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in 1964 - Harmonica player Cyril Davies died of leukaemia died aged 32. Davies was a driving force in the early 60's blues movement forming Blues Incorporated with Alexis Korner.

in 1964 - The Beatles recorded a seven-song appearance for the BBC Radio program Saturday Club. They played ‘All My Loving’, ‘Money’, ‘The Hippy Hippy Shake’, ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’, ‘Roll Over Beethoven’, ‘Johnny B. Goode’, and ‘I Wanna Be Your Man’. The show was broadcast on February 15, while the Beatles were in the US.

in 1966 - Ehab Tawfik (Egyptian singer) is born.

in 1967 - Carl Schuricht dies at age 86. German conductor, in 1909 he succeeded Siegfried Ochs as director of the Rühlscher Oratorienverein in Frankfurt-am-Mein and at 31 was appointed musical director of the municipal orchestra in Wiesbaden; festivals of modern music (Richard Strauss, Reger, Mahler, Delius and Arnold Schoenberg) made Wiesbaden an internationally-renowned centre for music. In later years during the late 40s and 50s Carl conducted throughout Switzerland, at the re-opening of the Salzburg Festival in 1946, in Paris, and at the festivals of Holland, Lucerne, Aix-en-Provence and Montreux. He regularly conducted the South German Radio Symphony Orchestra from 1950 to 1966. When the Vienna Philharmonic made their first tour to the USA in 1956, he share the conducting during the six-weeks with André Cluytens.
in 1969 - The Scaffold were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Lily The Pink. '
in 1970 - Led Zeppelin kicked off an 8-date UK tour at Birmingham Town Hall.

in 1971 - Black Sabbath released 'Paranoid' their second studio album in the US. The album features the band's best-known signature songs, including the title track, 'Iron Man' and 'War Pigs'. The album was originally titled War Pigs, but allegedly the record company changed it to Paranoid, fearing backlash from supporters of the ongoing Vietnam War.

in 1973 - David Bowie appeared live at Newcastle City Hall, England.
in 1973 - Jonna Tervomaa (Finnish singer) is born
in 1974 - John Rich (US bassist, vocals; Big & Rich) is born.
in 1974 - Carly Simon and James Taylor became parents when their daughter Sarah Maria was born.

in 1974 - Aerosmith played at the Michigan Theatre in Detroit, the first date on their 56 date North American Get Your Wings Tour.

in 1977 - Andy Gibb was at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'I Just Want To Be Your Everything' a song written by his Bee Gee brother Barry.

in 1979 - Zbigniew Turski, composer, dies at 70

in 1980 - Larry Williams dies at age 44. American singer, saxophonist, keyboards, and pianist born in New Orleans, Louisiana; best known for writing and recording some Rock'n'Roll standards from 1957 to 1959 for Specialty Records, including "Bony Moronie" and "Dizzy Miss Lizzy". He also began acting in the 1960s, appearing on film in Just for the Hell of It-1968, The Klansman-1974, and Drum-1976 (died from a gun-shot wound in his LA, California home. The death was deemed suicide, though there was much speculation otherwise. No suspects were ever arrested or charged).

in 1980 - Hugh Cornwall of The Stranglers was found guilty of possession of heroin, cocaine and cannabis. He was fined £300 ($510) and sentenced to three months in Pentonville prison.

in 1981 - The Police played the first night of a North American tour at The University of Montreal, Quebec, Canada during their Zenyatta Mondatta World Tour.

in 1981 - Jose Ardevol, composer, dies at 69
in 1981 – Rasaq Rasaq Dayo Seriki (US rapper) is born

in 1981 - Chink Martin Chink Abraham dies at age 94. American jazz tubist born in New Orleans; he played guitar before settling on tuba. He played with Papa Jack Laine's Reliance Brass Band around 1910, and worked in various other brass bands in the city in the 1910's. In 1923, he traveled to Chicago and played with the New Orleans Rhythm Kings, as well as with the Halfway House Orchestra, the New Orleans Harmony Kings, and the New Orleans Swing Kings. In the 1930s, he worked as a staff musician at WSMB radio. He continued to play tuba for his entire career, though he also picked up double-bass from the 1930s onward. He played with dozens of noted New Orleans jazz musicians, appearing on record with Sharkey Bonano, Santo Pecora, Pete Fountain, Al Hirt, and others, and released one album under his own name on Southland Records in 1963.
Video Note: A singer from New Orleans, LA., Alberta Brown only made one record. --Alberta Brown:Vocals --Abbie Brunies:Cornet --Sidney Arodin:Clarinet-- Red Long:Piano-- Chink Martin:Bass-- Recorded in New Orleans, LA. Wednesday, April 25, 1928-- Originally issued on the 1928 single (Columbia 14321-D) (78 RPM)
in 1982 - Singles reviewed in this weeks Smash Hits included Haircut 100, 'Love Plus One', XTC 'Senses Working Overtime' and Robert Palmer 'Some Guys Have All The Luck'. OMD had the front cover plus interviews with Adam Ant, Squeeze and Dollar.

in 1985 - Johnny Guarnieri, virtuoso jazz and stride pianist and teacher, dies onstage during a performance with Dick Sudhalter, at 67.
in 1987 - Larry Carr, jazz singer and pianist, dies at 72.
in 1988 - Haley Bennett (US singer, actress) is born.

in 1989 - Featured in this weeks Melody Maker a list of artists favourite singles from 1988, Wendy James picked 'Orinoco Flow' by Enya, Sinead O'Connor picked 'Birthday' by The Sugarcubes & Tanita Tikaram had 'Don't Worry, Be Happy' by Bobby McFerrin.

in 1989 - Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the Stock, Aitken & Waterman produced 'Especially For You'.
in 1990 - Chris Rea appeared at Wembley Arena, London on his Road To Hell tour.

in 1993 - R.E.M. played a Greenpeace Benefit show at the 40 watt Club, Athens, Georgia, for 500 people. The show was recorded on a solar powered mobile recording studio.

in 1993 - Dizzy (actually, John Birks) Gillespie, bebop trumpeter, composer, leader, and singer, revered by musicians for his brilliance, personal warmth, sense of humor, and generosity in sharing his knowledge; died at Englewood, N.J.

His father was a mason and weekend bandleader who played several instruments. To help out his family, Dizzy left school in the ninth grade to work. Two years later, he began to teach himself trombone and trumpet. He formed a trio (trumpet, piano, and drums) and was good enough to be accepted at the Laurinberg Institute (N.C.); a full scholarship allowed him to concentrate on trumpet and piano. He left before his last year (1935) to rejoin his family in Philadelphia; he played there with Frankie Fairfax, earning his nickname at that time for his on and offstage antics.

He learned several Roy Eldridge solos from Charlie Shavers. He also became famous for his highly unorthodox bulging cheeks, resulting from a lack of training. (He was later diagnosed with a medical condition that prevented him from blowing in the recommended manner. Now know in medicine as Gillespie’s Condition.)

Moving to N.Y., he joined Teddy Hill's Band at the Savoy Ballroom (1937), replacing Eldridge, and made his first recordings (and first solo on "King Porter Stomp"); he toured Europe with Hill later that year. He joined Cab Calloway's big band (1939), where he was first exposed to Afro-Cuban music through bandmate Mario Bauza. It was the beginning of a lifelong association with Latin music.

He met Charlie Parker in Kansas City (1940); shortly thereafter, Parker moved to N.Y. He, Dizzy, and others would go to Harlem clubs, especially Minton's, to jam and work on new ideas after Calloway's last set. In 1941 Calloway fired Dizzy for threatening him with a knife. He worked briefly with big bands led by Ella Fitzgerald, Claude Hopkins, Les Hite, Lucky Millinder, Charlie Barnet, Fletcher Henderson, and Benny Carter.

He led a small band at the Downbeat Club in Philadelphia (1942) prior to joining Earl Hines for several months. The 1940s saw Gillespie begin a lifelong pattern of switching between big bands and small groups. His big band work included stints with Duke Ellington (1943). Billy Eckstine (1944), and his own ensemble (1945-50). He co-led a small band at the Onyx Club, N.Y. with Oscar Pettiford, and had brief spells in other small bands, including John Kirby's Sextet.

During this period he gained the reputation of being one of the leading and most articulate exponents of bebop. In 1945, Benny Goodman's group in Billy Rose's 7 Lively Arts (a highbrow Broadway revue) was replaced by Tiny Grimes's group with Gillespie. Later that year, his group with Parker appeared at the Three Deuces, N.Y., and in Philadelphia. During the next few years his big band played in N.Y. and toured the eastern U.S.

In 1947, Bauza introduced him to Cuban percussionist Chano Pozo, who joined the band; the group performed and recorded numbers such as "Tin Tin Deo" and "Manteca." Financial pressures forced Gillespie to temporarily give up the big band (1950), but he performed, recorded, and toured with big bands for the rest of his life. He resumed touring with a small group (with John Coltrane, 1950-51). He formed his own label, Dee Gee, in Detroit, one of the first to be owned by a jazz artist; but it went broke before he could recoup his investment. In 1953 someone accidentally fell on and bent his trumpet while it sat upright on a stand. After playing it he discovered he liked the sound and the fact that it was easier to hear oneself; he had trumpets built for him in that shape from then on.

In 1956 Gillespie became the first jazz musician appointed by the U.S. State Dept. to undertake a cultural mission. With the help of Quincy Jones, he formed a big band to tour the Middle East; a few months later he traveled on another sponsored tour to South America, cut short partly because of complaints about using taxpayer money to support a jazz band. His quintet performed a vast number of international engagements through the 1980s;he also toured with JATP. In 1963 he half-jokingly began a campaign to run as an independent candidate for president; he almost got on the ballot in Calif. and received many write-in votes despite his withdrawal beforehand. "Dizzy for President" campaign buttons were made up; proceeds from their sale eventually went to civil rights organizations.

In 1971-72, he guested in an all-star touring line-up called the Giants of Jazz. His connection with the Latin world led to a number of visits to Cuba, despite the U.S. embargo; he became an important presence on the Cuban jazz scene, mentoring Paquito D'Rivera, Arturo Sandoval, and many others. Gillespie appeared before four U. S. presidents at the White House, received numerous honors (including the Paul Robeson Award, 1972, and the National Medal of Art, 1989), and performed for governments throughout the world. In 1989-91, he toured with the so-called United Nations Band that crossed the U.S.; the tour introduced David Sanchez, and Danilo Perez to the wider public. Among his film appearances were Jivin' in BebopM (1946) and Winter in Lisbon (1990). He pursued his almost nonstop schedule as late as 1991, with concerts here and abroad, festival and TV appearances, and magazine interviews. After his death, the San Francisco Jazz Festival and his estate established the Dizzy Gillespie Jazz Education Fund. The singer Jeanie Bryson is his daughter. - Born at Cheraw, S.C., Oct. 21, 1917.

in 1994 - Oasis started recording their debut album 'Definitely Maybe', at Monrow studios in South Wales. When released in August 1994, it became the fastest selling debut album of all time in the UK, (being surpassed in 2006 by Arctic Monkeys debut album Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not). The album went on to sell over 12 million copies worldwide.

in 1994 - Lynn Blessing, jazz/rock vibraphonist and composer, dies at 65.
in 1994 - Bobby Pratt, jazz pianist and trombonist, dies at 67.
in 1995 - Arthur Leavins, classical violinist, dies at 77.
in 1996 - Robson and Jerome went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Robson and Jerome.'

in 1997 - Sándor Végh, violinist, conductor and teacher, dies at 84. Végh was known as one of the great chamber music violinists of the twentieth century.

in 1998 - Owen Bradley dies at age 82. American record producer and pianist who, along with Chet Atkins and Bob Ferguson, was one of the chief architects of the 1950s and 60s Nashville sound in country music and rockabilly. He learned piano at an early age, and began playing in local nightclubs and roadhouses when he was a teenager. At 20, he got a job at WSM-AM radio, where he worked as an arranger and musician and in 1942, he became the station's musical director. As well as becoming a recording artist, he enjoyed record production and in 1952, he and his brother Harold built their own recording studio where they began to record singers such as Ernest Tubb and Kitty Wells. By 1956, they had moved to larger premises and had their famed Quonset hut studio on 16th Avenue South, Nashville. It was here that Buddy Holly and Gene Vincent recorded some of their earliest sessions. Owen also recorded several of the new country artists of the time, including Johnny Cash and Marty Robbins. The area surrounding the old Quonset hut became known as Music Row. It was here that, over the years, the recording industry of Nashville developed. He did, in fact, record both pop and country artists. He also appeared as a musician, not only on some of Decca recording sessions but he actually played with Chet Atkins on Elvis Presley's RCA session, on the recording of Heartbreak Hotel. Between 1958 and 1968, he was the country A&R director for Decca and was then promoted to be the label's vice president in Nashville. Owen was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1974. He retired from production in the early 1980s, but continued to work on the selected projects, such as k.d. Lang's acclaimed 1988 album, Shadowland
in 2001 - James Carr dies at age 58. American R&B and soul singer, born in Coahoma, Mississippi, and began singing in church and was performing in gospel groups. He first made the R&B charts in 1966 with "You've Got My Mind Messed Up", followed by his most famous song "The Dark End of the Street". A resurgence in interest in his music, spurred by his portrayal in Peter Guralnick's 1986 book Sweet Soul Music, helped return Carr to the recording studio, but he didn't have any further chart success.

in 2001 - Rui Da Silva feat Cassandra went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Touch Me', the first Portuguese act to top the UK charts.

in 2002 - Jon Lee dies at age 33. Welsh musician and the original drummer for the successful British rock band Feeder. Born in Newport, Wales, he was inspired to play the drums, having acquired a drum kit in his teens, he teamed up in the early 1990s with Grant Nicholas to form a band called "Temper Temper". Without much in the way of success, the two took to London to set up a new band called "Hum", but the true turning point came when a Japanese bassist called Taka Hirose answered an ad in "Loot" magazine to form a new band called "Reel" and a record contract with the Echo Label followed in November 1994 when their name was "Real". From here the band changed their name to Feeder named after Grant's goldfish (suicide, found hanged at his Miami home).

in 2003 - The Beatles Book Monthly closed down after 40 years. Author Sean O'Mahony who set up the magazine in 1963 said there was nothing more to say as the number of things the former Beatles were doing gets less and less as the years go on.

in 2004 - John Guerin dies at age 64. American top session drummer; self-taught on drums, percussion and keyboards, an extremely successful "crossover" artist, frequently bridging the gaps between jazz and rock with his expansive drum vocabulary. Born in Hawaii and raised in San Diego, he began performing with Buddy DeFranco in 1960. In the late 60s he moved to LA where his talented drum work was utilised by artists including Frank Sinatra, George Harrison, Frank Zappa, Joni Mitchell, The Byrds, Peggy Lee, Them, Thelonious Monk, Lou Rawls, Ray Conniff, George Shearing, Ella Fitzgerald, Linda Ronstadt, Nelson Riddle and countless others. In jazz and pop, he is one of the most recorded drummers of all time. Among his many contributions to motion picture and TV scores, John's most celebrated work was on the soundtrack for Clint Eastwood's 1988 film biography of Charlie Parker, titled Bird. He also played on the original title tune for the television series Hawaii Five-O. In more recent years Guerin worked with Tyrell, Oscar Peterson, John Faddis, Jimmy Heath, Ray Charles, Sonny Rollins, Justin Morell, Andreas Pettersson, David Basse, David Garfield, Gary Lemel, and Mike Melvoin (pneumonia)

in 2006 - Gary Glitter was formally charged with committing obscene acts with two girls aged 11 and 12 in Vietnam, the prosecutor in the southern province of Ba Ria Vung Tau said the charges would carry prison terms of three to seven years. Glitter, (Paul Gadd), had been held since November as he tried to flee the country over child sex allegations.

in 2006 - Pink married her motocross racer boyfriend Carey Hart on a beach in Costa Rica. More than 100 people attended the singer's big day, including Lisa-Marie Presley. Pink proposed to him during one of his races in Mammoth Lakes, California, by holding up a sign that read "Will you marry me?" Hart pulled out of the race to say yes.

in 2006 - Mary J. Blige was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘The Breakthrough’ the R&B singer’s third US No.1 album.

in 2008 - US rapper Timbaland started a four week run at No.1 on the Australian album chart with ‘Timbaland Presents Shock Value Timbaland.’

in 2009 - Alex van Heerden dies at age 34. South African trumpeter, vocalist, accordionist, producer, composer, historian and explorer; a self-taught musician that started to play trumpet at the age of 17. As well as his solo career, he worked with Robbie Jansen in Jansen's jazz group Sons of Table Mountain. Later he studied his own ethnic music and in the process became aware of the influence of ghoema, vastrap (a SA dance form) and other Coloured music on boeremusiek. He also worked together with Swedish musician and producer Håkan Lidbo, creating electronic music. He was on the verge of co-launching a second album with Cape Town jazz musician Hilton Schilder, with who he had toured parts of Europe and Hong Kong with on several occasions, and a second CD with Gramadoelas, the band he co-founded (died in a car accident in Cape Town)
in 2010 - Eric Shark Thomas Sam Davis dies at age 59. British singer with the Liverpool based band, Deaf School. Eric had been in poor health for several years and was waiting for a lung transplant, but he continued to play a part in Deaf School concerts until September, when he sat at a table at the side of the stage, with microphone in hand and oxygen mask and cylinder close by (lung disease).

in 2011 - Phil Kennemore dies at age 57. American bassist he was a member of Y&T, who were formerly known as Yesterday And Today, and played with the hard rock band at every stage of their 36-year history since 1974, helping the band sell over four million albums in the process. He appeared on all of their 21 albums, including the classic albums In Rock We Trust, which featured their biggest hit ‘Summertime Girls’, and Mean Streak, and the band’s most recent studio record Facemelter which was released last year. Y&T is one of the San Francisco Bay Area's own innovators of the hard rock sound. World-renowned headliners on their own, the band also remained the most requested support act on the hard rock road, touring with icons Ozzy Osbourne, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Mötley Crüe, and more (lung cancer).
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in 1567 - Jacob Vaet, Flemish composer/royal chaplain master, dies at about 37
in 1651 - Giovanni Battista Gagliano, composer, dies at 56.

in 1668 - Jean Gilles, composer, is born. Gilles' Requiem "...was performed for the first time at his own funeral (because the original commissioner thought it too expensive to perform), but was later sung at the funeral services for the King of Poland in 1736, Jean-Philippe Rameau in in 1764 - and Louis XV in 1774."

in 1696 - Michael de Ronghe, composer, dies at 75
in 1705 - Georg F Händel's 1st opera, Almira, premieres in Hamburg.
in 1713 - Italian composer and violinist Arcangelo Corelli died in Rome at the age of 59.

in 1777 - Filippo Traetta, Italian-American teacher and composer, son of Tommaso (Michele Francesco Saverio) Traetta, is born at Venice. He was a pupil of Fenaroli and Perillo at Venice, later of Piccinni at Naples. He was involved in the unsuccessful 1799 revolution against King Ferdinand IV of Naples, and was arrested not only for being a soldier in the losing army, but also for being the composer of several anti-monarchy hymns.
He escaped and was eventually smuggled to America, where his career as a musician truly began. He composed the first opera in America; The Venetian Maskers.

With Mallet and Graupner, he founded Boston's American Conservatorio in 1801. Shortly after he went to Charleston, S.C., where he was active in N.Y. as a performer and teacher (1808-17).[sic] He settled in Philadelphia in 1822 and founded the American Conservatory. Among his compositions were an opera, The Venetian Maskers (no date), and 3 oratorios, Peace (N.Y.,Feb. 21, 1815), Jerusalem in Affliction (1828), and TheDaughters of Zion (1829); also cantatas, piano pieces, and songs. - Died at Philadelphia, Jan. 9, 1854.

in 1779 - John White, composer is born.

in 1787 - Johann Ludwig Bohner, piano and organ virtuoso and composer, known during his time as the "Thüringer Mozart," is born.

in 1788 - Erik Drake, composer and music theorist, is born.

in 1788 - Archduke Rudolph, Austrian amateur musician, music patron, and Beethoven's friend and pupil, was born in Pisa, Italy

in 1792 - Lowell Mason, organist and composer of over 1600 hymn tunes, is born. Mason is considered the first important music educator in the US, and is largely responsible for introducing music into public schools there.

in 1810 - Robert Schumann, Zwickau Germ, composer (Neue Zeitschrift fuer Musik) is born
in 1812 - William Henry Holmes, pianist and composer, is born.
in 1812 - Sigismond (Fortune Francois) Thalberg, celebrated Swiss-born pianist and composer, is born at Paquis, near Geneva. His parents were Joseph Thalberg of Frankfurt am Main and Fortunee Stein, also of Frankfurt am Main, but resident in Geneva. Thalberg, however, pretended to be the natural son of Count Moritz Dietrichstein and Baroness von Wetzlar, who took charge of his education.

At age 10 he was sent to Vienna to prepare himself for a career as a diplomat; however, he also received instruction in music from Mittag, 1st bassoonist in the orchestra of the Court Opera; he subsequently studied piano with Hummel and theory with Sechter. He played as a precocious pianist in the aristocratic salons of Vienna, and began to compose.

In 1830 he made a successful concert tour of England and Germany. After further training with J. Pixis and F. Kalkbrenner in Paris and with Moscheles in London, he returned to Paris in 1836 and set himself up as a serious rival to Liszt; the 2 eventually became friends, and Thalberg went on to pursue a brilliant career as a virtuoso, performing mostly his own works.

In 1843 he married the widow of the painter Boucher. In 1855 he set out on a concert tour through Brazil and then visited the U.S. (1856); made a 2nd Brazilian tour in 1863, and in 1864 retired to Naples. Thalberg was unexcelled as a performer of fashionable salon music and virtuoso studies. He possessed a wonderful legato, eliciting from Liszt the remark, "Thalberg is the only artist who can play the violin on the keyboard."

His technical specialty was to play a central melody with the thumb of either hand, surrounding it with brilliant arpeggios and arabesques. To present this technique graphically in notation, he made use of the method initiated by Francesco Pollini of writing piano music on 3 staves. He wrote 2 operas, Florinda (London, July 3, 1851) and Cristina di Suezia (Vienna, June 3, 1855),which were not successful, but his brilliant piano pieces were the rage of his day, easily eclipsing in popular favor those of Chopin, his close contemporary. Among them are a group of nocturnes, several Caprices, 2 Romances sans paroles, Grandes valses brillanies, Le Depart, oarieen forme d'etude, Marche funebre oariee, Barcarole, Valse melodique, Les Capricieuses, Tarenielle, Souvenirde Pest,La Cadence (very popular), Les Soirees de Pausilippe (6 albums), Celebre Ballade, La Napoliiaine, several sonatas, many pianistic studies, and fantasies on operas by Rossini, Bellini, Meyerbeer, Weber, Verdi, and others. - Died at Posillipo, near Naples, April 27, 1871.

in 1819 - Christian Gottlob Saupe, composer, dies at 55
in 1822 - Carlo Alfredo Piatti, virtuoso cellist and composer, is born.

in 1923 - Giorgio (actually, George) Tozzi, gifted American bass, is born at Chicago.
He commenced vocal training when he was 13, and later studied biology at De Paul University while pursuing his vocal studies with Rosa Raisa, Giacomo Rimini, and John Daggett Howell in Chicago. On Dec. 29, 1948, he made his professional debut under the name George Tozzi as Tarquinius in Britten's The Rape of Lucretia in N.Y. After singing in the musical comedy Tough at the Top in London in 1949, he received further vocal instruction from Giulio Lorandi in Milan. In 1950 he made his debut as Rodolfo in La sonnambula at Milan's Teatro Nuovo. He sang for the first time at Milan's La Scala in 1953 as Stromminger in La Wally. On March 9,1955, he made his Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. as Alvise. He remained on its roster until 1975, becoming well known for such roles as Rossini's Basilio, Mozart's Figaro, Pimen, Boris Godunov, Sparafucile, Ramfis, Hans Sachs, and Pogner; he also created the role of the Doctor in Barber's Vanessa there in 1958. His career took him to such operatic centers as San Francisco, Hamburg, Salzburg, Florence, and Munich. In 1977 he appeared in the U.S. premiere of Glinka's Ruslan and Ludmilla in Boston. A remarkably versatile artist, he was successful not only in opera and concert settings but also in films, television, and musical comedy. His fine vocal technique was complemented by his assured dramatic gifts. From 1991 he taught at the Ind. University School of Music in Bioomington.

in 1824 - Per August Ölander, composer, violinist and music critic, is born.

in 1830 - German pianist, conductor, musical writer and first husband of Cosima Liszt Wagner, Hans Von Bülow, was born in Dresden- a couple of quotes from him:
"A tenor is not a man but a disease."
To a trombonist: "Your tone sounds like roast-beef gravy running through a sewer."
He was also responsible for adding the pedal timpani to the orchestra.

in 1831 - Franz Vinzenz Krommer, organist, violinist and composer (court composer to the Imperial Court of Austria), dies at 71.

in 1833 - Boston Academy of Music, first musical school in the US, is established.
in 1846 - Albert Cahen d'Anvers, composer, best known for his light operas, is born.


in 1846 - William Wallace Gilchrist, organist and composer, who founded the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, is born.

in 1850 - Alexander Wierzbillowicz, Polish cellist and pedagogue, is born at St. Petersburg (of Polish parents). He studied in Warsaw and was a student of Davidov at the St. Petersburg Conservatory. In 1885 he became 1st cellist in the orchestra of the Imperial Opera in St. Petersburg. He also made highly successful tours of Europe as a soloist, and also played in various chamber music settings. In 1889 he became professor of cello at the St. Petersburg Conservatory. - Died at St. petersburg, March 15, 1911.

in 1858 - Friedrich Karl Kuhmstedt, composer, dies at 48.
in 1864 - Victor-Charles-Paul Dourlen, composer and teacher, dies at 83.

in 1873 - Lucien Louis Capet, violinist, composer and teacher, is born. His book, Superior Bowing Technique is considered the definitive treatise on all aspects of bowing technique for the violin, and is still being published. He developed what is known as the modele Lucien Capet design for violin bows.

in 1883 - Josue Teofilo Wilkes, composer and musicologist, who co-founded the Asociación Argentina de Compositores, is born.

in 1891 - Bronislava Nijinska, dancer, choreographer, and teacher, is born.

in 1891 - Fredrik Pacius, composer and conductor, "Father of Finnish Music," who composed the first Finnish opera, Kung Karls Jakt (The Hunt of King Charles), dies at 81.

in 1892 - Werner Wehrli, composer, conductor, music teacher and writer, collector of folk songs, is born.
in 1892 – the number one songs was "Slide, Kelly, Slide" by George J. Gaskin.
in 1893 – the number one songs was "Daddy Wouldn't Buy Me a Bow-Wow" by Dan Quinn.
in 1894 – the number one songs was "Casey as Insurance Agent" by Russell Hunting.
in 1895 – the number one songs was "Little Alabama Coon" by Len Spencer.

in 1896 - Jaromir Weinberger, Czech-born American composer, is born at Prague. He was a student of Kticka and Hoffmeister in Prague and of Reger in Leipzig. In 1922 he became a teacher of composition at Ithaca (N.Y.) College. Returning to his homeland, he scored a remarkable success with his opera Svanda dudak (Schwanda the Bagpiper; Prague, April 27, 1927). It subsequently was performed throughout Europe to critical acclaim. With the dismemberment of his homeland by the Nazis in 1939, Weinberger fled to the U.s. and later became a naturalized citizen. Weinberger's success with Svanda dudak was a signal one. Even though the opera eventually went unperformed, its "Polka and Fugue" became a popular concert piece. He committed suicide, despondent over the lack of interest in his works. - Died at St. Petersburg, Fla., Aug. 8, 1967.

in 1896 – the number one songs was "The Sunshine of Paradise Alley" by George J. Gaskin.
in 1897 – the number one songs was "A Hot Time in the Old Town" by Dan Quinn.
in 1898 – the number one songs was "On the Banks of the Wabash" by George J. Gaskin.
in 1899 – the number one songs was "My Old New Hampshire Home" by George J. Gaskin.
in 1902 - Gret Palucca, dancer, choreographer, and teacher, is born.

in 1905 - Giacinto Scelsi, composer, is born. "He is best known for writing music based around only one pitch, altered in all manners through microtonal oscillations, harmonic allusions, and changes in timbre and dynamics, as paradigmatically exemplified in his revolutionary Quattro Pezzi su una Nota Sola (Four Pieces on a Single Note).
Video Notes: Uaxuctum is subtitled: "The legend of the Maya city, destroyed by themselves for religious reasons" and corresponds to an actual Maya city in Peten, Guatemala which flourished during the first millennium AD. This is an intensely dramatic work, and the most bizarre in Scelsi's output. It depicts the end of an ancient civilization - residing in Central America, but with mythical roots extending back to Egypt and beyond - it is the last flowering of a mystical and mythological culture which was slowly destroyed by our modern world. In this case, Scelsi says, the Mayans made a conscious decision to end the city themselves.
in 1906 - Pianist Arthur Rubinstein made his American debut at Carnegie Hall in New York City
in 1911 - Andrej Ocenas, composer known for using themes from Slovak folk songs in his work, is born.
in 1912 - Dutch composer Rudolf Escher, nephew of artist M.C. Escher, was born in Amsterdam.
in 1914 - Charles Borromeo Mills, composer is born.
in 1918 - Michael Hertz, composer, dies at 73.
in 1918 - Evelyn Dall (American singer, actress) is born.
in 1921 - Luis Villalba Munoz, composer, dies at 48.

in 1922 - Abbey Simon, virtuoso pianist and teacher, whose playing has won numerous awards, is born. Simon has been a long-time jury member on five international piano competitions.

in 1923 - Giorgio Tozzi, operatic basso and teacher, is born.

in 1924 - Robert Starer, esteemed Austrian-born American composer and pedagogue, is born at Vienna. He entered the Vienna Academy of Music at 13 and studied piano with Victor Ebenstein. Shortly after the Anschluss in 1938, he went to Jerusalem and pursued his training at the Conservatory with Rosowsky, Tal, and Partos (until 1943).

After service in the British Royal Air Force (1943-46), he emigrated to the U.S. and became a naturalized American citizen in 1957. He pursued postgraduate studies under Jacobi at the Juilliard School of Music in N.Y. (1947-49) and studied with Copland at the Berkshire Music Center in Tanglewood (summer, 1948).

From 1949 to 1974 he taught at the Juilliard School of Music; he also taught at the N.Y. College of Music (1959-60) and the Jewish Theological Seminary in N.Y. (1962-63). In 1963 he became an assoc. professor of music at Brooklyn College of the City University of N.Y, where he was made a full professor in 1966 and a Distinguished Professor in 1986. He retired in 1991.

He published the vol. Rhythmic Training (1969), the autobiography Continuo: A Life in Music (1987), and a book of fiction, The Music Teacher (1997). In 1957 and 1963 he held Guggenheim fellowships, and he also received grants from the NEA and the Ford Foundation. In 1994 he was elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Letters, in 1995 he was awarded the Medal of Honor for Science and Art by the President of Austria, in 1996 he received an honorary doctorate from the State University of N.Y, and in 1997 he was honored with a presidential citation from the National Federation of Music Clubs. Starer's music reflects his grounding in the 20th-century Viennese tradition and his study of Arabic scales and rhythms. In some of his works, he utilized aleatory techniques and collage. His output is particularly distinguished by its craftsmanship.

in 1924 - Antai Ribari, composer is born
in 1924 - Benjamin Lysnyansky (Lees), composer and teacher, is born.
in 1926 - Jani Christou, composer is born
in 1926 - Emile Paladilhe, composer, dies at 81
in 1926 - Evelyn Lear, [Shulman], Brooklyn, NY, soprano is born
in 1928 - Dumitru Kiriac-Georgescu, composer, teacher and Romanian folklorist, dies at 61.

in 1931 - Wolodia Grajonca "Bill Graham," concert promoter and impresario, is born. Graham had an undeniable influence on the development of rock music in the late 20th century, though not quite as much as "The King," who was also born on this day in 1935.

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in 1935 - ElvisPresley, the "King of Rock and Roll," perhaps the most popular vocalist of the 20th century and the man who brought rock and roll to the masses; b. East Tupelo, Miss., Jan. 8, 1935; d. Memphis, Term., Aug. 16, 1977.

Elvis Presley began singing with his parents at the First Assembly of God Church in Tupelo, Miss., as a child and later accompanied them to camp meetings and revivals. He obtained his first guitar for his 11th birthday and moved with his family to Memphis, Tenn., in September 1948. He sang at a high school variety show in late 1952 and became a truck driver after graduating in June 1953.

The next month, in the often told story, he went to the small local Sun Records studio to make a private recording of "My Happiness" for his mother. Noticed by secretary Marion Keisker, Presley was later teamed with guitarist Scotty Moore and standup bassist Bill Black by Sun Records president Sam Phillips. The three rehearsed for several months, returning to the Sun studios on July 6, 1954 to record Bill Monroe's "Blue Moon of Kentucky" and Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup's "That's All Right (Mama)." Local disc jockey Dewey Phillips (no relation to Sam) played the latter song on his radio show and the single became a regional hit.

Presley made his professional performing debut at Memphis's Overton Park on Aug. 10,1954, and was greeted ecstatically by an audience enthralled with his rough, passionate vocals and sexually charged persona. Elvis Presley soon began touring the South with Scotty Moore and Bill Black, billed as "The Hillbilly Cat," as his second and third Sun singles became regional hits.

In October 1954 they performed on Shreveport's Louisiana Hayride radio show (and would continue to do so until December 1956), appearing on the show's television edition the following March. Released in April 1955, "Baby Let's Play House" became a smash country-and-western hit that summer, followed in September by the top country hit "I Forgot to Remember to Forget," backed with Junior Parker's "Mystery Train."

Spotted by "Colonel" Tom Parker, a former carnival barker and erstwhile manager of Eddy Arnold and Hank Snow, Presley signed a new management deal with Parker in November 1955. Elvis Presley's potent style and raw potential created a bidding war amongst major record labels and RCA won out with an offer of $35,000, an astoundingly high figure for 1955.

In January 1956, backed by guitarists Scotty Moore and Chet Atkins, bassist Bill Black and drummer D.J. Fontana (who had joined the trio in July 1955), he completed his first recording sessions in Nashville. Presley made his national television debut on the CBS network Dorsey Brothers Show on Jan. 28, 1956, and, within weeks, his first RCA release, "Heartbreak Hotel," became a top pop and country-and- western and smash R&B hit. On June 5, as "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" was becoming another three-way crossover smash, Presley appeared on The Milton Berle Show to an estimated audience of 40 million. Soon, his first recording with The Jordanaires, "Don't Be Cruel"/"Hound Dog," both became top hits in all three fields. Appearing on television's Ed Sullivan Show to an estimated audience of 54 million on Sept. 9, Elvis was shown from the waist up only. Elvis Presley's success was phenomenal, and the three-way crossover smashes continued with "Love Me Tender," "Love Me," "Too Much" and "All Shook Up."

During 1956 his first movie, Love Me Tender, was released, followed in 1957 by Loving You and Jailhouse Rock. On Dec. 4,1956, Presley returned to the Memphis Sun studio to join Sun stalwarts Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash in informally singing and playing a number of gospel songs. Unknown to them, the performance was recorded. Those recordings by the so-called "Million Dollar Quartet" were bootlegged and available in Europe for years before their eventual release in the U.S. in 1990.
nd "Don't"/"I Beg of You." He was allowed a two-month deferment to complete the movie King Creole, but, on March 24, 1958, he was drafted into the Army. Although he was to record only once during the next two years, the hits did not stop. However, after the three-way crossover smashes "Wear My Ring around Your Neck" and "Hard Headed Woman," his subsequent crossover smashes were restricted to two fields, pop and R&B. These included "One Night"/"I Got Stung," "(Now and Then There's) A Fool Such As I"/"I Need Your Love Tonight" and "A Big Hunk of Love," the last four being his only new recordings during his Army stint.

Discharged on March 5, 1960, Elvis Presley subsequently assembled the so-called "Memphis Mafia" entourage that served to protect and insulate him from the public until July 1976. He began recording far less exuberant and vital material with extra musicians to produce a fuller sound. Nonetheless, "Stuck on You," "It's Now or Never" and "Are You Lonesome Tonight" became smash pop and R&B hits. His ABC-TV television show Welcome Home Elvis, aired May 12, 1960, featured six minutes of Elvis, for which he was paid $125,000.

The show was hosted by Frank Sinatra, a man who had earlier denounced rock 'n' roll as "the most brutal, ugly, desperate, vicious form of expression." After making his first full album of gospel material, His Hand in Mine, in 1960, Elvis Presley appeared at his last public performance for eight years in Honolulu on March 25,1961. He spent the 1960s making a series of lucrative but mindless movies usually staged in exotic locations featuring numerous fleshy but virginal women and only the bare semblance of a plot. He also recorded a few non-soundtrack albums as the pop-only smash hits continued with "Surrender," "I Feel So Bad," "(Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame"/"Little Sister," "Can't Help Falling in Love," "Good Luck Charm" and "She's Not You." "Return to Sender" and "(You're the) Devil in Disguise" became his final pop and R&B smashes, with the pop-only major hits "Bossa Nova Baby," "Kissin' Cousins," "Viva Las Vegas," and "Crying in the Chapel" (rec. in 1960) ensuing. To his credit, Elvis Presley recorded perhaps the finest gospel album of his career, How Great Thou Art, for 1967 release. He married Priscilla Beaulieu on May 1, 1967, and his only child, daughter Lisa Marie, was born on Feb. 1, 1968.

In 1968, with the first inkling of a revival of interest in 1950s rock 'n' roll, Elvis Presley returned to television for an attempted come-back. Less than a week before the airing of his special, one of his finer later-day singles, "If I Can Dream," became a near-smash pop hit. The special, televised on NBC on Dec. 3,1968, featured large-scale production numbers and Presley performing in front of a small audience with old associates Scotty Moore and D.J. Fontana (Bill Black had died on Oct. 21, 1965). The special was one of the five highest-rated shows of the television year and included both "If I Can Dream" and the haunting hit "Memories." It represented, in many ways, the peak of Elvis Presley's career. Elvis Presley returned to Memphis for the first time in 14 years to record his next album, From Elvis in Memphis, for which he personally chose the songs. Generally regarded as one of his finest later-day albums, it yielded a smash hit with Mac Davis's socially conscious "In the Ghetto" and included "Power of Love," "Any Day Now" and "Long Black Limousine."

Elvis returned to live performance on July 31, 1969 with a month-long engagement at the International Hotel (later the Hilton) in Las Vegas, backed by a 30-piece orchestra, chorus, and a five man combo featuring guitarist James Burton and keyboardist Glen D. Hardin, two of the better instrumentalists in the country. Recordings from the stand comprised the first record of From Memphis to Vegas/From Vegas to Memphis, while the second record (later issued as Elvis Back in Memphis) was taken from the Memphis sessions. The latter record included "Without Love (There Is Nothing)," "Do You Know Who I Am" and "Stranger in My Own Home."

In the meantime, Presley scored a top hit with "Suspicious Minds," a smash hit with Mac Davis's "Don't Cry Daddy," and a major hit with Eddie Rabbit's "Kentucky Rain." After a month-long appearance at the International Hotel in February 1970, Elvis Presley again toured selected venues across the U.S. until his death in 1977, although he infrequently performed in Las Vegas after 1975. He scored a near-smash country hit with "There Goes My Everything" in 1971 and a smash pop hit with "Burning Love" in 1972. On Jan. 14, 1973, Presley performed at a Honolulu benefit that produced his last major hit album, Aloha from Hawaii. Broadcast on NBC-TV and relayed via satellite to 40 countries, the special was viewed by an estimated audience of one billion.

Elvis Presley's fortunes again began to fade. He and Priscilla divorced on Oct. 11, 1973, and his subsequent live performances became careless and mechanical, as rumors of drug abuse and erratic personal behavior began to circulate. Most of his subsequent successes came in the country field, where he had smash hits with "I've Got a Thing about You," "Help Me," It's Midnight," "Hurt," "Moody Blue" and "Way Down." His last live performance took place in Indianapolis on June 26, 1977.

On Aug. 16, 1977, Elvis Presley died in his Graceland mansion in Memphis of heart failure due to prescription drug abuse at the age of 42. Within three months of Elvis Presley's death, his rendition of "My Way," Frank Sinatra's theme song, became a major pop and smash country hit. The spate of Elvis-related books began the month of his death with Elvis: What Happened?', by three former members of the "Memphis Mafia." In 1981 Albert Goldman's contemptuous biography Elvis was published by McGraw-Hill.

The Elvis Presley estate opened Graceland to public viewing in 1982, and the mansion became the second most-visited home in America. In 1983, by means of an out-of-court settlement, "Colonel" Tom Parker severed his connection with the estate, which was overseen by ex-wife Priscilla. Through shrewd merchandising and licensing, Priscilla Presley increased the value of the Presley estate from $5 million to $100 million.

In 1992, heir Lisa Marie Presley signed an agreement giving her mother the authority to run the estate for an additional five years (until 1998). "Colonel" Tom Parker died in Las Vegas on Jan. 21, 1997, at the age of 87 of complications from a stroke.

On Elvis's 50th birthday, RCA issued the six-record compilation set of live performances, A Golden Celebration. In 1985 Macmillan published Elvis and Gladys by Elaine Dundy and Putnam published Priscilla Presley's Elvis and Me. Elvis Presley was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in its inaugural year, 1986. In 1987 the Cinemax cable network broadcast Elvis '56 perhaps the most telling of all filmic biographies. In 1988 Elvis and Me, based on Priscilla's book, became the top-rated miniseries of the television season and the lavish multimedia production Elvis: An American Musical ran in Las Vegas for two months.

An Elvis television series ran on ABC television in 1990 and, in 1992, RCA released the five-CD set The Complete 50s Masters, arguably the single most important body of work in the history of rock 'n' roll. On Elvis's 58th birthday the U.S. Postal Service issued 500 million Elvis stamps, of which an estimated 60% were never used. During 1994 longtime Elvis friend Joe Esposito's Good Rockin' Tonight: Twenty Years on the Road and on the Town with Elvis was published by Simon and Schuster, and Peter Guralnick's Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley was published by Little, Brown. In 1996 the first ballet based on the music of Elvis Presley, Blue Suede Shoes, premiered in Cleveland, and the production made its West Coast debut in San Jose, Calif., in 1997.

In January 1957 Elvis recorded the four-song gospel E.P. Peace in the Valley. The songs were later included on Elvis' Christmas Album, which also contained the secular songs "Blue Christmas," "Santa Bring My Baby Back to Me" and "Santa Claus Is Back in Town." Elvis Presley's three-way crossover smashes continued with "Teddy Bear," "Jailhouse Rock"/"Treat Me Nice" a

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in 1936 - Zdenek Mácal (Czech conductor) is born
in 1937 - Shirley Bassey, pop singer, is born. Dame Bassey is Britain's most successful female artist of all time.

in 1937 - Robert Moran, composer, is born. Moran is known for, among other things, his "city-works," in which the "entire musical forces" of a city are incorporated into the sound-texture of the performance.

in 1937 - John Felix August Korling, composer, dies at 72.
in 1938 - Yevgeny Nesterenko (Russian bass-baritone) is born.
in 1940 - Eleanor Johnston "Cristy Lane," country and gospel singer, is born.
in 1940 - Anthony Gourdine, doo-wop, soul and R&B singer (Little Anthony & The Imperials), member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, is born.
in 1941 - Robby Krieger, rocker (Doors) is born.
in 1942 - John Peterson, rock drummer, percussionist, and singer (Beau Brummels), is born.
in 1942 - Arvo Sakari Hannikainen, violinist, violin teacher and composer, first concert master of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, dies at 44.
in 1942 - Valya Balkanska (Bulgarian folk singer) is born.
in 1942 - Jon Lucien (US smooth jazz singer-songwriter) is born.
in 1943 - Marcus Hutson, R&B singer (The Whispers), is born.
in 1943 - Lee Jackson, rock bassist and singer (The Nice), is born.
in 1945 - John Peters, rock drummer (Harpers Bizarre) is born.
in 1945 - Jeannie Lewis (Australian actress, singer) is born
in 1946 - Robby Krieger, rock singer/songwriter, guitarist and harmonica player (The Doors), is born.
in 1947 - David Bowie is born.
in 1947 - Terry Sylvester, rocker (Hollies-You are the Air that I Breathe) is born.
in 1948 - Paul King, rock singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist (Mungo Jerry), is born.
in 1948 - Mel Pritchard, rocker is born.
in 1948 - Austrian-English tenor and composer Richard Tauberdied in London at the age of 55
in 1951 - Paul Dresher, minimalist composer, is born.
in 1952 - Vladimir Feltsman (Russian-American pianist) is born.
in 1953 - Heinrich Kaspar Schmid, singer, composer and teacher, dies at 78.
in 1955 - Joseph Michael Rynoski "Mike Reno," rock drummer and singer (Loverboy), is born.

in 1957 - Bill Haley & His Comets started the first ever 'rock & roll tour' of Australia, playing two sold out nights in Sydney.

in 1958 - The Everly Brothers kicked off a 17 date North American tour at the Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina. Also on the bill, Buddy Holly, The Rays, Royal Teens, Shepherd Sisters, Paul Anka, Margie Rayburn and
Danny & The Juniors.

in 1959 - Paul Hester (Australian drummer; Split Enz/Crowded House) is born.
in 1962 - Chris Marion (US singer, keyboardist; Little River Band) is born.
in 1965 - Aloys-Henri-Gerard Fornerod, composer, dies at 74.
in 1963 - Dmitri Shostakovich's Katharina Ismailova premieres in Riga.

in 1963 - The Beatles appeared live on Scottish TV's Round Up, transmitted live from The Theatre Royal, Glasgow. They mimed to 'Please Please Me.'

in 1964 - Peter [Ped] Gill, rocker (Frankie Goes to Hollywood-Relax) [or 3/5] is born.

in 1966 - The Beatles started a six week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Rubber Soul' the group's seventh US chart topper, which went on to spend 56 weeks on the chart. The group also started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'We Can Work It Out' the group's 11th US No.1 single.

in 1967 - R. Kelly Robert Sylvester Kelly (US singer, song writer, producer) is born.
in 1969 - Jeff Abercrombie (US bassist; Fuel) is born.

in 1969 - Mike Jagger and Keith Richards were both barred from an exclusive hotel for wearing "op art" pants and nothing else. They were both asked to leave the Hotel Crillen in Lima, Peru after refusing to change clothes.

in 1970 - Giannis Christou dies at age 44. Greek composer, born in Heliopolis, Egypt, of Greek parents. In 1948 he gained an MA in philosophy after having studied with Ludwig Wittgenstein and Bertrand Russell in Cambridge. During that time he also studied music with Hans Redlich and studied orchestration with Angelo Francesco Lavagnino in Rome in '49, also that year he composed Phoenix Music for orchestra and First Symphony. His last works from 1967 to 1970 include Anaparastasis I (The baritone), Anaparastasis III (The pianist), Oedipus Rex and also Oresteia which was unfinished (died on his birthday in a car accident in Athens, Greece).
in 1971 - Karen Poole (UK singer; Alisha's Attic) is born
in 1971 - Adriano Lualdi, composer, conductor and music writer, Director of the Naples Conservatory, dies at 85.

in 1972 - The New Seekers were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing, (in Perfect Harmony'). The song started as a Coca Cola TV ad. It originally included the line, 'I'd like to buy the world a Coke.'

in 1973 - Sean Paul (Jamaican singer,vocal arrangement; Reggae star) is born.
in 1974 - Steven King (US bassist; Mansun) is born.
in 1975 - DJ Clue Ernesto Shaw (US DJ and producer) is born.
in 1975 - Harris Jayaraj (Indian music composer) is born.

in 1975 - Richard Tucker Rubin Ticker dies at age 61. American operatic tenor; a highly regarded operatic tenor throughout his career, and is generally considered by vocal-music historians and critics as being the greatest American-born, American-trained tenor of his era. On December 15th 1945, under the baton of Emil Cooper, Richard made his debut as Enzo in La Gioconda. The debut, one of the most successful in the annals of the Metropolitan, foretold his 30-year career as the leading American tenor of the postwar era (He died of a heart attack while resting before an evening performance in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He is the only person whose funeral has been held on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera. In tribute to his legacy at the Met, the city of New York designated the park adjacent to Lincoln Centre as Richard Tucker Square)
in 1976 - Jenny Lewis (US actress, singer-songwriter, multi-musician; Rilo Kiley) is born.
in 1977 - Queen went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Day At The Races.'

in 1977 - Taking time out from their group 5th Dimension Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'You Don't Have To Be A Star', a No.7 hit in the UK.

in 1979 - Torry Castellano (US drummer; The Donnas) is born.

in 1979 - Canadian rock band Rush were named the country's official Ambassadors Of Music by the Canadian government.

in 1979 - Sara Carter dies at age 80. American country musician; known for her deep and distinctive singing voice, she was the lead singer on most of the recordings of the historic Carter Family act in the 1920s and 1930's. She married A. P. Carter on June 18, 1915. Sara was inducted as part of The Carter Family in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1970, in 1993, her image appeared on a U.S. postage stamp honoring the Carter Family and in 2001 she was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor

in 1982 - William "Wil" Francis (US singer) is born.
in 1983 - Felipe Colombo (Argentine/Mexican actor, singer) is born.
in 1985 - Rachael Lampa (American singer) is born.

in 1986 - Pierre Fournier dies at age 88. French cellist, he graduated from the Paris Conservatory at 17, in 1923. He was hailed as "the cellist of the future" and won praise for his virtuosity and bowing technique. In the period 1925-1929 he was a member of the Krettly Quartet, led by Odette's brother Robert Krettly. He became well known when he also played with the Concerts Colonne Orchestra in 1925 and began touring all over Europe. Pierre taught at the École Normale de Musique in Paris and the Paris Conservatoire from 1937 to 1949. He made his first tour of the United States in 1948 and played to great acclaim in New York and Boston. After 1956, he made his home in Switzerland, and taught privately at his home in Geneva until his death: the British cellist Julian Lloyd Webber was among his pupils.
in 1989 - Johannes Hendricus van Musscher "Johnny Jordaan," Dutch folk singer/songwriter, dies at 64.

in 1991 - Stephen Maynard Clark, rock singer/songwriter and guitarist (Def Leppard), dies at 30 from a combination of alchohol and various pills (presumed accidental).

in 1991 - Steve Clark guitarist with Def Leppard, was found dead at his Chelsea flat by his girlfriend, after a night of heavy alcohol consumption combined with prescription drugs. The autopsy revealed he had died from an overdose of codeine and had Valium, morphine and a blood alcohol level of .30, three times the British legal driving limit. In 2007 Clark was ranked No.11 on Classic Rock Magazine's "100 Wildest Guitar Heroes".

in 1991 - Asuka Hinoi (Japanese singer) is born.

in 1991 - Steve Clark dies at age 30. English co-lead guitarist for British heavy metal band Def Leppard. Born in Sheffield, he started playing guitar at aged 11 and was soon playing in a local band, Electric Chicken, before joining Def Leppard in 1978 where he was nicknamed "The Riffmaster". He contributed to half of the songs on the band's 1992 album Adrenalize just prior to his death, he is also showcased on the 1979 EP Def Leppard and albums, On Through the Night, High 'n' Dry, Hysteria, Pyromania, Adrenalize, and Retro Active (drug overdose)

in 1992 - Jan "Johnny" Meijer, accordionist, Dutch "King of Accordions," dies at 79.
in 1993 - Theo Bruins, classical pianist, composer and teacher, dies at 63.
in 1994 - Jamaican reggae/rap (ragga) duo Chaka Demus and Pliers were at No.1 in the UK with their version of 'Twist And Shout.' The song was originally recorded (and produced by Phil Spector) by the Top Notes in 1961 and then covered by The Isley Brothers. It was also covered by The Beatles on their first album Please Please Me.

in 1995 - Louis "Loulou" Gasté, pop composer, with around 1200 songs to his credit, dies at 88.

1996 - A Los Angeles court found Robert Hoskins guilty of five counts of stalking, assault and making terrorist threats to Madonna. Hoskins had twice scaled the walls of the singer's estate and had threatened to slash her throat from ear to ear.

in 1996 - Howard Taubman dies at age 88. American music and theatre critic, born in Manhattan; he began working for The New York Times and joined the Music Department there in 1930 and became music editor in 1935. For about a year, from 1944-1945, he served in the Army and worked in Italy as a writer for Stars and Stripes. In the 1950s, he acted as the ghostwriter for opera singer Marian Anderson’s autobiography My Lord, What a Morning. In 1960, he took the post of Chief Drama Critic for the Times and from 1966 until he retired in 1972, Howard was a critic-at-large for the Times. He wrote several books including How to Bring up your Child to Enjoy Music, How to Build a Record Library, The Maestro: The Life of Arturo Toscanini, Music on My Beat: An Intimate Volume of Shop Talk, Music as a Profession, and Opera: Front and Back.

in 1997 - George Handy, jazz pianist, composer and arranger, dies at 76.

in 1998 - Sir Michael Kemp Tippett OM CH CBE dies at age 93. English composer was one of the foremost British composers of the 20th century he was a student in the Royal College of Music, where he studied composition with Charles Wood and C. H. Kitson, he also studied conducting with Adrian Boult and Malcolm Sargent. As a composer his works comprised of five string quartets, four concerti, four symphonies, five operas and a number of vocal and choral works. Michael was knighted in 1966, and awarded the Order of Merit in 1983. He remained very active composing and conducting. His opera, New Year, received its premiere in 1989. Then came Byzantium, a piece for soprano and orchestra premiered in 1991. His autobiography, Those Twentieth Century Blues also appeared in 1991. A string quartet followed in 1992. In 1995 his ninetieth birthday was celebrated with special events in Britain, Canada and the US, including the premiere of his final work, The Rose Lake. In that year a collection of his essays, Tippett on Music, also appeared (While in Stockholm for a retrospective of his concert music, he developed pneumonia. He was brought home, but died soon after
in 2000 - Christina Aguilera started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'What A Girl Wants.' She ended Santana's 12- week run at No.1 with 'Smooth.'

in 2000 - It was reported that police foiled a £1 million ($1.7million) kidnap plot to snatch Victoria Beckham and her baby son. The plot was uncovered after a tip off to the police. The gang had planned to kidnap the pair when husband David was away playing football.

in 2001 - A woman who believed that Axl Rose communicated with her via telepathy was arrested for stalking the Guns N' Roses singer for a second time. Police detained Karen Jane McNeil after she was spotted loitering outside his house.

in 2002 - David McWilliams dies at age 56. Northern Irish singer, songwriter, guitarist born in Belfast and moved to Ballymena at the age of 8. He began playing guitar and writing songs in his early teens and he started a local dance band, the Coral Showband. He is maybe best known for his 1967 song "Days of Pearly Spencer". Although he never had a 'hit' in England, he was very popular on continental Europe, Italy, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and also Japan. (heart attack).

in 2003 - Ron Goodwin dies at age 77. British composer and conductor; he learned the piano from an early age and studied trumpet in London at the Guildhall School of Music. His first job was as copyist and arranger for publishing companies and bands, including work with the BBC. Through documentary music he was introduced to music for movies, and worked as a ghostwriter for Phil Green, Stanley Black, Geraldo and Peter Yorke among others. He later worked as a conductor in recording sessions for popular music artists, including Petula Clark. His many film scores include Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines, Alfred Hitchcock's Frenzy, and 2 movies featuring Morecambe and Wise, as well as Norman Wisdom films. He composed the music for Lancelot and Guinevere, four Miss Marple movies, Force 10 From Navarone, The Spaceman and King ArthurWalt Disney's One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing, among others. Ron won three Ivor Novello Awards, including one for lifetime achievement in 1994. He was given honorary Freedom of the City of London.
in 2004, The estate of George Harrison started a $10 million (£5.8 million) legal action against Dr Gilbert Lederman of Staten Island University Hospital, claiming the doctor coerced Harrison to sign souvenirs. The main allegations of the legal action was that Dr Lederman got an extremely sick Harrison to sign his son’s guitar and autographs for his two daughters.

in 2005 - Margherita Carosio dies at age 96. Italian international operetic soprano born in Genoa; she appeared in public at the extraordinarily young age of 14. In 1924, still only 16, she made her operatic debut in the taxing role of Lucia di Lammermoor at the Teatro Cavour in Novi Ligure. She was one of the most remarkable light lyric sopranos of her generation. Her warm, expressive and expertly produced voice is preserved in many Parlophone and Ultraphon recordings made before World War II, as well as a memorable series made for HMV in London, beginning in 1946. She also had a brief career in Italian films, and even received an offer from MGM in Hollywood, which she turned down because of her many commitments. But she evinced her popular appeal in recordings of songs of the day. Carosio retired from the operatic stage in 1959 and for the next 40 years pursued a second career as journalist and music critic in her hometown.

in 2006 - The Strokes went to No.1 on the UK chart with 'First Impressions Of Earth' the bands third album and first No.1.

in 2009 - Deborah Riedel dies at age 50. Australian operatic soprano, generally regarded as one of the greatest voices ever produced in Australia. She sang with such companies as the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; the Rome Opera; the Vienna State Opera, and many others. She won the inaugural Givenchy French Operatic Award in 1994. Her American debut that year was as Amina in La sonnambula in San Diego. She also appeared with the Metropolitan Opera and San Francisco Opera. Her work in Australia included roles in The Magic Flute, Don Giovanni, Maria Stuarda, Norma, La traviata, Il trovatore, La bohème, Tosca, Faust, The Tales of Hoffmann, Turandot and others. Internationally she sang the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier and Ellen Orford in Peter Grimes. In 2004, she was Sieglinde in the first Wagner Ring Cycle ever staged in Australia, by the State Opera of South Australia (cancer).
in 2010 - Jimmy Page launched a new set of stamps in the UK which featured classic album covers from the last 40 years including Led Zeppelin IV, Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells, The Division Bell by Pink Floyd, A Rush Of Blood To The Head, Coldplay, Power, Corruption And Lies, New Order, Let It Bleed, The Rolling Stones, London Calling, The Clash, Screamadelica, Primal Scream, The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, David Bowie and Parklife by Blur.

in 2011 - Elfa Secioria dies at age 51. Indonesian jazz pianist, born in Garut, West Java; he showed great keyboard talents from the age of 5, and was already performing before appreciative crowds with his own jazz trio by age 8. Before his 20th birthday this musical genius had completed courses in symphonic music, musical arrangement, music theory and musical history. His songs and his performances, time and again, won Indonesia top honors at the ASEAN Song Festival, Tokyo Song Festival, Golden Kite Festival-Kuala Lumpur, World Song Festival-Tokyo. His educational and musical directing abilities also earned his groups world titles in international choral and marching band competitions. Elfa's best-selling recording "From Indonesia with Love" remains the definitive compendium of modern arrangements of traditional national songs gathered from Sabang to Merauke.
in 2011 - Derek 'Chow' Boyes dies at age 66. England organist and keyboardist born in Scarborough; he played with The Buzz, David Bowie and The Truth. - Born June 13th 1944.

in 2012 - Dave Alexander aka Omar Sharriff/Omar Hakim Khayam dies at age 73. American blues singer and self taught pianist, born in Shreveport, Louisiana and grew up in Marshall, Texas. He joined the US Navy in 1955, then moved to Oakland, California in 1957, where he played with Big Mama Thornton, Jimmy Witherspoon, Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, and Albert Collins. In 1968, he recorded 'Oakland Blues', his first songs for the World Pacific label. He performed at the Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival in 1970, and played at the San Francisco Blues Festival, many times from 1973 onward. His songs include "The Hoodoo Man (The Voodoo Woman & The Witch Doctor)", "Cold Feelin", "St. James Infirmary", "Blue Tumbleweed", "Sundown", "Sufferin' With The Lowdown Blues", "Jimmy, Is That You?", "So You Wanna Be A Man" "Strange Woman", and "The Dirt On The Ground" (apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound at his home in Marshall, Texas) - Born March 10th 1938.

in 2012 - Alexis Weissenberg dies at age 82. Bulgarian classical pianist, born in Sofia; he gave his first public performance at the age of eight. After escaping to what was then Palestine in 1945, where he he was studying, he went to the Juilliard School in 1946 to study. In 1947 he made his New York debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra. His more notable interpretations were those of Liszt Sonata in B minor, Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2, Johannes Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 1, as well as his Piano Concerto No. 3, also his readings of Schumann, and many works by Frédéric Chopin. Alexis was also a composer of much piano music and a musical, Nostalgie, that was premiered at the State Theatre of Darmstadt in October 1992 - Born July 26th 1929.

in 2013- The Associated Press reports results of a new inquest into the death of Amy Winehouse. The new report’s findings are identical to the original 2011 inquest which was voided when it was discovered that the coroner who conducted it wasn’t properly qualified. Coroner Shirley Radcliffe ruled that Winehouse “died as a result of alcohol toxicity.” Radcliffe recorded a verdict of death by misadventure and confirmed there were no suspicious circumstances.

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in 1679 - Werner Fabricius, composer, dies at 45.
in 1574 - Christoph Buel, composer is born.
in 1620 - Johann Weichmann, composer is born.

in 1674 - Reinhard Keiser, important German opera composer, is born at Teuchern, near Weissenfels.
He received his early musical training from his father, Gottfried Keiser, an organist, and then was sent to Leipzig, where he studied at the renowned Thomasschule directed by Johann Schelle.

In 1693 he was in Braunschweig, where he began his career as a composer for the stage. His first opera-pastorale, Der konigliche Schafer oder Basilius in Arcadien, was performed shortly after his arrival in Braunschweig; in 1694 he produced a Singspiel, Procris und Cephalus; there followed another pastorale, Die wiedergefundenen Verliebten, in 1695; it was revived in Hamburg in 1699 under the title Die bestiindige und getreue Ismene.

In 1694 he was named Cammer-Componist in Braunschweig. In 1695 he went to Hamburg, which became his permanent residence. In 1696 he was engaged as Kapellmeister with the Hamburg Opera; in 1702 he became its codirector, retaining this position until 1707. Hamburg was then the main center of opera productions in Germany, and Keiser worked industriously producing not only his own operas there, but also the stage works of Handel and Mattheson.

The number of Keiser's stage works was never calculated with credible precision; the best estimate is that he wrote in Hamburg at least 77 operas and 39 Singspiels and theatrical intermezzi. The subjects of his operas are still predominantly taken from Greek and Roman mythology, as was customary in the Baroque era, but he introduced a decisive innovation by using the German language in his dramatic works; he further made use of popular local themes; he made a concession, however, in resorting to the Italian language in arias. Thus his last opera, Circe, produced in Hamburg on March 1, 1734, contains 21 German arias and 23 Italian arias.

Keiser also continued the common tradition of having other composers contribute to the music. In his ballets he followed the French style galant and effectively used Rococo devices. In so doing he formed a German Baroque idiom national in essence and cosmopolitan in treatment; this aspect of his work influenced his younger contemporaries Bach and Handel.

In 1718 Keiser became a guest Kapellmeister to the Duke of Wiirttemberg in Stuttgart. In 1721 he went to Copenhagen to supervise the productions of his operas Die unvergleichliche Psyche, Ulysses, and Der Armenier. In 1723 he returned to Hamburg, and in 1725 composed 2 operas on subjects connected with Hamburg history and society: Der Hamburger Jahrmarkt and Die Hamburger Schlachtzeit. In 1728 he became Canonicus minor and Cantor of the Katharinenkirche in Hamburg.

Apart from operas, he wrote many sacred works (oratorios, cantatas, Psalms, Passions), of which several were publ. in the collections R. Keisers Gemiiths-Ergotzung bestehend in einigen Sing-Gedichten mit einer Stimme und unterschiedlichen Instrumenten (1698), Divertimenti serenissimi (airs with harpsichord accompaniment, 1714), Kaiserliche Friedenpost (songs and duets with harpsichord, 1715), etc. Several excerpts from his operas were publ. in Denkmiiler Deutscher Tonkunst and other collections. - Died at Hamburg, Sept. 12, 1739.

in 1748 - Stefan Paluselli, composer and multi-intrumentalist, is born.

in 1810 - Anna Bishop, (nee Ann Riviere), famous English soprano, is born at London.
She studied piano with Moscheles and voice with Henry Bishop in London, marrying the latter in 1831. OnApril 20, 1831, she made her debut in a London concert. In 1839 she toured with the harpist Bochsa, and then returned to London to appear at Her Majesty's Theatre. After she and Bochsa became intimate, they headed for the Continent and toured widely in concerts.

In 1843 she was made prima donna assoluta at the Teatro San Carlo and the Teatro Fondo in Naples. In 1846 she returned to London to sing at the Drury Lane Theatre. In 1847 she made her U.S. debut in N.Y. as Linda di Chamounix. She created the title role of Martha in the first U.S. performance of that opera in N.Y. in 1850.

After Bochsa's death in 1856, she married the N.Y. diamond merchant Martin Schulz. In subsequent years she toured as a concert artist all over the world, making her farewell appearance in N.Y. in 1883. She was greatly praised for her superb vocal technique. - Died at N.Y., March 18, 1884.

in 1815 - William Jackson, composer is born.
in 1820 - Pavel Krizkovsky, choral composer and conductor, collector of folk songs, is born.
in 1839 - John Knowles Paine, composer and teacher, member of the "Boston Six," is born.
in 1843 - Christiaan A Ulder, Curacao, composer (waltzes/tumbas) is born.

in 1851 - Giuseppe Gallignani, Italian composer and writer on music, is born at Faenza. He studied at the Milan Conservatory, and then was choir leader at the Milan Cathedral. He edited the periodical MusicaSacra (1886-94). He was director of the Parma Conservatory (1891-97), and, from 1897, director of the Milan Conservatory. He produced the operas II Grillo delfocolare (Genoa, Jan. 27, 1873), Atala (Milan, March 30, 1876), and Nestorio (Milan, March 31, 1888), which were unsuccessful, but his church music was greatly appreciated (particularly his Requiem for King Umberto I). - Died (suicide) at Milan, Dec. 14, 1923.

in 1854 - Filippo Traetta, [Philip Trajetta], Ital composer, dies at 77.

in 1856 - Stevan Stojanovic Mokranjac, composer, teacher and collector of Serbian folk songs, is born. A music festival in the town of Negotin is held yearly in his honor.
in 1862 - Guglielmo Andreoli, Italian pianist, conductor, teacher, and composer, brother of Carlo Andreoli, is born at Mirandola. He studied with his father, Evangelista Andreoli, then with Fumagalli (organ), Rampazzini (violin), and Bazzini (composition) at the Milan Conservatory, where he later taught. With his brother, he was also a conductor with the Societa dei Concerti Sinfonici Popolari in Milan (1877-87). He wrote orchestra music, piano pieces, and songs. - Died at Modena, April 26, 1932.

in 1863 - Ferdinand Huber, composer, dies at 71.
in 1867 - Jacques Urlus, Dutch tenor (Opera of Leipzig, Song of the Earth) is born.
in 1886 - Jakob Eduard Schmolzer, composer, dies at 73.

in 1896 - (Henry) Warwick Braithwaite, New Zealand conductor, father of Nicholas (Paul Dallon) Braithwaite, is born at Dunedin. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London; won the Challen Gold Medal and the Battison Hayes Prize. He began his career as a conductor with the O'Mara Opera Co.; then conducted with the British National Opera Co. He was asst. music director of the BBC; then went to its Cardiff studio in Wales as music director; also conducted the Cardiff Musical Society (1924-31).

He was a founder of the Welsh National Orchestra. From 1932 to 1940 he was a conductor at the Sadler's Wells Opera in London; then he led the Scottish Orchestra in Glasgow (1940-46). Later he was a ballet conductor at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, in London (1950-53); then conducted the National Orchestra of New Zealand and served as artistic director of the National Opera of Australia (1954-55). From 1956 to 1960 he was music director of the Welsh National Opera; then was again a conductor at Sadler's Wells until 1968. He published The Conductor's Art (London, 1952). - Died London, Jan. 18, 1971.

in 1897 - Luis Gianneo, conductor, pianist, teacher and promoter of cultural activity, is born. Gianneo founded several youth orchestras.

in 1898 - Gracie Fields, singer and comedienne, is born. Dame Fields was one of Britain's greatest stars of both cinema and music hall.

in 1900 - Joseph Frederick Wagner, composer is born.

in 1902 - Sir Rudolf (Franz Joseph) Bing, prominent Austrian- born English opera manager, is born at Vienna.
He studied at the University of Vienna and took singing lessons. After working at the Darmstadt Landestheater (1928-30) and the Berlin Stadtische Oper (1930-33), he went to England and joined the Glyndebourne Festival in 1934, where he then was its general manager (1936-49). In 1947 he also helped to found the Edinburgh Festival, which he led as artistic director until 1949. In 1946 he became a naturalized British subject. From 1950 to 1972 he was general manager of the Metropolitan Opera in N.Y. His tenure there was a distinguished, if at times controversial, one. His self assurance and acerbic wit added color to his clashes with the board of directors, celebrated artists, and the press. In 1971 he was knighted. He published the books 5,000 Nights at the Opera (N.Y., 1972) and A Knight at the Opera (N.Y., 1981). His last years were blighted by Alzheimer's disease. - Died at N.Y., Sept. 2, 1997.

in 1904 - George Balanchine, dancer/choreographer/ballet producer [NS=Jan 22] is born.
in 1909 - Herva Nelli, soprano is born.
in 1910 - Dick Henry Jurgen, bandleader is born.
in 1911 - Edwin Arthur Jones, composer and orchestra leader, is born.
in 1913 - Lavad "Dr Hepcat" Durst, vocal/piano is born.

in 1914 - Kenny Clarke, (actually, Kenneth Spearman; aka "Klook"; "Klook-mop"; Salaam, Liaquat Ali), influential bebop drummer, leader, is born at Pittsburg.
His brother and father were musicians. While in school, he played piano, trombone, drums, and vibes. Clarke worked with Leroy Bradley's Band in the early 1930s, had a brief spell with Roy Eldridge, then worked in St. Louis with Jeter- Pillars Band.

Towards the end of 1935, he relocated to N.Y. He joined Edgar Hayes in 1937, and toured Europe with in spring 1938. After briefly working with Claude Hopkins in late 1939, he was with Teddy Hill's Band (1940-41); Dizzy Gillespie was one of his bandmates. Hill gave him his nickname "Klook/' complaining about his "klook-mop" sound. Clarke then became house-musician at Minton's Club in N.Y., along with pianist Thelonious Monk, and bassist Nick Fenton, where Hill was the manager.

During famous afterhours sessions at Minton's, several N.Y.- based musicians developed a new musical style that would become known as bebop. Clarke worked briefly with Louis Armstrong and with Ella Fitzgerald in early 1941 before spending a year with Benny Carter 1941-42. He was with the Henry Allen Sextet in Chicago, then led his own band in N.Y. before serving in the U.S. Army (1943-46). He was with Gillespie 1946, and again in 1948; after a European tour he remained in France for some months.

He joined Tadd Dameron in 1948, returning to Paris with him in 1949. He toured the U.S. with Billy Eckstine in 1951. Clarke was a founding member of the Milt Jackson Quartet in early 1952. That August, the group became the Modern Jazz Quartet. Clarke remained with them until 1955, then went on to extensive freelance work before moving to Paris in summer 1956. He played extensively with visiting American jazzmen, as well as leading his own octet and co-leading a big band with pianist Francois "Francy" Boland from 1960-73. Based in Cologne, Germany, the big band performed frequently and made many recordings.

It received considerable critical acclaim, and included numerous musicians of many nationalities, notably Benny Bailey, Dusko Goykovich, Idrees Sulieman, Ake Persson, Nat Peck, Johnny Griffin, Ronnie Scott, Karl Drewo, and Sahib Shihab. After the big band folded, Clarke continued to work actively in Europe as a freelancer. He revisited the U.S. on occasion to play festivals in 1972, 1979, and 1984. Clarke was probably the most important figure in the transition from swing to early bebop drumming. His most notable innovation was shifting the basic timekeeping role from the bass drum to the ride cymbal, and then using the bass and snare drums to interject accents ("bombs") against the beat. He was there "at the founding" of the style, and contributed to many historic recordings of Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and other boppers. He also co-composed several early bop standards, including "Epistrophy" with Monk and the everpopular "Salt Peanuts" with Gillespie. - Died at Paris, France, Jan. 26, 1985.

in 1915 - Les Paul, guitarist inventor (Les Paul) is born.

in 1916 - Vic Mizzy, pop composer, is born. After writing some fairly popular tunes in the earlier part of the 20th century, Mizzy later went on to write many themes and scores for television and the movies. And this one:
in 1920 - Clive Dunn (UK singer, actor) is born.

in 1921 - Seymour Barab, American cellist and composer, is born at Chicago.
He studied with Persichetti, Volpe, Varese, and Harrison. He played in the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra the CBS Symphony Orchestra , the Portland (Ore.) Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the ABC Symphony Orchestra , and the Brooklyn Philharmonia; also played in the Galimir String Quartet, the N.Y. Pro Musica, the N.Y. Trio, the New Music Quartet, and the Composers Quartet. He served on the faculties of Black Mountain College, Rutgers, the State University of N.J., and the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. As a cellist, Barab commissioned and premiered scores by several American composers. His own large output includes three full-length operas: Phillips Marshall, Mortals, and A Piece of String; 25 one-act operas; Concerto Grosso for Orch.; Tales of Rhyme and Reason for Orch.; Cello Concerto; Concertino for Alto Saxophone and Orch.; Wind Quintet; Quartet for Saxophones; four string quartets; five piano trios; Trio for Flute, Viola, and Harp; choral works; numerous songs.

in 1926 - Giannis "Jani" Christou (Greek composer) is born.
in 1927 - Dmitri Shostakovich's Octet opus 11, premieres in Moscow.
in 1928 - Domenico Modugno, pop singer/songwriter, is born.
in 1928 - Palghat R. Raghu (Burmese-born Indian musician, percussionist) is born.
in 1934 - Julian B Coco, Antilles, guitarist/tutor (Princess Christina) is born.
in 1934 - Mahendra Kapoor (Indian singer; repertoire extended to 25,000 songs) is born.
in 1935 - Kenneth "Buddy" Scott, blues guitarist and singer is born.
in 1935 - Sherrill Milnes (American baritone) is born.

in 1939 - Johann Strauss III dies at age 72. Austrian conductor and violinist, whose father was Eduard Strauss, whose uncles were Johann Strauss II & Josef Strauss, and whose grandfather was Johann Strauss I. He was unofficially entrusted with the task of upholding his family's tradition after the disbandment of the Strauss Orchestra by his father in 1901. Despite his keen interest in composing, he was better remembered as a conductor. His only stage work, the three-act operetta Katze und Maus, composed in 1898, premiered in Vienna on 23 December 1898, at the Theatre an der Wien. He also conducted from the violin in the style of the Vorgeiger and of his family. In 1903, he elevated the Strauss family to a new age of development when the Deutsche Grammophon AG of Germany recorded his conducting of the Johann Strauss Orchestra on eight single-sided records of works by his family. Principally, he was the first conductor in the Strauss family to actively conduct works to be recorded by prominent recording companies.

in 1940 - Barbara Buczek, Polish composer, is born at Krakow.
She spent her entire career in Krakow, where she studied piano with Kazimierz Mirski and was a student of Maria Bilinflska-Riegerowa at the music school. She then pursued training with Ludwik Stefanski (piano diploma, 1965) and Boguslaw Schaeffer (composition diploma, 1974) at the Academy of Music, where she later served on the faculty. - Died at Krakow, Jan. 21, 1993.

in 1940 - Jimmy Boyd (US actor, singer) is born.
in 1940 - Al Downing (US singer)*04.July.2005 is born.

in 1941 - Joan Baez, sweet-voiced folksinger of the 1960s, is born at Staten Island, N.Y.
Joan Baez started performing in public, accompanying herself on guitar, at small clubs around Cambridge and Boston in the late 1950s and soon graduated to N.Y.'s Greenwich Village.

Successful appearances at the 1959 and 1960 Newport Folk Festivals followed, with Baez moving to Calif, in 1961. She met Bob Dylan in April 1961 at Gerde's Folk City in Greenwich Village and spent considerable time with him between 1963 and 1965. Her first three albums consisted of standard folk fare, primarily traditional English and American ballads, and her second, Volume 2, proved her commercial breakthrough.

Her fourth album, In Concert, Part 2, featured "We Shall Overcome/' the song that became the protest anthem of the 1960s. That and subsequent albums contained her versions of songs by then-unrecognized folk artists such as Dylan ("Don't Think Twice/' "It's All over Now, Baby Blue," and others) and Phil Ochs ("There but for Fortune").

In June 1965, she established the Institute for the Study of Nonviolence in Carmel, Calif., beginning a lifelong commitment to nonviolence and protest.

With 1967's Joan, Joan Baez began recording songs by contemporary songwriters such as Tim Hardin ("If I Were a Carpenter"), Simon and Garfunkel, and Lennon and McCartney. Between 1968 and 1973, she recorded six albums in Nashville. Any Day Now, released in 1969, was a double-record set comprised entirely of songs by Bob Dylan.

One Day at a Time included the labor anthem "Joe Hill," Jagger and Richards' "No Expectations," and Steve Young's "Seven Bridges Road." She also covered material by songwriters such as Willie Nelson, Hoyt Axton, and John Prine, achieving her only major hit in 1971 with Robbie Robertson's "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down."

Baez began writing her own songs in the early 1970s and signed with A&M Records in May 1972. She placed six of her songs on Come from the Shadows, including the undisguised "To Bobby," as well as sister Mimi Farina's "In the Quiet Morning."

Her 1975 Diamonds and Rust album contained her own compositions "Winds of the Old Days" and the hit title song, plus John Prine's "Hello in There" and Janis lan's "Jesse." During 1975 and 1976, she toured with Bob Dylan's curious Rolling Thunder Revue. After two final albums for A&M, she switched to Portrait Records (reissued on Epic) for Bloivin' Away and Honest Lullaby.

Joan Baez confirmed her commitment to humanitarian causes with the 1979 formation of the human rights organization, Humanitas International. During the 1980s, she toured internationally in support of human rights organizations, including Poland's Solidarity movement and Palestinian civil disobedience groups.

In 1985, she sang on the Amnesty International tour and appeared at Live Aid. Her second autobiography, And a Voice to Sing With, was published in 1987. That same year she began recording for the small Gold Castle label. In 1992, in order to reinvigorate her musical career, Baez ceased operation of Humanitas International. She recorded her first major label release in 13 years, Play Me Backwards, for Virgin and later recorded Ring Them Bells for Guardian Records.

One of the finest female vocalists to emerge from the early 1960s folk scene, Joan Baez was the first folk singer of the era to achieve massive international success. One of the first solo folk singers to record best-selling albums of traditional folk material, she subsequently helped introduce Bob Dylan to a wider audience as she became one of the first folk singers to become involved with protest movements. Associated with the protest classic, "We Shall Overcome," Baez later enjoyed popularity as a song interpreter before emerging as a singersongwriter, particularly with 1975's Diamonds and Rust album. Although accorded star status in Europe, she was reduced to mere celebrity status in the U.S. and remained without an American record label for much of the 1980s. While continuing to involve herself with international protest and freedom movements in the 1990s, Baez recorded only sporadically.
in 1943 - Noel Scott Engel "Scott Walker," pop/rock singer/songwriter, guitarist, bassist and keyboardist (The Walker Brothers), is born.

in 1943 - Rob Hoeke, R&B, boogie woogie and rock pianist, is born. Hoeke was able to continue playing professionaly, even after losing most of his left pinky and ring finger in a car repair mishap.
in 1943 - Kenneth Kelley R&B singer (The Manhattans), is born.

in 1943 - Dick Yount, rock guitarist, bassist and drummer (Harpers Bizarre), is born.
in 1943 - Scott Walker Noel Scott Engel (US vocals; Walker Brothers/solo) is born.
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in 1943 - Rob Hoeke, Dutch pianist/singer (Drinking on My Bed) is born.
in 1943 - Freddie Starr Frederick Leslie Fowell (UK comedian, singer) is born.

in 1944 - Jimmy Page, rock guitarist, singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer (The Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin), is born. Page is twice a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, once for each band.

in 1944 - Scott Engel, vocalist (Walker Brothers-Sun Aint Gonna Shine Anymore) is born.
in 1947 - Roger Sessions' 2nd Symphony, premieres in San Francisco.
in 1948 - Paul King, rock singer/songwriter, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist (Mungo Jerry), is born.

in 1947 - Detlef Altenburg, German musicologist, is born at Bad Hersfeld.
He was educated at the University of Cologne (Ph.D., 1973, with the dissertation Untersuchungen zur Geschichte der Trompete im Zeitalter der Clarinblaskunst (1500-1800); published in Regensburg, 1973; Habilitationsschrift, 1980, Studien zum Musikdenken und zu den Reformplanen von Franz Liszt). From 1983 he was a professor at the University - Gesamthochschule-Paderborn in Detmold. From 1986 to 1989 he was an editor for Die Musikforschung. An authority on Liszt, he served as editor of the new critical edition of Liszt's writings (9 vols., Wiesbaden, 1989 et seq.). In 1990 he became president of the Franz-Liszt- Gesellschaft in Weimar, and was editor of its Liszt-Jahrbuch from 1992. Among his other writings are Zum Repertoire der Hoftrompeter im 17. und 18. Jahrhundert (Tutzing, 1976), Eine Theorie der Musik der Zukunft: Zur Funktion des Programms im symphonischen Werk Franz Liszts (Graz, 1977), Die Projekte der Liszt- Forschung (with G. Winkler; Eisenstadt, 1991), and Liszt und die Weimarer Klassik (Laaber, 1997).

in 1948 - Walter Piston's 3rd Symphony in E, premieres in Boston.
in 1948 - Bill Cowsill, Newport RI, rock guitarist/vocals (Cowsills-We Can Fly) is born.
in 1948 - Tim Hart (UK vocalist, guitar, dulcimer; Steeleye Span) is born.
in 1948 - Cassie Gaines (US singer; The Honkettes/Lynyrd Skynyrd) is born.
in 1949 - Amilcare Zanella, composer, pianist and conductor, dies at 75.

in 1950 - Ralph Christian Möbius "Rio Reiser," rock singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (Ton Steine Scherben), is born. "The most influential [German] musician of his generation." --Denis Staunton.

in 1950 - David Johansen, [Buster Poindexter], NY, singer (Hot! Hot! Hot!) is born.
in 1950 - Steve McRay (keyboards, vocals; 38 Special, Ted Nugent, Sessions) is born.
in 1950 - Rio Reiser Ralph Christian Möbius (German singer; Ton Steine Scheben) is born.
in 1951 - Rosalyn Kind, Bkln, singer (« sister of Barbra Streisand) is born.
in 1951 - Crystal Gayle, country music singer, is born.
in 1954 - Lance Hoppens, soft rock singer and bassist (Orleans), is born.

in 1955 - Rosemary Clooney was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Mambo Italiano' the singers second No.1. The song was banned by all ABC owned stations in the US because it "did not reach standards of good taste".

in 1956 - Kenny MacLean (Scottish/Canadian bassist; Platinum Blonde) is born.
in 1957 – Bibie Béatrice Adjorkor Anyankor (Ghanaian singer) is born.
in 1957 - Phil Lewis, rock singer (L.A. Guns), is born.
in 1957 - Mary Carr Moore, composer, conductor, and teacher, dies at 83.
in 1959 - Paul Malengreau, composer, dies at 71.
in 1959 - Cristi Minculescu (Romanian lead singer; Iris) is born.

in 1961 - Bert Kaempfert started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Wonderland By Night'. Kaempfert produced The Beatles first recording session when they were in Hamburg.

in 1961 - Bob Newhart went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'The Button Down Mind Strikes Back!'.

in 1962 - Phil Lewis, London England, rock vocalist (LA Guns-It's Over Now) is born.

in 1962 - Leroy Shield dies at age 68. American film score and radio composer, born in Waseca, Minnesota; he started at RCA Victor's National Broadcasting Company, where he composed and conducted on-air musical pieces. Around 1922 he was a Victor house musician, conducting and providing piano accompaniment on many hundreds of popular and USF Victor recordings. He also worked as a part-time employee for the Hal Roach film studio, composing countless background themes that became associated with such Roach comedy series as Laurel and Hardy, Our Gang, ZaSu Pitts and Thelma Todd, and Charley Chase. One of his compositions for the 1930 Our Gang 1930 short Teacher's Pet, "Good Old Days," became the theme song of the series. His 1930 song "Beautiful Lady" was used as the theme song for the Pitts and Todd films
in 1963 - Eric Erlandson (guitar, Hole) is born.
in 1963 - Drummer Charlie Watts joined The Rolling Stones after leaving Blues Incorporated.
in 1964 - Phil Hartnoll (one half of the techno duo Orbital) is born.
in 1965 - "Beatles' '65" album goes #1 and stays #1 for 9 weeks.
in 1965 – Haddaway Alexander Nestor Haddaway (producer, mixing, singer) is born.

in 1965 - The Beatles started a nine week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Beatles 65', the group's fourth No.1.

in 1966 - Jan Johansen (Swedish singer) is born.
in 1966 - Haro Levoni Step'anyan, composer, dies at 68.
in 1967 - Dave Matthews, rock, jazz fusion singer, guitarist and pianist, is born.
in 1967 - Carl Bell (founder , guitarist; Fuel) is born.
in 1967 - Steve Harwell (lead vocals; Smash Mouth) is born.
in 1968 - Al Schnier (US rock guitarist; moe) is born.
in 1968 - French pianist and composer Louis François Aubert died near Paris at the age of 90.

in 1969 - Ladislav Vycpalek, composer, violinist, violist and teacher, dies at 86. Vycpalek founded the music department at Karlove University in Prague, and was it's head for 20 years until his retirement.

in 1969 - The Beatles were at No.1 on the UK album chart with the 'White Album', The Rolling Stones were at No.2 with 'Beggars Banquet' and The Seekers were at No.3 with 'Best Of The Seekers.'

in 1970 - Lara Fabian (Belgian singer) is born.
in 1970 - Alex Staropoli (Italian keyboardist; Rhapsody Of Fire) is born.
in 1970 - Mia X Mia Young (US rapper) is born.

in 1970 - Jani Christou dies at age 44. Greek composer, born in Heliopolis, Egypt, of Greek parents and educated at the English School in Alexandria. He took his first piano lessons from the important Greek pianist Gina Bachauer. His earlier composing works up to the Second Symphony (with chorus, 1958), draw on Stravinsky, Berg and Mahler. Then he developed a style of ostinato patterning aimed at activating primordial emotions, as in the oratorio Tongues of Fire, 1964. Later works, called Anaparastasis (‘Re-enactments’), move away from traditional notation to provide psychic rituals for the performers. (car accident in Athens)
in 1971 - MF Doom Daniel Dumile (US hip hop artist) is born.
in 1971 - Led Zeppelin played at London's Royal Albert Hall.
in 1971 - TV's Dads Army star Clive Dunn was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Grandad'.
in 1971 - Angie Martinez (US rapper, radio talk host) is born.

in 1972 - Ted Shawn, US dancer, dies at 80.
in 1973 - Sean Paul Sean Paul Ryan Francis Henriques (Jamaican ragga - hip hop musician) is born.
in 1973 - Lou Reed married a cocktail waitress called Betty in New York.

in 1973 - Mick Jagger was refused a Japanese visa on an account of a 1969 drug conviction causing The Rolling Stones to cancel a forthcoming tour.

in 1976 - Queen were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Bohemian Rhapsody'. The single enjoyed a nine week run on the chart selling more than a million copies by the end of the month. It reached No.1 again in 1991 for five weeks following Mercury's death, eventually becoming the UK's third best selling single of all time.

in 1976 - CW McCall CB song "Convoy" hit #1 on the country music charts.

in 1977 - Alexey Kozlovsky, composer, conductor and teacher, dies at 71. Kozlovsky was a collector of Uzbek folksongs, musical elements of which he incorporated into his compositions.

in 1977 - Country singer Emmylou Harris married record producer Brian Ahern.
in 1978 - A.J. McLean Alexander James McLean (vocals, Backstreet Boys) is born.
in 1979 - Tomiko Van (Japanese singer) is born.

in 1979 - Avery Claflin, composer and banker, dies at 80. "Among his works is a madrigal, Lament for April 15, which uses as its text instructions for an Internal Revenue Service tax form. This choral work received its premiere in 1955 at Tanglewood, in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. Every year on April 15, Karl Haas, musician, conductor, and radio host, played a recording of this composition on his public radio program, Adventures in Good Music."

in 1979 - Sara Carter, vocalist/guitarist (Carter Family), dies at 80.

in 1979 - The music for UNICEF concert took place in New York City featuring Rod Stewart, The Bee Gees, Earth Wind and Fire, Abba and Donna Summer.

in 1981 - Terry Hall and Jerry Dammers from The Specials were both fined £400 ($680) after being found guilty of using threatening words during a gig in Cambridge, England.

in 1981 - Kazimierz Serocki dies at age 58. Polish composer and one of the founders of the Warsaw Autumn contemporary music festival. Between 1946-51 he performed many times as a concert pianist in Poland and abroad, but for the rest of his career, he was focused exclusively on composition. His output is concentrated in two main spheres: orchestral music and vocal-instrumental pieces to Polish texts selected with fine discrimination. He was vice-president of the central administration of the Polish Composers' Union from 1954-55. He received a number of Polish and foreign awards, including several State Prizes, among them one in 1952 for his music to the film Young Chopin. He also received a prize at the UNESCO competition in 1959, for the Sinfonietta and the award of the Minister of Culture and Fine Arts in 1963 for the whole of his work.
in 1982 - Vido Musso dies at age 69. Italian-born jazz tenor saxophonist, clarinetist and bandleader born in Carini, Sicily, best-known for his many contributions to the big bands of Gene Krupa, Tommy Dorsey, Harry James, Benny Goodman, Stan Kenton and Woody Herman. His family moved to the United States in 1920. He began on clarinet before switching to tenor sax. He is most associated with Stan Kenton who he first worked with in 1930. He reached his peak of notoriety with Kenton from 1945 to 1947. Perhaps his most notable work with the Kenton orchestra was his "Come Back to Sorrento".

in 1982 - The Human League went back to No.1 on the UK album chart for three weeks with 'Dare'.
in 1984 - John Lennon releases "Nobody Told Me".
in 1987 - Paolo Nutini (Scottish singer, songwriter) is born.
in 1988 - Whitney Houston scored her sixth consecutive No.1 in the US with 'So Emotional'.
in 1994 - Silas Hogan, swamp blues guitarist and singer/songwriter "The Godfather," dies at 82.

in 1995 - Peter Cook dies at age 57. English comedian, writer, and satirist, who is widely regarded as the leading figure in the British satire boom of the 1960s. There is a cult following among some Cook fans for a little-remembered project that he was involved with in the 1970s. This was his participation – playing multiple roles – on the 1977 concept album Consequences, written and produced by former 10cc members Kevin Godley and Lol Creme. A mixture of spoken-word comedy and progressive rock music with an environmental subtext, Consequences started out as a single that Godley and Creme planned to make to demonstrate their new invention, an electric guitar effect called The Gizmo. The project gradually grew into a triple LP boxed set. The comedy sections of the album were originally intended to be performed by an all-star cast including Spike Milligan and Peter Ustinov, but after meeting Peter Cook, Godley and Creme realised that Peter could perform most of the parts himself (internal haemorrhaging)

in 1996 - Paris Quinn Monroe (US singer; Clique Girlz) is born.

in 1997 - David Bowie performed his 50th Birthday Bash concert (the day after his birthday) at Madison Square Garden, New York with guests Frank Black, Sonic Youth, Robert Smith of The Cure, The Foo Fighters, Lou Reed, and Billy Corgan and Placebo. Proceeds from the concert went to the Save The Children fund.

in 2000 - The chauffeur who drove Puff Daddy and his girlfriend Jennifer Lopez from a night-club after a shooting was reported to be co-operating with prosecutors. Puff Daddy faced up to 15 years in jail for allegedly pulling a gun in a New York club.

in 2000 - DMX were at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘...And Then There Was X.’

in 2001 - Winners at the 28th annual American Music Awards; Favourite Album, Creed, 'Human Clay', Male Artist, Kid Rock, Favourite Female Artist, Faith Hill, Favourite Group, Backstreet Boys, Favourite New Artist, 3 Doors Down.

in 2002 - Michael Jackson receives the Artist of the Century award at the American music awards.

in 2002 - Irish singer, songwriter David McWilliams died of a heart attack at his home in Ballycastle, County Antrim aged of 56. Released over 10 solo albums and wrote 'The Days Of Pearly Spencer,' 1992 UK No.4 for Marc Almond.

in 2003 - A grand piano once owned by Elvis Presley was sold for $685,000 (£425,711). Music producer Robert Johnson and partner Larry Moss sold the piano to the chairman of the Blue Moon Group, Michael Muzio who was planning to take the piano on a casino-sponsored promotional tour. He was then planning for the piano to be shown at the proposed rock museum at Walt Disney World.

in 2005 - Elvis Presley went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Jailhouse Rock.' The single sold just 21,262 copies to reach No.1, the lowest sales ever for a UK chart topper since data began in 1969. The single was released to celebrate the 70th anniversary of his birth, a previous Elvis chart topper was re-released each week.

in 2005 - The Scissor Sisters went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their self-titled album. They went on to win Best International Album as well as best international Group and International Breakthrough act at the 2005 Brit awards.
in 2006 - Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson put the house they made famous in the MTV series Newlyweds up for sale after splitting up. The house in Calabasas, California, was on the market for $3.75m.

in 2008 - Sugababes singer Amelle Berrabah was arrested after an alleged attack on a car in Aldershot, Hampshire. She was bailed to appear at Aldershot police station later in the month.

in 2008 - Spice Girl Victoria Beckham was named the worst dressed celebrity in an annual list of fashion disasters. Fashion critic Richard Blackwell, who had compiled the poll every year since 1960, said Beckham stepped out in "one skinny-mini monstrosity after another". Amy Winehouse's trademark beehive and tattoos helped earn her second place in the list.

in 2009 - Dave Dee David Harman dies at age 65. British singer with Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich; In his early days he was a policeman, as such he was at the scene of the automobile accident that took the life of American rocker Eddie Cochran and injured Gene Vincent in April 1960. Dave had taken Cochran's guitar from the accident and held it until it could be returned to his family. He formed a group in 1961 called Dave Dee And The Bostons. They soon changed their name to Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich — an amalgam of their nicknames. They had top 10 UK hits with "Hideaway", "Hold Tight", "Bend It", "Save Me", "Okay" and "Zabadak".and a No.1 hit "The Legend of Xanadu". which became a worldwide hit. As well as from performing in Britain, they also played in Hamburg at Star-Club and Top Ten Club, and in Cologne at Storyville. In September, 1969, he left the group for a solo career. (prostate cancer)

in 2009 - Jon Hager dies at age 67. American country musician, one half of The Hager Twins, also known as the Hager Brothers, with his identical twin Jim, they were a duo of American country music singers and comedians who first gained fame on the TV series Hee Haw. The twins first sang in the church choir. then as s teenagers, they sang on a Saturday morning WGN-TV series. Both brothers served in the United States Army and performed at Officers' Clubs and NCO Clubs in the United States and Europe. After leaving the military, the Hager brothers moved to California and performed at the Ledbetter's Night Club in Los Angeles with The Carpenters, The New Christy Minstrels, John Denver, Steve Martin and Kenny Rogers. They also worked at Disneyland, which is where Buck Owens saw them perform and signed them to contracts. In addition to Owens, the brothers served as opening acts for Tex Ritter, Wynn Stewart, Billie Jo Spears and Lefty Frizzell. (heart attack).

in 2011 - Debbie Friedman dies at age 58. American songwriter, composer and singer of songs with Jewish religious content. Born in Utica, New York but moved with her family to Minnesota at age 5, she is best known for her musical version of “Mi Sheberach”, the prayer for healing, which is used by hundreds of congregations across America. Between 1971 and 2011 she recorded more than 19 albums, useing English and Hebrew lyrics and wrote for all ages. Some of her other songs include "The Aleph Bet Song", "Not By Might", For Hanukkah, "Miriam's Song", for Passover, and "I am a Latke", also for Hanukkah. In 2004, A Journey of Spirit, a documentary film about Friedman, was produced by Ann Coppel. In 2007, Friedman accepted an appointment to the faculty of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion's School of Sacred Music in New York where she instructed both rabbinic and cantorial students (a sufferer of Multiple Sclerosis, Debbie died from pneumonia).
in 2012 - Bridie Gallagher dies at age 87. Irish singer, born in Creeslough, came to fame in 1956 with her recording of A Mother's Love's A Blessing and achieved international acclaim with her legendary rendition of The Boys From County Armagh. During her career, which spans over six decades, she has appeared in many leading venues across the globe, making songs such as 'The Homes of Donegal' famous. Bridie also holds the record for the largest number of people in attendance in the Albert Hall London, a record that was never equalled as it went on to be come an all seater venue. Bridie played in many other of the world's best known theatre's including Sydney Opera House and Carnegie Hall in New York. Bridie sang mainly ballads or as they later became known as Country and Irish. She had her own Radio Show on RTÉ, as well as many appearances on television RTÉ, BBC, UTV, and coast to coast in the United States - Born September 7th 1924.

in 2012 - Ernie Carson dies at age 74. American Dixieland jazz cornetist, pianist, and singer. He was born in Portland, Oregon and played with the Castle Jazz Band in the mid-50s prior to a stint in the U.S. Marines. Following this he worked in L.A. with Dave Wierbach, Jig Adams, Ray Bauduc, Pat Yankee, and Turk Murphy, and led several of his own groups from the 70s, including the Capital City Jazz Band and a new version of the Castle Jazz Band. After more than twenty years of playing based in Atlanta, he moved back to Oregon in 1995. - Born December 4th 1937.

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in 1683 - Gasparo Visconti, violinist and composer, is born.
in 1701 - Johann Caspar Simon, organist and composer, is born.
in 1760 - Johann Rudolf Zumsteeg, composer and conductor, is born.
in 1766 - Louis Massonneau, violinist, composer and conductor, is born.
in 1780 - Francesco Antonio Vallotti, Italian organist/composer, dies at 82.

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

in 1793 - Jean-Louis Laruette, composer and comic opera tenor, dies at 60. His domination of the comic tenor roles led to them eventually being called "laruettes."

in 1800 - Johan Wikmanson, organist and composer, dies at 46.
in 1833 - Felix Mendelssohn's Die erste Walpurgisnacht premieres in Berlin.
in 1833 - Antoinio da Silva Leite, composer, dies at 73.

in 1854 - Johann Heinrich Köselitz "Peter Gast," composer, is born. Köselitz was a close friend of Friedrich Nietzsche, who gave him his pseudonym. He also was Nietzsche's amanuensis, and heavily involved in the production of Nietzsche's work after 1876; taking dictation and preparing manuscripts for publication, as well as reading to him during his spells of blindness.

in 1884 - James Philip Dunn, composer is born.

in 1886 - José Antonio de Donostia, (real name, José Gonzalo Zulaica y Arregui),Spanish organist, musicologist, and composer, is born at San Sebastian. He studied with Echazarra at the Lecaroz Franciscan College, Esquerra in Barcelona, Gaviola in San Sebastian, and Cools and Roussel in Paris. He worked in Toulouse (1936), Paris (1939-40), and Bayonne (1941-43) as an organist and choirmaster, then became head of the folklore dept. of Barcelona's Spanish Institute of Musicology (1943), where he brought out monographs and editions of Basque folk song. - Died at Lecaroz, Navarre, Aug. 30, 1956.

in 1889 - Martin Andreas Udbye, organist and composer, dies at 68. Udbye composed the first Nowegian opera, Fredkulla.

in 1892 - Heinrich Ludwig Egmont Dorn, composer and conductor, dies at 91. Dorn was known mainly for his comic leider.

in 1895 - Benjamin Louis Paul Godard, Romantic composer and violinist, dies at 45.
in 1897 - Sam Chatmon (US Delta blues guitarist, singer, multi-musician) is born.
in 1897 - Albert Moeschinger, pianist and composer, is born.

in 1903 - Jean Paul Morel, gifted conductor and highly esteemed teacher of many who went on to become prominent conductors themselves, is born.

in 1904 - Jesus Garcia Leoz, composer who twice won the Spanish Premio Nacional de la Música, is born.
in 1902 - Alphons Diepenbrock's Te Deum premieres in Amsterdam.
in 1904 - Ray Bolger, Dorchester Mass, actor/dancer (Wizard of Oz) is born.
in 1905 - Albert Arlen (Australian pianist, composer, actor, director) is born.
in 1909 - Rudolf Kubin, composer is born.
in 1910 - Jean Martinon (French conductor, composer) is born.

in 1913 - (Frank) Haywood Henry, jazz saxophonist, is born at Birmingham, Ala.
Originally a clarinetist, he played in the 'Barna State Collegians from 1931-32. He left the band to go to N.V., played in the 131st Street Church Band, then worked with Leon Englund's Band at the Arcadia Ballroom before rejoining the 'Barna State Collegians, which subsequently became Erskine Hawkins's Band. He remained with that band from 1935 until the early 1950s. He worked with Tiny Grimes in the early 1950s, then did active freelance work on all saxes, played baritone in Henderson Re-union Band in 1957 and 1958, and worked occasionally on clarinet with Wilbur de Paris in the early 1960s. He worked regularly with Earl Hines from late 1969 until early 1971 (including a tour of Europe). He worked with various leaders during the 1970s, toured Europe with Sy Oliver, and with the N.V. Jazz Repertory Company. In the 1980s and early 1990s he performed as a member of The Duke's Men and The Harlem Jazz and Blues Band. During the 1990s, he led his own quartet in N.V., as well as recording with Clark Terry, Bill Doggett, and Charles Brown, and making occasional trips to Denmark. – Died at Bronx, N.V., Sept. 15, 1994.

in 1915 - (Charles) Dean Dixon, African American conductor, is born at N.Y.
He showed a musical talent as a child and began to take violin lessons. At the age of 17, he organized at his high school in the Bronx a group called the Dean Dixon Symphony Society. He studied violin at the Juilliard School of Music in N.Y. (1932-36); on a conducting fellowship, he took lessons with Albert Stoessel at the Juilliard Graduate School (1936-39); also enrolled in academic classes at Columbia University Teachers College, receiving an M.A. in 1939.

On May 7,1938, he made his professional conducting debut at N.Y.'s Town Hall; that same year, he also founded the N.Y. Chamber Orchestra. Eleanor Roosevelt became interested in his career, and helped him to obtain some conducting engagements, including an appearance with the N.Y. Philharmonic at the Lewisohn Stadium on August 10, 1941, making him the first of his race to conduct this orchestra.

In 1944 Dixon organized the American Youth Orchestra, which had a limited success. In 1949 he went to Europe in the hopes of securing wider opportunities. These hopes were fully realized; he was engaged as music director of the Goteborg Symphony Orchestra (1953--60), the Hessian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Frankfurt am Main (1961-70), and the Sydney (Australia) Symphony Orchestra (1964--67). Returning briefly to the Ll.S. in 1970, he was guest conductor for a series of N.Y. Philharmonic summer concerts in Central Park, then returned to Europe and settled in Switzerland in 1974. His career was cut short when he underwent open-heart surgery in 1975.- Died at Zug, near Zurich, Nov. 3,1976.

in 1917 - Jerry Wexler (Co-owner of Atlantic records, vice president at Warner Brothers) is born.

in 1924 - Maxwell Roach, jazz drummer, percussionist, composer and bandleader, is born. Roach's drumming style had a huge influence on subsequent drummers.

in 1924 - Ludmilla Chiraeff, ballet dancer is born.

in 1927 - Johnnie Ray, pop and R&B singer/songwriter and pianist, is born. Ray's style is considered to be a major foreshadowing of rock and roll.

in 1927 - Gisele MacKenzie (Canadian singer) is born.
in 1928 - Wallace (Taft) Berry, American composer and music theorist, is born at La Crosse, Wis. He studied with Stevens at the University of Southern Calif, in Los Angeles (B.Mus., 1949; Ph.D., 1956) and with Boulanger at the Paris Conservatory (1953-54); then taught at the University of Southern Calif. (1956-57), the University of Mich. (1957-77), and (from 1978) the University of British Columbia, where he was also head of the music dept. (1978-84). He served as president of the Society for Music Theory (1982-85). He published Form in Music (Englewood Cliffs, N.J., 1966; 2nd ed., rev, 1985), Eighteenth-Century Imitative Counterpoint: Music for Analysis (with E. Chudacoff; N.Y., 1969), Structural Functions in Music (Englewood Cliffs, N.J., 1975; 2nd ed., 1987), and Musical Structure and Performance (New Haven, Conn., 1989). - Died at Vancouver, British Columbia, Nov. 16,1991.

in 1928 - George and Ira Gershwin's musical "Rosalie," book by Romberg/Wodehouse, premieres in NYC.
in 1929 - Derek Hammond-Stroud (English operatic baritone) is born.
in 1930 - Byron "Wild Child" Gipson, blues and R&B singer, guitarist and pianist, is born.
in 1933 - Miyoshi Akira, composer, teacher and musicologist, is born.
in 1935 - Sherrill Milnes (US baritone) is born.
in 1935 - Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater Edward Harrington (US blues guitarist,singer) is born.

in 1935 - Ronnie Hawkins, rock, blues, rockabilly, country and bluegrass singer/songwriter, is born. Members of Hawkins' band, "The Hawks," later became "The Band."

in 1935 - Georg Katzer, composer, is born. Katzer was involved in the development of electronic music in East Germany.

in 1935, American baritone Sherrill Milnes was born in Downer's Grove, IL
in 1939 - Scott McKenzie Philip Blondheim (US singer; Mamas & Papas/solo) is born
in 1939 - Sal Mineo (American actor, singer) is born.
in 1940 - Dr. Kattassery Joseph Yesudas (Indian playback singer, classical musician) is born.

in 1941 - Frank Bridge dies at age 61. English composer; born in Brighton and studied at the Royal College of Music in London from 1899 to 1903. He played the viola in a number of string quartets, most notably the English String Quartet, and conducted, sometimes deputising for Henry Wood, before devoting himself to composition, receiving the patronage of Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge. He privately tutored a number of pupils, most famously Benjamin Britten, who later championed his teacher's music and paid homage to him in the Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge-1937, based on a theme from the second of Frank's Three Idylls for String Quartet-1906. One of his most famous works is a piece for violin called Moto perpetuo, written 1900, revised 1911. Other frequently performed works are the Adagio in E for organ, Rosemary for piano, and the masterful Cello Sonata in D minor 1913–17. The Scherzetto for cello and piano was rediscovered in the library of London's Royal College of Music by the cellist Julian Lloyd Webber (He died in Eastbourne)
in 1943 - Jim Croce, soft rock singer/songwriter and guitarist, is born.
in 1945 - Frank Sinatra Jr., singer and bandleader, is born.

in 1945 - Roderick David "Rod" Stewart, rock singer/songwriter, guitarist, banjo and harmonica player, is born. Stewart is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the UK Music Hall of Fame.

in 1946 - Aynsley Dunbar, rock drummer and songwriter (Mothers of Invention, Journey, Jefferson Starship, among others), is born.

in 1946 - Bob Lang, rock bassist (The Mindbenders), is born.
in 1947 - American bass-baritone James Morris was born in Baltimore, MD.
in 1948 - Cyril Neville, R&B and funk drummer and singer (The Neville Brothers), is born.
in 1948 - Teresa Graves (US actress, singer) is born.
in 1948 - Cyril Neville (US vocals, percussion, Neville Brothers) is born.
in 1948 - Mischa Maisky (Latvian cellist) is born.

in 1948 - Donald Fagen, rock and jazz fusion singer/songwriter, keyboardist and saxophonist (Steely Dan), is born. Fagen is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

in 1949 - RCA introduces 45 RPM record.

in 1951 - Rockwell (Robert) Blake, gifted American tenor, is born at Plattsburgh, N.Y.
He studied voice with Renata Booth as part of his high school education. Following attendance at the State University of N.Y. at Fredonia, he receivd a scholarship to pursue vocal training at the Catholic Univ. of America in Washington, D.C.; completed his vocal studies in N.Y. He began his career singing with various small opera companies, first attracting notice when he appeared as Lindoro with the Washington, D.C., Opera in 1976; then sang with the Hamburg State Opera (1977-79) and the Vienna State Opera (1978).

In 1978 he became the first recipient of the Richard Tucker Award. On Sept. 23, 1979, he made his N.Y. City Opera debut as Count Ory, and on Feb. 2, 1981, his Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. as Lindoro. He sang at the Chicago Lyric Opera and at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro in 1983, at the San Francisco Opera in 1984, at the Paris Opera in 1985, at the Paris Opera-Comique and the Bavarian State Opera in Munich in 1987, and in Montreal and at the Salzburg Festival in 1989. In 1990 he appeared in the leading tenor role in Pergolesi's Annibal in Turin.

In 1992 he sang James V in La Donna del Lago at Milan's La Scala. He sang in Semiramide at the Rossini Festival in Pesaro in 1994. In 1996 he was engaged as Jupiter in the French premiere of Handel's Semele in Aix-en-Provence. He also sang widely in concerts. Blessed with a remarkable coloratura, Blake won notable distinction as a true tenore di grazia, excelling in Mozart and Rossini.

in 1951 - Athos Palma, composer, teacher and music theorist, dies at 59.

in 1952 - Scott Thurston, rock guitarist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (Iggy and the Stooges, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), is born.

in 1953 - Pat Benatar, rock singer/songwriter, is born.
in 1953 - Theo Mackeben, German pianist/composer (Golden Cage), dies at 56.
in 1953 - Jo Stafford was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'You Belong To Me'. Originally a singer with Tommy Dorsey until 1942, Stafford was the first female to have a No.1 on the UK singles Chart.

in 1954 - Raimund Friedrich Vesely "Fred Raymond," composer of operettas and popular songs, dies at 53.
in 1955 - Luci Martin, disco singer (Chic), is born.
in 1955 - Michael Schenker, rock guitarist and singer/songwriter (Scorpions, UFO), is born.
in 1956 - Shawn Colvin, rock singer/songwriter and guitarist, is born.

in 1956 - Elvis Presley made his first recordings for RCA Records at The Methodist television, radio & TV Studios in Nashville. 'Heartbreak Hotel' was one of the songs recorded during this session.

in 1957 - Tommy Steele and the Steelmen were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Singing The Blues'. Guy Mitchell had been at No.1 the previous week with his version and then returned to No.1 the following week.

in 1958 - Jerry Lee Lewis was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Great Balls Of Fire'. Lewis was the only major white rock 'n' roll star to play piano rather than guitar.

in 1958 - The Quarry Men (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Eric Griffiths, Colin Hanton, and Len Garry) played at the New Clubmoor Hall, Norris Green, Liverpool.

in 1959 - Don Letts, rocker (Big Audio Dynamite) is born
in 1959 - Curt Kirkwood, rock singer/songwriter and guitarist (Meat Puppets), is born.
in 1961, American violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg was born in Rome.
in 1961 - Samira Said Samira Bensaïd Pirthi (Arabic singer) is born
in 1963 - Tadeusz Szeligowski, composer and teacher, dies at 66.
in 1963 - On his second visit to the UK in less than a month Bob Dylan played at the Troubadour Club in London.
in 1964 - The Rolling Stones recorded ‘Not Fade Away’ at Regent Sound Studios in London, England.

in 1964 - The first US Beatles album, 'Introducing The Beatles', was released on Vee-Jay records. The album cover showed John, Paul and George with their now famous "mop top" haircuts, but Ringo had yet to convert. Vee-Jay would be forced to stop selling the disc by the end of the year because of legal complications, but by then over 1.3 million copies had been sold.

in 1964 - Brad Roberts (Canadian vocals, guitar, Crash Test Dummies) is born.
in 1965 - Nathan, rocker (Brother Beyond-Can You Keep a Secret) is born.
in 1965 - John Lennon appeared on the UK TV Peter Cook and Dudley Moore show, 'Not Only But Also.'
in 1967 - Vilem Petrzelka, composer and conductor, dies at 77.
in 1967 - Mick Hankers, Dutch dancer (Josephine, Sound of Motown) is born.
in 1967 - Micky Michelle, [Ingrid Hankers], Dutch dancer (Josephine) is born.
in 1968 - Josue Teofilo Wilkes, composer and musicologist, dies 2 days after his 85th birthday.
in 1968 - Louis-Francois-Marie Aubert, French composer (La Momie), dies at 90.
in 1969 - Doug E Doug, rapper/comedian (Operation Dumbo Drop, Jungle Fever) is born.
in 1972 - Al Goodman, pianist, conductor, songwriter, stage composer, musical director and arranger, dies at 81.
in 1972 - Sverre Jordan, pianist, composer and conductor, dies at 82
in 1972 - Triple album set "Concert for Bangladesh" released in UK

in 1972 - Al Goodman dies at age 81. Russian born conductor, songwriter, stage composer, musical director, arranger, and pianist. He was first introduced to musical comedy by the late Earl Carroll who persuaded him to collaborate in producing his musical, So Long Letty. This success, followed by the hit, “Sinbad”, which he produced with Al Jolson, led to positions as orchestra conductor for many Broadway productions including the highly successful Flyin’ High, The Student Prince, and Blossom Time. In all, during this period of his career, he directed over 150 first-night performances and became one of the Great White Way's most popular conductors. He also wrote some memorable songs such as "When hearts Are Young", "Call Of Love" and "Twlilight".

in 1973 - Aerle Taree (US vocalists; Arrested Development) is born.

in 1973 - Cliff Richard appeared on the Cilla Black Show, singing the six entries chosen to represent Britain in the Eurovision Song Contest. TV viewers picked 'Power To All Our Friends'.

in 1974 - Akari Kaida (Japanese composer) is born.
in 1975 - Shannon Kavanaugh, Boston Mass, rocker (Ivory Soul) is born.

in 1976 - Howlin' Wolf Chester Arthur Burnett dies at age 65. American blues guitarist, singer, and harmonica player, born in White Station, Mississippi; he was an experimental bluesman who formulated a wide range of moods and possibilities for his songs. His raw, rasping, fierce voice, combined with his imposing physical presence and wild stage abandon, made him unforgettable. His influence stretched far beyond the realm of the blues, and many songs popularized by him such as "Smokestack Lightnin'," "Back Door Man" and "Spoonful", have become standards of blues and blues rock. He is portrayed by Eamonn Walker in the 2008 motion picture Cadillac Records. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame listed 1956 Smokestack Lightning, 1960 Spoonful and 1962's The Red Rooster by Howlin' Wolf of the 500 songs that shaped rock and roll and his Smokestack Lightning was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, which is a special Grammy award established in 1973 to honor recordings that are at least twenty-five years old, and that have "qualitative or historical significance." (died peacefully, complications arising from kidney disease)
in 1976 - CW McCall went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Convoy', it made No.2 in the UK. CW McCall was in fact an advertising agent whose real name was Bill Fries.

in 1978 - The Sex Pistols make their US TV debut on the show 'Variety'.

in 1978 - Don Gillis, composer, conductor and teacher, dies at 65. Gillis is known for his Symphony No. 5½, A Symphony for Fun.

in 1978 - William Edward Grishaw "Zeb Turner" boogie woogie and rockabilly songwriter and guitarist, dies at 62. Turner is considered a pioneer of rockabilly.

in 1978 - Brent Smith (US singer; Blind Thought/Shinedown) is born

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in 1978 - Don Gillis dies at age 65. American composer, conductor and teacher born in Cameron, Missouri; the composition which has gained him most recognition is his orchestral Symphony No. 5½, A Symphony for Fun. His music drew upon popular material, particularly emphasizing jazz, which he considered a revitalizing element in American music. He became production director for the radio station WBAP, later moving to NBC where he became producer for the NBC Symphony Orchestra during the tenure of its conductor Arturo Toscanini. He held several teaching posts at academic institutions in the southern United States during his career, and also helped to found the Symphony of the Air orchestra.

in 1979 - Daddy Mack Chris Smith (US hip hop, rapper; Kris Kross) is born.
in 1980 - Petri "Pete" Lindroos (Finnish guitarist, vocalist; Ensiferum/Norther) is born.
in 1980 - Sarah Shahi Aahoo Jahansouz (US actress, model) is born.
in 1981 - Brian Minkyu Joo (Korean-American singer; Fly To The Sky/solo) is born.

in 1981 - John Lennon's 'Imagine' started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart, 10 years after it was recorded. Lennon had two other songs in the Top 5 this week, 'Happy Christmas, (War Is Over') and '(Just Like) Starting Over.' 'Imagine' was voted by the viewers of BBC TV as the best lyrics of all time in a poll broadcast in Oct in 1999. Also on this day John and Yoko's 'Double Fantasy' album started an eight-week run at No.1 on the US chart. 'Just Like Starting Over' was at No.1 on the US singles chart.
in 1982 - Lazar Weiner composer of Yiddish art songs and collector of Yiddish folk songs, dies at 84.

in 1984 - Motley Crue played their opening show on the first leg of Ozzy Osbourne’s Bark At The Moon tour in front of nine and a half thousand people in Portland, Maine.

in 1984 - Cyndi Lauper became the first female recording artist since Bobbie Gentry in 1967 to be nominated for five Grammy Awards: Album of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Pop Vocal Performance (Female), Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

in 1985 - Anton Karas dies at age 79. Austrian zither player, born in Vienna, he is best known for his soundtrack to Carol Reed's The Third Man. By the end of 1949, a half million copies of "The Harry Lime Theme" had been sold, an unprecedented amount for the time. The success of the score also caused a surge in zither sales. Anton went on his first world tour in 1950. He went on tour again in 1951, travelling to Montreal and Las Vegas, followed by a number of other tours, including Japan in 1962, 1969 and 1972, where he performed for emperor Hirohito. In 1954, he opened his own Heuriger which was fashionable among Hollywood celebrities like Orson Welles, Gina Lollobrigida, Curd Jürgens, Hans Moser, Paul Hörbiger, Marika Röck or Johannes Heesters.

in 1987 - Marion Hutton Marion Thornburg dies at age 67. American singer and actress; elder sister of actress Betty Hutton. Both sisters sang with the Vincent Lopez Orchestra. She was discovered by Glenn Miller and was invited to join the Glenn Miller Orchestra in 1938. She remained with Miller on and off until the orchestra disbanded in 1942. After Glenn Miller joined the Army in 1942, she went with fellow Miller alumni Tex Beneke and the Modernaires on a theatre tour. The next important event in her entertainment career was a role in In Society with Abbott and Costello in the mid-1940s. Marion appeared with the Desi Arnaz orchestra in October 1947 at the Radio City Theatre in Minneapolis. As the 1940s wound down, so did Marion's career. Her last film role was in 1949, acting in the Marx Brothers' Love Happy (cancer).

in 1990 - Bon Jovi played the first of seven sold-out nights at the Hammersmith Odeon in London, England on their New Jersey Syndicate Tour.

in 1997 - Kenneth Pickett dies at age 54. British singer and founder member of "The Creation", an English freakbeat band, formed in 1966. The most popular of 11 Creation singles was "Painter Man", which made the Top 40 in the UK charts in late 1966, and No.8 in the German chart in April '67. Their style was originally loud pop art, but developed into a more typically mid 60s psychedelic rock sound, which has been retroactively described as freakbeat. He had previously been in The Mark Four with John Dalton, who left the band to join The Kinks. The band split in '67, but re-formed in the mid '80s, releasing a single and recording an album in a more contemporary rock style. The reformed band continued to tour, with various line-up changes, capitalising on their cult notoriety with the underground mod and garage rock audiences (heart attack) .

in 1997 - Alvinio Misciano, Italian tenor, killed in a fall from a window.

in 1997 - LaVern Baker Delores Williams dies at age 67. US R&B singer; she began singing in Chicago clubs around 1946, often billed as Little Miss Sharecropper, and first recorded under that name in 1949. She changed her name briefly to Bea Baker when recording for Okeh Records in 1951, and then became LaVern Baker when singing with Todd Rhodes and his band in 1952. As a solo artist, her first hit came in 1955, with the Latin-tempo "Tweedlee Dee" reaching No.4 on the R&B chart and No.14 on the national US pop charts. This was followed by a string of hits with her backing group The Gliders, including "Bop-Ting-A-Ling", "Play It Fair","Still", "Jim Dandy", "Jim Dandy Got Married", "I Cried a Tear", "I Waited Too Long", "Saved" and "See See Rider". In the late 1960s, she became seriously ill after a trip to Vietnam to entertain American soldiers. She stayed on as the entertainment director at a Marine Corps night club at the Subic Bay Naval Base in the Philippines, and she remained there for 22 years. LaVern received the 1990 Pioneer Award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation and in 1991, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Her song "Jim Dandy" was named one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll and was ranked No. 343 on the Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time (coronary complications).
in 1997 - English singer Kenny Pickett with the 60's band Creation died aged 54 of a heart attack. Had the 1966 hit 'Painter Man'.

in 1997 - James Brown received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

in 1999 - Fatboy Slim (Norman Cook) achieves his third UK No.1 single with 'Praise You'.
in 1999 - DMX were at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Flesh Of My Flesh, Blood Of My Blood.’

in 2000 - Singer Melissa Etheridge announced that David Crosby was the sperm donor of her two children with girlfriend Julie Cypher.

in 2001 - American guitarist and songwriter and founder member of The Cramps Bryan Gregory died after suffering a heart attack aged 46 at Anaheim Memorial Medical Center, Anaheim, California.

in 2001 - Bryan Gregory dies at age 46. American guitarist, songwriter and founder member with the punk rock band, The Cramps. He was known for his oozing guitar sound, wild stage antics, long hair with a skunk stripe over his eye, and acne scarred face. He appeared on The Cramps first two albums "Gravest Hits" and "Songs The Lord Taught Us". He went on to play in Beast from 1980-1984, The Dials from 1992-1995 and also played in a band called Shiver. (heart attack)

in 2003 - A haul of 500 Beatles tapes known as the 'Get Back sessions' stolen in the 1970's were found after UK police cracked a major bootleg operation in London and Amsterdam. Five men were arrested.

in 2003 - Bee Gee Maurice Gibb was fighting for his life after a heart attack following major stomach surgery. The 53 year -old singer had been rushed to hospital after collapsing at his Florida home.

in 2005 - American drummer Spencer Dryden died from colon cancer at his home in California aged 66. Was the drummer for Jefferson Airplane, (replaced Skip Spence), New Riders of the Purple Sage and The Dinosaurs. Dryden was the Nephew of Charlie Chaplin.

in 2005 - A woman was suing Gene Simmons from Kiss for slander, alleging a documentary made her out to be a "sex-addicted nymphomaniac". Georgeann Walsh Ward, 53, of New York, said during a VH1 documentary her photo was flashed up as Simmons talked about his past sexual encounters. Ms Walsh Ward had dated Simmons for three years when he was a student. In the documentary, Simmons boasted of having sex with over 4,600 women.

in 2006 - An Australian woman appeared in court charged with repeatedly stabbing her partner with a pair of scissors in the back, shoulder and thigh because he played Elvis Presley's song 'Burning Love' over and over again.

in 2007 - Madame Tussauds unveiled its fourth waxwork of Kylie Minogue, making the Australian pop star the most modelled celebrity after the Queen. The model became the first scented waxwork, wearing Minogue's Darling perfume.
in 2008 - Rod Allen Bainbridge, lead singer of The Fortunes, died aged 63 after battling liver cancer. The group's biggest hit was ‘You've Got Your Troubles’ which was a UK No.2 hit in 1965, also reaching No.7 seven in the US.

in 2008 - Radiohead topped the US album charts with the physical release of ‘In Rainbows’, originally sold via the internet for a price chosen by fans. The album sold 122,000 copies during its first week on release, giving the band a second US chart topper following 2000's ‘Kid A’, which sold an initial 207,000 copies.
in 2008 - Dave Day Dave Havlicek dies at age 66. American banjoist, rhythm guitarist with garage rock band The Monks, a pre-punk band, made up of former American GI's, primarily active in Germany in the mid to late 60s. They reunited in 1999 and have continued to play concerts, although no new studio recordings have been made. The Monks stood out from the music of the time, and have developed a cult following amongst many musicians and music fans. (died four days after suffering a heart attack).

in 2008 - Rod Allen Rodney Bainbridge dies at age 63. British lead singer and bassist with The Fortunes; he came to international acclaim in 1965, when "You've Got Your Troubles" broke into the American and British Top Ten charts. An archetypal English beat group, originally a trio called The Cliftones, they signed to Decca in the UK in 1963. Their first single as The Fortunes, "Summertime, Summertime," was oddly credited to both groups. Their follow-up in 1964, "Caroline", was used as the signature tune for the influential pirate radio station, Radio Caroline. In 1966, their manager Reginald Calvert was shot dead in a dispute over pirate radio stations, after which they had several more hit singles in UK and USA. Rod fronted an ever changing version of The Fortunes from 1963 up to his death (liver cancer)

in 2009 - Ana Isabel "Anabel" Ramirez Bosch dies at age 32. Filipino singer who fronted several Filipino rock bands. She started singing while at high school, when she became a regular at Club Dredd in Quezon City. She soon became a lead singer for Tropical Depression, a popular Filipino rock band in the late 1990s. She also sang for the rock bands Elektrikoolaid, Spy and Analog (She was stricken with a brain aneurysm on New Year's Day 2009, and lapsed into unconsciousness).

in 2009 - Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie married actor Josh Duhamel at the Church Estates Vineyards in Malibu. Guests included her bandmate Will.i.am and actress Kate Hudson.

in 2010 - Mano Solo Emmanuel Cabut dies at age 46. French singer born in Châlons-sur-Marne; at 17 Mano co-founded and played guitar in a punk rock group, les Chihuahuas, before launching his solo career and singing his own compositions in the early nineties. His first album, La Marmaille Nue/"The Naked Children", was released in 1993 and sold 100,000 copies in the first year. 1995 saw his second album, Les Années Sombres/"The Dark Years" which also went gold in its first months. He went on to record eight more albums, the last being Rentrer au port in 2009. Mano also sang regularly at the Tourtour theatre in Paris, alongside singers Marousse and P'tit Louis (aneurysm rupture).

in 2010 - Jayne Walton Rosen Dorothy Jayne Flanagan dies at age 92. American singer of San Antonio; from an early age she performed as a singer, after graduating from Brackenridge High School, she sang professionally around the country and eventually joined the Lawrence Welk Orchestra performing ballads in ballrooms throughout the Midwest and in New York. During The Lawrence Welk Show's first year on the air, the Welk hour instituted several regular features. To make Welk's "Champagne Music" tagline visual, the production crew engineered a "bubble machine" that spouted streams of large soap bubbles across the bandstand. Whenever the orchestra played a polka or waltz, Welk himself would dance with the band's female vocalist, the "Champagne Lady", Jayne was his first "Champagne Lady" to appear on the televised show. After six years, Jayne left the band to pursude a solo career.
in 2011 - Boško Petrovic dies at age 75. Croatian vibraphonist, music producer and The founder of the popular jazz band 'Zagreb Jazz Quartet', which was performed within Miljenko Prohaska, Krešimi Remeta, D. and Sylvia Kajfeš Glojnaric, and its value confirmed in Europe. He is the author of many radio and television show, the organizer of numerous music festivals, while at the same time acting as a producer and educator. During his musical career, has won numerous awards and is also a multiple winner of the prestigious Croatian discography awards' Porin'. His discography includes dozens of albums, which include his first recordings with Bosko Petrovic Quartet and members of the Quincy Jones Orchestra, and co-operation with great jazz musicians such as Clark Terry, Ernie Willkins and Art Farmer, Joe Pass, Buck Clayton, Joe Turner, Buddy de Franco, Kenny Drew, NHO Pedersen, and Alvin Queen. He recorded with numerous Zagreb Soloists Quartet Boilers, Eastern European and Californian jazz soloists, orchestras and Gerry Mulligan Oliver Nelson, pianist and Davor Kajfes Neven Franges, while at the same time popularizing ethnic repertoire. As a guest performance at the world's most prestigious jazz festivals such as Montreux , Monterey, Detroit, and Berlin. Bosko is a member of the International Biografical Association and the International Who is Who in Music.
in 2011 - María Elena Walsh dies at age 80. Argentine pianist, poet, composer, and writer; at 15 years old she had some of her poems published in the "El Hogar" magazine and La Nación newspaper. In 1947, before graduating from art school, she published her first book, “Otoño Imperdonable,” a selection of poems which received recognition from other Latin American writers. Maria graduated in 1948, traveled to North America and Europe, then moved to Paris for four years in the early 1950s. While there, she performed in concerts featuring Argentine folklore. Returning to Argentina, she wrote numerous TV scripts, plays, poems, books and songs. Her work has often contained an underlying political message, as in the song "El País del Nomeacuerdo" / "The Country of Idontremember", which was later used as the theme song for The Official Story, the winner of the 1985 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
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in 1650 - Paul Hallman, composer, dies at 49.
in 1703 - Columban Praelisauer, composer is born.
in 1727 - Franz Sebastian Haindl, conductor, violinist and composer, is born.
in 1746 - Frantisek Adam Mica, composer, multi-instrumentalist and friend of Mozart, is born.
in 1750 - Johann Jakob Walder, composer is born.
in 1784 - Ferdinand Philipp Joseph Lobkowitz, composer, dies at 59.
in 1797 - Francis Lightfoot Lee, US farmer (singer Decl of Independ), dies at 62.

in 1801 - Domenico Cimarosa, composer, dies at 51. Cimarosa composed more than 80 operas in his life, including his most famous, Il Matrimonio Segreto.

in 1801 - John Lodge Ellerton, composer is born.
in 1837 - John Field, Irish pianist/composer (Nocturnes), dies at 54.
in 1843 -Francis Scott Key, who wrote the words to the US national anthem "The Star Spangled Banner," dies at 63.
in 1856 - Christian August Sinding, composer and teacher, is born.
in 1870 - Adolf Ganz, composer, dies at 73.
in 1872 - Paul Graener, composer, conductor and teacher, is born.
in 1875 - Reinhold Gliere, composer and teacher, is born.
in 1877 - Pietro Romani, composer of operas, dies at 85.
in 1880 - Rudolf T Palm, Curacao, pianist/composer is born.
in 1894 - Jaroslav Vogel, composer, conductor and writer, is born.
in 1895 - Laurens Hammond, inventor of the Hammond organ, is born.
in 1898 - Gaetano Capocci, organist and composer, dies at 86.
in 1901 - Vasily Sergeyevich Kalinnikov, bassoonist, timpanist, violinist and composer, dies at 34.
in 1902 - Maurice Durufle, composer, organist and teacher, is born.
in 1905 - John Henry Jacques, co-operative retailer is born.
in 1906 - Johannes Paul Thilman, composer and teacher, is born.

in 1909 - Gunnar Johnsen Berg, composer, is born. Berg's later compositions were of the serialist school, and used a "cellular" technique.

in 1910 - Izler Solomon (US conductor) is born.

in 1918 - Albert Weisser, composer, musicologist, teacher and choral conductor, is born. Weisser took part in the Normandy invasion, and received a Purple Heart for injuries suffered there. He was the first president of the American Society for Jewish Music.

in 1924 - Donald Ross Cherry, pop singer, NOT the trumpet player). is born.
in 1924 - James Moore "Slim Harpo," blues singer/songwriter and harmonica player, is born.
in 1926 - Alexander Gibson, conductor, is born. Gibson founded Scottish Opera, the first national opera house in Scotland.

in 1926 - Susan Reed (Irish-American folk singer, harpist and zitherist)
in 1927 - Wilton "Bogey" Gaynair, jazz saxophonist and composer, is born.
in 1929 - Wanda Wilkomirska, classical violinist and teacher, is born.
in 1931 - Oscar Fetras, composer, dies at 76
in 1933 - Argolda Voncile "Goldie Hill," country music singer/songwriter and guitarist, is born.
in 1935 - Chuck Barksdale, doo wop, pop, jazz, soul, R&B singer (The Dells), is born.
in 1938 - Narvel Felts, country singer/songwriter and guitarist, is born.
in 1940 - Mark DeVoto, composer and teacher, son of Bernard DeVoto, is born.
in 1940 - Sergei Prokofiev's ballet "Romeo & Juliet" premieres in Leningrad.
in 1942 - Clarence Clemons, rock saxophonist (Bruce Springsteen's E St Band), is born.
in 1943 - William Albert Penn, composer and teacher, is born.
in 1944 - York Georg Holler, composer and teacher, is born.
in 1946 - Naomi Judd, country singer/songwriter, is born.
in 1946 - Anthony John Selvidge "Tony Kaye," rock keyboardist and songwriter (Yes), is born.

in 1947 - Eva Tanguay dies at age 67. Canadian-born singer and entertainer who billed herself as "the girl who made vaudeville famous", making her first appearance on stage at the age of eight. With her parents' assistance, she pursued a show business career, working her way through a variety of amateur contests that eventually landed her a spot with a comedy troupe before making her vaudeville debut in New York City in 1904. She went on to have a long-lasting vaudeville career and eventually commanded one of the highest salaries of any performer of the day earning as much as $3,500 a week at the height of her fame around 1910. Eva only made one recording "I Don't Care" in 1922 for Nordskog Records. In addition to her singing career, she also starred in two film comedies that, despite the limitations of silent film, used the screen to capture her lusty stage vitality to its fullest. The first, titled Energetic Eva was made in 1916 and the following year she starred opposite Tom Moore in The Wild Girl. Eva was said to have lost more than $2 million in the Wall Street crash of 1929 and in the 1930s, she retired from show business. Cataracts caused her to lose her sight, but Sophie Tucker, a friend from vaudeville days, paid for the operation that restored her vision. In 1953 Mitzi Gaynor portrayed Eva in a fictionalized version of her life in the Hollywood motion picture, The I Don't Care Girl
in 1949 - Frederick "Dennis" Greene, doo wop singer (Sha Na Na), is born.
in 1949 - Tom Netherton, Munich Germany, singer (Lawrence Welk Show) is born.
in 1949 - Daryl Braithwaite (Australian rock singer; Sherbet) is born.
in 1949 - Frederick "Dennis" Greene (US singer; The Kingsmen/Sha Na Na) is born.
in 1952 - Lee Mack "Captain Fingers" Ritenour, jazz and jazz fusion guitarist and composer, is born.

in 1952 - Aureliano Pertile dies at age 67. Italian tenor singer; considered to have been one of the most exciting Italian operatic artists of the inter-war period, and one of the most important tenors of the 20th century.After singing in regional Italy and South America, he first sang at the premier Italian opera house, La Scala, Milan, in 1916. He then participated in Met performances of Louise in Philadelphia and Brooklyn. Thereafter he returned to Italy, where he established himself as the leading tenor at La Scala from 1927 to 1937, and becoming a favorite of the conducter Arturo Toscanini. He also sang at the Royal Opera House in London from 1927 to 1931, and at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires in 1923-29. His final stage appearances were in 1946, in Pagliacci. He then taught at the Milan Conservatory until his death

in 1954 - Oscar Straus, composer of operettas, film scores and songs, as well as chamber music, orchestral and choral works, dies at 83.
in 1956 - Robert Earl Keen Jr (US country, folk singer, songwriter) is born.
in 1958 - Vicki Peterson, rock singer/songwriter and guitarist (The Bangles), is born.

in 1958 - The release date for the Elvis Presley single 'Jailhouse Rock' was put back a week after Decca Records pressing plant in the UK were unable to meet the advance orders of 250,000 copies.

in 1958 - Alec Rowley, pianist, composer and music writer, dies at 65.

in 1961 - Elena Gerhardt dies at age 77. German mezzo-soprano singer born in Connewitz, nr. Leipzig. She was associated with the singing of German classical lieder, of which she was considered one of the great interpreters. She left Germany for good to live in London in October 1934. Elena graced many of the major opera houses in Europe and America.
in 1962 - Cliff Richard was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'The Young Ones'. It stayed at the top of the charts for six weeks and made Cliff the first UK artist to enter the chart at No.1.

in 1963 - The Beatles recorded their first national TV show 'Thank Your Lucky Stars'. They mimed to their new single 'Please Please Me' which was released on this day.

in 1963 - Beatles release "Please Please Me" and "Ask Me Why".
in 1963 - Simon Cohen (UK drummer; Roman Holliday) is born.
in 1964 - Beatles "I Want to Hold Your Hand" is #80 in US (Cashbox).

in 1964 - 'Ring Of Fire' by Johnny Cash became the first Country album to go to No.1 in the US album chart.

in 1964 - 'Louie Louie' by The Kingsmen was the number one song on the US Cash Box music chart. For a while, the record was banned by a handful of US radio stations because of its indecipherable lyrics, which were rumored to contain some naughty words. Even the F.B.I. investigated the song, but finally concluded that they could find nothing wrong.

in 1965 - The Righteous Brothers arrived in Britain for a promotional visit appearing on three TV shows, Ready Steady Go! Scene At 6.30. and Discs A Go-Go.

in 1967 - The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded 'Purple Haze'. Jimi also signed to the new record label Track Records on this day.

in 1968 - Tom Dumont (US guitarist; No Doubt/Invincible Overlord) is born

in 1968 - Rezso Seress dies at age 78. Hungarian singer, pianist, songwriter; being Jewish, he was taken to a labour camp by the Nazis during WW2. He survived the camp and after spells of employment in the theatre and the circus, where he was a trapeze artist, he concentrated on songwriting and singing after an injury. His most famous composition was "Szomorú Vasárnap" (Gloomy Sunday) written in 1933, which gained infamy as it became associated with a spate of suicides. The first suicide was that of Joseph Keller, a cobbler, in Budapest in February 1936. His suicide note contained the words of Gloomy Sunday. Following this event, 17 additional people took their lives in a way related to the song. Over 100 others are rumoured to have done the same worldwide. The song was banned in many places and has been banned from BBC radio until recently when it was lifted. (He survived the Nazi forced labour in the Ukraine, although beaten heavily many times, the composer survived the Holocaust, but his mother didn't. Rezso committed suicide by jumping out of a window)
in 1969 - Jethro Tull's This Was Jethro Tull album debuts.
in 1970 - Joy Nilo (Filipino composer) is born.
in 1971 - Mary J Blige, R&B, soul and hip hop singer, is born.
in 1971 - Chris Willsher (UK singer-songwriter, drummer, writer, performer) is born.
in 1971 - Tom Rowlands (member of the Chemical Brothers) is born.
in 1972 - MC Bat Commander Christian Jacobs (US singer, actor; The Aquabats) is born.
in 1973 - Rudolf Kubin, composer, dies a day after 64th birthday.
in 1977 - Nadia Turner (US singer, songwriter, actress, radio/television personality) is born.
in 1978 - Elvis Costello and the Attractions appeared at Newcastle City Hall, England.
in 1979 - Siti Nurhaliza (Malaysian singer) is born.
in 1981 – Jamelia Jamelia Niela Davis (UK singer) is born.
in 1981 - Tom Meighan (UK lead singer; Kasabian) is born.

in 1981 - Blancmange appeared at the Hope & Anchor, London. Depeche Mode were the support, tickets cost £1 ($1.7).

in 1982 - Ashley Taylor Dawson (British actor and singer) is born.
in 1984 - Fritz Geissler, violist and one of the most important East German composers, dies at 62.
in 1985 - Newton Faulkner (British guitarist, singer) is born.
in 1985 - Rie Fu (Japanese pop & folk rock singer, songwriter) is born.
in 1985 - A Brazilian rock Festival held in Rio, claimed to be the biggest ever staged. The festival featured; Queen, Rod Stewart, AC/DC, Whitesnake, Yes and Iron Maiden.

in 1986 - The Pet Shop Boys scored their first UK No.1 single with 'West End Girls.' The first version of the song was released in April 1984, becoming a club hit in the United States, after the duo signed with EMI, the song was re-recorded with producer Stephen Hague.

in 1987 - Albert Ferber dies at age 75. Swiss-English pianist Although best known as a concert pianist and recording artist, he had a brief association with the theatre and the cinema, conducting theatre orchestras during the 1940s for productions such as The Beggar's Opera. A little later he appeared as pianist in the Brian Hurst film The Mark of Cain 1947, and composed scores for two films, The Hangman Waits in 1947 and Death in the Hand in 1948, both directed by the Australian, Albert Barr-Smith. After this his performing activities prevented further composition until near the end of his life when he wrote a set of six songs to texts by Paul Verlaine. As a pianist for over 4 decades he worked with the likes of Sir Thomas Beecham and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Josef Krips and the Hallé Orchestra, and further work with Sir Adrian Boult, Sergiu Celibidache, Jascha Horenstein and Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt. His career took him to most parts of the world, although he had a special affinity with South American countries. In the UK he made regular recital appearances in London at the Queen Elizabeth and Wigmore Halls and continued to broadcast for the BBC until illness ended his performing career .
in 1987 - During a UK tour Motley Crue appeared at the Edinburgh Playhouse.

in 1987 - Frankie Goes To Hollywood started what would become their final tour at the G-Mex in Manchester, England.

in 1990 - Paul McCartney played the first of 11 sold out nights at Wembley Arena, London, England.

in 1992 - Nirvana appeared on NBC-TV's Saturday Night Live performing two songs, ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ and 'Territorial Pissings’. Also on this day the group’s 'Nevermind' went to No.1 on the US album chart.
in 1992 - Prince's future wife Mayte made her first live appearance with his Purpleness in Minneapolis.

in 1994 - Roger "Ram" Ramirez, jazz pianist, composer and bandleader, dies at 80.
in 1995 - Willem N "Pim" Koot, pianist (Concert Building), dies at 76.

in 1995 - Josef Gingold dies at age 85. Russian-American violinist and teacher, born in Brest-Litovsk, and emigrated to NewYork City, in 1920, where he became one of the most influential violin teachers in the US. He gave the first performance of Ysaÿe's 3rd Sonata for Solo Violin. In 1937, he won a spot in the NBC Symphony Orchestra, with Arturo Toscanini as its conductor; he then served as the concertmaster and occasional soloist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and later was the Cleveland Orchestra's concertmaster. His recording of Fritz Kreisler's works was nominated for a Grammy Award. Some of the numerous honors he received during his lifetime include the American String Teachers Association Teacher of the Year; the Chamber Music America National Service Award; the Fredrick Bachman Lieber Award for Distinguished Teaching at Indiana University; Baylor University's Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teachers; and the American Symphony Orchestra League's Golden Baton Award. Josef also taught at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music for more than thirty years, until his death and was a founder of the quadrennial Indianapolis Violin Competition.
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