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in 1707 - Carl August Thielo, Danish organist, composer, and founder of the Royal Danish Theater, is born.

in 1743 - Lodovico Giustini, organist, harpsichordist, pianist and composer, dies at 57. His 12 Sonate da cimbalo di piano e forte detto volgarmente di martelletti, Opus 1, were the first works written specifically for the piano.

in 1749 - Andre Cardinal Destouches, French soldier and composer, dies at 76.
in 1758 - Benedikt Emanuel Schack, Austrian tenor, flautist, composer and friend of Mozart, is born.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXIOs546hu8"]YouTube - Benedikt Schack - Der Stein der Weisen - Finale II (2/2)[/ame]

in 1822 - Joaquin y Garbayo Gaztambide, Spanish composer, conductor and theater director, is born.
in 1823 - Richard Genee, Austrian composer, librettist and playwright, is born.
in 1825 - Crystobal Oudrid y Segura, Spanish pianist, composer and conductor, is born.

in 1830 - Marcus Antonio da Fonseca Portugal, Portuguese composer, conductor and theater director, dies at 67. Da Fonseca Portugal followed the royal court into exile in Brazil in 1810, but remained when it returned in 1821, due to being the victim of a stroke.

in 1847 - Ernst Franck, German composer and conductor, is born.
in 1862 - Frantisek Jan Skroup, Czech composer and conductor, dies a pauper at 61. Skroup composed the music for Kde domov můj?, the Czech national anthem.

in 1863 - Mieczyslaw Soltys, Polish composer, conductor and teacher, is born.

in 1864 - Arthur (Francis) Collins, prominent American minstrel and novelty singer, is born at Philadelphia.
Collins was originally a vaudeville star who established himself in the infant record industry in his mid-30s. He recorded prolifically, frequently performing the same song for several different labels. His early hits included such comic fare as "When You Ain't Got No More Money, Well, You Needn't Come Around" (1899) and "Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home" (1900). In 1901, Collins teamed up with Byron Harlan, Joe Natus, and A. D. Madeira in the Big Four Quartet for the hit "Good-Bye, Dolly Gray."

He and Harlan formed a more permanent association the same year, his baritone voice providing a humorous contrast to Marian's high tenor. The pairing resulted in such successful recordings as "Alexander's Ragtime Band" (1911) and "When the Midnight Choo Choo Leaves for Alabam'" (1913), both written by Irving Berlin. From 1909 to 1918, Collins was a member of the Peerless Quartet; during his tenure with the group he sang on such hits as "Let Me Call You Sweetheart" (1911), "I Didn't Raise My Boy to Be a Soldier" (1915), and "Over There" (1917). Collins recorded "That Funny Jas Band from Dixieland" in 1917. It was the first recorded song to mention jazz.

But his biggest hit was the solo monologue "The Preacher and the Bear" (1905), about a minister who goes hunting on Sunday and ends up treed by his prey. The title sold two million copies and was the best-selling record in history until 1920. (Phil Harris charted with a remake in 1947.) All told, Collins appeared on more than 30 major record hits between 1899 and 1918, making him one of the most successful American recording artists of the first two decades of the 20th century

in 1864 - Ricardo Castro Herrera, Mexican pianist and composer, is born.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2vcGxBZyXg"]YouTube - Ricardo Castro - Mazurka[/ame]

in 1871 - Karl Wilhelm Eugen Stenhammer, Swedish pianist, composer and conductor, is born.
in 1875 - Walter Courvoisier, Swiss composer and teacher, is born.
in 1877 - Feliks Nowowiejski, Polish organist, composer, conductor and teacher, is born.

in 1878 - Ossip Gabrilovich, Russian-American pianist, conductor and composer, is born. He married Mark Twain's daughter, Clara Clemens, in 1909.

in 1883 - Eubie Blake (actually, James Hubert), noteworthy ragtime pianist, composer, is born at Baltimore, Md. Both his parents were former slaves. Relatives and friends called him Hubie (from Hubert), which was abbreviated to Eubie. He grew up in an atmosphere of syncopated music and sentimental ballads played on music boxes, and had some lessons from a friendly church organist in Baltimore.

At the age of 15, he got a regular job as a pianist in a "hookshop" (a sporting house) run by Aggie Sheldon, a successful madam, which provided him with tips from both the inmates and their customers. Blake improvised rag music (his long fingers could stretch to 12 white keys on the keyboard) and soon began to compose in earnest. In 1899, he wrote his "Charleston Rag," which became a hit.

In 1901, he toured for a while with a medicine show, then worked as accompanist for Madison Reed. He worked mainly at the Goldfield Hotel, Baltimore (1907-15), then while playing at River View Park, began a long association with Noble SissIe. They moved together to N.Y. and worked as partners for many years: composing, performing as The Dixie Duo, and as joint orchestra leaders. They wrote and produced an all-black musical, ShujJle Along, which opened in N.Y. on May 23, 1921, billed as "a musical melange." The score included the song 'Tm Just Wild about Harry," which became a hit and was later used as a campaign song for Harry Truman in 1948.

They appeared in Europe and were successful in the U.K.; "You Were Meant for Me" was introduced by Noel Coward and Gertrude Lawrence in a 1923 London revue. Blake teamed with Spencer Williams on Chocolate Dandies in 1924, then returned to N.Y. (1926); he re- 352 mained in the U.S. when SissIe returned to Europe. During the late 1920s and early 1930s, Blake wrote for many shows and revues, ranging from the Blackbirds (teamed with Andy Razaf) to Olsen and Johnson's Atrocities of 1932.

Another hit song was "Memories of You," which he wrote for Blackbirds of 1930. Blake resumed his partnership with Noble SissIe; in World War II they toured with their own show for the u.s.a. Though professionally inactive from 1946, he appeared occasionally on TV shows with SissIe and made several concert appearances. In 1949, he took courses in the Schillinger System of Composition at N.Y.U.

In 1969, he recorded the album The 86 Years of Eubie Blake, and in 1972 he formed his own record company. He was a great success at the New Orleans Jazz Fest (1969), and at festivals in Southern Calif. (1971) and Newport (1971). He was featured at many jazz festivals during the 1970s, both in the U.s. and Europe. Blake played at President Jimmy Carter's White House Jazz Party (1978).

In old age, he had a whole new career, playing piano and reminiscing; he said that if he'd known he was going to live that long he'd have taken better care of himself. As his centennial approached, there was a growing appreciation of his natural talent, and a Broadway musical billed simply Eubie! was produced with resounding success. In 1981, he received the Medal of Freedom from President Reagan. He made his last public appearance at the age of 99, at Lincoln Center on June 19, 1982. His compositions include: "Memories of You," 'Tm Just Wild about Harry," "You're Lucky to Me," and "Love Will Find a Way." - Died at N.Y., Feb. 12, 1983.

in 1898 - Dock Boggs (US singer, songwriter, banjo player) is born.
in 1891 - Joachim Stutschewsky, Ukrainian-Austrian-Israeli cellist, composer and musicologist, is born.
in 1897 - Quincy Porter, American composer, teacher and co-founder of the American Music Center, is born.
in 1901 - Benjamin Edward Woolf, English-American violinist, librettist, writer and painter, dies at 64.
in 1915 - Wladyslaw Gorski, Polish virtuoso violinist, composer, and friend of Paderewski, dies at 68.

in 1915 - Carlo Felice Cillario, Argentine-born Italian conductor, is born at San Rafael. He studied at the Bologna Conservatory and in Odessa. In 1946 he founded the Orchestra da Camera in Bologna. In 1948 he organized the symphont orchestra of the Universotu of Tucuman in Argentina, and was resident conductor of the Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado in Buenos Aires from 1949 to 1951. He later devoted himself mainly to conducting opera. In 1961 he made his British debut at the Glyndebourne Festival conducting L'elisir d'amore, and that same year he made his first appearance at the Lyric Opera in Chicago conducting La forza del destino. He made his debut at London's Covent Garden in 1964 conducting Tosca. In 1970-71 he was music director of the Elizabethan Opera Trust in Sydney. On Oct. 17, 1972, he made his Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. conducting La sonnambula. He was principal guest conductor of the Australian Opera from 1987 to 1996, and then of Opera Australia from 1996 to 1999. His guest engagements also took him to opera houses in Buenos Aires, San Francisco, Venice, Florence, Milan, Paris, Berlin, Hamburg, Vienna, and Stockholm.

in 1918 - Alexander Sergeyevich Taneyev, Russian composer, bureaucrat and collector of folk songs, dies at 68.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgfxMyTi6xc"]Alexander Taneyev - Symphony No. 2 in B Flat Minor Op. 21 (1902) - YouTube[/ame]

in 1920 - Oscar Brand (Canadian folk musicologist) is born.
in 1921 - Tito Burns/Nathan Bernstein (British accordionist, impresario) is born.
in 1924 - Johannes Hendricus van Musscher "Johnny Jordaan" Dutch folk singer/songwriter, is born.
in 1927 - Juliette Gréco (French singer, actor) is born.

in 1930 - David (Jacob) Bar-Ulan, Israeli pianist, is born at Haifa. He studied at the Haifa Music Institute, and then in N.Y. at the Juilliard School of Music and the Marines College of Music. In 1946 he made his debut as a soloist with the Palestine Broadcasting Service Orchestra. After an engagement at London's Wigmore Hall in 1953, he played in the U.S. in 1954. Thereafter he appeared as a soloist with orchestras and as a recitalist in Israel, Europe, and North and South America. From 1980 to 1991 he taught at the Marines College of Music. During the administration of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (1996-99), he served as a spokesman in the prime minister's office. As a pianist, Bar-Ulan became particularly well known for his performances of the 19th century repertoire.

in 1931 - Ion Vidu, Romanian composer, choral conductor and collector of folk songs, dies at 67.

in 1933 - (James) Stuart Burrows, Welsh tenor, is born at Pontypridd. He was educated at Trinity College, Carmarthen. After winning a prize at the National Eisteddfod of Wales in 1959, he appeared as a concert singer. In 1963 he made his operatic debut as Ismaele in Nabucco at the Welsh National Opera in Cardiff. In 1967 he made his first appearance at London's Covent Garden as Beppe, and subsequently sang there regularly. He made his U.S. debut as Tamino at the San Francisco Opera that same year. In 1970 he sang for the first time at the Vienna State Opera and the Salzburg Festival. On April 13, 1971, he made his Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. as Ottavio, and continued to make occasional appearances there until 1982. He also toured extensively as a concert artist. Among his other esteemed roles were Faust, Alfredo, Belmonte, Lensky, Emesto, and Rodolfo.

in 1934 - Curtis Ousley "King Curtis" American jazz, rock, R&B and soul saxophonist, bandleader and producer, is born.
in 1934 - Earl King/Earl Silas Johnson (New Orleans blues guitar virtuoso, songwriter) is born.
in 1936 - Bobby Hendricks (South African sax player; own band. NOT the Drifter's Bobby) is born.

in 1944 - Lina Cavalieri dies at age 69. Italian soprano; orphaned at 15 she ran away with a touring theatrical group and made her way to Paris, France, where her stunning good looks opened doors and she obtained work as a singer at one of the city's café-concerts. From there she performed at a variety of music halls and other such venues around Europe while still working to develop her voice for the opera. She made her opera debut in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1900, the same year she married her first of 4 huusbands, the Russian Prince Bariatinsky. In 1904 she sang at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo then in 1905, at the Sarah Bernhardt Theatre in Paris, Lina starred opposite Enrico Caruso in the Umberto Giordano opera, Fedora. From there, she and Caruso took the show to New York City, debuting with it at the Metropolitan Opera on 5 December 1906. The 1909–1910 season she sang with Oscar Hammerstein's Manhattan Opera Company. As well as her busy operatic career, she starred in 7 silent movies between 1914 and 1919. In 1955, Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida portrayed Lina in the film "The World's Most Beautiful Woman" and in 2004, a book was published authored by Paul Fryer and Olga Usova titled "Lina Cavalieri -The Life of Opera’s Greatest Beauty, 1874–1944". (she was killed in 1944 during an Allied bombing raid that destroyed her home in the outskirts of Florence)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBnGECvlnh0"]Lina Cavalieri Vissi D'Arte Tosca Puccini - YouTube[/ame]

in 1946 - Laurence Scott, British jazz fusion keyboardist (Isotope), is born.
in 1947 - Flemming Jørgensen (Danish singer, actor; Bamses Venner/Teddy Bear's Friends) is born.
in 1948 - Jimmy Greenspoon, american rock keyboardist (Three Dog Night), is born.
in 1948 - Red McKenzie, American jazz comb and kazoo player, singer and bandleader, dies at 48.
in 1949 - Stony Browder, American disco guitarist, pianist and songwriter (Dr. Buzzard's Savannah Band), is born.
in 1949 - Alan Lancaster, English rock singer/songwriter and bassist (Status Quo), is born.
in 1949 - Joe English (US drummer; Wings/Sea Level/many others) is born.

in 1957 - Rudolph Reti, Serbian-American pianist, composer, teacher and musical analyst, dies at 71. Reti co-founded the International Society for Contemporary Music in 1922.

in 1957 - Richard Cook (British jazz writer, critic) is born.
in 1958 - Manuel Mijares "Mijares" Mexican pop singer and actor, is born.
in 1959 - Brian Travers, British reggae saxophonist (UB40), is born.

in 1959 - Buddy Holly was buried in Lubbock, Texas. His tombstone reads "Holley", the correct spelling of his given surname and includes pictures of a guitar.

in 1959 - Guitar Slim /Eddie Jones dies at age 32. American New Orleans blues guitarist, from the 1940s and 1950s, best known for the million-selling song, "The Things That I Used to Do", which is listed in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. He spent his free time at the local juke joints and started sitting in as a singer or dancer; he was good enough to be nicknamed "Limber Leg". After returning from World War II military service, he started playing clubs around New Orleans, Louisiana, bandleader Willie D. Warren introduced him to the guitar, and he was particularly influenced by T-Bone Walker and Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown. About 1950 he adopted the stage name 'Guitar Slim' and started becoming known for his wild stage act. He wore bright-colored suits and dyed his hair to match them, his sound was just as unusual, he was playing with distorted guitar more than a decade before rock guitarists did the same, and his gospel-influenced vocals were easily identifiable (He sadly became an alcoholic, and died of pneumonia)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVR8lg1YLuc&feature=list_related&playnext= 1&list=MLGxdCwVVULXcKcE1Byi_-z_3aqfvwBFaD"]YouTube - T-Bone Walker - Call It Stormy Monday[/ame]

in 1960 - Steve Bronski, British synthpop songwriter, keyboardist and percussionist (Bronski Beat), is born.
in 1962 - Deborah Bonham, English rock and blues singer/songwriter, is born.

in 1962 - Garth Brooks, 1990s country sensation who broke through big time on the pop charts, is born at Luba, Okla. Brooks's mother, Coleen, was a small-time country singer who worked sporadically in their native Okla. on recordings and radio. Brooks himself grew up interested in sports, playing football, basketball, and track in high school, and entering Okla. State on a track-and-field scholarship, with a specialty in javelin throwing. His guitar playing career began in high school and continued in college, where he worked college-area clubs performing a mix of James Taylor folk-pop and country. He made his first trip to Nashville in 1985, without success, returning home with his college-sweetheart wife, Sandy Mahl.

Returning to Nashville in 1987, Brooks attracted the attention of Capitol Records and producer Allen Reynolds. His first album was successful, but the followup, No Fences, really began Garthmania. It sold 700,000 copies in its first ten days of release, and stayed on the pop charts for over a year. His third album, Ropin' the Wind, entered the pop charts in the #1 position, the first country album ever to do so. Brooks's hit singles from these albums combined country bathos ("If Tomorrow Never Comes/' a ten-hanky weeper about a husband's realization of the value of his marriage), with neo-honky tonk ("Friends in Low Places/7 a cleverly humorous song with its tip-of- the-hat bass vocals recalling George Jones), and even the feminist "The Thunder Rolls/' a story of a cheating husband (whose message is made graphic in a video that ruffled quite a few conservative Nashville feathers with its depiction of a physically abusive husband).

Brooks's performing style captured the attention of the major media. Learning a lesson from the arena rock stars of his youth, Brooks built a special set featuring large ramps enclosing the band (enabling him to dramatically charge up and down around his backup musicians), and even installed a rope so he could swing out over the audience, in shades of Ozzy Osbourne-like theatrics! With his portable mike neatly hooked to his ten-gallon hat, Brooks is one of the most mobile and energetic of all country performers, although recently he has descended into such schmaltzy tactics as waving and winking at the audience, and blowing air kisses at his fans.

Brooks 1992 album, The Chase, reflects a further nudging towards mainstream pop, particularly in the anthemic single "We Shall Be Free/' whose vaguely liberal politics also sent shivers of despair through the conservative Nashville musical community. Less successful than his previous releases (although still selling several million copies), Brooks followed it with 1993's In Pieces, featuring a safer selection of high-energy honkytonk numbers and even the odd "American Honky- Tonk Bar Association," in which Brooks beats up on welfare recipients, a shameless attempt to cater to Country's traditionally conservative audience.

During the mid-1990s, Brooks seemed obsessed with topping The Beatles's record of selling over 100 million albums; by this time, he had already passed 60 million, and set himself the goal of beating The Beatles by the year 2000. To meet this goal, Garth began a series of clever, if stunt-like promotions with his 1994 The Hits collection, originally issued for a "limited time only." Blue-light shoppers were thrilled, and the CD sold like crazy. That same year, Brooks teamed with the burghers of burgerland, McDonalds, to release The Garth Brook's Collection, only available to buyers of the Big Mac (and only for a "limited time"). And, if that was enough reworking of his back catalogue, he also originally packaged his Hits collection with a second CD entitled CD Zooming, which featured snippets from all of his work to date. Garth's mid-1990s work has been less-inspired than his earlier work.

When he tried to break out of the box with 1995's New Horses, his fans didn't tolerate the dreamy folk-flavored material ("Ireland") or countrystyled reworkings of rock songs (Aerosmith's "The Fever"). In 1996, Garth claimed his label was not adequately promoting his records, withholding his next record, and even lobbying successfully for new management. 1997's Sevens returned Brooks to more comfortable country ground, but by now the formulas were beginning to wear thin. Nonetheless, record sales were up.

In 1998, in another unusual marketing gambit aimed at getting Garth over the 100-million album mark, he issued The Limited Series, a boxed set "limited" to two million copies, featuring all of his previous albums, each with one additional cut. Garth Brook's career took a surreal turn in 1999 when he issued the album Garth Brooks in ... the Life of Chris Gaines. Supposedly a "greatest hits" album by an 1980s-era pop rocker, the album was a "pre-soundtrack" to a film Brooks says he will make about the fictional rocker.

Not surprisingly, given Brooks's love of mainstream pop-rock of the 1970s and 1980s, Gaines's "hits" are very much in a mainstream mold, given a competent if not inspired production by pop producer Don Was. Brooks's vocals lose their country warble, and he even attempts some R&B-flavored falsetto. The album was greeted by mixed reaction. Some critics lambasted the singer for not having enough courage to "go pop" under his own name. Few thought the music was inspired, and the hubris of labeling new material "greatest hits" which have never been actually on the charts undoubtedly annoyed many rock and country writers. The record's sales were pitiful by Brooksian standards, a clear sign that his fans were not yet ready for Garth-without-a-hat.

He followed up with a hastily assembled album of Christmas standards, which also failed to make much of an impact among the record-buying public. Nonetheless, Brooks's phenomenal success in the 1990s is a combination of genuine talent, shrewd marketing, and being "in the right place at the right time (with the right act)/' His neo-country act draws so much on mid-1970s folk-rock and even arena rock (in its staging) that it's hard to think of him as a pure country artist. The fact that several of his albums have shot to the top of the pop charts, outgunning Michael Jackson, Guns 'n' Roses, and Bruce Springsteen, underscores the fact that Brooks is a pop artist dressed in a cowboy hat. Still, Brooks draws on genuine country traditions, particularly the honky tonk sound of George Jones, and he's managed to popularize country music without diluting the sound.

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in 1962 - David Bryan, American rock singer/songwriter and keyboardist (Bon Jovi), is born.
in 1963 - The first Beatles single 'Please Please Me' was released in the US on the Vee Jay label.

in 1963 - The Blues By Six plus The Rolling Stones appeared at The Manor House, London, tickets cost 4 shillings, ($0.56c).

in 1964 - Pan Am flight 101 was greeted by over 5,000 Beatles fans as it arrived at New York's JFK airport, bringing The Beatles to the US for the first time and causing riotous scenes as they touched down.

in 1967 - Robin, Maurice and Barry Gibb of The Bee Gees returned to the UK after living in Australia for nine years.

in 1968 - Salvatore Paul "Sully" Erna, American rock singer/songwriter, guitarist, keyboardist, drummer and harmonica player (Godsmack), is born.

in 1968 - Stuart Foster, American jazz and big band singer, dies at 49.
in 1969 - Bainbridge Crist, American composer and teacher, dies at 85.

in 1969 - John and Yoko were featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, on sale for 35 Cents, (2/6). John was named as Rolling Stones Man Of The Year.

in 1969 - The Who recorded 'Pinball Wizard' at Morgan Studio's, London, England.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GyuVxgNhlk&feature=fvst"]The Who - Who's Next (Classic Album) - YouTube[/ame]

in 1969 - Doors singer Jim Morrison was arrested for drunk driving and driving with no license in Los Angeles, California.

in 1970 - Led Zeppelin scored their first UK No.1 album with 'Led Zeppelin II'. Released in November 1969, and featuring the US No. 4 single 'Whole Lotta Love', it went on to stay on the UK chart for 136 weeks. Also reaching No. 1 in the US, the RIAA in the US has now certified it as having sold over 12 million copies in the US alone.

in 1970 - One hit wonders Shocking Blue went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Venus', making them the first Dutch act to top the US charts. It made No.8 in the UK; Bananarama took the song to No.8 on the UK chart in 86.

in 1971 - Anita Tsoy (Russian singer of Korean descent) is born.

in 1971 - Dock Boggs dies at age 73. American singer, songwriter, banjo player, born in Norton, Virginia; his style of banjo playing, as well as his singing, is considered a unique combination of Appalachian folk music and African-American blues. Contemporary folk musicians and performers consider him a seminal figure, at least in part because of the appearance of two of his recordings from the 1920s, "Sugar Baby" and "Country Blues", on Harry Smith's 1951 Anthology of American Folk Music collection. Dock's was initially recorded in 1927 and again in 1929, although he worked primarily as a coal miner for most of his life. He was "rediscovered" during the folk music revival of the 1960s, and spent much of his later life playing at various folk music festivals and recording for Folkways Records. In 1968, a musician and protege of Dock named Jack Wright started the Dock Boggs Festival, which is still held annually in Dock's hometown of Norton
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oACJ3VOHmhY"]YouTube - Dock Boggs - Sugar Baby[/ame]

in 1972 - Amon Tobin (Brazilian electronic musician, DJ) is born.
in 1974 - Danny Goffey, English rock-pop singer/songwriter and drummer (Supergrass), is born.
in 1974 - Nujabes/Jun Seba (Japanese hip hop producer and DJ) is born.
in 1974 - J Dilla/James Dewitt Yancey (US record producer, DJ) is born.

in 1975 - Wes Borland, American rock guitarist, singer/songwriter, bassist, keyboardist and drummer (Limp Bizkit), is born.

in 1975 - Wes Borland (US guitarist; Limp Bizkit/Black Light Burns/From First to Last) is born.

in 1976 - Paul Simon started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with '50 Ways To Leave Your Lover', the singers first solo US No.1.

in 1977 - Eddie Martin/Martinš Freimanis (Latvian singer; Darkness/F.L.Y) is born.

in 1979 - Herbert LeRoy "Peanuts" Holland dies at age 68. American jazz trumpeter best known for his contributions in swing jazz. He was born in Norfolk, Virginia and learned to play trumpet at the Jenkins Orphanage. He played and recorded with Alphonse Trent's band between 1928 and 1933, and played with Al Sears in 1932, the Jeter-Pillars Orchestra, Willie Bryant, Jimmie Lunceford, and Lil Armstrong's band from 1935-36. He also occasionally led his own band. In 1939, he moved to New York City, playing in big bands led by Coleman Hawkins and Fletcher Henderson. From 1941 to 1946, he played with Charlie Barnet. He and Don Redman toured Europe in 1946, and during this tour Holland elected to remain there, living in Paris and Sweden. He recorded there until 1960, releasing some 46 records for European labels (died in Stockholm, Sweden)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wRUEjwF9rA&feature=results_main&playnext= 1&list=PL601426507F8D5F4B"]Brecker, Metheny, Calderazzo, Holland, DeJohnette- Sling and Arrows (part1) - YouTube[/ame]

in 1979 - Stephen Stills became the first rock performer to record on digital equipment in Los Angeles' Record Plant Studio.

in 1980 - Pink Floyd played the first of seven sold out nights at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California.

in 1980 - Ernst Kunz, Swiss composer and conductor, dies at 88.

in 1981 - Kool & The Gang started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Celebration' the group's first No.1 and 8th top 40 hit, a No.7 hit in the UK.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GwjfUFyY6M"]Kool & The Gang - Celebration - YouTube[/ame]

in 1981 - John Lennon was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Woman', an ode to his wife Yoko Ono. It was Lennon's third No.1 in seven weeks after his death on December 8, 1980.

in 1985 - Matt Monro /Terence Parsons dies at age 55. English ballad singer born in Shoreditch, London and attended Duncombe School in Islington. He got a break in 1956 when he became a featured vocalist in the BBC Show Band. In 1959 he recorded a country pastiche song, "Bound for Texas", for The Chaplin Revue, a feature-length compilation of Charlie Chaplin shorts. It would be the first of many Monro soundtrack themes. His second single, in 1960, "Portrait of My Love," reached No.3 in the UK Singles Chart. Matt achieved fame in the United States when "My Kind of Girl" 1961 and "Walk Away" in 1964 hit the Top 40 and in 1961 he was named Top International Act by Billboard magazine. At the 1964 Eurovision Song Contest, singing "I Love the Little Things," Matt finished second behind Italy's 16-year-old Gigliola Cinquetti, despite an "excellent performance of the only English language song of the night". Other hits included "Softly as I Leave You"; and the song from the James Bond film "From Russia with Love" (liver cancer)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iaFw7R0sk_g"]YouTube - MATT MONRO,portrait of my love[/ame]

in 1986 - Armand Preud'homme, Belgian organist, composer, conductor and teacher, dies at 81.
in 1987 - Kerli Kõiv (Estonian singer) is born.

in 1987 - George Michael and Aretha Franklin were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)'. Written by Simon Climie it gave Aretha her first UK No.1 almost 20 years after her first hit.

in 1987 - Madonna went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Open Your Heart', her 5th US No.1, a No.4 hit in the UK.

in 1988 - Ai Kago (Japanese singer) is born.

in 1989 - Georgia state representative Billy Randall introduced a bill to make Little Richards 'Tutti Frutti', the state's official rock song.

in 1990 - Jimmy Van Heusen /Edward Chester Babcock dies at age 77. American composer born in Syracuse, New York; he wrote songs mainly for films and television , and won four Academy Awards for Best Original Song, and an Emmy. Collaborating with lyricist Eddie DeLange, on songs such as "Heaven Can Wait", "So Help Me", and "Darn That Dream", his work became more prolific, writing over 60 songs in 1940 alone. It was in 1940 that he teamed up with the lyricist Johnny Burke. Burke and Jimmy moved to Hollywood writing for stage musicals and films throughout the '40s and early '50s, winning an Academy Award for Best Original Song for "Swinging on a Star" in 1944. Jimmy then teamed up with lyricist Sammy Cahn. Their three Academy Awards for Best Song were won for "All the Way" in 1957 from The Joker Is Wild, "High Hopes" in 1959 from A Hole in the Head, and "Call Me Irresponsible" in 1963 from Papa's Delicate Condition. Their songs were also featured in Rear Window, Ocean's Eleven and Robin and the 7 Hoods. He also co-wrote "Love and Marriage", "To Love and Be Loved", "Come Fly with Me", "Only the Lonely", and "Come Dance with Me". Jimmy wrote the music for at least three Broadway musicals: Carnival in Flanders, Skyscraper, and Walking Happy. He composed over 800 plus songs of which 50 songs became standards and his songs are featured in over one hundred eighty films. He became an inductee of the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1971 (He was close friends throughout life with Frank Sinatra and is buried in the Sinatra family burial plot in Desert Memorial Park, in Cathedral City, California)
Video Note: The great classic "Swinging on a Star" (written by Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke) as sung by Bing Crosby and the boy's chorus of the movie "Going My Way."
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTUKHMlbYGA&feature=results_main&playnext= 1&list=PL045B533268C6049C"]Bing Crosby "Swinging on a Star" - YouTube[/ame]

in 1990 - Anna Abreu (Finnish singer) is born.
in 1992 - Maimi Yajima (Japanese singer) is born.

in 1992 - Denny Wright dies at age 67. British jazz and skiffle guitarist who performed with Stephane Grappelli, Billy Eckstine, Lonnie Donegan, Johnny Duncan, Digby Fairweather, Ella Fitzgerald, Fapy Lafertin and many other musicians, including young rising stars such as Bireli Lagrene and Nigel Kennedy. He was a session musician for many years and frequently acted as arranger and fixer for recording sessions. Denny was a prolific composer for jazz and orchestra. He led many bands in his career, ranging from small jazz ensembles through night club bands to full size orchestras. In addition to jazz and skiffle, Denny worked with Latin American and Jamaican bands, including Kenny Graham's Afro-Cubists. He greatly enjoyed contributing to some of the best swing bands and orchestras of the period, playing frequently with the Carl Barriteau orchestra, with Decca Records' own house-band under Phil Green, and even the Glenn Miller band on occasions. Although he was best known as a guitarist, Denny's favourite instrument was actually the piano (died after 9 year battle with bladder cancer)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXHufIxztG0"]YouTube - Danny Wright, Piano[/ame]

in 1994 - Witold Lutoslawski dies at age 81. Polish composer and pianist, he was one of the major European composers of the 20th century, and one of the pre-eminent Polish musicians during his last three decades. During his lifetime, he earned many international awards and prizes, including the Order of the White Eagle, Poland's highest honour. During his youth, he studied piano and composition in Warsaw. His early works were influenced by Polish folk music. He began to develop his own characteristic composition techniques in the 1950s. Although he was ill Witold continued his busy schedule, travelling to the United States, England, Finland, Germany, Canada and Japan till a few weeks before his death (cancer)

in 1994 - Blind Melon's lead singer Shannon Hoon was forced to leave the American Music Awards ceremony for his loud and disruptive behavior. Hoon was later charged with battery, assault, resisting arrest, and destroying a police station phone.

in 1996 - Isaiah Kehinde Dairo, Nigerian juju drummer and accordionist, ethnomusicologist and teacher, dies at 65.
in 1996 - Frederick Gittens "Tiny Winters" English jazz singer and bassist, dies at 87.
in 1996 - Mai Hagiwara (Japanese singer) is born.
in 1997 - Daniil Borisovich Shafran, Russian virtuoso cellist, dies at 74.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUG1a2SzVTc"]YouTube - Daniil Shafran plays Kabalevsky Cello Concerto no.2 1mov 2.wmv[/ame]

in 1999 - Robert "Bobby" Troup dies at age 70. American jazz, swing blues pianist, singer, composer and actor born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He is best known for writing the popular standard "(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66", and for his role as Dr. Joe Early, in the 1970s US TV series Emergency!, which starred his wife Julie London. He made some excellent recordings for Liberty Records and Capitol Records, many with musicians that included the best of the West Coast school of jazz. His songwritings include "The Girl Can't Help It", "Daddy", "Snootie Little Cutie", "The Meaning of the Blues", "Girl Talk", "(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66", "Their Hearts Were Full Of Spring", "I'd Like You For Christmas", "Please Belong To Me", "The Feeling of Jazz"and "Let's Keep Dancing", to mention a few (massive heart attack)

in 1999 - Blondie went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Maria', giving the group their 6th UK No.1 single, 20 years after their first. At the age of 54, lead singer Debbie Harry became the oldest female to make No.1.

in 2000 - Big Punisher /Christopher Rios dies at age 28. Puerto Rican rapper who emerged from the underground rap scene in The Bronx in the late 1990s. He first appeared on albums from The Beatnuts, on the track "Off the Books" in 1997, and on Fat Joe's second album Jealous One's Envy in 1995, on the track "Watch Out", prior to signing to Loud Records as a solo artist. His full-length debut Capital Punishment in 1998, became the first album by a solo Latino rapper to go platinum, peaking at No.5 on the Billboard 200. Capital Punishment was also nominated for a Grammy. Big Punwas a huge man, his weight reportedly varying between 450 and 690 pounds. He was at his highest weight at the time of his death, being 698 pounds (heart attack)

in 2000 - Robin Scott dies at age 79. British BBC controller; he read modern languages at Cambridge University before joining the intelligence corps. He was discharged through illness in '42, and joined the BBC. As well as all his other work in radio and television, Robin was appointed the Controller of the Light Programme in March 1967, and devised a format for their new popular music programme. His vision deliberately echoed the pirate radio broadcasters that would be outlawed in August 1967. This pop station, BBC Radio 1, launched on 30 September 1967, with a signature tune commissioned by Robin, Theme One, recorded by George Martin. He was also Controller of BBC Radio 2, the successor to the Light Programme. He was appointed CBE in 1976
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8h2GPei4Mvs"]YouTube - Robin Scott (M) - 'Pop Muzik' (Live)[/ame]

in 2000 - Dave Peverett dies at age 56. English guitarist and singer born in Dulwich, South East London. After a brief tour with Swiss blues band, Les Questions, he joined Savoy Brown as a rhythm guitarist, eventually also taking over as lead singer. After five albums with Savoy Brown, he decided to pursue his own vision, taking drummer Roger Earl and bassist Tony Stevens with him. He decided to call his new band Foghat, a word he had made up as a child while playing Scrabble with his brother. With the success of an early single, a cover version of Willie Dixon's "I Just Want to Make Love to You", their debut release soon went gold. In 1974, Foghat released two gold albums, Energized and Rock & Roll Outlaws. Their first platinum album, Fool for the City, was released in 1975, producing three hit singles: the title track, "My Babe", and "Slow Ride". Followed by another gold album, Night Shift, before their 1977 Foghat Live album which reached multi-platinum. 1978's Stone Blue was yet another gold. Dave was the talented songwriter behind Foghats hits and tracks (pneumonia and complications from kidney cancer)

in 2001 - U2 played a secret show at London's Astoria. Stars attending the show included actor John Hurt, Queen's Roger Taylor, Mick Jagger, Bob Geldof, Chris Evans and members of Toploader.

in 2001 - Dale Evans /Frances Octavia Smith dies at age 88. American singer, songwriter, actress and wife of singing cowboy Roy Rogers. Born in Uvalde, Texas, she had a productive career as a jazz, swing, and big band singer that led to a screen test and contract with 20th Century Fox studios.She gained exposure on radio as the featured singer for a time on the Edgar Bergen/Charlie McCarthy show. She also got the part as a cowgirl co-star to Roy Rogers at Republic Studios in the Roy Roger films. Dale married Roy Rogers at the Flying L Ranch in Davis, Oklahoma, on New Year's Eve 1947, a marraige which lasted 51 years. They were a team on- and off-screen from 1946 until Roy's' death in 1998. From 1951 to 1957, Dale and Roy starred in the highly successful television series The Roy Rogers Show, in which they continued their cowboy and cowgirl roles, with her riding her trusty buckskin horse, Buttermilk. Autunm 1962, the couple co-hosted a comedy-western-variety program, The Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Show, which aired on ABC. Dale has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6638 Hollywood Blvd. She received a second star at 1737 Vine St. for her contribution to the television industry. In 1976, she was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. She ranked No. 34 on CMT's 40 Greatest Women in Country Music in 2002. (died of congestive heart failure)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcYsO890YJY"]YouTube - Dale Evans & Roy Rogers[/ame]

in 2003 - Malcolm Roberts dies at age 58. English actor and singer born in Manchester; he received his big break while appearing as Tony in West Side Story, composer Lionel Bart spotted his potential and cast him in his West End production of Maggie May at the Adelphi Theatre, in 1964. He released his first single, "Time Alone Will Tell" re in May 1967, followed by his biggest hit, "May I Have the Next Dream With You" in November 1968, his final hit, in November 1969, was "Love is All". He appeared and sung on The Morecambe and Wise Show and The Kenneth Williams Show on the UK's BBC Television and the American The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in 1970. In 1985, he joined a six-member group to represent Luxembourg in the Eurovision Song Contest. The song, "Children, Kinder, Enfants" They got 37 points and finished in 13th place (heart attack)

in 2003 - Courtney Love arrived at a benefit concert at London's Old Vic Theatre dressed as Donald Duck. Courtney joined Elton John on stage for a version of 'The Bitch Is Back'.

in 2004 - Queen's single 'We Will Rock You' topped a poll of music fans to find the greatest rock anthem of all time. The 1977 song beat the band's classic 'Bohemian Rhapsody' into second place in a survey of 1,000 people carried out for the UCI cinema chain. The poll was carried out to mark the release of new Jack Black comedy 'School of Rock.'

in 2005 - Michael Jackson's Thriller was named the top pop video in a poll of Channel 4 viewers in the UK. The 1983 video, which depicts the singer as a werewolf and a zombie, beat videos by Madonna and Robbie Williams. Animated videos for Peter Gabriel's Sledgehammer and A-Ha's Take On Me were in second and third place respectively. 4th was Queen with Bohemian Rhapsody, 5th, Madonna Like a Prayer, 6th, Robbie Williams, Rock DJ, 7th, Michael Jackson, Billie Jean, 8th, The Verve, Bittersweet Symphony, 9th, Madonna Vogue and 10th Nirvana, Smells Like Teen Spirit.

in 2009 - Molly Bee /Molly Munchy/Mollie Gene Beachboard dies at age 69. American country singer; she became a popular teenage star on the 1950s TV show Hometown Jamboree. At only 13 she had her first major recording success with "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus". This was followed by at least three more hit singles, and a brief film acting career. In the '50s and early '60s she was a TV staple on variety programs hosted by Tennessee Ernie Ford and Steve Allen nationally, as well as making local station appearances (complications from a stroke).
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKAzsfpUbyU"]Molly Bee "How's The World Treating You" - YouTube[/ame]

in 2008 - Amy Winehouse was told she could not perform at this year's Grammy awards ceremony because her US visa application has been rejected by the embassy in London. The singer was arrested for marijuana possession in Norway last year. Winehouse has been nominated for six Grammy awards ahead of the ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday.

in 2009 - Blossom Margrete Dearie dies at age 84. American jazz singer and pianist;classically trained, switched to jazz after joining a high school band. Moving to New York City in the mid-1940s, she sang with the Blue Flames, a vocal group attached to the Woody Herman band, and with Alvino Rey’s band before embarking on a solo career. 1952 sees her in Paris where she joined the Blue Stars, a vocal octet that recorded a hit version of “Lullaby of Birdland”. In '56 Verve Records signed her to a 6-album contract “Blossom Dearie”, “Give Him the Ooh-La-La”, “Once Upon a Summertime”, “Sings Comden and Green”, “My Gentleman Friend” and “Soubrette Sings Broadway Hit Songs”, all are today regarded as cult classics. From 1966 she traveled regularly to London to play Ronnie Scott’s, a popular nightclub, and while in England recorded four albums for the Fontana label. Back in the United States she established her own label, Daffodil Records, in 1974. Her first album, “Blossom Dearie Sings,” included “Hey John,” a tribute to John Lennon. Her last recording was a single, “It’s All Right to Be Afraid,” dedicated to the victims and survivors of 9/11.(died in her sleep of natural causes)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZQuVRox5l0&playnext=1&list=PL2781C82120FF F271"]YouTube - Blossom Dearie performs Lucky To Be Me[/ame]

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in 1586 - Jacob Praetorius, German organist, composer and teacher, is born.
in 1708 - Vaclav Jan Kopriva, Czech composer, is born.
in 1709 - Giuseppi Torelli, Italian composer, dies at 50.

in 1718 - Jean Joseph Marie Amiot, French missionary and scholar, is born at Toulon. He received a classical education. After ordination, he went to Beijing as a Jesuit missionary in 1751. His most important writings on Chinese music remain in MS. His Memoire sur la musique des Chinois, tant anciens que modernes was edited by P. Roussier (Paris, 1779; reprint, 1973) and was published as Vol. VI of Amiot's Memoires concernat I'histoire, les sciences, les arts, les moeurs, les usages des Chinois (Paris, 1780). - Died Beijing, Oct. 9, 1793.

in 1735 - 1st opera in US "Flora," opens in Charleston, SC.
Video Note: The 2010 Spoleto Festival presentation of "Flora: an Opera" recreates the first opera performed in the United States, at the original Dock Street Theatre in Charleston in 1735. The current Dock Street Theatre is open once more, following three years of renovations.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BluhVL8zqSE"]"Flora: an Opera" rehearsal at the Dock Street Theatre - YouTube[/ame]

in 1741 - Belgian/French opera composer André Grétry was born in Liège.

in 1747 - Johann Wilhelm Hassler, German organist, composer, and pianist, is born at Erfurt.
His father was a maker of men's headwear. He followed his father's trade while studying organ with his uncle, Johann Christian Kittel. At the age of 14, he was able to earn his living as organist at an Erfurt church. After his father's death, in 1769, he maintained for some years a manufactory of fur muffs.

A meeting in Hamburg with C. P. E. Bach gave him a fresh impetus toward continuing his musical activities. He gave concerts as a pianist, and published several piano sonatas. On Feb. 8, 1779, he married his pupil Sophie Kiel. In 1780 he opened public winter concerts in Erfurt; his wife appeared there as a singer and choral director.

In 1789 he played in Berlin and Potsdam; in Dresden he took part in a contest with Mozart, as organist and pianist, without producing much impression either on Mozart himself or on the listeners. In 1790 he went to London, where he performed piano concertos under the direction of Haydn.

In 1792 he went to Russia, where he remained until his death. In Moscow he became greatly renowned as a pianist, as a composer, and particularly as a teacher. Most of his works were published in Russia; these included sonatas, preludes, variations, fantasies, etc., and also pieces for piano, 4-hands. His style represents a transition between Bach and Beethoven, without attaining a degree of the imagination or craftsmanship of either. However, his piano pieces in the lighter vein have undeniable charm. His Grande gigue was well known. His autobiography is included in W. Kahl, Selbstbiographien deutscher Musiker (Cologne, 1948). - Died at Moscow, March 29, 1822.

in 1765 - Joseph Leopold von Eybler, Austrian composer, conductor and good friend of Mozart, is born.
in 1797 - Johann Friedrich Doles, composer, dies at 81.
in 1801 - Johann Chrysostomus Drexel, composer, dies at 43.
in 1810 - Norbert Burgmuller, German composer and friend of Mendelssohn, is born.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zb62p35pupg"]YouTube - Norbert Burgmüller - Symphony No.1 in C-minor, Op.2 (1/5)[/ame]

in 1821 - Paul Anton Wineberger, composer, dies at 62.
in 1828 - Antonio Cagnoni, Italian composer, is born.

in 1839 - Elie (Miriam) Delaborde, eccentric French pianist, pedagogue, and composer, is born at Paris. Though no official documents exist to authenticate the claim, evidence is substantial that he was the natural son of Charles-Valentin Alkan, his teacher, and Una Eraim Miriam, a lady of means. He also studied with Moscheles and Henselt, and subsequently made successful tours of England, Germany, and Russia. During the Franco-Prussian War in 1870, he fled with 121 parrots and cockatoos (later also kept 2 apes, named Isidore and Sara, in his apartment) to London, where he introduced some of his father's works for piano with pedalier. In 1873 he was appointed professor of piano at the Paris Conservatory, numbering among his students Olga Sarnaroff. He was reputed to have had an affair with Bizet's wife, which was substantiated by the announcement of their marriage shortly following Bizet's death. Indeed, he was a close friend of Bizet, having been his swimming companion in the Seine when Bizet caught his fatal illness. He wrote an opera-comique, La Reine dori, an overture, Aitila, a Piano Quintet, 12 Preludes, Etudes, and Fantaisies for Piano, and a number of songs. - Died at Paris, Dec. 9, 1913.

in 1849 - Francois-Antoine Habeneck, composer, dies at 68.
in 1862 - Opera "Lily of Killarney"premieres in London.
in 1888 - Matthijs Vermeulen, Dutch composer, music critic and writer, is born.
in 1891 - Edgar Palm, Curaçaoean/Dutch pianist, organist, composer, teacher and music critic, is born.
in 1900 - Guy Douglas Hamilton Warrack, Scottish composer, conductor and teacher, is born.
in 1903 - Greta Keller (Austrian international cabaret singer and actress) is born.
in 1904 - Igor Fyodorovich Belza, Russian composer, musicologist and teacher, is born.

in 1906 - Artur Balsam, Polish-born American pianist and pedagogue, is born Warsaw. He studied in Lodz, making his debut there at the age of 12; then enrolled at the Berlin Hochschule fur Musik; in 1930 he obtained the prestigious Mendelssohn Prize; in 1932 he made a U.S. tour with Menuhin. With the advent of the anti-Semitic Nazi regime in 1933, he settled in America, where he became a superlative accompanist to celebrated artists; he also played much chamber music and gave occasional solo recitals. He served on the faculties of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., Boston University, and the Manhattan School of Music. - Died at N.Y., Sept. 1, 1994.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=373TmSQQfDU"]Beethoven / Artur Balsam, 1952: Piano (Violin) Concerto in D major, Op. 61a - Complete - YouTube[/ame]

in 1909 - Mieczyslaw Karlowicz, Polish composer and conductor, dies in an avalanche at 32.
in 1909 - Edouard Silas, Dutch-English pianist, organist and composer, dies at 80.
in 1911 - Victor Herbert's opera "Natoma" premieres in NYC.
in 1912 - Simon Jurovsky, Slovakian composer, is born.
in 1914 - Jules van Ackere, Flemish musicologist, teacher and cultural historian, is born.
in 1915 - Georges Guétary (Lambros Worloou), Greek-Egyptian-French singer, dancer and actor, is born.
in 1919 - Muni Zudekoff "Buddy Morrow" American jazz and big band tormbonist and bandleader, is born.
in 1927 - Zdenek Zouhar, Czech composer, musicologist and teacher, is born.

in 1928 - Osian (Gwynn) Ellis, Welsh harpist and teacher, is born at Fynnongroew. He received training at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He played in the Melos Ensemble and was solo harpist with the London Symohony Orchestra: acquired a fine reputation as a concert artist via engagements as a soloist with the foremost orchestras and as a recitalist around the globe. From 1959 to 1989 he was also professor of harp at the Royal Academy of Music. In 1971 he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. In addition to the standard harp literature, Ellis commissioned works for his instrument from Britten, Hoddinott, Mathias, Menotti, Schuman, and others. He published The Story of the Harp in Wales (1991).

in 1929 - Floyd Dixon (American R&B pianist) is born.
in 1930 - Manuel Castillo, Spainish pianist, composer, and director of the Conservatory of Seville, is born.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8mmkSkPLAE"]YouTube - Manuel Castillo (1930-2005) SONATINA (piano ). Mov 2. Adagio[/ame]

in 1932 - John Towner Williams, American pianist, composer and conductor, is born.

in 1934 - Elly Ameling, (actually, Elisabeth Sara), outstanding Dutch soprano, is born at Rotterdam. [also listed 1933] After studies in Rotterdam and The Hague, she completed her training with Bernac in Paris; won the Hertogenbosch (1956) and Geneva (1958) competitions, then made her formal recital debut in Amsterdam (1961). Subsequent appearances with the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam and the Rotterdam Philharmonic secured her reputation. In 1966 she made her London debut and in 1968 her N.Y. debut; her first appearance in opera was as Ilia in Idomeneo with the Netherlands Opera in Amsterdam in 1973, but she chose to concentrate upon a career as a concert artist. She gained renown for her appearances with major European orchestras and for her lieder recitals. In 1971 she was made a Knight of the Order of Oranje Nassau by the Dutch government. She established the Elly Ameling Lied Prize to be awarded at the 's-Hertogenbosch competition. Her remarkable career came to a close with a series of farewell recitals in 1995.

in 1936 - Larry Verne, American pop novelty singer, is born. "Hey, Mr. Custer-you mind if I be excused the rest of the afternoon?"

in 1937 - Joseph Guilherme Raposo Jr., American composer, songwriter, pianist and television writer, is born.
in 1937 - Joe Raposo (US composer) is born
in 1938 - Ray Sharpe, American R&B and rockabilly singer/songwriter and guitarist, is born.
in 1939 - Barry Mann, vocalist (Who Put the Bump) was born.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXmsLe8t_gg"]Who Put The Bomp - Barry Mann - YouTube[/ame]

in 1940 - Talib Rasul Hakim, composer was born
in 1941 - Doukissa Fotara (Greek singer, actress) is born
in 1941 - Tom Rush, American folk and blues singer/songwriter, guitarist and producer, is born.
in 1942 - Terry Melcher/Terry Day (US singer/songwriter/producer; Rip Chords/Doris Day) is born.

in 1943 - Creed Bratton, American rock singer/songwriter, guitarist and actor (The Grass Roots), is born. Bratton is a cast member of the American version of The Office.

in 1943 - Jose de Almeida Prado, Brazilian pianist, composer, teacher and radio presenter, is born.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXlZwhrNnog"]YouTube - Almeida Prado - Primeira Profecia - Estudo - José Eduardo Martins - piano[/ame]

in 1946 - Adolpho De La Parra, Mexican blues-rock drummer (Canned Heat), is born.
in 1946 - Paul Wheatbread, American pop/rock drummer (Gary Puckett & The Union Gap), is born.
in 1947 - Ernest Samuel Williams, American cornettist, trumpeter, composer, conductor and teacher, dies at 65.

in 1948 - Dan Seals, American soft rock and country singer/songwriter and guitarist (England Dan and John Ford Coley), is born.

in 1948 - Ron Tyson (US singer; The Temptations) is born.
in 1949 - Franco Leoni, Italian opera composer, dies at 81.
in 1949 - Leonid Alexeyevich Polovinkin, Russian composer, dies at 54.
in 1950 - Michael Goodroe, Anerican rock bassist (The Motels), is born.
in 1952 - Hans Van de Lubbe, Dutch rock/Nederpop bassist (De Dijk), is born.
in 1954 - Jan Adam Maklakiewicz, Polish composer, conductor, critic and teacher, dies at 54.
in 1956 - Dave Meros (US bassist; Spock's Beard) is born.
in 1960 - Mark Dinning went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Teen Angel', a No.37 hit in the UK.
in 1961 - Sammy Llanas, American rock singer/songwriter and guitarist (BoDeans, Absinthe), is born.
in 1961 - Vince Neil, American rock singer/songwriter and guitarist (Motley Crue), is born.
in 1962 - Ken McCluskey, Scottish rock singer and harmonica player (The Bluebells), is born.
in 1964 - Robert Nebrenský (Czech actor, musician, comedian, songwriter, composer) is born.

in 1964 - On their first full day in New York, The Beatles (minus George who had a sore throat), went for a photo-opportunity walk around Central Park. Extra police were called in to keep fans away. Later in the day The Ronettes interviewed the band for radio.

in 1964 - John Leyton, Mike Berry, The Innocents, Jet Harris, Don Spencer, The Leroys and The Rolling Stones appeared at the Regal, Edmonton, on the first night of a UK tour.

in 1965 - Dicky Cheung (Hong Kong actor, singer) is born
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yJVbFLL898"]YouTube - Dicky Cheung-Touched[/ame]

in 1968 - Tjinder Singh, British rock singer/songwriter and guitarist (Cornershop), is born.
in 1968 - Claudette Pace (Maltese singer) is born.
in 1969 - Pauly Fuemana (New Zealand singer; Otara Millionaires Club aka OMC) is born.
in 1969 - 'TBC' by The Supremes with Temptations went to No.1 on the US album chart.
in 1971 - Will Turpin (US bassist, percussion; Collective Soul) is born.
in 1971 - Mika Karppinen (Finnish drummer; HIM) is born.

in 1972 - Markos Vamvakaris dies at age 66. Greek rebetiko musician-songwriter; while working in the Athens he learned bouzouki, becoming an innovative virtuoso player. He also began to compose music and write songs. At first he played in hashish establishments known as Tekes, later he and his band, which included Giorgos Batis, Anestis Delias and Stratos Pagioumtzis played in more legitimate clubs. They became extremely popular, and Markos recorded his first rebetiko disc, Na 'Rchosouna Re Magka Mou in 1932. Among other songs in that period, he wrote the classic love song "Frangkosyriani" He later suffered badly with arthritis in his hands, but in the early 1960s, many of his old songs were revived, sung by modern singers including Grigoris Bithikotsis, and Stratos Dionysiou.

in 1973 - Max Yasgur dies at age 53. American music lover, the owner of a dairy farm in Bethel, New York on which the Woodstock Festival was held between August 15th and August 18th 1969. By the late 1960s, he was the largest milk producer in Sullivan County, New York. His farm had 650 cows, mostly Guernseys. Many of his neighbors turned against him after the festival, and he was no longer welcome at the town general store, but he never regretted his decision to allow the concert on his farm. On January 7th 1970, he was sued by his neighbors for area property damage caused by the attendance of the "flower children". However, the damage to his own property was far more extensive and, over a year later, he received a $50,000 settlement to pay for the near-destruction of his dairy farm and in 1971, Max sold the 600-acre farm (died in Florida of a heart attack)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0R4yv63TaAI"]YouTube - Max Yasgur Onstage At Woodstock 1969[/ame]

in 1974 - Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo (member of the French house music duo Daft Punk) is born
in 1975 - Bob Dylan went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Blood On The Tracks' his second US No.1 album.

in 1975 - Engelbert Humperdinck started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with his 'Greatest Hits Collection.'

in 1975 - The Ohio Players went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Fire', the group's first of two US No.1's. 1980, the divorce became final between David and Angie Bowie. He won custody of their son Zowie, (now known as Joe), Angie received a £30,000 ($51,000) settlement.

in 1977 - Dave 'Phoenix' Ferrel, American rock singer and bassist (Linkin Park), is born.

in 1977 - Eivind Groven dies at age 75. Norwegian microtonal composer fuddle player and music-theorist, born in Lårdal. He studied musical theory and composition for a year, mostly Berlioz and Beethoven. Unlike many other young Norwegian composers of the era, he refused to go abroad, but stayed at home, composing, and developing his own distinct musical forms, based on a merging of the sonata form with the special metamorphic principles unique to the dance music from Telemark, closely related to the forms of late baroque. In in 1931, Groven was appointed by the Norwegian Broadcasting Company, NRK, to be responsible for half an hour of folk music every week. Thus, he got a lot of gifted rural musicians to the radio, thereby preserving the folk music for posterity. After WWII, Eivind participated in editing and publishing seven volumes of written and collected tunes for hardanger fiddle, along with two fellow folk musicians in Norway (He got Parkinson's disease in 1964, and had to put away the fiddle, medications available at the time caused undue stress to his heart)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5c1d1aIi-pE"]Folketone frå Hornindal - Arr. Eivind Groven - YouTube[/ame]

in 1979 - Josh Keaton (US actor, singer) is born
in 1980 - Cameron Muncey (Australian guitarist; Jet) is born

in 1980 - Nikos Xylouris dies at age 43. Greek composer and singer born in Anogeia, Crete and was part of the movement that brought down the Greek military Junta of 1967. His songs and music captured and described the Greek psyche and demeanor, gaining himself the title the archangel of Crete. He first performed outside Greece in 1966 and won the 1st prize in the San Remo folk music festival. In 1967 he established the first Cretan Music Hall, Erotokritos, in Heraklion. The recording of Anyfantou in 1969 was a big success. He soon started performances in Athens, which became his new permanent residence, at the Konaki folk music hall. In 1971, Nikos was awarded by the Academy Charles Cross of France for his performance in the Cretan Rizitika songs album with G. Markopoulos (
(brain tumor)

in 1981 - Myriam Montemayor Cruz (Mexican singer) is born.

in 1981 - R.E.M. made their first ever-recording sessions at Bombay Studios Smyrna, Georgia. Tracks included 'Gardening At Night', 'Radio Free Europe' and '(Don't Go Back To) Rockville.'

in 1983 - Jim Verraros (US singer) is born.

in 1983 - winners at the second annual Brit Awards held in London included Paul McCartney who won Best British Male Solo Artist, Kim Wilde won Best British Female Solo Artist, Dire Straits won British Group, British Breakthrough Act went to Yazoo, International Act was Kid Creole & The Coconuts, Best Selling Single Dexy's Midnight Runners "Come On Eileen" and the Life Achievement Award went to Pete Townshend.

in 1985 - Jeremy Davis, bassist, Paramore, 2009 UK No.1 album ‘Brand New Eyes’ is born.

in 1986 - Billy Ocean started a four week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going', as featured in the film 'The Jewel Of The Nile.' The video was banned in the UK because it featured non-musician union members. Boyzone took the song to No.1 in 1999.

in 1990 - Del Shannon Charles Weedon Westover dies at age 55. American singer and guitarist, one of the early greats in rock 'n' Roll and born in Grand Rapids, Michigan where he learned ukulele and guitar. In 1954, he was drafted into the Army, while in Germany he played guitar in a band called the Cool Flames. In 1958, he took over a band as leader and singer, with the name Charlie Johnson, and renaming his band the Big Little Show Band. He soon renamed himself Del Shannon and on January 21st 1961, recorded "Runaway", which reached No.1 in the Billboard chart in April. This was followed with "Hats Off to Larry", which peaked at No.5 on the Billboard and No.1 on Cashbox in 1961. Other hits included "So Long, Baby," and "Little Town Flirt",. He continued his success in England, where he had always been more popular. In 1963, he became the first American to record a cover version of a Beatles song, "From Me to You" which charted in the US before the Beatles. In 1988, Del sang on "The World We Know" with The Smithereens on their album Green Thoughts. Shortly after, in 1990, he recorded with Jeff Lynne of Electric Light Orchestra and there were rumors he would join The Traveling Wilburys after Roy Orbison's death. Previously, in 1975, he had recorded tracks with Lynne, along with In My Arms Again, a self-penned country song (while working on a comeback album with Jeff Lynne of Electric Light Orchestra, Shannon fatally shot himself in the head with a .22 calibre rifle. His wife thought his death might have been related to his recent use of the prescription drug, Prozac)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OwkQPSsIxc"]YouTube - Del Shannon * RUN AWAY *[/ame]
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in 1992 - UK act Right Said Fred started a three-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'I'm Too Sexy', a No.2 hit in the UK.

in 1992 - Wet Wet Wet scored their second UK No.1 album with 'High On The Happy Side.' in 1993 - Julian Cope raised over £2,500 for anti-fur campaigners Lynx after selling raffle tickets to win his trade-mark microphone stand.

in 1992 - Denys "Denny" Justin Wright dies at age 67. English jazz and skiffle guitarist, pianist, club owner, who performed with Stephane Grappelli, Lonnie Donegan, the bluegrass musician Johnny Duncan, Digby Fairweather, Humphrey Lyttelton, Marie Bryant and many other musicians. Throughout his career and many projects from 1940 until the 1980s, Denny was a regular in the recording studios as one of Britain's best session musicians and frequently acted as arranger and fixer for recording sessions. Denny was also a prolific composer for jazz and orchestra. Denny led many bands in his career, ranging from small jazz ensembles through night club bands to full size orchestras. In addition to jazz and skiffle, Denny worked with Latin American and Jamaican bands. Although he was best known as a guitarist, his favourite instrument was actually the piano. After the war, in 1945, he set up London's first bebop club, the Fullado in New Compton Street, where he played both piano and guitar. In the late 1940s he toured Italy and the Middle East with the Francisco Cavez orchestra before ending up playing in King Farouk's palace. He was part of Lonnie Donegan's group who first took skiffle to the Soviet Union in 1957. In 1978, he formed Velvet with Ike Isaacs, Len Skeat and Digby Fairweather and in 1981, Denny was voted BBC Jazz Society Musician of the Year. Denny occasionally taught young guitarists and guest lectured at the Royal College of Music on the life of a session musician. His last gig, was at The Grapes in Shepherd Market, Mayfair in late 1991 (bladder cancer)

in 1994 - Raymond Scott Harry Warnow dies at age 85. American composer, band leader, pianist, engineer, recording studio maverick, and electronic instrument inventor. He was born in Brooklyn, NY, assembled his first audio laboratory at 12, got his first professional job as pianist and composed his first song "Portrait of a Cow" at 15, and was a 1931 graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, where he studied piano, theory and composition.

He worked as a pianist for the CBS Radio house band, before forming his own band, calling it the "Raymond Scott Quintette". His first hit single came in 1934, "Christmas Night in Harlem", which was later recorded by Louis Armstrong. In 1936 he signed a recording contract with Irving Mills, Columbia Records and in 1937-38 he appeared and performed in several Hollywood films with his Quintette. Ray believed strongly in composing and playing by ear, his music is familiar to millions because of its adaptation by Carl Stalling in over 120 classic Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Daffy Duck and other Warner Bros. Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies animated features.

Ray's melodies have also been heard in twelve Ren & Stimpy episodes (which used the original of Raymond's recordings), while making cameos in The Simpsons, Duckman, Animaniacs, The Oblongs, and Batfink. The only music Raymond actually composed purposely to accompany animation were three 20-second electronic commercial jingles for County Fair Bread in 1962. He was also a pioneer and inventor of electronic music. In 1954 he met and began to collaborate with synthesizer inventor Bob Moog an association which lasted 15 years.

In 1956 he patented 'The Clavivox' (Keyboard Operated Electrical Musical Instrument) In 1959 he build his 1st version 'The Electronium' a keyboard-less, automatic composition and performance machine. A more perfected version of this invention caught the eye of Berry Gordy, who in 1970, bought an Electronim and hired Raymond as Motown's Director of Electronic Research and Development in his L.A. studios, where he based himself for 9 years. Other of his many electronic music inventions include 'The Fascination', 'The Participator', 'Pitch Sequencer', 'Rhythm Synthesizer', 'Bassline Generator', 'Synthesized Gong', 'Juxtaposition Matrix', 'Melody Maker', 'Rhythm Guitar Simulator', and the drum machine 'Bandito the Bongo Artist' just to mention a few. Still composing, recording and inventing at the age of 81, in 1988 Raymond suffered from series of heart attacks & strokes leaving him unable to work, speak, or communicate.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfDqR4fqIWE"]YouTube - Raymond Scott Quintette - Powerhouse - Hit Parade[/ame]

in 1994 - Oasis were forced to cancel their first foreign tour after they were deported from Holland. The band were involved in a drunken brawl on a cross-channel ferry resulting in members of the band being arrested and locked in the brig on the ferry.

in 1996 - Mercer Kennedy Ellington, American jazz trumpeter, composer, arranger and bandleader, dies at 76. He was the son of Duke Ellington.

in 1997 - LL Cool J went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Ain't Nobody', and taken from the soundtrack to the 1996 film Beavis and Butthead Do America. The song was a 1983 hit for Rufus with Chaka Khan.

in 1997 - Reef went to No.1 on the UK album charts with their debut album 'Glow.'

in 1998 - winners at this years Brit Awards included Finley Quaye who won Best British Male Solo Artist, Best British Female Solo Artist went to Shola Ama, The Verve won British Group and Best British Album for ‘Urban Hymns’, British Dance Act went to The Prodigy, British Breakthrough Act was Stereophonics, Best Selling British Album Act was The Spice Girls, International Male, Jon Bon Jovi, International Female, Bjork, International Group, U2 and Outstanding Contribution went to Fleetwood Mac. During the show Chumbawamba singer Danbert Nobacon threw a plastic bucket full of cold water over UK Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott.

in 2001 - Eminem made his live UK concert debut when he appeared at The Manchester Arena.

in 2002 - Bob Wooler dies at age 76. English DJ and booker at Liverpool's Cavern Club and was most notable for being instrumental in introducing The Beatles to their manager, Brian Epstein, and as the DJ at The Cavern Club. He became involved in managing a skiffle group called The Kingstrums before becoming compère/disc jockey for promoters such as Wally Hill of Peak Promotions. His voice was captured on a live EP by the Big Three at the Cavern, saying "We've got the hi-fi high & the lights down low, so here we go, with the Big Three Show!" Wooler became one of the major figures on the Mersey Scene and did much to help the various groups, remaining at the Cavern until 1967.

in 2002 - Nick Brignola dies at age 65. American jazz saxophonist; at the age of 11 he began playing the clarinet before he picked up the alto and tenor saxophones as well as the flute. At the age of 20 he dropped his alto saxophone off to get repaired and the only horn the shop had to lone him was the baritone sax. After that instance, the baritone sax became his main instrument. Though Nick was mostly known as a bandleader he performed and released albums with many of the worlds most famous and well-established musicians. He was able to record the album Baritone Madness with one of his idols, bebop heavyweight Pepper Adams. The album was recorded with Roy Haynes, Dave Holland, Pepper Adams, and Derek Smith. Other musicians he played with through out his career include: Elvin Jones, Cecil Payne, Bobby Shew, Kenny Barron, Jack DeJohnette, Thelonious Monk, Wes Montgomery, Phil Woods, Chet Baker, and Clark Terry (cancer)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCP7SHx9SQM"]YouTube - Nick Brignola - "Like Old Times"[/ame]

in 2005 - Pete Doherty was released from jail on bail after four nights when his manager paid the remaining £100,000 ($170,000) bail to Highbury Corner Magistrates Court, London. The ex-Libertines star had been charged with robbery and blackmail after a fracas at a London hotel. His bail arrangements stated he would not be able to leave his house between 2200pm and 0700am every night and must be accompanied by a security guard or his manager if he goes out at any other time.

in 2005 - Kylie Minogue was voted the world’s sexiest woman in her 30’s by UK magazine Good Housekeeping. Sade was voted No.4 in the over 40’s with Madonna coming in at No.7 and Jerry Hall at No.8. And Sharon Osbourne was voted into 3rd place in the over 50’s section.

in 2005 - Jimmy Smith dies at age 79. American jazz organist; he ruled the Hammond organ in the '50s and '60s, revolutionizing the instrument, showing it could be creatively used in a jazz context and popularized in the process. As well as his solo recordings, during the 1950s and 1960s, he recorded with some of the great jazz musicians of the day such as Kenny Burrell, George Benson, Grant Green, Stanley Turrentine, Lee Morgan, Lou Donaldson, Tina Brooks, Jackie McLean, Grady Tate and Donald Bailey. In the 1970s, Jimmy opened his own supper club in Los Angeles, and played there regularly with guitarist Paul C. Saenz, Larry Paxton on drums and Freddy Garcia on saxophone. He had a career revival in the 1980s and 1990s, again recording for Blue Note and Verve, and for Milestone and Elektra. He also recorded with other artists including Quincy Jones/Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Joey DeFrancesco. His last major album, Dot Com Blues on Blue Thumb in 2000, featured many special guests such as Dr. John, B. B. King and Etta James. In 2005, he was awarded the NEA Jazz Masters Award from the National Endowment for the Arts, the highest honor that the United States bestows upon jazz musicians.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMbHPHtQhCg"]YouTube - Jimmy Smith ~ Stormy Monday[/ame]

in 2005 - Keith Knudsen dies at age 56. American drummer, vocalist, and songwriter, born in Le Mars, Iowa. He began drumming while in high school. After short stints playing in a club band and the Blind Joe Mendlebaum Blues Band, he became the drummer for the organist-vocalist Lee Michaels. In 1974 he was invited to join The Doobie Brothers, joining the band during the recording of the 1974 platinum album, 'What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits', on which he made his debut. After the Doobies disbanded in '82, he and fellow Doobie John McFee, who he had also formed a writing partnership with, founded the country rock band Southern Pacific. They disbanded in the early 1990s. Keith organized a one-off Doobies reunion in 1987 to raise funds for the National Veterans Foundation. and rejoined the Doobie Brothers on a full-time basis in 1993. In 2005 he also played drums on Emmylou Harris 'Shores Of White Sand off the All I Intend To Be' record. (pneumonia)

in 2006 - Elton Dean dies at age 60. UK saxophone player with Long John Baldry's band Bluesology; the bands pianist Reg Dwight, took Dean and Baldrey's first names for his stage name, Elton John. Elton Dean next established his reputation as a member of the Keith Tippett Sextet from 1968 to 1970, and in the band Soft Machine from 1969 to 1972. Shortly before leaving Soft Machine he started his own group, Just Us. From 1975 to 1978 he led a nine-piece band called Ninesense. In 2002, Elton and three other former Soft Machine members; Hugh Hopper, drummer John Marshall, and guitarist Allan Holdsworth toured and recorded under the name Soft Works. His last musical collaborations also included those with Soft Bounds, a quartet comprised of himself, Hugh Hopper, Sophia Domancich and Simon Goubert; Alex Maguire's project Psychic Warrior; and Belgian rock-jazz band The Wrong Object (heart and liver disease)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lxUDs837TM&feature=related"]YouTube - Elton Dean - Blind Badger[/ame]

in 2006 - Akira Ifukube dies at age 91. Japanese composer of classical music and film scores, born in Kushiro on the island of Hokkaido, the third son of a Shinto priest. From 1946 to 1953, he taught at the Nihon University College of Art, during which period he composed his first film score for The End of the Silver Mountains, released in 1947. Over the next fifty years, he would compose more than 250 film scores, the high point of which was his 1954 music for Ishiro Honda's Toho movie, Godzilla. He also created Godzilla's trademark roar – produced by rubbing a resin-covered leather glove along the loosened strings of a double bass – and its footsteps, created by striking an amplifier box (died of multiple organ dysfunction syndrome).

in 2006 - the 48th annual Grammy Awards were held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Madonna opened the awards for a third time. U2 came away with 5 awards and Mariah Carey won 3 of her 8 nominations. 2009, R&B singer Chris Brown was questioned by police in Los Angeles over a complaint of assault. The 19-year-old had pulled out of his performance at the Grammy Awards, as did his pop star girlfriend Rihanna. Police said Mr Brown argued with an unidentified woman while sitting in a car. Brown had walked into a police station and was later released on $50,000 (£34,000) bail. Los Angeles police did not identify the woman who had made the complaint against Brown.

in 2009 - Hank Locklin dies at age 91. American country singer, member of Grand Ole Opry. His hits include "Send Me the Pillow That You Dream On", "Geisha Girl", and "Please Help Me I'm Falling", which went to No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop music chart. Billboard Magazine's 100th Anniversary issue also listed it as the second most successful country single of the Rock and Roll era. He had/has a strong following in Europe, and Ireland, so much so in 1963 he recorded an album called Irish Songs Country Style, which includes the beautiful song Wild Irish Rose. Also he has a fanclub situated in Langeli, Norway. In 2006, he appeared on the PBS special, Country Pop Legends in which he performed "Send Me The Pillow That You Dream On", and "Please Help Me I'm Falling". Until his passing in 2009, he was the oldest living member of the Grand Ole Opry at the age of 91. He recently released his 65th album, By the Grace of God, a collection of gospel songs.

in 2009 - R&B singer Chris Brown was questioned by police in Los Angeles over a complaint of assault. The 19-year-old had pulled out of his performance at the Grammy Awards, as did his pop star girlfriend Rihanna. Police said Mr Brown argued with an unidentified woman while sitting in a car. Brown had walked into a police station and was later released on $50,000 (£34,000) bail. Los Angeles police did not identify the woman who had made the complaint against Brown.

in 2011 - Mike Starr dies at age 44. American bassist born in Honolulu, Hawaii and best known as a founding member and bassist with the alternative rock band, Alice in Chains, formed in Seattle in 1987. The band was one of the most successful music acts of the 1990s, selling over 25 million albums worldwide, and over 12 million in the US alone. The band achieved two number-one Billboard 200 albums "Jar of Flies" and "Alice in Chains", 14 top ten songs on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, and eight Grammy Award nominations. Mike is featured on albums We Die Young -1990; Facelift-1990; Sap-1992; Dirt-1992; Music Bank-1999; Nothing Safe: Best of the Box-1999; Live-2000; Greatest Hits-2001; and The Essential Alice in Chains released in 2006. Mike left Alice In Chains in 1993 while it was touring behind the album Dirt. However in 1992 he had also been a founding member of the heavy metal supergroup Sun Red Sun along with Ray Gillen and Bobby Rondinelli, both former members of Black Sabbath. The project was cut short by Gillen's death (found dead on this date in a house in Salt Lake City - no details have emerged yet as to the cause of death).

in 2011 - Bernard Lee dies at age 66. American singer, also known as St. Clair Lee, he was one of the original members of the pop and soul trio formed at Santa Monica, California in 1969, Hues Corporation, along with Hubert Ann Kelley and Fleming Williams. The group's name was a pun on the (Howard) Hughes Corporation, with the 'hue' being the group's African-American heritage. They started out as an opening act for the likes of Flash Cadillac, Ike Turner, and Delaney Bramlett. In 1972 they were asked to appear in and also record three songs for the film 'Blacular' soundtrack; "There He Is Again", "What The World Knows" and "I'm Gonna Catch You". Shortly after, RCA signed them, their first single, "Freedom For The Stallion", from the album of the same name, reached No.63 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. This was followed by their 1974 single, "Rock the Boat" which became a No.1 hit on the Billboard chart and the group's signature song. Other hits included "Rockin' Soul, "Love Corporation", and "I Caught Your Act" (details of Bernard's death have not yet been given).
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPyH4rXTXTk"]"Rock the Boat" Hues Corporation. Bernard St. Clair Lee's final Sweet and Hot performance Sept '10 - YouTube[/ame]

in 2011 - Roza Baglanova dies at age 89. Soviet - Kazakh soprano opera and pop music singer; in 1949, she became a singer with the Kazakh State Academic Opera and Ballet, then the Kazakh State Philharmonic Society in 1960 and was a leading master of the Kazakh state concert association "Kazakhconcert". During her career, she performed in Poland, the German Democratic Republic, Belgium, Hungary, Austria, Czechoslovakia, the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of Korea, India, Burma, Canada, and other countries. One of her passions was singing in the language of the country she was performing in, and so performed traditional folk songs in Russian, Kazakh, Uzbek, Tatar, Mongolian, Korean, and others. Roza was honored with many awards throughout her career, including the People’s Artist of the USSR in 1967, the Order of Lenin and was also deemed a National Hero of Kazakhstan (heart attack) - Born January 1st 1922.

in 2011 - Marvin Sease dies at age 64. American blues singer, born in Blackville, South Carolina; as a ternager he sang with the Five Gospel Crowns located in Charleston, before heading to New York City at aged 20, where he joined the gospel group called the Gospel Crowns. Marvin left the gospel circuit to form his own R&B group, accompanied by his own three brothers as his backing band. Going solo, in 1986 he recorded a self titled LP. featuring one of his more popular songs, "Ghetto Man". While promoting the album in the South's circuit of bars, blues festivals, and juke joints, he entered a record contract with Polygram Records, who launched his music nationally with the re-release of his self titled L.P. on Mercury Records in '87. It included the new ten minute track "Candy Licker," which became an instant success. Over the next decade Marvin released several more records for Mercury and Jive Records, which ranked on the Billboard R&B chart and pop charts. - Born February 16th 1946.

in 2012 - Giangiacomo Guelfi dies at age 87. Italian opera singer, particularly associated with Verdi and Puccini. Born in Rome, he made his stage debut in Spoleto, as Rigoletto in 1950. He made his debut in 1952 at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, also appearing in Venice, Milan, Florence, Rome, Naples, Palermo, Catania, and becoming a regular guest at the Arena di Verona. Outside Italy he appeared in Berlin, Lisbon, London, Cairo. He made his American debut in 1954 at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and at the Metropolitan Opera of New York in 1970, he also appeared in Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro. Born December 21st 1924.

in 2012 - Jimmy Sabater Sr dies at age 75. American Latin singer and timbales player born in Harlem, New York City. In the mid 50s he joined the Joe Panama Sextet, soon after called The Joe Cuba Sextet, one of Spanish Harlem’s most popular music groups. Their 1962 album “Steppin’ Out” became a monster hit, and Jimmy became part of history, as on the album he sang "To Be With You", which thrust him into almost immediate international recognition.
In 1977, he left the Joe Cuba Sextet and from 1977 to 1981, he was the lead vocalist for Al Levy. In 1980 he recorded Gusto and 1982, he co-led “El Combo Gigante” with Charlie Palmieri until the latter's death in 1988. On November 12th 1997, Jimmy became the recipient of an award from the City of New York for his contributions to the quality of life in the city, and in appreciation of his work since 1956. He was also awarded “Outstanding Musician of the Year” from the Comptroller of the City of New York, Alan G. Hevesi. In 1998, he became the lead vocalist of the Latin Septet “Son Boricua”, led by Maestro José Mangual Jr. Their first album, called Son Boricua, was the winner of the ACE Award as best new Latin release of that year. A second, and recently, a third ACE Award was awarded for the albums Homenaje a Cortijo y Rivera, and Mo! - Born April 11th 1936.

in 2012 - Luis Alberto Spinetta dies at age 62. Argentine pioneer rock guitarist and multi-musician born in Buenos Aires; nicknamed El Flaco or Skinny, he was hailed one of the greatest poets of Argentine music. In 1967, he formed a band called Almendra with his own school mates. In 1969, Almendra, recorded their first album. They started recording and playing intensevely and became successful almost overnight. He later played with the bands Pescado Rabioso recording 3 albums and Invisible from 1974-76 recording 6 albums. Luis then embarked on the projects Spinetta Jade followed by Spinetta Y Los Socios Del Desierto. Since the early 70s he had also had a very successful solo career releasing 23 albums, he recorded his last album Spinetta y las Bandas Eternas in 2010 (lung cancer) Born January 23rd 1950.

in 2012 - Wando/Wanderley Alves dos Reis dies at age 66. Brazilian singer, born in Cajuri and moved to Juiz de Fora, where he majored in classical guitar and performed in music ensembles and played at localdances. His career as singer began in 1969 and he also composed for other singers such as Jair Rodrigues, who in 1974 recorded “O Importante é Ser Fevereiro”. "A Menina e o Poeta" was recorded by Roberto Carlos in his 1976 and in 1985 "Chora Coração" was part of the soundtrack of the brazilian soap opera Roque Santeiro, and noteably the song "Fogo e Paixão", released on the album "O Mundo Romântico de Wando" in 1988, was another of his greatest hits. (heart attack) - Born October 2nd 1945.

In 2013 - A report on the rise of digital music showed that one in five consumers (19.6%) bought all their music as downloads. The report said that 27.7% of UK music fans purchased downloads from stores such as iTunes or Amazon; or streamed songs on services like Spotify or YouTube and that the streaming market was now worth £49m to record labels.

In 2013 - LA Superior Court Judge Charles Palmer threw out a claim by Axl Rose of fraud and misrepresentation against Guitar Hero III. Rose claimed that his deal with the company to license the song 'Welcome to the Jungle' for use in the game included a promise from Activision that no images of Slash would be used in the game. Later, both Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine and Gwen Stefani’s band No Doubt sued the company over their own portrayals in Band Hero, a Guitar Hero series spin-off.

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in 1607 - Abraham Megerle, Bavarian composer, arranger and director of court music in Salzburg, is born.
in 1617 - Hans Christoph Haiden, German organist, composer and poet, dies at 44.
in 1708 - Egidio Romoaldo Duni, Italian composer, is born. Duni was successful with both serious and comic opera.
in 1740 - Vincenz Lubeck, German organist and composer, dies at 85.
in 1741 - Henri-Joseph Rigel, German composer, is born. Rigel spent pretty much his entire working life in Paris.

in 1744 - Amos Bull, one of the first American composers, is born. His compositions seem to have been pretty much entirely hymns.

in 1756 - Karel Blazej Kopriva, Czech composer, is born.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lh0ym6tB5MM"]YouTube - Citoliby School - Karel Blazej Kopriva - Motetto in Dis (Veni Sponsa Christi)[/ame]

in 1765 - Elisabetta de Gambarini, composer, dies at 33.

in 1771 - Daniel Belknap, another early American composer, is born. He was a farmer, mechanic, militia officer, poet and singing teacher as well.

in 1780 - Walenty Karol Kratzer, Polish singer, composer, conductor and actor, is baptized.
in 1812 - Franz Anton Hoffmeister, composer, dies at 57.
in 1817 - Franz Wilhelm Tausch, composer, dies at 54.
in 1834 - Franz Xaver Witt, Bavarian composer, singer, teacher and priest, is born.

in 1834 - Charles Adams, American tenor and pedagogue, is born at Charlestown, Mass. He studied in Boston, where he appeared as a soloist in the Handel and Haydn Society's performance of The Creation in 1856. He appeared in opera and concert in the West Indies and Holland in 1861. After further training with Barbieri in Vienna, he sang with the Berlin Royal Opera (1864-67) and the Vienna Court Opera (1867-76). He also appeared at Milan's La Scala, at London's Covent Garden, and in the U.S. In 1879 he settled in Boston as a voice teacher. Among his students were Melba and Eames. Adams was best known for his Wagnerian roles, especially Lohengrin and Tannhauser. - Died at West Harwich, Mass., July 4, 1900.

in 1849 - Corneille Vander Planken, composer, dies at 76.

in 1857 - James Gibbons Huneker, brilliant American writer on music, is born at Philadelphia. He studied piano with Michael Cross in Philadelphia, and in 1878 in Paris with Theodore Ritter; later with Joseffy at the National Conservatory in N.Y., where he then taught piano (1888-98). He was music and drama critic of the N.Y. Recorder (1891-95) and the Morning Advertiser (1895-97), and music, drama, and art critic for the N.Y. Sun (1900-1912). In 1917-18 he was music critic of the Philadelphia Press. After a single season (1918-19) with the N. Y. Times he became music critic for the N. Y. World, a position he held until his death; also wrote for various journals in N.Y., London, Paris, Berlin, and Vienna. He published a novel dealing with artistic life in N.Y., Painted Veils (1921), but devoted most of his uncommon gifts to musical journalism. He was capable of rising to true poetic style when writing about Chopin and other composers whom he loved, but he also possessed a talent for caustic invective; his attacks on Debussy were particularly sharp. In addition to his literary publications, Huneker furnished introductory essays for Joseffy's edition of Chopin's works. - Died at N.Y., Feb. 9, 1921.

in 1867 - Edward Naylor, English organist, composer, musicologist and teacher, is born.

in 1875 - Sidney Hugo Nicholson, English organist, composer, choir director, teacher and founder of the Royal School of Church Music, is born.

in 1879 - Carl Natanael Berg, Swedish composer and veterinarian, is born.
in 1885 - Austrian composer Alban Berg was born in Vienna.

in 1893 - Verdi's opera "Falstaff" premieres in Milan.
This video excerpt is the famous finale of ‘Falstaff’. The conductor is Solti, Falstaff is Bacquier. Note the ten voice fugue.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7E4S-E2qAX8"]YouTube - Verdi: Falstaff- Finale[/ame]

in 1903 - Georg Trexler, German organist, composer, choirmaster and teacher, is born.

in 1903 - Mildred (Eleanor Rinker) Bailey, pop-jazz singer, is born Tekoa, Wash.
Eleanor Rinker was the daughter of Charles and Josephine Rinker; she received her first musical instruction from her mother. The family moved to Spokane in 1912. When she was 14 her mother died of tuberculosis and she was placed in a boarding school. She later lived in Seattle.

In 1920 she worked in a music store as a demonstration singer, and began to perform in clubs. During this period she married and divorced the man who gave her the name Bailey. She left Washington to tour West Coast theaters in a vaudeville revue, then settled in Los Angeles, where she performed on radio and in clubs. There she married Benny Stafford; they later divorced. Mildred Bailey's brother, Al Rinker, was part of a duo with Bing Crosby in Spokane, and when the two came to Los Angeles, she put them up and helped them get work in vaudeville. They were then hired by Whiteman and later helped her get a job with him. Whiteman used her on his radio program but at first did not record her with his band.

Her first recording, "What Kind o' Man Is You?/' on Oct. 5,1929, was made with a satellite group drawn from Whiteman's orchestra under the leadership of guitarist Eddie Lang. After she made several recordings with Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orch. in September 1931, including "When It's Sleepy Time Down South" (music and lyrics by Leon Rene, Otis Rene, and Clarence Muse), Whiteman finally decided to have her sing with him on records. The Whiteman recording of "When It's Sleepy Time Down South" with Bailey on vocals became a hit in November 1931. "All of Me" (music and lyrics by Seymour Simons and Gerald Marks) did even better, becoming a best-seller in February 1932. Meanwhile, Bailey was also recording under her own name, and her rendition of "Georgia on My Mind" (music by Hoagy Carmichael, lyrics by Stuart Gorrell) had become a minor hit in January 1932.

Although the Mills Brothers had the most successful recording of "Rockin' Chair" (music and lyrics by Hoagy Carmichael) in the spring of 1932, the song became so closely associated with Bailey that she was billed as the "Rockin' Chair Lady." Whiteman had a double-sided hit in September on which both songs were sung by Bailey: "We Just Couldn't Say Goodbye" (music and lyrics by Harry Woods) and "I'll Never Be the Same" (music by Matty Melneck and Frank Signorelli, lyrics by Gus Kahn). Bailey left Whiteman in 1933, and married xylophonist Red Norvo. Her next hit, in August, was "Lazy Bones" (music and lyrics by Johnny Mercer and Hoagy Carmichael), on which she was backed by the Dorsey Brothers Orch. In November she was the vocalist on Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orch.'s hit recording of "Heat Wave" (music and lyrics by Irving Berlin).

Benny Goodman and His Orchestra used her as the singer on "OY Pappy" (music by Jerry Livingston, lyrics by Marty Symes and Al J. Neiburg), which became a hit in February 1934. In addition to performing solo, Bailey also sang with Ben Bernie's band and appeared on radio shows in 1934-35. She retired, but her husband persuaded her to become the vocalist in the big band he organized in the fall of 1936. She recorded both with Norvo and on her own, and her next solo hit, "Trust in Me" (music by Milton Ager and Jean Schwartz, lyrics by Ned Wever) spent six weeks in the hit parade starting in February 1937. Another solo, "Where Are You?" (music by Jimmy McHugh, lyrics by Harold Adamson), was in the hit parade for eight weeks starting in April. Bailey and Norvo topped the hit parade in May 1938 with "Please Be Kind" (music by Saul Chaplin, lyrics by Sammy Cahn) and again in June with "Says My Heart" (music by Burton Lane, lyrics by Frank Loesser)—two of the biggest hits of the year.

Her solo recording of "So Help Me" (music by James Van Heusen, lyrics by Eddie DeLange) was in the hit parade for 12 weeks starting in September, and "Have You Forgotten So Soon?" (music by Abner Silver, lyrics by Sam Coslow and Edward Heyman) with Norvo, made the list for four weeks starting in December. Norvo disbanded in 1939; later, he and Bailey divorced. Bailey became a featured singer on Benny Goodman's Camel Caravan radio show and made several records with him, including "Darn That Dream" (music by James Van Heusen, lyrics by Eddie DeLange), which topped the hit parade in March 1940.

Bailey continued to perform in clubs and record during the 1940s, though her career was slowed by health problems—especially diabetes, due to her obesity. She had her own radio series during the 1944-45 season but was less active in the late 1940s and died at age 48 in 1951. Bailey was among the earliest white singers to be influenced by black-based blues and jazz music and to gain acceptance as a jazz singer; drawing on the examples of Bessie Smith and Ethel Waters, she in turn influenced Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald. When hired by Paul Whiteman in 1929, she became the first woman to be a featured vocalist in an important dance orchestra. Under her own name, and as a band singer, she scored a number of hits, notably "All of Me," "Please Be Kind," "Says My Heart," and "Darn That Dream." - Died at Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Dec. 12,1951.

in 1904 - Blanche Calloway, American jazz singer, composer and bandleader, is born. She was Cab Calloway's sister, and he said that she was the reason he went ito show business.

in 1905 - Kurt Herbert Adler, notable Austrian-American conductor and operatic administrator. He studied at the Vienna Academy of Music and the University of Vienna. He made his debut as a conductor at the Max Reinhardt Theater in Vienna in 1925, and subsequently conducted at the Volksoper there, as well as in Germany, Italy, and Czechoslovakia. He served as assistant to Toscanini at the Salzburg Festival in 1936. As Hitler moved upon central Europe, Adler moved to the U.S., and from 1938 to 1943 was on the staff of the Chicago Opera; he subsequently was appointed choirmaster (1943), artistic director (1953), and general director (1956) of the San Francisco Opera. After his retirement in 1981, he was made general director emeritus. Under his direction, the San Francisco Opera prospered greatly, advancing to the foremost ranks of American opera theaters. In 1980 he was awarded an honorary knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II of England. - Died Ross, Calif., Feb. 9, 1988.

in 1906 - Gwen Catley, English coloratura soprano and teacher, is born. Catley was only 4'11" (about a meter and a half) and was known as "highest voice in the land."

in 1909 - Harald Genzmer, German pianist, composer and teacher, is born.

in 1909 - Maria do Carmo Miranda da Cunha "Carmen Miranda" Portuguese-"Brazilian" samba singer and actress, is born. Miranda and her fruit hats/costumes have become pop icons the world over. Brazilian is in quotes because though she lived there for several years, and declared that she was Brazilian in body and soul, she never officially became a citizen.

--- courtesy of wiki ---
Carmen Miranda was born Maria do Carmo Miranda da Cunha in Várzea da Ovelha e Aliviada, a village in the northern Portuguese municipality of Marco de Canaveses. She was the second daughter of José Maria Pinto da Cunha (17 February 1887 – 21 June 1938) and Maria Emília Miranda (10 March 1886 – Rio de Janeiro, 9 November 1971). In 1909 when she was 10-months old, her father emigrated alone to Brazil[3] and settled in Rio de Janeiro, where he opened a barber shop. Her mother followed in 1910 with their daughters Olinda and Maria. Maria never returned to Portugal, but retained her Portuguese nationality. In Brazil, her parents had four more children: Amaro (1911), Cecília (1913), Aurora (1915–2005) and Óscar (1916).

She was christened Carmen by her father because of his love for the opera comique, and also after Bizet's masterpiece Carmen. This passion for opera influenced his children, and Miranda's love for singing and dancing at an early age. She went to school at the Convent of Saint Therese of Lisieux. Her father did not approve of her plans to enter show business. However, her mother supported her and was beaten when her husband discovered Carmen had auditioned for a radio show. Carmen had previously sung at parties and festivals in Rio. Her older sister Olinda contracted tuberculosis and was sent to Portugal for treatment. Miranda went to work in a tie shop at age 14 to help pay her sister's medical bills. She next worked in a boutique, where she learned to make hats and opened her own hat business which became profitable.

Her extraordinary talent was discovered when Miranda was first introduced to composer Josué de Barros, who went on to promote and record her first album with a Brunswick, a German recording company in 1929. In 1930, she was known to be Brazil's gem singer, and in 1933 went on to sign a two-year contract with Rádio Mayrink Veiga, becoming the first contract singer in the radio industry history of Brazil. In 1934, she was invited as a guest performer in Radio Belgrano in Buenos Aires. Ultimately, Miranda wound up with a recording contract with RCA Records. She pursued a career as a samba singer for ten years before she was invited to New York City to perform in a show on Broadway. As with other popular singers of the era, Miranda made her screen debut in the Brazilian documentary A Voz Do Carnaval (1933). Two years later, Miranda appeared in her first feature film entitled Alô, Alô Brasil. But it was the 1935 film Estudantes that seemed to solidify her in the minds of the movie-going public. In the 1936 movie Alô Alô Carnaval, she performed the famous song Cantoras do Rádio with her sister Aurora, for the first time.

Miranda signed a movie contract with Hollywood and arrived in the United States in 4 May 1939 with her band, the Bando da Lua. Carmen grew to fame in the country quickly, having formally been presented to President Franklin D. Roosevelt at a White House banquet shortly after arrival. She was encouraged by the United States government as part of President Roosevelt’s Good Neighbor policy, designed to strengthen links with Latin America and Europe; it was believed that in delivering content like hers, the policy would be better received by the American public. By 1946 she was Hollywood's highest-paid entertainer and top female tax payer in the United States, earning more than $200,000 that year (=$2.2 million in 2010 adjusted for inflation), according to IRS records.

Against her family's wishes, she married on 17 March 1947 to failed American movie producer David Alfred Sebastian, born in Detroit on 23 November 1908. In 1948 she became pregnant, but suffered a miscarriage after a show. The marriage lasted only a few months, but Carmen, who was Catholic, would not accept getting a divorce. Her sister Aurora later would state in the documentary Bananas is My Business that "he was very rude, many times even hit her. The marriage was a burden in her life; he only married her for her money. He did not like our family".

Miranda made a total of fourteen Hollywood films between 1940 and 1953 and was dubbed The Brazilian Bombshell. Her Hollywood image was one of a generic Latinness that blurred the distinctions between Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, and Mexico as well as between samba, tango and habanera. It was carefully stylized and outlandishly flamboyant. She was often shown wearing platform sandals and towering headdresses made of fruit, becoming famous as "the lady in the tutti-frutti hat." However there were times that Miranda performed barefoot on stage because she could move more easily in bare feet than in the towering platform sandals.

During a visit to Brazil in 1940, Miranda was heavily criticized for giving in to American commercialism and projecting a false image of Brazil. She responded with the Portuguese language song "Disseram que Voltei Americanizada", or "They Say I've Come Back Americanized." Another song, "Bananas Is My Business," was based on a line in one of her movies and directly addressed her image. She was greatly upset by the criticism and did not return to Brazil again for fourteen years.

After returning to the United States, Miranda made her final film appearance in the 1953 film Scared Stiff with Martin and Lewis.

In the later years of her life, in addition to her already heavy smoking and alcohol consumption, Miranda began taking amphetamines and barbiturates, all of which took a toll on her body.

On 4 August 1955, Miranda suffered a heart attack during a segment of the live NBC television series, The Jimmy Durante Show. After completing a dance number (which was later aired on A&E Network's Biography episode about Miranda), she fell to her knees, and Durante instinctively told the band to "stop da music!". He helped Miranda up to her feet as she laughed, "I'm all out of breath!". "Dat's OK, honey, I'll take yer lines", Durante replied. Miranda laughed again and quickly pulled herself together, finishing the show. At the end of the broadcast, she smiled and waved, then exited the stage. She died later that night after suffering a second heart attack at her home in Beverly Hills.

In accordance with her wishes, Miranda's body was flown back to Rio de Janeiro where the Brazilian government declared a period of national mourning. 60,000 people attended her mourning ceremony at the Rio town hall, and more than half a million Brazilians escorted the funeral cortège to her resting place. She is buried in the Cemitério São João Batista in Rio de Janeiro.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLsTUN1wVrc"]The Lady In The Tutti Frutti Hat - YouTube[/ame]

Video Notes: A very rare document. This is the only segment left out of the Brazilian film "Banana da Terra" (1939). Nothing else survived the time. That's the first time Carmen Miranda ever appeared wearing a Bahiana outfit in a movie. Americans hadn't "discovered" her as yet. The original routine is shorter, this one has been edited. Enjoy!
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojo3I59Gn6c"]CARMEN MIRANDA - O QUE É QUE A BAIANA TEM - YouTube[/ame]

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in 1910 - Herbert LeRoy "Peanuts" Holland (US trumpeter, singer, band leader) is born.

in 1913 - Erskine Butterfield, blues-jazz pianist, organist, singer, composer, is born at Syracuse, N.Y. Butterfield began playing piano at the age of nine, attended school in Newark, N.J., then became a full-time music student. He worked with Noble SissIe, briefly with The Savoy Sultans, then led his own band before joining the NBC studio staff in 1938. After service in the army during WWII, Butterfield led his own trio in Minneapolis, then resumed studio work in N.Y. He led different editions of his Blue Boys band. - Died N.Y., July 1961.

in 1914 - Ralph Herman, American composer, arranger, bandleader and music director for American Broadcasting Company, is born. Herman's arrangements of classical works for bands are still popular.

in 1914 - Ernest Tubb, American country singer/songwriter, guitarist and bandleader, is born. Tubb was a pioneer of country music, and is in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame.

in 1916 - Hynek Ignac Frantisek Vojacek, composer, dies at 90.
in 1922 - Kathryn Grayson, American operatic soprano and actress, is born.
in 1924 - George Guest, Welsh organist, choir master and teacher is born.
in 1925 - Billy Williamson (US steel guitarist; Bill Haley and His Saddlemen/His Comets) is born.
in 1929 - Willem Kersters, Belgian composer and teacher, is born.
in 1929 - James Mulcro Drew, componer was born.
in 1930 - Emil Petrovics, composer was born.
in 1931 - Xavier Benguerel, composer was born.

in 1935 - Karl Nef, Swiss musicologist and teacher, is born. Nef was responsible for building up the Institute of Musicology at the University of Basel.

in 1936 - Stompin' Tom Connors (Canadian country singer) is born.
in 1937 - Johnny Sayles, American soul singer, is born.

in 1937 - Hildegard Behrens, noted German soprano; b. Varel, Oldenburg, Feb. 9, 1937. After obtaining a law degree from the University of Freiburg im Breisgau, she studied voice with Ines Leuwen at the Freiburg im Breisgau Staatliche Hochschule fur Musik. In 1971 she made her operatic debut as Mozart's Countess at the Freiburg im Breisgau City Theater; that same year she became a member of the opera studio of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Diisseldorf, becoming a full-fledged member of the company in 1972; also sang in Frankfurt am Main. In 1976 she made her debut at London's Covent Garden as Giorgetta in II Tabarro. On Oct. 1, 1976, she made her first appearance at the Metropolitan Opera in N.Y. singing Dich teure Halle from Tannhauser in a marathon concert, returning to make her formal debut there as Giorgetta on Oct. 15, 1976; in subsequent seasons, she returned to sing such roles as Fidelio, Elettra, Sieglinde, Isolde, Donna Anna, Brunnhilde, Berg's Marie, and Tosca. In 1983 she sang Brunnhilde at the Bayreuth Festival. She made her N.Y. recital debut in 1985. In 1990 she portrayed Salome at Covent Garden. Her characterization of Elektra at the Metropolitan Opera in 1992 was a stunning tour de force. After singing Isolde in Munich in 1996, she appeared as Elektra at Covent Garden in 1997. In 1998 Behrens was bequeathed the Lotte Lehmann Memorial Ring by Leonie Rysanek, and was also awarded the Leonie Sonning Music Prize of Denmark. On July 24, 1999, she created the role of R in Berio's Cronaca del Lugo in Salzburg.

in 1939 - Barry Mann (US singer, songwriter) is born.

in 1940 - Brian Bennett, English rock-pop drummer, pianist, composer, arranger and producer (The Shadows) is born.

in 1942 - Carole King, American folk-rock, pop and jazz singer/songwriter and pianist, is born. King is in the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHlcW_lKPl4"]YouTube - CAROLE KING You've Got A Friend[/ame]

in 1942 - Charlie Morrow, American composer, producer, sound artist, conceptual poet and teacher, is born.
in 1942 - Milos Stedron, Czech composer, musicologist and teacher, is born.
in 1943 - Barbara Lewis, American pop-R&B singer/songwriter is born. Lewis received the Pioneer Award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation.
in 1943 - Welsh tenor Ryland Davies was born in Cwm, South Wales
in 1945 - Gérard Lenorman (French singer) is born
in 1947 - Joe Ely, American country singer/songwriter and guitarist (The Flatlanders, solo), is born.
in 1947 - Major Harris, American R&B singer and guitarist (The Delfonics), is born.
in 1949 - Poul Julius Ouscher Schierbeck, Danish composer, dies at 60.
in 1951 - Dennis "D. T." Thomas, American jazz, R&B, soul funk and disco saxophonist (Kool and the Gang), is born.

in 1951 - Eddy Duchin dies at age 41. American pianist born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he first became a pharmacist before turning full-time to music and beginning his new career with Leo Reisman's orchestra at the Central Park Casino in New York, an elegant nightclub where he became hugely popular in his own right and eventually became the Reisman orchestra's leader by 1932. He became widely popular thanks to regular radio broadcasts that boosted his record sales, and he was one of the earliest pianists to lead a commercially successful large band (leukemia)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybG7IHH-euk"]YouTube - Eddy Duchin plays Cole Porter - Rosalie, c.1940[/ame]

in 1955 - Jimmy Pursey, English rock singer and producer (Sham 69, DAY 21), is born.

in 1960 - Holly Johnson, English pop singer/songwriter, painter and writer (Frankie Goes to Hollywood), is born.

in 1960 - Erno Dohnányi dies at age 82. Hungarian pianist, conductor and composer, he made his debut in Berlin, 1897, and was at once recognized as an artist of high attainments. Similar success in Vienna followed, and thereafter he made the tour of Europe with the greatest success. He made his London debut at a Richter concert in the Queen's Hall, where he gave a memorable performance of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4. Using his position as a conductor, Erno pioneered Bartók's more accessible music to boost its popularity. During the following season, he visited the United States. There, he established his reputation playing, again, the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 for his American debut with the St. Louis Symphony. He relocated to America after WW2, His last public performance, on January 30th 1960, was at Florida State University, conducting the university orchestra in a performance of the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 with his doctoral student, Edward R. Thaden, as soloist (pneumonia).
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skAKIR5RhaI"]YouTube - Ernst von Dohnányi/Ern? Dohnányi[/ame]

in 1961 - Jussi Lampi (Finnish drummer, actor; Pink Flamingos/others) is born
in 1963 - Dave Rotheray, English rock guitarist and songwriter (The Beautiful South), is born.
in 1963 - Travis Tritt (US guitar, singer) is born
in 1964 - Willie Bryant, American jazz and R&B singer, bandleader, disc jockey, MC, and actor, dies at 55.
in 1964 - The Beatles make their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JILsCPSyI0"]YouTube - The Beatles First Ed Sullivan Show Appearance (original)[/ame]

in 1964 - Ary Barroso dies at age 60. Brazilian composer, pianist, and talent-show host on radio and TV. He was one of Brazil's most successful songwriters in the first half of the 20th century with composions such as "Aquarela do Brasil" ("Brazil"), written in 1939, and "Na Baixa do Sapateiro" ("Bahia"), from 1938. "Brazil" was featured in the film Saludos Amigos-1942 and "Na Bahia" in The Three Caballeros-1944, both Disney films. In 1945, "Rio de Janeiro", featured in the 1944 film Brazil, and was one of the 5 finalists for the Academy Award for Best Original Song (liver cirrhosis)

in 1966 - Rachel Bolan, American rock singer/songwriter and bassist (Skid Row), is born. (Both Rachel and Holly are male, by the way.)
in 1966 - Amanda Roocroft, English soprano, is born.

in 1966 - Sophie Tucker/Sonia Kalish Russian-American singer, actress and comedienne, "Last of the Red Hot Mamas", dies at age 82. Czarist Russian singer, pianist, comedian; one of the most popular entertainers in America during the first third of the 20th century. Her comic style is credited with influencing later female entertainers, including Mae West, Joan Rivers, Roseanne Barr, and most notably Bette Midler who has included "Soph" as one of her many stage characters. She made several popular recordings including "Some of These Days" and "My Yiddish Momme", had her own radio program, Sophie Tucker and Her Show, in 1938-39, broadcasting for 15 minutes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and she made numerous film appearances, including Broadway Melody of 1938 as the mother of Judy Garland's character (lung cancer)

in 1968 - Alejandra Guzmán (Latin Grammy Award–winning Mexican rock singer and actress) is born
in 1970 - Chris Lancelot/Krister Linder (Swedish singer; Dive/solo) is born

in 1976 - Percy Faith dies at age 67. Canadian band-leader and conductor born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. He was one of the most popular easy listening recording artists of the '50s and '60s. He is often credited with creating the "easy listening" or "mood music" format which became staples of American popular music in the 1950s and continued well into the 1960s. His most famous and remembered recordings are "Delicado" in 1952, "The Song from Moulin Rouge" in 1953 and "Theme from A Summer Place" in 1960, which won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year in 1961. Percy remains the only artist to have the best selling single of the year during both the pop singer era ("Song from Moulin Rouge") and the rock era ("Theme from a Summer Place"). The B-side of "Song from the Moulin Rouge" was "Swedish Rhapsody" by Hugo Alfvén. In the 70's he continued to release albums as diverse and contemporary as Jesus Christ Superstar and "Black Magic Woman." He released one album of country music and two albums of disco-oriented arrangements toward the end of his forty year career. (cancer)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcNlyzynz_k"]YouTube - percy faith-delicado[/ame]

in 1978 - Julio Jaramillo dies at age 42. Ecuadorian singer; notable Ecuadorian "Pasillo" performer, he performed throughout Latin America where he achieved fame performing and recording boleros, valses, pasillos, tangos and rancheras. He recorded more than 4,000 songs in total. He recorded his most famous song Nuestro juramento in 1956. He recorded with Daniel Santos, Olimpo Cárdenas, and Alci Acosta, among others. His level of popularity in Ecuador could be compared to Frank Sinatra's in the United States

in 1980 - Charlie Fowlkes dies at age 63. American baritone saxophonist, best known for his time with Count Basie, which lasted for more than twenty-five years. born in New York, and studied alto and tenor saxophone, clarinet, and violin before settling on the baritone sax (he also played occasional flute). He spent most of his early career in New York, playing with Tiny Bradshaw: 1938-1944, Lionel Hampton: 1944-1948, and Arnett Cobb: 1948-1951, before joining Count Basie, who he stayed with until his death

in 1981 - Bill Haley dies at age 55. American singer, Bill Haley and his Comets; he was there before Presley, Holly and Berry, playing rock & roll before it even had a name, and is credited by many for being the first popularizing this form of music in the early 1950s with his group Bill Haley & His Comets and their hit song "Rock Around the Clock". He was born Highland Park, Michigan, because of the Great Depression on the Detroit area, his father moved the family to Boothwyn, Pennsylvania. For six years Bill was a musical director of Radio Station WPWA in Chester, Pennsylvania, leading his own band The Saddlemen all through this period and in 1951 they made their first recordings. They renamed themselves Bill Haley with Haley's Comets on Labour Day 1952. After his massive world hits of the 50s he continued recording and touring. He performed for Queen Elizabeth II at a command performance in 1979, and Bill made his final performances in South Africa in May and June 1980. Prior to the South African tour, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor, and a planned tour of Germany in the fall of 1980 was canceled. Bill was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (heart attack)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X31GQTS7C1c&feature=fvw"]YouTube - BILL HALEY & HIS COMETS "Rock Around The Clock" on The Ed Sullivan Show[/ame]

in 1981 - Reverend Tholomew Plague/James Sullivan (US drummer; Avenged Sevenfold) is born
(some sources give The Rev's birthdate as 10th February) is born
in 1982 - Ami Suzuki (Japanese singer) is born
in 1984 - Han Kyung (Korean singer Super Junior) is born
in 1984 - Han Geng (Chinese pop artist) is born
in 1989 - Gia Farrell (American singer) is born

in 1991 - James Cleveland dies at age 59. American gospel singer, arranger, composer and most significantly, the driving force behind the creation of the modern gospel sound, bringing the stylistic daring of hard gospel and jazz and pop music influences to arrangements for mass choirs. He became known as the King of Gospel music. In 1950, Cleveland joined the Gospelaires and in 1960, he formed the Cleveland Singers, featuring organist and accompanist Billy Preston. In 1968, he formed the Gospel Music Workshop of America. Today GMWA has nearly 30,000 members in 150 chapters across America. Rev James was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6742 Hollywood Boulevard (heart attack)

in 1993 - Bill Grundy dies at age 69. English TV broadcaster, he presented the famous Sex Pistols 'filth & fury' interview on live UK TV. He became notorious in a matter of two minutes owing to an incident that occurred when the punk band Sex Pistols and their entourage appeared at short notice on the Today show of December 1st 1976. They were a last minute stand-in for Queen, who were forced to cancel. The Today show was broadcast live and uncensored during daytime hours at a time when obscenities were forbidden (heart attack)

in 1994 - Louis Kaufman, American classical violinist, violist and conductor, dies at 88. Kaufman made recordings for around 500 film soundtracks, and his 1950 recording of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons is credited with the rivival of interest in that composer.
in 1994 - Jarmila Novotna, Czech soprano and actress, dies at 86.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XC5TuI3W6gE"]YouTube - JARMILA NOVOTNA--DVORÄK-My hair is golden (Czech)[/ame]

in 1996 - Cecilia Bartoli, outstanding Italian mezzo-soprano, made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in N.Y. as Despina on Feb. 9, 1996.

in 1997 - Jack Owens/L.F. Nelson dies at age 92. Delta blues singer and guitarist from Bentonia, Mississippi, he was never a professional recording artist, but he farmed, bootlegged and ran a weekend juke joint in Bentonia for most of his life. He was not recorded until the blues revival of the 1960s, when he was rediscovered by David Evans in 1966. David recorded Jack's first album Goin' Up the Country that same year and It Must Have Been the Devil, with Bud Spires in 1970. He made other recordings, some by Alan Lomax, in the 1960s and 1970s, and performed at several music festivals in the United States and Europe until his death
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdX81_b1uW0"]Dream A Little Dream Of Me (Jack Owens) 1950 - YouTube[/ame]

in 1997 - Brian Connolly dies at age 51. Scottish singer, frontman; Sweet, New Sweet, solo. Born in Govanhill, Glasgow, The face of glam rock, Brian was one of rock’s great performers and despite numerous health problems, including fourteen heart attacks in one day, he continued to play right up to his death. At the age of twelve Brian's family moved to Harefield, Middlesex, where he played in a number of local bands before eventually replacing singer Ian Gillan in a band called Wainwright's Gentlemen, which included drummer Mick Tucker. In 1968 Brian and Mick formed a band called Sweetshop, soon Andy Scott and Steve Priest had joined them and Sweet was born. They had a string of hits "Block Buster" topping the chart, followed by three consecutive number two hits in "Hell Raiser", "The Ballroom Blitz" and "Teenage Rampage". Their first self-written and produced single "Fox on the Run" also reached No.2 on the UK charts. But after 10 successful years, in late 1978, due to his drinking problems he left the band. Over the next three years he released a few solo singles "Take Away The Music", "Don't You Know A Lady", and “Hypnotized” before forming In 1981, Brian was admitted to hospital with illness and bloating. Whilst in hospital, he had multiple heart attacks. He survived but his health was permanently affected with paralysis on his left side. With his Polydor contract now expired, he had more freedom and from early 1984 onwards, despite much reoccurring ill health, Brian would tour the UK, Europe and Australia with his band, now under the name of The New Sweet till his death. He also had a few reunions with original Sweet, in the UK and the USA, but they never reunited (Sadly Brian died from kidney-liver failure and repeated heart attacks)

in 2002 - Vicente Sardinero dies at age 65. Spanish operatic baritone born in Barcelona, he made his debut at the Gran Theatre del Liceu in his native city in the 1964-65 season, as Escamillo in Carmen. He first appearance at the Teatro alla Scala was in 1967, as Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor. He also sang at London's Covent Garden as Marcello in La bohème in 1976 and was often heard in zarzuela. Vicente appeared in many others around the world including in 1968, at the New York City Opera, in Il barbiere di Siviglia and Pagliacci and in 1977, at the Metropolitan Opera, as Marcello in La bohème
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuU-w_vIXSo"]YouTube - VICENTE SARDINERO & UN BALLO IN MASCHERA, ERI TU[/ame]

in 2005 - Tyrone Davis dies at age 66. American soul singer born near Greenville, Mississippi; while he was working as a valet and chaffeur for blues singer Freddie King, Tyrone started singing in local clubs where he was discovered by record executive/musician Harold Burrage. He went to be one of the great fathers of "Chicago Soul", with a career spanning more than four decades, selling over 25 million records. His major hits included "Give It Up", "This I Swear", "In The Mood" "Are You Serious" and "Turn Back The Hands Of Time" (Tyrone suffered a stroke in Sept 2004, which left him in a coma from which he did not recover)

in 2008 - Scot Halpin dies at age 54. American musician, noted for sitting in for The Who's Keith Moon during a rock concert at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, when Keith passed out over his drum kit three quarters of the way through the show. In 1973 Scot was awarded Rolling Stone magazine's "Pick-Up Player of the Year Award" for his historic performance during this show.

in 2009 - Orlando "Cachaito" López dies at age 76. Cuban bassist; legend has it that there are over 30 bassists in the Lopez lineage, so Orlando learnt double bass at first on a cello and by the age of eleven he was involved with an orchestra with his aunt. By the time he was 17 he replaced his uncle as the bassist with Arcana y sus Maravillas. In the 1950s, he helped create the descarga style of music, a mix between jazz-styled improvisation with Afro-Cuban rhythms, and by '57 he was playing with the hugely popular Havana dance band, Orquesta Riverside. In the 1960s, he became a bassist with the National Symphony, and was also a key member of Irakere, an experimental band that combined pop, classical, Cuban folk, African and jazz influences. He was also a member of the Buena Vista Social Club and was the only member to appear in all of the band's recordings (complications from prostate surgery)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkRIL2wosHo"]YouTube - Orlando ¨Cachaito¨ Lopez - Redencion[/ame]

in 2009 - Vic Lewis dies at age 89. British jazz guitarist and bandleader; as a teenager he played in George Shearing's band, and first toured America in 1938, where he did recording sessions with a band that had Bobby Hackett, Eddie Condon, and Pee Wee Russell among its members. Between 1941-44 he served in the Royal Air Force at this time he recorded with Buddy Featherstonhaugh. He worked with Stephane Grappelli during 1944-45 and with Ted Heath. Highly influenced by Stan Kenton and other West Coast jazz artists he formed one of Britain's most admired American-sounding jazz orchestras from 1946 and through 1950s. They recorded extensively for Parlophone, Esquire, Decca, and Philips. By 1960 Vic was semi-retired, he occasionally recorded, but he continued to write about jazz and went into artist management, and oversaw the careers of photographer Robert Whitaker and the UK singer Cilla Black among many others

in 2010 - Pena Branca dies at age 70. Brazilian folk singer; Pena and his brother Xavantinho were one of the most artistic and original duos of the contemporary "caipira". They were also innovative by including in their repertory pieces by urban composers like Djavan, Caetano Veloso, and Milton Nascimento. The two brothers started to sing together in 1961 on Rádio Educadora (Uberlândia, Minas Gerais). Six years later, they moved to São Paulo. In 1980, they were heard by Renato Teixeira, who arranged for them to record their first LP, Velha Morada, that same year. Still in 1980, they qualified Xavantinho's "Que Terreiro É Esse?" on TV Globo's MPB Shell Festival. Their original interpretation of Milton Nascimento/ Chico Buarque's "O Cio da Terra" made national success in 1981 on Rolando Boldrin's TV show Som Brasil. In 1987, their LP O Cio da Terra had the participation of Nascimento, Tavinho Moura, and Marcus Viana, selling 300,000 copies. In 1991, they were awarded with three Prêmios Sharp - Best Duo - Best Song for "Casa de Barro" by Xavantinho/Moniz - Best Album for Cantadô de Mundo Afora. The next year, Renato Teixeira & Pena Branca e Xavantinho were awarded with a Prêmio Sharp and by the Association of Art Critics of São Paulo (APCA) in 1999 reaching the cipher of 100,000 copies sold. . In 1993, their success took them to international performances in the U.S. In 1999 Pena pursued a solo career after his brother retired. (heart attack)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3Uaqd4CCR8"]YouTube - Cuitelinho - Pena Branca e Xavantinho![/ame]

in 2009 - Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant took home five prizes for his collaboration with bluegrass singer Alison Krauss at this year's Grammy Awards held in Los Angeles. The duo won album of the year for Raising Sand and record of the year for ‘Please Read The Letter.’ Coldplay, (who won song of the year for ‘Viva La Vida’) Adele, Duffy, Radiohead and Peter Gabriel were among other UK acts to be honoured. John Mayer won Best solo rock vocal performance for ‘Gravity’, Kings of Leon won Best rock performance by a group with ‘Sex on Fire’, Best rock song went to Bruce Springsteen for ‘Girls In Their Summer Clothes’ and Lil' Wayne won Best rap solo performance and Best rap album for Tha Carter III.

in 2009 - Ringo Starr became the 2,401st person to be added to the Hollywood Walk Of Fame during a ceremony that marked the 50th anniversary of the attraction. The Beatles as a group were given a star in 1998.

in 2010 - The White Stripes were taking on the US Air Force, complaining that it used one of the group's songs 'Fell In Love With A Girl' in a TV advert without permission. In a statement on their website, the duo said they took "strong insult and objection, with the implication that we licensed one of our songs to encourage recruitment during a war that we do not support."

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in 1696 - Johann Melchior Molter, German violinist, composer, Kapellmeister and teacher, is born.

in 1702 - Jean-Pjerre Guignon, (real name, Giovanru PIetro Ghignone), famous Italian-born French violinist and composer, is born at Turin. Following training from G.B. Somis in Turin, he went to Paris, where he made his debut at a Concert Spirituel in 1725. He subsequently appeared there regularly during the next 25 years. In 1730 he entered the service of the Prince of Carignan, and remained in his entourage until about 1750. In 1733 he was made ordinaire de la musique du roy, a position he retained until his retirement in 1762. In 1741 he became a naturalized French subject. In 1746 he was made teacher of the Dauphin, and shortly afterward persuaded the King to revive and bestow upon him the title of Roy et maitre des menetriers et joueurs d'instrumens tant hauts que bas et communaute des maitres adancer. As such, every professional musician in France was required to join a guild and pay a fee to Guignon as holder of the title. So much opposition resulted that his authority was curtailed in 1750, and in 1773 the position was abolished. Guignon greatly distinguished himself as a violinist. Among his compositions were 2 violin concertos, 6 sets of sonatas, and several duos. - Died at Versailles, Jan. 30, 1774.

in 1717 - Pierre de La Garde, French baritone, conductor and composer, is born.
in 1735 - Johann Christoph Kuhnau, German composer, is born.
in 1741 - Franz Adam Veichtner, German violinist, composer and Konzertmeister, is born.
in 1750 - Stanislao Mattei, Italian composer, musicologist and teacher, is born.
in 1783 - James Nares, English organist and composer, dies at 67.
in 1788 - Johann Peter Pixis, German pianist, composer and teacher, is born.
in 1794 - Joseph Haydn's 99th Symphony in E premieres in London.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwHvDy2t4_U"]YouTube - F.J. Haydn - Symphony No.99 in E-flat major: IV. Finale: Vivace[/ame]

in 1816 - Johann Paul Aegidius Martini, German organist, composer, conductor, musicologist and teacher, is born. His original name was Schwartzendorf.
in 1819 - Richard Storrs Willis, American composer, music critic and friend of Felix Mendelssohn, is born.
in 1832 - Antonio Benedetto Maria Puccini, Italian composer, choirmaster and great grandfather of Giacomo Puccini, dies at 85.
in 1841 - Walter Parratt, English organist, composer, Master of the Queen's Musick, and teacher, is born.

in 1843 - soprano Adelina Patti was born in Madrid, Spain.
Miss Patti was said to have been Abraham Lincolns favorite opera singer. You can hear her on YouTube. Yeah! That knocked my socks off too! Despite the poor sound quality and the fact she is not in her prime robes us of experienceing the fulness of her talent, yet for the musical ear it is a wonderful treat. For the non-musical ear it is a plain wonder to be be able to hear a voice that Lincoln heard.
Video Notes:
Coloratura soprano ADELINA PATTI sings "The Laughing Song" from Auber's comic opera, "Manon." This exceedingly rare recording, privately made for Patti on a brown wax cylinder, was discovered in the 1940's and transferred to a acetate 78 rpm disc by Wm. Seltsam (1897-1968) of Bridgeport, Conn.

Understand that THIS IS THE OLDEST EXISTING RECORDING of a world-class opera singer and one of the first operatic recordings by anyone! DO NOT EXPECT HIGH FIDELITY; this is ancient sound.

Listen carefully as the announcer gives Patti's name and the selection.

It is generally stated that Patti's first recordings were made in 1905. It was in this year that her first DISC records were made....but not her first recording!
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Adelina Patti, the greatest soprano of her day, will always be associated with her castle in the Upper Swansea Valley. She gave it the romantic name of Craig-y-Nos - the Rock of Night.
Born in Madrid of Italian parentage on 19 February 1843, Adelina Patti was raised in New York and gave her first concert there at the age of seven.
Patti first sang at Covent Garden, London, in 1845. From then on, her international career was assured.

As a bel canto coloratura soprano she had no rival. Giuseppe Verdi thought she was the greatest singer he had ever heard. Wherever she sang, the public adored her, and she made a fortune.

After her first marriage failed, she took a lover, the married French tenor Ernest Nicolini. In search of privacy, and good trout-fishing for Nicolini, she bought a Welsh country house overlooking the River Tawe.

Patti named the plain, four-square house Craig-y-Nos: the Rock of Night. She spent the next 40 years and £100,000 (several million in today's terms) making it over as a Gothic castle. She added a clock tower, two turreted wings, a greenhouse filled with cockatoos and parakeets, and a 150-seat theatre.
The Patti Theatre was dedicated in August 1891. It is still very much in use today. With blue silk plush curtains, her monogram in gold over the proscenium arch, and an act-drop curtain showing Patti in a chariot as Semiramide, it was designed as a shrine to the diva.

When Adelina Patti held court at Craig-y-Nos, the theatre was the centre of events. She performed there privately long after her official retirement. Guests and servants would assemble to see her sing her great roles. Her butler--who couldn't sing--would mime the male roles.

After Nicolini died, Patti married for the third time, at the age of 55. Her new husband, Swedish nobleman Baron Rolf Cederström, was 28. He was rumoured to have been her masseur.

Patti was devoted to her home in Wales, giving annual charity concerts for the poor of Swansea, Bridgend, Ystradgynlais and Ystalyfera. Her generosity made her loved and admired, however much people smiled at her regal manner.

At Craig-y-Nos Patti finally allowed herself to be recorded by the Gramophone & Typewriter Co. When she heard her own voice, her reaction was ecstatic: "Ah! My God! Now I understand why I am Patti! Yes, what a voice! What an artist! I understand all!"

Patti died at Craig-y-Nos on 27 September 1919.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MoJWazcUlhY&feature=related"]coloratura Adelina Patti -1895 cylinder- her 1st record? - YouTube[/ame]

in 1860 - John Brahms' 2nd Serenade in A premieres in Hamburg.

in 1866 - Bror Beckman, Swedish composer, is born at Kristinehamm. After studying harmony with Julius Bagge and counterpoint with Johan Lindegren (1885-90), he went to Berlin to study orchestration with Franz Mannstadt (1894). In 1910 he became director of the Stockholm Conservatory, where he also was a professor from 1911. In 1904 he was made a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. His works include I sommarnatter for String Orchestra (1890), a Symphony (1895), the symphonic poem Om lyckan (1905), pieces for Voice and Orch., a Violin Sonata (1893), piano pieces, and songs. - Died at Ljungskile, July 22, 1929.

in 1869 - Vasily Pavovlich Kalafati, Crimean-Russian composer and teacher, is born.
in 1876 - Johan August Soderman, Swedish composer, conductor and choirmaster, dies at 44.
in 1879 - Franz Carl Bornschein, American composer, music critic and teacher, is born.

in 1880 – A(lbert) A(ustin) Harding, American bandmaster, is born at Georgetown, Ill. At 14 he began to play comet, then trombone and other wind instruments. After graduation from high school in Paris, Ill., he conducted the local concert band. In 1902 he enrolled as an engineering student at the Universotu of Ill. (B.A., 1906). At the same time, he developed many campus music contacts, and in 1905 was made acting leader of the University Band; in 1907 he was appointed director, a post he held until 1948. Harding was the first to succeed in raising college bands to a "symphonic" level in which oboes, saxophones, and other reed instruments supplied variety to the common brass-heavy contingent; thanks to this sonic enhancement, he was able to arrange orchestra works of the general repertoire and perform them in a satisfactory musical manner; he was credited with 147 such transcriptions. John Philip Sousa, who greatly admired Harding, bequeathed to him and his band his own entire music library. Harding was a charter founder of the American Bandmasters' Assn. in 1929 and was its president in 1937-38; was honorary life president from 1956 until his death. He also was active in founding the College Band Directors' Assn., of which he was honorary life president from its founding in 1941. - Died at Champaign, Ill., Dec. 3, 1958.

in 1881 - Jacques Offenbach's opera The Tales of Hoffmann premieres in Paris.
in 1882 - Rimski-Korsakovs opera Snyegurochka premieres in St. Petersburg.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxELXO6iUFA"]Ani Sargsyan, opera Snegurochka by Nikolai Rimsky Korsakov - YouTube[/ame]

in 1893 - Jimmy Durante "The Schnoz," American jazz singer, pianist, comedian and actor, is born.
in 1900 - Lou Breese/Luigi G. Calabrese (US jazz trumpeter, banjo; clubs/theatre/radio/film) is born.

in 1903 - Matvey Isaakovich Blanter, Russian composer and popular songwriter, is born. Blanter composed film music, as well as over 2000 songs, one of the most popular of which is "Katyusha."

in 1905 - Ignacy Krzyzanowski, Polish pianist, composer, music critic and teacher, dies at 78.
in 1905 - Vilko Ukmar, Slovenian composer, music critic, publicist and teacher, is born.

in 1905 - Sergei Gorchakov (real name, Zweifel), Russian conductor, teacher, arranger, and composer, is born at Moscow. He studied conducting with Saradzhev at the Moscow Conservatory, graduating in 1929. From 1939 to 1952 he conducted the orchestra of the All-Union Soviet Radio; from 1960 he taught orchestration at the Institute of Military Band Conducting. He became particularly interested in the problem of orchestral arrangements; in 1959 he submitted a dissertatopm on specific problems of transcribing piano music for wind orchestra, for which he received the degree of candidate of arts and sciences. He also published a practical manual of orchestration for wind orchestra (Moscow, 1962). He made numerous orchestra arrangements of piano music; of these, particularly notable was his orchestration of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition. - Died at Moscow, July 4,1976.

in 1908 - Jean Coulthard, Canadian composer and teacher, is born at Vancouver. She began her studies with her mother, Jean (Blake; nee Robinson) Coulthard (b. Moncton, New Brunswick, Aug. 13, 1882; d. Vancouver, July 16, 1933), a pianist and teacher. Following lessons with Jan Cherniavsky (piano) and Frederick Chubb (theory) in Vancouver (1924-28), she continued her training on scholarship at the Royal College of Music in London (1928-30), where she was a composition student of R.O. Morris and Vaughan Williams; still later she worked with Arthur Benjamin (1939), Bernard Wagenaar (1945, 1949), and Gordon Jacob (1965-66). After serving as head of the music dept at St. Anthony's College (1934-36) and Queen's Hall School (1936-37) in Vancouver, she was a lecturer (1947-57) and senior instructor (1957-73) in composition at the University of British Columbia. In 1978 she was named an Officer of the Order of Canada. Coulthard's well- crafted works follow along traditional lines. - Died at Vancouver, March 9, 2000.

in 1909 - William Henry "Chick" Webb (drummer, Chick Webb Band) is born.
in 1910 - English actress and singer Joyce Grenfell was born in London.
in 1914, American harmonica player and composer Larry Adler was born in Baltimore, MD. A bit about Larry Adler, (from Recusant) Adler was one of the most skillful harmonica players of all time, playing both pop and classical music. Several classical works were written specifically for him. Accused of being a Communist sympathizer during the McCarthy era, Adler emigrated to the UK in 1949, and lived there the rest of his life.
in 1917 - Emile Pessard, French composer, music critic and teacher, dies at 73.
in 1921 - Adrian Cruft, English composer and chairman of the Composers' Guild of Great Britain, is born.
in 1923 - Cesare Siepi, Italian basso, is born.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPxU6HFWV98"]YouTube - Cesare Siepi - INSANE LOW NOTE!!!![/ame]

More?? O.K…
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yOkrkSTaaI"]YouTube - Cesare Siepi "Ella giamai m'amo" Don Carlo 1970[/ame]

in 1924 - Randy Van Horne, American pop singer and composer (Randy Van Horne Singers), is born. The Randy Van Horne Singers performed the theme songs for several Hanna Barbera TV shows, including The Flintstones, Top Cat, The Jetsons, and The Huckleberry Hound Show.

in 1927 - (Mary Violet) Leontyne Price, remarkably endowed black American soprano, is born at Laurel, Miss. She was taught piano by a local woman, and also learned to sing. On Dec. 17,1943, she played piano and sang at a concert in Laurel. She went to Oak Park H.S., graduating in music in 1944; then enrolled in the College of Education and Industrial Arts in Wilberforce, Ohio, where she studied voice with Catherine Van Buren; received her B.A. degree in 1948, and then was awarded a scholarship at the Juilliard School of Music in N.Y.; there she received vocal training from Florence Page Kimball, and also joined the Opera Workshop under the direction of Frederic Cohen.

Virgil Thomson heard her perform the role of Mistress Ford in Verdi's opera Falstaff and invited her to sing in the revival of his opera 4 Saints in 3 Acts in 1952. She subsequently performed the role of Bess in Gershwin's Porgy and Bess on a tour of the U.S. (1952-54) and in Europe (1955).

On Nov. 14, 1954, she made a highly acclaimed debut as a concert singer in N.Y. On Dec. 3, 1954, she sang at the first performance of Samuel Barber's Prayers of Kierkegaard with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Charles Munch. On Jan. 23, 1955, she performed Tosca on television, creating a sensation both as an artist and as a member of her race taking up the role of an Italian diva. Her career was soon assured without any reservations.

In 1957 she appeared with the San Francisco Opera; on Oct. 18, 1957, she sang Aida, a role congenial to her passionate artistry. In 1958 she sang Aida with the Vienna State Opera under the direction of Herbert von Karajan; on July 2, 1958, she sang this role at Covent Garden in London and again at La Scala in Milan in 1959, becoming the first black woman to sing with that most prestigious and most fastidious opera company.

On Jan. 27,1961, she made her first appearance with the Metropolitan Opera in N.Y. in the role of Leonora in II Trovatore. A series of highly successful performances at the Metropolitan followed: Aida on Feb. 20,1961; Madama Butterfly on March 3,1961; Donna Anna on March 25,1961; Tosca on April 1,1962; Pamina on Jan. 3,1964; Cleopatra in the premiere of Samuel Barber's opera Antony and Cleopatra at the opening of the new Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in N.Y. on Sept. 16, 1966.

On Sept. 24,1973, she sang Madama Butterfly at the Metropolitan once more. On Feb. 7, 1975, she appeared there in the title role of Manon Lescaut; and on Feb. 3, 1976, she sang Aida, a role she repeated for her farewell performance in opera in a televised production broadcast live from the Metropolitan Opera in N.Y. by PBS on Jan. 3, 1985. She then continued her concert career, appearing with notable success in the major music centers. She was married in 1952 to William Warfield (who sang Porgy at her performances of Porgy and Bess), but separated from him in 1959; they were divorced in 1973. She received many honors during her remarkable career; in 1964 President Johnson bestowed upon her the Medal of Freedom, and in 1985 President Reagan presented her with the National Medal of Arts.

in 1927 - Brian Priestman (British conductor) is born.

in 1929 - Jerry Goldsmith, American composer and conductor, is born. Goldsmith worked primarily as a composer of film and television scores, and won an Oscar for his score for The Omen, as well as four Emmys.

in 1931 - Gerhard Rosenfeld, German composer, best known for his opera Kniefall in Warschau, is born.

in 1932 - Alton Jay Rubin Sr. "Rockin Dopsie," jazz and zydeco accordionist and singer/songwriter, is born. Rubin is one of the founders of the zydeco style.

in 1932 - Sir Roland Hanna(US jazz pianist) is born
in 1933 - Faramarz Payvar (Iranian composer, santur player) is born

in 1935 - Theodore Antoniou, Greek-American composer, conductor, and teacher, is born at Athens. He studied in Athens at the National Conservatory (violin and voice, 1947-58), with Manolis Kalomiris (composition), and at the Hellenic Conservator, (composition and orchestration with Yannis Papaioannou, 1958-61). He then went to Munich and was a student of Giinter Bialas and Adolph Mennerich (composition and conducting) at the Hochschule fur Musik (1961-65), and also of Anton Riedl at the Siemens Studio for Electronic Music.

He also attended the summer courses in new music in Darmstadt (1963-66). In 1967 he became music director of the Municipality of Athens Symphony Orchestra and of the Hellenic Group of Contemporary Music. In 1968 he was in Berlin under the auspices of the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst. He was composer-inresidence at the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood (summer, 1969), Stanford University (1969-70), and the University of Utah (1970-72).

From 1970 to 1978 he was professor of composition and director of the New Music Group of the Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts. He also was conductor of the Philadelphia Musical Academy Symphony Orchestra (1971-75) and asst. director of contemporary activities at Tanglewood (summers, 1974-85). In 1978 he became professor of composition and founder-music director of its contemporary music ensemble Alea III, with which he has programmed over 800 scores by some 500 composers. He was the recipient of the Greek Academy of Arts and Letters Music Award in 1997 for his manifold contributions to contemporary music. Antoniou's early music is remarkably compendious in its integration of quaquaversal layers of sound. Folk elements in Greek modalities are also in evidence, and many of his titles have Greek philosophic or literary connotations. His later style developed to embrace a modified serialism and, in addition, a personal use of free tonality and free atonality. His music is highly dramatic and often virtuosic.

in 1937 - Roberta Flack, American jazz, folk, soul and R&B singer/songwriter, is born.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpNdMIAnKko"]YouTube - Roberta Flack - Killing Me Softly With His Song[/ame]

in 1937 - Don Wilson, American rock guitarist and composer (The Ventures), is born. Wilson is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
in 1937 - Ed Polcer (US Cornet, Dixieland & Chicago jazzman) is born.

in 1939 - Barbara Kolb, American composer and teacher, is born. Her music uses sound masses and often creates vertical structures through simultaneous rhythmic or melodic units (motifs or figures). She was the first American woman composer to win the Prix de Rome. She received her B.M. (cum laude) and M.M. degrees from the Hartt College of Music (now The Hartt School) at the University of Hartford, and studied with Arnold Franchetti and Gunther Schuller. Currently (2012), she is teaching music theory and composition classes at Rhode Island College.

Her compositions include All in Good Time (1993), commissioned for the 150th Anniversary of the New York Philharmonic, and Voyants (1991), a concerto for piano and chamber orchestra dedicated to the memory of Aaron Copland. Voyants was most recently performed by Kathleen Supove with the Rhode Island College Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Edward Markward on October 16, 2006 in Providence, RI. Discs devoted solely to the music of Ms. Kolb have been released by CRI and New World Records. Her orchestral composition All in Good Time was recorded by the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Carlos Kalmar, along with works by John Corigliano, Aaron Jay Kernis, John Harbison and Michael Hersch on a CD released by Cedille Records in the summer of 2006. Her music is published exclusively by Boosey and Hawkes.

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in 1940 - Hamish Imlach, Scottish folk singer/songwriter, guitarist and comedian, is born.
in 1940 - Jimmy Merchant, American doo wop singer/songwriter (The Teenagers), is born.
in 1940 - Kenny Rankin (American singer-songwriter) is born
in 1940 - Jimmy Merchant (tenor singer; Frankie Lymon And Teenagers) is born.

in 1942 - Glenn Miller is awarded the first ever gold record, for his band's single of "Chattanooga Choo Choo."
It was actually just a master copy of the disc sprayed with gold lacquer by RCA as a publicity stunt. The actual award recognized today as a Gold Record would not be initiated for another sixteen years when the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) borrowed the idea and trademarked the Gold Record. The first Gold single was awarded to Perry Como in 1958 for "Catch A Falling Star" and the first Gold album was given to Gordon McRae for the soundtrack to Oklahoma.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XQybKMXL-k"]YouTube - Chattanooga Choo Choo - Glenn Miller Orchestra[/ame]

in 1943 - Ral Donner, American rock singer/songwriter (The Starfires), is born.
in 1944 - Peter Allen, Australian pop singer/songwriter and pianist, is born.
in 1944 - Clifford T. Ward (singer, songwriter) is born.
in 1944 - Nathaniel Mayer (American rhythm & blues singer) is born
in 1944 - Rufus Reid (US bassist; top studio musician) is born
in 1946 - Kenny Edwards (US singer, songwriter, guitarist; Stone Poneys/sessionist/solo) is born
in 1947 - Butch Morris (US jazz cornetist, composer) is born

in 1948 - Conrad Cummings, American composer and teacher, is born at San Francisco. He studied with Bulent Arel at Yale University, took courses at the State University of N.Y. at Stony Brook, was a student of Davidovsky and Ussachevsky at Columbia University, attended the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood, and pursued training at Stanford University.

After teaching at the Columbia Princeton Electronic Music Center (1974-76), he was electronic music coordinator at Brooklyn College of the City University of N.Y. (1976-79). From 1980 he taught at the Oberlin College-Conservatory of Music. His dramatic works include Eros and Psyche (Oberlin, Nov. 16, 1983), Cassandra (1984-85; rev. 1986), Positions 1956 (N.Y., March 11, 1988), Insertions (N.Y., March 18, 1988), Photo-Op (N.Y., May 19, 1989), and Tonkin (Wilmington, Nov. 27, 1993). He also wrote orchestral works, chamber music, and vocal pieces.

in 1949 - Nigel Olsson, English rock drummer and singer (Elton John), is born.
in 1949 - Jim Corcoran (Quebec singer, songwriter) is born
in 1949 - Maxime Le Forestier (French singer) is born.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDtXXlD98kw"]San Francisco - Maxime Le Forestier - YouTube[/ame]

in 1950 - Armen Tigran Tigranyan, Armenian composer, dies at 70.
in 1951 - Joseph Bovet, Swiss composer, conductor, choirmaster and teacher, dies at 71.
in 1953 - Carl Joseph Stone, American composer, known for his work in electro-acoustic music, is born.
in 1958 - Michael Weiss (US pianist, composer; Johnny Griffin/Pepper Adams/Bill Hardman/many others) is born.
in 1958 - Frank Sinatra started a five week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Come Fly With Me.'
in 1960 - Lionel Cartwright, American country singer/songwriter, guitarist, pianist, mandolinist and fiddler, is born.
in 1960 - Robbie Nevil (singer/songwriter/guitarist; solo/sessionist/freelance) is born

in 1961 - Andy Gibson dies at age 47. American jazz trumpeter, arranger, and composer, born in Zanesville, Ohio. His associations in the 1930s include Lew Redman, Zack Whyte, McKinney's Cotton Pickers, Blanche Calloway, Willie Bryant, and Lucky Millinder. He quit playing in 1937 to arrange and compose full-time, working with Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Cab Calloway, Charlie Barnet and Harry James. He led a big band while serving in the Army from 1942-45. Following his discharge he continued working with Charlie Barnet, but focused primarily on R&B music. He was musical director for King Records from 1955–60 and recorded four songs as a leader in 1959, which were released on a multi-artist LP on Camden Records. As a composer, he composed "I Left My Baby", popularized by Count Basie, "The Great Lie", and "The Hucklebuck" based on the Charlie Parker tune "Now's the Time". (heart attack)b. November 6th 1913.

in 1961 - Velma Middleton dies at age 43. American jazz vocalist born in Holdenville, Oklahoma, best-known for having sung with Louis Armstrong big bands and small groups. She was with Louis Armstrong for most of her career, from 1942-1961. Prior to Louis she sang with Connie McLean's Orchestra, touring Sth. Africa in 1938 and worked solo (Velma had a stroke in Africa while on tour with Louis Armstrong and died one month later in the Hill Station Hospital in Sierra Leone) In the video Louis Armstrong and his big band, led by Luis Russel, trumpet and vocal with "Swinging On Nothing", dancing and singing by Velma Middleton.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvHI2V1nmoQ"]YouTube - Louis Armstrong "Swinging On Nothing" 1942[/ame]
in 1962 - Cliff Burton, American rock bassist (Metallica), is born. Burton is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
in 1962 - Henry Mancini went to No.1 on the US album chart with the soundtrack to 'Breakfast At Tiffany's.'

in 1962 - Piero Pelù (Italian singer, song-writer; Litfiba) is born.
in 1966 - Bob Marley married Rita Anderson a singer in the group The Soulettes. The couple had three children together.

in 1966 - Billy Rose /William Samuel Rosenberg dies at age 66. American impresario, theatrical showman and lyricist, born in New York City. He is credited with many famous songs, notably "Me and My Shadow"-1927, "It Happened in Monterey"-1930 and "It's Only a Paper Moon"-1933. Billy was a major force in entertainment, with shows, such as Jumbo in 1935, Billy Rose's Aquacade, and Carmen Jones in 1943, his Diamond Horseshoe nightclub, and the Ziegfeld Theatre from 1949 until 1955 influencing the careers of many stars. From 1959 until his death in 1966, he was also the owner-operator of the Billy Rose Theater. During that time the theatre housed four plays, one musical, one revue, three ballets, and twenty-nine concert performances. Billy was inducted as a member of the Songwriter's Hall of Fame.

in 1967 - The Beatles recorded the orchestral build-up for the middle and end of 'A Day in the Life'. At the Beatles' request, the orchestra members arrived in full evening dress along with novelty items. One violinist wore a red clown's nose, while another a fake gorilla's paw on his bow hand. Others were wearing funny hats and other assorted novelties. The recording was filmed for a possible 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' television special which was ultimately abandoned. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Mike Nesmith from The Monkees and Donovan also attended the session.

in 1968 - The Four Tops 'Greatest Hits' was at No.1 on the UK album chart, the first No.1 album for the Tamla Motown label.

in 1870 - Alessandro Bond, Italian tenor, is born at Cesena. He studied with Pedrotti and Coen in Pesaro, and with Delle Sedie in Paris. On Jan. 20, 1896, he made his operatic debut as Fenton in Parma; after appearances at Milan's La Scala (1897) and London's Covent Garden (debut as Rodolfo, 1900), he toured throughout Europe. On Dec. 3,1906, he sang Lord Arthur Talbot in I Puritani at the opening of the new Manhattan Opera House in N.Y. On Nov. 22, 1907, he made his Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. as the Duke of Mantua, and remained on its roster until 1910. He later sang in Chicago (1919-21) and at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome (1922-23) before settling in Milan as a voice teacher. Among his best roles were Count Almaviva, Ottavio, Wilhelm Meister, and Rodolfo. He also appeared in German lieder recitals. - Died at Viserba, Aug. 8, 1940.

in 1972 - David Bowie appeared at the Tolworth Toby Jug, London, on the opening date of his Ziggy Stardust tour.

in 1974 - Ivri Lider (Israeli singer) is born.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adxjAY8ua7I"]Ivri Lider - The Man I Love (Ha-Buah) - YouTube[/ame]

in 1974 - Record producer Phil Spector was injured in a car crash. He needed extensive plastic surgery that dramatically altered his looks. Details of how the accident happened were kept secret.

in 1974 - Deep Purple kicked off a 28 date North American tour at the Los Angeles Forum, California.

in 1975 - Kool Savas/Savas Yurderi (German rapper) is born

in 1975 - Dave Alexander dies at age 27. American bass player, a founder member of Iggy Pop & The Stooges. Although he was a total novice on his instrument, he was a quick learner and also had a hand in arranging, composing and performing all of the songs that appeared on the band's first two albums, The Stooges and Fun House. He is often credited by vocalist Iggy Pop and guitarist Ron Asheton in interviews with being the primary composer of the music for the Stooges songs "We Will Fall", "Little Doll", both on The Stooges, "1970" and "Dirt" on Fun House (died of pulmonary edema after being admitted to a hospital for pancreatitis).

in 1976 - Elvis Presley was made a police reserve for the Memphis police.
in 1977 - The Clash started recording their debut album at CBS studios in London, England.
in 1977 - Rosanna Tavarez, American pop singer and television personality (Eden's Crush), is born.
in 1977 - Grace Mary Williams, Welsh composer and teacher, dies at 70.
in 1978 - Don Omar (Puerto Rican singer) is born
in 1979 - Daryl Palumbo (US lead singer; Glassjaw/Head Automatica) is born.

in 1979 - Rod Stewart started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Da Ya Think I'm Sexy', his third US No.1. (and a No.1 hit in the UK). Also today Rod started a three-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Blondes Have More Fun.'

in 1981 - Natasha St-Pier (Canadian singer) is born
in 1983 - Bless/Ben Rinehart (Canadian rapper) is born.

in 1984 - Frankie Goes To Hollywood were at No.1 on the UK singles chart for the third week with 'Relax.' Eurythmics had the UK No.1 album with 'Touch.'

in 1987 - Choi Si Won (Korean singer; Super Junior) is born

in 1986 - Arthur Edward "Uncle Art" Satherley dies at age 96. English-American A&R legend, producer and talent scout born in Bristol, UK. He was a pioneer of Country music record production, "Uncle" Art was one of the most important people in the history of Country music, he is listed in the Country Music Hall of Fame Nashville, inducted in 1972 as "Country Music's Founding Father". Art had emigrated to the America at the age of 24. His first real job in the record industry was promoting 78 rpm records of Ma Rainey and Blind Lemon Jefferson on the Paramount label. By 1930, he began working for Columbia Records and soon became one of the leading A&R men in country music. Between 1938 to 1952, Art recorded numerous artists, including Gene Autry, Bob Wills, Hank Penny, Lefty Frizzell, Carl Smith, Marty Robbins, and Roy Acuff (died of natural causes)

in 1988 - Don Patterson dies at age 51. American jazz organist; he played piano from childhood, heavily influenced by Erroll Garner in his youth. In 1956, he switched to organ after hearing Jimmy Smith. In the early 1960s, he began playing regularly with Sonny Stitt, and he began releasing material as a leader on Prestige Records from 1964 with Pat Martino and Billy James as sidemen. His most commercially successful album was 1964's Holiday Soul, in 1967 (liver failure)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rM3Q2UEWLI"]Don Patterson - Sister Ruth - YouTube[/ame]

in 1990 - Sooyoung (Korean singer) is born.

in 1990 - Paula Abdul started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Opposites Attract', her fourth US No.1, a No.2 hit in the UK.

in 2008 Freddie Bell, R&B singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (Freddie Bell and the Bellboys), dies at 76.

in 1992 - Jim Pepper dies at age 50. American jazz saxophonist, composer, singer of Native American ancestry and is well remembered for his popular recording of "Witchi-Tai-To," a peyote chant put to music. He grew up in Oklahoma and moved to New York in the mid-'60s. He was a major part of one of the first fusion groups, The Free Spirits, which recorded one album Out of Sight and Sound in 1966. He played in the "Everything Is Everything" band in the late '60s, and was encouraged by Ornette Coleman and Don Cherry to put more of his heritage into his music. Jim worked with Cherry, Dewey Redman, Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra. He recorded with Paul Motian and Bob Moses, and led a session apiece for Europa-1984 and Enja-1987. In his own projects, Jim recorded with Cherry, Naná Vasconcelos, Collin Walcott, Kenny Werner, John Scofield, Hamid Drake, Ed Schuller, many others and his own band. His CD Comin' and Goin' in '83 is the definitive statement of his unique "American Indian jazz" with 9 songs played by four different line-ups. He also worked with the Liberation Music Orchestra, Paul Motian' s quintet, Bob Moses, Marty Cook, Mal Waldron, David Friesen, and Amina Claudine Myers, and toured Europe intensively throughout his career (sadly passed away from lymphoma).
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnBdaYKqMUs"]Jim Pepper - Witchi Tia To - YouTube[/ame]

in 1993 - On a special edition of the Oprah Winfrey show, Michael Jackson gave his first TV interview for 14 years, live from his Neverland Valley Ranch.

in 1995 - Kendall Hayes dies at age 59. American singer-song writer composer from Danville, Kentucky, who wrote "Walk On By" made famous by Leeroy Van Dyke. Another big hit was "Don't Give Up the Ship," recorded by Johnny Wright, and performed in Grand Ole Opry roadshows in the 1960's. He also recorded some of his own songs in the early 60s including ''Come On Son'', ''Roaming Through The Countryside'', ''Jungle Of Love'' and ''Thisaway Or Thataway'' (liver cancer)

in 1997 - Brian Connolly singer with the 1970's Glam rock group Sweet died of kidney and liver failure aged 47. Connolly replaced Ian Gillan (later of Deep Purple and Black Sabbath) in Wainwright's Gentlemen who became Sweetshop and then shortened to Sweet.

in 1997 - During a gig by Blur at London's Astoria, Spice Girl members Ginger Spice and Sporty Spice were thrown of the stage after joining the band during their set. Security didn't recognise the two Spice Girls.

in 1998 - Axl Rose was charged with disorderly conduct following a row with a baggage handler at Arizona Airport, Rose was later released on bail.

in 2001 - George Holmes "Buddy" Tate dies at age 87. US jazz saxophonist; player with Terence "T" Holder, Andy Kirk, and Nat Towles, before joining Count Basie Orchestra in 1939, after which played with Lucky Millinder; Milt Buckner Hot Lips Page; ex-Basie singer Jimmy Rushing; led a group with Bobby Rosengarden at the Rainbow Room; co-led a band with saxophonist Paul Quinichette at New York’s West End Cafe; was house bandleader at Celebrity Club, New York City, as well as having his own quintet (cancer).

in 2001 - Police were investigating Eminem over suspected drugs offences after he appeared to consume Ecstasy pills and encouraged the audience at his Manchester show to take drugs. Over 100 gay rights protesters picketed the show.

in 2002 - Dave Van Ronk dies at age 65. American folk singer nicknamed the "Mayor of MacDougal Street", best known as an important figure in New York City during the acoustic folk revival of the 1960s, but his work ranged from old English ballads to Bertolt Brecht, rock, New Orleans jazz, and swing. He is often associated with blues but he pointed out at concerts that he actually had only a limited number in his repertoire. He became known for performing instrumental ragtime guitar music, and he was an early friend and supporter of Bob Dylan, Tom Paxton, Patrick Sky, Phil Ochs and Joni Mitchell, among many others. Sadly Dave died before completing work on his memoirs, which were finished by Elijah Wald, his collaborator, and published in 2005 as The Mayor Of MacDougal Street. In 2004 a section of Sheridan Square, where Barrow Street meets Washington Place, was renamed Dave Van Ronk Street in his memory (died of cardio-pulmonary failure while undergoing post-operative treatment for colon cancer).
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncJf9uzwhSg"]Dave Van Ronk - Tell Old BIll - YouTube[/ame]

in 2004 - Diana Ross was sentenced to two days in jail after pleading 'no contest' to a drink driving charge. She was allowed to enter her plea over the telephone from New York; her lawyer said the singer would serve her term at a prison near her Los Angeles home. Ross was arrested in December 2002 after tests indicated she was twice over the drink- drive limit.

in 2005 - Prince topped Rolling Stone magazine's annual list of the years biggest money earners after his 2004 tour grossed over $90 million (£53 million). Madonna came in second place after earning $54.9 million (£34.3 million) and Metallica came third with $43 million (£25.3 million).

in 2005 - Who singer Roger Daltrey was awarded the CBE by The Queen at Buckingham Palace for services to the music industry.

in 2006 - American record producer and MC James Dewitt Yancey, (A.K.A. J Dilla or Jay Dee), died of a rare blood disease, at his home in Los Angeles, California. Yancey had toured Europe in 2005 performing from a wheelchair.

in 2006 - J Dilla /James Dewitt Yancey dies at age 32. American Grammy Nominated record producer who emerged from the mid 1990s underground hip hop scene in Detroit, Michigan. His career began slowly, but he has now become highly regarded, most notably for the production of critically acclaimed albums by Common, Busta Rhymes, A Tribe Called Quest, and The Pharcyde. He was a member of Slum Village for their acclaimed debut album Fantastic, Vol. 2. In the early 2000s, his career as a solo artist began to improve; A solo album Welcome 2 Detroit was followed by a collaborative album with California producer Madlib, Champion Sound, which catalyzed the careers of both artists. (died of the blood disease TTP).

in 2008 - Amy Winehouse won five prizes at this year's Grammy Awards, including song of the year and record of the year, both for her single 'Rehab', and best new artist. The UK singer was not at the Los Angeles ceremony to collect them due to visa problems. Instead, she made an acceptance speech by satellite, paying tribute to her husband, "my Blake incarcerated", who was in custody awaiting trial on charges of attempting to pervert the course of justice and grievous bodily harm. Kanye West scooped four Grammy Awards, while Bruce Springsteen won three. The White Stripes, Justin Timberlake, Carrie Underwood and Mary J Blige all picked up two awards.

in 2008 - Jack Johnson was at No.1 on the UK album chart with his fifth album 'Sleep Through The Static.' Also a No.1 in the US and Australia.

In 2011 - Blanche Honegger Moyse dies at age 101. American violinist and conductor, born in Geneva, Switzerland, where she began the study of violin at 8 years and made her debut at the age of 16, when she played the Beethoven violin concerto with l'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. She married the pianist-flutist Louis Moyse and with his father, flutist Marcel Moyse, formed the award-winning Moyse Trio. In 1949, she moved to Marlboro, Vermont and helped found the Marlboro Music Festival. She also chaired the music department at Marlboro College for the next 25 years, and founded the Brattleboro Music Center in 1952. Her violin career ended in 1966 with an injury to her bow arm, but she went on to become a much admired conductor of the choral works of Bach. She made her Carnegie Hall debut at the age of 78, conducting the Blanche Moyse Chorale and the Orchestra of St. Luke's in a production of Bach's Christmas Oratorio, and she continued to conduct Bach's major choral works at annual concerts of the New England Bach Festival well into her 90's. In 2000 Blanche was awarded the Alfred Nash Patterson Lifetime Achievement Award by Choral Arts New England.
Video Note: J.S.Bach : Trio Sonata in G - BWV 1038
Trio Moyse- Marcel Moyse, flute; Blanche Honegger-Moyse, violin; Louis Moyse, piano. Recorded in London 1947.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZPlC4ebk8E"]TRIO MOYSE : Trio Sonata in G BWV 1038 (J.S.Bach) - YouTube[/ame]

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in 1682 - Johann Jacob Bach [II], son of Johann Ambrosius and brother of Johann Sebastian, is born at Eisenach (baptized). He studied to be a Stadtpfeifer with J.H. Halle in Eisenach. In 1704 he became an oboist in the Swedish Guard. While serving in the Swedish Army, he was in Constantinople and received instruction in flute from P.G. Buffardin. From 1713 he was a royal chamber musician at the Stockholm court. Johann Sebastian composed his keyboard work, the Capriccio sopra la lontananza del suo fratello dilettissimo (Capriccio on the Departure of His Most Beloved Brother), BWV 992, for Johann Jacob's farewell to his native country. – died at Stockholm, April 16, 1722.

in 1738 - James Sherard, composer, dies at 71.

in 1755 - Albert Christoph Dies, German painter, composer and biographer, is baptized. Dies was mainly a visual artist, but did compose some music, which apparently he destroyed before his death; none of his compositions survive.

in 1762 - Johann Tobias Krebs, German organist and composer, dies at 71.
in 1762 - Laurent Belissen, composer, dies at 68

in 1790 - Ignaz Assmayer, Austrian organist, composer, choirmaster and friend of Franz Schubert, is born at Salzburg. d. Vienna, Aug. 31, 1862. He studied piano, organ, and theory with A. Brunmayrs in Salzburg and later with T. Gerls. In 1815 he moved to Vienna, where he took lessons with Salieri. In 1846 he was appointed 1st Kapellmeister in Vienna, succeeding Eybler. He wrote several oratorios, among them Saul und David, Sauls Tod, and Das Gelubde, which he performed with the Vienna Tonkiinstler Soc. He further wrote 21 masses, 2 Requiems, and other sacred works, as well as some 60 instrumental compositions, many of which were published. * - Died at Vienna, Aug. 31, 1862.

in 1797 - Haydn's song "Gott erhalte Franz den Kaiser," premieres in Vienna
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JTsLGAbdao"]YouTube - Gott Erhalte Franz den Kaiser[/ame]

in 1799 - Frantisek Xaver Dusek, composer, dies at 67
in 1810 - Loisa Puget, French composer, is born.
in 1819 - Samuel Parkman Tuckerman, American composer, is born.
in 1820 - Guillaume Albert Teniers, composer, dies at 71
in 1830 - Peter Arnold Heise, Danish organist, composer, collector of folk songs and teacher, is born.
in 1830 - Hans Bronsart von Schellendorff, German pianist, composer, conductor and friend of Franz Liszt, is born.

in 1830 - Hans Bronsart (von Schellendorf), German pianist, composer, conductor and friend of Franz Liszt, is born at BerlinHe studied piano with Kullak in Berlin and took lessons with Liszt in Weimar. In 1857 he undertook a concert tour through Germany, France, and Russia; from 1860 to 1867 he was active as a conductor in Leipzig, Dresden, and Berlin. He was the dedicatee and first performer of Liszt's Second Piano Concerto. In his compositions he followed the Romantic trend in Schumann's tradition. His most successful was his youthful Piano Trio, his first opus number (1856); some of his piano pieces retained their popularity for a brief while. He also wrote a dramatic tone poem, Manfred, for Chorus and Orchestra, to his own text (Weimar, Dec. 1, 1901); 2 programmatic syms.; and choruses. In 1861 he married Ingeborg Bronsart (von Schellendorf) (nee Starck). - Died at Munich, Nov. 3, 1913.

in 1840 - Gaetano Donizetti's opera La Fille du Regiment premieres in Paris.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aS6M8j3pvQ"]YouTube - Juan Diego Florez - La Fille du Regiment - Ah mes amis[/ame]

in 1843 - Giuseppe Verdi's opera I Lombardi premieres in Milan.
in 1861 - Hippolyte-Andre-Baptiste Chelard, composer, dies at 72
in 1870 - Leopold Eugen Mechura, Czech composer, dies at 66.
in 1874 - Fritz Bennicke Hart, English composer, conductor and teacher, is born.
in 1875 - Sara Wennerberg-Reuter, Swedish organist and composer, is born.
in 1879 - Max Winterfeld "Jean Gilbert," German-Argentinian composer and conductor, is born. Gilbert emigrated from Germany to Argentinia in 1933. I think the year is a good clue as to why he did so; apparently he was no dope.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dR-m-xVCqU8"]YouTube - Jean Gilbert 1913 IN DER NACHT - Two Step[/ame]

in 1882 - Gheorghe Cucu, Romanian composer, conductor, folklorist and teacher, is born.
in 1882 - Gustav Schmidt, composer, Kapellmeister and friend of Franz Liszt, dies at 65.
in 1883 - Paul August von Klenau, Danish composer, conductor and Kapellmeister, is born. Von Klenau helped to form the Danish Philharmonic Society in 1920.
in 1889 - Vladimir Mikhaylovich Deshevov, Russian composer, is born.
in 1894 - Alfonso Leng, Chilean composer and dentist, is born.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFeOFJz7rA4"]YouTube - Preludio Nº1 y Nº2, Alfonso Leng[/ame]

in 1894 - German pianist and conductor Hans Von Bulow died in Cairo at the age of 64.
in 1894 - Pasqual Juan Emilio Arrieta y Corera, Spanish composer and teacher, dies at 70.
in 1895 - Viktor Nikolayevich Trambitsky, Russian pianist, composer, musicologist and teacher, is born.
in 1897 - Yves de La Casiniere, French composer, musicologist and teacher, is born.
in 1889 - John Mills Sr.(US vocalists; Miller Brothers) is born.
Video Notes: one of the only solos by John Sr who was a great musician in his own right before joining the sons after John Jr's death.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3hlSOhasAI"]Mills Brothers - Asleep In The Deep (with John's Sr solo) - YouTube[/ame]

in 1903 - Hans Redlich, Austrian composer, conductor, musicologist, teacher and writer, is born.
in 1903 - Henryk Szulc, Polish composer, dies at 67.

in 1906 - Yves (Marie) Baudrier, French composer, is born at Paris. He spent his entire life in Paris. While mainly autodidact as a composer, he studied with the organist of Sacre-Coeur, Georges Loth (1929-33), and received advice from Messiaen (1935) before taking lessons in counterpoint with Daniel-Lesur at the Schola Cantorum. With Messiaen, Jolivet, and Daniel-Lesur, he founded the group Le Jeune France in 1936. He also helped to found the IDHEC (Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinematographiques), with which he was active from 1945 to 1965. He published L'intelligence et la musique (Paris, 1950). - Died at Paris, Nov. 9, 1988.

in 1909 - Bob Casey, (actually, Robert Hanley), jazz bassist, guitarist, is born at Johnson County,Ill. He began on tenor-banjo at 14, selftaught. He played weekend dances in southern Ill.; with The Egyptian Transportation System Orch. (1926-27), then moved to St. Louis in December 1927, playing with Joe Gill (1929-31), and Joe Reichman (1932). He began playing bass in 1929, and doubled guitar for several years. He moved to Chicago, with Wingy Manone (1933), Russ Kettler, and the King's Jesters, was also staff musician at NBC Chicago. He was with Muggsy Spanier from July 1939. After Muggsy disbanded, he returned to Chicago, performed briefly with Pete Daily, then with Gus Arnheim and Charlie Spivak. He joined Brad Gowans at Nick's, N.Y, in October 1943, spending several years at Nick's and at Condon's Club; also worked with Art Hodes and Bobby Hackett. He moved to Fla. in 1957 and played with Dukes of Dixieland (1962). He emerged from semi-retirement to play dates in N.Y. (1971). - Died March 9, 1986.

in 1912 - Rudolf Firkusny, eminent Czech-born American pianist and pedagogue, is born at Napajedla.
He studied composition privately with Janacek in 1919 and piano with Ruzena Kurzova at the Brno Conservatory (1920-27), and also attended the University of Brno. His further instructors were Vilem Kurz and Rudolf Karel (theory) at the Prague Conseervatory, Suk (composition; 1929-30), and Artur Schnabel in N.Y. (1932).

He made his debut as a child pianist in Prague on June 14, 1920, playing a Mozart piano concerto. He first performed in London in 1933, and on Jan. 13, 1938, he made his U.S. debut in N.Y.,where he settled in 1940 and became a naturalized citizen.

In 1943-44 he made a tour of Latin America and in 1946 participated in the Prague Festival; in subsequent years he also toured Europe, Israel, and Australia. After an absence of 44 years, he again played in Prague in 1990 as soloist in Martina's 2nd piano concerto. His interpretations of the standard piano literature were greatly esteemed.

Firkusny was a champion of the music of Janacek; he also gave the first performances of Martin's 3rd (Dallas, Nov. 20, 1949) and 4th (N.Y.,Oct. 4, 1956) piano concertos. He likewise gave the first performances of piano concertos of Menotti (No.1; Boston, Nov. 2, 1945) and Howard Hanson (Boston, Dec. 31, 1948).

His technical equipment was of the highest caliber; his lyrical talent enhanced his virtuosity. He was also a composer; he wrote a piano concerto, a string quartet, and a number of attractive piano etudes and miniatures. In 1979 he began publication, with the violinist Rafael Druian, of a complete ed. of the Mozart violin sonatas. An excellent teacher, Pirkusny gave master classes at the Juilliard School of Music in N.Y. and at the Aspen Music School in Colo. - Died at Staatsburg, N.Y., July 19, 1994.

in 1913 - Lucio Diestro San Pedro, Filipino composer, conductor, teacher and Philippines National Artist for Music, is born.

in 1914 - Matt Dennis, American pop singer/songwriter, pianist, bandleader and arranger, is born.
in 1914 - Menelaos Pallantios, Greek composer and teacher, is born.

in 1914 - Josh White "Pinewood Tom," "Tippy Barton," American blues and gospel singer/songwriter, guitarist, actor and civil rights activist, is born.

in 1915 - Haakon Stotijn, Dutch oboist, is born.
in 1915, French composer, conductor and pianist Emile Waldteufel died in Paris at the age of 77
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5Lu7G3-7dE"]YouTube - Emile Waldteufel - España (Waltz, Op.236)[/ame]

in 1922 - Tudor Jarda, Romanian composer, choir director and teacher, is born.
in 1926 - Alexander Gibson, Scottish conductor, opera intendant and founder of the Scottish Opera, is born.
in 1926 - John Wallowitch (US composer, songwriter, cabaret performer) is born.

in 1927 - Ilse Von Alpenheim, Austrian pianist, is born at Innsbruck. She studied with Franz Ledwinka and Winfried Wolf at the Salzburg Mozarteum. She made tours of Europe, Japan, Australia, and the U.S. as a soloist with orchestras, as a recitalist, and as a chamber music player. In 1969 she married Antal Dorati. She was particularly well known for her sensitive performances of Haydn, Mozart, and Schubert.

in 1927 - Heinz Fricke, German conductor, is born at Halberstadt. He studied in Halberstadt and with Abendroth in Weimar (1948-50). From 1950 to 1960 he was conductor at the Leipzig City Theater. In 1960-61 he was Generalmusikdirektor in Schwerin, and then held that title with the Berlin State Opera from 1961 to 1992. He also appeared as a guest conductor with many opera houses in Europe and South America. In 1992 he conducted Parsifal at the reopening of the Chemnitz Opera House. In 1993 he became music director of the Washington (D.C.) Opera.

in 1928 - Raoul Cita, American doo wop singer/songwriter, pianist and arranger (The Harptones), is born.
in 1929 - Leonard Gregory Kastle, American opera composer, librettist, teacher and cinema writer/director, is born.
in 1930 - Christopher Dearnley, English organist, composer, arranger and musicologist, is born.
in 1932 - Jerome Lowenthal, American pianist, teacher and judge of international piano competitions, is born.
in 1934 - Francesco Pennisi, Italian composer, painter and writer, is born.
in 1935 - Bent Lorentzen, Danish composer and teacher, is born. Lorentzen is a pioneer of Danish electronic music, and has composed and written 18 opera and musical theater pieces, as well as numerous other works.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5uN-2l-TrA"]YouTube - Bent Lorentzen - Interferences (1967)[/ame]

in 1935 - Gene Vincent, (originally, Vincent Eugene Craddock), early rockabilly star who had a larger impact in England than he did at home, is born at Norfolk, Va. Gene Vincent quit school to join the Navy. While in the service, he suffered severe injuries to his left leg in a motorcycle crash that left him permanently disabled. While convalescing after his discharge in May 1955, he took up singing and, by March 1956, he was sitting in with the house band at Norfolk's WCMS radio. He was noticed by local disc jockey "Sheriff" Tex Davis, who arranged for Vincent to record a demonstration tape with a backing group, subsequently dubbed The Blue Caps.

Davis forwarded the tape, which included "Be-Bop-A-lula," to Ken Nelson of Capitol Records, which was seeking an answer to RCA's Elvis Presley. Gene Vincent signed with Capitol and he and The Blue Caps (lead guitarist Cliff Gallup, rhythm guitarist Willie Williams, stand-up bassist Jack Neal, and drummer Dickie Harrell) traveled to Nashville in May 1956, where they recorded four songs. "Be-Bop-A-lula” became a near-smash pop, country and R&B hit, but the flip side, "Woman Love," was banned by some radio stations as too risque.

Touring extensively, the group returned to Nashville in June to complete recordings for their first album, which included "Who Slapped John" and the neglected rockabilly classic "Blue Jean Bop." By Sept. Paul Peek had replaced Willie Williams, and the group soon appeared in the film The Girl Can't Help It with Little Richard, Eddie Cochran, and Fats Domino. Scoring a minor hit with "Race with the Devil," the group recorded their second album in October, but Gallup left in December, to be replaced by lead guitarist Johnny Meeks.

Vincent was re-hospitalized in early 1957 and later that year the group achieved major pop and near-smash R&Bhits with "Lotta Lovin'" and "Dance to the Bop." By June the band included only one original member, Dickie Harrell. In early 1958 Vincent and The Blue Caps appeared in the film Hot Rod Gang, performing four songs. Plagued by reports of hotel wrecking and involvement with underage females, Gene Vincent began suffering from limited airplay. His unruly and ribald stage act and rowdy lower-class image were attracting less attention than boy-next-door types like Buddy Holly and Ricky Nelson.

Vincent began drinking heavily and, by the end of 1958,he had abandoned The Blue Caps. At the end of 1959 he moved to Great Britain, where he toured regularly, adopting black leather stage attire, and became one of the country's biggest-drawing attractions. His hits continued in England through the summer with "Wild Cat," "My Heart," "Pistol Packin' Mama" and "She She Little Sheila."

However, on the night of April 16, 1960, Vincent was badly injured in the car crash that killed Eddie Cochran. His physical and psychological state subsequently deteriorated through neglect and alcohol and drug abuse. His Capitol contract expired in 1963 and, in 1964, he recorded a British-only album for Columbia Records. Gene Vincent returned to America in 1966 and enjoyed some renewed popularity with the rock 'n' roll revival of the late 1960s. However, his attempts at a comeback on Dandelion and Kama Sutra Records fared dismally.

Gene Vincent died in obscurity of cardiac failure attributed to a bleeding ulcer at the age of 36. Vincent is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Rockabilly Hall of Fame (he was the very first inductee of the latter). In 1993 Jeff Beck recorded an entire album of Vincent's songs, Crazy Legs. - Died at Newhall, Calif., Oct. 12, 1971.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDU9FP5_B2M"]YouTube - Gene Vincent - Be-Bop-A-Lula[/ame]

in 1936 - Arnost Parsch, composer is born1622 Alfonso Fontanelli, Italian composer, writer, courtier and diplomat, dies at 64.

in 1937 - Lodewijk de Boer, Dutch violist, playwright, composer and director, is born.
in 1937 - Phillip Walker (US blues guitarist) is born.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuLV31fDMNQ"]Phillip Walker - Trouble In My Home - YouTube[/ame]

in 1938 - Willy Correa de Oliveira, Brazilian composer and teacher, is born.
in 1938 - Bobby "Boris" Pickett, American novelty singer/songwriter (The Monster Mash), is born.

in 1939 - Gerry Goffin, American rock and pop lyricist, is born. Together with his former wife, Carole King, he's in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

in 1939 - Franz Schmidt dies at age 64. Austrian composer, cellist and pianist of Hungarian descent and origin. He beat 13 other applicants and obtained a post as cellist with the Vienna Court Opera Orchestra, where he played until 1914. That same year he took up a professorship in piano at the Vienna Conservatory, which had been recently renamed Imperial Academy of Music and the Performing Arts. In 1925 he became Director of the Academy, and from 1927 to 1931 its Rector. Franz worked mainly in large forms, including four symphonies in 1899, 1913, 1928 and 1933 and two operas: Notre Dame and Fredigundis. A CD recording of Notre Dame has been available for many years, starring Dame Gwyneth Jones and James King (died after a long illness)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIjZwvI0r2g"]YouTube - Franz Schmidt: Intermezzo "Notre Dame"[/ame]

in 1940 - Bobby "Boris" Pickett (US singer, songwriter, writer; the Crypt-Kickers) is born.

in 1941 - Sergio Mendes, Brazilian bossa nova pianist, songwriter/composer, arranger, bandleader and producer, is born.

in 1942 - Otis Clay, American soul, R&B and gospel singer/songwriter, is born.
in 1942 - Leon Haywood, American funk and soul singer/songwriter and pianist, is born.

in 1943 - Alan Rubin "Mr. Fabulous," American blues, pop, jazz, rock trumpeter, is born. Rubin is a member of the Blues Brothers band, and has played with many musicians in various styles.

in 1943 - Serge Lama (French singer) is born.
in 1946 - Ray Lake (UK bassist, vocals; The Real Thing) is born.

in 1947 - Derek Shulman, British rock singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (Gentle Giant), is born.
in 1947 - Joselito/José Jiménez Fernández (Spanish singer) is born
In this video ‘Little Joe sings ‘Granada’.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQnSKqZ-XVg"]YouTube - Joselito canta "Granada"[/ame]

in 1947 - Derek Shulman (multi-instrument; Gentle Giant/president O.M.A. Records) is born.
in 1947 - Roy Carrier (US Zydeco singer, accordionist) is born.
in 1949 - Charlie Hargrett, American rock guitarist and songwriter (Blackfoot), is born.
in 1949 - Guy Cloutier (French-Canadian music executive) is born.
in 1950 - Rochelle Fleming, American disco singer (First Choice), is born.
in 1953 - Alan Rubin/Mr Fabulous (US trumpet, flugelhorn, piccolo; Blues Brothers/Saturday Night Band) is born
in 1953 - Neil Henderson (bassist, vocals; Middle Of The Road) is born.
in 1954 - Noriyuki Asakura (Japanese composer) is born.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4PwJPzbu4s"]Noriyuki Asakura - Sakyo - YouTube[/ame]

in 1956 - Didier Lockwood (French violinist) is born.
in 1956 - H.R/Paul D. Hudson (US singer; Bad Brains) is born.

in 1956 - Elvis Presley appeared on American TV's 'Stage Show' and performed 'Heartbreak Hotel' and 'Blue Suede Shoes.'

in 1956 - Didier Lockwood (French violinist) is born.

in 1958 - English singer Michael Holliday was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'The Story Of My Life.' The song gave writers Bacharach and David their first UK No.1 hit.

in 1960 - Momus/Nick Currie (Scotland songwriter/blogger/journalist) is born.

in 1963 - Sheryl Crow, talented, hit-making singer/songwriter and producer, is born at Kennett, Miss.
Crow's father was a trumpet player who went to law school (and whose tale became fodder for one of her songs). Her mother taught piano. Crow studied piano and voice at the University of Mo. while playing in a variety of bands.

When her born-again Christian fiance suggested that she might be better off singing for the Lord, she fled to Los Angeles. There, she became a backing vocalist on Michael Jackson's Bad tour for two years. She learned that she loved performing and loved the road. She also learned that a high-profile gig led to high exposure: she was pictured on the cover of supermarket tabloids as the bearer of Jackson's "love child."

When the tour finally ended, the press proved a detriment to getting her own songs heard and to securing her own recording contract, at least on her terms. Because Crow had worked with a dance pop artist like Jackson, every record company she went to assumed she was the next Paula Abdul. When she played her soulful, bluesy pop for them, they couldn't hear it. Instead, Crow sold her songs to other artists, placing them with Eric Clapton and Wynonna Judd, among others. She also continued to sing on sessions. One of these was a session for Sting. Producer Hugh Padgham was so impressed by Crow, he urged A&M to sign her. He then produced an album with her that Crow felt was far too slick. She asked A&M to shelve it, and went to work with producer Bruce Bottrell and a variety of her L.A. studio scene cronies. They eventually came up with Tuesday Night Music Club.

The first single, "Leaving Las Vegas" did well on rock radio, but made few inroads into pop. The second single, "All I Wanna Do" (based on a poem) became the surprise hit of the summer of 1994, spending six weeks at #2 and going gold. Crow followed this with the #5 "Strong Enough" and "Can't Cry Anymore," which topped out at #26. Suddenly, people were discovering the Tuesday Night Music Club and it rose to #8, eventually going septuple platinum. She won three Grammy Awards that year: Record of the Year and Best Pop Performance, Female for "All I Wanna Do," and Best New Artist. Crew's next album, an eponymous sophomore effort, continued the climb. It entered the charts at its peak of #6, producing the #10 single "If It Makes You Happy."

This was followed by "Everyday Is a Winding Road," which topped out at #11. The album went triple platinum and earned her Grammy Awards for Best Female Rock Vocal and Best Rock Album. Crow moved to N.Y. and took up professional residence in the Globe Recording studios. The product of this work was 1998's The Globe Sessions which entered the charts at #5, almost immediately going platinum. The hits, however, were farther apart. "My Favorite Mistake" topped out at #20. The follow-up, "Anything But Down," peaked at a distressingly low #49.

She still won Best Rock Album, Female, at the 1998 Grammies. Crow continued to tour, including making appearances with the 1998 and 1999 versions of Lillith Fair. Even if her records never sell like Tuesday Night Music Club again, Crow has demonstrated appealing taste in her music. She also embarked on a new offshoot of her career, producing songs for one of her musical heroines, Stevie Nicks.

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in 1963 - Brian Damage/Brian Keats (US punk and rock drummer; Sessionist/freelance) is born.

in 1963 - In less than ten hours, The Beatles record ten new songs for their first album plus four other tracks which would be the next two singles. John Lennon's vocal on The Isley Brothers 'Twist & Shout' was recorded in one take to complete the album.

in 1964 - The Beatles made their live concert debut in the US at the Washington Coliseum. Over 350 police surrounded the stage to keep the 8,000 plus screaming fans in control. One police officer who found the noise so loud stuck a bullet in each ear as ear plugs. The Beatles had to stop three times and turn Ringo's drum kit around and re-position their microphones so that they faced a different part of the audience. The set list: ‘Roll Over Beethoven’, ‘From Me to You’, ‘I Saw Her Standing There’, ‘This Boy’, ‘All My Loving’, ‘I Wanna Be Your Man’, ‘Please Please Me’, ‘Till There Was You’, ‘She Loves You’, ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’, ‘Twist and Shout’, and ‘Long Tall Sally’.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8jzt_xUEdM"]YouTube - The Beatles. Live At The Washington Coliseum, 1964.[/ame]

in 1965 - Beatles drummer Ringo Starr married his long-time girlfriend Maureen at Caxton Hall Register Office in London. John and George attended, Paul was away on holiday.

in 1969 - Andrew "Shovell" Lovell (vocals, percussion; M People) is born.

in 1969 - The Monkees set a new record when their second album, 'More Of The Monkees' jumped from No.122 to the top of the US chart. The album then stayed in pole position for eighteen weeks.

in 1970 - Fleetwood Mac, The Allman Brothers and Grateful Dead all appeared at the Fillmore East in New York City.

in 1970 - Emil Abranyi, Hungarian composer, conductor, and opera director, dies at 87.
in 1970 - Fredrik Thordendal (Swedish lead guitarist; Meshuggah) is born
in 1972 - Pinhead/Spiky-Man/Craig Jones (US keyboardist; Slipknot) is born.

in 1972 - During their Dark Side Of The Moon tour, Pink Floyd appeared at the Free Trade Hall, Manchester, England. The show was abandoned after 25 minutes due to a power cut.

in 1973 - Varg Vikernes (Norwegian guitarist, drums; Burzum/Mayhem) is born
in 1973 - Ethan Iverson (US pianist; The Bad Plus) is born.

in 1973 - A local charity raised over £500 ($850) selling bedsheets and pillowcases used by the Rolling Stones after a show at Western Springs Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.

in 1974 - D'Angelo/Michael Eugene Archer (US soul singer, pianist, songwriter) is born
in 1977 - Michael Kenji "Mike" Shinoda (US guitar, vocals, Linkin Park/Fort Minor) is born.

in 1978 - The Brotherhood Of Man were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Figaro', the group's third and last UK No.1.

in 1979 - Brandy, (actually, Brandy Norwood) soulful, intelligent teen hitmaker and actress, is born at McComb, Miss. Brandy's father was the church music director, so it's not surprising that Brandy Norwood and her brother, Willie Ray Jr., had musical talent and performed in the church choir. Recognizing the depth of their children's talent, the Norwood family relocated to L.A. by the time Brandy started school. As a member of a youth choir, she performed on several award shows.

By the time she was 11, she had done several commercials, soloed for Arsenio Hall, and did backing vocals for the teen soul group Immature. Although she started off as a singer-and was signed to Atlantic Records-Brandy made her first real professional mark as an actress, playing Danesha on the 1993 ABC TV series Thea. The show was shortlived, but Brandy would maintain a strong presence in both music and television from that point forward. During the show's hiatus, Brandy recorded her eponymous debut for Atlantic.

Her first single, "I Wanna Be Down" topped the R&B charts for four weeks, rising to #6 on the pop charts and going gold. The album earned two Grammy nominations and four Soul Train Awards, among others. It also turned out three more pop hits: the platinum "Baby," which hit #4 pop and spent four weeks at #1 R&B; "Best Friend," which peaked at #34; and "Brokenhearted," which went gold and hit #9 pop.

In 1994, she was named Best New R&B Artist at the American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, and the NAACP Image Awards. The album stayed on the charts for 84 weeks. As she received all these awards for her music, Brandy once again was acting. She got her own series, Moesha. Initially ordered by CBS, it was picked up by the fledgling UPN network and quickly became one of their biggest series. Along with her platinum-selling single, "Sitting in My Room," from the Waiting to Exhale soundtrack, it also kept Brandy in the public eye, despite a four-year gap between her first and second album. That sophomore effort, 1998's Never Say Never, featured "The Boy Is Mine," a duet with fellow teen sensation Monica.

They debuted at #1, and won a Grammy for R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. Brandy also found time to star in a television revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella with Whitney Houston that gave ABC its highest ratings in 10 years and sold a million copies on home video. Her next appearance was in the high grossing, gross-out teen slasher film I Still Know What You Did Last Summer. She also co-starred with Diana Ross in the TV movie Double Platinum, and was named a spokes-model for Candie's shoes and Cover Girl Cosmetics. DISC.: Brandy (1994), Never Say Never (1998).-HB

in 1980 - Ektor/Héctor Rivera (Puerto Rican singer, actor, painter) is born
in 1981 - Kelly Rowland (US singer, songwriter, dancer, actress; Destiny's Child) is born
in 1984 - Matt Good (US singer, guitarist) is born
in 1984 - Aubrey O'Day (US singer) is born
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sx-Y1XznltQ"]YouTube - Aubrey O'Day - Never Fallin' (feat. Roscoe Umali)[/ame]

in 1985 - Heinz Eric Roemheld dies at age 83. American composer, a child prodigy who began playing the piano at the age of 4. He graduated from the Milwaukee College of Music at 19, and performed in theatres to earn money to study piano in Europe. In 1920, he went to Berlin, to study and appeared in concert with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Back in America, Heinz became a prominent film composer. He scored some scenes in Gone with the Wind, including the burning of Atlanta, although he was not credited on-screen. In 1942 he won the Academy Award for Best Original Music Score for Yankee Doodle Dandy. Among the more than 400 other films for which he composed music were Gentleman Jim, The Lady From Shanghai, The Invisible Man, and Shine On, Harvest Moon. He continued writing for film for several of the major studios until the late 1950s. After briefly working in television, he retired in 1964 to concentrate on his classical composition.

in 1985 - The Police won Outstanding Contribution to British music at the fourth annual Brit Awards held in London. Other winners included Prince for best International Act and Best Soundtrack for Purple Rain, British Single was Frankie Goes To Hollywood 'Relax', British Video was Duran Duran for 'Wild Boys', British Comedy Recording Neil 'Hole In My Shoe', British Album went to Sade for 'Diamond Life', British Male Solo Artist was won by Paul Young, British Female Solo Artist, Alison Moyet and Best British Group went to Wham!

in 1985 - William Beckett (US singer) is born.

in 1987 - The Smiths were at No.1 in the UK indie charts with 'Shoplifters Of The World Unite.'

in 1989 - Paula Abdul started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Straight Up', the first of three No.1's in 1989, a No.3 hit in the UK.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3gTLXpXxtk"]Paula Abdul - Knocked Out - YouTube[/ame]

in 1991- Never Shout Never/Christofer Ingle (US multi-musician, singer) is born.

in 1992 - Motley Crue fired their singer Vince Neil when he turned up for rehearsals, claiming that he had lost his passion for the band and was now more involved with racing cars.

in 1998 - The hand-written lyrics to 'Candle in the Wind' by Bernie Taupin were auctioned off at Christie's in LA for £278,512.

in 2000 - Spice Girl Geri Halliwell appeared in court to give evidence over the dispute with Aprilla Motorcycles. The company were suing the Spice Girls for £1.6 million ($2.72 million) over lost advertising as sponsors for the 1998 Spiceworld World tour.

in 2001 - Outkast went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Mrs Jackson', a No.2 hit in the UK. Shaggy started a four-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Hotspot.'

in 2003 - The British Phonographic Industry reported its biggest sales decline in decades, with the biggest slump in a single year since the birth of the CD market in the early 1980s. Piracy, illegal duplication and distribution by international criminals of CD's were all blamed for the decrease.

in 2006 - Jockey Shabalala dies at age 62. South African singer born in the town of Ladysmith/eMnambithi; after moving to Durban in 1957 to find work, Jockey's brother Joseph, founded the first incarnation of Ladysmith Black Mambazo in 1960 with his brothers Headman and Enoch and various other relatives. In 1974, after the success of Mambazo's first album, Joseph managed to persuade Jockey to join the group, where he became a full-time member by the late 1970s. In October 2004, Jockey decided to retire from international touring to spend more time with his family, though still continued recording and performing with the group in South Africa. It was in mid-2005 when Jockey became so ill, when he fully retired from the group.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1JcuQAJHRA"]SIBUSISO SHABALALA - READY TO RUN SALE 2010 : LOT 17 - YouTube[/ame]

in 2007 - Mika went to No.1 on the UK album chart with his debut album 'Life In Cartoon Motion.' Pretty Ricky were at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Late Night Special' the American R&B & hip-hop group's second album and first No.1.

in 2008 - Heather Mills and Sir Paul McCartney appeared at the High Court in London for a hearing to reach a financial settlement for their divorce. The hearing in the Family Division, which was taking place in private, was expected to last five days. The couple, who had a four-year-old daughter, Beatrice, announced the end of their four-year marriage in 2006. There had been speculation among divorce experts, based on recent cases, that the settlement could reach £60m.

in 2008 - Jack Johnson started a five-week run at No.1 on the Australian album chart with 'Sleep Through The Static'.

in 2009 - Estelle Bennett dies at age 67. US singer and member of the girl group The Ronettes, along with her sister Ronnie Spector and cousin Nedra Talley. The Ronettes first began performing as the Darling Sisters and later worked as dancers at New York's Peppermint Lounge, the epicentre of the 60s dance craze, the Twist. They first signed with Colpix, before being signed by Phil Spector. Their recording of "Be My Baby" reached hit No. 2 on Billboard in 1963 and was followed by a string of hits including "Walkin' in the Rain" and "Baby I Love You". Their rendition of "Sleigh Ride" that appeared on Spector's "A Christmas Gift for You" album. Their last Philles single was "I Can Hear Music" in 1966. After the Ronettes break-up, she recorded a single for Laurie Records, "The Year 2000/The Naked Boy". She then quit the music business and has rarely been seen since. In 2007, when the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, she refused to perform with them, and spoke only a brief two sentences during her acceptance speech, "I would just like to say, thank you very much for giving us this award. I'm Estelle of the Ronettes, thank you." (She died in New Jersey)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybQaL-XpJtw"]YouTube - Estelle Bennett - In Loving Memory[/ame]

in 2010 - Irina Arkhipova dies at age 85. Russian mezzo-soprano, and later contralto, opera singer. She sang leading roles first in Russia at the Sverdlovsk Opera and the Bolshoi Theater, and then throughout Europe and in the United States. At the height of her career in the 1960s and 1970s, during which time she was an international star, interpreting both Russian and Italian repertoire. Her technique was irreproachable, and she had great expressive power. She has been compared with Christa Ludwig. One of her most celebrated roles is as Marfa in Khovanshchina by Modest Mussorgsky, as recorded with Boris Khaikin in 1972 (?) b. January 2nd 1925.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vs1Syux-9yA"]YouTube - Irina Arkhipova sings the Habanera[/ame]

in 2011 - Bad News Brown/Paul Frappier dies at age 33. Canadian Montreal-based entertainer, musician, and hip hop MC born in Haiti. He was well-known for pairing the sound of his harmonica, with hip-hop beats and rhymes. He started busking in Montreal taking his signature sound as a teenager to the streets and subway station. He later toured and opened for many well-known hip hop acts or as background musician. BNB also appeared as an impromptu host in Music for a Blue Train, the 2003 documentary about busker musicians in the Montreal Metro subway train system. In 2009, he established his own record label Trilateral Entertainment Inc and released his debut studio album Born 2 Sin. The long feature film BurnRush featuring him in a leading role is premiering on 1 April 2011 (BNB was murdered, horrifically, he was beaten and shot to death in Montreal).
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qp_RklNtFeg"]Bad News Brown - Reign [HD] - YouTube[/ame]

in 2012 - from the associated press

Whitney Houston, the iconic American singer whose battles with drugs, alcohol and ex-husband Bobby Brown marred her star power, has died. She was 48.

Houston's publicist confirmed the singer's death to ABC News. The cause of death is not yet known.

Six police cars were spotted in front of the Beverly Hilton hotel today, where Houston was staying. TMZ reports that paramedics were called there this afternoon and found Houston unresponsive in her hotel room.

According to TMZ, paramedics' attempts at CPR failed and Houston was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m. PT. TMZ reports that there were no signs of foul play.

Houston was last seen publicly on Thursday, when she appeared disheveled and disoriented in front of a Hollywood nightclub. According to the Hollywood Reporter, she got into an altercation with "X Factor" finalist Stacy Francis on Thursday at an event where she was said to be acting "belligerent."

Houston returned to rehab in May of last year seeking treatment for drug and alcohol dependence. "Whitney voluntarily entered the program to support her long-standing recovery process," her publicist said at the time.

The six-time Grammy winner staged a comeback in 2009, but was dogged by rumors that she was using drugs again. That year, she told Oprah Winfrey that marijuana laced with cocaine was her substance of choice during her 1992 to 2006 marriage to R&B singer Bobby Brown. They have a daughter together, Houston's only child, Bobbi Kristina Houston Brown.

Houston's appearance on "Oprah" was her first major television interview since 2002, when she talked to ABC News' Diane Sawyer.

At the time, Sawyer asked Houston about ongoing drug rumors that had started in 2000, when airport security guards found marijuana in Houston and Brown's bags at a Hawaiian airport. The singer alluded to having used cocaine, pills and marijuana -- but drew the line at crack in what turned into an infamous rant.

"First of all, let's get one thing straight," she told Sawyer. "Crack is cheap. I make too much money to ever smoke crack. Let's get that straight. OK? We don't do crack. We don't do that. Crack is wack."

In August 2009, Houston released "I Look to You," her first studio album in seven years. It sold 304,000 copies in its first seven days on the market, sending Houston back to the top of the charts and giving her the best debut week of her career.

In 2010, Houston launched her "Nothing but Love" world tour. Though some said Houston's signature voice showed the stress of her ups and downs, she soldiered on, putting on shows in Asia, Australia and Europe even though fans and critics panned her performances.

At her peak in the 1990s, Houston was a force to be reckoned with in the music industry. She was one of the world's best-selling artists, selling out stadiums with powerful, poignant renditions of her greatest hits like "I Wanna Dance With Somebody," "How Will I Know," and "I Will Always Love You."

Houston won six Grammy awards, two Emmys, 30 Billboard Music Awards, and 22 American Music Awards, among others. Her album "Whitney" was the first album by a woman to ever debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Charts. She has sold more than 170 million albums world wide.

Her success launched her into the film industry, where she starred in hits like "The Bodyguard" and "Waiting to Exhale." Her struggles with drugs, alcohol, rehab (she went at least three times) and Brown, against whom she filed a charge of domestic abuse in 1993, pushed her out the spotlight.

In 2009, talking to Winfrey about why she took a break from show business, Houston said, "It was too much. So much to try to live up to, to try to be, and I wanted out."

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