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Old December 13th, 2012, 06:31 AM   #1781

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in 1963 - Capitol records signs right of 1st refusal agreement with Beatles.
in 1963 - Steve Alexander Smith (UK author, music historian) is born.
in 1964 – Hide (Hideto Matsumoto) (Japanese guitarist, singer; X-Japan/Zilch/solo) is born.
in 1966 - Jimi Hendrix made his TV debut on ITV's 'Ready Steady Go!' (Marc Bolan was also on the show). The Jimi Hendrix Experience also recorded 'Foxy Lady' on this day.
in 1967 - Jamie Foxx (US actor, singer) is born.

in 1967 - Valeria Barsova (real name, Vladimirova), Russian soprano, dies at Sochi. She studied voice with Umberto Mazetti at the Moscow Conservatory, graduating in 1919; from 1920 to 1948 she was on the staff of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow. She distinguished herself mainly in the Russian repertoire, but also sang Violetta and Gilda. Her silvery coloratura enabled her to sing such demanding roles as Lakme. From 1950 to 1953 she taught at the Moscow Conservatory. She gave solo recitals in Russia and abroad, including England and Germany. - Born at Astrakhan, June 13, 1892.

in 1968 - Siegfried Reda composer, dies at 52.
in 1969 - Bob Dylan was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, on sale for 35 Cents (2/6).

in 1969 - Diana Ross took the Latino Casino in Philadelphia to court for $27,500 after her two pet dogs died after eating cyanide tablets left by an exterminator in her dressing room.

in 1969 - Murat Nasyrov(Russian pop singer and compose) is born.

in 1970 - Dave Edmunds was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of the 1955 Smiley Lewis hit 'I Hear You Knocking.' The Welsh singer, songwriter and producers only No.1 hit.

in 1972 - Mark Morton (US guitarist; Lamb of God) is born.
in 1972 - Niki Evans (UK singer) is born.
in 1972 - The Sensational Alex Harvey Band appeared at The Cakais, Inverness, Scotland.
in 1974 - Nick McCarthy (UK guitar, keyboards; Franz Ferdinand) is born.
in 1975 - Chicago started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Chicago IX-Chicago's Greatest Hits', the group's fifth No.1 album.
in 1975 - Tom DeLonge (US guitar, singer; Blink-182/Angels and Airwaves) is born.
in 1978 - Ryo Kawakita (Japanese guitarist; Maximum the Hormone) is born.
in 1979 - Simple Minds played the first of two nights at The Marquee in London, tickets £1.25. And down the road at the Hope & Anchor, Islington, Tenpole Tudor, tickets 75p.
in 1980 - Bosco Wong (Hong Kong singer, actor) is born.
in 1980 - Kenny Roger's Greatest Hits started a two-week run at No.1 on the US album chart.
in 1981 - Amy Lee (US singer; Evanescence) is born.

in 1981 - Cornelius Cardew, English composer of extreme avant-garde tendencies, dies in a road accident in London, age 47.

He studied composition with Ferguson at the Royal Academy of Music in London (1953-57); in 1957 he went to Cologne and worked at the electronic studio there as an assistant to Stockhausen (1958-60). Returning to England, he organized concerts of experimental music. From 1963 to 1965 he had private lessons with Petrassi in Rome. In 1967 he was appointed to the faculty of the Royal Academy of Music in London. In 1969, together with Michael Parsons and Howard Skempton, he organized the Scratch Orch., a heterogeneous group for performances of new music, militantly latitudinarian and disestablishmentarian. Under the influence of the teachings of Mao Zedong, Cardew renounced his modernistic past as a bourgeois deviation detrimental to pure Marxism, and subsequently attacked his former associate, Stockhausen, in a book ominously entitled Stockhausen Serves Imperialism (London, 1974).

He also repudiated his own magnum opus, The Great Learning, which was originaly performed at the 1968 Cheltenham Festival, scored for a non-singing chorus to the words of Ezra Pound's translation of Confucius, a chorus which was admonished to bang on tapped stones, to whistle and shriek, but never to stoop to vocalizing. In the revised version of the work, he appended to the title the slogan "Apply Marxism- Leninism-Mao Zedong Thought in a living way to the problems of the present/' This version was first performed by the Scratch Orchestra at a Promenade Concert in London on Aug. 24,1972.

His other works include Volo Solo for Any Handy Musical Instrument (1965); Three Winter Potatoes for Piano and various assorted Concrete Sounds, as well as for Newspapers, Balloons, Noise, and People Working (London, March 11, 1968); The East is Red for Violin and Piano (1972); and The Old and the New for Soprano, Chorus, and Orch. (1973). He also publ. several pamphlets containing some confusing confutations of Confucius. In addition, he compiled a seminal manual, Scratch Music (London, 1970). - Born at Winchcombe, Gloucester, May 7, 1936.
in 1981 - Dewey "Pigmeat" Markham, pop, jazz, burlesque singer, dies at 77.
in 1982 - Anthony Callea (Australian singer/songwriter) is born.

in 1983 - Marshall Brown dies at age 62. American jazz trombonist and sometimes bass trumpet or euphonium. He was one of the few left-handed players of the trombone. He earned a music degree from New York University.Over his career he performed and recorded with Pee Wee Russell, Ruby Braff, Beaver Harris and Lee Konitz, but he devoted much of his career to education.

in 1983 - Matt Deis (US bassist; CKY/All That Remains) is born.

in 1986 - Bruce Hornsby & The Range went to No.1 on the US singles chart, with 'The Way It Is', a No.15 hit in the UK.

in 1989 - Taylor Swift (US country singer) is born.

in 1991 - Marcel Dick, Hungarian-American violist, conductor, pedagogue, and composer, dies at Cleveland Heights, Ohio. He was a pupil of Joseph Bloch (violin) and Kodaly (composition) at the Royal Academy of Music in Budapest. After playing violin in the Budapest Philharmonic, he was first violist in the Vienna Symphony Orchestra (1924-27); he also played in the Kolisch and Rose Quartets. In 1934 he settled in the U.S.; after serving as second violist in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra he held that position with the Cleveland Orchestra. (1943-49). In 1946 he joined the faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he was head of the theory dept. from 1948 until his retirement in 1973. As a composer, he was influenced by the 12-tone system of his friend Schoenberg. Among his works were a Symphony (Cleveland, Dec. 14, 1950), a Symphony for 2 String Orchestra (1964), chamber music, and vocal pieces. His great-uncle was Eduard Remenyi. - Born Miskolcz, Aug. 28, 1898.

in 1992 - Bernard Drukker Dutch pianist/orch leader (duivelswiel), dies.

in 1994 - James (Jimmy) Araki, bebop alto saxophonist and trumpeter, dies at Honolulu, Hawaii.
Araki is a Japanese-American credited with introducing bebop to Japanese musicians. After spending the war years at the Gila River Detention Center and performing in camp bands, Araki was drafted out of college to serve in the U.S. Army as a translator at the Tokyo War Crimes tribunal. In his spare time Araki studied bebop theory and performance techniques, which he went on to share with native musicians. His compositions and arrangements ("A.P.O. 500," "Rock Romondo," "Boogie in C," "Tokyo Riff," and "A Night in Pakistan") formed the basis for the first "modern jazz" recording session in Japan in August 1947—performed, ironically, by an all-star band of traditional and swing musicians known as The Victor Hot Club.

The following year Araki and jazz critic Nogawa Kobun organized a bebop study group and rehearsal band to perform Araki's original compositions and arrangements in Tokyo. Araki returned to the U.S. in October 1949; after a brief stint performing with Lionel Hampton, Araki embarked on a successful career as a scholar of Japanese literature at the Univ. of Hawaii at Manoa. He returned to Japan often throughout his career, occasionally jamming with his old friends (and arranging a recording session in 1959). In 1991, he was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Fourth Class, for his contributions to the study of Japanese literature and the promotion of jazz in Japan. - Born Nov. 6, 1927.

in 1995 - Nancy LaMott, pop singer, dies at age 43.

in 1996 - Lorenzo Alvary, Hungarian-born American bass, dies at N.Y. He studied law at the university of Geneva (B.L., 1930) and Budapest (LL.M., 1932) and voice in Milan and Berlin. In 1934 he made his operatic debut at the Budapest Opera, and then sang at the Vienna State Opera in 1937. In 1938 he emigrated to the U.S., becoming a naturalized American citizen in 1944. In 1939 he made his U.S. debut as the Police Commissioner in Der Rosenkavalier at the San Francisco Opera, where he returned regularly until 1977. On Nov. 26,1942, he made his Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. as Zuniga, remaining on its roster until 1961; was on its roster there again (1962-72, 1977-78). – Born at Debrecen, Feb. 20, 1909.

in 1996 - Mae Barnes, jazz/cabaret singer, dies at age 89.
in 1997 - Children's TV characters The Teletubbies went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Teletubbies Say-eh-oh'. The single spent a total of 32 weeks on the chart.

in 1999 - Happy Mondays singer Shaun Ryder was ordered to pay £160,000 to his ex management team over a dispute in his contract. Ryder said he was so high after a 'joint' he didn't bother to read the small print; the court was told the contract had 'done his nut in'.

in 1999 - Winners in the Smash Hits readers poll included, Backstreet Boys who won Best band, best album & best single, Britney Spears won best female singer, Robbie Williams best male singer, S Club 7 won best new band and worst group went to the Spice Girls.

in 2000 - It was announced that after 74 years the UK rock weekly Melody Maker was to close down. The Christmas edition would be the last one then it would merge with the NME creating a more sizeable broad-based magazine.
in 2000 - Sir Paul McCartney held his first-ever London book signing at Waterstone's in Piccadilly. Sir Paul was in the store to sign copies of his new book, Paul McCartney Paintings.

in 2001 - Charles Michael "Chuck" Schuldiner dies at age 33. American musician and genre innovator. He is best known for being the founder, singer, lead guitar player and main songwriter of Death, which he founded in 1983 as Mantas, and was one of the first bands of the death metal genre. He played an important role in the development of death metal with his band Death, which later evolved into more of a progressive metal sound. Originally inspired by the likes of inspired by Iron Maiden, Kiss and Billy Idol, and was particularly interested in the metal movement known as NWOBHM, Kerrang! magazine stated that "Chuck Schuldiner was one of the most significant figures in the history of metal".
in 2002 - David Sneddon an unemployed busker and former children's TV presenter won a £1 million pound record deal after winning the BBC TV Fame Academy final. The singer songwriter from Glasgow went on to score a UK Number 1 with his debut single 'Stop Living The Lie' the following month.

in 2002 - UK music channel Music Choice analysed all the Christmas No.1 singles from the past 30 years and identified criteria for their success. These included the use of sleigh bells, children singing, church bells harmony and references to love. They concluded that Sir Cliff Richards 1988 hit 'Mistletoe and Wine' was the perfect Christmas hit.

in 2002 - Zal Yanovsky dies at age 57. Canadian guitarist; an early rock n roll performer to wear a cowboy hat, and fringed "Davy Crockett" style clothing, he helped set the trend followed by such 1960s performers as Sonny Bono, Johnny Rivers and David Crosby. He joined Cass Elliot in the Mugwumps, a group made famous by her later group the Mamas & the Papas, in the song "Creeque Alley"; after which he and John Sebastian formed the Lovin' Spoonful. The band became an immediate smash with their first single, "Do You Believe in Magic?" a Top Ten hit in 1965, which led off a remarkable string of hits that established the Spoonful as one of the few American bands that could challenge the chart dominance of the Beatles and their British Invasion contemporaries. He recorded a solo album, Alive and Well in Argentina in 1971, did a stint playing guitar with Kris Kristofferson and co-produced Tim Buckley's 1969 album Happy Sad in collaboration with Jerry Yester, before returning to Canada to become a restaurateur. He and Spoonful have reunited on a couple of occasions, filming an appearance in Paul Simon's 1980 film One Trick Pony and performing some of their hits on stage on the occasion of the band's 2000 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

in 2003 - Lauryn Hill launched a blistering attack on the Catholic church, urging religious figures to "repent" whilst speaking on a stage regularly used by the Pope. The former Fugees singer was playing at a Christmas show in Vatican City and took the opportunity to speak her mind about allegations of sexual abuse in America, before an audience that included top Vatican cardinals, bishops and the cream of Italian society.

in 2005 - A cheque signed by John Lennon made out to the Inland Revenue sold for £2,000 at a UK auction. It was sold by former madam Lindi St Clair, (formerly known as Miss Whiplash), after she decided she had no use for it. Clair who now runs a duck farm in Herefordshire had bought the cheque for £4,000 in 1988. It was signed by Lennon on 23rd January 1968 on a District Bank Limited form and made out for £6,946.

in 2005 - Timothy Anderson Jordan II dies at age 24. American keyboardist, guitarist, and songwriter. He was primarily known as a touring member of the platinum-selling band, The All-American Rejects. Tim played with Green Olive Tree, and in 2003 he enlisted in Snapdragon Records' punk band Welton before providing backing vocals, keyboards, and percussion to Number One Fan's live performances, including the 2005 Warped Tour, a Late Show with David Letterman appearance, and performances on Jimmy Kimmel Live. In 2005 Tim left The All-American Rejects to join Tooth & Nail rock band Jonezetta.

in 2007 - Philippe Clay (Philippe Mathevet) dies at age 80. French singer, mime artist and actor, known for for his interpretations of songs by Charles Aznavour, Claude Nougaro, Jean-Roger Caussimon and others. He was seen frequently on TV in series directed by Josée Dayan in the 1980s and 1990s. He recorded over 150 songs in his long career.
in 2008 - Alexandra Burke was voted the winner of The X Factor, beating four-piece group JLS into second place. The 20-year-old from Islington, London who made an unsuccessful bid to be in the contest three years ago sang with Beyonce, and performed her version of Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah'.

in 2008 - Dizzee Rascal was arrested in south-east London following an incident involving a baseball bat. The rapper allegedly approached another motorist with a baseball bat after a road rage incident. Rascal whose real name is Dylan Mills, was held on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon in Sevenoaks Way, Orpington.

in 2008 - Kanye West went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘808s & Heartbreak’, his fourth studio album.

in 2009 - Yvonne King Burch dies at age 89. American singer born in Salt Lake City, Utah; Yvonne sang with here sisters Donna, Louise and Alyce under the name The King Sisters. Formed in the '30s they traveled to San Francisco to audition for radio station KGO, to replace the Boswell Sisters. In 1935, they worked with bandleader Horace Heidt until 1938. In the following years, they separately and together sang with the bands of Artie Shaw and Charlie Barnet. They also turned down a request to be the vocal group for the Glenn Miller orchestra. They recorded for the same label as Miller, Bluebird, and had their first hit with a vocal version of Miller's hit, "In The Mood". Luise married guitarist Alvino Rey, and they appeared with him in a series of hit songs. They also appeared in a number of Hollywood features in the 1940s. During World War II, they appeared regularly on Kay Kyser's radio series. In 1965, they began hosting their own ABC television network show, The King Family Show, which featured many family members as well as other talent, the show ran until '69.

in 2010 - Enrique Morente Cotelo dies at age 67. Spanish flamenco singer born in Albaicín, Granada; while in his teens, he went to live in Madrid to start a professional career as a singer. Hemade his first recording, Cante Flamenco in 1967 with guitarist Félix de Utrera. The recording received a special mention award from the Cátedra de Flamencología, and was followed by Cantes Antiguos del Flamenco in 1969, with guitarist Niño Ricardo. After his orthodox beginnings, he went into experimentalism, writing new melodies for cante/flamenco singing and jamming with musicians of all styles, without renouncing his roots in traditional flamenco singing, which he kept on cultivating. In spite of severe criticism from the most "purist" amongst the critics and public, he is probably the most influential contemporary flamenco singer, who not only innovates, but could also be said to create tradition: some of his cantes have been performed by other singers such as Camarón de la Isla, Mayte Martín, Carmen Linares, Miguel Poveda, Segundo Falcón and Arcángel (In December 2010 it was reported that Enrique had fallen into a coma after an ulcer operation, and was diagnosed as brain dead).
in 2010 - Remmy Ongala dies at age 63. Tanzanian singer, born in Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo, known as "the Doctor" because he was seen as a defender of the people. There is a suburb of Dar es Salaam called Sinza Kwa Remmy, named after the musician when he moved to the area in the 1980s. Since the late 1980s, Remmy was part of the soukous scene, a Congolese kind of Rumba, which in conjunction with his Orchestra Super Matimila he helped to transmute to the Tanzanian music often called Ubongo, the Swahili word for brain, in Tanzania, which in turn led to Tanzanian hip-hop particularly in the city of Dar es Salaam during the 1990s. Despite his ill-health he had toured in Tanzania until recently, mainly performing gospel music (?).

in 2010 - Woolly Wolstenholme/Stuart John Wolstenholme (63) English keyboardist, born in Chadderton, Lancs; he met John Lees at Oldham School of Art, when he played tambourine and sang with John in The Sorcerers, then in The Keepers, where Woolly played whatever instrument was required, from harmonica to 12-string guitar. The pair then founded Barclay James Harvest, together with Les Holroyd and Mel Pritchard, in 1967. Woolly taught himself keyboards, first the Mellotron and then adapting to organ, piano and synthesisers. His musical influences range from Love and Vanilla Fudge through Mahler to UK and Radiohead. He remained with the band until 1979. He recorded a solo album, Mæstoso, in 1980, and toured as support to Judie Tzuke and Saga, as well as writing film and TV music. In 1998 after meeting John Lees again, resulted in the Eagle Records album Nexus credited to Barclay James Harvest Through The Eyes Of John Lees. The album was followed by live shows in Austria, Greece, Germany, Switzerland and the UK, the first English concerts by any members of Barclay James Harvest for nine years (suicide, after struggling hard with mental illness).
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in 1710 - Henry Aldrich, English music scholar dies at Oxford. A man of versatile talents, excelling in music, he was also distinguished as an architect, theologian, linguist, and logician. He was educated at Christ Church, Oxford, receiving the degree of M.A. in 1669. In 1681 he became a canon, and in 1689, dean of Christ Church, and exercised decisive influence on the teaching of music and other arts. He wrote the learned works On the Commencement of Greek Music, Theory of Organ- building, and Theory of Modern Instruments. He composed several services (one of which, in G, is still sung); in a lighter vein, glees and catches (among them the popular Catches on Tobacco). The collections of Boyce, Arnold, and Page contain numerous pieces by Aldrich. - Born at Westminster, Jan. 1648.

in 1730 - Capel Bond, composer is born.
in 1732 - Johann Philipp Fortsch, composer, dies at 80.
in 1738 - Johann Antonin Kozeluch, composer is born.

in 1779 - Mariano Rodrigues de Ledesma, Spanish composer, is born at Saragossa.
He was a choirboy at Saragossa Cathedral, being a pupil of RJ. Garcia and Jose Gil Palomar. He conducted at the Seville Opera (1800-05), then at Madrid's Los Canos del Peral theater; became a supernumerary tenor at the royal chapel (1807). In 1811 he emigrated to London for political reasons; there he gained distinction as a singing teacher. He returned to Spain in 1814 and became 1st tenor of the royal chapel and singing master to the Princess Luisa Carlota. In 1823 he again went to London for political reasons, and taught singing at the Royal Academy of Music. After returning to Spain in 1831, he once more served as 1st tenor (until 1836) and choirmaster (1836-47) of the royal chapel. He wrote both sacred and secular music, and is recognized as one of Spain's earliest Romanticists. - Died at Madrid, March 28, 1848.

in 1783 - Johann Christoph Kienlen, composer is born.

in 1788 - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, (the "Berlin" Or "Hamburg" Bach), third (and second surviving) son of Johann Sebastian; dies at Hamburg, at age 78.

He was educated under his father's tuition at the Thomasschule in Leipzig, then studied jurisprudence at the University of Leipzig and at the University of Frankfurt-an- der-Oder. Turning to music as his chief vocation, he went to Berlin in 1738, and in 1740 he was confirmed as chamber musician to Frederick the Great of Prussia. In that capacity he arranged his father's visit to Potsdam. In March 1768 he assumed the post of cantor at the Johanneum (the Lateinschule) in Hamburg, and also served as music director for the five major churches.

He held these posts until his death. Abandoning the strict polyphonic style of composition of his great father, he became an adept of the new school of piano writing, a master of "Empfindsamkeit" ("intimate expressiveness"), the North German counterpart of the French Rococo. His Versuch uber die wahre Art das Clavier zu spielen... (two parts, 1753-62; re-ed. by Schelling, 1857; new, but incomplete, edited by W. Niemann, 1906) became a very influential work which yielded much authentic information about musical practices of the second half of the 18th century.

An English translation of the Versuch..., entitled Essay on the True Art of Playing Keyboard Instruments, was published by W. Mitchell (N.Y., 1949). His autobiography was reprinted by W. Kahl in Selbstbiographien deutscher Musiker des XVIII. Jahrhunderts (Cologne, 1948); an English translation was made by W. Newman, "Emanuel Bach's Autobiography," Musical Quarterly (April 1965).

His compositions are voluminous (see E. Helm, Thematic Catalogue of the Works of C.P.E. B., New Haven, 1989). E. Suchalla ed. C.P.E. B.: Briefe und Dokumente: Kritische Gesamtausgabe (two vols., Gottingen, 1994), and S. Clark tr. and ed. The Letters of C.P.E. B. (Oxford, 1997). - Born at Weimar, March 8,1714.

in 1789 - Maria Agata Szymanowska, composer is born.
in 1829 - Luigi Marchesi, composer, dies at 74.
in 1849 - Conradin Kreutzer, composer, dies at 69.
in 1849 - First chamber music group in US gives their first concert in Boston.
in 1861 - Heinrich August Marschner, composer, dies at 66.

in 1861 - Prince Albert, German musician, music patron, and Prince Consort of Queen Victoria, dies at Windsor. He learned to sing, play the piano and organ, and compose. In 1840 he married his 1st cousin, Queen Victoria, and in 1857 was made Prince Consort. He was a devoted supporter of the arts. Among his own compositions are sacred works and some 40 German songs in the manner of Mendelssohn. London's Royal Albert Hall (1871) stands in tribute to him. - Born at Schloss Rosenau, near Coburg, Aug. 26, 1819.

in 1868 - Richard Batka, musicologist, critic, librettist, is born.

in 1868 - Mario Aspa, Italian composer, dies at Messina. He was a student of Zingarelli in Naples. He composed over 40 operas, the most successful being Paolo e Virginia (Rome, April 29, 1843) and II Muratore di Napoli (Naples, Oct. 16, 1850). - Born at Messina, Oct. 17, 1797.

in 1873 - Marie-Alphonse-Nicolas-Joseph Jongen, composer is born.
in 1875 - Dobri Khristov, composer is born.

in 1880 - Bruno Barilli, Italian writer on music and composer, is born at Fano. He studied in Parma and later in Munich. His collections of essays were publ. under the titles II sorcio nel violino (Milan, 1926) and II paese del melodramma (Lanciano, 1929). He wrote two operas, Medusa (1910; Bergamo, Sept. 11, 1938) and Emiral (Rome, March 11, 1924). - Died at Rome, April 15,1952.

in 1883 - Manolis Kalomiris, composer, founder of the Greek National School of Music, is born.
in 1886 - Antoni Wincenty Rutkowski, composer, dies at 27.

in 1886 - Charles (Louis) Seeger, eminent American musicologist, ethnomusicologist, teacher, and composer, father of Pete(r) Seeger, is born at Mexico City (of American parents.

He was educated at Harvard University (graduated, 1908). After conducting at the Cologne Opera (1910-11), he returned to the U.S. as chairman of the music dept. of the University of Calif, at Berkeley (1912-19), where he gave the first classes in musicology in the U.S. (1916); then taught at N.Y.'s Institute of Musical Art (1921-33) and the New School for Social Research (1931-35); at the latter, he gave the first classes (with Henry Cowell) in ethnomusicology in the U.S. (1932); was also active in contemporary music circles, as a composer and a music critic. He served as a technical adviser on music to the Resettlement Administration (1935-38), as deputy director of the Federal Music Project of the Works Progress Administration (1938-41), and as chief of the music division of the Pan-American Union (1941-53) in Washington, D.C.; was also a visiting professor at Yale Univ. (1949-50).

He subsequently was a research musicologist at the Inst. of Ethnomusicology at the Univ. of Calif, at Los Angeles (1960-70), and then taught at Harvard Univ. (from 1972). He was a founder and chairman (1930-34) of the N.Y. Musicological Soc., which he helped to reorganize as the American Musicological Soc. in 1934; was its president (1945-46) and also president of the American Soc. for Comparative Musicology (1935) and the Soc. for Ethnomusicology (1960-61; honorary president from 1972).

Seeger also was instrumental (with Cowell and Joseph Schafer) in the formation of the N.Y. Composers' Collective (1932); since he was profoundly interested in proletarian music throughout the 1930s, he wrote on the need for a revolutionary spirit in music for such publications as The Daily Worker', he also contributed songs under the name Carl Sands to The Workers Song Books (1934 and 1935).

Two of his essays are of especial historical interest: "On Proletarian Music" (Modern Music, XI/3 [1934]), which lamented the dearth of folk songs in the work of professional musicians, and "Grassroots for American Composers" (Modern Music, XVI [1938-40]), which, by shedding earlier Marxist rhetoric, had wide influence on the folk movement in the 1950s. Since many of his compositions were destroyed by fire at Berkeley in 1926, his extraordinary contribution to American music rests upon his work as a scholar whose uniquely universalist vision for the unification of the field of musicology as a whole continues to challenge the various, sometimes contentious contributing factions of musicology, ethnomusicology, and comparative musicology.

He was also a noted teacher; one of his most gifted students, Ruth (Porter) Crawford, became his second wife. In addition to Pete(r) Seeger, 2 other of his children became musicians: Mike (Michael) Seeger (b. N.Y, Aug. 15,1933) was a folksinger and instrumentalist; after learning to play various folk instruments on his own, he became active in promoting the cause of authentic folk music of the American Southeast; became widely known for his expertise as a banjo player; with John Cohen and Tom Paley, he organized the New Lost City Ramblers in 1958; then founded the Strange Creek Singers in 1968. Peggy (actually, Margaret) Seeger (b. N.Y, June 17,1935) was a folksinger, songwriter, and song collector; studied both classical and folk music; after further training at Radcliffe College, she became active as a performer; settled in England in 1956, becoming a naturalized subject in 1959; became a leading figure in the folk-music revival. – Died at Bridgewater, Conn., Feb. 7, 1979.

in 1894 - Joaquin Zamacois Soler, composer is born.
in 1898 - Frederick Douglass Hall, pianist, composer, music historian/teacher, is born.
in 1900 - Boyan Georgiev Ikonomov, composer is born.
in 1902 - Viola Wells (US jazz singer; Charlie Parker/Dizzy Gillespie/Clyde Bernhardt) is born.
in 1905 - Ovie Alston (US trumpeter, singer, bandleader) is born.
in 1905 - Sydney Lipton, bandleader/violin is born.
in 1906 - Aleksandr Tsfasman (Ukrainian bandleader, pianist) is born.
in 1906 - Helmut Bornefeld, organist, composer, is born.

in 1909 - Phia Berghout, harpist, founder of the Eduard van Beinum Foundation (international music center in Netherlands) is born.

in 1910 - Budd Johnson (American tenor saxophonist) is born.
in 1911 - Charles "Chuck" Gentry (US sax, clarenet; Glenn Miller, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, man - others) is born.
in 1911 - Spike Jones, Long Beach Calif, composer (In a Secluded Rendesvous) is born.
in 1913 - Ted Buckner (US saxophonist; sessionist/Motown/McKinney's Cotton Pickers) is born.
in 1914 - Dan Dailey, NYC, dancer/actor (Gov Drinkwater-Governor and JJ) is born.
in 1914 - Giovanni Sgambati, composer, dies at 73.
in 1914 - Rosalyn Tureck, pianist, harpsichordist, is born.
in 1915 - Jerry Daniels (US tenor singer, guitarist, ukulele; Ink Spots) is born.
in 1918 - Giacomo Puccini's opera "Il Trittico," premieres in NYC.
in 1920 - Clark Terry (US jazz trumpeter, flügelhornist, vocals; many of the greats) is born.
in 1922 - Cecil Payne (US jazz saxophonist; Dizzy Gillespie/Randy Weston/solo bandleader) is born.
in 1923 - Giuseppi Gallignani, composer, dies at 72.
in 1924 - Marion Morgan, singer (Stop the Music) is born.
in 1924 - Wally Eckhardt (American double bassist; Jazz artist) is born.

in 1927 - Richard Cassilly, American tenor, is born at Washington, D.C. He studied at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore. After singing Michele in Menotti's The Saint of Bleecker Street in N.Y. (1955), he made his N.Y.C. Opera debut as Vakula in Tchaikovsky's The Golden Slippers (Oct. 13, 1955); was on its roster until 1959, and again from 1960 to 1963 and from 1964 to 1966. He made his European debut in Sutermeister's Raskolnikoff in Geneva (1965) and that same year sang at the Hamburg State Opera, where he appeared regularly (1966-77). He was concurrently a member of London's Covent Garden (1968-78) and also sang in major European opera centers. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. as Radames on Jan. 20, 1973. He resumed his association with the Metropolitan Opera in 1978, and subsequently appeared there in such roles as Tannhauser, Don Jose, Tristan, Samson, Otello, Jimmy Mahoney in Mahagonny, and Captain Vere in Billy Budd. From 1986 he was professor of voice at Boston University. - Died at Boston, Jan. 30, 1998.

in 1929 - Ron Nelson, composer, conductor, is born.
in 1931 - Phineas Newborn, Jr., jazz pianist, is born.
in 1932 - Abbe Lane, nightclub/Broadway show singer, "swingingest sexpot in show business" is born.
in 1932 - Charlie "The Silver Fox" Rich, country, rockabilly, jazz singer, is born.
in 1933 - Leo Wright, jazz saxophonist/flutist, is born.
in 1934 - Johnny Moore (American R&B lead singer; The Drifters) is born.
in 1937 - Warren Ryanes, doo wop singer, is born.
in 1938 - Gary Usher (US songwriter, producer, singer; Beach Boys/Byrds/solo) is born.
in 1938 - Marie FM Emmanuel, French composer/musicologist (Salamine), dies at 76.
in 1940 - Gustavo Bergalli (Argentinian trumpeter) is born.

in 1941 - Karan Armstrong, American soprano, born at Home, Mont. She was educated at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. (B.A., 1963) and received private vocal instruction from various teachers, including Lotte Lehmann in Santa Barbara. In 1966 she made her operatic debut as Elvira in L'italiana in Algeri at the San Francisco Opera. After singing minor roles at the Metropolitan Opera in N.Y (1966-69), she sang with several other U.S. opera companies, including the N.Y.C. Opera (1975-78). In 1976 she made her European debut as Salome at the Strasbourg Opera. She made her Bayreuth Festival debut as Elsa in 1979 and her Covent Garden debut in London as Lulu in 1981. She also sang in Vienna, Munich, Paris, Hamburg, and other European music centers. Among her finest roles are Violetta, Tosca, Mimi, Alice Ford, Countess Almaviva, Eva, Melisande, and the Marschallin. She also sang contemporary roles, creating the role of Death in Gottfried von Einem's Jesu Hochzeit (1980) and the title role in Giuseppe Sinopoli's Lou Salome (1981). She married Gotz Friedrich.

in 1943 - Frank Allen, pop singer, is born.
in 1944 - Linda Lane (Linda Jones) (American soul singer) is born.
in 1944 - Nikolay Levinovsky (Russian pianist) is born.
in 1945 - Constantino Gaito, composer, dies at 67.
in 1945 - Stanley Crouch (US drummer, music critic) is born.
in 1946 - Aura Rully (Romanian vocalist) is born.
in 1946 - Jackie McAuley (guitarist; Them/the Belfast Gypsies/solo) is born.
in 1946 - Jane Birkin (UK born, French actress, singer) is born.
in 1946 - Jerome Cooper (US drummer, percussionist; freelance) is born.
in 1946 - John Du Prez (Trevor Jones) (UK trumpet, composer; Modern Romance) is born.
in 1946 - Joyce Vincent Wilson, pop singer; Dawn/Debonaires, is born.

in 1946 - Jerome (D.) Cooper, avant-garde jazz drummer, percussionist, is born at Chicago, Ill.
He began playing drums as a teenager, taking lessons in high school, and then attended the American Conservatory (1967-68). At the same time, he gigged with local R&B and jazz bands. In 1969 he moved to Europe to work with Steve Lacy; a year later, he played in Gambia and Senegal with Lou Bennett. Cooper accompanied Rahsaan Roland Kirk on Kirk's European tour of 1970-71. In 1971 he returned to the U.S. and formed the Revolutionary Ensemble with Leroy Jenkins; he played piano, bugle, and flute, in addition to drums and percussion, with the group. They disbanded in 1977; during this same period, Cooper also gigged and recorded with various leaders, including Sam Rivers (1973) and Maurice McIntyre (1974-80s). From 1977, he has worked as an unaccompanied soloist; in 1980 he recorded with Cecil Taylor.

in 1947 - Christopher (William) Parkening, outstanding American guitarist, is born at Los Angeles.
He began guitar lessons when he was 11 with Celedonio and Pepe Romero in Los Angeles, making his public recital debut in 1959. When he was 15, he entered Andres Segovia's master class at the University of Calif., Berkeley; also received instruction from cellist Gregor Piatigorsky and harpsichordist Malcolm Hamilton. He attended the University of Calif., Los Angeles (1964-65), then entered the University of Southern Calif, as a cello student of Gabor Retjo (there were no guitar teachers on its faculty). By the close of his sophomore year, he was asked by the University to teach guitar, thus initiating its guitar studies; was head of its guitar dept. (1971-75). In the meantime, he launched a brilliant career as a guitar virtuoso; after his first major tour of North America (1969), he regularly performed throughout the U.S. and Canada; also made extensive tours throughout the world, garnering acclaim as one of the foremost masters of his instrument. He publ. a valuable guitar method (1973) and made effective transcriptions of works by Bach, Dowland, Debussy, Ravel, and others. He is also a World Champion Fly Fisherman.

in 1947 - Kourkene Alemshah, Armenian composer, dies at Detroit. He studied in Milan with Pizzetti (1924-30). In 1931 he settled in Paris. His music was strongly permeated with Armenian melos, and the settings were impressionistic. A memorial festival of his music was presented in Paris on Feb. 19, 1950. Among his compositions were the symphonic poems Legende (Paris, June 19,1932) and La Bataille d'Avarayr (Paris, June 2,1934); also Danses populaires armeniennes for Orch. (Paris, June 2, 1934). Alemshah died during an American tour, which he undertook as a choral conductor. - Born at Yerevan, May 22, 1907.

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in 1948 - Reginald Owen Morris, composer, dies at 62.
in 1949 - Cliff Williams, rock bassist, is born.

in 1951 - Hermann Schramm, German tenor, died at Frankfurt am Main.
He made his operatic debut in Breslau in 1895 as Gomez in Kreutzer's Die Nachtlager von Granada. From 1896 to 1900 he sang at the Cologne Opera. In 1899 he appeared at London's Covent Garden and at the Bayreuth Festival (debut as David). From 1900 to 1933 he was a member of the Frankfurt am Main Opera, where he created the role of the chancellor in Schreker's Der Schatsgraber (1920). Schramm was hailed as the finest David and Mime of his era. - Born at Berlin, Feb. 7, 1871.

in 1952 - John Lurie (American saxophonist; The Lounge Lizards) is born.
in 1952 - Olav Fartein V†len, Norwegian composer, dies at 65.
in 1952 - Tamara Danz, rock singer, lyricist, is born.
in 1953 - René Eespere (Soviet-born Estonian composer) is born.
in 1954 - Ib Anderson, Copenhagen, ballet dancer is born.
in 1955 - Dan Barrett (US jazz arranger, cornettist, trombonist) is born.

in 1954 - Sergei Protopopov, Russian choral conductor, teacher, and composer, dies at Moscow.
He studied medicine at the University of Moscow (1913-17) and composition with Yavorsky at the Kiev Cons. (1918-21). He was active as a choral conductor and later taught at the Moscow Conservatory (1938-43). His piano sonatas reflect the influence of Yavrosky's theory of model rhythms and are dissonant in the vein of the Lourie, Roslavetz, and Mossolov piano pieces of the period. His compositions included an opera, Suite of 6 Folk Pieces for Orchestra (1945), Poem for Cello and Piano (1935), 3 Poems for Cello and Piano (1938), piano pieces, including 3 sonatas (1920-22; 1924; Sonata Terza, 1924-28) and 3 Preludes (1938), and and numerous songs. - Born at Moscow, April 2, 1893.

in 1956 - Stefan Bauer (German vibraphonist) is born.

in 1957 - Rosa (actually, Rose nee Pollak) Pauly, noted Hungarian soprano, dies at Kfar Shmaryahn, near Tel Aviv. She studied voice with Rosa Papier in Vienna, and made her operatic debut at the Vienna State Opera as Desdemona in Verdi's Otello in 1918. She subsequently sang in Hamburg, Cologne, and Mannheim. From 1927 to 1931 she was a member of the Kroll Opera in Berlin; also of the Vienna State Opera (1929-35); in 1934 she sang the challenging role of Elektra in Strauss's opera in Salzburg, gathering encomiums; in 1935 she appeared at La Scala in Milan. She made her American debut as Elektra in a concert performance with the N.Y. Philharmonic on March 21, 1937, a role she reprised at her first appearance with the Metropolitan Opera in N.Y. on Jan. 7, 1938; appeared there until 1940; also sang at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires in 1939. In 1946 she went to Palestine, and devoted herself to teaching in Tel Aviv. She was esteemed for her roles in the operas of Mozart, Verdi, and Wagner, but most particularly for her compelling portrayals of such Strauss roles as Elektra, the Dyer's Wife, and Helena. - Born at Eperjes, March 15,1894.

in 1958 - January Dijksma, rock bassist, is born.
in 1958 - Mike Scott, rock singer/songwriter, guitarist/multi-instrumentalist, is born.
in 1958 - Peter 'Spider' Stacy (Irish tin whistle, The Pogues) is born.
in 1959 - Franco Iglesia, Cuba, spanish singer.
in 1959 - The Kingston Trio started an eight-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Here We Go Again!'
in 1961 - Jimmy Dean's "Big Bad John" is the first country song to get a gold record.

in 1962 - Bill Wyman made his live debut with The Rollin' Stones at the Ricky Tick Club, Star and Garter Hotel in Windsor, England. The group were know as The Rollin' Stones during this period.

in 1963 - Dinah Washington dies at age 39. US singer; because of her strong voice and emotional singing, she is known as the "Queen of the Blues". She became one of the most influential vocalists of the twentieth century, credited among others as a major influence on Aretha Franklin. At 16 as Ruth Jones, she toured the US black gospel circuit with Roberta Martin accompanying her at the piano. There was a period when she performed in clubs as Dinah Washington while singing and playing piano in Sallie Martin's gospel choir as Ruth Jones. In 1943, she began recording for Keynote Records and released the 12-bar blues "Evil Gal Blues", her first hit. She then switched to Chicago-based Mercury Records and from 1948 to 1955, she had numerous hits on the R&B charts, including "Am I Asking Too Much", "Baby, Get Lost," "Trouble in Mind", ""I Won't Cry Anymore", "TV is The Thing This Year", "Teach Me Tonight" and a cover of Hank Williams's "Cold, Cold Heart". In 1959, she won a Grammy Award for Best Rhythm and Blues Performance. With "What a Diff'rence a Day Makes" and in 1986 inducted into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame. (died from an accidental overdose of prescription diet pills mixed with alcohol, she had fought weight problems for most of her life, she was dieting to lose weight for the festive season).
in 1963 - The Beatles played a show for their Southern Area Fan Club at Wimbledon Palais, London. To prevent damage to the stage from fans the management of the Palais constructed a platform for The Beatles to perform on, surrounded by a steel cage.

in 1963 - Vytautas Juozapaitis (Lithuanian baritone, TV host) is born.
in 1964 - C[arl] J[eff] Snare, Wash DC, vocalist (Firehouse-Love of a Lifetime) is born.
in 1965 - Hermann Sandby, composer, dies at 84.
in 1966 - Tim Skold (Swedish bassist, multi-musician; Marilyn Manson/sessionist) is born.

in 1967 - Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones was rushed to St Georges hospital in London after collapsing. A doctor reported Jones was tired and suffering from over strain and was also recovering from having some teeth out.

in 1968 - Marvin Gaye scored his first US No.1 single when 'I Heard It Through The Grapevine' started a five-week run at the top. It was Marvin's 15th solo hit and also his first UK No.1 single in March 69.

in 1969 - The Jackson Five made their first network television appearance in the US when they appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show.

in 1970 - Elmer Schoebel, jazz arranger, composer, pianist, dies at St. Petersburg, Fla.
At age 14, he began playing piano accompaniment in a silent-movie house in Champaign, 111., then toured for a long time accompanying various variety acts. In 1920, he played in Chicago with the 20th Century Jazz Band. From 1922 until 1923, Schoebel played regularly in the Friars' Society Orchestra (the New Orleans Rhythm Kings), then formed his own band for residency at Midway Gardens, Chicago. He travelled to N.Y. with Isham Jones in 1925, but then returned to Chicago, where he led his own band and, through the late 1920s, played for various leaders, including Louis Panico and Art Kassel. During this period, he also did regular arranging and transcribing for the Melrose Publishing House. Schoebel achieved great success as a composer ("Nobody's Sweetheart/' "Farewell Blues/' and many others). He worked mainly at arranging and composing through the 1930s until becoming chief musical arranger for Warner Brothers' N.Y. publishing company. He played regularly in N.Y. from the late 1940s through the 1950s. In 1958, he moved to Fla., where he worked with local bands until his death. - Born at East St. Louis, 111., Sept. 8,1896.

in 1970 - Anna Maria Jopek (Polish singer) is born.
in 1970 - Beth Orton (UK singer-songwriter) is born.
in 1971 - Tia Texada (US actress, singer) is born.
in 1972 - 'Born To Boogie' the Ringo Starr directed movie featuring T Rex premiered in London.
in 1972 - Eric Anderson (US musical theatre actor) is born.

in 1973 - Bruce Springsteen appeared at the Pinecrest Country Club, Shelton, Connecticut. Only 200 tickets were sold for the show.

in 1973 - Yitzhak Edel, composer, dies at 77.
in 1975 - Brian Dalyrimple (US singer; Soul For Real) is born.
in 1975 - Justin Furstenfeld (American rock singer) is born.
in 1977 - The film 'Saturday Night Fever' starring John Travolta premiered in New York.
in 1978 - Radu Sârbu (Moldovan singer; O-Zone) is born.
in 1979 - Sophie Monk (Australian actress, singer, model) is born.
in 1980 - Tata Young (Amita Marie Young) (Thai singer, model, actress) is born.

in 1980 - Yoko Ono called on fans to observe ten minutes of silence in memory of John Lennon. 30,000 gathered outside St George's Hall in Liverpool, while nearly 100,000 attend a memorial in New York's Central Park.
in 1980 - At 2 PM EST (US) there is 10 minutes of silence in memory of John Lennon.

in 1981 - Adam and the Ants kicked off a 23-date UK tour at St Austell Coliseum, Cornwall.

in 1981 - During their Ghost In The Machine World Tour The Police played the first of three sold out nights at Wembley Arena, London, England.

in 1982 - Anthony Way (UK vocalist) is born.
in 1984 - Wham! appeared at Leeds Queens Hall during a UK tour, tickets £6.50.
in 1985 - Ren Yagami (Japanese actor, singer) is born.

in 1985 - Elmar Aito, Estonian musicologist, dies at Vienna. He studied musicology at the University of Vienna, where he received his Ph.D. in 1928 with the dissertation Uber das Musikleben in Estland im 19. Jahrhundert. In 1933 he joined the faculty of the German Luther Academy in Dorpat; in 1939 he went to Germany and taught at the University of Heidelberg (from 1955) and the University of Kiel (from 1968). He was instrumental in helping to found the Ost-Europa Institut (later the J. G. Herder Forschungsstelle fur Musikgeschichte). After settling in Vienna, he founded the journal Musica slavica. Arro was an authority on the music of Russia and the Baltic nations. In addition to his important articles in journals, he published Geschichte der estnischen Musik (Dorpat, 1933), edited with others Muzika sovetskoy Estonii (Tallinn, 1956), and was founder-ed. of Musik des Ostens (1962 et seq.). - Born at Riga, July 2, 1899.

in 1985 - Whitney Houston scored her first UK No.1 single with 'Saving All My Love For You'. The song had been a minor hit for Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. in 1978 and was also a US No.1 for Houston.
in 1987 - Alexander Gaskarth (US singer; All Time Low).
in 1988 - Vanessa Anne Hudgens (US singer, actress) is born.
in 1991 - Michael Jackson started a four-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Dangerous'.
in 1992 - Tori Kelly (American singer; 2004 America's Most Talented Kids winner) is born.

in 1993 - Milan Postolka, Czech musicologist, dies at Prague.
He studied with Ocadlik and Sychra at the University of Prague (1951-56), passing the state examination in musicology (1956), taking the C.Sc. (1966), and obtaining his Ph.D (1967; with the dissertation Leopold Kozeluh: Zivot a dilo [Leopold Kozeluh: Life and Works]; publication in Prague, 1964). He worked in the music division of Prague's National Museum (from 1958), and also taught at the University of Prague (1966-79); was director of a research team studying 17th- and 18th-century Czech music at the Czech Academy of Sciences (1972-86). He published books on Czech music of the 18th century (Prague, 1961) and on the young Haydn (Prague, 1988). - Born at Prague, Sept. 29, 1932.

in 1994 - Mary Ann McCall, jazz, pop singer, dies at 75.
in 1995 - Don Anthony bandleader/songwriter, dies at 85.

in 1996 - After presenting this week's edition of 'Top Of The Pops', John Peel was surprised to find he was the subject of the TV show 'This Is Your Life'.

in 1996 - Boyzone scored their second UK No.1 single when 'A Different Beat', the title track of the Irish boy bands second album.

in 1997 - Garth Brooks was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Sevens’ his fourth US No.1 album.

in 1997 - Kurt Winter dies at age 51. Canadian guitarist with the highly successful rock band The Guess Who; he started his career with the Winnipeg bands the Fifth, Brother, Gettysbyrg Address, and before joining Guess Who in 1970. He played stunning machine gun style solos on such hits as "Raindance" and "Albert Flasher". After leaving the band he went into the world of business as well as regrouping with various incarnations of "Guess Who" under the leadership of bassist Jim Kale (kidney failure)
in 1998 - Billy Preston pleaded guilty to insurance fraud in a Los Angeles court and agreed to testify against six other defendants who allegedly participated in starting fires, staging thefts and rigging car crashes for which a total of 18 fraudulent insurance claims were filed. Preston received five years of probation and one year in jail to run concurrently with a sentence he was already serving for violating probation on a prior conviction for cocaine possession.

in 1999 - Sir Paul McCartney appeared at The Cavern Club Liverpool, his last gig at the venue was in 1963. The show was filmed for TV and also went out live on the Internet.

in 1999 - Martin Bernstein, American musicologist, died at N.Y.
He was educated at N.Y. Univ. (B.S., 1925; B.Mus., 1927), and played the double bass in the N.Y. Symphony Orchestra (1925-26), the N.Y. Philharmonic (1926-28), and the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra (1929-36). He was a member of the faculty of N.Y. University (1926-72); then a professor of music at Lehman College, City University of N.Y. (1972-73).

He published Score Reading (1932; 2nd ed., rev, 1947) and the successful textbook An Introduction to Music (N.Y., 1937; 3rd ed., rev, 1966, and 4th ed., rev., 1972 with M. Picker).

A brother, Artie (actually, Arthur) Bernstein (b. N.Y., Feb. 3, 1909; d. Los Angeles, Jan. 4, 1964), a classically trained cellist, became a leading jazz bassist in the 1930s and '40s, playing with many big bands, including Jimmy Dorsey's; from 1939 to 1941 he was part of the Benny Goodman Sextet; after World War II, he became a studio musician. – Born at N.Y., Dec. 14, 1904.

in 2000 - Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher recorded a cover version of Slade's 1973 number one 'Merry Xmas Everybody' for the Christmas Day edition of the BBC1 comedy show The Royle Family.

in 2001 - Secondo "Conte" Candoli dies at age 74. American jazz trumpeter based on the West Coast of the US. He played in the big bands of Woody Herman, Stan Kenton, Benny Goodman, and Dizzy Gillespie, and in Doc Severinsen's NBC Orchestra on The Tonight Show. He played with Gerry Mulligan, and on Frank Sinatra's TV specials. He also recorded with a band called Supersax, a Charlie Parker tribute band that consisted of a saxophone quintet, the rhythm section, and either a trumpet or trombone. He was inducted into The International Jazz Hall of Fame in 1997.

in 2003 - Alicia Keys was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘The Diary Of Alicia Keys’ the singers second US No.1.
in 2003 - Dido went back to No.1 on the UK album chart for another three weeks with ‘Life For Rent.’

in 2003 - Ozzy & Kelly Osbourne went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Changes' a remake of a track first sung by Ozzy on the Black Sabbath album Volume IV in 1972. It was the first father and daughter chart topper since Frank & Nancy Sinatra in 1967.

in 2004 - The funeral took place in Arlington, Texas for Damageplan and Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell. Eddie Van Halen placed Darrell’s original black and yellow stripes guitar into the Kiss Kasket he was buried in. Several thousand fans and friends gathered at the Arlington Convention Center in Arlington, to mourn the guitarist’s death. Darrell was shot five times in the back of the head during a gig at the Alrosa Villa Club in Columbus on 8th Dec 04 by a mentally ill former US Marine. Damageplan's drum technician, John Brooks, and tour manager, Chris Paluska, were both injured in the incident.

in 2005 - Philomena Ward the mother of X Factor contestant Shayne Ward was arrested on suspicion of assault after an alleged brawl at Manchester’s Piccadilly Tavern. A bouncer claimed he was punched during the incident. Shayne Ward went on to have the UK Christmas No.1 single with ‘That’s My Goal.’

in 2006 - Ahmet Ertegün dies at age 83. Turkish-American co-founder and executive of Atlantic Records and chairman of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and museum, described as "one of the most significant figures in the modern recording industry". He also co-founded the New York Cosmos soccer team of the North American Soccer League. In his early days he wrote a number of classic blues songs, including "Chains of Love" and "Sweet Sixteen", under the pseudonym "A. Nugetre" (Ertegün backwards). "Nugetre" also wrote the Ray Charles hit "Mess Around", with lyrics that drew heavily on Pinetop Smith. He also was part of the shouting choral group on Turner's "Shake, Rattle and Roll". In 1987, he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, of which he himself was a founder.(On Oct 29, 2006 he slipped and hit his head while backstage at a Rolling Stones performance in New York for the 60th birthday of former US President Bill Clinton. Although he was initially in stable condition, Ahmet soon took a turn for the worse, he fell into a coma from which he did not recover).
in 2007 - Frank Morgan dies at age 73. American jazz saxophonist with a career spanning more than 50 years. He mainly played alto saxophone but also played soprano saxophone. During the 1950s he was known as a Charlie Parker protege and recorded several bebop albums. He started taking heroin at the age of 17, became addicted and ended up spending time on and off in a few Californian prisons. In the 60's while at San Quentin prison, he formed a small ensemble with another addict and sax player, Art Pepper. The Frank Morgan Quartet featured Dolo Coker on piano, Flip Greene on bass and Larance Marable on drums and in 1985 he started recording again, releasing Easy Living in June 1985. He suffered a stroke in 1998, but subsequently recovered and recorded additional albums. From '85 till his death in 2007 he relaesed 16 albums.

in 2009 - Chris Feinstein dies at age 42. American bassist; he joined Ryan Adams & the Cardinals in 2006 as a touring member and played bass on their 2007 releases 'Easy Tiger' and the 'Follow the Lights' EP, as well as 2008's 'Cardinology.' He was also a major contributor to the 2002 'I Am Sam' soundtrack, serving as a producer and playing bass, guitar and percussion. Prior to this Chris played bass with a variety of different musicians, including Fat Joe on his 2002 album 'Loyalty', Albert Hammond Jr.'s 2006 album 'Yours to Keep' and on Minnie Driver's 2008 album 'Seastories'. Chris and longtime Adams’ drummer Brad Pemberton had played in bands together since attending high school in Nashville. (died at his home in Manhattan. The cause of death is still unknown).
in 2011 - Billie Jo Spears dies at age 73. American country music singer; born Billie Jean Spears in Beaumont, Texas, she made her professional debut at age 13 at a country music concert in Houston, and after graduating from high school, she sang in nightclubs. Billie cut her first single "Too Old For Toys, Too Young For Boys" in Jack Rhodes' makeshift recording studio,while still a teenager, before moving to Nashville, Tennessee in 1964. Billie did not follow the new type of Country called countrypolitan, like many artists of that time and proved to Nashville that country music could still have a more earthy sound. Her first hit came in 1969, when her "Mr. Walker It's All Over" reached No.4 on the Country (cancer) - bBorn January 14th 1938. Billie Jo was born in 1938, not 1937 as stated on so many sites ~ Tim Pierce (Billie Jo Spear's eldest son)

in 2011 - Ed Roman dies at age 61. American guitar maker guitar-maker for the stars, he found a platform for fierce opinions about his commercially manufactured competition, exhorting musicians to drop what he called "misdirected ignorant brand loyalty". Ed worked on motorcycles before turning to guitar building in 1976, and his guitars found their way into the hands of everyone from Ted Nugent to British rockers Eric Burdon of The Animals and John Entwistle of The Who. Ed, sometimes likened to a Viking for his red hair, was unafraid to unleash self-described politically incorrect opinions about foreign-made products, chain stores and corporate guitar manufacturers. Also a singer and a bassist, he was in the process of recording albums of his own before his unexpected death (died after a short illness) - Born February 24th 1950.

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in 1534 - Lucas Osiander, composer is born
in 1567 - Christoph Demantius, composer is born
in 1574 - Samuel Besler, composer is born
in 1657 - French composer Michel-Richard Delalande was born in Paris.
in 1667 - Ludwig Ernst, composer is born
in 1765 - Philippe-Jacques Pfeffinger, composer is born
in 1770 - Ludwig van Beethoven, composer is born
in 1779 - Manuel Jeronimo Romero de Avila, composer, dies at 62
in 1792 - Joseph Martin Kraus, composer, dies at 36
in 1803 - August Freyer, composer is born
in 1812 - Isidor Dannstrom, composer is born
in 1816 - Joseph Franz Maximilian Lobkowitz, composer, dies at 44.
in 1821 - Auguste Emmanuel Vaucorbeil, composer is born
in 1822 - Edward Stephen, composer is born
in 1822 - Ferenc Verseghy, composer, dies at 65
in 1823 - Friedrich Gottlieb Schwencke, composer is born.
in 1830 - Francesco D'Arcais, composer is born
in 1842 - Henry Gadsby, organist/pianist, composer, music teacher, is born.
in 1857 - Eugeniusz Pankiewicz, pianist, composer, organizer of the Warsaw Music Society, is born.
in 1861 - Gualtiero Sanelli, composer, dies at 45
in 1873 - Pongrac Kacsoh, composer is born
in 1875 - Friedrich Niggli, pianist, composer/songwriter, co-founder of the Swiss Composer Club, is born.
in 1877 - Thomas Edison patents his phonograph.
in 1891 - A.P. Carter (Alvin Pleasant Delaney Carter) (US country singer. guitar) is born
in 1892 - Charles Balmer, composer, dies at 75
in 1892 - David Guion, composer is born
in 1892 - Jose Maria Castro, composer is born
in 1897 - Ed Allen (US jazz cornetist; Earl Hines/big bands/freelance) is born
in 1898 - Fernando Remacha, composer is born
in 1901 - Elias Alvares Lobo, composer, dies at 67
in 1905 - Ferenc Farkas, composer, director of the Hungarian State Opera House, is born.

And now a word about my hero.
in 1909 - Spanish composer Francisco Tárrega died in Barcelona at the age of 57.
Francisco de Asís Tárrega y Eixea was born on 21 November 1852, in Vila-real, Castelló, Spain. It is said that Francisco's father played flamenco and several other music styles on his guitar; when his father was away working as a watchman at the Convent of San Pascual the child would take his father's guitar and attempt to make the beautiful sounds he had heard. Francisco's nickname as a child was "Quiquet".

An infection permanently impaired his eyesight and when the family moved to Castelló the child was enrolled in music classes. Both his first music teachers, Eugeni Ruiz and Manuel González, were blind.

In 1862, concert guitarist Julián Arcas, on tour in Castellón, heard the young Tárrega play and advised Tárrega's father to allow Francisco to come to Barcelona to study with him. Tárrega's father agreed, but insisted that his son take piano lessons as well. The guitar was viewed as an instrument to accompany singers, while the piano was all the rage throughout Europe. However, Tárrega had to stop his lessons shortly after, when Arcas left for a concert tour abroad. Although Tárrega was only ten years old, he ran away and tried to start a musical career on his own by playing in coffee houses and restaurants in Barcelona. He was soon found and brought back to his father, who had to make great sacrifices to advance his son's musical education.

Three years later, in 1865, he ran away again, this time to Valencia where he joined a gang of gypsies. His father looked for him and brought him back home once more, but he ran away a third time, again to Valencia. By his early teens, Tárrega was proficient on both the piano and the guitar. For a time, he played with other musicians at local engagements to earn money, but eventually he returned home to help his family.

Tárrega entered the Madrid Conservatory in 1874, under the sponsorship of a wealthy merchant named Antonio Canesa. He had brought along with him a recently purchased guitar, made in Seville by Antonio de Torres. Its superior sonic qualities inspired him both in his playing and in his view of the instrument's compositional potential. At the conservatory, Tárrega studied composition under Emilio Arrieta who convinced him to focus on guitar and abandon the idea of a career with the piano.

By the end of the 1870s, Tárrega was teaching the guitar (Emilio Pujol and Miguel Llobet as well as Daniel Fortea (1878–1953) were pupils of his) and giving regular concerts. Tárrega received much acclaim for his playing and began traveling to other areas of Spain to perform. By this time he was composing his first works for guitar, which he played in addition to works of other composers.

During the winter of 1880, Tárrega replaced his friend Luis de Soria, in a concert in Novelda, Alicante, where, after the concert, an important man in town asked the artist to listen to his daughter, María José Rizo, who was learning to play guitar. Soon they were engaged.
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In 1881, Tárrega played in the Opera Theatre in Lyon and then the Paris Odeon, in the bicentenary of the death of Pedro Calderón de la Barca. He also played in London, but he liked neither the language nor the weather. There is a story about his visit to England. After a concert, some people saw that the musician was in low spirits. "What is the matter, maestro?" they asked him. "Do you miss home? Your family, perhaps?" They advised him to capture that moment of sadness in his music. Thus he conceived the theme of one of his most memorable works, Lágrima (literally meaning teardrop). After playing in London he came back to Novelda for his wedding. At Christmas 1882, Tárrega married María José Rizo.

To enlarge his guitar repertory, he soon began transcribing piano works of Beethoven, Chopin, Mendelssohn and others, and, no doubt, to make use of his considerable knowledge of keyboard music. Tárrega and his wife moved to Madrid, gaining their living by teaching privately and playing concerts, but after the death of an infant daughter during the winter, Maria Josefa de los Angeles Tárrega Rizo, they settled permanently in Barcelona in 1885. Among his friends in Barcelona were Isaac Albéniz, Enrique Granados, Joaquín Turina and Pablo Casals.

Francisco Tárrega and María José (María Josefa) Rizo had three more children. Paquito (Francisco), Maria Rosatia (María Rosalia) (best known as Marieta) and Concepción. On a concert tour in Valencia shortly afterward, Tárrega met a wealthy widow, Conxa Martinez, who became a valuable patron to him. She allowed him and his family use of a house in Barcelona, where he would write the bulk of his most popular works. Later she took him to Granada, where the guitarist conceived the theme for his famous Recuerdos de la Alhambra, which he composed on his return and dedicated to his friend Alfred Cottin, a Frenchman who had arranged his Paris concerts.

From the latter 1880s up to 1903, Tárrega continued composing, but limited his concerts to Spain. In 1900 Tárrega visited Argel, where he heard a repetitive rhythm played on an Arabian drum. The following morning he composed his famous Danza Mora based on that rhythm. In about 1902, he cut his fingernails and created a sound that would become typical of those guitarists associated with his school. The following year he went on tour to Italy, giving highly successful concerts in Rome, Naples, and Milan.

In January 1906, he was afflicted with paralysis on his right side, and though he would eventually return to the concert stage, he never completely recovered. He finished his last work, Oremus, on 2 December 1909. He died in Barcelona thirteen days later, on 15 December, at the age of 57. (from Wiki).
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in 1911 - Stan Kenton (US bandleader and pianist) is born.
in 1916 - Buddy Cole (US jazz pianist and bandleader) is born.
in 1919 - Curtis Lowe (US reedist) is born,
in 1919 - Max Yasgur (US owner of a dairy farm in Bethel; Woodstock Festival 1969) is born.
in 1922 - Alan Freed, DJ who introduced the term, "rock and roll" to the general public, is born.
in 1925 - Billy Butler (US soul-jazz and blues guitarist;sessionist/freelance) is born.
in 1925 - Jimmy Nottingham (US big band trumpeter, flugelhorn) is born.

in 1926 - Denis (Midgley) Arnold, distinguished English musicologist, is born at Sheffield.
He was educated at the University of Sheffield (B.A., 1947; B.Mus., 1948; M.A., 1950). From 1951 to 1960 he was a lecturer and from 1960 to 1964 a reader in music at Queen's University, Belfast; in 1964 he was made senior lecturer at the University of Hull; in 1969 he became professor of music at the University of Nottingham; from 1975 he was Heather Professor of Music at the University of Oxford. From 1976 to 1980 he was joint editor of Music & Letters. From 1979 to 1983 he was president of the Royal Musical Assn. In 1983 he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. He was regarded as one of the foremost authorities on Italian music of the Renaissance and the early Baroque period. - Died at Budapest, April 28, 1986.

in 1927 - Gene Quill (US alto sax player; jazz artist) is born.
in 1928 - Barry Harris (American Bebop pianist) is born.
in 1928 - Ernest Ashworth (US country music singer) is born.
in 1928 - Ida Haendel, violinist, author, is born.
in 1928 - Jerry Wallace, pop, country singer, guitarist, is born.
in 1930 - American composer David Warner Hutchison was born in Denver, CO.

in 1932 - Elaine R(adoff) Barkin, American composer, teacher, and writer on music, is born at b. N.Y.
She studied with Karol Rathaus at Queens College in N.Y. (B.A., 1954), with Irving Fine at Brandeis University (M.F.A., 1956), Boris Blacher at the Berlin Hochschule fur Musik (1957), and Arthur Berger and Harold Shapero at Brandeis University (Ph.D. in composition and theory, 1971). She taught at Queens College (1964-70), Sarah Lawrence College (1969-70), and the University of Mich. (1970-74). In 1974 she joined the faculty of the University of Calif, at Los Angeles, where she taught composition and theory until her retirement as professor emerita in 1997. From 1963 to 1985 she was an editor of Perspectives of New Music. With Benjamin Boretz and James K. Randall, she became proprietor of the Open Space publication series. With Lydia Hamessley, she edited the vol. Audible Traces: Gender, Identity, and Music (Zurich, 1999). In her early compositions, Barkin utilized serial techniques but later delved into what she describes as "group interactive autonomous alternative music-making culture." She has also pursued an active interest in Indonesian culture and the gamelan.

in 1932 - Igor Stuhec, composer is born.
in 1933 - Jesse Belvin, Texarkana Arkansas, rock vocalist (Mr Easy) is born.

in 1934 - Curtis DuBois Fuller, American trombonist, is born at Detroit, Mich.
Along with J.J.Johnson, he presents the quintessence of modem trombone playing, with a technical command and fluid sound that set him apart from the swing players that came before him. Picking up the horn at the age of 16, he had the choice opportunity to be part of a fertile Detroit jazz scene that found Donald Byrd, Louis Hayes, Kenny Burrell, Pepper Adams, Tommy Flanagan, and many others, among his peers. His first important gig was with Yusef Lateef's group, which brought him to N.Y.in the Spring of 1957. Very soon, he became a hot commodity on the scene. Within an eight-month span he recorded six albums as a leader (two on Prestige, the rest on Blue Note) and appeared as sideman on 15 others. Following a brief stay with the Jazztet (which also featured Art Farmer and Benny Golson), he would work with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers from 1961-65. Since the 1970s, he has toured with the Count Basie Band, the Timeless All-Stars, Benny Golson, and numerous groups of his own. Indeed, he remains one of the music's most valuable and legendary practitioners of the jazz trombone.

in 1935 - Dannie Richmond (US drummer; Charles Mingus/own band) is born.
in 1936 - Eddie Palmieri (US arranger, pianist, bandleader) is born.
in 1936 - Krzysztof Sadowski (Polish pianist and organist) is born.
in 1939 - Cynthia Ann Birdsong-Hewlett "Cindy Birdsong," R&B, soul, pop singer/songwriter, is born.
in 1939 - Nicolaus A Huber, composer is born.
in 1940 - Doug Phelps (US lead vocalist; The Kentucky Headhunters) is born.
in 1942 - Dave Clark (UK drummer, singer, composer, songwriter; Dave Clark Five) is born.

in 1943 - Fats Waller (Thomas Wright Waller) dies at age 39. African-American jazz pianist, organist, composer and comedic entertainer.A skilled pianist, widely recognized as a master of stride piano, he was one of the most popular performers of his era, finding critical and commercial success in America and in Europe. He wrote or co-wrote classics such as "Honeysuckle Rose", "Ain't Misbehavin'" and "Squeeze Me". A prolific composer of novelty swing tunes in the 1920s and 30s, he sold many of his compositions for relatively small sums, and as they became hits, other songwriters had already claimed them as their own. He was once kidnapped by four men, a terrified Waller found he was the 'surprise guest' at Al Capone's birthday party. He had a successful tour of the UK and Ireland in the late 1930s, and appeared in one of the earliest BBC Television broadcasts. He appeared in several feature films and short subject films, most notably "Stormy Weather" in 1943, which was released only months before his death. His inductions include - Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970; Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1989; Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1993; 2005 Jazz at Lincoln Center: Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame and in 2008 he was inducted into the Gennett Records Walk of Fame. Fellow pianist and composer Oscar Levant dubbed Waller "the black Horowitz". (died of pneumonia aboard an eastbound train in the vicinity of Kansas City, Missouri, following a west coast engagement)
in 1944 - Glenn Miller dies at age 40. American jazz musician, arranger, composer and band leader in the swing era. He was one of the best-selling recording artists from 1939 to 1942, leading one of the best known "Big Bands". His signature recordings include, "In the Mood", "Tuxedo Junction", "Chattanooga Choo Choo", "Moonlight Serenade", "Little Brown Jug", and "Pennsylvania 6-5000". In 1926, he toured and played with Ben Pollack's group in Los Angeles, during which he wrote several musical arrangements of his own. He earnt a living as a freelance trombonist in several bands. In November of 1929, an original vocalist named Red McKenzie hired Glenn to play on two records that are now considered to be jazz classics: "Hello, Lola" and "If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight". Not only were these 2 numbers considered major musical items, but they also represented one of the major breakthroughs in blacks and whites playing together. He was a member of Red Nichols’s orchestra in 1930, his bandmates included Benny Goodman and Gene Krupa. In the mid-1930s, Miller also worked as a trombonist and arranger in The Dorsey Brothers ill-fated co-led orchestra, where he composed the song "Annie's Cousin Fanny" and "Dese Dem Dose" for the Dorsey Brothers Band. In 1935, he assembled an American orchestra for British bandleader Ray Noble, developing the arrangement of lead clarinet over four saxophones that eventually became the sonic keynote of his own big ban. (While travelling to entertain U.S. troops in France during WW II, his plane disappeared in bad weather over the English Channel. His body was never found)
in 1944 - Hank Williams married Audrey Guy. The ceremony took place at a filling station.
in 1945 - Robert Merrill made his debut at The Metropolitan Opera in New York City in Verdi's La Traviata.
in 1946 - Carmine Appice (US drummer; Vanilla Fudge/King Kobra/Blue Murder/freelance) is born.
in 1946 - Gordon Frederic Norton, composer, dies at 77.
in 1946 - Harry Ray, Hackensack NJ, rock vocalist (Ray, Goodman, Brown) is born.
in 1948 - Toshinori Kondo (Japanese avant-garde jazz-style trumpeter) is born.
in 1949 - Don Johnson (US actor, singer) is born.
in 1950 - Robert Muller-Hartmann, composer, dies at 66.
in 1951 - Ken Knox, rock vocalist (Chairmen of the Board) is born.
in 1952 - Bruce Gertz (US bassist; freelance/session/guest) is born.
in 1952 - Rudi Protrudi (US lead singer, songwriter, record producer; The Fuzztones) is born.
in 1953 - Kishio Hirao, composer, dies at 46.

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in 1954 - Oscar "Papa" Celestin dies at age 70. New Orleans jazz bandleader, reed player, singer, born in Napoleonville, Louisiana, he played guitar and trombone before deciding on cornet as his main instrument. He took music lessons from Claiborne Williams, and played with the Algiers Brass Band by the early 1900s, also with various small town bands before moving to New Orleans in 1904, at age 20.

In New Orleans he played with the Imperial, Indiana, Henry Allen senior's Olympia Brass Bands, and Jack Carey's dance band; early in his career he was sometimes known as "Sonny" Celestin. Around 1910 he got the job as leader of the house band at the Tuxedo Dance Hall on North Franklin St, Storyville. He kept the name "Tuxedo" for the name of his band after the Dance Hall closed. For some years Oscar co-led the Tuxedo Band with trombonist William Ridgely. They made their first recordings with the band during the Okeh Records field trip to New Orleans in 1925.

His band became a regular feature at the Paddock Lounge on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter, and made regular radio broadcasts, television appearance, and more recordings. In 1953 Oscar gave a command performance for President Eisenhower at the White House. His last recording singing, was "Marie LaVeau" in 1954. In view of the tremendous contribution Oscar made in jazz throughout his lifetime, the Jazz Foundation of New Orleans had a bust made and donated to the Delgado Museum in New Orleans. Near the end of his life, he was honored as one of the greats of New Orleans music. Over 4000 people marched in his funeral parade.

He worked in the local shipyards during World War II, until being seriously injured by a hit-and-run motorist in 1944. He began playing more regularly from 1946, recommenced recording in 1947. During the late 1940s he led at the Paddock, New Orleans, and also made regular radio and TV appearances and occasional tours. In May 1953 the band appeared in the film Cinerama Holiday. - Born at La Fourche Parish, Napoleonville, La., Jan. 1,1884.

in 1955 - Paul Simonon, English pop bassist (Clash-Havana 3 AM) is born.

in 1956 - Elvis Presley gave his final performance on Louisiana Hayride, a live radio program that was broadcast on KWKH in Shreveport, Louisiana. Presley made 50 appearances on the show. At the end of the show, Horace Logan first made the now legendary phrase ‘Elvis has left the building’.

in 1960 - Doug Phelps, Leachville Ar, singer (Ky Headhunters-Davy Crockett) is born.
in 1960 - Walter Werzowa (Austrian composer) is born.
in 1961 - Nick Beggs (UK bass; Kajagoogoo/Iona/freelance) is born.
in 1962 - Carla Zilbersmith (Canadian actress, singer, comedian) is born.

in 1962 - The Beatles played two separate shows at the same venue, the Majestic Ballroom in Birkenhead, Merseyside. First they played a standard Majestic booking then at midnight, the first-ever "Mersey Beat" poll awards show took place. As poll winners, The Beatles closed the show (at 4:00 am).

in 1962 - Tim Gaines, Christian metal bassist, singer, keyboardist, is born.
in 1967 - Beatles release "Christmas Time is Here Again".

in 1969 - John Lennon played what would be his final ever gig in the UK when he appeared at The Lyceum Ballroom, London, with the Plastic Ono Band in a UNICEF 'Peace For Christmas' benefit. George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Delaney and Bonnie, Billy Preston and The Who's drummer, Keith Moon also took part.

in 1969 - Launch of 'War Is Over' campaign organized by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Posters and billboards are displayed in 12 important cities around the world.

in 1971 - Clint Lowery (US guitarist; Sevendust) is born.
in 1972 - Herbert Eimert, German composer (Glockenspiel), dies at 75.

in 1973 - Charlie Rich started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'The Most Beautiful Girl', the singers only No.1 single, a No.2 hit in the UK.
in 1973 - David Cassidy went to No.1 on the UK album chart with his third solo album 'Dreams Are Nothin More Than Wishes.'

in 1973 - Jermaine Jackson from The Jackson Five married the daughter of the boss of Motown Records, Hazel Gordy.

in 1973 - Kito Trawick (US hype man for Ghost Town DJs) is born.
in 1973 - Orest Alexandrovich Evlahkov, composer, dies at 61.
in 1974 - Erich Walter Sternberg, composer, dies at 83.

in 1975 - Mukhtar Ashrafi, Russian composer and teacher, dies at Tashkent age 63.
He studied composition in Samarkand, with S. Vasilenko at the Moscow Conservatory (1934-37), and at the Leningrad Conservatory (1941-43). In 1944 he settled in Tashkent, where he was a teacher at the Conservatory. In many of his works, he glorified themes from Central Asian history. - Born at Bukhara, June 11,1912.

in 1976 - Dave Mackintosh (Scottish drummer; Dragonforce) is born.

in 1977 - The Sex Pistols were refused entry into the USA two days before a scheduled NBC TV appearance. Johnny Rotten because of a drugs conviction, Paul Cook & Sid Vicious because of 'moral turpitude' and Steve Jones because of his criminal record.

in 1978 – Kaine (Eric Ron Jackson) (US crunk hip-hop artist; Ying Yang Twins) is born.
in 1978 - Mark Jansen (Dutch guitarist; Epica) is born.
in 1979 - Edele Lynch (Irish singer; B*Witched) is born.

in 1979 - Jackie Brenston dies at age 49. American R&B singer and saxophonist born in Clarksdale, Mississippi. After leaving the army 1947, he learned to play the tenor saxophone, linking up with Ike Turner in 1950 as sax player and occasional singer in his band. The local success of Ike’s Kings of Rhythm prompted B. B. King to recommend them to studio owner Sam Phillips in Memphis, Tennessee, where the band made several recordings in early March 1951, including "Rocket 88", on which Brenston sang lead and which he was credited with writing. Phillips passed the recordings on to Chess Records in Chicago, but they released "Rocket 88" as by "Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats". The record soon reached No.1 on the U.S. Billboard R&B chart and stayed at that position for over a month. It is a very contrivertial believe this to be the first rock and roll record, whatever, Sam Phillips used the success of the record to start Sun Records the following year. After a few more sessions with Ike, Jackie left to play saxophone with Lowell Fulson's band in 1953-1955. After which he rejoined Ike Turner, until the early 1960s. Though he recorded with Turner's Kings of Rhythm throughout those years, Jackie's voice, was heard on only two of the many singles that the band had out during that time. He was forbidden to ever sing Rocket 88 and had been reduced to being Ike Turner's baritone sax-player. After a final recording session with Earl Hooker in 1963, so sadly Jackie's drinking habit had became much worse and he played only occasionally in local bars when he could. (died of a fatal heart attack).
in 1979 - Pink Floyd started a five week run at #1 on the UK singles chart with 'Another Brick In The Wall, (Part 2),' their only UK chart topper. The song, which was also the final #1 single of the 1970s, received a Grammy nomination for Best Performance by a Rock Duo or Group, but Floyd lost to Bob Seger's Against the Wind.

in 1979 - Released on the Anti- Pop label, a 28- minute mini- album priced at £2.50 by Wavis O'Shave, titled 'Anna Ford's Bum'. (Anna was a TV newsreader).

in 1979 - U2 appeared at the Windsor Castle Pub, Harrow Road, London, admission was free.
in 1980 - Sergio Pizzorno (UK guitarist; Kasabian) is born
in 1981 - Najoua Belyzel (French pop rock and electronic music vocalist) is born.

in 1981 - Samuel Jones dies at age 57. American jazz double bassist, cellist and composer born in Jacksonville, Florida. Over his career he played with Bobby Timmons, Tiny Bradshaw, John Lee Hooker, Les Jazz Modes, Kenny Dorham, Illinois Jacquet, Freddie Hubbard, Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk among others. He is known for his work with Cannonball Adderley from 1959 to 1965, but also spent several years working with Oscar Peterson and Cedar Walton and recorded with Bill Evans in the 1950s. His career primarily revolved around the New York City jazz scene. Samuel wrote the jazz standard "Del Sasser", among other tunes.

in 1984 - 'Do They Know It's Christmas' by Band Aid entered the UK chart at No.1 and stayed at the top for five weeks. It became the biggest selling UK single of all time with sales over 3 and a half million. Band Aid was masterminded by former Boomtown Rats singer Bob Geldof, who had been moved by a TV news story of famine in Ethiopia. Geldof had the idea of raising funds with a one-off charity single featuring the cream of the current pop world. Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Paul Young, Culture Club, George Michael, Sting, Bono, Phil Collins, Paul Weller, Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt of Status Quo and Bananarama all appeared on the recording.

in 1984 - Jan Peerce dies at age 80). American operatic tenor and father of film director Larry
Peerce. In 1932 he was hired as a tenor soloist with the Radio City Music Hall company, he soon had a nationwide following. This led to concert engagements and he made his operatic debut in May of 1938 in Philadelphia as the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto, followed by his first solo recital in New York in November 1939. He went on to work with the legendary maestro Arturo Toscanini and made his debut with the Metropolitan Opera on November 29, 1941, singing Alfredo in Verdi's La traviata, parts of Cavaradossi in Tosca, Rodolfo in La bohème, and in Gounod's Faust. He was hailed by the critics as the "All-American successor to the 'greats' of opera's almost extinct 'Golden Age'." In 1956 he made a sensation in Moscow as a musical "cultural exchange" ambassador, being the first American to sing with the famed Bolshoi Opera.
in 1986 - Xiah/Kim Junsu (South Korean singer; TVXQ) is born
in 1987 - Mandy Jiroux (US dancer, singer) is born
in 1988 - Soul singer James Brown was sentenced to six years in prison for various offences including possession of weapons and resisting arrest.
in 1989 - The Charlatans appeared at Winnington Rec, Northwich, Cheshire, England, tickets £3.00.
in 1990 - Abba singer Agnetha Faltskog married Swedish surgeon Tomas Sonnenfeld.

in 1990 - Rod Stewart married New Zealand model Rachel Hunter in Beverly Hills. Stewart was quoted as saying 'I Found the Girl that I Want, I won't be putting my banana in anybody's fruit bowl from now on'. They split in 1999.

in 1993 - John Williams makes his final appearance as conductor of Boston Pops.
in 1994 - Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora married actress Heather Locklear. The couple will divorce in 2006.
in 1994 - Hans de Jong, musician/conductor (Amsterdams Vrouwenkoor), dies at 86
in 1994 - Harry Tobias, songwriter, dies at 99.
in 1995 - James Geoffrey Cutcliffe Hepburn, tap-dancer/socialist, dies at 88.

in 1997 - 'Spice World The Movie', featuring The Spice Girls premiered at The Empire, Leicester Sq, London. The following year it was nominated for the 'worst film' at the Golden Raspberry Awards.

in 1997 - Karsten Andersen, Norwegian conductor, dies at Christiana (Oslo). He received his training in Norway and Italy. In 1945 he became music director of the Stavanger Sym. Orch., a position he held concurrently with the Stavanger Radio Ensemble. From 1965 to 1985 he was music director of the Bergen Sym. Orch. He also was chief conductor of the Iceland Sym. Orch. in Reykjavik from 1973 to 1980. From 1985 to 1988 he was a prof, of conducting at the Norwegian Musikkh0gskole in Oslo. - Born at Christiana, Feb. 16, 1920.

in 1998 - Backstreet Boys roadie Michael Barrett filed a $3 million lawsuit against the group claiming damages after a 50-pound cannon fell on his head during a show.

in 1999 - Boy George was knocked unconscious when a mirror ball fell on his head during a show in Dorset, England.

in 1999 - Former Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren announced that he was running for the Mayor of London. He said he would be campaigning for brothels, pot shops and boozing in libraries. "I changed London with the Sex Pistols, I can change London as Mayor."

in 1999 - Posh Spice Victoria Beckham knocked a crazed fan to the ground after he tried to grab her baby son Brooklyn as she left Harrods in London.

in 2001 - Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh was given an honorary Doctorate of Music from Kent State University in Ohio.

in 2001 - Rufus Thomas dies at age 84. American R&B, funky soul singer, songwriter; born in Memphis he was often referred to as "The World's Oldest Teenager", he always answered he was "The World's Finest Teenager". He started his career as a professional entertainer, in 1936 with the Rabbit Foot Minstrels, an all-black revue that toured the South. He then worked for twenty-two years at a textile plant. In 1951 he started at WDIA where he hosted an afternoon show called Hoot and Holler. WDIA, featuring an African-American format, was known as "the mother station of the Negroes" and became an important source of blues and R&B music for a generation, its audience consisting of white as well as black listeners. In the the 60's and 70's his hits included "Walking The Dog", "Do the Funky Chicken", "(Do the) Push and Pull", "The Breakdown" and "Do the Penguin". He performed at Wattstax in 1972, leading a crowd of 40,000 in the "Funky Chicken."
in 2002 - Blue featuring Elton John went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word.' Previously a No.11 hit for Elton in 1976. It gave Elton only his 5th No 1 after over 30 years of hits!

in 2003 - Courtney Love was sentenced to 18 months in drug rehabilitation after she admitted being under the influence of cocaine and opiates. She was banned from taking non-prescription drugs, drinking alcohol or being in places that serve alcohol.

in 2004 - British harpist Sidonie Goosens died in London at the age of 105.

in 2006 - The co-founder of Atlantic Records Ahmet Ertegun died, aged 83. Ertegun who founded Atlantic Records with Herb Abramson in 1947 helped make Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin stars and signed the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin in the early 70s. He suffered a head injury when he fell at a Rolling Stones concert at New York's Beacon Theatre in October, and died after slipping into a coma.

in 2008 - Davy Graham (Davey Graham) dies at age 68. UK guitarist, singer and arranger; an influential figure in the 1960s folk music revolution in England, inventing the concept of the folk guitar instrumental. He is best-known for his acoustic instrumental, "Anji" and for his use of Dadgad tuning. He inspired many of the practitioners of the fingerstyle acoustic guitar, such as Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, Martin Carthy, Paul Simon, Eltjo Haselhoff and even Jimmy Page, who heavily based his solo "White Summer" on Graham's "She moved thru' the Bizarre/Blue Raga". He was one of UK's greatest guitarists, revered by many generations of guitarists over his 50 year career.

in 2008 - Madonna paid former husband Guy Ritchie around £50m as part of their divorce settlement. The singers US spokeswoman Liz Rosenberg told The Associated Press the figure included the value of the couple's Ashcombe home in England, and the financial part of the settlement had been worked out but custody of the couple's children had yet to be finalised.

in 2010 - Various Pink Floyd items were sold at an Entertainment Memorabilia auction by Bonhams in Knightsbridge London. A demo pressing of the single 'Point Me To The Sky'/'Careful With That Axe Eugene' sold for £720. Pink Floyd signatures, in various blue marker pens on four separate pieces of paper mounted and framed together with a copy of 'Dark Side Of The Moon' sold for £624.00 and a demo pressing of the single by Syd Barrett, 'Octopus' / 'Golden Hair' from 1969, misspelt 'Barratt' corrected in ink on A-side, sold for £300.
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in 1627 - Sebastian Aguilera de Heredia, Spanish organist and composer, dies at Saragossa. He was organist of Huesca Cathedral (1585-1603), and then at the cathedral of La Seo in Saragossa. Among his extant works are 23 organ pieces, which are particularly notable for their use of medio registro in which each half of the keyboard allows for independent registration. He also published the vol. Canticum Beatissimae Virginia deiparae Mariae octo modis seu tonis compositum, quaternisque vocibus, quinis, senis et octonis concionandum (Saragossa, 1618), which contains 36 settings of the Magnificat. - Born at Saragossa (baptized), Aug. 15, 1561.

in 1652 - Giovanni Maria Casini, composer is born.
in 1673 - Juan de Padilla, composer, dies at 68.
in 1734 - Georg Peter Weimar, composer is born.
in 1748 - Ferdinand-Philippe-Joseph Staes, composer is born.
in 1767 - Van Ritter von Gluck’s opera "Alceste" premiers.
in 1770 - German composer Ludwig van Beethoven was born in Bonn.
in 1775 - Francois-Adrien Boieldieu, composer is born.
in 1777 - Janos Fusz, composer is born.
in 1781 - Georg Simon Lohlein, composer, dies at 56.
in 1783 - Johann Adolf Hasse, Dutch operatic composer (Sesostrate), dies at 84.
in 1790 - Ludwig August Lebrun, composer, dies at 38.
in 1816 - Vincenzo Galeotti, [Tomazelli], Ital dancer/choreographer, dies at 73.
in 1822 - Charles Edward Horsley, composer is born.
in 1825 - Robert Prescott Stewart, organist, composer, editor of the "Irish Church Hymnal," is born.
in 1833 - Friedrich August Kanne, composer, dies at 55.
in 1834 - François-Adrien Boïeldieu (French composer) is born.
in 1847 - Augusta "Mary Anne" Holmes "Hermann Zenta," pianist, composer, is born.
in 1852 - Henri-Jean Rigel, composer, dies at 80.
in 1861 - Karol Joseph Lipinski, composer, dies at 71.
in 1870 - Stanislaw Duniecki, composer, dies at 31.

in 1882 - Zoltan Kodaly, renowned Hungarian composer, ethnomusicologist, and music educator, is born at Kecskemet. He was brought up in a musical family; received his general education at the Archiepiscopal Grammar School in Nagyszombat; at the same time, he took lessons in piano, violin, viola, and cello. He soon began to compose, producing an overture when he was 15; it was performed in Nagyszombat in 1898.

He then went to Budapest (1900), where he entered the University as a student of Hungarian and German; also studied composition with Koessler at the Royal Academy of Music (diplomas in composition, 1904, and teaching, 1905; Ph.D., 1906, with a dissertation on the stanzaic structure of Hungarian folk song).

He became associated with Bartok, collecting, organizing, and editing the vast wealth of national folk songs; he made use of these melodies in his own compositions. In 1906 he went to Berlin, and in 1907 proceeded to Paris, where he took some lessons with Widor, but it was the music of Debussy that most profoundly influenced him in his subsequent development as a composer. He was appointed a professor at the Royal Academy of Music in Budapest in 1907.

In collaboration with Bartok, he prepared the detailed paper "Az uj egyetemes nepdalgyiijtemeny tervezete" (A Project for a New Universal Collection of Folk Songs) in 1913. They continued their collecting expeditions until World War I intervened. Kodaly wrote music criticism in Budapest (1917-19). In 1919 he was appointed deputy director of the Budapest Academy of Music, but lost his position that same year for political reasons; however, he resumed his teaching there in 1922. In 1923 he was commissioned to write a commemorative work in celebration of the half-century anniversary of the union of Buda, Pest, and Obuda into Budapest.

The resulting work, the oratorio Psalmus hungaricus (1923), brought him wide recognition. The initial performance in Budapest was followed by numerous productions all over Europe, and also in America. Another major success was his opera Hary Janos (1926); an orchestral suite from this work became highly popular in Hungary and throughout the world. His orchestra works Marosszeki ttlncok (Dances of Marosszek; 1930; based on a piano work) and Galantai ttlncok (Dances of Galanta; for the 80th anniversary of the Budapest Philharmonic Society, 1933) were also very successful.

His reputation as one of the most significant national composers was firmly established with the repeated performances of these works. Among his most important subsequent works were the orchestra pieces Variations on a Hungarian Folk Song "FelszaHott a pava," the Peacock Variations (for the 50th anniversary of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra, 1939), and the Concerto for Orchestra (for the 50th anniversary of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, 1941). His great interest in music education is reflected in his numerous choral works, which he wrote for both adults and children during the last 30 years of his life.

He also pursued his ethnomusicological studies; from 1940 he was associated with the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, serving as its president (1946-49). He continued to teach at the Academy of Music until 1940, and then gave instruction in Hungarian folk music until 1942; even after his retirement, he taught the latter course there. He toured as a conductor of his own music in England, the U.S., and the Soviet Union (1946-47); then throughout Western Europe. In succeeding years, he held a foremost place in the musical life of his country, receiving many honors; was awarded 3 Kossuth Prizes (1948, 1952, 1957).

He also received foreign honors, being made an honorary member of the Moscow Conservatory (1963) and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1963); was also awarded the Gold Medal of the Royal Philharmonic Society of London (1967). An International Kodaly Society was organized in Budapest in 1975.

As a composer, Kodaly's musical style was not as radical as that of Bartok; he never departed from basic tonality, nor did his experiments in rhythm reach the primitivistic power of Bartok's percussive idiom. He preferred a Romantic treatment of his melodic and harmonic materials, with an infusion of Impressionistic elements. All the same, he succeeded in producing a substantial body of music of notable distinction.

He was married twice; his first wife, Emma, whom he married in 1910, died in 1958; on Dec. 18, 1959, he married Sarolta Peczely, a student (b. 1940). - Died at Budapest, March 6, 1967.
in 1893 - Antonin Dvořák's "New World Symphony" premieres.
in 1893 - Vladimir Golschmann, who conducted the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra for 27 years, is born.
in 1899 - English composer, actor, playwright and producer Noel Coward was born in Teddington, Middlesex.
in 1905 - Andy Razaf (African-American composer, poet, and lyricist) is born.
in 1907 - Bernard Flood (American jazz trumpeter) is born.
in 1910 - Robert Neohren, organbuilder, teacher, organ historian and theorist, is born.
in 1910 - Stanojlo Rajicic, composer is born.
in 1914 - Ivan Zajc, composer, dies at 82.
in 1915 - Clois "Cub" Teagarden (American jazz drummer) is born.
in 1915 - Georgy Vasilyevich Sviridov, composer, is born.
in 1915 - Melvin “Turk” Murphy (US jazz trombonist) is born.
in 1918 - Pierre Delanoë (French songwriter, lyricist) is born.
in 1919 - Cornelis Pieters "Manke Nelis," bassist, pop singer, is born.
in 1919 - Manke Nelis, [Cornelis Pieters], Dutch folk vocalist (Small Yodel Boy) is born.

in 1921 - (Charles-) Camille Saint-Saens, celebrated French composer, dies at Algiers.
His widowed mother sent him to his greataunt, Charlotte Masson, who taught him to play piano. He proved exceptionally gifted, and gave a performance in a Paris salon before he was 5; at 6, he began to compose; at 7, he became a private pupil of Stamaty; so rapid was his progress that he made his pianistic debut at the Salle Pleyel on May 6, 1846, playing a Mozart concerto and a movement from Beethoven's C minor Concerto, with Orchestra.

After studying harmony with Pierre Maleden, he entered the Paris Cons., where his teachers were Benoist (organ) and Halevy (composition). He won the second prize for organ in 1849, and the first prize in 1851. In 1852 he competed unsuccessfully for the Grand Prix de Rome, and failed again in a second attempt in 1864, when he was already a composer of some stature. His Ode a Sainte Cecile for Voice and Orchestra was awarded the first prize of the Societe Sainte- Cecile (1852).

On Dec. 11, 1853, his first numbered symphony was performed; Gounod wrote him a letter of praise, containing a prophetic phrase regarding the "obligation de devenir un grand maitre." From 1853 to 1857 Saint- Sae'ns was organist at the church of Saint- Merry in Paris; in 1857 he succeeded Lefebure-Wely as organist at the Madeleine. This important position he filled with distinction, and soon acquired a great reputation as virtuoso on the organ and a master of improvisation. He resigned in 1876, and devoted himself mainly to composition and conducting; also continued to appear as a pianist and organist.

From 1861 to 1865 he taught piano at the Ecole Niedermeyer; among his pupils were Andre Messager and Gabriel Faure. Saint- Saens was one of the founders of the Societe Nationale de Musique (1871), established for the encouragement of French composers, but withdrew in 1886 when dlndy proposed to include works by foreign composers in its program.

In 1875 he married Marie Truffot; their 2 sons died in infancy; they separated in 1881, but were never legally divorced; Madame Saint-Saens died in Bordeaux on Jan. 30, 1950, at the age of 95. In 1891 Saint-Saens established a museum in Dieppe (his father's birthplace), to which he gave his MSS and his collection of paintings and other art objects. On Oct. 27, 1907, he witnessed the unveiling of his own statue (by Marqueste) in the court foyer of the opera house in Dieppe. He received many honors: in 1868 he was made a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor; in 1884, Officer; in 1900, Grand-Officer; in 1913, Grand-Croix (the highest rank).

In 1881 he was elected to the Institut de France; he was also a member of many foreign organizations; received an honorary Mus.D. degree at the Univ. of Cambridge. He visited the U.S. for the first time in 1906; was a representative of the French government at the Panama-Pacific Exposition in 1915 and conducted his choral work Hail California (San Francisco, June 19, 1915), written for the occasion.

In 1916, at the age of 81, he made his first tour of South America; continued to appear in public as conductor of his own works almost to the time of his death. He took part as conductor and pianist in a festival of his works in Athens in May 1920. He played a program of his piano pieces at the Saint- Saens museum in Dieppe on Aug. 6, 1921. For the winter he went to Algiers, where he died. The position of Saint-Saens in French music was very important. His abilities as a performer were extraordinary; he aroused the admiration of Wagner during the latter's stay in Paris (1860-61) by playing at sight the entire scores of Wagner's operas; curiously, Saint-Saens achieved greater recognition in Germany than in France during the initial stages of his career.

His most famous opera, Samson et Dalila, was produced in Weimar (1877) under the direction of Eduard Lassen, to whom the work was suggested by Liszt; it was not performed in France until nearly 13 years later, in Rouen. He played his first and third piano concertos for the first time at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig. Solidity of contrapuntal fabric, instrumental elaboration, fullness of sonority in orchestration, and a certain harmonic saturation are the chief characteristics of his music, qualities that were not yet fully exploited by French composers at the time, the French public preferring the lighter type of music.

However, Saint-Saens overcame this initial opposition, and toward the end of his life was regarded as an embodiment of French traditionalism. The shock of the German invasion of France in World War I made him abandon his former predilection for German music, and he wrote virulent articles against German art. He was unalterably opposed to modern music, and looked askance at Debussy; he regarded later manifestations of musical modernism as outrages, and was outspoken in his opinions. That Saint-Saens possessed a fine sense of musical characterization, and true Gallic wit, is demonstrated by his ingenious suite Carnival of the Animals, which he wrote in 1886 but did not allow to be published during his lifetime. He also published a book of elegant verse (1890). For a complete list of his works, see the Durand Catalogue general et ihematique des oeuvres de Saint-Saens (Paris, 1897; rev. ed., 1909). – Born at Paris, Oct. 9, 1835.
in 1921 - Steve Allen, (originally Stephen Valentine Patrick William), popular pianist, songwriter, comedian, is born at N.Y Allen is a more than capable musician and a very witty man. He was responsible for showcasing many important jazz artists on his NBC programs. These performers included Art Tatum (with whom he played a duet) twice, and the first appearances of Thelonious Monk and Miles Davis (with John Coltrane). These 1955 programs only survive as audio. Allen always treated the musicians respectfully and made a point to try and educate the viewing audience about jazz and improvisation. He also produced the television series Jazz Scene between 1960 and 1962 (some of which are available on home video). Allen produced an instructional video on playing jazz piano and also appeared in the Benny Goodman Story film. - Died Oct. 30, 2000.

in 1922 - Seymor "Cy" Leslie (US music and video executive) is born.
in 1923 - Menahem Pressler (German-Israeli pianist) is born.
in 1923 - Pongrac Kacsoh, composer, dies at 50.
in 1923 - Werner Haentjes, composer is born.
in 1925 - Sam Brown (Jamaican roots reggae singer, poet) is born.
in 1926 - Alfred Koerppen, composer is born.
in 1926 - Darius Milhauds opera "Le Pauvre Matelot," premieres in Paris.
in 1926 - James McCracken, Gary Ind, dramatic tenor (Rodolfo-La Boh‚me) is born.
in 1927 - Hugh Archibald Clarke, composer, dies at 88.
in 1931 - Angus Murdo McKenzie "Karl Denver," pop singer, is born.
in 1932 - Rodion Konstantinovich Schedrin, Moscow, composer (Humpback Horse) is born.
in 1933 - Johnny "Hammond" Smith (American organist) is born.
in 1933 - Ron Anthony (American guitarist for Frank Sinatra and George Shearing) is born.

in 1934 - Born on this day, Karl Denver, UK singer, (1962 UK No.4 single 'Wimoweh', 1990 UK No.46 hit 'Lazyitis- One Armed Boxer' with Happy Mondays). Denver died on 21st December 1998.

in 1937 - Jim Glaser, Spalding Neb, singer (Glaser Bros-Getting to Me Again) is born.
in 1937 - Joe Farrell (Joseph Carl Firrantello) (US jazz saxophonist and flutist) is born.
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in 1937 - Joseph Carl Firrantello "Joe Farrell," jazz saxophonist, flutist, is born.
in 1939 - Philip Gordon Langridge CBE (English tenor, opera and oratorio) is born.
in 1940 - Dimitri van Toren, cabaret singer/songwriter, is born.

in 1940 - William Wallace, Scottish composer, physician, classical scholar, writer, teacher, and painter, died at Malmesbury, Wiltshire age 80. He studied medicine at the University of Glasgow (M.B. and M.Ch., 1885), and then pursued training in ophthalmology in Vienna, Paris, and Moorfields before returning to Glasgow to take his M.D. (1888). His interest in music led him to enter the Royal Academy of Music in London in 1889, where he remained for only two terms. He thus was mainly autodidact in composition.

With Bantock, he was active with the New Quarterly Musical Review (1893-96) but also devoted much time to composition. From 1911 to 1913 he was honorary secretary of the Philharmonic Society of London. During World War I (1914-18), he served in the Royal Army Medical Corps, from which he retired with the rank of Captain in 1919. In later years he was a professor of harmony and composition at the Royal Academy of Music. Wallace was married to the sculptress Ottilie Helen McLaren, daughter of Lord McLaren.

His symphonic poem The Passing of Beatrice (1892) is generally acknowledged as the first such work in the genre written by a British composer. He also wrote 5 other symphonic poems, as well as a remarkable Creation Symphony. His output, while not large, reflects a lively imagination and a craftsmanship in writing for the orch. - Born at Greenock, July 3, 1860.

in 1944 - John Abercrombie, jazz guitarist, is born.

in 1945 or 42 or 43 - Born on this day, Tony Hicks, guitar, The Hollies, (over 25 Top 40 hits since 1963, 1972 US No.2 single 'Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress', 1988 UK No.1 single 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother' first released in 1969.

in 1946 - Born on this day, Benny Anderson, keyboards, vocals, Abba, (first UK hit 1974 No.1 single 'Waterloo', followed by 8 other UK No.1 singles and 9 UK No.1 albums, 1977 US No.1 single 'Dancing Queen').

in 1946 - English harpsichordist and conductor Trevor Pinnock was born in Canterbury.
in 1949 - Billy Gibbons "Reverend Willie G," rock guitarist, singer/songwriter, multi-intrumentalist, is born.
in 1950 - Otto Vrieslander, composer, dies at 70
in 1951 - Robben Ford (US multi-genre guitarist; Discovering the Blues/Charles Ford Band/ L.A.Express/solo) is born
in 1957 - Antonio Vega Tallés (Spanish pop singer-songwriter; Nacha Pop/solo) is born
in 1959 - Steven Irvine, rock drummer (Lloyd Cole and The Commotions) is born
in 1961 - Andre Andersen (Danish, Russia-born multi-instrumentalist, composer) is born.
in 1961 - Boris Semyonovich Shekhter, composer, dies at 61
in 1961 - Cato Engelen-Sewing, Dutch soprano singer/primadonna, dies at 93
in 1961 - Mike Fahn (American jazz trombonist) is born
in 1962 - Laurence Cottle (Welsh bassist; Black Sabbath/guest/sessionist) is born
in 1963 - Jeff Carson (American singer) is born.

in 1965 - Released as a double A side The Beatles 'Day Tripper / We Can Work It Out', became their ninth UK No.1 and their third Christmas chart topper in a row. The single was a US No.1 in January 1966.

in 1966 - Beatles release "Everywhere its Christmas" in UK.

in 1966 - The first Jimi Hendrix Experience single 'Hey Joe', was released in the UK on Polydor records, the track had been rejected by the Decca label. It went on to be a No.6 hit in the UK, but failed to chart in America.

in 1967 - The Rolling Stones announced that Marianne Faithfull was the first signing to their 'Mother Earth' label.
in 1968 - Christopher Thorn (US guitarist, mandolin, harmonica; Blind Melon) is born.

in 1968 - Lalah Hathaway (Eulaulah Donyll Hathaway) (US singer, daughter of Donny) is born.

in 1970 - Five singles and five albums by Credence Clearwater Revival were certified gold in the US. The singles were: ‘Down on the Corner’, ‘Lookin out My Back Door’, ‘Travelin' Band’, ‘Bad Moon Rising’ and ‘Up around the Bend’. The LPs were ‘Cosmo's Factory’, ‘Willy and the Poor Boys’, ‘Green River’, ‘Bayou Country’ and ‘Credence Clearwater Revival’.

in 1971 - Frank Zappa's '200 Motels' film opened at London's Piccadilly Classic Cinema.
in 1971 - Michael McCary (US R&B bass singer; Boyz II Men) is born.
in 1971 - Paul van Dyk (Matthias Paul) (German DJ) is born.
in 1972 - Billy Paul started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Me and Mrs Jones', a No.12 hit in the UK.

in 1973 - Scott Storch (Canadian keyboardist, hip-hop music producer; Tuff Jew Productions/Storch Music Co.) is born.

in 1974 - Guitarist Mick Taylor announced he was leaving The Rolling Stones, saying he felt that now was the time to move on and do something new.

in 1975 - Benjamin Kowalewicz (Canadian singer; Billy Talent) is born.
in 1975 - Nawo Kawakita (Japanese drummer; Maximum the Hormone) is born.
in 1978 - Blanche Calloway, jazz singer, bandleader, and composer, dies at 76.
in 1978 – Kaine (Eric Jackson) (US rapper; Ying Yang Twins) is born.
in 1979 - Flo Rida (Tramar Dillard) (US rapper) is born.
in 1979 - Mihai Traistariu (Romanian singer; Eurovision Song Contest 2006) is born.
in 1981 - Anna Sedokova (Ukrainian singer) is born.
in 1983 - Judas Priest played the first of two sold out nights at London's Hammersmith Odeon.
in 1983 - Spokesperson for The Who announces the group is disbanding.

in 1984 - Various stars named their favourite party songs in music magazine Smash Hits; Morrissey picked 'What's The World', by James, Siouxsie had 'Love Is The Drug' by Roxy Music, Robert Smith from The Cure picked 'Boogie Nights,' by Heatwave and Andy Partridge from XTC picked 'Take Five' by Dave Brubeck.'

in 1985 - Keita Tachibana (Japanese singer; w-inds) is born.

in 1988 - Sylvester James dies at age 44. American disco & soul musician, and gay drag performer, known for singing in falsetto, despite a rich baritone voice. He started his career when he moved to San Francisco in 1967, performing in a musical production called Women of the Blues, after which he joined a group of transvestite performance artists called The Cockettes in the early 1970s, with his repertoire of Bessie Smith. He formed a band Sylvester & the Hot Band before starting his solo career. On September 20, 2004 Sylvester's anthem record, "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)", was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame. A year later, on September 19, 2005, Sylvester himself was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame for his achievement as an artist.

in 1989 - Billy Joel went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Storm Front'.

in 1989 - Jive Bunny and The Mastermixes had their third and final UK No.1 single with 'Let's Party'. With their first three releases making No.1, they equaled the record set by Gerry & The Pacemakers in 1963 and Frankie Goes To Hollywood in 1984.

in 1991 - Chubby Checker filed a lawsuit against McDonald's in Canada seeking $14million for it's alleged use of an imitation of his voice. The song 'The Twist' had been used on a French fries commercial.

in 1993 - MTV aired Nirvana's 'Unplugged' session for the first time. The album featured an acoustic performance taped at Sony Music Studios in New York City on November 18, 1993.

in 1993 - Verve supported by Oasis appeared at The Krazy House, Liverpool, England.

in 1993 - With stories beginning to surface about Michael Jackson's alleged improprieties with young boys, St. Louis radio station KEZK announced that it would be no longer playing the singer's records.

in 1994 - Samuel Lipman, music critic, dies at 60.
in 1995 - Nina Verchinina, dancer choreographer/teacher, dies at 85.

in 1997 - Nicolette Larson dies at age 45. American singer songwriter; started out singing with Hoyt Axton's band and Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen. She worked as a session vocalist for Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Michael McDonald, Willie Nelson, Jimmy Buffett, Neil Young, Christopher Cross, Little Feat, Mary Kay Place, The Dirt Band, The Beach Boys, Pure Prairie League, and The Doobie Brothers. In 1979, she was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best New Artist. She also had a minor role in the 1988 film Twins. To mention a few s he sang backing vocals on Neil Young's "Comes a Time" and "Harvest Moon" albums, and duets on the song "Motorcycle Mama". She also sang backup on the Van Halen song "Could This Be Magic?", "Sweet Blue Midnight" by The Georgia Satellites, and on the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's hit "Make a Little Magic". In the mid to late 1980's she had several Country chart hits, including the duet, "That's When You Know Love's Right" with Steve Wariner. The song peaked at #9 on Billboards Top Country Singles chart in 1986 (complications arising from a cerebral edema)
in 1999 - A 28 year-old man died after falling more than 80ft at Earls Court, London, while dismantling the set at a Spice Girls concert.

in 2000 - The estranged father and former manager of LeAnn Rimes made embarrassing allegations during a legal battle involving millions of pounds. One fact told in court was that LeAnn paid her mother £6,700 every time she styled her hair before a show.

in 2001 - Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of the Frank and Nancy Sinatra 1967 No.1 hit 'Somethin' Stupid'. The Christmas No.1 for this year. From William's album Swing When You're Winning.

in 2001 - Stuart Adamson dies at age 43. UK lead singer, guitarist, songwriter and pianist; he founded the Scottish art-punk band The Skids and later the rock group Big Country, enjoying hits such as "In a Big Country", "Look Away" and "Wonderland". In the 1990s he founded his last band the alternative country rock act, The Raphaels. In 2006, his music achieved an unexpected success when U2 and Green Day covered "The Saints Are Coming" as a charity single.(found dead in Hawaii a month after disappearing from his home in the US).

in 2003 - Gary Stewart dies at age 58. American musician, singer and songwriter; known for his drinking songs, he was one of the first so-called "outlaw" country performers. During the peak of his popularity in the mid-1970s Time magazine described him as the "king of honkytonk." He had 29 Country Chart hits including "Drinkin' Thing", "You're Not the Woman You Used to Be" "In Some Room Above the Street", "Out of Hand", "She's Actin' Single (I'm Drinkin' Doubles)"and "Flat Natural Born Good-Timin' Man" (died of self-inflicted gunshot wound to the neck 2 weeks after the death of his wife of 40 years).

in 2003 - Michael Jackson was out on police bail of $3m after being arrested following allegations of child abuse. The 45-year-old singer strenuously denied the allegations, calling them a big lie. Following the allegations of child abuse a special information web site was set up by the District Attorney's office because of the level of media interest in the case. Mr Jackson, who was arrested, cited and released after surrendering to police on 20th November, was due to appear in court on 9 January.

in 2004 - A Detroit studio where Eminem recorded ‘My Name Is’ went up for auction on the website eBay. Studio 8, in the Detroit suburb of Ferndale was to be listed in eBay's commercial property section for 30 days, with a minimum bid is $215,000 (£161,448).

in 2004 - Gold and silver Black Sabbath discs were stolen from the Kent home of Ozzy Osbourne's former manager Patrick Meehan. Police recovered the discs a week later after they were offered for sale on the internet auction site eBay.

in 2005 - The surviving Beatles and relatives of the band's late members began legal action against EMI to get royalties allegedly worth £30m. Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and relations of George Harrison and John Lennon claimed EMI owed record royalties to their company Apple Corps.

in 2006 - Pnina Salzman dies at age 84. Israeli classical pianist born in Tel Aviv; she gave her first recital at the age of eight. The French pianist and teacher, Alfred Cortot, heard her play in 1932 and invited her to Paris to study. She became a pupil of Magda Tagliaferro at the Conservatoire de Paris, where she won the Prix de Piano in 1936, aged 14. It was through the violinist Bronislaw Huberman that she first developed a lifelong association with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, which Huberman had founded. In 1963 she became the first Israeli to be invited to play in the USSR and in 1994, the first Israeli pianist invited to play in China. Besides performing as a soloist, she was a member of the Israel Piano Quartet. She became a Professor and the head of the piano department at Tel Aviv University and served on the jury of many piano competitions, including the Arthur Rubinstein and Vladimir Horowitz competitions. She taught piano to many students, including Dror Elimelech, Nimrod David Pfeffer and Elisha Abas.
in 2006 - Taliep Petersen dies at age 55. South African singer, composer and director of a number of popular musicals. He worked most notably with David Kramer, with whom he won an Olivier Award. In the early 80's he formed a band, called Sapphyre, that played interpretations of traditional Cape Malay songs. In 1986 he and David Kramer collaborated on the first of a number of musicals together, District Six: The Musical, exploring the culture and history of the Coloured community in Cape Town. This was followed by Poison, Fairyland, Crooners, Kat and the Kings, Klop Klop and Spice Drum Beat: Ghoema. In 2001 he presented a television series about District Six called O'se Distrik Ses and has featured on South Africa reality talent shows, Idols and Joltyd in 2002 (shot dead at his home; his wife, together with two men were charged with his "planned and/or premeditated" murder)
in 2006, Sir Paul McCartney said he left EMI, his record label of 45 years, as it had become "boring" and he had "dreaded going to see" its executives. McCartney told The Times that the company's handling of his music had become "symbolic of the treadmill". The ex-Beatle went on to sign a deal with Starbucks' label, Hear Music.

in 2007 - Dan Fogelberg dies at age 56. American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist whose music was inspired by sources as diverse as folk, pop, classical, jazz, & bluegrass music. Born in Peoria, Illinois, Dan's first instrument, at an early age, was the piano but he soon took an interest in the Hawiian slide guitar and when his grandfather presented him with one, he spent hour after hour teaching himself the skills. This, combined with his admiration of The Beatles, he taught himself electric guitar and by the age of 13 he had joined his first band, a Beatles cover band, The Clan.

in 2007 - Katie Melua & Eva Cassidy went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of 'What A Wonderful World' the version was released to raise money for the Red Cross.

in 2008 - Harold Gramatges dies at age 90. Cuban composer and pianist; he founded and directed Cuba's Municipal Conservatory Orchestra, where he worked as professor of Harmony, Composition, Aesthetics and Music History. In 1958, he received the Reichold of Caribbean and Central America Prize, conferred by the Detroit Orchestra for his Sinfonía en mi. In 1959, he created the Musical Department at Casa de las Américas. He has spent his life working on transforming and developing musical education in Cuba. His catalog of works includes symphonic, chamber, vocal and incidental music for theater and movies. In 1961 and 1964, he was the Cuban Ambassador to France.
Video Notes: Movil I, composed by Harold Gramatges in 1969, is played here completely by heart and is a so-called aleatory piece of music. It includes parts that are fixed and parts that are improvised. From www.brittanica.com: In aleatory music aspects such as the ordering of a piece's sections, its rhythms, and even its pitches are decided at the moment of performance. When not purely improvising, players follow lists of arbitrary rules or interpreted "graphic" notation that merely suggest the sounds. Charles Ives and Henry Cowell had used such techniques, but John Cage became the principal figure in aleatory; other aleatory composers include Earle Brown (1926--2002), Morton Feldman (1926--87), and Pierre Boulez.
in 2011 - Mark Kopytman dies at age 82. Israeli composer and musicologist born in the city of Kamianets-Podilskyi in the Soviet Union. In 1972 he immigrated to Israel, where he became a Professor of Composition at the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem. He eventually served as Chairman of the Theory and Composition Department, and later as Dean and the Deputy Head of the Academy from 1974-1994. During 1982—1983 and 1988–1989 he was a Visiting Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and in 1985, Composer in residence at Canberra School of Music in Australia. In 1991 he established the Doron Ensemble for the performance of the 20th century music. Mark was honoured with several prizes; among them the prestigious Koussevitzky International Record Critics award for his orchestral work Memory in 1986, the Israel ACUM prize for his lifetime creative achievements iin 1992, and Israel Prime Minister Prize in 2002 - Born December 6th 1929.

in 2011 - Slim Dunkin/Mario Hamilton dies at age 24. American rapper, a Detroit native, he was a member of American hip hop group 1017 Brick Squad which is based in Atlanta, Georgia (died after being shot while he was filming a music video at an Atlanta recording studio) b. 1987.

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in 1562 - Adrian Willaert, Flemish singer/bandmaster/composer, dies at about 82.
in 1638 - Johann Ulrich Sultzberger, composer is born.
in 1651 - Wolfgang Schonsleder, composer, dies at 81.

in 1749 - Domenico Cimarosa, famous Italian composer, is born at Aversa, near Naples.
He was the son of a stonemason. After his father's death, his mother placed him in the monastery school of the church of S. Severo dei Padri Conventuali in Naples, where he began his musical training with Father Polcano, the monastery organist. He then enrolled at the Conservatory, di S. Maria di Loreto (1761), where he studied voice, violin, and keyboard playing with Fenaroli, P.A. Gallo, and Carcais. Following his graduation in 1771, he studied voice with Giuseppe Aprile. His first opera, Le stravaganze del conte, was staged in Naples in 1772.

From 1776 he composed operas at a prolific rate, producing about 65 works for the major Italian opera centers as well as those abroad. In 1779 he was named supernumerary organist of the Royal Chapel in Naples; in 1785 he became its second organist. He also served for a time as maestro of the Ospedaletto, a conservatory for girls in Venice. In 1787 he was given the post of maestro di cappella to the court of Catherine the Great in St. Petersburg. During his Russian sojourn, he wrote three operas and various other works for the court and the nobility. However, the court cut back on its funding of music and Cimarosa's contract was allowed to lapse in 1791.

He proceeded to Vienna, where Emperor Leopold II appointed him Kapellmeister. He then composed his masterpiece, II matrimonio segreto, which was premiered with great acclaim at the Burgtheater on Feb. 7, 1792. The Emperor was so taken by the opera that he ordered that it be repeated that evening, undoubtedly the most elaborate encore in operatic annals. The opera's fame spread throughout Europe, and Cimarosa returned to Italy in 1793 as one of the most celebrated musicians of the age.

In 1796 he was appointed first organist of the Royal Chapel in Naples. In 1799 he welcomed the republican movement in Naples by composing a patriotic hymn for the burning of the royal flag; however, the monarchy was restored later that year and Cimarosa's efforts miscarried. In consequence of this, he was arrested in Dec. 1799 and sent to prison for four months. He was released only after the intervention of several prominent individuals.

He then went to Venice, where he died while working on his opera Artemisia. It was rumored abroad that he had been poisoned by order of Queen Caroline of Naples; the rumor was so persistent, and popular feelings so pronounced, that the Pope's personal physician, Piccioli, was sent to Venice to make an examination; according to his sworn statement (April 5, 1801), Cimarosa died of a gangrenous abdominal tumor. Cimarosa was an outstanding composer of Italian opera buffa in his day. His melodic inventiveness, command of form, superb vocal writing, and masterly orchestration were unexcelled until Rossini arrived upon the scene. - Died at Venice, Jan. 11, 1801.

in 1770 - Johann Friedrich Schubert, violinist and composer, is born.

in 1811 - John Antes, American Moravian minister and composer, dies at Bristol, England age 71. He was educated at the Moravian boys's school in Bethlehem. After working as a musical instrument maker in Bethlehem, he went to Herrnhut, Germany, in 1764 to pursue his training. In 1765 he went to Neuwied to learn the watchmaker's trade. He was ordained a Moravian minister in 1769 and in 1770 he went to Egypt as a missionary. In 1779 he was captured by the underlings of Osman Bey, who beat and crippled him in an attempt to extort money from him. In 1781 he returned to Germany. He settled in the Fulneck Moravian community in England in 1785 as warder (business manager). His extant works—3 trios for 2 Violins and Cello, c. 1790, the earliest known chamber pieces by a native American, 31 concerted anthems and solo songs, and 59 hymn tunes—reveal his gifts as a composer. He publ. a description of his efforts to improve the violin tuning mechanism, violin bows, and keyboard hammers in the Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung, VIII (1806). He also invented a music stand with which the performer could automatically turn the pages of a score. His interesting autobiography was publ. as "Lebenslauf des Bruders John Antes" in Nachrichten aus der Bruder-Gemeine, No. 2 (1845). Born at Frederick, near Bethlehem, Pa., March 24, 1740.

in 1811 - Louis-Abet Deffroy de Reigny, composer, dies at 54.
in 1829 - Bernard Jumentier, composer, dies at 80.
in 1838 - Berthold Tours, composer is born.
in 1840 - Christian Frederik Emil Horneman, composer is born.
in 1848 - Frederick Grant Gleason, composer is born.
in 1861 - Fritz Volbach, musicologist, conductor and composer, is born.
in 1863 - Ion Vidu, composer is born.
in 1864 - John Felix August Korling, composer is born.
in 1869 - Nikolay Ivanovich Kazanli, composer is born.
in 1870 - Giuseppe Saverio Raffaele Mercadante, composer, dies at 75.
in 1885 - Louis Mitchell (American bandleader and drummer) is born.
in 1889 - Vaslav F Nijinski, Ukraine/US ballet dancer (l'aprŠs-midi d'une faune) is born.
in 1894 - Arthur Fiedler, highly popular conductor the Boston Pops for 48 years, and Boston fire engine chaser is born at Boston.
Of a musical family, he studied violin with his father, Emanuel Fiedler, a member of the Boston Sym. arch. In 1909 he was taken by his father to Berlin, where he studied violin with Willy Hess, and attended a class on chamber music with Dohnanyi: he also had some instruction in conducting with Kleffel and Krasselt. In 1913he formed the Fiedler Trio with 2 other Fiedlers.

In 1915 he returned to America, and joined the 2nd violin section of the Boston Sym. Orch.; later he moved to the viola section; he also doubled on the celesta, when required. In 1924 he organized the Arthur Fiedler Sinfonietta, a professional ensemble of members of the Boston Sym. arch. In 1929 he started a series of free open-air summer concerts at the Esplanade on the banks of the Charles River in Boston, presenting programs of popular American music intermingled with classical nos. The series became a feature in Boston's musical life, attracting audiences of many thousands each summer.

In 1930 Fiedler was engaged as conductor of the Boston Pops, which he led for nearly half a century. Adroitly combining pieces of popular appeal with classical works and occasional modern selections, he built an eager following, eventually elevating the Boston Pops to the status of a national institution via numerous tours, recordings, radio broadcasts, and television concerts. In 1977 President Gerald Ford bestowed upon him the Medal of Freedom. - Dies at Brookline, Mass., July 10, 1979.

in 1894 - American violinist, conductor of, Arthur Fiedler was born in Boston.

in 1900 - Lucijan Marija Skerjanc, conductor, composer, musicologist and multi-instrumentalist, is born.

in 1903 - Ray Noble (UK bandleader, composer) is born.
in 1904 - Russian composer Dmitri Borisovich Kabalevsky was born in St Petersburg.
in 1906 - Fernando Lopez-Garcia, composer is born.

in 1908 - William (Brocklesby) Wordsworth, English composer, is born at London.
He was descended from the brother of the poet William Wordsworth. He studied with his father, then with George Oldroyd (1921-31), and later with Tovey at the University of Edinburgh (1934-36). In 1950 he won 1st prize in the Edinburgh International Festival Society competition with his 2nd Symphony. In 1959 he served as president of the Composers' Guild of Great Britain. His music is marked by a certain austerity in the deployment of thematic materials. - Died at Kingussie, Scotland, March 10, 1988.

in 1910 - Melvin "Sy" Oliver, jazz arranger, trumpeter, composer, singer and bandleader, is born.

in 1913 - Stefano Gobatti, composer, dies at 61.
in 1915 - André Claveau (French singer) is born.
in 1917 - Louis Salvador Palange, composer is born.
in 1922 - Hubert H A Beckers, Curacaoan opera singer is born.

in 1930 - British composer Philip Arnold Heseltine, aka Peter Warlock, died in London at the age of 36.

in 1930 - Makoto Moroi, composer, is born.
in 1932 - Sonny Red Kyner (American alto saxophonist) is born.
in 1933 - Walter Booker (American jazz bass, double bassist) is born.

in 1933 - Walter (Joseph), Buczynski, Canadian composer, pianist, and teacher, is born at Toronto.
After studies with Earle Moss (piano) and Ridout (theory) at the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto, he had lessons in composition with Milhaud and Charles Jones at the Aspen (Colo.) Music School (summer 1956); he then studied piano with Lhevinne in N.Y. (1958-59) and Drzewiecki in Warsaw (1959, 1961), and composition with Boulanger in Paris (1960, 1962). He taught piano and theory at the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto (from 1962), and piano, theory, and composition at the University of Toronto (from 1969); until 1977 he also pursued an active career as a pianist. His early penchant for satirical and humorous expression eventually mellowed as he pursued a more lyrical but still adventuresome path.

in 1935 - Ronnie Boykins (US bass player; Sun Ra Arkestra) is born.
in 1936 - Thomas Hicks "Tommy Steele," rock singer, guitarist, banjo player, is born.
in 1937 - Art Neville (US: vocals, piano; Neville Brothers/The Meters/freelance) is born.

in 1937 - James Booker (US jazz pianist, sax player, singer; solo/Jerry Garcia Band/others) is born.

in 1938 - Carl O'Neil Little (UK drummer; Rolling Stones/Screaming Lord Sutch/others) is born.

in 1938 - Carlo Little, rock drummer, is born.
in 1939 - Eddie "Corn" Kendricks, R&B, pop, soul and disco singer, is born., is born.

in 1939 - James Carroll Booker III, jazz, R&B and soul pianist and composer is born at New Orleans, La.
The troubled, flamboyant master of New Orleans piano, James Carroll Booker had so much technique and energy that other keyboard players were in awe. On a good night Booker could take those 88s and drive tunes into an ever-widening spiral of improvisation that left performers such as Mac Rebennack (a.k.a. Dr. John) and Allen Toussaint with their jaws hanging to the floor. Trained in the classics and picking up R&B licks on the side, Booker had the kind of technical grounding which let him segue from Chopin to bop-influenced riffs and traditional New Orleans habanera-tinged barrelhouse with ease.

Rebennack has called Booker a genius, and few who have heard him on a good night would deny the possibility. In 1960 Booker had a Top 40 hit with "Gonzo," a raucous organ instrumental released on Don Robey's Peacock label. He also did a lot of session work for Imperial, King, and Reprise in addition to working with Fats Domino, Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, B.B. King, Little Richard, Wilson Pickett, Joe Tex, and Lloyd Price, among others.

Still, idiosyncrasies and drug dependency had derailed other major talents, keeping them from a life their abilities deserved, and Booker was no exception to the rule. A convicted felon and drug addict, having spent time at L.A/s Angola State Prison and the Anchora Mental Institution, Booker's offstage behavior often interfered with his onstage responsibilities. The last year of his life found him working a day job in the New Orleans city hall. - Died at New Orleans, Nov. 8, 1983.

in 1941 - David Harmon "Dave Dee," pop, rock singer/songwriter and guitarist, is born.

in 1942 - Paul Butterfield, blues singer/songwriter, harmonica player, guitarist, keyboardist, is born.

in 1943 - Dave Dee, rocker is born.

in 1943 - David Harman aka Dave Dee (UK lead singer; Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich) is born.

in 1943 - Ron Geesin (Scottish musician, composer) is born.
in 1943 - William Brooks, composer, music director, is born.

in 1944 - Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Brazilian guitarist and teacher, is born at Sao Paulo. He began to study the guitar when he was seven and at age 12 he made his debut in Sao Paulo. His principal teachers were Isaias Savio in Brazil and Andres Segovia in Spain. In 1967 he made his first tour of the U.S., and subsequently appeared in music centers around the world. From 1982 to 1994 he taught at the Manhattan School of Music in N.Y. He commissioned works from Ginastera, Balada, and Mignone, and made his own effective transcriptions of scores by Bach, Handel, and other masters.
in 1944 - Vyacheslav Ganelin (Lithuanian jazz pioneer in the Soviet Union, multi-instumentalist is born.

in 1948 - Edgar Istel, composer, dies at 68.
in 1948 - Jim Alexander, rocker is born.
in 1948 - Jim Bonfanti (US drummer; Raspberries/Boxer) is born.
in 1949 - David Stanley Smith, composer, dies at 72.

in 1949 - Paul Rodgers, Engl, rocker (Bad Company-Feel Like Makin Love, Firm) is born.

in 1950 - Carlton "Field Marshal Carly" Barrett, reggae drummer, percussionist and songwriter, is born.

in 1951 - Wanda Hutchinson, soul, disco, and R&B singer, is born.
in 1952 - Mickey Jones, Wash DC, rock bassist is born.
in 1953 - Mark Gane, Toronto Canada, rocker (M+M) is born.
in 1953 - Mori Ikue, drummer and composer, is born.
in 1957 - Earl Hudson (US drummer; Bad Brains) is born.

in 1957 - Tracy Pew (Australian bassist, Birthday Party, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds) is born.

in 1958 - Mike Mills, rock singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, is born.
in 1959 - Bob Stinson (US lead guitarist; The Replacements/Static Taxi) is born.

in 1960 - Returning from Hamburg, The Beatles appeared at the Casbah Coffee Club in Liverpool. Chas Newby joined The Beatles on bass guitar (to replace Stuart Sutcliffe, who had remained in Hamburg), a position he would hold for only two weeks and four performances. When Newby bowed out to return to college, Paul McCartney became The Beatles' bass player.

in 1960 - Yoshihiko Katori (Japanese vibraphonist) is born.
in 1961 - Sarah Dallin, pop singer/songwriter, bassist, is born.

in 1962 - Bob Dylan arrived in England for the first time; he played his first UK date the following night at the Troubadour Club in London.

in 1963 - James Carroll at WWDC in Washington, DC, became the first disc jockey to broadcast a Beatles record on American radio. Carroll played 'I Want To Hold Your Hand', which he had obtained from his stewardess girlfriend, who brought the single back from the UK. Due to listener demand, the song was played daily, every hour. Since it hadn't been released yet in the States, Capitol Records initially considered court action, but instead released the single earlier than planned.

in 1964 – Ginger David Walls (UK lead singer, guitar; Wildhearts) is born.
in 1965 - Tito [Raffaele A] Schipa, Italian tenor/composer (Rondine), dies at 76.
in 1966 - Gustaf Paulson, composer, dies at 68.
in 1966 - Tracy Byrd (US country singer, rhythm guitar) is born.
in 1967 - Gigi D'Agostino (Italian DJ and musician) is born.

in 1968 - The Who played their Xmas party at the Marquee Club, London. Also on the bill was a new group called Yes. Members 15 shillings, ($1.80) or £1 ($2.40) on the night. Other acts appearing at the club this month included Joe Cocker, Free and Led Zeppelin.

in 1969 - 50m TV viewers saw singer Tiny Tim marry Miss Vicky, on Tonight Show.
in 1969 - Mick Quinn (UK bassist; Supergrass) is born.
in 1970 - Craig Bullock/DJ Homicide (US turntables; Sugar Ray) is born.
in 1971 - Alan Khan (South African radio disc jockey) is born.
in 1972 - Erwin Dressel, composer, dies at 63.
in 1973 - Patrick Hadley, composer, dies at 74.

in 1973 - Slade were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Merry Xmas Everybody' their sixth chart topper. The song has re-entered the UK charts on eight other occasions.

in 1975 - Aerosmith and Blue Oyster Cult appeared at the San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, California.

in 1975 - Bree Sharp (US singer/songwriter) is born.
in 1975 - Hawkwind appeared at Brunel University, Middlesex, tickets, £1.50.
in 1975 - Noble Sissle, jazz composer, lyricist, bandleader and singer dies at 86.

in 1977 - Deputising for The Sex Pistols on NBC- TVs 'Saturday Night Live', Elvis Costello stops his performance of 'Less Than Zero', saying ' there's no reason to do this', and launches into 'Radio Radio' which he'd been told not to perform.

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in 1977 - George Harrison played an unannounced live set for the regulars at his local pub in Henley-On-Thames.

in 1977 - Mr David Ackroyd purchased the one-millionth copy of 'Mull Of Kintyre', by Wings in the UK and became the first record buyer to receive a Gold Disc.

in 1978 - Don(ald Johnson) Ellis, innovative jazz trumpeter, composer, leader, also trombonist, dies at Hollywood. He led groups from an early age. He studied composition at Boston Univ. with Gardner Read, earning a B.M. He worked with Herb Pomeroy and was influenced by Jaki Byard, who often worked with Pomeroy. He took trumpet lessons in Boston, N.Y.,and Los Angeles. He studied composition at the University of Calif., Los Angeles, with John Vincent.

He worked in Army bands. At various times he played with Jesse Smith, the Glenn Miller arch. (under Ray McKinley), Charlie Barnet, Sam Donahue, Claude Thornhill, Maynard Ferguson (touring in 1958-59, Byard also was a member), Woody Herman, and Lionel Hampton. He recorded with Mingus in 1959; led a trio at the Village and elsewhere in the summer of 1960;then attended the Lenox School of Jazz in August 1960, where he met composer Don Heckman and studied with George Russell. He returned to N.Y. and Heckman introduced him to composer John Benson Brooks, who instructed him in applications of 12-tone rows. He used a 12-tone row when he recorded his first album as a leader that October, with Byard.

He played with a quartet at Wells's in Harlem, performed and recorded with Russell in 1961-62. He played at the Warsaw Jazz Jamboree in 1962 with a Polish trio and in Scandinavia in 1963. On Feb. 10, 1963 his Improvisational Workshop made its debut at the Five Spot in Manhattan, using methods associated with John Cage, such as choosing random cards from a deck to structure the music; they also improvised in response to a painter in action. This group performed at other clubs and on TV.

He performed with Eric Dolphy and others on April 18, 1963, at Carnegie Hall as part of the TwentiethCentury Innovations series organized by Gunther Schuller (recorded by Schuller and partly issued). He was a trumpet soloist in Larry Austin's "Improvisations for arch. and Jazz Soloists" performed by the N.Y. Philharmonic in January 1964, including a TV special with the conductor Leonard Bernstein. After that, Ellis returned to L.A. and began graduate studies at UCLA. While there, he studied tabla drumming with Hari Har Rao, and later in 1964 founded the Hindustani Jazz Sextet, with Rao, to apply his interests in Indian music, and he and Rao wrote about their concepts. (Ellis was the author of a number of articles and short monographs.)

The group performed in Hollywood Clubs, in a joint appearance with Stan Kenton in 1966, and on July 14,1966, at the Fillmore, on a bill with the Grateful Dead and Big Brother & the Holding Co. He also became interested in quartertones in early 1965; learning that a Soviet-bloc composer had written a piece for a trumpet with a special fourth valve that produced reliable quartertones; he persuaded the Holton company to build him such a trumpet, which he used exclusively from September 1965. Meanwhile he began leading his own big band, incorporating influences of Indian music and unusual meters, first at a rehearsal group in 1964 and then in 1965working one night a week at a club. By 1966 the group was appearing regularly at Bonesville in Hollywood.

Most of the charts were written and arranged by Ellis, but several band members and Hank Levy also contributed pieces. The group developed a following and had a very successful appearance at the Monterey festival in September 1966 (released on LP). Ellis was a talented crowd-pleaser and promoted the group by using such tactics as distributing bumper stickers that asked "Where is Don Ellis?"

The band appeared at the jazz festival in West Berlin in late 1967. Rock and blues artist Al Kooper was such a fan that in 1968 he used the band on a cut of one of his albums and produced the band's LP Autumn. From June 18-21, 1970, the band performed at the Fillmore, where they recorded live. Ellis also wrote large classical works, including Contrasts for two orchs. and trumpet, which was performed by the L.A. Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta (composed 1965; premiered around Thanksgiving 1967) and his Music for Big Band and Symphony arch. (1966).

He did studio work and played on film soundtracks; he won a Grammy Award in 1972 for his arrangement of the theme to The French Connection, which appeared on his album Connection. From 1971 on his groups usually included an amplified string quartet. In the early 1970s he regularly presented clinics at high schools and colleges. He had a serious heart attack in 1975. He took up the Superbone (combined slide/valve trombone) in 1976 and formed a new 21-member band named Survival. He appeared on a Shirley MacLaine TV special around 1976, demonstrating his echoplex and other electronic effects. In the summer of 1977 he appeared at Montreux as part of an Atlantic Records showcase and returned there in 1978 with his big band (released on his last LP).

A second heart attack on the evening of Dec. 17 took his life. The Don Ellis Memorial Library in Mesquite, Tex., at Eastfield Coll. houses his works and memorabilia, and distributes Ellis sheet music and videos. He played on soundtracks for numerous TV shows and movies; some listeners have noted that the trumpet solos heard on the Klute soundtrack bear Ellis's style. - Died at Los Angeles, July 25, 1934.

in 1978 - Neil Sanderson (Canadian drummer; Three Days Grace) is born.
in 1979 - Ryan Key (US lead vocals, second guitar; Yellowcard) is born.
in 1980 - Stella Ng (Singaporean singer, actress) is born.

in 1982 - Big Joe Williams dies at age 79. American delta blues guitarist, singer-songwriter, born in Crawford, Mississippi, he is notable for the distinctive sound of his nine-string guitar. Performing over four decades, he recorded such songs as "Baby Please Don't Go", "Crawlin' King Snake" and "Peach Orchard Mama" for a variety of record labels, including Bluebird, Delmark, Okeh, Prestige and Vocalion. His guitar was very heavily modified, he added a rudimentary electric pickup, whose wires coiled all over the top of his guitar. He also added three extra strings, creating unison pairs for the first, second and fourth strings. Big Joe was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame on October 4th 1992.

in 1982 - Karen Carpenter made her last live appearance with The Carpenters when she performed in Sherman, California.

in 1982 - Leonid Borisovitch Kogan dies at age 58. Russian violinist, at the age of 17, and while still a student, he performed throughout the USSR. His official debut was in 1941, playing the Brahms Concerto with the Moscow Philharmonic in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. He was co-winner of the first prize at the World Youth Festival in Prague. In 1951 he won first prize at the Queen Elizabeth Competition in Brussels with a dazzling performance of Paganini's first concerto that included an outstanding rendition of Sauret's cadenza. His international solo tours took him to Paris and London in 1955, and then South America and the USA in the following years. Kogan had a repertoire of over 18 concerti and a number of concerti by modern composers were dedicated to him.
in 1982 - Philipp Jarnach, composer, dies at 90.

in 1983 - Culture Club, Duran Duran and The Police all appeared on the children's UK TV show Saturday Superstore.

in 1983 - Kosuke Saito (Japanese DJ) is born.

in 1984 - Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Big Country, Duran Duran, Ultravox, Paul Young and Wham! all appeared on the UK TV show 'Razzmatazz Solid Gold Christmas Special'.

in 1985 - Ryuichi Ogata (Japanese singer; w-inds) is born.

in 1988 - Featured on the front page of the NME, Bros, interviewed for the paper, a quote from Matt, 'We've got the quickest selling debut LP in the history of CBS Records. You don't do that if your talentless'.

in 1988 - New Order, A Certain Ratio, Happy Mondays and DJ Mike Pickering all appeared at the G-Mex, Manchester, tickets £8.50.

in 1993 - Sting's wife Trudie Styler gave birth to a son, Giacomo Luke, at a London hospital.

in 1994 - A remixed version of The Four Seasons' "December, 1963 (Oh, What A Night)" re-entered the US Hot 100, where it stayed for another 27 weeks, just as it did when it first charted in 1976. The combined run will establish a record for the longest total chart appearance in US chart history.

in 1994 - Celine Dion married her manager Rene Angelil at the Notre Dame Basilica, Montreal.

in 1994 - Ini Kamoze started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Here Comes The Hotstepper', a No.4 hit in the UK.

in 1994 - Nat Wolff (US singer; The Naked Brothers Band) is born.

in 1995 - A statue of the late Frank Zappa was unveiled in Vilnius, the capital of the Republic Of Lithuania. It had been organised by Zappa fan club President Saulius Pauksty.

in 1996 - Armando Gallop dies at age 26. American house-music producer and DJ who was an early contributor to the development of acid house and regarded as one of the originators of the worldwide 'House' scene. Born in Chicago he was a star baseball player as a youngster before spinal meningitis shattered those dreams. He became interested in dance music, organizing parties by age 16 and mixing on radio by age 17. He and Mike Dunn founded Musique Records and Warehouse Records in 1988, the latter releasing Armando's singles "151" and "Land of Confusion" which became a transatlantic club hit in Chicago as well as in Britain, where it influenced their early acid-house scene. He also produced Warehouse releases from Ron Trent, DJ Rush, and Robert Armani. Instead of working on production, Armando spent most of the early 1990s with a residency at Chicago's Warehouse from 1992-94. He served as an A&R rep for Felix da Housecat's Radikal Fear label and, soon, after recorded for that label himself. His first and only full-length album, One World, One Future, was released in 1996 on Play it Again, Sam, but sadly he died shortly after the album's release.
in 1996 - Francesco Siciliani, opera administrator, dies at 85.
in 1996 - Ruby Murray, singer, dies at 61.
in 1997 - David Bowie launched his BowieNet on the Internet.

in 1999 - Grover Washington Jr dies at age 56. American jazz-funk / soul-jazz saxophone virtuoso, born in Buffalo, New York. Along with a just a handful of others, he is considered by most to be one of the founders of the smooth jazz genre. He wrote some of his material and later became an arranger and producer. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Grover made some of the genre's most memorable hits, including "Mr. Magic", "Black Frost", and "The Best is Yet to Come". In addition, he performed very frequently with other artists, including Bill Withers on "Just the Two of Us", Patti LaBelle on "The Best is Yet to Come" and Phyllis Hyman on "A Sacred Kind of Love". He is also remembered for his take on the Dave Brubeck classic "Take Five", and for his 1996 version of "Soulful Strut".

in 1999 - Rex Allen dies at age 78. American actor and singer; popular entertainer known as "The Arizona Cowboy. He wrote and recorded many songs, a number of which were featured in his own films. His most successful single was "Don't Go Near the Indians", which reached the top 5 of Billboard magazine's Hot Country Singles chart in November 1962 (died in Tucson, Arizona from injuries received when his caretaker accidentally ran over him in the driveway of his home).
in 1999 - The NME writers albums and singles of 1999; Super Furry Animals 'Guerrilla' came 3rd, Shack 'HMS Fable' 2nd and The Flaming Lips 'The Soft Bulletin' was voted album of the year. Aphex Twin 'Windowlicker' was voted best single of the year.

in 2000 - Bob The Builder started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Can We Fix It'. Taken from the children's television programme Bob the Builder.

in 2000 - Eminem was the subject of a sick Internet hoax after MTV reported that the rapper had been killed in a car crash en route to a party.

in 2000 - Erich Schmiddies at age 93. Swiss composer born in in Balsthal, Switzerland and studied composition with at the Hoch Conservatory in Frankfurt. Among many other international conducting roles, he was chief conductor of the Tonhalle Orchestra, Zürich from 1949 to 1957.

in 2004 - Dick Heckstall-Smith dies at age 70. English jazz and blues saxophonist and keyboardist. He played with some of the most important English blues-rock and jazz fusion bands of the 1960s and 1970s, including the Graham Bond Organization, Blues Incorporated, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Coliseum, Mainsqueeze and also many other solo projects. In 2001 he cut the all-star project "Blues and Beyond", which reunited him with Mayall, Bruce, Taylor, ex-Mayall and Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green.

in 2004 - Elvis Presley's daughter Lisa Marie Presley agreed to sell 85% of his estate to businessman Robert Sillerman in a deal worth $100m. Sillerman would run Presley's Memphis home Graceland, and own Elvis' name and the rights to all revenue from his music and films. In the deal Lisa Marie would retain possession of Graceland and many of her father's ‘personal effects.’

in 2005 - U2 had the top-grossing tour of 2005, according to an end-of-year chart compiled by US magazine Billboard. More than three million people watched the band's sell-out 90-date Vertigo tour which grossed $260m (£146.6m). The Eagles, took $117m (£66m) from 77 shows and Neil Diamond grossed more than $71m (£40m). Kenny Chesney was fourth with $63m (£35.5m), Paul McCartney $60m (£33.8m), Rod Stewart with $49m (£27m), Elton John with $45.5m (£25.6m), Dave Matthews Band with $45m (£25.3m), Jimmy Buffett with $41m (£23m) and Green Day with $36.5m (£20.5m).

in 2006 - Denis Peyton dies at age 63. English tenor and baritone saxophonist, harmonica, and guitarist, best known maybe for his time with the Dave Clark Five. The group's distinctive sound was due in part to Denis's saxophone riffs. They had top 10 hits such as "Glad All Over" which topped the UK charts, and No. 6 in the US, "Bits and Pieces", "Can't You See That She's Mine", "Because", "Anyway You Want It" , "I Like It Like That", "Catch Us If You Can", "Over And Over", and "You Got What It Takes". Over his career he also played with The Renegades, The Les Heath Combo, The Blue Dukes, and The Mike Jones Combo. A month before his death, the Dave Clark Five was nominated for the US Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame for 2007, Dave Clark said Denis had been thrilled at the news, but also added he knew he wouldn't around to collect it.
in 2006 - The first winner of American Idol Leona Lewis started a 4 week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'A Moment Like This', also a US No.1.

in 2006 - English saxophonist Denis Payton died. Member of Dave Clark Five who had the 1964 UK No.1 single 'Glad All Over', 1965 US No.1 single 'Over And Over', plus over 15 other UK top 40 singles.

in 2007 - Joel Dorn dies at age 65. American jazz and R&B music producer and record label entrepreneur; he started working at Atlantic Records. Later he founded the 32 Jazz, Label M, and Hyena Records labels. The many artists he worked with included: Roberta Flack, Max Roach, Yusef Lateef, Willy DeVille, the Neville Brothers, Herbie Mann, Les McCann, Eddie Harris, Mose Allison and Rahsaan Roland Kirk.

in 2008 - Feliciano "Flash" Vierra Tavares dies at age 88. American musician, singer and guitar player; he was the patriarch of the musical Tavares family, which included the Tavares Brothers, a successful Grammy-winning 1970s and 1980s R&B comprised of five of his sons. He was a self taught musician who learned by listening to the radio and Cape Verdean music at an early age. He remained active within the musical community, in spite an early diagnosis of prostate cancer, he was able to travel to Cape Verde and continued to perform solo until he was 84 years old. Besides his own children, he inspired a lot of kids to play music, and he kept the Cape Verdean musical heritage alive.

in 2008 - Freddy Breck Gerhard Brecker dies at age 66. German schlager singer, composer, produce and news anchor; his first success was "Überall auf der Welt", based on the "Gefangenenchor" from Giuseppe Verdi's Nabucco. He went on to score 5 platinum records and 35 gold records over the course of his careerIn 1978 he issued an English-language record, which landed in the Top 10. In the 1980s he worked as a news presenter for various stations, and wrote music for groups such as the Original Naabtal Duo, the Kastelruther Spatzen and Nina & Mike. He founded his own label, Sun Day Records, with his wife Astrid in 1998, and in 1999 they released music as a duo, "Astrid & Freddy Breck".
in 2010 - Sir Paul McCartney performed an intimate lunchtime gig at the 100 Club on London's Oxford Street, the historic music venue threatened with closure. Around 300 fans were treated to a set lasting almost two hours, in what was McCartney’s smallest gig in the UK for nearly 10 years. A campaign to keep the 100 Club open had attracted support from Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie and Sir Mick Jagger.

in 2010 - Captain Beefheart/Don Van Vliet/Donald Glen Vliet dies at age 69. American singer, multi-musician and visual artist; while attending Antelope Valley High School in Lancaster, he became close friends with fellow teenager Frank Zappa, bonding through their interest in Chicago blues and R&B; they sporadically competed and collaborated throught their lives. Don was noted for his powerful singing voice with its wide range, and he also played the harmonica, saxophone and other wind instruments. His music blended rock, blues and psychedelia with free jazz, avant-garde and contemporary experimental composition ...READ MORE... (sadly died after many years bravely battling multiple sclerosis) b. January 15th 1941.

in 2010 - Glen Adams dies at age 65. Jamaican singer, keyboardist, composer, arranger, engineer, producer, based since the mid-1970s in Brooklyn, New York. His first break came as a teenager, when he appeared as a singer in a vocal group on Radio Jamaica's Opportunity Knocks show hosted by Vere Johns. Glen formed a duo with Ken Boothe, Ken and Glen, and they came second place in the 1966 Festival Song Competition with "I Remember". He co-founded The Heptones before moving on to The Pioneers, appearing on the latter's "Shake It Up" and "Good Nanny". He moved on to work with Duke Reid's Treasure Isle set-up as an informal musical director, introducing singers such as Joe White to Reid. He also worked as a session musician and played with many bands including a UK tour with The Upsetters. As part of The Upsetters, he also backed The Wailers. In the late '70s, he expanded into R&B and Rap production, working with hip hop artist T Ski Valley. He has also worked with Shaggy and remixed an album of previously-unreleased Upsetters material in 1996. After many years in the studio, Glen returned to live performance in the 2000s, touring the USA and Europe with The Slackers and also playing occasional NYC shows with the Jammyland All-Stars. He owned his own recording studio and in his later years produced artists such as Susan Cadogan and Keith Rowe (Glen died at the University Hospital of the West Indies after falling ill while visiting Jamaica).
in 2011 - John Bishop dies at age 65. American soul and jazz guitarist; he was 8 years old when he picked up a ukulele, which led to the guitar, which led to the electric guitar. At age 15, he ran away from home to Kansas City, Mo., where he persuaded the owner of a bar to hire him to perform a few nights a week. After a few years of playing jazz and blues clubs in Kansas City, he moved to San Francisco, and later Chicago, where he began to make a name for himself. In 1969, he cut his first solo jazz album, “Bishop’s Whirl”, after which he signed on as a guitarist with Ray Charles, playing all the top venues. In 1980, John married Georgia Frances, a violinist, who performed with the Empire Room Orchestra in Chicago. Soon after, the couple founded The Georgia Frances Orchestra, long considered one of the top event bands in the city (heart attack) Born 1946.

in 2011 - Cesária Évora dies at age 70. Capeverdean singer, born in Mindelo, Cape Verde and nicknamed the "barefoot diva". Her bright voice and physical charms were soon noticed, but her hope of a singing career remained unsatisfied. A Cape Verdean women’s group and the singer Bana both took her to Lisbon to cut a few tracks, but the recordings failed to catch the ear of a producer. In 1988, a young Frenchman of Cape Verdean extraction invited her to Paris to make a record. She gave her first concert in Paris at the New Morning on the 1st October. At the age of 47 she released her debut album La Diva Aux Pieds Nus that same year. She went on to release 10 more albums her final one being Nha Sentimento in 2009 (heart failure) Born August 27th 1941.

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in 1562 - Philipp Dulichius, composer is born.
in 1569 - Jakob Hassler, composer is born.
in 1667 - Wenzel Ludwig von Radolt, composer is born.
in 1732 - Johann Valentin Eckelt, composer, dies at 59.
in 1734 - Jean-Baptiste Rey, composer is born.

in 1737 - Antonio Stradivari (Latinized as Stradivarius), celebrated Italian violin maker; dies at Cremona age 93.
He was a pupil of Niccolo Amati in the early 1660s. His earliest known violin dates from 1666; he may have worked for Amati and others from 1666 before purchasing the house that contained his workshop from 1680. His finest instruments were made in the period from 1700 to 1725, but he still worked up to the year of his death; he made his last instrument at the age of 92. His label reads: "Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis. Fecit Anno...(A x S)." His cellos command even higher prices than the violins, and violas the highest of all, for he made very few of them. Stradivari had 11 children; of them Francesco (b. Feb. 1, 1671; d. May 11, 1743) and Omobono (b. Nov. 14, 1679; d. July 8, 1742) were his co-workers. Stradivari also made viols of early types, guitars, lutes, mandolins, etc. - Born probably in Cremona, 1644.

in 1788 - Camille Pleyel, pianist, composer, piano builder of note; owner of Pianos Pleyel is born.
in 1812 - Wiktor Kazynski, composer is born.in 1835 - Johann Georg Anton Mederitsch-Gallus, composer, dies at 82.
in 1839 - Charles-Henri Plantade, composer, dies at 75.
in 1841 - Felice Blangini, composer, dies at 60.
in 1848 - Karl Schroder, composer is born.
in 1852 - Gaetano Coronaro, composer is born.
in 1858 - Joseph-Henri-Ignace Mees, composer, dies at 81.

in 1860 - Edward (Alexander) MacDowell, greatly significant American composer, is born at N.Y.
His father was a Scotch-Irish tradesman; his mother, an artistically inclined woman who encouraged his musical studies. He took piano lessons with Juan Buitrago and Paul Desvernine; also had supplementary sessions with Teresa Carreno, who later championed his works. In 1876, after traveling in Europe with his mother, MacDowell enrolled as an auditor in Augustin Savard's elementary class at the Paris Cons.; on Feb. 8, 1877, he was admitted as a regular student; he also studied piano with Antoine-Frangois Marmontel and solfege with Marmontel's son, Antonin.

Somewhat disappointed with his progress, he withdrew from the Cons, on Sept. 30, 1878, and went to the Stuttgart Cons, for a brief period of study with Sigmund Lebert. He then proceeded to Wiesbaden to study theory and composition with Louis Ehlert; in 1879 he enrolled at the newly founded but already prestigious Hoch Cons, in Frankfurt am Main as a student of Carl Heymann in piano, of Joachim Raff (the Cons, director) in composition, and of Franz Bohme in counterpoint and fugue. During MacDowell's stay there, Raff's class had a visit from Liszt, and MacDowell performed the piano part in Schumann's Quintet, op.44, in Liszt's presence. At another visit, MacDowell played Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No. 14 for him; 2 years later he visited Liszt in Weimar, and played his own 1st Piano Concerto for him, accompanied by Eugene d'Albert at the 2nd piano.

Encouraged by Liszt's interest, MacDowell sent him the MS of his Modern Suite, op.10, for piano solo; Liszt recommended the piece for performance at the meeting of the Allgemeiner Deutscher Musikverein (Zurich, July 11,1882); he also recommended MacDowell to the publishers Breitkopf & Hartel, who subsequently brought out the first works of MacDowell to appear in print, the Modern Suites for piano, opp.10 and 14. MacDowell left the Cons, in 1880 and began teaching piano privately. However, he pursued private piano and composition lessons with Heymann and Raff. Despite his youth, MacDowell was given a teaching position at the Darmstadt Cons, in 1881 but he resigned in 1882; he also accepted private pupils, among them Marian Nevins of Conn.; they were secretly married on July 9, 1884, in N.Y., followed by a public ceremony in Waterford, Conn., on July 21.

During the early years of their marriage, the MacDowells made their 2nd home in Wiesbaden, where MacDowell composed industriously; his works were performed in neighboring communities; Carreno put several of his piano pieces on her concert programs. There were also performances in America. However, the MacDowells were beset by financial difficulties; his mother proposed that he and his wife live on the family property, but MacDowell declined. He also declined an offer to teach at the National Cons, in N.Y. at the munificent fee of $5 an hour.

Similarly, he rejected an offer to take a clerical position at the American Consulate in Krefeld, Germany. In 1888 he finally returned to the U.S., making his home in Boston, where he was welcomed in artistic circles as a famous composer and pianist; musical Boston at the time was virtually a German colony, and MacDowell's German training was a certificate of his worth. On Nov. 19,1888, MacDowell made his American debut as a composer and pianist at a Boston concert of the Kneisel String Quartet, featuring his Modern Suite, op.10. On March 5, 1889, he was the soloist in the premiere performance of his 2nd Piano Concerto with the N.Y. Phil, under the direction of Theodore Thomas. Frank van der Stucken invited MacDowell to play his concerto at the spectacular Paris Exposition on July 12,1889.

MacDowell had no difficulty having his works publ., although for some reason he preferred that his early piano pieces, opp.1-7, be printed under the pseudonym Edgar Thorn. In 1896 Columbia Univ. invited MacDowell to become its first prof, of music, "to elevate the standard of musical instruction in the U.S., and to afford the most favorable opportunity for acquiring instruction of the highest order." MacDowell interpreted this statement to its fullest; by 1899, 2 assistants had been employed, Leonard McWhood and Gustav Hinrichs, but students received no credit for his courses. At the same time, he continued to compose and to teach piano privately; he also conducted the Mendelssohn Glee Club (1896-98) and served as president of the Soc. of American Musicians and Composers (1899-1900). In the academic year 1902-03, he took a sabbatical; played concerts throughout the U.S. and in Europe; played his 2nd Piano Concerto in London (May 14,1903). During his sabbatical, Columbia Univ. replaced its president, Seth Low, with Nicholas Murray Butler, whose ideas about the role of music in the univ. were diametrically opposed to the ideals of MacDowell.

MacDowell resigned in 1904 and subsequently became a "cause celebre," resulting in much acrimony on both sides. It was not until some time later that the Robert Center Chair that MacDowell had held at Columbia Univ. was renamed the Edward MacDowell Chair of Music to honor its first recipient. Through the combination of the trauma resulting from this episode, an accident with a hansom, and the development of what appears to have been tertiary syphilis, MacDowell rapidly deteriorated mentally into a vegetative state. In 1906 a public appeal was launched to raise funds for his care; among the signers were Horatio Parker, Victor Herbert, Arthur Foote, George Chadwick, Frederick Converse, Andrew Carnegie, J. Pierpont Morgan, and former President Grover Cleveland. MacDowell was only 47 years old when he died. The sum of $50,000 was raised for the organization of the MacDowell Memorial Assoc. Mrs. MacDowell, who outlived her husband by nearly half a century (she died at the age of 98, in Los Angeles, on Aug. 23, 1956), deeded to the association her husband's summer residence at Peterborough, N.H.

This property became a pastoral retreat, under the name of the MacDowell Colony, for American composers and writers, who could spend summers working undisturbed in separate cottages, paying a minimum rent for lodging and food. During the summer of 1910, Mrs. MacDowell arranged an elaborate pageant with music from MacDowell's works; the success of this project led to the establishment of a series of MacDowell Festivals at Peterborough. MacDowell received several awards during his lifetime, including 2 honorary doctorates (Princeton Univ., 1896; Univ. of Pa., 1902) and election into the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1904); in 1940 a 5-cent U.S. postage stamp with his likeness was issued; in 1960 he was the second composer elected to the Hall of Fame at N.Y.U., where, in 1964, a bust was unveiled.

Among American composers, MacDowell occupies a historically important place as the first American whose works were accepted as comparable in quality and technique with those of the average German composers of his time. His music adhered to the prevalent representative Romantic art. Virtually all of his works bear titles borrowed from mythical history, literature, or painting; even his piano sonatas, set in Classical forms, carry descriptive titles, indicative of the mood of melodic resources, or as an ethnic reference. Since he lived in Germany during his formative years, German musical culture was decisive in shaping his musical development; even the American rhythms and melodies in his music seem to be European reflections of an exotic art.

A parallel with Grieg is plausible, for Grieg was also a regional composer trained in Germany. But Grieg possessed a much more vigorous personality, and he succeeded in communicating the true spirit of Norwegian song modalities in his works. Lack of musical strength and originality accounts for MacDowell's gradual decline in the estimation of succeeding generations; his romanticism was apt to lapse into salon sentimentality. The frequency of performance of his works in concert (he never wrote for the stage) declined in the decades following his death, and his influence on succeeding generations of American composers receded to a faint recognition of an evanescent artistic period. MacDowelFs writings were collected by W. Baltzell and publ. as Critical and Historical Essays (1912; reprinted, with new introduction by I. Lowens, N.Y., 1969). - Died in N.Y. Jan. 23,1908.
in 1861 - Lionel John Alexander Monckton, writer and composer of musical theatre is born.

in 1865 - Francisco Manuel da Silva, composer, dies at 70.
Francisco Manuel da Silva (February 21, 1795 December 18, 1865) was a songwriter and music professor. He was born and died in Rio de Janeiro. He had great prominence in the musical life of Rio De Janeiro in the period between the death of Priest José Maurício and Carlos Gomes. He was a singer of Capela Real since 1809, and later a cello player. He was one of the founders of Imperial Academia de Música e Ópera Nacional (National Imperial Music and Opera Academy), of Sociedade Beneficência Musical e Conservatório Imperial de Música, which become Instituto Nacional de Música (Nacional Music Institute) and is called Escola de Música da Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (Rio de Janeiro University Music School).
in 1869 - American composer and pianist Louis Moreau Gottschalk died in Tijuca, Rio de Janerio at the age of 40.
in 1873 - Adolf Vogl, composer is born.
in 1885 - Louis A. Mitchell (US jazz drummer, bandleader) is born.
in 1892 - Anton Bruckner's 8th Symphony premieres.
in 1892 - Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's ballet, "Nutcracker Suite" premieres.
in 1895 - Sam Morgan (US trumpeter; Sam Morgan Jazz Band) is born.
in 1897 - Fletcher Henderson Jr (US jazz pianist, bandleader, composer) is born.
in 1899 - John William Glover, composer, dies at 84.
in 1904 - Wilf Carter "Montana Slim," country music singer, songwriter and guitarist is born.
in 1905 - Richard Sturzenegger, cellist and composer, director of the Berne Conservatory, is born.

in 1906 - Edwin H "Buddy" Morris, music publisher, member of the ASCAP Board of Directors, winner of the Abe Olman Publisher Award from the Songwriter's Hall of Fame, is born.

in 1907 - Lawrence Lucie (US session guitarist) is born
in 1908 - Raul Sanchez Reinoso (Argentinian guitar, banjo, bandleader) is born.
in 1910 - Abram Solman Borowitz "Abe Burrows" composer, radio personality, is born.
in 1911 - Alberto Randegger, composer, dies at 79.
in 1913 - Donald Phillips, pianist, composer, winner of the Ivor Novello Award, is born.
in 1913 - Takata Saburo, pianist and composer, is born.
in 1914 - Connie Curtis "Pee Wee" Crayton (US blues guitarist, vocalist) is born.
in 1917 - Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson (US alto saxophonist, jazz & blues shouter) is born.
in 1918 - Henryk Jarecki, composer, dies at 72
in 1919 - Anita O'Day, Chicago, big band jazz singer (Gene Krupa, Stan Kanton) is born.
in 1919 - Barry Galbraith (US jazz guitarist) is born.
in 1919 - Horatio William Parker, composer, dies at 56.
in 1920 - Rita Streich, German singer is born.
in 1922 - Clarence Horatio "Big" Miller (US jazz trombonist, big voiced singer) is born.
in 1923 - Bill Reichenbach Sr. (American trombonist, composer) is born.
in 1928 - Galt MacDermot, composer, pianist and writer of musical theatre, is born.
in 1928 - Ira Gitler (US music critic) is born.
in 1928 - Lucien Capet, composer, dies at 55.
in 1929 - Nick Stabulas (US drummer; jazz man) is born.
in 1930 - Al Jones (American Traditional bluegrass drummer) is born.
in 1931 - Al Molina (US jazz trumpeter) is born.
in 1931 - Allen Klein (US record industry executive) is born.
in 1932 - Don Heckman (US jazz clarinetist, music critic) is born.
in 1933 - Lonnie Brooks (Lee Baker Jr) (US blues guitarist, singer) is born.
in 1937 - Joel Hirschhorn (US award-winning songwriter, composer) is born.
in 1938 - Bryan James "Chas" Chandler, rock and R&B bassist, singer/songwriter, is born.
in 1938 - Chas Chandler (Bryan James Chandler) (UK bassist, manager; Animals/Jimi Hendr-ix) is born.
in 1939 - Henrica M L "Wiesje" Backer, Dutch dancer/actress/playwright is born.
in 1940 - Bramwell "Bram" Morrison (Canadian children's musical trio Sharon, Lois & Bram) is born.
in 1941 - Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith, jazz trumpeter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, is born.
in 1941 - Sam Andrew, rock guitarist, singer/songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, is born.
in 1941 - Wadada Leo Smith (Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith) (US avant-garde jazz trumpeter) is born.
in 1942 - Les Cauchi, doo wop, R&B, pop singer, is born.
in 1943 - Bobby Keys (US international saxophonist; sessionist/freelance/Rolling Stones) is born.
in 1943 - Keith Richards, England, rock guitarist (Rolling Stones-Brown Sugar) is born.
in 1948 - Bill Nelson, rock guitarist, singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, is born.
in 1948 - Bryan "Chas" Changler, Newcastle, rock bassist (Animals) is born.
in 1948 - Buddy Gask (UK vocals; Showaddywaddy) is born.
in 1948 - Laurent Voulzy (Lucien Voulzy) (French singer, composer) is born.
in 1949 - Alyrio Lima Cova (Brazilian percussionist) is born.
in 1950 - Martha Johnson (Canadian vocalist, keyboards; Martha And The Muffins) is born.
in 1950 - Randy Castillo (US drummer; Ozzie Osborne/freelance) is born.
in 1953 - Elliot Easton (Elliot Steinberg) (US guitarist, vocals; The Cars/solo/The New Cars) is born.
in 1953 - Khas-Magomed Hadjimuradov (Chechen singer-songwriter) is born.
in 1955 - Jacek Kochan (Polish drummer) is born.
in 1956 - Elios Ferre (French guitarist) is born.
in 1957 - John Webster, rock keyboardist, is born.
in 1958 - Geordie Walker (UK guitar; Killing Joke) is born.
in 1959 - Daddy G (Grant Marshall) (member of Massive Attack) is born.
in 1959 - Swedish soprano Birgit Nilsson made her American debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Wagner's Isolde.
in 1961 - Ken Foreman, rock guitarist, singer/songwriter, composer, is born.

in 1961 - The Tokens started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight'; it reached No.11 in the UK. REM included a live version of the song on the 1993 'Sidewinder Sleeps Tonight' single.

in 1962 - On their fifth visit to West Germany The Beatles played the first night of a two-week engagement at the Star-Club, Hamburg. A 13 night run, playing 3 hours each night. The final night's performance was recorded and became known as ‘The Star-Club Tapes’, released in 1977 against the wishes of the ex-Beatles themselves.

in 1962 - Dmitri Shostakovich's 13th Symphony premieres.
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