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in 1563 - Hans Neusiedler, German lutenist, composer and teacher, dies at approximately 54. Neusiedler also built lutes, and his beginner's book on lute playing is helpful in understanding lute technique of the period.

in 1594 - Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina dies at age 67. Italian composer, organist; the most famous sixteenth-century representative of the Roman School of musical composition. He had a vast influence on the development of Roman Catholic church music, and his work can be seen as a summation of Renaissance polyphony. (died in Rome of pleurisy)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mdmco61Htk"]YouTube - Palestrina - Sicut Cervus[/ame]

in 1669 - Louis Marchand, French organist, harpsichordist, composer and teacher, is born. Marchand sounds like an unpleasant fellow, but his virtuosity on the keyboard was acknowledged by all.

in 1673 - Kaspar Forster, German singer, composer, Kapellmeister and cantor, dies at 56.

in 1714 - Gottfried August Homilius, German organist, composer, church cantor, and teacher, is born. Homilius is known as the primary exponent of the Empfindsamer Stil ("senstive style" of composition).

in 1748 - Christian Gottfried Thomas, German composer, writer and publisher, is born.
in 1750 - Johann Graf, German violinist, composer, conductor, Kapellmeister and teacher, dies at 65.
in 1773 - Vincenc Tomas Vaclav Tucek, Czech composer and Kapellmeister, is born.
in 1804 - Leopold Eugen Mechura, Czech composer, is born.
in 1822 - Jean-Baptiste Davaux, French violinist and composer, dies at 79.
in 1827 - Johann Nepomuk Kalcher, German organist and composer, dies at 62.

in 1840 - Louis Bourgault-Ducoudray, French pianist, composer and teacher, is born. Bourgault-Ducoudray was a collector of folk music, with a particular interest in that of his native Brittany. He also had a great interest in music of the Far East, and composed the first European music for gamelan.

in 1844 - Leander Schlegel, Dutch pianist and composer is born.
in 1847 - Jules François Blasini, Curacaos/Dutch pianist and composer, is born.

in 1856 - Makar Grigori Ekmalian, Armenian composer, teacher, choirmaster, and collector and arranger of folk songs, is born.

in 1873 - Leopold Fall, Austrian composer and conductor, is born.
in 1875 - Austrian-American violinist Fritz Kreisler was born in Vienna
in 1882 - Fabio Campana, Italian composer, dies at 63.
in 1883 - Mikhail Fabianovich Gnesin, Russian composer and teacher, is born.
in 1883 - Candelario Huizar, Mexican horn player, composer and teacher, is born.

in 1789 - French composer and organist Armand-Louis Couperin (a member of the great Couperin family of musicians, died at the age of 63.

in 1901, Russian-American violinist Jascha Heifetz was born in Vilnius.

in 1902 - Emanuil Mandlov, Bulgarian composer, dies at 42. Mandlov composed the firat Bulgarian opera, Siromahkinia.

in 1904 - Jose Enrique Pedreira, Puerto Rican composer and teacher, is born. Pedreira is remembered mostly for his danzas, and is in the Danza Composers Hall of Fame. He also received several other awards.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4CVuxUX6NQ"]YouTube - JOSE ENRIQUE PEDREIRA Mis Amores[/ame]

in 1908 - Renzo Rossellini, Italian composer, is born. Rossellini was the brother of the film director Roberto Rossellini, and composed scores for his films, as well as other works.
in 1908 - Pavel Sivic, Slovenian composer, is born.
in 1911 - Jean-Jacques Grunenwald, French organist, composer, teacher and architect, is born.

in 1911 - Swedish tenor, Jussi Björling was born in Borlänge.
Björling (surname also spelled as "Bjoerling" and "Bjorling" in English-language sources) was born in Borlänge, Dalarna, Sweden, in February 1911. The midwife's register shows he was born on 5 February; however, the church baptism records erroneously show 2 February, and this was the day on which he celebrated his birthday throughout his life. He was initially taught to sing by his father, David, an accomplished vocalist, and made his debut public appearance at the age of four with the Björling Male Quartet. The group performed in concerts throughout Sweden and the United States for eleven and a half years. He later studied opera with John Forsell.

Björling made his professional operatic debut as the Lamplighter in Manon Lescaut at the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm in 1930. This was soon followed by Don Ottavio in Mozart's Don Giovanni, Arnold in Rossini's William Tell and Almaviva in Rossini's The Barber of Seville. This in turn led to engagements in Europe and the United States. Björling made his American concert debut in Carnegie Hall in 1937; the following year, he made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Rodolfo in La bohème.

Björling went on to become one of the principal singers at the Metropolitan Opera during the 1940s and 1950s, with an interruption during World War II. He sang many major tenor roles in operas in the French and Italian repertoire, including Il trovatore, Rigoletto, Aida, Un ballo in maschera, Pagliacci, Cavalleria rusticana, Faust, Roméo et Juliette, La bohème, Madama Butterfly, Tosca, and Manon Lescaut.

In December 1940, Arturo Toscanini invited him to sing the tenor part in Beethoven's Missa Solemnis in New York, a recording of which exists. He also performed the Verdi Requiem under Toscanini in 1939 in Lucerne, Switzerland, and in November 1940 in New York, another performance eventually transferred to recordings.

One of Björling's first LP sets was a 1950 performance of the complete Il trovatore, with Zinka Milanov, for RCA Victor. In 1953, he recorded the role of Turridu in a complete version of Cavalleria rusticana opposite Milanov for RCA Victor, but because Victoria de los Ángeles was under contract to EMI, the recording of the complete Pagliacci, made concurrently with Cavalleria, was not released by RCA, but by EMI. Robert Merrill appeared on both albums, but Leonard Warren was featured only on the Pagliacci one, as Tonio.
Bust of Björling in Stockholm

Again with de los Angeles and Merrill, Björling made a widely admired recording of Puccini's La bohème conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham. Björling's recording of Madama Butterfly, with de los Angeles in the title role and conducted by Gabriele Santini, is also widely celebrated. In Victoria de los Angeles' s biography by Peter Roberts (Weidenfield and Nicolson, 1982), de los Angeles noted that "In despite of technical developments, none of the Jussi Björling recordings give you the true sound of his voice. It was a far, far more beautiful voice than you can hear on the recordings he left".

Björling sang the part of Mario in the 1957 complete stereo recording of Tosca, recorded by RCA Victor in Rome with Erich Leinsdorf conducting. The tenor was awarded the 1959 Grammy Award for Best Classical Performance - Vocal Soloist (With Or Without Orchestra) for his recording Björling in Opera.

In 1956, he appeared in an episode of the NBC television anthology Producers' Showcase. The episode was one of two programs entitled Festival of Music, and was hosted by Charles Laughton (José Ferrer hosted the second Festival of Music program.) Björling can be seen with soprano Renata Tebaldi in two arias from La bohème. Both Festival of Music programs, originally telecast in color, have since been released on black-and-white kinescopes on DVD.

Björling was known as the "Swedish Caruso". His son Rolf, a successful tenor in his own right (although not at the level of his famous father), and his grandson Raymond are inheritors of the "sound".

His widow, Anna-Lisa Björling, published a biography with the cooperation of Andrew Farkas that described Björling as a loving family man and generous colleague. However, Anna-Lisa did not attempt in the book to hide the destructive influence of Björling's alcoholism.

On 15 March 1960, Björling suffered a heart attack before a performance of La bohème at London's Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. However, he still performed that night. He died of heart-related causes (enlarged heart) six months later in Siarö, Sweden, aged 49. One of his final recordings was the Verdi Requiem conducted by Fritz Reiner for Decca Records which was recorded as late as June 1960 alongside Leontyne Price, Rosalind Elias and Giorgio Tozzi. He is buried in the little church cemetery at Stora Tuna, Sweden.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUbA5y1hnFg"]Jussi Björling sings Nessun Dorma (Digitally Remastered) - YouTube[/ame]



[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FICW_M4Mvoc"]JUSSI BJÖRLING "Ingemisco" Messa da Requiem Verdi) - YouTube[/ame]

in 1912 - Burton Lane, American composer and lyricist, is born. Lane wrote the music for several Broadway shows, most memorably Finian's Rainbow. He was also a long time president of the American Guild of Authors and Composers.

in 1919 - Lisa Debeljevic-della Casa, Swiss soprano, is born.
in 1919 - Xavier Henry Napoleon Leroux, French composer and teacher, dies at 55.
in 1920 - Bill Brunskill (UK trumpet player) is born
in 1921 - Luigi Mancinelli, Italian celllist, composer and conductor, dies at 72.
in 1924 - Edward "Sonny" Stitt (American international jazz saxophonist) is born
in 1924 - Elfriede von Dassanowsky (Austrian-American singer, pianist, film producer) is born.

in 1925 - Michel Paul Philippot, French composer, musicologist, acoustician, aesthetician, broadcaster, mathematician and teacher, is born.

in 1926 - Mimi Perrin (French jazz singer, pianist; Les Double Six) is born.
in 1926 - David Whitfield (UK singer) is born.

in 1927 - Stanley Gayetzky "Stan Getz," "The Sound," American jazz saxophonist, composer, bandleader and teacher, is born. Getz had a big role in bringing the bossa nova to the US and the world, including recording the album Getz/Gilberto which featured "The Girl From Ipanema." He's a member of the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame.

in 1927 - Richard Vance Maxfield, American composer, is born.
in 1928 - Alan Fluck, English music teacher, and writer on musical education, is born.
in 1929 - Reiner Bredemeyer, German composer, Kapellmeister and teacher, is born.

in 1932 - Arthur Lyman, American jazz vibraphone and marimba player and bandleader, is born. Lyman played on the tune "Quiet Village," which was the inception of what became the style known as "exotica." (One of my personal favorites.) He was known as "the King of Lounge music."
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAGKfaTZakQ&feature=related"]YouTube - Arthur Lyman Group - YELLOW BIRD[/ame]

in 1933 - Orlando "Cachaito" López (Cuban bassist; Buena Vista Social Club/others) is born
in 1934 - Brazilian pianist and composer Ernesto Nazareth died at the age of 70 in Rio de Janeiro
in 1937 - Martina Arroyo, American soprano, is born.

in 1937 - Tom Smothers, American comedian, singer/songwriter and guitarist, is born. Smothers was a California state champion gymnast on the parallel bars in his youth, and is extremely adept at yo yo tricks. "Mom always liked you best!"

in 1938 - Gene MacLellan (Canadian composer, singer) is born.
in 1940 - Alan "Tea" Caddy, English rock guitarist (The Tonados), is born.

in 1941 - Serge Alexandrovich Tcherepnin, French composer, teacher and designer/builder of early synthesizers, is born.

in 1942 - Graham Nash, English rock singer/songwriter, guitarist, keyboardist and harmonica player (The Hollies, Crosby, Stills & Nash), is born. Nash is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

in 1942 - Bob Day/Bernard Colin Day (UK singer; Allisons) is born
in 1943 - Peter MacBeth, British rock bassist (The Foundations), is born.
in 1944 - Andrew Davis, British conductor, is born.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8XpVucG0II"]Andrew Davis II - My Dream (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO) - YouTube[/ame]

in 1944 - Ursula Oppens, American pianist and teacher, is born.
in 1945 - Ronnie Goodson, American doo wop singer (Ronnie & the Hi-Lites), is born.

in 1946 - Howard Bellamy, American country singer/songwriter, guitarist, mandolinist, and banjo player (Bellamy Brothers), is born.

in 1947 - Peter Lucia, American rock drummer (Tommy James and the Shondells), is born.
in 1948 - Alan McKay (US trumpeter; Earth Wind and Fire) is born
in 1948 - Tony DeMeur "Ronnie Golden," English rock singer and guitarist (Fabulous Poodles), is born.
in 1949 - Tom Tripplehorn, American rock guitarist (Gary Lewis and the Playboys), is born.
in 1949 - Ross Valory, American rock bassist, singer, guitarist and keyboardist (Journey), is born.
in 1949 - Jetty Weels, Surinamese/Dutch pop singer (Sacha & Paul, Mai Tai), is born.

in 1951 - Alphonso Johnson, American jazz, funk and rock bassist (Weather Report, Bobby and the Midnites), is born. Johnson was one of the first musicians to use the Chapman Stick in performance.

in 1952 - Johann Babtist Thaller, German organist and composer, dies at 79.
in 1952 - William King (US R&B trumpet player, keyboardist; The Commodores) is born
in 1953 - Gustav Strube, German composer, conductor and teacher, dies at 85.
in 1953 - Louis Sclavis (French tenor & soprano sax/clarinet player) is born
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4CegAWlH8Q"]YouTube - Louis Sclavis "Lost on the way" : "un vent noir"[/ame]

in 1954 - Theodor Rogalski, Romanian pianist, composer, conductor and teacher, dies at 52.
in 1954 - Hansi Hinterseer (Austrian singer, actor, entertainer) is born
in 1957 - Phil Barney/Philippe Baranés (French singer) is born.

in 1959 - Buddy Holly, Richard Valens and The Big Bopper all appeared at the Surf Ballroom, Clear Lake, Iowa. This was all three’s last ever gig before being killed in a plane crash the following day.

in 1959 - David Parmley (US guitarist, vocals; Bluegrass Cardinals) is born
in 1960 - Jeno Huszka, Hungarian composer, dies at 84.
in 1961 - Adolf Vogl, German composer and writer on music, dies at 87.

in 1962 - The Beatles played their first professionally organised gig outside of Liverpool at The Oasis Club, Manchester. The group’s set started with their version of ‘Hippy Hippy Shake.’

in 1963 - Cliff Richard and The Shadows started a 14-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Summer Holiday'.

in 1963 - The Beatles played at the Gaumont Cinema, Bradford on the opening night of the nationwide Helen Shapiro UK tour. The Beatles were at the bottom of the six-act bill playing just four songs, ‘Please Please Me’, ‘Chains’, ‘Keep Your Hands Off My Baby’ and ‘A Taste of Honey.’

in 1963 - Eva Cassidy, Amercan jazz, blues, folk, gospel, country and pop singer, is born.
in 1964 - Charlie Heather (UK drummer; Levellers) is born
in 1965 - Jonny King (US jazz pianist; Christian McBride/Art Blakey/Kenny Garr -tt/others) is born
in 1965 - Ken White (US guitarist, vocals; New Tradition/Big Twang) is born
in 1966 - The Rolling Stones released '19th Nervous Breakdown' it peaked at No.2 on the UK singles chart.
in 1966 - Robert DeLeo (US bass; Stone Temple Pilots/Talkshow/Army of Anyone) is born
in 1967 - The Jimi Hendrix Experience played live on UK TV show Top Of The Pops performing 'Purple Haze.'
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lVU2NRCIQk"]YouTube - The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Purple Haze[/ame]

in 1968 - Simon Wickham-Smith (UK vocalist, experimental computer music) is born.

in 1969 - Yoko Ono divorced her husband Tony Cox, Yoko was granted custody of their daughter Kyoko. John Lennon married Yoko the following month on 30th March.

in 1969 - Giovanni Martinelli, Italian spinto tenor, dies at 83.
in 1970 - Jaroslav Vogel, Czech composer, conductor and writer, dies at 76.
in 1971 - Ben Mize (US drummer; Counting Crows) is born
in 1972 - Sergio Blass "Sergio Gonzalez," American pop singer and actor (Menudo, Los Chicos), is born.
in 1972 - Dana International/Yaron 'Sharon' Cohen (Israeli singer) is born
in 1972 - Tego Calderón (Puerto Rican reggaeton artist) is born
in 1972 - during a UK tour Stevie Wonder appeared at the Manchester Odeon, England.
in 1973 - Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake and Palmer injured his hands when his piano rigged to explode as a stunt, detonated prematurely during a concert in San Francisco.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6y1htz6jGE"]YouTube - Keith Emerson at Moogfest in NYC[/ame]

in 1974 - Barbra Streisand started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with the theme from the film 'The Way We Were'. The single won an Oscar and a Grammy for 'Song of the year.'

in 1974 - The Carpenters started a four week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'The Singles 1969-73', featuring 12 hits and the US No.1 'Top Of The World' it went back to the top of the charts on three other occasions.
in 1974 - Jean Absil, Belgian organist, composer and teacher, dies at 80.

in 1975 - Billy Mohler (US bassist; Jay Hodgson Group,/Jimmy Chamberlin Complex) is born
in 1977 - Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll "Shakira" Columbian pop singer/songwriter and producer, is born.
in 1977 - Heather Martin (American gospel singer; Virtue) is born
in 1978 - Eden Espinosa (American singer and stage actress) is born

in 1979 - Sid Vicious/John Simon Ritchie dies at age 21. English bassist with the legendary, influencial UK punk band the Sex Pistols. In 2006 he was inducted posthumously into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Sex Pistols. Born in London his musical career started in 1976 as a member of The Flowers of Romance along with former co-founding member of The Clash, Keith Levene, Palmolive and Viv Albertine. He appeared with Siouxsie and the Banshees, playing drums at their notorious first gig at the 100 Club Punk Festival in London's Oxford Street. According to members of The Damned, Vicious, along with Dave Vanian, was considered for the position of lead singer for The Damned but failed to show up for the audition. The song "Belsen Was a Gas" originates from this band, and was later performed live by the Sex Pistols, as well as Sid Vicious' solo act. He played his first gig with the Pistols on 3 April 1977 at the The Screen On The Green in London. His debut was filmed by Don Letts and appears in Punk Rock Movie. In Nov 1977, Sid met American groupie Nancy Spungen. Both the group and Sid visibly deteriorated during their 1978 American tour. The Pistols broke up in San Francisco after their concert at the Winterland Ballroom on 14 January 1978. With Nancy acting as his "manager", Sid embarked on a solo career during which he performed with musicians including Mick Jones of The Clash, original Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock, Rat Scabies of The Damned and the New York Dolls' Arthur Kane, Jerry Nolan, and Johnny Thunders. He performed the majority of his performances at Max's Kansas City and drew large crowds. His final performances as a solo musician took place at Max's. October 12th 1978, Sid claimed to have awoken from a drugged stupor to find Nancy dead on the bathroom floor of their room in the Hotel Chelsea in Manhattan, New York. She had suffered a single stab wound to her abdomen and appeared to have bled to death. On October 22 1978, ten days after Nancy's death, he attempted suicide by slicing his wrist and subsequently became a patient at Bellevue Hospital. (Sid died of a heroin overdose, most possibly suicide. He had been partying in a New York flat to celebrate his release on $50,000 (£29,412) bail pending his trial for the murder of his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen, the previous October. A few days after his cremation, his mother found a suicide note in the pocket of his jacket: "We had a death pact, and I have to keep my half of the bargain. Please bury me next to my baby in my leather jacket, jeans and motorcycle boots. Goodbye")

in 1980 - The Specials were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'The Special A.K.A. Live E.P'. The lead track 'Too Much Too Young' was the shortest song to reach No.1 on the UK singles chart in the 1980s at 2'04".

in 1980 - Gucci Mane/Radric Davis (US rapper) is born.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZMm3nhYfU8&feature=fvst"]Gucci Mane freestyle - YouTube[/ame]

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in 1983 - Sam Chatmon dies at age 86. American Delta blues guitarist, multi-musician and singer; born in Bolton, Mississippi. He started out as a member of his family's string band when he was young. The Chatmon band played rags, ballads, and popular dance tunes. Sam on his own played the banjo, mandolin, and harmonica in addition to the guitar, performing at parties and on street corners throughout Mississippi for small pay and tips. In the 1930s he recorded both with the Mississippi Sheiks, as well as with his brother Lonnie as the Chatman Brothers. Sam moved to Hollandale, Mississippi in the early 1940s and worked on plantations. He was re-discovered in 1960 and started a new chapter of his career as folk-blues artist. In the same year he recorded for the Arhoolie record label. He toured extensively during the 1960s and 1970s. He played many of the largest and best-known folk festivals, including the Smithsonian Festival of American Folklife in Washington, D.C. in 1972, the Mariposa Fest in Toronto in 1974, and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in 1976. Sam stayed an active performer and recording artist until his death.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_Kr_OFoqbI"]YouTube - Sam Chatmon- Sittin' on top of the World[/ame]

in 1983 - Alex Westaway (UK guitarist, vocalist; Fightstar) is born.
in 1983 - Will South (US vocalist, piano, guitar; Thirteen Senses) is born.

in 1984 - gigs around the UK; The Smiths kicked off a UK tour at Coventry University, Tina Turner appeared at Gloucester Leisure Centre and The Alarm played The Mayfair in Newcastle upon Tyne.

in 1985 - Foreigner started a two-week run at No.1 on the US singles charts with 'I Want To Know What Love Is', also a UK No.1. London-born Mick Jones wrote the song and sang lead vocals with the British-American rock band.
in 1987 - Patrick "Spike" Hughes, British jazz bassist, composer, writer and bandleader, dies at 78.

in 1987 - Alfred Lion, German-American record company owner (Blue Note), dies at 78. Blue Note recorded some of the biggest name in jazz.

in 1989 - George Michael received undisclosed damages in excess of £100,000 ($170,000) from The Sun newspaper over articles printed that stated Michael had gatecrashed a party given by Andrew Lloyd Weber and was drunk and abusive.

in 1991 - KLF featuring The Children Of The Revolution were at No.1 on the UK single chart with '3am Eternal'. Also a No.5 hit in the US.
in 1991 - Sting scored his second UK No.1 album with 'The Soul Cages'.
in 1992 - Danielle White (US singer) is born
in 1994 - Zilner T Randolph, American jazz trumpeter, composer, bandleader, arranger and teacher, dies at 95.

in 1997 - Francisco de Assis França "Chico Science" Brazilian singer and composer, one of the founders of the Mangue Bit cultural movement in the city of Recife, dies at 30 in a car accident.

in 1997 - Placebo kicked of a 16-date UK tour at the Cambridge Junction.
in 1994 - Willie Mae Ford Smith, American gospel singer and teacher, dies at 89.
in 1994 - John Wesley Funchess Littlejohn, American blues singer/songwriter and guitarist, dies at 62.

in 1995 - Thomas Hayward Thomas Albert Tibbett dies at age 77. US operatic tenor born in Kansas City, Thomas made his debut with the New York City Opera in 1945, as Edmondo in Manon Lescaut, opposite Dorothy Kirsten in the title role. In 1945 and 1946, he was also seen there as Turiddu in Cavalleria rusticana and in The Gypsy Baron. Soon after Thomas made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera, as Tybalt in Roméo et Juliette. His more notable roles at the Met included the Italian Singer in Der Rosenkavalier, Alfred in Die Fledermaus, the name part in Faust, and the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto. His final opera at that theatre was Mario Cavaradossi in Tosca, in 1957. In 1959, he returned to the City Opera, for Die Fledermaus, conducted by Julius Rudel. Through the first half of the 1960s Thomas appeared with companies throughout the United States, and was often heard on the radio and seen on television. He re-located to Dallas, where he began a successful second career as a pedagogue at Southern Methodist University. Among his students were Fernando del Valle, Clifton Forbis, Timothy Jenkins and Gary Lakes.
Video Notes: Richard Tucker sings "Coraggio!... No, Pagliaccio non son" from I Pagliacci by Ruggiero Leoncavallo (1858-1919); Lucine Amara(Nedda); Giuseppe Valdengo (Tonio); Clifford Harvuot (Silvio); Thomas Hayward (Beppe); Chorus and Orchestra of theMetropolitan Opera; Fausto Cleva, conductor - New York, 04.&05.VI.1951
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpZo6f162Yc"]Richard Tucker "Coraggio!...No, Pagliaccio non son" I Pagliacci - YouTube[/ame]

in 1999 - David McComb dies at age 36. Australian rock musician born in Perth, he was the singer-songwriter of a prominent Australian post-punk band, The Triffids. He formed the band while still at high school in 1976, first called Dalsy, later known as Blök Music then evolved into The Triffids. Their best known songs are "Wide Open Road"-1986, and "Bury Me Deep in Love"-1987; while their 1986 album, Born Sandy Devotional was featured by SBS television in 2007 on the Great Australian Albums series. and in 2010 it ranked 5th in the book 'The 100 Best Australian Albums'. The Australian Recording Industry Association/ARIA recognised The Triffids' importance on 1 July 2008 when they were inducted into their Hall of Fame. In 1996, he underwent a successful heart transplant, but continued his drinking and drug use (In January 1999 David was driving a car which was involved in a collision. He was hospitalised overnight and released with bruising. A few days later he suddenly died at home, his death was due to heroin toxicity and mild acute rejection of his 1996 heart transplant)

in 2000 - Moby kicked off a 9-date UK tour at the Anson Rooms, Bristol.

in 2001 - Bad Manners singer Buster Bloodvessel was told he was 'too fat' to survive an urgently needed operation. Buster collapsed on stage during a show in Italy but Doctors felt that his huge 30 stone frame might not make it through surgery.

in 2002 - The Phonographic Performance Ltd launched performersmoney.com for artists to check if they were owed any of the £10 million ($17 million) in unclaimed money. It showed that Michael Jackson was owed over £100,000 ($170,000) for ‘Say, Say, Say’, Stevie Wonder had money owing for ‘Ebony And Ivory’ and Ray Davies of The Kinks was owed a six-figure fee for ‘You Really Got Me’. Director Dominic McGonigal said “If anyone has seen Rick Astley please let him know, he is still earning money for his hits.”

in 2003 - Russian girl duo Tatu started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'All The Things She Said'. The song had been a hit on the Russian charts three years earlier. Tatu were the first Russian act to score a UK No 1.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mGBaXPlri8"]t.A.T.u. - All The Things She Said - YouTube[/ame]

in 2002 - Paul Baloff dies at age 41. American singer most noted as frontman and founder member of the thrash metal band Exodus fromed in 1981. After leaving Exodus in 1986, he sang in several other such as Heathen, Hirax and Piranha. In 1997, when Exodus decided to reunite, Paul once again sang with the band (sadly Paul suffered a stroke which left him in a coma and he was taken off life support by doctors)

in 2003 - Lou Harrison dies at age 85. American composer born in Portland, Oregon, but moved with his family to a number of locations around the San Francisco Bay Area as a child. He is particularly noted for incorporating elements of the music of non-Western cultures into his work, with a number of pieces written for Javanese style gamelan instruments, including ensembles constructed and tuned by himself and his partner William Colvig. The majority of his works are written in just intonation rather than the more widespread equal temperament. Harrison is one of the most prominent composers to have worked with microtones (died in Lafayette, Indiana, from a heart attack while on his way to a festival of his music at The Ohio State University.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfZupQcLfGY"]YouTube - Lou Harrison - Concerto for Pipa with String Orchestra[/ame]

in 2003 - Jennifer Lopez started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'All I Have'.

in 2004 - TV network CBS apologised for its broadcast of the American Super Bowl after Janet Jackson was left exposed when Justin Timberlake ripped her top. The pair had been performing a raunchy half-time duet when one of Jackson’s breasts was exposed as Timberlake pulled at her top. CBS quickly cut away from the scene but was still flooded with calls from angry viewers about the half-time entertainment, produced by MTV. Timberlake insisted it had been an accident saying "I am sorry that anyone was offended by the wardrobe malfunction during the half-time performance of the Super Bowl."

2005, former Libertines frontman Pete Doherty was arrested on suspicion of theft and assault. He was held in custody at a north London police station after an alleged incident at a hotel in Clerkenwell, central London.

in 2007 - Billy Henderson, one of the founders of US soul group The Spinners, died aged 67 after complications from diabetes. Had the 1980 UK No.1 & US No.2 single 'Working My Way Back To You.' [IMG]file:///C:/DOCUME%7E1/Peter/LOCALS%7E1/Temp/msohtml1/03/clip_image002.gif[/IMG]2007, US keyboardist Joe Hunter, a veteran session musician as one of the Funk Brothers who helped craft the distinctive Motown sound, died in Detroit, Michigan, at the age of 79. Hunter performed with such legendary Motown acts as Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and Martha and the Vandellas.

in 2007 - Joe Hunter dies at age 79. African-American 3 time Grammy winning pianist, born in Jackson, Tennessee known for his recording session work as a pianist in Motown Records' in-house studio band, the Funk Brothers. He served as band director for the band from 1959 until 1964, when he left Motown (died at his Detroit apartment, cause of death is thought to be related to longtime diabetes)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxvFF1bQNu8"]YouTube - Ivory Joe hunter - Since I met you baby[/ame]

in 2007 - Billy Henderson dies at age 67. American singer and an original member and founder of The Spinners, a soul vocal group. The Spinners were formed in 1954 by five friends in High School while growing up in Royal Oak Township Mi. They had several hits, such as "I'll Be Around" in 1972 and "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love", "Then Came You" with Dionne Warwick and "The Rubberband Man". The Spinners were nominated for six Grammy Awards and they received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the second star for a musical group consisting of African-Americans (complications from diabetes)

in 2007 - Eric von Schmidt dies at age 75. American folk/blues singer-songwriter; he was associated with the folk/blues revival of the 1960s and a key part of the East Coast folk music scene that included Bob Dylan and Joan Baez. He was known mostly for his associations with Bob Dylan during the latter's early career. When Dylan travelled to Cambridge, where he met Joan Baez, he crashed with Eric, learned songs from him, and played his first game of croquet stoned. Dylan repaid the hospitality on his first album by crediting "Rick von Schmidt" in the spoken introduction to Baby Let Me Follow You Down, although, in fact, Eric's own version was adapted from Blind Boy Fuller's original. In 1997, he won a Grammy Award for his work on a compilation album entitled Anthology of American Folk Music, Vol. 1-3, and in 2000 he received a lifetime achievement award from the society of music publishers, ASCAP, and was serenaded with his and Tom Rush's What a Mighty Storm (Eric suffered a stroke in 2006, and sadly died seven months later)

in 2008 - The Spice Girls cut short their reunion world tour, blaming "family and personal commitments". The band said they would end their tour in Toronto on 26 February, with planned shows in Beijing, Sydney, Cape Town and Buenos Aires being axed. A spokesman for the group said: "Sadly, the tour needs to come to an end by the end of February due to family and personal commitments.”


in 2009 - Sunny Skylar Selig Shaftel dies at age 95. American composer, singer, lyricist, and music publisher; as a singer, he appeared with a number of big bands, including those led by Ben Bernie, Paul Whiteman, Abe Lyman, and Vincent Lopez. After the end of the big band era, he continued to sing in nightclubs and theaters until 1952. As a composer and lyricist, Sunny was the last of the great Tin Pan Alley authors, with over 300 songs to his credit, songs he wrote the lyrics and/or music to include 'Amor', 'Besame Mucho', 'And So to Sleep Again', 'Gotta Be This or That', 'Hair of Gold', 'Eyes of Blue', 'There's Fire', 'Love Me with All Your Heart', 'Where There's Smoke', and 'You're Breaking My Heart' just to mention a few

in 2010 - Nelli Shkolnikova dies at age 82. Ukrainian-born Australian violinist and teacher; born in the Ukrainian village of Zolotonosha, at the age of three, she moved with her family to Moscow, at five she entered the Moscow Conservatory, where she studied with Lillia Kossodo and Yuri Yankelevich. Nelli played her first concerto at age eight and won the 1953 Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud Competition in Paris when she was 25. She then embarked on an international performing career, as well as teaching. She appeared in concert in the then Soviet Union, Europe, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and USA and became a faculty member at the Gnessin Institute of Music in Moscow. Between 1970 to 1982, she was barred from leaving the Soviet Union. Nelli finally defected to the West in Berlin on 26 November 1982, before settling in Melbourne, Australia, where she continurd to play, record and taught at the Victorian College of the Arts (cancer)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-5LJloy8xM"]YouTube - NELLI SHKOLNIKOVA : Tchaikovsky Violin concerto in D[/ame]

n 2011 - Armando Chin Yong dies at age 53. Malaysian opera singer; he received much of his singing education in Rome, Italy and Vienna, Austria., After a performance of Puccini's one-act opera Gianni Schicchi in Teatro la nuova Fenice in Osimo, Italy in 1987, he was hailed by the newspaper Il Messaggero as Italy's most outstanding young tenor. From 1990 to 1992, he was engaged by the Dresden Staatsoper in Germany. Armando was invited to sing in the 1995 Taipei Charity Concert by Mirella Freni and Nicolai Ghiaurov and sang the encore Libiamo ne' lieti calici/Drinking Song from Verdi's opera La traviata with Mirella Freni. In 1996, he was the solo tenor in the Suntory-sponsored grand production of Beethoven's 9th Symphony with a choir of 10,000 voices performed in Osaka, Japan and was the Steersman in the 1997 production of Wagner's Der fliegender Hollaender/The Flying Dutchman in Taipei, Taiwan. He was also Rodolfo in Puccini's La Boheme in a 1997 Taipei production, a role he reprised in 1999. In January 2005, Armando sang in a Chinese-language opera Lei Yu staged in Singapore's Esplanade Concert Hall. He was also the Vice-President of the Yin Qi Christian Choir in Kuala Lumpur (heart attack after collapsing while jogging in Kuala Lumpur).

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in 1525 - Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (Italian Renaissance composer) may have been born on this date or yesterday [as posted], scholars are still debating the correct date as we go to press.
He was born probably in Palestrina, near Rome, 1525 or 1526; d. Rome, Feb. 2, 1594. We may never know.

In his letters he customarily signed his name as Giovanni Petraloysio. He is first listed as a choirboy at S. Maria Maggiore in 1537, and it is likely that he studied with each of the maestri of the period, Robin Mallapert, one Robert, and Firmin Lebel. In 1544 he was appointed organist of the cathedral of S. Agapit in Palestrina, where his duties also included teaching music to the canons and choirboys. On June 12, 1547, he married Lucrezia Gori, with whom he had 3 sons, Rodolfo (1549-72), Angelo (1551-75), and Iginio (1558-1610).

In 1550 the bishop of Palestrina, Cardinal Giovanni Maria Ciocchi del Monte, was elected pope, taking the name of Julius III. On Sept. 1,1551, he appointed Palestrina maestro of the Cappella Giulia in succession to Mallapert; Palestrina dedicated his first book of masses to him in 1554.

On Jan. 13,1555, the pope rewarded him by making him a member of the Cappella Sistina even though he was a married man; he was admitted without taking the entrance examination and without receiving the approval of the other singers. In Sept. 1555 Pope Paul IV dismissed Palestrina and 2 other singers after invoking the celibacy rule of the chapel, although he granted each of them a small pension.

On Oct. 1, 1555, Palestrina became maestro di cappella of the great church of St. John Lateran, where his son Rodolfo joined him as a chorister. Palestrina's tenure was made difficult by inadequate funds for the musical establishment, and he resigned his post in July 1560. From 1561 to 1566 he was maestro di cappella of S. Maria Maggiore. In 1562-63 the Council of Trent took up the matter of sacred music. Out of its discussions arose a movement to advance the cause of intelligibility of sacred texts when set to music. Palestrina's role with this Council remains a matter of dispute among historians, but his Missa Pape Marcelli is an outstanding example of a number of its reforms.

From 1564 he was also in charge of the music at the summer estate of Cardinal Ippolito II d'Este in Tivoli, near Rome. He apparently took up a full-time position in the Cardinal's service from 1567 to 1571. From 1566 to 1571 he likewise taught at the Seminario Romano, where his sons Rodolfo and Angelo were students. In 1568 the court of Emperor Maximilian II offered him the position of imperial choirmaster in Vienna, but Palestrina demanded so high a salary that the offer was tacitly withdrawn.

In April 1571, upon the death of Giovanni Animuccia, he resumed his post as maestro of the Cappella Giulia. In 1575 his salary was increased to forestall his move to S. Maria Maggiore. In 1577, at the request of Pope Gregory XIII, Palestrina and Annibale Zoilo began the revision of the plainsongs of the Roman Gradual and Antiphoner. Palestrina never completed his work on this project; the revision was eventually completed by others and publ. as Editio Medicaea in 1614. In 1580, having lost his eldest sons and his wife to the plague, he made a decision to enter the priesthood; he soon changed his mind, however, and instead married Virginia Dormoli, the widow of a wealthy furrier, on Feb. 28, 1581.

In succeeding years he devoted much time to managing her fortune while continuing his work as a musician. In 1583 he was tendered an offer to become maestro at the court of the Duke of Mantua, but again his terms were rejected as too high. In 1584 he publ. his settings of the Song of Solomon. In 1593 he began plans to return to Palestrina as choirmaster of the cathedral, but he was overtaken by death early the next year. He was buried in the Cappella Nuova of old St. Peter's Church. With his great contemporaries Byrd and Lassus, Palestrina stands as one of the foremost composers of his age. He mastered the polyphonic style of the Franco- Flemish school, creating works of unsurpassing beauty and technical adroitness. His sacred music remains his most glorious achievement.

Highly prolific, he composed 104 masses, over 375 motets, 68 offertories, over 65 hymns, 35 Magnificats, over 140 madrigals (both sacred and secular), Lamentations, litanies, and Psalms. The first complete edition of his works, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: Werke, was ed. by F.X. Haberl et al. (33 vols., Leipzig, 1862-1903). A new complete edition, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: Le opere, ed. by R. Casimiri and his successors, began publication in Rome in 1939.

in 1648 - Louis Bouteiller, French composer and master of music for the Cathedral of Le Mans, is born.
in 1715 - Gottfried Vopelius, German composer, dies at 70.

in 1736 - Johann Georg Albrechtsberger, Austrian organist, composer, Kapellmeister, music theorist and teacher, is born. Beethoven was among his pupils.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJjsvzOBtWc"]YouTube - Johann Georg Albrechtsberger (1736-1809) - Concertino for flute, guitar and orch. in D minor (1/2)[/ame]

in 1740 - Guillaume Lasceux, French organist virtuoso and composer, is born.
in 1748 - Henri Madin, French composer and music theorist, dies at 49.
in 1755 - Florido Tomeoni, Italian composer and singing teacher, is born.

in 1784 - General John Fane, 11th Earl of Westmorland, English violinist, composer, soldier and diplomat, is born. I found him listed as being born on the 2nd of February as well, but since I missed him yesterday...

in 1809 - Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, German composer, pianist, organist, conductor and teacher, is born. Mendelssohn is one of the most popular of the Romantic composers, after a period of relative obscurity during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The grandson of the philosopher Moses Mendelssohn, Felix Mendelssohn was born into a prominent Jewish family, although initially he was raised without religion and was later baptised as a Lutheran Christian. Mendelssohn was recognised early as a musical prodigy, but his parents were cautious and did not seek to capitalise on his talent.

Early success in Germany, where he also revived interest in the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, was followed by travel throughout Europe. Mendelssohn was particularly well-received in Britain as a composer, conductor and soloist, and his ten visits there – during which many of his major works were premiered – form an important part of his adult career. His essentially conservative musical tastes, however, set him apart from many of his more adventurous musical contemporaries such as Franz Liszt, Richard Wagner and Hector Berlioz. The Leipzig Conservatoire (now the University of Music and Theatre Leipzig), which he founded, became a bastion of this anti-radical outlook.

Mendelssohn's work includes symphonies, concerti, oratorios, piano music and chamber music. His most-performed works include his Overture and incidental music for A Midsummer Night's Dream, the Italian Symphony, the Scottish Symphony, the Hebrides Overture, his Violin Concerto, and his String Octet. After a long period of relative denigration due to changing musical tastes and anti-Semitism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, his creative originality has now been recognised and re-evaluated. He is now among the most popular composers of the Romantic era.
At age 16 Mendelssohn wrote his String Octet in E-flat major, the first work which showed the full power of his genius. This Octet and his Overture to Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, which he wrote a year later in 1826, are the best-known of his early works. (He later also wrote incidental music for the play, including the famous Wedding March, in 1842). The Overture is perhaps the earliest example of a concert overture – that is, a piece not written deliberately to accompany a staged performance, but to evoke a literary theme in performance on a concert platform; this was a genre which became a popular form in musical Romanticism.

In 1824 Mendelssohn studied under the composer and piano virtuoso Ignaz Moscheles, who however confessed in his diaries that he had little to teach him. Moscheles became a close colleague and lifelong friend. 1827 saw the premiere – and sole performance in his lifetime – of Mendelssohn's opera, Die Hochzeit des Camacho. The failure of this production left him disinclined to venture into the genre again.

Besides music, Mendelssohn's education included art, literature, languages, and philosophy. He had a particular interest in classical literature and translated Terence's Andria for his tutor Heyse in 1825; Heyse was impressed and had it published in 1826 as a work of "his pupil, F****" [i.e. "Felix" (asterisks as provided in original text)]. This translation also qualified Mendelssohn to study at the Humboldt University of Berlin, where from 1826 to 1829 he attended lectures on aesthetics by Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, on history by Eduard Gans and on geography by Carl Ritter.
Mendelssohn suffered from poor health in the final years of his life, probably aggravated by nervous problems and overwork. The death of his sister Fanny on 14 May 1847 caused him great distress. Less than six months later, on 4 November, Mendelssohn himself died in Leipzig after a series of strokes. He was 38. His grandfather Moses, his sister Fanny and both his parents had died from similar apoplexies. The details of the moment of his death are quite poetic. As he lay unconscious in bed surrounded by friends and doctors, a marching band passed by outside his home. A servant absentmindedly threw open the front door and the brass music flooded into his bedchamber. Mendelssohn sat bolt upright in bed with his hands ready to conduct, and then collapsed back on his pillow and was dead. His funeral was held at the Paulinerkirche, Leipzig, and he was buried in the Trinity Church Cemetery No. 1 in Berlin-Kreuzberg. The pallbearers included Moscheles, Schumann and Niels Gade. Mendelssohn had once described death, in a letter to a stranger, as a place "where it is to be hoped there is still music, but no more sorrow or partings".
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0aZt5vgFHE"]Mendelssohn Violin Concerto 1-1, Henryk Szeryng - YouTube[/ame]

in 1814 - Johann Antonin Kozeluch, Czech composer, Kapellmeister, and teacher, dies at 75.
in 1817 - Emile Racine Gauthier Prudent, French pianist, composer and teacher, is born.

in 1842 - Sidney Clopton Lanier, American flautist, organist, composer, writer and teacher is born. Lanier served with the South during the American Civil War, and was captured and spent the rest of the war in a prison camp. It's thought that that is where he contracted tuberculosis, which ended his life early at 39.

in 1844 - Hector Berlioz' Carnaval Romain premieres in Paris.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTDbkp4HHs8"]YouTube - Hector Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique part 1[/ame]

in 1846 - Joseph Weigl, Austrian composer, conductor and Kapellmeister, dies at 79.
in 1868 - Damaso Ledesma, Spanish composer, musicologist and collector of folk songs, is born.
in 1882 - Guglielmo Quarenghi, Italian cellist, composer, teacher and musicologist, dies at 55.
in 1886 - Erwin Kroll, German composer, music historian and teacher, is born.
in 1887 - Carlo Jachino, Italian composer, musicologist and teacher, is born.
in 1895 - Nick Kenny, American lyricist and writer, is born.

in 1900 - Mabel Mercer, Englsh cabaret and jazz singer, is born. Sinatra said that he learned some of his phrasing and story telling from her.

in 1900 - Ottokar Eugen Novacek, Czech-Hungarian violinist, violist and composer, dies at 33.
in 1903 - Ivy Priaulx Rainier, South African-English composer, violinist and teacher, is born.
in 1903 - Frederick E Kitziger, German composer, dies at 59.
in 1904 - Luigi Dallapiccola, Italian pianist, composer and teacher, is born.
in 1906 - Ludvig Nielsen, Norwegian organist, composer and choirmaster, is born.
in 1909 - Johann Georg Herzog, German organist, composer and teacher, is dies at 86.
in 1910 - Blas Galindo Dimas, Mexican composer, teacher, conductor and musicologist, is born.

in 1910 - Jesse "Babyface" Thomas, American blues guitarist, and singer/songwriter, is born. The exact year of his birth is not known, being anywhere from 1908 to 1911, but this is the one most often mentioned.

in 1911 - Jehan Alain, French organist and composer, is born. Alain was killed in action in 1940, fighting against the Germans.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbi-sWPGhoc"]YouTube - Jehan Alain - Litanies[/ame]

in 1912 - Mary Carlisle (US actress, singer) is born
in 1915 - Richard Bales, American composer and conductor, Music Director of the National Gallery of Art, is born.
in 1915 - Bill Miller (US pianist, conductor, producter; 46 yrs with Frank Sinatra) is born.
in 1921 - Max Wilhelm Zach, Ukrainian-American violist, composer and conductor, dies at 56.
in 1923 - Alys Robi (French Canadian singer) is born

in 1928 - Frankie Vaughan, UK singer is born. During the 50's he scored twenty UK Top 30 singles including, UK No.2 'Green Door'. Made an OBE in 1965.

in 1928,- Val Doonican, Irish singer, is born. (1964 UK No. 4 single 'Walk Tall', and 1967 UK No.1 album 'Val Doonican Rocks, But Gently'.

in 1929 - Russell Arms, American country and pop singer and actor (Your Hit Parade), is born.
in 1930 - Abdullah Totong Mahmud (Indonesian composer, TV host) is born.
in 1933 - John Richard Handy III (American jazz alto saxophonist) is born.

in 1935 - Johnny "Guitar" Watson, American blues, funk and rock guitarist and singer/songwriter, is born. Watson received the Pioneer Award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation. He died onstage in Japan, his last words: "Ain't that a bitch."

in 1937 - Bobby Durham (American jazz drummer; many of the greats) is born.
in 1939 - Johnny Bristol (US singer/songwriter) is born.

in 1940, - Angelo D'Aleo, vocals, Dion And The Belmonts, is born. (1961 US No.1 & UK No.11 single 'Runaround Sue').

in 1941 - Chuck Tharp, American rock singer/songwriter and guitarist (The Fireballs), is born. Tharp served four tours in Viet Nam, then returned to rejoin The Fireballs.

in 1943 - Dennis Edwards, American R&B, soul, funk and disco singer and pianist (The Temptations), is born.
in 1943 - Shawn Phillips, American folk-rock singer/songwriter and guitarist, is born.
in 1943 - Barry Beckett (US record producer, session musician, keyboardist) is born.
in 1943 - Neil Bogart/Neil E. Bogatz (US record executive; Cameo-Parkways/Buddah Records) is born.
in 1943 - Eric Haydock (UK bassist, The Hollies/own band) is born.
in 1945 - Willeke Alberti, Dutch pop singer and actress, is born.

in 1943 - Eric Haydock, bass, The Hollies, over 25 Top 40 singles since 1963, is born. (1972 US No.2 single 'Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress', 1988 UK No.1 single 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother', first released in 1969.

in 1944 - Trisha Noble (Australian singer, actress) is born.
in 1945 - John Hendry Blair "Johnny Cymbal," Scottish-American pop singer/songwriter and producer, is born.

in 1945 - Jose Rolon, Mexican composer and teacher, Director of the National Conservatory of Music in Mexico City, dies at 61.

in 1946 - Stan Webb, English blues singer/songwriter and guitarist (Chicken Shack), is born.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLSmZmElDhU"]YouTube - Stan Webb's Chickenshack - Poor Boy (live 11.9.09)[/ame]

in 1947 - Dave Davies, guitarist, The Kinks, is born. (1964 UK No.1 & US No.7 'You Really Got Me', 1967 UK No.2 single 'Waterloo Sunset' plus 19 other UK Top 40 singles). 1947, Born on this day, Melanie Safka, US singer, songwriter, (1971 US No.1 & 1972 UK No.4 single 'Brand New Key').

in 1947 - Koos Alberts, Dutch pop singer/songwriter, is born. Actually, both he and Willeke Alberti are singers of levenslied, which is a sentimental, even tear-jerking pop song. Alberts is a paraplegic since a car accident in 1987, but made a comeback and is now an activist and fundraiser for research in the field.

in 1947 - Melanie Anne Safka-Schekeryk "Melanie," American folk, pop and country singer/songwriter and guitarist, is born.

in 1947 - Dave Davies, English rock guitarist, singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer (The Kinks), is born.

in 1947 - Anna Bahr-von Mildenburg, Austrian soprano and teacher, dies at 74.
in 1949 - Arthur “Killer” Kane, American rock bassist (New York Dolls), is born.
in 1949 - Ferdinand van Eis "Oscar Benton," Dutch blues singer/songwriter, guitarist and bandleader, is born.
in 1949 - Terry Black (Canadian pop singer) is born
in 1949 - Linda Hargrove (US country singer-songwriter, multi-musician) is born
in 1951 - "Victor Borge Show" debuts on NBC TV.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ei9VVDNxCc8&feature=related"]YouTube - Victor Borge - Performance at the White House[/ame]

in 1954 - Scot Halpin (US drummer; temporary drummer for The Who) is born
in 1956 - Lee Ranaldo, American rock singer/songwriter, guitarist, producer, writer and artist (Sonic Youth), is born.
in 1957 - Tony Butler, bass, Big Country, (1983 UK No.10 single 'Fields Of Fire' plus 14 other UK Top 40 singles).
in 1957 - Steven Stapleton (UK singer; Nurse With Wound) is born
in 1958 - Lee Crystal, American rock drummer (Joan Jett and The Blackhearts), is born.
in 1958 - Johannes Fransiscus Buziau, Dutch cabaret singer and comedian, dies at 81.

in 1959 - Buddy Holly/Charles Hardin Holley dies at age 22. American singer, guitarist, songwriter; born in Lubbock, Texas, into a musical family, he learned to play piano, guitar and fiddle as a young boy. During the fall of 1949 he met Bob Montgomery at Hutchinson Junior High School, they teamed up as "Buddy and Bob". Initially influenced by bluegrass music, they sang harmony duets at local clubs and high school talent shows. Buddy turned to rock music after seeing Elvis Presley sing live in Lubbock in early 1955. Later that year, Buddy opened on the same bill with Presley (Along with The Big Bopper, Ritchie Valens, he died in a plane crash shortly after take-off from Clear Lake, Iowa. The plane a single-engined Beechcraft Bonanza was hired after his tour bus developed heating problems while travelling to Fargo, North Dakota, for the next show on their Winter Dance Party Tour which Holly had set - covering 24 cities in three weeks, to make money after the break-up of his band, The Crickets, and waiting for money due him from ex-manager Norman Petty)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3WDCHF1vDE&feature=related"]YouTube - Buddy Holly - That'll Be the Day[/ame]

in 1959 - The Big Bopper/Jiles Perry dies at age 28. American disc jockey, singer, and songwriter whose big voice and exuberant personality made him an early rock and roll star. Born in Sabine Pass, Texas, he worked part time at Beaumont, Texas radio station KTRM now KZZB. He was hired by the station full-time in '49, so he quit college. Big Bopper, who played guitar, began his musical career as a song writer, George Jones later recorded his "White Lightning", in 1959 and he also wrote "Running Bear" for his friend Johnny Preston, Big Bopper also sang background on "Running Bear", but the recording wasn't released until September 1959, after his death. Within several months it became No.1. He is maybe best known for his solo recording and self penned "Chantilly Lace" (As above... he died in a plane crash while on tour with Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4b-by5e4saI"]YouTube - Big Bopper - Chantilly Lace[/ame]

in 1959 - Ritchie Valens/Ricardo Esteban Valenzuela Reyes dies at age 17. American singer, songwriter and guitarist, born in Pacoima, California. Of Mexican decent he was brought up hearing traditional Mexican mariachi music, as well as flamenco guitar, R&B and jump blues, he expressed an interest in making music of his own by the age of 5. Ritchiebecame a rock and roll pioneer and a forefather of the Chicano rock movement. Sadly his recording career lasted only eight months, but during this time, he scored several hits, most notably his 1958 "La Bamba", which was originally a Mexican folk song that he transformed with a rock rhythm and beat, making him a pioneer of the Spanish-speaking rock and roll movement. He influenced the likes of Los Lobos, Los Lonely Boys and Carlos Santana among countless others at a time when there were very few Latinos in American rock and pop music. He is considered the first Latino to ever successfully cross over into Rock mainstream (As above... he died in a plane crash while on tour with Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74C_gVCT2wU&feature=related"]YouTube - La Bamba - Ritchie Valens [cc][/ame]

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in 1959 - Yasuharu Konishi (Japanese musician,composer, DJ; Pizzicato Five) is born.

in 1959 - Laurence Andrew "Lol" Tolhurst, rock drummer and keyboardist (The Cure, Presence, Levinhurst), is born.

in 1960 - Anthony Newley was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Why', the singers first of two UK No.1 hits.

in 1960 - Ferdinando "Fred" Buscaglione dies at age 39. Italian singer and actor who became very popular in the late 1950s. When he was 11, his parents enrolled him at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Turin. During his teen years, he performed at night clubs in Turin singing jazz and playing double bass and violin.After the war, he resumed working as a musician for various bands. He then formed his own group, the Asternovas. He was gradually creating his public character, inspired by Clark Gable and Mickey Spillane's gangsters. He and his friend Leo Chiosso, wrote the hits that brought nation-wide fame to Fred: Che bambola /Whatta babe!, Teresa non sparare /Theresa, don't shoot!, Eri piccola così /You were this, this little, Guarda che luna /Look, What A beautiful Moon, Love in Portofino, Porfirio Villarosa, Whisky facile/Easy Whiskey. After perfectioning his routine in night clubs and theatres he started recording his songs in 1955; the first single 'Che bambola' and 'Giacomino' sold 1,000,000 copies. By the end of 1950s, Fred was one of Italy's most wanted entertainers. He appeared on advertising campaigns, television and in movies (car crash)

in 1961 - Linda Eder (American singer) is born
in 1965 - Nick Hawkins, English rock guitarist, composer and producer (Big Audio Dynamite II), is born.
in 1966 - Beach Boy Carl Wilson married his girlfriend Annie Hinsche in LA.
in 1966 - during a UK tour Stevie Wonder played at the Scotch Of St James night-club in London.

in 1967 - Otis Redding, The Marvelettes, Aaron Neville, James and Bobby Purify and The Drifters all appeared at The Civic Coliseum, Knoxville, Tennessee. Tickets cost $2.50–3.50 (£1.47–2.06).

in 1967 - producer Joe Meek shot his landlady Violet Shenton and then shot himself at his flat in London, Meek produced The Tornadoes 'Telstar' the first No.1 in the US by a British group.

in 1967 - "Purple Haze" is recorded by Jimi Hendrix.

in 1967 - Joe Meek dies at age 37. English record producer born in Newent, Gloucestershire; a pioneering record producer and songwriter acknowledged as one of the world's first and most imaginative independent producers. He also became infamous for his eccentric behaviour and experimentation with instruments. His most famous work was The Tornados' hit "Telstar" in 1962, which became the first record by a British group to hit No.1 in the US Hot 100. It also spent five weeks at the top the UK singles chart, with Joe receiving an Ivor Novello Award for this production as the "Best-Selling A-Side" of 1962. His other notable hit productions include "Don't You Rock Me Daddy-O" and "Cumberland Gap" by Lonnie Donegan, "Johnny Remember Me" by John Leyton, "Just Like Eddie" by Heinz, "Angela Jones" by Michael Cox, "Have I the Right?" by The Honeycombs, and "Tribute to Buddy Holly" by Mike Berry. Joe's concept album I Hear a New World is regarded as a watershed in modern music for its innovative use of electronic sounds. He was also producing music for films, most notably Live It Up! (US title Sing and Swing), a 1963 pop music film starring Heinz Burt, David Hemmings and Steve Marriott, also featuring Gene Vincent, Jenny Moss, The Outlaws, Kim Roberts, Kenny Ball, Patsy Ann Noble and others. Joe wrote most of the songs and incidental music, much of which was recorded by The Saints and produced by himself. "Have I the Right?" would be Joe's last big hit. Joe had gained a reputation as being difficult to work with, he was very controlling and would often become angry and violent if musicians didn't do as he told them to. Joe's fascination with the unknown took a darker turn when he would experiment with the occult. He would engage in séances and leave recording equipment in graveyards to try and contact his hero Buddy Holly (he shot his landlady Violet Shenton and then shot himself at his flat in London)

in 1968 - One hit wonders The Lemon Pipers went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Green Tambourine' the song was a No.7 hit in the UK.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BjQKMxJNEc"]YouTube - The lemon Pipers Green Tambourine ; Sony Music Entertainment Audio[/ame]

in 1968 - The Beatles started work on their new single ‘Lady Madonna’ at Abbey Road studios in London. Recording three piano and drum takes with overdub bass, fuzz guitars, drums, and vocals.

in 1970 - Richie Kotzen, Mr. Big, is born. (1992 US No.1 & UK No.3 single 'To Be With You'). Also worked with Poison. 1990, Born on this day, Sean Kingston, (Ka'Shon Anderson), Jamaican-American reggae, rap and pop musician. (2007 US and UK No.1 single ‘Beautiful Girls’).

in 1972 - Jesper Kyd (Danish film and video game music composer) is born
in 1973 - Edward Lockspeiser, British composer, conductor and musicologist, dies at 67.

in 1973 - Elton John started a three-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Crocodile Rock'. Elton's first of five US No.1 singles.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrLkTZrPZA4"]Elton John - Sacrifice - YouTube[/ame]

in 1973 - Andy Razaf/Andriamanantena Paul Razafinkarefo dies at age 77. African American composer, poet, and lyricist born in Washington, D.C.. Some of his 800 songs include "Baltimo"', composed at the age of 17, was sung by members of The Passing Show of 1913 at Winter Garden, New York."Ain't Misbehavin'", "Black and Blue", "Garvey! Hats Off to Garvey", "Honeysuckle Rose", "In the Mood", "The Joint Is Jumpin"', "Keepin' Out of Mischief Now", "Louisiana", "Stompin' at the Savoy", "That's what I like about the South", and "U.N.I.A.". Some of the many artists who recorded Razaf's songs include: Jerry Lee Lewis, Glenn Miller, Moon Mullican, Fats Waller and Fats Domino. At seventy-six years of age, Andy Razaf, the most prolific black lyricist of twentieth century popular music, was finally recognized by his Tin Pan Alley peers in the songwriters Hall of Fame (sadly heart problems)

in 1975 - Robert Evett, American composer, writer, critic and editor, dies at 52.

in 1975 - Umm Kulthum dies at age 70. Egyptian singer, born in Tamay ez-Zahayra village in the Nile Delta, she is known as the Star of the East. More than 3 decades after her death, she is still recognized as one of Egypt's most famous and distinguished singers of the 20th century. Bob Dylan, Maria Callas, Jean-Paul Sartre, Marie Laforêt, Salvador Dalí, Nico, Bono, Farin Urlaub, and Led Zeppelin are known to be admirers of her music. One of her best known songs, “Enta Omri,” has been the basis of many reinterpretations, including one 2005 collaborative project involving Israeli and Egyptian artists. (Her funeral was attended by over 4 million mourners, one of the largest gatherings in history and descended into pandemonium when the crowd seized control of her coffin and carried it to a mosque that they considered her favorite, before later releasing it for burial)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPGHpBOt5sE"]YouTube - Umm Kulthum ( ?? ????? ) live; "Enta Omri" (English subtitles)" target="_blank">YouTube - Umm Kulthum ( ?? ????? ) live; "Enta Omri" (English subtitles)[/ame]

in 1977 - Daddy Yankee/Ramón Luis Ayala Rodríguez (Puerto Rican reggaeton singer, rapper) is born
in 1978 - Eliza Schneider (US actress, singer) is born.

in 1978 -On the 19th anniversary of Buddy Holly's death, Holly's Lubbock, TX birth home is miraculously saved from demolition by its new owner, who had, a few days prior, bought the house scheduled to be demolished on this very day. Neither the city nor the new resident had any idea of the home's significance.

in 1979 - Blondie had their first of five UK No.1 singles, with 'Heart Of Glass', taken from the band's third studio album, Parallel Lines. 'Heart of Glass' was originally recorded in 1975 under the name 'Once I Had a Love.'
in 1979 - The Blues Brothers went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Briefcase Full Of Blues'.
in 1969 - Matt Johnson (UK keyboardist; Jamiroquai) is born
in 1969 - John Spence (R&B singer; No Doubt) is born
in 1980 - Kim E-Z/Kim Eiji (US Korean singer; Baby V.O.X.) is born
in 1981 - Alisa Reyes (US actress, singer) is born
in 1982 - Jessica Harp (US singer; The Wreckers) is born
in 1985 - Everything But The Girl and The Woodentops appeared at the Studio, Bristol, England.
in 1988 - Kyuhyun/Cho Kyu-hyun (Korean singer; Super Junior) is born

in 1989 - Lionel Newman dies at age 73. American conductor, pianist, and film and television composer; he started formal training in New York, beforemoving to Hollywood, where at the age of 16, he began conducting for impresario Earl Carroll. He continued his studies in LA with Joseph Achron and Mario Castelnuevo-Tedesco. In the 1930s, Lionel conducted national tours and worked as the piano accompanist for Mae West. After serving an apprenticeship conducting and orchestrating live shows, Newman joined 20th Century Fox as a rehearsal pianist under the guidance of his brother, Alfred Newman, and by 1959, he had been promoted to Musical Director for Television there. This opened the doors to feature films. He was soon made vice president in charge of music for both television and features. This soon resulted in a promotion to senior vice president of all music for Twentieth Century Fox Films. He wrote several classic TV themes for Fox, including The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, Adventures in Paradise, and Daniel Boone. He joined 20th Century Fox as a rehearsal pianist under the guidance of his brother, Alfred Newman, and by 1959, he had been promoted to Musical Director for Television there. This opened the doors to feature films. He was soon made vice president in charge of music for television and features. This resulted in a promotion to senior vice president of all music for Twentieth Century Fox Films. He wrote several TV themes for Fox, including The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, Adventures in Paradise, and Daniel Boone. Lionel received 11 Academy Award nominations, and won an Oscar for Hello Dolly! in 1969. He conducted the scores for Cleopatra, The Sand Pebbles, The Agony and the Ecstasy, The Long Hot Summer, The Young Lions, Alien, and The Omen. He was the musical supervisor for Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Monsignor, and The Fury. Also as a songwriter, he received a certificate of merit from Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) for over one million network performances of his 1948 hit, "Again", a pop standard that lived on long after its introduction in the film Road House (cardiac arrest)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wN73caBNP1I"]YouTube - Lionel Newman & His Orchestra w/ Jud Conlon's Rhythmaires - Dobie" target="_blank">YouTube - Lionel Newman & His Orchestra w/ Jud Conlon's Rhythmaires - Dobie[/ame]

in 1990 - during a European tour Bob Dylan started a six-night residency at London's Hammersmith Odeon.
in 1990 - Sean Kingston/Kisean Anderson (US Reggae, hip-hop artist) is born.

in 1990 - for the first time ever, the UK Top 3 singles featured non-British and non-American acts. Ireland's Sinead O'Connor, Australia's Kylie Minogue and Belgium's Technotronic. Sinead O'Connor had her first No.1 single with Nothing Compares To U', a song written by Prince.

in 1990 - Kisean Jamal Anderson "Sean Kingston," Jamaican-American reggae fusiion singer/songwriter, is born.

in 1990 - Felice Chiusano dies at age 67. Italian singer, self-taught guitarist and one of the singers of Quartetto Cetra, a popular Italian vocal quartet. Born in Fondi, southern Lazio, his native village before his twentieth birthday and moved to Rome. After work, he performed in local clubs as singer and guitarist. He successfully auditioned for EIAR, the Italian national radio broadcasting company, and worked as a singer for the various radio orchestras. In 1941 he replaced Enrico Gentile in the line-up of Quartetto Ritmo, a vocal quartet that immediately renamed to Quartetto Cetra. Felice was widely recognized as the "bald head" of Quartetto Cetra, famous for his humour and funny jokes. During 70s and 80s, as Quartetto Cetra gradually scaled back their public appearances, he also worked in the organization of shows and cultural events.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2C7S7dQZloo&feature=related"]YouTube - "Il Gallo è Morto" Nanni Svampa, Lino Patruno" target="_blank">YouTube - "Il Gallo è Morto" Nanni Svampa, Lino Patruno[/ame]

in 1992 - on their first Europe tour Pearl Jam played at The Esplanade Club in Southend, England to 300 people, the bands first ever UK show. The tour also took Pearl Jam to Norway, Sweden, Holland, France, Spain and Italy.

in 1992 - Junior Cook/Herman Cook dies at age 57. American tenor saxophonist, born in Pensacola, Florida. After playing with Dizzy Gillespie in '58, he gained some fame for his longtime membership in the Horace Silver Quintet '58-'64; when he played in Blue Mitchell's quintet 1964-'69. Later associations included Freddie Hubbard, Elvin Jones, George Coleman, Louis Hayes, Bill Hardman, and the McCoy Tyner big band. In addition to many appearances as a sideman, Junior recorded as a leader for Jazzland in 1961, Catalyst in 1977, Muse, and SteepleChase. He also taught at Berklee School of Music for a year during the 1970s and in the early 1990s Junior was playing with Clifford Jordan as well as leading his own group. (died in his apartment in New York City)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5glq-QFUYrk"]YouTube - Junior Cook Spain 1987 with Bill Hardman + others" target="_blank">YouTube - Junior Cook Spain 1987 with Bill Hardman + others[/ame]

in 1993 - Radiohead appeared at The Wheatsheaf, Stoke On Trent, England, tickets cost £3.50 ($5.95).
in 1993 - Karel Goeyvaerts, Belgian composer and teacher, friend of Stockhausen, dies at 69.
in 1993 - Mishon(US R&B singer) is born
in 1995 - Turner Foddrell, American blues singer/songwriter and guitarist, dies at 66.

in 1996 - Queen Latifah was stopped by police for speeding who found a concealed weapon and marijuana, the singer was given two years probation.

in 1996 - The Ramones claimed to have played their last gig in the UK, at The Brixton Academy, after 22 years together.

in 1996 - "Wild" Jimmy Spruill, American blues singer/songwriter, guitarist and bandleader, dies at 61. Spruill was also a session guitarist on many recordings from the 50's and 60's.

in 1998 - Fat Pat/Patrick Lamont Hawkins dies at age 27. American rapper from Houston, Texas and an original member of DJ Screw's Screwed Up Click. He was most prolific in the mid-1990s alongside his late brother Big Hawk and longtime friend Lil' Keke. Fat Pat was signed to Wreckshop Records and had hits with the singles "Wanna Be a Baller" and "Tops Drop" (Tragically Fat Pat was shot dead after collecting an appearance fee from a promoter's apartment)

in 1999 - Gwen Guthrie dies at age 48. American singer-songwriter born in Okemah, Oklahoma and raised in Newark, New Jersey. She became backing vocalist for Aretha Franklin, Billy Joel, Madonna among others. Gwen also wrote songs made famous by Ben E. King - "Supernatural Thing", and "This Time I'll Be Sweeter", and Roberta Flack's "God Don't Like Ugly". She co-wrote seven tracks on the Sister Sledge's 1975 album Circle of Love: "Cross My Heart", "Protect Our Love", "Love Don't You Go Through No Changes on Me", "Don't You Miss Him Now", "Pain Reliever", "You're Much Better Off Loving Me", and "Fireman" (cancer)

in 1999 - Tony Hadley singer with Spandau Ballet told a High Court in London of his "desperate" financial situation after his solo career failed. Hadley and band members Steve Norman and drummer John Keeble, were suing Spandau Ballet songwriter Gary Kemp for hundreds of thousands of pounds of allegedly unpaid publishing royalties. Hadley earned £120,000 a year during the band's heyday in the early 1980s, but the court heard that when he fell on hard times he was forced him to sell his home to pay off a £50,000 overdraft in 1993.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpXFR5ANyXY&feature=related"]YouTube - Tony Hadley Always on my mind" target="_blank">YouTube - Tony Hadley Always on my mind[/ame]

in 2001 - the commercial television regulator warned Granada TV about over- promoting its manufactured band from the show Pop Stars. It claimed Granada TV would make money from T- shirts, videos and calendars and was 'treading a fine line.'

in 2002 - The Chemical Brothers scored their third UK No.1 album with ‘Come With Us.’

in 2002 - James Blackwood dies at age 82. American gospel singer, born in Choctaw County, Mississippi; in 1926, he and his brother Doyle developed an interest in gospel music, singing at church gatherings, camp meetings, schools and any place they saw the opportunity, and sang on WTJS in Jackson, Tennessee. He formed The Blackwood Brothers, a singing group, with his nephew R. W. and his brothers Roy and Doyle. They first broadcast was on radio station WHEF, AM 1500, in Kosciusko, Mississippi in 1934. The quartet soon began broadcasting on the larger WJDX in Jackson, later moving to Shreveport, Louisiana in 1939, and Shenandoah, Iowa in 1940. After WWII the quartet moved to Memphis and radio station WMPS in 1950. On June 12th 1954, they won first place on the CBS radio and TV program Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts Show. James, Cecil Blackwood and J. D. Sumner founded the National Quartet Convention in 1957, originally a 3-day event held at Ellis Auditorium in Memphis, Tennessee. As well as many group awards, James was honored with the GMA Dove Award Top Male Vocalist for 7 consecutive years (stroke)

in 2003 - the exclusive documentary 'Living With Michael Jackson' was shown on UK television. Reporter Martin Bashir had spent eight months with the star, the show's editor said, 'viewers will not believe what they're seeing.'

in 2004 - Sean “P. Diddy” Combs settled a $3 million (£1.76 million) court case filed by his former driver after an incident in 1999. Wardell Fenderson had driven Mr Combs and his then-girlfriend Jennifer Lopez away from a New York nightclub where three people had been wounded in a shooting. Mr Fenderson said he was traumatized by having guns in the car and being ordered to ignore police orders to stop, for which he was arrested.

in 2004 - R. Kelly appeared in Court and entered of plea of not guilty to 21 charges of child pornography. Kelly, who was free on bond, did not talk during the brief hearing. Outside the Cook County Criminal Courthouse fans voiced their support for the singer, proclaiming his innocence with placards and T-shirts. Kelly had been arrested in Florida after he was indicted by a grand jury in Chicago on 21 counts of child pornography, stemming from a videotape that allegedly shows the star performing sexual acts with a 14-year-old girl.

in 2004 - Irish singer, songwriter Damien Rice appeared at Vicar Street, Dublin.

in 2006 - former Dynasty star Heather Locklear filed for divorce from Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora after 11 years of marriage. Locklear, who was previously married to Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, and Sambora were married in 1994 and have an eight-year-old daughter called Ava.

in 2007 - Daughtry were at No.1 on the US album chart with their self-titled debut. Lead singer Chris Daughtry was the fourth-place finalist on the fifth season of American Idol. The album sold over a 1m copies after just five weeks of release, becoming the fastest selling debut rock album of all time.
in 2008 - UK singer Adel went to No.1 on the UK album chart with her debut album ‘19’ .

in 2009 - Joven Deala dies at age 21. Philippino musician and the half-brother of Black Eyed Peas star Allan Pineda, aka, apl.de.ap. He was born and grew up in Barangay Sapang Bato. He migrated to America where he became a member of the Black Eyed Peas quartet. He returned several times to Sapang Bato where he gave financial help to local poor families (Joven was tragically gunned down while inside his sports utility vehicle outside of his girlfriend's apartment in the Philippines)

in 2009 - Tom Brumley dies at age 73. American steel guitarist who contributed to the "Bakersfield sound" of Buck Owens and the Buckaroos in the 60s before joining Rick Nelson. While with Buck, from '63-69, he traveled the world and played on recordings such as “Together Again,” "I've Got a Tiger by the Tail" and “Act Naturally”. Tom left The Buckaroos in 1969, when Ricky Nelson invited him to play steel guitar with his band for his "Live at the Troubadour" album, staying with Rick for 10 years. He also performed or recorded with artists including Glen Campbell, Merle Haggard, Chris Isaak, Waylon Jennings, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Ray Price and Rod Stewart and he spent three years recording and touring with Chris Hillman and the Desert Rose Band. From 1989 to 2003, he performed with his sons, Todd and Tommy, in the Brumley Family Music Show. He has been inducted into both the Texas Steel Guitar Hall of Fame and the International Steel Guitar Hall of Fame (died at Northeast Baptist Hospital in San Antonio, eight days after suffering a heart attack)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tf0munZ09ps&playnext=1&list=PLC3FEF48B5089 3A8D"]YouTube - Buck Owens & Don Rich - Don't let her know" target="_blank">YouTube - Buck Owens & Don Rich - Don't let her know[/ame]


in 2010 - AC/DC singer Brian Johnson, joined a growing group of critics of Bob Geldof and U2 singer Bono over their very public charity work, saying they should stop lecturing audiences about charity work and instead do their good deeds in private. Johnson said “When I was a working man I didn’t want to go to a concert for some bastard to talk down to me that I should be thinking of some kid in Africa. I’m sorry mate, do it yourself, spend some of your own money and get it done. It just makes me angry.”

2011 - Tatyana Shmyga dies at age 83. Russian operetta singer and film actress.

2011 - Tony Levin dies at age 71. British jazz drummer, born in Much Wenlock, Shropshire. His first major position came when he joined Tubby Hayes' Quartet 1965-9. As well as being a frequent guest at Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club in the 1960s with artists including Joe Harriott, Al Cohn, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Zoot Sims, and Toots Thielemanns, through his long career he has worked with numerous groups and artists, including the Alan Skidmore quintet-1969, Humphrey Lyttelton band-1969, John Taylor-1970s, Ian Carr's Nucleus-1970s, Stan Sulzmann quartet, Gordon Beck's Gyroscope, duo with John Surman-1976, European Jazz Ensemble, Third Eye-1979, Rob van den Broeck-1982, Philip Catherine's trio and quartet-1990s, Sophia Domancich Trio-with Paul Rogers-double bassist from 1991-2000, Philippe Aerts trio/quartet and often performed duets with Paul Dunmall and guest musicians in the 2000s. He recently undertook a British tour to celebrate his 70th birthday with a trio featuring pianist Aki Takase and bassist John Edwards and with his old friends from the seminal quartet Muijcian, Paul Dunmall, Keith Tippett and Paul Rogers.

2011 - Don Butler dies at age 80. American gospel singer and founder of the Gospel Music Association, in 1964, where he served as the GMA’s board executive director from 1976 to 1991. He began his singing career in the 1950s, performing with groups including The Marksmen, The Revelaires, The Ambassadors, The Statesmen and The Sons of Song with whom he was inducted into Gospel Music Hall Of Fame in 1995 and he was voted “Mr. Gospel Singer of America” in 1958. He produced albums, GMA awards shows and television series, and he presided over the Sumar Talent Agency for five years in the 1970s. He also worked to spread gospel music’s overseas reach, traveling extensively to expand awareness about the music (died after a long illness).

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in 1549 - Eustache du Caurroy, French composer, is baptized. Du Caurroy was an official composer of the French royal chamber, as well as the royal chapel. His Missa pro defunctis was first sung at the funeral of Henry IV of France, and was used at the funerals of subsequent monarchs of France for the next two centuries or so.

in 1553 - Caspar Othmayr, German composer, dies at 37. Othmayr was a Protestant priest, and many of his compositions are hymns inspired by Martin Luther.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvyflQIZEwU"]O Mensch, bewein dein Sünde groß[/ame]

in 1581 - Daniel Selich, German composer and Kapellmeister, is born.

in 1590 - Gioseffo Zarlino, Italian organist, composer and music theorist, dies at 73. Zarlino is mainly remembered for his contributions to music theory, one of the first to develop counterpoint theory.

in 1751 - Blas de Laserna, Spanish composer and conductor, is baptized.
in 1781 - Josef Myslivecek, Czech composer and teacher, an early friend of Mozart, dies at 43.
in 1767 - Johann Franz Volkert, Bohemian composer and church singer, is born.

in 1806 - Sir Michael (Andrew Agnus) Costa, (actually, Michele Andrea Agniello), Italian-born English conductor of Spanish descent, is born at Naples. He studied with his maternal grandfather, Giacomo Tritto, with his father, Pasquale Costa (a composer of church music), and with Giovanni Furno. He then studied at the Naples Conseratory with Crescentini (singing) and Zingarelli (composition). His operas II sospetto funesto (Naples, 1826), II delitto punito (1827), II carcere d'IIdegonda (Naples, 1828), and Malvina (Naples, 1829) were well received; when Zingarelli was commissioned to write a Psalm (Super Flumina Babilonis) for the Music Festival at Birmingham, England, he sent Costa to conduct it.

When Costa arrived in Birmingham, the directors of the Festival refused to accept him as a conductor owing to his extreme youth, but offered to pay him a similar fee for performance as tenor in Zingarelli's Psalm and in other works. He was compelled to accept, but his debut as a singer was disastrous. Despite this setback, he decided to remain in England, a decision in which he was encouraged by Clementi, who was impressed by Costa's scoring of a Bellini aria.

In 1830 Costa was engaged as maestro al cembalo at the King's Theatre in London; from 1833 to 1846 he was director and conductor of the Italian Opera there. During this time, he produced three of his ballets, Kenilworth (1831), Une Heure a Naples (1832),and Sir Huon (1833). From 1846 to 1854 he was conductor of the Philharmonic Society concerts; in 1847 he organized the Royal Italian Opera at Covent Garden, conducting it until 1868. He was conductor of the Handel Festivals at the Crystal Palace (1847-80), the Sacred Harmonic Society (1848-82), and the Birmingham Festivals (1849-82). From 1868 to 1871 he conducted opera at Her Majesty's Theatre, and then was its music director from 1871 to 1881. In 1869 he was knighted. Costa was generally acknowledged as the leading conductor in England in his day. He produced two operas in London: Malek Adel (May 18, 1837; a revision of Malvina) and Don Carlos (june 20, 1844). - Died at Hove, England, April 29, 1884.

in 1834 - Amelie Julia Candielle, French composer, singer, librettist, writer, actress, and musicician (keyboards and harp), dies at 66.

in 1854 - Carl Ludwig Cornelius Westenholz, German violinist, pianist and composer, cies at 66.
in 1875 - Raymond Moulaert, Belgian composer and teacher, is born.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inP4QMH3kaU"]YouTube - Raymond Moulaert Andante, Fugue and Finale[/ame]

in 1876 - Victor Jean Leonard Vreuls, Belgian violinist, composer. conductor and teacher, is born.
in 1892 - Yrlö Henrik Kilpinen, Finnish composer, is born.
in 1893 - Bernard Rogers, American composer and teacher, is born.

in 1894 - Adolphe Sax dies at age 79. Belgium inventor of the saxhorn, saxtrombas and the saxophone; the saxophones made his reputation, and secured him a job teaching at the Paris Conservatoire .
Adolphe Sax was born in Dinant in Wallonia, Belgium. His father, Charles-Joseph Sax, was an instrument designer himself, who made several changes to the design of the horn. Adolphe began to make his own instruments at an early age, entering two of his flutes and a clarinet into a competition at the age of fifteen. He subsequently studied those two instruments at the Royal School of Singing in Brussels.

Having left the school, Sax began to experiment with new instrument designs, while his father continued to produce conventional instruments to bring money into the household. Adolphe's first important invention was an improvement of the bass clarinet design which he patented at the age of twenty-four.

In 1841, Sax relocated permanently to Paris and began work on a new set of instruments which were exhibited there in 1844. These were valved bugles, and although he had not invented the instrument itself, his examples were so much more successful than those of his rivals that they became known as saxhorns. They range in approximately seven different sizes, and paved the path to the creation of the flugelhorn. Today, they are widely used in concert bands and sometimes in orchestras. The saxhorn also laid the groundwork for the modern euphonium.

Sax also developed the saxotromba family, valved brass instruments with narrower bore than the saxhorns, in 1845, though they survived only briefly.

Saxhorn instruments spread rapidly throughout the world. The saxhorn valves were accepted as state of the art and are still largely unchanged today. The advances made by Adolphe Sax were soon followed by the British brass band movement which exclusively adopted the saxhorn range. The Jedforest Instrumental Band formed in 1854 within the Scottish Borders a decade after saxhorn models became available.

The period around 1840 saw Sax inventing the clarinette-bourdon, an early (and unsuccessful) design of contrabass clarinet. Most significantly, at this time he developed the instrument for which he is now best known, the saxophone, patented in 1846. The saxophone was invented for use in both orchestras and concert bands. Composer Hector Berlioz wrote approvingly of the new instrument in 1842. By 1846 Sax had designed, on paper, a full range of saxophones (from sopranino to subcontrabass). Although they never became standard orchestral instruments, the saxophones made his reputation, and secured him a job teaching at the Paris Conservatoire from 1867.

Sax continued to make instruments later in life, as well as presiding over a new saxophone class at the Paris Conservatoire. However, rival instrument makers attacked the legitimacy of his patents and mounted a long campaign of litigation against Sax and his company, driving him into bankruptcy twice (in 1856 and 1873).

Sax suffered from lip cancer between 1853 and 1858 but made a full recovery. He died in 1894 in Paris and was interred in section 5 (Avenue de Montebello) at the Cimetière de Montmartre in Paris.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FD5fDen0yZ8"]Original Adolphe Sax saxophone - Septieme Solo de Concert - YouTube[/ame]

in 1895 - Faustina Hasse Hodges, English-American composer and teacher, dies at 71.

in 1897 - Mordecai Sandberg, Romanian-born American composer and music theorist, is born at Romania.
As a child, he studied violin with a Gypsy violinist-conductor, composing the overture Demosthenes while still in his teens. He pursued training in music in Vienna while attending the University there as a medical student (M.D., 1921).

From 1922 to 1938 he was active as both a physician and a composer in Jerusalem, where he founded the local branch of the ISCM and the Inst. of New Music; in 1930 he served as contributing editor of the Hebrew monthly music journal Hallel In 1929-30 he pursued research on acoustics in Germany; also lectured at the Berlin Hochschule fur Musik and published an essay on his music theories as Die Musik der Menschheit: Die Tondifferenzierung und ihre Bedeutung.

In 1938 he lectured on microtones at the Congress of Music and Life in London. He went to the U.S. in 1939 and later settled in N.Y., where several of his works were premiered, including Ezkerah (I Remember; 1952), an oratorio "dedicated to the memory of all victims of persecution, oppression, and hatred/' From 1970 until his death he taught at York Univ. in Toronto. Sandberg was an original and prolific composer. He was one of the earliest explorers of microtonal music, originating his own "Universal Tonal System" using microtones based on a synthesis of Oriental and Western scales.

To facilitate the writing and performance of microtonal music, he designed a refined notational system and several instruments, including 2 harmoniums— one bichromatic with quarter tones (1926) and one with 12th and 16th tones (1929), both built by Straube. He composed orch. works, including 5 syms., a Concerto for Clarinet and Strings, and a Concerto for Oboe, Viola, and Orchestra; much chamber music, including sextets, quintets, quartets, and sonatas for cello, piano, violin, viola, and organ; numerous sacred and secular vocal works, including 15 oratorios, among them Ruth (N.Y., May 22, 1949) and Ezkerah (N.Y., April 22, 1952); Shelomoh, symphonic tetralogy for Soloists, Chorus, and Orch.; Jerusalem, cantata (N.Y., Nov. 10, 1943); Hebrew Spirituals and Prayer for Peace (N.Y., Jan. 16, 1946). His major achievement was his Symphonic Psalms, settings of the entire book of Psalms, among them Pilgrim Songs (Psalms 128, 130, and 134; N.Y, Jan. 16, 1946), Songs of Ascent (Psalms 126, 131, and 132; N.Y, June 17, 1947), and Psalm 51 (N.Y, May 30, 1987). - Died at Toronto, Dec. 28, 1973.

in 1900 - Jacques Prévert (French poet, lyricist) is born.

in 1903 - Siro Cisilino, Italian priest and musicologist (composer?) is born. This is the third time I've encountered this situation so far. The "This Day" lists, including Classical Almanac (which should know), have him as a composer, but all other references call him a musicologist. He was apparently well respected in that field, as well as being a staunch opponent of certain reforms in the Catholic church. His main musicological interest seems to have been church music of the Baroque period in Italy. I found several articles relating to Cisilino's defense of the usus antiquior, all of which said that he was a musicologist, with no hint that he might have composed any music at all. I found one piece which calls him "musician and musicologist," and it appears he did at least one arrangement (a mass by Montiverdi), so I suppose it's possible that he composed something. (Recusant)

in 1904 - Predrag Milosevic, Serbian composer, conductor and teacher, is born.

in 1908 - Emmanuel "Manny" Klein, American jazz trumpeter, is born. Klein played with many important swing bands, as well as dong soundtrack work, and was considered one of the best in the business.

in 1910 - Alfred Mendelsohn, Romanian composer, conductor and teacher, is born.

in 1912 - Erich Leinsdorf (real name, Landauer), eminent Austrian-born American conductor, is born at Vienna. He entered a local music school when he was 5, and began piano studies with the wife of Paul Pisk at age 8. He then continued his piano studies with Paul Emerich (1923-28), and subsequently studied theory and composition with Pisk.

In 1930 he took a master class in conducting at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, and then studied for a short time in the music dept. of the University of Vienna. From 1931 to 1933 he took courses at the Vienna Academy of Music, making his debut as a conductor at the Musikvereinsaal upon his graduation.

In 1933 he served as asst. conductor of the Workers' Chorus in Vienna. In 1934 he went to Salzburg, where he had a successful audition with Bruno Walter and Toscanini at the Salzburg Festivals, and was appointed their assistant.

In 1937 he was engaged as a conductor of the Metropolitan Opera in N.Y. He made his U.S. debut there conducting Die Walkiire on Jan. 21, 1938, with notable success; he then conducted other Wagnerian operas, ultimately succeeding Bodanzky as head of the German repertoire there in 1939.

In 1942 he became a naturalized American citizen. In 1943 he was appointed music director of the Cleveland Orchestra; however, his induction into the U.S. Army in December 1943 interrupted his tenure there. After his discharge in 1944, he once again conducted at the Metropolitan in 1944-45; also conducted several concerts with the Cleveland arch. in 1945 and 1946, and made appearances in Europe.

From 1947 to 1955 he was music director of the Rochester (N.Y.) Philharmonic. In the fall of 1956 he was briefly music director of the N.Y.C. Opera; then returned to the Metropolitan as a conductor and musical consultant in 1957. He also appeared as a guest conductor in the U.S. and Europe. In 1962 he received the prestigious appointment of music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, a post he retained until 1969.

Leinsdorf subsequently conducted opera and symohony concerts in many of the major music centers of America and in Europe. From 1978 to 1980 he held the post of principal conductor of the (West) Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. He published a semi- autobiographical and rather candid book of sharp comments, Cadenza: A Musical Career (Boston, 1976), as well as The Composer's Advocate: A Radical Orthodoxy for Musicians (New Haven, 1981). These were followed by the posthumous volume Erich Leinsdorf on Music (Portland, are., 1997). - Died at Zurich, Sept. 11, 1993.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TLK5H6G1ck"]YouTube - Erich Leinsdorf conducts Johann Strauss's "Emperor Waltz" (Kaiserwalzer)[/ame]

in 1915 - Ray Evans (US songwriter with Jay Livingston) is born.
in 1916 - David Vassall Cox, English pianist, composer, arranger, music writer and critic, is born.
in 1922 - Bhimsen Joshi (Indian classical singer) is born
in 1924, Chilean pianist Claudio Arrau made his American debut at Carnegie Hall
in 1927 - Thomas Linnemann Laub, Danish organist and composer, dies at 74.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9W8VNU4Crj4"]Det er hvidt herude - YouTube[/ame]

in 1929 - Paul Burlison, American rockabilly guitarist and singer/songwriter (Rock and Roll Trio), is born. Though the trio's songs and style were influential in the development of rock, they never really hit it big. They're in the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.

in 1931 - Clarence Tate (US fiddler, bassist; Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys/freelance) is born
in 1931 - Marion Ryan (English singer) is born

in 1932 - Ivan Davis, American pianist and teacher, is born at Electra, Tex.
He studied piano with Silvio Scionti at North Tex. State University in Denton and later at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome with Carlo Zecchi. He also took private lessons with Horowitz, beginning in 1961. He obtained first prizes at the Busoni Competition in Bolzano (1958), the Casella Competition at Naples (1958), and the Franz Liszt Competition in N.Y. (1960). On Oct. 21, 1959, he made his N.Y. recital debut at Town Hall, and subsequently toured throughout the U.S. After making his London debut in 1966, he played on the Continent. In addition to serving on the faculty of the University of Miami in Coral Gables (from 1966), he was a visiting professor at the Ind. University School of Music in Bloomington (1971-72); he also gave master classes in various locales throughout the U.S. His repertoire ranges from Scarlatti to Gershwin, showing special affinity for the works of Schumann, Chopin, Liszt, and Tchaikovsky.

in 1934 - Jouko Sakari Linjama, Finnish organist, composer and church cantor, is born.
in 1935 - Martti Talvela, Finnish operatic bass, is born.
in 1941 - John Steel, English rock drummer (The Animals), is born.
in 1942 - Johnny Gambale, American R&B singer (The Classics), is born.
in 1944 - Florence LaRue Gordon, American R&B, pop and soul singer and actress (The 5th Dimension), is born.

in 1944 - Yvette Guilbert dies at age 79. French music-hall singer and actress, and was a favorite subject of artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, who made many portraits and caricatures of Yvette and dedicated his second album of sketches to her. She made successful tours of England and Germany, and America and performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Even in her fifties, her name still had drawing power and she appeared in several silent films, including a star turn in Murnau's Faust. She also appeared in talkies, including a role with friend, Sacha Guitry. Her recordings for Le Voix de Son Maitre include the famous "Le Fiacre" as well as some of her own compositions such as "Madame Arthur." She accompanied herself on piano for some numbers. She once gave a performance for King Edward VII, the Prince of Wales at a private party on the French Riviera. Hostesses vied to have her at their parties. In 1932 she was awarded the Legion of Honor as the Ambassadress of French Song. Yvette also wrote books, some about the Belle Époque and in 1902 two of her novels were published. In the 1920's her instructional book L'art de chanter une chanson (How to Sing a Song) was published. Yvette also conducted schools for young girls in both New York and Paris.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuF5kC53n-w"]Yvette Guilbert - Madame Arthur - YouTube[/ame]

in 1947 - Margie and Mary Ann Ganser, American pop singers (The Shangi-Las), are born.

in 1948 - Vincent Damon Furnier "Alice Cooper" American rock singer/songwriter, guitarist and harmonica player, is born.

in 1949 - Roy Yeager, American country and rock drummer (Atlanta Rhythm Section), is born. Yeager owns his own recording studio, and has done session work with many artists.

in 1950 - James Dunn, American soul singer (The Stylistics), is born.
in 1950 - Robert Jan Stips, Dutch rock singer and keyboardist (Nits), is born.
in 1951 - Philip Ehart, American rock drummer (Kansas), is born.
in 1951 - Dariush Eghbali (Iranian singer, musician) is born
in 1952 - Jerry Shirley, English rock drummer (Humble Pie, Fastway), is born.
in 1953 - Kitaro/Masanori Takahashi (Japanese composer, keyboards, multi-musician) is born
in 1954 - Vaclav Vackar, Czech composer, violinist, trumpeter, conductor and bandleader, musicologist and critic, musician's union organizer, dies at 72.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKqQOLW5o2w"]Václav Va[/ame]

in 1955 - Elvis Presley played two shows (7.30pm and 9.30pm) at Jesuit High School in New Orleans, Louisiana. Hank Snow was also on the bill. 1965, The Righteous Brothers were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the Phil Spector song 'You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'. Also a US No.1 at the same time. In 1999 the PRS announced that it was the most played song of the 20th Century.

in 1956 - Peder Gram, Danish organist and composer, dies at 74.
in 1957 - Don Davis (US composer) is born
in 1960 - Tim Booth, is born, vocals, James, (1991 UK No.2 single 'Sit Down'), Solo.
in 1960 - Jonathan Larson (US composer, playwrite) is born
in 1960 - Mark Dawson (British-born US entertainment manager; Iron Maidens) is born
in 1962 - Clint Black, American country singer/songwriter, multi-intrumentalist and producer, is born.

in 1963 - Wasserman, is born, guitar, The Offspring, (1999 UK No.1 & US No. 59 single 'Pretty Fly, (For A White Guy)', 1999 US No.6 & UK No.10 album 'Americana').

in 1965 - Petr Muk (Czech pop singer, composer; Ocean/Shalom/solo) is born
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9l9PAdmgmSM"]YouTube - Petr Muk - Oh L`Amour (a capella)[/ame]

in 1966 - Jonathan Gray "Spike" English rock singer/songwriter (The Quireboys), is born.

in 1967 - The Monkees self-titled debut album started a seven-week run at No.1 on the UK chart.
in 1968 - billed as 'Tour 60 cities in 66 Days' The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared at the Winterland in San Francisco.

in 1968 - Steve Queralt, is born, Ride, (1992 UK No.9 single 'Leave Them All Behind').

in 1968 - Working at Abbey Road studios, London, The Beatles recorded ‘Across the Universe.’ John and Paul decided the song needed some falsetto harmonies so they invited two girl fans into the studio to sing on the song. The two were Lizzie Bravo, a 16-year-old Brazilian living near Abbey Road and 17-year-old Londoner Gayleen Pease.

in 1969 - Duncan Coutts (Canadian bassist; Our Lady Peace) is born.

in 1970 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono donated their hair for an auction in aid of the Black Power movement.

in 1974 - Eric Townsend (US musician, record producer) is born
in 1975 - Rick Burch (US bassist; Jimmy Eat World) is born.

in 1975 - Natalie Imbruglia, Australian pop singer/songwriter and actress, is born.

in 1975 - Louis Jordan dies at age 66. American pioneering jazz, blues and rhythm & blues musician, songwriter and leader of his own band his Tympany Five, he enjoyed his greatest popularity from the late 1930s to the early 1950s. In this period he scored eighteen No.1 singles and fifty-four Top Ten placings and he duetted with some of the biggest solo singing stars of his day, including Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. Known as "The King of the Jukebox", Louis was highly popular with both black and white audiences in the later years of the swing era. In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked him No.59 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. [one of Rescuant’s favorites]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCWUvI7yKtQ"]YouTube - Louis Jordan - Buzz me Baby[/ame]

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PR6pHtiNT_k&feature=related"]YouTube - Caldonia / Louis Jordan[/ame]

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in 1976 - British composer Edward Benjamin Britten died in Aldeburgh, Suffolk at the age of 62.
in 1976 - Cam'ron/Cameron Giles (rap artist) is born.
in 1977 - Gavin DeGraw (US singer, piano, guitar) is born.
in 1978 - Talking Heads plus special guests Dire Straits appeared at the Oasis, Swindon, England.

in 1978 - The Bee Gees started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Staying Alive'. From the film soundtrack Saturday Night Fever, it gave the brothers their fifth US No.1, also No.1 in the UK.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XWYefe9EzI"]Bee Gees - Massachusetts - YouTube[/ame]

in 1978 - 'Up Town Ranking' by Althia and Donna was at No.1 on the UK singles chart. It was the Jamaican duo's only hit making the teenagers One-hit Wonders. 1982, Scottish singer Alex Harvey died of a heart attack while waiting to take a ferry back to shore after performing a concert with his new band, the Electric Cowboys. In an ambulance on the way to the hospital, he suffered a second heart attack, this one fatal. It occurred on the day before his 47th birthday, in Zeebrugen, Belgium. Formed Alex Harvey Big Soul Band in 1959 and then mid 1960's band Tear Gas. Had the 1975 UK No.7 single with Sensational Alex Harvey Band 'Delilah' and 1975 album 'Next'.

in 1982 -Kimberly Wyatt (US singer, dancer; Pussycat Dolls) is born
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWD6gAvbTsI"]YouTube - Kimberly Wyatt Rehearsal[/ame]

in 1982 - Alex Harvey dies at age 46. Scottish rock and roll singer, born in Glasgow. In 1959, he formed Alex Harvey's Soul Band, and recorded blues and rock and roll material. In 1966, he a member of the pit band in the London stage production of the musical Hair recording the live LP 'Hair Rave Up'. In 1972, Alex formed the Sensational Alex Harvey Band with guitarist Zal Cleminson, bassist Chris Glen, and cousins Ted and Hugh McKenna on drums and keyboards respectively, all previous members of progressive rock act "Tear Gas". He built a strong reputation as a live performer during the 1970s glam rock era. The band was renowned for its eclecticism and energetic live performance, Alex for his charismatic persona and daredevil stage antics. The band had hits with "Delilah" in 1975, and "The Boston Tea Party" in 1976, Alex left the band later that year. (Died of a heart attack while waiting for a ferry in Zeebrugen, Belgium, the day before his 47th birthday)

in 1983 - Karen Carpenter dies at age 32. American singer and drummer; born in New Haven, Connecticut, Karen started on the drums in the school band while attending Downey High School. From 1965 to 1968, Karen, her brother Richard and his college friend Wes Jacobs, a bassist and tuba player, formed The Richard Carpenter Trio. The band played jazz at numerous nightclubs, and also appeared on a TV talent show called Your All American College Show. In April 1969 A&M Records signed Karen and Richard as the duo The Carpenters to a recording contract, with Karen as both the group's drummer and lead singer. She was later persuaded to stand at the microphone to sing the band's hits while another musician played the drums, although she still did some drumming. They released their debut album "Offering", later retitled Ticket to Ride, on October 9th 1969. Their 2nd album, 1970's Close to You, featured two massive hit singles: "(They Long to Be) Close to You" and "We've Only Just Begun". This has been followed by 14 more Carpenter albums and one Karen Carpenter solo album. Other of their many hit songs include "For All We Know (Theme from Lovers and Other Strangers), "Rainy Days and Mondays", "Superstar", "Hurting Each Other", "It's Going to Take Some Time", "Goodbye to Love", "Sing", "Yesterday Once More", "Top of the World", "Please Mr. Postman" and "Only Yesterday". Playboy's 1975 annual opinion poll, readers voted Karen Carpenter the Best Rock Drummer of the year, on October 12th 1983, the Carpenters received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in 1999 VH1 ranked Karen Carpenter at No.29 on their list of the 100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll and in 2008 Rolling Stone Magazine ranked Karen Carpenter No.94 on their list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. The Carpenter's also won 3 awards and achieved 15 nominations (cardiac arrest due to the effects of anorexia nervosa)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPmbT5XC-q0"]YouTube - The Carpenters - Rainy Days And Mondays[/ame]

in 1983 - The Smiths appeared at The Hacienda, Manchester, England.
in 1984 - Paul Gardiner bass player with Gary Numan's Tubeway Army died of a heroin overdose.

in 1984 - Culture Club started a three-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Karma Chameleon' the group's 5th US Top 10 hit, also a No.1 in the UK.

in 1984 - Eurythmics scored their first UK No.1 album with their second release 'Touch', featuring the singles 'Here Comes The Rain Again', 'Who's That Girl' and 'Right By Your Side'.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJE_Sc1Wags"]Eurythmics Sweet Dreams - YouTube[/ame]

in 1984 - Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble kicked off their 114-date 'Couldn't Stand the Weather tour' at the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. 1985, John Cooper Clarke and Nico appeared at The Cricketers, Kennington, London, England.

in 1984 - Paul Gardiner dies at age 35. English bassist born in Hayes, Middlesex; in early 1976 he was playing in a band called The Lasers when Gary Numan, then Gary Webb, auditioned as lead guitarist. The pair formed Tubeway Army, releasing the singles "That's Too Bad" and "Bombers" in 1978, "Down in the Park" and "Are 'Friends' Electric?" in 1979 and 3 albums. Paul also played on 6 Gary Newman solo albums, as well as recording with both Marc Anthony Thompson and Robert Palmer (died from heroin overdose)

in 1986 - Sigue Sigue Sputnik appeared at Shelleys, Stoke On Trent, England. 1989, Sheriff went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'When I'm With You', not a hit in the UK.

in 1987 – ‘Liberace’ /Wladziu Valentino Liberace dies at age 67. American pianist, singer, TV presenter; he appeared as a soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at age 16. He began giving concerts in flamboyant costumes with ornate pianos and candelabra, and though he occasionally performed with symphony orchestras, he built his career playing primarily popular music. The TV 'The Liberace Show', began on July 1st 1952, it was so popular he drew over thirty million viewers at any one time. His show was also one of the first to be shown on British commercial television in the 1950s, this exposure gave Liberace a dedicated following in the UK. Liberace also made significant appearances on other shows like The Ed Sullivan Show, The Ford Show, Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford, Edward R. Murrow's Person to Person and on the shows of Jack Benny and Red Skelton, on which he often parodied his own persona. (died from complications related to AIDS)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9nO9Ro_kd4"]1969 Liberace Show Boogie Woogie - YouTube[/ame]

in 1989 - Trevor Lucas dies at age 45. Australian guitarist, born in Melburne, he originally learned to play the guitar in order to help with his dyslexia and released his first two recordings in Australia before moving to England in 1965. In 1967 Trevor joined the band Eclection as the bass player and continued playing with them until their eventual breakup in 1969. At this time he was dating the lead singer of Fairport Convention, Sandy Denny, and appeared on Fairport's album Unhalfbricking. Trevor and Sandy then formed the band Fotheringay with Trevor playing acoustic guitar, Fotheringay released only one album and the band broke up the following year. He joined Fairport Convention in 1973 when he was helping with their album Rosie, but in April 1978, tragically Sandy had a fatal fall down a flight of stairs, leaving Trevor to raise their newborn daughter, Georgia, by himself. Shortly after Sandy's death he moved back to Australia with Georgia. In the 1980s, he was producing more albums and later started working on scores from the film industry. In 1985 he returned to England to work on a tribute album to Sandy Denny. (died of a heart attack in his sleep)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWduyipxjyQ"]YouTube - Fairport Convention : Polly On The Shore (live 1982)[/ame]

in 1989 - Kenneth C. Burns "Jethro" American country, jazz and bluegrass mandolinist, teacher and comedian (Homer and Jethro), dies at 68.

in 1992 - Pearl Jam appeared at The Borderline in London, England, tickets cost £5 ($8.50).

in 1995 - Celine Dion started a seven-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Think Twice'. The song peaked at No.95 on the US chart. 'Think Twice' received an Ivor Novello Award for the Song of the Year in 1995.

in 1995 - David Alexander dies at age 56. Welsh singer and entertainer, born in Blackwood, Monmouthshire; whilst working at Pontins holiday camp, he was spotted by manager Byron Godfrey and in 1971 released his first single 'If I Could See The Rhondda One More Time'. It sold thousands of copies. 'Come Home Rhondda Boy' was the follow-up record that gave him an international presence in song festivals in Czechoslovakia, Malta and Germany, amongst other countries. In 1989, he also toured Australia (heart attack)

in 1996 - former Milli-Vanilli member Rob Pilatus was hospitalised after a man hit him over the head with a baseball bat in Hollywood, California. Pilatus was attempting to steal the man's car at the time of the attack.

in 1998 - former lead singer of East 17, Brian Harvey, was fined £1,000 after being convicted of kicking a press photographer who was curled up on the ground in a ball. Harvey was also ordered to pay prosecution costs of £2,852.

in 2000 - Bjorn Ulvaeus confirmed that the members of Abba had turned down a $1 billion (£0.58 billion) offer by American and British consortium to reform the group. “It is a hell of a lot of money to say no to, but we decided it wasn’t for us,” band member Benny Andersson told the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet.

in 2000 - Doris Coley dies at age 58. American singer, born in Goldsboro, North Carolina, Doris was a founder member and occasional lead singer of the Shirelles. She initially left the group in 1968, but returned in 1975. The girl group formed in New Jersey in 1958, and went on to release a string of hits including "Baby It's You" , "Mama Said", "Foolish Little Girl", "Will You Love Me Tomorrow", "Soldier Boy" and "Sha La La". Doris sang lead on "Dedicated to the One I Love", "Welcome Home Baby", "Blue Holiday" and a number of 'b' sides and album cuts. She was inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame along with The Shirelles in 1996 (breast cancer)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9a9ZQU8eyM"]YouTube - The Shirelles ........... Soldier Boy[/ame]

in 2000 - Joachim-Ernst Berendt dies at age 77. German journalist, music critic, music producer. After World War II he helped founding the Südwestfunk (SWF) radio network in the then French occupation zone of Germany. From 1950 till his retirement in 1987 he was in charge of the Jazz department of the SWF. In 1952 the first German edition of his "Jazz Book" was published. It became a definitive book on Jazz translated into many languages and is still being updated and reprinted. For almost 40 years he produced the Jazz program of the Baden-Baden station of the German public radio and TV network ARD. His weekly TV show Jazztime Baden-Baden and his daily radio shows were pioneer work in advancing and popularizing Jazz in post-war Germany. He later focused on world music and was one of its early promoters. Joachim initiated and organized many Jazz festivals including American Folk Blues Festival, Berliner Jazztage, and World Expo Osaka. He was producer of many records, mainly for MPS Records, and supported the Jazz & Lyrik project, combining Jazz performances with readings of poetry (he tragically died after a traffic accident which he was involved in as a pedestrian).

in 2001 - Iannis Xenakis dies at age 78. Greek, naturalised French, composer, music theorist and architect, born in Braila, Romania. By 1979, he had devised a computer system called UPIC, which could translate graphical images into musical results. He is commonly recognized as one of the most important post-war avant-garde composers. Iannis pioneered the use of mathematical models such as applications of set theory, varied use of stochastic processes, game theory, etc., in music, and was also an important influence on the development of electronic music. Among his most important works are Metastaseis, 1953–4 for orchestra, which introduced independent parts for every musician of the orchestra; percussion works such as Psappha, 1975 and Pléïades 1979; compositions that introduced spatialization by dispersing musicians among the audience, such as Terretektorh, 1966; electronic works created using Xenakis's UPIC system; and the massive multimedia performances Xenakis called polytopes.

in 2001 - J. J. Johnson /James Louis Johnson dies at age 77. American trombonist, composer and arranger born in Indianapolis, Indiana. Jay Jay was maybe the finest jazz trombonist of all time, there is not a trombonist alive who has not been influenced by the J. J. Johnson sound, he did for the trombone what Charlie Parker did for the saxophone. In the 1940s he played and toured with Clarence Love, Snookum Russell, Benny Carter's big band, Count Basie's Orchestra, Charlie Parker, the Dizzy Gillespie big band, Illinois Jacquet (1947-1949), and the Miles Davis Birth of the Cool Nonet. His own recordings from the era included such sidemen as Bud Powell and a young Sonny Rollins. Johnson, Oscar Pettiford (1951) and Miles Davis (1952), .In August 1954, he formed a two-trombone quintet with Kai Winding that became known as Jay and Kai. In the early 70s J.J. moved from New York to California to compose for cinema and television, where he scored movies such as Across 110th Street, Cleopatra Jones, Top of the Heap and Willie Dynamite, as well as TV series such as Starsky & Hutch, Mike Hammer and The Six Million Dollar Man. This amazing legendary musician remained at the top of his field for nearly 6 decades playing, touring and recording with the best until 2000 when so sadly he fell ill with prostate cancer (took his own life by shooting himself)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ElSORgYYPVc"]YouTube - JJ Johnson - It never entered my mind[/ame]

in 2001 - Atomic Kitten started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Whole Again', the group's first UK chart topper. The song was written by Andy McCluskey from OMD.

in 2003 - Courtney Love was arrested at Heathrow airport for 'endangering an aircraft' on a transatlantic flight. The singer was said to have hurled abuse at the cabin crew on the flight from Los Angeles to London after her nurse who was in an economy seat was barred access to sit with Love in the upper class cabin.

in 2003 - Charlie Biddle dies at age 76. Canadian jazz bassist and promoter, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but lived most of his life in Montreal, Quebec. After completing military duties in the US Armed Forces during World War II, serving in China, India and Burma, he went on to study music at Temple University in Philadelphia, where he started playing bass. In 1948, he arrived in Montreal while touring with Vernon Isaac's Three Jacks and a Jill. Charlie was fascinated by the fact that in Canada, you would see black jazz musicians playing alongside white jazz musicians as the best of friends, so he relocated to Montreal, Canada. As a promoter, he booked musicians Johnny Hodges, John Coltrane, Pepper Adams, Bill Evans, Art Farmer, Tommy Flanagan and Thad Jones to perform in Montreal. He performed off and on with guitarist Nelson Symonds between '59-78. He frequently organized outdoor festivals of local jazz musicians, particularly Jazz Chez Nous, a 3-day Jazz Festival in 1979 and another in 1983 which laid the foundation for the Montreal International Jazz Festival, now the world's largest jazz festival. Charlie received the Oscar Peterson Prize in 2000, was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 2003, and was honored with the Prix Calixa-Lavallée in 2003. The Saint-Jean-Baptiste Society stated that: "Without him, Québecers might not have developed their love for jazz that has made Montreal a host of one of the greatest jazz festivals in the world."
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-u2lboJsD4"]YouTube - Charlie Biddle: An Improvised Life Part 1[/ame]

in 2004 - police questioned Noel Gallagher after a photograph of him trespassing on a railway line appeared in a newspaper. The Oasis guitarist was in a studio in Cornwall recording the bands new album when he took a walk along the railway line. British Transport Police said 'he was setting a bad example.'

in 2007, a Razorlight’s gig in Lyon was halted mid-set because of an altercation between singer Johnny Borrell and bassist Carl Dalemo. The pair exchanged insults before they came to blows onstage. Borrell then stormed off leaving the French crowd amazed and unsure about what was going on.

in 2007 - Norah Jones scored her third UK No.1 album with 'Not Too Late', also a No.1 in the US and over 20 other countries.

in 2007 - Barbara McNair dies at age 72. African-American singer and actress; winning on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts, led to bookings at The Purple Onion and the Cocoanut Grove and she soon became one of the country's most popular headliners and a guest on such television variety shows as The Steve Allen Show, Hullabaloo, The Bell Telephone Hour, and The Hollywood Palace, while recording for the Coral, Signature, and Motown labels. Among her hits were You're Gonna Love My Baby and Bobby. As well as appearing in many films, her Broadway credits include The Body Beautiful in 1958, No Strings in 1962, and a revival of The Pajama Game in 1973 (throat cancer)

in 2008 - Leona Lewis went to No.1 on the Australian album charts with her debut release ‘Spirit.’ 2009, Lux Interior, (Erick Lee Purkhiser) singer and founding member of The Cramps died aged 62. February 4th: Born on this day 1941, Born on this day, John Steel, drums, The Animals, (1964 UK & US No.1 single 'House Of The Rising Sun').
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Scm4oAYYbIg"]YouTube - Leona Lewis - Yesterday[/ame]

in 2009 - Erick Lee Purkhiser "Lux Interior" American rock,"psychobilly" singer/songwriter (The Cramps), dies at 62.

in 2009 - Steve Dullaghan dies at age 45. British singer-songwriter, bassist and co-founder of the indie rock band The Primitives in 1985. They recorded 4 albums ''Lovely'', ''Lazy'', ''Pure'', and ''Galore'' and 10 singles, having hits in UK and the US including "Crash", which he co-wrote, "Way Behind Me", "Sick Of It", and "Secrets". After leaving the Primitives he continued to write, perform and record music, both solo and in collaboration with other local musicians, as well as rejoining the Nocturnal Babies the band he played with before The Primatives (tragically died of heart failure due to smoking too much cannibis which caused a toxic reaction)

in 2009 - Lux Interior /Erick Purkhiser dies at age 62. American singer, songwriter and musician; a founding member and lead singer of the legendary garage punk band The Cramps from 1973 until his death. He took his name from an old car advert and he is described as one of rock ‘n’ roll’s wildest and most charismatic frontmen. The band moved from California to Ohio in 1973 and then to New York in 1975 where they became part of the flourishing punk scene. Their best known single was "Bikini Girls With Machine Guns"/"Jackyard Backoff" charted in both US and UK, and they recorded 15 studio albums, many appearing in the British charts (a pre-existing heart condition)

in 2011 - Dame Olga Lopez-Seale dies at age 92. Guyanese-born broadcaster and singer; she worked as a broadcaster for Radio Demerara, where she acquired the nickname "Auntie Olga" before migrating to Barbados with her Barbadian husband, Dick Seale. In Barbados, Olga worked for the Barbados Rediffusion Services Ltd, now Starcom Network and was active in community work. In the 1940s and 1950s she was known as "the Vera Lynn of the Caribbean". In 2005, Olga was honored and made a 2005 Dame of St. Andrew. Sadly on December 9th 2010, she fell at her home and broke her hip, suffering multiple fractures, leaving her unable to continue her charity work for the Needy Children's Fund (died at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Barbados).

in 2012 - János Sebestyén dies at age 80. Hungarian highly honored organist, harpsichordist and pianist, born in Budapest. His concert tours took him to Russia, India, the Philippines, Taiwan, Japan, the United States and nearly every country in Europe, and honoured with awards in France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Brazil and Hungary. In 1970 he established the first harpsichord class at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music. He was invited to serve on juries for organ and harpsichord competitions in France, the Czech Republic, Poland, Switzerland and Italy. Between 1969 and 1994 he was senior music producer and from 1962 until 2007 he hosted a regular series of broadcasts documenting Hungarian musical life and history - Born March 2nd 1931.

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in 1534 - Giovanni de'Bardi, Count of Vernio, Italian nobleman, patron of music and art, and composer, is born at Florence. He was the founder of the Florentine Camerata, a group of musicians who met at his home (1576-c. 1582) to discuss the music of Greek antiquity; this led to the beginnings of opera. Count Bardi was descended from an old Guelph banking family; he was a philologist, mathematician, neo-Platonic philosopher, and lover of Dante. He was a member of the Crusca Academy, a literary group founded in 1583 whose ideas had great influence on the Camerata. Bardi is known to have been in Rome in 1567; he lent support to Vincenzo Galilei, a member of the Camerata. In 1580 Bardi married Lucrezia Salvati. The masques of 1589, commemorating the marriage of Grand Duke Ferdinand, were conceived largely by Bardi. In 1592 he left for Rome to become chamberlain at the court of Pope Clement VIII. Caccini was his secretary in 1592. Bardi's writings are: Discorso sopra il giuoco del calzio fiorentino (Florence, 1580), Ristretto delle grandezze di Roma (Rome, 1600), and Discorso mandate a Caccini sopra la musica antica in Doni's Lyra Barberina (Florence, 1763). Among his compositions are a madrigal in 4 Voices, Misere habitator in Malvezzi's Intermedi e concerti (Venice, 1591); the madrigal Lauro ohime lauro in // lauro secco, lib. I (Ferrara, 1582). Among contemporary documents that refer to him are Vincenzo Galilei's Dialogo della musica antica e della moderna (tr. in part in O. Strunk's Source Readings in Music History, N.Y., 1951; also included is a letter from Bardi's son to G.B. Doni commenting on Bardi's ideas). - Died at Rome, Sept. 1612.

in 1662 - Giuseppe Vignola, Italian organist and composer, is born.
in 1705 - Jean Gilles, French composer, dies at 37.

in 1711 - Joseph Umstatt, Austrian composer and Kapellmeister, is born. His compositions show the development from Baroque to Classical.

in 1732 - Nathanael Gottfried Gruner, German composer, Kantor and director of music at the Gymnasium at Gera, is born.
in 1745 - Coelestin Praelisauer, German organist, composer and teacher, dies at 49.

in 1748 - Christian Gottlob Neefe, German organist, composer, conductor and teacher, is born. Neefe was one of Beethoven's teachers.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnj3ENVPBhM"]YouTube - Canzona Christian Gottlob Neefe (1748-1798)[/ame]

in 1758 - Bernhard Christian Weber, German organist and composer, dies at 45.

in 1779 - François Van Campenhout, Belgian violinist, tenor, conductor and composer, is born. Van Campenhout composed the music to the Brabançonne (national anthem of Belgium).

in 1810 – Ole Bull (Bornemann), eccentric Norwegian violinist and composer, is born at Bergen.
He was extremely precocious, and played the violin experimentally even before acquiring the rudiments of music. At the age of 9, he played solos with the Bergen Harmonic Society. His teachers were then Niels Eriksen and J.H. Poulsen; later he had regular instruction with M. Ludholm.

Ignoring academic rules, he whittled the bridge almost to the level of the fingerboard, so as to be able to play full chords on all 4 strings. He was sent by his father to Christiania to study theology, but failed the entrance examinations; instead, he organized a theater orchestra, which he led with his violin.

In 1829 he played in Copenhagen; that same year, he was sent to Kassel to seek advice from Spohr. In 1831 he went to Paris, where he heard Paganini and became obsessed with the idea of imitating his mannerisms and equaling his success, a fantasy devoid of all imagined reality because of Bull's amateurish technique.

In 1833 he gave his first Paris concert but it was not until an appearance at the Paris Opera in 1835 that he won a following. By then he had developed a personal type of playing that pleased the public, particularly in localities rarely visited by real artists. On May 21, 1836, he made his London debut.

During the 1836-37 season, he played 274 concerts in England and Ireland. In 1840 he played Beethoven's Kreutzer Sonata in London, with Liszt at the piano. On July 23,1849, he announced the formation of a Norwegian Theater in Bergen, which was opened on Jan. 2, 1850.

While he failed to impress most of the serious musicians and critics in Europe, he achieved his dream of artistic success in America; he made 5 concert tours across the U.S. from 1843, playing popular selections and his own compositions on American themes with such fetching titles as Niagara, Solitude of the Prairies, and To the Memory of Washington, interspersing them with his arrangements of Norwegian folk songs.

He entertained a strong conviction that Norway should generate its own national art, but the practical applications of his musical patriotism were failures because of his lack of formal study and a concentration on tawdry effects; still, it may be argued that he at least prepared the ground for the emergence of true Norwegian music; indeed, it is on his recommendation that Grieg was sent to study at the Leipzig Cons. Characteristically, Bull became attracted by the ideas of communal socialism. In 1852 he purchased 11,144 acres in Pa. for a Norwegian settlement, but his lack of business sense led his undertaking to disaster.

The settlement, planned on strict socialist lines, was given the name Oleana, thus establishing a personal connection with the name of its unlucky founder. Oleana soon collapsed, but Bull earned admiration in Norway as a great national figure. Many of his violin pieces, mostly sentimental or strident in nature, with such titles as La preghiera d'una madre, Variazioni di bravura, Polacca guerriera, etc., were published, but they sank into predictable desuetude. - Died at Lyso, near Bergen, Aug. 17, 1880.

in 1812 - Franz Schneider, Austrian organist, composer and teacher, dies at 64.

in 1913 - Rozelle Claxton, jazz pianist, organist, arranger, is born at Memphis, Tenn A member of a large musical family, Claxton's sister taught him to read music, and he played piano from the age of 11. From c. 1930, he played in trumpeter Clarence Davis' Rhythm Aces, and worked with this band when they toured with W. C. Handy (1932). He played and arranged for Harlan Leonard from c. 1934, and performed many solo residencies in Chicago during the late 1930s, and later worked with Ernie Fields (1939), briefly subbed for Count Basie in summer 1939, and played with Eddie South. He played at Elmer's, in Chicago (1940), then with Walter Fuller from September 1940. From September 1946, he worked with George Dixon's quartet. A prolific freelance arranger, Claxton scored for Count Basie, Earl Hines, Red Norvo, Jimmie Lunceford, and Andy Kirk, and also worked as accompanist for various singers, including Pearl Bailey in 1958 and again from 1978-83. From 1959 through the late 1960s he worked on and off with saxophonist Franz Jackson. He also played solo gigs at various Chicagoarea clubs through his retirement in the late 1980s. He sometimes was confused with another Chicago pianist, Rozelle I. Gayle. - . Died at Chicago, Ill., March 30,1995.

in 1816 - Rossini's Opera Barber of Seville premieres in Rome.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-l96VVDqsaM&feature=related"]YouTube - Figaro[/ame]

in 1825 - Pierre Gaveaux, French tenor and opera composer, dies at 62.
in 1838 - Philippe Libon, Spanish-French violin virtuoso and composer, dies at 62.
in 1848 - Luigi Mancinelli, Italian cellist, composer and conductor, is born.
in 1862 - Felipe Villanueva y Gutiérrez, Mexican pianist, violinist and composer, is born.
in 1863 - Armand Parent, Belgian violinist, composer and teacher, is born.

in 1864 - Carl Teike, German composer, is born. Teike is remembered for his marches, in particular Alte Kameraden. I read that his superior officer looked at it and told him that they already had enough marches, "...throw this one in the oven." Teike resigned the military at that point and became a police officer.

in 1865 - Harvey Worthington Loomis, American composer, member of the Indianist Movement, is born. His most famous compositions/arrangements are the Lyrics of the Red Man.

in 1866 - Rossetter Gleason Cole, American composer, organist, and teacher, is born at Clyde, Mich. He studied music with C.B. Cady. In 1890 he went to Germany, where he studied composition with Max Bruch in Berlin, and organ with Middleschulte. Returning to America in 1892, he occupied various posts as a teacher and organist in Wise., Iowa, and Ill.; lived mostly in Chicago. - Died at Lake Bluff, Ill, May 18, 1952.

in 1868 - Lodewijk Mortelmans, Belgian composer, conductor and teacher "the Flemish Brahms," is born.
in 1882 - Felice Lattuada, Italian composer and director of the Civica Scuola di Musica in Milan, is born.

in 1887 - Giuseppe Verdi's opera Otello premieres at La Scala.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1ms4ek0vbQ"]Verdi's Otello - Opera in 10 minutes - YouTube[/ame]

in 1889 - Ioan Dumitru Chirescu, Romanian composer, is born.

in 1893 - Roman Witold Ingarden, Polish music theorist and aesthetician, is born at Krakow. He studied philosophy with Husserl and mathematics with Hilbert at the universities. of Gottingen and Freiburg im Breisgau (PhD., 1918). After completing his Habilitation (1921), he joined the faculty at the University of Lwow. In 1945 he became chairman of the philosophy dept. at the Jagellonian University in Krakow, only to be barred from teaching in 1950 by the Communist government because of his adherence to "idealism"; during his forced sabbatical, he translated Kant's Critique of Pure Reason. He regained his academic post in 1956, retiring in 1963. Ingarden is regarded as the ablest of Husserl's students, preserving the cognitive core of Husserl's phenomenology that was lost in Heidegger's and Sartre's emotional reduction of it to existentialism. His The Work of Music and the Problem of Its Identity (Berkeley, 1986), an excerpt from his Studia z estetyki (Studies in Aesthetics; Warsaw, 1957-70), is an important consideration of ontology and epistemology in musical aesthetics. His other publications include Spor 0 istnienie swiata (Controversy over the Existence of the World; Krakow, 1947-48), Untersuchungen zur Ontologie der Kunst: Musikwerk, Bild, Architektur, Film (Tiibingen, 1962), The Literary Work of Art: An Investigation on the Borderlines of Ontology, Logic, and Theory of Literature, with an Appendix on the Functions of Language in the Theater (Evanston, Ill., 1973), and Selected Papers in Aesthetics (Washington, D.C., 1985). - Died at Krakow, June 14, 1970.

in 1894 - Carleton Coon (A. Sr.), jazz drummer, leader, singer, is born at Rochester, Minn. He grew up in Lexington, Mo., where he became interested in black music by hanging out with dock workers. He formed a band in high school and met pianist and singer Joe Sanders at a music store in Kansas City around the end of World War I; they formed a band (1920) that performed there for several years; Sanders wrote much of the material for the group of nine to ten pieces. They achieved wider fame during the mid-1920s due to late night radio broadcasts throughout the Midwest from the Muehlebach Hotel.

Known as the Coon Sanders Nighthawks, the band was heard nationwide and in Canada, and their program had popular features such as a telegraph site near the band to which listeners could send in requests, comments, and greetings to friends, which would be read during the show. They performed at Lincoln Tavern and Congress Hotel in Chicago (1924),and later returned for a long stint at the Blackhawk Restaurant (1926), from which they made nightly radio broadcasts; this led to a recording contract with Victor and some 80 recorded songs.

They also had their own NBC radio show for a while. Keeping their home base in Kansas City, they frequently toured college dances and other one-night gigs, traveling flamboyantly in a caravan of colorful sports cars, one to each musician. From late 1931 through March 1932 or longer, they were at the Hotel New Yorker in N.Y. Soon after, the band was performing at Hotel Sherman's College Inn, Chicago, when Coon was suffering from a jaw abscess due to an infected tooth and checked in to Henrotin Memorial Hospital. He suddenly died, and the band broke up a year later. - Died at Chicago, May 4,1932.

in 1896 - Henry David Leslie, English composer, conductor and teacher, dies at 73. Leslie was involved in founding a national music school in 1878 which was the predecessor of the Royal College of Music.

in 1902 - Bronislaw Kaper, Polish-American film and television composer, is born. Kaper composed the music for nearly 150 films. One of his most famous tunes is the jazz standard "On Green Dolphin Street."

in 1903 - Ivan (Alexander) Galarnian, eminent Armenian- born American violinist and pedagogue, is born at Tabriz, Persia (of Armenian parents). He studied with Konstantin Mostras at the school of Moscow's Philharmonic Society (1916-22), then attended Lucien Capet's master course in Paris (1922-23), where he made his formal debut (1924). He taught at the Russian Conservatory (1925-39) and at the Ecole Normale de Musique (1936-39) there. He settled in N.Y. (1939), becoming a teacher at the Henry St. Settlement School (1941). He was later named to the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia (1944) and of the Juilliard School of Music in N.Y. (1946), and also founder of the Meadowmount School for string players in Westport, N.Y. (1944).Among his numerous students were Itzhak Perlman, Michael Rabin, Kyung-Wha Chung, Erick Friedman, Miriam Fried, Pinchas Zuckerman, YoungUck Kim, and Jaime Laredo. He published Principles of Violin Playing and Teaching (with E. Green; Englewood Cliffs, N.J., 1962; 2nd ed., rev., 1985) and Contemporary Violin Technique (with F. Neumann; 2 vols., N.Y., 1966, 1977). - Died at N.Y.,April 14, 1981.

in 1907 - Ludwig Thuille, German composer and teacher, dies at 45.
in 1907 - Arnold Schönberg's 1st string quartet premieres in Vienna.

in 1909 - Grazyna Bacewicz, notable Polish composer and violinist, is born at Lodz. She learned to play the violin in her youth and began to compose at age 13. She then was a student of Jozef Jarzebski (violin), Jozef Turczynski (piano), and Sikorski (composition) at the Warsaw Conservatory, graduating in 1932. She also studied philosophy at the University of Warsaw. A scholarship from Paderewski enabled her to study violin with Andre Touret and composition with Boulanger at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris (1932-33). After teaching at the Lodz Conservatory (1933-34), she returned to Paris to study violin with Flesch. In 1935 she received honorable mention at the first Wieniawski violin competition in Warsaw, and then played in the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra there (1936-38). From 1945 to 1955 she was active as a concert violinist. From 1966 until her death, she taught at the Warsaw State College of Music. In 1949 she won the Warsaw Prize, and in 1950 and 1952 the National Prize for composition. Bacewicz's large catalog of works generally adhered to neoclassical principles. After the rise of the new Polish school of composition, she pursued more adventuresome paths. - Died at Warsaw, Jan. 17,1969.

in 1911 - Society of Dutch Composers forms in Amsterdam.
in 1911 - Johan 'Jussi' Björling (Swedish tenor) is born.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUbA5y1hnFg"]YouTube - Jussi Björling sings Nessun Dorma (Digitally Remastered)[/ame]

in 1912 - Zoltan Pongracz, Hungarian composer and teacher, is born.
in 1913 - Rozelle Claxton, American jazz pianist, organist and arranger, is born.

in 1917 - Paul Rubens, English composer, songwriter and librettist, dies at 41. Rubens' work was entirely in musical theater.

in 1917 - Otto Karl Edelmann, noted Austrian bassbaritone, is born at Brunn am Gebirge, near Vienna.
He studied with Lierhammer and Graarud at the Vienna Academy of Music, making his operatic debut as Mozart's Figaro in Gera in 1937; he then sang in Nuremberg (1938-40). After military service during World War II, he resumed his career as a leading member of the Vienna State Opera from 1947. He also sang at the Bayreuth Festival, the Salzburg Festival, La Scala in Milan, the Hamburg State Opera, the Edinburgh Festival, and other major operatic centers. On Nov. 11, 1954,he made his Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. as Hans Sachs, a role in which he particularly excelled; he continued to sing there regularly until 1976. His most famous role was that of Baron Ochs in Der Rosenkavalier. Died at Vienna, 2003.

in 1918 - Kara Abulfaz ogli Karayev, Azerbaijani pianist, composer, folk song collector and teacher, is born.
in 1921 - John Michael Pritchard, English conductor, is born.

in 1922 - James William Tate, English songwriter, conductor, accompanist, composer and producer of revues and pantomimes, dies at 47.

in 1923 - Claude King, American country singer/songwriter and guitarist, is born.
in 1924 - Alexis Hollander, German composer, conductor and teacher, dies at 83.

in 1925 - (Karl) Hans (Vilhelm Astrand, Swedish music historian and lexicographer, is born at Bredaryd. He studied organ, double bass, and cello; also took courses in Romance languages at the University of Lund (Licentiate, 1958). He was music critic of the Malmo newspaper Kvallsposten (from 1950), founder-director of the Chamber Choir '53 (1953-62), and founder (1960) and director (1965-71) of the Ars Nova Society for New Music. From 1963 to 1971 he taught music history at the Malmo National School of Drama, and then was music critic of Stockholm's Veckojournalen (from 1976). He served as editor in chief of the fundamental Swedish musical encyclopedia, Sohlmans musik-lexikon (5 vols., Stockholm, 1975-79). He was a board member (from 1966) and perpetual secretary (from 1973) of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music in Stockholm. In 1983 he was made a professor and in 1985 received an honorary doctorate at the University of Lund. Astrand also contributed various articles on musicological and general music subjects to many books and journals.

in 1926 - Andre Gedalge, French composer and teacher, dies at 69.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdVA6Mkx-Xs"]André GÉDALGE Piano Concerto in C minor, op. 16 - Eléonore CRAEYMER - YouTube[/ame]

in 1927 - Robert Allen (US pianist, songwriter) is born

in 1929 - Hal Blaine, American drummer, is born. Blaine is a famous session musician, part of the Wrecking Crew, which he named.

in 1929 - Luc Ferrari (French composer) is born
in 1930 - Don Goldie (US trumpet player; Jack Teagarden's band/others) is born
in 1933 - Ron Wilson, rock percussionist (Joy of Cooking), is born.

in 1935 - Alex Harvey, vocals, guitar, Sensational Alex Harvey Band, (1975 UK No.7 single 'Delilah, 1975 album 'Next') is born.

in 1937 - Pablo Elvira, Puerto Rican baritone, is born at Santurce. He studied voice at the Puerto Rico Cons., becoming a finalist in the Metropolitan Opera auditions in 1966. He taught at the Ind. University School of Music in Bloomington (1966-74), where he made his formal debut as Rigoletto (1968). On Feb. 23,1974, he made his first appearance at the N.Y.C. Opera as Germont, where he sang regularly in subsequent seasons. His final appearance there was as Rigoletto in 1989. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. as Rigoletto on March 22, 1978. He sang Figaro at his last appearance there in 1990. In addition to his operatic engagements, he also sang frequently in concert. Among his finest roles were Don Carlo, Renate, Leoncavallo's Tonio, and Puccini's Lescaut. - Died at Bozeman, Mont., Feb. 5, 2000.

in 1938 - Dick van Niehoff, Dutch rock/pop singer (The Fouryo's), is born.
in 1940 - Glenn Miller & his Orchestra record "Tuxedo Junction."
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBTYcqtaOjg"]YouTube - Tuxedo Junction - Glenn Miller[/ame]

in 1941 - Rick Laird, Irish jazz bassist and teacher (The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Stan Getz, Chick Corea), is born.

in 1941 - Barrett Strong, US songwriter is born. Wrote many Motown hits with Norman Whitfield including, 'Money', 'War', 'Ball Of Confusion', 'Papa Was A Rolling Stone'.

in 1941 - Henson Cargill (US country singer) is born.

in 1942 - Corey Wells, vocals, Three Dog Night, is born (1970 UK No.3 & US No.1 single 'Mama Told Me Not To Come').

in 1942 - Emil Lowendowski "Cory Wells" American rock singer (Three Dog Night), is born.

in 1942 - Keith Ingham, English pianist, is born at London, England. A fine, swinging pianist with an encyclopedic knowledge of songwriters, overlooked songs, and jazz piano history. He has an excellent reputation as an accomplished vocal accompanist and arranger. His many musical associations and collaborations include singers Susannah McCorkle, Peggy Lee, Barbara Lea, and the late Maxine Sullivan, guitarist Marty Grosz, clarinetists Bobby Gordon and Bob Reitmeier, and tenor saxophonist Harry Allen.

His keyboard approach and sound are often reminiscent of Gene Schroeder or Jess Stacy, but he acknowledges Al Haig and Ellis Larkins as primary influences on his harmonically rich piano style. Growing up in war-ravaged Britain, he began piano studies at age eight and showed an interest in jazz by his teens. As a prerequisite to an Oxford University scholarship, he worked for the British Government in Hong Kong. It was there where he first played jazz piano, sitting in with a Filipino quartet.

He left the Far East in 1962 and majored in classical Chinese language at Oxford, graduating in 1966. He returned to London and started playing in British bands with Humphrey Lyttelton, Sandy Brown, Wally Falkes, Bruce Turner, and others. By 1968, he was accompanying visiting Americans, most notably Red Allen, Pee Wee Russell, Benny Carter, and Ben Webster. In the 1970s, he recorded with Bud Freeman, Bob Wilber, and as leader with vocalist Susannah McCorkle with whom he shared a mutual love of 1920s and 1930s songs.

In 1978, McCorkle and visiting musicians Billy Butterfield and Ruby Braff encouraged Ingham to move to the United States. Ingham settled in N.Y. where he freelanced and played occasional dates with Benny Goodman, the World's Greatest Jazz Band, and with McCorkle as her musical director and pianist. He plays the festival scene and selective U.S. club dates, and is a favorite at the annual Allegheny Jazz Society sessions in Western Pa. and environs. He has recorded as sideman and leader, including dates featuring singer Maxine Sullivan, guitarist Marty Grosz, clarinetist Bob Reitmeier, and others. He still finds time, however, to play his special brand of thoughtful, complex jazz piano in various N.Y. venues.

in 1943 - Chuck Winfield, trumpet, Blood Sweat & Tears, is born (1969 USNo.2 & UK No.35 single 'You've Made Me So Very Happy'). 1944, Born on this day, Al Kooper, The Royal Teens, (1958 US No.3 single 'Shorts Shorts'), Blood Sweat & Tears, (1969 US No.12 & UK No.35 single 'You've Made Me So Very Happy'). Played organ on Bob Dylan track 'Like A Rolling Stone.'

in 1943 - Ivan Alexandrovich Tcherepnin, American composer, teacher and director of the Harvard University Electronic Music Studio, is born.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60u87DtCJQU"]Ivan Aleksandrovich - YouTube[/ame]
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in 1943 - Larry Tamblyn, rock organist (The Standells), is born.

in 1943 - Sven Åke Johansson, Swedish jazz/experimental drummer and composer (Globe Unity Orchestra, E. M. T., Tangerine Dream), is born.

in 1944 - Alan Peter Kuperschmidt "Al Kooper" American rock organist, guitarist, songwriter and producer (Blood, Sweat and Tears, Mike Blomfield Band, The Blues Project, Bob Dylan), is born. Besides those mentioned, Kooper has played with many other groups as a renowned session musician.

in 1944 - J R Cobb, American rock guitarist and songwriter (Classics IV, Atlanta Rhythm Section), is born.
in 1944 - Georgeanna Marie Tillman Gordon (US R&B/Pop singer; The Marvelettes) is born.

in 1945 - Phyllis (Mae) Bryn-Julson, esteemed American soprano, is born at Bowdon, N.Dak.
She studied piano, organ, violin, and voice at Concordia College, Moorehead, Minn.; then spent several summers at the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood and completed her studies at Syracuse University. On Oct. 28, 1966, she made her formal debut as soloist in Berg's Lulu Suite with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and in 1976 made her operatic debut as Malinche in the U.S. premiere of Sessions's Montezuma in Boston. She often appears in recital with her husband, the organist Donald Sutherland. In addition to teaching at Kirkland-Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., and at the University of Md., she conducted master classes on both sides of the Atlantic. She is particularly renowned as a concert singer, at ease with all periods and styles of music.

in 1947 - Jean-Yves Bosseur, French composer and musicologist, is born at Paris. He received training in composition from Stockhausen and Pousseur in Cologne before taking his Ph.D. at the University of Paris I . After working as a producer for Radio France, he was professor of musicology at the University of Paris IV. He also was co-founder of the Groupe Intervalles. In addition to many articles, he published a number of books, among them Musique, passion d'artistes (1988; Eng. tr., 1991), Le sonore et Ie visuel (1992; Eng. tr., 1993), John Cage (1995), Le temps de la prendre: Journal musical (1967/. ..) (1997), and Musique et arts plastiques: Interactions au Xe siecle (1998).

in 1948 - Christopher Haden-Guest, 5th Baron Haden-Guest "Christopher Guest," "Nigel Tufnel," English-American rock and folk guitarist, songwriter, actor, director, comedian and screenwriter (Spinal Tap), is born. "These go to eleven!"

in 1948 - David Denny, guitar, Steve Miller Band, is born (1974 US No.1 & 1990 UK No.1 single 'The Joker').

in 1948 - Nigel Tufnell, guitar, Spinal Tap, is born (1984 film 'This Is Spinal Tap'). in 1960, Born on this day, Paul Jones, bass, Catatonia, (1998 UK No.3 single 'Mulder And Scully').

in 1949 - Juozas Tallat-Kelpsa, Lithuanian organist, composer, conductor and teacher, dies at 50.
in 1949 - Nigel Olsson (UK drummer; Elton John/others) is born
in 1950 - Ann Sexton, American soul singer, is born.

in 1951 - Elizabeth Swados, American writer, composer, musician, theatre director and teacher, is born. Swados is probably best remembered for writing and composing the Broadway musical hit Runaways.

in 1952 - Daniel Balavoine (French singer, songwriter) is born
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lVQ49VDvhM"]YouTube - Daniel Balavoine l'Aziza[/ame]



in 1954 - Vittorio Gnecchi, Italian composer, dies at 77. Gnecchi was involved in a bizarre controversy, being accused of plagiarism in the composition of his opera Cassandra because of similarities to Richard Strauss' Elektra, even though he had composed his piece before Strauss'.

in 1954 - Cliff Martinez (US composer, drummer; Captain Beefheart/Weirdos/Red Hot Chili Pepprs/others) is born.

in 1957 - 5,000 fans greeted Bill Haley when he arrived from New York on the liner Queen Elizabeth at Southampton, for his debut UK concert tour. Haley was the first American rock artist to tour the UK.

in 1960 - Paul Jones, Welsh rock bassist (Catatonia), is born.

in 1960 - Rudolf Nelson, German composer and founder/director of the Nelson Revue, dies at 81.

When the Nazis came to power in 1933, Eva Busch and her husband, Ernst Busch, left Germany. They went to Holland where she appeared on radio and made recordings in several languages. She even went to the USA to record a few records. After she and Ernst Busch divorced, Eva settled down in Paris to continue her singing career. Her German citizenship was revoked in 1937. At the outbreak of WWII she was detained with other Germans in Gurs, but was let go after a few weeks, since it was well known she was anti-nazi. She returned to Paris and continued her career, now in the occupied Paris...

In 1941, on the third day of her show at the ABC Music Hall, she was arrested by the Gestapo and sent to Ravensbrück, where she was a political prisoner for almost 3 years. "The hatred kept me alive", she would later comment... Finally, her mother Emmy Burg-Zimmermann, a well known opera singer managed to get her out. Eva, however, now had to perform for military and civilian audiences...
After the war she and Ernst Busch are reconciled in the ruins of Berlin. Eva Busch returns to France in november 1945 and resumes her career. She meets journalist George Sinclair and the 2 women share their lives until George's death in 1985...

Video Note: Rudolf Nelson, the famed Berlin composer and showman, was a fellow exile and Eva frequently starred in his shows. He wrote the beautiful "Zigarette" for Eva... She sings "Du hältst in der Hand Deine Seligkeit, eine Zigarette lang..." or "Your happiness lasts as long as the cigarette in your hand"... She recorded the song in August 1940, Rudolf Nelson's name was changed to "Lemaire". Nelson's music was banned since he was jewish. Rudolf Nelson survived the war and eventually returned to Germany, where he died in Berlin in 1960.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZy17BwYLW4"]EVA BUSCH - Zigarette (Rudolf Nelson) - YouTube[/ame]



in 1962 - The Beatles played two shows, one at the Cavern Club at lunchtime and in the evening at the Kingsway Club in Southport. This was the first time Ringo Starr appeared live with the group after drummer Pete Best became ill.

in 1962 - Tommy Skeoch, American rock guitarist and singer/songwriter (Tesla), is born.
in 1962 - Jacques François Antoine Ibert, French composer, dies at 71.

in 1964 - Duff McKagan, bass, Guns N' Roses, is born (1998 US No.1 & 1989 UK No.6 single 'Sweet Child O' Mine'). Velvet Revolver (2004 US No.1 & UK No.11 album ‘Contraband’). in 1964 - Sally Still, bass, Furniture, is born (1986 UK No.21 single 'Brilliant Mind').

in 1964 - Alexia Vassiliou (Cypriot singer) is born.

in 1968 - Luckeyeth Roberts dies at age 80. American jazz, ragtime, blues pianist and composer born in Philadelphia; he started out playing piano and acting professionally with traveling African American minstrel shows in his childhood. He settled in New York City about 1910 and became one of the leading pianists in Harlem, and started publishing some of his original rags. Luckey toured France and the UK with James Reese Europe during World War I, then returned to New York where he wrote music for various shows and recorded piano rolls. With James P. Johnson, he developed the stride piano style of playing about 1919. Luckey's noted compositions include Junk Man Rag, Moonlight Cocktail, Pork and Beans, and Railroad Blues .
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-Q7wEzyQvc"]Daria Rabotkina - Pork and Beans by "Luckey" Roberts - YouTube[/ame]



in 1969 - Bobby Brown, the singer who went from teen sensation to controversial R&B star, inventing New Jack Swing in the process, is born at Boston, Mass.
Bobby Brown grew up in the projects in the Roxbury section of Boston. His father was a construction worker and his mother taught grade school. They sang in church, and listened to blues and R&B at home. Brown saw music as his way out of the projects. He formed the vocal group New Edition with four of his Roxbury friends, sharing lead vocal duty with Ralph Tresvant for five years before going solo in 1986 at age 17.

Despite the group's success, his solo debut, King of Stage, sold disappointingly, with the single "Girlfriend" a comparatively middling R&B hit. In 1988, he hooked up with producers Teddy Riley and L.A. Reid and Babyface. The album they produced, the chart-topping, sextuple platinum Don't Be Cruel, helped change the face of popular music, fusing melodic, soulful songs with hip-hop rhythms, bringing the hybrid style new jack swing to a pop audience. The title track went gold, topped the R&B charts, and hit #8 on the pop charts. The gold follow-up single, "My Prerogative," topped both the pop and R&B charts. "Roni" went to #3; "Every Little Step" went gold, topped the R&B chart, and hit #3 pop; "Rock Witcha" went gold and hit #7 pop. Brown also had a platinum single with the #2 pop tune "On Our Own," featured in the film Ghostbusters II. He topped the pop charts again on a gold duet with Glen Medeiros, "She Ain't Worth It."
A remix album followed, went to #9, and sold platinum. However, Brown's rise to super pop stardom wasn't without controversy. His hip-shaking live show proved too much for the authorities in Columbus, Ga., who cited him in violation of the city's lewd behavior act and fined him $600. This was not the last of his legal difficulties (though it was the least). Brown fathered several children with various girlfriends, and did some time in drug rehab. Then he married Whitney Houston in a lavish wedding at Houston's N.J. estate in 1992. After the wedding, Brown finally released a new album, Bobby. The album debuted at #2 and eventually sold two million copies. The singles "Humping Around" (#3 pop/#lR&B) and "Good Enough" (#7 pop) both went gold. "Get Away" hit #14. The album also included a duet with Houston, "Something in Common." Brown joined the chart-topping New Edition reunion in 1996 before returning to his solo career with Forever in 1997, but the album didn't even go gold. Earlier that year, his recording studio in Atlanta went bankrupt. Beset by rumors of marital difficulty, Brown and Houston remain wed, although Brown's career seems now to have stalled, while Houston continues to top the charts while also developing a successful acting career.
On March 26, 2012 Brown was arrested for DUI after being pulled over for allegedly using a cell phone while driving.On August 14, 2012, Brown was undergoing treatment in rehab for alcohol addiction.
On October 24, 2012, Bobby Brown was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol for the second time that year. Houston died February 11, 2012.

in 1964 - Sally Still, English pop bassist and songer (Furniture), is born.
in 1965 - Keith Moseley (US bassist; The String Cheese Incident/Grateful Grass) is born.
in 1966 - Petula Clark had her second No.1 in the US singles chart with 'My Love', (it made No. 4 in the UK).

in 1967 - The Beatles filmed part of the promo clip for 'Penny Lane' around the Royal Theatre, Stratford, London and walking up and down Angel Lane.

in 1967 - The News Of The World reported that Mick Jagger had taken LSD at the Moody Blues’ home in the UK. Jagger sued the paper for libel in an on-going feud between the News Of The World and The Stones.

in 1968 - Chris Barron, American rock singer/songwriter (Spin Doctors), is born.

in 1968 - Luckey Roberts, influential American ragtime, jazz and blues pianist and composer, dies at 80. Roberts is credited, along with James P. Johnson, with inventing the stride piano style, a bridge between ragtime and jazz.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8f9sQsPN8s"]YouTube - Luckey Roberts (Pork And Beans, 1946) Ragtime Piano Legend[/ame]


in 1968 - Nir Kabaretti (Israeli conductor) is born

in 1967 - Violeta del Carmen Parra Sandoval dies at age 49. Chilean folklorist and visual artist, born in San Carlos, province of Ñuble. She was involved in the progressive movement and the Socialist Party of Chile and revived the Peña, [pronounced- pain ya] now known as La Peña de Los Parra, a community centre for the arts and for political activism. Violeta set the basis for "New Song," La Nueva Canción chilena, a renewal and a reinvention of Chilean folk music which would absorb and extend its influence far beyond Chile. Her most renowned song, Gracias a la Vida/Thanks to Life, was popularized throughout Latin America by Mercedes Sosa and later in the US by Joan Baez. It remains one of the most covered Latin American songs in history. (Violeta committed suicide with a gunshot to her head, Allegedly, because of her depression over the breakup of her relationship with Swiss-Bolivian flautist Gilbert Favre)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSaI4zHc5xU"]YouTube - Violeta Parra - A Tribute[/ame]


[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vi0Bo2Ga_eo&feature=related"]YouTube - Violeta Parra - Que He Sacado Con Quererte[/ame]

I recommend comparing the two renditions of ‘Gacias a la vida’. I like them both. I like the way Baez musically celebrates life, yet I feel Mercedes Sosa is closer to parra’s intent.

in 1969 - Bobby Brown, American R&B singer/songwriter (New Edition), is born.
in 1969 - The Move were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Blackberry Way', the group's only UK No.1.

in 1970 - David Bowie recorded four songs at the BBC Paris Cinema, London, for the John Peel Sunday Concert radio show. This was guitarists Mick Ronson’s first appearance with Bowie.

in 1971 - Sara Evans (US singer) is born.

in 1972 - T Rex were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Telegram Sam', the group's third UK No.1 and taken from their album The Slider.

in 1973 - Trijntje Oosterhuis (Dutch singer) is born
in 1975 - Adam Carson (US drummer; AFI) is born

in 1976 - Rudy Pompilli dies at age 51. American saxophone, clarenet player with Bill Haley & His Comets; born in Chester, Pennsylvania, he worked with the Ralph Marterie Orchestra prior to joining the Comets, scoring a hit with their version of "Crazy Man, Crazy". Soon after a 1974 tour of Europe, he was diagnosed with lung cancer. He bravely continued to tour with Haley throughout 1975, including a tour of Brazil in October '75, and that year also recorded his first and only solo album, ''Rudy's Rock: The Sax That Changed the World'', which was recorded with session musicians and members of The Comets. He also continued to perform at the Nite Cap, a club in Chester; at one of his very last performances he performed with his former Comets bandmate Franny Beecher as well as then-current Comets guitarist Bill Turner (lung cancer)
This clip is notable for featuring the great Rudy Pompilli on tenor sax. The other Comets are, Ray Cawley (bass), Freddie Moore (drums), Nick Masters (aka Nastos) on lead guitar and Ray Parsons (rhythm guitar). This tour of the UK coincided with "Rock Around The Clock" re-entering the UK top twenty.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lz_D0UVYCqU"]YouTube - Bill Haley in 1974, appearing in England[/ame]


in 1977 - Mary MacGregor started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Torn Between Two Lovers', it made No.4 in the UK.

in 1980 - Donald "Chubby" Anthony dies at age 43. American fiddler; raised in Shelby, N.C., he began playing music at the age of seven, winning the North Carolina fiddling championship at 12, and got his biggest break in the early 1950s, when he became the fiddler for the legendary Stanley Brothers. He played fiddle for the Stanleys until 1961. In the early 1970s, Donald played, with Robert McDougal and Kiel Brown, in the popular Tall Timber Bluegrass. Later, the band's name was changed to Big Timber, and along with guitarist, Bill Pruett and Banjo picker, Jimmy Fee, it was the band with which he performed until illness intervened (acute renal failure)

in 1982 - Dionysis Makris (Greek singer) is born
in 1982 - Wheesung/Choi Hwee-Sung (Korean R&B singer; A4/solo) is born.

in 1983 - Def Leppard's album 'Pyromania', started a 92 week run on the US charts, it never reached No.1 but sold over 6 million copies in the US alone.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIlgciJ8DTs"]Def Leppard-Rock Of Ages - YouTube[/ame]


in 1983 - Toto went to No.1 on the US singles with 'Africa'; a No.3 hit in the UK.
in 1985 - Pete Burns, Judas Priest, Sade and Lemmy all appeared on UK music show The Old Grey Whistle Test.
in 1985 - Lindsey Cardinale (US singer) is born
in 1987 - Darren Criss (US actor, singer) is born
in 1988 - Kevin J Maclean (Scottish singer-songwriter) is born
in 1989 - Joseph Guilherme Raposo Jr., American pianist, composer and songwriter, dies at 51. Raposo is best remembered for his work on Sesame Street, for which he wrote the theme song, and a number of other songs.

in 1989 - Joseph Raposo Jr, OIH idies at age 51. Portuguese-American composer, songwriter, pianist, television writer and lyricist, best known for his work on the children's television series Sesame Street, for which he wrote the theme song, as well as classic songs such as "Bein' Green" and "C is for Cookie". He also wrote music for television shows such as The Electric Company, Shining Time Station and the sitcoms Three's Company and The Ropers, including their theme songs. In addition to these works, Joe also composed extensively for the Dr. Seuss productions Halloween Is Grinch Night, Pontoffel Pock, Where Are You? and The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat (non-Hodgkin's lymphoma)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZJxL3PrrLM&feature=related"]YouTube - Broadcast Yourself.[/ame]


in 1991 - Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty of KLF were arrested in Battersea, London after painting a logo on a Sunday Times billboard ad.

in 1992 - touring Australia and New Zealand for the first and only time Nirvana appeared at the ANU Bar in Canberra, Australia.

in 1994 - Kenneth "Buddy" Scott, American blues singer/songwriter and guitarist (The Scott Brothers), dies at 59.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vklyRdERwc"]Buddy Scott - "May The Bird Of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose" - YouTube[/ame]


in 1994 - Saki Nakajima (Japanese singer) is born
in 1995 - Frederick Craig Riddle, English violinist, dies at 82.
in 1996 - Gianandrea Gavazzeni, Italian pianist, composer, conductor and musicologist, dies at 86.

in 1998 - Tim Kelly dies at age 35. American guitarist born in Trenton, New Jersey; he played in a few bands during his career which included Hellion, and Allegiance. After which he teamed up with Mark Slaughter to form a new group with their own original music, thus, the group Slaughter was formed in Fall of 1988. In their first album 'Stick It to Ya', he wrote and performed an instrumental piece called "Thinking of June" which he dedicated to his sister who died in 1982. In all, Tim released four studio albums with the band, and two live albums; the last ''Eternal Live'', was released posthumously and includes a pictorial and video tribute to Tim which was quickly put together by Blas Elias and Pat Lucero. (car accident while traveling on Highway 96 in Arizona, his vehicle was hit head on when an 18 wheeler crossed the middle line)

in 1999 - The members of *NSYNC made a guest appearance on 'Sabrina The Teenage Witch' on US TV.

in 2001 - Juliet Peters appeared in a London court accused of making death threat's to singer Billie Piper. Peter's had made threatening telephone calls to the singer threatening to decapitate her and burn her body. The court listened to tapes of the 13 calls she has made to the singers record company.
in 2002 - S Club 7 played the first night of an eight date UK arena tour at The Manchester Evening News Arena, tickets £20.

in 2003 - Courtney Love blamed her bad language for the alleged air rage incident that led to her arrest at London's Heathrow Airport. As she left Heathrow's police station the singer said: "I cussed at a lady-my daughter always said I had a potty mouth." When asked what it had been like inside the police station, the singer said: "It was fine. They were wonderful in there. It was like being on Prime Suspect."

in 2004 - Janet Jackson's right breast became the most searched-for image in net history, Jackson's breast was seen by millions on TV after Justin Timberlake pulled at her bodice during a duet. Search engines reported a big jump in searches for Janet Jackson and Super Bowl, as people turned to the web for images of the event.

in 2006 - The Rolling Stones played three songs during the half-time show of The Super Bowl in Detroit. After the event, the Stones expressed their displeasure over having Mick Jagger's microphone turned down during the song "Start Me Up". The line "you make a dead man come" was cut short and a barnyard reference to "cocks" in the new song "Rough Justice" also disappeared.

in 2007 - producer Phil Spector won $900,000 (£459,000) after settling an embezzlement claim. Spector said former assistant Michelle Blaine removed $425,000 (£216,000) from his pension and did not repay a $635,000 (£324,000) loan. Ms Blaine claimed the loan was a gift, and the pension funds were for a film aimed at improving Spector's image. As part of the settlement, she dropped a counter-claim of sexual harassment.

in 2008 - Amy Winehouse was questioned by police in connection with a video apparently showing her smoking a crack-cocaine pipe. The singer who was not arrested, was interviewed under caution after the video was posted online by the Sun newspaper.

in 2011 - Mary Cleere Haran dies at age 58. American cabaret singer; born in San Francisco, she began singing as a teenager and moved to New York in the late '70s, where she made her Broadway debut playing a band singer in The 1940s Radio Hour in 1979, made her official cabaret debut at the Ballroom in New York in 1988, and her recording debut in 1992 on Columbia with “There’s a Small Hotel: Live at the Algonquin.” Later albums included “This Funny World: Mary Cleere Haran Sings Lyrics by Hart” in 1995, “This Heart of Mine: Classic Movie Songs of the Forties”-1994, “Pennies From Heaven: Movie Songs From the Depression Era”-1998, “The Memory of All That: Gershwin Broadway and in Hollywood”-1999, and “Crazy Rhythm: Manhattan in the ’20s” -2002. Her singing idol was Doris Day, whom she interviewed in a PBS documentary, “Doris Day: Sentimental Journey”, which Mary also wrote and co-produced. She also contributed to the PBS documentaries “Remembering Bing”, “Irving Berlin’s America”, “When We Were Young: The Lives of Child Movie Stars” and “Satchmo” (died after a biking accident, when struck from the side by a car coming out of a driveway, she was taken to a hospital in Deerfield Beach, Fla, but tragically never regained consciousness).
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2kD1ltIDQY"]'On The Atchison, Topeka, and the Santa Fe' - Mary Cleere Haran - YouTube[/ame]


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in 1497- John Ockeghem, Flemish singer, composer and teacher, dies at 79.
in 1673 - Maximilian Dietrich Freisslich, German composer and Kapellmeister, is born.

in 1677 - Johann Ludwig Bach, son of Johann Jacob [I], is born at Thai (baptized).. He was a great-grandson of Lips Bach (Died Oct. 10, 1620) In 1699 he became a court musician in Meiningen, where he was appointed cantor in 1703, and Court Kapellmeister in 1711. He wrote numerous vocal compositions as well as orchestral works, but few have been preserved. - Died Meiningen (buried), March 1,1731.

in 1695 - Andre Cheron, French organist, harpsichordist, composer, music theorist and teacher, is born.
in 1705 - Johann Matthias Leffloth, German organist and composer, is born.
in 1725 - Johann Philipp Krieger, German organist, composer and Kapellmeister, dies at 75.
in 1793 - Pietro Rovelli, Italian violinist, composer and teacher, is born.
in 1798 - Niels Schiorring, Danish harpsichordist, composer and royal chamber musician (Kammermusikus), is born.
in 1807 - Hans Matthison-Hansen, Danish organist and composer, is born.

in 1807 - General John Reid, Scottish soldier, flautist and composer, who helped quash the '45, served as an officer of the 42nd Highlanders in North America, and later endowed the music chair at the University of Edinburgh, dies at 85. Reid composed The Garb of Old Gaul, a famous slow march used by many Scottish regiments.

in 1818 - Henry (Charles) Litolff, prominent French pianist, conductor, music publisher, and composer, is born at London. He was a precocious child and received training in piano from his father until he was 12, at which time he continued his studies with Moscheles (1830-35). On July 24, 1832, he made his professional debut as a pianist in London. His early marriage at the age of 17 compelled him to seek his fortunes in Paris, where he first attracted attention as a pianist. Following a sojourn in Brussels (1839-41), he went to Warsaw and conducted the National Theater orchestra. He toured as a pianist in Germany and Holland (1844-45), and then throughout Europe. While in Vienna in 1848, he participated in the revolutionary uprising. When it failed, he made his way to Braunschweig in 1849. Following a divorce from his first wife, he married Julie Meyer in 1851, the widow of the music publisher Meyer, and acquired the firm. His Collections Litolff was one of the pioneering publications of inexpensive editions of classical music. In 1855 Litolff was named conductor at the court of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. After divorcing his second wife in 1858, he went to Paris to pursue his conducting career. In 1860 was married for a third time to Comtese de Larochefoucauld, and turned his publishing business over to his adopted son, Theodor Litolff. Following the Comtesse's death in 1870, Litolff took as his fourth wife a 15-yearold girl. Litolff's most significant works are his four extant concertos symphoniques (1844,1846,1852,1867), which are actually symphonies with piano obbligato. They made a deep impression on Liszt. - Died at Bois- Colombes, near Paris, Aug. 5, 1891

in 1851 - Robert Schumann's 3rd Symphony Rhenisch premieres in Düsseldorf.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncLfJwkuA-w"]YouTube - Schumann: Symphony No. 3 "Rhenish" / Boder · Berliner Philharmoniker[/ame]

in 1859 - Johannes Josephus Viotta, Dutch pianist, organist, composer and conductor, dies at 45.

in 1875 - Walter Hyde, English tenor, is born at Birmingham. He studied with Gustave Garcia at the Royal College of Music in London, where he sang in student performances. He then sang in light opera before he undertook Wagnerian roles, which became his specialty. He sang Siegmund in the English language production of the Ring cycle at Covent Garden in London in 1908; his other roles included Walther von Stolzing and Parsifal. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. on March 28, 1910, as Siegmund in Die Walkiire; then returned to England and made regular appearances at Covent Garden until 1924; later sang with the Beecham Opera Co. and the British National Opera Co., serving as a director of the latter. He was a frequent participant at many musical festivals in England. - Died at London, Nov. 11, 1951.

in 1878 - Waclaw Gieburowski, Polish composer, choir conductor and teacher, is born. in 1887 - Richard Bonelli (Bunn), American baritone, is born at Port Byron, N.Y. He studied at Syracuse University and with Arthur Alexander and Jean de Reszke in Paris. On April 21, 1915, he made his operatic debut as Valentine at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. After appearances at the Monte Carlo Opera, Milan's La Scala, and in Paris, he sang with the Chicago Opera (1925-31). On Dec. 1, 1932, he made his Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. as Germont, remaining on its roster until 1945. Thereafter he taught at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and in N.Y. He was best known for his Verdi roles, but also was praised for his portrayals of Wolfram, Tonio, and Sharpless. - Died at Los Angeles, June 7, 1980.

in 1898 - Charles Barkel, Swedish violinist, conductor, and teacher; b. Stugun, Feb. 6,1898; d. Stockholm, March 7, 1973. He studied at the Stockholm Cons., the Copenhagen Cons., and with Flesch in Berlin. In 1921 he became a violinist in the Stockholm Concert Soc. Orch. and in 1928 he founded his own string quartet. From 1942 to 1954 he was conductor of the Uppsala Concert Soc. Orch. He also taught violin in Stockholm from 1926 to 1965.

in 1900 - Roy Smeck, American ukulele, guitar, steel guitar and banjo player, is born. Smeck was known as the "Wizard of the Strings," and wrote several instruction books. He was a master of all the instruments named, but was especially known as a ukulele virtuoso. He's in the National Four-String Banjo Hall of Fame.

in 1902 - Georg(e Clarence) Brunis (originally Brunies), pioneering New Orleans trombonist, is born at New Orleans. Henry Brunies Sr., a baker who played violin, and his wife, Elizabeth, a pianist, had six sons and a daughter, all of whom were musical. The daughter, Ada, played guitar, and the oldest son, Rudy (1884-1955), played double bass, although he earned his living as a brewer. The second son, Richie (Richard) Brunies (b. New Orleans, Nov. 29, 1889; d. New Orleans, March 28, 1961), played comet in Fischer's Brass Band (1907-8) and also in Papa Jack Laine's Reliance Brass Band. Trombonist Henny Brunies (b. New Orleans, 1891. d. there, 1932) played in brass bands in New Orleans but also toured Calif. and performed and recorded in Chicago (1923-26) with a group led by his brother Merritt. Abbie (Albert) Brunies (b. New Orleans, Jan. 19, 1900; d. Oct. 2, 1978) was yet another comet player. Georg shortened the spelling of his name on the advice of a numerologist to make it 11 rather than 13 letters. At the age of eight, Georg was playing alto hom in Papa Jack Laine's Reliance Brass Band, and also worked with the family band. He first played trombone around age ten in a band led by Laine's son, Alfred "Pantsy" Laine and his Wampas Cats. During his teens, he played at Brunnin's Hall and at Martin's, near Lake Pontchartrain, with Leon Roppolo. He moved to Chicago c. 1919 to work in a band led by New Orleans drummer Joe "Ragababy" Stevens. After playing on the S.S. Capitol, Brunis returned to Chicago c. 1921, and joined Paul Mares's Friar's Society Orch. and thus became a founder-member of the New Orleans Rhythm Kings. He left the N.O.R.K. in 1924, briefly worked with Eddie Tancil's Band in Chicago, and then joined Ted Lewis (1924-34), including a trip to Europe. From 1936, Brunis was virtually a "house-musician" at Nick's, in N.Y., playing with many New Orleans revivalists through the late 1940s. In June 1949, he moved back to Chicago and was in residence at the Club IIII from 1951 to 1959. During the late 1950s and early 1960s, he also led in Madison, Wisc., and in Cincinnati. He continued to work through the mid-1960s, briefly living in Biloxi, Miss., where his family had a band in 1965, and then returned to Chicago. He played at the 1968 New Orleans Jazz Festival with Art Hodes. He became seriously ill in the late 1960s but resumed blowing and began working with Smokey Stover's Band in September 1969. He continued to play with Stover and other Dixielandrevival bands until his death. - Died at Chicago, Nov. 19, 1974.

in 1903 - Claudio Arrau, celebrated Chilean-born American pianist, born in Chile. He received early training from his mother, and made his first public appearance in Chilian when he was only 5; at age 6, he played in Santiago. After instruction from Bindo Paoli, he received a scholarship from the Chilean government in 1910 to pursue studies in Berlin, where he was a pupil of Martin Krause at the Stern Conservatory. (1913-18). On Dec. 10, 1914, he made his Berlin debut in a recital, and then attracted considerable attention through tours of Germany and Scandinavia. In 1918 he made his first tour of Europe. In 1921 he performed in South America and in 1922 in London. In the 1923-24 season, he played in the U.S. but, failing to elicit much of a response from audiences and critics, he pursued his career in Europe; also taught at the Stern Conservatory (1924-40). In 1927 he won the Grand Prix International des Pianistes in Geneva, and from 1935 he consolidated his European reputation by giving a series of acclaimed cycles of the keyboard works of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and others. In 1940 he left war-ravaged Europe for Santiago, where he opened a piano school. In 1941 he made a highly successful tour of the U.S., where he settled. In subsequent years, he appeared with all the major U.S. orchestras and gave countless recitals. Following the end of World War II in 1945, he pursued an eminent international career and established himself as one of the premiere masters of the piano. In 1978 he gave up his Chilean citizenship in protest against the military regime in his homeland; in 1979, he became a naturalized American citizen. All the same, he remained a revered figure in Chile and in 1983 was awarded the Chilean National Arts Prize. In 1984 he toured the land of his birth to enormous acclaim after an absence of 17 years. He died in Austria while preparing for a recital at the new Brahms museum in Miirzzuschlag. Arrau was a dedicated master of the keyboard and an authoritative interpreter of Beethoven; he also gave distinguished performances of Mozart, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, and Brahms, among others. In his playing, he combined a Classical purity and precision of style with a rhapsodic eclat. - Died at Miirzzuschlag, Austria, June 9, 1991.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZgbuAAqElQ"]YouTube - Beethoven op53 Waldstein, Claudio Arrau[/ame]

in 1909 - Israel Citkowitz, Polish-American pianist, composer, teacher and critic, is born.
in 1916 - Bill Doggett, US pianist is born (1956 US No.2 single 'Honky Tonk Parts I & II').

in 1917 - Arthur Gold, Canadian pianist, born in Toronto. He studied with Josef and Rosina Lhevinne at the Juilliard School of Music in N.Y. Upon graduation, he formed a piano duo with Robert Fizdale with whom he gave numerous concerts in Europe and America, in programs of modern music, including works specially written for them by such celebrated composers as Barber, Milhaud, Poulenc, Auric, and Thomson. They also pioneered performances of works by Cage for prepared piano. With Fizdale, he pubished a successful book, Misia (N.Y., 1979), on the life of Maria Godebska, a literary and musical figure in Paris early in the century. Gold retired in 1982, and in a spirit of innocent but practical amusement he published, with Fizdale, The Gold and Fizdale Cookbook (1983). - Died at N.Y., Jan. 3, 1990.

in 1917 - Liberato Firmino Sifonia, Italian composer, teacher and conservatory director, is born.

in 1923 - Maurice Le Roux, French conductor, composer, and writer on music, is born at Paris. Died at Avignon, Oct. 19, 1992. He was a student at the Paris Conservatory (1944-52) of Philipp and Nat (piano), Fourestier (conducting), and Messiaen (analysis), and also had private instruction in dodecaphonic techniques with Leibowitz. From 1951 he was active with the French Radio and Television in Paris, where he later was music director of its I'Orchestre National de I'ORTF from 1960 to 1968. After serving as musical councillor of the Paris Opera (1969-73), he was inspector general of music in the Ministry of Culture (1973-88). He utilized serial procedures in his compositions. Among his works were the ballets Le Petit Prince (1949) and Sables (1956), incidental music, film scores, the orchestra scores Le Cercle des metamorphoses (1953) and Un Koan (1973), and piano pieces, including a Sonata (1946). He published in Paris Introduction ii la musique contemporaine (1947), Monteverdi (1947), La Musique (1979), and Boris Godounov (1980).

in 1925 - Donald (Charles Peter) Mitchell, eminent English writer on music and publishing executive, is born at London. He studied at Dulwich Coll. in London (1939-42) and with A. Hutchings and A.E.F. Dickinson at the University of Durham (1949-50).

After noncombatant wartime service (1942-45), he founded (1947) and then became co-ed, (with Hans Keller) of Music Survey (1949-52). From 1953 to 1957 he was London music critic of the Musical Times.

In 1958 he was appointed music editor and adviser of Faber & Faber, Ltd.; in 1965 he became managing director, and in 1976 vice chairman; became chairman in 1977 of its subsidiary, Faber Music. He also edited Tempo (1958-62); was on the music staff of the Daily Telegraph (1959-64); in 1963-64 he served as music adviser to Boosey & Hawkes, Ltd.

From 1971 to 1976 he was professor of music, and from 1976 visiting professor of music, at the University of Sussex; in 1973 he was awarded by it an honorary M.A. degree; received his doctorate in 1977 from the University of Southampton with a dissertation on Mahler.

He lectured widely in the United Kingdom, U.S., and Australia; contributed articles to the Encyclopaedia Britannica and other reference publications. As a music scholar, Mitchell made a profound study, in Vienna and elsewhere, of the life and works of Gustav Mahler; was awarded in 1961 the Mahler Medal of Honor by the Bruckner Society of America and in 1987 the Mahler Medal of the International Gustav Mahler Society.

His major work is a Mahler biography: vol. 1, Gustav Mahler: The Early Years (London, 1958; rev. ed., 1980); vol. 2, The Wunderhorn Years (London, 1976); vol. 3, Songs and Symphonies of Life and Death (London, 1985). His other publications include: edited with H. Keller, Benjamin Britten: A Commentary on All His Works from a Group of Specialists (London, 1952); W.A. Mozart: A Short Biography (London, 1956); with H.C. Robbins Landon, The Mozart Companion (N.Y, 1956; 2nd ed., 1965); The Language of Modern Music (London, 1963; 3rd ed., 1970); ed. and annotated Alma Mahler's Gustav Mahler: Memories and Letters (London, 1968; 3rd ed., rev., 1973); ed. with J. Evans, Benjamin Britten, 1913-1976: Pictures from a Life (London, 1978); Britten and Auden in the Thirties (London, 1981); Benjamin Britten: Death in Venice (Cambridge, 1987).

in 1926 - Nancy Overton (US singer; The Chordettes) is born
in 1932 - Heinz-Klaus Metzger (German music critic, theorist) is born
in 1927 - Daniël F Scheurleer, Dutch musicologist and banker, dies at 71.
in 1929 - Siegfried Ochs, German composer and choir leader, dies at 70.
in 1934 - Eddie Hazell (American jazz singer-guitarist) is born.

in 1936 - Donnie Brooks /John Dee Abohosh, american rockabilly/pop singer, is born. Brooks is in the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MS4YQA4W34"]Donnie Brooks - Mission Bell - YouTube[/ame]

in 1938 - Ellsworth Milburn, American jazz pianist, classical composer and teacher, is born.

in 1941 - Stephen Joel Albert, distinguished American composer and teacher, is born at N.Y. He studied piano, horn, and trumpet in his youth. He received training in composition from Siegmeister in Great Neck, N.Y. (1956-58), from Milhaud at the Aspen (Colo.) School of Music (summer, 1958), and from Rogers at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. (1958-60). After studies with Blomdahl in Stockholm, he pursued training with Castaldo at the Philadelphia Musical Academy (B.M., 1962) and with Rochberg at the University of Pa. (1963). He received 2 Rome Prizes (1965, 1966) and 2 Guggenheim fellowships (1967-68; 1978-79). In 1967-68 he held a Ford Foundation grant as composer-in-residence of the Lima, Ohio, public schools and community orchestra. He taught at the Philadelphia Musical Academy (1968-70), Stanford University (1970-71), Smith College (1974-76), Boston University (1981-84), and the Juilliard School in N.Y. (1988-92). In 1985 he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Music for his 1st symphony, RiverRun. From 1985 to 1988 he was composerin- residence of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, and later of the Bowdoin (Maine) Summer Music Festival (1991-92). As a composer, Albert breathed life into traditional forms; his works are marked by expert craftsmanship, intensity, passion, and lyricism. - Died in an automobile accident in Truro, Mass., Dec. 27, 1992.

in 1941 - Dave Berry, singer, (1964 UK No.5 single 'The Crying Game').

in 1942 - John Carl Kuehne "John London" American rock bassist and songwriter (The Monkees, First National Band), is born.

in 1943 - Fabian (actually, Fabiano Forte), one of the first teen idols of the rock and roll era, is born at Philadelphia. One of a gaggle of cute pop singers, Fabian proved only slightly less durable than his Philadelphia neighbor, Frankie Avalon. Avalon was already recording for an upstart Philly label called Chancellor. The label's owners, Pete DeAngelis and Bob Marcucci, turned Avalon into a teen idol and wanted someone else on whom to work their magic. Avalon introduced them to his 15-year-old friend Fabiano Forte. Despite the fact that Forte had failed chorus, they decided to work with him.

They went into the studio, and after a few failures, they came up with "I'm a Man." They poured their new artist into a sweater, tight chinos, and white bucks, and brought him to a Dick Clark sock hop where he proceeded to leave a trail of swooning teen-aged girls. The teen and movie magazines picked up on the goodlooking singer with articles like "I Blew a Fuse over Fabian."

The song became a modest (#31) hit in 1959. His next single, "Turn Me Loose" went to #9, boosted by appearances on Clark's American Bandstand. Two months later, "Tiger" surged to #3. Music critics hated the teen pop trend and Fabian in particular. One described the singer as "an off-key, depraved cub scout." Yet, through 1959, Fabian could do no wrong. He signed a contract as an actor, appearing in the film Hound Dog Man, for which he also performed the title track, which rose to #9, and the #12 hit "This Friendly World." Through 1959 and 1960, he had three more minor hits including "Come and Get Me" (#29), "About This Thing Called Love" (#31), and "String Along" (#39). After that, the hits stopped coming. Fabian managed to continue acting, however, starring in the TV series Bus Stop and making a slew of films, including a handful of beach blanket movies and the John Wayne vehicle North to Alaska. Fabian continues to perform occasionally on the oldies circuit, and records from time to time.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdaZ7N-W9vw"]Turn Me Loose - Fabian - YouTube[/ame]

in 1944 - Willie Tee /Wilson Turbinton (American singer, songwriter;The Wild Magnolias) is born

in 1945 - Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley is born, singer/songwriter and guitarist who had a 1981 UK No.8 single with ‘No Woman No Cry’, plus over ten other UK Top 40 singles and the 1976 US No.8 & UK No. 15 album ‘Rastaman Vibration’. Marley died of cancer on May 11th 1981. The 1984 ‘Best Of’ album spent 330 weeks on the UK chart. In 1990, February 6th was proclaimed a national holiday in Jamaica to commemorate his birth. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in in 1994. Marley’s album Exodus was chosen by TIME magazine in 1999 as the greatest album of the 20th century.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5FCdx7Dn0o"]YouTube - Bob Marley - Buffalo soldier[/ame]

in 1945 - Lenny Williams (US singer, trumpet player; Tower Of Power) is born.

in 1946 - Canadian folk singer Kate McGarrigle is born. Once married to folk singer Loudon Wainwright lll, Kate is the mother of singers Rufus and Martha Wainwright. She rose to prominence with sister Anna when they recorded together in the 1970s.

in 1946 - Richie Hayward (US drummer; Little Feat/others/sessions) is born.

in 1947 -Alan Jones is born, sax, Amen Corner, (1969 UK No.1 single 'If Paradise Is Half As Nice' plus five other UK Top 40 hits).

in 1947 - Bill Staines (US singer, songwriter) is born.

in 1950 - Natalie Cole, R&B diva with a checkered career, and daughter of pop crooner Nat "King" Cole, is born at Los Angeles. As a child, Natalie Maria Cole had the opportunity to sing with Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughn, and Ella Fitzgerald, or Uncle Duke, Aunt Sarah, and Aunt Ella as she called them, in her living room. Her mother, Marie Ellington Cole, had sung in Duke Ellington's band. Her father, Nat "King" Cole, was one of the most successful African-American performers of his generation.

While this gave Natalie a head start, it also gave her a pretty tough act to follow. After graduating with a degree in psychology from the University of Mass., Natalie signed on with her father's old label, Capitol Records. Her first album, 1974's Inseparable produced the two chart-topping R&B hits, "This Will Be" (#6 pop) and the title track (#32 pop). The album went gold and Cole came home from the 1975 Grammy Awards with statuettes for Best New Artist and Best R&B Vocalist, Female.

Natalie continued her streak of #1 R&B hits with "Sophisticated Lady (She's a Different Lady)" (#25 pop), which won her a 1977 Grammy for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female. While the singles were straight ahead R&B with a dance beat and a strong sense of swing, Cole still managed to toss in the odd standard like "Good Morning Heartache" on her albums.

Natalie continued her streak of #1 R&B singles with the gold "I've Got Love on My Mind" (#5 pop) from the platinum Unpredictable in 1977. Almost exactly a year later, she scored another gold, chart-topping R&B hit with "Our Love" (#10 pop) from the platinum album Thankful The hits began to slow down in the 1980s. In 1980, she had hit #21 with "Someone That I Used to Love." By 1983 she had been dropped by two record companies and was in rehabilitation for drug abuse.

Through the mid-1980s, Cole put out several commercially and artistically disappointing albums, finally coming back in 1987 with Everlasting. The album went gold, producing three hit singles: the #13 hits "Jump Start" and "I Live for Your Love" and a #5 cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Pink Cadillac." Her next album yielded the #7 single "Miss You Like Crazy" and the #34 "Wild Women Do," which was featured in the film Pretty Woman. After 17 years as a recording artist in her own right, Cole finally felt she had earned the right to pay homage to her father without being accused of trying to ride his coattails to success. In 1991 she broached the idea with her record company, and when they weren't interested, she moved to Elektra Records. The album, Unforgettable, with Love, became a record business phenomenon. The title track, a digitally recreated duet with her father on his 1952 hit "Unforgettable," rose to #14 (two places shy of where her father's version peaked), but sold gold. The album went septuple platinum and started a reevaluation of standards among the pop audience.

The album won seven Grammy awards that year, of which she took home three: Album of the Year, Best Traditional Pop Performance, and Record of the Year. Cole followed this with the gold Take a Look album in 1993. Another more traditional pop recording, it found Cole recording 18 lesser-known songs by artists such as Ella Fitzgerald and Aretha Franklin. It earned her another Grammy for Best Vocal Performance.

She continued her exploration of standards with Stardust, which also went gold. After a three-year break, she started to move back to more contemporary pop with 1999's Snowfall on the Sahara collection. With 21 albums in a quarter of a century as a performer, Cole's career has covered rock, R&B, jazz and standards, proving her one of her generation's most versatile singers.

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in 1949 - Mike Batt, English pop singer/songwriter, guitarist, keyboardist and producer (The Wombles), classical composer, is born.

in 1950 - Edwin Lionel "Punky" Meadows, American rock singer/songwriter and guitarist (Angel), is born.
in 1951 - Margo O'Donnell (Irish singer) is born.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zy3U8dxAR4"]Margo O'Donnell - Mama Say a Prayer - YouTube[/ame]

in 1954 - Scott "Top Ten" Kempner, American rock guitarist (The Dictators, The Del-Lords), is born.

in 1956 - Jerry Marotta, American rock and session drummer (Orleans, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, Indigo girls, The Tony Levin Band), is born.

in 1957 - Simon Phillips (UK drummer, sessionist; Toto/Who/Mick Jagger/Nik Kershaw/many others) is born.

in 1957 - Matthew Best, English conductor and bass, is born at Farnborough. He was a choral scholar at King's College, Cambridge (M.A.), and studied with Otakar Kraus, at the National Opera Studio (1978-80), and with Robert Lloyd and Patrick Maguigan. In 1973 he founded the Corydon Singers, which he subsequently conducted in an expansive repertoire. In 1978 he made his operatic debut as Seneca in Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea with the Cambridge University Opera Society. From 1980 to 1986 he was a member of the Royal Opera at London's Covent Garden. In 1982 he won the Kathleen Ferrier Prize. From 1998 he served as principal conductor of the Hanover Band in Hove, Sussex. His appearances as a bass took him to London, Glyndebourne, Leeds, Cardiff, Frankfurt am Main, Salzburg, and other music centers. As a conductor, he led various choral performances and appeared as a guest conductor with many orchestras.

in 1958 - George Harrison joined Liverpool group The Quarrymen. The group who were named after Lennon's school featured John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Len Garry, Eric Griffiths and John Lowe.

in 1960 - Jesse Lorenzo Belvin dies at age 27. American R&B singer, pianist and songwriter born in Texarkana, Texas, and moved with his family to Los Angeles at the age of five. In 1950 he joined saxophonist Big Jay McNeely's backing vocal quartet, Three Dots and a Dash, and featured prominently on their record releases. Popular in the 1950s, as asolo artist, his biggest hit "Goodnight My Love", which he co-wrote reached No.7 on the R&B chart. The piano on the session was reportedly played by the 11 year old Barry White. Other hits included "Blues in the Night", "In the Still of the Night", and "Makin' Whoopee" (shortly after finishing a performance in Little Rock on a bill with Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, and Marv Johnson, Belvin and his wife were killed in a head-on collision at Hope, Arkansas. The concert was the first concert played before an integrated audience in the history of Little Rock)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ug3K50bEcLQ"]Earth Angel by Jesse Belvin Jr. - YouTube[/ame]

in 1962 - Richard Vance "Richie" McDonald, American country singer/songwriter, guitarist and pianist (Lonestar), is born.

in 1962 - William Bruce Rose Jr. "Axl Rose" American rock singer/songwriter, keyboardist and guitarist (L.A. Guns, Guns N' Roses), is born.

in 1961 - Archibald T Davison, American composer, choral conductor, musicologist and teacher, dies at 77.
in 1963 - Werner Erich Josten, German-American composer, conductor and teacher, dies at 77.
in 1963 - Dave Rotheray (UK guitar, Beautiful South) is born.

in 1965 - The Righteous Brothers started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with the Phil Spector produced 'You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'. The song was also No.1 in the UK for the duo (who were not related in any way).

in 1964 - Gordon Downie (Canadian singer, guitarist; The Tragically Hip) is born
in 1965 - The Rolling Stones second album 'Rolling Stones No.2' started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK charts.

in 1966 - Rick Astley, English pop singer/songwriter, guitarist, drummer and keyboardist, the delight of Rickrollers everywhere, is born. "Never gonna let you down." (1987 UK & US No.1 single 'Never Gonna Give You Up', UK biggest seller of 87. Scored 7 other UK Top 10 hits, 1987 UK No.1 album 'Whenever You Need Somebody' 34 weeks on UK chart.)

in 1966 - Johan Algot Haquinius, Swedisn pianist and composer, dies at 79.
in 1967 - Anita Cochran /Anita Renee Cockerham (US country music singer) is born
in 1967 - Izumi Sakai /Sachiko Kamachi (Japanese singer-songwriter; Zard) is born
in 1968 - Akira Yamaoka (Japanese composer) is born
in 1969 - Masaharu Fukuyama (Japanese singer) is born
in 1970 - Eric Clapton played the first of two nights at The Fillmore East in New York City.

in 1973 - Nick Stabulas dies at age 43. American jazz drummer born near Great Neck, New York; he first worked in commercial music, then joined Phil Woods from 1954 to 1957. He did extensive work as a sideman in the 1950s, with Jon Eardley 1955-56, Jimmy Raney 1955-57, Eddie Costa 1956, Friedrich Gulda 1956, George Wallington 1956-57, Al Cohn 1956-57, 1960, Gil Evans 1957, Zoot Sims 1957, Mose Allison 1957-58, Carmen McRae 1958, and Don Elliott 1958. In the 1960s he worked with Chet Baker, Kenny Drew, Bill Evans, and Lennie Tristano. He was active into the 1970s (car crash)

in 1976 - Vince Guaraldi dies at age 47. American jazz pianist, composer, songwriter, bandleader, born in San Francisco, California. He graduated from Lincoln High School, attended San Francisco State University, and served as an Army cook in the Korean War. His first recording was made in Nov 1953 with Cal Tjader released in 1954, the early 10 inch LP was called The Cal Tjader Trio, included "Chopsticks Mambo", "Vibra-Tharpe", and "Lullaby of the Leaves." By 1955, Vince had his own trio with Eddie Duran and Dean Reilly. His 1962 album, Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus, which produced the single "Samba de Orpheus", but it was the flip side, his "Cast Your Fate to the Wind" which won him the grammy for Best Original Jazz Composition. Vince went on to compose scores for sixteen Peanuts television specials, plus the feature film A Boy Named Charlie Brown as well as the unaired television program of the same name (sadly died of a heart attack in his room at the Red Cottage Inn, where he had been relaxing between sets at Butterfield's Nightclub in Menlo Park, CA, he had just finished recording the soundtrack for "It's Arbor Day, Charlie Brown" earlier that afternoon)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFrMH8pX6kM"]YouTube - Ben Webster 4[/ame]

in 1975 - Tomoko Kawase (Japanese singer) is born
in 1976 - T Rex appeared at St Albans City Hall during a 15 date UK tour.

in 1976 - Vince Guaraldi, American jazz pianist, singer/songwriter, guitarist and composer, dies at 47. Guaraldi composed the music for the Peanuts animated television specials.

in 1979 - Dan Balan (Moldovan singer; O-Zone) is born
in 1981 - Jens Lekman (Swedish vocalist, guitar, ukulele) is born
in 1981 - Shim Eun Jin (Korean singer; Baby V.O.X / solo) is born

in 1981 - Hugo Montenegro dies at age 55. American orchestra leader and composer of film soundtracks. His best known work is derived from interpretations of the music from Spaghetti Westerns, especially his 1968 rendition of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly which reached No.2 on the Billboard Hot 100, No.3 in the Canadian charts, and topping the UK Singles Chart for four weeks. Born in New York and after serving in the navy, he studied composition at Manhattan College while leading his own band for school dances. By the middle 1950s, he was directing, conducting, and arranging the orchestra for Eliot Glen and Irving Spice on their Dragon and Caprice labels. He moved to Los Angeles in the early 1960s where he began working for RCA records, producing a series of albums and soundtracks for motion pictures and television themes, such as two volumes of Music From The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Following the success of his albums, he was contracted by Columbia Pictures where he did such films as Hurry Sundown and two Matt Helm pictures. Hugo was also contracted to Columbia's television production company Screen Gems where he is most famous for his theme from the second season of the television series I Dream of Jeannie, his theme song "Seattle" and music from Here Come the Brides and The Outcasts (emphysema)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HblbLHCbJrw&playnext=1&list=PL94AE872A4EBB 5FE8"]YouTube - Hugo Montenegro & His Orchestra - More (Theme from "Mondo Cane" - 1964)[/ame]
in 1982 - Kraftwerk were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'The Model / Computer Love', the first German act to score a UK No.1 single. The single spent 21 weeks on the UK chart.

in 1982 - The J Geils Band started a six week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Centrefold', the bands only US No.1. A No.3 hit in the UK. The bands album 'Freeze- Frame' started a four-week run at No.1 on the US album chart on the same day.

in 1982 - Thin Lizzy drummer Brian Downey was hospitalised after being attacked after a gig in Belfast.
in 1982 - Tank Lu (Mandopop singer) is born
in 1984 - Piret Järvis (Estonian singer) is born
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6-519XGm1I"]YouTube - Piret Jarvis - My lovely shining star[/ame]

in 1986 - Undertones singer Feargal Sharkey's mother and sister were held at gunpoint by terrorists in Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

in 1986 - U-Know /Jung Yunho (Korean singer, actor; TVXQ) is born
in 1987 - Gary Numan's record label 'Numa', closed down.

in 1988 - Tiffany started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Could've Been', a No.4 hit in the UK. Tiffany had recorded the song 5 years ago when she was 13.

in 1989 - King Tubby /Osbourne Ruddock dies at age 48. Jamaican Reggae producer, electronics and sound engineer, known for his influence on the development of dub in the 1960s and 1970s. His innovative studio work, which saw him elevate the role of record producer to a creative height previously only reserved for composers and musicians (shot and killed by unknown persons outside his home in Duhaney Park, upon returning from a session at his Waterhouse studio)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvYSYOKFCbk"]YouTube - King Tubby - Flag Dub[/ame]

in 1990 - Billy Idol suffered serious injuries when he failed to pull up at a stop sign and crashed his Harley-Davidson motorbike into a car.

in 1990 - over 200 women filed court actions against Chuck Berry after it was alleged that he had been secretly filming them in the toilets of the restaurant he owned.

in 1993 - Little Angles went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Jam' their only UK No.1 LP.

in 1994 - Chaka Demus and Pliers started a two week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Tease Me.' 1996, ex Jam members Bruce Foxton and Rick Buckler reached a high court settlement with Paul Weller after suing him for more than £100,000, after claiming they were owed royalties and group assets.

in 1994 - Norman Del Mar, English conductor, teacher, musicologist and biographer, dies at 74.
in 1994 - Ignace Strasfogel, Polish-American pianist, composer, conductor and teacher, dies at 84.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqz9XRaStN0"]YouTube - Ignace Strasfogel - Piano Sonata no. 1 (2/4) 1925[/ame]

in 1995 - Arthur S Taylor Jr., American jazz drummer and writer, dies at 65.

in 1998 - Johann (Hans) Hölzel "Falco" Austrian rock singer/songwriter, pianist and guitarist, dies at 40 in a car accident.

in 1998 - Falco/ Johann (Hans) Hölzel dies at age 40. Austrian rock singer and bass guitarist, born in Vienna; he had several international hits: "Der Kommissar", "Rock Me Amadeus", "Vienna Calling"", Jeanny", "The Sound Of Musik", "Coming Home (Jeanny Part 2)" and (after his death) "Out Of The Dark". With "Rock Me Amadeus" he is the first and only artist to date whose principal language was German to score a number-one hit in the U.S. His estate claims he has sold 40 million albums and 20 million singles to date, which makes him one of the best selling Austrian singers ever (Falco died of severe head injuries received following a collision with a bus in his Mitsubishi Pajero near the resort of Puerto Plata, in the Dominican Republic)

in 1998 - Carl Wilson dies at age 51. American singer and guitarist with the Beach Boys; he took over as lead singer in 1965 and part running the band in 1966, and then fully in 1970. He is widely regarded to have had one of the finest voices in rock and his voice appears as a backing vocal on many recordings by groups and solo singers including Chicago's hit "Baby, What a Big Surprise", Chicago's Wishing You Were Here (with Al Jardine and his brother Dennis Wilson), Elton John's "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" (with Bruce Johnston), David Lee Roth's hit cover of "California Girls," Warren Zevon's "Desperados Under the Eaves" and the Carnie & Wendy Wilson holiday track "Hey Santa!". He released a solo album, Carl Wilson, followed by Youngblood, in 1983. (lung cancer)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNPo9uBddao"]Carl Wilson - YouTube[/ame]

in 2001 - Guitarist Don Felder was fired from The Eagles. He would later launch a $50 million law suit against drummer Don Henley and guitarist Glen Frey, alleging wrongful termination and breach of implied-in-fact contract. Henley and Frey then countersued Felder for breach of contract, alleging that Felder had written and attempted to sell the rights to a "tell-all" book. Both parties settled out-of-court for an undisclosed amount.

in 2004 - US singer Faith Evans and her husband Todd Russaw agreed to enroll in a rehabilitation programme after facing drugs charges. Prosecutors said the charges for alleged possession of cocaine and marijuana would be dropped if they successfully completed the 13-week rehab scheme.

2005 - Athlete went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their second album ‘Tourist’. Kenny Chesney was at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Be As You Are.'

in 2005 - Eminem was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Like Toy Soldiers', the rappers 6th No.1, taken from the album Encore. The track featured samples from 'Toy Soldiers' by Martika and '50 Ways to Leave Your Lover' by Paul Simon. 2007, An exhibition of Kylie Minogue's stage costumes, awards and accessories was launched in central London. The display at the Victoria and Albert Museum showed her changing image from 1987 onwards, from the dungarees she wore as Charlene in the Australian soap Neighbours and the gold hot pants she wore in her Spinning Around video.

in 2005 - Sonny Day dies at age 80. American accordion player; an original member of Roy Acuff's Smoky Mountain, and was featured on original recordings of Acuff's signature hit, "Wabash Cannonball," and starred with Acuff in the film "Night Train to Memphis". He was frequent performer on the Grand Ole Opry, and also performed & recorded with Minnie Pearl, Patsy Cline, Tanya Tucker and Vince Gill. (bone cancer)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPhiVceLme4"]YouTube - Sonny Day - Saving Up[/ame]

in 2005 - Lazar Berman dies at age 74. Russian pianist, one of the last of the Romantic tradition of Russian pianism; born in Leningrad, he entered his first competition at the age of 3, and recorded a Mozart fantasia and a mazurka that he had composed himself at the age of 7, before he could even read music. In the '50s he began to make his mark both behind the Iron Curtain and in the West. By the middle of the decade he was already much admired, pianist Emil Gilels described him as “the phenomenon of the musical world”. He toured Europe many times, eventually settling in Italy. His memoirs "The Years of Peregrination: Reveries of a Pianist." have been published in German and in Russian.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfYXAjjOgQM"]Re: Lazar Berman plays Liszt "Mazeppa" - YouTube[/ame]

in 2005 - Karl Haas dies at age 91. German-American classical music radio host, whose distinctively sonorous voice and humanistic approach to making music appreciation contagious made him well-received by many. He began his radio program Adventures in Good Music on WJR in Detroit, Michigan in 1959. Syndicated broadcasts of the show across the United States began in 1970 on WCLV, a Cleveland, Ohio radio station. Eventually syndicated to commercial and public radio stations around the world, the show became the world's most widely listened-to classical music radio program. He also published a book, Inside Music. In addition to being a musicologist, he was also an accomplished pianist and conductor. Karl received the Charles Frankel Award of the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1991. President George H. W. Bush personally presented the award to Haas at the White House. Haas also twice won the George Foster Peabody Award for excellence in broadcasting. In 1997 he became the first classical music broadcaster to be named to the Radio Hall of Fame. HE IS THE MAN!
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zINDMdEfGjQ&playnext=1&list=PL38A5B3490BA3 429E"]YouTube - karl haas[/ame]

in 2007 - Frankie Laine /Francesco Paolo LoVecchio dies at age 93. Frankie Laine Americam singer born in Francesco Paolo LoVecchio in Chicago's "Little Italy" district, where his Sicilian father worked at one time as the personal barber for gangster Al Capone. Frankie was a member of the choir in the church of the Immaculate Conception's elementary school. He realized he wanted to be a singer when he skipped school to see Al Jolson's talkie picture, "The Singing Fool." His early influences included Enrico Caruso, Carlo Buti, (died of heart failure after hip replacemnt surgery, at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego)

in 2007 - Francesco Paolo LoVecchio "Frankie Lane" American singer/songwriter and actor, dies at 93. Lane sang in many styles; pop, jazz, country and gospel among them. He also had several nick names; "Old Leather Lungs," and "Mr. Steel Tonsils" were a couple. He's in the Hit Parade Hall of Fame.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwAPa0qHmLo"]YouTube - Ghost Riders In the Sky By: Frankie Laine[/ame]

in 2008 - a Los Angeles judge issued a restraining order against Britney Spears' manager, after her mother made the request to the court. Lynne Spears claimed Sam Lutfi, 33, had drugged the troubled pop star and interfered with her finances. In a six-page declaration, Lynne Spears said Mr Lutfi "moved into Britney's home and has purported to take control of her life, home and finances". Her declaration focused on the night of 28 January, a few days before the Grammy-winning superstar was admitted to hospital for a mental evaluation.

in 2008 - Feist won the seventh annual Shortlist Music Prize - American's version of the Mercury Prize. The Canadian singer-songwriter won for her album The Reminder, which included the song 1234 used in an Apple iPod advert. Feist was also nominated for four Grammy awards, including best new artist.

in 2010 - Sir John Dankworth dies at age 82. British jazz icon, composer, saxophonist, clarinetist and musical arranger, born in Woodford, Essex, was better known as Johnny Dankworth before he was knighted in 2006. He started his own jazz orchestra in the 1950s and went on to work with the likes of Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole and Ella Fitzgerald. He was also a prolific composer, writing the theme tune for TV shows The Avengers and Tomorrow's World, and films including Modesty Blaise, The Servant and Saturday Night and Sunday Morning. After winning a place at the Royal Academy of Music aged 17, and following a short stint in the Army, he was voted British Musician of the Year in 1949 (died in King Edward VII Hospital, London after being ill for several months).
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4T9muPmFH0"]YouTube - John Dankworth - Two piece Flower[/ame]

in 2011 - Per Grundén dies at age 88. Swedish actor and opera singer born in Eskilstuna; he made his debut in 1945 as Sporting Life in Porgy and Bess at Stora Teatern in Gothenburg. He was engaged at Storan in Gothenburg in 1949, followed by roles in the Oscar Theatre, Stockholm and the Royal Theatre. Per got her breakthrough in Tiggarstudenten at the Stockholm Opera . Between 1953-1963, he was successful tenor at the Volksoper in Vienna . 1958 he received the title Kammersänger and in Vienna he still counts as one of the greatest operetta, the tenors ever. He has also devoted himself to lighter genres such as vaudeville , floor show and musicals .

In the summer of 1967 he played for the first time the role of the happy wanderer Lustig-Per Rune Lindström's local play Skinnar game in Malung . He came to participate in skins game almost every summer until the mid- 1990s , the last few years, he portrayed the role of leather,. He also had engagement at the Royal Dramatic Theatre and National Theatre .A few years later had the popular role as the late Swiss villain Volksvagner in Hasse and Tage comedy Apple War . He is perhaps best known to many from the TV series Hede villagers and that Wall-Enberg in the films on Jönssonligan.
Video Note: Kammersänger Per Grundén, 1922 - 2011, sings a swedish version of On the banks of the Wabash.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLCMOP7ZEhA"]Per Grundén - Barndomshemmet (1968) - YouTube[/ame]

in 2011 - Gary Moore dies at age 58. Irish blues rock guitar virtuoso, composer and singer-songwriter from Belfast, Northern Ireland; he collaborated with a broad range of artists including George Harrison, Trilok Gurtu, Dr. Strangely Strange, Colosseum II, Jimmy Nail, Albert Collins, Mo Foster, Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce, Jim Capaldi, Vicki Brown, Cozy Powell, the Beach Boys, Ozzy Osbourne and Andrew Lloyd Webber. He experimented with many musical genres, including rock, jazz, blues, country, electric blues, hard rock and heavy metal.

Gary started playing guitar on an old battered acoustic guitar at the age of eight. At the age of 14, he got a better guitar and taught himself to play the right-handed instrument in the standard way despite being left-handed. After seeing Jimi Hendrix and John Mayall's Bluesbreakers in his home town of Belfast, his own style was developing into a blues-rock sound that would come to dominate his career.

But his greatest influence in the early days came from guitarist Peter Green, of Fleetwood Mac fame, who was a mentor to Gary when performing in Dublin. Later he paid a tribute to Pete on his '95 album Blues for Greeny, an album consisting entirely of Green compositions. On this tribute album he played Green's 1959 Les Paul Standard guitar which Green had lent him after leaving Fleetwood Mac, which he ultimately purchased at Green's request. Now 16, Gary's first professional band was a Dublin based blues-rock band 'Skid Row' in 1969, founded by bassist Brendan "Brush" Shiels, with Phil Lynott on vocals.

Soon the band became a power trio, with Gary, Brendan now on vocals and bass, and drummer Noel Bridgeman. They recored 4 albums, Skid-1970; 34 Hours-1971; Skid Row-1971, released 1990; and Live And On Song – BBC Live in Concert-69/71. Gary released his first solo album in 1973, 'Grinding Stone', also in the 70s he did 3 short stints with the Irish rock band Thin Lizzy, in 1974, 1977 and 1979. (died in his sleep in the early hours of the morning while on holiday in Spain)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4O_YMLDvvnw"]Gary Moore - Still Got The Blues (Live) - YouTube[/ame]

in 2013 - It was announced that Warner Music was set to buy the record label Parlophone which was formerly a part of EMI Music from Universal Music for £487m ($765m). The Parlophone label group also included the Chrysalis and Ensign labels, but The Beatles, part of Parlophone, was exempted from the sale.

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