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in 1972 - The Moody Blues started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Seventh Sojourn'.
in 1972 - Tre Cool (Frank Wright) (German drummer; Green Day) is born.
in 1974 – Canibus (Germaine Williams) (US rap artist) is born.
in 1974 - Jorge Croner de Vasconcelos composer, dies at 64.
in 1974 - Rahat Fateh Ali Khan (Pakistani singer) is born.
in 1975 - The Sex Pistols appeared at Ravensbourne College, Chistlehurst, London.
in 1976 - Eric Zamora (US saxophonist; Save Ferris) is born.
in 1976 - Imogen Heap (UK singer, songwriter, piano, keyboards; Frou Frou/solo) is born.
in 1978 - Boney M had their second UK No.1 single with their version of the Harry Belafonte 1957 hit 'Mary's Boy Child'.
in 1978 - Chic started a seven week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Le Freak', a No.7 hit in the UK.
in 1979 - 'Olivia' Lufkin (Japanese rock, multi-genre singer) is born.

in 1984 - Lloyd Cole and the Commotions appeared at The Powerhouse, Birmingham, and on the same night Spandau Ballet played at Wembley Arena, London.

in 1984 – Razzle (Nicholas Dingley) dies at age 24. British drummer with Finnish rock band Hanoi Rocks, of which he had a strong influence on their style. He recorded 2two albums with them "Back to Mystery City" in 1983 and "Two Steps from the Move" in 1984. Prior to Hanoi Rocks, he had played in UK-based bands Marionette, The **** Pigs, Demon Preacher and The Dark.(While on tour in US he died in a car crash when out with Vince Neil of Motley Crue, Vince lost control of the car and hit an opposing vehicle. Razzle was taken to South Bay ER but was declared DOA, 8 December at 19:12 local time. It was already 9 December in Europe, which is considered his official time of death).

in 1988 - According to a poll released in the US, the music of Neil Diamond was favoured as the best background music for sex, Beethoven was the second choice and Luther Vandross was voted third.

in 1988 - Michael Jackson played the first of nine sold-out nights on his Bad World Tour at the Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan.
in 1989 - Billy Joel started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'We Didn't Start The Fire', a No.7 hit in the UK.
in 1990 – LaFee (Christina Klein) (German singer) is born.

in 1990 - Paula Abdul was taken to North Hollywood Medical Centre after being involved in a car crash in Los Angeles.

in 1991 - During their Use Your Illusion Tour, Guns n' Roses played the first of three nights at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York.

in 1994 - Garnett Silk (Garnett Damoin Smith) dies at age 28. Jamaican reggae singer; born Manchester, Jamaica, he began his career at the age of twelve, when he performed under the name Little Bimbo. He later, under the name Garett Silk recorded his first track in 1985, but it would be two years later before his first single, "Problem Everywhere" was released. 1992 saw the release of his first album "It's Growing". He also worked as a deejay on sound systems such as Soul Remembrance, Pepper's Disco, Stereophonic, and Destiny Outernational. During the early 1990s he was hailed as a rising talent, but his career was ended by his early death. In 2000, Atlantic released The Definitive Collection, a two-CD set showcasing the ten tracks the singer had recorded during sessions for his unfinished second album. (died while attempting to save his mother from a house fire at his home in Mandeville, Jamaica).
in 1995 - Darren Robinson, founder member of The Fat Boys died of a heart attack, weighing 450lb (204kg) at the time of his death. Also known as Buffy, The Human Beat Box, and DJ Doctor Nice.

in 1995 - DJ Doctor Nice ( Darren Robinson) dies at age 28. US rapper and founder member of Fat Boys; he was a pioneer of beatboxing, a form of vocal percussion used in many rap groups throughout the '80s and '90s. He and his group were featured in the 1985 movie "Krush Groove", appearing under the name Disco Three at the start before acquiring the name The Fat Boys near the end. (weight eventually contributed to his death. He died of a heart attack, weighing 450 lb / 204 kg at the time).

in 1995 - Michael Jackson scored his 6th solo UK No.1 single when 'Earth Song' started a 6-week run at the top of the charts. It gave Jackson the UK Christmas No.1 of 1995 and his best-selling UK single ever. The song kept the first single released by The Beatles in 25 years, 'Free as a Bird', off the No.1 position.

in 1996 - Faron Young country singer, commits suicide at 64.

in 1996 - Patty Darling (Patricia J. "Patty" Donahue) dies at age 40. lead singer of the 1980s New Wave rock group The Waitresses with the hits "I Know What Boys Like" and "Christmas Wrapping". she is credited on Alice Cooper's Zipper "Catches Skin" with "vocals and sarcasm." She later worked for MCA A&R, finding other talented musicians (lung cancer).

in 1997 - Oasis played the first of three sold out nights at Wembley Arena, London, supported by Supergrass.

in 1997 - Tamara Geva dancer, dies at 91.

in 1998 - All Saints singer Nicole Appleton walked out during the recording of BBC2's 'Later' saying she had quit the band.

in 2000 - Sharon Corr of The Corrs called for the legalisation of cannabis, claiming that the drug has medicinal properties. Sharon said, 'Some people with certain conditions can get a brief reprieve from their symptoms through cannabis'.

in 2000 - U2 made their first-ever appearance on the long-running NBC program 'Saturday Night Live.' The band played ‘Beautiful Day’ and ‘Elevation.’

in 2001 - Channel 4 TV apologised to viewers after Madonna said 'motherf*****' during live UK TV coverage at The Tate Gallery, London. Madonna was presenting a prize to artist Martin Creed. A TV spokesman said that did have a bleeper system but they missed the offending word.

in 2001 - Usher went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'U Got It Bad'.

in 2001 - Winners at The Smash Hits awards included Atomic Kitten, Best single for 'Whole Again', Westlife won Best band and Best album for 'World Of Our Own', and Blue won Best newcomer, Steps won Best live act, Shaggy won Best male act, Britney Spears won Best Female Act, Destiny's Child won Best R&B act, S Club 7's Rachel Stevens won Most Fanciable Female and Best Video went to Gorillaz, 'Clint Eastwood.'

in 2002 - Mary Hansen dies at age 36. Australian guitarist, singer as well as percussion, keyboards and occasionally sang lead vocals. She moved to London in the late 1980s and became a backing singer with the Essex-based indie band, The Wolfhounds. She met the founder of Stereolab Tim Gane when the Wolfhounds played with his band McCarthy, and joined Stereolab as second vocalist in 1992. As a side project in 2000 she helped form the band Schemawith members of the Seattle space rock group, Hovercraft (cycling accident)

in 2002 - Stereolab singer Mary Hanson was killed in a cycling accident after colliding with a tipper truck in East London.

in 2003 - ‘A Celebrity Thumbprints’ auction took place on ebayliveauctions.com. Beyonce, Kelly Osbourne, Coldplay, Blue and Westlife were among the stars whose thumbprints went under the hammer.

in 2003 - Ozzy Osbourne was admitted to Wexham Park Hospital in Slough, Berkshire after being injured in a quad bike accident at his UK home. The 55 year-old singer broke his collarbone, eight ribs and a vertebra in his neck. News of Osbourne's accident reached the House of Commons, where the government sent a goodwill message.

in 2005 - György Sándor dies at age 93. Hungarian pianist; He recorded the complete piano works of Kodály, Prokofiev, and Bartók; for the latter he won the Grand Prix du Disque of the Charles Cros Academyin 1965. He taught at the Southern Methodist University, then at the University of Michigan, and from 1982, at the Juilliard School. His pupils included Hélène Grimaud, Gyorgy Sebok, Christina Kiss, Barbara Nissman, Ian Pace, fortepiano performer Malcolm Bilson and composer Ezequiel Viñao. In 1996 New York University awarded Sandor an honorary doctorate. He continued to teach and perform into his nineties (heart failure) b. September 21st 1912
in 2005 - Joss Stone, Lemar and Ms. Dynamite backed by the African Children's Choir and 1,200 school children set a new world record for the most children singing simultaneously. The ‘Big Sing’ was held at The Royal Albert Hall, London. The singers led a performance of ‘Lean On Me’ which was broadcast to more than half a million people.

in 2005 - Mike Botts dies at age 61. US drummer with Bread; while still at college he played with a band called The Travellers Three and worked as a studio musician. He was working with Tony Medley when he met David Gates and became a member of Bread from 1970 to '74, after which he toured and recorded with Linda Ronstadt for 2 years. He reunited with Bread in '76 to '78 for one final album and world tour. His always continued his session and studio career - working, recording and touring with the likes of Karla Bonoff, Andrew Gold, Richard Carpenter and Dan Fogelberg. In 1996, the members of Bread once again reunited for a world tour that ran until the fall of 1997. He also contributed to several soundtracks for films and finally recorded his only solo album, Adults Only, released in 2000.

in 2006 - Georgia Gibbs (Frieda Lipschitz) dies at age 87. American singer, she began her professional career at the age of thirteen, and was singing in Boston's Raymor Ballroom the following year. She recorded her first record with the Hudson-DeLange Orchestra in 1936. Her voice is best showcased on romantic ballads and torch songs like Melancholy Baby, I'll Be Seeing You, Autumn Leaves and You Keep Coming Back Like A Song. Yet she could be equally thrilling belting out a red hot jazz numbers like Red Hot Mama and A-Razz-A-Ma-Tazz, or jiving with tunes like Ol Man Mose and Shoo Shoo Baby. In more recent years, again her reputation steadily grew partially due to the availability of her songs on CD.

in 2006 - Jay-Z was at No.1 on the US album chart with his comeback album ‘Kingdom Come.’

in 2006 - Mariah Carey threatened legal action against porn star Mary Carey in an attempt to stop her trademarking her similar-sounding stage name. The singer believed fans could get the two performers confused if the adult film actress Mary Carey's trademark application was successful.

in 2006 - Freddie Marsden dies at age 66. UK drummer with the Liverpool band Gerry & the Pacemakers. He and brother Gerry formed the band in the late 50's and it was the 2nd band to sign with Brian Epstein. Their first 3 records shot to No.1 "How Do You Do It?", "I Like It", "You'll Never Walk Alone" , all released in 1963. The latter has remained the anthem of the crowds at Liverpool Football Club, played before kick-off every Saturday. They had also became the first act to acheive three consecertive No.1's hits in the UK charts. In 1965 the group were featured on scooters for the film Ferry Cross The Mersey.

in 2009 - Faramarz Payvar dies at age 77. Iranian composer and santur player; Faramarz, was one of the country's prominent composers, he started learning music at the age of 17 under the tutorship of great Iranian master Abol-Hasan Saba. His achievements in traditional Persian music and playing the Santour brought him fame, leading to his co-operations with the Iranian Department of Art and Culture in 1954. He founded the 'Art and Culture Orchestra', which included greats such as Hossein Tehrani, Khatere Parvaneh, Houshang Zarif, Mohammad-Reza Shajarian, Rahmatollah Badiee and Abdol-Vahab Shahidi. He also played the Setar and published a book on Tar and Setar in 1996. After getting a scholarship from Iran's National Music Conservatory, Faramarz majored in English Language at UK's Cambridge University and was graduated in 1965. He also studyed Western music at the Royal Academy of Music in London. The veteran artist amazed music lovers by his performances in every corner of the world. His world tours took him to countries like the US, Germany, the UK, Sweden, France, Japan, Italy, Malaysia, and Russia.
in 2010 - Boris Tishchenko dies at age 71. Russian composer; born in Leningrad, he studied at the Leningrad Musical College from '54 to '57. Then from '57 to '63 he studied composition and piano with at the Leningrad Conservatory. He then took a postgraduate course with the composer Dmitri Shostakovich from 1962 to 1965. He taught at the Leningrad Conservatory from 1965, and became a professor there in 1986. Boris actively assisted in the secret delivery of the manuscript of Shostakovich's memoirs to the West. Later, however, he raised his voice in dispute against the authenticity of Testimony published by Solomon Volkov in 1979. His works includes more than seven symphonies, two violin concertos, two cello concertos, a piano concerto, five string quartets, two cello sonatas, ten piano sonatas, a requiem, chamber and vocal works, the opera The Stolen Sun, the operetta A Cockroach, three ballets Tvelve, Fly-bee and Yaroslavna/The Eclipse, and incidental music for theatre and film. In March 2006 he was announced as the first laureate of the 'Epokha Shostakovicha' prize instituted for the centennial of Shostakovich's birth. He died in Saint Petersburg.

in 2010 - Eric Clapton announced he was to sell off part of his extensive guitar collection to raise money for his Crossroads rehab Centre in Antigua. Highlights of the sale would include a guitar Clapton played at the Cream reunion shows in 2005, estimated to sell for more than £13,000. The sale to be held by Bonhams in New York would also feature a vast collection of amps and speakers, including a pair of Marshall speaker cabinets.

in 2010 - James Moody dies at age 85. American jazz saxophone and flute player, born in Savannah, Georgia, but grew up in New Jersey and best known for his hit "Moody's Mood for Love". He joined the US Army Air Corps in '43 and played in the "negro band", following his discharge in '46 he played with Dizzy Gillespie for 2 years. James later played with Gillespie in 1964, where his colleagues in the group, pianist Kenny Barron and guitarist Les Spann, would be musical collaborators in the coming decades. In 1948 he recorded his first session for Blue Note Records, the first in a long recording career. That same year he relocated to Europe, where he stayed for three years, saying he had been "scarred by racism" in the U.S. His European work, included his first recording of "Moody's Mood for Love", he established himself as recording artist in his own right, and was part of the growth of European jazz. Then in 1952 he returned to the U.S. to a recording career with Prestige Records and others, playing flute and saxophone in bands that included musicians such as Pee Wee Moore and others. In the 1960s he rejoined Dizzy Gillespie and later worked with Mike Longo. He was also an NEA Jazz Master and often to part in educational programming and outreach, including with the International Association for Jazz Education, or IAJE (pancreatic cancer).
in 2010 - Tony Schilder dies at age 73. South African jazz pianist, bandleader and composer from Cape Town; he started playing the piano at a young age, went on to make a name for himself as one of the greatest jazz musicians in the city, who was regularly referred to as the gentleman of jazz. Tony never studied music formally, but was gifted with a magical ear, he learned by listening and imiation. In the '50s and '60s, Cape Town was the jazz capital of Africa, especially for straight-ahead swing and bebop. It produced many terrific players, several of whom went on to international fame. Tony gigged and jammed with them all, great and small, Harold Jephta, Maurice Gawronsky, Morris Goldberg, Abdullah Ibrahim (Dollar Brand), Johnny Gertze, Cups Nkanuka, Winston "Mankunku" Ngozi, Erza Ngcukana, Chris McGregor, and Hugh Masekela, to name just a few. In the '70s, when he fell in love with bossa nova and made three trips to Brazil, during the '80s, to study the music first-hand. He was also a band leader at Club Montreal in Manenberg and contributed to many jazz compilations (died after a long illness).
in 2010 - Boris Tishchenko dies at age 71. Russian composer; born in Leningrad, he studied at the Leningrad Musical College from '54 to '57. Then from '57 to '63 he studied composition and piano with at the Leningrad Conservatory. He then took a postgraduate course with the composer Dmitri Shostakovich from 1962 to 1965. He taught at the Leningrad Conservatory from 1965, and became a professor there in 1986. Boris actively assisted in the secret delivery of the manuscript of Shostakovich's memoirs to the West. Later, however, he raised his voice in dispute against the authenticity of Testimony published by Solomon Volkov in 1979. His works includes more than seven symphonies, two violin concertos, two cello concertos, a piano concerto, five string quartets, two cello sonatas, ten piano sonatas, a requiem, chamber and vocal works, the opera The Stolen Sun, the operetta A Cockroach, three ballets Twelve, Fly-bee and Yaroslavna/The Eclipse, and incidental music for theatre and film. In March 2006 he was announced as the first laureate of the 'Epokha Shostakovicha' prize instituted for the centennial of Shostakovich's birth. He died in Saint Petersburg - Born March 23rd 1939.

in 2011 - Myra Taylor dies at age 94. American jazz singer born in Bonner Springs, Kansas, and moved to Kansas City as a child. In 1930, she toured the Midwest with Clarence Love's band. Myra moved to Chicago in 1937 and worked with Warren “Baby” Dodds, Lonnie Johnson, Roy Eldridge and Lil’ Hardin Armstrong. She returned to Kansas City in 1940 and Harlan Leonard hired her as the featured singer for his new band Harlan Leonard and His Rockets. Myra recorded an uptempo version of the song “I Don’t Want to Set the World on Fire”. Kansas City is also where she recorded her best-known song, “The Spider and the Fly”. She performed in USO shows during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, performing in 32 different countries. (Myra's health declined in the last half of 2011 following a fall and was no longer able to live in her home, spending her final three months in hospice care at Kansas City's Swope Ridge Geriatric Center) - Born February 24th 1917.

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in 1618 - Giulio Caccini, Italian composer (called Romano, because he lived mostly in Rome), father of Francesca Caccini. Dies at Florence (buried). He was a pupil of Scipione delle Palla in singing and lute playing. His first compositions were madrigals in the traditional polyphonic style, but the new ideas generated in the discussions of the artists and literati of the "Camerata," in the houses of Bardi and Corsi at Florence, inspired him to write vocal soli in recitative form (then termed "musica in stile rappresentativo"), which he sang with consummate skill to his own accompaniment on the theorbo.

These first compositions in a dramatic idiom were followed by his settings of separate scenes written by Bardi, and finally by the opera // combattimento d'Apolline col serpente (poem by Bardi). Next was Euridice (1600; poem by Rinuccini) and 17 rapimento di Cefalo (in collaboration with others; first performance, Oct. 9, 1600, at the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence). Then followed Le nuove musiche, a series of madrigals for Solo Voice, with Bass (Florence, 1602; new eds., Venice, 1607 and 1615; a modern edition of the 1602 publication, prepared by H. Wiley Hitchcock [Madison, Wise., 1970], includes an annotated Eng. translation of Caccini's preface, realizations of the solo madrigals, airs, and the final section of II rapimento di Cefalo, an introductory essay on Caccini, the music, the poetry, MSS, other eds., and a bibliography.

A translation of the preface is also available in O. Strunk, Source Readings in Music History [N.Y., 1950]). The song Amarilli mia bella from the first series became very popular. Caccini also publ. Fuggilotio musicale (Venice, 2nd ed., 1613; including madrigals, sonnets, arias, etc.). From 1565 Caccini lived in Florence as a singer at the Tuscan court. He was called, by abbate Angelo Grille, "the father of a new style of music" Bardi said of him that he had "attained the goal of perfect music."

But his claim to priority in writing vocal music in the "stile rappresentativo" is not supported by known chronology. Caccini's opera II rapimento di Cefalo was performed three days after Peri's path-breaking Euridice; the closeness in time of operatic productions by both Caccini and Peri is further emphasized by the fact that when Peri produced Euridice in Florence (1600), he used some of Caccini's songs in the score. Caccini later made his own setting of Euridice (1600), but it was not produced until Dec. 5, 1602. On the other hand, Caccini was undoubtedly the first to publish an operatic work, for his score of Euridice was printed early in 1601, before the publication of Peri's work of the same title. - Born probably in Tivoli, Oct. 8, 1551.

in 1665 - Tarquinio Mercula composer, dies.
in 1764 - Louis-Sebastien Lebrun composer is born.
in 1770 - Theophil "Gottlieb" Muffat German court organist/composer, dies at 80.
in 1805 - Friedrich Franz Hurka composer, dies at 43.
in 1813 - Errico Petrella composer is born.
in 1822 - Cesar-Auguste-Jean-Guillaume-H Franck LiŠge Belg, composer (Rebecca) is born.
in 1823 - Wilhelm Kuhe composer is born.
in 1826 - Benedikt Emanuel Schack composer, dies at 68.
in 1833 - Dieudonne-Pascal Pieltain composer, dies at 79.

in 1854 – Berlioz’s, L'Enfance du Christ op. 25, premiers in Paris.
Video Notes: L'enfance du Christ (English: The Childhood of Christ), Opus 25, is a choral work by the French composer Hector Berlioz, based on the story of the Holy Family's flight into Egypt. Berlioz wrote his own words for the piece. Most of it was composed in 1853 and 1854, but it also incorporates an earlier work La fuite en Egypte (1850). It was first performed at the Salle Herz, Paris on 10 December 1855, with Berlioz conducting and soloists from the Opéra-Comique: Jourdan (Récitant), Depassio (Hérode), the couple Meillet (Marie and Joseph) and Bataille (Le père de famille).

Berlioz described L'enfance as a Trilogie sacrée (sacred trilogy). The first of its three sections depicts King Herod ordering the massacre of all newborn children in Judaea; the second shows the Holy Family of Mary, Joseph and Jesus setting out for Egypt to avoid the slaughter, having been warned by angels; and the final section portrays their arrival in the Egyptian town of Sais where they are given refuge by a family of Ishmaelites. It is worth noting that Berlioz himself was by no means a religious believer, though he was a great admirer of Catholic church music. L'enfance also shows some influence from the Biblical oratorios of Berlioz's teacher Jean-François Lesueur.
in 1868 - Louis Victor Saar composer is born.
in 1872 - Johann Babtist Thaller composer is born.

in 1874 - Friedrich August Bekke, German trombonist, dies at Lucka, Altenburg . He was a member of the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig (1815) and a chamber musician in Berlin (1816-58). Belcke was the first concert virtuoso on the trombone, for which he wrote concertos and etudes. - Born at Lucka, Altenburg, May 27, 1795.

in 1877 - Federico Ricci composer, dies at 68.
in 1885 - Janos Hammerschlag composer is born.
in 1885 - Mario Varvoglis composer is born.
in 1888 - Mariano Obiols composer, dies at 79.
in 1893 - Walter Rein composer is born.
in 1894 - Paul Dessau composer is born.
in 1908 - Olivier Messiaen Avignon France, composer (L'Ame en Bourgeon) is born
in 1908 – Scriabin’s, Poème de l'Ecstase op. 54, premiers in New York.
in 1910 - Pablo Hernandez Salces composer, dies at 76.

in 1910 - David D(odge) Boyden, American musicologist, is born at Westport, Conn. He studied at Harvard University (A.B., 1932; M.A., 1938), then joined the faculty of the University of Calif, at Berkeley, remaining there until 1975. He published A Manual of Counterpoint Based on Sixteenth-century Practice (N.Y., 1944; 2nd ed., 1953), The History and Literature of Music, 1750 to the Present (N.Y., 1948), An Introduction to Music (N.Y., 1956; 2nd ed., 1970), and The History of Violin Playing from Its Origins to 1761 (London, 1965). - Died at Berkeley, Sept. 18,1986.

in 1910 – Puccini’s, La Fanciulla del West, premiers in New York. a/k/a The Girl of the Golden West.
Puccini's Wild West opera has the California gold rush as its dramatic backdrop for a story in which Minnie, the only woman in a mining camp, gambles on her one chance of happiness. The tenor is Juan Pons.
in 1913 - American composer, pianist, and past ASCAP president Morton Gould was born in Richmond Hill, NY.
in 1918 - Professor Longhair (Henry Roeland Byrd) (US blues pianist; many alias's) is born.
in 1919 - Alexander Courage (US award winning composer) is born.
in 1919 - Sven-Eric Emanuel Johanson composer is born.

in 1919 - Sesto Bruscantini, Italian baritone, is born at Porto Civitanova. He studied law, then went to Rome to study music with Luigi Ricci. He made his debut at La Scala in Milan in 1949, singing the bass role of Don Geronimo in Cimarosa's II matrimonio segreto. He then sang at several festivals in Glyndebourne (1951-54). In 1952 he appeared at the Salzburg Festival. In 1961 he made his U.S. debut with the Chicago Lyric Opera. On Feb. 2,1981, he made his Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. as Taddeo in L'Italiana in Algeri, and sang there until 1983. He was particularly renowned for his buffo roles. In 1953 he married Sena Jurinac. - Died at his native Civitanova Marche, on 4 May 2003, aged 83.

in 1921 - Viktor Jacobi composer, dies at 38.
in 1922 - Allen Dwight Sapp composer is born.
in 1923 - Abelardo Quinteros composer is born.
in 1926 - Dag Schjelderup-Ebbe composer is born.
in 1926 - Eddie "One String" Jones (US blues guitarist) is born.
in 1927 - Grand Ol' Opry makes it's first radio broadcast in Nashville Tennessee.
in 1937 - Don Sebesky Perth Amboy NJ, orch leader (Jimmy Dean Show) is born.
in 1938 - Mario Pilati composer, dies at 35.
in 1938 - Yuri Temirkanov (Russian orchestral conductor) is born.
in 1939 - Wilhelm Grosz composer, dies at 45.
in 1941 - Kyu Sakamoto (Hisashi Oshima) (Japanese singer and actor) is born.
in 1943 - Chad Stuart rock vocalist/guitarist (Chad and Jeremy) is born.
in 1943 - Jessica Cleaves rocker is born.
in 1945 - Ralph Viera Tavares(US vocals; Tavares) is born.
in 1946 - Ace Kefford (UK bass guitar, vocals; The Move) is born.
in 1946 - Chris Kefford rocker is born.
in 1946 - Walter "Clyde" Orange Florida, rocker (Commodores-Too Hot to Trot) is born.

in 1947 - Christian Badea, Romanian-born American conductor, is born at Bucharest. He studied violin and composition at the Bucharest Conservatory; subsequently took courses in Brussels, in Salzburg, and at the Juilliard School in N.Y. He conducted at the Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds in Charleston, S.C., and Spoleto, Italy; served as music director of the Savannah (Ga.) Symphony Orchestra (1977-84) and the Columbus (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra (1983-91).

in 1948 - Brendan Harkin rocker is born.
in 1948 - Ralph Tavares rocker is born.

in 1949 - Fats Domino recorded his first tracks for Imperial Records. One of those songs was called ‘The Fat Man’, which later became his nickname.

in 1951 - Ellen Nikolaysen (Norwegian singer) is born.
in 1951 - Frank Beard US country rock drummer (ZZ Topp) is born.

in 1952 - Julianne Baird, American soprano and teacher, is born at Statesville, N.C.
She studied at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. (B.A. in music history, 1973, M.A. in musicology, 1976), with Harnoncourt at the Salzburg Mozarteum (diploma in performance practice, 1977), and with George Houle at Stanford University (Ph.D., 1991, with the disseration Johann Friedrich Agricola's Anleitung zur Singkunst (1757): A Translation and Commentary; published 1995). She commenced her vocal career as a member of the Waverly Consort and Concert Royal in N.Y., where she made her operatic debut in Gluck's Orfeo. Following her solo debut with the N.Y. Philharmonic, under Mehta's direction in 1983, she sang with many orchestras in the U.S.

After singing in The Fairy Queen in Toronto in 1989, she appeared in the U.S. premiere of Handel's Siroe in N.Y. in 1991. She also was a soloist in Bach's St. John Passion in London and sang in Handel's Acis and Galatea in Ottawa in the latter year. After singing in Dido and Aeneas in London in 1992, she toured France, Switzerland, and Poland in 1993 and Mexico in 1994. In 1995 she sang in recital at N.Y/s Merkin Hall.

She portrayed Handel's Galatea at N.Y/s Lincoln Center in 1996. In 1998 she was engaged to sing in that composer's Apollo and Dafne in Portland, Ore. As a teacher, Baird gave master classes in various locales and served on the faculty of Rutgers University in Camden. Her fine vocal gifts are complemented by her expert knowledge of the early music repertoire in which she has excelled. She is especially admired for her performances of works by Monteverdi, Charpentier, Bach, Handel, Purcell, and Telemann.

in 1954 - Geoff Deane (UK lead singer; Modern Romance) is born.
in 1954 - Jack Hues (Jeremy Allan Ryder) (UK guitarist, keyboards, vocals; Wang Chung/Strictly Inc) is born.
in 1958 - Paul Hardcastle keyboardist (Don't Waste My Time, Just for Money) is born.

in 1959 - The four male members of The Platters were acquitted of charges of aiding and abetting prostitution, lewdness and assignation after an incident on August 10th in Cincinnati. Despite the outcome of the trial, the scandal would severely damage the group's career.

in 1961 - James Brown, The Famous Flames, Sugar Pie DeSanto and The Brownies all appeared at The Evergreen Ballroom, Lacey, Washington.

in 1961 - Nia Peeples [Vernia], Hollywood, dancer/host (Fame, Party Machine) is born.

in 1961 - The Beatles appeared at Hambleton Hall, Huyton in Liverpool after returning to Liverpool from their first live performances in south England and London. The Beatles arrived so late for their appearance in Huyton that they only had time to play for 15 minutes. The promoters, having to pay The Beatles their full £15 were very unhappy.

in 1961 - The film 'The Young Ones', featuring Cliff Richard premiered in London.
in 1962 - Cássia Eller (Brazilian singer) is born.
in 1964 - Sam Cooke US, singer (Sad Moon), slain at a motel at 33.
in 1964 - The Beatles had their sixth UK No.1 single with 'I Feel Fine', also a US No.1.
in 1965 - Bob Dylan appeared at the Community Concourse, San Diego, California.
in 1965 - Henry (Dixon) Cowell US pianist/composer (Aeolian Harp), dies at 68.
in 1965 - Joseph Mascis (US singer, guitar with Dinosaur Jr./drummer for the band Witch) is born.

in 1965 - Henry (Dixon) Cowell, remarkable and innovative American composer, dies at Shady N.Y.
His father, of Irish birth, was a member of a clergyman's family in Kildare; his mother was an American of progressive persuasion. Cowell studied violin with Henry Holmes in San Francisco; after the earthquake of 1906, his mother took him to N.Y., where they were compelled to seek support from the Society for the Improvement of the Condition of the Poor; they returned to Menlo Park, Calif., where Cowell was able to save enough money, earned from menial jobs, to buy a piano. He began to experiment with the keyboard by striking the keys with his fists and forearms; he named such chords "tone clusters" and at the age of 13 composed a piece called Adventures in Harmony, in which they appear.

Later he began experimenting in altering the sound of the piano by placing various objects on the strings, and also by playing directly under the lid of the piano pizzicato and glissando, thus the later development of the "prepared piano." He first exhibited these startling innovations on March 5, 1914, at the San Francisco Musical Society at the St. Francis Hotel, much to the consternation of its members. The tone clusters per se were not new; they were used for special sound effects by composers in the 18th century to imitate thunder or cannon fire. Vladimir Rebikov applied them, for example, in his piano piece Hymn to Inca, and Charles Ives used them in his Concord Sonata to be sounded by covering a set of white or black keys with a wooden board.

However, Cowell had a priority by systematizing tone clusters as harmonic amplifications of tonal chords, and he devised a logical notation for them. These tone clusters eventually acquired legitimacy in the works of many European and American composers. Cowell also extended the sonorities of tone clusters to instrumental combinations and applied them in several of his symphonic works.

In the meantime, Cowell began taking lessons in composition with E.G. Strickland and Wallace Sabin at the Univ. of Calif. at Berkeley, and later with Frank Damrosch at the Institute of Musical Art in N.Y.,and, privately, with Charles Seeger (1914-16). After brief service in the U.S. Army in 1918, where he was employed first as a cook and later as arranger for its Band, he became engaged professionally to give a series of lectures on new music, illustrated by his playing his own works on the piano.

In 1928 he became the first American composer to visit Russia, where he attracted considerable attention; some of his pieces were published in a Russian edition, the first such publications by an American. Upon his return to the U.S., he was appointed lecturer on music at the New School for Social Research in N.Y. In 1931 Cowell received a Guggenheim fellowship, and went to Berlin to study ethnomusicology with Hornbostel. This was the beginning of his serious study of ethnic musical materials. He had already experimented with Indian and Chinese devices in some of his works; in his Ensemble for Strings (1924), he included Indian thundersticks.

In 1931 he formed a collaboration with Leon Therernin, then visiting the U.S.; with his aid he constructed an ingenious instrument, the Rhythmicon, which made possible the simultaneous production of 16 different rhythms on 16 different pitch levels of the harmonic series. He demonstrated the Rhythmicon at a lecture-concert in San Francisco on May 15, 1932. He also composed an extensive work entitled Rhythmicana for it, but it did not receive a performance until Dec. 3, 1971, at Stanford University, using advanced electronic techniques.

In 1927 Cowell founded the New MusicQuarterly for publication of ultramodern music, mainly by American composers.

Cowell's career was brutally interrupted in 1936, when he was arrested in Calif. on charges of homosexuality (then a heinous offense) involving the impairment of the morals of a minor. Lulled by the deceptive promises of a wily district attorney of a brief confinement in a sanatorium, Cowell pleaded guilty to a limited offense; he was vengefully given a maximum sentence of imprisonment, up to 15 years. Incarcerated at San Quentin, he was assigned to work in a jute mill, but indomitably continued to write music.

Thanks to interventions on his behalf by a number of eminent musicians, he was paroled in 1940 to Percy Grainger as a guarantor of his good conduct; he obtained a full pardon on Dec. 9, 1942, from the governor of Calif., Earl Warren, after it was discovered that the evidence against him was largely contrived. On Sept. 27, 1941, he married Sidney Robertson, a noted ethnomusicologist. He then resumed his full activities as an ed. and instructor; he held teaching positions at the New School for Social Research in N.Y. (1940-62), the Univ. of Southern Calif. in Los Angeles, Mills ColI. in Oakland, Calif., and the Peabody Cons. of Music in Baltimore (1951-56); he was also appointed adjunct prof. at summer classes at Columbia Univ. (1951-65).

In 1951 Cowell was elected a member of the National Academy of Arts and Letters; he received an honorary Mus.D. from Wilmington College (1953) and from Monmouth (Ill.) College (1963). In 1956-57 he undertook a world tour with his wife through the Near East, India, and Japan, collecting rich prime materials for his compositions, which by now had acquired a decisive tum toward the use of ethnomusicological melodic and rhythmic materials, without abandoning, however, the experimental devices which were the signposts of most of his works. In addition to his symphonic and chamber music, Cowell published in 1930 an important book, New MusicalResources. He also edited a symposium, American Composers on American Music (Stanford, Calif., 1933). In collaboration with his wife, he wrote a biography of Charles Ives (1955). - Born at Menlo Park, Calif., March 11, 1897.

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in 1966 - Boris Koutzen composer, dies at 65.

in 1966 - The Beach Boys went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Good Vibrations', the group's third US No.1. Also No.1 in the UK.

in 1966 - Timothy Christian Riley (US R&B singer; Tony! Toni! Tone!) is born.

in 1967 - Brazilio da Cunha Luz Itibere composer, dies at 71.

in 1967 - Otis Redding dies at age 26. An influential Black-American soul singer. He became a local celebrity as a teenager after winning a local Saturday morning talent show at the Douglass Theatre 15 weeks in a row. In 1960 he made his first recordings, "She's All Right" and "Shout Bamalama" under the name "Otis and The Shooters". In 1962 he recorded "These Arms of Mine", a ballad that he had written. The song became a minor hit on Volt Records, a subsidiary of the renowned Southern soul label Stax. He continued to release for Stax/Volt, and built his fan base by extensively touring a live show with support from fellow Stax artists Sam & Dave. Further hits between 1964 and 1966 included "Mr. Pitiful", "I Can't Turn You Loose" (which was to become The Blues Brothers entrance theme music), "Try a Little Tenderness","(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction", and "Respect", later a smash hit for Aretha Franklin. He wrote most of his own material including "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" which he had recorded only a few days before his death. He considered it unfinished. In 1993, the U.S. Post Office issued an Otis Redding 29 cents commemorative postage stamp. He was inducted in the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1994, and in 1999 he posthumously received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame listed three Redding recordings "Shake," "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay," and "Try a Little Tenderness" among its list of "The 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll." and Rolling Stone ranked him No.21 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time (The plane carrying Otis Redding and The Bar-kays crashed at 3.28.pm into Lake Monoma killing most of the passengers. Trumpet player Ben Cauley was the only band member to survive the crash & bassist James Alexander missed the flight).
in 1967 - Carl Cunningham dies at age 18. American drummer in The Bar-Kays, (Died in the Otis Redding plane crash).

in 1967 - Jimmy King dies at age 18. American guitarist in The Bar-Kays; the Bar-Kays began in Memphis, Tennessee as a studio session musician group, backing major artists at Stax Records. They were chosen in 1967 by Otis Redding to play as his backing band. (Died in the Otis Redding plane crash).

in 1967 - Phalon Jones dies at age 18. American saxophonist in The Bar-Kays, (Died in the Otis Redding plane crash)
in 1967 - Ronnie Caldwell dies at age 18. American electric organist and keyboardist with The Bar-Kays (Died in the Otis Redding plane crash).

in 1967 - The Byrds played the first of an 8 night run at the Whisky-a-go-go, Hollywood, California.

in 1968 - Led Zeppelin appeared at the Marquee Club, London, tickets cost 7 & 6 in advance. Other acts appearing at the club this month included Joe Cocker, The Who and Free.

in 1969 - Franco Capuana composer, dies at 75.
in 1969 - Leigh Harline composer, dies at 62.

in 1971 - Playing the first of two nights at London's Rainbow Theatre, Frank Zappa was pushed off stage by jealous boyfriend Trevor Howell. Zappa broke one of his legs and suffered a fractured scull.

in 1971 - Scot Alexander (US bassist; Dishwalla) is born.
in 1972 - Brian Molko (Belgium singer, guitarist; Placebo) is born.

in 1973 - The CBGB Club opened in the lower eastside of New York City; it became the home of new bands such as Blondie, Television, Patti Smith and The Ramones.

in 1974 - Meg White (US drummer, vocals; The White Stripes) is born.
in 1976 - Billy Idol's new band Generation X made their live debut at The Central College Of Art, London.
in 1976 - Wings release triple album "Wings Over America".

in 1980 - Sarah Chang, gifted American violinist, is born at Philadelphia. She was born to Korean parents who saw to it that she received training in violin from the age of 4. At 5 she began to perform in public in Philadelphia. In 1987 she received the Starling Scholarship at the Juilliard School in N.Y., where she studied with Dorothy DeLay and Hyo Kang.

She soon came to the attention of Zubin Mehta, who was so taken by her extraordinary musicianship that he invited her to make her N.Y. Philharmonic debut under his direction in 1988 as soloist in Paganini's first Violin Concerto. In 1991 she was a soloist with Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra at its 90th anniversary gala concert. In 1992 she became the youngest participant of the "Concert for Planet Earth" at the Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit.

By the time she was 15, she had appeared as a soloist with many of the most prestigious orchestras of the world, among them the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony , the London Symphony Orchestra, the Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig, and the Berlin Philharmonic. She also performed at many principal festivals. On May 24,1995, she was soloist in the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with Kurt Masur and the N.Y. Philharmonic, which appearance was telecast live to the nation by PBS. She was awarded the Avery Fisher Prize in 1999.

in 1981 – Massari (Sari Abboud) (Lebanese award winning R&B, pop and hip-hop singer) is born.
in 1981 - Taufik Batisah (Singaporean singer) is born.
in 1982 - Roy Webb composer, dies at 94.

in 1982 - Timothy Justin "Tim" Deegan (Canadian video jockey on TV station MuchMusic) is born.
in 1983 - Katrin Siska (Estonian singer; girl band Vanilla Nija) is born.

in 1983 - Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson started a six week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Say Say Say'. It was Jackson's 10th No.1 (solo & The Jackson's) and McCartney's 29th, (solo and The Beatles).

in 1983 - Rolling Stones' guitarist Keith Richards married 27-year old Patti Hansen on his 40th birthday.
in 1983 - The first 'Now That's What I Call Music' compilation album went to No.1 on the UK album chart.
in 1985 - Raven-Symoné (Raven-Symoné Pearman) (US actress, singer, songwriter, dancer, TV producer) is born.
in 1986 - Kate Wolf folksinger (Back Roads), dies of leukemia at 44
in 1986 - Witold Lutoslawski’s, Chain III, premiers in San Fransisco.

in 1987 - Jascha Heifetz dies at age 86. World renown Russian violin virtuoso born in Vilnius, Lithuania, then part of the Russian Empire. He took up the violin when he was only three years old, he was a child prodigy, making his public debut at seven, in Kovno playing the Violin Concerto in E minor by Felix Mendelssohn. In 1910 he entered the Saint Petersburg Conservatory to study under Leopold Auer himself. In April 1911, Jascha performed in an outdoor concert in St. Petersburg before 25,000 spectators; there was such a sensational reaction that police officers needed to protect the young violinist after the concert. In 1914, he performed with the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Arthur Nikisch. The conductor was very impressed, saying he had never heard such an excellent violinist. On October 27th 1917, he made his American debut at Carnegie Hall in New York, and became an immediate sensation and remained in the country becoming an American citizen in 1925. He continued to play around the world with all the great orchestras until the mid 1970s, after an operation to his sholder, but he continued to play privately until the end. Jaschais regarded as one of the greatest violinists of all time and in 1989, received a posthumous Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. He owned both the 1714 "Dolphin" Stradivarius and the 1740 "ex David" Guarneri del Gesù, the latter of which he preferred and kept until his death.(He died at the Cedar-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after a brain surgery as a result of a fall and loss of consciousness at home).

in 1987 - New Order supported by Primal Scream appeared at Wembley Arena, London.

in 1987 - Slam Stewart (Leroy Elliot Stewart) dies at age 73. American jazz bass player whose trademark style was his ability to bow the bass (arco) and simultaneously hum or sing an octave higher. He was a very busy sessionist and played with many of the jaz icons through the 40s to the 80's, Art Tatum's trio, Benny Goodman Sextet, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Lester Young as well as leading his own group.

in 1988 - Chicago started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Look Away', the group's third US No.1, not a hit in the UK.

in 1988 - Cliff Richard had his 12th UK No.1 single with 'Mistletoe And Wine.' His first solo No.1 for 9 years and the best selling single of 1988.

in 1988 - During their 222-date Damaged Justice world tour, Metallica played the first of two nights at Cow Place in San Francisco, California.

in 1988 - Dennis (Drew) Arundell, English actor, singer, opera producer, writer on music, and composer, dies at London. He studied at Tonbridge and with Rootham, Henry Moule, and Stanford at St. John's Coll., Cambridge. Although he made appearances as an actor and singer, he was particularly noted as an opera producer in Cambridge (from 1922) and at the Sadler's Wells Theatre in London (from 1946). In 1974 he became a teacher at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. In 1978 he was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire. Among his compositions were the operas Ghost of Abel and A Midsummer Night's Dream (1927). - Born at London, July 22,1898.

in 1989 – Zhiyang (Ng Chee Yang) (Singaporean singer) is born.

in 1991 - Headman Shabalala dies at age 46. South African singer and member of the world famous Ladysmith Black Mambazo choral group which was founded and still led by his brother Joseph. He joined the first incarnation of his brother Joseph's group the Ladysmith Black Mambazo in 1960 alongside his brother Enoch and various cousins and relatives. He sang the bass voice, adding sounds to the songs that would become synonymous with the group's rhythm; the low gruffs and growls and the "clicking".
in 1993 - Rachel Trachtenburg (US drummer, singer;Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players) is born
in 1994 - East 17 started a five-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Stay Another Day'. It also gave them the UK Christmas No.1 of 1994.
in 1994 - Garnett Silk vocalist, dies at 28.

in 1994 - Robert (Karl Moritz) Blum, Swiss composer and teacher, dies at Zurich.
He was a student of Andreae, Baldegger, Jarnach, Laquai, and Vogler at the Zurich Conservatory (1912-22). After attending Busoni's master class in composition at the Prussian Academy of Arts in Berlin (1923), he returned to Switzerland and conducted various amateur orchestras and choirs. From 1943 to 1976 he taught counterpoint and composition at the Zurich Conservatpru. In his extensive output, Blum utilized various contemporary means of expression, from polytonal to 12-tone writing. - Born at Zurich, Nov. 27, 1900.

in 1994 - Kenny G started a two week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Miracles- The Holiday Album'.

in 1995 – Buffy (DJ Doctor Nice/Darren Robinson) dies at age 28. American rapper and a member of the 1980s rap group The Fat Boys. He, along with Doug E. Fresh and others, were pioneers of beatboxing, a form of vocal percussion used in many rap groups throughout the '80s and '90s. Buffy and the group were featured in the 1985 movie Krush Groove (He died of a heart attack, weighing 450 lb (204 kg) at the time; while climbing on a studio chair he fell and lost his wind, paramedics were called but unable to revive him).

in 1995 - Darren Robinson singer, dies at 28.

in 1996 - Faron Young dies at age 64. US country music singer; originally known as "the Hillbilly Heartthrob" and "the Singing Sheriff". Faron had many hits including "Young Love", "If You Ain't Lovin' (You Ain't Livin')", "Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young", "Sweet Dreams", "Hello Walls", "It's Four in the Morning". He co-founded, with Preston Temple, the Nashville trade newspaper, The Music City News. His band, the Country Deputies, was one of country music's top bands, and toured with him for many years and in 2000 he was posthumously inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame (Depressed by his poor and failing health, he shot himself).
in 1996 - John Duffey, bluegrass musician/singer, dies at 62.
in 1997 - Violet Carlson stage dancer/singer, dies at 97.

in 1998 - A recording of a 1963 Beatles concert was sold at auction at Christies in London for £25,300, ($41,500). The tape of The Beatles' 10-song concert was recorded by the chief technician at the Gaumont Theatre in Bournemouth during one of six consecutive nights which The Beatles had played. Also sold for £5,195 ($8,500), was a set of autographs of five Beatles, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Pete Best, and Stuart Sutcliffe. The autographs had been obtained by a fan in Liverpool in 1961.

in 1998 - Bruce Springsteen won a £2 million court battle to ban an album of his early songs. The case revolved around a dispute over copyright ownership between Bruce and a former manager.

in 1999 - A war of words broke out between Cliff Richard and George Michael after George branded Cliff Richards hit 'Millennium Prayer' as 'vile'. Cliff hit back by saying that his single was a Christian celebration.

in 1999 - Rick Danko dies at age 56. Canadian bassist, also played accordion, violin, mandolin, guitar, fiddle; famous for co-founding The Band who originally started out as Bob Dylan's first all electric backing band, just known as the band, they kept that name. At 17, already a five-year music veteran, he booked himself as the opening act for Ronnie Hawkins, an American rockabilly singer whose group, The Hawks, were considered to be one of the best in Canada and by September 1960, he was Hawkins's bassist. A few years later Rick and some of the band went out on there own and ended up as The Band. He also enjoyed a busy solo career, he recorded demos and made a number of appearances on albums by other artists throughout the 1980s and 1990s,including a tour in 1989 with Levon Helm and Garth Hudson as part of Ringo Starr's first All-Star Band. (died in his sleep; heart failure).
in 2000 - Eminem went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Stan'. The rappers second No.1, the female singing on the track was by Dido.

in 2000 - Westlife scooped the Record of the Year award at the Smash Hits awards for 'My Love'. Other winners included Atomic Kitten, for best new band, best new male went to Craig David, best British band, 5ive and Best Female Britney Spears.

in 2003 - Coldplay singer Chris Martin married actress Gwyneth Paltrow in Santa Barbara, California. The couple also announced that Paltrow was pregnant and the baby was due next summer.

in 2004 - One of three RCA microphones used by radio station KWKH for the historic Elvis Presley appearance at the Louisiana Hayride was sold for $37,500. The microphone was one of three used during 50 performances by Elvis Presley when he performed for the radio show in Shreveport from 1954 to 1956.

in 2005 - Queen overtook The Beatles to become the third most successful act of all time. Sales in 2005 showed that Queen had now overtaken The Beatles to make it into third place, spending 1,755 weeks on the British singles and album charts. The Beatles slipped to fourth place, with 1,749 weeks. Elvis had spent 2,574 weeks on the singles and album charts, making him number one in the Top 100 most successful acts of all time. Sir Cliff Richard remained in second place, clinching 1,982 weeks.

in 2007 - Emil Brenkus dies at age 94. American jazz bassist, he played the Pittsburgh jazz scene alongside greats such as Sam Nestico, Billie May, Benny Benack and Baron Elliot. A true veteran trooper, Emil played regularly until just weeks before his death.

in 2007 - Jerry Ricks dies at age 67. American blues guitarist, a much in demand freelance guitarist and solo world touring musician. He started playing guitar in local coffee shops in the late 1950s and worked as a booking manager for the Second Fret Coffee House in Philadelphia from 1960-1966, coming into contact with many key figures in the blues revival. He toured with the Buddy Guy Blues Band on a State Department-sponsored East African tour, after which he moved to Europe. He recorded 13 solo albums in Europe, but his first American releases did not arrive until 1998, with Deep in the Well. The album was nominated for three W.C. Handy Awards.
in 2007 - Led Zeppelin played their first concert in 19 years, at London's 02 arena. Original band members Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones were joined on stage by Jason Bonham, the son of their late drummer John Bonham. More than one million people had taken part in a ballot for the 20,000 tickets available for the show.

in 2008 - Didith Reyes (Maria Helen Bella Avenila Santamaria) dies at age 60. Filipino actress, singer best known for recording a string of hit love ballads in the 1970s, including "Bakit Ako Mahihiya", "Araw-Araw, Gabi-Gabi," "Nananabik", "Hatiin Natin ang Gabi," and "Hindi Kami Damong Ligaw". She started out singing with Circus band and Time Machine, after which she signed up with Vicor Music Corporation as a solo artist, her debut album "Didith", was a platinum bestseller in 1975. She won a Gold Prize and the Best performer at the 1977 Tokyo Music Festival. She was also notorious for accidentally exposing her breast, while singing "Bakit Ako Mahihiya?" during the 1977 FAMAS Awards Night (heart attack).

in 2008 - DMX was back behind bars in Miami after he was arrested for allegedly missing a court appearance in Phoenix, Arizona. The rapper was arrested on a warrant issued by a judge after he failed to show in where he faced charges of drug possession, identity theft and animal cruelty.

in 2009 - Kenny Dino (Kenneth J. Diono) dies at age 67. American pop singer; Kenny spent several months stationed in Iceland while serving in the Navy, he came runner-up in a talent show with his version of a song by Elvis Presley. Back in America he put together a band which toured in Texas and Louisiana. He frequently played with Doug Sahm at the San Antonio Blues Club at this time. Moving to New York he released his only hit record "Your Ma Said You Cried in Your Sleep Last Night", in 1961. Robert Plant later covered this song on his 1990 release, Manic Nirvana. Kenny was offered a chance to duet with Paul Simon but turned it down. (He was driving from Melbourne, Florida to his home in Cocoa after finishing a gig. He pulled over to the side of the road where he suffered a fatal heart attack)
in 2010 - The original hand-written lyrics to Bob Dylan's 'The Times They Are A-Changin' sold at a New York auction for $422,500 (£267,400). Adam Sender, a hedge fund manager and art collector, outbid five others, placing telephone bids. The song, one of Dylan's most politically charged, was the title track of his 1964 album.
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in 1566 - Manuel Cardoso, distinguished Portuguese composer, born at Fronteira, near Portalegre (baptized). After studies with Manuel Mendes and Cosme Delgado at the Evora Cathedral choir school, he was made a member of the Carmelite order (1588) and took his vows (1589) at Lisbon's Convento do Carmo, where he was active as an organist and choirmaster. He wrote much sacred music, most of which perished in the devastating Lisbon earthquake and fire of 1755. His extant works, all publ. in Lisbon, include Cantica BVM for four to five Voices (1613), Missae for four to six Voices, lib. 1 (1625), Missae for four to six Voices, lib. 2 (1636), Missae de BVM for four to six Voices, lib. 3 (1636), and Livro de varies motetes officio da semana santa e outras cousas for four Voices (1648), all of which have been ed. in Portugaliae Musica, series A, V-VI, XIII, XX, XXII, XXVI (1962-74). - Died at Lisbon, Nov. 24, 1650.

in 1676 - Johann Georg Weichenberger composer is born.

in 1712 - Francesco Algarotti, Italian scholar, is born at Venice. He was educated in Rome, Bologna, and Florence, and acquired a notable reputation as a scholar of the arts and sciences. In 1740 Friedrich II the Great of Prussia called him to Berlin and made him a Count, and, in 1747, a Chevalier de 1'ordre pour le merite. He also was an advisor to Augustus III, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland, from 1742 to 1747. Algarotti was involved in operatic productions in Berlin and Dresden, where he arranged and versified Italian librettos to suit the requirements of his patrons. Ill health compelled him to return to Italy in 1753. In addition to numerous writings on classical subjects, architecture, and painting, he wrote the important Saggio sopra I 'opera in musica (1755). In this influential work, Algarotti proposed that all of the elements in opera be subordinated to a unifying poetic idea. He also included a French libretto for Iphigenie en Aulide, which served as a model for others, including Gluck's librettist. - Died at Pisa, May 3,1764.

in 1718 - [I]Johann Jacob Bach ,father of Johann Ludwig, dies at Ruhla. He was organist in Thai before serving as cantor in Steinbach, Wasungen, and Ruhla. - Born at Wolfsbehringen, Sept. 12,1655.

in 1757 - Charles Wesley composer is born.
in 1758 - Carl Friedrich Zelter composer is born.
in 1793 - Pietro Coppola composer is born.
in 1803 - French composer Hector Berlioz was born in Côte-Saint-André.
in 1823 - Yury Nikolayevich Golitsin composer is born.
in 1831 - John George Schetky composer, dies at 55.
in 1838 - Whitney Eugene Thayer composer is born.
in 1855 - Julian Edwards, composer, is born.

in 1857 - Francois-Henri- Joseph Blaze (called Castil-Blaze), French writer on music, father of Henri Blaze, Baron de Bury, dies at Paris age 73. 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); tr. 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. - Born at Cavaillon, Vaucluse, Dec. 1, 1784.

in 1864 - Adele Aus der Ohe, German pianist, is born at Hannover. She studied with Kullak in Berlin and then with Liszt (1877-84). She played throughout Europe; made her U.S. debut as soloist in Liszt's 1st Piano Concerto (N.Y., Dec. 23,1886), and continued to appear in the U.S. until 1906. She was soloist in Tchaikovsky's 1st Piano Concerto under the composer's direction at his last concert (St. Petersburg, Oct. 28, 1893). - Died at Berlin, Dec. 7, 1937.

in 1868 - Ernst Henrik Ellberg composer is born.
in 1876 - Mieczyslaw Karlowicz composer is born.

in 1883 - Giovanni Matteo Mario Cavaliere de Candia, celebrated Italian tenor, known professionally as Mario, dies at Rome. Born into a noble family, he studied at the Turin military academy and then joined the regiment of which his father was colonel. He eloped with a ballerina to Paris (1836), where he studied voice with Bordogni and Poncharde at the Conservatory. He made his debut as Robert le diable at the Paris Opera (Dec. 5,1838). He made his first London appearance as Gennaro in Lucrezia Borgia opposite Giulia Grisi's Lucrezia at Her Majesty's Theatre (June 6,1839); the 2 singers remained intimate, without benefit of marriage, for 22 years. He made his debut at the Theatre-Italien in Paris as Nemorino (Oct. 17, 1839), and soon became one of its principal members; created the role of Ernesto in Don Pasquale there (Jan. 3, 1843). He continued to sing in London at Her Majesty's Theatre until 1846, and then was a leading artist at the Royal Italian Opera at Covent Garden until 1871; also sang in St. Petersburg (1849-53; 1868-70), N.Y. (1854), and Madrid (1859, 1864). He retired from the stage in 1871, giving farewell appearances in Paris, London, and the U.S. Mario's beautiful voice, matched by an exquisite vocal style, handsome figure, and effective acting gifts, made him one of the most renowned operatic singers of his day; he also was greatly esteemed as a concert singer. Among his other roles were the Duke of Mantua, Faust, John of Leyden, Almaviva, Raoul, and Romeo. - Born at Cagliari, Sardinia, Oct. 17, 1810.

in 1887 - Natanael Broman, Swedish pianist and composer, is born at Kolsva. He studied at the Stockholm Cons. (1902-11) and later in Berlin. From 1925 to 1951 he was in charge of the music division of Stockholm Radio. He was highly regarded as a pianist. In his compositions, he followed the neo-Romantic trend with a strong undertow of Scandinavian melos. He composed a symphonic poem, Fritiof och Ingeborg (1912); some violin pieces; and a number of songs. – Died at Stockholm, Aug. 27, 1966.

in 1890 or 1887 - Carlos Gardel (tango singer, composer, actor) is born.
in 1892 - Leo Ornstein, remarkable Russian-born American pianist, teacher, and composer, is born at Kremenchug. The son of a synagogal cantor, he studied music at home, and then with Vladimir Puchalsky in Kiev and, at the age of 10, with Essipova at the St. Petersburg Conservatory. As a consequence of anti-Semitic disturbances in Russia, the family emigrated to the U.S. in 1907. Ornstein studied piano with Bertha Feiring Tapper and Goetschius at the Institute of Musical Art in N.Y. He gave his first concert in N.Y., as a pianist, on March 5,1911, and then played in Philadelphia and other cities. About 1910 he began to compose; he experimented with percussive sonorities, in dissonant harmonies. Ornstein made a European tour in 1913-14, and appeared in London on March 27, 1914, in a piano recital announced as "futuristic music" featuring his Sonata and other works. Returning to the U.S. early in 1915, he gave a series of recitals at the Bandbox Theater in N.Y., comprising works by Debussy, Ravel, Schoenberg, Scriabin, and other modern composers as well as his own; his Danse sauvage excited his audiences by its declared wildness and placed him in the center of controversy; he was hailed as the prophet of a new musical era. After several years as an active virtuoso, he turned mainly to teaching; was made head of the piano department of the Philadelphia Musical Academy (1920); also founded the Ornstein School of Music in Philadelphia (1940), and continued to teach until 1955. In 1975 he received the Marjorie Peabody Waite Award of the National Inst. of Arts and Letters. Ornstein's longevity is unmatched by any composer of comparable magnitude.

in 1902 - Matthias Hohner, founder of Hohner Musikinstrumente GmbH & Co. KG, dies at 68.
in 1905 - Koos van de Griend composer is born
in 1907 - Norbert Rosseau composer is born.

in 1908 - Eliot Carter was born on this day... and he's still composing! Happy Birthday to him. He has been extremely productive in his latter years, publishing more than 40 works between the ages of 90 and 100, and fourteen more since he turned 100 in 2008.

Carter continues composing. Interventions for Piano and Orchestra received its premiere on December 5, 2008, by the Boston Symphony Orchestra conducted by James Levine featuring pianist Daniel Barenboim at Symphony Hall in Boston. The pianist reprised the work again with the BSO at Carnegie Hall in New York in the presence of the composer on his 100th birthday. Carter was also present at the 2009 Aldeburgh Festival to hear the world premiere of his song-cycle On Conversing with Paradise, based on Ezra Pound's Pisan canto 95 and the unfinished canto 121. The premiere was given on June 20, 2009 by baritone Leigh Melrose and the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group conducted by Oliver Knussen.

Figment V for marimba with Simon Boyar was premiered in New York on 2 May 2009 and Poems of Louis Zukofsky for soprano and clarinet had its first performance by Lucy Shelton and Stanley Drucker at the Tanglewood Festival on August 9, 2009. The US premiere of the Flute Concerto took place on February 4, 2010 with soloist Elizabeth Rowe and the Boston Symphony Orchestra conducted by James Levine.
I checked with Wiki last night to see if the final note had yet sounded. We may assume that he is still being creative, a talent that the garnering of two Pulitzer Prizes has been unable to diminish.
The above is what was posted last year.
UPDATE:
Carter died on November 5, 2012. His last work, 12 Short Epigrams for piano, was completed on August 13, 2012.
in 1910 - Noel Rosa (Brazilian composer, songwriter, guitarist, banjo player) is born.
in 1916 - Dámaso Pérez Prado (Cuban/Mexican bandleader, singer, composer) is born
in 1916 - Perez Prado, bandleader and composer (King of the Mambo) is born.
in 1922 - Grigoris Bithikotsis (Greek singer) is born
in 1926 - Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton, blues/R&B singer and songwriter, is born.
in 1930 - Leonard Friedman violinist is born.

in 1931 - Rita Moreno (Rosita Dolores Alverío) (singer, actress; musicals) is born.
Video Note: "America" was composed with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim for the Broadway musical version of "West Side Story". The scene in which the song is used is dominated by the character (Anita) played by Rita Moreno in this recording from the 1961 film version directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins.
in 1935 - Tom Brumley (US steel guitarist; Buck Owens-Buckaroos/Rick Nelson) is born.

in 1937 - Jan (Morris) Bach,American composer and teacher, is born at Forrest, III. He pursued composition studies with Gaburo and Kelly at the University of Ill. (B.M., 1959; D.M.A., 1971); also took courses with Copland (becoming co-winner of the Koussevitzky prize at the Berkshire Music Center in Tanglewood, 1961), Gerhard, and Musgrave. From 1966 he taugh theory and composition at Northern Ill. University in De Kalb. In his compositions, Bach effectively combines traditional and contemporary elements in an accessible style.

in 1938 - Enrico Macias (Algerian-born French singer, guitarist, author) is born.
in 1938 - McCoy Tyner (US jazz pianist) is born.
in 1940 - David Gates (guitar, songwriter, keyboardist, vocalist, producer; Bread) is born.
in 1941 - J. Frank Wilson (US singer; J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers) is born.
in 1941 - Luigi Dallapiccola's Canti di Prigionia, premiered in Rome.
in 1941 - Rogier van Otterloo Dutch composer/conductor is born.
in 1944 - Brenda Lee (Little Miss Dynamite/Brenda Mae Tarpley) (US singer; pop and country) is born.
in 1944 - David Ashley White composer is born.
in 1944 - Jon Garrison (US tenor operatic singer) is born.
in 1945 - Robert Pickett rocker is born.
in 1946 - Hank Williams records his first tracks for Sterling Records.
in 1948 - Chester Cortez Thompson (American session drummer/Zappa/Weather Report/many more) is born
in 1948 - Stamatis Spanoudakis (Greek guitarist, composer of pop and Byzantine music) is born.

in 1953 - Albert Coates, eminent English conductor, dies at Milnerton, near Cape Town, South Africa. He went to England for his general education. He enrolled in science classes at the University of Liverpool, and studied organ with an elder brother who was living there at the time. In 1902 he entered the Leipzig Conservatory studying cello with Julius Klengel, piano with Teichmuller, and conducting with Nikisch; served his apprenticeship there and made his debut as conductor in Offenbach's Les Conies d'Hoffmann at the Leipzig Opera in 1904. In 1905 he was appointed (on Nikisch's recommendation) chief conductor of the opera house at Elberfeld. From 1907 to 1909 he was a joint conductor at the Dresden Court Opera (with Schuch), then at Mannheim (1909-10, with Bodanzky).

In 1911 he received the appointment at the Imperial Opera of St. Petersburg, and conducted many Russian operas. From 1919 he conducted in England, specializing in Wagner and the Russian repertoire; was a proponent of Scriabin's music. Having made his first appearance at London's Covent Garden in 1914 with Tristan und Isolde, he conducted there regularly from 1919. From 1919 to 1921 he was principal conductor of the London Sym. Orch. In 1920 he made his American debut as guest conductor of the N.Y. Symphony Orchestra; during 1923-25, he led conducting classes at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., conducted the Rochester Philharmonic, and appeared as guest conductor with other American orchestras. Subsequent engagements included a season at the Berlin State Opera (1931) and concerts with the Vienna Philharmonic (1935).

In 1938 he conducted for the last time at Covent Garden. In 1946 he settled in South Africa, where he conducted the Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra and taught at the University of South Africa at Cape Town. Coates was a prolific composer, but his works had few performances. He was, however, one of the most outstanding, if unheralded, conductors of his generation; he excelled in the Romantic operatic and symphonic repertoire, conducting particularly memorable performances of Russian music and Wagner's music dramas. – Born at St. Petersburg, Russia (of an English father and a mother of Russian descent), April 23, 1882.

in 1953 - Andy Partridge (singer, guitarist, songwriter; XTC) is born.
in 1954 - Jermaine Jackson Gary Indiana, singer (Jackson 5-ABC) is born.
in 1955 - Franz Adolf Syberg composer dies at 51.
in 1957 - Mike Mesaros (bass, vocals; The Smithereens) is born.
in 1958 - Nikki Sixx (Franklin Carlton Serafino Feranna) (bass, vocals; Mötley Crüe) is born.

in 1958 - Paul Bazelaire, French cellist, pedagogue, and composer, died at Paris. He was a student of Delsart and won the premier prix in cello at the Paris Conservatory when he was 11, and then took the premier prix in harmony and counterpoint there. He pursued a successful career as a cellist, and also served as a professor at the Paris Conservatory from 1918 to 1957. Among his works were orchestral scores, including the Suite franqaise sur des chants populaires, the symphonic poem Cleopatre (Paris, Jan. 23,1908), Suite grecque (1910), and Rapsodie dans le style russe for Cello and Orchestra (Paris, Feb. 2, 1941), several works for cello and transcriptions for the instrument, and choral pieces. He also publ. the teaching manual Pedagogic du violoncclle. - Born Sedan, March 4, 1886.

in 1961 - Darryl Jones, jazz, blues and rock bassist, is born.
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in 1961 - Elvis Presley started a 20-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Blue Hawaii', his seventh US No.1 album.

in 1961 - The Marvelettes went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Please Mr Postman'. The session musicians on the track included 22 year old Marvin Gaye on drums. The song gave the Carpenters a US No.1 and UK No.2 single in in 1975.
in 1962 - Curtis "Fitz" Williams (keyboards, synthesizers; Kool & The Gang) is born
in 1962 - Nele Karajlic(Bosnian singer, composer, actor, television director) is born
in 1962 - Paul Haslinger (Austrian-born composer) is born
in 1963 - Jon Brion (US multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, composer, record producer) is born.

in 1963 - Anthony (Vincent Benedictus) Collins, English conductor and composer, dies at Los Angeles. He studied violin at the Royal College of Music in London, and composition there with Holst; was then a violist in the London Symphony Orchestra and in the orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; from 1936 he pursued a career as conductor, appearing with the Carl Rosa Opera Co., the Sadler's Wells Opera, and the London Symphony Orchestra. From 1939 to 1945 he conducted and composed for films in the U.S. After pursuing his career again in England (1945-53), he settled in the U.S. He wrote four operas, two symphonies, two violin concertos, chamber music, and various lighter pieces. - Born at Hastings, Sept. 3, 1893.

in 1964 - Austrian composer, and wife of composer Gustav Mahler, Alma [Schindler] Mahler-Werfel died in New York City at the age of 85.

in 1964 - Cosy Sheridan (US singer) is born
in 1964 - David Schools (US bassist; Widespread Panic) is born
in 1964 - Justin Currie (Scottish singer, songwriter, bass; Del Amitri) is born

in 1964 - Sam Cooke, one of the most popular and influential black singers to emerge in the late 1950s, dies at Los Angeles, Calif.

The son of Reverend Charles Cooke, Sam Cooke was raised in Chicago where he was a member of the family gospel quartet, the Singing Children, at age nine. Performing in the gospel group The Highway Q.c.s in high school, Cooke joined the Soul Stirrers, one of the most popular and influential gospel quartets of the 1940s, as lead vocalist around 1950. He remained with the Soul Stirrers until 1956. Cooke also briefly manned the Pilgrim Travelers with Lou Rawls. In 1956 Sam Cooke, under the name Dale Cook, began recording pop material for Specialty Records.

In late 1957 he scored a top R&B and pop hit on Keen Records with "You Send Me," written by his brother Charles "LC." Cooke. Subsequent smash R&B and major pop hits through 1960 included "I'll Come Running Back to You" on Specialty and "You Were Made For Me," "Win Your Love for Me," "Everybody Loves to Cha Cha Cha," the classic "Only Sixteen" and "Wonderful World" on Keen.

In 1960 Sam Cooke accepted a lucrative offer to join RCA Records. Recorded with cloying pop arrangements featuring strings and horns under producers Hugo (Peretti) and Luigi (Creatore), Cooke scored a series of hits between 1960and 1964. These included the pop and R&Bsmashes "Chain Gang," "Twistin' the Night Away" and "Another Saturday Night"; the hits "Cupid," "Bring It on Home to Me" backed with "Having a Party," "Nothing Can Change This Love," "Send Me Some Lovin'," "Frankie and Johnny," and "Little Red Rooster. "(Ain't That) Good News" and "Good Times" became major R&Band pop hits.

In 1961 Sam Cooke launched Sar Records, followed by Derby Records in 1963. R&B/pop hits on Sar included "Lookin' for a Love" (1962) and "It's All Over Now" (1964) by the Valentinos (later covered by the J. Geils Band and the Rolling Stones, respectively), "Soothe Me" by the Sims Twins (1961),and "Meet Me at the Twistin' Place" by Johnnie Morisette (1962). "When a Boy Falls in Love" became a moderate hit for Mel Carter on Derby in 1963.

In early 1964 Cooke announced that he was going to cut back on his touring to concentrate on running his record labels. Later that year the live set At the Copa was issued, but a far more representative set, Feel It! Live at the Harlem Square Club,1963, recorded with saxophonist King Curtis, was eventually released in 1985.

Sam Cooke's career was secure by 1964, with enormous promise for the future, but on Dec. 11, 1964, he was shot to death in Los Angeles. Posthumously, his "Shake" (covered by Otis Redding in 1967) became a near-smash hit in 1965, followed by his most enduring composition, "A Change Is Gonna Come," only a few days later.

Cooke was one of the first black recording artists to successfully synthesize a popular blend of gospel music styling and secular themes. Eschewing the harsher shouting style of Ray Charles and emphasizing his high, clear, sensual tenor voice, Cooke, along with Charles, helped pioneer the sound that became known as soul music, influencing black singers from Smokey Robinson to Al Green, and Otis Redding to Aretha Franklin, and white British singers such as Mick Jagger and Rod Stewart.
Along with James Brown, Cooke was one of the first black artists to write his own songs and gain control over his recording career (also founding two record labels). He demonstrated a growing sense of social consciousness with the moving "A Change Is Gonna Come." Cooke was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in its inaugural year, 1986, and the Soul Stirrers were inducted into the Hall as Early Influences in 1990. – Born at Clarksdale, Miss., Jan. 2 or 22, 1931 (although some claim Chicago, Jan. 2 or 22, 1935).
in 1965 - The Beatles, on their last tour of Britain, played two shows at the Astoria Cinema in Finsbury Park, London.
in 1966 - Leon Lai (Cantonese cantopop singer, actor) is born.

in 1966 - Terry Sharpe rocker (The Adventures, Starjets-Starjets) is born
in 1967 - DJ Yella (Antoine Carraby) (rapper, DJ, film Director; World Class Wreckin Cru/NWA) is born
in 1967 - Richard Stohr composer, dies at 93
in 1967 - Victor De Sabata composer, dies at 75. Victor de Sabata was an Italian conductor and composer. He is widely recognized as one of the most distinguished operatic conductors of the twentieth century, especially for his Verdi, Puccini and Wagner. He is also acclaimed for his interpretations of orchestral music. Like his near contemporary Wilhelm Furtwängler, de Sabata regarded composition as more important than conducting but achieved more lasting recognition for his conducting than his compositions. De Sabata has been praised by various authors and critics as a rival to Toscanini for the title of greatest Italian conductor of the twentieth century, and even as "perhaps the greatest conductor in the world".

in 1968 - Filming began for The Rolling Stones 'Rock & Roll Circus.' As well as clowns and acrobats, John & Yoko, The Who, Eric Clapton and Jethro Tull all took part. The film was eventually released in 1996.

in 1968 - Liverpool folk group The Scaffold were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Lily The Pink', this year's Christmas No.1. Graham Nash sang backing vocals on the track.

in 1971 - UK comedian Benny Hill was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Ernie (The Fastest Milkman In The West)', giving Hill his only No.1 and the Christmas No.1 hit of 1971.

in 1972 - Easther Bennett (singer; Eternal) is born.

in 1972 - James Brown was arrested after show in Tennessee for trying to incite a riot. Brown threatened to sue the city for $1m, the charges were later dropped.

in 1973 - Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley was nearly electrocuted during a concert in Florida when he touched a short-circuited light. The guitarist was carried from the stage but returned 10 minutes later to finish the show.

in 1973 - Mos Def (Dante Terrell Smith) (US rap artist, actor) is born.

in 1975 - Lee Wiley dies at age 67. American jazz singer born in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma; while still in her early teens, Lee left home to begin a career singing with the Leo Reisman band. In 1939, she made a 78 album set of eight Gershwin songs with a small group for Liberty Music Shops. The set sold well and was followed by 78 album sets dedicated to Cole Porter in 1940 and Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart in 1940 (and 1954), Harold Arlen in 1943 and Vincent Youmans and Irving Berlin in 1951. In 1954, she opened the very first Newport Jazz Festival accompanied by Bobby Hackett. She later recorded two of her finest albums, West of the Moon in 1956 and A Touch of the Blues in 1957 before retiring.
in 1980 - U2 appeared at The Mudd Club in New York City, the first date of four US shows which also took the band to Boston and Washington DC.

in 1981 - Zacky Vengeance (Zachary James Baker) (US rhythm guitarist; Avenged Sevenfold) is born.

in 1982 - Singer, TV actress and dancer Toni Basil went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Mickey', making her a US one hit wonder. It made No.2 hit in the UK.

in 1982 - The Jam played their last ever gig as a band when they appeared in Brighton, England.

in 1983 - Szymon Laks composer, dies at 82.
Simon Laks was born a Russian citizen. He studied mathematics in Vilnius and Warsaw. In 1921, he entered the Conservatoire of Warsaw, the capital of the newly independent Poland. He became a Polish citizen. In 1924, the Warsaw Philharmonic played one of his works in public for the first time. It was the symphonic poem, Farys (now lost). He left Poland for Vienna in 1926. He worked providing piano accompaniment for silent films.

He then returned to Paris where he continued his musical studies until 1929 at the Conservatoire National. At that time, he spoke Polish, Russian, French, German, and English. He became one of the founder members of the Association for Young Polish Musicians in Paris, founded at the end of 1926 with his help. Many of Laks' works were written for Parisian concerts at this time: his quintet for wind instruments (lost), his second string quartet (lost) and his sonata for cello and piano. In Paris, Simon Laks met Tadeusz Makowski. In the thirties, he formed a fruitful artistic collaboration with the singer Tola Korian. He wrote songs for her in Polish and French, as well as many songs she had written herself. Simon Laks composed neo-classical music.

In 1941, Simon Laks, a Jew, was arrested by the German authorities and interned in the camp at Pithiviers, close to Orléans. He was deported to Auschwitz in July 1942. As a musician, he was treated better than most deportees, and survived for more than two years where he was the head of the orchestra at the concentration camp. After the war, he recounted his experience in the book Mélodies d'Auschwitz. He also reflected on the role music had in the extermination. When he arrived in the camp, he noted: "…music stand, music stands! (…) Where there are music stands, there must be musicians. You can't have one without the other. Who plays music here? The executioner, or his victims? What type of music do they play? Danses macabres? Funeral songs? Hitlerian chants?"

He said that at Auschwitz, the orchestra played twice a day, at the start, and at the end. They accompanied the Kommandos when they entered and exited the camp gates. He stated that far from being a medium of resistance, music was a supplementary torture instrument, an instrument of total domination. Music aggravated the detainees, physically and morally. It incited the detainees to work, without reflection. On 28 October 1944, he was transferred to Dachau. On 29 April 1945, the camp was liberated by the American army. On 18 May, he was returned to Paris.

Simon Laks worked in the baroque and classical genres, the traditional principals and formal construction of instruments combining for tonal harmony. He possessed a sense of proportions, a mastry of polyphonic technique, a rhythmic purity, and a simple and pure style. The many songs of Simon Laks cover many influences: the vocal lyrical romantic tradition of Polish lieds and the French interwar style.

From 1972, Simon Laks dedicated his writing to translation. He had a passion for linguistic problems, but also for social and political problems. He is the author of a number of books.
in 1983 - The Flying Pickets were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of the Yazoo song 'Only You'. Also this years Christmas No.1 and the first a cappella chart-topper in the UK.

in 1987 - Natalia Gordienko (Moldovan singer, dancer) is born
in 1989 - Big Audio Dynamite appeared at Rock City, Nottingham, England, tickets £6.

in 1989 - The Recording Industry Association of America certified four Led Zeppelin albums as multi-platinum: ‘Presence’ (2 million), ‘Led Zeppelin’ (4 million), ‘Physical Graffiti’ (4 million) and ‘In Through The Out Door’ (5 million).

in 1992 - Manic Street Preacher Nicky Wire was quoted as saying 'I hope Michael Stipe goes the same way as Freddie Mercury'.
in 1993 - Gina Miele (US singer, actress; Girl Authority) is born.

in 1993 - Janet Jackson started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Again', her 7th US No.1, a No.6 hit in the UK.

in 1993 - Snoop Doggy Dogg went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Doggy Style'.
in 1993 - The character Mr Blobby as featured on UK TV's 'The Noel Edmunds House Party', started a one-week run as the UK No.1 single with the novelty song 'Mr Blobby'. The single later received the dubious honour of being voted the most irritating Christmas No.1 single in a HMV poll.

in 1996 - Johnny Marr and Morrissey were left with a £300,000 legal bill after loosing a case over unpaid royalties with former Smiths members Andy Rourke and Mike Joyce.

in 1998 - During a gig in Tuscon, Arizona, a bottle thrown from the audience hit Black Crowes singer Chris Robinson. A security guard was then stabbed trying to eject a man from the crowd.

in 1998 - James Lynn Strait dies at age 30. US singer; best known as founder member, lead vocalist and lyricist of the metal/punk band Snot. The band recorded one album before his death "Get Some" in 1997. When the band performed on the 1998 Ozzfest tour, he was arrested in Mansfield, Massachusetts, for indecent exposure after emerging nude from the oversized toilet prop used by Limp Bizkit in their performances. Lynn also appeared as a guest on Tura Satana's song 'Down', a duet with friend Tairrie B on Manhole/Tura Satana's first album. In 2000, Snot released the album, Strait Up, as a tribute to Lynn, the album features appearances by the lead vocalists of a number of major rock groups (killed tragically when a truck struck his Ford Tempo on the 101 Freeway near Santa Barbara at approximately 1 p.m).
in 2000 - Former Verve front man Richard Ashcroft was forced to cancel the remaining dates on his current UK tour after he fell on stage and broke two ribs. The accident happened during a show in Birmingham.
in 2001 - Brian Harvey underwent surgery after suffering a serious head injury in an attack. The former East 17 singer was attacked by a group of youths as he left the Works nightclub in Nottingham, having appeared at a promotional event.

in 2001 - David Soul won a lawsuit against Matthew Wright, a London theatre critic who criticised Soul's stage performance without even seeing it. Wright's column had made reference to the Monday performance, when in fact, the play did not run on Mondays.

in 2003 - Bobby Brown was charged with battery after allegedly hitting wife Whitney Houston in the face. Brown, turned himself in to the police three days after a reported domestic dispute at the couple's home in Atlanta, Georgia. Houston, who accompanied her husband to court, said they were trying to work out their problems "privately."

in 2004 - M.S. Subbulakshmi (Madurai Shanmukhavadivu Subbulakshmi) dies at age 88. Indian singer; well known for her Carnatic voice, and widely regarded as the premier female classical vocalist of her generation. Her first public performance during the Mahamaham festival at Kumbakonam at the age of eight, and released her first recording at the age of ten. By the age of 17, she was giving concerts on her own, including major performances at the Madras Music Academy. She traveled to London, New York, Canada, the Far East, and other places, performing concerts at Carnegie Hall, New York; the UN General Assembly; the Royal Albert Hall, London; and at the Festival of India in Moscow. She was the first musician ever to be awarded the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honor (complications relating to pneumonia and cardiac irregularities).
in 2006 - Walter Ward dies at age 66. American R&B singer, lead vocalist of The Olympics; in 1954 when he was attending Centinela High School in Inglewood, CA, he and his cousin Eddie Lewis formed a group The Challengers. After winning a number of talent shows, they were approached by another singing duo who asked to join forces. In 1955 the quartet became The Olympics. His last performance with The Olympics was on November 12th 2006, at a Doo-Wop Spectacular on Long Island, New York just a month before his sad death
in 2007 - Christie Hennessy (Edward Christopher Ross) dies at age 62. Irish folk singer-songwriter born in Tralee, County Kerry, and left school at age 11; he wrote several songs that became hits for other singers including 'Don't Forget your Shovel', made famous by Christy Moore and 'All the Lies that You Told Me', recorded by Frances Black. He had recently gone into the studio to record an album with both Luka Bloom and Christy Moore sharing vocals on one of the tracks (died from mesothelioma, which has been attributed to his younger years working on building sites in London).
in 2007 - Lee Vincent (Vincent Michael Cerreta) dies at age 91. American bassist and radio personality for WILK radio in Pennsylvania. After fighting in WW II and playing at that time with band leader Glenn Miller, from 1943 to 1946, he formed his own bands. His Lee Vincent Orchestra, the Lee Vincent Band and the Lee Vincent Trio, played alongside Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Aretha Franklin, Clay Aiken, and many others. He also worked as a disc jockey for WILK, and other stations promoting big band music.

in 2008 - Simon Cowell said he was "very embarrassed" after contracts signed by this year's X Factor contestants were leaked to the Daily Mirror newspaper. The 80-page document, which is enforceable "anywhere in the world or the solar system" was signed by all 12 finalists before the live shows began. It included a clause that prevents them from saying anything "unduly negative, critical or derogatory" about Cowell. Also the show claimed the prize as a "£1m recording contract", but the contestants' contract said the prize money was £150,000.

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in 1527 - Composer Adrian Willaert moves from Milan to Venice.

in 1539 - Bartolomeo degli Organi (Baccio Florentine), Italian organist and composer, dies at Florence.
At the age of 13 he became a singer at Ss. Annunziata in Florence. He subsequently served as organist
at several Florentine churches, and also was a singer in the service of Lorenzo de7 Medici, Duke of Urbino. In 1509 he was appointed principal organist at the Cathedral in Florence. Among his extant compositions are ten Italian secular pieces and several instrumental works. See F. D'Accone, ed., Music of the Florentine Renaissance, in Corpus Mensurabilis Musicae, XXXII/2 (1967). - Born at Florence, Dec. 24, 1474.

in 1579 - Heinrich Steuccius composer is born.
in 1630 - Olof Rudbeck composer is born.
in 1685 - Lodovico Giustini composer is born.

in 1690 - Nicolas-Antoine Bergiron de Briou, Seigneur du Fort Michon, French composer, is born at Lyons. He studied classical literature and law at the University of Paris. With J.R Christin, he established in 1713 the Academic des Beaux-Arts in Lyons, with which he remained associated in various capacities until 1764. He composed a number of cantatas and motets, divertissements, and several operas. - Died at Lyons before April 27,1768.

in 1715 - Gennaro Manna composer is born.
in 1772 - Johann Gottfried Seyfert composer, dies at 41.
in 1788 - Joseph Gibbs composer, dies at 88.

in 1792 - In Vienna, Ludwig Von Beethoven (22) receives 1st lesson in music composition from Franz Joseph Haydn.

in 1797 - Lucy Anderson (nee Philpot), English pianist and teacher, is born at Bath. Her father, John Philpot, was a prof, of music. She settled in London and in 1820 married the violinist George Frederick Anderson (b. London, 1793; d. there, 1876), who served as Master of the Queen's Musick from 1848 to 1870. She became the first woman to be engaged as a soloist by the Philharmonic Society in 1822. She was the piano teacher of Queen Victoria and her children. - Died at London, Dec. 24, 1878.

in 1812 - John Malchair composer, dies at 82.
in 1835 - Georges Jean Pfeiffer composer is born.
in 1836 - Giuseppe Farinelli composer, dies at 67.
in 1872 - Don Lorenzo Perosi (Italian composer) is born.
in 1879 - Percy Fletcher composer is born.


in 1887 - Kurt (Magnus) Atterberg, eminent Swedish composer, is born at Goteborg.
He studied composition at the Stockholm Cons, with Hallen, and in Berlin with Schillings (1910-12). In 1913 he was appointed conductor at the Drama Theater in Stockholm, holding this post until 1922. In 1919 he began writing music criticism and continued to contribute to Stockholm newspapers until 1957.

Concurrently he was also employed at the Swedish patent office (1912-68) and served as secretary of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music in Stockholm (1940-53). He was one of the founders of the Society of Swedish Composers in 1924, and was on its board until 1947. During all this time, he composed with inexhaustible energy, producing works in all genres in scores marked by precision of form and technique. Atterberg's name attracted unexpected attention when he was declared winner of the ill-conceived Schubert Centennial Contest organized in 1928 by the Columbia Phonograph Co., with the declared intention to finish Schubert's Unfinished Symphony.

The entire venture was severely criticized in musical circles as an attempt to derive commercial advantage under the guise of an homage to a great composer. Rumors spread that Atterberg had deliberately imitated the style of composition of some members of the jury (Glazunov, Alfano, Nielsen) in order to ingratiate himself with them so as to secure the prize, but Atterberg denied any such suggestion, pointing out that he knew the names only of those in the jury from the Nordic zone, whereas the international membership comprised 10 national zones.

Furthermore, the symphony he had submitted was written in a far more advanced style than Atterberg's previous symphonic works and was certainly much more modern than any music by the jury members, using as it did such procedures as polytonality. There can be no doubt, however, that Atterberg was a master technician of his craft, and that his music had a powerful appeal. That it never gained a wider audience can be ascribed only to an unfathomable accident of world culture. - Died at Stockholm, Feb. 15, 1974.

in 1889 - Vaclav Stepan composer is born.

in 1896 - Jeno Adam, Hungarian conductor, pedagogue, and composer is born at Szigetszentmiklos.
He studied organ and theory at the Budapest Teacher Training College (1911-15), composition with Kodaly at the Budapest Academy of Music (1920-25), and conducting with Weingartner in Basel (1933-35). He was conductor of the orchestra (1929-39) and the choir (1929-54) at the Budapest Academy of Music, where he also was a teacher (1939-59). In 1955 he was made a Merited Artist by the Hungarian government and in 1957 was awarded the Kossuth Prize. Among his writings were textbooks on singing (with Kodaly) and A muzsikdrol (On Music; Budapest, 1954). His compositions, written in a Romantic style, are notable for their utilization of Hungarian folk tunes, particularly in his operas, i.e. his Magyar kardcsony (Hungarian Christmas; 1930; Budapest, Dec. 22, 1931) and Maria Veronika (1934-35; Budapest, Oct. 27, 1938). He also composed Dominica, orchestral suite (1926), 2 string quartets (1925, 1931), Cello Sonata (1926), many vocal pieces with orchestra, choral works, and folksong arrangements. - Died at Budapest, May 15, 1982.

in 1900 - National Negro Anthem, "Lift Every Voice and Sing," composed.
in 1907 - Fred Elizalde, composer, is born.
in 1907 - Roy Douglas, composer, is born.
in 1911 - Anna Russell composer is born.

in 1911 - Stanley (Richard) Bate, English composer and pianist, is born at Plymouth. He studied composition with Vaughan Williams, Morris, and Jacob and piano with Benjamin at the Royal College of Music in London (1932-36), and then pursued composition training with Boulanger in Paris and Hindemith in Berlin. He toured widely as a pianist. In 1938 he married Peggy Glanville-Hicks; they divorced in 1948. He wrote music in a finely structured cosmopolitan manner, making use of modern devices but observing the classical forms and shunning doctrinaire systems. - Died (suicide) at London, Oct. 19, 1959.

in 1913 - Hal Dickinson, jazz/pop singer, is born.
in 1913 - Stanley Bate, composer, is born.
in 1915 - Frank Sinatra "saloon singer" is born.
in 1918 - Joe Williams Cordele Ga, jazz singer (Everyday I have the Blues) is born.
in 1920 - Dick James (Reginald Leon Isaac Vapnick) (UK music publisher; founder-DJM records) is born.
in 1920 - Paul Lacome composer, dies at 82.
in 1923 - Bob Dorough (US jazz pianist, vocalist) is born.
in 1924 - Francis Miroglio composer is born.
in 1924 - Nevit Kodali, composer, is born.
in 1926 - Leningrad: premier of Dmitri Sjostakovits 1st Piano concert.
in 1927 - Heinrich Reitsch composer, dies at 67.
in 1928 - Cornelius Green "Lonesome Sundown," blues guitarist, singer/songwriter, is born.
in 1928 - Lonesome Sundown blues singer/guitarist is born.
in 1929 - Akiyoshi Toshiko, jazz pianist, composer/arranger and bandleader, is born.
in 1930 - Friedrich Voss, composer, is born.

in 1933 - American composer Theodore Moses Tobani, composer in 1893 of Hearts and Flowers, died in New York City at the age of 79.

in 1934 - Habib Hassan Touma composer is born.
in 1935 - Joan Weber (US singer) is born.

in 1935 - Juhani "Jimnu" Aaltonen, tenor and alto saxophonist, flutist. Is born at Kouvola, Finland.
Aaltonen began as a baritone saxophonist in the late 1950s, working, for example, in Heikki Rosendahl's group in Inkeroinen. Since moving to Helsinki in 1961 he has become known for his versatility as a studio and jazz musician, appearing in numerous radio broadcasts of dance and jazz bands from at least 1966. He studied flute at the Sibelius Academy and uses piccolo, alto, and bass flute. His work with Heikki Sarmanto and Edward Vesala won him the jazz musician of the year award from the Finnish Jazz Federation in 1968. After studying at the Berkelee Coll. of Music in the early 1970s he continued to work with Vesala, as well as with Arild Andersen in Norway (late 1970s) and The New Music Orchestra in Helsinki (from 1975).

in 1936 - Bengt Emil Johnson, composer, is born.
in 1936 - Reggie Young (US guitarist; session/freelance) is born.

in 1937 - Roberto Benzi, French conductor, born at Marseilles.
He began music training as a small child and in 1948 appeared as a youthful conductor in Bayonne and of the Colonne Orchestra in Paris. He pursued academic studies at the Sorbonne in Paris and was a conducting pupil of Cluytens (1947-50). In 1954 he made his debut as an opera conductor, and in 1959 he made his first appearance at the Paris Opera conducting Carmen. He subsequently made guest appearances in Europe, Japan, and North and South America. On Dec. 11,1972, he made his Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. conducting Faust. From 1973 to 1987 he was music director in Bordeaux, and then was principal conductor and artistic advisor of Arnhem's Het Gelders Orchestra from 1989. In 1966 he married Jane Rhodes.

in 1938 - Concetta Rosa Maria Franconero "Connie Francis," pop singer, is born.
in 1938 - Joel Chadabe composer is born.
in 1940 - Dionne Warwick East Orange NJ, singer (Solid Gold, Way to San Jose) is born
in 1941 - Robert Covington drummer/singer is born
in 1941 - Tim Hauser jazz singer (Manhattan Transfer-Tuxedo Junction) is born.
in 1942 - Declan Clusky (Irish singer; Bachelors) is born.
in 1942 - Mike Heron, psychedelic-folk singer/songwriter, is born.
in 1942 - Mike Pinder Birmingham England, rocker (Moody Blues) is born.
in 1943 - Dave Munden rock drummer (Brian Poole and The Tremeloes) is born.
in 1943 - Dickey Betts (US slide guitar, vocals, guitar; Allman Brothers Band) is born.
in 1943 - Grover Washington Jr., jazz-funk / soul-jazz saxophonist, is born.
in 1943 - Mike Smith rocker is born.
in 1943 - Peter Sarstedt (Anglo-Indian singer-songwriter, guitarist) is born.
in 1944 - Alejandro Neciosup Acuña "Alex Acuña," jazz drummer and percussionist, is born.
in 1944 - Booker T. Jones (US multi-musicain, songwriter, producer, arranger; Booker T & the MG) is born
in 1944 - Rob Tyner (US vocals, musician; Rob Tyner Band/MC5) is born.

in 1944 - Michael (Wayne) Carvin, jazz drummer, is born at Houston, Tex.
His father was a drummer who taught him the basics prior to Carvin joining Earl Grant's big band in the mid-1960s. After a tour of duty in Vietnam, Carvin played with B. B. King. During the 1970s, he worked with Freddie Hubbard (1973-74), Hampton Hawes (1971-72), Dexter Gordon (1971), Pharoah Sanders (1974-76), McCoy Tyner (1974), Jackie McLean (1973-80), and Alice Coltrane (1976-77), as well as leading his own quintet from 1976 to 1979. In the 1980s he spent time with the Bridge water Brothers. (1980-85), Cecil Taylor (1981), Slide Hampton (1981-83), James Moody (1981-84), Illinois Jacquet (1985-86), and Dakota Staton (1986-88). The early 1990s found him working with Abbey Lincoln and Claudio Roditi. At the same time, he has been active as a freelance musician in the studio. Besides his performing work, Carvin has been active as a jazz educator, founding the Michael Carvin School of Drumming in 1985 and authoring a jazz drum instruction book.

in 1945 - Alan Ward (UK rhythm guitar; Honeycombs) is born.
in 1945 - Tony Williams (US jazz drummer) is born.
in 1946 - Clive Bunker rock drummer (Jethro Tull) is born.
in 1947 - Ralph Scala (US singer, organ; Blue Magoos) is born.
in 1948 - Ray Jackson, folk-rock singer, mandolin and harmonica player, is born.

in 1949 - Henry "Harry" Thacker Burleigh dies at age 83.African American baritone singer, classical composer and arranger born in Erie, Pennsylvania; he was the first black composer to be instrumental in the development of a characteristically American music and he helped to make black music available to classically-trained artists both by introducing them to the music and by arranging the music in a more classical form. He made the first formal orchestral arrangements for more than 100 Negro spirituals, including 'Nobody Knows (the Trouble I've Seen)'. Harry's best-known compositions are his arrangements of these spirituals, as art songs. They were so popular during the late 1910s and 1920s, that almost no vocal recitalist gave a concert in a major city without occasionally singing them, including 'Little Mother of Mine', 'Dear Old Pal of Mine', 'Under a Blazing Star', and 'In the Great Somewhere'. He was also the 1917 winner of the NAACP's Spingarn Medal. The Spingarn Medal is awarded annually by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) for outstanding achievement by an African American
in 1951 - Mildred Bailey (Mildred Rinker) dies at age 44. American jazz singer known as "Mrs. Swing", she became an established blues and jazz singer and during the 1930s. Her number one hits were "Please Be Kind", "Darn That Dream", and "Says My Heart" other recordings include "Rockin' Chair", "The Lamp Is Low", "I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance with You", "It's The Natural Thing To Do", "Thanks for the Memory", "Bob White", "I'm Glad There is You", "Love's A Necessary Thing", and many others.
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in 1951 - Mildred (Eleanor Rinker) Bailey, pop-jazz singer dies at Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
Eleanor Rinker was the daughter of Charles and Josephine Rinker; she received her first musical instruction from her mother. The family moved to Spokane in 1912. When she was 14 her mother died of tuberculosis and she was placed in a boarding school. She later lived in Seattle.

In 1920 she worked in a music store as a demonstration singer, and began to perform in clubs. During this period she married and divorced the man who gave her the name Bailey. She left Washington to tour West Coast theaters in a vaudeville revue, then settled in Los Angeles, where she performed on radio and in clubs. There she married Benny Stafford; they later divorced. Mildred Bailey's brother, Al Rinker, was part of a duo with Bing Crosby in Spokane, and when the two came to Los Angeles, she put them up and helped them get work in vaudeville.

They were then hired by Whiteman and later helped her get a job with him. Whiteman used her on his radio program but at first did not record her with his band. Her first recording, "What Kind o' Man Is You?/' on Oct. 5,1929, was made with a satellite group drawn from Whiteman's orchestra under the leadership of guitarist Eddie Lang. After she made several recordings with Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra in September 1931, including "When It's Sleepy Time Down South" (music and lyrics by Leon Rene, Otis Rene, and Clarence Muse), Whiteman finally decided to have her sing with him on records.

The Whiteman recording of "When It's Sleepy Time Down South" with Bailey on vocals became a hit in November 1931. "All of Me" (music and lyrics by Seymour Simons and Gerald Marks) did even better, becoming a best-seller in February 1932. Meanwhile, Bailey was also recording under her own name, and her rendition of "Georgia on My Mind" (music by Hoagy Carmichael, lyrics by Stuart Gorrell) had become a minor hit in January 1932. Although the Mills Brothers had the most successful recording of "Rockin' Chair" (music and lyrics by Hoagy Carmichael) in the spring of 1932, the song became so closely associated with Bailey that she was billed as the "Rockin' Chair Lady." Whiteman had a double-sided hit in September on which both songs were sung by Bailey: "We Just Couldn't Say Goodbye" (music and lyrics by Harry Woods) and "I'll Never Be the Same" (music by Matty Melneck and Frank Signorelli, lyrics by Gus Kahn). Bailey left Whiteman in 1933, and married xylophonist Red Norvo.

Her next hit, in August, was "Lazy Bones" (music and lyrics by Johnny Mercer and Hoagy Carmichael), on which she was backed by the Dorsey Brothers Orch. In November she was the vocalist on Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra's hit recording of "Heat Wave" (music and lyrics by Irving Berlin). Benny Goodman and His Orchestra. used her as the singer on "OY Pappy" (music by Jerry Livingston, lyrics by Marty Symes and Al J. Neiburg), which became a hit in February 1934. In addition to performing solo, Bailey also sang with Ben Bernie's band and appeared on radio shows in 1934-35. She retired, but her husband persuaded her to become the vocalist in the big band he organized in the fall of 1936. She recorded both with Norvo and on her own, and her next solo hit, "Trust in Me" (music by Milton Ager and Jean Schwartz, lyrics by Ned Wever) spent six weeks in the hit parade starting in February 1937.

Another solo, "Where Are You?" (music by Jimmy McHugh, lyrics by Harold Adamson), was in the hit parade for eight weeks starting in April. Bailey and Norvo topped the hit parade in May 1938 with "Please Be Kind" (music by Saul Chaplin, lyrics by Sammy Cahn) and again in June with "Says My Heart" (music by Burton Lane, lyrics by Frank Loesser)—two of the biggest hits of the year. Her solo recording of "So Help Me" (music by James Van Heusen, lyrics by Eddie DeLange) was in the hit parade for 12 weeks starting in September, and "Have You Forgotten So Soon?" (music by Abner Silver, lyrics by Sam Coslow and Edward Heyman) with Norvo, made the list for four weeks starting in December. Norvo disbanded in 1939; later, he and Bailey divorced.

Bailey became a featured singer on Benny Goodman's Camel Caravan radio show and made several records with him, including "Darn That Dream" (music by James Van Heusen, lyrics by Eddie DeLange), which topped the hit parade in March 1940. Bailey continued to perform in clubs and record during the 1940s, though her career was slowed by health problems—especially diabetes, due to her obesity. She had her own radio series during the 1944-45 season but was less active in the late 1940s and died at age 48 in 1951.

Bailey was among the earliest white singers to be influenced by black-based blues and jazz music and to gain acceptance as a jazz singer; drawing on the examples of Bessie Smith and Ethel Waters, she in turn influenced Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald. When hired by Paul Whiteman in 1929, she became the first woman to be a featured vocalist in an important dance orchestra. Under her own name, and as a band singer, she scored a number of hits, notably "All of Me," "Please Be Kind," "Says My Heart," and "Darn That Dream." - Born at Tekoa, Wash., Feb. 9, 1903.

in 1952 - Gwendolyn Bradley, black American soprano, born at N.Y. She received training at the N.C. School of the Arts in Winston- Salem, N.C., the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia Academy of Vocal Arts. In 1976 she made her operatic debut as Verdi's Nannetta at the Lake George (N.Y.) Opera, and on Feb. 20, 1981, she made her first appearance at the Metropolitan Opera in N.Y. as the Nightingale in L'Enfant et les sortileges, retuming there to sing such roles as Blondchen, Gilda, and Offenbach's Olympia in subsequent years. She made her European debut at the Corfu (Greece) Festival in 1981, and later was guest artist with opera companies in Cleveland, Philadelphia, Amsterdam, Glyndeboume, Hamburg, Berlin, Monte Carlo, and Nice. She also appeared as a soloist with many distinguished orchestras and as a recitalist.

in 1952 - Brenton Broadstock (Australian composer) is born.
in 1952 - Neil Peart, rock drummer/lyricist, is born..
in 1953 - Bruce Kulick, rock singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, is born.
in 1953 - Dave Meniketti, rock singer/songwriter, guitarist is born.

in 1955 - Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley all appeared at the National Guard Armory, Armory, Mississippi.

in 1956 - Lorenzo Perosi composer, dies at 83.

in 1957 - Al Priddy a DJ on US radio station KEX in Portland was fired after playing Elvis Presley's version of 'White Christmas' The station management said, 'it's not in the spirit we associate with Christmas'.

in 1957 - Cy Curnin Londo, England, rock vocalist (Fixx-Sign of Fire) is born.
in 1957 - Robert Frank Kurka composer, dies at 35.
in 1957 - Sheila E[scovedo], pop, funk, R&B, jazz, country singer and percussionist, is born.

in 1957 - Still married to his first wife Jane Mitcham, Jerry Lee Lewis secretly married his 13-year old second cousin Myra Gale Brown.

in 1958 - Dag Ingebrigtsen (Norwegian singer, rhythm guitarist; TNT/The Kids) is born.
in 1958 - Leo Kenter Dutch drummer (Tr”ckener Kecks-More! More! More!) is born.
in 1959 - Belouis Some rocker (Neville Keighley-Some People) is born.
in 1960 - Jaap van Sweden Dutch violinist/concert master is born.
in 1961 - Daniel O'Donnell MBE (Irish singer) is born.
in 1962 - The Beatles played two shows at the Cavern Club, Liverpool at lunchtime and then again that night.

in 1862 - Carolina Manna Bassi, greatly esteemed Italian contralto, dies at Cremona.
She was the daughter of the comic bass Giovanni Bassi. With her brother, the comic bass Nicola Bassi (1767-1825), she began her career in her father's company of Raggazi Napoletani at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples in 1789. She subsequently pursued a distinguished career, creating major roles in Meyerbeer's Semiramide riconosciuta (Turin, March 1819), Margherita d'Angiu (Milan, Nov. 14, 1820), and L'Esule di Granata (Milan, March 12, 1821), in Rossini's Bianca e Falliero, ossia II consiglio dei tre (Milan, Dec. 26, 1819), and in operas by Pacini and Mercadante. After retiring from the operatic stage in 1828, she appeared in concerts. - Dies at Naples, Jan. 10,1781.

in 1963 - Eric Schenkman (US guitar, Spin Doctors) is born.

in 1963 - The Beatles were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'I Want To Hold Your Hand', the group's third No.1 (and first Amercan No.1) and this year's UK Christmas No.1.

in 1964 - Aaron Brown "Rockin' Jeff," R&B/pop singer, is born.
in 1964 - Bobby Vinton went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Mr Lonely', his second No.1 of the year.
in 1964 - Rockin' Jeff rocker (The Pasadenas-Riding on a Train) is born.
in 1965 - The Beatles play what will be their last tour date in Britain at the Capitol Cinema, Cardiff, Wales.
in 1967 - Deke Sharon (US singer, arranger, composer, producer, teacher of a cappella music) is born
in 1967 - Nick Dimichino (US bassist; Nine Days) is born.

in 1967 - Rolling Stone Brian Jones was given 3 years probation and a £1,000 fine for drug offences. Three psychiatrists agreed that Jones was an extremely frightened young man with suicidal tendencies.

in 1967 - Takenobu Mitsuyoshi (Japanese composer) is born.
in 1967 - Yuzo Koshiro (Japanese composer) is born.
in 1968 - Danny Boy (Daniel O’Connor) (Irish rapper; House Of Pain/La Coka Nostra) is born.
in 1968 - Rolling Stones film TV show "Rock 'n Roll Circus"-never aired.
in 1968 - Tatianna Phila Pa, spanish singer (Baile Commigo, Chicad de Hoy) is born.

in 1970 - Smokey Robinson and the Miracles started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Tears Of A Clown'. It was the group's 26th Top 40 hit and first No.1, also a No.1 hit in the UK.

in 1970 - The Doors played what would be their last ever live show with Jim Morrison when they played at the Warehouse in New Orleans.

in 1972 - Hank Williams III (US singer, guitarist; grandson of Hank Williams/son of Hank Jr) is born
in 1972 - Kevin Parent (French Canadian singer, songwriter) is born.
in 1976 - Dan Hawkins (UK guitar; Darkness) is born.
in 1977 - Dino Meneghin (US guitarist; The Calling/freelance) is born.
in 1978 - Clifton Chenier, Cajun singer/accordionist, dies at 53.
in 1978 – Louis (Im Sang Hun) (Korean singer) is born.
in 1979 - Sharin Foo (Danish singer, bassist) is born.

in 1980 - Bruno Bartolozzi, Italian violinist and composer, dies at d. Fiesole. After studying violin at the Cherubini Conservatory in Florence (1926-30), he was active as a violinist from 1941 to 1965 in the orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. He turned to composition quite late in life, and took courses with Fragapane at the Cherubini Conservatory (1946-49). In 1964 he was appointed to its faculty. In his music, he followed the modified dodecaphonic techniques as promulgated by Dallapiccola, including triadic constructions. He wrote New Sounds for Woodwind (in Eng.; London, 1967; 21d ed., rev, 1982), demonstrating the possibility of producing simultaneously several pitches on a single woodwind instrument. - Born at Florence, June 8,1911.

in 1981 - The Human League had their only UK No.1 single with 'Don't You Want Me.' The Christmas hit of 81, the biggest seller of 1981 and Virgin Records first No.1 UK single. The group's singer Phil Oakey disliked the song so much that it was relegated to the last track on their latest album' Dare'.

in 1981 - Gerard Bertouille, Belgian composer, dies at Brussels, Dec. 12,1981. He studied with Absil, Bourguignon, Marsick, and Souris. His music followed a median path in a restrained modern idiom. - Born at Journal, May 26,1898.

in 1983 - Katrina Elam (US singer) is born.
in 1985 - Dionne Warwick received a star on 'Hollywood's Walk Of Fame'.

in 1985 - Ian Stewart dies at age 47. Scottish keyboardist and co-founder of The Rolling Stones; with his love of rhythm & blues, boogie-woogie, blues and big-band jazz, hewas first to respond to Brian Jones's advertisement in Jazz News of 2 May 1962 seeking musicians to form a rhythm & blues group. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards joined in June, and the group, with Dick Taylor on bass and Mick Avory on drums, played their first gig under the name The Rollin' Stones at the Marquee Club on 12 July 1962. Because the band's manager Andrew Oldham did not think Ian fitted the image he wanted to market and thought six was too many members, so he officially "left the group" in 1963, but continued until his death as their road manager and pianist playing on all their albums of the first decade among others. In 1975 Stewart joined the band on stage again, playing piano on numbers of his choosing throughout tours in 1975-76, 1978 and 1981-82. He favoured blues and country rockers, and remained dedicated to boogie-woogie and early rhythm & blues. As well as his life with the Rolling Stones he contributed to Led Zeppelin's "Rock and Roll" from Led Zeppelin IV and "Boogie With Stu" from Physical Graffiti. Another was Howlin' Wolf's 1971 London Sessions. He also played with the back-to-roots band Rocket 88. Ian was inducted posthumously in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989 with the band (he began having respiratory problems. On 12 December he went to a clinic to have the problem checked out; he suffered a heart attack and died in the waiting room)
in 1987 - Enrique Jorrín dies at age 60. Cuban composer, violinist and band director, famous as the inventor of the Cuban dance music called cha-cha-chá. Brought up in Havana, he started to learn the violin at aged 12, and later studied at the Municipal Conservatory of Havana. While a member of Orquesta América in the early 1950s, he created a new genre of dance music which became known as the cha-cha-chá. In 1964, he toured Africa and Europe with his orchestra, Orquesta de Enrique Jorrín, then in 1974, he organized a new charanga, which included singer Tito Gómez and pianist Rubén González. This orchestra is still active in Havana and includes many songs by Enrique in their active repertoire.

in 1987 - George Michael started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Faith'.
in 1987 - Louis de Meester composer, dies at 83.
in 1988 - Ham Eun-jeong (Korean singer, actress) is born.

in 1988 - Jim Bulliet dies at age 79.American founder of Bullet Records which he started in 1945 based in Nashville, USA; the label's first national hit was Francis Craig's pop recording of "Near You" made in early 1947, and in 1949 they released B. B. King's first commercial single, Miss Martha King. But the label was known for country music artists such as Boots Woodall's Radio Wranglers. Jim was also an early partner and was founded with the financial aid Sun Records.

in 1990 - Seungri (Korean singer) is born.
in 1991 - Lex Karsemeijer Dutch tenor/choral dir (Sweet 16, Pro Musica), dies.

in 1991 - Ronnie Ross dies at age 58. British Indian-born alto-tenor-baritone saxophonist, clarinet player, and arranger; he moved to England in 1946 and began playing tenor saxophone in the 1950s with Tony Kinsey, Ted Heath, and Don Rendell. During his tenure with Rendell he switched to baritone saxophone. He played at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1958 and formed a group called the Jazz Makers with drummer Allan Ganley that same year. He toured the United States in 1959 and Europe later that year with the Modern Jazz Quartet. From 1961 to 1965 he played with Bill LeSage, and later with Woody Herman, John Dankworth, Friedrich Gulda, and Clark Terry. Ronnie was a saxophone tutor for a young David Bowie, and years later was the soloist on the Lou Reed song "Walk on the Wild Side", which was co-produced by Bowie. He also had guest appearances as a soloist on several Matt Bianco albums.
in 1992 - Whitney Houston started a twenty-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'The Bodyguard'.
in 1994 - Herman H Felderhof radio-announcer/head (NRU/NOS Radio), dies at 83.

in 1998 - A seven inch single by the Quarry Men featuring John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison was named as the rarest record of all time, only 50 copies were made with each copy being valued at £10,000, ($20,500).

in 1998 - Gilbert Favre dies at age 62. Swiss-Bolivian flautist, he also played the quena as a founding member of the popular Bolivian folk group Los Jairas, and was commonly referred to as "El Gringo". While living in Chile, as an assistant to the Swiss anthropologist Jean Christian Spahni, he and Violeta Parra met and fell in love, provoking Parra's divorce. Gilbert eventually left for Bolivia and started playing and experimenting with Andean music with virtuoso guitar player Alfredo Dominguez and renowned Ernesto Cavour, but Violeta would follow and be part of the scene of La Paz for a while. Gilbert moved back to Geneva in the early 1960's together with Violeta. After a few years in Europe, they returned to South America. Soon after Gilbert left Violeta for good, sadly she committed suicide. Gilbeert returned to Europe to settle in the Dordogne area of France.

in 1999 - Celine Dion was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘All The Way, A Decade Of Song.’

in 2001 - Arthur Lee guitarist and singer from Love, was released from prison after serving almost six years of an eleven-year sentence. Lee had been convicted of possession of a firearm and for allegedly shooting a gun in the air during a dispute with a neighbour.

in 2002 - Eminem was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Lose Yourself', the rappers 4th No.1 taken from the soundtrack of his film 8 Mile.

in 2003 - Mick Jagger became a Sir after being knighted by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace. Jagger's 92-year-old father was at the Palace to see his son receive the award.

in 2004 - Linkin Park and Jay-Z were at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Collision Course.'

in 2006 - Kenny Davern dies at age 71. American jazz clarinetist and occasional sax player; at the age of 16 he joined the musician's union, first as a baritone saxophone player. In 1954 he joined Jack Teagarden's Band, and after only a few days with the band he made his first jazz recordings. Later on, Kenny worked with bands led by Phil Napoleon and Pee Wee Erwin before joining the Dukes of Dixieland in 1962. The late 1960s found him free-lancing with, among others, Red Allen, Ralph Sutton, Yank Lawson and his life-long friend Dick Wellstood. In the 70s Kenny and Bob Wilber co-led Soprano Summit, enjoying a very successful string of record dates and concerts. Leading his own quartets since the 1990s, he has preferred the guitar to the piano in his rhythm section, employing guitarists Bucky Pizzarelli, Howard Alden and James Chirillo. In 1997, Kenny was inducted into the Jazz Hall of Fame at Rutgers University, and in 2001 he received an honorary doctorate of music at Hamilton College, New York.
in 2007 - A copy of John Lennon's book, A Spaniard in the Works, which contained a lock of Lennon's hair, sold at Gorringes Auction House for £24,000, ($48,000). Lennon gave the book and the hair to Betty Glasgow, the Fab Four's hairdresser during their heyday. He wrote in the book, "To Betty, Lots of Love and Hair, John Lennon xx." The strands of hair and book had been expected to sell for between £2,000 and £4,000.

in 2007 - Ike Wister Turner dies at age 76. American rock 'n' roll pioneer, singer, guitarist, bandleader, talent scout, and record producer; in 1951, among many other achievements, he penned what historians have debated as "the first rock and roll record" with "Rocket 88, and is famed for his 16 years as one half of Ike and Tina Turner and is a 2 time Grammy award winner.

in 2008 - The town where Mick Jagger and Keith Richards grew up announced it was to name streets in a new estate after Rolling Stones hits. The 13 streets in Dartford, Kent, were to be given names such as Angie Mews, Babylon Close, Sympathy Street, Little Red Walk and Satisfaction Street. Leader of the council, Jeremy Kite, said he thought Ruby Tuesday Drive sounded a "fantastic" place to live, but police were concerned the street signs might be stolen by fans.

in 2011 - Malina Olinescu dies at age 37. Romanian singer who represented her country at the Eurovision Song Contest 1998 with the song "Eu cred"/"I Believe" and placed 22nd (suicide) - Born January 29th 1974.

in 2011 - John Atterberry dies at age 40. American music industry executive, he had been vice president of Death Row Records, a record label that was founded in 1991 by Dr Dre and Suge Knight, and was once home to some of rap's biggest names, including Tupac Shakur and Snoop Dogg. John had also worked with artists including Michael Jackson, the Spice Girls, Christina Aguilera and Jessica Simpson (John was shot at close range by a gunman, later named as Tyler Brehm, who opened fire on Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood. Brehm repeatedly shot at pedestrians and vehicles and was killed by an off-duty police officer)

in 2011 - John Gardner dies at age 94. British classical music composer born in Manchester, England and brought up in Ilfracombe, North Devon. He composed prolifically throughout his life, among the major works are two symphonies, two operas – The Visitors in 1972 and Tobermory -1976, concertos for Trumpet, Flute, Oboe and Recorder and Bassoon, many cantatas, including The Ballad of the White Horse, Op. 40 -1959, Five Hymns in Popular Style, Op. 54 -1962, A Burns Sequence, Op. 213 -1993, as well as much choral, chamber, organ, brass and orchestral music. John's best known work is the Christmas carol "Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day", which was written for St Paul's, as was another popular carol setting, "The Holly and the Ivy". He was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire-CBE in 1976. Born March 2nd 1917.

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Yesterday - - - 2012 Tuesday December 11

Indian sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar dies at 92
NEW DELHI (AP) — With an instrument perplexing to most Westerners, Ravi Shankar helped connect the world through music. The sitar virtuoso hobnobbed with the Beatles, became a hippie musical icon and spearheaded the first rock benefit concert as he introduced traditional Indian ragas to Western audiences over nearly a century.

From George Harrison to John Coltrane, from Yehudi Menuhin to David Crosby, his connections reflected music's universality, though a gap persisted between Shankar and many Western fans. Sometimes they mistook tuning for tunes, while he stood aghast at displays like Jimi Hendrix's burning guitar.

Shankar died Tuesday at age 92. A statement on his website said he died in San Diego, near his Southern California home with his wife and a daughter by his side. The musician's foundation issued a statement saying that he had suffered upper respiratory and heart problems and had undergone heart-valve replacement surgery last week.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also confirmed Shankar's death and called him a "national treasure."

Labeled "the godfather of world music" by Harrison, Shankar helped millions of classical, jazz and rock lovers discover the centuries-old traditions of Indian music.

"He was legend of legends," Shivkumar Sharma, a noted santoor player who performed with Shankar, told Indian media. "Indian classical was not at all known in the Western world. He was the musician who had that training ... the ability to communicate with the Western audience."

He also pioneered the concept of the rock benefit with the 1971 Concert For Bangladesh. To later generations, he was known as the estranged father of popular American singer Norah Jones.

His last musical performance was with his other daughter, sitarist Anoushka Shankar Wright, on Nov. 4 in Long Beach, California; his foundation said it was to celebrate his 10th decade of creating music. The multiple Grammy winner learned that he had again been nominated for the award the night before his surgery.

"It's one of the biggest losses for the music world," said Kartic Seshadri, a Shankar protege, sitar virtuoso and music professor at the University of California, San Diego. "There's nothing more to be said."
As early as the 1950s, Shankar began collaborating with and teaching some of the greats of Western music, including violinist Menuhin and jazz saxophonist Coltrane. He played well-received shows in concert halls in Europe and the United States, but faced a constant struggle to bridge the musical gap between the West and the East.

Describing an early Shankar tour in 1957, Time magazine said. "U.S. audiences were receptive but occasionally puzzled."
His close relationship with Harrison, the Beatles lead guitarist, shot Shankar to global stardom in the 1960s.

Harrison had grown fascinated with the sitar, a long-necked string instrument that uses a bulbous gourd for its resonating chamber and resembles a giant lute. He played the instrument, with a Western tuning, on the song "Norwegian Wood," but soon sought out Shankar, already a musical icon in India, to teach him to play it properly.
The pair spent weeks together, starting the lessons at Harrison's house in England and then moving to a houseboat in Kashmir and later to California.

Gaining confidence with the complex instrument, Harrison recorded the Indian-inspired song "Love You To" on the Beatles' "Revolver," helping spark the raga-rock phase of 60s music and drawing increasing attention to Shankar and his work.

Shankar's popularity exploded, and he soon found himself playing on bills with some of the top rock musicians of the era. He played a four-hour set at the Monterey Pop Festival and the opening day of Woodstock.

Though the audience for his music had hugely expanded, Shankar, a serious, disciplined traditionalist who had played Carnegie Hall, chafed against the drug use and rebelliousness of the hippie culture.
"I was shocked to see people dressing so flamboyantly. They were all stoned. To me, it was a new world," Shankar told Rolling Stone of the Monterey festival.

While he enjoyed Otis Redding and the Mamas and the Papas at the festival, he was horrified when Hendrix lit his guitar on fire.
"That was too much for me. In our culture, we have such respect for musical instruments, they are like part of God," he said.

In 1971, moved by the plight of millions of refugees fleeing into India to escape the war in Bangladesh, Shankar reached out to Harrison to see what they could do to help.

In what Shankar later described as "one of the most moving and intense musical experiences of the century," the pair organized two benefit concerts at Madison Square Garden that included Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan and Ringo Starr.

The concert, which spawned an album and a film, raised millions of dollars for UNICEF and inspired other rock benefits, including the 1985 Live Aid concert to raise funds for famine relief in Ethiopia and the 2010 Hope For Haiti Now telethon.

Ravindra Shankar Chowdhury was born April 7, 1920, in the Indian city of Varanasi.
At the age of 10, he moved to Paris to join the world famous dance troupe of his brother Uday. Over the next eight years, Shankar traveled with the troupe across Europe, America and Asia, and later credited his early immersion in foreign cultures with making him such an effective ambassador for Indian music.

During one tour, renowned musician Baba Allaudin Khan joined the troupe, took Shankar under his wing and eventually became his teacher through 7 1/2 years of isolated, rigorous study of the sitar.
"Khan told me you have to leave everything else and do one thing properly," Shankar told The Associated Press.

In the 1950s, Shankar began gaining fame throughout India. He held the influential position of music director for All India Radio in New Delhi and wrote the scores for several popular films. He began writing compositions for orchestras, blending clarinets and other foreign instruments into traditional Indian music.

And he became a de facto tutor for Westerners fascinated by India's musical traditions.
He gave lessons to Coltrane, who named his son Ravi in Shankar's honor, and became close friends with Menuhin, recording the acclaimed "West Meets East" album with him. He also collaborated with flutist Jean Pierre Rampal, composer Philip Glass and conductors Andre Previn and Zubin Mehta.

"Any player on any instrument with any ears would be deeply moved by Ravi Shankar. If you love music, it would be impossible not to be," singer Crosby, whose band The Byrds was inspired by Shankar's music, said in the book "The Dawn of Indian Music in the West: Bhairavi."
Shankar's personal life, however, was more complex.

His 1941 marriage to Baba Allaudin Khan's daughter, Annapurna Devi, ended in divorce. Though he had a decades-long relationship with dancer Kamala Shastri that ended in 1981, he had relationships with several other women in the 1970s.

In 1979, he fathered Norah Jones with New York concert promoter Sue Jones, and in 1981, Sukanya Rajan, who played the tanpura at his concerts, gave birth to his daughter Anoushka.

He grew estranged from Sue Jones in the 80s and didn't see Norah for a decade, though they later re-established contact.
He married Rajan in 1989 and trained young Anoushka as his heir on the sitar. In recent years, father and daughter toured the world together.

The statement she and her mother released said, "Although it is a time for sorrow and sadness, it is also a time for all of us to give thanks and to be grateful that we were able to have him as part of our lives."
When Jones shot to stardom and won five Grammy awards in 2003, Anoushka Shankar was nominated for a Grammy of her own.

Shankar himself won three Grammy awards and was nominated for an Oscar for his musical score for the movie "Gandhi." His album "The Living Room Sessions, Part 1" earned him his latest Grammy nomination, for best world music album.

Despite his fame, numerous albums and decades of world tours, Shankar's music remained a riddle to many Western ears.
Shankar was amused after he and colleague Ustad Ali Akbar Khan were greeted with admiring applause when they opened the Concert for Bangladesh by twanging their sitar and sarod for a minute and a half.

"If you like our tuning so much, I hope you will enjoy the playing more," he told the confused crowd, and then launched into his set.


Nessman reported from Bangkok. Associated Press writer Julie Watson in San Diego contributed to this report.
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Lisa Della Casa, Opera Singer, Dies at 93 [10 December 2012]
By JONATHAN KANDELL of the NYTimes - Published: December 12, 2012

Lisa Della Casa, the Swiss soprano who combined an outstanding voice, stunning beauty and exceptional stage presence to become one of the foremost interpreters of Richard Strauss ,died on Monday in Muensterlingen, Switzerland. She was 93.

Her death was announced by the Vienna State Opera, where she frequently performed. Ms. Della Casa was one of a generation of sopranos who emerged from war-shattered Europe in the 1940s. In her Strauss roles, like the title character of “Arabella,” which alternately calls for demure graciousness and soaring enthusiasm, Ms. Della Casa displayed “a wholly appealing kind of fragility, tender and unmannered,” the musicologist J. B. Steane wrote in his book “The Grand Tradition: 70 Years of Singing on Record.”

She was equally extolled for her roles in operas by Mozart. By her own count, she sang more than 200 performances each of Arabella, Donna Elvira (in Mozart’s “Don Giovanni”) and Countess Almaviva (in Mozart’s “Nozze di Figaro”), and more than 100 performances each of Ariadne (in Strauss’s “Ariadne auf Naxos”), Fiordiligi (in Mozart’s “Così Fan Tutte”), Pamina (in Mozart’s “Die Zauberfloete”) and the Marschallin (in Strauss’s “Der Rosenkavalier”).

In Europe, where Ms. Della Casa performed at the major opera houses, her beauty and charisma could seduce even a great conductor like Herbert von Karajan into pursuing her for roles that were out of her vocal range.

“Karajan saw me as the Marschallin and, if you can believe it, immediately asked me to sing ‘Tannhauser’ with him,” even though that role called for a dramatic soprano or a mezzo with an upper register and thus was not at all appropriate for her voice, she said in an interview in Lanfranco Rasponi’s book “The Last Prima Donnas. “He told me I had just the right kind of sexiness to make a splendid goddess of love.” She turned down the role.

Her complaint was the opposite at the Metropolitan Opera, where, she said, the renowned general manager, Sir Rudolf Bing, typecast her. She sang four roles at the Met — Countess Almaviva, Donna Elvira, the Marschallin and Arabella — a total of 114 times in her 147 performances.

“My 15 seasons at the Metropolitan were not happy ones,” Ms. Della Casa told Mr. Rasponi. “Mr. Bing would not have it any other way, for he kept repeating that I was indispensable for the Mozart and Strauss operas, and that he had a surplus of sopranos for the Italian and French ones.” Yet Ms. Della Casa rarely bickered or engaged in offstage dramatics. In an opera world notorious for outsize egos and histrionic rivalries, her colleagues openly admired her. The Romanian soprano Maria Cebotari, famous for her portrayal of Arabella in the 1940s, lobbied for the young Ms. Della Casa to sing alongside her in the role of Zdenka. “I’ll put my hand in the fire for her,” Ms. Cebotari told a Vienna opera manager who was skeptical of this relatively unknown soprano’s talent.

Ms. Della Casa was also admired for her glamorous good looks. “She was like Liz Taylor,” the German soprano Anneliese Rothenberger said of her. But she hardly behaved like a Hollywood superstar.

Still, at 55 and at the height of her career, she abruptly announced her retirement in 1974 after singing her last Arabella at the Vienna State Opera. She then retreated with her husband, Dragan Debeljevic, and their daughter, Vesna, who was often in poor health, to their castle near the shore of Lake Constance in Switzerland. She offered no public explanations, nor was she ever tempted into recitals or master classes.

Lisa Della Casa was born on Feb. 2, 1919, in Burgdorf, near Bern, to an Italian-Swiss father, an ophthalmologist, and a Bavarian-born mother, who ran a restaurant. Her parents, both musically inclined, encouraged her to pursue an opera career. At 15 she began vocal studies at the Zurich Conservatory under Margarete Haeser, her only teacher, who instructed her in a mixture of bel canto and Strauss.
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in 1622 - Jan Campanus composer, dies at 50.
in 1732 - Jean-Claude Trial composer is born.

in 1732 - Christian Heinrich Aschenbrenner, German violinist and composer, dies at Jena, Dec. 13,1732.
He studied violin with his father, a town musician. After composition lessons with Johann Theile (1668), he completed his training in composition with J. H. Schmeltzer in Vienna (1676-77). He was a violinist in the Zeitz Hofkapelle (1677-82). After serving as Konzertmeister of the Merseburg Hofkapelle (1683- 95), he returned to Zeitz and was director of music until 1713. He then returned to Merseburg as Hofkapellmeister, retiring in 1719 to Jena. Only two of his sacred vocal works are extant. - Born at Altstettin, Dec. 29,1654.

in 1738 - Gotthard Wagner composer, dies at 59.
in 1740 - Franz Xaver Schnitzer composer is born.
in 1759 - The first music store opens in America, in the city of Philadelphia.
in 1770 - John Clarke-Whitfeld composer is born.

in 1793 - Johann Joachim Christoph Bode, German instrumentalist and composer, dies at Weimar. He began his career as a bassoon player, and also played cello in the Collegium Musicum in Helmstedt and oboe in Celle. In 1757 he went to Hamburg, where he was active as a teacher, writer, publisher, and translator; in 1778 he settled in Weimar as a diplomat. As a composer, he wrote several syms., a Cello Concerto, a Violin Concerto, a Bassoon Concerto, and songs. - Dies at Barum, Jan. 12, 1730.

in 1797 - Heinrich Heine, lyricist, is born.
in 1812 - Marianne von Martinez composer, dies at 68.
in 1819 - Edwin George Monk composer) is born.
in 1835 - Phillips Brooks, Episcopal bishop/composer of "Little Town of Bethlehem," is born.
in 1838 - Marie-Alexis Castillon de Saint-Victor composer is born.
in 1843 - George Stephanescu composer is born.
in 1850 - Iver Paul Fredrik Holter composer is born.
in 1858 - Jakab Gyula Major composer is born.
in 1865 - Gustav Luders composer is born.
in 1877 - Mykola Dmytrovich Leontovych composer is born.
in 1889 - Clarence Loomis composer is born.

in 1891 - Samuel Dushkin, Polish-American violinist, is born at Suwalki.
He was taken to America as a child and was adopted by the composer Blair Fairchild, who gave him his primary musical education. He then received training in violin from Remy and in composition from Ganaye at the Paris Conservatory. He studied violin with Auer in N.Y. and later took several lessons with Kreisler. He made his European debut as a violinist in 1918, and subsequently toured widely in Europe and America. In 1928 he became associated with Stravinsky and helped him to solve the technical problems in the violin part of his Violin Concerto; was the soloist in the first performance of this work in Berlin on Oct. 23, 1931, with Stravinsky conducting. He also gave the first performance of Stravin- sky's Duo concertant for Violin and Piano, with Stravinsky playing the piano part (Berlin, Oct. 28, 1932). He recounted the details of these collaborations in his article "Working with Stravinsky," publ. in the Merle Armitage collection Stravinsky (N.Y., 1936). He published teaching manuals for violin, and also edited works for violin ranging from the Baroque to the Classical periods (several "ed." works were later discovered to be by Dushkin). - Died at N.Y., June 24, 1976.

in 1895 - 1st complete execution of Gustav Mahler's 2nd Symphony.
in 1895 - Sonny Greer (US jazz drummer; Duke Ellington) is born.
in 1898 - Daniel Lazarus composer is born.

in 1889 - George Frederick Bristow, American violinist, organist, conductor, teacher, and composer, dies at N.Y. age 72. His father was the clarinetist, conductor, and composer William Richard Bristow (1803-67). He studied piano and violin with his father and W. Musgriff. It is believed that he later received lessons in violin from Ole Bull and in harmony, counterpoint, and orchestration from Henry Charles Timm.

At age 13, he became a violinist in the Olympic Theatre Orchestra in N.Y. In 1843 he joined the N.Y. Philharmonic playing in the first violin section until 1879. He also played in the orchestra that accompanied Jenny Lind (1850-51) and Marietta Alboni (1852), and in Jullien's orch. (1853-54). He was conductor of the N.Y. Harmonic Soc. (1851-63) and the Mendelssohn Soc. (1867-71), and also was active as a church organist and choirmaster.

From 1854 he taught in the N.Y. public schools, and also privately. Bristow was notably active in N.Y. in promoting the cause of American music. All the same, his extensive output reflects European models, being wellcrafted although lacking in originality. As a pedagogue, he published Cantara, or Teacher of Singing (with F. Nash; 1866; 2nd ed., em., 1868), George F. Bristow's New and Improved Method for the Reed or Cabinet Organ (1887), and Bristow's Two-part Vocal Exercises (1890-95). - Born at Brooklyn, Dec. 19, 1825.
in 1899 - Yusef Greiss composer is born.
in 1900 - Jonel Perlea composer is born.
in 1901 - Georg Rimski-Korssakov, musicologist, is born.
in 1902 - Paul Kurzbach composer is born.
in 1903 - Carlos Montoya (Spanish flamenco guitarist) is born.
in 1906 - Ingemar Liljefors composer is born.

in 1908 - Victor Babin, Russian-born American pianist, teacher, and composer, is born at Moscow. He studied at the Riga Conservatory (graduated, 1927) and with Schnabel (piano) and Schreker (composition) at the Berlin Hochschule fur Musik. In 1933 he married Vitya Vronsky, with whom he toured extensively as a duo pianist. In 1937 they emigrated to the U.S. and Babin became a naturalized American citizen in 1944. He continued to tour widely with his wife from 1945, and also served as pianist of the Festival Quartet (1954-62). He taught at the Aspen (Colo.) Music School, where he was its director (1951-54), at the Berkshire Music Center in Tanglewood, at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he was its director (1961-72), and at Case Western Reserve University. His output, in a post-Romantic style, includes two concertos for two Pianos and Orchestra., orchestral pieces, chamber music, songs, and pieces for Piano and Duo Piano. - Died at Cleveland, March 1,1972.

in 1909 - Lou Mucci (American Jazz trumpeter) is born.
in 1913 - Jimmy Carroll, jazz/pop pianist, composer/arrranger, is born.
in 1914 - George "Tiger" Haynes, pop guitarist, is born.

in 1918 - Nikolai (Nikolaievich) Figner, celebrated Russian tenor, dies at Kiev.
He was a lieutenant in the Russian navy before deciding upon a career in music, then studied voice with Prianishnikov and Everardi in St. Petersburg (1881-82), and with De Roxas in Naples, where he made his operatic debut at the Teatro Sannazaro in Gounod's Philemon et Baucis in 1882. After singing in various Italian cities and in Latin America, he was a leading member of the Maryinsky Imperial Opera Theater in St. Petersburg (1887-1907). He made his debut at Covent Garden in London on May 26, 1887, as the Duke in Rigoletto. After singing in private Russian theaters (1907-10), he served as director of the Narodny Dom in St. Petersburg (1910-15). He was married to Medea Figner (1889-1903), who described their careers in her memoirs (St. Petersburg, 1912). He was the favorite tenor of Tchaikovsky and was selected to create the roles of Hermann in The Queen of Spades (Dec. 19, 1890) and Count Vaudemont in Yolanta (Dec. 18, 1892) at their St. Petersburg premieres. His other roles included Lensky, Otello, Don Jose, Faust, Radames, Werther, Lohengrin, and Romeo. - Born at Nikiforovka, Feb. 21, 1857.

in 1919 - Amintore Galli composer, dies at 74.
in 1920 - Frits Noske, musicologist, is born.
in 1920 - Jackie Davis (American soul-jazz organist) is born.

in 1921 - Timofei Dokshitcher, Russian trumpeter and pedagogue, is born at Nezhin. He was a student in Moscow of Vassilenki and at the Gnessin Inst. of Vasilevski and Tabakov; he later studied conducting with Ginzburg at the Moscow Conservatory (1952-57). From 1945 to 1983 he was principal trumpet in the orchestra of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow; he also pursued a solo career, and from 1971 served as a professor at the Moscow Conservatory. In addition to championing the works of contemporary Russian composers, he also prepared transcriptions for his instrument.

in 1922 - Halina Czerny-Stefnska Polish pianist (Chopin) is born.
in 1928 - George Gershwin's "An American In Paris" premieres in NYC.
in 1929 - Knut Algot Hakanson composer, dies at 42.
in 1929 - Toshiko Akiyoshi (Japanese American jazz pianist, composer/arranger and bandleader) is born.
in 1929 - Vestal Goodman (US gospel singer; The Happy Goodman Family/solo) is born.
in 1930 - Buck White (US country music singer; The Whites) is born.
in 1933 - Wayne Bennett (US blues guitarist) is born.
in 1938 – Heino (Heinz Georg Kramm) (German singer) is born.

in 1938 - Alvin Curran, American composer and teacher, is born at Providence, R.I.
He studied piano and trombone in his youth, later receiving training in composition from Ron Nelson at Brown University (B.A., 1960) and from Carter and Powell at Yale University (M.Mus., 1963). Following a year of study with Carter in Berlin on a Ford Foundation grant, he went to Rome in 1965,wher he founded the Musica Elettronica Viva ensemble for the performance of live electronic music with Richard Teitelbaum and Frederic Rzewski; the ensemble later evolved to include all manner of avant-garde performance practices. From 1975 to 1980 he taught vocal improvisation at the Accademia Nazionale d'Arte Drammatien in Rome, and in 1992 he joined the faculty of Mills College, becoming its Milhaus Professor of Composition. In the 1970s he created a series of solo performances, and in the 1980s he composed numerous large scale environments works on lakes, rivers, caverns, and public buildings. His A Piece for Peace (1985) uses the radio as a geographical music instrument and incorporates performances by musicians spread all over Europe; his Crystal Psalms (1988) and Erat Verbum (Finale) (1997) are Holocaust commemorations. Curran has also contributed articles on a wide variety of musical topics to primary new music journals.

in 1938 - Tony Gomez (Sri Lankan keyboardist, organist; The Foundations/others) is born.
NOTE: some sources give Tony Gormez's year of birth as 1940 & 1948.
in 1939 - Eric Flynn (Chinese-born British actor and singer) is born.
in 1940 - Reggie Johnson (US jazz bassist) is born.
in 1942 - Eleanor Everest Freer composer, dies at 78.
in 1945 - Robert Martinez (US drummer; ? & The Mysterians) is born.
in 1945 - Vittorio Mario Vanzo composer, dies at 83.
in 1947 - Chuck Findley (US trumpeter; The Imperials) is born.
in 1948 - Andy Peebles (UK radio & club DJ) is born.
in 1948 - Davey O'List, rock singer, guitarist, trumpeter, is born.
in 1948 - Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, rock guitarist, is born.
in 1948 - Lester Bangs (American rock critic) is born.
in 1948 - Ron Getman (US folk music guitarist; The Tractors) is born.
in 1948 - Ted Nugent, rock guitarist, singer/songwriter, is born.

in 1949 - Mark Elf, bebop-flavored guitarist, composer, arranger, educator, is born at Queens, N.Y.
He studied from 1969 to 1971 at Berklee College of Music, and studied privately with Barry Galbraith and Chuck Wayne. He then moved to N.Y. where he worked as a freelance musician. He has performed with many leading names in the bop field, both from the first and second generations of players. He has also accompanied jazz and pop vocalists, including Etta James, Ruth Brown, and Liza Minelli. His educational activities began in 1974-75 with an International Art of Jazz Concert Series in the Nassau County Schools, N.Y. He has subsequently taught at S.U.N.Y., Stonybrook, the New School, and at various summer clinics and other colleges. From 1997, he has been on the faculty at Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, N.Y. Two of his CDs, A Minor Scramble and Trickynometry, reached the top of the Gavin Jazz Chart, indicating that they were widely played on radio stations. He operates his own record label to release his works.

in 1949 - Randy Owen (US lead vocal, rhythm guitar; Alabama) is born.
in 1949 - Tom Verlaine, rock guitarist, singer, pianist, is born.
in 1949 - Walter "Clyde" Owen rocker is born.
in 1950 - David O'List (UK guitar; Nice/Roxy Music/freelance) is born.
in 1951 - Selim Palmgren Finnish pianist/composer (Daniel Hjort), dies at 73.
in 1952 - Berton Averre(US lead guitar; The Knack) is born.
in 1954 - John Anderson (US country singer guitarist) is born.

in 1955 - Dickie Valentine was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Christmas Alphabet', the first Christmas song to reach the No.1 position.

in 1955 - Steve Forbert, pop singer/songwriter, guitarist, is born.
in 1956 - Majida El Roumi, Arabic pop singer/songwriter, pianist, oudist, is born.
in 1957 - Morris Day, pop, funk, R&B, soul, rock, etc. singer/songwriter, drummer, keyboardist, is in born.
in 1958 - Dana Strum, rock bassist, is born.

in 1960 - John Charles Thomas dies at age 59. American baritone known for his exuberant singing style and powerful voice. After leaving the Peabody Institution in 1912, he traveled briefly with a touring musical company, then settled in New York where he performed with a Gilbert & Sullivan company before signing to the Shubert Brothers in The Peasant Girl which opened in 1913. For the next nine years, he starred in a series of hit Broadway musicals including Her Soldier Boy, Maytime, Naughty Marietta, and Apple Blossoms (with Fred and Adele Astaire). His opera debut was as Amonasro in Aida presented by the semi-professional Washington National Opera in March, 1925. From 1925 -1932, he spent his time in Europe, singing under contract at La Monnaie opera house in Brussels for the seasons of 1925-1927. He returned to La Monnaie for 25 performances in 1928, 8 in 1930, and 4 in 1931. He appeared with Chaliapin in performances of Faust at Covent Garden, London in July 1928. In 1938 he helped Edwin Lester launch the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera, appearing in the company's very first production as Franz Schubert in Blossom Time, a Viennese operetta Das Dreimäderlhaus. He toured Australia in the 40s as Sir John Charles Thomas. John was engaged to star on the Westinghouse Radio Program from 1943-1946 with the Victor Young Orchestra. He gradually retired from the concert stage after 1950, and settled in Apple Valley, California.
in 1961 - Harry Gregson-Williams (UK composer) is born.
in 1961 - Jimmy Dean's Big Bad John album is country music 1st million $ seller.

in 1961 - The Beatles performed at the Cavern Club, Liverpool playing two shows at lunchtime and then again at night. Decca Records' Mike Smith attended the night performance with a view to offering The Beatles a recording contract.
in 1962 - Elvis Presley was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Return To Sender', his 13th UK No.1.

in 1962 - Harry Barris dies at age 57). American popular singer-songwriter and pianist born in New York City, he was a member of the Rhythm Boys, a late 1920s singing trio which included Al Rinker and Bing Crosby, and was Crosby's entry into show business. The group sang several songs in the Paul Whiteman Orchestra film King of Jazz in 1930 and recorded both with Whiteman and on their own with Harry on piano. Going solo Harry appeared in 57 films between 1931 and 1950, usually as a band member, pianist and/or singer. He successfully composed songs including "Mississippi Mud", "I Surrender, Dear", "It Must Be True" and "Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams". (sadly due to an unfortunate life-long drinking problem, he died prematurely).
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