballad singer) is born.
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in 1931 - Jim Nesbitt (US comic country music singer) is born.
in 1931 - Jimmy Lyons (American alto saxophonist;Cecil Taylor Unit) is born.
in 1932 - Dame Heather Begg (New Zealand operatic soprano) is born.
in 1932 - Amadeo Vives composer dies at 61.
in 1933 - Lou Rawls American soul, jazz and blues singer is born.
in 1939 - Max Fiedler composer, dies at 79.
in 1934 - Billy Paul Phila, singer (Me and Mrs Jones) is born.
in 1935 - Lou Rawls Chic Ill, vocalist (Dean Martin's Golddigers, Natural Man) is born.
in 1935 - Woody Allen (Allen Stewart Konigsberg) (US film director, clarinetist, actor, comedian) is born.
in 1937 - Gordon Crosse Bury Lancashire England, composer (Grace of Todd) is born.
in 1937 - Muriel Costa-Greenspon (US mezzo-soprano) is born.
in 1938 - Sandy Nelson Santa Monica, 50s rocker (Teen Beat, All Night Long) is born.
in 1938 - Carlos Garnett (Panamanian tenor saxophonist; Art Blakey/Miles Davis/solo) is born.
in 1939 - Dianne Lennon LA Calif, singer (Lennon Sisters) is born.
in 1942 - Casey Van Beek (US multi-instrumentalist; The Tractors) is born.
in 1944 - Prokofjev's 8th Piano sonata, premieres.
in 1944 - Eric Bloom (US singer, songwriter, guitarist, keyboardist; Blue Oyster Cult and others) is born.
in 1944 - Charlie Grima (Maltese-UK drummer; Wizzard/freelance) is born.
in 1944 – Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra was premiers in Boston.
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in 1944 - John Densmore drummer for The Doors is born.

in 1945 -
Bette Midler American singer/actress is born. "I wouldn't say I invented tacky, but I definitely brought it to it's present high popularity."

in 1945 -
Harvey Bartlett Gaul composer, dies at 64.

in 1946 -
Rudolf Buchbinder, Austrian pianist, is born at Leitmeritz. He studied with Bruno Seidlhofer at the Vienna Academy of Music; in 1965 he made a tour of North and South America; in 1966 he won a special prize awarded at the Van Cliburn Competition; then made a tour with the Vienna Philharmonic, and also appeared as a soloist in Paris, Milan, Madrid, and London. In 1975 he made a tour of Japan and the U.S. with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra; in addition, he taught piano at the Basel Academy of Music. He subsequently toured extensively, appearing as a soloist with leading orchs and as a recitalist.

in 1946 -
Gilbert O'Sullivan Ireland, singer (Alone Again Naturally) is born.
in 1947 - Alain Bashung (French singer) is born.
in 1947 - Leo Cuypers (Dutch pianist) is born.
in 1950 - Ernest John Moeran British composer, dies at 55.
in 1950 - Keith Thibodeaux (US actor, drummer; David & the Giants) is born.
in 1950 - Armen Donelian (Armenian-American pianist; jazz fusion group Cosmology/solo) is born.
in 1951 - Benjamin Britten's opera "Billy Budd," premieres in London.
in 1951 - Eric Bloom rock vocalist/guitarist (Blue Oyster Cult) is born.
in 1951 - Felix Petyrek composer, dies at 59.
in 1951 - Jaco Pastorius US jazz guitarist (Weather Report-Word of Mouth) is born.

in 1954 -
Fred Rose dies at age 56. American songwriter and music publishing executive born in Evansville, Indiana; he started playing piano and singing as a small boy. In his teens, he moved to Chicago, Illinois where he worked in bars busing for tips, and finally vaudeville. Eventually, he became successful as a songwriter, penning his first hit for entertainer Sophie Tucker. In 1942 in Nashville, he teamed up with Grand Ole Opry star Roy Acuff to create the first Nashville-based music publishing company. Their Acuff-Rose Music was almost immediately successful, particularly with the enormous hits of Hank Williams. While running the business, Fred continued to write numerous country songs and eventually became one of the industry's most important personalities. Fred also wrote songs under the name of Floyd Jenkins. Along with Hank Williams and Jimmie Rodgers, Fred was one of the three charter members of the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1961. He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970 and into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1985

in 1955 -
Mark Thompson (American disc jockey and actor) is born.
in 1956 - Stuart Kimball rock guitarist (Face To Face) is born.
in 1956 - Kim Richey (US singer-songwriter) is born.
in 1956 - Julee Cruise (US singer, actress) is born.
in 1957 - Chris Poland (US guitarist; Megadeth) is born.

1957 -
Buddy Holly and the Crickets appeared on 'The Ed Sullivan Show', performing 'That'll Be The Day' and 'Peggy Sue'. Sam Cooke was also a guest on the same show performing 'You Send Me'.

in 1958 -
The Teddy Bears were at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘To Know Him is to Love Him.’ The title of the Phil Spector song came from words on his father’s tombstone.

in 1958 -
Lisa Fischer (American R&B singer) is born.
in 1959 - Steve Jansen Stephen Batt (UK vocalist, drums, percussion; Japan/Dolphin Bros/Nine Horses) is born
in 1959 - Billy Childish (English singer, guitarist, poet, painter, writer, film maker) is born.

in 1959 -
Avery Parrish dies at age 41. American jazz pianist; he started in the Bama State Collegians, at the Alabama State Teachers College an ensemble led by Erskine Hawkins. He stayed with Erskine until 1941 and recorded with him extensively. He wrote the music to "After Hours", which became a jazz standard. He moved to California, but was involved in a bar fight in 1942 which left him paralyzed at age 24, and unable to play music for the rest of his life. In 1979 he was inducted into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame
Video Notes: This Blues is Matthew's take on an old Avery Parrish number called After Hours.
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in 1960 -
Ion Vasilescu composer, dies at 57.

in 1961 -
The Beatles performed a lunchtime show at the Cavern Club in Liverpool. That night they headlined a six-group Big Beat Session at the Tower Ballroom, New Brighton in Wallasey.

in 1963 -
The Beatles release their first single (I Want to Hold Your Hand) in the US.
in 1963 - Sam Reid (Canadian keyboardist; Tokyo/Glass Tiger) is born.
in 1964 - Beatles drummer Ringo Starr booked into University College Hospital to have his tonsils removed.

in 1964 -
The Who played the first of 22 consecutive Tuesday night gigs at The Marquee Club in London, the band were paid £50 for each gig.

in 1965 - During a North America tour
The Rolling Stones appeared at the Vancouver Auditorium, British Columbia.

in 1966 -
Tom Jones was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of 'Green Green Grass Of Home.' It stayed at No.1 for seven weeks giving Decca records its first million selling single by a British artist. Also a No.11 hit in the US.

in 1967 - During
a 15 date UK tour Jimi Hendrix Pink Floyd, The Move, Nice and Amen Corner all played two shows at Chatham Town Hall.

in 1968 -
Nicolae Bretan, remarkable Romanian composer, dies at age 81. Romanian baritone opera singer and composer born in Transylvania. He studied at the Klausenburg Conservatory, composition and voice with Parkas, and violin with Gyemant (1906-08); then at the Vienna Academy of Music (1908-09) and at the Magyar Kiralyi Zeneakademia in Budapest (1909-12) with Siklos (theory) and Szeremi (violin). His primary career was that of an opera singer, performing baritone parts at the opera houses in Bratislava, Oradea, and Cluj between 1913 and 1944, also acting as a stage director. At the same time, he surprisingly asserted himself as a composer of operas and lieder in an effective veristic manner, marked by a high degree of professional expertise and considerable originality.

He studied in Cluj, Vienna and Budapest before becoming one of the pioneers of Romanian opera - his opera
Luceafarul in 1921 is cited as the first opera in Romanian. Bretan also composed many lieder. In 1944 Bretan wife's family, who were Jewish, were transported to the Nazi extermination camp at Auschwitz and murdered. Refusing to become a member of the Romanian Communist Party in 1948, he was not favoured by the Romanian communist regime, who treated the composer as a "non person". His major operas include Luceafarul-1921, Golem-1924, Eroii de la Rovine-1935, Horia-1937, and Arald-1939
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in 1968 - Dario Moreno dies at age 47. Turkish-Jewish singer as well as an accomplished composer, lyricist and guitarist, who was born in Izmir; he attained fame and made a remarkable career centered in France which also included films, during the fifties and the sixties. Dario appeared in 13 films and released 12 albums and was awarded the 1958 Grand Prix Du Disque in France (died of a heart attack in a taxi going to Istanbul airport)

in 1969 -
Samuel "Magic Sam" Gene Maghett dies at age 32. American blues guitarist, singer-songwriter, born in Grenada, Mississippi. He learned to play the blues from listening to records by Muddy Waters and Little Walter. After moving to Chicago at the age of 19, he was signed by Cobra Records and became well known as a bluesman after his first record, "All Your Love" in 1957. He was known for his distinctive tremolo guitar playing, vocals and songwriting ability which have inspired and influenced many blues musicians ever since. In The Blues Brothers, Jake Blues dedicates the band's performance of "Sweet Home Chicago" to the "late, great Magic Sam". In 1982, Sam was posthumously inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame. (died suddenly of a heart attack)

in 1970 -
Jonathan Coulton (US singer-songwriter) is born.
in 1971 - John and Yoko release "Happy Xmas (War is Over)" in US.
in 1971 - Mika Pohjola (Finnish jazz pianist and composer) is born.
in 1972 - Wings release "Hi, Hi, Hi" in UK
in 1973 - Jon Theodore (US drummer; The Mars Volta/freelance) is born.
in 1973 - Steve Gibb (UK-born US guitarist; Black Label Society/Underbellys/Crowbar/solo/sessions) is born.

in 1973 - The Carpenters went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Top Of The World', their second US No.1, a No.5 hit in the UK.

in 1975 -
Isaiah "Ikey" Owens (US keyboardist; The Mars Volta) is born.

in 1976 -
The Sex Pistols appeared on ITV's live early evening 'Today' show (in place of Queen who had pulled out following a trip to the dentists by Freddie Mercury). Taunted by interviewer Bill Grundy who asked the band to say something outrageous, guitarist Steve Jones says: 'You dirty bastard...you dirty f**ker...what a f**king rotter!' Grundy died of a heart attack aged 69 on 9th Feb 1993.

in 1977 - During a North American tour
Queen appeared at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
in 1977 - Big Bad Brad (Bradford Phillip Delson) (US lead guitar, Linkin Park) is born.
in 1978 - Mat Kearney (US singer, songwriter) is born.
in 1980 - Talking Heads supported by U2 appeared at the Hammersmith Palais, London, England.
in 1982 - Dorothy James composer, dies on 81st birthday.

in 1982 -
Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' album was released. It spent 190 weeks on the UK album chart became the biggest selling pop album of all time, with sales over 50 million copies.

in 1983 -
Neil Young was sued by Geffen Records because his new music for the label was “not commercial in nature and musically uncharacteristic of his previous albums.

in 1984 -
Jim Diamond was at No.1 in the UK singles chart with 'I Should Have Known Better.' The song was displaced after one week by Band Aid's charity single 'Do They Know It's Christmas?'. Diamond publicly requested that people not buy his single, but instead buy 'Do They Know It's Christmas?'

in 1985 -
Janelle Monae Robinson (US singer) is born.
in 1986 - Paul McCartney releases "Only Love Remains.
in 1986 - Horace Heidt orch leader (Swift Show Wagon), dies at 85.

in 1986 -
[Irving] Lee Dorsey [Kid Chocolate] dies at age 61. American pop/R&B singer during the 1960s. From 1965 to 1969 he had seven songs in the Hot 100, the most successful of which was "Working In The Coal Mine" in 1966. In 1970 he and Allen Toussaint collaborated on an album entitled "Yes We Can". He appeared on an album with Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, which led to more recordings on his own with ABC Records in the late 1970s. In 1980, he opened for English punk band The Clash on their U.S. tour. He served in the United States Navy and began a career in prizefighting. Boxing as a light heavyweight in Portland in the early 1950s, he fought under the name "Kid Chocolate" and was quite successful.
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in 1987 - A Kentucky teacher lost her appeal in the US Supreme Court over her sacking after showing Pink Floyd's film 'The Wall' to her class. The court decided that the film was not suitable for minors with its bad language and sexual content.

in 1989 - American choreographer
Alvin Ailey died at the age of 58.

in 1989 -
Sly Stone was sentenced to 55 days after pleading guilty to a charge of driving under the influence of cocaine, (two weeks later he also pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine and was sentenced to spend 9-14 months in rehab).

in 1989 -
Billy Lyall dies at age 35. Scottish keyboard player and vocalist with Pilot and an early member of the Bay City Rollers. Born in in Edinburgh, he also contributed to The Alan Parsons Project with fellow Pilot members. In addition, he released a solo album, titled Solo Casting in 1976

in 1990 -
C.C. Deville guitar player with Poison spent six hours in jail in Louisville, after being arrested for public drunkenness and criminal mischief after a concert in the town that night.

in 1990 -
Vanilla Ice started a four-week run at No.1 in the UK with the single 'Ice Ice Baby'. The track sampled the bass intro to the Queen and David Bowie No.1 'Under Pressure'. 'Ice Ice Baby' was initially released as the B-side to the rapper's cover of 'Play That Funky Music', and became the A-side after US DJ's started playing it.

in 1990 -
Whitney Houston went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'I'm Your Baby Tonight', her 8th US No.1 and the first for writers and producers Reid and Babyface.

in 1993 -
Ray Gillen dies at age 34. American singer, best known for his work with Badlands, in addition to his work with Black Sabbath in the mid-1980s. Born in New York, he started singing while in High School and played the New Jersey club circuit with various bands, most notably Vendetta and Harlette. In 1985 he joined Bobby Rondinelli's band, before his stint with Black Sabbath. He next played and recorded with Phenomena, "II Dream Runner" in 1987 and with Blue Murder on their demo "It's Too Late" in 1988, after which he joined John Sykes', Badlands, recording 3 albums. Just before his death Ray went to New York City and formed the band Sun Red Sun with old friends, releasing a self-titled album. He also worked with George Lynch on his 1993 "Flesh and Blood" album

in 1997 -
Stéphane Grappelli dies at age 89. French self taught jazz violinist; he and Django Reinhardt founded the Quintet of the Hot Club of France during 1933-39 producing a sensational series of recordings & performances. He has appeared on 100's of recordings including sessions with Duke Ellington, Oscar Peterson, Claude Bolling, Jean-Luc Ponty, Stuff Smith, L. Subramaniam, Gary Burton, Paul Simon, David Grisman, Yehudi Menuhin, André Previn, Bucky Pizzarelli, Joe Pass, Yo Yo Ma, Toots Thielmans and Mark O'Connor. He also collaborated extensively with the British guitarist Diz Disley, recording 13 albums with him and his trio, and with now renowned British guitarist Martin Taylor. In the 80s he gave several concerts with the young British cellist Julian Lloyd Webber. His music is played very quietly, on Pink Floyd's album "Wish You Were Here", he was not credited, according to Roger Waters, in order to avoid "a bit of an insult". He is an inductee of the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997.
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in 1997 - Kenny G set a new world record when he held a note on his saxophone for 45 minutes and 47 seconds. (The record has since been broken by Geovanny Escalante, who held a note for 1 hour, 30 minutes and 45 seconds, using a technique that allows him to blow and breathe at the same time).

in 1998 -
The first night of a US tour with *NSYNC, Britney Spears and B*Witched opened in Columbus, Ohio.

in 1999 - (or Nov 30)
Don "Sugarcane" Harris dies at age 61. American Blues, jazz, rock violinist and guitarist born and raised in Pasadena, California; he was given the nickname "Sugarcane" by LA bandleader Johnny Otis. He started an act called Don and Dewey in the mid 1950s. In the 1960s he played exclusively the electric violin, as a sideman with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers and Frank Zappa, most recognized for his appearances on the Mothers of Invention albums Hot Rats, Burnt Weeny Sandwich, and Weasels Ripped My Flesh. His lead vocal and blues violin solo on a cover of Little Richard's "Directly From My Heart to You" on Weasels, and his extended solo on the lengthy "Little House I Used To Live In" on Weeny are considered highlights of those albums. The 70's sees him fronting the Pure Food and Drug Act

in 1999 -
Charlie (Charles L.) Byrd, pop-jazz guitarist, dies at Annapolis, Md., Dec. 1, 1999 (some sources say Nov. 30, 1999, or Dec. 2, 1999). Taught by his father, Byrd learned how to play the guitar at age nine arid eventually played in various school, college, and U.S. Army bands. While stationed in France, he met the famed jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt, influencing him to pursue his interest in the music. After World War II, Byrd settled in N.Y., where he spent the 1950s building a strong reputation in both the jazz and classical fields; he also studied with Andre Segovia in 1954. Byrd played with Woody Herman in 1959, then embarked upon a U.S. govemment- sponsored tour of South America (1961), during which he discovered and adopted the bossa nova sound. This style and its accompanying dance became a fashionable new craze in both the U.S. and the U.K. in the early 1960s, largely due to the exposure Byrd gave the style on his return to the U.S. In 1962 he teamed with Stan Getz and released an album of bossa nova with an instrumental single called "Desafinado." It reached the top 20 on both sides of the Atlantic, as did the duo's album Jazz Samba. Charlie Byrd was never a chart star again, but he continued to be active in the music business. He ran his own club, the Byrd Cage, in Washington, D.C., which saw him remaining loyal to both wings of his musical self. In 1973 he formed the Great Guitars trio with Barney Kessel and Herb Ellis; they made five albums together and also toured extensively through the next decade. Byrd died of cancer in 1999. His brother, Joe, is a professional bassist who worked in Byrd's group for many years, and his other brother, Jack, is an amateur guitarist. - Born at Chuckatuck, Va., Sept. 16, 1925.

in 2002 -
Daniel Bedingfield scored his second UK No.1 single with 'If You're Not The One.'
in 2002 - Shania Twain started a five week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Up!’ a No.4 hit in the UK.

in 2006 -
An Oasis fan enjoyed "the best day of his life" when Noel Gallagher popped round to his house in Poynton, Cheshire to play an intimate gig. Ben Hayes had won a BBC Radio 1 competition to have the star play in his front room as part of a week of gigs compered by DJ Jo Whiley. 15 people packed into his lounge for the tiny gig - with his mother on hand making cups of tea for the crew.

in 2007 -
Zayda Peña Arjona dies at age 28. Mexican lead singer; she headed a band known as Zayda y los Culpables – “Zayda and the Guilty Ones.” One of her songs was “Tiro de Gracia,” a reference to an execution-style gunshot. (she was shot in the back by a gunman at Mónaco Motel in Matamoros, Tamaulipas. This was not fatal, but the following day several assailants entered the hospital and shot her to death. She was not involved with drugs on any level)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hyb_udFh0Jw"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hyb_udFh0Jw" target="_blank">[/ame]
in 2008 - Mikel Laboa dies at age 74. Spanish Basque singer and songwriter. His music could be defined as a happy combination of tradition, poetry and experimentalism. He was a founder of the legendary ‘Ez Dok Amairu’ cultural group. After over 40 years devoted to music, he has influenced many of the younger generations and recorded 15 albums between 1964 to 2005 (?) b. June 15th 1934.

in 2008 -
Wham's Last Christmas was the most played festive track of the last five years. The Performing Right Society put the 1984 hit at the top of their chart of seasonal songs, just ahead of Band Aid's Do They Know It's Christmas. The Pogues came third with Fairytale of New York, recorded with the late Kirsty MacColl and first released in 1987. Other featured artists include Slade, Mariah Carey and Bruce Springsteen.

in 2009 -
Ramses Shaffy dies at age 76. Dutch popular singer, chansonnier (songs from the late Middle Ages and Renaissance) and actor; born in Paris, after dropping out of high school in 1952 he attended the Amsterdam school of theatre arts. In 1955, he made his stage debut with the Nederlandse Comedie and in 1964, he founded the theatre group Shaffy Chantant. Ramses became popular as a singer in the 1960s, his noted songs include Zing, vecht, huil, bid, lach, werk en bewonder/Sing, fight, cry, pray, laugh, work and admire; We zullen doorgaan/We will go on; Pastorale/Sammy; and Laat me/Leave me be. He also frequently collaborated with Dutch singer Liesbeth List. By the early 80's he had returned to the stage, he played Don Quixote in the musical De man van La Mancha (The man from La Mancha) in 1993. Pieter Fleury made a documentary about him in 2002, titled Ramses, which won a Golden Calf, the award of the Netherlands Film Festival

in 2009 -
Donald Washington Sr dies at age 79. American jazz tenor saxophonist, born in West Philadelphia and raised in Southwest Philadelphia and graduated from Murrell Dobbins Career and Technical Education High School in 1948. He starting to play the saxophone as an elder statesman on Philadelphia's jazz scene in the late 1960s to the mid 1980s. As a leader, Donald founded the Marlboro Men, a group that toured Haiti, Jamaica and the Virgin Islands. He also performed with Donald Byrd, Jerry Butler, Nat King Cole, Sammy Davis, Jr., B.B. King, Diana Ross, Neil Sedaka and Horace Silver. When not on the road, he would jam regularly in Saturday Nights at Natalie's Lounge in West Philadelphia

in 2009 -
Gustavo Adolfo Palma dies at age 89. Guatemalan singer who became known as "the Tenor of Central America". He made debut as a singer in 1936, performing on weekly programs on radio TGX. In 1944 entered a contest “Trip to Mexico”, promoted by the XEW of Mexico, “the Voice of Latin America" in which he won. In 1955 he appeared in the film “El Cristo Negro” (the Black Christ) with the actors “Raul Martinez and Rosa Carmina, filmed in Guatemala. In 1964 Gustavo performed in the Central American Festival of the Song, in El Salvador, obtaining a prize with the song “Tonight my Love”. In 1970 he was the guest of honor in the First Festival of the Central American and the Caribbean Song in Panama.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdmJszzmQo4"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdmJszzmQo4" target="_blank">[/ame]
in 2010 - Alojz Srebotnjak dies at age 79. Slovenian composer and educator born in Postojna; he was one of the most renowned composers of contemporary Slovenian classical music and is the author of a comprehensive, diverse body of work music. Also between 1970 and 2001 he was professor of composition at the Academy of Music, since then the title of Professor Emeritus. Alojz was honored with many awards for his works, including the Preseren Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1999.

in 2010 -
Hillard Elkins dies at age 81. American talent manager and film producer born in Brooklyn in New York City; he started out in the mailroom at William Morris in New York and quickly rose to become a top agent, heading the company’s theatrical division. After forming his own company, whose clients included Steve McQueen, James Coburn, Robert Culp and Mel Brooks, he set up as a producer and developed a string of notable plays and films, including the musical “Golden Boy,” the film “Alice’s Restaurant” and the Broadway premieres of two plays by Athold Fugard. With Al Goldin, he made his Broadway debut in 1962 with “Come On Strong,” a Garson Kanin comedy starring Carroll Baker and Van Johnson. In the 1960s counterculture he produced “Oh! Calcutta!,” Kenneth Tynan’s musical sex revue, and, with Mr. Penn as director, also produced the film version of Arlo Guthrie’s shaggy-dog song “Alice’s Restaurant” in 1969 (heart attack).

in 2010 -
Helen Boatwright dies at age 94. American soprano with a career that spanned more than five decades, Helen specialized in the performance of American song. She worked with many important figures in the world of music, including conductors Leopold Stokowski, Seiji Ozawa, Erich Leinsdorf, and Zubin Mehta. She also performed with Leonard Bernstein at Tanglewood in the 1940s, sang opposite tenor Mario Lanza in his operatic stage debut, and performed for President John F. Kennedy in the East Room of the White House in 1963. In 1954, she became the first person to record a full-length album of Charles Ives' songs, "24 Songs" with pianist John Kirkpatrick (died of complications from a fall)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJ5ZpU1Jjk8"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJ5ZpU1Jjk8" target="_blank">[/ame]
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in 1578 -
Agostino Agazzari composer is born.
in 1760 - Joseph Graetz composer is born.
in 1763 - Carl August Thielo composer, dies at 56.
in 1774 - Johann Friedrich Agricola German (court)composer/organist, dies at 54.
in 1813 - Jacob Rosenhaim composer is born.
in 1831 - Traugott Maximilian Eberwein composer, dies at 56.
in 1840 - Gaetano Donizetti's opera "La Favorita," premieres in Paris.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XW_W_eZ94k"]La Favorita - Gaetano Donizetti - 1974 - YouTube[/ame]
in 1840 - Opera "Die Favoritin" is produced (Paris).
in 1845 - Johannes Simon Mayr composer, dies at 82.
in 1856 - Robert Kajanus composer is born.
in 1863 - Gustav Wohlgemuth composer is born.
in 1866 - Henry "Harry" Burleigh (African American composer, arranger, baritone singer) is born.

in 1870 -
Francois Louis Casadesus, French conductor and composer, brother of Henri Casadesus and Marius Casadesus, is born at Paris. He studied at the Paris Conservatory. He conducted the Opera and the Opera-Comique of Paris on tour in France (1890-92); in 1895 he conducted the Opera on a European tour; he was the founder and director (1918-22) of the American Conservatory at Fontainebleau; later was active as a radio conductor and wrote music criticism. A collection of valedictory articles was published in honor of his 80th birthday (Paris, 1950). - Died at Paris, June 27,1954.

in 1970 -
Tippetts Opera "Knot Garden," premieres in London.
in 1877 - Camille Saint-Saens' opera "Samson et Dalila," premieres in Weimar.
in 1880 - Josephine Lang composer, dies at 65.
in 1885 - Opera "Regina di Saba," premieres in Vienna.

in 1895 -
Harriet Cohen, distinguished English pianist, is born at London. She studied piano with her parents, then took an advanced course in piano with Matthay. She made her first public appearance as a solo pianist at the age of 13. She then engaged in a successful career in England, both as a soloist with major orchestras and in chamber music concerts. She made a specialty of early keyboard music, but also played many contemporary compositions; Vaughan Williams, Arnold Bax, and other English composers wrote works for her. After damaging her right hand in 1948, she played works for the left-hand alone. In 1938 she was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. She published a book on piano playing, Music's Handmaid (London, 1936; 2nd ed., 1950). Her memoirs, A Bundle of Time, were published posthumously (London, 1969). - Died at London, Nov. 13, 1967.

in 1888 -
Franz Xaver Witt composer, dies at 54.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-un__bzLKsA"]Franz Xaver Witt: Missa de sancta Maria - YouTube[/ame]
in 1892 - Leo Ornstein composer is born.
in 1895 - Harriet Cohen CBE (British classical pianist) is born.

in 1895 -
Georges (Edouard) Dandelot, French composer and teacher, is born at Paris. He studied with Widor at the Paris Conservatory, and later took lessons with Dukas and Roussel. He was in the French army during World War I, and received the Croix de Guerre for valor. In 1919 he became an instructor at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris, and in 1942 he was appointed a professor at the Paris Conservatory. Dandelot composed an oratorio, Pax(151 prize at the International Exposition in Paris, 1937); 2 operas: Midas (1947) and L'Ennemi (1948); 3 ballets: Le Souper de famine (1943), Le Jardin merveilleux (1944), and Pierrot et Ia rose (1948); Sym. (1941); Piano Concerto (Paris, Jan. 7, 1934); Concerto romantique for Violin and Orch. (1944); chamber music; songs. - Died at St.-Georges de Didonne, Charente-Maritime, Aug. 17, 1975.

in 1899 -
John Barbirolli English conductor (NY Philharmonic Orchestra) is born.

in 1899 -
Peter Herman Adler, Czech-American conductor, is born at Gablonz, Bohemia. He studied with Fidelio Finke, Vitslav Novak, and Alexander von Zemlinsky at the Prague Cons. After conducting opera in Bremen (1929-32) and sym. concerts in Kiev (1933-36), he settled in the U.S. and appeared as a guest conductor. From 1949 to 1959 he was music director of the NBC-TV Opera in N.Y., and then of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (1959-68). In 1969 he helped found the NET (National Educational Television) Opera in N.Y., with which he appeared as a conductor. On Sept. 22,1972, he made his Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. conducting Un ballo in maschera. He was director of the American Opera Center at the Juilliard School in N.Y. (1973-81). - Died at Ridgefield, Conn., Oct. 2, 1990.

in 1901 -
Staf Gustaf Frans Nees Belgian composer is born.
in 1902 - Miroslav Ponc composer is born.
in 1903 - Victor Roger composer, dies at 50.
in 1905 - Osvaldo Pugliese musician/composer is born.
in 1906 - Peter Carl Goldmark (Hungarian engineer, president; Columbia Records/invented the LP) is born.
in 1914 - Adolph Green (US composer; collaborator Betty Comden) is born.
in 1914 - Eddie Sauter Bkln musician (Sauter-Finegan Band, Sat Night Revue) is born
in 1915 - Nico Richter composer is born.
in 1915 - Jan Malat composer, dies at 72.
in 1916 - Francesco Paolo Tosti composer, dies at 69.

in 1917 -
Sylvia Syms (Sylvia Blagman), jazz-pop singer, is born at Brooklyn, N.Y. Syms was originally inspired to sing after hearing Billie Holiday perform on N.Y.'s 52nd St. Holiday took Syms under her wing, and Syms began performing in N.Y. clubs in 1941. Mae West heard her perform in 1948, which led to Syms's first stage role. She had a long career on the Broadway stage, and was much admired by other singers. Frank Sinatra called her "The best saloon singer in the world," and produced her 1982 album, Syms by Sinatra. Less active in the 1970s, Syms made a comeback on the cabaret scene in the 1980s. In 1987, while performing at N.Y.'s Algonquin Hotel, she died of a heart attack. – Died at N.Y., May 10, 1992.

in 1918 -
Milton Delugg LA Calif, orch leader (Tonight Show) is born.
in 1919 - Henry Clay Frick built largest coke and steel operation, dies at 69.
in 1920 - Robert Moevs composer is born.

in 1923 -
Maria Callas, (real name, Maria Anna Sofia Cecilia Kalogeropoulos), celebrated American soprano, is born at N.Y.
Her father was a Greek immigrant. The family returned to Greece when she was 13. She studied voice at the Royal Academy of Music in Athens with Elvira de Hidalgo, and made her debut as Santuzza in the school production of
Cavalleria rusticana in Nov. 1938.

Her first professional appearance was in a minor role in Suppe's Boccaccio at the Royal Opera in Athens when she was 16; her first major role, as Tosca, was there in July 1942. She returned to N.Y. in 1945. Callas auditioned for the Metropolitan Opera and was offered a contract, but decided instead to go to Italy, where she made her operatic debut in the title role of La Gioconda (Verona, Aug. 3, 1947). She was encouraged in her career by Tullio Serafin, who engaged her to sing Isolde and Aida in various Italian productions. In 1951 she became a member of La Scala in Milan.

She was greatly handicapped by her absurdly excessive weight (210 Ibs.); by a supreme effort of will, she slimmed down to 135 pounds; with her classical Greek profile and penetrating eyes, she made a striking impression on the stage; in the tragic role of Medea in Cherubim's opera she mesmerized the audience by her dramatic representation of pity and terror. Some critics opined that she lacked a true bel canto quality in her voice and that her technique was defective in coloratura, but her power of interpretation was such that she was soon acknowledged to be one of the greatest dramatic singers of the century. Her personal life was as tempestuous as that of any prima donna of the bygone era. In 1949 she married the Italian industrialist Giovanni Battista Meneghini, who became her manager, but they separated ten years later. Her romance with the Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis was a recurrent topic of sensational gossip. Given to outbursts of temper, she made newspaper headlines when she walked off the stage following some altercation, or failed to appear altogether at scheduled performances, but her eventual return to the stage was all the more eagerly welcomed by her legion of admirers.

After leaving La Scala in 1958, she returned there from 1960 to 1962. She also sang at London's Covent Garden (1952-53; 1957-59; 1964), in Chicago (1954-56), and Dallas (1958-59). Perhaps the peak of her success was her brilliant debut at the Metropolitan Opera in N.Y. as Norma on Oct. 29, 1956. Following a well publicized disagreement with its management, she quit the company only to reach an uneasy accommodation with it to return as Violetta on Feb. 6, 1958; that same year she left the company again, returning in 1965 to sing Tosca before abandoning the operatic stage altogether. In 1971-72 she gave a seminar on opera at the Juilliard School in N.Y, which was enthusiastically received.

In 1974 she gave her last public performances in a series of concerts with Giuseppe di Stefano. She died of a heart attack in her Paris apartment. Her body was cremated and her ashes scattered on the Aegean Sea. Callas was nothing short of a phenomenon, one whose popularity has only increased with time. One radio commentator's characterization of Callas was that "If an orgasm could sing, it would sound like Maria Callas”. She excelled particularly in roles by Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, and Verdi. - Died at Paris, Sept. 16,1977.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rxy4qrnKwVo"]Maria Callas - O Mio Babbino Caro - YouTube[/ame]
in 1923 - Tomas Breton y Hernandez composer, dies at 72.
in 1925 - Julio Garreta composer, dies at 50.
in 1931 - Paul-Marie-Theodore-Vincent D'indy French count/composer, dies at 80
in 1931 - Wynton Kelly (US jazz pianist; Miles Davis's Quintet/many greats/solo) is born.
in 1933 - Josef Gruber composer, dies at 78.

in 1935 -
Jurg Wyttenbach, Swiss pianist, conductor, teacher, and composer, is born at Bern. He studied piano and theory with Fischer and Veress at the Bern Cons. After further studies with Lefebure and Calvet at the Paris Cons. (1955-57), he completed his training in piano with Karl Engel (1958-59). In 1959 he became a teacher at the Biel Music School. In 1962 he became a teacher at the Bern Conservatory. From 1967 he taught at the Basel Academy of Music. He also appeared frequently as a pianist and conductor, championing particularly the cause of contemporary music. His own music utilizes both aleatory and serialism.

in 1935 -
Ronnie Mathews (American jazz pianist) is born.
in 1936 - Peter Michael Braun composer is born.
in 1941 - Tom McGuinness (UK guitar, vocals; Manfred Mann/McGuinness Flint/Manfreds/Paul Jones Blues) is born.
in 1942 - Ted Bluechel (US drummer, guitar, vocals; Cherry Hill Singers/Association) is born.
in 1943 - David Charles Munden (UK drums; The Tremeloes) is born.
in 1944 - Dionysis Savvopoulos (Greek music composer, lyricist, singer) is born.
in 1947 - Isaac Bitton (French rock drummer; Les Variations) is born.
in 1949 - Gene Autry’s song “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” hit the record charts.

in 1950 -
Dino Lipatti dies at age 33. Romanian pianist, born in Bucharest his playing was hailed as having reached the highest degree of integrity and pianistic technique, which he employed in the quest for musical perfection. Dinu is particularly noted for his interpretations of Chopin, Mozart and Bach, but he also made recordings of Ravel's Alborada del Gracioso, Liszt, Enescu, the Schumann Piano Concerto, and the Grieg Piano Concerto. His recording of Chopin's Waltzes has remained in print since its release and has long been a favorite of many classical music-lovers.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pN02HpDmL1k"]Bach Partita No 1 B flat Allemande Lipatti Rec 1950 - YouTube[/ame]
in 1952 - Michael McDonald St Louis, rock keyboardist/vocals (Doobie Brothers) is born.
in 1953 - Myung-Whan Chung Seoul Korea, pianist (Chung Sisters) is born.
in 1954 - Danielle Alexander Ft Worth Tx, country music pianist is born.

in 1955 -
"Cow Cow" (actually, Charles Edward) Davenport, distinctive boogie-woogie pianist, singer. Dies at Cleveland, Ohio. One of eight children, the son of a preacher, Davenport began studying at a theological school, but was expelled for playing ragtime piano. On his way back to Anniston he began working in Birmingham. He joined a traveling carnival troupe, later leaving to work as a solo act. He then teamed with singer Dora Carr, and they appeared in vaudeville as "Davenport & Co." The partnership ended when Dora Carr married. "Cow Cow" worked as a single in Chicago, then temporarily teamed up with Ivy Smith. During the mid-1920s he acted as talent scout for Vocalion Record Company, while continuing to tour in vaudeville. After a disastrous tour, he spent six months in prison in Montgomery, Ala. In the early 1930s, he moved to Cleveland where he made an unsuccessful attempt to run a music and record shop. He returned to theater work until 1935 when he opened his own cafe in Cleveland. He suffered a stroke in 1938, which temporarily affected his right hand; during that year he was featured as a vocalist with a pick-up recording unit. After his health returned, he moved to N.Y. and worked for a time as the washroom attendant at the Onyx Club, but was helped by Art Hodes who featured him on WNYC broadcasts. In the mid-1940s, he recorded for several small N.Y. labels. He left N.Y. and worked for a time at the Plantation Club in Nashville, then returned to Cleveland to play at the Starlite Grill. Late in his life (with Art Hodes's help) he gained ASCAP ratings for his part in the compositions "Mama Don't Allow" and "I'll Be Glad When You're Dead You Rascal You." He also composed the famous "Cow Cow Boogie," which was a swing hit in the 1940s, and was associated with the boogie-woogie classic "Cow Cow Blues," with its distinctive imitation of a freight train. During the last year of his life, he played at the Pin Wheel Club in Cleveland.

in 1960 –
Razzle (Nicholas Dingley) (UK drummer; Hanoi Rocks) is born.
in 1960 - Sydney Youngblood (Sydney Ford) (German born US singer) is born.
in 1960 - Rick 'Sav' Savage (UK bass player, Def Leppard) is born.

in 1963 -
The Beatles recorded an appearance on the UK TV comedy program The Morecambe and Wise Show. The Beatles played ‘This Boy’, ‘All My Loving’, and ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ and also participate in comedy sketches with Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise. The program was broadcast on April 18, 1964.

in 1967 -
The Monkees album, ‘Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn and Jones Ltd’ went to number one on the US album chart. It was their fourth album to sell over a million copies, following ‘The Monkees’, ‘More Of The Monkees’ and ‘Headquarters’.

in 1968 -
Nathan "Nate" Mendel (US bassist; Foo Fighters/Sunny Day Real Estate/guest) is born.

in 1969 -
Cindy Birdsong of the Supremes was kidnapped at knifepoint by a maintenance man who worked in the building she lived in. She later escaped unharmed by jumping out of his car on the San Diego freeway. The kidnapper was arrested in Las Vegas four days later.

in 1970 -
Yang Hyun Suk (South Korean record producer) is born.
in 1970 – Treach (Anthony Criss) (US rap artist; Naughty By Nature) is born.
in 1971 - Donna Matthews (Welsh guitarist; Elastica) is born.
in 1971 - Led Zeppelin appeared at The Royal Ballroom, Bournemouth, England.

in 1971 -
Ernest 'Punch' Miller dies at age 77. American dixieland trumpeter, born in Raceland, Louisiana. Punch was well known and based in New Orleans from 1919 to 1927 before he moved Chicago. In Chicago he worked with various bands including those of Jelly Roll Morton and Tiny Parham, and appeared on a number of recordings. His lifestyle and the decline New Orleans jazz led to his return to mostly doing festivals. This changed with the rising importance of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and he returned to national attention. He returned to New Orleans, playing at Preservation Hall and leading a band under his own name, in addition to playing with other groups. He toured Japan in 1963 Japan with George Lewis. He was the subject of the 1971 television documentary "Til the Butcher Cuts him down"
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxbVt4ZuUVk"]Punch Miller & Wynn´s Creole Jazz Band 1928 SHE´S CRYING FOR ME - YouTube[/ame]

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in 1972 -
Jose Limon Mexican/US dancer (moor's pavane), dies at 64.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkwI8vnDyo4"]Jose Limon in "The Moor's Pavane" - YouTube[/ame]

in 1973 - The Who and some companions were jailed overnight for $6,000 worth of destruction they imposed on a hotel room after a show.
in 1974 - Sofie-Carmen Eckhardt-Gramatte composer, dies at 72.
in 1976 - Masafumi Goto (Japanese singer, rhythm; Asian Kung-Fu Generation) is born.
in 1976 - Elvis Presley played the first of an 11 night run at the Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas.
in 1978 - Nelly Furtado (Canadian singer, songwriter) is born.
in 1978 - Christopher Wolstenholme (UK bassist; Muse) is born.

in 1978 -
Rod Stewart was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Da Ya Think I'm Sexy', the singers fifth UK chart topper. A plagiarism lawsuit by Brazilian musician Jorge Ben Jor confirmed that the song had been derived from his composition 'Taj Mahal'. Stewart agreed to donate all his royalties from the song to United Nations Children's Fund.

in 1979 -
Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand's ‘You Don't Bring Me Flowers’ was at No.1 on the US singles chart. A radio station engineer had spliced together Neil's version with Barbra's version and got such good response, the station added it to their play list. When Neil Diamond was told about it, he decided to re-record the song with Streisand herself, and within weeks of its release, the single went to No.1 in the US and No.5 in the UK.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wj10EzNKA2M"]Neil Diamond & Barbara Streisand, You Don't Bring Me Flowers - YouTube[/ame]

in 1979 - Vasily Pavlovich Solov'yov-Sedoy composer, dies at 72.
in 1979 - Yvonne Catterfeld (German singer, actress) is born.
in 1981 - Britney Spears singer and popstar ("Baby One More Time," "Oops! ...I did it again" and "I'm A Slave 4U") is born.
in 1981 - Hershy Kay composer, dies at 62.
in 1982 – Pizon (Michael Scala) (Italian-American rapper, producer) is born.

in 1982 -
David Blue dies at age 41. US folk singer; an integral part of the Greenwich Village folk music scene in New York, perhaps best known for writing the song "Outlaw Man" for the Eagles, on their 1973 Desperado album. Blue's original version of "Outlaw Man" was the lead track of his own "Nice Baby And The Angel" album. In 1975 he joined Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue and he appeared in Renaldo and Clara, the 1978 movie that was filmed during that tour. He acted in other films including, The American Friend, The Ordeal Of Patty Hearst and Human Highway by Neil Young.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GiHM0hotkPo"]David Blue - So Easy She Goes By (live) - YouTube[/ame]

in 1983 - MTV aired the full 14-minute version of Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' video for the first time.

in 1985 -
Philip Arthur Larkin, CH, CBE, FRSL dies at age 63. English poet, music column writer and music critic, born in Coventry, Warwickshire, ; he is widely regarded as one of the great English poets of the latter half of the twentieth century. He also contributed to The Daily Telegraph as its jazz critic from 1961 to 1971, articles gathered together in "All What Jazz: A Record Diary 1961–71", and he edited the Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century English Verse-1973. He was offered, but declined, the position of poet laureate in 1984, following the death of John Betjeman.

in 1986 -
Desi Arnaz dies at age 69. Cuban singer, guitarist, percussionist, actor, comedian and TV producer; he led own Latin American band and known to many as Ricky Ricardo with Lucille Ball in "I Love Lucy". In 1939, he starred on Broadway in the successful musical Too Many Girls. He then went to Hollywood to appear in the 1940 movie version at RKO, which starred actress, comedian, and his future wife Lucille Ball. At the time, he also played guitar for Xavier Cugat
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAV3bOJaQuY"]Badass Babalu - YouTube[/ame]

in 1986 - Jerry Lee Lewis checked into the Betty Ford Clinic to overcome his addiction to painkillers.
in 1986 - Lee Dorsey RandB singer, dies at 59.
in 1987 - Teairra Mari (Teairra Maria Thomas) (American R&B singer) is born.
in 1987 - during a UK tour INXS played at Newcastle City Hall, supported by Sinead O'Connor.

in 1988 -
Tata Giacobetti dies at age 66. Italian singer and lyricist born in Rome, he sang at the students' parties at the time when he attended scenography classes at the Fine Arts Academy in Rome. In 1940 he founded a vocal quartet called Quartetto Egie, that changed line-up and name twice, becoming Quartetto Ritmo first and then Quartetto Cetra. Besides singing, he was the group's lyricist, while Virgilio Savona, also a member of the quartet, composed the music. They worked together for four decades and produced hundreds of songs which made up Quartetto Cetra's vast repertoire. Their many albums included, In un palco della Scala, Un disco dei Platters, Il Visconte di Castelfombrone, Nella vecchia fattoria, Vecchia America, Che centrattacco, Un bacio a mezzanotte, I ricordi della sera. Quartetto Cetra officially finished their performing career on 1 July 1988 in Bologna, with their last public concert. Tata also wrote lyrics for famous Italian composers of that era, such as Giovanni D'Anzi, Gorni Kramer, and Armando Trovajoli.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QFSEt9-gj4"]Marina Moran Sole pizza e amore Tata Giacobetti A V Savona Festival di Sanremo 1964 - YouTube[/ame]

in 1988 - The Stone Roses supported by The Charlatans both appeared at The London School Of Economics, tickets £2.50.

in 1990 - Aaron Copland,
greatly distinguished and exceptionally gifted American composer dies at North Tarrytown, N.Y.
He was educated at the Boys' H.S. in Brooklyn, and began piano study with Leopold Wolfsohn, Victor Wittgenstein, and Clarence Adler as a young child. In 1917 he commenced lessons in harmony and counterpoint with Rubin Gold mark in N.Y.,and soon began to compose. His first published piece,
The Cat and the Mouse for Piano (1920), subtitled Scherzo humoristique, shows the influence of Debussy.

In 1920 he entered the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau, where he studied composition and orchestration with Boulanger. Returning to America in 1924, he lived mostly in N.Y.; became active in many musical activities, not only as a composer but also as a lecturer, pianist, and organizer in various musical societies. He attracted the attention of Koussevitzky, who gave the first performance of his early score
Musicfor the Theater with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1925; Koussevitzky then engaged Copland as soloist in his Piano Concerto in 1927; the work produced a considerable sensation because of its jazz elements, and there was some subterranean grumbling among the staid subscribers to the Boston Symphony concerts.

Koussevitzky remained Copland's steadfast supporter throughout his tenure as conductor of the Boston Sym., and later as the founder of the Koussevitzky Music Foundation. In the meantime, Walter Damrosch conducted in N.Y. Copland's Sym. for Organ and Orch., with Boulanger as soloist. Other orchs. and their conductors also performed his music, which gained increasing recognition. Particularly popular were Copland's works based on folk motifs; of these the most remarkable are
EISalon Mexico (1933-36) and the American ballets Billy the Kid (1938), Rodeo (1942), and Appalachian Spring (1944).

A place apart is occupied by Copland's
Lincoln Portrait for Narrator and orchestra. (1942), with texts arranged by the composer from speeches and letters of Abraham Lincoln; this work has had a great many performances, with the role of the narrator performed by such notables as Adlai Stevenson and Eleanor Roosevelt. His patriotic Fanfare for the Common Man (1942) achieved tremendous popularity and continued to be played on various occasions for decades; Copland incorporated it in toto into the score of his Third Symphony.

He was for many years a member of the board of directors of the League of Composers in N.Y.; with Roger Sessions, he organized the Copland-Sessions Concerts (1928-31), and was also a founder of the Yaddo Festivals (1932) and of the American Composers' Alliance (1937); was also a participant in such organizations as the Koussevitzky Music Foundation, the Composers Forum, the Cos Cob Press, etc.

He was head of the composition dept. at the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood from 1940 to 1965,and from 1957 to 1965 was chairman of the faculty. He lectured extensively and gave courses at The New School for Social Research in N.Y.and at Harvard Univ. (1935 and 1944); was the Charles Eliot Norton Lecturer at Harvard in 1951-52. He was the recipient of many awards: Guggenheim fellowship (1925-27); RCA Victor award of $5,000 for his
Dance Symphony; Pulitzer Prize in Music and N.Y. Music Critics' Circle Award for Appalachian Spring (1945); N.Y. Music Critics' Circle Award for the Third Sym. (1947); Oscar award for the film score The Heiress from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (1950);Gold Medal for Music from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1956); Presidential Medal of Freedom (1964);Howland Memorial Prize of Yale Univ. (1970); he was also decorated with a Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit in West Germany; was elected to honorary membership of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome. He held numerous honorary doctor's degrees: Princeton Univ. (1956); Brandeis Univ. (1957); Wesleyan Univ. (1958); Temple Univ. (1959); Harvard Univ. (1961); Rutgers Univ. (1967); Ohio State Univ. (1970); N.Y.U. (1970); Columbia Univ. (1971).

About 1955 Copland developed a successful career as a conductor, and led major symphony orchestras in Europe, the U.S., South America, and Mexico; he also traveled to Russia under the auspices of the State Dept. In 1982 the Aaron Copland School of Music was created at Queens Coll. of the City Univ. of N.Y.In 1983 he made his last appearance as a conductor in N.Y. His 85th birthday was widely celebrated; Copland attended a special concert given in his honor by Zubin Mehta and the N.Y. Philharmonic, which was televised live by PBS. He was awarded the National Medal of Arts (1986). As a composer, Copland made use of a broad variety of idioms and techniques, tempering dissonant textures by a strong sense of tonality. He enlivened his musical textures by ingenious applications of syncopation and polyrhythmic combinations; but in such works as Piano Variations, he adopted an austere method of musical constructivism. He used a modified 12-tone technique in his Piano Quartet (1950) and an integral dodecaphonic idiom in the score of
Connotations (1962). - Born at N.Y., Nov. 14, 1900.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XiLTwtuBi-o"]Simple Gifts from Appalachian Spring - YouTube[/ame]

in 1995 - Mariah Carey went to No.1 on the US singles chart with her duet with Boyz II Men 'One Sweet Day'. It made Carey the first artist in history to have two consecutive single debut at No.1, 'Fantasy' being her first.

in 1997 -
A man died after falling from a balcony during a Rolling Stones concert at Pontiac Silverdome, Michigan.

in 1998 -
Robert Sherwood "Bob" Haggart dies at age 84. American Dixieland jazz double bass player, composer and arranger. He becamer a founder-member of the Bob Crosby Band in 1935, arranging and part-composing several of the band's big successes including "What's New?", "South Rampart Street Parade", "My Inspiration", and "Big Noise From Winnetka" As a studio musician and arranger he worked with the likes of Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong's and Ella Fitzgerald. He also worked and co-led with Yank Lawson The world's greatest Jazz Band as well as leading his own band.
in 1999 - It was reported that
Stevie Wonder was to undergo an operation to regain his sight. The breakthrough by top eye specialists involved inserting a microchip in the retina.

in 1999 -
David Bowie played his first UK show in over two years when he appeared at the Astoria Theatre in London infront of 2,000 fans.

in 2000 - Thieves broke into the London home
Madonna shares with Guy Ritchie. The raiders forced their way in through a basement door then took a set of car keys before loading up Guy Ritchie's car with some of the couple's possessions and driving off.

in 2000 -
The Smashing Pumpkins played their final concert when they appeared at the Metro Club in Chicago.
in 2001 - Singer Valerie Jones died aged 45. One-third of the sister group The Jones Girls, who sang back-up vocals with Lou Reed, Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, Lou Rawls, Teddy Pendergrass and Betty Everett.

in 2001 -
Creed started an eight-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Weathered'.

in 2001 -
Daniel Bedingfield scored his first UK No.1 single with 'Gotta Get Thru This', the single went back to No.1 in January 2002. The track was recorded in Bedingfield's bedroom with his PC and a microphone, using music software.

in 2001 -
Valerie Jones dies at age 45. US singer, part of The Jones Girls, a female R&B trio of sisters from Detroit, Michigan.Their biggest hit was "You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else". They were also backup singers for Lou Rawls, Teddy Pendergrass and Aretha Franklin and sang with Diana Ross and Le Pamplemousse during the late-1970s.

in 2002 - Oasis singer
Liam Gallagher was arrested and charged with assault after he Kung-Fu kicked a police officer. The incident happened at the Bayerischer hotel in Munich, the singer lost his two front teeth in the brawl and an Oasis minder was knocked out cold.

in 2003 - Darkness singer
Justin Hawkins was held for two hours at JFK Airport, New York after police mistook him for a wanted man with the same name and looks. The police only agreed to let him go after Justin's fiance and manager Sue Whitehouse produced a tour schedule to prove that he was in England on July 4th when the crime was committed.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92mQYENVjEI"]Justin Hawkins - This Town Ain't Big Enough...(Sparks cover) - YouTube[/ame]

in 2006 - Dave Mount dies at age 59. English drummer and founder member of the 1970's glam-rock group Mud. They first appeared on the Basil Brush show on BBC TV and were signed to Mickie Most's RAK label. They had an immediate Top 20 hit with "Crazy". At the peak of their career they enjoyed three British number one singles with "Tiger Feet", which sold over 500,000 copies in the UK alone, a million sales globally; "Lonely This Christmas", an affectionate Elvis Presley spoof which has now become an annual fixture on British radio and television at Christmas time and "Oh Boy". Mud disbanded at the end of the Seventies, after which he worked with Gray in an oldies act, Les Gray's Mud. He also appeared on an episode of Never Mind The Buzzcocks on BBC Two in November 2005, and featured in the "spot the pop star of the past" identity parade segment. The last performance by the four original members was on 3 March 1990, when they met and played Dave's wedding (sucide)

in 2006 -
Mariska Veres dies at age 59. Dutch singer, best known as the lead singer of the rock group Shocking Blue. Born in The Hague, she began her career as a singer in 1963 with the guitar band Les Mysteres. In 1965 she joined the Bumble Bees, the Blue Fighters, Danny and his Favourites, then General Four in 1966, and the Motowns later in 1966. In 1968 Mariska was invited to join Shocking Blue, gaining worldwide fame with their hit single "Venus". Shocking blue split in 1974, until they re-united in 1984, during which time Mariska went solo. In 1993 she started the jazz group The Shocking Jazz Quintet recording an album 'Shocking You'. From 1993 to 2006 Mariska performed in yet another reincarnation of Shocking Blue (cancer) b. October 1st 1947.
2008: Odetta Holmes (77) African-American singer, guitarist, songwriter, and human rights activist, often referred to as "The Voice of the Civil Rights Movement". She performed American folk music, blues, jazz, and spirituals. An important figure in the American folk music revival of the 1950s and 1960s, she was influential musically and ideologically to many of the key figures of the folk-revival of that time, including Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and Janis Joplin. In 1961, Martin Luther King Jr. anointed her "The Queen of American folk music". In 1976, she performed in the U.S. Bicentennial opera "Be Glad Then America" by John LaMontaigne, as the Muse for America. Many time Grammy Award nominee, on Sept 29, 1999, President Bill Clinton presented her with the National Endowment for the Arts' National Medal of Arts. In 2004, she was honored at the Kennedy Center with the "Visionary Award", and in 2005, the Library of Congress honored her with its "Living Legend Award"
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTb1LYaFV8I"]Venus Mariska Veres Shocking Blue last tv appearance 41years number one USA - YouTube[/ame]

in 2006 - David Mount the drummer with Mud died in London. They had the 1974 UK No.1 single 'Tiger Feet' (best-selling single of 1974). Plus 14 other UK Top 40 singles.

in 2006 - 25 year old singer and actress
Beyonce was set to earn more money than any other black actress for her performance in her latest film ‘Dreamgirls.’ The musical based on the history of Diana Ross and the Supremes would earn the singer a £5m fee.

in 2006 -
The Game was at No.1 on the US album chart with his second album ‘Doctor's Advocate.’
in 2006 - Dutch singer Mariska Veres from Shocking Blue died of cancer at the age of 59. Had the 1970 US No.1 & UK No.8 single 'Venus', (later covered by girl group of Bananarama).

in 2007 -
Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne made more than $800,000 (£389,032) for charity after they sold off some of their possessions from their former US home. Items sold included the family's custom pool table for $11,250 (£5,470) and a pair of Ozzy's trademark round glasses went for $5,250 (£2,553). The beaded wire model of the Eiffel Tower that adorned the kitchen fetched $10,000 (£4,862), while skull-adorned trainers worn by Ozzy sold for $2,625 (£1,276).

in 2009 -
Aaron Schroeder dies at age 83. American songwriter, born in Brooklyn; his first success, At a Sidewalk Penny Arcade one of the songs to introduce Rosemary Clooney as a solo artist, was followed by an incredible 1500 songs. He wrote seventeen songs for Elvis Presley including five that reached number one.. A Big Hunk o' Love, Good Luck Charm, I Got Stung, Stuck on You, It's Now or Never. Other song recordings to his credit, including major records by dozens of artists such as Roy Orbison, Duane Eddy, Sammy Davis Jr., Nat King Cole, Perry Como and Pat Boone. Aaron made a cameo appearance in the 1957 Warner Bros rock and roll movie Jamboree as a songwriter. He was also the founder and president of Musicor Records (1960-1965), and discovered, managed, produced and directed the career of Gene Pitney. He also worked on productions with with Blood, Sweat and Tears, and Hal David and Burt Bacharach among others

in 2009 -
Eric Woolfson dies at age 64. Scottish singer, songwriter and lyricist, born in Glasgow he started composing music in his early teens. He moved to London in 1963, stopping off in Manchester to do a short stint as pianist with Hermans Hermits.

Finally reachiing London he found work as a session pianist, before record producer Andrew Oldham, signed him up as a songwriter. Eric wrote songs for artists such as Marianne Faithfull, Frank Ifield, Joe Dassin, The Tremeloes, Marmalade, Dave Berry, and Peter Noone. His songs were recorded by over 100 artists both in Europe and USA. During the '60s he worked with two then-unknown writers, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. In the early '70s, Eric went into management, his first two signings were Carl Douglas and engineer/record producer Alan Parsons and in 1975 Eric and Alan joined forces to found the studio progressive rock group, The Alan Parson Project. From 1976 with their debut album Tales of Mystery and Imagination to 1987, they collaborated on the conception and lyrics for all ten albums by The Alan Parsons Project, which have achieved world-wide sales in excess of 40 million.

Eric had been swaying more and more towards stage musicals, his first musical premiered in Vienna in 1990: Freudiana, about Sigmund Freud. The success led to his second musical in 1995, "Gaudi" about Spanish architect Antonio Gaudi, which ran for over five years. Other musicals include "Gambler" and "Edgar Allan Poe". His last musical "Dancing with Shadows" based on the anti-war play Forest Fire by the Korean playwright Cham Bum-Suk and with a book by Ariel Dorfman premiered in July 2007 in Korea.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAARDnxNnko"]Eric Woolfson playing medley of APP songs on the piano (for i-phone) - YouTube[/ame]

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in 2011 -
Howard Tate,American soul singer, dies at age 72.
[from Wiki]
He moved with his family to Philadelphia in the early 1940s. In his teens, he joined a gospel music group that included Garnet Mimms and, as the Gainors, recorded rhythm and blues sides for Mercury Records and Cameo Records in the early 1960s. Tate performed with organist Bill Doggett and returned to Philadelphia.

Mimms, leading a group called the Enchanters, introduced Tate to record-producer Jerry Ragovoy, who began recording Tate for Verve Records. Utilizing New York session musicians such as Paul Griffin, Richard Tee, Eric Gale, Chuck Rainey, and Herb Lovell, Tate and Ragovoy produced, from 1966 to 1968, a series of soul blues recordings that are regarded as some of the most sophisticated of the era.[by whom?] "Ain't Nobody Home" (1966), "Look at Granny Run Run" (1966), "Baby I Love You" (1967), and "Stop" (1968) all written or co-written by Ragovoy, were well received by record buyers. "Ain't Nobody Home", "Look At Granny" and "Stop" charted in the Top 20 in the US Billboard R&B chart.

Janis Joplin performed another of Tate's Ragavoy songs, "Get It While You Can", (on Pearl) during this time. Tate's reputation among critics was high. As Robert Christgau wrote in his review of Tate's Verve material, "Tate is a blues-drenched Macon native who had the desire to head north and sounds it every time he gooses a lament with one of the trademark keens that signify the escape he never achieved. He brought out the best in soul pro Jerry Ragovoy, who made Tate's records jump instead of arranging them into submission, and gave him lyrics with some wit to them besides."

Tate, working apart from Ragovoy, made an album called Howard Tate's Reaction that was released in 1970 on Turntable Records. Produced by Lloyd Price and Johnny Nash, it was distributed in small quantities. Christgau wrote, "Tate's voice is potent enough to activate more inert material."[citation needed] The record was reissued, as Reaction, in 2003. Ragovoy and Tate reunited for the 1972 Atlantic Records Howard Tate, which included more songs by Ragovoy, along with Tate's cover versions of Bob Dylan's "Girl from the North Country" and Robbie Robertson's and Levon Helm's "Jemima Surrender."

After recording a single for Epic Records and a few songs for his own label, Tate retired from the music industry in the late 1970s. He sold securities in the New Jersey and Philadelphia area, and in the 1980s developed a dependence on drugs, ending up living in a homeless shelter. In the mid-1990s, Tate began counselling drug abusers and the mentally ill, and worked as a preacher.


A disc jockey from Camden, New Jersey, Phil Casden, discovered Tate's whereabouts early in 2001, and in spring 2001 Tate played his first date in many years, in New Orleans. He then began working with Ragovoy on an album that was released, as Rediscovered, in 2003. It included covers of songs by Elvis Costello and Prince, as well as a new version of "Get It While You Can."

At the Roskilde Festival in 2004, he sang "Love Will Keep You Warm" with Swan Lee. The song can be found on Swan Lee - The Complete Collection (2007).

In 2006, Shout! Factory released Howard Tate Live, recorded in Denmark in 2004. Working with producer, arranger and songwriter, Steve Weisberg, Tate recorded A Portrait of Howard, which was released in 2006 on the independent Solid Ground label. It included compositions by Randy Newman, Nick Lowe, Lou Reed and Carla Bley, as well as songs written by Tate and Weisberg. In late 2007, Tate recorded Blue Day in Nashville with producer Jon Tiven, and this was released in 2008.

Tate was also a judge for the 6th annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists' careers.

2010 saw a release of a limited vinyl only, direct-to-disc live recording from Blue Heaven Studios, with Tate and his touring quartet performing songs from his catalog.

Tate died from complications of multiple myeloma and leukemia.
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in 1576 -
Marsilio Casentini composer is born.
in 1596 - cello and violin craftsman Nicola Amati was born in Cremona, Italy.
in 1668 - Casimir Schweizelsperg composer is born.
in 1729 - Padre Antonio Francisco J Jose Soler Olot Spain, composer (Fandango) is born
in 1750 - Johann Franz Xaver Sterkel composer is born.
in 1752 - Georg-Friederich Fuchs composer is born.
in 1758 - Josef Gelinek composer is born.

in 1823 -
Joseph Pouteau, French organist, teacher, and composer, dies at Paris age 84.
He studied organ with his great-uncle Michel Forqueray and composition with L.-C. Bordier in Paris, where he settled. He was organist at St. Martin des Champs (1753-56) and St. Jacques de la Boucherie (1756-57). Upon Forqueray's death, he was made organist at the Filles-Dieu convent in 1757. From about 1811 he taught piano at the Ursalines convent school and was organist at St. Merry. He wrote an intermede Alain et Rosette (Paris, Jan. 10, 1777), motets, ariettes, and harpsichord Sonatas. - Born at Chaumes-en-Brie, Feb. 7, 1739.

in 1826 -
Elizaveta Semyonovna Sandunova, prominent Russian mezzo-soprano who was known as Uranova, dies at Moscow. She was a student of Martin y Soler, Paisiello, and Sarti in St. Petersburg. In 1790 she made her operatic debut in Martin y Soler's Arbore di Diana in St. Petersburg, and then sang at the imperial theaters there from 1791 to 1794. She took the professional name of Uranova by order of Catherine II in honor of the discovery of the planet Uranus. After marrying the actor Sila Sandunov in 1794, they appeared together at the Petrovsky Theater in Moscow. They were divorced in 1810 and in 1813 Uranova returned to St. Petersburg, where she made frequent appearances until her retirement from the stage in 1823. - Born at St. Petersburg, c. 1772.

in 1866 -
Johann Wenzel Kalliwoda composer, dies at 65.

1866 - Dom Paolo Ferretti, eminent Italian musicologist, born at Subiaco,. He studied theology at the Benedictine College of S. Anselmo in Rome, taking his vows as a Benedictine monk in 1884 and being ordained a priest in 1890. From 1900 to 1919 he was abbot of the Benedictine monastery of S. Giovanni in Parma; in 1922 he was made director of the Scuola Pontificia by Pope Piux XI, which became the Pontificio Istituo di Musica Sacra in 1931. He was an authority on Gregorian chant. - Died at Bologna, May 23, 1938.

in 1876 -
Hermann Goetz composer, dies at 35.
in 1883 - Anton (Friedrich Wilhelm) von Webern Vienna Aust, 12-tone composer is born.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBf2K4S4Nmk"]Anton Webern Symphonie op.21 - YouTube[/ame]
in 1883 - world class music school Oberlin College in Ohio, started classes as the first coed institution of higher learning in the United States.

in 1888 -
Ion Nonna Otescu composer is born.
in 1889 - Baltasar Saldoni composer, dies at 82.
in 1896 - Boleslaw Szabelski composer is born.

in 1889 -
Baltasar Saldoni, Spanish composer and lexicographer, dies at Madrid. He was a pupil of Mateo Ferrer in Montserrat and of Francisco Queralt in Barcelona, then completed his studies with Carnicer in Madrid (1829). In 1830 he became prof, of voice training and singing at the Madrid Cons. In 1826 he produced in Madrid his light opera El triunfo del amor and the Italian operas Saladino e Clotilde (1833), Ipermestra (Jan. 20, 1838), and Cleonice regina di Siria (Jan. 24,1840); he also wrote the zarzuelas La corte de Monaco (Feb. 16,1857) and Los maridos en las mascaras (Barcelona, Aug. 26, 1864). His magnum opus as a scholar was the Diccionario biogrdfico-bibliogrdfico de efemerides de musicos espanoles, in 4 vols. (Madrid, 1868-81), to which was added a supplementary vol. in the form of a chronology of births and deaths of Spanish musicians, with exhaustive biographical notes. This monumental compilation, upon which Saldoni worked nearly 40 years, contains (inevitably) a number of errors, but in the absence of other musicographical works on Spanish musicians, it still retains considerable documentary Value. - Born at Barcelona, Jan. 4, 1807.

in 1898 -
Lev Konstantinovich Knipper composer is born.
in 1902 - Willem Arnold de Vries Robbe composer is born.
in 1907 - Connee Boswell New Orleans La, singer (Pete Kelly's Blue) is born.
in 1908 - Halsey Stevens Scott NY, composer (Triskelion) is born.

in 1911 -
Nino Rota (real name, Rinaldi), brilliant Italian composer, is born at Milan. He was a precocious musician. At the age of 11 he wrote an oratorio that had a public performance, and at 13 he composed a lyric comedy in 3 acts, II Principe porcaro, after Hans Christian Andersen. He entered the Milan Conservatory in 1923, and took courses with Delachi, Orefici, and Bas. After private studies with Pizzetti (1925-26), he studied composition with Casella at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, graduating in 1930, and then pursued training at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, studying composition with Scalero and conducting with Reiner (1931-32).

Returning to Italy, he entered the University of Milan to study literature, gaining a degree in 1937. He taught at the Taranto music school (1937-38), and then was a teacher (from 1939) and director (1950-78) at the Bari Liceo Musicale. His musical style demonstrates a great facility, and even felicity, with occasional daring excursions into the forbidding territory of dodecaphony. However, his most durable compositions are related to his music for the cinema; he composed the sound tracks of a great number of films of the Italian director Federico Fellini covering the period from 1950 to 1979. - Died at Rome, April 10,1979.

Video Notes: Nino Rota's classic theme from Federico Fellini's 8½, taken from the film's soundtrack. Video includes still photos from the movie and of Fellini and Rota.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWqC6kRCLjI"]8½ theme - Nino Rota - YouTube[/ame]
in 1913 - Emil Brenkus (American jazz bassist) is born.

in 1914 -
Irving (Gifford) Fine, remarkable American composer and teacher, is born at Boston.
He studied piano with Frances Glover in Boston (1924-35) ad pursued training in composition with Hill and Piston at Harvard University (B.A., 1937; M.A., 1938) and with Boulanger in Cambridge, Mass., and Paris (1938-39). From 1939 to 1945 he was assistant conductor of the Harvard Glee Club. He taught in the music department at Harvard University from 1939 to 1950, and also taught composition at the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood (summers, 1946-57).

From 1950 util his death he taught theory and composition at Brandeis University, where he was the Walter W. Naumburg Professor of Music and chairman of the School of Creative Arts. In 1949 he won the N.Y.Music Critics' Circle Award for his
Partita for Wind Quintet. In 1949-50 he was in Paris on a Fulbright research fellowship. He held Guggenheim fellowships in 1951-52 and 1958-59.

Aug. 12,1962, he conducted a performance of his Symphony1962 with the Boston Sym. arch. at the Berkshire Music Center. He succumbed to a heart attack just 11 days later. Fine was at first influenced by the music of Stravinsky and Hindemith, which led him to adopt a cosmopolitan style of composition in which contrapuntal elaboration and energetic rhythms were his main concern. He later developed a distinctive personal style, marked by a lyrical flow of cohesive melody supported by lucid polyphony. - Died at Boston Aug. 23, 1962.

in 1919 -
Charles Craig opera singer is born.
in 1921 - Phyllis Curtin née Smith (American classical soprano) is born.

in 1922 -
Richard Schall, German musicologist, is born at Dortmund. He studied at the University of Marburg (Ph.D., 1946, with the dissertation Hugo Kaun: Leben und Werk, 1863-1932: Ein Beitmg zur Musik der Jahrhundertwende-, published in Regensburg, 1948); also received instruction in theory from H. Gebhard-Elsass and in conducting from H. von Waltershausen, and later attended the library school of the Bavarian State Library in Munich, where he took the senior librarian's examination (1956). From 1962 to 1986 he was musicological adviser to the Bavarian Radio, for which he prepared various publications. He contributed numerous articles to Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart; also served as editor of the Quellenkataloge zur Musikgeschichte (Wilhelmshaven, from 1966), the Taschenbucher zur Musikwissenschaft (Wilhelmshaven, from 1969), Veroffentlichungen zur Musikforschung (Wilhelmshaven, from 1972), and Paperbacks on Musicology (N.Y., from 1980). His writings are of value for the bibliography of German musicology.

in 1923 -
Frank Guarrera (American baritone with the Metropolitan Opera) is born.
in 1925 - Terry Preston (US country pop singer) is born.
in 1926 - Hans Otte German composer/pianist is born.
in 1926 - Hans Gunther Franz Otte composer is born.

in 1925 -
Ferlin Husky, American country-music singer, guitarist, and comedian, is born near Flat River, Mo.
Husky reached the country singles charts with 51 recordings between 1953 and 1975, both under his own name and as his comic alter-ego, "Simon Crum," the most popular of which were "A Dear John Letter," "Gone," and "Wings of a Dove." Husky grew up on a farm, learning to play the guitar as a child. He served in the Merchant Marine during World War II, then worked as a disc jockey and backup musician in St. Louis and in Bakersfield, Calif., performing under the name Terry Preston. He recorded for the small Four Star Records label in 1951, then moved up to Capitol Records. By 1953 he had reverted to his real name, though for several years he spelled it "Huskey."

In August 1953 "A Dear John Letter" (music and lyrics by Fuzzy Owens and Lewis Tally), a duet with Jean Shepard, hit #1 on the country charts, later reaching the Top Ten on the pop charts. Shepard and Husky followed it with "Forgive Me John" (music and lyrics by Billy Barton and Jean Shepard), a country Top Ten. Husky got to the country Top Ten on his own in early 1955 with both sides of his single "I Feel Better All Over (More Than Anywhere's Else)" /"Uttle Tom." Within months, he was back in the country Top Ten as Simon Crum with the novelty "Cuzz Yore So Sweet" (music and lyrics by John Kane). Husky scored the biggest country hit of 1957 with his rerecording of "Gone" (music and lyrics by Smokey Rogers), a song he had previously cut as Terry Preston.
It crossed over to the Top Ten of the pop charts. As a result of this success he joined the Grand Ole Opry, and made his first film appearance, in Mr. Rock & Roll (1957), following it with Country Music Holiday (1958).

He also reached the country Top Ten in 1957 with "A Fallen Star." His next major hit was another novelty as Simon 1648 Crum, "Country Music Is Here to Stay" (music and lyrics by Ferlin Husky), at the end of 1958. He returned to the top of the country charts and the pop Top 40 in late 1960 with "Wings of a Dove" (music and lyrics by Bob Ferguson). Husky reached the country charts consistently through 1975, though he only had one more Top Ten hit, "Just for You" (music and lyrics by Larry Butler and Curly Putman) in February 1968. He switched from Capitol to ABC Records in 1972 and later recorded for smaller labels. He underwent open-heart surgery in 1977 but continued to perform regularly, by the 1990s turning up in the nostalgic-music center of Branson, Mo. Husky was married six times and had seven children. Died
March 17, 2011.

in 1927 -
Andy Williams (US singer) is born.
in 1929 - Clarence Ford sax player is born.
in 1929 - Paul Harris Turok composer is born.
in 1930 - Andy Williams Wall Lake Iowa, singer (Moon River, Andy Williams Show) is born.
in 1930 - Phyllis Curtin Clarksburg WV, soprano (NYC Opera) is born.
in 1931 - Jaye P. Morgan (Mary Margaret Morgan) (US singer) is born.
in 1932 - Corry Brokken Dutch singer is born.
in 1932 - Jody Reynolds (Ralph Joseph Reynolds) (American singer and guitarist) is born.
in 1933 - Richard Henry Warren composer, dies at 74.

1934 - Hans-Joachim Schulze, distinguished German musicologist, is born at Leipzig. He studied musicology in Leipzig at the Hochschule fur Musik (1952-54) and with Serauky, Eller, and Besseler at the Karl Marx University (1954-57), and completed his education at the Univ. of Rostock (Ph.D., 1979, with the diss. Studien zur Bach-Uberlieferung im 18. Jahrhundert; publ. in Leipzig, 1984). In 1957 he became a research assistant at the Leipzig Bach Archive, where he later served as deputy director (1974-79). With C. Wolff, he was co-ed, of the Bach-Jahrbuch (from 1975). He was made head research fellow of the Nationale Forschungs- und Gedenkstatten Johann Sebastian Bach in Leipzig in 1979, and was appointed director of the Leipzig Bach Archive in 1986. He was a lecturer at the Martin Luther University in Halle-Wittenberg (1987-88), and has lectured as a visiting professor in universities in Europe and the U.S. A devoted scholar of Bach, Schulze is a respected authority in his field.

in 1938 -
Jose Serebrier, Uruguayan-American conductor and composer, is born at Montevideo. He began to conduct at the age of 12. He went to the U.S. in 1950 and studied composition with Giannini at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia (1956-58) and conducting with Dorati in Minneapolis; also took conducting lessons with Monteux at his summer residence in Maine. He subsequently conducted guest engagements in the U.S., South America, and Europe; gave the first performance in Poland of the fourth Symphony of Charles Ives. He was associate conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra in N.Y. (1962-67), composer-in-residence of the Cleveland Orchestra (1968-70), and music director of the Cleveland Philharmonic (1968-71). He was principal guest conductor of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (from 1982); was founder and artistic director of the International Festival of the Americas (1984). In 1969 he married Carole Ann Farley.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMNkkWJf5GQ"]Jose Serebrier conducts Dvorak: 'Slavonic Dance op.46, No.1' - YouTube[/ame]
in 1941 - Johann Christian August Sinding composer, dies at 85.
in 1942 - Ken Lewis (UK singer, songwriter; Ivy League/Carter-Lewis And The Southerners) is born.

in 1942 -
(Olof) Wilhelm Peterson-Berger, esteemed Swedish music critic, teacher, and composer, dies at Ostersund age 75. Studied with J. Dente and O. Bolander at the Stockholm Conservatory (1886-89); then in Dresden with Scholtz (piano) and Kretzschmar (composition). He eventually settled in Stockholm, where he became active as a pedagogue and music critic of Dagens Nyheter (1896-1908; 1910-20; 1921-30). His opera Arnljot was one of the finest Swedish operas in the national tradition; his other notable works included his 3rd Symphony, Violin Concerto, songs, and piano pieces. - Born at Ullanger, Feb. 27, 1867.

in 1944 -
Ralph McTell (UK folk singer, guitarist, songwriter, children's TV presenter) is born.
in 1945 - Laura Dean Staten Island NYC, composer/choreographer (Drumming) is born.
in 1946 - Vic Malcolm (UK lead guitarist; Geordie) is born.
in 1948 - Diane Kurys [Emir Kusturica], Sarajevo, bass guitarist is born.
in 1948 - Ozzy Osbourne England, rock vocalist (Black Sabbath-Bark at the Moon) is born.
in 1949 - Mickey Thomas (US singer; Elvin Bishop Group/Jefferson Starship) is born.
in 1951 - Mike Stock rocker (Stock, Aitken and Waterman-Road Block) is born.
in 1952 - Don Barnes rock guitarist (38 Special) is born.
in 1951 - Nicky Stevens (UK singer; Brotherhood Of Man) is born.
in 1952 -
Duane Roland (US guitarist; Molly Hatchet/Southern Rock Allstars/Gator Country) is born.

in 1952 -
(Francis) Geoffrey Rendall, English organologist and librarian, dies at London. He received training in clarinet at Charterhouse School and in classics at Cambridge (M.A., 1914). He was on the staff of the British Museum in London, where he later served as Keeper of Printed Books. Rendall was the author of the valuable study The Clarinet (London, 1954; 3rd ed., 1971). – Born at Dulwich, Sept. 20,1890.

in 1955 -
Elvis Presley's first release on RCA Victor Records was announced. The first two songs ‘Mystery Train’ and ‘I Forgot to Remember to Forget’ had been purchased from Sam Phillips of Sun Records. Elvis was described by his new record company as 'The most talked about personality in recorded music in the last 10 years.'

in 1956 -
Guy Mitchell was at No.1 on the US singles chart with his version of the Marty Robbins song 'Singing The Blues'.

in 1953 - Premier of
Dmitri Shostakovitch' 5th String Quartet.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VuIs9GW40-U"]Shostakovich String Quartet No.8 - 5th mvt - YouTube[/ame]
in 1954 - Paul Gregg country singer (Restless Heart-Wheels) is born.
in 1954 - Enrique Soro Barriga composer, dies at 70.
in 1954 - William Walton's opera "Troilus and Cressida," premieres in London.

in 1955 -
Charles Edward "Cow Cow" Davenport dies. Yesterday had an entry on Charles as some souces list the second as his death date. I think the 3rd might be correct. This date is listed in Wiki but all that information is from one source and needs colabaration. Meanwhile I might find the correct one by the next cycle.

in 1960 - Hermann Stephani composer, dies at 83.
in 1960 - The musical “Camelot” by Lerner and Loewe opened on Broadway.
1961 - Brian Epstein invited The Beatles into his office to discuss the possibility of becoming their manager.
in 1961 - Jekabs Graubins composer, dies at 75.
in 1963 - Joe Lally (American bass guitarist; Fugazi) is born.
in 1964 - The Rolling Stones had their second UK No.1 single with their version of 'Little Red Rooster'.

in 1965 - Rolling Stone
Keith Richards was knocked unconscious by an electric shock on stage at the Memorial Hall In Sacramento, California, when his guitar made contact with his microphone.

in 1965 -
The Beatles set out on what would be their last ever UK tour at Glasgow's Odeon Cinema. Also on the bill, The Moody Blues The Koobas and Beryl Marsden. The last show was at Cardiff's Capitol Cinema on 12th December.

in 1965 -
Beatles begin final UK concert tour in Glasgow.
in 1966 - British act The New Vaudeville Band started a three-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Winchester Cathedral'. A No.4 hit in the UK.
in 1966 - Ray Charles was given a five year suspended prison sentence and a $10,000 fine after being convicted of possessing heroin and marijuana.
in 1966 - The Monkees made their live debut at the International Arena, Honolulu.

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in 1968 -
Montell Jordan (American R&B singer-songwriter, record producer) is born.
in 1969 - John Lennon is offered role of Jesus Christ in Jesus Christ Superstar.
in 1969 - The Rolling Stones recorded 'Brown Sugar' at Muscle Shoals studios. The single went on to be a UK & US No.1.
in 1969 - Al Green kicked off a ten-date UK tour at Manchester's New Century Hall.
in 1969 - Bill Steer (UK guitarist, bassist; Napalm Death/Carcass) is born.
in 1971 - The Montreux Casino in Switzerland burnt to the ground during a gig by Frank Zappa. The incident is immortalized by Deep Purple's 1973 hit, 'Smoke on the Water.' (some stupid with a flare gun, burned the place to the ground...")
in 1971 - Nazareth kicked off a nine-date UK tour at Worcester College, Oxford.

in 1972 -
Eva Nemcova WNBA forward/guard (Cleveland Rockers) is born.

in 1972 -
Bill Johnson dies at age 100.US jazz musician considered the father of the "slap" style of string bass playing. He started "slapping" the strings of his bass, (a more vigorous technique than the classical pizzicato), after he accidentally broke his bow on the road with his band in northern Louisiana in the early 1910s. Other New Orleans string bass players picked up this style, and spread it across the country with the spread of New Orleans Jazz. He was founder and manager of the first jazz band to leave New Orleans and tour widely in the 1910s, The Original Creole Orchestra. He also played with King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band, Bill Johnson's Louisiana Jug Band, and made many fine recordings in Chicago.

in 1973 -
Sammy Leung (Hong Kong disc jockey) is born.
in 1973 - MC Frontalot (Damian Hess) (US rapper) is born.

in 1973 -
Emile Christian dies at age 78. American jazz trombonist from New Orleans; he also played cornet and string bass, he played both cornet/trombone with the Papa Jack Laine bands. He went to Chicago, in late 1917 to play trombone with the Bert Kelly Jass Band. In 1918 he went to New York City to play with the Original Dixieland Jass Band; he toured England with the O.D.J.B., contributed his tune "Satanic Blues" to their repertory, and made his first recordings with this band. Other songs he wrote include "Meet Me At the Green Goose", and "Mardi Gras Parade". After a brief time in the Original Memphis Five, he returned to Europe where he played with various jazz bands in Berlin, Paris, and other European cities into the mid 1930s. He played in both Black and White bands in Europe and India before returning to the US after the outbreak of World War II. He moved back to New Orleans in the 1950s where he played with the bands of Leon Prima, Santo Pecora, and Sharkey Bonano and his own band. In 1957 he toured with the Louis Prima Band. He continued playing in New Orleans into 1969, in his later years mostly playing string bass.
Video Notes: With this recording, it's quite worthwile to mention the personnel:
Borchard (cl, as), Wilbur Curtz (tp), Emile Christian (tb), Charlie Spiegel or Sascha Dickstein (v), Austin Egen or Rex Allen (p), Hans Sagawe (bj), Erich Giese (dr)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fofv2BqtuYM"]Eric Borchard: AGGRAVATIN' PAPA - German Jazz 1924 - YouTube[/ame]
in 1974 - Jason Morris (Canadian pop singer) is born.
in 1975 - Mickey Avalon (American rapper) is born.
in 1975 - Csaba Czébely (Hungarian drummer; Pokolgép) is born.

in 1975 -
Ronnie Wood’s wife Krisse was arrested for alleged possession of cannabis and cocaine after a raid on the couple's house in Richmond. Krissie’s friend Audrey Burgon was also arrested, newspapers reported that the two women were found ‘sleeping together.’

in 1976
- A giant 40ft inflatable pig could be seen floating above London after breaking free from its moorings. The pig had been photographed for Pink Floyd's 'Animals', album cover; the CAA issued a warning to all pilots that a flying pig was on the run.

in 1976 - An attempt was made on
Bob Marley's life when seven gunmen burst into his Kingston home injuring Marley his wife Rita and manager Don Taylor, the attack was believed to be politically motivated.

in 1976 - An estimated three and a half million people applied for
Abba's forthcoming British Albert Hall concerts, there were just over 11 thousand tickets available.

in 1976 -
Todd Smith (US vocalist, songwriter, guitarist; Dog Fashion Disco/El-Creepo/others is born.
in 1977 - Ksenija Pajcin (Serbian singer, dancer) is born.

in 1977 -
Wings started a nine-week run at No.1 in the UK with 'Mull Of Kintyre'. The first single to sell over 2 million copies in the UK, (it was co-written by Denny Laine who sold his rights to the song when he became bankrupt).

in 1977 -
Linda Ronstadt started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Simple Dreams'.
in 1978 - The Philadelphia Furies, a soccer team co-owned by Peter Frampton, Paul Simon and Mick Jagger, lost their first match in the North American League, 3-0 to the Washington Diplomats.

in 1978 –
Trina (Katrina Le’verne Taylor) (US rapper) is born.
in 1978 - composer William Grant Still died in Los Angeles at the age of 83.
in 1979 - Daniel Bedingfield(New Zealand born British singer) is born.
in 1979 - Kanako Hoshino (Japanese singer) is born.

in 1979 - A concert by
The Who at The Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, turned to disaster when 11 members of the audience were trampled to death after a stampede to claim unreserved seats.

in 1982 -
Jaycee Chan (Hong Kong actor, singer, composer, lyricist, guitarist) is born.
in 1983 - Sherri DuPree (US vocalist, guitarist, lyricist; Eisley) is born.
in 1983 - Duran Duran scored their first UK No.1 album with their third release, 'Seven And The Ragged Tiger'
in 1983 - Lionel Richie started a three-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Can't Slow Down'.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QiLziusKW4s"]Lionel Richie - All Night Long - YouTube[/ame]
in 1986 - Judas Priest were sued by two family's, alleging that the band were responsible for their son's forming a suicide pact and shooting themselves after listening to Judas Priest records.

in 1987 -
The Icicle Works supported by the La's appeared at London's Town & Country Club.

in 1994 -
Boyz II Men knocked themselves off the No.1 position on the US singles chart when 'On Bended Knee' started a six week run a No.1. The group's 'I'll Make Love To You' had been at No.1 for a record breaking 14 weeks.

in 1998 -
Pierre Hétu dies at age 62. Canadian conductor and pianist, born in Montreal, Quebec. He studied in Paris, piano with Marcel Ciampi and conducting with Edouard Lindenberg, then in 1961, he won the Concours International des Jeunes Chefs d'Orchestre in Besançon. He subsequently studied under Charles Münch, Jean Martinon, and Hans Swarowsky. Pierre made his Canadian debut in 1963, conducting the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, and was appointed the orchestra’s Assistant Conductor under Zubin Mehta from 1963-1968. He was Music Director of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra in Michigan from 1968-1972, Associate Conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra from 1970-1973, and both Artistic Director from 1973-1979 and Principal Guest Conductor 1979-1980 of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.

in 1999 -
Scatman John (John Paul Larkin) dies at age 57. American singer born in El Monte, California; stuttering jazz musician who created a unique fusion of scat singing and house music, best known for his debut 1994 single "Scatman (Ski Ba Bop Ba Dop Bop)", a song he intended to inspire children who stuttered to overcome adversity, it sold over 6 million copies, making him a world star at the age of 52. He followed this with 10 more singles and 4 albums. His second album Everybody Jam!, took off in Japan, he was so popular there that toy stores sold dolls of his likeness and he appeared on phone cards and Coca Cola cans. The Japanese version of Everybody Jam! included a total of five bonus tracks, including the hit singles there "Su Su Su Super Ki Re i" and "Pripri Scat", which were commissioned by Japanese companies for several commercials (lung cancer) b. March 13th 1942.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cnQCk0u49w&ob=av2n"]Scatman John - Scatman (Ski-Ba-Bop-Ba-Dop-Bop) - YouTube[/ame]
in 1999 - It was reported that rapper Jay-Z had been arrested in connection with the stabbing of music executive Lance Rivera. The rapper was charged with first-degree assault.

in 1999 - U2 singer
Bono had his missing laptop computer returned after loosing it. A young man had bought it for £300 discovered he had the missing laptop, which contained tracks from the forthcoming U2 album.

in 1999 - Prosecutors in California charged
Gabriel Gomez with the kidnapping and murder of Sandra Ann Rosas, wife of Los Lobos singer and guitarist Cesar Rosas. No body had yet been found.

in 2000 - American composer
Hoyt Curtin died of heart failure aged 78. He was the composer of many of the Hanna-Barbera cartoons' theme songs, including The Flintstones, Top Cat, Jonny Quest, Superfriends, The Jetsons, Josie and the Pussycats, and The New Scooby-Doo Movies.

in 2000 -
Backstreet Boys started a two-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Black & Blue'.

in 2000 -
Mick Jagger and U2 formed a £100 million offshore investment trust to buy commercial property. Based in the Channel Islands the fund planed to invest in small offices and shops in London, England.

in 2000 -
S Club 7 went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Never Had A Dream Come True'. A fund-raiser for the BBC "Children In Need" charity.

in 2000 -
Hoyt Curtin dies at age 78. American composer and music producer, the main musical director for the Hanna-Barbera animation studio from its beginnings with The Ruff & Reddy Show in 1957 until his retirement in 1986. He composed many of the Hanna-Barbera cartoon theme songs, including The Flintstones, Top Cat, The Jetsons, Jonny Quest, Superfriends, Josie and the Pussycats, and The New Scooby-Doo Movies. He also wrote the controversial score for the science-fiction film Mesa of Lost Women and composed the music for the Sandy Frank cartoon Battle of the Planets, his last project, released in 2000.

in 2001 -
Grady Martin dies at age 72. American guitarist; a noted session musician who played guitar on several hit songs including "Honky Tonk Man" by Johnny Horton, Marty Robbins hit songs El Paso and Don't Worry, and Roy Orbison's Oh, Pretty Woman. He played guitar on the records of artists Loretta Lynn, Hank Williams, Bing Crosby, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Joan Baez, Floyd Cramer, Patsy Cline, Brenda Lee, Ray Price, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard and many others. He learnt the piano, guitar and fiddle, at 15 years old he joined the band of Nashville musician Big Jeff Bess and spent the next two years touring. In 1946 he worked with the Bailes Brothers performing on the Grand Ole Opry. As well as his extensive session career, in 1951 he formed a country-jazz band, Grady Martin and the Slew Foot Five, backing acts like Bing Crosby and Burl Ives after which he formed Grady Martin and his Winging Strings and from 1979 to 1994 he became lead guitarist for Willie Nelson's touring band. He was the 83rd inductee into the the Rockabilly Hall of Fame .
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AHJwqKUV0k"]Grady Martin Plays Marty Robbins El Paso - YouTube[/ame]
in 2003 - A Los Angeles court ruled that the privacy of singer Barbra Streisand was not violated when a picture of her Malibu estate was posted on a website. Streisand had filed a $10m action against software entrepreneur Kenneth Adelman after he posted a photo of her home on his conservation site.

in 2006 - The reformed
Take That topped the UK singles and album charts simultaneously for the first time ever in their career. The single ‘Patience’ remained at number for the second week, and Beautiful World the group’s new album entered the chart at No.1.

in 2006 -
Logan Whitehurst dies at age 29. American drummer, also keyboards, guitar, accordion, concertina, piano, and provided his own backup vocals through multitracking. He began his career as the drummer for the band Little Tin Frog from 1995 until 2000, although he is best known as a founding member of Californian indie rock band The Velvet Teen and as a solo artist performing under the name Logan Whitehurst and the Junior Science Club He was also an accomplished graphic designer, creating numerous album covers for bands such as his sister's Tsunami Bomb, in addition to Dynamite Boy, Little Tin Frog, The Velvet Teen, 20 Minute Loop, Go Time, Shut Up Donny, Santiago, and labels such as Fearless Records, Restitution Records, Silent Records and Entertainment, and Double Helix Records.

in 2007 -
Diana Ross and the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson both collected awards for contributions to US culture at a ceremony in Washington, attended by President Bush. Hootie and the Blowfish paid tribute to Brian Wilson with a medley of some of the Beach Boys' best-known songs.

in 2008 - Composer, keyboardist and arranger
Derek Wadsworth died in Oxfordshire, England. As a musician he worked with Georgie Fame, Alan Price, George Harrison, Mike Oldfield, Diana Ross, Tom Jones, Dionne Warwick, Simply Red. Arranger for David Essex, Dusty Springfield, Nina Simone, Judy Garland, Kate Bush, Cat Stevens, Rod Stewart, The Small Faces, The Rolling Stones and Manfred Mann.

in 2009 - Rolling Stone
Ronnie Wood was arrested in Esher, Surrey on suspicion of assault, after a passer-by dialled 999 as a violent argument took place between Wood and his 21-year-old on-off girlfriend Ekaterina Ivanova. He was later cautioned by police.

in 2009 -
Torrie Zito dies at age 76. American pianist, music arranger, composer and conductor. Torrie is widely known for his hugely popular work with John Lennon on the classic album Imagine, as string arranger. But Torrie has worked with many recording artists of note, including Billie Holiday, Stan Getz, Perry Como, Billy Eckstine, Herbie Mann, Steve Lawrence, Edie Gorme, Nana Mouskouri, Bobby Short, Marvin Hamlish, Roberto Carlos, Sinead O'Conner, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Bobby Darin, Morgana King, Johnny Mathis, Clay Aiken, Liza Minnelli, Morgana King, Quincy Jones, and Carly Simon .
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IByh6tnPL_Q"]Torrie Zito - Mobile - YouTube[/ame]
in 2010 - Hugues Cuénod dies at age 108. Swiss tenor born in Corseaux-sur-Vevey; he was known for his performances in opera, operetta, both traditional and musical theatre, and on the concert stage, where he was particularly known for his romantic and expressive interpretation of mélodie. He had an extraordinarily long career and he gave his last performance at the age of 92, when he sang M. Triquet in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin at the Théâtre du Jorat in Mézières in 1994.

He started his career as a concert singer and in 1928, he made his stage debut in Ernst Krenek's Jonny spielt auf in Paris, and in 1929 he sang for the first time in the United States in Noël Coward's Bitter Sweet. From 1930 to 1933 he was active in Geneva, and then in Paris from 1934 to 1937. During the 1937-1939 seasons, he made an extensive concert tour of North America. From 1940 to 1946 he taught at the Geneva Conservatory.

In 1943 he resumed his operatic career singing in Johann Strauss II's Die Fledermaus in Geneva. He subsequently sang at Milan's La Scala in 1951, the Glyndebourne Festival from 1954 on, and London's Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in 1954, 1956 and 1958. Hugues sang everything from Guillaume de Machaut to Igor Stravinsky. He was known for his roles as Basilio in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, the Astrologer in Rimsky-Korsakov's The Golden Cockerel, and Sellem in Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress.

In pre-war Vienna and Paris, he frequented aristocratic salons and worked with Nadia Boulanger; after the war, the new early-music boom relied heavily on his light, unmannered, natural sound. He holds the record as the oldest person to make a debut at the Metropolitan Opera. He debuted as the Emperor Altoum in Puccini's Turandot on 12 March 1987 at the age of 84, and he repeated the role the following season for a total of 14 performances. Some sources give the date of Hugues Cuénod's death as December 6th 2010.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnjuqWuhRR0"]Hugues Cuenod tenor b 1902 - YouTube[/ame]
in 2011 - Philip "Fatis" Burrell dies at age 57. Jamaican record producer, born in Birmingham, England; he later moved to Jamaica where he operated one of the most progressive production outfits working in his Vena studios and his Xterminator label from the '90s up to the early years of the new millennium, working with artists such as Capleton, Beres Hammond, Al Campbell, Sugar Minott, Cocoa Tea, Pinchers, Mikey General, Prince Malachi, Jesse Jenderm, and Luciano. After a short break from production work, Fatis reactivated his Xterminator label in 2010 with digital single releases from Sizzla and up-and-coming artists such as Jesse Royal and Kyala Bliss. (stroke) Born 1954.

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in 1660 -
Andre Campra composer is born.
in 1667 - Michel Pignolet de Monteclair composer is born.
in 1676 - Johann Georg Ebeling composer, dies at 39.
in 1687 - Italian violinist, theorist and composer Francesco Geminiani was born in Lucca, Italy.
in 1708 - Marianus Konigsperger composer is born.
in 1720 - Jean-Jacques Robson composer is born.

in 1787 -
Johan Fredrik (Johann Friedrich) Berwald, Swedish violinist and composer, cousin of Franz (Adolf) Berwald, is born at Stockholm. He was a member of a musical family of German nationality that settled in Sweden. A precocious musician, he played the violin in public at the age of 5; took lessons in composition with Abbe Vogler during the latter's stay in Sweden. At 16 he went to St. Petersburg and served as concertmaster in the Russian Imperial Court Orchestra (1803-12). Returning to Sweden, he was appointed chamber musician to the King of Sweden, a post he held from 1815 until 1849; also conducted (from 1819) the Royal Orchestra in Stockholm. He wrote his first symphony when he was 9 years old, but in his mature years he devoted himself mainly to theatrical productions. One of his light operas, L'Heroine de I'amour, to a French libretto, was produced in St. Petersburg in 1811. In Stockholm he was also active as a teacher; among his pupils was his cousin Franz Berwald . - Died at Stockholm, Aug. 26,1861.

in 1791 -
Johann Gottlob Topfer composer is born
in 1825 - Hynek Ignac Frantisek Vojacek composer is born.
in 1836 - Daniel Read composer, dies at 79.
in 1838 - Melesio Morales composer is born.

in 1861 -
Lillian Russell (Helen Louise Leonard) (US singer, actress) is born.
Video Notes: Lillian Russell was a very popular singer and performer of her era. Considered the ideal of beauty, she had strong opinions about priorities, and was often annoyed at people who fawned over her looks.
The following is taken from a 1914 newspaper interview:
"[Russell thanks the interviewer out of the blue.] "What for?" I inquired.

"For not having asked me a single question about the way I preserve my good looks. Everyone always asks that first. For a few minutes you have let me forget my face, and I want to forget it. I get very tired of it--very, very tired of it. I hate a mirror sometimes.

"What, after all, is there great in being beautiful? To be a great woman, a great person, one must have suffered, even suffered in great crises. What have I done that I should be famous--nothing but powdered a bit gently the cheeks that God gave me and smoothed the hair that I was born with, laughed and proven a faultless set of teeth. Any grinning idol, well painted, can do as well, but the real women, the big women, are those who toil and never write of it, those who labor and never cry of it, those who forfeit all and never seek reward. Begin this article with the name Lillian Russell, but end it with the name of such as was Cynthia Leonard." "
Russell later became an advocate for woman's suffrage.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UXN2UM_cwo"]Lillian Russell - Come Down Ma Evenin' Star - YouTube[/ame]

in 1879 - Irish composer and conductor Herbert Hamilton Harty was born in Hillsborough, County Down.
in 1884 - Alice Mary Smith composer, dies at 45.

in 1891 -
Licco (actually, Liko) Amar, Hungarian violinist and teacher of Greek descent, is born at Budapest. He studied with Emil Bare at the Budapest Academy of Music and with Henry Marteau at the Berlin Hochschule fur Musik. He was 2nd violinist in the Marteau String Quartet (1912-15) and concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic (1915-20) and of the Mannheim National Theater orchestra (1920-23). In 1921 he founded the Amar String Quartet, which championed contemporary music until it disbanded in 1929. With the rise of the Nazis to power in Germany in 1933, Amar was compelled to leave the country and in 1935 he became a professor at the Ankara Conservatory. From 1957 he taught at the Freiburg im Breisgau Hochschule fur Musik. - Died at Freiburg im Breisgau, July 19,1959.

in 1893 -
Dame Nellie Melba made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Lucia.
in 1910 - Alex North (Isadore Soifer) (US film music composer) is born.
in 1915 - Gustav Hollaender composer, dies at 60.
in 1915 - Eddie Heywood (American jazz pianist) is born.
in 1916 - Frank Joseph Flynn (American vibraphonist) is born.
in 1917 - Dick "Pixie" Roberts (Australian alto saxophonist) is born.
in 1917 - Russell Jacquet (American big band trumpeter) is born.
in 1921 - Deanna Durbin (Edna Mae Durbin) (Canadian actress, singer) is born.
in 1926 - Lee Doraey rocker is born.
in 1928 - Frank Tiberi (US tenor saxophonist, leader; Woody Herman Orchestra) is born.

in 1930 -
Paul-Heinz Dittrich, German composer and teacher, is born at Gornsdorf. He studied composition at the Leipzig Hochschule fur Musik (1951-56; diploma, 1958), and then attended Wagner- Regeny's master classes at the Academy of Arts in East Berlin (1958-60). From 1960 to 1976 he taught at the Hanns Eisler Hochschule fur Musik in East Berlin, returning there as a prof. of composition in 1990. In 1991 he founded the Bandenburgische Colloquium fur Neue Musik in Zeuthen. In 1976 he won the UNESCO Rostrum of Composers Prize, in 1978 the Hanns Eisler Prize of Berlin, and in 1990 the Berlin Music Critics Prize. He received the Artist's Prize in 1981 and the National Prize in 1988 of the German Democratic Republic. In 1983 he became a member of the Academy of Arts in East Berlin, and in 1998 of the Academy of Arts "Saxonia" in Dresden. His works astutely utilize modern forms and technical idioms while observing and preserving the pragmatic elements of instrumental and vocal writing.

in 1930 -
Jim Hall (American jazz guitarist, composer, arranger) is born.
in 1930 - Roman Semyonovich Ledenyou composer is born.
in 1932 - Edgar Valcarcel composer is born.

in 1933 -
Denis (also Dennis) Charles, jazz drummer, percussionist, is born at St. Croix, Virgin Islands. His father played congas, guitar, and banjo. He played congas as child; the family moved to N.Y. in 1945 and he took up drumming (1954), teaching himself by listening to records by Art Blakey and Roy Haynes. Charles played at West Indian parties and dances with calypso and mambo bands in Harlem in late 1950s. He met Cecil Taylor at Connie's Inn and became one of the few drummers to play and record (1955-61) with him. He also recorded with Steve Lacy (1957, 1963-64, 1979, 1982). He was in the Jack Gelber play The Connection. Charles played with Gil Evans (1959), Jimmy Giuffre, Wilbur Ware, Archie Shepp (1967), and Don Cherry; he recorded West Indian folk tunes with his brother Frank and Sonny Rollins. He worked with Lacy again in the 1970s, and with Billy Bang (1981-82) and Lacy in the 1980s. He made his first recording as a leader of his own group in 1989. He died of a heart attack after returning from a European tour. - Died at N.Y., March 26, 1998.

in 1935 -
Johan Halvorsen dies at age 71. Norwegian composer, conductor and violinist. He was an accomplished violinist from a very early age and became a prominent figure in Norwegian musical life. As well as much theatre work, he conducted performances of over 30 operas and wrote the incidental music for more than 30 plays. Following his retirement from the theatre he finally had time to concentrate on the composition of his three great symphonies and two well-known Norwegian rhapsodies.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jY3P4LyU_Yw"]Johan Halvorsen - Symphony No. 1 in C Minor (1923) - YouTube[/ame]
in 1936 - Larry Davis blues singer/guitarist is born.
in 1937 - Ernie Carson (American jazz cornetist) is born.
in 1938 - Dina Appeldoorn Dutch pianist/composer, dies at 54.
in 1938 - Yvonne Minton CBE (Australian soprano) is born.
in 1939 - Freddy Cannon (Frederick Anthony Picariello) (US rock 'n' roll singer) is born.
in 1940 - John Cale Wales rock vocalist/keyboardist (Velvet Underground) is born.
in 1940 - Rune Carlsson (Swedish drummer, vocalist) is born.

in 1940 -
Freddie "Boom Boom," (Freddy Picariello), Cannon, the first "everyman" rock star, is born at Lynn, Mass. A fixture on the oldies circuit as long as such a thing existed, during the late 1950s and early 1960s, Freddy Cannon had eight Top 40 singles. The son of a danceband leader, Cannon worked with the Boston-area vocal group the G-Clefs and recorded with the Spindrifts.

Boston DJ Jack McDermott took a song Freddy and his mother wrote to producers Bob Crewe and Frank Slay. Titled "Rock 'n' Roll Baby/7 Crewe and Slay added their own touches to the tune and retitled it "Tallahassee Lassie"; they also dubbed the songwriter Freddy Cannon. The record came out on Swan, a label partly owned by "American Bandstand" host Dick Clark, and (not surprisingly) Cannon became a fixture on the program. The tune hit #6 on the charts. They followed that up with a reworking of the hoary Crescent City chestnut "Way Down Yonder in New Orleans." It became Cannon's biggest hit, reaching #3 towards the end of 1959 and going gold. Between 1960 and 1965, Cannon had six more Top 40 hits. They ranged from a rock remake of Red Foley's "Chattanooga Shoeshine Boy" to the #3 hit by Chuck Barris, "Palisades Park."

One of the few rock singers to survive the British revolution, Cannon hit #16 in 1964 with his Warner Bros, debut, "Abigail Beecher." Dick Clark once again helped him to his final Top 40 single in 1965, "Action," the theme to Clark's television show
Where the Action Is. Cannon continued to record through the 1980s and 1990s, including a 1981 record with the Belmonts (Dion's old backing group), "Let's Put the Fun Back in Rock and Roll" and a charity Christmas trio with Johnny Tillotson and Brian Hyland on the Christmas Album, A Gift of Hope that also featured Frank Sinatra, Hank Williams Jr., Dionne Warwick, Willie Nelson and other notables. Not bad company for someone who hadn't had a hit in nearly a quarter century.

in 1942 -
Bob Mosley Paradise Valley CA, rock bassist (Moby Grape) is born.
in 1942 - Chris Hillman San Diego Ca, singer (Byrds-Turn Turn Turn) is born.
in 1944 - Dick Miller (Australian composer, reedist) is born.
in 1944 - Dennis Carl Wilson (US vocalist, drums; Beach Boys) is born.
in 1944 - Chris Hillman (US bassist, vocals; Byrds/Flying Burrito Brothers/Desert Rose Band/guest/solo) is born.
in 1944 - Anna McGarrigle (Canadian folk singer-songwriter) is born.

in 1946 -
James Oliver Buswell (IV), American violinist, conductor, and teacher, is born at Fort Wayne, Ind. He studied violin with Galamian at the Juilliard School of Music in N.Y., then pursued academic training at Harvard University. (B.A., 1970). In 1963 he made his debut as a violinist in St. Louis, and in 1967 made his N.Y. recital debut; subsequently toured as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber music player; later was a member of the Buswell-Parnas-Luvisi Trio, and also made appearances as a conductor. He taught at the University of Ariz. in Tucson (1972-73), the Ind. University School of Music in Bloomington (1974-86), and the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston (from 1986).

in 1947 -
Andy LaVerne (American jazz pianist, composer, arranger) is born.
in 1947 - Terry Woods (Irish folk musician, mandolin, cittern; Pogues) is born.
in 1948 - Southside Johnny (John Lyon) (US vocals, harmonica; The Asbury Jukes) is born.
in 1951 - Gary Rossington rocker (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rossington-Collins Band) is born.
in 1953 - Daniel Gregory Mason composer, dies at 80.
in 1954 - Nina Vasar wife of Russian composer Dmitri Sjostakovitsj, dies.
in 1955 - Brian Prout Troy NY, singer (Diamond Rio-Meet in the Middle) is born.
in 1955 - Cassandra Wilson (US Grammy Award-winning jazz singer) is born.
in 1956 - Herbert Groenemeyer Germany, rocker (OE, Luxus, Chaos, Spruenge) is born.

in 1956 - The so-called
'Million Dollar Quartet' jam session took place at Sun Studios in Memphis with Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qbJHVWfb6g"]The Million Dollar Quartet ...(Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis And Johnny Cash) - YouTube[/ame]
in 1959 - Bob Griffin (US bassist; The BoDeans) is born.

in 1660 -
Andre Campra, important French composer; born at Aix-en-Provence (baptized Dec. 4, 1660). He stutudied with Guillaume Poitevin; then embraced an ecclesiastical vocation; was made chaplain at Aix on May 27, 1681; served as maitre de musique at St. Etienne in Toulouse from 1683 to 1694, and at Notre Dame from 1694 to 1700; then was active at the Paris Opera. In 1722 he was made maitre de musique to the Prince of Conti. In 1723 he received a court appointment as sous-maitre with Bernier and Gervais. In 1730 he was appointed inspecteur general of the Academic Roy ale de Musique in Paris. Campra was esteemed as a composer of both stage works and sacred music. - Died at Versailles, June 29, 1744.

in 1961 -
Gene Chandler’s “Duke of Earl” was released.
in 1962 - Vinnie Dombroski (US lead vocals; Sponge) is born.

in 1962 -
The Beatles made their London-area debut on television when they appeared in a live broadcast from Wembley on ‘Tuesday Rendezvous’, on ITV station Rediffusion. The Beatles performed live, doing lip-sync performances of ‘Love Me Do’ and 45 seconds of ‘P.S. I Love You.’

in 1964 -
The Beatles released their fourth album 'Beatles For Sale'. The album featured: ‘No Reply’, ‘I'm a Loser’, ‘Baby's in Black’, ‘Rock and Roll Music’, ‘I'll Follow the Sun’, ‘Mr. Moonlight’, ‘Kansas City/Hey Hey Hey Hey’, ‘Eight Days a Week’, ‘Words of Love’, ‘Honey Don't’, ‘Every Little Thing’, ‘I Don't Want to Spoil the Party’, ‘What You're Doing’, and ‘Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby’. It spent 11 weeks as the UK No.1 album.

in 1964 -
Andrew Banfield (UK vocals; Pasadena's) is born.
in 1964 - Sertab Erener (Turkish popular singer) is born.
in 1965 - Rob Smits pop drummer (Kong/Phlegm) is born.

in 1965 -
The Byrds started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Turn! Turn! Turn!' the group's second No.1. A No.26 hit in the UK. Unlike their first chart topper, ‘Mr. Tambourine Man’, the entire band was allowed to play on the recording, instead of studio musicians.

in 1966 -
Masta Ace (Duval Clear) (American rapper) is born.
in 1967 – Adamski (Adam Tinley) (UK keyboards, vocals, dance music producer) is born.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIcPawP_0KM"]ADAMSKI - Killer / / HD--16:9 / / - YouTube[/ame]
in 1967 - During a UK tour, Jimi Hendrix Pink Floyd, The Move, Nice and Amen Corner all played two shows at Newcastle City Hall, England.

in 1967 -
Eric Roche (American/Irish arranger, guitarist) is born.
in 1969 - Alceo Toni composer, dies at 85.
in 1969 - Jay-Z/Jigga/Jay Hova/Young Hov/God MC/Shawn Corey Carter (US rapper, record presdent) is born
in 1970 - Fat Pat (Patrick Lamont Hawkins) (US rapper; Screwed Up Click) is born.

in 1971 -
Led Zeppelin started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK chart with the 'Four Symbols' album. Featuring the 8-minute track 'Stairway To Heaven', the album stayed on the US chart for 1 week short of 5 years, selling over 11 million copies.

in 1971 -
Sly and the Family Stone started a five-week run at No.1 on the US single chart with 'Family Affair', their third US No.1.

in 1971 -
T Rex scored their first No.1 album with their 6th release 'Electric Warrior'.

in 1971 -
Don McLean's ‘American Pie’ entered the US Hot 100. The eight and a half minute song would eventually sell over 3 million copies.

in 1972 -
Howard Eisley NBA guard (Utah Jazz) is born.
in 1972 - Justin Welch (UK drums; Elastica) is born.
in 1973 - Kate Rusby (UK folk music singer; Pookies/solo) is born.
in 1973 - Frank Boeijen (Dutch keyboardist; The Gathering) is born.
in 1973 - Atsushi Tamura (Japanese comedian, singer; Jealkb) is born.
in 1973 - Ferry Corsten (Dutch producer, remixer, DJ) is born.
in 1976 - Amie Comeaux (US country singer) is born.
in 1976 - Ysabella Brave (MaryAnne Ysabella) (US soul-blues-jazz singer) is born.

in 1976 -
Tommy Bolin dies at age 25. American-born guitarist; born in Sioux City, Iowa, he moved to Boulder, Colorado, in his late teens, where he played in a band called American Standard before joining Ethereal Zephyr, later called Ethereal Zephyr. In 1972 at the age of 20, Tommy formed the fusion jazz-rock-blues band Energy. At this time he also played on Billy Cobham's Spectrum album. 1973 found him in the James Gang recording two records with this band: Bang! in 1973 and Miami in 1974. He went on to do session work for numerous rock bands and also with a number of jazz artists. He featured on Alphonse Mouzon's (of Weather Report) album Mind Transplant and toured with Carmine Appice and The Good Rats. In 1975 he embarked on his solo career debuting with 'Teaser'. Also in 1975 he was contacted to replace Ritchie Blackmore in Deep Purple. The Deep Purple world tour that followed in 1975 and 1976 allowed Tommy to showcase one song per night from Teaser. In 1976 he began to record Private Eyes, his second solo record. This album was supposed to be a double album. Much more of his music was released after his death including 11 live albums. His final show, just hours before his death, he opened for Jeff Beck.

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