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January 16th, 2013, 05:30 AM
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in 1970 - Brendan O'Hare (Scottish drummer; Teenage Fanclub/Telstar Ponies) is born.
in 1970 - John Lennon's London Art Gallery exhibit of erotic lithographs, 'Bag One' was closed by Scotland Yard.
in 1972 - David Seville Ross Bagdasarian dies at age 52. American Grammy Award winning pianist, singer, songwriter, actor and record producer, born in Fresno, California as a young man, he performed in the Broadway cast of The Time of Your Life and his first musical success was the song he wrote with Saroyan, "Come on-a My House," recorded by Rosemary Clooney in 1951. He was better known by the stage name David Seville, as David Seville, Ross had a number-one hit in the summer of 1958 with the "Witch Doctor," which was his first experiment with speeding an audio track to get a distinctive, squeaky, high-pitched voice, followed by "The Bird on My Head" which wasn't a hit. Then for the 1958 Christmas season came "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)" with The Chipmunks, for which he won two Grammy Awards in 1959: Best Comedy Performance and Best Recording for Children. He named the three Chipmunk characters after record executives: Simon Waronker, Ted Keep (Theodore), and Alvin Bennett. (heart attack)
in 1972 - Greg Page (Australian guitarist, drums, keyboard, actor; The Wiggles) is born.
in 1973 - Bruce Springsteen appeared at Villanova University, Philadelphia to an audience of 25 people.
in 1974 - The New Seekers were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their second and final UK No.1 single 'You Won't Find Another Fool Like Me'.
in 1976 - Death of Vasco Campagnano tenor.
in 1976 - Stuart Fletcher (UK bassist; Seahorses/The Yard) is born.
in 1977 - One half of TV cop show "Starsky & Hutch" (he was blonde Hutch), David Soul went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Don't Give Up On Us'. Also a No.1 in the US.
in 1978 - Charles Richard "Ricky" Wilson (UK lead singer; Kaiser Chiefs) is born.
in 1978 - Sex Pistol, Sid Vicious fell through a glass door at a San Francisco hotel, took a drug overdose and was rushed to hospital.
in 1979 – Aaliyah Dana Haughton (US singer, dancer, actress and model) is born.
in 1979 - Cher's divorce from Gregg Allman was finalised.
in 1979 - Federico "Fred" Elizalde, jazz and classical pianist, composer, conductor, and bandleader, dies at 71. Elizalde was also an excellent sharpshooter and won gold medals as captain of the Philippines shooting team in the 1954 Asiad.
in 1980 - Lin Manuel Miranda (US actor, composer, lyricist) is born.
in 1980 - Paul McCartney was jailed for nine days in Tokyo for marijuana possession after being found with 219g on his arrival at Narita Airport in Japan.
in 1981 - Beverley O'Sullivan (Irish singer, actress) is born.
in 1981 - Nick Valensi (US guitar; Strokes) is born.
in 1982 - Bucks Fizz were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their second No.1 'Land Of Make Believe'. The lyrics to the song were written by ex-King Crimson member Peter Sinfield.
in 1982 - Samuel Dylan Murray Preston (UK lead singer; The Ordinary Boys) is born
in 1983 - First performance of Daniel Asia's Why (?) Jacob for piano. Sanford Margolis was soloist.
in 1984 - Jared Slingerland (Canadian guitarist, programming; Left Spine Down/Front Line Assembly) is born
in 1984 - Paul and Linda McCartney were arrested in Barbados for drug possession and were each fined $200 (£117).
in 1985 - David Bowie's schizophrenic half-brother Terry Burnes killed himself after laying down on the railway lines at Coulsdon South station, London. He was killed instantly by a passing train. He was 47.
in 1987 - TV presenter Jools Holland was suspended from Channel 4's UK music show The Tube for 6 weeks, after using the phrase 'groovy ******s' during a live trailer broadcast in children's hour.
in 1988 - 24 years after The Beatles first topped the chart, George Harrison went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Got My Mind Set On You'.
in 1988 - Former Go-Go's singer Belinda Carlisle scored her first UK No.1 single with 'Heaven Is A Place On Earth.' The promotional video was directed by Academy Award-winning actress Diane Keaton and features an appearance of Carlisle's husband Morgan Mason.
in 1988 - George Michael went to No.1 on the US album charts with his debut solo album 'Faith'. It went on to sell over 8 million copies.
in 1988 - Tina Turner gave herself a place in the record books when she performed in front of 182,000 people in Rio De Janeiro. The largest audience ever for a single artist.
in 1988 - Wet Wet Wet went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their debut LP 'Popped In 'Souled Out'.
in 1989 - Bryan Ferry played the first of three nights at London’s Wembley Arena. Tickets were £12.50 ($21.25).
in 1989 - Death of Stefania Malagu Mezzo-Soprano.
in 1990 - Fritz "Freddy" Brocksieper dies at age 78. German jazz drummer and percussionist; he was a founder member of Charlie and his Orchestra, in 1940, which was led by frontman Karl Schwedler. They made over 90 recordings between March 1941 and February 1943. After the WW2 Freddy went on as a freelance musician and to lead his own bands.
in 1991 - Cladys "Jabbo" Smith dies at age 82. American jazz trumpeter and singer; at 6 he went into the Jenkins Orphanage in Charleston, Sth Carolina where he learned trumpet and trombone, and by age 10 was touring with the Jenkins Band. At age 16 he left the Orphanage to become a professional musician, at first playing in bands in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Atlantic City, New Jersey before making his base in Manhattan, New York City from about 1925 through 1928, where he made the first of his well regarded recordings. In the 1930s, he made Milwaukee, Wisconsin his main base, before dropping out of the public eye. Jabbo made a comeback in the late 1960s; many young musicians, fans, and record collectors were surprised to learn that the star of those great 1920s recordings was still alive. Jabbo once again successfully played with bands and shows in New York, New Orleans, Louisiana, London, and France through the 1970s and into the 1980s
in 1995 - William Dillard, jazz trumpeter, singer and actor, dies at 83.
in 1996 - Jamaican authorities opened fire on Jimmy Buffett's seaplane, mistaking it for a drug trafficker's plane. U2 singer Bono was also on the plane; neither singer was injured in the incident.
in 1997 - Charlie Alfred Galbraith, jazz trombonist, dies at 76.
in 1997 - First performance of Esa-Pekka Salonen's L.A. Variations for orchestra. Los Angeles Philharmonic, composer conducting.
in 1999 - Brandy started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with the Diane Warren song 'Have You Ever' a No.13 hit in the UK.
in 1999 - Norman Cook scored his third UK No.1 single under the name of Fatboy Slim with 'Praise You'. The song features the prominent vocal sample "Praise You" from the opening of 'Take Yo' Praise' by Camille Yarbrough. Cook's other No.1's had been with The Housemartins and Beats International.
in 2000 - John Morris Rankin dies at age 40. Canadian pianist and fiddle player and a member of The Rankin Family along with his siblings, Heather, Cookie, Jimmy, and Raylene, a Canadian celtic family group from Mabou, Nova Scotia. The group won many Canadian music awards, including 15 East Coast Music Awards, six Juno Awards, four SOCAN Awards, three Canadian Country Music Awards and two Big Country Music Awards. Their many hits included "Orangedale Whistle", "Fare Thee Well Love", "Gillis Mountain", 'Movin' On', 'Long way To Go', "North Country" and "Roving Gypsy Boy" (car accident in Margaree Harbour, Nova Scotia).
in 2000 - Will "Dub" Jones dies at age 71. American singer born in Shreveport, Louisiana; bass vocalist for The Coasters and The Cadets. His best known vocals was on The Cadets' biggest hit "Stranded In The Jungle". In 1956, he sang on The Crescendos' recording "Sweet Dreams" and in '57, he sang with Jesse Belvin & The Space Riders on the single "My Satellite" / "Just To Say Hello." He had also recorded with Cora Washington, billed as Cora And Dub. Will joined The Coasters in 1958, and his bass vocals are show cased on The Coasters' hits "Yakety Yak" and "Charlie Brown". Will also recorded with later versions of The Coasters on the '76 album The World Famous Coasters and with Billy Guy's group of Coasters in 1977 (diabetes complications).
in 2000 - It was reported that Mick Jagger had lost the chance of a knighthood because of his errant ways. British Prime Minister Tony Blair had second thoughts about the message it would give about family values.
in 2000 - Jay-Z was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Vol 3. Life and Times of S. Carter.’
in 2000 - The Manic Street Preachers went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'The Masses Against The Classes', the bands second UK No.1 single. A limited release, the single which was deleted on the day of issue.
in 2001 - Virginia Lee O'Brien dies at age 51. American actress and singer known for her comedic roles in MGM musicals of the 1940s. Among the films she appeared in during her time at MGM were The Big Store with the Marx Brothers, Ship Ahoy with Eleanor Powell and Red Skelton, Thousands Cheer, Du Barry Was a Lady with Skelton and Lucille Ball, The Harvey Girls with Judy Garland and Ziegfeld Follies. After appearing once again with Red Skelton in 1947's Merton of the Movies, and a guest appearance the following year in the short Musical Merry-Go-Round (undisclosed causes).
in 2002 - Eddie Meduza Errol Leonard Norstedt dies at age 53. Swedish singer-songwriter, composer and guitarist working mainly in the rockabilly genre. Many of his songs are about alcohol, women, cars, and quite often with obscene and vulgar lyrics especially while under the guise of E.Hitler. Sometimes they were also politically oriented, many aimed at the Swedish Social Democrats. He was also a popular performer of Raggare music (alcohol abuse related).
in 2003 - First performance of William Kraft's Concerto for English Horn The Grand Encounter with Carolyn Hove, English Horn, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra under Esa-Pekka Salonen.
in 2003 - Steve Strange former front man of 1980's band Visage told a London court he was robbed of a bracelet given to him by Kylie Minogue after being beaten over the head in central London. A man had been arrested for the attack.
in 2003 - Tori Amos played the first of two nights at the Hammersmith Carling Apollo in London.
in 2004 - Czeslaw Niemen Czeslaw Juliusz Wydrzycki dies at age 64. Polish singer, songwriter, multi-musician; one of the most important and original Polish singer-songwriters and rock balladeers of the last quarter-century, singing mainly in the Polish language. He made his debut in the early 1960s, singing Polish rock and soul music. He possessed an unusually wide voice range and equally rich intonation. He was also an ardent composer and a keyboard player. Soon after his first successful concerts in France, he started to use the pseudonym Niemen. In the early 1970s, Niemen recorded three English language albums under the CBS label. In 1974 he recorded Mourner's Rhapsody with Jan Hammer and Rick Laird from Mahavishnu Orchestra. In the seventies, Niemen turned to jazz-rock fusion and electronic music - Katharsis album. In 1972 he also contributed with a song performed by him in "Wesele"/The Wedding 1972 film. Later, Niemen also composed film soundtracks and theater music. In the 1990s he showed interest in art painting and computer graphics. He died of cancer in Warsaw. (cancer)
in 2004 - Michael Jackson appeared in court and pleaded not guilty to seven charges of child molestation. The singer who arrived 21 minutes late was told off by the Santa Barbara judge saying 'Mr Jackson, you have started out on the wrong foot here, it is an insult to the court.'
in 2005 - Elvis Presley's single ‘One Night’ made chart history by becoming the 1,000th UK No.1. Elvis, who led last week's chart with ‘Jailhouse Rock’, had now scored more number one UK hits than any other artist with 20 No.1’s, beating The Beatles' 17 chart toppers.
in 2005 - The Killers started a two week run at No.1 on the UK charts with their debut album 'Hot Fuss.' The Las Vegas band also entered the UK singles chart at No.3 with 'Somebody Told Me'. Green Day were at No.1 on the US album chart with 'American Idiot.'
in 2007 - Thornton James "Pookie" Hudson dies at age 72. American lead singer and songwriter for the doo wop group The Spaniels, who lent his tenor vocals to hits like "Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight" and influenced generations of later artists. Some historians of vocal groups consider Pookie to be the first true leader of a vocal group, because the Spaniels pioneered the technique of having the main singer solo at his own microphone, while the rest of the group shared a second microphone (cancer)
in 2007 - Bob Dylan and his brother bought Aultmore House a mansion in the Scottish Cairngorms National Park, near Nethybridge, Inverness-shire.
in 2008 - Radiohead were forced to abandon an intimate gig at Rough Trade East records in London after police raised safety fears. The band moved the gig to a nearby club after over 1,500 fans turned up after the event was announced in the morning promising tickets to the first 200 fans.
in 2009 - Gordon "Whitey" Mitchell dies at age 76. American jazz musician and comedy writer; he began on tuba and clarinet before choosing bass as his primary instrument. He played with Elinor Sherry and Shep Fields in the early 1950s before serving in the Army during the Korean War. From 1954 he worked freelance in New York City, playing with the likes of Gene Krupa, Tony Scott, J.J. Johnson, Kai Winding, Pete Rugolo, Lester Young, Charlie Ventura, Herbie Mann, Betty Roche, Oscar Pettiford, Gene Quill, Mat Mathews, Joe Puma, Johnny Richards, Peter Appleyard, Andre Previn, and Benny Goodman. He released an album under his own name in 1956, and worked with Red and Blue Mitchell in 1958 as "The Mitchells" on a Metrojazz release. 1965 saw him in Hollywood as a television writer and producer. He worked on shows such as Get Smart, All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Good Times, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Odd Couple, Mork and Mindy, and several Bob Hope television specials. In 1995 he moved to Palm Desert, California, where he had his own radio show (cancer)
in 2009 - Boy George was sentenced to 15 months in prison after being convicted of falsely imprisoning a male escort. The Culture Club frontman denied the charge at Snaresbrook crown court and claimed the victim, Norwegian Audun Carlsen, 29, had stolen photos from his laptop. The singer told police he invited Carlsen back to his home after a cocaine-fuelled pornographic photo shoot in January, 2007, because he suspected the Norwegian of stealing pictures from his computer. He admitted handcuffing Carlsen to a wall in April 2007 but said he did so in order to trace the missing property.
in 2009 - Chesney Hawkes led nearly 600 people in an attempt to set a record for the number of people playing air guitar at the same time. The group strummed along to his 1991 hit ‘The One and Only’ in Portsmouth's Guildhall Square.
in 2010 - Carl Smith dies at age 82. American country singer-songwriter and musician born in Maynardville, Tennessee. At 15, he started performing in a band called Kitty Dibble and Her Dude Ranch Ranglers. By age 17, he had learned to play the string bass and spent his summer vacation working at WROL-AM in Knoxville, Tennessee, where he performed on Cas Walker's radio show. Carl went on to become one of country's most successful male artists during the 1950s, with 30 Top 10 hits. His success continued well into the 1970s, when he had a charting single every year except one. His many hits included "Let's Live a Little", "Let Old Mother Nature Have Her Way", "(When You Feel Like You're in Love) Don't Just Stand There", "Are You Teasing Me", "Hey Joe", "Back Up Buddy", "There She Goes", "You Are the One" and "Ten Thousand Drums" He is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Carl was was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2003. (natural causes)
in 2011 - Steve Prestwich dies at age 56. Australian drummer born in Liverpool, UK, where he was a member of the folk/rock band, Sandy, in 1970. The following year he relocating to Australia with his family when he was 17. He was the founding and long-term drummer for rockers Cold Chisel which he formed in Adelaide, in 1973. Steve wrote the Cold Chisel's songs, "When the War Is Over" and "Forever Now", from the 1982 album Circus Animals. He had a short spell in Little River Band from 1984–1986. He toured America and released two albums with them, "When the War Is Over" and "Forever Now". Steve also released two solo albums, ''Since You've Been Gone'' and ''Every Highway'' which was released in October 2009 (brain tumor).
in 2011 - Augusto Algueró dies at age 76. Spanish composer and conductor, born in Barcelona, he split his student days in the Municipal Conservatory with Medical School, and also started his professional musical career in the early 1950s aged just 16. His most famous compositions are Penélope, which he wrote specially for Joan Manuel Serrat, as well as Noelia for Nino Bravo, Tómbola for Marisol and La chica ye-ye for Concha Velasco. In all, during the course of his career, Augusto wrote more than 500 songs and about 200 musical scores for films and television. (cardiac arrest).
in 2013 - British pop star Elton John announces that he had become a father for the second time after the birth via a surrogate mother of Elijah Joseph Daniel Furnish-John.
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January 17th, 2013, 06:52 AM
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in 1517 - Antonio Scandello composer and Kapellmeister of the court of the Electors of Saxony in Dresden, is born.
in 1545 - Antonio Pace composer is born.
in 1574 - Robert Fludd composer is born.
in 1604 - Santino Garsi lutenist and composer, dies at 61.
in 1625 - Nicolo Rubini, composer, dies at 50.
in 1659 - Antonio Veracini violinist and composer, is born.
in 1676 - Pier Francesco Cavalli, Italian opera composer, dies at 73.
in 1706 - Benjamin Franklin, great American statesman, is born at Boston. An amateur musician, he invented (1762) the "armonica," an instrument consisting of a row of glass discs of different sizes, set in vibration by light pressure. A string quartet mistakenly attributed to him came to light in Paris in 1945, and was published there (1946); the parts are arranged in an ingenious "scordatura": only open strings are used, so that the quartet can be played by rank amateurs. Franklin wrote entertainingly on musical subjects; his letters on Scottish music are found in vol. VI of his collected works. - Died at Philadelphia, April 17, 1790.
in 1712 - John Stanley organist and composer, is born.
in 1720 - Jean Joseph Vade song writer, librettist and playwright, is born.
in 1728 - Johann Gottfried Muthel composer, conductor and virtuoso organist/harpsichordist/fortepianist, is born. Muthel was J.S. Bach's last pupil and a friend of C.P.E. Bach.
in 1733 - Thomas Linley (the elder) harpsichordist, composer, conductor and teacher, is born. Linley was the patriarch of a large family, many of whom had musical careers themselves.
in 1734 - Francois-Ioseph Gossec, significant South Netherlands composer, is born at Vergnies. He showed musical inclinations at an early age; as a child, he studied at the collegiate church in Wa1court and sang in the chapel of St. Aldegonde in Maubeuge, and then joined the chapel of St. Pierre there, where he studied violin, harpsichord, harmony, and composition with Jean Vanderbelen.
In 1742 he became a chorister at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Antwerp; received some instruction with Andre- Joseph Blavier in violin and organ there. In 1751 he went to Paris, where he became a violinist and bass player in the private orchrdyts of La Poupliniere. In addition to writing chamber music, he composed a number of symphonies in the style of the Mannheim school. He wrote a fine Missa prodefunctis, which was given at the Jacobean monastery in the rue St. Jacques in 1760.
After La Poupliniere's death in 1762, he became director of the private theater of Louis-Joseph de Bourbon, Prince of Conde, in Chantilly, where he remained until 1770. From about 1766 he also served as ordinaire de la musique to Lcuis-Francois de Bourbon, Prince of Conti. After several failures, he gained success as a composer for the theater with his opera-comique Les Picheurs (Cornedie-Italienne, Paris, April 23, 1766). Although he continued to compose for the theater until the tum of the century, only his ballets and incidental music won popular favor.
In 1769 he organized the Concert des Amateurs, which he developed into one of the most distinguished ensembles of the day. He composed a number of symphonies for its orchestra, and also introduced the music of other composers to Paris. He then was one of the directors of the Concert Spirituel (1773-77).
Gossec was also active with the Paris Opera, where he was maitre de musique (1775-89) and sous-director (1780-89). From 1782 to 1784 he likewise was head of the Opera. He served as director of the Ecole Royale de Chant from 1784 to 1789.
Gossec welcomed the French Revolution, and in 1789 was made co- director (with Sarette) of the Corps de Musique de la Garde Nationale. He composed many works to celebrate Revolutionary events, and in 1793 he brought out an arrangement of the Marseillaise for gargantuan chorus and orchestra. His devotion to the Revolution earned him the title of "Tyrtee [Tyrtaeus] de la Revolution." In 1795 he was made a member of the newly founded Acadernie des Beaux-Arts of the Institut de France.
In 1804 he was one of the first individuals made a Chevalier of the Legion d'honneur by Napoleon. He was one of the inspectors and a professor of composition at the Paris Conservatory from its founding in 1795 until it was disbanded by Louis XVIII in 1816.
Gossec's historic role rests principally upon his creation of a French type of symphonic composition, in which he expanded the resources of instrumentation so as to provide for dynamic contrasts; he experimented with new sonorities in instrumental and choral writing; his string quartets attained a coherence of style and symmetry of form that laid the foundation of French chamber music. In his choral works, Gossec was a bold innovator, presaging in some respects the usages of Berlioz; his Te Deum (1790), written for a Revolutionary festival, is scored for 1,200 singers and 300 wind instruments; in his oratorio La Naiioite (1774), he introduced an invisible chorus of angels placed behind the stage; in other works, he separated choral groups in order to produce special antiphonal effects. - Died at Paris, Feb. 16, 1829.
in 1738 - Jean-Francois Dandrieu organist, harpsichordist and composer, dies around 56.
in 1745 - Nicolas Roze composer, musicologist and teacher, is born.
in 1751 - Italian composer Tomaso Albinoni died in Venice at the age of 80.
Video Notes: The Adagio in G minor for violin, strings and organ continuo, is a neo-Baroque composition popularly attributed to the 18th century Venetian master Tomaso Albinoni, but in fact composed almost entirely by the 20th century musicologist and Albinoni biographer Remo Giazotto.
in 1769 - Ole Andreas Lindeman composer is born.
in 1788 - Alessio Prati harpsichordist, composer and teacher, dies at 37.
in 1769 - Ole Andreas Lindeman organist and teacher, is born.
in 1826 - Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga y Balzola composer and violinist known as the "Spanish Mozart," mainly because his obvious talent was cut short early, dies at 19.
in 1835 - Johan Filip von Schantz composer, conductor and collector of folk music, is born. Von Schantz was Finland's first native born professional composer.
in 1836 - Jose Silvestre de los Dolores White Lafitte composer and teacher at the Imperial Court in Rio de Janeiro, is born.
in 1850 - Alexander Sergeyevich Taneyev St Petersburg Russia, composer is born.
in 1856 - Thomas Attwood Walmisley organist and composer, dies at 41.
in 1857 - Wilhelm Kienzl Austrian composer (Evangelimann) is born
in 1863 - Henry Charles Tonking organist and composer, is born.
in 1869 - Alexander Sergeyevich Dargomyzhsky composer known mainly for his operas, dies at 55.
in 1873 - François Rasse composer and teacher, is born.
in 1877 - Hans Jelmoli composer, conductor, pianist and music critic, is born.
in 1881 - Gerogy (Andreievich) Baklanov (real name, Bakkis), esteemed Latvian baritone, is born at Riga. He studied at the Kiev Conservatory and with Vanya in Milan. In 1903 he made his operatic debut in Kiev as A. Rubinstein's Demon; after singing at Moscow's Bolshoi Theater and in St. Petersburg (1905-09), he appeared throughout Europe. On Nov. 8, 1909, he made his U.S. debut as Barnaba in La Gioconda in the first performance at the Boston Opera House, where he sang with notable success until 1911 and again from 1915 to 1917. On Feb. 16,1910, he made his only appearance with the Metropolitan Opera as Rigoletto during the company's visit to Baltimore. From 1917 to 1926 he was a member of the Chicago Opera. He later was a principal artist of the Russian Opera Co. of N.Y. In addition to Rigoletto, Baklanov was also highly praised for his portrayals of Prince Igor, Boris Godunov, Mephistopheles, and Scarpia. - Died at Basel, Dec. 6, 1938.
in 1886 - Amilcare Ponchielli, Italian composer (La Gioconda), dies at 51.
in 1890 - Salomon Sulzer cantor and composer, dies at 85.
in 1891 - Johannes Josephus Hermanus Verhulst composer and conductor, friend of Schumann, dies at 74.
in 1892 - Alexandre Levy pianist, composer and conductor, dies at 27.
in 1882 - Henry George Farmer, eminent Irish musicologist, is born at Birr. He studied piano and violin, and as a boy joined the Royal Artillery Orchestra in London, playing the violin and clarinet at its concerts. He then studied philosophy and languages at Glasgow University. An extremely prolific writer, he published a number of original works, dealing with such varied subjects as military music and Arabic musical theories. He was the founder and conductor of the Glasgow Symphony Orchestra (1919-43). Among his compositions were a ballet and other works for the theater, several overtures, and some chamber music. - Died at Law, Scotland, Dec. 30, 1965.
in 1896 - Harry Reser pop banjo player and bandleader (The Clicquot Club Eskimos), is born. Reser also wrote instrucion books for banjo, guitar, and ukulele, and is a member of the Four-String Banjo Hall of Fame (yes there is such a thing).
in 1901 - Vasily Petrovich Shirinsky composer, violinist and conductor, is born.
in 1905 - Peggy Gilbert Margaret F. Knechtges (US jazz saxophonist, bandleader) is born.
in 1907 - Henk (actually, Hendrik Herman) Badings, eminent Dutch composer and pedagogue, is born at Bandung, Dutch East Indies. He was orphaned at an early age and taken to the Netherlands; studied mining engineering at the Delft Polytechnic University before taking up composition without formal training; an early symphony was premiered by Mengelberg and the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam (July 6, 1930). After composition lessons with Pijper (1930-31), he taught at the Rotterdam Conservatory (1934-37), the Amsterdam Lyceum (1937-41), and the Royal Conservatory of Music at The Hague (1941-45).
In 1945 he was barred from professional activities as a cultural collaborator during the Nazi occupation of his homeland, but in 1947 was permitted to resume his career. From 1961 to 1977 he taught at the University of Utrecht musicological institute; also was a professor of composition at the Stuttgart Hochschule fur Musik (1966-72). Badings began his career as a composer in the Romantic vein.
In his melodic foundation, he often employed the scale of alternating major and minor seconds. From 1950 he experimented with electronic sound and also adapted some of his works to the scale of 31 melodic divisions devised by the Dutch physicist Adriaan Fokker. - Died at Maarheeze, June 26, 1987.
in 1910 - Sid(ney) Catlett (aka "Big Sid"), early jazz drummer, composer, is born at Evansville, Ind.
After a brief spell on piano, he played drums in school band. His family moved to Chicago, where he attended the Tilden H.S., receiving drum tuition from Joe Russek. He played with local musicians, then came to N.Y. in 1931 to join Elmer Snowden. He worked with Snowden until 1932, when he joined Benny Carter (through 1933) and Rex Stewart (1933-34).
He moved back to Chicago in summer 1934, worked with various leaders and briefly led his own band. He played with Fletcher Henderson out of St. Louis from February-September 1936, then joined Don Redman, staying with him through 1938. He was with Louis Armstrong from late 1938 until early 1941, briefly with Roy Eldridge, then worked on and off with Benny Goodman from June until October 1941.
He rejoined Louis Armstrong from late 1941 until summer 1942, then was with Teddy Wilson from c.August 1942 until early 1944. Led own quartet from spring 1944 until 1947 for residencies in N.Y., Chicago, San Francisco, and L.A.; he also toured with "Concert Varieties" and subbed for Sonny Greer with Duke Ellington (1945).
He briefly led own big band in late 1946. He was with Louis Armstrong All Stars from August 1947; was forced to quit touring through illness (spring 1949). He became resident drummer at Jazz Ltd., Chicago, from spring 1949; worked with Muggsy Spanier, Sidney Bechet, and others there. He also worked in N.Y. with Eddie Condon in 1949 and took part in Carnegie Hall concert with John Kirby (December 1950).
He was ill with pneumonia early in 1951, returning to play at Jazz Ltd. He attended an Easter weekend jazz concert at the Chicago Opera House, and while talking to Slam Stewart in the wings, he suffered a fatal heart attack. He appeared on screen in the short film Jammin’ the Blues (1944), but as was the practice then, no sound was recorded during filming. His drum work was dubbed in at a postsynchronization session by Jo Jones; where Catlett appears on screen, Jones's playing is heard! With C. Parker: Salt Peanuts (1945). L. Young: Complete Lester Young (1943). D. Gillespie: Shaw'Nuf (1945); Grooviri'High (1945). H. Jones: Carnegie Hall Concert (1947). L. Armstrong: Satchmo at Symphony Hall (1947). - Died at Chicago, 111., March 25, 1951.
in 1910 - Martin (Du Pre) Cooper, English music writer on music, father of Imogen Cooper, is born at Winchester. He studied at Hertford College, Oxford (B.A., 1931) and with Wellesz in Vienna (1932-34). He then was music critic for the London Mercury (1935-38), Daily Herald (1946-50), and the Daily Telegraph (1950-54; chief music critic, 1954-76)6); also was editor of the Musical Times (1953-56). - Died at Richmond, Surrey, March 15, 1986.
in 1911 - Hermann Pfrogner musicologist, is born.
in 1912 - Orest Alexandrovich Evlahkov composer is born.
in 1913 - Carl Baermann, composer, dies at 73.
in 1916 - Joel Herron pop songwriter and bandleader, is born.
in 1916 - Tommy Reynolds (American jazz clarinetist) is born.
in 1917 - Oskar Morawetz composer and teacher, is born. Morawetz received the Order of Canada, as well as numerous other awards.
in 1917 - Ulyses Simpson Kay composer is born.
in 1920 - George Handy jazz pianist, arranger and composer, is born.
in 1925 - Annie Delorie Dutch opera singer (Scenes and Arias) is born.
in 1927 - Donald (James) Erb, significant American composer and teacher, is born at Youngstown, Ohio.
He studied composition with Harold Miles and Kenneth Gaburo and received training in trumpet at Kent State University (B.s., 1950). He pursued training in composition with Marcel Dick at the Cleveland Institute of Music (M.M., 1953), and also studied with Nadia Boulanger in Paris (1952).
His studies in composition were completed under Bernhard Heiden at Ind. University (D.M., 1964). From 1953 to 1961he taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music. In 1964-65 he was an asst. professor of composition at Bowling Green (Ohio) State University. He was a visiting asst. professor for research in electronic music at Case Institute of Technology in Cleveland from 1965 to 1967. From 1966 to 1981 he was composer-in-residence at the Cleveland Institute of Music, which position he also held with the Dallas symphony Orchestra in 1968-69. He served as a staff composer at the Bennington (Vt.) Composers Conference from 1969 to 1974. He was the Meadows Professor of Composition at Southern Methodist University from 1981 to 1984, and also was president of the American Music Center from 1982 to 1986. From 1984 to 1987 he was a professor of music at Ind. University.
In 1987 he became professor of composition at the Cleveland Institute of Music, from which he retired in 1996. He also held a Meet the Composer Residency with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra (1988-91), was resident composer at the American Academy in Rome (1991), was composer-in-residence at the Aspen (Colo.) Music Festival (summer, 1993) and the Schweitzer Institute (1994, 1995), and was artist-in-residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts (1995). Erb held a Guggenheim fellowship in 1965, was awarded the Cleveland Arts Prize in 1966, and received an American Academy and Inst. of Arts and Letters award in 1985. As a composer, Erb is exceptionally liberal in experimenting in all useful types of composition, from simple folklike monody to the strict dodecaphonic structures; as a former trumpeter in jazz bands, he also makes use of the jazz idiom as freely as of neo-Classical pandiatonic techniques. His most popular composition, The7th Trumpet for arch. (Dallas, AprilS, 1969),is an epitome of his varied styles. He furthermore applies electronic sound in several of his works. In his band compositions, he achieves an extraordinary degree of pure sonorism, in which melody, harmony, and counterpoint are subordinated to the purely aural effect. He also cleverly introduces strange-looking and unusual-sounding musical and unmusical and antimusical instruments, such as euphonious goblets, to be rubbed on the rim, and telephone bells. Thanks to the engaging manner of Erb's music, even when ultradissonant, his works safely traverse their premieres and endure through repeated performances.
in 1927 - Eartha Mae Kitt singer and actress, is born.
in 1927 - Norman Kaye (Australian actor, musician) is born.
in 1928 - Jean Barraque, French composer, is born at Paris.
He spent his entire life in Paris, where he received training in counterpoint and harmony from Langlais (1947) and attended Messiaen's classes in analysis at the Conservatory (1948-51). After working with Pierre Schaeffer (1951-54), he was a member of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (1961-70). Barraque was a composer of theosophic aspirations and grandiose musical ideals. He first attracted attention with his expansive Piano Sonata (1950-52). Then followed his Sequence for Voice, Percussion, and Several Instruments, after Nietzsche (1950-55). His unfinished magnum opus was inspired by Hermann Broch's philosophical vol. La Mort de Virgile, portions of whose text was used in the completed sections Le Temps Restitue for Soprano, Chorus, and Orch. (1956-58), ...au dela du hasard for Four Instrumental Groups, Two Sopranos, and Alto (1959), and Chant apres Chant for Six Percussion, Voice, and Piano (1965-66). Discours for 11 Voices, Piano, and Orchestra (begun 1961), Lysanias for Soprano, Mezzo-soprano, Baritone, Piano, and Orchestra (begun 1966), and Portiques de Feu for Chorus and 18 Voices (begun 1968) were never completed. He also wrote a Concerto for Six Instrumental Groups, Vibraphone, and Clarinet (1962-68), and published the book Debussy (Paris, 1962). - Died at Paris, Aug. 17, 1973.
in 1929 - Grady Martin (US guitarist, fiddle, piano; noted session musician) is born
in 1930 - Robert (Paige) Ceely, American composer and teacher, is born at Torrington, Conn. He studied at the New England Conservatory of Music (B.Mus., 1954), with Milhaud and Kirchner at Mills Coll. (M.A., 1955), with Sessions at the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood (1955), and with Sessions, Babbitt, and Cone (analysis) and Strunk (musicology) at Princeton University (1957-59). He also attended the summer courses in new music in Darmstadt (1962,1964), and seminars in electronic music and digital sound synthesis in the U.S. He taught at the U.S. Naval School of Music (1955-57), Robert College in Istanbul (1961-63), the New England Conservatory of Music (1967-97), where he also was founder-director of its electronic music studio (1995-97), Emmanuel College (1969-73), and Northeastern Universotu (1984-85). He published Electronic Music Resource Book (1983).
in 1931 - Frederick Alfred Fox composer is born.
in 1934 - Sydney Phillip Hodkinson composer is born.
in 1934 - Cedar Anthony Walton, Junior (American hard bop jazz pianist) is born.
in 1937 - Ted Dunbar, (actually, Earl Theodore Dunbar Jr.), jazz guitarist, educator, is born at Port Arthur, Tex.
In 1946 he started studying trumpet and teaching himself guitar. He attended local Lincoln H.S. playing trumpet in the Concert Band, Marching Band, and Jazz Band. He also sang in the boys quartet, choir, and Glee Club. He graduated with honors from Lincoln High in 1955, and, honoring his parents' wishes, enrolled that fall in Tex. Southern Univ/s School of Pharmacy in Houston. He graduated with honors in 1959. He passed the Tex. Pharmacy Board and received a license to practice pharmacy in Tex. (he was also eventually licensed in N.Y., Ind., and N.J.).
While in college, he played jazz in Houston with Arnett Cobb (1956-58), Don Wilkerson (1957-59), singer Joe Turner (1958), Perry Deal, Jual Curtis, and others. He then moved back to Port Arthur to practice pharmacy with his mother and father at their family drugstore.
In 1957, he met Wes Montgomery in Indianapolis, Ind., on a pharmacy field trip. Around 1961 he traveled to Indianapolis to look into a job with a drugstore chain called Hook's; he decided to move to Indianapolis and take the position. He found it was across the street from where Montgomery was playing at the Ebony Missile Room. During his two-year stay, Dunbar played with Montgomery and substituted for him at Primo's Club when Montgomery was on tour.
He also played with David Baker and studied George Russell's Lydian Concept of Tonal Organization with Baker as well. In 1965, he moved to Dallas and worked for Skillern's drug chain and also played with "Fathead" Newman, James Clay, Red Garland, Billy Harper, Roger Boykins, and others.
He moved to N.Y. in 1966 and performed and recorded with Gil Evans from 1970-73 (including a film soundtrack), Tony Williams's group Lifetime (1971-72), and Frank Foster (1973-79); he also played with Sonny Rollins, Ron Carter, Billy Harper, Roy Haynes, Seldon Powell, pianist Billy Taylor (on the [azzmobile), McCoy Tyner, the New Jazz Repertory Co., and the National Jazz Ensemble.
He began teaching in the late 1960s at Jazz-in-the-School concerts on Long Island, N.Y., with Seldon Powell, Billy Mitchell, and opera singer Andrew Frierson, and in schools in St. Thomas, St. Croix, and St. John in the Caribbean. He was the advanced guitar teacher at Jazzmobile Workshop for over 20 years and taught at the Jazz Interactions Workshop. He joined the faculty of music at Livingston College, Rutgers, in 1972 and remained there as it became incorporated into the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers, where he taught until late 1997 as a full professor.
He was closely associated with his Rutgers colleague Kenny Barron, with whom he recorded several albums. Though he performed less often he became well-respected as an educator. He also conducted workshops and clinics all over the world. Among his students were Kevin Eubanks, Rodney Jones, Ed Cherry, Nile Rodgers, singer Regina Belle, and saxophonist Thomas Chapin. His four guitar method books, which build in his own way on Russell's approach, have been influential with many guitarists.
At the time of his death, he was at work on several other books. He recorded movie soundtracks, including Fortune and Men's Eyes making several with Galt McDermott. He appeared on-camera in the 1996 movie The Preacher's Wife playing behind Whitney Houston. In the 1990s he occasionally led a quartet with Earl May on bass, Brandon McCune at piano, and David Jones on drums in N.Y. at the Rainbow Room, Smalls, and the Blue Note. He was also a numerologist and remained a practicing pharmacist. He had a history of heart and kidney problems. In 1997, he suffered a heart attack. He subsequently died of a massive stroke. - Died at New Brunswick, N.J., May 29, 1998.
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in 1938 - Paul Revere Harvard Nebraska, pianist (Paul Revere and Raiders) is born.
in 1941 - Dame Gillian Weir (New Zealand organist) is born.
in 1942 - Frederick Jerome Work composer and collector of folk songs, dies at 61.
in 1942 - Ulf Hoelscher (German violinist) is born.
in 1943 - Chris Montez Ezekiel Christopher Montanez (Mexican American singer) is born.
in 1944 - Françoise Hardy (French singer, actress) is born.
in 1945 - William Hart R&B and soul singer/songwriter (The Delfonics), is born.
in 1946 - Gottfried Rudinger, composer, dies at 59.
in 1948 - Jim Ladd (US freeform 'radio format' disc jockey) is born.
in 1948 - Carmen Dragon (US classical harpist) is born.
in 1948 - Mick Taylor (UK guitar, slide guitar; John Mayalls Bluesbreakers/Rolling Stones/freelance) is born.
in 1952 - Sakamoto Ryuichi synthpop composer, keyboardist and actor (Yellow Magic Orchestra), is born.
in 1953 - Sheila Hutchinson soul, R&B and disco singer/songwriter (The Emotions), is born.
in 1953 - Jeff Berlin (US international electric bass player; freelance/sessionist/guest) is born
in 1953 - Carlos Johnson (US blues singer-songwriter, guitarist) is born.
in 1953 - American jazz singer Kay Starr (Katherine Starks) was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Comes A Long A Love'. Starr was born on an Indian reservation in Oklahoma; her father was a full-blooded American Indian and her mother Irish.
in 1954 – Cheryl Bentyne (US singer; Manhattan Transfer/solo) is born.
in 1955 - Steve Earle country and rock singer/songwriter, guitarist, bassist and mandolinist, is born.
in 1955 - Kazumasa Akiyama (Japanese guitarist) is born.
in 1956 - Paul Young rock and pop singer/songwriter, guitarist and bassist (Streetband, Q-Tips and others), is born.
in 1957 - Cavern Club opens (home of Beatles' 1st appearance).
in 1957 - Nancy Argenta (real name, Herbison), Canadian soprano, is born at Nelson, British Columbia.
She spent her early years in the settlement of Argenta, from which she later took her professional name. She was a student of Jacob Hamm in Vancouver and of Martin Chambers at the University of Western Ontario. In 1980 she won 1st prize in the S. C. Eckhardt- Gramatte Competition. After further training with Jacqueline Richard in Diisseldorf (1980-81), she settled in London and completed her studies with Vera Rosza.
In 1983 she attracted critical attention as La Chasseuresse in Rameau's Hippolyte et Aricie at the Aix-en-Provence Festival. As a gifted exponent of the early music repertoire, she was engaged by many of the leading early music groups and by the principal music festivals; in 1989 she appeared as soloist with the English Concert in N.Y. and also made her Wigmore Hall recital debut in London.
In 1990 she sang Rossane in the North American premiere of Handel's Floridante in Toronto. She made her debut at the Salzburg Festival as Gluck's Euridice in 1996. Among her other esteemed roles are Monteverdi's Poppea and Orfeo, Purceirs Dido and King Arthur, Handel's Astreia, and Mozart's Barbarina and Susanna. Her concert repertoire is expansive, ranging from the Baroque era to contemporary scores.
in 1958 - Jeremy "Jez" Strode pop drummer (Kajagoogoo), is born.
in 1959 - Susanna Hoffs rock and pop singer/songwriter, guitarist and actress (The Bangles), is born.
in 1960 - John Crawford rock singer/songwriter, bassist and guitarist (Berlin), is born.
in 1961 – Dave Collard (keyboards; Jo Boxers) is born.
in 1962 – Ari Up Ariane Forster (German-born British singer; The Slits/solo/guest) is born.
in 1963 - Cyrus Chestnut (American international jazz and blues pianist; sessionist/freelance/solo) is born.
A superb musician who credits a gospel influence in his music, Chestnut first attracted national notice while touring with Betty Carter (1987-89). His father was a church pianist who began teaching him when he was seven years old. He attended Peabody Preparatory Institute and then the Berklee College of Music, graduating in jazz composition and arranging in 1985. Besides working with Carter, he's also played with Jon Hendricks, Terence Blanchard-Donald Harrison, and Wynton Marsalis. In 1995-96, he toured with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. He also appeared in Robert Altman's film, Kansas City.
in 1963 - Kai Hansen (German power metal guitarist, vocalist; Gamma Ray/Iron Savior/Freelance) is born.
in 1963 - The Velvets appeared at The Marquee Club, London with the Cyril Davies All Stars. Bottom of the bill, The Rolling Stones. Tickets cost 4 shillings, ($0.56).
in 1963 - The Beatles played at the Cavern Club at lunchtime and in the evening played at the Majestic Ballroom, Birkenhead. At the Majestic, every ticket had been sold in advance, leaving 500 disappointed fans waiting outside.
in 1964 - The Rolling Stones released their first EP, which included, ‘You Better Move On’, ‘Poison Ivy’, ‘Bye Bye Johnny’ and ‘Money’. It peaked at No.15 on the UK chart.
in 1964 - Andy Rourke rock bassist (The Smiths), is born.
in 1966 - Shabba Ranks reggae singer is born.
in 1966 - Stephin Merritt (US singer-songwriter; The Magnetic Fields/The 6ths/The Gothic Archies) is born.
in 1966 - NBC-TV in the US bought The Monkees series, placing it on their 1966 autumn schedule.
in 1967 - The Daily Mail ran the story about a local council survey finding 4,000 holes in the road in Lancashire inspiring John Lennon's contribution to The Beatles song 'A Day In The Life'.
in 1967 - The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded a session for Radio Luxembourg's Ready Steady Radio. The band ran up a bar bill of £2.5 shillings, ($6.21), which they were unable to pay.
in 1967 - Richard Hawley (UK singer, guitarist, songwriter; Pulp, The Longpigs) is born.
in 1968 - Grazyna Bacewicz dies at age 59. Polish composer and violinist. She is only the second Polish female composer to have achieved national and international recognition, the first being Maria Szymanowska in the early 19th century. She studied with Sikorski at the Warsaw Conservatory and with Boulanger in Paris, simultaneously studying the violin: she wrote much for her own instrument, including 7 concertos and solo and accompanied sonatas. Most of her music is neoclassical, but in the early 1960s she began to incorporate elements of the new Polish style exemplified by her contemporary Lutoslawski, and in 1965 she adopted an avant-garde idiom. Her large output includes four symphonies, piano music, ballets and songs.
in 1969 - Debut album of Led Zeppelin released in US.
in 1969 - Beatles release Yellow Submarine album in UK.
in 1969 - Led Zeppelin I, the band's debut album, was released in the US, coinciding with the band's first headlining US concert tour. It was to peak at No. 10 in the US chart, and at No. 6 in the UK. The RIAA in the US has now certified it as having sold over 10 million copies in the US alone.
in 1970 - The Doors played the first of four shows at the Felt Forum in New York City. The shows were recorded for the bands forthcoming 'Absolutely Live' album.
in 1970 - Billy Stewart dies at age 33. American R&B singer; with a highly distinctive scat-singing style, popular in the early 1960s. Born in Washington DC, he was 12 years old when he began singing with his brothers Johnny 11, James 9 and Frank 4 as the 4 Stewart Brothers, and later went on to get their own radio show every Sunday for five years at WUST radio station in Washington, D.C. After that, as a teenager, he joined his mother's group, the Stewart Gospel Singers. He occasionally sang with The Rainbows, a D.C. area vocal group led by the future soul star, Don Covay. It was also through The Rainbows that Stewart met another aspiring singer, Marvin Gaye. Bo Diddley has been credited with discovering Billy playing piano in Washington, D.C. This led to a recording contract and he went on to have hits such as "Reap What You Sow", "Strange Feeling", "Do I Love You", "Summertime" and "Sitting in the Park". Billy was inducted into the Washington Area Music Association Hall of Fame in 1982 (Billy and three of his band were killed when their car crashed off a bridge into the Neuse River in New Bern, North Carolina)
in 1971 - Kid Rock Robert James Ritchie (US singer, multi-musician) is born.
in 1971 - Jon Wysocki (US drummer; Staind) is born.
in 1972 - Ken Hirai (Japanese R&B and pop singer) is born.
in 1972 - A section of Bellevue Boulevard in Memphis was renamed Elvis Presley Boulevard. The remaining length of road kept its original name after protests from the Bellevue Baptist Church.
in 1974 - Vesko Kountchev (Bulgarian composer, violist, drums) is born.
in 1974 - Dean Martin's son Dino Martin was arrested after attempting to sell two AK-47 machine guns to an undercover agent.
in 1975 - Television and Blondie appeared at GBGB's, New York City.
in 1975 - Tom Jenkinson (UK bass guitar, synthesizer; Squarepusher) is born.
in 1976 - Barry Manilow scored his second US No.1 single with 'I Write The Songs', written by Beach Boy Bruce Johnson.
in 1976 - Earth Wind and Fire started a three-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Gratitude'.
in 1978 - Ricky Wilson (lead singer; Kaiser Chiefs) is born.
in 1980 - Gareth McLearnon (Northern Irish flautist) is born.
in 1981 - Ray J singer is born.
in 1981 - Mötley Crüe formed when bass guitarist Nikki Sixx left the band London and began rehearsing with drummer Tommy Lee and vocalist, guitarist Greg Leon, (who later left). Sixx and Lee then added guitarist Bob "Mick Mars" Deal. Vince Neil accepted an offer to join (after turning them down) in April of this year.
in 1982 - Tommy Tucker died, aged 48, after being overcome by poisonous fumes while he was renovating the floors of his New York home. He had written the 1964 US No.11 hit ‘Hi Heel Sneakers’.
in 1982 - Fany Hwang (Korean singer, actor) is born.
in 1982 - Alex Varkatzas (American metalcore vocalist; Atreyu) is born.
in 1984 - Calvin Harris (Scottish music producer, vocalist) is born.
in 1985 - Kang-In (South Korean singer, dancer, actor, MC, DJ) is born.
in 1985 - Meat Loaf kicked off a 16-date UK tour at The De Montfort Hall, Leicester.
in 1985 - Simone Simons (Dutch mezzo-soprano singer; symphonic metal band Epica) is born.
in 1986 - Chloe Rose Lattanzi (Australian actress and singer) is born.
in 1987 - Gregory Abbott went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Shake You Down' a No.6 hit in the UK.
in 1987 - Kate Bush started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'The Whole Story'.
in 1890 - Yuri Fayer, Russian conductor, is born at Kiev. After attending the Kiev Conservatory, he studied violin and composition at the Moscow Conservatory. He played in various orchestras before conducting opera in Riga (1909-10). In 1916 he joined the orchestra of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, where he was asst. conductor (1919-23) and chief conductor (1923-63) of its ballet. He toured with it in Europe, the U.S., and China. His memoirs were published in 1970. - Died at Moscow, Aug. 3, 1971.
in 1992 - Charlie Ventura jazz saxophonist and bandleader, dies at 75.
in 1993 - Barbara Buczek dies at age 53. Polish composer born in Kraków (?) b. January 9th 1940.
in 1994 - Noel Chiboust jazz trumpeter and bandleader, dies at 84.
in 1994 - Donny Osmond took part in a charity boxing match held in Chicago against former Partridge Family member Danny Bonaduce, Donny lost 2-1.
in 1994 - Grady "Fats" Jackson blues saxophonist and songwriter, dies at 66.
in 1994 - Georges Cziffra dies at age 72. Hungarian virtuoso pianist; he became noted at 5 years, improvising on popular tunes in bars and circuses. An attempted escape from Soviet-dominated Hungary led to imprisonment and communist forced labour in the period 1950–1953. In 1956, on the eve of the Hungarian insurrection, Georges escaped with his wife and son to Vienna where his recital at the Brahmsaal caused a sensation. News of this event reached the magazine The New Yorker. His Paris debut the following year caused a furore, his London debut at the Royal Festival Hall in Liszt's first concerto and Hungarian Fantasy similarly, an enraptured orchestra and audience applauding and cheering for over twenty minutes. His meteoric career continued with concerts throughout Europe and debuts at the Ravinia Festival and Carnegie Hall New York with Thomas Schippers. He always performed with a large leather wristband to support the ligaments of his wrist which were stretched while being tortured in prison and also as a memento of his years in labor (cancer)
in 1996 - Robert Covington blues drummer, singer and bandleader, dies at 54.
in 1998 - David "Junior" Kimbrough dies at age 67. American Mississippi bluesman, although he began playing guitar in his youth, and counted Lightnin' Hopkins as an early influence, he only came to national attention in 1992 with his debut album ''All Night Long''. followed by "Sad Days, Lonely Nights" in 1993. He recorded seven more albums before his death. Music journalist Tony Russell stated "his raw, repetitive style suggests an archaic forebear of John Lee Hooker, a character his music shares with that of fellow North Mississippian R. L. Burnside" (died of a stroke)
in 1998 - All Saints scored their first UK No.1 single with 'Never Ever'. The track spent a total of twenty-four weeks on the UK chart and was the first of five No.1 singles for the London based girl group.
in 1998 - Savage Garden started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Truly Madly Deeply'.
in 1999 - UK boy band 911 went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of the Dr Hook song 'A Little Bit More'.
in 1999 - Fatboy Slim started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'You've Come A Long Way Baby'.
in 2000 - Philip Jones dies at age 71. British trumpeter and leader of an internationally famous brass chamber music ensemble, born in Bath; in 1944 he won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music. He formed the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble in 1951, they grew from four members to ten and larger for special projects. The most usual formations were the quintet, two trumpets, horn, trombone and tuba; and the ten-piece, four trumpeters one sometimes doubling piccolo trumpet and one sometimes doubling flugel horn, horn, four trombones and tuba. He became principal trumpet for most major London orchestras: The Royal Philharmonic 1956-60, the Philharmonia 1960-64, the Philharmonic 1964-65, the New Philharmonia 1965-67 and the BBC Symphony 1967-71. He also held posts at the Royal Northern College of Music and Trinity College of Music, where he was Principal until his retirement in 1994. He was chairman of the Musicians Benevolent Fund in 1995. He was awarded the OBE in 1977 and the CBE in 1986.
in 2001 - The Offspring appeared at the Glasgow SECC, Scotland tickets cost £15 ($25.50).
in 2003 - Balint Vazsonyi dies at age 66. Hungarian pianist, global recitalist, soloist with leading orchestras, and political journalist. From 1945-56 he attended the Franz Liszt Academy of Music from which he earned an Artist Diploma. He made his debut in Budapest at age 12 with the F Minor Concerto of J.S.Bach. He went on to make performance history in playing chronological cycles of all 32 piano sonatas by Beethoven over two days in New York, Boston, and London. After being based in London for 14 years, in 1978-84 Balint was invited to be Professor of Music at Indiana University, Bloomington School of Music where, as well as having a private piano studio, he conducted all Doctoral Seminars in Piano Literature. During the last 6 years of his life, he became a commentator in Washington, D.C. on the state of American politics.
in 2003 - A long-lost recording featuring John Lennon and Mick Jagger was set to spark a biding war at a London auction. The acetate record was recorded in 1974 with Jagger singing the blues song 'Too Many Cooks' and Lennon playing guitar. The track had never been release because the two artists were both signed to different record companies.
in 2003 - Singer Lou Rawls was arrested at Albuquerque Airport, New Mexico after an incident with his companion, Nina Inman. Officers reported that she and Rawls had been talking about their relationship when the conversation escalated into a shoving match resulting in Rawls being booked on one count of battery on a household member.
in 2008 - Carlos Jean Chrysostome Dolto dies at age 64. French singer; one of France's popular chart selling singers in the 70's and 80's with hits like "Tout nu, tout bronzé", "Rosalie", "Papayou", "T'as l'bonjour d'Albert" and "Le tirelipimpon". He was renamed Carlos in 1958, in homage to the percussionist Carlos "Patato" Valdes. In 1980, he became a spokesman for the Oasis brand fruit drink, with his song "Rosalie" being used in their television advertisements. In 1988, he was named the mascot of the amusement park Mirapolis, open in the Val-d'Oise, which quickly went bankrupt. He ran for office in the local elections in Courdimanche in 1989, but was not elected. He regularly participated in the radio program Grosses Têtes of Philippe Bouvard and had his own cartoon, Around the World in 80 Dreams, in 1992. He was also the narrator of the French version of Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids. From 2000 to 2007, he directed documentary films for the series Le Gros homme et la Mer (The Fat Man and the Sea), for the stations Odyssée and Voyage (cancer).
in 2008 - The Police played the first nine dates in Australian and New Zealand at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand, on their 152-date Reunion tour.
in 2009 - Suzanne DeLee Flanders Larson Susanna Foster dies at age 84. American film actress and singer; she was taken to Hollywood at the age of twelve by MGM, who sent her to school and groomed her for an acting and singing career. Two of her classmates at this school were Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland. She had appeared in 12 films, but is best known for her role as Christine in the 1943 film, The Phantom of the Opera (died unexpectedly at The Lillian Booth Actor's Home in Englewood, New Jersey where she had been residing since 2003)
in 2011 - Don Kirshner dies at age 76. American song publisher and rock producer known for his managing songwriting talent as well as successful pop groups, such as The Monkees and The Archies. He achieved his first major success in the late '50s and early '60s as co-owner of the influential New York-based publishing company Aldon Music with partner Al Nevins, which had under contract at various times several of the most important songwriters of the so-called "Brill Building" school, including Carole King, Gerry Goffin, Neil Sedaka, Howard Greenfield, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil and Jack Keller. As a producer-promoter, he was influential in starting off the career of singers and songwriters, including Bobby Darin, Neil Diamond, Carole King, and Sarah Dash of Labelle, as well as discovering the occasional rock act such as Kansas. Don was hired by the producers of The Monkees to provide hitworthy songs to accompany the television program, within a demanding schedule. He quickly corralled songwriting talent from his Brill Building stable of writers and musicians to create catchy, engaging tracks which the band could pretend to perform on the show. September 1973 he hosted his own syndicated weekly rock-concert program called Don Kirshner's Rock Concert. With its long-form live performances, as compared to rehearsed, often lip-synced performances that were the staple of earlier television shows like Shindig!, it was a new direction for pop music presentation. The last show aired in 1981, the year that MTV was launched. Don received the 2007 Songwriters Hall of Fame Abe Olman Publishing Award (heart failure).
in 2012 - Johnny Otis/Ioannis Alexandres Veliotes dies at age 90. Pioneering rhythm and blues singer, talent scout, disc jockey, composer, arranger, author, record producer, vibraphonist, drummer, bandleader, pastor and commonly referred to as the "Godfather of Rhythm and Blues", was born Ioannis Veliotes, in Vallejo, a predominantly black neighborhood in California, where he started out playing drums in a variety of swing orchestras, including Lloyd Hunter's Serenaders, and Harlan Leonard's Rockets, after which he founded his own band in 1945 and had one of the most enduring hits of the big band era, "Harlem Nocturne". Other of his hits included "Double Crossing Blues," "Mistrustin' Blues", "Cupid's Boogie", "Gee Baby", "All Nite Long" "Mambo Boogie", "Sunset to Dawn" and "Ma He's Making Eyes At Me". In the late 1940s, he discovered Big Jay McNeely, then in the mid 50s he discovered Etta James, - Born December 28th 1921.
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in 1543 - Alfonso Ferrabosco, composer, is baptised. Ferrabosco was a court musician to Elizabeth I, and is credited with introducing the madrigal in England. There are unsubstantiated rumors that he spied for her as well
in 1580 - Antonio Scandello, composer and Kapellmeister of the court of the Electors of Saxony in Dresden, dies one day after his 63rd birthday.
in 1659 - Benedikt Lechler, composer, dies at 64.
in 1732 - Jean-Guillain Cardon, violinist and composer, is born.
in 1751 - Ferdinand Kauer, Moravian-born Austrian conductor and composer, is born (baptized) at Klein-Tajax. As a boy he played organ in a local Jesuit church, then was organist at the Jesuit seminary in Tyrnau, Hungary, where he took courses in philosophy and medicine. He went to Vienna about 1777, where he studied composition with Heidenreich and Zimmermann.
He then became a violinist in the orchestra of the Theater in der Leopoldstadt about 1781. He was made director of the theater's music school (1789) and later 2nd Kapellmeister at the theater, scoring a success with his Das Donauweibchen Jan. 11, 1798), which was subsequently performed all over Europe. After serving as Kapellmeister in Graz (1810-11), he returned to the Leopoldstadt theater.
He then was Kapellmeister at the Theater in der Josefstadt (1814-18), and subsequently made a precarious living as a 2nd violinist in the Leopoldstadt theater orchestra (1821-30). He lost almost all of his possessions, including his MSS, in the flood of 1830. He wrote about 200 works for the stage, as well as sacred music, syms., concertos, etc. He published Singschule nach dem neuesten System der Tonkunst (1790) and Kurzgefasste Generalbass-Schule fur Anflinger (1800). - Died at Vienna, April 13, 1831.
in 1760 - Claudio Casciolini, composer, dies at 62.
in 1793 - William Henry Havergal, hymn writer and composer, is born.
in 1817 - Jacques Gregoir, pianist an composer, is born.
in 1835 - Cesar Antonovich Cui, Russian composer, is born at Vilnius.
He was the son of a soldier in Napoleon's army who remained in Russia, married a Lithuanian noblewoman, and settled as a teacher of French in Vilnius.
Cui learned musical notation by copying Chopin's mazurkas and various Italian operas, then tried his hand at composition on his own. In 1849 he took lessons with Moniuszko in Vilnius. In 1850 he went to St. Petersburg, where he entered the Engineering School in 1851 and later the Academy of Military Engineering (1855).
After graduation in 1857, he became a topographer and later an expert in fortification. He participated in the RussoTurkish War of 1877; in 1878 he became a professor at the Engineering School and was tutor in military fortification to Czar Nicholas II. In 1856 Cui met Balakirev, who helped him master the technique of composition.
In 1858 he married Malvina Bamberg; for her he wrote a scherzo on the theme BABEG (for the letters in her name) and CC (his own initials). In 1864 he began writing music criticism in the St. Petersburg Vedomosti and later in other newspapers, continuing as music critic until 1900. Cui's musical tastes were conditioned by his early admiration for Schumann. He opposed Wagner, against whom he wrote vitriolic articles, and he attacked Strauss and Reger with even greater violence.
He was an ardent propagandist of Glinka and the Russian national school, but was somewhat critical toward Tchaikovsky. He published the first comprehensive book on Russian music, Musique en Russie (Paris, 1880).
Cui was grouped with Rimsky-Korsakov, Mussorgsky, Borodin, and Balakirev as one of the "Moguchaya Kuchka" (Mighty 5); the adjective in his case, however, is not very appropriate, for his music lacks grandeur. He was at his best in delicate miniatures, e.g., Orientale, from the suite Kaleidoscope, op.50. Editions of his selected articles were pub!. in Petrograd (1918) and Leningrad (1952), and of his selected letters in Leningrad (1955). - Died at Petrograd, March 26, 1918.
in 1840 - Ernst (Friedrich Karl) Rudorff, German pianist, teacher, and composer, is born at Berlin. He studied with Bargiel in Berlin and with Moscheles, Plaidy, and Reinecke in Leipzig. After teaching in Cologne (1865-69), he was head of the piano dept. at the Hochschule fur Musik in Berlin (1869-1910). He was a friend of Brahms. He composed 3 symphonies, a Romantische Ouvertiire, Variations on an Original Theme for Orchestra, a String Sextet, choral works, duets, songs, and piano pieces. - Died at Berlin, Dec. 31, 1916
in 1841 - Alexis-Emmanuel Chabrier, famous French composer, is born at Ambert, Puy de Dome.
He studied law in Paris (1858-61), and also studied composition with Semet and Hignard, piano with Edouard Wolff, and violin with Hammer. He served in the government from 1861, at the same time cultivating his musical tastes; with Duparc, d'Indy, and others he formed a private group of music lovers, and was an enthusiastic admirer of Wagner.
He began to compose in earnest, and produced two light operas: L'Etoile (Paris, Nov. 28,1877) and Une Education manquee (Paris, May 1, 1879). In 1879 he went to Germany with Duparc to hear Wagner's operas. Returning to Paris, he published some piano pieces; then traveled to Spain; the fruit of this journey was his most famous work, the rhapsody Espana (Paris, Nov. 4, 1883), which produced a sensation when performed by Lamoureux in 1884.
Another work of Spanish inspiration was the Habanera for Piano (1885). In the meantime he served as chorus master for Lamoureux; this experience developed his knowledge of vocal writing; he wrote a brief cantata for mezzo-soprano and women's chorus, La Sulamite (March 15, 1885), and his operas Gwendoline (Brussels, April 10, 1886), Le Roi malgre lui (Opera- Comique, Paris, May 18,1887), and Briseis (concert performance, Paris, Jan. 31,1897; stage performance, Royal Opera, Berlin, Jan. 14, 1899).
In his operas Chabrier attempted a grand style; his idiom oscillated between passionate Wagnerianism and a more conventional type of French stage music; although these operas enjoyed a succes d'estime, they never became popular, and Chabrier's place in music history is secured exclusively by his Espana, and other piano pieces such as Bourree fantasque (1891; orchestrated by Felix Mottl). His Joyeuse Marche for Orchestra. (originally entitled Marche frangaise, 1888) is also popular. Other works are Ode a la musique for Voices and Orchestra (1890), 10 pieces pittoresques for Piano (1880; four of them orchestrated and performed as Suite pastorale), 3 valses romantiques for two Pianos (1883), and songs. - Died at Paris, Sept. 13, 1894.
in 1856 - John Hyatt Brewer, organist, conductor, teacher and composer, co-founder of the American Guild of Organsts, is born.
in 1861 - Raymond Huntington Woodman, organist, composer and teacher, is born.
in 1875 - Joseph Philbrick Webster, composer and songwriter, is born. Webster wrote the music to "Lorena," which was one of the most popular songs on both sides of the American Civil War, as well as the music to "In the Sweet By and By."
in 1882 - Lazare Levy, distinguished French pianist and pedagogue, is born at Brussels (of French parents). He studied piano with Diemer at the Paris Conservatory (1894-98), where he was awarded first prize for piano; also studied harmony with Lavignac and composition with Gedalge there. He gave concerts with the principal orchestras of Europe; in 1920, succeeded Cortot as a professor at the Paris Conservatory. He published numerous piano pieces. - Died at Paris, Sept. 20,1964.
in 1887 - William Franke Harling, English-American composer, is born at London.
He was taken to the U.S. in his infancy. He filled various jobs as a church organist. Eventually he settled in Hollywood. He wrote an opera, A Light from St. Agnes (Chicago, Dec. 26, 1925), Deep River, a "native opera with jazz" (Lancaster, Pa., Sept. 18, 1926), instrumental music, and more than 100 songs. He was also the composer of the march West Point Forever. - Died at Sierra Madre, Calif., Nov. 22, 1958.
in 1891 - Otto Joki, Austrian composer, brother of Georg JokI, is born at Vienna. He studied with Hermann Gradener and Alban Berg (1926-30). His Suite for arch. (1934) won the Hertzka Prize in Vienna. Other works include Sinfonietta seria (1935) and two string quartets. In 1940 he settled in N.Y. - Died at N.Y., Nov. 13, 1963.
in 1893 - John Lawrence Seymour, composer, playwright, and teacher, is born.
in 1902 - Filippo Marchetti, composer, dies at 70. Marchetti composed several operas, as well as instrumental works and songs. He was president of the Royal Academy of Saint Cecilia in Rome, where he directed the Music School until 1901.
in 1903 - Berthold Goldschmidt, German-born English composer and conductor, is born ar Hamburg.
He studied at the University of Hamburg (1918-22) and took courses in composition (with Schreker) and in conducting at the Berlin State Academy of Music (1922-24).
He participated as a repetiteur and celesta player in the premiere of Berg's opera Wozzeck in Berlin in 1925.After working as an asst. conductor at the Darmstadt Opera (1927-29), he was a conductor in Berlin with the Radio and the Stiidtische Oper (from 1931). With the Nazi takeover in 1933, he was dismissed.
In 1935 he fled to England and in 1947 became a naturalized British subject. He made numerous appearances as a guest conductor in England. In 1959 he conducted the first complete British performance of Mahler's 3rd Sym. That same year he was consulted by Deryck Cooke on the latter's performing version of Mahler's 10th Sym. Goldschmidt conducted Cooke's first though incomplete reconstruction of the symphony in a London recording studio on Dec. 19, 1960.
He conducted the first complete performance of the sym. at a London Promenade Concert on Aug. 13, 1964. Goldschmidt's inability to secure a performance of his opera Beatrice Cenci led him to cease composing in 1958. It was nearly 25 years before he broke his silence with his Clarinet Quartet of 1983.By 1312 the end of the 1980s he had been "discovered," and was composing again with renewed vigor. Several of his works were either lost during World War II (Passacalia for arch. and Requiem for Chorus and Orch.) or were withdrawn by the composer (Sym. and Harp Concerto).
in 1904 - Anthony Galla-Rini (US concert accordionist) is born.
in 1907 - Janos Ferencsik, Budapest Hungary, conductor (Budapest Opera) is born.
in 1911 - Gabor Darvas, composer and musicologist, is born.
in 1913 - Giannis Papaioannou (Greek composer, musician) is born.
in 1913 - Danny Kaye, actor, singer and comedian, is born.
in 1914 - Catharine Crozier, esteemed American organist and pedagogue, is born at Hobart, Okla.
She was educated at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. (B.M., 1936; artist's diploma, 1938; M.M., 1941), numbering among her mentors Joseph Bonnet, Yella Pessl, and Harold Gleason, to whom she was later married. In 1941 she made her formal debut at the Washington (D.C.) National Cathedral. After World War II, she pursued an international career as a concert organist. She taught organ (1938-55) and was head of the organ dept. (1953-55) at the Eastman School of Music; then served as professor of organ at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla. (1955-69). She maintained an exhaustive repertory, which she fully committed to memory. She particularly championed the cause of contemporary organ music.
in 1915 - Paul Gunther (US drummer; Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown) is born.
in 1915 - Vasilis Tsitsanis (Greek singer and songwriter) is born – died on this day 1984.
in 1918 - Bohuslav Jeremias, composer, dies at 58 is born.
in 1919 - Juan Antonio Orrego-Salas, distinguished Chilean composer and musicologist, is born at Santiago. He studied composition at the National Conservatory (1936-43) and architecture at the Catholic University (graduated, 1943) in Santiago. In the meantime, he became a teacher of music history at the University of Chile and in 1938 founder-conductor of the Catholic University Chorus. After receiving a Rockefeller Foundation grant and a Guggenheim fellowship, he studied musicology with Lang and Herzog at Columbia University (1944-45), and composition with Thompson at Princeton University (1945-46) and Copland at the Berkshire Music Center in Tanglewood (summer, 1946).
Upon returning to Santiago in 1947, he became professor of composition at the University of Chile. He also resumed his post as conductor of the Catholic University Chorus. In 1949 he became editor of the Revista Musical Chilena and in 1950 music critic of the newspaper El Mercuric.
In 1953 he was made Distinguished Professor of composition at the University of Chile. In 1954 he received a second Guggenheim fellowship and revisited the U.S.
Upon returning to Santiago, he was director of the Instituto de Extension Musical until 1956. He then became the first director of the music dept. at the Catholic University while continuing to teach at the University of Chile. In 1961 he became a professor at the Ind. University School of Music in Bloomington, where he was founder director of its Latin American Music Center.
From 1975 to 1980 he also was chairman of its composition dept. He retired as professor emeritus in 1987. In addition to monographs on composers, Orrego-Salas published numerous articles in journals in the U.S., England, and Latin America. In 1956 and 1958 he won the Olga Cohen prize for composition. He was made a corresponding member of the Chilean Academy of Fine Arts in 1971. In 1988 the OAS awarded him the Inter- American Gabriela Mistral Cultural Prize. In 1992 the Chilean government honored him with the Premio Nacional de Arte. He was honored as Distinguished Professor of the Catholic University in Valparaiso, Chile, in 1999. As a composer, Orrego-Salas has revealed himself as a refined craftsman and an assured master of neo- Classical techniques.
in 1921 - Ray Sims (American jazz trombonist) is born.
in 1922 - Yehezkiel Braun, composer and teacher, is born.
in 1922 - Johnny Costa, jazz pianist, is born at Arnold, Pa. Studied piano at Carnegie Tech (B.A., comp., 1951). He was an active freelancer in the Pittsburgh area, where he did club and radio and TVwork. From the early 1970s until his death, Costa was the pianist, mostly behind the scenes, for the public television children's show Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. He added a touch of Art Tatum to the musical interludes that accompanied the sunny children's personality. - Died at Pittsburgh, Pa., Oct. 11, 1996.
in 1926 - Johnny Bragg (vocals, songwriter; Johnny Bragg & the Prisonaires) is born.
in 1930 - Dmitri Shostakovich's opera The Nose premieres in Leningrad.
Shostakovich began to compose his opera The Nose in 1927-28 shortly after the premier of his 2nd Symphony. This was at a time when the influence of Western avant-garde music and especially experimental theatre excited the young composer immensely. Works by Krenek, Schreker, Hindemith, Milhaud and Berg, ("Wozzeck" in particular) were avidly absorbed by him, culminating in the unlikely choice of the Gogol story for his opera.
Its humorous and satirical plot mocks among many things the social pretensions of Tsarist civil servants and their milieu. Not surprisingly such an anarchic piece soon attracted the attention of the Soviet authorities and charges of "Formalism" and "anti-Soviet escapism" were leveled against the composer. "The Nose" then virtually disappeared until a Moscow revival in 1974, attended by the composer, brought it back into the limelight.
In this surrealist opera a pompous and arrogant collegiate assessor, Kovalev, wakes up one morning to find that his nose has mysteriously vanished. In the course of desperately searching for it, Kovalev meets his nose dressed as a high-ranking civil servant but finds it reluctant to return to his face. His attempts to regain his haughty appendage occupy the rest of the piece.
The opera moves through ten scenes at a tremendous pace and teems with dazzling musical ideas. The cast of characters exceeds seventy; so many of the singers, as well as chorus members, double up their roles.
Shostakovich's music is harsh and abrasive as befits the opera's action and though scored for a virtuoso chamber orchestra, it includes such exotic instruments as balalaikas, domras and a flexatone. There are a number of brief orchestral 'interludes' linking the various scenes, including the astounding three-minute Intermezzo for percussion.
In Historum’s art forum there are some exceptional posts about Shostakovich which are worth your time. And speaking of time, the timing couldn’t have been better; I have been working on an article for the next issue of Historum – the Quarterly Journal of History, about the three operas Shostakovich wrote. Plus a note on a fourth he did not live to finish. Music lovers won’t want to miss this issue coming March first.
in 1931 - Chuck Metcalf (US jazz bass player) is born.
in 1932 - Irene Kral (US jazz singer; Woody Herman/Maynard Ferguson/others/solo) is born.
in 1935 - David (Peter) Hamilton, American music critic, is born at N.Y., Jan. 18, 1935.
He was educated at Princeton University (1952-56; A.B., 1956; M.EA., music history, 1960). He was music and record librarian there (1961-65). In 1965 he became asst. music editor of w.w. Norton & Co. in N.Y., and was music editor from 1968 to 1974. In 1967 he became a contributing editor of High Fidelity, and in 1968, music critic of the Nation. He also served as N.Y. music correspondent for the Financial Times of London (1969-74) and assoc. editor of the Musical Newsletter (1971-77). He wrote The Listener's Guide to Great Instrumentalists (N.Y., 1981) and The Metropolitan Opera Encyclopedia: A Comprehensive Guide to the World of Opera (N.Y., 1987), and also published The Music Game: An Autobiography (London, 1986).-NS/LKIDM
in 1940 - Don Thompson (Canadan bassist, vibraphonist, pianist; Rob McConnell/freelance/award winner) is born
in 1941 - Bobby Goldsboro, country and pop singer/songwriter and guitarist, is born.
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in 1941 - David Ruffin, R&B and soul singer, member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (The Temptations), is born.
in 1942 - Martin Fierro (US tenor saxophonist; highly sort after sessionist) is born
in 1943 - Dave Greenslade, rock keyboardist, singer/songwriter (Greenslade), and television soundtrack composer, is born.
in 1944 - Larry "Legs" Smith, rock drummer (Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band), is born.
in 1944 - Al Foster (UK jazz drummer; many greats/freelance) is born.
in 1945 - José Luis Perales (Spanish singer) is born.
in 1946 - Katia Ricciarelli, Italian soprano, is born at Rovigo.
She studied at the Venice Conservatory, making her operatic debut as Mimi in Mantua in 1969. After winning the Giuseppe Verdi Award for Young Singers in Parma (1970) and the New Verdi Voices Contest (1971), she pursued a successful career in the major Italian music centers. She made her U.S. debut as Lucrezia in I due Foscari in Chicago (1972); her first appearance at London's Covent Garden was as Mimi (1974), a role she also chose for her Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. (April 11,1975). In 1979 she made her debut in recital at the Salzburg Festival. In 1985 she sang Desdemona in Zeffirelli's film version of Verdi's Otello. In 1985-86 she sang Rossini roles in Pesaro, returning there in 1988. She appeared as Desdemona at the Metropolitan Opera and at Covent Garden in 1990. In 1997 she sang Handel's Agrippina in Palermo. Among her other fine roles were Amelia Boccanegra, Suor Angelica, Luisa Miller, and Elisabeth de Valois.
in 1947 - John O'Conor, Irish pianist, is born at Dublin.
He was only 3 when he began lessons with his sister; after studies with Sheila Rumbold (1953-57), he attended the Dublin College of Music (1957-68); also pursued his general education at Belvedere College, Dublin (graduated, 1965) and studied music at Univ. College, Dublin (B.Mus., 1969).
His postgraduate studies followed with Dieter Weber at the Vienna Hochschule fur Musik (1971-75); also attended master classes given by C. Zecchi at the Salzburg Mozarteum (1967-68), Agosti at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena (1972), and Kempff in Positano, Italy (1974,1980). He took first prize in both the Beethoven (1973) and Bosendorfer (1975) competitions in Vienna.
On Nov. 12, 1968, he made his formal debut in Dublin. He first played in London at the Wigmore Hall in Feb. 1974. In May 1976 he made his Tokyo debut at the Bunka Kaikan Hall. On Jan. 10, 1983, he made his first appearance in N.Y. at Alice Tully Hall. In 1985 he was awarded an honorary D.Mus. degree from the National University of Ireland and in 1994 he was made a fellow of the Royal Irish Academy of Music. O'Conor is a particularly sensitive and refined interpreter of the Austro-German masters. He has also championed the music of his neglected countryman, John Field.
in 1950 - Claudia de Colombia, Bogato Columbia, spanish singer (Yo Creo En Ti) is born.
in 1951 - Steve Grossman (American soprano saxophonist; Elvin Jones/Miles Davis/freelance) is born.
in 1951 - Adrian Baker (UK singer, guitarist, songwriter; solo/sessionist/freelance) is born.
in 1952 - Russell Ferrante (US jazz pianist; Yellowjackets) is born.
in 1952 - Robert Steven Moore (US multi-musician, singer, multi-genre) is born.
in 1953 - Brett Hudson, pop singer/songwriter (Hudson Brothers), is born.
in 1954 - Tom Bailey, rock/pop singer/songwriter and keyboardist (Thompson Twins), is born.
in 1956 - Mark Collie, country singer/songwriter and guitarist, is born.
in 1956 - Christoph Pregardien, German tenor, is born at Limburg an der Lahn.
He gained experience as a member of the Cathedral boy's choir and later the Cathedral choir in his native city. He studied voice with Martin Griindler at the Frankfurt am Main Hochschule fur Musik (graduated, 1983) and with Carla Castellani in Milan. In 1978 he won the Federal Republic of Germany vocal competition in Berlin. He sang opera in Frankfurt am Main, Stuttgart, Hamburg, Antwerp, Karlsruhe, Ghent, and other European cities, becoming well known for his roles in Baroque and Classical operas. As a concert and lieder artist, he appeared in major European music centers with notable success. In 1989 he gave a series of early music concerts in London, returning there in 1993 to make his Wigmore Hall recital debut. In 1997 he gave a London recital to mark the bicentenary of Schubert's birth. Pregardien has won particular praise for his interpretations of works by Schutz, Bach, Handel, Buxtehude, Haydn, and Mozart.
in 1957 - Roman Schwaller (Swiss tenor saxophonist) is born.
in 1959 - Bob Rosenberg, pop singer/songwriter (Will to Power), is born.
in 1960 - Johnny Preston started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Running Bear'. Written by J.P. Richardson (The Big Bopper), the tune originally entered the chart in October 1959, then quickly vanished, but re-entered in November and slowly climbed to the top. It was also a UK No.1.
in 1961 - Bobby Broom (US jazz guitarist; Kenny Burrel/Deep Blue Organ Trio/Sonny Rollins/solo) is born.
in 1961 - Frits Landesbergen (Dutch vibraphonist; solo/freelance) is born.
in 1962 - Jeremy Healy Jeremiah Healy (UK guitarist, dj, mixer; Haysi Fantayzee/ E-Zee Possee) is born.
in 1962 - Raymond Moulaert, composer and teacher, dies at 86.
in 1963 - Jojo Mayer (Swiss drummer; Monty Alexander’s Group/guest/sessions/solo) is born.
in 1964 - The Beatles made their US chart debut when 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' entered the chart at No.45 just ten days after its release, making it the fastest-breaking and the fastest selling single in Capitol Records history. It went on to spend seven weeks at the No.1 position.
in 1965 - The Rolling Stones recorded 'The Last Time' and 'Play With Fire' at the RCA studio in Hollywood, California. Phil Spector played acoustic guitar on 'Play With Fire.'
in 1967 - Jimi Hendrix recorded an appearance on UK TV show Top Of The Pops and also played a show at the Seven and a Half Club in Mayfair, London.
in 1967 - Peter Epstein (American alto jazz saxophonist) is born.
in 1969 - Jesse L. Martin Jesse Lamont Watkins (American actor, broadway singer) is born.
in 1969 - Jim O'Rourke (US experimental rock guitarist, R.P; Sonic Youth/Illusion of Safety/freelance) is born.
in 1970 - DJ Quik David Martin Blake (American rapper and record producer) is born.
in 1971 - Jonathan Davis (US vocalist, multi-musician; KoRn/Sexart) is born.
in 1972 - Rudolf Wittelsbach, composer, dies at 69.
in 1973 - Crispian Mills, rock singer/songwriter, guitarist, harmonica and sarod player (Kula Shaker), is born.
in 1974 - Christian Burns (UK acoustic guitar, vocals; BBMak) is born.
in 1974 - Former members from Free, (Paul Rodgers & Simon Kirke), Mott The Hoople, (Mick Ralphs), and King Crimson, (Boz Burrell), formed Bad Company. The band went on to score a US No.1 album with their debut release.
in 1975 - Barry Manilow scored his first US No.1 single when 'Mandy', (originally titled 'Brandy' when it was recorded in 1972 by Scott English), went to the top of the charts.
in 1975 - Status Quo were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Down Down', the group's only UK No.1 from 52 hits between 1968 and 1996.
in 1976 - Damien Leith (Irish-born Australian singer; winner of Australian Idol 2006) is born.
in 1977 - Paul Nordoff, composer and music therapist, dies at 67.
in 1977 - Richard Archer (British lead singer; Hard-Fi) is born.
in 1977 - Hall and Oates appeared at the Sheffield City Hall, England, tickets cost £1.30p.
in 1978 - Ivan Ivonovich Dzerzhinsky, composer, is born. Dzerzhinsky is remembered mainly for his opera Quiet Flows the Don, which achieved great success after Stalin saw it's potential usefulness as a propaganda piece.
in 1979 - Cyril Mockridge, film and television composer, dies at 82. "Mockridge was nominated for an Academy Award for the 1955 film Guys and Dolls and also composed the music for television's Lost in Space."
in 1979 - Jay Chou (Taiwanese multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, actor) is born.
in 1981 - The Boomtown Rats appeared at The Hammersmith Palais, London, tickets £3.50.
in 1981 - Wendy O. Williams of The Plasmatics was arrested on stage at Milwaukee and was charged with the offence of simulating sex with a sledgehammer. Williams later filed a multimillion dollar civil suit against the Milwaukee Police, claming they sexually assaulted and beat her during the arrest, but a jury rejected her claims.
in 1982 - Burnet Corwin Tuthill, clarinettist, composer, conductor and teacher, dies at 93.
in 1982 - Quinn Allman (US guitarist; The Used) is born.
in 1982 - Joanna Newsom (US harpist, pianist, singer-songwriter) is born.
in 1983 - Samantha Mumba (Irish singer, actress) is born.
in 1984 - Vasilis Tsitsanis dies at age 69. Greek singer, songwriter and bouzouki player. He became one of the leading Greek composers of his time and is widely regarded as one of the founders of modern Rebetika. He wrote more than 500 songs and is still remembered as an extraordinary bouzouki player, he also played the mandolin, violin (he died on his birthday at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London following a lung operation).
in 1984 - Van Halen kicked off their 103-date '1984' North American tour at Jacksonville Coliseum in Jacksonville, Florida.
in 1986 - 'That's What Friends Are For' by Dionne Warwick began a four-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart, all company and artists profits were given to aids charities.
in 1986 - Robert O'Connor (Irish singer-songwriter) is born.
in 1986 - Marya Roxx Maarja Kivi (Estonian singer) is born.
in 1988 - Ronnie Day Ronald Guglielmone Jr (US singer-songwriter) is born.
in 1989 - At just 38 years old, Stevie Wonder became the youngest living person to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. At a ceremony held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York, other inductees include The Rolling Stones, The Temptations, Otis Redding and Dion DiMucci.
in 1990 - Melanie Appleby, pop singer (Mel and Kim), dies at 23, of pneumonia which was a complication resulting from cancer treatment.
in 1994 - Arthur Altman, violinist and pop songwriter, dies at 83.
in 1995 - Charles Baskerville, doo wop, R&B singer (The Limelites, The Drifters), dies at 54.
in 1996 - Lisa Marie Presley filed for divorce from Michael Jackson in NY
in 1997 - Myfanwy Piper, art critic and opera librettist, dies at 85.
in 1997 - Keith Diamond dies at age 46. Americn songwriter and producer who worked with artists such as Donna Summer, Michael Bolton, Mick Jagger, and Don Johnson. He also produced and wrote Billy Ocean's "Suddenly," "Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run)," "Loverboy," and "Mystery Lady," as well as producing and managing groups such as Starpoint and Fredrick Thomas. He also produced and co-wrote James Ingram's album entitled "Always" in 1986, at the request of Quincy Jones who was tied up with scoring the film Color Purple. (heart attack)
in 1990 - Mel Appleby dies at age 23. British singer, born in Hackney, London; initially worked as a glamour model before joining her sister Kim to form the duo Mel & Kim which recieved success between 1986 and 1988 before Mel succumbed to terminal illness. Their hits included "Showing Out (Get Fresh at the Weekend)", "Respectable", "F.L.M", "That's the Way It Is", "More Than Words Can Say" and "I'm the One Who Really Loves You" (Mel had an operation to remove a large tumour on her liver in 1985, the cancer returned to her spine in mid 1987. Died from pneumonia following treatment for spinal cancer)
in 1991 - During an AC/DC North American tour three fans were killed during a crush in a crowd at a gig in Salt Lake City.
in 1991 - The first of three nights at Wembley Arena for The Brits 91, which featured the Happy Mondays, James, 808 state, The Cure, Jesus Jones, The Quire Boys, Thunder and The Little Angels. Tickets £12.50 ($21.25) for each day.
in 1993 - Elton John resigned his directorship of Watford Football Club.
in 1996 - Lisa Marie Presley divorced Michael Jackson after less then two years of being married.
in 1997 - Songwriter and producer Keith Diamond died of a heart attack. He wrote, 'Caribbean Queen' and 'Suddenly' for Billy Ocean, and also wrote hits for Donna Summer, James Ingram, Mick Jagger, Sheena Easton and Michael Bolton.
in 1997 - Tori Amos was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Professional Widow' (It's Got To Be)'. The song had been remixed by Armand Van Helden and was rumoured to be about Courtney Love the former wife of Kurt Cobain.
in 2000 - Spencer Goodman was executed by lethal injection in Huntsville, Texas. Goodman was convicted of kidnapping and murdering the wife of ZZ Top manager Bill Ham in 1991. Ham was present for the execution.
in 2001 - Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher was granted a quickie divorce from Meg Matthews at the High Court in London. The couple had split last September, eight months after Meg had given birth to their daughter, Anais.
in 2004 - Jennifer Lopez’s divorce from her second husband Cris Judd became final. Lopez and Judd married in 2001, after meeting when filming the video to ‘Love Don’t Cost A Thing’ but split the next year. He was expected to get a $15 million (£8.8 million) settlement from the divorce.
in 2004 - Josh Groban was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Closer.’
in 2004 - Winner of the 2003 Pop Idol TV show Michelle McManus started a two week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'All This Time.'
in 2005 - Motown producer Norman Whitfield pleaded guilty for failing to report royalty income he earned from 1995 to 1999 to the Internal Revenue Service. Facing charges of tax evasion on over $2 million worth of income, he was sentenced to six months of house arrest and a $25,000 fine. The producer was not imprisoned because of health problems.
in 2006 - Animals in Michael Jackson's private zoo were declared to be in good health after officials paid a surprise visit to the singer's Neverland ranch. A medical officer from the US department of agriculture inspected the property following concerns voiced by the animal rights group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Jackson had earlier moved out of Neverland and had taken up residence in Bahrain in the Middle East.
in 2007 - Brent Liles dies at age 43. American bass player in the rock bands Social Distortion from 1981-1984 and Agent Orange from 1988-1992. Brent also briefly played guitar for the bands Chaotic Stature and Easter. He also appeared in the 1984 documentary Another State of Mind. There is a notable scene in this film where he gives orange juice to an out of control fan on the stage. His songwriting credits include "Mass Hysteria" with Social Distortion and "Broken Dreams" with Agent Orange. He was known for playing a Rickenbacker fretless bass, which is rarely seen in punk rock (died after being hit by a truck while cycling).
in 2008 - Frank Lewin dies at age 82. American composer and music theorist, born in Breslau, Germany. He and his family escaped from Germany in 1939, spent a year in Cuba, and went to America in 1940. He studied composition with at the Baldwin Conservatory, New York; Southern Methodist University; in Logan, Utah; and the Yale School of Music, where he received his Bachelor of Music degree in 1951.Frank composed and edited music for feature, documentary, and television films, including dozens of original scores for The Defenders and The Nurses. He wrote incidental music for plays from Shakespeare to Tennessee Williams, and composed scores for historical outdoor dramas by Paul Green and others, in various parts of the country. He also wrote a number of concert compositions including two operas, several orchestral works, concertos for viola and harmonica, song cycles, and choral music. Frank was also a professor at the Yale School of Music from 1971 to 1992, teaching composition for film; and at the Columbia University School of the Arts from 1975 to 1989, where he taught the course "Music in Modern Media".
in 2008 - Four photographers were arrested for reckless driving after they chased Britney Spears' car on the outskirts of Los Angeles. The four were among a group of paparazzi seen driving at high speed, each of the men were ordered to post $5,000 (£2,539) bail. The cars were following Ms Spears' car too closely and travelling at an unsafe speed and made several unsafe lane changes, according to police.
in 2010 - Kate McGarrigle dies at age 63. Canadian folk singer, born in Montreal, but grew up in the Laurentian Mountains village of Saint-Sauveur-des-Monts, Quebec. Kate wrote and performed as a duo with her sister Anna McGarrigle. Kate and Anna's 1975 self-titled debut album was chosen by Melody Maker as Best Record of the Year. Their albums Matapedia in '97 and The McGarrigle Hour in '99, won Juno Awards. In 1993, Kate was made a Member of the Order of CanadaIn and in 1999 Kate and Anna both received Women of Originality awards and in 2006 SOCAN Lifetime Achievement awards. Kate is also the mother of singers Rufus Wainwright and Martha Wainwright (clear cell sarcoma).
in 2011 - The largest collection of Beatles memorabilia went on display in a new museum in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Rodolfo Vazquez, a 53-year-old accountant, turned his mammoth Beatles collection into a museum with more than 8,500 objects - setting the new world record for the largest collection of Beatles memorabilia. Some of the items included a box of condoms bearing the names of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, a brick from the Cavern Club, a hunk of the stage from the Star Club in Hamburg, and certified copies of the band members' birth certificates. Among his favorite items were 64 boxes of chewing gum in the form of Beatles records.
in 2011 - Purushottam Das Jalota dies at age 84. Indian singer, a legend in music circles, he was one of the most celebrated exponents of devotional singing and considered as the great master of Bhajans (died at home 2 weeks after suffering a heart attack).
in 2011 - Cristian Paturca dies at age 46. Romanian composer born in Bucharest, he was the composer of a song called, Imnul Golanilor/The Hooligans’ Hymn, that inspired Romanians in their struggle against vestiges of the Communist government. The president of Romania, Traian Basescu, awarded Cristian the National Cross in April for faithful service (tuberculosis).
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in 1576 -Hans Sachs dies at age 71. German meistersinger "mastersinger", poet, playwright and shoemaker; in 1513 he took up an apprenticeship to become a mastersinger at Munich. He is considered the most talented and famous of the meistersingers, he wrote over 6000 pieces of various kinds. The strict rules and the craftsmen's approach to poetry of the mastersingers produced a kind of poetry that was not really palatable for later ages. His carnival plays, comedies that were meant to be played during carnival, are considered his best works and are still played today.
in 1613 - Jacques Huyn, composer was born.
in 1625 - Erhard Buttner, composer, dies at 32.
in 1676 - John Weldon, composer was born.
in 1679 - Girolamo Chiti, composer was born.
in 1760 - Melchor Lopez Jimenez, composer was born.
in 1795 - Maria Teresa Agnesi, composer, dies at 74.
in 1797 - Henri-Bernard Dabadie, French baritone, is born at Pau. He received training at the Paris Conservatory and in 1819 made his operatic debut as Cinna in La Vestale at the Paris Opera, where he sang until 1835. He became especially well known there for his roles in Rossini's operas, creating Pharaon in Moise et Pharaon (March 26, 1827), Raimbaud in Le Comte Ory (Aug. 20, 1828), and the title role in Guillaume Tell (Aug. 3, 1829). He also created the role of Belcore in Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore in Milan (May 12, 1832). His wife was the soprano Louise Zulme Leroux (b. Boulogne, Oct. 4, 1796; d. Paris, Nov. 1877), who sang at the Paris Opera (1824-35), where she created the roles of Sinaide in Moise et Pharaon and Jemmy in Guillaume Tell. - Died at Paris, May 1853.
in 1805 - Johann Gottlieb Karl Spazier, composer, dies at 43.
in 1806 - Vaclav Jindrich Veit, composer was born.
in 1810 - Ferdinand David, noted German violinist, pedagogue, and composer, is born at Hamburg.
In 1823-24 he studied with Spohr and Hauptmann at Kassel, then played in the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig in 1825. From 1826 to 1829 he was a member of the Konigstadt Theater in Berlin.
In 1829 he became the first violinist in the private string quartet of the wealthy amateur Baron von Liphardt of Russia, whose daughter he married. He remained in Russia until 1835, giving concerts in Riga, Moscow, and St. Petersburg with great acclaim. In 1836 he was appointed first violinist of the Gewandhaus Orchestra, of which Mendelssohn was the conductor. They became warm friends; Mendelssohn had a great regard for him, and consulted him while writing his Violin Concerto; it was David who gave its first performance (Leipzig, March 13, 1845).
When the Leipzig Conservatory was established in 1843, David became one of its most important teachers. His class was regarded as the finishing school of the most talented violinists in Europe, and among his pupils were Joachim and Wilhelmj. He published many valuable editions of violin works by classical composers, notably Die hohe Schule des Violinspiels, containing French and Italian masterpieces of the 17th and 18th centuries. His pedagogical activities did not interfere with his concert career.
He played in England in 1839 and 1841 with excellent success and was compared with Spohr as a virtuoso, and he also made occasional appearances on the Continent. Among his works were 5 violin concertos and many other pieces for violin, an opera, Hans Wacht (Leipzig, 1852), 2 symphonies, and string quartets and other chamber music. His violin pieces, Bunte Reihe, were transcribed for piano by Liszt. - Died near Klosters, Switzerland, July 18, 1873.
in 1830 - Wenzel Thomas Matiegka, composer, dies at 56.
in 1832 - Ferdinand Laub, composer is born.
in 1832 - Salvador Giner y Vidal, composer is born.
in 1833 - Louis-J-Ferdinand Harold, French composer (Pr‚ aux clercs), dies at 41.
in 1839 - Bohumil Pazdirek, composer was born.
in 1839 - Georg Abraham Schneider, composer, dies at 38.
in 1846 - Tom Karl, Irish tenor, is born at Dublin. He studied in England with Henry Phillips, and in Italy with Sangiovanni. He sang in Italy for many years, then settled in N.Y. His remarkable success as Ralph in Pinafore (1879) encouraged him to pursue a career in light opera. With H. Barnabee and W. MacDonald, he formed the light opera company The Bostonians, which had a repertoire of about 150 operas and operettas. After his retirement in 1896, he taught voice in N.Y. and Rochester. - Died at Rochester, N.Y., March 19, 1916.
in 1853 - Verdi's opera "Il Trovatore," premieres in Rome.
in 1883 - Hermann Abendroth, prominent German conductor and pedagogue, is born at Frankfurt am Main.
He studied in Munich with Wirzel-Langenham (piano), Mottl (conducting), and Thuille (composition). In 1903-04 he conducted the Munich Orchestral Society. In 1905 he went to Liibeck as a symphonic conductor (until 1911), and also conducted the City Theater (1907-11). After serving as music director in Essen (1911-15), he was appointed music director of the Giirzenich Orchestra and director of the Conservatory in Cologne in 1915. In 1918 he was made Cologne's Generalmusikdirektor.
In 1933 the Nazi government removed him from his positions, but in 1934 he was appointed music director of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, succeeding Bruno Walter, who had been removed as a Jew. Abendroth also served as a professor at the Leipzig Conservatory. With the collapse of the Nazi regime in 1945, he remained in the Eastern sector of Germany as music director of the Weimar National Theater.
In 1946 he was made Generalmusikdirektor there. In 1949 he became chief conductor of the Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, and then of the (East) Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra in 1953. Abendroth's willingness to serve the Nazi and East German Communist regimes made him suspect in some circles but there was no denying his distinction as an interpreter of the Austro-German masters. - Died at Jena, May 29,1956.
in 1884 - Albert Louis Wolff, composer was born.
in 1884 - Jules Massenet's opera "Manon," premieres in Paris.
in 1893 - Julius Eichberg, composer, dies at 68.
in 1899 - [John] Herbert Whitton Sumsion, organist/composer was born.
in 1903 - Boris Blacher, remarkable German composer, is born at Newchwang, China (of half-German, quarter-Russian, and quarter-Jewish ancestry). His family moved to Irkutsk, Siberia, in 1914, remaining there until 1920. In 1922 Blacher went to Berlin, where he studied architecture and then took a course in composition with F.E. Koch. From 1948 until 1970 he was professor at the Hochschule fur Musik in West Berlin, and from 1953 to 1970 served as its director. A prolific composer, Blacher was equally adept in classical and experimental forms and procedures. He initiated a system of 'Variable meters' with time signatures following the arithmetical progression, alternatively increasing and decreasing, with permutations contributing to metrical variety. For the theater he developed a sui generis "abstract opera” incorporating an element of organized improvisation. In 1960 he was appointed director of the Seminar of Electronic Composition at the Technological Univ. in Berlin, and subsequently made ample use of electronic resources in his own compositions. – Died at Berlin, Jan. 30, 1975.
in 1903 - Erwin Nyiregyhzi, Budapest Hungary, pianist was born.
in 1905 - Anne Schumacher Hummert, radio pioneer is born.
in 1906 - Lanny Ross, Seattle, radio singer (Show Boat, The Swift Show) is born.
in 1909 - Hans Hotter (German operatic bass-baritone) is born.
in 1913 - David Emlyn Evans, composer, conductor and music critic, dies at 69.
in 1914 - Lester Raymond Flatt, bluegrass singer/songwriter and guitarist, is born. Flatt & Scruggs had a huge impact on the development of bluegrass, and they are members of the Country Music Hall of Fame, and were inaugural members of the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor.
in 1915 - Alvy West, Bkln NY, orch leader (Andy Williams Show) is born.
in 1917 - John Raitt, singer and actor, father of Bonnie Raitt, is born.
in 1917 - Rudolf Maros, composer and teacher, is born.
in 1919 - Israel (Clem) Crosby, bassist, is born at Chicago, Ill.
He played trumpet from the age of five, changed to trombone and tuba, and at 13 was gigging regularly on these instruments. He changed to string bass in 1934, with Johnny Long, Anthony Frambro, then with Albert Ammons in the Club Delisa in Chicago. After making his record debut with Gene Krupa, he spent two years with Fletcher Henderson (1936-38). He left in 1939 to spend a year working with Three Sharps and a Flat.
He joined Horace Henderson in September 1940, but left the following May to spend two years in the Teddy Wilson Band. In the summer of 1944 he joined Raymond Scott at CBS where he spent several years as a freelance studio musician, also with James P. Johnson (1945).
From 1951-53 he was with pianist Ahmad Jamal, briefly with Teddy Wilson Trio, then worked with Benny Goodman (late 1956-early 1957 tour of Asia) Crosby returned to work with Ahmad Jamal Trio until the trio disbanded in the spring of 1962, then joined pianist George Shearing; his last recordings were made with Shearing in June 1962. During the following month he returned to Chicago for a medical check-up, and died of a blood clot on the heart. - Died at Chicago, Aug. 11, 1962.
in 1919 - Ray Eberle (US vocalist with Glenn Miller Orchestra/The Modernaires) is born.
in 1920 - Luciano Chailly, prominent Italian music administrator, teacher, and composer, father of Riccardo Chailly;. He studied violin in Ferrara (diploma, 1941) and pursued academic training at the University of Bologna (B.A., 1943). After composition studies with R. Bossi at the Milan Conservatory (diploma, 1945), he studied with Hindemith in Salzburg (1948). He was director of music programming for the RAI (1950-67), and artistic director of Milan's La Scala (1968-71), Turin's Teatro Regio (1972), Milan's Angelicum (1973-75), and Verona's Arena (1975-76). He was again associated with La Scala (from 1977) and was artistic director of the Genoa Opera (1983-85); he also taught at the Milan Conservatory (1968-83). In 1989-90 he was artistic director of the RAI orchestra and choir in Turin. His music is composed in a communicative neo-Classical idiom, with some dodecaphonic incrustations and electronic effects.
in 1926 - Bob Wooler (UK compere, deejay, promoter) is born.
in 1928 - Edward Gerard Schurmann, pianist, conductor and composer, is born.
in 1931 - Horace Parlan (US hard bop & post-bop piano player) is born.
in 1932 - Russ Hamilton Ronald Hulme (UK singer) is born.
in 1934 - Armand Parent, composer, dies at 70.
in 1935 - Johnny O?Keefe, singer known as “Australia’s King of rock ‘n’ roll”. He co-wrote and had the 1958 Australian hit with, Real Wild Child, which was covered by Iggy Pop in 1986. Other hits included 'Shout!', 'Don't You Know Pretty Baby' and 'She's My Baby', is born.
in 1936 - Elliott Schwartz, composer, pianist, writer and teacher, is born.
in 1937 - Giovanna Marini (Italian singer-songwriter) is born.
in 1937 - Phillips Elder Wilson Jr. (US jazz trombonist, arranger, teacher) is born.
in 1938 - Eskil Hemberg, composer and conductor, is born.
in 1939 - Phil Everly, rock and roll singer/songwriter and guitarist, member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (The Everly Brothers), is born.
in 1939 - Sam T. Brown (American session guitarist; Keith Jarrett/others) is born
in 1942 - Michael Crawford, UK actor, singer, (1987 UK No.7 single 'The Music Of The Night'), is born.
in 1943 - Janis Joplin, US singer who had a 1971 US No.1 single with ?Me And Bobby McGee? and a 1971 US No.1 album with Pearl. She died on October 4th 1970 after an accidental heroin overdose, is born.
in 1943 - Joe Butler, rocker is born.
in 1943 - Ray Pizzi (US jazz bassoonist and multi-reedist) is born.
in 1944 - Harold Fraser-Simson, songwriter and composer of scores for musical comedies, dies at 71.
in 1944 - Laurie London, actor, singer. At the age of 13 had the 1958 US No.1 & UK No. 12 single 'He's Got The Whole World In His Hands', is born.
in 1944 - Pehr Henrik Nordgren, composer was born.
in 1944 - Shelley Fabares (US actress, singer) is born.
in 1945 - Charles Benjamin Amirkhanian, American avant-garde composer, influential radio producer, and arts administrator of Armenian descent, is born at Fresno, Calif. He studied English literature at Calif. State University at Fresno (B.A., 1967), interdisciplinary creative arts at San Francisco State Coll. (M.A., 1969), and electronic music and sound recording at Mills Coll. (M.F.A., 1980).
In his early percussion compositions, he experimented with the potentialities of sound phenomena independent of traditional musical content; his Composition No. 1 is a solo for an amplified orchestral Ratchet (1965), and his Symphony I (1965) is scored for 12 Players and 200-odd nonmusical objects, ranging from pitchpipes to pitchforks. In collaboration with the painter Ted Greer, he developed a radical system of notation in which visual images are transduced by performers into sound events. Representative of this intermedia genre are Micah, the Prophet, cantata for 4 Intoning Males, 2 Accordions, 2 Drummers, and 2 Painters (1965), and, particularly, Mooga Pook, a tetraphallic action for Dancers, realistically notated on graph paper (San Francisco, Dec. 12,1967).
An ongoing series of compositions for a neglected instrument was extended in 1998 when he premiered his Octet for Ratchets, each instrument being amplified. He also evolved the art of "text-sound composition/' in which the voice, percussively intoning and articulating decontextualized words and phrases, is featured, either live or recorded, and sometimes both; to this category belong Words (1969), Oratora konkurso rezulto: Auturo de la Jaro, a quadrophonic tape work in Esperanto featuring the voice of composer Lou Harrison (1970), // In Is (1971), Just (1972), Heavy Aspirations, with the voice of Nicolas Slonimsky (1973), Seatbelt Seatbelt (1973), MUGIC (1973), Muchrooms (1974), Mahogany Ballpark (1976), Dutiful Ducks (1977), Dreams Freud Dreamed (1979), Church Car (1980), Hypothetical Moments [in the Intellectual Life of Southern California] (1981), Andas (1982), Dog of Stravinsky (1982), Dumbek Bookache (1986), Ka Himeni Hehena (The Raving Mad Hymn) for 4 Speaking Voices and Tape (1997), and Marathon (1997).
Amirkhanian also spent a number of years touring and performing with the Mugicians Union (with Carol Law, Betsy Davids, and Jim Petrillo) or separately with Carol Law, presenting life text-sound pieces accompanied by painterly light environments produced by mutiple slide projectors. Most of Amirkhanian's compositions since the early 1980s, many produced for radio broadcast, make extensive use of sampled ambient sounds sampled and manipulated by a Synclavier or Kurzweil digital synthesizer. These exploit tensions between the abstract (musical sounds) and the representational (recognizable sound effects).
Among these are Gold and Spirit (for the Los Angeles Summer Olympics; 1984), The Real Perpetuum Mobile (on the occasion of N. Slonimsky's 90th birthday; Los Angeles, April 27, 1984), Metropolis San Francisco (for WDR/K61n Studio 3 Horspiel; 1985-86), Walking Tune ("Portrait of Percy Grainger"; 1986-87), Pas de voix ("Portrait of Samuel Beckett"; 1987), Politics as Usual (incorporating sounds of gongs in the collections of Lou Harrison and Toni Marcus, mixed with sounds of talking parrots, crunching apples, and revolving ice cubes; 1988), Im Frilhling (a reverse tone poem in which sounds from nature imitate late 20th century orchestral music; 1990), Loudspeakers (comprised of voice recordings of the late Morton Feldman; 1990), Chu Lu Lu (1992), and Son of Metropolitan San Francisco (1997).
An August 1994 trip to the Republic of Armenia resulted in the composition of Miatsoom (Reunion, 1994-97), a Horspiel documenting the sounds of music, voices, and ambiences recorded in that country and in the Republic of Mountainous Karabakh. Amirkhanian served as music director at the radio station KPFA in Berkeley, Calif. (1969-92), for which he was awarded the American Music Center's annual Letter of Distinction (1984) and ASCAFs Deems Taylor Award (1989).
He was also producer and host of the "Speaking of Music" interview series at San Francisco's Exploratorium Science Museum (1983-92) and co-founding director (with John Lifton) of the "Composer-to-Composer" Festival in Telluride, Colo. (1988-91). From 1993 to 1997 he was executive director of the Djerassi Resident Artists Program in Woodside, Calif. Since 1992 he has been artistic director of the "Other Minds Festival" in San Francisco. In 1999-2000, along with Carol Law, he was awarded the first-ever Ella Holbrook Walker Fellowship for an extended residency at the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Study & Conference Center in Italy.
in 1945 - Charles Amirkhanian, composer was born.
in 1945 - Rod Evans, rocker (Deep Purple-Come Taste the Band) is born.
in 1945 - Trevor Williams (UK bass guitarist, vocalist, lyricist; Audience/Nashville Teens/others) is born.
in 1946 - Dolly Rebecca Parton, country and pop singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and actress, "Queen of Country," is born. Parton is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, the National Academy of Popular Music/Songwriters Hall of Fame, and has received the US National Medal of Arts, as well as many other awards and honors.
in 1947 - Rod Evans (UK singer; Deep Purple/ Captain Beyond/ The Maze/ The Horizons) is born.
in 1948 - Harvey Hinsley, Hot Chocolate, (1977 UK NO.1 & US No.3 single 'So You Win Again', plus over 25 other Top 40 hits), is born.
in 1949 - Robert Palmer, singer, songwriter, member of Vinegar Joe and solo artist, (1986 US No.1 & UK No.5 single 'Addicted To Love'), is born.
in 1950 - Francis Buchholz, The Scorpions, (1991 UK No.2 single 'Wind Of Change'), is born.
in 1951 - Constantin Nottara, violinist, composer, conductor and music critic, dies at 60.
in 1951 - Dewey Bunell, America, (1972 US No.1 & UK No.3 single 'Horse With No Name'), is born.
in 1951 - Martha Davis (UK vocalist; The Motels) is born.
in 1952 – Eric Leeds, American jazz and funk musician, saxophone and other woodwind and brass instruments. Best known for his work with Prince. Played on The Black Album, Lovesexy and Batman albums, is born.
in 1953 - Michael Boddicker American film composer and session musician. Played synthesizer on Michael Jackson's albums, Thriller, Bad and Dangerous, is born.
in 1954 - Francis Buchholz (German bassist; Scorpions) is born.
in 1954 - Katey Sagal (American actress, singer, writer) is born.
in 1955 - Simon Rattle, conductor, is born.
in 1956 - Carman Dominic Licciardello (US Contemporary Christian multi-musician, writer) is born.
in 1957 - Mickey Virtue, keyboards, UB40, (1983 UK No.1 & 1988 US No.1 single 'Red Red Wine' and over 30 other UK Top 40 hits) is born.
in 1959 - The Platters 'Smoke Gets In Your Eyes', started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart.
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in 1960 - Joe Magnarelli (American trumpeter) is born
in 1962 - Darren 'Wiz' Brown (UK lead-singer, guitarist; Serpico/Mega City Four/Ipanema) is born.
in 1963 - Caron Wheeler, vocals, Soul II Soul, (1989 UK No.1 single 'Back To Life') Is born).
in 1963 - The Beatles made their first national TV appearance in the UK on 'Thank Your Lucky Stars' performing 'Please Please Me'.
in 1964 - Ricardo Arjona (Guatemalan composer, singer, basketball player) is born.
in 1966 - Lena Philipsson (Swedish singer; Eurovision Song Contest 2004) is born.
in 1967 - Pink Floyd and Marmalade played at The Marquee Club, London.
in 1967 - The Beatles began recording ?A Day in the Life? at Abbey Road studio?s London, recording four takes of the new song.
in 1967 - The Monkees were at No.1 on the UK singles with 'I'm A Believer', the group's only UK No.1.
in 1968 - William Whitfield Crane IV, rock singer (Ugly Kid Joe), is born.
in 1969 - Trey Lorenz, US singer, sang on Mariah Carey's 1992 UK No.2 & US No 1 version of the Jackson Five hit 'I'll Be There' is born).
in 1971 - Harry Shields dies at age 71. American jazz clarinetist, born in uptown New Orleans, Louisiana, the younger brother of noted clarinetist Larry Shields. Harry spent almost his whole career in New Orleans. He played with the bands of Norman Brownlee, Sharkey Bonano, Tom Brown, Johnny Wiggs, and others. Many fellow musicians regarded Harry as superior to his more famous brother, Larry. Johnny Wiggs commented that he was the only clarinetist he'd heard who could always play the right note without fail
in 1971 - Tracks from The Beatles White Album (including 'Helter Skelter), were played in the courtroom at the Sharon Tate murder trial to find out if any songs could have influenced Charles Manson and his followers to commit murder. Actress Sharon Tate who was married to film director Roman Polanski, was eight and a half months pregnant when she was murdered in her home, along with four others, by followers of Charles Manson.
in 1971- John Wozniak (US lead singer, guitarist, song writer; Marcy Playground) is born.
in 1972 - Angham Mohamed Ali Suleiman (Egyptian singer, record producer, actress) is born.
in 1972 - Michael Rabin dies at age 35. American violinist of Romanian-Jewish descent. He began to learn the violin at 7 and studied with Galamian in New York and at the Meadowmount School of Music, then the Juilliard School. He went on to appear with a number of orchestras before his Carnegie Hall debut on 29 November 1951 in the Paganini D major Concerto, with Dimitri Mitropoulos conducting the New York Philharmonic at the age of 15. He first appeared in London on 13 December 1954, aged only 18, playing the Tchaikovsky Concerto in D at the Royal Albert Hall with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Michael played in a bel canto style and toured widely, playing in all the major cities of the U.S., Europe, South America and Australia. He performed for many years on the "Kubelik" Guarnerius del Gesu of 1735 (he died from a head injury from a fall at his New York apartment).
in 1973 - Antero Manninen (Finnish cellist) is born.
in 1974 - Al Wilson went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Show And Tell'.
in 1974 - Black Oak Arkansas appeared at Kent State University, Kent Ohio. Support act was Bruce Springsteen. Tickets cost $4.00.
in 1975 - Noah Georgeson (US multi-musician, singer, producer) is born.
in 1977 – Cocco Satoko Makishi (Japanese singer) is born.
in 1977 – Nicole Denisse Lillian Laval Soza (Chilean singer) is born.
in 1978 - John Parker, double bass, human beatbox, vocals, Nizlopi, (2005 UK No.1 single ?JCB Song?) is born.
in 1978 - Johnny Rotten was fired from The Sex Pistols for 'not being weird enough anymore.'
in 1978 - Ricky Wilson (UK lead singer; Kaiser Chiefs) is born.
in 1978 - VL Mike Michael Allen (American rapper) is born.
in 1979 – Wiley Richard Kylea Cowie (UK rapper) is born.
in 1980 - 'Brass In Pocket' gave The Pretenders their first UK No.1 single. The bands self-titled debut album started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK chart also on this day.
in 1980 - Kotoko (Japanese singer) is born.
in 1980 - Pink Floyd's 'The Wall', started a 15-week run at No.1 on the US album chart. The group's third US No.1, it went on to sell over 8 million copies.
in 1980 - Richard Franko Goldman, composer, conductor, teacher author and music critic, dies at 69
in 1982 - Angela Chang (Taiwanese singer, actress) is born.
in 1982 - Elis Regina dies at age 36. Brazilian singer born in Porto Alegre and went on to become one of the most ferociously talented singers to emerge from Brazil. She began her career as a singer at age 11 on a children's radio show, O Clube Do Guri on Rádio Farroupilha. In 1959, she was contracted by Rádio Gaúcha and in the next year she travelled to Rio de Janeiro where she recorded her first LP, Viva a Brotolândia. Her recordings sold well and she was soon a teenage star. Elis's career showed no signs of slowing as the 1970s came to a close; some of her best records were recorded during this time, and one album simply called Elis & Tom, recorded in Los Angeles with Antonio Carlos Jobim, has been called by many journalists and musicians one of the greatest Brazilian pop records ever made. (Sadly she was found dead of alcohol and cocaine intoxication. A few days after her death, a memorial concert was held in São Paulo featuring many of Brazil's most famous singers. Over 100,000 grieving Brazilians came to pay their final respects to this highly gifted singer).
in 1983 - Utada Hikaru (American-Japanese pop singer, songwriter) is born.
in 1985 - "Born In The USA" by Bruce Springsteen peaked at #9.
in 1985 - Alison Moyet went to No.1 on the UK album chart with her debut solo album Alf.
in 1985 - Rika Ishikawa (Japanese pop vocalist; Morning Musume) is born.
in 1988 - Bon Jovi's and Motley Crue manager Doc McGheep pleaded guilty to importing more than 40,000lb of marijuana into the US.
in 1990 - Alberto Semprini dies at age 81. English pianist; born in Bath, Somerset, he was famous for appearances on the BBC, mainly on radio. He showed early talent for both the piano and cello and graduated in 1928 from the Verdi Conservatory in Milan, having studied composition and conducting as well as honing his skills at the piano. His initial fame came from headlining a light music programme, Semprini Serenade, which he introduced with the words: "Old ones, new ones, loved ones, neglected ones". It first aired on BBC Radio in 1957 and continued for around 25 years. His 'house band' was the New Abbey Light Symphony Orchestra. Alberto also wrote a number of original compositions on the lighter side of the musical repertoire, including Mediterranean Concerto, which he used as the theme tune for his radio show.
in 1990 - Singer Mel Appleby died of Pneumonia aged 23 following treatment for spinal cancer. Had been one half of the duo Mel and Kim. Appleby initially worked as a glamour model, (in 1987 she did a photo shoot for Mayfair). Mel & Kim had the 1997 UK No.1 ‘Respectable’.
in 1991 - Enigma went to No.1 for one week on the UK singles chart with 'Sadness Part One'.
in 1991 - Janet Jackson went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Love Will Never Do', her 5th US No.1, a No.31 hit in the UK.
in 1993 - Fleetwood Mac re-formed to perform at Bill Clinton's inauguration. The band's "Don't Stop" was used as the theme for his campaign.
in 1995 - Gene MacLellan dies at age 56. Canadian composer and singer born in Val-d'Or, Quebec, he grew up in Toronto, Ontario. Among his notable compositions were "Snowbird", made famous by Anne Murray, "Put Your Hand in the Hand," made famous by the band Ocean, "The Call", "Pages of Time" and "Thorn in My Shoe". Elvis Presley, Joan Baez and Bing Crosby were among the many artists who recorded his songs and in he won a Juno Award in 1971 as best songwriter. Gene was a frequent guest on Don Messer's Jubilee and later a regular cast member of Singalong Jubilee with Anne Murray and Bill Langstroth. In 1996 Gene was posthumously inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. (reportedly suicide)
in 1997 - Madonna won the Best Actress award for her role in Evita at the Golden Globe Awards.
in 1998 - Carl Perkins dies at age 65. American singer, guitarist, songwriter, a pioneer of rockabilly music, his influence as the quintessential rockabilly artist has played a big part in the development of every generation of rockers to come down the path since, from Jimi Hendrix to the Beatles' George Harrison to the Stray Cats' Brian Setzer. Born in Tiptonville, Tennessee, he was crowned "the King of Rockabilly", his best known song is his self penned "Blue Suede Shoes" which was the first record by a Sun label artist to sell a million copies. Other songs include "Turn Around", "Gone Gone Gone" "Dixie Fried", "Put Your Cat Clothes On", "Right String, Wrong Yo-Yo", "You Can't Make Love to Somebody", "Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby", "That Don't Move Me", "Boppin' the Blues" "Jive After Five", "Rockin' Record Hop", "Levi Jacket (And a Long Tail Shirt)", "Pop, Let Me Have the Car", "Hambone", "Pink Pedal Pushers", "Anyway the Wind Blows", "Pointed Toe Shoes", and "Sister Twister" among many others. Carl was inducted into the Rock and Roll, the Rockabilly, and the Nashville Songwriters Halls of Fame; and was a Grammy Hall of Fame Award recipient (died after suffering two strokes).
in 1998 - Joey Ramone from The Ramones was admitted to hospital in New York suffering from a blood related illness.
in 2001 - It was reported that Paul McCartney was set to become the world?s first pop star billionaire. McCartney was said to be worth 725 million and was expected to become a billionaire after huge sales from The Beatles compilation hits album.
in 2003 - Norah Jones started a three week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ?Come Away With Me?, also a UK No.1.
in 2003 - UK TV's Fame Academy winner David Sneddon started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Stop Living The Lie'. Sneddon was a busker before he got on the show as a late replacement.
in 2006 - Wilson Pickett dies at age 63. American R&B, rock and roll and soul singer and songwriter.A major figure in the development of American soul music, Pickett recorded over 50 songs which made the US R&B charts, and frequently crossed over to the US Billboard Hot 100. Among his best known hits are "In the Midnight Hour", "Land of 1,000 Dances", "Mustang Sally", and "Funky Broadway". The impact of Pickett's songwriting and recording led to his 1991 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (heart attack).
in 2007 - Denny Doherty dies at age 66. Canadian singer-songwriter and guitaristDenny was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In 1960, aged 19, Denny co-founded a folk group called The Colonials in Montreal, Quebec. When they got a record deal with Columbia Records, they changed their name to The Halifax Three, and had a minor hit, "The Man Who Wouldn't Sing Along With Mitch" In 1963, Doherty struck up a friendship with Cass Elliot when she was with a band called "The Big Three". Shortly after a tour together (died of kidney failure following surgery on a abdominal aneurysm)
in 2007 - Murat Nasyrov dies at age 37. Russian pop singer and composer born in Alma-Ata, Kazakh SSR, Soviet Union, (tragically jumped off a balcony, for reasons unknown. There were reports that it was the result of ingesting the hallucinagenic drug LSD, possibly dissolved in some alcohol he drank a few hours before his death, although the postmortem examination of a body did not reveal any traces of alcohol or drugs).
in 2008 - John Stewart dies at age 68. American songwriter singer and musician, he demonstrated an early talent for music, learning the guitar and banjo, and composing his first song "Shrunken Head Boogie" when he was just ten years old. He formed a school garage band known as "Johnny Stewart and the Furies." Influenced by the icons of the day, Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly, the Furies toured southern California colleges and coffee houses, releasing one single, "Rockin' Anna," which was a minor, regional hit. John is better known for his contributions to the American folk music movement of the 1960s while a member of The Kingston Trio from 1961to 1967. As a songwriter he wrote the song "Daydream Believer," which was a huge number one hit for the Monkees, followed by the hit "Gold" for Fleetwood Mac. Among the dozens of songs he has written and recorded many have been covered by artists from Pat Boone to The Four Tops to Joan Baez. (massive stroke or brain aneurysm)
in 2012 - Dave Millen dies at age 66. English lead guitarist for the pop/beat group from Preston, Lancashire, The Puppets. They backed artists such as Brenda Lee, The Ronettes, Dee Dee Sharp, Gene Vincent, Vince Eager, Marty Wilde, Michael Cox, Duffy Power, Jess Conrad Crispian St. Peters, Billy Fury and Millie. - Born January 29th 1943.
in 2012 - Anthony Gonsalves dies at age 84. Indian film music composer born in the village of Majorda; during the mid-1950s, attempted to merge the symphonies of his Goan heritage with the Hindustani melodies and rhythms in films of the day. In 1958, he founded the Indian Symphony Orchestra (not the Symphony Orchestra of India) featuring playback singers Lata Mangeshkar and Manna Dey as soloists. In 1965, he quit the film industry and went to the United States, via a travelling grant from Syracuse University in New York. He became a member of the American Society of Composers, Publishers and Authors, and later in returned to India, settled in his ancestral village of Majorda in Goa, and continued composing music. (pneumonia and hypotension) - Born 1927.
in 2012 - Winston Riley dies at age 65. Jamaican reggae musician and producer, born in Kingston, Jamaica. He started in the music industry at 16 years old in 1962, when he formed The Techniques harmony group, which recorded their first tracks for Byron Lee, and then later recorded for Duke Reid. In 1968, he left the group and formed his own Techniques record label, moving into production, producing artistes like Boris Gardiner, The Escorts, Alton and Hortense Ellis, and Johnny Osbourne. His own song, "Double Barrel", performed by Dave and Ansell Collins under Riley's own production, was one of the first international reggae hits, reaching No.1 in the Dutch and UK Singles Chart (On 1 November 2011, Winston was shot in the head at his home in Kingston. He had been the subject of several earlier attacks. He died after being in a coma since the shooting) - Born May 14th 1943.
in 2012 - Errol Scorcher/Errol Archer dies at age 55. Jamaican reggae DJ, he had several hits in the 1970s with tracks such as "Jolly Bus-Ting", "Engineers Affair" and "Peace Truce". In 1978 he joined Nicodemus, Nigger Kojak, and Mother Liza on Prince Jammy's Tapetone sound system, which soon became Jamaica's top system. His first album, Rasta Fire, was also released on the United Artists offshoot Ballistic, on which he was backed by The Revolutionaries. In '79 he had a hit with "Roach in a De Corner" and "Frog In a Water". He worked with Ansell Collins on a series of recordings including "Mosquitoes", which was also a hit. He also set up his own Scorcher label and began production work on both his own recordings and for artists such as Tony Tuff. - Born 1956.
in 2012 - Giancarlo Bigazzi dies at age 71. Italian record producer, composer, lyricist, and the former bandleader of the group of Squallor. Born in Florence, he went on to write some of the greatest hit records of Italian pop music, including Red Roses; Blue-eyed Lisa; I love you; Gloria; You Can Give More; Seafarers, Self Control; Men Do Not Change; I Do Not Love Me; Fall In Love and Bella Bitch, as well as writing and composing for film and television. Also in 1971 he formed the band Squallor, for whom he was the principal lyricist. The band, which was active until 1994, had thier biggest success in 1985 with the album Touch the Apricot. - Born September 5th 1940.
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in 1586 - Johann Hermann Schein, German composer (Fontana d'Israel) is born.
in 1681 - Francesco Bartolomeo Conti, eminent Italian composer, theorbist, and mandolinist, is born at Florence. He settled in Vienna, and was assoc. theorbist (1701--06; 1707--08) and principal theorist (1708-26) at the court. In 1713 he also became court composer. After the death of his first wife in 1711, he married the court prima donna Maria Landini, who sang the principal roles in his operas between 1714 and 1721. Following her death in 1722, he married the court prima donna Maria Anna Lorenzani in 1725, who also sang the principal roles in his operas. Conti was an outstanding composer of both secular and sacred dramatic works. His tragicommedia, Don Chiscioiie in Sierra Morena (Vienna, Carnival 1719), was one of his most remarkable works. His son, Ignazio Maria Conti (born probably in Florence, 1699; died Vienna, March 28, 1759), was a theorist and composer who was active at the court in Vienna from 1719. Among his works were operas, oratorios, masses, and cantatas. - Died at Vienna, July 20, 1732.
in 1691 - Christian de Placker, composer, dies at 77.
in 1703 - Joseph-Hector Fiocco, composer is born.
in 1743 - Pascal Boyer, composer and musicologist, is born.
in 1759 - Giuseppe Bertini, Italian musicographer, son of Salvatore Bertini, is born at Palermo. He studied at the Scuole Pie degli Scolopi, and later entered the priesthood without abandoning his work in musical lexicography. He compiled the Dizionario storico-critico degli scrittori di musica (Palermo, 1814-15), which is still of some value for its entries on obscure Italian musicians. - Died at Palermo, March 15, 1852.
in 1761 - Giovanni Domenico Perotti, composer is born.
in 1762 - Jerome-Joseph de Momigny, composer and music theorist, is born. In his Cours complet d'harmonie et de composition, d'après une théorie neuve et générale de la musique, he introduces a new theory about the significance of the upbeat over the downbeat, later picked up by Hugo Riemann. The emphasis on the upbeat is an element of jazz music, though there are classical composers who've used it.
in 1783 -(Justus Johann) Friedrich Dotzauer, famous German cellist, is born at Haselrieth, near Hildburghausen. He studied piano and violin with Heuschkel and Gleichmann, cello with Hessner, and composition with Ruttinger in Hildburghausen. He made his debut as a cellist at a court concert (1798) and then completed his cello studies with Kriegck in Meiningen (1799). He was a member of the Meiningen Court Orchestra (1801-5) and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra (1805-11) before joining the Dresden Court Orchestra (1811), where he served as I" cellist (1821-50). He prepared several valuable teaching manuals. He wrote an opera, Graziosa (Dresden, 1841), symphonies, overtures, cello concertos and other works for cello, sonatas, masses, etc., but these works are conventional and undistinguished. Among his pupils were Carl Schuberth, Friedrich Kummer, and his own son, Karl Ludwig Dotzauer (b. Dresden, Dec. 7, 1811; d. Kassel, July 1, 1897),who was cellist in the Kassel Court Orch. (1830-97). - Died at Dresden, March 6, 1860.
in 1789 - Johann Christoph Oley, organist and composer, dies at 50.
in 1798 - Johann Christian Innocenz Bonaventura Cannabich, violinist, composer and friend of Mozart, dies at 66.
in 1809 - Sebastián Iradier Salaverri Sebastián Yradier, composer, is born. Yradier is today remembered for his habaneras, including "La Paloma," and "El Arreglito," which was used by Georges Bizet in his opera Carmen.
in 1830 - Michal Bogdanowicz, composer, dies at 50
in 1838 - Pierre-Louis Hus-Desforges, cellist, composer and conductor, dies at 64.
in 1844 - Johan Peter Selmer, Norwegian composer, is born.
in 1855 - Amedée-Ernest Chausson, distinguished French composer, is born at Paris. He studied with Massenet at the Paris Conservatory, then took private lessons with Franck, and began to compose. The influence of Wagner as well as that of Franck determined the harmonic and melodic elements in Chausson's music. Despite these derivations, however, he succeeded in establishing an individual style, tense in its chromaticism and somewhat flamboyant in its melodic expansion. The French character of his music is unmistakable in the elegance and clarity of its structural plan. He was active in musical society in Paris and was secretary of the Societe Nationale de Musique from 1889 until his death. He composed relatively little music; possessing private means, he was not compelled to seek employment as a professional musician. - Died in a bicycle accident in Limay, near Mantes, June 10, 1899.
in 1857 - Edward Francis Fitzwilliam, composer and music director, dies at 32 of tuberculosis.
in 1859 - Bettina Brentano von Arnim, writer, publisher, composer, singer, visual artist, and illustrator, friend of Goethe and Beethoven, dies at 73.
in 1867 - Yvette Guilbert (French music-hall singer, actress) is born.
in 1870 - Guillaume Jean Joseph Nicolas Lekeu, composer is born
in 1876 - Josef Hofmann (Polish-American virtuoso pianist, composer) is born.
in 1888 - Leadbelly, Louisiana, blues 12 string guitarist (Rock Island Line) is born.
in 1890 - Franz Paul Lachner, composer and conductor, dies at 86.
in 1894 - Birth of American composer Walter Hamor Piston was born in Rockland, Maine.
in 1891 - Mischa Elman, virtuoso Ukranian violinist, is born.
in 1891 - Emmanuel Bay, Russian pianist, is born at Simferopol. He was a student of Drosdov at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, graduating with first prize in 1913. After taking a master class with Godowsky in Vienna, he established himself as an excellent accompanist and toured with Zimbalist (1922-29) and Heifetz (1931-51). He also toured with Elman, Milstein, Francescatti, Szigeti, Piatigorsky, Peerce, and Traubel. - Died at Jerusalem, Dec. 2, 1967.
in 1896 - Elmer (Rafael) Diktonius, composer, musicologist and poet, is born.
in 1899 - Alexander Tcherepnin, composer is born.
in 1900 - Boris Semyonovich Shekhter, composer is born.
in 1905 - Stanislaw Pilinski, composer, dies at 65.
in 1908 – Wilfred Conwell Bain, American music educator and administrator, is born at Shawville, Quebec. He was educated at Houghton Coll. (A.B., 1929) and York University (M.A., 1936; Ed.D., 1938). He was head of the music dept. at Central Coll., S.C. (1929-30), then of voice and choral music at Houghton College (1931-38). He was dean of music at North Tex. State University (1938-47). In 1947 he was appointed dean of the Ind. University School of Music in Bloomington. By the time he retired in 1973, it had become one of the foremost music schools in the world. - Died at Bloomington, Ind., March 7, 1997.
in 1910 - Nina Verchinina, dancer choreographer/teacher) is born.
in 1910 - Ennio Porrino, composer and teacher, called by Felix Karlinger, "the greatest musician in Italy after Puccini," is born.
in 1914 - Emil Liebling, pianist, composer, teacher and musicologist, dies at 62.
in 1914 - Henry Southwick Perkins, composer, publisher of song collections and teacher, dies at 80. Perkins founded a music school in Chicago.
in 1914 - Roy Plomley (Desert Island Discs radio presenter) is born.
in 1918 - Juan García Esquivel (Mexican bandleader, pianist, composer) is born.
in 1919 - Royalton Kisch, conductor, is born.
in 1919 - Stepan Lucky, Czech composer, is born.
in 1921 - Connie Haines Yvonne Marie Antoinette JaMais (American singer) is born.
in 1922 - Ray(mond) Anthony (Antonini), jazz trumpeter, bandleader, is born at Bentleyville, Pa.
Anthony played with Glenn Miller for two years and with Jimmy Dorsey for ten years before forming his own band with only his trumpet and a French horn for brass. After navy service (1942-46), including leading a band in the Pacific, Anthony's more conventional dance band was the most successful Miller imitator in the early 1950s. Anthony had several hit singles during 1950-54, including "Dragnet." He co-wrote the novelty tune 'The Bunny Hop/' and the hit single "Dancing in the Dark," which won an award as the best dance band record of 1953. Anthony was married to actress Mamie Van Doren. He bought The Billy May Band in 1954, hiring Sam Donahue to front it. Anthony also had plenty of film and television work in the 1950s, including an appearance in the film "Daddy Long Legs." He later led smaller combos, had a band in Las Vegas in 1980, and formed bands in the 1980s.
in 1923 - Nora Brockstedt (Norwegian singer; Eurovision Song Contest 1960/61) is born.
in 1924 - Yvonne Loriod, pianist and teacher, is born.
in 1924 - Ottis Dewey "Slim" Whitman Jr., country singer/songwriter and guitarist, member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, is born.
in 1924 - Johnny Hawksworth (UK composer, double bassist; Ted Heath Band) is born.
in 1926 - David Eugene Tudor, pianist, composer and teacher, is born.
in 1927 - Bill LeSage (UK pianist, vibraphonist; Johnny Dankworth Seven/others) is born
in 1928 - Lee Pockriss, songwriter, is born.
in 1928 - Antonio (Jacques) de Almeida, French conductor of Portuguese-American descent, is born at Paris.
He studied with Alberto Ginastera in Buenos Aires, attended the Mass. Institute of Technology, received training in theory from Paul Hindemith at Yale University (B.Mus., 1949), and took courses in conducting with Koussevitzky and Bernstein at the Berkshire Music Center in Tangle wood. After serving as a conductor with the Portuguese Radio in Lisbon (1957-60), he was principal conductor of the Stuttgart Philharmonic (1960-64). He was the principal guest conductor of the Houston Symphony Orchestra (1969-71), and then music director of the Nice Philharmonic (1976-78). In 1993 he became music director of the Moscow Symphony Orchestra. As a guest conductor, Almeida appeared with many of the world's major orchestras and opera houses; he also was active in researching and editing the works of Offenbach. - Died at Pittsburgh, Feb. 18, 1997.
in 1929 - Jimmy Cobb (American jazz drummer; freelance/sessions/guest) is born.
in 1931 - Hachidai Nakamura (Japanese songwriter, pianist) is born.
in 1931 - Birgit Finnila, Swedish contralto, is born at Falkenberg.
She studied with I. Linden in Goteborg and with Roy Henderson at the Royal Academy of Music in London. In 1963 she made her formal concert debut in Goteborg, and then sang regularly in her homeland. After making her London debut in 1966, she sang in Germany. In 1967 she made her operatic debut as Gluck's Orfeo in Goteborg. In 1968 she toured North America, and then appeared in many of the major European music centers. She was active principally as a concert artist, appearing as a soloist with the major orchs. and as a recitalist.
in 1932 - King Coleman Carlton Coleman (US R&B singer. radio DJ; James Brown/solo) is born
in 1933 - Ron Townson, pop, R&B, soul singer (5th Dimension), is born.
in 1935 - Dorothy Provine (US singer, dancer, actress, comedienne) is born.
in 1935 - Sandor Balassa, distinguished Hungarian composer and teacher, is born at Budapest.
He studied choral conducting at the Bela Bartok Music Secondary School (1952-56) and composition with Szervansky at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music (graduated, 1965) in Budapest. From 1964 to 1980 he was a music producer for the Hungarian Radio, and then was a professor at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music until his retirement in 1996. In 1972 he was awarded the Erkel Prize, in 1983 the Kossuth Prize, and in 1988 and 1999 the Bartok- Pasztory Prize. He was made a Merited Artist in 1983 and an Outstanding Artist in 1989 by the Hungarian government.
in 1939 - Charles Ives' 1st sonata, Concord, premieres.
in 1940 - Jorge Peixinho, pianist, composer and conductor, is born.
in 1941 - Béla Bartók's 6th string quartet premieres in NYC.
in 1941 - Pierre Lalonde (Canadian singer, television host) is born
in 1942 - Billy Powell, R&B and soul singer (The O'Jays), is born.
in 1942 - Slim Whitman, yoddler/country singer (Home on the Range) is born.
in 1943 - Rick Evans, rock singer/songwriter and guitarist (Zager and Evans), is born.
in 1943 - Valery Ponomarev (Russian born jazz trumpeter) is born.
in 1943 - Giacomo Benvenuti, composer and musicologist, dies at 57.
in 1944 - Chuck Domanico (US bass player; West Coast sessionist) is born.
in 1944 - Farhad Mehrad (Persian rock singer-songwriter, multi-musician; Black Cats/solo) is born.
in 1945 - Eric Stewart, rock singer/songwriter, guitarist and record producer (The Mindbenders, 10cc), is born.
in 1946 - Jimmy Chambers, R&B/pop singer (Londonbeat), is born.
in 1947 - George Grantham, country rock drummer and singer (Poco), is born.
in 1947 - Ronald Townson, rock singer (5th Dimension-We Can Fly) is born.
in 1947 - Malcolm McLaren, founded rock group (Sex Pistols-God Save the Queen) is born.
in 1947 - George Grantham, rocker (Poco-Crazy Eyes) is born.
in 1948 - Mel Pritchard, rock drummer (Barclay James Harvest), is born.
in 1950 - Henk Batenburgh, cabaret performer/singer (Waaldrecht) is born.
in 1951 - Ian Hill, rock bassist (Judas Priest), is born.
in 1951 - Ivan Fischer (Hungarian conductor) is born.
in 1952 - Stanley Eisen "Paul Stanley" rock singer/songwriter and guitarist (KISS), is born.
in 1952 - Arthur Farwell, composer, conductor, teacher, lithographer, esoteric savant, and music publisher, dies at 74.
in 1952 - Paul Stanley, [Eisen], rock guitarist (KISS-Beth) is born
in 1954 - Michael Anthony, rock bassist, singer and keyboardist (Van Halen, Chickenfoot), is born.
in 1954 - Ken Page (US cabaret singer, actor) is born
in 1954 - Dmitri Shostakovich's Concertino opus 94 premieres.
in 1956 - Riccardo Del Fra (Italian session bassist) is born
in 1957 - Andy Sheppard (Award winning UK flautist and tenor saxophonist) is born.
in 1958 - Rick Nelson started a two-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Ricky'.
in 1959 - Dmitri Shostakovich's Moscow-Tsjerjomoesjki premieres in Moscow.
in 1960 - Scott Thunes (US guitarist; Frank Zappa/Steve Vai/ The Waterboys) is born
in 1961 - Francis Poulenc's Gloria premieres in Boston.
in 1964 - Jan Rychlik, composer and music theorist, dies at 47. Rychlik was an accomplished jazz drummer.
in 1964 - "Meet The Beatles" album released in US
in 1965 - Nathan Moore (vocals, Brother Beyond/ Pop Idol manager) is born
in 1965 - John Michael Montgomery (US country singer, rhythm) is born
in 1965 - Greg Kriesel (UK bass; The Offspring) is born
in 1965 - Heather Small (UK singer, M People) is born
in 1965 - Alan Freed Moondog dies at age 43. American disc-jockey commonly referred to as the "father of rock and roll”, he became internationally known for promoting African-American Rhythm and Blues music on the radio in the United States and Europe under the name of Rock and Roll. In 1949, he moved to Cleveland and, in April 1950, he joined WXEL-TV/Channel 9 as the afternoon movie show host. The next year, he got a job playing classical music on Cleveland radio station WJW. On July 11th1951, Alan started playing rhythm and blues records on WJW and called his show "The Moondog House" and billed himself as "The King of the Moondoggers". He had been inspired by an offbeat instrumental called "Moondog Symphony" that had been recorded by New York street musician Louis T. Hardin, aka "Moondog". In 1954, following his success on the air in Cleveland, Alan moved to New York City where he turned WINS into a rock and roll radio station, which it would remain until April 19th 1965 when it became a news outlet. He began recording a weekly half-hour segment of the Radio Luxembourg show called Jamboree that was aired on Saturday nights at 9:30 PM. Jamboree with Alan Freed was heard throughout the British Isles and much of Europe via the powerful AM nighttime signal of Radio Luxembourg, 208, and outside of Europe by a simultaneous relay via transmission on shortwave. It was at the height of Alan's career at the beginning of his new television series that various individuals decided to use him as a scapegoat for all that was wrong with the recorded music industry. His show, The Big Beat (which predated American Bandstand), on ABC, was suddenly canceled after an episode in which Frankie Lymon of Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers was seen dancing with a white girl. His career ended when accusations were made, and proven, that he had accepted payola, or accepted bribes from record companies to play specific records. He moved to the West Coast in 1960, where he worked at KDAY-AM in Santa Monica, California. In 1962, after KDAY refused to allow him to promote "rock and roll" stage shows, Freed moved to WQAM in Miami, Florida, but that association lasted 2 months (died of uremia and cirrhosis of the liver brought on by alcoholism)
in 1966 - Tracy Ulrich "Tracii Guns," rock singer/songwriter and guitarist (L A Guns, Guns N' Roses), is born.
in 1966 - Chris Morris, NBA forward (Utah Jazz) is born.
in 1966 - The Spencer Davis Group were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Keep On Running'.
in 1967 - The Monkees TV show was shown for the first time in the UK.
in 1967 - Joe Pasquale, rocker (Prey) is born.
in 1968 - One hit wonders John Fred and the Playboy Band started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Judy In Disguise, (With Glasses)', it made No.3 in the UK. The song was inspired by The Beatles 'Lucy In The Sky'.
in 1968 - Fleetwood Mac, The Move, The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown and Fairport Convention all appeared at the Roundhouse Chalk Farm in London, England.
in 1969 - Bruce Springsteen had two of his poems published in the Ocean County College Literary Yearbook Seascapes. Springsteen was in his second semester at the Toms River, New Jersey College.
in 1969 - Nicky Wire Nicholas Allen Jones (Welsh bassist; Manic Street Preachers) is born
in 1969 - Tina O'Neill (UK drummer; We've Got A Fuzzbox And We're Gonna Use It = Fuzzbox) is born.
in 1970 - During a UK tour Led Zeppelin appeared at Leeds Town Hall, England.
in 1970 - Edwin McCain (US pop/rock singer, guitarist, composer) is born
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in 1970 - Mark Trojanowski (US drummer; Sister Hazel) is born
in 1970 - Mitch Benn (UK comedian, songwriter, actor) is born
in 1971 - Paul Albert Masvidal (US guitarist, singer; Cynic) is born
in 1971 – Questlove Ahmir Thompson (US drummer, DJ, music journalist; The Roots) is born
in 1971 - Derrick Green (US singer; heavy metal band Sepultura) is born
in 1971 - Gary Barlow (UK singer, pianoist, songwriter, Take That/solo) is born.
in 1972 - On the first date of a UK tour, Pink Floyd premiered their new album Dark Side Of The Moon at The Dome, Brighton, England.
in 1971 - John Lennon meets Yoko Ono's parents in Japan
in 1975 - Franz André, violinist, conductor and composer, dies at 81.
in 1975 - The US Top 5 singles: No.5, Stevie Wonder, 'Boogie On Reggae Woman', No.4, Ohio Players, 'Fire', No.3, Barry Manilow, 'Mandy', No.2, Neil Sedaka, 'Laughter In The Rain', No.1, The Carpenters, 'Please Mr Postman'.
in 1977 - Melody Nathalie T'Sobbel (Belgian singer) is born.
in 1978 – Sid Wilson (US turntablist; Slipknot) is born.
in 1979 – Will Young (UK singer) is born.
in 1979 – Rob Bourdon (US drummer; Linkin Park) is born .
in 1979 - Gustav Winckler dies at age 53). Danish singer; he grew up in the Nørrebro district of Copenhagen, and in 1948 he won a talent competition at National Scala Theatre in Copenhagen, by 1950 he made regular appearances on Danmarks Radio and his first professional recording. Through the 1950s he recorded and toured in Denmark, Germany, under the name Gunnar Winkler and England under the name of Sam Payne. In 1957 he qualified in the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix to represent Denmark at the Eurovision Song Contest, where he sung "Skibet skal sejle i nat"/"The ship is leaving tonight" with Birthe Wilke. They finished in third place and stunned television audiences with a 32-second long kiss at the end of their performance. He participated in the Danish Melodi Grand Prix twice afterwards, in 1964 with "Ugler i mosen", and then in 1966 with "Salami" (Car accident)
in 1979 - Chic appeared at London's Hammersmith Odeon. The group's latest single 'Le Freak' had reached No.7 on the UK chart.
in 1982 - During a Ozzy Osbourne concert in Des Moines, Iowa, a member of the audience threw an unconscious bat onto the stage. Thinking it was one of his rubber fakes, Ozzy picked it up and bit off its head. The singer was taken to hospital to be given a rabies injection.
in 1982 - Stiff Little Fingers played the first night of an 11-date tour at The Tower in Hull, promoting their new 4-track EP. The press ads said, 'Pay no more than £1.10, more cuts than Maggie Thatcher.'
in 1983 - Def Leppard released their third studio album 'Pyromania' which featured new guitarist Phil Collen and was produced by Robert John "Mutt" Lange. The album has now sold over 10 million copies in the US.
in 1983 - Mari Yaguchi (Japanese singer; Morning Musume) is born.
in 1985 - Jo Juda, violinist, conductor and teacher, dies at 75.
in 1985 - Foreigner had their only UK No.1 single with 'I Want To Know What Love Is'. London-born Mick Jones wrote the song and sang lead vocals with the British-American rock band.
in 1986 - Stevie Wonder and Bob Dylan appeared at a concert to celebrate the first Martin Luther King day in the US.
in 1988 - The Beatles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. George Harrison, Ringo Starr, and Yoko, Sean, and Julian Lennon all attend. Paul McCartney does not attend, sending instead a letter stating that continuing business.
in 1990 - Miloslav Istvan, composer, dies at 61.
in 1990 – Hayedeh Masoumeh Dadehbala dies at age 47. Legendary Persian Pop and classical singer and diva with a contralto vocal range. In a career spanning more than two decades, she had countless hits and captured the hearts of millions around the world. Her songs included "Rouza-ye Roshan Khodahafez", "Shabeh Eshgh", "Gol Vajeh", "Ravi", "Bahaneh", "Eshareh", "Ghesseyeh Man", "Zendegi", "Nargeseh Shirazi" and many more. Two decades after her death, she is considered one of the most influential and iconic Persian vocalists of all time and still recognized as one of the most popular, famous and distinguished Iranian singers of the 20th century (heart attack).
in 1990 - Michael Bolton started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'How Am I Supposed To Live Without You', the singers first No.1 and the first No.1 single of the 90's in the US.
in 1991 - Stan Szelest dies at age 48). American piano/keyboard player from Buffalo, he formed the band Stan and the Ravens in 1958, which he played with for over 30 years, taking time out for many other musical projects. At aged seventeen years in early 1960, Ronnie Hawkins hired him to to play in the Hawks. At this point the Hawks were Levon Helm, Robbie Robertson, Fred Carter Jr, with Stan and Will Jones doubling on piano and keyboards. When Rick Danko became bassist in 1961, he became Danko's musical teacher. In the summer of 1984, Stan and Levon Helm played together again as members of the short-lived septet The Woodstock All-Stars. By the end of 1990 he became a member of the reunited Band. They were getting ready to record for CBS, writing songs, recording, and rehearsing with Garth Hudson in Woodstock, which would be Stans ladt recording. Some of his electric piano work can be heard on the Band album Jericho, where he also co-wrote the Richard Manuel tribute "Too Soon Gone". Stan also recorded with Roy Buchanan, Lonnie Mack, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jesse Ed Davis, Delbert McClinton and Northern Lights. (died of a heart attack in the recording studio).
in 1891 - Mischa Elman, (actually, Mikhail Saulovich), remarkable Russian-born American violinist, is born at Talnoy, At the age of 6, he was taken by his father to Odessa, where he became a violin student of Fidelmann and a pupil of Brodsky. His progress was extraordinary, and when Leopold Auer heard him play in 1902, he immediately accepted him in his class at the St. Petersburg Conservatory. In 1904 he made his debut in St. Petersburg with sensational acclaim; on Oct. 14, 1904, he made a brilliant Berlin debut; on March 21, 1905, he made his first appearance in London to great acclaim. On Dec. 10, 1908, he made his U.S. debut as soloist in an extraordinary performance of the Tchaikovsky concerto with Altschuler and the Russian Symphony Orchestra in N.Y.,and was hailed as one of the greatest virtuosos of the time; he played with every important symphony orchestra in the U.S. In the following years, he played all over the world, and, with Jascha Heifetz, became a synonym for violinistic prowess. His playing was the quintessence of Romantic interpretation; his tone was mellifluous but resonant; he excelled particularly in the concertos of Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, and Wieniawski; but he could also give impressive performances of Beethoven and Mozart. He published several violin arrangements of Classical and Romantic pieces, and he also composed some playable short compositions for his instrument. His father published a sentimental book, Memoirs of Mischa Elman's Father (N.Y., 1933). In 1923 Elman became a naturalized American citizen. - Died at N.Y.,April 5, 1967.
in 1996 - Gerald Joseph "Gerry" Mulligan dies at age 68. American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, composer and arranger born in Queens Village, Queens, New York. Gerry is primarily known as one of the leading baritone saxophonists in jazz history, playing the instrument with a light and airy tone in the era of cool jazz, but he was also a notable arranger, working with Claude Thornhill, Miles Davis, Stan Kenton, and others. His pianoless quartet of the early 1950s with trumpeter Chet Baker is still regarded as one of the more important cool jazz groups. He was also a skilled pianist and played several other reed instruments. (died following complications from knee surgery, he had also been suffering from liver cancer) b. April 6th 1927.
in 1996 - Buster Benton, blues singer/songwriter and guitarist, dies at 63.
in 1996 - Liesbeth Askonas, concert agent, dies at 83.
in 1996 - Peter Stadlen, pianist, conductor, musicologist, and noted critic of serialism, dies at 85.
in 1996 - Bobby Brown was fined $1,000 (?560), sentenced to two years probation and ordered to attend anger management classes after assaulting a security guard.
in 1997 - Russell Senior guitarist and violinist with Pulp quit the group after 13 years to pursue new projects.
in 1997 - Ben and Jerry's introduced ‘Phish food’, a new flavor of ice cream named after the rock group Phish. The ingredients are chocolate ice cream, marshmallows, caramel and fish-shaped fudge.
in 1999 - Bill Albaugh drummer from the 1960?s psychedelic group The Lemon Pipers died aged 53. Had the 1967 US No.1 single 'Green Tambourine'.
in 2000 - Ray Jones dies at age 60. English bass player born in Liverpool; in 1963 Brian Epstein signed The Dakotas to be a backing band for Billy J. Kramer. Billy had been friends with John Lennon for some time and John gave the group a demo of a new song, "Do You Want to Know a Secret", which they perfected whilst working in Hamburg at the Star Club. On returning to Britain, the song was recorded at Abbey Road studios, with producer George Martin. It stormed up the charts and reached No.2 in the spring of 1963. This was followed by a No.1 hit "Bad to Me" c/w "I Call Your Name", and was awarded a gold disc, followed by another hit with "I'll Keep You Satisfied". In addition to backing Billy J on his hits, the group itself is perhaps best known for their instrumental single called "The Cruel Sea", which reached No.18 in the UK charts in July 1963. After a row with Brian Epstein, Ray left the Dakotas in July 1964.
in 2000 - Ray Jones, bass player with Billy J Kramer and the The Dakotas died. 1964 UK No.1 & US N0.7 single 'Little Children'.
in 2000 - Tourism chiefs in Liverpool were banned from putting up motorway signs saying 'Liverpool, the Birthplace Of The Beatles', because the Highways Agency thought the signs would distract motorists.
in 2001 - A memorial service was held for Kirsty MacColl who was killed in a boating accident off the coast of Mexico in December 2000. Bono from U2 and Billy Bragg were among friends and fans that packed St Martin-in-the-fields church in London.
2001 - Nico Assumpção dies at age 46. Brazilian bass player born in São Paulo, he studied in both Brazil and America. In the USA, he played with several important musicians of the jazz scene, including Wayne Shorter, Sadao Watanabe, Larry Coryell, Fred Hersh, Larry Willis, Joe Diorio, John Hicks, Steve Slagle, Victor Lewis, Don Salvador and Charlie Rouse. Nico mastered various bass playing techniques, and became one of the pioneers of fretless and 6-string bass in Brazil when he returned 1981, the same year in which he released the first bassist solo album in the country, titled "Nico Assumpção". In 1982 he moved to Rio de Janeiro, where he lived for the rest of his life, and turned into one of the most popular bassists of the country among musicians and artists for recording and shows, having played and/or recorded with Milton Nascimento, Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, João Bosco, Maria Bethânia, Edu Lobo, César Camargo Mariano, Toninho Horta, Luiz Avellar, Wauke Wakabaiashi, Marco Pereira, Ricardo Silveira, Gal Costa, Hélio Delmiro, Maria Bethânia, Márcio Montarroyos, Raphael Rabello, Edu Lobo, Léo Gandelman and Victor Biglione, among others.
in 2002 - George Harrison had the posthumous UK No.1 single with the re-release of the 1971 former No.1 'My Sweet Lord'. Harrison's single replaced Aaliyah's 'More Than A Woman', the only time in chart history that one deceased artist had taken over from another at No.1.
in 2002 - Stereophonics started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with their second No.1 ?Just Enough Education To Perform.'
in 2002 - Usher started a four-week run at No.1 on the US singles charts with 'U Got It Bad'.
in 2003 - 8 Mile, starring Eminem toppled The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers from its four-week hold at the top of the UK box office. The story of a Detroit rapper took ?4,440,334 at 423 cinemas in the UK and Ireland.
in 2006 - American music executive Johnny Bienstock died of complications from heart disease aged 83. Owned Moss Rose Music, worked with Ernest Tubb, Hank Snow, Elvis Presley, The Bee Gees, Eric Clapton, Del Shannon and Meat Loaf.
in 2008 - Scouting For Girls went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their debut and self titled album.
in 2009 - David Newman dies at age 75. American jazz saxophonist, he left college to go on the road with Buster Smith, playing many one-nighters at dance halls. At one of these gigs, he met Ray Charles, there was an immediate bond between them. In 1954, he joined Ray's band as the baritone sax player, although more famous as a tenor saxophone and flute player, where he stayed for the next twelve years. He later joined Herbie Mann, with whom he played for another ten years. He has recorded over 38 albums under his own name and also played R&B and blues, recording with Aretha Franklin, Stanley Turrentine, B. B. King, the Average White Band, Jimmy McGriff, Natalie Cole, Eric Clapton, John Stein, Hank Crawford, Aaron Neville, Queen Latifah, Richard Tee, Dr. John, Cheryl Bentyne of The Manhattan Transfer and Doug Sahm (pancreatic cancer)
in 2010 - Joe Ptacek dies at age 37. American vocalist and founder member of the death metal band Broken Hope. Formed in the Chicago area in 1988, the band released five albums for Metal Blade Records before disbanding in 2002. The band had recently been discussing reforming. (self inflicted gun shot)
in 2010 - Nerlynn 'Lynn' Taitt dies at age 75. Jamaican reggae guitarist, born in San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago; before taking up the guitar aged 14, he got his start as a musician playing in local steel drum bands. He formed his own band, which was booked by Byron Lee to perform at the 1962 independence celebrations in Jamaica. He decided to stay in Jamaica, living in Kingston, and played in a number of bands including The Sheiks, The Cavaliers, The Comets and The Jets, and worked with Baba Brooks, The Skatalites and Tommy McCook and the Supersonics. Lynn Taitt and the Jets played on 100s of recording sessions for Jamaican producers such as Bunny Lee, Duke Reid, Joe Gibbs, Coxsone Dodd, and Sonia Pottinger, often performing up to five sessions a day. Their recording of "Take It Easy" was one of the first rocksteady singles and it reached number one in the Jamaican singles chart. He emigrated to Toronto, Canada in August 1968, to take up the position of arranger for the house band at the West Indian Federated Club. He remained active as a musician in Montreal, having recorded with such acts as The Kingpins "Let's Go To Work" CD in 1999 as well as performing live with the Montreal Ska All Stars and at the Montreal International Jazz Festival in 2002 and the Fabulous LoLo sings Rocksteady in 2006. He was the subject of the 2006 documentary Lynn Taitt: Rocksteady (cancer).
Video Notes: This is the official trailer for the documentary, Lynn Taitt: Rocksteady directed by Generoso Fierro. The film is a winner of two awards at the 2007 Hollywood Documentary and Fiction Film Festival. The trailer was co-created and edited by Emeen Zarookian. The film will premiere in the Boston area at the New England Film and Video Festival on October 6th, 2007. The film contains interviews with The Melodians, The Clarendonians, Cedric Brooks, Ran Blake and many more.
in 2012 - Etta James dies at age 73. Born Jamesetta Hawkins on January 25, 1938, in Los Angeles. As a child, Etta was a gospel prodigy, singing in her church choir and on the radio at the age of 5. When she turned 12, she moved north to San Francisco where she formed a trio and was soon working for bandleader Johnny Otis.
In 1954, she moved to Los Angeles to record "The Wallflower" (a tamer title for the then-risqué "Roll with Me Henry") with the Otis band. It was that year that the young singer became Etta James (an shortened version of her first name) and her vocal group was dubbed The Peaches (also Etta's nickname). Soon after, James launched her solo career with such hits as "Good Rockin' Daddy" in 1955.
As she entered her seventies, Etta James began struggling with health issues. James was hospitalized in 2010 for a blood infection, along with other ailments. It was later revealed that the legendary singer suffered from dementia, and was receiving treatment for leukemia. Her medical problems came to light in court papers filed by her husband, Artis Mills. Mills sought to gain control over $1 million of James' money, but he was challenged by James' two sons, Donto and Sametto. The two parties later worked out an agreement.
James released her latest studio album, The Dreamer, in November 2011, which received warm reviews. A few weeks later, James' doctor announced that the singer was terminally ill. "She's in the final stages of leukemia. She has also been diagnosed with dementia and Hepatitis C," Dr. Elaine James (not related to the singer) told a local newspaper. James' sons also acknowledged that Etta's health was declining and was receiving care at her Riverside, California, home.
in 2012 - Larry Butler dies at age69. American multi-musician and music producer, born in Florida. At age ten he sang with Red Foley and before he was old enough to drive he had hosted his own radio show and co-hosted a live TV show in his market. He moved to Nashville and soon his unique style of piano playing supported such hits as "Hello Darlin" by Conway Twitty and "Honey" by Bobby Goldsboro. He was in high demand as a Nashville session player and backed up such as Johnny Cash, Roger Miller, George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Bobby Goldsboro, Jerry Lee Lewis, Charlie Rich, Lynn Anderson and more. In 1973 he joined United Artists Records as head of the label's Nashville division. His leadership and vision brought in such acts as Kenny Rogers, Crystal Gayle, Dottie West and The Kendalls and established the label as one of the most successful and respected in Nashville. From the mid-1970s through the 1980s, he worked with Kenny Rogers. Many of his albums with Rogers went gold or platinum and accumulated many millions of sales around the world. These albums include Kenny Rogers-1976, The Gambler-1978, Gideon-1980, I Prefer The Moonlight-1987 and If Only My Heart Had A Voice-1993. Larry also participated in Rogers 2006 retrospective DVD The Journey. In 1984 Larry formed his own music company, Larry Butler Music Group, Inc. where he produced the likes of George Strait, Charlie Rich, Keith Whitley, Eddy Raven, Billie Jo Spears, Kenny Rogers, Don McLean, John Denver and Vern Gosdin. Larry is the only Nashville producer to win the Grammy Award for Producer of the Year. Born March 26th 1942.
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in 1626 - John Dowland, great English composer and famous lutenist, father of Robert Dowland, died in London at the age of 63. In 1580 he went to Paris in the service of Sir Henry Cobham, but by 1584 he was back in England, where he eventually married. On July 8, 1588, he was admitted to his Mus.B. from Christ Church, Oxford, and in 1592 he played before the Queen. Unsuccessful in his effort to secure a position as one of the Queen's musicians, he set out in 1594 for Germany, where he received the patronage of the Duke of Braunschweig in Wolfenbuttel and the Landgrave of Hesse in Kassel. He then went to Italy and visited Venice, Padua, Genoa, Ferrara, and Florence; in Florence he played before Ferdinando I, the Grand Duke of Tuscany. He then made his way home, returning to England in 1595. In 1598 he was appointed lutenist to King Christian IV of Denmark, remaining in his service until 1606. He then returned to England, where he became lutenist to Lord Howard de Walden. In 1612 he became one of the lutenists to King Charles I. Dowland was a foremost representative of the English school of lutenist-composers. He was also noted for his songs, in which he made use of novel chromatic developments; he treated the accompanying parts as separate entities, thereby obtaining harmonic effects quite advanced for his time.
in 1665 - Domenico Mazzocchi, Italian composer, dies at 72.
in 1672 - Giuseppe Antonio Silvani, Italian composer and publisher, is born.
in 1735 - Johann Gottfried Eckard, German harpsichordist/pianist and composer, is born. Eckhard moved to Paris in 1758 and lived there the rest of his life. He was known as an adept improviser. He also was an early and enthusiastic adopter of the fortepiano over the harpsichord.
in 1746 - Gottfried Kirkhoff, composer, dies at 60.
in 1751 - Josephus Andreas Fodor, Dutch violinist, composer, and teacher, is born. In 1787 Fodor moved to Paris, then in 1792, moved to St. Petersburg, where he lived the rest of his life.
in 1775 - Manuel del Pópulo Vicente Rodriguez García, famous Spanish tenor, singing teacher, and composer, father of Manuel Patricio Rodriguez Garda, is born at Seville.
A chorister in the Seville Cathedral at 6, he was taught by Ripa and Almarcha, and at 17 was already well known as a singer, composer, and conductor. After singing in Cadiz, Madrid, and Malaga, he proceeded (1807) to Paris, and sang to enthusiastic audiences at the Theatre- Italien.
In 1809, at his benefit, he sang his own monodrama £1poeta calculista with extraordinary success. From 1811 to 1816 he was in Italy. On his return to Paris, his disgust at the machinations of Catalani, the manageress of the Theatre-Italien, caused him to break his engagement and go to London (1817), where his triumphs were repeated.
From 1819 to 1824 he was again the idol of the Parisians at the Theatre-Italien: sang as 1st tenor at the Royal Opera in London (1824) and in 1825 embarked for N.Y. with his wife, his son Manuel, and his daughter Maria (Malibran), and the distinguished artists Crivelli fils, Angrisani, Barbieri, and de Rosich; from Nov. 29, 1825, to Sept. 30, 1826, they gave 79 performances at the Park and Bowery theaters in N.Y.; the troupe then spent 18 months in Mexico.
Garcia returned to Paris, and devoted himself to teaching and composition. His operas, all forgotten, comprise 17 in Spanish, 18 in Italian, and 8 in French, besides a number never performed, and numerous ballets. He was a preeminently successful teacher, numbering his 2 daughters, Maria Malibran and Pauline Viardot-Garda, and Nourrit, Rimbault, and Favelli among his best pupils. - Died at Paris, June 9,1832.
in 1776 - Vincenz Hauschka, gifted Bohemian cellist and composer, is born at Mies.
He was a pupil of his father, a schoolteacher, and became chorister in the Prague Cathedral. He also studied composition with Zager and cello with Christ. He was appointed cellist to Count Joseph von Thun in Prague (1782). He made successful concert tours through Germany performing not only on the cello, but also on the baryton (a popular instrument at the time). He publ. 9 sonatas for cello and a book of vocal canons. In MS are several pieces for the baryton. - Died at Vienna, Sept. 13, 1840.
in 1801 - Ramon Vilanova y Barrera, Catalan composer, teacher and choirmaster, is born.
in 1814 - Thomas Attwood Walmisley, English composer and organist, is born.
in 1823 - Alexandre Edouard Goria, French composer, is born.
in 1830 - Marie Felicle Clemence de Reiset Grandval, French composer, is born at Saint-Rerny-des-Monts, Sarthe, Jan. 21, 1830; She studied composition with Flotow and Saint-Saens. Under various pen names, she wrote the operas Le Sou de Lise (Paris, 1859), Les Fiances de Rose(Paris, May 1, 1863), La Comtesse Eva (Paris, Aug. 7, 1864), La Peniiente (Paris, May 13, 1868),Piccolino (Paris, Jan. 5, 1869),and Mazeppa (Bordeaux, 1892),as well as the oratorio St. Agnes (Paris, April 13, 1876),LaForet, lyric poem for Soloists, Chorus, and Orch. (Paris, March 30, 1875), and songs. - Died at Paris, Jan. 15, 1907.
in 1848 - Henri Duparc, French composer, is born. Duparc was a co-founder, with Saint-Saëns and Romain Bussine, of the Société Nationale de Musique Moderne.
in 1851 - Gustav Albert Lortzing, German composer, actor and singer, dies at 49.
in 1859 - Antoni Wincenty Rutkowski, Polish composer, pianist, violinist and teacher, is born.
in 1978 - Phil Stacey (US singer;solo/American Idol finalist) is born.
in 1978 – Nokio Tamir Mateen Raheem Hameed Ruffin (US singer, rapper; Dru Hill) is born.
in 1979 - Spider Loc Curtis Norvell Williams (US rapper; member of G-Unit) is born.
in 1882 - Anton Emil Titl, composer, dies at 72.
in 1883 - Jacopo Tomadini, Italian composer, dies at 62.
in 1884 - Auguste Franchomme, French cellist and composer, dies at 75.
in 1887 - Alfred Henry Ackley, American composer and songwriter, is born. Ackley wrote approximately 1500 songs.
in 1888 - Stephan Hale Alonzo Marsh, English composer and teacher, who claimed to have written Australia's first opera (though his rival Isaac Nathan wrote one a year earlier), dies at 83.
in 1891 - Nikolai (Semyonovich) Golovanov, Russian conductor, composer, and pedagogue. He studied choral conducting with Kastalsky at the Synodal School in Moscow, graduating in 1909, then entered the composition classes of Ippolitov-Ivanov and Vassilenko at the Moscow Conservatory. After graduation in 1914, he was engaged as asst. chorus master at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow; was its chief conductor (1919-28; 1948-53). He was also chief conductor of the Moscow Philharmonic (1926-29), the U.S.S.R.All-Union Radio Symphony Orchestra (1937-53), and the Stanislavsky Opera Theater (1938-53). He was awarded the Order of the Red Banner in 1935, and was 4 times recipient of the 1st Stalin Prize (1946, 1948, 1950, 1951). He wrote an opera, Princess Yuraia, Symophony, symphonic poem, Salome, after Oscar Wilde, numerous piano pieces, and songs. He was married to Antonina Nezhdanova. - Died at Moscow Aug. 28, 1953.
in 1891 - Timothy Mather Spelman, American composer and teacher, is born.
in 1891 - Calixa Lavallee, Canadian pianist, composer, and music teacher, who composed the music to "O Canada," dies at 48.
in 1982 - B.B. King donated his entire record collection of over 20,000 discs to Mississippi University's centre for the Study of Southern Culture.
in 1894 - Guillaume Jean Joseph Nicolas Lekeu, Belgian composer, dies of typhoid the day after his 24th birthday.
in 1898 - Avery Claflin, American composer and banker, is born.
in 1899 - Alexander Tcherepnin (Russian born American composer) is born.
in 1904 - Leos Janacek's opera Jenufa premieres in Brno, Czechoslovakia.
in 1906 - Gunnar Johansen, remarkable Danish-American pianist, composer, and teacher, is born at Copenhagen, Jan. 21, 1906; He made his public debut at the age of 12 in Copenhagen, where he studied with Schioler, then went to Berlin when he was 14, becoming a member of the Busoni circle. After further piano studies with Lamond and Fischer, he completed his training with Petri at the Hochschule fUr Musik (1922-24). He toured Europe (1924-29) and then settled in the U.S., where he pursued an active concert career, gaining particular distinction for his series of 12 historical piano recitals encompassing works from Frescobaldi to Stravinsky, which he presented in San Francisco, Chicago, and N.Y. in the late 1930s; then held the specially created position of artist-in-residence at the Univ. of Wise. at Madison (1939-76). Johansen produced a sensation when he substituted on short notice for a colleague as soloist in the piano version of Beethoven's Violin Concerto with Ormandy and the Philadelphia arch. in N.Y. (Jan. 14, 1969). He excelled in works of transcendental difficulty; he played and recorded the complete solo piano works of Liszt and Busoni, including the latter's Bach transcriptions, as well as the complete solo clavier works of Bach. In 1986 he appeared at the Indianapolis Romantic Music Festival playing works of Liszt in commemoration of the composer's death a century before. He was a composer of fantastic fecundity; among his compositions are three piano concertos (1930, 1970, 1981), 31 piano sonatas (1941-51), and 515 piano sonatas improvised directly on the keyboard and recorded on tape (1952-82). - Died at Blue Mounds, Wise., May 25,1991.
in 1909 - Todor Skalovski, Macedonian composer and conductor, is born. Skalovski composed the music to Denes nad Makedonija (Today Over Macedonia), the Republic of Macedonia's national anthem.
in 1910 - Eua Sunthornsanan (Thai composer, bandleader) is born.
in 1918 - Antonio Janigro, esteemed Italian cellist, conductor, and pedagogue, is born in Milan.
He enrolled at the Milan Conservatory at 11, where he studied cello with Gilberto Crepax. He also received advice from Casals and was a student of Alexanian at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris. In 1934 he made his formal recital debut in Pavia, and then pursued an active career as a cello virtuoso. From 1939 to 1953 he was professor of cello at the Zagreb Conservatory. In 1948 he launched a 2nd career as a conductor in Zagreb, where he later conducted the Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra from 1954 to 1964. In 1954 he founded the chamber ensemble I Solisti di Zagreb, which he conducted on extensive tours until 1967. He also was conductor of the Angelicum Orchestra in Milan from 1965 to 1967. From 1968 to 1971 he was conductor of the Saarland Radio Chamber Orchestra in Saarbriicken. As a guest conductor, Janigro appeared widely in Europe and North America. He also continued throughout the years to tour as a cellist. From 1965 to 1974 he was professor of the master class in cello at the Diisseldorf Conservatory. His repertoire as both a cellist and conductor was remarkably comprehensive, ranging from early music to contemporary scores. - Died at Milan, May 1, 1989.
in 1920 - Torsten Nilsson, Swedish composer, choirmaster and organist, is born.
in 1921 - Todor Popov, Bulgarian composer, teacher and musicologist, is born. Popov wrote a number of very popular songs in the 1940's and 50's.
in 1921 - Bess Lomax Hawes (US folklorist, musician, teacher) is born.
in 1923 - Lola Flores, Spanish Romani singer, dancer, and actress, is born.
in 1924 - Benny Hill (UK actor, comedian, singer) is born.
in 1925 - Telly Savalas (US singer, actor) is born.
in 1926 - Franco Evangelisti, Italian composer, teacher and music theorist, is born.
in 1926 - Brian Brockless (English organist) is born.
in 1927 - 1st national opera broadcast from a US opera house (Faust, Chicago).
in 1931 - Felix Blumenfeld, Ukrainian pianist, composer, conductor, dies at 67.
in 1931 - Rudi Maugeri (Canadian baritone singer, Radio DJ; Crew Cuts) is born.
in 1936 - Snooks Eaglin Fird Eaglin Jr (US blind blues guitarist, singer) is born.
in 1937 - George (William) Flynn, American composer and teacher, is born at Miles City, Mont.
He studied with Ussachevsky, Beeson, and Luening at Columbia Universotu (D.M.A., 1972). After serving on its faculty (1966-73), he taught at City College of the City Universotu of N.Y. (1973-76). In 1977 he became chair of the musicianship and composition dept. at DePaul Universotu in Chicago. In 1988 he founded New Music DePaul, a professional new music performance series, which he subsequently led as director. His music is of a quaquaversal nature, disdaining nothing and absorbing anything of modernistic applicability.
in 1938 - Robert Weston Smith "Wolfman Jack" famous American DJ, is born.
in 1941 - Richie Havens, long-careered folk-protest singer, is born at Brooklyn, N.Y.
Richie Havens's father was a "by ear" piano player who worked with several bands around N.Y. while raising his family in the notorious Brownsville section of Brooklyn (shortly before it started to earn its notoriety). There, young Richard sang gospel and doo-wop. He escaped to Greenwich Village in his late teens, first as a beat style poet, then as a painter.
He finally picked up a guitar in the early 1960s, figured out how to tune it to an open D chord and started playing chords with his thumb, dulcimer style. Before long, his singular, intensely rhythmic style and unique gruff voice earned him a good sized following at local clubs.
He recorded demos for noted producer Alan Douglas. Havens hooked up with Bob Dylan's manager, Albert Grossman, in the mid-1960s. Grossman helped sign him to Verve's new folk label. Haven's first album, Mixed Bag contained the song "Handsome Johnny," co-written by aspiring actor Louis Gossett Jr.
His next album, Somethin' Else Again hit the charts, drawing with it both Mixed Bag and the set of electric demos he recorded with Alan Douglas that Douglas finally saw fit to release. While he enjoyed a mildly successful recording career, live performance was his mainstay. A fixture at festivals since the 1966 Newport Folk festival, Havens appeared at England's Isle of Wight and was the opening act at the original Woodstock festival. He had originally been slated to go on third and play for 20 minutes, but he was the first artist to arrive due to the traffic. He went on stage with his guitar and a conga player and commanded the stage for nearly three hours, improvising his last (of six) encores, a variation on the old hymn "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child" that he called "Freedom." This track was immortalized in both the film of the event and on the soundtrack.
Haven's first album after the film was released, Alarm Clock, featured a version of the Beatles' "Here Comes the Sun." It became Havens's only pop hit, charting at #16 in 1971. The album rose as high as #29. It represented the peak of his recording career. Havens has recorded steadily since then, turning out several dozen albums that sell modestly. He continues to play more than 200 shows a year. He has also acted in several films, including Catch My Soul (1974) and the Richard Pryor film Greased Lightning (1977). He has done voiceover work for McDonalds, Budweiser and even won one of advertising's cherished Clio awards for his work on a Kodak commercial. His book, They Can't Hide Us Anymore came out during the summer of 1999.
in 1941 - Spanish tenor and conductor Plácido Domingo was born in Madrid.
in 1942 - Mac Davis, American country singer/songwriter and guitarist, is born.
in 1942 - Edwin Starr, American soul singer, is born. Starr's most famous record is the Whitfield/Strong protest song, "War." "Good God, y'all!"
in 1942 - Freddy Breck Gerhard Brecker (German schlager singer) is born.
in 1942 - Henryk Opienski, Polish composer, musicologist and teacher, dies at 72.
in 1943 - Otakar Sini, composer, dies at 61.
in 1944 - Neely Bruce, American composer, conductor, pianist, and teacher, is born. Bruce is the first pianist to perform the entire song oeuvre of Charles Ives.
in 1945 - Chris Britton, English rock guitarist (The Troggs), is born.
in 1947 - Jimmy Ibbotson, American country and folk rock bassist, guitarist, mandolinist and singer (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), is born.
in 1947 - Michel Jonasz (French singer, composer) is born.
in 1947 - Pye Hastings (Scottish guitarist, singer; Caravan) is born.
in 1948 - Italian composer Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari died in Venice, at the age of 82.
in 1950 - Gladis Caldas Mendez "Claudia de Colombia" Columbian pop singer, is born.
in 1950 - Leslie Sebastian Charles "Billy Ocean" Trinidadian pop and R&B singer/songwriter, is born.
in 1950 - Richie Ranno, American rock guitarist (Starz), is born.
in 1954 - Nigel Glockler (UK drums; Saxon) is born
in 1956 - Bob Brill, American rock/synthpop drummer (Berlin), is born.
in 1956 - Comedy in Music (Victor Borge) closes at Golden Theater in NYC , after 849 performances.
in 1957 - English singer Frankie Vaughan was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'The Garden Of Eden'. (Vaughan recorded a large number of songs that were covers of United States hit songs).
in 1958 - Frank Ticheli (American composer) is born.
in 1959 - Lamar Stringfield, American flautist, composer, conductor and teacher, founder of the North Carolina Symphony, dies at 61.
in 1963 - The Beatles made their third appearance on the Radio Luxembourg program The Friday Spectacular. The Beatles were interviewed by the host and played two tracks, 'Please Please Me' and 'Ask Me Why.
in 1961 - John Joseph Becker, American composer and teacher, dies a day before his 75th birthday.
in 1965 - Robert Del Naja "3D" English electronica singer and graffitti artist (Massive Attack), is born.
in 1965 - Cordell Crockett, American rock bassist (Ugly Kid Joe), is born.
in 1965 - Jam Master Jay Jason Mizell (DJ, rapper; founder & DJ of Run-DMC) is born.
in 1965 - Over 3,000 screaming fans met The Rolling Stones and Roy Orbison at Sydney Airport when they arrived for a 16 date of tour in Australia and New Zealand.
in 1966 - George Harrison married Patti Boyd at Leatherhead Register Office in Surrey with Paul McCartney as Best man. George had first met Patti on the set of The Beatles movie 'A Hard Days Night'.
in 1966 - 3D Robert Del Naja (UK singer; The Wild Bunch / Massive Attack) is born
in 1966 - Wendy James, English rock/pop singer/songwriter (Transvision Vamp), is born.
in 1966 - Beatle George Harrison marries model Patti Boyd.
in 1968 - Jimi Hendrix recorded his version of the Bob Dylan song 'All Along the Watchtower' at Olympic Studios in London. Rolling Stone Brian Jones and Dave Mason from Traffic both played on the session. The track was released in the US as a single in 1968, peaking at #20.
in 1970 - Mark Trojanowski (American drummer; Sister Hazel) is born.
in 1970 - Elvis Presley's last film 'Change Of Habit' was released.
in 1971 – Tweet Charlene Keys (US R&B, soul singer-songwriter, guitarist) is born.
in 1972 - Yasunori Mitsuda (Japanese composer) is born.
in 1972 - Cat Power Charlyn Marshall (US guitarist, piano, singer) is born.
in 1973 - The Rolling Stones kicked off an 11 date Pacific tour at Honolulu International Centre, Hawaii.
in 1976 - Emma Lee Bunton, English pop singer/songwriter and actress "Baby Spice" (Spice Girls), is born.
in 1977 - John Vincent, American composer, conductor and teacher, dies at 74.
in 1977 - Zoltan Vasarhelyi, Hungarian composer, conductor, choir director and teacher, dies at 76.
in 1977 - Rick Ross (American rapper) is born
in 1978 - Bee Gees' "Saturday Night Fever" album goes #1 for 24 weeks.
in 1978 - The soundtrack album 'Saturday Night Fever' started a 24 week run at No.1 on the US album charts, it went on to sell over 30 million copies world wide, making it the best selling soundtrack album of all time.
in 1980 - Nana Mizuki (Japanese voice actress, singer) is born.
in 1981 - Gillian Chung (Hong Kong singer, actress; Twins) is born.
in 1981 - Andy Lee (Korean singer; Shinhwa) is born.
in 1981 - Alex Ubago (Spanish-Basque singer-songwriter) is born.
in 1984 - Jack Leroy "Jackie" Wilson, Jr. dies at age 49. US Soul singer; Gaining fame in his early years as a member of the R&B vocal group, The Dominoes, before his solo career began with 1957's "Reet Petite," written by the then-unknown Berry Gordy, Jr. and recorded on the Brunswick Records label. His dynamic stage performances earned him the nickname "Mr. Excitement." & his performance of "Lonely Teardrops" on the Ed Sullivan Show is considered one of the show's classics. He recorded over fifty hit singles over a repertoire that included R&B, pop, soul, doo-wop and easy listening before lapsing into a coma following a collapse on stage during a 1975 benefit concert. By the time of his death in 1984, he had become one of the most influential soul artists of his generation. (He had been in care ever since suffering a heart attack during a stage performance in 1975. His medical costs were paid for by Elvis Presley and soul singer Al Green, was one of the very few artists who regularly visited a bed-ridden Jackie)
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