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Old June 14th, 2013, 07:02 AM   #2211

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in 1994 - Marcel Mouloudji dies at age 71. French singer and actor, born and raised in Paris, he sang Jacques Prévert and Boris Vian. Marcel was also the father to the French singer Annabelle. (died in Paris, France) - Born September 16th 1922.

in 1995 - Rory Gallagher dies at age 48. Irish rock/blues guitar virtuoso, singer, born in Ballyshannon, County Donegal, and raised in the city of Cork. Rory also played the mandolin, the accordion, the harmonica, the resonator guitar, piano and saxophone. He recorded solo albums throughout the 1970's and 1980's, after being part of the band Taste during the late 1960s. Rory's albums have sold in excess of 30 million copies worldwide. Many modern day musicians, including The Edge, Slash, Johnny Marr, Davy Knowles, Glenn Tipton, Vivian Campbell, Joe Bonamassa, and Brian May of Queen, cite Gallagher as an inspiration in their formative musical years (died in London from chest infection following a liver transplant).

in 1996 - Thomas Edward Montgomery, drummer, dies at 73.

in 1997 - Puff Daddy and Faith Evans started a 11 week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'I'll Be Missing You', a tribute to the late Notorious B.I.G. Also a No.1 in the UK.

in 1997 - The Wu-Tang Clan went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Wu- Tang Forever'.

in 2000 - Noel Gallagher from Oasis was voted into first place in Melody Maker's annual 'Un-coolest People in Rock' survey. Marilyn Manson came second and Robbie Williams was voted third.

in 2000 - Paul Griffith died. A prolific session player, Paul Griffin provided piano and organ for myriad artists including Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, The Isley Brothers, Don McLean, and Steely Dan. Griffith honed his craft as a child by watching the organists at his Baptist church in Harlem, before studying classical music. Griffith also worked with Dionne Warwick on all of her Burt Bacharach/Hal David sessions. His most identifiable performance came on the intro to B.J. Thomas’ smash hit, ‘Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head’. Stricken with diabetes and awaiting a liver transplant, he suffered a heart attack at his home in New York City. - Born 1938.

in 2000 - Robert Rolontz died. A music industry veteran, Robert Rolontz began as an R&B reporter for Billboard magazine in the early Fifties. Hired as a musical director for labels such as RCA/Groove and Vic Records, he produced Mickey & Sylvia’s ground-breaking multi-tracked hit, ‘Love Is Strange’. Returning to Billboard in 1958, he was eventually promoted to music editor, during which time he penned the instructional tome, How To Get Your Song Recorded. Hired by Atlantic Records in 1965 as the vice-president of advertising and publicity, he worked on campaigns for a host of acts including Aretha Franklin, Cream, Led Zeppelin, and The Rolling Stones. Rolontz would later move to Atlantic’s sister company, Warner Communications. In 1989, Rolontz was the force behind the creation of the Ralph J. Gleason Music Book Awards. - Born December 14, 1920.

in 2002 - During an UK visit Michael Jackson made a tour of Parliament and was shown the monarch's throne in the House of Lords. Whenever Jackson went outside he called for an umbrella to shield his face from the sun.

in 2002 - Former East 17 singer Brian Harvey was jailed for 56 days at the High Court London after breaching an injunction taken out by his estranged wife.

in 2002 - Mick Jagger became a Sir when he was knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours.
in 2003 - Bryan Adams, Iggy Pop and Paul Weller all appeared at a weekend festival at The Isle Of Wight.

in 2003 - Volker Kriegel dies at age 59. German jazz guitarist, born in Darmstadt, Germany; Volker taught himself the guitar and by his late teens had formed a trio that won an award at a 1963 amateur jazz festival. In 1973 he founded Spectrum, a quartet that included Eberhard Weber, among others. In 1975 Kriegel spent a month teaching for the Goethe Institute, an organization which he has worked for at various times throughout his career and was a founding member of the United Jazz and Rock Ensemble. In 1976 Spectrum broke up, and Kriegel started another band called the Mild Maniac Orchestra which stayed together in to the 1980s. He is perhaps most noteworthy for his many collaborations with the American vibraphonist Dave Pike.
Video Notes: The record is from the bootleg "1974 Liederhalle" which contains four songs. "Colors of Cloe", which was originally written by bass player Eberhard Weber for his solo record, is the second one. The other three were from Spectrum's same year album "Mild Maniac". The concert took place in the Liederhalle in Stuttgart, Germany. Besides guitarist Volker Kriegel I think the instrumentation would have to be: Rainer Brüninghaus - keyboards; Eberhard Weber - bass; Joe Nay – drums.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPbk7s9oB6A"]YouTube - ‪Volker Kriegel - Colors of Cloe (Live 1974)‬‏" target="_blank">YouTube - ‪Volker Kriegel - Colors of Cloe (Live 1974)‬‏[/ame]
in 2004 - Eamonn McGirr dies at age 63. Irish-born singer and entertainer, an Irish immigrant to America born in Derry; he first came to prominence in 1966 with a group of fellow Belfast teachers: Gerry Burns, Finbar Carolan, and John Sullivan, known as The Go Lucky Four, soared to the top of the Irish music charts with "Up Went Nelson", maintaining the No.1 spot for eight consecutive weeks. In America, Eamonn was known for his relentless fundraising for local charities such as the Centre For The Disabled' in Albany. In all, he helped raise over $1,000,000 for the Center For The Disabled and families of victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks at the World Trade Center in New York City. Most notably, he set a Guinness World Record for endurance singing in 1996 in an effort to raise awareness and money for cerebral palsy, which his daughter Mareena suffers from. He owned a pub, Eamonn's, just outside of Albany, New York, which was a favorite spot for local Irish-Americans, especially for its weekly open Irish music sessions. It was severely damaged in a fire on June 20, 2005. Sadly Eamann was paralyzed after a serious fall in his pub in November 1996.

in 2005 - Carlo Maria Giulini dies at age 91. Italian conductor born in Barletta; at the age of 18 he auditioned for the viola section of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia's orchestra, at the time Italy's foremost orchestra. Among the guest conductors he played under were Bruno Walter, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Richard Strauss, Victor de Sabata, Fritz Reiner, Pierre Monteux, Igor Stravinsky, and Otto Klemperer. His first public performance was the First Symphony of Brahms under Bruno Walter. After the Allies liberated Rome on June 4, 1944, Carlo who was among the few conductors not tainted by associations with Fascism, was chosen to lead the Accademia's first post-Fascist concert, held on July 16, 1944. On the program was the Brahms Symphony No. 4, which he had studied while in hiding. It became the work he conducted most frequently over the course of his career, with a total of 180 performances. His most notable opera recordings include the 1959 Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus versions of Mozart's operas The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni for EMI, as well as his 1955 recording of Verdi's La traviata with Maria Callas. He also made recordings of Verdi's Requiem and the Four Sacred Pieces, which were highly praised.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-eoalPlPdMU"]YouTube - ‪Carlo Maria Giulini/ Los Angeles Philharmonic: Beethoven's 9th, Short Choral Excerpt‬‏" target="_blank">YouTube - ‪Carlo Maria Giulini/ Los Angeles Philharmonic: Beethoven's 9th, Short Choral Excerpt‬‏[/ame]
in 2006 - Shakira kicked off her 99 date Oral Fixation world tour in Zaragoza, Spain. Attended by over 2m fans, the tour grossed over $98 million dollars.

in 2008 - Usher was at No.1 on the US album chart with his fifth studio album ‘Here I Stand.’

in 2008 – Jamelão /José Bispo Clementino dos Santos dies at age 95. Brazilian samba singer, born Rio's São Cristóvão district; began as a tamborine player, later became a crooner in the samba-canção style, also was the official singer at samba school Mangueira's carnaval parades and has toured Europe as a solo performer. Jamelão's recording career spanned nearly two-dozen LPs and close to 70 years, during which time he scored a series of samba classics including "Mora No Assunto," "Matriz ou Filial," "Exaltação à Mangueira," "Seu Deputado," and "Fechei a Porta." Critics frequently cite his recordings with Severino Araújo's Orquestra Tabajara as the apex of his studio career as well as a pivotal turning point in the maturation of the modern samba sound. (multiple organ failure)

in 2008 - Esbjörn Svensson dies at age 44. Swedish jazz pianist and founder of the jazz band Esbjörn Svensson Trio, born in Skultuna, Sweden. His band E.S.T. was the first European jazz combo to make the front page of the American jazz magazine Down Beat in May of 2006. They got their international breakthrough with their 1999 album From Gagarin’s Point Of View, their first album to be released outside Scandinavia. With the release of their albums Good Morning Susie Soho in 2000 and Strange Place For Snow in 2002, the trio drew the attention of US audiences. In 2002, they went on a 9-month tour through Europe, the U.S. and Japan. Their subsequent albums, Seven Days Of Falling , Viaticum , and Tuesday Wonderland, were equally well received by critics and fans and resulted in several music industry award nominations as well as making the jazz and pop charts (scuba diving accident).
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmxfOfXRM-8"]YouTube - ‪Esbjörn Svensson Trio‬‏" target="_blank">YouTube - ‪Esbjörn Svensson Trio‬‏[/ame]
in 2009 - Kasabian started a two week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum’ the bands third studio album.

in 2009 - Ivan Della Mea dies at age 68. Italian singer–songwriter, composer and author; born in Lucca, then moved to Milan, he was one of the most active authors in the field of the new social and civil song, taking inspiration from the daily arguments. He began to write songs in 1959, and between 1962 and 1963 he participated with Gianni Bosio to form the New Italian Canzoniere. In 1985 he became president of the Milan Circle Arcs and in the 1996 director of the Institute De Martino, in Tuscany. He then went back to recording more albums (died after a long illness).

in 2009 - Bob Bogle dies at age 75. American guitarist and founding member of the instrumental rock band, The Ventures. Born near Wagoner, Oklahoma, he was a self-taught guitar player, his use of the tremolo arm was particularly notable and his playing in their 1960 cover of "Walk, Don't Run" influenced a generation of guitarists including John Fogerty, Steve Miller, Joe Walsh and Stevie Ray Vaughan. After leaving school at 15 he worked as a bricklayer in California. In 1958, while working on different construction sites he met up with fellow mason worker Don Wilson in Seattle, the two formed a band called The Versatones. The duo played small clubs, beer bars, and private parties throughout the Pacific Northwest. They recruited Nokie Edwards as bass player, Skip Moore on drums and changed their name to the Ventures. The band enjoyed their greatest popularity and success in the US and Japan in the 1960s, but they have continued to perform and record up to the present recording in all 38 albums. With over 110 million albums sold worldwide, the group remains the best selling instrumental rock group of all time. Bob with The Ventures was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 10th 2008 (non-Hodgkin lymphoma).
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWwGFwY73Ws"]YouTube - ‪1998 Aug-19 Bob Bogle Medley‬‏" target="_blank">YouTube - ‪1998 Aug-19 Bob Bogle Medley‬‏[/ame]

in 2011 - Asad Ali Khan dies at age 74. Indian rudra veena player; bornin Alwar he is the seventh generation of rudra veena players in his family. His ancestors were royal musicians in the courts of Rampur, Uttar Pradesh, and Jaipur, Rajasthan in the 18th century. He he has performed in many countries, including Australia, the United States, Afghanistan, Italy and several other European countries, and conducted music courses in the United States. Asad worked at All India Radio, taught the sitar in the Faculty of Music and Fine Arts at the University of Delhi for 17 years, and continued to train students privately after his retirement. He was involved in preserving the playing of the rudra veena, and performed for SPIC MACAY, promoting Indian classical music to young Indians. He was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1977 and the Indian civilian honor Padma Bhushan in 2008. - Born 1937.

in 2011 - Wiley "Mack" Self dies at age 81. American rockabilly singer-songwriter and guitarist born in Calico Bottoms, Arkansas; after playing on radio station KXJK in Forrest City, Arkansas in 1955, he make a recording of his song "Easy to Love". The demo recording then found its way to Sam Phillips of Sun Records, who invited him to audition. Sam encouraged him to write more songs. In 1959, he re-recorded "Easy to Love" along with several new songs on which he was backed by guitarist Therlow Brown and bass player Jimmy Evans, and released a second single, "Mad At You" / "Willie Brown". In the early 1960s Mack recorded several country singles for the Zone label in Memphis and continued to write songs, setting up his own publishing company. Mack gave up the music business in 1963, and established a heating, air and sheet metal business in Helena, Arkansas. He returned to undertake occasional performances after 1992, with his Silver Dollar Band, and was inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame in 1993. - Born May 22nd 1930.

in 2012 - Hassan Kassai dies at age 83. Iranian master player of Ney,the traditional reed flute of Iran. - Born September 25th 1928.

in 2012 - Karl-Heinz Kämmerling dies at age 82. German pianist and teacher born in Dessau; besides teaching as a professor at the Mozarteum and in Hannover, he had been a guest professor at the university of music in Zagreb since 2004 and a teacher of master classes in Europe, United States and Asia. His students have included Thomas Duis, Valentina Babor, Severin von Eckardstein, Henriette Gaertner, Philippe Giusiano, Márton Illés, Yu Kosuge, Matthew Odell, Alice Sara Ott, Ragna Schirmer and Lars Vogt. He received the prize Niedersächsischer Staatspreis of Lower Saxony in 1985. Since 1999 he was an Officer of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. In 2000 he was awarded the Great Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria. He was an honorary member of Deutscher Musikrat, the German Music Council, a member of the International Music Council (?) b. May 6th 1930.

in 2012 - Marjorie "Margie" Hyams dies at age 91. American jazz vibraphonist, pianist, and arranger; she began her career as a vibraphonist in the 1940s, playing with Woody Herman from 1944 to 1945, the Hip Chicks in 1945, Mary Lou Williams in 1946, Charlie Ventura also in 1946, George Shearing from 1949 to 1950, and led her own groups, including a trio, which stayed together from 1945 to 1948, performing on 52nd Street in Manhattan. From 1951 to 1970, she played, taught and arranged in Chicago (renal failure) - Born August 9th 1920.

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in 1636 - Johann David Mayer, composer is born.
in 1677 - Giovanni Battista Chinelli, composer, dies at 67.
in 1728 - Pietro Alessandro Pavona, composer is born.
in 1734 - Johann Ernst Altenburg, composer is born.
in 1749 - George Joseph Vogler, composer is born.

in 1753 - Anton (Paul) Stadler, famous Austrian clarinetist and basset-horn player; b. Bruck an der Leitha, June 28, 1753; d. Vienna, June 15, 1812. With his brother, Johann (Nepomuk Franz) Stadler (b. Vienna, May 6, 1755; d. there, May 2,1804), a clarinetist and basset-horn player, he first attracted attention as a soloist with the Vienna Tonkunstler-Sozieta't in 1773. After serving Count Dimitri Golitsin, the Russian ambassador to Vienna, they entered the service of the imperial wind band in 1782. They entered the Court Orch. as clarinetists in 1787, Johann taking first position and Anton second. Anton became one of Mozart's closest friends; the composer wrote his Quintet, K.581, and Clarinet Concerto, K.622, for him. After accompanying Mozart to Prague in 1791, where he played the clarinet and basset-horn obbligatos in La clemenza di Tito to great applause, he toured widely in Europe as a virtuoso. In 1796 he finally returned to his post in Vienna, being pensioned in 1799; then played for several seasons in the opera orch. In 1806 he made his farewell appearance as a solo artist with the Tonkunstler-Sozietat. Anton was also a competent composer, numbering among his works 10 sets of variations for Clarinet (Vienna, 1810), 12 landlerische Tanze for 2 Clarinets (Vienna, c. 1823), 3 caprices for Clarinet (Vienna, c. 1825), 6 progressive duets for 2 Clarinets (Vienna, c. 1827), 18 trios for 3 Basset Horns, partitas for 6 Wind Instruments, and other pieces.

in 1763 - Franz Danzi, composer is born.
in 1772 - Louis-Claude Daquin, French organist/composer (La Rose), dies at 77.

in 1813 - William Harrison, English tenor and operatic impresario, is born at London. He was trained at the Royal Academy of Music in London. On May 2, 1839, he made his operatic debut at London's Covent Garden in Rooke's Henrique. He then sang at London's Drury Lane, where he created roles in works by Balfe (The Bohemian Girl, 1844), Benedict (The Brides of Venice, 1844, and The Crusaders, 1846), and Wallace (Maritana, 1845). In 1854 he made a concert tour of the U.S. With the soprano Louisa Pyne, he organized the Pyne-Harrison English Opera Co. in 1856. It presented performances at Covent Garden (1858-64), premiering works by Balfe, Benedict, Wallace, and other British composers. - Died at London, Nov. 9, 1868.

in 1821 - Nikolay Ivanovich Zaremba, composer.

in 1821 - Josef Pischna, famous Bohemian pianist and pedagogue, is born at Erdischowitz. He was a pupil at the Prague Cons. He taught for many years in Moscow, and then at the Prague Conservatory. His pedagogical work for piano, 60 Exercises, became a standard method in Europe and has been reprinted in many editions. - Died at Prague, Oct. 19, 1896.

in 1828 - Brizio Petrucci, composer, dies at 91.
in 1831 - Peter Fuchs, composer, dies at 78.
in 1839 - Hans Skramstad, composer, dies at 41.

in 1843 - Edvard Hagerup Grieg, celebrated Norwegian composer(Bewitched One) is born at Bergen Norway. The original form of the name was Greig. His great-grandfather, Alexander Greig, of Scotland, emigrated to Norway about 1765, and changed his name to Grieg. Edvard Grieg received his first instruction in music from his mother, an amateur pianist. At the suggestion of the Norwegian violinist Ole Bull, young Grieg was sent to the Leipzig Conservatory (1858), where he studied piano with Plaidy, Wenzel, and Moscheles, and theory with E.F. Richter, Robert Papperitz, Moritz Hauptmann, and Reinecke. He became immersed in the atmosphere of German Romanticism, with the esthetic legacy of Mendelssohn and Schumann; Grieg's early works are permeated with lyric moods related to these influences. In 1863 he went to Copenhagen, where he took a brief course of study with Niels Gade. In Copenhagen, he also met the young Norwegian composer Rikard Nordraak, with whom he organized the Euterpe Society for the promotion of national Scandinavian music, in opposition to the German influences dominating Scandinavian music. The premature death of Nordraak at the age of 23 (1866) left Grieg alone to carry on the project.

After traveling in Italy, he returned to Norway, where he opened a Norwegian Academy of Music (1867), and gave concerts of Norwegian music; he was also engaged as conductor of the Harmonic Society in Christiania. In 1867 he married his cousin, the singer Nina Hagerup. At that time he had already composed his 2 violin sonatas and the first set of his Lyric Pieces for Piano, which used Norwegian motifs. On April 3, 1869, Grieg played the solo part in the world premiere of his Piano Concerto, which took place in Copenhagen. Thus, at the age of 25, he established himself as a major composer of his time. In 1874-75 he wrote incidental music to Ibsen's Peer Gynt; the 2 orchestra suites arranged from this music became extremely popular. The Norwegian government granted him an annuity of 1,600 crowns, which enabled him to devote most of his time to composition. Performances of his works were given in Germany with increasing frequency; soon his fame spread all over Europe. On May 3, 1888, he gave a concert of his works in London; he also prepared recitals of his songs with his wife. He revisited England frequently; received the honorary degree of Mus.Doc. from Cambridge (1894) and Oxford (1906). Other honors were membership in the Swedish Academy (1872), the French Academy (1890), etc.

Despite his successes, Grieg was of a retiring disposition, and spent most of his later years in his house at Troldhaugen, near Bergen, avoiding visitors and shunning public acclaim. However, he continued to compose at a steady rate. His death, of heart disease, was mourned by all Norway; he was given a state funeral and his remains were cremated, at his own request, and sealed in the side of a cliff projecting over the fjord at Troldhaugen. Grieg's importance as a composer lies in the strongly pronounced nationalism of his music; without resorting to literal quotation from Norwegian folk songs, he succeeded in re-creating their melodic and rhythmic flavor. In his harmony, he remained well within the bounds of tradition; the lyric expressiveness of his best works and the contagious rhythm of his dancelike pieces imparted a charm and individuality which contributed to the lasting success of his art.

His unassuming personality made friends for him among his colleagues; he was admired by Brahms and Tchaikovsky. The combination of lyricism and nationalism in Grieg's music led some critics to describe him as "the Chopin of the North." He excelled in miniatures, in which the perfection of form and the clarity of the musical line are remarkable; the unifying purpose of Grieg's entire creative life is exemplified by his lyric pieces for piano. He composed 10 sets of these pieces in 34 years, between 1867 and 1901. His songs are distinguished by the same blend of Romantic and characteristically national inflections. In orchestra composition, Grieg limited himself almost exclusively to symphonic suites, and arrangements of his piano pieces; in chamber music, his 3 violin sonatas, a Cello Sonata, and a String Quartet are examples of fine instrumental writing. F. Benestad was chairman of the Edvard Grieg Committee in Oslo from 1980, which oversaw the completion of Grieg's complete works in 20 vols. in 1995. - Died at Bergen, Sept. 4, 1907.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBrY6RDtFlE"]YouTube - ‪Edvard Hagerup Grieg - Morgenstimmung‬‏" target="_blank">YouTube - ‪Edvard Hagerup Grieg - Morgenstimmung‬‏[/ame]
in 1861 - Ernestine Schumann-Heink, (nee Rossler), famous Austrian-born American contralto and mezzo-soprano, is born at Lieben, near Prague. Her father was an officer in the Austrian army; her mother, an Italian amateur singer. In 1872 she was sent to the Ursuline Convent in Prague, where she sang in the church choir; after lessons from Marietta von Leclair in Graz, she made her first public appearance there as soloist in Beethoven's 9th Symphony (1876); made her operatic debut at the Dresden Court Opera (Oct. 15,1878) as Azucena, where she sang until 1882; also continued her studies with Karl Krebs, Franz Wullner, and others.

From 1883 to 1897 she was a member of the Hamburg Opera; appeared with the company on its visit to London's Covent Garden in 1892, where she sang Erda, Fricka, and Brangane. She was a regular singer at the Bayreuth Festivals from 1896 to 1914; appeared at Covent Garden (1897-1901); also sang with the Berlin Royal Opera. She made her U.S. debut as Ortrud in Chicago on Nov. 7, 1898, a role she chose for her Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. on Jan. 9, 1899; canceled her contract with the Berlin Royal Opera in order to remain a member of the Metropolitan Opera (until 1903; then appeared intermittently until 1932); created the role of Clytemnestra in Elektra (Dresden, Jan. 25,1909); made her last operatic appearance as Erda at the Metropolitan on March 11,1932.

She became a naturalized American citizen in 1908. During the last years of her life, she was active mainly as a teacher. Her operatic repertoire included about 150 parts; her voice, of an even quality in all registers, possessed great power, making it peculiarly suitable to Wagnerian roles. She was married in 1882 to Ernst Heink of Dresden, from whom she was later divorced; in 1893 she married the actor Paul Schumann in Hamburg; he died in 1904; she assumed the names of both Schumann and Heink. Her third husband was a Chicago lawyer, William Rapp Jr., whom she married in 1905 and then subsequently divorced (1914). – Died at Los Angeles, Nov. 17, 1936.

in 1864 - Joseph Guy Marie Ropartz, composer, French conductor, teacher, and composer, is born at Guingamp, C6tes-du- Nord. He entered the Paris Conservatory as a pupil of Dubois and Massenet, and then took lessons in organ and composition from Franck, who remained his chief influence in composition. From 1894 to 1919 he was director of the Conservatpru and conductor of the symphony concerts at Nancy. From 1919 to 1929 he conducted the Municipal Orchestra and was director of the Conservatory in Strasbourg. In 1949 he was elected a member of the Institut de France. - Died at Lanloup-par-Plouha, C6tes-du- Nord, Nov. 22, 1955.

in 1865 - Paul Gilson, composer.
in 1865 - Jakob Zeugheer, composer, dies at 61.
in 1865 - L H Perquin, Dutch religious radio speaker is born.
in 1869 - Albert Grisar, composer, dies at 60.
in 1875 - Johan Peter Cronhamm, composer, dies at 72.
in 1886 - Charles Wood, composer is born.
in 1893 - Ferenc Erkel, Hungarian composer/conductor, dies at 82.
in 1894 - Robert Russell Bennett, Kansas City, composer/arranger (Oklahoma!) is born.
in 1895 - Richard Genee, composer, dies at 72.
in 1900 - Otto Clarence Luening, Milwaukee Wisconsin, German-born American composer (Sonority Canon) is born
in 1900 - Paul Mares (US dixieland cornet, trumpet player; New Orleans Rhythm Kings) is born.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATJjP3Dzsfw"]YouTube - ‪New Orleans Rhythm Kings - Tin Roof Blues - Gennett 5105‬‏" target="_blank">YouTube - ‪New Orleans Rhythm Kings - Tin Roof Blues - Gennett 5105‬‏[/ame]
in 1901 - John Wesley Work, composer is born.

in 1901 - Max Rudolf, eminent German-born American conductor and teacher, is born at Frankfurt am Main. He began his musical training when he was 7. He studied cello with Maurits Frank, piano with Eduard Jung, and composition with Bernhard Sekles, and also learned to play the organ and the trumpet. In 1921-22 he attended the University of Frankfurt am Main. In 1922 he became a repetiteur at the Freiburg im Breisgau Opera, where he made his conducting debut in 1923. After working as a repetiteur at the Darmstadt Opera (1923-25), he returned there to hold its post of 1st conductor from 1927 to 1929.

From 1929 to 1935 he conducted at the German Theater in Prague. In 1929-30 he appeared as a guest conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic. In 1935 he went to Goteborg, where he made appearances as a conductor with both the radio orchestra and the orchestra society. In 1940 he emigrated to the U.S. and in 1945 became a naturalized American citizen. He conducted the New Opera Co. in N.Y. before joining the staff of the Metropolitan Opera in N.Y. in 1945. On Jan. 13,1946, he made his first appearance as a conductor at the Metropolitan Opera in a Sunday night concert. His formal debut followed on March 2, 1946, when he conducted Der Rosenkavalier.

From 1950 to 1958 he served as artistic administrator of the Metropolitan Opera, and also was active as a conductor there. In 1958 he became music director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, a position he retained with distinction until 1969. In 1966 he led it on a world tour and in 1969 on a major tour of Europe. He also served as music director of the Cincinnati May Festival in 1963 and again from 1967 to 1970. From 1970 to 1973 he was head of the opera and conducting depts. at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. In 1973-74 he was principal conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and he also returned to the Metropolitan Opera as a conductor during this time. In 1976-77 he was music advisor of the N.J. Symphony Orchestra. In subsequent years, he made occasional appearances as a guest conductor with American orchestras. From 1983 he again taught at the Curtis Institute of Music. In 1988 he received the first Theodore Thomas Award for his services to music. He published the widely used vol. The Grammar of Conducting: A Comprehensive Guide to Baton Technique and Interpretation (N.Y., 1950; 3r d ed., 1994, with the assistance of Michael Stern). As was to be expected, Rudolf displayed a mastery of baton technique. In his interpretations, he excelled in unmannered performances of the great Austro-German masterpieces. - Died at Philadelphia, Feb. 28, 1995.

in 1904 - Gleb (Pavlovich) Taranov, Ukrainian composer and teacher is born at Kiev. He studied composition with Mikhail Chernov at the Petrograd Conservatory. (1917-19) and composition with Cliere and Liatoshinsky and conducting with Blumenfield and Malko at the Kiev Conservatory. (1920-25). He served on the faculty of the Kiev Conservatory. (1925-41; 1944-74). In 1957 he was named Honored National Artist of the Ukraine. His works were cast in the accepted Soviet mold, with emphasis on the celebration of historical events. - Died at Kiev, Jan. 25, 1989.

in 1910 - Berend Giltay, composer is born.
in 1910 - David Rose, London England, orch leader (Red Skelton Show, Stripper) is born.

in 1915 – Allan Reuss, jazz guitarist, is born at N.Y. Did first gig at the age of 12, shortly after taking up banjo. Worked on guitar during the early 1930s and studied with George Van Epps, with Benny Goodman from April-June 1935, then regularly with Goodman (August 1936 until March 1938). Organized own teaching studio in N.Y. and took part in many pick-up recording sessions. With Jack Teagarden from January until June 1939, joined Paul Whiteman autumn 1939. With Ted Weems from spring of 1941 until joining Jimmy Dorsey in March 1942, then did studio work for N.B.C, in Chicago until rejoining Benny Goodman from June 1943 until June 1944. With Harry James until May 1945, led own trio in Los Angeles, then concentrated on freelance session work in Hollywood, also did regular teaching.

in 1916 – Francis(co) Lopez, French composer, is born at Montbeliard. He studied to be a dentist but after finding success writing songs, he opted for a career as a composer of light works for the French musical theater in Paris. He found an adept librettist and lyricist in Raymond Vincy; they scored an enormous success with their first outing, the operetta Le Belle de Cadix (Dec. 24,1945). They subsequently collaborated on a long series of highly successful works, among them Andlousie (Oct. 25,1947), Quatre Jours a Paris (Fe 28,1948), Pour Don Carlos (Dec. 17,1950), Le Chanteur d Mexico (Dec. 15,1951), La Route fleurie (Dec. 19,1952), A la Jamique (Jan. 24, 1954), La Toison d'or (Dec. 18, 1954 and Mediter ranee (Dec. 17,1956). Several of these works became classics and were made into films. Lopez and Vincy continued their collaboration until the latter's death in 1968. Among their later scores were Maria-Flor (Dec. 18, 1957), La Secret de Marco Polo (Dec. 12, 1959), Visa pour Vamour (Dec. 1961), Cristobal le Magnifique (Dec. 1963), and Le Prince de Madrid (March 4, 1967). In subsequent years, Lopez continued to compose prolifically but only infrequently found the inspiration of his earlier years. His autobiography was published as Flamenco La gloire et les larmes (Paris, 1987). - Died at Paris, Jan. 5, 1995.

in 1917 - Michalis Genitsaris (Greek rebetiko singer and composer) is born.
in 1920 - Michel-Gaston Carraud, composer, dies at 55.
in 1921 - Erroll Garner (US jazz pianist and composer) is born.
in 1922 - John Veale, composer is born.

in 1924 - Joachim Herz, German opera director, is born at Dresden. After training in piano, clarinet, and theory, he studied at the Dresden Hochschule fur Musik (1945-49) and took courses in musicology at the Humboldt University in Berlin (1949-51). In 1950 he began his career as an opera director at the Dresden State Opera, and worked with its touring company (1951-53). After serving as an assistant to Felsenstein at the Berlin Komische Oper (1953-56), he worked at the Cologne Opera (1956-57). In 1957 he became principal stage director of the Leipzig Opera, and later served as its opera director (1959-76). During his Leipzig years, he staged Die Meistersinger von Nilrnberg for the inauguration of the new opera house in 1960, and later staged a Ring cycle replete with social significance (1973-76). From 1976 to 1980 he was Intendant of the Berlin Komische Oper. He was principal opera director at the Dresden State Opera from 1981 to 1991. In 1985 he staged Der Freischiltz at the inauguration of the restored Semper Oper in Dresden. His productions have been staged in various European and North American opera centers. Herz has lectured widely at home and abroad.

in 1926 - Jan Carlstedt, composer is born.

in 1927 - Natalie Hinderas (real name, Henderson), black American pianist, is born at Oberlin, Ohio. Her father was a jazz musician, and her mother was a music teacher. She was a child prodigy and was accepted at the Oberlin School of Music at the age of 8; graduated at 18 (B.Mus., 1945). She subsequently took lessons with Olga Samaroff at the Juilliard School of Music in N.Y., and then studied piano with Eduard Steuermann and composition with Vincent Persichetti. She made her N.Y. debut in 1954, and later toured in Europe and the Far East. In addition to the standard piano repertoire, she included in her concert programs pieces by black composers. - Died at Elkins Park, Pa., July 22, 1987.

in 1929 - Lotfi Mansouri, (actually, Lotfollah), Iranian- born American opera director and administrator, is born at Tehran. He studied psychology at the University of Calif., Los Angeles (A.B., 1953). After serving as an asst. professor on its faculty (1957-60), he was resident stage director of the Zurich Opera (1960-65) and director of dramatics at the Zurich International Opera Studio (1961-65). From 1965 to 1975 he was chief stage director of the Geneva Opera, and from 1967 to 1972 was director of dramatics at the Centre Lyrique in Geneva. In 1976 he became general director of the Canadian Opera Co. in Toronto, remaining there until 1988 when he assumed that position with the San Francisco Opera. His tenure in San Francisco was marked with the major renovation of the opera house in 1996-97, and its gala reopening concert on Sept. 5,1997. He retired in 2001. In 1992 he was made a Chevalier of L'Ordre des Arts et Lettres of France. Mansouri's opera productions have been staged at many of the leading opera houses of the world, and generally reflect his traditional approach to the art of stage direction.

in 1929 - Geoffrey Penwill Parsons, notable Australian piano accompanist and teacher; is born at Sydney. He received his training from Winifried Burston at the New South Wales State Conservatorium of Music in Sydney (1941-48) and from Wiihrer in Munich (1956). In 1948 he made his first tour of Australia. In 1950 he first appeared in London, where he settled. In subsequent years, he pursued an international career as a piano accompanist to many of the leading artists of the day. He toured Australia some 30 times and performed in more than 40 nations. He also gave master classes in the art of piano accompaniment. In 1977 he was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire. - Died at London, Jan. 26, 1995.

in 1929 – Gideon Nxumalo, composer is born.
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in 1929 - Nigel Pickering (rhythm guitar, vocals; Spanky And Our Gang) is born.

in 1930 - Pier Luigi Pizzi, distinguished Italian opera producer and designer, is born at Milan. He was a student of architecture at the Milan Polytechnic. In 1952 he began his career as an opera designer with a production of Don Giovanni in Genoa. In 1959 he staged Handel's Orlando in Florence and acquired a notable reputation as a producer of Baroque stage works. He produced Verdi's I due Foscari (1979) and Gluck's Alceste (1989) and Armide (1996) at Milan's La Scala, Rameau's Hippolyte et Aricie in Aix-en-Provence (1983), Bellini's Capuleti e i Montecchi at London's Covent Garden (1984), and Don Carlos in Vienna (1989). In 1990 he oversaw the production of Berlioz's Les Troyens at the gala opening of the Opera de la Bastille in Paris. After staging Otello in Chicago in 1992, he produced the first modern staging of Traetta's Buova d'Antona in Venice in 1993. In 1997 he produced Verdi's Macbeth in Verona. Pizzi's productions and designs reveal him as a master of stagecraft.

in 1933 - Joe Thomas (US flautist, tenor saxophonist) is born.
in 1933 - Sergio Endrigo (Popular Italian singer) is born.
in 1934 - Ruby Nash Cutis, Akron Oh, rocker (Ruby and The Romantics) is born.
in 1934 - Alfred Bruneau, composer, dies at 77.
in 1934 - Mikel Laboa (Spanish Basque singer, songwriter ) is born.
in 1936 - Alexandru Hrisanide, composer is born
in 1937 - Rolf Riehm, composer is born.

in 1937 - Waylon Jennings, baritone-voiced singer and leader of the 1970s outlaw movement in country music, is born at Littlefield, Tex., June 15, 1937. Along with singer/ songwriters Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson, Jennings expanded the subject matter of country music, while returning to a more primal, strippeddown recording sound that honored the roots of the great honky-tonk records of the 1950s. Jennings came from a musical family, and was already performing over local radio when he was 12 years old. He got his first work as a deejay at the radio station in nearby Lubbock, Tex., where he met poprocker Buddy Holly. Holly produced his first single, a cover of Harry Choates's Cajun classic, "Jole Blon," and invited the young singer to be his bass player on what would turn out to be his last tour.

Following Holly's death, Jenning's continued to work as a deejay and recorded rockabilly for the small Tex. label, Trend. In the mid-1960s, Waylon hooked up with Chet Atkins at RCA records, where he was initially packaged as a folk singer. Although he had some minor country hits, he was unhappy with the way RCA was handling him, and began introducing different material into his recordings. In 1970, he recorded a couple of songs by a then-unknown writer named Kris Kristofferson including "Sunday Morning Coming Down," and a year later released an album titled Ladies Love Outlaws, featuring more contemporary songs by Hoyt Axton and Alex Harvey. In 1972, he renegotiated with RCA, gaining artistic freedom over his recordings. The first album made under this new contract was 1973's Hanky Tonk Heroes, featuring Waylon's road band, The Waylors, on a set of hard-driving songs mostly written by Billy Joe Shaver. In 1976, RCA released an anthology album featuring Jennings and his wife, Jessi Colter, along with Willie Nelson and Tompall Glaser, called The Outlaws, which became the definitive collection for this new style of music. In 1978, he recorded the classic album of duets with Nelson called Willie and Waylan.

Although Jennings continued to produce hits well into the 1980s, he was starting to sound like a parody of himself. He recorded the theme song for TV's redneck comedy The Dukes ofHazard in the early 1980s, followed by a lackluster album of rock oldies. In the mid-1980s, he reunited with Kristofferson, Johnny Cash, and Nelson for the concept LP The Highwaymen, which showed how all four of these formally innovative performers had gotten awfully long-in-the-tooth. The group nonetheless toured and then reunited for a third album in 1995. Meanwhile Jennings left RCA for MCA in the late 1980s, but the quality of his recordings continued to drop.

At his best, Jennings embodied both physically and aurally the outlaw image. His accompaniment was tough, bass-driven, and reduced to the bare essentials, the perfect compliment to his rough baritone. In choosing to perform songs by then-innovative, younger Nashville songwriters, Jennings championed songs that went beyond the pop-schlock posturing that was then being produced by Nashville's establishment. And, in relocating to Austin, Tex., with his buddy Willie Nelson in the mid-1970s, he helped establish an alternative center for country music, paving the way for the new country revival of a decade later.

in 1937 - Ray Coleman (British award winning music journalist, editor, biographer) is born. A pioneering British rock journalist and biographer, Ray Coleman is best remembered for editing Melody Maker. A native of Leicester, England, Coleman worked at a series of major British newspapers before landing a reporter’s position at Melody Maker in 1960. He soon brought a hitherto unknown degree of professionalism to pop reporting, infusing politics and more thorough reporting into a field largely looked upon as trivial. Finding himself at the vanguard of the beat boom, Coleman frequently obtained exclusive interviews with The Beatles. He became a friend and confidant of the group, especially John Lennon. Leaving Melody Maker in 1967, Coleman took over the reins of a spin-off magazine, Disc. Returning to Melody Maker in 1969 as editor-in-chief, he held the post until 1979, during which time he strengthened the magazine’s position in the crowded British music field. Coleman became a freelance writer in the early Eighties, writing columns for various magazines and eventually turning to books. After penning a biography of Gary Numan, Coleman became a serious musical writer, writing a definitive two-volume John Lennon biography, the first with the assistance of Cynthia Lennon, the second with Yoko Ono Lennon. He followed with an authorised biography of Eric Clapton and then of the late Beatles manager Brian Epstein, the latter with the aid of Epstein’s invalid mother, Queenie. Coleman’s subsequent works included a tome with Bill Wyman (Stone Alone), Gerry Marsden (I’ll Never Walk Alone), The Carpenters and Frank Sinatra. At the time of his death, Coleman was completing an authorised biography of Phil Collins. Coleman was deeply upset by Melody Maker’s drop in stature and circulation after his departure. He died at his home in Shepperton, England, September 10, 1996. (Kidney cancer).

in 1938 - Jean-Claude Eloy, France, composer (Ph‚nix) is born.

in 1938 - Tony Oxley, English drummer, is born Sheffield, England. He initially made his impact as the house drummer at Ronnie Scott's club in London in the mid-1960s, backing many visiting U.S. musicians. His early discography finds him behind such unexpected players as pianist Bill Evans and violinist Sugarcane Harris. He was also a drummer on what is arguably guitarist John McLaughlin's best album Extrapolation.

He was concurrently involved in the early British free jazz experiments (from 1966) and had an early trio with guitarist Derek Bailey and then-bassist (now composer) Gavin Bryars. His first recordings were for CBS and RCA and he used these opportunities to record decidedly modern works using such musicians as Bailey, saxophonist Evan Parker, trumpeter Kenny Wheeler, and trombonist Paul Rutherford. His most high- profile collaboration has been with pianist Cecil Taylor, an association that lasted from 1988 to 1992.

in 1940 - Willem Frederik Bon, Dutch composer is born.

in 1941 - Doug Roberts is born. Latter drummer for the Sixties group, Jimmy Gilmer & The Fireballs, Doug Roberts appeared on several hits including the million-selling ‘Sugar Shack’ (1963) and ‘Bottle Of Wine’ (1968). Roberts had replaced Eric Budd, who was drafted in 1962, and stayed with the group until its break-up in 1969. - Died November 18, 1981.

in 1941 - Harry Nilsson, (HARRY EDWARD NELSON, III) Bkln NY, singer/guitarist (Midnight Cowboy) is born. A talented singer and songwriter, Harry Nilsson was best known for his hit recording of ‘Without You’, a song he didn’t write, and for his exploits with his friend John Lennon. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Harry “Nelson” moved to Los Angeles at age 10 with his divorced mother, a part-time songwriter. After returning to New York City, the very shy Nilsson dropped out of high school at 15. Hitch-hiking back to California a few months later, he worked at a movie theatre and then at First National Bank. During this period, he began writing commercial jingles, and recorded under a series of monikers including Bo Pete, Foto-Fi-Four and, with Ron Story, The Ric-A-Shays; he also sold three compositions to Phil Spector, two of which were recorded by The Ronettes.

Reluctantly leaving his lucrative banking position in 1967, he signed with RCA Records. He adopted the Swedish spelling of his surname, and for most of his career was known only as Nilsson. With his impassioned, sad voice, and quirky, folk-like compositions, Nilsson created a fan base with his début release, the Rick Jarrard-produced Pandemonium Shadow Show. Breaking through with his follow-up album Aerial Ballet (1968), Nilsson recorded a lilting cover of Fred Neil’s ‘Everybody’s Talkin’’ which, although not a hit when first released, was featured in the Academy Award-winning film Midnight Cowboy, after which it hit the charts and earned Nilsson a Grammy. Another track, the Nilsson-penned ‘One’ would later be covered by Three Dog Night. After composing the music for the 1968 film Skidoo, Nilsson released Harry (1969), which included ‘Puppy Song’, later a hit for David Cassidy. The next album, Nilsson Sings Newman (1970) was a fulsome tribute to songwriter Randy Newman. It was followed by the soundtrack of the film, The Point (1970).

A perfectionist who rarely performed live, Nilsson released his best selling album in 1972 with Nilsson Schmilsson, the project highlighted by the chart-topping, Grammy-winning hit ‘Without You’ (written by Pete Ham and Tommy Evans of Badfinger), ‘Jump Into The Fire’ and the novelty tune ‘Coconut’. A second 1972 release, Son Of Schmilsson, also fared well, spawning the pop hit ‘Spaceman’, and the following year he recorded an album of standard ballads, A Little Touch Of Schmilsson In The Night, which was produced by former Beatles publicist Derek Taylor and on which he was backed by a full orchestra. By this time Nilsson had become something of a party animal and friend of the rock elite whose rowdy behaviour was chronicled in the press. He made no secret of his admiration for The Beatles, having earlier recorded a montage of Beatles songs, and he palled around with Ringo Starr, working on the film score of Son Of Dracula (1974).

He also befriended John Lennon during his separation from wife Yoko Ono, and was involved in various well-publicised drunken episodes with the former Beatle. After providing backing vocals on Lennon’s 1974 album Walls And Bridges, Nilsson persuaded Lennon to produce his album Pussycats. His popularity fading, Nilsson last hit the charts in 1978 with the compilation, Greatest Hits. Switching to Mercury Records in 1980, he released his first album as “Harry” Nilsson, Flash Harry. Then, after composing the score for the film Popeye (1981), Nilsson wrote the music for the children’s television programme, Ziggy’s Gift. Appalled by the death of Lennon at the hands of a gun-toting lunatic, Nilsson spoke out in favour of gun control, always a lost cause in American politics. Despite his reputation, Nilsson’s early experience in banking had turned him into a shrewd businessman. He managed himself, negotiated his own very lucrative record contracts and invested his money wisely, buying property in London, New York and Los Angeles, and becoming involved in a successful film distribution company.

Spending the Eighties out of the limelight and away from the music industry, Nilsson returned to the studio shortly before his death, finishing an album’s worth of material. Nilsson enjoyed renewed popularity in 1998 when four of his compositions were included on the soundtrack album of You’ve Got MailA prodigious drinker who often carried a bottle around with him, he suffered a massive heart attack in February, 1993, and never fully recovered. He died at his home in Agoura Hills, California. (Heart disease). - Died January 15, 1994.

in 1943 - Johnny Hallyday /Jean-Philippe Smet (French rock 'n' roll singer) is born.
in 1943 - Muff Winwood (UK bassist, songwriter, producer; Spencer Davis Group) is born.
in 1944 - Malaysia Vasudevan (Indian playback singer and actor) is born.

in 1944 - Eddie Hinton (EDWARD CRAIG HINTON) is born. A popular session guitarist, Eddie Hinton worked primarily at the Fame Studio in Shoals Alabama, backing the likes of Aretha Franklin, Joe Tex, and Wilson Pickett. Also a songwriter, he penned The Box Tops’ hit, ‘Choo Choo Train’. As a solo act, Hinton was unable to find an audience for his blue-eyed soul. Painfully shy, Hinton had turned down the lead singer spot in a band that became The Allman Brothers. He died of a heart attack at his parents’ home in Birmingham, Alabama. - Died July 28, 1995.

in 1944 - George Suranovich (GEORGE PAUL SURANOVICH) is born. A latter member of the Los Angeles-based, Arthur Lee-led rock group Love, George Suranovich replaced drummer Michael Stuart in 1968 (Stuart had replaced original member Alburn Pfisterer). With Lee taking the group in a hard-rock direction, Suranovich appeared on the albums, Four Sail (1969) and Out Here (1969). Having been temporarily replaced in early 1970 by Drachen Theaker, Suranovich returned for a final Love album, False Start (1970). After playing behind Eric Burdon in the early to mid Seventies, Suranovich reappeared in another version of Love in 1977; a live album was subsequently issued by Rhino Records. A fixture on the Pittsburgh music scene for the remainder of his career, Suranovich also joined the touring oldies revues of Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, The Platters, and The Drifters. He died in Pittsburgh, February 15, 1990. (Congestive heart failure).

in 1945 - Rod Argent, England, keyboardist (Zombies-She's Not There) is born.
in 1946 - Janet Lennon, vocalist (Lennon Sisters) is born.
in 1946 - Demis Roussos (Greek singer) is born.
in 1946 - Noddy Holder/Neville John Holder (UK guitar, vocals; Slade) is born.

in 1947 - Paul Patterson, English composer and teacher, is born at Chesterfield. He studied with Richard Stoker at the Royal Academy of Music in London (1964-68), and also received instruction from Elizabeth Lutyens, Hans Keller, and Harrison Birtwistle. He pursued private training with Richard Rodney Bennett (1968-70). In 1971 he became the Manson Fellow at the Royal Academy of Music, where he served as head of composition and 20th-century music from 1985. From 1974 to 1980 he also was director of contemporary music at the Universotu of Warwick. In 1989 he became composer-in- residence of the Southwark Festival. In 1990-91 he was composer-in-residence of the Exeter Festival, and in 1991 its artistic director. Patterson has developed a compositional style that combines such contemporary usages as aleatory and electronics with more accessible means of expression.
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in 1949 - Russell Hitchcock (Australian lead vocalist; Air Supply) is born.
in 1949 - Michael Lutz, bassist (Brownsville Station) is born.

in 1949 - Meri Wilson (MARY EDNA EDGEMON) is born. A one-hit wonder, Meri Wilson scored a Top 20 novelty hit in 1977 with ‘Telephone Man’. Born in Nagoya, Japan, while her father served in the US Air Force, Wilson was raised in Marietta, Georgia. After earning a pair of music degrees, she became a model and jingle singer in Dallas. Discovered by former Bloodrock vocalist Jim Rutledge, she teamed with music producer Owen “Boomer” Castleman and recorded the self-composed ‘Telephone Man’. In 1999, Wilson recorded an updated version of her earlier hit, now retitled ‘Internet Man’. Died December 28, 2002. She was involved in a single car accident near her home in Americus, Georgia.

in 1950 - Noddy Holder, rock vocalist/guitarist (Slade-Cum On Feel The Noize) is born.
in 1950 - John Lawry (Japanese-American keyboardist, composer-songwriterr, producer; Petra) is born.
in 1951 - Steve Walsh (US singer, song-writer; Streets/Kansas) is born.

in 1953 - Richie Puente (RICHARD ANTHONY PUENTE) A member of Latin-rooted disco era group Foxy, percussionist Richie Puente was the son of jazz bandleader Tito Puente. Nicknamed “Kiki,” Richie Puente formed Foxy in 1974 with guitarist-vocalist Ish “Angel” Ledesma. Hired as the session band for Miami-based T.K. Records, the group also scored its own hits with ‘Get Off Your Aahh! And Dance’ (1976), ‘Get Off’ (1978), ‘Hot Number’ and ‘RRRRRRock’ (1979). Puente also worked with Eddie Money, George and Gwen McRae, Abba and Peter Frampton.
He succumbed to the long-term effects of a chronic, debilitating disease, viral encephalopathy. Puente was employed as a percussionist for The Miami City Ballet when in 2001 he began to suffer seizures; doctors initially misattributed the symptoms to the belated effects of a violent assault eight years earlier. - Died July 18, 2004.

in 1954 - Terri Gibbs, Augusta Ga, blind singer (Somebody's Knockin') is born.

in 1956 - John Lennon (15) and Paul McCartney (13) meet for 1st time as Lennon's rock group Quarrymen perform at a church dinner.

in 1956 - David Hinds (UK rhythm guitar, vocalist; Steel Pulse) is born.
in 1957 - Brad Gillis, rock guitarist/vocalist (Night Ranger) is born.
in 1958 - The first teenage all-music show 'Oh Boy', was broadcast for the first time in the UK.
in 1961 - Kai Eckhardt (German bassist, composer; Garaj Mahal, Vital Information) is born.

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in 1961 - On this weeks UK singles chart: No.5, Clarence Frogman Henry, 'But I Do', No.4, Ricky Nelson, 'Hello Marylou', No.3 - The Shadows, 'The Frightened City', No.2, Del Shannon, 'Runaway', No.1, Elvis Presley, 'Surrender.'

in 1961 - Yoshimi Iwasaki (Japanese singer, actress) is born.
in 1962 - Alfred Cortot, French pianist, dies at 84.
in 1962 - Andrea Rost (Hungarian soprano) is born.

in 1963 - Kyu Sakamoto started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Sukiyaki’, the first-ever Japanese song to do so. It made No.6 on the UK chart in 1963 and was also a No.10 UK single for Kenny Ball in the same year.

in 1963 - Scott Rockenfield, drummer (Queensryche-Breaking the Silence) is born.
in 1963 - "Sukiyaki" hits #1.
in 1963 - Scott Rockenfield (US drummer; Queensryche/Slave To The System) is born.
in 1964 - Gavin Greenaway (British composer) is born.
in 1964 - The Beatles touring Australia played two sets at the Festival Hall, Melbourne.

in 1965 - The Rolling Stones kicked off an 8-date mini-European tour at The Odeon Theatre in Glasgow, Scotland, supported by The Hollies.

in 1965 - Bob Dylan records "Like a Rolling Stone".
in 1966 - Idalis DeLeon (US actress, singer) is born.
in 1966 - Michael Britt (US guitar; Lonestar) is born.
in 1967 - Guitarist Peter Green quit the John Mayall Band. Green went on to form Fleetwood Mac.
in 1968 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono plant an acorn at Conventry Cathedral
in 1968 - Yummy Yummy Yummy by Ohio Express hits #4.

in 1968 - Wes Montgomery dies at age 45. American jazz guitarist, considered one of the major jazz guitarists, emerging after such seminal figures as Django Reinhardt and Charlie Christian and influencing countless others. He started to teach himself guitar in 1943, using his thumb rather than a pick and toured with Lionel Hampton during 1948-50. His most spontaneous jazz outings, small-group sessions, 1959-63, were with such sidemen as Tommy Flanagan, James Clay, Victor Feldman, Hank Jones, Johnny Griffin and Mel Rhyne. In 1967 Wes signed with Creed Taylor at A&M and during 1967-68 he recorded three best-selling albums. Wes received many awards and accolades: Nominated for two Grammy Awards for Bumpin', 1965; received Grammy Award for Goin' Out of My Head as Best Instrumental Jazz Performance by Large Group or Soloist with Large Group, 1966; nominated for Grammy Awards for "Eleanor Rigby" and "Down Here on the Ground", 1968; nominated for Grammy Award for Willow, Weep for Me, 1969. Wes' second album, The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery, earned him Down Beat magazine's "New Star" award in 1960. In addition, he won the Down Beat Critic's Poll award for best Jazz guitarist in 1960, '61, '62,'63, '66, and 1967. (he woke one morning, remarked to his wife that he "Didn't feel very well," and minutes later collapsed, dying of a heart attack within minutes)
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in 1969 - Ice Cube / O'Shea Jackson (US rapper, actor) is born.
in 1969 - during a UK tour Led Zeppelin appeared at The Free Trade Hall, Manchester, England.
in 1969 - The Doors appeared at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
in 1970 - Gaëlle Méchaly (French soprano) is born.
in 1971 - Bif Naked /Beth Torbert (Canadian singer, poetess, actress) is born.
in 1972 - Hank Von Helvete (Norwegian vocalist; Turbonegro) is born.
in 1974 - Abba's debut album 'Waterloo' entered the UK chart for the first time peaking at No.28.

in 1974 - Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Billy Don't Be A Hero', The song was a UK No.1 for Paper Lace.

in 1974 - Elvis Presley played the first night of an 18 date US tour by playing four shows at the Tarrant County Center, Forth Worth, Texas.

in 1976 - Dryden Mitchell (US lead singer; Alien Ant Farm) is born.

in 1976 - The Sex Pistols recorded their first demos in Clapham's Majestic studios followed by a gig that night at The 100 club, London.

in 1977 - The Sex Pistols held a party on a boat as it sailed down The River Thames in London. The Pistols performed 'Anarchy In The UK' outside The Houses Of Parliament resulting in members from the party being arrested when the boat docked later that day.

in 1978 - during a European tour Bob Dylan played the first of six sold out nights at London's Earl Court.
in 1981 - Billy Martin (US guitarist, keyboards; Good Charlotte) is born.
in 1982 - Arthur E Pepper, US, alto saxophonist, dies at 56.
in 1982 - Haley Scarnato (US singer) is born.

in 1982 - Pete Farndon bass player with The Pretenders was fired from the group, he went on to form a group with Topper Headon from The Clash. Farndon was found dead in his bath on 14th April 1983.

in 1982 - Art Pepper dies at age 56. American alto saxophonist; born in Gardena, California, he began his career with Benny Carter and Stan Kenton between 1946 and 1952. By the '50s Art was recognized as one of the leading alto saxophonists in jazz, finishing second only to Charlie Parker as Best Alto Sax Player in the Down Beat magazine Readers Poll of 1952. He is associated with the musical movement known as West Coast jazz, as contrasted with the East Coast hot jazz associated with Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. Art was a member of Buddy Rich's Big Band from 1968 to 1969, and in 1977 and 1978 made two well received tours of Japan. He had become a heroin addict in the 1940s, and his career was interrupted by drug-related prison sentences in 1954–56, 1960-61, 1961-64 and 1964-65. Luckily, his drug abuse did not affect the quality of his recordings, which maintained a high level of musicianship throughout his career until his death. Art's most famous albums are Art Pepper Meets the Rhythm Section, Art Pepper + Eleven - Modern Jazz Classics, Gettin' Together, and Smack Up. The Aladdin Recordings (three volumes), The Early Show, The Late Show, The Complete Surf Ride, and The Way It Was!, which features a session recorded with Warne Marsh. His autobiography, Straight Life, transcribed by his third wife Laurie Pepper, is a unique exploration into the jazz music world, as well as drug and criminal subcultures of mid-20th century California. The documentary film Art Pepper: Notes from a Jazz Survivor, available on DVD, devotes much space to music from one of his late groups featuring pianist Milcho Leviev (brain hemorrhage).
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in 1983 - Julia Fischer (German violinist) is born.
in 1983 - Laura Imbruglia (Australian singer, guitarist) is born.

in 1984 - Meredith Willson dies at age 82. American composer, songwriter, conductor and playwright, born in Mason City, Iowa. He is best known for writing the book, music and lyrics for the hit Broadway musical The Music Man. He wrote three other Broadway musicals, composed symphonies, his Symphony No. 1 in F minor: A Symphony of San Francisco and Symphony No. 2 In E Minor: Missions of California were recorded in 1999. He also wrote popular songs, and his film scores which were twice nominated for Academy Awards. The cast recording of The Music Man won the first Grammy Award for Best Original Cast Album (Broadway or TV) ever issued. His second musical, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, ran on Broadway for 532 performances from 1960 to 1962. His third musical to be produced on Broadway was an adaptation of the film Miracle On 34th Street, called Here's Love-1963. His fourth, last, and musical was 1491. He penned a number of very well-known songs, such as "You and I", which was a No. 1 for Glenn Miller, "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas", and "May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You" (heart failure)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMDF12oyEr0"]YouTube - ‪Till there was you - Meredith Willson‬‏" target="_blank">YouTube - ‪Till there was you - Meredith Willson‬‏[/ame]
in 1985 - Nadine Coyle (Nth. Irish singer; Girls Aloud) is born.
in 1985 - Bryan Ferry went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Boys And Girls' his first solo No.1 LP.
in 1985 - Dire Straits started a nine-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with, 'Brothers In Arms'.
in 1986 - U2 and Sting headlined a concert in New Jersey celebrating 25 years of Amnesty International.

in 1988 - During Bruce Springsteen's stay in Rome during a world tour a photographer took a shot of Bruce in his underpants sharing an intimate moment with his backing singer Patti Scialfa. The picture confirmed the rumours that Bruce and Patti were having an affair.

in 1989 - Nirvana's debut album 'Bleach' was released in the US. The title for the album came from a poster 'Bleach Your Works' urging drug users to bleach their needles.

in 1990 - Miwa (Japanese singer-songwriter) is born.

in 1990 - Jim Hodder dies at age 42. American drummer; born in Boston, US, he joined Steely Dan in 1972 when he worked on their debut album "Can't Buy a Thrill" and follow up album "Countdown to Ecstasy" in 1773. In 1972 Jim also sang the lead vocal on the song "Midnight Cruiser" and the vocals on the song "Dallas" which appeared only on a 7" record. These first few years were their very heavy touring days. Jim worked on part of Steely Dan's 3rd album "Pretzel Logic" before leaving the band in 1974. He went on to be an in-demand session player for musicians such as Sammy Hagar and David Soul. (he drowned in his swimming pool)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eb29sadP-kY"]YouTube - ‪(audio only) 05-20-1974 Jim Hodder and Jeff Porcaro Drumming for Steely Dan‬‏" target="_blank">YouTube - ‪(audio only) 05-20-1974 Jim Hodder and Jeff Porcaro Drumming for Steely Dan‬‏[/ame]
in 1991 - Paula Abdul started a five week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Rush Rush', her 5th US No.1, a No.6 hit in the UK.

in 1993 - Jamiroquai appeared at The Riverside, Newcastle upon Tyne, England.
in 1994 - Kristen Pfaff, US bass guitarist (Hole-Live through this), dies at 24.

in 1994 - Kin Vassy died. A member of Kenny Rogers & The First Edition and a touring member of Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention, Kin Vassy also had success as a songwriter, penning material for Ray Charles, Anne Murray, and Bonnie Raitt. He died in Los Angeles. (Cancer). - Born August 16, 1943.

in 1994 - Manos Hadjidakis dies at age 68. Academy Award-winning Greek composer; born in Xanthi, Greece; he received an Academy Award for Best Original Song for his song 'Never on Sunday' from the film of the same name in 1960. His very first work was the tune for the song Paper Moon from Tennessee Williams' 'A Streetcar Named Desire' staged by Karolos Koun's Art Theatre of Athens. His first piano piece, "For a Small White Seashell" came out in 1947 and in 1948 he shook the musical establishment by delivering his legendary lecture on rembetika, the urban folk songs that flourished in Greek cities, mainly Piraeus, after the Asia Minor refugee influx in 1922 and until then had heavy underworld and cannabis use connections and were consequently looked down upon. In 1949 he co-founded the Greek Dance Theatre Company with the choreographer Rallou Manou after which he started his career writing immensely popular "pop" songs and movie soundtracks alongside more serious works. He is also credited with the introduction of bouzouki music into mainstream culture (heart disease and diabetes)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8RPinFZQhk"]YouTube - ‪DORIS DAY-MANOS HATZIDAKIS-NEVER ON SUNDAY‬‏" target="_blank">YouTube - ‪DORIS DAY-MANOS HATZIDAKIS-NEVER ON SUNDAY‬‏[/ame]
in 1996 - Helen Sinclair Glatz, musician, dies at 88.

in 1996 - Ella Fitzgerald dies at age 78. American jazz singer, known as "The First Lady of Song", blessed with a beautiful voice and a wide range, could outswing anyone and had near-perfect elocution; she learned to sing by imitating the vocal stylings she heard on the radio and records, especially those of Louis Armstrong and Connee Boswell of the Boswell Sisters. She dropped out of school, became involved with the numbers racket, and worked as a lookout at a brothel. Caught by the authorities, she was put into the Riverdale Children's Association, an orphanage and school, from which she ran away in 1934, determined to make a career in show business. She won an amateur contest at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, in Dec of 1934 singing "Judy" and "The Object of My Affection". She later came to the attention of Charles Linton, lead singer for Chick Webb's band. Linton took her to Webb, who hired her in 1935. She recorded her first hit, "A Tisket A Tasket," with Webb's band in 1939. Under Webb's musical guidance, Ella learnt professional skills, developed confidence, and began recording. In 1942 she embarked on her long influencial career as a soloist. In 1947 she married famed jazz bassist Ray Brown and 1948 to 1952 she sang his jazz group. The couple adopted an infant named Raymond Brown, Jr., but in 1953 the marriage ended and she never remarried. During her lifetime Fitzgerald worked with all the great jazz performers and won countless awards for her work, among them popularity awards from jazz magazines; honorary doctorates; the American Music Award-1978; the Kennedy Center Award-1979 for her lifetime achievement in the performing arts; the National Medal of the Arts-1987, presented at the White House; and thirteen Grammy Awards, including one in 1967 for her lifetime achievement. In 1989 she became the first recipient of the Society of Singers Lifetime Achievement Award, named "Ella" in her honor. Beginning in the early 1970s, Fitzgerald had eyesight problems complicated by diabetes and also suffered from circulatory system complications. In 1986 she had heart surgery, but she returned to the concert stage the next year. Despite these illnesses, she continued to perform at least once a month into the early 1990s (In 1993 Ella had to have both her legs amputated below the knees. (complications from diabetes).
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JANcQf3fjuA"]YouTube - ‪Ella Fitzgerald - Someone To Watch Over Me‬‏" target="_blank">YouTube - ‪Ella Fitzgerald - Someone To Watch Over Me‬‏[/ame]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQouJdvB80U"]YouTube - ‪Ella Fitzgerald - Misty‬‏" target="_blank">YouTube - ‪Ella Fitzgerald - Misty‬‏[/ame]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8m1X6y9Gzhs&feature=fvsr"]YouTube - ‪Sarah Vaughan - The Sassy One‬‏" target="_blank">YouTube - ‪Sarah Vaughan - The Sassy One‬‏[/ame]
in 1996 - Lew Chudd (LEWIS R. CHUDD) died. The founder of Imperial Records, Toronto-born Lew Chudd broke into the music industry as a promotions man in the Thirties, hyping the big bands of the day. Joining NBC radio by the mid Thirties, Chudd developed a popular radio programme starring Benny Goodman. Promoted to the head of NBC’s Los Angeles Bureau, Chudd also worked for the Office of War Information where he produced Armed Forces Radio programmes. After launching and then selling Crown Records in the mid Forties, he established the pioneering Los Angeles-based R&B label Imperial Records, originally targeting folk and Mexican music. Soon embracing R&B and rock’n’roll, Imperial was responsible for the rise of Little Richard, Fats Domino, Smiley Lewis and Ricky Nelson. With intuitive producers and A&R men such as Henri Rene and Al Young, Imperial was a dominant player in the Fifties. Chudd also ran a satellite operation in New Orleans, with producer Dave Bartholomew overseeing sessions at the tiny J&M studio. Eventually crowded out by the major labels, Chudd sold Imperial to Liberty Records in 1963, and retired from music. Chudd later purchased several radio stations. He died in Los Angeles. (Heart failure). - Born July 1, 1911.

in 2000 - Rapper Flesh-N-Bone of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony was convicted of assault with a firearm and for being an ex-convict in criminal possession of a firearm after threatening a friend with an AK-47.

in 2002 - A rare autographed copy of The Beatles’ album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band sold at auction for £34,000 ($57,800), more than five times the estimated price.

in 2002 - Pulp kicked off a 5-date UK tour at Sherwood Pines, Nottinghamshire.
in 2003 - Radiohead scored their fourth UK No.1 album with ‘Hail To The Thief.’

in 2003 - Metallica were at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘St Anger’, the bands fourth US No.1, a No.3 hit in the UK.

in 2004 - Leonard Walter "Lennie" Bush dies at age 77. English jazz double-bassist, he started on the violin before changing to bass at 16, and by 17 he was playing professionally in a variety show called The Rolling Stones and Dawn. He played with Nat Gonella in the middle of the 1940s, but turned to bebop in the later 40s. Lennie was one of the founding members of London's Club Eleven, and played there in a band with Ronnie Scott, Hank Shaw, Tommy Pollard, and Tony Crombie. He later studied with James Merrett at the Guildhall School of Music, and he was much sought after by overseas musicians, joining many European tours of Zoot Sims, Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong, and Roy Eldridge. He became a member of Jack Parnell's ATV Orchestra in 1957, and also recorded with Anita O'Day, Stephane Grappelli, and Eddie Vinson. He went into semi-retirement in the 1990s, but still played up until his death.

in 2005 - Coldplay went straight to No.1 on US album chart with their third album 'X&Y', having already entered at number one in the UK. The last time a British artist had a simultaneous US and UK number one was in November in 2000 with '1', a compilation of hits by The Beatles. The last studio album to reach number one on both sides of the Atlantic was Radiohead's 'Kid A' in October 2000. 'X&Y' went on to top over 30 global charts.
in 2005 - Destiny's Child announced they would disband upon completion of their current world tour.

in 2006 - Betty Curtis /Roberta Corti dies at age 70. Italian singer, born in Milan; she was active from 1957 to 1969. The song "Al di là" performed by her with Luciano Tajoli won the Sanremo Music Festival in 1961. She also represented Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1961 coming shared fifth in Cannes (?) b. March 21st 1936.
2007: Richard Bell (61) Canadian musician pianist and keyboard player born in Toronto. Richard was well known as the pianist for Janis Joplin and her Full Tilt Boogie Band. In the late 1960s, while touring with Ronnie Hawkins, he was approached by Joplin's manager Albert Grossman and invited to join her new ensemble. His playing can be heard on her posthumously-released album Pearl and many bootleg recordings from her 1970 tour, including performances from the Festival Express "train tour" of Canada. After which he moved to Woodstock, New York, where he worked as a session musician. Among those he worked with were Judy Collins, John Sebastian., Paul Butterfield, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Bruce Cockburn, Cowboy Junkies, Bob Dylan, Michael Kaeshammer, Bonnie Raitt and Joe Walsh. In 1991, Richard joined the reconstituted line-up of The Band as a keyboardist and in later years before his passing performed as keyboard player with Canadian roots-rock performers such as Colin Linden, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings and Kathleen Edwards (multiple myeloma)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYkPNLnCK3o"]YouTube - ‪Betty Curtis - Al di là (1961)‬‏" target="_blank">YouTube - ‪Betty Curtis - Al di là (1961)‬‏[/ame]
in 2008 - Liverpool was voted England's most musical city in a national campaign set up by the Arts Council. The home of The Beatles, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, OMD and The Zutons took 49% of the vote in an online poll set up by the funding body. Sheffield - which brought the world the Arctic Monkeys and Pulp - came second, while Manchester with Oasis, Stone Roses and The Smiths came third.

in 2008 - Coldplay went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their fourth studio album ‘Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends.’

in 2010 - Busi Mhlongo dies at age 62. South African virtuoso singer, dancer and composer, born in Inanda, Natal. Drawing on various South African styles such as mbaqanga, maskanda, marabi and traditional Zulu, fused with contemporary elements from jazz, funk, rock, gospel, rap, opera, reggae and West African music she produced a fresh and exciting sound. In 2000, Busi scooped three awards at the FNB South African Music Awards for best female artist, best adult contemporary album (Africa), and best African pop album. Busi has since also scored a Kora award and Melt has released a compilation called Indiza. (cancer).
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bqlg1TsNGgM"]YouTube - ‪Busi Mhlongo - Yaphel imali yami‬‏" target="_blank">YouTube - ‪Busi Mhlongo - Yaphel imali yami‬‏[/ame]
in 2010 - Janis Grodums dies at age 52. Latvian bass guitarist, singer, songwriter; Janas was a founder member of the rock band Livi, formed in 1976 by himself, Kigelis, Pavitols, Ingrida and drummer Andris Kruminš. Their early years were spent in small-time gigs, playing sad songs written by Pavitols and sung by his wife, Ingrida. In 1980 the line up changed, 17-year old singer Rodrigo Fomins and drummer Vilnis Krievinš joined up, Kigelis immediately started writing new songs, and Livi suddenly became popular, appearing in many music festivals and slowly starting to record their first album, the self-titled Livi, which was released in 1983. Going from strength to strength, under different line up changes, Janis, with Livi recorded their best-selling album Bailes par zingem (Fear about Songs) in 1997. The album remained in fans memories for “Piedod man” – a hard-rockers confession written by Janis. They carried on recording until 2005.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHNpfIff2Ug"]YouTube - ‪Jenny May un J" target="_blank">YouTube - ‪Jenny May un J[/ame]
in 2011 - Mae Wheeler dies at age 77. American singer and event producer, born in Memphis, but moved to St. Louis when she was 5 and went on to be known to generations of St. Louis music fans as “Lady Jazz". She eventually broke in to the music business at the tail end of St. Louis' Gaslight Square era, crediting fellow singer Jeanne Trevor for helping her to get her first gigs at places such as Vanity Fair, the Black Horse, the Dark Side and the Red Carpet. In the 1970s and into the 1980s, Mae was a regular performer at Hannegan's on Laclede's Landing and also worked at other spots such the Moose Lounge in north St. Louis and an early incarnation of Kennedy's, also on the Landing. In later years, she performed frequently at the now-defunct Brandt's in University City, as well as at other restaurants, lounges and clubs around town. She worked with hundreds of St. Louis musicians and singers, and appeared with nationally known entertainers including Pearl Bailey, Count Basie, Sonny Stitt, Mitch Miller and Arthur Prysock. As best as can be determined, she released two recordings, Live in 2000, and Just Friends in 2000 (died after a long illness).

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in 1633 - Nathaniel Schnittelbach, composer is born.

in 1637 - Giovanni Paulo Colonna, Italian organist, organ builder, and composer is born at Bologna. He studied organ with Filipucci in Bologna. After training in composition with Abbatini, Benevoli, and Carissimi in Rome, he served as organist in S. Apollinare there before pursuing his career in Bologna. In 1659 he was made second organist and in 1661 organist at S. Petronio, and then served as its maestro di cappella from 1674 until his death. He also was maestro di cappella at the church of the Madonna della Galliera (1673-88) and at S. Giovanni in Monte (1689-90). In 1666 he helped to found the Accademia dei Filarmonici of Bologna, which he served as principe from 1672. Colonna was a distinguished composer of oratorios, six of which are extant. Among his other fine works were two volumes of motets (Bologna, 1681) and the Messe e salmi concertati (Bologna, 1691). - Died at Bologna, Nov. 28,1695.

in 1651 - Marsilio Casentini, composer, dies at 74.

in 1671 - Johann Christoph Bach, brother of Johann Sebastian and eldest son of Johann Ambrosius, is born at Erfurt. He was a pupil of Pachelbel. He served as organist at the Thomaskirche in Erfurt and for a short time at Arnstadt. From 1690 he was organist at the Michaeliskirche in Ohrdruf, where Johann Sebastian stayed with him for almost five years. - Died at Ohrdruf, Feb. 22,1721.

in 1752 - Meingosus Gaelle, composer is born.
in 1804 - Johann Adam Hiller, composer, dies at 75.
in 1808 - Georg Wenzel Ritter, composer, dies at 60.

in 1813 - Otto Jahn, learned German philologist, archeologist, and music scholar, is born at Kiel. He studied languages and antiquities at the Universitys of Kiel, Leipzig, and Berlin. He became a lecturer on philology in Kiel (1839), then was made professpr of archeology in Greifswald (1842). He later was director of the Leipzig Archeological Museum (1847-48), but lost this position in the wake of the political upheaval of 1848. In 1855 he was appointed professor of archeology at the Universotu of Bonn.

His magnum opus in the field of music was the biography Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (4 vols., Leipzig, 1856-59; 2nd ed., 1867; Eng. tr. by P. Townsend, London, 1882; Ger. revs. by H. Deiters, 3rd ed., 1891-93 and 4th ed., 1905-07; exhaustively rewritten and rev. by H. Abert as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Neu bearbeitete und erweiterte Ausgabe von Otto Jahns "Mozart," 2 vols., Leipzig, 1919-21, rendering it the standard biography; further rev. by A.A. Abert, 2 vols., Leipzig, 1955-56). Jahn's biography was the first musical life written according to the comparative critical method. It reviews the state of music during the period immediately preceding Mozart, and as a comprehensive exposition has become a model for subsequent musical biographies. He intended to write a biography of Beethoven according to a similar plan, but could not complete the task; Thayer utilized the data accumulated by him in his own work on Beethoven; Pohl used his notes in his biography of Haydn. Numerous essays by Jahn were published in his GesammeIte Aufsiitze uber Musik (1866). - Died at Gottingen, Sept. 9, 1869.

in 1831 - Joseph Ignaz Schnabel, composer, dies at 64.
in 1837 - Valentino Fioravanti, composer, dies at 72.

in 1838 - Frederick Archer, English-American organist, conductor, and composer; b. Oxford, June 16, 1838; d. Pittsburgh, Oct. 22, 1901. He studied organ in Leipzig. After serving as organist at London's Alexandra Palace (1873-80), where he also appeared as a conductor, he became organist at Brooklyn's Henry Ward Beecher church and then of N.Y/s Church of the Incarnation in 1881. He was founder-ed. of The Keynote (1883-84). In 1887 he became conductor of the Boston Oratorio Soc. After serving as organist at Chicago's St. James's Church, he became organist of the Carnegie Inst. in Pittsburgh in 1895. From 1896 to 1898 he also was conductor of the Pittsburgh Orch. He wrote a cantata, King Witlafs Drinking-Horn, much organ music, piano pieces, songs, and instruction manuals.

in 1843 - David Popper, composer is born.
in 1843 - Jan Malat, composer is born.

in 18493 - William Shakespeare, English tenor, singing teacher, and composer, is born at Croydon. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Sterndale Bennett in London. He went to Leipzig for study with Reinecke, but soon left for Milan to cultivate his voice under Lamperti's guidance. From 1875 he appeared in England as a tenor; in 1878 he was appointed prof, of singing at the Royal Academy of Music, where he was highly esteemed. His compositions are entirely in the vein of German Romanticism, his model being Mendelssohn. He published The Art of Singing (3 parts; 1898-99), Singing for Schools and Colleges (1907), Plain Words on Singing (1924), and The Speaker's Art (1931). – Died at London, Nov. 1,1931.

in 1853 - Johan Gustaf Emil Sjogren, composer is born.
in 1858 - Eugene Ysaye, composer is born.
in 1863 - Paul Antonin Vidal, composer is born.

in 1892 – Dame Eva Turner, distinguished English soprano, is born at Oldham. She was a pupil of Dan Roothan in Bristol; Giglia Levy, Edgardo Levy, and Mary Wilson at the Royal Academy of Music in London; and Albert Richards Broad. In 1916 she made her operatic debut as a Page in Tannhiiuser with the Carl Rosa Opera Co., with which she sang until 1924;sang with the company at London's Covent Garden in 1920. In 1924 she made her first appearance at Milan's La Scala as Freia in DasRheingold; then toured Germany with an Italian opera company in 1925. She sang Turandot in Brescia in 1926; appeared at Covent Garden (1928-30; 1933;1935-39; 1947-48); was a guest artist in other European music centers, in Chicago, and in South America. She taught at the University of Okla. (1950-59) and then at the Royal Academy of Music. In 1962 she was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. Her other esteemed roles included Agatha, Amelia, Santuzza, Aida, Isolde, Sieglinde, and Cio-Cio-San. – Died at London, June 16, 1990.

in 1899 – Helen (Francesca) Traubel, noted American soprano (Sieglinde in Walkre, Nightclubs) is born at St. Louis. She studied with Vetta Karst. She made her concert debut as soloist in Mahler's 4th Symphony with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra on Dec. 13, 1923. On May 12, 1937, she made her Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. as Mary Rutledge in Damrosch's TheMan without a Country; her first major role there was Sieglinde on Dec. 28, 1939; subsequently became the leading American Wagnerian soprano on its roster, excelling especially as Isolde, Elisabeth, Brunnhilde, Elsa, and Kundry. In 1953 she made appearances in N.Y.nightclubs; this prompted objections from the Metropolitan Opera management, and as a result she resigned from the Metropolitan. She also appeared on Broadway in Pipe Dream (1955), in films, and on television. She published the mystery novels The Ptomaine Canary and The Metropolitan Opera Murders (N.Y., 1951), and an autobiography, St. Louis Woman (N.Y., 1959). - Died at Santa Monica, Calif., July 28, 1972.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6Twuk-Wi7k"]YouTube - ‪Helen Traubel sings "Hai Jo To Ho!" from Die Walkure.‬‏" target="_blank">YouTube - ‪Helen Traubel sings "Hai Jo To Ho!" from Die Walkure.‬‏[/ame]

in 1901 - Conrad Beck, distinguished Swiss composer is born. He was a student of Andreae, Laquai, and Baldegger at the Zurich Conservatory. After further training in Paris and Berlin, he settled in Basel in 1932 and served as director of the music division of the Radio (1939-66). In 1964 he was awarded the arts prize of the city. After composing in a late Romantic style, he developed a highly effective neo-Baroque means of expression. - Died at Basel, Oct. 31, 1989.

in 1903 - Huldreich Georg Fruh, composer is born.
in 1910 - Wendelin Weissheimer, composer, dies at 72.

in 1912 - Carl Fuerstner, German-born American pianist, conductor, teacher, and composer, is born at Strasbourg. He studied composition and conducting at the Cologne Hochschule fur Musik (1930-34), where his teachers were Abendroth, Braunfels, Jarnach, and Klussmann. While still a student, he composed incidental music for theatrical plays. In 1939 he went to the U.S. as asst. conductor of the San Francisco Opera; he became a naturalized American citizen in 1945. From 1945 to 1950 he was head of the opera dept. at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y.;then served on the faculty of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah (1951-61), where he was resident pianist, opera conductor, principal piano teacher, and head of the composition dept. (1955-61); also toured widely as a piano accompanist to many celebrated artists of the day and conducted an impressive repertoire of standard and modem operas in the U.S. and Europe. From 1963 to 1982 he was principal opera coach at the Ind. University School of Music in Bloomington, where he also conducted operas. He also was on the faculty of the Summer Academy of the Salzburg Mozarteum (1973-82); then was active with the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz (1983-85); concurrently was associated with the "Festa Musica Pro" in Assisi, Italy. From 1981 to 1989 he was music director of the Bloomington (Ind.) Symphony Orchestra. - Died Bloomington, Ind., Dec. 5, 1994.

in 1913 - Ben Raleigh is born. A lyricist who worked with Herb Alpert and Otis Blackwell, Ben Raleigh penned ‘Wonderful Wonderful’, ‘She’s A Fool’, ‘Tell Laura I Love Her’, and the theme from the Scooby Doo show. He won a Grammy for the Lou Rawls hit, ‘Love Is A Hurtin’ Thing’. He died from injuries suffered in a kitchen fire at his home in Hollywood, California. - Died February 26, 1997.

in 1916 - Francis Lopez, composer is born.

in 1923 - Henryk Czyz, Polish conductor and composer is born at Grudziadz. He studied law at Torun University; then went to the Poznan Academy of Music, where he studied conducting with Bierdiajew and composition with Szeligowski. In 1952 he was appointed conductor at the Poznan Opera; from 1953 to 1956 he conducted the Polish Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra in Katowice. He was subsequently chief conductor of the ód Philharmonic (1957-60); from 1964 to 1968 he conducted the Krakow Philharmonic from 1971 to 1974 served as Generalmusikdirektor of the Dusseldorf Symphony Orchestra; from 1972 to 1980 he was again chief conductor of the ód Philharmonic. He made his American debut with the Minn. Orchestra in 1973. In 1980 he became a professor at the Warsaw Academy of Music. Among his works were the stage pieces Biaowosa (The Girl with the Flaxen Hair; Warsaw, Nov. 24, 1962; rev. version, ód, Oct. 2, 1971); Knyolog w rozterce (Cynologist at a Loss; Polish TV, 1965; stage premiere, Karkow, Nov. 19, 1967), and Inge Bartsch (Warsaw, Dec. 11, 1982); several orchestra works, including Etude (1949) and Symphonic Variations (1952), etc. – Died January 16, 2003 at Warsaw.

in 1923 - Ake Hermanson, composer is born.

in 1925 - Emmett Louis Hardy dies at age 22. American jazz cornet player and one of the best regarded New Orleans musicians of his generation. Emmett was born in the New Orleans suburb of Gretna, Louisiana, he was a child prodigy, described as already playing marvelously in his early teens. Some New Orleans musicians remembered as a musical highlight of their lives a 1919 cutting contest where after long and intense struggle Hardy succeeded in outplaying Louis Armstrong. He was in the original incarnation of the New Orleans Rhythm Kings aka NORK under the direction of Bee Palmer. Sadly Emmett did not appear on any of the Rhythm Kings recording sessions, never making any commercial recordings before his very early death, but he and some of his musician friends made some home recordings on wax phonograph cylinders for their own amusement. As Hardy's tuberculosis worsened and his death seemed inevitable, the friends decided to preserve the cylinders as a memento of Emmett's playing. When advancing tuberculosis started to make his breathing difficult, he taught himself banjo so he could continue playing music (tuberculosis).

in 1928 - Sergiu Comissiona, prominent Romanian-born American conductor, is born at Bucharest. He studied conducting with Silvestri and Lindenberg, making his conducting debut at the age of 17 in Sibiu in a performance of Gounod's Faust. He became a violinist in the Bucharest Radio Quartet (1946), and then in the Romanian State Ensemble (1947), where he was subsequently asst. conductor (1948-50) and music director (1950-55). From 1955 to 1959 he was principal conductor of the Romanian State Opera in Bucharest. Being Jewish, he was moved to emigrate to Israel, where he was music director of the Haifa Symphony Orchestra (1960-66) and founder-director of the Ramat Gan Chamber Orchestra (1960-67). In 1963 he appeared in North America as conductor of the Israel Chamber Orchestra, and, in 1965, as guest conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

He then was music director of the Goteborg Symphony Orchestra (1966-77), music adviser of the Northern Ireland Orchestra in Belfast (1967-68), and music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (1969-84). On July 4, 1976, he became a naturalized American citizen. He was music director of the Chautauqua (N.Y.) Festival Orch. (1976-80), music advisor of the Temple University Festival in Ambler (1977-80), and music advisor of the American Symphony Orchestra in N.Y. (1977-82). He served as artistic director (1980-83), music director-designate (1983-84), and music director (1984-88) of the Houston Symphony Orchestra. From 1982 he was chief conductor of the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in Hilversum. In 1987-88 he was also music director of the N.Y.C. Opera, and then was chief conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic, from 1990 to 1993. In 1990-91 he was music director designate, and from 1991 until 2000, music director of the Vancouver (B.C.) Symphony Orchestra. He subsequently served as its conductor emeritus. - Died March 5, 2005, at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

in 1929 - James Kirtland Randall, composer is born.
in 1931 - Ivo Petric, composer is born.

in 1931 - Lucia Dlugoszewski, innovative American composer, performer, teacher, and inventor, is born at Detroit. She studied piano with Agelageth Morrison at the Detroit Conservtory (1940-46); after courses in physics at Wayne State University in Detroit (1946-49), she went to N.Y. and studied analysis with Salzer at the Mannes College of Music (1950-53); she also had lessons in piano with Grete Sultan and in composition with Varese. The latter greatly influenced her, as did the N.Y. School of painters and poets. In an effort to expand her compositional parameters, she invented several instruments. Her most noteworthy creation was the so-called timbre piano (c. 1951), a revamped conventional piano activated by striking the strings with mallets, or having the strings bowed and picked. She became especially successful as a composer for the dance, and was closely associated with the Erick Hawkins Dance Co. From 1960 she was also with the Foundation for Modern Dance. In 1966 she received the National Institute of Arts and Letters Award and in 1977 she became the first woman to receive the Koussevitzky International Recording Award for her Fire Fragile Flight. - Died at N.Y., April 11, 2000.

in 1931 - Oskar Elschek, Slovak ethnomusicologist, is born at Bratislava. He studied musicology and aesthetics at the University of Bratislava (degree, 1954), then became a member of the Musicology Institute of the Slovak Academy of Sciences. In 1963 he was appointed editor-in-chief of Slooenska Hudba, and in 1967 he co-edited the Annual Bibliography of European Ethnomusicology. His publications include studies of Slovak and European folk music, organology, and the sociology of music. With his wife Alica Elschekova (b. Bratislava, Nov. 21, 1930), he wrote books on Slovak folk music (1956, 1962) and ed. the 1st vol. of Bartok's folk songs (1959). He publ., with A. Elschekova, Uvod do Stl1dia slovenskej l'udovejhudby (Introduction to the Study of Slovak Folk Music; Bratislava, 1962). He also publ. Slovenske l'udote p(st'alya d'alsie aerof6ny (Bratislava, 1991)and DieMusikforschung der Gegenwart: Ihre Systematik, Theorie und Entwicklung (2 vols., Vienna, 1992).

in 1934 - Little Caesar, vocalist (Little Caesar and the Romans) is born.
in 1934 - Lucia Dlugoszewski, composer is born.

in 1939 - William Henry "Chick" Webb dies at age 34. American jazz and swing drummer and band leader of the Chick Webb Band; he used custom-made pedals, goose-neck cymbal holders, a 28-inch bass drum and a wide variety of other percussion instruments and perched high upon a platform he created thundering solos of a complexity and energy that paved the way for the likes of Buddy Rich, who studied Chick intensely. Born in Baltimore, he suffered from tuberculosis of the spine from childhood. At the age of 17 he moved to New York City and by 1926, he was leading his own band in Harlem. He alternated between band tours and residencies at New York City clubs through the late 1920s. In 1931, his band became the house band at the Savoy Ballroom, and became one of the best-regarded bandleaders and drummers of the new "Swing" style. (sadly died after a major operation in Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore)
Video Notes: The Savoy often featured "Battle of the Bands" where Webb's band would compete with other top bands (such as the Benny Goodman Orchestra or the Count Basie Orchestra) from opposing bandstands. By the end of the night's battles the dancers seemed always to have voted Chick's band as the best. As a result Webb was deemed the most worthy recipient to be crowned the first "King of Swing." Of note that he lost to Duke Ellington in 1937, and tied with Count Basie in 1938. Webb married Martha Loretta Ferguson (also known as "Sallye"), and in 1935 he began featuring a teenaged Ella Fitzgerald as vocalist. In November 1938, Webb's health began to decline, although for a time he continued to play, refusing to give up touring and disregarding his own discomfort and fatigue, which often found him passing out from physical exhaustion after finishing sets. Finally, he had a major operation at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore in 1939. "Chick" Webb died on June 16, 1939, in Baltimore. Reportedly his last words were "I'm sorry, I've got to go." He was just 34 years old. After his death, Ella Fitzgerald led the Chick Webb band, until she left to focus on her solo career in 1942.
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in 1940 - Billy "Crash" Craddock, Greensboro NC, singer is born.
in 1940 - Vitezslava Kapralova, composer, dies at 25.

in 1942 - John Rostill, rocker is born. The bassist in Cliff Richard’s backing group The Shadows, John Rostill joined in late 1963 as a replacement for Brian Locking. Previously a member of The Interns, Rostill appeared on a number of Cliff Richard hits including ‘The Minute You’re Gone’, ‘Visions’ and ‘Congratulations’. Aside from their long-standing role as Cliff Richard’s backing band, The Shadows had their own strong hit run and although this was slowing down by the time Rostill joined the group, they enjoyed two Top Ten hits, ‘The Rise And Fall Of Flingel Bunt’ and ‘Don’t Make My Baby Blue’, during his tenure. Although The Shadows disbanded in 1969, they made a major comeback in the late Seventies. Also a successful songwriter, Rostill penned the Olivia Newton-John hits, ‘Let Me Be There’, ‘Please Mr. Please’, and ‘If You Love Me (Let Me Know)’. Died November 26, 1973, electrocuted by his guitar while writing songs in his recording studio in Radlett, Hertfordshire.

in 1942 - Eddie Levert, Canton Ohio, vocalist (O'Jays-For the Love of Money) is born.
in 1946 - Miloje Milojevic, composer, dies at 61.

in 1946 - Tom Harrell, jazz trumpeter, flugelhornist, is born at Urbana, Ill. His family moved to L.A. when he was six years old. He began studying trumpet at age eight, and was working with local bands by age 13. He attended Stanford, where he earned a degree in composition in 1969. Upon graduation, he was hired by Stan Kenton, and toured with him through the end of 1969. He then worked with Woody Herman in 1970 and 1971, and spent four years with Horace Silver. He also performed and recorded with Chuck Israel's National Jazz Ensemble (1976), and played with Arnie Lawrence, Cecil Payne, Bill Evans and Lee Konitz's nonet. Harrell worked with George Russell in 1982, then joined Phil Woods in 1983, with whom he worked through 1989. He has often worked and recorded with Joe Lovano. During the 1990s, he has primarily led his own groups, although he has played as a member of Charlie Haden's Liberation Orchestra (beginning in 1988) as well as in the N.Y. Jazz Giants (1992). He was voted Trumpeter of the Year in Down Beat's Readers and Critics Polls for 1996. He is one of the top soloists despite a serious schizophrenic condition which requires constant treatment.

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in 1949 - Peppy Castro, [Emil Thielhelm], NYC, rock vocalist (Balance) is born.
in 1950 - James Smith, US, singer (Stylistics-Can't Give you Anything) is born.
in 1952 - Gino Vanelli, Montreal Quebec, singer (Living Inside Myself) is born.
in 1952 - Rob Kloet, pop drummer/singer (Nits-In the Dutch Mountains) is born.
in 1953 - Ian Mosley, Paddington London, drummer (Marillion-Clutching at Straws) is born.
in 1954 - Gary Roberts, rocker (Boomtown Rats) is born.

in 1958 - Patrick Waite is born The bass player of the British pop-reggae sensation Musical Youth, Patrick Waite was born in Jamaica, but raised in Birmingham, England, by his father who was a former reggae performer. Under their father’s guidance, Patrick and his brother Junior Waite were joined by another pair of brothers in 1981 to form a musical group. Although initially featuring their father on lead vocals, the group was completed with the addition of 14-year-old lead singer, Dennis Seaton. Signed by MCA after attracting the attention of influential British DJ John Peel, Musical Youth landed a pop-reggae hit with the Pete Waterman-produced ‘Pass The Dutchie’ (1983). Immensely popular in Britain during the next two years, the group disbanded after the release of their poor-selling second album. Turning to drugs and crime, Patrick Waite spent time behind bars. Waite and the group had been planning a comeback shortly before his death. Suffering from an undiagnosed viral infection and a resulting enlarged heart and lung congestion, he collapsed while visiting a friend’s home in Birmingham. Hitting the floor, he struck his head and died instantly. No drugs were found in his system. - Died February 18, 1993.

in 1958 - Jose Pablo Moncayo Garcia, composer, dies at 45.
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in 1958 - "Flip Top Box" by Dicky Doo and The Don'ts hits #46.
in 1959 - Russ Conway was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Roulette'. The English pianist's second No.1 hit.

in 1962 - The Konrads (featuring Dave Jay later to become David Bowie), made their live debut when they played at Bromley Technical School in Kent, England.

in 1964 - The Rolling Stones paid £1,500 ($2,500) in return air fares from America back to the UK to honour a booking made a year earlier for £100 ($170) at Magdalen College Oxford.

in 1965 - Bob Dylan recorded ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ at Columbia Recording Studios in New York City.

in 1966 - John Mayall's Bluesbreakers (featuring guitarist Eric Clapton), appeared at The Marquee Club, London, England.

in 1966 - Cliff Richard joined evangelist Billy Graham on stage at Earls Court London and talked about his discovery of the Christian faith.

in 1966 - The Beatles made a surprise live appearance on the UK television program Top of the Pops, performing ‘Paperback Writer’ and ‘Rain’. It became The Beatles' last live musical television appearance, with the sole exception of the June 1967 worldwide transmission of ‘All You Need Is Love’.

in 1967 - The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown and Soft Machine both appeared at The Liverpool Love Festival in Liverpool, England.

in 1967 - The three day Monterey Pop Festival in California began. All the proceeds went to charity when all the artists agreed to perform for free, the “Summer of Love” was born. The festival saw the first major US appearances by The Who, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin. Also on the bill: The Byrds, Grateful Dead, Otis Redding, Simon & Garfunkel, The Steve Miller Band, Canned Heat, The Mamas And The Papas, Jefferson Airplane, Buffalo Springfield and The Electric Flag. Tickets cost $3.50–6.50 (£2–3.80). John Phillips, of The Mamas and The Papas would later write, ‘San Francisco’ (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair) about the festival, which became a hit for Scott McKenzie.

in 1969 - Free appeared at Friars, Aylesbury, England.

in 1969 - Karl Hubert Rudolf Schiske, composer, dies at 53.
in 1970 - Heino Eller, composer, dies at 83.

in 1970 - Mungo Jerry were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'In The Summertime'. It went on to become the best selling UK single of 1970 spending seven weeks at No.1 and was a hit in 26 other countries. The UK release was a maxi-single playing at 33 rpm, (whereas singles generally played at 45 rpm).

in 1970 - Lonnie Johnson (ALONZO JOHNSON) died. Prolific and influential New Orleans-born blues, R&B and jazz singer and guitarist, Lonnie Johnson began as a violinist in his father’s group. After touring Britain in 1917–19, he returned home to find all but one brother dead from the flu epidemic. Devastated, John fled to St. Louis with his sole surviving brother and joined a series of jazz bands. Then winning a talent contest in 1925, Johnson was signed by OKeh Records. Usually playing a 12-string guitar, Johnson often teamed with guitarist Eddie Lang, and recorded with Duke Ellington’s orchestra and Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five. Moving to Chicago, Johnson recorded for Bluebird Records during the war years, his output highlighted by the hit, ‘He’s A Jelly Roll Baker’. Landing at King Records in 1947, Johnson often substituted an electric guitar for an acoustic model, landing on the R&B charts with hits such as ‘Tomorrow Night’, ‘Pleasing You (As Long as I Live)’ and ‘So Tired’. Experiencing lean times in the late Fifties, Johnson took a job as a janitor. Rediscovered in the Sixties, Johnson switched to a more sleek jazz-styled blues. Struck by a car in Toronto in 1969, he died the following year. - Born February 8, 1889.

in 1970 - Heino Eller dies at age 83. Estonian composer and composition teacher, born in Tartu, and in 1907 he entered the Saint Petersburg Conservatory to study violin. From 1920 to 1940, he was a professor of music theory and composition at the Tartu Higher School for Music. During this time he formed the Tartu school of composition, which gave rise to many composers, including Eduard Tubin. In 1940 he became a professor of composition at the Tallinn Conservatory and taught there until his death in 1970. He was named a People's Artist of the USSR in 1967. His works include - Dawn; Twilight; Moderato sostenuto in D minor for voice, viola and piano; Elegia for harp and string orchestra; Concerto in B minor for violin and orchestra; and Five Pieces for string orchestra.
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in 1973 - Tupac Shakur (TUPAC AMARU SHAKUR) is born. Gangster rapper and actor, Tupac Shakur celebrated the self-described “thug life”. Shakur was reared in a politically charged environment, his mother arrested as a member of the radical Black Panthers when she attempted to bomb several buildings in New York City. Born in the Bronx but moving to Baltimore, Shakur studied acting at a public high school for the performing arts, and began composing rap songs after the death of a friend in a shooting accident. Moving to suburban San Francisco with his family, “2 Pac” was drawn to the urban street life of nearby Oakland. Joining forces in the early Nineties with rap group Digital Underground, Shakur was initially employed as a roadie, and on occasion, a rapper. Signed by Interscope Records in 1992 as a solo act, Shakur released his début album 2Pacalypse Now, highlighted by street-wise tracks such as ‘Trapped’ and ‘Brenda’s Got A Baby’. Although his lyrics were rife with violent and misogynist messages, Shakur was nominated for a NAACP Image Award.

After appearing in the film Juice, Shakur followed up with another hit album, Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.S., and hit the charts with the singles ‘I Get Around’ and ‘Keep Ya Head Up’. Frequently in the news for a series of arrests, Shakur garnered further fame as the co-star of the film, Poetic Justice. Shakur narrowly escaped death in 1994 when he was shot by intruders in the lobby of a New York City recording studio, and robbed of $40,000 worth of jewellery. At the forefront of gangster rap, Shakur enjoyed superstar status in the black community with the album, Me Against The World (1995), and after signing with Death Row Records, All Eyez On Me (1996). Frequently in trouble with the law, Shakur was placed on probation for assault and battery, and he served eight months in prison on assault charges. Free on $1.4 million bail at the time of his death, he was scheduled to be sentenced on a weapons conviction later the same week. A posthumously released album The Don Killuminati furthered Shakur’s urban legend. The 2004 film documentary Tupac: Resurrection and accompanying soundtrack were solid hits. Poems composed by Shakur as a teenager were posthumously compiled in the book, The Rose That Grew From Concrete.

Shakur was the victim of a drive-by shooting on the Las Vegas strip while en route from the Mike Tyson–Bruce Seldon heavyweight title fight to a party. Shakur and Death Row Records chairman Marion “Suge” Knight were shot while stopped at a red light. With Knight at the steering wheel of his black BMW 750, a Cadillac with four people inside pulled up and started shooting. Shakur and his entourage had got into a brawl earlier in the evening outside a Las Vegas hotel. A similar tussle had erupted at the MTV awards in New York City. Shot four times in the chest, Shakur was listed in critical condition following three operations at University Medical Center. Initially expected to survive, Shakur had his right lung removed the next day, and died six days later. Suffering only a minor head wound, 31-year-old Marion Knight was treated and released. With the shooting attributed in the media to a gang-related feud between East Coast and West Coast rappers, police received little cooperation from witnesses; even Knight eluded police investigators. A member of Shakur’s backing band who witnessed the shooting was later shot to death. Shakur became an instant cultural icon in the urban community, and many of his fans believe he faked his death. In 2002, The Los Angeles Times reported that Notorious B.I.G. paid to have Shakur killed shortly after Shakur’s entourage assaulted Orlando Anderson at the MGM Grand. But B.I.G.’s family claimed to have an audiotape to prove that he was in a New York City studio the night of the shooting. - Died September 13, 1996.

in 1973 - Suzi Quatro had her first UK No.1 single with the Nicky Chinn & Mike Chapman song 'Can The Can'. 10CC were at No.2 with 'Rubber Bullets' and Fleetwood Mac at No.3 with 'Albatross.'

in 1974 - Tangerine Dream made their live UK debut at London's Victoria Palace.

in 1975 - Don Robey (DONALD DEARIC ROBY) died. One of the first black Americans to launch a successful record company, Don Robey was notorious for his aggressive business practices. A native of Houston, Robey had quit high school a year before graduation for a career as a professional gambler. After lending money to a local music promoter to stage a concert, Robey became intrigued with show business. After staging a number of ballroom dances in Houston, he launched a venue called the Bronze Peacock Dinner Club (which for a time permitted gambling in a back room). When opening a record store and an artist management company, Robey was unhappy with the treatment by Alladin Records of one of his acts, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, and decided to enter the record business himself. Although Peacock Records was launched as a vehicle to record Brown, Robey also introduced a gospel division, enjoying strong sales with The Five Blind Boys, The Dixie Hummingbirds, and Spirit Of Memphis Quartet. Robey also built a significant R&B and blues roster, notably Marie Adams and Big Mama Thornton. After forcibly buying out Memphis-based Duke Records from deejay James Mattis in 1952, Robey inherited a strong stable of acts that included Johnny Ace and, later, Junior Parker. Teamed with the talent of arranger/trumpeter Joe Scott, Robey had his greatest success with Bobby “Blue” Bland. Launching a pop and soul subsidiary in 1957, Back Beat Records, Robey had chart success with The Casuals, Joe Hinton, Roy Head, and O.V. Wright. Selling Duke/Peacock in 1973 to ABC-Dunhill, Robey was retained as a consultant. He suffered a heart attack at his home in Houston. - Born November 1, 1903.

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in 1976 - The Jackson Five four-week summer variety show premiered on CBS- TV featuring The Jacksons plus sisters Latoya, Rebbie and Janet.

in 1977 - Kenny Rogers was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Lucille'. It was the American Country music singer's first of two UK No.1's.

in 1977 - "Beatlemania" opens on Broadway
in 1978 - Ringo releases "Bad Boy" album; Wings releases "I've Had Enough".
in 1979 - Ben Weber, US composer (Thorne Music Award 1965), dies at 62.
in 1979 - "Logical Song" by Supertramp peaks at #6.
in 1979 - Donna Summer scored her second US No.1 album with 'Bad Girls'.
in 1979 - UK TV re-launched the music show 'Juke Box Dury' hosted this time by Radio 1 DJ Noel Edmunds.

in 1979 - The Electric Light Orchestra started a five-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Discovery' their first No.1 LP, featuring the tracks 'Shine A Little Love', 'Don't Bring Me Down' and 'The Diary Of Horace Wimp'.

in 1980 - The Blues Brothers film starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd premiered in Chicago. The film also featured Aretha Franklin, James Brown and Ray Charles in the role of a streetwise storeowner.

in 1982 - Donny Vanzant of 38 Special was arrested on stage in Tulsa, Oklahoma, (a dry town) for drinking alcohol in a public place.

in 1982 - James Honeyman-Scott dies at age 25. Lead guitarist for British/American rock group, The Pretenders, James Honeyman-Scott was born in Hereford, England. Growing up listening to his mother play church hymns on the family piano, he took piano lesson for two years beginning at age seven, and was given a guitar at 10. A fan of California beach music, he was attracted by its intricate guitar work, preferring fast-fingered playing. Dropping out of school and leaving home at age 15, he joined a series of blues and rock groups, and worked as a session player on albums by Robert John Godfrey and Tommy Morrison. By 1974, Honeyman-Scott and drummer Martin Chambers joined a group called Cheeks, which was led by ex-Mott The Hoople keyboard player, Verden Allen.

After the group disbanded in 1977 without ever recording, Honeyman-Scott worked as a guitar salesman at a music store where he received a call from a transplanted American singer, songwriter and guitar player, Chrissie Hynde. Hynde had decided to form her own rock band, first hiring Pete Farndon who had recommended Honeyman-Scott; drummer, Jerry Mackleduff, was lastly added to the group. The Pretenders were instant critical and commercial favourites with their post-punk, hard guitar oriented sound. Recording on their manager’s Real Records label, the group enjoyed a hit with their début single, a cover of The Kinks’ ‘Stop Your Sobbing’. With drummer Martin Chambers (Honeyman-Scott’s former bandmate) replacing Mackleduff and Sire buying Real Records, The Pretenders teamed with Sex Pistols/Roxy Music producer Chris Thomas for their début album The Pretenders. With Hynde’s sexual growls, the album spawned the Honeyman-Scott/Hynde-penned UK number 1 hit ‘Brass In Pocket’.

Besides being a powerful guitarist, Honeyman-Scott was also the best singer of the three players behind Hynde. But instead, he preferred to play his hard-rock-meets-rockabilly guitar licks, and would occasionally play the keyboards. Addicted to amphetamines and experiencing problems with his liver from excessive drinking and cocaine use, “Jimmy” Honeyman-Scott was receiving treatment for his addictions. In April 1981, Honeyman-Scott married American model, Peggy Sue Fender in London. Meanwhile, on a roll, The Pretenders returned to the charts with Pretenders II (1981), the album highlighted by ‘Message Of Love’ and ‘Talk Of The Town’. During a Pretenders’ tour of the US, Honeyman-Scott discovered The Violent Femmes, and invited the group to open for them. Pete Farndon’s playing suffered due to heavy alcohol and drug use, and he was fired by Hynde at the completion of a world tour on June 14, 1982. Two days later, Honeyman-Scott would die. Replaced by Robbie McIntosh, a former member the groups Manfred Mann’s Earth Band and Night, Honeyman-Scott had himself recommended the guitarist as a possible backing player earlier in the year. He died of a cocaine and heroin overdose at a friend’s London apartment. - Born November 4, 1957.
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in 1983 - Ringo releases "Old Wave" album in West Germany.

in 1984 - Frankie Goes To Hollywood had their second UK No.1 single with 'Two Tribes.' It stayed at No.1 for nine weeks making Frankie Goes To Hollywood the first band to have their first two singles go to the top of the UK chart. During this run the group's previous single 'Relax' climbed back up the charts to No.2.

in 1985 - The Style Council appeared at The Apollo, Glasgow, Scotland.

in 1986 - Maurice Duruflé dies at age 84. French composer, organist, and pedagogue born in Louviers; in 1912, he became chorister at the Rouen Cathedral Choir School, where he studied piano and organ with Jules Haelling. At age 17, moving to Paris, he took private organ lessons with Charles Tournemire, whom he assisted at Basilique Ste-Clotilde, Paris until 1927. In 1920 he entered the Conservatoire de Paris, eventually graduating with first prizes in organ, harmony, piano accompaniment, and composition. In 1927, Louis Vierne nominated him as his assistant at Notre-Dame. Maurice became titular organist of St-Étienne-du-Mont in Paris in 1929, a position he held for the rest of his life. In 1936, he won the Prix Blumenthal. He was highly critical of his own composition. He only published a handful of works and often continued to edit and change pieces after publication. For instance, the Toccata from Suite, op. 5 has a completely different ending in the first edition than in the more recent version, and the score to the Fugue sur le nom d'Alain originally indicated accelerando throughout. The result of this perfectionism is that his music, especially his organ music, holds a very high position in the repertoire. Maurice suffered severe injuries in a car accident on 29 May 1975, as a result he gave up performing; indeed he was largely confined to his apartment.
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in 1987 - Henk H Badings, mine engineer/composer (Orestes, Ka‹n), dies at 80.
in 1988 - Vince Neil of Motley Crue married mud wrestler Sharisse Rudell.

in 1988 - John Jordan died in Chicago. Lead singer of the black vocal harmony outfit The Four Vagabonds, John Jordan and his group were regulars on the radio programme The Breakfast Club. - Born November 7, 1913.

in 1989 - the first day of the UK three day Glastonbury Festival took place featuring Van Morrison, Elvis Costello, Throwing Muses, Pixies, All About Eve, Hot House Flowers, The Waterboys, Suzanne Vega and Fairground Attraction. Tickets cost £28 ($48).

in 1990 - "U Can't Touch This" by MC Hammer peaks at #8.
in 1990 - Eva Turner, British soprano, dies.
in 1990 - After a court battle, pop duo Bros paid over £40,000 in settlement of a legal dispute over management.

in 1990 - Roxette started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'It Must Have Been Love'. The song, taken from the film 'Pretty Woman' became the duo's third US No.1 and a No.3 hit in the UK.

in 1991 - Vicky Brown, US singer (Power of Love), dies.
in 1994 - Oasis played at The Erotika Club, Paris in France, the bands first gig outside the UK.

in 1994 - Kristen Pfaff dies at age 26. The bassist of the Courtney Love-led, Seattle-based grunge band Hole, New York-native Kristen Pfaff was classically trained on piano. Attending the University of Minnesota, she was instrumental in launching a campus radio station. After learning to play the bass guitar, she toured as a member of a local group called Janitor Joe, during which time she caught the attention of Hole’s guitarist Eric Erlandson. Joining a reassembled version of Hole in 1993, Pfaff was hired by Courtney Love after she caught a performance of Janitor Joe. Moving to Seattle, Pfaff appeared on the second Hole album, the critically acclaimed angst-driven Live Through This, which was highlighted by ‘Doll Parts’ and ‘Violet’. With Hole on hiatus after the death of Courtney Love’s husband Kurt Cobain, Pfaff rejoined Janitor Joe for a European tour. Pfaff was later replaced in Hole by Melissa Auf Der Maur. Died of a heroin overdose. She was discovered in her bathtub, with drug paraphernalia at her side. Pfaff’s family ordered Love not to attend the funeral. Pfaff’s death came just two months after the suicide death of Love’s husband, Kurt Cobain. - Born May 26, 1967.
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in 1996 - Metallica went to No.1 on the UK album charts with their album 'Load'.

in 1996 - Rage Against The Machine, Beastie Boys, Smashing Pumpkins, Fugees, Red Hot Chili Peppers, John Lee Hooker, Beck, Sonic Youth, Yoko Ono, De La Soul and Richie Havens all appeared at the two-day Tibetan Freedom Concert, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco: A sell-out crowd of over 100,000 made it the largest US benefit concert since Live Aid in 1985.

in 1997 - 31st Music City News Country Awards: Alan Jackson and LeAnn Rimes.

in 1997 - John Wolters dies at age 52. The drummer and backing vocalist of Dr. Hook, John Wolters initially joined a predecessor of the group in 1968 called The Chocolate Papers. Leaving the following year, Wolters rejoined the Ray Sawyer-fronted country-rock group in 1974 after they had established themselves with the international hit ‘Sylvia’s Mother’. With Dr. Hook jumping to Capitol Records, Wolters initially appeared on the group’s label début, Bankrupt (1975), which was highlighted by a cover of Sam Cooke’s ‘Only Sixteen’. The follow-up album, A Little Bit More, featured ‘A Little Bit More’ and the British hit, ‘If Not You’. Taking a pop turn, Dr. Hook continued their hit run with “Sharing The Night Together’ (1978), ‘When You’re In Love With A Beautiful Woman’ (1979), ‘Better Love Next Time’ (1979), and ‘Sexy Eyes’ (1980). With the group disbanding in 1982, Wolters later worked at Hearts of Space Records. He died in San Francisco. (Liver cancer). - Born April 28, 1945.

in 1999 - Screaming Lord Sutch / David Sutch dies at age 58. British singer, politician; UK's first long-haired pop star, boasting hair over 18 inches long and the self-styled lord was Britain's longest-serving political leader, standing in nearly 40 elections. His most famous party was the Official Monster Raving Loony Party. During the 60s, he was known for his horror-themed stage show, dressing as Jack the Ripper, pre-dating the shock rock antics of Alice Cooper. Accompanied by his band, The Savages, he started by coming out of a black coffin. Other props included knives and daggers, skulls and "bodies". He booked themed tours, such as 'Sutch and the Roman Empire', where he and the band members would be dressed up as Roman soldiers. Despite self-confessed lack of vocal talent, he released horror-themed singles during the early to mid-'60s, the most popular "Jack the Ripper", covered live and on record by garage rock bands including the White Stripes, The Black Lips and The Horrors. His album Lord Sutch and Heavy Friends was named in a 1998 BBC poll as the worst album of all time, a status it also held in Colin Larkin's book The Top 1000 Albums of All Time, despite the fact that Jimmy Page, John Bonham, Jeff Beck, Noel Redding and Nicky Hopkins performed on it and helped write it. (David suffered from bipolar disorder and ended up committing suicide by hanging himself).
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in 1999 - Cher kicked off her 122 date 'Believe Tour' at the America West Arena in Phoenix, Arizona.

in 2000 - On the first night of his 'Up in Smoke' tour in Chula Vista, Snoop Dogg's tour bus was stopped at the Temecula border checkpoint in San Diego after the border patrol smelled marijuana wafting from the tour bus. One member of the crew was arrested.

in 2001 - Dave “Grape” Purple (DAVID ALAN PURPLE) died. As bassist of Chicago-based pop-rock band The Cryan’ Shames, Dave “Grape” Purple enjoyed a minor hit with ‘Sugar And Spice’ (1966). Drafted into the military, he left the group in 1967 and later worked as a recording engineer for Chess and Stax/Volt Records, earning a Grammy for engineering Isaac Hayes’ chart-topping single ‘Theme From Shaft’. He died in the Nashville suburb of Antioch, Tennessee. - Born February 27, 1945.

in 2001 - Four-year-old Daniel Karven-Veres drowned in Tommy Lee's swimming pool while attending a birthday party for Lee's 5-year-old son, Brandon. His parents, James Veres and Ursula Karven, sued Lee for negligence, claiming they should have been told that a swimming pool was involved, (their son could not swim). Lee was cleared by a jury in April 2003.

in 2002 - 46 years after his first hit, Elvis Presley started a four week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'A Little Less Conversation', (Elvis vs. JXL), giving Elvis a total of 18 UK No.1 singles, the most by any artist in chart history. This also set a new record for the longest span of No.1 hits with 44 years, 11 months and 9 days. His first UK No.1 single was 'All Shook Up' in 1957.

in 2007 - Rod Stewart married model girlfriend Penny Lancaster on the Italian Riviera just outside the resort of Portofino. The 62 year old singer was previously married to models Alana Hamilton and Rachel Hunter and has seven children in total.

in 2007 - Donna King Conkling dies at age 88. American singer; member of The King Sisters; born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, the all King children originally were part of the "Drigg's Family of Entertainers". In the early 1930s sisters Louise, Maxine and Alyce formed a vocal trio and went to San Francisco to audition for radio station KGO. While the three oldest King Sisters were performing in San Francisco, two of their younger sisters, Yvonne and Donna, aged 14 and 15, formed their own vocal trio with a friend. The 2 trios joined together, but by the mid 30s there were four King Sisters Donna, Yvonne, Alyce and Luise. They worked with bandleaders Horace Heidt, Artie Shaw and Charlie Barnet and at the peak of their success, they also appeared in a number of Hollywood features in the 1940s. During World War II, they appeared regularly on Kay Kyser's radio series. In 1965, they began hosting their own ABC television network show, The King Family Show, which featured family members such as Alyce's husband, actor Robert Clarke, and her sons, Ric de Azevedo, Lex de Azevedo, and Cam Clarke as well as other talent. The show ran until 1969.
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in 2008 - Disturbed were at No.1 on the Australian album chart with ‘Indestuctible.’
in 2008 - Coldplay kicked off their Viva la Vida, 161-date world tour at the Brixton Academy in London, England.

in 2008 - Margaret Kitchin dies at age 94. British pianist, born in Switzerland she was strongly associated with contemporary music, she gave many premieres of works by composers such as Michael Tippett, Thea Musgrave and Peter Racine Fricker. Her first commercial recording came when, in 1958, responding to an invitation from a then unknown promoter, Richard Itter, she recorded Tippett's Fantasy Sonata (his first) coupled with Iain Hamilton's Sonata Op 13. It was issued in 1960. Her concert career developed, focusing on the serial and avant-garde repertoire, and she became the pianist the BBC often asked to do difficult modern works, usually learned for just one performance. Margaret forged many important musical partnerships. She toured extensively with the horn player Barry Tuckwell, they premièred at the Zagreb Festival of Contemporary Music and also worked extensively with the violinist Maria Lidka.

in 2009 - Charlie Mariano dies at age 85. American jazz alto saxophonist; born in Massachusetts and later relocated to Germany. Over his long career he has led many of his own bands as well as playing in other bands including the bands of Charles Mingus, Stan Kenton, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Eberhard Weber, the United Jazz and Rock Ensemble, Embryo and played with numerous others. He also played the nadaswaram, a traditional oboe from South India (cancer)
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in 2010 - Bill Dixon dies at age 84. American trumpet player, flugelhorn, and pianist, often using electronic delay and reverberation as part of his trumpet playing. Born in Nantucket, Massachusetts, Bill started playing trumpet in high school and after his military service he studied at the Hartnette Conservatory in New York City before gigging in New York. From 1961-3 he played with saxophonist Archie Shepp leading small groups and later arranged for the New York Contemporary Five in 1963 and the following year presented a series of concerts, the October Revolution In Jazz. As an educator Bill taught at Bennington College from '68, founding the Black Music Division there in 1973 and in the published '80s a book titled L’Opéra:a Collection of Letters, Writings, Musical Scores, Drawings, and Photographs (1967-1986), vol. I. As a sideman he appears on Cecil Taylor’s Conquistador and his own albums including Archie Shepp-Bill Dixon Quartet- '62, Intents and Purposes- '66-7 and Song of Sisyphus - 1988 and more recently the album Bill Dixon With The Exploding Star Orchestra on the Thrill Jockey label two years ago.
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in 2010 - Garry Shider dies at age 56. American singer and guitarist whose work with the funk groups Parliament-Funkadelic and Bootsy's Rubber Band earned him a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. Born in Plainfield, N.J, he began his musical career as a gospel singer and guitarist. He met George Clinton in the late 1960s at a Plainfield barbershop where the Parliaments, then primarily a soul vocal group, practiced harmonies. At the age of 17 Garry moved to Toronto, Canada, where he formed a funk band, United Soul, and also produced a single by the band under the name U.S. Soul in 1971. Back in America, Garry joined the band Parliament-Funkadelic in 1972, contributing to albums such as "America Eats Its Young" in 1972, "Cosmic Slop" in 1973 and "One Nation Under a Groove" 1978. He was known for appearing in a diaper, making him instantly recognizable on stage and earning him the nickname "Diaper Man". He performed during a final tour in April after having been diagnosed with brain and lung cancer in March. (brain and lung cancer).

in 2011 - Larry "Wild Man" Fischer dies at age 66. American street musician, born in LA, California, he was institutionalized at age 16 for attacking his mother with a knife and later diagnosed with severe paranoid schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Following his release from the hospital, he wandered LA singing his unique brand of songs for 10¢ to passers-by. Discovered by Frank Zappa, with whom he recorded his first album, Larry became an underground concert favorite, earning him the title "godfather of outsider music". Zappa was responsible for Larry's initial foray into the business of music, an album called An Evening with Wild Man Fischer, contains 36 tracks of "something not exactly musical". Zappa and Larry remained close, until he threw a jar at Zappa's daughter Moon Unit Zappa, barely missing her. Due to this falling out, Zappa's widow Gail still has not yet released An Evening with Wild Man Fischer on CD. The Wild Man was re-decovered in 1999, Rhino released The Fischer King, a two-CD package comprising 100 tracks and a 20-page booklet, which sold out within weeks. In October 2004, he appeared on ABC-TV's late-night show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!. He sang "Monkeys vs. Donkeys" while tapping on a backwards acoustic guitar. In 2005, Josh Rubin and Jeremy Lubin, premiered their documentary about Wild Man Fischer, entitled Derailroaded: Inside The Mind Of Wild Man Fischer, at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas. (heart failure) - Born November 6th 1944.

in 2012 - Scott Johnson dies at age 33. British top drum technician born in Doncaster, Yorkshire; he toured the world working with bands such as Radiohead, Keane, Portishead, White Lies and so many others (Scott died in a tragic crush accident in Toronto, Canada, while on a world tour with Radiohead when the top portion of the stage fell in on him as he was setting up for the show. Born 1979.
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in 1672 - Orazio Benevoli, Italian composer, dies at 67.
in 1678 - Giacomo Torelli, composer, dies at 69.
in 1725 - Joseph Anton Bauer, composer is born.
in 1750 - Michel Woldemar, composer is born.

in 1818 - Charles Francois Gounod, famous French composer (Faust) is born at Paris France.
His father, Jean Francois Gounod, was a painter, winner of the 2nd Grand Prix de Rome, who died when Gounod was a small child. His mother, a most accomplished woman, supervised his literary, artistic, and musical education, and taught him piano. He completed his academic studies at the Lycee St. Louis; in 1836 he entered the Paris Conservatory, studying with Halevy, Le Sueur, and Paer. In 1837 he won the 2nd Prix de Rome with his cantata Marie Stuart et Rizzio;in 1839 he won the Grand Prix with his cantata Fernand. In Rome, he studied church music, particularly the works of Palestrina; composed a Mass for 3 Voices and Orchestra, which was performed at the church of San Luigi dei Francesi. In 1842, during a visit to Vienna, he conducted a Requiem of his own; upon his return to Paris, he became precentor and organist of the Missions Etrangeres: studied theology for 2 years, but decided against taking Holy Orders; yet he was often referred to as L'Abbe Gounod; some religious choruses were published in 1846 as composed by Abbe Charles Gounod.

Soon he tried his hand at stage music. On April 16, 1851, his first opera, Sapho, was produced at the Opera, with only moderate success; he revised it much later, extending it to 4 acts from the original 3, and it was performed again on April 2, 1884; but it was unsuccessful. His second opera, La Nonne sanglante, in 5 acts, was staged at the Opera on Oct. 18, 1854; there followed a comic opera, Le Medecin malgr« lui, after Moliere (Jan. 15, 1858),which also failed to realize his expectations. In the meantime, he was active in other musical ways in Paris; he conducted the choral society Orpheon (1852-60) and composed for it several choruses.

Gounod's great success came with the production of Faust, after Goethe (Theatre-Lyrique, March 19, 1859; performed with additional recitatives and ballet at the Opera, March 3, 1869); Faust remained Gounod's greatest masterpiece, and indeed the most successful French opera of the 19th century, triumphant all over the world without any sign of diminishing effect through a century of changes in musical tastes. However, it was widely criticized for the melodramatic treatment of Goethe's poem by the librettists, Barbier and Carre, and for the somewhat sentimental style of Gounod's music.

The succeeding operas Phiemon et Baucis (Paris, Feb. 18, 1860), La Colombe (Baden-Baden, Aug. 3, 1860), LaReinede Saba (Paris, Feb. 29, 1862), and Mireille (Paris, March 19, 1864) were only partially successful, but with Romeo et Juliette (Paris, April 27, 1867), Gounod recaptured universal acclaim. In 1870, during the Franco-Prussian War, he went to London, where he organized Gounod's Choir, and presented concerts; when Paris fell, he wrote an elegiac cantata, Gallia, to words from the Lamentations of Jeremiah, which he conducted in London on May 1, 1871; it was later performed in Paris. He wrote some incidental music for productions in Paris: Les Deux Reines, to a drama by Legouve (Nov. 27, 1872), and Jeanne d'Arc, to Barbier's poem (Nov. 8, 1873). In 1874, he returned to Paris; there he produced his operas Cinq-Mars (April 5, 1877), Polyeucte (Oct. 7, 1878), and Le Tribut de Zamora (April 1, 1881), without signal success.

The last years of his life were devoted mainly to sacred works, of which the most important was La Redemption, a trilogy, first performed at the Birmingham Festival in 1882; another sacred trilogy, Mors et vita, also written for the Birmingham Festival, followed in 1885. He continued to write religious works in close succession, including a Te Deum (1886), La Communion des saints (1889), Messe dite Ie Clovis (1890),LaContemplation de Saint Francois au piedde la croix (1890), and Tantum ergo (1892). A Requiem (1893) was left unfinished, and was arranged by Henri Busser after Gounod's death. One of his most popular settings to religious words is Ave Maria, adapted to the 1st prelude of Bach's Well-tempered Clavier, but its original version was Meditation sur le premier Prelude de Piano de J.S. Bach for Violin and Piano (1853); the words were added later (1859). Other works are 2 syrns. (1855), Marche Junebre d'une marionnette for arch. (1873), Petite symphonie for Wind Instruments (1888), 3 string quartets, a number of piano pieces, and songs. Among his literary works were Ascaniode Saint-Saens (1889), LeDon Juan de Mozart (1890; in Eng., 1895), and an autobiography, Memoires d'un artiste (Paris, 1896; Eng. tr. by W. Hutchenson, N.Y., 1896). - Died at St. Cloud, Oct. 18, 1893.
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in 1855 - Fritz Steinbach, composer is born.
in 1861 - Sidney James Jones, composer is born.

in 1882 - Igor Feodorovich Stravinsky, great Russian- born, French, later American composer (Rite of Spring) [NS] is born at Oranienbaum, near St. Petersburg, Russia. Stravinsky was one of the supreme masters of 20th-century music, whose works exercised the most profound influence on the evolution of music through the emancipation of rhythm, melody, and harmony, son of Feodor (Ignatievich) Stravinsky and father of (Sviatoslav) Soulima Stravinsky. He was brought up in an artistic atmosphere; he often went to opera rehearsals when his father sang, and acquired an early love for the musical theater. He took piano lessons with Alexandra Snetkova, and later with Leokadia Kashperova, who was a pupil of Anton Rubinstein; but it was not until much later that he began to study theory, first with Akimenko and then with Kalafati (1900-03). His progress in composition was remarkably slow; he never entered a music school or a conservatory, and never earned an academic degree in music. In 1901 he enrolled in the faculty of jurisprudence at University of St. Petersburg, and took courses there for 8 semesters, without graduating; a fellow student was Vladimir Rimsky-Korsakov, a son of the composer.

In the summer of 1902 Stravinsky traveled in Germany, where he met another son of Rimsky-Korsakov, Andrei, who was a student at the University of Heidelberg; Stravinsky became his friend. He was introduced to Rimsky- Korsakov, and became a regular guest at the latter's periodic gatherings in St. Petersburg. In 1903-04 he wrote a piano sonata for the Russian pianist Nicolai Richter, who performed it at Rimsky-Korsakov's home. In 1905 he began taking regular lessons in orchestration with Rimsky-Korsakov, who taught him free of charge; under his tutelage, Stravinsky composed a Symphony in E-flat major; the second and third movements from it were performed on April 27,1907, by the Court Orchestra in St. Petersburg, and a complete performance of it was given by the same orchestra on Feb. 4, 1908. The work, dedicated to Rimsky-Korsakov, had some singularities and angularities that showed a deficiency of technique; there was little in this work that presaged Stravinsky's ultimate development as a master of form and orchestration.

At the same concert, his Le Faune et la bergere for Voice and Orchestra had its first performance; this score revealed a certain influence of French Impressionism. To celebrate the marriage of Rimsky-Korsakov's daughter Nadezhda to the composer Maximilian Steinberg on June 17,1908, Stravinsky wrote an orchestra fantasy entitled Fireworks. Rimsky-Korsakov died a few days after the wedding; Stravinsky deeply mourned his beloved teacher and wrote a funeral song for Wind Instruments in his memory; it was first performed in St. Petersburg on Jan. 30,1909. There followed a Scherzo fantastique for Orchestra, inspired by Maeterlinck's book La Vie des abeilles. As revealed in his correspondence with Rimsky- Korsakov, Stravinsky had at first planned a literal program of composition, illustrating events in the life of a beehive by a series of descriptive sections; some years later, however, he gratuitously denied all connection of the work with Maeterlinck's book.

A signal change in Stravinsky's fortunes came when the famous impresario Diaghilev commissioned him to write a work for the Paris season of his company, the Ballets Russes. The result was the production of his first ballet masterpiece, The Firebird, staged by Diaghilev in Paris on June 25, 1910. Here he created music of extraordinary brilliance, steeped in the colors of Russian fairy tales. There are numerous striking effects in the score, such as a glissando of harmonics in the string instruments; the rhythmic drive is exhilarating, and the use of asymmetrical time signatures is extremely effective; the harmonies are opulent; the orchestration is coruscating. He drew 2 orchestral suites from the work; in 1919 he reorchestrated the music to conform to his new beliefs in musical economy; in effect he plucked the luminous feathers off the magical firebird, but the original scoring remained a favorite with conductors and orchestras. Stravinsky's association with Diaghilev demanded his presence in Paris, which he made his home beginning in 1911, with frequent travels to Switzerland. His second ballet for Diaghilev was Petrouchka, premiered in Paris on June 13, 1911, with triumphant success. Not only was the ballet remarkably effective on the stage, but the score itself, arranged in 2 orchestral suites, was so new and original that it marked a turning point in 20th-century music; the spasmodically explosive rhythms, the novel instrumental sonorities, with the use of the piano as an integral part of the orchestra, the bold harmonic innovations in employing 2 different keys simultaneously (C major and F-sharp major, the "Petrouchka Chord") became a potent influence on modern European composers. Debussy voiced his enchantment with the score, and young Stravinsky, still in his 20s, became a Paris celebrity.

Two years later, he brought out a work of even greater revolutionary import, the ballet Le Sacre du printemps (Rite of Spring; Russian title, Vesna sviashchennaya, literally Spring the Sacred); its subtitle was "Scenes of Pagan Russia” It was premiered by Diaghilev with his Ballets Russes in Paris on May 29, 1913, with the choreography by Nijinsky. The score marked a departure from all conventions of musical composition; while in Petrouchka the harmonies, though innovative and dissonant, could still be placed in the context of modern music, the score of Le Sacre du printemps contained such corrosive dissonances as scales played at the intervals of major sevenths and superpositions of minor upon major triads with the common tonic, chords treated as unified blocks of sound, and rapid metrical changes that seemingly defied performance. The score still stands as one of the most daring creations of the modern musical mind; its impact was tremendous; to some of the audience at its first performance in Paris, Stravinsky's "barbaric" music was beyond endurance; the Paris critics exercised their verbal ingenuity in indignant vituperation; one of them proposed that Le Sacre du printemps should be more appropriately described as Le Massacre du printemps.

On May 26, 1914, Diaghilev premiered Stravinsky's lyric fairy tale Le Rossignol, after Hans Christian Andersen. It too abounded in corrosive discords, but here it could be explained as "Chinese" music illustrative of the exotic subject. From 1914 to 1918 he worked on his ballet Les Noces (Russian title, Svadebka; literally, Little Wedding), evoking Russian peasant folk modalities; it was scored for an unusual ensemble of chorus, soloists, 4 pianos, and 17 percussion instruments. The devastation of World War I led Stravinsky to conclude that the era of grandiose Romantic music had become obsolete, and that a new spirit of musical economy was imperative in an impoverished world. As an illustration of such economy, he wrote the musical stage play L'Histoire du soldat, scored for only 7 players, with a narrator. About the same time, he wrote a work for 11 instruments entitled Ragtime, inspired by the new American dance music. He continued his association with Diaghilev's Ballets Russes in writing the ballet Pulcinella, based on themes by Pergolesi and other 18th-century Italian composers.

He also wrote for Diaghilev 2 short operas, Renard, to a Russian fairy tale (Paris, May 18, 1922), and Mavra, after Pushkin (Paris, June 3, 1922). These 2 works were the last in which he used Russian subjects, with the sole exception of an orchestral Scherzo a la russe, written in 1944. Stravinsky had now entered the period usually designated as neoclassical. The most significant works of this stage of his development were his Octet for Wind Instruments and the Piano Concerto commissioned by Koussevitzky. In these works, he abandoned the luxuriant instrumentation of his ballets and their aggressively dissonant harmonies; instead, he used pandiatonic structures, firmly tonal but starkly dissonant in their superposition of tonalities within the same principal key. His reversion to old forms, however, was not an act of ascetic renunciation but, rather, a grand experiment in reviving Baroque practices, which had fallen into desuetude. The Piano Concerto provided him with an opportunity to appear as soloist; Stravinsky was never a virtuoso pianist, but he was able to acquit himself satisfactorily in such works as the Piano Concerto; he played it with Koussevitzky in Paris on May 22, 1924, and during his first American tour with the Boston Symphont Orchestra, also under Koussevitzky, on Jan. 23, 1925. The Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge Foundation commissioned him to write a pantomime for string orchestra; the result was Apollon Musagete, given at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., on April 27, 1928. This score, serene and emotionally restrained, evokes the manner of Lully's court ballets.

He continued to explore the resources of neo-Baroque writing in his Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra, which he performed as soloist, with Ansermet conducting, in Paris, on Dec. 6, 1929; this score is impressed by a spirit of hedonistic entertainment, harking back to the style galant of the 18th century; yet it is unmistakably modern in its polyrhythmic collisions of pandiatonic harmonies. Stravinsky's growing disillusionment with the external brilliance of modern music led him to seek eternal verities of music in ancient modalities. His well-nigh monastic renunciation of the grandiose edifice of glorious sound to which he himself had so abundantly contributed found expression in his opera-oratorio Oedipus Rex; in order to emphasize its detachment from temporal aspects, he commissioned a Latin text for the work, even though the subject was derived from a Greek play; its music is deliberately hollow and its dramatic points are emphasized by ominous repetitive passages. Yet this very austerity of idiom makes Oedipus Rex a profoundly moving play. It had its first performance in Paris on May 30, 1927; its stage premiere took place in Vienna on Feb. 23,1928. A turn to religious writing found its utterance in Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms, written for the 50th anniversary of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and dedicated "to the glory of God." The work is scored for chorus and orchestra, omitting the violins and violas, thus emphasizing the lower instrumental registers and creating an austere sonority suitable to its solemn subject. Owing to a delay of the Boston performance, the world premiere of the Symphony of Psalms took place in Brussels on Dec. 13, 1930. In 1931 he wrote a Violin Concerto commissioned by the violinist Samuel Dushkin, and performed by him in Berlin on Oct. 23, 1931. On a commission from the ballerina Ida Rubinstein, he composed the ballet Persephone-, here again he exercised his mastery of simplicity in formal design, melodic patterns, and contrapuntal structure. For his American tour he wrote Jeu de cartes, a "ballet in 3 deals" to his own scenario depicting an imaginary game of poker (of which he was a devotee).

He conducted its first performance at the Metropolitan Opera in N.Y. on April 27, 1937. His concerto for 16 instruments entitled Dumbarton Oaks, named after the Washington, D.C., estate of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Woods Bliss, who commissioned the work, was first performed in Washington, on May 8,1938; in Europe it was played under the noncommittal title Concerto in E-flat; its style is hermetically neo-Baroque. It is germane to note that in his neo-Classical works Stravinsky began to indicate the key in the title, e.g., Serenade in A for Piano (1925), Concerto in D for Violin and Orch. (1931), Concerto in E-flat (Dumbarton Oaks, 1938), Sym. in C (1938), and Concerto in D for String Orch. (1946).

With World War II engulfing Europe, Stravinsky decided to seek permanent residence in America. He had acquired French citizenship on June 10, 1934; in 1939 he applied for American citizenship; he became a naturalized American citizen on Dec. 28, 1945. To celebrate this event, he made an arrangement of the Star-Spangled Banner, which contained a curious modulation into the subdominant in the coda. He conducted it with the Boston Symphony Orchestra on Jan. 14, 1944, but because of legal injunctions existing in the state of Mass, against intentional alteration, or any mutilation, of the national anthem, he was advised not to conduct his version at the second pair of concerts, and the standard version was substituted. In 1939-40 Stravinsky was named Charles Eliot Norton lecturer at Harvard University; about the same time, he accepted several private students, a pedagogical role he had never exercised before. His American years form a curious panoply of subjects and manners of composition. He accepted a commission from the Ringling Bros, to write a Circus Polka "for a young elephant”. In 1946 he wrote Ebony Concerto for a swing band. In 1951 he completed his opera The Rake's Progress, inspired by Hogarth's famous series of engravings, to a libretto by W.H. Auden and C. Kallman. He conducted its premiere in Venice on Sept. 11, 1951, as part of the International Festival of Contemporary Music. The opera is a striking example of Stravinsky's protean capacity for adopting different styles and idioms of composition to serve his artistic purposes; The Rake's Progress is an ingenious conglomeration of disparate elements, ranging from 18th-century British ballads to cosmopolitan burlesque. But whatever transmutations his music underwent during his long and productive career, he remained a man of the theater at heart.

In America he became associated with the brilliant Russian choreographer Balanchine, who produced a number of ballets to Stravinsky's music, among them his Apollon Musagete, Violin Concerto, Symphony in 3 movements, Scherzo a la russe, Pulcinella, and Agon. It was in his score of Agon that he essayed for the first time to adopt the method of composition with 12 tones as promulgated by Schoenberg; Agon (the word means "competition" in Greek) bears the subtitle "ballet for 12 tones," perhaps in allusion to the dodecaphonic technique used in the score. Yet the 12-tone method had been the very antithesis of his previous tenets. In fact, an irreconcilable polarity existed between Stravinsky and Schoenberg even in personal relations. Although both resided in Los Angeles for several years, they never met socially; Schoenberg once wrote a canon in which he ridiculed Stravinsky as Herr Modernsky, who put on a wig to look like "Papa Bach." After Schoenberg's death, Stravinsky became interested in examining the essence of the method of composition with 12 tones, which was introduced to him by his faithful musical factotum Robert Craft; Stravinsky adopted dodecaphonic writing in its aspect of canonic counterpoint as developed by Webern. In this manner he wrote his Canticum sacrum ad honorem Sancti Marci nominis, which he conducted at San Marco in Venice on Sept. 13, 1956. Other works of the period were also written in a modified 12-tone technique, among them The Flood, for Narrator, Mime, Singers, and Dancers, presented in a CBS-TV broadcast in N.Y. on June 14,1962; its first stage performance was given in Hamburg on April 30, 1963.

Stravinsky was married twice; his first wife, Catherine Nosenko, whom he married on Jan. 24, 1906, and who bore him 3 children, died in 1939; on March 9,1940, Stravinsky married his longtime mistress, Vera, who was formerly married to the Russian painter Serge Sudeikin. She was born Vera de Bosset in St. Petersburg, on Dec. 25, 1888, and died in N.Y. on Sept. 17, 1982, at the age of 93. An ugly litigation for the rights to the Stravinsky estate continued for several years between his children and their stepmother; after Vera Stravinsky's death, it was finally settled in a compromise, according to which 2/9 of the estate went to each of his 3 children and a grandchild and 1/9 to Robert Craft.

The value of the Stravinsky legacy was spectacularly demonstrated on Nov. 11,1982, when his working draft of Le Sacre du printemps was sold at an auction in London for the fantastic sum of $548,000. The purchaser was Paul Sacher, the Swiss conductor and philanthropist. Even more fantastic was the subsequent sale of the entire Stravinsky archive, consisting of 116 boxes of personal letters and 225 drawers containing MSS, some of them unpublished. Enormous bids were made for it by the N.Y. Public Library and the Morgan Library, but they were all outbid by Sacher, who offered the overwhelming purse of $5,250,000, which removed all competition. The materials were to be assembled in a specially constructed 7- story Sacher Foundation building in Basel, to be eventually opened to scholars for study. In tribute to Stravinsky as a naturalized American citizen, the U.S. Postal Service issued a 2-cent stamp bearing his image to mark his centennial in 1982, an honor theretofore never granted to a foreign-born composer (the possible exception being Victor Herbert, but his entire career was made in America).

Few composers of his day escaped the powerful impact of Stravinsky's music; ironically, it was his own country that rejected him, partly because of the opposition of Soviet ideologues to modern music in general, and partly because of Stravinsky's open criticism of Soviet ways in art. But in 1962 he returned to Russia for a visit, and was welcomed as a prodigal son; as if by magic, his works began to appear on Russian concert programs, and Soviet music critics issued a number of laudatory studies of his works. Yet it is Stravinsky's early masterpieces, set in an attractive colorful style, that continue to enjoy favor with audiences and performers, while his more abstract and recursive scores are appreciated mainly by specialists. - Died at N.Y., April 6, 1971.

in 1883 - Alexandre Cellier, composer is born.
in 1888 - Bernhard van den Sigtenhorst Meyer, composer is born.
in 1895 - Slavko Osterc, composer is born.
in 1900 - Hermann Reuter, composer is born.

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in 1902 - Sammy Fain /Samuel E. Feinberg (US composer of popular music) is born.
Fain, Sammy (originally, Samuel Feinberg), durable American composer; b. N.Y., June 17, 1902; d. Los Angeles, Dec. 6, 1989. In a professional career lasting more than 50 years, Fain was rivaled only by Harry Warren as the most productive songwriter in Hollywood; his songs were used in more than a hundred features between the dawn of the sound era and the mid- 1970s. These efforts brought him 10 Academy Award nominations and two Oscars, for "Secret Love" and "Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing." Though he had less success on Broadway, he wrote the songs for the longest- running show up to its time, Hellzapoppin, and unlike many of his peers he did not abandon the theater for film. Many of his songs became record hits, and five sold over a million copies, including his two Oscar winners, "I Can Dream, Can't I?," "Dear Hearts and Gentle People," and"April Love." In addition, his 'Til Be Seeing You" was one of the most popular songs of the World War II era. His primary lyric collaborators were Irving Kahal and Paul Francis Webster, but he also worked with many of the major lyricists of his time, including Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Sammy Cahn, Howard Dietz, Al Dubin, Mack Gordon, E. Y. Harburg, and Ted Koehler.

The son of a cantor, Fain was a self-taught musician. After graduating from high school he found a job as a song plugger for a music publishing company, then launched a vaudeville and radio performing duo with Artie Dunn while trying to establish himself as a songwriter. "Hay-Long" (lyrics by comedians Eugene and Willie Howard) may have given him his first placement in a Broadway revue, The Passing Show of 1921 (N.Y., Dec. 29, 1920), though it's not certain the song was performed onstage. The first definite interpolation Fain achieved was "In a Little French Cafe" (lyrics by Mitchell Parish), used in the revue Chauve Souris (N.Y., Feb. 1, 1922). His first published song came in 1924 with "Nobody Knows What a Red Headed Mama Can Do" (lyrics by Irving Mills and Al Dubin).

Fain met Kahal, a fellow vaudevillian, in 1927 and they formed a regular though not exclusive songwriting partnership. Their first successful collaboration was "Let a Smile Be Your Umbrella" (lyrics also by Francis Wheeler), which the still-active team of Fain and Dunn introduced in vaudeville and which was recorded for a hit in April 1928 by Roger Wolfe Kahn and His Orch. They broke into the movies with "Judy" (music and lyrics by Fain, Kahal, and Pierre Norman Connor), which was used in the film Romance of the Underworld, released at the end of 1928. In May, Gene Austin scored a hit with Fain and Kahal's "Wedding Bells Are Breaking Up That Old Gang of Mine" (lyrics also by Willie Raskin). Fain, meanwhile, had not yet given up the idea of a performing career, and in November he scored a minor hit with his recording of Joe Burke and Al Dubin's "Painting the Clouds with Sunshine." Fain and Kahal signed to the Paramount film studio and contributed music to six movies released in 1930. Their most substantial work was for Young Man of Manhattan, released in April and starring Ginger Rogers; they wrote four of the songs (all cocomposed by Pierre Norman Connor). Their most successful effort for the year was "You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me" (music also by Connor), which Maurice Chevalier sang in TheBigPond, released in May. Chevalier also scored a hit recording of the song, although the most popular version was by Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra with vocals by Bing Crosby.

Hollywood temporarily lost interest in movie musicals after 1930, and Fain and Kahal returned to Tin Pan Alley and Broadway in 1931. "When I Take My Sugar to Tea" (music and lyrics by Fain, Kahal, and Connor) became the Boswell Sisters' first hit in April, and Fain and Kahal wrote their first Broadway musical with Everybody's Welcome in the fall. Though no hits emerged from the show, it ran 139 performances. Working apart from Kahal, Fain had two hits in the first half of 1932, "Was That the Human Thing to Do?" (lyrics by Joe Young), recorded most successfully by Bert Lown and His Orch., in February, and "Hummin' to Myself" (lyrics by Herb Magidson and Monty Siegel), the most popular version of which was by Johnny Hamp and His Orch., in May. He then signed a film contract with Warner Bros., and he and Young contributed two songs to Crooner, both of which became hits prior to the movie's release in August: "Now You've Got Me Worryin' for You," for Eddy Duchin and His Orchestra, and "Banking on the Weather," for Ted Black and His Orchestra.

The reestablished team of Fain and Kahal provided the songs for two Warner Bros. movie musicals in the fall of 1933, Footlight Parade and College Coach, and the former brought them a hit with "By a Waterfall," recorded with equal success by Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians and Leo Reisman and His Orchestra. Hollywood's renewed enthusiasm for musicals was reflected in Fain and Kahal's busy schedule in 1934. They contributed to at least ten movies released during the year, Fain being the primary composer for four. Mandalay, released in February, contained "When Tomorrow Comes," recorded for a hit by Freddy Martin and His Orchestra. Among the five songs the team contributed to Harold Teen was a hit for Guy Lombardo in May, "How Do I Know It's Sunday?" The Mills Brothers had a hit with "Money in My Pockets" in June, though when they sang it in RKO's Strictly Dynamite the following month, it was called "Money in My Clothes." Fain added acting to his credits in August when he turned up in Dames playing a songwriter.

Fain and Kahal's last major screen effort for Warner Bros. was Sweet Music starring Rudy Vallee, released in February 1935, from which Victor Young and His Orch.found a hit with "Ev'ry Day." They then moved to Paramount for the troubled production of Mae West's Goin' to Town, released in May.

After a relatively inactive 1936, Fain signed to RKO in 1937 and, with Lew Brown, wrote songs for New Faces of 1937, released in July. But his greatest success for the year was "That Old Feeling" (lyrics by Brown), featured in United Artists' Vogues of 1938, which despite its title was released in August 1937. Shep Fields and His arch. took the song to the top of the hit parade in October, and it earned Fain his first Academy Award nomination. Fain and Kahal reunited and returned to Broadway at the start of 1938 for the musical Right This Way. It ran only 15 performances, but two of its songs would be among Fain's most successful. "I Can Dream, Can't I?" was taken into the hit parade by Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra in February, after the show had closed, while "I'll Be Seeing You" would wait years for recognition. The 1,404-performance run of the revue Hellzapoppin, which opened in the fall of 1938, generally is ascribed not to Fain and lyricist Charles Tobias's songs, but to the antics of the comedy team of (Ole) Olsen and (Chic) Johnson; in any case, it was the most successful Broadway musical in history until Oklahoma! came along. Fain stayed in N.Y. to appear in the brief run of Blackbirds of 1939 (N.Y., Feb. 11, 1939), to which he contributed a few songs with lyrics by Mitchell Parish. Parish was also the lyricist for "The Moon Is a Silver Dollar," which reached the hit parade in a recording by the Lawrence Welk orchestra in April. Fain was then hired to contribute the songs for what turned out to be the final edition of George White's Scandals, among them "Are You Havin' Any Fun?" (lyrics by Jack Yellen), actually used earlier in the second edition of the Ziegfeld Follies of 1936 and taken into the hit parade in October by Tommy Dorsey. The show ran 120 performances. Fain worked on two stage shows for the fall of 1940: the revue Boys and Girls Together starring comedian Ed Wynn, who was responsible for its run of 191 performances, and SheHadto Say Yes, a musical on which Fain collaborated with Al Dubin that closed during previews in Philadelphia.

Fain married Sally Fox on June 18, 1941. They had one son and divorced in 1954. In the fall Fain collaborated with Jack Yellen on Sons 0' Fun, a sequel to Hellzapoppin starring Olsen and Johnson; it ran 742 performances and featured some of the last lyrics written by Irving Kahal, who died Feb. 7, 1942.

Fain returned to Hollywood in 1943 and signed to MGM, getting his first credit for the Red Skelton film I Dood It, released in November, even though most of his songs were cut. Working with lyricist Ralph Freed, he had songs in five MGM features released in 1944, although the scores contained many interpolations. His big hit of the year was a surprise: spurred by the poignant separations necessitated by the war, "I'll Be Seeing You" enjoyed a massive revival, with Bing Crosby's recording hitting the top of the charts in July, beating out the reissue of an earlier recording by Tommy Dorsey featuring Frank Sinatra.

In 1945, Fain contributed to another three MGM features and to a film version of George White's Scandals at RKO. He had songs in four MGM films in 1946, after which he briefly returned to Broadway for the 60 performance flop Toplitzky of Notre Dame. As a result he was less active on the MGM lot, contributing to only one 1947 feature, This Time for Keeps, released in December. He concluded his MGM contract by contributing "The Dickey-Bird Song" (lyrics by Howard Dietz) to the February 1948 release Three DaringDaughters; in May it became a Top Ten hit for Freddy Martin.

At the end of 1949, Fain enjoyed two major hits simultaneously. The Andrews Sisters revived "I Can Dream, Can't I?"; their recording topped the charts in January 1950, selling a million copies. Meanwhile, the newly written "Dear Hearts and Gentle People" (lyrics by Bob Hilliard, based on a note found in Stephen Foster's pocket at the time of his death) drew numerous recordings, the most popular of which were those by Bing Crosby (another million-seller) and Dinah Shore. Fain wrote songs in 1950 for a couple of Broadway revues, notably Alive and Kicking (N.Y., Jan. 17, 1950), which represented his first work with Paul Francis Webster, who would become his lyric partner for much of the rest of his career. He also wrote songs for the Jimmy Durante feature The Milkman at Universal. In 1951 he had three very different works in release with three different lyricists. Call Me Mister, to which he contributed three songs with lyrics by Mack Gordon, opened in January, a typical service comedy starring Betty Grable. The politically oriented stage musical Flahooley, with lyrics by E. Y. Harburg, was a satire on the toy industry; it ran only 40 performances. Next, Fain teamed with Hilliard for the Walt Disney animated film Alice in Wonderland, which opened in July.

The long production periods required for animated films meant that Fain's next Disney project, Peter Pan,on which he collaborated with Sammy Cahn, was not released until February 1953. In the meantime he signed to Warner Bros. and wrote songs for a remake of The Jazz Singer with Jerry Seelen; it was released in January 1953. He had two Warner Bros. musicals for the fall: Three Sailors and a Girl, another collaboration with Cahn, in November; and, released two weeks earlier, Calamity Jane, starring Doris Day, his first major collaboration with Paul Francis Webster. "Secret Love," recorded by Day, became a #1 hit in February 1954, sold a million copies, and won the Academy Award for Best Song. (It also became a Top Ten country hit for Slim Whitman.) Not surprisingly, Fain and Webster were assigned to the next Doris Day film for Warner Bros., Lucky Me, released in April 1954.They responded with a score that included "I Speak to the Stars," which Day recorded for a hit. In May the Four Aces revived "Wedding Bells Are Breaking Up That Old Gang of Mine" for a chart entry. The newly divorced Fain married Jane Fischer on Sept. 11,1954; they divorced on May 22,1957.

Fain completed his Warner Bros. contract with another Doris Day film, Young at Heart, released in January 1955, after which he worked for the studios on a freelance basis. Returning to Broadway, he collaborated with Dan Shapiro on the musical Ankles Aweigh, which failed to turn a profit despite a run of 176 performances. He and Webster wrote the title song for the film Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing, released in August; the Four Aces' recording topped the charts in October, selling a million copies, and the song won Fain his second Academy Award.

Fain and Webster contributed "If You Wanna See Mamie Tonight" to the May 1956 release The Revolt of Mamie Stover, resulting in a chart record for the Ames Brothers, and wrote the songs for the Dean Martin-Jerry Lewis comedy Hollywood or Bust, released in December. Their major assignment for 1957 was to write the songs for the Pat Boone movie April Love, released in November. Boone's recording of the title song went to #1 in December and sold a million copies; the soundtrack album spent three months in the charts; and "April Love" brought Fain his fourth Oscar nomination. Fain and Webster wrote the songs for Boone's next film, MardiGras, released in November 1958, and Boone made a Top 40 hit out of "I'll Remember Tonight." Their other assignments for the year were for single songs for non-musical films, rather than full scores. For Marjorie Morningstar they wrote "A Very Precious Love," taken into the Top 40 by the Ames Brothers, and the title song "A Certain Smile" became a Top 40 hit for Johnny Mathis; both songs were nominated for the 1958 Academy Award.

Fain did extensive work on the Disney animated film Sleeping Beauty, but most of it was cut from the final film, released in February 1959. Though opportunities for movie songwriting had become more sporadic by the end of the 1950s, Fain and Webster wrote songs for Big Circus, released in July, and for a television musical, A Diamond for Carla. In 1960 they returned to Broadway for the musical Christine, but it ran only 12 performances. A stage adaptation of Calamity Jane (St. Louis, June 5, 1961) was given a tryout by the St. Louis Municipal Opera but did not move to N.Y. The following year the St. Louis Municipal Opera staged Fain and lyricist Harold Adamson's version of Around the World in Eighty Days (St. Louis, June 11, 1962), which retained much of the Victor Young score from the 1956 film version. The show was mounted by Guy Lombardo at the Jones Beach Marine Theatre on Long Island during the summer of 1963, but it never ran on Broadway. Fain's final theatrical work, directed by Jule Styne, was Something More! with lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman. It reached Broadway in 1964 but ran for only 15 performances.

Meanwhile, Fain continued to place songs in films occasionally. His title song for Tender Is the Night (1962) with lyrics by Webster earned his seventh Oscar nomination. He wrote songs for two Warner Bros. films with Adamson: Island of Love, released in June 1963, and The Incredible Mr. Limpet, released in March 1964, after which he worked less frequently. But he earned an eighth Oscar nomination for "Strange Are the Ways of Love" (lyrics by Webster) from the 1972 film The Stepmother, a ninth for"A World That Never Was" (lyrics by Webster) from the 1976 film Halfa House, and, at the age of 75, a tenth for "Someone's Waiting for You" (lyrics by Carol Connors and Ayn Robbins) from the animated Disney film The Rescuers (1977). Meanwhile, in 1975, Freddie Fender revived "Secret Love" for a #1 country and Top 40 pop hit. Fain died of a heart attack at the age of 87.
Video Notes: Michael Bublé is a Canadian singer. He has won several awards, including two Grammy Awards and multiple Juno Awards. His first album reached the top ten in Canada and the UK. He found worldwide commercial success with his 2005 album It's Time, and his 2007 album Call Me Irresponsible was an even bigger success, reaching number one on the Canadian Albums Chart, the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, the Australian ARIA Albums Chart and the European charts. Bublé has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide.
"I'll Be Seeing You" is a popular song from the Broadway musical Right This Way, which closed after fifteen performances. Its music was written by Sammy Fain, the lyrics by Irving Kahal. The song was published in 1938.
The musical theme has emotional power, and was much loved during World War II, in fact it became an anthem for those serving overseas (both British and American soldiers)
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in 1908 - John Verrall, composer is born.
in 1910 - Herbert Owen Reed, composer is born.
in 1910 - Red Foley, Blue Lick Ky, country singer (Mr Smith Goes to Washington) is born.
in 1912 - Don Gillis, Cameron Missouri, composer (Symphony #5«) is born.
in 1915 - David "Stringbean" Akeman (US bluegrass banjo player, comedy musician) is born.
in 1916 - Einar Englund, composer is born.

in 1916 - Terry Gilkyson (HAMILTON H. GILKYSON III) (US singer, lyricist, composer) is born. A prolific songwriter, Terry Gilkyson also led his own folk group, The Easy Riders. The wealthy Pennsylvanian honed his musical trade during a stint in the US Army Corps, appearing weekly on Armed Forces Radio as a folk singer. After his discharge in 1948, he relocated to Los Angeles to work as a songwriter, scoring his first hit in 1950 with ‘Cry Of The Wild Goose’ (Frankie Laine) and continuing his hit run with ‘Memories Are Made Of This’ (Dean Martin) and ‘Fast Freight’ (Richard Hayes; The Kingston Trio). Gilkyson also sang back-up on The Weavers’ hit renditions of ‘On Top Of Old Smoky’ and ‘Across The Wide Missouri’. Joining a folk trio, The Easy Riders, Gilkyson had chart success with a number of self-penned compositions including ‘Everybody Loves Saturday Night’, ‘The Sea Of Green’, ‘Marianne’ (based on a gypsy melody) and ‘Greenfield’, a song that was covered by The Brothers Four. Hired in the Sixties as a songwriter by Disney Films, Gilkyson provided hundreds of songs for both their weekly television programme and films such as Swiss Family Robinson. ‘The Bare Necessities’, from the animated Jungle Book, earned an Academy Award nomination. Gilkyson’s compositions were recorded by a host of country and pop artists including Johnny Cash, Tony Bennett, Doris Day, and Louis Armstrong. Suffering an aneurysm while visiting his daughters, he died in Austin, Texas, October 15, 1999.

in 1919 - Galina Ustvolskaya (Russian composer) is born.
in 1922 - Herbert Kelsey Jones, composer is born.
in 1922 - Jerry Fielding, Pitts Pa, composer (Lively Ones, Hogan's Heroes) is born.
in 1924 - Alan Rich (American music critic) is born.
in 1926 - Manuel Enriquez, composer is born.
in 1927 - Martin Böttcher (German conductor) is born.
in 1928 - James Brown, Pulaski TN, soul singer (Hot Pants, Living in America) is born
in 1930 - Romuald Twardowski, composer is born.

in 1930 - Cliff Gallup (US guitarist; Gene Vincent And The Blue Caps/solo) is born. Guitarist for Gene Vincent and The Blue Caps in 1956, Cliff Gallup provided the stark, haunting performances on the hits ‘Race With The Devil’, ‘Be-Bop-A-Lula’ and ‘Bluejean Bop’. A much revered player, he influenced an entire generation of rock-styled guitarists. In all Gallup recorded 31 tracks with Vincent during a seven month period. Disliking the rigours of touring, Gallup left the band and was replaced by Johnny Meeks. Returning home to Norfolk, Virginia, Gallup performed locally for the next three decades, and also frequently worked as a session player for local gospel acts. In 1993, Jeff Beck and The Big Town Playboys recorded a tribute album to Gallup, Crazy Legs. He died of a heart attack in Norfolk, Virginia. He had suffered chest pains while playing at a private party at the Norfolk Yacht & Country Club in nearby Virginia Beach. After returning home, he went into cardiac arrest and was rushed to the hospital. - Died October 9, 1988.

in 1933 - Christian Ferras, French violinist/conductor is born.

in 1937 - Edward Farran (EDWARD JOHN ELIAS) is born. Formed at the University of Michigan by two sets of brothers, Edward and Fred Farran and Scott and Thomas Herrick, The Arbors had just one Top 20 hit, a psychedelic-tinged remake of The Box Tops’ ‘The Letter’. Formed in 1965, the group moved to Chicago to work as session singers in advertising. Edward Farran later worked as a professional vocal coach. Kidney failure. He died in Chicago, Died January 2, 2003.

in 1939 - Dickey Do, [Gerry Granahan], rocker (Dickey Doo and The Dont's) is born.

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1941 - Johan Wagenaar dies at age 78. Dutch composer and organist born in the city of Utrecht; at the age of 13 he recieived instruction in piano, organ, violin, theory, and composition under the tutelage of the composer Richard Hol and the organist Samuel de Lange, Jr. In 1892, he studied with Brahms' friend Heinrich von Herzogenberg in Berlin. Between 1919 and 1937, he was director of the Royal Conservatory at the Hague. His pupils included Peter van Anrooy, Henri van Goudoever, Emile Enthoven, Alexander Voormolen, Leon Orthel, Allard de Ridder, Bernard Wagenaar and Willem Pijper. His compositions include operas, cantatas, organ music, and orchestral works. In his later years, Johan received an honorary Doctorate of Music from Utrecht University.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmO4qb5fgJI"]YouTube - ‪Johan Wagenaar overture cyrano de bergerac (1905) willem van otterloo residentie orkest (rec 1954)‬‏[/ame]
in 1942 - Norman Kuhlke (UK drummer; Swinging Blue Jeans) is born.
in 1943 - Christopher Brown, composer is born.
in 1943 - Barry Manilow/Barry Alan Pincus (US singer, songwriter, pianist) is born.
in 1944 - Chris Spedding (UK guitarist;Greedy Bastards/Wombles/Nucleus/BatteredOrnaments/sessions) is born.
in 1946 - Barry Manilow, Bkln NY, singer/pianist (Mandy, I Write the Songs) is born.
in 1947 - George S. Clinton (US award winning composer, arranger, session musician) is born.
in 1947 - Paul Young (UK singer, Sad Cafe/ Mike & The Mechanics) is born.
in 1947 - Greg Rolie (US singer, keyboardist; Santana/Journey/Greg Rolie Band) is born.
in 1947 - Rev. Timothy Wright (US gospel singer; Timothy Wright Concert Choir) is born.
in 1948 - Eddie Meduza (Swedish composer, singer-songwriter, guitarist) is born.
in 1949 - Eric Campbell-Lewis / Eric McCreadle (US bassist, vocalist; Middle Of The Road) is born.

in 1949 – Snakefinger /Philip Charles Lithman (UK multi-musician, Chilli Willi/The Residents/Vestal Virgins) is born.
A London-born multi-instrumentalist, Philip Lithman – better known as Snakefinger – earned notoriety for his membership of the avant-garde rock group The Residents. Emerging from the British blues scene, he originally worked in groups such as Junior’s Blues Band and Smiley. Travelling to San Francisco in 1971, Lithman spent six months performing on local stages with The Residents and, returning to England the following year, he teamed with ex-Mighty Baby guitarist Martin Stone to form the popular touring pub-rock band Chilli Willi & The Red Hot Peppers. Following the group’s disbandment in 1975, manager Jake Riviera went on to co-found Stiff Records, while Snakefinger went to Canada where he toured with Long John Baldry. Returning to California, Snakefinger rejoined The Residents for studio and stage work, and appeared on several electronic albums including Fingerprince and Satisfaction. Rejecting offers from major labels, Snakefinger issued solo material on The Residents’ own label, Ralph Records. He suffered a heart attack while performing in Linz, Austria, with his band The Vestal Virgins. He had been hospitalised for several months in 1980 after suffering a previous heart attack. - Died July 1, 1987.

in 1949 – George Barajas born. Bassist of the Rochester, New York-based, hard-rock group, Duke Jupiter, George Barajas enjoyed a hit in 1982 with ‘I’ll Drink To You’. He was replaced in the group by Rickey Ellis. He died in Wisconsin, August 17, 1982.

in 1951 - Carl Vogler, composer, dies at 77.
in 1952 - Alberto Williams, Argentine composer (Etrerno Reposo), dies at 89.
in 1953 - Walter Niemann, composer, dies at 76.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2acvS_5B3bs"]YouTube - ‪Walter Niemann : Silver Cascades.wmv‬‏[/ame]
in 1954 - The first edition of UK music paper Record Mirror was published.

in 1954 - Guitarist Danny Cedrone died following a freak accident; 10 days after he had recorded the lead guitar break on ‘Rock Around The Clock’ with Bill Haley and His Comets. Session player Cedrone was paid $21 for his work on the session, as at that time Haley chose not to hire a full-time guitarist for his group. He died of a broken neck after falling down a staircase.

in 1955 - After a month of booking gigs in larger venues in Dallas and Houston, Colonel Tom Parker arranged a meeting with Elvis Presley's manager, Bob Neal, resulting in an agreement that saw the Colonel handle Presley's gigs and career strategy from now on.

in 1956 - Chi-chi Nwanoku (UK double bassist; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment) is born.
in 1957 - Philip Chevron, English pop musician (Pogues-Peace and Love) is born
in 1957 - "So Rare" by Jimmy Dorsey Orch peaks at #2.
in 1957 - Martin Dillon (US musician, operatic tenor, professor of music) is born.
in 1958 - Jello Biafra /Eric Reed Boucher (US spoken word, singer, Dead Kennedys/Lard/solo) is born.
in 1962 - Michael Monroe /Matti Fagerholm(Finnish singer;Hanoi Rocks/Demolition23/Damien Thorne) is born.
in 1963 - The Rolling Stones released their first UK single, 'Come On', it peaked at No.21 on the UK chart.
in 1965 - Richard Hynd (Scottish drummer; Texas/Slide) is born. Some sources give May 17th.
in 1965 - Elvis Presley was at No.1 in the UK with 'Crying In The Chapel' his 15th UK No.1 single.

in 1965 - Working at Abbey Road studios in London The Beatles completed work on the new Paul McCartney song ‘Yesterday’ with the overdubbing of an additional vocal track by McCartney and a string quartet. They also recorded ‘Act Naturally’ for Ringo's vocal contribution on the ‘Help!’ album and the song ‘Wait’, in four takes. ‘Wait’ will not be included on ‘Help!’, it was included on the following LP, ‘Rubber Soul’.

in 1966 - Guitarist Peter Green joined John Mayall's Bluesbreakers.
in 1965 - The Kinks and the Moody Blues made their US concert debut at the Academy of Music in New York City.
in 1967 - "Somebody To Love" by Jefferson Airplane peaks at #5.
in 1967 - Eric Stefani (US keyboardist, songwriter, animator; No Doubt) is born.
in 1967 - Dorothea Röschmann (German operatic soprano) is born.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78s1UotLyp4"]YouTube - ‪Dorothea Röschmann performs "Ach, Ich Fuhl's "‬‏[/ame]
in 1969 - Kevin Thornton, Amarillo, vocalist (Color Me Badd-Want to Sex You Up) is born.
in 1970 - Sasha Sokol (Mexican singer, actress) is born.
in 1971 - Paulina Rubio Dosamantes (Mexican singer) is born.

in 1971 - Carole King went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Tapestry’ for the first of 15 consecutive weeks. The album contained ‘It's Too Late’, ‘I Feel the Earth Move’, ‘Will You Love Me Tomorrow?’ and ‘You've Got a Friend’.

in 1972 - "Long Haired Lover From Liverpool" by Little Jimmy Osmond peaks at #38.

in 1972 - Don McLean had his first UK No.1 single with 'Vincent.' The song was written about the 19th century artist Vincent Van Gogh. The song is played daily at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

in 1972 - The Rolling Stones album 'Exile On Main Street' started a four-week run at the top of the US charts, (also No.1 in the UK).

in 1973 - Dolly Parton recorded ‘I Will Always Love You’ in RCA's Studio "B" in Nashville. Written for her one-time partner and mentor, Porter Wagoner (the two were splitting professionally at the time).

in 1973 - Krayzie Bone /Anthony Henderson (US rapper; Bone Thugs-N-Harmony/solo) is born.

in 1976 - Ian Dury played his last gig with Kilburn and the High Roads before starting his solo career. The show at The Assembly Hall, Walthamstow also had The Sex Pistols and The Stranglers on the bill.

in 1977 - Roger Manganelli (US bassist, vocalist, guiyar, drums; Less Than Jake/Rehasher/Greenhorn) is born.
in 1977 - After Jimmy Helms pulled out of a gig at Shoreditch College, the members of the social committee decided to call upon famous local, Elton John who lived up the road and ask if he would perform. Elton did the gig for two bottles of wine.

in 1978 - Andy Gibb became the first solo artist in the history of the US charts to have his first three releases reach No.1, when ‘Shadow Dancing’ hit the top of the chart. Spending seven weeks at No.1 it became the best selling single in the US in 1978.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tA6L8-lxaA8"]YouTube - ‪Andy Gibb - I Just Want to Be Your Everything (HQ with lyrics)‬‏[/ame]
in 1978 - 'You're The One That I Want' by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John started a nine week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart. The song was from the film Grease.

in 1978 - "Cheeseburger In Paradise" by Jimmy Buffett peaks at #32.

in 1979 - Anita Ward was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Ring My Bell'. The only hit for the gospel singer from Memphis, making her a One-hit Wonder.

in 1980- Kimeru (Japanese singer) is born.
in 1980 - Van Halen kicked off a 6-date UK tour at Newcastle City Hall.

in 1983 - This week's Top 5 UK singles: No.5, Bob Marley, 'Buffalo Soldier', No.4, Yazoo, 'Nobody's Diary', No.3, David Bowie, 'China Girl', No.2, Wham! 'Bad Boys', No.1, The Police, 'Every Breath You Take.'

in 1983 - James Brown, UB40, Fun Boy Three, The Beat, Curtis Mayfield, Jimmy Cliff, Marillion and Melanie all appeared at this years Glastonbury CND Festival, Shepton Mallet, England.

1983 - Peter Mennin dies at age 60. American composer and teacher born in Erie, Pennsylvania; he began composing at an early age, and wrote 9 symphonies, several concertos, and numerous works for wind band, chorus, and other ensembles. His style became more chromatic and astringent with time, but was always essentially tonal, relying heavily on polyphony. His fifth symphony of 1950, which is tonal, energetic and suspenseful, was recorded by Howard Hanson and the Eastman Rochester Orchestra in the Mercury series of American classical works. Peter's notable students include Jacob Druckman, Richard Danielpour, Karl Korte, Charles L. Bestor, Jack Behrens, and Claire Polin.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRPvrdUk32E"]YouTube - ‪Peter Mennin - Moby Dick (1952)‬‏[/ame]
in 1983 - Lee Ryan (singer, Blue/solo) is born.
in 1983 - Kazunari Ninomiya (Japanese singer, actor) is born.

1984 - Klavdiya Shulzhenko dies at age 78. Soviet jazz & pop singer; the most popular female singer of the Soviet Union before the rise of Alla Pugachova's star in the 1970s & became the first female pop singer to be named People's Artist of the USSR in 1971. She started singing with jazz and pop bands in the late 1920s and rose to fame in the late 1930s with her version of Sebastian Yradier's ''La Paloma''. In 1939, she was awarded at the first all-Soviet competition of pop singers. During World War II, she performed about a thousand concerts for Soviet soldiers in besieged Leningrad and elsewhere, with songs such as "The Blue Headscarf" and "Lets Smoke". On April 10th 1976, Klavdiya performed to enraptured audience in the Column Hall of the House of Unions in what would become her most famous concert. In 1999 Russia issued a postage stamp in her honor.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDFHe-Tv9wI"]YouTube - ‪Klavdia Shulzhenko - "Blue Headscarf"‬‏[/ame]
in 1985 - The Crowd were at No.1 in the UK with a remake of the 1963 hit 'You'll Never Walk Alone.' The single was recorded to raise funds for The Bradford City Football disaster that killed over 50 people. The song featuring Gerry Marsden, Paul McCartney and Rolf Harris, among others.

in 1986 - Dean Reed died. Virtually unknown in his native land, Denver-born Dean Reed was a pop music superstar in the Soviet Union and in his adopted home of East Germany. After scoring a minor US hit in 1959 with ‘The Search’, the left-wing activist left for the other side of the Iron Curtain. Also an actor, he appeared in 18 films including the Italian western Adios Sabata (1985). Having retained his US citizenship, Reed occasionally visited his homeland. Actor Tom Hanks announced plans for a Reed biopic in 2005. He died under mysterious circumstances. Reed was found fully clothed in the driver’s seat of his car on the bottom of a lake near Berlin. Suffering marital problems, he left a suicide note addressed to German ruler Erich Honecker, written on the back of a screenplay. Fearing a public relations disaster, Honecker personally ordered the note to be hidden away in a government safe. Instead, Reed’s death was ruled a swimming accident. But years after the fall of Communism, the note surfaced and was published by the German tabloid Bild. - Born September 22, 1938.

in 1987 - Florida real estate agent Vittoria Holman sued Motley Crue and their concert promoter for hearing loss allegedly incurred at a concert in December 1985. Holman and her daughter had front row seats less than 10 feet (3 meters) from the speakers. The case was settled out of court with the band's insurance company paying Holman over $30,000. (£18,200).

1986 - Kate Smith dies at age 79. American singerborn in Greenville, Virginia, Kate best known for her rendition of Irving Berlin's "God Bless America". She had a radio, TV and recording career spanning 5 decades, reaching its height in the 1940s. Kate began making records in 1926; among her biggest hits were "River, Stay 'Way From My Door", "Woodpecker Song", "White Cliffs of Dover", "Rose O'Day", "I Don't Want to Walk Without You", "There Goes That Song Again", "Seems Like Old Times", and "Now Is the Hour". Her theme song "When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain", the lyrics of which she helped write. She started on radio in 1931 and also appeared in films, starring in The Big Broadcast of 1932 and This Is the Army in 1943; from 1951 to 1954, she also hosted an afternoon television programme. In 1982, Kate was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Ronald Reagan and was posthumously inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1999 (diabetes).
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCavKL2zdjM"]YouTube - ‪Kate Smith - God Bless America‬‏[/ame]
in 1988 - Bruce Springsteen separates from Juliette Phillips.

in 1989 - New Kids On The Block went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'I'll Be Loving You Forever', the group's first US No.1, a No.5 hit in the UK.

in 1993 - Jamiroquai appeared at the Hacienda, Manchester, England.

in 1993 - Mark Charron is died. Songwriter who penned hits for the Partridge Family, Bill Anderson, and the Vogues, Mark Charron also wrote the B.J. Thomas hits ‘Billy And Sue’ and ‘Mama’. He died in Nashville. - Born 1944.

in 1999 - A teenage girl was crushed to death during a gig by Hole at the Hultsfred Festival, Sweden.
in 2001 - Travis started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'The Invisible Band'.

in 2004 - Richard Tepp (HOWARD RICHARD TEPP) died. As the vocalist of Sixties garage-rock act Richard & The Young Lions, Richard Tepp enjoyed brief fame. Forming as The Emeralds in Newark, New Jersey, in 1965, Tepp initially sang cover versions of British Invasion hits. Renamed The Original Kounts and then Richard & The Young Lions, the group found its greatest fanbase in Detroit where they performed for huge crowds. However when the group’s producers insisted that Tepp record with session musicians, the band soon split but not before landing a hit with the fuzz-guitar classic ‘Open Up Your Door’. Tepp later hired replacement band members. At the time of Tepp’s death, the group’s original line-up had re-formed for a just-completed film biography and album produced by Steven Van Zandt. He died at Kingston Hospital in Kingston, New Jersey. (Leukaemia). - Born March 14, 1947.

in 2005 - Ronald Winans died. A member of the celebrated, R&B-styled family gospel act The Winans, Ronald Winans was the second eldest in a large family of ten siblings. Teaming in the late Seventies with his three younger brothers – Marvin, Carvin and Michael – Ronald first formed the contemporary-style gospel act. Beginning with their début album Introducing The Winans (1981), they merged modern soul and R&B with traditional gospel themes and drew praise for tracks like ‘The Question Is’. Signing with the Quincy Jones-owned Qwest label in 1985, the group simultaneously built audiences in the gospel and secular communities, appearing on the R&B charts with ‘Let My People Go’, continuing with the Anita Baker duet ‘Ain’t No Need To Worry’ featuring a guest rap by Teddy Riley, ‘It’s Time’, ‘A Friend’, ‘When You Cry’, and ‘Payday’. Establishing a series of gospel workshops in 1987, Ronald formed an offshoot group, Ron Winans Family & Friends, which spawned the careers of Darrell Hines, Kayla Parker and Donnie McClurkin as well as other members of the Winans family including the youngest two siblings, BeBe and CeCe, who formed a successful gospel duo. The entire Winans family assembled for a tour across the US in 2002. In January 2005, Ronald released his final album, Ron Winans Family & Friends V: A Celebration, exactly eight years after nearly losing his life from a heart attack. In addition to his musical career, Ronald Winans was a minister and operated a number of restaurants in partnership with singer Gladys Knight. Contracting pneumonia following a bout of congestive heart failure, he died at Harper Hospital in Detroit. He had previously suffered a heart attack in 1997 and was declared “clinically dead” at the time but, after his family prayed over him, he returned to life. - Born June 30, 1956.

in 2005 - Pete Doherty was thrown of a yacht after being found smoking crack cocaine. The Babyshambles singer had been invited onto the yacht with his girlfriend Kate Moss by Davinia Taylor, they were asked to leave the party and were dropped off in Porto Cervo.

2005 - Karl Mueller dies at age 42. US bassist and founding member of the rock-grunge band Soul Asylum; The band formed in 1981 under the name Loud Fast Rules, with the original line-up consisting of Karl, Dan Murphy, Dave Pirner and Pat Morley, Pat was replaced by Grant Young in 1984. The band recorded three albums with Twin/Tone Records and two with A&M Records to little commercial success. However, in 1992, they released the double-platinum album Grave Dancers Union, featuring their Grammy Award-winning single "Runaway Train". The band played the Bill Clinton inauguration early the next year. They also scored a platinum record with the album Let Your Dim Light Shine three years later in 1995, but it was the last hit album of the band's career. Karl was diagnosed with cancer in 2004. (throat cancer).
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPENW4gByTY"]YouTube - ‪Soul Asylum - 2004 Minneapolis, MN - Karl Mueller's last show‬‏[/ame]
in 2007 - The Traveling Wilburys went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Collection.' The line of the Wilburys was: George Harrison, (Nelson Wilbury), Jeff Lynne, (Otis Wilbury), Roy Orbison, (Lefty Wilbury), Tom Petty, (Charlie T. Wilbury Jr.) and Bob Dylan, (Lucky Wilbury).

in 2008 - Welsh singer Duffy's single Mercy was named song of the year at the Mojo magazine awards held in London. Best breakthrough act went to The Last Shadow Puppets - the side project of Arctic Monkeys singer Alex Turner. Other acts honoured at the reader-voted Mojo Honours included Led Zeppelin, Paul Weller, the Sex Pistols and Genesis. Ska band the Specials were welcomed into the Mojo Hall of Fame and former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman John Fogerty, won the inspiration award for his contribution to rock music.

in 2008 - George Michael kicked off the North American leg of his ‘25 Live’ 106-date world tour at San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, California.

2009 - José Calvário dies at age 58. Portuguese maestro and orchestrator who conducted many festivals and concerts in Portugal. In the Eurovision Song Contest he was the composer, lyricist and conductor of five Portuguese entries: "A festa da vida"-1972, "E depois do adeus"-1974, "Portugal no coração"-1977, "Penso em ti, eu sei"-1985, "Voltarei" in 1988. Over his long career he made a great contribution to Portuguese Music (complications from heart attack).Video: Sound only. No image.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqJFvcgRWE8"]YouTube - ‪Jose Calvario - Cancao do Mar, Lisboa A Noite, As Coisas que eu Invento.wmv‬‏[/ame]
2009 – Eon /Ian Loveday dies at age 55. British rave pioneer, with his music links being the early Detroit techno and modern dance sound, is maybe known to most for his 1990 acid techno song "Spice" and his “Fear the Mind Killer”. He began his recording career in 1987 while dj'ing as Ian B, when he started to produce his own music. His songs came to us first, thanks to the London pirate radio stations in the late '80s when Colin Faver played his first track 'Cuban Jakkin' by Rio Rhythm Band on the then pirate radio station Kiss FM. His debut as Eon was in 1988 with 'Light, Color, Sound', his first release on Vinyl Solution. Later he recorded on labels such as BAAD, XL Recordings and Kitsuni Records. His 1992 album Void Dweller, was highly influential on the progressing techno rave scene. The album contains 11 tracks with samples from David Lynch's Dune and themes from the horror movie Basket Case. Over his career, he has released 3 other albums... Sum of Parts in 2002, Device in 2006 and his last album Brain Filter was releasd in 2007. In '93 he teamed up with fellow british acid pioneer Peter 'Baby' Ford producing many classic tracks including 'Dead Eye', which was featured on Richie Hawtin's 'Decks. Eon, has also worked with producers like J Knight Marcus and Mark Moore, performed live at Fabric and on Radio One and most recently, he had been working on some new projects with old friend Baby Ford (complications from pneumonia).
YouTube - ‪Celldweller - Eon (Wish Upon a Blackstar Chapter II)‬‏

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